first_img Reporters Without Borders (RSF) condemns the extremely harsh sentences that a Tehran revolutionary court passed last week on six more people who edited or wrote for Majzooban Noor, a website that is the only independent source of news and information about the Sufi religious community of Gonabadi dervishes in Iran. News August 22, 2018 Sufi website journalists sentenced to long jail terms, flogging All six were also sentenced to 74 lashes each and, on completing their jail terms, to two years of internal exile and a simultaneous two-year ban on all civil society and journalistic activity. The sentences were passed in absentia because the six refused to attend any of the hearings on the grounds that they had no legal representation and the trial was unfair. Three of Majzooban Noor’s women citizen-journalists – Sepideh Moradi, Avisha Jalaledin and Shima Entesari – were sentenced by a separate Tehran revolutionary court on 10 July to five years in prison on charges of “meeting and plotting against national security.” News June 11, 2021 Find out more to go further Two members of the website’s editorial committee, Saleholldin Moradi and Reza Entesari, and the latter’s brother, Sina Entesari, a citizen-journalist who wrote for the site, were sentenced to seven years in prison.Another citizen-journalist who reported for the site, Mohammad Sharifi Moghadam, and another member of its editorial committee, Kasra Nouri, were given 12-year terms. Mostafa Abdi, another member of the editorial staff, received the longest jail sentence – 26 years in prison. June 9, 2021 Find out more The Majzooban Noor journalists were arrested in the north Tehran district of Pasdaran on the night of 19 February during clashes between police and members of this Sufi community. Most of them sustained injuries to the head and hands when they were badly beaten by police and civilian militiamen. IranMiddle East – North Africa Condemning abuses WomenJudicial harassmentViolenceInternet May 10, 2021 Find out more Help by sharing this information center_img RSF_en Organisation IranMiddle East – North Africa Condemning abuses WomenJudicial harassmentViolenceInternet News Iran is stepping up pressure on journalists, including foreign journalists, in run-up to election Receive email alerts News Follow the news on Iran Iran: Press freedom violations recounted in real time January 2020 Iran is ranked 164th out of 180 countries in RSF’s 2018 World Press Freedom Index. Proposed Iranian law would ban US, British journalists and media “Rather than judicial decisions, these sentences are examples of how the Iranian judicial authorities persecute independently reported news and information,” said Reza Moini, the head of RSF’s Iran/Afghanistan desk.“The Iranian regime has been cracking down harder on independent news providers ever since a wave of street protests began in January. We call on Javaid Rehman, the UN’s new special rapporteur on the human rights situation in Iran, to take action on behalf of journalists who have been arrested arbitrarily and given unfair trials. The regime must adhere to its obligations to respect international standards.”last_img read more


first_imgThe waters off the Atlantic coast are as much a highway as I-95, with leisure, commercial, and marine life traffic in constant motion up and down the Gulf Stream. Countless animals call this area home, including the extremely endangered North Atlantic right whale. Driven to near extinction before whale hunting was banned in 1935, the whale population slowly fought its way back to roughly 500 around 2010, but increases in ship strikes and entanglements in fishing equipment have started to reverse that trend. To make matters worse, a new threat has emerged in the form of the Navy’s new Undersea Warfare Training Range.For years, litigation swirled around the 500-square-mile area off the coast of Jacksonville, Florida, selected in 2009 as the site for the range. In 2010, the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) led a suit against the Navy to halt construction, arguing that it was too close to the only known calving and nursing grounds for right whales and did not include adequate safeguards for them as an endangered species. Ultimately, the courts decided the Navy was taking sufficient protective measures, and construction began in October 2014.The NRDC, however, is not convinced. Ship strikes are already a major concern, with four whales dying in U.S. waters this past summer, and sonar could pose an even greater danger. While the range doesn’t directly overlap the critical habitat designated by the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), studies of sonar and comparable sounds “have shown whales fleeing [up to] 150 miles away,” says Taryn Kiekow Heimer, Senior Policy Analyst with the NRDC. The latest research estimates that whales entangled in fishing equipment may burn as much as 25,000 extra calories per day engaging in normal activities. That alone is often enough to starve a whale to