News to go further Help by sharing this information Organisation RSF_en February 25, 2021 Find out more IranMiddle East – North Africa Follow the news on Iran IranMiddle East – North Africa March 18, 2021 Find out more June 9, 2021 Find out more News News Call for Iranian New Year pardons for Iran’s 21 imprisoned journalists News Receive email alerts Iran: Press freedom violations recounted in real time January 2020 After Hengameh Shahidi’s pardon, RSF asks Supreme Leader to free all imprisoned journalists July 2, 2003 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Number of journalists held in unknown location in current crackdown rises to nine Reporters Without Borders today condemned the arrest of another journalist in Iran, Ali Akrami, which brought to at least nine the number of journalists arbitrarily detained in the past few weeks in a crackdown prompted by student demonstrations. It is not known where they are being held and their lawyers and relatives have been unable to get any word of them.The organisation cautioned the authorities about a campaign orchestrated by judicial officials and revolutionary guards in the mosques and conservative press in which all the detained students and journalists are accused of being “mohareb” (persons who fight against God), which is punishable by death.Reporters Without Borders also reiterated its call for the release of all the journalists imprisoned in Iran, which now totals at least 17. The recent arrests have made Iran the biggest prison for journalists in the Middle East.Akrami worked for the reformist daily Nedat Eslahat, which has been closed by the authorities for some time. His wife said she has not seen him since 16 June, when he went missing while outside Tehran university, and she said she was worried about his fate.State prosecutor Saïd Mortazavi has said the recently detained journalists were being held in Evin prisons. But lawyers of the journalists who have gone to the prison have not been able to locate their clients and found no mention of their names in the prison records.Mohsen Sazgara, the editor of the website Alliran and the (closed) reformist daily Jameh, is meanwhile continuing the hunger strike he began on the day of his arrest on 15 June. He is now very weak, and his condition is all the more worrying because he has a heart ailment. His wife, who is also on hunger strike to protest against his imprisonment, was summoned by judicial officials on 25 June and was hospitalised the same day.
Email Linkedin Facebook FINE Gael councillor Kevin Kiely has been elected the 813th Mayor of Limerick.He was proposed by party colleague, Cllr Ger Fahy and seconded by Cllr Michael Hourigan.The new Mayor has promised to put Limerick’s regeneration uppermost in his determination and stresses the need for the city’s boundary extension.He told the Limerick Post he will step down as chairperson of the joint policing committee in September.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up NewsLocal NewsKiely chosen as new MayorBy admin – June 16, 2009 624 Advertisement Twitter Print Previous articleLimerick semiconductor company expands to create 150 new jobsNext articleSpringbok team for first Lions Test admin WhatsApp Photo: Cllr John Gilligan and Cllr Kevin Kiely, Mayor of Limerick.
Social distancing in the age of coronavirus means improvisation, and members of the Harvard community are nothing if not creative. Over the past several weeks students, faculty, and staff have found innovative ways to mark some of the holiest days in the Jewish and Christian calendars remotely, including Passover seders and Holy Week services.Harvard Divinity SchoolAt Harvard Divinity School (HDS), two students have pulled together a virtual Passover seder set for Monday. The online meal will be open to anyone regardless of faith and will blend tradition with invention.“We’re working on a Haggadah that can be shared virtually so that everyone will be able to go through it together, and within the Haggadah we’ve assigned specific parts to members of the Jewish Student Association, areas where they can share a quote, poem, or thought around that particular element of the seder,” Molly Silverstein wrote in an email, describing their approach to the Jewish text read during the ritual meal.To keep the community feel, she and co-organizer Rachel Leiken will ask attendees to “read parts of the Haggadah aloud and share how they may be relating to the story and themes of Passover, such as moving from the narrowness of bondage to the spaciousness of freedom, all themes that are especially relevant right now,” wrote Silverstein.Creative cuisine will be integral to the seder menu, as many will be limited in the kinds of food they may be able to buy, said the organizers, who also plan to have people break into traditional Jewish study pairs to discuss elements of the seder and show a film clip, possibly from “A Rugrats Passover,” “to break up the service and hopefully make things feel light and fun,” Silverstein said. In “A Rugrats Passover,” Tommy Pickles parts the Red Sea as Moses. Credit: NickelodianFor the past several weeks Harvard Divinity School student Flora Tang, M.T.S. ’20, has been helping organize online daily and Sunday worship services. Coordinating the more involved liturgies in the lead-up to Easter has been a challenge. They weren’t able to incorporate a procession into the Palm Sunday service that marked the beginning of Holy Week and the end of Lent, but when it came to carrying palm branches to signify those placed in the path of Jesus as he entered Jerusalem, they MacGyver-ed a solution.