As you might already be aware, UCEPROTECT made major changes to their blocklisting methodology this week which resulted in our IP network being placed on their blacklist,
which potentially affects all our customers who send emails to third party companies using UCEPROTECT.
While the activities from our part of the network are not solely responsible for reaching the required rate to block to get blacklsited,
we will take some major actions to prevent such issues in the future.
For the purpose:
We will force change ALL WEAK email accounts passwords for all mailboxes on our platform on Wednesday Feb 17th 2021.
Creating email account from the control panel will require even stronger passwords with our latest weak password detection update.
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The Department of Mass Communication Virtual University of Pakistan has organized a webinar “Islamophobia and Western Media” on January 28, 2021.
Objectives of Webinar are:
To talk about the prevalence of Islamophobia discourse in the Western Media.
To discuss how the Islamophobia in Western media has affected the Muslim identity.
To explore strategies and tactics to counter the Islamophobia in Western media.
Guest Speakers will be
Prof. Dr. Noshina Saleem (Director, Institute of Communication Studies, University of the Punjab).
Topic: Islamophobia in the Light of Various Scholars’ Perspectives
Dr. Saeed Ahmad Saeedi (Assistant Professor, Institute of Islamic Studies, University of the Punjab & Senior Analyst 92 News).
Topic: Islamophobia… Reasons, Impacts and Obviation
Prof. Dr. Zafar Iqbal, (Chairman, Department of Media & Communication Studies, International Islamic University, Islamabad)
Topic: Islamophobia: Brief History, Facets and Way to Counter it
All participants will get free E-certificate
Prime Minister Imran Khan is Tuesday presiding over the federal cabinet meeting being held at the Prime Minister’s Office to discuss the country’s economic and political situation. The cabinet is discussing a 15-point agenda.
According to sources, a draft bill related to the Auditor General’s Office will be presented for approval in the Cabinet meeting. The appointment of the Director General of the Legal Aid and Justice Authority is also on the cards.
Approval will also be given to declare FIA Commercial Banking Circle Lahore as a police station and to hold elections of National Council for Medicine as well as appointment of an administrator.
The cabinet meeting will also award additional charge of DG Hydrocarbon Development Institute of Pakistan and grant permission to build a multi-storey building on railway land in Nowshera.
Sources said that the decisions of the Cabinet Committee on Reforms, the Cabinet Committee on Privatization and the ECC will be ratified during today’s meeting.
The cabinet will also approve the supply of extra wheat to the utility stores of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and Azad Kashmir governments. Besides, a budget of more than Rs 400 million would be approved for setting up accountability courts in the country.
Creators, happy new year!
However you felt about 2020, the fact is it’s in the history books. To help you venture into 2021 I asked a few really successful creators for one piece of advice for your channel in the new year.
Here’s what they had to say.
My advice is to pre-film your content. You never know when something unexpected is going to pop up in life.
When things get busy, you’ll be so happy you have a bunch of videos in the bank. One thing that’s really helped Annoying Orange’s longevity is the fact that we stick to a schedule.
Fans know exactly when they can come to the channel and see new videos and that’s really valuable because it creates a trust with the audience. When you build that expectation and deliver it creates trust, and that trust will keep the audience coming back.
But it’s important to be consistent in more than just your regular uploads. Try to be consistent with your editing, your content, your style and your overall brand.
My advice is get others involved. While no one will ever be as passionate or dedicated to your channel as you are
by getting others involved, whether as employees or even just friends it can help improve your content allow you to focus on the things you’re best at and give you somebody else to hold you accountable when trying to achieve your goals.
From what I learned in 2020 myself it would probably be don’t put yourself in a box. I was just trying way too hard
to make sure I was doing exactly what my followers wanted to see exactly what my subscribers wanted to see.
I was afraid that if I did anything different that they wouldn’t like it.
But at the end of the day, I didn’t know that until I tried it.
That risk pays off a lot of times. I watched so many of you put out ridiculous content every single day. However, you take the comments for granted. Get in there, reply, engage, build relationships. This is not just consumption, this is community. You are an influencer. You influence!
So, when you’re creating your content, think not only about yourself but about others and how you want to influence their life.
Make sure you’re inspiring them in a way that you would like to see the world evolve into whether you’re making them happy after a long day of work or maybe you’re turning into creatures and monsters to inspire them to be creative.
