News June 2, 2021 Find out more ChinaAsia – Pacific China’s Cyber Censorship Figures ChinaAsia – Pacific Organisation to go further A study published by OpenNet on 5 July contains an interesting analysis of a law introduced last September to regulate online activity which Reporters Without Borders at the time dubbed the “11 Commandments of the Internet.” OpenNet explains how the law makes it impossible to set up an independent news website.The law distinguishes between three kinds of informational websites. The first encompasses authorised sites with a government licence which just republish news and information already disseminated by the official media. They must be registered with the authorities and obey the “11 commandments” and must not make any changes to the articles they reproduce.The second category consists of sites that carry not only reports from official sources but also reports and information that is only posted on the Internet and which they gather in an independent fashion. These sites must only cover subjects for which they have been officially accredited and must employ at least five full-time editors with at least three years’ experience with an official news agency. These restrictions above all concern Chinese web portals such as Sina.com and Sohu.com.The third category comprises all other sites. They are not only subject to the restrictions imposed on the first two categories but are also banned from publishing articles based on information which they themselves have gathered. They must employ at least 10 editors of whom five must have at least three years’ experience with an official news agency, and they must be registered by an entity with at least 10 million yuan (about 1 million euros) in capital.The full text in chinese—————-“You shall not spread rumours”, “You shall not damage state security”, “You shall not destroy the country’s reputation”. There are just three of the 11 commandments ordered by Beijing, on 25 September, aimed at bloggers and websites managers.Reporters Without Borders expressed concern at this latest turn of the screw in an ongoing crackdown on freedom of expression.”The Chinese authorities never seem to let up on their desire to regulate the Web and their determination to control information available on it ever more tightly,” the worldwide press freedom organisation said.“These new rules, announced with a fanfare by the official media, are certainly more intended to frighten Internet-users than to codify the use of the Net,” it said. “In fact there is nothing really new in these 11 commandments, which simply repeat that the party has the monopoly of the dissemination of information and that the media’s task is not to be objective but to relay state propaganda.“These moves to filter the Internet are nevertheless a sign that the Internet frightens those in power, in particular during a period of ever greater social unrest. It’s noticeable that the only new elements in the text relate to banning the calling of strikes or gatherings though the Net,” it said.The new rules, ordered by the state council information bureau and ministry of industry and information, are aimed at bringing into line all previous such edicts. According to the Chinese daily Beijing news (thebeijingnews.com), it contains 11 subjects forbidden to online editors. They are banned from putting out news that:- violates the basic principles of the Chinese constitution:- endangers national security, leaks national secrets, seeks to overthrow the government, endangers the unification of the country;- destroys the country’s reputation and benefits;- arouses national feelings of hatred, racism, and endangers racial unification;- violates national policies on religion, promotes the propaganda of sects and superstition; (Reporters Without Borders note: More than 30 members of the spiritual Falungong movement are currently behind bars for posting news on the Internet)- diffuses rumours, endangers public order and creates social uncertainty;- diffuses information that is pornographic, violent, terrorist or linked to gambling;- libels or harms people’s reputation, violates people’s legal rights;- includes illegal information bounded by law and administrative rules.Two completely new bans have been added to the nine rules above:- It is forbidden to encourage illegal gatherings, strikes, etc to create public disorder;- It is forbidden to organise activities under illegal social associations or organisations.Websites that break these new rules will be shut down and those running them will have to pay a fine that could reach 30,000 yuans (3,000 euros).Reporters Without Borders points out that 62 people are currently imprisoned in China for having posted articles on the Internet that the authorities deemed to be “subversive”. News RSF_en News March 12, 2021 Find out more China: Political commentator sentenced to eight months in prison News September 26, 2005 – Updated on January 20, 2016 The 11 commandments of the Internet in China April 27, 2021 Find out more Help by sharing this information Follow the news on China “You shall not spread rumours”, “You shall not damage state security”, “You shall not destroy the country’s reputation”. There are just three of the 11 commandments ordered by Beijing, on 25 September, aimed at bloggers and websites managers. Reporters Without Borders expressed concern at this latest turn of the screw in an ongoing crackdown on freedom of expression. Democracies need “reciprocity mechanism” to combat propaganda by authoritarian regimes Receive email alerts
