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Google Chrome users have to download another essential security update today

To check you’re on the correct version of Chrome and manually update to the latest patch click on the About Google Chrome option.

The latest security update for Google Chrome was detailed in a blog post written by Srinivas Sista, the technical programme manager for the browser.

In it Sista wrote: “Google is aware of reports that an exploit for CVE-2021-30563 exists in the wild.”

While Google hasn’t disclosed how this vulnerability works, it’s believed to take advantage of a bug in Chrome’s JavaScript engine.

This could lead to hackers remotely running arbitrary code which tricks Chrome users into visiting a malicious website.

Once on this nefarious site a confusion error can be triggered in Chrome’s V8 JavaScript engine.

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UN Regional Center supports Central Asia’s efforts to strengthen regional peace and security – UNRCCA

BAKU, Azerbaijan, July 15

By Klavdiya Romakayeva – Trend:

UN Regional Centre for Preventive Diplomacy for Central Asia (UNRCCA) will continue to support important regional initiatives, as well as efforts of all Central Asian states to strengthen regional peace and security, the head of UNRCCA Natalia Gherman during the opening ceremony of the International Institute of Central Asia held on July 15 in Tashkent, Trend reports.

“UNRCCA welcomes the positive dynamics of regional cooperation, culminating in the annual consultative meetings of the Heads of State of Central Asia and final joint statements as a compass for the international community in building relationships with the region,” Gherman said.

In this regard, the important role of think tanks in promoting joint efforts of the countries of the region to ensure sustainable development was noted.

In addition, Gherman expressed hope that the establishment of will serve the interests of all countries in the region and will become a platform uniting the expert community of Central Asia.

During the opening ceremony of the institute, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Uzbekistan, Abdulaziz Kamilov, stressed that the creation of the reflects an important trend in the development of international relations – the increasing importance of regional political and economic processes.

“The main area of scientific and practical activity of this research center is the study of regional processes and international relations associated with Central Asia – the main foreign policy priority of our country,” he said.

Also, Kamilov added that the institute is designed to promote the establishment and strengthening of close international cooperation, especially between research centers of the Central Asian region.

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Instagram launches new security features to stop you getting hacked

Instagram hacking has become a big problem over the past few years, with attacks that lock people and small businesses out of their accounts soaring. It’s even happened to celebrities and influencers: Survivor’s Stephen Bear and Eva Zapico from Love Island have both had their accounts taken over this year. As Instagram includes more shopping options on the platform, this will become even more of a threat as Hackers who gain access to your account could make payments via banking details.

Happily, Instagram has just announced a new feature that should help stop attackers in their tracks.

Called Security Checkup, it will automatically alert people whose accounts may have been hacked, or who have been hacked before. Users will see a notification when they log in asking if they want to start the checkup process. Then the app will guide you through some steps to make sure everything is secure.

These include checking recent logins to accounts, confirming which accounts share login information and updating contact information such as phone numbers or email.

Instagram also plans to roll out the ability to secure accounts by sending a code to your WhatsApp every time a login takes place.

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The company is taking the steps after a rise in malicious accounts sending users direct messages (DMs) pretending to be from Instagram itself. These messages might say your account is at risk of being banned, you’re violating Instagram’s rules, or your photos are being shared elsewhere and ask you to share your password or other information.

It’s easy to tell if these are fake, though, because Instagram says it will never send you a DM. Any official messages from the company will appear on the “Emails from Instagram” tab in your settings.

Another scam to look out for is fake emails asking you to follow a link to reset your password. These are most likely the result of bots trying to gain access to many accounts at once and can be ignored. Again, you can simply check the “Emails from Instagram” section on the app to verify if they are real.

Instagram said of the changes: “Accounts that impersonate others, use their verification status to hack and target people or generally conduct spammy behavior with the hopes of misleading people on Instagram break our rules. We are constantly improving our technology to find and stop this behavior.”

The company also shared some top tips to help keep your account secure:

Make sure your phone number and email are up to date on the app. You can check this by going to Settings on the app and selecting Personal Information.

