Journalists detained and beaten, foreign TV jammed amid anti-government protests

first_img RSF_en After Hengameh Shahidi’s pardon, RSF asks Supreme Leader to free all imprisoned journalists March 18, 2021 Find out more News to go further News Help by sharing this information Organisation June 14, 2003 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Journalists detained and beaten, foreign TV jammed amid anti-government protests Call for Iranian New Year pardons for Iran’s 21 imprisoned journalists Receive email alertscenter_img IranMiddle East – North Africa Follow the news on Iran News News June 9, 2021 Find out more February 25, 2021 Find out more Iran: Press freedom violations recounted in real time January 2020 Reporters Without Borders today voiced concern about the action of the police in detaining and beating several news agency journalists during the past days of anti-government demonstrations, and about the increased jamming of foreign TV and radio signals carrying programming in Farsi.”Not only are the authorities trying to gag the foreign media by means of jamming, but they are preventing Iranian journalists inside the country from reporting the news,” Reporters Without Borders secretary-general Robert Ménard said. “We fear that in the coming weeks the regime will continue its crackdown on the press by accusing all critical journalists of being in the pay of the United States.”The student news agency ISNA reported that the Supreme Council for National Security (headed by President Mohammad Khatami) banned journalists from entering the university campus in Tehran on the evening of 12 June, as new demonstrations were being held around the campus.Several journalists with the ISNA and ILNA news agencies, including ISNA editor Abolfaz Fateh, were beaten. Police detained some journalists for several hours and confiscated their cameras, which were not returned to them. Until 12 June, journalists had been able to cover the previous demonstrations with few problems.A few days ago, the authorities stepped up the jamming of radio and TV broadcasts in Farsi that are beamed to Iran from abroad. Different state agencies are using hi-tech equipment around Tehran that emit micro-waves or signal noise to contain what the regime describes as a “cultural invasion.” Intelligence minister Ali Younessi said “events outside the campus and the general discontent of the population are being guided by the foreign media and satellite stations.” The Iranian authorities accuse the United States of paying these news media to destabilize the Islamic regime.Most of these media are controlled by monarchist opponents of the regime based in the United States. Although official banned, they have a sizeable audience in Iran where many people have satellite dishes. IranMiddle East – North Africa last_img read more

Cal Poly beats Southern Utah 24-21 in a Big Sky opener

first_imgSeptember 28, 2019 /Sports News – Local Cal Poly beats Southern Utah 24-21 in a Big Sky opener Written by Tags: Big Sky/Cal Poly Mustangs/SUU Thunderbirds Football FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailCEDAR CITY, Utah (AP) — Jalen Hamler had a pair of touchdown runs, Jake Jeffrey added another and Cal Poly held off Southern Utah 24-21 on Saturday night in a Big Sky Conference opener.Kekoa Sasaoka missed a 23-yard field goal attempt for Southern Utah (1-4, 0-1) with 2:10 remaining.Hamler had scoring runs from 6 and 13 yards in the second quarter and finished with 65 yards rushing on 20 carries. Jeffrey’s 4-yard TD run stretched the Mustangs’ lead to 24-13 with 12:47 to play.The Thunderbirds answered less than a minute later when Chris Helbig threw a 56-yard touchdown pass to John Mitchell to pull Southern Utah to 24-21. Cal Poly had a turnover and punted on its last two possessions. Helbig then led a 10-play, 51-yard drive that stalled on Sasaoka’s missed field goal.Helbig finished 19-of-34 passing for 246 yards and two touchdowns. Jay Green ran for a 20-yard touchdown late in the third quarter. Associated Presslast_img read more

