Two American women journalists to be tried soon

first_imgNews As doubt persists on North Korea’s “zero” coronavirus cases, RSF urges for transparency Organisation April 24, 2009 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Two American women journalists to be tried soon News North KoreaAsia – Pacific Campaigns Help by sharing this information Reporters Without Borders condemns the North Korean government’s decision to charge and try the two American reporters, Laura Ling and Euna Lee, who were arrested at the Chinese border on 17 March. They are accused of entering the country illegally, spying and “hostile activities,” but in reality they were just trying to report the fate of North Korean refugees at the border.“We deplore the way the authorities are treating these two women as criminals when in fact they were just doing their job as journalists,” Reporters Without Borders said. “There is every reason to fear that North Korea’s opaque judicial system will not give them due process. But we hope the country’s leaders will heed the many calls for their release.”North Korea’s official KCNA news agency announced in a brief dispatch today: “A competent organ of the DPRK (North Korea) concluded the investigation into the journalists of the United States. The organ formally decided to refer them to a trial on the basis of the confirmed crimes committed by them.”If found guilty, Ling and Lee face up to 10 years of forced labour. Article 63 of the penal code regarding “crimes” against North Korea provides for jail terms of five to ten years for foreigners gathering information inside the country. They work for the San Francisco-based online television station Current TV.Around 1,500 journalists and bloggers have already signed a petition in support of Ling and Lee that was launched by Reporters Without Borders and the International Women’s Media Foundation. You can sign the petition. November 18, 2019 Find out more North KoreaAsia – Pacific center_img News Follow the news on North Korea RSF_en to go further Receive email alerts “Without independent journalism, this would be the news” – RSF’s new ad Journalists face archaic sanction of capital punishment in some parts of the world July 6, 2020 Find out more April 1, 2020 Find out morelast_img read more

Golding appears before Inquiry

first_img Share NewsPoliticsRegional Golding appears before Inquiry by: – March 19, 2011 Sharing is caring! Share Tweetcenter_img 27 Views   no discussions Share Jamaica’s Prime Minister Bruce Golding on Friday made his highly anticipated appearance before the Manatt/Coke Commission of Inquiry.That official probe began just under two months ago and was called following public pressure for an investigation into the government’s handling of a request from the US government for the extradition of accused drug lord Christopher “Dudus” Coke.The inquiry is also seeking to unravel the government’s dealing with the US law firm Manatt, Phelps and Phillips.For the first time Mr Golding made public his association with Mr Coke, saying he met the alleged drug lord prior to assuming the position of Member of Parliament for Western Kingston.The prime minister also confirmed that Mr Coke held tremendous influence in Tivoli Gardens.Source: BBC Caribbeanlast_img read more

