Nascar sets out plans to resume racing on May 17

first_img1st May 2020 | By contenteditor AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitter Organisers of the Nascar motor-racing series have announced plans to resume racing on May 17 with a Nascar Cup Series event at the Darlington Raceway in South Carolina. Regions: US Subscribe to the iGaming newsletter Nascar sets out plans to resume racing on May 17center_img Topics: Sports betting Organisers of the Nascar motor-racing series have announced plans to resume racing on May 17 with a Nascar Cup Series event at the Darlington Raceway in South Carolina.The 400-mile race will be held without fans in attendance and will be Nascar’s first on-track action in more than two months after the series was suspended in March due to the novel coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic.The Darlington event will be the first of seven races over an 11-day span at two different race-tracks throughout May, with all other races set to take place at the Charlotte Motor Speedway in Concord, North Carolina.An Xfinity Series event will run at the Darlington Raceway on 19 May, followed by another Nascar Cup Series race on 20 May.Read the full story on iGB North America. Sports betting Email Addresslast_img read more

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TCCIA Investment PLC (TICL.tz) 2019 Annual Report

first_imgTCCIA Investment PLC (TICL.tz) listed on the Dar es Salaam Stock Exchange under the Investment sector has released it’s 2019 annual report.For more information about TCCIA Investment PLC (TICL.tz) reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the TCCIA Investment PLC (TICL.tz) company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: TCCIA Investment PLC (TICL.tz)  2019 annual report.Company ProfileTCCIA Investment Plc is a public limited liability company established by the Tanzania Chamber of Commerce, Industry and Agriculture (TCCIA) to make the TCCIA a self-financing organisation and enable its members to participate in the ownership and control of the Tanzania economy. The Local Authorities Pensions Fund is its only institutional shareholder; the rest are individuals and small to medium businesses. TCCIA Investment has invested in 8 companies whose shares are traded on the Dar es Salaam Stock Exchange. It operates a collective investment vehicle through which TCCIA members pool their financial resources to buy shares in public business enterprises. The company became operational in 2005 and is based in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. TCCIA Investment Plc is listed on the Dar es Salaam Stock Exchangelast_img read more

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With Nationals’ World Series victory, Washington National Cathedral wins bet

first_img Submit a Press Release By Egan MillardPosted Oct 31, 2019 Rector Washington, DC The Church Investment Group Commends the Taskforce on the Theology of Money on its report, The Theology of Money and Investing as Doing Theology Church Investment Group “It was a spectacular and hard-fought seven-game World Series,” Thompson said, “and unbelievably, it did not turn out as we in Houston and at Christ Church Cathedral had hoped.”With an expression of anguish on his face, he spoke the words he never expected would leave his lips: “Go Nationals.”The National Cathedral, meanwhile, was going all out in its celebration of the home team, projecting the Nationals logo onto the façade, inviting mascots up to the pulpit and ringing the bells for a full hour. Rector Shreveport, LA Featured Events Remember Holy Land Christians on Jerusalem Sunday, June 20 American Friends of the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem Rector (FT or PT) Indian River, MI Rector Martinsville, VA Assistant/Associate Rector Washington, DC Director of Music Morristown, NJ Rector/Priest in Charge (PT) Lisbon, ME An Evening with Presiding Bishop Curry and Iconographer Kelly Latimore Episcopal Migration Ministries via Zoom June 23 @ 6 p.m. ET Submit a Job Listing Rector Bath, NC The Church Pension Fund Invests $20 Million in Impact Investment Fund Designed to Preserve Workforce Housing Communities Nationwide Church Pension Group Curate (Associate & Priest-in-Charge) Traverse City, MI [Episcopal News Service] The Very Rev. Barkley Thompson, dean of Christ Church Cathedral in Houston, Texas, did some dressing up on Halloween – but it wasn’t the costume he’d been hoping to wear. That’s because he lost the World Series bet he made with his counterpart at Washington National Cathedral when the Washington Nationals beat the Houston Astros on Oct. 30 to win the World Series.According to the terms of the wager Thompson made with the Very Rev. Randy Hollerith, dean of the National Cathedral, whoever’s home team loses the World Series has to wear the winning team’s colors during a Sunday service. So, in a video posted on Oct. 31, Thompson took off his blue-and-orange Astros stole and modeled the Nationals-red one he’ll wear on Sunday. Rector Collierville, TN Family Ministry Coordinator Baton Rouge, LA This Summer’s Anti-Racism Training Online Course (Diocese of New Jersey) June 18-July 16 Associate Rector for Family Ministries Anchorage, AK Missioner for Disaster Resilience Sacramento, CA Virtual Celebration of the Jerusalem Princess Basma Center Zoom Conversation June 19 @ 12 p.m. ET New Berrigan Book With Episcopal Roots Cascade Books Assistant/Associate Priest Scottsdale, AZ Priest-in-Charge Lebanon, OH With Nationals’ World Series victory, Washington National Cathedral wins bet Rector Knoxville, TN Rector Tampa, FL TryTank Experimental Lab and York St. John University of England Launch Survey to Study the Impact of Covid-19 on the Episcopal Church TryTank Experimental Lab AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to PrintFriendlyPrintFriendlyShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailShare to MoreAddThis Bishop Diocesan Springfield, IL Rector Pittsburgh, PA Ya no son extranjeros: Un diálogo acerca de inmigración Una conversación de Zoom June 22 @ 7 p.m. ET Assistant/Associate Rector Morristown, NJ But of course, at the end of the day, it wasn’t a real rivalry at all. Instead, as Thompson said, it was “a friendly wager … that demonstrated to the world how friends can disagree with respect and in love.”“We don’t give thanks for winning a ball game,” the National Cathedral tweeted. “We give thanks for the Nationals bringing joy and unity to a city in desperate need of both.”– Egan Millard is an assistant editor and reporter for the Episcopal News Service. He can be reached at [email protected] Episcopal Charities of the Diocese of New York Hires Reverend Kevin W. VanHook, II as Executive Director Episcopal Charities of the Diocese of New York In-person Retreat: Thanksgiving Trinity Retreat Center (West Cornwall, CT) Nov. 24-28 Director of Administration & Finance Atlanta, GA Episcopal Migration Ministries’ Virtual Prayer Vigil for World Refugee Day Facebook Live Prayer Vigil June 20 @ 7 p.m. ET Associate Priest for Pastoral Care New York, NY Rector Hopkinsville, KY Curate Diocese of Nebraska Canon for Family Ministry Jackson, MS Rector Belleville, IL Rector Smithfield, NC Rector Albany, NY Seminary of the Southwest announces appointment of two new full time faculty members Seminary of the Southwest Inaugural Diocesan Feast Day Celebrating Juneteenth San Francisco, CA (and livestream) June 19 @ 2 p.m. PT Rector and Chaplain Eugene, OR Associate Rector Columbus, GA Featured Jobs & Calls Press Release Service Course Director Jerusalem, Israel Submit an Event Listing Cathedral Dean Boise, ID Priest Associate or Director of Adult Ministries Greenville, SC Youth Minister Lorton, VA Join the Episcopal Diocese of Texas in Celebrating the Pauli Murray Feast Online Worship Service June 27 last_img read more

