June 3, 2021 Find out more News November 9, 2016 – Updated on November 15, 2016 RSF urges Donald Trump to respect press freedom in the presidency Organisation to go further As Donald Trump is set to assume the U.S. presidency in January, Reporters Without Borders (RSF) urges him to ensure respect for press freedom in the White House. NSO Group hasn’t kept its promises on human rights, RSF and other NGOs say Help by sharing this information United StatesAmericas Protecting journalists WomenFreedom of expression United StatesAmericas Protecting journalists WomenFreedom of expression Throughout the campaign period leading up to the U.S. election on November 8, President-elect Trump made a number of worrying moves against the press. He threatened to sue newspapers for publishing stories that are “purposely negative”, pledging to reform U.S. libel laws so that “when the New York Times or the Washington Post writes a hit piece, we can sue them.”Trump later revoked The Washington Post’s press credentials, stating “based on the incredibly inaccurate coverage and reporting of the record setting Trump campaign, we are hereby revoking the press credentials of the phony and dishonest Washington Post.” Trump also insulted and bullied reporters who portrayed him negatively or asked him tough questions, and refused to participate in a republican debate because FoxNews refused to remove its reporter Megyn Kelly as a moderator.“Trump’s actions to restrict the free press during his presidential campaign have sent a worrying signal about his intentions in the presidency,” said Christophe Deloire, RSF Secretary-General. “As president, we call on him to ensure respect for press freedom and free speech under the First Amendment. The press must be able to carry out its work without fear of reprisal from a hostile White House.”Moves to restrict the press during the presidential campaign are part of an overall alarming trend of curtailing press freedom in the United States. Since 2013, the U.S. ranking on RSF’s World Press Freedom Index has fallen by 14 points. It is now ranked 41 out of 180 countries. WhatsApp blocks accounts of at least seven Gaza Strip journalists Donald Trump, elected President of the United States / AFP News Receive email alerts News June 7, 2021 Find out more Follow the news on United States Facebook’s Oversight Board is just a stopgap, regulation urgently needed, RSF says RSF_en News April 28, 2021 Find out more
RSF_en January 28, 2011 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Four French journalists arrested News Organisation Four French journalists – Karen Lagon of Le Journal du Dimanche, Adrien Jaulmes of Le Figaro, Sipa agency photographer Albert Facelly (who is working for Le Journal du Dimanche) and a Paris-Match reporter – were arrested early in the morning as they were about to cover the demonstrations after Friday prayers in the centre of Cairo. They were freed one hour later, Le Figaro editor Philippe Gelie said. Help by sharing this information
DISCIPLING TRUMPMaking Sense by Michael ReaganUsually it takes a lot of boring three-yard runs and a thick cloud of dust to drive any important piece of legislation across the goal line in Washington.But at this late stage of the game QB Donald Trump and his Republican teammates are going to need a Hail Mary.During the seven months they’ve been in control of the political football in D.C. they’ve brought no significant legislation before Congress.Republicans in the Senate deserve most of the blame for the failure of health care reform.But the president — the owner, head coach, chief publicist and star quarterback of Team Trump — remains the biggest problem.Like a reckless rookie unable to learn from his mistakes, QB Trump is repeatedly scrambling out of the pocket, throwing incompletions in every direction — and then blaming his blockers, receivers and cheerleaders on Twitter for his team’s negative yardage.Meanwhile, for him and the GOP the 2017 congressional game clock is running down fast.It’s already August. Congress is going home for vacation. Then you get into September and before you know it, it’s time for Congress to break for Thanksgiving and Christmas.Then comes 2018 and the mid-term elections. And then nothing important will happen in Congress, except that Republicans and Democrats will point fingers at each other and work hard overtime at getting reelected.President Trump and the Republicans have to go into their hurry-up offense and pass something important on health care, tax reform or immigration and put their stamp on it, or they might be looking at a Democratic Senate in 2019.On healthcare, it’s clear that we can’t completely repeal Obamacare, but we can still completely fix it.Trump and Republicans, and maybe even some Democrats, now have to find areas where they agree, move forward and get some legislation passed. Then repeat and repeat and repeat.It’s frustrating to see how Trump keeps hurting his own cause and the future of the Republican Party.The stock market is soaring and the economy is showing signs of growth, but that good news is never heard in the media because it’s drowned out by the coverage of the president’s tweeting.President Trump took a giant step in the right direction last week by making General John Kelly his chief of staff.It was one of the best moves Trump has made and a sign of hope that he may finally be learning something on the job.General Kelly will bring some long overdue