News PakistanAsia – Pacific Protecting journalistsMedia independenceProtecting sources Judicial harassmentArmed conflictsPredators Last autumn, journalists in the southwestern province of Baluchistan were given an ultimatum by armed separatist groups operating in the province after the authorities banned the media from covering the actions of these groups or the statements they issue. Organisation Help by sharing this information Pakistani supreme court acquits main suspect in Daniel Pearl murder Pakistani journalist critical of the military wounded by gunfire The interior ministry announced the Islamabad bureau’s closure on 19 January on the grounds that the radio station’s programmes were “against the interests of Pakistan” and “in line with a hostile intelligence agency’s agenda.” RSF has obtained a copy of the interior ministry directive (attached), which quotes the findings on an ISI report accusing Radio Mashaal of portraying Pakistan as a “hub of terrorism” and as a “failed state in terms of providing security to its people.” It also accuses it of portraying the Pashtun population as “disenchanted with the state.” “It is not the job of the intelligence services to dictate the editorial line of a radio station that provides Pashto speakers with an alternative viewpoint,” said Daniel Bastard, the head of RSF’s Asia-Pacific desk. “Investigating security and terrorism issues and interviewing people in the field is not acting against Pakistan’s interests. This is what’s called journalism and it’s what enables a society to prosper. The authorities must immediately rescind this decision, which constitutes a grave violation of media freedom.” Broadcasting on the short wave from Prague, Radio Mashaal is an offshoot of Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty (RFE/RL), which is funded by the US congress. It was created in 2010 “to provide an alternative to extremist propaganda in the tribal regions along Pakistan’s border with Afghanistan,” RFE/RL says. Radio Mashaal was created to provide Pashto speakers with “an alternative to extremist propaganda in the tribal regions along Pakistan’s border with Afghanistan” (photo: Noorullah Shirzada / AFP). Safety of its journalists News Reporters Without Borders (RSF) calls on Pakistan’s federal government to rescind its arbitrary and iniquitous decision, on the recommendation of the all-powerful Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI), to shut down the Islamabad bureau of Radio Mashaal, a Pashto-language radio station funded by the US congress. June 2, 2021 Find out more Pakistan is ranked 139th out of 180 countries in RSF’s 2017 World Press Freedom Index. Receive email alerts Rightly included on RSF’s list of press freedom predators, the ISI often threatens and intimidates media outlets that fail to toe its line. Investigative coverage of security issues is a red line that exposes those who cross it to arrest, harassment or murder. RSF_en Follow the news on Pakistan “Radio Mashaal serves no intelligence agency or government,” RFE/RL President Thomas Kent said in response to the interior ministry’s accusations. “Our reporters are Pakistani citizens who are dedicated to their country and live and raise families in the villages in which they report.” News April 21, 2021 Find out more Pakistani TV anchor censored after denouncing violence against journalists Related documents The notice of the ministry of Interior justifying the closure of Radio Mashaal operations in PakistanPDF – 36.42 KB News January 23, 2018 RSF decries Pakistan’s closure of Radio Mashaal bureau PakistanAsia – Pacific Protecting journalistsMedia independenceProtecting sources Judicial harassmentArmed conflictsPredators RSF shares the safety concerns of the radio station’s journalists, and calls on the authorities to do whatever is necessary to guarantee their security. to go further January 28, 2021 Find out more
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The Florida Bar Criminal Procedure Rules Committee has filed with the Florida Supreme Court an emergency petition proposing new Florida Rule of Criminal Procedure 3.203 (Defendant’s Mental Retardation as a Bar to the Imposition of Death Sentence) and proposing amendments to Florida Rule of Criminal Procedure 3.704 (The Criminal Punishment Code). Rule 3.203 is necessary due to 2001 legislation that created section 921.137, Florida Statutes (2001), which provides a new defense and prohibits the imposition of the death penalty on a mentally retarded defendant. See ch. 2001-202, Laws of Fla. The new rule would provide procedures and guidance for defendants, the State of Florida, and the trial courts. The proposed amendments to rule 3.704 are to make the rule consistent with the legislative amendments to section 921.0021, Florida Statutes (2001), made in ch. 2001-210, Laws of Fla. The amendments to rule 3.704 would expand the consideration of a juvenile offender’s prior offenses to