Government critic faces incitement charges after WhatsApp hacked

first_imgAn independent researcher who has been critical of the government on social media is facing incitement charges after a message calling for nationwide riots on April 30 was broadcast from his WhatsApp account, which he says was hacked.His arrest has elicited protests from a coalition of human rights groups who believe that Ravio Patra, the researcher in question, was a victim of identity theft and should not be arrested or prosecuted.  Ravio, who has been critical of how the government has handled the COVID-19 pandemic, was arrested between 09:00 p.m. and 10:00 p.m. on Wednesday, shortly after he had announced that his WhatsApp had been hacked on his Twitter account, @raviopatra. The police have confirmed Ravio’s arrest, saying that he has been accused of inciting riots through social media but that they are still investigating the case. According to the coalition, SAFEnet received a report from Ravio at about 2:00 p.m. on Wednesday that someone had hacked his WhatsApp account after he saw a notification stating that his number had been registered on another phone and a One Time Password (OTP) had been requested, despite the fact that he had applied two-way verification and enabled fingerprint identification on his WhatsApp account.Ravio had also received calls from 082167672001, 081226661965 and numbers with Malaysian and United States area codes. The coalition said that the numbers belonged to two police personnel, identified as AKBP HS and Col. ATD.After hacking Ravio’s WhatsApp account, the coalition said, the hacker broadcast messages at about 02:35 p.m. to unknown numbers that read, “The crisis is already aflame. Come together and join us on April 30 for nationwide looting. All nearby shops are free to be looted.”Fears of nationwide riots have grown after the police claimed to have received information that an obscure group called Anarcho Syndicalist was planning to instigate riots throughout Java on April 18, a few days after the government imposed a partial lockdown in the capital on April 10. Activists, however, have doubts about the police’s claims.Rumors of a possible riot resurfaced after labor groups said they would hold a massive protest against the omnibus bill on job creation and risk contracting the coronavirus on April 30 to stop lawmakers from passing the bill. The police said they would not allow the rallies to take place as they would violate partial lockdown measures in Greater Jakarta. The coalition said that two hours after the announcement on his Twitter account, Ravio had reported at 07:00 p.m. that he was able to control his WhatsApp. However, a few minutes later, he reported that he was told by his boarding house guard that someone was looking for him and had left.Ravio also had reported that he was preparing to go to a safe house around midnight. The coalition has not been able to reach him since then.At the same time, around 12:30 a.m. on Thursday, the website seword.com published an article stating that Ravio was “a person who provoked national looting on April 30” with screenshots of the messages.”On Thursday morning around 08:00 a.m., SAFEnet received a report that Ravio had been arrested last night by police intelligence in front of the safe house,” the coalition stated.For the last three years, Ravio has been Indonesia’s representative in the Open Government Partnership Steering Committee (SC OGP). He recently criticized presidential special staffer Billy Mambrasar for having a conflict of interest in the government projects in Papua.Topics : The human rights coalition believed that the WhatsApp hacking was an attempt to frame Ravio Patra as a provocateur advocating for nationwide riots on April 30. Labor groups have previously threatened to protest the omnibus bill on job creation on the same date despite the COVID-19 pandemic.The coalition demanded that President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo and the National Police release the man, who they believed was innocent, without charges.”The police should have arrested those who hacked Ravio’s number and spread the hoax using his WhatsApp, not him,” the coalition said in a statement.The coalition includes the Southeast Asia Freedom of Expression Network (SAFEnet), the Indonesian Legal Aid Foundation (YLBHI), the Commission for Missing Persons and Victims of Violence (KontraS), Amnesty International Indonesia and the Institute for Criminal Justice Reform (IJCR).last_img read more

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Liberian Registry Boosts Presence in Asia with New Imabari Office

first_imgThe Liberian Registry has established an office in Imabari, Japan, as part of the ship registry’s continued expansion of its presence in Asia.As informed, this is the fifth office Liberia has opened in Asia since 2017 as the country has been building up its network of full-service offices and representatives on this continent.Led by Eiji Okazaki, President of the Liberian International Ship and Corporate Registry (LISCR) Japan, the Imabari office would handle ship registrations and technical issues locally.Liberia is the second-largest ship registry in the world, according to January 2019 World Fleet Monitor provided by Clarksons. In gross tonnage terms, the country has overtaken and outgrown the Marshall Islands which is now in third place.Headquartered in Dulles, Virginia, the Liberian Registry is said to be the fastest-growing major open registry. More than 4,400 Liberian-flagged vessels aggregating over 170 million gross tons represent 12% of the world’s oceangoing fleet.The world’s largest ship registry remains Panama and it is followed by Liberia and the Marshall Islands.last_img read more

