Obama opposes release of torture photos

first_img Reporters Without Borders expressed disappointment today that President Barack Obama intends to try to block the court-ordered release of photos depicting the abuse of prisoners by US military personnel in Afghanistan and Iraq.“Given the administration’s pledge last month not to fight the court ruling, as well as President Obama’s emphasis on promoting transparency and open government when he took office, the decision is very disappointing” stated the international press freedom organization.In a Freedom Of Information Act lawsuit filed by the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), a federal appeal court panel concluded that it was insufficient to claim the documents would endanger US troops and coalition forces, and ordered the Defense Department to release the photographs by May 28th 2009.In April, the Obama administration told a judge it would not oppose an order to release the photos in response to the ACLU’s lawsuit. However, President Obama took back his promise on Wednesday and claimed that publication of these photos would not add any additional benefit to the public’s understanding of the story.“This is a complete contradiction of the President Obama’s January 21st memorandum on the Freedom of Information Act, in which he stated that ‘speculative‘ or ‘abstract fears‘ were not sufficient reasons to justify excessive confidentiality and classification,” added the international press freedom organization. “ The government cannot dictate to the public what is news-worthy and what is not. This is a blow to press freedom and to democracy’s system of checks and balance. We urge the President to respect the court’s decision and stand by his earlier commitment to transparency and accountability.” May 19, 2009 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Obama opposes release of torture photos United StatesAmericas Organisation RSF_en NSO Group hasn’t kept its promises on human rights, RSF and other NGOs say Facebook’s Oversight Board is just a stopgap, regulation urgently needed, RSF says to go further News June 3, 2021 Find out more Newscenter_img Help by sharing this information News June 7, 2021 Find out more Receive email alerts United StatesAmericas Follow the news on United States April 28, 2021 Find out more News WhatsApp blocks accounts of at least seven Gaza Strip journalistslast_img read more

Anthony Davis trade rumors: As talks intensify, here’s where Lakers, Celtics and Knicks stand

