Five journalists convicted, another arrested and one released

first_img 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 center_img 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 morelast_img read more

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City Accepting Applications for ROSE Internship Program

first_img More Cool Stuff Make a comment Community News 12 recommendedShareShareTweetSharePin it Home of the Week: Unique Pasadena Home Located on Madeline Drive, Pasadena Young men and women in Pasadena can now apply for the city’s summer internship program, ROSE, where they can be eligible to receive a $1,500 training stipend and a six-week work assignment from June 1 to August 7.Under the ROSE (Realizing Opportunities through Summer Employment) program, interns will be required to attend training prior to beginning work and will then be assigned to different city departments and offices through the duration of the program, which the Human Services and Recreation Department sponsors to serve Pasadena youth and young adults by promoting early development of employment skills.Work assignments include day camps, maintenance, clerical, technology, engineering, and planning work.To be eligible for the ROSE program, applicants must be between the ages of 14 and 24, and must be residents of Pasadena. Applicants enrolled in the Pasadena Unified School District but reside outside of Pasadena do not qualify for the program.Applicants must also belong to very low-income to moderate-income families in the City. The application page, at www.cityofpasadena.net/human-services/rose, includes the household income bracket for qualified applicants, as well as other qualification requirements.Online applications must include applicant and guardian signatures if under 18. The online application cannot be saved for future access, so applicants must be prepared to complete the application in full in one sitting.Any applicant who needs access to a computer can visit the Jackie Robinson Community Center, Villa Parke Community Center, or the La Pintoresca Teen Education Center for assistance. For information about access hours, call (626) 744-7300. Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked * 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. faithfernandez More » ShareTweetShare on Google+Pin on PinterestSend with WhatsApp,Donald CommunityPCC- COMMUNITYVirtual Schools PasadenaHomes Solve Community/Gov/Pub SafetyPasadena Public WorksPASADENA EVENTS & ACTIVITIES CALENDARClick here for Movie Showtimes Community News Top of the News center_img Community News City Accepting Applications for ROSE Internship Program 14 to 24 year old Pasadena residents eligible to apply By ANDY VITALICIO Published on Friday, March 6, 2020 | 1:00 am Pasadena Will Allow Vaccinated People to Go Without Masks in Most Settings Starting on Tuesday Name (required)  Mail (required) (not be published)  Website  First Heatwave Expected Next Week EVENTS & ENTERTAINMENT | FOOD & DRINK | THE ARTS | REAL ESTATE | HOME & GARDEN | WELLNESS | SOCIAL SCENE | GETAWAYS | PARENTS & KIDS Pasadena’s ‘626 Day’ Aims to Celebrate City, Boost Local Economy Herbeauty8 Gift Ideas Your New BF Will Definitely LikeHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty8 Easy Exotic Meals Anyone Can MakeHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyThese Are 15 Great Style Tips From Asian WomenHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyYou Can’t Go Past Our Healthy Quick RecipesHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty5 Things To Avoid If You Want To Have Whiter TeethHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyHe Is Totally In Love With You If He Does These 7 ThingsHerbeautyHerbeauty Business News Subscribelast_img read more

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Appeal launched after attack in Guildhall Square, Derry

first_img Previous articleFoyle Search and Rescue stand down search operationNext articleRugby World Cup to visit Donegal Town admin WhatsApp WhatsApp 75 positive cases of Covid confirmed in North Police in Derry have launched an appeal after a man was attacked in the Guildhall Square area of the city last night.It’s understood a large group of youths were involved in the incident.The attack happened at approximately 9.30 last night.One male was arrested at the scene.Police are keen to speak to anyone who may have witnessed the incident to contact them.They are particularly keen to speak to a witness who helped the victim to safety.Anyone with information is asked to contact the 101 non-emergency number or information can be provided through Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111. RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Pinterest By admin – June 6, 2015 Main Evening News, Sport and Obituaries Tuesday May 25th Pinterest Further drop in people receiving PUP in Donegal Homepage BannerNewscenter_img Facebook Google+ Google+ Appeal launched after attack in Guildhall Square, Derry Twitter 365 additional cases of Covid-19 in Republic Man arrested on suspicion of drugs and criminal property offences in Derry Facebook Twitter Gardai continue to investigate Kilmacrennan firelast_img read more

