Trial spotlights need to prosecute trolls who threaten journalists

first_img “We’ll hold Ilham Aliyev personally responsible if anything happens to this blogger in France” RSF says RSF denounces Total’s retaliation against Le Monde for Myanmar story Receive email alerts June 4, 2021 Find out more Reporters Without Borders (RSF) welcomes the trial of two men on a charge of harassing French journalist Nadia Daam online – which begins in a Paris criminal court today – but points out that most cases of cyber-harassment of journalists do not result in prosecutions. News FranceEurope – Central Asia Protecting journalistsOnline freedoms WomenInternet Organisation RSF_en to go further FranceEurope – Central Asia Protecting journalistsOnline freedoms WomenInternet Follow the news on France Help by sharing this information Use the Digital Services Act to make democracy prevail over platform interests, RSF tells EU June 5, 2018 Trial spotlights need to prosecute trolls who threaten journalists News Daam is calling for “fair but firm” sentences for the two defendants, who were among a total of seven persons identified by police investigators after she filed a complaint last November about the online threats she received as a result of a report by her on Radio Europe 1 criticizing online trolls. “The point is to show that there are real people tapping the keys,” Daam’s lawyer, Eric Morain, told RSF. “When Nadia Daam gets death threats, it’s not in any way virtual for her. And it will not in any way be virtual for her harassers, when they appear in court in the flesh. This is when virtual ends and real starts.” Online collusion to gag journalists The many other journalists still waiting for their cyber-harassers to be prosecuted include Julie Hainaut, a Lyon-based freelancer who writes for Le Petit Bulletin, a weekly about Lyon culture. She was found herself at the centre of an exceptionally violent online media storm last September after reporting that the owners of a new cocktail bar called “La Première plantation” (The First Plantation) had spoken approvingly about the colonial era. “I was inundated with insults and threats,” she told the newspaper Libération. “They are looking for my address (…) I find it hard to breath. I can hardly sleep. I’m afraid.” She received a letter of support from interior minister Gérard Collomb and filed three complaints. But nothing ensued. “I feel that no one is listening to me,” says Hainaut, who received further threats in March. And filed another complaint. “We call for a thorough investigation into the online threats received by Julie Hainaut,” said Elodie Vialle, the head of RSF’s Journalism and Technology desk. “At a time when the authorities are legislating on sexist and sexual violence, including cyber-harassment, it is essential that they understand the gravity of these new threats to journalists. The aim of such online collusion – including campaigns of insults and threats, and the posting of hacked personal information with the aim of causing harm – is to silence journalists.” RSF is seeing more and more cases of online harassment. It exists in almost all countries and above all affects women journalists and investigative journalists. RSF recently called on the authorities in India to protect Rana Ayyub, a woman investigative reporter who has been the target of online harassment campaigns by Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s troll armies. June 2, 2021 Find out more News News May 10, 2021 Find out morelast_img read more

Council Study Session Contrasts CEQA With City’s Mobility Plans, Draws Praise, Criticism

