Members of European Parliament urged to support Global Online Freedom Act’s European version

first_img Help by sharing this information “We’ll hold Ilham Aliyev personally responsible if anything happens to this blogger in France” RSF says July 16, 2008 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Members of European Parliament urged to support Global Online Freedom Act’s European version Europe – Central Asia RSF_en News Europe – Central Asia Follow the news on Europe – Central Asia RSF calls for a fully transparent investigation after mine kills two journalists in Azerbaijan Reporters Without Borders is backing a proposed directive which Dutch MEP Jules Maaten will submit to the European Parliament on 17 July and which would prevent Europe’s Internet companies from being forced to cooperate with repressive regimes in censoring and monitoring the Internet. Inspired by America’s proposed Global Online Freedom Act (GOFA), it would allow these companies to adopt a series of joint measures to resist such governments.“We support this proposal and urge all Members of the European Parliament to support it too,” Reporters Without Borders said. “Online freedom is not just threatened by Yahoo!’s cooperation with the Chinese authorities. Some European companies are also the accomplices of online censors.”Telecom Italia, for example, owns part of the Cuban telecommunications company ETECSA, the only ISP available in Cuba. The French ISP Orange is involved in China, Vietnam and Egypt, which are all on the Reporters Without Borders list of “Internet Enemies.” The German company KCC Europe supplies North Korea with Internet access under an exclusive partnership signed in 2004.Proposed by Maaten, a member of the Alliance of Liberals and Democrats for Europe, the directive urges European companies to assume their “responsibility to uphold the principles of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights” and requires them, inter alia, to locate their servers outside repressive countries.“Internet companies say they have to comply with the laws in the countries with which they have agreements because their servers are located inside these countries,” Reporters Without Borders said. “But these laws very often violate international treaties that guarantee free expression. The European GOFA offers an alternative to such constraints, which are often a way for repressive government to obtain private data about these companies’ clients and have them arrested.”The GOFA, which was proposed by Republican representative Christopher Smith and enjoys bipartisan support, has been approved by the House of Representatives foreign affairs committee and, as the energy and commerce committee waived its right to examine the bill, it now only awaits approval by the full house.The GOFA was inspired in part by the example of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, which the US Congress adopted in 1977 with the aim stopping US companies from bribing corrupt officials in other countries and which had even greater impact after the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development adopted a similar anti-bribery convention in 1988.This European version of the GOFA aims to forestall online censorship possibilities and to regulate the potentially repressive activities of European Internet companies. It would open the way for the creation of an Office of Global Internet Freedom with the job of combatting online censorship by the most repressive governments and protecting the personal data of Internet users. Receive email alerts to go further Respect judicial independence in cases of two leading journalists in Serbia and Montenegro, RSF says Organisation June 8, 2021 Find out more News Reporters Without Borders is backing a proposed directive which Dutch MEP Jules Maaten will submit to the European Parliament on 17 July and which would prevent Europe’s Internet companies from being forced to cooperate with repressive regimes in censoring and monitoring the Internet. News June 7, 2021 Find out more News June 4, 2021 Find out morelast_img read more

