US — #WeeklyAddress: March 12 —18: Trump administration censors and withholds record number of FOIA requests

first_img United StatesAmericas Organisation News SAUL LOEB / AFP April 28, 2021 Find out more Help by sharing this information Follow the news on United States March 19, 2018 US — #WeeklyAddress: March 12 —18: Trump administration censors and withholds record number of FOIA requests June 3, 2021 Find out more to go further News Below are the most notable incidents regarding threats to press freedom in the US during the week of March 12-18: center_img News Facebook’s Oversight Board is just a stopgap, regulation urgently needed, RSF says Receive email alerts RSF_en News WhatsApp blocks accounts of at least seven Gaza Strip journalists United StatesAmericas NSO Group hasn’t kept its promises on human rights, RSF and other NGOs say AP report shows Trump administration received a record number of FOIA requests in 2017 According to Associated Press (AP) in a report published on March 12, the federal government has censored, withheld, or informed journalists and the public that they couldn’t find governmental files or records requested under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) more often in the last year than at any point in the past decade. The AP analysis showed the Trump administration received a record number of FOIA requests in its first eight months, though based on the data it is impossible to determine whether the requested files even exist or if federal employees simply gave up their search. Without access to information requested through FOIA, journalists are less equipped to report on the contents of federal records that are not always publicly known but should be legally accessible through the law. This lack of transparency has been common throughout Trump’s presidency, as he has publicly declined to release records of public interest including his personal tax returns or logs of official visitors to the White House. Within the last year, the federal government spent a record of more than $40 million in legal fees defending their decisions to withhold federal files, though in more than one-in-three cases the government went back on its decision to withhold when challenged. US Air Force releases a memo outlining new restrictions on press access The US Air Force released a memo on March 1 labeled “Public Affair Guidance” that would put restrictions on press access. The memo obtained by Defense News, a global website and magazine, states, “media embeds, media base visits, and interviews are suspended until further notice.” The regulations will limit the Air Force’s interaction with journalists. Public affair officers and commanders will now be required to go through new training on how to avoid exposing sensitive information before interacting with the press. Even human-interest stories must be cleared at the highest command level. Until spokesmen at lower-levels have been certified, all engagement with the press will be suspended. Former Secretary of State Rex Tillerson received criticism last year for excluding the American press from briefings and travel abroad, and in the fall the Pentagon cut back on the number of journalists allowed to accompany Defense Secretary James Mattis on trips overseas. News anchor and photographer harassed during a live broadcast An unidentified man harassed ABC 10News reporter Bree Steffen and photographer Michael Dean Gold on March 12 during a live broadcast in San Diego. Steffen tweeted after the incident that the unidentified man tried to tackle her to get on screen. Despite a broken camera, neither Steffen nor Gold sustained injuries. According to ABC 10News, San Diego’s local ABC affiliate, the attacker’s motive remained unclear but was not related to the content of Steffen’s broadcast. Authorities were contacted and are investigating the incident. Last month, a similar incident involving violence against a journalist took place in Belmont, New York, when a mechanic attacked a reporter and cameraman with a baseball bat during an interview. These acts of aggression directed at journalists on the job are congruent with consistently violent rhetoric against the press coming from high levels of the federal government, including from President Trump himself. 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. June 7, 2021 Find out morelast_img read more

