Regime continues to close newspapers, impose jail sentences on journalists

first_img Reporters Without Borders condemns the closure of three newspapers in the past few days and the imposition of a jail sentence on another journalist in the government’s continuing crackdown on the media. The Commission for Press Authorisation and Surveillance, the censorship arm of the ministry of culture and Islamic orientation, has suspended the business daily Asia and withdrawn the licences of the weeklies Sepidar and Parastoo, while Badrolsadat Mofidi, the secretary-general of the Association of Iranian Journalists, has been sentenced to six years in prison.Asia’s suspension was announced on 17 August by Mohammed Ali Ramin, deputy minister of culture and Islamic orientation, who said it was for “publishing images contrary to public virtues.” The case has been sent to the justice ministry for judicial investigation. In reality, the newspaper has been closed for criticising the government’s economic policies and the heavy involvement of the Revolutionary Guards in the economy. It is its third suspension since its launch in 2002.Several of Asia’s journalists have been jailed since its creation. When it was suspended in July 2003 at the behest of then Tehran prosecutor general Sayeed Mortazavi for “anti-government publicity” after publishing a photo of Maryam Radjavi of the banned People’s Mujahideen, editor Iraj Jamshidi was arrested and held for several months. The Tehran supreme court sentenced publisher Saghi Baghernia to six months in prison in August 2006 for “anti-government propaganda.” One of Asia’s reporters, Ali-Reza Ahmadi was arrested in July 2003 and was not released until the following January, after paying 1 billion rials (100,000 euros) in bail.The licences of Sepidar and Parastoo were withdrawn on the same grounds – “publishing images contrary to public virtues.” The latest issues of Sepidar, which is owned by the Tehran University militia and supports radical militia members, had included articles criticising President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s controversial vice-president, Esfandiar Rahim Mashai. Sepidar also published a cartoon of a son of former President Hashemi Rafsanjani who was allegedly involved in the payment of bribes by a Norwegian company. These two closures are the result of in-fighting within the regime.More than 20 newspapers have been suspended in Iran since President Ahmadinejad’s reelection in June 2009. Ramin, the deputy minister of culture and Islamic orientation, is keeping his promise to do everything possible to “liquidate” the press. The country has been purged of its journalists and newspapers on the grounds of preserving “public morality.”Reporters Without Borders is dismayed to learn that a Tehran revolutionary court sentenced Badrolsadat Mofidi to six years in prison followed by a five-year ban on working as a journalist. Arrested on 28 December 2009, she was held in Section 209 of Tehran’s Evin prison until released on 7 June after paying 100 million tomans (75,000 euros) in bail.The heavy jail sentence imposed on Mofidi and the closure of the Association of Iranian Journalists for the past year are major blows for press freedom and journalists in Iran.President Ahmadinejad and Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, the Islamic Republic’s Supreme Leader, are on the Reporters Without Borders list of Predators of Press Freedom. RSF_en Receive email alerts News News Follow the news on Iran Call for Iranian New Year pardons for Iran’s 21 imprisoned journalists News IranMiddle East – North Africa Iran: Press freedom violations recounted in real time January 2020 to go furthercenter_img August 20, 2010 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Regime continues to close newspapers, impose jail sentences on journalists June 9, 2021 Find out more News Organisation March 18, 2021 Find out more Help by sharing this information IranMiddle East – North Africa After Hengameh Shahidi’s pardon, RSF asks Supreme Leader to free all imprisoned journalists February 25, 2021 Find out morelast_img read more

Sheriff’s Captain Reed Talks Coffee, Cameras and ‘Broken Windows’

