Authorities step up surveillance of online content

first_img June 2, 2021 Find out more News RSF_en April 21, 2021 Find out more Pakistani journalist critical of the military wounded by gunfire Help by sharing this information June 29, 2010 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Authorities step up surveillance of online content PakistanAsia – Pacific Pakistani TV anchor censored after denouncing violence against journalists January 28, 2021 Find out more Reporters Without Borders urges the authorities to abandon their Internet censorship plans after representatives of the Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) today told the Lahore high court that it will comply with a 22 June ruling ordering it to monitor certain websites and block links to “blasphemous” and “sacrilegious” content.“The situation of online free expression is deteriorating in Pakistan,” the press freedom organisation said. “The vice has been tightening since access to Facebook was blocked in mid-May. The country seems to want massive Internet surveillance and is moving towards a targeted filtering system that is neither transparent nor respectful of rights and freedoms.”Among the sites to be kept under watch are Yahoo!, MSN, Hotmail, YouTube, Google, Islam Exposed, In the Name of Allah, Amazon and Bing. Thirteen sites have already been blocked including www.skepticsannotatedbible.com, www.middle-east-info.org, www.faithfreedom.org, www.thereligionofpeace.com, www.abrahamic-faith.com, www.muhammadlied.com, www.prophetofdoom.net, www.worldthreats.com, www.voiceofbelievers.com and www.walidshoebat.com.The court issued its ruling in response to a petition from Pakistan lawyer and activist Muhammad Siddiq for the blocking of all sites with blasphemous content. Siddiq is also responsible for a blasphemy complaint against Facebook’s executives that Reporters Without Borders has already condemned.Representing the federal government, deputy attorney general Muhammad Hussain Azad supported the request for the blocking of sites.Article 295-C of the Pakistani criminal codes says: “Whoever by words, either spoken or written or by visible representation, or by any imputation, innuendo, or insinuation, directly or indirectly, defiles the sacred name of the Holy Prophet Mohammed shall be punished with death, or imprisonment for life, and shall also be liable to fine.”The court has scheduled its next hearing on this matter for 22 September.center_img News to go further News Pakistani supreme court acquits main suspect in Daniel Pearl murder Follow the news on Pakistan News PakistanAsia – Pacific Organisation Receive email alertslast_img read more

Delays in Stranorlar following accident

first_img By News Highland – August 3, 2020 Community Enhancement Programme open for applications Previous articlePolice in attendance following security alert in DerryNext articleMan treated for hypothermia following rescue off Portnoo News Highland Facebook Important message for people attending LUH’s INR clinic Delays in Stranorlar following accident RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Google+ Publicans in Republic watching closely as North reopens further WhatsApp Twitter Google+center_img Twitter Pinterest There’s been reports of a road traffic accident on Main Street Stranorlar.Emergency services are at the scene.Traffic is said to be building in the area with delays expected. Loganair’s new Derry – Liverpool air service takes off from CODA Homepage BannerNews Arranmore progress and potential flagged as population grows Pinterest WhatsApp Nine til Noon Show – Listen back to Monday’s Programme Facebooklast_img read more

Merrill Lynch cuts global workforce

first_img Previous Article Next Article Investmentbank Merrill Lynch has sent e-mails to all of its 65,000 staff asking them toconsider taking voluntary redundancy.Theinvestment bank, which has staff in 44 countries, has asked all employees fromsecretaries to analysts and brokers to consider the offer.TheUS company is offering 12 to 54 weeks’ salary, depending on length of service,and staff have been given a few weeks to decide.MerrillLynch’s third-quarter results revealed that its year-to-date operating earningswere $1.9bn, 35 per cent lower than the first nine months of 2000.Itemploys around 8,000 staff in the UK and the City of London is its headquartersfor Europe, the Middle East and Africa.Acompany spokesman said, “We are reviewing all areas of business to ensurethey are sized properly for the market opportunity at the moment. The marketcondition is a major factor of that.”Thecompany would not comment on how many positions it is hoping to lose. Related posts:No related photos. Merrill Lynch cuts global workforceOn 30 Oct 2001 in Personnel Today Comments are closed. last_img read more

