Reporters sans frontières files suit against Blaise Compaoré

first_img Help by sharing this information French reporter says he has been kidnapped in northeastern Mali Burkina FasoAfrica Organisation Burkina FasoAfrica News June 7, 2021 Find out more Receive email alerts Reporters sans frontières (Reporters without Borders; RSF) has filed a suit against the president of Burkina Faso, Blaise Compaoré, at the time of his visit to France on 11 October. Represented by their council, Sophie Coupry, RSF hopes that French courts will examine Blaise Compaoré’s responsibility in acts of torture committed by members of the presidential guard, that is under his responsibility. Since French legislation has integrated the 1984 convention against torture in its internal laws, French courts have the competence to judge those responsible for acts of torture, even if these acts did not occur on its territory or to one of its citizens.On 13 December 1998, Norbert Zongo, publisher of L’Indépendant, and three companions were murdered in Sapouy (100 km south of Ouagadougou). Zongo had long been investigating the death of David Ouédraogo, chauffeur for François Compaoré, presidential advisor and brother of the head of state. Suspected of theft, David Ouédraogo and three other employees of François Compaoré were arrested in December 1997 by members of Blaise Compaoré’s personal guard and held for several weeks in buildings used to house the presidential guards. David Ouédraogo died from the torture he suffered there.The independent investigative commission, set up to shed light on the death of Norbert Zongo, established in its final report, published on 6 May 1999, that Zongo was killed “following his investigations into the Ouédraogo case”. The commission incriminated six members of the presidential guard.While convictions were handed down in the Ouédraogo case, the courts of Burkina Faso only tried those who carried out these crimes. Neither Blaise Compaoré nor his brother François were investigated. By filing suit in France, RSF hopes to end the impunity that reigns in Burkina Faso. to go further Follow the news on Burkina Fasocenter_img News RSF_en May 5, 2021 Find out more Two Spanish journalists killed in eastern Burkina Faso October 10, 2001 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Reporters sans frontières files suit against Blaise Compaoré Time is pressing, 20 years after Burkinabe journalist’s murder News News April 27, 2021 Find out morelast_img read more

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New Social Media Rules : Messaging Platforms Can Be Asked To Trace ‘First Originator’ Of Messages

