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Students organize rally against police brutality in the U.S.

By on September 17, 2020

first_imgAround 50 students gathered at Tommy Trojan Thursday evening to address their concerns about police brutality and racism following the officer-involved shooting death of Stephon “Zoe” Clark in Sacramento. Students attended a rally in support of Stephon Clark, an African American man who was shot in the back eight times by police who believed he was carrying a weapon. He was holding a phone. Mahira Raihan | Daily TrojanThe event was hosted by ANSWER Coalition, a national organization dedicated to fighting racism, and supported by various campus organizations, including  the Black Student Assembly and the Young Democratic Socialists of America at USC. “[Clark] was shot at 20 times and eight of them hit him, six of which hit his back,” said Kameron Hurt, an organizer with the ANSWER Coalition. “It was a very grotesque and brutal murder that is inspiring people across the country and we’re just one drop in the rain storm that’s happening against this injustice that seems to never end.” On March 18, officers believed that Clark had used a “toolbar” to break a window into a resident’s house. Once officers were dispatched, they pursued Clark and shot him in his grandmother’s backyard, saying they believed he was carrying a firearm. Clark was carrying a cellphone.Many who disagreed with the officers’ use of force took to social media to express their frustration. In 2018 so far, 289 people have been shot and killed by police, according to the Washington Post.Jacob Pettis, a freshman majoring in African American studies, kicked off the rally by passing out signs with “#justiceforzoe” written on them, and leading chants with phrases such as “No justice, no peace! No racist police” and “When Trump says get back, we say fight back.” “I encourage others to stand up and speak out as well because I feel like a lot of times with these rallies, people are too afraid to speak out,” Pettis said. “They’ll come to support in numbers but they won’t really have the courage to speak up and give a speech.”Former Undergraduate Student Government Senator Preston Fregia and Julia Wallace, a local activist who formerly served on the South Central Neighborhood Council, also spoke at the rally.“Stephon Clark is one of the many people that have become [just] names to us,” Wallace said in her speech. “They were taken down by the police … They’re taking us out and counting on us to be afraid of them and intimidated by them. The fact that we’re here shows how we’re unafraid and willing to go against them.” Many of the speakers discussed inequality present on campus, from racial profiling by DPS and LAPD to how tuition increases hinder low-income students’ access to higher education. “This is just the beginning,” Fregia said. “It will get much worse. The fighting against racism is almost apparent in humanity to dominate one another. I think right now, what we can do in this moment, is to challenge ourselves to have that moral awakening that we will all fundamentally change the human experience.”Toward the end of the rally, Hurt invited audience members to share their experiences with police harassment or racial profiling, and explain why they attended the rally. “If you think about the Black Panthers and if you think about Harriet Tubman, many of those people didn’t have many titles behind their name,” Wallace said in her speech. “Yet, they made a change and decided that they were no longer going to tolerate it. We can decide right now, tonight that we’re going to say no more. We’re going to end it and end it for good.”last_img read more

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iovation: Stopping fraud without degrading the experience for your ‘good’ players

