Regime urged to end repression, free all detained journalists and bloggers

first_img IranMiddle East – North Africa After Hengameh Shahidi’s pardon, RSF asks Supreme Leader to free all imprisoned journalists Help by sharing this information Organisation June 9, 2021 Find out more Iran: Press freedom violations recounted in real time January 2020 Receive email alerts News Follow the news on Iran IranMiddle East – North Africa to go furthercenter_img RSF_en Despite some conciliatory gestures, the Iranian authorities continue to crack down on the media and journalists, closing the weekly Shahrvand Emrouz and the daily Roozegar yesterday. Reporters Without Borders condemns the suppression of free speech and peaceful demonstrations in the northwestern cities of Urmia and Tabriz and the arrests of netizens and journalists.The Commission for Press Licensing and Surveillance, the censorship arm of the Ministry of Culture and Islamic Guidance, ordered Shahrvand Emrouz’s closure for “insulting the country’s leaders” and because, according to the commission, it was only permitted to cover cultural and social issues.Launched in March 2007 by Mohamad Atrianfar and previously suspended in November 2008, Shahrvand Emrouz had resumed publishing in July with new staff.Roozegar, which had resumed publishing in February 2010 after being banned in 2007, was banned again today on the orders of prosecutors for “anti-government propaganda” and “covering confidential matters.”The demonstrations in the cities of Urmia and Tabriz and other cities in the northwestern province of Azerbaijan began two weeks ago in response to parliament’s refusal to examine a bill for the protection of Lake Urmia, a slowly-disappearing lake that is classified as a Biosphere Reserve by UNESCO. The police and Revolutionary Guards have been using violence to disperse the protests although they have been peaceful.Around 100 people have been arrested including netizens and journalists. Rahim Gholami, who writes for several local newspapers, was arrested along with a number of activists in Ardabil on 30 August for taking part in one of the protests. Gholami has been arrested several times in the part. Sentenced to a year in prison by an Ardabil court on a charge of anti-government propaganda, he was last released on 15 October 2010.Faranak Farid, a writer and translator who contributes to the Feminist School website, was arrested on 3 September in Tabriz. No official reason was given for her arrest.While hailing the release in recent weeks of dozens of political prisoners, including two bloggers, under a pardon by the Supreme Leader for the end of Ramadan, Reporters Without Borders calls for the unconditional release of all the 25 journalists and 16 netizens still detained in Iran, which continues to be one of the world’s biggest prisons for the media.Most of the prisoners released under the pardon were already nearing the end of their sentences or qualified for parole under Iranian law. This was the case with the two netizens, Mohammad Pour Abdullah and Amir Aslani, and the journalist, Kivan Farzin, who were released on 30 August.The editor of the blog Pishro (Avant-garde), Abdullah was arrested on 12 January 2008 and was sentenced by a Tehran revolutionary court on 14 December 2009 to six years in prison on charges of anti-government propaganda and activities against national security. Another Tehran court reduced this to three years on appeal two months later. Prisoners who have served half of their sentence may be released on parole but Abdullah’s parole request was rejected on 12 January 2010.Aslani, a student and CEO of an information technology company was arrested by plain-clothes men outside his office on 8 August 2008 and spent more than 250 days in solitary confinement in Tehran’s Evin prison. He was sentenced to four years in prison for “sending emails.”Farzin, a journalist with the newspaper Farhangh e Ahangh, was arrested on 5 January 2010 and was sentenced by a Tehran revolutionary court to two years in prison for activities against national security. September 6, 2011 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Regime urged to end repression, free all detained journalists and bloggers News Call for Iranian New Year pardons for Iran’s 21 imprisoned journalists March 18, 2021 Find out more News News February 25, 2021 Find out morelast_img read more