Rent-A-Bike Scheme Could Be Introduced to Oxford

first_imgThe Oxfordshire County Council has pledged £100,000 to pay for a study on the feasibility of launching a rent-a-bike scheme to resolve traffic congestion.The study is planned to start in April. If it is deemed plausible, Oxford could soon have its own low-cost, 24-hour rent-a-bike scheme as those already launched in several European cities, most notably in Paris last July; perhaps as soon as before the summer 2009.The scheme will involve setting up a network of bike stations at key points in the city, including the train station, Westgate Centre, park-and-ride sites and city hospitals.Although the plans are at their embryonic stage, council chiefs hope a credit card-payable rent-a-bike scheme would take a significant number of motor vehicles off the city’s roads. They say they want to make any scheme cheap and convenient.County council cabinet member for transport Ian Hudspeth said, “Congestion is a difficult area to quantify, but we’d hope it takes a significant number of cars off the road.”It will also help to declutter the city and enable us to remove some of the bike racks there, which can be quite unsightly. There would have to be a small charge for bike rental but we want to make it as cheap and convenient as possible rather than having something unwieldy that wouldn’t work,” he addedThe Parisian rent-a-bike scheme that was started last July recorded more than seven million bike trips by the end of 2007.Chairman of Oxford cycling campaign group Cyclox James Styring beamed at the possibility of such a scheme. He said, “I think it’s great news. I’m certain there would be uptake from both tourists and city residents.””Even people who own their own bike will probably use them as there are some places in the city where you don’t want to leave an expensive bike,” he added. “In cities that have introduced these schemes, it’s extraordinary how quickly bikes take over the landscape. Some cross-city journeys are complex on a bus because they run on exact routes, but bikes are great for commuters because you can literally go anywhere you want.”Last year Oxford University announced its own plans for a bike loan scheme in the city for its staff.last_img read more

