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US – #WeeklyAddress June 4-10: Justice Department seized New York Times reporter’s records

first_img June 3, 2021 Find out more Help by sharing this information June 11, 2018 US – #WeeklyAddress June 4-10: Justice Department seized New York Times reporter’s records MANDEL NGAN / AFP News Facebook’s Oversight Board is just a stopgap, regulation urgently needed, RSF says Below are the most notable incidents regarding threats to press freedom in the US during the week of June 4-10: WhatsApp blocks accounts of at least seven Gaza Strip journalists April 28, 2021 Find out more News NSO Group hasn’t kept its promises on human rights, RSF and other NGOs say Newscenter_img Follow the news on United States Organisation United StatesAmericas June 7, 2021 Find out more to go further United StatesAmericas RSF_en News Receive email alerts New York Times reporter’s records seized in connection with leak investigation The New York Times reported on June 7 that its reporter, Ali Watkins, had several years worth of phone and email records seized as part of an ongoing leak investigation into James A. Wolfe, a former Senate Intelligence Committee aide. This is the first known seizure of a reporter’s records under the Trump administration, a tactic which President Barack Obama also used during his tenure. To learn more about this incident, read RSF’s publication: “Alert: US – RSF deeply concerned by seizure of journalist’s records.” Trump lashes out at CNN reporter during G7 press conference President Donald Trump lashed out at CNN after receiving a question from one of its reporters about the United States’ current status with ally nations during a press conference at the G7 summit in Canada this weekend. Upon learning the reporter worked for the network, the president responded: “Fake News CNN. The worst. But I could tell by the question. I had no idea you were CNN. After the question, I was just curious as to who you were with. You were CNN.” He also added that the United States’ relationship with its allies was “great” and the reporter should “tell that to [their] fake friends at CNN.” Trump has consistently criticized the outlet during his time as president. Over the past two weeks, he has shared three “fake news” tweets directed at the news channel, including a June 2 tweet: “Real @FoxNews is doing great, Fake News CNN is dead!” White House press secretary claims she is more credible than the press In a June 4 White House press briefing, Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders dodged a question from Washington Post reporter Josh Dawsey about President Donald Trump dictating a “misleading” statement Donald Trump Jr. published after a pre-election meeting he attended with Russian lawyers at Trump Tower. In August 2017, Sanders had asserted the president “certainly didn’t dictate” his son’s statement, but the president’s legal team sent a letter to Mueller in January revealing the opposite was true. Many White House correspondents expressed concern about the sudden and drastic shift in stance, calling into question Sanders’ credibility. She responded by redirecting the reporter to Trump’s legal counsel, a common diversion tactic for the press secretary, and countered the press by stating: “Frankly, I think my credibility is probably higher than the media’s.” This is not the first instance that Sanders has misstated fact in press briefings. The press secretary has also provided directly contradictory information about firings in the administration, and most notably denied the $130,000 payment from Trump’s lawyer Michael Cohen to adult film star Stormy Daniels. Huffington Post journalist suspended from Twitter after responding to death threats In the days after writing a story about an Islamophobic blogger behind the Twitter account @AmyMek, Huffington Post reporter Luke O’Brien received death threats and had his name, phone number, and address posted by the account’s vindictive followers — a process known as “doxing.” Following the threats, O’Brien defended himself on Twitter with his version of the events. Twitter responded by suspending the reporter from its platform, despite not taking action to address many of the initial threats against O’Brien. The suspension has since been lifted. Online harassment of journalists is becoming increasingly common in the US. On April 2, White House correspondent Jim Acosta received threats of violence after asking President Trump about DACA during the White House Easter egg roll. A reporter for American Urban Radio Networks and CNN contributor April Ryan also says she gets death threats for asking questions about Trump and has law enforcement on speed dial for personal safety. The United States ranks 45th out of 180 countries in RSF’s 2018 World Press Freedom Index after falling 2 places in the last year. For the latest updates, follow RSF on twitter @RSF_en. last_img read more

