BlackBerry agrees to share India user data to avoid ban

first_img BlackBerry agrees to share India user data to avoid ban KCS-content Share BLACKBERRY-maker Research in Motion (RIM) yesterday caved in to demands to provide security services partial access to its users’ information in India.The firm has been under pressure to share encrypted information since terrorists in Mumbai allegedly used smartphones to plan their attack.UAE recently reacted by threatening to force mobile networks to ban BlackBerry’s email and Messenger services.An eleventh-hour deal saved a ban coming into play in neighbouring Saudi Arabia and now RIM appears to have caved in to pressure in one of its fastest growing markets.A RIM spokesman declined to comment on the developments. The firm maintains it will continue to defend its users’ data within the law of the countries it operates in. Monday 16 August 2010 7:53 pm Tags: NULLcenter_img whatsapp More From Our Partners Police Capture Elusive Tiger Poacher After 20 Years of Pursuing the Huntergoodnewsnetwork.orgMark Eaton, former NBA All-Star, dead at 64nypost.comAstounding Fossil Discovery in California After Man Looks Closelygoodnewsnetwork.orgI blew off Adam Sandler 22 years ago — and it’s my biggest regretnypost.comBrave 7-Year-old Boy Swims an Hour to Rescue His Dad and Little Sistergoodnewsnetwork.orgA ProPublica investigation has caused outrage in the U.S. this weekvaluewalk.comNative American Tribe Gets Back Sacred Island Taken 160 Years Agogoodnewsnetwork.orgRussell Wilson, AOC among many voicing support for Naomi Osakacbsnews.comKiller drone ‘hunted down a human target’ without being told tonypost.comFlorida woman allegedly crashes children’s birthday party, rapes teennypost.comUK teen died on school trip after teachers allegedly refused her pleasnypost.com‘Neighbor from hell’ faces new charges after scaring off home buyersnypost.com980-foot skyscraper sways in China, prompting panic and evacuationsnypost.comInside Ashton Kutcher and Mila Kunis’ not-so-average farmhouse estatenypost.comSidney Crosby, Alex Ovechkin are graying and frayingnypost.comBiden received funds from top Russia lobbyist before Nord Stream 2 giveawaynypost.comMatt Gaetz swindled by ‘malicious actors’ in $155K boat sale boondogglenypost.comFeds seized 18 devices from Rudy Giuliani and his employees in April raidnypost.com Show Comments ▼ whatsapp by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May LikeBetterBe20 Stunning Female AthletesBetterBeTotal PastThe Ingenious Reason There Are No Mosquitoes At Disney WorldTotal PastTaonga: The Island FarmThe Most Relaxing Farm Game of 2021. No InstallTaonga: The Island FarmHero WarsBig Boss of internet games!Hero Warsmoneycougar.comThis Proves The Osmonds Weren’t So Innocentmoneycougar.cominvesting.comCanceled TV Shows Announced: Full Updated Listinvesting.comDefinitionDesi Arnaz Kept This Hidden Throughout The Filming of ‘I Love Lucy’Definitionthedelite.comNetflix Cancellations And Renewals: The Full List For 2021thedelite.comzenherald.comMeghan Markle Changed This Major Detail On Archies Birth Certificatezenherald.comlast_img read more

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Abu Dhabi buys more oil assets in North Sea

first_imgWednesday 15 September 2010 8:39 pm More From Our Partners Russell Wilson, AOC among many voicing support for Naomi Osakacbsnews.comBrave 7-Year-old Boy Swims an Hour to Rescue His Dad and Little Sistergoodnewsnetwork.orgA ProPublica investigation has caused outrage in the U.S. this weekvaluewalk.comAstounding Fossil Discovery in California After Man Looks Closelygoodnewsnetwork.org980-foot skyscraper sways in China, prompting panic and evacuationsnypost.comNative American Tribe Gets Back Sacred Island Taken 160 Years Agogoodnewsnetwork.orgMark Eaton, former NBA All-Star, dead at 64nypost.comPolice Capture Elusive Tiger Poacher After 20 Years of Pursuing the Huntergoodnewsnetwork.orgFlorida woman allegedly crashes children’s birthday party, rapes teennypost.com Show Comments ▼ Tags: NULL Abu Dhabi buys more oil assets in North Sea whatsapp whatsapp State-controlled Abu Dhabi National Energy Co (TAQA) announced another purchase of mature North Sea oil assets yesterday in a move analysts said could increase its UK oil output by almost 20 per cent.TAQA, 75 per cent-owned by the government of Abu Dhabi, said in a statement its unit TAQA Bratani agreed to buy Total’s entire 81 per cent stake in production licences for two blocks in the Otter oilfield.Otter produces around 8,000 barrels per day (bpd) of oil, lies next to existing TAQA interests and is linked under the sea to the Eider Platform, operated by TAQA Bratani.TAQA’s oil production so far this year has been running at a little over 35,000 bpd and the acquisition from Total should add in excess of 6,000 bpd, North Sea oil analysts said. TAQA gave no financial details.The purchase is the latest in a series over the last two years of North Sea oil interests by TAQA, which has concentrated on building up assets in mature offshore fields that other, bigger oil companies have discarded.Analysts say TAQA has some advantages over larger oil majors because it optimises output from older fields through new technology and will operate much smaller oil fields. KCS-content Sharelast_img read more

