Casting a Net for Cybersecurity

first_imgHome / Daily Dose / Casting a Net for Cybersecurity The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Sign up for DS News Daily The Week Ahead: Nearing the Forbearance Exit 2 days ago Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Technology 2020-03-13 Seth Welborn in Daily Dose, Featured, News, Technology Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Share Save Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Previous: Financial Institutions Address Tornado Damage Next: HUD Suspends Face-to-Face Requirement in Response to COVID-19 March 13, 2020 2,328 Views About Author: Jeremy Yohecenter_img Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Related Articles Casting a Net for Cybersecurity Tagged with: Technology Jeremy Yohe is ALTA’s VP of Communications. He can be reached at [email protected] Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Subscribe Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago  Print This Post Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Editor’s note: This feature originally appeared in the March issue of DS NewsOne in every 99 emails is a phishing attack, according to Avanan’s phishing statistics. This amounts to 4.8 emails per employee in a five-day work week. Considering close to 30% of phishing emails make it past default security, the threat is very much present.The success rate of these attacks has emboldened scammers to launch more of them. Avanan reports an increase of 65% in phishing attacks from 2016 to 2017. This is a global phenomenon affecting every region and economy.In 2018, 83% of people received phishing attacks worldwide, resulting in a range of disruptions and damages. This includes decreased productivity (67%), loss of proprietary data (54%), and damage to reputation (50%). When it comes to the attacks, two in three phishing attempts use a malicious link and more than half contain malware.Malware—or malicious software—describes any program or code that is harmful to systems. Malware seeks to invade, damage, or disable computers, computer systems, networks, tablets, and mobile devices, often by taking partial control over a device’s operations. Once infected with malware, scammers gain access to a wide variety of functions, including taking computer screenshots, sending, downloading and deleting files, and stealing passwords.Phishing occurs when a scammer uses fraudulent emails, texts or copycat websites to get someone to share valuable personal information such as account numbers, Social Security numbers, login IDs, or passwords. Scammers use this information to steal someone’s money or identity—or both. In real estate transactions, this is a precursor to what the FBI refers to as business email compromise (BEC), often resulting in wire transfer fraud. The FBI reported 11,300 people suffered losses of nearly $150 million due to wire fraud in 2018.Ditch the Complex Password?If a company fails to properly educate and make employees aware of the dangers of phishing, the most complex password requirements won’t matter. Studies show that poor password security instead of password complexity is often a major cybersecurity weakness for most organizations and employees that leads to criminals accessing non-public personal information. The latest password guidelines issued by National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) recommend significant changes to the way companies and people approach the complexity and usage of passwords.Among the changes, NIST recommends the removal of periodic password change requirements, dropping the algorithmic complexity that often resulted in passwords that are easily cracked with password cracking tools, and the use of long passphrases instead of developing complex passwords.Easy to Remember, Hard to GuessIn what may seem like a 180-degree turn, NIST moved away from what’s been promoted for more than a decade, recommending long passphrases in lieu of complex passwords. These new security guidelines are more focused on creating unique passphrases that users will remember easily, using whatever characters they want, instead of using convoluted and complex passwords that make no sense to the user.More Is MoreThe NIST password guidelines update requires users to create passwords that consist of a minimum of eight characters. However, it also allows the password form fields to include the use of up to 64 characters. This change was made to help support the use of passphrases. According to the Verizon 2018 Data Breach Investigation Report, lengthy and complexity of passwords are not enough on their own.“Users should use long password phrases consisting of three or more words that normally don’t go together but are easily remembered and be at least 15 characters long,” suggested Paul Noga, Director of Information Technology and Cybersecurity for Southern Title. “Passwords should be screened against lists of commonly used or compromised passwords. Users should only change their passwords when they suspect there could be a potential compromise.”What Title Agents Are DoingNoga said his company’s minimum password length is set to 15 characters, and it still requires character complexity (special characters, upper and lowercase). He added that Southern Title will soon revisit its policies and likely switch to passphrases with a minimum of 15 characters and maximum of 64.“A passphrase of five words would take a hacker eight years to crack,” Noga said. “We are going to set the password expiration to one year and only have user’s change their password if we suspect suspicious activity or compromise. Passphrases are easier for users to remember and allowing them to make a long enough passphrase that will be hard to crack with in the password age we set.”Remembering complex passwords or long passphrases can be difficult, so many use password managers. Southern Title is looking to purchase the business plan for the password manager Keeper. This will give staff the ability to access the program from multiple devices so the company can centrally manage accounts and allow for recovery.“Password managers allow users to use a different password for every application and website they access,” Noga said. “All they need to remember is their password to their vault and they can have the manager randomly generate long complex passwords for everything else. The manager allows them to log on form the vault and it automatically fills in the credentials. This makes their lives much easier and more secure.”Ken Kirkner, Director of Global Operations and SVP for Trident Land Transfer Co., agrees that password managers simplify the process. His company uses LastPass, which provides an extension for Chrome, Safari, Firefox, and other browsers.“It is easy to use and a good route to go,” he added.Genady Vishnevetsky, Stewart’s Chief Information Security Officer, says an additional security measure a title professional should employ is multifactor authentication for everything that supports it.The American Land Title Association (ALTA) recently updated portions of its Title Insurance and Settlement Company Best Practices. One of the changes is the recommendation that companies use multifactor authentication for all remotely hosted accessible systems storing, transmitting or transferring non-public personal information.Vishnevetsky added that user email protection services can help title agents protect against phishing attacks.“Microsoft and Google both offer a solution as additional service,” he said. “There are standalone services such as Mimecast or Proofpoint that provide the same capabilities.”As a security practitioner, Noga believes layered security is the best advice for businesses. Complete protection against attacks isn’t a reality. Noga said the best that can be achieved is to reduce the risk by putting in controls that will protect, detect and respond to incidents.“The goal is to protect but be able to detect and respond when a protection fails,” he said. “The faster you can detect and respond the faster you can reduce the impact.”In addition to multifactor, examples of layers include firewall, intrusion detection and prevention system (IDS/IPS), data loss prevention, encryption (at rest and in transit), VPN access for remote users, next-gen endpoint protection (which replaces most antivirus programs that use only signature-based detection), security information and event management (to get visibility into your network and systems through log and event aggregation and correlation), patch management (updating firmware, operating systems, software, etc.), and security awareness training.“These are just a few of the controls that work together in a layered defense, but security awareness training is really the best bet to combat this,” Noga said. “Spam and malware filters only catch about 10 to 15 percent of phishing emails. Educating users on spotting the red flags is truly the best route for combating social engineering attacks and scams.”Raising AwarenessThese scams often lead to wire transfer fraud. To help raise awareness and educate homebuyers as well as real estate and mortgage professionals about the risk and urgency of the problem, ALTA launched in July 2019 the national Coalition to Stop Real Estate Wire Fraud.“For many individuals, buying a home can be stressful, confusing, and filled with a lot of paperwork to send and sign,” said Diane Tomb, ALTA’s CEO. “In recent years, we’ve seen the rise of a sophisticated type of fraud by cybercriminals who prey on these facts. The coalition raises awareness and educates consumers, especially first-time homebuyers, about how they protect themselves. We want to identify and empower those who have been victimized to tell their story and advocate for solutions.”The coalition outlines easy steps that consumers and professionals can follow to combat real estate wire fraud. Professionals should:Warn Early and Often: Make sure your clients know about the growing and looming threat of real estate wire transfer fraud.Educate: Remind your client that you will not email changes to wiring instructions or payment information.Call: Tell your client to call you via a known phone number to confirm all wiring instructions as well as soon after they make any wire transfers.Create: Within your company, establish a rapid response plan for wire fraud incidents.last_img read more