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An ‘unspeakable tragedy’: Connecticut town stunned by arrest of 12-year-old in killing of twin sister

first_imgiStock/madsci(HARTFORD, Connecticut) — A 12-year-old boy allegedly killed his twin sister by stabbing her in the neck and torso and attacking his mother, a prominent lobbyist, in what a family friend described as an “unspeakable tragedy” in their Connecticut home, officials said.Brigid Curtin was identified Wednesday as the 12-year-old who was killed by her brother in their West Hartford home, according to the Hartford County Medical Examiner’s office. Brigid suffered stab wounds to her neck and torso, a medical examiner official told ABC News.Brigid’s brother also allegedly stabbed his mother, identified by her employer as Janemarie Murphy, 56, who survived the eruption of domestic violence Monday afternoon, police said.The boy was taken into custody after his mother called 911 about 3:30 p.m. “saying she and her daughter had been stabbed by her son,” according to a statement from the West Hartford Police Department.“Officers arrived on scene and located the two victims and the suspect,” the statement reads. “Officers, later joined by paramedics from the West Hartford Fire Department, immediately began emergency medical efforts to treat the mother and daughter.”Brigid and her mom were taken to St. Francis Hospital and Medical Center in Hartford, where the young girl died, police said. Murphy was listed in stable condition, police said.The attack remains under investigation and police declined to comment on a possible motive. Investigators continued on Wednesday to search the family’s two-story home, which has a holiday wreath hanging on the front door and decorative reindeer on the front lawn.John Droney, an attorney for Murphy and her husband, Timothy Curtin, declined to comment when contacted by ABC News.The boy, whose name has not been released, was also injured in the attack, police said. He was arraigned Tuesday in his hospital bed at Connecticut Children’s Medical Center on one count of murder with special circumstances and first-degree assault, officials said. The boy has been remanded to the custody of the Connecticut Judicial Marshals, police said.Officials said he is too young to be charged as an adult.“This is truly an unspeakable tragedy,” Chuck Coursey, a friend of the Murphy-Curtin family who is serving as their spokesman, said at a news conference on Tuesday.“I think that the first thing we all understand is there are no answers and things are difficult to explain,” Coursey said.Janemarie Murphy worked as a lobbyist for the Hartford law firm Murtha Cullina LLP.“We are devastated by the horrific tragedy affecting our friends and colleague Jane Murphy,” the law firm said in a statement. “Jane has been a valued member of the government affairs group of Murtha Cullina LLP for over 24 years. We are doing all we can to support Jane and her family, and asked everyone to please respect their privacy during this extraordinarily difficult time.”Prior to joining Murtha Cullina, Murphy served as a legislative aide to the Connecticut State Senate Majority office and the Senate president pro tem, according to her bio on the law firm’s website.Officials said her two children were seventh graders at Sedgewick Middle School in West Hartford, where records showed they were both honor students last year.“As mayor, this is just the worst nightmare to have a tragedy like this,” West Hartford Mayor Shari Cantor said at Tuesday’s news conference. “To lose anybody in your community is very difficult, but when it affects a family so deeply it’s just tragic.”On Tuesday night, a prayer vigil was held for the family at Westminster Presbyterian Church in West Hartford.“Like many in the West Hartford community, we are deeply anguished over the recent tragedy that took place in our town,” Rev. Julie Emery, the pastor of the church, said in a statement. “Our prayers are with the family affected, with the young people and parents in our community who are struggling to make sense of it all, and the emergency response workers, teachers and counselors who are working to find words of comfort and offer safe space for all of us.”Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

