Romania tries to use GDPR to force journalists to reveal sources

first_img“We condemn this misuse of the European Union’s new data protection provisions with the aim of intimidating investigative reporters and violating the confidentiality of their sources,” said Pauline Adès-Mével, the head of RSF’s EU-Balkans desk. November 14, 2018 Romania tries to use GDPR to force journalists to reveal sources Romania is ranked 44th out of 180 countries in RSF’s 2018 World Press Freedom Index. © Puiu Alexandru RomaniaEurope – Central Asia Protecting journalistsProtecting sources CorruptionOrganized crimeInternetEconomic pressureJudicial harassment to go further News November 23, 2020 Find out more Ten RSF recommendations for the European Union RSF and 60 other organisations call for an EU anti-SLAPP directive Organisation News May 26, 2021 Find out more RSF is also surprised by the speed with which Romania’s Data Protection Authority wrote to RISE Project after it posted the articles on Facebook. This agency normally takes several months to respond to complaints by Romanian citizens, according to the Organized Crime and Corruption Reporting Project (OCCRP), which consulted specialized lawyers. Follow the news on Romania As grounds for issuing this order, the letter cited the GDPR, otherwise known as EU Directive 2016/679, which took effect on 25 May. Newscenter_img RSF_en Reacting to this misuse of the GDPR on 12 November, European Commission spokesperson Margaritis Schinas said Romania had to make exceptions for the media. “It is of upmost importance that Romanian authorities implement that obligation in national law, to provide exemptions and derogations to protect journalist sources, in particular, from the powers of the data protection authority,” he said. Compliance with this recommendation is all the more essential since Romania is due to take over the EU rotating presidency on 1 January This alleged scandal is said to involve senior Romanian politicians, including Liviu Dragnea, the president of the ruling Social Democratic Party (PSD), and Tel Drum SA, a construction company already implicated in another case. The same massive corruption scandal was the subject of Bulgarian journalist Viktoria Marinova’s last broadcast on the Bulgarian TV channel TVN before her brutal murder on 6 October. Receive email alerts “The GDPR is meant to give Europeans more control over their personal data and the way companies use their data. It is definitely not intended to prevent journalists from publishing information in the public interest.” Romania: In an open letter, RSF and ActiveWatch denounce judicial pressures on investigative journalists following a complaint from a Bucharest district mayor News RomaniaEurope – Central Asia Protecting journalistsProtecting sources CorruptionOrganized crimeInternetEconomic pressureJudicial harassment Help by sharing this information The articles to which the letter referred were published by RISE Project in the course of the investigation it has been conducting jointly with the Bulgarian investigative website Bivol into the alleged embezzlement of around 21 million euros in EU funds. When Romania and Bulgaria joined the European Union in 2007, they were placed under a mechanism that allows the European Commission to monitor the pace of their judicial reforms and efforts to combat corruption. In this mechanism’s latest report, published yesterday, the Commission again called on Romania to “combat corruption” – the subject that investigative journalists find hardest to cover. Reporters Without Borders (RSF) calls on Romania’s Data Protection Authority toimmediately cease its alarming attempts to use the European Union’s General DataProtection Regulation (GDPR) to violate the confidentiality of the sources of investigativejournalists. December 2, 2020 Find out more In a letter received from the Data Protection Authority on 9 November, the Romanian investigative news website RISE Project was told it could be fined up to 20 million euros if it failed to reveal the sources for the “personal data” in a series of Facebook articles and all other information related to these articles.last_img read more

