News December 2, 2020 Find out more Use the Digital Services Act to make democracy prevail over platform interests, RSF tells EU Organisation RSF_en Help by sharing this information News August 28, 2009 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Court finds AP guilty of violating royal family’s privacy NetherlandsEurope – Central Asia News to go further NetherlandsEurope – Central Asia Ten RSF recommendations for the European Union June 2, 2021 Find out more Follow the news on Netherlands News Receive email alerts Reporters Without Borders is outraged by an Amsterdam court’s ruling today that the Associated Press violated the Dutch royal family’s privacy by distributing photos of them in an Argentina ski resort. The court ordered the news agency to pay 1,000 euros for each further publication of the photos up to a ceiling of 50,000 euros.“We are shocked and disappointed by the court’s decision,” Reporters Without Borders said. “Presidents and monarchs all of the world who like to take great care of their image will now be able to refer to this decision to justify lawsuits against news media that dare to use photos that have not been cleared by their public relations departments.“It is disgraceful that such an example has been given by a European Union country that is usually praised for its commitment to free expression,” the press freedom organisation continued.“The existence of a ‘media code’ in the Netherlands governing relations between the press and the royal family is a violation of freedom of information that is unacceptable in the European Union. Some media may freely choose to stick to ‘approved’ coverage of the royal family, but other media have every right to be more critical in their coverage. The system established by this code reduces the media to PR agencies.“We are furthermore surprised to see this code – which has no legal basis and only concerns the Dutch news media – being applied to photos that were taken outside the Netherlands. Does it mean that the sovereign or president of a foreign country who is photographed without permission while in Europe will be able to sue the news media for breaking the laws or codes of his own country?”Reporters Without Borders added: “The royal family’s privacy must clearly be protected but, at the same time, the royal family has an interest in having the media to cover its activities. The photos that were taken in the ski resort did not in any way reflect badly on any of the royal family’s members and were very similar to the many official portraits of them with their children.” RSF and 60 other organisations call for an EU anti-SLAPP directive November 23, 2020 Find out more
Who says only kids have snow days? In the Mountain State, winter means the rolling hills transform into a playground for adults (with plenty for the kids, too.)Explore everything from simple sledding to world-class skiing and snowboarding in the mountain wilderness. Here are the best winter adventures:Skiing & More1. Canaan Valley Resort State ParkBest for: A remote winter wilderness escapeTucked into the beauty of the Mountain State’s wildest landscapes, Canaan Valley Resort State Park’s snowy scenery is lined with 47 carved out trails for skiers and snowboarders of all levels. The less adventurous can swoosh down the bunny hills on inner tubes, or ice skate. 2. Winterplace Resort Best for: A romantic, relaxing retreatEnjoy an extra-long day of Winterplace tubing, skiing or stunting in the snowboarding terrain parks, exploring into the moonlit evening hours. Then stow away in a cozy cabin, or in the luxury of the nearby Resort at Glade Springs, where you can relax at the spa or sprawling leisure center.3. Snowshoe MountainBest for: An all-inclusive getawayEnjoy 1,500 vertical feet of Snowshoe Mountain skiing, snowboarding, inner tubing, freestyle terrain park stunts, and backcountry snowmobile or RZR rides. Kids can play in the outdoor pool (yes, in the winter— it’s heated!) while you relax in the sauna or hot tub. Stroll the streets of the mountaintop village for unique dining and shopping.4. Timberline Four Season ResortBest for: Wild play and fun nightlifeTake the finely groomed paths or trails less traveled, through the untamed, wooded snow glades. Timberline has slopes for all skill levels, from short, simple runs to some of the most advanced trails in the region. After conquering the winter wilderness, enjoy the eclectic live entertainment at Timbers Pub & Fireside Grill.5. Oglebay ResortBest for: A holiday trip with the family Circle around Oglebay Resort’s fire pits to share tales as the sun sets on a day of skiing the slopes and boarding over the snow jumps. Add a holiday sparkle to your little ones’ eyes with the intricate Festival of Lights displays illuminating the mountain, the playful critters at the Good Zoo, and skating at the nearby ice rink.Cross-country Skiing & Snowshoeing6. White GrassBest for: A budget-friendly vacationMiles of carefully manicured, open mountain trail— all for you! Near the lively small towns of Thomas & Davis, White Grass offers big excitement for only a little investment. Never cross-country skied before? A $6 lesson will teach you all you need to know in 15 minutes!7. Pipestem Resort State ParkBest for: Experienced cross-country skiersMother Nature is the only one who grooms Pipestem’s 7 rugged ski trails! Roam the golf course or the rim of the gorge in their winter beauty before relaxing at the lodge or in your own personal cottage. 