Pentagon tightens rules on military interaction with media

first_img July 6, 2010 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Pentagon tightens rules on military interaction with media WhatsApp blocks accounts of at least seven Gaza Strip journalists to go further News RSF_en Defence secretary Robert Gates has decreed stricter rules for military contacts with the media. In a three-page memo sent to all senior military and civilian officials in the defence department on 2 July, Gates said they had “grown lax” in recent months and often contravened the established rules and procedures.“I have said many times that we must strive to be as open, accessible and transparent as possible,” Gates said in the memo. However, he added, “leaking of classified information is against the law, cannot be tolerated and will, when proven, lead to the prosecution of those found to be engaged in such activity.”Even divulging unclassified information on “sensitive” issues will be subject to sanctions. Gates said in his memo that all senior military officers would now have to notify the office of the defence department’s assistant secretary for public affairs before giving interviews.Reporters Without Borders is disturbed by the decision to tighten restrictions on military relations with the media. The authorities clearly have a right to protect classified information but these restrictions could complicate journalists’ work and make it harder for them to access information. The use of the term “sensitive” also needs to be clarified as it is too vague and lends itself to too wide a range of interpretations. The Gates memo has been issued at a time when the Pentagon is already trying to reduce and block access to sources of information in contravention of the Freedom of Information Act. In May, four journalists were banned from covering trials at the US military base in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba .Comments by Gen. Stanley McChrystal that were quoted in the 25 June issue of the magazine Rolling Stone led to his dismissal as commander of the US forces in Afghanistan. President Barack Obama said he had failed to “meet the standard that should be set by a commanding general.”In a government department in which the rules are already very strict, the memo raises the issue of transparency. So much prior control on interaction with the media could result in a totally uniform discourse that renders the military’s activities and operations even more opaque.The new rules revive the debate about the US government’s lack of transparency in the wake of the controversial posting of a video on Wikileaks showing a US helicopter strike in Baghdad in July 2007 in which two employees of the Reuters news agency and a dozen other civilians were targeted and killed. Wikileaks said the video, posted on 5 April, came from “military sources.” Help by sharing this information Organisation Facebook’s Oversight Board is just a stopgap, regulation urgently needed, RSF says Receive email alerts NSO Group hasn’t kept its promises on human rights, RSF and other NGOs saycenter_img News June 7, 2021 Find out more United StatesAmericas United StatesAmericas June 3, 2021 Find out more News April 28, 2021 Find out more News Follow the news on United Stateslast_img read more

