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  1. U.S. Requiring Social Media Information From Visa Applicants

    By Sandra E. Garcia
    June 2, 2019

    Visa applicants to the United States are required to submit any information about social media accounts they have used in the past five years under a State Department policy that started on Friday.

    Such account information would give the government access to photos, locations, dates of birth, dates of milestones and other personal data commonly shared on social media.

    “We already request certain contact information, travel history, family member information, and previous addresses from all visa applicants,” the State Department said in a statement. “We are constantly working to find mechanisms to improve our screening processes to protect U.S. citizens, while supporting legitimate travel to the United States.”

    In March 2017, President Trump asked the secretary of state, the attorney general, the secretary of homeland security and the director of national intelligence to put in effect “a uniform baseline for screening and vetting standards and procedures,” according to a memo published in the Federal Register. Requiring information about the social media accounts of visa applicants was part of that.

    The move represents a step up from a September 2017 measure in which the Homeland Security Department proposed and enacted a regulation calling for the surveillance of social media use of all immigrants, including naturalized citizens. During the Obama administration, the State Department began to ask visa applicants to voluntarily submit their social media information.

    “This seems to be part and parcel of the same effort to have an extraordinary broad surveillance of citizens and noncitizens,” Elora Mukherjee, director of the Immigrants’ Rights Clinic at Columbia Law School, said on Sunday of the latest development. “Given the scope of the surveillance efforts, it is hard to find a rational basis for the broad surveillance the Department of State and the Department of Homeland Security have been doing for almost two years.”

    The added requirement could dissuade visa applicants, who may see it as a psychological barrier to enter the United States.

    “This is a dangerous and problematic proposal, which does nothing to protect security concerns but raises significant privacy concerns and First Amendment issues for citizens and immigrants,” Hina Shamsi, the director of the American Civil Liberties Union’s National Security Project, said on Sunday. “Research shows that this kind of monitoring has chilling effects, meaning that people are less likely to speak freely and connect with each other in online communities that are now essential to modern life.”

    The social media web today is a map of our contacts, associations, habits and preferences. This kind of requirement will result in suspicion of surveillance of travelers and their networks of friends, families and business associates, Ms. Shamsi said, adding that the government had failed to explain how it would use this information.

    Further, the government has been unable to prove that social media can provide reliable indications that identify a security threat, she said.

    “In the absence of any such indicators, what we’ve seen domestically and abroad is government officials penalizing people’s speech, religious affiliation and other conduct,” she said.


  2. Malaysia to ship back tonnes of plastic waste to Canada, USA, UK & Australia

    By Staff  The Associated Press 
    Malaysia will send back some 3,000 metric tons of non-recyclable plastic waste to countries such as the U.S., U.K., Canada and Australia in a move to avoid becoming a dumping ground for rich nations, Environment Minister Yeo Bee Yin said Tuesday.

    Yeo said Malaysia and many developing countries have become new targets after China banned the import of plastic waste last year.


  3. 'We are going to send this back': Malaysia returning unwanted Canadian plastic

    Official hopes Canadians will demand 'better tracking and monitoring' of recycling

    David Common · CBC News · Posted: May 28, 2019 4:30 AM ET | Last Updated: an hour ago

    Malaysia is denouncing Canada's "irresponsible" export of plastic waste, becoming the second Asian nation to make plans to ship Canadian trash back across the ocean.

    On Tuesday, Malaysian officials opened a shipping container filled with plastic bags from major Canadian chains, as well as product packaging stamped with "Made in Canada" labels from recognizable brands.

    "I think you need to take back your rubbish," Malaysian Environment Minister Yeo Bee Yin told a CBC News crew at Port Klang, a sprawling facility outside Kuala Lumpur.

    Authorities did not identify which company exported the plastic from Canada. But they said it will be returned to that exporter after it was deemed to be too contaminated and of insufficient value for legitimate recyclers in Malaysia to take it in.

    It's not known if the plastic in Malaysia came from a municipal recycling program, but shipping waste halfway around the world and back is not likely what Canadians think of when they drop plastic for recycling into their blue bin.

    "I hope this will make Canadians angry as well," the environment minister said. "This is the irresponsible export of plastic, of waste. It's household garbage, it smells bad."

