There seems to be more trouble on the way for the Hockey India League. Just days after the Mumbai Magicians exited from the ambitious franchisebased competition, Ranchi Rhinos could also be on their way out.Winners of the first edition of the league, the Rhinos have cited ‘financial’ reasons for terminating the contract. According to sources, the owners had a tiff with Hockey India over the franchise fee.”The owners of Ranchi Rhinos wanted certain reduction in the fee structure. They were not getting the returns they had expected when they bought the franchise. When the discussions with Hockey India didn’t work out, they decided to withdraw from the league,” a source told MAIL TODAY.While there are reports that the federation is still trying to negotiate with the team owners, the players have already received an email from Hockey India stating that the team has ceased to exist. “We were shocked when we received the email. We had no clue that something like this will happen. We have not yet received any mail from the owners and are in the dark about the reasons for the withdrawal,” a Ranchi Rhinos player said.According to sources, the decision to pull the plug on the team was taken only recently. “Ranchi Rhinos did not plan to withdraw to start with. In fact, they were preparing for the next edition and were looking at possible players to purchase in the upcoming auction. But, when things didn’t work out with Hockey India, they decided to quit. Speculation about this was doing the rounds over the last few days,” he said.advertisementHowever, Hockey India secretary general Narinder Batra rubbished the reports and Ranchi Rhinos were still part of the league. “No team has pulled out. The Hockey India League will be held as per schedule next year and Ranchi will be part of it,” he told MAIL TODAY. Meanwhile, there are reports that Hockey India is planning to rope in two more teams into the league.
Paris, Oct 31 (AFP) The president of Spain’s La Liga, Javier Tebas, has stepped up his criticism of Paris Saint-Germain as he pushed UEFA to kick teams out of the Champions League for breaching their Financial Fair Play rules. UEFA opened an investigation into the Qatari-owned club’s spending in September 2017 under pressure from some of Europe’s footballing elite after they signed Neymar from Barcelona for a world-record 222 million euros (USD 264 million). They then completed a deal to sign Kylian Mbappe from Monaco for 180 million euros just a few weeks later, and Tebas has been especially vocal in his criticism of PSG’s finances, while also targeting Abu Dhabi-owned Manchester City. “UEFA’s Financial Fair Play rules say that when you cheat with your budgets, you have to be thrown out of the competition,” Tebas said Tuesday during an interview in Paris with several media, including AFP. PSG have never been barred from playing in the Champions League, although in late September UEFA said it had referred the accusations against the French giants to its financial unit “for further investigation”. UEFA rules mandate that clubs cannot spend more than they earn in any given season and deficits must fall within a 30-million-euro limit over three seasons. PSG’s case, though, is complicated by lucrative sponsorship deals with the Qatar National Bank and the Gulf state’s tourism authority. Tebas claims his faith in UEFA and FFP is wavering. “I am sceptical. I have to have confidence just now. When this whole process ends, ask me again,” said the 56-year-old.advertisement – PSG ‘the most blatant’ – ========================== Tebas has ignored the pleas of PSG president Nasser Al Khelaifi to stop his public criticism of the French champions and claims he is not simply trying to protect the interests of Spanish giants Real Madrid and Barcelona. Both clubs, along with other traditional European giants, have been threatened by the emergence of PSG and City with their mega-rich Gulf owners. “I want football to be economically balanced, so that there are no devious methods to becoming big, because this places football’s economic structure in danger,” he said. “In this case I am defending the interests of professional football in Europe. “UEFA’s Financial Fair Play rules are there to be obeyed. We also denounced Manchester City and we are studying other clubs in Europe, not just PSG. The thing is that PSG have been the most blatant.” He blames the two clubs for the continuing inflation of wages and transfer fees, with PSG’s deal for Neymar more than double the world record at the time — Manchester United bought Paul Pogba from Juventus for 105 million euros a year earlier. “If players’ salaries and transfer fees go up because television rights have gone up, through money that has come into football, that is