order and discipline to the White House operations, as he quickly proved when he had the president fire Anthony Scaramucci as White House communications director.We’ve written about how important it is for a president to have an adult like Kelly in the Oval Office, but the real issue is whether our president will listen to advice from the adult.President Trump is never going to change his personality or stop thinking that he makes the Sun come up every morning.But if he wants to fulfill any of his campaign promises, or even if he wants to push his poll numbers back into the low 40 percent range, he has to become disciplined.He has to learn that presidents never slam their generals in public or talk out loud about firing generals like John Nicholson in Afghanistan.He has to learn to pat his people on the back, to uplift them, not stab them in the back.He has to learn what my father knew —- that when you have to attack your enemies your best weapons are a wink and a nod.Most important, President Trump has to learn that he’s now in the business of politics, not the business of business.And in politics the bottom line is that in the end the blame —- like the buck —- stops at the president’s desk.FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmail
The glorious Jazz Fest collaborations keep on coming! With the Red Hot Chili Peppers headlining the final day of weekend one at New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival, the band literally pulled a page out of the New Orleans heritage and welcomed some of its core musicians.For the band’s funky finale, they called on The Meters’ George Porter Jr., Zigaboo Modeliste and Dumpstaphunk’s Ivan Neville, welcoming them into the fold for an extended jam session on their original, “Give It Away.” The 10-minute funk fest was a smash hit throughout the crowd, and makes for an outstanding way to start your Monday morning.Watch how it all went down via Space City Shows 2 on YouTube:The full setlist from RHCP’s Jazz Fest performance can be seen here:Edit this setlist | More Red Hot Chili Peppers setlistsWith the first weekend of festivities at an end, don’t miss the inaugural NOLA Crawfish Festival, beginning today, April 25th, and running through the 27th at NOLA Brewing Company. With performances from Porter Jr., Anders Osborne, Billy Iuso and more, this is one festival you won’t want to miss! More information can be found here.
The W.E.B. Du Bois Research Institute at the Hutchins Center for African & African American Research at Harvard University recently announced the 2020-21 class of fellows.According to Director and Alphonse Fletcher University Professor Henry Louis Gates Jr., the cohort will be pursuing a broad range of projects, including:Queer visual cultures in the African diasporaMigratory routes and artistic practices in the Black MediterraneanThe “monstrous” aesthetics of black women’s workDialect in the early Anglophone CaribbeanThe history of Norfolk Prison Colony, the first “community prison”Postmillennial technologies and the practice of raceBlack diasporic women’s engagement with digital and social mediaCruciform churches in Medieval Ethiopia as architectural palimpsests and products of cross-cultural exchangeThe intersections of race, space, and the law in the construction of race and citizenshipStuart Hall’s unfinished manuscript “The Symbolic World. Meaning and Power”“We are happy to welcome one of our most distinguished and exciting cohort of W. E. B. Du Bois Research Institute Fellows,” said Gates. “We look forward to an extraordinary range of artistic and scholarly work next academic year.”The W.E.B. Du Bois Research Institute Fellowship program invites scholars, artists, public intellectuals, and activists across the humanities and social sciences to pursue independent projects encompassing Africa and the diaspora. Fellows arrive from around the world to be in residence at the Hutchins Center for either a full academic year or one semester.The Hutchins Center is closely monitoring Harvard University’s directives regarding a return to campus in the fall, and the fellowship program can easily adapt to a virtual format, pending decisions by Harvard and the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. Read Full Story
LINKSAmerican Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials: Vermont Route improvementsVermont Rail Action Network: High-Speed Rail In Vermont?Federal Rail Administration: U.S. Transportation Secretary LaHood Announces $2 Billion for High-Speed Intercity Rail Projects to Grow Jobs, Boost U.S. Manufacturing and Transform Travel in AmericaDOCUMENTSCommonwealth of Massachusetts: Vision for the New England High-Speed and Intercity Rail NetworkIn March and April, Gov. Peter Shumlin made several personal appeals to U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood for a portion of the high-speed rail funding that states like Florida turned down.On Monday, Vermont’s application was rejected in the third, and last, grant round. The funding would have extended the Western Corridor Amtrak Service. Twenty-four states applied for 15 awards. LaHood announced that about $945.2 million would go toward projects in the Northeast. The federal government has, to date, awarded $10.6 billion for improvements in the reliability, speed and frequency of existing lines. Of that amount, $5.8 billion is obligated.In a statement, Shumlin accentuated the positive and downplayed the negative. He drew attention to the $53 million in high-speed rail money the state had received last year through the American Reinvestment and Recovery Act for improvements to the Vermonter rail line, which runs from St. Albans to Brattleboro and on to Penn Station in Manhattan. (The Vermont rail upgrades began last fall and are slated for completion in 2012.)The high-speed investments announced this week for other nearby states will indirectly benefit Vermont, Shumlin said, because they will result in faster travel times to New York.