to go further Receive email alerts April 28, 2021 Find out more August 13 2001 In a letter addressed to Attorney General John Ashcroft, Reporters sans frontières (RSF – Reporters Without Borders, www.rsf.org) protested against the detention of Vanessa Leggett, a freelance journalist and writer. The organization asked the Attorney General to do everything possible in order to release the journalist immediately and to withdraw the accusation of “contempt of court”. “This decision is a serious violation of press freedom” declared RSF general secretary, Robert Ménard. He noted that the Inter-American Declaration of Principles on Freedom of Expression approved by the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights clearly stipulates that “every social communicator has the right to keep his/her source of information, notes, and personal and professional archives confidential”. Facebook’s Oversight Board is just a stopgap, regulation urgently needed, RSF says Follow the news on United States News June 3, 2021 Find out more 24 August 2001The U.S court of appeal sitting in Houston (5th Circuit) upheld the contempt order, finding journalists do not have a right to refuse to testify in front of a grand jury. Vanessa Leggett is kept in detention. Her lawyer announced her intention to appeal against this decision. News NSO Group hasn’t kept its promises on human rights, RSF and other NGOs say WhatsApp blocks accounts of at least seven Gaza Strip journalists RSF_en News United StatesAmericas Update – 4 January 2002Vanessa Legett was freed after a 168-day-detention. Her liberation is due to expiration of the mandate of the tribunal who had punished her for “contempt of court”. She is under the threat to be questioned and imprisoned anew, if the judiciary investigation were to be reopened. June 7, 2021 Find out more According to information collected by RSF, Vanessa Leggett, a writer and freelance journalist, was incarcerated on 20 July 2001. The day before she had been sentenced by U.S District Judge Melinda Harmond, in Houston, Texas, for “contempt of court”, after having refused to reveal her notes and recordings of interviews. The interviews had been held when she was investigating the killing of a Texan millionaire’s wife, in order to write a book. Vanessa Leggett had conducted an interview with the victim’s brother-in-law, suspected of the murder, shortly before he commited suicide. The Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit refused to grant her bail but agreed to hear the appeal within one month. Vanessa Leggett could be detained for a maximum of eighteen months. January 4, 2002 – Updated on January 20, 2016 A freelance journalist jailed for having refused to reveal her sources Organisation Help by sharing this information News United StatesAmericas
This is placeholder text continue reading » ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr People of color are drastically underrepresented when it comes to financial advising, both in advising and receiving these services. That means less access to the resources and systems that can make financial stability and generational wealth real.Diversity in financial advising has historically been challenging. But it doesn’t need to be.At the CUNA Mutual Group Multicultural Center of Expertise, in partnership with our Center for Advisor Excellence, we conducted research on financial advising and credit union members.We learned that credit unions have the power to make a meaningful impact on how diverse populations build toward financial security. This post is currently collecting data…
A marketing company in Florida is facing criticism for disguising car ads as federal stimulus checks, in an attempt to attract customers to a tent sale, Attorney General Ashley Moody’s office said on Thursday.The company, Traffic Jam Events, LLC and its owner, David Jeansonne, II, allegedly sent the deceptive ads to more than 35,000 consumers between March 27 and April 5 in Bushnell, a city located northeast of Tampa.According to the attorney general’s office, the Consumer Protection Division opened an investigation against the company and Jeansonne, as well as the dealer that provided the cars for the tent sale, MK Automotive, Inc. d/b/a New Wave, as well as its owner, Michael Kastrenakes. The owner of the dealership is cooperating with the investigation at this time, and has entered an assurance of voluntary compliance with the Attorney General’s Office.“This type of deceptive marketing is completely unacceptable and is even more outrageous during these challenging times. These marketing ploys prey on people’s desperate anticipation of stimulus assistance and falsely suggest that there is government stimulus funding for auto purchases,” Attorney General Moody said. “These misleading practices will not be tolerated, and if anyone tries to take advantage of this crisis and the legitimate financial assistance available for those in need, my office will hold you accountable.”The Attorney General’s Office also filed a motion this week for a temporary injunction to prevent the defendants from making false and deceptive representations regarding the COVID-19 stimulus program. A news release adds that Moody’s office is also seeking equitable relief, civil penalties and fees for violating Florida’s Deceptive and Unfair Trade Practices Act.Read the full complaint here.
