US – RSF concerned by White House’s new press rules

first_imgNews Following the restoration of Acosta’s press pass, CNN subsequently dropped its lawsuit against the White House. “We look forward to continuing to cover the White House,” the network wrote in a statement. RSF_en United StatesAmericas WhatsApp blocks accounts of at least seven Gaza Strip journalists Organisation November 20, 2018 US – RSF concerned by White House’s new press rules NSO Group hasn’t kept its promises on human rights, RSF and other NGOs say June 3, 2021 Find out more The Trump administration announced on November 19 it would fully reinstate CNN reporter Jim Acosta’s press pass, and in doing so outlined a new set of rules governing press conduct for White House news conferences that, if not followed, may result in future revocation of the reporter’s press pass. According to the new rules, reporters may ask “a single question” at a news conference, with follow-up questions—a long-held practice for White house reporters—only permitted “at the discretion” of President Donald Trump or another White House official. The rules also say reporters must “physically surrender” the microphone when told to do so. Reporters Without Borders (RSF) is concerned by the new set of rules put in place for the press during White House news conferences, as outlined by the Trump administration on November 19 when it announced CNN reporter Jim Acosta’s press pass would be fully restored. June 7, 2021 Find out more News News “The White House’s new press conference rules appear to turn practices long understood as fundamental to the way reporters conduct their activities during official briefings into indecorous and punishable behavior,” said Margaux Ewen, Director of RSF’s North America bureau. “It is even more concerning that the administration did not even involve the White House Correspondents Association in crafting them. While we welcome the decision to fully restore Mr. Acosta’s press pass, we remain concerned that the new stipulations could lead to more arbitrary revocations of journalists’ credentials.” Follow the news on United States Receive email alerts News Facebook’s Oversight Board is just a stopgap, regulation urgently needed, RSF says to go further Help by sharing this information While there have been a few cases under previous administrations in which reporters lost access to the White House for security reasons, as outlined in a 2010 Foreign Policy article, it is “unheard of” for a reporter to lose their press pass as a consequence of their behavior in a news conference. The White House Correspondents’ Association (WHCA) had “no role” in creating these rules. In a statement WHCA President Olivier Knox wrote: “For as long as there have been White House press conferences, White House reporters have asked follow-up questions. We fully expect this tradition will continue.” For the latest updates, follow RSF on twitter @RSF_en. April 28, 2021 Find out more 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. JIM WATSON / AFP United StatesAmericas last_img read more

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Fall in deaths at work but serious injuries piling up

first_imgFall in deaths at work but serious injuries piling upOn 25 Nov 2003 in Personnel Today The number of workplace deaths in the UK has dropped. New figures published by the Health and Safety Commission (HSC) show that226 people were killed in work-related accidents in 2002-2003. This is 25 fewerthan the previous year. But the figures also show the number of major injuries increased slightly,with a total of 28,426, up 415. In all, 126,004 injuries caused people to have three or more days’ absencefrom work – 3,651 fewer than in 2001-2002, a drop of 2.4 per cent. HSC chairman Bill Callaghan said he was not surprised at the findings. “[The figures] confirm the size of the occupational health problems weface and that progress on reducing injuries has broadly reached aplateau,” he said. “I am disappointed that we have still not seen astep-change in health and safety performance.” The statistics show that the rate of reported major injury to employeesincreased in the agriculture, construction, manufacturing and services sectors,and fell in the utility supply sector. The most common cause of major injury to employees continues to be slippingand tripping, accounting for 37 per cent of all major injuries. Being struck by a moving or falling object accounted for 14 per cent ofmajor injuries to employees, falling from a height also accounted for 14 percent and being injured while handling, lifting or carrying objects accountedfor 12 per cent. “Successive falls in construction-related fatalities over the last twoyears are certainly welcome news,” said Callaghan. “But we must beconsistently seeing fewer deaths, fewer injuries and fewer assaults on people’shealth. “The enforcing authorities – the HSE and its local authority partners –cannot do it all. To deliver lasting improvements in health and safety, we musthave real commitment from industry, and from many other stakeholders aswell.” By Quentin Readewww.hse.gov.uk/statistics Related posts:No related photos. Comments are closed. Previous Article Next Articlelast_img read more

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Electrical resistivity of ice from the Antarctic Peninsula, Antarctica

