US – White House should immediately restore Brian Karem’s press pass

first_img United StatesAmericas June 3, 2021 Find out more News Organisation Facebook’s Oversight Board is just a stopgap, regulation urgently needed, RSF says Receive email alerts Reporters Without Borders (RSF) is deeply concerned at the White House’s recent decision to suspend correspondent Brian Karem’s press pass. This is the second time that a journalist’s press pass was suspended by the Trump administration in clear violation of the First Amendment. The White House finalized its decision on August 16 to suspend White House correspondent Brian Karem’s press pass for 30 days, with Press Secretary Stephanie Grisham citing the reporter’s conduct during an argument with former White House aide Sebastian Gorka at a July 11 White House event. In the letter Grisham sent on August 2 notifying Karem of the decision, she wrote that he “failed to abide” by a “widely shared understanding” of how members of the press should behave at White House events, while acknowledging that there is no explicit set of rules governing such behavior.  June 7, 2021 Find out more RSF_en In November 2018, the White House suspended CNN correspondent Jim Acosta’s press pass based on false allegations that the reporter “placed his hands on” a White House aide working at a press conference, although C-SPAN’s live coverage of the event directly contradicted this. Days later, CNN filed a lawsuit—led by Boutrous, the same lawyer now representing Karem—against the White House, arguing the Trump administration violated Acosta’s First and Fifth Amendment rights. The White House fully restored Acosta’s press pass within a week, though it introduced a set of guidelines governing questions at press events that, if not followed, could lead to future revocations moving forward. The White House hasn’t suspended or revoked any reporter’s press pass yet for working outside these guidelines. The United States ranks 48th out of 180 countries in RSF’s 2019 World Press Freedom Index.  NSO Group hasn’t kept its promises on human rights, RSF and other NGOs say August 20, 2019 US – White House should immediately restore Brian Karem’s press pass Help by sharing this information For the latest updates, follow RSF on twitter @RSF_en. to go further In an August 6 article published by Playboy, Karem wrote that he believes his press pass was removed as a retaliatory measure against him for “ask[ing] hard questions” over the last several weeks.The Playboy reporter and CNN analyst announced he plans to sue the White House over this decision, and his attorney Ted Boutrous published a statement saying the suspension violates Karem’s First Amendment rights and the due process clause of the Fifth Amendment. The White House Correspondents’ Association also published a statement expressing its concern with the decision. WhatsApp blocks accounts of at least seven Gaza Strip journalists Follow the news on United States News News “The suspension of Brian Karem’s press pass is yet another example of a thin-skinned White House that abuses power to punish journalists it dislikes,” said Dokhi Fassihian, Executive Director of RSF’s North America bureau. “This action has no place in a democratic country with a free press. It demonstrates a fundamental misunderstanding of the watchdog function of the media over government and it wrongly attempts to regulate the professional conduct of journalists who assert themselves on behalf of the American people to access and understand the truth. The White House should immediately reverse this decision.” Brendan Smialowski / AFP News United StatesAmericas April 28, 2021 Find out morelast_img read more

