Rugby: Claude Atcher laid off as a precaution
Sports Minister Amélie Oudéa-Castéra announced the layoff on Monday evening “as a precaution” and ” with immediate effect “ of the general manager of the 2023 Rugby World Cup Claude Atcher, one year before the opening match between the Blues and the All Blacks and following the scandal that has stained the leader for more than two months.
On June 22, in a long article, The Team had detailed “the working climate within the organizing committee of the 2023 World Cup is extremely degraded”. In great detail, the sports daily had told a “deep social malaise”where burn outs, resignations and anxiety attacks mingle, under the influence of a “management by terror” set up by Claude Atcher and his chief of staff.
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In the process, the Ministry of Sports had decided to seize the labor inspectorate on “worrying elements” related to ” social climate “, as well as the ethics committee of the Public Interest Group (GIP), at the origin of the report which led Monday evening ministry, FFR and CNOSF to decide together on the layoff of the leader. However, Claude Atcher has been a major player in French rugby for more than thirty years. The former third line was also named fifth in the ranking of the most influential personalities in world rugby, recently established by the magazine Rugby World.
Kremlin struggles to bolster Russian military, Washington says
The Russian army is struggling to recruit in the midst of the conflict with Ukraine, seeking volunteers even in prisons, to the point that new recruits are often “old, in bad shape and untrained”, a senior Pentagon official said on Monday. Russian President Vladimir Putin ordered last week to increase the Russian army’s strength by 10%, or some 137,000 soldiers by January 2023.
But “this effort is unlikely to be successful”, the official, who requested anonymity, told the press, explaining that the Russian army has historically struggled to achieve its recruitment targets. The United States estimates that the strength of the Russian army was 150,000 less than the stated goal of one million troops in February 2022, before the invasion of Ukraine.
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Since then, Russia has tried to send professional soldiers to the front rather than conscripts, but the conflict is costly in terms of human and material resources. After failing to take kyiv at the start of the intervention, Russian forces are now concentrating their efforts in eastern and southern Ukraine, where the fronts have moved little in recent weeks. The Kremlin has so far refrained from proceeding with a general mobilization, a measure feared by many Russians.
Abortion: a data collection company targeted by the US government
The US Consumer Protection Agency, the FTC, on Monday sued a data collection company, accused in particular of facilitating the identification of women who went to clinics practicing abortion. FTC accuses Kochava of selling geolocation data that tracks a person’s movements, among other things “to and from sensitive places”explained the regulator in a press release.
The FTC thus mentions clinics practicing voluntary termination of pregnancy (abortion), but also places of worship, accommodation centers for the homeless or victims of domestic violence, as well as addiction treatment centers. The data sold by Kochava, which relates to ” hundreds of thousands “ cellphones, according to the agency, do not include the identities of the owners of these smartphones. But it is possible to find them by cross-referencing, in particular with the addresses where the mobile phones are at night and the names of the owners of these accommodations.
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Phone holders “are often unaware that their geolocation data has been purchased and shared by Kochava and have no control over its sale or use”. By selling this data, Kochava enables other “to identify individuals and expose them to threats, harassment, discrimination, job loss and even physical violence”, argues the FTC. At the end of June, the Supreme Court reversed a judgment guaranteeing the protection of the right to abortion by the American Constitution.