RSF deplores arrests of journalists during weekend #blacklivesmatter protests

first_img Follow the news on United States News Journalists charged with “obstruction of a highway” in Baton RougeAt least three journalists were arrested and charged with “obstruction of a highway” while covering #blacklivesmatter protests Saturday night in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. The protests were in response to the fatal shooting of Alton Sterling by two police officers on July 5. Chris Slaughter, assistant news director for local station WAFB, was arrested Saturday night while working as a field producer on assignment. WAFB news director Robb Hays confirmed that Slaughter was taken into custody after putting one foot onto the highway where he was standing, in order to get a better angle to film. Police had repeatedly ordered people in the area to stay off the highway. At the time of his arrest he was wearing a WAFB shirt and media credentials. Slaughter spent the night in jail and was released Sunday afternoon, but Hays told RSF that the charges against Slaughter are still pending.Lee Stranahan, a reporter for Breitbart news, and Ryan Kailath, a reporter for NPR’s New Orleans affiliate WWNO, were also arrested Saturday and charged with “obstruction of a highway.”Journalists briefly detained in Rochester, New York Carlet Cleare and Justin Carter, both reporters with ABC’s affiliate 13WHAM , were arrested around 9:45pm Friday while covering a protest against police brutality in Rochester, New York. Carter’s arrest was caught live on camera. Both journalists were briefly detained before being released. In a statement, 13WHAM thanked the Rochester police department for “quickly recognizing that this was an inappropriate way to handle the situation and…appreciates the public apology issued by both [the police chief] and [the] Mayor. We encourage better dialogue with law enforcement to better identify reporters in the field to avoid a situation like this.” “The United States, the country of the First Amendment, cannot afford to keep journalists from reporting by arresting them for merely covering protests against police brutality,” said Delphine Halgand, the US Director of Reporters Without Borders.Last year, several journalists were arrested while covering #blacklivesmatter protests. At least two journalists were attacked or arrested by police during the Baltimore protests surrounding Freddie Gray’s death between April 12 and April 28 2015. Another journalist was arrested while filming live coverage of a #blacklivesmatter protest in Minneapolis in November 2015.These events mark an alarming trend of curtailing freedom of the press in the United States. The U.S. ranks 41 out of 180 countries on Reporters Without Borders’ 2016 World Press Freedom Index.Image credit KENA BETANCUR / AFP Organisation WhatsApp blocks accounts of at least seven Gaza Strip journalists Help by sharing this information July 12, 2016 RSF deplores arrests of journalists during weekend #blacklivesmatter protests United StatesAmericas Condemning abuses Freedom of expression Reporters Without Borders (RSF) is concerned by the arrests of at least 5 journalists while covering #blacklivesmatter protests in Baton Rouge, Louisiana and Rochester, New York over the weekend. Receive email alerts April 28, 2021 Find out more United StatesAmericas Condemning abuses Freedom of expression June 7, 2021 Find out more NSO Group hasn’t kept its promises on human rights, RSF and other NGOs say News News News June 3, 2021 Find out more RSF_en to go further Facebook’s Oversight Board is just a stopgap, regulation urgently needed, RSF sayslast_img read more