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Homeless college student walks over 500 miles to raise money for homelessness

first_imgtreese094/iStockBY: HALEY YAMADA AND ERIC NOLL, ABC NEWS(BOSTON) — One college sophomore went beyond just walking a mile in someone else’s shoes.Gordon Wayne walked more than 500 miles on foot to raise money for The National Alliance to End Homelessness, a cause that Wayne has been affected by personally.“Every time I want to quit I just think about the people I’m doing this for and this is bigger than myself and I have to keep going,” Wayne told “World News Tonight.”A year ago, Wayne was homeless and applying to colleges out of his car while he worked 10-hour shifts at an amusement park. Over the summer, Wayne found out he had been accepted to his dream school — Boston College — on full scholarship.In an effort to recognize an estimated 500,000 Americans affected by homelessness, Wayne decided to walk from his hometown in Caroline County, Virginia, to his college in Massachusetts.Along with his journey, Wayne started a GoFundMe page that has since raised more than $100,000 for The National Alliance to End Homelessness.In August, Wayne began his trek and walked close to 30 to 40 miles a day.“I’m taking a break. I just walked for about 10 miles straight,” Wayne recorded in a video diary for “World News Tonight.”Even through the exhaustion, he did not give up and found support from good Samaritans along the way.“Today, Ashley and her mom brought me some supplies,” Wayne said in a recording.After a 16-day journey, Wayne marched through the Boston College stadium.“I’d like to welcome you to the most beautiful campus in the universe: Boston College,” Wayne shared with “World News Tonight.”Now on campus, Wayne said that he’s finally home. He told “World News Tonight” that he hopes others will have that same chance.“I hope that I can inspire people to keep walking. You know, keep taking that extra step,” he said. “Even when it hurts. Even when it’s hard and you don’t want to. There’s no other choice. You have to keep going if you want to achieve what you want in life.”Copyright © 2020, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

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A case of preparing for the unknown