‘Vermont will see direct benefits from the funding received by our New England partners: the Connecticut project will support work for the Vermonter line and the major Northeast corridor projects in the New York metro area will ensure quicker clearance and reduced time travel for all trains,’ he wrote. ‘Additionally, the New York State project in the Albany area will directly benefit travel time for the Ethan Allen service.’Sue Minter, deputy secretary of the Agency of Transportation, said it’s clear the federal government wants to bolster the existing eastern rail Amtrak corridor before they expand another section. Sue Minter. VTD file‘It is a disappointment because we were really gearing up for that investment in the western corridor and seeing it as a critical link from Burlington to Rutland, which is one of highest priorities of the administration,’ Minter said.The current horizon for future federal funding for high-speed rail doesn’t look optimistic, according to Joe Flynn, rail director for the Agency of Transportation.‘It would have been wonderful to have gotten the award, and it would be disingenuous to say otherwise,’ Flynn said.The Burlington-Rutland line project is important for Vermont, Flynn said, but compared with projects in other states with denser populations, ‘our desire (to improve) the western corridor may not marry up to Washington’s radar screen.’‘We may have to do it without large sums of federal funding,’ Flynn said. ‘We may have to look at other ways to do it.’Flynn pointed to the $19.8 million earmark for transportation obtained by former Sen. James Jeffords, I-Vt., who retired from office in 2006, as a possible source of funding for passenger rail development on the western corridor. ‘We shouldn’t curl up in a ball because we didn’t get the grant,’ Flynn said.He suggested that the agency needs to determine exactly what it would take ‘to get Amtrak here so that it’s a competitive form of transportation.’Amtrak revenues and ridership are both up, Flynn said. About 140,000 people used passenger rail in Vermont last year. The state appropriated $4.5 million in subsidies for Amtrak in fiscal year 2012.The Ethan Allen Express, which runs from Rutland to Albany, and the Vermonter are both ‘in the black,’ according to Flynn. In the last fiscal year, revenues increased by $838,000, and the taxpayer subsidies for the service decreased accordingly.Meanwhile, the $52.7 million improvements to the Vermonter rail line could increase train speeds by as much as 20 miles per hour, Flynn said. Once the upgrades are completed, trains will be able to travel at a rate of 59 miles per hour and up to 79 miles per hour in certain areas.It currently takes about 10 hours to travel from St. Albans to New York City by train. The improvements on the Vermont line will shave 27 minutes from the total travel time; additional upgrades in Connecticut and Massachusetts will carve another hour from the trip, according to Flynn.‘The Vermonter has high travel time,’ Minter said. ‘The more we can do to reduce travel time, the more we can increase ridership.’Minter said the agency is actively discussing a northern run to Montreal via St. Albans. The rail project would involve designing a security checkpoint in Montreal, she said. Anne Galloway is editor of vtdigger.org by Anne Galloway, www.vtdigger.org(link is external) May 11, 2011 Despite the Shumlin administration’s best efforts, the third time wasn’t the charm for the Amtrak western corridor project. The U.S. Department of Transportation passed over Vermont’s most recent bid for $83 million in funding for track improvements that would have enabled the state to offer passenger rail service from Burlington to Rutland. The western corridor is now used for freight.Dig Deeper
4SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr The CEOs of the League of Southeastern Credit Unions and the New York Credit Union Association said Tuesday they signed a letter of intent that will create the nation’s largest league collaboration project.The trade organizations plan to establish a jointly owned subsidiary to consolidate their back-office operations and other services that are not state specific. continue reading »
The Broome County Health Department lists all health statements here. First, the health department says a person who was at The Colonial on Court Street tested positive for coronavirus. BINGHAMTON (WBNG) — The Broome County Health Department released two public health statements after learning two people tested positive for COVID-19 at two locations in Binghamton. If you were at there on Sept. 19 from 2 to 3:30 p.m., the department asks you to self quarantine until Oct. 4 Additionally, the health department says a person who was at the Ancient Order of Hibernians on Main Street tested positvie for the virus. If you were at the location from Sept. 18 or 19 from 6 to 8 p.m., to self quarantine until Oct. 3 or 4 respectfully.
