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Registration of Political Parties in Jamaica will begin January 2 2018

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first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items: Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#Jamaica, December 13, 201 – Kingston – Registration of political parties will begin on January 2 next year, Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Andrew Holness, has announced.  In a Statement to the House on Wednesday (December 6), the Prime Minister informed that the Electoral Commission of Jamaica (ECJ) is to formally start the registration process on this date, in keeping with the Political Parties Registration Regulations, 2017.The Regulations, which falls under the Representation of the People Act, provides a framework for the registration and deregistration of political parties, and also facilitates a system whereby an accurate and up-to-date record can be kept on each political party.In addition, the Prime Minister informed that amendments to the Act, which deal with campaign financing, will come into effect on March 1, 2018, and that the Campaign Finance Regulations, 2017 will also come into effect on that date.   The Representation of the People Act provides for the registration, regulation, and funding of political parties.   The legislation makes it mandatory for a political party to be registered if it is going to contest an election.It also deals with how individuals and organisations can contribute to political parties and candidates, and stipulations regarding the disclosure of the contributions as well as penalties for false and non-disclosures.Release: JISlast_img read more

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JEGI Elevates Geffs Peters

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first_imgMedia investment bankers the Jordan, Edmiston Group Thursday announced that managing directors Tolman Geffs and Scott Peters were named co-presidents. The announcement was made by chairman and CEO Wilma Jordan.Peters [pictured right, top] joined JEGI in 1997 and was appointed managing director in 1999. He has managed more than 80 transactions in consumer and business information, marketing services and online media. Recently, he completed e5 Global Media’s acquisition of Nielsen Business Media’s media/entertainment properties.Geffs [pictured right, bottom] joined JEGI in 2004 and has managed several transactions in online media, interactive marketing services, and technology. Prior to joining JEGI, Geffs held a number of senior executive positions in magazine publishing and served as CEO of Internet Broadcasting Systems, a national network of 70 local television Web sites.last_img read more

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Shutdown Over – For Now

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first_img ADC AUTHOR The federal government is fully open, after President Trump and Congress agreed to a three-week stopgap spending bill Friday.That makes Feb. 15 the new deadline to reach a deal on immigration, including whether to fund a wall on the southern border.One Coast Guard spouse in Rhode Island said her family will remain on a tight budget.“We’re just still uncertain as to how to proceed with this,” Mariah Battermann told the Associated Press. “For our household, we’re definitely going to stay cautious.”last_img

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Congress investigating deepfakes after doctored Pelosi video report says

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first_img Legal Facebook Donald Trump Deepfake coverage on CNET Deepfakes may ruin the world. And they can come for you, too Samsung deepfake AI could fabricate a video of you from a single profile pic Tags A manipulated clip of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has people worried about bogus videos in the run-up to 2020. Larry French/Getty Images Congress is looking to investigate deepfakes after the appearance of doctored videos of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, says a Tuesday report from CNN. Deepfakes, video forgeries that make people appear to be doing or saying things they didn’t, are the moving-picture equivalent of bogus images created with programs like Photoshop. Deepfake software has made manipulated videos accessible and increasingly harder to detect as fake. One technique enables users to make a deepfake using a single image, such as the Mona Lisa.Speaking with CNN, House Intelligence Committee Chair Adam Schiff, a Democrat from California, reportedly said the Russian fake news campaign during the 2016 presidential election could escalate for the 2020 presidential race thanks to deepfakes. “The most severe escalation might be the introduction of a deepfake — a video of one of the candidates saying something they never said,” Schiff said. Schiff called the Pelosi video a “cheap fake.””Very easy to make, very simple to make, real content just doctored,” Schiff reportedly told the publication. “If you look back at how impactful the Mitt Romney videotape about the 47% was, you could imagine how a videotape that is more incendiary could be election-altering. “Combine that with the fact that we already have a president of the United States who says the things that are real, like the Access Hollywood tape, are fake, and things that are fake, like the Pelosi tape — he pushes out as real.” 1center_img Politics Security Culture Digital Media Online Share your voice On May 23, videos doctored to make Pelosi appear like she was drunkenly slurring her words spread across Facebook. Facebook refused to take down the viral clip, despite reportedly having been looking into its manipulated-media policy just days before the video appeared. The Pelosi videos then disappeared from Facebook on Monday, but the social network denied removing them. In her speech, originally made at a Center for American Progress event, Pelosi accused Trump of being part of a “cover-up.” The video was then found by the The Washington Post to have been slowed to around 75% of its original speed, with the pitch of Pelosi’s voice also altered. The doctored videos went viral after being posted to Facebook, Twitter and YouTube, with one version on Facebook being viewed over 1.4 million times and shared 30,000 times. Pelosi, another Democrat from California, slammed the social network. “We have said all along, poor Facebook, they were unwittingly exploited by the Russians,” Pelosi told KQED News on Wednesday. “I think wittingly, because right now they are putting up something that they know is false. I think it’s wrong.” “[Facebook is] lying to the public … I think they have proven — by not taking down something they know is false — that they were willing enablers of the Russian interference in our election,” she said. Schiff’s office didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment. Commentlast_img read more