normal. “Inflation is bad when the money doesn’t come from football, but from gas or oil.” Meanwhile, Tebas says he is prepared to appeal to the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) if his plans to stage a match in the United States are blocked. “We will go to the CAS or the competent courts. We think we have the right legally and ethically,” he said. His response came after FIFA president Gianni Infantino confirmed last week that world football’s governing body is opposed to La Liga’s plans to take the league game between Barcelona and Girona to Miami on January 26. “Why can the NBA take official matches out of the USA, and go and play in London, and we cannot? “We are talking about one match with the strategic motive of trying to grow and improve La Liga’s brand.” (AFP) AH
Cardale Jones Women Sports Fans 4Twitter hasn’t been the best place for Cardale Jones. There was, of course, the “I didn’t come here to play school” incident a couple years ago. There has also been the trolling of Joakim Noah and the transferring to Akron prank that upset some of his fans. Then, last night, the Ohio State national champion-winning quarterback appeared to mock women sports fans during the NBA Finals. Jones’ account tweeted the following last night: @CJ12_ @CJ12_ @CJ12_ Jones, though, claims he was hacked.I need to change my Twitter password— Cardale Jones (@CJ12_) June 5, 2015BTW, those wasn’t my tweets about females and sports, I don’t comment on race/ethnicity, sexual orientation, politics or gender, goodnight— Cardale Jones (@CJ12_) June 5, 2015people wait patiently just to see when you screw up, go stalk someone else’s social media— Cardale Jones (@CJ12_) June 5, 2015The “I was hacked” defense when some poor-tasting tweets are sent out is an unbelievable one in most cases, but maybe Jones is telling the truth.
TUSCALOOSA, AL – NOVEMBER 18: Jalen Hurts #2 of the Alabama Crimson Tide looks on during the second half of the game against the Mercer Bears at Bryant-Denny Stadium on November 18, 2017 in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)Alabama football had a seriously scary moment on its last drive. Heisman favorite Tua Tagovailoa was hit hard in his mid-section, and had to leave the game. To the surprise of some, it was Mac Jones who came in to replace him, and not Jalen Hurts.Tagovailoa beat out Hurts earlier in the year for the starting job, after replacing him at halftime of the national championship game.Alabama has been crushing teams though, so we’ve seen plenty of both. Tagovailoa is yet to throw a fourth quarter pass.A Jalen Hurts injury makes it very unlikely that he will appear this week though, even in the event of Tua Tagovailoa going down again.Hurts suffered a sprained ankle against Tennessee a few weeks ago, and had minor surgery to alleviate the issue.He is suited up, but it is clear that Alabama doesn’t want to have to play him. He came off the bus in a walking boot, and was shown jogging very gingerly earlier.Jalen Hurts getting close attention from S&C coach Scott Cochran. The backup Bama QB is recovering from an ankle sprain. pic.twitter.com/OjzAMNafhE— Alex Scarborough (@AlexS_ESPN) November 3, 2018If Jalen Hurts gets sent on the field tonight criminal charges should be filed pic.twitter.com/cLEjmtuvfT— ben. (@benhomme_) November 4, 2018If Hurts gets in, it would have to be an extreme emergency, and even then, Saban would probably get heat for it. It doesn’t look like Hurts would really be mobile enough to protect himself against an extremely talented LSU defense.Tagovailoa is back in, and just led the Crimson Tide on a touchdown drive, hitting Henry Ruggs for a score. The Tide lead 6-0 after a botched extra point.
Local Area Office: 902-674-2535 Fax: 902-674-2170 -30- VICTORIA COUNTY: Big Baddeck Road Big Baddeck Road, about five kilometres north of Old Margaree Road, will be reduced to one lane until Monday, Aug. 31 for repaving. Detour route on Old Margaree Road loop. Work takes place from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Bid on an amazing once-in-a-lifetime experience to meet your favorite country singer Tim McGraw!Included in this auction is a pair of tickets to see Tim in concert on September 4th, at the Puyallup Fairgrounds at Washington State Fair in Puyallup, WA.Listen to Tim sing his old favorites as well as new songs from his current album Damn Country Music. Bring your camera and a pen to get an autograph because this auction also includes a up close meet and greet with Tim.Did we mention that airfare and a 2-night hotel stay is included in this package too! 100% of the proceeds benefit Point Hope, a non-profit organization that serves as a voice for forgotten children.The auction runs until Aug 6, and can be accessed here.