Hope for Exomphalos

first_img TAGSEdwina WrennExomphalossurvivors Linkedin EDWINA WRENN is twenty six years old and the proud mother of two fabulous children.But when she was born, the young mother from Limerick’s Father Russell Road weighed a little more than three pounds. Her liver and intestines were outside her body and doctors told her parents there was little chance she would make.Her condition, known as Exomphalos Major, is one which requires extensive surgery and many babies born with it do not survive.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up But Edwina, who talks to and supports people who have survived the condition, wants worried parents to know that there can be a happy outcome and their children can go on live normal lives.“Exomphalos is also known as Omphalocele and January 31 is Exomphalos / Omphalocele awareness day when I want to get exposure for the Facebook support group I set up for parents of children born with Exomphalos and for adult survivors.“I want to spread awareness for Exomphalos so parents and other survivor’s don’t feel alone and can talk to people who understand how they feel.“As a survivor, I’ve gone on to get married and have two children which to some people seems not important but to parents of Exomphalos babies it is massive.“Not knowing what the future brings is very hard. I’ve spoken to many of these parents and it’s lovely to see them a bit more relaxed knowing that there is hope that there little ones will have a normal life “. Edwina has been a face of hope for hundreds, if not thousands, of families because “there are no more than 100 of us Omphalocele adult survivors active on our support group from around the world,” she said.Edwina is in a worldwide group that mostly has members from America and adds that “there is no real support for parents or adult survivors in Ireland and I’m hoping to change that”.Edwina’s support group can be reached at https://www.facebook.com/ExomphalosOmphaloceleAwareness/?ref=bookmarks Advertisement NewsHope for ExomphalosBy Bernie English – February 1, 2016 1194 Twitter Email Print WhatsApp Facebook Previous articleRugby – Zebo to stay at Munster for two more yearsNext article€21,000 of Benzodiazepines seized in Limerick Bernie Englishhttp://www.limerickpost.ieBernie English has been working as a journalist in national and local media for more than thirty years. She worked as a staff journalist with the Irish Press and Evening Press before moving to Clare. She has worked as a freelance for all of the national newspaper titles and a staff journalist in Limerick, helping to launch the Limerick edition of The Evening Echo. Bernie was involved in the launch of The Clare People where she was responsible for business and industry news.last_img read more

Seoul Viosys avvia la produzione su larga scala dei diodi laser VCSEL da 25…

first_img Facebook Local NewsBusiness TAGS  Pinterest Twitter Seoul Viosys avvia la produzione su larga scala dei diodi laser VCSEL da 25 Gbps per applicazioni di comunicazione 5G By Digital AIM Web Support – February 3, 2021 [Figura 1] Diagramma schematico di un’applicazione per reti 5G con impiego dei diodi laser VCSEL di Seoul Viosyscenter_img WhatsApp Facebook Twitter Pinterest WhatsApp Previous articleColorado takes on Minnesota, aims for 5th straight home winNext articleTampa’s famed strip clubs brace for an unusual Super Bowl Digital AIM Web Supportlast_img read more

17 year old seriously injured in Derry collision

first_img Pinterest WhatsApp Further drop in people receiving PUP in Donegal News Google+ Previous articleDonegal man elected chair of Spina Bifida Hydrocephalus IrelandNext articleBallybofey has the country’s highest level of vacant commercial premises News Highland By News Highland – October 8, 2013 Twitter Gardai continue to investigate Kilmacrennan fire 75 positive cases of Covid confirmed in North Google+ WhatsAppcenter_img Twitter Pinterest 365 additional cases of Covid-19 in Republic Man arrested on suspicion of drugs and criminal property offences in Derry Facebook 17 year old seriously injured in Derry collision Facebook Police in Derry are appealing for information following a serious road traffic collision on the Buncrana Road last night.Shortly after 8.30pm it was reported that a collision had occurred between a car and a male pedestrian. The 17 year old male pedestrian was rushed to hospital with serious injuries. The Buncrana Road was closed for a time, but has now reopened to traffic.Police are urgin any witnesses, or people who were travelling on the Buncrana Road around 8.30 last night this time to contact them at Strand Road Police Station. Main Evening News, Sport and Obituaries Tuesday May 25th RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHORlast_img read more

E-learning is not only a measure for saving money

first_img Comments are closed. E-learning is not only a measure for saving moneyOn 23 Apr 2002 in Personnel Today E-learning should be introduced to provide the most effective way ofdelivering staff development rather than as a way of cutting costs, accordingto the CIPD. Martyn Solman, learning, training and development adviser at the CIPD, tolddelegates at the HRD conference last week that e-learning will only besuccessful if it is introduced to address individual business needs rather thanto save money. “The trap of e-learning is that it is seen as a way of saving money,but it is not about that, it is about change management,” he said. Solman also stressed that managers must support e-learning initiatives andbe convinced of their worth if they are to add value. “It is important to get line managers on board, as they are the onescontrolling staff development. If they do not see e-learning as important, itwill be marginalised. What makes e-learning training important is having theorganisation’s support which gives employees time and space to grow,” headded. www.cipd.co.uk Previous Article Next Article Related posts:No related photos.last_img read more

