June 2, 2021 Find out more January 24, 2014 – Updated on January 20, 2016 China censors reports about elite’s hidden funds ChinaAsia – Pacific China’s Cyber Censorship Figures China is ranked 173rd out of 179 countries in the 2013 Reporters Without Borders press freedom index and is on the Reporters Without Borders list of “Enemies of the Internet.” Access to the websites of Le Monde, The Guardian, Global Mail, El País and Süddeutsche Zeitung were blocked in China after they and other international media reported the results of research into the accounts held by members of the Chinese elite in offshore tax havens. The entire Chinese Internet also went down for several hours after these reports appeared online. Receive email alerts to go further Help by sharing this information News RSF_en ChinaAsia – Pacific Democracies need “reciprocity mechanism” to combat propaganda by authoritarian regimes Censored articles on WeFightCensorship April 27, 2021 Find out more China: Political commentator sentenced to eight months in prison News “The Chinese government’s reaction to the publication of these revelations about corruption in China is evidence of its embarrassment about information of public interest,” Reporters Without Borders said. “We will do everything possible to make this information available to Chinese citizens.”The reports are based on months of detailed research by the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists into the ways that the members of China’s power elite use tax havens to conceal the personal wealth that they and in some cases their family members have amassed.After the findings of this investigation were released on 21 January, the Chinese authorities blocked the websites of the news media involved in the operation and ICIJ’s own site. GreatFire, an organization that specializes in monitoring online censorship in China, has compiled a list of the blocked media:-* ICIJ-* The Guardian-* The Global Mail-* Sueddeutsche Zeitung-* Le Monde.fr-* El País-* CBC.ca-* NDR.deOn 22 January, the US-based China Digital Times website posted the text of an Internet directive from the Chinese authorities ordering the immediate removal of all articles and posts mentioning the ICIJ investigation.Almost all comments and links referring to the ICIJ investigation have been removed from the Chinese microblogging site SinaWeibo.On 21 January, the day that the ICIJ’s findings were released, the entire Chinese Internet suffered a well-timed massive failure that GreatFire regarded as an unsuccessful attempt to block its mirror sites. GreatFire has created a mirror of the China Digital Times site, which has also published the ICIJ’s findings in English and Chinese. Follow the news on China News Organisation News In order to combat this censorship, Reporters Without Borders has published Le Monde’s reports on the ICIJ’s findings in French and Chinese on WeFightCensorship, a website that Reporters Without Borders created in order to combat Internet blocking.Any article posted on WeFightCensorship is instantly duplicated on other copies of this site that are hosted in locations all over the world. We invite other Internet users to participate in this project and to create WeFightCensorship mirrors on their own servers. March 12, 2021 Find out more
COA: Hotel Did Not Conspire To Commit Theft From Guests RoomOlivia Covington for www.theindianalawyer.comThe Indiana Court of Appeals decided Wednesday that an Evansville hotel cannot be considered negligent after its employees allowed a man into a guest room without the guests’ permission, resulting in the theft of the guests’ personal property.After a fire at their home, Brenda and John Smith became guests at a Comfort Inn in Evansville on Aug. 7, 2012, but were arrested and incarcerated for two weeks on Aug. 18 before posting bail. Before their arrest, the Smiths had deposited an insurance draft in the hotel’s safebox and had also brought some personal property that had survived the fire into their room, including a coin collection and sports memorabilia.While they were in jail, Comfort Inn staff allowed Daniel Crawley into the Smiths’ room without the couple’s permission, and Crawly took all of the couple’s personal possessions. Additionally, the hotel handed the contents of the safety deposit box to Luke Warren, who was also not authorized to handle the Smiths’ possessions. However, they were able to recover the insurance draft from Warren after their release.The Smiths filed a negligence complaint against Comfort Inn in September 2013 for allowing Crawley to enter their room and remove their personal belongings. Comfort Inn filed a motion for summary judgment in January 2015, arguing that there was no genuine issue of material fact that its “maximum liability, if any, to the (Smiths is) capped at one hundred dollars,” pursuant to Indiana code.In its September 2015 