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UPDATE: RSF devastated by deadly shooting in local Maryland newspaper office

first_img United StatesAmericas Violence Help by sharing this information Reporters Without Borders (RSF) is devastated to learn that a shooting at the Capital Gazette, a local newspaper office in Annapolis, Maryland, has resulted in five deaths—including four journalists— and two other injuries. Robert Hiaasen, an assistant editor and Sunday columnist; Gerald Fischman, editorial page editor; John McNamara, a staff writer who covered sports; Wendi Winters, an editor and community reporter; and Rebecca Smith, the newspaper’s sales assistant were all killed in the June 28 shooting. Police said they surrounded the shooter within 60 seconds and quickly took him into custody. News of an active shooter was first reported around 2:40 p.m. on June 28.The shooter, a 38-year-old man, was charged with five counts of first-degree murder in this targeted attack. He had filed an unsuccessful defamation lawsuit against the Capital Gazette and a columnist at the paper over an article published about him in 2011, and had expressed animosity toward both ever since.“Is what happened in the Capital Gazette newsroom in Annapolis, Maryland, the equivalent of the Charlie Hebdo killing or of the last bombing against journalists in Kabul?” says RSF Secretary general Christophe Deloire. “In any case, this is a new tragedy for journalism, which is the victim of increasing violence globally–even in democracies.” June 7, 2021 Find out more Organisation RSF_en Facebook’s Oversight Board is just a stopgap, regulation urgently needed, RSF says “We expect a quick and thorough investigation into this tragedy,” said Margaux Ewen, Director of RSF’s North America bureau. “It is deeply saddening to learn of this shooting happening in a local newsroom in the US. RSF strongly condemns this act of violence, and any such acts against journalists.” June 28, 2018 – Updated on June 20, 2019 UPDATE: RSF devastated by deadly shooting in local Maryland newspaper office United StatesAmericas Violence News News April 28, 2021 Find out morecenter_img For the latest updates, follow RSF on twitter @RSF_inter and @RSF_en. June 3, 2021 Find out more to go further News News Receive email alerts WhatsApp blocks accounts of at least seven Gaza Strip journalists Follow the news on United States The United States ranks 45th out of 180 countries in RSF’s 2018 World Press Freedom Index. SAUL LOEB / AFP NSO Group hasn’t kept its promises on human rights, RSF and other NGOs saylast_img read more

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Kansas governor: Medical pot should fund Medicaid expansion

first_imgOVERLAND PARK, Kan. (AP) — Democratic Gov. Laura Kelly is proposing that Kansas legalize marijuana for medical use to generate revenues that would finance an expansion of the state’s Medicaid health coverage for the needy. Kelly announced her proposal Monday. Kelly has made expanding Medicaid for as many as 165,000 additional Kansas residents a top priority since becoming governor two years ago, but top Republicans in the GOP-controlled Legislature have prevented its passage. Kelly also previously said she’d sign a medical marijuana bill but she hadn’t actively pushed the idea. She is wedding two ideas that are likely to face strong opposition among Republican legislative leaders and many rank-and-file GOP lawmakers.last_img

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Australia says borders likely to stay closed until 2021

first_imgTopics : “We can simply work through the 14-day quarantine periods that have worked so well in terms of returning Australians to this country safely,” Birmingham said in a speech to the National Press Club.The return of international students will be a boost for universities facing big financial losses with the border closed as international education is Australia’s fourth-largest foreign exchange earner, worth A$38 billion ($26.14 billion) a year.Australia has had more than 7,300 cases of the coronavirus and 102 people have died from COVID-19, the disease it causes.It recorded its biggest daily rise in new infections in more than a month on Wednesday, with the most of them in Victoria, the second most populous state.Victoria reported 21 new cases overnight, of which 15 are returned travellers in quarantine, taking the total tally for the day to 22 cases, with some states yet to report their data. Australia is unlikely to reopen its border to international travellers until next year but will look to relax entry rules for students and other long-term visitors, Trade Minister Simon Birmingham said on Wednesday.Australia has been largely successful in containing the spread of the novel coronavirus, which it attributes to curbs on international travel and tough social-distancing rules.Birmingham said a quarantine rule for returning citizens could be applied to international students and other visitors who plan to stay for a long period of time.last_img read more

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Guyana eyeing IGG football glory today

first_imgBy Rawle Toney in SurinameGUYANA’s male and female football teams are hoping to have the better of their rival, Suriname in today’s clash at the Franklin Essed Stadium.While the women went down 3-1 in their first match on Friday, for the men, a late goal by Suriname saw their match ending in an exciting 1-1 draw.Akilah Castello’s women’s team will take the field at 15:00 hrs (GT time) while at 17:00 hrs, Sampson Gilbert’s troops will attempt to reclaim the IGG male football title.“We’re just going to play our best (and) try to win this game” a smiling Gilbert told Chronicle Sport.In their first match, New Silvercity Secondary’s Shane Haynes netted a beauty in the 39th minute to give Guyana the advantage.“I didn’t had him (Haynes) to start but he looked good in the final practice session before the game, so I made some changes and he had a good game” Sampson said.Guyana created several chances but failed to find the back of the net, until Suriname equalized in the 79th minute.The male and female football matches will bring the curtains down on this year’s IGG.last_img read more