News to go further Facebook’s Oversight Board is just a stopgap, regulation urgently needed, RSF says Help by sharing this information 2011-2020: A study of journalist murders in Latin America confirms the importance of strengthening protection policies At least five privately-owned local and community-based media organizations in three South American countries have been the targets of violent attacks in the past few weeks, depriving some of them of the means to broadcast. Reporters Without Borders is committed to helping them rebuild.The press freedom organization is seeking a detailed breakdown of the estimated damage they have suffered. In view of the extent of the losses, we are requesting assistance from the authorities in the countries concerned, from international bodies and from organizations specializing in support for the media. “We hope these efforts to assist will allow the stations affected to resume normal programmes,” it said.“Media organizations, particularly community radio stations, have a substantial presence in Latin America but do not universally receive the legal recognition owing to them. In some countries, such as Honduras, they are treated as criminals or persecuted regularly. “Community radio stations, often run on a not-for-profit basis, are born from communities or social movements such as peasant farmers, native groups, African-Americans, women’s or gay and lesbians groups, and are often excluded from public debate. Yet they represent an important source of information on subjects of broad interest such as the environment, land disputes, minority issues or local development. They must be more protected in the interests of pluralism and in order to maintain their independence.“ArgentinaThe community radio station FM Pajsachama, based in El Retiro in the north-western province of Santiago del Estero, was attacked by two gunmen on 10 September two years after it was attacked with Molotov cocktails. The two attackers threatened the staff at gunpoint and destroyed workshops, equipment and radio installations. The station is owned by the Santiago del Estero-Vía Campesina Peasant Movement (MOCASE-VC), which is committed to the defence of the indigenous population and exposes the seizure of their lands. The station’s staff and members of the MOCASE movement, who have attracted the attention of agribusiness entrepreneurs with their eyes on native lands, are constantly attacked. MOCASE is currently mourning the death of one of its officials, Cristian Ferreyra, shot dead on 16 November. The community blames the killing on an ongoing dispute with agribusiness interests. November 24, 2011 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Community media under attack in three countries RSF_en WhatsApp blocks accounts of at least seven Gaza Strip journalists Organisation The manager, César Ramos Silva, is cautious about a motive for the attack but does not rule out a dispute with the commercial broadcasting industry. “Besides my role as manager of the rural television station, I am also vice-president of the Chilean National Association of Community and Citizens’ Radio Stations (ANARCICH), and in recent months I have successfully carried out numerous actions on the part of the organization against the abuses of commercial broadcasters,” Silva told Reporters Without Borders.However, Silva said he had no formal proof to support this theory.However, unfair competition exists and adds to the precariousness of community radio stations in Chile in the absence of adequate legislation giving them their proper place in the country’s broadcast media.The possibility of closure through legal action hangs over Kimche Mapu, a radio station of the indigenous Mapuche community, for interception of telecommunications, as a result of a complaint by Gilberto Santana, a local councillor and owner of the station Radio Lanco.“This is unacceptable in view of the flagrant conflict of interest shown in this complaint,” Reporters Without Borders said. The procedural persecution of Kimche Mapu is shameful in view of the station’s limited range which covers five communities and a total of 1,300 people.“For some time, Kimche Mapu has been seeking full official recognition and this process has suffered undue delay. “The press freedom organization joins AMARC, the World Association of Community Radio Broadcasters, in calling for the reform or replacement of Chile’s community and citizens’ radio law enacted in 2010.This year has been marked by numerous instances of brutality by security forces towards the press during student protests.Reporters Without Borders condemns the detention and ill-treatment of Estebán Sánchez of the station Radio ADN and of his independent Brazilian colleague Victor Farinelli by the Carabineros armed police.They were detained on 21 November during a controversial tribute to Miguel Krassnoff, a former officer convicted of human rights crimes committed during the Pinochet dictatorship. Receive email alerts Americas Follow the news on Americas June 3, 2021 Find out more June 7, 2021 Find out more News News The local privately-owned radio station FM Sapucay in Alba Posse, in Misiones province, had most of its equipment destroyed by fire on 18 November. Its owner and manager, Vitalino Acosta, and Ricardo Arrua, president of the Press and Social Communication Workers Forum of Misiones, said the blaze was started deliberately.“Early findings confirm that it was not an accident but an intentional act because traces of fuel were found,” Acosta said. The station has made allegations of mismanagement against the local authorities, in particular the mayor of Alba Posse, Nelson Carvalho. In 2003 its transmission cables were cut and two years later its transmitter was sabotaged. Two months ago the mayor himself forced his way into the studios and assaulted two journalists. After being forced off the air for 10 days, FM Sapucay was able to resume broadcasting yesterday with equipment lent by José Pietrowski, the head of FM Litoral, a radio station located in Oberá, in Misiones province.BoliviaThe radio station Radio Comunitaria Yapacaní and Canal 8 Televisión Comunitaria Yapacaní in the eastern province of Santa Cruz were vandalized on 14 November by a group of supporters of the mayor of Yapacani, David Carbajal, who has been implicated in a corruption case. The radio and television stations were able to partially resume broadcasts four days later after recovering 70 percent of the equipment dismantled and seized by the attackers.The two stations are owned by the Federation of Intercultural Communities in Yapacani, set up by indigenous migrants from the Altiplano.A federation official, Cirilo Sunavi, told Reporters Without Borders: “Mayor Carbajal, who is affiliated to the Federation and owes his career to it, is today applying himself to dividing organizations against each other. He is incompetent.