News August 12, 2011 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Concern that social networks to be targeted as BlackBerry helps British police identify rioters RSF_en Organisation to go further February 11, 2021 Find out more United KingdomEurope – Central Asia Reporters Without Borders is worried about cooperation between Research in Motion (RIM), the Canadian manufacturer of the popular BlackBerry smartphone, and the British authorities in the wake of this week’s rioting in London and other cities in which, according to the authorities, rioters used its messaging service, BlackBerry Messenger (BBM), to communicate with each other.BBM uses the Internet rather than the mobile phone network and requires user authentication, which makes it hard for the authorities to intercept messages. To help address this difficulty, RIM has already provided Scotland Yard with information about a number of BlackBerry users, jeopardizing their personal data. “We have engaged with the authorities to assist in any way we can,” RIM announced on Twitter.What consequences will this cooperation have on respect for the privacy of BlackBerry users? If information provided by RIM leads to arrests, questions will be raised about the validity of the evidence and the legality of the way it was acquired. Reporters Without Borders is also concerned about habeas corpus implications.Reporters Without Borders is not minimizing the gravity of the situation in the United Kingdom and the urgency of the need to restore order, but it believes that the provision of personal data to the police sets a disturbing precedent in a western country and could have significant consequences as regards setting an example for others kinds of government.Reporters Without Borders is also shocked by the statements of several politicians. David Lammy, the parliamentary representative for the London district of Tottenham, went so far as to ask BlackBerry to consider suspending its messaging service. This is an astonishing suggestion in a democracy, one with potentially grave consequences. The threats to freedoms are now real.Finally, we urge the British authorities to rule out any possibility of shutting down or drastically restricting the use of social networks such as Facebook and Twitter.Reporters Without Borders also takes a very dim view of Prime Minister David Cameron’s suggestion that leading TV broadcasters have a duty to hand over unused footage of the rioting to the police. This would turn them into police auxiliaries and seriously endanger their independence.RIM has been pressured by governments in the past and has yielded to ultimatums from repressive regimes in countries such as United Arab Emirates and Saudi Arabia for the filtering of websites, access to user data, or the censorship of encrypted services. Reporters Without Borders is alarmed that the United Kingdom is now putting pressure on a telecommunications company.Since 1 May, the United Arab Emirates has blocked use of BlackBerry Enterprise Server (BES), which is BlackBerry’s most secure system and channels all communications via servers located outside of the country. Saudi Arabia pressured RIM to channel its communications via a server inside the country which the authorities could access after obtaining a court order.Reporters Without Borders urges RIM to think seriously about its social responsibility and to discuss this issue with organizations that defend civil liberties. Reporters Without Borders also urges the British police to think twice before any decision to control or suspend smartphone services and to abandon the practice of seeking personal data without a court order.AFP PHOTO/KI PRICE News Follow the news on United Kingdom Receive email alerts News March 23, 2021 Find out more February 12, 2021 Find out more Safety of journalists remains active concern in Northern Ireland as BBC Panorama team is threatened Solidarity with Swedish media outlet Realtid ahead of UK defamation case hearing United KingdomEurope – Central Asia Help by sharing this information News RSF condemns BBC broadcast ban as example of Chinese government reprisal
Last night, Bob Weir and Phil Lesh closed out their six-date “Bobby & Phil Duo” tour with a spectacular, sold-out final performance at the Chicago Theatre. As the did the previous night, the Grateful duo welcomed Jeff Chimenti (Dead & Company), Larry Campbell and Teresa Williams, as well as tour percussionist Wally Ingram, for the entirety of the second set. The show’s setlist, heavily geared towards pre-hiatus Dead material, was comprised almost entirely of songs that had been played in New York or Boston. However, what the show lacked in surprises, it thoroughly made up for in execution.The first set opened with a bouncy “Cumberland Blues”, followed by “Tennessee Jed”. The first “Alabama Getaway” of the tour came next, as one of the Dead’s most radio-friendly rock-n-roll songs was uniquely interpreted by the duo. The other highlight of the first set was the set-closing “Cassidy”. This version was masterfully stretched out, and when they finally reeled the jam back into the last chorus, they had generated plenty of vigor to power the “flight of the seabirds.”The second set was filled with vintage, pre-1974 Grateful Dead numbers with Jeff Chimenti, Larry Campbell, Teresa