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court may strike law barring sex offenders from social media

The Supreme Court appears likely to strike down a North Carolina law that prohibits sex offenders from using Facebook and other social networking sites.
At least five justices suggested during argument Monday they would rule for North Carolina resident Lester Packingham Jr. He was convicted of violating a 2008 law aimed at keeping sex offenders off internet sites children might use. Packingham used Facebook to boast about beating a traffic ticket.Justice Elena Kagan pointed out that the law is so broad it also prevents people from reading the Twitter accounts of President Donald Trump, all 50 governors and members of Congress.The state's lawyer said the law deals with the virtual world in the same way that states keep sex offenders out of playgrounds and other places children visit.
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supreme court discusses sex offender's social media ban

Packingham's lawyer David Goldberg argues that the ban covers "vast swaths" of core First Amendment speech, even parts that have nothing to do with preventing child abuse. He agrees that social media ban as a condition of parole is reasonable, but a lifetime ban is a denial of free speech. Goldberg's argument has led to the discussion of whether it's possible to live these days without Facebook or Twitter, especially since numerous politicians use them religiously. "This has become a crucially important channel of political communication," Justice Elena Kagan said. She reasoned that under North Carolina's social media ban "a person couldn't go onto those sites and find out what these members of our government are thinking or saying or doing." The justices also questioned the North Carolina

social media and food waste

Can supermarkets encourage customers to cut food waste through social media? Analysis of UK campaign shows mixed results. A study has evaluated three types of media campaign conducted by a large UK supermarket to encourage shoppers to reduce their food waste. These used social media, an e-newsletter and a print/digital magazine,respectively. Although they all appeared to lead to reductions in food waste to some extent, similar behavioural changes were also seen for customers who had not participated in any of the campaigns. EC Science for Environment PolicyDownloadable Files: Cutting food waste via social media

sex offenders: branded for life?

While it all depends on how this registry would be implemented, some experts had doubts about how it would work. Dr Rajat Mitra, a clinical psychologist and director of Swanchetan Society for Mental Health, who closely studied 242 sex offenders in Tihar Jail between 1999 and 2004, said: “The idea of a registry is good but it may not be the best thing to do. The main aim of a registry should be reformative, not retributive. From a purely legal point of view, a person who has served a term after being convicted of a sex crime should not be put in such a registry.”While other countries have registries, they are meant to be therapeutic and are not meant to name and shame sex offenders as may be the case in India, he said. In Sweden and the US, sex offenders are seen as separate from their beha

tesco strike called off to facilitate talks

Irish Sun Saturday 25th February, 2017• Both sides agreed to attend discussions after being invited by the Labour Court• Tesco however confirmed that it will not make any changes to pre-1996 terms and conditions• The Mandate trade union said that all the protests would be suspendedDUBLIN, Ireland - Based on an invitation by the Labour Court, both sides involved in the Tesco stores strike have decided to suspend the strike and attend discussions. The dispute between Tesco workers and the management, over plans by the company to move around 250 pre-1996 staff recruits to less favorable contracts has led to many pickets at several of Tesco’s stores across the country. While Tesco has clarified that it would not be making any changes to pre-1996 terms and conditions, it has agreed to participa

unc coach roy williams calls out president trump's tweets

North Carolina head coach Roy Williams didn't mince words when commenting on President Donald Trump's social media activity.Following UNC's 78–53 win over Miami in the ACC tournament on Thursday, Williams was asked about the advantages of the tournament taking place in New York and whether it might garner more media or recruiting attention for his team.His response, in short, was that there were no advantages, and he pointed to social media as a reason why not."It used to be much more [important to play in a big market] than I think it is now," Williams said. "Now everybody has got social media, and we don't need The New York Times to find out what in the dickens is going on in our country. You know, our president tweets out more bulls--- than anybody I've ever seen. We've got social media

more social connection online tied to increasing feelings of isolation

The more young adults use social media, the more likely they are to feel socially isolated, according to a University of Pittsburgh analysis. Credit: Nicole Santo/UPMCThe more time a young adult uses social media, the more likely they are to feel socially isolated, according to a national analysis led by University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine scientists. In addition to the time spent online, the scientists found that frequency of use was associated with increased social isolation.
The finding, published today in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine, suggests that use of social media does not present a panacea to help reduce perceived social isolation—when a person lacks a sense of social belonging, true engagement with others and fulfilling relationships. In the past, social

