Reporters Without Borders has warned against the risk of abuse of an amendment to the Computer Misuse Act intended to tighten Internet security by allowing continuous surveillance of cyber-suspects and authorising their pre-emptive arrest before a crime has been committed. Singaporean website prosecuted over election coverage SingaporeAsia – Pacific Organisation RSF_en April 10, 2020 Find out more Reporters Without Borders has warned against the risk of abuse of an amendment to the Computer Misuse Act intended to tighten Internet security. Parliament has amended Article 15A of the Act allowing continuous surveillance of cyber-suspects thanks to real-time monitoring software and authorising their pre-emptive arrest before a crime has been committed. Cyber-criminals are liable for jail terms of up to three years.The Government says the new amendment will combat “imminent attacks” that could threaten security, essential services, defence or Singapore’s foreign relations. It says the law will not be used to oversee normal Internet use.Reporters Without Borders warned however of the risk of abuse: “Even if the fight against cyber-crime has become essential, it should not justify the granting of extraordinary powers to governments” said Robert Ménard, secretary-general of Reporters Without Borders. “The amendment adopted by Singapore’s Parliament gives too much discretion to the minister of home affairs as to the scope of his authority. We urge therefore that these decisions should be checked by an independent body” he added. One Member of Parliament, Ho Geok Choo, said that the amended article made it more like the Internal Security Act (ISA), designed to counter ordinary crime. This law adopted soon after the city state‚s independence has long been used by the government to make arbitrary arrests of political dissidents. Parliamentarians also condemned a lack of clarity in the terms of the Act. Chee Soon Juan, secretary general of the Singapore Democratic Party said the law could be used to arrest and imprison anyone suspected of being a cyber-criminal. He added that he believed the Government was using this law as a pretext to monitor Internet use. The Act does not say what type of agency or organisation could be authorised by the minister of home affairs to supervise the Internet. Nor does it explain what steps could be taken by the minister when he judges an attack to be “imminent”. The law also makes no provision for any external body to verify the basis on which decisions are taken. Reporters Without Borders condemned similar laws adopted in the United States and in the countries of the EU after the attacks of 11 September 2001. Coronavirus: State measures must not allow surveillance of journalists and their sources SingaporeAsia – Pacific November 13, 2003 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Parliament grants government powers tightening Internet surveillance October 2, 2020 Find out more Help by sharing this information News RSF’s denounces Singapore’s disregard of press freedom ahead of its Universal Periodic Review to go further Follow the news on Singapore Receive email alerts October 15, 2020 Find out more News News News
Facebook Cramped accommodation at ULTHE UNIVERSITY of Limerick has backed off from its plans to make students living on campus book their accommodation for a whole academic year.The original ‘no single semester’ rule announced a week ago has now been removed. It would have meant students paying around €3,000 for accommodation they would not be occupying while on Erasmus or placement away from the university.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up But students booking for just one semester – September to Christmas of this year – will have to agree to sharing a twin room for the time they are there.New rules also apply to second and third-year students, who will also have to share a twin room in one of the on-campus villages. Only first year, third year and foreign students will be allowed to apply for a single occupancy room.Maeve Smyth, a UL alumni whose daughter is going into second year, feels the twin occupancy for certain years is deeply unfair.“In truth, second and third-year results are what matter. First year results are scrapped.“These twin rooms are tiny. A room which had one bed in it now has to cater for two and one desk, which was already up against the foot of the bed, has to accommodate two people. That’s going to make study very difficult at an important time for the students. There was no discussion about this with anyone, including the students union,” she told the Limerick Post.The college has come in for criticism on every front for the move to double-up rooms.Student Life, the UL students union, says that students are being asked to pay thousands of euro for rooms that are “smaller than a prison cell.’The union is demanding that the university accept no further increases in the student population until proper accommodation is in place.But the university says the move is not about making money but rather about responding to the demand for on-campus rooms.A statement to the Limerick Post pointed out that “a shared (twin room) option for on-campus accommodation is being introduced to meet unprecedented demand in the shortest possible timeframe during a national housing crisis.“Wider development plans are currently under consideration for new-build on-campus accommodation, but this will take some time to bring to fruition. The twin room option deals with the supply deficit while also providing an affordable option to many students.“Last year, there was almost 7,200 applications from students for the 2,850 available beds in the six on-campus villages. The twin room option will add a further 630 beds.“Twin room costs will range from €2,800 to €4,250 per person, which includes utilities and UL Sport membership,” the statement said. Advertisement WhatsApp Linkedin Email NewsHousingUL backs off from one-term lease ruleBy Bernie English – March 2, 2020 1061 Twitter Print Previous articleLimerick artists and creatives encouraged to apply for fundingNext articleFormer University President’s home sold to fund property deal Bernie Englishhttp://www.limerickpost.ieBernie English has been working as a journalist in national and local media for more than thirty years. She worked as a staff journalist with the Irish Press and Evening Press before moving to Clare. She has worked as a freelance for all of the national newspaper titles and a staff journalist in Limerick, helping to launch the Limerick edition of The Evening Echo. Bernie was involved in the launch of The Clare People where she was responsible for business and industry news.