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Juneteenth: The end of slavery in the United States

first_img Please enter your comment! June 19, 2017 at 6:06 pm Please enter your name here Fannie Support conservation and fish with NEW Florida specialty license plate 1 COMMENT Reply Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. Share on Facebook Tweet on Twittercenter_img Free webinar for job seekers on best interview answers, hosted by Goodwill June 11 Juneteenth is the oldest known celebration commemorating the ending of slavery in the United States.  Dating back to 1865, it was on June 19th that the Union soldiers, led by Major General Gordon Granger, landed at Galveston, Texas with the news that the war had ended and that the enslaved were now free. Note that this was two and a half years after President Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation – which had become official January 1, 1863. The Emancipation Proclamation had little impact on the Texans due to the minimal number of Union troops to enforce the new Executive Order. However, with the surrender of General Lee in April of 1865, and the arrival of General Granger’s regiment, the forces were finally strong enough to influence and overcome the resistance.Later attempts to explain this two and a half year delay in the receipt of this important news have yielded several versions that have been handed down through the years. Often told is the story of a messenger who was murdered on his way to Texas with the news of freedom. Another is that the news was deliberately withheld by the enslavers to maintain the labor force on the plantations. And still, another, is that federal troops actually waited for the slave owners to reap the benefits of one last cotton harvest before going to Texas to enforce the Emancipation Proclamation. All of which or neither of this version could be true. Certainly, for some, President Lincoln’s authority over the rebellious states was in question   For whatever the reasons, conditions in Texas remained status quo well beyond what was statutory.General Order Number 3One of General Granger’s first orders of business was to read to the people of Texas, General Order Number 3 which began most significantly with:“The people of Texas are informed that in accordance with a Proclamation from the Executive of the United States, all slaves are free. This involves an absolute equality of rights and rights of property between former masters and slaves, and the connection heretofore existing between them becomes that between employer and free laborer.”The reactions to this profound news ranged from pure shock to immediate jubilation. While many lingered to learn of this new employer to employee relationship, many left before these offers were completely off the lips of their former ‘masters’ – attesting to the varying conditions on the plantations and the realization of freedom. Even with nowhere to go, many felt that leaving the plantation would be their first grasp of freedom. North was a logical destination and for many, it represented true freedom, while the desire to reach family members in neighboring states drove the some into Louisiana, Arkansas, and Oklahoma. Settling into these new areas as free men and women brought on new realities and the challenges of establishing a heretofore non-existent status for black people in America. Recounting the memories of that great day in June of 1865 and its festivities would serve as motivation as well as a release from the growing pressures encountered in their new territory. The celebration of June 19th was coined “Juneteenth” and grew with more participation from descendants. The Juneteenth celebration was a time for reassuring each other, for praying and for gathering remaining family members. Juneteenth continued to be highly revered in Texas decades later, with many former slaves and descendants making an annual pilgrimage back to Galveston on this date.Juneteenth Festivities and FoodA range of activities was provided to entertain the masses, many of which continue in tradition today. Rodeos, fishing, barbecuing and baseball are just a few of the typical Juneteenth activities you may witness today. Juneteenth almost always focused on education and self-improvement. Thus, often guest speakers are brought in and the elders are called upon to recount the events of the past. Prayer services were also a major part of these celebrations.Juneteenth In Modern TimesToday, Juneteenth is enjoying a phenomenal growth rate within communities and organizations throughout the country. Institutions such as the Smithsonian, the Henry Ford Museum and others have begun sponsoring Juneteenth-centered activities. In recent years, a number of local and national Juneteenth organizations have arisen to take their place alongside older organizations – all with the mission to promote and cultivate knowledge and appreciation of African-American history and culture.Juneteenth today, celebrates African American freedom and achievement while encouraging continuous self-development and respect for all cultures. As it takes on a more national, symbolic and even global perspective, the events of 1865 in Texas are not forgotten, for all of the roots tie back to this fertile soil from which a national day of pride is growing.The future of Juneteenth looks bright as the number of cities and states creating Juneteenth committees continues to increase. Respect and appreciation for all of our differences grow out of exposure and working together. Getting involved and supporting Juneteenth celebrations creates new bonds of friendship and understanding among us. This indeed brightens our future – and that is the Spirit of Juneteenth. LEAVE A REPLY Cancel reply I appreciate the Apopka Voice sharing this important history. I recall the beautiful Juneteenth celebrations, as a child…Communities united for grand affairs with an assortment of foods, music, and prayer. The Anatomy of Fear You have entered an incorrect email address! 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Lloyds TSB applications jump by 30%

first_imgLloyds TSB applications jump by 30% Howard Lake | 1 October 2008 | News Tagged with: Ireland Northern Ireland Applications to Lloyds TSB Foundation in Northern Ireland increased by over 30% during the last round in July the Foundation has reported. The Foundation is not sure if it’s down to the worsening economy but expects a growth in applications for that reason in the near future.Last year the Foundation made grants of nearly £1.5 million, an increase of around £200,000 from the previous year. In common with the other Lloyds’ foundations, Lloyds TSB Foundation in Northern Ireland is funded by a covenant from Lloyds TSB plc. In 2007 the covenant to Northern Ireland was just under £2 million.Projects funded under the Foundation’s standard programme in Northern Ireland fall into the general categories of education and training and social and community welfare. Recently the Foundation has also begun to give more substantial grants under its ‘Creating Change’ programme and a Special Initiatives Fund.The next application deadline is 10th October.www.lloydstsbfoundationni.org AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis  31 total views,  1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis About Howard Lake Howard Lake is a digital fundraising entrepreneur. Publisher of UK Fundraising, the world’s first web resource for professional fundraisers, since 1994. Trainer and consultant in digital fundraising. Founder of Fundraising Camp and co-founder of GoodJobs.org.uk. Researching massive growth in giving.last_img read more

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Another Year of Hemp Research Means More Time to Find Markets

first_imgHome Indiana Agriculture News Another Year of Hemp Research Means More Time to Find Markets Previous articleKettler Attends Indy Farm Expo, Talks Appointment to Governor’s CabinetNext articleFirst Day Review of IN Farm and Tech Expo Including Hemp in 2020 and ISDA’s Kettler on the HAT Wednesday Morning Edition Eric Pfeiffer Facebook Twitter Another Year of Hemp Research Means More Time to Find Markets SHARE By Eric Pfeiffer – Dec 18, 2019 SHARE Facebook Twitter On the seminar stage at the Indiana Farm Equipment and Technology Expo, Dr. Bob Waltz, Indiana State Chemist and Seed Commissioner, reiterated that 2020, like 2019, will be a research year for growing hemp in Indiana.“We believe that that allows us the opportunity to position our markets more consistent with what USDA will require in the new rule that came out at the end of October, and also to have a better infrastructure in place so that our growers actually have a place to maybe take their products, or take their crop, and actually market it.”He added that the research license window will open near the beginning of January and they will distribute up to 300 hemp research licenses, saying that’s the amount they believe they’ll be able to properly handle without developing a new software platform.“There’s also again this issue with this very real of how much crop can you grow and sell in Indiana. We think that we’re still not to the point that we can open up to 1000 and have people growing 100 acres each. They’d have 100,000 acres and we would have, I’ll use the word disaster…you’d have 100,000 acres that couldn’t be sold.”Coming up Wednesday at the Indiana Farm Equipment and Technology Expo, Dr. Jim Mintert, Purdue ag economist, gives his 2020 market outlook and discusses how to turn a profit next year. Also, HAT Chief Meteorologist Ryan Martin has his 2020 weather outlook.last_img read more