why senator cory booker draws inspiration from social media

Booker's discussion with Google's Malika Saada Saar (senior council on civil and human rights) touched on this theme pretty significantly. Saada noted that social media was both responsible for amplifying movements like Black Lives Matter and the Women's March, but it also has led to mass harassment and hate in a lot of cases.For his part, Booker said that "that the power of those platforms is going to be determined by who engages with them and who uses them," as with all media. But being able to speak directly to an audience is a particularly powerful tool that most politicians didn't have until recently (something that can be just as much a negative as a positive). But Booker's still choosing to look on the positive side. "These have been some of the darkest moments of my professional li

why senator cory booker draws inspiration from social media

Booker's discussion with Google's Malika Saada Saar (senior council on civil and human rights) touched on this theme pretty significantly. Saada noted that social media was both responsible for amplifying movements like Black Lives Matter and the Women's March, but it also has led to mass harassment and hate in a lot of cases.For his part, Booker said that "that the power of those platforms is going to be determined by who engages with them and who uses them," as with all media. But being able to speak directly to an audience is a particularly powerful tool that most politicians didn't have until recently (something that can be just as much a negative as a positive). But Booker's still choosing to look on the positive side. "These have been some of the darkest moments of my professional li

more social connection online tied to increasing feelings of isolation

PITTSBURGH, March 6, 2017 - The more time a young adult uses social media, the more likely they are to feel socially isolated, according to a national analysis led by University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine scientists. In addition to the time spent online, the scientists found that frequency of use was associated with increased social isolation.The finding, published today in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine, suggests that use of social media does not present a panacea to help reduce perceived social isolation -- when a person lacks a sense of social belonging, true engagement with others and fulfilling relationships. In the past, social isolation has been independently associated with an increased risk for mortality. "This is an important issue to study because mental healt

tvf founder rubbishes harassment charges, says social media has already declared

No functioning loo in Delhi-Chicago Air India flight creates trouble for over 300 passengersBusiness StandardControversy has snowballed on social media with people asking to boycott TVF following allegationsBS Web Team  March 14, 2017 Last Updated at 12:25 ISThttp://mybs.in/2UUC2Gj

cool it: you don’t have to be on every social media app

Only the ones you want to join. The post Cool It: You Don't Have to Be on Every Social Media App appeared first on WIRED.

social media chatter: the oscars, up polls and more

I got threatened with rape for opposing ABVP: Kargil martyr's daugtherOscars 2017: La La Land wins 6 awardsBusiness StandardHere is a lowdown of what is keeping social media abuzz this morningBS Web Team  February 27, 2017 Last Updated at 10:57 ISThttp://mybs.in/2UTVjap

presstv-pakistan bans blasphemous social media content

Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has called for the immediate prosecution of those who publish blasphemous content on social media."The [posting of] blasphemous content on social media is an unclean attempt to play with the feelings of the Muslim Ummah [community]," said Sharif in a statement published on his Twitter account on Tuesday.Sharif also called on for the removal of such content from social media websites and for authorities to ensure that blasphemous material is not posted in the future."Effective steps must be taken immediately to remove and block this material," he added.He also called for authorities to approach international social media platforms in relation to the removal of blasphemous content from their sites."Love and affection of the Holy Prophet (PBUH) is the mos

osama bin laden's son-in-law, a senior al-qaeda leader, killed in drone strike

Washington: A senior official of al-Qaeda was killed Sunday in Syria by a US drone strike, a US official confirmed on Wednesday.The terrorist leader, Abu al-Khayr al-Masri, 59, was the second-ranking official after Ayman al-Zawahri and was a son-in-law to al-Qaeda's founder, Osama bin Laden.
Abu al-Khayr al-Masri was married to one of Osama Bin Laden's (pictured) daughters. Photo: APJihadi social media carried reports of the attack Sunday, including photos of the vehicle purportedly struck by the drone. The strike was said to have taken place in Idlib province in northwest Syria, where the Pentagon stepped up airstrikes against top al-Qaeda operatives in the last two months, killing several important figures.Charles Lister, a senior fellow at the Middle East Institute and an expert on th

