UK: Police threaten to treat the publication of leaked information as criminal

first_img Following a series of media reports containing details from leaked diplomatic cables preceding the resignation of Sir Kim Darroch from his post as UK Ambassador to the US, the London Metropolitan Police threatened to treat the publication of leaked documents as criminal. The move came just after a Global Conference for Media Freedom was held in London from 10-11 July, co-hosted by the UK and Canadian governments, at which the UK government reaffirmed its commitment to protect media freedom.On 12 July, Metropolitan Police Assistant Commissioner Neil Basu stated that “The publication of leaked communications, knowing the damage they have caused or are likely to cause, may also be a criminal matter…I would advise all owners, editors and publishers of social and mainstream media not to publish leaked government documents that may already be in their possession, or which may be offered to them, and to turn them over to the police or give them back to their rightful owner, Her Majesty’s Government.”The following day, 13 July, Basu appeared to partially back down, stating that the Met “respects the rights of the media and has no intention of seeking to prevent editors from publishing stories in the public interest in a liberal democracy. The media hold an important role in scrutinising the actions of the state.” However, Basu maintained that publication “could also constitute a criminal offence, and one that carries no public interest defence”.The Metropolitan Police’s Counter Terrorism Command is overseeing the ongoing investigation into a possible criminal breach of the Official Secrets Act. “The Met’s heavy-handed threat to treat the publication of leaked information as criminal is incredibly worrying. Journalists have a right and a duty to report information in the public interest – a right that is too often eroded in the UK in the name of national security. We must do better to protect this right in practice, otherwise the Foreign Office’s promises at the global media freedom conference ring hollow”, said RSF UK Bureau Director Rebecca Vincent.In February 2017, an alarming Law Commission proposal envisaged replacing the Official Secrets Act with an updated “Espionage Act” that would make it easier to label journalists and others as “spies” with a possible sentence of up to 14 years in prison. The proposal was followed by a public consultation that closed in May 2017. Over two years later, the Law Commission has yet to respond to the consultation, and the government has not clarified its plans with regard to amending or replacing the Official Secrets Act.The UK is ranked 33rd out of 180 countries in RSF’s 2019 World Press Freedom Index. News United KingdomEurope – Central Asia Protecting sources Freedom of expressionJudicial harassment News April 18, 2019 Find out more to go further News Free expression groups call for public interest defence in UK official secrets laws Reporters Without Borders (RSF) condemns recent threats made by the London Metropolitan Police to treat the publication of leaked information as a “criminal matter” – marking the latest move to restrict press freedom in the UK in favour of national security. RSF Index 2019: UK rises in ranking, but press freedom climate remains worrying Receive email alerts United KingdomEurope – Central Asia Protecting sources Freedom of expressionJudicial harassment center_img RSF alarmed by UK proposal to jail journalists as ‘spies’ for obtaining leaks February 14, 2017 Find out more Help by sharing this information July 15, 2019 – Updated on July 16, 2019 UK: Police threaten to treat the publication of leaked information as criminal News Follow the news on United Kingdom RSF_en Crédit : The British Embassy is seen in Washington, DC, July 10, 2019, following the resignation of British Ambassador to the US Kim Darroch. SAUL LOEB / AFP May 3, 2017 Find out more Organisation last_img read more

Granit Xhaka open to Newcastle transfer after deciding to leave Arsenal

first_img Comment Xhaka feels let down by the Arsenal hierarchy (Picture: Getty)Xhaka has therefore decided to leave Arsenal in January and the Telegraph report that Newcastle are keen on a loan move for the former Borussia Monchengladbach ace.AdvertisementAdvertisementSteve Bruce wants to add more experience to his young Magpies side and Xhaka has supposedly intimated that he would be keen on a short-term move to the north-east.The 27-year-old has been given glowing reports about the city by international team-mate Fabian Schar and he believes a new environment could be reinvigorating.More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing ArsenalHowever, Newcastle will face competition from Serie A giants AC Milan for Xhaka’s signature and there’s likely to be a wealth of other competitors looking at short-term deals for the midfielder.Nevertheless, it’s clear that Xhaka sees no future for himself in north London and that Unai Emery is now happy to sell the Swiss.MORE: Barcelona ‘upset’ after failing to sign Arsenal striker Gabriel Martinelli Metro Sport ReporterFriday 15 Nov 2019 8:56 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link27Shares Granit Xhaka open to Newcastle transfer after deciding to leave Arsenal Advertisement Advertisement Granit Xhaka is set to leave Arsenal in January (Picture: Getty)Newcastle United are hopeful of signing Arsenal star Granit Xhaka on loan in January after the midfielder decided to leave the Gunners.The Switzerland international hasn’t played for the club since telling supporters to ‘f**k off’ as he was jeered leaving the field in a 2-2 draw against Crystal Palace in October.Xhaka was subsequently stripped of the club captaincy but some members of the squad feel he was unfairly treated by Unai Emery, who offered little defence of the Swiss.The midfielder maintains his position as the captain of the national side but he’s understandably concerned that a lack of first-team football could see him lose the honour.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

