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US – #WeeklyAddress: April 9-15: Reporter punched in the face while covering a story

first_imgNews to go further Organisation Below are the most notable incidents regarding threats to press freedom in the US during the week of April 9-15: Receive email alerts News Help by sharing this information Reporter gets punched in face while covering a story ABC7 Eyewitness News reporter Tim Fleischer was punched in the face by a man identified as Efram Lacroix, in Queens, New York, on April 10. The attack occurred while Fleischer was interviewing a local outside of a press event for New York Mayor Bill de Blasio. The attacker was arrested a few blocks away from the location of the attack and charged with assault and harassment, though no motive for the attack has yet been established. Fleischer was taken to a nearby hospital and was treated for a minor injury. Last month, a similar incident occurred when reporter Bree Steffen and photographer Michael Dean Gold were harassed during a live segment in San Diego. Physical, verbal and online attacks and abuses against journalists in the US have increased under President Trump’s administration. According to the US Press Freedom Tracker, 39 were physically attacked in 2017. Potential FCC investigation into Sinclair’s controversial ads On April 12, twelve US senators asked the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to investigate Sinclair Broadcasting Group, one of the country’s largest broadcasting companies, for “deliberately distorting news.” Sinclair has been under severe criticism for its recent anti “fake news” campaign, thanks to a viral video on March 31 showing dozens of news anchors from company-owned local TV stations reciting an identical speech criticizing “biased” reporting in national media. The Senators, which included 11 Democrats and independent Bernie Sanders, also asked the FCC to halt its ongoing review of Sinclair’s merger with Tribune Media Company after the requested investigation. In May 2017, the broadcasting company introduced a plan to obtain Tribune’s 42 television stations in 33 markets, which would significantly increase Sinclair’s viewership. The senators even asked the FCC to consider revoking Sinclair’s license; however, that same day, the FCC announced that it would not pursue an investigation, citing the First Amendment. FCC Chairman Ajit Pai said, “I have repeatedly made clear that the FCC does not have the authority to revoke a license of a broadcast station based on the content of a particular newscast.” In October 2017, President Trump suggested via tweet that media licenses should be challenged if they report on “Fake News.” Trump tweets criticize New York Times coverage of Mueller investigation On April 11 and 12, President Donald Trump issued a series of tweets critical of The New York Times’ coverage of Special Prosecutor Robert Mueller’s Russia investigation. Trump attempted to discredit the news outlet and claimed the Times “wrote another phony story,” referring to an article that was published on April 9. He followed his tweet with another shortly afterward with his oft-used phrase “Fake News.” The following day Trump continued his rampage against The New York Times. He called the news outlet “a biased newspaper” because of its reporting on his relationship with special counsel Robert Mueller, who is investigating Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential elections. The article Trump was referring to reported that he had attempted to fire Mueller in December 2017.The United States ranks 43rd out of 180 countries in RSF’s 2017 World Press Freedom Index after falling 2 places in the last year.For the latest updates, follow RSF on twitter @RSF_en. NSO Group hasn’t kept its promises on human rights, RSF and other NGOs say April 16, 2018 US – #WeeklyAddress: April 9-15: Reporter punched in the face while covering a story Facebook’s Oversight Board is just a stopgap, regulation urgently needed, RSF says WhatsApp blocks accounts of at least seven Gaza Strip journalistscenter_img Follow the news on United States RSF_en United StatesAmericas June 3, 2021 Find out more News News ANGELA WEISS / AFP April 28, 2021 Find out more June 7, 2021 Find out more United StatesAmericas last_img read more

Shuttle Time programme expected to be implemented by GBA this month

first_imgRECENTLY, the Guyana Badminton Association (GBA) president Gokarn Ramdhani attended the Badminton World Federation (BWF) Annual General Meeting (AGM) in Gold Coast, Australia May 19-21, 2017, and was able to lobby for the Shuttle Time programme to be held in Guyana.In 2012, BWF launched Shuttle Time, a schools badminton programme supporting the principle that children should lead a healthy and active life, both in and out of school. BWF’s goal is to make badminton one of the world’s most popular and accessible school sport.Shuttle Time offers school teachers access to free resources, training and equipment, which support the teaching of enjoyable, safe and inclusive badminton activities to children aged 5-15 years old.Shuttle Time lessons are designed to provide children with a positive image of badminton through many opportunities to have fun, engage with others, and experience success.The programme is currently being implemented in 101 countries in partnership with BWF’s Continental Confederations and Member Associations.The GBA has plans to implement this programme in June 2017, and arrangements are ongoing to get the international coaches and personnel ready.last_img read more