    Philippines also returning rejected waste

    Malaysia's move comes amid an outcry in the Philippines over containers of fetid waste that have been stuck there for years.

    Dozens of containers filled with contaminated plastic and other waste are set to leave the Philippines bound for Canada this week after a diplomatic brouhaha over the rubbish, which was sent abroad by a Canadian company in 2013 and 2014.

    The years-old issue came to light again recently when President Rodrigo Duterte lashed out over the garbage, saying in late April that the garbage was going back to Canada — with or without help from authorities in Ottawa.

    The Philippines issued bombastic complaints about Ottawa delaying the return of the container, and eventually moved to recall its envoys to Canada.

    With the departure of the containers now imminent, Filipino Foreign Minister Teodoro Locsin Jr. had some choice words about the issue on Twitter.

    The story of Canada's plastic waste — first in the Philippines and now in Malaysia — has travelled across Asia.

    More than 100 journalists were present when Malaysian authorities opened the Canadian container, along with containers from the U.S., China, Japan and Saudi Arabia.

    "We are going to send this back to Canada," Malaysia's environment minister told CBC News. "We really hope the people of Canada will demand better tracking and monitoring of your waste recycling."

    What's in the container?

    CBC's team in Malaysia found plastic bags from several Canadian grocery giants, including Loblaws, No Frills, Walmart and Costco. The bin also held product packaging from bread and meat companies, like Dempster's and Schneiders.

    It's not known how these items ended up with the waste sent to Malaysia, which has just 50 licensed plastic recyclers. Those licensed operators are allowed to import containers full of plastic from countries like Canada, and are required to adhere to specific environmental regulations.

    But the government estimates there are likely hundreds of other operators — some remote and illegal, others existing under the cover of a legitimate licence holder — that are potentially operating outside the rules.

    While some plastic is broken down into pellets for re-use, local authorities have said those "under the radar" operators are known to dump, bury and burn less valuable plastics.

    Enormous piles of dust-like plastic residue is left to contaminate groundwater, and often leaves a haze over certain regions of the country.

    It's a long way from what many consumers in Canada likely expect when they take their blue box to the curb.

    Plastic recycling is a multi-billion dollar global business. Only certain higher-value plastics are in demand in North America for recycling, and the United States has much of the capacity.

    For years, China was the destination of choice for plastic waste, taking in virtually any consumer or industrial product for recycling. But contaminated imports, worsening air pollution and a shifting economy prompted Chinese authorities to abruptly ban imports of plastic for recycling in 2017.

    Brokers in the developed world, including in Canada, struggled to find new markets to send the plastic from millions of blue boxes. For many months, it was piled high in Canadian warehouses or incinerated.

    Then Chinese operators shifted their businesses to neighbouring countries, including Malaysia, the Philippines and Thailand. They joined existing recyclers in once again welcoming the developed world's plastic.

    Canadians recycle just 11 per cent of all the plastics we use — much of it sent far away to be recycled, or otherwise.

    That has prompted some groups in Canada to call for a reduction in the use of plastics, rather than a reliance on recycling. Especially as the nations where the developed world sends some of its plastic to be recycled are increasingly closing the door.


  4. Is this how Canada preserve their nature? :rolleyes:

    Philippines' Duterte loses patience, orders trash shipped back Canada
    May 22, 2019 / 6:39 PM / 6 days ago

    MANILA (Reuters) - The Philippines’ President Rodrigo Duterte has ordered his government to hire a private shipping company to send 69 containers of garbage back to Canada and leave them within its territorial waters if it refuses to accept the trash, his spokesman said on Wednesday.

    “The Philippines as an independent sovereign nation must not be treated as trash by other foreign nation,” Presidential spokesman Salvador Panelo told a media briefing.

    Canada says the waste, exported to the Philippines between 2013 and 2014, was a commercial transaction done without the government’s consent.

    Canada had already agreed to take the rubbish back and the two countries were in the process of arranging the transfer.

    But Canada missed a May 15 deadline set by Manila to take back the shipment, prompting the Philippines to withdraw top diplomats from Canada last week.

    “Obviously, Canada is not taking this issue nor our country seriously. The Filipino people are gravely insulted about Canada treating this country as a dump site,” Panelo said.

    On Wednesday, Canada said it had hired a company, Bollore Logistics Canada, “to safely bring the waste back to Canada as soon as possible,” according to a government statement.