IS IT TRUE JULY 2, 2018

first_imgFacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailShare We hope that today’s “Readers Forum” will provoke honest and open dialogue concerning issues that we, as responsible citizens of this community, need to address in a rational and responsible way?IS IT TRUE that a Vanderburgh County Health Department administrator told their staff that they expect to receive word that they have been accreditated sometime during May 2018? …that instead, the administrator of the Vanderburgh County Health Department received a letter citing 23 different deficiencies before they could be accredited?  …since the Vanderburgh County Health Department is a governmental agency and no patient information was included in the accreditation letter it should be made public?IS IT TRUE at last years City Council budget hearing very few cuts were made to the 2018 budget?  …we hope that won’t be the case this budget year?IS IT TRUE its obvious that City Controller Russ Lloyd, Jr. should give City Council a detailed explanation how he forgot to pay the $369,000 worth of bills for the Victory Theater during the 2017 budget year?  …City Controller Russ Lloyd, Jr. had to take $369,000 from the Victory Theater 2018 city budget to pay for the operating costs for the Victory Theater in 2017?   … we wonder how Mr. Lloys is going to pay for the Victory Theater operating costs for 2018?IS IT TRUE that nothing was said during the 2018 budget hearings about how Mayor Winnecke plans to pay for the Evansville Thunderbolts Hockey team operating expenses?  …we hope that Mayor Winnecke will be more forthcoming concerning the 2019 Thunderbolts operating budget? … It’s time for the Mayor to make a formal and detailed statement concerning this issue during the upcoming City Council budget hearings?IS IT TRUE it now looks like former City Council President and Finance Chairman John Friend, CPA predictions three years ago that in 2018 the City of Evansville will be experiencing serious financial challenges may spot on?  …it also looks like Mr. Friends predictions that the 2019 city budget could be even worse may be spot on? IS IT TRUE we hope that members of the Evansville City Council will request that the Evansville City Controller, Russ Lloyd Jr provide them with an accounting breakdown of Invoices and Unrecorded Liabilities, for 2017 and 2018? …we hope that Evansville City Council members will request financial information that had to do with Account Payable Open Items Reports for 2017-2018?IS IT TRUE we hope that members of the Evansville City Council will finally address the out of control city employees healthcare deficits?IS IT TRUE it might be time for City Council to revisit cutting city grants to area not-for-profits?IS IT TRUE  that last year the City of Evansville collected a little over $371 million in taxes which was an increase of 7.6% over the previous budget year?…we wonder how on earth that a city that has ZERO population growth and minimal wage growth feel that they can collect 7.6% more tax money from its huddled masses than it did the year before?IS IT TRUE with runaway spending at the city level, coupled with the rise in electric bills, increase in the county wheel tax, increase in property tax assessments and the oppressive water and sewer bills, one could easily conclude that the citizens of River City are bleeding to death from the irresponsible governance past, present, and future?IS IT TRUE we hope that the Evansville City Council will take another look at the $102,500 annual subsidy grant given by the city to New Hope Baptist Church to provide a shuttle to drive people to work on outer Highway 41?IS IT TRUE we are hearing that some people are beginning to question the legality of The Friends Of Mayor Winnecke Newsletter since is already announced that he’s a candidate for re-election?  …we are told since the Mayor alleges that he pays for this Newsletter from his own campaign funds some people feel that it should be considered a form of campaign advertising and should have a disclaimer on it??  …we also hear that the Mayor’s public announcement at the Regional Airport is also going to be challenged as political campaigning?…this is an obviously a developing story?Todays “Readers Poll” question Is: Do you feel that the Winnecke Administration should give a detailed explanation to City Council on how much did it costs the taxpayer to subsidized the Thunderbolt Hockey team for 2018?Please take time and read our articles entitled “STATEHOUSE Files, CHANNEL 44 NEWS, LAW ENFORCEMENT, READERS POLL, BIRTHDAYS, HOT JOBS” and “LOCAL SPORTS”.  You now are able to subscribe to get the CCO daily.If you would like to advertise on the CCO please contact us [email protected]last_img read more

Indiana BMV branches to close for Independence Day

first_img By Brooklyne Beatty – June 25, 2020 0 432 Google+ Twitter Indiana BMV branches to close for Independence Day Google+ TAGSbmvbureau of motor vehiclesclosedFourth of JulyFridayindependence dayIndianaJuly 4thsaturday IndianaLocalNews (Photo supplied/Elkhart Truth) Independence Day is right around the corner, and the Indiana Bureau of Motor Vehicles wants to remind Hoosiers that all branches will be closed.BMV branches with a Monday through Friday schedule, or a Monday, Wednesday, Friday schedule, will be closed on Friday, July 3 in observance of the holiday.All satellite branches, and branches with a standard Tuesday through Saturday schedule, will be closed Saturday, July 4.Branches will resume regularly scheduled business hours on Monday, July 6.For a complete list of branch locations and hours, to complete an online transaction, or to find a 24-hour BMV Connect kiosk near you visit IN.gov/BMV. Facebookcenter_img Facebook WhatsApp Pinterest Twitter WhatsApp Pinterest Previous articleSouth Bend man killed in motorcycle crash on Redfield StreetNext articleMarshall County Blueberry Festival canceled due to COVID-19 concerns Brooklyne Beattylast_img read more

Press release: Government to cut Fixed Odds Betting Terminals maximum stake from £100 to £2