Week 14 Fantasy RB Rankings: Alvin Kamara falls, several waiver-wire pickups rise

first_imgReminder: These rankings will be adjusted throughout week, so check back often for the latest updates and analysis!MORE WEEK 14 DFS: Stacks | Values | Lineup BuilderWeek 14 Fantasy RB RankingsThese rankings are for standard, non-PPR leagues.RankPlayer1Christian McCaffrey, CAR @ ATL. I wonder if there’s anyone who owns McCaffrey in fantasy football who didn’t make the playoffs. Probably, but man, has he been good all year.2Dalvin Cook, MIN vs. DET3Derrick Henry, TEN @ OAK4Nick Chubb, CLE vs. CIN. Even as Kareem Hunt gets more involved, Chubb remains the workhorse in this offense and should have no difficulties running all over the Bengals in Week 14.5Josh Jacobs, OAK vs. TEN6Ezekiel Elliott, DAL @ CHI7Saquon Barkley, NYG @ PHI8Leonard Fournette, JAX vs. LAC. When you consider the floor Fournette has created for himself by adding a receiving element to his game, he should be one of the most important pieces to owners trying to make a championship push.9Melvin Gordon, LAC @ JAX10Todd Gurley, LAR vs. SEA11Aaron Jones, GB vs. WAS12Joe Mixon, CIN @ CLE13Devonta Freeman, ATL vs. CAR. The Panthers allow the most fantasy points to running backs, so a healthy Freeman with a nice 10-day rest after Thanksgiving should be revved up for heavy action in Week 14.14Mark Ingram, BAL @ BUF15Miles Sanders, PHI vs. NYG16Alvin Kamara, NO vs. SF. This is a brutal matchup, yes, but Kamara is too talented to leave out of your lineup, and the fact that he does it in the receiving game provides him multiple avenues to try and find openings in the 49ers’ defense.17Devin Singletary, BUF vs. BAL18Benny Snell Jr., PIT @ ARZ. Snell’s ranking reflects the absence of James Conner for Week 14.19Bilal Powell, NYJ vs. MIA20Derrius Guice, WAS @ GB. Guice topped the century mark thanks to a couple of long runs last week and now gets to face a Green Bay team that’s allowed the fifth-most fantasy points to running backs in 2019. Expect Guice to keep it rolling.21Chris Carson, SEA @ LAR22Phillip Lindsay, DEN @ HOU23Sony Michel, NE vs. KC24Kareem Hunt, CLE vs. CIN. Constantly involved in the passing game, Hunt should remain a solid FLEX option even in standard leagues the rest of the way thanks to a pretty safe double-digit touch floor.25Austin Ekeler, LAC @ JAX26James White, NE vs. KC. White is often game flow dependent, and against the Chiefs, the Patriots could be forced into enough passing situations to give White value even in standard leagues.27Carlos Hyde, HOU vs. DEN28David Montgomery, CHI vs. DAL. The Cowboys’ run defense hasn’t been as strong in recent weeks, so Montgomery, who’s become more of a workhorse, is still a strong FLEX play as the fantasy playoffs get underway.29Bo Scarbrough, DET @ MIN. The Vikings have a solid run defense, though they did get run all over by two Seattle backs last Monday night. On the bright side, you should be able to count on Scarbrough for 15-plus carries, providing him a floor some of the names around him here don’t have.30Adrian Peterson, WAS @ GB. In a surprisingly strong Washington ground game in Week 13, Peterson ran for 99 yards and a score. He’ll probably see about 10 carries in this one, and the Packers allow the fifth-most fantasy points to backs, so AP is probably usable in your FLEX spot.31Marlon Mack, IND @ TB. Mack could be back from a hand injury this week, but he would face a dominant Tampa Bay run defense, so maybe look elsewhere this week regardless of his health status.32Kenyan Drake, ARZ vs. PIT33Jamaal Williams, GB vs. WAS34LeSean McCoy, KC @ NE.35Peyton Barber, TB vs. IND. Two touchdowns by Barber in Week 13 have us yet again totally unsure of which way to go in this backfield. Barber outcarried Ronald Jones 17-6 despite averaging fewer than three yards a carry. Unless