Fed: Economic Activity Increases Due to Better Weather

first_img Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago The Week Ahead: Nearing the Forbearance Exit 2 days ago Fed: Economic Activity Increases Due to Better Weather Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago April 18, 2014 653 Views Reports from the Federal Reserve’s 12 districts indicate economic activity has increased in most regions across the country since the end of February as the unusually harsh winter came to an end.As in the last Beige Book report, the word “weather” appeared more than 100 times in the Fed’s latest release, though the theme this time was generally one of improvement rather than sluggishness.According to the most recent update, eight districts—Boston, Philadelphia, Richmond, Atlanta, Minneapolis, Kansas City, Dallas, and San Francisco—characterized their economic expansion from March to April as “modest or moderate,” while Chicago reported a pickup in growth.Cleveland and St. Louis were the exceptions, each experiencing a decline in economic activity.In housing, reports were varied from district to district; however, “across most Districts, home prices rose modestly and inventory levels remained low.”Sales activity was harder to nail down: Kansas City, Dallas, and Richmond each reported a seasonal pickup in demand, while New York and Chicago continued to see mixed numbers attributed to cold weather. Major metros in the St. Louis and Minneapolis districts also reported weakness since the last Beige Book.Meanwhile, homebuilding activity grew in most districts, with only St. Louis, Minneapolis, and Cleveland seeing significant declines, in part due to rising costs for raw materials.Overall, the Fed reported increased loan demand, though residential mortgage borrowing was mixed or on the decline in the majority of districts.“[O]nly Dallas and San Francisco reported slight growth. New York, Philadelphia, Cleveland, and Richmond cited the inclement weather as a factor reducing home sales and therefore mortgage borrowing,” the report said.Credit standards were largely unchanged in most districts, though reports from San Francisco indicated tightening, while reports in Atlanta showed loosening standards.On the same day the Fed released its Beige Book, chair Janet Yellen took the stage at the Economic Club of New York.One of the biggest takeaways from Yellen’s speech was a projection of maximum employment—5.2 to 5.6 percent—by the end of 2016, which fits with the book’s report of “mixed but generally positive” labor market conditions across most districts.However, she also admitted that there are factors beyond the monthly headline unemployment rate to consider when gauging economic expansion: “For example, the share of the workforce that is working part time but would prefer to work full time remains quite high by historical standards. … The low level of labor force participation may also signal additional slack that is not reflected in the headline unemployment rate.”All things considered, Yellen’s comments and the tone of the latest Beige Book indicate the Federal Open Market Committee is likely to continue reducing the Fed’s monthly asset purchases in measured steps. The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Share Save Tagged with: Beige Book Demand Federal Reserve Home Prices Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Home / Daily Dose / Fed: Economic Activity Increases Due to Better Weather The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Previous: Axios Valuation Solutions Approved as AMC for Flagstar Bank Next: Freddie Mac’s Outlook for April Giving ‘Mixed Signals’center_img Subscribe Beige Book Demand Federal Reserve Home Prices 2014-04-18 Tory Barringer Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Related Articles in Daily Dose, Featured, Government, Headlines, News Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago  Print This Post Sign up for DS News Daily Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days agolast_img read more

All-Around Effort Leads to Win Over Tigers

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailSTOCKTON, Calif. – Blowing the game open in the third and fourth innings, BYU baseball cruised to a 12-1 win in game two of its series against Pacific at Klein Family Field on Friday. The Cougars piled on in the fourth. Abraham Valdez, Danny Gelalich and Brian Hsu loaded the bases with one out before Bryan Call’s single through the right side scored two. Jackson Cluff followed in the next at-bat with a triple to right center, scoring two more and giving BYU a 9-1 lead. BYU (28-10, 12-5 WCC) scored three runs in the third and five more in the fourth to jump ahead 9-1 and, with the Cougars’ 11-7 victory Thursday, took the series against the Tigers (21-21, 8-12). Cluff was a home run short of a cycle, going 3-for-4 with four RBIs in addition to eight assists at shortstop. Brock Hale also had three hits with a run and an RBI while Hsu, Jacobsen and Gelalich added two hits apiece. BYU and Pacific will play game three on Saturday, April 27, at 1 p.m. PT on TheW.tv, BYU Radio and ESPN 960 AM. With the win, Walker improved to 6-0 on the year. Coming into the game with the second-lowest ERA in the country, Walker is now at an impressive 0.93 ERA this season. “We were pretty good tonight in the three areas we always talk about: pitching, defense and timely hitting,” BYU head coach Mike Littlewood said. “Easton (Walker) was a stud and our hitters answered the bell tonight.” With two outs and two on in the third, BYU got on the board thanks to a three-run home run by freshman Austin Deming, his second home run of the year, to take a 3-1 lead. In the fifth inning, Casey Jacobsen doubled, advanced to third on a wild pitch, then came home on a groundout by Gelalich for another run. Player Highlights April 26, 2019 /Sports News – Local All-Around Effort Leads to Win Over Tigerscenter_img The Cougars played solid in the field, committing no errors and ending the first, second and third frames with double plays; they added another double play in the seventh. After giving up a run on two singles in the first inning, sophomore pitcher Easton Walker blanked the Tigers over the next seven innings, scattering five hits with one walk. Robert Lovell Game Summary Jackson Cluff: 3-4, 2B, 3B, 2 R, BB, 4 RBIAustin Deming: 1-4, HR, R, BB, 3 RBIEaston Walker: W (6-0), 8 IP, 5 H, 1 ER, 1 BB, 2 K Tags: BYU Cougars Baseball/WCC BYU added two runs in the eighth inning with Cluff hitting an RBI-double to bring home DJ McNew who had reached safely on a double himself. After advancing on a wild pitch, Cluff came home on a groundout by Mitch McIntyre. Written by BYU scored four in the third and five runs in the fourth. BYU has outscored opponents 52-17 in the third and 46-10 in the fourth this seasonComing into the game second in the nation in ERA, Easton Walker kept his season average under 1.00 by allowing just one earned run in eight innings against Pacific. Walker’s ERA is now at 0.93 on the yearBYU scored more than 10 runs for the second-straight game; the Cougars have won 64-straight games dating back to 2014 when hitting the 10-run mark Senior Bo Burrup came in to finish off Pacific in the ninth, retiring the side and ending the game on a strikeout.last_img read more

