BAHAMAS Office of DPP to Serve as a Deterrent to Official Corruption

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#Bahamas, November 3, 2017 – Nassau – The creation of an Independent Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) will be one of the most important advances in the modern Bahamas in combating official corruption as it puts public officials, both elected and non-elected, on “notice” that if they engage in corrupt practices, they will face legal consequences, Prime Minister, Dr. the Hon. Hubert A. Minnis told Parliament Thursday.The Independent Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions is to be staffed by independent professionals.“This is a new day for The Bahamas,” Prime Minister Minnis said.   “The creation of this Office is one of the most important advances in the modern Bahamas in combating official corruption which became rampant in our country.“For too long, we have turned a blind eye to official corruption which has drained our country of many hundreds of millions, if not more, of public funds.  Official corruption retards and hinders national development and our progress as a country.“The massive corruption of the last five years was a shameful, national disgrace which should never be allowed to happen again in our country.   This critical legislation is designed to serve as a deterrent.   It is designed to limit and to prosecute such corruption,” Prime Minister Minnis added.Prime Minister Minnis said that, in his welcome remarks at a recent Commonwealth Law Ministers and Senior Officials Meeting held in New Providence, he told delegates that corruption is a crime and a violation of public trust.“Moreover, the net effect of corruption is to siphon off valuable state resources that could be used to assist in development and improve the lives of citizens.   I stated that we are amending our Constitution to enshrine the Office of an Independent Director of Public Prosecutions – which was one of the recommendations of our Constitutional Commission and one of the commitments made by this Government.“I also stated that I was proud to announce that one of the pillars of my Administration’s governing mandate was ‘no tolerance’ for official corruption.   We are demonstrating that such activities will be vigorously investigated, prosecuted and punished,” Prime Minister Minnis said.By: Matt Maura (BIS) Related Items: Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApplast_img read more

Antisurveillance clothes foil cameras by making you look like a car

first_img Share your voice Enlarge ImageDesigner Kate Rose in a dress that features excerpts from the Fourth Amendement.  Kate Rose A new clothing line lets you camouflage yourself as a car to mess with surveillance cameras. The garments in the Adversarial Fashion collection are covered with license plate images that trigger automated license plate readers, or ALPRs, to inject junk data into systems used to monitor and track civilians. ALPRs — which are typically mounted on street poles, streetlights, highway overpasses and mobile trailers — use networked surveillance cameras and image recognition to track license plate numbers, along with location, date and time. Hacker and fashion designer Kate Rose showed off her inaugural line at the DefCon cybersecurity conference in Las Vegas over the weekend. It was inspired by a conversation with a friend who works at the Electronic Frontier Foundation about the “low specificity” or inaccuracy of a lot of plate readers on police cars. The Adversarial Fashion garments, she said, highlight the need to make computer-controlled surveillance less invasive and harder to use without human oversight. “A person walking along the sidewalk or in a crosswalk is often close enough, as the readers take in a pretty large visual field, and have … problems with specificity.” The line is conceptual, she said, “but I worked pretty hard to make sure that it can work on the street in daylight.” The collection includes shirts, hoodies, jackets, dresses and skirts covered in modified license plate images and other circuitry patterns. Some of the garb features wording from the Fourth Amendment in bold yellow letters written over separate license plates made to look like the kind you see on vintage California cars: “The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated and no warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized.”  The garments range in price from $25 (about £21, AU$37) for a crop top to $50 (about £41, AU$74) for a unisex bomber jacket. When picking a size, you’ll need to consider not only fit, but maximum readability. jacketEnlarge Image Adversarial Fashion “For the pattern to have a maximum effect, it’s ideal for the fabric to hang straight so that the text is not excessively warped,” all product descriptions read. “For this reason, you may want to consider sizing up if you intend for it to read in to ALPRs effectively.”   Rose, who’s organized civic hackathons across the US, isn’t the first designer to come up with wearables meant to flip off surveillance cameras. Artist Leo Selvaggio created a 3D-printed rubber mask aimed at foiling surveillance cameras by making everyone look like the same person — him. It started as an Indiegogo campaign and now sells for $200 (about £165, AU$296). And artist Adam Harvey created a hoodie and burqa designed to ward off the eyes of drones. They’re made with a metalized fabric meant to thwart thermal imaging, and they work by reflecting heat and masking the person underneath from the thermal eye of a drone. The Adversarial Fashion website also includes DIY resources such as APIs and image-editing tools for those interested in designing their own anti-surveillance fashion. Rose says there’s never been a better time to design such garb. “I can prototype single pieces in a way I couldn’t afford to even a few years ago,” she says, “and have designs made to order, reducing the price and improving the accessibility of an experimental design.” 13 Commentscenter_img Tags Culture Security Roadshowlast_img read more

