German BND Act: A missed opportunity for press freedom

first_img GermanyEurope – Central Asia Protecting journalistsProtecting sources Organisation GermanyEurope – Central Asia Protecting journalistsProtecting sources Help by sharing this information RSF asks Germany to let Myanmar journalist Mratt Kyaw Thu apply for asylum Follow the news on Germany Use the Digital Services Act to make democracy prevail over platform interests, RSF tells EU to go further RSF calls for journalists protection against BND surveillance June 2, 2021 Find out more Receive email alerts The need for special protection of communications between media professionals and their sources has now been recognized by law for the first time. However, despite certain improvements, the legislators are failing to protect foreign media workers from digital surveillance and from the possibility of the information gathered by the BND being misused by authoritarian states. In May 2020, after reviewing a complaint lodged by RSF and several international journalists, Germany’s Federal Constitutional Court in Karlsruhe ruled that the legal basis for the mass surveillance of global internet traffic by the BND was unconstitutional. Among other stipulations, it ordered that the BND Act be revised to include provisions to better protect the confidentiality of communications in confidential relationships of trust (Vertraulichkeitsbeziehungen) between media professionals and their sources.”The law does not meet the requirements of the Court’s ruling, let alone the requirement, based on human rights, to find an appropriate balance between security interests and the right to confidentiality of communications,” said Christian Mihr, Executive Director of RSF Germany. Little has changed in terms of actual surveillance practices. The BND is allowed to continue to spy on communications on a massive scale, and has even been given additional hacking powers. It can collect revealing data on media professionals and their contacts without restrictions, and pass it on to other intelligence services. We are therefore considering taking the matter back to the Constitutional Court.”In December 2020, the German government passed a draft act that was sharply criticized by RSF. Among other things, RSF objected to the continuation of the practice of passing on unfiltered traffic data, such as information on who communicates with whom and when by email, along with the corresponding subject lines. It also criticized that under the new law the BND itself will be responsible for deciding who qualifies as a journalist and therefore enjoys the corresponding protection. This runs counter to the objective of appropriate oversight of the intelligence agency, RSF argued.RSF’s efforts to have the law revised to guarantee better protection for media workers were endorsed by the OSCE Representative on Freedom of the Media Teresa Ribeiro, among others. At the beginning of March, criticism echoing RSF’s concerns about the draft act was voiced at an expert panel meeting in the Committee of Internal Affairs, which is the lead committee on this matter. Several legal experts also expressed concerns about the constitutionality of the draft act. As a result, the committee decided to make certain improvements to the government’s draft. For example, the text now stipulates that the process by which the BND decides which relationships fall into the category of confidential relationships of trust must be documented, a step which is meant to facilitate the independent review of such decisions made by the intelligence service. Likewise, the criteria for BND surveillance of journalistic communication in situations in which Germany’s internal security is considered to be in danger have been tightened.However, despite these changes, the key points of criticism voiced by RSF remain unaddressed. By allowing the BND to continue to collect, analyse and pass on the traffic data of media professionals and their contacts to other intelligence agencies without restrictions, the law leaves the current surveillance practices for the most part unchanged. It makes a dubious distinction between the personal information of those whose communications enjoy special protection and supposedly non-personal data or device data, which often reveal just as much about a specific individual and their contact networks and behaviour.In addition, oversight of the intelligence agency remains fragmented; the powers of the individual oversight bodies are too limited, especially in view of the rapid advances in surveillance technology. At the same time, the law gives the BND new powers to hack foreign servers and systems, thus further expanding the intelligence services’ scope for state surveillance. In view of these significant shortcomings, RSF Germany and the Society for Civil Rights (GFF) are considering filing another constitutional complaint.Germany is ranked 11th out of 180 countries in RSF’s 2020 World Press Freedom Index.  News News News As the German Bundestag passed the federal government’s draft to reform the Federal Intelligence Service Act (or BND Act), Reporters Without Borders (RSF) considers the new hurdles that the law creates regarding the surveillance of journalists and their sources within the framework of Foreign-Foreign Communications Intelligence by the BND, Germany’s foreign intelligence agency, to be inadequate. News May 31, 2021 Find out more RSF_en March 30, 2021 German BND Act: A missed opportunity for press freedom February 8, 2021 Find out morelast_img read more

