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IRAN : Another wave of arrests of Iranian journalists

first_img Help by sharing this information November 6, 2018 – Updated on November 20, 2018 IRAN : Another wave of arrests of Iranian journalists News Follow the news on Iran RSF_en She had just accused newly appointed labour minister Mohammad Shariatmadari – a former mines and industry minister and commerce minister with a murky intelligence agency background – of corruption and favouritism. Posted on social networks with supporting documents, her accusations came just before a vote of confidence in parliament on 27 October and caused a major stir online and within Iran’s political class.  Saba Azarpeyk, a journalist who used to work for the monthly Tejarat-e-Farda and the daily Etemad, was arrested by ministry of intelligence agents during a raid on her home on 29 October and her accounts on Twitter and the encrypted messaging app Telegram were shut down shortly thereafter. News News to go further The latest victim is Massoud Kazami, a former reporter for the daily newspaper Shargh. Plainclothesmen arrested her at her home yesterday, confiscating files and computer storage devices. Her family has not yet been told why he was arrested or where he is being held. He often posts tweets criticizing the situation in Iran and the policies of the different government factions. Her Twitter account has been inaccessible since her arrest. Call for Iranian New Year pardons for Iran’s 21 imprisoned journalists IranMiddle East – North Africa Condemning abusesOnline freedoms CorruptionInternet The crackdown has not spared journalists in the provinces. In Sanandaj, in the province of Kurdistan, freelance journalist Ejlal Ghavami was sentenced to eight months in prison on 16 September on a charge of “publishing false information designed to trouble public opinion.” He had been tried on 20 August after posting three articles on social networks about the situation of prisoners of conscience in Kurdistan province. Iran: Press freedom violations recounted in real time January 2020center_img The deputy minister of intelligence wrote to the parliamentary speaker the same day announcing that he had filed a complaint against Azarpeyk about the posts, but he did not dispute their accuracy. She was freed on bail on 31 October.  After a previous arrest on 28 May 2014, Azarpeyk spent more than 80 days in solitary confinement, until freed pending trial on 20 August 2014 on bail of 200 million toman (190,000 euros). Iran is ranked 164th out of 180 countries in RSF’s 2018 World Press Freedom Index. Hivanews website editor Kazem Imanzadeh was summoned for questioning by judicial officials in Sanandaj on 6 October after Revolutionary Guards filed a complaint against him making the same accusation, namely, “publishing false information designed to trouble public opinion.” He was released pending a decision by the court. March 18, 2021 Find out more IranMiddle East – North Africa Condemning abusesOnline freedoms CorruptionInternet Receive email alerts June 9, 2021 Find out more News “We call for the immediate release of journalists held arbitrarily and urge the regime to stop suppressing the freedom to inform,” said Reza Moini, the head of RSF’s Iran/Afghanistan desk. “Obstructing press freedom and arresting journalists do not in any help to combat corruption.” After Hengameh Shahidi’s pardon, RSF asks Supreme Leader to free all imprisoned journalists Organisation Reporters Without Borders (RSF) condemns the latest crackdown on journalists in Iran, in which several have been questioned in the past month or so and three have been arrested in the past week in connection with social network posts. February 25, 2021 Find out morelast_img read more

Crews deal with fire at Herdman’s Mill in Sion Mills

first_imgHomepage BannerNews Twitter By News Highland – May 17, 2018 Pinterest News, Sport and Obituaries on Monday May 24th Previous articleDeadline tomorrow for tenders for Inishowen Visitor Management PlanNext articlePutt yourself in the picture with Dubai Duty Free Irish Open kids competition News Highland Pinterest WhatsApp RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Facebook WhatsApp Crews deal with fire at Herdman’s Mill in Sion Millscenter_img Facebook Arranmore progress and potential flagged as population grows Google+ Google+ Important message for people attending LUH’s INR clinic DL Debate – 24/05/21 Fire Crews have dealt with a blaze at the historic Herdman’s Mill in Sion Mills.Three appliances and one aerial appliance attended the scene following a report of a fire at the derelict property at around 8pm yesterday evening.The fire was brought under control just before midnight.In a statement West Tyrone MLA Daniel McCrossan says he is bitterly disappointed following another suspected arson attack on Herdman’s Mill and calls on public authorities to intervene to protect this historic site.Mr McCrossan said:“It is bitterly disappointing to learn of yet another fire at the Herdman’s site. This is a hugely important and historical site in Tyrone which has been subjected to a spate of arson attacks in the last few years.“The people of Sion Mills and the wider area are fed up with the Mill being left in ruins and are upset that a large piece of their history has literally gone up in flames.“I would advise anyone who spotted any suspicious activity around the time of the fire to get in touch with the PSNI as soon as possible.“Something has to be done about this. I have engaged with various Departments in the past to take ownership of the site and put it in the hands of local people. If action is not taken, I fear there will literally be nothing left of the Mill and the history attributed to it.” Nine til Noon Show – Listen back to Monday’s Programme Loganair’s new Derry – Liverpool air service takes off from CODA Twitterlast_img read more

