US – #WeeklyAddress: February 4 – February 10: Journalists facing harassment while reporting from southern border

first_img Journalists facing harassment while reporting from southern borderJournalists, lawyers and activists have faced harassment from US and Mexican authorities while working from the US-Mexico border, according to a report The Intercept published on February 8. In recent months Mexican officials have approached groups of photojournalists and photographed their passports, on one occasion admitting the photos were “for the Americans,” according to the Intercept report. Spanish journalist Daniel Ochoa de Olza and US-Canadian freelancer Kitra Cahana, both of whom had their passports photographed by Mexican authorities in recent months, were eventually barred from re-entering Mexico from the United States in January. Some journalists, including freelancer Manuel Rapalo, have been accused by border patrol of helping migrants cross into the United States. Rapalo, who has been reporting at the border for Al Jazeera, has twice been brought into secondary screenings when returning to the United States through Dulles International Airport in Washington, DC. During his most recent screening on January 18, a Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officer told Rapalo he was likely being stopped because of his “line of work.” Senator Ron Wyden (D-OR) opened an investigation into CBP’s conduct at the border. Wyden’s statement to The Intercept read: “It would be an outrageous abuse of power for the Trump Administration and CBP to target people for searches based on their political beliefs or because they are journalists. For the latest updates, follow RSF on twitter @RSF_en. February 11, 2019 – Updated on February 12, 2019 US – #WeeklyAddress: February 4 – February 10: Journalists facing harassment while reporting from southern border Colorado officers reprimanded for detaining journalists Receive email alerts Help by sharing this information June 7, 2021 Find out more Two members of Denver’s police department will lose two days’ pay following an investigation into a July encounter during which Susan Greene, editor of The Colorado Independent, was handcuffed and placed in a patrol car. Greene said the officers disregarded her claim that she had a First Amendment right to take photos on a public sidewalk. Greene was released after ten minutes and an internal investigation was launched into the matter. Following the incident, a spokeswoman for Denver Mayor Michael Hancock told The Denver Post, “Denver is not about arresting journalists who are doing their job. That said, it will be important not to prejudge the situation until the internal investigation that is underway is completed.” Greene was one of 11 journalists arrested in 2018, according to the US Press Freedom Tracker. Journalists at New Yorker, Daily Beast, AP say they were blackmailed by National Enquirer’s parent companyJournalist Ronan Farrow, reporters from The Daily Beast, and members of The Associated Press’ (AP) investigative reporting team say they have received messages threatening blackmail from National Enquirer’s parent company, American Media Inc. (AMI) in recent weeks. Not long after the Enquirer published intimate text messages exchanged by Jeff Bezos, the Amazon founder hired an attorney to open an investigation to find out how the company obtained those messages and why they were published. On February 7, Bezos published a column that included an email his lawyers received from AMI’s Chief Content Officer threatening to publish illicit photos of Bezos if he didn’t stop investigating the company. Bezos’ column prompted reporters to come forward about threats they received. Farrow said in a February 7 tweet he had fielded “stop digging or we’ll ruin you” blackmail efforts from AMI when covering breaking news stories related to the National Enquirer’s relationship with President Trump. Ted Bridis, a former AP investigative reporter, responded to Farrow’s tweet, saying the AP had also been “warned explicitly by insiders that AMI had hired private investigators to dig into backgrounds of @AP journalists looking into the tabloid’s efforts on behalf of Trump.” The Daily Beast’s Editor-in-Chief Noah Shachtman echoed those sentiments on Twitter and shared an article that citing AMI’s threats. BuzzFeed journalist questioned at airport checkpoint over investigative report News Organisation Federal judge reportedly ordered Chicago Sun-Times against publishing information NSO Group hasn’t kept its promises on human rights, RSF and other NGOs say The United States ranks 45th out of 180 countries in RSF’s 2018 World Press Freedom Index. ARIANA DREHSLER / AFP Below are the most notable incidents regarding threats to press freedom in the US during the week of February 4 – February 10: News News RSF_en Facebook’s Oversight Board is just a stopgap, regulation urgently needed, RSF says Follow the news on United States to go further June 3, 2021 Find out more News BuzzFeed News’ deputy director of breaking news, David Mack, said he was aggressively questioned by a border patrol agent upon arriving at John F. Kennedy International Airport on February 3. The agent repeatedly asked about a highly-discussed BuzzFeed investigation that was published in January alleging that President Donald Trump had ordered his former attorney Michael Cohen to lie to Congress about negotiations to build a Trump Tower in Russia — allegations that Robert Mueller, special counsel in the Russia investigation, disputed. Mack wrote about his experience with the border agent in a Twitter thread, saying he felt compelled to respond politely for fear of angering him and potentially not being allowed into the country.  Andrew Meehan, CBP Assistant Commissioner for Public Affairs, apologized on behalf of the agency in a statement BuzzFeed published on February 5, referencing the agent’s “inappropriate remarks,” and also called the reporter to personally apologize that same morning. Mack had just arrived in the United States from the United Kingdom, where he had traveled to renew his work visa. An RSF analysis published in October outlines the difficulties many foreign correspondents face in obtaining such visas, while a report the Committee to Protect Journalists published on the the same day found that 37 journalists were stopped for secondary screenings at US ports of entry more than 110 times between 2006 and June 2018. Thirty of those journalists reported they had been questioned about their reporting. WhatsApp blocks accounts of at least seven Gaza Strip journalists United StatesAmericas A federal judge reportedly ordered the Chicago Sun-Times not to publish the details of a court document that revealed the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) had secretly recorded an Illinois politician offering up his private law firm’s services to a developer, according to an incident the US Press Freedom Tracker reported on February 7. The document, which Sun-Times reporters downloaded after it was accidentally posted online to PACER, a website journalists often use to access federal court records. It revealed Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan’s intentions to lend his private law firm’s services to a developer interested in building a hotel in Chicago’s Chinatown neighborhood. The reporters defied the judge’s order and used this information in a January 29 report. A week later, business news website Chicago Business reported in a follow-up article that the judge decided to order the newspaper not to publish likely on the grounds that “premature publicity could undermine what appears to be an extremely wide-ranging federal probe.” Chicago Business reported that it was unclear whether the judge would take further action against the Sun-Times. United StatesAmericas April 28, 2021 Find out morelast_img read more