“We invited everyone to bring a branch from outside, a flower, leaf, or houseplant, and we did a blessing over leaves and greenery via Zoom,” said Tang.As the weeks have passed, Tang said she has been increasingly impressed with how creative her community has been in adapting to the new normal. She even wrote a 20-second prayer about coronavirus in keeping with the recommended length of time for hand-washing. Bonding over Zoom, she said, has helped people cope.“Easter is a hard season this year because it’s a season of hope and joy, and it’s hard to see that when we’re in isolation,” said Tang “Celebrating doesn’t change the realities of this world,” she added, but it “makes me search harder for that hope and joy.”Memorial ChurchAs it has for the past several weeks, Memorial Church has been holding services while its doors remain closed. Instead of gathering in person, worshipers of any faith are encouraged to tune in to the weekly Sunday services at the church on WHRB at 95.3 FM or log in to the church’s Soundcloud account.In keeping with the governor’s directive to stay put and guidance from the University, members of the church’s clergy and Music Department have been recording themselves at home from around Greater Boston and sending their digital clips to a church staff member who edits the pieces of the service together into a file that can be played on the Harvard station.On Thursday, the church will offer a Maundy Thursday service through Zoom. The Good Friday service will be on the church’s Soundcloud account, and Easter Sunday service on April 12 at 11 a.m. will be broadcast on WHRB and made available on Soundcloud later in the week.,Stephanie Paulsell, interim Pusey Minister in the Memorial Church and the Susan Shallcross Swartz Professor of the Practice of Christian Studies at HDS, will deliver the Easter sermon. In the early days of the pandemic, Paulsell was still celebrating Sunday services in the church without a congregation and only a handful of other clergy and singers standing at least six feet apart, but soon even that was deemed too risky by the University. Her first efforts to record a sermon at home took place under a blanket as she tried to limit the echoes she got while speaking into her phone. An external mic, sent to her by a student, has helped smooth out the process, she said.Recording her sermons has given Paulsell “respect for people who are on the radio or who have podcasts, and all the things that they can do with their voice alone,” she said. It has also deepened her sense of the importance of community. “It’s critical that we stay connected during this difficult time, and being able to keep offering services to our community has been vital.”Paulsell said her Easter sermon will likely touch on the concept of pilgrimage, the theme the church has embraced during the 2019‒20 academic term. “That is what we have been thinking about all year, and that’s taken on a new significance now.” “It’s critical that we stay connected during this difficult time, and being able to keep offering services to our community has been vital.” — Stephanie Paulsell Ed Jones can’t conduct the Harvard University Choir, now scattered around the country, but the Gund University Organist and choirmaster is staying connected with its members by hosting a virtual tea time twice a week.For the church’s online and radio services Jones has kept the music alive, incorporating tracks of music the choir previously recorded in the church and recording himself singing the hymns. And while he may not be able to play either of the church’s two organs, he can accompany himself on the piano, once owned by Peter Gomes, the much beloved, late Plummer Professor of Christian Morals at Harvard Divinity School and Pusey Minister at Harvard’s Memorial Church.