Support to Florida journalists facing Governor’s selective handling of media

first_imgNews NSO Group hasn’t kept its promises on human rights, RSF and other NGOs say Michael C. Bender, politics reporter for the St. Petersburg Times, told Reporters Without Borders: “There was plenty of access to the governor during the campaign. He did a state wide bus tour and invited reporters to tag along the whole time.” In her article, Lucy Morgan, St. Petersburg Times Senior Correspondent, said: “He refused to meet with editorial boards, but allowed reporters on his campaign bus.” (http://www.tampabay.com/opinion/columns/scott-throws-up-walls-to-press/1…) However, during the campaign, the Orlando Sentinel was considered as “hostile.” (http://www.gainesville.com/article/20110119/WIRE/110119405?p=2&tc=pg)This is the first time journalists in Florida have faced such harsh restrictions. Reporters Without Borders spoke with Jim Baltzelle, President of the Florida Society of New Editors (FSNE) (http://fsne.org/news/), who shared: “Usually there is rotation or the press decides who is involved with a pool situation, not the governor, so for us, this is a First Amendment issue.” Baltzelle continued: “Though it can be understandable when there is only one seat available on an airplane, and similar circumstances, pools in general are a bad idea.” Therefore, the FSNE has decided to write a formal letter to Gov. Scott expressing their concerns and offering their assistance and hoping for a broader understanding. David Royse, Executive Editor of the News Service of Florida, told Reporters Without Borders: “In the Bush and Crist administrations, sure, there were some minor skirmishes with access, but nothing this contentious.” Royse continued by saying: “(The Governor) said he was trying to increase access by creating pooled events, where otherwise he wouldn’t be required to let reporters in. This makes it difficult to argue that he was cutting off access.”Barbara A. Petersen, President of the First Amendment Foundation (FAF), spoke to Reporters Without Borders about access to records and meetings: “There are signs that Gov. Scott’s and his staff are trying to control which information gets out.” Petersen continued: “With Gov. Scott’s administration, there are fewer people authorized to address the media, so if the media is not getting the information they request from the governor’s office, then they have to make a public records request.” Hopeful for the future, Petersen said: “Under public records law, there is a steep learning curve Gov. Scott’s administration has to endure. Everyone has been very patient and are waiting to see.”Since Gov. Scott entered office, 92 media requests have been made. As of February 8th, 2011, 88% of those have been completed – 72 fully completed and 11 partially completed. An additional 38 request from non-media organization have been made, and 33 of them have been completed. Considering Gov. Scott is new to office, this large volume of requests is reasonable and seem to be dealt with in a relatively timely manner. Organisation Follow the news on United States June 3, 2021 Find out more Receive email alerts Mary Ellen Klas, Tallahassee Bureau Chief of the Miami Herald, told Reporters Without Borders: “We would like to work this all out. We just want to tell the story.” Since it is still early in Gov. Scott’s administration, Baltzelle and his colleagues have reason to believe that: “Maybe his administration’s treatment of reporters will be perceived as a misstep and maybe things will improve – this is what we are hoping.” Various journalists in Florida agree with these ideas. After all, Gov. Scott has reaffirmed support from the Office for Open Government. RSF_en to go further News Reporters Without Borders asks Florida’s new Governor, Rick Scott, to explain his handling of the media since he has been brought into office on January 4th, 2011. Reporters Without Borders is worried that his media policy has been skirting with press freedoms.For example, during his post-inauguration ceremony, on the 22nd Floor of The Capitol, Gov. Scott carefully “cherry-picked” which journalists he wanted in, and which he wanted out – a pooling process in which Reporters Without Borders looks down upon with disappointment, as it clearly disobeys press freedoms. Commenting on the pooled post-inaugural ceremony, Marc Caputo, political writer for the Miami Herald, told Reporters Without Borders: “It was a good example of needlessly closing an event or needlessly insisting an event should be pooled when it shouldn’t be.”center_img June 7, 2021 Find out more News February 9, 2011 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Support to Florida journalists facing Governor’s selective handling of media News Help by sharing this information United StatesAmericas United StatesAmericas WhatsApp blocks accounts of at least seven Gaza Strip journalists Facebook’s Oversight Board is just a stopgap, regulation urgently needed, RSF says April 28, 2021 Find out morelast_img read more

