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With 10,000+ aviation events in 2021, ITU issues GNSS interference warning – GPS World

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By Dana A. Goward

Earlier this month, the International Telecommunications Union (ITU) issued a circular urging its member states to prevent interference with GNSS signals and receivers.

ITU is the latest United Nations body to express such concerns and issue an advisory. The International Maritime Organization issued a similar document in 2021, as did the International Civil Aeronautics Organization in 2020.

ITU is the United Nations agency that deals with information and communications technology. Its remit includes coordinating spectrum use and satellite orbits.

ITU’s Radio Communications Bureau sponsors the World Radiocommunication Conference every three to four years. The issue of interference with GNSS signals was reported at the 2019 conference.

Since that time, according to this month’s circular, the group “has been informed of a significant number of cases of harmful interference to the radionavigation-satellite service…”

Despite concerns expressed by maritime and other interests, the circular focuses entirely on aviation interference. It says the reports it has received have been about “receivers onboard aircrafts and causing degradation or total loss of the service for passenger, cargo and humanitarian flights…” These have included “misleading information provided by RNSS [radionavigation satellite service] receivers to pilots.” An often cited example of this is a well-publicized 2019 incident in Sun Valley, Idaho. In that case a passenger aircraft nearly hit a mountain.

Describing interference with GNSS as a global and recurrent problem, the circular cites data collected by a major aircraft manufacturer. The company found “10,843 radio-frequency interference events … globally in 2021. The majority of these events occurred in the Middle East region, but several events were also detected in the European, North American and Asian regions.”

This year’s uptick in GNSS interference in Scandinavia, the Baltics, and around Ukraine since Russia’s February invasion of Ukraine is not mentioned. This is likely due, in part, to timing. ITU’s Radio Regulations Board met in March 2022 and directed the circular be issued.

Many within the positioning, navigation, and timing community have long asserted that interference with GNSS signals, whether deliberate or accidental, constitutes a violation of ITU rules and regulations. This month’s circular affirms this and cites several applicable provisions.

These include prohibitions on harmful interference with any authorized radio frequency transmission, requirements for users to transmit only in bands for which they have authorization, and for all to generally safeguard aviation operations.

The circular highlights provision 15.1 of ITU’s Radio Regulations as particularly applicable. It states:

“All stations are forbidden to carry out unnecessary transmissions, or the transmission of superfluous signals, or the transmission of false or misleading signals, or the transmission of signals without identification…”

As is the case with almost all international agreements, enforcement of ITU rules is the responsibility of its member states.

While most expect the advisory to have little immediate impact on reducing global interference with GNSS signals, it does help reinforce the issue as one of international concern.

According to a retired government official, “Member states that fail to comply with international rules to which they have agreed lose credibility and standing in the community of nations. Even when they have little credibility or standing to begin with, the behavior adds to their marginalization and life is just a little more difficult for them. This can, in the long run, nudge them toward being more responsible players.”

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ANALYSIS: OsunDecides: Events, issues that may shape governorship election

ANALYSIS: OsunDecides: Events, issues that may shape governorship election

Voters in Osun State, South-west Nigeria, will on Saturday file out to elect their governor for the next four years, beginning from November when the tenure of the incumbent, Isiaka Oyetola, will end.

But Mr Oyetola has again been presented by his party, the All Progressives Congress (APC) for reelection. And his closest rival in 2018, Ademola Adeleke, a former senator and younger brother of the state’s first governor, Isiaka Adeleke, is also again the candidate of the main opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).

Three other candidates in the race are also popular. They are Akin Ogunbiyi of the Accord Party; Goke Omigbodun of the Social Democratic Party (SDP) and the former deputy speaker of the House of Representatives, Lasun Yusuf, who is flying the flag of the Labour Party (LP).

With the atmosphere charged a day to the contest, PREMIUM TIMES has identified some key issues and developments that may likely determine where the scale of victory may be tilted at the end of the poll.

The situation on the ground indicates that the contest may again be a two-horse race between Governor Oyetola and Mr Adeleke, with the other candidates sharing the ‘leftover’ votes.

Controversial primaries

Neither the ruling APC nor the opposition PDP has fully recovered from the controversies that marred their primaries.

It was only on Thursday that the governor heaved a sigh of relief after the Federal High Court in Abuja dismissed a suit challenging his nomination by the APC.

In the party’s controversial direct primaries held across the state on February 19, a former secretary to the state government, Moshood Adeoti, and Mr Yusuf (who is now the LP candidate), emerged as first and second runners-up.

The controversy was an offshoot of the rivalry between Mr Oyetola and his predecessor, now Minister of Interior, Rauf Aregbesola. The latter supported Mr Adeoti in the primaries and continues to oppose Mr Oyetola’s bid for reelection.