GRANDE PRAIRIE, A.B. – A 16-year-old girl is facing at least one charge after allegedly crashing a stolen SUV into a yard over the weekend.On Sunday at approximately 2:30 a.m., Mounties in Grande Prairie responded to a report of an SUV driving erratically in the area of Landing Drive.Upon arrival, officers discovered the vehicle had crashed into a residential yard, and that the home’s residents had taken the vehicle’s keys away from the female driver before police arrived. Police uncovered that the vehicle had been reported stolen earlier in the week, and the driver was arrested without incident.The 16-year-old, whose identity cannot be revealed under the terms of the Youth Criminal Justice Act, is facing a charge of possession of property obtained by crime and will appear in court in Grande Prairie on September 24th.
Jaipur: Rajasthan Royals were left high and dry after the ball hit the stumps but the bails were not disturbed during their tie against Kolkata Knight Riders here. In a lopsided contest on Sunday, the Royals lost to KKR by eight wickets with 37 balls to spare. Asked to bat first, Royals could only muster 139/3 in 20 overs. KKR cantered to victory, losing just two wickets. But things could have been different had the ball dislodged the bails when Chris Lynn was batting in the fourth over off Dhawal Kulkarni. Also Read – Puducherry on top after 8-wkt win over Chandigarh Lynn, who went on to make a 32-ball 50, was batting on 13 when a length ball came into the Australian who was cramped for room. It got an inside edge that hit the leg stump, the stump lights turned on but the bails were not dislodged as the ball raced towards the fine leg boundary. This got Twitter into a frenzy as many posted jokes and memes in a light hearted manner. The Royals were about to celebrate but their joy was cut short, with social media enthusiasts having a good time out of it. KKR raced to 140/2 in 13.5 overs and are now top of the table with eight points from five matches. The Royals, meanwhile, are languishing in seventh place with just two points from five games.
Fez- Saudi Arabia announced on Wednesday night that the Muslim celebration of Eid al-Adha will be observed Saturday October 4. Experts gathered to sight the moon in order to ascertain the exact date of the Eid al-Adha celebration as the Islamic calendar is lunar-based. In the lunar Islamic calendar, Eid al-Adha falls on the 10th day of the month of Dhul Hijjah.The Eid al-Adha celebration marks the end of hajj, a religious pilgrimage undertaken by millions of Muslims each year. The day of Arafat, known the most important day of the pilgrimage, will fall on October 3rd , according to Saudi Arabia’s announcement.The Islamic calender is based on Moon’s movements and many Muslim communities rely on eye-sighting of the crescent to mark the start of a month while some countries base the calender on astronomic charts.The last month of the Islamic lunar calendar,”Dhu al-Hijjah” which literally means “Possessor of the Pilgrimage,” marks when Muslim pilgrims from across the world congregate at Islam’s holy capital Mecca to visit the Kaaba.The Hajj (pilgrimage), one of the five pillars of Islam, is performed on the eighth, ninth and the tenth of this month.The Day of Arafa, the eve of Eid al-Adha, takes place on the ninth of the month while Eid al-Adha begins on the tenth day and ends on the thirteenth.