Turn on two-factor authentication. When this feature is enabled, every time you log in you will be asked to enter a code sent to your phone number or an app. This helps make sure only people using your phone can log in. Instagram says authentication will be possible using WhatsApp within the next few weeks.

Report suspicious messages, accounts or posts to Instagram by tapping the three dots above a post, holding down on a message or by reporting directly from an account profile.

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China to impose security checks on overseas listings

Chinese companies that have the data of more than 1m users will need to pass a security review before issuing shares on overseas stock exchanges, the country’s internet regulator said on Saturday.

The announcement from the Cyberspace Administration of China came less than a week after the State Council, China’s cabinet, and the Chinese Communist party’s Central Committee said a new regulatory regime was needed to police overseas listings, which had previously escaped strict government oversight.

President Xi Jinping’s administration is most concerned about listings in the US, where more than 30 Chinese firms raised a record $ 12.4bn in the first half of this year, according to data from Dealogic.

The CAC’s edict confirmed its status as a powerful entity under the emerging regulatory regime for Chinese overseas listings. The regulator will inform IPO applicants if they have passed its data security review within 60 business days, but the process may take twice as long if there are disagreements.

On July 2, China’s internet regulator told Didi Chuxing, China’s largest ride-hailing group, to stop signing up new users on data security grounds, just days after it had completed a $ 4.4bn IPO on the New York Stock Exchange.

The CAC had wanted Didi to at least delay its US IPO, but had no legal powers to force it to do so. The regulator was concerned the group’s data, including the locations of sensitive government buildings and installations, could be obtained by foreign regulators.

The US has passed legislation compelling foreign companies to comply with domestic audits within three years or face forced delisting, but Beijing has ordered Chinese groups to not do so. US politicians have pointed to the Didi saga as justification for tighter oversight of Chinese companies listed in New York.

Didi’s shares fell more than 20 per cent on Tuesday, their first day of trading after the CAC’s intervention.

The CAC also banned downloads of the car hailing group’s main app last Sunday. On Friday night, it extended the ban to 25 more Didi-related apps.

In another sign of the increased clampdown China’s technology giants, the country’s market regulator also vetoed a Tencent-proposed merger on Saturday that would have created a dominant video game streaming operator.

The State Administration of Market Regulation said the merger of two US-listed Tencent units, DouYu and Huya, would have created an entity controlling more than 70 per cent of the market.

Tencent, which also operates the popular WeChat messaging app and one China’s largest online payment services, proposed the merger in October, just weeks before Xi’s administration blocked a $ 37bn initial public offering by Jack Ma’s internet finance platform, Ant Group, which would have been the largest ever. DouYu and Huya have a combined market value of $ 5.3bn.

The blocking of Ant’s IPO was the first salvo in a wide-ranging crackdown that has ensnared tech giants including Ma’s ecommerce flagship, Alibaba, Tencent and Didi.

Tencent, Didi’s third-largest shareholder with a 6.8 per cent stake, said it had accepted the regulators’ decision on the DouYu-Huya merger and would “fulfil our social responsibilities”. Tencent had previously been fined for not seeking regulatory approval of some acquisitions.

Scott Yu, an antitrust expert at Zhong Lun Law in Beijing, said it was the first time the market regulator had blocked a domestic merger. “It will make other companies more cautious in assessing antitrust prospects,” he said.

Tencent’s business is surging despite the crackdown. For the first quarter it reported a better than expected 25 per cent year-on-year increase in revenues, to Rmb135bn ($ 20.8bn).

Author: Tom Mitchell in Singapore and Ryan McMorrow and Yuan Yang in Beijing
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Four decades the World Council of Churches and the Vatican in the scope of the Committee for State Security (KGB)

A new publication in Bulgaria of top secret documents will shed more light on the historical period under review and will reveal more thoroughly Secret services’ interest in religious organizations. The book The KGB and the Bulgarian State Security Service – connections and dependences” is a Collection of Records (1950-1991),ISBN 978-954-92467-1-1, Sofia, 2009, edited by the Committee for Disclosing the Documents and Announcing Affiliation of Bulgarian Citizens to the State Security and the Intelligence Services of the Bulgarian National Army (CDDAABCSBNA) of the Republic of Bulgaria. It is the first in a series of publications which will facilitate researchers in their work with confidential files from the funds of the archives of the Bulgarian former secret services.