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Rauf Aregbesola, Nigerian Minister of Interior.
Rauf Aregbesola, Nigerian Minister of Interior.

Mr Aregbesola is behind The Osun Progressives (TOP), a splinter group of the ruling party that is pushing the opposition against Mr Oyetola in the party.

But with the verdict delivered at the court on Thursday, it is not clear if Mr Adeoti would be appealing the judgement. His suit was predicated on the argument that Mr Oyetola had taken part in the primary without resigning his membership of the ruling party’s national caretaker committee then led by Yobe State Governor, Mala Buni.

However, unlike the APC, which organised a single primary with all the stakeholders participating, the PDP conducted two parallel primaries on March 8.

One was held at Women and Children Development Initiative Foundation (WOCDIF) centre, Osogbo, and attended by major stakeholders and founding members of the party. In contrast, the faction led by the Adeleke ‘dynasty’ held its own at Osogbo City Stadium.

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Olagunsoye Oyinlola

The primary at WOCDIF was attended by two former deputy national chairmen of the party, Shuaib Oyedokun and Tajudeen Oladipo; former Governor Olagunsoye Oyinlola and his deputy while in office, Olusola Obada; former secretary to the state government, Fatai Akinbade; factional chairman, Wale Ojo, and his predecessor, Soji Adagunodo, and also Mr Adeleke’s cousin and then governorship aspirant on the platform of the party, Dele Adeleke.

Also at the event were former senator Olu Alabi, and Dotun Babayemi, who won the primary.

But at the stadium where Mr Adeleke was nominated were a factional chairman of the party in the state, Sunday Bisi; former national secretary of PDP, Wale Oladipupo; the senator representing Osun East District, Adenigba Fadahunsi; four-term member of the House of Representatives from Oriade/Obokun Federal Constituency, Wole Oke; former chairman of the Association of Local Government of Nigeria (ALGON), Lere Oyewunmi, among others.

This was, however, the faction that hosted both the representatives of the national leadership of the party and the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).

But since the recognition of Mr Adeleke as the authentic candidate of the party, members of the other faction have not thrown in the towel. Not even a loss of some of the cases challenging Mr Adeleke’s emergence in court has settled the rift.

Therefore, while APC seems to have been able to manage the crisis relatively better, the PDP, though popular on the streets, could be more affected by the fallouts of its own.


As a fallout of their acrimonious primaries, the two leading political parties have suffered gales of defections, exchanging prominent members while some other fringe political parties also claimed some of their members. But the ‘casualty’ on the side of the PDP seems to be higher than that of the ruling party.

Apart from the defection of Mr Yusuf to LP, the only significant member of APC who left for the opposition PDP was the former commissioner for local government and chieftaincy affairs under Mr Aregbesola, Kolapo Alimi.

But while Mr Ogunbiyi left the PDP for the Accord Party, other prominent PDP members including Mr Adeleke’s running mate in 2018, Albert Adeogun; factional chairman of the party, Wale Ojo; former member of the House of Representatives, Ayodele Asalu, and a House of Representatives aspirant, Soji Ibikunle, among others, defected to the APC.


Religious sentiments may also be a major factor in the election, especially following the raging war over the choice of a running mate by the presidential flag bearers of the ruling APC. With the stiff opposition of the Christian communities to the Muslim-Muslim ticket, voters in Osun, where Muslims are the majority, may have issues with the candidate of the PDP.

Mr Adeleke introduces himself on his posters as Nurudeen Ademola Jackson Adeleke. Despite the “Nurudeen”, a Muslim name, Mr Adeleke is seen more as a Christian with his constant appearance in western attire and is popularly known as “Jackson.” He was never publicly addressed as Nurudeen.

Meanwhile, the choice of Kola Adewusi, a Christian and former chairman of Ife East Local Government Area, may have further stirred the hornet’s nest.

But on his part, Mr Oyetola, a son of an Islamic cleric from Iragbiji, headquarters of Boripe Local Government Area of the state, has a Christian from Ikire, Irewole Local Government Area, Benedict Alabi, as his deputy. This “balance” may earn them the sympathy of some voters.

It would be recalled that in 2018, Muslims Rights Concern (MURIC), an Islamic organisation, expressed concern over Mr Adeleke’s promise to return mission schools in the state to their old owners. MURIC accused the PDP candidate of taking Muslims for a ride in the state.


Though the governor may not have performed poorly, given the resources available to him and when compared with other state governors, the poor performance of the APC federal government led by President Muhammadu Buhari may affect Mr Oyetola’s chances.

The global economic crisis occasioned largely by the plummeting oil prices and the coronavirus pandemic is one of the reasons advanced by the government for not being able to do better.

