US – National Whistleblower Day: Will journalists be spared in the Trump administration’s crackdown on whistleblowers?

first_imgFor the latest updates, follow RSF on twitter @RSF_en. Receive email alerts United StatesAmericas RSF_en June 3, 2021 Find out more Facebook’s Oversight Board is just a stopgap, regulation urgently needed, RSF says News July 30, 2018 US – National Whistleblower Day: Will journalists be spared in the Trump administration’s crackdown on whistleblowers? The United States ranks 45th out of 180 countries in RSF’s 2018 World Press Freedom Index.  “Under an administration that has been openly hostile to journalists and media outlets, and given indications that the Justice Department may consider media subpoenas in leak investigations, RSF is worried that journalists and media outlets won’t be spared as these investigations will most likely continue to intensify,” said Margaux Ewen, Director of RSF’s North America bureau. “Without whistleblowers, journalists would be unable to report on issues of immense public interest. In many ways, whistleblowing is the lifeblood of investigative journalism and of the free press our democracy relies on.” June 7, 2021 Find out more Paul J. Richards / AFP News United StatesAmericas Help by sharing this information As the current administration’s crackdown on leaks continues to intensify, journalists are often under fire for using unnamed sources—the president has been vocal in his frustrations to this extent—and it is becoming increasingly risky to both disclose and publish classified information. Since President Donald Trump took office, two whistleblowers—former NSA contractor Reality Winner and FBI agent Terry Albury—have already pleaded guilty to violating the Espionage Act, legislation adopted during World War I to prosecute individuals who shared government secrets with enemies of the United States. In August 2017 Attorney General Jeff Sessions vowed in a briefing to take a stand against anyone who leaks classified government information, and suggested the Justice Department may pursue legal action against media outlets and journalists who publish such information. In the months leading up to that briefing, the Justice Department tripled the number of leak investigations it was pursuing.  April 28, 2021 Find out more to go further WhatsApp blocks accounts of at least seven Gaza Strip journalists News These concerns became all the more relevant in June when the Justice Department secretly seized New York Times reporter Ali Watkins’ phone and email records in connection with an investigation into classified information leaks at the United States Senate. This is the first known case of a reporter’s records being seized under the Trump administration, though it was a tactic employed by former President Barack Obama as well. NSO Group hasn’t kept its promises on human rights, RSF and other NGOs say Follow the news on United States News That the Justice Department would consider prosecuting journalists and news outlets for merely publishing classified information rang alarms in the media community. While prosecuting whistleblowers became all too common under President Barack Obama—whose administration prosecuted more whistleblowers than any previous administration combined—the former conceded that attempts to pursue legal action against publishers would be detrimental to press freedom. Organisation To commemorate National Whistleblower Day (July 30), Reporters Without Borders (RSF) reminds the Trump administration that journalists should not be pursued in leak investigations, which are already being used as tools to censor information of immense public interest. last_img read more

Presidential Public Service Fellows tackle big issues

first_imgCombating pregnancy discrimination. Reducing racial disparities in obesity rates. Working on the front lines of the opiate epidemic. These are a few of the experiences undertaken by Harvard’s Presidential Public Service Fellows this past summer.Launched with the aid of an anonymous gift in 2011, the fellowship program provides funding for undergraduate and graduate students in the middle of their studies to pursue summer work experiences in government and community service, non-governmental organization and nonprofit work, and innovative projects that serve the common good.“Students across the University are eager to examine the meaning and purpose of their lives as they determine where to direct their talents,” said Harvard President Drew Faust. “The Presidential Public Service Fellowships create opportunities to put theory into practice and to connect policy with on-the-ground issues, and it is always so interesting to learn about the causes that matter most to our fellows.”The fellowship funds assure recipients of summer earnings while they pursue their passions. Ola Friday, a doctoral candidate in education leadership at the Harvard Graduate School of Education, was looking for a way to build on her prior policy experience. Having worked in a third-party agency in partnership with private and public early education providers, she thought working at the state executive office would give her new insights on how best to bring about meaningful change in the field. Friday spent the summer working with the Massachusetts Executive Office of Education, identifying ways that the state’s early intervention and home-visiting systems could work together to have more impact on families.“I was surprised that I enjoyed working on the executive level,” she said. “I don’t consider myself to be a political person, and that office is very political, but it’s also very involved with agencies and helping to drive the agenda of early education. The experience challenged my thinking and challenged how I approach analysis of educational systems.”Damon Clark is a member of the Navajo Tribe, and spent last summer working in the White House. He is seen at Matthews Hall with the Native American Plaque. Kris Snibbe/Harvard Staff PhotographerDahianna Lopez, a doctoral candidate in health policy at the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, had spent time researching the opioid epidemic, and says the public service fellowship “allowed me to bridge the divide between research and practice.”Lopez spent the summer working with Brockton Hospital and other stakeholders in Plymouth County, Massachusetts, mapping locations of opioid overdoses so that policy makers knew where overdoses are most likely to happen and could take steps to make the antidote to heroin overdoses (Narcan) more readily available.“As researchers, we tend to theoretically analyze problems, but we don’t really get to see the people who are affected,” she said. “The experience empowered me to believe that I can make a difference.”For Damon Clark, a Cabot House junior who grew up on a Navajo reservation in New Mexico, the fellowship offered the opportunity to pursue his dream of working for Native American youths. Last summer, he served the White House as an intern in the Office of Intergovernmental Affairs & Public Engagement, working on Generation Indigenous, planning an event that brought together Native youths from around the country.“For me, it was a way to work on a project that had big impact,” he said. “Every day was a great day.”The deadline to apply for the 2016 Presidential Public Service Fellowship is Feb. 8. For more information, visit the fellowship website.last_img read more