first_imgPelicans executive vice president of basketball operations David Griffin tried to sell Anthony Davis on staying in New Orleans. The franchise had a supermax contract to offer, plus the chance to play alongside veteran guard Jrue Holiday and an exciting young prospect in Zion Williamson, the assumed No. 1 pick in this year’s NBA Draft.But Davis was never going to budge. Even Dr. Stephen Strange couldn’t have offered an alternate future in which the 26-year-old rescinded his trade demand. So here we are, just one week before the draft with one of the NBA’s top players still waiting to land on a new team. After canvassing the league, it appears Griffin has narrowed the field of suitors with a clear favorite emerging for Davis’ services.After a flurry of rumors and speculation, here’s a closer look at the three teams most involved in the Davis sweepstakes. (The Nets and Clippers are out at the moment. They have failed to “gather traction in conversations with New Orleans,” according to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski.)TRADE RUMORS: Could Lakers’ Kyle Kuzma hold up Davis deal?Anthony Davis trade rumors: Lakers in the leadLos Angeles is not expected to be the frontrunner for any elite free agents when the ball drops on June 30. That makes Davis priority No. 1 for a Lakers team hoping to maximize the end of LeBron James’ prime.Fortunately for the Lakers, they have made progress in trade talks with the Pelicans and are currently in the best position among the interested teams. However, there is one important factor that could determine whether a trade is completed: How many assets are the Lakers willing to give up?Los Angeles and New Orleans have a “framework” in place for a deal, according to ESPN’s Brian Windhorst, but the specifics haven’t been ironed out just yet. The Pelicans would prefer to flip the Lakers’ No. 4 pick to acquire an All-Star caliber player. It’s clear Griffin isn’t excited by the idea of a full teardown and 76ers-like rebuild.Love when we play the breaking news music on #TheJump! The war for Anthony Davis is on between the Lakers & Celtics; both teams negotiating with the Pelicans right now. @WindhorstESPN discusses the Lakers No. 4 pick being shopped around to other teams as part of a potential deal: pic.twitter.com/rI642JXRoZ— Rachel Nichols (@Rachel__Nichols) June 12, 2019Lonzo Ball and Brandon Ingram would likely head to New Orleans in this scenario, but Kyle Kuzma could be a sticking point. Tania Ganguli and Broderick Turner of the Los Angeles Times reported Wednesday that the Pelicans want Kuzma included in a Davis trade while the Lakers hope to avoid putting him in any package.​ Kuzma, who averaged 18.7 points per game in 2018-19, will turn 24 in July, so he has room to grow. He is also signed to a team-friendly contract.Kuzma shouldn’t ultimately prevent the Lakers from closing a deal, but playing a little hardball makes sense given they have leverage. Davis’ agent, Rich Paul of Klutch Sports, recently told Sports Illustrated’s S.L. Price he isn’t simply trying to help out James, another Klutch client and close friend of Paul. But LA certainly sounds like the preferred option, and that looms large with Davis committed to testing free agency in 2020.”My thing is: Take LeBron off the Lakers,” Paul said. “Are the Lakers not a great destination for an arguably top-two player that went to Kentucky and won a national championship, signed with Nike? For a team that’s had centers from George Mikan to Wilt Chamberlain to Kareem Abdul-Jabbar to Shaq?”So now, when you add LeBron, that’s what? The cherry on top. LeBron’s 34 years old. Anthony Davis is 26. So when LeBron’s done playing, the Anthony Davis trade is still rolling.”Paul and Davis have seemingly been locked on the Lakers throughout this process, and that probably scared off a few other teams. LA’s top rival doesn’t fall into that group, though.Celtics remain undeterredThe Celtics ran into an unusual problem at the 2019 trade deadline. They couldn’t pair Davis with Kyrie Irving because of the “Rose Rule,” which prevented Boston from considering a Davis trade until the start of free agency. Now that we’re past the deadline, the Celtics are all set to send their offer to Griffin, right?Uh, it’s complicated. First of all, Paul is essentially standing outside of TD Garden with a neon sign that says, “DON’T DO IT.””[The Celtics] can trade for him, but it’ll be for one year,” Paul told SI. “I mean: If the Celtics traded for Anthony Davis, we would go there and we would abide by our contractual [obligations] and we would go into free agency in 2020. I’ve stated that to them. But in the event that he decides to walk away and you give away assets? Don’t blame Rich Paul.”Despite that bold proclamation, Celtics president of basketball operations Danny Ainge, who has a strong relationship with Griffin dating back to their days with the Suns, apparently doesn’t mind jumping without a safety net.Per ESPN’s Zach Lowe:”Everything I have heard — and this is really interesting — is that Boston is not afraid. Boston is not afraid of Rich Paul coming out again in Sports Illustrated, saying ‘they can trade for him. It’s just gonna be for a year.’ Not afraid.”Then there’s Irving’s free agency. After a turbulent season in Boston, the six-time All-Star guard could head to the Nets or Knicks. He had previously discussed the possibility of joining Kevin Durant in either Brooklyn or New York, per Wojnarowski.But with Durant out for the entire 2019-20 season after rupturing his Achilles in Game 5 of the NBA Finals, does Irving’s thinking change? Does Irving want to throw away a year of his prime on a non-contending team? Does anyone know what is going on in Irving’s brain at any given time?The Celtics would love to be on solid ground with Irving and know that, if Davis is in place, Irving will agree to a new contract. That alleviates some stress about losing rising youngsters as well as future draft picks.There is going to be risk involved here for the Celtics. Boston could lose Jayson Tatum, Jaylen Brown and/or a pick that turns into a future star, then watch Davis leave later. Or Davis and Irving could dominate the Eastern Conference for the next half-decade.Ainge must determine whether the risk is worth the reward.Knicks fading fastAs the Pelicans’ conversations with the Lakers and Celtics accelerate, the Knicks are hitting the brakes.New York is “not really involved” in the Davis chase, per Windhorst. The Knicks are targeting RJ Barrett at No. 3 in the draft, and removing that pick from the equation all but eliminates them from contention.  Paul mentioned New York’s cap space and flexibility as reasons why it’s a desirable destination for Davis, but some within the organization are “adamant” about not unloading assets in order to acquire Davis, according to SNY’s Ian Begley. For now — yes, things can always change quickly in the NBA — this is a two-horse race.🔸 Some within the Knicks organization want Kevin Durant despite the ruptured Achilles injury🔸 The Knicks remain unwilling to part with all of their assets for Anthony Davis, scared off by the Carmelo Anthony [email protected] on the Knicks’ pursuit of the two superstars: pic.twitter.com/9MfUmy7Rwi— SNY (@SNYtv) June 12, 2019Expect the Knicks to pursue Durant and potentially offer a four-year max deal. The Achilles injury will keep him off the floor next season, but New York can wait for its young group to develop, search for another star and allow Durant to become familiar with the culture.It’s still possible the Knicks land Durant and Irving this offseason, which would be a major coup for the franchise. Davis, though, isn’t part of their summer plans.last_img read more