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Danish High Court upholds blocking of unlicensed gaming sites

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitter Topics: Legal & compliance Compliance Legal Licensing Regulation During the hearing on 2 March, the regulator was able to prove that all of the sites had been offering games in Denmark without a licence and were therefore in breach of national regulations. Danish High Court upholds blocking of unlicensed gaming sites Regions: Europe Nordics Denmark The High Court of Eastern Denmark has upheld a ruling from the Copenhagen City Court from 2 March, to block 55 unlicensed gambling websites following a request from the country’s regulator, Spillemyndigheden. However, the decision was upheld by the High Court, meaning the case is now closed and the 55 web pages remain blocked. Subscribe to the iGaming newsletter Internet providers appealed the ruling from Copenhagen City Court, as they claimed that a website could only be blocked if the regulator could prove that Danish customers had actually played on the site in question. Email Address Among the sites blocked were Easybet.com, Slotjoint.com and KingBillyCasino.com. Meanwhile, 23 of the sites were in the esports skin betting category. The case represents the highest single incidence of website blocking by the regulator since it began blocking websites in 2012. Tags: Spillemyndigheden High Court of Eastern Denmark The sites were divided into five categories by the regulator; online casino; online casino and lottery; online casino and online betting; online casino, lottery and online betting; and skin betting. Legal & compliance 28th May 2021 | By Conor Mulheir Spillemyndigheden initially ordered the websites in question to halt operations, but took the case to court after they failed to do so.last_img read more

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SJRWMD: Birdapalooza is a celebration of over 300 species

first_img Please enter your name here Support conservation and fish with NEW Florida specialty license plate TAGSBirdapaloozaSt. John’s Water Management District Previous articleTotal Solar Eclipse – Time to start planningNext articleWhy you should stop and read this article… Denise Connell RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Share on Facebook Tweet on Twitter The St. Johns River Water Management District’s Lake Apopka North Shore has become one of the premier locations to observe birds in the southeastern United States. From Jan. 20–22 it will set the stage for the fifth annual Lake Apopka Wildlife Festival and Birdapalooza.“Water management districts are charged by the Florida Legislature with managing and restoring lands to their natural state and condition to the extent practical,” said district Land Resources Bureau Chief Steve Miller. “When we do that, those lands become prime habitat for many wildlife species. Birds respond dramatically to available habitat.”Located in northwest Orange and southeast Lake counties, Lake Apopka is the headwaters of the Ocklawaha Chain of Lakes. Once a world-class bass fishery, impacts to the lake over many decades led it to being named Florida’s most polluted large lake. Since acquiring the land in the 1990s, the district’s work has remained centered on creating improvements in water quality and the restoration of wildlife habitat.The area’s geography and habitat make it highly appealing to birds migrating through the Florida peninsula, creating some of Florida’s premier birding opportunities during the winter months. Bird surveys show more than 360 different species of birds have been identified within the area, more species than can be found at any inland site in Florida.The Lake Apopka Wildlife Festival and Birdapalooza is a celebration of the rich diversity of birds and other wildlife that make their home around Lake Apopka. Beginning at Orange County’s Magnolia Park and meandering through the district’s Lake Apopka North Shore, the family friendly festival includes photo walks, bird banding, live animal demonstrations, guided bus tours (limited seating), and guided walking and biking nature tours for children and adults on the Lake Apopka Loop Trail.To learn more about the Lake Apopka Wildlife Festival and Birdapalooza, visit www.birdapalooza.com.To learn more about the Lake Apopka North Shore visit http://www.sjrwmd.com/recreationThe St. Johns River Water Management District staff are committed to ensuring the sustainable use and protection of water resources for the benefit of the people of the district and the state of Florida. The St. Johns River Water Management District is one of five districts in Florida managing groundwater and surface water supplies in the state. The district encompasses all or part of 18 northeast and east-central Florida counties. District headquarters are in Palatka, and staff also are available to serve the public at service centers in Maitland, Jacksonville and Palm Bay. Free webinar for job seekers on best interview answers, hosted by Goodwill June 11 Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. The Anatomy of Fear You have entered an incorrect email address! Please enter your email address here Please enter your comment! LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replylast_img read more

