Regulations will bring back ethics to airwaves – GNBA Chairman

first_img…notes infractions will land broadcasters in hot waterThe recommendations presented by the Guyana National Broadcasting Authority (GNBA) to Prime Minister Moses Nagamootoo will, if incorporated as broadcasting regulations, effectively aid in forcing broadcasters to “clean up their act” and the airwaves along with it.New Chairman, Leslie SobersThis is according to GNBA Chairman Leslie Sobers, in an interview with this publication. The former Magistrate, who took over as Chairman in February of 2017, spoke of the infractions, which he and his Board looked at while compiling the recommendations to present to the Prime Minister.“So, we looked at the whole idea of racial incitement; vilification of religion; the corruption of public morals; the quality of broadcasting from a technical point of view; the advertising of alcoholic beverages and tobacco products at a time when children are more likely to be viewing or listening; the disparaging references to women; racial epithets.”According to Sobers, the objective was essentially to protect the nation from mischievous broadcasts. The Attorney-at-Law stated that the entity wanted television, radio, and cable broadcasting to be done in such a manner that it would “enhance the quality of life for Guyanese”.“Of course, we were looking at licensing too. Whether a person is fit and proper to hold a licence and if they should violate legislation, what should be the penalties, the terms, and conditions of revocation.”Sobers said the GNBA has for years been compiling regulations. He stated that when the previous Board came to an end, it was working on recommendations to present to the Prime minister for broadcast regulations.“That board came to an end and this new board was put in place and that advice was not complete. So this board was approached by the Prime Minister, who is the subject Minister and asked to review the advice that was given and to decide whether we want to expand.”While responsibility for forming regulations to go with the Broadcasting Act lies with the Prime Minister, who is also the Minister of Information, Sobers explained the context for Nagamootoo’s approach to the GNBA.“So, what we have here is the parent act, which is the Broadcasting Act. The Broadcasting Act has a provision for subsidiary legislation. So that Act says that the Minister shall make legislation to go along with the parent act.”“And regulations would be a bit more detailed as to how broadcasting must operate in the country. So, it was with that in mind that the Prime Minister approached the Board for advice. So, that is what we gave to him (Monday).”The GNBA’s Board comprises Sobers, Dr Rovin Deodat, Shaharazad Khan, Jocelyn Josiah, Aretha Campbell and Joel Edmonds. It became operational on February 1 and is expected to serve for two years.The previous Board of Directors comprised Leonard Craig, Anthony Vieira, Vic Insanally, Abiola Wong-Inniss, Jocelyn Josiah and Ameena Gafoor. Craig resigned on December 16, 2016.Back in September, that board appointed Dr Prudence Lewis-Bhola as the Chief Executive Officer (CEO).last_img read more