ASU tops USC on last-second Hail Mary

first_imgIn a Saturday evening at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum marked by sloppy play and good fortune for USC, the Trojans’ luck ran out as time expired in the fourth quarter. With less than three minutes remaining in the game, Arizona State quarterback Mike Bercovici scored a quick touchdown, got the ball back with 23 seconds remaining and threw a Hail Mary pass as time expired to pull out a shocking upset of the No. 16 USC Trojans, 38-34, before a stunned crowd of more than 70,000.Jael Mary · Arizona State quarterback Mike Bercovici connected with wide receiver Jaelen Strong (21) on a 47-yard Hail Mary as time expired on Saturday night. Strong finished with 202 receiving yards and three touchdowns in ASU’s 38-34 win, its first at the Coliseum since 1999. – Tony Zhou | Daily TrojanWith the game favoring the Trojans 34-32 and seven seconds remaining in the fourth quarter, Bercovici launched the ball 46 yards into a sea of cardinal-clad USC defenders and essentially prayed that his receiver came down with the ball. His prayer was answered — ASU wide receiver Jaelen Strong caught the ball right outside the end zone and slipped past a dumbstruck group of USC defenders into the end zone.“It was an awkward Hail Mary,” said USC head coach Steve Sarkisian. “The ball floated back to the middle of the field and it was a heck of a play by [Strong] tracking the ball and making the play on it.”For Bercovici, it was a triumphant bounce-back after a rough outing against UCLA last week, where the second-string quarterback managed 488 yards through the air but fumbled the ball and threw two interceptions, one of which was returned 95 yards for a touchdown. Bercovici’s efforts come after the Sun Devils suffered a huge blow with the loss of starting quarterback Taylor Kelly to injury.After their loss to UCLA last week, the Sun Devils fell out of the national rankings and the national playoff conversation. ASU head coach Todd Graham, however, kept faith in his second-string quarterback — and credited his talented backup signal caller for staying with the program.“For all those young kids out there, everyone tells [backup quarterbacks] to transfer or quit because you’re not getting to play,” Graham said. “Look at Mike Bercovici. He didn’t quit. He chose to stay a Sun Devil. He would’ve missed out on the greatest moment of his football career if he had transferred. I’m so proud of him.”What eventually became Bercovici’s finest moment thus far as a Sun Devil actually began as the quarterback’s less-than-perfect throw.“I’ve never been able to throw a Hail Mary before,” Bercovici said. “I didn’t think I threw it well. It looked like a duck. But my God, I didn’t know what happened, to be honest.”Bercovici didn’t throw too many ducks en route to 510 yards and five touchdowns, but those numbers were also due in large part to the efforts of Strong, who hauled in 10 receptions for 202 yards and three touchdowns, including the game-winning Hail Mary.“I saw the ball in the air, and the first thing I thought was, ‘I’m going to get this,’” Strong said. “At first I thought, ‘I don’t know if I can get to it,’ but I put my head down and kept running and got it.”Strong was also complimentary of his teammates, eschewing any notion that he had won the game by himself.“If [ASU running back D.J. Foster] doesn’t make that TD, we don’t have that chance. If [ASU wide receiver Cameron Smith] doesn’t make that TD, we don’t have that chance. If [ASU wide receiver Gary Chambers] doesn’t make that big play to set us up for the Hail Mary, we don’t have that chance,” Strong said.For USC, it will be the “what ifs” that torture them after Saturday’s game. The game was characterized by missed opportunities for both teams. Bercovici overthrew two would-be touchdowns to Foster and Strong, the latter on a post route with virtually no Trojan defender ahead of him. USC’s defense looked confused on the last play of the game, and Sarkisian admitted in a post-game press conference that the Trojans were attempting to prepare for both a Hail Mary or a short completion and field goal situation, despite there being seven seconds remaining in the game and ASU having exhausted all of its time outs. The Hail Mary wasn’t USC’s only missed opportunity: Earlier in the game, redshirt junior quarterback Cody Kessler had a drive cut short and missed out on a potential touchdown both due to dropped passes from sophomore wide receiver Darreus Rogers.On the defensive side of the ball, the Trojans were effective against the run, holding Foster and the rest of the Sun Devil rushing attack to 31 total yards. USC’s game plan appeared to dare ASU’s fledgling backup quarterback to attack through the air, and Bercovici made the Trojans’ secondary pay.The Trojans were not without some lucky breaks of their own: USC’s drive in the second quarter was assisted by some curious refereeing. Redshirt junior punter Kris Albarado fell on his own after a kick on fourth down and managed to get a penalty against ASU to extend a drive that would eventually lead to a touchdown from redshirt junior tailback Javorius “Buck” Allen. That drive shifted the game’s momentum in favor of the Trojans, who would have narrowly escaped with the victory if not for ASU’s last second touchdown.Allen turned in another big performance, despite getting off to a slow start. The starting tailback had 38 yards on 14 carries for a subpar 2.7 yards per carry average at the half, but quickly turned things around to finish with 229 total yards from scrimmage (143 rushing yards and 86 yards receiving) and two rushing touchdowns.Kessler attempted 28 passes by halftime, and finished the game having completed 28 of his career-high 45 attempts for 273 yards and a season-low 62 percent completion percentage. No USC receiver broke 100 yards receiving, as ASU dropped multiple defenders into coverage schemes designed to prevent big plays. The Trojans didn’t help their own cause much, as penalties were again an issue for USC — the Trojans racked up 9 total infractions for 60 yards.The Trojans will have to regroup quickly as they head out to Tucson, Arizona on Saturday, Oct. 11 to face the Wildcats, who themselves are coming off a thrilling upset of Oregon on Thursday. The game kicks off at 7:30 p.m. and will be broadcast on ESPN2.last_img read more

