Teacher Trainees to March in Rabat Despite Govts Ban

Taroudant – Teacher trainees plan to march on April 14 in Rabat, despite the governments’ ban.The national coordinating committee of 10,000 teacher trainees from various regional centers are determined to escalate their protests after the government refused to engage in a “fruitful” dialogue concerning the two controversial decrees.The teacher trainees quickly responded to a statement made by Head of Government Abdelilah Benkirane banning the march. “As part of its prerogatives measures, the Interior Ministry will take all measures and provisions for the implementation of the government decision,” the statement said.Despite the confirmation of this decision by the Interior Minister, the national coordinating committee said it was determined to organize its march.After a meeting between the protestors’ national coordinating committee and the government on February 4 failed to resolve the conflict, the Minister of Communication announced in late March that the government has suspended contact with the protestors for the time being.An initiative by the Authenticity and Modernity Party and the Socialist Union of Popular Forces a few days ago also did not succeed in its goal of bringing the two parties to the negotiating table.In almost 6 months, Moroccan teacher trainees have boycotted training in its theoretical and practical aspects, protesting two governmental decrees – N: 588-15-2 and N: 589-15-2, which respectively separate teacher training from employment placement programs and cut the amount of the training scholarship in half. read more

NBA star and UN ambassador stresses right to schooling in native Argentina

National Basketball Association (NBA) star Manu Ginóbili stressed the right of all children to complete their elementary and secondary studies during a recent visit to a school in the impoverished Argentine province of Chaco in his role as Goodwill Ambassador for the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF).Mr. Ginóbili, a native of Argentina, made the visit to the school in Fontana on the eve of the International Day of Indigenous Peoples, observed on 9 August. Fontana is home to a sizeable population belonging to the indigenous group known as Qom.According to UNICEF, education is a challenge for Qom students since they begin school without knowledge of the Spanish language and during their education they receive no instruction in their mother tongue.“When it comes to Qom students, our efforts must be doubled to make sure that we help fulfil their right not just to an education, but to quality bilingual education as well,” said UNICEF Representative in Argentina Andres Franco.During his visit to the school, Mr. Ginóbili took part in a language class with the children and emphasized the importance of sport as a powerful tool for child development. “I am delighted to share this time with the children and to talk about the importance of sport as a way to bridge between studies and fun and in increasing the likelihood that children will remain in school,” he said.The three-time NBA champion also visited the Centre for the Promotion of Rights, where he heard from Qom women about the importance of having a space where they could learn new skills and gain knowledge about their rights.Mr. Ginóbili also took the time in Fontana to highlight the “Cities for Education” initiative, which promotes the right of all children and adolescents to complete their elementary and secondary studies. Supported by UNICEF, provincial and local authorities, and non-governmental organizations (NGOs), the initiative will reach out to thousands of students in Chaco province from preschool to adult night school, as well as all school administrators and teachers. The initiative provides training for teachers and school administrators on successful teaching methods including sequence learning, which promotes holistic learning through the use of words and concepts that are familiar to the children. Instead of learning single letters, for instance, the children identify each letter with words and sentences which give meaning to the concepts they are learning.“Strategies such as sequence learning contribute to the success of the first learning experiences of these children, which, in turn, provides them with the incentive to continue their studies,” Mr. Franco said. 11 August 2009National Basketball Association (NBA) star Manu Ginóbili stressed the right of all children to complete their elementary and secondary studies during a recent visit to a school in the impoverished Argentine province of Chaco in his role as Goodwill Ambassador for the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF). read more

DMK supporters in Tamil Nadu stage fast against Sri Lanka

Workers of the Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK) observed a token fast in Nagapattinam in Tamil Nadu protesting against the lackadaisical approach of the Tamil Nadu State and Union governments towards the frequent arrest of fishermen by Sri Lankan Navy and securing the release of boats seized.A.K.S. Vijayan, district secretary, presided over the agitation near the head post office, The Hindu newspaper reported. A large number of workers took part in it. (Colombo Gazette)