first_img Gambling is devolved in Northern Ireland, but substantially reserved in Scotland and Wales. However, as of 23 May 2016, the Scottish Parliament and Scottish Ministers have the executive and legislative competence to vary the number of high-staking gaming machines authorised by a new betting premises licence in Scotland. Under the Wales Act 2017, identical powers were transferred to the Welsh Ministers and the National Assembly for Wales. We are committed to working constructively with devolved administrations as we move towards implementation of the £2 stake limit on B2 gaming machines. B1 machines are in casinos with a maximum stake of £5 with a maximum pay-out of £10,000 (or progressive jackpot of £20,000) B3 machines are located in casino, betting, arcade and bingo venues with a maximum stake of £2 and a maximum pay-out of £500. Remote Gaming Duty is paid by all companies who earn revenue through offering online gaming to British residents. It is currently set at 15% of operator’s profits. Public Health England will carry out a review of the evidence relating to the public health harms of gambling. The Industry Group for Responsible Gambling (IGRG) has amended its code to ensure that a responsible gambling message will appear for the duration of all TV adverts. Problem gambling can devastate individuals’ lives, families and communities. It is right that we take decisive action now to ensure a responsible gambling industry that protects the most vulnerable in our society. By reducing FOBT stakes to £2 we can help stop extreme losses by those who can least afford it. While we want a healthy gambling industry that contributes to the economy, we also need one that does all it can to protect players. We are increasing protections around online gambling, doing more on research, education and treatment of problem gambling and ensuring tighter rules around gambling advertising. We will work with the industry on the impact of these changes and are confident that this innovative sector will step up and help achieve this balance. In addition to the reduction to FOBT stakes the government has today confirmed: A major multi-million pound advertising campaign promoting responsible gambling, supported by industry and GambleAware, will be launched later this year. The maximum stakes on Fixed Odds Betting Terminals (FOBTs) are to be reduced from £100 to £2 to reduce the risk of gambling-related harm, Minister for Sport and Civil Society Tracey Crouch announced today.The move comes off the back of a consultation with the public and the industry to ensure that we have the right balance between a sector that can grow and contribute to the economy and one that is socially responsible and doing all it should to protect consumers and communities.The government wants to reduce the potential for large losses on FOBT (category B2) machines and the risk of harm to both the player and wider communities. Following analysis of consultation responses and advice from the Gambling Commission, the government believes that a cut to £2 will best achieve this.The Gambling Commission has also been tasked to take forward discussions with the industry to improve player protection measures on B1 and B3 category machines, looking at spend and time limits.DCMS Secretary of State Matt Hancock said:center_img When faced with the choice of halfway measures or doing everything we can to protect vulnerable people, we have chosen to take a stand. These machines are a social blight and prey on some of the most vulnerable in society, and we are determined to put a stop to it and build a fairer society for all. Minister for Sport and Civil Society Tracey Crouch said: As part of the next licence competition the age limit for playing National Lottery games will be reviewed, to take into accounts developments in the market and the risk of harm to young people. In order to cover any negative impact on the public finances, and to protect funding for vital public services, this change will be linked to an increase in Remote Gaming Duty, paid by online gaming operators, at the relevant Budget.Changes to the stake will be through secondary legislation. The move will need parliamentary approval and we will also engage with the gambling industry to ensure it is given sufficient time to implement and complete the technological changes.Notes to EditorsFor further information please contact: DCMS Press Office on: 020 7211 6276 / 6971 The Gambling Commission will toughen up protections around online gambling including stronger age verification rules and proposals to require operators to set limits on consumers’ spending until affordability checks have been conducted.last_img read more

GRiZ Just Dropped A New Hit Featuring The London Souls’ Tash Neal [Listen]

first_imgIt’s always a good day when GRiZ releases a new track. Less than two weeks after dropping “Before I Go”, featuring pianist Leo Napier, the funk/electro-soul sax master has another single to share, “Can’t Hold Me Down,” featuring guitarist Tash Neal of the London Souls.Leaning more toward the rock and roll side of things, this collaboration highlights the sheer brilliance of both artists. It makes perfect sense that they’d make this track together, though one wouldn’t have guessed the two to work together in a world outside the jam scene.Explains GRiZ of the new track, “Politics, the news, senseless deaths… got me feelin’ pretty helpless recently… I wrote ‘Can’t Hold Me Down’ as a piece of motivation for those who are feelin’ down and struggling in their lives. I saw a live performance video of Tash playing and knew instantly we had to work together. I wrote the demo and sent it his way. What I got back was magic.”“Can’t Hold Me Down” will appear on GRiZ’s upcoming album, Good Will Prevail, out on September 23. Have the first listen below via Consequence of Sound:last_img read more