$20,000 Reward for Information in Gang Shooting Death of Local 4-Year-Old Boy

first_img faithfernandez More » ShareTweetShare on Google+Pin on PinterestSend with WhatsApp,Virtual Schools PasadenaHomes Solve Community/Gov/Pub SafetyPasadena Public WorksPasadena Water and PowerPASADENA EVENTS & ACTIVITIES CALENDARClick here for Movie Showtimes Get our daily Pasadena newspaper in your email box. Free.Get all the latest Pasadena news, more than 10 fresh stories daily, 7 days a week at 7 a.m. More Cool Stuff The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors unanimously approved a motion by Supervisor Michael D. Antonovich offering a $20,000 reward in exchange for information leading to the arrest and/or conviction of the suspect or suspects responsible for the fatal shooting of 4-year-old Salvador Esparza in Altadena.On July 5, 2016, according to witnesses, the shooting suspect chased a man onto a residential property in the 300 block of West Figueroa Drive and fired at him. The victim survived the attack but Esparza was also hit with a single gunshot to the head and was subsequently pronounced dead at the Huntington Memorial Hospital. The suspect fled south on Olive Avenue.According to Sheriff’s Homicide detectives, the suspect is believed to be a gang member and the shooting is believed to be gang-related. Detectives do not believe that victim Esparza or his family were the intended target.Supervisor Antonovich encourages anyone with information to contact Sergeant John O’Brien at (323) 574-0461 or Sergeant Domenick Recchia (323) 574-2851 with the LASD Homicide Bureau. Subscribe EVENTS & ENTERTAINMENT | FOOD & DRINK | THE ARTS | REAL ESTATE | HOME & GARDEN | WELLNESS | SOCIAL SCENE | GETAWAYS | PARENTS & KIDS Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked * Pasadena’s ‘626 Day’ Aims to Celebrate City, Boost Local Economy Top of the News Name (required)  Mail (required) (not be published)  Website  0 commentsShareShareTweetSharePin it center_img Business News Community News News Feature Stories $20,000 Reward for Information in Gang Shooting Death of Local 4-Year-Old Boy Published on Tuesday, August 2, 2016 | 3:19 pm First Heatwave Expected Next Week Make a comment Herbeauty15 Countries Where Men Have Difficulties Finding A WifeHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyYou Can’t Go Past Our Healthy Quick RecipesHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty5 Things To Avoid If You Want To Have Whiter TeethHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyRub This All Over Your Body And He’s Guaranteed To Swoon Over YouHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyThese Are 15 Great Style Tips From Asian WomenHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyFinding The Right Type Of Workout For You According AstrologyHerbeautyHerbeauty Community News Pasadena Will Allow Vaccinated People to Go Without Masks in Most Settings Starting on Tuesday Home of the Week: Unique Pasadena Home Located on Madeline Drive, Pasadenalast_img read more