Injuries slow Bombers during Rockers Field Hockey Tournament

first_imgSouth Okanagan scored snapped a 1-1 tie with a goal off a short corner in the final minute.LVR then edged Mount Bourcherie 1-0 as Noa Butterfiled hammered a low hard shot for the game’s only goal on a nice pass from Julia Burkart. Bomber keeper Rylee Zondervan recorded the shutout.The Bombers then played host Rockers to a scoreless tie.The Bombers had some hard luck in this game as midfielders Aimee Montpellier and Sianna Morningstar both ended up with leg injuries, shortening an already short Bomber bench. In the final game of the tournament, J. Lloyd Crowe of Trail scored a 3-0 win. “Even after getting help from Grade eight student Marisa Price, the short Bomber bench and a tired team just could not keep pace with a very organized and fast J L Crowe team,” Walgren explained.The loss came three days after Crowe defeated LVR 2-1 in West Kootenay High School League action Thursday at Pass Creek.Shianne Michalchuk, thanks to some great checking in the midfield by Noa Butterfield, Julia Burkart and a speedy run by Hanna Quinn, scored the only goal for LVR.”The team has made great improvements in defending and attacking play, some bright lights for the Bombers were forwards Shianne Michalchuck Aimee Montpellier, midfielders Pearl Velisek, Sianna Morningstar, Elissa Centrone, and Sydney Benson, and as always the entire back line of Burkart, Potkins, Curiston and Mclean and keeper Rylee Zondervan for her steady goaltendiing,” Walgren explained. Next up for the Bombers is a league game on Wednesday against Stanley Humphries. Injuries plagued the L.V. Rogers Bombers during the weekend Stanley Humphries Rockers Field Hockey Tournament at Pass Creek Park.The Bombers finished the event with a 1-2-1 record, the lone victory coming against Mount Boucherie of West Kelowna.”It was a tough weekend for the ladies they all played really well, we just ran out of gas on Saturday,” said Bomber coach Bruce Walgren.”I was very proud of the way the ladies never gave up and kept working hard.”LVR opened the tourney with a 2-1 loss to South Okanagan of Oliver.Sianna Morningstar scored the lone goal for the Bombers, which lost forward Paige Miesner to an ankle injury as well as had several players missing for the weekend.last_img read more