AAG releases final team for South American Junior Championships

first_imgTHE Athletics Association of Guyana (AAG) yesterday released the names of the athletes on the 50-man team that will be representing Guyana at this weekend’s South American Junior Championships to be held at the National Track and Field Centre at Leonora.Chantoba BrightNot surprisingly the team is led by CARIFTA Games gold medallists Compton Caesar, Claudrice McKoy, Chantoba Bright, and silver medallist Anfernee Headecker, as well as South American Youth Championships multiple silver medallist Daniel Williams.All of the other athletes who represented Guyana at this year’s CARIFTA Games are also on the team. Overall, the list contains almost all of Guyana’s top, seasoned junior athletes, and then some, as the local side looks to maximise participation, with 21 females and 29 males.“This will be the biggest team that will represent Guyana at any meet. We’ve never before had a team of 50 athletes represent Guyana on any occasion,” team manager Cornel Rose boasted yesterday, during a press conference held by the local organising committee.The athletes have intermittently been training together over the last four weekends, under a pool of coaches from across Guyana’s top athletics clubs, and from all reports spirits and expectations are high among the team, with just a few days to go.“We expect our fair share of medals being that we’re on home turf and this team has been prepared like no other before that I can recall, and I’ve been around for a while.“We’ve had four weekends of camps and the sessions were great. The athletes are all in high spirit, and based on the times that they’ve been doing we can expect medals, not just silver and bronze but our fair share of gold,” coach Julian Edmonds said.Claudrice McKoyMeanwhile, when questioned about athletes being housed at the National Gymnasium during their training stints, after a photo of the athletes sleeping on the facilities bleachers circulated on social media, AAG president Aubrey Hutson said while the situation left much to be desired, it was the best that could be had under current circumstances.“Yes the ideal thing may have been to put them up at the Marriott (Hotel), but we have to understand that it’s one financial pie that we have to share, and how we distribute those finances is that in some areas we’re going to have to make cutbacks, in some areas we will be able to do better than what was previously done,” Hutson stated.“I have never had complaints about the Gymnasium being not suitable. Matter of fact I’ve never heard the athletes complain that it was too hot. We try to do the best that we can under the present circumstances for the development of this sport and hence the Gymnasium was chosen. It wasn’t the ideal place of choice, but based on the prevailing circumstances I think it was the best that we could have done.”Compton CaesarGuyana will be competing in all of the events with the exception of the female hurdles, steeplechase, heptathlon and hammer throw, which are events that Guyana does not conventionally participate in. However, the Land of Many Waters was able to source athletes to represent in the male steeplechase, hurdles, decathlon and hammer throw.The full team is as follows:GIRLS:Kenisha Phillips (100m, 200m, 4x 100m), Onasha Rogers (100m, 200m, 4x100m), Avon Samuels (400m, 4x400m, 4x100m), Collia Rowe (400m, 4x400m), Joanna Archer (800m), Claudrice McKoy (1500m), Serena Williams (1500m), Leyanna Charles (3000m), Kezra Murray (3000m), Delecia Harper (5000m), Tatyana Blair (high jump), Shontel Browne (high jump), Chantoba Bight (long jump, triple jump), Ruth Sanmoogan (long jump, triple jump), Mian McPherson (shot put, discus), Kimbily Hilliman (javelin), Jamecia Scott (discus), Cassie Small (relay), Tonya Rawlins, Tiffauna Garnett, Tandika Haynes (relay)BOYS:Compton Caesar (100m, 200m, 4x100m, 4x400m), Tyrell Peters (100m, 200m, 4x100m), Anfernee Headecker (800m, 1500m, 4x400m), Daniel Williams (400m, 4x400m, high jump), Laurindo Prince (400m, 4x400m), Terrence Fraser (400m hurdles), Hosea Glen (400m hurdles), Samuel Lynch (800m, 4x400m), Ruel Chester (1500m), Ronaldo Wishart (3000m, steeplechase), Nigel Gonsalves (3000m, steeplechase), Matthew McKenzie (5000m), Rondell Newton (5000m), Rickie Williams (10000m), Joshua Williams (10000m), Tortque Boyce (high jump), Tremaine Browne (long jump, triple jump), Anthony Williams (long jump, triple jump), Ronaldo Greene (triple jump), Jermaine Simmons (shot put, discus), Timothy Sealey (shot put, javelin), Tremaine Beckles (javelin, discus), Jonathan Garnett (relay), Jermaine King (relay), Ryan Bramble (relay), Stayon Wilson (relay), Denise Roberts (decathlon), Tevin Nicholson (race walk), Jonathan Copeland (hammer throw).last_img read more