first_img Subscribe Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked * Sheriff’s Captain Christopher Reed of the Altadena Station meets with local residents.As with many coffee klatches, the hottest topic at the Coffee Gallery in Altadena last night was movies. But not favorite flicks or favorite stars. It was neighbors hosting film shoots, and film companies taking over neighborhoods.The Altadena Sheriff’s Station and Captain Christopher Reed held a “Coffee with the Captain” meeting last night and while movies took over a lot of the conversation, Captain Reed and four deputies handled subjects as varied as new deployments, horse and foot patrols and policing policy.A number of residents spoke out against both film companies and local homeowners being good neighbors and honoring the specifics of film permits by the LA Film Office. Reed assured the neighbors that local sheriff’s deputies are aware of the pitfalls of neighborhood shooting, but also emphasized that in a busy filming community like Altadena, it’s the responsibility of film companies to enforce matters like parking violations and the like.Captain Reed also announced a new deployment strategy in the area with regard to deputies. As he explained, the department formerly deployed three two-person teams on the night and swing shifts. Now, there is one two-person car and four one-person cars, putting a total of five cars out on the street.Speaking of cars, the Altadena Sheriff’s Station also deploys two Ford Explorers as part of the patrol fleet (through a grant from Supervisor Mike Antonovich) that feature 360-degree license plate readers, allowing the vehicles to automatically view, read and enter every license plate of every car they pass on the road.“Big Brother is definitely here,” Captain Reed joked.Reed also discussed the idea of “Broken Window” policing, which is reacting to every small violation, in order to prevent more serious violations. Former LAPD Chief Bill Bratton was a strong proponent of this type of law enforcement.“But,” said Captain Reed, “Ever since Ferguson and Baltimore, a lot of cops have decided they’re going to shut it down, it’s something called ‘de-policing,’ which I had never heard of. and which is something Sheriff (Jim) McDonnell does not favor, obviously.“So, even though our crime is down,” he continued, “believe it or not our arrests are up, and to be honest with you, they are for more minor offenses. That term “de-policing is something I don’t want to see here. I tell our officers, ‘Be the kind of officer you want patrolling your neighborhood when your wife, parents or husband is home alone.’”“We don’t want to go overboard, but if you’re a known gang member, and your tail light is out, my deputies are going to talk to you.”In addition, the Sheriff’s Station recently began bike and foot patrols on Lake and Lincoln Avenues, and said Reed, those will be continued at least once a month. The Sheriff’s office also utilizes a mounted horse patrol when necessary.Finally, asked about the things that community members could do to make Sheriff’s deputies jobs easier, the officers all agreed, “Call right away.”“Don’t wait until the suspicious person you’re watching walks out of a house with a TV set,” said Captain Reed. 0 commentsShareShareTweetSharePin it faithfernandez More » ShareTweetShare on Google+Pin on PinterestSend with WhatsApp,Virtual Schools PasadenaHomes Solve Community/Gov/Pub SafetyPasadena Public WorksPasadena Water and PowerPASADENA EVENTS & ACTIVITIES CALENDARClick here for Movie Showtimes Make a comment Get our daily Pasadena newspaper in your email box. Free.Get all the latest Pasadena news, more than 10 fresh stories daily, 7 days a week at 7 a.m. Pasadena’s ‘626 Day’ Aims to Celebrate City, Boost Local Economy Business News More Cool Stuff Top of the News center_img Home of the Week: Unique Pasadena Home Located on Madeline Drive, Pasadena Pasadena Will Allow Vaccinated People to Go Without Masks in Most Settings Starting on Tuesday Community News First Heatwave Expected Next Week Community News EVENTS & ENTERTAINMENT | FOOD & DRINK | THE ARTS | REAL ESTATE | HOME & GARDEN | WELLNESS | SOCIAL SCENE | GETAWAYS | PARENTS & KIDS HerbeautyRed Meat Is Dangerous And Here Is The ProofHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyYou Can’t Go Past Our Healthy Quick RecipesHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty11 Ayurveda Heath Secrets From Ancient IndiaHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyPretty Or Not: 5 Things You Didn’t Know About BeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty7 Tips To Rejuvenate Winter Dry, Chapped LipsHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyHere Are Indian Women’s Best Formulas For Eternal BeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty Name (required)  Mail (required) (not be published)  Website  Public Safety Sheriff’s Captain Reed Talks Coffee, Cameras and ‘Broken Windows’ Sheriff’s Captain Reed shares java and crime tips By EDDIE RIVERA, Community Editor Published on Tuesday, September 29, 2015 | 4:11 pmlast_img read more