Williams, and Wally Ingram in tow for the duration. “Crazy Fingers” opened the second set, followed by a chugging “New Speedway Boogie”. As the crowd sang along with the band, “this darkness got to give”, Phil responded with a smile and an approving nod.The rest of the set saw one seamless stretch of music, with each successive song flowing into the next. A spacey “Mountains of the Moon” slowly morphed into “Cryptical Envelopment”. From there, “Let It Grow” built up plenty of energy before once again slowing down and moving into “The Other One”, which rainbow spiraled round and round for north of ten minutes before melting back into the end of “Cryptical Envelopment”.Uncle John’s Band was perfectly played, harkening back to the album version which predominantly features acoustic guitars. Finally, the band ended the set with an emotional “Days Between”. This really has become a song in which Bob has mastered over the last couple of years, and as he sang the poignant lyrics one could hear a pin drop in the theater. The beautiful performance on this song, in particular, as well as the show and tour as a whole did not go unnoticed by the two founding Dead members, who shared a hearty embrace upon finishing the tune.Smiles were everywhere but the biggest ones were shared by Bob and Phil. If the music wasn’t enough, for almost the entirety of the second set there was a little boy running, crawling, and wiggling back and forth on the stage behind Wally. It was fairly entertaining when the band finished the set and it was Phil who, instead of taking a break, took to running and chasing down the toddler, fulfilling “grandpa” duties.With one final encore to play, the duo started just as they began: No frills, no gimmicks, just Bob on guitar and Phil on bass. “Brokedown Palace” always fits perfectly in the encore slot, and this beautiful rendition by the two founding Dead members was uniquely moving. One can only hope that this won’t be the last time these gentlemen play together in this format.Check out videos from the Bobby & Phil “duo” tour finale below, and see a gallery of photos from the show below via Daniel Ojeda.Bob Weir & Phil Lesh – “Cumberland Blues” – 3/11/18[Video: Scott Sigman]Bob Weir & Phil Lesh – “Lazy River Road” – 3/11/18 [Video: Scott Sigman]Bob Weir & Phil Lesh w/ Jeff Chimenti, Larry Campbell, Teresa Williams, Wally Ingram – “Crazy Fingers” [Pro-Shot] – 3/11/18[Video: Nugs.tv]Bob Weir & Phil Lesh w/ Jeff Chimenti, Larry Campbell, Teresa Williams, Wally Ingram – “New Speedway Boogie” – 3/11/18 Photo: Daniel Ojeda Photography Load remaining images [Video: Scott Sigman]Bob Weir & Phil Lesh w/ Jeff Chimenti, Larry Campbell, Teresa Williams, Wally Ingram – “Uncle John’s Band” – 3/11/18[Video: Scott Sigman]Bob Weir & Phil Lesh w/ Jeff Chimenti, Larry Campbell, Teresa Williams, Wally Ingram – “Let It Grow” – 3/11/18<span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span>[Video: Scott Sigman]Setlist: Bob Weir & Phil Lesh | Chicago Theatre | Chicago, IL | 3/11/18Set One: Cumberland Blues, Tennessee Jed, Alabama Getaway, Loose Lucy, Lazy River Road, The Maker, Mississippi Half-Step Uptown Toodeloo, CassidySet Two: Crazy Fingers, New Speedway Boogie, Mountains of the Moon, Cryptical Envelopment > Let It Grow > The Other One > Cryptical Envelopment > Uncle John’s Band > Days BetweenEncore: Brokedown PalaceSet two featured Wally Ingram, Jeff Chimenti, Larry Campbell, and Teresa WillaimsBob Weir & Phil Lesh Duo w/ Wally Ingram | Chicago Theatre | Chicago, IL | 3/11/18 | Photos: Daniel Ojeda Daniel Ojeda
The Canadian PressThe Manitoba Metis Federation says it is taking the province to court in a dispute over planned hydro projects.Metis federation president David Chartrand Tuesday with Crown Services Minister Cliff Cullen and Manitoba Hydro to discuss a deal between the federation and the Crown utility.In March, Premier Brian Pallister quashed a $67-million deal that had been negotiated between the federation and Manitoba Hydro to help support a transmission line to Minnesota. The premier called it “persuasion money.”The federation said at the time it would file for a judicial review to overturn the decision because, it argued, the agreement was legally binding.“We were hoping that the province would have come forward with a position of an olive branch, given that we believe strongly that the agreement was negotiated between ourselves and Hydro,” said Chartrand.“They are not willing to sit down and they are going to overrule Hydro, which we believe they don’t have the legal right to do.”He said the federation has given its lawyers the green light to go ahead with court action, probably within the next week.Cullen said the two sides have agreed to disagree on the matter.“They feel it was an agreement,” he said. “Our understanding is that it’s really a proposal.”Cullen said the ball is in the Metis federation’s court.“It’s really up to them on how they want to proceed,” he said. “We’ll wait and see what their undertaking is.”Despite the disagreement on the transmission line, Cullen said the government is committed to consulting with the Metis federation.Nine of 10 Hydro board members resigned in March over what they said was Pallister’s refusal to meet with them to discuss important issues, including Indigenous rights.
