Prime Minister wages personal war against outspoken newspaper

first_imgNews News BangladeshAsia – Pacific BangladeshAsia – Pacific Help by sharing this information Reporters Without Borders (RSF) calls on Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina to stop hounding Daily Star editor Mahfuz Anam over his admission on 4 February that, like many of the country’s newspapers and TV stations, he published information in 2007 that seemed to implicate Hasina in corruption although it could not be verified independently.The information was provided to him and to Bangladesh’s other media outlets by the military, who were in power in Bangladesh from 2007 to 2009.In a 22 February address, Hasina called on Anam to resign, blamed his editorial error for her imprisonment at the time, insinuated that his newspaper had colluded with the military and accused him of trying to sabotage the constitution during the period of military-backed rule.Taking advantage of the outspoken and critical newspaper’s mistake, Hasina went on to ask the leaders of her party, the Awami League, to unanimously condemn the actions of Anam, currently the target of a campaign of harassment that is without precedent in Bangladesh.No fewer than 79 legal actions have been filed against Anam in the past three weeks in 53 districts throughout the country. Seventeen accuse him of sedition, which is punishable by three years in prison, and 62 accuse him of defamation, which carries a possible two-year sentence. More than a trillion taka (15 billion euros) in damages are being demanded by the plaintiffs, who do not include Hasina herself.“This public lynching, orchestrated by a prime minister who claims to respect democracy and media freedom in her country, is completely unacceptable,” said Benjamin Ismaïl, the head of RSF’s Asia-Pacific desk.“The law is being flouted on the pretext of seeking justice in what is just a matter of journalistic ethics. Mahfuz Anam can in no way be accused of sedition because he did not violate the constitution. And he cannot be prosecuted 72 times for the same mistake. It is time the Awami League understood that political opposition is necessary in a democracy and that suppressing critical media is a direct violation of fundamental freedoms and human rights.” Anam owned up to his error during a political discussion programme on the ATN News TV station on 4 February, acknowledging that he should not have run stories based solely on information provided by the Directorate General of Forces Intelligence (DGFI), which was running the country at the time.In his articles, Anam conceded that he had not been able to verify the authenticity of the confessions he was reporting. At the time only two publications, the daily New Age and the online newspaper bdnews24, refused to run stories based on the information.The English-language Daily Star and its sister newspaper Prothom Alo (the leading Bengali-language daily) provide critical coverage of all the various branches of government in Bangladesh.The country’s biggest companies, including mobile phone operations such Grameenphone, have been forbidden to advertise in either of these two independent newspapers for the past six months.The ban, issued by the DGFI on 16 August 2015, the day after the Daily Star ran a story about crimes newly committed by the military in the eastern division of Chittagong, has resulted in an approximately 30 percent loss in revenue for the newspapers. No Bangladeshi media outlets have reported the existence of this illegal and discriminatory order, which is designed to throttle the two newspapers economically.Bangladesh is ranked 146th out of 180 countries in RSF’s 2015 World Press Freedom Index.© Photo RSF calls for the release of Bangladeshi journalist Rozina Islam, unfairly accused of espionage May 19, 2021 Find out more Follow the news on Bangladesh RSF_en News Organisation News February 26, 2016 – Updated on March 8, 2016 Prime Minister wages personal war against outspoken newspaper to go further Receive email alerts February 26, 2021 Find out more February 22, 2021 Find out more Bangladeshi writer and blogger dies in detention Bangladeshi reporter fatally shot by ruling party activistslast_img read more