Hurricane suspends output guidance after Lancaster well shut-in

first_imgThe Hurricane-operated Lancaster field is now in its first phase of development, the EPS, consisting of two wells tied back to the Aoka Mizu FPSO vessel. The first oil was achieved in June 2019. “Whilst the wells show high productivity individually, their proximity and associated interference behaviour require further data acquisition before the company can be confident about optimum long-term well rates. This latest development reinforces that. Production has averaged 15,500 bopd year to date. Hurricane has been carrying out ongoing testing of the two Lancaster EPS wells in order to determine the sustainability of combined production rates up to gross 20,000 bopd. The water production from the 205/21a-7Z well at the time the instability was experienced was in line with the water production that had been seen over the previous weeks. The company plans to increase this rate incrementally, to determine its maximum sustainable level. In an update on Friday, Hurricane said that achieving this target rate at a sustainable level has not been possible as the impact of increasing production rates resulted in instability in the flow regime on the 205/21a-7Z well as a result of interference between the wells. Hurricane Energy has shut-in one of two wells at the Lancaster Early Production System (EPS), located in the West of Shetland area, due to interference between two producing wells. As a result, Hurricane has suspended its full-year production guidance. The Lancaster EPS is currently producing from the 205/21a-6 well at a rate of approximately 10,300 bopd. Dr Robert Trice, Chief Executive of Hurricane, commented: “The results of the recent testing of the Lancaster EPS wells at elevated combined production rates are disappointing and the degree of interference encountered is unexpected. This process will result in a period of production substantially below forward guidance of net 18,000 bopd and Hurricane is, therefore, suspending previous full-year guidance of net 17,000 bopd. This has led to a decision to shut-in the 205/21a-7Z well for the time being and return to a period of testing maximum sustainable rates from just the 205/21a-6 well. “This data acquisition process continues, and further updates will be provided once we have determined our target plateau production rate with the existing well configuration”.last_img read more

Football News Lionel Messi blasts referees, hints at ‘corruption’ in CONMEBOL after volatile win vs Chile in Copa America

first_img Sao Paulo: Lionel Messi hit out at “corruption and the referees” at the Copa America after he was harshly sent off as Argentina secured third place with a 2-1 victory over Chile in Sao Paulo. In a niggly and fractious match on Saturday, five-time Ballon d’Or winner Messi and Chile captain Gary Medel were given their marching orders eight minutes from half-time after tangling on the goalline. Television replays of the incident suggested Messi had done little wrong.     “Corruption and the referees are preventing people from enjoying the football and they’re ruining it a bit,” said the global star. Messi had already been angered by the refereeing during Argentina’s 2-0 semi-final loss against Brazil, claiming the hosts were getting preferential treatment from South American football’s governing body CONMEBOL.     Saturday’s match will be most remembered for the double sending-off and the melee it sparked. In what seemed an innocuous clash, a frustrated Messi shoved Medel in the back as the center-back shepherded the ball out of play. A furious Medel responded by chest-bumping Messi twice in an incident that probably merited no more than a single yellow card for the Chilean.     Incredibly, Paraguayan referee Mario Diaz de Vivar showed the two captains the red card. “Medel always goes to the limit, but it wasn’t a red card for either of us. He (the referee) could have consulted VAR,” said Messi.     VAR was the issue in Argentina’s defeat by Brazil as Messi and his team-mates twice felt they should have had a penalty, only for Ecuadoran referee Roddy Zambrano to not only wave away their claims but refuse to consult the video assistance.     “Brazil were the hosts and they’re managing a lot in CONMEBOL these days, which makes it complicated” for everyone else, Messi had said, while criticizing the referee. That was something he felt he paid for in this match.     “I think the dismissal was over what I said. My words had repercussions, but you must always be sincere,” he said after the victory over Chile. “Before the match started he (the referee) said he liked to talk and hoped that we’d have a calm match, but at the first incident he sent me off.”      Medel could have few arguments as he reacted even more angrily after seeing red while players from both sides squared up to each other and the referee, who lost complete control of the situation. It took fully five minutes to calm the situation and get Messi, who remained measured throughout, and Medel to leave the field.     ‘Weighted towards Brazil’      Messi, though, took aim at hosts and arch-rivals Brazil.     “I think there’s no doubt that Brazil is going to be champions. The Copa is weighted towards Brazil and hopefully VAR and the referees will have nothing to look at in the final and Peru can compete because they have the team to do so, although it looks tough to me,” he said.     In Sao Paulo, Sergio Aguero and Paulo Dybala scored the first half goals that ensured victory for Argentina. Messi had created the opening goal with a quickly-taken free-kick on 12 minutes, picking out Aguero’s clever diagonal run before the forward rounded goalkeeper Gabriel Arias and passed the ball nonchalantly into the empty goal.     Ten minutes later, Dybala doubled the lead with a cool, dinked finish past the advancing Arias after taking a sumptuous Giovani Lo Celso through ball in his stride. By that time, Chile had seen influential Manchester United forward Alexis Sanchez limp off with a hamstring injury.     After the dismissals, Chile seemed in danger of losing their heads and Erick Pulgar was lucky to receive only a yellow card for a stamp on Leandro Paredes that looked a far worse offence than either Messi’s or Medel’s. Chile was handed a lifeline when Lo Celso was adjudged to have brought down Charles Aranguiz on the edge of the penalty area, with Arturo Vidal slamming home the penalty on 59 minutes. Aguero came closest to scoring again but his chipped finish hit Arias in the head. Lionel Messi was sent off for only the second time in his career.Argentina finished third in Copa America after beating Chile 2-1.Brazil take on Peru in the final of the Copa America. highlightscenter_img For all the Latest Sports News News, Football News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps.last_img read more

