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1 Person Dead, 1 Injured In Shooting At NSA Headquarters In Maryland – Video

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Apr 022015
 



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One Dead, Two Injured During Attack on NSA Headquarters – Video

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Apr 012015
 



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About 4,000 men once forced to fish now stranded on Indonesian islands, some after boat ban

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Mar 272015
 

This Friday, Nov. 28, 2014 image shows Ngwe Thein, 42, who has been living on an island near Benjina, Indonesia for three years, after being forced to work on a fishing trawler with inadequate food and little or no pay, he said. In the wake of an AP report on fishermen who were enslaved, on Thursday, March 26, 2015, Thai lawmakers voted unanimously to create tougher penalties for violating the country’s anti-human trafficking law, including the death penalty. But in a Thursday email, Phil Robertson, deputy director of Human Rights Watch’s Asia division said, “The Thailand government has made repeated verbal commitments to get tough with traffickers but every time real follow-up has been lacking.” In the meantime, Thein is one of the thousands of men who are waiting. (AP Photo/APTN, Esther Htusan)(The Associated Press)

JAKARTA, Indonesia The number of foreign fishermen stranded on several remote eastern Indonesian islands has spiraled to 4,000, including some revealed in an Associated Press investigation to have been enslaved.

Many are migrant workers abandoned by their boat captains after the Indonesian government passed a moratorium on foreign fishing five months ago, according to the International Organization for Migration in Indonesia, which released the number Friday. However, others have been trapped on the islands for years, after being dumped by fishing boats or escaping into the jungle.

“This is the worst moment in our life right now,” one former slave told the AP, which is not releasing the names of the men for their safety. “It is even worse than being in hell. We have to work every day to survive. … There is no hope for us anymore.”

The AP reported earlier this week that slaves some of them beaten and locked in cages are forced to fish, and their catch ends up in the supply chains of American supermarkets and restaurants. The IOM said Friday that the report follows several years of close work with Indonesian authorities to rescue hundreds of fisherman identified as victims of trafficking in Indonesia.

However, for every man they’ve rescued, many more now need help. With the fishing ban, boats have docked or fled, ditching their crews.

“It is reasonable to expect many are victims of trafficking, if not outright slavery,” said Steve Hamilton, IOM’s deputy chief of mission in Indonesia. “But for the first time in possibly several years their feet are touching dry land and there is a real possibility for them to go home, once we and the authorities locate and process them.”

About a quarter of the men are in Benjina, a town that straddles two islands in the Maluku chain, according to an Indonesian official who recently visited the area. These men, some abandoned five, 10, even 20 years ago, load and unload fish off boats for food and pocket money, or cut and sell logs in the forest.

“We want to go back home,” one dockworker chimed in. “Our body is here but our mind is at home. If there is the possible way to walk back home, we would do it right away.”

Another wiped away tears as he spoke, his voice quivering.

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Bitcoin firm goes dark, and funds are missing

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Feb 112015
 

Computer software engineer Mike Caldwell created these physical representations of Bitcoins, but in truth the currency exists only in the digital realm. AP Photo

Bitcoin is again drawing scrutiny following an apparent theft of $387 million in client funds from a Hong Kong exchange that trades in the virtual currency.

Hong Kong police are reportedly investigating the disappearance of the money at MyCoin, which allowed users to buy and sell Bitcoin. The company appears to have suspended its service. Calls to MyCoin could not be connected, while calls to its customer service line were not answered, according to Reuters.

In wake of the incident, Hong Kong’s central bank cautioned consumers against investing in virtual currencies.

“Authorities are fumbling around trying to regulate these things,” said Steve H. Hanke, a professor of applied economics at The Johns Hopkins University and a senior fellow at the Cato Institute. “Hong Kong has a very good, regulated banking system. It does not want the authorities in Beijing coming down on them hard because something happened in some Bitcoin exchange.”

