News Facebook’s Oversight Board is just a stopgap, regulation urgently needed, RSF says News to go further Help by sharing this information December 22, 2010 – Updated on January 20, 2016 FCC adopts ineffective rules on Net Neutrality United StatesAmericas News Organisation United StatesAmericas NSO Group hasn’t kept its promises on human rights, RSF and other NGOs say WhatsApp blocks accounts of at least seven Gaza Strip journalists The Federal Communications Commission (FCC), a government agency with independent status, voted to adopt an ineffective set of Net Neutrality rules yesterday after more than a year of negotiations with the various parties concerned. The five-member commission’s two Democrats voted with its chairman, Julius Genachowski, in favour of the new rules, while its two Republicans voted against, arguing that only Congress should be able to determine whether and how the Internet is regulated.Genachowski insisted that the new rules defended two essential principles: transparent management of the Internet by Internet Service Providers and a ban on any discrimination in the transmission of content. “Consumers and innovators have a right to send and receive lawful Internet traffic , to go where they want and say what they want online, and to use the devices of their choice,” he said.But the ban on discrimination is limited to content deemed to be “lawful,” leaving the door open to the filtering of “unlawful” websites and the blocking of peer-to-peer transmission. ISPs also continue to able to reach deals with commercial content providers that allow them to deliver their content faster, as Verizon and Google have done (http://en.rsf.org/online-discrimination-in-the-06-08-2010,38103.html).The new rules could also mean the end of unlimited Internet access for the American public and its replacement by payment based on consumption. The FCC is encouraging ISPs to charge according to usage. This would mean, for example, that someone who spends a great deal of time playing online video games, thereby consuming a lot of bandwidth, would pay more than someone who just uses the Internet for email.Genachowski does not see this as undermining the principle of Net Neutrality. President Barack Obama also welcomed the new rules. “Today’s decision will help preserve the free and open nature of the Internet while encouraging innovation, protecting consumer choice, and defending free speech,” Obama said.But Free Press, a non-profit group that defends Net Neutrality, said it was disappointed. “After a year of promises to champion real Net Neutrality, this chairman just pushed through a rule that heavily favours the industry his agency is supposed to regulate, leaving Internet users with minimal protections,” it said.Free Press also criticized the FCC’s decision to apply few of the rules to wireless Internet providers, which have begun to clog the Internet since the development of smartphones. “This proceeding was a squandered opportunity to enact clear, meaningful rules to safeguard the Internet’s level playing field and protect consumers,” Free Press added.Acceptance of the FCC’s rules by the Internet industry is also in doubt. If the big Internet companies are not satisfied, they could file lawsuits challenging the FCC’s authority to regulate broadband Internet and some politicians would back them. June 3, 2021 Find out more April 28, 2021 Find out more News Receive email alerts Follow the news on United States RSF_en June 7, 2021 Find out more
News UpdatesMinor Contradictions Can Not Be A Ground To Discredit Witnesses’ Testimony, Reiterates Supreme Court LIVELAW NEWS NETWORK27 March 2021 10:24 PMShare This – xThe Supreme Court reiterated that only contradictions in material particulars and not minor contradictions can be a ground to discredit the testimony of the witnesses. The bench comprising Justices Sanjay Kishan Kaul and R. Subhash Reddy observed thus while dismissing the appeal filed by murder accused against the Judgment of Karnataka High Court which had reversed…Your free access to Live Law has expiredTo read the article, get a premium account.Your Subscription Supports Independent JournalismSubscription starts from ₹ 599+GST (For 6 Months)View PlansPremium account gives you:Unlimited access to Live Law Archives, Weekly/Monthly Digest, Exclusive Notifications, Comments.Reading experience of Ad Free Version, Petition Copies, Judgement/Order Copies.Subscribe NowAlready a subscriber?LoginThe Supreme Court reiterated that only contradictions in material particulars and not minor contradictions can be a ground to discredit the testimony of the witnesses. The bench comprising Justices Sanjay Kishan Kaul and R. Subhash Reddy observed thus while dismissing the appeal filed by murder accused against the Judgment of Karnataka High Court which had reversed their acquittal by the Trial Court.The bench, referring to the evidence on record, observed that if the depositions of prosecution witnesses are considered along with the documentary evidence on record and medical evidence, it is crystal clear that their evidence is natural, trustworthy and acceptable. The trial court has disbelieved their testimony by referring to some minor contradictions. The court noted that, the witnesses are rustic villagers and incident happened when they were returning to their house after attending the coolie work”This Court, in the case of Narayan Chetanram Chaudhary & Anr. v. State of Maharashtra5 , has considered the minor contradictions in the testimony, while appreciating the evidence in criminal trial. It is held in the said judgment that only contradictions in material particulars and not minor contradictions can be a ground to discredit the