US — #WeeklyAddress: August 20 – August 26: Multiple journalists face death threats

first_imgJournalists from The New York Times and The Associated Press received messages from anonymous callers threatening them with gun violence this week. On Monday August 20, New York Times  journalist Kenneth Vogel shared a recording of a 38-second voicemail he received shortly after he made an appearance on MSNBC. “You are the enemy of the people,” the caller says, referencing a phrase commonly used by President Donald Trump. “And although the pen is mightier than the sword, the AK-47 is mightier than the pen…there’s nothing civil about a civil war.” Journalists at AP and NYT receive intimidating calls threatening gun violence United StatesAmericas News June 7, 2021 Find out more Whistleblower Reality Winner sentenced to 63 months in prison Facebook has developed a rating to determine how trustworthy a user may be when reporting a news article as false on their platform. In an effort to combat “fake news,” Facebook largely depends on active users to report false or abusive content and is now using this reporting system to evaluate if an individual reporting information as false is doing so for political reasons, or if it is truly disinformation. When interviewed by The Washington Post, Facebook’s product manager Tessa Lyons remarked that it was “not uncommon for people to tell us something is false simply because they disagree with the premise of a story or they’re intentionally trying to target a particular publisher.” The methodology Facebook uses to determine a reliability rating has not been disclosed due to concerns that bad actors will attempt to game the algorithm. Consequently, there is no way for users to know if they are being scored or what their scores are being used for, leading to criticism of opaque practices. 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. Lyric Cabral, a documentary filmmaker for BuzzFeed News, alleges that R&B singer R. Kelly’s bodyguards grabbed her by the neck and forcibly threw her out of an August 18 after-party in St. Louis, Missouri. Cabral has since filed a police report, maintaining that security targeted her for filming a documentary on the sexual abuse that the singer has allegedly committed. Footage from Instagram shows that other attendees were also filming Kelly’s performance on their cellphones during the time of the alleged incident. In response to Cabral’s allegations, R. Kelly’s lawyer, Chauncey D. Henry, writes that “Mr. Kelly, and/or his employees or affiliates, have no distinct recollection of the events described in your letter related to an alleged altercation that involved your contraction or his removal from Da Beno Nite Club.” BuzzFeed News remains “concerned for the safety of [its] journalists,” but “will not be deterred or intimidated by these shameless tactics.” For the latest updates, follow RSF on twitter @RSF_en.  News News United StatesAmericas BuzzFeed News filmmaker claims she was assaulted for filming documentary at R. Kelly’s afterparty Veteran White House Correspondent April Ryan of American Urban Radio Networks recently hired a bodyguard in the wake of growing threats to her safety, she revealed to the Hollywood Reporter in an interview published on August 21. Ryan said covering the Trump administration has effectively “put a target on my head… I’ve had death threats. I’ve had some people wait for me outside the White House.” In a report published by Variety in April detailing the obstacles reporters endure covering the Trump administration, Ryan revealed she frequently receives death threats “just for asking a question.” In the same report, CNN Chief White House Correspondent Jim Acosta stated that he receives death threats on a weekly basis.    Facebook implements reliability rating for users reporting fake news Convicted National Security Agency (NSA) whistleblower Reality Winner was sentenced to 63 months in prison on Thursday, August 23, the longest prison sentence in the history of federal leak cases. Winner, who pleaded guilty on June 26 to violating the Espionage Act, is the first of two whistleblowers prosecuted under the Trump administration. Read more about Winner’s sentencing here.  Associated Press reporter Amanda Lee Myers tweeted that a similar threat was made to the AP’s Los Angeles newsroom on Wednesday, August 22, when an unknown person called and said: “At some point we’re just gonna start shooting you f—ing assholes.” AP later released a statement that the incident had been reported to local authorities. These messages follow a growing trend of journalists receiving threats to their safety at the same time that President Trump is publicly ramping up anti-press rhetoric. Read RSF’s report on how American newsrooms are addressing increasing harassment and hostility.  Facebook’s Oversight Board is just a stopgap, regulation urgently needed, RSF sayscenter_img MANDEL NGAN / AFP Below are the most notable incidents regarding threats to press freedom in the US during the week of August 20 – August 26: RSF_en Receive email alerts NSO Group hasn’t kept its promises on human rights, RSF and other NGOs say Follow the news on United States Washington lawmaker calls journalists “dirty, godless, hateful people” to go further June 3, 2021 Find out more Help by sharing this information Speaking at a gun rights rally in Spokane, Washington, on August 18, Washington State Representative Matt Shea admonished journalists as “dirty, godless, hateful people.” Shea is part of an eight-member task force created in response to a lawsuit brought against the Washington State Legislature by several news outlets, including The Associated Press and The Seattle Times, which claim to have been exempted from Washington’s Public Records Act after being denied several requests for records. The Act ensures public access to all records and materials from state and local agencies. Shea has been known to ignore requests for interviews from journalists and has also blocked certain reporters from viewing his social media accounts. White House reporter April Ryan hires personal bodyguard due to threats WhatsApp blocks accounts of at least seven Gaza Strip journalists August 27, 2018 US — #WeeklyAddress: August 20 – August 26: Multiple journalists face death threats News Organisation April 28, 2021 Find out morelast_img read more