EAT a suitable fit for Waitrose says analyst

first_imgRumours that Waitrose is in talks to acquire 102-shop sandwich chain EAT fits well with the retai-ler’s strategy of moving from being a conventional supermarket to becoming a fast-moving consumer goods (FMCG) brand.That’s the view of Planet Retail analyst Natalie Berg, who says the acquisition of EAT would enable Waitrose to continue its move into different retail channels. “Waitrose is pushing hard into convenience and fresh food markets, with recent deals to sell its products in Shell petrol forecourts, Welcome Break motorway service stations and Boots. It also has big plans to roll out its own convenience stores,” she told British Baker. “The possible deal to buy EAT fits with this strategy, enabling Waitrose to sell its premium food products, such as sandwiches, snacks and drinks, on the high street. We could also see EAT cafés opening in its supermarkets.”The Sunday Times reported last month that Waitrose was in exclusive negotiations to buy EAT from founders Niall and Faith MacArthur. EAT sits at number 12 on British Baker’s BB75 list of top bakery retailers. For the year to 27 June 2009, it reported an 11% rise in turnover to £75.5m, thanks to store openings.last_img read more

Film festival celebrates 30th anniversary of justice education

first_imgThis week, Saint Mary’s Justice Education Program looks to harness the power of the moving image to celebrate the department’s 30th anniversary. In honor of the event, the department is hosting the Leadership and Social Change Film Festival from this Tuesday until Thursday. Jan Pilarski, director of the Justice Education Program, said she organized the festival with the help of the Center for Women’s Intercultural Leadership to draw attention to everyday people who strive for righteousness. “The whole idea behind this film festival is to highlight ordinary people who have developed their leadership by doing extraordinary things in their countries for social justice,” she said. Pilarski said the motive behind the event is to draw attention to these exceptional goals achieved by regular people. “Our goal is to have people realize that skills and issues are certainly what is going on,” she said. “What’s exciting is seeing people stretch themselves to realize that these issues are happening.” The film shown Tuesday night, “Pray the Devil Back to Hell,” is the story of 2011 Nobel Peace Prize winner, Leymah Gbowee, as well as other courageous women’s rights activists in Liberia.  “This film is only 3 years old, so it is fairly new,” Pilarski said. “We are excited to include this film because of Gbowee winning the Nobel Peace Prize. Her accomplishment highlights how lessons of work carries over in many ways.” Today’s film, “Taking Root: The Vision of Wangari Maathai,” is a dramatic story of a Kenyan Nobel Peace Prize winner whose simple act of planting trees grew into a national movement to protect the environment and human rights and defend democracy.  “The issues of land and environmental destruction are very prominent in this film,” Pilarski said. “Maathai not only built strength in herself, but she built a movement. This film highlights the importance of how to make change. “Maathai became a catalyst with her movement for continued action in Kenya including the poor and women of the country. Her act of standing up to people in power for taking land from the poor began with a simple act of planting trees.” Thursday, the department wraps up the film festival with a showing of “A Small Act,” a Sundance-featured film about a Holocaust survivor and the Kenyan student whose education she supports. The film demonstrates how individual actions can create a ripple effect to make a difference and support change, Pilarski said.  “This film has a lot of potential to show how individuals can create something bigger than they ever imagined,” she said. “Much of change is built on relationships and partnerships. “‘A Small Act’ shows each of us in our own way have the potential to make a difference through the connections we make.” Playing films that showcase leadership skills and the power of everyday people ultimately conveys to students the message of the Justice Education department, Pilarski said. “The Leadership and Social Change Film Festival truly hits the mark on our departments 30th anniversary theme,” she said. “The films are meant as examples of justice education in college, community and around the globe.”last_img read more

