German intelligence agencies to be allowed to hack media

first_img Organisation June 7, 2019 German intelligence agencies to be allowed to hack media to go further March 30, 2021 Find out more The German Federal Intelligence Service (BND) outside its headquarters in Berlin. AFP RSF_en News Help by sharing this information RSF Germany’s research has provoked an outcry among German journalists. The investigative magazine Der Spiegel wrote in its online edition that Germany’s media should protest until the Interior Ministry withdraws its plans. After the issue made headlines in all the country’s main media, the Social Democratic Party, the junior partner in Germany’s coalition government, declared its opposition to the plans. Interior Minister Seehofer explained that he wanted to continue to offer journalists ‘special’ protection, however he avoided any statement to the effect that journalists should not be the targets of hacking by German intelligence services on principle. RFS Germany will therefore continue to campaign for online searches targeting German and foreign media to be banned by law.Germany ranks 13th out of 180 states on Reporters Without Borders’ Press Freedom Index. For further information about press freedom in Germany, please visit www.reporter-ohne-grenzen.de/d….   May 31, 2021 Find out more Follow the news on Germany The results of the research conducted by Reporters Without Borders Germany (RSF Germany) have triggered a broad debate because journalists see their constitutionally guaranteed right to source protection in jeopardy. “If source protection is abolished, media professionals and their sources would lose the foundation for trusting cooperation. Interior Minister Horst Seehofer must put a stop to his ministry’s plans immediately,” said Christian Mihr, Executive Director of RSF Germany.RSF Germany has issued a statement explaining how the planned digital attacks would massively hinder journalistic work in Germany. Investigating authorities would be allowed to conduct so-called “online searches” (“Online-Durchsuchung”) using special spyware to hack into digital devices and access all the data. In the case of journalists, this means intelligence services would be able to access and scan saved documents, recordings of interviews and browser search histories.According to the plans of the Interior Ministry, the German intelligence services would also be allowed to use these surveillance measures against media outlets. The domestic intelligence service could spy on German media, while the BND, Germany’s foreign intelligence agency, would be allowed to hack into foreign media. Although the draft law foresees certain protective rights for journalists, in the case of foreign media in particular the obstacles the state authorities would face are comparatively trivial. The BND would be empowered to hack foreign media to guarantee “Germany’s capacity to act”. So for example it would be allowed to hack into the servers of The Washington Post if this was deemed to serve Germany’s foreign policy interests. The “online searches” are just the tip of the iceberg, however. The ministerial draft bill lists a number of other measures with which intelligence services would be able to monitor journalistic activities. They would be allowed to wiretap encrypted communications between media professionals and their sources, for example, and to access booking data for trains or car rentals used on research trips.   News News Receive email alerts June 2, 2021 Find out more Under a draft law drawn up by the German Interior Ministry the country’s domestic and foreign intelligence services are to be allowed to hack into servers, computers and smartphones. The intelligence services would also be empowered to intercept the encrypted communications of publishing companies, radio and television broadcasters and freelance journalists in certain cases, or to covertly search the digital data on their devices, meaning that they could also identify journalistic sources in the process. GermanyEurope – Central Asia Protecting journalistsOnline freedomsProtecting sources InternetJudicial harassment RSF asks Germany to let Myanmar journalist Mratt Kyaw Thu apply for asylum News Use the Digital Services Act to make democracy prevail over platform interests, RSF tells EU German BND Act: A missed opportunity for press freedom GermanyEurope – Central Asia Protecting journalistsOnline freedomsProtecting sources InternetJudicial harassment last_img read more

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Eighteen Members of Los Zetas Arrested

first_imgBy Dialogo December 12, 2011 Mexican military personnel arrested 18 members of a cell of the Los Zetas cartel who had 1,100 hits of cocaine and other drugs in their possession in northern Mexico, the government announced. “Those arrested said that they belonged to the Los Zetas criminal group,” dedicated to the distribution of drugs in the municipality of Juárez, Nuevo León, the 7th Military Zone announced in a statement. At the time of the arrests, 500 hits of marijuana, weapons, cars, communications equipment, and cash were confiscated, in addition to cocaine. Los Zetas are responsible, among other crimes, for burning down a Monterrey casino on August 26, 2011, because the owner of the locale refused to pay extortion money.last_img read more