By Pam KnoxUniversity of GeorgiaMay in Georgia was very wet. Temperatures were normal to 2 degrees Fahrenheit above normal. There were reports of hail or strong winds somewhere in Georgia on at least 16 days.The monthly average temperature in Atlanta was 70.2 degrees (.4 degrees above normal); in Athens 70.5 degrees (1.4 degrees above normal); Columbus 72.3 degrees (normal); Macon 72.4 degrees (1.4 degrees above normal); Savannah 74.2 degrees (1.4 degrees above normal); Brunswick 74.9 degrees (1.2 degrees above normal); Alma 73.8 degrees (normal); and in Augusta 72.2 degrees (1.7 degrees above normal). Several record-low maximum temperatures in the 60s were recorded in Savannah, Alma and Brunswick on May 18 and 19.Except for a band south of Atlanta and in southwest Georgia, rainfall across the state was above normal according to radar estimates. Over 10 inches of rain was observed by radar in northeast Georgia and along the coast as well as a few isolated areas in Charlton and Terrell counties.The highest monthly total from National Weather Service reporting stations was 9.69 inches in Savannah (6.08 inches above normal). The lowest was in Athens at 3.58 inches (.28 inches below normal). According to the NWS, Columbus received 5.10 inches (1.48 inches above normal); Macon 5.73 inches (2.75 inches above normal); Alma 8.14 inches (5.10 inches above normal); Brunswick 5.33 inches (2.64 inches above normal); and Augusta 4.38 inches (1.31 inches above normal). Several daily records of rainfall were set during the month at these stations, including 2.08 inches at Alma on May 23.The highest one-day total rainfall from the CoCoRaHS network was 3.77 inches measured at two stations on Skidaway Island on May 22. There was also a one-day total of 3.75 inches at Waycross on May 27. The highest monthly rainfall total was 13.08 inches near Dillard in northern Rabun County. Several other monthly rainfall amounts of over 10 inches were reported at Rabun Gap as well as near Savannah. The Georgia Automated Environmental Monitoring Network station in Rabun County reported 10.43 inches for May.The rainy conditions in April and May contributed to problems with mosquitoes in south Georgia. Health authorities in Lowndes County reported a health emergency on May 6. Prior to the wet conditions about nine mosquitoes per trap were found in the county. After the onset of wet conditions, traps averaged 786 mosquitoes. Mosquitoes can act as carriers for multiple illnesses, including the West Nile virus.No tornadoes were reported. The strongest storms occurred on May 2 and 3 with the passage of a strong derecho through north and middle Georgia. A derecho is a bow-shaped line of strong thunderstorms that move at speeds up to 60 miles per hour and can cause significant damage from straight-line winds. Numerous trees were reported down with the high winds observed throughout the month. The drought conditions of the past few years may have contributed to the number of trees that were weakened and sustained damage. Some damage to vegetable crops was noted, and three center-pivot irrigation systems in central Georgia were destroyed by high winds and hail during the third week of May.During the first of the month, farmers had trouble doing field work and planting due to dry conditions. After the first week, they had difficulty doing field work due to heavy rains. Powdery mildew and other plant diseases and the washing of fertilizer out of the fields were reported by a number of observers in the Weekly Weather and Crop Bulletin this month. Some farmers reported hay rotting in the fields and small grains sprouting from the heads as well as drowned tobacco plants.
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Metro Sport ReporterTuesday 5 May 2020 11:46 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link871Shares Mikel Arteta tips Kieran Tierney to become ‘special’ at Arsenal Arteta is excited by Tierney’s return (Picture: Getty)Speaking to Ian Wright, Arteta said: ‘I am really looking forward to working with him and giving him the opportunity to play. ‘His attitude, his commitment, his willingness it’s incredible. I think he’s going to bring something special to us. ‘It’s a shame [about his injury] but always it’s part of his development. In your career you go through these moments. I challenge him to say ‘Kieran how are you going to react to that? you cannot feel sorry for yourself, the level of pressure now is a bit higher but you have to deal with it. ‘You are playing with a top club, with expectations, deal with it! ‘You have everything to be successful here, you have the best possible attitude that I know from a player go and enjoy it.’AdvertisementAdvertisementMore: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man CityArteta has impressed the Arsenal squad since replacing Unai Emery and has struck up a close relationship with the first team.The Spaniard admitted it wasn’t ‘easy’ replacing Emery and says he inherited a club that was ‘disconnected’.’It is happening [the transformation],’ said Emery.‘Coming into the club in that moment wasn’t easy but you mention a key word which is ‘energy’ and I felt that the energy around the training ground and the stadium wasn’t right for this magnificent club. ‘‘I was here and was lucky to play here so everyone first of all has to feel in that way. ‘There was a lot of disconnection in many areas and I wanted to bring everyone together. ‘First of all to make everyone understand how lucky we are to be here and then a very clear direction of where we have to beMORE: Atletico Madrid star Thomas Partey warned Arsenal transfer could ‘destroy’ his career Comment Advertisement Mikel Arteta has high hopes for Kieran Tierney (Picture: Getty)Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta says he can’t wait to have a fully-fit Kieran Tierney at his disposal as he believes the Scot could become a ‘special’ player for the Gunners.The former Celtic captain made a move south of the border last summer after the Gunners agreed a £25million fee with the Bhoys.Tierney was injured when he arrived for the club and made just five league appearances before suffering a dislocated shoulder.That injury means Tierney is yet to feature under Arteta but the Spaniard has been impressed by the 22-year-old’s professionalism during his absence and believes the defender can become ‘special’ at the Emirates.ADVERTISEMENT Advertisement