On 480 pages we find: 1. Foreword by Tatyana Kiryakova, member of the CDDAABCSBNA and managing editor; 2. Introduction by associated professor dr. Jordan Baev, scientific consultant; 3. List of documents; 4. Facsimile of documents; 5. Comparative structure of KGB (1954-1991) and the Bulgarian State Security Services (1952-1990); 6. Terms and abbreviations; 7. Index of names; 8. List of the documents with an English annotation. The facsimiles published in the collection follow a chronological order – a selection of the most important documents, a total of 53 agreements, perspective plans, instructions, information papers, reports and notes, found in the archives of the various departments of the Bulgarian State Security Services. Some documents are published in Russian because their translation was not found in the Bulgarian archives. The stamp reading “The level of classification is waived” represents an integral element of the documents’ authenticity because it evidences when and on what legal grounds each archive unit has been declassified.

The Commission for Disclosing the Documents and Announcing Affiliation of Bulgarian Citizens to the State Security and the Intelligence Services of the Bulgarian National Army has as an important aspect of its work the granting of access to the secret files for the purposes of research and investigative journalism. By virtue of article 10 of the Act on Access to and Declassification of the Records and on Disclosure of Involvement of Bulgarian Nationals With the Former State Security and the Intelligence Services of the Bulgarian People’s Army, the Commission undertook the publication of a part of the documents preserved in the integrated archive it created. This year we mark the 20th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin wall and the beginnings of the new democratic order in Central and Eastern Europe.

The disclosure of those documents will help researchers in conducting a more comprehensive analysis of the global confrontation between the two opposing camps which led to the emergence, expansion and regulation of a number of regional crises, especially astonishing we find the constant interest of the archives related to the cooperation between the Bulgarian State Security – Ministry of the Interior of the Peopleнs Republic of Bulgaria (MoI of the PRB) and the Committee for State Security (KGB) of the Union of the Soviet Socialist Republics (USSR) in regard of the national and international church organizations – incl. the World Council of Churches.

At this point and on this subject the most important documents on the coordination of the tasks of interaction between the security authorities of the two countries are the following:

Document №5 is in Russian – “Notes on the measures for the improvement of the work of the state security bodies of the PR of Bulgaria, 1953” (f. MoI, s.f. 1, i. 5, a.u. 23, sh. 198-206)

After 1944-46 the intelligence and counter-intelligence work of the state security bodies of the PR of Bulgaria was coordinated by “instructors” from the Forth Directorateof the People’s Committee for State Security (KGB). Very active since 1947 was colonel “Mitya” Trifonov esp. in the process against the arrested in end of 1948 evangelical pastors. Later on his colleagues – Soviet advisors on the measures needed to improve the work of the state security bodies of the PR of Bulgaria to be used as a basis for the drafting of a concrete plan for 1953 as seen in Document 5 – a top-secret text recommending on national level to collect detailed information on suspicious groups of citizens potential State enemies, incl. Church high-ranking officials and to control their correspondence (see p. 42, about. Department “Panega”). On international level as main task on page 101 is planned the infiltration of agents in the Vatican and the World Council of Churches in order to unveil and discredit their plans and activities against the socialist countries. In paragraph 23 (see pages 47-480 is recommended to profit from the materials about the recent process on the catholic conspiracy in Bulgaria and to take measures to close catholic monasteries, churches, as centers of conspirator’s and espionage, as well as to reduce the number of the operating mosques (in the original text: “Turkish churches”).

Document №8 is a translation from Russian: “Measures for the further intensification of the coordination and interaction between the State Security of the PRB and the security organs of the USSR, 3 July 1959″ (f. of the National Intelligence Service (NIS), s.f. 9, i. 2, a.u. 804, sh. 8-12).