Power of YouTube shown again

first_imgAn FBI investigation prompted by video footage of a man being punched repeatedly in the face by police has demonstrated anew the power of the Internet sensation of the year, YouTube.com. In addition to being a monumental time-waster around the office, YouTube could also become a tool for keeping police honest, some say. This week, a clip on the post-it-yourself video Web site triggered a police-brutality investigation by the FBI. The footage shows the Aug. 11 arrest of alleged gang member William Cardenas, 24. Two Los Angeles officers can be seen holding him down on a Hollywood street; one punches him several times in the face before they are able to handcuff him. The Los Angeles Police Department is also investigating the officers’ conduct. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORESurfer attacked by shark near Channel Islands calls rescue a ‘Christmas miracle’Police Chief William Bratton said he found the video to be “disturbing,” but stressed that the 20-second clip amounts to only a fraction of what transpired. In fact, on Friday, the Los Angeles Times reported that a Superior Court commissioner viewed the video nearly two months ago, heard the officers’ testimony, and concluded that their conduct was “more than reasonable” because Cardenas was resisting. Cop Watch LA, a police watchdog group, posted the video on YouTube, said organizer Joaquin Cienfuegos. Cienfuegos said the video was shot by a neighbor of Cardenas with a cell-phone camera. The neighbor gave it to Cardenas’ family, who then gave it to Cop Watch, according to Cienfuegos. In recent months, videos posted on YouTube have rocked political campaigns, brought fame – or infamy – to previously unknown talents and cast unwanted attention on the gaffes of the famous. YouTube and similar video sites are also increasingly becoming repositories for videos that purport to detail wrongdoing by police. Such amateur clips help cast a spotlight on police wrongdoing that could otherwise go unreported, said Ramona Ripston, executive director of the American Civil Liberties Union of Southern California. “Unless we throw light onto activities of government, all activities, you never find out what happened,” Ripston said. “This video is an example.” Police said Cardenas had been wanted on charges of receiving stolen property. In an arrest report obtained by The Associated Press, the officers said they tried to arrest Cardenas after spotting him on the sidewalk, but Cardenas ran. The officers caught up to him, tripped him and swarmed over him to apply handcuffs, the report said. In their report, they admitted hitting him repeatedly in the face, saying that he was resisting and that they feared he might grab one of their guns. Cardenas suffered cuts and bruises on his arms, leg and face, and received stitches on an eyelid. His attorney, B. Kwaku Duren, accused the officers of using excessive force. As of Friday, the clip had received more than 155,000 views on YouTube. It was posted on Oct.18. A search on YouTube for the terms “police brutality” found more than 500 videos, including ones that claim to show police violence in the United States and as far away as Egypt and Hungary. A search of Google’s video site also yielded hundreds of videos. In response to the surge in amateur videos, some law-enforcement agencies have installed cameras in squad cars to protect officers against false allegations. Police defense attorney John Barnett said the public shouldn’t draw conclusions when watching the clip of Cardenas’ arrest. Barnett represented one of the officers in the 1991 Rodney King beating and an Inglewood police officer, Jeremy Morse, who was videotaped roughing up a 16-year-old boy. Two juries deadlocked in Morse’s case, and four officers were acquitted in the King trial, touching off riots in Los Angeles. “It’s very difficult to find jurors who haven’t already come to a conclusion,” Barnett said. “The public has the perception of what the facts are, but you have to figure out a way to get them back to square one.” 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Kovacic transfer – ‘hilarious how Chelsea are still spending more than Arsenal’

first_imgThus, anyone Chelsea look to bring in to replace the likes of Eden Hazard for example, will have to wait until the start of the 2020/21 campaign before pulling on the blue jersey.However, loopholes are there to be exploited and the Premier League giants have done exactly that.Kovacic, 25, spent last season on loan at Stamford Bridge as part of a swap deal which saw Thibaut Courtois heading to the Bernabeu on a permanent deal.The option to buy clause was stipulated into that contract, something the Blues have indicated they will be taking up now. getty Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Ndidi bid, targets named, Ozil is ‘skiving little git’ Hilarious how Chelsea have an enforced transfer ban and are still spending more than Arsenal.— Scott Saunders (@_scottsaunders) June 27, 2019 Lampard appears to aim dig at Mourinho for handling of Salah and De Bruyne at Chelsea Chelsea have spent more than us in this transfer window and they have a years ban. 🤪 #Arsenal #kronkeout— Mr.B ®️ (@adam_buxton14) June 27, 2019 Chelsea have transfer ban, still they bought 2 more players than Arsenal this transfer window.😒 #afc— AfcVIP (@VipArsenal) June 27, 2019 Man United transfer news live: Haaland ‘wants a change’, two players off in January latest Tottenham issue immediate ban to supporter who threw cup at Kepa Even with a transfer ban Chelsea has still spent more than arsenal.Levels to the game🤣🤣— Toni ™ (@Toonioye11) June 27, 2019 Liverpool news live: Klopp reveals when Minamino will play and issues injury update JIBE Mateo Kovacic is close to joining Chelsea from Real Madrid Derby owner Mel Morris talks about Frank Lampard’s potential opportunity to move to Chelsea With the transfer being viewed as an extension of Kovacic’s contract, rather than a fresh registration, the Blues have the green light to secure the big-money deal.However, a deal for Kovacic must be completed while he is still registered to the west London outfit, with his loan deal expiring on Saturday.See below for a selection of the best tweets reacting to the Kovacic news Chelsea buying Kovacic for €50mill. Are you telling me Chelsea will be spending more money than Arsenal while being on ban?! LMAO!!!!— Singa (@PBX1_ChelseaFC) June 26, 2019 boost Solskjaer gives Pogba fitness update and calls him world’s best all-round midfielder REVEALED TROPHY Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 1:22Loaded: 0.00%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -1:22 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedAudio Tracken (Main), selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Close Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreen Chelsea are closing in on the £45million signing of Mateo Kovacic from Real Madrid – despite the club currently being under a transfer embargo.The ban, which spans over two windows, prevents the Blues from registering new players by football’s governing body, FIFA, until the summer of 2020. punished 1 Liverpool update ‘Champions Wall’ after ending 2019 as European and world champions Chelsea have made more signings than Arsenal and we have a transfer ban! 😂#CFC #Chelsea #ChelseaFC #KTBFFH— JM (@Murphs90_) June 27, 2019 MOST READ IN FOOTBALL The biggest market value losers in 2019, including Bale and ex-Liverpool star Chelsea have a transfer ban and are still signing more players than us.Never change Arsenal.😂 https://t.co/TrE3rOzwpE— Arsenal News HQ (@ArsenalNews_HQ) June 26, 2019 deals LATEST last_img read more

