Regime accused of staging “creeping coup” against the press

first_img Iran: Press freedom violations recounted in real time January 2020 March 18, 2021 Find out more Help by sharing this information Reporters Without Borders today deplored the arbitrary and repressive methods of a regime whose culture minister recently accused the media of promoting a “creeping coup” against the government. Judicial officials have in the past 10 days ordered the suspension of the daily Ham Mihan and the permanent closure of the daily Moshareket, while the new agency ILNA’s future seems uncertain after government pressure forced its director, Masoud Heydari, to resign.“Iranian officials accuse the media of conspiring against the regime and of trying to destabilise it by means of investigative reporting,” the press freedom organisation said. “Such paranoid discourse is used to justify censorship and the closure of news media. Blocking access to news, summoning journalists for questioning, arresting them or making them pay exorbitant amounts in bail – the harassment takes many different forms.”Reporters Without Borders added: “The president’s office, government ministers and the judicial system all work together to silence the remaining independent news media. After putting government supporters in charge of most news organisations, the regime is cracking down with increasing determination on all the others who do not swear allegiance.”Ham Mihan was suspended on 4 July at the request of Tehran prosecutor general Said Mortazavi, who argued that it was illegal because there were procedural “errors” in the trial in 2000 when it was suspended for calling for an improvement in relations between Iran and the United States. The day it resumed publishing, on 13 May of this year, it ran a front-page story about the US-Iranian talks in Baghdad. It also defied a government ban on reporting the disturbances that followed the introduction of petrol rationing on 27 June.The next day, another judicial decision confirmed the definitive closure of Moshareket, a daily which had also been suspended since 2000. The former mouthpiece of the pro-reform Participation Front, it was suspended during a judicial campaign against the opposition press. Defending its closure, President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s press adviser, Mohammad Ali Javanfekr, said: “When a news media puts itself at the service of a political group opposed to the government, it becomes a tool for sabotaging and weakening the government, aiming to quietly overthrow it.”ILNA director Heydari resigned on 3 July after several months of government harassment. A pro-reform news agency founded in 2003, ILNA has covered government crackdowns on women’s movements, students and workers in great detail. It has also been the target of bureaucratic sanctions ranging from a ban on attending government events to harassment of its reporters. Another Iranian news agency reported that a judge’s order was responsible for the fact that ILNA’s website can no longer be accessed.Journalist Ejlal Ghavami of Payam-e mardom-e Kurdestan (a weekly that has been suspended since 2004) was meanwhile arrested on 9 July, exactly one month after a court in Sanandaj (in Iran’s Kurdish northwest) sentenced him to three years in prison for “inciting the population to revolt” and “working against national security.” He had been arrested two years ago while covering a peaceful demonstration.Iran’s Supreme Guide, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, and the Islamic Republic’s president, Ahmadinejad, are both on the Reporters Without Borders list of press freedom predators. A total of seven Iranian journalists are currently in prison. July 12, 2007 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Regime accused of staging “creeping coup” against the press After the closure of two newspapers in the space of a week, Reporters Without Borders condemns the harassment of news media that refuse to kowtow to the Ahmadinejad regime. Blocking access to news, summoning journalists for questioning, arresting them or making them pay exorbitant amounts in bail – the harassment takes many different forms. IranMiddle East – North Africa Follow the news on Iran Organisation June 9, 2021 Find out more Receive email alerts to go further News RSF_en February 25, 2021 Find out more IranMiddle East – North Africa Call for Iranian New Year pardons for Iran’s 21 imprisoned journalists After Hengameh Shahidi’s pardon, RSF asks Supreme Leader to free all imprisoned journalists News News Newslast_img read more