first_img Comments are closed. The Human Rights Act finally comes into effect in October, with far-reachingimplications for employers. But a recent survey found that even manypublic-sector organisations, who are directly subject to its provisions, don’treally know how to prepare for it. We asked some of those at the sharp end howthey think the Act will affect them and what they are doing to complySandra Campbell Chief personnel officer, London Borough of Bromley We have been conducting a human rights audit. We set up a small team oflawyers and personnel officers to look at the likely impact of what we do anddeliver. There are a lot of issues. We have already got a code of conduct for e-mailsbut we have got an eye on that. Also we are studying existing grievance anddisciplinary procedures to look for conflicts of interest. We have run a lot ofcourses including awareness training for senior officers and briefing sessionsfor our elected members and taking a comprehensive approach to raise awarenessbecause clearly members make decisions but it is also vital that theyunderstand concepts. I am taking a careful approach. But I am concerned about the increasing needfor resources to deal with the HRA. We are taking on a legal expert so thereare substantial resource implications, some of which may turn out to be valid.We are taking a joint approach between legal and personnel departments which beginsin best practice. Gareth Hadley Director of personnel, Prison Office headquarters The HRA will have little or no impact on our department as our policiescomply with and often exceed legal requirements. Our lawyers have alreadychecked our procedures and practices against the HRA. The only training we have introduced is for line managers about the impacton prisoners. We are a good employer and while there may be something we havenot thought about waiting to trip us up, we are confident that our practiceswill stand the test of this extra scrutiny. Helen Froud Director of corporate services, Worcestershire County Council Worcestershire County Council has been worried about the impact of the HRA.As a public authority we think the new Act will give the opportunity forcomplainants to pursue another route when they have exhausted the existingroutes of appeal. Clearly this may sometimes be in the public interest but itwill certainly be more expensive and may further protract hopeless cases. We decided early on to brief senior staff and councillors and to carry outan impact assessment of the law. I tasked our head of legal services to leadthe project. We produced sets of briefing notes for senior staff, providedtraining sessions for senior management groups and arranged specialist trainingfor key legal and HR staff. The training sessions covered the areas relevant to each directorate. Forexample, in educational services we concentrated on school admissions,prosecutions for school non-attendance and school transport. In environmentalservices we concentrated on planning issues and the rights of unsuccessfulobjectors, allegations of entrapment for Trading Standards and trafficregulation orders. In the social services department we discussed the issues of registration onthe Child Protection Register, the rights of those not receiving socialservices due to budget shortfalls and the possible impact of the right tofamily life on care proceedings. We helped management teams to select a few keypolicy areas where they felt they could be vulnerable and reviewed them in thelight of the HRA. We haven’t been able to check HRA compliance. We feel fairly well-preparedbut are still very unclear about how many legal challenges we will face.Webelieve the key policy areas may well be: openness in the planning arena;openness regarding traffic regulations; and the impact on child protectionprocedures and community care provision. Anne Coutts Personnel director, Chelsea & Westminster NHS Trust The trust is running a seminar for all managers on this Act and the likelyimplications both for us as an employer and as a health care provider. We seethis as being the first in a series of training events and briefings formanagers over the coming months and the specific actions such as theimplementation of new policies and practices within the trust. Our trust boardwas also briefed earlier in the year on the key components of the Act and thepossible ramifications for the trust. We foresee that certain conventions will have a particular impact upon us asan employer including Article 8: Right to respect for private and family life,home and correspondence; Article 9: Right to freedom of thought and religion;and Article 10: Right to freedom of expression. Our response will include developing policies on the use of e-mail and internetas well as reviewing the requirement in contracts of employment for medicalexaminations. We will also be looking at our equal opportunities policy and thetrust’s Code of Practice on Equality of Opportunity and envisage making someminor amendments to our code of practice on staff dress. Kirsty Ayre Solicitor with Pinsent Curtis The Act will have an impact on all employers but in the short term it willbe greater among public sector employers who will have a right of actionagainst them (section 6.1 of the Act). However, all employers need to be reviewing their equal opportunitiespolicies, their policies and practices for phone tapping, surveillance anddress codes. The primary reason for the impact on the private sector is thatemployment tribunals, as public bodies, have an obligation to act within theconvention and all existing legislation must be interpreted in a way that it iscompatible with the convention. Peter Kelk Chief inspector, Metropolitan Police Service The new Human Rights Act legislation reinforces our commitment to policingby consent and our approach to working with the public and reflects thestandards of behaviour expected from our officers according to our existingcode of ethics. We have set up a central unit to deal with the introduction of the Actwithin the service and this unit has a number of responsibilities. We arereviewing all our own policies and procedures across the organisation to ensurethat they are consistent with the Act and are contributing to the work theAssociation of Chief Police Officers is carrying out in this area. We haveproduced our own template for that review and our solicitors department isensuring that all our lawyers are fully trained in human rights issues. To ensure all Met employees are fully informed about the legislation we areinvesting in a comprehensive training programme. This consists of a distancelearning package for every member of staff, whether police officer or civilstaff, explaining what the legislation means for them and for the organisationas a whole. We are using the Met’s intranet site as an additional channel to brief allemployees on human rights issues. There is also a very comprehensive programmeof training for all those staff who have front line contact with the police. These training packages are role-specific so, for example, all our boroughcommanders will have a specialised knowledge about what is expected of them ina supervisory capacity. The Human Rights Act should hold no fears for any police service which isaware of the rights of individuals and treats communities appropriately. Shaun Stacey Employee relations manager, Naafi We are doing nothing directly because we are in the midst of a generalreview of policy and procedures and within the process we are seeking tointroduce best practice. In some of our stores CCTV is used and we are making sure that the processesare clear.  But overall, the difficultywith the HRA is that it is a bit wishy-washy and we don’t know what theramifications are. A lot of our establishments are on military bases but that brings its ownpitfalls, because we have to protect not only our own revenue but also theposition of the military. We shall be consulting the Data Protection Registrar which is looking to issuea code anyway on how to monitor the behaviour of employees. Roger McKenzie Race equality officer, Public Commercial Services Union In our opinion, the main impact of the Human Rights Act will be in the areaof religious discrimination. A large proportion of our members are Muslims andit is right that they will have protection. With regard to the HRA in general we are about to ask our negotiator to workup action plans because our experience with new legislation over the years hasshown that firm actions need to be in place so that there is a proper and fullresponse by the employer. The unions are quite prepared to work with employers on these issues, but atthe end of the day it is down to the employers to make sure that all employeesare aware of their rights and also the implications of any breaches of theirrights. 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Scotia Sea tectonics from high-resolution satellite gravity