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WATCH Suicide bomber pats little girls head minutes before Sri Lanka church

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first_img Sri Lanka Attacks: What We Know So Far Close IBTimes VideoRelated VideosMore videos Play VideoPauseMute0:01/3:08Loaded: 0%0:02Progress: 0%Stream TypeLIVE-3:07?Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedSubtitlessubtitles settings, opens subtitles settings dialogsubtitles off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window. COPY LINKAD Loading …center_img A viral video that has been doing rounds on the internet showed one of the suicide bombers patting a little girl’s head before he walked into the St Sebastian’s Catholic Church in Negombo on the western coast of Sri Lanka.The incident was recorded on a CCTV camera installed in the vicinity. The bearded man is seen with a big backpack walking calmly towards the church. On his way there, he encountered a little girl with an adult. As he walks by her, he gives her a pat on her head and continues going towards the fated church.#WATCH Colombo: CCTV footage of suspected suicide bomber (carrying a backpack) walking into St Sebastian church on Easter Sunday. #SriLankaBombings (Video courtesy- Siyatha TV) pic.twitter.com/YAe089D72h— ANI (@ANI) April 23, 2019Another CCTV footage inside the St Sebastian’s Church shows the man making his way into the church, walking past many Easter worshippers who are standing outside the hall. The terrorist then walks to the altar where the bomb will detonate moments later, killing multiple innocent people.According to reports, at least 100 people were in the church when the bomb went off.A series of blasts targeting churches and high-end hotels rocked Sri Lanka on April 22, Sunday, killing 320 people and injuring more than 500. ISIS claimed responsibility for the attack and said that this was revenge for the New Zealand mosque shooting which claimed the lives of 50 Muslim worshippers. ISIS said, “This bloody day is our reward to you.” ISIS’ news agency al-Amaq, released the video claiming responsibility for the attack on its channel through the Telegram app.Initially, it was thought that the National Tawheed Jamaat, a Sri Lankan jihadi group was behind the attack.However, intelligence believed that even if the group did carry out the attack, they could do so with external assistance.last_img read more

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Coast guards push back 2000 Rohingyas

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first_imgMembers of Bangladesh Coast Guard arrested more than two thousand Rohingya peoplein a drive at several houses of Saint Martin’s Island on Sunday, reports UNB.The drive was conducted from the evening till 10:00pm following the order of the deputy commissioner, said DC Md Ali Hossain.Later, the arrestees were sent back to Myanmar in trawlers, he added.Meanwhile, thousands of Rohingya people were still entering Bangladesh from several points including Amtoli border, Tumburu border, Anjuman Para, Hwaikong Ghat.last_img

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Action against PO ministry staff if found guilty

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first_imgEducation minister Nurul Islam Nahid. Photo: UNBEducation minister Nurul Islam Nahid on Monday said departmental action will be taken against his detained personal officer (PO) Motaleb Hossain and another education ministry staff Nasir Uddin, if they are found guilty, reports UNB.Talking to UNB at the secretariat Nahid said, “If the duo is found guilty of corruption, the ministry and the department will take stern action against them. None will be spared in the case of corruption. I’m very strict in this regard.”The ministry will render all kind of assistance to the law enforcers for their investigation, he added.Earlier on Sunday night, Detective Branch (DB) of Dhaka Metropolitan Police (DMP) arrested the missing Lakehead Grammar School owner Khaled Hasan Motin, PO of Nurul Islam Nahid, Motaleb Hossain and the education ministry staff Nasir Uddin from different areas of the city.Earlier, Motaleb had reportedly gone missing from the capital on Saturday.Motaleb’s brother filed a general diary with Hazaribagh police station in this regard.Lakehead Grammar School owner Khaled Hasan Motin also reportedly went missing on Saturday.Nasir Uddin, an upper division clerk of education ministry, reportedly went missing from the city on Thursday afternoon.Nayem Ahmed Julhas, brother-in-law of the victim, filed a general diary (GD) with Banani police station in this connection.last_img read more

