EU pressed over stricter messaging privacy rules

first_img Previous ArticleRegulator clears Telefonica, Liberty Global UK megadealNext ArticleSony focused on camera first in latest flagships Yanitsa Boyadzhieva Privacy and human rights organisations urged the European Parliament to solidify its stance on stricter privacy laws for messaging apps, as it expressed concerns proposals by the European Council would validate data protection abuses.In a letter to the Parliament, a group of 30 organisations including Amnesty International and Privacy International warned the Council’s position weakened proposals by the legislative branch to improve protections for users regarding tracking, monitoring and consent.The organisations said the Council watered down these plans by introducing “ambiguity” on when data tracking is considered necessary, in turn legitimising potential “abuses and breaches of data protection law” and failing to address a deficit in user trust.In a decision taken in February, the Council outlined certain situations where messaging app providers “may process metadata”, for example location and receipt of communication, “for a purpose other than that for which it was collected, even when this is not based on the user’s consent or certain provisions on legislative measures under European Union or member state law”.The European Commission planned to impose tighter rules covering the handling of customer messages, calls and data in messaging apps by May 2018, but the process was slowed by a lack of consensus on different points. Subscribe to our daily newsletter Back Author Tags Related Industry groups welcome EU privacy agreement European Parliamentmessaging appsprivacy regulationscenter_img AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInLinkedInShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to MoreAddThisMore 14 APR 2021 Blog: Can rivals capitalise on WhatsApp privacy saga? Home EU pressed over stricter messaging privacy rules Español La Unión Europea y el Reino Unido endurecerán las normas de reparación de dispositivos Yanitsa joins Mobile World Live as a Reporter based in London. She has more than 5 years’ experience at various media outlets in her home country Bulgaria. She started her career as a political reporter, followed by taking editor roles… Read more last_img read more

Ginebra Kings set up Govs’ Cup semifinal face-off with Hotshots

first_imgBarangay Ginebra San Miguel Kings’ Japeth Aguilar throws down a two-handed dunk against NLEX Road Warriors. PBA MANILA – Barangay Ginebra San Miguel Kings and Magnolia Hotshots set up a thrilling 2018 PBA Governor’s Cup semifinal face-off after disposing of their quarterfinals opponents on Tuesday night at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.The Kings walloped NLEX Road Warriors 111-75 while the Hotshots had to battle back from a fourth quarter deficit to beat Blackwater Elite 103-99.Ginebra, the defending champions, had a strong start despite a subpar showing from Justin Brownlee, with Japeth Aguilar and Greg Slaughter anchoring the offense for a 50-36 halftime edge.The Road Warriors were a threat in the third period, coming to as close as 4 points, but the Kings countered with a run behind Slaughter, Aguilar and Solomon Mercado to widen their lead to 36 points. Aguilar led the way with double-double 18 points and 10 rebounds, Slaughter added 16 markers, while Brownlee compensated for his poor shooting with a triple-double 13 points, 10 rebounds and 10 assists for the Kings.The Hotshots, on the other hand, failed to hang on to their advantage in the first quarter and fell behind by as much as 84-91 midway in the fourth quarter after a layup by the Elite’s Henry Walker.Magnolia went on a huge run behind Rafael Reavis, Romeo Travis and Andy Mark Barroca to take a 95-94 lead. Blackwater regained the edge 96-95 but the Hotshots answered with 5 straight points from Ian Sangalang and Jio Jalalon for a 100-96 lead.The Elite made their last push 99-100 on a trey by Paul Zamar and had a chance to take the lead down 99-101 on a triple try by Nard John Pinto before the Hotshots sealed the win with two Paul Lee free throws.Lee finished with double-double 22 points and 11 rebounds, while Travis had triple-double 18 points, 20 rebounds and 12 assists for the Hotshots. Walker top-scored with 18 markers for the Elite./PNlast_img read more