Sri Lanka will work with Chinas One Belt One Road initiative

The Chinese Government has been involved in several projects in the country, including in constructing new highways, a new airport and port and buildings.During talks between Chinese President Xi Jinping and President Maithripala Sirisena in Goa, India last month, President Xi expressed appreciation for Sri Lanka’s support and active participation in the Belt and Road construction. China has been playing a crucial role over the years in the development of Sri Lanka, particularly after a 30 year war between the Sri Lankan military and the LTTE ended in 2009. He said that Sri Lanka is already working on a Free Trade Agreement (FTA) with China and several other countries. He called on the two sides to deepen cooperation in the sectors of trade, port operation, infrastructure construction, port-vicinity industrial parks, production capacity and people’s livelihood.He had said the two sides should continue to advance their mega cooperative projects and also voiced hope that the two sides will make good preparations for the activities celebrating the 60th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic ties and encourage more exchanges among all sectors of society, including local affairs, Buddhist community, youth, think-tanks and media.The Chinese President had also suggested the two sides expand cooperation in the fields of tourism, ocean, security and disaster preparedness and mitigation. (Colombo Gazette) The Government says it will engage with China on the ‘One Belt, One Road’ initiative.Making the 2017 budget speech in Parliament today, Finance Minister Ravi Karunanayake said Sri Lanka will look to have a strong role in the economic initiative of the Chinese Government. read more

Railway strike called off following talks

A railway strike which was scheduled to be launched from midnight tonight, has been called off.Railway trade unions said that the strike was called off following talks held with Transport Minister Arjuna Ranatunga. One of the main issues raised by the trade unions was salary anomalies.Ranatunga had assured that the matter will be resolved by the end of next month. (Colombo Gazette)

Hamilton police looking to identify break and enter suspects

Hamilton police are asking for the public’s help in identifying suspects that allegedly broke into a home and stole several items.It happened on September 2 shortly after 5:00 p.m. on Marion St. in Glanbrook.Police say the robbers entered the home and stole various pieces of jewellery and electronics.Anyone with information about this crime is asked to contact police.

UN agency signs first accord with European bank to settle Bosnia refugees

Some 850 people who, 10 years after the Dayton peace accords, have still not found a permanent solution to their displacement in Bosnia and Herzegovina, will quickly receive individual accommodation under a landmark agreement between the United Nations refugee agency and a European development bank.The agreement, the first of its kind with a major European bank, marks a major step forward in the effort to bring more development funding to help refugees and displaced people still living in collective centres, UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) spokesman Rupert Colville told a news briefing today in Geneva.The Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Council of Europe (COE) Development Bank, signed yesterday in Paris by Acting High Commissioner Wendy Chamberlin and Bank Governor Raphaël Alomar, is the culmination of negotiations that began almost two years ago concerning the possibility of using development funds to boost solutions for refugees and displaced people of concern to UNHCR.In addition to setting out the basic parameters of cooperation between the two institutions, the MOU covers two important areas that are already proving immensely beneficial to some of the people who, a decade after the Balkan wars that tore apart the former Yugoslavia, have still not found a permanent solution to their displacement in Bosnia and Herzegovina as well as in Serbia and Montenegro.In terms of direct grants to UNHCR, the bank provided $1 million in 2004 to provide permanent housing for more than 600 residents of collective centres, out of a total of some $3 million the bank has agreed to provide over a five-year period. A further tranche of this grant may be decided later this week.Perhaps more importantly, following the same theme and model worked out with UNHCR, the bank has also reached an agreement with the Government of Bosnia and Herzegovina to provide an €8 million (euros) soft loan to build accommodation for the remaining people living in official collective centres. The Government will itself contribute €4 million in matching funds from its own resources. read more

Brock to mark Open Education Week with events webinars

In recognition of Open Education Week, March 4 to 8, the Brock University community will have access to events and webinars exploring open educational resources (OER).Celebrated annually across the globe, Open Education Week raises awareness and showcases the impact of open education on teaching and learning worldwide.Among the week’s offerings is a free Brock event discussing OERs — teaching and learning materials released under an open licence that permits their use at no cost to students — on Thursday, March 7. Sponsored by eCampus Ontario and co-organized by the James A. Gibson Library and the Centre for Pedagogical Innovation, Open Education: Focus on Open Education Resources will explore the landscape of OERs as a way of enhancing teaching and learning practices to improve student learning. Instructors and staff involved with instructional design are invited to attend from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. in Schmon Tower 103. A catered lunch will follow.Keynote speakers include Jess Mitchell, Senior Manager, Research and Design at OCAD University’s Inclusive Design Research Centre and Lillian Hogendoorn, Digital Access and OER Lead for eCampusOntario. The event will also feature a panel of Brock professors who are developing OERs in their teaching. Interested faculty and staff are asked to register at ExperienceBU as space is limited.A list of free webinars and other Open Education Week events available to all members of the Brock community can also be accessed through ExperienceBU.In addition to hosting Open Education Week events, Brock continues to move forward with OER development with the creation of the Senate Teaching and Learning Policy Committee’s OER Working Group. Part of this group’s work is the launch of a short anonymous survey now available online. The results will be used to inform the working group mandate to make recommendations on the use, adoption and creation of OERs institutionally at Brock University. read more