Tour de France 2019: Julian Alaphilippe tightens yellow jersey grip with surprise time-trial win

first_imgThe Frenchman was 14 seconds quicker than nearest rival Thomas on a hot day in his homeland and leads the Team INEOS rider by a minute and 26 seconds after stage 13.Deceuninck-Quick Step’s Alaphilippe, roared on by a partisan crowd, was quicker than Thomas after every split and had enough in the tank to storm up a final climb for another victory. Related News Tour de France 2019: Simon Yates takes break from brotherly support to win stage 12 1. Tim Wellens (Lotto Soudal) 542. Thomas De Gendt (Lotto Soudal) 373. Giulio Ciccone (Trek-Segafredo) 30WHAT NEXT?The climbers should be licking their lips at the prospect of a 73-mile mountainous stage from Tarbes to Tourmalet Bareges in the Pyrenees on Saturday, with a first high-altitude finish of this year’s race. Julian Alaphilippe fittingly marked the 100th anniversary of the yellow jersey Friday by increasing his Tour de France lead with a magnificent individual time-trial stage win in Pau.Defending champion Geraint Thomas was fancied to take over as leader of the general classification on Friday, but Alaphilippe made another statement by securing his second stage win of the race with a blistering ride over the 17-mile course. Julian Alaphilippe gave everything he had to win the stage and keep the Yellow Jersey! @alafpolak1 a tout donné pour remporter l’étape et consolider son Maillot Jaune ! #TDF2019 pic.twitter.com/nKpTK1UaXD— Tour de France™ (@LeTour) July 19, 2019″It’s incredible. I’m really happy,” Alaphilippe said. “Without being pretentious, I knew I could do a good performance on such a course, I told my cousin Franck this morning that I’d do something good but I didn’t think I could win the stage, especially with such a big gap against Geraint Thomas.”The first part suited me but I surprised myself in the second part of the race. I pushed my limits. With the help of the public, I gave everything until the line. I heard that even in my team car they all cried.”Steven Kruijswijk and Enric Mas moved above Thomas’ teammate Egan Bernal into third and fourth place respectively in the general classification standings, with 2:12 and 2:44 to make up on Alaphilippe.Wout van Aert had to abandon the race four days after winning stage 10, the Belgian taken to the hospital after crashing when he appeared to get his handlebars caught on advertising signage draped over barriers at a right turn.Team Jumbo-Visma revealed the 24-year-old suffered a flesh wound to his right leg, bringing a premature end to his race.Rohan Dennis had been well fancied to win the time trial, but the Team Bahrain Merida rider mysteriously pulled out during the 12th stage, offering no explanation but stating that he had made the right decision.Tour de France Stage 13 results1. Julian Alaphilippe (Deceuninck-Quick Step) 0:35.002. Geraint Thomas (INEOS) +0:143. Thomas De Gendt (Lotto Soudal) +0:364. Rigoberto Uran (EF Education First) +0:365. Richie Porte (Trek-Segafredo) +0:45Tour de France standingsGeneral Classification1. Julian Alaphilippe (Deceuninck-Quick Step) 53:01:092. Geraint Thomas (INEOS) +1:263. Steven Kruijswijk (Team Jumbo-Visma ) +2:12Points Classification1. Peter Sagan (Bora-Hansgrohe) 2772. Sonny Colbrelli (Bahrain-Merida) 1912. Elia Viviani (Deceuninck-Quick Step) 184King of the Mountainslast_img read more