Dutch KSA opens up consultation on player protection measures

first_img Submit Share KSA draws up wishlist on casino games market surveillance July 13, 2020 TOTO offers ‘sleeve support’ for distressed Eredivisie clubs  July 29, 2020 Related Articles Netherlands Remote Gambling Act submitted for EC review July 15, 2020 Share StumbleUpon Dutch gambling regulator Kansspelautoriteit (KSA) has set out to gather the opinions from the gambling industry and stakeholders regarding player protection measures as part of an industry-wide consultation.The Dutch Senate recently passed its Remote Gaming Act after debating the bill for two and a half years. But following the approval of the legislation, the KSA has been tasked with ensuring that operators have a duty of care to customers. The public consultation, which is due to last until 22 April, will review the proposed guidelines published by the regulator. The guidelines state that a framework must be in place which will allow consumers to make an informed choice in regards to whether they want to place a bet.The KSA has also suggested that operators provide more information regarding how games of chance work, in addition to the terms and conditions for these types of games. Operators, under the new guidelines, would be obliged to offer customers the ability to set limits. Limits would automatically be set to zero, before consumers can then decide how much they can afford to gamble and set a limit accordingly. Limits regarding deposit limits and cash holdings have also been suggested, which could be monitored through an app designed to track player behaviour and spending. Licence-holders across the Netherlands must implement policies that pertain to addiction prevention. Policies must include approaches for recreational players, at-risk players and problem players. In terms of at-risk players, licensees must monitor customer behaviours and intervene if this escalates by advising players to gamble less, set limits or temporarily excludeIt comes as a move to provide substantial information to customers regarding the associated risks of irresponsible and underage gambling. The regulator is due to host a number of consultation sessions across the country to give operators the chance to have their say on proposals.The first of the consultations are due to begin on 26 March. The news follows the regulators announcement that it would be upping its fines on illegal online operators from €150,000 up to €200,000. The fines may be subject to change depending on the number of illegal sites and games as well as the number of bonuses and prizes that are offered by operators.last_img read more

Wellington wrestlers finish season with 8th place finish at Marion tournament; JV finishes 22-20 in Rose Hill

first_imgSumner Newscow report — Last Friday, the varsity wrestling team competed in The Marion County duals with 15 other schools.  Wellington finished eighth going 2-3 in duals. The Dukes beat Hillsboro, 60-18 and West Elk 60-18. Wellington lost to Chanute 50-30 thus ending up 2-1 in pool play. In bracket play, Wellington lost to Burlington 54-24 before losing to Douglass 45-36. The Crusaders were open at 152 and 138 pounds. Individual records are as follows.106 — Tim Schmidt 3-2113 — Mitch Gould 2-3120 — Daniel Schmidt 4-1126 — Nic Reyes 1-4132 — Andrew Wolf 2-3145 — Shane Hughes 2-3160 — Colton Glover 4-1170 — Aaron Schoemann 5-0182 — Ian Groom 4-1195 — Jason Norris 3-2220 — Jace Lowe 2-3285 — Miguel Lujan 5-0.On Saturday, the junior varsity wrestled in Rose Hill and had a pretty good day going 22-20 as a team. Individual records and placement are as follows:120 — Blake Bales 1-3.120 — Auston Trillo 2-1, second place.126 — Tyler Murray 5-0, first place.126 — Trevor Stover 2-2.132 — Kadin Heacock 2-1, second place.138 — Nick Hawkins  3-1, second place.160 — Braden Struble 4-1, second place.182 — Drake Alcorn 1-4.220 — Kyle Parsons 1-3.285 — Cody Metz 1-4.Follow us on Twitter. Close Forgot password? Please put in your email: Send me my password! Close message Login This blog post All blog posts Subscribe to this blog post’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Subscribe to this blog’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Follow the discussion Comments Logging you in… Close Login to IntenseDebate Or create an account Username or Email: Password: Forgot login? Cancel Login Close WordPress.com Username or Email: Password: Lost your password? Cancel Login Dashboard | Edit profile | Logout Logged in as Admin Options Disable comments for this page Save Settings You are about to flag this comment as being inappropriate. Please explain why you are flagging this comment in the text box below and submit your report. The blog admin will be notified. Thank you for your input. There are no comments posted yet. Be the first one! Post a new comment Enter text right here! Comment as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments Comments by IntenseDebate Enter text right here! Reply as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Cancel Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new commentslast_img read more

See what Hanuma Vihari did against New Zealand XI that’s bringing him close to…

first_imgImage Courtesy: ANI/BCCIAdvertisement 8wnni9NBA Finals | Brooklyn Vsn6hWingsuit rodeo📽Sindre Enjo( IG: @_aubreyfisher @imraino ) h17Would you ever consider trying this?😱82t8Can your students do this? 🌚b1axRoller skating! Powered by Firework Team India’s tour of New Zealand is reacing its closure wit a 2 match Test series starting from next week, and based on the dramatic T20 victory to disappointing ODI defeat, some eyebrows have raised on India’s selected Test squad. Among all the ongoing discussions about the visitors lineup to face the Kiwis from next Friday, a new name is grabbing all tghe attention. Meet Hanuma Vihari, the all rounder from Andhra Pradesh who just landed a stunning century in the pre-series warm up against New Zealand XI!Advertisement Image Courtesy: ANI/BCCIToday was the first of the 3-day Practice Match at Seddon Park cricket ground in Hamilton, and Hanuma Vihari stole the show alongside India’s red ball specialist batsman Cheteshwar Pujara. At stumps, Vihari scored an astounding 101-not out, and Pujara who just fell seven runs short from his ton after losing his wicket at 93.Vihari’s stunning century came off including ten boundaries and three over boundaries. After Prithvi Shaw failed to open up his scorecard and Mayank Agarwal marched off to the pavilion after just a single run, Vihari’s mesmerising performance is providing a stout alternative to India’s selected openers for the upcoming Test series.Advertisement In the post match interview, Vihari said: “As a player, I am prepared to bat anywhere. As of now, I’ve not been informed anything. As I said before as well, if the team requires me to bat wherever, I am ready to bat.”Captain of the Andhra cricket team, Vihari made his Test debut in September 2018 against England. He landed an impressive half century as a debutant in the fifth match of the series, scoring 56 runs.Advertisement He earned his first Test century against West Indies in September 2019, scoring an amazing 111 in the second Test. His last Test match for the Men in Blue was back in October 2019, where he appeared as a middle order batsman in the first match of the South Africa series.Yet to earn his international limited overs call up, Vihari was part of the U19 Indian squad that 2012 Under-19 Cricket World Cup.Except the contributions from Vihari and Pujara, India’s 263-all out came off with the addition of an effort of 18 runs from Ajinkya Rahane. The rest of the Indian batting squad fell prey in front of a vicious Black Caps bowling attack.Both Scott Kuggeleijn and Ish Sodhi secured three wickets each. Jake Gibson clinched a couple, and James Neesham picked a single wicket.Also read-Read which player’s IPL team owner has slammed the BCCI for leaving him out of the team!Bhajji wants this upcoming batsman to play instead of Prithvi Shaw in New Zealand test series Advertisementlast_img read more