Olympic hopeful and SU alumnus Freddie Crittenden helps train SU track

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ In most sports, it would be odd for coaches to compete against their players. Not in track and field.Take the 2018 Gainesville Tom Jones Memorial Meet on April 13, for example. Syracuse hurdler Angelo Goss placed ninth in the 110-meter hurdle finals. Ahead of him, in fourth, was Freddie Crittenden, an SU volunteer assistant coach.But Crittenden is not a coach in the traditional sense. In his time at Syracuse, Crittenden was a five-time All-American. Now, after graduating Syracuse in 2017, he is continuing to train for his professional career, which he hopes will eventually lead him to the Olympics. And since some meets Syracuse runs in are open to professional runners like Crittenden, he’s often there to run too.“I just try to be like a teammate,” Crittenden said. “I don’t want to assume a role of authority. They’re still like my friends, my homies. I don’t want to act like I’m so much better than them, because in a lot of ways they are better than me, so I still learn from them in some ways.”Crittenden decided to remain in the program to help him transition from college competition to the pros. He also “loves” the assistance of coach Dave Hegland, who coaches the SU hurdlers.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textHegland is just as glad Crittenden is helping out, saying it’s good for everybody.“I think it’s good for (volunteer assistants) in that it continues to give them a little structure, access to facilities, that kind of thing,” Hegland said. “It’s good for our young kids on the team because hopefully they can continue to learn from people who have been successful and achieved some of the things that our young kids want to achieve.”Crittenden is not the first graduate to become a volunteer assistant after graduating SU. Hegland cited many runners, including 2008 graduate Ramon Sosa, who still helps the team today in a similar role to Crittenden.Runners like Alabama-transfer Goss have benefitted from learning from accomplished Syracuse alumni.“That’s what I didn’t have at Alabama,” Goss said. “The whole team around showing us how to do correct stuff. Assistant coach Freddie and Ramon tell us what we’re doing wrong and what we’re doing right.”Crittenden’s path to success has not been easy. In his junior year at Syracuse, he tore a ligament in his left knee in the Division I East Regional Finals. He said the injury held him back from winning the overall NCAA Championship, instead placing fourth two weeks later. His senior year, Crittenden again was injured in the east regionals, this time keeping him off the track for longer. Hegland said he rebounded strong.“He was still just right back at practice on Monday getting ready for the next thing, getting ready to hopefully compete at the USA Championships,” Hegland said.Crittenden feels he put too much pressure on himself senior year. Since then, he said he has changed mentally.“Since I’ve graduated, I’ve learned to kind of just let things go, let the process take place and just be patient with the season,” Crittenden said. “I don’t have to have the pressure and that constant urge to perform, perform, perform, perform and kind of slow down, take a deep breath and just enjoy the moment.”Hegland said that Crittenden’s schedule is different enough from SU’s that it doesn’t feel like he’s still just a Syracuse runner. Crittenden has traveled to Poland, Italy and California without the team for outdoor meets, as well as the New York Millrose games during the indoor season.Still, Hegland says, it’s the same Crittenden he’s known the past four years.“That’s the good thing,” Hegland said. “He’s still just the same guy coming to practice, happy to be here, wanting to work and looking forward to the next competition.” Comments Published on April 26, 2018 at 10:23 am Contact Eric: [email protected]last_img read more

Noel Foundation gives back to children

first_imgSonia Noel, through her newly formed 6/50 Project, distributed a quantity of school supplies to children on Friday.The 6/50 Project was launched as Guyana celebrated its 50th Independence anniversary.Founder of the project and renowned fashion designer Sonia Noel, explained that the project was launched with the aim of investing in the country’s human resources. As the name suggests, 50 children in Guyana will receive US to assist them with school supplies, etc.“I grew up in a single parent home and this is the time that my mother had the most headaches and I can never really recall all of us going to school together like on the same day,” she related.She said too that giving back is part of her DNA and is something she does from the heart.Noel explained that her foundation seeks to assist in whatever way they can to ease the strain on some families and to equip the children with the motivation to pursue their dreams.“It is important for us to instil in our children, the importance of leadership, and the importance of you believing in yourself and believing that you can achieve anything. I myself am a dreamer and I live by faith a lot of times, so you just can’t tell yourself that this is too big for me because no career is too big for any of the children in here,” she explained.This Sunday, Sonia Noel will also be hosting a special event titled “Style Mission”. The event will feature a fashion extravaganza to assistFashion designer Sonia Noel poses with beneficiaries of her 6/50 projectthe less fortunate and the underprivileged.Proceeds will also go towards popular actor/comedian Henry Rodney, and former lead hairstylist and makeup artist for GFW, Corin Gibson, who are both in need of assistance to offset medical expenses.Rodney’s daughter Tamara Rodney thanked Noel for her support.“On behalf of my family, I want to say a huge thank you for the support that all of the country has been giving and I want to say thank you again to Sonia Noel because it’s quite moving that you took the time out to just do this for my father.”The event will be held at the Pegasus Hotel and will be treated as a VIP event.last_img read more