TechnipFMC to spin off engineering and construction business

first_imgThe UK-based TechnipFMC will split its business into two separate publicly traded companies in a move to unlock additional value for the respective segments TechnipFMC will split its business into two separate publicly traded companies (Credit: TechnipFMC plc) Oilfield services provider TechnipFMC is set to spin off its engineering and construction (E&C) division into a separate firm to capitalise on the global energy transition while enhancing value creation.TechnipFMC will split its current business into two separate publicly traded companies – RemainCo and SpinCo. The business separation is expected to improve the new companies’ focus on their respective strategies and give them better flexibility and growth opportunities.TechnipFMC to spin off its onshore/offshore segmentThe transaction will be structured as a spin-off of TechnipFMC’s onshore/offshore segment, which will be headquartered in Paris. The separation is likely to be concluded in the first half of next year, subject to customary conditions, consultations and regulatory approvals.According to TechnipFMC, the merger of Technip and FMC Technologies in 2017, which resulted in its creation as a new subsea player has established it as the only fully-integrated subsea provider. The company’ said that its performance since the merger has made the proposed spin-off possible which when completed will help the two firms to unlock additional value.The two new companies RemainCo and SpinCo will have distinct and expanding market opportunities and also specific customer bases, said the oil services provider.SpinCo is expected to become one of the largest E&C pure-play companies in the world, and will be able to capture LNG opportunities owing to its strong project delivery model, proven track record, and demonstrated capabilities, said TechnipFMC.The new company will be made up of TechnipFMC’s onshore/offshore segment, which includes Genesis, a provider of front end engineering and design services. SpinCo would also include Loading Systems and Cybernetix.RemainCo, on the other hand, will be made up of the technology and services business of the company. It will continue to support TechnipFMC’s clients in the delivery of integrated production solutions with a workforce of around 22,000 employees.TechnipFMC chairman and CEO Doug Pferdehirt said: “To further enhance value creation, our Board of Directors and management team have continuously evaluated strategic options and, after a comprehensive review, determined that it is in the best interest of TechnipFMC and all of our stakeholders to create two diversified pure-play leaders.“We are confident that the separation would allow both businesses to thrive independently within their sectors, enabling each to unlock significant additional value.”last_img read more

The cook & the baker

first_imgBy Dean Brettschneider & Mark McDonough; Random House NZFollowing the rise of the so-called ’third wave’ of coffee shops those ultra-quality-conscious gourmet outlets set up by Aussies and New Zealanders largely in London is bakery about to see a similar trend? The word in NPD circles is that Down Under is the new destination of choice for overseas reconnaissance and product inspiration (or should we say, foreign jollies on the expenses account).Arriving in the wake of our own Dan Lepard is self-styled ’Global Baker’ Dean Brettschneider. The New Zealander has Baker & Spice Shanghai, local TV appearances and five bakery books under his belt. His latest publication sees him marrying the worlds of baking and cooking. Co-written with chef Mark McDonough of the acclaimed Auckland café Zarbo, which also houses a Brettschneider ’micro bakery’, the recipes contain not only bread and sweets, but creative deli-style serving suggestions.One such idea is a whipped brie and crouton millefeuille with rocket salad (pictured). Another doubles as a useful way of using up old bagels: thinly slice and oven-dry the bagels to make attractive looking dippers for hummus or olive tapenade.Breads range from classics such as a Poilâne-style loaf to simple but transformative tweaks, such as the sunflower seed rolls that are brought to life with the addition of smoked paprika. Another eye-catching loaf is the chunky apple, roasted hazelnut, thyme and Cabernet Sauvignon bread.A selection of patisserie, desserts, cakes and biscuits sandwiches the mains and entrée courses from McDonough, who provides ample inspiration for anyone going down the deli-bakery-café route.l See 14 January issue of BB for an exclusive Turkish sandwich bread masterclass from Dean Brettschneiderlast_img read more

Carol Jean Young, 85

first_imgCarol Jean Young, 85, Greensburg, Indiana, passed away on Monday, March 30, 2020 at the Morning Breeze Health Campus in Greensburg. Born December 11, 1934 in Decatur County, Indiana, she was the daughter Edgar James and Telitha (Krone) Meyer.  Carol graduated from New Point High School in 1952.  She retired from Meyerrose Electric.  She had been a member of the St. Paul’s Smyrna Lutheran Church. She enjoyed collecting antiques, playing Bingo, and dining out with her husband.  She was married to Arthur B. Young on September 25, 1954 and he preceded her in death on November 2, 2017. She is survived by several nieces, nephews, great nieces, great nephews, and great great nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, one brother, Norman Meyer; three sisters, Velma I. Fry, Wanda J. Meyer, Linda A. Meyer. Due to the recent public health safety mandate of limited gatherings, a private graveside service will be held for the immediate family at the South Park Cemetery in Greensburg with Rev. John Meyer officiating. Memorials may be sent to the St. Paul’s Smyrna Lutheran Church or to the St. Maurice Catholic Church in Napoleon. Porter-Oliger-Pearson Funeral Home has been entrusted with the arrangements and online condolences can be made to the family at www.popfuneralhome.comlast_img read more