That’s what I do! You are an influencer and you will influence the people that watch you.
Be that good inspiration.
My advice is to find balance.
Don’t just work all year.
Make sure you schedule time in to play and find hobbies. because if you show up to work and you’re burned out your audience will sense it and you’ll struggle to create new, authentic, and exciting content that your audience will love and want to keep coming back for.
So, take good care of yourself so that you can take great care of your content and it will continue to motivate and inspire your audience.
My advice is to think big and try not to be discouraged by short-term hurdles. In the long run, the only things that matter are making good content and staying consistent.
Good luck to you.
I’ll see you in the frickin’ interwebs.
I’ll see you out there!
All right, I’m done.
(NITB) National Information Technology Board has warned WhatsApp users of a new hack doing around on the Instant messaging app.
“A malicious video named Argentina is circulating on WhatsApp that shows COVID-19 curve is flattening in Argentina,” the board warned in a tweet. “Do not open the link as it hacks your phone in 10 seconds and it cannot be stopped in anyway.”
What is motivation?
Motivation is the process that initiates, guides, and maintains goal-oriented behaviors.
Motivation involves the biological, emotional, social, and cognitive forces that activate behavior.
In everyday usage, the term “motivation” is frequently used to describe why a person does something.
It is the driving force behind human actions.
Motivation doesn’t just refer to the factors that activate behaviors;
it also involves the factors that direct and maintain these goal-directed actions (though such motives are rarely directly observable).
As a result, we often have to infer the reasons why people do the things that they do based on observable behaviors.1
Types of motivation:
Different types of motivation are frequently described as being either extrinsic or intrinsic:
Extrinsic motivations are those that arise from outside of the individual and often involve rewards such as trophies, money, social recognition, or praise.
Intrinsic motivations are those that arise from within the individual, such as doing a complicated crossword puzzle purely for the personal gratification of solving a problem.
State Bank of Pakistan (SBP) has introduced system along with Karandaaz Pakistan has developed a new system for processing instant payments, which will address payment system infrastructure-related issues.
Pakistan’s “First Instant Digital Payment System Raast” was launched by Prime Minister Imran Khan as a move to shift Pakistan’s economy from cash-based to digital-based economy.
The system introduced by the State Bank of Pakistan (SBP) along with Karandaaz Pakistan has developed a new system for processing instant payments, which will address payment system infrastructure-related issues.
Features of Raast Instant Payment system:
Fast- Provide the end-user a near real-time payment experience
Low cost- Operate on a cost-recovery mindset to provide low transaction cost to participants
Interoperable- Allow payments from and to any channel
Simple- Improve adoption and convenience through a Universal payment ID (example mobile numbers, CNIC for an alias may be used in lieu of complex account numbers)
Secure- Provide ample verification options to ensure the funds are safe and the system is also well protected and ensure secure data protection and authentication throughout the ecosystem
Highly accessible- Allow simpler and broader onboarding for payment entities such as banks, payment system operator and payment service providers, merchants, government entities via APIs and ensure system processes transactions 24/7 in real-time
Innovative- Allow participants to design new payment and financial services/products
It is pertinent to mention that the Raast Instant Payment System is an advanced retail payment system developed based on international standards such as ISO 20022 and other digital financial inclusion principles like the Level one Principles.
It will become the core component of Pakistan’s payment infrastructure and will allow every individual to send and receive the payments instantly in a safe, secure manner.
Special Assistant to the Chief Minister of Punjab on Information, Dr. Firdous Ashiq Awan has urged on Tuesdays the people to play their role in making the children responsible citizens of Pakistan.
Moreover, the special assistant stated that a ban has been imposed on taking labor from the children below the age of 15 years in Punjab.
She said that the beggars will receive a prompt response from the government.
WhatsApp responds to rumours and common questions regarding new rules WhatsApp vows that it will never weaken end-to-end encryption WhatsApp says group chats remain private
After coming under intense scrutiny from users across the world, WhatsApp on Tuesday issued a clarification regarding its new terms and conditions with the service saying that the new policy will not affect user’s private communication with “friends or family”.
“Today we’re answering some common questions we’ve received [regarding] WhatsApp,” announced Head of WhatsApp at Facebook Will Cathcart on Twitter. He shared a link to WhatsApp page on their website answering those questions as well.