you’re super desperate, this is a spot to avoid.36Ronald Jones, TB vs. IND37Matt Breida, SF @ NO38Rashaad Penny, SEA @ LAR39Patrick Laird, MIA @ NYJ. Laird could be looking at the Miami starting job with Kalen Ballage (leg) out. That would probably mean double-digit rushes to go with about five catches against a Jets defense that can be beaten. You could do worse.40Duke Johnson Jr., HOU vs. DEN41Darwin Thompson, KC @ NE42Tevin Coleman, SF @ NO. Being outcarried 20-5 by Raheem Mostert in Week 13, along with the prospect of Matt Breida (anklie) returning, makes the San Francisco backfield another tough one to count on unless any indications are given during the week about what the workloads will be.43Tarik Cohen, CHI vs. DAL44Raheem Mostert, SF @ NO45Latavius Murray, NO vs. SF46Royce Freeman, DEN @ HOU47Ty Montgomery, NYJ vs. MIA48Nyheim Hines, IND @ TB49Jaylen Samuels, PIT @ ARZ50David Johnson, ARZ vs. PIT. He’s become totally unusable.51Rex Burkhead, NE vs. KC52Alexander Mattison, MIN vs. DET53Frank Gore, BUF vs. BAL54Dare Ogunbowale, TB vs. IND55Gus Edwards, BAL @ BUF56Brian Hill, ATL vs. CAR57Myles Gaskin, MIA @ NYJ58Malcolm Brown, LAR vs. SEA59Spencer Ware, KC @ NE. 60Giovani Bernard, CIN @ CLE61Ty Johnson, DET @ MIN62J.D. McKissic, DET @ MIN63Dion Lewis, TEN @ OAK64Wayne Gallman, NYG @ PHI WEEK 14 NON-PPR RANKINGS:Quarterback | Wide receiver | Tight end | D/ST | KickerThe thing is, Laird might not even be the best guy available on waivers at RB this week. Depending on the league, others available might include Benny Snell Jr., Derrius Guice, Raheem Mostert and Bo Scarbrough. There weren’t even many injuries to worry about in Week 14, but if you’ve been struggling to fill the RB slots in your lineup, hit that wire hard.WEEK 14 DFS LINEUPS:DK Cash | DK GPP | FD Cash | FD GPP | Y! Cash | Y! GPPYou won’t win in the fantasy playoffs without your studs, though. Someone like Alvin Kamara, whose carries have been down since his return from injury, adds to that with a tough matchup against San Francisco. But it actually might help Kamara that more of his work has come through the air of late, and you still have to start him. You also have to start Ezekiel Elliott against the Bears — we wouldn’t expect a great yards per carry, but Dallas will be committed to getting Zeke the ball.WEEK 14 PPR RANKINGS: Running back | Wide receiver | Tight endMore on the border of things are David Montgomery (vs. Cowboys) and Carlos Hyde (vs. Broncos) — you know you’re getting volume with both, but volume might be all you’re getting. And despite big Week 13s, both Adrian Peterson and Peyton Barber should probably be on the outside of your lineup looking in as they regress to the norm in Week 14.MORE WEEK 14:Waiver pickups | FAAB planning | Stock watch | Snap counts | Fantasy playoff SOS Running backs have been the most important part of fantasy football rosters for a long time, and even in a pass-happy league, they remain key as most leagues begin their fantasy playoffs. If you have the names at the top of our Week 14 fantasy RB rankings, like Christian McCaffrey, Nick Chubb and Saquon Barkley, you feel like you have a chance no matter who your opponent has. But every year there are also some sleepers that lead team to fantasy glory, and they often emerge by simple happenstance at the RB position. Patrick Laird, anyone?If you had told me in Week 1 that Laird, a player I hadn’t heard of until about Week 9, would be a focal point of the Week 14 RB rankings, I would’ve been very concerned. But any time you can take a pass-catching back in a pass-heavy offense that trails a lot and line him up against the Jets, Giants and Bengals, you have to at least take notice. Of course, this all depends on Kalen Ballage remaining out with his leg injury, or maybe you’ll be relying on that plodder instead.last_img read more

