Friday, June 22, 2018

Five Ways the Kremlin Can Meddle in Ukraine’s Big Election

How female entrepreneurs can overcome key challenges - top 5 tips

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California Senate passed what would be the country's toughest net neutrality protections, which go even further than the repealed Obama-era Federal Communications Commission rules. But Wednesday, a California Assembly committee amended the bill, removing many protections in the original.
The amended version of the bill still bans broadband providers from blocking or throttling legal content and from creating "fast lanes." But critics of the changes worry that they could create loopholes that would allow broadband providers to undermine net neutrality. Perhaps most important is the removal of a prohibition on broadband providers charging access fees to content providers. Depending on how courts interpreted the bill, this could create a loophole that would allow companies like Verizon or Comcast to charge companies like Facebook or Netflix additional fees to make their content available and block access to content from companies that don't pay.

Thursday, June 21, 2018

Telemarketing and Unwanted Mail: Find out how to stop unwanted mail and telemarketing calls

Phishing and Vishing

Scammers use a variety of methods to try to steal your personal and financial information. They often try to make you feel comfortable with giving up your sensitive information by spoofing trusted logos of legitimate companies in an email or by pretending to be a family member or friend on the phone.  


Phishing is when a scammer uses fake email, text messages, or copycat websites to try to steal your identity or personal information, such as credit card numbers, bank account numbers, debit card PINs, and account passwords. The scammer may state that your account has been compromised or that one of your accounts was charged incorrectly.

An end to Department K of the SBU? Hopefully not!

Trump Plans July Meeting With Vladimir Putin

U.S.-Ukraine Business Council (USUBC)

The U.S.-Ukraine Business Council was established in October 1995 to advance U.S. companies' trade and investment interests in Ukraine's significant emerging market, advocate for measures to improve conditions for bilateral trade and investment, and generally promote strong, friendly bilateral ties. To fulfill this mission, the Council seeks to:
Assure that the U.S. business viewpoint is known and given highest consideration in the formulation of U.S. Government policies towards Ukraine;
Assure that the U.S. business perspective, including the U.S. business community's desire to contribute constructively to Ukraine's vigorous market development, is understood within the Ukrainian public and private sectors;

И.К.Айвазовский. Раздача продовольствия. 1892 г.

Ukraine Parliament passes National Security Bill

Russia's Putin, Ukraine's Poroshenko discuss implementation of Minsk agreement: RIA

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russian President Vladimir Putin spoke with Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko by phone on Thursday about implementing the Minsk peace agreement, RIA news agency reported.

Putin told Poroshenko of the lack of alternatives to the Minsk agreement, said the Kremlin press service, Ria reported.

Canada's Trudeau says cannabis will become legal in mid-October

Trump backs down on separating immigrant children, legal problems remain

Saudi women can drive starting Sunday. Why are feminists there still labeled traitors?

Canada: Bill 148: new risks for misclassifying independent contractors as employees

There are many advantages to using independent contractors as part of a workforce. They often bring specialised expertise and tools, without the expectations of a long-term relationship. Further, they can parachute in and out of an organisation, setting their own schedules, taking on multiple projects and even bringing in their own employees to help. However, adjudicators, plaintiff lawyers and legislators are increasingly challenging employers that misclassify workers as independent contractors. Further, some adjudicators seem to have no problem with an individual reaping the benefits of being an independent contractor (typically, throughout the relationship) and later claiming to be an employee when it is advantageous to do so (typically, at the end of the relationship). A finding that a worker (or group of workers) has been misclassified can result in significant liability for an organisation.

#DisinfoReview: Militarised Disinformation: When Highway Renovation becomes a Western attack “to the East”

This week, the pro-Kremlin disinformation campaign zoomed into Europe. Its magnifying glass focused on highway D1 in the Czech Republic, connecting Prague and Brno, the two biggest Czech cities.
Through the lens of the pro-Kremlin disinformation campaign, the renovation of the highway appeared to be suspicious business and part of preparation for a war, a Czech outlet alerted.  
The outlet was also convinced that highways can have hidden agendas. To sow distrust among its audience it announced that the motorway is being renovated to prepare it for an attack "to the East". (See here how in fact the EU and NATO have been building cooperation with Russia).

Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Launching Soon: ‘Text A Lawyer’ Aims To Be The Uber Of Legal Help

Slated to launch next month is a service that allows consumers to get answers to their legal questions by text for a flat price of $20.
The service, called Text A Lawyer, is modeled after ride-sharing service Uber in that it uses two separate mobile apps, one for consumers to submit legal questions and another for lawyers who are in a waiting pool ready to give answers.

