TV documentary to profile Community Champions

first_img Tagged with: Recruitment / people  23 total views,  1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis TV documentary to profile Community Champions AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis The Community Channel is celebrating its tenth anniversary by launching a campaign to find and honour the UK’s ‘Community Champions’, the people whose “small acts of kindness make a significant impact”. The winner, the person with the highest number of registered votes, will be featured in a documentary to be aired on the channel.The Community Channel is therefore encouraging the public to nominate or vote for those individuals who inspire them by giving back to their communities.Esther Rantzen, the spokesperson for the campaign, said: “It’s a fantastic idea that gives the nation a chance to show their appreciation for those who make a difference, so please do have a think about people who have helped in your area and get voting.”Nominations and voting runs from 20 September to 24 October 2010.Community Channel is a Media Trust initiative and is broadcast 24 hours a day on Sky 539, Virgin TV 233 and from 5am to 8am on Freeview 87.www.communitychannel.org/champions Howard Lake | 21 September 2010 | News About Howard Lake Howard Lake is a digital fundraising entrepreneur. Publisher of UK Fundraising, the world’s first web resource for professional fundraisers, since 1994. Trainer and consultant in digital fundraising. Founder of Fundraising Camp and co-founder of GoodJobs.org.uk. Researching massive growth in giving.last_img read more

Crowdfunder launches prize draw tool

first_img Crowdfunder prize draws Melanie May | 8 June 2021 | News  174 total views,  1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis About Melanie May Melanie May is a journalist and copywriter specialising in writing both for and about the charity and marketing services sectors since 2001. She can be reached via www.thepurplepim.com. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Crowdfunder is offering charities another way to fundraise on its platform with the launch of a prize draw tool. Prize draws are free to run, with a 0% platform fee for the first three months and just transaction fees to pay, and Crowdfunder is also providing additional in-person support from its coaches. The first charity to use the new system is Streets of London to fund its Come on Home campaign, which aims to tackle homelessness in the capital. The Streets of London’s prize draw features prizes from A-List musicians including a guitar from Coldplay, tickets to see the Chemical Brothers, and a post-show meet and greet with Duran Duran. To launch a prize draw, charities need to decide on a timeline, how much to set the price for a ticket or entry, and great prizes. Entrants can increase their chances of winning by donating multiple times, therefore giving them multiple entries into the same draw. A winner is chosen at random when the draw closes. Advertisement “Our team at Edinburgh Zoo were delighted with the success of our first charity prize draw on the Crowdfunder platform earlier this year. It was very easy to set up and run, and the idea was very popular with both the public and our supporters. We raised three times more than our previous crowdfunding campaign and over 4,500 people bought a ticket. Over 1,100 people took the time to leave a message of support and tell us they thought the prize draw was a great idea to raise much needed funds.” Tagged with: Crowdfunder prize draw Crowdfunder has recently seen specially focused prize draws for Edinburgh Zoo and Stagehand, and based on their success, decided to develop the tool for all. “It’s our delight to add a dedicated prize draw tool to our range of fundraising mechanics. After listening to our customer requests and looking at what was available on the market we decided that we could build something brilliant that costs virtually nothing for our patrons to use. For those looking to onboard new supporters, relieve donor fatigue, find new ways to make headlines and take home almost everything raised, Crowdfunder’s prize draws represent a fun, quick and accessible way of doing all the above.” Stagehand’s #ILoveLive prize draw featured prizes donated by artists, including a customised guitar from Eric Clapton, a signed snare drum from Dave Grohl of the Foo Fighters, and the Spice Girls’ Union Jack sofa from the 2019 Spiceworld tour. So far, Stagehand have raised over £917,000 through prize draws on Crowdfunder, all going towards stage crew put out of work by the pandemic.  Celia Brady, Head of Development at the Royal Zoological Society of Scotland said: Crowdfunder launches prize draw tool Simon Walker, Head of Projects at Crowdfunder, said:last_img read more