Lake Street Dive Performs “Good Kisser” On Colbert [Watch]

first_imgLake Street Dive released their new album, Free Yourself Up, via Nonesuch Records last Friday. In support of the new release, the group stopped by The Late Show with Stephen Colbert on CBS to perform their lead single “Good Kisser”. Watch the performance below, as well as the official music video here.[Video: The Late Show with Stephen Colbert]Free Yourself Up marks Lake Street Dive’s second release on Nonesuch Records. The band—drummer Michael Calabrese, bassist Bridget Kearney, singer Rachael Price, and guitarist/trumpeter Michael “McDuck” Olson—produced the album themselves at Nashville’s Goosehead Palace Studios with engineer Dan Knobler.Lake Street Dive also kicked off an extensive in their hometown of Boston on Friday night. Most dates on the first leg are already sold out, but they’ve got a lot more coming up between now and November, including shows with support from artists like Madison Ward and the Mama Bears, Mikaela Davis, and Robert Finley. Ticketing information for the upcoming shows can be found via the band’s website and you can order Free Yourself Up here.last_img read more

Plug & Play: Esports is more than its poor reputation

first_imgWhen you hear the word “gamer,” what do you think? You probably envision a teenage boy, controller in hand, screaming at the TV for hours on end. You might think that playing video games is a waste of valuable time that would be better spent learning new skills, building friendships or participating in friendly competition. The irony is that video games teach all those skills and many more. There’s a stigma surrounding gamers. During the rapid development and popularization of video games over the past two decades, the term has begun to carry a less than desirable — and frankly, inaccurate — connotation. It is time to break the stigma surrounding gamers and realize that the same lessons can be taught through video games. By no means should kids stop playing physical sports, but we shouldn’t look to traditional sports as the only way to learn these lessons. It is important to know that most video games are not just about driving cars, blowing things up and shooting people. Video games teach valuable lessons to people of all ages.  Our society encourages youth to get active in sports. Aside from keeping them active, sports teach kids valuable life lessons, including social skills, teamwork, dedication to self-improvement and mastery of a skill. The vast majority of little leaguers will not become professional baseball players, and the majority of kids playing video games will not become professional e-athletes. It is imperative that kids learn to reach a goal through self-improvement, regardless of what form of game teaches them that lesson. Video games provide that opportunity. Competitive titles like Counter-Strike: Global Offensive and Overwatch encourage teamwork, strategy and mastery of technique. Those skills seem isolated in those games, but they are not in the slightest.  In today’s age, video games provide a platform on which multiple people can play together at any time from anywhere. If friends move apart, video games provide a reliable way for them to keep in touch and continue doing what they love together.  We should not discourage kids or adults from playing video games. By reinforcing the stigma that people who frequently play video games are wasting their time, we are shaming people for exercising their minds while challenging and bettering themselves. Whether in sports, competition or life, losing sucks. Human nature compels us to better ourselves, to outperform ourselves and those around us. Competitive video games, like traditional sports, take dedication and years of practice to perfect. For growing youth, perfecting a curveball or learning to hit a trickshot in a video game is not about the actual skill — it’s about the process. Our society encourages participation in sports because it recognizes the multitude of benefits they provide people of all ages. Video games seem like they have been around for ages, but the reality is that they are still in their infancy. Because of that, the majority of people don’t fully understand the benefits of video games. Rather than prejudicially writing video games off as a waste of time, take time to understand the role these games can play in society. For example, take Portal, a first-person problem-solving game with a thrilling storyline. Games like Portal exercise the mind against a problem, similar to a maze or jigsaw puzzle.  Like traditional sports, online multiplayer games foster and maintain friendships. They teach players to work together for the common good, encourage each other and build social confidence. Lazy. Outcast. Loser. After all, gamers are just clicking buttons, staring at a screen alone for hours. They don’t do anything productive, don’t have any friends and will definitely never succeed. Wrong. With games that allow you to play with people around the world, the opportunity to meet new people from diverse backgrounds is more accessible than ever. I have connected with people from all over, some of whom I remain in contact with even though I no longer play the same game. Hearthstone, a turn-based card video game, has the “high-intelligence” elements of chess: thinking ahead, strategizing and minimizing damage.  Sam Arslanian is a junior writing about esports. He is also a former sports editor of the Daily Trojan. His column, “Plug & Play,” runs every other Wednesday.last_img read more

Man shoots at store employee after being asked to wear a mask

first_imgA Pennsylvania man has been arrested after he reportedly fired his gun at an employee of a cigar shop after the employee asked him to wear a face mask.The incident occurred Friday at  Cigars international in Bethlehem Township.Authorities say 35-year-old Adam Michael Zaborowski entered the shop while not wearing a mask and was told by employees that he could either put on a mask or use their curbside service.Zaborowski then reportedly “became irate, grabbed two cigars from a shelf and exited without paying,” according to sources.A store employee then followed Zaborokwski to his car to retrieve the merchandise when Zaborokwski fired his gun once in the air and then fired two shots at the employee.Thankfully the employee and a patron that was standing behind the employee were not injured in the shooting.Zaborokwski then fled the scene in his blue Dodge Dakota. He was then taken into custody the following day after engaging in a shootout with Pennsylvania State Police and Slatington Borough Police.According to the report, Zaborokwski has been hospitalized with undisclosed injuries. He is facing charges of attempted criminal homicide.last_img read more

FIR against BJP leader for ‘Indo-Pak fight’ remark over bypoll in Madhya Pradesh

first_imgAn FIR has been filed against senior BJP leader Gopal Bhargava on orders of the Election Commission for allegedly violating the Model Code of Conduct with his remarks on the October 21 bypoll in Madhya Pradesh’s Jhabua Assembly seat, officials said on Tuesday.Mr. Bhargava, who is Leader of the Opposition in the Madhya Pradesh Assembly, on Monday sought to portray the by-election as a “fight between Pakistan and India” and not just a contest between the ruling Congress and the opposition BJP.He asked the electorate in Jhabua to vote for BJP candidate Bhanu Bhuria as he “represents India” and said his rival Congress nominee “represents Pakistan”.Madhya Pradesh’s Chief Electoral Officer V.L. Kantha Rao told PTI on Tuesday that taking cognisance of the remarks, “we directed the district returning officer and collector to file the First Information Report (FIR) in the matter after finding the controversial statement was violation of the model code of conduct.” The collector sent his report and subsequently the FIR was filed late Monday night, he said, adding that the matter was under investigation. Jhabua’s Superintendent of Police Vineet Jain said, based on the report of returning officer Abhay Kharadi, the FIR was lodged against Mr. Bhargava at the district’s Kotwali police station under relevant sections of the IPC and the Representation of the People Act, for violating the Model Code of Conduct.Seeking support for the BJP in tribal-dominated Jhabua, Mr. Bhargava had said on Monday, “I, with faith, can say the country’s respect is at stake right now.”“It is not a fight between two parties. This is an election between India and Pakistan,” he told a gathering. The by-election was necessitated after BJP’s G.S. Damor resigned as the Jhabua MLA after winning the Lok Sabha election from the Ratlam-Jhabua seat earlier this year.last_img read more

Pakistani agencies radicalising Kashmiri youths Lt Gen Ranbir

first_imgUdhampur: Failing to engineer infiltration of militants from across the LoC, Pakistani agencies have resorted to social media to radicalise Kashmiri youths, with 40 of them joining militancy since January, an Army commander said on Monday.”Pakistan has been continuing with its efforts to show this (terrorism) as an indigenous movement. Today, they feel absolutely starved because of the very effective counter-infiltration grid of the Indian Army,” General Officer Commanding-in-Chief, Northern Command, Lieutenant General Ranbir Singh said. Also Read – Personal life needs to be respected: Cong on reports of Rahul’s visit abroadLocal recruitment still remains a matter of concern, but youths are realising that “we do not want to become fodder for Pakistani agencies”, he said. “Successful infiltration from across the Line of Control (LoC) is virtually becoming very difficult,” Singh said while replying to a question on recruitment by militant outfits in Kashmir. “Therefore, for them (Pakistan) to continue with this militancy, they want that the local content should be increased,” he said. Also Read – Firms staying closed 10 days a month due to recession, govt doing nothing: Priyanka Gandhi”Local recruitment remains a matter of concern for all of us. Last year, 217 local youths had taken to militancy. This year, number has significantly reduced. As on date, there are only 40 youth who have picked up arms,” the Army commander said. The Army said a large number of misguided youths returned to mainstream society because of its outreach programmes to connect with families and teachers. Since 2016, there has been a constant rise in the number of youths joining militancy, as per official data. In 2015, 66 youths joined militancy in Kashmir and 53 in 2014. In 2017, 126 locals had joined militant ranks, it said. South Kashmir districts Pulwama, Shopian, Kulgam and Anantnag have become a breeding ground for militants with many youths joining their rank and file, it said. Outfits like the Hizbul Mujahideen and the Lashker-e- Taiba find more recruits. The data said out of the 217 recruits in 2018, 154 hailed from south Kashmir. The highest, 69, was from Pulwama.last_img read more

Track and Field Past Ohio State Rachel Weber still running toward dream

Rachel Weber running at Tracktown USA last June during the NCAA championship. Credit: Courtesy of Rachel Weber.She keeps her head up, chin down, eyes level while gliding through each stride with even distance as her hair whisks side to side. Rachel Weber, a fifth-year at Ohio State in strategic communications, is a runner’s runner.“I just fell in love with it and I fell in love and competing and the adrenaline that you get,” Weber said.Weber finished 13th at the NCAA Outdoor Championships at Tracktown USA last June in Eugene, Oregon. It was the last time she would run for the Buckeyes, but she doesn’t plan for it to be her last visit to that track.Although she has ran out of eligibility at Ohio State, this was not her last meet competing against other collegiate programs.Ohio State has continued to have ties to Weber’s post-collegiate running career almost a year after she took off her scarlet and gray jersey.Professional track and field isn’t as straightforward as well-known leagues like the NBA or NFL. Runners sometimes compete for track clubs, which are often smaller in scale, or they receive sponsorships from brands like Nike, Asics and Adidas that allow them to support their career.There also is separation between professional and post-collegiate. Weber runs for Columbus Running Company and it supports her. However she is not getting a salary to run for it, although it pays her for as an employee who works at its store.“I am really, really fortunate that Columbus Running Company supports me and they help support gear, travel and teammates and it’s awesome,” Weber said. “When I graduate hopefully I will be looking to be up more on that professional level with a professional contract.”She has a new coach, Rob Meyers, an Ohio State alumnus who has the fourth-fastest 1,500-meter time (3:41) in school history and the fifth-fastest mile time (4:03) in school history.Meyers met Weber through the running camps that he and his family host in the summer. Weber was a volunteer who brought an infectious smile to running, Meyers said.“I knew that she was really energetic and positive. She was passionate for the sport,” Meyers said. “As for as the running camp side of things go, we obviously invited her back.”Their relationship changed last summer when Weber reached out to Meyers to become her personal coach.“First I was a little caught off guard, but the more I thought about it, she needed to stay in Columbus to finish her education” Meyers said. “It seemed like something that I was able to work out and I was excited about.”Beyond working with Weber, Meyers coaches cross country and track and field at Fairfield Union High School. Weber has assisted him, working as a volunteer coach and training there for outdoor season. Competing for Columbus Running Company has sometimes led Weber to race against her old teammates. In the indoor season, Weber ran at the Meyo Invitational in South Bend, Indiana.“Meyo is one of the nearest and dearest meets to my heart. For I have had several really, really poor races there.” Weber said, “Like some of the worst races in my entire college career.”This past Meyo Invitational had some slight differences. Mainly, she was competing against Ohio State in the 800-meter run, the event in which she set the school record several months before — though none of Ohio State’s runners competed in the same heat.Weber’s goals for the meet also slightly changed. This year it was to make the U.S. Track and Field standard at 2:03 and the International Association of Athletics Federations standard at 2:02. Weber won her heat, but she ran a 2:07.Even while no longer with the Buckeyes, there was nothing new to the meet for Weber.“Even in college like we would show up with the team but then it was like I had my own up and a lot of times I was the only one running a certain event,” Weber said. “I had to get really good at being independent and having my own warmup routine and own warmup schedule.”During the winter, Weber also trained at the French Field House alongside the current Buckeyes and intermingled with them between exercises. She even saw a personal trainer from Ohio State before her practice. Sara Vergote, Ohio State’s distance and cross country coach, took some time and helped Weber out during one of her most intense practices of the year, in which the goal was for Weber to push herself as far as she could possibly go. Vergote said she stopped Weber when she started to lose her running form and risk injury. All along this road, Weber was driven by her love for running. Speed just followed her afterward.She started running 5ks with her mom, Christine Weber-Wheeler, when she was just five years old. Growing up Weber wanted always wanted to be an athlete — just in soccer. “I played club soccer and so I always envisioned myself like oh, ‘I’m going to be the next Mia Hamm,’” Weber said.But her passion switched to track, specifically the 400-meter dash. At Dublin Coffman, she moved up to the 800-meter run and finished third at the high school state championship meet, then came to Ohio State. During her time at Ohio State she broke the school record for the 800-meter run record (2:02) and posted the second-fastest 1,500-meter run. Weber’s passion for running spreads out much further though than the events she ran or the times she has clocked.“Like I still would choose to run again and again and again because of the friendships that it’s given me and the fulfillment that it gives you,” Weber said.She has gone to the Columbus Marathon, not to run, but to cheer on the runners. In addition to her work at Fairfield Union, she also volunteers at Dublin Coffman.“She is an amazing influence to have for these athletes.” Meyers said.For Weber, the Olympics has been the dream, but she knows the odds can be tough to predict. Olympic qualifying at Tracktown USA — back in Eugene — happens one day every three years.“I think it’s a wonderful gift to have to be able to compete and experience the joy and the freedom that running bring me.” Weber said, “So my goal is to enjoy the entire process leading up to the Olympics.” read more

North America could have a threecountry league

first_imgEarly this year the MLS in the United States and the Liga MX in Mexico launched a partnership with the introduction of the Campeones CupNorth America is getting ready to work together towards the 2026 FIFA World Cup, which will be played in Canada, United States, and Mexico.But according to Mexico’s Liga MX president Enrique Bonilla, there could be a three-country league in the future.“It’s a possibility, a North American league. We have to determine how and see the pros and cons but I think that’s a way to grow and to compete again,” Bonilla was quoted by The Daily Mail.Quiz: How much do you know about Hirving Lozano? Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – September 6, 2019 Time for you to tell us everything you can answer about Hirving Lozano. We will ask you 10 questions about the Mexican forward. Have…“If we can make a World Cup then we can make a North American league or a North American cup. The main idea is that we have to grow together to compete. If not, there is only going to be the rich guys in Europe and the rest of the world.”“We think this opportunity with the World Cup in 2026 opens the door for us to make a lot of things different and better,” he added.“We need to get out of our region… We have to go out more. The problem that we have is distance. Coming to Europe is quite difficult for our teams in getting there, and going down to South America is a long way also,”“So, it’s quite difficult and what we have to do is we have to join forces with the MLS to get stronger together and then we can think of competing with Europe,” he commented.last_img read more

Twin brother says they were playing before his brother died

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#TurksandCaicos, October 17, 2017 – Providenciales – Police say they have launched an investigation into what happened to cause a 4 year old boy to die; the young child’s body was discovered on Friday at the bottom of sewage well in the Bight.   Police had originally reported that they were ‘meeting’ regarding the unfortunate death of such a young person and in such a precarious place.A statement today said, “On Friday 13th October 2017 around 11:53am Police officers and other emergency services responded to the scene where it was reported that the 4-year old and his twin brother were outside playing when he fell into a sewage well in the yard.   An autopsy will be conducted to determine the exact cause of death.”Video on PTV8 news showed the child’s body being taken from the scene, wrapped in white and there was no adult on site to immediately answer questions about what led to the little boy’s death.#MagneticMediaNews#deceasedchildfoundinwell#pleasebevigilant Related Items:#deceasedchildfoundinwell, #magneticmedianews, #pleasebevigilant Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApplast_img read more