Fabrice Tourre, the former Goldman Sachs trader who reaped millions of dollars on Wall Street before a federal investigation derailed his career and redefined him as both a symbol and a scapegoat of the financial crisis, is now losing a piece of that small fortune to the government.
As Ezak Hunt’s Hospital Closures Bill made rapid progress yesterday by promising ‘consultation’ hahaha with the local communities involved, there was ample evidence around the World of the shift of power from the labour of the majority to the capital of the self-appointed élites. Continue reading →
An Illinois state appeals court ruled on Monday that misconduct complaints against Chicago police are public record and cannot be kept secret.
The ruling rejected law enforcement’s claim that the complaints were exempt from the Illinois Freedom of Information Act. As a result, files alleging misconduct by Chicago police, as well as files naming police officers who’ve received the most complaints, must be released to the public when requested.
The court sided with law enforcement in one situation, though, ruling that should a citizen complaint lead to some kind of disciplinary action against an officer, records from that process can still be kept confidential.\
Interpol will allow two airlines to access its mass database of lost and stolen travel documents in a pilot project to snag criminals or potential terrorists attempting to travel with fake, illicitly-obtained documents.
“I have announced today that Qatar Airways and Air Arabia are two airlines that have committed themselves to making sure that all passengers boarding their planes will have their passport data screened against Interpol’s database,” Interpol Secretary-General Ronald Noble told reporters at the organization’s headquarters, AP reports.
Under the pilot program, the two airlines will not have direct access to the database, but will rather be able to enter searches via program called I-Checkit for private sector companies. Apart from eventually expanding to include other airlines, financial institutions and hotels could one day be given access to I-Checkit as well.
On the 25th anniversary of the founding of the worldwide web, the innovator of the system that has revolutionized our world like no other invention is seeking legislation to protect the rights of users.
On March 12, 1989, Tim Berners-Lee first put to paper his concept for what would eventually become the ‘worldwide web.’ Today, in these post-Snowden times, the British computer scientist is fighting to preserve the privacy rights of the system: “We need a global constitution – a bill of rights” to guarantee the internet remains an “open neutral” medium, he told the Guardian.
Based on an initiative called ‘the web we want’, a global effort to pass a ‘Magna Carta’ for web users across the planet, Berners-Lee hopes the agreement will be also win the endorsement of government officials and corporations.
Ohio authorities have halted a fracking operation in following two quakes. Both the authorities and the operator say there is no evidence linking fracking with the tremors, but in the past an Ohio well was closed for causing quakes.
The Ohio tremors were felt on Monday in Poland Township and the village of Lowellville near the Pennsylvania. The first 3.0 magnitude quake stroke at about 2:30am and was followed by a second 2.6 magnitude quake at 11:45am, the US Geological Survey reported. Two smaller aftershocks were reported later in the day.
Following the quakes Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) ordered suspension of drilling operation at Carbon Limestone Landfill in Lowellville, local media reported. Texas-based Hilcorp Energy has about a dozen wells in the area and was performing horizontal drilling as part of fracking production of hydrocarbons.