Georesistivity soundings have been carried out at four sites in the Antarctic Peninsula. The objective of the work was to investigate the electrical behaviour of ice from an area where substantial melting occurs in summer and from contrasting thermal regimes. Electrical measurements made at three sites along a flow line within George VI Ice Shelf reveal that: (a) the resistivity of deep ice is similar to that of other Antarctic ice shelves,(b)the resistivity of the ice-shelf surface, which is affected by the percolation and refreezing of melt water, is similar to that of deep ice and hence the ice is polar in character. A compilation of published resistivities of deep ice from polar regions shows that the range of resistivities is very narrow (0.4 –2.0) x 105 Ω m between –2 and – 29°C, irrespective of the physical setting and history of the ice. Typically, resistivity is within a factor of two of 80 kΩ m at –20° C with an activation energy of 0.22 eV. In contrast, the resistivity of surface ice at Wormald Ice Piedmont, where the ice is at 0°C throughout, is two orders of magnitude higher and falls at the lower end of the range of resistivities for temperate ice. read more

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Laser tag players bring out Uni security

first_imgOxford University are considering banning “games with guns” from being played in University Parks after a number of “distressed” LMH students reported a laser tag group.The group were masked and wielding what, from a distance, looked like genuine firearms. It is believed that some of the students were US visiting scholars.The LMH students summoned the Oxford University Security Services to the Parks. The Services immediately swept the area and reviewed the Parks CCTV system, but the grouphad already left.A spokesperson for the University told Cherwell: “Further enquiries have confirmed that those involved were students engaged in a game of Laser Tag.“They have apologised for causing any concern and recognise that in the current security climate, games like this can leave other Parks users feeling frightened.“This was thoughtless behaviour that caused considerable concern to others.” The police were not called about the incident.Oxford’s Crime Prevention Officer, Belinda Hopkins, said in a statement: “In light of the current UK terrorist threat level any such future sightings reported by the public directly to the Police would probably result in an armed response with potential danger to those involved, the public, and the Police.”Chief Inspector Emma Baillie, of the Joint Armed Response Unit for Thames Valley Police and Hampshire Constabulary, said: “It is an offence to possess an imitation firearm in public, so where laser guns and similar equipment looks realistic and causes alarm to members of the public who believe them to be real, it is likely to result in a police response.“Our officers have to make difficult fast-time decisions regarding what they see, so behaving in a way that leads people to think they are committing gun crime puts themselves, the public, and potentially our officers at risk. “However, many manufacturers of such devices make them look like toys, thus reducing the risk of this.”An American student Phillippa Lawford, told Cherwell: “I can totally understand these students being afraid.“In Texas, if I saw masked people carrying openly what looked like assault weapons, I would definitely panic. I think that if people are going to engage in these kinds of games they should be more sensitive in how they present themselves.“At the same time, I don’t know if an all-out ban on these kinds of games is necessary.“People just need to be conscious of how they appear, particularly when you take into account the large number of international students whose culture surrounding weapons is different.”Though not involved in this incident, the Oxford University’s Assassins Society play similar games with weaponry.A first year member of the Assassins told Cherwell: “The rules we follow for every game prioritise safety first, so we will follow the authority of people who tell us to stop.“Therefore I’d say we obviously have to be more careful to be obviously non-threatening and try our best to disturb the peace as little as possible.”A member of the Oxford University Role Playing Game Society, Cameron Alsop, told Cherwell: “One of our society activities involves routinely running games in Shotover County Park with fake weapons (specially designed to be safe, and we run safety briefings every session to minimise risk).“We also have notified the police of our activities ahead of time to prevent confusion if members of the public confuse our activities for dangerous incidents.“Having been involved in other societies which also use “weapon” shaped toys in public, I think it would be a shame to ban such things outright, but I believe societies have a duty to inform relevant authorities ahead of time if such activities are taking place in public.“OURPGSoc has (to my knowledge) not received any incidents with authorities due to our preemptive actions regarding weapon safety.”last_img read more

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Cardi B Apologizes for Appropriating Hindu Culture on Magazine Cover