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Candidates file to run for nine new judgeships

first_img August 15, 2002 Regular News Candidates file to run for nine new judgeships Candidates file to run for nine new judgeshipscenter_img The number of contested circuit judge races rose significantly with the close of qualifying July 26 for nine new legislatively created seats.Eight of the new seats drew at least three candidates, while in the ninth, in the 10th Circuit, a state senator filed unopposed for the new post.Pursuant to a new state law, qualifying for the existing judgeships where the terms end at the end of the year was held in May. That law was intended to give incumbent judges who face last minute challenges more time to arrange their dockets for campaigning.But this year’s legislative session failed to produce a budget agreement for the 2002-03 budget until a special session in May. Part of that budget authorized 18 new circuit judges, with nine being chosen by voters and nine appointed by the governor. Since it was too late for qualifying for those nine elected seats during May, the legislature specified that qualifying would be held with other state races in July.The second round of qualifying for the nine new seats was unlike the May qualifying. Then there were 246 seats up and only 26 — mostly seats being vacated by incumbents — drew more than one candidate. In most of the uncontested seats, incumbents filed for re-election.With the new seats, that means voters will have a total of 34 circuit races on the September 10 primary ballot. Any runoffs will be decided on the November general election ballot.(There are no contested circuit judgeships in the First, Second, Third, 10th, 14th, 16th, 18th, or 20th circuits. Information on contested county judge races is not collected statewide, but is available from local supervisors of elections offices. A list of the other contested circuit races as well as those elected without opposition was in the June 1 News. )Filing unopposed for the new 10th Circuit seat is Sen. John Laurent, R-Bartow, a former member of the House Judiciary Committee and a current member of the joint House-Senate panel overseeing the constitutionally mandated increase in Article V funding for the state trial courts.Contesting the other races are:• In the Sixth Circuit, Group 41, Linda Allan, Bryon A. Lorrier, Malinda Ottinger, and William L. “Bill” Vinson.• In the Seventh Circuit, Group 24, David A. Burt, Terry LaRue, Larry Nixon, and Henry T. Swann III.• In the Eighth Circuit, Group 12, David A. Glant, Terry Kann, and Gil Schaffnit.• In the Ninth Circuit, Group 37, Mark C. Bender, Jim Henson, and Norberto Katz.• In the 12th Circuit, Group 19, Preston DeVilbiss, Jr., Cynthia Evers, Diana Moreland, and Ed Nicholas.• In the 13th Circuit, Group 37, Ray Brooks, Woody Isom, Monica L. Sierra, and Brad Souders.• In the 15th Circuit, Group 34, John P. Marinelli, William J. McAfee, Karen M. Miller, and Darren D. Shull.• In the 17th Circuit, Group 52, Michael G. Kaplan, Andrew “Andy” Salvage, Perry Eugene Thurston, Jr., and Jack Tuter.last_img read more

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5 critical economic trends for financial marketers

first_img 2SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr continue reading » f you like change, life as a financial marketer in the “new normal” is going to make you very happy. Here is just a sampling of what banks and credit unions must now watch out for now as coronavirus thinking becomes built into everything in the period here … and ahead.1. How Consumers Are Coping with COVID Recession’s Impact and StressOne of the key elements of the “American Dream” is homeownership, which typically means a mortgage. Over half of mortgage borrowers have had a drop in income, according to a July poll by LendingTree. One in five mortgage borrowers have missed a mortgage payment since March, the company also reported.A TransUnion pulse research study found that by July consumers who say they have been impacted by the COVID recession estimate they have, on average, just short of six weeks before they can’t pay all of their bills. Multiple reports have noted that, increasingly, layoffs are becoming terminations and furloughs are going longer.last_img read more

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Windsor Central School District hosts food drive

first_imgWINDSOR (WBNG) — The Windsor Central School District hosted their fourth food drive since the pandemic began. “People really come together and take care of one another,” Andrews said. “Whenever we have the opportunity to give back just a little bit to the community that supports us all the time, we are eager to do so.” Jason Andrew, WCSD superintendent, says giving away these meals brings in the the community feel. The district handed out 500 meals with frozen foods that included beef, fish, berries and more. So far the district has handed out over 40,000 meals just this summer alone. last_img read more

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Retail: prime offer continues to improve

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Mining giant Vale Indonesia divestment pushed again to June

first_imgIndonesia’s acquisition of the local arm of Brazil-based nickel mining giant PT Vale Indonesia has been pushed back for the second time this year due to pandemic-related complications.Vale, the country’s top nickel miner by output, said on Friday it had signed a deal with share buyer PT Indonesia Asahan Aluminium (Inalum), an Indonesian state-owned mining holding firm, to delay the acquisition until the end of June.Read also: Vale Indonesia’s profit, nickel output drop in Q1 after export banThe deal was also approved by Vale’s big shareholder, Japan-based Sumitomo Metal Mining Co., Ltd. The shareholders initially scheduled the acquisition for March but postponed it to May amid market uncertainty.“All parties remain committed to signing the definitive agreements, however, the current pandemic has presented challenges resulting in the delay,” writes Vale chief financial officer Bernardus Irmanto in a statement.“Except for the extended date of signing for the definitive agreements, the terms and conditions of the Head of Agreements remain in full force and effect,” he added.Vale Indonesia is slated to divest 40 percent ownership to Indonesians as required by Government Regulation No. 77/2014 on coal and mineral mining operations. The miner has already divested 20 percent ownership to the public through the Indonesia Stock Exchange (IDX).The divestment is part of the government’s campaign to tighten control over Indonesia’s mineral wealth. The government’s aim is to raise state revenue but such regulations have been criticized as deterring foreign investment.Read also: MIND.ID unlikely to issue new bonds until Freeport pays dividendsInalum, now rebranded as MIND.ID, raised US$1.5 billion in global bonds earlier this month to acquire the remaining 20 percent ownership of Vale Indonesia and to pay off subsidiaries’ debts.“Hopefully, we can execute it as soon as possible because the funds are ready,” said MIND.ID president director Orias Petrus Moedak at an online press conference on May 15.Before Vale, MIND.ID had acquired the local arm of US-based metal miner PT Freeport Indonesia (PTFI), which operates the world’s largest gold mine in Indonesia’s most impoverished province, Papua.Topics :last_img read more