first_imgThe release of altimetric data from the Geosat Geodetic Mission by the US Navy [1] is leading to a much-improved understanding of tectonics in the Southern Ocean, a region in which remoteness and adverse physical conditions have limited the acquisition of geophysical data by research ships. The Scotia Sea is an outstanding example of back-arc spreading, which is revealed in some detail by free-air gravity anomaly maps derived from the latest release of data acquired south of 30°S [2]. Sea surface height data for this region have been reduced to a grid of free-air gravity anomalies, and are illustrated here by means of colour shaded relief and contour maps. The new data confirm the existence of a number of inactive spreading ridges within the Scotia Sea and surrounding small basins. The amplitudes and wavelengths of gravity anomalies over these ridges conform, in general, to the expected relationship with spreading rate, except in the central Scotia Sea, where a proposed Miocene slow-spreading ridge appears to have left no clear signature. The spreading ridge axis in the east Scotia Sea comprises seven or more segments, separated by small, mainly sinistral, offsets and exhibits a median valley with depths of 200–1000 m that is reflected in free-air lows of 10–40 mGal. Near both its northern and southern termini, the gravity signature of the ridge becomes less distinct, with a less pronounced axial low. The northernmost segments of the ridge are displaced in a right-lateral sense by a feature which appears to represent a southward migrating non-transform offset. Whereas the process of spreading in Drake Passage and the east Scotia Sea was comparable to mid-ocean ridges, that in the central Scotia Sea may have been disorganized, as observed in some western Pacific back-arc basins.last_img read more

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Stallions Lose AAF Debut

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmail (Tempe, AZ)  —  The Salt Lake Stallions are off to a losing start in the Alliance of American Football.  Salt Lake fell to the Arizona Hotshots 38-22 in Tempe yesterday.  Former BYU receiver Jordan Leslie caught a touchdown pass and former Utah running back Matt Asiata ran for a score for the Stallions.  Robert Lovell Salt Lake visits Birmingham in Week Two on Saturday. Tags: Alliance of American Football/Salt Lake Stallions February 11, 2019 /Sports News – Local Stallions Lose AAF Debut Written bylast_img read more

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Sports franchises face pressure to change names with Native American emblems