General John F. Kelly, Semper Fidelis

first_imgBy Dialogo November 21, 2012 Congratulations to General Frase for his legacy as head of the command.Welcome to General John Kelly for the appointment to direct a command of great importance for the Western Hemisphere, but, particularly for Latin America.!!!I wish you success!!! Congratulations to General Kelly, the best of success! I had the honor of meeting then Brigadier General Kelly at the annual John Basilone parade in Raritan N.J.I found him warm responsive and truly a United States Marine. Congratulations Sir on your Fourth (4) Star and your command. Over three and a half decades, General John F. Kelly has served in numerous positions in the U.S. Marine Corps, in the Joint Chiefs of Staff, and Legislative Affairs: in war and peace with combat tours during the Gulf War and most recently in Iraq. On November 19, the headquarters of the United States Southern Command (SOUTHCOM) in Doral, Florida, celebrated the formal Change of Command ceremony, where General John F. Kelly became SOUTHCOM’s 22nd Commander and took charge for General Douglas Fraser, who retired from the position with an impressive legacy of service. General Kelly was born in 1950 in Boston, Massachusetts, where he grew up. He enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps in 1970, and after serving in an infantry company with the 2nd Marine Division, in Camp Lejeune, North Carolina, he was discharged as a sergeant in 1972 to attend college. Following his graduation from the University of Massachusetts in 1976, he returned to the 2nd Marine Division as a second lieutenant, and was commissioned as a Rifle and Weapons Platoon Commander, Company Executive Officer, Assistant Operations Officer, and Infantry Company Commander. Eventually, sea duty followed in Mayport, Florida, where he served aboard aircraft carriers USS Forrestal (CV-59) and USS Independence (CV-62). In 1980, then-Captain Kelly attended and graduated from the U.S. Army’s Infantry Officer Advanced Course at Fort Benning, Georgia. After graduating, he was assigned to the Headquarters Marine Corps in Washington, D.C., serving there from 1981 through 1984, as an assignment monitor. Kelly returned to the 2nd Marine Division in 1984 to command a rifle and weapons company. A few years later, upon his promotion to Major in 1987, he served as the battalion’s operations officer. That same year, Major Kelly was transferred to the Basic School in Quantico, Virginia, serving first as the head of the Offensive Tactics Section, Tactics Group, and later assuming the duties of the director of the Infantry Officer Course. After three years of instructing young officers, he attended the Marine Corps Command and Staff College and the School for Advanced Warfare. When he completed duty under instruction, he was promoted to Lieutenant Colonel and assigned as Commanding Officer, 1st Light Armored Reconnaissance Battalion, of the 1st Marine Division at Camp Pendleton, California. Holding this command position for two years, Lieutenant Colonel Kelly returned to the East Coast in 1994 to attend the National War College in Washington, D.C. He graduated in 1995, and was selected to serve as the Commandant’s Liaison Officer to the House of Representatives, on Capitol Hill, where he was promoted to Colonel. In 1999, Colonel Kelly served as the Special Assistant to the Supreme Allied Commander, Europe, in Mons, Belgium. He returned to the United States in 2001, and was assigned to a third tour of duty at Camp Lejeune as Assistant Chief of Staff G-3 with the 2nd Marine Division. In 2002, Col. Kelly served again in the 1st Marines Division, this time as Assistant Division Commander. He spent most of his two-year assignment deployed in Iraq, where he was promoted to Brigadier General in March 2003. By mid April, he took command of the newly formed Task Force Tripoli, and drove it north from Bagdad, into Samarra and Tikrit. From 2004 to 2007, his next mission was as Legislative Assistant to the Commandant of the Marine Corps, General Michael Hagee. In January 2007, Brigadier General Kelly was nominated for Major General and confirmed by the U.S. Senate on September 11, 2007. Major General Kelly returned to Camp Pendleton as Commanding General, I Marine Expeditionary Force (Forward). In February 2008, he assumed command of the Multinational Force-West, in Iraq. After a year, in February 2009, he returned to the United States and was promoted to Lieutenant General. In October 2009, he assumed command of the U.S. Marine Corps Forces Reserve and Marine Forces North. In March 2011, Lieutenant General Kelly was commissioned as Senior Military Assistant to the U.S. Secretary of Defense, Leon E. Panetta. After being confirmed by the Senate on July 26, 2012, Lieutenant General Kelly was honored with a fourth star on November 19, which earned him a promotion to the rank of General. The Marine Corps now has five four-star generals and SOUTHCOM has a new Commander. last_img read more