By on August 30, 2020

first_imgShare Golden Race targets new reign in Spain after online certification February 20, 2020 StumbleUpon Keeping it real: Golden Race takes basketball game online February 19, 2020 Submit Related Articles WATCH: Scientific Games delivers sports betting aggregation first with OpenMarket February 18, 2020 Share As a provider of online fraud prevention and authentication solutions to eight of the top 10 gambling platform providers worldwide, iovation is well placed to combat the growth of fraud and abuse reports across the industry.SBC News caught up with Angie White, the firm’s Product Marketing Manager, to discuss the key findings from its ‘2019 Gambling Industry Report’ and glean fresh insights into differentiation drivers for players throughout the rest of this year.SBC: Was there a hypothesis you were trying to prove or disprove with the report?AW: No, we really come at it from the perspective of trying to look at it objectively to see what insights we can pull out that will be valuable to our clients. This is the third year we’ve done the report, so it was just about looking at the data and what it’s telling us. If you look at 2018, we processed 518 million gambling transactions and prevented 9.2 million that were fraudulent. It was interesting that we’re starting to see some longer-term trends.It helps that we’ve done it in past years so we looked at last year’s report, pulled this year’s data and then compared it to see ‘are we still seeing the same type of growth?’ One of the top fraud factors for our gambling clients over the past three years – and something that continues to rise – is bonus abuse. It’s a really lucrative target for fraudsters, so it’s imperative that we work with our operators to help secure them against this.SBC: What were the biggest ‘take aways’ from the report?AW: I would say that number one is player experience, I can’t over emphasise how important that is. How can you reduce friction for players? On average, only 1 percent of your transactions are fraudulent, so if you get too focused on stopping fraud you can forget about creating a good experience for the 99 per cent that aren’t fraudulent. Our whole philosophy is, how can you stop fraud in a way that’s not going to degrade the experience for all your ‘good’ players.Our major theme for ICE London is ‘Accelerate players, not fraudsters’. There’s two ways that the gambling industry can use our device intelligence which fits into the report theme that 1) we stop fraud (we have done so for 15 years) and 2) we can use the same technology to decrease the time to bet.So, when someone sees an advert or a push notification you can use device authentication to skip elements of the login process (because you already know they’re a trusted player) and take them straight to your offer.SBC: Do operators take an all-in-one package of iovation products, or do they have a choice over which individual components to adopt?AW: We can implement these products at any risk point. With device-based authentication a player’s device is paired with their account so when they go to login the next time we just do that device check in the background looking for any kind of risk signals. For example, if it’s the device that ‘Joe Smith’ logged in with before and we don’t see any risk signals, he can go through without ever realising that those types of checks were going on in the background. Conversely, if we see risk we can do a FraudForce check where we look to see are there any reputation reports associated with the device or with this account.We have also seen a lot of our operators adopt our machine learning solution, SureScore, which does predictive insights based on our history of reputation reports, scoring the likelihood of a transaction point becoming fraudulent. This is particularly beneficial for operators at account setup. There’s a lot of risk when taking on a new account, giving them a line of credit, letting them into the game. It can really speed up the process of onboarding a player and getting him into the game faster if you can see that the risk associated is low.SBC: How important was the timing of such a report around safeguarding players, particularly as the industry faces a fight to restore the public’s trust?AW: I think it’s very important, particularly on the self-exclusion side and how that works to counter the growth of problem gambling. We’ve been working with operators for a number of years now to help manage player self-exclusion. The way that works in our system is that if a player self excludes with one of our customers, they submit a report which is associated with both the account and the device. We’re then able to say ‘oh well, this account has been accessed by these three different devices, and these three different devices have accessed these six accounts’. We had 223,000 self-exclusion reports placed by operators in 2018, linked to 795,000 devices which means you have each of those reports were linked with three to four devices. And those were associated with 965,000 accounts, so you can see that you have players across multiple sites, using multiple devices associated with a self exclusion report. We’re able to show those linkages so that you can more effectively shut down players to protect your business and the player. Something I found really interesting when we looked at the data was that we saw almost a million attempts by accounts associated with self-exclusion try to access one of our gambling operator sites. That’s over four times the number of reports we saw, so we see that these people aren’t self excluding and leaving, they are actively trying to get back into the game. Talking to some of our operators, self exclusion is also a tool that fraudsters exploit. They come in, set up a fraudulent account, cash out, then before it can come back as a charge back they’ll self exclude because then it makes it harder for the operators to pursue them.SBC: What key market drivers do you expect to shape the gambling industry in 2019?AW: The three key market drivers identified by the report were ‘player experience as a market differentiator’, ‘convergence of fraud prevention and authentication’ and ‘managing regulatory uncertainty’.With player experience, we’re definitely seeing a tremendous growth in mobile – in fact, we have for the last six years. We’ve seen our number of transactions go from 6 per cent in 2012 to 70 per cent in 2018, and that’s exclusively for our gambling operators. When we look at all of our subscribers, that number’s closer to 55 per cent, which tells you that mobile adoption is even faster in gambling than in some of the other sectors that we help protect. That’s really the way players are going; they prefer to be on their phones and prefer to play through the mobile experience. I think the operators that are going to win in the market will look at that holistic player experience – how can they reduce friction, make the game safer and provide a better experience for the players. That is both for existing markets, and new markets, for example in the US. New markets come with a slew of regulations, so for the US – where gambling is opening on a state by state basis – operators will have to consider how you meet regulations such as limiting play by geographic boundaries, and how to implement age verification, KYC and document verification in a way that won’t cause too much friction for customers.The convergence of fraud prevention and authentication also plays into that whole player experience, right? Because you’re getting fraud not just at one point, you’re getting it when somebody is setting up a new account, when bonuses are being abused, at withdrawal etc. You’re seeing it throughout the whole life cycle.And finally, in terms of regulatory uncertainty. In the UK, we saw tremendous appetite from regulators to levy huge fines in 2018. It was over 10 times the amount of fines from 2017 (£1.6 million to £18 million), so there has to be an increased importance on making sure you are compliant with regulations.The full report will be available to collect for free from iovation’s stand at ICE London (N9-500).last_img read more

