RSF_en This is not the first time Pakistan has tried to crack down on online information and reinforce surveillance. In February 2012, the information technology ministry invited companies to bid for the creation of a national Internet filtering and blocking system based on the Great Firewall of China. Alarmed by the draconian nature of a cyber-crime bill that a Pakistani parliamentary committee approved last week, Reporters Without Borders (RSF) and its partner, Freedom Network, are calling for a complete overhaul of the bill before its final adoption and, to this end, are offering detailed recommendations. Organisation Pakistani TV anchor censored after denouncing violence against journalists Help by sharing this information Portrayed as a response to the growing threat of cyber-terrorism, the latest draft of the Prevention of Electronic Crimes Act falls far short of protecting against cyber-attacks and instead undermines civil liberties in Pakistan and flouts freedom of the media and information. News READ THE RECOMMENDATIONS OF RSF AND FREEDOM NETWORK (pdf) News Pakistani journalist critical of the military wounded by gunfire Related documents analysis_of_pakistan_s_cyber-crime_bill.pdfPDF – 1.12 MB News June 2, 2021 Find out more Pakistani supreme court acquits main suspect in Daniel Pearl murder Receive email alerts to go further April 23, 2015 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Legislators urged to overhaul draconian cyber-crime bill Approved by the national assembly’s Standing Committee on Information Technology and Telecommunication on 16 April, the bill contains provisions that would allow the government to censor any content without referring to judge, to use overly broad criteria to criminalize many online activities, and to gain access to Internet user data without any judicial control.”This bill poses a real danger to democracy in Pakistan,” said Benjamin Ismaïl, the head of the Reporters Without Borders Asia-Pacific desk.“The law curtails journalists’ access to information from the ‘sources’ which are otherwise accessible even without the presence of right-to-information regime. Criminalizing the leaking of information by whistleblowers is tantamount to infringement of right-to-information and curbs free expression in Pakistan,” Aurangzaib Khan, a journalist who is also working for Freedom Network, Pakistan first media watchdog organization, reacted to the alarming situation. “If adopted in its current form, the law would result in unprecedented self-censorship by all the media, especially those critical of the government, so we call for a complete revision that takes account of our recommendations,” the two organizations added.One of the most controversial articles would allow the government to block content :if it considers it necessary in the interest of the glory of Islam or the integrity, security or defence of Pakistan or any part thereof, friendly relations with foreign states, public order, decency or morality.For media laws expert Muhammad Aftab Alam, section 34, which mentions the article 19 of the Constitution is problematic : “using certain parts of any constitutional provision in any other statutory law without its specific context is against the spirit of the Constitution. It is therefore unconstitutional to leave this to a statutory body like PTA or its authorized officer to decide about the fundamental right of citizens and block or remove any information from any website.””Any government authority, including PTA, must not have any role in contents management by blocking a website or anything else. A broad-based representative civil society body with adequate authority/power should be mandated to do contents audit.”Another section entitled “spoofing” would criminalize online satire, which would be punishable by three years in prison. Encryption software and the virtual private networks (VPNs) that many Pakistanis use to circumvent the blocking of YouTube and other websites could be rendered illegal. PakistanAsia – Pacific Reporters Without Borders has repeatedly criticized the actions of the Pakistan Telecommunication Authority, most notably on 12 March 2014, World Day Against Cyber-Censorship. See the 2014 Enemies of the Internet report.Pakistan is ranked 159th out of 180 countries in the 2015 Reporters Without Borders press freedom index. Follow the news on Pakistan April 21, 2021 Find out more PakistanAsia – Pacific News January 28, 2021 Find out more
Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York By Sandy McIntoshThe three of us—Albert, Tom and me—were seated on the steps of the Academic Building at New York Military Academy, reminiscing about our school days there in Cornwall 50 years ago and our friendship with Donald Trump. In the shade of the summer sun, we speculated about the possible near-future, when Donald might win the presidency and take up residence in the White House.“When we were in school,” Tom said, “John F. Kennedy had just been elected president. There was a big to-do about the transformation of the White House from Eisenhower’s day.”“When Ike and Mamie were there,” Albert said, “the high point of their day seems to have been TV dinners on little trays in front of the television.”“But when the Kennedys arrived, that changed,” I said. “They called the Kennedy White House ‘Camelot.’”“Jackie Kennedy could speak French, I think.”“She hired museum people to redecorate the White House.”“The place was full of culture.”