include five years of prior offenses, rather than the current three-year period.The court invites all interested persons to comment on the committee’s proposed amendments, which are reproduced in full below, as well as online at www.flcourts.org/sct/sctdocs/proposed.html. An original and seven copies of all comments must be filed with the court on or before August 1, with a certificate of service verifying that a copy has been served on the committee chair, Raymond J. Rafool, II, P.O. Box 7286, Winter Haven 33883-7286, as well as a separate request for oral argument if the person filing the comment wishes to participate in oral argument, which may be scheduled in this case. IN THE SUPREME COURT OF FLORIDA AMENDMENTS TO THE FLORIDA RULES OF CRIMINAL PROCEDURE, CASE NO. SC02-1230 RULE 3.203. DEFENDANT’S MENTAL RETARDATION AS A BAR TO IMPOSITION OF DEATH SENTENCE (a) Notice of Intent to Raise Mental Retardation as Bar to Imposition of Death Sentence; Time for Filing; Contents. A defendant who intends to raise mental retardation as a bar to the imposition of a death sentence shall give written notice to the prosecutor not less than 20 days before trial or at such other time as ordered by the court. The notice shall contain the names and addresses of any experts whom the defendant may call to testify at a hearing to determine mental retardation. (b) Motion for Determination of Mental Retardation; Time for Filing After Recommendation of Death. A defendant who has given timely notice under subdivision (a) of this rule may file a motion for determination of mental retardation within 10 days after an advisory jury has recommended a death sentence. (c) Motion for Determination of Mental Retardation; Time for Filing After Recommendation of Life. The prosecutor shall notify the defendant, within 10 days after an advisory jury has returned a recommended sentence of life, if the state intends to seek a sentence of death. A defendant who has given timely notice under subdivision (a) of this rule may file a motion for determination of mental retardation within 10 days after receiving notice that the state intends to seek a death sentence. (d) Motion for Determination of Mental Retardation; Time for Filing After Waiver of Advisory Jury Recommendation. A defendant who waives the right to a penalty phase jury may file a motion for determination of mental retardation no later than 10 days after completion of the penalty phase hearing. (e) Appointment of Experts; Time of Examination. The court shall appoint 2 experts in the field of mental retardation upon the receipt of the motion for determination of mental retardation. The experts shall evaluate the defendant and provide to the court and the parties a written report of their findings. The reports shall be provided a reasonable time prior to the final sentencing hearing. Attorneys for the state and defendant may be present at the examinations. (f) Defendant’s Refusal to Cooperate. If the defendant refuses to be examined by or fully cooperate with the court-appointed experts, the court may, in its discretion: (1) order the defense to allow the court-appointed experts to review all mental health reports, tests, and evaluations by the defendant’s expert; or (2) prohibit defense experts from testifying concerning any tests, evaluations, or examinations of the defendant regarding the defendant’s mental retardation. (g) Hearing on Motion to Determine Mental Retardation. At the hearing on the motion, the court shall consider the findings of the court-appointed experts, the findings of any other expert offered by the state or the defense, and all other evidence on the issue of whether the defendant has mental retardation. If the court finds, by clear and convincing evidence, that the defendant has mental retardation as defined in section 921.137, Florida Statutes (2001), the court may not impose a sentence of death. The court shall enter a written order that sets forth with specificity the findings in support of the court’s determination. RULE 3.704. THE CRIMINAL PUNISHMENT CODE (a) – (c) (no change) (d) General Rules and Definitions. (1) – (13) (no change) (14) “Prior record” refers to any conviction for an offense committed by the offender prior to the commission of the primary offense. Prior record includes convictions for offenses committed by the offender as an adult or as a juvenile, convictions by federal, out of state, military, or foreign courts and convictions for violations of county or municipal ordinances that incorporate by reference a penalty under state law. Federal, out of state, military or foreign convictions are scored at the severity level at which the analogous or parallel Florida crime is located. (A) (no change) (B) Juvenile dispositions of offenses committed by the offender within 5 3 years prior to the date of the commission of the primary offense must be scored as prior record if the offense would have been a crime if committed by an adult. Juvenile dispositions of sexual offenses committed by the offender more than 5 3 years prior to the date of the primary offense must be scored as prior record if the offender has not maintained a conviction-free record, either as an adult or as a juvenile, for a period of 5 3 consecutive years from the most recent date of release from confinement, supervision, or sanction, whichever is later, to the date of commission of the primary offense. (C) – (E) (no change) (15) – (28) (no change) Committee Notes The terms must and shall, as used in this rule, are mandatory and not permissive. 