Man detained over Sheehan murder

first_img Previous articleFormer Killaloe doctor acquitted of deceptionNext articleReal time bus information due in new year admin Email Advertisement Facebook Twitter Linkedincenter_img GARDAI investigating the murder of Robert Sheehan, have arrested a 59-year-old man in connection with the fatal shooting of the 21-year-old outside a Bunratty hotel last September.The man from the northside of Limerick city was arrested as gardai intensify their investigations into the murder of the young man who had previous convictions and was shot in the early hours of September 2 outside the hotel where he was attending a relatives wedding.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up Shannon gardai are holding the 59-year old man on a charge of conspiracy to murder after two Limerick men were arrested, questioned and released two weeks ago in the Clare area.A detention period of seven days is allowed before gardaí must charge or release the 59-year-old.The investigation, which is ongoing, saw up to 100 gardai deployed to find his masked killers after a gun and discharged ammunition were found in open ground near the scene. Over 300 statements have been taken.The family of Robert Sheehan appealed for calm in the wake of the shooting.Sheehan was known to gardai for a number of minor offences, but was convicted of endangerment when Gavin and Millie Murray suffered horrific injuries when their car was petrol bombed. At the trial, the court heard that two other teens, who prepared the bomb, fled the scene while Robert Sheehan stayed and pulled both of the youngsters from the inferno. The 21-year-old, who was 15 at the time of the incident was sentenced to two years detention in St Patrick’s Institution in 2007 while two others, John Mitchell and Jonathon O’Dnnoghue, both 18 at the time were sentenced to seven and eight years respectively.Sheehan was gunned down outside the hotel after he left briefly left the celebrations.Gardai believed the murder may have been connected to a stabbing incident last July in Moyross. They also believe that the gunman and other accomplices may have fled the country since the murder.Shannon Gardai are continuing with their investigation into what they believe is a revenge killing. NewsLocal NewsMan detained over Sheehan murderBy admin – December 17, 2012 1521 Print WhatsApplast_img read more

READING IN: TPL celebrates African-American history

first_img You Might Like Around the WebMd: Do This Immediately if You Have Diabetes (Watch)Blood Sugar BlasterIf You Have Ringing Ears Do This Immediately (Ends Tinnitus)Healthier LivingWomen Only: Stretch This Muscle to Stop Bladder Leakage (Watch)Patriot Health ZoneHave an Enlarged Prostate? Urologist Reveals: Do This Immediately (Watch)Healthier LivingRemoving Moles & Skin Tags Has Never Been This EasyEssential Health32-second Stretch Ends Back Pain & Sciatica (Watch)Healthier LivingThe content you see here is paid for by the advertiser or content provider whose link you click on, and is recommended to you by Revcontent. As the leading platform for native advertising and content recommendation, Revcontent uses interest based targeting to select content that we think will be of particular interest to you. We encourage you to view your opt out options in Revcontent’s Privacy PolicyWant your content to appear on sites like this?Increase Your Engagement Now!Want to report this publisher’s content as misinformation?Submit a ReportGot it, thanks!Remove Content Link?Please choose a reason below:Fake NewsMisleadingNot InterestedOffensiveRepetitiveSubmitCancel Trojans split pair of games against Oak Mountain and Opelika J.B. Sanders doubled and scored on a single by Adrian Caldwell as Charles Henderson High defeated Opelika 5-4 in the… read more Pike County Sheriff’s Office offering community child ID kits 123PrevNextStartStop Sponsored Content Book Nook to reopen READING IN: TPL celebrates African-American history Plans underway for historic Pike County celebration Email the author Volunteer readers included students from Jenny Meadows’ Theater for Youth class at Troy University.“The Theater for Youth students were given the opportunity to read a book or poem of their choice to the children who participated in the African-American Read-In,” Meadows said.Having the opportunity to read to a group of children outside the school environment was an outstanding learning experience, Meadows said. Troy falls to No. 13 Clemson Penny Hoarder Issues “Urgent” Alert: 6 Companies Are… Dean said she especially likes the book because it is about loving who you are, exactly as you are, and children need to hear that message.Mary-Allison Peace read “Honey, I Love,” a poem by Eloise Greenfield that lets children know that love can be found just about anywhere. Hannah Sheath chose Maya Angelou’s “When Great Trees Fall.”Meadows said her class is now writing a play that will be performed at local schools and, perhaps, at the Troy Public Library.Wolter said the Troy Public Library’s children’s department continues to have programs of interest and to the benefit of young people of all ages. Upcoming is “Let’s Learn About Black Inventors” at 3:30 p.m. Thursday.Few people know that African-American people invented the refrigerator and the gas mask and many other items that are important to our daily lives, Wolter said.“During the ‘Let’s Learn About African-American Inventors’ program and story time, we will learn about black inventors that have simplified and improved our everyday lives with their ingenuity and imagination,” Wolter said. “The African-American Read-In was especially important because the ‘Theater for Youth’ students will soon be working in schools where there is a diverse student population,” Meadows said. “The read-in emphasizes that all children should have opportunities to read about other children that are just like them.”Meadows said although the African-American Read-In was about reading-stories, it was also a time for fun and games.“We read stories and then we played games including charades and the children also jumped rope,” Meadows said. “And, they danced to music by Aretha Franklin, the Queen of Soul. It was a fun and learning afternoon at the Troy Public Library.”Lyn Dean, read Karamo Brown’s popular children’s book, “I Am Perfectly Designed.” Published 8:50 pm Monday, February 17, 2020 Latest Stories The Troy Public Library celebrated Black History Month with an African-American Read-In Monday afternoon.Shanlie Wolter, children’s librarian, said the Read-In celebrated African-American literacy and literature.“Student volunteers and staff read aloud a variety of storybooks and poems by African-American authors and illustrators,” Wolter said. “We also had a selection of recommended titles on display and available for checkout.” By The Penny Hoarder Print Article Skip Remember America’s heroes on Memorial Day By Jaine Treadwelllast_img read more