Red Bluff High football battles fellow winless Orland; Corning hosts Oroville

first_imgCorning >> The heavy rush attack of the Corning Cardinals is back home this week to host Oroville on Military Appreciation Night beginning at 7:30 p.m. Friday at Cardinal Stadium. The Cardinals (2-1) are fresh off a come-from-behind 35-28 win at Orland, thanks in part to another big performance on the ground from Curtis McCoy and Nolan Peterson. McCoy scored three touchdowns and moved to more than 200 yards for the season. He’s top-10 amid the division III rushing leaders, while Peterson is …last_img read more

Brand SA urges South Africans play their part for Mandela day

first_img(Image: Homecoming Revolution)Johannesburg, Tuesday 14 July – Brand South Africa will play its part on International Nelson Mandela Day by making a difference in the lives of South Africans through its flagship programme Play Your Part.  Brand South Africa will engage with communities in various parts of the country and by supporting charitable causes aimed at improving the lives of fellow South Africans.Download press releasePlay Your Part is a nationwide programme by Brand South Africa created to inspire, empower and celebrate active citizenship in South Africa. Its objective is to lift the spirit of our nation by inspiring all South Africans to contribute to positive change, become involved and start doing – because a nation of people who care deeply for one another and the environment in which they live is good for everyone. This programme aims to encourage South Africans to actively participate in improving their communities which will in turn  drive the implementation of the National Development Plan which is South Africa’s blueprint for economic development and social cohesion by eliminating poverty and reducing inequality by 2030.Programme 1Play Your Part for active citizenshipIn support of this commemorative month and as part of its mandate to build pride, patriotism, and a spirit of active citizenship, Brand South Africa, has also partnered with the GEM Project who have developed a Play your Part app which contains a number of organisations needing assistance from South Africans.  These include, amongst others, the provision of clothing, assistance with homework, job shadowing and skills development, which all South Africans will be able to support.Once an individual has participated in assisting a cause, they are eligible to receive a reward via the app, termed “a GEM”, which can be converted into a number of products such as airtime/data, pre-paid electricity, or even movie tickets.Brand South Africa’s Acting Chief Marketing Officer Ms. Sithembile Ntombela says: “This partnership is an extension not only to the commemorative month’s activities and actions of goodwill by South Africans, but we hope that the nation will continue to contribute to positive change because a nation of people who care deeply for one another, and the environment in which they live, is beneficial for everyone. This is our call to action so that everyday can become a Mandela Day!”The app is a social development drive, that aims to mobilise communities within themselves so that they can help each other rise. Volunteers are encouraged to donate their GEMs back to the needy causes during Mandela Month. In order to ensure continuity and mobilise support even beyond Mandela Month, corporates are also encouraged to donate GEMs so that they can be allocated towards causes on an ongoing basis.Brand South Africa invites you to download the app, play your part and contribute to the discussions by following the conversation during Mandela Month @Brand_SA #MandelaMonth2015 or #TimeToServe.Programme 2Refurbishing an orphanage in LimpopoOn Friday 17 July, Brand South Africa will play its part for Nelson Mandela Day by refurbishing the Mponegele Ke Itirele Orphanage Centre and assisting with general maintenance on the premises.Through the Play Your Part programme, Brand South Africa encourages all South Africans to make a positive social change in their communities in order to make a difference in the lives of the people of South Africa. Play your Part further seeks to empower and celebrate active citizens in our country.Brand South Africa will also participate in the Mayoral Nelson Mandel Day celebrations on Saturday 18 July at the ZZ2 Farm in Limpopo. The workers on the farm will teach school children from the orphanage about agriculture. The farm workers will share their skills with the children which will empower them to grow  their own vegetable gardens at the orphanage.Programme 3Blitz Clean Up Day, London Road AlexandraBrand South Africa staff will join other active citizens to clean up London Road and Juskei River as part of the wider Green Economy Sustainable Job Creation Concept on Friday 17 July. The aim is to have a “Blitz Clean Up Day” of the London/Vincent Tshabala Road and Jukskei River under the banner of #GreeningAlex.This initiative responds toBrand South Africa’s mandate to work with stakeholders to position South Africa as an investment and business destination of choice. Having a cleaner Alexandra will make the area more attractive to investors and businesspeople which will contribute to economic development and job creation and will therefore improve the lives of the community.Brand South Africa will participate in this initiative because it will highlight some of the challenges that have been identified that continue to hinder private sector investment in the community of Alexandra, some of which include poor infrastructure and environmental degradation.Programme 4Brand South Africa supports #Trek4MandelaBrand South Africa’s Chair of the Marketing Committee Mr Thebe Ikalafeng will join other South African imminent personalities who will summit Mt Kilamanjaro on 18 July 2015.  The #Trek4Mandela climbers are aiming to raise funds to keep 270 000 girls in school.  Keeping girls is school is directly related to the global competitiveness of a country.Brand South Africa invites you to play your part this Nelson Mandela Day to keep a girl child in school by SMSing “Thebe”to 42513 to pledge R30. Follow Thebe’s journey on Twitter at @Brand_SA, @ThebeIkalafeng or @trek4mandela #Trek4Mandela, #MandelaDaylast_img read more

