IranMiddle East – North Africa Iran: Press freedom violations recounted in real time January 2020 Call for Iranian New Year pardons for Iran’s 21 imprisoned journalists Receive email alerts News Reporters Without Borders was recently told about the particularly desperate plight of Mehdi Hossinzadeh, a detained journalist who, according to his family, has been tortured. The authorities have said nothing about his case since his arrest on 31 July. News IranMiddle East – North Africa to go further News A UN general assembly committee has expressed deep concern about “serious ongoing and recurring human rights violations” in Iran, especially in the crackdown following President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s disputed election in June. In a strongly-worded resolution on 20 November, the human rights committee accused the government of stepping up its use of torture, flogging, amputation and other forms of cruel and inhuman punishment. Another journalist, Ahmad Zeydabadi, was sentenced today to five years in prison followed by exile on the northeastern city of Gonabad. At the same time, the amount of bail for a provision release was increased to 350 million toman (260,000 euros). Jila Baniyaghoob, a journalist who was held from 20 June to 19 August, says she is very worried about her husband, fellow journalist Bahaman Ahamadi Amoee, who was arrested the same day as she was and is still being held. The authorities in Tehran’s Evin prison have not been providing any information about detainees to their families or lawyers since the 12 June presidential election. June 9, 2021 Find out more Journalists continue to be harassed while in prison. They can be interrogated at any time. New charges can be brought against them. They can be denied family visits for no clear reason. They can be put in solitary confinement for one wrong word, and they can be denied medical treatment. March 18, 2021 Find out more Help by sharing this information After spending more than 65 days in solitary confinement in Evin prison, he was transferred to a wing with other inmates. But then, after just a week in cell 350, he was put back in solitary confinement, in section 209 of the prison. See a TV interview yesterday with Newsweek correspondent Maziar Bahari about the four months he spent in prison in Iran: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gLS48YulGJQ Organisation “I saw him last Monday,” Baniyaghoob told Reporters Without Borders. “He was very ill with fever. We are very worried by the lack of medical care. More than five months have gone by since Bahaman’s arrest, and his lawyer has still not been able to see him or have access to his case file.” Bastani, Norbakhsh, Foroshani, Abtahi and Zeydabadi were all convicted in the course of the Stalinist-style political trials that have been taking place in Tehran since August. Their lawyers were not allowed to see them or examine the prosecution case files and they were represented in court by lawyers appointed by the prosecutor-general who are linked to the intelligence services. During these sham trials, they were also forced to read out confessions that had been extracted under duress. Mohammad Ali Abtahi, a cleric known as “blogging Mullah” who was serving a six-year jail sentence, was freed yesterday on payment of a record bail amount of 700 million toman (520,000 euros). A deputy minister in former President Mohammad Khatami’s government and an adviser to opposition candidate Mehdi Karoubi, he was arrested at his Tehran home on 16 June and spent 161 days in detention. RSF_en Follow the news on Iran Aghaei, who also edits the blog Azad Tribun, is the third Farhikhteghan journalist to be arrested since the election. The other two, Masoud Bastani and Reza Norbakhsh, the newspaper’s editor, have both been given six-year jail sentences. News After Hengameh Shahidi’s pardon, RSF asks Supreme Leader to free all imprisoned journalists “Despite such clear condemnation from the United Nations, the Iranian authorities continue to torture journalists and try them without any transparency, behind closed doors,” Reporters Without Borders said. “The UN general assembly must follow up this committee’s work by adopting a resolution denouncing the lack of transparency in the ongoing political trials and the illegal and arbitrary sentences being passed on opposition activists and journalists.” November 23, 2009 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Five journalists convicted, another arrested and one released Reza Rafiee Foroshani, a freelance journalist who works for Iranian and international news media, has meanwhile just been given a seven-year jail sentence, plus a suspended sentence of another five years in prison, on a spying charge. The latest journalist to be detained is Sasan Aghaei of the daily newspaper Farhikhteghan, who was arrested yesterday at his Tehran home by intelligence ministry officials after they had carried out a search. It is not known where he was taken. February 25, 2021 Find out more