President Macron presented with Teemu Pukki shirt by Finland’s prime minister

first_imgTeemu Pukki has been the surprise package of the Premier League so far this season.The Norwich striker has scored six goals in his first five top flight games in England. Norwich boss Daniel Farke has been unsurprised by Pukki’s stunning start to life in the Premier League.Last month, he said: “I’m not surprised, I work with him. I know what he is capable of. 2 Norwich star Teemu Pukki netted a hat-trick against Newcastle last month Only Manchester City’s Sergio Aguero and Chelsea’s Tammy Abraham with seven goals have scored more than Pukki.And the 29-year-old is clearly making his country, Finland, proud.Finland’s prime minister, Antti Rinne, met with France president Emmanuel Macron on Wednesday, and presented him with a Pukki shirt.He said: “Greetings from Paris! An excellent meeting with the French President @EmmanuelMacron.“Discussion topics include: Topics of the Finnish EU Presidency, combating climate change, defending the rule of law and the Union’s multi-annual financial framework. I also brought a small gift.” Man United transfer news live: £17m bid for Barca wonderkid, English starlet linked “Of course it is a dream start in the Premier League with four goals in two games.“I’m not sure he can handle this average because he would average 70 goals for the season.“It’s not just because of his goals, it’s his workload and his capability to link the play and several assists so I am pretty pleased with him at the moment.”Delia Smith, the club’s owner, told talkSPORT of her surprise the club managed to land a player like Pukki for nothing.“Yesterday our head of recruitment was at the [Man City] match with us, so I was getting down on my knees and bowing down to him! I mean, we got Pukki on a free – a really good striker on a free,” she said after watching him score and create a goal in the 3-2 win. Tony Cascarino backs Everton to sign two strikers for Carlo Ancelotti latest LIVE on talkSPORT Steve Round reveals how Mikel Arteta convinced him to join Arsenal staff Chelsea fan arrested for allegedly racially abusing Heung-min Son Terveisiä Pariisista! Erinomainen tapaaminen Ranskan presidentti @EmmanuelMacron:in kanssa. Keskusteluaiheina mm. Suomen EU-puheenjohtajakauden teemat, ilmastonmuutoksen torjunta, oikeusvaltion puolustaminen ja unionin monivuotinen rahoituskehys.Vein myös pienen lahjan. pic.twitter.com/KZjMZh6FQw— Antti Rinne (@AnttiRinnepj) September 18, 2019Pukki’s incredible start to the campaign saw him win the August Player of the Month award.He scored 29 goals in his debut season at Norwich to help them win promotion from the Championship, but questions remained over whether he’d be able to perform in the Premier League.And he has certainly answered those questions in a short space of time. targets Top scorer in 2019: Messi, Mbappe and Sterling trailing Europe’s top marksman What every Premier League club’s fans dream of this Christmas update deals center_img LATEST FOOTBALL NEWS Getty Images – Getty statement rookie error 2 Liverpool transfer news live: Star man wanted by Real Madrid, Mbappe latest and more stalemate on target Spurs investigation into alleged racial abuse of Rudiger is so far ‘inconclusive’ Eintracht Frankfurt vs Arsenal (Thursday, 5:55pm) – talkSPORT 2Leicester vs Tottenham (Saturday, 12:30pm) – talkSPORTLeeds vs Derby (Saturday, 12:30pm) – talkSPORT 2Everton vs Sheffield United (Saturday, 3pm) – talkSPORT 2Newcastle vs Brighton (Saturday, 5:30pm) – talkSPORTWest Brom vs Huddersfield (Sunday, 12pm) – talkSPORT 2 appointed Check out all the live commentaries coming up across the talkSPORT network this week Ian Holloway thinks Arsenal have made a mistake in hiring Mikel Arteta BIG PRESENTS UP TOP Strugglers Wigan hold Blackburn to goalless draw in Championship Delia Smith was understandably happy when she spoke to talkSPORT about Norwich’s win against Man Citylast_img read more