death, without adding the stress and physical exertion of disorientation or fleeing.Sonar is turned off if whales are spotted in the blast range, but unfortunately, “any marine mammal observer—not just Navy—only spots [right whales] about 5% of the time,” says Heimer. They are dark, stay very close to the surface, and have no dorsal fin, she explains, making them “a sitting target for unintentional ship strikes.” Furthermore, the Navy has not adopted the only mitigation measure that Heimer believes would be effective at this point, which is to refrain from running exercises during the critical calving and nursing period, from November to April.Construction of the range isn’t taking place during these months, but training exercises will. The Navy expects the range to be operational in the Fall of 2019, with full-scale training operations beginning Summer 2023. If training exercises led to any strandings or trauma, the Navy would certainly investigate the incident thoroughly, but with the population already so low, Heimer and others worry that even one incident could put the species over the edge.last_img read more


first_imgEmmanuel Petit has had enough of Emery at the Emirates (Picture: Getty Images)‘Arsene Wenger built this club for 20 years and there was concern as generation after generation came and went. But now they look like an average team without any inspiration or creativity – and I don’t think that’s solely down to the players.‘My opinion is that most of the players have given up on Emery, so it’s time for him to go.‘I watched the game against Leicester and Arsenal looked terrible. They had no spirit, no hunger, nothing at all. I wondered to myself, “What is going on at this club? What is happening to this club?”’Arsenal’s head of football Raul Sanllehi gave Emery the dreaded vote of confidence on Monday, and Petit believes this just proves that the hierarchy at the Emirates are ready to pull the trigger on the former PSG boss.‘What the club came out and said about Emery’s job being safe is not true at all,’ said the World Cup winning midfielder.‘This is a political answer and most of the time when I hear officials or shareholders talk like this it’s proof for me that they’re already thinking about sacking the manager. It’s the opposite of what they’re saying that might be true.’More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man CityIt was reported on Tuesday that Emery is not about to get the sack, but he has less than two months to save his job.Arsenal host Manchester United in the Premier League on New Year’s Day and if they are not in with a realistic chance of making the top four after that contest then Emery will likely lose his job.MORE: Arsenal board give ultimatum to Unai EmeryMORE: Patrick Vieira backs Granit Xhaka to play again for Arsenal and slams his critics Comment Phil HaighTuesday 12 Nov 2019 6:36 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link148Shares Unai Emery is under increasing pressure at Arsenal (Picture: REUTERS)The Arsenal squad has completely lost faith in Unai Emery and it is time for him to be sacked as manager, according to Gunners hero Emmanuel Petit.It has been a very tough few weeks for Emery, with Arsenal now without a win in five games after defeat to Leicester City in the Premier League on Saturday evening.The Gunners may only be sixth in the table, which does not seem disastrous, but with just four wins from 12 Premier League matches, and already eight points off the top four, things look quite bleak at the Emirates.A negative goal difference is a worrying sign for the red half of north London, as is the seeming disharmony in the squad, epitomised by Granit Xhaka being stripped of the club captaincy after a spat with fans.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTPetit believes that enough is enough and that it is time for Emery to be dismissed from the Emirates dugout.‘I believe it’s time for Unai Emery to leave Arsenal,’ the Frenchman told Paddy Power. ‘The results are not good at all. I don’t recognise this team any more and I don’t recognise this club any more. Advertisement Arsenal players have given up on Unai Emery and the board are ready to sack him, says Emmanuel Petit Advertisementlast_img read more


first_imgThe stadiums that failed belong to smaller clubs. They will be allowed to make changes to their venues before another inspection is conducted.The Portuguese league was set to resume at the end of May but its start was delayed until June 4 so there was time to rigorously inspect stadiums and conduct medical tests on all professionals involved in the matches.The league was stopped with Porto leading Benfica by one point with 10 rounds to go.