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Argonauts Collect Tennis Awards

first_imgArgonauts Collect Tennis Awards Share May 14, 2007SKILLMAN, N.J. – During last week’s NCAA Division II Men’s and Women’s Tennis National Championships, several Argonaut men’s and women’s tennis players received recognition from the Intercollegiate Tennis Association. The awards were presented at a banquet for the final 16 men’s and women’s tennis teams from Division II.Dante Bottini (Buenos Aires, Argentina) was named the ITA South Region Senior of the Year. He joins Radovan Chrz (2004) as the only Argonauts to win the award. Bottini, who transferred from Drury University, posted a 15-4 singles record and a 24-4 mark in doubles. Bottini finished the season ranked sixth in singles and second in doubles.For the fifth time, head coach Derrick Racine was named the ITA/NCAA Division II South Region Men’s Tennis Coach of the Year. He also earned the award in 2001-03 and 2005. Racine led top-ranked West Florida to a 27-4 record, the fifth consecutive season of at least 25 wins. He also directed West Florida to the national semifinals for the fifth consecutive season. Racine has totaled a 227-44 (.837) record over nine seasons with the Argonauts.Two Argonaut women’s tennis players also earned awards. Mandy Septoe (Port Elizabeth, South Africa) was named the ITA South Region Senior Player of the Year. Septoe is the fourth Argonaut in the last six years to earn the award. She finished the season ranked 45th in singles with 10 victories. In doubles, Septoe teamed with Tammy Kevey (Auckland, New Zealand) to form the fourth-ranked doubles team in the nation. Septoe also earned her second consecutive All-Gulf South Conference First Team honor. The duo finished the season with a 21-5 record. Septoe ended her two-year West Florida career with a 27-15 singles record and a 44-10 mark in doubles.Kevey was award the ITA South Region Arthur Ashe Jr. Award for Leadership and Sportsmanship. She is the fifth Argonaut to earn the prestigious honor. The award is presented annually to a student-athlete in each of eight regions of Division II who uphold the qualities of sportsmanship set forth by Arthur Ashe. Kevey finished the season ranked 15th in singles with a team-high 21 victories. She also posted 23 doubles wins, 21 with Septoe. Kevey was named to her second straight All-GSC First TeamPrint Friendly Versionlast_img read more

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Conte ‘happy’ at Chelsea despite contradicting reports

first_imgPhoto © Pixabay It’s understood Chelsea boss Antonio Conte is happy at the club – following reports to the contrary.There have been claims there’s tension between the Italian and the Premier League champions’ board over transfers, the academy and the future of Diego Costa.But that’s been dismissed by the west London side.last_img

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World Cup: Give Other Goal Keepers a Chance

first_imgAn Abuja based football coach, Randy Iortyer has called on the coach of the super eagles, Gerjard Rohr to give former keeper for super eagles, Dele a second chance as the country prepares for the World Cup in Russia.In an interview with sports Journalists in Abuja, My Iortyer who is the coach of the Prisons Football Club of Abuja said in view of the tenuous nature of the super eagles Defence line, it is important to bring in people who are experienced and are exposed to international competitions. According ding to him, with the non-availability of former eagles number one hand, Vincent Enyama and the limited exposure of the eagles’ present fist choice goal keeper, it is important to expand the Defence base of the eagles.The former eagles goal keeper went into the bad book of Nigerian Football authorities when he conceded two goals in the match between Nigeria and Guinea, leading to the exit of Nigeria from the African cup of nations.But in an interview with journalists, Coach Iortyer said the forth coming World Cup tournament is too competitive to exclude other experience and exposed goal keepers.“Our last match against Algeria which technically speaking had nothing at stake except for pride and fifa rating, our goal line was deficient in two areas which I believe can be corrected with the presence of experienced goal keepers like Dele Aeyenugba and others who are doing well in their respective clubs.“Besides, Football is a game that errors must occur. The line of Defence can make a good or bad goal keeper. Football is a team game that is played as a unit. It is not an individual sport. There may be individual brilliance that makes players or even goal keepers exceptional. One individual cannot be singled out for blame. It is high time to bring in more goal keepers as the nation prepares for the World Cup. We saw a clear vacuum at the goal post during the last friendly match between super eagles and the Argentinean national team.“Since the FIFA World Cup is the apex of football, all departments should be fortified and carefully selected devoid of sentiment as to who made mistakes in the past so that Nigeria can discharged itself creditably with a sound technical crew ranging from MON Patrick Pascal to the head coach Gernort Rohr”.“Since his outing during the AFCON qualifier where Dele conceded two goals, he has been left out from being called to camp, though he is a regular player in his team, Hapoel Ashkelon in Israel.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