Nixon earns fourth honor of campaign

first_imgSenior guard Aaron Nixon was named Co-Player of the Week by the Big West Conference on Monday. Nixon, who had been selected Player of the Week on three previous occasions this season, led the 49ers’ to road victories over Cal Poly and UC Santa Barbara. Cal Poly’s Dawin Whiten shared the honor. John Mallinger, who attended Long Beach State, finished third Sunday in the Pebble Beach National Pro-Am. It was just Mallinger’s eighth PGA Tour start and he earned $374,000. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Baseball honors Dirtbags shortstop Danny Espinosa and relief pitcher Bryan Shaw earned Big West Co-Player of the Week honors. Espinosa hit .467 in four games and Shaw picked up the victory by throwing three shutout innings and striking out five in Long Beach’s 9-8, come-from-behind victory over No. 7 Texas on Saturday. The Dirtbags are 4-2. Mallinger third center_img Nixon, who had a total of 10 steals in the two games, scored 26 points in an 80-77 win over Cal Poly on Thursday. He then came back Saturday and made the game-winning shot with four-tenths of a second to play in the 49ers’ 68-67 win over Santa Barbara. Nixon scored 14 points. He is averaging 17.3 on the season. Long Beach is 17-6 overall and in first place in the Big West Conference at 8-2. The 49ers tangle with second-place Cal State Fullerton on Wednesday at 7 p.m. at Fullerton. last_img read more

Angels pitcher Tyler Skaggs died of fentanyl, oxycodone, alcohol mixture, coroner says

first_imgTyler Skaggs’ death was caused by a mixture of opioids and alcohol, and ruled an accident, according to findings of the Tarrant County Medical Examiner’s office, and the Skaggs family issued a statement suggesting someone with the Angels may have been connected to the tragedy.The report, which was released Friday, indicated Skaggs was found with powerful painkillers fentanyl and oxycodone in his system, as well as alcohol.Skaggs’ family released as statement after the release of the news, and …last_img

SA, Cuba trade ‘below potential’

first_img6 November 2012 There is plenty of room for improvement in the levels of trade and investment between South Africa and Cuba, Trade and Industry Minister Rob Davies said at the opening of the South African Pavilion at the 30th Havana International Fair in Cuba on Sunday. Eighteen South African companies are exhibiting at the Fair, representing the capital equipment, electro-technical, mining, agro-processing, engineering and metals sectors. Davies noted that the current levels of trade between the two countries were extremely modest and below what they had been in the past, despite a number of interventions by both governments. “But I’m happy to say this year, the 30th Havana International Fair anniversary is coinciding with the ratification of the agreement which was reached during the [2010 state] visit by President Zuma.”R350m assistance package South Africa is providing Cuba with a R350-million economic assistance package that Davies believes could help to turn the country’s trade and investment pattern around. The package comprises a R40-million grant for the purchase of seeds by Cuba, a R100-million solidarity grant, and credit lines of R70-million and R140-million. Davies said that Cuba continued to provide training for South African doctors, as well as vaccines that were used in South Africa’s public health sector. He added that South Africans should never forget the sacrifices made by Cuba in helping the country in its transition to democracy. “If it had not been for the contributions and sacrifices that Cuba made to the battle of Cuito Cuanavale and the impact it had on Namibian Independence, and [the effect] Namibian Independence had on the transition to democracy in South Africa, I think we might well find ourselves battling with the demon of apartheid for several more years, and possibly a decade longer than we did,” Davies said. Source: read more