osama bin laden's son-in-law, a senior al-qaeda leader, killed in drone strike

Washington: A senior official of al-Qaeda was killed Sunday in Syria by a US drone strike, a US official confirmed on Wednesday.The terrorist leader, Abu al-Khayr al-Masri, 59, was the second-ranking official after Ayman al-Zawahri and was a son-in-law to al-Qaeda's founder, Osama bin Laden.
Abu al-Khayr al-Masri was married to one of Osama Bin Laden's (pictured) daughters. Photo: APJihadi social media carried reports of the attack Sunday, including photos of the vehicle purportedly struck by the drone. The strike was said to have taken place in Idlib province in northwest Syria, where the Pentagon stepped up airstrikes against top al-Qaeda operatives in the last two months, killing several important figures.Charles Lister, a senior fellow at the Middle East Institute and an expert on th

oscars 2017: best social media moments

It's hard to imagine watching any awards show pre-Twitter.The social media platform has since become home to an endless stream of smart, (sometimes) scathing and all too sarcastic commentary that now accompany every major event, and the 89th Academy Awards are no different. Below is a roundup of the best tweets that take aim at everything from (yet another) Hidden Fences mishap, to Hailee Steinfeld trying to swipe an award.

activist fined for reposting news about his own court case

A Russian activist has been fined 3,000 rubles ($52) on charges of extremism after reposting a description of his own court case. Dmitry Semenov, from the Russian region of Chuvash, was first found guilty of spreading extremist material in November 2016, when he reposted pictures of conservative Russian politician Vitaly Milonov on social media. Milonov had been wearing a t-shirt with the slogan, "Orthodoxy or Death:" a phrase which is banned in Russia.

1 unceremonious dumping and 6 other great bits of horsey social media this week

Enjoy some of our favourite updates from equestrian social media channels during the past week. From some rather interesting cross-country wildlife to a novel moment at a Cheltenham preview, it all happened on social media this week.Don’t miss the exciting competition on this weekly page. Our favourite tweet each week will win either an Apatchy mini tablet case or an Apatchy cosmetic bag, personalised with your own initials.For more information about the competition and to find out who this week’s winner is, go to the bottom of this page.It’s not often you see Bald Eagles decorating a cross-country water jumpDenman is a big softyThe 2017 eventing season is go!Let's go @BEventing 2017!!!

paralysed jockey back in the saddle and 8 other great bits of horsey social medi

Enjoy some of our favourite updates from equestrian social media channels during the past week. From some particularly muddy riders to Storm Doris doing her best to dislodge riders, it all happened on social media this week.Don’t miss the exciting competition on this weekly page. Our favourite tweet each week will win either an Apatchy mini tablet case or an Apatchy cosmetic bag, personalised with your own initials.For more information about the competition and to find out who this week’s winner is, go to the bottom of this page.This doesn’t look like a bad job to have while on half termThe rain in Spain falls mainly on… showjumpers on the not-so-Sunshine TourNo need to be jealous of us jumping in the sunshine in Spain.Rain stops play.☔️️

court orders teens who raped boy to be deported

File photo of a court room. Photo: Henrik Montgomery/TT
Five teenagers convicted of raping a boy in Uppsala are to be deported, an appeals court has ruled, partially overturning a previous verdict which said they should stay in Sweden.
The teens, aged 16-17, forced the younger boy into a wooded area in the Gottsunda district of Uppsala in October last year and then gang-raped and beat him at knife-point.
In December, Uppsala District Court sentenced four of them to one year and three months in a closed facility for juvenile offenders, and the fifth one, aged 16, to one year and one month.
However, it refused the prosecutor's request to also send them back to Afghanistan after they had served their punishment, given their age and the security situation in the country.
The latter

presstv-berlin ground crew strike grounds hundreds of flights

Almost all flights have been cancelled at two airports in the German capital of Berlin due to a strike by ground staff over wages.Ground workers went on strike at Tegel and Schoenefeld airports on Friday. The strike is due to run for 25 hours from 0400 local time (0300 GMT).The striking staffers are demanding that their pay be increased from 11 euros an hour to 12.By 0615 GMT, 455 flights had been cancelled at the main Tegel airport, and 204 more at Schoenefeld airport on the outskirts of Berlin, local media reported.Tegel and Schoenefeld run flights by airlines including Air Berlin, Lufthansa, easyJet, and Ryanair.The strikes come as Berlin is hosting the world’s biggest tourism trade fair, the ITB, which ends on March 12. Many of the German and foreign visitors to the fair have been affe

st. patrick's day: gay veterans group can march in boston

(BOSTON) — Organizers of Boston's St. Patrick's Day parade appear to have had a change of heart about barring a group of gay veterans from marching.Parade organizers tweeted Friday an "acceptance letter" was signed by the Allied War Veterans Council that will allow OutVets to march in the March 19 parade.The council and OutVets haven't responded to messages seeking comment.This week's decision to bar OutVets from marching drew immediate condemnation from high-profile politicians and stirred up a furor on social media.OutVets was first allowed to participate in the parade in 2015.