It points measures and specific steps for joined and coordinated intelligence activity of the security services of the PRB and the USSR against the main enemy оr the USA and the other capitalist countries and their intelligence services. In part III (p. 64) we find a statement on the hostile activity of the Vatican against the USSR and the countries from the socialistic camp. As very useful was proposed soviet intelligencers to investigate in Bulgaria (by the time fixed – 15.08.1959) all opportunities for interception the activity of the Vatican trough the connections of the Pope (cardinal Roncalli) who lived in the country.

Document №9 “Information of G. Kumbiliev before a meeting of the leadership of the Ministry of the Interior, Sofia, August 11, 1959″ (f. NIS, s.f. 9, i. 2, a.u. 803, sh. 142-170)

On the Meeting of the leadership of the Ministry of the Interior held on August 11, 1959 to discuss the results of the visit of the Bulgarian delegation led by the Interior Minister to the Committee for State Security (KGB) of the USSR, Moscow, – an critic analysis was done regarding the need of political demoralization of the clergy through denunciatory articles in the Bulgarian media, not only the corruption of the Eastern Orthodox clergymen, but to use the Muslim imams and the religious sects infiltrating agents’ provocateur amongst the leaders of the religious communities (pp.87-88). As “good practices” are cited the use of the imams to agitate the rural population for entering the co-operative farms, as well as the involvement of the Holy Synod of the Bulgarian Orthodox Church to counter designs and discontent among the people and how exactly to “interpret the gospel” in favor of the co-operative farms.

Document №11 is a “Recorded discussion on the coordination of intelligence and counter-intelligence measures some joint operations between the MoI of the Republic of Bulgaria and the Committee for State Security (KGB) at the Council of Ministers of the USSR, 5 June 1961″(f. NIS, s.f. 9, i. 2, a.u. 804, sh. 74-81).

It was adiscussion between the leadership of the MoI of the PRB and the leadership of the KGB regarding the coordination of the intelligence and counter-intelligence measures and the joint implementation of some of them between the MoI of the PRB and the KGB at the Council of Ministers of the USSR on the 5th June 1961. on page 103 we find an analysis on the hostile activity of the Vatican, especially the danger of the intention to organize an Ecumenical council (Second Vatican Council) as an antisocialist gathering. That’s why on page 101 is decided to infiltrate intelligencers in the Vatican City and the World Council of Churches for the exposure and denunciation of the practical application of their enemy’s activity against peace, democracy and countries of the socialist camp. More active measures to be taken (as described on p. 105) in this regard through the media of the socialist and capitalist countries; trough disinformation in order to create distrust amongst some circles of the roman-catholic clergy towards the Vatican; to explore the Prague’s Peace Christian Conference as leading international church organization for the purposes in favor of the socialist countries and to put it on the war-path with the Vatican. The Bulgarian and Soviet secret services decided to work in common “for the disgrace of the ecumenical council of the Vatican as an anticommunist front of all churches, incl. the Muslim one”.

Document №13 “Instruction No.C-1164 of the Council of Ministers (CoM) dated July 11, 1962 regarding the approval of agreement dated July 3, 1962” (f. MoI, s.f. 1, i. 7, a.u. 808, sh. 20-22) (Re.: Instruction No. C-1164 of the of the CoM dated July 11, 1962 on the approval of agreement dated July 3, 1962 for cooperation between the Committee for State Security (KGB) at the Council of Ministers of the Union of the Soviet Socialist Republics and the Ministry of the Interior of the People’s Republic of Bulgaria signed on July 3, 1962)

Document №14 “Transckript talks discussion between V.E. Semichastni and D. Dikov regarding the results and the future cooperation between the KGB at the CoM of the USSR and the MoI of the PRB, Moscow, 17 May 1963” (f. NIS, s.f. 9, i. 2, a.u. 804, sh. 158-168) – Discussion between V. E. Semichastni, Chairman of the KGB, and D. Dikov, Minister of the Interior of the PRB, on the results and the future cooperation between the KGB at the CoM of the USSR and the MoI of the PRB in the area of intelligence and counter-intelligence, and additional operative possibilities of the secret services in expanding the coordination of actions in fields of common concern and in consolidating mutual assistance. An agreement was reached to exchange information on the results from the first session of the Vatican’s “ecumenical council” and till the 1st of August to prepare joint actions for the period of the second session of the Council.