The head of the service clarified that the new policy gives clarity to users regarding “business communication” and brings “transparency”.
The head of the service clarified that the new policy gives clarity to users regarding “business communication” and brings “transparency”.
“It does not impact how people communicate privately with friends or family,” said Cathcart.
WhatsApp vows not to weaken end-to-end encryption
Separately, WhatsApp said that whatever users share with their friends, family, and co-workers on WhatsApp stays between them.
“We can’t see your private messages or hear your calls, and neither can Facebook,” said WhatsApp
The Facebook owned company vowed that it will “never weaken” end-to-end encryption. It added that it “clearly labels each chat” so people can know their “commitment”.
The messaging service also clarified that it does not keep “logs” of the messages and calls of users.
The company said that traditional mobile carriers store this information but they do not do so as it would be a “privacy and security risk” if they keep the record of two billion users.
WhatsApp also clarified that it cannot see their users location and neither can its parent company Facebook.
Read more: WhatsApp updates its terms and services for users across the world
“When you share your location with someone on WhatsApp, your location is protected by end-to-end encryption, which means no one can see your location except the people you share it with,” clarified the company.
On the same subject regarding Facebook, the company also assured users that it does not share their contacts with Facebook. It stated that the phone numbers are taken from a user’s address book to “make messaging fast and reliable”.
Groups remain private
The Facebook-owned company which has been under fire for accessing group chats said that those chats remain private.
The company said that they “use group membership to deliver messages” and to protect the service from “spam and abuse”.
“We don’t share this data with Facebook for ads purposes. Again, these private chats are end-to-end encrypted so we can’t see their content,” said WhatsApp.
The company told users that they can set their messages to disappear “for additional privacy”.
The company also stated that users can also download their data and see what information the company has of their account.
How rules affect WhatsApp for business
The company said that millions of users rely on WhatsApp to “communicate securely with businesses of all sizes”, adding that it wants to make it easier and better for users to message with businesses.
The company added that it was providing Facebook hosting services as some large businesses “need” to use the option to “manage their communication”.
But it again clarified that WhatsApp cannot see what a user is saying or that Facebook may “use that information for its own marketing purposes”.
“To make sure you’re informed, we clearly label conversations with businesses that are choosing to use hosting services from Facebook,” said the company.
Read more: Here are two alternatives to WhatsApp if you’re concerned about privacy
“Facebook branded commerce features like Shops, some businesses will display their goods right within WhatsApp so people can see what’s available to buy,” clarified the statement.
It added that if this option is utlised then it will be used to “personalise” a shopping experience.
The company also stated that users that may see an ad on Facebook with a button to message a business using WhatsApp.
“Facebook may use the way you interact with these ads to personalize the ads you see on Facebook,” said the company.
WhatsApp under fire
Earlier this year the company announced a change in its terms and conditions after which it came under fire.
The change in policy has sent shockwaves among the users who have questioned the logic behind data sharing with Facebook and are encouraging others to install Signal and Telegram apps which have seen a sudden increase in demand.
We want to address some rumors and be 100% clear we continue to protect your private messages with end-to-end encryption.
Ubiquiti recently became aware of unauthorized access to certain of our information technology systems hosted by a third party cloud provider. They have no indication that there has been unauthorized activity with respect to any user’s account.
They are not currently aware of evidence of access to any databases that host user data, but they cannot be certain that user data has not been exposed. This data may include your name, email address, and the one-way encrypted password to your account (in technical terms, the passwords are hashed and salted). The data may also include your address and phone number if you have provided that to Ubiquiti.
As a precaution, we encourage you to change your password. We recommend that you also change your password on any website where you use the same user ID or password. Finally, we recommend that you enable two-factor authentication on your Ubiquiti/ or other accounts if you have not already done so.
They also apologize for, and deeply regret, any inconvenience this may cause you. We take the security of your information very seriously and appreciate your continued trust.
You need to download and install an app that allows you to use your Android phone as a webcam for your PC. There are many such apps available within the Play Store, but after testing several of them, the one we liked best was DroidCam Wireless Webcam. The app works by creating a connection between your Android smartphone and your Windows computer either by employing a wireless network or via a USB cable.