Andy Murray crashes out of Wimbledon men’s doubles

first_imgMurray, who was back at SW19 for the first time since 2017, had dreamed of adding silverware to the two singles titles he has won, but it will not be in the men’s doubles.However, the Scot will not have too much time to feel glum as he begins his mixed campaign with Serena Williams later on Saturday, with the super couple due to be on Centre Court. Andy Murray has crashed out of the Men’s Doubles tournament at Wimbledon.The former champion was partnered with Frenchman Pierre-Hugues Herbert as he returned to the grass just five months on from career saving hip surgery.But it ended in disappointment for the pair after losing by three sets to one to Croatian double-act Nikola Mektic and Franko Skugor.After winning the first set 6-7 they lost the next three by 6-4 6-2 and 6-3.last_img

Angola a fossil hotspot

first_imgAn Angolan student, left, with a memberof the PaleoAngola project team.(Image: Angola Field Group) MEDIA CONTACTS • Louis L. JacobsProfessor, Southern Methodist University+1 214 768 2773• Octavio MateusNew University of Lisbon+351 21 294 8300Janine ErasmusAfter 27 years of civil war Angola is rising from the ashes and, with its vast, previously unexplored expanses, is becoming known as a treasure chest for palaeontologists.During the three decades of war scientific exploration was forbidden as the country was all but closed off. Now, seven years after the war’s end, the great palaeontological wealth is waiting to be explored, and scientists are flocking to the Southern African country to make up for lost time.The first discoveries were made during the 1960s, but a liberation struggle against former colonial master Portugal broke out a few years later, followed by years and years of civil war that devastated the country and put paid to any further exploration.“Museum in the ground”Louis Jacobs, professor of geological sciences at Dedman College, Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas, described Angola as a “museum in the ground. Due to the war, there was little research carried out, but now we are getting in finally and there is so much to find. In some areas there are literally fossils sticking out of the rocks …”Jacobs is part of the PaleoAngola project, an initiative that promotes palaeontology in Angola through research and exploration, and also oversees the training of young Angolan scientists so they can ultimately run the project themselves.PaleoAngola is a collaboration between research and educational institutions in Angola, Holland, Portugal and the US. Funding comes from the National Geographic Society and the Petroleum Research Foundation of America, among others.Results so far have been spectacular and have yielded not only Angola’s very first dinosaur – dating back to the Late Cretaceous period (between 99.6 and 65.5 million years ago), and other fossils of mosasaurs, plesiosaurs, ammonites, sharks and turtles – but also a number of research papers.Several have appeared in National Geographic, the Bulletin of the Geological Society of France, and Palaeontologica Polonica journal, and have also been presented at international scientific gatherings.Scientists’ delightIn 2005 Jacobs and his team came across the remains of the first dinosaur to be excavated in Angola. They discovered five ancient bones from the left front leg of a massive sauropod, embedded in a cliff at Iembe, 65km north of the capital Luanda.Since then fossils have been found in abundance. In honour of the area’s importance to science, a genus of the extinct marine reptile mosasaur has been named Angolasaurus.Dr Octavio Mateus of the New University of Lisbon, also a palaeontologist with PaleoAngola, believes there is much more to be discovered: “Some of the places here are the best in the world in terms of fossil [remains],” he said. “We keep finding new animals, so it is always exciting to be here.”To date the team has excavated from Bentiaba in the province of Namibe on the Namibian border in southern Angola, right up to the coast of Cabinda province, Angola’s exclave.During the warm Late Cretaceous period much of the region was under water, which is why Angolan fossils belong to marine creatures such as turtles, plesiosaurs and mosasaurs. The scientists hope that Angola’s fossils can help them better understand the geological events of this time, such as the break-up of the megacontinent of Gondwana, and their effect on plants and animals.Natural wealthAlthough it is one of the continent’s poorest countries, Angola is one of the richest in terms of natural resources, particularly oil and diamonds.The country is starting to rebuild its ravaged infrastructure after the war, but still faces many challenges as a legacy of the conflict. Landmines litter the country, the civilian population is still heavily armed, and child mortality is high. Many residents who became refugees during the war are still waiting to be resettled.But in recent years Angola has paid off a substantial part of international debt, and many building projects are underway in towns and cities around the country, although citizens are struggling to adapt to the growing economy. The country, like countless others, has been hard hit by the global financial crisis.As further proof of its progress, Angola has been selected to host the 27th African Cup of Nations in January 2010. Matches will be played in Luanda, Benguela, Cabinda and Lubango.Do you have queries or comments about this article? Contact Janine Erasmus at janinee@mediaclubsouthafrica.com.+351 212 948 300last_img read more