Nominations sought for annual pro bono awards

first_imgNominations sought for annual pro bono awards September 15, 2003 Regular News Nominations sought for annual pro bono awardscenter_img Lawyers who donate services to the needy are being sought for public recognition by the Supreme Court and The Florida Bar.One lawyer from each judicial circuit and an out-of-state recipient will receive the Bar President’s Pro Bono Service Award. The chief justice will give the Tobias Simon Pro Bono Service Award to the lawyer who is deemed an outstanding example of dedication to the legal needs of the poor.Nominations also are being solicited for the Chief Justice’s Law Firm Commendation and the Voluntary Bar Association Pro Bono Service Award. The awards recognize a firm and a voluntary bar association that have provided significant pro bono legal assistance to individuals or groups which cannot otherwise afford legal services.Nominations may be made by any person or organization by contacting the circuit representative shown below. Nomination forms are available from the Bar’s Public Information Department, telephone (800) 342-8060, ext. 5669, or via e-mail at [email protected] or can be downloaded off the “What’s New” section of the Bar’s Web site at www.flabar.org.Eligible lawyers must be licensed to practice in Florida and not be employed by an organization which primarily delivers free legal services to the poor. The nominee should be a lawyer who, with no expectation of receiving a fee, provides direct delivery of legal services in civil or criminal matters to a client or group that does not have the resources to hire counsel.The deadline is September 26.The Florida Bar President’s Pro Bono Service Awards were established in 1981 to recognize individual service in specific Florida judicial circuits.The Tobias Simon Pro Bono Service Award commemorates Miami civil rights lawyer Tobias Simon, who died in 1982.The chief justice’s awards are believed to be the first of their kind in the nation conferring recognition of a state’s highest court on a firm and voluntary bar for pro bono services.last_img read more

Kyrgyz Republic Pip India Under-19 In Penalty Shootout

first_imgNew Delhi: The Kyrgyz Republic Under-19 pipped India in the 9-12th place play-off decider of the Granatkin Memorial Tournament in a penalty shoot-out at the Turbostroitel, St. Petersburg on Tuesday.After going down to 10 men in the second minute, India came out bravely to keep the scoreline unscathed in the first half. Akash Mishra (74′) opened the scoreline for India before Emir (88′) restored the parity two minutes to the end of the regulation time. In the penalty shoot-out, Harmanpreet Singh, Sailo Lalchhanhima and Jitendra Singh missed the target while the Kyrgyz shooters were spot on to seal the fate of the game.Now, India will face the losers of the play-off match between Armenia and Tajikistan in their final play-off match to decide the 11th and 12th position in the competition. IANS Also Read: SPORTS NEWSlast_img read more

‘Intuition’ tells Pique Neymar will stay with Barca

first_imgNeymar remains better off in Barcelona, Pique says.Washington, United States | AFP | Barcelona defender Pique remains convinced that Neymar will stay at Camp Nou, but said Tuesday his opinion was based on “intuition” rather than inside knowledge.“It’s a personal opinion from the conversation that I had with him and my intuition,” Pique said at a press conference on the eve of Barcelona’s International Champions Cup friendly against Manchester United in the US capital.“But it’s not official,” he added. “And it’s not for me to say if he’s going to stay or not.”On Sunday, Pique had tweeted a picture of Barcelona teammate Neymar with the caption “He’s staying” adding another twist to the ongoing saga of the Brazilian striker’s possible world record 222 million euro ($256.8 million) transfer to Paris Saint-Germain.Pique said his post hadn’t ruffled Neymar.“I was with Neymar and his friends in his room last night and he’s not angry at all,” Pique said. “On the contrary, he’s happy.“We’ve been speaking to him. We have a close relationship, not only as teammates but also as friends,” added Pique, who said he didn’t believe Neymar’s contemplation of a move was a matter of money. But he believes if it’s a matter of sporting goals, Neymar remains better off in Barcelona.“In Paris, if he doesn’t win the Champions League then he’s not going to get the recognition that he deserves,” Pique said.Argentinian defender Javier Mascherano said he had advised “Ney” to weigh all the pros and cons.“He has to put things in the balance,” Mascherano said. “What Pique says is the feeling of all of us, we want him to stay. We all want him to stay.”Meanwhile in Miami, Paris Saint-Germain coach Unai Emery sidestepped questions about the possible acquisition of Neymar.“We have an obligation to talk about the present, about the players who currently make up the team, our next match,” Emery said at a press conference to promote PSG’s International Champions Cup friendly against Juventus on Wednesday.“If a new player arrives, we will talk about it then.”Share on: WhatsApplast_img read more