first_imgTop StoriesNew Social Media Rules : Messaging Platforms Can Be Asked To Trace ‘First Originator’ Of Messages LIVELAW NEWS NETWORK25 Feb 2021 4:39 AMShare This – xThe new rules announced by the Central Government to regulate social media intermediaries empower it to ask messaging platforms like ‘WhatsApp’, ‘Facebook messenger’, ‘Telegram’ to trace the ‘first originator’ of messages.This is a significant development as law enforcement agencies have been raising serious concerns regarding viral forward messages spreading fake news, hate speech etc.Rule…Your free access to Live Law has expiredTo read the article, get a premium account.Your Subscription Supports Independent JournalismSubscription starts from ₹ 599+GST (For 6 Months)View PlansPremium account gives you:Unlimited access to Live Law Archives, Weekly/Monthly Digest, Exclusive Notifications, Comments.Reading experience of Ad Free Version, Petition Copies, Judgement/Order Copies.Subscribe NowAlready a subscriber?LoginThe new rules announced by the Central Government to regulate social media intermediaries empower it to ask messaging platforms like ‘WhatsApp’, ‘Facebook messenger’, ‘Telegram’ to trace the ‘first originator’ of messages.This is a significant development as law enforcement agencies have been raising serious concerns regarding viral forward messages spreading fake news, hate speech etc.Rule 5(3) of the Information Technology (Guidelines For Intermediaries And Digital Media Ethics Code) Rules, 2021, says that messaging platforms, having subscribers above the threshold notified by the Centre, should enable the identification of “first originator” of the information in its computer resource, as may be required by a judicial order passed by  a court of competent jurisdiction or a competent authority under Section 69 of the Information Technology Rules.The verbatim reproduction of the Rule is as follows”A significant social media intermediary providing services primarily in the nature of messaging shall enable the identification of the first originator of the information on its computer resource as may be required by a judicial order passed by a court of competent jurisdiction or an order passed under Section 69 of the Act by the Competent Authority as per the Information Technology (IT) Rules, 2009.””Significant social media intermediary” means a social media with users above such threshold as may be notified by the Central Government.The new rules, framed invoking powers under the Information Technology Act, have come into force with their notification in the Official Gazette today.When can such an order for tracing originator be passed?The rule says that such an order to trace the originator of the message can be passed only for the purposes of prevention, detection, investigation, prosecution or punishment of an offence -related to the sovereignty and integrity of  India, the security of the State, friendly relations with foreign States, or public order, or of incitement to an offence relating to the above or in relation with rape, sexually explicit material or child sexual abuse material, punishable with imprisonment for a term of not less than five years.The rule further says that such a tracing order shall not be passed in cases where “less intrusive means are effective in identifying the originator”.The Rule has another safeguard which says that the messenger service should not be required to disclose any other message or information related to the first originator or any information related to its other uses.The proviso to Rule 5(3) says : “in complying with an order for identification of the first originator, no significant social media intermediary shall be required to disclose the contents of any electronic message, any other information related to the first originator, or any information related to its other users”.Where the first originator of the message is located outside the territory of India, the first originator of that information within the territory of India shall be deemed to be the first originator of the information for the purpose of this clause.Rule 4 of the 2021 Draft Rules provide 16-due diligence rules to be followed by intermediaries in India.Further, all intermediaries are required to appoint a Chief Compliance Officer who shall be responsible for ensuring compliance with the Act. Also, they should appoint a nodal person of contact for 24×7 coordination with law enforcement agencies and officers to ensure compliance to their orders or requisitions made in accordance with the provisions of law or rules made thereunder.Explaining the intent behind the rules, Union Law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad told reporters on Thursday, “We are not asking them (social media platform) to disclose the content; but just the originator. We want to know who began the mischief, and it will be only in cases where punishment is over five years, so there is a proper safeguard.”The rules have also appendixed a ‘code of ethics’ to be followed by social media intermediaries, OTT platforms and digital media. The Rules prescribe a 3-level regulatory  mechanism for compliance of ‘Code of Ethics’.Level 1 – Self Regulation.Level 2 – Regulation by Self-Regulating Bodies.Level 3- Oversight mechanism by Central Government.The Centre will create a ‘Grievance Portal’ and any person having a complaint with content in OTT platforms or digital media may register the complaint with the ‘Grievance Portal’. The complaint will be first forwarded by Centre to the concerned entity first.OTT platforms, digital media are to appoint a ‘Grievance Redressal Officer’ to deal with the grievances forwarded by the Grievance Portal.A person, who is dissatisfied with the response of the Grievance Redressal Officer, can appeal to the self-regulating body formed for the concerned entity. Further appeal can be made to the Central Government. Centre releases the draft of rules to regulate social media intermediaries, OTT platforms and digital/online news media. The rules titled “INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY (GUIDELINES FOR INTERMEDIARIES AND DIGITAL MEDIA ETHICS CODE) RULES, 2021″ will come into force when notified.— Live Law (@LiveLawIndia) February 25, 2021 Case pending in the Supreme CourtIt may be recalled that since 2019, the Supreme Court  has been considering a slew of petitions on the ‘traceability’ issue of online messenger services. During the hearing of the case, the SC orally expressed concerns regarding lack of means to trace originators.”Misuse of social media has become dangerous. Govt should step in to deal with the issue at the earliest. Why should we worry about the internet? We will worry about our country. We can’t say we don’t have the technology to track the origins of online crimes. If originators have technology to do it, we have technology to counter it and track the originator. The State can take care of itself but what recourse does the individual have? What about the individuals when they are trolled?”The way some of these technologies are operating is dangerous”, a bench comprising Justices Deepak Gupta and Aniruddha Bose had orally remarked.In a similar batch of petitions pending in the Madras High Court, an IIT Professor named Dr Kamakoti submitted certain suggestions to trace the originators of the messages. The Internet Freedom Foundation has intervened in the Madras High Court to oppose the suggestions of Dr Kamakoti, by terming them intrusive and violative of right to privacy.It may be noted that the Madras High Court had expanded the scope of the case to explore means to ensure better cooperation between law enforcement agencies and internet intermediaries to detect and prevent cyber crimes. The original prayer for social media-Aadhaar linkage was dropped by the Court.While so, Facebook approached the Supreme Court to transfer the case from Madras HC to the top court. 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Biochemical composition in relation to the energetics of growth and sexual maturation in the ommastrephid squid Illex argentinus