NBA All-Star Saturday Night: Come see if another man can fly … over a car

first_img NBA All-Star weekend: L.A. is already the center of the hoop world AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREUCLA alum Kenny Clark signs four-year contract extension with PackersGriffin won the Slam Dunk Contest at the 2011 All-Star Weekend with the greatest stunt in the history of the NBA’s annual midseason celebration. Technically, it was just another dunk off a lob pass from one Clipper to another. The car added an element that catapulted Griffin to superstardom, though.Griffin went on to become Rookie of the Year, a five-time All-Star, a pitchman, the face of a franchise that was on the rise and, ultimately, a tradeable asset. The Clippers dealt him last month to the Detroit Pistons in a franchise-altering move.So much has changed in the seven years since that career-defining moment. Griffin won’t be a participant in either the dunk contest Saturday or the game Sunday at Staples Center. A new generation of dunkers has emerged, including former Lakers leaper Larry Nance Jr., now with Cleveland.Larry Nance Sr., won the 1984 dunk contest in Denver, the NBA’s first.Victor Oladipo of the Indiana Pacers, Donovan Mitchell of the Utah Jazz and Dennis Smith Jr. of the Dallas Mavericks also are entered in the premier event on All-Star Saturday Night. The NBA also will conduct a skills contest and a 3-point shooting contest. For NBA All-Star Weekend, here’s our lineup of All-Southern California NBA All-Stars Spencer Dinwiddie of the Brooklyn Nets, Andre Drummond (Detroit Pistons) Joel Embiid (Philadelphia 76ers), Buddy Hield (Sacramento Kings), Al Horford (Boston Celtics), Lauri Markkanen (Chicago Bulls) and Jamal Murray (Denver Nuggets) also will compete in the Skills Challenge.Harris averaged a career-high 18.1 points before the Clippers acquired him from the Pistons. Overall, he’s averaging 18 points on 45 percent shooting, plus 5.3 rebounds and 2 assists in 54 games in 2017-18, including six with the Clippers.In addition to Harris, Bradley Beal (Washington Wizards), Devin Booker (Phoenix Suns), Wayne Ellington (Miami Heat), Paul George (Oklahoma City Thunder), Eric Gordon (Houston Rockets), Kyle Lowry (Toronto Raptors) and Klay Thompson (Golden State Warriors) will compete.Gordon is the defending champion. The younger Nance would have been a hometown favorite, but the Lakers traded him and Jordan Clarkson to the Cavaliers in exchange for Channing Frye, Isaiah Thomas and a first-round draft pick at the trade deadline Feb. 8. Nance is still likely to get a lot of support, though.Two Clippers highlight the other events.Guard Lou Williams will participate in the Skills Challenge and forward Tobias Harris, acquired along with Avery Bradley and Boban Marjanovic and two draft picks in the Jan. 29 deal that sent Griffin to Detroit, will compete in the 3-point Contest.Williams is the league’s leading scorer while playing n a reserve role, averaging 22 points. Overall, he’s averaging career-bests of 23.2 points and 5.3 assists while shooting 37.8 percent on 3-point shots and 89.5 percent from the free-throw line.Related Articles LOS ANGELES — The last time it was here a man jumped over a car and dunked a basketball.Baron Davis piloted a KIA onto the Staples Center court as a choir assembled at midcourt to sing, “I Believe I Can Fly.” Blake Griffin accepted a lob pass through the sun roof from Davis, soared over the hood and slammed the ball through the basket as the raucous sellout crowd roared.Charles Barkley then dared on TNT to say it wasn’t that great of a dunk.Come on, man. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more