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Press freedom violations recounted in real time (January -December 2015)

first_img to go further News News After Hengameh Shahidi’s pardon, RSF asks Supreme Leader to free all imprisoned journalists Call for Iranian New Year pardons for Iran’s 21 imprisoned journalists 17.11.2015 – Leading cartoonist jailedReporters Without Borders condemns yesterday’s arrest of Hadi Heidari, a well-known cartoonist who works for the daily sharvand and runs the Tehran-based Persian Cartoon website. Plainclothes men from the Tehran prosecutor’s office arrested him at Hamshari headquarters and took him to Evin prison. Last night, he managed to inform his family that he had been arrested in order to serve a one-year jail sentence.The son of a war veteran, Heidari has been held several times in the past for relatively short periods. In October 2009, he was arrested for attending a religious tribute to political prisoners and was held for 17 days before being freed on bail. He was arrested again in December 2010, when he responded to a summons from the prosecutor’s office inside Tehran’s Evin prison, and was held for a week, until a large bail sum had been paid. He received another summons in September 2012 in connection with a cartoon in the pro-reform daily Shargh, which led to the newspaper being closed for a year.The Revolutionary Guard intelligence services have arrested at least eight professional and citizen journalists in a crackdown that began in September. Iran is currently holding a total of 38 journalists and information activists, making it one of the world’s five biggest prisons for news and information providers.——-16.11.2015 – Woman journalist gets three yearsReporters Without Borders condemns the three-year jail sentence that Solmaz Ikder, a journalist who has worked for the daily Farhikhtegan and other reformist media outlets, received on 9 November on charges of “anti-government publicity” and “insulting the Supreme Leader.” After being arrested at Tehran airport on 16 June, she had been released on bail of 200 million toman (150,000 euros) and banned from leaving the country. Ikder has previous convictions. In August 2008, she was convicted for covering the annual demonstration by the families of political prisoners executed in 1998. She was convicted again in 2011 for attending the burial of Hoda Saber, a journalist who died in Tehran’s Evin prison on 12 June 2011 as a result of mistreatment and going on hunger strike.————-02.11.2015 – Leading journalist arrested againReporters Without Borders condemns today’s arrest of Issa Saharkhiz, a well-known independent journalist and former editor of several reformist newspapers. Revolutionary Guard officers in plain clothes detained him on the orders of Tehran prosecutors after a raid on his home. His family said he is accused of insulting Supreme Leader Ali Khameini and “plotting against national security at meetings.”Saharkhiz spent more than four years in jail after being arrested on 4 July 2009. A Tehran revolutionary court gave him an initial three-year sentence on a charge of anti-government propaganda two months after his arrest. Then, in August 2011, he received an additional two-year sentence in connection with his journalistic activities prior to his arrest. While in prison, he had serious heart problems and spent 20 months in Tehran’s Shariati Hospital. Under Iranian law, he should have been freed in August 2013 but was not released until the following October.Although banned from working as a journalist after his release, this free speech advocate refused to submit to the regime’s attempts to silence him and resumed writing. Acting within the Islamic Republic’s legal framework, he wrote articles for his Facebook page and for certain online media such as Roozonline in which he criticized the Supreme Leader’s role and decisions. ————–29.10.2015 – Freed after nearly four years in prisonReporters Without Borders is relieved to learn that Kasra Nouri, a contributor to the Sufi news website Majzooban Nor, was freed on 13 October after being deemed to have served his sentence.He was arrested on 14 March 2012 in the southern city of Shiraz, where a revolutionary court sentenced him six weeks later to four years and four months in prison on charges of giving interviews to media based abroad and insulting Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei. Another contributor to the site, Mostafa Abdi, who was given a four-year sentence, is still in prison.——————-27.10.2015 – Journalist freed on completing four-year jail sentenceReporters Without Borders is relieved to learn that the journalist Alireza Rajai was released on 25 October on completing a four-year jail sentence. Rajai used to work for pro-reform newspapers such as Jameh, Tous and Aser Azadaeghan, which were closed in 2000, and was part of the leadership of the Association of Iranian Journalists, which was banned in August 2009.He was arrested by intelligence ministry officials in Tehran on 24 April 2011 and was taken to Tehran’s Evin prison. As well as giving him a four-year jail term, a Tehran revolutionary court sentenced him to a five-year ban on political and journalistic activities after his release.——————-16.10.2015 – Website editor arrested, jail time and flogging for filmmakerReporters Without Borders has learned that Hassan Shikhaghai, the editor of Ruwange, a news website based in Mahabad, a mainly Kurdish city in northwestern Iran, was arrested by men in civilian dress on 7 October on the orders of prosecutors attached to Mahabad’s revolutionary court.A week later, his family had still not been told why he was arrested or where he was being held.Reporters Without Borders has also learned that a Tehran revolutionary court has sentenced Kaivan Karimi, a young documentary filmmaker, to six years in prison and 223 lashes on charges of insulting Islam and “immoral relations” for greeting a woman with a kiss and a handshake.Members of the Revolutionary Guards arrested Karimi on 14 December 2013 and took him to Section 2A of Tehran’s Evin prison. He was freed on bail two days later.He has also been convicted of making a documentary about post-revolution graffiti and a video for a singer living abroad that never saw the light of day. His lawyer protested when notified of the verdict and sentence a week ago, pointing that that verdict was dated 22 June, three months before the last hearing in the trial on 22 September.———————21.09.2015 – Not freed on completing sentence, journalist gets new jail termReporters Without Borders condemns the additional sentence of three and a half years in prison that has been passed on Said Razavi Faghih, a journalist who was not freed when he completed a one-year sentence in mid-March. He went on hunger strike in protest against the new sentence on 13 September and was transferred to a Tehran public hospital two days later.A onetime contributor to various pro-reform newspapers including Yass-é No (a daily closed in 2009), Faghih received the additional sentence in an unfair trial before a Tehran revolutionary court on 6 September. He was convicted of anti-government publicity and insulting Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei and the Assembly of Experts.Held since 24 February 2014, Faghih suffers from various kidney and cardio-vascular ailments. After undergoing a heart operation on 12 January 2015, he awoke in a pool of blood on his hospital bed and demanded to be returned to his cell in Rajaishahr prison. Faghih was originally arrested along with three other Yass-é No journalists in 2003, when he spent 78 days in solitary confinement. After moving in February 2004 to Paris, where he studied philosophy, he was detained again by intelligence ministry officers at Tehran airport on 30 January 2009 when he made a return visit to Iran. They confiscated his passport, told him he was banned from leaving the country and ordered him to present himself to a revolutionary court the next day. He was eventually released in February 2010 and remained free (but still subject to the ban on travelling abroad) until arrested again in February 2014.—————-16.09.2015 – Two bloggers arrestedReporters Without Borders condemns the arrests of two bloggers in the past six weeks, Arash Zad of Weblogina and Arashzad, one of Iran’s best-known new technology websites, and Mohsen Sadeghinia, who blogged about human rights on Openeyes. The authorities have not said why they were arrested or where they are being held. Access to their blogs has been blocked in Iran.Zad is said to have been arrested by Revolutionary Guard intelligence operatives as he was about to leave the country from Tehran international airport on 31 July. He had been living in Turkey for the past two years but was very active on the Iranian Internet, often giving his views on government policies. He also edited Ladybug, a website designed to attract women to new technology work.Sadeghinia was arrested on 5 September, shortly after his blog was closed by a committee headed by the prosecutor-general that decides which websites should be blocked. He often posted information about human rights violations in Iran and had criticized the increase in public executions in the past three years.The Iranian authorities keep a close watch on email and instant messaging. Since Rouhani took over as president in June 2013, around 100 netizens have been arrested and given long jail terms, in most cases on the orders of the intelligence services of the Revolutionary Guards.