Hendra home is a good bet

first_img The living spaces have seperate zones to which family members can retreatThe living spaces flow to an outdoor entertaining area, with an inground pool. Should you happen to be a party guest at 84 Harding St, one thing is certain, you won’t be short of a drink thanks to a kegerator in the outdoor kitchen. A kegerator, for the uninitiated, is a built-in keg from which you can serve beer on tap. “You can just park yourself beside the barbecue and order whatever beer you like,” Ms Krugel laughs. “Apparently it’s the next big thing.” There’s a lot of home here for a 407sq m block. “There was no compromising on space here. It’s a beautiful block. I’m very particular when it comes to that.” Despite being off site for most of the renovation, she says the process proved seamless. “The architect had a camera on site, with pictures taken every few hours, so I could follow the progress of the build. I’m so pleased with it. I have fallen in love with it.”Harding St may be Ms Krugel’s first foray into the Brisbane property market, but she has a self-professed love for the city and the suburb of Hendra in particular. “I love Brisbane. I love the pre-war Queenslanders. I would like to find another house in Hendra. It’s an up-and-coming suburb and you can find what is essentially an ugly duckling and turn it into a swan.” The house is on the market for offers of more than $2.2 million. 84 Harding St in Hendra is on sale for offers of more than $2.2 millionRacegoers dressed in their best finery spill over the side railings at Eagle Farm racecourse, their eyes trained on the finishing post, hoping this will be their lucky day. The scene, captured in a photograph in 1938 and retrieved from the archives of Queensland’s John Oxley Library, hangs in pride of place above the bar at 84 Harding St in Hendra.Its purpose? To give a potential buyer of this renovated pre-war Queenslander a feel for life in the local area in a time gone by. A photograph of racegoers at Eagle Farm in 1938 hangs above the bar“It’s my signature,” says Linda Krugel, the owner of the house, whose pastime is flipping properties. “When I do up a home I like to leave something nostalgic behind, something related to its history or the area.”With the property only minutes from the Eagle Farm and Doomben racecourses in Brisbane’s inner-northeast the photograph seems a fitting tribute.This is the third property that Ms Krugel, who lives in Watsons Bay in Sydney, has renovated, but it is her first in Brisbane. She bought the property for $835,000 in 2018 and has spent $1.2 million on the improvements. Contrary to most budding property developers though, she says she’s not in it to make money. The house is great for parties and entertaining“It’s my passion,” she says. “I don’t really make much out of it, it’s just something I love to do. I love taking an old home and finding something unexpected. Sometimes you can create something quite magical.”Ms Krugel used a buying agent to find the Hendra property and worked with an architect for 18 months to transform the Queenslander into a contemporary five-bedroom, four-bathroom home. “Open spaces in a home are great but you need something to give it depth,” she says. “This house has lots of depth and layering – I call it open-plan with structure. 84 Harding St, Hendra QLD “The house has different zones but there’s also spaces where families can be together.”The upper-level of the home contains the original house and is a mix of bedrooms and living spaces. “I kept the original tongue and groove walls of the Queenslander, but the rest is quite modern,” Ms Krugel said. The lower level features a guest room, media room and a lounge and dining area, which is flanked by the kitchen and a butler’s pantry. “If you’re entertaining, you need a butler’s pantry. They disappeared for a while, but now they’re back in fashion. What’s old is new again,” she said.More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus10 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market10 hours agolast_img read more

Human bones found in Talisay

first_imgBACOLOD City – Human bones were discovered at Mount Kulukabayuhan in Barangay Cabatangan, Talisay City, Negros Occidental. Police officers immediately responded to the area to gather the bones. Members of the city’s Bantay Bukid Brigade found the remains while patrolling around 1:30 p.m. on July 1, a police report showed.center_img The remains were brought to a public cemetery for preservation./PNlast_img

Trojans triumph in MPSF Tournament

first_imgFollowing a heartbreaking 10-9 overtime loss against their crosstown rivals from UCLA to conclude the regular season, the USC men’s water polo team entered the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation conference tournament in the unfamiliar role of reeling underdog.Back on top · Junior driver Kostas Genidounias scored one goal in USC’s 10-8 win in the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation Championships. – Corey Marquetti | Daily Trojan“Reeling” might seem like a dramatic exaggeration for a team that has just four losses on the year and is ranked in the top five. But the five-time national champions are not accustomed to losing big games, which they have done multiple times this season in defeats to Pacific, Stanford and UCLA.Nevertheless, the squad made up for all of that and regained its familiar favorite status with a powerful run through the MPSF tournament, clinching the conference title on Sunday with a vigorous 10-8 win over rival Stanford.USC (26-4) entered the game ranked fourth nationally while Stanford (21-5) possessed the No. 2 position. The Trojans had upended top-ranked Pacific in the semifinals with a dominant 18-13 win, but still needed one more win to assure themselves of a spot in the six-team NCAA tournament.USC did just that, avenging its 17-16 overtime loss suffered at the hands of the Cardinal a few weeks ago at home.Senior driver Nikola Vavic led the charge in his final MPSF tournament game with two goals, enabling USC’s offense to spread the scoring wealth among eight different players. Freshman two-meter Jon Walters was the only other player to net multiple goals for the Trojans.“You can’t just focus on one player and hope to stop us,” head coach Jovan Vavic said of his squad.After falling behind quickly 1-0, the Trojans struck back with a goal of their own from senior two-meter Jeremy Davie before adding on two more to take a 3-1 lead at the end of the first period.The Trojans utilized some excellent cage play from senior goalie James Clark, who notched 16 saves, before Vavic’s second goal of the match let USC take a 6-3 lead into halftime.Stanford came out of the half strong and cut the deficit to two goals, but USC refused to wilt. The Trojans responded with a three-goal surge to go up 9-4 before the third period ended, letting Clark finish the job en route to yet another MPSF championship.The conference title turned out to greatly benefit the Trojans in terms of seeding for the NCAA Tournament — USC was announced on Monday as the No. 1 overall seed, putting them in prime position for a run at an unprecedented sixth straight national championship.The Trojans will face either No. 4 seed UC San Diego (14-13) or No. 5 seed St. Francis College Brooklyn (22-10) in the semifinals.No. 2 Pacific is the other squad to receive a bye into the semifinals, and will face the winner of the matchup pitting No. 3 Stanford against No. 6-seeded Whittier College.The pressure will surely mount for USC next week at the NCAAs, but the high-pressure environment is something every player and coach signed up for.“Being a Trojan means from the start that the other team is out of its game already,” Davie said.That confident attitude will be extremely important if the Trojans are to capture that elusive sixth ring, as teams will be licking their fingers at the chance to end mighty USC’s historic run and send them home empty-handed.The play-in game to determine USC’s first opponent will take place on Thursday, and the semifinals and championship match will be played on Saturday and Sunday, respectively, in Palo Alto, Calif.last_img read more