Lindsay Lohan Confirmed for London’s Speed-the-Plow

first_img View Comments Lohan will play Karen, the role originated by Madonna in the 1988 Broadway production. She rose to fame as a child actress in The Parent Trap. She later starred in Freaky Friday, Confessions of a Teenage Drama Queen, Mean Girls, Herbie: Fully Loaded and Georgia Rule. Last year she starred in the film The Canyons opposite Broadway alum Nolan Gerard Funk. On TV, Lohan has guest-starred on King of the Hill, That 70’s Show, Ugly Betty and Glee. Dates are announced; all the notoriously tardy leading lady has to do now is turn up on time for eight shows a week. As previously speculated, Lindsay Lohan will headline David Mamet’ Speed-the-Plow in London. Directed by Lindsay Posner, the Mean Girls star will make her stage debut at London’s Playhouse Theatre. The limited engagement will begin performances on September 24 and run through November 30. Press night is set for October 2.center_img Speed-the-Plow focuses on two high-powered Hollywood executives, Charlie Fox and Bobby Gould, who have come up from the mailroom together. Charlie brings Bobby a surefire hit with a major star attached. Bobby seems certain to give the green light, until his beautiful new secretary gets involved. The play received its London premiere in 1989 and was revived in the West End in 2000 and at The Old Vic in 2008. A Broadway revival played the Ethel Barrymore Theatre in 2008. No word yet on further casting or who is understudying the role of Karen.last_img read more

United Rebel Sprint Series back in action at Bob Salem Memorial

first_imgFriday’s event will pay $700 to the winner. On Saturday, the feature winner of the Bob Salem Memorial finale will take home a $1,000 payday.   Jake Bubak captured the feature win in 2019 on Friday night’s event while Jason Martin was the Saturday night Bob Salem Memorial finale feature winner.  Races are slated to begin at 7 p.m. both nights. Admission is $20, kids ages 7-12 $5, and kids 6 and under free.  The Bob Salem Memorial will be streamed live on Speedmax TV (IMCA.TV) for $15 each night or $25 for both nights. OBERLIN, Kansas – The Lucas Oil POWRi United Rebel Sprint Series Presented by Mel Hambelton Ford Racing returns to action this Friday, Aug. 14 and Saturday, Aug. 15 for the Bob Salem Memorial at Oberlin, Kan., Speedwaylast_img read more