Students reflect on Intercultural Leadership Program

first_imgFour Saint Mary’s seniors, Caylin McCallick, Elizabeth Quaye, Yaqi Song and Ngoc “Ruby” Truong gave presentations Tuesday evening reflecting on their experiences with the Intercultural Leadership Program. The Intercultural Leadership Program (ILP) is a two to three year program that aims to cultivate the participants’ “leadership potential to make a difference in the world,” according to the ILP website.“The ILP helped me realize what kind of leader I am, but also recognize the leader in others and to help encourage others to do what they are interested in and to give them the confidence,” Quaye said. There are six proficiency areas the program aims to develop. Although there are some experiences required of all participants, the students’ achievement of the proficiency areas differed. “Particularly the leadership aspect of intercultural leadership I think developed for me a lot with my involvement with ROTC [Reserve Officers’ Training Corps] at Notre Dame,” McCallick said. In conjunction with her involvement with ROTC, McCallick took courses in military leadership that inspired her to partake in the ILP.“That was what really sparked my interest in studying intercultural awareness, because a lot of what we learned in our classes was about how to interact with various cultures around the world,” she said.For Truong, the idea of finding her inner leader was a major takeaway of ILP.“I believe that in every single person, there are leadership skills inside,” she said. “It’s not about nature, it’s about nurture. How you can awaken that leadership, and make that leader inside awake.”Another proficiency area the students engaged with was diversity. “I was inspired by ILP to become more involved in the community both on campus and off campus,” McCallick said. “So I attempted to engage in as many inclusive, diverse and supportive groups and projects as possible.”Truong found her engagement with diversity through her Introduction to Intercultural Leadership course. “By joining that course, I got a chance to I learned so much about the different cultures here,” she said.A requirement of the ILP is a study abroad experience; for Song and Truong, that came during their time at Saint Mary’s. Song and Truong are international students from China and Vietnam, respectively.“As an international student, one of my top priorities here is just to promote my culture,” Song said. “I feel a responsibility to make it more accessible to people.”Quaye spent her Spring 2016 semester in Morocco, and found that her study abroad experience — combined with her studies of American culture — cultivated her engagement with diversity.“I was really able to see the wealth of diversity within cultures, even our own,” Quaye said.Song’s experience with participating in the areas of dialogue and creating inclusive communities lead her to become more at ease speaking about different issues regarding diversity.“I think maybe this campus has not been very much exposed to diversity,” she said. “But after joining this program, I’m more comfortable talking about it.”The last aim of this program is to make a difference. McCallick began her work with this goal when deciding upon her course of study and career path. “I felt like I couldn’t understand how my career was going to collide with my social justice concerns,” she said. “And then I realized that making a difference in the world doesn’t have to be in waves. It can be in small pieces. Small actions can really have an effect on people in a profound way. Even if you can’t change the world in large ways, sometimes you can connect with people in small ways and that makes a difference.”Tags: Diveristy, ROTC, Saint Mary’s Center of Women’s Intercultural Leadershiplast_img read more

MJ Hudson acquires Dutch ESG consultancy

first_imgMatthew Hudson, chief executive of MJ Hudson, said: “We have entered a new era of asset management, where ESG has become, rightly, a business-critical issue for fund managers and investors.“Prompted by grassroots pressure and the attendant prospect of enhanced regulation, we believe that the next phase calls for more independent and consistent analysis of ESG factors within a framework that can assess the depth to which it has been internalised.”Matthijs Baan, co-founder of Spring, said the company had ambitious plans for expansion.Spring’s clients and 10 professionals plus certain support staff will transition to MJ Hudson Spring, as the new business will be known.For MJ Hudson, the deal comes after it established a legal practice in Milan in January and acquired Amaces, a North American and European data, analytics and benchmarking specialist, in December.Spring Associates is the latest target in a series of transactions in the ESG sector this year that has included the London Stock Exchange group buying Beyond Ratings and Moody’s Investors Services taking a majority stake in Vigeo Eiris. Asset management consultancy MJ Hudson has acquired Spring Associates Responsible Investment Service, a consultancy in the field of environmental, social and corporate governance (ESG) investing.The acquisition is MJ Hudson’s first in the ESG sector.Spring Associates was founded in 2005 in the Netherlands and has worked with private equity fund managers and institutional investors as clients. MJ Hudson said the acquired business would continue to help fund managers integrate ESG into their investment processes, and support their portfolio companies by identifying and monitoring ESG risks and opportunities for value creation. Other services included analysing, monitoring and reporting on ESG risks in institutional investors’ fund portfolios.last_img read more

