RSF urges Canadian government to respect confidentiality of sources in case against VICE reporter

first_img CanadaAmericas Protecting sources Judicial harassment RSF_en Reporters Without Borders (RSF) has joined a coalition of media and civil liberties organizations that will intervene in VICE’s appeal of a March 2016 court ruling ordering its journalist Ben Makuch to hand over all communications between him and an alleged ISIS fighter to the Royal Canadian Mountain Police (RCMP). As oral arguments before the Ontario Court of Appeals are set to begin Monday, RSF calls on the Canadian government to rescind its production order against Makuch, as it constitutes a serious threat to press freedom. Organisation Receive email alerts January 15, 2021 Find out more “We must impose democratic obligations on the leading digital players” The March court ruling ordering Makuch to hand over his materials to the RCMP has a chilling effect on press freedom and sets a dangerous precedent for the independence of journalists, the protection of their sources and the public’s right to know, argues a coalition including RSF, its local partner organizations Canadian Journalists for Free Expression (CJFE), the Canadian Association of Journalists (CAJ), and the Fédération Professionnelle des Journalistes du Québec (FPJQ), as well as several other Canadian media and civil liberties organisations.“The ruling against Makuch, if allowed to stand, would make it easier for Canadian police to obtain notes and recordings from journalists, which is why RSF has chosen to intervene in support of VICE’s appeal said Delphine Halgand, RSF’s North America Director. Canada is currently experiencing a crisis for press freedom. We are deeply concerned for the recent deterioration of the respect for journalists’ independence, the confidentiality of their sources, and their ability to freely do their job without fear of being surveilled, followed, or even arrested.” Makuch’s case is one of many recent incidents that have threatened press freedom in Canada and that have alarmed RSF. Last September, the daily publication Le Journal de Montréal’s headquarters were searched and journalist Michaël Nguyen’s computer was seized after Quebec’s judicial counsel claimed that information he published was obtained illegally from their website. This “breach” of their online security was later debunked when a journalist from La Presse reported that he accessed the same documents without ever encountering any security measures. Last October, Justin Brake, journalist and editor of The Independent, learned he was facing possible trespassing charges for his coverage of protests against the Muskrat Falls hydroelectric project in Labrador. And last October, La Presse’s Patrick Lagacé revealed that he was the subject of Montréal city police surveillance since the beginning of 2016. Days after his revelation, at least 6 other journalists learned that they had been the subject of Quebec provincial police surveillance in 2013.Canada is ranked 18th out of 180 countries in RSF’s 2016 World Press Freedom Index, after falling 10 places in 2015. Help by sharing this information Forum on Information and Democracy 250 recommendations on how to stop “infodemics” November 11, 2020 Find out more News News CanadaAmericas Protecting sources Judicial harassment News February 3, 2017 RSF urges Canadian government to respect confidentiality of sources in case against VICE reporter Follow the news on Canada November 19, 2020 Find out more News On eve of the G20 Riyadh summit, RSF calls for public support to secure the release of jailed journalists in Saudi Arabia to go furtherlast_img read more

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Crooners

first_imgFreshmen Rozzie Crane, Meg Mahowald and Lily Housh performed at Ground Zero on Tuesday night as part of “Fight on For Haiti.” Proceeds from the event went to the American Red Cross. The three girls, all members of the popular music performance program, gave solo performances as well as a group performance. Besides music, there were also painting, photography sculpture and design exhibits.Carlo Acenas | Daily Trojanlast_img

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Ibricic: “Zeljo called me, and I’m always ready for Hajduk”

first_imgThe former player of the national football team of B&H is weighing offers for continuation of his career, and he revealed that Zeljeznicar was the first one to call him.“I broke my contract in Turkey, and now I’m a free player. I’m taking offers, I have couple of options. Zeljeznicar was the first one to call me, but nothing is definite yet,” said Ibricic for dalmatinskiportal.hr, adding that he would be very happy to return to Hajduk.“Everyone is talking about that. So far nobody contacted me, but there is time. We’ll see. I am always ready to put on a white jersey, especially now since there are no more obstacles. I’m free, I’m ready for negotiations with everyone, especially with Hajduk,” added Ibricic.Ibricic was playing for Hajduk from 2008 to 2011.(Source: m.sportsport.ba)last_img read more