2001 Amendment. 3.704(d)(14)(B). The definition of “prior record” was amended to include juvenile dispositions of offenses committed within 5 years prior to the date of the commission of the primary offense. “Prior record” was previously defined to include juvenile disposition of offenses committed within 3 years prior to the date of the commission of the primary offense. This amendment reflects the legislative change to section 921.0021, Florida Statutes, effective July 1, 2001. This new definition of prior record applies to primary offenses committed on or after July 1, 2001. Notice: Proposed criminal procedure rule Notice: Proposed criminal procedure rule July 1, 2002 Notices
Click HERE if you’re unable to view the gallery on your mobile device.BALTIMORE — Derek Carr’s quest to ruin the Raiders’ draft position met its match in the Ravens on Sunday, and the No. 1 pick remains firmly in sight after a 34-17 loss in Baltimore dropped the Raiders to 2-9.The game unofficially ended with six minutes left, when Carr fumbled on 4th-and-8 from his own 38-yard line, and 16th-year linebacker Terrell Suggs carried the ball with one hand all the way to the end zone to put the …
Subscribe to the Mercury News and East Bay Times for $40 a year and receive a free Warriors championship coffee table bookOAKLAND – As DeMarcus Cousins rehabs his left Achilles tendon, the Warriors’ All-Star center has a trusty teammate who has offered plenty of perspective on how to navigate his recovery.His name is Jonas Jerebko, who has not just bolstered the Warriors with his toughness and outside shooting. He also has offered insight on when he recovered from a torn right Achilles tendon …
19 February 2008South African scholars will be taught a new Bill of Responsibilities as part of their life orientation lessons, which together with a schools’ pledge is intended to instil a culture of respect and responsibility in the country’s youngsters.Unveiling the Bill on Monday, Education Minister Naledi Pandor said it listed 12 responsibilities that result from the rights afforded to South Africans by the country’s Constitution.The responsibilities that are in the Bill are to ensure the right to equality, human dignity, life, family or parental care, education, work, freedom and security of the person, own property, freedom of religion, belief and opinion, live in a safe environment, citizenship and freedom of expression.Although the Bill is already being distributed to schools, Pandor said that members of the public had until March to comment on it. “We need to get all sectors of society involved in this process to ensure that everybody understands it well,” she said.Earlier this month, Pandor unveiled the draft National Schools Pledge, which aims to instil a sense of morality in young South Africans.Source: BuaNews
Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Time for insight and learning helped to kick off the 71st annual Ohio Farm Bureau County Presidents’ Trip to Washington D.C. on Monday.Each year leaders from Ohio’s county Farm Bureaus to come together and carry out the mission of their grassroots organization by voicing the thoughts and concerns of agriculture to the various areas of D.C. that play a role in the industry, especially that of elected officials.The group converged at the American Farm Bureau Federation headquarters to hear from a number of experts in agricultural matters to prepare for meetings with representatives later in the trip. Tax policy specialist Pat Wolff was on hand, touching on various parts of tax reform. A unique subject, she noted, as the Republican led House, Senate, and White House all want tax reform — something that hasn’t been on the agenda for quite some time.“This is real and this hasn’t happened since 1986,” Wolff said. “The bill is not written yet. It may be written in pencil somewhere, but definitely not pen.”Wolff highlighted positive and negative areas of the tax reform “blueprint” so far.“One thing that’s in the proposal that’s not so friendly to farmers is the loss of deduction of business interest. So we’re asking farmers to tell their members of Congress why it matters whether or not they can deduct interest,” she said.Listen to Pat Wolff speak to Ohio Ag Net on AFBF’s tax reform stance.170313_PatWolff_AFBF_WEBSpeaking on regulatory reform was Paul Schlegel, director of environment and energy policy with Farm Bureau. He focused on attempting to keep regulations similar to Waters of the United States (WOTUS) from happening again by trying to have a more open and transparent process of rulemaking.