Posting with a passion: TCU student builds loyal following with Instagram blog

first_imgTwitter Ryann Boothhttps://www.tcu360.com/author/ryann-booth/ Twitter ReddIt Image magazinePosting with a passion: TCU student builds loyal following with Instagram blogBy Ryann Booth – May 3, 2021 358 Class of 1971 celebrates 50 year graduation anniversary and reflects on time at TCU Academics at TCU Vintage fever: Fort Worth residents and vintage connoisseurs talk about their passion for thrifting Cowgirl: A look at the most glamorous women in rodeo RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Return of the disco: Latest fashion trends mirror the 1970s Ryann Booth Previous articleMada: How one app is helping you pick what to wearNext articleWear worthy: One Fort Worth boutique aims to empower human trafficking victims Ryann Booth TCU rowing program strengthens after facing COVID-19 setbacks Ryann Boothhttps://www.tcu360.com/author/ryann-booth/ What we’re reading: Chauvin found guilty in Floyd case, Xi to attend Biden’s climate change summit printLoading 65%Written by: Ryann BoothCollege students often work at places like the library or a coffee shop during the academic year, but one TCU student used her passion for fashion to build a sizable Instagram following that is starting to lead to revenue. Avery Foster of Grapevine, Texas, was a junior in high school when she launched @averyfosterstyle, an Instagram blog dedicated to affordable fashion. Now, the sophomore communication studies major has partnerships with Target Actually and Fabletics to promote their brands on her blog. Foster said the boost in social media traffic from COVID-19 restrictions helped make her blog attractive to the fashion brands. “My blog has nearly tripled in followers since the COVID-19 pandemic,” said Foster.Foster is one of a growing number of entrepreneurs who use their social media platforms to earn money as they recommend different brands. There were 132. 2 million Instagram users in the United States in June 2020, accounting for 39.5% of the entire U.S. population, according to a survey conducted by NapoleonCat, a worldwide social media management tool.A screenshot of Foster’s Instagram blog (A screenshot from @averyfosterstyle)A screenshot of Foster’s Instagram blog (A screenshot from @averyfosterstyle)Part of the blogger communityFoster fills her page with bright colors, trendy outfits and the best recommendations for productions such as skincare, jewelry and hair care.“I love being able to share my outfits every day and have that creative outlet for me to show people what I’m passionate about,” said Foster.Foster started a fashion club at her high school, which inspired her to start posting her outfits on Instagram in hopes of gaining a following.She also worked as an intern for fashion blogger and Nordstrom stylist Riane Hubbart during her sophomore and junior years of high school.Avery Foster promotes her Gucci Tights on her Instagram page @averyfosterstyle. She told her followers they can shop the entire look on the LikeToKNowIt app. (Photo courtesy of @averyfosterstyle Instagram)Avery Foster promotes her Gucci Tights on her Instagram page @averyfosterstyle. She told her followers they can shop the entire look on the LikeToKNowIt app. (Photo courtesy of @averyfosterstyle Instagram)Avery Foster shared this post on her Instagram to promote LikeToKnowIt’s spring sale. (Photo courtesy of @averyfosterstyle Instagram)Avery Foster shared this post on her Instagram to promote LikeToKnowIt’s spring sale. (Photo courtesy of @averyfosterstyle Instagram)Riane Hubbart, Foster’s mentor (Photo courtesy of @stello_style Instagram)Riane Hubbart, Foster’s mentor (Photo courtesy of @stello_style Instagram)Hubbart has gained a following of over 27,600 followers on her blog, @stello_style.“Working for Riane really helped me when I was first starting my blog,” said Foster. “I was able to turn the experience I gained from watching Riane manage her blog into strategies for starting my own.”Foster said she gained a lot of the skills she uses for her own blog from other bloggers.“The blogger community is so kind and helpful,” said Foster. “I often message people asking how they were able to do certain things on their profile, and they are so quick to answer any questions that I have.”More experienced bloggers even offer to hop onto a Zoom call to bestow advice and give tutorials on how to create better content, she said.“I get most of my business from putting myself out there and reaching out to people online,” said Foster.Foster said her blog has grown a lot within the last year and she is excited to see how it will progress in the future.Expanding her brandWhen Foster collaborates with a brand, she is responsible for promoting their products on her blog.This usually means that she tries the products out for herself and posts pictures to show her followers why they should buy whatever she is promoting, she said.“Whenever someone buys something from the links I provide on my Instagram or on my LikeToKnowIt profile, I make a commission off of whatever they buy,” said Foster.She said bigger companies compensate her with a set fee per post and then give her clothes or products in addition. View this post on Instagram A post shared by AVERY FOSTER | Fashion Blogger (@averyfosterstyle) Foster promotes Skinny Dipped snacks (Photo courtesy of @averyfosterstyle Instagram)Foster promotes Skinny Dipped snacks (Photo courtesy of @averyfosterstyle Instagram)Foster advertises a shoe spray on her blog. (Photo courtesy of @averyfoster style Instagram)Foster advertises a shoe spray on her blog. (Photo courtesy of @averyfoster style Instagram)Foster posts about a giveaway for a pair of Vervet jeans. (Photo courtesy of @averyfoster style Instagram)Foster posts about a giveaway for a pair of Vervet jeans. (Photo courtesy of @averyfoster style Instagram) Two individuals were chosen to win the Vervet jeans giveaway. (Photo courtesy of @averyfoster style Instagram) Two individuals were chosen to win the Vervet jeans giveaway. (Photo courtesy of @averyfoster style Instagram)Alex Baigalmaa is the head of e-commerce marketing for Vervet Denim, another brand that collaborates with Foster.“After reviewing Avery’s Instagram, we noticed her grace and youthfulness, which our company stands for,” said Baigalmaa.He said working with influencers like Foster is something that provides the brand with a genuine message for people who follow their blogs. View this post on Instagram A post shared by AVERY FOSTER | Fashion Blogger (@averyfosterstyle) An academic study by Chen Lou, assistant professor of integrated marketing communication at Nanyang Technological University in Singapore, and Shupei Yuan, Ph.D., a science communication researcher and assistant professor at Northern Illinois University. authored a study talking about why the influencer model works.   Lou and Yuan discuss how message value and credibility affect consumer trust of branded content on social media.According to the study, the informative value of influencer-generated content and influencer’s trustworthiness, attractiveness and relatability to followers have a positive effect on followers’ trust in the brands the influencers recommend and their likelihood of purchasing the product.In order to please the companies that reach out to them and maintain this image of genuineness, influencers dedicate a lot of time to creating content that advertises the product they are trying to sell while remaining trustworthy in the eyes of their audience.