—————-28.08.2015 – Journalist arrested in order to serve jail termReporters Without Borders condemns the latest arrest of Keyvan Mehregan, a journalist who writes for reformist newspapers and used to be the daily Shargh’s political editor. Detained when he went to the Tehran passport office to renew his passport on 26 August, he was taken to Evin prison’s sentence enforcement office, where he was told he has to serve a one-year jail term.Mehregan has been detained several times since 2009 but this sentence stems from a raid on Shargh on 7 December 2010, when he and four other Shargh journalists were arrested. Released on bail of 10 million toman (7,500 euros) on 16 January 2011, he was arrested again after being summoned to Evin prison on 28 January 2013 and was freed a month later.Reporters Without Borders has meanwhile learned that Said Matinpour, a journalist who worked for the Azeri-language weekly Yarpagh, was freed on 26 August 2015 on completing two thirds of an eight-year jail term. One of the Reporters Without Borders “100 Information Heroes,” Matinpour had been held since 11 July 2009. He was released under article 134 of the new Islamic criminal code (amended in 2013), which says that anyone convicted of several crimes or offences serves only the sentence for the most important one.————14.08.2015 – Sufi site contributor freed on completing sentenceReporters Without Borders is relieved to learn that Reza Entesari, a contributor to the Sufi news website Majzooban Nor, was freed on 14 August on completing a four-year jail sentence.Arrested along with other contributors to the site in raids carried out in Tehran and Shiraz from 8 to 10 September 2011, he received the sentence at the end of an unfair trial before a Tehran revolutionary court on 13 July 2013.Three other contributors to the site who were given jail terms ranging from four to ten years – Hamidreza Moradi, Mostafa Abdi and Kasra Nouri – are still detained.———–11.08.2015 – Conservative weekly closed for third timeReporters Without Borders condemns the latest example of government harassment of the print media – the conservative weekly 9 Day’s closure on 3 August for criticizing the recent nuclear accord. This is the third time in less than two years that 9 Day has been closed.The newspaper’s closure was ordered by the Press Authorization and Surveillance Committee, the censorship arm of the Culture and Islamic Guidance Ministry, for “failure to respect the resolutions of the High Council for National Security.”9 Day is the mouthpiece of a radical conservative faction within the ruling elite that has been very critical in recent weeks of the nuclear accord that Iran reached with the 5+1 group (five UN Security Council members plus Germany).The same day, the Press Authorization and Surveillance Committee issued warnings to several other media outlets, mostly ultra-conservative outlets such as the daily Kayhan and the Rajanews website.Culture and Islamic Guidance Minister Ali Janati defended the decision to close 9 Day at a news conference marking Iran’s Day of Journalism on 8 August. “This newspaper crossed the red lines on nuclear issues that were established by the High Council for National Security,” he said.A few days before its closure, a “secret directive” was sent to the media instructing them to refrain from publishing critical articles or comments about the nuclear accord. Signed by the Deputy Culture and Islamic Guidance Minister, it told them not to question the accord’s terms, suggest there were differences among the country’s leaders, or repeat unconstructive comments published by domestic or foreign media. Instead, it urged them to stress the importance of these unprecedented negotiations and the courage of the negotiators.Conservative media outlets have reported that the Culture and Islamic Guidance Minister filed a complaint on 6 August accusing Vatan-é Emrooz, a radical conservative daily that supports former President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, of “publishing secret government documents.” Vatan-é Emrooz was one of the media outlets that published the “secret directive,” which the Culture and Islamic Guidance Ministry has yet to deny.—————————-19.07.2015 – Journalist freed on completing six-year jail termReporters Without Borders has learned that Masoud Bastani, a journalist who worked for the daily Farhikhteghan and other reformist newspapers, was released on 19 July on completing the jail sentence he received in the Stalinist-style political trials held in Tehran the second half of 2009.Arrested on 4 July 2009, Bastani was sentenced to six years in prison on 1 November 2009.Bastani was hospitalized several times while serving his sentence in Rajaishahr prison, in Karaj (20 km northwest of Tehran), most recently last February, when he was taken to the neurological department of Tehran’s Emam Khomeini after suffering a heart attack.His wife, fellow journalist Mahssa Amrabadi, was given a one-year jail sentence (and a suspended sentence of four years in prison) on 14 October 2010 for giving interviews and writing newspapers articles in support of her husband. She served the sentence from May 2012 to March 2013.—————————-8.07.2015 – Online activist’s father gets four months for giving interviewsReporters Without Borders condemns the four-month jail sentence that a court in the northern city of Tabriz has imposed on Seid Ahmad Ronaghi Malki for “writing letters to the authorities” and “giving interviews” about the health of his son, a human rights defender and online activist who has been serving a long jail term.Convicted in absentia, Malki has been given ten days to report to the authorities to begin serving his sentence.His son, Hossien Ronaghi Malki, was arrested in December 2010 and was sentenced to 17 years in prison. After undergoing several kidney operations, he is in extremely poor health with a condition that is life-threatening. His parents managed to have him paroled on medical grounds on 18 June in return for 1.4 million toman (500,000 euros) in bail.In a Facebook post on 4 July, the son wrote: “This morning, when the police came looking for my father, everyone thought they had come for me. No one knew that he had been tried and convicted.”The son has now also received a summons from the authorities with the aim of ending his medical parole.“Hossien has completed his sentence and should be released under article 134 of the new Islamic Penal Code,” his mother said in an interview, referring to a 2013 amendment under which anyone convicted of several crimes or offences serves only the sentence for the most important one.———————–01.07.2015 – Newspaper editor freed after serving five years of jail termReporters Without Borders has learned that Heshmatollah Tabarzadi, the former editor of three publications that were shut down one after the other from 2000 to 2005, was released on 20 June on completing two thirds of an eight-year prison sentence. He edited the independent monthly Gozaresh Rooz and two weeklies, Payam Danshjo and Howiat Khish.Tabarzadi was arrested in a round-up of opposition politicians and journalists the day after bloody demonstrations in Tehran on 27 December 2009, and was convicted a year later on charges of “publishing false information with the aim of upsetting public opinion” and “activities against national security.”He was granted a conditional release in December 2012, mainly on medical grounds. But, after sending letters about human rights violations to UN secretary-general Ban Ki-moon and the special rapporteur on human rights in Iran, Ahmed Shaheed, he was re-arrested on 15 January 2014 and was returned to Rajaishahr prison. Now aged 55, he has spent a total of seven years in various Iranian prisons.—————–30.06.2015 – Dual national Facebook commentator freedReporters Without Borders has learned that Farideh Shahgholi, a woman with dual Iranian and German citizenship, was released on 28 June after serving half of a three-year jail sentence on charges of anti-government publicity and insulting Supreme Leader Ali Khomeini in Facebook posts.A resident in Germany for 25 years, Shahgholi was arrested while visiting her family in Iran in 2011 and was initially held for more than six months, including 50 days in solitary in Section 2A of Tehran’s Evin prison. She was returned to prison on 22 May 2014 to serve the three-year jail sentence.Meanwhile, the persecution of journalists in exile continues. Journalist and human rights defender Mansoureh Shojaii has written an open letter to judicial system chief Mohammad Sadegh Amoli Larijani protesting against the treatment she has received from judges and other officials since her arrest in 2009 and her flight into exile in August 2010.The long list of abuses cited in the letter includes illegal pressure from judges to change her lawyers, bail confiscation, and mendacious use of arrest threats by prosecutors. Arbitrarily arrested in Tehran on 24 December 2009 on a charge of “anti-government publicity” in connection with her work for various feminist websites, she was held for 32 days in Section 209 of Evin prison before being released provisionally pending trial.“According to the testimony of my doctors and under international law, including the Convention against Torture and other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment, such treatment can be regarded as psychological torture,” the letter says.——————-24.06.2015-State news agency fires five journalists for covering strikeReporters Without Borders condemns the dismissal of five journalists from the state-owned Iranian Labour News Agency (ILNA) on 21 June after they defied orders not to cover a strike. In a Facebook post, Esmail Mohammadvali said he and his four colleagues were fired for covering a strike by workers in a factory owned by the company Farsite in the southwestern city of Dorud.