LONDON — In Spain, activists were convicted for social media posts that violated an expanded anti-terrorism law. The Twitter accounts of German citizens were blocked because of rules enacted last year that prohibit hate speech. And a Dutch court determined Google must remove search results about a doctor punished for poor performance, in compliance with a privacy law. Heralded as the world’s toughest watchdog of Silicon Valley technology giants, Europe has clamped down on violent content, hate speech and misinformation online through a thicket of new laws and regulations over the last five years. Now there are questions about whether the region is going too far, with the rules leading to accusations of censorship and potentially providing cover to some governments to stifle dissent. The unintended consequences may be compounded as European governments pursue more laws and policies to restrict what communication can be shared online. Last month, Britain proposed appointing … [Read more...] about News Europe takes on big tech: Has it gone too far?
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PARIS: Venezuela was plunged into heightened chaos on Tuesday (Apr 30) after self-proclaimed leader Juan Guaido said he had the support of troops to oust President Nicolas Maduro, while the government denounced an attempted coup.Following are some initial reactions from world governments:'RIGHT SIDE OF HISTORY'Colombia's President Ivan Duque called on Twitter for "soldiers and the people of Venezuela to place themselves on the right side of history, rejecting dictatorship and Maduro's usurption".Colombia also said it was calling an emergency meeting of the Lima Group - a grouping of major Latin American nations plus Canada focused on Venezuela.'BEHOLDEN TO FOREIGN INTERESTS'Bolivian President Evo Morales "vigorously" condemned the "attempted coup in Venezuela by the right-wing that is beholden to foreign interests".He said he was sure that "the brave Bolivarian Revolution led by brother Nicolas Maduro will beat this new attack by the empire (the US)".'NO BLOODSHED'"We strongly … [Read more...] about How the world is reacting to Venezuela ‘coup bid’
By Jennifer Pagliaro City Hall Bureau Mon., April 29, 2019 As the province now considers offering one-time funding to help offset cuts to Toronto Public Health, Mayor John Tory is targeting MPPs in Premier Doug Ford’s PC caucus with letters outlining the risk of losing vital programs in their home ridings. On Monday, Tory sent personalized letters to all 11 PC MPPs representing Toronto ridings, including Premier Doug Ford, who was elected in Etobicoke North. The letter outlined “front-line programs” delivered in their areas, which, Tory wrote, “are now under review and at risk of being severely curtailed or cancelled.” The letter contains a specific list of programs, including student nutrition in schools and child-care programs are which inspected “to reduce the risk of infectious diseases and other health risks.” The letters end with a request from Tory urging MPPs to speak to Health Minister Christine Elliott about … [Read more...] about Toronto mayor steps up pressure on PC MPPs over public health cuts
By Doug Smith Sports Reporter Mon., April 29, 2019 There are not likely to be any games of astonishing raw numbers posted by Marc Gasol in his time with the Raptors. The chances of him putting up 30 points or 20 rebounds in a game are remote. It doesn’t matter, though, because Gasol does so many things that only his teammates and coaches can appreciate — and that his opponents intensely dislike — that the numbers don’t mean a thing. It’s being in the right place, making the right defensive read, making the first pass out of an offensive set that ends up with someone getting a wide-open shot. Those things are what Gasol does best, and what the Raptors need most. “He doesn’t care about anything but winning and he does whatever,” was how Kyle Lowry put it as the Raptors prepared for Tuesday’s Game 2 of their Eastern Conference semifinal against the Philadelphia 76ers. “Marc hasn’t had a big scoring … [Read more...] about Marc Gasol emerges as anchorman on Raptors defence
By Lesley-Anne Scorgie Personal Finance Columnist Mon., April 29, 2019 When I first started my career, I wrote a column about why people procrastinate in filing their taxes. I interviewed an accountant whose business thrived in one area of specialization — filing late tax returns for individuals who were behind by at least five years. My research indicated that fear was the main inhibitor for late files. Simply put, tax procrastinators are generally scared that they’ll owe money and won’t have a way to pay it back. That fear breeds disorganization, making the situation far worse, and forces the individual to pay massive fees of many thousands of dollars to specialty accountants, like my interviewee, to clean up the mess. These exorbitant costs can be avoided by filing on time. We’re days away from Canada’s personal tax filing (and paying) deadline, which is April 30, so here’s how to deal with the fear of filing your taxes. … [Read more...] about Don’t let fear hold you back from filing taxes on time