Document №22, “Information No 724 regarding the talks held with the visiting KGB delegation led by Y. Andropov, Sofia 24 December, 1969″ (f. NIS, f. 9, i. 2, a.u. 813, sh. 16-23), represents talks between the leadership of the MoI of the PRB and the delegation of the Committee of State Security, KGB, of the USSR on matters related to the international environment, the organization of the intelligence and counter-intelligence work and the relations among the security authorities of the socialist countries, held in Sofia from 27 to 29 November 1969. Regarding Cyprus was planned to deepen the contradictions between Greece and Turkey and to support the mood of Archbishop Makarios for self-dependence and independence through the “opportunities” of the Orthodox Church for gathering information and for influencing Makarios.

Document №27 “Plan for interaction and practical cooperation in the field of counter-intelligence between the KGB Fifth Directorate and the Sixth Directorate of the Ministry of the Interior of the Peopleнs Republic of Bulgaria for the period 1972-1974, April 1972″ (f. MoI, s.f. 1, i. 10, a.u. 1282, sh. 1-13)Plan for interaction and practical cooperation in the field of counter-intelligence between the KGB Fifth Directorate and Sixth Directorate of the MoI of the PRB for the period 1972-1974, signed by F. Bobkov, head of the KGB Fifth Directorate and P. Stoyanov, head of the Sixth Directorate of the MoI. It shows specific interest in the hostile circles of the Muslim emigration in Turkey and in infiltrating agents in Muslim organization in this country. This interest in the activities of the Muslim centers lasts for decades as seen also from Document №43 or “Plan for joint action with the KGB structures for the period 1983-1985, Sofia, June 20, 1983″(f. MoI, s.f. 22, i. 1, a.u. 202, sh. 1-5) – Plan for joint action and further improvement of the interaction between the KGB structures and division 02 of Department 06 of SS for the period 1983-1985 in which we find a detailed plan regarding the organization “Muslim Brothers” (p. 343). In Document 27, see p. 227, follows a detailed description of the operative actions of various church organizations in order “to prevent the organizational consolidation of the antisocialist clerical organizations” (more specific the World Council of Churches – WCC) using the Russian and the Bulgarian Orthodox churches for ideological diversion. On page 222 are mentioned the names of certain agents: “Borisov”, “Stoyanov”, “Petrov” (MoI of PRB), “Svetoslav”, “Nesterov”, “Ostrovski”, “Adamant”, “Vidmantas” (KGB of USSR) and other amongst among respectful Orthodox clergy members. For the historians of the modern church history is possible to research who are the clergy or lay persons behind this nicknames. For the year 1972 was planned WCC to be directed in advantage of the socialist secret services; also the consolidation of the leadership of “Prague’s Peace Christian Conference” with representatives from socialist countries confronting the ideological diversion of the capitalist clerical centers and organizations.

Document №44 “Information on the discussion held during the meeting of Vladimir Kryuchkov, Deputy Chairman of KGB and the head of the KGB FCD with a delegation of the FCD of SS, November 19, 1984″(f. NIS, s.f. 9, i.4, a.u. 663, sh. 26-30) is aninformation of D. Stankov, head of division 08 of the FGD of SS and M. Kolarov, head of division 17 of the FGD of SS regarding a meeting of a delegation of the FGD of SS with Vl. Kryuchkov, Deputy Chairman of KGB, on matters related to the joint work of the two intelligence services in special operations in Albania, Moscow, November 1, 1984. “Comrade” Kryuchkov analyses on pp. 348-49 the development of the lawsuit “Antonov” and the attempt on the life of Pope John-Paul II, the Italian jurisprudence and the attitude of Judge Ilario Martella. This statement of the top-KGB officer describes the Pope as “very dangerous for us clergyman, much more dangerous compared to the late cardinal Vishinski”. A recommendation is given to ask for help the Polish “comrades” regardless their preoccupation with “the case Popelushko”.