STABLE NOTES BY ED GOLDEN – FRIDAY MAY 22, 2015

first_imgTiago Pereira2866321%$218,420 BC JUVENILE CHAMP TEXAS RED WORKING TOWARDS RETURN Breeders’ Cup Juvenile winner Texas Red galloped a mile on Santa Anita’s main track Friday and is scheduled to breeze a half-mile Saturday as he prepares for his return to the races after missing the Triple Crown classics due abscess issues with his right front foot.“He breezed three-eighths earlier in the week just to kind of let him stretch out, but we’ll let him pick it up a little bit tomorrow,” trainer Keith Desormeaux said. “He’s got a clean bill of health. If something else comes up, it’ll be just one of those things. But he looks good now. His legs are clean.”As to his impressions of American Pharoah’s victories in the Kentucky Derby and the Preakness, Desormeaux said: “Like many others, I always thought American Pharoah was the best horse, but I had some question after the Derby when it looked like he had to reach the bottom of the tank to get the job done, so you wondered if that was all he had.“But as the Preakness approached, I don’t know why, but it became more and more apparent that he was the best horse, and it may be because he reached the bottom of the tank for the first time (in the Derby).“But he refueled, and it looks like he’s head and shoulders above everybody else.” LA FIERA DEBUTS FOR HOLLENDORFER IN MELAIR STAKES            La Fiera, a newcomer to the Jerry Hollendorfer barn, makes her Santa Anita debut in Saturday’s $200,000 Melair stakes for three-year-old fillies at 1 1/16 miles.The daughter of Comic Strip has had five career starts, the last four at Golden Gate Fields where she won three times over the Tapeta surface.“She’s doing well,” said Hollendorfer assistant Dan Ward. “We’ve only had her here a few days. She went to the gate Wednesday, went to the paddock and galloped over the track.“She’s a nice filly. She has good form; she’s very steady.”The Melair: Barbara Beatrice, Tiago Pereira, 8-1; Thermodynamics, Gary Stevens, 3-1; Sheer Pleasure, Tyler Baze, 5-2; Niassa, Flavien Prat, 6-1; Ashley’s Baby, Mike Smith, 3-1; La Fiera, Rafael Bejarano, 3-1; and Tribal Express, Alonso Quinonez, 15-1. Santiago Gonzalez444839%$179,976 WILD DUDE BACK AT SANTA ANITA FOR LOS ANGELES STAKESWild Dude returns to a track he fancies when he runs in the Grade III Los Angeles Stakes on Monday, Memorial Day, supporting feature of the Grade I Gamely Stakes that day.The 5-year-old Florida-bred horse weakened to finish sixth in the Grade I Carter Handicap at Aqueduct on April 4, but has a 3-2-2 record from nine starts at Santa Anita, where he has a pair of Grade II stakes wins, the Palos Verdes and the San Carlos.“He likes this track and he’s a runner,” trainer Jerry Hollendorfer said of the son of Wildcat Heir whose career earnings are just shy of $500,000.Wild Dude worked six furlongs Sunday in 1:12.The Los Angeles field: Five Palms, Martin Garcia; War Academy, Elvis Trujillo; Spirit Rules, Iggy Puglisi; Wild Dude, Rafael Bejarano; Distinctiv Passion, Edwin Maldonado; and San Onofre, Mike Smith. Mike Smith2046120%$408,980 SANTA ANITA STATISTICS Flavien Prat591313222%$715,550 TrainerSts1st2nd3rdWin%Money Won (Current Through Thursday, May 21) GOING SOMEWHERE MAKES U.S. DEBUT IN WHITTINGHAMGoing Somewhere makes his first start in seven months when he makes his U.S. debut in Sunday’s Grade II, $200,000 Charles Whittingham Stakes for 3-year-olds and up at 1 ½ miles on turf, not necessarily ideal for a comeback, but Neil Drysdale’s choices are limited.“Unfortunately, he has to start somewhere,” the Hall of Fame trainer said, “and there’s nowhere else more suitable.”Drysdale, 67, was assistant to Charlie Whittingham for four years (1970-74) and won the race named for the late “Bald Eagle” multiple times when it was run at Hollywood Park.Marathon grass races are nothing new to Going Somewhere, a 6-year-old Brazilian-bred horse who has not won in three years, since capturing the Group 1 Carlos Pelligrini at San Ysidro in Argentina on Dec. 15, 2012, a span of 14 races. He won twice at distances of a mile and a half and once at a mile and seven-eighths in South America in 2012.Going Somewhere worked six furlongs on a firm Santa Anita turf course Sunday in 1:18.The field for the Whittingham, race three of nine: Divine Oath, Rafael Bejarano, 5-2; Crucero, Kent Desormeaux, 20-1; Ganesh, Flavien Prat, 5-2; Going Somewhere, Mike Smith, 7-2; and Ashleyluvssugar, Gary Stevens, 6-5. FINISH LINES: For the record, Hall of Fame jockey Kent Desormeaux, who won the 2009 Belmont Stakes on Summer Bird, rides Keen Ice for trainer Dale Romans in the final leg of the Triple Crown two weeks from tomorrow. Keen Ice finished a willing seventh in the Kentucky Derby under Desormeaux, beaten eight lengths despite an eventful trip . . . Richard Mandella has The Californian on tap May 30 for Precisionist winner Catch a Flight in advance of the Grade I, $500,000 Gold Cup at Santa Anita June 27 . . . Trainer Mike Machowsky is sitting on 499 career victories. “It’s a nice little milestone,” Machowsky said. “I’ve been training on my own for 24 years, something like that. I didn’t really know I was approaching 500 until a friend of mine pointed it out a few weeks ago.” As to venerable Caracortado, the old stakes winner is still around. “He’s still has the same old quarter crack BS (on his right front foot),” Machowsky said of the California-bred son of Cat Dreams, now eight. “I hope to get him back to the races at some point, but I have to do right by him. No time table. You know how horses are.” Caracortado last raced on Aug. 13, 2014, finishing fifth in the Green Flash at Del Mar. In 20 career starts, he has seven wins including the Robert B Lewis Stakes in 2013 when it was a Grade II race, and the Grade II Del Mar Handicap in 2011. TREASURY, IRS URGED TO MODERNIZE TAX REGULATIONSThe National Thoroughbred Racing Association (NTRA) is encouraging members of the racing industry to request that the Treasury Department and Internal Revenue Service modernize tax regulations relating to withholding and reporting of winning pari-mutuel wagers.This regulatory change would eliminate a high percentage of reporting and withholding tickets and could increase pari-mutuel wagering on horse racing by as much as 10 percent, or $1 billion in one year alone, according to Steve Crist of Daily Racing Form. Increased handle will lead to higher purses and added strength in the bloodstock markets.According to the NTRA, the Treasury Department and IRS should be urged to authorize modernization of the tax regulations relating to withholding and reporting of winning pari-mutuel wagers because the current method is unfair and outdated.The NTRA has created a simple, customized message to submit directly to the Treasury. Simply go to www.ntra.com/IRScomment to join others in supporting this cause. Edwin Maldonado52611912%$246,480 Fernando Perez62129819%$438,730 Richard Baltas2773226%$355,620 Richard Mandella1965132%$422,090 Bob Baffert1542227%$183,310 Felipe Valdez59710412%$281,090 JockeyMts1st2nd3rdWin%Money Won Gonzalo Nicolas555699%$174,678 Joseph Talamo611231320%$404,788 Philip D’Amato2593336%$320,570 John Sadler3456515%$203,638 Tyler Baze9216121917%$670,430 Doug O’Neill47912519%$399,160 Elvis Trujillo4854710%$260,170 Peter Miller38811121%$306,610 ESPINOZA GOES WITH THE FLOW FOR TRIPLE ZINVOR SHARP FOR RICH SNOW CHIEF STAKESFILLY MAKES SANTA ANITA DEBUT IN MELAIRGOING SOMEWHERE HAS SOMEWHERE TO GOTEXAS RED WORKING TOWARDS HIS COMEBACK Rafael Bejarano6414151322%$644,862 Drayden Van Dyke4374516%$276,518 Eddie Truman1151145%$145,150 ESPINOZA CONFIDENT IN TRIPLE CROWN PURSUITVictor Espinoza leaves on Monday, June 1, for New York and what he hopes is a datewith destiny when he pursues the Triple Crown aboard American Pharoah in the Belmont Stakes on June 6.This will mark the second time in two years and the third time in his career he will try for the elusive Triple, having missed out on War Emblem in 2002 and California Chrome last year.Usually readily accessible, this time around the indefatigable rider is attempting to maintain a relatively low profile with PR functions and accommodating the media, focusing as he should on the target at hand, winning the Triple Crown, which has not been won since 1978.“Yesterday,” Victor said at Clockers’ Corner Friday morning, “I did so many interviews, I was tired.”Espinoza and his agent, Brian Beach, will make certain Victor is a “fresh horse” goinginto the Belmont, leaving that same objective for American Pharoah up to the colt’s trainer, Bob Baffert, who will be seeking the Triple Crown for the fourth time. He came close with War Emblem, Silver Charm (1997) and Real Quiet (1998).Told American Pharoah looked like he was floating over Pimlico’s inundated sloppy track en route to his seven-length romp in the Preakness last Saturday, Victor was quick to respond. “Me too,” he said, laughing. “I was floating, too. My boots were full of water.“It’s amazing how life is. I never thought I would win three Kentucky Derbies. After I won the first (on War Emblem in 2002), four or five years went by and I never dreamed I’d go back again, and then last year here comes California Chrome, the favorite for the Kentucky Derby, who won by daylight and came very close to winning the Triple Crown.“Now we’re in position to do it again in a back-to-back situation with an amazing horse like American Pharoah. But let me tell you about the Preakness. I never rode a horse in my life in so much rain. That was my first time.“But it was fun. Pharoah handled it very well. I was more concerned about the horse but he ran an unbelievable race and I’m here again. You never know what lies ahead or what the future holds.“But I never get too caught up in the moment. I just keep working on my career, doing things normally, taking it one day at a time.”As to the Belmont, Espinoza understandably feels “confident” about American Pharoah.“I can’t look back and worry about the two times I lost the Belmont,” Espinoza said. “When I rode War Emblem, he stumbled really bad at the start and that was it. My chance was gone right away.“California Chrome was tired going into the race and his energy wasn’t quite what it was. Also, another horse stepped on his foot and that happens when a horse doesn’t have the energy it should. They do things in slow motion, and that’s what happened.“So again my chances went when the gates opened. Twice my chances were eliminated like that. But it’s different this time with American Pharoah. I know each horse is different and every time I’m there, I think differently, too.“It’s all going to depend on Baffert and if he has the horse ready. Baffert knows how to train a horse to be ready for the Belmont, so that gives me a lot of confidence, as it does with other horses I ride in big races like this.“If the trainer has his horse ready, then my job is easy. After that, I have all the confidence in the world.”            Espinoza celebrates his 43rd birthday tomorrow, but would patiently wait two weeks to receive a gift for the man who has everything.“The Triple Crown,” he said. “That’s the present I need.”ZINVOR IN GOOD SPOT FOR WIN IN SNOW CHIEF STAKES            Zinvor competes in his first stakes race Saturday when he runs in the $200,000 Snow Chief Stakes for three-year-olds at 1 1/8 miles on turf. The gelded son of the late Tribal Rule has two wins on Santa Anita’s turf course, each at one mile.“He’s doing really well,” trainer John Sadler said. “It’s a key race for him. It’s his conditions; California-bred, three-year-old, grass. It’s just perfect for him.”The field for the Snow Chief, race eight of 10: Cardiac, Santiago Gonzalez, 8-1; Richard’s Boy, Fernando Perez, 7-2; Book Thirty Four, Felipe Valdez, 20-1; Zinvor, Victor Espinoza, 7-2; Grazen Sky, Rafael Bejarano, 5-2; Chief of Staff, Tyler Baze, 12-1; Temple Keys, Drayden Van Dyke, 15-1; Neveradoubt, Flavien Prat, 20-1; Rocko’s Wheel, Joe Talamo, 6-1; Pulmarack, Corey Nakatani, 6-1; and Over Par, Mario Gutierrez, 30-1.last_img read more