“It’s not the ideal situation,” said Jones, but using Gomes’ instrument “has a lot of memory value to me and to the congregation.”Harvard HillelHarvard Hillel, a center for Jewish life for College students and members of the community, has been keeping people connected online through a range of programming, events, and even a virtual dining hall where anyone from the College community can join to share a meal, but they will have to insert/create their own treats to stand in for those typically offered by their beloved Chef Jack, its website states.For Passover, Hillel rabbis will lead interactive seders online during the week, as well as a discussion on Thursday that will offer those hosting their own seders at home helpful tips and suggestions. Turning Harvard virtual The Daily Gazette Sign up for daily emails to get the latest Harvard news. How the information technology staff moved classes and operations online on a tight, coronavirus-threatened deadline From a care of souls to the care of bodies Kevin Cranston took his M.Div. degree to the Bureau of Public Health Related Efforts across the University aim to reassure, entertain, connect Bringing (virtual) normalcy to the community
The International Football Federation (FIFA) announced today the groups that will be involved in the draw for the World Cup in Brazil. The B&H team was placed in hat 4 with other European teams.FIFA ranked nine teams in these hats, and there will be a draw to determine a team that will be placed in hat 2 with teams from Africa and South American, which is currently seven teams.-Hat 1: Brazil, Spain, Germany, Argentina, Columbia, Belgium, Uruguay and Switzerland.-Hat 2: Chile, Cote d’Ivoire, Ecuador, Ghana, Algeria, Nigeria and Cameroon.-Hat 3: USA, Mexico, Costa Rica, Honduras, Japan, Iran, South Korea and Australia.-Hat 4: Netherlands, Italy, England, Portugal, Greece, B&H, Croatia, France and Russi.The group drawing for the World Cup will be held on Friday at 17:00 according to Central European Time.(Source: Fena)
DESORMEAUX DUO GETS DISTANCE TEST IN FRONTRUNNERKeith Desormeaux has horses entered in four races Saturday, including Straight Fire and Vibe in the FrontRunner Stakes and Decked Out in the Rodeo Drive Stakes.Seven two-year-olds were entered in the 1 1/16-mile FrontRunner, seeking to prove they can successfully negotiate two turns for the first time.“Street Fire is obviously talented and we’re hoping he can stretch his speed to a mile and a sixteenth, but it’s not written in stone,” Desormeaux said. “We’ll have to see how he does in the race. I wish I could say that there’s no doubt he can get a distance, but I’m not sure.“Vibe, there’s no doubt he can get the distance, but I don’t know how fast he is, so we’re just taking a shot. It’s a short field; he’s got a great post position.”As for Decked Out, Desormeaux is cautiously optimistic.“It’s a tall order,” he said, “first time against older horses, it’s another eighth of a mile, but since she’s run some great numbers and the Breeders’ Cup Filly & Mare Turf is right here in our backyard, why not take a chance at glory? That’s what we’re doing.”The FrontRunner, which goes as race six: Gormley, Victor Espinoza, 8-1; Plum Dandy, Mike Smith, 8-1; Secret House, Santiago Gonzalez, 20-1; Midnight Pleasure, Martin Garcia, 6-1; Straight Fire, Flavien Prat, 9-5; Klimt, Rafael Bejarano, 6-5; and Vibe, Kent Desormeaux, 20-1.FINISH LINES: Future plans are on hold for Santa Anita Derby, Preakness and Haskell winner Exaggerator, who finished seventh in the Pennsylvania Derby last Saturday. “He’s on his way to WinStar (Farm in Versailles, Ky. from Churchill Downs) as we speak,” trainer Keith Desormeaux said Friday morning at Santa Anita. “He’s going there for a freshening and we’ll huddle up with their people to see if the (Breeders’ Cup) Classic is still under consideration, but we’re not sure yet. He’s in WinStar’s hands now.” . . . Santa Anita Handicap and Gold Cup winner Melatonin, training up to the Breeders’ Cup Classic on Nov. 5, is scheduled to work six furlongs Sunday morning for David Hofmans . . . Bob Baffert seeks his eighth win in the FrontRunner Stakes when he sends out Klimt tomorrow . . . Jose Mercado, groom to the great John Henry when he was on his Hall of Fame roll with Ron McAnally, will present a trophy to the winning connections of Sunday’s Grade II, $200,000 John Henry Stakes. . . John Doyle, 2010 NHC champion ($500,000), and Santa Anita Simulcast host Megan Devine, will be Tom Quigley‘s guests, Saturday and Sunday, respectively, 11:20 a.m. in the East Paddock Gardens . . . Santa Anita offers attractive and potentially game-changing guaranteed exotic wagering pools during the Autumn Meet, notably: $300,000 Late Pick 4 opening day; $750,000 Late Pick 4 and $100,000 Pick 6 this Saturday, Oct. 1; $500,000 Late Pick 4 and $100,000 Pick Six Sunday. Oct. 2; $300,000 Late Pick 4 Thursday, Fridays and Monday, Oct. 10 following opening weekend; and $500,000 Late Pick 4 and $100,000 Pick 6 Saturdays and Sundays following opening weekend . . . Santa Anita hosts Oktoberfest Trackside tomorrow. Beer, Oktoberfest-themed games, German-inspired cuisine, beer tasting, a Santa Anita Park trucker cap, souvenir steins and more will be available. CHROME COUNTDOWN IN ITS FINAL STAGESBUSY SATURDAY FOR KEITH DESORMEAUXWINSTAR MULLS CLASSIC FOR EXAGGERATOR ESPINOZA: CHROME IS THE BEST HORSEPerhaps Victor Espinoza’s most natural trait is his easy going, roll-with-the-punches attitude.Sitting on a couch opposite David Letterman before millions of TV viewers or on California Chrome in a million dollar race, the self-described “happy Mexican” is as soothing as Sinatra’s phrasing.Espinoza will ride California Chrome in Saturday’s Awesome Again Stakes for the 17th straight race. He has won 12.