___Soccer players in Africa and the Americas are receiving food packages from their union while the sport is shut down because of the coronavirus pandemic. ___The head of the organizing committee for the 2022 World Cup says a global recession caused by the coronavirus pandemic could affect the ability of fans to afford to travel to Qatar.The World Bank is forecasting a deep recession caused by the shutdown of economic activity around the world.Organizing committee secretary general Hassan Al Thawadi says he is hopeful the tournament will be an opportunity for the world to come together again in November 2022. But he says there are “concerns about the global economy and the ability of fans to be able to afford traveling and afford coming and participating and celebrating the World Cup.”Al Thawadi says organizers want a “a price range that is affordable for fans and a price range that is workable, functionable for the industry, for service providers, for the supply chain that is responsible for delivering the World Cup.” Goalkeeper Brad Guzan says that would be a huge blow to Atlanta United.The franchise has set numerous attendance records since joining MLS in 2017, averaging more than 50,000 per league game each of the last two seasons. Atlanta drew an announced crowd of 69,301 for this year’s opener at Mercedes-Benz Stadium, but the season was shut down a few days later because of the coronavirus pandemic.“We’re lucky with the support and atmosphere and energy that’s created in our stadium,” Guzan said on a video conference call with Atlanta media. “We’re all eager to get back, but we have to get back in a safe and responsible way. If that means fans can’t take part, that’s a massive blow to us. That’s certainly something we feed off of on game day.”Guzan expressed some skepticism about the idea of resuming the season with all teams based in Orlando, a proposal that has been floated as the best way to get the season going again after a two-month layoff.“A lot of questions have to be answered from a league perspective before something like that can take place,” Guzan said. “I don’t think it would be for every game left in the season. I don’t think you can ask the players to relocate to another city for the rest of the season.” Naismith Memorial Hall of Fame President & CEO John L. Doleva says in a statement that the “unknown combination” of health, safety, international travel regulations and the economic viabilities for all parties required postponing the event.Kentucky coach John Calipari says he is disappointed to not go to London and looked forward to meeting Queen Elizabeth II.“But I’m glad we were all able to come together, figure this out and preserve this series for the future,” Calipari says.Michigan coach Juwan Howard says: “The Hall of Fame took the time to review what is happening around the world and explore all options — all the safe options for the teams and most importantly the fans. The best thing is this tremendous event isn’t canceled, it’s just delayed.”___ The German coach says the players are “getting used to the pitch, boots and ball, turns, passes, half-passes, softer passes, running, little accelerations and stuff like that.”Liverpool leads the Premier League by 25 points and needs to win two more games to clinch its first league title since 1990.___The Kentucky-Michigan college basketball matchup scheduled for Dec. 6 in London has been postponed until 2022 because of the coronavirus pandemic. And the three-game series has been restructured.The schools were scheduled to highlight the inaugural Basketball Hall of Fame London Showcase doubleheader at the O2 Arena. The series also included Marist against UMBC. Michigan will now host the Wildcats on Dec. 4 in Ann Arbor before the schools meet in London one year later. Kentucky will host the Wolverines in Lexington on Dec. 2, 2023. Players in Botswana, Egypt, Colombia, Honduras, Panama, Paraguay and Uruguay were identified as getting food aid by world players’ union FIFPro.FIFPro general secretary Jonas Baer-Hoffmann says some players “are being stranded in terms of income.”FIFPro represents players in 65 countries. The union says most players have contracts paying them salaries comparable to national averages.Baer-Hoffmann says the vast majority of soccer players are “under the same financial pressures as the rest of society.”___ ___The Italian soccer federation has given the country’s top three leagues until Aug. 20 to complete their seasons.The federation has also come up with alternative plans if the leagues have to be halted again because of the coronavirus pandemic. They could resort to playoffs or decide positions by applying coeffecients.The following season is now scheduled to start on Sept. 1.Serie A has been suspended since March 9. There are 12 rounds remaining in the league and the Italian Cup is in the semifinal stage. Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditThe Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world:___Mike Conley of the Utah Jazz has donated a total of $200,000 to five communities to assist with the coronavirus response. Associated Press ___Liverpool manager Jürgen Klopp says being back in group training with some of his players “felt like the first day in school.”The Premier League leaders were among the English clubs undertaking staggered workouts in small groups following a relaxation of national lockdown regulations amid the coronavirus pandemic.Those at the practice session at Liverpool’s training complex were still required to maintain social distancing. Video footage showed Mohamed Salah giving the thumbs-up before swerving to avoid Klopp as the forward ran onto the field to join teammates.Klopp compared the current period to a pre-season and is keeping things simple to start off with despite saying his players are “in good shape.” French rugby club Toulon plans to resume training next month in small groups of three players amid the coronavirus pandemic.The three-time European champions say their players and coaching staff will have blood and heart tests next week at their training center.The groups of three will jog, do bodybuilding and work on their fitness levels in specially marked zones to avoid contact with others.France came out of lockdown on May 11. Toulon hopes players can train in groups of 8-12 in July and return to full training in August.___ ___Watford defender Adrian Mariappa says he is one of the six people to test positive from the first round of coronavirus checks in the Premier League and is surprised that he contracted the disease.Mariappa says on the websites of British newspapers The Daily Telegraph and The Daily Mail he has been “scratching my head to try to work out how I might have got coronavirus” because he hasn’t “really left the house apart from some exercise and the odd walk with the kids.”The 33-year-old Mariappa says he hasn’t had any symptoms and has felt “as fit as ever.” He says he has spent lockdown dividing his time between homeschooling and following Watford’s fitness program.Two members of Watford’s staff also tested positive for COVID-19. Burnley said assistant manager Ian Woan has also contracted the virus. Tottenham is looking into whether defender Serge Aurier has broken social-distancing rules for the third time.Aurier posted a picture on Instagram on Tuesday appearing to show off a new haircut and sitting next to a stylist who was tagged in the post.The Premier League club says it is “investigating the circumstances and will deal with the incident appropriately.”The 27-year-old right back has been forced to apologize twice for breaking lockdown rules during the suspension of the Premier League because of the coronavirus pandemic. He posted a video of himself running with a friend and also training with Tottenham teammate Moussa Sissoko.___ The summer tournament was scheduled to start in August at Koshien Stadium in Nishinomiya. A smaller spring tournament was canceled earlier.___Rayo Vallecano players have returned to training after the Spanish soccer club accepted some of their salary demands.The players from the second-division club had not practiced this week as a protest for not being taken off furlough. They had only trained individually at home.The club says it met with players and decided to change their furlough conditions now that group sessions have begun and their workload increased. The Latest: Jazz G Conley donates $200,000 to virus work May 20, 2020 Japan’s beloved high school baseball tournament has been canceled because of the coronavirus pandemic.The tournament is a huge annual event in Japan and is followed much the way Americans follow the college basketball tournament.The Japanese High School Baseball Federation says the cancellation was the first since World War II.Asahi newspaper president Masataka Watanabe says “the decision is needed to protect the health of the players, officials and fans.”The high school tournament has showcased some of the biggest stars in Japanese professional baseball. They include major leaguers like Ichiro Suzuki, Daisuke Matsuzaka and Hideki Matsui. The presidents of the University of Miami and Notre Dame say in separate interviews that they expect the football season to be played, though both raised the very real possibility of crowds being much smaller than usual or eliminated entirely.Appearing on CNN, Miami’s Dr. Julio Frenk says he hopes the Hurricanes can play this fall and that safety would be the top priority.“They will probably play in empty stadiums, like so many other sports,” Frenk said. “But we hope to have a season and we hope to have a winning season.”Speaking on MSNBC, Notre Dame’s the Rev. John Jenkins says he expects to have clarity on how — or if — football season can happen in the next few weeks.“The team itself, I feel we can manage that one,” Jenkins said. “Then the question is people in the stands. We have an 85,000-person stadium. Can we get 85,000 people in there? That will be a big challenge to do that. But could we get a smaller number — 10,000, 15,000, 20,000? I don’t know. I don’t know the answer to that question. That’s something we’ll have to think through.” Tests on 748 people were conducted from 19 of the 20 Premier League clubs on Sunday and Monday. The 20th club started testing on Tuesday.