“Of 38 million bolivanos (5.5 million dollars) in the proposed budget, he has invested only 1 million. That is why people are angry. The radio and television stations merely report this information and in return are subjected to invasion and vandalism of their premises by members of other communities.” In 2006 the two media outlets were forced to suspend their operations because of a similar internal dispute. The manager of Canal 8, José Antonio Rivas, told Reporters Without Borders he and wife were the targets of constant threats. ChileThe community television station Agro TV, which covers local development, reported an attack on 21 October on its installations in Cerro Monjas, in Quillota province near the central city of Valparaiso. The cables supporting the transmission tower were cut, causing it to collapse and destroying most of its equipment. The station is still unable to broadcast. Americas Reports May 13, 2021 Find out more
By Gonzalo Silva Infante/Diálogo May 23, 2018 In the depths of the ocean off the coast of Peru, submarines navigate slowly, avoiding collisions, and evading pursuing aircraft. In the sky, aircraft crews closely monitor radars and acoustic data. Once they confirm targets locations, missiles are launched as part of the simulated exercise. The training is part of the binational Silent Forces Exercise (SIFOREX), conducted between the Peruvian Navy and the U.S. Naval Forces Southern Command (NAVSO) since 2001. SIFOREX 2018, which took place April 16th–24th off the Pacific coast of Callao, Peru, was the first to include a third naval force: the Colombian National Navy. The biannual naval exercise promotes the development of anti-submarine warfare strategies and tactics involving diesel-electric submarines and provides a unique opportunity for crews to consolidate their knowledge. The exercise also strengthens bonds of friendship between participating naval forces, whether actively or as observers. The Brazilian and Argentine Navies took part as observers during SIFOREX 2018. “SIFOREX had greater significance and value this year  for a few reasons. First, we opened our doors to other partner navies, allowing them to come and train along with us,” Peruvian Navy Captain Antonio Vildoso Concha, head of Operations of the Pacific Operations General Command, told Diálogo. “Second, anti-submarine warfare exercises are always worthwhile, both for us and for the U.S., because they allow us to train people and test equipment. Interoperability is always helpful.” Next generation equipment NAVSO participated with guided missile cruiser USS Lake Champlain, three Boeing P-8A Poseidon aircraft, and an MH-60 helicopter. Peru employed three submarines: the BAP Antofagasta, the BAP Pisagua, and the BAP Islay. For its first participation, Colombia deployed the submarine ARC Pijao S-28. “The United States brought P-8s, which are next generation aircraft,” Capt. Vildoso said. “The [plane’s] control over an area using sonobuoys is impressive. They normally bring just one. This time, they brought three. For a submariner in a limited area, knowing that there are three planes with sonobuoys is a challenge. It’s good training.” For U.S. Navy Captain Jen Ellinger, commander of the USS Lake Champlain, the challenging exercise was a success. “For me, as commander of a ship with these characteristics, it was a complex challenge because of how rough the Peruvian waters are and because of the professionalism of sailors navigating and operating in concert with other navies, which is the main goal of SIFOREX: interoperability.” Acoustic training The exercises consisted of familiarizing aircraft and submarine crews with sounds to identify the different platforms in their surroundings. The sound of helicopter rotors, for instance, may lead a submarine crew to carry out diving maneuvers. Under the complex underwater environment, submarines take advantage of temperature, salinity, currents, and other conditions at sea to evade sonobuoys—the sonar system aircraft use to detect them. For NAVSO members, the training is critical, since the U.S. Navy only has nuclear submarines, which are noisier. “SIFOREX allows U.S. Navy resources to conduct anti-submarine warfare exercises against non-U.S. submarines in foreign waters,” Commander Mark Yehl, exercise director for NAVSO’s Plans Directorate and organizer of SIFOREX 2018, told Diálogo. “All submarines are different, and each has unique capacities and characteristics. This opportunity is a great training exercise for our crews, and it also allows us to learn from our partner nations.” Search and evasion Participants also conducted search and evasion missions, during which the USS Champlain followed the submarines’ traces. Another mock scenario involved confrontation between submarines. The exercise concluded with missile launches and artillery fire. “It was seven days of navigation completely focused on anti-submarine warfare,” Capt. Vildoso said. “The last day consisted of artillery fire against a real target, which was a decommissioned ship.” Participants completed 99 percent of planned exercises, or more than 50 anti-submarine warfare exercises, Capt. Vildoso said. These exercises allowed naval forces to strike a balance between crew performance, training, and mutual learning. “[SIFOREX] is, first of all, an opportunity to establish lasting professional bonds with the Peruvian Navy and, this year, also with the Colombian [National] Navy,” Cmdr. Yehl said. “Secondly, SIFOREX is a great opportunity for U.S. Navy crews to train in anti-submarine warfare against experienced diesel submarine crews in their home waters, which gives the submarines a clear advantage. For the U.S. Navy, it was an honor and a privilege to participate in SIFOREX.”