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Home Affairs, South Africa readies for voter registration

By on December 18, 2019

first_img29 February 2016Voter registration running this weekend of 5 and 6 March is a chance for South Africans to confirm with the Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) that they are listed on the voters’ role for the 2016 local election in the wards where they live.Home Affairs Minister Malusi Gigaba, chairing the Governance and Administration Cluster briefing in Cape Town on 25 February, urged all eligible South Africans to register over the weekend. It was also an opportunity to make sure their identification documents were valid and up to date.Remember you need a valid SA ID (green ID book/smart ID/temp ID) to register & vote. https://t.co/CyVxTDhdxU pic.twitter.com/UTPEemAQTd— IEC South Africa (@IECSouthAfrica) February 5, 2016He reiterated that South Africans must have these documents to register and to vote. Citizens who do not have ID documents should apply now at their nearest Home Affairs office; those who have already applied for ID documents should them pick up from Home Affairs as soon as possible so they can register this weekend.Gigaba also highlighted the differences between local government and national elections, saying that “unlike national elections, the local government elections require that you register in the ward in which you reside”. Young and first-time voters should ensure their details and documentation were all up to date with Home Affairs in order to register to vote and, more importantly, he urged them to vote. The date of the election must still be confirmed by the government.“It is by voting that citizens select the public representatives that best serve their interests,” said the minister.This election will be South Africa’s fourth democratic local government election. Again, it is a chance to select local leaders from the various parties competing in the poll, who voters think can best serve their communities.Gigaba drew attention to the importance of local elections in the South African democratic process, saying that “local government is a critical sphere of government responsible for delivering services which are basic human rights and are essential components of the right to dignity enshrined in the Constitution and Bill of Rights”.The Department of Home Affairs, as the official registrar of the people of South Africa, plays a fundamental role in supporting the electoral processes by making sure the logistics of ID document issue is done in a timely and correct manner.“Home Affairs will be actively involved in ensuring the success of the voter registration weekend on 5 and 6 March 2016, as declared by the IEC,” Gigaba said.Collecting outstanding IDsAccording to Home Affairs, there are more than 200 000 uncollected IDs at its offices around the country.Gigaba said the department would temporarily suspend its policy of destroying uncollected IDs and smart ID cards after a certain period during the voter registration and local government election season, insuring that all applicants got a chance to pick up their outstanding IDs.“Our policy states that documents that are uncollected for a period of six months should be returned to head office, where they are kept for a further six months. Should the documents not be collected after 12 months, they are destroyed,” he said. This process would be held off until the end of the election week.All Home Affairs offices will be open from 8am to 5pm on 5 and 6 March to help those who do not have IDs to apply for them. “Officials are ready to deliver services to those who require IDs and temporary identification certificates,” the minister added.Temporary identification certificates will be made available at these offices during the registration weekend, and together with the green bar-coded IDs and smart ID cards, the temporary certificates will be accepted as legal forms of identity for voter registration and voting.eChannel payment systemHis department had upgraded its Live Capture System over the weekend of 26 and 28 February to introduce the eChannel EFT payment function at all of its 142 offices and selected banks, Gigaba added.Requirements for #smartIDCard. Cost is R140 pic.twitter.com/nu5mMMumJ9— Home Affairs (@HomeAffairsSA) December 23, 2015This is in line with the department’s pilot project, launched in 2015, with First National Bank, Standard Bank and Nedbank that enables South Africans to apply for identity documents at branches of these banks.A memorandum of understanding has been signed with Absa, making the project available at all four of South Africa’s big four banks. Each bank partner has three eChannel sites – 12 sites in total – that will be piloting the project.Register to vote 5-6 March. To find your voting station call 0800118000 or dial *120*432# or https://t.co/7KdzxQ3Upp pic.twitter.com/ts8ZUDq4br— IEC South Africa (@IECSouthAfrica) February 25, 2016Source: South African Government News Agencylast_img read more

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Press release: Brand South Africa partners with the South African Hockey Association to host the Hockey World League Semi Finals 2017

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first_imgSouth Africa is the proud host, and participant, in the men’s and women’s legs of the Hockey World League.Brand South Africa partners with the South African Hockey Association (SAHA) in hosting the Hockey World League Semi Finals 2017 Event, taking place in Johannesburg till 23 July. (Image: SA Women’s Hockey, Twitter)Johannesburg, Tuesday 11 July 2017 – “Sport in South Africa is a word of joy, celebration, grandeur and overall a remarkable event that nurtures a sense of national identity” said Brand South Africa’s CEO Dr Kingsley Makhubela on Brand South Africa’s partnership with the South African Hockey Association (SAHA) in hosting the Hockey World League Semi Finals 2017 Event.South Africa was selected by the Federation of International Hockey (FIH) to host both the men’s and women’s legs of the Hockey World League Semi-Finals, accommodating ten of the world’s best men’s team and best female teams, currently competing at the WITS Hockey Stadium from 08 to 23 July 2017.Charged with managing the reputation of the country as well as co-ordinating efforts that position South Africa as an investment destination of choice, Brand South Africa is simultaneously charged with working with the larger collective to build pride and patriotism amongst citizens of the country. This is where sports comes in.Dr Makhubela said: “We can all attest to the fact that nation building through sport, in a multi-racial society such as South Africa is a key component that remains a constant – because sports breaks down barriers and is a common factor among all, no matter what race, creed or religion. Sport plays an important role in promoting wellness and social cohesion, and treats sport as a cross-cutting issue, with related proposals in the chapters on education, health and nation building.”South Africa’s nation-building projects – such as sports and recreation initiatives, were and still continue to be premised on the formulation of a common identity, while recognising and respecting diverse ethnic, racial and other groupings. This is captured in the National Sport and Recreation Plan (NSRP) – which states that ‘when building an active nation, it is clear that no country can expect to achieve and sustain success at the elite level without a strong participation base in the community, because that is where every champion has their beginning.’Marissa Langeni, the CEO of the South African Hockey Association said “Hockey is a sport largely driven by volunteers and enthusiasts. These are the real heroes of the hockey community and it is because of these thousands of people that we identify so strongly with Brand South Africa and their “Play Your Part’ Initiative.”“As part of this support for Brand South Africa and the “Play Your part” initiative, the SA Men’s Hockey Team have been formally announced as ambassadors for this initiative, a role we take very seriously and identify with strongly,” said Tim Drummond, national captain of the SA Men’s hockey team. “The #SAHockeyRevolution is all about a fresh approach to the game of hockey in South Africa, in essence’ inspiring new ways’.”“International best practices undeniably demonstrates that successful sporting nations do not just derive their success from the air. Meaningful investments are required from early age for enhanced effective participation in sport, which is why we as Brand South Africa saw this as a unique opportunity for nation building. However, it is evident that this quest can only be achieved if there is commitment by both the public and private sector,” concluded Makhubela.“Hosting this Hockey World League 2017 event in Johannesburg is a major part of our #SAHockeyRevolution strategy which is aimed at delivering world class hockey to the South African public and inspiring young players by giving them access to the very best players in the world. In addition, we are developing a high performance programme that will allow our elite men’s and women’s teams the opportunity to prepare and compete on the biggest stages the sport has to offer,” said Langeni.South Africa has successfully hosted a number of key international sporting events, such as the Rugby World Cup in 1995, the Africa Cup of Nations (Afcon) in 1996, the 2003 Cricket World Cup and the FIFA World Cup in 2010, the 2013 Afcon and the 2014 CHAN tournaments. South Africa has become a country of choice for international, club and schools hockey teams to tour and prepare for major global competitions.Join the conversation at:@Brand_SA @[email protected][email protected]_Hockey#SAHockeyRevolution#HWL2017For more information or to set up interviews, please contact:Tsabeng NthiteTel: +27 11 712 5061Mobile: +27 (0) 76 371 6810Email: [email protected]last_img read more