8. Alpine Lake ResortBest for: Carefree cross-country trekkingTuck into a remote Alpine lakeside chalet for a leisurely cross-country skiing or snowshoeing escape. Enjoy the calm mountain mornings and stunning lakeside scenery from this secluded haven.9.Elk River Touring CenterBest for: A remote, scenic ski tripHave you driven along the stunning Highland Scenic Highway? Come enjoy it as a winter wonderland. The untamed trails criss-cross the snow-blanketed route along the National Forest grounds. Stay on the farmstead at the quaint mountain inn. 10. Blackwater Falls State ParkBest for: A unique winter viewDid you know the powerful falls at Blackwater State Park freeze completely during the winter? Take in the marvel of this frozen wonder with a visit to the full-service sledding and cross-country ski center. The winter fun extends beyond the slopes. Find all the best winter events, activities and more in the Mountain State at gotowv.com/winter.
1SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr by: Gina RagusaAlthough deflated footballs and credit unions may have virtually nothing in common, it wouldn’t be out of the ordinary for a credit union to someday host the Super Bowl at a sponsored stadium.For years credit unions have sought naming rights for both major and local stadiums and entertainment venues in order to further the industry’s pledge and commitment to community support.One of the largest credit union named stadiums is TDECU Stadium, backed by TDECU (Lake Jackson, TX). The name change to one of the area’s main stadiums emerged only recently and was made with eagerness on the credit union’s part.“The stadium naming opportunity emerged in summer 2014, and it was an easy decision for us to make,” says Courtland Crouchet, TDECU’s Sr. Vice President and Chief Retail Officer. “The opportunity enabled us to make a greater difference in the Houston community while further increasing awareness and brand recognition of TDECU in the market. Thanks to the naming agreement, we opened our newest retail member center on the University of Houston main campus and have been able to engage with the students and faculty on a daily basis.” continue reading »
I was scheduled to ring the Salvation Army Bells at a local sporting goods store last week.I always love doing that and am so glad that our Credit Union Chapter does this each year.For two hours I was able to ring that little bell, greet incoming and leaving customers, and connect with a few amazing stories.I love the variety of people that you encounter.Some people would walk quickly as to not make any eye contact.Some would stop, chat for awhile and then slide a bill in the red bucket.A few children excitedly ran up and plunked coins in as they bumped into each other and giggled.At one point a woman grabbed my hand and shook the bell with me commenting that she had received help from the Salvation Army before and was so grateful before sliding a $50 into the bucket.I always leave my two-hour time slot thankful and grateful for the experience.As I passed the red apron and bell to the next volunteer, I walked with a smile to my car.That smile turned to concern as I realized a work truck was parked extremely close to mine.In fact, it was so close that there was not a prayer (or a tub of Crisco) that would allow me to slide in.I attempted to crawl over from the passenger side, but it turned out that my legs were not a fan of that unnamed Yoga pose.So, I stood in front of my car.I wasn’t mad at all.There was a nice crisp North Dakota breeze and a fun hustle of people going to the store.I love to people watch.Ten minutes turned into twenty.Twenty minutes turned into thirty.I noticed the work truck had a number on the side.In hopes of catching the call center for that company, I called to ask if they could connect with the driver in his cell to ask him to allow me into my car.It went to voicemail and I left a message.Thirty minutes turned into forty.I finally saw an extremely tiny woman walk by and I asked her if she could possibly get into my car and move it forward.She couldn’t but she was much nimbler and was able to slide over the passenger seat.As she pulled it forward a gentleman came whistling out of the front door of the sporting goods store.The woman looked at him as she exited my car and winked at me before saying, “I am so sorry you had to wait so long and that someone parked so crazy close!”The guy looked over his shoulder before getting into the truck and shrugged his shoulders.Although I was not upset earlier, his reaction upset me now.I got in my car and drove off thinking about how extremely rude he was and how it was a great reminder to try my best to be kind in unkind situations.All of the sudden my cell phone rang.