Extra Innings: In baseball, anything can happen

first_imgSam Arslanian | Daily TrojanBaseball is the most exciting sport. I have played baseball for as long as I can remember, so it might be a bit biased for me to make this claim. But I have a justification for it. I am getting really tired of watching the same teams compete for championships. The New England Patriots win the Super Bowl seemingly every year, Alabama wins the College Football Playoffs and the NBA Championship is a toss up between the Warriors and the Cavs. It’s just boring now. Unlike its counterparts, the MLB hasn’t had a repeat winner since the 2000 season when the New York Yankees won their third World Series Ring in a row. In the College World Series, there hasn’t been a three-year championship streak since, oddly enough, the USC Trojans won five rings from 1970-1974. The average person can usually predict the winner of any basketball or football game by just picking the higher ranked team. On the other hand, in baseball, there is always the possibility that the absolute worst team in the league will upset the No. 1 seed. Think back to 2012. The Houston Astros had one of its worst seasons in franchise history. They finished with a laughable 55-107 record and ended 42 games behind the division-winning Cincinnati Reds and 33 games behind a wild card berth. To put it lightly, they were horrible, but they still beat the World Series Champion San Francisco Giants once that season. Not to mention the fact that just five years later the Astros went on to win the 2017 World Series.I have been following baseball for a long time, but before 2016 I had never heard of Coastal Carolina University. That year the Chanticleers seemingly came out of nowhere to knock off a dominant Texas Christian team to advance to the championship series, which they would win over Arizona. If that’s not exciting, then I don’t know what is. One of my gripes about other sports, particularly football, is that the seasons are too short. With 162 games, the MLB season is able to see past fluke wins and bad calls to determine the best 10 teams to play in the postseason.I understand that the frequency and amount of football games in a season cannot be increased because of health concerns. I merely appreciate the ability a baseball season has to predict the best teams to compete for the championship.Perhaps the most exciting part of this sport is that the game is not over until the last out is made. Every other major sport relies on a clock to signify the end of the game. In baseball, the pitcher is obligated to give the opposing team their chance to score runs. In the 2017 ALCS, the Detroit Tigers squared off against the Boston Red Sox. In the second game of the series, the Tigers led the Red Sox by a score of 5-2 entering the bottom of the eighth inning. As a Michigan native and Detroit Tigers fanatic, I felt very confident that the cats would pull out of that game with a win, but I knew the game wasn’t over. Unfortunately, I was right. In the bottom of the eighth, future Hall of Famer David Ortiz pounded a grand slam to put the Sox at equal score with the Tigers. That score held until the bottom of the ninth when Jarrod Saltalamacchia batted in Jonny Gomes to walk off the game.Thinking back to that game, I realized the implications of having to give the trailing team their chances. What if Tigers’ pitcher Max Scherzer was able to kneel the ball? Would the Tigers have advanced to the World Series and made a championship run? We will never know.With all of that being said, I look to USC Trojans baseball. The Men of Troy haven’t had a winning record since 2015 and finished the 2016 season with a measly .382 winning percentage. But I know in the sport of baseball there is always hope.Sam Arslanian is a freshman majoring in journalism. He is also the sports editor of the Daily Trojan. His column, “Extra Innings,” runs Mondays.last_img read more