Lawyer accuses prosecutor of intimidation

first_imgSOCU’s Special Prosecutor, Patrice HenryAttorney Glenn HanomanFormer Attorney General Anil NandlallLaw books fiascoAttorney-at-law Glenn Hanoman, representing former Attorney General Anil Nandlall, has defended his client’s absence during a recent trial hearing at the Georgetown Magistrates’ Courts.When the matter was called up on Thursday last, neither Nandlall nor his attorney were present, and, as such, Special Prosecutor assigned to the case, Patrice Henry, successfully requested the court to send a notice to the defendant.He also informed that if the defendant fails to attend court at the next hearing, a warrant would be issued for his arrest.However, in a statement on Friday, Attorney Hanoman posited that his and his client’s absence during the recent hearing was not deliberate. In fact, the lawyer noted that they were just simply unaware that the matter was fixed for that day.“I was shocked by two headlines in the (media)… Both articles accurately reported that neither I nor my client, Mohabir Anil Nandlall, were present when the relevant matter was called before Her Worship Magistrate Fabayo Azore at the Georgetown Magistrates’ Court on June 6, 2019. I wish to make it clear that the absence of my client and (me was) neither deliberate nor due to any form of inadvertence,” Hanoman stated in the missive.He explained that, from the inception, the case was and is being heard in Court V, but the presiding Magistrate is currently assigned responsibilities in the East Demerara Magisterial District, and would return to the City court to deal with incomplete pending cases, including this case.According to the lawyer, this matter was called up on April 5 before Magistrate Azore at the Georgetown Magistrates’ Court V, where both he and his client were present. On that date, the matter was then adjourned to May 24 at 13:30h at the Georgetown Magistrates’ Court V.When he turned up at court on that day however, Hanoman said, neither the Magistrate nor the Prosecutor was present. Upon enquiry, he was informed by her clerk that the Magistrate would not be attending court on that day, and that he is unaware of the next date when the Magistrate would be in attendance, but that he would so inform the defendant’s counsel (Hanoman) when he is in receipt of that information.“I left the court and so informed my client. I never received any further information from the clerk, as promised. Therefore, neither I, nor my client, were informed that the matter was fixed to be heard by the learned Magistrate on June 6, 2019, hence our absence.”Further, Attorney Hanoman posited that “It is extraordinarily worrying, not only how the matter became fixed for hearing on June 6, 2019, but also how the Prosecutor knew of this date, when he was not present on the last date the matter was scheduled to be called, that is, on May 24, 2019.”Moreover, the lawyer went on to point out that he was present in Court V all day on Friday to attend other cases. However, he noted that in both the morning and afternoon sessions, Magistrate Faith Mc Gusty, and not Magistrate Azore, presided in that court.“After reading the newspaper articles…and upon enquiries, I was informed that sometime between 13:00h – 13:30h on June 6, 2019, the matter was called in Georgetown Magistrates’ Court III, another courtroom, with only the Magistrate and the Prosecutor present. I have secured a copy of the case jacket and there is no endorsement thereon that the matter was adjourned from May 24, 2019 to June 6, 2019,” the lawyer noted.On this note, Hanoman then questioned how and when the June 6 date was fixed; and further, how did the Prosecutor, and even the press, become aware of this date, the precise time and the new Courtroom in which the matter would be called?“These apparent oddities will be interrogated and examined closer at a later stage. It is unfortunate that the learned Prosecutor signalled an intent to resort to the draconian recourse of seeking an arrest warrant for my client on the next occasion when he is so familiar with the whereabouts of both my client and I, who are both officially located less than a stone’s throw away from the Court, and with whom he interacts on a regular basis. I will refrain from attributing to him an improper motive,” the attorney posited in this missive.The Special Organised Crime Unit (SOCU) is accusing Nandlall of stealing some 14 Commonwealth law books, worth $2.3 million, from the State.However, Nandlall had explained that when he was appointed Attorney General, he requested, as part of his contract of service, for the Government of Guyana to stand the expense for his subscriptions for the Commonwealth law books. He had subscribed to Lexis Nexis, the publishers of the law reports.His contentions were corroborated publicly by then President Donald Ramotar.Despite this, however, in April 2017, Nandlall was arraigned at the Georgetown Magistrates’ Courts before Magistrate Azore on the charge instituted by members of SOCU.Nandlall continues to maintain that the accusation laid against him by SOCU was instigated by his successor, Attorney General Basil Williams, because he [Nandlall] continues to criticise his [Williams’s] performance.last_img read more

FAMILY’S HEARTACHE OVER MISSING 22 YEAR OLD

first_imgTHIS is the missing Lifford man who has vanished after escaping from police custody.David Colhoun, 22, from Beechwood Road has not been seen since the early hours of Sunday morning last.Mr Colhoun, had been in police custody at Strabane PSNI station in Co Tyrone after being arrested for a minor offence according to police. However when he was being transferred from one police car into another, he managed to escape.The last sighting of Mr Colhoun was of him headed towards the River Foyle which separates Tyrone from Donegal.However nobody has heard from Mr Colhoun since including his heartbroken girlfriend and his family.The Gardai and the PSNI say they have not received any reported sightings of the missing man since his disappearance. The PSNI have checked CCTV footage of businesses’ in and around Strabane bus station yesterday to see what direction the 22-year-old headed.Searches along the river bank and surrounding areas by the Foyle Search and Rescue, the Gardai, PSNI and dozens of volunteers have been carried out but there have been no sightings of Mr. Colhoun.A new search began this morning at 8am with the search being concentrated along the riverbank.PICTURES BY: NewspixirlEnds FAMILY’S HEARTACHE OVER MISSING 22 YEAR OLD was last modified: May 25th, 2011 by StephenShare 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:David ColhounLiffordmissinglast_img read more