Fiji power past Ireland

first_img Winger Akuila Uate, whose last trip to England was with Australia for the 2011 Four Nations Series, scored two tries in Fiji’s 30-14 win over the Irish in the semi-final qualifier on the Gold Coast in 2008 and went one better on Monday night with a hat-trick. But the foundations for the Bati’s 32-14 victory was laid by a dominant pack which thrilled the bulk of the sell-out crowd of 8,872 in Rochdale, which boasts the biggest Fijiian expatriate community outside London. That gave Aston’s men the encouragement they needed and they could have drawn level had second rower Dave Allen managed to take Scott Grix’s pass in a try-scoring position. The chance was lost and Ireland were unable to take advantage of the sin-binning of replacement Eloni Vunakece for persistent infringements six minutes before the interval. Naiqama stretched Fiji’s lead to 12-4 on the stroke of half-time with a penalty and there was no way back for Ireland when second rower Tariq Sims went over for a third try after Grix had failed to take Aaron Groom’s high kick. The floodgates opened as Uate completed his hat-trick and loose forward Korbin Sims also touched down and Naiqama took his goal tally to four from seven attempts. Ireland lost Grix with a leg injury that could see him miss out on the clash with England on his home ground, but they produced a late flurry that gave the scoreline some respect. Winger Damien Blanch went over at the corner four minutes from the end and, in the final move of the match, Hassan forced his way over for a richly-deserved try to which Pat Richards added the goal. Fiji effectively ended Ireland’s World Cup dream for the second time after out-muscling them in a bruising Group A match at a packed Spotland. Press Association The Fijians’ display sent out a message to both England and Australia, whose coaches Steve McNamara and Tim Sheens were in the crowd, that they will be no pushovers in the remaining group games. Ireland, the 500-1 tournament outsiders, were in touch at half-time when they trailed 12-4 but they conceded four second-half tries to suffer an emphatic defeat and will now need to beat England in Huddersfield on Saturday to keep alive their hopes of reaching the knockout stages. The deeply-religious Fijians went into a huddle before kick-off to sing a hymn but there was nothing angelic about their play as they tore into the Irish from the kick-off. The physical onslaught was led by the Sims brothers, who made up half the starting pack and laid the platform for the quicksilver backs to show their pace and class with two tries in a four-minute spell. Uate produced a strong finish to open the scoring on nine minutes and Ireland had barely recovered when full-back Kevin Naiqama beat two flat-footed defenders to cross for a second. Centre Wes Naiqama converted his brother’s try and the Fijians would have been further ahead had veteran skipper Petero Civoniceva managed to get the ball down but he was held on his back over the line. The Pacific Islanders threatened to run away with the game at that stage but the introduction of Manly Sea Eagles forward James Hassan for his debut injected some much-needed resolve into the Irish ranks. Indiscipline then crept into the Fijians’ play and Ireland took advantage to pull back a try through second rower Tyrone McCarthy on 23 minutes. last_img read more

Ag’s Digital Transformation

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest By Russ QuinnDTN Staff ReporterSAVANNAH, Ga. (DTN) — Global agriculture has been somewhat behind other industries in adopting digital technology. But, as in other aspects of modern life, this technology is slowly transforming different areas of agriculture, including how crops and livestock are produced and how ag businesses operate.Digital technology and its impact on agriculture was one major topic of discussion at the 2019 Fertilizer Outlook and Technology Conference here on Wednesday. The annual meeting is hosted by The Fertilizer Institute (TFI) and the Fertilizer Industry Round Table (FIRT).IMPROVED TRANSPARENCYAllan Gray, executive director of the Center for Food and Agriculture Business at Purdue University and Land O’Lakes chair in food and agribusiness, said during a round-table discussion that digital technology will aid in improved transparency and increased production and sustainability in the future of agriculture. Consumers want to know details about their food, and digital technology helps to satisfy their need for information, he said.A recent survey reported transparency is “extremely important” to 36% of consumers, Gray said. A complete list of ingredients was the most important factor for 65% of consumers in the same survey, he said.Gray said that among the technologies included in this area would be “blockchain,” a term used frequently recently that many people don’t completely understand. According to the Merriam-Webster dictionary definition, blockchain is “a digital database containing information (such as records of financial transactions) that can be simultaneously used and shared within a large decentralized, publicly accessible network.”There could be several different uses for blockchain technology, Gray said, including overseeing farm inventories, enhancing the ag supply chain and modernizing farm management software.Walmart already uses the technology to track its leafy-green vegetables from its suppliers’ fields through being processed and sold in its stores. This process can pinpoint issues in the entire supply chain and protect customers from foodborne illnesses.Gray said agriculture is behind other industries in adapting digital technologies. While this may be the case, ag is moving toward adapting the technology thanks to innovative smaller companies leading the charge.“You look at robotic milking machines on dairy farms as one example of this technology already in use,” Gray said. “These producers can now become better managers with more time to examine data since they aren’t the ones milking the cows.”Gray said another advantage of digital technology is that it can be scalable. He used a 300-cow dairy with robotic milkers as an example.The technology allows those who incorporate it to use fewer resources and get more from the technology. It can increase productivity and improve sustainability, he said.Michael Swanson, senior vice president, agriculture economist and consultant for Wells Fargo and Company, said because of digital technology, nearly everything is connected. This is true with ag, and we are now in a closed-loop system, he said.“I compare this technology to when basketball added the three-point line; I’m sure some of you remember this,” Swanson said. “This one rule completely changed how the game is played, and the same can be said about this technology in agriculture.”TECHNOLOGY IN AFRICAWhile digital technology can aid in North American agriculture, it can also help small farmers in such places as Africa. The technology can increase crop yields in places often called “the last frontier” of agriculture.William Wu is co-founder and CEO of QED, a small firm in Africa attempting to use digital technology to solve basic issues on the continent, ranging from agriculture to human health. The company builds low-cost data systems for farmers and others in Africa.In many cases, African countries face more obstacles than other countries do that can limit crop yields. Some of these issues include a lack of education, limited fertilizer use and local corruption.“We are customizing technology for the realities on the ground here in Africa,” Wu said. “We are motivated by technologies with problems worth fighting for.”Among the products QED is in the process of developing is in-field spectroscope. This process uses a smartphone to analyze soil samples in the field in a short amount of time, he said.The product eliminates a couple different issues often found in African agriculture. Many places don’t have an expensive spectroscope equipment to break down what is found in soil, and transporting soil samples between different locations is often an extremely slow process, Wu said.This technology will allow African farmers to know what is in their soil in a short amount of time and then do something about it, he said.“We really feel industrial partnerships is key for the future of humanity in Africa,” he said.Russ Quinn can be reached at [email protected](AGSK)© Copyright 2019 DTN/The Progressive Farmer. All rights reserved.last_img read more