“He’s better than ever now and the way he’s run the last three times shows that,” Espinoza said. “He looks outstanding, but we’ll see what happens. Every race is different. For me, I just go race by race and whatever happens, win or lose, to me he’s still the best horse.“The most important thing is that he comes out of the race healthy and stays in one piece. That’s it.”Friday morning, Chrome schooled at the gate and galloped a mile and three-quarters.The field for the Awesome Again, the seventh of nine races with a 12:30 p.m. first post: California Chrome, Victor Espinoza, 2-5; Dortmund, Rafael Bejarano, 5-2; Hoppertunity, Flavien Prat, 6-1; Win the Space, Gary Stevens, 20-1; Soi Phet, Kent Desormeaux, 30-1; El Huerfano, Martin Pedroza, 50-1; and Hard Aces, Santiago Gonzalez, 15-1.The Awesome Again is one of five Grade I, “Win and You’re In” Breeders’ CupChallenge events on the second day of Santa Anita’s 23-day Autumn Meet.NBCSN will air the Awesome Again in a two-and-a-half-hour telecast that starts at 2:30 p.m. Pacific Time.Santa Anita hosts the Breeders’ Cup World Championships for an unprecedented ninth time on Nov. 4 and 5.Supporting the Awesome Again are the Zenyatta Stakes for fillies and mares, three and up, at 1 1/16 miles; the FrontRunner Stakes for two-year-olds at 1 1/16 miles; the Chandelier Stakes for two-year-old fillies at 1 1/16 miles; and the Rodeo Drive Stakes for fillies and mares, three and up, at 1 ¼ miles on turf.Victory gives the winning horse in each race a fees paid berth to its respective Breeders’ Cup event.Next Saturday, Oct. 8, the Grade I Santa Anita Sprint Championship for three year olds and up at six furlongs will serve as a springboard to the $1.5 million TwinSpires Breeders’ Cup Sprint on Nov. 5.
DONEGAL fans showed some real flare at Clones today as they celebrated the county’s historymen lifting the Anglo-Celt for the second year running.The GAA had insisted that fans wouldn’t be allowed to take to the pitch to celebrate.But within seconds of the final whistle, it was clear that order wasn’t going to be listened too. Some fans even lit flares to herald a remarkable win.If you have pix, you can send them to [email protected] PICTURE SPECIAL! DONEGAL FANS SHOW REAL FLARE AT CLONES was last modified: July 22nd, 2012 by BrendaShare 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) Tags:PICTURE SPECIAL! DONEGAL FANS SHOW REAL FLARE AT CLONES
Frank Lampard shrugged off speculation about his future after his brace gave Chelsea a 2-1 victory at Everton.The England midfielder is approaching the end of his contract, with the Blues reportedly unwilling to offer him a new deal.He said: “We haven’t been talking about it in the last couple of weeks and I’m just concentrating on playing.“Playing games gives me enough satisfaction, then what will be will be.”Chelsea recovered after going behind to Steven Pienaar’s early opener at Goodison Park.Lampard admitted: “It was very hard. This is always one of the most difficult games of the season.“We went 1-0 down but after half an hour we started getting into the game. Once we got a foothold we got a goal at a good time.“It was always going to be very close and we did ride our luck at times. We have to keep believing this season – there is a long way to go.”See also:Lampard the hero in Chelsea 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 Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebook
30 July 2015Women’s achievements in the workplace were acknowledged by Susan Shabangu at the official launch of Women’s Month t, at the Union Buildings in Pretoria on 30 July.Shabangu, the minister in The Presidency responsible for women, said it was important that women’s achievements – such as being judges, directors or publishers in companies and those in male dominated environments like policing – should not be denied. “Next year, we celebrate the 60th anniversary of the Women’s March which took place in 1956. We are now hosting events in the build up to next year’s celebrations.”Challenges women faced today would also be addressed, such as gender-based violence. “From the beginning of November, we will engage women in national dialogues, making sure we understand why we still have these challenges.