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Swiss digital donations increase by 14%, says RaiseNow report

first_img The volume of digital donations to charity by people in Switzerland continues to grow, up by 14% in 2015, according to the second Digital Fundraising Study Switzerland. However, the proportion of donations via digital channel “remains low”, say the authors.The second annual edition of the Digital Fundraising Study Switzerland examined the giving habits of the Swiss during 2015. Conducted by online fundraising platform RaiseNow and Amazee Metrics, it analysed 120,000 transactions with a donation volume of over 12.5m Swiss francs from more than 100 organisations.For this report more than twice as many organisations were consulted compared to the original research – 20 organisations in 2015, of which 13 are certified by Swiss watchdog foundation ZEWO, compared to nine in 2014.It found that the proportion of digital donations from from 2.24% to 2.55% in 2015, an increase of 13.9%. The proportion of digital giving was calculated by dividing the total number of private donations (over CHF 262m) by the volume of digital donations (CHF 6.7m) from 20 Swiss charities. Howard Lake | 28 November 2016 | News About Howard Lake Howard Lake is a digital fundraising entrepreneur. Publisher of UK Fundraising, the world’s first web resource for professional fundraisers, since 1994. Trainer and consultant in digital fundraising. Founder of Fundraising Camp and co-founder of GoodJobs.org.uk. Researching massive growth in giving.  191 total views,  1 views today Tagged with: Digital Giving Tuesday Research / statistics Key findingsThis years Study presents more than 15 key figures demonstrating how the Swiss donate digitally.In all categories of charity (disaster, environment, health etc), the average donation was marginally lower than in previous years (CHF 112.70 compared to CHF 114.37). Disasters and overseas aid charities secured the highest average donations compared to other categories at CHF 141.60, but this was explained in part by significant giving in response to the Nepal earthquake. Regular giving consists mostly of monthly or annual payments. Quarterly and semestrial donations are made, but at a lower volume.center_img  192 total views,  2 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis20 The most popular days of the week for giving are Tuesday and Wednesday, with less activity at the weekend.Marco Zaugg, CEO of RaiseNow, commented on this year’s findings, saying: Advertisement Swiss digital donations increase by 14%, says RaiseNow report “The positive trend from the previous year has been confirmed. We can once again see a double-digit growth in the share of digital donations, even if this does not fully meet our expectations.“The second Digital Fundraising Study Switzerland has confirmed trends that were already evident in the first edition of the study: credit card payments are, once again, the most commonly used method of payment for online donations. Donations are made throughout the day, during work and leisure hours, and the weekdays with the highest average donation amounts are Wednesdays (CHF 130) and Sundays (CHF 127).”He added:“The biggest surprise from the Digital Fundraising Study 2016 was the confirmation of our previous hypotheses that online donations set to recur monthly achieve a significantly higher total sum within a year than donations set to recur annually.”Giving Tuesday in SwitzerlandThe Digital Fundraising Study Switzerland was published the day before Giving Tuesday, the global giving day, which will be marked in Switzerland for the first time.You can download the second Digital Fundraising Study Switzerland in PDF from RaiseNow. Credit cards remain the most popular method of payment for online donations in Switzerland, ahead of PostFinance (debit cards and online banking), pay-in slips (for pledges made online), SMS/text giving, and PayPal. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis20last_img read more