Mukesh Ambanis firm ditches siblings RCom in spectrum sale deal

first_imgA headline spectrum sale deal between the companies of Ambani siblings has hit a major hurdle as telecom authorities have refused to approve the transaction that had the green light of the apex court.The Depart of Telecommunication (DoT) decision on the Rs 25,000 crore deal is a major blow to Anil Ambani’s Reliance Communications (RCom), which saw the sale as a lifeline to pare its debt burden down to Rs 18,000 crore.DoT refused to approve the deal after Mukesh Ambani’s Reliance Jio in a letter on Friday refused to take responsibility for the past dues that the younger brother’s company owed the government, reports say.DoT has taken that stand that the trading rules clearly says it can ask both the parties of a spectrum sale deal or any one of them to pay the dues. As Jio imposed conditions to its commitment, DoT officials say, they cannot accept it as it goes against the guidelines.The rejection of the deal means a setback to RCom’s efforts to settle outstanding dues of about Rs 550 crore with Swedish telecom equipment maker Ericsson, which is nearly due.The Supreme Court had set a December 15 deadline for payment to Ericsson which RCom missed. The foreign firm could reinstitute insolvency proceedings against the company besides the revival of contempt of court petition against its chairman Anil Ambani.The Supreme Court order had directed DoT to approve the spectrum deal accepting a Rs 1,400 crore corporate guarantee, instead of the bank guarantee that DoT sought, as well as a piece of land as collateral from an RCom subsidiary to cover the spectrum user charge of Rs 2,947 crore, which RCom disputes.DoT took the view that in case of any issue with RCom corporate guarantee or land parcel, Jio being the buyer, would have to make the payments. But Jio has refused to give the undertaking to pick up the tab.In its letter, Jio claims the spectrum trading agreement on 122.4 MHz spectrum sale stipulates that RCom will provide bank guarantees to DoT for all disputed claims.The agreement struck in late 2017 was central to its plan to manage its Rs 46,000-crore debt.last_img read more