Rabat – Saad Lamjarred will appear in front of the judge determining bail conditions in Draguignan, at the request of the Court of Paris.According to Media Part, the Moroccan singer could go back to detention after his September 18 hearing. Saad Lamjarred was released on judicial supervision following a complaint of rape filed recently against him by a young French seasonal worker in Saint-Tropez.The 33-year-old artist was arrested on Sunday, August 26, in Saint-Tropez in southeastern France after police received a new rape complaint from another woman. The singer is already facing a trial on charges of rape for a 2016 incident in France. After two days in custody, the pop star was placed under judicial supervision and prohibited from leaving France or contacting the complainant. In addition, the singer was required to pay bail of €150,000.The singer of “Ghazali” met the victim in a nightclub in Saint-Tropez, on Saturday night, August 25. He invited her to his hotel room and, according to Lamjarred’s lawyer, they had “a consensual sexual relationship.” The woman, however, immediately reported to the authorities that Lamjarred had beaten and raped her.Following his arrest, the Moroccan singer’s name was ruled off the list of nominees in the All Africa Awards (AFRIMA) competition, which will take place in Ghana in November.Lamjarred had been nominated in three categories: Best singer in Africa, best song in Africa for “Casablanca,” and best artist in North Africa.Bachir Abdou’s son was previously arrested in France on October 26, 2016, for the sexual assault of Laura Prioul. The trial has not yet commenced.French authorities temporarily released the artist on bail under electronic surveillance on April 13, 2017, after he spent nearly six months at the Marriott Champs Elysées in Paris pending his trial.
The top United Nations refugee official, António Guterres, has urged the European Commission (EC) to convene a gathering bringing together Italy, Malta, Libya, the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) and others to create a joint response to irregular migration across the Mediterranean Sea.The moves comes on the heels of Italy’s recent ‘push-backs’ to Libya. Earlier this month, UNHCR expressed its concern after Italy sent over 200 people it rescued off Maltese waters back to Libya before properly assessing their possible protection needs.In late March, hundreds of people who were seeking new lives in Europe died off the Libyan coast, and UNHCR is increasing its presence in Libya to help those seeking international protection.In a letter to EC Vice President Jacques Barrot, Mr. Guterres said his agency recognizes the strain that irregular migration places on Italy and other European Union (EU) Member States.“At the same time, UNHCR believes fundamental principles are at stake and that these principles ought to guide the response to such movements,” agency spokesperson Ron Redmond said today.The EU Charter of Fundamental Rights, in line with the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, guarantees the right to seek asylum from persecution, while the customary international law principle of non-refoulement precludes sending people back to situations where their lives or freedom would be jeopardized, he added.The provision of asylum remains a responsibility of States, Mr. Redmond said, emphasizing that UNHCR’s activities cannot be a substitute for that duty. 20 May 2009The top United Nations refugee official, António Guterres, has urged the European Commission (EC) to convene a gathering bringing together Italy, Malta, Libya, the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) and others to create a joint response to irregular migration across the Mediterranean Sea.
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Parliamentarian Hirunika Premachandra was released on bail today by the Colombo High Court in the case over the abduction of a youth last year.Premachandra and eight others were accused over the abduction and the case was fixed for January next year. A vehicle registered under Premachandra was used in the abduction of the youth. He was later released by the abductors.
United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan today welcomed the mutual ceasefire reached in the Gaza Strip at the weekend, but expressed deep concern that Palestinian militants have continued to fire rockets towards civilian targets inside Israel.In a statement released by his spokesman, Mr. Annan said “such attacks underscore the destructive power that militants have to derail the crucial efforts under way to de-escalate tensions.”Mr. Annan called on both sides “to adhere strictly to their commitment, and avoid hasty action which could jeopardize progress towards a sustained period of calm,” adding that he hoped Israel and the Palestinians will extend the ceasefire to the West Bank as well.Israeli President Ehud Olmert and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas announced on Saturday that they had agreed to a ceasefire, which follows a month of intense violence in Gaza.