testimony of the witnesses.”, the bench added.In Narayan Chetanram Chaudhary, it was observed thus:Only such omissions which amount to contradiction in material particulars can be used to discredit the testimony of the witness. The omission in the police statement by itself would not necessarily render the testimony of witness unreliable. When the version given by the witness in the court is different in material particulars from that disclosed in his earlier statements, the case of the prosecution becomes doubtful and not otherwise. Minor contradictions are bound to appear in the statements of truthful witnesses as memory sometimes plays false and the sense of observation differ from person to person. TThe court therefore dismissed the appeal observing that as the view taken by the trial court was not at all a possible view and the findings run contrary to the evidence on record, the High Court has rightly reversed the judgment of the trial court by convicting the accused.Case: Rajendra @ Rajappa vs State of Karnataka CrA 1438 OF 2011Coram: Justices Sanjay Kishan Kaul and R. Subhash ReddyCounsel: Sr. Adv Kiran SuriCitation: LL 2021 SC 189Click here to Read/Download JudgmentSubscribe to LiveLaw, enjoy Ad free version and other unlimited features, just INR 599 Click here to Subscribe. All payment options available.loading….Next Story
Chelsea striker Abraham breaks Hazard record with trebleby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveChelsea striker Tammy Abraham broke a record held by Eden Hazard in victory at Wolves.He is now the youngest player to score a hat-trick at the club.The 21-year-old was on fire against Wolves, netting his first on the 34-minute mark before bagging two more either side of the half time break.Hazard previously held the record for being the youngest player at Chelsea to score a hat-trick in a professional game against Newcastle back in 2014.But Hazard was 23 at the time in the 3-0 win, meaning Abraham has beaten the record by a staggering two years.Abraham has also become the first English player to score a hat-trick for Chelsea since Frank Lampard all the way back in 2011. About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
Everton boss Silva has three matches to save jobby Paul Vegas14 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveEverton boss Marco Silva has been handed three matches to save his job.The Daily Star says Silva has been told he has the next three matches to save his job on Merseyside.The Portuguese manager has endured a nightmare start to the season with the Toffees, taking just two victories from eight matches played.Everton, at this early point in the season, find themselves in the relegation zone and Silva has been told time is running out.Silva believed he would be sacked during the international break, following Everton’s lacklustre defeat by Burnley.Crisis talks are said to have taken place at Goodison, during which Silva was informed the results of the next three games would have large bearing on his future. TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
TagsTransfersAbout the authorAnsser SadiqShare the loveHave your say Liverpool listening to offers for Lallanaby Ansser Sadiq7 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveLiverpool are willing to listen to offers for midfielder Adam Lallana in the January transfer window.Lallana is one of the favourites of manager Jurgen Klopp, but with the competition for places so intense, especially in midfield, his chances are limited.He has only played one game for the team this term, in the Carabao Cup.Football Insider says the 31-year-old could be moved on this winter or in the summer.The Reds can activate a clause to extend his deal, which expires this summer, by another year.A winter sale is possible, but less likely as the club may not want to weaken boss Klopp’s squad midseason.
OTTAWA – The Liberals are aiming to resolve a constitutional challenge over a retroactive Conservative law that ended a probe into RCMP destruction of gun registry records.Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale says the government is poised to introduce a bill to satisfy concerns raised by information commissioner Suzanne Legault.The long-running saga began in 2012 when Bill Clennett — best known for his 1996 confrontation with then-prime minister Jean Chretien — filed an Access to Information request for long-gun registry data, days before a Conservative bill ending the registry was to take effect.Legault would later allege the RCMP knowingly destroyed registry records in violation of the access law.The former Harper government cleared the Mounties and effectively quashed an investigation into their activities by the Ontario Provincial Police by passing a retroactive law just before Parliament was dissolved in 2015.The omnibus budget bill exempted any “request, complaint, investigation, application, judicial review, appeal or other proceeding under the Access to Information Act or the Privacy Act” related to the old long-gun registry records.It also backdated the law by almost four years to October 2011 when the Conservative legislation to end the registry was first introduced in Parliament.Legault pursued a constitutional challenge on behalf of Clennett, a case that has effectively been in limbo for more than a year.Legault said Thursday during a news conference to discuss her annual report that she hopes the coming Liberal bill “will actually lead towards resolution of that litigation.”Goodale said he couldn’t talk about the content of the legislation before it is tabled, but he added: “We’re anxious to satisfy the expectations of the information commissioner and we’ve been working toward that end.”
