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Government moves to keep political parties off RTI radar

July 31, 2013

Nigeria has only been able to muster 10 points and is thereby ineligible for OGP membership, although other African countries like South Africa, Ghana, Kenya, Liberia, Tanzania and Malawi are already members of the global initiative that currently has 60 member countries. Nigerias non-qualification arises mainly as a result of the fact that there is no open disclosure of audit reports of public accounts; assets disclosures made by public officers are not publicly available while incomes are not disclosed; and government engagement with citizens is considered inadequate. With the passage of the Freedom of Information Act in 2011, Nigeria has the full four points available in the area of Access to Information, which is an aspect of membership that gives effect to citizens right to information. Under the OGP framework, four points are awarded to countries with access to information laws in place; three points are awarded if a country has a constitutional provision guaranteeing access to information; and one point is awarded if a country has a draft access to information law under consideration. However, Nigerias performance in the three other categories has been insufficient to enable it meet the minimum eligibility criteria. In the area of Fiscal Transparency, Nigerias score is only two points out of a possible four points based on a number of shortcomings in its constitutional and legal frameworks as well as institutional practices. Nigeria publishes the Executive budget proposals publicly with a sample available online on the Budget Office website; the budget proposals also conform to the Fiscal Responsibility Act while the 2013 budget was presented by October 2012. However, there is no explicit requirement under the Fiscal Responsibility Act for an audit report of public accounts to be made publicly available. Besides, in practice, there is no record of public availability of the audit report.
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Amendments have been moved to the Act to exempt parties from being obliged to share details of their funding or how they choose their candidates. These amendments are likely to be scrutinized at a cabinet meeting on Thursday. In June, the Central Information Commission or CIC, which ensures the RTI Act is implemented and public queries are answered by government departments, ruled that the six major national parties including the Congress and BJP are public authorities and must respond to RTI applications. The parties were given six weeks to appoint officers to handle RTI requests. The flagship RTI Act was introduced by the Congress in 2005 for increasing transparency. Activists Subhash Agrawal and Anil Bairwal had said the six national parties get indirect but substantial funding from the central government, an argument that was accepted by the Central Information Commission. "Large tracts of land in prime areas of Delhi have been placed at the disposal of the political parties in question at exceptionally low rates. Besides, huge government accommodations have been placed at the disposal of political parties at hugely cheap rates thereby bestowing financial benefits on them," it said. The Commission also said political parties "affect the lives of the citizens, directly or indirectly in every conceivable way and are continuously engaged in performing public duty. It is, therefore, important that they become accountable to public." However, parties had argued that they are monitored and accountable for funding and other issues to the Election Commission. For NDTV Updates,
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The Prohibition Era was a time of confusion among the American people, because they were being denied a beverage that they had been drinking casually for years. Many bootleggers began selling alcohol, and they made a fortune. In order to stop bootleggers from selling alcohol, and to stop the public from consuming it, the US government decided that they should put small doses of poison in industrial alcohols. This tactic was supposed to just make people sick, so they would stop drinking alcohol. The bootleggers however, began hiring chemists to extract the poison. The US government went the extra mile and started added enough poison into the alcohol that it couldn't all be extracted, and, unfortunately, up to 10,000 people died as a result. Ironically, the government was trying to protect the public from the dangers of excessive alcohol consumption, and, instead, they ended up killing 10,000 of their citizens.
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Like the president who appointed him, Perez has utter disregard for the U.S. Constitution and American exceptionalism. Those comments were fueled in part by looking at Perezs very impressive legal resume. If Obama can get him confirmed as labor secretary, might he try to elevate him to the Supreme Court? If you go back a couple decades, it was more common to appoint governors, senators, or Cabinet secretaries to the Supreme Court, rather than focus on nominating those currently serving as judges in the lower federal courts. Finally, you have Attorney General Eric Holder at the U.S. Department of Justice. As reported by Breitbart News, Holder has declared judicial war on the State of Texas in defiance of the U.S. Supreme Court. He presumes to declare that Texas is subject to part of the Voting Rights Act that the Supreme Court struck down last month (involving voting rights and race), a provision that only Congress can reauthorize if--and only if--new evidence justifies it. President Obamas actions are literally lawless. The rule of law is the cornerstone of American exceptionalism (a concept Obama marginalized in 2009, saying that citizens of any nation think their own nation is exceptional).
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In Flex We Trust ยป (Video) NBA: Will Carmelo Anthony Head To The Lakers?! He Speaks on Rumors!

