RSF welcomes UK plan to repeal Section 40

first_img to go further RSF_en RSF and English PEN urge Theresa May to fulfil pledge to repeal punitive law Help by sharing this information News Reports United KingdomEurope – Central Asia Judicial harassmentFreedom of expression News Reporters Without Borders (RSF) welcomes the long-awaited announcement that the UK government plans to repeal Section 40 of the Crime and Courts Act 2013, which was considered threatening to press freedom by RSF and other free expression groups, and by many media organisations. Follow the news on United Kingdom Organisation Receive email alerts March 6, 2018 – Updated on March 7, 2018 RSF welcomes UK plan to repeal Section 40 News On 1 March, Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Matt Hancock announced in an oral statement to parliament that the government will be closing the Leveson Inquiry without undertaking part two, which was expected to examine the relationships between journalists and police. The government will also not implement Section 40, and will seek to repeal it at the “first appropriate opportunity”.Both are measures that RSF has advocated, in particular the repeal of Section 40, which contains a cost-shifting provision that could have seen publishers that did not wish to sign up to state-approved regulator IMPRESS held liable for the costs of all legal claims made against them, regardless of merit.Hancock’s statement was made in response to the government’s ‘Consultation on the Leveson Inquiry and its implementation’, which closed on 10 January 2017. RSF and English PEN published a joint submission to the consultation, as well as a joint letter to Theresa May calling for the government to respond to the consultation after a full year had passed with no developments.The government reported receiving 174,730 responses to the consultation, along with a number of petitions. On the Leveson Inquiry, Hancock stated “We do not believe that reopening this costly and time-consuming public inquiry is the right way forward”, noting that 12 percent of consultation respondents were in favour of reopening the inquiry, and 66 percent against. Hancock also stated the government had found “serious concerns that Section 40 of the Crime and Courts Act 2013 would exacerbate the problems the press face rather than solve them”, noting that only seven percent of respondents favoured full commencement of Section 40, with 79 percent favouring full repeal.“We are pleased that the government has finally responded to this important consultation, and the fact that Section 40 will not be implemented is very welcome news. We call on the government to formally repeal Section 40 at the earliest opportunity, in the interest of protecting press freedom”, said RSF UK Bureau Director Rebecca Vincent.The UK is ranked 40th out of 180 countries in RSF’s 2017 World Press Freedom Index. January 10, 2018 Find out more Free speech groups welcome repeal of punitive law May 18, 2017 Find out more United KingdomEurope – Central Asia Judicial harassmentFreedom of expression RSF and English PEN response to consultation on the Leveson Inquiry and its implementation January 10, 2017 Find out morelast_img read more

City Council Balks at $92,350 Contract for Firehouse Design

first_imgCity Council wants to see a couple more estimates on what it will cost to design repairs to the storm-damaged 29th Street firehouse.Council voted  unanimously Thursday to table a resolution that would have awarded a $92,350 contract to Czar Engineering of Egg Harbor Township to plan and administer construction of the building.Superstorm Sandy flooded the station in October 2012, and firefighters have been using temporary trailers as living quarters since then. Plans call for the repairing the structure that houses trucks and equipment, then building a new adjacent living quarters.Councilman Pete Guinosso asked that the resolution be pulled from the “consent agenda,” which is reserved for routine items that are considered in a batch.He suggested the price seemed high and asked that Mayor Jay Gillian’s administration get other quotes to see if they come in at similar levels. As a professional service, engineering is not subject to the same sort of mandatory bidding process as other government contracts.Business Administrator Mike Dattilo said he is confident that Czar’s estimate is fair, but that he would be happy to invite other firms to participate in a “competitive contract approach.”Council members Scott Ping, Keith Hartzell and Mike DeVlieger each spoke in favor of seeking new estimates as an exercise in due diligence.The project, estimated to cost as much as $750,000, would include pulling up the damaged concrete slab at the station and sinking helical piles to anchor a new surface. An elevated living quarters (to accommodate at least five firefighters) would be constructed to the south of the station and the two buildings would be connected.The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) will reimburse Ocean City for 90 percent of the project, but FEMA would not approve construction of an entirely new station.last_img read more

