The Obama administration should renew its commitment to transparency and accountability

first_imgReuters filed a FOIA request in for the video back in 2007 but it was never released.According to the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA), all agencies of the U.S. Government are required to disclose records upon receiving a written request, except those records that are protected from disclosure pursuant to nine exemptions and three exclusions.”We support Wikileaks decision to post the video because the administration did not live up to its responsibilities in this case,” said Reporters Without Borders. “We urge the Pentagon to be more transparent and call on the Obama administration to show its committing to justice by reconsidering the request and officially releasing the video and other elements that would help the investigation”.”By not granting this FOIA request, the Obama administration would once again be ignoring its promises of more transparency and accountability” said the press freedom organization. “It would be a blow to freedom of the press and to the principle that it is not up to the government to define what is newsworthy.”According to the AFP, A US military official did not dispute the authenticity of the video but said it “doesn’t give new information, it just gives footage. “Since 2007, we acknowledged everything that’s in the video,” the official said. “We acknowledged that the strike took place and that there were two Reuters employees (killed).” “We had insurgents and reporters in an area where US forces were about to be ambushed. At the time we weren’t able to discern whether (the Reuters employees) were carrying cameras or weapons,” the official said.In July 2007, photographer Namir Noor-Eldeen, 22, and his driver, Saeed Chmagh, 40, were killed in east Baghdad by gunfire of unclear origin. Witnesses said a rocket was fired from a US helicopter. But other sources told Reuters they could have been killed by a mortar shell fired by Iraqi militia members. At the time Reporters Without Borders called on both the US army and the Iraqi police to investigate their deaths.Since the beginning of the Iraq war, at least 221 journalists have been killed, making it the deadliest war for reporters.On December 31, 2007, George W. Bush signed amendments to the FOIA into law, improving public access to information about federal government activity. However, at that time, 92 videos related to interrogations of Guantanamo Bay prisoners were destroyed and never made public despite a request from the ACLU. On April 15th, 2010, the CIA will have to release documents detailing meetings between Nancy Pelosi and her aide Michael Sheeny on matters relating to “enhanced interrogation techniques”. Reporters Without Borders deeply hope that the US agency will keep its word this time. RSF_en Receive email alerts Help by sharing this information Organisation to go further WhatsApp blocks accounts of at least seven Gaza Strip journalists United StatesAmericas April 6, 2010 – Updated on January 20, 2016 The Obama administration should renew its commitment to transparency and accountability United StatesAmericas News News News Facebook’s Oversight Board is just a stopgap, regulation urgently needed, RSF says Reporters Without Borders is asking the US government for increased transparency after the whistleblower website WikiLeaks released a video on April 5th, 2010, of a US military Apache helicopter strike in Baghdad three years ago which killed two Reuters employees and several other people. Wikileaks said that it had obtained the video “from a number of military whistleblowers” and posted it at collateralmurder.org. June 3, 2021 Find out more April 28, 2021 Find out more June 7, 2021 Find out more Follow the news on United States News NSO Group hasn’t kept its promises on human rights, RSF and other NGOs saylast_img read more

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Redknapp issues rallying cry

first_img Jose Mourinho told Redknapp how impressed he was with Rangers supporters during the west London derby last weekend and Redknapp wants more of the same against City. “Jose came up to me and told me during the game how our fans were fantastic – there were 3,000 but it sounded like we had 15,000,” Redknapp said. “City have got superstars and an amazing squad but we’re at home at Loftus Road where on a tight pitch and with a good atmosphere we can give anyone a game. “We have to play with the same enthusiasm we’ve had in the last few games and if we do the crowd will be with us and we have a chance.” Redknapp continued: “The crowd will be important to us, we need to create a good atmosphere and try put them under some pressure if we can.” City boss Manuel Pellegrini said his players were suffering from a “crisis in confidence” after Wednesday’s Champions League defeat. The reigning Barclays Premier League champions are also struggling to defend that crown as they currently sit third in the table, six points behind table-toppers Chelsea. “It’s not the worst time to play them,” Redknapp said. Press Association City have won just once in their last five matches and defeat at home to CSKA Moscow on Wednesday night leaves them staring down the barrel of another group-stage exit from the Champions League. QPR, meanwhile, appear to be turning a corner after gutsy performances against Liverpool and Chelsea came either side of a 2-0 victory over Aston Villa. Harry Redknapp is urging QPR fans to create a cauldron atmosphere at Loftus Road on Saturday as his side look to pile more misery on out-of-form Manchester City. “It’s still going to be a difficult game but they’re not in sparkling form, they’re not playing with the same freedom and flair as they were six weeks ago.” Redknapp added: “It happens in football, it is a game of confidence. Everything turns. “Look at Newcastle, they’ve suddenly taken off and they’re playing like world beaters. “It can happen. It’s a very up and down game. At a club like Man City they win almost every week. “They’ve had a couple of dodgy results, but they’re a dangerous team and they’ve got probably got the best player in the Premier League in (Sergio) Aguero.” Redknapp welcomes back Jordon Mutch, Nedum Onuoha and Joey Barton, who are all available for Saturday’s clash after recovering from hamstring problems. last_img read more

