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Two journalists have one last chance before being imprisoned for protecting their sources

first_img News Organisation NSO Group hasn’t kept its promises on human rights, RSF and other NGOs say Receive email alerts News Reporters Without Borders is very worried by yesterday’s decision by a federal appeal court in Washington confirming an order that Judith Miller and Matthew Cooper must go to prison for up to 18 months for “contempt of court,” for refusing to reveal their sources. Their fate is now in the hands of the supreme court. RSF_en News April 20, 2005 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Two journalists have one last chance before being imprisoned for protecting their sources April 28, 2021 Find out more WhatsApp blocks accounts of at least seven Gaza Strip journalists Help by sharing this information June 3, 2021 Find out more to go further June 7, 2021 Find out more United StatesAmericas News Follow the news on United States Reporters Without Borders said today it was extremely worried by yesterday’s decision by a federal appeal court in Washington confirming an order that Judith Miller of the New York Times and Matthew Cooper of Time magazine must go to prison for “contempt of court,” for refusing to reveal their sources. The two journalists’ only hope now is the supreme court, if it agrees to consider their case.”Sending these two reporters to prison because they refused to name their contacts is both a serious infringement on the practice of the journalistic profession and a violation of press freedom,” the organization said. “It is imperative that the supreme court should accept the case and recognize the right of journalists to protect the identity of their sources, without which they cannot work.”Noting that 31 of states of the union recognize this right, Reporters Without Borders said it fell to the supreme court to fill the legal gap that exists at the federal level. “It is equally urgent that the two bills on the free flow of information that were submitted to the US senate and house of representatives in February should be debated and adopted, inasmuch as they enshrine this right for the press.”A three-judge panel of the federal appeal court on 15 February issued a ruling confirming a lower court judgment that Cooper and Miller should be imprisoned for up to 18 months for refusing to disclose their sources to a grand jury investigating a leak that exposed the identity of covert CIA operative Valerie Plame. It was this 15 February ruling that was confirmed yesterday by a full meeting of the appeal court held at the request of the journalists’ lawyers.Their fate is now in the supreme court’s hands. However, the appeal court based its ruling on a 1972 supreme court decision (Branzburg v. Hayes) that journalists could not invoke any right to protect their sources before the courts.Paradoxically, Miller obtained a favourable ruling in a similar case before a New York district judge on 24 February. The New York judge based his decision on First Amendment privilege as interpreted in previous court rulings. United StatesAmericas Facebook’s Oversight Board is just a stopgap, regulation urgently needed, RSF sayslast_img read more

Courteney Cox joins growing list of celebs checking out Donegal!

first_imgFriends star Courteney Cox stopped by a luxury Donegal hotel this week during her Ireland break.The US actress checked into Instagram from Lough Eske Castle yesterday, with a photo of herself and the caption ‘Surrounded by the natural beauty of Ireland #lougheske #donegal’.Cox is well-known to be a fan of photo filters on social media, and this time she added some humour with a not-so-‘natural’ face distortion effect. Cox was in Ireland this week to be with her fiancé Johnny McDaid as he played a gig with his band Snow Patrol. The trip included visits to Bangor, Dublin and Donegal.There is speculation that the couple were planning a wedding in Donegal, which is close to McDaid’s home in Derry. Fans are now wondering could Courteney’s latest visit to Lough Eske Castle, a popular wedding venue, be a hint?Cox isn’t the only celebrity to praise the beauty of Donegal this week. Actor Jason Momoa also shared an Instagram snap yesterday looking back on his time in Donegal after filming Game of Thrones.What was this Game of Thrones star doing in the back of a van in Donegal? Courteney Cox joins growing list of celebs checking out Donegal! was last modified: May 28th, 2019 by Rachel McLaughlinShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Courteney CoxLough Eske Castlelast_img read more

Join the Geocaching Global Cleanup Called CITO

first_imgCITO Weekend is April 24 – April 27CITO weekend will be here before you know it. In case you haven’t heard, CITO stands for Cache In Trash Out. It’s the geocacher’s approach to keeping our game board (i.e. the entire planet) in great shape. On the weekend of April 24 – April 27, geocachers around the globe will gather together, pick up trash, remove invasive species, repair trails and more—plus earn a pretty sweet new souvenir.Pick up a CITO Event Kit from Shop Geocaching and start planning your CITO weekend event now. All events must be submitted at least two weeks prior to the event date—but earlier is always better. Check out the CITO FAQ to learn more. You can also see a list of CITO events already happening around you.Head over to the Geocaching Facebook page and let us know what your CITO 2015 plans are. Happy Geocaching!(Hier kannst Du den Artikel auf Deutsch lesen)Share with your Friends:More SharePrint RelatedGroundspeak Weekly Newsletter – April 13, 2011April 13, 2011In “Groundspeak’s Weekly Newsletter”Groundspeak Weekly Newsletter – April 18, 2012April 18, 2012In “Cache In Trash Out”Groundspeak Weekly Newsletter – February 2, 2011February 2, 2011In “News”last_img read more