Two of Sweden’s national pension buffer funds have invested in a biotech firm developing a treatment for cancer.AP1 and AP4 have backed Cantargia, a Swedish company that is working on an antibody treatment for cancer, via a directed share issue.AP1 confirmed that it would subscribe for shares equivalent to SEK30.9m (€3.1m) in the company, as part of a total directed share issue of SEK101m.The biotech firm is raising new capital via two parallel rights issues, with the first of these in the form of a directed share issue, inviting specific non-shareholders to participate. The other leg of the rights issue is aimed at raising SEK131m, with previous owners entitled to subscribe for new shares.In the first issue, AP1, AP2 and AP4, along with Nordic Cross Asset Management and Handelsbanken Läkemedelsfond, have been invited to participate, according to a notification from Cantargia.Jannis Kitsakis, portfolio manager at AP4, confirmed that it took part in the share issue, describing it as a fairly small investment in an early phase of the company. AP4 would hold less than 5% of the company.“The investment is made into our internally-managed small cap portfolio,” he said.AP4’s small cap mandate spanned across sectors with no particular focus on biotech, he added.“However, we are constantly looking out for promising investments across sectors, and during the most recent years, there has been an inflow to the stock market of promising, well run and well capitalised companies within the biotech sector,” Kitsakis said.A spokeswoman for AP1 said biotech was not necessarily a particular focus for the pension fund, but it invested broadly across sectors globally.“We believe that Cantargia has a strong early-stage product candidate, that in combination with a strong patent position creates an interesting investment proposition,” she said.In August, Cantargia obtained patent approval in Europe for the antibody CAN04 in development for the treatment of cancer.AP2 has not commented on whether it will participate in the share issue.
Tweet LocalNews PSU to inform public on issues affecting them by: – February 23, 2012 Share Sharing is caring! Share The Public Service Union (PSU) will hold a press conference to inform the public on issues affecting its membership.One of the issues of concern is a recent statement by government’s Productivity Consultant who they’ve asked to retract his statement which they claim was disrespectful. Last month after government’s Productivity Consultant Parry Bellot stated at a press conference that eighty percent of public servants are unproductive was given seven days to retract that statement or else protest action would be staged. Mr. Bellot responded to the request by saying that he sees “no reason to retract the statement” but that he would be guided by his employer. Public servants met at a special general meeting two weeks ago and expressed disappointment that no government official had defended that statement, describing it as disrespectful to employees. Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit told a press conference last month that he would not accept that figure of 80% without scientific evidence to prove it.The press conference will take place on Friday morning at the Union’s Headquarters on Valley Road. The executive members comprising of President Steve Joseph, Vice President Joseph Peters, General Secretary Thomas Letang, Treasurer Steven LaRocque, Assistant Treasurer Cherry Stuart, Recording Secretary Relda Andre, Assistant Recording Secretary Allison Liverpool and members; Lydia Letang Talbot, Clayton Christian, Glenda Castle, Sheba Bowers Bell, Matilda Popo and Damian Harrigan are expected to attend.Dominica Vibes News Share 39 Views one comment
The Portland Pirates scored the first five goals of the game en route to a 6-2 victory over the Sens in AHL Calder Cup Playoffs action Tuesday in Binghamton.The Pirates, trailing 3-1 in the best-of-seven series before Tuesday’s contest, force a game six Friday in Portland. Mark Mancari, once on the power play and the second short handed and Luke Adam, on the power play, gave Portland a 3-0 lead before the game was 10 minutes old. Mark Parrish made it 4-0 before the period ended.The goal by Parrish sent Binghamton starting goalie Robin Lehner to the showers in favour of Barry Brust.Portland out shot the Sens 41-37 in the game.In the first round of the playoffs Binghamton rallied from a 3-1 deficit to defeat Manchester Monarchs.Game seven, if necessary, is scheduled for Saturday in Portland.Former Nelson Leaf rearguard Geoff Kinrade, who plays defence for the B-Sens, finished the game a with an even plus-minus.