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But the latest cloud over Bitcoin, and the largest since the 2014 bankruptcy of Tokyo-based Mt. Gox exchange, has less to do with the pros and cons of using or investing in virtual currencies and more to do with an old-fashioned scam.

“Reports say this wasn’t a traditional exchange that was hacked, like Mt. Gox, but instead a business that provided some sort of contract that promised you a return, and some are surmising MyCoin was really running a Ponzi scheme based on Bitcoins,” said Reuben Grinberg, an attorney at Davis Polk & Wardwell who started writing about the digital currency in law school.

“Oftentimes with new technology, where regulators haven’t clamped down yet, scammers or people with bad intentions come in and start harming investors,” said Grinberg, who cited as example the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission action last year against Trendon Shavers and Bitcoin Savings and Trust, or BSCST, the online entity he created.

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Watch: Ed Miliband says 'billions of pounds' is being lost in tax avoidance

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Feb 082015
 

In a letter to the leaders of the overseas territories and crown dependencies, Mr Miliband put them “on notice” that, if elected in May, his government would refer any that failed to produce publicly accessible central registers of beneficial ownership – who profits from a company – to the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD).

“I am writing to put you on notice that a Labour government will not allow this situation of delay and secrecy to continue,” he wrote.

“Labour will act on tax avoidance where the Tories will not,” he added – ending protection from international scrutiny and requesting OECD blacklisting. “Billions of pounds is being siphoned off into tax havens where our authorities cannot discover even the true ownership of firms registered there, let alone the scale of wealth hidden away.”

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Freedom fighters deserve better treatment

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Feb 012015
 

It is a regular event on every Republic Day or Independence Day for the district administration to honour freedom fighters or their spouses/kin with shawls/mementoes.

But many of the family members of such heroes have started feeling that these honours were more ritualistic and confined to that particular day, with the authorities concerned not so keen to listen to their grievances later.

Anyone closely watching the R-day and I-day celebrations here over the last few years can easily make out how the officials rush through the gesture of adorning shawls and giving mementoes to the freedom fighters or their kin without even engaging in a pep talk with them, says P. R. Nataraj, son of freedom fighter P. Ramasamy and state general secretary of Tamil Nadu Freedom Fighters and Legal Heirs Association.

Mr. Nataraj was of the view that freedom fighters or their kin need to be honoured in a more honourable manner.

The Association wants the district administration to hold grievances redress meeting frequently for the families of freedom fighters. For example, Palaniammal, wife of freedom fighter Palaniappan who fought for Independence along with Nethaji Subash Chandra Bose, is facing lots of problems in life. Such things can be redressed only if their grievances are heard frequently, the Association members said.

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Disappearing beaches

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Dec 062014
 

Beaches and coasts are amazing wonders of nature. Indias coastline stretches for around 7,500 kilometres. Quite apart from the beautiful beaches, they also support an incredible diversity of wildlife like flamingos, shore birds, Olive Ridley turtles and red crabs.

Indias beaches are visited by millions of people every year too. But have we thought how our beaches are formed? They are formed because of the rivers. Thats why majority of our coastline have sandy beaches.

The rivers draining into the sea transport the large amount of sand that is gradually accumulated along their course. The sea currents moving from south to north direction in the Bay of Bengal and the vice versa in the Arabian Sea deposits the flowing sand along the coast.

The sea waves act as the engines of sand transportation. They drive the movement of sand to form beaches. The amount of sand and sediments deposited in our beaches is a whooping 1.2 billion tonnes every year! Isnt this an amazing natural phenomenon?

These beaches act as a defence mechanism for coastal villages from large waves and natural calamities. But they are destroyed permanently every year at an alarming rate because of construction activities right on the beach.

The classic example for this is the Puducherry harbour. After it was built in the mid 1980s, the authorities realised that the harbour was too shallow for the ships to enter. So they abandoned it. Only smaller fishing boats use it today.