“I have personally tried every product that I advertise on my Instagram,” said Foster. “From clothes to make up and even skincare products, I try them myself before I convince other people to buy them, too.”Foster advertises Arctic Zero ice cream (Photo courtesy of @averyfoster style Instagram)Foster advertises Arctic Zero ice cream (Photo courtesy of @averyfoster style Instagram)Foster teamed up with Flying Cow Tallow, a Texas based skincare brand, for a giveaway. (Photo courtesy of @averyfoster style Instagram)Foster teamed up with Flying Cow Tallow, a Texas based skincare brand, for a giveaway. (Photo courtesy of @averyfoster style Instagram)Keeping followers interestedFoster posts about a giveaway for an iPhone 12 Pro Max and an Instax camera. (Photo courtesy of @averyfoster style Instagram)Foster posts about a giveaway for an iPhone 12 Pro Max and an Instax camera. (Photo courtesy of @averyfoster style Instagram)Foster keeps followers engaged by posting giveaways on her Instagram stories. (Photo courtesy of @averyfoster style Instagram)Foster keeps followers engaged by posting giveaways on her Instagram stories. (Photo courtesy of @averyfoster style Instagram)Foster said she implements many strategies to keep her followers happy and coming back for more fashion content.“I always check in the settings of my Instagram to see when my followers are most active on the app, and I usually post all of my photos around whatever time their engagement is the best,” she said.Administering giveaways on her blog was Foster’s way of rewarding dedicated followers, she said.Typically, when a blogger announces a giveaway, they give a list of requirements, such as tagging a few friends, liking certain posts or reposting a picture of their page, to be eligible to win the prize.These requirements help promote the blogger’s page by giving them more engagement through likes and more exposure through reposts.“I started doing a lot of giveaways to give my followers an incentive for interacting with my posts,” said Foster. “I think it also encourages people to keep following my account if there’s free stuff involved.”Katie Anne Eastus, a sophomore criminal justice major from Dallas, Texas, followed Foster’s blog during the pandemic.“I started following Foster because, as a college student, I was interested in finding affordable ways to keep up with the latest trends,” said Eastus. Eastus said she enjoys the relatability and aesthetic of Foster’s page.“I had heard of Fabletics before, but once I saw that Avery liked their products, I was more inclined to try it out for myself,” said Eastus.Foster said she spends an average of about two hours per day brainstorming ideas, taking pictures and creating new content for her followers.Photo: Foster brainstorms ideas for her next blog post. (Ryann Booth/TCU 360 Staff)“The blog has been a lot more work than I ever thought it would be once I started to gain more followers,” said Foster. “People don’t realize how much effort it takes to produce engaging content on a daily basis.”Balancing the blog and school work can be very challenging, she said.“I obviously have to put school first, but at the end of the day before I go to sleep I dedicate myself to at least one hour of planning content so that I am never getting behind on my job,” said Foster.Although school comes first for Foster, she implements skills she learns from her communication studies classes at TCU into her blog.“Keeping the captions on my pictures short and engaging is something that I learned from being a student in the Bob Schieffer College of Communication at TCU,” said Foster.Photo 1&2: Foster promotes the LikeToKnowIt spring sale with fun, spring outfits (Photo courtesy of @averyfosterstyle Instagram)Influencers gaining stronger impact during the pandemicSince the start of the pandemic, many influencers have noticed their likes, comments and followers steadily rising. Instagram bloggers trying to gain a following, such as Foster, were able to establish a larger audience because of the pandemic.“I wasn’t really sure why I was gaining so many followers all at once, but I figured it was because people were stuck at home with nothing better to do,” said Foster.With a larger amount of people engaging on social media on a more frequent basis and in a more active manner than ever before, smaller Instagram accounts were able to create a bigger footprint on the app.Daily time among adult Instagram users jumped 13.8% in 2020 to nearly 30 minutes per day, according to research conducted by eMarketer, a market research company that provides insights and trends related to digital marketing, media and commerce.That’s an increase of four minutes compared to 2019.“Instagram has seen increased engagement recently through features such as Instagram Live and Stories,” said eMarketer principal analyst Debra Aho Williamson. “Creators, celebrities and publishers have all used Instagram to demonstrate how they are dealing with stay-at-home orders.”The company previously estimated daily time among users to increase by just 24 seconds in 2020.“I think my specific success had something to do with the fact that a lot of people were sick of sitting at home in their pajamas,” said Foster. “I used this to my advantage by keeping that sense of ‘normal’ in the lives of my followers when I would get dressed up and share the outfits I put together on a daily basis.”Foster is not the only person who experienced changes on Instagram during the pandemic.Taylor Lorenz is a New York Times technology reporter who reports on internet culture.In an interview with another Times reporter, Lorenz said people are spending much more time online and everything is being shared more and faster than normal. That’s an opportunity, and many influencers are using this time to get more followers and hope the money follows, she added. “Companies’ marketing deals with influencers are projected to be far larger than advertising sales for the entire newspaper industry in the United States,” said Lorenz.Often, people try to become influencers with this same hope of making it big in this still-growing industry and turning it into a full-time job.However, for Foster, creating her blog started as a passion project.“My goal when starting this blog was just to inspire others and to have fun,” said Foster. “Even if just one person stumbles upon my page and it brightens their day, I’m happy.”Foster said she enjoys running her blog for fun, but it is not something she sees converting into her full-time career once she graduates college.“It is a fun hobby to have in college, but I don’t think this is all I want to do in the future,” she said.She said many bloggers who maintain successful blogs throughout their adult lives have a difficult time separating social media from their personal lives.“When I’m older I definitely want to be able to stay off my phone to connect with the real world as much as possible,” said Foster. “So, this is a great job for me now, but I don’t think I’ll be doing this in the next 20 years.”Foster shares a quote to inspire her followers. (Photo courtesy of @averyfosterstyle Instagram)Foster shares a quote to inspire her followers. (Photo courtesy of @averyfosterstyle Instagram)Foster promotes her outfit that can be found on LikeToKnowIt’s free app. (Photo courtesy of @averyfosterstyle Instagram)Foster promotes her outfit that can be found on LikeToKnowIt’s free app. (Photo courtesy of @averyfosterstyle Instagram)Ryann Booth is a sophomore FTDM and journalism double major from The Woodlands, Texas. She is the TCU Energy Club vice president and a proud member of Kappa Alpha Theta sorority. Ryann is looking to pursue a career in broadcast journalism because she is a lover of people and storytelling. TopBuilt with Shorthand ReddIt Linkedin + posts Linkedin Facebook Facebook Image Magazine: Spring 2021 Ryann Boothhttps://www.tcu360.com/author/ryann-booth/ Sustainability is the new green: Fashion companies work towards environmentally-conscious practices Ryann Boothhttps://www.tcu360.com/author/ryann-booth/last_img read more