Archer Fish Learns the Laws of Optics

first_imgImagine you’re a kid in a swimming pool, underwater with a squirt gun.  Lurking under the surface, you detect the wavy, distorted image of your big brother standing on the deck.  You sneak up, fire from below– and miss, because you didn’t know how to correct for refraction and distance through the air-water interface.  There’s a fish that would put you to shame; it squirts jets of water precisely at its prey, bugs crawling above water on leaves and stems.  Scientists have been intrigued for many years at the accuracy of the aptly named “archer fish”  (see 09/30/2002 headline, an article by Taylor Reeves on Apologetics Press and footage of the fish in action in the film Wonders of God’s Creation).    A new paper about the aquatic sharpshooters has been published in the Sept. 7 issue of Current Biology.1  The title says it all:  “Archer fish learn to compensate for complex optical distortions to determine the absolute size of their aerial prey.”  Researchers gave the fish target practice with colored disks.  A summary in EurekAlert explains the result: “Although naïve fish often selected disks that would be too large to be swallowed, all could eventually learn to judge absolute size with great precision; in doing so, they perfectly accounted for the complex optical situation posed by their underwater viewpoint” (emphasis added in all quotes).  What’s even more amazing, EurekAlert continues, is that this was not just a conditioned response.  The fish learned physics:In a series of experiments, the researchers showed that the fish do not learn this by remembering which combinations of spatial configurations and the corresponding images were rewarding in the past.  Rather, the fish extracted the underlying law that connects spatial configuration and apparent size.  This remarkable cognitive ability allows the fish to readily judge a target’s objective size from underwater views they have never encountered before.—and all this “in a world of distortion” caused by refraction and a moving surface.  The researchers, Schuster et al. in Germany, seemed pretty amazed, because “the deviations between real and apparent horizontal size are substantial” due to distortion.  But the fish took this all in stride:Moreover, the strong viewpoint dependency can even cause changes in the size relations among the disks.  For instance, if the fish makes its selection while close to a large disk, the apparent size of a more-distant small disk can be larger than that of the close large disk.  In principle, the fish could overcome these problems by scanning the targets and taking a view of each target from the same horizontal distance.  However, this is clearly not what the fish did; as soon as the objects were shown, the fish swam straight to their shooting position and fired.The original paper describes some of the clever experiments the researchers devised to test whether the fish were actually learning optical principles.  They wanted to know if the fish could learn to adjust for optical distortion, so they trained four fish to shoot at 6mm disks at various horizontal and vertical distances.  Successful target shooting within 10 seconds was rewarded with a fly.  After 4-8 weeks of training, the winners in the school of fish archery all passed: “All four fish mastered the task and selected the correct size at any height.”  This was a hard task for any fish, but the archer fish achieved “impressive precision,” able to hit a 1mm bull’s-eye from 800mm.    Additional experiments led the researchers to conclude that the fish did not just memorize the shots that worked.  They actually had to learn how to correct for distortion.  Think about all that is involved in this skill:In learning the objective size of their targets, the archer fish thus had not simply learned combinations that were rewarded in the past but went beyond to acquire a concept of objective size that they later could readily apply to the novel views.  This ability is remarkable in several respects.  First, the optical effects require rather precise knowledge of spatial configuration….  The question of how the fish’s visual system is able to provide this information is presently wide open.  When fish aim their shots, for which precise distance information is also required, monocular cues suffice and binocular distance cues are not required.  Whether stereo vision is also unnecessary for size constant vision cannot, however, be said at present.  Second, the fish apparently is able to combine such spatial knowledge in a yet-unknown way with apparent size (or apparent locomotion-induced image transformations) to deduce a concept of objective size.  Whatever sensory representation it uses, the fish evidently is able to form a concept of size that is tailored to the complex optics at the water-air interface.  Because this situation poses particularly rigorous requirements on the relation the animal must make between target localization and the apparent image, the fish is an attractive model to explore how animals learn to form concepts to bring order into their sensory experiences.Kind of makes you hope the little champs don’t get targeted by the optical targeting apparatus of a diving cormorant (see 05/24/2004 headline).1Schuster et al., “Archer Fish Learn to Compensate for Complex Optical Distortions to Determine the Absolute Size of Their Aerial Prey,” Current Biology, Volume 14, Issue 17, 7 September 2004, Pages 1565-1568, doi:10.1016/j.cub.2004.08.050.Stories like this are such wonderful relief from the incessant storytelling of Darwinists.  There was no mention of evolution in this article, and if there had been, it wouldn’t be worth a spit.  Here evolutionists cannot even find a clear beneficial mutation (see next headline), and they want us to believe this and thousands of other wonders of creation are the result of accidents?  Shoot.(Visited 17 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