But just the two breakwaters that were built to form the harbour were enough to spark beach erosion. These breakwaters are long strips of construction with boulders. They jut out into the sea for many meters. One of the reasons these are built is to reduce the wave action so that the ships are anchored safely. The unintended consequence of constructions like these is erosion of beaches.

Because the sea currents move from south to north in the Bay of Bengal during the major part of a year, the incoming sand from the rivers is accumulated on the southern side of the breakwater while the northern part of gets eroded, in a matter of months.

This is the reason for erosion of the pristine beaches in Puducherry. With the protective barrier of beaches vanishing, the sea has engulfed fishing settlements, putting livelihoods at stake.

Even the temporary solution of depositing rocks along the beaches seals the opportunity for beach formation. This method not only destroys the hills and forests but also adds to further beach erosion.

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US tax authority targets Israeli investment funds

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Nov 202014
 

It’s possible that Bank Leumi (TASE: LUMI), Bank Hapoalim (TASE: POLI), and Mizrahi Tefahot Bank (TASE:MZTF) are not the only Israeli financial institutions being targeted by US authorities. Already in the coming months, US authorities may open investigations into the activities of Israeli financial institutions that are not conventional banks, such as private investment houses and private or family mutual funds (including money managers for high-net-worth families), on suspicions that they helped a number of their clients – US citizens or Green Card holders – to avoid reporting financial assets and avoid making payments to the US tax authorities.

Washington D.C. based Dearson, Levi & Pantz attorney Zion Levi, who specializes in US and Israeli tax law and in representing clients in cases against US tax authorities, told “Globes” that such steps are being taken against financial institutions that are not traditional banks in other countries around the world as well.

Levi did not name the financial institutions that may be targeted in the investigation, but other industry sources said that some are names that are very familiar to the Israeli public. The institutions being targeted are those that advised customers to open accounts in tax havens that, until recently, did not report customers with US citizenship to the authorities.

Israeli-Americans (and Israelis holding Green Cards) received advice from these institutions to invest in Hong Kong, Mauritius, Singapore, and Brazil. However, the number of tax havens that challenge the US is dwindling, and these four countries recently signed cooperation treaties with US tax authorities.

“The Israeli financial institution that advised its clients to invest in these countries could find itself ensnared in a serious situation,” said one source.

Avoiding prosecution

Levi explained that the decision whether to open investigations into the activities of Israeli institutions, in addition to the three banks, will be made based on the findings of investigations are currently underway into the activities of US citizens who apparently made investments through these institutions in order to evade taxes in the US. If the name of a particular financial institution rises repeatedly in the investigations of the suspected tax evaders, it is highly likely that an investigation into its activities will be opened.

It is quite possible that some of those under investigation will prefer to provide incriminating evidence against the banks or financial institutions with which they worked, and to detail how they helped them hide financial assets from the US authorities. Such collaboration may give the suspects a way to avoid criminal charges and to receive less severe fines from the tax authorities.

In a relatively new development, which is intended to increase enforcement of US tax laws, the authorities also decided to invest resources in physically tracking down officials at financial institutions about which suspicion of helping clients evade taxes were raised. “This is a personal focus on specific people,” said Levi.

Levy says, “It’s not unreasonable to assume that investment mangers themselves will be stopped at airports in the US upon arrival, and questioned, and if there is grounds to do so, charges will be brought against them.”

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Vanishing beaches: clouds on the horizon

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Nov 202014
 

he pristine beaches of Puducherry, a major draw among residents and tourists visiting the former French enclave, are now fast disappearing due to rampant erosion.

Large parts of the beaches along the coastline have been gobbled up by the sea since 1994.

The erosion has now started spreading along the northern side of the citys coastline threatening villages such as Periyamudaliarchavady and Bommayarpalayam in Tamil Nadu.