first_img Top of the News Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked * On Monday, Pasadena’s city council dug deep in a study session to better understand the differences and similarities between a California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) transportation analysis and the city’s own local mobility plans.Vehicle Miles Traveled, or VMT, refers to the number of vehicle miles traveled by car, regardless of how many passengers are inside the vehicle.Projects that could alleviate or divert traffic from congested areas received a higher level of service, or LOS score.Senate Bill 743 replaced LOS with VMT, which takes into account the number of vehicles on the road and the miles they’re driving.Projects that reduce or have little impact on VMT receive better ratings.These actions comply with SB 743, signed into law in 2013. The bill updated the standard by which a development’s impacts on transportation are evaluated under CEQA.Prior to SB 743, impacts were evaluated by a level of service standard, which measured how projects would affect traffic on local roadways.Locals praised and criticized the thresholds.“Pasadena took a progressive step when it adopted VMP,” said Topher Mathers. “The housing crisis, like the climate crisis, will not go away unless we address it and make smart decisions.”But others said the thresholds are not accurate.“The current thresholds and city analysis of traffic on our streets do not accurately reflect the impact of developments on our traffic flow,” wrote Megan Foker in a letter to the City Council.“It is critical that traffic be viewed both as a whole and how it interconnects between the different thoroughfares. The way that LOS has been interpreted to date hides real problems, and as a result, the impact of new developments and the resulting traffic is underestimated,” Foker wrote.The city is recognized as one of the early VMT adopters and continues to take steps that further promote sustainable transportation and align with the state’s commitment to reducing greenhouse gas emissions and achieving long?term climate change goals.“Ultimately, the goal is to promote a reduction in travel and a reduction in greenhouse gases,” said Nico Boyd of the transportation consulting firm Fehr & Peers.The hearing followed a study session held by the council’s Transportation Advisory Commission earlier this month. Subscribe CITY NEWS SERVICE/STAFF REPORT Pasadena Will Allow Vaccinated People to Go Without Masks in Most Settings Starting on Tuesday Make a comment Community News Name (required)  Mail (required) (not be published)  Website  STAFF REPORT Pasadena’s ‘626 Day’ Aims to Celebrate City, Boost Local Economy Community News Herbeauty10 Brutally Honest Reasons Why You’re Still SingleHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty10 Questions To Start Conversation Way Better Than ‘How U Doing?’HerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty15 Countries Where Men Have Difficulties Finding A WifeHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty10 Easy Tips To Help You Reset Your Sleep ScheduleHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyHe Is Totally In Love With You If He Does These 7 ThingsHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyWant To Seriously Cut On Sugar? You Need To Know A Few TricksHerbeautyHerbeautycenter_img Home of the Week: Unique Pasadena Home Located on Madeline Drive, Pasadena More Cool Stuff STAFF REPORT First Heatwave Expected Next Week Get our daily Pasadena newspaper in your email box. Free.Get all the latest Pasadena news, more than 10 fresh stories daily, 7 days a week at 7 a.m. Business News Government Council Study Session Contrasts CEQA With City’s Mobility Plans, Draws Praise, Criticism Session follows updates to ‘Vehicle Miles Traveled’ standard in November STAFF REPORT Published on Monday, February 1, 2021 | 5:16 pm 12 recommended0 commentsShareShareTweetSharePin it EVENTS & ENTERTAINMENT | FOOD & DRINK | THE ARTS | REAL ESTATE | HOME & GARDEN | WELLNESS | SOCIAL SCENE | GETAWAYS | PARENTS & KIDS faithfernandez More » ShareTweetShare on Google+Pin on PinterestSend with WhatsApp,Virtual Schools PasadenaHomes Solve Community/Gov/Pub SafetyPasadena Public WorksPasadena Water and PowerPASADENA EVENTS & ACTIVITIES CALENDARClick here for Movie Showtimeslast_img read more

Division of Recreation Men’s Summer Basketball League registration

first_imgThe Recreation Division has begun registration for the Men’s Summer Basketball League. The fee for the Outdoor Basketball League is $400 per team. The fees collected will go towards the costs of running the program. The fee is non-refundable. The fee also includes a game jersey. Rosters of up to 20 players may be submitted any weekday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the City Hall Office at 630 Avenue C, Room #13. The deadline for rosters and money is May 3 by 4 p.m. The season will tentatively start on May 30, 2017. Divisions will be formed on the basis of roster strength, as determined by league officials. As manager, your payment must include the cost for your entire team. Cash will be accepted and checks must be made payable to “City of Bayonne.” All teams must purchase Recreation Game shirts. League officials will strictly enforce the rule regarding players without shirts.For more information, contact Pete Amadeo at (201) 858-6129 or email [email protected]last_img read more

Texas court dismisses CU’s ADA lawsuit

first_img ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr The U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas has dismissed a lawsuit filed against Smart Financial Credit Union related to website accessibility requirements under the Americans with Disabilities Act. NAFCU had filed an amicus brief in support of the credit union in this case.In its decision, the court found that the plaintiff did have standing as he seemed to fall in the credit union’s field of membership; however, the court determined that a website is not a physical place and the credit union would not be liable under the ADA.“This decision reinforces the need for the Department of Justice to provide clarity on ADA website requirements as different courts continue to come to different conclusions,” said NAFCU Executive Vice President of Government Affairs and General Counsel Carrie Hunt. “NAFCU will continue to press the department for guidance to ensure credit unions feel confident in their website offerings.”NAFCU has filed 16 amicus briefs in seven different states to support credit unions targeted by ADA website accessibility litigation. So far, nine of the complaints in which NAFCU has supported the credit union have been dismissed, though many of the courts determined that the plaintiff lacked standing. continue reading »last_img read more