Teachers are using geocaching to take their lesson plans out of the classroom and into the real world. Students learn about GPS technology, navigation, spatial concepts, math and more through geocaching. Watch how one teacher from McKinney, Texas, USA employees geocaching to educate her students about science. The Lost & Found video takes you along during a typical school day as Mrs. Burford’s elementary school class learns through geocaching.You can find even more resources for educators in our GPS in Education Forum.Watch all the Lost & Found videos highlighting unique geocachers and the worldwide adventure of geocaching.Share with your Friends:More SharePrint RelatedGroundspeak’s ‘Kitchen of Affirmation’October 14, 2010In “Community”Geocaching Finds Its Way To the ClassroomAugust 4, 2011In “Community”Geocachers Support GPS Education through ReferralsJuly 7, 2011In “Geocaching.com Souvenirs”
The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technology Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagement brian proffitt Tags:#privacy As innovation moves into the future at warp speed, the U.S. government has struggled to keep its own rules and regulations up to date with current technology. So when Congress and the Federal Trade Commission set out to do just that with a landmark children’s online privacy law, it’s no surprise that they may have fallen short of the mark. Already.At issue is the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act of 1998, known as COPPA, a law that requires websites that specifically cater to children to obtain parental consent before gathering personal information about the kids. Until the new proposed amendments were announced on Wednesday, COPPA did not take into account new technologies like social networks and mobile apps that children might be using. The new amendments still need to be signed into law, but they’re finalized as far as the FTC is concerned.Insert Loopholes HereThis was not an easy revision, and indeed, the final proposed amendments to COPPA reflect a lot of compromises. For example, while individual apps will still be responsible for obtaining parental consent, Google and Apple will be off the hook for hosting and selling such apps in their respective app stores.Facebook also avoided regulations that would have restricted under-13 users from joining the site. The amendment’s language specifies that no consent is needed if acquired data is used only “for the sole purpose of supporting the website or online service’s internal operations, such as contextual advertising, frequency capping, legal compliance, site analysis, and network communications.”Since this advertising can be contextual, and not behavioral, in nature, it clears the way for Facebook and other networks to bring in younger members, because adhering to COPPA rules is a whole lot easier.The big players got what they lobbied for, which might make a lot of parents nervous for that reason alone. By dancing around the intent of online privacy for children, major software companies have washed their hands of real responsibility when dealing with young online visitors. Their motto seems to be: Leave it to the third-party vendors to comply.And under the new rules, it will be the third-party vendors who will have to figure out what needs to be done and how to do it. When information like geo-location and behavior has to have consent, it puts a serious burden on those vendors. Don’t look to the FTC, which will enforce these new rules, for much guidance either. In Wednesday’s press conference, FTC Chairman Jon Leibowitz all but said that it would be up to the technology sector to figure out how to make compliance work.“That’s like telling someone to jump off a cliff and having them build a parachute on the way down,” chided Morgan Reed, Executive Director for the Association for Competitive Technology.Control Versus ConsentReed acknowledged that Congress, the FTC and all the industry players in this discussion, including the smaller software companies his organization represents, are doing their best to protect children. But he clearly sees some shortcomings with the new set of rules, particularly when it comes to smaller software development shops.Many times app developers may not even realize they may be subject to the new COPPA rules. Even the simple collection of analytics could fall within the new guidelines, putting developers at risk of breaking the rules if they aren’t paying attention.“A lot of these developers feel like they’re not violating privacy rules, but by actual design, they may be,” Reed said.There is also the problem of the new COPPA rules already being behind the times. Many of the new regulations, which are focused on parental consent, completely miss the fact that many mobile platforms already have granulated controls that can enable parents to manage their child’s privacy beyond the level of the COPAA amendments.Controls such as location blocking and privacy management accomplish the same goals as the COPPA rules, Reed explained, thus outdating COPPA’s scope. Even the language of COPPA itself is dated, calling for parent consent notification procedures that use what could be considered archaic technology, including fax transmissions.“We need to make sure what is already happening with mobile technology will count under these rules,” Reed said. “We need to put this new technology on a par with the fax machine.”Image courtesy of Shutterstock. What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces Related Posts