Giants win longest game in Oracle Park history with 18th-inning walk-off

first_imgSAN FRANCISCO — Catching two games in one night is enough to receive a hero’s welcome in the clubhouse.But the Giants didn’t have to wait until he left the field to mob Erik Kratz on Friday.In the bottom of the 18th-inning, Kratz hit a dribbler to the right side of the infield to score Brandon Belt from third base and send the Giants home as 3-2 walk-off winners over the Rockies. The five-hour, 35-minute, 18-inning marathon matched the longest game in Oracle Park history and marked the …last_img read more

The media and open justice

first_imgSouth Africa’s Constitutional Court buildingin Johannesburg.(Image: Chris Kirchhoff,MediaClubSouthAfrica.com. For more freephotos, visit the image library.) RELATED ARTICLES• Fifa guarantees press freedom• Reshaping reportage on Africa• SA celebrates media freedom• South Africa’s Constitution• Judge Sachs honoured in NYMEDIA CONTACTS• Chief Justice Sandile Ngcobo+27 11 359 7539+27 11 359 7400• Femida MehtarExecutive directorSouth African National Editors’ Forum+27 84 784 [email protected] media and the judiciary are the two pillars supporting South Africa’s constitutional democracy, inextricably connected institutions that, without each other, would be unable to perform their crucial democratic function, writes South African Chief Justice Sandile Ngcobo. The American founding father Thomas Jefferson famously quipped, “If it were left to me to decide whether we should have a government without newspapers or newspapers without a government, I should not hesitate a moment to prefer the latter.”I assume that he said this before he was elected president. As the head of one of the branches of our South African government, I am unable to agree wholeheartedly with Jefferson’s remark. Of course, I recognise that many in the audience might share his attitude.I have, however, drawn some inspiration from Jefferson. Like him, I am keenly aware and deeply appreciative of the media’s place in our society. Indeed, without the media, there could be no constitutional democracy. The media not only provides the main forum for the great societal debate that is democracy; it also sustains that debate by supplying the information that the people need to make the political, economic, and cultural choices that constitute the fabric of our democratic society.But the media does so much more than enabling democracy by informing and educating the people. It also ensures that the people know their rights and the ways to enforce those rights.It serves as a watchdog and indeed as one of the strongest and most important checks on the power of all three branches of government. And in a diverse society like ours, it has the potential to act as a unifying force and to provide a voice for the voiceless, marginalised and disadvantaged. For these reasons, the protection and encouragement of the free press, freedom of speech and the free flow of information are cornerstones of our Constitution’s Bill of Rights (PDF, 517 KB).The theme “Justice and the Media” cannot be discussed without exploring the relationship between the judiciary and the media. This is so because both have a vital role in the improvement of access to justice.The principle that brings them together is the principle of open justice. It is this principle that requires courts to open their doors to the media so the media can observe how the judicial system functions and the extent to which courts uphold the Constitution and the law and administer justice to all without fear, favour or prejudice,By reporting on these matters, the media ensures that the judiciary is accountable and this in turn creates an atmosphere that is conducive to confidence in the judiciary. And public confidence in the judiciary is vital to the proper functioning of the courts. But to do this, the freedom of the media to report must be protected and this is the function of the courts. The relationship between the media and courts is therefore one of interdependence.The ideal justice system is accessible to all who require its services and is run by an independent and upright, yet humble judiciary that is representative of all the beautiful and manifold diversity of our nation.There are many serious and interrelated challenges that stand in the way of the realisation of this vision. Of particular concern are the need to increase the accessibility of the courts, the need to increase the efficiency with which justice is dispensed, and the need to maintain public confidence in the judiciary.Open justiceThe relationship between the media and the judiciary is animated by the principle of open justice. This is the bond that links the two institutions. Open justice is the principle that the doors of all the courts in the nation must be open to the public and the press. This concept has been around for centuries.It is deeply rooted in African tradition. In African societies, justice was administered in the open in the literal sense of the word.Trials were conducted under a tree; the courtroom had no walls, only a roof of leaves and branches to provide shade from the sun and shelter from the elements. Members of the community were allowed to attend the proceedings. Secret trials were foreign to traditional justice.I recall as a boy of about 10 or 11 years of age, I once accompanied my father to a civil trial in which he was a defendant. Although I cannot now remember what the dispute was about, save that it concerned land, the scene remains vivid in my memory. I recall the men that were assembled there, under a tree, and the dignity with which the proceedings were conducted. I also remember passersby stopping to observe.I do not know the exact outcome of the proceedings, but since my family has occupied the same land for over 50 years, I assume my father won the case.Today, unfettered public access to proceedings in our courts is a fundamental facet of our justice system. It is enshrined in sections 34 and 35 of the Constitution, which speak of the right to “public” hearings and trials.Like all principles, the principle of open justice is not absolute. In certain circumstances, it may be necessary to conduct some aspects of trials behind closed doors.This is the case, for example, when testimony is given by young children or victims in sexual offence cases or evidence is led that implicates concerns of state security. And in family law matters, the Constitutional Court struck down prohibitions on the publication of evidence, but required that the identities of the parties be kept confidential.These limitations, however, are rare, for the principle of open justice is fundamental. As the Constitutional Court has pointed out, “the requirement of openness in our society flows from the very founding values of our Constitution … in order, among other things, to ensure transparency, accountability, and responsiveness in the way courts and all organs of state function”.The rights of the media to observe and report on the administration of justice, and to have access to court papers in court proceedings stem from the right to open justice. This access, in turn, allows the media and the judiciary to work together to give effect to the Constitutional values of accountability, transparency, access to justice, and judicial independence.Open justice and access to justiceThe media plays a pivotal role in ensuring that the public has the ability to make use of the courts, or, in legal parlance, “access to justice”. This phrase describes the extent to which members of the public, particularly those without much in the way of resources, have the practical capacity to seek the protection of the judicial system. Access to justice for all is a Constitutional command.Indeed, if access to justice is restricted to those with access to power and money, then the transformational imperative of our Constitution is defeated.There are many features of the legal system which present barriers to access to justice. These include the costs of hiring counsel and the often interminable litigation process. They also include the physical distances that some have to travel to reach the courtroom and the difficulties inherent in making legal proceedings comprehensible to all in a nation of such great linguistic diversity.The media cannot do much to address these factors. They must be addressed by the judiciary itself. This is my first priority as chief justice. Yet there is a barrier that prevents many from coming to court even before they face obstacles like time and cost. I am talking about the lack of knowledge of legal rights and remedies. If a woman doesn’t know her rights, how can she enforce them in court?Our Constitution is a beautiful document. The distinguished American legal scholar Cass Sunstein has hailed it as “the most admirable constitution in the history of the world”. We have remarkably progressive