First residents of New Direct Provision Centre to arrive by weekend

first_img Pinterest Arranmore progress and potential flagged as population grows Twitter Google+ Twitter WhatsApp Facebook Facebook By News Highland – March 2, 2021 First residents of New Direct Provision Centre to arrive by weekend Previous articleMinisters to discuss North lockdown exit strategyNext articleHundreds of Fanad residents enjoying better connectivity News Highland It’s been confirmed that the first group of residents will be housed in Letterkenny’s new Direct Provision Centre by the weekend. A group of asylum seekers who are currently residing in emergency accommodation in Portsalon since 2019 will be among the first residents to arrive in the coming days.The centre, located at former student accommodation on the Port Road area of the town will be able to cater for up to 60 families.Cathaoirleach of the Letterkenny/Milford MD Cllr Donal Coyle has been giving an update on the developments:Audio Playerhttps://www.highlandradio.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/03/coyleweb.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.center_img Important message for people attending LUH’s INR clinic Loganair’s new Derry – Liverpool air service takes off from CODA Google+ WhatsApp Pinterest RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Community Enhancement Programme open for applications AudioHomepage BannerNews Nine til Noon Show – Listen back to Monday’s Programme Publicans in Republic watching closely as North reopens furtherlast_img read more

Great-grandmother, 73, kills 580-pound alligator with one shot, she says

first_imgiStock/Thinkstock(GOODRICH, Texas) — A great-grandmother in Texas hit an alligator in the bullseye earlier this week, killing the massive reptile with one shot to its head, she told a local news station.Livingston Mayor Judy Cochran believes the gator she found on her family ranch along the Trinity River in Goodrich, Texas, is responsible for her miniature horse who went missing three years ago, she told ABC Houston station KTRK-TV.The gator likely ate the horse, which was about the size of a Labrador retriever, she said.On Monday, Cochran shot the gator in the same pond where her grandson killed one in 2009, the Houston Chronicle reported. He was only 5 years old at the time, the Chronicle reported.“One shot in the head and he went under,” Cochran said of her kill. “Typically, they’ll do a death roll and roll over and over and over, but this one didn’t.”The alligator, which measured in a 12 feet and 580 pounds, was taken to a local taxidermist. Cochran plans to mount its head and tail in her office, make boots from its hide and eat the meat, she said.Residents in Polk County are only permitted to kill alligators 20 days out of the year, according to KTRK-TV. The gator must be baited and caught before it’s killed, the station reported.This year was full of firsts for Cochran, according to KTRK-TV. She was elected as mayor in May, became a great-grandmother for the first time earlier this month and can now call herself a killer of predators.“Don’t mess with Nana,” she said.Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

Three houses that sold below the Brisbane median today

first_img62 Sherwood Road, Rocklea, Qld 4106. $402,000 sold on 21 April 2017. Picture: Realestate.com.auTHESE three houses in Brisbane’s middle ring have sold in the $400,000s today, below the Queensland capital’s median sale price of $515,000.A three bedroom, one bathroom, four car space home at 62 Sherwood Road, Rocklea, in Brisbane’s south has been sold for $402,000 today, according to Realestate.com.au.Agent Kenneth Mow of Jensen Property had marketed it as great for a first home or investment.The home had been renovated throughout, with air-conditioned living and kitchen zones, internal laundry, plus high 2.7 metre ceilings. Three of the car spaces were in large lockup garage that could double as a workshop space for tradies or hobbies.More from newsMould, age, not enough to stop 17 bidders fighting for this home6 hours agoBuyers ‘crazy’ not to take govt freebies, says 28-yr-old investor6 hours ago41 Gilston Street, Keperra, Qld 4054. $440,000 sold on 21 April 2017. Picture: Realestate.com.auREA also listed a two bedroom, one bathroom home at 41 Gilston Street, Keperra, as having gone under contract today for $440,000.The home had been billed as a “renovator” that could provide a “great opportunity” for anyone willing to put the work into it.“This renovator enjoys an elevated position with leafy views and is only a short walk to local shops and train station,” was how agents Simon Whitehead and Robert Russell of Harcourts Solutions marketed the property. 14 Natasha Street, Wynnum West, Qld 4178: $485,000 sold on 21 April 2017. Picture: Realestate.com.auA three bedder at 14 Natasha Street, Wynnum West, was also among those that sold today, fetching $485,000.Agent Chris Pisani of Johnson Real Estate – Manly West had marketed the one bedroom, two car space home as having “heaps of potential with a great big backyard”.last_img read more