In celebration of Mother’s Day, hundreds of corporate and community leaders, celebrities, experts, and every day moms and dads gathered at the New York Times Center to kick off the Global Mom’s Relay with the fourth annual Moms +SocialGood event on May 5, 2016.This yearly, one-of-a-kind event celebrates the power of moms and families, as well as the role of social media in improving the quality of life for children across the globe.The theme for this year’s Moms +SocialGood event – “What do you wish were true for every child, everywhere” – brought to light some challenges faced by children and families with unmet needs, and the uniting desires to see children succeed and mothers be empowered.”Panels featuring experts and influential speakers such as Ambassador Samantha Power, Christy Turlington Burns, Amanda Peet, Kimberly Williams-Paisley, David Muir, Nigel Barker, Juju Chang, Thon Chol, Mari Malek, Lynda Lopez, Alaa Murabit, Dr. Richard Besser, and many more provided insight and guidance on how everyone can turn small actions into successful solutions for creating a better world and a brighter future.The Global Mom Relay, which takes place from May 4 – June 17 2016, is a charitable social media movement that raises funds for the improvement of children’s health and wellbeing through such non-profit organizations as Nothing But Nets, [email protected] Life, Girl Up, Peace Corps Let Girls Learn Fund, and U.S. Fund for UNICEF. The movement is driven by the publication of personal stories from community leaders, influencers and every day moms and dads.This movement allows women of all abilities to act as leaders within their communities. “When [women] feel there is a role to play and an opportunity to engage, there are no limitations,” said Christy Turlington Burns, founder of Every Mother Counts.All women are encouraged to participate through social media sharing and buzz generation using the hashtag #GlobalMomsRelay and #JNJ. Sharing and engagements directly result in charitable donations, giving everyone the opportunity to change lives and support families lives one social media post at a time.
“Over the past year British Columbians have been kept completely in the dark over the mountain caribou issue,” said Peace River North MLA Dan Davies. “One would think, with the minister presiding over a rural part of this province, that he would echo the concerns of all of his constituents. However given his comments over the weekend it seems that the minister is fine visiting his friends in an illegal blockade, but is fearful of British Columbians who have been legitimately asking for information that does and will affect their lives in rural parts of the province.”“The minister talks about a made-in-BC solution, but so far I only see closed-door meetings, cancelled information sessions and postponed promises,” added South Peace River MLA Mike Bernier. “Local MLAs and their constituents are being shut out of a process that should include all voices within the caribou territory, not just those in Victoria. I question how you effectively engage on a plan that does not connect with the local communities that will be most affected.”“The minister claims that his staff did not have all of the information necessary for them to engage with locals and to hear their concerns, and keep cancelling multiple meetings last minute,” remarked Cariboo-Chilcotin MLA Donna Barnett. “This seems like a stretch to me, as they have the information necessary for their supposed made-in-B.C. solution meetings with the federal government and local First Nations. The lack of information is worrying locals who are concerned about not only the sustained health of the caribou population, but the health of other important aspects of rural northern life, like the resource economy and tourism industry.”“People who work and raise their families in rural British Columbia deserve to be part of this process,” said Kootenay East MLA Tom Shypitka. “By refusing to meet them, the minister shows that he really doesn’t care about the opinions of hard-working British Columbians in rural B.C. Preliminary consultations on this have been devoid of local input. Why is the minister keeping British Columbians in the dark on decisions that will directly affect their lifestyle?”Posted by Dan Davies Member of Legislative Assembly to his FB Page, February 19th, 2019“I had the opportunity to pose a few questions to the minister on mountain caribou about the government’s continual cancelled meetings and desire to keep the public in the dark on this critical matter. I have been working with MLA Mike Bernier and other members of the rural caucus to get some answers – well, the minister did a great job at providing NO answers again. He even stated that they would be meeting with the public in early February – we guess what – February 20th isn’t early (no date announced yet!!!) Stay tuned – more to come!” VICTORIA, B.C. – Northern BC Liberal MLAs raised the issue of more cancelled meetings and no answers in the legislature this week on behalf of their constituents.Comments made by the Minister of Forests, Lands, Natural Resources Operations and Rural Development, MLA Dan Davies and other MLA’s and their constituents are feeling frustrated. The government has said a draft version of the caribou recovery plan is expected this month.After more cancelled meetings and no answers, Northern British Columbians are concerned about the future of the mountain caribou, the resource sector and local backcountry use because of limited local engagement and closed-door meetings.
New Delhi: Around 20 passengers on board the Delhi-Bhubaneswar Rajdhani were Sunday taken ill after eating meals served by railways, sources said.A railway spokesperson said doctors at Gomoh station attended to those taken ill and all of them are stable. A doctor at Bokaro also attended to the passengers and as a precaution he is now travelling in the train and checking passengers. “At Tatanagar also doctors will attend. All passengers are well. No one is detrained. Pantry car is also being checked and food samples are collected to investigate the quality of food,” the spokesperson said. The food sample has also been collected by the IRCTC.