Australian courts unconcerned by press freedom, protection of sources

first_imgNews April 16, 2020 Australian courts unconcerned by press freedom, protection of sources Disturbing legal precedent News News RSF_en AustraliaAsia – Pacific Protecting journalistsProtecting sources WhistleblowersJudicial harassment The court nonetheless said the federal police could keep and continue to use the documents seized during the raid, the real aim of which was to identify a source. Worse still, the court only took a position on the way the warrant was worded. None of the judges expressed an opinion on the legality of a raid carried out with the aim of identifying a reporter’s or news organization’s sources. The decision was therefore a Pyrrhic victory. The court’s seven judges ruled that the warrant used by the federal police to search reporter Annika Smethurst’s home in Canberra on 4 June 2019 was invalid because if failed to properly specify the alleged offence justifying the raid. The decision was issued in response to a challenge by Smethurst’s employer, News Corp. February 22, 2021 Find out more Undermined Help by sharing this information January 21, 2021 Find out more This in effect means that police officers can at any time and with complete legality swoop on any Australian journalist’s home and search it from top to bottom because of an article they wrote. News Corp journalist Annika Smethurst, whose home was raided by federal police. (photo: courtesy of Dominic Lorrimer / SMH). The legal precedents set by both of these cases are especially fraught with consequences because Australia’s constitutional law contains no guarantees for press freedom. Australia is ranked 21st out of 180 countries in RSF’s 2019 World Press Freedom Index.center_img In response to ABC’s legal challenge, a federal court finally ruled on 17 February that the warrant used in this raid was legal, thereby further undermining the legal guarantees for the protection of journalists’ sources in Australia. Receive email alerts Follow the news on Australia AustraliaAsia – Pacific Protecting journalistsProtecting sources WhistleblowersJudicial harassment November 19, 2020 Find out more to go further Reporters Without Borders (RSF) deplores the fact that, although Australia’s high court ruled yesterday that the warrant used to search a reporter’s home in 2019 was invalid, its judges continue to recognize that the police have a right to violate the confidentiality of journalists’ sources. RSF condemns Facebook’s blocking of journalistic content in Australia Bastard added: “In the light of this particularly disturbing judicial precedent, it is high time that Australia’s legislators established clear legal guarantees for press freedom and the protection of whistleblowers.” Google experiments drop Australian media from search results “In its ruling, the high court made no reference to press freedom and the protection of sources although they are at the very core of this case,” said Daniel Bastard, the head of RSF’s Asia-Pacific desk. “The judges told the federal police they did their job badly but, at the same time, they have given them the right to violate journalists’ sources again.” The search of Smethurst’s home was followed the next day by a federal police raid on the Sydney headquarters of the national public broadcaster ABC , in which the police searched computers, email accounts and data storage devices in an attempt to identify the sources that two journalists, Sam Clark and Dan Oakes, used for report about the alleged role of Australia’s Special Forces in the deaths of civilians in Afghanistan. News Organisation On eve of the G20 Riyadh summit, RSF calls for public support to secure the release of jailed journalists in Saudi Arabialast_img read more

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Pasadena Police Department Receives Grant for Special Traffic Enforcement and Crash Prevention