Grief Support Offered Sundays at La Cañada Presbyterian Church

first_img Community News EVENTS & ENTERTAINMENT | FOOD & DRINK | THE ARTS | REAL ESTATE | HOME & GARDEN | WELLNESS | SOCIAL SCENE | GETAWAYS | PARENTS & KIDS Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked * Community News Name (required)  Mail (required) (not be published)  Website  Grief can have an astonishing shelf-life. “Even when we think that we’ve managed the emotions well, and we’re doing well, there are times in our life when unexpected triggers bring the grief back to us full-force,” said the Rev. Dr. Peter Hintzoglou of La Cañada Presbyterian Church. “Often we are taken by surprise. The journey of grief is very unpredictable.”To help members of the community deal with these unexpected swings in emotion, Hintzoglou will lead a series of six grief support sessions beginning Sunday, Sept. 28, at 4 p.m. in the LCPC Library.The sessions will explore the journey of grief and its unpredictable emotions: depression, loneliness, guilt, anger. Participants are encouraged to attend all five sessions, which will be held on Sundays in that 4-5:15 p.m. time period, but it is permissible to drop in on any session or sessions.Hintzoglou has been the bereavement coordinator at Heartland Hospice for several years and has served as parish associate at LCPC, counseling families in the end stages of life and the journey of grief.La Cañada Presbyterian Church is located at 626 Foothill Blvd. The Library is just to the left of the Sanctuary entrance. For additional information, call the church office at (818) 790-6708 or visit First Heatwave Expected Next Week 3 recommended0 commentsShareShareTweetSharePin it Get our daily Pasadena newspaper in your email box. Free.Get all the latest Pasadena news, more than 10 fresh stories daily, 7 days a week at 7 a.m. More Cool Stuff Faith & Religion News Grief Support Offered Sundays at La Cañada Presbyterian Church From STAFF REPORTS Published on Thursday, September 18, 2014 | 11:01 amcenter_img Pasadena’s ‘626 Day’ Aims to Celebrate City, Boost Local Economy Herbeauty7 Most Startling Movie Moments We Didn’t Realize Were InsensitiveHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyCreative Ways To Burn Calories That Require Little EffortHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyHe Is Totally In Love With You If He Does These 7 ThingsHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty’First Daughters’: From Cute Little Kids To Beautiful Young WomenHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty9 Of The Best Family Friendly Dog BreedsHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty8 Easy Exotic Meals Anyone Can MakeHerbeautyHerbeauty Subscribe Pasadena Will Allow Vaccinated People to Go Without Masks in Most Settings Starting on Tuesday Business News Top of the News faithfernandez More » ShareTweetShare on Google+Pin on PinterestSend with WhatsApp,Virtual Schools PasadenaHomes Solve Community/Gov/Pub SafetyCitizen Service CenterPASADENA EVENTS & ACTIVITIES CALENDARClick here for Movie Showtimes Make a comment Home of the Week: Unique Pasadena Home Located on Madeline Drive, Pasadenalast_img read more

Widespread power outages, icy conditions hobble food supply

first_imgLocal NewsBusinessStateUS News By Digital AIM Web Support – February 18, 2021 FILE – In this Feb. 16, 2021 file photo, People wait in a long line to buy groceries at H-E-B in Austin, Texas, during an extreme cold snap and widespread power outage. A series of winter storms and widespread power outages gripping Texas and other states not used to such extreme low temperatures are creating big challenges in the nation’s food supply networks. Facebook Twitter Pinterest Widespread power outages, icy conditions hobble food supply WhatsAppcenter_img Facebook TAGS  Twitter WhatsApp Pinterest Previous articleCounsell counting on Brewers hitters to bounce backNext articleVeracyte to Present at 10th Annual SVB Leerink Global Healthcare Conference Digital AIM Web Supportlast_img read more

Syracuse safety Antwan Cordy has ‘been out there’ in practice

first_imgUPDATED: Sept. 10, 2017 at 10:39 p.m.Syracuse safety Antwan Cordy is back at practice, head coach Dino Babers said Wednesday morning on the Atlantic Coast Conference coaches teleconference. He declined to talk specifics.Cordy, 5-foot-8, 181-pound redshirt junior, left the season opener against Central Connecticut State in the first quarter, with SU up 14-0. He appeared to have suffered a lower right leg injury on the play. Cordy later returned to the sidelines using crutches, with a brace on his right leg.The redshirt junior apparently suffered a lower right leg injury after throwing himself into a tackling scrum. The Orange (1-0) lost him early in its 50-7 drubbing of Central Connecticut State (0-1). He did not return to the field in part because SU was in command of the game.Six-foot-three, 203-pound Toledo graduate transfer Jordan Martin replaced Cordy at safety, performing “just OK,” Babers said. Martin finished with three tackles, all solo.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text“Cordy’s one of the best players on our football team,” Babers said. “I think (Martin) came in and did a solid job.”Cordy tweeted Monday night a few dozen prayer emojis. Also on Monday, Babers declined to give an update on Cordy’s status, citing the Labor Day holiday limiting doctor availability. As a sophomore, Cordy started all 12 games at strong safety. He ranked second on the Orange with 68 total tackles and first with 12 tackles for loss. As a junior, he switched to free safety, and in the seven full quarters he played, he made eight tackles, broke up a pass and recovered a fumble. He broke his left forearm in the fourth quarter of Week 2 against Louisville and missed the rest of the season.Last Friday, he left the game in the first quarter. Until Wednesday morning, his status was unclear.“He’s been out there and we’re hoping for the best for Mr. Cordy,” Babers said.  Comments Published on September 6, 2017 at 11:47 am Contact Matthew: [email protected] | @MatthewGut21center_img Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