Wiltshire’s Ben Amor swept round the Hotchkin course at Woodhall Spa in seven-under par over 36 holes to become the English men’s county champion of champions.He adds his name to a trophy which has previously been won by Lee Westwood and Nick Faldo and said: “To win means a lot.”The 21-year-old dropped only one shot all day – on the short fifth in his morning round – and he finished three clear of Kent’s Dan Brown. Yorkshire’s Ben Hutchinson also beat par, scoring two-under to take third place.“It’s nice for the hard work to pay off,” said Amor (Marlborough). “This has been a bit of a tough year and I’ve under-achieved on my expectations. But I’ve put in the hard work and you reap the rewards eventually, today was my day, I guess.”For much of the day Amor and Brown were locked in a neck-and-neck battle. They both went round in four-under 69 this morning; Brown got ahead over the early holes this afternoon but Amor caught him with an eagle three on the sixth. Amor moved ahead on the ninth; Brown caught him on the 11th.But the crunch came down the closing holes. Amor relentlessly parred every one, demonstrating a sure touch with his short game whenever he looked like faltering, but Brown (Chart Hills) had three bogeys in the last six.“I knew I had to post a number this afternoon and I couldn’t believe how close Dan was to me. When I made eagle I thought I would pull clear, but next time I looked at the leaderboard he was right next to me.“I like head-to-head stuff,” said Amor, who overcame any nerves by sticking to his routines. “I’ve been working hard on them and that was possibly the biggest thing. When I was really under pressure and need to hit a shot my routine stayed constant and sound.”Amor has been an England squad player and is a past winner of the English U18 boys’ Carris Trophy – and his next target is European Tour qualifying. “This is a big boost, playing well on a really good golf course where you have to drive it well.”For Dan Brown there were mixed emotions after a few loose drives cost him over the closing holes. “I was a bit disappointed towards the end, but pleased with the shape of my game,” he said. “I played well this morning to get to four-under and I got to three-under through four this afternoon. But perhaps a little bit of mental fatigue set in later on, it was nothing drastic but I found a few fairway traps.”This was one of four champion of champions’ tournaments played over the weekend, also involving men, women, girls and senior men.Click here for full scoresCaption: Ben Amor, 2016 English men’s county champion of champions (image © Leaderboard Photography). 11 Sep 2016 Amor sweeps to victory at champions weekend
Facebook346Tweet0Pin0Submitted by The Washington Department of Fish and WildlifeWashington recreational razor clam harvest opener for the first portion of April will proceed. Below are the opening dates, time of the evening low tides and the beaches that are included:April 3, Sunday, 4:13 p.m.; 0.5 feet; Long BeachApril 4, Monday, 5:04 p.m.; 0.1 feet; Long BeachApril 5, Tuesday, 5:51 p.m.; 0.0 feet; Long BeachApril 6, Wednesday, 6:36 p.m.; 0.0 feet; Long BeachApril 7, Thursday, 7:07 a.m.; -0.6 feet; Long Beach, Copalis, MocrocksApril 8, Friday, 7:54 a.m.; -1.1 feet; Long Beach, Copalis, MocrocksApril 9, Saturday, 8:42 a.m.; -1.3 feet; Long Beach, CopalisApril 10, Sunday, 9:32 a.m.; -1.2 feet; Long Beach, MocrocksApril 11, Monday, 10:23 a.m.; -0.9 feet; Long BeachApril 12, Tuesday, 11:19 a.m.; -0.4 feet; Long BeachPlease note: For the weekend of April 9 and 10, Copalis ONLY is open on Saturday and Mocrocks ONLY is open on Sunday. Tribal diggers will be harvesting on the days these beaches are not open – so please be sure you are on the right beach each day!Copalis extends from the Grays Harbor north jetty to the Copalis River, including Ocean Shores, Oyhut, Ocean City and Copalis areas.Mocrocks extends from the Copalis River to the southern boundary of the Quinault Reservation near the Moclips River, including Iron Springs, Roosevelt Beach, Pacific Beach and Moclips.Long Beach extends from the Columbia River to Leadbetter Point and Seaview, Cranberry, Klipsan , Ocean Park and Oysterville area.Diggers on the northern portions of Long Beach must stay out of the upland portions of the beach clearly marked with a long line of white PC poles and signs. These areas are critical nesting areas for snowy plovers. Having diggers (and their dogs) stay out of these areas are important to help us protect these birds. Please see the attached flyer for more details.Twin Harbors Beach remains closed. This area extends from Willapa Bay to the Grays Harbor South Jetty. Toxin levels at Twin Harbors Beach remain above the threshold (20 parts per million) set by public health officials. Razor clams at Twin Harbors had the highest levels of domoic acid during the peak of the harmful algae bloom in 2015, as a result it is taking longer for clams there to rid themselves of the toxin.A description of each beach and a map can be found here.For details visit us online.