Familiar sight: Matt Kemp homers in spring return as Dodger

first_img Dodgers, Clayton Kershaw have ‘open dialogue’ with his opt-out looming If Friday’s homer had a little more significance than your average Cactus League homer, everything Kemp does this spring will be watched more closely. The Dodgers’ efforts to move his contract were unsuccessful during the offseason but have not ended. How he plays this spring could give those efforts a boost – or put Kemp more clearly in the Dodgers’ plans for this season.“I don’t know. You tell me,” Kemp joked when asked if he felt more eyes following him this spring.“Of course. I think that’s obvious. I mean, it is what it is. I played in L.A. for a pretty long time so I’ve always had eyes on me.”Dodgers manager Dave Roberts will have his eyes on Kemp. But he admitted he is more interested in seeing what Kemp looks like in left field than at the plate.Related Articles Dodgers playing it safe with Austin Barnes’ sore elbow Dodgers, KTLA reach agreement to simulcast 5 early-season games Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error GLENDALE, Ariz. — Been here, done this.Wearing a Dodgers uniform in a game for the first time since the 2014 National League Division Series, Matt Kemp went 2 for 2 with a three-run home run that evoked memories of a bygone era – the 2006 through 2014 seasons when Kemp hit 182 regular-season home runs for the Dodgers.“Oh, heck yeah. The fans standing up? That was pretty cool, for sure,” Kemp said of being cheered by Dodgers fans again.“It was exciting to me. Here, the fans like to come to spring training so the games are always exciting. I got a pretty warm welcome. It’s better than the Dodgers fans booing me when I was on the other side. It was exciting.”center_img Dodgers reliever Pedro Baez, who went from setup man to whipping boy, tries to move on “We haven’t seen Matt in a few years,” Roberts said. “So for us to see him and see how his body is moving … it’s really not in the batter’s box. He’s been very productive throughout his career (offensively). Obviously there are good seasons and there are not so good seasons but in the batter’s box he’s been pretty consistent with production. The dropoff has been defensively. I think that’s something Matt’s very clear on and for us to keep an eye on.” Slimmed down by 40 pounds since last season, Kemp wasn’t tested defensively in Friday’s game – “Hey, I caught my first ball today so I’m doing good,” he joked. But all indications are he has accepted the challenge to reverse his defensive regression.“Being in shape and feeling good is going to make playing defense easier,” Kemp said. “Hit and play defense. That’s going to win games.”PUIG’S HIPRoberts said Yasiel Puig was originally in the lineup for Friday’s Cactus League opener but was scratched due to a sore hip. Roberts said the issue was not serious and blamed Puig’s new cleats for causing the problem.“He had a different pair of shoes that he’s breaking in,” Roberts said. “He didn’t put his orthotics in.”Puig did go through the Dodgers’ full workout Friday and Roberts said he will start one of the team’s split-squad games Saturday.TV GUIDEThe Dodgers and KTLA have once again reached agreement to simulcast some early regular-season games on SportsNet LA and KTLA5.Five games (including SportsNet LA’s pre-game show) will be simulcast during the first month of the regular season – Friday March 30 against the San Francisco Giants, Saturday April 7 also against the Giants, Friday April 13 against the Arizona Diamondbacks, Saturday April 21 against the Washington Nationals and Saturday April 28 from San Francisco.The release announcing the simulcast agreement also included this statement on the status of the ongoing distribution issues that have limited access to Dodgers broadcasts – “SportsNet LA and Dodgers games are exclusively available on Charter’s Spectrum service and other distributors are not expected to carry SportsNet LA this season.”WAIVER WIREThe Dodgers claimed right-hander J.T. Chargois off waivers from the Minnesota Twins on Friday. Chargois, 27, made 25 relief appearances for the Twins in 2016, going 1-1 with a 4.70 ERA. Originally a second-round pick out of Rice University in 2012, Chargois had Tommy John surgery in 2013 and missed nearly all of last season due to a stress reaction in his elbow.In order to clear a 40-man roster spot for Chargois, left-hander Julio Urias was placed on the 60-day DL. Urias is recovering from shoulder surgery and won’t be available to pitch until late in the season. Dodgers hit 4 home runs to beat White Sox in Cactus League opener last_img read more