House apartment prices up 106 nationally in year to May

first_imgResidential property prices rose 10.6% nationally in the year to May, according to new figures from the CSO.When Dublin records are removed, the price rise for residential properties around Ireland were 1.8% higher in May 2014 than May 2013.The latest Residential Property Price Index compares shows that prices rose by 2.3% in May 2014, compared with a 0.3% increase in May of last year.Dublin prices registered the highest increase, with house and apartment prices rising 22% between May 2013 and May 2014. House prices rose by 22.4% over those 12 months, while apartments were up 19.5%.The CSO report notes that house prices in Dublin are 44.4% lower than the highest levels recorded in 2007, while apartments are 53.4% lower. Residential prices outside of Dublin are 47% lower than in September 2007.Commenting on the new CSO figures, Davy Research noted that the overall market remains “exceptionally illiquid”, with prices reflecting a lack of supply. Davy also said that residential housing price inflation has not been driven by mortgage lending as cash buyers still account for over half of the market’s transactions.Cash buyers are being enticed by a combination of rising rents, tax incentives, low interest rates the lack of new housing but are, Davy warns, unlikely to be a longer-term sustainable source of demand.Read: Irish mortgage arrears tracked by Fitch are higher than ever >Read: How much more will it cost you to live in Dublin? >last_img read more

What are tracking cookies

first_imgWith web browsers playing an ever more central role in our use of computers, and even becoming the only way to interact with a machine (if Chrome OS gets popular), the subject of privacy keeps coming up. And with privacy comes along the topic of how we are tracked on the web, often through the use of tracking cookies.Whenever you visit a website, search the web, or use a social network, data can be logged and kept on record for months or even years about your browsing habits. Over time that data builds up and can be sold on to advertisers or used to form a very accurate profile of individuals.One of the main ways data is collected is through tracking cookies, but what exactly are they? How do they work? What can you do to stop being tracked?AdChoices广告What is a tracking cookie?A cookie is just a very small in terms of physical size on your disc, and is basically a text file. Within that file information is stored that allows a site to remember your preferences, help with automatic logins, store what you have in your shopping cart temporarily, or allow for tracking to be done.Most of the information stored in a cookie is completely innocent and integral to a modern site working the way you expect. Tracking may also be done innocently with a site that wants to know what a user looks at and what sequence pages are visited so as to learn and improve the experience. But it can also extend past a single site and a cookie may track your entire browsing session.These so-called “persistent cookies” have quite a simple task. When a user visits a website, the server for that site can detect whether the user has been there before by looking for a cookie it recognizes. If one doesn’t exist then a new cookie is created and an ID is assigned for that user. After that each page the user visits has the URL logged and associated with the ID. That same cookie, depending on how it is setup, can then continue to track where the user goes, even when they leave the site, and feed that information back to the original server.How do you deal with tracking cookies?Such tracking is seen as an invasion of privacy and therefore both web browsers and suppliers of security tools have created options to block them or utilities to get rid of them. You may have seen these cookies regularly pop up when doing a spyware scan of your machine and “ad trackers” appear as a threat and get removed. They are the tracking cookies put on your machine by advertisers to track what you do. All you need to do is visit a site with one of their ads on it and a tracking cookie can be created on your PC.Your first line of defense against being tracked in this way is the privacy options available in your web browser. It’s possible to stop cookies being accepted from some or all sites. For example, in Firefox you can go to Tools > Options and select the Privacy tab. In there you will see the following cookie options highlighted by a red box in the image below:Blocking cookies just requires unticking the two options for accepting cookies from sites and third-party cookies. Other browsers will have similar options to customize cookie use.The trade-off for doing this is some of your logins won’t be remembered between browsing sessions, but that can be rectified by using a browser plug-in that remembers login details for specific sites securely. It’s best to experiment with the settings and turn off third-party cookies first then all cookies if you can cope without them. Some sites will even inform you they can’t perform properly without cookies being enabled, so you need to test and see what works for you. Enabling cookies is as easy as returning to the Privacy tab rechecking the cookies box, though you can still add exceptions to specific sites.If you want a utility to remove tracking cookies from your PC there are a lot of choices with many of the tools being completely free to use. To name a few I have successfully used SuperAntiSpyware, MalwareBytes Anti-Malware, Ad-Aware, and Spyware Doctor, all of which did a good job. There are many more available and if you already use a security suite chances are a scan will remove trackers as part of the process.Further ReadingIf you want to learn more about tracking and cookies in general then Wikipedia has a great breakdown of the different types of cookie. Microsoft has a support page telling you how to remove cookies in Internet Explorer, as does Google for the Chrome browser, and Opera for its Opera browser.If you don’t currently run security software on your machine then you are leaving yourself open to infection as well as tracking. It’s mandatory to run some form of protection on your machine and our sister site PCMag has a great review of the Best Antivirus Software in 2011 to help you decide what to use.last_img read more