To The Editor:With the holiday season in full swing and the constant bombardment on television related to the Republican Presidential Nomination process I have made a decision. I am throwing my wholehearted support behind Former Speaker Newt Gingrich. I know, I know, some of you readers may be scratching your heads why, but before you totally dismiss this commentary, check out his ideas located on his website and his new 21st Century Contract with America.I am no political pundit and I cannot quote statistics but what I can say is that while Newt Gingrich was Speaker of the House, the greatest growth our country has seen in decades existed including having a surplus instead of deficits. In my personal life, as well as running a small business, the reality of sound fiscal practices dictate you can not spend more than you take in, it’s that simple. Speaker Gingrich’s plan is to drastically reduce the size of government by eliminating unnecessary agencies, departments and “czars”, pass a balanced budget amendment, approve the Keystone Pipeline, and the list goes on, including “Day One” Executive Orders and a multitude of legislative proposals. Sure, there is a lot of rhetoric like every other politician and Speaker Gingrich has been a member of the establishment, but the fact remains it is going to take a Washington insider to get this country moving forward again. This need for leadership and legislative success is evident, given the President’s inability to get Congress on the same page or at least move them in a positive direction. Newt Gingrich is the only candidate (including the President) with a record of accomplishments during a great time of prosperity for our country. Newt Gingrich is a historian known for his great intellect and ideas. I, too, majored in history and we all know that unless things change we are bound to repeat the same mistakes over and over.I voted for President Obama. I believed in his message and his sincerity and his desire to make a change for the better. I am glad I voted for President Obama. I think that was the only sound decision for me and this country at the time. I believe voting for President Obama again would be a mistake and not a good decision for me or our country. Newt Gingrich, in my opinion, is the whole package: he has the intellect, the knowhow, and the inside experience to get Congress working again to put this country back on top where it belongs.I am proud to be an American. I am tired of being disgruntled. I am tired of watching the news about people protesting, being unemployed and jobs being outsourced. It is time that we harness what made this country great, our people unified as a nation, making a difference at home and in our communities, and eventually the world. More importantly, each and every generation prospering and doing better than the last. I ask you to consider Newt Gingrich. Thank you and God Bless America. Jude R. FlorioOcean Grove
Even after losing two of three games on the Island, Wildcats skipper Cary Fisher remains confident there are bigger and better days ahead for the Kootenay-based squad.“Had you watched the game you would not have believed we came up short,” Fisher told The Nelson Daily after the Cats dropped two of three BC Female Midget AAA Hockey League games to the Vancouver Island Hurricanes this past weekend in Campbell River.Vancouver Island won the final two games by 3-1 and 2-1 scores.Kootenay opened the series with a 5-2 win thanks to the two-goal performance of Denomie Vockeroth-Fisher of Rossland.Danica Dahlin (Golden), Kimberley Huisman (Fernie) and Keegan Paterson (Nelson) also scored for the Cats, which held period leads of 3-1 and 4-2.Cats’ netminder Morgan Flynn (Castlegar) was in goal for the win. “This weekend was tough after coming out and playing well enough to score five goals we struggled to find the net in the next two games,” Fisher explained.“The players worked very hard in both losses and we had a great time of possession advantage in both losses.”Vockeroth-Fisher and Stephanie McAuley (Trail) scored the other goals for Kootenay.“I think our goal needs to be more engaged in the moment,” said Fisher.“For non athletes this may seem a bit odd but it works like this — a player can work hard but in the moment they can loose focus even while working hard. We missed the net a lot and we missed open players. “Kootenay, 4-4-1, drops to fourth in BCFMHL standings, but is only one point from second in the six-team league.Fraser Valley Phantom tops the league with an 8-0-2 record.“I guess the best way to describe it is paying attention to details and being more surgical in our approach,” said Fisher, pleased with the play of Keegan Paterson of Nelson, McAyla Yuris (Trail) and Denomie Vockeroth-Fisher.“Simple is best with most things in life and I believe this team will find a simple game very soon.”The Cats are off until November 22 when Kootenay travels to Kelowna for a three-game set against the Okanagan Rockets.