New product update

first_imgNew product updateOn 3 Jun 2003 in Personnel Today Related posts:No related photos. Peoplesoft is claiming to be the first enterprise system vendor to supportApple’s web browser called Safari. Users of Peoplesoft applications that run inthe Apple Macintosh OS X environment will be able to benefit from fasterbrowsing and features such as Snapback navigation, which enables users to stepback through a transaction with a single click, as opposed to several. There isalso a tabbed browsing feature, which will enable users to access multiplePeoplesoft pages in a single window.  www.peoplesoft.comSelect HR insight, a new Microsoft SQL-based HR solution, is to launch atthis year’s HR Software Show in London Olympia on 25-26 June by SelectSoftware. It includes self-service HR and information-sharing facilities andalso incorporates the productivity tool Proactive HR. This allows firms tobuild their business processes into the software and generate workflow actions.It is also releasing HR portal and employee/manager self-service softwareSelect Clear Vision. Both products meet current data protection obligations.  www.selecthr.co.ukSkillcypher claims to streamline the work of HR and recruitmentprofessionals by automatically extracting useful information from CVs (such asa person’s skills, experience and contact details), and then placing it into adatabase. Manufacturer Probit-e calls it a ‘parsing’ software package, and whenreading CVs it can break down the details that a candidate has included into anusable information set.  www.probit-e.com Comments are closed. Previous Article Next Articlelast_img read more

Discount brokerages launch fresh attacks on size of residential fees

first_imgRedfin to publish broker commissions on 700K listingsNAR hit with another antitrust lawsuit over commissions and MLS rulesNAR pockets win in resi listings antitrust case Share on FacebookShare on TwitterShare on LinkedinShare via Email Share via Shortlink American broker fees are among the highest in the world. (Getty) The age-old question of what justifies broker fees often comes up as people embark on buying or selling their homes — and discount brokerages are egging on the conversation.American home sellers and buyers pay among the highest fees to agents, the New York Times reported. In the U.S., the standard fee is 6 percent, with 3 percent going to the seller’s and buyer’s agents, respectively. Compare that to Asia or Europe, where standard broker fees are as low as 1 or 2 percent.There have been a string of lawsuits over the past two years accusing the residential real estate industry of conspiring to keep broker fees high and violating U.S. antitrust laws in the process. The instigators range from private citizens to the U.S. Justice Department, with some industry members trying to offer discount models to consumers.Read more Tags Share via Shortlink As the pandemic has pushed even more of the buying and selling process online, discount brokerages with models based on online listings and transactions are keeping the subject top of mind.Last week, Redfin announced it would publish agent commissions on thousands of public listings. It’s a move that’s in line with the spirit of the Department of Justice’s settlement agreement with the National Association of Realtors for the industry to make agent commissions more transparent to consumers and fix the industry’s misleading, incorrect advertising.Weeks earlier, an Oregon brokerage, REX Real Estate, filed a state lawsuit challenging the state’s policy of banning brokerages and agents from refunding commissions to buyers. The brokerage is exploring filing similar suits in Louisiana, Missouri and Tennessee.The firm says the logic behind the suit is based on the view that homebuyers are doing an increasing amount of the work to find a home without an agent’s help.“You’re starting to see a kind of drum beat,” Mike Toth, REX’s general counsel, told the Times. “Buyers are doing so much of the work themselves. So why are commissions so high?”The continued suits and positioning of firms like Redfin and REX indicate that pressure on the industry to reduce fees and increase industry competition is not going anywhere.[NYT] — Erin Hudson redfinResidential Real Estatelast_img read more