Housing in the Slowing Economy

first_img Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago The Week Ahead: Nearing the Forbearance Exit 2 days ago Home / Daily Dose / Housing in the Slowing Economy Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago  Print This Post Housing in the Slowing Economy Economy Fannie Mae HOUSING 2019-07-16 Seth Welborn Related Articles Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Seth Welborn is a Reporter for DS News and MReport. A graduate of Harding University, he has covered numerous topics across the real estate and default servicing industries. Additionally, he has written B2B marketing copy for Dallas-based companies such as AT&T. An East Texas Native, he also works part-time as a photographer. Despite expectations that the Federal Reserve will significantly ease monetary policy through the end of the year, the Fannie Mae Economic and Strategic Research (ESR) Group expects 2019 and 2020 real GDP growth to slow to 2.1% and 1.6%, respectively. This prediction has been driven by an inverted yield curve, weak business investment, waning consumer and business sentiment, and ongoing trade and global growth concerns. The ESR Group also predicted that the Fed will cut interest rates by 25 basis points in July, followed by another 25 basis points in December. “As the current U.S. expansion celebrates its tenth anniversary, it does so under an economic backdrop of growing domestic and global uncertainty – and slowing growth,” said Fannie Mae SVP and Chief Economist Doug Duncan. “The heightened uncertainty, stemming in part from the seemingly intractable trade dispute between the U.S. and China, appears to have reduced business’ investment incentive, which is now poised to be a material drag on growth over the forecast period. With consumer spending the principal remaining GDP growth driver, in addition to the recent re-inversion of the yield curve suggesting that market participants expect economic activity to slow further, we believe that the Fed will take a more accommodative posture beginning with a rate cut at the July meeting of the FOMC.”The ESR Group notes that housing continues to benefit from the lower mortgage rate environment. Total origination volume is expected to improve 7% in 2019 on the back of a surge in refinances and moderate house price growth. Refinance activity is expected to represent 32% of originations in 2019, up from 29% in 2018 and more than 2%age points higher than was forecast last month.“Housing remains a net positive to the economy, as the industry anticipates growth fueled by strong household balance sheets, low mortgage rates, and a surge in refinance activity,” Duncan continued. “However, the housing industry still doesn’t have an answer for the related problems of low supply and affordability. While home price appreciation has largely moderated – particularly compared to the recent past – and demand for modestly priced homes has proven strong and resilient, the lack of affordable inventory continues to cap sales and limit the potential pool of would-be homeowners.” The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days agocenter_img Sign up for DS News Daily Tagged with: Economy Fannie Mae HOUSING The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago About Author: Seth Welborn July 16, 2019 1,060 Views Previous: What is Causing the Decline in Single-Family Authorizations? Next: Fintech Startup Announces Expansion in Daily Dose, Featured, Government, Market Studies, News Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Share Save Subscribelast_img read more

Will Bishopsgate hit the buffers?