Photo from Fiba.comChooks-to-Go Pilipinas may have lost to Sareyyet Ramallah, 82-89, on Saturday, but that doesn’t stop Kiefer Ravena from earning believers in the Fiba Asia Champions Cup.Even foes couldn’t help but gush over the 23-year-old’s stupendous play.ADVERTISEMENT LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients Chooks-to-Go Pilipinas seeks to bounce back against Mono Vampire of Thailand on Sunday. LATEST STORIES Read Next “He’s a very good player and has a bright future,” said Sareyyet Ramallah forward Jamal Abu-Shamala.Ravena is leading Chooks in its first two games, averaging 21.0 points, which ranks third-best in the tournament so far. He is also collecting 3.0 rebounds, 2.5 assists, and 2.0 steals per outing.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutBut the former Ateneo Blue Eagle knows he has to stay focused after his team blew a chance to the top spot in Group A.“Tough game tonight. No excuses. Gotta stay positive and consistent. #Puso,” he wrote on Twitter. Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight Trump withdraws Warriors invitation to White House Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa E.T. returns to earth, reunites with grown-up Elliott in new ad Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READ Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City View comments
The GRAMMY Charity Online Auctions has launched an auction offering exclusive concert and meet-and-greet packages with Journey and 2014 MusiCares MAP Fund honoree Ozzy Osbourne.Now through April 25, the auction will be open for two cycles featuring a VIP concert and meet-and-greet experience to the 2014 MusiCares MAP Fund benefit concert honoring Osbourne on May 12.The package includes two front-row balcony seats to the sold-out concert, soundcheck access, a light dinner, and a private meet-and-greet with the recent GRAMMY winner. The Journey meet-and-greet package will include two tickets to attend a concert of your choice on their 2014 summer tour.To place your bids, visit www.ebay.com/grammy. Presented in partnership with Kompolt, proceeds from GRAMMY Charity Online Auctions provide essential support for MusiCares and the GRAMMY Foundation.
New Clipper owner Steve Ballmer (orange shirt) with NBA commissioner Adam Silver. Photo: Getty ImagesDonald Sterling, disgraced and stripped of his NBA franchise after recorded racist remarks were released by a girlfriend, fought to hold on to the Los Angles Clippers, and insulted even more people along the way. But all his fight was for naught, as a California court Tuesday confirmed his wife Shelly’s authority to sell the team to former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer.Minutes after the ruling, the $2 billion deal was inked and Sterling was officially out, his legal options over. And so Doc Rivers, the coach who reportedly contemplated quitting if Sterling remained owner, and players like Chris Paul can abandon the notion of sitting out in protest of Sterling.“It’s very, very exciting. I’m a basketball nut,” Ballmer said in an interview with ESPN. “I’ve got time. I love Los Angeles. I love Seattle, too, which is where we have our home. But the notion of spending a lot of time in Los Angeles has been exciting to me for years. The community down there is great. I look forward to supporting the community, the fan base, the staff, Doc [Rivers] and the players to take this thing to higher heights.”Ballmer was unable to complete the sale until Tuesday’s written court order affirmed Shelly Sterling’s authority to sell the franchise without the consent of her husband, Donald Sterling. There was frustration in the delay, Ballmer said. But he held steadfast.“My job has been to complete the deal and there were a lot of people, including me, working on it for a long time,” Ballmer said. “Was I kind of itchy? Sure. But I knew the only thing I could do or should do was complete the final deal, and we were able to do that.”The NBA’s board of governors interviewed Ballmer on July 15, then took a vote electronically last week in which he was unanimously approved as an owner, sources told ESPN.Ballmer decided he would complete the sale as soon as Superior Court Judge Michael Levanas’ written order came in, which occurred at 11:30 a.m.“We were ready,” Adam Streisand, Ballmer’s attorney, said. “Within minutes, the deal was signed, sealed and delivered.”In a statement, Rivers said it was “an amazing day in Clippers history. I couldn’t be more excited to work together with Steve as we continue to build a first-class, championship organization. I am already inspired by Steve’s passion for the game, his love of competition and desire to win the right way, and I know our players and fans are going to be inspired as well.”Paul added: “I am very excited about Mr. Ballmer’s purchase of the Clippers. I’ve had a chance to meet him, and his excitement for the game of basketball and our team is going to be great for the league, the city of Los Angeles and Clipper fans everywhere.”