Journalists are often the targets of attacks in Croatia that usually go unpunished. When Index published an article by reporter Vojislav Mazzocco on 2 June about war veterans minister Tome Medved’s efforts to get his son hired, Medved immediately called Mazzocco on his personal number and proposed a fight in which Mazzocco would have to “fear arousing the soldier that I was.” Receive email alerts News Ten RSF recommendations for the European Union December 2, 2020 Find out more Help by sharing this information CroatiaEurope – Central Asia Condemning abusesProtecting journalists ImpunityPredatorsViolenceInternet RSF_en Organisation August 17, 2018 Croatian authorities take no action on death threat to journalists The website’s editor, Neven Barković, filed a complaint about the message but the prosecutor’s office in Split finally announced on 3 August that it will take no action because of “attenuating circumstances” – the fact that Perković-Tabak had drunk too much at the time – and because he is a “decorated Croatian veteran.” CroatiaEurope – Central Asia Condemning abusesProtecting journalists ImpunityPredatorsViolenceInternet Reporters Without Borders (RSF) condemns the decision by Croatian prosecutors not to prosecute a war veteran who called for a website’s journalists to be killed. The decision is like giving a blank cheque to those who threaten the press, RSF said. News News to go further June 2, 2021 Find out more Use the Digital Services Act to make democracy prevail over platform interests, RSF tells EU After the respected news website Index.hr published an article criticizing the defence minister on 31 May, Croatian war veteran Stipe Perković-Tabak posted this unambiguous message on the website’s Facebook page under his own name: “These Index journalists should be killed. They criticize anything Croatian. How long will this go on?” Follow the news on Croatia Croatia is ranked 69th out of 180 countries inRSF’s 2018 World Press Freedom Index. “Being a war hero does not put you beyond the law,” RSF said. “This decision is all the more regrettable and dangerous because it amounts to giving a blank cheque to those who threaten and attack journalists. The authorities should clearly condemn such practices and put an end to the extremely unhealthy climate of impunity prevailing in Croatia, which poses a real threat to media personnel.” News RSF and 60 other organisations call for an EU anti-SLAPP directive November 23, 2020 Find out more
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[Video: rober fontneau]AXIAL TILT will be open to all ages, with the option to buy first-come-first-served General Admission tickets or special VIP tickets, with the latter also including a private catered meet-and-greet reception with the band prior to the show, a limited-edition show poster, and early entry into the venue before GA ticket holders. The show will also offer free valet parking and a limited dining menu and full bar throughout the performance.For more information and for ticketing to the upcoming AXIAL TILT All-Star tribute to the Grateful Dead on Friday, October 19th, led by Joan Osborne and featuring members of Dark Star Orchestra, Phil Lesh & Friends, and more, head here.[Cover Photo by Marc Millman] [Video: TheFatManRocked]This will be a nice, long show, including one full acoustic set and two full electric sets of Grateful Dead nuggets. Keeping in the spirit of fully honoring the Grateful Dead’s immense history, for AXIAL TILT, the Grateful Dead’s own audio guru Howard Danchik will also be on hand to mix sound for the show.Dark Star Orchestra – “Eyes Of The World” – Red Rocks Amphitheatre – 7/8/18 On Friday, October 19th, famed Grammy-winning singer Joan Osborne will lead an all-star celebration of the Grateful Dead dubbed AXIAL TILT, featuring members of Dark Star Orchestra, Phil Lesh & Friends, and more. AXIAL TILT has been a hugely popular annual two-night event at Jazz Fest in New Orleans since its debut—timed with the Grateful Dead’s 50th-anniversary celebration—four years ago. The upcoming October show marks the first AXIAL TILT show outside New Orleans and will feature an A-list band comprised of some of the most beloved members of the Grateful Dead’s extended family, ensuring what will be a fitting tribute to the Grateful Dead’s enduring musical legacy.In addition to her own successful solo career, Joan Osborne has been associated with Grateful Dead-inspired spinoffs, having frequently performed with The Dead and Phil Lesh & Friends over the years. For AXIAL TILT, Osborne will be joined by guitarist Stu Allen (Phil Lesh & Friends), guitarist Rob Eaton (Dark Star Orchestra), keyboardist Mitch Stein (Groove Division), bassist Robin Sylvester (Bob Weir’s Ratdog), and drummer Dino English (Dark Star Orchestra) at 210 Live in Highwood, Illinois, just north of Chicago.The Dead (with Joan Osborne) – “Fire On The Mountain” – Bonnaroo 2004
RelatedPosts EPL: Son fires four past Southampton EPL: Foxes attack Burnley Tottenham sign £25m Sergio Reguilon Tottenham Hotspur avoided a third straight Premier League defeat, coming back from a Chris Wood goal to earn a 1-1 draw at Burnley on Saturday, thanks to a 50th-minute Dele Alli penalty. Burnley started aggressively and grabbed the lead in the 13th minute when a headed clearance from Eric Dier was met with a fierce drive from Jay Rodriguez, which Hugo Lloris could only parry out to Wood. Tottenham were lacking fight as well as invention and needed a fine save from Lloris to keep out a dangerous, curling free-kick from the lively Dwight McNeil. Spurs boss Jose Mourinho made two changes at the interval, bringing on Lucas Moura and Giovani Lo Celso and his side quickly posed a greater threat, pulling level when Ben Mee brought down Erik Lamela and Alli smartly converted the spot kick. There were chances at both ends with Burnley sub Matej Vydra denied from close range by Lloris and Alli ending a sweeping move with a shot into the side-netting but the home side ended the stronger and will be disappointed to have ended with a single point. The result leaves Spurs in eighth place, four points behind fourth-placed Chelsea while the draw extends tenth-placed Burnley’s unbeaten run in the league to seven games.Tags: BurnleyDele AlliHugo LlorisJose MourinhoMatej VydraSean DycheTottenham Hotspur