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2020 Olympic Qualifiers: D’Tigress open camp in Belgrade

first_imgRelatedPosts D’Tigers, D’Tigress await 2020 Olympics foes D’Tigers, D’Tigress can win an Olympic medal — Kida Two Air Warriors players to attend 2020 Olympics, courtesy of Minister The senior women’s national Basketball Team, D’Tigress, will open their 2020 FIBA Olympic Qualifying Tournament camp on February 1 in Belgrade. The team under the tutelage of Otis Hughley will camp for five days before they start their campaign against host Serbia, World Champion USA and Mozambique with two Olympic tickets on offer. Elizabeth Balogun with Louisville University may be handed her first national team debut alongside 2019 Zenith Bank Women Basketball League’s Most Valuable Player, Musa Murjanantu. Fellow point guard, Sarah Ogoke, has since been recalled to the team to replace Upe Atosu. Other players expected in camp include Italy based Ifunanya Ibekwe, Promise Amukamara (France), Sarah Imovbioh (Belgium) and Spain based Elo Edeferioka. Others include 2019 FIBA Women Afrobasket MVP, Ezinne Kalu, Evelyn Akhator, Aisha Balarabe who just moved to Spain. Pallas Kunaiyi Akpannah will also join team captain, Adaora Elonu, as they prepare for the OQT campaign having missed out of the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio, Brazil. In a related development, the Head Coach of Air Warriors of Abuja, Samson Sotuminu, and that of MFM of Lagos, Aderemi Adewunmi, will also be on the train to Belgrade as members of the Technical Crew. Their latest appointment came on the backdrop of their heroics last season in the Zenith Bank Women Basketball League. Sotuminu guided league debutant Air Warriors to the 2019 title, while Adewunmi’s tactical acumen saw MFM snatching a continental ticket after narrowly losing in the final.Tags: 2020 Olympic QualifiersBelgradeD’TigressElo EdeferiokaMusa MurjanantuOtis HughleySarah Ogokelast_img read more