New Delhi: Mar 29 (PTI) Realty major DLF Friday said it has raised Rs 3,173 crore by selling shares to institutional investors through its QIP offer. DLF, the country’s largest real estate firm in market value, would utilise this amount mainly to prepay debt, which stood at around Rs 7,000 crore at the end of December 2018. On Monday, the company had launched its qualified institutional placement (QIP) issue, offering up to 17.3 crore shares to investors. The issue closed Thursday. In a regulatory filing, DLF Friday informed that the Securities Issuance Committee has approved the allotment of 17.3 crore equity shares to eligible qualified institutional buyers at an issue price of Rs 183.40 per share, aggregating to about Rs 3,172.82 crore. Sources on Tuesday had said that DLF’s QIP issue has been oversubscribed by two times, enabling the company to raise around Rs 3,200 crore. Major institutional investors who participated in QIP offer include Oppenheimer, UBS, HSBC, Marshall & Wace, Myriad, Key Square, Goldman Sachs, Indus, Eastbridge, Tata Mutual Fund and HDFC Mutual Fund, sources had said. This is the third major fundraising from DLF. In 2007, DLF raised about Rs 9,200 crore through an initial public offering (IPO). In 2013, the company had raised nearly Rs 1,900 crore through an institutional placement programme. Meanwhile, the committee Friday also approved the conversion of 24.97 crore compulsory convertible debentures (CCDs) issued to promoters entities into equal number of equity shares at Rs 217.25 per share. In December 2017, the company’s board had allotted on preferential basis 37.97 crore CCDs and nearly 13.81 crore warrants to promoters entities against their infusion of funds in DLF. DLF’s group Chief Financial Officer Ashok Tyagi recently said the QIP proceeds and further infusion of Rs 2,500 crore from promoters against the issue of warrants would help the company to significantly reduce its debt. DLF promoters K P Singh and family have already infused Rs 9,000 crore in the company and would pump in Rs 2,250 crore more. In lieu of this fund, DLF had issued CCDs and warrants to the promoters. As infusion of the fund by promoters could have led to an increase in their shareholdings beyond permissible limit of 75 per cent, the company planned QIP to maintain minimum public shareholding of 25 per cent in a listed entity. In August 2017, the promoters had sold the entire 40 per cent stake in rental arm DLF Cyber City Developers Ltd (DCCDL) for Rs 11,900 crore and infused bulk of this amount in the company to cut net debt.
