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US – #WeeklyAddress: February 11 – February 17: BBC cameraman attacked at Trump rally in El Paso, Texas

first_img WhatsApp blocks accounts of at least seven Gaza Strip journalists United StatesAmericas Help by sharing this information Follow the news on United States Organisation NSO Group hasn’t kept its promises on human rights, RSF and other NGOs say June 7, 2021 Find out more News A cameraman reporting for BBC was shoved by an attendee at President Donald Trump’s February 11 rally in El Paso, Texas. The man, who was wearing a “Make America Great Again” hat, entered the press pen and shoved cameraman Rob Skeans from behind. BBC’s Washington news editor Eleanor Montague tweeted a video of the encounter that showed the man being apprehended and shouting expletives about the media as he was taken away. Montague added that President Trump had been speaking about “fake news” and the media’s misrepresentation of him prior to the assault. From his podium on stage, President Trump asked if Skeans was all right before continuing his speech. The White House Correspondents’ Association released a statement condemning the attack: “the president of the United States should make absolutely clear to his supporters that violence against reporters is unacceptable.” The White House also issued a statement condemning “all acts of violence against any individual or group of people — including members of the press.” BBC’s Washington Correspondent Gary O’Donoghue was present when Skeans was attacked and is no stranger to aggression toward journalists at these events—he said he had been spat on during a past rally. “This is a constant feature of these rallies: a goading of the crowds against the media,” O’Donoghue said on a BBC radio news program February 12. It is common for members of the press to be harassed at President Trump’s rallies. Notably, in August during a rally in Florida, supporters chanted “CNN sucks,” “go home,” and “fake news.” Below are the most notable incidents regarding threats to press freedom in the US during the week of February 11 – February 17: RSF_en Congressional reporters shoved, blocked from asking questions by Capitol Police February 19, 2019 US – #WeeklyAddress: February 11 – February 17: BBC cameraman attacked at Trump rally in El Paso, Texas to go further June 3, 2021 Find out more The Newspaper Guild of Pittsburgh has filed an unfair labor complaint and is calling for Pittsburgh Post-Gazette publisher John Robinson “JR” Block to be barred from the newspaper’s office after an incident during which he reportedly threatened to fire multiple employees and “burn the place down.” Block entered the newsroom at around 10 p.m. on February 9 and began yelling about a poster the paper’s union has hanging in the newsroom that reads “Shame on the Blocks,” a reference to the newspaper company’s refusal to cover a rise in health care costs for employees amid contract negotiations. He proceeded to yell at specific employees, complain about the costs of owning the newspaper, and told one editor the newspaper was “going to hell.” In a statement published by the Newspaper Guild of Pittsburgh, the union that represents staff at the Post-Gazette, web editor Marianne Mizera said, “It was clear he was intoxicated.” The Guild requested Block only be allowed to return to the newsroom “pending mental health and drug and alcohol evaluations” and a weapon search. In a statement the Guild wrote it believes Block “has personal issues that must be addressed before he is allowed to return to the newsroom and be around his employees, both for our safety and his.” President Trump called CNN “Fake News” at a February 15 press conference held in the White House Rose Garden. The network’s Chief White House Correspondent Jim Acosta asked a question about what President Trump would say to critics who say he is “concocting a national emergency” to obtain funding for a US-Mexico border wall. The president responded, “Your question is a very political question. Because you have an agenda. You are CNN, fake news.” Trump preceded this by referencing some Fox News anchors, including Laura Ingraham and Tucker Carlson, and praising their reporting. Playboy correspondent Brian Karem asked the president to clarify his claims about violence at the US-Mexico border with statistics, to which President Trump responded by telling him repeatedly to sit down before eventually answering his question. The president then issued a February 17 tweet proclaiming “THE RIGGED AND CORRUPT MEDIA IS THE ENEMY OF THE PEOPLE!” April 28, 2021 Find out more News BBC cameraman attacked at Trump rally in El Paso, Texas Pittsburgh Post-Gazette staffers say “intoxicated” publisher threatened them News The United States ranks 45th out of 180 countries in RSF’s 2018 World Press Freedom Index.  News NICHOLAS KAMM / AFP He wrote that police “smashed” into NBC News reporter Leigh Ann Caldwell and another reporter, who was pregnant, said she was shoved. Senators were heading to vote on a spending package and were reportedly willingly engaging with reporters when the officers came in. “This was first time any officer put their hands on me or my coworkers in front of me, so it was really disheartening,” Matt Laslo, who has been covering Capitol Hill for 12 years, told Roll Call. In recent years, Capitol Police has restricted access to journalists and forced others to delete photos and videos taken of protestors. In a February 15 statement denouncing the incident, National Press Club President Alison Kodjak said the officers “did more harm than good when they prevented accredited reporters from doing their job.” President Trump calls CNN, Jim Acosta “fake news,” again refers to media as the enemy of the people Receive email alerts Facebook’s Oversight Board is just a stopgap, regulation urgently needed, RSF says United StatesAmericas Capitol Police officers reportedly pushed and shoved journalists as they attempted  to escort Senators through the Capitol building in Washington, DC on February 14, according to a report by CQ Roll Call. Journalists and lawmakers frequently cross paths in the Senate basement, giving reporters an opportunity to ask questions. BuzzFeed News Capitol Hill reporter Paul McLeod wrote in a Twitter thread that police were circling members of Congress to box out reporters. last_img read more