The DroidCam Wireless Webcam app is out there in two versions: free and paid. The free version, which we wont to create this guide, has the disadvantage of displaying ads on your smartphone. The paid Pro version offers support for high-resolution video (up to 720p), an option called “FPS Boost” which allows for up to 2 times higher frame rate, and more customization options for the Windows client, like the power to mirror video, rotate video, increase or decrease the image contrast and sharpness, et al. . However, to realize the core purpose of turning your Android smartphone into a webcam that you simply can use on your Windows PC, the free version of the app is enough.
Before you go further, confirm that your Android smartphone and your Windows computer are both connected to an equivalent network. Once you’ve made sure of that, follow subsequent steps:
Step 1. Download and install the DroidCam Wireless Webcam app on your Android smartphone
You must first download and install the DroidCam Wireless Webcam app for Android. you’ll find it within the Play Store here: DroidCam Wireless Webcam. On the app’s Store page, tap Install and await the app to be installed.
Once the app has been installed on your Android smartphone, advance to your Windows computer, and take subsequent step.
Step 2. Download and install the DroidCam Client app on your Windows PC
On your Windows PC, open your favorite browser and visit this web page: DroidCam Windows Client. Once it’s loaded, you ought to see thereon an outsized button named DroidCam Client v6.0. Click or tap thereon to download the DroidCam Client app.
You should now get alittle 875 KB file called DroidCam.Client.6.0.FullOffline.zip. reserve it somewhere on your Windows computer (for example, on your desktop). Then, extract its contents, and you ought to get an executable file named DroidCam.Client.6.0.exe, with a size of 915 KB.
Double click/tap on the executable file and follow the wizard’s instructions to put in the DroidCam Client on your Windows computer. The wizard is pretty straightforward: just keep it up clicking or tapping Next. There’s just one thing you would like to concentrate to: once you are asked about whether you want to put in driver software from “DEV47 APPS”, prefer to Install it. If you don’t, the Windows client cannot hook up with the app on your Android phone.
Step 3. Connect the DroidCam Wireless Webcam Android app with the Windows DroidCam Client
Go to your Android smartphone and open the DroidCam Wireless Webcam app. you’ll find it listed in your All apps list.
The first time you open the DroidCam Wireless Webcam app, you’re greeted with a welcome screen on which you’ll see a fast start guide about the way to use it.
Read it, tap Next, then tap the Got it button from rock bottom of the screen.
DroidCam Wireless Webcam then asks you for permission to use your Android phone’s camera and microphone. Obviously, it must do this , so confirm that you simply Accept.
Now the DroidCam Wireless Webcam app loads a replacement screen, on which it shows you what WiFi network you’re connected to, your Android smartphone’s IP address, and therefore the port employed by the app. In our case, the WiFi IP is 192.168.50.4, and therefore the DroidCam Port is 4747. Keep your smartphone unlocked as you’re getting to need this information soon.
Go to your Windows computer and open DroidCam Client. within the Connect over WiFi (LAN) section, enter the Device IP and therefore the DroidCam Port that are displayed on your Android smartphone. In our case, the Device IP is 192.168.50.4, and therefore the DroidCam Port is 4747.
Then confirm to pick the Video and, if you would like , the Audio checkbox too. They control whether your Android smartphone can relay the camera video feed, also because the sound from its microphone.
Step 4. Start the video feed from your Android phone
Click or tap on the beginning button from the Windows DroidCam Client to start the video data transmission. If all worked well, you ought to now see a preview of the video sent from your smartphone’s camera. In other words, now you’ve got a working webcam!
Step 5. Use your Android smartphone as a webcam on Skype, Facebook, and other similar apps
Now you’ll open any app that needs a webcam and configure it to use your Android smartphone, a.k.a. DroidCam Source, for that. as an example , in Skype’s Video settings, you’ll find a webcam called DroidCam Source 3. All you’ve got to try to to to use it with Skype is to pick it.
Likewise, all you’ve got to try to to to use your new smartphone webcam on Facebook is to settle on it once you initiate a video call.
Unfortunately, in our test, we found that DroidCam fails to figure with the Camera app from Windows 10. it’s not recognized by this app. We hope, however, that the developers of DroidCam can address this issue within the future.
DroidCamX (paid version of DroidCam) offers additional controls
The Windows DroidCam Client also includes a couple of other buttons for extra options and controls. However, unless you buy the professional version of the DroidCam Wireless Webcam Android app, the extra controls are disabled and can’t be used.
