Month: September 2020

Software vendor Tyler Technologies tells U.S. local government clients it was hacked

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – Tyler Technologies TYL.N, whose products are used by U.S. states and counties to share election data, said on Wednesday that an unknown party had hacked its internal systems.

Instructions are posted inside a voting booth at an early voting site in Arlington, Virginia, U.S., September 18, 2020. REUTERS/Al Drago

Tyler, whose platforms are used by elections officials to display voting results, among other tasks, confirmed the breach in an email to Reuters after warning clients in an email earlier in the day.

Tyler Technologies said in both emails it did not believe clients’ software had been breached.

The company, a major provider of emergency management and other programs to U.S. counties and municipalities, told Reuters in its email that it was working to restore its systems and had notified law enforcement. The company did not say whether there had been a ransomware demand or how

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Israeli thriller Tehran mixes real-world tensions with uneven emotional drama

Right from its opening scene, the international spy series Tehran tries to encapsulate the strained relations between Israel and Iran. It doesn’t delve much into the history of this conflict, but manages to set the stage for an engrossing espionage drama. The Israeli drama, acquired by Apple TV+ to stream in the U.S., is fueled by an intriguing mission and is packed with tropes that make for an unstoppable binge—an agent gone rogue, dueling sides, political activism, betrayals, death. But this initially riveting narrative structure is hampered by a meandering focus on the emotional turmoil of the characters.

a person wearing sunglasses: Niv Sultan stars in Tehran

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Niv Sultan stars in Tehran

Tehran is told mostly through the perspective of Tamar Rabinyan (Niv Sultan), a young hacker and agent for Mossad, the (among other things) Israeli counterintelligence agency. She covertly enters Tehran, her birthplace, and sets off to complete a mission that involves disabling Iran’s

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Ojibwa lawyer seeks $55M in damages from law firm

An Ojibwa lawyer claims she lost her confidence and her livelihood after being replaced on the Indian day school class-action lawsuit.

Joan Jack, originally of Berens River First Nation in Manitoba, makes the allegations in a statement of claim filed Sept. 10 against Canada and international law firm Gowling WLG.

Jack is seeking $55 million along with unspecified punitive damages.

Gowling’s Ottawa office took over from Jack in 2019 and successfully certified the suit, which led to a multi-billion-dollar settlement from the federal government, for an estimated 200,000 survivors forced to attend the federally run schools.

Simone Hughes, director of business development and marketing at Gowling WLG, said in a statement that Jack’s allegations are “without merit” and will be “vigorously defended…

“Our continued focus and commitment is to supporting Class Members and ensuring they receive the long-awaited compensation they deserve. As this matter is before the Courts, we will

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Kingdom of Morocco Remarkably Elected to UN Human Rights Committee

Elected by 127 votes out of 171, among 14 other competitors vying for the 9 seats to be filled on the said Committee, the Moroccan expert will sit for a four-year term in this UN body in charge of monitoring the implementation of commitments incumbent on states parties under the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, ratified to date by 173 countries, said a statement from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, African Cooperation and Moroccans Abroad.

The success of this candidacy illustrates the confidence that the far-sighted policy by HM King Mohammed VI enjoys, in terms of democratic reforms, the rule of law, and the protection of human rights as universally recognized, underlined the press release.

This new success reaffirms the trust and credibility enjoyed by national human rights mechanisms and the Moroccan expertise, well known within the UN human rights system, the same source said, adding that it

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Federalist Society Blocks Basic Judicial Ethics Rule

In the musical Hamilton, Aaron Burr is asked by Alexander Hamilton to participate in drafting a series of essays, now known as the Federalist Papers, to help define the contours of a new Constitution. Although Burr recognizes the need, he declines Hamilton’s entreaties. He opts for safety, waiting to see which way the wind blows.

John Roberts wearing a suit and tie: Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts is the head of the federal judiciary. Mario Tama/Getty Images

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Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts is the head of the federal judiciary. Mario Tama/Getty Images

In a case of life imitating art, this is just what a committee of 15 federal judges, all appointed by Chief Justice John Roberts, did when confronted with a serious ethical issue that has long-term consequences to the integrity of the judiciary.