Strands Brings Recommendation Technology to Banking

first_imgStrands, the recommendation and lifestreaming service we’ve written about here before, announced a much anticipated deal this morning that will put it in the driver’s seat for financial recommendations served up to millions of online banking customers around the world. The company’s recommendation test-case in music is no longer all they will be known for around the world.Customers of Spanish bank BBVA will now be offered recommended products and services, individual and anonymized aggregate analytics and personalized goal setting and alert services, all based on their banking activities. BBVA sees more than 1.3 billion online transactions from 40 countries annually. Will their customers appreciate these services? We think they probably will. Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces Tags:#mobile#Product Reviews#web What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … marshall kirkpatrick Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagementcenter_img What’s Interesting About This Deal?Using the Strands Social Recommender technology, BBVA will be able to offer intelligent observations and suggestions for personal finance. A demo of the product shows, for example, that users of the system might be given interesting statistics about the financial activities of people in a particular demographic group, then asked whether they belong to that group. It’s like having a private, personal, math-powered financial adviser available for your use on demand.With interfaces for the iPhone, BlackBerry and Nokia phones – analytics and recommendations will also be available outside of the desktop web browser. This is the kind of heavyweight application to see coming from online recommendation services.Privacy ConcernsHow will bank customers feel about having their personal and financial details thrown into the collective pot for analysis of recommendations to other customers? We think it may take some getting used to, but that kind of information is undoubtedly being aggregated inside of banks already. The prospect of allowing users to benefit directly from their collective data is an appealing one.Will the recommendations offered all point crudely toward buying more services from the bank? Given the huge war chest that Strands commands and the caliber of hires they’ve made over the last year, we hope that the company’s banking recommendations and observations will prove truly useful and engaging for customers and not just for the bank’s bottom line.Only time will tell, but we’ve said for some time that in a world drowning in data – powerful recommendation technologies that help point towards personally meaningful information have huge potential. Financial services are the next frontier for these experimental technologies and we hope that Strands will disclose statistics in time demonstrating the impact their service had on the financial lives of users around Europe. Related Posts Disclosure: Strands is a RWW sponsor. The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technologylast_img read more

Interview and Interrogation Training: Whether to Escort to the Interview

first_imgThis week’s International Association of Interviewers interview and interrogation training tip provided by Wicklander-Zulawski, has Wayne Hoover, CFI discussing the decision whether we should escort an individual to the interview.When calling an individual to the interview, we really have a couple of options: Should we have them escorted, or should there be no escort. If you have an individual that has evidence on them, you typically want them escorted so that they don’t discard evidence. However, in some cases where they don’t have any known evidence on them you may choose not to use and escort, giving the impression that we’re just having a meeting. This may also take away other excuses during the interview.All of this depends on the particular situation. Look at the case facts, look at the individual, and make the correct decision to help best manage the situation.- Sponsor –  Every loss prevention investigator should continuously strive to enhance their investigative interviewing skills as part of an ongoing commitment to best-in-class interviewing performance. This includes holding ourselves to an elite standard of interview and interrogation training that is ethical, moral and legal while demanding excellence in the pursuit of the truth. The International Association of Interviewers (IAI) and Wicklander-Zulawski (WZ) provide interview and interrogation training programs and additional guidance to investigators when dealing with dishonest employees, employee theft, sexual harassment, policy violations, building rapport, pre-employment interviewing, lying, denials and obtaining a statement.By focusing on the latest information and research from experts in the field as well as academia, legal and psychological resources, these video tips provide interview and interrogation training techniques that can enhance the skill sets of professionals with backgrounds in Law Enforcement, Loss Prevention, Security, Asset Protection, Human Resources, Auditors or anyone looking to obtain the truth.To learn more about interview and interrogation training and how you can further develop your professional skill sets, please visit www.w-z.com or www.certifiedinterviewer.com for additional information. Stay UpdatedGet critical information for loss prevention professionals, security and retail management delivered right to your inbox.  Sign up nowlast_img read more