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Freshman epee brings ‘la voglia,’ international experience to Temple

first_imgVolunteer assistant coach Melissa Forsythe works primarily with the team’s epees.  No other Temple fencer has competed internationally during the NCAA fencing season.  “I was impressed when I saw her fence for the first time, and after we had several conversations, felt she would be a good fit for us,” Franke said. “Her international experience and results were consistently improving, and she’s very dedicated.” When being recruited during her senior year of high school, Franke told Calderaro she could attend international competitions while also competing with the Owls.  On Nov. 16, 2019, while the Owls were competing at the Penn Elite Meet, Calderaro was competing at an under-20 World Cup event in Italy.  Freshman epee Margherita Calderaro practices with junior epee Marielle Luke at the TU Pavilion on Feb. 27. | JEREMY ELVAS / THE TEMPLE NEWS “La voglia” is part of the reason she decided to come to an American university, so she could go to school and fence, she added.  “It’s not always easy to make these types of decisions,” Calderaro said. “But thanks to the support and help from my coaches, family and teammates, I have been able to do well so far.”  “La voglia” is still Calderaro’s secret to growing as an athlete.  “[Calderaro] came in as a good fencer but has really improved in the time that she’s been here,” Forsythe said. “She’s had to adjust to a new coach, which is tough when you’ve only had one coach your whole fencing career, like she has, but it’s been an adjustment she’s dealt with well.” Calderaro competed with Club Scherma Roma before joining Temple’s team. She finished in sixth place at the 2019 Junior Italian Championship Finals, third at the 2019 Italian Regional and second at the 2018 Cadet Italian Championship Finals. Freshman epee Margherita Calderaro has brought a “wealth of experience” in her first season with Temple University fencing, coach Nikki Franke said.  “Fencing in Italy is more of an individual sport,” Calderaro said. “It is not as much of a team sport like at American universities, even though all the people that I have met at Club Scherma Roma are very close friends of mine.” Calderaro learned to fence because of her father, Michele, who was a modern pentathlete, practicing five different sports: fencing, swimming, horseback riding, shooting and running. Her father signed her up for fencing lessons with his pentathlete friends, she said. To keep her Italian ranking and attend future international competitions, Calderaro needed to attend this specific competition.  Stefano Giommoni, Calderaro’s coach in Italy, taught her the “secret to growth” is “la voglia,” which means “the want,” she said.  “I give my best at everything, at practice, in school and in competitions,” Calderaro said. “I never do anything without putting 100-percent effort into it. With all the effort I put into practicing and getting ready for a competition, I’m quite confident in my abilities.”last_img read more

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Does Wasting Home Heating Make You See (Infra)Red?