Probir Banerjee, member, Pondicherry Citizen’s Action Network (PCAN), said: The problem started in 1989 when the Puducherry government constructed two breakwaters. Though a sand bypassing system was provided at the harbour to regularly shift the sand from south to north, this has not been done resulting in erosion along the northern side.

The sand movement along the coast is said to be one of the highest in the country. The net displacement of sand northwards has been calculated at 0.5 million cubic metres a year.

Beaches on the northern side of the coastline are now starved of sand and have started disappearing. Puducherry was losing 0.5 to 1 km of beach every year, he said.

G. Vasu, a resident of Periyamudaliarchavady and member of Repo, an Auroville community, said the rate of erosion was 20 metres a year. Instead of tackling the origin of the problem, the government started constructing groynes and sea walls, which has only aggravated the erosion towards north.

The rubble-mounted sea walls constructed along the Puducherry coast had transferred the problem to Tamil Nadu, which was now facing massive erosion. Groynes should be considered only after taking into account various factors such as wave strength, angle of the waves and shore structure, he said.

Sea currents have become tough and people living on the coast are the victims of erosion.

Due to the construction of groynes, fishermen are unable to dock their boats along the shore. However, the authorities seem to be unaware of the destruction of the coastline, said R. Nagaraj, a fisherman.

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Internet freedom faces new attack as China seeks to shape global web rules

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Nov 182014
 

The Chinese governments increasing efforts to influence global cyberspace rules is a further sign that internet freedom is under a sustained attack, said Amnesty International, ahead of Chinas first World Internet Conference.

The event, which takes place in the eastern Zhejiang province, between 19 -21 November, brings together senior Chinese officials and global web leaders to discuss the future of the internet. It is seen by many internet experts as part of Chinas attempt to have a greater say in the rules that govern the web.

Internet freedom is under attack by governments across the world. Now China appears eager to promote its own domestic internet rules as a model for global regulation. This should send a chill down the spine of anyone that values online freedom, said William Nee, China researcher at Amnesty International.

Chinas internet model is one of extreme control and suppression. The authorities use an army of censors to target individuals and imprison many activists solely for exercising their right to free expression online.

Since President Xi came to power, hundreds of people have been detained solely for expressing their views online. The authorities continue to abuse criminal law to suppress freedom of expression, including by detaining and imprisoning activists for online posts that fall foul of the censors.

Many members of the New Citizens Movement, a loose network of activists which aims to promote government transparency and expose corruption, such as Liu Ping, have been arrested in part due to the photos and opinions that they have posted online.

In September, Ilham Tohti, a prominent Uighur scholar and founder of the website Uighur Online, was sentenced to life imprisonment for separatism in a politically motivated trial. Articles from his website were the main evidence cited by the authorities.

The Chinese authorities continue to block access to thousands of websites, including Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. Major international news sites such as the BBC and New York Times are also banned.

Scores of phrases are censored on social media including any mention of the 1989 Tiananmen Square crackdown or the ongoing pro-democracy protests in Hong Kong.

Business leaders going to Zhejiang should speak out for online freedom and challenge the Chinese governments shameful record. Human rights should not be the elephant in the room, said William Nee.

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Where free speech is threatened (Opinion) – CNN.com

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Nov 122014
 

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Editor’s note: Rupert Abbott is Amnesty International’s Research Director for Southeast Asia and the Pacific. The views expressed are his own.

(CNN) — In April this year, people in Myanmar picked up their newspapers and saw … nothing.

Front pages across the Southeast Asian nation were completely black, in a show of solidarity for a journalist that was simply doing his job. This week, as world leaders gather to meet their regional counterparts in Myanmar’s capital Naypyidaw for two major summits, attendees should make a similarly firm statement about freedom of the press.

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The darkened front pages — a remarkable move in a country where just a few years before, the military government imposed blanket controls on all media — were in response to the case of Zaw Pe, a journalist with the independent Democratic Voice of Burma who had been sentenced to one year in jail. His “crime” was to investigate corruption in his home town, a story the authorities apparently did not want to see the light of day.