legislation as well, legislation that offers an even broader set of protections than those contained in the Bill of Rights. But without public awareness of these protections, they are of little value.The media helps give effect to the rights that are enshrined in our Constitution and in our legislation by acting as an educator. It empowers the people by making them aware of their rights, so that they can approach the courts for the remedy that they deserve.By explaining the protections contained in the Constitution, by reporting on important cases in which people have vindicated their rights, and by making court proceedings comprehensible to the man and woman on the street, the media plays a vital role in the fight to ensure access to justice for all.Open justice and public confidenceAnother challenge that can only be met with the help of the media is the maintenance of public confidence in the courts. Public confidence is of the highest importance. As US Supreme Court Justice Felix Frankfurter once said, “The court’s authority – possessed of neither the purse nor the sword – ultimately rests on sustained public confidence in its moral sanction.”Courts make decisions which affect the liberty, property and dignity of individuals. While there are, ultimately, forceful means available to give effect to those decisions, force is seldom required. This is so because members of our community accept the authority of the court and voluntarily obey court orders.The inability of the courts to force compliance with their orders is particularly evident when the targets of those orders are the other branches of government.The Constitutional Court has struck down certain legislation and constitutional amendments and required Parliament to amend others, and it has declared the conduct of the president invalid and executive policies inconsistent with the Constitution. The president and Parliament have always complied. Apart from the constitutional requirement, court orders are obeyed because the government and the people have confidence in the integrity of the judicial process.Furthermore, without public confidence in the ability of the courts to dispense justice, there can be no faith in the rule of law. Without faith in the rule of law, valuable relationships of trust within society begin to break down. Citizens can no longer be assured that their rights will be respected. Businesses can no longer be assured that their contracts will be honored. Victims of crime can no longer be assured that justice will be served in court. Public confidence is therefore vital. That is why courts must not only be independent and effective; they must be seen to be independent and effective.Public confidence in the courts is based on perceptions of the justness of judicial decisions, the efficacy of the court system, and the integrity of judges. These perceptions, in turn, are based not only on the actual performance of the judiciary, but also on the accountability and transparency of the justice system. Open justice, and the media’s role in giving it meaning, is critical to both.Transparency is crucial. People cannot be expected to have confidence in a system that they cannot observe. They are rightly suspicious and resentful of decisions taken behind closed doors. As the Constitutional Court pointed out in the context of criminal appeals, were criminal appeals to be heard behind closed doors, faith in the justice system might be lost. No democratic society can risk losing that faith. The same is true for the civil justice system.Transparency also serves as a bulwark against abuse. When proceedings take place in the public eye and in the presence of the media, the likelihood of the abuse of the parties and witnesses is significantly minimised. As the eminent jurist Lord Steyn explained:A … trial is a public event. The principle of open justice puts, as has often been said, the judge and all who participate in the trial under intense scrutiny. The glare of contemporaneous publicity ensures that trials are properly conducted. It is a valuable check on the … process [and] promotes public confidence in the administration of justice. It promotes the value of the rule of law.The principle of open justice provides the starting point for transparency. But judicial transparency doesn’t mean much when most people have neither the time nor inclination to travel to court to watch the judicial process unfold in person. The media therefore has an important role in disseminating judicial proceedings and decisions to the community.Decoding justiceThere is more to transparency, however, than the simple dissemination of information. The fact of the matter is that court procedure and legal doctrine are couched in terminology that can be difficult for the layperson to decipher.In a sense, then, court reporters are translators. They have the unenviable task of making court proceedings and judgments intelligible to the general public. It is not easy, but it is of fundamental importance. After all, people are just as distrustful of that which they cannot understand as they are of that which they are unable to observe.Transparency is closely related to accountability. Courts exist to serve the community. When they work properly, they give effect to the rule of law and encourage the peaceful settlement of disputes. Judges are ultimately responsible for the preservation of law and order in our community. Therefore it is inconsistent with the judicial office to encourage members of the public to disobey the law.The public therefore has a very real and legitimate interest in assessing the extent to which the courts achieve these vital objectives. In particular, they have an interest in assessing whether courts do so without fear, favour or prejudice as our Constitution requires and whether they do so efficiently given the substantial resources that are invested in the judicial system.Democratic justiceThe legislative and executive branches of government are primarily accountable to the people through the mechanism of elections. Judges, of course, are not elected. We cannot be removed from office because someone disagrees with our decisions. Nor can we be punished with reduced salaries or benefits or by banishment to a lonely and remote part of the country. The bedrock principle of judicial independence means that traditional methods of public accountability are unavailable to restrain the judiciary.And there lies the paradox: though courts must be independent to do their job, they must also retain the confidence of the people and thus be accountable to them in some manner. The bottom line, therefore, is that courts must have a mechanism for accounting to the community on the achievement of vital objectives.Open justice provides that mechanism. As the Constitutional Court has pointed out, accessible proceedings and clearly reasoned judgments render judges accountable, thereby fostering judicial excellence.It is the media, by reporting on the courts, by spreading information about important legal developments, by providing commentary on the strengths and weaknesses of legal decisions, and by drawing attention to inordinate delays in rendering decisions, that makes the mechanism of accountability work.Accountability and transparency thus form the basis for public confidence in the judiciary. As I have said, public confidence is essential to the operation of the courts and the promotion of the rule of law. It is no less essential to the preservation of judicial independence.Open justice and judicial independenceAn independent judiciary is vital to any constitutional democracy. Ours is no exception. The judicial role is meaningless without the independence necessary to impartially resolve disputes without any interference or perception of interference from any source, whether it be powerful interest groups or the other branches of government.Earlier, I noted that courts lacked the power to raise money and enforce their rulings on their own. For that reason, the judiciary is particularly vulnerable. Public confidence in the courts, especially as manifested in public support for the principle of judicial independence, is the judiciary’s only weapon.There are two ways that the media protects the judiciary. When relations between the judiciary and the other branches are calm, the media educates the public on the place of the judiciary in the constitutional framework and the importance of the principle of independence. In times of crisis, the media can rouse public support for the judiciary when its independence is threatened.There are indeed many examples of occasions on which the independence of the judiciary has been vindicated by the media, galvanising public opinion so as to prevent perceived government interference with the independence of the judiciary.The relationship between the judiciary and the media is symbiotic. Each protects the