“The system is out of whack and that’s what we’re trying to fix,” Schlegel said.WOTUS looked to give EPA power to regulate bodies of water not traditionally in their scope. Many in agriculture felt it to be government overreach, being railroaded through Congress to the ire of many farm groups.Shlegel especially noted that Ohio looks to play a big role in the effort as Sen. Rob Portman wants to introduce a reform bill, an area of the highest priority for the Farm Bureau. Schlegel also helped clarify to members exactly what the recent Executive Order by President Trump on WOTUS actual did as he has no power to repeal the current law. He pointed out how the EO directs EPA to certain actions to start the repeal process.“He can’t legally yank it. You can’t just do that,” Schlegel said.Director of market intelligence John Newton looked to the 2018 Farm Bill and the changes to safety net programs Farm Bureau is advocating for — specifically in dairy after the failed Dairy Margin Protection Program (MPP) of the 2014 Farm Bill.“Participation in MPP, because people really aren’t happy with it, has declined,” he said.AFBF has suggested the inclusion of an MPP alternative in the next farm bill called Dairy-Revenue Protection. The new safety net program, which is still in its infancy, would boil down to four decisions that would need to be made by the dairy farmer: 1. Milk price 2. Amount of milk to cover 3. Coverage level (60-100%) 4. Which quarters to coverIf enacted, an indemnity would be paid to the dairy farmer if actual revenue falls below the guarantee. The program looks to be submitted to USDA in April for consideration.Hear Newton speak on the changes that AFBF hopes to see down the road for safety net programs.170313_JohnNewton_AFBF_WEBAlso on the day, Matt Roberts of the Kernmantle Group, spoke on the state of the ag economy. Keith Stimpert, Ohio Farm Bureau VP gave a state organizational update.Tuesday and Wednesday will be busy for trip attendees with legislator meetings and other D.C.-exclusive activities, all with the hope of spreading agricultural information.
Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Leave a CommentThe Ohio Farm Bureau Energy Program has saved members substantial money on their utility bills, and three members also received a “bonus” when their names were drawn for a $500 sweepstakes. Ohio Farm Bureau Energy Program sweepstakes winners Kraig and Stacy Schafer are Huron County Farm Bureau members and Kraig serves on the county board of trustees. He enrolled in the energy program and estimates he’ll save $636 annually with a 59 percent rate reduction. He said he has been active in recommending folks to the program. Other winners for this first round in the sweepstakes include Janet Hays, a Columbiana County Farm Bureau member since 1965, and Zachary Zak, a Farm Bureau member in Cuyahoga County.In other member benefits news, there is now more member savings available at Ohio state parks. Great Ohio Lodges now includes discounts at the following lodge and conference centers: Burr Oak, Deer Creek, Hueston Woods, Maumee Bay, Mohican, Punderson Manor, Salt Fork and Shawnee.Finally, time is running out to win a two-year lease on a new 2018 Ford F-150. More than 2,200 Ohio Farm Bureau members have entered the sweepstakes for a chance to win, but Sept. 30 is the deadline to enter. Enter online or text the word SWEEPS to 46786 to enter.Photo caption: Ohio Farm Bureau Energy Program sweepstakes winner Kraig Schafer, pictured with his wife, Stacy, is a Huron County Farm Bureau member and serves on the county board of trustees. Leave a Comment
curt hopkins Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Tunisian Protests Result in Massive Online Crackdown. On December 17th, a young unemployed university graduate, Mohamed Bouazizi, burned himself to death in Sidi Bouzid to protest the economic situation for young people. His death inspired large protests and resulted in the government killing of three protesters so far. With a non-existent media, Tunisians took to the internet to share information on the protests. This resulted in a savage censoring backlash by the Tunisian government. Anonymous, the 4chan-allied, Wikipedia-defending hacker group, subsequently targeted the government’s official site and that of the prime minister, shutting both down. Tunisians are being supported by bloggers around the world, especially in the Arab world. It has been absent, however, in the western media. This should, alas, be no great shock. On the plus side, as DemocracyWorks notes, are the development of the anti-censorship protest song in Tunisia, and protest hip-hop. Saudi Arabia to increase official online repression. Two