Six French journalists arrested and deported from the United States

first_img RSF_en United StatesAmericas May 20, 2003 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Six French journalists arrested and deported from the United States Organisation News WhatsApp blocks accounts of at least seven Gaza Strip journalists Follow the news on United States News Receive email alerts Facebook’s Oversight Board is just a stopgap, regulation urgently needed, RSF says Reporters Without Borders today protested against the detention of six French journalists on arrival a week ago at Los Angeles international airport to cover a video games trade show and their forcible repatriation after being held at the airport for more than 24 hours.”These journalists were treated like criminals – subjected to several body searches, handcuffed, locked up and fingerprinted,” Reporters Without Borders secretary-general Robert Ménard complained in a letter to the US ambassador to Paris, Howard Leach.Ménard urged the ambassador to press for an investigation and to ensure that the journalists will have no problems the next time they travel to the United States. He also suggested that it should be clarified whether or not journalists travelling to the United States need a specific press visa. “As things stand, the decisions taken by airport security officials appear to have been arbitrary if not discriminatory,” Ménard said in his letter.The six journalists arrived at Los Angeles airport in two groups a day apart. The first group consisted of Alexandre Alfonsi of Télé 7 Jours, Stéphanie Pic of Télé Poche and Michel Perrot of TV Hebdo, who arrived at 2 p.m. on 10 May without press visas. Pic and Perrot passed through immigration without any problem, but Alfonsi was denied access to US territory on the grounds that he lacked the required visa.Pic and Perrot tried in vain to find out from airport officials what had happened to their colleague. All three journalists were then detained and held for a total of 26 hours, which included a night in the cells of a US immigration detention centre.They were subjected to interrogation sessions and six body searches. They were handcuffed while being moved from one place to another, and they were fingerprinted. One official told Alfonsi he would not be able to return to the United States again. They were put on a flight for France at around 4 p.m. the next day and were not able to recover their passports until the aeroplane made a stopover in Amsterdam.The other group, which suffered an almost identical fate, consisted of Thierry Falcoz, editor in chief of Game One cable television, and two of his cameramen, Laurent Patureau and Alex Gorsky. They arrived at Los Angeles international airport at around 3 p.m. on 11 May. Falcoz and Gorsky passed through immigration without a problem but Patureau was stopped by an official who said he needed a press visa.When Patureau’s two colleagues protested, all three were detained. After being held for nine hours in an airport waiting room they were taken to a US immigration detention centre where they were held overnight in a cell. They were subjected to repeated body searches and interrogation. They were handcuffed when taken from one place to another, and they were fingerprinted. Finally, they were put on a flight back to France at around 6 p.m. the next day. Help by sharing this information NSO Group hasn’t kept its promises on human rights, RSF and other NGOs say April 28, 2021 Find out more June 7, 2021 Find out more United StatesAmericas to go further June 3, 2021 Find out more News News Six French journalists on their way to cover a video gamestrade fair were detained at Los Angeles airport and sent back to Franceafter being held for more than 24 hours. Reporters Without Borders iscalling for an enquiry into the incident. last_img read more