    “The removal will be complete by the end of June, as the waste must be safely treated to meet Canadian safety and health requirements,” the statement said.

    The Philippines has made several diplomatic protests to Canada since a 2016 court ruling that the garbage be returned.

    The consignments were labeled as containing plastics to be recycled in the Philippines but were filled with a variety of rubbish including diapers, newspapers and water bottles.

    Foreign Minister Chrystia Freeland spoke to her Filipino counterpart, Teodoro Locsin, about the garbage spat last week.

    “As I mentioned to their Foreign Secretary last week, we are committed to resolving this issue as quickly as possible. Today is an essential step forward in accomplishing that,” Freeland said in the statement on Wednesday.

    The issue is not the only one to strain ties between the two countries.

    Last year, Duterte ordered the military to cancel a $233 million deal to buy 16 helicopters from Canada, after Ottawa expressed concern they could be used to fight rebels.


  5. It looks so budget & cheap.

    Too bad his plastic surgeon can't help to correct his coarse voice.

    Why is he looking like a dead fish in the video?

    And the awful choreography, why isn't everyone in sync?

    He tried so hard to dance...  very Pariah-Scarey-esque.

    Did he just pay a tribute to Floppita? They just stood still for like 15 seconds (2.18-2.33). They probably ran out of idea on how to fill this 15 seconds gap.

    And he's trying to compete in Eurovision with this piece of shit? Will he even make it to qualification round?





  6. Britons may need 'porn passes' from July
    By Emily Dixon, CNN
    Updated 1612 GMT April 17, 2019

    Commercial porn websites will be legally required to verify the age of their users from July 15.

     (CNN) — Repeatedly delayed age-verification laws aimed at preventing under-18s from viewing online pornography will come into force in the UK in July, the government has announced.

    From July 15, commercial porn sites will be legally required to carry out "robust age-verification checks" on their users, to prevent minors from viewing their content.

    To access online porn, adults may have to submit ID documents like credit cards or passports to online age-verification providers, or buy a so-called porn pass in person in a shop.

    Digital minister Margot James said in a statement: "The introduction of mandatory age-verification is a world-first, and we've taken the time to balance privacy concerns with the need to protect children from inappropriate content."

    "We want the UK to be the safest place in the world to be online, and these new laws will help us achieve this," James said.

    The age-verification measures were first introduced in 2016, as part of the Digital Economy Act 2017, and were initially expected to come into force in April 2018 before they were beset by multiple delays.

    The British Board of Film Classification (BBFC), which assigns national age ratings to films, video recordings and online content, will enforce the new laws. Websites that fail to comply may be blocked in the UK or have their payment services withdrawn.

    In a press release, the government said it had "listened carefully to privacy concerns" and would ensure that "age-verification arrangements should only be concerned with verifying age, not identity."

    Providers of age-verification services must comply with the European Union's General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), while the BBFC has also established a voluntary certification scheme -- the Age-Verification Certificate -- which will be awarded to age-verification providers with "robust data protection conditions."

    According to a poll carried out by YouGov on behalf of the BBFC, 88% of parents with children between seven and 17 support the implementation of age-verification measures.

    However, another poll carried out by YouGov in March -- when the measures were expected to come into force by April -- indicated that 76% of Britons were unaware of the new laws. And while 67% of the respondents said they approved of the new measures, only 34% said they expected them to be successful in preventing under-18s from accessing porn.

    Some online-privacy activists have condemned the new laws. Jim Killock, executive director of campaign organization Open Rights Group, told CNN that some people "will fall victim to scams and worse."

    "If data leaks and is used for blackmail or ends up damaging people's lives, then it will be the government to blame," said Killock.

    CNN has contacted the UK government's Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport for comment.


  7. Do you even read the article?

    From Samsung:

    A limited number of early Galaxy Fold samples were provided to media for review. We have received a few reports regarding the main display on the samples provided. We will thoroughly inspect these units in person to determine the cause of the matter.

    Separately, a few reviewers reported having removed the top layer of the display causing damage to the screen. The main display on the Galaxy Fold features a top protective layer, which is part of the display structure designed to protect the screen from unintended scratches. Removing the protective layer or adding adhesives to the main display may cause damage. We will ensure this information is clearly delivered to our customers.

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