first_imgThe proximate (protein, lipid, carbohydrate and ash) and elemental (C, H, N and P) composition of the major tissues were measured for 18 male and 51 female Illex argentinus sampled from the feeding grounds over the Patagonian Shelf. In most tissues the chemical composition did not vary with sexual maturity, although the mass of the tissue increased significantly because sexual maturation and growth were proceeding simultaneously. The composition of the ovary and associated tissues (nidamental gland, oviducal gland) did change significantly during sexual maturation. Several tissues contained significant amounts of one or more unknown components. The nitrogen content of an unknown component in the testis was similar to that of DNA. In the spermatophoric complex the nitrogen content suggested the unknown fraction may be an amino acid or short peptide, whereas in the nidamental gland the nitrogen content suggested an amino-sugar or polysaccharide derivative. The digestive gland was rich in lipid and continued to accumulate substantial reserves of energy throughout the period of sexual maturation on the feeding grounds. During this period there was no evidence for the utilization of either digestive gland or mantle tissues to supply energy for gonads. Accumulation of carbon and energy (estimated stoichiometrically from carbon) during the final 50 days on the feeding grounds indicated that energy demands for tissue synthesis in females were almost twice those of the smaller males, and that a relatively small fraction of the demands were for reproductive tissues (5% in males, 15% in females). Most energy intake in this period was directed to the digestive gland (40% in males, 47% in females) and other somatic growth (54% in males, 38% in females). A preliminary power budget suggested that during the final days of feeding before migrating to the spawning grounds, energy intake of Illex argentinus is 4-5% body energy content per day, growth efficiencies are low (17-22%) and that energy reserves in the digestive gland would fuel migration in the absence of feeding for 14 days in males and 21 days in females.last_img read more

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Sri Lanka Navy Brings Critically Iinjured Fishermen Ashore for Medical Treatment

first_img Share this article View post tag: Navy View post tag: Ashore View post tag: Treatment Back to overview,Home naval-today Sri Lanka Navy Brings Critically Iinjured Fishermen Ashore for Medical Treatment View post tag: Naval View post tag: Critically View post tag: Fishermen Sri Lanka Navy’s Offshore Patrol Vessel, SLNS Jayasagara brought 2 fishermen ashore on 15th October 2012 for medical treatments after being rescued from deep south eastern sea of Sri Lanka. They had been rescued by two merchant vessels, MV Lusail and MV Edith Maersk, in the south-eastern deep seas of Sri Lanka.MV Lusail had deviated from its own course in order to hand over the injured fisherman it had taken onboard. Timely action taken by the two merchant vessels had been commendable and it had saved the lives of the fishermen. The ships had handed over the rescued to SLNS Jayasagara to transfer them ashore for medical treatment.Having provided onboard emergency medical treatment, SLNS Jayasagara brought the rescued fishermen to Galle Harbour and handed them over to Galle Harbour Police for onward action.[mappress]Naval Today Staff,October 17, 2012; Image: Sri Lanka Navy View post tag: Lanka View post tag: Iinjured View post tag: Sri View post tag: brings View post tag: Medical View post tag: News by topic Sri Lanka Navy Brings Critically Iinjured Fishermen Ashore for Medical Treatment October 17, 2012last_img read more