VIDEO: Cycle crackdown at KA junction

first_imgPolice issued fines to over 50 cyclists who jumped red traffic lights in central Oxford on Friday. The operation, which took place at the junction of Broad Street and Parks Road, formed part of a road safety campaign. Two plain clothes officers situated outside the junction between Broad Street and Parks Road radioed descriptions of cyclists who ignored red lights to uniform officers further down the road, who pulled them over. The cyclists, the majority of whom are students, were issued £30 fines and given advice on road safety. In Trinity Term last year, nearly 200 cyclists were fined in two operations at the same junction. PC Stephen Higa said that police were not trying to victimise students. “The main reason is safety. If a cycle were to go through a red light, the consequences are potentially catastrophic.” However, the experience was too much to handle for some. One female student, who was stopped for passing an amber light, broke down in tears after she was pulled over. She was not fined as she did not pass a red light. Officers had only wanted to offer her safety advice. A student who has just finished his course at Oxford Brookes was among those who received fines. He said that the police should “use more discretion”. He continued, “A verbal warning would have been appreciated. I’ve got shit all money at the moment.” PC Higa said that there were further operations planned this month on Queen Street and Cornmarket.last_img read more

Hoboken church to hold memorial mass for beloved priest

first_img× HOBOKEN — St. Francis Church at 308 Jefferson St. will host an Anniversary Mass for Father Michael Guglielmelli on Monday, June 4 at 7 p.m..Guglielmelli passed away last June along with his two sisters Dolores and Antonette after they were in a car accident on Route 537.They were riding in a Dodge Caravan that was rear-ended at a red light by a 19-year-old driver in a pickup truck, according to the Monmouth County Prosecutor’s Office at the time.Following the mass, the parish will host the dedication of a Memorial Garden and official renaming of the food pantry in honor of Fr. Michael Guglielmelli in the back courtyard. “Fr. Michael was a loving and caring individual who was much-loved by our parish even after his retirement in 2014,” said Fr. Christopher Panlilio. “We still mourn his loss and the loss of his sisters and pray daily that he is in peace.”All are invited to attend.last_img read more