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MLS clubs to submit plans on how players will come back for training

first_img Loading… These plans will be sent to the club’s medical staff and to a local infectious disease expert. Stringent testing will take place, while a player can only begin training if they have two negative COVID-19 tests, per Sky Sports News. read also:MLS teams allowed to resume small-group training The outlet claims that testing for MLS players will happen every 48 hours, which is similar to what leagues in Europe are doing. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 The American League has been out of commission since March 12th due to COVID-19. Now they are looking to resume, as clubs must submit plans on how players will come back for training.Advertisementcenter_img Major League Soccer teams have been given the all-clear to resume training.last_img read more

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1000s to demonstrate against Canadian Embassy over visas

first_imgThousands of Ghanaian Football fans are set to embark on street marches in Accra Wednesday to protest the Canadian High Commission’s refusal to grant them visas to travel to Canada to watch the on-going FIFA U20 Women’s World Cup matches there.The leaders of the aggrieved demonstrators have confirmed they have permission from the Police to embark on the demonstration on August 13.According to the organizers, the demonstrators would gather at the famous ‘Obra’ spot, at the Kwame Nkrumah Circle, early Wednesday morning.After the protest, they would converge at the former Hearts of Oak Park near the Arts Centre in Accra.Two weeks ago, the Sports Minister, Mahama Ayariga confirmed the High Commission suspected each of the applicants to be a potential asylum seeker, hence the refusal of the visas.However, the Minister promised his outfit would collaborate with the Foreign Affairs Ministry to have the issue resolved with every applicant securing the Canadian visa. The intended travel is to enable them travel to that country to support the Black Princesses.Meanwhile, the Black Princesses chase qualification going into the last group game against Finland.The team kicked-off the tournament with a 1-0 victory over the host nation, which handed them a big opportunity of reaching the last 8th of Group A.A 3-0 defeat to Korea DPR has put the Black Princesses under severe pressure as the team’s hopes of qualifying now rests on their results from the game against Finland in Moncton later onlast_img read more

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Browns sign QB Garrett Gilbert, AAF’s leading passer

first_imgThe Browns have signed quarterback Garrett Gilbert, the leading passer in the Alliance of American Football, the team announced Friday.Gilbert threw for a league-high 2,152 yards and 13 touchdowns for the Orlando Apollos before the AAF suspended operations earlier this week with two weeks to play in its inaugural regular season. Fun Fact: Garrett Gilbert (’09) and @bakermayfield (’13) are both alums of Lake Travis HS in Austin, Texas! Go Cavaliers! 😏— Cleveland Browns (@Browns) April 5, 2019The AAF said via social media Thursday that its players were “authorized” to sign with NFL teams, and a handful have in the first 24 hours after the suspended league made the announcement.Gilbert, 27, was a sixth-round pick of the then-St. Louis Rams in 2014 out of SMU, where he transferred in 2012 after starting his college career at Texas as a much-ballyhooed recruit. Panthers to sign top AAF receiver Rashad Ross, report says Chiefs become first NFL team to sign former AAF playercenter_img In addition to the Rams, he has spent time with the Patriots, Lions and Raiders. Most recently, he was with the Panthers in 2017 and ’18, but he has completed two of only three NFL regular-season passes for 40 yards.The Browns were looking for quarterback depth after losing Tyrod Taylor to the Chargers this offseason.The Browns also announced Friday that they’ve signed former Steelers safety Morgan Burnett to a two-year contract, and, according to multiple reports, he’ll compete with Eric Murray, recently acquired in a trade with the Chiefs, for the starting strong safety job. He led coach Steve Spurrier’s team to an AAF-best 7-1 mark.According to Cleveland.com, Gilbert will be third on the Browns’ depth chart behind starter Baker Mayfield, who threw for a rookie-record 27 touchdown passes in 2018, and his backup, Drew Stanton. Related Newslast_img read more

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