NBA admits refs blew call that allowed Lakers to escape with win against Magic

first_imgDENVER — Frank Vogel and his players clamored for a do-over. Turns out, the Orlando Magic should have gotten one.The NBA acknowledged on Thursday that it was the incorrect call to award a jump ball at center court with six-tenths of a second remaining in the Lakers’ 108-107 win over Orlando at Staples Center on Wednesday after the clock started prematurely on the Magic’s final play.The league’s “Last Two Minute Report” said that Orlando “should have retained possession on the sideline at the nearest spot” because “the ball was still in the air when the clock expired.” The NBA automatically reviews all calls made in the final two minutes of a game that is within three points at any point during that time.Had the Lakers touched the ball before the buzzer sounded, the ruling would have been correct. After the game, lead referee Bill Spooner told a pool reporter that the ruling was made by the league’s replay center in Secaucus, N.J. #LABron: LeBron James to Los Angeles billboards appear before Lakers-Cavaliers matchup In pick-and-roll coverages, power forwards are most often guarding the screener while the small forward is assigned to the ball handler.“Now instead of calling out those coverages and being the man playing the help side and recovering on your own, you’ve got to jump into the ball handler,” Walton said. “You’ve got to fight over screens. Then you’re the one telling the big when to get back. Everything changes from the ‘three’ to the ‘four.’”Kuzma has embraced the transition, going so far as to call it fun.“It’s really a challenge to really guard people,” Kuzma said. “I’m more locked in defensively because I’ve never really guarded threes before now.”ISAIAH FOR 3When the Lakers acquired Isaiah Thomas from the Cavs at the trade deadline, all of his preferred jersey numbers were gone. No. 2, which he wore in college, belongs to Lonzo Ball; 22, from his Sacramento days, was retired for Gail Goodrich; his Boston number, 4, was on the back of Alex Caruso; and 3, which he sported in Cleveland and Phoenix, had been claimed a year earlier by Corey Brewer.So, for his first 10 games with the Lakers, Thomas wore No. 7. The team’s decision to waive Brewer last week, however, created an opening. The team announced on Thursday that for the final 18 games of the season, Thomas will wear No. 3. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREUCLA alum Kenny Clark signs four-year contract extension with Packers“Went well for us, helped us get a win,” Lakers forward Kyle Kuzma said. “Kind of really saved us.”Afterward, Vogel said the decision “kills any chance of us tying the game up and winning the game.“I would think that you give the ball back to the team that had it,” he added, “but they ruled that since the ball was in the air, it was a jump ball.”The Lakers (29-35) took the lead on a pair of free throws by Brook Lopez with 0.6 showing on the clock. It was a narrow escape for the Lakers after the Magic scored eight straight points over the final two minutes to overcome a seven-point disadvantage and seize a 107-106 lead on a driving layup by Aaron Gordon with five seconds remaining.KUZ SETTLING INIf there was one silver lining when Brandon Ingram went down with a pulled groin last week in Miami, it was that there was a natural replacement to step into the starting position.center_img Just one problem: Kyle Kuzma had never really played small forward; or, in the vernacular of X’s and O’s, the “three.”“It’s a little different. I still think sometimes I’m playing ‘four,’” Kuzma said Wednesday, after his third straight start at small forward. “I just go to one spot, I snap out of it and (go to) the new spot. Our offense is interchangeable in a sense so (the key is) just knowing where you’ve got to be.”Despite a lanky frame and strong ball-handling skills, Kuzma has always slotted in as a power forward who can stretch the floor for the Lakers. His first 21 starts this season were, ostensibly, as a big man.Wednesday marked his breakout performance in a designated perimeter role. He scored 20 points and added 10 rebounds, while handling his defensive responsibilities. Luke Walton said earlier this week that the biggest challenge for Kuzma in his new job is adjusting to the defensive end.Related Articles Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more

Job-hunting mistakes to avoid

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECoach Doc Rivers a “fan” from way back of Jazz’s Jordan ClarksonLimiting your search. Don’t be too anxious to land a job and forget to be creative. Identify your interest – like music – and then spend time brainstorming all the ways you could be involved with it. How can you know what your dream job is until you dream? Not articulating your dream. After you’ve set your goal, develop a clear, one-line pitch that’s specific and differentiates you from the pack. For example, “I want to find a job that uses my science skills,” is less compelling than “My dream is to work for an aerospace company designing rocket engines.” Being the same as everyone else. It’s competitive out there. Take a page from the marketing universe and brand yourself. Figure out what makes you different – then flaunt it. In stationery, dress, manners, attitude and speech, differentiate yourself from your competition. Going it alone. A recent poll found that about half of job seekers landed jobs through peers and friends. Talk with family, friends, former co-workers and professors about your goals. Ask if they know someone in your field and would be willing to introduce you. Set up 30-minute informational interviews with as many contacts as possible. Burning bridges at past jobs. Make an effort to maintain regular contact with key players in your last job – they can be references, provide job referrals and give you advice. With the New Year nearly here, you might be thinking of getting a fresh start with a different job. Go about the job search wisely, or you’ll end up in just another dead end. Nicholas Aretakis, career coach and the author of “No More Ramen: The 20-Something’s Real World Survival Guide,” provides these common mistakes job seekers make, and offers tips to help you avoid them: Setting your goals too low. Don’t settle for a job that doesn’t challenge you, help you develop skills, or advance you toward an ultimate career dream. Instead, think big – where you want to be 10 years from now. Then figure out what you have to do to get there, and set interim goals. Shortchanging your résumé. Go over your past job experiences and reframe every description in a fresh, positive light. Make the language interesting and the descriptions compelling. Make your personality and individuality jump off the page. Showing up unprepared for interviews. Before interviews, Google typical questions and prepare answers. Research the company. Have questions prepared. Select your outfit. Do a dry-run drive-by to avoid getting lost. Arrive early. Be positive and flexible. Giving up or being lazy. Treat job seeking like a part-time job. Attend an industry show in your field of interest and meet at least 10 new people. Join job forums at online job sites and pick up tips from other job seekers. Read articles and research industries and companies. Happy New Year and good luck. Dawn Anfuso is a South Bay-based business writer and former managing editor of WORKFORCE magazine. If you have workplace or job-search questions, email Dawn at [email protected] Writers will remain anonymous.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more