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Oxford students spend most on sex toys

first_imgUniversity of Liverpool – £7,128 University of Durham – £6,653 Oxford University – £11,266 The top 10 biggest sex toy spenders Students attending Oxford University spent more on sex toys than any other university, according to newly released figures.The data, released by sex toy and lingerie retailer Ann Summers, suggest that Oxford students spent £11,266 on sex toys last year – beating second place Cambridge by almost £2,000.Oxford was also revealed to be the biggest browser of the Ann Summers online store, pipping Cardiff University to first place. The most popular time for browsing was found to be 10pm.Ann Summers say that its products help students get through university life, saying “great sex and mind-blowing orgasms” is “a natural antidepressant and is one of the most effective ways to ease anxiety, relieve stress and boost brainpower”.According to the retailer, Oxford students were most likely to buy the Rose Gold Mini Vibrator, which was also the most popular product among five of the top ten.With four of the five top-rated universities in the UK making it into the top buyers table, it has been suggested that there may be a link between intelligence and sex drive, with Ann Summers arguing that sex helps you “develop stronger cognitive skills, including verbal fluency, number sequencing and recall.” University of Southampton – £6,733 University of Manchester – £8,549center_img Aberystwyth University – £6,867 University of Cambridge – £9,410 Lancaster University – £6,667 University of Leeds – £8,633 University of York – £6,615last_img read more

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COA: Insurance Policy Terms Mean Suspended Driver Still Covered

first_imgKatie Stancombe for www.theindianawyer.comA man whose driver’s license was suspended after crashing into a home will still receive coverage now that the Indiana Court of Appeals determined his insurer’s policy did not specifically say he could be denied coverage under its entitlement exclusion.While driving his vehicle on a suspended driver’s license in August 2015, John Weaver somehow lost control and drove straight into the home of Sunday and Bryan Vanzile. The crash caused both bodily injury and property damage, and Weaver’s Indiana Farmers Mutual Insurance Company policy stated that he would be covered for both.When the Vanziles sued Weaver for damages, Indiana Farmers filed for declaratory judgment, contending that the policy did not provide Weaver with coverage for the accident because his license was suspended at the time of the crash. State Farm Mutual Automobile Insurance Company, joined by the Vanziles, then moved for summary judgment and Indiana Farmer’s responded likewise. However, a trial court granted judgment in favor of State Farm and the Vanzile.Indiana Farmers argued to an appellate panel that Weaver was using his vehicle without a reasonable belief that he was entitled to do so because of his suspended license, which resulted in him being excluded from coverage pursuant to the entitlement exclusion of the insurance policy.Noting that it had not yet seen a case in which entitlement exclusions pertained to the policy holder’s use of his own vehicle, the appellate court found that the policy’s term “using” was ambiguous and could therefore not be considered synonymous with the term “operating.”“While ‘operating’ is one way of ‘using’ a vehicle, it is not the only way,” Judge Cale Bradford wrote for the court. “A person could use a vehicle for storage, to salvage spare parts from, or to display at a classic car show, none of which would require the person to operate the vehicle.“Moreover, reasonable minds may differ as to whether ‘using’ one’s own vehicle under this exclusion is dictated upon one’s driver’s license status. Indiana Farmers could have drafted a provision that specifically excluded drivers from coverage who used the vehicle without a valid driver’s license,” Bradford continued.The appellate court, therefore, found Weaver had a reasonable belief that he was entitled to use his vehicle pursuant to the language of the policy, concluding Indiana Farmer’s failure to add clarifying language to the policy was its own fault. Judge Elaine Brown concurred with the majority in a separate opinion, noting that Indiana Farmer’s could have drafted its policy in a way that clearly defined and used “legally using.”FOOTNOTE: The case is Indiana Farmers Mutual Insurance Company v. John Weaver, Sunday Vanzile, Bryan Vanzile, and State Farm Mutual Automobile Insurance Company, 18A-CT-2043.FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailSharelast_img read more