Three dailies allowed to reappear, a fourth still suspended

first_img to go further Follow the news on Iran Receive email alerts Organisation Iran is stepping up pressure on journalists, including foreign journalists, in run-up to election IranMiddle East – North Africa June 11, 2021 Find out more News IranMiddle East – North Africa Iran: Press freedom violations recounted in real time January 2020 Newscenter_img June 23, 2005 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Three dailies allowed to reappear, a fourth still suspended Help by sharing this information RSF_en The editor of Eqbal was summoned to the Tehran court on the order of the prosecutor-general Said Mortazavi on 20 June to be handed an order definitively suspending his newspaper. The previous evening, the paper published a letter from a candidate complaining about fraud in the first round of the presidential election. The journalist and his lawyer were astonished to learn that the newspaper was also facing other complaints, which they knew nothing about, since they had received no notification by post.The dailies Etemaad, Aftabyazd and Hayat No were allowed to resume publication on 21 June after a one-day suspension.————————–21.05.2005 – Call for four banned dailies to reopenReporters Without Borders has called for four banned reformist dailies, Eghbal, Aftabyazd, Hayat No and Eqbal to be allowed to reopen. They were banned on 20 June 2005 after carrying a letter from a candidate alleging fraud in the first round of the presidential elections.”Banning newspapers simply for publishing a letter from a candidate, does not bode well for the future of press freedom in Iran after the election,” the press freedom organisation.”We urge the authorities to revoke these suspensions that seriously damage the debate of ideas that is essential in an election period.”Mehri Karubi, beaten candidate in the first round on 19 June, sent an open letter to the Supreme Guide, Ali Khamenei, complaining of “illegal interventions” by the Guardians of the Revolution and Islamist militia during the elections, with his consent. He also called for a recount of votes in some constituencies.A few hours after the letter was published by the main news websites, such as that of the Iranian Student’s News Agency (ISNA) and the Iranian Labour News Agency (ILNA), it was pulled. On the morning of 20 June, Tehran’s prosecutor-general ordered a halt to printing of the three newspapers which had also published the letter. Scores of publications have recently been closed for criticism of the Supreme Guide.”This decision once again comes from the national security high commission which, under the control of President Khatami, sets limits not be crossed by newspapers on a daily basis and which Reporters Without Borders has recently asked to halt its abusive interventions.”Elsewhere the journalist Akbar Ganji and the lawyer Nasser Zarafshan, still on hunger strike to demand medical care, have not yet succeeded and are at risk of dying. News June 9, 2021 Find out more News Call for Iranian New Year pardons for Iran’s 21 imprisoned journalists March 18, 2021 Find out morelast_img read more

COVID19: SC Seeks Centre’s Response On Plea Challenging Government Advisory Of COVID Testing At INR 4500