first_imgThermographic images also are recognizable for being colorful and distinct. By revealing invisible heat loss and allowing a new way of seeing one’s home, these images have the allure of a new technology. And although thermographic images have been around for some time, IRT cameras are becoming more common and inexpensive.Portable versions made to be a smart phone accessory retail for $250, compared with the $14,000 price that professionals had to pay only 10 years ago. Now a collection of 10 neighbors could purchase one to share for only $25 each. But to get the most out of it, they would need to learn how to use it well. Professional thermographers know sophisticated techniques and understand the limitations of the technology.One limitation of IRT for home assessment is that it requires at least a 30-degree difference between indoor and outdoor temperatures to work best. Without such a difference, the heat loss through the structure may not be apparent. This is why Vancouver’s pilot is being run over the winter.Programs like Vancouver’s are further limited by only capturing images of a home’s front and side, which won’t reveal heat loss from other areas. This approach is a result of using car-mounted cameras to scan entire neighborhoods, but it may produce false negatives. For example, a scanned home may appear to have no heat loss if heat was primarily leaking from the back of the building.The primary purpose of the pilot is to test a variety of approaches, including comparing homeowner response to letters with IRT images to those without to see if the images motivate more residents to take action. According to Chris Higgins, Green Building Planner with the City of Vancouver, they are testing a variety of approaches in the pilot and will have public results available in spring of 2018. Infrared thermographyVancouver’s program is based on infrared thermography (IRT) of each of the 15,000 homes. IRT is a way of taking pictures that show the heat emitted from objects. This creates an image of temperatures, warm and cold, instead of the colors and shadows that we see with our naked eyes or in standard photography. This is great way to find areas of heat loss in a home, essentially providing a guide to the parts of a home that cause discomfort and require the furnace, boiler, or air conditioning system to work harder and consume more energy to meet temperature demands. Thermography can also reveal materials with water damage, since those hold heat differently than dry materials. Mimicking the solar contagion effectThe neighborhood sweep approach for this program brings an additional component to efficiency marketing: social norms and peer pressure. By focusing on an entire neighborhood at a time and publicly sharing that approach (though not publicly sharing information about individual homes), the program has a greater chance of building on word of mouth and social norms for the neighborhood.Neighborhood thermography could support growth of efficiency efforts similar to that produced by the solar contagion effect. Also, as real estate listings continue to capture more information about homes and home energy, thermal imaging could provide a new aspect of information about neighborhoods and individual homes.To improve the social norm impact of thermal imaging programs, we would recommend adding an image of a high-performing home as a point of comparison. This would help define what’s possible and highlight the deficiencies in the current home. Ideally, this high-performing home image could be drawn from the same neighborhood. This would require getting the high-performing homeowner’s permission, of course, but would create an opportunity to highlight champions in the neighborhood and engage the early adopters who may not have much interest in the program otherwise.Home energy efficiency will never have a silver bullet that engages all residents. Rather, moving the market requires what energy mavens have long called “silver buckshot,” a variety of approaches that solve a variety of problems. Thermography-based programs may help reach more households, or different households, by providing a personalized, visually striking analysis of people’s homes. The economicsVancouver’s pilot program will cost approximately $6 per home. The question is, how much will it drive energy-upgrade actions among those homeowners? Essess, the company delivering the program for Vancouver, has performance results from similar programs in the past. According to a 2015 Navigant study, a similar program resulted in 3.8% of households responding to a mailer containing a thermographic image of their home. This response rate was two to four times greater than the usual response rates of other utility programs.If we assume that 2% of homeowners, or roughly half of those who respond, take action and are converted into project leads, then the Vancouver program works out to have a cost of roughly $300 per project lead. A cost of $300 per lead is common for the home improvement industry, or maybe even a little low. If those homeowners take actions that work out to an average of $1,000 in activity on each home, either by hiring contractors or by spending equivalent sums to do it themselves, then this campaign would generate roughly $300,000 in economic activity — a three-to-one multiplier for the program costs. Higgins says that if the pilot results in a $300 cost to get residents to take action, they’d consider that a success. An Introduction to Thermal ImagingTurning a Smartphone Into a Thermal Imaging DeviceFlir Updates Thermal ImagerQ&A: How to Get the Best Out of a Thermal Imaging VisitQ&A: Is Thermal Imaging Accurate? Have you ever wanted X-ray vision, or to see the hidden features of your home? The City of Vancouver has launched a new effort to make energy use more visible to its residents, complete with rainbow-colored images of their homes that show details invisible to the naked eye. Using thermal imaging to show heat loss in roughly 15,000 homes in five neighborhoods, Vancouver aims to help residents uncover wasted energy.The allure of invisibility has been with us for a long time. Stories ancient and modern have explored the idea, introducing us to Harry Potter’s cloak, James Bond’s invisible car, and of course Frodo’s ring. But some things are already invisible in ways that create real problems. Homeowners want energy-efficient homes, but they can’t easily tell the difference between an efficient and inefficient home. The invisibility of energy use creates transparency problems in the market, and these problems are starting to be addressed in a variety of ways. What this means for the industryResearch has shown that a direct mail campaign using a house list (an internal mailing list for existing customers) has an average response rate of 3.7%. Given that the city has an existing relationship with its residents, the 3.7% response rate for “existing customers” should be a fair comparison baseline for IRT-enhanced direct mail.The average response rate research comes from a 2015 report from the Data & Marketing Association, chosen since the Navigant study referenced above was also from 2015. Since regular direct mail for house lists had a nearly identical response rate to the IRT-enhanced outreach in 2015, it will be useful for the industry to see Vancouver’s pilot results with a direct control group.If the response rates remain the same, this may imply that the primary benefit of thermography programs is in the personalized approach they deliver for each home, more than the thermography itself. Whether the specific analysis or the colorful pictures drive more residents to take action remains to be seen. Essess has been working on improving how it delivers its services, and the Navigant study is several years old. Moreover, having cities lead efforts like Vancouver’s may produce very different results from having utilities lead such efforts, given that residents’ trust relationships can be very different with city governments and utilities.Measuring the success of the Vancouver program should provide important insights into what this approach can deliver.The other question is not just whether thermography programs can reach more homes, but whether they can reach different homes. Does the highly visual image, with its new-technology glamour, reach a different audience from traditional efficiency marketing? If so, then the number of homes reached could remain comparable to other programs but still represent a major breakthrough. RELATED ARTICLES Jacob Corvidae is a manager in the Rocky Mountain Institute’s Buildings Practice. © 2017 Rocky Mountain Institute. Published with permission. Originally posted on RMI Outlet.last_img read more