findings, the Vanderburgh Circuit Court wrote that, “the (Comfort Inn) has no liability to (the Smiths) or any other party for any money, jewelry, ornaments, furs, bank notes, bonds, negotiable security, or other valuable property…since (the Smiths) failed to deliver any such property to the person in charge of the office for deposit in a safe.” The trial court further wrote that any liability Comfort Inn had could not exceed $200.The Smiths appealed, but the Indiana Court of Appeals affirmed the summary judgment in favor of Comfort Inn, pointing to the Innkeeper Statute in its decision.Under the statute, an innkeeper’s liability related to personal property is capped at $200. The Smiths argued in their appeal that the statute is not applicable in their case because “Comfort Inn’s agents facilitated that theft of (their) property” and, therefore, was negligent.But the appellate court wrote Wednesday that there was no evidence that Comfort Inn had conspired with Crawley to steal the couple’s personal property.“In fact, by specifically relying on a negligence theory in an attempt to establish an intentional tort or criminal activity on the part of the Comfort Inn, the Smiths place their situation squarely within the statutory provision,” the court wrote.Judge L. Mark Bailey concurred in result without a separate opinion.The Court of Appeals upheld summary judgment in favor of Comfort Inn. The case is Brenda K. (Layman) Smith and John C. Smith v. Dunn Hospitality Group Manager, Inc. d/b/a Comfort Inn, 82A05-1509-CT-1635.FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmail
71, of Bayonne, passed away on September 17, 2017 at Orlando Regional Medical Center in Orlando, FL. Mr. Rooney was born in Bridgeport, CT as one of eight siblings and spent the majority of his early childhood in Glasgow, Scotland. Oliver started working at Fahnstock Co. at the age of eighteen and spent most of his career as a banking consultant traveling to such places as the United Kingdom, Africa and throughout the U.S. Oliver married Eileen C. Rooney on January 23, 1976 and is now resting with her forever in eternal peace. Mr. Rooney leaves to cherish his memory daughter Kerri and his sister Joan. Mr. Rooney is also survived by his son, Sean and Oliver’s grandchildren: Connor (Abigail), Emma, Abigail, Alyson and great- grandson Liam Michael Rooney and other relatives and friends. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Oliver’s memory to St. Jude’s, P.O. Box 1000, Dept.142; Memphis, TN 38148. Funeral arrangements by CHARLES A. WEST, 34 East 25th St.
In a victory for credit unions facing litigation over unclear website requirements under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), a federal district court in Virginia Friday found that the plaintiff to such a lawsuit did not have standing to sue the credit union because he was not eligible for membership and would not likely use the credit union’s services.In addition, the court indicated that a website is not a place of public accommodation, thus certain ADA protections were not triggered. In this case, NAFCU filed an amicus brief supporting the credit union.“NAFCU is thrilled that the court agreed that there was no reason to sue our member here,” said NAFCU President and CEO Dan Berger. “We will continue to stand with our members in this fight.”Credit unions, banks and other entities have faced a rash of lawsuits in the past year related to website accessibility. NAFCU and its members strongly support the protections of the ADA and efforts to ensure individuals with disabilities are not discriminated against and have equal access to financial services. However, this is best achieved through clear guidance and standards for website compliance, not through meritless and costly lawsuits. continue reading » 9SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr
It hasn’t been easy being a Dolphins fan the last decade or so.Let’s do a quick recap. Since 1997 Miami fans have had to watch:A) Dan Marino wind down his career with Oronde Gadsden (or maybe O.J. McDuffie) as his best playmaker.B) No. 13’s last game, an agonizing 62-7 dismemberment at the hands of the Jacksonville Jaguars.C) A parade of Marino “replacements,” suffering through the likes of Jay Fiedler, A.J. Feeley, Sage Rosenfels, Ray Lucas and Cleo Lemon.And finally,D) That group of Interceptions Anonymous members leading Miami to five straight years out of the playoffs, making Dol-fans want to make like ostriches and bury their heads in the sand.It’s been a rough decade. Ricky Williams’ choosing a $7-a-day tent in Australia over the ‘Phins was pretty indicative of how this once-proud franchise is now floundering. The team has gone from being super-hero porpoise Flipper to the Mahi-Mahi half of a surf and turf.But now the Dolphins have really hit rock bottom — or floated up to the top, as it were.After two mediocre