first_imgGovernment Pasadena Police Department Receives Grant for Special Traffic Enforcement and Crash Prevention Published on Wednesday, October 28, 2015 | 2:48 pm Community News Business News Pasadena Will Allow Vaccinated People to Go Without Masks in Most Settings Starting on Tuesday EVENTS & ENTERTAINMENT | FOOD & DRINK | THE ARTS | REAL ESTATE | HOME & GARDEN | WELLNESS | SOCIAL SCENE | GETAWAYS | PARENTS & KIDS Name (required)  Mail (required) (not be published)  Website  More Cool Stuff Get our daily Pasadena newspaper in your email box. Free.Get all the latest Pasadena news, more than 10 fresh stories daily, 7 days a week at 7 a.m. Make a comment faithfernandez More » ShareTweetShare on Google+Pin on PinterestSend with WhatsApp,Virtual Schools PasadenaHomes Solve Community/Gov/Pub SafetyPasadena Public WorksPasadena Water and PowerPASADENA EVENTS & ACTIVITIES CALENDARClick here for Movie Showtimes Top of the News center_img Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked * Pasadena Police Department has been awarded a $309.000.00 grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety (OTS) for a year-long program of special enforcements and public awareness efforts to prevent traffic-related deaths and injuries. Pasadena Police Department will use the funding as part of the City’s ongoing commitment to keep roadways safe and improve the quality of life through both enforcement and education.Over the course of the past three years, col I i si ons have claimed 23 lives and resulted in 1982 injury crashes harming 2776 of our friends and neighbors” said Pasadena Police Chief Phil Sanchez. This OTS grant gives us additional tools to try and combat these alarming figures.After falling dramatically between 2006 and 2010, the number of persons killed and injured in traffic collisions has been slowly rising. Particularly alarming are recent increases in pedestrian and bicycle fatalities, the growing dangers of distracting technologies, and the emergence of drug-impaired driving as a major problem. This grant funding will provide opportunities to combat these and other devastating problems such as drunk driving, speeding, and crashes at intersections.“Overall, California’s roadways are among the safest in the nation,” said OTS Director Rhonda Craft. “But to meet future mobility, safety, and accessible transportation objectives, we have to reverse this recent trend in order to reach our common goal — zero deaths on our roadways. The Office of Traffic Safety and the Pasadena Police Department want to work with everyone to create a culture of traffic safety across Pasadena and the State.”Activities that the grant will fund include:• DUI checkpoints• DUI saturation patrols• Motorcycle safety enforcement• Distracted driving enforcement• Bicycle and pedestrian safety enforcement• Speed, red light, and stop sign enforcement• Specialized DUI and drugged driving training such as Standardized Field Sobriety Testing (SFST), Advanced Roadside Impaired Driving Enforcement (ARIDE), and Drug Recognition Evaluator (DRE)Funding for this program is from the California Office of Traffic Safety through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Pasadena’s ‘626 Day’ Aims to Celebrate City, Boost Local Economy First Heatwave Expected Next Week Subscribe Community News Herbeauty7 Things You Should Never Share With Other PeopleHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty7 Most Startling Movie Moments We Didn’t Realize Were InsensitiveHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyThese Are 15 Great Style Tips From Asian WomenHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyTiger Woods Is ‘Different Man’ 10 Years After ScandalHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty’First Daughters’: From Cute Little Kids To Beautiful Young WomenHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyIs It Bad To Give Your Boyfriend An Ultimatum?HerbeautyHerbeauty 0 commentsShareShareTweetSharePin it Home of the Week: Unique Pasadena Home Located on Madeline Drive, Pasadenalast_img read more

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Is that service? I don’t know.

first_img 3SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr by: John HycheIs that service?My sister recently sold her house.  Like most folks in that situation, she had big plans for the sales proceeds that required rather quick action to make all the transactions flow smoothly.  Thinking ahead (she’s always been one to worry about what’s beyond the horizon), she called her credit union to ask about their funds availability policy.She thought this was a question best posed to the member services department and called them.  What happened next falls into that “truth is stranger than fiction” category.Sis called during normal hours and got a friendly member service representative on the line.  She asked, “When will my funds be available from a very large deposit if I make the deposit tomorrow afternoon?”  Sounds pretty straight forward, right?  Then came the bewildering answer, “I don’t know.  That’s really a question for the tellers.”  The advice continued, “Just bring the check in and they’ll tell you how much you can have.”  Is that service?  It’s certainly not the answer my sister expected; it’s a non-answer at best.  Not only was the member service representative unable to clearly address the question, there was no referral to someone who could provide an answer during the phone call.Realizing that she’d stepped in a quagmire of ineptitude.  My sister called back and was able to get instructions for wiring the funds rather than risk a funds availability problem because the credit union couldn’t articulate their policy. continue reading »last_img read more

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A week of rest worthwhile: 340 offers have been submitted to the project so far. Get involved, but not just with a discount, but primarily with a story