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The Codes of Conduct Committee is charged with providing ethical guidance to federal judges. Public respect for the integrity of the judiciary provides the moral authority to resolve disputes and

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Political interference singled out as major obstacle in anti-corruption reform efforts during previous BN administration, World Bank reports

a tall building in a city: A World Bank report says political interference is one of the major impediments of past governance and anti-corruption reform efforts in Malaysia during the previous BN administration. — Picture by Hari Anggara

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A World Bank report says political interference is one of the major impediments of past governance and anti-corruption reform efforts in Malaysia during the previous BN administration. — Picture by Hari Anggara

KUALA LUMPUR, Sept 24 — Political interference has been singled out as one of the major impediments of past governance and anti-corruption reform efforts in the country during the previous Barisan Nasional (BN) administration, a World Bank report has said.

The “Enhancing Government Effectiveness and Transparency: The Fight Against Corruption” report said the National Integrity Plan (NIP) — introduced in 2004 — had limited impact as the focus was on advocacy rather than on bringing about structural changes.

“The anti-corruption institutions were focused on mid-level corruption rather than grand corruption involving the highest echelon of government leadership.

“The National Anti-Corruption Plan (NACP) for that reason has singled out political interference as one of

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Mike Lallier pleads guilty to providing alcohol to 15-year-old Fayetteville boy

The victim is disappointed by the outcome, his lawyer said

By Paul Woolverton
 |  USA TODAY Network

BENNETTSVILLE, S.C. — In a plea bargain that allowed him to avoid a conviction as a sex offender, Mike Lallier of Fayetteville’s Reed-Lallier Chevrolet car dealership was convicted Friday of contributing to the delinquency of a minor for giving alcohol to a 15-year-old Fayetteville boy four years ago.

“I plead guilty, your honor,” Lallier told Judge Roger Henderson.

The boy, who is now 19, and his family are unhappy with the outcome, said their lawyer, Michael Porter.

“He is disappointed that Mike Lallier will not have to register as a sex offender because he’s hoped that any plea agreement would force Lallier to register so that another young boy would not have to go down the same path that he went down,” Porter said.

More: It’s been four years. Why hasn’t Fayetteville car

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Rights and civil society organisations submit recommendations on new acid violence law

Kathmandu, Sept. 16 — A delegation representing six human rights and civil society organisations has submitted a set of recommendations for a new legislation on acid violence to Law and Justice Minister Shivamaya Tumbahangphe.

The delegation of Amnesty International Nepal, Burn Violence Survivors Nepal, Forum for Women, Law and Development, Justice and Rights Institute Nepal, Legal Aid and Consultancy Center Nepal, and Women’s Rehabilitation Center Nepal submitted the recommendations on Wednesday following Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli’s September 10 directive to the Law Ministry and other concerned officials to draft a new law on acid violence within 15 days.

In subsequent meetings with acid attack survivors, Oli had pledged to pass through an ordinance a new legislation prescribing stricter punishment for acid violence.

Issuing a statement on Wednesday, the delegation of six organisations said that it was important to ensure that the new law adopts a comprehensive approach to dealing

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Victorian government aims for crowds at Australian Open and Boxing Day Test | Sport

The Victorian government is aiming to not only host the Boxing Day Test and Australian Open, but for crowds to attend both sporting events. Victoria has been devoid of live sport during a winter of Covid-19 discontent, but as case numbers continue to drop there is growing hope for the two jewels in the city’s summer sporting calendar.

Cricket Australia is in the final stages of finalising tweaks to its 2020-21 schedule and the growing expectation is the MCG will remain host of the Boxing Day Test between Australia and India, with Adelaide Oval to serve as CA’s back-up plan.

Tennis Australia chief executive Craig Tiley indicated last week he is hopeful that Melbourne Park would have crowds of some description during its grand slam, and on Monday premier Daniel Andrews suggested his government was aiming for crowds to attend the Boxing Day Test and Australian Open.

“We are having

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What A Cashless Society Really Means For You

Being totally cashless hasn’t been hard for this Apple Watch wearing, technoluster, or others it seems. Still, for others, it’s proven incredibly hard and while cashless society may seem like an amazing idea (lower crime rates, less money laundering, time/resources saved from making money and easier currency exchange when travelling) but there are some vast downsides too.

Zero cash – no notes or coins – looks like the way things are going abut how quickly we get there is up for some debate. Going totally digital means 100% traceable, digital and fully controlled and there are lots of forces out there that don’t want that world. There are lots of larger issues surrounding going cashless that many rage against.

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