Port Blakely Tree Farms’ Forests Closed Due to Extreme Fire Danger

first_imgFacebook0Tweet0Pin0Submitted by Port Blakely Tree FarmsProlonged dry weather conditions have raised the risk of forest fires in the region. Until further notice, Port Blakely Tree Farms’ forestland in Washington and Oregon is closed to all public access. This closure applies to foot, horse, motorized and any other form of access. While we regret any inconvenience this may cause to recreational users, our decision to prohibit access reflects our priorities: public safety and the protection of our forests. Port Blakely employees and security officials are monitoring the weather conditions and unauthorized access.This closure to all traffic is temporary. Regular allowable access will be permitted once the risk of forest fires decreases and forest conditions are considered safe.To report fires, call 911.last_img read more

Oceanic Bridge Replacement Plan Slows

first_imgBy Jay Cook | RUMSON – Residents in the borough and Middletown will have to wait longer for the eventual replacement of the Oceanic Bridge.County officials were hoping to receive word on a preferred design choice this spring but red tape has slowed that down.A navigational impact report prepared by Monmouth County was submitted to the United States Coast Guard last fall to seek guidance for vertical clearances on new bridge options, said Monmouth County Freeholder Director Thomas A. Arnone.“At this point, we have not received our guidance from the U.S. Coast Guard and are therefore behind the anticipated schedule,” Arnone wrote in an email to The Two River Times.But that report is still under review, said Chris Bisignano, the bridge branch chief of the First Coast Guard District.“It’s pretty involved,” Bisignano said Tuesday. “If the information in the report is insufficient we may have to put out a public notice to request more information.” This means Monmouth County – which is working with the North Jersey Transportation Planning Authority (NJTPA) to find options for the Oceanic Bridge’s replacement – will have to be patient as they wait for word on what to do with the structurally deteriorating bridge. Construction was already set to begin in the 2020s.A preliminary preferred alternative was supposed to be announced in the winter/spring of 2018. A draft concept development report and the completion of the local concept development phase were supposed to be completed by the end of this summer. The NJTPA granted Monmouth County $600,000 in 2016 to begin a local concept development phase.County and regional engineering staffs met with Rumson and Middletown residents over the past three years to gather input about what replacement to the circa 1939 bridge they’d like to see.Past reports from the county have whittled the solution down to two realistic possibilities. The first is a fixed span bridge, similar to the Route 36 bridge connecting Highlands and Sea Bright over the Shrewsbury River. The other choice could be a drawbridge, similar to what’s there now, albeit a more modern version. There are also a number of different alignment options in play with renderings detailing new western and eastern alignments for the new bridge, as well as changes to the entry points in both Rumson and Middletown.Coming up on its 80th birthday, the Oceanic Bridge is vital to Monmouth County operations year-round. It’s a coastal evacuation route for low-lying towns along the Atlantic Ocean and the Shrewsbury and Navesink rivers. It’s also an important transportation artery which carries hordes of summer time traffic to and from the shore.The bridge was constructed during President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s Works Progress Administration. As Monmouth County’s longest bridge, it spans 2,712 feet from Rumson to the historic Locust section of Middletown. The bridge has been rated “structurally deficient,” according to, a website dedicated to the project. Its superstructure suffers from heavy rust and corrosion.Its weight limit has been downgraded to 15 tons when it should be carrying 40 tons, Monmouth County engineer Joseph Ettore said earlier this year. Students and staff from Rutgers University were brought on this summer to study its remaining life span using modern technologies.Arnone said in March he anticipates the entire project to cost about $130 million. It will be subject to federal funding. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and the Federal Highway Association will also be involved in the project.This article was first published in the July 26-Aug.2, 2018 print edition of The Two River Times.last_img read more

Mallard’s Source for Sports Team of the Week — Trafalgar Totems

first_imgRemember when the weather was warm and sunny? For those readers Mallard’s Source for Sports would like to take a trip down memory lane to the green grass fields to spotlight the Trafalgar Totems Fieldhockey squad as Team of the Week. The Totems, coached by none other than Jesse Anast, finished the junior season with great results. The team includes, back row, L-R, coach Jesse Anast, Emma Gregorich, Ali Zondervan, Kyra Burkart, Noelle Wang, Jacqueline Van Horne, Naiomi Perkins, Alyssa Hill and Caitlyn Maida. Front, Marley Reynolds, Taylor Zimmer, McKenna Bennet, Emma Wheeldon, Ashley Zarikoff, Anna Milde, Julia Burkart, Hanna Quinn and Olivia ReRevillia. The goalie is, Noa Butterfield.last_img read more