Limerick gets lift-off for the big weekend

first_imgTwitter Linkedin Housing 37 Compulsory Purchase Orders issued as council takes action on derelict sites Limerick on Covid watch list Advertisement Facebook TAGSCommunityLimerick City and CountyNews Print Email TechPost | Episode 9 | Pay with Google, WAZE – the new Google Maps? and Speak don’t Type! center_img Dr Norah Patten, Grand Marshal and Luka Sean Og Rosenthal Morrissey, Lumen and Limerick Street theatre at Saint Marys Cathedral for the launch.Pic Sean Curtin True Media.THE sights and sounds of the Limerick St Patrick’s Festival will be broadcast coast to coast in the United States this weekend.Limerick entertainers will join Travel Zoo presenter Gabe Saglie to showcase the best of what Limerick has to offer at King John’s Castle through live interviews with 15 US television channels.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up The biggest ever Limerick St Patrick’s Festival begins on Saturday with a fireworks display from 9.30pm.The best viewing points are Clancy’s Strand and Sarsfield Bridge as the Limerick skies will be lit up in an explosion of colour.Limerick is unique in Ireland in having not one but two parades – the traditional St Patrick’s Day Parade on Sunday and the International Band Championship on Bank Holiday Monday.The theme of this year’s parade is One Giant Leap, celebrating the 50th anniversary of Neil Armstrong’s moon landing and reflecting Limerick’s dynamic revitalisation in recent years.Dr Norah Patten, who is in the running to be Ireland’s first astronaut, is Grand Marshal.The parade itself promises to be a riot of colour and entertainment as around 1,000 participants from street performers and community groups will join military and emergency services in marching down O’Connell Street.Among those who will be taking the theme of One Giant Leap and transforming it into some creative street theatre are: Lumen Street Theatre; Space Odyssey; Artastic and Spraoi.Around 1,300 musicians from 20 bands will be taking place in the marching band championship from noon on Monday. Eight bands are travelling from the US with others coming from Estonia, Germany and Britain.To tie in with the parade theme, the Museum of the Moon will land in St Mary’s Cathedral from March 15 to 22.  A new touring artwork by artist Luke Jerram,  will bring together a fusion of lunar imagery, moonlight and surround sound.Limerick City and County Council will provide additional car parking at its council offices in Merchant’s Quay (via Nicholas Street) and at Cleeves Factory for the three day festival.Parades are also taking part around the county on St Patrick’s Day in Abbeyfeale (4pm); Askeaton (2pm); Ballylanders (3pm); Bruff (2.30pm); Castleconnell (noon); Herbertstown (11.30am); Kilfinane (2pm); Kilmallock (1pm); Newcastle West (3pm) and Rathkeale (12.30pm).Other events taking place for Limerick St Patrick’s Festival include:Panoramic Wheel at Arthur’s Quay Car Park (March 9 to April 21);St Patrick’s Weekend Unlocked at Limerick Milk Market (March 16 and 17);St Patrick’s Day at the Hunt Museum (free admission on March 17);St Michael’s Rowing Club – Head of the River Regatta ( March 16).Laura Ryan, Head of Marketing & Communications with Limerick City and County Council said that the presence of a US television crew was a fantastic opportunity to get international exposure for Limerick.“It’s all very exciting particularly as we get to launch our new international Limerick brand later this year.”“This year’s Festival will be one of the largest ever held in Limerick with a carnival atmosphere promised for the weekend which begins with a not-to-be missed fireworks display on Saturday evening.”“This year we have done a huge amount of promotion of our three-day St Patrick’s Festival.  The weather’s looking up and with a huge number of family friendly events on the programme, there’s nowhere else to be this weekend, so why not wrap up warm and soak up the unique atmosphere of Limerick during the festival as there is so much to do and see.” Local backlash over Aer Lingus threat Previous articleDetails confirmed for Champions Cup semi finalsNext articleDesign and planning process for M20 gets underway Staff Reporterhttp://www.limerickpost.ie RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR NewsCommunityLimerick gets lift-off for the big weekendBy Staff Reporter – March 14, 2019 1008 Shannon Airport braced for a devastating blow WhatsApp Is Aer Lingus taking flight from Shannon?last_img read more

Lawmakers in home districts, NCUA Board meets Thursday

first_img 1SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr Congress is out this week, but NAFCU is continuing to push credit unions’ concerns about regulatory burden and more. NAFCU also continues to gather input sought by the Senate Banking Committee on credit unions’ regulatory relief needs.Lawmakers in the House and Senate are in a district work period in the coming week, which means lawmakers are at home and accessible to credit union constituents. NAFCU lobbyists, meanwhile, are maintaining ongoing discussion with lawmakers’ staffs about potential legislation for credit union regulatory relief, capital reform, national data security standards for merchants and more.The association testified last week before Senate Banking on credit unions’ current regulatory burdens and ways to help ease those. The committee invited ideas and input on this issue as it considers future legislation, and NAFCU has reached out to members for their input; read more about that here.On the regulatory front, NCUA’s board meets in open session Thursday and is expected to release a proposed rule that would raise the asset-size threshold for a “small entity” from  $50 million to $100 million. That meeting, which will be streamed live (registration is required), will also address a community charter expansion for Taunton FCU (Taunton, Pa.), and a quarterly report on the National  Credit Union Share Insurance Fund. The meeting is at 10 a.m. Eastern. continue reading »last_img read more

Young Americans are shunning credit cards

first_img 15SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr Credit card usage is fairly robust in the U.S., with 33% of U.S. adults owning at least one or two credit cards, and another 34% owning three or more cards as of 2014, according to CreditCards.com.But there’s one key demographic that’s engineering a slide in credit card use: Millennials. And this trend provides a cautionary tale about future credit card usage.According to MyBankTracker.com, 49.7% of young Americans between the ages of 18-and-34, the so-called millennial generation, don’t own a credit card. Worse for the card industry, 35% of Americans aged 25 to 34 (an age group that should start earning some decent money) “has never applied for a credit card,” according to MyBankTracker.One big factor is the front row seat younger consumers had for the Great Recession, watching their parents and grandparents struggle with debt. Another is their own wrestling match with enormous debts of their own making. continue reading »last_img read more