Document №46 is the “Prospective plan for the interaction between the external intelligence services of the Ministry of the Interior of the PRB and the Committee for State Security (KGB) of the USSR for the period 1986-1990, March 19, 1986″(f. NIS, s.f. 9, i. 4a, a.u. 40, sh. 1-19) – prospective plan for the successful implementation of the tasks of the external intelligence services of the MoI of the PRB and the KGB of the USSR, further improvement of the efficiency of the intelligence activity, consolidation of the interaction and coordination of the efforts of the State Security (SS) and the KGB mostly against the USA, NATO and China. On page 385 special interest and attention is shown toward the leadership of the Vatican and the protestant church and their position and activity in regard issues like global peace and disarmament.

Author: Petar Gramatikov
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COVID-19 and global security: how terrorists adapted as the world shut down

COVID-19 and global security© UNODC

Terrorism is one of the main threats to international peace and security. This has remained true during the COVID-19 pandemic, when parts of the world had to shut down, while it merely forced terrorists to change the way they operated. This week, experts from around the globe gathered online and in person at the 2021 Counter-Terrorism Week to discuss possible ways of preventing terrorism.

Speaking at the high-level segment event focussing on countering the financing of terrorism in the post-COVID landscape, UNODC Executive Director Ghada Waly highlighted that during the pandemic, terrorists worked to circumvent travel restrictions by using virtual currencies and digital services to raise and move funds in the digital space.

“As we work together to adapt to post-COVID realities,” Ms. Waly said, “UNODC stands ready to support international efforts to protect payment and remittance flows and keep funds out of terrorist hands.”  

At another event, the UNODC Executive Director spoke about UNODC’s joint work with the Inter-Parliamentary Union and the UN Office of Counter-Terrorism on model legislative provisions on victims of terrorism to be launched later this year. These provisions will cover the support for victims of terrorist acts as highlighted in the UN Global Counter-Terrorism Strategy, which also encourages the creation of national systems of assistance.

“The provisions will be a resource for Member States to bring national legislation in line with international norms, through a victim-centred approach focusing on compensation, recognition and remembrance,” Ms. Waly said.

During the week, experts discussed all aspects of terrorism and related challenges such as financing, criminal justice responses, national action plans, prevention of radicalization to violence in prisons, and the rehabilitation and reintegration of victims, witnesses and offenders, among others.

Through its integrated mandates on tackling organized crime, drugs, corruption, and terrorism UNODC is in the unique position to deliver comprehensive technical assistance on terrorism prevention covering all aspects of criminal justice response, including supporting the rehabilitation and reintegration of offenders.

Such integrated approaches are at the core of UNODC’s new corporate strategy for the period 2021-2025, and our UNODC Strategic Vision for Africa 2030, which guides the organization’s support to countries in the continent.

Since 2003, UNODC has trained over 31,000 criminal justice and law enforcement practitioners on a range of legal and criminal justice aspects related to terrorism prevention. With UNODC’s assistance, 189 pieces of national legislation have been drafted, revised, and some adopted by Member States, which incorporated the requirements of the international legal instruments against terrorism.

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Home security video shows bear opening car door, going inside

THORNTON, New Hampshire — Surveillance video recorded a car break-in in New Hampshire and the suspect is a bear.

In home security camera footage, a bear is seen opening the door of a car parked in a driveway and going inside.

Authorities think this same bear could be responsible for other car break-ins in the town of Thornton.

The bear has caused damage to some of the cars.

Police believe he is rummaging for food.

They are telling residents to remove food from their vehicles and do not leave trash bags outside.

Police have notified Fish and Game.

Wildlife experts say if you come face-to-face with a black bear, make plenty of noise, but don’t run. They said that is usually enough to scare them away.

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NBA disciplines security guard from Durant-Tucker skirmish

The league says the security guard won’t be assigned to the court area for the rest of the series.