Troopers tough on cell phone law skirters

first_imgOn the first day he could give a driver a ticket for doing nothing other than talking on a cell phone while behind the wheel, Trooper Steve Robley did just that, including one seven minutes after he clocked in.And guess what? There were no warnings given Thursday, only $124 tickets.Robley, an 11-year veteran of the Washington State Patrol, said he saw fewer drivers with phones held to their ears than usual, a trend repeated throughout Washington, according to WSP spokesman Bob Calkins.“Everybody has their hands (on the steering wheel) at 10 and 2 today,” Robley said.Well, not everybody.Robley gave out two tickets shortly after his shift began at 8 a.m., and two more when he guided two Columbian staffers during a midafternoon patrol. Drivers received no grace period to adjust to a law that was two years in the making. Until Thursday, the talking-texting violation had been a secondary offense, meaning drivers could only be cited when they were stopped for something else. On Thursday evening, the patrol was not sure how many tickets troopers issued in Clark County for talking and texting.Robley hypothesized rainy roadways and the strengthened law had drivers on their best behavior, but said he suspects bad habits will pick up after some time passes. “We’re giving tickets on day one,” Robley said.last_img read more

Alaska News Nightly Thursday May 12 2016

first_imgStories are posted on the APRN news page. You can subscribe to APRN’s newsfeeds via email, podcast and RSS. Follow us on Facebook at alaskapublic.org and on Twitter @aprnDownload AudioSusan Carney to replace Justice Fabe on the AK Supreme CourtWesley Early, Alaska Public Media – AnchorageSusan Carney will be the next Supreme Court Justice following Justice Dana Fabe’s retirement. Governor Bill Walker announced his appointment Thursday afternoon in Anchorage.Floor debate set to begin on oil and gas tax billAndrew Kitchenman, KTOO – JuneauThe House could begin debate on the bill scaling back tax credits for oil and gas companies as soon as Friday.Legislators turn down request for $7M for rural schoolAndrew Kitchenman, KTOO – JuneauThe Senate Finance Committee voted on Thursday against adding $7 million in funding to replace the school in Kivalina. The additional funds were requested by Governor Bill Walker’s administration.Village of Deering suffers flood from nearby riverEmily Russell, KNOM – NomeThe Northwest Arctic village of Deering declared a disaster this week after a nearby river flooded the only road to the local airport. Spring and fall-time floods are becoming more common and the community is learning to adapt.Kangas trial finishes presentation of evidenceDan Bross, KUAC – FairbanksClosing arguments in the trial of a Tanana man charged with killing 2 Alaska State Troopers, are scheduled for Friday in Fairbanks Superior Court. Presentation of evidence in the Nathaniel Kangas murder trial ended Wednesday.YKHC Opposes Donlin MineAnna Rose MacArthur, KYUK – BethelWhat does rural healthcare in Alaska have to do with jobs? A lot, according to The Yukon Kuskokwim Health Corporation. The regional healthcare provider is opposing the Donlin Gold mine. And a big part of an anti-Donlin resolution the corporation passed last month focuses on the potential for jobs to leave the region if the mine is developed.Budget cuts to close Haines, Wrangell public health officesEmily Files, KHNS – HainesPublic health offices in Haines and Wrangell are set to close this summer due to state budget cuts. But their services won’t disappear completely. Nurses from other Southeast towns will occasionally travel to Haines and Wrangell to maintain the ‘safety net’ their agency aims to provide.Tlingit leader remembered for land claims roleEd Schoenfeld, CoastAlaska – JuneauTlingit leader John Borbridge Jr. died Tuesday. He was a significant player in the campaign for Alaska Native land rights.Mat-Su school district faces $9 million deficitEllen Lockyer, Alaska Public Media – AnchorageMatanuska Susitana Borough schools have an enrollment of close to 19,000 students and are expected to surpass that number by the start of the 2017 fall semester.Herring eggs: A meal some Anchorage residents want to see more ofJoaqlin Estus, KNBA – AnchorageThe spring run of herring, when thousands of the small fish arrive in southeast waters, to spawn is a sure sign of spring. After the herring spawn, some of their roe makes its way to Anchorage.Deadliest Catch alum seeks to write book on Unalaskan experiencesZoe Sobel, KUCB – UnalaskaWere you living in Unalaska in the 70s or 80s? If so, Christian Skovly is looking for you. The Californian wants to make a book of stories of life in Unalaska at that time.last_img read more