Steelers turn back clock to break out of funk

first_imgby Will GravesAP Sports Writer  PITTSBURGH (AP) — The ball was snapped and Jarvis Jones sprinted forward.A moment later, he was in the Buffalo Bills backfield. A split second after that, Buffalo quarterback E.J. Manuel tumbled meekly to the Heinz Field turf in apparent surrender. Jones stood up and walked back to the Pittsburgh Steelers huddle. No big celebration. No histrionics necessary.Instead, Jones was all business. The rookie linebacker figures he was just doing what he gets paid to do. Sure, he didn’t think he’d have to wait nine games into his career to pick up his first professional sack. Whatever joy Jones felt at ending the drought didn’t come close to the relief of helping the Steelers restore a sense of normalcy to their universe in a 23-10 win over Buffalo on Sunday.“We just came out and played our style of defense,” Jones said. “We were getting after the quarterback, pressuring, giving our offense the best chance to put points on the board.”The Steelers (3-6) spent a week reading the obituary on the 2013 season after the New England Patriots embarrassed them in a 55-31 loss. In the span of 60 minutes against a team in the midst of its own rebuilding process, Pittsburgh’s resilient defense played with the kind of discipline and tenacity it has lacked for significant stretches this year.Buffalo managed just 227 total yards, 80 coming on a meaningless touchdown drive in the final minutes with the game already decided. Rookie Manuel never appeared comfortable in a pocket that never appeared settled. Running backs C.J. Spiller and Fred Jackson found little room to move.Though the Bills aren’t the Patriots, not even close, Pittsburgh couldn’t afford to be picky. The Steelers had already been beaten by the likes of Tennessee, Minnesota and Oakland this season, and looked a step slow while doing so.The missing step returned against Buffalo. Defensive coordinator Dick LeBeau promised a return to fundamentals in the aftermath of the debacle in New England. His players responded with sure tackling and a swagger seen only in spurts.When Spiller or Jackson tried to bounce a run outside, the Steelers shut the door. When Manuel tried to avoid pressure, Pittsburgh chased him down. When he looked for a receiver, he often checked off to a safety valve for a short gain because nobody else was open.“We didn’t have to press in any way,” safety Ryan Clark said. “We didn’t have to create plays or do anything extra. Everybody was able to just do their job and I guess that was a big thing for us as a secondary was not trying to play everything.”Instead, Clark and company could sit back and attack whenever Manuel tried to challenge them. When Manuel threw deep over the middle in the fourth quarter hoping to kick-start a rally, Clark tracked it down and returned it deep into Buffalo territory to set up a late field goal.Clark briefly considered pitching the ball to Troy Polamalu before keeping it himself. Though Clark ended up 13 yards short of the first touchdown of his 12-year career, he wasn’t exactly complaining. It hadn’t been the easiest week for the Steelers. His pick helped seal Pittsburgh’s best performance of the year and lay the groundwork for what it hopes is a more productive second half.“The only thing we could do is try to prepare enough to beat the Buffalo Bills and be a good enough team to do that,” Clark said. “That’s all the week offered us, and that was the goal.”The next one will be significantly tougher: NFC North-leading Detroit Lions (6-3) and all-everything wide receiver Calvin Johnson next week. The Lions present a significant step up in class. The game plan, however is unlikely to change. It rarely does for one of the NFL’s most stable franchises.“You just want to stop the run and get after the quarterback,” linebacker LaMarr Woodley said. “You get after the quarterback, you allow your secondary to make plays. You do that, you play good against the run, you do what you’re supposed to do and your offense puts points on the board and usually you’re in a good spot.”___AP NFL website: www.pro32.ap.org Buffalo Bills’ EJ Manuel, left, is tackled by Pittsburgh Steelers’ Jarvis Jones during the second half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Nov. 10, 2013, in Pittsburgh. (AP Photo/Don Wright)last_img read more

Thurston Economic Development Council Receives USDA Food Hub Grant

first_imgFacebook29Tweet0Pin0Submitted by Thurston Economic Development CouncilThe U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) awarded the Thurston Economic Development Council (EDC), the Washington State University (WSU) Thurston County Extension and the Northwest Agriculture Business Center (NABC) a Local Food Promotion Program (LFPP) Planning Grant to develop a Southwest Washington Food Hub.LFPP offers grant funds to support the development and expansion of local and regional food business enterprises to increase domestic consumption of, and access to, locally and regionally produced agricultural products, and to develop new market opportunities for farm and ranch operations serving local markets.“A food hub helps multiple local food producers aggregate their products in such a way as to make it easier for large purchasers like hospitals and colleges to buy more locally produced food. Establishing a Food Hub in our region will open markets to local food producers, increasing overall food production and increase local food options for consumers,” said Aslan Meade, Director of Strategic Alliances at the Thurston EDC.Meade explained that when economic development agencies in Spokane established the LINC food hub, Gonzaga University committed to participate as an initial buyer. This first guaranteed buyer allowed for the hub to establish and grow.  LINC is now a worker and farmer-owned cooperative with more than 50 local food producers selling their wares to multiple buyers throughout their region.In the planning phase of the Food Hub, any farmer or processor within Lewis, Thurston, Grays Harbor or Peirce counties, interested in selling into the hub should contact Aslan Meade at [email protected]last_img read more