PJ Simon dethrones James Yap as PBA 3-point king

first_imgCayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess Google Philippines names new country director Colombia protesters vow new strike after talks hit snag Magnolia’s veteran shooter finished with 17 points in the final round as the first shooter and had to watch NLEX’s Philip Paniamogan and NorthPort’s Robert Bolick take their turns before he could hoist the trophy.Paniamogan struggled from the floor shooting just 14 points but it was Bolick who gave Simon a run for his money.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsBolick made four of his first five shots in the last rack, one of which was worth two points, but bricked the last moneyball that could’ve given him the title but he had to settle for the runner-up finish with 16 points.Simon, 38, is in his 15th season in the PBA and he never expected to be invited for the exhibition. Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles Bloomberg: US would benefit from more, not fewer, immigrants Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Trump tells impeachment jokes at annual turkey pardon event Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Nextcenter_img MANILA, Philippines—PJ Simon did just enough to be crowned the champion of the Three-Point Shootout in the 2019 PBA All-Star Weekend Friday in Calasiao.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss “To be honest I never expected to be in this, I just want to thank God for lifting my name,” said Simon who also dethroned former teammate and now Rain or Shine shooting guard James Yap.“I’m in the twilight of my career and I was still given a chance to compete here.”Yap has two Three-Point Shootout titles under his belt but failed to defend his crown when he scored just 11 in the elimination round.ADVERTISEMENT Wintry storm delivers US travel woes before Thanksgiving MOST READ View comments ‘There are no cowards in La Salle’: Lady Spikers show title pedigree in bounce back winlast_img read more

10 months agoMan Utd open talks with Fiorentina for Nikola Milenkovic

first_imgMan Utd open talks with Fiorentina for Nikola Milenkovicby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United are in talks with Fiorentina for Nikola Milenkovic.La Repubblica says former manager Jose Mourinho appeared to have identified the 21-year-old centre-back as the man to solve his defensive woes at Old Trafford.And despite Mourinho’s sacking, United are still pressing ahead to complete a deal.And it goes on to state officials have been locked in talks with Milenkovic’s agent throughout the Christmas period in order to get the transfer over the line.United executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward wants to bring in reinforcements to help boost interim manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s quest to secure a top four spot.But the club are not expected to spend too heavily once the window re-opens, preferring instead to get the majority of funds for their next permanent boss. TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

4 days agoTrippier: What Diego Costa calls me at Atletico Madrid

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Trippier: What Diego Costa calls me at Atletico Madridby Paul Vegas4 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveKieran Trippier has revealed a nickname Atletico Madrid teammate Diego Costa has given him.The England full-back completed his move from Tottenham to the Spanish club in the summer, where Costa is also currently plying his trade.And the ex-Chelsea striker has wasted no time in giving Trippier plenty of banter, naming him after Man Utd and England legend Wayne Rooney.Costa has a reputation for being hot-headed with a fiery temper, but Trippier explained his other persona as the joker of the dressing room is more accurate.“He calls me Rooney ten times a day!” Trippier told Marca. “He’s like that all the time and it makes me laugh. But it’s Diego. I don’t mind. We all find it fun.“I like him to make jokes every day. I knew him from the Premier League and he’s the funniest player I’ve ever played with.“There’s a great atmosphere on the team, joking with each other, but Costa is the funniest. He also says I look like a boxer – but I don’t think so!“It’s been easy to adapt here. The weather is nice. The food is incredible, better than in England. People welcome me and make my family smile. It makes it easier for me.” last_img read more

College Football’s Top 10 Coaches, Per Athlon Sports

first_imgAthlon Sports ranks college footballs best coaches.Athlon SportsAthlon Sports has ranked every college football coach, No. 1 to No. 128, ahead of the 2016 season. You can view the full list here. The top of the list is what most people care about, though, and inside Athlon Sports’ top 10, there aren’t too many surprises. The biggest “surprise” is probably that there is only one SEC coach in the top 10, but there isn’t a clear SEC coach slight. [email protected] ranked the top #CFB coaches in the country & only 1 SEC coach made the top 10 pic.twitter.com/cBaH9hzp4z— Paul Finebaum (@finebaum) June 21, 2016The No. 1 and No. 2 spots are extremely obvious and unarguable. After that, there are a handful of coaches who could be deserving of the No. 3, No. 4 and No. 5 spots.If you were starting a college football program tomorrow, though, Harbaugh would almost certainly be the choice behind Saban and Meyer.last_img read more