Share Share Tropical Storm Maria 5-day forecast track. NHC/NOAA graphicMIAMI, USA — At 8:00 pm EDT on Friday, the centre of Tropical Storm Maria was located about 135 miles north of Barbados and about 185 miles east-southeast of Guadeloupe. On the forecast track, the centre of Maria will move over the Leeward Islands during Friday night and Saturday, and be near the Virgin Islands by Saturday night. According to the National Hurricane Center in Miami, Maria is moving toward the northwest near 15 mph and this motion is expected to continue during the next day or so. Maximum sustained winds are near 45 mph, with higher gusts. Gradual strengthening is forecast during the next 48 hours.Tropical storm force winds extend outward up to 175 miles, mainly to the northeast of the centre. Tropical storm conditions are expected to reach the Lesser Antilles on Friday evening, then spread northwestward over the Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico on Saturday and Saturday night. Maria is expected to produce total rain accumulations of 4 to 8 inches with isolated maximum amounts of 10 inches over the central to northern Lesser Antilles, the Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico.Storm surge will raise water levels by as much as 1 to 2 feet above normal tide levels along the immediate coast within the warning area. Near the coast, the surge will be accompanied by large and dangerous waves. A tropical storm warning is in effect for Guadeloupe, St Martin, Saba, St Eustatius, Antigua, Anguilla, Barbuda, Montserrat, Nevis, St Kitts, the British Virgin Islands, Dominica, St Barthelemy, St Marten, Martinique, US Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico, including Vieques and Culebra. Interests elsewhere in the Lesser Antilles, the Dominican Republic, the Turks and Caicos Islands and the southeastern Bahamas should monitor the progress of Maria.Caribbean News Now 20 Views no discussions Tweet Share NewsRegional Tropical storm Maria approaching Leeward Islands by: – September 10, 2011 Sharing is caring!
Arat Hosseini had everyone on social media talking again after posting a video of an expertly executed overhead kick, which he dedicated to Lionel Messi. Promoted Content7 Ways To Understand Your Girlfriend BetterWhich Country Is The Most Romantic In The World?8 Things To Expect If An Asteroid Hits Our Planet14 Hilarious Comics Made By Women You Need To Follow Right NowEverything You Need To Know About Asteroid Armageddon8 Shows That Went From “Funny” To “Why Am I Watching This”Portuguese Street Artist Creates Hyper-Realistic 3D Graffiti6 Interesting Ways To Make Money With A DroneThe Very Last Bitcoin Will Be Mined Around 2140. Read MoreBirds Enjoy Living In A Gallery Space Created For ThemWhat Happens To Your Brain When You Play Too Much Video Games?7 Worst Things To Do To Your Phone Read Also: Video: Ronaldo uses his kids as weights during home workouts Arat’s father, who is himself responsible for training the youth, also wrote about his son’s future ambitions. “He dreams of playing for Barcelona every night,” he said. “He compares himself to Messi and always says he wants to be like Leo when he grows up.” FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Loading… The young Iranian addressed the Barcelona star before pulling off yet another impressive piece of skill. “Thanks Arat,” Messi responded. “I see a lot of class there. “Awesome. A hug.” The child didn’t take long to thank the Argentinian before adding: “I hope to play for Barca one day”.Advertisement