An Easy Morning for American Pharoah and Beholder

first_imgWith Wednesday bringing better weather to The Great Race Place, two of the superstar Thoroughbreds on the Santa Anita backside used the opportunity for an easy morning’s workout.Beholder proved an early riser, getting her workout in at 6:30 this AM, while the Triple Crown Champion, American Pharoah, enjoyed a bath after his easy jog.Did you know? You can see Horsemen listings like workouts, standings and more under our Horsemen section? Click here to check it out now!BeholderAmerican Pharoahlast_img

New bell brings hope to North West Cancer Centre

first_imgA new ‘End of Treatment Bell’ has been installed at the North West Cancer Centre in Derry to provide a symbol of hope for patients.Patients who are coming to the end of their cancer treatment can experience mixed emotions. Happiness and relief that their chemotherapy and or radiotherapy is complete but worry and apprehension about the future.Going through treatment for many weeks, patients who attend the North West Cancer Centre at Altnagelvin Hospital, will have bonded with cancer centre staff and forged lasting friendships with other patients together on their cancer journey. The North West Cancer Centre has recently installed an ‘End of Treatment Bell’ for cancer patients who choose to publically celebrate and mark the end of their treatment. The bell is situated within the radiotherapy waiting area.Patients who finish their treatment, either radiotherapy or chemotherapy, can ring the bell to signal the end of their treatment and to symbolise their hope for the future.From Left Paula Powell, Martina O’Brien and Elaine Reilly, Radiotherapy Services Manager.Many Donegal cancer patients have had treatment at Altnagelvin. Since the opening of the North West Cancer Centre until end of October 2018, 162 patients from the Republic of Ireland have received radiotherapy locally.Lesley Mitchell, Macmillan Lead Nurse, Cancer Services at the Western Trust said: “The bell is a symbol of hope for our patients. It will give patients who have finished their treatment the opportunity to mark it. It may also be helpful and inspiring for other patients who are currently undergoing treatment. “The North West Cancer Centre opened in November 2017 and has made a huge difference to the lives of people, who would have previously had to travel to Belfast or Galway for their treatment.“I am delighted that we can now give our patients an opportunity to mark their end of their treatment journey. Finishing treatment can be very emotional for many patients and some may choose to mark this milestone privately or in other ways but the option of ringing the bell will be available for any patients who choose to do so.”The bell was donated to the North West Cancer Centre by Gabrielle Hall, who is a nurse in England and had seen the bell in use at her local cancer unit.Gabrielle’s grandfather, John Doran from Derry, was going through chemotherapy at the North West Cancer Centre and she wondered if he would get an opportunity to ring the End of Treatment Bell, following his course of treatment. When she discovered the Cancer Centre didn’t have a bell, Gabrielle set about organising and arranging for one to be installed.From Left Mr John Doran and Margaret Doran from Derry, whose Granddaughter and Niece donated the bell. Also in the picture is Lesley Mitchell Macmillan Lead Nurse, Cancer Services.John attended the launch of the bell, he said: “As a family, it is our hope that the End of Treatment Bell will allow patients to mark milestones at the end of their treatment and look to the future. It’s a very simple gesture but it gives an opportunity to mark the occasion and provide hope for patients, their family and Cancer Centre staff. I was delighted to attend the launch of the End of Treatment Bell and be one of the first people to give it a ring.” As well as Mr Dolan, Carolyn Rutherford from Eglinton, coincidentally a member of staff at the North West Cancer Centre, finished her cancer treatment recently and took the opportunity to ring the bell to celebrate this. It was particularly poignant that she got to do this in the presence of her colleagues and friends.From Left North West Cancer Centre staff, Margaret McCloskey, Lesley Mitchell, Carolyn Rutherford, Rebecca Durnin, Maria McBrearty and Leonie Hendry.New bell brings hope to North West Cancer Centre was last modified: May 30th, 2019 by Rachel McLaughlinShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:North West Cancer Centrelast_img read more