Officials at New Zealand’s Auckland Airport are facing a barrage of criticism after they ordered police to shoot a trainee aviation security dog that escaped onto the tarmac.The dog, a 10-month-old bearded collie-German short-haired pointer cross called Grizz, escaped early Friday morning and was causing delays at the airport when airport staff issued the kill order.The incident has sparked international news coverage as well as angry criticism from animal rights groups and the public about why the dog was not tranquilised rather killed. Some passengers said they would have been happy to see their flight delayed if the dog could have been saved.The shooting came after officials had tried for more than three hours to capture Grizz, who was not on the runway when he was shot. By that time, about 16 international and domestic flights had been delayed.The dog was being trained to detect bombs and was just six months away from graduating. It was not known what spooked him.A spokesman for New Zelaand’s Aviation Security Service (Avsec), Mike Richards, told the New Zealand Herald: “All efforts to capture the dog were exhausted and the airport company had no option but to request police to shoot the dog.””The handler and Avsec are naturally upset but do understand there were no other options, in the very difficult circumstances.’’Avsec said Grizz was being loaded into the back of wagon about 4:30am when he escaped and ran on to the secure airside part of the airport through an open gate. He did not have a permanent handler so was less responsive and all efforts to recover him failed, it said.“All of Auckland’s Avsec off duty dog handlers were called in and there was a massive effort to locate and retrieve him,’’ an Avsec statement said. “The fact that the incident took place very early in the morning did not help as it was pitch black for the first two hours and he could not be found.“When he was located he would not let anyone near him and kept sprinting across the runways. We tried everything, food, toys, other dogs, but nothing would work. The area is too vast and too open to try and use mobile fencing.“In these difficult circumstances the Airport’s Emergency Operations Centre team decided to have the dog destroyed. Avsec and the handler and members of the Explosive Detector Dog Unit are naturally quite shaken but understand the reasons for the decision.”
The new M&G Centre for Investigative Journalism is set to make waves in South African investigative reporting. (Image: stock.xchng) MEDIA CONTACTS • Stefaans BrümmerM&G Centre for Investivative JournalismRELATED ARTICLES • Reshaping reportage on Africa• Rewarding good African reporting • Fifa guarantees press freedom • The media and open justiceJanine ErasmusThe non-profit M&G Centre for Investigative Journalism has opened its doors with a threefold aim – to produce quality investigative journalism stories; to train suitably qualified journalists; and to help improve the environment for such individuals in South Africa, allowing them to do their work freely and efficiently.The project is the result of a collaborative effort between the Open Society Foundation for South Africa, which is a grant-making organisation committed to promoting the principles of democracy, and M&G Media.The Open Society Foundation, which funded the initiative to the tune of R1-million (US$138 000) for the first year, was established in 1993 by Hungarian-born philanthropist George Soros, now living in the US.Soros founded the South African foundation to help promote an open society in the country. This, he hoped, would result in democracy, tolerance for opposing opinions, acceptance of and respect for minorities, a strong economy, and an active civil society.M&G Media owns the Mail&Guardian newspaper as well as the corresponding online portal, which claims to be Africa’s oldest newspaper website.The company is also responsible for The Teacher magazine, a monthly, and a number of other online publications including blogs Thought Leader, Sports Leader and Tech Leader, as well as Campus Times and entertainment portal The Guide.The foundation’s executive director Zohra Dawood said that a free media culture is vital to the growth of democracy, and support for initiatives that drive such a culture is a priority for the organisation.“In supporting the Mail&Guardian over the years, we salute its commitment to investigative journalism in particular,” she said. “We are proud to be a part of an initiative that will continue a fearless tradition of exposing wrongdoing in the public interest.”Quality investigationsThe team is known collectively as amaBhungane – the dung beetles. Members of the scarab superfamily of beetles, these creatures, although small, help to improve agricultural conditions by consuming dung.Stories produced by the centre’s staff will be distributed through the two M&G publications, the Mail&Guardian and the Mail&Guardian Online.Already a host of top journalists have come on board. Among them are Adriaan Basson, Stefaans Brümmer and Sam Sole of M&G – all of them multiple award winners. Investigators Jackie Mapiloko of City Press and Ilham Rawoot and the first group of interns support the veteran complement.According to Mail&Guardian newspaper editor Nic Dawes, good investigative journalism is central to the publication’s ability to embody the constitutional idea of a free press.