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10 months agoPSG midfielder Rabiot considers Liverpool after ‘several conversations’

first_imgPSG midfielder Rabiot considers Liverpool after ‘several conversations’by Freddie Taylor10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveLiverpool have held several conversations with imminent free agent Adrien Rabiot.The midfielder will be out of contract with PSG at the end of the season and is currently free to negotiate with foreign clubs.Barcelona have reportedly been leading the race for Rabiot’s signature, despite the Spanish giants releasing a statement denying they had tapped up the 23-year-old.But according to French publication L’Equipe, Liverpool are also seriously being considered by Rabiot, who has held talks with Jurgen Klopp and his team on a number of occasions.PSG have resigned to losing Rabiot and could sell him this month rather than lose him on a free in the summer. TagsTransfersAbout the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

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Ont bans doortodoor sales for certain products telcos charities exempted

first_imgTORONTO – The days of answering your doorbell to find someone hawking duct-cleaning services or a new furnace will be over for Ontarians when a new law comes into effect on Thursday, but it won’t stop telecommunications companies, home maintenance services or charities from knocking on doors.The province’s ban on unsolicited, door-to-door sales covers most heating, air and water services, but the MPP who pushed for it said it stops short of encompassing companies in other sectors because they don’t all fall under provincial jurisdiction or generate as many complaints with Consumer Protection Ontario.“Telecoms are under the jurisdiction of the federal government…Charities who come to the door presumably aren’t selling anything so the legislation can’t apply to them,” said Etobicoke Centre MPP Yvan Baker. “Home-maintenance services theoretically could be captured under this legislation, but I focused on the products where we by far received the most complaints.”Data provided to the Canadian Press from the Ministry of Government and Consumer Services revealed door-to-door heating, air and water services sales collectively generated 7,058 “complaints, incidents and inquiries” in the last three years. Servicing and sales of water heaters, water treatment devices and purifiers and furnaces had the most complaints.Baker introduced the private members bill that shaped the door-to-door sales legislation in 2016 because of constituent complaints.“I heard from far too many seniors and also concerned constitutions of all ages, who have been taken advantage of by coercive and misleading salespeople on their own doorsteps and in their own homes,” he said. “It was beyond reprehensible that there were individuals that ran a business model based on taking advantage of people, especially vulnerable people.”He said consumers will be protected with the new law because if someone signs a contract after being approached by a company through door-to-door sales, the agreement will be automatically considered void and the buyer can keep the goods or services they were sold without obligation.The legislation specifically targets the door-to-door sales of furnaces, air conditioners, air cleaners, air purifiers, water heaters, water treatment devices, water purifiers, water filters, water softeners, duct cleaning services or any good or service that performs or combines one or more of the above functions.The law offers a 10-day cooling-off period for customers to cancel contracts they signed in their home without penalties and will force businesses to keep records of how contact with each customer was made.It also bans companies who visit homes for repairs from trying to sell new contracts while on maintenance calls, but allows them to hand out promotional materials on such trips. Company staff can only discuss new contracts on a visit if their employer sought prior approval from the customer when arranging the house call.Individuals who violate the law will risk a fine of up to $50,000 or imprisonment for up to two years, less a day, or both. Corporations will face a fine of up to $250,000.Baker said he was confident the fines would be a deterrent and added that he would be willing to push for the legislation to be broadened to more types of businesses that fall under provincial jurisdiction if there is an uptick in concerns around them.He said, “If we have a large number of complaints the federal government should study that and consider taking action.”Note to readers: This is a corrected story. An earlier version stated that violators would face incremental fines.last_img read more