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailfstop123/iStockBy: ERIC MOLLO, ABC News(NEW YORK) — With America in the midst of a reckoning over racial inequality, more athletes are continuing to speak out across the sports world. Arizona Cardinals quarterback Kyler Murray, Cleveland Browns quarterback Baker Mayfield, and star running back Adrian Peterson are just a few of several athletes announcing they plan to kneel during the playing of the National Anthem this upcoming season. They are doing so in solidarity with former NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick, who knelt during the playing of the national anthem to protest police brutality and social injustice in America. Over the past week, there has been another reckoning in sports:  whether to change team names or logos that contain Native American emblems and stereotypes.Major League Baseball’s Cleveland Indians announced they are considering changing the team’s name. Manager Terry Francona said he feels now is an appropriate moment for change. The announcement comes a little over a year after Cleveland removed its “Chief Wahoo” logo—a cartoonish caricature of a Native American man that has long been considered racist. It also came shortly after the announcement that Washington’s NFL franchise is weighing whether to change its team name, which is widely regarded as a racial slur. Julian Brave Noisecat, who contributes to ESPN’s “The Undefeated,” writes that Washington’s NFL team’s name is a racial slur thought to reference Native Americans’ skin color and the bloody scalps of Indigenous people taken as bounty by white colonists.The team’s owner, Dan Snyder, has vowed for years he would never to change the name, saying the term actually embodies honor and respect. Protesters and advocacy groups have called for change for decades, but only in the face of mounting economic pressure did Snyder finally announce the franchise would consider a name change. Investors with major team sponsors Pepsi, FedEx, and Nike sent letters asking the companies to terminate their relationship with Washington unless it agrees to a name change. Nick Martin is a member of the Sappony Tribe and a staff writer for the New Republic. He spoke with ABC News’ “Perspective” podcast this week about Washington’s and Cleveland’s statements.Martin says Washington and Cleveland are not the only professional sports franchises perpetuating Native American stereotypes:“It’s become a very normalized thing, which I think is commonplace with a lot of systems and forms of institutional oppression. These things… we don’t think of them in the moment as being particularly egregious because they’ve become so normalized in society.  And the idea that we would get rid of the Washington NFL team and keep the Kansas City Chiefs, it speaks to a certain hollowness that I think these kind of corporate social justice campaigns often involve.” The Kansas City Chiefs, Atlanta Braves, and Chicago Blackhawks are among professional franchises that continue to employ Native American imagery on their jerseys, in their team names, and in cheers by fans. They are not following the lead of Washington and Cleveland though. None of them announced they would be changing their team names, but Atlanta is reportedly considering no longer allowing “Tomahawk Chop” chants at games. The Blackhawks released a statement claiming their team name and logo symbolize an important Native American figure, so they do not want to remove any of it.President Trump even weighed in this past week on Twitter, saying the names of Washington’s and Cleveland’s teams signify “Strength, not weakness” and are merely considering the change to be “politically correct.” The president’s statement and the varied decisions of these franchises do raise questions: is it important to distinguish between the offensiveness of each individual team name, and does any of this iconography actually honor or respect Native Americans? And is saying that team names and logos honor native people merely perpetuate cultural appropriation and stereotypical depictions of Native Americans? Martin says it is not that slippery of a slope: “If you’re saying our mascot, our team name is not as racist as Washington NFL team, that’s still an admission that it is racist.”Washington’s head coach, Ron Rivera, told The Washington Post “it would be awesome” if the team changed its name. The National Congress of American Indians have long opposed the use of Native American stereotypical imagery in professional sports. As professional sports franchises are choosing to re-examine these issues in the midst of America’s reckoning over race relations, they are faced with a new choice: will economic pressures determine what they choose, or will they listen to decades’ long calls from Native American advocacy groups to eliminate the use of these emblems? Martin believes either way, America has already seen a shift in attitudes as this issue gets re-examined:“What this moment, this kind of larger cultural reckoning has become is just kind of an impetus to say, ‘OK, you know, now’s the time to finally get rid of these things.’”Listen to the rest of this past week’s highlights from Perspective here.Copyright © 2020, ABC Audio. All rights reserved. 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Beach Energy confirms resource size of Enterprise gas field in Australia

first_imgCompany is targeting first gas from the offshore gas field in the first half of FY23 Beach Energy is partnered by O.G. Energy in the Enterprise gas field. (Credit: Kasey Houston from FreeImages) Beach Energy has declared the net 2P undeveloped reserves of the Enterprise gas field in the Otway Basin offshore Victoria, Australia at 34 million barrels of oil equivalent (MMboe).The company’s share as per its operating stake of 60% in the gas discovery is 21 MMboe.Beach Energy is partnered by O.G. Energy, which holds the remaining 40% in the Enterprise gas field.The 2P reserves of the field include 161 petajoules (PJ) of sales gas, 352,000 tonnes of LPG, and four million barrels (MMbbls) of condensate, at an initial gas-condensate yield of around 25bbls/mmscf.The reserves have been declared following the completion of drilling and well testing at the discovery.The Enterprise gas discovery was made in November 2020 following the drilling of the Enterprise 1 exploration well from an onshore location, 3.5km from Port Campbell and 8km from the Otway Gas Plant.Beach Energy managing director and CEO Matt Kay said: “The material Enterprise discovery helps to ensure a continued pipeline of gas to the Otway Gas Plant – a key supplier to the East Coast gas market.“The liquids content in the field is more than double our pre-drill expectation, significantly increasing the value of the discovery.“Ultimately, Beach’s investment in the region with our joint venture participant is helping to meet the shortfall in supply that is forecast for the East Coast gas market in the near future, as well as providing an economic boost to the region and creating jobs through the supply chain.”Beach Energy said that it plans to begin front end engineering design (FEED) activities for the development of the Enterprise gas field during the latter half of FY21.The company will look to make a final investment decision during FY22, with a target of achieving first gas in the first half of FY23 through a tie-back to the Otway Gas Plant.Additionally, the company intends to investigate further scope for exploration around the vicinity of the Enterprise gas field. For this, Beach Energy will use the existing Enterprise 1 drill pad.last_img read more

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