MILWAUKEE — The NBA has disciplined the Brooklyn Nets security guard who went on the Fiserv Forum court and appeared to shove P.J. Tucker during a confrontation between the Milwaukee forward and Nets star Kevin Durant on Thursday.

NBA officials said the security guard wouldn’t be assigned to any of the remaining games in Milwaukee during the second-round playoff series between the Bucks and Nets. He won’t be assigned to the court area for the second-round games in Brooklyn.

Although NBA officials didn’t provide the name the security guard, a person with knowledge of the situation identified him as Antjuan Lambert. Another person with knowledge of the situation said the security guard was Durant’s personal security guy before being hired by the Nets.

The people spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because those details weren’t announced. The Athletic first reported Lambert’s name.

NBA officials didn’t identify the security guard but said he wouldn’t be assigned to any of the remaining games in Milwaukee during the second-round playoff series between the Bucks and Nets. He won’t be assigned to the court area for the second-round games in Brooklyn.

The situation stems from an incident that occurred in the third quarter of the Bucks’ 86-83 Game 3 victory.

Tucker appeared to be complaining after getting called for fouling Durant. Tucker and Durant then started jawing at each other as they got face to face. The security guard went on the court during this confrontation and put his hands on Tucker.

Milwaukee coach Mike Budenholzer said Saturday that he wasn’t aware of the Bucks contacting the league to look into the matter, but he added that he didn’t think it would be right for a security guard to put his hands on a player.

“If it’s a Nets security guy and he’s bumping our player and things like that, it doesn’t seem like that’s the protocol, and that’s kind of what we would expect from any type of security, whether it be Bucks or Nets or Fiserv or Barclay’s Center or wherever you may be playing,” Budenholzer said. “I don’t think you want to bump and escalate things.”

The Nets lead the best-of-seven series 2-1. Game 4 is Sunday in Milwaukee.

AP Pro Basketball Writer Brian Mahoney in New York contributed to this report.

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More long lines, delays at Austin airport security checkpoints Friday

AUSTIN (KXAN) — If you’re headed to Austin-Bergstrom International Airport to catch a flight Friday morning, it would be a good idea to get there well before takeoff.

Airport officials said last week that Fridays would typically be the busiest days at ABIA through the summer months as more people file through the airport, especially in the morning from 5 a.m. to 8 a.m.

Lines at security checkpoints Friday were long as that has typically been the case the past couple weeks. Airport officials previously said those with flights taking off before 8 a.m. should arrive at the airport at least three hours early for domestic flights.

If you have a flight after 8 a.m., it’s suggested you arrive two hours early, but do so in a manner you does not add to potential congestion with the morning rush, airport officials said.

Officials with the Transportation Security Administration told KXAN’s Jennifer Sanders that while it is looking to hire about 3,000 more agents to handle security checkpoints in airports nationwide, Austin is not a priority. The spokesperson said the TSA didn’t furlough any position, but allowed “liberal leave time to deal with issues related to the pandemic.”

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Texas elections overhaul approved by senate — is it security or voting restriction for people of color?

AUSTIN (KXAN/Texas Tribune) — Very early Sunday morning, the Texas Senate voted to approve a bill that would overhaul voting rules in the Lone Star State. While approval by the Texas House is still needed, the legislation could head to the desk of Governor Greg Abbott to be signed into law very soon.

Senate Bill 7 will make several changes to voter registration, voting by mail, early voting and ballot counting.

Republican lawmakers in Texas have pushed the legislation. It comes amid a nationwide push by the GOP to crack down on alleged voter fraud. Major parts of the “election security” of the bill include a requirement to live stream counting of ballots and verification of signatures.

Earlier this week, and throughout the legislative session, Abbott has stressed urgency in securing Texas’ elections. Although there is no evidence of widespread voter fraud in the 2020 Election, Abbott nonetheless has made laws like SB 7 emergency priority.