sc dismisses plea to probe role of media

The Supreme Court today dismissed a PIL seeking an SIT probe into the role of media in the AgustaWestland VVIP chopper scam case, saying it is an "attack" on media's independence."We will not direct any investigation against the media unless there is a direct involvement," a bench headed by Justice Dipak Misra said, while rejecting the PIL filed by veteran journalist Hari Jaisingh.It seems there is a disguised attempt to curtail independence and freedom of media, the bench said, adding "this is an attack on media. We will not entertain this.""We cannot curtail the right of the media in this manner. Media has been given an independent status in our democratic polity. Why should we entertain this," said the bench, also comprising Justices A M Khanwilkar and Mohan M Shantanagoudar.The court,

when valegro met his dad and 10 other fantastic horsey social media posts this w

Enjoy some of our favourite updates from equestrian social media channels during the past week. From a miracle save to one of Carl Hester’s dogs putting in some practice, it all happened on social media this week.Don’t miss the exciting competition on this weekly page. Our favourite tweet each week will win either an Apatchy mini tablet case or an Apatchy cosmetic bag, personalised with your own initials.For more information about the competition and to find out who this week’s winner is, go to the bottom of this page.When the food gets passed around at a meet…That moment when both rider and mount share a single thought.. in this case it seems to be "Oh Great… FOOD!" Meet 3…Posted by Baily's Hunting Directory on Monday, February 27, 2017This is some sound adviceIs anyone like Kate?

as the tempo of trump's media war rises, the unthinkable becomes possible

Washington: By the measure of his spokesman Sean Spicer, Donald Trump is tracking towards dictatorship – how else to explain Spicer barring "enemy" reporters from a White House media briefing, just weeks after he said open media access is "what makes a democracy a democracy versus a dictatorship".The unprecedented exclusion of CNN and The New York Times, among others, marked an escalation in Trump's war on the media and on a particular government agency that has provided sensational leaks on his presidency – the FBI.Pope 'better to be atheist than hypocritical Catholic'Video duration01:05Previous slideNext slideVideo duration01:27Trump says he's against 'fake' press, not ...Trump says he's against 'fake' press, not the mediaPresident Trump said to a cheering crowd at the Conservative Polit

how social media has synchronized human civilization

Human activity, whether commercial or social, contains patterns and moments of synchronicity. In recent years, social media like Twitter has provided an unprecedented volume of data on the daily activities of humans all over the world. Observing this activity on the scale of a city, a continent, or the globe reveals the patterns. In a paper published by the Journal of the Royal Society Interface, researchers at the New England Complex Systems Institute (NECSI) have observed a new pattern of synchronized activity: a simultaneous peak of Twitter activity stretching across half the planet, from Europe and Africa to Asia and Oceania.

former high court chief justice robert french to head access to justice inquiry

In his first post-retirement role, former High Court chief justice Robert French is tackling one of the legal system's most intractable problems: the barriers to justice encountered by disadvantaged groups.The peak body for the legal profession, the Law Council of Australia, announced on Friday Mr French would oversee "the Justice Project", a national review aimed at smoothing the path to justice for those facing significant economic and social disadvantage.
Former High Court chief justice Robert French will oversee the Justice Project. Photo: Andrew MearesMr French, who retired from the High Court bench in January after a judicial career spanning 30 years including eight years as chief justice, told Fairfax Media the project was not an attempt to "reinvent the wheel" and the Law Council

as tempo of trump's media war rises, the unthinkable becomes possible

Washington: By the measure of his spokesman Sean Spicer, Donald Trump is tracking towards dictatorship – how else to explain Spicer barring "enemy" reporters from a White House media briefing, just weeks after he said open media access was "what makes a democracy a democracy versus a dictatorship".The unprecedented exclusion of CNN and The New York Times, among others, marked an escalation in Trump's war on the media and on a particular government agency that has provided sensational leaks on his presidency – the FBI.Sweden culture warsVideo duration01:12Previous slideNext slideVideo duration01:27Trump says he's against 'fake' press, not ...Trump says he's against 'fake' press, not the mediaPresident Trump said to a cheering crowd at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) on F