Mehidy Hasan’s 5-wicket haul helps Bangladesh level 2-match Test series vs Zimbabwe

first_imgMehidy Hasan picked a five-wicket haul to spin Bangladesh to a series-levelling victory over Zimbabwe in the second Test in Dhaka on Thursday.Hasan finished with 5/38 to power Bangladesh to a 218-run victory against Zimbabwe and draw the two-match series 1-1.The off-spinner helped Bangladesh dismiss Zimbabwe for 224 on the final day despite a defiant, unbeaten 106 from Brendan Taylor.Hasan underlined his importance as an all-rounder in the absence of Shakib Al Hasan with figures of 8/99 for the match, combined with two unbeaten innings of 64 and 27.Congratulations to Mehidy Hasan Miraz for picking up his fifth 5-wicket haul in Tests. #BANvZIM pic.twitter.com/ZHPEigghJXBangladesh Cricket (@BCBtigers) November 15, 2018Taylor, who scored 110 in Zimbabwe’s first innings, resisted the Bangladesh spinners but didn’t get enough support for his lineup to bat through the last day to salvage a draw.Bangladesh vs Zimbabwe 2nd Test: ScorecardIt was Taylor’s second pair of centuries in a Test following his 171 and 102 not out in 2013, also against Bangladesh, making him the third Zimbabwe batsman to achieve that after brothers Andy and Grant Flower.Opener Brian Chari was the other notable contributor for Zimbabwe with 43.Resuming the day on 76/2 and needing to survive three sessions for a draw to seal their first Test series victory since 2011, Zimbabwe began cautiously with Taylor leading from the front.Player of the Series : Taijul Islam. #BANvZIM pic.twitter.com/FIJEedvTnkBangladesh Cricket (@BCBtigers) November 15, 2018Pace bowler Mustafizur Rahman (1/19) got the opening breakthrough in the third over, dismissing Sean Williams (13).Left-arm spinner Taijul Islam (2/93) continued tormenting Zimbabwe, with his guile and turn to collect the wicket of Sikandar Raza for 12. He finished the series with 18 wickets, including three five-wicket hauls.advertisementTaylor and Peter Moor combined in a patient 66-run partnership to raise hopes of earning a draw, before Hasan fired a quicker delivery and got an inside-edge off Moor, who scored 13 from 79 deliveries.But the big blow came when Regis Chakabva was run out for 2, exposing the lower order.Hasan then took less than a half-hour to finish off the innings and the match.Bangladesh set up the match with their first innings of 522/7 declared, which included Mushfiqur Rahim’s career best 219 not out and Mominul Haque’s 161.Player of the Match : [email protected] pic.twitter.com/Hn5KbkGkc7Bangladesh Cricket (@BCBtigers) November 15, 2018The hosts took a 218-run first-innings lead after dismissing Zimbabwe for 304, then declared again at 224/6 – after skipper Mahmudullah’s first century in eight years – leaving Zimbabwe in a record chase to win the series.(With inputs from AP)last_img read more