College football schedule Week 11: What games are on today? TV channels, times, scores for top 25

first_imgWeek 11 of the college football season is here and it is easily the biggest one all year.The headliner is the “Game of the Century” between No. 1 LSU and No. 2 Alabama in Tuscaloosa. The top two teams will duke it out in what figures to be a high-scoring shootout between elite offenses. The winner has the green light towards a College Football Playoff bid while the loser could need some luck to reach the Playoff. College football schedule Week 11: What games are on today?Here’s the full schedule for Saturday’s top 25 college football games in Week 11, plus final scores and how to watch every game live. All times are Eastern.You can keep up with live scores and stats with SN’s live scoreboard.Saturday, Nov. 9GameTime (ET)TV channelMaryland vs. No. 3 Ohio StateNoonFoxNo. 5 Penn State vs. No. 13 MinnesotaNoonABCVanderbilt vs. No. 10 FloridaNoonESPNNo. 11 Baylor vs. TCUNoonFS1East Carolina vs. No. 23 SMUNoonESPNUNo. 1 LSU vs. No. 2 Alabama3:30 p.m.CBSNo. 20 Kansas State vs. Texas3:30 p.m.ESPNNo. 22 Wake Forest vs. Virginia Tech3:30 p.m.ACC NetworkUConn vs. No. 17 Cincinnati3:30 p.m.CBS Sports NetworkNo. 18 Iowa vs. No. 16 Wisconsin4 p.m.FoxMissouri vs. No. 6 Georgia7 p.m.ESPNNo. 4 Clemson vs. N.C. State7:30 p.m.ABCDuke vs. No. 15 Notre Dame7:30 p.m.ACC NetworkIowa State vs. No. 9 Oklahoma8 p.m.FoxWyoming vs. No. 21 Boise State10:15 p.m.ESPNHow to watch, live stream college football gamesThe Week 11 games involving ranked teams will be televised live on national TV, with games appearing on ESPN, ABC, CBS, CBS Sports Network, Fox and ESPNU, as well as conference-focused and team-focused channels such as ACC Network.College football scores Week 11Saturday, Nov. 9GameMaryland vs. No. 3 Ohio StateNo. 5 Penn State vs. No. 13 MinnesotaVanderbilt vs. No. 10 FloridaNo. 11 Baylor vs. TCUEast Carolina vs. No. 23 SMUNo. 1 LSU vs. No. 2 AlabamaNo. 20 Kansas State vs. TexasNo. 22 Wake Forest vs. Virginia TechUConn vs. No. 17 CincinnatiNo. 18 Iowa vs. No. 16 WisconsinMissouri vs. No. 6 GeorgiaNo. 4 Clemson vs. N.C. StateDuke vs. No. 15 Notre DameIowa State vs. No. 9 OklahomaWyoming vs. No. 21 Boise State Two more ranked games will be played Saturday. In the Big Ten, an undefeated matchup between No. 5 Penn State and No. 13 Minnesota gets things going at noon. Minnesota can cement its status as a legitimate Playoff threat while Penn State looks to keep things rolling. No. 18 Iowa at No. 16 Wisconsin is the final ranked game Saturday in a game between two-loss Big Ten foes.There will be plenty of highlights and storylines in what will be a massive college football slate. WEEK 11 PICKS: Straight up | Against the spreadlast_img read more