Habitat for Humanity Homes Rising

first_imgThe proposed Atlantic Highlands Habitat property sits next to the Fireman’s Memorial Field in the borough. It would be the second Habitat home in Atlantic Highlands. The first is located at 8284 Memorial Parkway, a duplex constructed about two years ago. A recently completed house in Rumson was “wildly successful,” he said. “The concept of a Habitat for Humanity project is really a boon to the area and we’ve seen it over and over again,” Scharfenberger said. Scharfenberger, a former Middletown mayor with experience in state planning policy, said he supports Habitat projects for several reasons. He likes that houses are built with private funding and do not financially impact taxpayers. He also said Habitat homes typically rise on already developed lots that have either been abandoned, have fallen into disrepair or have been demolished. “I’d like to see those types of properties be redeveloped,” Scharfenberger said. A Habitat home is envisioned for 21 Leonard Ave. next to Fireman’s Memorial Field in Atlantic Highlands. Photo by Allison Perrine It is preferable to building affordable housing units on undeveloped land, which he says has “a devastating effect” on open space. Adam Hubeny, borough administrator, said Habitat for Humanity has been a “great partner” with the borough and it has been accommodating in property negotiations and designs. “They have always worked very well with Atlantic Highlands and we’re happy to work with them as a partner,” he said. By Allison Perrine Previously, the organization built an average of one or two Habitat homes per year. On average, it takes a year to 18 months to build these homes. If each municipality in Monmouth County had 10Habitat projects there wouldbe over 500 in the county,Scharfenberger said. Scharfenberger said he has met with officials in about a dozen towns to explain the value in having Habitat homes and they have been very receptive to the idea. He said he would like to see a certain number of Habitat projects in each town, though some municipalities are more suited for it than others. Families in need of affordable housing apply for homeownership through local Habitat for Humanity chapters and are chosen depending on their level of need, willingness to participate in the project and ability to repay an affordable mortgage. They partner with the organization and work alongside the volunteers to realize a home of their own. Officials from Habitat for Humanity in Monmouth County said the nonprofit has two projects nearing completion in Long Branch and Keansburg. Two additional properties are being planned in Long Branch as well. ATLANTIC HIGHLANDS – Habitat for Humanity projects are becoming more common in Monmouth County; nearly 83 percent of towns in the county now have at least one Habitat home. Gerry P. Scharfenberger, a member of the Monmouth County Board of Freeholders, is an advocate for Habitat homes because they are constructed by community volunteers with the full participation of the future homeowner. They can help satisfy affordable housing quotas imposed on municipalities. All of the Two Rivercommunities have Habitathomes. The next may be inAtlantic Highlands, wherethe borough council hasintroduced a plan to donateproperty at 21 Leonard Ave.A public hearing will be heldSept. 11. “You want to see affordable housing created the right way, not a court mandate,” Scharfenberger said.last_img read more

Giants sweep Rebels to capture Alberta/B.C. Midget Title

first_imgThe B.C. Major Midget AAA Hockey League champs won the regular season title won in convincing fashion, losing four times during the season. The Giants play in the same league as the Kootenay Ice, coached this season by Simon Wheeldon.  The Ice finished 10th in the 11-team league, finishing with a 8-25-7 record. The 2011 Telus Cup is being held in St. John’s, Newfoundland from April 18-24.The Giants will compete against the host team the St. John’s Pennecon Privateers, as well as the representatives from the West Region, Central Region, Quebec and the Atlantic Region. This is the first time in the history of the Major Midget League that the B.C. representative has defeated the Alberta Representative in the Pacific Midget Regional Championship. In 2007, the Vancouver North West Giants advanced to the Telus Cup by default since the Red Deer Rebels, the host team for the event, captured the Alberta Midget AAA Championship. Alex Kerfoot (West Vancouver, BC) was named Player of the Tournament.  Kerfoot had an outstanding series finishing with one goal and four assists.  The BC Hockey Major Midget League was established in 2004 to provide elite level 15, 16 and 17 year olds an opportunity to play within their own age group. Playing at this high level and be developed for the next level of hockey. These teams have an opportunity each year to compete for the National Midget Championship. The Vancouver North West Giants defeated the Red Deer Rebels 3-1 in game two of the Pacific Midget Regional Championship Saturday to advance to the National Midget Championship, Telus Cup.The Giants blasted the Rebels 7-2 in game one of the best-of-three series on Friday.last_img read more

Virgin Australia and Alliance get green light on partnership

first_imgPhoto: Alliance Australia’s competition watchdog has reversed a draft decision that would have prevented Virgin Australia Regional Airlines and Queensland-based Alliance Aviation Services establishing a charter alliance.The alliance will allow the companies to jointly bid against archrival Qantas and Cobham Aviation Services for corporate fly-in fly-out (FIFO) services used by resources companies.The two operators also plan to cooperate on various aspects of their FIFO operations such as aircraft maintenance, airport handling, check-in, frequent flyer programs, lounge access, scheduling, pricing, and sales and marketing.The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission said the only significant operational overlap between Virgin and Alliance was in Western Australia and it now believed the public benefits outweighed any detriment arising from the loss of competition.“The Charter Alliance is likely to realise significant public benefits such as efficiencies from integrating VARA and Alliance Airlines’ Perth operating bases, increased flexibility and optimal use of aircraft through combining their fleets, and enhanced product and service offerings through combining Virgin Australia’s national regular passenger network with Alliance Airlines’ national charter network,” ACCC Commissioner Roger Featherston said in a statement.The ACCC said concerns expressed in its draft determination about the alliance’s impact on competition had been addressed by further market inquiries.“The operational synergies which are likely to result from the Charter Alliance and bringing together VARA and Alliance Airlines’ complementary networks should reduce their costs and allow them to make more competitive offers to customers,” Featherston said.“Further, many of the larger FIFO customers are sophisticated and well-resourced companies with procurement expertise who have strong bargaining power in their negotiations with FIFO operators.”“These customers will continue to have viable alternatives, in particular Qantas and Cobham. Market conditions in Western Australia suggest that these airlines will continue to compete strongly with the Charter Alliance.’’Virgin, which is cutting is fleet of regional ATR turboprops from 14 to six, also recently announced that a number of regional passenger routes in Queensland would be operated by Alliance.last_img read more