Barca to target Chelsea keeper – report

first_imgChelsea are preparing for a £10m bid from Barcelona for goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois, according to The Sun.Courtois has yet to play for the Blues since signing in an £8m move from Genk in July 2011 and has impressed while on loan at Atletico Madrid.And it is claimed that Barca have identified the Belgian as a potential replacement for Victor Valdes.Everton boss David Moyes and Swansea’s Michael Laudrup are likely to be on the shortlist for the Chelsea manager’s job in the summer, according to the Daily Telegraph.Bayern Munich’s appointment of Pep Guardiola – the man widely considered to be Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich’s first choice – had led to renewed speculation about who will take over at Stamford Bridge, where Rafael Benitez is in interim charge.Borussia Dortmund coach Jurgen Klopp has been touted as a candidate but the Telegraph believe he may be keen to succeed Joachim Low as Germany boss.As well as Moyes and Laudrup, Low and Atletico Madrid’s Diego Simeone are also tipped to be on the shortlist.The Daily Mirror, meanwhile, say Chelsea legend Gianfranco Zola has emerged as a serious contender for the job.Two Italian clubs have shown some interest in Jose Bosingwa, the Mirror believe.QPR want the defender, who was recently fined for refusing to be a substitute, out of Loftus Road during the transfer window but he has a lucrative contract and will not be easy to offload.There are more allegations about his conduct, with the Mirror suggesting he has been warned about being late for training, has been difficult when he does take part and ignores his team-mates by listening to music on his headphones.A source is quoted as saying: “It is very ­difficult. He has fallen out with the boss and now doesn’t want to be there, but is on a big contract.“He has been one of the most difficult players at a club some of the players have ever seen. He turns up, listens to music and clearly wants to move on.”The Daily Mail suggest some Rangers players feel Bosingwa is ‘disrespectful’ and ‘arrogant’ and they avoid interacting with him.This page is regularly updated.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 Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

Uncertainty in center shouldn’t compel Giants to deviate from 2019 plan

first_imgMILWAUKEE — As Cactus League play drew to an end and the Giants prepared to travel north to round out their exhibition schedule, they hadn’t settled on a starting center fielder for 2018.Back in March, the Giants had practically penciled in their Opening Day center fielder for 2019, but the team’s top decision-makers struggled to determine whether Steven Duggar was ready to play in the major leagues right away.Days before the season began, Duggar learned he would open the year at Triple-A …last_img read more

Rackspace Says it’s Closing the Gap with Amazon

first_imgMassive Non-Desk Workforce is an Opportunity fo… Related Posts 3 Areas of Your Business that Need Tech Now Tags:#enterprise#news#NYT alex williamscenter_img The chief executive of Rackspace says the company has closed the gap with Amazon, gaining significant market share in its cloud computing compared to a year ago. In an interview with Reuters, Chief Executive Lanham Napier said a year ago Amazon was “incredibly far ahead,” of Rackspace in the cloud computing market. But this year he said Rackspace has closed the gap with Amazon’s web services business.Napier did not provide details about the gap nor how much Rackspace has gained on Amazon. He did say the Rackspace cloud business contributed 10 percent to the company’s revenue in the third quarter. Business for cloud computing services has been growing in excess of 100 percent per year. In the second quarter, the Rackspace cloud business grew 17 percent.The cloud business does have its pitfalls, in particular in respect to the tight margins that come with offering the service. Napier said those tight margins have been offset by its hosting business. Rackspace provides hosting to large enterprises. Cloud computing services are primarily provided to customers for hosting websites and renting servers that can be scaled up and back down at any time.But can this scenario continue? Competition is only starting in the cloud computing market. Rackspace competes with other cloud computing providers such as Joyent. Microsoft will soon enter the game. The key will be in how to add margins to the cloud business. Depending on traditional hosting business may get tricky if more of that business goes to the cloud, too.Amazon seems to be fighting that battle on a daily basis. They continue to add features but have to respond to market pressures with competitive pricing. The company recently announced it was dropping prices for its EC2 service.Disclosure: Rackspace is a RWW sponsor. IT + Project Management: A Love Affair Cognitive Automation is the Immediate Future of…last_img read more