It was a preposterous ruling against a journalist who was just doing his job, and Amnesty International named him a prisoner of conscience — jailed solely for peacefully exercising his right to freedom of expression.

Sadly, the move says much about the backslide in free speech in Myanmar, as the authorities re-tighten their grip on media and increasingly target peaceful critics ahead of national elections next year.

This tightening comes despite Myanmar’s supposed transition away from military rule, which began in 2011, but which is stalling as the government wrestles over how to secure the benefits of greater economic openness while controlling rising expectations of rights and freedoms that come with this. Unfortunately, its efforts to maintain control have frequently involved resorting to familiar tactics of repression and arrests.

President Thein Sein has promised to clear the country’s jails of prisoners of conscience. Yet dozens still remain behind bars, while the jailing of land rights activists, journalists and other human rights defenders has actually picked up pace in the past year.

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Where free speech is threatened

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Nov 122014
 

STORY HIGHLIGHTS

Editor’s note: Rupert Abbott is Amnesty International’s Research Director for Southeast Asia and the Pacific. The views expressed are his own.

(CNN) — In April this year, people in Myanmar picked up their newspapers and saw … nothing.

Front pages across the Southeast Asian nation were completely black, in a show of solidarity for a journalist that was simply doing his job. This week, as world leaders gather to meet their regional counterparts in Myanmar’s capital Naypyidaw for two major summits, attendees should make a similarly firm statement about freedom of the press.

Rupert Abbott

The darkened front pages — a remarkable move in a country where just a few years before, the military government imposed blanket controls on all media — were in response to the case of Zaw Pe, a journalist with the independent Democratic Voice of Burma who had been sentenced to one year in jail. His “crime” was to investigate corruption in his home town, a story the authorities apparently did not want to see the light of day.

It was a preposterous ruling against a journalist who was just doing his job, and Amnesty International named him a prisoner of conscience — jailed solely for peacefully exercising his right to freedom of expression.

Sadly, the move says much about the backslide in free speech in Myanmar, as the authorities re-tighten their grip on media and increasingly target peaceful critics ahead of national elections next year.

This tightening comes despite Myanmar’s supposed transition away from military rule, which began in 2011, but which is stalling as the government wrestles over how to secure the benefits of greater economic openness while controlling rising expectations of rights and freedoms that come with this. Unfortunately, its efforts to maintain control have frequently involved resorting to familiar tactics of repression and arrests.

President Thein Sein has promised to clear the country’s jails of prisoners of conscience. Yet dozens still remain behind bars, while the jailing of land rights activists, journalists and other human rights defenders has actually picked up pace in the past year.

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Supreme Court to decide if cops can access hotel registries without warrants

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Oct 222014
 

The Supreme Court is weighing in on another Fourth Amendment privacy case, this one concerning a Los Angeles ordinance requiring hotels to surrender guest registries to the police upon request without a warrant.

Thejustices agreed(PDF) Monday to hear Los Angeles’ appeal of a lower court that ruled7-4 that the lawmeant to combat prostitution, gambling, and even terrorismwas unconstitutional. The law(PDF) requires hotels to provide the informationincluding guests’ credit card number, home address, driver’s license information, and vehicle license numberat a moment’s notice. Several dozen cities, from Atlanta to Seattle, have similar ordinances.

“The Supreme Court will consider both the scope of privacy protections for hotel guests and also whether the Fourth Amendment prohibits laws that allow unlawful searches,” EPIC wrote. “The second issue has far-reaching consequences because many recent laws authorize the police searches without judicial review. Thus far, courts have only considered “as applied” challenges on a case-by-case basis.”

The appeal is the third high-profile Fourth Amendment case the justices have taken in three years.

In 2012, the justices ruled that authorities generally need search warrants when they affix GPS devices to a vehicle. And earlier this year, the Supreme Court said that the authorities need warrants to peek into the mobile phones of suspects they arrest.