The Brain Chip Cometh, & It Cometh from Intel

first_imgRelated Posts Tags:#web jolie odell Our own Marshall Kirkpatrick’s dreaded brain chip for controlling computers and mobile devices may be closer than even he suspected.Intel researchers in Pittsburgh told journalists today that brain implants are harnessing human brain waves to surf the Internet, manipulate documents, and much more. And just as we told you two years ago, the lucky recipients of these implants will be willing volunteers, not government-controlled guinea pigs. Some of us are now researching cheap flights to Pittsburgh.Just think of how far we’ve come since the early days of portable tech. “If you told people 20 years ago that they would be carrying computers all the time,” said Intel research VP Andrew Chien, “they would have said, ‘I don’t want that. I don’t need that.’ Now you can’t get them to stop.”Indeed, mobility, transparency, and accessibility are all the terms of the hour; and their advocates are popular laureates. The forefront of the user interface has revolved around concepts such as intuition, organics, and biology.Gesture technology is removing one barrier that lies between human-to-machine communication; think about that the next time you twirl your iPhone around like an Etch-A-Sketch. Isn’t removing the need for physical contact the next rational step? Chien tells us that, although there are many challenges yet to solve, the day of brain-controlled computing isn’t so far off.Dean Pomerleau works for Intel on matters of cognitive neuroscience, machine learning, computer vision, robotics, man-machine interfaces, brain processing of semantic information, and various brain-scanning technologies, such as fMRI, MEG, EEG and ECoG. He and his cohorts are solving the mechanisms of brain waves.While there’s no doubt the use cases are fascinating, Pomerleau also brushes off user concerns about implants, saying, “Eventually people may be willing to be more committed… to brain implants. Imagine being able to surf the Web with the power of your thoughts.”This is the precise line of thinking that Kirkpatrick debates so heatedly – perhaps as much now as he did in his editorial almost two years ago.Have concerns around user privacy abated since then? Hardly, with Facebook and location-based-tech developers struggling to maintain balance for their users and constant struggles and inquisitions over corporate storage of user data. Has the issue of information overload lessened? If it had, would so many startups be staking their claim on the issue of firehose filtration? And is mobile tech obsolete enough to require even more portable access to the apps we love and – dare I say it? – need?Are end users ready for brain implants? You tell us. A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai…center_img Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hostinglast_img read more