Rents in Limerick buck the trend

first_imgFacebook Twitter WhatsApp Print Email Advertisementcenter_img Linkedin Previous articleAccident victims Paul and Jeffrey remembered in musicNext articleNews round up Monday September 6 admin NewsLocal NewsRents in Limerick buck the trendBy admin – September 6, 2010 557 RENTS in Limerick increased by 0.5% in July, in marked contrast to other parts of the country where they fell by between 1% and 3%, according to the latest report published by the property website Daft.ie. The average rent by Shannonside in the second quarter of 2010 was €700.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up One local auctioneer told the Limerick Post that the 0.5% increase could possibly be attributed to students hunting for suitable accommodation prior to the reopening of third level colleges.“I suppose it could be asked why Limerick has bucked the trend when there are big student populations in Dublin, Cork, Galway and Waterford.“Maybe there is a wider choice in those places making the market more competitive…I don’t know, really.“While there is a lot of purpose built units close to LIT, UL and Mary Immaculate, it has been noted that many students are opting to go it alone and renting houses and flats in nearby estates, which can work out cheaper than student apartment blocks.“What can be said is that landlords are now more conscious of their obligations and have upgraded their properties. Likewise, students have become very selective in their requirements”.The average asking rent in the country was just over €835 per month, down 5% on the same time last year.Commenting on the report, Ronan Lyons, Economist with Daft.ie said, “The year-on-year fall in rents is now at its slowest pace in two years, suggesting that the rental market may be close to stabilising. Nonetheless, the total stock of properties available to rent remains high, which means we are unlikely to see rents rising rapidly in the near future.”Rents in Munster fell by 1.1% between April and June, having been largely static in the first three months of the year.The average rent in Limerick city in the second quarter of 2010 was €700, while the average in the rest of the county was €650. This represents falls of €220 and €150 from their peaks in 2008.Even though there has been an upwards trend in Limerick prices, they are still considerably lower than in the Celtic Tiger years.This is the third year in a row that rents have been lower at national level than the previous year.Compared with 2007, a typical student renting a two-bedroom property could expect to save between €1,500 and €4,000 over the course of the academic year.The cost of accommodation for students still varies significantly around the country, with the average for a double room in Dublin city centre about twice the cost of renting in Athlone, Castlebar and Tralee.last_img read more

Watch Jennifer Hudson Bring a Smash Revival to the Oscars

first_img Jennifer Hudson View Comments At the 87th Annual Academy Awards, Oscar winner Jennifer Hudson took the stage to perform during the ceremony’s in memoriam segment. It was a touching moment, but we couldn’t help from absolutely freaking out that the song she sang was from Smash—that Broadway-themed NBC drama whose cancelation we question every day. Hudson wailed on “I Can’t Let Go,” the ballad from the fictional Hit List that her Smash character Veronica Moore belted out in the series’ second season. Hudson will head to the Great White Way this fall in The Color Purple, but while we wait, here’s her belting out the Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman ballad one more time. This one’s for you, Kyle Bishop.center_img Star Fileslast_img

LA Clippers’ Cole Aldrich showed ‘character’ Saturday

first_imgCole Aldrich has done a lot of good for the L.A. Clippers since he became a regular member of the rotation in December. But he had yet to face any real adversity — until Saturday’s game against the Sacramento Kings.The Clippers lost, but they were winners because of what Aldrich did. He started by making just one of his first seven shots. He could have wilted, but Aldrich didn’t seem to feel the pressure because he made his final seven shots to finish with 19 points on 8-of-14 shooting.It was a defining moment, to be sure. But coach Doc Rivers was not surprised. That was evident when Rivers was asked before the Clippers took on visiting Houston on Monday night about the mettle displayed by Aldrich that night.“Well, he had to have it because he missed some, as we did as a team, he missed some pretty point-blank looks,” Rivers said, “and so he’s been pretty persistent. But I think he already kind of told you that by not playing for the first 20-whatever games and then when we called his number, he was ready. “Never stopped working, actually worked himself into better shape in not playing, which is hard to do. So I think that says a lot about his character.”Aldrich was asked about the backbone he showed in that game. Not surprisingly, there was no boasting from the mild-mannered reserve post player when he was asked at the morning shootaround about how he was able to regroup from that poor start.“I think if the shots are there and they’re good shots, just take them,” said Aldrich, who before Monday had started the past two games in place of DeAndre Jordan, who missed them with pneumonia. “That’s with anybody.“With Jamal (Crawford), he’s a great shooter. If he goes 0-for-6, we want him to take that seventh shot because we know as a team it’s going to go in, and that’s where we trust him.”Aldrich was back to coming off the bench Monday as Jordan returned and started. U.S. Olympic team finalistsBlake Griffin, DeAndre Jordan and Chris Paul on Monday were among 30 players named as finalists for the 12-player roster for the 2016 U.S. Olympic team.Paul played in the 2008 and 2012 teams that won gold medals, both teams going 8-0 in Beijing and London. He has averaged 8.1 points, 4.6 assists, 3.1 rebounds and 2.4 steals in 16 games.Griffin made the 2012 team but couldn’t play because of an injury.All three players participated in the 2015 USA National team mini-camp in July in Las Vegas.The Golden State Warriors have five players as finalists — Steph Curry, Draymond Green, Harrison Barnes, Klay Thompson and Andre Iguodala. The only other team with at least three is the Cleveland Cavaliers with LeBron James, Kevin Love and Kyrie Irving.Rivers was stoked.“It’s nice,” said Rivers, whose team begins a five-game road trip Thursday in Cleveland. “We’d love them all to be on it, but it is an honor to be a finalist in this league.”center_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more