Students learn about Jewish prayer, history

first_imgEach day, masses take place in chapels all over campus, but in the Hammes Student Lounge Monday night students gathered to learn about Jewish prayer and history.  On Monday night, Campus Ministry’s Prayer Around the World series hosted a rabbi from a South Bend temple to help students connect aspects of Jewish prayer to their own spiritual lives. Rabbi Eric J. Siroka of South Bend’s Temple Beth-El spoke about the role of the media in historical and contemporary Jewish prayer.  “I wanted to look at the concept of media, which is anything having to do with communication,” Siroka said. “How do we go from an oral tradition to a written tradition to a printed tradition to a digital communication tradition and yet weave through the sacredness of a given religious tradition?” A frequent guest-lecturer at Notre Dame and Saint Mary’s in the political science and theology departments, he has participated in the Prayer from Around the World series for six years.  Coordinated through Campus Ministry, Prayer from Around the World provides a forum for members of the Notre Dame community to learn about and take part in different religious traditions.  Siroka said that the Jewish tradition has always faced the challenge of how to incorporate new media in appropriate ways, and technology is just another point on the continuum.  “No matter how we look at media, the communal worship experience is all about relationships,” he said. “It’s not about the material we use, it’s how we use it that becomes important.” Saint Mary’s College freshmen Hillary Burton and Lorena Mirmontes said they attended the talk as part of their Introduction to Religious Studies course, but were also personally intrigued by the opportunity to learn more about Judaism. Before taking the course, Burton said, she had never studied other religions besides her own, and feels that doing so helps to broaden her perspective. “It’s good to get an understanding of where other people are coming from in their faith,” Burton said. Mirmontes said she was eager to learn more about the faith of her Jewish friends and to gain deeper knowledge of other religions.  “We’ve had so much exposure to our own faith,” Mirmontes said. “I think college is a good time to explore other beliefs and see how they are different and how they are similar to our own.”  Priscilla Wong, associate director for Campus Ministry’s Cross-Cultural Ministry, organized the Prayer Around the World series.  She said a graduate student first came to her with the idea for the series eight years ago. The student wanted a series of faith-related talks for the graduate student population, which contains a range of faith backgrounds, Wong said.  Wong said Campus Ministry decided to focus the series on prayers from different religious traditions, making it more accessible to people of different faiths.  “We thought it would be good to help people actually get a feel for what other people do in their faith, and the common thing that we share is prayer,” she said. She said another goal for the series is to help those who attend to develop spiritually within their own respective religions. “”I think that as we are exposed to something different, it helps us to appreciate what we do in our own tradition,” Wong said. “It’s up to each individual to grow from that experience.”last_img read more

Update on USAA RDC litigation

first_imgNAFCU In late 2017/early 2018, NAFCU began hearing from multiple credit unions that had received letters from a firm called Epicenter Law which alleged the credit union’s remote deposit capture (RDC) technology infringed on patents owned by USAA. Through these letters, USAA sought voluntary licensing fees from other financial institutions. Rather than making specific demands, these letters invited credit unions to call the firm to discuss licensing USAA patents.USAA’s efforts to recoup money it spent developing RDC technology also included filing two lawsuits against Wells Fargo last year. USAA, during litigation, went into great detail explaining how Wells Fargo used USAA’s technologies. For example, a few of the patents at issue describe methods and systems for image and criterion monitoring during the RDC process. USAA asserted that these patents solve discrete, technological problems associated with computer systems when capturing images. Ultimately, the district court agreed with USAA’s analysis pertaining to some, but not all, of the patents at issues.On November 6, 2019, in one of these two lawsuits, a jury in a Texas federal court found that Wells Fargo did infringe on USAA’s patents and awarded USAA $200 million. Wells Fargo stated it “strongly disagrees with this jury verdict and does not believe it has infringed on USAA’s patent rights,” but has yet to publicly state whether it will appeal. So what does this potentially mean for credit unions?As background, USAA started developing RDC technology in 2005 and holds numerous patents in this area. As part of its efforts, at one point USAA worked with a company called Mitek, and ultimately the two litigated and settled a dispute relating to one another’s RDC patents. The settlement apparently left both parties with their patents but also left legal questions presented in the case unresolved. continue reading »center_img ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

Bryant Young on current 49ers despite Ravens loss: ‘Excitement in the air’

first_imgBryant Young was a stud. Probably still is.He stood 6-foot-3 and weighed an immovable 291 pounds during his years as an awe-inspiring defensive lineman for the 49ers.He was as pleasant as a summer breeze off the field. He quietly commanded total respect on the field.For decades the 49ers’ most prestigious honor has been the Len Eshmont Award, which exemplifies the “inspiration and courageous play” of an original 49er who died before his time. B.Y. won the award. Eight times. In 12 years. …last_img read more