Trump drops twostate Mideast deal

first_imgUS President Donald Trump and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu hold a meeting in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington, DC. Photo:AFPUS President Donald Trump shelved Washington’s years-long quest for a two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict Wednesday, saying he would back a single state if it led to peace.The new president warmly welcomed Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to the White House and hailed the “unbreakable” bond between their countries.And while he urged Netanyahu to “hold back” from building Jewish settlements for a “little bit,” Trump broke with international consensus insisting on a future that included a Palestinian state alongside Israel.“So I’m looking at two-state and one-state, and I like the one that both parties like. I’m very happy with the one that both parties like,” he said. “I can live with either one.”Trump said he had thought a two-state solution “looked like it may be the easier of the two. But honestly, if Israel and the Palestinians are happy, I’m happy with the one they like the best.”This change in the US stance was calculated to please Netanyahu and his right-wing coalition.“I think the Palestinians have to get rid of some of that hate that they’re taught from a very young age,” Trump said, echoing Netanyahu’s argument that the Palestinians are not ready for peace.Netanyahu had warm words for the Israeli-US alliance, and hammered home his own prerequisites for peace.“First, the Palestinians must recognize the Jewish state. They have to stop calling for Israel’s destruction,” he said.“Second, in any peace agreement, Israel must retain the overriding security control over the entire area west of the Jordan River.”This region contains the entire West Bank area that would represent the heart of any Palestinian state as conceived in all previous international agreements.Arab capitalsThe previous US administration of Barack Obama had warned Israel that if it did not reach a two-state deal with the Palestinians, it would never reach an accommodation with the Arab world.But Netanyahu insisted he was already developing closer security ties with his Sunni neighbors, who share Israel’s concerns about Iranian subversion and “radical Islam.”And he urged Trump’s administration to get on board.“For the first time in the life of my country, Arab countries in the region do not see Israel as an enemy, but increasingly as an ally,” he told Trump.“I believe that under your leadership, this change in our region creates an unprecedented opportunity to strengthen security and advance peace.”In a joint statement, the two sides proclaimed “a new day” in US-Israel relations and that there was “no daylight” between them.Whatever the view in Cairo and Riyadh, the shift in Washington’s position, which was revealed overnight by a White House official, triggered Palestinian despair and consternation in international capitals.The second-ranking official in the Palestine Liberation Organization, Saeb Erekat, denounced it as an attempt to “bury the two-state solution and eliminate the state of Palestine.”And he implicitly warned Israelis that any single nation that emerged would not be specifically Jewish.“There’s only one alternative,” he told a news conference. “A single democratic state that guarantees the rights of all: Jews, Muslims and Christians.”Victory cryThe new US message deliberately echoed the long-standing Israeli position: no peace deal can be imposed from outside and the agenda for talks must reflect the reality on the ground.Naftali Bennett, the right-wing leader of the hardline Jewish Home party and an opponent of any Palestinian state, cried victory.“A new era. New ideas. No need for third Palestinian state beyond Jordan and Gaza. Big day for Israelis and reasonable Arabs,” he tweeted. “Congrats.”But Trump’s decision flew in the face of an international consensus that any final status agreement must be based on a return to Israel’s 1967 border—albeit with land swaps.Just five days before Trump’s January 20 inauguration, the United States was among 70 countries to endorse this vision at a peace conference in Paris.One month before that, Obama’s UN ambassador allowed a Security Council motion that criticized Israeli settlement building to pass without the usual US veto.Addressing a US-Israeli conference in December, the then secretary of state John Kerry called settlements a “barrier” to progress.Under Trump, that vision appears dead, and Washington has aligned itself with Netanyahu’s government and its supporters in the right-wing settler movement.After the White House talks, Netanyahu met with US congressional leaders in the US Capitol, where he addressed Trump’s call to slow settlement expansion.“I think we’ll try to find a common understanding that is consistent with the pursuit of peace and security,” he said.Speaking in Cairo after talks with Egypt’s President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, UN chief Antonio Guterres warned that “everything must be done” to preserve the two-state solution.France, which organized the January peace conference, was also unimpressed.Its UN ambassador Francois Delattre told reporters “our commitment to the two-state solution is stronger than ever.”Trump has tapped son-in-law Jared Kushner and lawyer Jason Greenblatt to lead peace efforts.Netanyahu had dinner Tuesday with Kushner—a long-time family friend—and Secretary of State Rex Tillerson.last_img read more

Road accident kills 5 in Indias Telangana

first_imgFive people including a groom were killed and three others seriously injured on Friday when the vehicle they were travelling in hit a tree in Telangana’s Khanam district, police said.The accident took place when the wedding party was en route to the groom’s home in Warangal district from the bride’s residence in Tadepalligudem, Andhra Pradesh.As the car reached Pallipadu, the driver reportedly dozed off and lost control over the steering. The car rammed then into the tree, the police said.The injured included the bride.last_img

Italy says France Malta agreed to host 50 rescued migrants each

first_imgMigrants intercepted aboard three dinghies off the coast in the Strait of Gibraltar, are led by Spanish civil guards after arriving on a rescue boat at the port of Tarifa, southern Spain on 14 July 2018. Photo: ReutersFrance and Malta have agreed to host 50 people each, responding to a request for help sent by Italy after it took part in the rescue of 450 migrants from an overcrowded ship in the Mediterranean, Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte said.Other European countries will also take some of the asylum seekers, Conte added in a message posted on his official Facebook profile on Saturday.”This is the first important result obtained after a day of phone calls and written exchanges I have had with all 27 European leaders,” Conte said.Maltese Prime Minister Joseph Muscat confirmed that his tiny Mediterranean island would accept 50 people. “Malta not only demands but offers solidarity,” he tweeted.French officials could not immediately be reached for comment.Earlier on Saturday a ship operated by EU border agency Frontex and a vessel owned by Italy’s tax police picked up some 450 migrants near the Italian island of Linosa and more than 100 nautical miles from Malta. Valletta had rejected pressure from Rome on Friday to rescue them.Conte posted the text of two separate letters he sent to European heads of state and government and to the presidents of the European Commission and the European Council.”We have to act together with urgency to face this complex and very sensitive situation,” Conte wrote in one letter.Conte also called for further measures to tackle illegal immigration, including pan-EU rules for private boats rescuing migrants, a strengthening of Frontex and talks with the United Nations on centres for asylum seekers outside Europe.BURDEN SHARINGConte said Italy would take some of the rescued migrants if other countries also agreed to share the burden.Italy’s far-right Interior Minister Matteo Salvini, who is leading a high-profile campaign to exclude humanitarian rescue ships from Italian ports, had insisted earlier on Saturday that the migrants could not land in Italy.Eight of the migrants who needed medical assistance were taken to the Italian island of Lampedusa for treatment.Salvini and Conte agreed by phone on Saturday there were three possible options, a source at the premier’s office said.”The migrants could be distributed immediately among European countries, or Italy would contact Libya to send them back to where they came from,” the source said.A third option would be to leave the migrants on the ships temporarily while their asylum requests are considered, the source added.Libyan officials ruled out helping Rome on the matter.”No, we will not accept any illegal migrants after they are rescued by rescue ships…,” the spokesman of Libya’s coastguard, Ayob Qassem, told Reuters.Under international law, refugees cannot be returned to a place where their lives are in danger. Both the United Nations and EU have ruled that Libya is not safe, though Salvini this week asked EU interior ministers to change that status. German, Austrian and French ministers agreed it could be done, Salvini said.last_img read more