Tags:#international#NYT#Visualization#web Super-high resolution PDF here.According to Boguta, the language choice – most of the bloggers speak both Arabic and English – is an important element. Some make the choice to connect with other Arabic-speakers, probably a function of the organizational use of the Web by people on the ground. The choice of English is, among other things, a choice to spread the circumstances, flight and day-to-day activities of the first group, to the wider world. “For me, the point is that the activists are cooperating with the west, on their own terms and in a constructive way…(I)n fact that is a key element and what allows this much bigger exoskeleton to tightly interface to the core. This is in contrast to what happened in Iran 2009…where the connections between those in Iran and the rest of the world were very thin and easily severed.”Wael Ghonim is a good example of how the visualization works. Large circle, well connected, surrounded by a large group of Twitter-users whom he influences.Interesting to notice is the scattered group on the far left, which are mostly U.S. government and corporations like Google. “And that’s probably how everyone in the rest of the network would like this future to look.”Street photo via Al Jazeera | thanks to Josh Jones-Dilworth 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Related Posts A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Kovas Boguta, the head of analytics at Weebly and a guest author on ReadWriteWeb, has created another powerful data visualization, this time of the “the pro-democracy movement in Egypt and across the Middle East.” The visualization drew from Twitter use by Egyptians and influential others around the #jan25 uprising. Those writing in Arabic only are represented in red, only in English are in blue and overlap by various shades of purple. Influence, in terms of follows, are represented by lines and those who influence each other are located in proximity. curt hopkins
Sign up for a free trial and get instant access to this article as well as GBA’s complete library of premium articles and construction details. This article is only available to GBA Prime Members Start Free Trial Already a member? Log in Once again, the “in” box on my desk is beginning to fill up with a stack of brochures describing interesting new products.I’ve selected four products to review in this latest roundup: an insert panel to improve the thermal performance of insulated concrete forms (ICFs); a new wall system for manufactured stone veneer; and two new water-resistive barriers (WRBs).A manufacturer of insulated concrete forms (ICFs), Reward Wall System of Omaha, Nebraska, is now selling polystyrene panels that can be slipped inside of ICFs to improve a wall’s R-value. This product will prove useful, since many ICFs have a relatively low R-value.Called Boost-R panels, the new foam rectangles come with notches that slide over the ICF form ties and rebar chairs. Of course, these Boost-R panels take up room that would normally be filled with concrete. So if you want to use these insulation inserts, you’ll need to order ICFs with thicker-than-usual cores. If you ordinarily use an ICF with a 6-inch-thick concrete core, and you’d like to insert 4 extra inches of foam on one side of the wall, you’ll need to order ICFs with a 10-inch core.Boost-R panels are 2 inches thick and are available in several different densities (1, 1.5, and 2 pounds per cubic foot). If you want more than 2 inches of extra insulation, it’s possible to insert two layers of 2-inch thick Boost-R panels inside the core of a thick ICF.The manufacturer claims that its 1.5 pound/cubic foot polystyrene has an R-value of R-4.17 per inch. That means that a 15-inch ICF with a 10-inch-thick core equipped with a 4-inch-thick Boost-R panel can have an R-value of R-38.Two-inch-thick Boost-R panels cost between 95¢ and $1.85 per square foot, depending on the foam density and the quantity ordered.Of course, there is a…
BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight The Warriors were expected to comment further later Saturday after their opening practice. Other athletes weighed in quickly, including LeBron James of the Cleveland Cavaliers.“U bum @StephenCurry30 already said he ain’t going!” James tweeted. “So therefore ain’t no invite. Going to White House was a great honor until you showed up!”For Trump, it was the NFL one day, the NBA the next.At a rally in Alabama on Friday night, Trump said NFL players who refused to stand for “The Star-Spangled Banner” are exhibiting a “total disrespect of our heritage.” Several NFL players, starting last season with then-San Francisco quarterback Colin Kaepernick, have either knelt, sat or raised fists during the anthem to protest police treatment of blacks and social injustice.“That’s a total disrespect of everything that we stand for,” Trump said, encouraging owners to act. He added, “Wouldn’t you love to see one of these NFL owners, when somebody disrespects our flag, you’d say, ‘Get that son of a bitch off the field right now. Out! He’s fired.”ADVERTISEMENT NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell strongly backed his league’s players.“Divisive comments like these demonstrate an unfortunate lack of respect for the NFL, our great game and all of our players, and a failure to understand the overwhelming force for good our clubs and players represent in our communities,” Goodell said in a statement.Seattle Seahawks star Richard Sherman said the president’s behavior is “unacceptable and needs to be addressed.”“If you do not condemn this divisive rhetoric you are condoning it!!” Sherman tweeted.Trump also bemoaned what he called a decline in violence in football, noting that it’s “not the same game” because players are now either penalized or thrown out of games for aggressive tackles.“No man or woman should ever have to choose a job that forces them to surrender their rights,” DeMaurice Smith, the NFL Players Association executive director, said Saturday. “No worker nor any athlete, professional or not, should be forced to become less than human when it comes to protecting their basic health and safety.”The NBA did not immediately react to Trump’s tweet about Curry. NBA Commissioner Adam Silver told The Players’ Tribune in July he believes teams should visit the White House when invited, though also said he would not order anyone to make such a trip.“I think that these institutions are bigger than any individual politician, any individual elected official,” Silver said then. “And it concerns me that something like going to the White House after winning a championship, something that has been a great tradition, would become one that is partisan. I will say, though, even though I think that teams should make decisions as organizations, that I would also respect an individual player’s decision not to go.”Trump has met with some teams already in his first year in office.Clemson visited the White House this year after winning the College Football Playoff, some members of the New England Patriots went after the Super Bowl victory and the Chicago Cubs went to the Oval Office in June to commemorate their World Series title. The Cubs also had the larger and more traditional visit with President Barack Obama in January, four days before the Trump inauguration. It was not immediately clear whether Trump was rescinding the invitation for Curry or the entire team.“Going to the White House is considered a great honor for a championship team. Stephen Curry is hesitating, therefore invitation is withdrawn!” Trump wrote from his golf club in Bedminster, New Jersey.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutGolden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry (2nd L, front row) flanked by forward Draymond Green (L) and guard Shaun Livingston (C) are seen during an event honoring the 2015 NBA Champion Golden State Warriors in the East Room of the White House on February 4, 2015 in Washington, DC. / AFP PHOTO / MANDEL NGANThe Warriors, who hold their first practice of the season Saturday, had not made a collective decisionwhether to go to the White House in celebration of last season’s title. Curry has said he did not want to make such a visit.“By acting and not going, hopefully that will inspire some change when it comes to what we tolerate in this country and what is accepted and what we turn a blind eye to,” Curry said Friday at the Warriors’ media day. “It’s not just the act of not going. There are things you have to do on the back end to actually push that message into motion.” MOST READ And if the Warriors don’t want to meet with Trump, they may still get a welcome in Washington: House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi of California has said she would like to bring the team to the Capitol. 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SOMERSET, N.J. — Stephen Curry and President Donald Trump agree on one thing: The Golden State star isnot going to the White House anytime soon.Trump tweeted Saturday that Curry is no longer invited to the White House because of what the president called hesitation by the two-time NBA MVP in deciding whether to make the traditional champions’ trip to Washington. Trump’s comment on Curry came one day after the president told NFL owners to fire players who won’t stand for the national anthem.ADVERTISEMENT View comments