“With greatly compromised institutions of state – from parliament to the prosecuting authorities – it increasingly falls to the media to do the crucial work of insisting on accountability, both in government and in the private sector,” he said.Having a dedicated investigative journalism unit will help alleviate the financial pressure that media houses increasingly struggle with, said Dawes, and at the same time allow M&G Media to enhance the quality of its investigative journalism work.“From corruption and governance issues to health, the environment and poverty,” he said, “amaBhungane will be working to turn the dross of greed and self-interest into fertiliser for democracy”.Improving African journalismThe centre is just one of a number of initiatives aimed at improving the quality of all genres of journalism in South Africa and on the continent.Among them are the partnership between Rhodes University in the Eastern Cape and Unesco, which focuses on improving the standard of reporting through the training of journalism teachers, especially with regard to the efficient use of new media.Further afield, the science journalism mentoring project spearheaded by the World Federation of Science Journalists with the support of the UK’s Department for International Development, has produced not only a group of well-equipped young science journalists, but has also given rise to new science journalism associations in South Africa and a handful of other African countries, as well as new science publications and TV and radio programmes.Through internships, the M&G centre aims to produce much the same effect. Budding journalists from any media house in the Southern African region are encouraged to apply for an intern position.
18 May 2010With more than 2.5-million tickets sold through authorised channels, the South African authorities have finalised regulations to combat ticket touts ahead of the 2010 Fifa World Cup™.However, unauthorised operators or sellers continue to exploit the popularity of the World Cup to lure unsuspecting fans across the world into purchasing illegitimate or unauthorised tickets and/or ticket-inclusive travel packages.The implementation of a new regulation, approved by South African Trade and Industry Minister Rob Davies, makes it unlawful for any entity or person to sell or otherwise dispose of Fifa World Cup tickets for commercial purposes, ruling this an unfair business practice.“We are concerned that consumers may be prejudiced by believing that they can purchase tickets through avenues which are not authorised by Fifa,” says Davies. “Consumers could lose the money that they have paid for tickets or be left in a situation of not receiving the tickets that they have paid for.“The position is obviously aggravated wherein consumers, in addition to outlaying money for tickets, have used funds to purchase accommodation and flights.”To prevent forgery, each ticket features various special security elements such as a barcode. With the electronic turnstiles, invalid or forged tickets will be easily detected.With the new regulations in place, the selling and use of counterfeit tickets is inherently fraudulent, and criminal prosecutions could follow.It is important to note that any ticket can be traced back to the original buyer, who can be made liable according to the new regulations.A special team from Fifa’s legal affairs division and from MATCH Event Services are working closely with international and local authorities to combat illegal offers.“This new regulation will greatly assist the enforcement authorities in their efforts to stop unlawful ticketing,” said Fifa attorney Clifford Green. “In addition, the South African Police Service is conducting criminal investigations into ticketing activities by unauthorised parties which will tighten the control of the sale of tickets even further.“This will enhance the event security and reduce the chances of football fans being let down or being turned away at the match venues.”Fifa and MATCH have issued numerous warnings to the public urging them not to purchase tickets or hospitality packages from unofficial sources. For further information on the official sales points, visit Fifa.com.For fans who are not able to attend matches due to unforeseen circumstances, an official re-sell platform has been set-up through Fifa.com, or the call centre 083 123 2010.Source: Fifa.com