July 31, 2013

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Anthony was leaving Craigs in Hollywood this week when we asked straight up if he could see himself in purple and gold after his contract with the Knicks runs out. CAs response? Ummmmm, I doubt it. Carmelo teased us a little bit saying he owns purple and gold shoes but made it pretty clear he has no plans to wear them on the hardwood. Anthony also told TMZ hes NOT secretly plotting with LeBron James to join the same NBA squad though he admits, theyre pretty damn good when they play together. VIDEO: Tagged: Carmelo Anthony , free agency , Heat , Knicks , Lakers , leBron James , NBA , Rumors 1 Comment On 07.29.13 In Flex We Trust (Video) NBA: Will Carmelo Anthony Head To The Lakers?! He Speaks on Rumors!
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Dead technology commentators: Socrates and the Internet

July 30, 2013

What we are trying to do to is replicate what's happening online in an offline world." 'Face detection' Facial recognition is not the only idea about how to bring online personalisation into the real world. Students at the European Institute of Technology are working on a system to link Facebook accounts to RFID (radio frequency identification) chips embedded into store loyalty cards. RFID tags in Burberry clothes bring up related videos on screens in its London flagship store The idea is that these chips could be used to flash up personalised adverts and special offers on screens when consumers visit the shops. The team behind the Rigene project suggest when the stores are busy their software would study the the customers' various tastes and choose the ads most likely to appeal to the majority of those present. Fashion brand Burberry is already using RFID tags in a more limited way by embedding the tech into its latest collections. When customers wearing the clothes stand in front of "magic mirrors" in its London flagship store the screens start showing footage of how the products looked on the catwalk when modelled with other Burberry goods. For now the firm says its system can only recognise its products and not the people wearing them. Our privacy is worth more than a few advertising dollars End Quote Nick Pickles Big Brother Watch But it adds : "It is possible that in the future we may link the RFID tags to our customer database." It's not hard to imagine the technology being used one day to recognise the return of big spending customers and adjusting displays to suit them. App ads Computer chip developer Qualcomm is taking another approach. Its Gimbal Proximity system is designed to trigger ad notifications within apps on Android and iPhone handsets when they are carried close to a shop or other organisation paying to use the technology. It gathers data from a handset's sensors and combines it with the owner's web browsing history, app use and other saved data to build up a profile of them. Based on their interests, its best guess at their current activity and the time of day, their handset then picks which ads to show them without needing to reveal their private data to the firms running the campaigns.
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Though it's a far cry from swimming with animals in warm tropical waters , Janik says that wild dolphins aren't impossible to find in the United Kingdom. "There's maybe about 150-180 of them out here," he said. After spotting and identifying a dolphin in the wild, the researchers would play one of three different sounds: a modified sound clip of that dolphin's signature whistle, a signature whistle of one of its podmates, or the signature whistle of a completely foreign dolphin. They played the dolphin's own signature whistle and the animal would come up and approach the boat and whistle back. However, the dolphin didn't respond to the other two types of whistles and mostly kept about its business. It may seem odd that the dolphins don't react much to the whistles of their fellow herdmates, but Janik says that copying a dolphin's signature whistle just right is part of their social group. "This copying only occurs between closely associated animals, like between mothers and their calves," he said.
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Socrates could just as easily have been talking about the Internet, which was invented more than 2000 years after his death. His tiresome company sounds suspiciously like that annoying friend who pulls out his smartphone to settle any argument. What To Remember Science recently published a paper by Betsy Sparrow and colleagues , which examined the results of four studies showing that when people expect to have future access to information, they have lower rates of recall of the information itself and instead recall where to access it. In Socrates words they will trust to the external written characters and not remember of themselves. This is not necessarily a problem in itself but a sensible adaptation to the continuous access to information which the Internet gives us. Sparrow concludes that we using Google Google in the same way that we would previously have called on the knowledge of our social network. Just as we learn through transactive memory who knows what in our families and offices, we are learning what the computer knows and when we should attend to where we have stored information in our computer-based memories. What Is Knowledge Anyway?
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That every Xbox One can be used for development. That every game and experience can take advantage of all of the features of Xbox One and Xbox Live. This means self-publishing." Microsoft plans to make further announcements about self-publishing in August at the Gamescom conference in Cologne, Germany. The self-publishing U-turn is the first major announcement since Don Mattrick, former boss of the Xbox division, left to be head of games maker Zynga in July. Development costs Reacting to the announcement, Will Freeman, editor of Develop, a magazine for the games developer industry, told the BBC: "This is certainly an exciting move by Microsoft and will help democratise games development. "But making a game is one thing, getting it played by lots of people is another. What really matters is Microsoft's policy towards distribution." Barry Meade, commercial director of Fireproof Studios, a British Bafta-award-winning games maker, said: "This will be great for diversity, good for Microsoft and good for consoles in general.
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