$28M challenge to figure out why brains are so good at learning

first_imgThe U.S. federal government has awarded more than $28 million to Harvard’s John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences (SEAS),  Center for Brain Science (CBS), and Department of Molecular and Cellular Biology to develop advanced machine learning algorithms by pushing the frontiers of neuroscience.The Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Activity (IARPA) funds large-scale research programs that address the most difficult challenges facing the intelligence community.Intelligence agencies today are inundated with data — more than they are able to analyze in a reasonable amount of time. Humans, naturally good at recognizing patterns, can’t keep pace with the influx of new information. The pattern-recognition and learning abilities of machines, meanwhile, still pale in comparison to even the simplest mammalian brains.IARPA’s challenge: figure out why brains are so good at learning, and use that information to design computer systems that can interpret, analyze, and learn information as successfully as humans. To tackle this, Harvard researchers will record activity in the brain’s visual cortex in unprecedented detail, map its connections at a scale never before attempted, and reverse-engineer the data to inspire better computer algorithms for learning.“This is a moonshot challenge, akin to the Human Genome Project in scope,” said project leader David Cox, assistant professor of molecular and cellular biology and computer science. “The scientific value of recording the activity of so many neurons and mapping their connections alone is enormous, but that is only the first half of the project. As we figure out the fundamental principles governing how the brain learns, it’s not hard to imagine that we’ll eventually be able to design computer systems that can match, or even outperform, humans.”“This project is not only pushing the boundaries of brain science, it is also pushing the boundaries of what is possible in computer science.” — Hanspeter PfisterThese systems could be designed to detect network invasions, read MRI images, drive cars, or anything in between.The research team tackling this challenge includes Jeff Lichtman, the Jeremy R. Knowles Professor of Molecular and Cellular Biology; Hanspeter Pfister, the An Wang Professor of Computer Science; Haim Sompolinsky, the William N. Skirball Professor of Neuroscience; and Ryan Adams, assistant professor of computer science; as well as collaborators from MIT, Notre Dame, New York University, the University of Chicago, and Rockefeller University.The multi-stage effort begins in Cox’s lab, where rats will be trained to visually recognize various objects on a computer screen. As the animals are learning, Cox’s team will record the activity of visual neurons using next-generation laser microscopes built for this project with collaborators at Rockefeller, to see how brain activity changes. Then, a substantial portion of the rat’s brain — 1 cubic millimeter in size — will be sent down the hall to Lichtman’s lab, where it will be sliced ultra-thin and imaged under the world’s first multi-beam scanning electron microscope, housed in the Center for Brain Science.“This is an amazing opportunity to see all the intricate details of a full piece of cerebral cortex,” says Lichtman. “We are very excited to get started but have no illusions that this will be easy.”This difficult process will generate over a petabyte of data — equivalent to about 1.6 million CDs worth of information. This vast trove of data will then be sent to Pfister, whose algorithms will reconstruct cell boundaries, synapses, and connections, and visualize them in three dimensions.“This project is not only pushing the boundaries of brain science, it is also pushing the boundaries of what is possible in computer science,” said Pfister. “We will reconstruct neural circuits at an unprecedented scale from petabytes of structural and functional data. This requires us to make new advances in data management, high-performance computing, computer vision, and network analysis.”If the work stopped here, its scientific impact would already be enormous — but it doesn’t. Once researchers know how visual cortex neurons are connected to each other in three dimensions, the next task will be to figure out how the brain uses those connections to quickly process information and infer patterns from new stimuli. Today, one of the biggest challenges in computer science is the amount of training data that deep-learning systems require. For example, to learn to recognize a car, a computer system needs to see hundreds of thousands of cars. But humans and other mammals don’t need to see an object thousands of times to recognize it — they only need to see it a few times.In subsequent phases of the project, researchers at Harvard and their collaborators will build computer algorithms for learning and pattern recognition that are inspired and constrained by the connectomics data. These biologically-inspired computer algorithms will outperform current computer systems in their ability to recognize patterns and make inferences from limited data inputs. Among other things, this research could improve the performance of computer vision systems that can help robots see and navigate through new environments.“We have a huge task ahead of us in this project, but at the end of the day, this research will help us understand what is special about our brains,” Cox said. “One of the most exciting things about this project is that we are working on one of the great remaining achievements for human knowledge — understanding how the brain works at a fundamental level.”The Institute for Applied Computational Science (IACS) symposium on the Future of Computation in Science and Engineering will be held from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday in Science Center Hall B, 1 Oxford St., Cambridge. It will focus on the converging fields of neuroscience and computer science and machine learning. For more information, visit IACS.last_img read more