Amethi/Rae Bareli: True nationalism means love of the people and for the country but the BJP mirrors neither love nor respect in anything it does, says Congress general secretary Priyanka Gandhi Vadra.Stepping up her attack on the saffron party and Prime Minister Narendra Modi for failing to address real issues, Priyanka Gandhi said there will be consequences if the voice of the people is drowned by the voice of one leader. In an exclusive interview to PTI, the Congress leader also said there is growing “public anger and pain” for which the people of India will give a message to Modi on May 23 when the votes for the Lok Sabha polls will be counted. Also Read – 2019 most peaceful festive season for J&K: Jitendra Singh”I believe true nationalism is love of the people and love for the country, which means respect and I do not see respect for the people in anything they are doing,” Priyanka Gandhi said in an interview during her campaign through the constituencies represented by her mother and brother. While Sonia Gandhi is the MP from Rae Bareli, Rahul Gandhi represents Amethi in the Lok Sabha. “Nationalism means solving the problems of the people of the country. The greatest patriotism of any politician, of any government, would be to be able to hear the people when they speak, would be to be democratic, to be able to strengthen the institutions that strengthen the public voice, not weaken it,” Priyanka Gandhi said. Also Read – Personal life needs to be respected: Cong on reports of Rahul’s visit abroadThe BJP has been building its campaign narrative around the issue of nationalism and national security and the party has been referring to the Balakot air strikes and the Modi government’s policy in tackling terror. Priyanka Gandhi, who has been vigorously campaigning in Rae Bareli and Ameth, said the Modi government’s policies have led to large scale public anger and pain among people. “I think the people will give the message to him (PM) because I think whereever I go, I see a lot of public anger, public pain, which has not been addressed,” the Congress general secretary in-charge of eastern Uttar Pradesh said. “Any leader whether it is him (Modi) or anyone else, if public pain is not addressed, if the voice of the people is drowned by the voice of one leader or by the kind of ideology they have, they will have to suffer the consequences. So I think the people are very clear,” she said. PTI
As the San Antonio Spurs took the Oklahoma City Thunder apart Thursday night on their way to winning Game 5 by 28 points, Thunder forward Kevin Durant quietly battled to finish with 25 points. That’s nothing to sneeze at, but it’s still short of the sparkling numbers he had been putting up before the NBA’s Western Conference finals began.Through the first two rounds of the playoffs, Durant had been magnificent, averaging 31.4 points per game and hitting the 30-point mark in nine of 13 games. In the five games against the Spurs, Durant has hit the 30-point mark just once, and in the Thunder’s three blowout losses, he’s averaged just 22.7 points.Durant’s efficiency has also suffered. His shooting accuracy from different areas of the floor hasn’t been significantly different, but the Spurs have forced him away from his preferred spots. Shot location statistics from NBA.com show how the distribution of his true shot attempts has changed in these games (true shot attempts include field goal attempts and trips to the free-throw line, essentially all non-turnover possessions).Kevin Durant’s Distribution of True Shot AttemptsIn the Thunder’s three losses against the Spurs, far fewer of Durant’s true shooting attempts have come around the basket. Durant has been pushed back into the inefficient mid-range zone.This may seem like splitting hairs; we’re talking about a potent scorer from anywhere on the floor. But even a great scorer like Durant is much more efficient in some areas. For example, during the regular season, a Durant trip to the free-throw line had an expected value more than twice that of one of his mid-range jump shots.In fact, if we give Durant his shooting percentage from the regular season but his shot selection from the three losses against the Spurs, Durant would have a true shooting percentage of 54.4. That’s far less his 63.5 regular-season number, which ranked second in the league this season and was the best in NBA history by a player who used at least 32 percent or more of his team’s offensive possessions.Defensive pressure usually conjures images of blocked shots and steals. But by making Durant change his shot selection, the Spurs’ defense turned an elite scorer into merely a good one.