The Windows DroidCam Client app also includes two other different connection methods between your PC and your Android smartphone: via USB or by creating an immediate wireless connection between your Windows PC and your Android smartphone. However, the USB method is suggested just for advanced users because it involves using the Android “Developer Options,” more specifically “USB Debugging.”
The Prince' by Niccolo Machiavelli
Introduction The Prince’ is a piece of writing on governance written by Niccolo di Bernardo dei Machiavelli. He was born at Florence (Italy) on 03 May 1469 and died on 21 June 1527. Machiavelli is primarily known as Florentine political philosopher and diplomat. He remained diplomatic a mission at many European courts in early sixteenth century. In 1512, he was imprisoned and exiled. He wrote initial writings of the book in the form of letters to Lorenzo de Medici. In 1532, after the death of Machiavelli, the printed version of the book was published. Machiavelli strongly advocated that prince (ruler) must be willing to act immorally to keep command and control and do everything that favors to control the state. He believes that virtue in the form of pure or moralistic acts is impossible because virtuous folks will be exploited.
Central idea of the book
In order to integrate the Italian states, Machiavelli was finding root causes of domestic instability and he highlighted that the prince must establish new principalities because (as Machiavelli believed) acquiring and maintaining command and control on new principalities is the toughest task for a prince. He theorized that the diplomatic but powerful acquisition of the new principalities by utilizing personal resources and men is the task of the prince. He gave example that the fall of Cesare Borgia was caused by his dependence on his fathers connections and not on the power of his own arms or strengths. Machiavelli also emphasized that every prince looking for to rise to power
should have powerful and disciplined army that must obey the prince. An undisciplined army that does not obey the prince is very dangerous. He said, A prince must build on sound foundations: otherwise he is bound to come to grief. The main foundations of every state, new states as well as ancient or composite ones are good laws and good arms; and because you cannot have good laws without good arms, and where there are good arms. good laws inevitably follow, I shall not discuss laws but give my attentions to arms."
He further stressed that the importance of a prince’s reputation as the good public image, irrespective of reality, enhances his power. Machiavelli argued that political the action must be judged solely on terms of practical consequences. He advocated immoral behavior in the form of killing of innocents and dishonesty as it is an effective tool in politics. In this regard. Machiavelli said, “If the ruler wants to keep hold of his new possessions, he must bear two things in mind: first, that the family of the old e must be destroyed; next, that he must change neither their laws nor their taxes.”
Machiavellianism is a negative term that is coined from the concept of unscrupulous 'clans characterized in The Prince by Machiavelli. He advised princes that it is er to be feared than loved and the ends justify the means. Machiavelli categorically said. “From this arises the following question: whether it is better to be loved than feared, or the reverse. The answer is that one would like to be both the one and the other; but because it is difficult to combine them, it is far better to be feared than loved if you cannot be both. One can make this generalization about men: they are ungrateful, fickle, liars, and deceivers, they shun danger and are greedy for profit… … Men worry less about doing an injury to one who makes himself loved than to one who makes himself feared. . . . but fear is strengthened by a dread of punishment which is always effective.”
Summary of the Book
The book is divided into 25 chapters. The first eleven chapters are about the art of having power and subsequently command and control of the state. Machiavelli opposed the hereditary monarch as such a ruler is unable to fulfill the states needs.