Press Association Jonathan Sexton, Jamie Heaslip, Rory Best, Cian Healy and O’Brien could all come into an Ireland side which was less than convincing in claiming an opening 26-3 win over Italy. O’Brien was a late withdrawal from the starting XV, but a MRI scan on Sunday night confirmed the tearaway forward suffered only a minor hamstring strain in the warm-up in Rome and he is poised to train on Tuesday, Ireland team manager Mick Kearney said on Monday. “Jonny Sexton is cleared to train fully and he is available for selection. “Cian Healy trained fully last week, including some scrummaging which he came through very well and he is available for selection.” Head injuries are under scrutiny after Wales wing George North played on despite two blows against England last Friday. Wales have been asked by World Rugby for a report on North. Ireland insisted Best was treated correctly. “As regards the George North situation, I couldn’t second guess the Welsh medical team,” Michael Kearney added. “They are saying they didn’t see the second knock he took even though it was very obvious to everyone that was watching on the TV that he was pretty well knocked out cold. “If you take them at their word there, it was obviously just a genuine error on their part. “Certainly looking at the Irish medical team, the way it is set up, with a physio at the far side of the pitch and two medics on the near side, I would hope we wouldn’t miss something like that. “In relation to Rory, the minute Rory got the knock, the medics went on to him and he was taken off straight away to do the head injury assessment which he failed. “Post game he then did another test, pretty much straight afterwards which he came through really well. “He has been very well since the game and is completing a gradual return to play protocol. “If he completes the protocol without any symptoms, he will be available for selection. He certainly will not be ruled out at this stage.” Scrum-half Conor Murray knows holders Ireland must improve against a France side which opened with a win over Scotland. He said: “The Italy game will not be good enough to beat France this weekend. We’ve got to up it. “They’ve got a lot of talent in their team. (Wesley) Fofana and (Camille) Lopez can change the game in a moment. “They can be really dangerous if you let them attack and leave them in space. “Against Scotland they won ugly and that’s the sign of a good team.” Sexton could displace Ian Keatley at fly-half at the Aviva Stadium after recovering from a head knock and number eight Heaslip could play following a shoulder injury. Prop Cian Healy is available following a torn hamstring which required surgery last September, while a fifth Lion could also be fit after going off in Rome. Hooker Rory Best is following return to play protocols following concussion. Scrum-half Eoin Reddan (knee) and wing Dave Kearney (shoulder) are fit for selection. O’Brien has not played for Ireland since the agonising late defeat to world champions New Zealand in November 2013 after two shoulder reconstruction surgeries. Michael Kearney said: “Sean O’Brien did an MRI scan last night (Sunday) which confirmed a hamstring strain on the minor end of the scale. “He is feeling good and we are hopeful that he will train with the squad tomorrow. “If he comes through that, he will be available for selection. Whether that will happen or not, we will have to wait and see. Ireland could have four Lions back for Saturday’s clash with France in Dublin, with flanker Sean O’Brien close to contention after a hamstring injury in the warm-up in Rome last weekend ruled him out of a first Test appearance in more than a year.
The SunFest 2020 music and art festival along the West Palm Beach Waterfront April 30 – May 3, 2020. There are three stages that will host almost 50 bands over the four day event.The national headliners scheduled to perform on the Ford, Tire Kingdom and Airtab stages include:Cage The ElephantDarius RuckerIlleniumSlightly StoopidA Boogie Wit Da HoodieAdam LambertAJRJJ Grey & MofroJuanesKevin Gates+Live+Melissa EtheridgeNellyNe-YoThe RevivalistsSean PaulTower Of PowerscarypoolpartyAngie RoseBailey BryanThe BonfyreBrandon “Taz” NiederauerBre KennedyChildish MajorColony HouseJazz CartierJo Mersa MarleyLarry FleetMaggie KoernerMagnolia BoulevardThe Main SqueezeRic WilsonSouthern AvenueWilliam BlackPeter DoneganLeo Aether“It’s exciting when we get to announce the line-up and bring attention to the upcoming festival,” SunFest Executive Director Paul Jamieson told WPTV. “We aim to present national and local artists who appeal across generations and musical tastes. SunFest has become a very unique time of year that brings people from all walks of life and of all ages together in a perfect setting. That, as much as music, is what makes SunFest so special. For many people SunFest is more than an event, it’s a state of mind.”Buy your tickets before Friday, Feb. 28 to get the deepest discount. A four-day pass is 483, a two-day pass is $65, and a one-day pass is $40.