The 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup Draw that concluded Saturday was the first ever to feature 24 teams; previous World Cups had only 16. Eight countries will make their debut, possibly paving the way for new talent to make a splash, and four champions will return stronger and more experienced. Here’s how the draw shook out, followed by our initial reactions to each group:Group A: Canada, China, Netherlands, New ZealandGroup A has the second-highest combined FIFA points score, 7522, and is likely to be exceptionally difficult to advance from. It’s led by host nation Canada (currently ranked eighth), and even the lowest-ranked team in the group, New Zealand, has an aggressive style of play that’s proved to be tough for Brazil and other strong squads. The young, technical Chinese team features standout forward Yang Li (nicknamed “Young Sun Wen,” after China’s all-time leading scorer), and the 15th-ranked Netherlands is making its World Cup debut after beating the higher-ranked Italy to qualify.Group B: Germany, Norway, Thailand, Ivory Coast Second-ranked Germany leads Group B. The Germans, having won back-to-back World Cups in 2003 and 2007, are regimented and unaccustomed to losing, as well as notorious for playing their best soccer at the World Cup. Norway clinched a World Cup title in 1995 but has yet to do it again. The Norweigans’ style of play is very direct (meaning they don’t focus on possession), but look for Olympique Lyon standout Ada Hegerberg to hold the ball up top. The Europeans should cruise through to the next stage — Thailand and Ivory Coast are relatively inexperienced and making their first World Cup appearances.Group C: Japan, Switzerland, Ecuador, CameroonSimilar to Group B, Group C features two top-ranked teams and two much weaker opponents — Cameroon and Ecuador — with Ecuador barely qualifying by beating Trinidad and Tobago 1-0 last week. The 2011 champions, Japan, are currently ranked third and play a highly technical style of soccer; the crafty midfielder Aya Miyama allows Japan to connect beautifully between the back and front lines. Switzerland is an exciting addition to the World Cup — the newcomers can compete against the strongest European teams. Swiss Ramona Bachmann has been likened to Marta and is nominated for the 2014 player of the year in Sweden’s Damallsvenskan, one of the top women’s leagues in the world.Group D: USA, Australia, Sweden, NigeriaThis group is being called the Group of Death — it has the highest total of combined FIFA points, 7786, and includes three teams in the top 10 FIFA rankings. The No. 1-ranked U.S. will again face Sweden in group play; the Swedes defeated the Americans 2-1 in the 2011 World Cup, and this time Sweden will be led by former U.S. coach Pia Sundhage. Australia is an athletic team that could give the U.S. and Sweden tough games, especially with explosive forward Lisa De Vanna leading the offense. And Nigeria should not be overlooked. Its young, talented team includes Asisat Oshoala, the winner of the 2014 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup Adidas Golden Ball.Group E: Brazil, South Korea, Spain, Costa RicaSixth-ranked Brazil hasn’t looked as strong as it once did, losing 2-0 to France last month in a friendly, but it’s the strongest team in the rather weak Group E. First-timers Spain are led by forward Vero Boquete, a 2014 FIFA women’s player of the year nominee, and could match up well against Brazil — both teams are creative and patient. And South Korea is technical and organized, which could cause problems for the often disorganized Brazilians. But don’t count out Costa Rica, which placed second in the CONCACAF qualifiers (but was handedly defeated by the U.S. in the final). Some of its players, including Shirley Cruz Traña (who plays for the French club Paris Saint-Germain), have moments of brilliance.Group F: France, England, Mexico, ColombiaFoes France and England will face off in Group F, the third-strongest group based on combined FIFA points. France is a not-so-dark horse for 2015; it’s technical, physical and fast, and its players alternate between direct and possession-style play almost seamlessly. Élodie Thomis, Louisa Nécib and Eugénie Le Sommer are some of the top women’s players in the world. Meanwhile, the seventh-ranked England will be looking for retribution — France knocked out England in the 2011 World Cup quarterfinals. CONCACAF and CONMEBOL teams Mexico and Colombia will be hoping for a point against England and France, but lately Mexico has looked unfit and disorganized from the team that beat the U.S. in 2010.