months after banning Facebook for “religious reasons,” the kingdom, already one of the most repressive places on the planet, is introducing new rules. They include mandatory licensing for all blogs and websites, as well as government-approved editors. Anyone wishing to start an online publication will need “documents testifying to their good behaviour.” It’s almost funny. Almost. Taiwan restricts free expression. One of the trends we predicted, that of democracies aping restrictive countries like China, is in full flower. The latest to join the Shutup Club is Taiwan. In a unique combination of direct government pressure on the media and government-funded advertising, Taiwan’s media is becoming more docile. Freedom House has downgraded the country’s free speech rating. Whether this will inspire a flowering of alternative online expression or muzzle it as well remains to be seen. The GoldenState is Tin. California’s “mellow vibe” has never seemed quite real to anyone who’s spent any time there, and the latest legal moves in the state should dispel the notion of a live-and-let-live state for good. If you are arrested now in California, the police may, pursuant to a California Supreme Court verdict, seize and root through your cell phone without a warrant. Not satisfied with that, the CA legislature has also passed Senate Bill 1411, a law making “epersonation,” masquerading as someone else online, a crime that can send you to jail for a year. Bolivia makes racism-based censorship more palatable. Bolvia’s “anti-racism” law, a cheap screen for censorship against troublesome journalists, has been criticized widely. Disappointingly, Reporters Without Borders has praised the change in language of the new law. Yes, it’s more specific. But the real issue is that speech is being punished, it’s aimed at media organs and it still provides a handy tool for prosecution of uncooperative newspapers, websites and broadcast stations. Racism should be argued down with words and with actions – if a publication is a racist rag, withdraw your patronage, your advertising, your cooperation. But send a government (you know – the guys with the guns?) against it and you’d best start practice throwing your hands up over your head and remaining perfectly still – you’ll find that yourself racist the minute you disagree with the reigning regime. China arrests blogger for being a dirty bird. Given that China arrested a bride on her wedding day for a seven-word retweet, no one should be surprised that the country’s government is as humorless as it is repressive. But as if to make 100% certain that no one is, China has arrested Lin Chenglong, a Guandong resident who wrote a blog called “Eating, Drinking, Whoring and Gambling.” Please note: Lin was not arrested for soliciting a prostitute. Neither prostitutes, pimps nor madams were arrested. You can make a very good case that prostitution is deleterious for all participants (if you want). But that’s not why Lin was arrested. He was arrested for “spreading obscene material on the internet.” He was arrested, in other words, because China’s leadership are a bunch of repressive grannies. Related Posts A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Tags:#TWiOT#web Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market
For Self-Driving Systems, Infrastructure and In… Surveillance at the Heart of Smart Cities How IoT Will Play an Important Role in Traffic … Related Posts How Connected Communities Can Bolster Your Busi… Tags:#Columbus#featured#Internet of Things#IoT#Smart Cities#smart city#top#USDOT Justin Bean With the amount of data available today, cities are constantly innovating, finding new ways to apply insights in ways that benefit citizens. This is no small task, as new technologies are constantly reshaping what’s possible when it comes to using and making sense of data.Data creates opportunities. Cities are rife with challenges that not only impact their own residents but society at large. IoT, artificial intelligence and machine learning technologies are now poised to address some of the most pressing social challenges, like homelessness, transportation and public safety. See also: Is location intelligence the key to citizen-centric smart cities?As cities find new ways to analyze data and extract insights that help solve some of their most immediate challenges, they’re also creating promising assets for tackling issues beyond their borders. Whether it’s Copenhagen’s increase in smart technologies to reduce emissions or New York’s efforts to modernize its subway and ferry systems, cities and the organizations that work with them are tackling issues that have implications on citizens around the world. Locally accountable and locally empoweredCities are the source of 80% of our global gross domestic product, 70% of emissions, and consume 66% of our energy. Urban populations are expected to nearly double by the middle of the century, according to