first_imgTop StoriesCOVID19: SC Seeks Centre’s Response On Plea Challenging Government Advisory Of COVID Testing At INR 4500 Sanya Talwar3 April 2020 5:05 AMShare This – xThe Supreme Court on Friday directed the Central Government’s to file its response in a plea challenging the Government advisory fixing coronavirus testing facilities at INR 4500 across private labs & hospitals. A bench comprising Justices LN Rao & Deepak Gupta directed the petitioner to supply a copy of the petition to the Solicitor General via email & listed the…Your free access to Live Law has expiredTo read the article, get a premium account.Your Subscription Supports Independent JournalismSubscription starts from ₹ 599+GST (For 6 Months)View PlansPremium account gives you:Unlimited access to Live Law Archives, Weekly/Monthly Digest, Exclusive Notifications, Comments.Reading experience of Ad Free Version, Petition Copies, Judgement/Order Copies.Subscribe NowAlready a subscriber?LoginThe Supreme Court on Friday directed the Central Government’s to file its response in a plea challenging the Government advisory fixing coronavirus testing facilities at INR 4500 across private labs & hospitals. A bench comprising Justices LN Rao & Deepak Gupta directed the petitioner to supply a copy of the petition to the Solicitor General via email & listed the matter for next week. Shashank Deo Sudhi had filed the petition which stated, inter alia, that there was an urgent need for ramping up testing facilities of COVID19 in light of the “escalating mortality” & “morbidity rate” across the country. In light of this, petitioner averred that the advisory issued by Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) on March 17, 2020, which fixed the price of testing & screening kits of the deadly virus at INR 4500 in private labs and hospitals is “unreasonable”, “discriminatory” & antithetical to Article 21 & 14 of the Constitution of India. “That the Respondents are insensitive and indifferent to the plight of the common citizen of the country who are already financially burdened on account of completely locked down with no possibility of being unlocked in recent future. The financial suffering being caused by the respondent No.3 by issuance such arbitrary advisory dated 17.03.2020 fixing Rs 4500/- testing and confirming including screening of covid-19 in private hospitals/labs are discriminatory and unreasonable, depriving the accessibility of medical facilities to the common citizen violating the right to life guaranteed under article 21 of the Constitution of India”—the petition has averred. Further to this, the petitioner seeks the Court’s intervention in declaring the aforementioned advisory ultra-vires of the Constitution & prays for it to be struck down. Subscribe to LiveLaw, enjoy Ad free version and other unlimited features, just INR 599 Click here to Subscribe. All payment options available.loading….Next Storylast_img read more

Open Source Programmer Moves Kerala High Court Against IT Intermediary Rules 2021