“We had been under pressure for months to censor information about protest movements in Iran, including those by teachers and workers,” he said in his post. “On 19 June, the director’s secretary warned us that we should not cover the protest currently taking place at the Farsite plant because this was not a legitimate movement (…) “We tried in vain to contact the director, to explain to him that it was not our job to decide whether the protest was justified, and that, after these workers came to Tehran to press their demands outside the labour ministry, we had a duty to cover their protest.”Mohammadvali added that he and the other journalists then found that their access to the news agency’s website had been blocked and that their page on the website was shut down for two days. And finally, on the morning of 21 June, they were “summarily dismissed.”ILNA director Masoud Heidari responded that “transferring journalists in a news agency is normal” and that “some of these journalists exaggerated while others tried using blackmail.” Mohammadvali and the other journalists described these comments as outrageous. Other sources said Heidari was a former director of the company that owns Farsite. They also said two of the five journalists would be allowed to resume working for the news agency.Reporters Without Borders has meanwhile learned that Solmaz Ikder, a journalist who has worked for the daily Farhikhtegan and other pro-reform media outlets, was summoned on 15 June to the prosecutor’s office inside Tehran’s Evin prison, where she was banned from leaving the country and was detained after being unable to arrange bail of 200 million toman (150,000) euros. However, she was granted a provisional release the next day.Ikder has been convicted several times in the past, including in August 2008 for covering the annual demonstration by the families of political prisoners executed in 1998, and in 2011 for attending Iran-e-Farda journalist Hoda Saber’s burial in Tehran’s Behesht-e Zahra cemetery. Saber died in Evin prison on 12 June 2011 as a result of mistreatment and going on hunger strike. ——————-15/06/2015 – Internet activist’s lawyer arrestedReporters Without Borders condemns lawyer Mohammad Moghimi’s arrest on 13 June on a reported charge of “having an immoral relationship” because he shook the hand of a female client, Internet and human rights activist Atena Ferghdani, when they met in Tehran’s Evin prison.Ferghdani’s mother reported yesterday that Ferghdani “knew that the law forbids shaking a man’s hand but she was moved by the sight of her lawyer” and shook his hand in a moment of emotion. “She is upset by this accident and above all by these baseless and unfair accusations,” her mother added.————————–03.06.2015 – Long jail term for woman bloggerReporters Without Borders is appalled to learn that blogger and human rights activist Atena Ferghdani was sentenced to 12 years and nine months in prison on 2 June.Ferghdani had been held for the past five months on charges of “activities against national security,” “anti-government propaganda by means for performance art,” and “insulting government officials and parliamentary representatives in a published cartoon.”She was arrested on 11 January when she responded to a summons from a Tehran court for posting a video on Facebook and YouTube on 26 December in which she described her experiences in Section 2A of Tehran’s Evin Prison – a section controlled by Revolutionary Guards – after a previous arrest last August.“I was interrogated for nine hours a day,” she said in the video. “The questions were mainly about my activities and what I posted on Facebook (…) In the bathroom, they had installed cameras that filmed everything we did. I found it very embarrassing. When I protested, the guards said they were turned off (…) but one day I took a plastic cup back to my cell and guards arrived within two minutes and tore my blouse in order to get it back. I just wanted to use it to do drawings.”Her family said that during her court appearance in January she hit by guards as she was being taken off to prison. “The guards slapped my daughter right in front of us,” her father told journalists. She was put with non-political detainees in Gharchak prison in Varamin, a municipality south of Tehran.She was hospitalized on 27 February, 18 days after beginning a hunger strike. Her lawyer, Mohammad Moghimi, said she “had a heart attack and was taken to Firozgar Hospital in Sharrai.” She was transferred to Evin prison a week later.Two other human rights defenders, Atena Daemi and Omid AliShenas, were sentenced to 14 and 10 years in prison respectively the same day.———————-19.05.2015 – Association of Iranian Writers targeted againReporters Without Borders condemns the latest case of judicial harassment of Iran’s writers and journalists.Several members of the executive bureau of the Association of Iranian Writers were summoned and interrogated from 3 to 5 May. They included Reza Khandan Mahabadi, who has been charged with “anti-government publicity” and “publishing a newspaper illegally.” The charges refer to the association’s Facebook page.Plainclothes officers from the intelligence ministry searched his Tehran home on 29 April, confiscating his computer, hard drives and manuscripts.Iranian civil society’s oldest organization, the Association of Iranian Writers has been banned under both of the Shah’s two regimes and the Islamic revolution. Two of its leaders, the writers and journalists Mohamad Makhtari and Mohamad Jafar Pouyandeh, were murdered in 1998.——————18.05.2015 – Journalist freed on completing six-year jail termReporters Without Borders has learned that the journalist Kaivan Samimi Behbahani was released on 16 May on completing a six-year jail sentence on charges of “publishing false information with the aim of disturbing public opinion” and “activities against national security.”The former editor of Nameh (The Letter), an independent monthly closed by the authorities in 2005, Behbahani was arrested on 13 June 2009, the day after President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s disputed reelection, and was convicted on 2 February 2010.He was also banned from working as a journalist and, all the time he was held in an individual cell in Section 209 of Tehran’s Evin prison and in various sections of Rajaishahr prison, he was subjected to a great deal of pressure to renounce his journalistic commitments.————–27.04.2015 – Prestigious women’s monthly suspendedReporters Without Borders condemns today’s decision by the Press Authorization and Surveillance Committee to suspend the women’s monthly Zanan ٍEmroz (“Women” in Persian) under paragraph 2 of article 6 of the press code, which bans “content and photos encouraging prostitution and vices contrary to public decency.”The suspension was prompted by a special issue about “white marriage” – cohabiting without contracting a formal Islamic marriage, a growing trend among young couples. Entitled “White Marriage, social ill or cure,” the issue elicited angry reactions from conservative media that support Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei.Zanan was previously suspended in January 2008 for publishing “content harmful to society’s psychological tranquillity.” The Press Authorization and Surveillance Committee gave it permission to resume publishing in June 2013.—————-14.04.2015 – Newspaper journalist freed on bailReporters Without Borders has learned that Yaghma Fashkhami, a political reporter for the pro-reform daily Roozan, has been released on bail pending trial after being held for three and a half months. He was freed on 11 April.Plainclothes intelligence officers arrested him on 24 December, a day after the prosecutor’s office closed the newspaper because of an alleged “irregularity” in the supplement it published with its 20 December issue to mark the fifth anniversary of Ayatollah Hossein Ali Montazeri’s death.The public prosecutor has given his permission for the newspaper to resume publishing in a letter to the deputy minister of culture and Islamic guidance dated 23 March.——————-09.03.2015 – Four website activists freed after three and a half yearsReporters Without Borders is relieved to learn that four lawyers and contributors to the Sufi news website Majzooban Noor – Afshin Karampour, Amir Islami, Farshid Yadollahi and Omid Behrouzi – were released on 2 March as a result of a court decision to halve their jail sentences.Arrested in raids in Tehran and Shiraz from 8 to 10 September 2011, they were sentenced to seven years in prison at the end of an unfair trial before a Tehran revolutionary court on 13 July 2013. Last December, a Tehran appeal court reduced their jail terms to three and a half years (plus a suspended 30-month term).six other contributors to the site who were given jail terms ranging from six to ten years – Reza Entesari, Hamidreza Moradi, Mostafa Abdi, Kasra Nouri, Salehldin Moradi, and Mostafa Daneshjo – are still detained.—————————27.02.2015 – Authorities block two websitesReporters Without Borders condems the blocking of two websites since yesterday at the behest of judicial officials. They are Jamaran, the official site of the Islamic Republic’s late founder, Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini, and Bahar, a site that support Iran’s reformers.The judicial authorities ordered them blocked for posting a photo of former President Mohammad Khatami attending the mourning of a member of the Khomeini family.Judicial system spokesman Golamhossien Mohsseni Ejehi told the media on 16 February that any coverage of Khatami was henceforth banned at the behest of the High Council for National Security and Jusice. Media that ignored the prohibition would be subjected to publishing bans or other sanctions, he warned.