“I was well within my parking lines”It dawned on me that he had my cell because I had called to see if someone could contact the driver.Turns out the driver was the company owner.“Okay, but you angled my car in and I was only calling to see if you could allow me to leave.”“I was well within my lines.”“Well sir, I am just kindly asking you in the future to make sure those parking around you can get into their vehicles after you park.”“I at least fit into my car.”Boom, there it was.The ultimate 5 year old comeback from a grown man.I could feel my cheeks get warm and I wanted to go all kinds of crazy, but I didn’t.He had said that and hung up.HE hung up on ME.Oh I wanted to call back.I wanted to tell him how rude and how inconsiderate he was.I wanted to tell him that I had been ringing the Salvation Army Bell and how he brought that experience down.I wanted to tell him that he was immature and that I felt sorry for his lack of communication skills.I wanted to do all of that, but I didn’t.Instead I pulled my car over, hoped on Amazon.com, and sent a copy of How The Grinch Stole Christmas to his work address.I included a gift note that simply said, “ …and his heart grew three times larger that day.”Now what does this have to do with financial institutions?Everything.We serve all kinds of people.Some days they are so happy to be with us and some days they wish that we would take a hike.Regardless, we have the choice in how we choose our part in that interaction.We have that choice every single moment of every single day.Inside and outside of workYou can either steal the gifts from Whoville, or you can share the gift of holiday Roast-Beast.One leaves you feeling pretty empty and the other, full.Embrace the diversity of personality in the world this season and for the times you struggle, The Grinch is under $10 on Amazon. 136SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Nanci Wilson Nanci started her credit union journey due to lack of kindness.That fact is what led her to close her bank account and open up at a credit union.Ultimately … Web: https://www.universityfederalcu.org Details
Topics : US President Donald Trump said on Monday that China could have stopped the coronavirus before it swept the globe and that his administration was conducting “serious investigations” into what happened.Trump’s criticism was the latest from his administration to target China’s handling of the coronavirus outbreak, which emerged late last year in the Chinese city of Wuhan and has grown into a global pandemic.Last week, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said the United States “strongly believed” Beijing failed to report the outbreak in a timely manner and covered up how dangerous the respiratory illness caused by the virus was. “We’re doing very serious investigations… We are not happy with China,” Trump said at a White House briefing. “There are a lot of ways you can hold them accountable.”We believe it could have been stopped at the source. It could have been stopped quickly and it wouldn’t have spread all over the world.”Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Geng Shuang told reporters in Beijing that some US politicians were lying to deflect attention from their insufficient response to the virus at home. He did not specifically refer to Trump or Pompeo.”Attempts to shift the blame on China will not denigrate China’s efforts in responding to the virus,” Geng said. The coronavirus outbreak has killed more than 210,000 people around the world, including more than 56,000 in the United States, according to a Reuters tally.Earlier on Monday, White House trade adviser Peter Navarro accused China of sending low-quality and counterfeit coronavirus antibody testing kits to the United States and of “profiteering” from the pandemic.Navarro, an outspoken critic of Beijing whom Trump has appointed to work on supply-line issues relating to the crisis, said more testing both for the virus and antibodies was vital to getting Americans currently in lockdown back to work.”That’s where, perhaps, we can find people who are immune, that can be in the workplace in a more safe environment. But we can’t have China, for example, bringing in those fake tests and counterfeit tests, because that’s going to be very disruptive,” Navarro said in an interview on Fox News.”There’s a lot of these antibody tests coming in from China now that are low quality, false readings and things like that,” he said.Asked about Navarro’s comments, Geng said that the White House adviser was a habitual liar with no credibility, in line with previous comments by China.