Misinterpretation of GFC audit

first_imgDear Editor,I refer to Anand Goolsarran’s forensic audit of the Guyana Forestry Commission (GFC). It is apparent that the Kaieteur News and David Hinds seem to have corrupt and hidden agendas when it comes to the GFC forensic report as no mention of corruption was made by Mr Anand Goolsarran. But their continued rambling on corruption identified in the GFC’s forensic report is proof that they have hidden agendas. A perusal of Mr Goolsarran’s report shows it has not mentioned any corruption at the GFC, rather he praised the work of the Commission. Please refer to Section 5.2.18 where he stated that he is of the view that the Commission’s interpretation of its mandate is consistent with the Forest Act and that the Commission has been properly organised to discharge its responsibilities.I am quite sure that David Hinds of the Working People’s Alliance (WPA) and Wilburg were aware of the state of affairs of the country prior to 1992, where no national accounts report was tabled in the National Assembly for 10 years. Yes, Hinds and Wilburg should take that and figure out the kind of corruption, rather than trying to twist Mr Goolsarran’s professional report. But these two mocking birds are trying to get the attention of the public.Yours sincerely,Peter Persaudlast_img read more

Official Launch of Face of Paynesville

first_imgA year after the first edition ended with the winner walking away with a car, a cash prize of US$3,500 and a laptop, the second edition of the reality beauty pageant show “Face of Paynesville” will be officially launched for public participation. The event, which will take please on November 7 at the Banana Lodge in Thinker’s Village, is expected to introduce the 15 contestants to the public and announce the SMS voting code.The chief organizer of the pageant, Layee Bility, said the competition has now reached the stage where the public can get involved through the SMS voting code platform. “All thecontestants have been assigned a short voting code and the public will be informed about how the voting process works and the cost for voting during the launch,” he added.Though the cost per SMS voting was not revealed, Bility said it would be reasonable for everyone to participate. “Those who always wish to see how prepared our contestants are for the contest will not be able to see that during the launch,” Lyee Bility said.“Due to some reasons, the event will not be aired live but it will be shown the next day as it was done during the second phase, which was the training period.“Face of Paynesville is not only intended to empower girls from Paynesville city but to also make than role models for future generations.”The winner of this year’s Face of Paynesville will walk away with alarger cash prize thanwas given to last year’s winner, a one week stay in a luxury hotel, a car, among others thing.He noted that the spirit of enthusiasm from the public toward the launch is high and hopethey would keep it up.The theme for this year’s Face of Paynesville is: “Introducing the Beauty of Fashion in Paynesville.” The show starts at 6:30 p.m., and entrance fee is US$20. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Boxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games opening

first_imgView comments FILE – SEA Games Torch Run ahead of the opening. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netMANILA, Philippines — Not much has been said about the opening ceremony of the 30th Southeast Asian Games on Saturday at Philippine Arena in Bocaue, Bulacan as the organizing committee and top sports officials have kept the cards close to their chest regarding the matter.Philippine Olympic Committee president Bambol Tolentino, though, unintentionally shed some light on what to expect in the opening ceremony.ADVERTISEMENT ‘People evacuated on their own’ Taal Volcano’s lava fountain weakens, but Phivolcs says it’s not sign of slowing down No skate parks: Vietnam medal hopefuls skating under the nose of Lenin Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles02:11SEA GAMES 2019: PH’s Nesthy Petecio boxing featherweight final (HIGHLIGHTS)08:07Athletes treated to a spectacle as SEA Games 2019 officially ends06:27SEA Games 2019: No surprises as Gilas Pilipinas cruises to basketball gold05:02SEA Games 2019: Philippines clinches historic gold in women’s basketball05:21Drama in karate: Tsukii ‘very sad’ over coach’s bullying, cold shoulder03:24PH’s James Palicte boxing light welterweight final (HIGHLIGHTS) Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READ Lava gushes out of Taal Volcano as villagers flee Microsoft ends free Windows 7 security updates on Tuesdaycenter_img Thailand reports case of coronavirus from China No need to wear face masks in Metro Manila, says scientist Leonardo DiCaprio, Taika Waititi, other stars react to Oscar nominations Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Initially, world champion gymnast Carlos Yulo and boxing legend Manny Pacquiao were named the Philippines’ torchbearers before last-minute changes were made.Instead, Pacquiao will now be joined by a fellow boxing champion in Nesthy Petecio in lighting the cauldron.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSAndray Blatche has high praise for teammate Kai SottoSPORTSBig differenceSPORTSAlmazan status stays uncertain ahead of Game 4“Nesthy and senator Manny will be the torchbearers because the two won’t have any events to participate in [the following day],” Tolentino told reporters in Filipino Wednesday in a press conference. “Caloy was supposed to be the one but he has an event scheduled.”Tolentino also had a slip of the tongue when he bared that sports icons such as Paeng Nepomuceno, Lydia de Vega and Elma Muros are among the ones who will carry the SEA Games Federation flag. NFA assures ample rice supply in ashfall, eruption-affected areas LATEST STORIES Petecio will also join Olympic silver medalist Hidilyn Diaz (weightlifting), EJ Obiena (pole vault), Margielyn Didal (skateboarding), Kiyomi Watanabe (judo) and Eumir Marcial (boxing) in carrying the Philippine flag during the parade of athletes.How the controversial cauldron, which is located at New Clark City, will be lighted remains a mystery.“It’s a surprise for everyone.”ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