“Do not take law into your own hands” – James Bond

first_imgVigilante justiceIn the face of a seemingly growing trend of vigilante justice in recent weeks, youth leader and former A Partnership for National Unity (APNU) parliamentarian, Attorney-at-Law James Bond is the latest to come out in strong condemnation of these acts, urging citizens not to take the law into their own hands.Over the past two weeks, there have been several cases of vigilantism, particularly in cases where robberies were committed or suspected, which resulted in at least two deaths and serious injuries.Politician and youth leader, Attorney-at-Law James BondAt least one suspected bandit was beaten by residents in North Ruimveldt and another in Charlotte Street, Georgetown, while 24-year-old Colin Perreira of Barr Street, Kitty, was shot dead and his friend, Gailann Chacon, 20, of Port Kaituma, North West District, Region One seriously injured, as they attempted to turn their car on the bridge of a Tucville businessman. The businessman claimed that he thought that he was going to be robbed by the young miner.On Wednesday, Bond said this growing trend is frightening, as he singled out the Tuesday night incident involving Perreria which also saw his girlfriend sustaining severe injuries.“I said ‘James, this could be you, because you could be driving’ and I was driving and taking one of my staff home at Lusignan (East Coast Demerara) and the same thing… I turned back at somebody’s gap, like the young man that died there last night (Tuesday), that could have been me,” Bond said.The Attorney said while he understood persons may feel threatened and react spontaneously, they must allow the law to take its course.“You cannot just take justice in your own hands and I think Guyanese at this stage need to understand that is wrong. If you apprehend someone and they are no threat to you, you must turn that person over to the Police absolutely. Do not beat, do not maim, do not injure, do not disfigure… much more you murder someone,” Bond advised.The youth leader is pleading with citizens not to react in such a violent manner, as already lives have been lost.“I want to advise and admonish all Guyanese, as an Attorney, as a law-abiding citizen, to desist from same. I know you may feel under threat; I know you may feel fearful for your lives and livelihoods, but at the end of the day, you may get it wrong,” Bond stated.Last week, residents of North Ruimveldt, Georgetown captured two men who attempted to rob a barber of his jewellery after storming his home. The men were severely beaten and the Police were then summoned.Then a few days later a man was severely beaten after attempting to snatch a chain at Bourda Market, Georgetown.That was followed by the shooting death of a 20-year-old suspected bandit and a sound beating of his accomplice after they attempted to rob a Sara Johanna businessman.There have been a number of other cases of vigilantism caused deaths over the years in Guyana, for which persons were charged and even convicted.last_img read more


first_imgSinn Féin MEP Matt Carthy has today commented on a response received from the European Commission to a submission made by him in relation to decision to delay the construction of the Gweedore Sewerage Scheme.Carthy, who is working with local TD Pearse Doherty on this issue, said it is a scandal that this issue has to be resolved by the European Commission when it is clearly the responsibility of the Irish Government.“I welcome the thorough response of the Environment Commissioner to my submission on this scheme and the interest shown in this case.“I also welcome the fact that the European Commission intends to raise this matter with the Irish authorities with a view to including the failure to progress the scheme in an existing infringement case against Ireland in respect of the Urban Wastewater Directive.” He added it is unfortunate that the people of Gweedore have now had to seek redress from the European Institutions for the complete failure of successive Irish Governments to deliver this long promised and necessary scheme.“Sinn Féin will continue to raise this matter with the relevant authorities in Ireland and Europe in order to ensure that all avenues for the progression of this scheme are exhausted and we will continue to fight for the delivery of this scheme for the people of Gweedore.”EUROPEAN COMMISSION TO TAKE ACTION ON GAOTH DOBHAIR SEWERAGE SCHEME DELAY was last modified: June 17th, 2015 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:GAOTH DOBHAIR SEWERAGE SCHEMEMatt CarthyPearse DohertySinn Feinlast_img read more

Air sealing solutions: Where two sidings meet

first_imgA Crack in the ArmorSiding joints are a break in an otherwise continuous surface. When the siding types are different thicknesses, outside and inside corners are created that require extra attention. When one of the materials is brick, this detail gets even trickier. See this construction drawing in our Strategies and Details LibraryLearn more about why air sealing the envelope matters.last_img