Don’t look down! — Vertical Limit I: Die Brücke (GCZVW2) — Geocache of the Week

first_imgGear up to get down—carefully. Photo by geocacher p-boroGeocache Name:Vertical Limit I: Die Brücke (GCZVW2)Difficulty/Terrain Rating:1.5/5Why this is the Geocache of the Week:Between inviting forest trails, urban jaunts and neighborhood parks, it’s easy to forget that there’s a whole other side to geocaching—the adrenaline-fueled adventure sport that only the skilled and brave take part in. This Geocache of the Week serves a gentle reminder of the exciting T5 and those that throw fear to the side to earn their smileys. If rappelling off of bridges isn’t necessarily your thing, that’s okay. T5’s take on many different shapes. For the seafaring, geocaching pirates, there are plenty of boat-in and scuba caches. For the forest dwellers, try a tree-climbing cache. And if you’re a rock climber (like the author), there are plenty of geocaches that can only be accessed via fifth-class terrain. There are tons of options. The only requirement for a T5 is that it must require special equipment to access.# of Finds:885# of Favorite Points:416What the geocache owner, TUTANCHAMUN, has to say:“Some years ago when I did with with a friend of mine some rock climbing and we thought about creating a special geocache. We never thought that this cache will exist such a long time and will get so popular.[…] I am pleased that Vertical Limit I is alive and I think it is accountable to let this cache stay, it is not so extremely dangerous. An important thing I want to say to the community: Enjoy geocaching in nature, search lovely places,  search funny and extraordinary caches but don’t hunt only for points along the road every 0.1 miles. Quality not Quantity!”What geocachers are saying:[All logs translated from German]“A great geocache, there are far too few of this kind… :-)” – Chaosjan“This was so worth it!  A fantastic adventure, that was a lot of fun for everyone.” – DaDieDose!“This Bridge was on our bucket list for a long time and today it is finally happening. […] A really great location that literally screams for you to rappel down!” – Nuuskamuikkunen_01Read More LogsPhotos:Multi-abseil! Photo by geocacher andineFound it! Photo by geocacher Evelyn&AndreasI hope you’re not afraid of heights. Photo by geocacher ruby74See More Photos What fears have you conquered (or would you conquer) to earn a find? Post your stories and photos in the comments. Continue to explore some of the most engaging geocaches around the globe. Check out all the Geocaches of the Week on the Geocaching blog.If you would like to nominate a Geocache of the Week, leave a comment below with the name of the geocache, the GC code, and why you think we should feature it.Share with your Friends:Morecenter_img SharePrint RelatedI hope you’re not afraid of the dark. — Antuna Underground (GC2B3BY) — Geocache of the Week Video EditionOctober 2, 2013In “Geocaching with Kids”Hilma Hooker (GC2W056) — Geocache of the WeekSeptember 7, 2016In “Community”Near the top of Europe (GC2BVRY) – Geocache of the WeekJuly 16, 2015In “Geocache of the Week”last_img read more

Maharashtra to move on farmers’ insurance claims

first_imgThe Maharashtra government will put in place a framework to resolve all complaints related to non-payment of insurance claims to farmers. The Cabinet on Tuesday reviewed the financial situation of private insurance companies and their pending claims following the announcement by ally Shiv Sena to protest against them. Senior ministers said a payment of more than ₹15,000 crore has been made to farmers who have paid over ₹2,300 crore in premiums in the past four years.“During the the previous government’s tenure, the compensation amount never exceeded ₹300 crore a year. But the expenditure of companies this year alone is over ₹3,200 crore,” said a senior minister the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and Shiv Sena government. Confirming that the Cabinet reviewed the insurance scheme and held a presentation, new State BJP chief Chandrakant Patil said the party had no problem with the Sena’s stand. “The companies will only pay farmers who have suffered losses. We understand the Sena’s stand and are fine even if our own party workers will hold a protest. If by holding protests the issue can be resolved, then everyone is more than welcome to do so,” he said.Earlier, the government set up a 10-member committee to scrutinise complaints from farmers and public representatives against the Pradhan Mantri Fasal Bima Yojana, a government-sponsored crop insurance scheme, at the taluka level. “The government has been receiving a slew of complaints from villages and districts. We have set up the committee, headed by the local tehsildar, among nine other members, to look into complaints of mismanagement in the scheme,” said a government directive.last_img read more

a month agoBarcelona captain Lionel Messi named FIFA’s The Best

first_imgBarcelona captain Lionel Messi named FIFA’s The Bestby Carlos Volcanoa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveBarcelona captain Lionel Messi has been named FIFA’s The Best Player of the Year.He beat Juventus striker Cristiano Ronaldo and Liverpool’s Virgil van Dijk to the crown.Betting odds had Van Dijk as the favourite after winning the Champions League, but the Argentine rose above the Liverpool defender after finishing second in the first two years of the award, while he didn’t even reach a podium finish last year.”I want to thank everyone who decided to give me this recognition,” Messi said as he collected his trophy.”For me, individual awards are secondary and the collective comes first.”But today is a special day for me.”I have my wife and children here, and it’s the first time they’ve come.”Having them here to enjoy this is priceless.”They love football and they’re watching everyone around them shyly.”Messi dominated for Barcelona last season.Now, he’s favourite to go on and win the Ballon d’Or, as happened with Ronaldo twice and Luka Modric in 2018. About the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more