Swain County Sheriffs Office Drug Arrests

first_imgAccording to the Swain County Sheriffs office 3 drug arrests were made in one week:On June 5th, 2019 Swain County Deputies responded to a 911 call with an open line in the area of 255 Sherrill Road in Bryson City. Prior to deputies arriving on the scene Swain County 911 communicators was able to hear what sounded like a drug transaction occurring on the open line. Communicators advised the responding deputies. Deputies then secured the scene and investigators obtained a search warrant for the residence. After searching the residence investigators charged Jeffery Vernon Watson, 54 years old with possession with intent to sell or deliver methamphetamine, maintaining a dwelling for the purpose of controlled substance, 2 counts of possession of controlled substance, and possession of drug paraphernalia. Watson was given a $10,000 secured bond.On June 3rd, 2019 investigators from the Swain County Sheriff’s Office, Cherokee Indian Police Department, Jackson County Sheriff’s Office, BIA, and DEA conducted a search warrant at 1900 Old Bryson City Road in Whittier. As the result of that search investigators charged Terrell Michael Rogers, 31 years old with Possession with intent to sell and deliver marijuana, possession of methamphetamine, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, maintaining a dwelling for the purpose of controlled substance, and possession of drug paraphernalia. Rogers was given a $30,000 secured bond.Also on June 3rd, 2019 Deputies conducted a traffic stop for a vehicle traveling at a high rate of speed on highway 19/74 near Alarka Road. During the traffic stop the driver 51 year old Brian Lee Williams of Candler threw approximately one pound of marijuana out of the vehicle. Williams was charged by the Swain County Sheriff’s Office with possession with intent to sell or deliver marijuana and felony possession of marijuana. The North Carolina Highway Patrol charged driving while impaired and several other traffic violations. Williams was given a $10,000 secured bond.”last_img read more