first_imgNews UpdatesOpen Source Programmer Moves Kerala High Court Against IT Intermediary Rules 2021 Lydia Suzanne Thomas10 April 2021 8:09 AMShare This – xOn Friday, a free-and-open-source (FOSS) programmer moved the Kerala High Court challenging the Information Technology (Intermediary Guidelines and Digital Media Ethics Code) Rules, 2021 (the Rules). A Bench of Justice PV Asha took up the petition on Friday and asked the Office for the Assistant Solicitor General to take instructions from the Union government in respect of the…Your free access to Live Law has expiredTo read the article, get a premium account.Your Subscription Supports Independent JournalismSubscription starts from ₹ 599+GST (For 6 Months)View PlansPremium account gives you:Unlimited access to Live Law Archives, Weekly/Monthly Digest, Exclusive Notifications, Comments.Reading experience of Ad Free Version, Petition Copies, Judgement/Order Copies.Subscribe NowAlready a subscriber?LoginOn Friday, a free-and-open-source (FOSS) programmer moved the Kerala High Court challenging the Information Technology (Intermediary Guidelines and Digital Media Ethics Code) Rules, 2021 (the Rules). A Bench of Justice PV Asha took up the petition on Friday and asked the Office for the Assistant Solicitor General to take instructions from the Union government in respect of the case. The petition is the fifth in the country challenging the Rules, which were notified in Fenruary this year and the first filed by an open source developer. The other four by The Quint, The Wire and TheNews Minute, and Pratidhvani’s and one by LiveLaw, challenge the rules in their application to digital news publications. Significantly, LiveLaw’s plea was moved before the Kerala High Court as well. The petition by Praveen Arimbrathodiyil filed through Advocate Prashanth S and the Software Freedom Law Center, seeks the quashing of Part II of the Rules (due diligence for intermediaries). In the interim, Arimbrathodiyil has prayed for a stay on the implementation of the rules and a direction that no coercive action be initiated against him or others running FOSS products in India. It has further asked the court quash Part II of the IT Rules 2021 (which concerns due diligence for intermediaries), direct the government to form rules in line with IT Act 2000 and the Supreme Court’s dictum in Shreya Singhal v. Union of India, and a declaration of the right to encryption being a subset of the right to privacy. Contending that the Rules exceed the bounds of delegated legislation, it is argued additionally that they place unreasonable restrictions on the exercise of freedom of speech and expression and on the freedom to carry out an online business, as guaranteed by the Constitution of India. Arimbrathodiyil’s petition narrates that FOSS programmers such as him work with other volunteers to maintain FOSS domains such as fsci.com and codema.in and are part of the Free Software Community of India (FSCI). These domains and services provide a platform to users to post content and fall within the definition of intermediaries in terms of the Information Technology Act, 2000 (IT Act), it is explained in the petition. The petition states that the Rules fail to draw a distinction between proprietary software based intermediaries like Facebook, WhatsApp, LinkedIn and the FOSS Community, lays an undue compliance burden on FOSS programmers. Key prongs of contention Difference between FOSS programmers and Proprietary Software-based intermediaries The petition emphasizes that FOSS programmers, unlike for-profit companies comprise of enthusiasts, technologists, and small organisations (Signal, Tor etc.), mostly funded by the public and through donations. Additionally, FOSS developers are located across the globe with few servers/operators/owners based in India. The petition also explains that FOSS services further operate on a volunteer basis, do not earn profits from their services, are decentralized, and do not mine data for targeted ads. Emphasising that the technical architecture running conventional centralised intermediaries and FOSS communities, the petition highlights that the community falls in a separate class of intermediaries. The Rules, particularly Rules 4 and 6 Rule 6 of the Rules “arbitrarily empowers the executive to issue an order and require any intermediary to comply with any or all the provisions of Rule 4”. Rule 4(1)(a), (b) and (c) make it mandatory for a significant social media intermediary to appoint a chief compliance officer, a nodal contact person and a resident grievance officer in India, it is said. Assailing the lack of a specific timeline under Rule 4 to comply with Rule 6(1), the petition raises a concern that the executive can pass an order under Rule 6 and expect an intermediary to comply with the provisions of Rule 4 immediately, “The Petitioner, if required to comply with Rule 6(1)/ Rule 4 would find it financially and resource-wise unviable to continue operations of its servers which has a user base of around 5200 users”, the petition reads. Terms use encompassing definitions leaving them open to ambiguity The terms ‘defamatory’, ‘obscene’, ‘invasive of another’s privacy’, ‘racially or ethnically objectionable’, ‘harmful to child’ lack encompassing definitions leaving them open to ambiguity, the Court said. It is explained that the term ‘harmful to child’ is a broad phrase and could end up in censoring legitimate content. Because the terms, of a similar character as those struck down by the Supreme Court in Shreya Singhal, had no corresponding definition in the IT Act, it would lead to self-censorship, the petition says. “The vagueness of these terms will lead to self-censorship thus violating the constitutionally guaranteed right to free speech and expression under Article 19”, it is underscored. Impact on encryption and privacy Raising a contention based on encryption, the petition relates that the Rules require intermediaries to take reasonable and practicable steps to remove or disable harmful content and to moderate content under private communications. In most cases, such content is protected with end-to-end encrypted or other kinds of encryption. Explaining that encryption and anonymity were crucial for online communications since only an intended recipient receives a person’s communications, it is averred that the Rules violates right to encryption, a subset of the right to privacy. Additionally, it is opined that the specifications on encryption seek to fill the lacuna in law on encryption. On this count it is asserted that encryption as a tool further enhances the quality of products and services which are offered by the intermediaries. By placing unreasonable restrictions on the ability of intermediaries to strengthen the security of communications, the right to freedom of trade and profession under Article 19(1) (g) of the Constitution is violated, the petition states. Additionally, the petition contends that the government has attempted to burden intermediaries with compliances under the traceability requirements, impacting right to privacy. An intermediary cannot fulfill its obligations under Rule 4(2) of Rules without snooping on their users’ private communications, which is a flagrant violation of right to privacy. Prescription of Technology-based solutions such as automated tools Arimbrathodiyil’s plea asserts that Rule 4(4) prescribes technology-based solutions such as automated tools which would bring in inherent societal biases and prejudices leading to more problems than it intends to solve. “Rule 4(4) makes it de-facto mandatory for significant social media intermediaries to deploy automated tools for proactive identification of any act or simulation of explicit or implicit rape or child sexual abuse or conduct…This has a potential of leading to confusion on takedown by automated filters by the significant social media intermediaries or intermediaries”, the petition recites. Stating that even corporations such as Facebook faced barriers to correct implementation of automated tools, it is pointed out that volunteers like the Petitioner running individual servers with limited resources would find it particularly challenging to implement these measures. Grants adjudicatory powers to intermediaries In Shreya Singhal, the Supreme Court had observed that the Rules required intermediaries to apply a subjective interpretation of similar phrases under Section 66A of the IT Act, leaving the obligation to the intermediary without any legislative or regulatory guidance. Drawing similarity with the scenario struck down by the Supreme Court in Shreya Singhal, Praveen Arimbrathodiyil’s plea argues that the new Rules grant an adjudicatory role to intermediaries, not contemplated under Section 79 of the IT Act. Beyond scope of the IT Act The Rules are ultra vires since they are inconsistent with the parent act, it is argued. Describing the the traceability requirement as vague and arbitrary, it is argued that these go against data protection principles and conflicts with Section 69 of the IT Act. Section 69 of the IT Act read with Section 87(2)(y) of the IT Act, provides for decryption, monitoring, and interception of communications. On these, among other grounds, the petition seeks a declaration that Part II of the Rules be struck down. CASE NAME: Praveen Arimbrathodiyil V. Union of India COUNSEL: Advocates Prashanth Sugathan, Varsha Bhaskar, NR ReeshaNext Storylast_img read more