Clinical Assistant/Associate/Full Professor – Mohs Surgeon (43603)

first_imgThe Department of Dermatology invites applications for a full-timefellowship trained Mohs surgeon to pursue a career with theDepartment of Dermatology in the College of Medicine at theUniversity of Florida. This is a full time 1.00 FTE clinical trackposition. The ideal candidate for this position will possess aninterest in Mohs surgery and Cosmetic Dermatology spending theirclinical practice time divided equally between the two areas.Primary duties include providing care for dermatology patients atUF Health Dermatology Springhill. It will be expected that thecandidate participates in teaching dermatology residents/fellows,medicine residents and medical students and share “on call” consultresponsibilities at Shands at UF.Applicants must have an M.D. degree, board-certified or boardeligible in Dermatology and completed a Mohs fellowship. Applicantmust be eligible for a Florida Medical License. Rank willcommensurate with experience.Please upload a CV, cover letter and three letters ofrecommendation in order to be considered for this position.Application review will begin immediately and will continue untilthe position is filled.Final candidate will be required to provide an official transcriptto the hiring department upon hire. A transcript will not beconsidered “official” if a designation of “issued to student” isvisible. Degrees from an education institution outside of theUnited States are required to be evaluated by a professionalcredentialing service provider approved by the National Associationof Credential Evaluation Services (NACES), which can be foundhttp://www.naces.org/If an accommodation due to a disability is needed to apply forthis position, please call 352-392-2477 or the Florida Relay Systemat 800-955-8771 (TDD). Hiring is contingent upon eligibility towork in the US. Searches are conducted in accordance with Florida’sSunshine Law.The University of Florida is committed to non-discrimination withrespect to race, creed, color, religion, age, disability, sex,sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, marital status,national origin, political opinions or affiliations, geneticinformation and veteran status in all aspects of employmentincluding recruitment, hiring, promotions, transfers, discipline,terminations, wage and salary administration, benefits, andtraining.last_img read more