I am a rebel Richa

first_imgNew Delhi: The much-feted Masaan won Richa Chadha wide acclaim but the actor says she does not identify with her character in the film because she is essentially a rebel. In Neeraj Ghaywan’s Masaan, which completed four years of release on recently, Richa plays Devi, who struggles to shake off the smalltown stigma towards pre-marital sex. Vicky Kaushal and Shweta Tripathi played the film’s other protagonists, Deepak and Shalu, who attempt to transcend the restrictions of their casteist society. Also Read – I have personal ambitions now: Priyanka”I don’t identify with my character in Masaan because I am somewhat a rebel. I have found my way. I have, despite all the challenges in life, fought and created a space for myself. In her own way Devi also fights, but I feel she stumbles a lot more than I ever would. That is where she gets stuck in life,” Richa said. The 32-year-old actor feels had the film released today, it would have received better distribution and promotional facilites. “The true test of a film is when it becomes memorable. That’s why we like old songs.”last_img read more

HydroQuebec says US export deal will keep local power rates below inflation

first_imgMONTREAL – Quebecers won’t get a break on already low hydroelectricity rates but a massive export deal with Massachusetts will give the public utility flexibility to keep increases below inflation, Hydro-Quebec’s CEO said Friday.“It relieves some pressure,” Eric Martel said at a news conference. “It gives us a certain flexibility for things to come.”The biggest export contract in Hydro-Quebec’s history, run by Hydro-Quebec and U.S. partner Eversource Energy, would bring up to 9.45 terawatt hours of electricity per year from Quebec’s hydroelectric plants to Massachusetts.Hydro-Quebec promised several years ago to keep domestic power rates below inflation and to increase the utility’s profitability.It kept the rate promise over the last three years with annual increases of 0.7 per cent while the $10-billion deal over 20 years with the New England state will generate higher returns, he told reporters.Martel wouldn’t provide the rate Massachusetts would pay but said it is above the three cents per kilowatthour cost to produce and transport the energy.He told reporters Friday that the contract will be profitable, largely because electricity prices are stable and it already has the available production capacity.That’s good news for all Quebecers because the government will receive a larger dividend from the Crown corporation, added Energy Minister Pierre Moreau.“Whenever the profit goes up it’s good news for the shareholders, which is the government of Quebec and basically all Quebecers,” he added.The contract expected to be signed in March could generate up to $500 million in annual revenues for Hydro-Quebec.In 2016, Hydro-Quebec’s exports represented $803 million of its $2.86-billion profit.The contract will also help the utility achieve its goal of doubling revenues to about $27 billion by 2030.Massachusetts officially selected Northern Pass on Thursday out of 46 submissions presented to the state last year, including six by Hydro-Quebec and partners.The project has faced intense opposition in New Hampshire, but Moreau and Martel said that has mostly been resolved after Hydro-Quebec and Evercore agreed to put more than 100 km of the transmission line underground in environmentally sensitive areas.“Social acceptability is always a challenge for that kind of project but now it seems that it’s not a problem anymore,” said Moreau.Despite the size of the deal, Martel said Hydro-Quebec still has room for one or possibly two more deals of such size.He said the contract could put pressure on neighbouring jurisdictions like New York and Ontario to decide if they want more of the province’s hydroelectricity.“The impact of this signature will stimulate people because it’s sure that our energy capacity isn’t infinite.”Ontario currently has a surplus of power but could use Quebec’s clean power to replace other sources along its current interprovincial transmission line, Martel said.He said there is a risk for Ontario if it waits too long to decide but Moreau said in an interview that he believes Quebec has the capacity “to answer their needs.”Even though the project received approval from former president Barack Obama, Martel doesn’t foresee any objections from the current administration because the $2 billion that will be spent in the United States will create thousands of engineering and construction jobs.Spending in Quebec is forecast to be more than $680 million.“The president is very favourable to infrastructure investments and this is a significant investment in infrastructure.”The project still needs to be approved by New Hampshire as well as by Canada’s National Energy Board. Construction of the line is expected to start this fall with electricity flowing in 2020.Follow @RossMarowits on Twitter.last_img read more