Android Continues Gaining Ground, Ready to Surpass Windows Mobile

first_imgTags:#mobile#news#Statistics#web Related Posts mike melanson What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagementcenter_img Android continues to grab a section of the smartphone market and is just about ready to jump into the number three spot, behind RIM and Apple. ComScore’s latest numbers look at the three month period leading up to May and show that the Android platform gained four percentage points in that time period, pulling neck in neck with Microsft. In addition to Android, mobile Web usage itself is also on the rise, with numbers increasing across the board. While ComScore’s numbers don’t include the launch of Apple’s iPhone 4, Apple’s smartphones are not the story here. They’re holding solid in second place with nearly a quarter of the market and maybe more. Android, however, is definitely gaining ground. For the three-month period leading up to last December, Google’s Android platform accounted for just 5.2% of smartphone devices. By last Februrary, it had nearly doubled to 9% and now it has grown again to 13%, gaining around 4% of the smartphone market every three months.As a matter of fact, Google’s Android platform was the only one to gain any ground, percentage-wise, during the quarter, but comScore made sure to note that “despite losing share to Google Android, most smartphone platforms continue to gain subscribers as the smartphone market overall continues to grow.”Android aside, ComScore also looks at mobile Web usage overall and notes a trend – it’s still growing. From using a mobile browser to downloading apps to accessing social networks, the mobile web continues to grow. The most common activity, of course, is sending text messages, with over 65% of mobile subscribers saying they have done so. But what sphere saw the most growth? You guessed it, accessing social networking sites and blogs, increasing 2.6 percentage points to just under 21% of all mobile subscribers.For the full numbers and report, visit ComScore. Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technologylast_img read more

Storm Brewing: Commercial Data Bill Of Rights Introduced

first_imgTags:#Analysis#enterprise#news IT + Project Management: A Love Affair 3 Areas of Your Business that Need Tech Now dan rowinski Massive Non-Desk Workforce is an Opportunity fo…center_img Cognitive Automation is the Immediate Future of… Related Posts Senators John Kerry, and John McCain introduced a bill to the Senate floor last week entitled “The Commercial Privacy Bill Of Rights” that would reform and codify how Internet user data could be used online.On the surface, this seems like the type of altruistic bill that falls in to the no-brainer area of Congressional legislation. Privacy, protection, trust, accountability. All the good political buzzwords apply. Yet, it is not that simple. Data is the lifeblood of the Web and the use of consumer data and the bill would allow the Federal Trade Commission and the Department of Commerce to have a significant hand in regulation of how data is collected and used by companies. Advertisers, innovators and consumer groups are concerned with the bill, not so much because of the wording of the legislation, but rather the amount of control it places in the hands of the FTC and whether or not that is necessary. From the summary of the bill:The right to security and accountability:Collectors of information must implement security measures to protect the information they collect and maintain.The right to notice, consent, access and correct information:The collector must provide the ability for an individual to opt-out of any information collection that is unauthorized by the Act and provide affirmative consent (opt-in) for the collection of sensitive personally identifiable information.The right to data minimization, distribution constraints and data integrity:Holds companies to use the data they collect only for specific purposes of conducting business within a set timeline hold any third-party accessors of that data to the same standards as the collector.Voluntary Safe Harbor Programs: Companies can opt-out of portions of the bill if they set policies that are equally as stringent as the bill.How will it affect the advertising ecosystem?The advertising community feels that this law is unnecessary because the industry has been crafting its own privacy policies for some time and think that the market can regulate itself. “We’ve set up a system; now they are going to replace it with the FTC,” Dan Jaffe, executive vice president of the Association of Nationals Advertisers said in and AdWeek interview. “It basically undermines the momentum last December when botht he FTC and Commerce Department scolded the industry for not moving fast enough.”Kaliya Hamlin, the executive director of the Personal Data Ecosystem Consortium, believes the bill is absolutely necessary. Foremost, she says, it will bring American privacy laws in to correlation with those of the European Union, which would allow for greater international commerce as currently U.S. sites that do not comply with European privacy laws either cannot operate there or have to change their data handling processes to accommodate European law. “Our consortium has a point of view about how the future could be and it doesn’t have to be the way it is,” Hamlin said. “It is totally possible to advertise (and potentially even more effective then today) in an ecosystem that gets re-wired to respect people and their information – that seeks to build with them and connect them to offers and opportunities that are relevant to them.”Hamlin noted that on a recent trip to Europe that she encountered many pop-ups on sites that telling asking if her information could be used. It is likely that if this bill is passed similar pop-ups could be coming to the United States. Will it stifle innovation?Hamlin does not think so.“So there are currently 20+ startups innovating around developing personal data banks and services around them,” Hamlin said. “So, where is the stifling?”Yet, social network data hacker and ReadWriteWeb contributor Pete Warden, told our editor Marshall Kirkpatrick last week that “these regulations will deter startups from building new tools like Mint.com or Rapportive, while the big corporations can devote whole departments to working around any new rules,” Warden said.There is clearly a split in the tech community on if and how the bill would affect innovation. It is notable that the United States leads Europe in volume and quality of innovation. Is that because of the culture on the other side of the pond? The amount of regulation by the European Union? A group of the largest tech companies, including Microsoft, Intel and e-Bay signed an agreement last week supporting the bill. Notably, Facebook and Google have not weighed in on the bill.CNET pointed out last week that the bill will not apply to the government or law enforcement, which brings up an interesting double standard in how the government views itself in relation to business. Internet consumers are as wary of the government and how it uses their information as they are of businesses. When it comes to the day-to-day processes of government function, it does not operate all that different from a large enterprise corporation yet yields more power over the lives of American’s than almost all corporations put together.In the long run, start-ups and innovators will learn to deal with the new regulations if the bill passes. It comes down to a matter of trust. How much do consumers trust the businesses that use and control their data? This bill would help companies gain and keep the trust of consumers.But, the question becomes: does the federal government need to legislate that trust or is it something that companies have to craft and earn on their own?last_img read more