NEW YORK, N.Y. – Stocks are rising as corporate earnings begin on a positive note.Alcoa led a rally in companies that make basic materials after the aluminum maker reported earnings that were better than investors were expecting. Alcoa rose 4 per cent.Technology stocks, which fell sharply over the past week, also rose. Facebook gained 5 per cent.The Standard & Poor’s 500 index rose six points, or 0.3 per cent, to 1,858 as of noon (1600 GMT) Wednesday.The Dow Jones industrial average rose 59 points, or 0.4 per cent, to 16,315. The Nasdaq composite rose 28 points, or 0.7 per cent, to 4,141.Bond prices fell. The yield on the 10-year Treasury note rose to 2.71 per cent. by The Associated Press Posted Apr 9, 2014 10:09 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email US indexes rise as corporate earnings get underway; Alcoa leads a rally in materials stocks
Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon at the wreath-laying ceremony on the occasion of the International Day of United Nations Peacekeepers.UN Photo/Rick Bajornas Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon at the wreath-laying ceremony on the occasion of the International Day of United Nations Peacekeepers. UN Photo/Rick Bajornas “Since its beginning in 1948, United Nations peacekeeping has evolved into one of the main tools used by the international community to manage complex crises that threaten international peace and security,” said Mr. Ban in message to mark the Day. “Throughout its history, the United Nations has established a total of 71 peacekeeping operations. More than one million military, police and civilian personnel have served as UN peacekeepers, including 125,000 in the sixteen missions in operation today.”The International Day of United Nations Peacekeepers is an occasion to salute the peacekeepers of today who serve in some of the world’s most volatile and dangerous environments. It is commemorated each year on 29 May because that that was the date in1948 when the UN Truce Supervision Organization (UNTSO) – the world’s first peacekeeping mission – began operations in Palestine.“United Nations peacekeeping has given life to the UN Charter’s aim ‘to unite our strength to maintain international peace and security,’” said Mr. Ban. “Through years of struggle and sacrifice, the iconic Blue Helmet has earned its place as a symbol of hope to millions of people living in war-ravaged lands.”The message added that the Day exists as a chance to mourn fallen peacekeepers, noting that during its history, more than 3,300 “Blue Helmets” have died devoting their lives to peace, including 126 men and women in 2014.To mark the Day at UN Headquarters, the Secretary-General participated in a wreath-laying ceremony in the morning, then presided over a ceremony at which the Dag Hammarskjöld Medal was awarded posthumously to the military, police and civilian personnel who lost their lives while serving in peacekeeping operations last year. Participants at the wreath-laying ceremony on the occasion of the International Day of United Nations Peacekeepers. UN Photo/Rick Bajornas Participants at the wreath-laying ceremony on the occasion of the International Day of United Nations Peacekeepers. UN Photo/Rick Bajornas ‹ ›At the wreath laying, Mr. Ban and gathered dignitaries observed a solemn moment of silence to honour those who had died in the past year. “Threats continue. Already this year, 49 peacekeepers have lost their lives,” he said. “The operational environments are getting worse. Our peacekeepers are increasingly exposed to asymmetric threats. They are attacked, targeted and killed by extremists.”He described particularly hazardous conditions faced by operations in Mali and Darfur, which were responsible for the largest losses of life, and in Liberia, where a peacekeeper was lost to Ebola.At the presentation of the Dag Hammarskjöld Medal, Mr. Ban said that the 126 peacekeepers killed last year marked a saddening trend, as the danger grew and 2014 entered the books as the seventh in a row in which more than 100 peacekeepers had been killed. “Of all the ceremonies that the UN organizes, this is perhaps the most solemn and most difficult. But in many ways it is the most inspiring,” he said. “Their sacrifice, and the way that they lived their lives, makes us all proud and spurs us on to work harder to ensure that their lives were not lost in vain.”Currently, demand for UN peacekeeping operations is at an all-time high. Operations receive contributions of military and police personnel from 122 Member States. This impressive number reflects strong global confidence in the value of United Nations peacekeeping as a tool for collective security. In a press conference at headquarters, the Under-Secretary-Generals for Peacekeeping and for Field Support also reflected on the service of Blue Helmets who served the UN in the cause of peace in what he described as a “difficult world” but one in which there were extensive efforts to adjust to and rise to the expectations of the international community.“It’s an opportunity to reflect on the nature of the threats that we face on the ground,” said Mr. Ladsous on the evolution of peacekeeping in the modern world. “More than ever our obligation is to improve performance. We improve on performance by the use of up to date technology.”He said that did not mean merely the use of high-tech equipment like Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) but was about putting a lot more technical means, many of which were available on commercial markets, to improve safety and security.This idea was echoed by Atul Khare, the Under-Secretary-General for Field Support. He also underlined the need for availability of a wide variety of technology to counter the many “grave and asymmetrical” threats faced by peacekeepers as they discharged their complex mandates and he outlined his priorities for his tenure. They were to improve rapidity and proactivity of support, as well as its effectiveness and the efficiency with which it was delivered.He said he was “truly humbled” to receive the Dag Hammarskjöld medal on behalf of civilian peacekeepers, and noted that of the 126 peacekeepers who died last year, 19 were civilians, which he noted was a large proportion of the total. “Today is a day for reflection and gratitude for the service of peacekeepers,” he said. “But today is also a day of introspection, of reflection, on the sacrifices that serve as a stark reminder of the massive challenges that we face on the ground every day.”