ILOILO City – Charged with attempted murder, a man was arrested in Barangay Poblacion, Bingawan, Iloilo. The suspect was detained in the lockup cell of the Bingawan police station. The 42-year-old Bernadine Billones of Barangay Jangoslob, Dumarao, Capiz was caught around 10 a.m. on Wednesday, a police report showed. The court recommended a P120,000 bail bond for the Billones’ temporary liberty./PN Billones’ apprehension was staged on the strength of an arrest warrant issued by Judge Edward Contreras of the Regional Trial Court Branch 17.
With contributions from AP Pro Football Writers Dave Campbell and Josh Dubowand AP Sports Writers Larry Lage, Steve Megargee, Steven Wine and Andrew Seligman.___Follow Arnie Melendrez Stapleton on Twitter: http://twitter.com/arniestapleton___ Associated Press “It’s a positive for the guys who’ve probably made the team because they don’t have to risk injury, but I look at the younger guys who’ve worked so hard,” Bouye said. “Even now, the only way you can get evaluated is in practice and what you do on special teams and offense and defense. It’s definitely harder.”After a virtual offseason conducted entirely by videoconference, teams slowly ramped up their conditioning and went into pads in mid-August. But many teams never did any live hitting, when the ball carrier is taken to the ground, denying players the chance to “callous” their bodies for regular-season rigors.“Part of the thought going into it is we always had the preseason games for that, so you didn’t have to worry about it. Now, if you do 12 or 24 live plays between now and game time, how much is that really simulating it? Everybody might get one or two shots,” Broncos coach Vic Fangio said. “We’ve just made the decision as an organization to not do it other than outside of some isolated situations” like in the red zone. “Am I worried about it? … Yeah, I am.”___ September 3, 2020 The time-honored concept of prospects essentially auditioning for all 32 teams at training camp was wiped out by reduced rosters, no preseason games and the need for established starters to get more snaps at practice.“That’s the part that really sucks,” 49ers star Richard Sherman said, “because there’s been some fantastic fringe guys that have made this league great.” Among them: Hall of Famer Terrell Davis, Super Bowl hero Malcolm Butler, and All-Decade D-back Chris Harris Jr., players who parlayed head-turning performances in the preseason into exploits that would change their franchise’s fortunes.Among the lucky undrafted players quickly signed with teams were Washington tight end Hunter Bryant (Lions), Wake Forest cornerback Essang Bassey (Broncos), Washington State quarterback Anthony Gordon (Seahawks) and Arizona running back J.J. Taylor (Patriots). There’s still no telling, however, who all slipped through the widened cracks in this strange lead-up to the 2020 season. “There are definitely guys out there that, because of the situation we’re in, maybe are missing those opportunities that normally would be available to them, and certainly the easiest (recent example) to just throw off the top of my head is Malcolm Butler,” said Lions coach Matt Patricia.He was New England’s defensive coordinator when the Patriots signed the undrafted defensive back from West Alabama in 2014 as an “invited tryout” player in May. Nine months later, his first career interception saved the Super Bowl for the Patriots against the Seahawks.It wasn’t just the undrafted players who had it tough this summer. Also facing an uphill climb to make it past cutdown day were lower-round projects such as Davis was back in 1995 when he nearly gave up on his Hall of Fame career before it started.Davis was just another lost-in-the-shuffle rookie filled with doubts when the Broncos traveled to Tokyo for an exhibition game against the 49ers 25 years ago.“Let’s just say if I spoke better Japanese I wouldn’t be here,” said Davis, a member of the 2017 NFL Hall of Fame class. “I’m telling you, I was this close to walking out of there because I looked at everything around me and I just had no shot of making the team. I was a sixth-round draft pick, I was seventh on the depth chart, I wasn’t getting any reps in practice, I had my coach constantly on me. And it just didn’t feel like there was any way of me making the team.” With a belly full of junk food, the rookie who wasn’t on anybody’s radar was summoned to cover a kickoff in the second half. He burst downfield and delivered a savage hit on returner Tyrone Drakeford that left fellow Hall of Famer Shannon Sharpe marveling, “Who was that?!”Only the savior who would end the frustrations of a long-suffering franchise, city and larger-than-life quarterback who could never win the big game before Davis came along. John Elway credited Davis with helping him finally win it all after three Super Bowl losses.This year, the players’ demos were for just one team, their own, providing they didn’t get dumped when the league decided on 80-man rosters for training camp instead of the usual 90.