“But then Kennedy died and Johnson set up a spit in the Oval Office and roasted a hog. Didn’t he?”We didn’t think so. Not quite.“So what will the Trumps do when they’re in the White House?” I asked.“First thing, they’ll put up the big TRUMP sign on the White House roof, right? So big and shiny you’ll be able to read it from Mars!”“I don’t think they’ll let him do that.”We sat for a while, the sun slowly setting behind us.“You don’t think he’ll try to redecorate the White House in the style of his casinos? Faux Greek statuary everywhere, and everything made of gold?”We groaned.Related: “Culture of Hazing: Donald Trump, Me, & The End Of New York Military Academy”“Maybe they’ll work at creating a Trump Camelot. I mean, JFK had his famous PT-109 rescue, and his book, Profiles In Courage, to build on.”“But what does Donald have to build a myth on?”“Mar-e-Lago, Maureen Dowd said. That’s not in bankruptcy yet.”“But that’s slim pickings, for a myth, I mean.”“Let’s think about it. He’s still a handsome guy, hair and tan aside. And his family is beautiful!”“I saw a picture of them at a Sunday dinner in his condo. All of them dressed to the nines. The kids so neat. It took me back to our family dinners in the 1960s. Something so retro.”“And they all have such white teeth.”“Yes. Shining. Reflecting the sunlight.”“Perfection!”“Don’t get carried away,” said Albert.“Well, Trump’s White House won’t be Camelot,” I said.“What will it be?” said Albert.“I got it,” said Tom, clearing his throat. “Not Camelot. More like Ken and Barbie’s Dream Castle!”“Ah!” one of us sighed. But we all saw the vision: the little plastic people on the White House lawn. And Vladimir Putin, perhaps, a snotty kid sitting there kicking the pieces around, creating his own little dream worlds, showing us how it’s supposed to be done.Related: “For Artists and Poets, the East End Is No Dead End—Just Another ‘Hole in the Ocean’”———–Sandy McIntosh first met Donald Trump at the Atlantic Beach Club in 1961. They spent the next four years together as military school cadets. He’s written about these formative experiences for the Long Island Press and The Daily Beast, and subsequently been interviewed by Le Figaro (France), Die Zeit and Zeitungsverlag (Germany), Jyllands-Posten (Denmark), Politico and The Washington Post, as well as Israel’s Channel 10, German Public Television’s ZDF, and for an upcoming Frontline program set to air on PBS Sept. 29, 2016. He is the author of 13 books. He has taught creative writing at Hofstra University and Long Island University. His A Hole In the Ocean: A Hamptons’ Apprenticeship was published in February 2016 by Marsh Hawk Press.
Eleven crew members have been evacuated from a sinking cargo ship, identified as Hong-Tai 176, while underway in the waters of Hong Kong as tropical cyclone Pakhar battered the area.The vessel sent a distress call while en route some 64 nautical miles east of Hong Kong on Sunday morning, August 27, with 11 crew members on board, Xinhua reports citing the Government Flying Service (GFS) of China’s Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR).Once informed of the incident, GFS sent a helicopter to the scene to rescue the distressed crew.When the aircraft arrived at the scene, the ship’s bow was reportedly already submerged into the water.As informed, 10 airlifted crew members were in stable condition, while one sailor sustained minor injuries. The rescue operation was hampered by strong wind, water swells, and poor visibility.The Chinese-flagged vessel sank shortly thereafter.Based on the latest update from the government, the cyclone Pakhar is moving away from Hong Kong.On August 27, the Hong Kong Pilots Association Limited said that the pilotage service will partially resume from 10 pm Sunday and will fully resume operations when weather conditions improve. The pilotage service was suspended as of August 26 due to the tropical cyclone. The Tuen Mun Ferry Terminal in Tuen Mun, the China Ferry Terminal in Tsim Sha Tsui and the Hong Kong-Macau Ferry Terminal in Sheung Wan have been reopened as well.World Maritime News Staff
Indianapolis, In. — The U.S. Postal Service expects to deliver nearly 15 billion pieces of mail and 900 million packages, for a total of nearly 16 billion cheerful deliveries this holiday season – the period between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Day.“The Postal Service is ready to deliver for the holiday season. We have increased our operating capacity to include additional transportation and extended our delivery windows,” said Megan J. Brennan, Postmaster General and CEO. “Our dedicated employees are proud to deliver more packages to homes than any other shipper.”Once again the Postal Service is expanding its Sunday delivery operations to locations with high package volumes beginning Nov. 25. The Postal Service already delivers packages on Sundays in most major cities, and anticipates delivering more than 8 million packages on Sundays this December. Mail carriers will also deliver packages on Christmas Day in select locations.Delivering for the Troops and OverseasThe Postal Service also processes mail for overseas Department of Defense (DoD) and Department of State (DoS) recipients. Interestingly, the DoD measures their mail volumes in pounds not pieces, and it’s expected that the Postal Service will process more than 16 million pounds of mail for DoD and DoS recipients between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Eve.Busiest Mailing and Delivery DaysWith an