But the governor’s aides said he deserves commendation for keeping Osun afloat, especially with the regular payment of salaries to workers, unlike his predecessors.

Speaking with PREMIUM TIMES, the senior special assistant to the governor on students’ affairs and social mobilisation, Kehinde Ayantunji, said Mr Oyetola promised to pay workers their full wages and has kept the promise.

“Despite the dwindling resources and the debt being repaid, the governor has insisted that he would not renege on his promises. He has consistently told those of us working with him to bear the brunt while he fulfils his pledge to the workers and the pensioners,” Mr Ayantunji said.

But apart from salary payment, many residents of Osun have claimed times are hard and are seeking a change in power, with the belief that a new leader may lead to a new lease of life.

Education qualification

While many voters may not be unhappy with the incumbent, they are also not impressed by Mr Adeleke, the leading opposition candidate, over his academic qualification and competence.

Each time Mr Adeleke speaks in English in public, social media is awash with derisive posts by members of the public, either ridiculing his pronunciations or grammar.

Mr Adeleke’s certificate issue had been on the front burner in 2018, forcing the flag bearer to publicly announce his purported graduation from Atlanta Metropolitan College in America in May 2021.

Senator Iyiola Omisore
Iyiola Omisore

Omisore’s emergence

Since his intervention in 2018 during the supplementary election between Messrs Oyetola and Adeleke, deploying his third force to give victory to the former in the keenly contested election, Iyiola Omisore, has remained a pillar of the ruling APC.

Therefore, with his emergence as the national secretary of the ruling party, Mr Omisore, a founding member of the Alliance for Democracy, APC’s legacy party, before joining the PDP where he won a senatorial election from detention, has never had it so good with the so-called progressives.

It will be recalled that Mr Omisore garnered over 128,000 votes in the 2018 election on the platform of the SDP, thereby contributing greatly to why the election went into a rerun.

The popularity of Mr Omisore may improve the fortunes of the APC after joining its fold as a national leader of the party.

The All Progressives Congress (APC) national leader, Bola Tinubu. [CREDIT: Tinubu Twitter Page]
The All Progressives Congress (APC) national leader, Bola Tinubu. [CREDIT: Tinubu Twitter Page]

Tinubu’s emergence as APC presidential candidate

The emergence of Bola Tinubu, a former Lagos State Governor, as the presidential candidate of the ruling APC is another factor that may help the incumbent to retain his seat.

It would be recalled that as soon as he was announced the winner of the party’s presidential primary in June, the outgoing governor of Ekiti State and Chairman of Nigeria’s Governors’ Forum (NGF), Kayode Fayemi, described him as a game changer.

Many of Mr Tinubu’s followers and allies who had threatened to work against the candidate of the party at the poll in Ekiti, especially the leadership of the South-west Agenda for Asiwaju (SWAGA), quickly embraced dialogue and worked for the party’s candidate following Mr Tinubu’s intervention.

The same scenario seems to be playing out in Osun already, as some of the members of Mr Aregbesola-backed TOP have sheathed their swords, and have resolved to work for Mr Oyetola.

One of them is the former speaker of the state’s House of Assembly, Najeem Salaam, who is said to command a large following in Ejigbo, and other major towns in Osun West Senatorial District, where Mr Adeleke also hails from.

With the various realignments in the state, this election is unlikely to repeat the controversy of the last one in 2018, which was decided by 442 votes after Mr Oyetola overtook Mr Adeleke in the controversial supplementary polls conducted in seven polling units.

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Riders Republic, Skull & Bones Will Have In-Game Events to Highlight Climate Issues

Riders Republic, Skull & Bones Will Have In-Game Events to Highlight Climate Issues
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Ubisoft has announced that in-game events in both Riders Republic and Skull & Bones will be used to highlight real-world environmental issues.

Beginning in late 2022, the first live event will take place in Riders Republic and deal with forest fires.

There will be no warning (to simulate the immediacy of forest fires), the sky will change to an ominous shade of orange, and players will need to team up in order to save endangered sequoia trees from the blaze.

Certain areas of the map will become inaccessible, and you will be able to pinpoint the location of each conflagration by the smoke on the horizon.

You can read our full thoughts on Riders Republic in our review.

Skull & Bones, meanwhile, will have an event focusing on the consequences of overfishing. While we don’t have a firm release date for the long-in-development title, we should hear more soon, and it is rumoured to be released in October.

What do you think of Ubisoft’s idea of adding live events to highlight these issues? Let us know in the comments section below.

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Candidates tackle affordability issues at virtual Q&A event

Candidates tackle affordability issues at virtual Q&A event

Three of four major party candidates take part in Guelph Chamber of Commerce event

Affordability and issues around it were a main focus for questions addressed to provincial candidates on Wednesday, when the Guelph Chamber of Commerce hosted a virtual question and answer event.