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Indigenous nations in Oklahoma win Supreme Court ruling

first_imgA surprisingly progressive Supreme Court decision found that over one-third of Oklahoma still falls into “Indian Country” under federal law for the Muscogee Creek Tribe and other Oklahoma tribes.The court ruled July 9 in McGirt v. Oklahoma that under treaties dating back two centuries, much of eastern Oklahoma is Indian Country. That means tribal law and federal law apply there in criminal cases involving Native citizens, not Oklahoma state law. Treaties are recognized in the U.S. Constitution as “the law of the land.”Until the Supreme Court ruling, most felonies in eastern Oklahoma, including cases involving tribal citizens, had been prosecuted in state courts by district attorneys. The court’s decision hinged on the question of whether the Muscogee / Creek reservation continued to exist after Oklahoma became a state in 1907.Indigenous delegates from 34 tribes in front of the Creek CouncilHouse, Indian Territory in 1880.This ruling applies to the five nations in eastern Oklahoma — the Muscogee or Creek, the Cherokee, the Choctaw, the Chickasaw and the Seminole nations. These Five Tribes were forced from their ancestral homelands in the southeast on the Trail of Tears in the 1830s by the U.S. government. Today, half a million tribal citizens live in dozens of Oklahoma counties covering more land than the state of South Carolina.Two hundred years ago, all of Oklahoma, except the panhandle, was Indian Territory. This territory included the existing homelands of several Indigenous nations, including the Apache, Arapaho, Comanche, Kiowa, Osage and Wichita.The New York Times wrote July 9: “The 5-to-4 decision, potentially one of the most consequential legal victories for Native Americans in decades, could have far-reaching implications for the people who live across what the court affirmed was Indian Country. The lands include much of Tulsa, Oklahoma’s second-biggest city.”Justice Neil M. Gorsuch, who had previously sided with Native tribes in other cases, joined the court’s more liberal justices in this ruling. He wrote in the majority’s opinion that “Congress had granted the Creek a reservation, and that the United States needed to abide by its promises.“Today we are asked whether the land these treaties promised remains an Indian reservation for purposes of federal criminal law,” Gorsuch wrote. “Because Congress has not said otherwise, we hold the government to its word.”Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr. warned in a dissenting opinion that the court’s decision would wreak havoc and confusion on Oklahoma’s criminal justice system. And in alarmist language, Sen. Ted Cruz of neighboring Texas tweeted that the Supreme Court “just gave away half of Oklahoma, literally. Manhattan is next.”Wreaking havoc and genocide in Indigenous nations has resulted in racist decisions from education to housing to use of Indian land — this is what the U.S. government and individual states have done to Native peoples since the first colonies were settled by England.Madonna Thunder Hawk, an organizer with the Lakota People’s Law Project, said the court’s decision and a recent federal ruling that ordered the shutdown of the Dakota Access Pipeline in North Dakota had been cause for celebration. Just not too much. “It’s a war for us,” she said. “There are some victories, but the war continues.” (New York Times, July 6)‘We’re still here’The Commission for the Protection of Cherokee Nation Sovereignty issued a press release with several points of concern following McGirt. One is that the Principal Chief engage with members of Congress, who may be contemplating legislation, and oppose any legislation that would disestablish tribal reservations.The Cherokee Nation, with more than 380,000 citizens, is the federally recognized government of the Cherokee people. Tahlequah, Oklahoma, is the capital of the Cherokee Nation. With 11,000 employees and a variety of tribal enterprises ranging from aerospace and defense contracts to entertainment venues, the Cherokee Nation is one of the largest employers in northeastern Oklahoma, according to Indian Country Today.Mary Kathryn Nagle (Cherokee) spoke on a ICT radio broadcast to explain why the current effort to disestablish tribal nations is going to fail. As a Cherokee citizen and an attorney, Nagle and Sarah Deer (Mvskoke) filed an amicus brief on behalf of the National Indigenous Women’s Resource Center, the American Civil Liberties Union and other organizations to analyze the gendered implications of the decision. She spoke on air to challenge concerns that a conservative think tank, the Oklahoma Council on Public Affairs, have brought to the entire Oklahoma congressional delegation. (tinyurl.com/y5oofhvk)“You can’t sign a treaty with a tribal nation, have it signed by the president, ratified by the U.S. Senate saying this is your reservation, and then take it away because in 2020 the state of Oklahoma thinks it’s an inconvenient reality for them,” Nagle said.“Non-Native private profiteering interests have been trying to remove, disestablish, exterminate tribal nations. Corporate interests have been trying to remove us since the United States came into existence. Now they’ve all failed. We’re still here. And this effort is going to fail as well. . . . Oil and gas see the Supreme Court’s decision in McGirt as a huge threat. They want to characterize it as a public safety threat, when actually it is not. And so you’ll notice if you read that letter, they say, well, there are all these problems created by the Supreme Court’s decision in McGirt. The Supreme Court’s decision in McGirt doesn’t create a single problem.“In fact, a giant problem made clear is that Oklahoma was unlawfully exercising jurisdiction it never had, for over a hundred years . . .  That Oklahoma didn’t have that authority, and yet they were exercising it. A lot of folks like these oil and gas folks have been referring to these public safety jurisdictional gaps. That’s also a red herring. There are no jurisdictional gaps.“The simple fact of the matter is Oklahoma maintains the majority of its jurisdiction. It still has jurisdiction over crimes committed by non-Indians. The only crimes that it does not have jurisdiction over are crimes committed by Indians, against Indians, on tribal lands, on the reservation.”In a year when racist names and logos of sports teams have been changed, when the Supreme Court ruled against the Dakota Access Pipeline, when racist statues have been taken down or defaced, the McGirt ruling in July is one more step of progress for peoples who have been fighting the colonial invaders since Columbus was discovered in 1492.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