“I couldn’t imagine being a rookie right now,” said 49ers O-lineman Tom Compton, a sixth-round pick in 2012. “I know when you’re a later-round pick guy or not drafted at all, your chances are less than a higher-drafted guy. So you really have to seize you’re opportunities early and often. It’s extremely difficult for those guys.”Broncos eighth-year cornerback A.J. Bouye, who went undrafted out of Central Florida, had mixed emotions about the NFL canceling the preseason games. Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditPro days scuttled. Rookie minicamps wiped out. The NFL’s traditional offseason, obliterated. The coronavirus pandemic has made it harder this year for long shots to make their mark and earn an NFL roster spot.“Honestly, I probably wouldn’t be in the NFL if this would’ve happened my rookie year,” said Vikings receiver Adam Thielen, among an impressive group of stars who have wiggled their way from undrafted afterthoughts to Pro Bowl mainstays. More AP NFL: https://apnews.com/NFL and https://twitter.com/AP_NFL Long shots in NFL face even longer odds during pandemic
Ahmed Musa scored both goals as Nigeria swept aside World Cup debutants Iceland to leave Group D intriguingly poised with one round of games to go.The Super Eagles would have gone out with defeat but came good in Volgograd.Here are five thoughts from the game. 3-5-2 RETURNSThe formation used in defeating Argentina 4-2 in a friendly match was reinstated by Gernot Rohr. In a friendly match against England at Wembley, Nigeria looked more threatening when they returned after halftime in a 3-5-2 formation. Despite an indifferent first half, Nigeria came back in the second half all guns blazing. Nigeria played with an improved intensity. The ball was moved quicker and during a counter attack, Nigeria utilized the pace of Victor Moses on the flanks which led to the first goal.ICELAND HAVE A GOOD SET-UP Iceland’s set-up was very impressive. In the first half, they lined up in a 4-4-2 formation, stayed compact and prevented Nigeria from penetrating through the middle. Iceland also blocked passing lanes by manning the channels efficiently when Nigeria wanted to use the width of the pitch. Nigeria found it difficult in the first half but improved tremendously in the second half and took the lead. In an attempt to equalize, they shifted to a 2-3-5 formation which proved futile. That gave Nigeria access into Iceland’s defence but overall, Iceland has proved that they are no pushovers.JOHN OBI MIKEL’S BEST POSITION SETTLEDAfter the game against Croatia, Jose Mourinho opined that Rohr had sacrificed a very good number ‘6’ for a bad number ‘10’. Definitely, Mikel’s qualities do not make him suited to the number 10 role and Rohr has been vindicated by his decision to play John Obi Mikel in his normal holding midfield role. Mikel had an excellent game as he dictated the tempo of the game with his cool and controlled approach with the ball. Mikel provided the foundation for Etebo and N’didi to move freely to join the attack.GOOD SPACING, ONE TOUCH FOOTBALL AND EXCELLENT INTER-POSITIONAL PLAY FROM NIGERIAThe good one-touch football, wonderful movement on and off the ball and excellent spacing from Nigeria definitely implies that they are better suited to the 3-5-2 formation. Mikel Obi, Wilfred N’didi and Etebo Oghehekaro linked up very well in the middle of the park and were immense, especially in the second half. The formation also brought the best out of Victor Moses who was indispensable at the right wing back position and drove forward several times. The formation allowed Nigeria to utilize the full width of the pitch whiles consolidating the midfield. AHMED MUSA TAKES HIS CHANCEThe decision to start with Ahmed Musa and Kelechi Iheanacho ahead of Alex Iwobi and Odion Ighalo was spot on. There was more pace in Nigeria’s attack and Ahmed Musa was more direct with his approach and gave a good account of himself as he scored twice.Follow the World Cup with the Multimedia Group! With live English radio commentary on Joy 99.7 FM radio, Akan radio commentary on Asempa 94.7 FM and live streaming on Myjoyonline.com, we’ve got you covered all-tournament long.