the United Nations. This makes cities critical in addressing today’s global economic, social, and environmental challenges. Cities have their own priorities and are able to explore solving their own challenges with smart technologies. When cities are empowered use such technology to solve local issues, and subsequently share their successes with other cities, we will have the capacity to address global challenges collectively. As we saw in 2006, with cities signing up for the Kyoto Protocol, and more recently, with cities supporting Paris Accord carbon reduction targets, local governments can act within their own districts but impact the world. City officials have connections to their constituents, local businesses, and organizations. When local officials are successful at addressing local needs, they are strongly supported, and even adored, by their citizens. This aligns interests between the community and its elected officials, and puts those local politicians in powerful positions; officials then have the ability to directly influence change. Cities are responsible for their residents and need to use all available tools and technologies to better the lives of their residents. Mayor Ed Lee of San Francisco understood that homelessness in his city needed to be addressed in a substantial way, so he launched the Navigation Center to offer shelter to those without a home. The initiative includes a “joint database in which all the departments and organizations involved with it pool shelter guest information, giving case managers real-time access to integrated data.” By sharing data across multiple organizations, the city can now respond quickly to help city residents in need. Similarly, the smaller City of Moreno Valley, Calif. responded to citizens’ concern with crime in local parks. After the city implemented a state-of-the-art public safety system, citizens reported that they felt safe again, and are returning to the parks for barbecues and family gatherings. It takes a villageAs cities tackle a diverse set of issues, from energy efficiency to traffic blocks to homelessness, it’s critical that solutions and insights don’t stay in a bubble. Sharing both with other municipalities working on similar challenges will only improve the standard of living around the world. In recent years, cities have deployed a number of technologies to become smarter and to run more efficiently. Using sensors built into streetlights, for example, Barcelona is able to keep an eye on the amount of rainfall in a given area to ensure the sprinkler systems only run when needed. In Copenhagen, the driverless metro trains will soon respond to demand in real time thanks to IoT sensors in stations that analyze demand data for various rail services, helping the city to improve service while saving on energy and operational costs. These types of technologies are only some of the innovative solutions being adopted by smart cities today, enabling the gathering of an enormous amount of information. One of the most under-used sources of data available to cities today is video. Thanks to innovations in video analytics, this already abundant source of data can often be used to do everything, from analyzing traffic situations to automatically alerting the police and firefighters when there are public safety incidents that need attention.There is no shortage of data available to decision makers, but one of the challenges is actually determining how to filter through all the available data and use it in the most beneficial way. The more data shared across internal agencies and organizations, as well as with local businesses and non profits, the more room there will be for innovation to take place, and the more effective cities can be with the resources they have. Cities must learn from each other to avoid making similar mistakes that could hinder progress, and to effectively create the future they seek.In 2016, Columbus, Ohio was granted significant funding by the government after winning the Smart City Challenge, a contest held by the U.S. Department of Transportation to improve transportation systems states. Ohio has since become a case study for other regions interested in improving their mobility systems and instituting sustainable transportation.Smart cities can also help other cities that have not added significant IoT capabilities. Cities that are still learning how to adapt to emerging technologies will benefit from the best practices of cities that have already implemented them. This will allow a greater number of communities to work toward solving challenges that can have positive implications for society as a whole. Smart cities are learning how to become “smarter” every day. Working together, they are now poised to solve some of society’s greatest challenges. The more cities we have working toward the greater good, the more resilient and prosperous our increasingly global civilization will be as a whole.