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Kaepernick joins the call to ‘Free Mumia!’

first_imgPhiladelphiaA virtual press conference on the critical juncture in the fight to free political prisoner Mumia Abu-Jamal was held here Nov. 16. A special highlight was a seven-minute message from Colin Kaepernick, expressing his support. Kaepernick sacrificed his stellar athletic career in 2016 when he began to take a knee in protest against police terror during the playing of the U.S. national anthem at National Football League games. Colin Kaepernick addresses video press conference for Mumia on Nov. 16.Kaepernick called on the current movement against racist policing to join in the work to bring Mumia Abu-Jamal home: “If the Black Lives Matter movement is to mean anything, then Mumia’s life and legacy must also matter. Mumia still fights for our human rights.  We must continue to fight for his right to be home.”Kaepernick’s statement concluded a distinguished panel who addressed the history and status of Abu-Jamal’s case. The speakers, including Pam Africa of MOVE, Prof. Linn Washington Jr., Kwame Ajamu, Prof. Greg Gonsalves, Dwayne Betts and Angela Davis, also commented on the fight to abolish the carceral state. The event was chaired by Johanna Fernandez. Go to tinyurl.com/y4dr42eo to see the complete 2.5-hour video. Washington, a Philadelphia journalist who has covered Abu-Jamal’s case from the beginning, described the “obscene judicial, prosecutorial, and police misconduct that has marked this case” as “blue suit, black robe corruption that masquerades as justice not only in Pennsylvania but across the U.S.”  Angela Davis says ‘Free Mumia’ to Nov. 16 video press conference.Long-time activist Angela Davis stated: “Mumia’s case exemplifies the length to which the state will go to silence the critics of police power.  It is time to accelerate the campaign to bring Mumia home!”FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

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Local Realtors Spend “RED Day” at Harambee Ministries

