Government threat to ban Association of Iranian Journalists

first_imgNews June 9, 2021 Find out more Call for Iranian New Year pardons for Iran’s 21 imprisoned journalists Iran: Press freedom violations recounted in real time January 2020 Systematic harassment of the Association of Iranian Journalists by President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s government took a new turn on 24 June when labour minister Mohammad Jahromi threatened to dissolve the organisation.“This is yet another attempt by the Iranian authorities to silence those who defend free expression in Iran,” Reporters Without Borders said. “It is vital that journalists should be able to meet, form unions and practice their profession freely. We urge the authorities to allow the Association of Iranian Journalists to continue operating.”In a 24 June letter to the association, the labour minister said it was “illegal” and could be closed down soon. The authorities have been pressing for the removal of the association’s executive committee – which has been in place since 2006 – on the grounds of alleged procedural irregularities in the voting held during its general assemblies. The association’s officials have also been pressured to include pro-government journalists in its decision-making bodies.The association’s spokesperson, Mashalah Shamassolvaezin, told Reporters Without Borders that “several letters were sent to the Iranian authorities to try to resolve these problems and find a legal way to correct the flaws in the statutes, but no answer was received.” The association also filled a petition before an administrative court in an attempt to maintain the existing executive committee, but it was rejected in April.Created in 1997 at the start of reformist President Mohammad Khatami’s term of office, the association currently has 4,000 members. Several pro-government journalists tried unsuccessfully to take control in August 2006. This independent body, the only national organisation defending journalists, has since then been in open conflict with the Ahmadinejad government.The Iranian authorities have been hounding civil society since 2005 and dozens of organisations have been banned. The interior ministry tried in August 2006 to ban the Defenders of Human Rights Centre, which 2003 Nobel Peace Prize laureate Shirin Ebadi helped to found and currently heads. The centre plays a key role in defending free expression in Iran. Organisation News News IranMiddle East – North Africa Follow the news on Iran Help by sharing this information center_img Receive email alerts June 26, 2008 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Government threat to ban Association of Iranian Journalists to go further After Hengameh Shahidi’s pardon, RSF asks Supreme Leader to free all imprisoned journalists RSF_en March 18, 2021 Find out more IranMiddle East – North Africa News February 25, 2021 Find out morelast_img read more


‘He took my best friend away from me’: Slain student Mackenzie Lueck remembered at emotional vigil

first_imgiStock(SALT LAKE CITY) — Friends of slain University of Utah student Mackenzie Lueck came together in grief and resilience at a vigil on campus Monday night.Lueck’s friend and sorority sister, Kennedy Stoner, said she wanted to “voice how angry I am with the suspect and how he took my best friend away from me, her family, her sisters…”“It breaks my heart knowing she died alone in such a scary place,” Stoner said through tears.Lueck, a 23-year-old California native and lover of animals, had been missing in the Salt Lake City area for nearly two weeks before her suspected killer was arrested on Friday.Ayoola Ajayi, 31, was booked on charges of aggravated murder, aggravated kidnapping, obstruction of justice and desecration of a body, police said.Charred tissue was recovered with DNA consistent with samples found on Lueck’s belongings, police said.“Words cannot begin to describe the amount of sadness and pain we’re all feeling,” friend Ashley Fine said at the vigil. “Everyone that knew Mackenzie loved her and she is so greatly missed.”“While Mackenzie’s story is tragic, it is also a story of friendship and the strong bonds of women,” Fine said.Fine said she hopes to honor Lueck through acts of kindness. She said their friends also want to start a foundation in her name to help victims and their families.Fine vowed, “This person took away our friend, but he will not take away our strength. We will continue to advocate for victims of violence in our community and will continue to use Mackenzie’s voice for good.”Lueck, a kinesiology major who was planning to graduate next year, was last seen in the early hours of June 17.She landed at Salt Lake City International Airport around 2 a.m. and then took a Lyft from the airport to Hatch Park in north Salt Lake City, police said.The Lyft driver told police that Lueck met an individual in the park and did not appear to be in distress, police said. She was never seen again.Authorities later determined Lueck’s last communication was with Ajayi, said police. Phone records show that Lueck and Ajayi were both at Hatch Park within less than one minute of each other, according to authorities.During a search of Ajayi’s home, his neighbors told police they saw him using gasoline to burn something in his backyard on June 17 and 18, police said. “Several charred items consistent with personal items of Mackenzie Lueck” were found in his yard, according to police.Ajayi has not yet appeared in court.“She had a way of making you feel special,” Stoner said of Lueck at Monday’s vigil. “She loved helping people and always had a smile on her face.”“She always knew how to make you feel loved and she always knew the right words to say,” Stoner said.Overcome with emotion, Stoner paused.“She did not have a voice during her disappearance and time of death,” Stoner said through tears. “But I want to continue to be that voice.”Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more