Video Drone Flight Leads to Felony Charges

first_imgAn Ohio man faces felony charges after refusing to land his video drone.Kele Stanley, a videographer and drone enthusiast in Ohio has been charged with a felony after officials say he refused to land his drone in order for a medical chopper to land at a crash scene.Stanley allegedly came across the accident while driving and began flying his $4,000 drone above a pickup truck that had crashed into a tree. Stanley told reporters that he was planning on turning over the footage to a local news station as he had done in the past.Image Courtesy of CareflightWhen an officer asked him to down the drone, Stanley refused stating that there was no law in Ohio prohibiting him from using the drone. This is true, as of right now there are no laws or regulations in Ohio prohibiting the use of unmanned aircraft for amusement purposes. However, commercial use is illegal.Authorities state that they told Stanley of the helicopter’s approaching and he refused to down the drone. Stanley disputes these claims stating, “I’m not an idiot. If I had known that Care Flight was on the way, my helicopter would have come down immediately. There wouldn’t have been any dispute.”Stanley pleaded not guilty to the felony charge of obstructing official business and misdemeanor charges of misconduct at an emergency and disorderly conduct.The entire case brings into question the larger debate over the legalities of using unmanned drones for film and video use. Additional debates surrounding the legal use of drones extend from police surveillance to Amazon’s drone delivery plan.What do you think? As professionals utilizing new video technology, we’re curious what restrictions, if any, you feel should be placed on video drone usage? Share in the comments below.last_img read more

RGD Conducting E-Registration of Births at Eight Hospitals

first_imgStory Highlights “The information collected is verified by the mother, after which that data is uploaded to the RGD’s database,” Mrs. English Gosse explained. The Registrar General’s Department (RGD) has commenced electronic registration (e-registration) of births at eight hospitals across the island. Speaking with JIS News, Chief Executive Officer at the RGD, Deirdre English Gosse, informed that registration officers and assistants who are stationed at the hospitals are equipped with tablets to collect information from new mothers. The Registrar General’s Department (RGD) has commenced electronic registration (e-registration) of births at eight hospitals across the island.They are Spanish Town, St. Catherine; Mandeville, Manchester; St. Ann’s Bay, St. Ann; Cornwall Regional, St. James; Victoria Jubilee, Kingston; Princess Margaret, St. Thomas; Annotto Bay, Portland; and May Pen, Clarendon..Speaking with JIS News, Chief Executive Officer at the RGD, Deirdre English Gosse, informed that registration officers and assistants who are stationed at the hospitals are equipped with tablets to collect information from new mothers.The tablets were provided through support from the Universal Service Fund (USF).“The information collected is verified by the mother, after which that data is uploaded to the RGD’s database,” Mrs. English Gosse explained.Highlighting the benefits of e-registration, she noted that it will improve data collection and turnaround time for the processing of information as well as ensure greater accuracy of birth certificate data.She further indicated that the transition from registration books to tablets to collect and enter information will result in savings to the agency.Mrs. English Gosse told JIS News that the e-registration process, which was officially launched in 2016 following pilot projects, is being well received.She informed that the RGD is looking to reach four additional hospitals by the end of the year based on key factors, including the availability of secure Wi-Fi access in order to facilitate the uploading of information.“Upon completion of a full roll-out of e-registration islandwide, the agency will be able to capture information of all live births into its database in a more efficient and accurate fashion,” Mrs. English Gosse noted.The RGD has made submission to the Chief Parliamentary Counsel (CPC) to amend the legislation governing the registration of births and deaths in order to facilitate e-registration.While the necessary amendments are being awaited, the agency is conducting e-registration simultaneously with manual registration.last_img read more

Eye on the Tropics two systems not expected to grow

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 30 Jul 2015 – As the Emancipation Day holiday weekend approaches, two systems with low chance for development in the Atlantic Basin are being monitored. Tropical disturbance one is a couple of hundred miles, south southwest of the Cape Verde Islands. It is a large area of showers and thunderstorms but there is a low probability the system will gain strength; it is with 10% chance to develop. Tropical disturbance two is a couple of hundred miles, east of northern Florida. It will continue to move north and the National Hurricane center does not anticipate further development and has this categorized as low in chance for strengthening. Tropical Storm Don headed for the Caribbean Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items:emancipation day, National Hurricane Center, two systems Recommended for you Two systems under watch in Tropics System becomes Tropical Storm Dannylast_img read more