NORAD tracks Santa as he travels the world

first_img(WBNG) — NORAD or the North American Aerospace Defense Command, formerly CONAD has been tracking Santa for over 60 years. The tradition continues today with more ways to check out Santa’s trip than ever. Check out his progress by clicking the link below: Additionally, you can follow Santa on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, or Instagram.center_img It all started in 1955 when a child accidentally dialed an unlisted phone number belonging to CONAD in an attempt to reach Santa. The commander on duty told the girl that they would personally guarantee that Santa had a safe journey from the North Pole. last_img read more

SUNY Broome to host virtual commencement celebration

first_imgSUNY Broome has provided a webpage for graduates, friends, family and loved ones to participate in the celebration. Special messages and digital Congrats Boards can be submitted here. The virtual commencement celebration will be streamed here. The commencement ceremony will be held at 1 p.m. on Saturday, July 25, and will be available via Livestream on YouTube and Facebook Live.  (WBNG) — SUNY Broome announced they will be hosting a virtual graduation to celebrate the class of 2020 on Saturday. SUNY Broome says President Kevin Drumm will join members of the college community to deliver an online graduation ceremony. Congratulations class of 2020! There will be 921 students graduating aged 17 to 65. last_img read more

Man arrested in Italy over 1991 murder of Belgian deputy PM

first_imgA 71-year-old man wanted in connection with the assassination of Belgian deputy prime minister Andre Cools nearly three decades ago has been arrested in southern Italy, Belgium’s foreign affairs ministry said on Wednesday.Cools, also leader of the Socialist Party in Belgium’s French-speaking region of Wallonia, was gunned down in July 1991.A spokesman for the ministry confirmed media reports of the arrest by Italian police at Veglie in the Lecce region. Topics : The Cools affair exposed the murky heart of the Walloon Socialist Party, which the Flemish newspaper De Standaard described as “a corrupt political apparatus, partly infiltrated by mafiosi”.Among the politicians called to give evidence during the trial was Willy Claes, who resigned as secretary general of NATO in 1995 and was then convicted in a massive kickback scandal involving the purchase of Italian helicopters.center_img The arrested man was held under a European arrest warrant issued by Belgium, spokesman Arnaud Gaspart said without elaborating.Thirteen years after the killing, six men — mainly of Italian origin — were convicted of complicity in the assassination and given jail terms of up to 20 years.The two Tunisians who shot Cools dead were tried in Tunis in 1998 and sentenced to 20 years in jail.Prosecutors say the convicted men took their orders from a political rival to Cools, Alain Van der Biest, who was also charged with complicity but died in 2002 in what was ruled to be a suicide.last_img read more