Trump and Putin plan talks during Europe trip

Tymoshenko announces presidential run (and a questionable first act)

Американские «врули» на службе российской пропаганды

Groysman vows average wage at UAH 10,000 by year-end

The Labour of Legal Change: On the Final Days of the Irish Pro-Choice Referendum

I was on Liffey Street with the smokers when the referendum polls closed. A gang of us friends – canvassers and campaigners – had been having dinner together in an upstairs room in a restaurant on the quays. Two big raucous tables. Too much red wine. Loud, joking, beside ourselves with nerves. The day had started well enough – coffee in the sunshine, a visit to the airport to welcome back last minute “Home to Voters”, a chat in the courtyard ofA4 Soundswith Miriam, in the retreat Siobhan had built for the day. 


Recruitment and wage & hour law in Singapore

Vacancies must be advertised on the jobs bank, which is administered by Workforce Singapore, before an employer can submit an employment pass application (ie, a type of work pass for foreigners) to hire a non-Singaporean national. The listing must:
  • be open to Singaporean citizens;
  • comply with the Tripartite Guidelines on Fair Employment Practices (eg, it must not be discriminatory regarding job requirements); and
  • run for at least 14 calendar days before the employment pass application is made.

Tuesday, June 19, 2018

Dutch request to clarify Brexit Britons' rights annulled

The Amsterdam court of appeal ruled on Tuesday (19 June) that the Court of Justice of the EU will not be asked to clarify the post-Brexit rights of UK citizens in the Netherlands after all, in a ruling which may have repercussions for the 1.2m Britons estimated to live in the EU.

EU lawmakers reach political agreement on a new Regulation for Eurojust

Today, lawmakers in Brussels took an important step towards improving Eurojust’s role in serving justice across borders for a safer Europe. They reached a provisional agreement on a new legal framework for Eurojust that will enhance the Agency’s operational capabilities and strengthen the cooperation with prosecution authorities of the Member States and partners in the area of Justice and Home Affairs cooperation, such as FRONTEX and Europol, in the fight against serious organised crime and terrorism.

Ukraine anti-corruption court law needs amending: IMF chief

Ukrainian President: Decentralization is one of the most efficient reforms in the state

President Petro Poroshenko stresses that decentralization is one of the most efficient reforms of those implemented in the country recently. "Decentralization is my child, and I will work hard on this project just as long as the Ukrainian people leave me in power", the President said during a speech at the XIV Ukrainian Municipal Forum.
The Head of State expressed his conviction that this reform should be the subject of joint work. "As long as I am President, I will not allow the revision of this course. Because decentralization is in the interests of communities, their residents, and all citizens of Ukraine. And Ukraine becomes stronger when communities become stronger, when nobody raises the voice to offer us separatism and federalization", he added.

Today In Legal Artificial Intelligence

AI Funding:
– Influential Raises $12 Mn Funding To Fuel Its Artificial intelligence Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) Platform.
– From BloombergBillionaire Who Helped Dark Knight Rise Goes All-In on AI.
– From Artificial Lawyer: “Brazilian legal tech platform, Juridoc, is launching a fundraising round on Latin America’s Kria crowdfunding site.” “Juridoc’s founder, Maxime Troubat, is seeking to raise R$550,000 in total, which is about US$150,000, with R$300,000 coming from individuals making an investment via Kria to build out the platform for the Brazilian legal market.”

Passports for children under 16

Planning a family vacation overseas? Traveling with young children can be stressful. Applying for their U.S. passports doesn’t have to be. This summer, apply early and follow the U.S. Department of State’s steps for a stress-free family passport process.

All passport applicants under 16 must apply in person using Form DS-11.

Please note: Passports for children under 16 are only valid for 5 years.

6 GDPR Complications Right Out of the Gate

Chatham House Expert Perspectives 2018: Risks and Opportunities in International Affairs

UK To Provide Compensation for Overseas Victims of Economic Crimes

The UK’s Serious Fraud Office (SFO), the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) and the National Crime Agency (NCA) have released a joint statement in support of compensation for overseas victims of bribery, corruption, and other economic crimes. As set forth in the General Principles, which were published on 1 June, the UK enforcement agencies have committed to consider whether victim compensation is appropriate in “all relevant cases,” including those resolved by prosecution, a deferred prosecution agreement (DPA), or a civil settlement. Both aggrieved governments (and their instrumentalities) and corporates facing potential bribery-related inquiries should therefore be aware that the UK government will very likely at least consider victim compensation in any bribery resolution; however practical questions remain that will impact implementation.

Legislative Trends: “Me Too” Movement and Sexual Harassment Disclosure Laws

State and local lawmakers across the country have been busy passing new laws targeting sexual harassment in the workplace. Several states, most recently Maryland and Vermont, have enacted such legislation, continuing the trend of establishing anti-sexual harassment public policies in the wake of the “Me Too” movement. The new legislation aims to reduce sexual harassment in the workplace by prohibiting waiver provisions in employment contracts, preventing non-disclosure and other provisions in sexual harassment settlement agreements, and providing new avenues for employee reporting and disclosure. As additional sexual harassment laws continue to emerge at the state level, employers should pay attention to how these new laws impact their sexual harassment policies, procedures, and training in the workplace, as well as how they might affect efforts to resolve complaints of harassment raised by employees.