Black Stars Captain, Andre Ayew, is confident Ghana will dominate the Squirrels of Benin Tuesday in Egypt and go on to bring home this year’s Afcon trophy.”I’m very confident because we are coming into the tournament with good preparations. I have confidence in my team and that doesn’t mean we are underrating any team. We will work hard and get results match after match,” he said Monday at a pre-match conference at the Ismailia Stadium.The match is scheduled to kick off at 8 pm at the Ismailia Stadium after African Champions Cameroon play Guinea Bissau earlier on Tuesday.OfficialsTunisian referee Youssef Essrayri will referee Ghana’s 2019 Africa Cup of Nations opener against Benin on Tuesday.Essrayri officiated a Ghana match during the 2018 World Cup qualifiers, the 1-1 draw against Congo in Kumasi. The result effectively ended Ghana’s chances of qualifying for Russia.He will act as the centre referee for the game and he will be assisted by his compatriot Yamen Malloulchi who will be the Assistant Referee One.Egyptian Ahmed Hossameldin Taha Ibrahim will be Assistant Two and his countryman Amin Mohamed Omar has been named as the fourth official.Manuel Irenio Lopes Nascimento from Guinea Bissau as the Match Commissioner.General Coordinator for the match is Titus Haimbili Kunamuene from Namibia. The match is scheduled to kick off at 8 pm at the Ismailia Stadium after African Champions Cameroon play Guinea Bissau earlier on Tuesday.Kwesi AppiahBlack Stars Coach James Kwesi Appiah said at Monday’s presser at the Ismailia Stadium that he is confident about Ghana’s scoring ability ahead of their Africa Cup of Nations opening game against Benin on Tuesday.The Black Stars, who are set to face the Squirrels in Group F, have been criticised for their lack of firepower upfront, having failed to find the back of the net in their two warm-up games. The Stars lost 1-0 to Namibia and settled for a 0-0 draw with South Africa during their pre-tournament “The scoreline in our two trial games are not that important. The most important thing is ‘what have you done afterwards?” Appiah said at the pre-match conference on Monday.”We have worked on that and hopefully we will see some goals. All the teams in our group are strong but the most important thing is preparing well to face them and that is what we have done.”Benin returns to the Afcon finals for the first time since 2010, and while Appiah is confident of a win, he will not underestimate them.”Modern football has changed and there is no way you can underrate any team,” Appiah added. “Every team is pushing but I believe in my players. I have full confidence in them and I know they will deliver.”
25 January 20172017 AFCONUganda – MaliOyem, Gabon Share on: WhatsApp 4 January 2017FriendlyTunisia –Uganda Tunis, Tunisia 8 January 2017FriendlySlovakia –Uganda Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates 17 January 20172017 AFCONGhana – UgandaPort-Gentil, Gabon 21 January 20172017 AFCONEgypt – UgandaPort-Gentil, Gabon Cranes coach MichoCranes coach Milutin ‘Micho’ Sredojevic has named 26 to fly to Tunisia today as the team starts their final leg of preparations ahead of the Total Africa Cup of Nations 2017 in Gabon.Abdul Malik Vitalis, Ronald Mukiibi, Isma Watenga and Derrick Nsibambi are the players dropped, but coach Micho has said they are on standby in case of injuries to the rest of the squad.According to the FUFA website, three more players will be reduced before the team travels to Abu Dhabi for the final friendlies against Slovakia and Ivory Coast. The 26 picked:Goalkeepers: Odongkara Robert, Benjamin Ochan, Salim Jamal, Denis OnyangoRest of team: Denis Iguma, Nicholas Wadada, Joseph Ochaya, Murushid Juuko, Shafiq Batambuze, Godfrey Walusimbi, Isaac Isinde, Hassan Wasswa, Timothy Awanyi, Mike Azira, Tonny Mawejje, Geoffrey Kizito, Luwagga Kizito, Moses Oloya, Muzamir Mutyaba, Khalid Aucho, Geoffrey Massa, Idris Lubega, Muhammad Shaban, Geoffrey Serunkuma, Yunus Sentamu and Faruku Miya.Luwagga Kizito, Geoffrey Kizito, Moses Oloya and Odongkara will connect from their respective clubs to Tunisia while Denis Onyango is under special fitness training session. 11 January 2017FriendlyIvory Coast –Uganda Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates