72 total views, 2 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis24 Lords Committee to hear evidence on data protection after Brexit Tagged with: Brexit data data protection 71 total views, 1 views today Advertisement House of Lords EU Home Affairs Sub-Committee is to question Matt Hancock MP, Minister of State for Digital and Culture, on the European Union data protection package this Wednesday (1st February).The UK will no longer be part of the EU-US Privacy Shield or the EU-US Umbrella Agreement once it leaves Europe, and it is assumed that the UK will be treated as a third country on all other data protection issues.The purpose of the session therefore is to explore the Government’s views on the future arrangements for data sharing with the EU and the US and to identify the key safeguards in the EU’s new data protection package, which is due to be implemented in the UK by 2018.According to the House of Lords, the Committee is likely to ask Mr Hancock the following questions:Assuming the UK will be treated as a third country post-Brexit, what will be the default position as a matter of law for data flows between the UK and the EU if we haven’t secured an adequacy decision at the point when we leave the EU?What changes will need to be made to the 1998 Data Protection Act to bring it into compliance with the GDPR and the Data Protection Directive and what timeline is the Government looking at to make the necessary changes?Will the Government be seeking to obtain an adequacy decision to enable data sharing between the UK and the EU after Brexit?What will be the arrangements for data sharing between the UK and the US after the UK leaves the EU?The evidence sessions will start at 10:30am on Wednesday 1 February in the House of Lords. Melanie May | 30 January 2017 | News AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis24 About Melanie May Melanie May is a journalist and copywriter specialising in writing both for and about the charity and marketing services sectors since 2001. She can be reached via www.thepurplepim.com.
Receive email alerts RSF_en Organisation Thai premier, UN rapporteurs asked to prevent journalists being returned to Myanmar ThailandAsia – Pacific News News News Red alert for green journalism – 10 environmental reporters killed in five years June 12, 2020 Find out more ThailandAsia – Pacific August 21, 2020 Find out more May 12, 2021 Find out more Follow the news on Thailand Reporters Without Borders calls for the withdrawal of all charges against journalist Chiranuch Premchaipoen, the editor of Prachatai.com website, who is facing up to 50 years in prison under the computer crimes for failing to remove comments from her site with sufficient speed. Posted by visitors, the comments are deemed to have insulted the monarchy.Arrested and charged on 31 March, Chiranuch was released after three hours when her sister stood guarantee for the 300,000 bahts (6,000 euros) in bail demanded by the judicial authorities. April 2, 2010 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Website editor facing 50 years in jail “Once again, the lèse majesté and computer crimes laws are being used politically to control and intimidate people with dissenting views,” Reporters Without Borders said. “Amid the current political tension, the Thai public has greater need than ever to receive the kind of objective and quality news that Prachatai.com provides.”The press freedom organisation added: “The charges brought against Chiranuch constitute a serious violation of free expression. They are not in accordance with the promises the authorities gave last January to combat abuses of the lèse majesté law.”Chiranuch’s trial is due to start on 31 May. She has been charged before a criminal court under articles 14 and 15 of the computer crimes act. The charges concern comments posted on the website in 2008, which Chiranuch removed quickly as soon as they were brought to her attention.Reporters Without Borders also calls on the government to explain yesterday’s arrest of Tantawut Taweewarodomkul, the webmaster of two websites (www.norporchorusa.com and http://www.norporchorusa2.com/) that support the “Red Shirts” opposition movement. He is also accused of violating the lèse majesté and computer crimes laws.Around 10 bloggers have been prosecuted or charged under the lèse majesté law. One of them, Suvicha Thakor, is serving a 10-year jail sentence for allegedly posting content considered offensive to the king.Thailand is on the list of “Countries under surveillance” in the report on “Enemies of the Internet” which Reporters Without Borders issued on 11 March. The report noted that in the absence of improvements in the near future, Thailand risked being moved from the “Countries under surveillance” to the “Enemies of the Internet” list. Help by sharing this information News Covid-19 emergency laws spell disaster for press freedom to go further
With research showing road surface quality continues to be an area of concern with drivers, Highways England is committed to improving journeys. The company has signed up 11 firms who can be called upon when there is a need to resurface roads. The deal could see the company spend up to £3.3 billion if it was required.Highways England’s Executive Director of Operations Nick Harris said: We know that drivers want and deserve good quality, safe roads which is why since 2015 when Highways England was created we have replaced more than 4,400 miles of road surface. This new arrangement will help us tackle uneven road surfaces faster, in a more cost effective and efficient way – keeping journeys safer and offering smoother journeys for the millions of drivers who use our roads every day. It means that, over the next 4 years, Highways England can award contracts to address poor road surfaces across England’s motorway and major A roads without having to go through lengthy bidding processes to get the work done.The framework arrangement also enables local authorities to utilise the services of the contractors, facilitating greater collaboration.General enquiriesMembers of the public should contact the Highways England customer contact centre on 0300 123 5000.Media enquiriesJournalists should contact the Highways England press office on 0844 693 1448 and use the menu to speak to the most appropriate press officer.
continue reading » 25SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr Credit unions this year have a big opportunity to expand their business lending, according to Raddon–but a lot of that will depend on the performance of front-line staff.Raddon told CUToday.info that a number of market and economic factors that influence business lending are aligning favorably for credit unions now: new MBL rules, strong credit union membership growth and public image, in addition to growing confidence among small businesses over their own futures. The result: many are ready to expand their borrowing.But the biggest obstacle in the way of credit unions gaining market share in business lending is that many small businesses still don’t know credit unions are business lenders that have a broad portfolio of services, said Marcus Rothaar, senior research analyst.“In my opinion, the number-one thing credit unions need to overcome is awareness,” Rothaar said. “There is a segment of the small business community that is not aware that credit unions offer business loans. And of those who are aware, many question the credit union’s level of expertise. As simple as these things sound to address, they are big obstacles. Credit unions have to get the message out that they offer the same full line of services and have the same expertise as the big banks when it comes to business lending.”
One of the best ways to set a course for the future of your company is to look back on past customers that you best served and most enjoyed working with. When I do this, I see a trend toward working with what we have come to call “empty-nesters.” These are usually couples with older children who are ready to make a fresh start with a smaller, more energy-efficient, “green” and low-maintenance home to which the kids only visit for family reunions. This may include grandparents (as well as kids) coming to stay for extended periods and the assumption that the owners may gradually begin to lose their sight and mobility.One of the kindest compliments that Beth and I have received was, “Your design solved problems we didn’t know we had.” As designers, we can best serve our clients by helping them address future needs that they may not be considering going into the design process.When designing a sustainable home it is arguably more important to focus on aging-in-place and handicap visit-able design than payback or resale value. Our goal is to present all the potential lifestyle options they may need in their home in the future. An aging-in-place design can accommodate all age groups. Carrying an infant around in your arms is easier in an aging-in-place design, and being a place that welcomes grandparents is pretty handy as well.When clients question us about green payback calculations, we ask them to consider the probable cost of fuel in five or ten years and also what they picture their lifestyle will be at that time. We do this to drive home the advantage of knowing they will have more financial security in the future by minimizing their energy costs now as well as to open the conversation to how their needs will evolve over time. Looking at the big picture during the design process can help identify low or no-cost options that will save big in the years to come.The difference between aging-in-place and handicap access is more than just designing around walkers rather than wheelchairs. While most interior doors will be 32 in. wide rather than 36 in the goal is not to create a residential hospital setting so much as a gracious and normal-looking home that also accommodates the likely needs of an aging occupant or of the friends and family they may have come to visit.Adding aging-in-place sensibilities to the green design process means that, in addition to the resource efficiency, durability, and indoor air quality standards, we will be adding some design criteria to the mix. The NAHB offers training and certification as a Certified Aging in Place Specialist (CAPS) , but the core principles are fairly simple. You can start implementing them immediately to add value to your design and differentiate yourself from your competition.Start with the thought that arthritis sufferers should be able to get out of bed in the morning and make it through the day operating everything with oven mitts on. Doorknobs and faucets can be lever types; cabinet pulls can accommodate a four-finger grip and visually contrast with the woodwork. The edges of counters and wall cabinets can stand out visually to accommodate failing vision. Lighting can be very important as vision fades, so providing both adequate natural lighting and well-designed and energy-efficient task lighting is essential.Bathrooms and kitchen can have seated workstations with offset sink traps and supplies to allow knee room. Dishwashers and laundry equipment can be raised 12 in. to 18 in. off the floor to ease back strain. “Comfort-height” toilets can have blocking preinstalled for future grab bars and a 5-foot clear turning radius in front with walker parking adjacent to the throne. Showers generally need not be roll-in but can accommodate transferring from a walker to a shower chair.All doors should be 32 in with the most commonly used exterior doors at 36 in to allow wheelchair access and prevent busted knuckles when using a walker or even just a laundry basket. The transition zone into and out of the car in front of the home can have a roof to protect it from the weather and easy, smooth, and nonslip access to the front door. Trip hazards and slippery floors can be minimized, as many health crises are precipitated by a fall. The main entry lock can have a wireless key-fob operator like a car. Wireless operators can also activate curtains, ventilation, and lighting.A big part of aging-in-place design is helping people feel the emotional security that they are still in control of their lives and can continue living at home. A burglar alarm system can allay the feeling of vulnerability: panic buttons in the bedrooms and baths; creating a strong room in the master closet with a deadbolt on the door and buttons inside to call hospital or police; positioning the alarm panel so that occupants can check door and alarm status from the bed (but not from the front door).Most important, the design can help resist the feeling of isolation by making it easy to get away from the TV or computer and out onto a front porch or screened porch and by providing “family shrines” to showcase photos of family and happy memories. Clients may be resistant to thoughts of their own vulnerability, so Beth finds it useful to remind them that as we age our friends and relatives are aging too, living in a home that is easy to get in and out of and accommodates our friends with disabilities allows them to visit and keep out social network alive.
A local court in Shahjahanpur on Monday rejected the bail plea of former Union Minister Swami Chinmayanand as well as that of the law student who has accused him of rape.Both are currently in judicial custody.While Mr. Chinmayanand is accused of misusing his authority to seduce or induce a woman to have sexual intercourse with him, the law student is charged with extortion among other clauses of the Indian Penal Code and Section 67 of the Information Technology Act.Om Singh, Mr. Chinmayanand’s counsel and spokesperson, said the district judge rejected both the bail applications.The court heard “our argument and was even in agreement with certain points, but eventually rejected the bail application,” he said.Appeal against orderMr. Singh said Mr. Chinmayanand would appeal against the order in the Allahabad High Court.The law student continues to be lodged in jail, while Mr. Chinmayanand, who was in a hospital in Lucknow after he reportedly fell ill, was discharged on Monday.Law student’s advocate Anoop Trivedi claimed that the prosecution counsel, while arguing against the bail sought by Mr. Chinmayanand, told the court that the politician had used force against the woman while getting himself massaged by her. Mr. Trivedi said if force was used, section 376 (punishment for rape) of the Indian Penal Code should have been slapped against Mr. Chinmayanand. Instead, he was booked under section 376C, which is usually applied when someone abuses his position to “induce or seduce” a woman under his charge to have sexual intercourse not amounting to the offence of rape.(With PTI inputs)
Two of the other co-defendants pleaded guilty Wednesday to the same charges. That leaves the Morris brothers and one other defendant standing trial this week. The third defendant is Gerald Bowman, a former University of Southern California football player.Police say Hood was leaving a high school basketball game when he was approached by a friend of the Morris brothers. Hood told Phoenix police the man was speaking to him when he was punched in the back of the head.Hood ran to his car but fell down, before the men punched and kicked him repeatedly, authorities say. All five left in a Rolls Royce Phantom as bystanders began to appear.Hood provided an account of the attack as the first prosecution witness Monday, calling it “the most terrifying moment in my life.”He said Marcus Morris kicked him “relentlessly” and Bowman “just jumped straight up and landed on me with two feet.” Hood previously told police he was attacked by Markieff Morris, but recalled on the stand Monday that he later clarified his statement and said he could not be sure whether Markieff participated in the beating.Hood told police he suffered a fractured nose, abrasions and a large bump on his head.At the time of the attack, the 6-foot-9 Morris twins were teammates on the Phoenix Suns. Tyson Fury urges UK Anti-Doping for resolution MOST READ E.T. returns to earth, reunites with grown-up Elliott in new ad Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Read Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president The Boston Celtics acquired Marcus Morris from Detroit in the offseason as part of an overhaul of their roster, while Markieff was a solid contributor for the Washington Wizards last year.The Morris brothers are accused of helping three other people beat 36-year-old Erik Hood, who has known the twins since they were promising teenage AAU players.In youth basketball parlance, Hood was known as a “runner” — someone who connects promising young athletes with representatives and agents in hopes of getting a cut of a lucrative NBA contract, Eckstein said.He said Hood viewed the Morris twins as his “lottery ticket” after they went onto a successful career at the University of Kansas. They had a falling out while the Morris brothers were at Kansas, and they were later drafted into the NBA.Defense lawyers don’t dispute that the beating took place, but they say the Morris brothers weren’t involved and believe Hood was trying to pin blame on them for financial gain.ADVERTISEMENT Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City LATEST STORIES Prosecutor Dan Fisher said it was a coordinated mission and “orchestrated attack” after the victim sent text messages to the Morris twins’ mother that angered them.Defense lawyers insisted the twins did not participate in the attack and questioned the reliability and financial motives of the man who was beaten. The lawyer for Marcus Morris, Timothy Eckstein, said witness statements that form the basis of the case are “entirely inconsistent and incompatible with the truth.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutThe twin brothers face the possibility of prison time and discipline from the NBA, including a minimum 10-game suspension, if they are found guilty.The two-week trial also threatens to disrupt the start of their 2017 NBA season with training camp set to begin for both players on Sept. 26. BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight FILE – In this Oct. 17, 2013, file photo, official Ron Garretson talks with Phoenix Suns forwards Marcus Morris center and his twin brother, Markieff, before the Suns’ NBA preseason basketball game against the Sacramento Kings in Sacramento, Calif. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli, File)PHOENIX — NBA players Marcus and Markieff Morris went on trial Monday on felony assault charges stemming from a 2015 beating that prosecutors labeled as an “orchestrated attack” and defense lawyers dismissed as a ploy to get money out of the athletes.Opening statements began with prosecutors saying the two NBA stars and three other men each had a role in a beating that left a former acquaintance with a broken nose and other injuries.ADVERTISEMENT Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary View comments
MOST READ CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA Of course, the Rockets are known for their long-distance shooting.This was the 15th time in NBA history a team has attempted at least 50 3-pointers. The Rockets account for 11 of those — all since the start of last season.“We are going to take them. If that is what is available and it’s a good shot then everybody has the green light,” D’Antoni said. “Maybe one or two guys shouldn’t shoot them, but when we pass them up guys get mad at each other. So we’re taking them.”Harden admitted as much.“We’re going to continue to tell everyone to shoot the ball,” Harden said. “We create opportunities in space, shoot it. Luc (Mbah a Moute) passed up a couple. PJ Tucker passed up a couple, even when Chris (Paul) gets back he’s got to get used to shooting the ball more than he ever has. It’s going to take some time but the more games we get under our belt, they’ll get a feel for it.”ADVERTISEMENT CHARLOTTE, NC – OCTOBER 27: James Harden #13 of the Houston Rockets and Dwight Howard #12 of the Charlotte Hornets watch on during their game at Spectrum Center on October 27, 2017 in Charlotte, North Carolina. Streeter Lecka/Getty Images/AFPCHARLOTTE, N.C. — Houston Rockets coach Mike D’Antoni seemed genuinely disappointed his team only attempted 55 3-pointers against the Charlotte Hornets.“I don’t know why we didn’t shoot 60,” D’Antoni quipped. “We passed up about four.”ADVERTISEMENT QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort Read Next LATEST STORIES The Rockets hit some backbreaking clutch shots just before the shot clock expired, including Harden’s 25-footer over Michael Kidd-Gilchrist from the top of the key in the third quarter.Kidd-Gilchrist had worked extremely hard denying Harden a drive and a shot, only to watch the five-time NBA All-Star elevate and drain a jumper in his grill one second before the buzzer sounded.“Harden and Gordon both made a couple of shots where there was just nothing you could do — but that’s just part of playing them,” Hornets coach Steve Clifford said.he Rockets took advantage of the Hornets’ cold shooting in the first half and built a 10-point lead at halftime. The Hornets started the second half on an 8-0 run but could never get the lead and the Rockets pulled away in the fourth quarter.Kemba Walker led the Hornets with 26 points, and Dwight Howard had another strong game with 19 points and 16 rebounds against his former team. It’s the fifth straight game Howard has recorded at least 15 rebounds, a new Hornets record.TIP-INSRockets: Outscored the Hornets 29-16 in the second quarter and held the Hornets to 4 of 22 shooting from the field. … Paul, Nene and Trevor Ariza did not play due to injuries.Hornets: Shot 31.3 percent from the field in the first half. … Howard recorded his 670th career double-double. … Nic Batum, Cody Zeller, Michael Carter-Williams, Treveon Graham and Julyan Stone did not play due to injuries.FOULING HOWARD:Howard’s poor free throw shooting — he was 5 of 15 — cost the Hornets points and momentum. Anderson admitted the Rockets fouled the big man on purpose in the fourth quarter. Howard is now 16 of 40 from the stripe this season, well below his career mark of 56.5 percent. View comments Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC At one point in the second quarter Howard made both free throw attempts — banking the second one off the glass — and crowd erupted in a sarcastic cheer.STAGNANT OFFENSE: Guard Jeremy Lamb, who is starting for Batum, felt like the Hornets got stagnant on offense.“Bigs, we have to do a better job of screening and creating action and creating indecision I guess on the defensive part,” Lamb said. “We didn’t do a good job with the switching.”UP NEXTRockets: At Memphis on Saturday night.Hornets: Host Orlando on Sunday night. Las Vegas marathon moves start line away from shooting scene Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. 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Gordon was 6 of 16 from beyond the arc and had 26 points, while Anderson was 6 of 15 and finished with 21 points.“As soon Eric and I got (to Houston) it felt natural within the offense (to shoot deep 3-pointers) to give James as much space as possible,” Anderson said. “When we catch the ball that far from the basket that is not a shot we’re afraid to take.” Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion
NEW YORK - Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling responded to the NBA’s attempt to oust him, arguing that there is no basis for stripping him of his team because his racist statements were illegally recorded “during an inflamed lovers’ quarrel in which he was clearly distraught.”According to the response, a copy of which was obtained by The Associated Press, Sterling says V. Stiviano recorded him without his knowledge and thus the recording was illegal under California law. He also said he could not have “willfully” damaged the league because he did not know it would be made public.“A jealous rant to a lover never intended to be published cannot offend the NBA rules,” Sterling said in the document, which was first reported by USA Today.Meanwhile, the attorney for Shelly Sterling confirmed that Donald Sterling has given her written permission to sell the team. According to a person who is in contact with a potential bidder, who spoke to the AP on the condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to discuss the process publicly, the Clippers are seeking binding bids before June 4, the day NBA owners are scheduled to meet in New York and vote on whether to strip Sterling of the team.The league said in a statement that if three-quarters of the 30 owners voted to sustain the charge, “the Sterlings’ interests in the Clippers will be terminated and the team will be sold.”The NBA charged Donald Sterling with damaging the league and its merchandising partners, and the league’s constitution gave him until the end of May 27 to respond. According to a basketball official familiar with the proceedings, speaking on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to discuss Sterling, the NBA has scheduled a call of its executive committee for 3 p.m. EDT on Wednesday.Shelly Sterling submitted her own separate response to the NBA’s charges that included a “vigorous response to the attempt by the NBA to blame her for doing nothing wrong,” according to a person with knowledge of the proceedings. The individual wasn’t authorized to speak publicly about the response.In his response, Donald Sterling says that next week’s hearing cannot be fair because the owners have already made up their minds, quoting 10 teams who commented on Twitter or elsewhere that they supported the seizure of the team. An AP survey on the day Commissioner Adam Silver announced Sterling’s lifetime ban found that half of the teams supported it and no owner was against it.“These procedings will be a spectacle meant to mollify the popular opinion, not a fair and impartial hearing: the outcome of these procedings became a foregone conclusion weeks ago,” the response states.The response also notes the disparity between his lifetime ban and $2.5 million fine and previous NBA punishments, including the $100,000 fine levied on Kobe Bryant when he was caught referring to a referee by a homosexual slur, and the 72-game suspension of Ron Artest for punching a fan.The NBA said Sterling is in violation because his racist comments were harmful to the league and its business partners, including the players. Sterling’s response argues that because his comments came in the privacy of his girlfriend’s living room he cannot be considered “taking a position” that damaged the NBA, as required under the league constitution.“Mr. Sterling was not ‘conducting’ the ‘sport of professional basketball’ when he was arguing with Ms. Stiviano in her living room,” the response says. “Not even the Commissioner alleges that Mr. Sterling intended to harm the NBA with his comment. Nor could he. This was an argument between a jealous man and the woman he loved that should never have left the privacy of his living room.”Sterling also noted his history of supporting racial diversity, including five black head coaches and a black general manager, Elgin Baylor, who held the job for 22 years. Baylor eventually unsuccessfully sued Sterling, accusing him of racist behavior. It also notes that he was due to receive his second lifetime achievement award from the NAACP before the recording of his comments was leaked.The response claims that it would cost Sterling $300 million to $500 million in capital gains taxes if he is forced to sell now rather than pass the team to his heirs.(BRIAN MAHONEY and TAMI ABDOLLAH)TweetPinShare0 Shares