Singapore gets green light on Virgin alliance

first_imgSingapore Airlines and Virgin Australia will be able to continue their alliance for another five years under a draft determination by Australia’s consumer watchdog.The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission found that the airlines’ agreement to co-ordinate their operations and codeshare on each other’s passenger networks had resulted in material public benefits and was likely to continue to do so.These included enhanced product and services, including new routes and additional frequencies, as well as better online connections, improved lounge access and greater loyalty program benefits.The alliance also promoted competition in international markets, stimulated tourism and delivered small public benefits in terms of operational efficiencies that may be passed on to consumers as lower fares.“The ACCC considers that the Alliance has resulted, and is likely to result, in little public detriment,’’ the ACCC said.The airlines sought reauthorisation for 10 years but the competition body stuck to its position that the ongoing evolution of markets between Australia, and Europe and Australia and Asia meant a five-year term was more appropriate.It is now seeking submissions ahead of a final determination.last_img read more

Sowetan Dialogues focus on the Bill of Rights

first_imgBotho Masigo; Folusho Mvubu; Advocate Pansy Tlakula; Lorraine Mofokeng from Sowetan; Advocate Lawrence Mushwana; Tiseke Kasambala; and Onke Dumeko from Brand SA (Image: Ray Maota)Brand South Africa, along with the Sowetan, hosted the Sowetan Dialogues in Mafikeng in the North West Province on 26 March 2014 at the Mmabatho Civic Centre.The Celebrating Human Rights Day: Does the Bill of Rights work for you? public dialogue was one in a six-part series aimed at promoting the pillars of South Africa’s National Development Plan, and promoting civic pride.The discussion was facilitated by Mafikeng FM radio personality, Botho Masigo, and the panel included: Lawrence Mushwana, a Supreme Court of South Africa advocate; Tiseke Kasambala, southern Africa director of Human Rights Watch; Advocate Pansy Tlakula, chairperson of the Independent Electoral Commission; and Folusho Mvubu, director of service delivery improvement support at the Department of Public Service and Administration.The discussion focused on how human rights, South Africa’s Bill of Rights, and traditional practices intersect.Human rights are moral principles that set out certain standards of human behaviour, and are regularly protected as legal rights in national and international law.The Bill of Rights is a cornerstone of South Africa’s democracy, enshrining the rights of all people in the country and affirming the democratic values of human dignity, equality and freedom.RIGHTS MEET TRADITIONTlakula began her talk mentioning a case she dealt with in the late 1990s.“In the early days of democracy I was confronted with a case of a minor who was married off by her family from KwaZulu-Natal when she was 16 years old. She lived with the husband in Katlehong in the east of Johannesburg. We arrested the husband as well as the father of the girl and successfully prosecuted them,” said Tlakula.She cited the case to show how universal human rights would sometimes be at odds with traditional practices that have been practised for years, and described how this could have a negative impact on the person being protected.Tlakula said: “I was happy that we successfully protected a minor but this had a negative impact on her, as, when she turned 18 years old and could leave the place of protection we had kept her at, she had no place to go as she was ostracised from her village for getting her father arrested for a practice that had been going on for years.”Tlakula said that in trying to protect her human rights at all costs, they had displaced a young girl.SA AT THE FOREFRONT OF HUMAN RIGHTSKasambala said that through her work with Human Rights Watch, it was safe to say that South Africa was leading in human rights in Africa, but that it “should not relax”.“There are issues that need to be highlighted, for example police brutality, verbal attacks on media, attacks on differences of sexuality, as well as xenophobia,” she said.Kasambala said that to see if rights are being respected, one should look at local government for a start. She referred to a Human Rights Watch statement saying that “Despite South Africa’s strong constitutional protections for human rights and its relative success at providing basic services, the government is struggling to meet demands for economic and social rights. Financial mismanagement and corruption – especially at the local government level – have contributed to this issue.The killing of 34 miners at the Lonmin Platinum Mine in Marikana, North West Province, in August of 2012 shocked South Africans and highlighted increasing concerns over police brutality and underlying grievances over the government’s failure to fulfil basic economic and social rights. Bills have been proposed that, if enacted, would negatively affect media freedom and access to justice.”GET FAMILIAR WITH BILL OF RIGHTSMushwana said that citizens need to familiarise themselves with the Bill of Rights so they know exactly what to complain about; he talked about an incident in the rural town he comes from in Polokwane.“People need to familiarise themselves with the Bill of Rights because you cannot protect what you do not know,” Mushwana said.“For example, a town I come from in Polokwane called Lorraine had people protesting recently for them to get a mall. To tell the truth the town has less than 3000 people and not all have the buying power to make big business want to build a mall there.”Mushwana also talked about violent service delivery protests taking place in South Africa.“Those protesting need to protect the credibility of their protest by protecting it from external forces that sometimes join protests so they can commit crimes,” he said.Mushwana concluded, saying it was in the hands of every individual to make sure the Bill of Rights is adhered to and that no one’s rights are violated.last_img read more