BREAKING: Bringing with him 28 years of experience, more than 20 NBA players coached, and multiple NCAA Tournaments, Steve Alford becomes the 19th head coach in @NevadaHoops history.DETAILS: https://t.co/wJYXxG9kun#BattleBorn pic.twitter.com/sfZYH39qjK— Nevada Wolf Pack (@NevadaWolfPack) April 12, 2019Alford was fired by the Bruins in December after starting the season 7-6. He went 124-63 over six seasons, making four NCAA Tournament appearances. He previously coached at New Mexico, Iowa and Missouri State before taking the UCLA job in 2013. Nevada has named former UCLA coach Steve Alford its next head coach, the school announced Thursday. He holds a 509–269 career record as a head coach and has reached the tournament 11 times, though he hasn’t had a team make it to the Elite Eight.”While Steve led us to three Sweet 16 appearances, we simply have not been performing at a consistent level and our struggles up to this point in the season do not bode well for the future,” athletic director Dan Guerrero said in a statement at the time of Alford’s firing, per ESPN. Nevada hasn’t been searching for a new head coach for long. Former Wolf Pack coach Eric Musselman, who won 110 games in his four seasons at Nevada, left the program for Arkansas on Sunday after leading Nevada to the NCAA Tournament in each of the last three seasons. His Wolf Pack team reached the Sweet 16 in 2018, however, it lost to Florida in the first round of the 2019 tournament. “I want to thank Eric Musselman for four thrilling seasons with the Wolf Pack and for elevating the Nevada men’s basketball program to the top of the Mountain West Conference. We wish Eric nothing but the best moving forward,” Nevada athletics director Doug Knuth said in a statement Sunday.”We will immediately begin a national search for the next leader of the Wolf Pack men’s basketball program and will have no further comment until that search is completed.” UCLA hires Cincinnati coach Mick Cronin Chris Mullin explains decision to step down as St. John’s coach Related News
Real Madrid will move for Spurs star Eriksen in Januaryby Paul Vegas15 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveReal Madrid will move for Christian Eriksen in January, according to reports.Eriksen wanted to leave Tottenham this past summer, but no suitable offers arrived.He will become a free agent at the end of the season, yet Real want him as soon as possible.Marca says Real will bid for the Dane during the winter transfer window as they don’t want to take any risk of losing him.Spurs would likely accept an offer as Eriksen will walk for free in the summer. TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
Norwegian Encore, Norwegian Cruise Line’s newest ship, has completed another major construction milestone when it departed the Meyer Werft shipyard in Papenburg, Germany, and sailed down the Ems River towards the North Sea.On September 30, 2019, the 169,300 GT Norwegian Encore, the fourth ship in the company’s Breakaway Plus class, began its conveyance to Eemshaven, Netherlands.Featuring a length of 333.46 meters and a width of 41.4 meters, the ship has a passenger capacity of 3,998.Following the completion of technical and nautical sea trials in the North Sea, the newbuild is scheduled to be delivered to the cruise line in Bremerhaven on October 30, 2019.It will be christened in Miami on November 21, 2019, and will commence seven-day voyages to the Caribbean three days later.As informed, Norwegian Encore will be the first ship in Norwegian Cruise Line’s fleet to be plastic bottle free when it debuts. By January 1, 2020, Norwegian Cruise Line plans to eliminate plastic bottles across its entire fleet comprising 16 ships.Watch the cruise vessel’s river conveyance in the short video below:Image & Video Courtesy: NCL
TORONTO – Amazon is keeping the cost of an annual Prime membership in Canada steady even as it moves to raise the cost in the United States.The online retailer says the price of an annual membership will remain at $79 even as it increases 20 per cent in the U.S. starting next month.The company said Thursday that Prime members in the U.S. will now pay US$119 a year, up from US$99, starting May 11 for new members.The new price will apply to renewals of existing U.S. memberships starting on June 16.An Amazon Prime membership gives customers free two-day shipping as well as access to its video and music streaming services and other benefits.The online retailer recently disclosed for the first time that it has more than 100 million Prime members worldwide.
LONDON — Official figures show that consumer prices rose in November by their weakest rate in 21 months, a development that’s likely to cheer consumers as they get ready for some last-minute Christmas shopping.The Office for National Statistics said consumer prices were up 2.3 per cent in the year to November, down slightly from the previous month’s 2.4 per cent.Inflation remains above the Bank of England’s target rate of 2 per cent but the central bank is not expected to raise interest rates again until the uncertainty over Britain’s departure from the European Union has been cleared up.A fall in car fuel prices was the main reason behind the decline in the inflation rate.The Associated Press