first_imgToday, the project was presented at the Ministry of Tourism and Sports “A week of rest worthwhile”  within which, in the period from 16 to 25 October, domestic and foreign guests are offered various tourist services and experiences by 50 percent better prices. Apply for sure, no matter what, this is a great project for our tourism. Take the opportunity and be a part of the “Vacation Week Worthy” project. Ultimately, it is up to you whether the project comes to life. You are also the narrators of the story, because the more we all push it, the more effective the communication and promotion will be. Again, synergy as well as the responsibility of everyone in this chain is key and the first prerequisite for the project to come to life. Tango always takes two. Also, as I mentioned, you do not have to give a 50% discount on accommodation, but on some other service, from wellness, massage, agency program, sports activities, etc.… it is important to put together a rounded story. But again, the destination is important, and accommodation is the basic supporting infrastructure. She also commented on the project Minister of Tourism and Sports Nikolina Brnjac who ordered: “I am pleased with the large number of tourist entities and service providers who have joined the “Vacation Week Worthy” campaign. We are launching this action because we want to offer the domestic tourist the adventure of discovering the riches of autumn in Lijepa naša, and at half the price. Meet, explore and enjoy Croatia in the off-season and at the same time create a story of year-round tourism development with us ”.  What is the reason for that, it is difficult to say, but it certainly lacks quality communication, project promotion, trust of the profession, and ultimately the realization, ie implementation of the project. Among the registered entities whose offers are on the portal are, for example national parks and nature parks such as Plitvice Lakes, Krka, Paklenica, Risnjak, Kopački rit, Papuk, Lastovo archipelago, Žumberak-Samoborsko gorje and Vrana lake, Hotel such as Valamar Riviera dd, Arena Hospitality Group dd, Marina Punat hotel & resort doo, Hilton hotels Zagreb, Coronaro hotel, Hotel Petrčane, Importanne resort Dubrovnik, Thalassotherapy Crikvenica, Grand Hotel Lav Split, etc. They also offered their package deals Travel agencies such as Adriagate, VAL, Terra Travel, Horizon travel, etc. All lovers of culture, art, but also tourist attractions at significantly reduced prices will be able to enjoy museums such as the Natural History Museum of Rijeka, the Croatian Maritime Museum in Split, the Museum of Betina Wooden Shipbuilding, the Museum of the Trilj Region, the Archaeological Museum of Narona, but also other content  such as Aquatika – Freshwater Aquarium Karlovac, Glavani Park, Solana Nin, Segway city tour Zagreb, Quad Gorski kotar, etc. I recently wrote and gave an example of how to take advantage of the action, and that it has an effect for everyone, and stressed for the millionth time that the synergy of everyone in the destination is crucial and how it is necessary to make a complete tourist product. On the project portal “A week of rest worthwhile” there is an eye 340 valid bids (of which 159 accommodation offers,) and services at 50 percent better prices from different parts of Croatia, from the coast to the mainland, and an additional 70 applications are being processed. “It is a long-term project that will be organized twice a year, during the Easter holidays and in October. We are glad that the project has aroused great interest of tourism service providers who are our main partners and without whose cooperation this action would not be possible. Through the project, we want to positively influence the increase of tourist traffic in the periods before and after the season, but also the further development of domestic tourism. Through this action, tourists will have the opportunity to visit different parts of Croatia with 50 percent better prices for many tourist products and services, from accommodation, transportation, cultural, historical, natural sights and attractions to catering services and various experiences”, he said director Staničić, inviting all travel lovers to take advantage of the week of favorable prices, but also all tourist entities to get involved in the offer with their offers.  All interested business entities can register and submit their offers until October 15, 2020. // BRAVO LIKA. GREAT EXAMPLE OF HOW TO TELL THE STORY FOR THE “HOLIDAY WEEK WORTH A” ACTION Although the project was announced at the beginning of the year, various meetings were held on the topic of this project, but unfortunately it did not arouse great interest in the profession. Because only 340 applications is certainly a small number, especially when we know that of the total number of applications are accommodation facilities (apartments, hotels, hostels, holiday homes (). I would personally expect a minimum of 1.000 applications, that would be my first minimum project goal. / / / HOW TO USE THE “HOLIDAY WEEK WORTH” ACTION, AND IT HAS AN EFFECT FOR EVERYONE. THE KEY WORD IS SYNERGY It was on this trail that only Lika (at least as far as I know) did something similar. But, again, the project was made by the synergy of the Tourist Board of the Municipality of Plitvice Lakes and the Tourist Board of the town of Gospić, and not the whole of Lika. Well done to Gospić and Plitvice Lakes, but it is a pity that others do not follow them. Also, in addition to the tourist package, crucial is that the local joined the campaign receptive agency for the area of ​​Gospić, Plitvice Lakes, Lika and surroundings, Laudon Travel. It is the receptive agency that is in charge of the ready-made programs it offers on the market, which is the main role of the travel agency. Again, in this example we see how tourist boards are crucial and how we need them. Not in its current form, we certainly need a real reform of the system, but in my opinion, it is the tourist boards that are key to the strategic development of the destination. As you know, my position is that we need to brand the regions. We need to strengthen and encourage receptive agencies and arrange the system according to the DMK / DMO concept across regions. Imagine that now for this action one destination has made a thematic week and a story, and as a whole destination it has appeared on the market. Again, the main focus is on the story, the motive for coming – and the discounts are just the icing on the cake and an additional motive. For example, the recently completed phenomenal HeadOnEast project in Osijek. Here the destination and the story play a key role. It is great that the action will be organized twice a year, during the Easter holidays and in October, as well as what it is about long-term project. Also, we must be aware, regardless of constructive criticism, that the project has yet to come to life in the market, and that it certainly takes 2-3 years to show itself in full swing. As well as the Cro card project. It takes a lot of time, money and communication to create a new habit, it is a process, but we have to actively deal with it. Submitted to the project so far samo 340 offers. A lot or a little? This means that along the way you should monitor how the project, partners and market breathe and accordingly correct some possible mistakes in the steps (which always are and always will be, as in every project) but you should be aware of them, detect and correct, upgrade and supplement, change the direction of communication, etc.… the project as well as the market is a living “organism”, it is not static and predictable, and the evaluation should always be followed and influenced how to get it back on track. Photo: HTZ Promotional video project Holiday week worth These are important things that someone needs to communicate, define, push and ultimately implement. That is why leadership (leadership) as well as quality communication is key, and later project evaluation – key. And that is exactly what the CNTB is missing. Things are much more complex with a lot of challenges and obstacles, but that’s exactly why we have to deal with challenges and push forward. I sincerely hope that the CNTB will evaluate the project, and ask yourself key questions, in order to find answers as well as solutions on how to better prepare the entire project in the second wave. All of this is normal in any project, nor can it come to life right away. Ultimately as we know it the motive for coming is not accommodation, just listing the offers on the website is not enough nor does it have any effect. The motive for arrival is the destination and content, not accommodation or a 50% discount. All owners of accommodation facilities complained about the big discount, because that is where the biggest profit is. So the whole story needed to be arranged completely differently, as did the web platform. The focus must be on destinations and content. Also, the current crisis in tourism, as well as the bad season (no matter which is better than we expected) should be an additional motivation for entrepreneurs to join this project, precisely because they are trying to earn something more this season. You can sign up HERE. Get involved, but not just with a discount, but primarily with a story. Ideally, the destination (tourist boards), in agreement with all partners in the field, compose and lead the story and push the narrative of the destination. So it should be logical and natural. As we know, the project will also be implemented during the Easter holidays, so we have time to make progress and correct perhaps some omissions this year. Action. Ultimately, the goal of the project is to extend the tourist season and activate domestic consumption more strongly, which is in everyone’s interest. Also, this is certainly an opportunity to position continental and rural destinations.last_img read more

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Boys basketball Lakers beat Phoenix, 52-38

first_img Tags: boys basketballCazenoviaChittenango Though parked just outside the state Class B rankings with an 11-3 record, the Cazenovia boys basketball team is on the short list of title contenders.With a big game looming next Wednesday against its namesakes from Skaneateles after a week’s rest, the Lakers hosted Phoenix last Tuesday at Buckley Gym and, helped by a big third quarter, beat the Firebirds 52-38.Neither team had separated until Cazenovia, leading 26-25 at halftime, proceeded to bash Phoenix in an 18-4 run through that third period, never to get caught.Alex Moesch and Ryan Romagnoli each hit on three 3-pointers as Moesch got 17 points and Romagnoli had 13 points. Keegan Bailey also finished with 13 points as Ty Freyer had six points.Chittenango nearly got its best win of the season last Tuesday against Marcellus, leading for long stretches before the Mustangs rallied late to beat the Bears 62-53.Ignoring its own 3-9 mark, Chittenango steadily built a 31-25 halftime advantage, and still led going into the fourth quarter before Marcellus finally went in front thanks to a well-balanced attack.Bryce Bishop still led all scorers with 17 points, most of it from five 3-pointers. Alex Lum had 12 points, with Tyrus Kelly earning 12 points.But the Mustangs had four players reach double figures as Matt Kershaw,with 16 points, set the pace, Luke Ingianni getting 12 points as Jared Sammon had 11 points and Cory Cangemi 10 points.Those struggles continued on Thursday night as Chittenango fell to Westhill 66-30, never able to get to double-digit points in any single quarter against a much-improved Warriors defense.Kyle Manwaring still earned 11 points overall, but no one else had more than Kelly’s total of five points. On Westhill’s side, Zach Brown had 15 points, with James Kelley getting 14 points and Elliott Rouse adding 10 points.Share this:FacebookTwitterLinkedInRedditComment on this Story last_img read more

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