Rescue crews come to the aid of a dog trapped in a waterfall in Menifee County, KY

first_imgVideo captures Italian boy being followed by enormous brown bear while out for a hike  The public viewing of the synchronous fireflies was cancelled this year due to public safety concerns over COVID-19. This once-a-year phenomenon is a favorite of visitors from around the world, who come to watch the lightening bugs blink and glow in an eerie, magical rhythm.  When rescue crews reached her, the pup was tired, wet, and scared but otherwise uninjured. The Wolfe County Search & Rescue Team said she was “all wags” as she reunited with her family. In a Facebook post, the search and rescue team said, “it doesn’t matter how many legs you have, Wolfe County Search and Rescue Team is there to help.” Search and rescue crews responded to a cry (or is it a bark?) for help from an unlikely source on Sunday, an Irish Wolfhound named Elola. The dog had wandered away from home and was stuck on a ledge in the middle of a waterfall. The Wolfe County Search & Rescue Team deployed their technical rope rescue technicians to assist the dog, who the rescue team described as “eager for help.” Ever find yourself glancing over your shoulder while hiking in bear country? If so, you won’t forget about this viral video anytime soon. In it, a 12-year-old boy walks calmly down a mountain in Northern Italy as a large brown bear trundled along behind him.  Bummed about missing the synchronous fireflies in the Smokies this year? Watch them online insteadcenter_img Rescue crews come to the aid of a dog trapped in a waterfall in Menifee County, KY The boy was collecting pinecones in the brush when he came upon the bear. As the bear began to follow him, the boy asked his stepdad to take a photo. His concerned mother can be heard in the background as his stepfather instructs him to “stay calm.” The bear stands up on its hind legs before scurrying off across the rocky slope of the mountain. The boy’s stepfather says that the boy is “a fan of bears,” was “thrilled” by his encounter and was not scared at all—that makes one of us.  Though you won’t be able to view the scene in person this year, you can catch a virtual viewing at 8 p.m. on June 1 when the nonprofit Discover Life in America (DLIA) posts the light display on its YouTube channel. “The footage is from lots of locations, some at Elkmont, some at Norton Creek. The footage is spectacular in my opinion,” Todd Witcher, DLIA executive director told the Citizen-Times.last_img read more

The application deadline for the Annual Croatian Tourist Awards 2020 has been extended.

first_imgPhoto: HTZ The award is also given for an agency worker, a tourist guide, an employee in a hotel or camp, an employee in a restaurant or bar, a private landlord, a host of a tourist farm, a maritime worker, a road worker and a salesman. The award is given for 2019, as a special recognition for the exceptional contribution of individuals and companies and / or institutions in the development of tourism in the Republic of Croatia, and applications are accepted until November 17, 2020 by 12:00 p.m. Reward “Man – the key to success, employee of the year” this year is awarded in total 12 categories. From that three are new: for border police officers, health care workers and civil protection workers.  The Croatian National Tourist Board has extended the deadline for online applications for the Annual Croatian Tourist Awards 2020 in the category “Man – the key to success, employee of the year”. The Croatian National Tourist Board recently announced a public call for the Croatian Tourist Award in 2020 in the category “Man – the key to success, employee of the year”, And now an invitation is open for two categories – as the Annual Award”Anton Štifanić“And the Award for life’s work.  CNTB ANNOUNCES INVITATION FOR ANNUAL ANTON ŠTIFANIĆ AWARDS AND LIFE WORK AWARDS Man – the key to success, employee of the year Applications are accepted exclusively through the online application form by November 13, 2020 until 17:00 p.m. last_img read more

Reports: Hanley Ramirez bolts Dodgers for lucrative contact with Boston Red Sox

first_imgThat alone made the Dodgers hesitate to extend Ramirez’s contract beyond the 2014 season. Ramirez’s temperamental nature — he was generally upbeat upon arriving in Los Angeles but soured over time — did not help his cause, either.The Dodgers also have a highly touted shortstop prospect, Corey Seager, waiting in the minor leagues. Seager’s manager at Double-A last season, Razor Shines, believes that the 20-year-old will be ready for big-league duty in 2015. The Dodgers’ front office is expected to give Seager more time to develop.The Dodgers already have four natural shortstops on their 40-man roster with major league experience: Erisbel Arruebarrena, Miguel Rojas, Alex Guerrero and Ryan Jackson. Chicago White Sox shortstop Alexei Ramirez has also been linked to the Dodgers in trade rumors.The $22 million average annual value of Ramirez’s contract ranks among the top 30 in baseball history, and the most given to a shortstop other than Alex Rodriguez.Ramirez originally signed with Boston as a 16-year-old, and was traded to Miami after appearing in two games with the Red Sox as a rookie. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error The Dodgers and Hanley Ramirez have officially moved on from each other.Ramirez agreed to terms on a four-year, $88 million contract with the Boston Red Sox with a vesting option for the 2019 season, according to multiple reports Monday. Ramirez, 30, spent the past two and a half seasons with the Dodgers. After arriving in a July 2012 trade, Ramirez hit .299/.368/.506 with 43 home runs and 172 RBIs in 278 games. From 2013-14, only four National League hitters had a higher OPS than Ramirez. However, a series of injuries forced Ramirez to miss 110 games during that time and might have contributed to his declining range on defense. Ramirez’s -10.1 Ultimate Zone Rating was the third-worst among NL shortstops the last two seasons.last_img read more