SB 7 would create these changes:

  • Ban mail-in ballot drop boxes
  • Ban most drive-thru voting
  • Limit extended early voting hours
  • Require voters with disabilities to prove they can’t get to polls in order to get mail-in ballots
  • Allow partisan poll watchers to record voters who receive help filling out their ballots
  • Forbid local election officials from encouraging voters to fill out applications to vote by mail — even if they qualify

The Legislature is up against a Sunday night deadline to approve conference committee reports, like the compromise version of SB 7. Had the Senate waited until later Sunday to consider it, it could have left it in reach of a filibuster that could’ve killed the bill. The House is expected to vote on the final version of the bill later today.

Senate discussion on SB 7 regularly landed on the detrimental effect Democrats feared the legislation would have on voters of color and the significant portions of the bill that were written to outlaw some of the voting initiatives Harris County used in the last election.

SB 7 would ban drive-thru voting and the day of 24 hours of uninterrupted early voting the county offered — both of which proved particularly successful in reaching voters of color. An analysis by Harris County’s election office estimated that Black and Hispanic voters cast more than half of the votes counted both at drive-thru sites and during extended hours.

Other controversial changes include a new window of 1 to 9 p.m. for early voting on Sundays. State Sen. Royce West, D-Dallas, raised the possibility that change could hamper “souls to the polls” efforts meant to turn out voters after church services and questioned the justification for 1 p.m. start time.

“We’re going to be able to buy beer at 10 o’clock in the morning but we can’t vote until 1 p.m.,” West said.

But President Joe Biden has called the bill an attempt at voter restriction, saying in part:

“It’s part of an assault on democracy that we’ve seen far too often this year — and often disproportionately targeting Black and Brown Americans. In the 21st century, we should be making it easier, not harder, for every eligible voter to vote.”
President Joe Biden

Meanwhile, those in Texas have been vocal in their approval or condemnation of the legislation.

Texas reactions

On Sunday morning, the Texas Senate Democratic Caucus issued a statement, saying in part: “Shortly after 6 a.m., the Texas Senate passed Senate Bill 7 (S.B. 7), the most significant voter suppression legislation our state has seen in half a century. We aggressively fought this bill because it will disenfranchise racial and ethnic minority voters and voters with disabilities, including veterans.”

Texas Democrats said the bill reads like “the Jim Crow laws of the South,” and is in violation of the Voting Rights Act. State Democrats say it will result in a lawsuit against Texas.

“Every eligible Texan deserves to have their voice heard at the ballot box — regardless of their race, ethnicity, disability, gender, age, income, or party. SB 7 makes it harder for every Texan to vote.”

Texas Democrats, along with Julián Castro and Beto O’Rourke, held a briefing to condemn the bill’s passage on Sunday.

But Texas Republican Senator Dawn Buckingham called the bill a “significant step in the right direction for Texas towards election integrity. I’m happy to vote for it.”

Meanwhile, the Texas Legislative Black Caucus and the Texas NAACP held a joint conference Sunday afternoon at the Texas Capitol — to discuss how the bill’s passage would disproportionately affect people of color.

“Instead of now having a poll tax or a literacy test, they’re instituting measures like [eliminating] “Souls to the Polls” — who do you think uses that?” said State Rep. Ron Reynolds. “It’s Black and brown communities. And they’re doing it with surgical precision. What they’re doing is nothing more than modern-day Jim Crow, 2.0.”

‘The New Jim Crow’

Nationally, there have been over 250 similar bills introduced in the majority of states. They’re all aim to narrow voting rules. It spurred U.S. House Democrats to pass the “For the People Act” voting protections bill. It’s headed for the Republican-controlled Senate, where it’s unlikely to have an easy ride.

Back in March, the state of Georgia passed a sweeping elections bill, which was called by the state’s own Governor — a Republican — “Jim Crow in the 21st Century.”

The rewrite of Georgia’s election rules come after the state played a critical role in handing Biden the presidency and control of the U.S. Senate to Democrats.

Portions of this article originally appeared in The Texas Tribune at www.texastribune.org. The Texas Tribune is a nonprofit, nonpartisan media organization that informs Texans – and engages with them – about public policy, politics, government and statewide issues.

Author: Russell Falcon
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