OSU coach Thad Matta barks orders to his team during a game against Michigan State in the 2015 Big Ten Tournament in Chicago on March 13. OSU lost, 76-67. Credit: Mark Batke / Photo editorWith the Ohio State men’s basketball team heading into its seventh straight NCAA Tournament with a unique mix of freshmen and seniors, coach Thad Matta said he doesn’t want his team playing for him, or themselves.“The biggest battle cry they have heard from me throughout this year has been play for one thing, and one thing only, and that’s Ohio State,” he said.Matta’s reasoning for what some might call his own version of the ‘Buckeye Battle Cry,’ came from an unusual, but personal experience.The 11-year OSU coach was getting lunch at a sandwich shop before a game against Northwestern in Evanston, Ill., when he came across two elderly people donning Buckeye gear, he said.“They said, ‘Coach Matta we are shocked to see you sitting in here on game day, could we take a picture with you? This is our Christmas gift to each other,’” Matta recalled. “(They said) ‘We live in Toledo and we came to Chicago to watch the Buckeyes.’“I wonder how many guys on this team would understand what that means? It touched me, and it made me say, ‘Damn it Thad, you’ve got to win for those two people who saved their money to come watch us play in Chicago.’”With a current roster that has just four Ohio natives on it, the OSU men’s basketball team also holds five freshmen and six seniors, but Matta said he wants them to come together and win for the school and its fans.“It’s a heck of a lot bigger than us. We have something that we have to represent. I think when we do that, we play pretty good basketball,” Matta said. “I don’t care what (class) you are, just represent the university.”The senior class on the OSU roster has seen almost all there is to see when it comes to the NCAA Tournament, including a trip to the Final Four and the Elite Eight before being bounced in the first round last year against Dayton.The current senior class has just one Ohio native on it — forward Jake Lorbach, who joined the team prior to the 2012-2013 season — but is hungry to get back to past glory.“I can’t speak for everybody, but I have a good feeling everybody is going to play their hardest basketball right now,” senior guard Shannon Scott said. “We might not shoot the ball well, we might get outrebounded and all that stuff, but (they) are not going to have more heart than us on the court.”The Buckeyes were given a No. 10 seed in the NCAA Tournament and are set to play Virginia Commonwealth, a team that made its own Final Four run just a year before OSU’s seniors walked into Columbus.Senior forward Sam Thompson said while he doesn’t know much about the Rams, he remembers their Cinderella run.“I was a fan when they made their deep run. We know that they are going to play hard,” Thompson said. “They are going to play with a ton of energy, and we are going to do the same thing.”Going back to Matta’s theme, Thompson said that regardless of their seeding in the tournament, he came to OSU for a reason.“This is the best time of the year, this is what we came to Ohio State to do – to play in the NCAA Tournament and have a chance to compete in the month of March,” Thompson said.The Buckeyes will have a chance to do just that on Thursday as they are set to tip against VCU from Portland, Ore.
Chelsea captain Gary Cahill has reportedly decided to remain at the club and fight for his place in the teamThe English central defender looks to have been deemed surplus to requirements by new Chelsea boss Maurizio Sarri after being omitted from the squad in all three of the Blues’ Premier League games so far.Reports last week emerged stating that Cahill had been given permission to speak with Turkish giants Galatasaray over a move before the end of the month.Although it is understood that no official approach has been made yet.Now the Telegraph reports Cahill is not keen on moving to Turkey and would rather remain at Stamford Bridge to fight for his place in the team.Chelsea hat-trick hero Tammy Abraham hopes for more Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Tammy Abraham hopes this season will be his big breakthrough at Chelsea after firing his first hat-trick for the club in Saturday’s 5-2 win at Wolves.Fellow centre-backs Antonio Rudiger, David Luiz and Andreas Christensen are all believed to be ahead of him in the pecking order at Chelsea.However, Cahill has not ruled out a moved yet – but it would have to be a much better proposition that Turkey.Sarri had urged the 32-year-old to remain patient last week.Cahill has made 189 appearances for Chelsea in all competition after arriving in 2012.He has won every trophy available to him at the club and is contracted until the end of the season.