first_imgGiving Back Local Realtors Spend “RED Day” at Harambee Ministries Keller Williams Pasadena Market Center, part of community service initiative across the globe. From STAFF REPORTS Published on Saturday, May 24, 2014 | 2:21 pm Make a comment Keller Williams associates took the day off on Thursday, May 8, 2014, but it was hardly a day of rest. Associates with the Pasadena Market Center have chosen to “Give Where They Live” as part of RED Day, one of the biggest events in the real estate industry.Short for “Renew, Energize and Donate,” RED Day was created to unite Keller Williams Realty offices and associates in an international day of service.As part of the RED Day effort, Pasadena Market Center chose to spend the day with Harambee Ministries and School. Associates from KW Pasadena did a variety of projects around the Harambee campus including painting, landscaping the vast gardens and removing thirty years of â€œstuff”.While the painting and sprucing was in progress, live entertainment was provided by Phineas and Ferb’s own Dan Povenmire. We also had bouncy houses provided by VK Jumpers. In the afternoon, we had the assistance of Girl Scout Troop 1191, and an afternoon snack provided by Coolhaus ice cream. The Festivities were capped off with a Proclamation presented by Mayor Bill Bogaard, commemorating the community service that Keller Williams Pasadena Market Center has given the city of Pasadena.“This event is an entrenched part of Keller Williams Realty’s culture and displays the extraordinary effect a company can have when individuals come together to work as a team for the greater good of everyone,” said Team Leader Brock Worthen. “Last year, we worked with Villa Esperanza, an amazing non-profit organization devoted to the care and education of a diverse disabled population of children, adults, and seniors. We painted and spruced up the activity center, had a great big lunch, and had professional entertainers sing, play music and perform magic tricks for the Villa Esperanza clients. We can’t tell you what an impact it made on each of us personally it felt so great to give back to the community we know and love.”Since the first RED Day in 2009, Keller Williams associates have given almost a half million hours of community service through activities ranging from food and blood drives to cleaning up trash in public parks, revamping gardens at nursing homes and rebuilding homes and schools for community members in need. To this day, it is one of the largest events in the real estate industry.For more information about RED Day, visit www.kw.com/redday.The Keller Williams Realty Pasadena Market Center, located at 251 S. Lake Avenue, Suite 150, Pasadena is a full-service real estate firm with 160 sales associates. (626) 204-3300.About Keller Williams Realty, Inc.Keller Williams Realty Inc. is the largest real estate franchise company in the United States, with approximately 700 offices and 90,000 associates around the world. The company has grown exponentially since the opening of the first Keller Williams Realty office in 1983, and continues to cultivate an agent-centric, education-based, technology-driven culture that rewards associates as stakeholders. The company also provides specialized agents in luxury homes and commercial real estate properties. For more information or to search for homes for sale, visit Keller Williams Realty online at (www.kw.com). For more information about KWWorldwide, please visit (www.kwworldwide.com). Each office is independently owned and operated.About Harambee MinistriesHarambee Christian Family Center (1609 Navarro Avenue, Pasadena)  is dedicated to the development of indigenous leadership through a holistic ministry that seeks to address both physical and spiritual needs by emphasizing community engagement, academic advancement, and spiritual formation to cultivate a thriving urban neighborhood in a sustainable project of biblical hope. 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Free Speech And Expression At NIFT: The NIFT Social Media Policy, 2020

