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

Fraught moment for religious freedom

first_imgThose who cherish the nation’s tradition of religious freedom should be alarmed by President Trump’s executive order temporarily banning immigration from seven Muslim-majority countries and all refugees, two Harvard Divinity School faculty members warned Monday.“I find it to be a moral travesty,” Diane L. Moore, director of the Religious Literacy Project and a senior lecturer on religious studies and education, said of the president’s order, which was issued Friday and set off a weekend of nationwide protest.While planning for the forum on religious freedom began before the November election, recent actions by the president were a key focus at the Andover Hall event.Moore and Dudley C. Rose, associate dean for ministry studies and a lecturer on ministry education at the Divinity School, warned that the immigrant ban and other moves by the administration are sending chilling signs about coming challenges to religious and other bedrock American freedoms.The immigration ban, Moore argued, is a particular worry because it is “based on an association of Islam with violence and terrorism.” A related concern, Moore said, is the administration’s apparent effort to “make a distinction between religion in terms of its freedom of protection and Islam, which they are associating with political ideology.”“This notion that is being promoted to exclude the current executive order … from being challenged on religious freedom grounds [is] very dangerous,” Moore said, warning that it could lead to justifications for executive orders based on claimed links between Islam and terrorism.“This is exactly what the foundations of a police state require,” she said.Both speakers urged those worried about an erosion of religious freedom, particularly religious groups, to take a vocal stand. Resistance is especially important, Moore said, in the context of the president’s suggestion of preference for Christian refugees.“So many Christian groups said no …. to giving exemptions for Christians coming from Syria, for example,” she said. “These are the sorts of things we have to stand up to and stand up against — the desire to try and divide.”In the discussion, moderated by Aisha Ansano, M.Div. ’16, Moore urged that religious freedom be seen in its historical and social context. Both she and Rose traced the way different perceptions of it have taken root in this country in recent times.“To exclude the current executive order … from being challenged on religious freedom grounds [is] very dangerous,” warned Moore. “This is exactly what the foundations of a police state require.” Jon Chase/Harvard Staff PhotographerThe two recalled how several court cases that ruled against individuals or groups claiming the right to engage in certain religious activities prompted Congress to adopt the 1993 Religious Freedom Restoration Act. The bipartisan measure barred limits being placed on religious freedoms beyond those needed to protect the rights of others or the rule of law.But a 1997 court ruling declared the act unconstitutional, and Moore and Rose said that with the aid of other court rulings since — including the 2014 Hobby Lobby case — some states have adopted laws allowing firms to cite religious convictions in sometimes controversial business decisions.Moore said the trend shows how “the context of religious freedom is so critical. … If it’s just the freedom of any individual or corporation now to hold any religious belief they want, it really can come into conflict and violate other fundamental values that we have enshrined in our Constitution. And that I think becomes a very interesting challenge and tension.”Rose said he feared a shift in focus from religious freedom being understood as protecting people vulnerable because they are religious minorities to “people in power using the claim of religious freedom to actually impose their will on the vulnerable.”last_img read more

It’s not digital transformation, it’s transformation

first_imgWould this intro keep you reading?This article will help your credit union advance their progress on digital transformation.Yeah, probably not. In fact, I bet I lost some of you just with the implication. Oh well, perhaps you can share with them what they missed.5 Years in 6 MonthsWe talk a lot about digital transformation. I get it. It’s something I’ve tried to keep top of mind for over a decade. And the need continues. Especially now.You already recognize that 2020 moved us 5 years forward in digital expectations. Or 3. Or 10. The number doesn’t really matter. What’s important is that if you were lagging in December, you’re way behind today.Are you stepping up to the challenge? Every credit union I speak to or work with is with a passion. They’re taking new member expectations seriously. The transition from branch-focused to ITM, app, and touchless tech is rapid.So why does the title say it’s not about digital transformation?Because it isn’t. Digital adaptation is just the most visible component. The rest is harder, but more important to your survival long-term. And yet, it’s what credit unions, at their core, should be best at achieving.It’s the Mission, EverywhereYou already know all this. I’m just here to assemble it into a single section. To make it easy for reference … and inspiration (I hope!).Consider this one geek’s manifesto to what he hopes our industry can become. Scratch that, what he knows our industry can become.Credit unions claim to be a unique form of financial cooperative. Not-for-profit, member-owned, community-focused … you know the rest. So why do most people see it as just another bank?To be clear, I’m not looking for a new “Open Your Eyes” campaign. I’m challenging you to be what that promotion says you are.Over two years ago, I wrote a series of articles about the Credit Union Which Could Be. Immediately followed by Member Relationships Which Could Be, it challenged you to imagine, then make real, the best version of you.So let’s take it to the next level, together.The Credit Union That Should BeWe spent a lot of energy on what could be. After what we’ve seen economically and socially, it’s time to focus on what we should be. For everyone. Providing innovative and traditional services through digital channels, while making your priority be authentic connections. Human to human. Whether it’s through Zoom, a plexiglass divider, or back in the world of “normality”. Standing up against predatory lenders, and supporting policies to improve financial wellness, even if those affected aren’t your members. Because 1) they could be and 2) your mission doesn’t exclude people. Normal Is Anything ButIf 2020 has taught us anything, it’s that you can’t take normal for granted. And sometimes, normal for you is awful for someone else. So we listen, learn, and change.Because change is inevitable … and sometimes rapid.The Community That Should BeThe great thing about being part of the credit union industry is that so much of what’s being asked of companies, governments, and people is already part of your mission.To drive for inclusivity isn’t changing what you believe. It’s just being specific in achieving that goal.To expand financial literacy, assistance, and long-term policies are all core to the cooperative principles.As you look at the challenges in society, and the challenges within your own institution, it becomes apparent that the credit union which should be is also the community we want to become.So get loud. Get active. Share your mission. Make it clear that your goals are society’s goals. Heck, for over two decades, this industry has taken real action to recognize that Black Lives Matter.The credit union movement was built by women. Yes, all the way back to that special day in Estes Park!And credit unions work to ensure that who you are and who you love has no impact on your ability to enjoy all possible financial opportunities.So Is Transformation Just Being True?We began this discussion thinking about how transformation was more than just digital. Yet now, it appears we came full circle. What makes credit unions special is that they’ve already made so much of this transformation.Now it’s time to be authentic to your roots. And spread the word. And listen. And learn.You know credit unions really are special. From MSR to collections agent to CFO, the mission needs to be top of mind and actionable at every level.People love working for Apple, Patagonia, or REI (the largest cooperative) because of the culture and how they feel a part of contributing special things to the world. Your credit union is no different.Be true to your mission and you’ll always be on the right side of history. Plus, you may just become known as the “cool bank” who treats people right. Lobbying. Yes, really. By supporting candidates who are good for members (ie. people), even if they still have more to learn about your regulatory goals. Living the mission, whether in daily operation, hiring practices, or lobbying. Standing up for the oppressed in society, both socially and financially. To expand financial access to those who thought they never had a choice … or the option. Because you know financial security raises communities.Taking advantage of digital schooling to contribute your own financial literacy efforts straight into their “classroom”. By getting staff involved, because the human connection is essential.Because when young people understand money, they can make better decisions that help them and others for a lifetime.center_img To do all this because they’re the right things to do, not because they may make the institution bigger or more powerful. Because when your shareholders are also members, your decisions must always benefit them. Bring that obsession with societal benefit and inclusion into your core operation. That means not endorsing everyone who pledges to vote “no on CU taxation”. Understand you are more than a place for people’s money. More than the “cheaper bank”. To be the institution for which people are proud to display their card. And on that point, give them awesome card options! Making the credit union a place someone wants to work (props to a forgotten post on LinkedIn calling for CUs to become the “cool” new workplace). To build a career. To help others. 8SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Joe Winn What do you get when you mix auto loan programs with a desire to help others? Well, approaches that make a difference, of course. So what do you get when … Web: credituniongeek.com Detailslast_img read more

CUs: Join NAFCU’s Berger, senior leaders for 2021 look ahead

first_img This post is currently collecting data… As 2020 winds down, NAFCU’s Q4 Member Webinar provides credit unions with a unique opportunity to look ahead to the new year and hear key updates to finish the year strong and prepare for any potential opportunities and challenges coming in 2021. During the webinar, happening Dec. 15, NAFCU President and CEO Dan Berger will be joined by other senior leaders to share what NAFCU has store to help credit unions grow in the coming year.NAFCU Executive Vice President and COO Anthony Demangone, Executive Vice President of Government Affairs and General Counsel Carrie Hunt, and NAFCU Services President Randy Salser will join the call to share insights, including trends credit unions should prepare for, and answer questions.Here are some of the topics that will be covered:Hunt will discuss NAFCU’s recent advocacy efforts, including priorities sent to Congress and regulators, a recent meeting with the Biden-Harris transition team, and 12 key issues that should be addressed before the end of the year; This is placeholder text continue reading »center_img ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

How Trump and Biden Can Get to 270 Electoral College Votes

first_img– Advertisement – The presidential race will be decided by voters in more than a dozen competitive states, where Joseph R. Biden Jr. and President Trump will focus their efforts to win the 270 electoral votes needed to reach the White House. In the interactive diagram linked below, try building your own coalition of states, which are organized according to Cook Political Report ratings, to see potential outcomes.last_img

Cork beat Cats to land Camogie title

first_imgLimerick claimed the Intermediate title, also beating Kilkenny, by 1-12 to 0-10. Down came from behind to win the Junior title, beating Laois 1-12 to 1-8. Anna Geary lifted the O’Duffy Cup, following a 2-12 to 1-9 win over Kilkenny at Croke Park. Jenny O’Leary and Angela Walsh got the crucial goals for Cork. It’s Cork’s first All Ireland since 2009, while Kilkenny – who also lost last year’s final – continue their 20-year wait for an All Ireland. last_img

INSPORTS move to revive interest in basketball

first_img “Basketball never really seems to be an important sport in Jamaica, so this is a good move to highlight the sport. The game was competitive, but our team dug deep and came out the victors in the end,” Moodie said. Moodie and Deveraux Preston of Majesty Lakers are both recent graduates of the JBA/INSPORTS coaching certification course. Meanwhile, the INSPORTS All-Island Community Football League continued last Sunday, with matches in Westmoreland and Kingston and St Andrew. The results read: Whithorne 0 Walks Road 0; Pullet Lane 0 Bastard Cedar 0; Roaring River 0 Friendship 3; Cornwall 2 Deans Valley 0; V-Cup 1 Georges Plain 2; Blackness 0 Bath 0; Three Miles River 3 Frome 3; Petersfield 3 Shrewsbury Legend 0; Belgium 1 12th Street 0; Harmony Town 0 Darling Street 1; Park 3 New Market 1; Majesty Gardens 1 Drama 0; Hagley Park 2 West Side 1; Conscious United 0 Parade Gardens 0; Caribbean Striker 0 Progressive Youths 0; and Zim Strikers 6 Vision 2. The Institute of Sports (INSPORTS) has reintroduced a mini basketball programme in order to resuscitate the sport locally. The programme, which came back last September, has the blessings of the Jamaica Basketball Association and is being conducted islandwide in schools and communities, noted Calvin Dennis Martin, co-ordinator of the programme. “The programme started last September, bringing basketball to schools and communities. The feedback has been good so far, as the youngsters have been turning out and are eager to learn,” Martin told The Gleaner. Martin also said that they have been to parishes such as Hanover, St James, St Thomas, Kingston and St Andrew to date, but intend to cover the other parishes as well. “Basketball seems to be dying, so the plan is to resuscitate the sport here,” Martin added. An Under-13 Mini Basketball tournament was held over three weekends and ended last Saturday, with Rae Town Warriors beating Majesty Lakers 14-11 in the final at Breezy Castle in Rae Town. Damion Robinson of Rae Town was voted MVP of the tournament. He scored a game-high eight points in the final to lead his team to the trophy. Coach of Rae Town Warriors, Rolondo Moodie, said the game was highly competitive as the youngsters played hard. Competitive gamelast_img read more

Liverpool v Chelsea: Willian starts

first_imgEmbed from Getty ImagesWillian gets the nod over Pedro to start for Chelsea at Anfield.It is the only change from the Blues’ last league match, against Hull.Keeper Asmir Begovic, who looks set to stay at Chelsea despite interest from Bournemouth, is on the bench.Liverpool, meanwhile, include Nathaniel Clyne after he was passed fit following a rib injury.Sadio Mane, back from the Africa Cup of Nations, is among the Reds’ substitutes.Liverpool: Mignolet, Clyne, Lovren, Matip, Milner, Henderson, Can, Wijnaldum, Lallana, Coutinho, Firmino.Subs: Karius, Mane, Moreno, Lucas, Klavan, Origi, Sturridge. Chelsea: Courtois; Azpilicueta, David Luiz, Cahill; Moses, Kante, Matic, Alonso; Willian, Costa, HazardSubs: Begovic, Terry, Zouma, Chalobah, Fabregas, Pedro, Batshuayi.   Ads by Revcontent Trending Articles Urologists: Men, Forget the Blue Pill! This “Destroys” ED x ‘Genius Pill’ Used By Rich Americans Now Available In Netherlands! x Men, You Don’t Need the Blue Pill if You Do This x What She Did to Lose Weight Stuns Doctors: Do This Daily Before Bed! x One Cup of This (Before Bed) Burns Belly Fat Like Crazy! x Do This Immediately if You Have Diabetes (Watch) x Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

Patrick McCaw attempts to explain his puzzling Warriors’ exit

first_imgTORONTO – The Warriors continuously remain befuddled over how he handled last summer’s free agency. Yet, Patrick McCaw initially spoke with conviction on why he would leave a team where he won two NBA championships, learned under All-Star talent and had a role that could ensure more playing time and a potentially more lucrative contract.“I took on a huge challenge for myself because I felt it was right for me,” McCaw said on Wednesday. “So a lot of kids at 21, 22 years old, doing what I did …last_img

SA, Zim border recruitment centre

first_img28 August 2006A recruitment centre to help reduce the number of illegal Zimbabwean immigrants in South Africa – while promoting the legal flow of economic migrants, and protecting them from exploitation by employers – opened at the Beitbridge border post on Friday.Business Day reports that the office, the first of its kind in Africa, will be manned by officials from South Africa, Zimbabwe and the International Office for Migration.It will assist Zimbabweans seeking employment in South Africa with legal documents, and in particular will help regularise the status of thousands of Zimbabweans who work on South African farms, especially in Limpopo province.Illegal Zimbabwean immigrants who are repatriated from South Africa will also be received at the office.According to South Africa’s Department of Labour, the centre will provide deportees and other people in need of legal documents with food and other basic amenities while their documents are being sorted out.It will include an HIV/Aids counselling centre, and serve as a centre point for the United Nations World Food Programme.Friday’s opening follows site inspections by South African Labour Minister Membathisi Mdladlana and his Zimbabwean counterpart, Nicholas Goche, in January.Both Ministers have said the office will help to reduce both illegal migration and the abuse of Zimbabweans by unscrupulous employers who take advantage of the vulnerable status of foreigners.Earlier this month, international rights watchdog Human Rights Watch released a report saying that Zimbabwean migrants to South Africa who lacked the proper documents were liable to be “arrested, detained and deported under conditions that flout South Africa’s Immigration Act.”And whether or not Zimbabwean farm workers had the proper documents, Human Rights Watch said, South African employers “openly disregard the minimum wage, sometimes use a piece rate system rather than the hours of work to calculate remuneration, and make unlawful deductions from workers’ wages.”According to Business Day, South Africa plans to set up similar centres on its borders with Mozambique, Lesotho and Botswana.SouthAfrica.info reporter and BuaNews Want to use this article in your publication or on your website?See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more