increase in early and online shopping for gifts, there is no longer a “busiest day” for holiday shipping. Instead, the Postal Service’s busiest time is now two weeks before Christmas. Starting the week of Dec. 10, customer traffic is expected to increase, and the Postal Service expects to deliver nearly 200 million packages per week during these two weeks. The week of Dec. 17-23 is predicted to be the busiest mailing, shipping and delivery week, when nearly 3 billion pieces of First-Class Mail, including greeting cards, will be processed and delivered.Skip the Trip and Ship OnlineConsumers don’t even have to leave home to ship their packages, simply visit usps.com. The Postal Service anticipates Dec. 17 will be the Postal Service’s busiest day online with more than 8 million consumers predicted to visit usps.com for help shipping that special holiday gift. It’s predicted that nearly 105 million consumers will visit our website between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Day. And usps.com is always open.It’s estimated nearly 400,000 consumers will use the Click-N-Ship feature and other online services on Dec. 17 to order free Priority Mail boxes, print shipping labels, purchase postage and even request free next-day Package Pickup.What’s New this YearInformed Delivery is the Postal Service’s free daily digital preview of what’s coming to your mailbox. This holiday season, not only can you manage your packages and sneak a peek at cards headed your way, you can also see some exterior images of magazines and catalogs — all from your mobile app, dashboard, tablet or computer. Informed Delivery is one more way the Postal Service is helping you anticipate, communicate and celebrate this holiday season.2018 Holiday Shipping DeadlinesThe Postal Service recommends the following mailing and shipping deadlines*:Dec. 4 – APO/FPO/DPO (ZIP Code 093 only) Priority Mail and First-Class MailDec. 11 – APO/FPO/DPO (all other ZIP Codes) Priority Mail and First-Class MailDec. 14 – USPS Retail GroundDec. 18 – APO/FPO/DPO (except ZIP Code 093) USPS Priority Mail ExpressDec. 20 – First-Class Mail (including greeting cards)Dec. 20 – First-class packages (up to 15.99 ounces)Dec. 20 – Hawaii to mainland Priority Mail and First-Class MailDec. 20 – Priority MailDec. 20 – Alaska to mainland Priority Mail and First-Class MailDec. 22 – Alaska to mainland Priority Mail ExpressDec. 22 – Hawaii to mainland Priority Mail ExpressDec. 22 – Priority Mail Express
The Willie Mullins-trained nine-year-old (11-10 favourite) expertly lowered the colours of Our Conor and Jezki, two of Ireland’s leading hurdlers, with another ruthless display under Ruby Walsh. Hurricane Fly was roundly cut in the betting for the Champion Hurdle – a race he regained so convincingly in the spring – at the Cheltenham Festival next March. Press Association “We spent a long time getting him to settle and, as a result, he’s inclined to go to sleep early in his races. Because of that, we’ve changed slightly the way we’ve trained him. “H e’ll be back here at the end of January (Irish Champion Hurdle) and then it will be Cheltenham. He’s coming along and is going to improve again. “He’s a fantastic horse and a horse of a generation.” Walsh said: “He came here and did his job. We still feel there’s a little bit of improvement to come.” Trainer Jessica Harrington accepted Jezki had been beaten by “a champion”. She said: “A strong-run race would have suited him. “Going to the last, it looked like he’d be a bad third, and he ended up being a good second. “He’s still only a five-year-old and I’m delighted with him. “But if you’re going to get beaten, you get beaten by a champion.” Our Conor finished an honourable third, another three and a quarter lengths adrift of the peerless winner. Dessie Hughes, trainer of Our Conor, was satisfied with last season’s Triumph Hurdle winner on what was his first start over hurdles since the Cheltenham Festival in March. He said: “I felt coming here if he got to within a few lengths (of Hurricane Fly) it would be a good run. “It’s his first run over hurdles in eight months and his first time against older horses. “I was very happy with the run and I think he’ll come on for it.” Hurricane Fly won an extraordinary 18th Grade One race when superbly defending his title in a star-studded renewal of the Ryanair Hurdle at Leopardstown. Jezki (15-8) fared best of the young pretenders when finishing a slightly unlucky second in the five-runner Grade One over two miles. Laudable veteran Captain Cee Bee set a fierce pace under Mark Walsh, but he was unable to maintain such a rapid tempo and weakened two flights from home. Hurricane Fly, who did not impress many when victorious in Punchestown’s Morgiana Hurdle on his seasonal bow, was at the back of the field for most of the journey before he slalomed into contention late in the piece. Mullins’ ace jumped the last a fraction behind Our Conor, who along with Captain Cee Bee had earlier squeezed Jezki for room approaching the final flight. Whereas Our Conor did not have much more to give, Jezki stayed on stoutly for jockey Tony McCoy. Hurricane Fly was hardly knocked off his stride, though, and maintained a zesty gallop to ease two and a half lengths clear for another landmark success. Mullins said: “It was a hugely tactical race and Ruby was very cool on him. “At one stage I thought the leader (Captain Cee Bee) had got away in front, and Ruby had to quicken up a bit sooner than he would have liked to.