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There Are Some You Cannot Save (A Note to the Leader)

first_img Essential Reading! Get my 2nd book: The Lost Art of Closing “In The Lost Art of Closing, Anthony proves that the final commitment can actually be one of the easiest parts of the sales process—if you’ve set it up properly with other commitments that have to happen long before the close. The key is to lead customers through a series of necessary steps designed to prevent a purchase stall.” Buy Now There are some people you are going to struggle to save. Sometimes you will fail.These people need to change. They are capable of producing much better results. They’re smart and they have great people skills. Many of them will tell you they want to change, need to change, and absolutely must change. They recognize the need to do better.They’ll tell you that they want to improve more than you want them to. They’ll sell you on how committed they are, that they’ll bear any burden, that they only need your help and patience.You will invest your time in helping them. You’ll invest your energy and your money in helping them. But there is nothing that you can do. There is nothing that you can do to help someone who won’t help themselves. If they aren’t willing to make the changes they need to to produce a better results, you can’t help them. Here’s how you’ll know:Broken Promises: They’ll promise to change, and they’ll promise to take the new actions that they need to take. And as quickly as that promise is made that promise is broken. They had every intention of keeping their promise, but they lack the real commitment to change, the self-discipline, and the intestinal fortitude.Excuses: Instead of change, you’ll hear excuses about why they weren’t able take the new actions they promised to take. They’ll plead with you for another chance, and they will promise to do better. They will mean every word, and you will be kind and forgive them. This is a pattern they have practiced for a good part of their life.Blame Shifting: It won’t be their fault that they can’t change. They’ll insist that you haven’t given them enough of your time, that they need more training, that you haven’t done enough. They’ll suggest that it is wrong for you to give up on them when they are trying. And as soon as you give them “more,” they will go right back to their normal behavior.Acceptance and Identity: As some point, your challenging employee will suggest that they simply can’t change. Instead, they’ll tell you “This is just who I am.” They’ll describe their poor behavior as their identity, absolving themselves of the responsibility to change. After all, if that is what you are, how can you be expected to change?You cannot want something for someone who doesn’t want it for himself. It’s not that they are incapable of changing; they just aren’t yet willing to change. Until they reach threshold and absolutely must change, they will repeat this pattern over and over again. If you hired them, you are obligated to do everything in your power to help them–until you’ve exhausted your options. Then you need to choose something from this list.hr /> This post was written as part of the IBM for Midsize Business program, which provides midsize businesses with the tools, expertise and solutions they need to become engines of a smarter planet.last_img read more

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Jesus keeps up scoring spree as Manchester City dump Wolves

first_imgView comments MOST READ Is Luis Manzano planning to propose to Jessy Mendiola? SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LOOK: Joyce Pring goes public with engagement to Juancho Triviño LATEST STORIES Football player hurt as lightning hits field in Brazil His opening goal against Wolves was a 10th-minute tap-in following a left-wing cross from Leroy Sane, who was sent free by a searching ball forward from center back Aymeric Laporte.When Wolves defender Willy Boly was sent off in the 19th minute for a dangerous tackle on Bernardo Silva, it quickly became a damage-limitation exercise for the visitors.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool starsJesus added his second goal from the penalty spot in the 39th after Raheem Sterling was fouled by Ryan Bennett.City piled on the pressure in the second half — it finished the game with 76 percent possession — but had only one more goal to show for it, with Conor Coady glancing a header into his own net from substitute Kevin De Bruyne’s cross. TS Kammuri to enter PAR possibly a day after SEA Games openingcenter_img Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Since losing back-to-back league games to drop out of the lead and, at one point, seven points behind Liverpool, City has been in relentless form — winning five straight matches in all competitions and scoring 24 goals in the process. Among them was a 9-0 win over third-tier Burton in the English League Cup.This latest victory moved City five points clear of third-placed Tottenham, which lost at home to Manchester United on Sunday.Wolves were potentially tricky opponents for City, given their strong record against the top six in the league. Nuno Espirito Santo’s team drew against City at home in August and recently beat Tottenham.Boly’s straight red card put paid to any chance of an upset at Etihad Stadium.ADVERTISEMENT Manchester City’s Gabriel Jesus, left, scores with penalty against Wolverhampton Wanderers during the English Premier League soccer match between Manchester City and Wolverhampton Wanderers at the Etihad Stadium in Manchester, England, Monday, Jan. 14, 2019. (AP Photo/Dave Thompson)MANCHESTER, England — Gabriel Jesus kept up his scoring spree for Manchester City with two goals in a 3-0 win over Wolverhampton Wanderers in the English Premier League on Monday, moving the champion back to within four points of Liverpool.The Brazil striker has seven goals across three competitions in the past nine days for City.ADVERTISEMENT LOOK: Joyce Pring goes public with engagement to Juancho Triviño PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krausslast_img read more

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24 days agoReal Madrid boss Zidane insists he can’t afford to rest Ramos

first_imgReal Madrid boss Zidane insists he can’t afford to rest Ramosby Carlos Volcano24 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveReal Madrid boss Zinedine Zidane says he can’t afford to rest Sergio Ramos.Real meet Club Brugge in the Champions League tonight.Zidane said of his captain: “It’s not that I don’t have a replacement because I can play others there, but Sergio is Sergio. He’s our leader, our captain. I can’t imagine him not here. It’s true that from time to time he needs to rest but not now.”On Karim Benzema, he added: “The Champions League is a very special competition for him and for everyone. When we see the trophy room, we know that we are the team with the most European Cups. We know Karim’s quality. What I like most about him is that he is a different player. I see a responsible, more mature player and that makes a difference.” About the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

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UCP calls for an Alberta exemption to stress tests for homebuyers

first_imgCALGARY (660 NEWS) – Brick by brick, UCP Leader Jason Kenney wants to scale back legislation from Ottawa when it comes to buying homes. He would like Alberta to be exempt from stress tests involved in buying homes.Kenney believes this broad legislation was brought in because of problems outside of Alberta.“One of the reasons why homes are less affordable in Alberta today is because of unfair rules imposed by Ottawa to deal with the overheated real estate markets in Toronto and Vancouver.”Kenney noted his party will act on this before any election.“A motion at the first opportunity in the next (sitting of the) legislature calling on the federal government to withdraw its unfair attack on Alberta home ownership.”Meanwhile, Mayor Naheed Nenshi is happy to see any party talk about housing ahead of the next provincial election.“I’d love to look at it because it clearly did not apply to the Alberta context.”Kenney also believes this causes problems for first-time homebuyers. That is an argument Nenshi could get on board with.“That stress test has actually been very challenging for first-time homebuyers. It has particularly been challenging for folks who are trying to access housing through Attainable Homes Calgary.”Ward 5 Councillor George Chahal is bringing forward a motion on Monday asking for a more regional approach from the federal government.Premier Rachel Notley quipped she may look into this but will be focused on what the provincial government can do to help.“That can help people have a higher quality of life and have more affordability. So that is what my focus is on.last_img read more

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Wrestling No 2 Ohio State ends regular season with top10 matchup against

Ohio State’s Kyle Snyder runs out of the tunnel prior to his match in the the dual-meet against Iowa on Jan. 21 in the Schottenstein Center. Credit: Jack Westerheide | Photo EditorThe No. 2 Ohio State wrestling team (13-1, 8-1 Big Ten) concludes its regular season Sunday when it travels to Raleigh, North Carolina, to take on No. 6 North Carolina State (14-1, ACC 4-0) at 4:30 p.m. The Buckeyes are coming off of an 18-15 victory against No. 4 Michigan on Feb. 11 despite senior No. 2 heavyweight Kyle Snyder suffering his first collegiate loss since March 2015. Each team won five matches, with the Buckeyes gaining bonus points from senior Nathan Tomasello and sophomore Kollin Moore. “Other than [Tomasello and Moore], I think we were a little flat,” Ohio State head coach Tom Ryan said. “We’re more excited about postseason, facing off with Penn State in the Big Tens and nationals than we were in the moment in that dual meet.”North Carolina State wrestles against No. 8 Virginia Tech at home Friday night, before getting a shot versus the Buckeyes two days later. The Wolfpack are undefeated in ACC matches and have just one loss overall, which came against fellow perennial championship contender No. 3 Oklahoma State at a naval base in Naples, Italy. It was the first overseas meet in NCAA history. North Carolina State’s success this season has put the Wolfpack at No. 6 in the nation, but Ryan said he thinks it might be better than that ranking.“Up and down the line this is a really good team,” Ryan said.Moore bounced back in his bout against Michigan’s No. 12 Kevin Beazley at 197 pounds after losing to unranked Anthony Cassar of Penn State in the previous meet. Now Moore faces No. 7 Michael Macchiavello of the Wolfpack.“There’s no undefeated season on the line or anything like that, so I can just focus on my wrestling again, you know not protecting anything,” Moore said. “There’s nothing to protect now.”In the aftermath of Snyder’s first collegiate loss since 2015, he will match up against No. 10 Michael Boykin. As rare as it is for Snyder to lose, it would be unexpected to see one loss affect him going forward other than providing him with motivation. He and No. 1 Adam Coon of Michigan are likely to meet again at the Big Ten championships in March.“I was just surprised by the way he acted after the match. He wasn’t super down on himself,” Ohio State junior Myles Martin said.Martin’s match in the North Carolina State meet against No. 3 Peter Renda is one of the showcase matchups of this dual. Martin is still ranked second and is 23-1, while Renda is 18-0 this season. The two last met at the Midlands Championships on Dec. 29, 2016. Renda beat Martin, 9-2. Martin said he freestyle wrestled against Renda this past summer.There are plenty ranked matches within the meet, including No. 4 Tomasello versus No. 5 junior Sean Fausz. No. 7 Joey McKenna of the Buckeyes and No. 2 senior Kevin Jack will face off in a key match at 141 pounds.No. 7 Micah Jordan will wrestle at 157 pounds against No. 3 Hayden Hidlay, a freshman who is 18-0 this season for North Carolina State. Other matchups between ranked wrestlers include No. 3 Luke Pletcher against No. 12 Tariq Wilson of the Wolfpack, and Ohio State’s No. 5 Ke-Shawn Hayes taking on No. 13 Beau Donahue. read more