————–23.02.2015 – Journalist arrested to serve old jail sentenceReporters Without Borders condemns the 21 February arrest of Ali Maghamai, a journalist and son-in-law of a prominent human rights defender, to begin serving a jail sentence he received more than a year ago.Originally arrested on 27 December 2010 and then released on bail, Maghamai, was sentenced to four months in prison on 11 January 2014. He was also given a suspended eight-month jail sentence. He did not appeal and was not told that an appeal court had upheld the sentence.The editor of the networking section of a website specializing in information technology, Maghamai also worked for several reformist newspapers including Mardom Emroz, which was closed last month.Like Mardom Emroz editor Mohammed Ghoochani, he is the son-in-law of Emadoldin Baghi, a leading journalist and defender of prisoner rights who has been hounded by the authorities.Prosecutors attached to the Tehran “media and culture” court charged Ghoochani on 26 January with “insulting Islam” for publishing a front-page photo of US actor George Clooney under an “I am Charlie” headline on 13 January.The Islamic Republic’s intelligence services still often harass the relatives of leading journalists and human rights defenders as a way of putting pressure on the media.———————————13.02.2015 – Six months in jail and 74 lashes for “insults”Reporters Without Borders condemns the six-month jail sentence imposed on former journalist Abass Salimi Namin, who heads an Iranian history research society and edits its website (http://www.irhistory.com/index.php).In an open letter on 2 February revealing the sentence and requesting the help of his colleagues, he denounced “the repeated and baseless complaints” brought against him by the prosecutor and “the profits made by those who own power and wealth.”Namin was given the six-month sentence for his comments about former President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad in a 2011 TV debate, in which he said “Ahmadinejad’s extravagance was the result of the conservatives’ silence.” He was also sentenced to 74 lashes and a fine for insulting the judicial authorities and those running the University of Tehran.Namin used edit to Kyhan Havai ­– a supplement of the newspaper Kyhan that was targeted at diaspora Iranians and stopped publishing in 1998 – and for years was one of a number of journalists known to have close links with the intelligence services.———————03.02.2015 – Court closes online paper run by Ahmadinejad supportersReporters Without Borders condemns the Tehran culture and media court’s decision to close the online newspaper HMA, which derives its name from the initials of “Supporters of Mahmoud Ahmadinejad” in Persian.The newspaper posted the court’s decision on its front page today. Issued on 26 January, the ruling said HMA is to be closed under paragraph D of article 7 of the press law for “publishing without permission,” and in order to “prevent the occurrence of a crime” under paragraph 5 of article 156 of the constitution.President from 2005 to 2013 and, like Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei, named as a Predator of Press Freedom by Reporters Without Borders, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad was one of the architects of a relentless crackdown on opposition politicians, journalists and human rights defenders accompanied by Stalinist-style trials.Dozens of newspapers were closed during his two terms in office and more than 200 journalists and bloggers were arrested after his controversial reelection in June 2009. Some of them are still in prison.—————–29.01.2015 – Reformist weekly closed “to prevent a crime”Reporters Without Borders condemns the closure of the reformist weekly Setareh Sobh (Dawn Star) by Tehran’s culture and media court on 12 January. The court said it was closed to “prevent the occurrence of a crime” under paragraph 5 of article 156 of the constitution.*In its 10 January issue, the weekly published an open letter by Ali Motahari, a moderate conservative parliamentary representative for Tehran, to Mohammad Sadegh Amoli Larijani, the head of the Judicial Authority. It criticized Larijani’s claim that the detention of the three leaders of the protest movement against President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s controversial reelection in 2009 was “legal and ordered by the High Council for National Security.”The three detainees include two 2009 presidential candidates. They are Mir Hossein Mousavi, a former prime minister and owner of the closed newspaper Kalameh Sabaz, and Mehdi Karoubi, a former parliamentary speaker and owner of the closed newspaper Etemad Melli. The third detainee is Mousavi’s wife, best-selling author Zahra Rahnavard.Detained on 24 February 2011, they have been held under house arrest and denied all rights.Before its closure, Setareh Sobh had been planning to publish its first issue as a national daily this week.*Article 156 of the Iranian constitution:The judiciary is an independent power, the protector of the rights of the individual and society, responsible for the implementation of justice, and entrusted with the following duties:1. Investigating and passing judgement on grievances, violations of rights, and complaints; the resolution of litigation; the settling of disputes; and the taking of all necessary decisions and measures in probate matters as the law may determine;2. Restoring public rights and promoting justice and legitimate freedoms;3. Supervising the proper enforcement of laws;4. Uncovering crimes; prosecuting, punishing, and chastising criminals; and enacting the penalties and provisions of the Islamic penal code; and5. Taking suitable measures to prevent the occurrence of crime and to reform criminals.—————-27.01.2015 – Newspaper editor charged with insulting IslamReporters Without Borders has learned that Mohammed Ghoochani, the editor of the reformist daily Mardom Emroz, was charged yesterday before a Tehran “media and culture” court with “insulting Islam” for publishing a front-page photo of US actor George Clooney under an “I am Charlie” headline on 13 January.Ghoochani’s lawyer, Mahmoud Alizadeh-Tabatabaie, said he was granted a provisional release pending trial after payment of 100 million toman (100,000 euros) in bail. Mardom Emroz was closed on 17 January.Reporters Without Borders has also learned that Mehrdad Sarjoui, a Tehran-based journalist who used to work for several English-language newspapers, was released on 13 January after being deemed to have completed his main sentence. Sarjoui was returned to prison on 28 November 2012 after getting a three-year jail sentence and a suspended seven-year sentence. He was previously arrested on 14 January 2011 and sentenced to 10 years in prison by a Tehran court on a charge of “espionage by publishing interviews of citizens of enemy countries.” An appeal court subsequently commuted the sentence.———————————-21.01.2015 – Journalist and rights activist arrested at her homeReporters Without Borders has learned that Zahra Khandan, a former journalist with several reformist news outlets who defends women’s rights online, was arrested at her Tehran home on 19 January by Revolutionary Guard intelligence operatives in plain clothes. Her home was also searched. The authorities have not said why she was arrested or where she is being held.According to the information obtained by Reporters Without Borders, several other women’s rights activists have been arrested in Tehran after campaigning for the release of Mahdieh Golro, a fellow activist arrested during a protest outside the parliament building in Tehran on 22 October in protest against a series of acid attacks on women in Isfahan and Tehran.———–20.01.2015 – Young woman arrested in court over Facebook videoReporters Without Borders condemns young human rights activist Atena Ferghdani’s arrest in a Tehran court on 11 January when she responded to a summons about the video she posted on Facebook and YouTube on 26 December in which she described what happened to her after her arrest last August.After her arrest on 24 August, she was incarcerated in Section 2A of Tehran’s Evin Prison – a section controlled by Revolutionary Guards – and was held until 2 November, when she was released on bail on 600 million toman (700,000 euros) pending trial.“I was interrogated for nine hours a day,” she said in the video. “The questions were mainly about my activities and what I posted on Facebook (…) In the bathroom, they had installed cameras that filmed everything we did. I found it very embarrassing. When I protested, the guards said they were turned off (…) but one day I took a plastic cup back to my cell and guards arrived within two minutes and tore my blouse in order to get it back. I just wanted to use it to do drawings.”Ferghdani is charged with “activities against national security,” “anti-government propaganda by means for performance art,” and “insulting government officials and parliamentary representatives in a published cartoon.”Her family said that during her appearance in court she was the victim of violence by the guards who took her off to prison. “The guards slapped my daughter right in front of us,” her father told journalists. She is currently being held in Gharchak prison in Varamin, a city to the south of Tehran. It is a prison used for holding non-political detainees.——————-Press freedom violations recounted in real time ( January-December 2014)———————-Press freedom violations recounted in real time ( January-December 2013)—————-Press freedom violations recounted in real time (January-December 2012)———-Press freedom violations recounted in real time (January-December 2011)—–Press freedom violations recounted in real time (July-December 2010) ——–Press freedom violations recounted in real time (January-July 2010)———Press freedom violations recounted in real time (June-December 2009) IranMiddle East – North Africa Condemning abuses ViolenceCitizen-journalistsInternet Follow the news on Iran November 16, 2015 – Updated on May 12, 2016 Press freedom violations recounted in real time (January -December 2015) Receive email alerts IranMiddle East – North Africa Condemning abuses ViolenceCitizen-journalistsInternet center_img Organisation News Iran: Press freedom violations recounted in real time January 2020 News March 18, 2021 Find out more RSF_en June 9, 2021 Find out more Help by sharing this information February 25, 2021 Find out morelast_img read more