Hamm heads to Washington for national prayer walk

first_img Hamm said she expects there to be protests throughout the weekend.“There are always protesters in D.C.,” she said. “I will be cautious but not afraid. I am looking forward to how God is going to move through this Prayer March.”Also in Washington, D.C. this weekend will also be “The Return” where thousands will gather on the Washington Mall to pray for America and its people.Hamm and Hubbard said they will attend a “Return” prayer service on Friday night and possibly Saturday after the Prayer March.“This will be a weekend where people from all across the country and from all walks of life come to pray for our nation and its people,” Hamm said. “We have never needed repentance and prayer more that we need it now.” Sponsored Content Remember America’s heroes on Memorial Day The Washington Prayer March 2020 on Saturday in the nation’s capital is a dedicated prayer march that is focused solely on asking God to heal this land. Ginny Hamm of Troy will be in the nation’s capital as a volunteer with the Washington Prayer March. She will be joined there by her sister-in-law who will come from Mississippi, also as a volunteer with the Prayer March.“I decided to go as a volunteer because there will be plenty of marchers but not that many to work,” Hamm said. “There is so much concern about our country, our world, and to have so many people come together to pray for God’s healing hand. I wanted to be there.” Book Nook to reopen Troy falls to No. 13 Clemson Penny Hoarder Issues “Urgent” Alert: 6 Companies Are… Email the author Pike County Sheriff’s Office offering community child ID kits By The Penny Hoarder Skip You Might Like Mask-a-Rade to attract arts patrons Word around town is that a large number of masked patrons of the arts will descend on the Johnson Center… read more Hamm heads to Washington for national prayer walk Latest Stories Published 5:09 pm Wednesday, September 23, 2020 Six ladies from Sampey Memorial Baptist Church in Ramer will participate in the Prayer March that will begin at the Lincoln Memorial and end at the U.S. Capitol. At each stop along the way, the participants will pray silently for the healing of America.“The Prayer March is being led by Franklin Graham,” Hamm said. “As he says, America is in trouble. Our communities are hurting and our people are divided. The most important thing that we can do is pray.”The Prayer March will be from noon until 2 p.m. EDT and Hamm said several local churches will have their sanctuaries open for prayer during those hours. Plans underway for historic Pike County celebration Print Article By Jaine Treadwell “Some pastors are asking their members to pray at home or wherever they are during those hours because healing is the most important thing that we can do,” Hamm said.Joyce Hubbard of Sampey Memorial said people from the Ramer area will gather at the church at 8 a.m. Saturday to come together in a time of prayer and as an expression of the hope that is found in God.Hamm and Hubbard said being a part of Prayer March 2020 it is most important to them to be a part of a prayer movement to inspire repentance and the return to God and ask for His blessings.“There, we will all be praying for our nation and its people,” Hamm said. “I know that God will hear our prayers. And the prayers of thousands.” Around the WebMd: Do This Immediately if You Have Diabetes (Watch)Blood Sugar BlasterIf You Have Ringing Ears Do This Immediately (Ends Tinnitus)Healthier LivingWomen Only: Stretch This Muscle to Stop Bladder Leakage (Watch)Patriot Health ZoneHave an Enlarged Prostate? Urologist Reveals: Do This Immediately (Watch)Healthier LivingRemoving Moles & Skin Tags Has Never Been This EasyEssential Health32-second Stretch Ends Back Pain & Sciatica (Watch)Healthier LivingThe content you see here is paid for by the advertiser or content provider whose link you click on, and is recommended to you by Revcontent. As the leading platform for native advertising and content recommendation, Revcontent uses interest based targeting to select content that we think will be of particular interest to you. We encourage you to view your opt out options in Revcontent’s Privacy PolicyWant your content to appear on sites like this?Increase Your Engagement Now!Want to report this publisher’s content as misinformation?Submit a ReportGot it, thanks!Remove Content Link?Please choose a reason below:Fake NewsMisleadingNot InterestedOffensiveRepetitiveSubmitCancellast_img read more

Deadly Hurricane Dorian charges up the coast bringing dangerous storm surge; may make landfall in Carolinas

first_imgABC News(NEW YORK) — Hurricane Dorian has killed at least seven in the Bahamas, as well as an elderly man in North Carolina, as the storm looms close to the Southeast coast.Dorian, now a Category 2, is churning parallel to northeast Florida and might make landfall as it inches closer to the Carolinas.‘Time to get out is running out’Dorian is now hovering just off the coast of Florida and southern Georgia, pummeling the Sunshine State to Savannah to South Carolina with rain.A hurricane warning is in effect for the entire South Carolina and North Carolina coastline, which is set to face the brunt of the storm and a dangerous storm surge of up to 8 feet.One storm-related death already struck North Carolina. An 85-year-old man fell off a ladder while preparing his Columbus County home for Dorian, Gov. Roy Cooper said Wednesday.Evacuations were ordered from Florida’s east coast to North Carolina’s Outer Banks.Kevin McAleenan, acting secretary of Homeland Security, told Univision that undocumented immigrants should not “worry about immigration enforcement during the storm — worry about staying safe.”“There will be no routine immigration enforcement during this storm or in the immediate aftermath of this storm,” McAleenan said.Melbourne Beach, Florida, resident Nancy Whiting lives in an evacuation area, but she opted to ride out the storm in her home — the same as she did for Hurricane Matthew in 2016 and Hurricane Irma in 2017 — to address leaks right as they hit.“A lot of the neighbors stayed back. They tend to hunker down, just ride out the storm. They’ve been through a lot of these before,” Whiting told ABC News. “This is what happens in Florida — you stay and protect your property and help out your neighbors.”But officials are urging those in evacuation zones to flee the coast immediately.“If you are still in an evacuation zone you still have time to get out — but time to get out is running out,” South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster said Wednesday.“It’s the water that kills people,” McMaster warned, “and it’s clear that we’re going to have a lot of water.”Storm surge will push the water inland into the marshes and the rivers, he said, and at the same time the rain could reach 15 inches, creating “a collision of water” along the coast.Although for some, evacuating isn’t an option. Frances Eason’s husband, David, is spending the hurricane in a Mount Pleasant, South Carolina, hospital.“We went through [Hurricane] Hugo in 1989 and we went through Florence last October and several in between,” Frances Eason told ABC News. “We fared well through it all.”“I think we’re safe here,” she said.For coastal residents who choose not to evacuate, McMaster recommends staying indoors in an interior room and away from windows and glass doors, closing the curtains and blinds, and securing important personal documents.And even if there’s a lull, don’t go outside, McMaster warned — because that could be the eye of the hurricane.Dorian’s pathDorian is forecast to pass Savannah, Georgia, overnight Wednesday into Thursday, bringing powerful wind gusts and dangerous storm surge.The storm will then come close to Charleston, South Carolina, on Thursday. Authorities in Charleston are urging the residents who chose not to evacuate to stay off the roads; authorities said during a storm last year, 40 people were rescues from flooded cars.From Charleston, the storm will approach Myrtle Beach then North Carolina’s coast. North Carolina’s Outer Banks will get hit late Thursday into Friday morning.Landfall in possible in coastal South Carolina or North Carolina anytime Thursday night through Friday morning.Regardless of landfall, Dorian will be close enough to the Carolina coasts to bring near-hurricane-force winds, storm surge and flooding. The biggest threat will likely be coastal flooding from Charleston to the Outer Banks. Up to 15 inches of rain is possible.Before reaching the U.S., Dorian slammed into the Bahamas on Sunday afternoon as a Category 5 storm, the strongest Atlantic hurricane landfall on record.At least seven people were killed on the Abaco Islands in the northern Bahamas, where the storm made landfall.“We can expect more deaths to be recorded,” Bahamas Prime Minister Hubert Minnis told reporters Tuesday. “Our priority at this time is search, rescue and recovery.”The storm hovered over the archipelago’s northern islands for nearly two days, leveling dozens of buildings, flooding roads and submerging an airport.Theo Neilly, the Bahamas consul general to the United States, said the greatest need is for water, nonperishable food, generators, tents and tarp poles.“We’re receiving supplies and we’re looking for people who can assist with shipping,” Neilly told ABC News on Tuesday.The British Royal Navy was expected to deliver food to the hard-hit Abaco Islands Tuesday night, according to the Bahamian prime minister. The U.S. Department of State said it’s providing humanitarian assistance, and the U.S. Coast Guard said it’s rescued 61 people.Margaret Hospital in Nassau is now the only hospital capable of treating the most seriously injured in the Bahamas, said Dr. Caroline Burnett-Garraway, medical chief of staff at the hospital.The hospital has received 38 patients, including children, who were evacuated from hard-hit islands, she said. Three of the patients, all men, died after arriving at the hospital, Burnett-Garraway said.Evacuees’ injuries range from head injuries to broken bones to dehydration, she said, as many of them were subjected to floodwaters and intense winds for days. Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