seasons, the savior in a straw hat, Nick Saban, lied to the world and left South Beach for — brace yourself — Tuscaloosa, Ala. to return to college coaching. Not only did Saban thrust Miami back into another rebuilding phase, he has left the team in worse shape than he found it. He has also all but assured that the talents and careers of Jason Taylor and Zach Thomas will be totally wasted, just like Marino’s.Muchachos and chiquitas in Miami are referring to the coach as Nick Satan. Is it just simple wordplay, or are the SoFla beach bums onto something? Let’s break it down.The name gameThe Dark Lord goes by many names, such as Satan, the devil, Lucifer, the Little Horn, Most Unclean, Belial, the Morning Star and even occasionally (though incorrectly) Beelzebub.Nick Saban? He might even have more titles than the not-so-jolly red giant downstairs. He has been head coach of (fill in the name of the highest bidder), since he was first hired at Toledo, where he stayed all of one season. In his 33-year coaching career, he has held 14 different jobs, including six different coaching jobs since 1990, averaging less than three years at any stop. Door-to-door blender salesmen have more stability than that.The devil is often described as a shape shifter; the same could be said of Saban. If you were to look at Saban every couple of years he would never appear to be the same way, wearing different team colors at each glance. Still, it’s hard to call Saban a traitor, since he really hasn’t ever had any allegiance anyway.Flaming trousersWe’ve all heard that old children’s tease, “Liar, liar, pants on fire.” Hell’s overseer certainly is proof of that. One of his many names is, not coincidentally, “Liar” (John 8:33, if you think my pants are aflame), and he resides in an abode that’s chief structural component is fire. So, if he’s still wearing pants, board shorts, capris or even boxers, they are most certainly burning at this moment.But the point is that Satan lies. A lot. It’s basically his most distinguishing characteristic, you know, after his horns, red skin and giant pitchfork.Saban is a liar. On Dec. 21, he blatantly gave the most false statement since Clinton’s Monica Lewinsky denial or Subway’s assertion that they are “the healthy choice.”“I guess I have to say it: I’m not going to be the Alabama coach,” Saban said, impressively without the slightest hint of a lisp, despite his forked tongue.GreedEl Diablo makes his living off of thriving on the seven deadly sins, one of which is greed. To say Saban is greedy is like saying Patrick Stewart’s hair is thinning. The guy left a job that was paying him more than $4 million a year and for what? Mo’ money, mo’ money, mo’ money.With LSU he signed a contract that guaranteed he would always be the highest paid college coach. That in itself is unbelievably greedy. He then jumped to the NFL as soon as the Dolphins threw more greenbacks at him.In fact, if the price were right, Saban would surely bolt to the Oakland Raiders, Harlem Globetrotters or New York Yankees (I hear they want him to pitch).Home, Sweet HomeThe Notorious S-A-T (to the A-N) lives in hell. Obviously it isn’t the best of places to reside in.According to Statemaster.com, Alabama is the 11th worst state to live in. Now while that isn’t exactly a paradise, it would appear to be slightly above hell. Sixth worst would make sense, as six is traditionally the devil’s numeral of choice. However, you have to read between the lines.Some recent players who have worn No. 11 are Isaiah Thomas and Daunte Culpepper, two individuals currently in the process of ruining their respective franchises, a very evil thing.Eleven is also a prime number and thus indivisible into an integer, which makes it an individual and not a team player. In sports, you better be a team player, otherwise you are evil — like T.O., Barry Bonds and Dale Earnhardt Jr.While I admit this logic is a little bit of a stretch, I think it’s fair to say no one you know wants to live in Alabama, not even if they will have the most tricked out double-wide on the block, like Saban will. It’s close enough to hell on earth.The fact is Saban also makes babies cry (Manny Wright), is often beet red (and I don’t think it’s the tropical sun) and is always wearing a hat (obviously to cover up his horns). He’ll also be sporting some pretty fiery crimson this year at ‘Bama. His pitchfork is a whistle and his tail was surgically removed, so that he could be more comfortable sitting down for job interviews (which he constantly is).But you know why Saban has to be a demon in coach’s clothing? Because anyone who saw “Little Nicky” knows the Dark Lord is, in fact, a Jets fan. And no one but a Jets fan could be this evil.Dave McGrath is a senior majoring in English and journalism. If you have any tips to help him learn black magic to place a curse on Saban, you can reach him at d[email protected]