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Power restored to Bayonne, JC after loss

first_img× BAYONNE — 20,000 people in Bayonne and Jersey City were without power Monday morning. In the morning, PSE&G reported power might not come back until 2:30 p.m. However, most were restored around 11 a.m.Media reports said that two transformers at PSE&G’s Bayonne switching station went out of service around 9:23 a.m.Be warned that if you had food in your refrigerator and were affected, the appliance might have been off for nearly two hours or more.last_img

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An Old Home Awaits Its Fate in Ocean City

first_imgBy DONALD WITTKOWSKIOne of the grand dames of Ocean City’s Historic District has seen better days.The three-story house at 615 Wesley Avenue has a weather-beaten exterior, overgrown vines creeping up its steps and a battered white fence.But this 118-year-old home dating to the Edwardian era is considered historically significant – so much so that the Ocean City Historic Preservation Commission wants to save it from demolition.In September, the commission rejected plans to demolish the house and is expected to formalize its action in a resolution at its Oct. 6 meeting.“The property is safe right now,” John Loeper, the commission chairman, said in an interview Thursday.The house has been classified as a “key building” in the Historic District, the highest ranking for historically significant structures, City Deputy Tax Assessor Mike Brady said.Its original history dating to 1902 isn’t immediately clear, but over the years it has variously served as the Genevieve Guest House and the Koo-Koo’s Nest bed and breakfast, according to online real estate records.Overgrown trees and shrubbery obscure the facade.Ideally, the Historic Preservation Commission would like to see someone buy the now-empty house and restore it, Loeper said.“There’s so much to that original building that is still there. There’s no reason that building should be torn down,” he said. “The building has a tremendous amount of street presence. It hasn’t been remuddled over the years.”Although the historic commission has denied a demolition permit for the property, the house’s long-term fate is unclear.Loeper explained that the property owner could appeal the Historic Preservation Commission’s denial of the demolition permit to the Ocean City Zoning Board. He added that he is not aware of any time that the zoning board has overturned the historic commission on appeal.In the meantime, the house is listed for sale at $999,000. A real estate agent handling the property listing could not be reached for comment Thursday.Brady said tax records list the property owner as RJGVB LLC of Shippensburg, Pa. The house includes five bedrooms and 4.5 bathrooms within 5,250 square feet of space, according to real estate records.The old house near the corner of Sixth Street and Wesley Avenue is in the heart of the Historic District.The home’s expansive porch overlooks Wesley Avenue in the heart of the Historic District, an area that roughly stretches between Third and Eighth streets and Central and Ocean avenues.The Historic Preservation Commission, as a general rule, must approve demolition, new construction or rehabilitation within the district.Loeper said the old house remains in good overall physical condition despite its deteriorated exterior. Much of the facade is obscured by overgrown trees and shrubbery. The light green paint has long since faded, along with the burgundy trim.“The building stands there in the community in the same way it stood the day it was built,” Loeper said of the preserved original construction.The house harkens back to the days when the Victorian period was giving way to the Edwardian era. Loeper believes the property’s architecture is more of the Victorian style.When the house was built, it was only 23 years after Ocean City’s founding in 1879 as a seaside resort town by four Methodist ministers.The Ocean City Historic Preservation Commission meeting is scheduled for 6 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 6. The meeting will be conducted remotely during the coronavirus pandemic. Members of the public may participate remotely by computer, tablet or smartphone at https://global.gotomeeting.com/join/217615509 or may call in at 1-408-650-3123 and use access code 217-615-509. The 118-year-old house at 615 Wesley Avenue is considered architecturally and historically significant by the city.last_img read more