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Raúl Castro urged to free all independent journalists from jail

first_imgNews August 9, 2006 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Raúl Castro urged to free all independent journalists from jail RSF_en Reporters Without Borders called today on Cuba’s acting leader, Raul Castro, to immediately and inconditionally release all the country’s independent journalists who are in prison.“We are waiting for a gesture of clemency towards the 23 journalists who have been in jail since the crackdown in 2003,” it said. “They are living in dirty cells with contaminated water, are ill-treated and visits to them are restricted. They are not getting proper medical care and the health of most of them is deteriorating each day.“It is urgent for the new head of government to act. Cuba is the world’s second biggest prison for journalists. Harassment and threats of jail must also stop so the freedom to report and think differently from the government can be restored,” it said.Hounding of journalists has continued in the week since President Fidel Castro handed over power to his brother because of illness. Ahmed Rodríguez, 21, who works in Havana for the news agency Jovenes sin Censura, was harassed with his family all night long on 4 August by officials and about 60 government activists who surrounded his house, stuck political posters on the walls and stopped family members and others coming or going. Negotiations were needed for the journalist’s 12-year-old sister to be allowed to go and buy bread. The activists insulted Rodríguez about his work and he angered them by shouting back “Long live human rights!” His sister vomited in fright and his mother became ill.Independent journalist Alicia Niobis Ortis Salmón, of the Cuban Liberal Party, was arrested by police on 4 August, interrogated by the head of state security, warned to stop working as an independent journalist and told she was being watched and could be prosecuted. The conditions of detention of some jailed independent journalists have deteriorated, including for Oscar Mario González, of the Grupo de Trabajo agency, who has been held without trial for the past year and is in very bad health, with blood in his urine for several days but still not allowed to see a doctor or take any medicine. Ricardo González Alfonso, founder of the magazine De Cuba and correspondent for Reporters Without Borders, who has been in jail since March 2003, is weak after an urgent operation to remove an abdominal granuloma caused by an earlier gall-bladder operation botched when surgeons closed the excision wound on the outside but not the inside. Guillermo Fariñas, head of the Cubanacán Press agency, is near death since a hunger-strike he began on 31 January to obtain Internet access has now had irreversible effects on some of his organs. He has intercostal nephritis and strong pain attacks prevent him from sleeping. Meanwhile the government released journalist Santiago Albert DuBouchet Hernández, head of the Noticia Habana Press agency, on 5 August at the end of his sentence after a year and seven days in prison. He had been convicted of alleged “resistance” by the people’s court in the southeastern town of Artemisa.Updates on all the 23 prisoners can be found on the Reporters Without Borders website: www.rsf.org New press freedom predators elected to UN Human Rights Council May 6, 2020 Find out more News Cuba and its Decree Law 370: annihilating freedom of expression on the Internet Help by sharing this information Follow the news on Cuba October 15, 2020 Find out more News RSF and Fundamedios welcome US asylum ruling in favor of Cuban journalist Serafin Moran Santiago A week after President Fidel Castro handed over to his brother Raul, Reporters Without Borders calls for the release of 23 independent journalists imprisoned since March 2003 and condemns the hounding of many journalists in the country. CubaAmericas to go further News Organisation CubaAmericas Receive email alerts October 12, 2018 Find out morelast_img read more