Brand South Africa welcomes delegates to the One Young World Summit

first_imgJohannesburg, Wednesday 2 October 2013 – Brand South Africa is pleased to join the City of Joburg in welcoming all delegates to the 2013 One Young World Summit which opens at the Soccer City Stadium in Johannesburg, later today.  Since its inception, the Summit has become the world’s largest youth forum.The Summit, which runs from 2-5 October, will bring together 1,500 young leaders from over 180 countries to deliberate on issues affecting youth of the world in particular, and all global citizens in general.Brand South Africa, with a view to participating in the development of future leaders, has sponsored five young people to attend the Summit.  The energy and vitality of young people will be crucial in driving the country’s developmental agenda, including the spirit of volunteerism and active citizenship.Brand South Africa CEO Miller Matola will participate in the summit, as a counsellor.  “We welcome the One Young World delegates to our country. They are all agents for positive change and we are encouraged by the leadership qualities these young people possess. Next year South Africa will mark 20 years of democracy. Importantly, those born in 1994, 1995 and 1996 will have the opportunity to vote for the first time. We must encourage the youth to vote in the upcoming elections, to ensure the durability of our country’s democracy.” said Mr Matola.The Summit’s sessions will focus on education, global business, human rights, leadership and government, sustainable development and youth unemployment.Note to editorsThe five delegates Brand South Africa has sponsored to attend the One Young World Summit are:Zanele Mabaso: Current lead mentor for Project 90×2030, that reaches out to young people to achieve sustainable development. Branch chairperson of Young Women’s Social Entrepreneurs and founder of the Young Social Entrepreneurs Academy.Luvuyo Mandela: Involved in building an advisory service that helps corporates better engage with social communities, to unlock more gains for both parties. He is also working on a project called Skew Circle, aimed at building global citizens, based in our townships and rural communities.Raelene Rorke: Co-founder of SpringAGE, a movement of young people collaborating with government and private businesses, to innovate priority sectors in South Africa. SpringAGE’s work is based on South Africa’s National Development Plan.Thembi Graham: Works with non-profit organisations, the Fairytail Foundation and Team Cribnotes. The Fairytail Foundation offers reading classes and supplies some schools with books for their libraries. They also have holiday programmes to keep children off the streets.Aslam Levy: Has recently taken up the position of Director: Social media at Government Communications. He has completed the national social media strategy and is integrating social media into government communications. There has already been a marked increase in followers and citizens interacting with the government on these platforms.About Brand South AfricaBrand South Africa is the official marketing agency of South Africa, with a mandate to build the country’s brand reputation, in order to improve its global competitiveness abroad. Its aim is also to build pride and patriotism among South Africans, in order to contribute to social cohesion and nation brand ambassadorship.Further resources from Brand South AfricaMedia are invited to visit http://www.southafrica.info/ for further resources which can be reproduced without any copyright infringement.  Kindly attribute to Brand South Africa.For more information or to set up interviews, please contact:Nadia Samie-JacobsPublic Relations DomesticTel: +27 11 712 5007 Mobile: +27 (0)72 777 9399Email: [email protected]: www.brandsouthafrica.com Endslast_img read more