first_imgCardi B Apologizes for Appropriating Hindu Culture on Magazine CoverCardi B. Broadimage/ShutterstockShe’s sorry. Cardi B may be able to clapback when she’s unnecessarily criticized, but she also knows when to admit she’s wrong.Earlier this week, the 28-year-old appeared on the cover of the November issue of Footwear News to promote her latest collection with Reebok. Photographed portraying the Hindu goddess Durga, she quickly received backlash for cultural appropriation.- Advertisement – – Advertisement – “And though it was dope, if people think I’m offending their culture or their religion I want to say I’m sorry,” the Grammy winner said. “That was not my intent. I do not like disrespecting nobody’s religion. I wouldn’t like people to offend my religion.”She continued, “I wasn’t trying to be disrespectful; maybe I should have done my research. I’m sorry, I can’t change the past, but I will do more research for the future.”Along with the “I Like It” singer, the publication also issued an apology.- Advertisement – “People are saying Cardi B is paying homage to our Hindu goddess Durga,” one Twitter user wrote. “So as a Hindu I want to say that: 1-Wearing a shoe in a temple is prohibited 2-Durga maa is not to be used as an aesthetic 3- Durga maa is NEVER depicted bare bodied 4-THIS. IS. NOT. HOMAGE. IT’S. DISRESPECT.”The “WAP” rapper took to Instagram on Tuesday, November 10, to publicly apologize. “Sorry guys. I didn’t mean to offend or disrespect anybody’s culture,” she captioned an Instagram Story video. “I can’t change the [past] but I’ll be more cautious in the future.”In the clip, she explained that the creatives on the cover shoot told her she was going to portray a Goddess that represents “strength, femininity and liberation, and that’s something I love and I’m all about.” However, she understands where her fault lies.- Advertisement – “Yesterday we posted content from our exclusive Cardi B cover shoot,” a statement to Us Weekly read. “One of the images was intended to pay homage to Hindu goddess Durga, and our intent was to show a powerful woman. However, we realize we were not considerate of certain cultural and religious perspectives and how this could be perceived as deeply offensive.It continued, “We take full accountability for this oversight and we apologize, it is important we learn from this example and are sensitive to this sort of religious imagery when creative discussions are taking place in the future. Today, we’re releasing another cover from the shoot that was a subscriber exclusive.”Listen on Spotify to Get Tressed With Us to get the details of every hair love affair in Hollywood, from the hits and misses on the red carpet to your favorite celebrities’ street style ‘dos (and don’ts!)last_img read more

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Japan to sign agreement allowing arms exports to Vietnam -Nikkei

first_imgJapan plans to sign an agreement with Vietnam to allow it to export defense equipment and technology to the country, part of a move to strengthen defence capabilities of Indo-Pacific nations to counter Chinese maritime advances, the Nikkei newspaper reported on Wednesday.Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga on Tuesday told his ruling Liberal Democratic Party that he will visit Vietnam and Indonesia next week, the newspaper said, adding he was expected to sign the Vietnam deal during the trip.Japan ended a decades-old ban on overseas arms sales in 2014 to help beef up the nation’s military and lower the unit cost of home-built military equipment but has so far struggled to strike export deals for finished products. Japan’s only export deal for a finished product has been one signed with the Philippines in August for the export of a warning and control radar system developed by Mitsubishi Electric, the Nikkei said.Tokyo is also negotiating with Indonesia and Thailand to sign an agreement regarding defence equipment transfers as it seeks to draw on Southeast Asian demand, it added.Suga’s visit to the two countries would be his first overseas trip since taking office last month following Shinzo Abe’s resignation due to ill health.Topics :last_img read more

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CELTIC STAR PADDY CHOOSES DONEGAL TO BEGIN HIS MARRIED LIFE

first_imgEXCLUSIVE: Celtic star Paddy McCourt has tied the knot and chose Donegal as the setting for his wedding.The long-haired striker walked down the aisle earlier today with long-term girlfriend Laura Hegarty.The former Derry City striker, 27, got married in Our Lady of Lourdes Church in Steelstown and was surrounded by a host of fellow football stars. They included McCourt’s Celtic team-mates including Darren O’Dea, Niall McGinn and Marc Wilson.But McCourt, who joined the Scottish giants from Derry City in 2008, didn’t forget about his old friends and was joined by former team-mates Peter Hutton and manager Stephen Kenny.Another familiar face was Millwall goalkeeper David Forde, who made his competitive debut for Ireland against Italy last week.Celtic boss Neil Lennon was not at the wedding having already arranged another holiday abroad. After making a quick dash from the church, the bride and groom and their two children, were whisked away to the five star Solis Lough Eske Castle outside Donegal Town.More than 200 guests will be treated to a lavish champagne reception in the grounds of the luxury hotel where security was tight today.As well as local entertainment it was rumoured that popstar and Celtic fan Paolo Nutini had been booked to play at the reception.A source revealed “Paddy and Paolo know eachother and Paolo had been invited to the wedding anyway. I think he’s going to play a few songs but I don’t think he’ll be asking for a fee.“Staff at the hotel have been sworn to secrecy not to talk about the wedding. Paddy and Laura didn’t want to make a big fuss about it. They have been going out for years.” ALL PICTURES BY KIND PERMISSION OF NEWSPIXIRLEndsCELTIC STAR PADDY CHOOSES DONEGAL TO BEGIN HIS MARRIED LIFE was last modified: June 12th, 2011 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:CelticPaddy McCourtweddinglast_img read more

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