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The String Cheese Incident Rounds Out Summer Plans With 20+ Tour Dates, New Album

first_imgThe String Cheese Incident are doing it right in 2016! The band is gearing up for their “March Madness” winter tour throughout the West Coast, and they’re building up even more hype for the shows ahead with the announcement of a major summer tour.The new summer schedule includes some previously-announced plays, including sets at their own Electric Forest festival and the Peach Music Festival, as well as three nights at the famed Red Rocks Amphitheatre. The tour also includes a number of individual “Incidents,” including a four-night “Independence Incident” run in both Asheville, NC and Atlanta, GA.Additional shows include the Merriweather Post Pavilion, Brewery Ommegang in Cooperstown, NY, a Northwest run with stops in Washington, Montana and Oregon, and two nights at the Kings Theatre in Brooklyn, NY, from August 13-14.Furthermore, the band is also in the studio recording a new album, to be produced by Talking Heads man Jerry Harrison. Harrison produced their exciting 2014 album, Song In My Head, and more information about the new release is expected to be shared in the near future.Consult the full schedule below, and head to SCI’s website for ticketing details.Tour Dates:Friday, June 24, 2016 – Rothbury, MI @ Electric ForestSaturday, June 25, 2016 – Rothbury, MI @ Electric ForestSunday, June 26, 2016 – Rothbury, MI @ Electric ForestFriday, July 1, 2016 – Asheville, NC @ US Cellular Center Exploreasheville.com ArenaSaturday, July 2, 2016 – Asheville, NC @ US Cellular Center Exploreasheville.com Arena Sunday, July 3, 2016 – Atlanta, GA @ Chastain ParkMonday, July 4, 2016 – Atlanta, GA @ Chastain ParkFriday, July 8, 2016 – Cooperstown, NY @ Brewery Ommegang w/ TwiddleSaturday, July 9, 2016 – Columbia, MD @ Merriweather Post PavilionSunday, July 10, 2016 – Portsmouth, VA @ Portsmouth Pavilion w/ Yonder Mountain String BandFriday, July 15, 2016 – Morrison, CO @ Red Rocks Amphitheatre w/ TAUKSaturday, July 16, 2016 – Morrison, CO @ Red Rocks Amphitheatre w/ Kamasi WashingtonSunday, July 17, 2016 – Morrison, CO @ Red Rocks Amphitheatre w/ Hot RizeWednesday, July 20, 2016 – Missoula, MT @ Big Sky Brewing CompanyThursday, July 21, 2016– Missoula, MT @ Big Sky Brewing CompanyFriday, July 22, 2016 – Redmond, WA @ Marymoor AmphitheaterSaturday, July 23, 2016 – Eugene, OR @ Cuthbert AmphitheatreSunday, July 24, 2016 – Eugene, OR @ Cuthbert AmphitheatreFriday, August 12, 2016 – Scranton, PA @ The Peach Music Festival Montage MountainSaturday, August 13, 2016 – Brooklyn, NY @ Kings TheatreSunday, August 14, 2016 – Brooklyn, NY @ Kings Theatrelast_img read more

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Van Ghost Releases B-Sides Of ‘I Can’t Hide’ For 10th Anniversary [Listen]

first_img[Photo: Zach Nelson; Album Art: Ed Harris] For nearly a decade, Van Ghost has existed in the shadows; revealing themselves sparingly at select and special engagements from New York City to Costa Rica. The brainchild of Chicago music industry impresario Michael Harrison Berg, the extended Van Ghost band is a familial diaspora sprawling the continental 48; over the years, this collective has tread a roadmap in revival. For their last release, The Ghost Unit, in 2016, the group delivered huge hooks, heavy hearts, and heroic harmonies in abundance, easily walking the line between soulful, funky, and folky without relying on cliches from any of the genres. For The Ghost Unit’s lineup, Berg assembled an all-star crew composed of Jennifer Hartswick, Chris Gelbuda, Natalie Cressman, Ick Cassarino, John Staten, Grant Tye, Chris Chew, and Rob Marscher to record at the legendary Westford, Vermont recording studio, The Barn.Now, Berg and Van Ghost, in celebration of the 10th anniversary of I Can’t Hide, are releasing the B-side cuts from that first album that started it all. Many of the usual suspects make it on the cut, including Jennifer Hartswick and Chris Gelbuda, though, as is the beauty of Van Ghost, the crew is malleable, with artists coming in and out over the years. You can take a listen to the 10th anniversary B-sides of Van Ghost’s I Can’t Hide here.last_img read more

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