Monday, June 18, 2018

Week's balance: War against business harassers, NBU names key financial risks, and Swedish court suspends Gazprom debt collection

Ukrainian interest. Berlin talks, struggle for Sentsov, and Summit in Singapore

The European Banking Authority Recommendations on Outsourcing to Cloud Service Providers - the Recommendations (PDF)

Впереди отставка Правительства и Путина. Не справились

Чемпионат мира в полном разгаре, именно в это время мы  ждали удара Украины на Донбассе и провокации, но получили двойной удар в спину от родного российского Правительства. 

Прошло четыре дня после такого подарка. Россияне отходят от шока после «черного четверга», пытаясь на калькуляторе подсчитать на сколько их пригнули к Дну. Арифметика не  утешительная,  как и перспективы. Выходные дни и солнечная погода немного отвлекли соотечественников от грустных мыслей, но всё выглядит довольно гнусно и с запашком тотального большинства в Парламенте и Совете Федерации, которые уже готовы сделать глубокий, групповой одобрямс нашему Правительственному блоку, дружно подмахнув своими телами. Так что быть скоро ещё одному закону подлецов. 

We are creating group in EU to stop Nord Stream 2 - Poroshenko

The new National Security Law will be the plan for our cooperation with NATO countries - the President

President Petro Poroshenko does not exclude that next week the Verkhovna Rada will vote not only on the Law on the Establishment of the Higher Anti-Corruption Court, but also on the Law on National Security. The Head of State said in an interview with Ukrainian TV channels.
"And with the National Security Law, we will continue to reform the defense and security sector. In what part? We will make it more transparent, from funding to public control. There will be a number of very important requirements", - said the Head of State.

A new study details the wealth hidden in tax havens

Melania Trump speaks out against child separations at border: 'Hate to see it'

Audi CEO arrested in Germany over diesel scandal

Захист прав суб'єктів господарювання

Illegal annexation of Crimea and Sevastopol: EU extends sanctions by one year

On 18 June 2018, the Council extended the restrictive measures in response to the illegal annexation of Crimea and Sevastopol by Russia until 23 June 2019.
The measures apply to EU persons and EU based companies. They are limited to the territory of Crimea and Sevastopol. The sanctions include prohibitions on:
  • imports of products originating in Crimea or Sevastopol into the EU;

Sunday, June 17, 2018

“A New Course for Ukraine” – or not!

Bob Dylan - The Man in Me (The Big Lebowski version)

Thousands March For LGBT Rights In Kyiv

Saturday, June 16, 2018

Russia dumping US government debt

Turkish Embassy celebrates Roksolana, Ukrainian queen of the Ottoman Empire

Full list of Members of the European Parliament who voted against the resolution on political prisoners in Russia

Kremlin prepares fate of "Ukrainian Chechnya" for Donbas - expert

The danger of “not good enough”

That’s how we choose who to work with.
We want someone who’s good at their job. And the ones we pass up are usually labeled as, “not good enough.” And we label ourselves as well. “I’d like to do that sort of work, but I’m not good enough.”
This is obviously a trap.
In almost every line of work, the truthful sentence is, “not good enough yet.”
Of course, at least once you wrote a great line of code or crafted a good headline. At least once you made a good diagnosis or calmed a patient. At least once you did something extraordinary. So it’s not that you can’t do it.

Friday, June 15, 2018

Russia Travel Advisory: Reconsider travel to Russia due to terrorism and harassment. Some areas have increased risk.

Reconsider travel to Russia due to terrorism and harassment. Some areas have increased risk. Read the entire Travel Advisory.

Do not travel to:
  • The north Caucasus, including Chechnya and Mount Elbrus, due to civil unrest andterrorism.
  • Crimea due to foreign occupation and abuses by occupying authorities.
Terrorist groups continue plotting possible attacks in Russia. Terrorists may attack with little or no warning, targeting tourist locations, transportation hubs, markets/shopping malls, and local government facilities. Bomb threats against public venues are common.

8 Projects That Hope to Hack Access to Justice

Judge sends Paul Manafort to jail, pending trial

‘Anti-cybercrime department’ monitors 45 million social media users in Turkey

The Turkish National Police’s “anti-cybercrimes department” is surveilling the around 45 million social media users in the country to monitor possible criminal activity committed through the internet.
The department authorities told daily Hürriyet that online prostitution, drugs and illegal betting are the most committed crimes through social media platforms, followed by “insulting state authorities.” The department has established a special desk dedicated to the latter, amid a flurry of cases opened in recent years in relation to “insulting” President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan.

Ukraine, U.S. to build combat modules in line with NATO standards