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Sami Khedira signs a new twoyear deal at Juventus

first_imgJuventus have announced that Sami Khedira has signed a new two-year contract with the option to extend it by another 12 monthsThe German midfielder’s previous deal was due to expire at the end of the current campaign.Due to his expiring contract, Khedira had been heavily linked with an exit from Turin with MLS clubs allegedly keeping close tabs on the situation.Paris Saint-Germain boss Thomas Tuchel also suggested that he would welcome the chance to sign his compatriot for the Ligue 1 giants.But the 31-year-old has now signed off his best remaining years to Juventus.“It’s official! Sami Khedira will be a Juventus player until 2021 after signing a new two-year extension, with the option of a third year,” read a statement.Mario Mandzukic, JuventusJuventus confirm Mario Mandzukic could leave this month Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Sporting director Fabio Paratici confirmed reports that Mario Mandzukic could leave Juventus for a move to an unnamed Qatari team.Khedira will be 34 by the time his new contract at Juventus expires.The former Real Madrid midfielder has managed 20 goals and 14 assists in 113 games across all competitions for Juventus.Juve e @SamiKhedira: la storia continua ?? Il centrocampista ?? ha rinnovato fino al 2️⃣0️⃣2️⃣1️⃣ ?https://t.co/4YqPLIITkK #ForzaJuve pic.twitter.com/SlXLL3d4nK— JuventusFC (@juventusfc) September 12, 2018last_img read more

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Ibrahimovic congratulates Toronto for being his 500th goal victim

first_imgThe LA Galaxy and Swedish striker scored his 500th goal in his career, joining Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo as the third best active scorer in the worldLA Galaxy forward Zlatan Ibrahimovic scored his 500th career goal on Saturday against Canadian club Toronto.The Swedish footballer is playing with Los Angeles in the Major League Soccer (MLS) in the United States.Even after his team lost 5-3 against Toronto, Zlatan was able to score a goal, and now is congratulating the Canadian squad for being on the receiving side of his shots.“I am happy for Toronto because they will be remembered as my 500th victim,” he told reporters as echoed by Four Four Two.“I was close to the goal. It reminds me of a goal I did in Ajax. It came from a cross and I turned around and hit it. I was just trying to hit the goal and it went in.”Lionel Messi, Paul PogbaPaul Pogba has spoken to Lionel Messi over his future Andrew Smyth – September 10, 2019 Manchester United star Paul Pogba had a chat with Lionel Messi, Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Zinedine Zidane and many others over his future, says his brother.“I mean, from my personal objective, it’s fantastic. I probably have more goals than the guys on the field have games together. Of course, it’s huge,” he continued.“I don’t know how many have scored 500 goals in their career, but I am one of them and if would feel nicer if we win the game but still, I did it so there is nothing I will hide from.”Ibrahimovic joins Barcelona’s Lionel Messi and Juventus’ Cristiano Ronaldo, as three of the active players in the world with more than 500 goals.500 pic.twitter.com/EObuJwoaMA— Zlatan Ibrahimović (@Ibra_official) September 16, 2018last_img read more

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