Snapdeals FY16 losses increase twofold to Rs 2960 crore

first_imgSnapdeal, a local e-commerce firm’s losses have more than doubled to Rs 2,960 crore for the financial year that ended in March 2016, when compared to Rs 1,319 crore in the previous year. One of the many reasons for the losses is the continuously eroding market share to local rival Flipkart and US-based e-commerce firm Amazon. During the same period, the New Delhi-based online marketplace reported 50 percent rise in revenues to Rs 1,456 crore. It had reported losses to the tune of Rs 1,319.2 crore on revenues of Rs 933 crore in the previous fiscal (FY15), Mint cited documents filed with the registrar of companies as saying.Also read: Snapdeal to change logo, tagline ahead of Diwali sales”In order to deliver the best in class customer experience and to set up necessary infrastructure for future growth, there was an increase in fulfilment and overhead expenses,” the company said. Snapdeal fell to the number three slot in ranking as Amazon India continued to gain market share. Although Snapdeal has said it aims to focus on profitability and not market share, the e-commerce firm underwent a branding overhaul and had launched a new logo two months ago. It had committed close to Rs 200 crore on advertising and market spending in September and October last year, Times of India reported. “In FY2016 we invested our capital in building our capabilities across technology, logistics and seller ecosystem to support the long term growth of our business,” the publication quoted the company as saying. Japan’s SoftBank is one of the largest shareholders in Snapdeal, holding a 33 percent stake in the company. Some of the other investors include Kalaari Capital, Nexus Venture Partners, E-Bay, Foxconn and Alibaba Group Holding Ltd. The news of Snapdeal reporting losses comes at a time when its rivals Amazon India and Flipkart have stepped up on investments. Flipkart has invested $2 million (about Rs 13.6 crore) in a parenting social media platform called Tinystep on Thursday, Press Trust of India reported.last_img read more