Cloudy start makes way for mixed weather this weekend

first_imgHopes for dull skies to clear this weekend in favour sunshine may be dashed as sun-seekers in Donegal will be faced with further ‘mild and humid’ days. The weekend is expected to follow much of the same pattern as Friday with the weather taking a drastic turn on for the worst on Monday.A spokesperson for Met Eireann said about today’s conditions: “Starting out with a mix of cloud and sunny spells with perhaps the odd spot of drizzle. “Whilst it will brighten up, a few heavy showers will develop in the late afternoon and evening, mainly in the Midlands, East and North.”On Donegal, Met Eireann said previously said temperatures could reach as high as 20C on Saturday – but scattered showers are also on the cards.‘Saturday: Outbreaks of rain will move in from the Atlantic to affect the west of the country early on Saturday night, extending nationwide later. However, rainfall amounts will be small. Minimum temperatures 10 to 13 degrees in freshening southwesterly winds.‘Sunday: Rain clearing quickly into the Irish Sea on Sunday morning to leave a bright and breezy day with sunny spells and a few passing showers. ‘Highest temperatures of 15 to 18 degrees in moderate to fresh westerly breezes. Clear spells and scattered showers overnight, some prolonged in the north. Lowest temperatures of 7 to 10 degrees.’Cloudy start makes way for mixed weather this weekend was last modified: May 24th, 2019 by Shaun KeenanShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more


Matt Saal, Oct. 12

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest We have had a couple of showers. It has been a nice fall for getting stuff done. The rain definitely helped the wheat and the triticale that has been planted. We got most of our manure out. We still have a little bit to go and we will probably finish that up this week. We’ll have a little bit of tillage to do this week too.All the beans are off and pretty much all of the corn is done. The beans averaged around 39 bushels per acre. Everything is getting wrapped up early. With weather like this we don’t have to worry about getting stuck and we don’t have to worry about it being cold and wet.The triticale is looking really good. We chop it in the spring, put a little liquid manure on it and go right into corn. We have been doing that on a smaller scale for a couple of years. We try to chop and plant in the first or second week of May. I am still experimenting with the best way to plant the corn in that situation. We have tried no-till, strip-till and an AerWay after the triticale comes off. This year the strip-till worked best.We manage manure pretty intensely so we do not get into a problem. We try to stay on top of it. We had some wheat out this year so we only had to get from May until July with our manure storage. Really, the winter is the most difficult time to manage the manure. We basically can’t haul until the springtime again.We finished planting wheat a week ago Friday and it got a tenth or two of rain on it so far. Our fourth cutting was light but it will be good quality.last_img read more


Precision Ag Workshop with Pheasants Forever

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest The Precision Ag Workshop is a unique crossover event for conservation and agriculture at the 2019 National Pheasant Fest and Quail Classic on Friday Feb. 22 in Schaumburg, Ill. The workshop agenda is specifically designed for farmers, precision specialists, agronomists, and ag lenders. The topics on the agenda will help attendees discover new approaches to put data to work to maximize return on investment for every acre and how to harvest more bucks and birds. Continuing Education Units (CEU) are available for certified crop advisors. The $35 workshop registration gets attendees a 1-year Pheasants Forever membership, lunch, entry for Henry Golden Boy Farmer Edition Rifle, and a daily pass to National Pheasant Fest & Quail Classic show floor going on in conjunction with the event.Here are some highlights of the schedule:10:15 Partnerships for Precision FarmingHoward Vincent, PF/QF President & CEO & Leadership From John Deere (TBA)10:45 John Deere Operations Center: Turning Data into Decisions and ROIEric Taipale, CEO SenteraEd Barnes, Ph.D., Sr. Director, Ag & Enviornmental Research, Cotton IncorporatedMark Sullivan, Key Account Manager, AgDNALucas Strom, Vice President of Business Development, Farmers Business Network11:45 Certified Crop Adviser Perspective on Developing Precision Habitat SolutionsIan Olson, CENTROL Crop Consulting1:00 Precision Agriculture Creates Precision ConservationLaura Gentry, Ph.D., Director of Water Quality Science, IL Corn Growers AssociationMelissa Shockman, Precision Ag & Conservation Specialist, Pheasants ForeverElyssa McFarland, Development Director, Soil Health PartnershipGrace Ann Polasek, Integrated Solutions Manager, Ag Pro2:00 KeynoteMathew J. Lohr, Chief of USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service & 5th Generation Farmer (Invited)2:30 Farmer Panel: How Data Makes Dollars and Sense for My OperationDoug Martin (Illinois)Wayne Fredericks (Iowa)Tyler Young (Illinois)Arthur Wisecup (Iowa).The workshop will be held Friday, Feb. 22 from 10 am to 3:30 pm located in the Renaissance Schaumburg Convention Center in Schaumburg, Ill. Register online read more