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One plane crash survivor returning today three others soon

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first_imgRescue workers work at the wreckage of a US-Bangla airplane after it crashed at the Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu. Photo: ReutersFour of the injured passengers of crashed US-Bangla Airlines plane are being brought back home from Kathmandu soon, reports UNB.Shahreen Ahmed is expected to be the first who is scheduled to land in Dhaka on Thursday afternoon.”I’m going back to Dhaka for continuing my treatment. There is no point to get stuck here on foreign land,” Shahreen told reporters from the hospital bed in Kathmandu just before her departure.She said her brother will accompany her in the Biman flight which is scheduled to land in Dhaka at 3:15pm.Responding to a question, Shahreen who sustained burn injuries said, “Almighty Allah saved me. Rescuers pulled me out from the aircraft.”Besides, two other injured — Eakub Ali and Emrana Kabir Hashi — will be taken to India soon, according to external publicity wing of foreign affairs ministry on Thursday.Severely injured Mehedi Hasan, Saiyada Kamrunnahar Shwarna and Almun Nahar Annie, will be brought to Bangladesh by their relatives.In this regard, no objection certificates (NOCs) have already been issued for them, it added.Moreover, three severely burnt injured were taking treatment at Kathmandu Medical College.Earlier on Wednesday, Rezwanul Haque, a severely burnt passenger of crashed US-Bangla Airlines flight, was sent to Singapore for better treatment.At least 51 people, including 26 Bangladeshi nationals, were killed as the US-Bangla Airlines aircraft crashed and burst into flames at Tribhuvan International Airport in the capital of Himalayan county Nepal on Monday.last_img read more

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32 killed in Tajikistan prison riot

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first_imgMap of Tajikistan locating Vakhdat Photo: AFPAt least 32 people were killed in a prison riot in Tajikistan, including 24 members of the Islamic State jihadist group and three guards, authorities said Monday.Five inmates and the three guards were initially killed by prisoners in the riot that erupted on Sunday evening, and the others died in clashes with security forces trying to restore order, the justice ministry said in a statement.The prison in Vakhdat, 17 kilometres (11 miles) east of the capital Dushanbe, holds 1,500 inmates.The ministry said the rioters first stabbed to death three guards, and then five other inmates “in order to intimidate” the others.They then took other prisoners hostage before opening fire on the jail’s medical facilities.”Following a reprisal operation, 24 members of this group were killed and 35 others arrested. The hostages were freed” and calm restored to the prison, the statement said.Two of the prisoners murdered by the rioters were well-known activists of the banned opposition group Islamic Renaissance Party of Tajikistan, the local prison service said.Among the leaders of riot, authorities identified Bekhruz Gulmurod, the son of the former head of Tajik special forces who became a member of the IS leadership in Syria and was killed there in September 2017.The 20-year-old was sentenced to ten years in prison in July 2017 for attempting to join IS in Syria. He was previously detained at Dushanbe airport before boarding a flight to Istanbul.Authorities said the prison was now functioning normally, with the “situation currently under control.”The prison is a short drive from Dushanbe, with residential neighbourhoods nearby. It houses inmates convicted of various crimes, including terror and extremism charges, and is secured by armed guards.Families of inmates gathered near the prison on Monday to find out if their relatives were safe.In November 2018, another riot claimed by IS left 26 people dead in Khujand, a city in the northeast of the country. That riot was initiated by a former IS member seeking to spark a mass escape.Tajikistan, an impoverished mountainous country of just under 9 million people bordering Afghanistan, has suffered severe conflict since it gained independence after the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1991.Tens of thousands of people were killed in Tajikistan during a five-year civil war in the 1990s when rebel groups including Islamists rose up against the government.Authorities in the majority-Muslim country have said that more than 1,000 Tajiks, including a high-ranking police officer who defected in 2015, joined IS in Syria and Iraq in recent years.In July 2018, an attack on foreign cycling tourists left four dead and two injured. The assault was widely attributed to IS, although the government has refused to acknowledge the link.last_img read more

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