States and cities are taking the lead on bump stock bans

first_imgIn the immediate aftermath of the deadliest mass shooting in modern U.S. history, there was a fevered pitch to ban bump stocks, the device that allowed the shooter’s semi-automatic rifles to mimic the rapid fire of machine-guns.With that push stalled at the federal level, a handful of states and some cities are moving ahead with bans of their own.Massachusetts and New Jersey — two states at the time led by Republican governors — as well as the cities of Denver and Columbia, South Carolina, have enacted laws prohibiting the sale and possession of the devices, which were attached to a half-dozen of the long guns found in the hotel room of the Las Vegas shooter who in October killed 58 people and injured hundreds more attending a nearby outdoor concert. A little over a dozen other states are also considering bans on bump stocks.Gun-control advocates say the push fits a pattern in gun politics: inaction in Washington that forces states to take the lead. Gun-rights advocates call it a knee-jerk reaction that will do little to stop bad guys from killing, and vow a legal challenge.For Zach Elmore, the issue is deeply personal. His sister among those wounded in the Las Vegas attack. He finds hope in the statewide and local efforts to ban bump stocks.“Hopefully it’s the start of a big movement versus just a flash in the pan,” Elmore said. “Obviously you cannot legislate (against) evil, but you can legislate the things with which bad people will use to perpetrate evil.”The devices were originally intended to help people with disabilities and were little known and little sold until the Las Vegas shooting. They fit over the stock and pistol grip of a semi-automatic rifle and allow the weapon to fire rapidly, some 400 to 800 rounds per minute, mimicking a fully automatic firearm.The federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives reviewed the devices and approved them in 2010, ruling they did not amount to machine-guns that are regulated under the National Firearms Act that dates to the 1930s.Richard Vasquez was assistant chief of the ATF’s technology bureau and led the review of bump stocks. He stands by the agency’s 2010 ruling, which relied on a key difference between semi-automatic and fully automatic firearms: While semi-automatic firearms require a separate and independent pull of the trigger to fire a bullet, fully automatic firearms can fire multiple rounds with a single trigger pull. ATF determined bump stocks didn’t convert a semi-automatic firearm into one that is fully auto.“It’s a proper determination. Everybody wants to jump the gun and say that ATF made a mistake,” said Vasquez, who left the agency in 2014. “ATF didn’t make a mistake.”The federal agency is reviewing its ruling, something Vasquez and others caution is a dangerous move without Congress first changing the law to specifically make such devices illegal.“If ATF is allowed to write a regulation to change the definition of this device, instead of a law, it’s going to give all government agencies authority to change their regulations, which could affect us in a wide variety of ways,” Vasquez warned.Legislation in Congress has remained in limbo despite early signs from a bipartisan mix of lawmakers and advocates who voiced alarm that such a device was deemed legal and on the market. Even the National Rifle Association sounded open to great regulation of bump stocks.Joyce Malcolm, a professor at George Mason University’s Antonin Scalia School of Law, said the bans likely would withstand a legal challenge, but she wonders about more practical matters: How might they be enforced?“I don’t see a real constitutional issue. I just wonder about actually getting these devices out of circulation for people who already have them,” she said.It’s not known how many of the devices are in circulation. At the time of the Las Vegas shooting, gun dealers said they rarely had customers wanting to buy one — but then couldn’t keep up with the demand in the days and months afterward. The leading manufacturer of bump stocks, Texas-based Slide Fire Solutions, briefly stopped selling them, posting a notice on its website that it had suspended sales to keep up with demand. It has since resumed sales.Massachusetts, which has some of the nation’s strictest gun laws, enacted its ban a month after the Las Vegas shooting, pushed through a Democratic-controlled Legislature and signed into law by a Republican lieutenant governor. New Jersey followed suit last month with a measure signed into law by outgoing Republican Gov. Chris Christie. About a dozen other states are considering similar bills.“This is a very familiar story. The Congress cowers in the face of the NRA, and the states act,” said John Feinblatt, president of Everytown for Gun Safety, which advocates for tougher gun laws.Connecticut, home to some of the world’s most legendary gun makers, is among the other states considering bans.Rep. William Tong, a Democrat and House chairman of the Connecticut Legislature’s Judiciary Committee, called it a commonsense measure that puts public safety first.“The federal government has demonstrated that, given the composition of the Congress right now, it’s not possible to pass commonsense gun laws,” he said. “Connecticut can’t wait.”Gun-rights advocates say the efforts undermine the Second Amendment and will do little to stop criminals.“Anti-gun Democrats love to ban things. That is their answer,” said Erich Pratt, executive director of Gun Owners of America, who added bump stocks have rarely, if ever, been used in a crime before the Las Vegas shooting. “This is their chance to say, ‘Hey, we’re doing something. Look at us. We’re doing something.’ It’s not going to do anything.”___Follow Lisa Marie Pane at http://twitter.com/lisamariepanelast_img read more

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