Supreme Court Issues ‘Crushing Blow’ To Exxon In Major Climate Case

first_imgThe denial of Exxon’s petition means Healey can proceed with her investigation, and that Exxon must respond to the attorney general’s civil investigation demands — the subpoena-like request for documents, including transcripts of investor calls, internal scientific research, copies of public relations or media communication plans, and communication with organizations that have a history of promoting climate science denial. Supreme Court Issues ‘Crushing Blow’ To Exxon In Major Climate Casehttps://thinkprogress.org/author/kyla-mandel/ “These internal documents—describing what the company knew and when it knew it—are critical to any fraud case that may result,” Sharon Eubanks, a former U.S. Department of Justice attorney who prosecuted and won the massive racketeering case against Big Tobacco, said. “Without a doubt, ExxonMobil will bring further objections, but the [Court’s] denial… is a crushing blow.”However, Eubanks, who now works for the firm Bordas & Bordas, added that the Supreme Court’s denial of Exxon’s request does not set a precedent; it doesn’t give an indication as to where different justices sit on the issue, it simply allows the investigation to proceed.The mere fact that the investigation can move forward “is a tremendous success,” Alyssa Johl, legal counsel for the Center for Climate Integrity, said. “Where it goes from here is to be determined — it depends on what they [Exxon] disclose.”Legal experts told ThinkProgress that the Supreme Court’s decision has wider implications beyond this particular case.In its efforts to fight the Massachusetts investigation, Exxon argued to the Supreme Court that it’s an issue of jurisdiction. The company, which is headquartered in Texas, said that because it does not directly sell gasoline in Massachusetts, the attorney general does not have jurisdiction to investigate.In essence, Exxon tried to argue that its service stations across the state are franchises, and not part of the company itself. And it was this argument that the Massachusetts court rejected earlier in 2018, “on the simple grounds that Exxon’s standard franchise agreement gives the company significant control over how its products were marketed in the state,” said Muffett.Therefore, Supreme Court’s decision is “basically affirming, for now, the decision of the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court that the AG has jurisdiction over ExxonMobil,” explained Eubanks.Upholding this decision not only means the case can proceed but hints that other states might be able to look to Massachusetts for inspiration down the road.“The Massachusetts investigation poses an even bigger risk for the company because the pool of Exxon’s potential victims includes not only the seven million citizens and consumers in Massachusetts but untold tens of millions more living in states with nearly identical consumer protection laws,” Muffett said.States with similar consumer protection laws to Massachusetts — ones that are based on the Federal Trade Commission Act — include California, Connecticut, Florida, Hawaii, Maine, Ohio, Vermont, and Washington. There are additional states with laws modeled on the Unfair and Deceptive Trade Acts legislation but whose provisions share similar strengths to Massachusetts’ law, Muffett explained, such as Illinois and New Jersey, as well as Washington, D.C.And as the Massachusetts attorney general’s office lays out online, the impact of Exxon’s action on consumers is at the heart of its investigation: “Specifically, the investigation seeks information regarding whether Exxon may have misled consumers and/or investors with respect to the impact of fossil fuels on climate change, and climate change-driven risks to Exxon’s business.”While each state is unique, many states do often draw on Massachusetts’ extensive body of jurisprudence interpreting its consumer protection laws. This makes for “another aspect of the Massachusetts case that should be of serious concern for Exxon and its investors,” Muffett said. “Since the court was interpreting Exxon’s standard franchise agreement, it’s very likely that its reasoning would be persuasive if Exxon tries the same defense in any other state where that same standard agreement is in use.”FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailSharecenter_img The Supreme Court declined to hear an appeal from ExxonMobil regarding Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey’s climate change investigation Monday, a decision legal experts called a “crushing blow” to the oil giant. The Court’s decision could have implications beyond the state of Massachusetts as Exxon is forced to hand over documents detailing what it knew about climate change and when.After the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court ruled last April that the company must turn over documents requested by Healey, Exxon asked the Supreme Court to intervene, arguing Healey lacked jurisdiction to even bring the investigation.“Today’s decision means Exxon is out of options and out of time in its fight to keep these documents from public light,” Carroll Muffett, president and chief executive of the Center for International Environmental Law, told ThinkProgress.The company is facing multiple climate lawsuits around the country. In the case of Massachusetts, like New York, the attorney general is investigating what Exxon knew about climate change and the effects of burning fossil fuels — and whether it lied to the public and its investors about the risks.Reports published in 2015 by InsideClimate News and the Los Angeles Times revealed that the company was aware of the risks of burning fossil fuels as early as the 1970s, and yet continued to mislead investors.“Courts have repeatedly rejected Exxon’s attempts to stop the state attorneys general in New York and Massachusetts from investigating the company’s historic knowledge about climate change and what it did with that information,” Michael Burger, director of the Sabin Center for Climate Change Law at Columbia University, told ThinkProgress.last_img read more

Should Killing a Police Officer Be a Hate Crime?