first day ushers in busy schedule for courts

Share on FacebookTweet on TwitterSUPREME COURTThe apex court will hear a plea seeking directions to strike down the exemption granted to transport vehicle of M1 category.The Supreme Court will hear a PIL seeking directions to fill up vacant post of member and director of general investigations of NHRC.The top court will hear a PIL regarding ecological imbalance in the country.The apex court will hear a PIL concerning implementation of Disabilities Act.The Supreme Court will hear a PIL seeking direction for an independent enquiry to be conducted in respect of the conditions of the 700 Bru families that was sent back to Mizoram from 2010 onwards.The top court will hear a writ petition seeking direction to implement and enforce Integrated Programme for Older Persons (IPOP) Scheme.The apex cou

first day ushers in busy schedule for courts

Share on FacebookTweet on TwitterSUPREME COURTThe apex court will hear a plea seeking directions to strike down the exemption granted to transport vehicle of M1 category.The Supreme Court will hear a PIL seeking directions to fill up vacant post of member and director of general investigations of NHRC.The top court will hear a PIL regarding ecological imbalance in the country.The apex court will hear a PIL concerning implementation of Disabilities Act.The Supreme Court will hear a PIL seeking direction for an independent enquiry to be conducted in respect of the conditions of the 700 Bru families that was sent back to Mizoram from 2010 onwards.The top court will hear a writ petition seeking direction to implement and enforce Integrated Programme for Older Persons (IPOP) Scheme.The apex cou

first day ushers in busy schedule for courts

Share on FacebookTweet on TwitterSUPREME COURTThe apex court will hear a plea seeking directions to strike down the exemption granted to transport vehicle of M1 category.The Supreme Court will hear a PIL seeking directions to fill up vacant post of member and director of general investigations of NHRC.The top court will hear a PIL regarding ecological imbalance in the country.The apex court will hear a PIL concerning implementation of Disabilities Act.The Supreme Court will hear a PIL seeking direction for an independent enquiry to be conducted in respect of the conditions of the 700 Bru families that was sent back to Mizoram from 2010 onwards.The top court will hear a writ petition seeking direction to implement and enforce Integrated Programme for Older Persons (IPOP) Scheme.The apex cou

first day ushers in busy schedule for courts

Share on FacebookTweet on TwitterSUPREME COURTThe apex court will hear a plea seeking directions to strike down the exemption granted to transport vehicle of M1 category.The Supreme Court will hear a PIL seeking directions to fill up vacant post of member and director of general investigations of NHRC.The top court will hear a PIL regarding ecological imbalance in the country.The apex court will hear a PIL concerning implementation of Disabilities Act.The Supreme Court will hear a PIL seeking direction for an independent enquiry to be conducted in respect of the conditions of the 700 Bru families that was sent back to Mizoram from 2010 onwards.The top court will hear a writ petition seeking direction to implement and enforce Integrated Programme for Older Persons (IPOP) Scheme.The apex cou

first day ushers in busy schedule for courts

Share on FacebookTweet on TwitterSUPREME COURTThe apex court will hear a plea seeking directions to strike down the exemption granted to transport vehicle of M1 category.The Supreme Court will hear a PIL seeking directions to fill up vacant post of member and director of general investigations of NHRC.The top court will hear a PIL regarding ecological imbalance in the country.The apex court will hear a PIL concerning implementation of Disabilities Act.The Supreme Court will hear a PIL seeking direction for an independent enquiry to be conducted in respect of the conditions of the 700 Bru families that was sent back to Mizoram from 2010 onwards.The top court will hear a writ petition seeking direction to implement and enforce Integrated Programme for Older Persons (IPOP) Scheme.The apex cou

first day ushers in busy schedule for courts

Share on FacebookTweet on TwitterSUPREME COURTThe apex court will hear a plea seeking directions to strike down the exemption granted to transport vehicle of M1 category.The Supreme Court will hear a PIL seeking directions to fill up vacant post of member and director of general investigations of NHRC.The top court will hear a PIL regarding ecological imbalance in the country.The apex court will hear a PIL concerning implementation of Disabilities Act.The Supreme Court will hear a PIL seeking direction for an independent enquiry to be conducted in respect of the conditions of the 700 Bru families that was sent back to Mizoram from 2010 onwards.The top court will hear a writ petition seeking direction to implement and enforce Integrated Programme for Older Persons (IPOP) Scheme.The apex cou

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