In the latest case,Los Angeles motel owners sued, claiming that the law was a violation of their rights. The 9th US Circuit Court of Appeals agreed with the motel owners in December and said the only documentsthey must disclose include a hotel’s proprietary pricing and occupancy information.

Businesses do not ordinarily disclose, and are not expected to disclose, the kind of commercially sensitive information contained in the records, Judge Paul Watford wrote for the majority. He said a hotel has “the right to exclude others from prying into the contents of its records.”

In dissent, Judge Richard Clifton wrote that neither the hotel nor the guest has an expectation of privacy.”A guest’s information is even less personal to the hotel than it is to the guest,” Clifton said.

In arguing to the justices that they should review the majority’s conclusion, Los Angeles city officials wrote(PDF), “These laws expressly help police investigate crimes such as prostitution and gambling, capture dangerous fugitives and even authorize federal law enforcement to examine these registers, an authorization which can be vital in the immediate aftermath of a homeland terrorist attack.”

Thehigh court did not set a hearing date.

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No quota for wards of freedom fighters: HC

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Oct 122014
 

The Madras High Court has said the reservation for children of freedom fighters in MBBS should be removed to avoid confusion.

If no child of a freedom fighter eligible for admission was available in the past 15 years, they are not going to be available hereafter, Justice V. Ramasubramanian said, dismissing a writ petition.

Every year, the government reserves three seats in MBBS/BDS for children of freedom fighters.

V.G. Subramaniyan of Sembodai in Nagapattinam district said he was the son of a freedom fighter. His daughter Priyas application for MBBS was not considered because she was the granddaughter of a freedom fighter.

Counsel for the petitioner argued that 67 years had passed since Independence. Obviously, there could be no child of a freedom fighter eligible for admission under the category. He sought a directive to the authorities to admit the girl under the descendants of freedom fighters quota. In a counter affidavit, Director of Medical Education R.G. Sukumar said that for the past 15 years, the quota could not be filled for want of eligible candidates.

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Messi set to face trial over alleged tax fraud

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Oct 042014
 

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Lionel Messi is set to face trial for alleged tax fraud after a judge rejected his appeal to have the charges dropped on Friday.

The judge ruled that Messi should have been aware of how his father was managing his financial affairs, meaning a criminal case may now proceed against the pair.

Lionel and Jorge Messi both appeared in court in the Catalan town of Gava in September 2013, in a case taken as Spain’s tax authorities maintain that “image rights” payments made to the player have been channelled through offshore tax havens, leading to the evasion of 4.1 million (3.2m) in taxes between 2007 and 2009.

At that hearing 12 months ago, the Barcelona forward said that he did not look after the details of his own finances, leaving such matters to his father. Messi senior reportedly told the court that he would take responsibility for any wrongdoing, and that the family had been misled by unscrupulous financial advisors and were now happy to make right any wrongs they had accidentally committed.

Since news of the issue broke over the summer of 2013, the Messis have reportedly paid 5m (3.9m) to the authorities, to cover money owed from the 2007 to 2009 period, plus interest. They are also believed to have paid 10m (7.8m) in taxes due on such income for the years 2010 and 2011.

It was hoped this would lead to criminal charges being dropped, and the public prosecutor’s office had reportedly supported Messi’s appeal believing this version of events. However, according to news agency EFE the judge has now ruled that it is a “subjective opinion” that Messi “was on the periphery of the financial, contractual and tax management of his income” even if his father had primary control over those matters.

If found guilty, both could be fined up to 21m (16.4m) and receive a one-year suspended prison sentence.

La Liga clubs and players have long used “image rights” to avoid paying higher income tax rates, while the Spanish authorities have regularly found this approach to be illegal, with current Barcelona coach Luis Enrique among those who have previously made a settlement.

The Spanish government has recently been cracking down particularly hard on tax evasion amid the country’s continuing economic woes, with Messi one of a number of high-profile targets against whom cases have been opened against.