Anxiety About Coronavirus Can Affect Children

first_imgNo cases of the virus have been identified in New Jersey. A Royal Caribbean cruise liner, the Anthem of the Seas, was detained in Bayonne last week while passengers suspected of carrying the virus were tested for the disease. All of the test results were negative. “The fact there has been no significant spread of the coronavirus throughout New Jersey does not mean we should ignore this growing global health care challenge,” Menendez said. The New Jersey Coronavirus Hotline is staffed by medical professionals and available 24 hours a day. Call the hotline at 800-222-1222 with any question or concerns you may have about the disease. As news about the virus floods the airwaves and travels through social media, worries about the disease are taking an emotional toll, particularly on children, said Carol Veizer, founder and director of the NJ Center for Healing Arts in Red Bank. “You could tell them that it’s very unlikely that anyone they know in the United States will get sick and die of the virus,” she said. What are people worried about? With cases of Covid-19 numbering more than 40,000 worldwide, the federal government has declared a public health emergency and mandated that travelers returning from Hubei province in China, where the virus was first identified, undergo 14 days of quarantine. It’s also important to reassure them that “we’re doing everything we can to stay healthy. Remind them of what they have within their own power, like washing their hands, not touching their faces,” Veizer added. On Monday, Feb. 10, Persichilli and other government and health officials joined U.S. Sen. Bob Menendez (D-NJ) at a press conference to outline steps that are being taken to protect New Jerseyans from the virus and prepare for any potential emergency. But as the virus spreads, so can false information on social media, so it’s important to make sure the information you’re receiving is accurate. That’s why the NJ Poison Control Center at Rutgers New Jersey Medical School has established a 24-hour hotline dedicated to responding to concerns about the coronavirus. The hotline is staffed by medical professionals.  Despite the level of anxiety caused by the coronavirus, it’s the flu virus that poses the biggest threat right now. And the best way to avoid getting sick is to wash your hands and avoid touching your face. It’s important to pay attention, said Veizer. If your child is having trouble sleeping, reluctant to go to school or concerned about visiting public places, it’s important to talk with them. “Always begin by asking them what they know about it, what their specific fears are,” Veizer said. Avoiding the subject isn’t helpful, she continued. Sharing the facts with them honestly, in an age-appropriate way, can help them deal with their fears more effectively. Though the novel coronavirus, now named Covid-19, isn’t present in the Two River area, some mental health experts find anxiety related to the disease may need to be addressed, particularly with children. “The big thing that we see with kids is that they’re worried that their parents are going to die” from the virus, said Veizer, a professional counselor who has worked with children and adults for more than 30 years. center_img The article originally appeared in the February 13-19, 2020 print edition of The Two River Times. Kids who hear news reports about adults dying from the virus and leaving children behind may fear that they might lose a parent, too.  To date, 14 cases of Covid-19 have been diagnosed in the United States. The states in which the disease has been confirmed are Washington, California, Arizona, Wisconsin, Illinois and Massachusetts. “People are afraid in general,” Ruck said. “They see some people walking around wearing a mask and they get scared. Their neighbor comes home from a trip to China and they’re nervous about that. People still have a lot of concerns.” A worried parent can make matters worse, because a child may feel that they can’t depend on their parent to keep them safe. “The kids are really feeding off parents’ emotions,” Veizer said. By Eileen Moon | [email protected] He has urged the Trump Administration to fully fund pandemic preparedness and response efforts. Menendez, a senior member of the Senate Finance Committee which sets national health policy, said the Trump Administration has repeatedly proposed dramatic budget cuts that could threaten the government’s ability to combat the spread of the virus. “Calls are continuing to come in,” said Bruce Ruck, managing director of drug information and professional education at the NJ Poison Center. “People still have a lot of questions. Our goal is to provide factual, accurate information. There’s a lot of stuff on social media that may not be accurate.” Teenagers want and deserve straight answers. “Across the board, they want very frank information,” she said. In New Jersey, Gov. Phil Murphy has established a task force led by New Jersey Health Commissioner Judith Persichilli to enhance communication between various government agencies and the medical community. Five New Jersey residents who had been stranded in China as a result of the emergency returned home last week, including a couple from Monmouth County. The travelers were required to undergo the 14-day mandatory quarantine set by the federal government. And adults are definitely feeling the stress. “We’ve had more cancellations than usual,” Veizer said. “Some people are so terrified of contracting the virus that they’re staying home.”last_img read more