On Jan. 28, Columbus Blue Jackets fans, who have only witnessed postseason hockey once in the team’s 12 years of existence, received the best news from NHL commissioner Gary Bettman since the team’s inception. The city of Columbus would be hosting the 2013 NHL All-Star Game, or so they were told. At midnight Sunday,the NHL’s collective bargaining agreement expired, and with no new deal in place, players were locked out by the owners for the second time in nine years. Bettman met with owners and members of the NHL Players Association last week in New York City with the bleak hope of agreeing on a new deal that would have allowed for the season to start on it’s scheduled date, Oct. 11. With both sides still “far apart in talks” according to The New York Times, the season’s original start date is very much in jeopardy. While the owners and the players might be in disagreement over a number of issues, both sides realize that the biggest concern is how revenue will be split. Under the old collective bargaining agreement, players received 57 percent of the league’s revenue, and owners received 43 percent. Reportedly, Bettman’s most recent offer to the players would leave them with 47 percent of revenue, roughly a 17.5 percent pay cut. The NHL has experienced its seventh straight year of economic growth, according to Forbes. Another major issue that the two sides are clashing over is owners wanting to limit contract lengths to six years. Currently, there are no term limits on contracts. According to capgeek.com, there are 16 players signed to deals of 10 years or longer. While negotiations might continue informally throughout the month, the likelihood of the season starting on time is very slim. While Ohio natives might cringe at this, I suspect that the savior to Columbus’ All-Star Game could come from Ann Arbor. In April 2011, the NHL signed a massive deal with NBC to be their exclusive broadcasting partner. Part of this agreement was rights to broadcast the annual Winter Classic, an outdoor hockey game on New Years Day that, according to Sports Business Daily, generated $22 million dollars when it was played in Pittsburgh in 2010. This year’s game will be at Michigan Stadium in Ann Arbor and, if played, will set the record for largest attendance at a professional hockey game. NHL Players Association Executive Director Paul Kelly said that the league does have an opt-out clause with the University of Michigan, but they would stand to lose millions from skipping the annual event, and with pressure from NBC, I believe this should give fans a small piece of hope. According to the News Observer, last year’s NHL All-Star Game in Raleigh, N.C., generated an estimated $11.4 million in spending from out-of-town visitors. The city of Columbus, which according to the most recent U.S. Census, boasts a larger metropolitan area than Raleigh, could stand to make even more than $11 million on the event. During the 2004-2005 locked-out season, Atlanta was scheduled to host the All-Star Game, but did not do so until 2008. If the entire season is lost and the NHL chooses to reschedule the game in Columbus, the earliest it would be played is 2015, because the Olympics are scheduled for February 2014.
Chelsea have reportedly reached an agreement with current Napoli manager Maurizio Sarri when it comes to the personal terms.So far, Sarri has been keeping the position of the frontrunner in the race for the rule of Stamford Bridge as Conte is believed to be leaving as soon as possible, mostly due to problems with higher management and inconsistency of results.Maurizio Sarri satisfied despite Juventus’ draw at Fiorentina Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Maurizio Sarri was satisfied with Juventus’ performance on Saturday afternoon after finishing a tough game at Fiorentina 0-0.The Italian spent the last two years at Stamford Bridge. Despite leaving, he will be walking with his chin high – he managed to lead the team to win the FA Cup. However, the Blues will most likely have to cover 20 million euro – a compensation if they sack Conte before the contract ends as he intends to stay where he is right now.Sarri, on the other side, has a 9 million euro release clause with Napoli, but it is reported Chelsea do not plan to pay that fee and instead wait for the contract to expire as soon as the month ends, according to WhoScored.
Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, TCI, February 8, 2017 – On the 4th February, World Cancer Day was observed under the theme “We Can. I Can”. World Cancer Day presents the opportunity to raise awareness and draw attention to the fact that we can all help to prevent and or control cancer. Addressing cancer in the TCI and globally calls for combined efforts between governments, civil society organizations and nongovernmental organizations to promote action and investments in areas including promotion of healthy lifestyles, tobacco control, cancer screening and early detection, allowing for improved cancer treatment services, and if there is no possible cure palliative care.The Turks and Caicos Islands are encouraged to be inspired and take action! The number of cases of cancers being diagnosed within the TCI has significantly increased over the years. Mrs. Aldora Robinson, Director of Health Promotion and Advocacy stated; “We must take responsible action for our health, we need regular medical checkups, early detection is critical, we need to exercise and reduce our intake of the foods that increase our risk for cancer.”The Minister of Health, Agriculture and Human Services the Hon. Edwin Astwood stated; “As the Minister, my team and I have embarked on the practice of maintaining a healthy diet and I encourage everyone living in the Turks and Caicos Islands to start a healthy diet plan, practice regular and proper physical activity and remember together we can reduce and prevention the risk of cancer and cancer associated ailments.”The Ministry of Health, Agriculture and Human Services are continually improving not only access to care, but developing programs to assist individuals in the prevention and control of cancers. For more information contact the Health Promotion and Advocacy Unit on 338-2772.Let us join forces as we take action, yes we can. Related Items:#magneticmedianews, #TakeactionagainstCancer, #WorldCancerDay2017 #MagneticMediaNews #WorldCancerDay2017 #TakeactionagainstCancer