Confronting the Horrific Legacy of Lynching in Maryland

first_imgBy AFRO StaffThe last recorded lynching in the state of Maryland occurred Oct. 18, 1933, when George Armwood, a 23-year-old laborer was murdered in Princess Anne on the state’s Eastern Shore. The heinous details of Armwood’s murder horrified the state’s Black community and galvanized the burgeoning civil rights community. Armwood was just one of dozens of Black men, women and children who were the victims of White terrorist murder in Maryland over the centuries.“Lynching in Maryland: The Journey from Truth to Reconciliation,” is a conference that will confront that grim history of lynchings in Maryland.The conference will take place Oct. 13, at the Reginald F. Lewis Museum, located at 830 E. Pratt St. Registration for the conference begins at 9:30 a.m., with a start time of 9:45 a.m. The conference concludes at 1 p.m. It will coincide with the 85th anniversary of Armwood’s murder.Between the end of the Civil War and the beginning of World War II, more than 4,000 Black Americans were lynched in the United States; at least 40 of those were in Maryland.Lynching in Maryland: The Journey from Truth to Reconciliation conference will be moderated by Dr. Kaye Wise Whitehead, host of Today With Dr. Kaye, on WEAA-FM, professor at Loyola University and a columnist for the Baltimore AFRO-American Newspaper.Speakers include: Rev. Dr. Frances “Toni” Draper, AFRO CEO and Publisher; Evan Milligan, Equal Justice Initiative; Billy Murphy, Murphy, Falconer and Murphy, attorney for Freddy Gray family; Ben Jealous, Democratic candidate for Governor; Dr. Nicholas Creary, Bowie State University; Ryan Cox, MD State Archives; Jim Wyda, Federal Public Defender; Jake Day, Mayor of Salisbury, Md.; Dan Rodricks, Baltimore Sun columnist; David Armenti, MD Historical Society and Joseline Peña-Melnyk, Md. State Delegate.last_img read more

Pandora Hires PR Vet Heidi AnneNoel

first_imgPandora announced today that it has named veteran music PR exec Heidi Anne-Noel as its new senior manager of communications. According to the announcement, in her new role she will oversee music communications strategy and outreach to the music press and music business community. She will be based in Pandora’s New York City offices.Anne-Noel joins Pandora from the independent publicity firm Press Here, where she worked with such artists as I’m With Her, Good Charlotte, Switchfoot and White Panda, among others. She also spent several years Capitol Records, where she rose to VP and was instrumental in Katy Perry’s rise. “Heidi Anne-Noel has been Katy Perry’s stellar publicist at Capitol Records ever since Katy signed there in 2007,” Perry manager Martin Kirkup said in 2014. “She is one of the finest PR people we have ever had the pleasure of working with.” While at Capitol she also worked with Capital Cities, Sky Ferreira, Anita Baker and others. ×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. Rapunzel, Mulan, Ariel,Tiana, Sleeping Beauty and Jasmine all got some love from the Disney stars.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpJennifer Lopez Shares How She Became a Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15 She got her start in the business at the esteemed music publicity firm Girlie Action, working with such artists as Fischerspooner, Peaches, The Faint, Rilo Kiley, Bjork, Marianne Faithfull, Good Charlotte and Kelly Osbourne.center_img Popular on Variety last_img read more