Volvo bets you’ll still want private, luxurious self-driving cars

first_imgBreak the Mold with Real-World Logistics AI and… Tags:#IoT#Lyft#self-driving cars#Uber#Volvo Donal Power For Self-Driving Systems, Infrastructure and In… IT Trends of the Future That Are Worth Paying A…center_img Related Posts While many experts predict the demise of individually owned autonomous cars, Volvo is hedging its bets on premium private self-driving vehicles.The Car and Driver blog featured an interesting discussion with Volvo CEO Håkan Samuelsson. In it he said Volvo sees a future in premium self-driving cars, with buyers willing to shell out $10,000 extra for fully autonomous functionality.This runs contrary to the views of many industry experts, including Lyft co-founder John Zimmer, who sees private car ownership vanishing within a decade.See also: Three reasons self-driving cars aren’t driving public supportThey anticipate it will be replaced with new technology that enables fleets of self-driving cars to operate more like public transit. And Volvo recent’s partnership with Uber indicates that it’s not completely ruling out ride-sharing models with self-driving cars.However, it still sees value in a luxury niche for private ownership.“I think you still need to have a car which is not just fulfilling the transportation demand, but giving customers emotional value—a premium car,” said Samuelsson. “To make a car even more premium is one of the most interesting things.”Not only is Volvo one of the few auto makers to indicate there’s a potential market for both self-driving shared cars and private vehicles.So…how much with autonomous cost me?It’s also one of the first to put a ballpark dollar figure on the premium luxury car owners are willing to pay for fully autonomous private vehicles.“Such functionality should, for sure, be something close to $10,000,” said Samuelsson. “At the end of the day, customers will have to decide how valuable it is, but this is something we believe makes a premium car very attractive, and it also, we believe, makes it more profitable.”He says Volvo is targeting the consumer who is willing to pay more to use their time more effectively. Such as for a motorist who, for example, was stuck in traffic jams for an hour each day.“That hour could be used for something much more interesting,” he said. “Telephone conferencing, reading something, having breakfast with the kids. That is something we think is very important for Volvo.” 5 Ways IoT can Help to Reduce Automatic Vehicle…last_img read more

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