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Miramar to host art exhibition

first_imgThe Ansin Family Art Gallery The works of three Jamaican born artists will be on display at the Our Caribe Journey: The Exhibition, from June 7 – July 1 inside the Miramar Cultural Center’s Ansin Family Art Gallery, on June 7 at 6:00 PM.The three artists, Richard Hugh Blackford, Mark Cameron and David Muir will be on hand to participate in a meet and greet session.last_img

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Round table – BetConstruct: The future of sportsbook personalisation

first_img VBET agrees Armenian Premier League and Armenian Cup sponsorship August 13, 2020 GAMING1 uses AI to combat problem gambling August 4, 2020 Share Simon Noy, Kambi: Revolutionising the bet builder July 20, 2020 Share StumbleUpon Related Articles Submit Some of the leading suppliers to the sports betting industry offered their insights into the future for sportsbook personalisation based on automated customer segmentation, advanced behavioural analysis and predictive AI-driven models. The fifth round table participant was BetConstruct, represented by its Group Director of Sportsbook Product, Stuart Baker.SBC: What role does pricing and risk play in the differentiation of a sportsbook offering?Stuart Baker (BetConstruct): There is a misconception that a managed sportsbook solution leaves little room for differentiation; economies of scale do not necessarily mean similarity in product.BetConstruct powers over 300 operators worldwide, across many jurisdictions and with differing compliance standards. On top of that, every single operator wants to stand out from the crowd. Basically, they all want the flexibility to differentiate on the odds that they offer and the bets that they will lay.Everyone understands the importance of new features such as Cash Out, Bet Builder and Price Boost, and such innovations are readily adopted throughout the industry. Such differentiations never last long.It is true that the UX and UI of a sportsbook are extremely important and BetConstruct’s award winning SpringBuilder tool was designed to allow our partners to easily manage their various player UIs.However, the underlying DNA of a sportsbook is the events, the odds and how much you can bet. An operator with the freedom to control these has a key with which to further differentiate themselves from their competitors. It is only through the capabilities of our Spring platform, that we have been able to provide the tools that has allowed every single one of our 300+ partners to feel that they have a bespoke offering.It was five years ago that we looked at our long-term plans and realised that our then platform would not allow us to provide such differentiation in an increasingly crowded market. The bold decision back then to re-design (and build from the ground up) a next generation platform is testament to our understanding, both then and now, of the importance of differentiation. Be it through our in-house driven tailored trading strategies, through our partners own trading teams or more increasingly a mixture of the two, I’m often finding myself asking “is that also one of ours?”Differentiation in marketing gimmicks is a race to the bottom. Differentiation in the offering is a race to the top. We know where we want our partners to be.SBC: How can operators build on their customer analytics to both enhance player experience and drive higher margins?SB: Sports betting is data rich and it’s just getting richer. In simplistic terms it comes down to three key questions. Do you have the knowledge that I need? i.e. have you captured the relevant data in a timely manner?Can you answer my question? i.e. is the data stored in a way that allows flexible BI?Can I do what I need to do? i.e. do I have the necessary tools to allow automation based on the data?Without the ability to answer positively to the first two, an operator will struggle to effectively enhance the player experience and/or drive higher margins. If the answer is yes to both, the fun can begin.One of the strongest drivers of BetConstruct’s data analytics is our in-house CRM product. Our CRM database, fed in real-time by the betting platform, is designed for questions, not actions. The enhanced, data driven, player experiences and custom reporting functions, enabled by the CRM solution, are both possible due to the technical focus on getting the basics correct.Elsewhere, player risk management is no longer a reactive process. Data is now being used in a proactive way, negating the risk before it can happen and driving higher margins. BetConstruct’s Umbrella solution is an AI based automated Risk Management tool whose