He advised that the conqueror must immediately suppress opposition. The adversaries must be dealt with full ruthlessness. The conqueror must support the minority groups that were previously oppressed by the earlier ruler because they will provide strong support if majority of the people resent the new conqueror. A prince must take over by creating class conflict among noble and general people. The people who are used to dictatorship may or may not resist a new conqueror but people of democracy are resentful for their deprivation of freedom and such people will put full efforts to regain their status. Machiavelli said, “But in republics there is more vitality, greater hatred, and more desire for vengeance. which will never permit them to allow the monarchy of their former liberty to rest: so that the safest way is to destroy them or reside there.” The safe way for a new prince is a complete destruction of the institutions, traditions and customs of the free people. The new conqueror must be strong and firm to bring changes in the society as people are naturally conservative and resistant to change. The prince must have the abilities of being cunning like a fox with the strength of a lion, as Machiavelli said, “The lion cannot protect himself from traps, and the fox cannot defend himself from wolves. One must therefore be a fox to recognize traps, and a lion to frighten wolves.” The next three chapters (12-14) are about the use of military power. In order to maintain effective military force, Machiavelli emphasized that the armed forces must consist of citizen-soldier. Those troops who fight for money but not for honor should not be trusted. He said that the troops who fight to defend their homeland and to safeguard the virtue of their women are loyal and trustworthy. He strongly condemned seeking help in the form of auxiliaries. In this regard, Machiavelli said, Auxiliaries, which are the other useless arm, are employed when a prince is called in with his forces to aid and defend, as was done by Pope Julius in the most recent times; for he, having, in the enterprise against Ferrara, had poor proof of his mercenaries, turned to auxiliaries, and stipulated with Ferdinand, King of Spain, for his assistance with men and arms. These arms may be useful and good in themselves, but for him who calls them in they are always disadvantageous; for losing, one is undone, and winning, one is their captive." He further stressed that despite relying on auxiliaries (troops from other state as help) the prince must form his own disciplined, efficient and well trained army as Machiavelli said, As regards action, he (the prince) ought above all things to keep his men well organized and drilled. to follow incessantly the chase, by which he accustoms his body to hardships, and learns something of the nature of localities. and gets to find out how the mountains rise, how the valleys open out, how the plains lie, and to understand the nature of rivers and marshes, and in all this to take the greatest care." The next four chapters (15-18) are about the disagreeable reputation of the prince. Machiavelli strongly advised that the prince must secure his power by all means. He described human nature as dominated by egoistic drive and a wise prince would avoid too much freedom. Machiavelli said, Of mankind we may say in general they are fickle, hypocritical, and greedy of gain." The prince who is generous must publicize this fact and the people will soon hate a policy of lavish spending, for they will realize that they themselves are paying for it. On the other hand. a prince who is economical will initially face opposition but finally the people will appreciate the prince for being caring towards the property of people. A ruler must not have kindness in his personality as his prime responsibility is to keep the state together. But on the other hand, the ruler should have respect and affection for his people, preferably respect. The prince must execute his people but avoid taking heritage/patrimony as Machiavelli said, “Men sooner forget the death of their father than the loss of their patrimony.”
The next seven chapters (19-25) are about the advice to princes/rulers regarding strengthening their powers. Machiavelli advised prince that he must craft favorable image in the minds of the people. They (people) must have perception that the prince is courageous, determined, honest and firm. Machiavelli said, “Everyone sees what you appear to be, few experience what you really are.” In case of war between two states in the neighborhood. the prince must support the weaker state in order to maintain balance of power in the region. The prince must be careful and focused while selecting, appointing and giving offices to the advisers and officers and disloyal one must be punished severely. Machiavelli said, “If an injury has to be done to a man it should be so severe that his vengeance need not be feared.” A prince must pay attention to the inputs received from his advisors/officers carefully and give importance to them if the inputs are valuable.
Conclusion and Analysis
The Prince is unquestionably an amazing book. Although this book was written about 500 years ago yet still its big portions are applicable to this era of digitization. Many people in the history praised this book and many philosophers acknowledged Machiavelli as a leading personality in the field of political science. Machiavelli leadingly introduced a rational approach towards analyzing government and politics. Although, Machiavelli is harsh and immoral in his ideas yet he has also consistently been considered true in his philosophy. The governments still require power and balance of power. Overall, the book has been proved as a classical piece of literature in the field. Machiavelli disregards morals and virtues such as honesty in political dealings as he believes that “It is necessary to know well how to disguise this characteristic and to be a great pretender and dissembler”. I think that if deceptive acts were met with equal ruthlessness, a never ending cycle of deception would develop. To Machiavelli. it is fundamentally necessary and acceptable to manipulate others with absolute disregard of emotions and moral principles for obtaining and maintaining power. He considers the ruthless emperors as very rational personalities. Resultantly, after studying this book, some weak souls and negative personalities further strengthen their Machiavellian behaviors and attitudes with the tendency to manipulate and exploit others. They (Machiavellians) are the individuals who. in order to seek success, are ready to use all immoral, unlawful and unethical means. To me, rule of law is paramount for good governance as nobody is above the law in any case or in any situation.