Column: Heavyweights step up, just not against each other

first_imgDon’t miss out on the latest news and information. Two-day strike in Bicol fails to cripple transport “I am ready for Wilder, I’ve been ready for Wilder,” Joshua said last week after arriving in New York and inspecting Madison Square Garden for his American debut June 1 against Ruiz, who got his shot at Joshua’s titles after Jarrell Miller tested positive for performance-enhancing drugs. “I’ve done a good job maintaining my place and he is the guy I want. He has a lot to live up to. I’ve got confidence flowing now.”That confidence could get another boost against Ruiz, a roly-poly fighter out of Southern California who doesn’t look like a world beater but has lost only once in 33 fights. Ruiz fought just last month, and was eager to get the call to replace Miller.Perhaps just as important for Joshua’s confidence is a big performance while venturing outside his native Britain for the first time. Joshua drew 90,000 for his fight last year with Wladimir Klitschko at Wembley Stadium and is wildly popular at home, but largely unknown in the U.S. and is looking to make a dramatic debut.“I know the history that has been here and the sports that have been here,” he said at his Garden visit. “When I come in here to fight June 1, it will be very special.”In a perfect world, Joshua, Wilder and Fury would be fighting each other, of course. Any thoughts of a quick rematch after the draw between Wilder and Fury went out the window when Fury signed with Top Rank, which has a deal for fights with ESPN.Wilder, meanwhile, is sticking for now with Showtime for his fight Saturday night. And Joshua has a contract with DAZN, a streaming service that touts access to big fights for $100 a year.Between the competing broadcasting interests and promoters, that means the top fights will be difficult to make. Each fighter has his own interests to protect, and each fighter has his own story to tell.“Go back and study it. Go back and see, who really is the king of the division?” Wilder said. “Who really tried to make these fights?”Boxing fans really don’t care, because all they want is to see the fights.Until that happens, the next month is about as good as it gets in the heavyweight division. 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(Dave Thompson/PA via AP)Tyson Fury, the big British heavyweight who breaks into song at the most unexpected moments and would be fun to meet for a beer, will be fighting next month. So will his countryman, Anthony Joshua, who will venture across the pond to make his Garden debut.And then there’s Deontay Wilder, who kicks things off Saturday night with another chance to press his case that he is, like Mike Tyson liked to say, the baddest man on the planet.ADVERTISEMENT Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess MOST READ Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Catholic schools seek legislated pay hike, too Duterte wants probe of SEA Games mess ‘Rebel attack’ no cause for concern-PNP, AFP No, they’re not fighting each other, for reasons both as old as boxing itself and as new as the DAZN streaming service. Still, the three top heavyweights in the world — all of whom can legitimately claim the title of champ — will be in action in New York and Las Vegas within a four-week stretch.And should things go as planned, that’s just enough time to bring some clarity to a heavyweight division that is suddenly must-see TV once again.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logistics“The excitement is back in the heavyweight division,” Wilder said. “The fire is lit.”That’s somewhat true, even if Fury is fighting a relatively unknown German named Tom Schwarz instead of a rematch with Wilder while Joshua is defending his titles against a late substitute in Andy Ruiz Jr. Wilder might be taking the biggest risk in his title defense against Dominic Braezeale, whose loss to Joshua is the only blemish on his pro record. Ethel Booba twits Mocha over 2 toilets in one cubicle at SEA Games venue Just how long the fire is expected to smolder, though, may be of most concern to boxing fans.Joshua and Wilder should have been made by now, even if it might be even bigger next year because of the wait. Wilder and Fury should be fighting a rematch this summer, but money and boxing politics put a quick end to those plans.So the three fight on, and the wait goes on.Wilder says Joshua is ducking him and that Fury wants no part of a rematch after almost being knocked silly only to get back up in the final round of their fight in December that ended in a draw.Fury and Joshua say that’s nonsense and that Wilder shouldn’t talk so much.ADVERTISEMENT Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting View comments DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anewlast_img read more

10 months agoEverton boss Silva to release Holgate for loan

first_imgEverton boss Silva to release Holgate for loanby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveEverton boss Marco Silva is ready to release Mason Holgate for loan.The Mirror says Everton are considering letting Holgate leave on loan in January.The 22-year-old is down the Goodison Park pecking order under new manager Marco Silva.Everton favour a six month move over a full-time switch unless a big offer comes their way.Fulham, Derby County and Sheffield United are all considering their positions. TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img

10 months agoNewcastle boss Benitez coy about interest in Groningen winger Doan

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Newcastle boss Benitez coy about interest in Groningen winger Doanby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveNewcastle United boss Rafa Benitez is coy about their interest in FC Groningen winger Ritsu Doan.The Japanese youngster has been linked with a January move to the Toon.Asked directly about Doan, Benitez refused to rule anything out.”Normally we do not talk about players with the media,” he said. “But in this case I tell you that we are not even able to talk about it. We must first have a meeting (with the club management). Then we see what our targets will be. People ask me about Doan, but we do not yet know who we want to get.” last_img

18 days agoPablo Machin named new head coach of Espanyol

first_imgPablo Machin named new head coach of Espanyolby Carlos Volcano18 days agoSend to a friendShare the lovePablo Machin has been named new head coach of Espanyol.The former Girona and Sevilla boss takes over from David Gallego, who was sacked on Monday.Machin had been out of a job since leaving Sevilla in March and will be presented at the RCDE Stadium on Tuesday morning.Espanyol are currently in 19th position in LaLiga Santander and haven’t won a home game all season. TagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your saylast_img