Housing complex for elderly gets its first occupant to be launched on

first_imgKolkata: Snehodiya, the air-conditioned living space for senior citizens at New Town, got its first occupant with the elderly Ghosh couple checking in on Saturday. Although the formal launch will be made by state Urban Development minister Firhad Hakim on June 25, the Ghosh couple was handed over the keys as a pre- launch procedure.The couple had sold off their home so they were allowed to let in. Their young nephew, who was present when the couple was handed over the keys, helped them unpack. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: MamataSnehodiya, a project of West Bengal Housing and Infrastructure Development Corporation (Hidco) is a first-of-its-kind venture by any state government agency. Mackintosh Burn has constructed the building located just opposite Swapno Bhor, the senior citizens’ park. In fact, the idea of the senior citizens’ living space was born out from the success and popularity of Swapna Bhor as well as from the ambition to be an inclusive city that created housing for economically weaker section and now for the senior citizens. Also Read – Lightning kills 8, injures 16 in state”In both, there is the attempt only to recover the costs of construction and services from those who use it and there is no profit angle,” a senior official of Hidco said. Snehodiya re-interprets the nostalgia of the residents in a modern high-rise design, while retaining its fundamental Bengali essence of rooms built around a courtyard. Each suite is air-conditioned, properly furnished and has a TV set. There is an attendant on each floor and nurses are present on the ground floor medical unit to take care of elderly persons. Professional housekeeping, including laundry machine services, are available on the ground floor. A guest house with six rooms is ready as well. Snehodiya has 57 double bedrooms and 90 single bedrooms. It has been decided that 75 percent of the price paid on entry will be refunded to the occupants or their heirs in case of vacancy. The ambience is very thoughtfully created by principal architect Debmalya Guha of Pace Consultants with movie posters from the sixties to eighties framed on all floors. More than three hundred old movie posters selected carefully have been framed in printed aluminum sheets. The interiors evoke a sense of both nostalgia and intimacy with blown-up posters of yesteryear films and filmstars adorning the walls — familiar faces in a growingly unfamiliar world that the soon-to-be residents would have grown up watching. Most remarkably, there is an activity centre designed to offer space for teaching by residents who opt to do so for children from the economically weaker section families. A stationery general purpose shop near the gate of Snehodiya was opened on Saturday. An SBI ATM and a medicine shop will be opened shortly. Swapna Bhor now has more than 700 members and there is a freeze on new members (except those from Snehodiya, whose residents have been given opportunity to be members automatically) because the community building rooms are not large enough to accommodate more members.last_img read more

PEOPLE Avalons Hoffee Burke move up as Patrick Clark gets ready to

first_imgTags: Avalon Waterways, People Share Travelweek Group [PEOPLE] Avalon’s Hoffee, Burke move up as Patrick Clark gets ready to retire Posted bycenter_img TORONTO — Avalon Waterways has appointed two travel industry veterans to its leadership ranks as managing director Patrick Clark shifts into retirement towards the end of 2017.Pam Hoffee will lead the worldwide operations of Avalon Waterways as chief product and operations officer for the Globus family of brands. Joining her is Terri Burke, who will drive Avalon Waterways’ global sales, marketing and promotional efforts as managing director.“The stage is perfectly set for Pam and Terri to ignite future growth and innovation for Avalon Waterways,” said Scott Nisbet, president and chief executive officer for the Globus family of brands. “Patrick’s work for Avalon Waterways – and the travel industry as a whole – has been immeasurable. Over the past decade, he has not only built the brand into one of the best river cruise companies in the world by commandeering our hugely popular Suite Ships, unveiling the new Avalon Fresh program and innovating excursions with active itineraries as well as the Avalon Choice program, he has helped evolve the river cruise category to make it one of the top-selling travel styles today. Patrick is both admired and respected among travel industry peers. We are immensely grateful for all he has done and are excited about what the future holds for this brand.”Since 2004, Hoffee has guided product and operations for the Globus family of brands’ North America and exotic (non-Europe) products. Her experience with Avalon Waterways includes overseeing the Southeast Asia operations of the company’s new Suite Ships and itineraries on the Mekong and Irrawaddy Rivers. In her new role, she will be adding Avalon’s worldwide operations to her list of responsibilities.Terri Burke formerly led the Globus family of brands’ key retail partnerships alongside Paula Hayes. As the director of national accounts, she activated the Avalon Waterways Specialist Program, inspiring travel agents to better understand and sell Avalon’s river cruises.Hoffee and Burke will transition into their new roles in 2017. Tuesday, November 8, 2016 << Previous PostNext Post >>last_img read more

US Justice Department secretly obtains telephone records of journalists for The Associated