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Italys winless streak continues

first_imgThe Italian football national football team extended their winless streak to five games after their 1-1 draw against Ukraine in an international friendly on Wednesday night.The Azzurri, fielding an experimental line-up, produced a fine first half display but couldn’t secure the victory as Andriy Shevchenko’s Ukraine earned a well-deserved away draw.Italy head coach, Roberto Mancini made changes to the team that 1-0 to European champions Portugal during last month’s UEFA Nations League game in Lisbon.The former Manchester City manager started the game with the attacking trio of Juventus’ Federico Bernardeschi, Lorenzo Insigne of Napoli and Fiorentina’s Federico Chiesa, and would have been impressed with their first half display, as the combined to create a number of chances but couldn’t find a way past Andriy Pyatov in Ukraine’s goal before half time.Bernardeschi got the ball roiling for the former world champions when his low strike found its way past Pyatov to hand the Italians the lead in the 55th minute.Cristiano Ronaldo, JuventusSerie A Betting: Match-day 3 Stuart Heath – September 14, 2019 Considering there is a number of perfect starts so early in the Serie A season, as well as a few surprisingly not-so perfect ones….However, the joy of the Italian supporters was short lived, as Ruslan Malinovskyi levelled seven minutes later with a low shot which Italy goalkeeper Gianluigi Donnarumma appeared to see late. The visitors almost took the lead when Malinovskyi hit the crossbar with a curling free kick.The game took a short break in the 43rd minute for one minute’s applause in memory of the 43 people who lost their lives when a motorway bridge collapsed in the city on Aug. 14.“We deserved to score a couple of goals tonight, we have to improve on this aspect and continue on this path,” said Mancini, according to ESPN.“We need to be more incisive.”last_img read more

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Governors Response on recent Police Allegations

first_img Nearly 100 Haitian migrants caught by TCI Police Marine division Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 04 Oct 2014 – The Police have recently been in the headlines… and not always as the officers arresting suspects of crime, but actually being suspects charged for the crime. As many as four cases of alleged brutality, one which led to the suspension of officer Chovell McPhee; and the other for five counts of arson also suspended an officer; Mikhail Hinson allegedly committing that unbelievable act which destroyed a police cruiser. Some say that alleged arson came as an offshoot of internal problems between police. Then with two teenagers near Clement Howell High School; where a 17 year old is charged with striking a police officer and is alleging to himself have been beaten up by the police… with a 15 year old shouting expletives in a concerning demonstration of disrespect for these authorities. We asked the Governor, who is not only the Queen’s man on the ground, but the Minister of Foreign Affairs and the Minister responsible for National Security; what is going on? He said, QUOTE. Some of these cases are under review at the moment, so it’s not appropriate fro me to comment on the specific details. Obviously, it’s worrying and I hope that the people in charge of the police force, the commissioner, whom I have confidence with, will get to the bottom of it and his senior team will be able to resolve these issues. QUOTE.He says he will not micromanage… and we asked him about training; tactical and emotional training for these members who in some views seem ill-equipped. He said, QUOTE. I think they are, in any organization of any size, 200 to 300, sometimes you are going to get a problem, in terms of training. QUOTE. More motor mishaps; PDM Leader calls for Govt attention to illegal jitneys, again Related Items:governor peter beckingham, police brutality, royal turks and caicos police force Recommended for you Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp DR wants consulate office in TCIlast_img read more

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