How your smart fridge might be mining bitcoin for criminals

first_imgLONDON – Is the web browser on your phone slower than usual? It could be mining bitcoin for criminals.As the popularity of virtual currencies has grown, hackers are focusing on a new type of heist: putting malicious software on peoples’ handsets, TVs and smart fridges that makes them mine for digital money.So-called “crypto-jacking” attacks have become a growing problem in the cybersecurity industry, affecting both consumers and organizations. Depending on the severity of the attack, victims may notice only a slight drop in processing power, often not enough for them to think it’s a hacking attack. But that can add up to a lot of processing power over a period of months or if, say, a business’s entire network of computers is affected.“We saw organizations whose monthly electricity bill was increased by hundreds of thousands of dollars,” said Maya Horowitz, Threat Intelligence Group Manager for Checkpoint, a cybersecurity company.Hackers try to use victims’ processing power because that is what’s needed to create — or “mine” — virtual currencies. In virtual currency mining, computers are used to make the complex calculations that verify a running ledger of all the transactions in virtual currencies around the world.Crypto-jacking is not done only by installing malicious software. It can also be done through a web browser. The victim visits a site, which latches onto the victim’s computer processing power to mine digital currencies as long as they are on the site. When the victim switches, the mining ends. Some websites, including, have tried to do it legitimately and been transparent about it. For three months this year, removed ads from its sites in exchange for users allowing them to mine virtual currencies.Industry experts first noted crypto-jacking as a threat in 2017, when virtual currency prices were skyrocketing to record highs.The price of bitcoin, the most widely known virtual currency, jumped six-fold from September to almost $20,000 in December before falling back down to under $10,000.The number of crypto-jacking cases soared from 146,704 worldwide in September to 22.4 million in December, according to anti-virus developer Avast. It has only continued to increase, to 93 million in May, it says.The first big case emerged in September and centred on Coinhive, a legitimate business that let website owners make money by allowing customers to mine virtual currency instead of relying on advertising revenue. Hackers quickly began to use the service to infect vulnerable sites with miners, most notably YouTube and nearly 50,000 WordPress websites, according to research conducted by Troy Mursch, a researcher on crypto-jacking.Mursch says Monero is the most popular virtual currency among cyber-criminals. A report by cybersecurity company Palo Alto Networks estimates that over 5 per cent of Monero was mined through crypto-jacking. That is worth almost $150 million dollars and doesn’t count mining that occurs through browsers.In the majority of attacks, hackers infect as many devices as possible, a method experts calls “spray and pray.”“Basically, everyone with a (computer processing unit) can be targeted by crypto-jacking,” said Ismail Belkacim, a developer of an application that prevents websites from mining virtual currencies.As a result, some hackers target organizations with large computing power. In what they believe might be the biggest crypto-jacking attack so far, Checkpoint discovered in February that a hacker had been exploiting a vulnerability in a server that over several months generated over $3 million in Monero.Crypto-jackers have also recently targeted organizations that use cloud-based services, in which a network of servers is used to process and store data, providing more computing power to companies who haven’t invested in extra hardware.Abusing this service, crypto-jackers use as much power as the cloud will allow them to, maximizing their gains. For businesses, this results in slower performance and higher energy bills.Martin Hron, a security researcher at Avast, says that besides the rise in interest in virtual currencies, there are two main reasons for the rise in attacks.First, crypto-jacking scripts require little skill to implement. Ready-made computer code that automates crypto-mining is easy to find with a Google search, along with tips on the vulnerabilities of devices.Second, crypto-jacking is harder to detect and is more anonymous than other hacks. Unlike ransomware, in which victims have to transfer money to regain access to their computers blocked by hackers, a victim of crypto-jacking might never know their computer is being used to mine currency. And as currency generated by crypto-jacking goes straight into a hacker’s encrypted wallet, the cyber-criminal leaves less of a trail.Both Apple and Google have started to ban applications that mine virtual currencies on their devices. But Hron, the Avast researcher, warns that the risk is growing as more everyday devices are connected to the internet — from ovens to home lighting systems — and that these are often the least secure. Hron said that cheaply made Chinese devices were particularly easy to hack.Some experts say new techniques like artificial intelligence can help get a faster response to suspicious software.That’s what Texthelp, an education technology company, used when it was infected with a crypto-jacker, said Martin McKay, the company’s chief technology officer. “The risk was mitigated for all customers within a period of four hours.”But security researcher Mursch says that these precautions won’t be enough.“They might reduce the impact,” he says, “But I don’t think we’re going to stop it.”last_img read more