first_imgWASHINGTON, D.C. – In a sweeping and unusual move, the U.S. Justice Department secretly obtained two months of telephone records of journalists working for the Associated Press as part of a year-long investigation into the disclosure of classified information about a failed al-Qaida plot last year.The AP’s president said Monday that federal authorities obtained cell, office and home telephone records of individual reporters and an editor, AP general office numbers in Washington, New York and Hartford, and the main number for AP reporters covering Congress in what he called a “massive and unprecedented intrusion” into newsgathering activities.The aggressive investigation into the possible disclosure of classified information to the AP is part of a pattern in which the Obama administration has pursued current and former government officials suspected of releasing secret material. Six officials have been prosecuted so far, more than under all previous administrations.In a letter to Attorney General Eric Holder, AP President and Chief Executive Gary Pruitt said the Justice Department sought information beyond what could be justified by any specific probe and demanded that the government return the phone records and destroy all copies.“There can be no possible justification for such an overbroad collection of the telephone communications of The Associated Press and its reporters,” Pruitt wrote Holder. “These records potentially reveal communications with confidential sources across all of the newsgathering activities undertaken by the AP during a two-month period, provide a road map to AP’s newsgathering operations, and disclose information about AP’s activities and operations that the government has no conceivable right to know.”The inquiry is one of two leak investigations ordered last June by Holder. The second involves a New York Times article about the Stuxnet computer virus, which was developed jointly by the United States and Israel to damage nuclear centrifuges at Iran’s main uranium enrichment plant.The two leak inquiries were started after Republicans in Congress accused the Obama administration of orchestrating articles intended to demonstrate the president’s toughness on terrorism and improve his chance for reelection. The Republicans sought a special prosecutor, but Holder instead named two veteran prosecutors to handle the inquiries.In the AP case, the news organizations and its reporters and editors are not the likely targets of the investigation. Rather, the inquiry is probably aimed at current or former government officials who divulged classified information.But experts said the scope of the records secretly seized from the AP and its reporters goes beyond the known scale of previous leak probes.“This investigation is broader and less focused on an individual source or reporter than any of the others we’ve seen,” said Steven Aftergood, a government secrecy expert at the Federation of American Scientists. “They have swept up an entire collection of press communications. It’s an astonishing assault on core values of our society.”The office of the U.S. attorney for the District of Columbia on Monday released a statement saying it is not required to notify a media organization in advance if notifying them “would pose a substantial threat to the integrity of the investigation.”“We take seriously our obligations to follow all applicable laws, federal regulations, and Department of Justice policies when issuing subpoenas for phone records of media organizations,” said a statement from Bill Miller, spokesman for the office. “Those regulations require us to make every reasonable effort to obtain information through alternative means before even considering a subpoena for the phone records of a member of the media.”Justice Department guidelines require that subpoenas of records from news organizations must be approved personally by the attorney general. Holder’s office did not reply to repeated requests for comment.Lucy Dalglish, dean of the journalism school at the University of Maryland, said she thought the scope of the seizure was unprecedented. “Unfortunately, the Justice Department does this now and again,” said Dalglish, former executive director of the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press. “What’s very unusual is the scope of the subpoenas.”Republicans also quickly condemned the targeting of journalists and sought to portray the Justice Department’s actions as part of a pattern of the Obama administration overreach, noting that the IRS was already enmeshed in a scandal over the reported targeting of conservative groups.“Coming within a week of revelations that the White House lied to the American people about the Benghazi attacks and the IRS targeted conservative Americans for their political beliefs, Americans should take notice that top Obama administration officials increasingly see themselves as above the law and emboldened by the belief that they don’t have to answer to anyone,” said Rep. Darrell Issa, R-Calif., chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee.Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Patrick Leahy, D-Vt., said he is “very troubled by these allegations” and wants to hear the government’s explanation. “The burden is always on the government when they go after private information — especially information regarding the press or its confidential sources. I want to know more about this case, but on the face of it, I am concerned that the government may not have met that burden,” Leahy said in a statement.In the AP investigation, Pruitt said the Justice Department obtained the records without notifying his news organization or narrowing the scope of its subpoenas to specific matters relevant to an ongoing investigation.The story at issue included details of a CIA operation in Yemen that foiled an al-Qaida plot in the spring of 2012 to set off a bomb on an airplane headed to the United States. The April-May 2012 phone records of the reporters and editor of the story were among the material seized by the Justice Department.Pruitt said that on Friday, the AP’s general counsel, Laura Malone, received a letter from Ronald Machen, the U.S. attorney for the District of Columbia, who was appointed by Holder to lead the AP inquiry. He said that last year, Justice obtained telephone records for more than 20 separate phone lines assigned to the AP and its journalists.A grand jury based in Washington’s federal court has been investigating the possible leak of classified information to the AP for several months, according to a government official familiar with the probe who spoke on the condition of anonymity to discuss an ongoing case.In most cases when investigators seek information about a media organization’s source, the news organization moves to quash any subpoena for their records. But in this case, the AP was not aware that the records had been obtained.Law enforcement officials say that leak cases are difficult because hundreds of people often have access to the classified information. In the AP case, knowledge of the details of the al-Qaida plot would have been highly compartmentalized, which would limit the number of people with access to it. A former government investigator said telephone records could be valuable in narrowing the pool of suspected leakers.Numerous senior government officials have been interviewed in connection with the investigation into the AP story. Among those questioned was John Brennan, who served as Obama’s counterterrorism adviser before becoming CIA director earlier this year.In his confirmation hearing in Feburary, Brennan said he had cooperated voluntarily with the Justice Department and had been interviewed. He acknowledged speaking to former U.S. government officials who work as commentators on television news, but he denied sharing any classified information.Greg Miller, Carol D. Leonnig and Julie Tate contributed to this report. © 2013, The Washington Post Facebook Comments No related posts.last_img read more