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10-year-olds beating horses ‘up and down’ in Carew Park

first_imgNewsLocal News10-year-olds beating horses ‘up and down’ in Carew ParkBy Alan Jacques – September 17, 2015 1240 Limerick’s National Camogie League double header to be streamed live Print Previous articleEveryone Else is Doing it … Limerick European Capital of Culture 2020 bidNext articleSaved by the ’90s Alan Jacqueshttp://www.limerickpost.ie Predictions on the future of learning discussed at Limerick Lifelong Learning Festival Limerick Artist ‘Willzee’ releases new Music Video – “A Dream of Peace” WhatsApp Vanishing Ireland podcast documenting interviews with people over 70’s, looking for volunteers to share their stories Email A pony grazing in Carew Parkby Alan [email protected] up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up A pony grazing in Carew ParkHORSES are being beaten and starved by a gang of youths aged between 10 and 18 years old in Carew Park, according to one local man.A concerned resident contacted the Limerick Post this week to report “savage animal cruelty” being inflicted on horses by young children and teenagers in the area on a daily basis.The man, who did not want to be named for fear of reprisal, said horses left in the estate are malnourished and mistreated.“I feel so sorry for these poor animals. They are just skin and bone. There could be up to eight or nine horses on the green at any one time and these kids beat them up and down the street all day long,” he said.“It is not nice to see these animals being treated like this. They are dying on their feet. I have often brought them over a drink or something to eat but I’m sick of calling the council and the guards as nothing is being done about it.”The man claimed that a child was almost trampled by a sulky in an incident in Carew Park last weekend. Another resident, who is a father of young children, said he does not let them play outside their home, for fear of serious injury.“People are living in terror. There is decent people living here. The elderly are terrified and it’s only a matter of time before someone is seriously hurt. There’s horses everywhere and you can’t even walk down the street because of the amount of horse shit.“There was a gang of about 15 youths up the road drinking the other night. The guards arrived and the gang just shouted at them and they got into their car and drove away. The Council just fob me off when I call them. Something needs to be done before it’s too late and someone is killed.”Limerick City and County Council said it is aware of the issues in relation to stray horses in Carew Park and surrounding areas.“The area was checked by An Garda Síochána in recent days and one horse was impounded in the last 24 hours. The Council will continue to monitor the situation and take appropriate action as required.”center_img TAGSAnimal CrueltyCarew ParkhorseslimerickLimerick City and County Council Advertisement Twitter RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Limerick Ladies National Football League opener to be streamed live Facebook WATCH: “Everyone is fighting so hard to get on” – Pat Ryan on competitive camogie squads Linkedinlast_img read more

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Fed Chair Responds to Coronavirus Fears

first_img  Print This Post About Author: Seth Welborn Sign up for DS News Daily in Daily Dose, Featured, Government, News Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Home / Daily Dose / Fed Chair Responds to Coronavirus Fears Share Save Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago February 28, 2020 2,319 Views Previous: Recognizing Excellence in Servicing Next: The Week Ahead: An Eye on Mortgage Performance Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Seth Welborn is a Reporter for DS News and MReport. A graduate of Harding University, he has covered numerous topics across the real estate and default servicing industries. Additionally, he has written B2B marketing copy for Dallas-based companies such as AT&T. An East Texas Native, he also works part-time as a photographer. In response to growing coronavirus fears, Federal Reserve Chair Jerome H. Powell has stated that the Fed will “act as appropriate to support the economy,” The New York Times reports.According to Powell , the “fundamentals of the U.S. economy remain strong.” He also noted that “the coronavirus poses evolving risks to economic activity” and said that the Fed “is closely monitoring developments and their implications for the economic outlook.”Powell’s statements come after James Bullard, President of the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis, noted that the Fed may be willing to cut rates in response.“We could cut rates if we got a global pandemic that actually develops with health effects that seem to be approaching the same level as seasonal influenza, but that doesn’t look like the baseline as of today,” Bullard said.In an article on MarketWatch, economist Peter Morici disagreed with the Fed’s plan. Dr. Morici, a business professor at the University of Maryland, stated that “calls for the Fed and other central banks to act quickly are misplaced at best and more likely downright dangerous.””The most important thing to recognize is that fiscal and monetary policy—a quick tax cut or jolt of infrastructure spending and Fed interest rate cuts and bond purchases—will be akin to passing out candles,” Morici said. “They won’t bring back electric power any quicker when the lines go down if utility companies don’t have enough trucks and crew. And shortages of what we need—not consumers and businesses unwilling to spend—is the coronavirus economic challenge.”With the economy already feeling its effects, the housing and mortgage industry has been impacted as well. A report by Markets Insider revealed the growing virus has caused mortgage rates to continue their downward slide. The report found the average rate for a 30-year fixed-rate mortgage hit 3.34% on Monday.The report says mortgage rates are impacted by the U.S. Treasury Yields, which have fallen as investors will “flock to so-called safe-haven assets” amid fears that the virus will slow global growth.On Tuesday, the yield on the 30-year US Treasury bond was still at 1.8%, a record low, while the 10-year yield fell to 1.37%, its lowest since 2012.Realtor.com’s Chief Economist Danielle Hale said that there is limited knowledge on the Coronavirus, as well as its “human and economic impacts.”“There have been periods when it seemed that the virus might be relatively contained as with the SARS outbreak many years ago,” Hale said. “New information suggests that COVID-19 may be more easily spread and thus will have more wide-spread impacts. But we are still learning, and as we learn more, markets will adjust to price-in this new information.” Tagged with: Federal Reserve Coronaviruscenter_img Fed Chair Responds to Coronavirus Fears Federal Reserve Coronavirus 2020-02-28 Seth Welborn The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago The Week Ahead: Nearing the Forbearance Exit 2 days ago Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Subscribe The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Related Articleslast_img read more

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