aim is to predict potential risk.We are only able to answer yes to the third question because we have passed the first two. That is key.SBC: How can AI and analytics be used to personalise and tailor the sports betting experience?SB: Personalisation has been a buzz word for a long time. However, it is easier to get wrong than right. A good starting point is to understand the difference between intention and behaviour. A player might have wanted to bet on a match but didn’t for some reason. Analytics needs to go further than using data that is routinely captured, like the bet. Understanding the players intentions as they navigate the site can often be more important than the end behaviour.A good personalisation engine is always capturing data, always learning. The personalisation that a player experiences on one visit could well be different on their next visit. It needs to be subtle and intuitive. The player should not realise that their experience is being personalised. Far too often, across many industries, personalisation becomes overwhelming and creepy. Sports betting specifically needs to be careful; it is a pastime that can be private and personal. Overtly showing that big brother is watching and analysing a player can be obtrusive and result in the polar opposite of the intended goal.Care needs to be taken to prevent personalisation getting in the way. AI driven personalisation is a guess which often will be wrong. Just because I often bet on this league should not mean that it is now harder to find the actual league that I plan to bet on.Whilst AI driven personalisation is an ever important and growing area, the old mantra of ‘do it well or don’t do it at all’ is always worth remembering. Trying to be too clever when you don’t have all the facts may not be the wisest of moves.Lastly, we are talking about data science. The skill is in extracting knowledge and insights from the data. This is a science, so leave this part to the scientists. BetConstruct’s Machine Learning department has specifically been recruited from outside the industry to remove any preconceived ideas of who a bettor is and how they might behave.So, to answer the question … how can AI and analytics be used to personalise and tailor the sports betting experience? Carefully, very carefully.SBC: A lot has been said recently about gamification; what can it do for sportsbook?SB: Gamification is another buzz word that has been around for a long time. It is also something that is often not fully understood in our industry.Just because gamification and gaming have the same origin does not necessarily mean that expanding elements from the gaming verticals is the be all and end all. Incentivising players with the one-time chance of rewards, be it a boost, prize or a jackpot, are very basic examples. BetConstruct has a cross product Jackpot, waiting to be won at any time, be it by a player on the sportsbook, casino or one of the many other verticals. Gamification is much more than that.I would guess that the majority of readers have a LinkedIn profile. Now, there is gamification. How many connections, endorsements, views and search appearances are all scores. Gamification is about taking normal behaviour patterns and turning them into a competition. Likewise, number of friends or re-tweets are all examples of turning something into a score. These scores in turn manifest them in the minds of the user as a game. People by nature have a competitive streak and like to measure themselves against others.In sportsbook it can come down to two key principles. Firstly, try and get players to compete against each other. Who can show the most profit? Who has the highest strike rate? Whose winning multiple has the highest odds? Secondly, make it easy for players to follow and copy the bets of other players. There are worse options than following winning players.BetBull is powered by the BetConstruct sportsbook and they have built their offering on gamification. Whilst the players benefit from BetConstruct’s full sportsbook offering, the experience is somewhat different. A key part of their offering is around the concept of tipsters. Every player can be a tipster. You can see how you rank against other tipsters. You can follow tipsters and be subscribed to receive notifications when their next tip is live. You can easily follow the tip and place the same bet.Having a think back to the likes, connections, re-tweets, views etc. These are all examples of gamification from within social media. The key there is the social aspect. Gamification is a game between players.If you want to make true gamification work in your sportsbook you need to introduce the social element.last_img read more