“Gender stereotypes still cause us to downplay the suffering of women, girls, and lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex people and sometimes even acquiesce in it,” Juan E. Méndez, the UN Special Rapporteur on torture, said today. The report to the Human Rights Council looks at gender-based violence through the prism of the Convention against Torture, and highlights a tendency to regard violations against these groups as “ill-treatment” even where they would more appropriately be defined as “torture.”The human rights expert pointed to the clear link between the criminalization of LGBT people and the violence and stigma these groups face. At least 76 countries have laws criminalizing consensual same-sex relationships between adults, he said. “States are complicit in the violence women and LGBT groups face if they implement discriminatory laws that trap these people in a spiral of abuse,” Mr. Méndez stressed. Under Argentina’s military dictatorship in the 1970s torture was widespread – and many thousands were “disappeared”. A courageous lawyer was among those who suffered – but today he’s campaigning to end torture worldwide. Credit: UN TVFocusing on detention conditions, the report quotes studies that say women make up between 2 per cent and 9 per cent of the prison population in most of the world’s prisons. Of those, up to 80 per cent are mothers and yet most jails are typically designed for men. The expert recommends that non-custodial sanctions be given to help protect women, in particular mother and child, since the majority of crimes committed by women tend to be non-violent in nature. Denial of safe abortion services can also amount to torture or ill treatment in some cases, where the life of the mother is endangered, or the pregnancy is the result of rape and incest, he said, urging States to reform their laws in this respect.Domestic violence is far more prevalent than most people realise, said the rapporteur, citing an estimate that 35 per cent of women worldwide have experienced domestic violence of various kinds. Societal indifference, discriminatory laws and attitudes and a culture of impunity exacerbate problems like this, he said.“States must finally implement their heightened obligation to prevent and combat gender-based violence and discrimination perpetrated by both State and private actors against women, girls and persons who transgress sexual and gender norms,” he stressed.Independent experts or special rapporteurs are appointed by the Geneva-based UN Human Rights Council to examine and report back on a country situation or a specific human rights theme. The positions are honorary and the experts are not UN staff, nor are they paid for their work.
