Beyonce’s Marie Claire Australia Cover Is Actually From Vogue UK (PHOTOS)
Documents provided by former National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden have shown that the UKs Government Communications Headquarters (GCHQ), the sister organization to the NSA, has been one of the most prominent players in digital surveillance, particularly of European traffic. The lawsuit was filed Thursday at the ECHR in Strasbourg, France by Big Brother Watch, Open Rights Group, English PEN, and Constanze Kurz , who has been a longtime spokesperson for the Chaos Computer Club, a well-known German hacker group. Beyond effective legal scrutiny In the 67-page filing, the appellants argue that the communications interception is in direct violation of Article 8 of the European Convention of Human Rights , Europes rough analog to the Fourth Amendment to the US Constitution, which protects against unreasonable searches and seizures. Unlike the Fourth Amendment, however,Article 8 specifically carves out a national security exception. It states: Article 8 Right to respect for private and family life 1. Everyone has the right to respect for his private and family life, his home and his correspondence. 2. There shall be no interference by a public authority with the exercise of this right except such as is in accordance with the law and is necessary in a democratic society in the interests of national security, public safety or the economic well-being of the country, for the prevention of disorder or crime, for the protection of health or morals, or for the protection of the rights and freedoms of others. In their filing , the appellants argue that because the newly revealed data collection is indiscriminate, it cannot possibly be subject to any sufficiently precise or ascertainable legal framework and is beyond effective legal scrutiny. More precisely: In effect, the power to obtain and use external communications data by means of intercept is unfettered in published law, as long as it is thought broadly to be in the interests of [national] security or other of the specified generic purpose. There are no adequate criteria by which a court of tribunal could assess the legality of use of any particular intercept material even if the courts had jurisdiction to do so, which they do not. Holding the powerful accountable Nick Pickles, director of Big Brother Watch, said in a statement that British laws have been interpreted far more broadly than how they originally were intended. The laws governing how Internet data is accessed were written when barely anyone had broadband access and were intended to cover old-fashioned copper telephone lines, he said. Parliament did not envisage or intend those laws to permit scooping up details of every communication we send, including content, so its absolutely right that GCHQ is held accountable in the courts for its actions. The court, which is composed of 47 judges from each of the member states of the Council of Europe, may take months (or years) to render a decision.
The one where she expertly sported a crop top and sequined skirt ? So do we. And so does Marie Claire Australia. The glossy chose the very same image for its November 2013 cover, mere months after the photo’s Vogue debut. For the Aussie take, Bey is slightly more zoomed out and it appears some handy Photoshop work has been done to adjust the color, but we couldn’t miss that Jonathan Saunders ensemble anywhere. Fashion magazines can be so sneaky sometimes. As we know, this type of cover sharing is common amongst international editions of magazines (remember this one ?). But something about this appropriation feels a bit… well, too obvious. After all, that Vogue UK cover was a pretty major score for Beyonce, especially on the heels of her American Vogue cover in March . See both magazines below and tell us if you think this photo was the right pick for a second go. Beyonce for Marie Claire Australia, November 2013: Beyonce for Vogue UK, May 2013: We can see why all the fashion glossies want her: Loading Slideshow September 1998 with her Destiny’s Child bandmates In March 1999, Destiny’s Child’s color-coordination was going strong September 1999 at the 5th Annual Soul Train “Lady of Soul” Awards Bey was so on-trend in 2000: waistband-less jeans and a bandana top Hanging with Sisqo at the MTV Movie Awards in June, 2000 September 2000 at the 6th Annual Soul Train Lady of Soul Awards Sparkly and skimpy at the Source Hip Hop Music Awards in August, 2000 Beyonce back in the Destiny’s Child Days at the 2002 Grammys (Getty) B rocked a shimmery bustier dress