FAVORED TOP OF THE GAME TAKES $58,000 SANTA ANITA ALLOWANCE FEATURE BY 1 ½ LENGTHS UNDER DESORMEAUX; CERIN TRAINEE GETS 1 1/16 MILES IN A DRIVING RAIN IN 1:42.88

first_imgARCADIA, Calif. (Feb. 10, 2017)–Ridden by Kent Desormeaux, heavily favored Top of the Game withstood a driving rain to rally to a length and a half win in Friday’s $58,000 allowance feature at Santa Anita.  Owned by David and Holly Wilson and trained by Vladimir Cerin, Top of the Game got a mile and a sixteenth in 1:42.88 over a fast track.Fresh off a first condition allowance win here on a wet fast track Dec. 30, Top of the Game, a 4-year-old Kentucky-bred gelding by Desert Party, was off at even money in a field of five older horses and paid $4.00, $2.80 and $2.10.“They don’t call us mudbugs for nothin’,” joked Desormeaux, who sat a close third at the rail before moving to challenge pacesetter Got Even leaving the half mile pole.  “He ran like (last year’s Preakness winner and confirmed off track specialist) Exaggerator!”With today’s win, Top of the Game is now 11-3-1-1 and with the winner’s share of $34,800, he increased his earnings to $123,620.Ridden by Martin Pedroza, Got Even conceded reluctantly to the winner inside the furlong pole while running second, three quarters of a length in front of Hoffenheim.  Off at 3-1, Got Even paid $3.80 and $2.40.Ridden by Victor Espinoza, Hoffenheim rallied to finish 7 ¼ lengths in front of Bistraya.  Off at        3-1, Hoffenheim paid $2.20 to show.Fractions on the race were 24.35, 48.10, 1:11.91 and 1:36.41.First post time for a nine-race card on Saturday at Santa Anita is at 12:30 p.m.  Admission gates open at 10:30 a.m.last_img read more

Warriors’ Kevin Durant apologizes for ejection in Game 1 over Clippers

first_imgKlay Thompson subscribes. You can too for just 11 cents a day for 11 months + receive a free Warriors Championship book. Sign me up!OAKLAND – For Kevin Durant, the interview table quickly became a confessional booth.The Warriors’ star sought forgiveness for getting ejected with 4:41 left in the team’s Game 1 win over the Los Angeles Clippers of their first-round matchup on Saturday after collecting two double technicals with Patrick Beverely within a 19-second span.“I don’t want to …last_img read more

The Problem With One Donut

first_img Essential Reading! Get my first book: The Only Sale Guide You’ll Ever Need “The USA Today bestseller by the star sales speaker and author of The Sales Blog that reveals how all salespeople can attain huge sales success through strategies backed by extensive research and experience.” Buy Now The problem with eating one donut is that from that point forward, you give yourself permission to eat whatever you want. The day is already lost, so what’s the point of eating right the rest of the day?The problem with opening Facebook and scrolling through the stream is that one link leads to the next link, and pretty soon your quick check-in has stolen an hour of your time. There’s no reason to start anything else because you don’t have time before your conference call or meeting. You might as well hit Twitter while you’re browsing the Internet. Social is a donut.The problem with leaving your email open is that the notification that you received a new email will take you away from what you are doing—or what you should be doing. You might intend to take a quick look to make sure it isn’t something important, but before you know it you’re responding to some relatively unimportant email. Ten minutes in, you might as well finish writing the response, right? Email is a donut.The problem with the water cooler chatter is that there are so many things you want to share and so many things your peer group wants to share with you. There just isn’t enough time. That one comment about the sporting event or the new hot Sunday night television show turns into 20 minutes. Not enough time to start the project that needs your attention. The water cooler is a box of donuts.The decision to eat one donut isn’t often a decision to eat one donut. It’s a much bigger decision, with a greater impact.last_img read more

UEFA Champions League: Zinedine Zidane excited by “beautiful final” against Juventus F.C.