TAOISEACH ENDA KENNY today acknowledged campaigners from Our Children’s Health group.The group began demonstrating outside Government Buildings this week, with a 20 foot banner, pledging that they will be there every day until the situation where discretionary medical cards being removed from ill children is dealt with.This morning, Kenny met the group and told the campaigners that he planned to do something about it, telling them: “This isn’t the Ireland we all know.”Peter Fitzpatrick, co-founder of the group, told the Taoiseach about their petition.In just ten days nearly 60,000 people have signed the petition calling on legislation to be changed that will legally entitle any child diagnosed with a serious illness of congenital condition to a full medical card.Petition“We said to him that almost 60,000 people have now clearly said that every seriously ill child should be legally entitled to a medical card – that we are appealing to him directly and that this policy change must come from him.”Yesterday, Kenny said in the Dáil that he would “fix” the problem, saying that proposals were going to sub committee today.He said “the whole process, the way of dealing with these, is not the way I want it to be”.Fitzpatrick told TheJournal.ie that they “would wait to see what comes out today”.Read: Medical card protest to take place outside Government buildings today… and everyday>Read: Number of discretionary medical cards falls by over 16,000>
moot and Mark Zuckerberg, shockingly, don’t exactly see eye to eye on the subject of online identity. 4Chan’s founder (known as Christopher Poole to his dentist) called the Facebook founder out over comments about anonymity at South by Southwest over the weekend. Zuckerberg has been preaching the importance of a “single identity” in recent years, with comments like, “Having two identities for yourself is an example of a lack of integrity.” Essentially Zuck’s point is that you should be the same person online amongst your friends as you are online amongst your coworkers. Naturally, Facebook wants to play a major role in bringing this uniformity to the forefront. Of all people, the guy who started 4Chan–you know, that message board full of practical jokers hatching hijinks under assumed names–is taking Zuckerberg to task on this stance, arguing that the push toward single identities will be something of an end of innocence for the Web as we know it.Being anonymous on the Web is like being the new kid in a neighborhood, Poole told a crowd at SXSW. It gives you a chance to experiment and try out new things. There are just too many consequences when you announce who you are ahead of time. “The cost of failure is really high when you’re contributing as yourself,” he told the crowd. Interestingly, moot seems to be splitting the difference with a new project called Canv.as, which uses Facebook Connect to identify users to administrators. For front-facing activities, however, users will still be able to post anonymously. “[Y]ou know that we know,” he said of the site identification policy.
[Update: Michigan State Police issued a letter clearing things up a bit. It says MSP only use the data extraction devices (DEDs) if a search warrant is obtained or if the person gives consent to have his or her phone searched. Apparently, the “department’s internal directive” says only MSP specialty teams can use the DEDs on criminal cases, meaning they don’t use them at routine traffic stops. The statement said that DEDs are commercially available and are used regularly to transmit data from one cell phone to another when customers upgrade their device.]If you’re a Michigan citizen, you may want to be careful about what you have on your cell phone. Apparently Michigan State Police have been using a high-tech mobile forensics device that can pull information from over 3,000 types of cell phones in under only two minutes.AdChoices广告The information the device is able to export is basically everything from your smartphone, including call history, deleted phone data, text messages, contacts, images, and GPS data. And don’t think you’ll be safe if your phone is password-protected, the device can get around that too.The police don’t even need a warrant to scan your phone. They can pull your information without your consent, and without any reasonable cause. The Cellebrite UFED scanner has been used by MSP since at least August 2008.It would be one thing if these scanners are being used on people who were suspected of a crime, but police officers are scanning the phones of drivers stopped in minor traffic violations.Of course, the American Civil Liberties Union wasn’t so happy about this, and, in turn, the organization evoked the Freedom of Information Act and demanded that state officials open up the data they collected so that the ACLU can figure out if the drivers have good cause for having their data copied.The ACLU said that by using the scanners to get the information without the owners knowledge, the MSP is violating the drivers’ Fourth Amendment rights, which protects citizens from unreasonable searches. MSP has issued a response sayng that it’s willing to oblige and provide the information about what the device has captured, but that there “may be a processing fee to search for, retrieve, examine, and separate exempt material.” That little fee is actually $544,680, which the MSP said would cover the time and effort needed for retrieving the detailed records and compiling the data and documentation describing what the police were doing with the data extractors.That leads us to wonder just how much information has been captured from driver’s cellphones. It must be a lot if the price is so high. Or maybe it’s a tactic to get the ACLU off their back because the MSP doesn’t want the ACLU to see the information.After yesterday’s news of the iPhone and iPad secretly tracking you, it leaves us wondering what other venues our information is secretly being extracted from without our knowledge.via TheNextWeb