independence and freedom of the other. And without a strong, active media, fundamental judicial goals like access to justice and public confidence in the courts would be impossible to achieve.By the same token, without an independent and effective judiciary, the media’s right to access important governmental information might easily be curtailed. A US Supreme Court Justice summed up the relationship well. He said:Both [the media and the judiciary] are indispensable to a free society. The freedom of the press in itself presupposes an independent judiciary through which that freedom may, if necessary, be vindicated. And one of the potent means for assuring judges their independence is a free press.Making open justice workAs I have already said, access to justice and public confidence in the judiciary are fundamental to the successful operation of our judicial system. So too is judicial independence. The media is crucial to all three.At the Constitutional Court, we endeavor to facilitate the media’s role in the open justice process in several ways. All documents, including written arguments, are placed on our website, subject to the constraints of confidentiality and state security. They are therefore easily accessible to the media.The Constitutional Court prepares pre-hearing media summaries that, in lay language, inform the public of the nature of the case to be heard and the arguments to be presented by the parties. Post-hearing media summaries that explain the findings and conclusions of the judges are issued concurrently with our judgments. Cameras are allowed in court to record proceedings, subject to certain conditions.All of our courts allow print media to take notes, but not electronic media, except perhaps in motion proceedings. I am aware of the fact that the Constitutional Court and the Supreme Court of Appeal are particularly in a different position in that they hear argument and not the testimony of witnesses as trial courts do. The recording of evidence is still a rare occurrence except in high-profile cases. The extent to which the evidence may be recorded is invariably influenced by other considerations such as the rights of the parties to privacy and dignity.The judiciary has committed itself to establishing principles of accountability and openness. In developing these principles, we must keep in mind the great importance of the media in giving them effect. I am conscious of the practical limit upon which we in the judiciary can expect the media to cover the courts, given the constraints of time and space and the vast universe of stories that demand comment.Yet I am confident that the media will continue to do admirable work in giving meaning to the principle of open justice, and I am hopeful that, with increased help and cooperation from the judiciary, even more can be done in the future.The need for responsible reportingThere are many similarities between the judiciary and the media. Much like reporters, judges spend long and sometimes tedious hours sifting through facts, trying to make sense of the matter before them.Like members of the media, judges need to be independent and impartial to do their job effectively. In both cases, this is because in order to wield power, both the media and the judiciary must first gain the trust of the public.The power that both wield is great and irrevocable. The judiciary says what the law is. Where the Constitution is involved, the buck stops with me and my fellow justices at the Constitutional Court.It is our job, which we undertake with the utmost gravity, to interpret the meaning of the Constitution. No one else has that authority. It is for this reason that humility is a cardinal virtue in judges. The great breadth of judicial power must always be matched by the real depth of judicial responsibility.The media possess a similarly irrevocable power, particularly in a society where the freedom of the press is respected. Once a word is written or a news report televised, it can never be taken back. And as long as the courts play their role, media outlets can never be forced to alter their editorial standpoint or pressured into covering up the misdeeds of those with authority.Even on those rare occasions when the media oversteps the permissible bounds of reporting and must retract a questionable report, it is generally too late. The damage will often have been done, and it is likely that many who read or heard the original story will miss the retraction.The great and irrevocable power of the media in a democratic society should not be underestimated. With this power comes responsibility. Those who work in the media must remain cognizant that the nature of their power is magnified by their central role in the democratic society. Just as the judiciary must exercise its function with humility, so too must the media.Reporting on the courts is difficult. Most media outlets must turn a profit to survive. It is for this reason that legal reporting all too often focuses on the vivid dramas of crime and punishment that capture the imagination of the country. Unfortunately, many legal issues of much greater impact are not quite as exciting.The media must guard against misleading and inaccurate reporting. It can have serious consequences. Legal nuances, though difficult to understand, may have vastly different implications.Fortunately, this is a problem that is more easily addressed than that of inadequate coverage. Judges must do a better job of publicising the basis and meaning of their judgments. As an institution, the judiciary can work to increase the familiarity of reporters with the judicial system. Providing educational seminars on legal matters for reporters is an idea that deserves consideration.Without a doubt the most critical challenge in the relationship between the media and the judiciary is the risk or perception that the media, perhaps at the behest of interested factions, at times impinges on the independence of the judiciary through the vilification or intimidation of judges.Sometimes, the judiciary and individual judges deserve the critical reporting that they receive. Sometimes, however, judges are subjected to smears that are thinly sourced and without merit. This distracts from responsible reporting.In this country, as in others, the judiciary is a contested institution. It is also a vulnerable institution, particularly because the delicate nature of judicial deliberation and the requirement of impartiality limit the extent to which judges may issue public comments in response to the media. Given the judiciary’s vital role in protecting the media and in the realisation of our constitutional enterprise, those in the media must take special care that their reporting is accurate.Pillars of democracyThe media and the judiciary are two of the most vital pillars supporting our constitutional democracy. The two institutions are inextricably connected. They depend on each other. Indeed, without the other, each would be unable to perform its crucial function in our constitutional democracy.The media needs the protection of an independent judiciary. The media also benefits from the principle of access to information that is enshrined in the Constitution and given life by the rulings of the courts. Without a strong and vigilant judiciary, dark curtains might quickly be drawn over crucial sources of information, and the media’s ability to report freely would be subjected to the whim of the moment.We in the judiciary, on the other hand, need the media to report and explain our judgments. We need the media to keep South Africans informed of their constitutional rights and the processes by which they can vindicate them.We need the media to help the public to hold us accountable for our judgments and jurisprudence and for the operation of the courts. We also need the media to inform the public about our work, so that they can have confidence in their judicial system. But importantly, we in the judiciary need the media to treat us with respect, and through responsible and honest reporting, to offer us the protection and support necessary to safeguard our independence.I have spoken previously of a constitutional dialogue between the branches of government. I believe there should also be a dialogue between the judiciary and the media. Like all dialogues, there will be joyous moments and breakthroughs of understanding. At other times, the dialogue will be fraught with tension.This is how it should be, and must be. What is essential, however, is that both sides respect each other, and that frank dialogue never devolves into acrimonious dispute. The fate of our young constitutional democracy might well depend on it.This is an edited version of a speech by South African Chief Justice Sandile Ngcobo to the South African National Editors’ Forum in Cape Town on Saturday 13 February 2010.Download the full speech (PDF, 70 KB)last_img read more