Bulldog Grapplers Fall To Pirates

first_imgThe Batesville High School wrestling team hosted the Greensburg Pirates for their final home meet of the year. The night honored our three senior wrestlers along with our senior manager Carly Redwine. Our three seniors showed their strength by winning all of their matches against their pirate rivals. In addition to senior night, we also had the opportunity to honor our upcoming youth wrestlers.The dual meet started off with the 285 lb class with a forfeit by the bulldogs giving up six points to the pirates. Freshman Laiken Hanna faced off against Lane Wells in the 106 lb class falling by a pin in the first period moving the score to 12-0. Freshman Jackson Wooldridge entered the match for the 113 lb. class where he met Greensburg standout Zach Bartosz. Wooldridge kept the match close with a 2-0 score after period one, but fell by pin in the second period. Freshman Dallas lamping competed against Travis Gauck in the 120 lb class falling by a pin giving the pirates 24-0 lead. Sophomore Nick Schneider fell in the 126 lb class by pin to Brandon Butz adding six more points to the pirates lead. Sophomore Chris Schene wrestled off Kevin Romero in the 132 lb class falling by pin which gave the pirates 36-0 lead. The 138 lb class was forfeited by the dogs adding six more points to the lead. Sophomore Xavier King wrestled in the 145 lb class going the distance in all three periods but fell by a 9-4 decision to Victor Albaine adding three more team points to the Greensburg lead. Senior captain Neal Nobbe faced off against a tough Dakota Deiwert in the 160 lb class. Nobbe fell behind early in the match until he took advantage of a 3rd period reversal which led to his 15th pin on the year and Batesville’s first six points of the night. Batesville was unable to fill the 170 lb class giving the pirates six more points. Senior captain Will Amberger in the 182 lb class followed up Nobbe’s win by earning five takedowns against pirate Damian Rigby, before closing his match by a pin and giving the dogs six more points on the board. The last contested match of the night came from senior Alan Hudepohl and Matthew Hayes in the 195 lb class. Hudepohl followed the lead of his other senior team members beating his opponent by a 7-1 decision helping the Bulldogs to three more team points. The bulldogs gave up six more points by forfeiting the 220 lb class ending the night with a final score of Batesville 15 and Greensburg 63.Courtesy of Coach Chris Deal with Wendy Deal.last_img read more

Younes Limam and Syracuse agree on ‘long-term contract extension’

first_img Comments Limam also led Syracuse to its biggest upset in program history in 2018. The Orange knocked off then-No. 3 Georgia Tech, 4-3, on April 1.Prior to coaching at Syracuse, Limam was an assistant coach at Rice University for five seasons. A native of Mohammedia, Morocco, Limam played collegiate tennis at Division II Drury University.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text Syracuse has agreed on a “long-term contract extension” with its women’s tennis coach, Younes Limam, SU Athletics announced Wednesday.Limam just completed his fourth year coaching the Orange. He has led SU to the first two NCAA tournament appearances in program history, first in 2016 and then in 2018.The 2018 season was one of the best in Syracuse history, as the Orange reached a ranking as high as No. 25 nationally and finished 17-8. SU also featured an All-American singles player in junior Gabriela Knutson, who finished the season ranked No. 8 in the country. Knutson combined with Miranda Ramirez for an All-American doubles finish, as well. Published on August 1, 2018 at 3:53 pm Contact Billy: [email protected] | @Wheyen3 Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

Altenar strikes partnership with Latvian sportsbook Klondaika

first_imgShare Altenar: Supporting expansion plans in Denmark and Portugal August 20, 2020 StumbleUpon Global Gaming adds sportsbook extension to Ninja property August 25, 2020 Share Altenar increases global scale with new sports betting platform May 14, 2020 Related Articles Submit Malta-based sports betting solutions provider Altenar has announced a new partnership with Klondaika, with the Latvian gaming brand set to roll out its new sportsbook today.Altenar’s sport betting platform will operate with Klondaika’s existing brand to deliver a tailored sports betting service to its customers.The new sportsbook will offer betting options for over 600 different markets, including in-play betting with more than 18,000 live events each month. With 21 sports available, it’s hoped that this extensive betting solution will engage customers ahead of the World Cup.Other benefits of the partnership include multi-lingual support, which Klondaika will now be able to offer through the Altenar-developed product, along with real-time data solutions for advanced data management.Krisjanis Kravis, Head of Online Casino Project of Klondaika.lv, said: “Klondaika is a rising star of the Latvian gaming market, so it was vital to partner up with a proven provider like Altenar for one of the prized jewels in the sporting crown.”“Their suite of CIS-facing partnerships and rapid-fire integration only bolsters our confidence for a successful World Cup 2018 in Russia, running on the back of the industry’s most detailed sports data systems. Altenar’s top-quality software solutions speak to the heart of what sets Klondaika apart.”Domenico Mazzola, Commercial Director at Altenar, added: “I look forward to working closely with Klondaika and to building the success of this exciting new brand. This partnership is another major milestone for Altenar as it establishes itself as the leading provider of fully managed Sportsbook platform solutions and services to major operators in regulated markets worldwide.”last_img read more