How LSU And Oklahoma Can Still Make The College Football Playoff

11LSUArkansas+0.7-3.41.2 9OklahomaKansas St.+1.4-13.92.5 9TexasOklahoma St.-1.4+1.71.6 WKTeamOpponentw/ Winw/ LossWeighted 11OklahomaOklahoma St.+4.4-13.46.6 8OklahomaTCU+5.4-11.87.4 OklahomaCurrent playoff chances: 17 percentWhat it can do: After losing the Red River Showdown to Texas on Saturday, the Sooners are less in the driver’s seat than LSU in terms of controlling their own postseason destiny. Even if Oklahoma wins all its remaining games, our model still gives the Sooners only an 85 percent chance of making the playoff. That’s not too terrible, though, given that Kyler Murray and company have a relatively manageable remaining schedule that includes only one ranked opponent. That matchup — a Nov. 23 battle against West Virginia in Morgantown — could swing Oklahoma’s season more than any other game, with our model calling for an average change to the Sooners’ playoff chances of plus or minus 13 percentage points, depending on whether they can beat the Mountaineers. In the universe where OU does win that one, the Sooners make the playoff 29 percent of the time; in the ones where they don’t, that number is 2 percent.Who can help them: Because they’re not quite the locks that some other top teams are, Oklahoma will probably need another big-time contender to falter. And according to our model, that team is most likely Notre Dame. Aside from West Virginia and Texas, whose hopes each rest on outdueling the Sooners for the Big 12 title, the Fighting Irish are the team whose playoff chances drop the most in simulated universes where Oklahoma makes the playoff. Unfortunately for the Sooners, Notre Dame has a 39 percent chance of navigating the rest of its schedule undefeated — tops among any team in the nation — while Oklahoma’s chances of winning out are only 14 percent. (That discrepancy is a big reason for Notre Dame’s 46 percent chance of making the playoff, while Oklahoma sits at 17 percent.) But a Notre Dame loss — most likely to Syracuse, USC or Northwestern — would do the Sooners a big favor in their struggle to regain position in the playoff race. 8LSUMississippi St.+2.6-3.43.0 13Notre DameUSC-0.9+2.41.3 13AlabamaAuburn-0.5+2.60.8 * Relative to the team’s current oddsBased on two sets of simulations: one in which the team wins and one in which it loses. Differences are weighted by the likelihood of each outcome happening. Numbers may not add up exactly because of rounding.Source: ESPN Stats & Information group 10FloridaMissouri-0.3+0.70.4 11TexasTexas Tech-0.4+0.40.4 Which games hold the most weight for Oklahoma?Remaining 2018 college football games with the biggest effect on Oklahoma’s playoff chances* 10Penn StateMichigan-0.3+0.40.4 Which games hold the most weight for LSU?Remaining 2018 college football games with the biggest effect on LSU’s playoff chances* 12OklahomaKansas+1.0-13.61.8 DIff. in Oklahoma Playoff Odds WKTeamOpponentw/ Winw/ LossWeighted 13OklahomaW. Virginia+12.2%-14.2%+/-13.1 7AlabamaMissouri-0.3+2.30.5 13LSUTexas A&M+3.7-3.53.6 * Relative to team’s current oddsBased on two sets of simulations: one in which the team wins and one in which it loses. Differences are weighted by the likelihood of each outcome happening. Numbers may not add up exactly because of rounding.Source: ESPN Stats & Information group 7LSUGeorgia+7.1-3.04.2 