Poe’s Perspective: Rooting for the March underdogs

first_imgJulia Poe | Daily TrojanIt’s the final week of March Madness, and I’m here to officially attempt to convince you, the reader, to cheer for one of the underdogs. One of those teams is Loyola Chicago, the No. 11 seed little-engine-that-could that somehow has delivered shock and awe by defeating college basketball Goliaths. The other, believe it or not, is No. 1 seed Kansas. This rests on a hope for two teams who are underdogs in their own right, and on the possibility of a dream come true for two players who grew up in my hometown.Let’s start with the easier sell. There is, quite honestly, nothing to dislike about Loyola Chicago. They won their first three rounds of NCAA tournament play in breathtaking fashion by sinking back-to-back-to-back buzzer-beaters for three victories by 2 points or fewer. The Ramblers fulfill every hope of a Cinderella story: They’re scrappy and full of heart, playing aggressive and clean basketball that is right to terrify even the most stacked top seed in the tourney.And of course, they’ve got a patron saint in Sister Jean, the 98-year-old chaplain of the basketball team who offers blessings and scouting reports before every game. “Don’t let those Tennessee team members scare you with their height,” she told the team before their second-round game. “Height doesn’t mean that much. You’re good jumpers. You’re good rebounders. You’re good at everything.”The university sold out, restocked and then sold out again in preorders of bobbleheads of Sister Jean, and her message “We’re on a mission from God” has become one of the best catchphrases of this March. It’s hard to imagine an underdog that’s more inspiring or more fun to watch.The Jayhawks are a different story. They have pedigree and five-star recruits, including a colossal big man in seven-footer Udoke Azubuike and the unanimous Big 12 Player of the Year in Devonte’ Graham. Add in Malik Newman, the unanimous Big 12 Newcomer of the Year who put up 32 points in an overtime classic against Duke on Sunday, and it’s pretty hard to imagine how this team isn’t privileged with a wealth of talent.But if there were ever a Kansas team coached by NCAA Hall of Famer Bill Self that could be called an underdog, this is it. After last season, when the Jayhawks lost Frank Mason — the all-around player of the year who snagged every top honor, including the Naismith and Wooden awards — this team entered a bit of a flux. It dropped early losses to teams like Washington and allowed a series of home losses at Allen Fieldhouse, a court where Self never loses. After winning 13 straight conference titles, most sportswriters predicted that this would be the team that finally broke the streak.“This is the softest team that Kansas has had since I’ve been here,” Self said in December. “A lot of that is experience. A lot of that is youth. A lot of it is just the way that we’re physically built and the way our skill set is. But the bottom line is we’ve got to become tougher.”I’ve been a Kansas fan for most of my life, so I know that I risk sounding like a serious homer. But after a season of taking heat, this Kansas team has the heart and mentality of an underdog, especially when led by the smiley Graham, whom Duke head coach Mike Krzyzewski described as one of the best leaders in the country. If you’re picking between two No. 1 seeds, I can’t see how you wouldn’t pick Kansas based on heart alone.The best reason to cheer for both of those teams rests in the possibility for a storybook ending to this tournament. That storyline rests partially on the idea of the Ramblers becoming the lowest ranked seed ever to cut down the nets at the national championship, and in the rush of defeating a No. 1 seed along the way. If Loyola Chicago wins, however, that will happen anyway, regardless of whether it faces Villanova or Kansas.But if Kansas advances, something even sweeter will happen for both teams. That brings us to two Ramblers players, boys whom I watched play ball in high school and whom I’ll cheer for next Saturday — and hopefully next Monday.Loyola guards redshirt junior Clayton Custer and senior Ben Richardson grew up in Overland Park, Kan., and starred at Blue Valley Northwest, the high school 20 minutes north of mine that we played twice a year. Like most of the kids in my area, they grew up as Kansas basketball fans, raised on the 2008 NCAA championship game. The pair lived on the same street, and they spent hours re-enacting the same play that every Kansas kid memorized — Mario and the Miracle, the pass from Sherron Collins to Mario Chalmers, the buzzer-beater with 3.6 seconds left.They’ve both lived out their own versions of miracles this tournament — Richardson with the pass for the game-winner over Miami, Custer with the perfect banked shot to defeat Tennessee. But a chance to repeat the magic against their childhood team? I can’t imagine a better way for this tournament to end.Every year, March offers a story to hook in neutral fans, the ones whose brackets are busted and whose teams are eliminated before the end of the road. This year, I hope this is a story that every fan can cheer for — two underdog kids facing the team that taught them to love the game on its biggest stage. Julia Poe is a junior majoring in print and digital journalism. Her column, “Poe’s Perspective,” runs Tuesdays.last_img read more

Former NFL star Brandon Marshall calls out top heavyweights to start boxing career

first_imgView this post on Instagram @bmarshall issue challenge to the heavyweight division all he needs is 6 months @anthonyjoshua @bronzebomber @kingkongboxing @andy_destroyer13 #NFLVSBOXING #teamcashoutA post shared by jonesss$$$$.. (@curtisspicejones) on Oct 1, 2019 at 7:18am PDTJoin DAZN to watch 100+ fight nights a yearFrom the video:”I’m about to do the unthinkable — 13 years [in the] NFL, 35 [years old], phenomenal shape, just went 24 rounds. I’m about to do the unthinkable. Heavyweight champion of the world. A lot of people that try fail. I promise you. [Anthony] Joshua, [Deontay] Wilder, [Luis] Ortiz, [Tyson] Fury. All you boys, you can get it. I’m telling you. You’re not tough, not that strong. Where I come from, and what I’ve been through in my life, bruh, I’m built for this. I promise you that. I’ll see you next May.”Marshall’s trainer posted “all he needs is six months.” Marshall’s Instagram caption read, “Make the Fight Stephen Espinoza.” Espinoza is the president of Showtime Sports.The former fourth-round draft pick also tagged Andy Ruiz in his post, even though he didn’t mention him in the video. Ruiz is currently the world heavyweight champion after his stunning defeat of Joshua back in June. He’s scheduled for a rematch on Dec. 7, which will be streamed exclusively on DAZN. Former Pro Bowl receiver Brandon Marshall is looking to add a new sport to his resume.Marshall reposted a video of himself on Instagram calling out all of the top heavyweight fighters as he launches his boxing career. Marshall was known for being physical during his football days, but a jump to boxing seems surprising. While some may be skeptical, Marshall is fully confident in his abilities. As for Marshall, it’s not clear what he meant by “see you next May.” He either already has a fight scheduled, or he hopes to start his boxing career that month. He posted an additional video on Instagram showing him training.center_img View this post on Instagram MAY.. . @thehouseofathlete #boxing #fitnessA post shared by BEAST (@bmarshall) on Oct 2, 2019 at 5:53pm PDTMarshall was dominant on the football field, finishing with 970 career receptions for 12,351 yards and 83 touchdowns. He’s 22nd in NFL history in career receiving yards and 16th in career receptions. He had six seasons with at least 100 catches and 1,000 yards, tied with Antonio Brown for the most such seasons in NFL history.While Marshall’s NFL accolades are impressive, it’s yet to be seen if it’ll translate to the ring. He has no prior boxing experience, and at 35 years old, his goals of becoming the “heavyweight champion of the world” are, to put it lightly, lofty.last_img read more