An Updated List of Bad Company Names

first_imgRelated Posts Tags:#Lists#web dana oshiro Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai…center_img A few years ago the Unofficial Dreamhost Blog circulated a list of the worst domain names. Domains like therapistfinder.com (Therapist Finder) and molestationnursery.com (Mole Station Nursery) seemed to top the list as the worst of the worst, while penisland.net (Pen Island) had members flocking to the site to see what all the fuss was about. We cannot stress enough how important it is to choose a good name when you’ve found it. Below is an updated list of great companies with bizarre names or domains. Consider this a cautionary tale. 1. Doostang.com: Founded in 2005 by Harvard, Stanford and MIT students, Doostang helps young professionals accelerate their careers. In this case, acceleration actually sounds like a bad thing; nevertheless, it’s nothing that can’t be prevented by a little Pepto Bismol. 2. Twubs.com: Twubs is the hash tag-based aggregator that helps event planners broadcast a live conference stream and organize event-related social media. Surprisingly this event assistant runs faster than he looks. 3. fTags.com: This site provides real time twitter streams on niche topics and aggregates them to one place. Unfortunately an ftag sounds a lot like a “tramp stamp”, so if it were up to us we’d be aggregating your tweets to a tattoo elegantly etched above your buttocks. 4. BLEWS: We last mentioned Microsoft’s BLEWS in an article on media bias deconstruction. The name is a portmanteau of blogosphere and news. For a brilliant project built on the principles of natural language processing, the name doesn’t just blow in the present tense, it blew and continues to do so with grammatical errors. 5. Putacart.com: This site is best known as the shopping cart widget that goes anywhere. Something tells us Spanish language users might not want to go there without a condom. If you’ve got more nominations for bizarre names, add them to the comments below. Photo credits: Dennis Mojado, Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more