Spurs face uncertain Cup fate after Rochdale revival

first_imgLondon, United Kingdom | AFP | Tottenham Hotspur were left in FA Cup limbo after being held to a 2-2 draw by lowly Rochdale in a fifth-round tie on Sunday.It seemed Harry Kane’s penalty two minutes from time, which made it 2-1 to the visitors, had seen Spurs straight into the last eight.But Steve Davies’s stoppage-time equaliser saw Rochdale make it 2-2 and earn themselves a money-spinning replay at Wembley, Tottenham’s temporary home this season while the successor ground to White Hart Lane is built. It was a similar story in the fourth round, with Spurs needing to win a Wembley replay before finally seeing off fourth-tier Newport County.Whichever club wins this last-16 tie will face either Sheffield Wednesday or Swansea, who will also need a replay after Saturday’s goalless draw at Hillsborough.Saturday’s draw saw four of the top Premier League’s top five kept apart in the quarter-finals, with Manchester United hosting Brighton — a repeat of the 1983 final won by United in a replay — and Chelsea away to Leicester.Manchester City continue their quest for a historic quadruple of Premier League, Champions League, FA Cup and League Cup with a fifth round trip to Wigan on Monday. ? Mauricio: “These games are so difficult. The most important thing now is to have another possibility to play at Wembley. We’re still alive and we want to go further in the competition.” pic.twitter.com/dWPWzG7R01— Tottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) February 18, 2018Should Pep Guardiola’s men avoid a repeat of the Latics’ shock 2013 FA Cup final victory, City will be at home to Southampton in the last eight.The ties will be played between March 16 and 19.Quarter-final draw:Sheffield Wednesday or Swansea City v Rochdale or Tottenham HotspurManchester United v BrightonLeicester City v ChelseaWigan or Manchester City v SouthamptonShare on: WhatsApplast_img read more

Annual Military Appreciation Day at The Landing at Hawks Prairie in…

first_imgFacebook30Tweet0Pin0Submitted by The Landing at Hawks PrairieThe Landing at Hawks Prairie shopping center in Lacey, WA will host its annual celebration open to all Lacey-area military families on Saturday, July 22 to honor the commitment of and sacrifices made by the men and women of the U.S. Armed Forces.Lacey Firefighters came out to honor local military soldiers and their families at the 2015 Military Appreciation Day at The Landing at Hawks Prairie.From noon to 3:00 p.m. on the July 22, The Landing at Hawks Prairie will welcome service members and their families from Joint Base Lewis-McChord and also local fire and police, for an afternoon of free hot dogs and refreshments, face painting, giveaways that will include coupons from center tenants, and children’s games and activities.Hawks Prairie owner Cimmarusti Holdings LLC is once again sponsoring this event for the third consecutive year as a tribute to not only the service men and women stationed at Lewis-McChord and throughout the world, but to honor their families as well.“We consider this to be a small gesture of our immense appreciation for these selfless, modern-day heroes,” said owner Ralph Cimmarusti. “In our minds, we can never do enough to thank the brave members of our military for the sacrifices they make to protect and preserve our freedoms,”Ralph Cimmarusti and his brother Larry, who currently own and operate the Original Roadhouse Grill restaurants in Oregon and California (and previously owned Tony Roma’s and Burger King restaurants in several states), have a two decade-plus history of staging fundraisers on behalf of the families of law enforcement officers killed in the line of duty.  They strongly believe it is their responsibility as members of the local community to honor the memories of officers who have made the ultimate sacrifice in protecting our communities.“This event is just our way of recognizing these service men and women, and their families,” said owner Larry Cimmarusti.  “We owe them so much, so this is just one way to say thank you.”Located in the heart of the Puget Sound region, Joint Base Lewis-McChord (JBLM) is the Defense Department’s premiere military installation on the West Coast. JBLM provides world-class installation support to more than 40,000 active, Guard and Reserve Service members and about 15,000 civilian workers. The base supports 60,000 family members who live on and outside the base, and nearly 30,000 military retirees living within 50 miles.This special event will be held as the corner of Galaxy Drive and Martin Way at The Landing at Hawks Prairie, which is located at 1200 Galaxy Drive NE in Lacey.last_img read more