William and Jean Kelly Celebrate 65th Wedding Anniversary

first_imgWilliam J. and Jean M. Kelly celebrated their 65th wedding anniversary with a party given by their children and immediate family at their home in Rumson. An additional party was held at The Brothers Restaurant, Red Bank.The Kellys were married Aug. 2, 1947, at St. Mary’s Catholic Church, New Castle, Pa.Mr. Kelly retired in 1984 as president of J.H. Kelly Co. Automotive Parts, Red Bank, and managed Felix Auto Parts from 1984 to 1995. He served in the Third Army during World War II as a field artillery observer, seeing action in France, the Ardennes, the Rhineland and Central Europe. He is a member of the Red Bank Kiwanis Club.Mrs. Kelly, the former Jean Louise McConnell, attended the University of Minnesota and worked as an engineering aide at Watson Laboratories, located at Fort Monmouth during World War II. She also worked as a bookkeeper for Louis J. Weinstein Co., Little Silver, for 28 years. As a member of the Presbyterian Church at Shrewsbury for more than 50 years, she served as a deacon, and a member of the bell choir for many years.Children of the couple are Jill (Kelly) and Paul Drew, Spring Lake Heights; Mary (Cook) and Dr. W. Jeffrey Kelly, Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio; Janet (Kelly) and Fred Lundquist, Encinitas, Calif.; and Joy (Kelly) and Greg Stiles, Luray, Va.  Mr. and Mrs. Kelly have eight grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.They currently enjoy traveling with their children and their families, having traveled to Europe and more recently throughout the United States and Canada.When asked if they have a secret to the longevity of their marriage, Mr. and Mrs. Kelly said, “We honor our vows.”last_img read more

Oilers decide to part ways with former KIJHL coach Tom Renney

first_img“Tom’s done some great things for our hockey club,” general manager Steve Tambellini said in a video statement posted on the Oilers website. “But we felt at this time it was the right decision to make a change.”We’re entering a new phase of our hockey club. We’ve got some great challenges, but ones that we’re looking forward to. I want to thank Tom for his work that he’s done with us.”Renney came to Edmonton having previously served as head coach with the New York Rangers and Vancouver Canucks.The 57-year-old Cranbrook native was fired from the Rangers in February 2009 after 61 games, following three full seasons and 20 games in another when he took over from Glen Sather, who remained as general manager.Renney was also fired in Vancouver in 1997-98 after his first full season with the club.Renney got his start in hockey in the KIJHL. He won the league championship as skipper of the Columbia Valley Rockies before moving to coaching in the Western Hockey League and winning a Memorial Cup with Kamloops Blazers.In two season with the Blazers Renney compiled a 101-37-6 record for a .714 winning percentage, which ranks as the all-time highest winning mark in CHL history.Before coaching in the NHL, Renney guided Canada to a silver medal at the 1994 Winter Olympics in Lillehammer, Norway.Renney and wife Glenda own a summer home near Nelson on the North Shore overlooking Kootenay Lake. The Edmonton Oilers are parting ways with former Kootenay International Junior Hockey League coach Tom Renney after two seasons as skipper of the NHL franchise.The team made the announcement via Twitter on Thursday, saying Renney’s contract will not be renewed.Renney joined the team for the 2010-11 season and finished with an NHL-worst 25-45-12 record.This season the Oilers started strong but still finished at the basement of the league, improving slightly to a 32-40-10 record for second-last overall. Although Edmonton did win the NHL hockey lottery and will once again draft first overall.It’s the third consecutive year Edmonton has the first pick in the NHL draft.last_img read more