How a Modern Gaming Engine Can Supercharge Your… This year the AR/VR industry feels like it is finally progressing toward mainstream adoption. The AWE show, which takes place in Santa Clara, California at the end of May, celebrates its tenth anniversary this year. This year’s theme is “Enter the Next Dimension” and the organization has come a long way since it started as a small, community-driven, nonprofit whose core mission was to help advance the entire AR/VR industry as a whole.the latest developer and creator tools. The show will feature new tracks such as “Sales and Marketing” that will discuss the massive opportunity available this year in AR/VR advertising. Another dedicated track will bring together a select group of leading startups to pitch investors seeking to get involved in the massive opportunity presented by AR/VR. Most importantly, AWE will also continue to highlight the human aspects of the business and the use of technology for social impact, diversity & inclusion of special interest groups of all types. To honor this 10th year of the show, we spoke with cofounder Ori Inbar and chair Tom Emrich and have identified 10 major themes that you can expect to find front and center at this year’s show: 1. Enabling AR/VRThanks to advancements in enabling areas of tech like computer vision, spatial audio gesture recognition and eye tracking, AR/VR experiences are becoming more natural and immersive.2. 2019: Year of the CreatorA number of authoring tools aimed at equipping the next generation of creators with fast and easy tools for building AR/VR experiences without code are setting the stage for 2019 to be the Year of the Creator. 3. Advertising and MarketingAR proved itself last year by increasing sales for early adopters like Houzz; 2019 is shaping up to be another good year for mobile AR ads as well as VR marketing and consumer research campaigns. 4. Gaming, eSports, and Location Based Entertainment You need to experience a new reality to believe it, which is why immersive gaming, eSports and LBE signal the best way forward for AR/VR at a time when the average consumer cannot afford good immersive experiences. 5.Humanities, Privacy & EthicsAR/VR are raising critical issues around access, privacy, consent and harassment. At the same time, we have the opportunity to make a conscious effort in including people of all gender identities, sexual orientations, ethnicities and socioeconomic backgrounds in the future of computing. 6. EnterpriseAR/VR are now well-established tools providing ROI at a number of Fortune 500 companies, with larger and even full-production rollouts of AR/VR solutions expected to ramp up in the next few years.7. Future of MobilityAR/VR are helping to design, assemble, service and shop for the cars of tomorrow, and may very well serve as the primary form of in-vehicle entertainment when we no longer need to pay attention to the road. 8. AR CloudThe race to build an index of the real world is on, with companies working to align digital content with the physical environment on a global scale in order to enable next-level augmented reality. 9. WebXR Web-based AR/VR content will impact immersive tech adoption and overall use by exposing the masses to augmented and virtual reality without requiring an app download. 10. 5G The next-generation of AR/VR applications are going to require greater bandwidth and lower latency than 4G can deliver; hence why the future of immersive tech depends upon the rollout of 5G. Tickets for the upcoming AWE show are currently available – to learn more visit www.awexr.com. Deanna is the Managing Editor at ReadWrite. Previously she worked as the Editor in Chief for Startup Grind and has over 20+ years of experience in content development. Related Posts Few Industries will not be Transformed by AR an… Deanna RitchieManaging Editor at ReadWrite How AR and VR Will Enhance Customer Experience Large Events Rethink Safety and Emergency Proto…
Holding the cash-rich Indian Premier League (IPL) responsible for Australian cricket’s decline, former Pakistan cricket captain Javed Miandad said the Australians got distracted by the big cash thrown at them by the Twenty20 league.”I believe Australia’s slump has a lot to do with their players’ association with the IPL,” Miandad told The News.”Most of their top players got a bit too distracted because of the big cash thrown at them by the IPL. They even started ignoring national duty which has really caused their downfall,” he added.The Australians, who were almost an invincible lot till about a year back, have completely slumped to disaster, which is evident from their dismal show in the recently-concluded Ashes series.Australia lost the Ashes series at home 1-3 and wilted to fifth place in the Test rankings.Miandad feels the Aussie cricketers got lured by the money-spinning IPL and did not try to resist the temptation to earn the big bucks. “All of that has really hurt the Australians, who I am sure would have not slumped like this if their players had resisted the temptation to earn big bucks that was used to lure them by the IPL,” said Miandad.According to Miandad, players like Glen McGrath, Shane Warne and Adam Gilchrist retired from Test cricket before their time so that they could earn the IPL millions, which was launched in 2008.Miandad also warned that this twenty20 league might just end up killing the Test as well as One-Day cricket altogether.advertisement”It certainly will. There is too much disparity when it comes to pays and if proper steps are not taken then top players will continue to put this league above international cricket,” said Miandad.- With PTI inputs