first_imgby  REBECCA BEITSCH for STATELINE/THE PEW CHARITABLE TRUSTSMembers of the Dallas Police Department salute the casket carrying Baton Rouge police officer Montrell Jackson at Jackson’s funeral last month. Louisiana has approved a “Blue Lives Matter” hate-crime law, and Texas and several others could follow suit.Hoping to deter deadly attacks against police officers, some states want to expand hate-crime laws, which are traditionally confined to characteristics such as race and ethnicity, to cover people who work in law enforcement.Nearly every state has a hate-crime statute that increases penalties for offenders motivated by hatred of a victim’s race, religion, sexuality or other personal characteristic. Louisiana in May became the first state to add police to the list when it passed “Blue Lives Matter” legislation. Now half a dozen additional states are considering similar changes to their hate-crime laws.Supporters argue the measures, which are backed by police, are a deterrent and send a strong message to police officers that the community stands behind them. Forty-one officers died in the line of duty last year, according to the FBI, and the recent killings of officers in Dallas and Baton Rouge have fueled calls for new measures to keep them safe. President Barack Obama, for example, is considering lifting the ban that blocks police departments from using military-grade equipment.But critics say adding police to hate-crime statutes is unnecessary because there are already laws mandating longer sentences for those convicted of attacking police. Unlike hate-crime laws, those laws do not require prosecutors to prove the motive for an assault.Groups such as the American Civil Liberties Union and the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) also worry that expanding hate-crime laws to cover police or other professions would dilute their original intent: ratcheting up the punishment for acts designed to intimidate whole communities.States began passing hate-crime laws in the 1980s. At first, the laws covered race, religion and ethnicity. In recent years, they have been expanded to include characteristics such as sexual orientation, gender identity and disability status. Now Kentucky, New Jersey, Massachusetts, Mississippi and Texas are among the states considering adding police to the list.“We need to address the polarization in this country,” said New Jersey Assemblyman Ronald Dancer, a Republican who sponsored legislation in his state. “Whether it’s from the color of one’s skin or the color of one’s uniform, no one should be targeted.”Dancer’s legislation would increase penalties for a hate crime committed against an officer by bumping the crime up by one grade, say from a second- to a first-degree offense.Precious Identity Categories’The ADL, which has long supported hate-crime laws, argues that the statutes should be limited to “people’s most precious identity categories.”Hate-crime laws “should remain limited to immutable characteristics, those qualities that can or should not be changed. Working in a profession is not a personal characteristic, and it is not immutable,” the group said in a statement.Kate Miller with the ACLU of Kentucky said the group is opposed to legislation there because it could dilute the power of hate-crime statutes. Miller noted that some of the bills include not just police officers but EMTs and firefighters. She worries that an expansion would open the door to “other professions that would undermine the original intent of the law,” taking the focus away from characteristics central to one’s identity.But proponents argue police are being targeted in the same way the current protected classes are.Frederick Lawrence, a visiting professor at Yale Law School who specializes in hate-crime laws, said recent attacks on police could be considered hate crimes because they were “directed at individuals not because of who that person is, but because of what that person is.”He said it makes sense to add police because, like other protected classes covered by hate-crime laws, they have a shared history; have long been treated with animosity; and when one member of the community is harmed, they grieve as a group.Lawrence said such laws are also a way society states its values.“When we punish certain things more than other things we recognize the greater harm that is caused,” he said. “When we don’t, we make a value-laden statement that it makes no difference.”Indeed, many sponsors say one of their main goals is to send a message.“It’s that extra layer of protection that reinforces morale by knowing the state of Louisiana is behind them,” said state Rep. Lance Harris, the Republican who sponsored the legislation there. The state’s hate-crime law adds up to $5,000 in fines or five years to someone’s sentence for a felony-level crime.Massachusetts state Rep. Alan Silvia, a Democrat who co-sponsored a bill that would add police to the hate-crime law in his state, agreed.“People who put their lives on the line every day deserve every protection they can get,” said Silvia, a retired police officer.Police Officers Killed in the Line of Duty tableExisting LawsBut the ADL notes that all 50 states already have laws in place that increase penalties for those who attack police.Some see those statutes, which vary from state to state, as a better vehicle for increasing penalties for attacking police. In Massachusetts, Republican Gov. Charlie Baker has proposed increasing the state’s current penalty for assaulting an officer to a felony.Michael Lieberman of the ADL said such statutes are a more appropriate way to protect police, because they make it easier to go after those who attack them.Lieberman said prosecutors going after an attacker under a hate-crime statute would have to prove the intent — that the attacker went after an officer because of his profession. Under existing statutes dealing with violence against officers, prosecutors only have to prove that an attack against that officer took place.“It’s an additional prosecutorial burden, so it really would be counterproductive,” he said of the hate-crime legislation.Michael Bronski, a Harvard professor and co-author of “Considering Hate: Violence, Goodness, and Justice in American Culture and Politics,” questioned the deterrent effect of any hate-crime law, whether it covers an “immutable characteristic” or a profession. “What are we criminalizing when we already criminalize the activity?” Bronski said, pointing to the 1998 killing of Matthew Shepard, a gay man, in Wyoming. The state’s hate-crime law did not include sexual orientation, but the two men convicted are serving consecutive life sentences.But Lieberman said hate-crime laws aren’t just there for big crimes like murder.“One of the reasons we wrote hate-crime laws was because people were breaking windows in synagogues and spray-painting swastikas on the side,” he said, and those crimes don’t carry a large penalty on their own.FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailSharelast_img read more