Students hold vigil for mental health

first_img“Sometimes it’s OK to say ‘I’m not OK’ or ‘I’m not doing well,’” Stone said. “That doesn’t always mean you have to seek out services or whatever it might be, but it’s just accepting that we’re not always OK every day. Especially as student leaders, we don’t need to look perfect every single day and be setting that example all the time.” Though Hahn Plaza was bustling with students rushing to and from classes, meetings and dining halls, there was a moment of peace tucked at the base of Tommy Trojan Monday night. Nearly a dozen people held electric candles as part of the Academic Culture Assembly’s Candlelight Vigil and spoke freely about mental health, as part of a series of events for Mental Health Awareness Month. “Lighting the candles symbolizes that we’re honoring people who have struggled with mental illness, as well as struggled with any type of mental health issues,” said Raveena Ghanshani, the co-associate assistant director of special events for the Academic Culture Assembly. “I know that we have all faced stressful situations in our lives, but this is kind of a way for us to come together as a community and talk about these, as well as be comfortable with each other as a community to talk about these things.” Soni asked students to take a moment of silence to honor students who have suffered from mental illness, loneliness and isolation. He then emphasized that Diwali, the multi-day Indian festival of lights, is approaching and reminded students to value their own accomplishments and positive qualities. The vigil comes at a difficult time for the USC community, with an increasing demand for counseling after multiple students passed away earlier this semester. The vigil concluded with a chance for students to raise questions, concerns and thoughts on how to better improve campus wellness. “All week, people will be lighting candles all over the world,” he said. “When we light candles this week, we are reminded of our own inner light.” The Academic Culture Assembly hosted an intimate candlelight vigil to reflect on student mental health and well-being. (Ally Wei | Daily Trojan) “When you think about this place, you’re going to think about the people,” Soni said. “You’re not going to think about the classes, you’re not going to think about the [USC] Village, the building, the statues … What you actually think about, what you actually miss, what you actually embrace when you leave are the people. The people make the place.”center_img Kelly Greco, assistant director of outreach and prevention services at Engemann, also spoke on the importance of maintaining hope.  USG President Trenton Stone and Vice President Mahin Tahsin spoke about the pressures of student leadership and how genuinely checking in with peers on campus is an important step in fostering community. “For me, when I look at this candle … it is a symbol of hope, and that’s why we light candles,” Greco said. “What gives us hope, and how do we have that conversation, not just checking in with ourselves but to have that conversation with other people?” “Students come to USC having dreamed about this place their whole life. When they get to campus, it’s the end of a long journey of sacrifice and hard work,” Soni said. “But what I see is that when students get to campus, it’s not all fun and games. It’s not always the brochure that they saw. It’s not always the idyllic experience, because the reality is that being in college is tough and can be a traumatic experience.” The Academic Culture Assembly is an Undergraduate Student Government programming assembly that hosts a series of events every year honoring Mental Health Awareness Month. Ghanshani, a senior majoring in biological sciences, placed stress balls, packs of tissues and flyers advertising the Engemann Student Health Center’s mental health resources on a table for attendees to take.  Varun Soni, dean of religious life, opened the event by speaking about how college students feel pressure from a culture of perfection. last_img read more

Golden Cadets ‘smashed’ their First Opponent: Let’s go!

first_imgThe cadet national basketball team of BiH made its debut at the World Cup in Spain.Our golden basketball team headed with their coach Josip Pandza played today their first match against the Dominican Republic and “smashed” them with the score 84:59, thus proving at the opening of the World Cup that they are one of the favorites for the first three places.Today for BiH performed: Džanan Musa, Lazar Mutić, Srđan Kočić, Vedran Mirković, Emir Bačvić, Adi Alikadić, Sani Čampara, Emir Čerkezović, Aljoša Janković, Drago Cvitanović, Miladin Vlačić and Amer Barukčija.The first quarter was opened with points of Musa, after which followed points of Mutić and Čerkezović and the Dominican Republic scored its first points after two and a half minutes when Frink scored. We increased the advantage until the end of the first quarter, and we went on break with plus 16, the score was 25: 9.Dominican Republic opened the second quarter with 4 quick points but then we responded with points of Musa and Mutić and came to plus 18, and the score was 31:13. By the end of the first half, we had 21 points of advantage, and the score was 47:26, and Musa already scored 22 points alone while on the other hand, Rivera score 5.At the beginning of the second half our selection relaxed a bit, and Dominicans punished them for that with series of 5: 0 for the score 48:33. However, after that, our players started playing their game again, and by the end of the third quarter, our team controlled the result and maintained a safe advantage, and ended the third quarter with a score of 60:39.Our team opened last quarter very poorly, and our cadet team make a number of mistakes in the organization of the attack. However, Musa proved once again why he is a true greatest talent in European basketball and took everything in his hands. Our team managed to bring the match to an end, and came to a great victory in this match, the first in the World Cup for our selection.Džanan Musa led our team with 32 points and 10 rebounds, Sani Čampara scored 18, while on the other side, Rivera scored 17 points.Take a look at the VIDEO.(Source: FIBA)last_img read more