first_imgColumnsFree Speech And Expression At NIFT: The NIFT Social Media Policy, 2020 Vishwajeet Deshmukh9 Aug 2020 9:51 PMShare This – xIn July 2020, The National Institute of Fashion Technology, popularly known as “NIFT”, imposed its NIFT Social Media Policy, 2020 on its students. The Policy comes right after the institution has hiked its fee and it therefore, prevents students from commenting upon on the institute’s action in any manner, thereby censoring the students. However, the examination of the said Policy…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?LoginIn July 2020, The National Institute of Fashion Technology, popularly known as “NIFT”, imposed its NIFT Social Media Policy, 2020 on its students. The Policy comes right after the institution has hiked its fee and it therefore, prevents students from commenting upon on the institute’s action in any manner, thereby censoring the students. However, the examination of the said Policy remains absent from the eye of the fundamental rights of the students awarded through the right to freedom of expression under Article 19 of the Indian Constitution along with the natural rights. NIFT was established in 1986 under the Ministry of Textiles, Government of India. The National Institute of Fashion Technology, 2006 (“NIFT Act”) declared NIFT as a statutory institute, and therefore, the Government has control over NIFT in terms of the administration. Section 3 of the NIFT Act provides that the Board of Governors for the Institute must comprise of Members of Parliaments along with the members appointed by the Central Government, along with the other members. Section 7(2) provides powers to this Board, which includes policy decisions. The financial funds to the Institute are allocated by the Central Government under Section 19(1)(a) of the Act. The scope of this Policy is not restricted to a central view, rather the same has a broad application in terms of cyber-bullying, harassment and crimes of civil and criminal nature Section 2 of this Policy states that; “Any content maligning NIFT, its policies and employees will be viewed adversely inviting disciplinary action and inter alia, penalties, debarment from sitting the examination, campus placements etc.” Section 7 of this policy reads as follows:  “Using social media to post offensive comments, images or other content is a breach of the Code of Discipline under Student Rules & Regulations 2012, D.2 and will result in disciplinary action and also liable for legal action as per the provisions in IT Act 2000& Amendments 2008” Upon a bare reading of these sections, the interpretation of it states that any critique towards NIFT shall be met with disciplinary action and legal action. Reasonable restrictions encompassed under the Constitution of India cannot be extended to Section 2 of the Policy, which aims to shield NIFT from criticism. As this provision is only meant to protect NIFT from any dissent which might be embodied against them, it invariably censors students and threatens them with disciplinary actions. The Supreme Court in the case of S. Khushboo vs Kanniammal 2010 (4) SCALE 467 has elaborated that the Right to Freedom of Speech does not only include political dissent, but cultural dissent too. Section 7, read with Section 2, gives the interpretation that dissenting opinions by students of NIFT are also constructed under the meaning of “offensive”. Thus, it deprives students of NIFT of their fundamental right to dissent[E21] . In a broader understanding of the Policy, it seeks to initiate disciplinary action against comments, images and content, which in their view is offensive. As an institute which is established for the promotion of design education, it fails to recognise the concept of “artistic freedom”, which also falls under the right to freedom of expression under Article 19 of the Constitution of India. The construction of what constitutes “offensive” is problematic in itself. In 2019, in the case of Indibility Creative Pvt Ltd v. Govt of West Bengal, the view in relation to artistic freedom, morality and criticism was highlighted at great length, taking into account philosophical arguments by Voltaire, Camus, and Simone de Beauvoir, to prove the importance of free speech and expression in a democratic society. The Court expressed a concern that “contemporary events reveal that there is a growing intolerance: intolerance which is unaccepting of the rights of others in society to freely espouse their views and to portray them in print, in the theatre or in the celluloid media.” In that case, the Court found there had been “an unconstitutional attempt to invade the fundamental rights of the producers, the actors and the audience. Worse still, by making an example out of them, there has been an attempt to silence criticism and critique.” In a similar fashion, the construction of the meaning of “offensive” is out of the purview of the NIFT, which by its nature falls under the meaning of State. Any action brought against any student which does not fall under the meaning of reasonable restrictions shall be against the fundamental rights of the student. NIFT’s Disciplinary Action is in accordance to the NIFT Student Rules & Regulations 2012. According to this set of rules and regulations, the disciplinary action is regulated by a “Competent Authority”, which is a body that comprises of members of NIFT. This body which adjudicates actions under Section 2 i.e. critique of NIFT and its policies or employees, violates the principle of natural justice, “Nemo judex in sua causa” which translates to “no person shall be a judge in his/her/their own case”. As in any of the case, NIFT would be the party which is being affected and defeats the principle in purpose. In conclusion, the action by NIFT through its Social Media Policy, 2020 is a violation of the basic fundamental rights of the students. In the words of Justice DY Chandrachud, “Dissent is the safety valve of democracy. If dissent is not allowed, then the pressure cooker may burst.” With NIFT hiking its fees, along with the promulgation of this Policy, any comments/suggestions/criticism from students are likely to be censored due to the imposition of the Policy. Free speech and expression are basic human rights and, deprivation of the same, that too by an institution which prides itself on artistic expression, is against the very ethos of our Constitution.Views are personal only.(Author is a student at Government Law College, Mumbai)  Subscribe to LiveLaw, enjoy Ad free version and other unlimited features, just INR 599 Click here to Subscribe. All payment options available.loading….Next Storylast_img read more

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RADUMSKI, LEON

first_img92, a lifelong resident of Bayonne, passed away on June 10. He served his country as a Sergeant in the United States Army during WWII in the medical corps in Germany. He was a member of the American Legion F. A. Mackenzie Post #165. Leo was a chemical operator for Orbis Products of Newark for many years. He was predeceased by his son Leonard Radumski and his siblings; John, Frank, Alexander, Sally Lair, Rose Horbacz, Stella Delecky, Helen Mayo and Florence Luzarski. He is survived by his wife Stella (nee: Kawalko) Radumski and his children Edward Radumski, Barbara Gricko and her late husband James and Thomas Radumski and his wife Kim. Also survived by 4 grandchildren and 2 great-grandchildren and many nieces, nephews and cousins. In lieu of flowers donations can be made in his name to the Disabled Veterans National Foundation, 4601 Forbes Blvd., Lanham MD, 20706 or at dvnf.org. Funeral arrangements by S. FRYCZYNSKI & SON Funeral Home, 32-34 E. 22nd St.last_img read more

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