Boy who gave up Disney trip money for Hurricane Dorian evacuees surprised with vacation

first_imgGMA(ORLANDO, Fla.) — A 7-year-old who gave up a Disney vacation to feed victims of Hurricane Dorian was recently surprised with a trip to the most magical place on earth.Jermaine Bell received the gift, paid for by The Walt Disney Co., on Good Morning America after he had helped feed about 100 people.Jermaine saved up for two years and raised about $100 in hopes he and his family could visit Disney World. Instead, he used the money to buy water, chips and hot dogs for evacuees.“When people were hungry I wanted them to have something to eat,” Jermaine told GMA.Jermaine told ABC affiliate WJBF his motto is “live to give.”With help from his grandmother, Jermaine stood outside in Allendale, S.C., with two hand-crafted signs on opposite ends of a highway to make sure no one missed his cause.Jermaine said he is excited to visit Disney’s “Animal Kingdom” and see lions since The Lion King is his favorite Disney film.“The Walt Disney Company” is the parent company of ABC News.Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

VIDEO: Timelapse of HMS Queen Elizabeth’s Forward Island’s Delivery

first_img View post tag: UK VIDEO: Timelapse of HMS Queen Elizabeth’s Forward Island’s Delivery View post tag: Navy February 14, 2013 View post tag: Queen Back to overview,Home naval-today VIDEO: Timelapse of HMS Queen Elizabeth’s Forward Island’s Delivery View post tag: forward View post tag: Island The arrival of the iconic 700-tonne forward island of the biggest aircraft carrier ever to be built in Britain, HMS Queen Elizabeth, marked a significant milestone in the construction process of the naval giant. Nevertheless, the very transport of the forward island, which arrived safely in Rosyth on February 11, was a challenging endeavor of its own.The iconic Forward Island, known as Upper Block 07, is the hub of the ship as it contains the main bridge and approximately 100 vital mission systems compartments.Hereby we bring you a video showing a time-lapse from dock hall to delivery of the island.The structure now awaits its raising on to the flight deck of the future flagship which is scheduled for next month.The island has been fitted with a special 78-tonne lifting crane which will allow the Goliath crane, which dominates the Rosyth skyline, on to the flight deck next month.Later this year it will be joined by the aft island, home to Flyco – flying control – from where flight deck operations involving the ship’s air group of F35 Joint Strike Fighters, Merlin, Chinooks and other helicopters, will be directed.Queen Elizabeth is due to be launched – more accurately ‘floated out’ of the gigantic dry dock – next year, ready to undertake sea trials in 2017, ready for fast jet trials with the F35 Joint Strike Fighter the following year.The aircraft carriers HMS Queen Elizabeth and HMS Prince of Wales are being delivered by the Aircraft Carrier Alliance, a unique partnering relationship between BAE Systems, Thales UK, Babcock and the UK Ministry of Defence.[mappress]Naval Today Staff, February 14, 2013; Image: RN View post tag: Elizabeth View post tag: Timelapse View post tag: Naval Share this article View post tag: HMS Industry news View post tag: News by topic View post tag: DELIVERYlast_img read more