Onyango stands in Zamalek’s way in Champions League final

first_imgJohannesburg, South Africa | AFP | Zamalek of Egypt can draw comfort from the past as they seek to overturn a 3-0 deficit on Sunday in the second leg of the CAF Champions League final against Mamelodi Sundowns.Canon Yaounde (Cameroon), Mouloudia Alger (Algeria) and Asante Kotoko (Ghana) faced similar dire circumstances to the Cairo club in previous finals and only the latter did not finish overall winners.Another morale boost for the “White Knights” ahead of the return match at the 86,000-seat Borg El Arab stadium in Alexandria is that no South African club has beaten Egyptian rivals in a final.Sundowns fell to Al Ahly in their only previous appearance 15 years ago and the same Cairo club defeated Orlando Pirates in the 2013 final.But Sundowns have had the measure of Zamalek this season, also beating them 1-0 at home and 2-1 away during the group phase.The Egyptians will have to put more than three past the imposing Ugandan goalkeeper Denis Onyango, who had a quiet first leg. Among the nominees for the African player of the year award, Onyango has had a great season for club and country, and now says the club title is all that is on his mind.“It is a great honour to be nominated by CAF, but to us it means nothing if we don’t win the CAF Champions League,” Onyango told the press.With $1.5 million (1.38 million euros) and a place at the FIFA Club World Cup in Japan going to the overall winners, Sundowns coach Pitso Mosimane is taking nothing for granted.“We need a miracle to win the trophy,” admitted coach Moamen Soliman this week after watching his mix of Egyptian and Nigerian stars outplayed in Pretoria last weekend.“But we won by four goals at home to Wydad Casablanca in the semi-finals and lost by three goals in Morocco so nothing is impossible.“Sundowns have fantastic players who are strong and fast. We have to be stronger and faster than them.“We have to give everything, attack relentlessly and not think too much about Sundowns.”Outspoken Zamalek club chairman Mortada Mansour expects much more from his team in a return match expected to be watched by a crowd restricted to 40,000 for security reasons.“Some of our players in Pretoria did not deserve to wear the Zamalek shirt. I will not name them — they know who they are,” said he thundered. Goalkeeper Ahmed El Shenawy and veteran midfielder Shikabala — real name Mahmoud Abdel Razek Fadlallah — have unhappy first-leg memories.El Shenawy allowed a Tebogo Langerman cross to dip behind him into the net for the second Sundowns goal.And captain Shikabala was largely anonymous on the left flank until replaced 10 minutes into the second half with Zamalek three goals behind.Should Soliman axe El Shenawy, Mahmoud “Genesh” Abdel Rahim will start and the coach hopes long-term casualty Ali Fathy is fit to fill the troublesome left-back position.‘Not there yet’ The South Africans complained to the competition organisers soon after arriving in Egypt when a request for a change of training venue was rejected.“There will be hostility from Zamalek supporters, but we are ready for anything,” said the former striker hoping to become the first South African coach of a Champions League-winning side.“A lot of people say Sundowns have already won the trophy but we have to remember that our opponents scored four goals at home in the semi-finals.“It would be foolish to consider ourselves champions ahead of the return match. We do have an advantage, but there is a big hurdle to clear on Sunday night.“We know Zamalek will attack from the kick-off, but that will create opportunities for us to catch them on the break with our speed.”Mosimane must make at least one change to the first-leg starting side with Ivorian colossus Bangaly Soumahoro set to replace suspended centre-back Wayne Arendse.Sundowns hope to become the first club eliminated during a CAF club competition to win it.After beating the South Africans in a qualifier, V Club of the Democratic Republic of Congo were banned, allowing their opponents back in.When then Libyan strongman Moamer Kadhafi barred Al Ahly Tripoli from playing an Egyptian club in the 1984 African Cup Winners Cup final for political reasons, beaten semi-finalists Canon Yaounde got a second chance — which they failed to take.Share on: WhatsApp Pages: 1 2last_img read more