Hypercat standard becomes Australian IoT cat’s meow

first_imgDonal Power Tags:#ARM#Broadcom#Cisco#Flexeye#Fujitsu#Giant Ideas#Huawei#Hypercat#IBM#Intel#IoT#KPMG#Smart Cities How Connected Communities Can Bolster Your Busi… Related Posts The chaotic Internet of Things (IoT) space just got a bit less fragmented as an Australian consortium chose to back the Hypercat technology standard.The Hypercat Australia group recently launched its efforts as a counterpart to the UK-based alliance pushing the Hypercat standard. This comes against the backdrop of competing standards vying for dominance in the relatively new field of IoT.Hypercat Australia supporters include KPMG Australia, Flexeye, Giant Ideas and the University of Technology Sydney.“It’s early days given the launch yesterday was the initial call for local membership, but in less than 24 hours we have received more than 40 registrations of interest for membership of Hypercat Australia,” said KPMG Australia’s IoT point man Piers Hogarth-Scott.Meanwhile, the standard is supported globally by such industry giants as Intel, IBM, Huawei, Cisco, ARM, Broadcom and Fujitsu.“The goal of Hypercat is to accelerate the global explosion of the Internet of Things – by enabling connected devices and data to work together to improve how cities work, and how people live,” said Justin Anderson, founder of the Hypercat Alliance.The open JSON-based Hypercat standard is used for exposing IoT device information via the Internet.“The Commonwealth is exploring relationships with different jurisdictions to build smart cities that improve our lives,” added Angus Taylor, Australia’s assistant minister for cities and digital transformation.  “Hypercat Australia is one such partnership which will allow a platform to facilitate cutting edge technology solutions to be applied to urban problems.”Taylor was on hand for the launch event of Hypercat Australia.Aussie smart city efforts key to renewalLast month he announced that the Australian government’s $50 million Smart Cities and Suburbs Program would stage a series of stakeholder roundtables. The first of these roundtables is set to take place in Melbourne on September 14.This follows the April publication of the government’s Smart Cities plan which cited “Smart Technology” as one of its three main pillars. The document promoted the approach of infrastructure renewal through the lens of such emerging technology as IoT.“The Australian Government has strengthened its assessment of infrastructure projects and now examines the extent to which new technologies are used to improve the efficiency, sustainability and services of infrastructure networks,” it said.center_img How IoT Will Play an Important Role in Traffic … Surveillance at the Heart of Smart Cities For Self-Driving Systems, Infrastructure and In…last_img read more


10 months agoSporting CP target Liverpool winger Rafa Camacho

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Sporting CP target Liverpool winger Rafa Camachoby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveLiverpool are expected to release Rafa Camacho for loan next month.The Liverpool Echo says Sporting CP want their ex-academy star for the rest of the season, with a number of Championship clubs also interested.Camacho, 18, can play across the front line and was also used as a full-back in an impressive pre-season campaign under Jurgen Klopp.After starring in America, his performances in the Uefa Youth League have brought him plenty of suitors.The Portugal Under-20s international is yet to make his first-team debut but could be contention next season if he can gain experience on a short-term deal elsewhere. last_img