“We will try to identify the gaps and have to strengthen the arms with communities.”The theme of Women’s Month this year is “Women united in moving South Africa forward”. Women’s Month runs every August, with Women’s Day an annual national public holiday on 9 August. The day marks the Women’s March against apartheid laws, specifically against the law requiring all black women to carry pass books, which took place on 9 August 1956.Women from all parts of the country arrived in Pretoria and marched to the Union Buildings to deliver a petition to the prime minister, JG Strijdom. He was not there to meet the women, who left huge bundles of petitions. Estimates of the number of marchers ranged from 10 000 to 20 000.Shabangu remarked that the women in the 1956 march came together despite their diversity and the apartheid laws. “They united to say ‘we need each other as women in this country. Our fight is the fight of all the women in South Africa.’”The unity of women in diversity continued to be the anchor to take South Africa forward.Guests at the launch included actress Sophie Ndaba and activist Sophie de Bruyn, who had taken part in the 1956 march.“Minister Shabangu says we want to pay tribute to all women who played a significant role in this freedom that we enjoy today,” tweeted @GCISMedia, the government’s media account. “Minister Shabangu says all the Women’s Month events will take the nation down memory lane about the role women played.”There would be weekly events as part of the Womens Month programme, it was reported.Week one would celebrate women in fashion; week two would examine women in the film industry; week three would focus on the trafficking of women and children and the exploitation of women; week four would be concerned with women’s economic empowerment of women.SAinfo reporter
Slow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoises PH women’s volleyball team motivated to deliver in front of hometown crowd PLAY LIST 02:25PH women’s volleyball team motivated to deliver in front of hometown crowd00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City MOST READ Cavs revamp roster at trading deadline hoping LeBron stays Arellano University took the easy route to return to the championship round, taking down Jose Rizal University, 25-13, 25-20, 25-17,in the Final Four of the NCAA Season 93 women’s volleyball tournament Friday at Filoil Flying V Centre.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. 2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena sting NEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencers The only hurdle the Lady Chiefs had to overcome in the third set was the 3-0 deficit but the defending champions proved to the Lady Heavy Bombers they were in a class of their own.“I told my players that we still don’t have the right to celebrate because we only won two sets,” said Arellano head coach Obet Javier in Filipino. “I told them to not let JRU go up to 4-0.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutAndrea Marzan gave Arellano a 16-10 lead heading into the final third of the last set and the Lady Chiefs just had to keep the Lady Heavy Bombers at bay.After JRU trimmed the deficit to two, 17-15, the Lady Chiefs retaliated with three straight points with Sarah Verutiao denying Grace Verzosa with a well-timed block for Arellano’s 20-16 lead. John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding AFP official booed out of forum Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH LATEST STORIES View comments Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Read Next Regine Arocha then put Arellano at the 24-17 match point with a swift crosscourt kill before Annie Sibangan hit net in what became Arellano’s final point, and JRU’s last error, in the match.Arocha led Arellano with 15 points while Marzan and Jovielyn Prado combined for 16 points.Verzosa led JRU with 12 points while skipper Shola Alvarez added seven.ADVERTISEMENT Globe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PH
COLUMBUS, OH – SEPTEMBER 06: The Ohio State Buckeyes marching band perform before the game against the Ohio Bobcats at Ohio Stadium on September 6, 2008 in Columbus, Ohio. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)Ohio State is likely going to hang on against Maryland, but once again, the Buckeyes didn’t look as dominant as they did a year ago. Apparently, even some players on the Terrapins aren’t impressed.BTN’s Rick Pizzo told viewers that some players on Maryland’s offensive line called Ohio State “spoiled, entitled, and not No. 1” on the sideline during the game. Ironically, during the play after the comment, the Buckeyes registered a sack.Well then, Maryland pic.twitter.com/NKjiP5HM33— Dan Lyons (@Dan_Lyons76) October 10, 2015Maryland did score 21 points and rack up over 300 yards of offense. But you’re supposed to do the talking when you win, not lose by multiple touchdowns. Still, this will make for some interesting commentary during the week.