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Ghana names squad for Beach Soccer World Cup

first_imgA squad of fifteen players has been announced by the Ghana Beach Soccer Association (GBSA) for the upcoming beach soccer world cup qualifiers in Morocco. Ghana will attempt to qualify for the 2013 FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup in Tahiti later this year by aiming for a spectacular first time entrance onto the beach soccer stage next week.The team commenced non-residential training in Accra almost three weeks ago before moving to their base camp in Nungua where they shuttle to the La beach soccer arena for two daily training sessions on sand.The players who boast of being super fit due to the level of stamina required for the sport, have been put through their paces by interim head coach Maxwell Kpeglo who has conceded that although his boys are inexperienced, they do not lack in skill, determination and the hunger to succeed.”We are venturing into the unknown but to me that is a positive challenge and the players all agree that this is their time to make their country proud and also make a name for themselves.”President of the GBSA Yaw Ampofo Ankrah is optimistic that ”Team Ghana” will live up and above their underdog status and match their more experienced opponents from South Africa, Nigeria, Senegal and Cameroon.”My only fear is that the boys may be challenged by nerves in the opening game since it will be their debut at the African level but in terms of sheer guts and playing ability, if they get going, we will give the big boys of African beach soccer a shock.” Not everyone was happy after the squad had been announced. One disappointed beach-baller Joseph Tornado said that he was extremely disappointed at not making the final team.”I know I should be in that team because I did my best but the selectors did not think so. All the same life goes on and I will be praying for them to win.”The contingent to Morocco also includes an assistant coach, team doctor, a masseur, GBSA executives and media men.last_img read more

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Anthony Joshua: Fight with Deontay Wilder or Tyson Fury ‘has to happen in 2020’

first_imgUnified heavyweight world champion Anthony Joshua has told Tyson Fury and Deontay Wilder a fight with him “has to happen in 2020″ as he targets all four major belts.Joshua won back the IBF, WBA and WBO titles from Andy Ruiz Jr in Saudi Arabia last week, avenging his shock defeat at Madison Square Garden six months earlier. The only strap not in Joshua’s collection is the WBC title, which Wilder has held since 2015. Wilder is due to face Fury in a rematch on February 22, and Joshua wants to fight the winner in an undisputed bout.Join DAZN and watch more than 100 fight nights a year”I feel like it’s ‘The Lord of the Rings’, the last ring, let’s get it on, let’s make history,” he told BBC Radio 2. “It has to happen in 2020, we’re in the same division, same era, if these guys want to make history – especially Wilder, because he has the last belt.”We created history by becoming a two-time champion of the world, and I feel like we can add to that legacy in 2020.”Joshua later wrote on Twitter: “Let’s get ‘undisputed’ trending! That’s what I want & that’s what the people want… I want it bad! I came to take over & not take part!” Let’s get Undisputed trending! That’s what I want & that’s what the people want..I want it bad! I came to take over & not take part!— Anthony Joshua (@anthonyfjoshua) December 13, 2019Ruiz has spoken of his desire for a third fight with Joshua, though his poor performance in the Briton’s points win means that is unlikely.Instead, Joshua has his sights set on the WBO’s mandatory challenger Oleksandr Usyk – who stepped up to heavyweight earlier this year after becoming an undisputed champion at cruiserweight – or his IBF equivalent Kubrat Pulev.”If I don’t fight those guys, I’ll have to give up my belt, and I’d rather fight to defend them,” Joshua added.last_img read more

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Added security for NRL match

first_imgTop-flight sport returns to the city on Saturday when Manly stage a “home” match at Christchurch Stadium a fortnight after the mass shootings at two mosques which claimed 50 lives.New Zealand has been placed on a high threat alert since and police have reminded event organisers nationwide to be aware that a proliferation of memorial events has the potential to stretch law enforcement resources.However, a large police presence remains in Christchurch and will be out in force at Friday’s National Remembrance Service at Hagley Park.Match promoter Justin Wallace told journalists there would be increased police numbers at Saturday’s game and that both teams were also bringing their own bolstered security staff.It didn’t stop New Zealand Police issuing a note of caution through a media statement on Thursday.”The public is asked to continue their vigilance and report suspicious activity,” the statement read.”Police advise anyone attending events to stay alert and be aware of your surroundings.”New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern welcomed the high-profile nature of an NRL match in a city still grieving.”Safety is of course our focus … but the ability to come together at times like this, to form a community, whether or not it’s around sport or anything else, I think is an important part of recovery,” she said on Thursday.Wallace revealed a group of Christchurch medical emergency staff and first responders to the attack would be honoured on the field before kickoff.Both teams will walk from the tunnel together and observe a minute’s silence.last_img read more

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