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American Lakota woman accuses border guards of racial profiling after they probe

first_imgBy Kenneth JacksonAPTN National NewsAn American Indian woman is accusing border guards in Saskatoon of racial profiling after she was stopped while entering Canada and asked her heritage and if she was part of the Idle No More movement.Patricia Stein told APTN National News her flight arrived in Saskatoon at about 3:20 p.m. Friday and was questioned by a Canadian Border Services Agency officer about where she was going and who she was going to see.The officer ordered her to a “secondary” meeting and Stein was ushered to a waiting area before being interrogated by a different officer.“The first question the officer asked me was my heritage,” said Stein who told him she’s Lakota and German. “He literally had a pad of paper in front of him and wrote ‘Native American’ down and circled it.”The officer wanted to know who she was going to see. Stein said a friend. In fact Stein was using frequent flyer miles to fly to Saskatoon and had to use them up by a certain time or they’d expire.“Then he came back to the Native questions and asked “have you participated in Idle No More?’” said Stein.She said the officer then asked if she’d ever been paid for her “activism.”“No one gets paid for that. Who in the world is going to pay us for that?” said Stein, who during the throes of the Idle No More movement in December and January was in Egypt and held her own rally in front of the Canadian Embassy.She is also outspoken about Indigenous rights, especially missing and murdered women.“The questions were all very, very weird,” said Stein who after an hour and half was allowed into Canada. “It was the most blatant racism I have ever seen.”When she asked why they were asking her all the questions she claims the officer said it’s “routine.”A call to the CBSA was not immediately returned. A spokeswoman for Public Safety Minister Vic Toews needed more information and didn’t immediately provide comment.But it didn’t end there according to Stein who claims she had to show the officer how much money she had in her bank account.She pulled it up on her phone.“According to him (they ask for bank records) to make sure people don’t come in and stay here but that’s weird as I have my return flight in six days,” she said. “They wanted bank statements from me but everything kept coming back to how active are you with Native activism.”She described the office she was in as typical with a desk with a computer. She didn’t get the name of the officer but said he was a middle-aged man with red hair and a thick build.Stein said border guards asked her over and over again if it was her first time in Canada. She told them it [email protected]: @afixedaddresslast_img read more

Winston Florida State Jump Three Spots in BCS Poll

After putting a serious beating on Clemson 51-14, Jameis Winston and Florida State University has gone from No. 5 in the BCS poll to No. 2 in just one week.The Bowl Championship Series standings were released Sunday night and Alabama remained at No. 1, while Oregon fell from No. 2 to No. 3.Two other undefeated teams, No. 4 Ohio State and No. 5 Missouri rounded out the top five schools in the poll.Stanford, which has one loss, came in at No. 6. Below Stanford came No. 7 Miami and No. 8 Baylor, both  undefeated.Clemson dropped from No. 3 to No. 9, while undefeated Texas Tech is No. 10.According to ESPN:“The percentage of votes in the USA Today and Harris polls each count for one third of the calculations. A composite ranking of six computers make up the final third. Each team’s highest and lowest computer rankings are ignored in the calculations.Florida State had the best overall computer ranking, followed by the SEC’s Alabama and Missouri. The computers ranked Oregon fourth.” read more

Day 2 of KAABOO Del Mar

first_img Categories: Good Morning San Diego, Local San Diego News Tags: KAABOO FacebookTwitter Elizabeth Alvarez Posted: September 15, 2018 Updated: 2:13 PM 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsDEL MAR (KUSI) – KAABOO Del Mar is back, and it’s in full swing!Elizabeth Alvarez was live at the Del Mar Fairgrounds to preview night 2 of KAABOO.KAABOO was created by music lovers for music lovers. An adult escape, uniquely curated to appeal to all five of your senses, with world-class music, hilarious comedy, inspiring contemporary art, gourmet cuisine, craft libations and personal indulgences. A curated three-day sound voyage that combines rock-n-roll music and tastemaking events in a modern wonderland on the warm shores of the pacific. center_img Elizabeth Alvarez, September 15, 2018 Day 2 of KAABOO Del Marlast_img read more