Volleyball Buckeyes sweep Northwestern in home opener

OSU freshman defensive specialist Camry Halm (14) dives for a ball during a game against Northwestern University on Sept. 28 at St. John Arena in Columbus, Ohio. OSU won 3-0. Credit: Ross Tamburro | Lantern PhotographerIt’s been 297 days since the Ohio State women’s volleyball team last saw the floor at St. John Arena. Tonight marked the first home game for the Buckeyes and another win, improving to 11-4 on the season. No. 19 OSU swept Big Ten foe Northwestern in three sets during the Buckeyes’ home opener at St. John Arena, on Wednesday. A different combination of Buckeye players worked together in the match due to sophomore outside hitter Audra Appold sitting out with an illness. The change in lineup, however, wasn’t enough to derail OSU. A kill by senior middle blocker Taylor Sandbothe scored the first point of the first set, and from there, the momentum continued for the OSU squad. The Buckeyes jumped out to an early lead and were able to battle off several Northwestern rallies. Junior outside hitter Luisa Schirmer finished the final ball to win the set, 25-21. OSU kept the points coming in the second set, leading by double digits for the latter half. The Buckeyes dominated play, holding the Wildcats to only twelve points. Northwestern may have been down 0-2 in the match, but it showed in the third set, they weren’t giving up easily. The Wildcats led OSU from the beginning, as the Buckeyes would try to inch their way out of the hole for almost the entire set. With the Wildcats leading 20-16, it looked like match play might be pushed into a fourth set. OSU coach Geoff Carlston took the opportunity for a timeout to refocus his team. Immediately after, Schirmer put down a kill, followed by two more OSU points to cut the deficit to one. From there, it would be a point-for-point battle to the finish. When the dust cleared, it was OSU who would celebrate with a 28-26 set and match win. The Buckeyes held the Wildcats to an .085 attacking efficiency. OSU also dominated Northwestern’s blocking game, more than doubling their total team blocks, 7.5 to 3.0. It was freshman Madison Smeathers who would lead the team in hitting percentage with .500. Sandbothe and Schirmer also contributed 13 kills each. The countdown is on for senior libero Valeria León, who racked up another 22 digs against the Wildcats. With 1,497 total career digs, she is within fingertip-length of the record, currently held by Stacey Gordon with 1,572. Carlston said he was proud of the way his team responded to the pressure from Northwestern, especially in the final points of the match. “Northwestern did some things to stress us out,” he said. “I thought we did a nice job, especially in that third set, to lock in and play really well like what we needed to, to win in three.”Some Buckeye players expressed their happiness to finally be able to play in the gym they call home, even if it’s only for a moment. For Sandbothe, the match was her last “first” home game. “It was definitely bittersweet,” Sandbothe said. “The fans came out and seeing all the little girls and just having this opportunity to be on our home court, representing Ohio State is an amazing opportunity.” On the other end of the spectrum, tonight was freshman outside hitter Brooke Bailey’s first time playing in front of a home crowd as a Buckeye. “We’ve been away a lot in preseason and our first Big 10 games were away, so it was really exciting to be home,” Bailey said. The team will need the momentum from tonight’s win into their battle later in the week against defending national champions, No. 1, undefeated, Nebraska. The team mentioned what they will be thinking about over the next few days in preparation for the match. For veteran Sandbothe, the devil is in the details.“Just weighing the serve and pass game is going to be really important for us,” Sandbothe said. “I think we match up offensively and physically with every team, so just focusing on the little things.” Bailey said for the team, it’s about staying high and positive from tonight’s much-needed victory.“We’re just going to try to bring our energy from tonight into the weekend, and just keep going after it and staying aggressive,” she said. OSU will face the Cornhuskers on Saturday at 8:30 p.m. in Lincoln, Nebraska. read more


Buckeye field hockey prepares for Michigan on Senior Day

Junior forward Peanut Johnson (right) fights for posession of the ball during a game against Ball State Sept. 14 at Buckeye Varsity Field. OSU won, 3-2 in overtime.Credit: Melissa Prax / Lantern photographerFour Ohio State field hockey players are set to see their final career home games during Senior Day at Buckeye Varsity Field.Emotions are likely be running high as OSU (6-10, 1-6) faces its rival, No. 14 Michigan (11-6, 5-2) on Sunday with a spot in the Big Ten Tournament on the line.Eight teams make it to the Big Ten Tournament out of the nine conference members. OSU is currently in a three-way tie with Indiana and Rutgers for the last spot in the conference.It would mean the world for OSU to get a win for its seniors and continue on to the Big Ten Tournament, coach Anne Wilkinson said.“It’s not until you’re a senior that you realize how every day is so important,” Wilkinson said. “It’s amazing how many seniors say that to me. The freshmen, sophomores and juniors a lot of the time just go through practice and work hard, but suddenly the seniors are like, ‘This could be my last.’”The matchup with Michigan remains the most important for OSU and its coach. Wilkinson said she learned early in her career at OSU that Michigan was the most important game.She added that the games she remembers most are the victories against Michigan.OSU is poised to play its best against the Wolverines on Sunday, junior back Emma Royce said. Royce added the team is firing on all cylinders and it’s looking forward to coming out strong against its biggest rival.“I think all the younger players are going to want to play for their seniors,” Royce said. “So they’re gonna use that passion to harbor their talents and their skills. And for the seniors, they’re gonna go out knowing this is probably gonna be one of the last games of their career and use that as a way to go for it with nothing to lose.”The 14th-ranked Wolverines are coming off a Sunday non-conference victory against New Hampshire, 3-2, at Ocker Field in Ann Arbor, Mich. Michigan has defeated three ranked teams on the season and sits one game out of first place in the Big Ten entering the final day of the regular season.It was announced Wednesday that two Michigan seniors had been selected to compete in the National Field Hockey Coaches Association Senior Game. Redshirt-senior midfielder Ainsley McCallister is second the Big Ten in assists with a career-high 17. Redshirt-senior back Leslie Smith was the second player selected for the game thanks to her 12 goals on the season, which leads the Michigan team.It will not be easy for OSU, but Wilkinson said the will of her team’s seniors could carry them to the finish line.“You really want to be able to take the pressure off of them on Senior Day and just let them go out and play the game,” Wilkinson said. “You can see it every day in practice, they’re coming out here and giving it everything they have because they don’t want it to end.”OSU and Michigan are set to finish out the regular season at noon Sunday in Columbus. read more