Jetstar targets business travellers

first_imgA Jetstar A320. Australia’s Jetstar has become the latest low-cost carrier to target budget conscious business travellers and expects strong demand from small to medium enterprises.The Qantas offshoot has launched a new Flexibiz option that allows business travellers from Australia, Singapore or New Zealand to change their flights, gives them an extra carry-on allowance and allows them an to select an upfront seat without paying the usual charge. They can also get a credit voucher for a cancelled booking that is valid for six months.The bundle can be added to Jetstar’s starter fares for up to $34 on domestic flights, $39 on short haul international flights and $55 on international flights.The move follows a road paved by other low-cost carriers such as Ryanair and easyJet and comes as Virgin Australia has changed its fare structure.Ryanair introduced “business plus’’ fares two years ago which allowed passengers to make changes to their flights, albeit at cost,  and offered a 20kg luggage allowance and fast-track security clearance.  EasyJet  introduced a more flexible fare in 2010 which included unlimited changes, free hold luggage, free seat selection, fast track security and priority boarding.Jetstar Group chief executive officer Jayne Hrdlicka said the airline was responding to feedback from small to medium size businesses who want to save money but want more flexibility and some value-added extras.Hrdlicka said the airline was seeing a growing number of business travellers happy to fly with a low-cost carrier but needing the flexibility to change flights when a business meeting ended earlier or later than expected.She said Jetstar was expecting strong demand from small and medium size businesses.“While the majority of customers travel with us for leisure purposes, on particular routes during peak times we see a significant number of customers travelling for business,’’ she said. “Qantas is well-established in the premium corporate travel market, and we want to complement this by ensuring that the other end of the business market is well-catered for. This is part of our dual-brand strategy, where each airline focuses on specific market segments.“Our aim is to further grow our market share of the price-sensitive business market.’’The new flexible fares are available for businesses who have registered at Jetstar’s Business Hub website using an Australian Business Number or the New Zealand or Singaporean equivalent.last_img read more

Open Thread: Pitch Your Panel for SXSW!

first_imgRelated Posts Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… jolie odell Tags:#conferences#Open Thread#SXSW 2010#web center_img In just a couple more days, a healthy section of the RWW team – and a good number of our friends and fans – will be convening in Austin for South by Southwest Interactive. A couple of us have been asked to speak on panels; we wanted to share that information with you and ask you to share your panels and talks with us (and the rest of our readers, too).Leave a comment telling us – and the rest of the world – about your SXSW Interactive panel. Let us know who’s going to be talking and what you’re talking about, plus where and when to show up. We’re sure you’ll find a few kindred spirits who’d love to attend and ask questions – and maybe offer some pre-show feedback for tweaking your notes!Our own Marshall Kirkpatrick will be moderating a panel with Scott Raymond of Gowalla, Brett Slatkin of Google, Dare Obasanjo of Microsoft and Jack Moffitt of Collecta – talk about an all-star cast! – on real-time technology. Marshall’s especially suited to this task since he’s the man behind RWW’s mammoth state-of-the-industry report, The Real-Time Web and Its Future. Here are the gory details:Can the Real-Time Web Be Realized?“The emergence of the real-time web enables an unprecedented level of user engagement and dynamic content online. However, the rapidly growing audience puts new, complex demands on the architecture of the web as we know it. This panel will discuss what is needed to make the real-time web achievable.”When: Saturday, March 13, 11:00 amWhere: Hilton H And I, Jolie O’Dell, will be moderating a panel of entrepreneurs, venture capitalists and startup incubator-types on whether or not startups need traditional, Sand Hill Road VC in the first place. Sure to be contentious, this panel is something I’ve been looking forward to for a while, and I hope you’ll make it out! I’ll be talking with Mike Trotzke of SproutBox, Mitch Lasky of Benchmark Capital and Dave McClure of the Founders’ Fund.Who Needs Venture Capital?“Only a fraction of business financing comes from Sand Hill Road. Yet entrepreneurs still obsess over traditional big meeting/big money Silicon Valley venture capital. This heated panel debates what types of companies actually benefit from VC and reviews concrete examples of alternatives to traditional venture capital.”When: Monday, March 15, 12:30 pmWhere: Hilton D Also, for those of you who read along last year during my cross-country travels through the tech scenes in Nashville, Omaha, Chicago, New York and beyond, there’s the RoadTwip core conversation with our brothers-in-tech Dave Delaney and Kurt Daradics (also a co-founder of CitySourced).RoadTwip“Last Spring, three kids set out in one car for two weeks. Their mission was to discover the emerging future for a new America, one town at a time. While they captured and produced plenty of content along their roadtwip.’ The most valuable thing was the relationships they established. This panel is about getting out of dodge, it’s about going offline – where true friendships are solidified. In the flesh.”When: Friday, March 12, 5:00 pmWhere: Austin Convention Center 8A Those are our panels! What do you think so far? And please do share the details about your – or your friends’ – panels in the comments. Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more