DONEGAL SFC PREVIEW: ST MICHAEL’S V BUNDORAN

first_imgColm McFadden will be hoping he can fire St Michael’s to victory against Bundoran in the Donegal SFC this weekend.St Michael’s welcome Bundoran to The Bridge on Saturday evening in their opening group game of this year’s 2014 Donegal SFC. St Michael’s have had a mixed bag of results all year in the All-County League Division One, but on their day are as good as any team in Donegal.St Michael’s can boast the services of county stars Martin McElhinney, Colm McFadden and Christy Toye and reached the county final in 2011. They were narrowly defeated that year by a Michael Murphy inspired Glenswilly side.Since that county final appearance St Michael’s have failed to build on the expectation to would land a county championship.Four Masters knocked them out at the quarter-final stage in 2012 and last year they failed to get out of the group stages having failed to win a single match.However, there’s no doubting that on their day they’re capable of beating anyone in Donegal and are many pundits dark horses for this year’s championship. Bundoran have had a solid campaign in Division Two so far this year, and will approach this game with confidence having drawn with St Michael’s in the championship last season.They’re a tough, well organised physical side and they’ll believe they can get a positive result.With home advantage and a quality squad, it’s a game St Michael’s should win.With formidable away games to come against Kilcar and Glenswilly, it’s essential they get off to a winning start.VERDICT – ST MICHAEL’S DONEGAL SFC PREVIEW: ST MICHAEL’S V BUNDORAN was last modified: September 25th, 2014 by Mark ForkerShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:bundoranDonegal SFCnewsSportSt Michaelslast_img read more

Chelsea youngsters hit back to win after penalty miss

first_imgAdam Phillip’s goal 14 minutes from the end gave Chelsea’s Under-21 side a 1-0 win at Wycombe on Tuesday.After being put through by Lewis Baker, Phillips rounded keeper Matt Ingram and was able to finish.Baker earlier had a penalty saved after Ingram had brought down Phillip in the box.Click here for our latest Chelsea 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 Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