New VCE VxRail Appliance Family Eliminates Remote Office “Snowflakes”

first_imgThis solution seemed like it was designed with her requirements in mind. It would allow the remote office to be standardized, to not be a separate management silo — to not be snowflakes.It was clear to her the VCE VxRail Appliances were the right solution for her. However, she thought, they don’t need to know that.  Let’s call VCE and a few of others and have a bakeoff.——–Today, EMC and VMware jointly announced the VCE VxRail Appliance family developed with this and other stories from VPs of Infrastructure in mind. A key design goal is to provide standardization to parts of the infrastructure that lacked them, without creating siloes of management and processes.VCE VxRail Appliances are the only integrated and jointly engineered hyper-converged infrastructure appliances for VMware environments. The VxRail Appliance family lets IT architects design standard solutions for virtualization and end-user computing that leverage and extend their existing IT tools and processes in departmental, regional and branch office deployments. VCE VxRail Appliances also provide a platform to deploy the latest VMware solutions, such as NSX and Horizon Air Hybrid Mode.If you are VP of Infrastructure or you know one, and want to learn more about VxRail Appliances read the press release here. We were thinking of you when we developed this hyper-converged infrastructure appliance family. The VP of Infrastructure was at her desk trying to make a decision. She needed to finalize the plan to refresh the company’s remote offices before the evening was through.This project had more visibility than she was used to. While very few people have the impact on the business like she does, her colleagues usually take her and her team’s work for granted. They build “systems” that are composed of information technology, processes and people. Systems that run the business enable rapid decision-making, and IT innovation. The business runs without anyone necessarily knowing who is behind the systems they’re using. Unfortunately when something breaks they suddenly remember….The good news is that for the past five years she diligently maintained a standard way to deploy systems so things don’t often break anymore. She was early to adopt virtualization and just as early to standardize her VMware infrastructure into modular building blocks her team designed and built.The remote office project was different. Too often the remote offices made people think about her and her team. Each of the company’s 50 offices was a snowflake – they were all unique – each had slightly different configurations and capacities. And as a result they each require a significant amount of upkeep and remote attention from IT staff.Vendors had lined up to pitch her the best storage, best server, best network, best converged infrastructure, best hyper converged infrastructure, best storage software, a private cloud solution, a public cloud solution, a hybrid cloud solution. Every offering was agile, transformative, innovative – one of them even called theirs invisible!It shouldn’t be this complicated. She just needed new virtual infrastructure for her remote offices. One that took the guesswork out of the remote office deployments and one that did not require unique skillsets for each location. One that didn’t require her to abandon the VMware virtualization tools and processes that had allowed her enterprise colleagues to forget about her.  At the same time the solution needed to have a low entry cost, predictable non-disruptive scaling, configured exactly as needed and purchased only when required.With that in mind she started going through her options one more time, and realized that the list was shortened quickly until there was one left.“A turnkey, easily scalable appliance for the modern, innovation-focused data center or branch office”“Lets architects design standard solutions to add datacenter or remote office capacity”“Seamless integration with existing VMware tools and a platform to deploy the latest VMware solutions”last_img read more