first_imgZinedine Zidane was thrilled to steer Real Madrid to a second consecutive Champions League final in which his team will bid to defend their title against his former club Juventus.Real’s French coach played for The Old Lady between 1996 and 2001 and his portrait hangs on the walls of the Italian club’s stadium in Turin.After a 2-1 defeat at the Vicente Calderon on Wednesday, which sent Real through 4-2 on aggregate, Zidane explained what the game in Cardiff will mean to him.”It’s special, for sure, (Juventus) gave me everything,” he told reporters.”But I’m with Real Madrid, another club of my life. It will be a beautiful final. We know the path is long and hard and that they deserve to be there and I think we do too.”Although Madrid were defeated by their city rivals, Zidane was pleased with the way they reacted after an opening salvo from Atletico that sent them two goals up in 16 minutes.Cristiano Ronaldo’s first-leg hat-trick had helped his team put one foot into the final but when Saul Niguez and Antoine Griezmann struck for the hosts, Real could have buckled.”With tranquility and patience, we knew we were going to get chances,” Zidane said. “After 25 minutes it all changed. In the second half we found our game.”Isco got between the lines and like always with his quality, he does damage to the opponent.”It was the Spanish midfielder who netted Madrid’s only goal on the night, but his brilliant work in midfield in the second period helped his side cope with Atletico’s pressure.advertisementZidane’s side reached the European Cup final for the 15th time and are looking for their 12th victory.The coach, who took charge of the team in January 2016, steered the club to victory last season against Atletico in the final.”I’m happy as the coach as it means that what I’m doing, I’m doing well, but this squad have all been phenomenal,” Zidane said.”It is those on the pitch who play, run, fight and always give everything they can. But we haven’t won anything yet.”last_img read more

5 hours agoMan Utd fullback Wan-Bissaka: I idolised Thierry Henry

first_imgMan Utd fullback Wan-Bissaka: I idolised Thierry Henryby Ansser Sadiq5 hours agoSend to a friendShare the loveAaron Wan-Bissaka aspired to emulate Arsenal legend Thierry Henry when he was a youngster.The 21-year-old instead developed into a promising fullback, earning a 50m move to Manchester United over the summer.”Growing up I looked up to Henry,” the Englishman told Joe.”I just like goals, I liked the way he scored goals. I always pictured myself scoring goals when I was younger.”I trained there (at right-back) a few times because Palace needed players in that position, that’s when they noticed how good I am at tackling and defending.” About the authorAnsser SadiqShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

Kentucky Basketball: Potential No. 1 Pick Karl-Anthony Towns Fulfilling “Childhood Dream” Of Appearing On Sport Science

first_imgSportsScience basketball floor with logo.IG/karltownsLater this month, Kentucky star Karl-Anthony Towns may be the No. 1 pick in the NBA Draft. We have to imagine that is some serious dream fulfillment for him. Before that happens, Towns will have another dream come true—he is set to appear on ESPN’s Sport Science, based on a recent Instagram post.We’re just going to go ahead and say it: this makes us feel VERY old. Sport Science began in 2007, and didn’t come to ESPN until 2010, when Towns was just 14 years old. Sorry for making this too real.last_img read more

Debt reduction to be focus of Quebec provincial budget on March 27

first_imgQUEBEC – Paying down Quebec’s massive debt will be the focus of this month’s provincial budget, Premier Philippe Couillard said Wednesday.Finance Minister Carlos Leitao will table the budget March 27.The two politicians said the government intends to introduce measures to reduce the province’s debt by $10 billion over five years by dipping into a special fund that was created in 2006.The province believes it will save $1 billion in interest payments.Couillard said it was important to send a strong message to Quebec’s creditors long before the budget is actually tabled.“We want the credit rating agencies to hear this as a stand-alone message in the media instead of having it get lost in the budget,” the premier told reporters.Quebec’s debt-to-GDP ratio of 51.9 per cent is estimated to fall below 50 per cent next year and hit 45 per cent in 2022-23, compared with 2025-26 as originally projected.The budget will be Leitao’s fifth since he became finance minister and will be the last before the Oct. 1 provincial election.last_img read more