Deputies Shoot Man After Exchange of Gunfire Near Rehab Center

first_imgBroward Sheriff’s deputies reportedly shot a man following a tense situation on Friday.The incident occurred in a parking lot near Wilton Manors Health and Rehabilitation Center, at 2675 N. Andrews Ave., following an exchange of gunfire with the deputies at around 2:30 p.m.According to the report, the BSO’s Crime Suppression Team from the Deerfield Beach district was attempting to detain an armed male in reference to a narcotics investigation. Two deputies ended up firing their weapons.Oakland Park Fire Rescue spokesman David Rafter said the man had “gunshot wounds to chest.”According to Miami television station WPLG, cellphone video taken from inside the rehabilitation center shows four officers surrounding a silver car with their guns drawn. In addition, overhead video showed the car’s windshield riddled with more than a dozen bullet holes.The wounded man, whose condition is available, was taken to Broward Health Medical Center. No deputies were injured in the shooting.Florida’s Department of Law Enforcement is investigating.The two deputies who fired their weapons have been placed on administrative assignment pending further investigation.Veda Coleman Wright, Public Information Officer for the Broward Sheriff’s Office, says that no one inside the rehabilitation center was ever in any danger, and detectives are not looking for any other suspects.last_img read more

Champions celebrity tennis tournament…All hail the King

first_imgThe 36th Annual Mixed Doubles Celebrity Tennis Tournament did not conclude on Labor Day as has been it’s history but the end results were very similar.Once again Dom Costa claimed championship honors with this year’s partner LaWade Garvis, who is also no stranger to the winner’s platform. BEST OF THE BEST—2011 Champions Celebrity Tennis Tournament staff and winners from left: Kalea, Diamond Models director; Donna Bey, tournament director;  Joyce Scott and Nick Rhodes, secnd Place; Dom Costa and LaWade Garvis; Jim Quigley, tournament co-director; Gabrille, Diamond Model. The tournament was delayed by what has to be one of the rainiest summers in Pittsburgh history. But once back on track the field emerged with the same great play and highly competitive level as always.With the regular local legends in full swing the field witnessed an influx of new and upcoming talent.Rounding out the awardees placement was Nick Rhodes and Joyce Scott in secnd place and Bud Craig and Lorna Secrest in third.As always the case the tournament was co-hosted by the Highland Park Tennis Club under the direction of President Fred Crawford and directed by veteran player and coaches Donna Bey and Jim Quigley.Special thanks go out to this year’s sponsors (proceeds benefit The Champions upcoming Toys for Tots Program) Highmark, Chuck Saunders Charities, Savoy Restaurant, CitiParks, Bob Burt Photography, Penn Avenue McDonalds and the New Pittsburgh Courier.last_img read more

