Brussels – The choice of compromise adopted by Morocco to address the regional dispute over the western Sahara continues to gain wider acceptance among the international community, particularly in Europe, which considers Morocco’s autonomy plan a reasonable serious and credible solution to the conflict.EU institutions, organizations and MPs constantly manifest their appreciation for the Moroccan autonomy plan, a conflict-resolution approach that proved successful around the world and represents the most advanced form of self-determination.Since it was presented to the UN and to the international community, this bold, open and flexible plan that shapes the future of the Sahara region within the framework of Morocco’s decentralization project and democratic openness, continues to receive international support.Within the EU, many member states hails Morocco’s efforts in searching a solution to this issue and describe the Moroccan plan as a relevant basis for negotiation in order to find a permanent solution to this conflict in favour of regional stability and integration. Last June, the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) underlined in a resolution adopted during a plenary session, the relevant, serious and credible character of the Moroccan autonomy which grants large-scale legislative, executive, judiciary and financial powers to the local population.As for European MPs, the leaders of the main political groups have repeatedly stressed the relevance of the Moroccan proposal.
It eliminates the incentive for stealing a deviceCanada’s wireless carriers are targeting smartphone theft by setting up a database that will blacklist lost or stolen phones to prevent them from being reactivated.The move would also help protect personal data on such devices, the Canadian Wireless Telecommunications Association said Thursday.Smartphones are worth $600 to $700 and can be resold on the black market, noted association president Bernard Lord.“With this database, it makes that a lot less attractive because the buyer of the stolen phone will not be able to connect to any network in Canada,” Lord said from Ottawa.“It eliminates the incentive for stealing a device.”[np-related]The idea is also to reduce the black market value of a smartphone in the eyes of criminals, Lord added.Once consumers call their wireless carrier to report their smartphone lost or stolen, the device’s internal identification number goes on the electronic blacklist.Lord said even though more smartphones are lost than stolen, law enforcement officials have raised concerns about the issue.The database for the Canadian wireless industry will be up and running by September 2013 and Canada’s carriers will also be contributing to an international database to help prevent smartphone theft, he said.However, consumers who have their smartphones lost or stolen are “not off the hook” for paying their smartphone contracts.A website will also be set up by the association to help consumers protect their smartphone data and help protect themselves from theft.Lord said the smartphone’s ID number — called the international mobile electronic number — will be verified by carriers to make sure the device has not been lost or stolen.The Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission congratulated the wireless industry for the initiative, but would like the database running sooner rather than later.“I would strongly encourage the industry to implement the database before September 2013 to ensure Canadians benefit from this added protection as soon as possible,” chairman Jean-Pierre Blais said in a statement.The creation of a database and collaboration to make sure stolen or lost devices aren’t reactivated will help make them less desirable to thieves, Blais said.“The CRTC has been concerned for some time about reports of an increase in crimes involving lost or stolen cellphones.”Telus said while the wireless industry, law enforcement, and regulators all have a role to play, smartphone users need to think about where they’re buying their devices.“We ask consumers to reconsider buying phones on sites like eBay, Craigslist, or Kijiji and instead buy their devices from a verified dealer,” Telus spokesman Shawn Hall said.“If you buy a phone from Craig’s List it might be legitimate, but it could be stolen and then you will likely be unable to get it activated,” he said.Smartphone use in Canada is among the highest in the world and penetration has exceeded 50 per cent, Lord said.Canada’s wireless industry will spend about $20-million on the initiative, he said.The United States is also taking steps to create a database that includes all of its carriers to fight the black market and their deadline is November 2013, Lord said.
NEW YORK, N.Y. – Bad-boy ex-pharmaceutical company CEO and prolific social media user Martin Shkreli has been muzzled.A new lawyer in a federal securities fraud case against Shkreli told reporters outside court on Wednesday that his client would stop speaking out in his own defence until the charges are resolved.“We want to try this case in the courtroom and not in the media,” defence attorney Benjamin Brafman said with a silent Shkreli at his side following a pretrial hearing in Brooklyn.Shkreli, 32, gained notoriety last year after a drug company he founded, Turing Pharmaceuticals, spent $55 million for the U.S. rights to sell a life-saving medicine called Daraprim and promptly raised the price from $13.50 to $750 per pill.The spotlight intensified last year when he was arrested on charges related to a hedge fund he once ran. Prosecutors allege that after he lost investors’ money through bad trades, he looted Retrophin, another pharmaceutical company where he was CEO, for $11 million to pay back his disgruntled clients.Since the arrest, Shkeli has frequently turned to social media and news outlets to lash out at his accusers. In an interview on Fox Business Network this week about his expected appearance before a congressional committee investigating the price of drugs, he said he’d like to “berate” and “insult” Congress — but instead will take the Fifth Amendment.On Wednesday, a prosecutor told the judge that the value of a brokerage account used to secure Shkreli’s release on $5 million bond — mostly invested in a biotech business once operated by Shkreli — had declined and that more collateral may be needed if it goes down any further. Brafman said it wasn’t surprising the account took a hit.“There’s nothing like an indictment to affect shares of stock,” he said.Shkreli’s other assets most notably include the only copy of a Wu-Tang Clan album titled “Once Upon a Time in Shaolin,” which the hip-hop group sold on the condition that it not be released publicly. He said he paid $2 million for it. Former Turing Pharmaceuticals CEO Martin Shkreli, center, listens as his lawyer Benjamin Brafman, left, speaks to reporters as they leave court in New York, Wednesday, Feb. 3, 2016. Shkreli, who has become the poster child of pharmaceutical-industry greed after hiking the price of an anti-infection drug by more than 5,000 percent, is scheduled to appear at a congressional hearing on Thursday. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig) New lawyer silences bad-boy ex-pharma CEO Martin Shkreli by Tom Hays, The Associated Press Posted Feb 3, 2016 10:21 am MDT Last Updated Feb 3, 2016 at 4:26 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email