Homo naledi Is Young

first_imgThe media are abuzz with disappointment that this cache of bones in South Africa is too young to be a missing link.Homo naledi is one of the most astonishing “hominin” fossil finds in recent years, on par with the “hobbits” (Homo floresiensis) of Indonesia. Debates have gone wild since Lee Berger announced hundreds of bones and skulls from a nearly inaccessible cave chamber in South Africa in 2015 (discovered in 2013). The bones appeared to belong to a single type of hominin which had a mosaic of modern and primitive features. The chamber where they were found led some to believe that the tribe used it for burial, implying cultural intelligence; others argued that animals had dragged them in there. Resolution of the controversy centered on the evolutionary date for the fossils. If they were on the order of two million years, they could be considered possibly transitional, but not if they were much younger. Well, now the answer is out; they’re young: between 236,000 and 335,000 Darwin years old. Here’s what the media are saying:This is astonishingly young for a species that still displays primitive characteristics found in fossils about two million years old. —Chris StringerPrimitive hominid lived alongside modern humans (Science Daily). “The oldest dated fossils of Homo sapiens in Africa are around 200,000 years old. And now we have a very primitive looking hominid that probably existed at the same time as them.”Homonin [sic] discovered in 2015 by the Rising Star team in South Africa was alive between 335,000 and 236,000 years ago (Science Daily).At such a young age, in a period known as the late Middle Pleistocene, it was previously thought that only Homo sapiens (modern humans) existed in Africa. More critically, it is at precisely this time that we see the rise of what has been called “modern human behaviour” in southern Africa — behaviour attributed, until now, to the rise of modern humans and thought to represent the origins of complex modern human activities such as burial of the dead, self-adornment and complex tools.Did This Mysterious Ape-Human Once Live Alongside Our Ancestors? (National Geographic). “After adding Homo naledi to the human family tree, researchers reveal that the species is younger than it seems.”Amazing haul of ancient human finds unveiled (BBC News). Chris Stringer says, “This is astonishingly young for a species that still displays primitive characteristics found in fossils about two million years old.”Meet ‘Neo’, the most complete skeleton of Homo naledi ever found (New Scientist).This new way of thinking might have profound implications, he says. For instance, H. naledi’s odd mix of features – some strikingly modern-looking, some more ancient – hints that the emergence of recognisably modern human anatomy was far more complicated than originally thought.And the idea that H. naledi might have survived in the crucible of human evolution for two million years should put to rest the idea that competition between human lineages drove a universal march to larger and larger brains. “It was always just a tale – and it’s ended now,” says Berger.Even the archaeological record of stone tools might need to be reassessed given that H. naledi’s modern-looking hands should have been capable of fine manipulation. In a third paper, Berger’s team speculates that stone tools generally assumed to be the work of recognisably modern humans like Homo erectus or even early H. sapiens might have been the handiwork of H. naledi.We can only guess what implications that might have for understanding how ancient humans spread out of Africa. Perhaps significantly, H. naledi’s anatomy suggests it could walk long distances.Clearly, Homo naledi was no chump of a chimp. Maybe it was just an odd member of the human race – small in stature, but possessing all the essentials of intelligence, tool-making, and planning. The discovery of a second burial site pretty much confirms the theory that they buried their dead. And it becomes quite a stretch to imagine them living for 2 million years into the time of fully modern humans without evolving themselves.Hammer Blows from Two Wood ExpertsBernard Wood, a well-regarded evolutionary paleoanthropologist, takes the top-down approach that these are modern human beings that evolved downward due to isolation. New Scientist says,Bernard Wood at The George Washington University in Washington DC is not surprised by the age. Just months after the first H. naledi papers were published he bet a colleague that the species would turn out to be less than 500,000 years old. It was the hands that did it for him, he says. “My sense was that having a relatively modern hand and foot was important,” he says.Wood thinks a full evolutionary analysis might conclude from those modern hands and feet that H. naledi branched off from other humans relatively recently. “Its primitive features might be misleading,” he says. This would mean it originated recently and then evolved to look more primitive due to isolation.Todd Wood is a creation scientist who follows paleoanthropology closely, and determines the limits of human and ape variation. He was delighted to hear the news on his blog today. Dr. Wood paid special attention to the discovery of a second burial chamber:The Lesedi chamber is described as almost as inaccessible as the original Dinaledi chamber, and they report 131 hominin specimens. In the press release at the Wits website, John Hawks has this to say about it:“This likely adds weight to the hypothesis that Homo naledi was using dark, remote places to cache its dead,” says Hawks. “What are the odds of a second, almost identical occurrence happening by chance?”Notice what Hawks is doing here: That’s Dembski’s design filter, isn’t it? There’s no natural law that says hominin remains should be found in caves, so that leaves chance and design as explanations.Over the years, Todd Wood has carefully plotted features of all the known hominin skulls, and finds that they cluster into two non-overlapping groups: those that are ape, and those that are human.Sighs of discouragement are heard in the Darwin castle. Evolutionists will certainly stick to their story, but it becomes more implausible with each turn. Prediction: they will find a way to re-date these bones to millions of years old, not because of the evidence, but because of the need to save the evolutionary worldview. Evolutionists obsess over trying to arrange the bones in a progressive sequence, but they impose the story on the bones, not derive it from them.Creationists can accept a fair amount of variation in the human race. Look at the differences between the world’s tallest and smallest men. Different tribes have recognizable, distinct traits. If a group separates from the population and inbreeds heavily, certain traits will be accentuated over a relatively short time, just a few centuries or millennia since Babel. That’s apparently what happened to H. naledi, the hobbits, Homo erectus and the other upright-walking, tool-using groups found in Africa, Asia, and Europe. It’s certainly possible to envision a population of small humans living together, given that we have pygmy tribes today, and know about dwarfs who are fully human and intelligent. (Visited 667 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

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