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The NSA will now map out the entire Internet

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Sep 142014
 

Sept. 14 (UPI) — Even though the New York Times revealed last year that the NSA had a plan to map the Internet, under the code name “Treasure Map,” new reports now show the project will be used for cyber warfare.

The report providing information on the plans was published by Germany’s Der Spiegel.

The report states:

“It aims to map the Internet, and not just the large traffic channels, such as telecommunications cables. It also seeks to identify the devices across which our data flows, so-called routers. Furthermore, every single end device that is connected to the Internet somewhere in the world — every smartphone, tablet and computer — is to be made visible. Such a map doesn’t just reveal one treasure. There are millions of them.”

Der Spiegel claims to have received its information from Snowden documents its viewed. The map is allegedly close to real-time in the information it shows, and it has been compared to a “battlefield map” for the NSA and the British GCHQ agency. Deutsche Telekom’s IT Security Chief Thomas Tschersich is looking into possible security breaches and has stated that his company has contacted the authorities about the matter.

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NSA, British spy agency have secret access to Deutsche Telekom: Report

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Sep 142014
 

BERLIN: The US National Security Agency and British intelligence services are able to secretly access data from telecoms giant Deutsche Telekom and several other German operators, according to Der Spiegel weekly.

An NSA programme called “Treasure Map” gives the US agency and Britain’s electronic eavesdropping GCHQ near real-time information about the operators’ networks, right through to end users on computers, smartphones or tablets, Der Spiegel said in a report to appear in its Sunday edition.

It is the latest in a string of revelations based on documents leaked by former NSA contractor Edward Snowden.

Spiegel said the tracking programme, which it dubbed “the Google Earth of the Internet”, can be used to plan cyber attacks.

The magazine said it did not receive any immediate comment from the NSA or GCHQ in response to the claims.

Satellite ground station operator Stellar, which according to Spiegel was among the German firms targeted, responded angrily to the revelation.

“A cyber attack of this kind clearly violates German law,” said Stellar boss Christian Steffen, after Spiegel presented it with a GCHQ document said to contain the passwords of some of its clients.

In response to the Spiegel report, Deutsche Telekom and regional operator Netcologne said they had not identified any data breaches.

But Deutsche Telekom’s IT security head Thomas Tschersich said: “The access of foreign secret services to our network would be totally unacceptable.”

“We are looking into any indication of a possible manipulation. We have also alerted the authorities,” he told the weekly.

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Elderly couple missing in Liberty County

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Sep 072014
 

Authorities are searching for an elderly couple last seen at a Liberty County bank Thursday afternoon.

Perfecto Anselmo Gonzalez, wife, Consuelo Cabello Torres, both 78, were last seen making a transaction at Cleveland-area bank about 2 p.m.

Family members told deputies with the Liberty County Sheriff’s Office that the couple, who both have medical issues, may have become confused and unable to find their way home after leaving the bank.

The couple may be traveling in a gray 2004 Ford F-150 pick-up truck, Texas license plate number AS1 9260, with a gray camper cover over the bed, authorities said. Neither has a cell phone.

Gonzales is described as 5 feet 6 inches tall, 165 pounds, with a gray beard, gray hair and glasses.

Torres is 5 feet 1 inches tall, 155 pounds with brown hair and also wears glasses. The couple has lived in north Liberty County for more than 15 years.

Anyone with information is asked to call lead investigator Sgt. Kenny Dagle of the Liberty County Sheriff’s Department at 936-336-4500.

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Boehner Floor Remarks on NSA Reform – Video

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May 232014
 



Boehner Floor Remarks on NSA Reform
Today, the House of Representatives passed H.R. 3361, the USA FREEDOM Act, to provide our intelligence community with the authorities to keep America and Ame…

By: John Boehner

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Boehner Floor Remarks on NSA Reform – Video




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