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RCMP warning prompts communities in New Brunswick to threaten drug dealers after

By on October 14, 2019

first_img(One of the pills confiscated in Esgenoopetitj. The pill says Percocet but according to officials, it is fentanyl)APTN National NewsA warning from the RCMP about the deadly opioid fentanyl has pushed two First Nation communities to threaten drug dealers with expulsion if caught selling.The warning comes after there was a death in Esgenoopetitj, from fentanyl.“Today the Chief and Council unanimously passed a resolution on Drug trafficking banishment, if you are trafficking drugs in Tobique,” said a message posted on Facebook Thursday by the Neqotkuk chief and council. “This is your warning. The risk is too high and we felt it was only a matter of time before some takes a fatal dose.”In Elsipogtog a similar warning was released early Thursday evening.“The Chief and council are fully prepared to invoke extreme measures by expelling and banning those from our community who engage in trafficking in Fentanyl or other deadly opioids,” said the release.In Esgenoopetitj, Chief Alvery Paul posted a picture of a blue pill on his Facebook page.“Here is a picture of the BLUE PILL FENTENAL that is been sold here in Esgenoopetitj,” said Paul. “Looking carefully at the pic it’s labeled PERCOET 5.”He said the community is putting together a crisis team at the wellness centre.“We as parents, family and community must work together to stop the selling of drugs entering our community,” said Esgenoopetitj Chief Alvery Paul. “I undertstand this is a battle that we can’t win overnitebut we have to educate our young children, we are in the process of planning an information session at the school with the RCMP, Alcohol & Drug Program to discuss the dangers of drug abuse.”Communities across the country have been bracing for the arrival of the drug that has killed hundreds of Canadians.The rate of overdose deaths in British Columbia forced officials to declare a public health emergency.APTN has learned that community members in Elsipogtog are policing the community. Warrior Chief John Levi is asking people to report drug dealers to help keep the community [email protected]last_img read more

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Marine Killed Six Others Injured in Camp Pendleton Training Accident

By on September 17, 2019

first_img Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter CAMP PENDLETON (KUSI) – One Marine was killed and six others injured Thursday when a light armored vehicle overturned during training exercises at Camp Pendleton, authorities said.The crash, involving personnel with 1st Light Armored Reconnaissance Battalion, 1st Marine Division, occurred about 9 a.m., according to USMC officials.The deceased Marine’s identity was withheld pending family notification. The others were hospitalized for treatment of minor injuries.“Officials are investigating the circumstances of the accident at this time,” said 1st Lt. Cameron Edinburgh, media officer for the 1st Marine Division. “This is a tragic event, and our thoughts are with the family, friends and the unit at this difficult time.” May 10, 2019 Posted: May 10, 2019 KUSI Newsroom, Marine Killed, Six Others Injured in Camp Pendleton Training Accident KUSI Newsroom last_img read more

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All the Stringing sounds of success

By on August 31, 2019

first_imgTO celebrate the 60th anniversary of Lalit Kala Akademi, a musical concert is being organised in the Capital where santoor maestro and composer Abhay Rustum Sopori will inaugurate the function with his performance. The evening will be graced by  Shripad Yesso Naik, Hon’ble Minister for Culture, Govt of India.Sopori’s music will take on a journey of India through the musical notes of Santoor in unison with the classical, Sufi, traditional and ethnic sounds and drums of India presenting a cultural ethos of India enchanting the listeners and taking them into a state of ecstacy – the Irfaan. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’The concert will feature around 30 musicians on santoor, tabla, pakhawaj, mridangam, gattam, khol, nakara, nagada, tumbaknari, drums, percussions, sarangi, vocals, cello and double base guitars. Sopori is the youngest santoor maestro and classical musician to compose and conduct orchestras, folk and sufi ensembles. He has been the youngest recipient of all the awards he has received including the prestigious Sangeet Natak Akademi’s first Ustad Bismillah Khan Yuva Puraskar, J&K State Award (the highest Civilian Award of the State of Jammu & Kashmir), Sangeet Mani Award, Glory of India Award, Best Citizens of India Award, Bharat Shiromani Award, Sangeet Bhushan Award and many more. His name also features in various Biographical-note volumes.When: 5 August Where: Kamani Auditorium, Copernicus MargTiming: 6:00 pmlast_img read more

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