Local Organization Gifting 2,000 Bikes to Children This Weekend

first_imgTwo-thousand underprivileged children in Palm Beach County will receive a bike as an early Christmas gift this weekend.The giveaway is being conducted by Jack the Bike Man, a not-for-profit organization founded by Samuel H. “Jack” Hairston III in 2007.For more than 20 years Jack the Bike Man has fixed bikes and donate them to children and adults in the West Palm Beach area. #Giveaway #MerryChristmas #TisTheSeason #Bicycle #NonProfit #GivingBack #BikeDonation #Donate #Change #Activism #DoGood #Volunteer #Causes— Jack The Bike Man (@jackthebikeman) December 6, 2019 Throughout the year, the entity gives away bikes to underprivileged kids, the homeless, women reentering society from prison, recovering addicts in halfway houses and people living below the poverty line.In addition, Jack the Bike Man fixes bikes and hands them out to needy children and adults in the area, especially during the holidays.last_img read more

Water polo bests No. 2 UCLA to close regular season

first_imgSophomore driver Jacob Mercep looks for the back of the net against UCLA. (Josh Dunst | Daily Trojan)The No. 1 USC men’s water polo team capped off its regular season on Saturday with a 12-11 victory against No. 2 UCLA, fending off a late comeback by the Bruins to secure a regular season record of 28-1. Coming into Saturday’s showdown, both teams were well aware that the outcome would determine the seeding of the upcoming Mountain Pacific Invitational tournament. A first-round bye was at stake for the two top-ranked opponents.The clash began with missed opportunities for both teams. The Trojans peppered UCLA’s goal from the start, forcing redshirt junior goalie Alex Wolf to put up some early saves. After a quiet first few minutes, USC broke the silence with 2 goals.Following the Trojans’ initial surge, the game turned into a shootout. UCLA answered each of USC’s scores to keep themselves within 1 goal at the end of the first frame, a trend that continued into the second period. Although USC achieved a 3-goal advantage UCLA freshman attacker Jake Cavano topped off a first-half hat trick to bring the Bruins within 2 at the half.At halftime, the Trojans lead 8-6 and discussed adjustments to be made on both ends of the pool.“We had to focus a lot more on defense, on who we want to shoot the ball,” senior driver Zach D’Sa said. “On offense, just putting away our shots. Their goalie wasn’t having a good day so we just had to put it away.”While the first half was largely a contest between two aggressive offenses, the defensive efforts of both teams resulted in a scoring drought which lasted through the majority of the third quarter. Freshman goalie Nic Porter, who was nominated this past week for his third MPSF Newcomer of the Week honor, came up big for the Trojans with four saves in the quarter to keep the Bruins at bay. D’Sa awakened the Trojan offense late in the third with 2 goals to put USC up 10-6 entering the final frame.“[Scoring those goals] was really good because both teams were starting to die a little bit, and I know I was pretty tired,” D’Sa said. “But it was good because it was 0-0 in that quarter, and the third quarter is the most important.”While the Trojans held UCLA scoreless in the third quarter, the fourth was another story. Four consecutive goals from the Bruins brought the match to a tie with only two and a half minutes to go.“They started making their shots,” D’Sa said about UCLA’s fourth quarter effort. “The guys that we didn’t want to shoot were shooting the ball and they were scoring. We definitely need to adjust that and focus more on the fourth quarter and not let them get back in the game.”Junior driver Marin Dasic found the back of the net with 19 seconds remaining. A last second shot from UCLA looked as though it might tie things up again, but it instead hit the post, securing a 12-11 win for the Trojans.The Trojans’ two graduating seniors, D’Sa and driver Daniel Leong, were honored prior to the game as part of the annual Senior Day Ceremony. Leong contributed an early assist for the Trojans, while D’Sa boasted a hat trick, including the  only 2 scores of the third period. Another standout for the Trojans was redshirt junior 2-meter Sam Slobodien, who led the Trojan offense with 4 goals. Remaining at No. 1 after defeating UCLA, USC has a first-round bye in this weekend’s MPSF tournament, automatically advancing to Saturday’s semifinal match. The Trojans aim to enter the NCAA Championships as the No. 1 seed.“We need to get that No. 1 seed,” D’Sa said. “We haven’t been there in a long time, and No. 1 seed going into NCAAs is really important to us.”last_img read more