to the Billboard Awards back in 2003 (Getty) Loving her lingerie a little too much at the 2003 Essence Awards (WireImage) Beyonce the barbarian at the 2003 MTV Europe Music Awards (Getty) A strange print for a night on the red carpet back in 2003 (Getty) Beyonce looking like a hot, gold mess at the 2004 Grammys (Getty) Pretty in pink at the 2004 NRJ Music Awards (Getty) Beyonce’s the ultimate glamour girl, especially in this metallic romper from 2004 (Getty) Not the right silhouette for this famously curvy star, 2005 (WireImage) Beyonce does vixen velvet in this sultry black gown worn to the 2005 Oscars (Getty) Matching with her Destiny’s Child mates at the 2005 BET Awards (WireImage) Not so red carpet ready in this yellow frock from 2005 (FilmMagic) Beyonce donned this intricate gown to the 2006 MTV VMAs (FilmMagic) A sexy, sophisticated white gown worn to the 2007 Academy Awards (FilmMagic) Effortlessly gorgeous at the U.K. premiere of “Dreamgirls” in 2007 (WireImage) B wore this appropriately revealing ensemble to the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue event back in 2007 (Getty) Beyonce’s a stunner in this black, embellished dress from 2008 (FilmMagic) And at the 2008 Grammy after party thrown by Sony/BMG (WireImage) Beyonce’s ice blue gown from the 2008 Grammys (Getty) At the Kennedy Center Honors, 2008 (Getty) Beyonce looked fierce and fabulous at the 2009 BET Awards (WireImage) B donned this nude-colored gown to the 2010 Grammys (WireImage) Bold and beautiful at a benefit last year (WireImage) At a Lorraine Schwartz event in 2010 (Getty) A vision in Pucci at The Met Gala this past May (Getty) Beyonce performing at the 2011 Glastonbury Music Festival (Getty) On GMA this past July (Getty) Showing off her baby bump at the 2011 MTV VMAs (Getty) Performing in a sequined jacket at the 2011 VMAs (Getty) Stepping out in Paris in June 2012 (FameFlynet photo) At a Laker’s Game in February 2012 (Getty photo) Stepping Out In NYC in March 2012 (Pacific Coast News photo) At ‘Schiaparelli And Prada: Impossible Conversations’ in May 2012 (Getty photo) Stepping Out In NYC in June 2012 (Pacific Coast News photo) Stepping Out In NYC in June 2012 (Pacific Coast News photo) At the 2012 BET Awards in July 2012 (Getty photo)
UK payday lenders face crackdown
View gallery A new UK financial watchdog has unveiled curbs on payday lenders it will bring in next April when it takes responsibility for the A2 bn sector (AFP Photo/) October 3, 2013 5:45 AM London (AFP) – A new UK financial watchdog on Thursday unveiled curbs on payday lenders it will bring in next April when it takes responsibility for the A2bn a year sector. Lenders will have to carry out an affordability check on borrowers and will only be able to roll over loans — when borrowers pay a fee to delay paying them back — twice, the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) announced. It plans to limit what lenders can say in adverts and will have the power to ban any misleading campaigns. In the wake of claims that some lenders are draining cash from borrowers’ accounts to make sure they get their interest repayments, they will only be able to debit two payments over the course of a loan agreement. “The clock is ticking,” said Martin Wheatley, the FCA’s chief executive. “Today I am putting payday lenders on notice: tougher regulation is coming and I expect them all to make changes so that consumers can get a fair outcome. The clock is ticking.” Next April, the FCA will take over from the Office of Fair Trading as regulator of 50,000 consumer credit firms, which also includes businesses providing overdrafts, credit cards and debt advice. The OFT, in a recent investigation of its own, found “deep-rooted” problems in the payday loan industry, including that some businesses models were based on giving loans to people who cannot afford to pay them back. The Competition Commission is currently investigating the payday loan industry and is due to report at the end of next year. The FCA’s new rules were welcomed by Martin Lewis, founder of consumer help website MoneySavingExpert.com. “Parasitical payday lenders have taken over our high streets in the last five years. Our lax rules have made the UK a crock of gold and they’ve flooded in from across the world,” he said. “For those of us who’ve been crying out for a crackdown, this hardcore regulation, while not perfect, is very welcome.” Finance NEW YORK (AP) Two more motorcyclists have been taken into police custody in connection with the videotaped beating of a New York City man by a gang of angry bikers. Associated Press