___The Portuguese soccer federation says six of the 15 stadiums seeking to host matches when the league resumes next month amid the coronavirus pandemic have failed health inspections.All stadiums must comply with a series health measures established by local authorities to be able to host matches.The federation says the stadiums for league leader Porto and second-place Benfica were among the nine stadiums that passed the inspections conducted by local health authorities. Conley’s donation will go toward addressing food insecurity, homelessness and remote learning needs.He is giving to the Utah Food Bank in Salt Lake City; CodeCrew in Memphis, Tennessee; Community Shelter Board and the Columbus Urban League in Columbus, Ohio; the Indianapolis Public Schools Foundation in Indianapolis; and the New Haven Missionary Baptist Church in West Helena, Arkansas.Conley says the pandemic “has reminded me that I am in this position because of the support and sacrifices of others I’ve encountered all along the way. I wanted to be there for the communities that have been fundamental to my personal growth.”___If Major League Soccer resumes its season, it surely will be without fans in the stands. Most soccer clubs in Spain used government furloughs to reduce their labor costs during the coronavirus pandemic.Players from second-division club Elche also refused to practice at the team’s training center last week and the club also eventually complied with their demands.The Spanish soccer season is expected to resume on the second weekend of June.___More AP sports: https://apnews.com/apf-sports and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports,Tampa Bay Lightning advance to face Dallas Stars in Stanley Cup finals, beating New York Islanders 2-1 in OT in Game 6last_img read more


first_imgMASON CITY — The City Council in Mason City last night unanimously approved the details of the first bid package to start the process of constructing a multi-purpose arena as part of the River City Renaissance project. The arena will be constructed in the space formerly occupied by JC Penney on the west end of Southbridge Mall.The 13-day bidding period started back on December 28th with bids due for this package on January 10th.  Matti Roinila is an architect with ICON Architectural Group of Grand Forks North Dakota, the group selected to design the arena. He says the first bid package involves demolition and excavation of the arena site. The first bid package includes things like: electrical demolition; mechanical demolition; concrete slab, exterior wall and interior partition demolition; and earthwork and mass excavation. “Anything that can’t be re-used in the new facility will be demoed out.”Councilman Tom Thoma asked if the trade tariffs could have an impact on the bids on the project. Roinila says while nothing is out of the question with the project, it is a possible reality within the construction industry, but the timing and scope of the project may help. “It hasn’t gone to the full extent that a lot of us thought it might have in the past six months. Regardless, I think where we are in this bidding climate right now is very advantageous. Not too many winter projects during winter months have an enclosed building that you can do excavation, you can do concrete footing work. That’s a very big advantage of this project has in having somewhat of a controlled environment to do some of the initial legwork versus doing it in the winter months.”Some have raised concerns about the impact of businesses leaving Southbridge Mall in the recent months would have on financing the project. Councilman Paul Adams asked Community Development Director Steven Van Steenhuyse to once again explain that the portion of the project’s financing from the Iowa Reinvestment Act deals with new taxes generated from the components of the River City Renaissance project. Adams asked, “The grant from the Iowa Economic Development Authority is hotel/motel tax and state sales tax that is rebated back from the state to the city only on the new hotel, only on the new arena, and only on the convention space correct?” Van Steenhuyse replied that it also included and tax revenue generated by the indoor/outdoor performing arts pavilion on the mall’s north side. “Any sales tax generated from any other business within the district don’t count toward that.”The City Council is scheduled to approve the lease on the arena space with Southbridge Mall management at the council’s January 15th meeting. You can watch video from last night’s council meeting by clicking on the video player belowlast_img read more