SA boxing legend ‘Baby Jake’ passes away

first_img9 December 2013 Jacob “Baby Jake” Matlala, watched by former President Nelson Mandela and top Hollywood actor Will Smith, brought the curtain down on his 22-year professional boxing career on 3 March 2002 with a seventh-round stoppage win over Juan Herrera to retain his WBU junior flyweight title. It was a fitting end to an illustrious career that earned Matlala legendary status in South African boxing. His record, falling at one stage to 22 wins, one draw and seven losses, finished up at 52 victories, two draws and 12 losses. Along the way he collected the WBO flyweight, WBO junior flyweight, IBA junior flyweight and WBU junior flyweight titles, becoming the only South African boxer to win four world titles. Matlala passed away at the Charlotte Maxeke Academic Hospital in Johannesburg on Saturday, 7 December 2013, at the age of 51. Shortest ever world champion The shortest ever world champion, Matlala began his career on February 2, 1980 with a fourth-round victory over Fraser Plaatjie in Port Elizabeth. A year later, Matlala had his second professional fight, which he lost. However, five fights later – four wins and a draw – Matlala landed the Transvaal junior flyweight title with a fifth-round technical knockout win over Simon Moema. It took him three more contests to become the South African junior flyweight champion. He successfully defended the title twice before suffering a 12th-round loss to Mveleli Luzipho in October 1983, dropping his record to 10 wins, one draw and two losses. The little man with the all-action style then claimed eight wins in succession, including his first victory over an overseas opponent. He next challenged Luzipho in a return match for the South African title, which ended in failure with another 12- round loss in November 1985.Not much taller than a Hobbit At 1.47 metres or 4 feet and 10 inches in height, “Baby Jake” is not much taller than the average Lord of the Rings hobbit. This, he once told Lucille Davie, writing for the City of Johannesburg, in an interview, was part of the reason why he quit boxing. He had run out of small people to fight. Matlala’s record was blotted when he suffered successive defeats to one fighter. In early 1996, he faced Vuyani Nene in Port Elizabeth and lost. After beating Pillay Duiker to retain the Transvaal junior flyweight title, Baby Jake again fought Nene, exactly one year after his loss to the Eastern Cape fighter, but this time for the South African title. Nene once more had the challenger’s number, stopping Matlala in the 11th round.Lost to Nene After a points victory over Kirk Morris, the diminutive Matlala took on Nene on 1 November, 1987, seven months after his unsuccessful challenge for the national title. He lasted the distance, but for the third time Nene outboxed him. Matlala subsequently racked up another three victories, including one over Daniel Ward, who later became the Commonwealth flyweight champion. These wins raised his record to 22 wins, one draw and six losses. Nene once again proved to be Matlala’s nemesis, though, defeating him on points for the South African title. At this stage of his career, in 1988, Matlala had lost seven fights, four of those to Nene. If Matlala was discouraged, he did not show it. The following year, in 1989, he again challenged for a South African title, this time as a flyweight. He came up short, however, losing on points to Jaji Sibali. He then registered a run of eight victories, including wins over two Mexican fighters and a successful outing against Wele Maqolo to lift the vacant South African junior flyweight title.World title crack After retaining his title against Ndoda Mayende, Matlala had his first crack at a world title in September 1991 when he took on Dave McCauley for the IBF flyweight title in Belfast. He failed in his attempt, suffering a 10th-round knockout at the hands of the Irishman. Three wins later, including a successful defence of his South African crown and a victory over Mexico’s Raul Acosta, Matlala challenged Pat Clinton for the WBO flyweight title in May 1993. In front of Clinton’s home town supporters in Glasgow, the South African boxer overwhelmed his opponent to capture his first world title on an eighth-round technical knockout. He added another four wins to his record, including three in title defences, before suffering his 10th career loss to Alberto Jiminez, who stopped him in the eighth round at Hammanskraal in February 1995. His next bout, three months later, ended in a draw against Liberia’s Sam Stewart.Two-time world champion Two fights later, Matlala was a world champion for the second time. In November 1995, he defeated Paul Weir on a technical decision in five rounds to secure the WBO junior flyweight title as Glasgow again proved to be his happy hunting ground. In early 1996, Matlala again took on Weir in Liverpool and retained his WBO crown. After a 12-round victory over Mickey Cantwell, he challenged Michael Carbajal for the IBA junior flyweight title. The experts argued that this would be the toughest fight of Baby Jake’s career, against a fighter regarded by many as the best pound- for-pound boxer in the world. Fighting in Las Vegas on 18 July 1997, before a large American television audience, Matlala delivered the best performance of his career, battering Carbajal for nine rounds before the referee stopped the fight, with the Mexican clearly a beaten man. That victory raised Matlala’s profile and stock considerably and, of course, earned him another world title.SA vs SA After a further four wins, including two title defences, Matlala relinquished the IBA title to face another South African, Hawk Makepula, in February 2000 for the vacant WBO junior flyweight title. It was a bout the South African boxing public had been clamouring for, but it ended in disappointment for Matlala, who lost on a controversial points decision. For the second time in his career he suffered two defeats in succession when his former sparring partner, Peter Culshaw, beat him on points for the WBU flyweight title in May of the same year. In February 2001, Matlala once more tasted world championship success, easily defeating Australia’s Todd Makelin in four rounds to claim the vacant WBU junior flyweight crown. In September, he retained the crown with a win in five rounds over Mickey Cantwell.Last fight Finally, Matlala drew the curtain on his career with the victory over Herrera, 11 years his junior. “Baby Jake” Matlala will be remembered as an all-action fighter who overcame his height and reach disadvantage by crowding his opponents and throwing a relentless barrage of punches. He will also be remembered for the fantastic condition that he kept himself in for his fights, right up to the age of 40. Above all, however, it was the little man’s big heart that captured the imagination of the South African public. Matlala always gave his best, earning the respect of opponents and spectators alike. Unsuccessful in so many attempts at winning South African titles, Baby Jake simply trained even harder, kept coming back – and suddenly started collecting world titles.last_img read more