5 plays that mattered – Ohio State versus Michigan

Ohio State freshman running back J.K. Dobbins (2) runs the ball in the third quarter of the game against Michigan on Nov. 25 in Ann Arbor. Ohio State won 31-20. Credit: Jack Westerheide | Photo EditorThe Game lived up to the hype.No. 9 Ohio State (10-2, 8-1 Big Ten) came back from a 14-point deficit Saturday and defeated archrival Michigan (8-4, 5-4 Big Ten) 31-20 in Ann Arbor, Michigan, behind the play of backup quarterback Dwayne Haskins, after J.T. Barrett left with a knee injury in the third quarter.Down the stretch, the Buckeyes made the plays they needed to make to keep their College Football Playoff hopes alive before heading into the Big Ten championship game against No. 5 Wisconsin next week.Here are the five plays that mattered most in Ohio State’s victory against Michigan.Austin Mack third-down catchHaskins likely won’t make a bigger throw this year for Ohio State. After two straight false-start penalties set the Buckeyes back to their own 47-yard line for a third-and-13 play, Haskins delivered a 27-yard strike to sophomore wideout Austin Mack for a first down at the Michigan 26. With 3:06 remaining in the third quarter, the catch gave Ohio State’s offense a much needed jolt, following the departure of Barrett. It was Mack’s only reception of the game. It also resembled a similar grab by Anthony Gonzalez in Michigan Stadium in 2005 that helped Ohio State seal a win.Haskins 22-yard runTwo plays after Mack’s grab, Haskins continued to will the Ohio State offense down the field. With no one open, and a little help on a no-call hold from right guard Demetrius Knox, Haskins stepped up from the pressure and ran 22 yards to the Michigan 1-yard line with 2:01 left in the third quarter.Haskins isn’t the most mobile quarterback in college football, but he made a few plays with his feet that will please the offensive coaching staff. That run paved the way for J.K. Dobbins’ 1-yard go-ahead score on the next play.Dobbins big run for 35 yardsThe freshman running back had just six carries in the first half. His workload increased to nine carries in the second half, and no rush was more significant than a 35-yard run with less than three minutes remaining in the game.Billy Price pulled from his center position and took Michigan linebacker Devin Bush out of the play, opening a hole for Dobbins to get to the next level. The run took Ohio State down to the Michigan 31-yard line and set up the game-sealing touchdown run from redshirt sophomore running back Mike Weber two plays later.Dobbins’ breakaway ability was seen a couple times Saturday, but when the Buckeyes needed a drive to put away the Wolverines, Dobbins promptly answered the call for his signature moment in his first year in the rivalry.Blocked PAT with 7:07 remainingOhio State ended up winning by double digits, but at the time, it seemed this play swung the momentum Ohio State’s way just after allowing a Michigan go-ahead touchdown.Cornerback Denzel Ward came off the left edge of the Michigan line on the point-after attempt and blocked the kick with 7:07 left in the third quarter. Once Ohio State scored on the next drive, Michigan failed to get anything going on offense.After Ward blocked the PAT, Michigan gained just 44 yards combined on its next three drives before Weber put the game out of reach.Jordan Fuller interceptionMichigan quarterback John O’Korn had open receivers for much of the game, but was often inaccurate. With 2:47 remaining in the fourth quarter, O’Korn threw his worst pass of the game, right into the hands of Ohio State safety Jordan Fuller.The intended receiver looked to be wide receiver Kekoa Crawford, but O’Korn threw for a post route while Crawford cut into the field rather than breaking long. Fuller was playing centerfield and hauled in the momentous pick with ease.This was Michigan’s breaking point. Before the drive began, Ohio State kicker Sean Nuernberger missed a field goal that would’ve put the Buckeyes up seven. The Wolverines had their opportunity, but O’Korn’s poor throw put an end to any hope Michigan had at coming back. read more