DR. BEVERLY DANIEL TATUM PRESIDENT, SPELMAN COLLEGE by Christina AlmeidaAssociated Press Writer ATLANTA (AP) — Sports began on American college campuses as a way for students to blow off steam and be healthy. Over the last century and a half, athletics have transformed into something very different: a handful of elite athletes, showered with resources and coaching, competing against other schools while the rest of the student body cheers from the stands. On Nov. 1, Spelman College — a historically Black women’s college in Atlanta with a far-from-big-time NCAA athletics program — announced how it plans to return to the old model. The school said it would use the nearly $1 million that had been dedicated to its intercollegiate sports program, serving just 4 percent of students, for a campus-wide health and fitness program benefiting all 2,100.“When I was looking at the decision, it wasn’t being driven by the cost as much as the benefit. With $1 million, 80 student-athletes are benefiting,” said Dr. Beverly Daniel Tatum, Spelman’s president. “Or should we invest in a wellness program that would touch every student’s life?”Spelman’s decision won’t influence the Georgias and Ohio States of the world — where sports have become inextricable from the identity of the university. But it could attract notice at a broader band of colleges struggling with budget cuts and agonizing over whether the cost of college athletics is compatible with their missions.For Tatum, there is also an element of social responsibility. She said a campus analysis found that almost one out of every two students has high blood pressure, Type 2 diabetes or is obese.“I have been to funerals of young alums who were not taking care of themselves, and I believe we can change that pattern not only for them but for the broader community,” Tatum said.The Division III school has been part of the Great South Athletic Conference in seven sports, including basketball, softball and tennis. Tatum said the school was sending a letter to the NCAA saying the school would be withdrawing from the conference and would no longer have an athletics program. Instead, the school plans to expand wellness programs and renovate fitness facilities.David Ridpath, an associate professor of sports administration at Ohio University, called the announcement eye-catching and predicted it could serve as a model at similar schools.“I don’t really look at this as a complete anomaly,” said Ridpath, who is also president-elect of the Drake Group, a national faculty organization advocating for changes in college athletics. “I think there might be other schools that try to get out of the rat race and get back to the original view of we need to worry about the mind and body of our students.”Spelman is unusually well-suited for such a move as it will likely face little uproar from alumni. Tatum acknowledged that Spelman’s student-athletes were disappointed when they were told last spring, but said she was hopeful it would not discourage them or future students.“They are passionate about what they do and want to keep doing it,” Tatum said. “Students who really want to be at Spelman will still come to Spelman. Athletics has been important to those students who have participated but to the overall campus community it has not been a major emphasis.”The cost of athletics can be particularly painful at HBCUs, which have struggled to maintain enrollment in recent years, due to the weak economy and tighter credit requirements that have made it harder for some of their often low-income students to get loans to pay for college.Earlier this month, all-male Morehouse College — Spelman’s sibling institution in Atlanta — announced it would furlough faculty and make other budget cuts due to lower-than-expected enrollment.The economics of college athletics vary widely from big-time programs to Division III schools where intercollegiate athletics are little more than another extracurricular activity. At most places, they lose money for the college and typically, schools say that’s fine. They argue there’s educational value in athletics, and they run all sorts of programs to benefit students that aren’t expected to pay for themselves, from jazz bands to the English department. It’s part of the college experience.But athletics are a part of the experience for only the tiny percentage of students who participate directly. According to the NCAA, there are about 400,000 student-athletes nationwide, but there are 18.6 million undergraduates.The median Division 1 athletic program, including those without football, is losing about $10 million annually, according to NCAA figures.At programs like Spelman, the losses are less severe but expenses are rising rapidly. For Division III schools with football programs, expenses from athletics have nearly doubled since 2004 to $2.9 million for the median school. At schools without football, such as Spelman, costs have more than doubled to about $1.4 million annually.At Spelman, the wellness initiative includes spending money to help renovate the school’s Read Hall, which was built in the 1950s, to make it a state-of-the-art fitness facility, with expanded hours and programs.“We are trying to meet students where they are in terms of their interest, but also helping them understand that the elements of wellness … are the kinds of things that are going to help them avoid the kinds of illnesses that are killing African-American women far too early,” Tatum said.(Justin Pope reported from Ann Arbor, Mich.)Follow Justin Pope at http://www.twitter.com/JustinPopeAPFollow Christina Almeida at http://www.twitter.com/almeidaap
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McKinleyville >> After enjoying league-title winning seasons and deep runs into the North Coast Section playoffs, Del Norte’s Peyton Healy and St. Bernard’s Betsy Brown were honored as MVPs of their respective Humboldt-Del Norte Leagues as the conference released its all-league selections on Friday.Healy, a versatile junior that played several positions led Del Norte to 21-6 overall record a share of the Big 5 title with the Arcata Tigers. Both Del Norte and Arcata garnered several …