first_imgBellamy steps down from Cardiff City coaching roleby Freddie Taylor10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveCraig Bellamy will step down as a youth coach at Cardiff City in order to fight bullying allegations. The former Bluebirds star was accused by parents of bullying their children, something Bellamy “categorically” denies. However, while he fights the accusations, Bellamy has stepped down from his coaching role.”I am aware of allegations that have been made against me via the media,” Bellamy said in a statement.”I understand the need for Cardiff City to undertake a full investigation in response to these allegations and – at my own suggestion – I have temporarily removed myself from my coaching position in order to cooperate fully with the club’s inquiry.”Obviously, I am saddened both by the allegations and the manner in which they were made and I categorically refute them.”I fully expect to return to my coaching role and have sought legal advice as to my position. I will be making no further comment until the full investigation by the club has concluded.” About the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more


first_imgFred Hoiberg dances in new Infiniti comemrcial.YouTubeWith the elimination of the Chicago Bulls from the NBA Playoffs, all signs point to the franchise parting ways with head coach Tom Thibodeau. Who will take over the historic franchise if the job opens up as expected? According to Yahoo Sports’ NBA insider Adrian Wojnarowski, Iowa State head coach Fred Hoiberg is the only coach on the Bulls’ list.“The job will be Fred Hoiberg’s if he wants it,” Wojnarowski said. “There’s not going to be any competition for him. Now, it’s conceivable that Fred Hoiberg decides to stay at Iowa State, but if they make a change and Tom Thibodeau is out, Fred Hoiberg is really the only candidate for this job from the Bulls perspective. But that doesn’t guarantee that he’s going to do it. I know he’s already had to give it thought because it’s real.The full interview with Wojnarowski is available at CBS Chicago.Last week, Iowa State athletic director Jamie Pollard admitted that the NBA is likely in Hoiberg’s future.Jamie Pollard on Hoiberg/NBA rumors: “He has always said from Day 1 that his lifelong goal has been to coach in the NBA…” (1/2)— Travis Hines (@TravisHines21) May 12, 2015Pollard: “…It’s for him to decide when that part of his life he wants to activate.” (2/2)— Travis Hines (@TravisHines21) May 12, 2015I asked Jamie Pollard if he expected Fred Hoiberg to be his men’s basketball coach on Aug. 1: “I hope so.”— Travis Hines (@TravisHines21) May 12, 2015 Will the chance to coach Derrick Rose, Jimmy Butler, and Joakim Noah lead him out of Ames? We’ll probably find out pretty soon.[CBS Chicago]last_img read more


first_imgNew Delhi: Citing the Pulwama terror attack, President Ram Nath Kovind Tuesday praised the valour and sacrifice of security forces in protecting the country and its citizens.Forces such as the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) have been playing a pivotal role in checking separatism and terrorism in Jammu and Kashmir, he said. “The valour and bravery with which CRPF personnel faced the terrorists, who attacked the Parliament (in 2001), have become part of the legend of the country’s security forces. “CPRF personnel have played an appreciable role in checking separatism and terrorism in Jammu and Kashmir,” he said during a remembrance service at the National Police Memorial here. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’The service marks the annual ‘Valour Day’ of the CRPF which remembers the gallant fight back by its personnel at the Sardar post in Gujarat’s Rann of Kutch against Pakistani troop on this day in 1965. The president paid tributes to police and paramilitary personnel killed in the line of duty, including the 40 CRPF jawans who lost their lives in the February 14 Pulwama terror attack. He laid a wreath at the memorial, a 30-foot-tall and 238-tonne black granite structure, which was unveiled by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on October 21 last year on police commemoration day. Also Read – Farooq demands unconditional release of all detainees in J&KKovind said a pall of gloom had descended on the country after the Pulwama attack.”People queued up to pay their respect to their (the CRPF personnel) sacrifice. I on behalf of the whole nation paid my deepest respect in remembrance of those brave hearts,” he said. Police personnel have always been alert and active to ensure the safety of the people, and have shown extraordinary commitment towards the nation, he said. This is for the first time that the president has visited the memorial located at Chanakyapuri here. Kovind, the supreme commander of the armed forces, was accorded a “national salute” and presented a guard of honour by a joint column of troops from all the Central Armed Police Forces (CAPFs) such as the CRPF, BSF, ITBP, CISF and SSB. Union Home Secretary Rajiv Gauba; Director of the Intelligence Bureau, Rajiv Jain; Director of CRPF, Rajeev Rai Bhatnagar; and other officials from paramilitary forces, police and the Union Home Ministry attended the event. In 1965, CRPF troops were posted on border-guarding duties and the Sardar post event is mentioned as a glorious chapter in the country’s military history when only two companies (about 150 personnel) of the force stood their ground and repulsed a Pakistani brigade attack.last_img read more