A week ago, we kicked off our College Football Playoff prediction model by talking in part about the handful of teams that were in great shape — provided they just kept winning ballgames. Then Saturday came around, and just like that, two of those squads (LSU and Oklahoma) were knocked down more than a few rungs on the championship ladder. So how can the Tigers and Sooners climb their way back toward the top?In each remaining week of the season, we’ll break down what one team — or, in today’s case, two — needs to have happen in order for it to make the College Football Playoff. Primarily, we’ll be looking at how much each remaining game on the team’s schedule (and other teams’ schedules as well) potentially swings its playoff probability.Louisiana StateCurrent playoff chances: 4 percentWhat it can do: Losing to Florida dropped LSU’s playoff chances from 11 percent to 4 percent, giving the Tigers very little margin for error from here on out. The good news in Baton Rouge, though, is that they still basically control their own destiny — one of the fringe benefits of having an impossibly tough SEC schedule. If LSU wins out, our model says it would have a greater than 99 percent chance of making the playoff, making it one of only five schools (joining Georgia, Alabama, Ohio State and Clemson) whose playoff chances are that high if they go the rest of the season without a loss. Of course, that’s a lot easier said than done: Even after putting the Gators behind it, LSU still has four more ranked opponents left on its regular-season schedule, plus whomever it might play in the SEC title game (if the Tigers get there). At the same time, just one more loss would basically doom LSU, leaving its playoff probability at the end of the season at just 16 percent even if it finishes 10-2. Practically speaking, Ed Orgeron’s team really does have no choice but to keep winning.Who can help it: After allowing LSU to storm back from down 21-10 to beat it in September, Auburn could end up doing its SEC West rivals yet another favor by winning the Iron Bowl over Alabama in late November. LSU’s chances of making the playoff are about 3 percentage points higher in our simulations where Auburn beats Alabama than vice versa. In fact, any Alabama loss would generally help LSU’s chances of making the playoff because it would give the Tigers the edge over the Tide in the division (assuming they beat the Tide themselves in Death Valley on Nov. 3). One other thing is also clear: Alabama and Georgia’s playoff bids are basically incompatible with LSU’s. Conditional on the Tigers making the playoff, there’s only a 23 percent chance that Alabama also makes it and a 14 percent chance for Georgia. Even the SEC can contain only so many playoff contenders. Outside the conference, Texas and Penn State are teams with similar playoff bona fides who would theoretically be competing with LSU for an outside shot at the final playoff slot, so slip-ups by the Longhorns or Nittany Lions also slightly help the Tigers. But even so, most non-LSU games won’t move the Tigers’ needle much, meaning they’ll mostly have to forge a path to the playoff for themselves. 10OklahomaTexas Tech+6.7-12.48.7 12TexasIowa St.-1.1+2.91.5 Check out our latest college football predictions. DIff. in LSU Playoff Odds 10LSUAlabama+10.6%-3.5%+/-5.3 12Notre DameSyracuse-0.8+3.31.3 read more