Energized GOP Prepares for 2017 Elections

first_imgBy John Burton | FREEHOLD TOWNSHIP — The battle lines are drawn and the troops have made their selection of this year’s warriors for the political struggles of the June primary and November general election.Scores of members of the Monmouth County Republican Committee gathered Saturday March 18, at the iPlay America indoor entertainment and theme park, 110 Schanck Road, to offer their endorsement by acclamation for the list of GOP candidates for this year’s challenges for the various offices on the county ballot.And if politics is war by another name, minus the literal bloodletting, of course, it was on display as county party leaders offered their strategy and commitment to continue to maintain control of the county’s legislative delegation and county government, and the governor’s office, for the party faithful.A high priority for this year’s political front, acknowledged county chairman Shaun Golden (who also holds the elected position of county sheriff), will be regaining the two state Assembly seats for the 11th Legislative District, which the Republican incumbents lost two years ago. “We have a great opportunity here,” Golden said, with the ticket for that particular race. A race, one audience member shouted was “stolen by lies and slander” by political opponents.“It is our ground zero this year,” in the political races, Golden told the crowd, “and we will get these seats back.”Democrats in that race benefited from a late game influx of cash from the state Democratic organization who detected an opportunity in the 11th District – which skews Democratic in voter registration and includes such county Democratic strongholds as Red Bank, Neptune, Long Branch and Asbury Park. Golden alleged the Democrats outspent the Republicans by more than $1 million to win the two seats, currently held by Joann Downey and Eric Houhtaling, who will be running for re-election this year.Incumbent Republican state Senator Jennifer Beck, Red Bank, will be seeking another term for the 11th. Joining her will be Michael Whelan, who his currently two years into his three-year term on the Red Bank Borough Council; and Robert Acerra, Ocean Township’s deputy mayor.Beck vowed to knock on 14,000 doors as she campaigned with her running mates for the three seats, running against what she called “All spin and no substance.”With veteran state Sen. Joseph Kyrillos Jr.’s decision to not seek another term for the 13th district, that led to Golden, with his committee’s support, to announce that incumbent Assemblyman Declan O’Scanlon would step up and run for the Legislature’s upper chamber. Assemblywoman Amy Handlin, Middletown, had said she intended to seek the party’s nod for the spot, but, according to Golden, decided to bow out leaving it open for O’Scanlon. Handlin will run for re-election for her Assembly seat.O’Scanlon, Little Silver, said it was difficult to square off with his colleague Handlin, “One of the classiest people I know,” he said. However, “This party is in better shape than it’s ever been.”With O’Scanlon running for the Senate, the other Assembly candidacy for the 13th District, will be Monmouth County Freeholder Serena DiMaso. DiMaso, Holmdel, was appointed to fill a vacancy on the Freeholder board in 2012 and began serving a full term in January 2014 and was re-elected in November 2016.Freeholder Lillian BurryThis year’s GOP freeholder candidates are veteran incumbent Lillian Burry, who began her tenure on the county government board in January 2006. Burry argued that the county has been well served by Republican elected officials, as she pointed to the county’s library and parks department, that she called the envy of the state, and fiscal responsibility that continues to earn national AAA bond ratings. “I would say after working in public service for 30 years,” including her term as a local elected official, Burry said, “I’m not finished yet.”Joining Burry on the ballot will be Holmdel’s Deputy Mayor Patrick Impreveduto. Impreveduto has lived in Monmouth County since 1984 and has served on the local board of education as well as the Holmdel Township Committee. He is taking the place of incumbent Freeholder Gary Rich who is not running this year.For the county organization, the top of the ticket belongs to Lt. Gov. Kim Guadagno. Guadagno, a Monmouth Beach resident, told the supportive audience she has the ability and experience to defeat likely Democratic nominee Phil Murphy, a Middletown resident, for the governor’s office.“It’s going to be a bloody battle,” for the governor’s race as well as the Legislature, Guadagno said. “A lot of it is about money,” she said, telling the crowd, “I have the ability to raise money and we will have the money to get the message out.”State Assemblyman Jack Ciattarelli (R-16) also made an attempt to sway some support for his bid for the party nomination, but promised following the June 6 primary he would support the Republican ticket.The party committee members endorsed incumbents Senator Sam Thompson and Assemblymen Robert Clifton and Ronald Dancer for their re-election to the 12th Legislative District, which represents seven Monmouth County communities; and the 30th District’s Senator Robert Singer, Assemblymen Sean Kean and David Rible, whose district covers the county’s southern portion.With the talk of money, Golden noted “I’m happy to report that MCRC is in great financial shape,” but didn’t offer any specifics. While the county returned incumbent Republicans to countywide offices last November (including Golden’s own re-election), and went strong for GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump, there is a voter registration deficit with Democrats. But it’s the unaffiliated voters who make the difference. “And we have to continue to give them a reason to vote Republican,” Golden said.This article was first published in the March 23-30, 2017 print edition of The Two River Times.last_img read more