Dominican Republic Haiti in 10year cholera fight

first_img Top Stories A bilateral meeting on the plan started Monday in the Dominican Republic.Cholera emerged suddenly in Haiti in October 2010. Experts say it was likely introduced by U.N. peacekeepers. Since then, the disease has killed 7,000 people and sickened about 300,000 in Haiti. There have been 22,000 cases and 350 deaths in the Dominican Republic.(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) Early signs of cataracts in your parents and how to help Top ways to honor our heroes on Veterans Day Bottoms up! Enjoy a cold one for International Beer Day Comments Share Mary Coyle ice cream to reopen in central Phoenixcenter_img Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement Check your body, save your life Sponsored Stories Construction begins on Chandler hospital expansion project SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic (AP) – Officials in Haiti and the Dominican Republic are preparing for a long campaign against cholera, the water-borne disease that has sickened tens of thousands of people in the two neighboring Caribbean countries.Dominican Deputy Minister of Public Health Rafael Schiffino says the two governments are working on a project to wipe out the disease on Hispaniola by 2022. The plan will include substantial spending on clean water and sanitation.last_img read more

CBCInnovis Partners with LexisNexis

first_img Share in Headlines, News, Origination May 25, 2017 540 Views CBCInnovis, a provider of credit reporting and data validation services to the mortgage lending industry, announced Thursday its alignment with the data and analytics company LexisNexis Risk Solutions to offer the LexisNexis Riskview Liens and Judgments Report. When the National Credit Reporting Agencies cease offering access to most liens and judgment data in July, the new FCRA product will enable lenders to fill the gap according to CBCInnovis.As part of this July change, 50 percent of tax liens and data and 96 percent of civil judgments will be removed from the three Nationwide Credit Reporting Agencies reports. CBCInnovis said this change has created an environment of uncertainty for mortgage lenders, who have relied on this data for more than two decades to evaluate consumer home loan applications.“CBCInnovis recognized our customers’ need to address the imminent information gap that will be created in the marketplace with this change,” said Ken Viviano SVP of CBCInnovis. “Subsequently, we proactively aligned with industry leader LexisNexis in seeking a solution to fill that void. As a result, CBCInnovis is pleased to deliver our customers a FCRA product that will be fully integrated into their current credit report format, to more completely assess consumer credit worthiness.”According to LexisNexis Risk Solutions, borrowers who have a judgment or tax lien are 5.5 times more likely to end up in pre-foreclosure or foreclosure, as compared to borrowers who don’t have judgments and tax liens, making this information essential for lenders. LexisNexis explained that the new RiskView Liens & Judgments Report delivers technology advancements that strengthen the reliability of lien and civil judgment content with greater than 99 percent reliability and full compliance with Fair Credit Reporting Act regulations.“CBCInnovis approached us early in our development effort and recognized the importance of liens and judgments data for their customers,” said Tim Coyle, Senior Director, Real Estate and Mortgage at LexisNexis Risk Solutions. “The report will assist a lender’s ability to assess an applicant’s ability to pay, minimize related closing delays and comply with investor requirements. CBCInnovis’ extensive integrations with customers and leading industry platforms will make it simple for customers to adapt and protect themselves from the upcoming credit report content change.”center_img Ken Viviano LexisNexis mortgage National Credit Reporting Agencies Tim Coyle 2017-05-25 Brianna Gilpin CBCInnovis Partners with LexisNexislast_img read more