Why Are The Browns Hoarding Draft Picks

Embed Code More: Apple Podcasts | ESPN App | RSS | Embed FiveThirtyEight Welcome to the latest episode of Hot Takedown, FiveThirtyEight’s sports podcast. On this week’s show (Apr. 25, 2017), we preview the NFL draft by discussing why the Cleveland Browns seem to be hoarding draft picks — and whether it will matter. Next, we’re joined by FiveThirtyEight’s Kyle Wagner, who chats with us about the Golden State Warriors, LeBron James in the playoffs and Harden vs. Westbrook. Finally, we give resident soccer expert Mike Goodman of ESPN and the Double Pivot podcast a call to get our heads around the upcoming Champions League semifinals. Plus, a significant digit on tie games in baseball.SB Nation’s Jeanna Thomas writes that the Browns could ace the 2017 NFL draft — if they don’t screw it up.The Ringer profiles the 14 best NFL draft prospects.Check out FiveThirtyEight’s NBA predictions, updated after every game.ESPN is chronicling the key dates, matchups and news you need to know about for the NBA playoffs.For more soccer insights from Mike Goodman, listen to the Double Pivot podcast.It will be Real Madrid vs. Atletico and Juventus vs. Monaco in the Champions League semifinals.Significant Digit: 1918, the year daylight saving time was first adopted in the United States. FiveThirtyEight’s Harry Enten found that before 1918, upwards of 3 percent of baseball games ended in a tie — with many games being cut short on account of darkness. These days, that percentage is essentially zero. read more

Imperial Beach city official shot and killed while vacationing in Mexico

first_img KUSI Newsroom, KUSI Newsroom December 29, 2017 Updated: 1:59 PM Posted: December 29, 2017center_img Imperial Beach city official shot and killed while vacationing in Mexico IMPERIAL BEACH (KUSI) — Imperial Beach city officials were shocked to learn of the murder of City of Imperial Beach Administrative Services Director Doug Bradley while on vacation in Ixtapa, Mexico, over the Christmas holiday.Bradley, who was born in Huntington Beach, California, was an avid surfer and was killed on the day before he would have turned 50 years old. He was on vacation in the resort town of Zihuatanejo.News sources from Mexico indicate the State Secretariat of Public Security (SSP) was informed at 8:00 AM, Thursday, December 28, that Bradley had been shot and killed during a robbery in Ixtapa. Bradley was killed after being chased by gunmen in the resort town of Ixtapa about 4 a.m. Thursday, according to news sources in Mexico.Police apparently did not learn of Bradley’s death until about four hours after the incident.“Doug Bradley was loved by all that knew him,” said Imperial Beach Mayor Serge Dedina. “He was always positive, loved to surf, and had helped to turn around the City of Imperial Beach’s financial management as well as restructure city administration to make it more efficient and resident friendly. He will be missed by everyone who knew him and worked with him.”The City of Imperial Beach is working with the U.S. Embassy in Mexico City to help repatriate Bradley’s body back to the U.S.Ixtapa-Zihuatanejo is a resort region on Mexico’s Pacific Coast, 150 miles northwest of Acapulco and about 1,700 miles south of the U.S. border. Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitterlast_img read more