LG unveils mid ranger Max smartphone with 5-inch screen

first_imgLG has added a new smartphone in its line-up of mid-rangephones. The company has launched the Bello II which is the second generation ofLG L Bello that was released last year. The company will be launching thedevice in select markets, India and Latin American countries are among thefirst to get the phone this month followed by Europe and CIS (Commonwealth ofIndependent States) in the third quarter.The phone will be launched under different names indifferent markets. The Indian version as well as the device launched in Mexicoand CIS will be named LG Max whereas the phone will be named LG Prime II inBrazil and Chile. There is no official confirmation of the device but to stayin the competitive Indian market, the South Korean company will have to price thedevice reasonably well.The phone sports 5 inch screen with a resolution of 480×854,the device will be powered by a quad core processor clocked at 1.3 GHz. Theprocessor is assisted by 1 GB RAM and 8GB internal storage but the user canexpand the memory using a microSD card slot. On the camera front, the phonecomes with a reasonable 8 Megapixel front camera that will be assisted by agenerous 5 Megapixel front facing snapper. The phone comes inbuilt with gesturecontrols to click selfies without touching the screen. The smartphone will comein various colours and will also have a dual-SIM slot. The device is 3Gcapable, which is why the device is being launched in markets where 4G is stillin the initial stages. The phone exptracts its power from an average 2,540 mAh.advertisementCommenting on the launch, Juno Cho, President and CEO of LGElectronics Mobile Communications Company said, “The LG Bello II bringsunprecedented value to 3G markets, which still account for a significant 40percent of smartphone markets. With its 5-megapixel selfie camera, largedisplay and familiar features, the LG Bello II is a great balance of form,function and price, which is why we expect to be even more successful than itspredecessor.”Also read: Keralainmates to get email idsAlso read: Microsoftto buy Israeli cyber security firm Adallomlast_img read more

Jamaican Beverly East Launches Book in Washington

first_imgStory Highlights Renowned handwriting specialist and author, Beverley East, launched her third book: ‘Bat Mitzvah Girl – Memories of a Jamaican Childhood’ in Washington last week.The event, hosted by the Embassy of Jamaica in Washington DC, attracted a distinguished audience, which included Ambassador to the United States, Professor Stephen Vasciannie; former Ambassador Richard Bernal and Mrs. Bernal; representatives from other missions, the World Bank and the Organization of American States (OAS).Ms. East said the book is a coming of age story, which spans 12 years of her life in two countries – Jamaica the land of her birth and England, where she emigrated with her family in the 1950s.She said it also tells of the love she received from her biological family and four Jewish sisters, who had no children.Ms. East said the book is written as a tribute to her parents and all those who made her childhood a joy by their unconditional love, exceptional care and commitment. It also speaks about immigration from a child’s perspective, and captures the happy stories of families that “work hard, love hard and succeed tremendously”.Ms. East is the author of two bestselling books.  Her first, ‘Finding Mr. Right’ is a new slant on selecting the perfect mate, while her second book, ‘Reaper of Souls’ recounts the painful story of the September 1, 1957 Kendal train crash in which she lost 14 members of her own family.She is perhaps best known for her expertise in forensic document examination, which she has practiced for more than 24 years in the United States (US), the United Kingdom (UK), Jamaica and other countries.  She has worked on a number of cases involving the identification and verification of authentic signatures for fraud and malpractice in relation to checks, wills, contracts and medical records.Currently, Ms. East consults and provides training in Forensic Questioned Document Examination for the Jamaican Police Force, banks including Jamaica Money Market Brokers, RBTT Bank, Jamaica National Building Society, and Jamaica Institute of Management.  She has lectured at major universities and colleges and written for organisations such as the British Society of Graphologists and publications such as the Washington Post.She studied and trained both in the UK and the US and qualified through the National Bureau of Questioned Document Examiners in New York. Ms. East apprenticed with the world renowned document examiner, Felix Klein.A recipient of several awards, Ms. East is a member of the National Association of Document Examiners and the Scientific Association for Forensic Examiners (SAFE). She was awarded the Trailblazer Award in 2002 as the only woman of colour working in both fields of handwriting analysis. Ms. East said the book is a coming of age story, which spans12 years of her life in two countries Beverley East, launched her third book: ‘Bat Mitzvah Girl – Memories of a Jamaican Childhood’ in Washington Ms. East said the book is written as a tribute to her parentslast_img read more