Affordability is a huge factor when it comes to housing in the province and candidates were asked what recommendations their parties support when it comes to to the issue.

“We’ll have many as-of-right zoning changes that will allow us to have laneway houses, tiny homes as well as develop existing family homes into three unit individual housing opportunities,” said Raechelle Devereaux, Liberal candidate.

“We want to prevent landlords from using renovictions and other bad practices, driving up rent prices in an area,” said James Parr, NDP candidate. “We have to protect renters and we have to bring down housing prices so everyone can afford to work and live in their community.”

“Cracking down on rampant speculation in the housing market, especially vacant homes and corporations buying up homes, so that first-time home buyers especially are at a level playing field to buy their first home,” said Mike Schreiner of the Green Party.

The candidates were asked how their party will fight the rising cost of living in the province and how they will tackle the affordability crisis.

“We want to implement a $20 minimum wage, phased in over our first term and also make it easy for small businesses to access a fund if they’re struggling to make sure their employees get what they deserve,” said Parr.

“Global oil shocks have significantly, negatively effected our quality of life our economy and the cost of everything,” answered Schreiner. “I believe Ontario should be the global leader in electrifying transportation. We have the money to manufacture the supply chain to get it done.”

Devereaux pointed out for small and medium-sized businesses it may be a challenge to achieve minimum wage increases since they were so hard-hit over the pandemic. “Working with stakeholders, including businesses to plan on a regional level of the implementation of those regionally set living wages. Which in the city of Guelph is $18.10 (per hour).”

“We would immediately double social assistance rates and index them to inflation so people don’t live in legislative poverty any longer,” said Schreiner.

“Under a Liberal government we will be transforming our income security systems that include our old age security, Ontario Works and ODSP towards a basic income model,” responded Devereaux.

The Liberals have committed to an increase of 20 per cent to ODSP by 2023. Parr said those who receive ODSP reinvest the money they get back into the community.

He wants to make sure those on ODSP have access to pharamcare, dental care and mental health care.

“We have committed to re-implementing the basic income demonstration project and I will be advocating that Guelph be considered as one of these sites,” said Devereaux.

As jobs transition and become more automated, Parr wants universal basic income to protect those people who may lose their jobs.

“The first and most important step in delivering a basic income in our province is to immediately double social assistance rates, to bring people on Ontario Works and ODSP up to the low income cut-off level,” said Schreiner.

He wants to eliminate the red tape for people applying for social assistance programs.

“Ontarians living with disabilities live 40 per cent below the poverty threshold and some expressed they have no option other than to seek medically assisted suicide. What will you party do to ensure that the quality of life for those with disabilities is raised to a reasonable standard?” asked facilitator Shakiba Shayani, Guelph Chamber of Commerce CEO.

Schreiner said we have a responsibility as a society to meet peoples basic needs and this is why his party is calling to double ODSP supports.

By offering pharmacare, dental care and mental health care it will help those on ODSP but Parr said it isn’t enough and ODSP rates should keep up with inflation. He said ODSP rates are the number one priority for the NDP.

“I am an incredible advocate for the Ontario Disability Support Program,” said Devereaux. She said she is proud to stand with the Liberal Party because the voices of her community will effect change.

All four local major party candidates were invited to attend, event-viewers were told. No reason was provided for Progressive Conservative candidate Peter McSherry’s absence.

McSherry has not participated in any candidates events so far this campaign.

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NYDFS Issues Cybersecurity Guidance in Response to Events in Ukraine | JD Supra

NYDFS Issues Cybersecurity Guidance in Response to Events in Ukraine | JD Supra

In light of Russia’s recent military actions in Ukraine, the New York Department of Financial Services issued guidance on its cybersecurity and virtual currency regulations. The Department is specifically concerned about heightened risk for Russia’s cyberattacks against Ukraine, which could in turn lead to retaliatory attacks against U.S. critical infrastructure due to U.S. sanctions against Russia.

The Department clarified that regulated entities should comply with U.S. sanctions on Russia, but should take measures to mitigate potential security risks. The following includes some recommendations to mitigate increased cyber threats:

  • Review cybersecurity programs with a particular eye on security hygiene measures, such as multi-factor authentication;
  • Review, update and test incident response and business continuity planning;
  • Implement practices not already in place in the Department’s June 2021 Ransomware Guidance;
  • Conduct regular penetration testing to check ability to restore backups; and
  • Provide additional cybersecurity awareness trainings and reminders for employees within the organization.

Putting it into Practice: Current world events serve as a reminder for why it is important for organizations to prioritize their cybersecurity programs and ensure that they take mitigation efforts to prevent the devastating effects of cyber-attacks.