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first_img to go further IranMiddle East – North Africa Receive email alerts June 9, 2021 Find out more March 3, 2003 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Five journalists arrested in less than a week Organisation IranMiddle East – North Africa News News March 18, 2021 Find out more Call for Iranian New Year pardons for Iran’s 21 imprisoned journalistscenter_img After Hengameh Shahidi’s pardon, RSF asks Supreme Leader to free all imprisoned journalists Iran: Press freedom violations recounted in real time January 2020 Five journalists have been arrested in less than a week at the very time that a delegation from the United Nations Commission on Human Rights was investigating arbitrary arrests. Kambiz Kaheh and Said Mostaghasi, film magazine journalists, were arrested on 26 February ; Mohammad Abdi, chief editor of the monthly Honar Haftom, and Amir Ezati, of Mahnameh Film, on 28 February ; and Yasamin Soufi, a film music critic, on 1 March. ‘At a time when a delegation from the United Nations Commission on Human Rights, led by Louis Joinet, has just finished an investigative tour of Iran, these arrests appear as an insult to this body’ said Robert Ménard, secretary-general of Reporters Without Borders. The organisation has asked the head of Iran’s judiciary, Ayatollah Mahmoud Shahroudi, to immediately release these five journalists and eight others, including Alireza Eshraghi, a journalist imprisoned since the beginning of the year. At a press conference held at the end of his tour, Louis Joinet voiced his concern about the freedom of expression in Iran and stated that’solitary confinement’ which is imposed ‘on a large scale and for very long periods can be considered a prison in prison, which comprises very serious risks of arbitrariness.’ On 26 February, Kambiz Kaheh, a journalist at the film magazines, Cinema-Jahan, Majaleh Film, Donyai Tassvir, and Cinema-é-No, and Said Mostaghasi, a journalist at Haftehnameh Cinema, were arrested at their homes, then transferred to an unknown place. Their homes have been searched. The authors of the arrest have not been identified. On 28 February, Mohammad Abdi, chief editor of the monthly Honar Haftom, and Amir Ezati, of Mahnameh Film, were arrested in the same conditions. On 1 March, Yasamin Soufi, a film music critic, went to a summons by Adareh Amaken (a section of the Teheran police usually tasked with ‘moral’ type crimes and considered close to the intelligence services), and was then transferred to an unknown place.The journalist Mohamed Mohsen Sazegara, arrested on 18 February, was for his part released on 22 February following a hunger strike. This arrest occurred a few days after his website www.alliran.net carried an article in which he criticised the Guide of the Islamic Republic, Ayatollah Khamenei.Since 12 January 2002, Alireza Eshraghi, a journalist at Hayat-é-No, has been held at Evine prison (Teheran). The journalist’s mother, Mehri Zayanderodi Zadeh, is very worried and sent a letter on 17 January to President Khatami in which she insisted on the fact that the journalist, jailed for over forty days in an individual cell, has lost a lot of weight and is suicidal. During the week of 26 February, a hundred or so journalists sent a letter to the Iranian leaders calling for his release and that of his colleagues. The journalist’s arrest and the closure of Hayat-é-No came after the publication of a caricature on 8 January past. The latter represented a white-bearded old man, wearing a long black cloak, sitting on the ground with the thumb of a giant hand pressing on his head (and the caption ‘Roosevelt’ on the sleeve). The drawing was published in 1937 in an American newspaper to illustrate President Roosevelt’s pressure on the US Supreme Court. Help by sharing this information Follow the news on Iran News News RSF_en February 25, 2021 Find out morelast_img read more

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first_imgRingo Starr—excuse me, Sir Ringo Starr—will bring his All-Starr Band to the United States from a 20-date outing later this year. The run will kick off at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Tulsa, OK, on September 1st before wrapping up at the Greek Theatre in Los Angeles on September 27th.For the past 29 years, the All-Starr Band has found the former Beatles drummer and current Commander of the Order of the British Empire backed by a rotating cast of characters. The forthcoming incarnation of the group will feature vocalist/guitarist Colin Hay (Men at Work), guitarist Steve Lukather (Toto), vocalist/keyboardist Gregg Rolie (Santana, Journey), saxophonist Warren Ham (Toto, Bloodrock), and drummer Gregg Bissonette (Toto, Santana), as well as its newest addition, bassist/vocalist Graham Gouldman (10cc).According to Rolling Stone, the All-Star Band will stick to their longtime format of performing hits from each member’s respective bands, which usually includes a handful of Beatles classics. Ringo also released his 19th solo album, Give More Love, in September, so songs from that record may appear during the shows.As previously, Ringo was finally knighted by Queen Elizabeth II earlier this week. Tickets for his U.S. dates will go on sale in the coming weeks.Ringo Starr & His All-Starr Band Tour Dates:September 1 Hard Rock Hotel & Casino – Tulsa, OKSeptember 2 Walmart Arkansas Music Pavilion – Rogers, ARSeptember 3 Starlight Theatre – Kansas City, MOSeptember 5 Iowa State Center – Ames, IASeptember 7 Fox Theater – St. Louis, MOSeptember 8 TBA – Milwaukee, WISeptember 9 Morris Performing Arts Center – South Bend, INSeptember 11 Fraze Pavilion – Kettering, OHSeptember 13 Radio City Music Hall – New York, NYSeptember 14 Saratoga Performing Arts Center – Saratoga, NYSeptember 15 The Toyota Oakdale Theater – Wallingford, NYSeptember 17 Wang Theater, Boston – MASeptember 19 Heinz Hall for the Performing Arts – Pittsburgh, PASeptember 21 Hard Rock Rocksino – Northfield Park, OHSeptember 22 The Chicago Theatre – Chicago, ILSeptember 23 Ordway Center for the Performing Arts – St Paul, MNSeptember 25 Paramount Theatre – Denver, COSeptember 27 Humphreys – San Diego, CASeptember 28 City National Civic – San Jose, CASeptember 29 Greek Theatre – Los Angeles, CAView All Tour Dates[H/T – Rolling Stone]last_img read more

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first_imgOur Sports ReporterGUWAHATI: 4th Samarendra Rajkumar Veterans Tennis tournament will be held at Jorhat Tennis Club from February 22. The two-day competition will have three events: 35 years & above, 45 years & above, 55 years & above.Also Read: Raunak, Adrika emerge champs in 4th Guwahati Open Junior Tennis ChampionshipAlso Watch: CRISIL Foundation’s Gram Shakti certification to drive financial literacy and Inclusionlast_img

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first_imgFlorida is joining 29 other states that are part of an electronic network which is intended to maintain the integrity of voter rolls.According to elections officials, the Electronic Registration Information Center (ERIC) could potentially help local election officials verify existing registration records and detect duplicate registrations to avoid issues at the polls.In making the announcement Wednesday, Governor Ron DeSantis said that he expects our state to join the program before the 2020 election.He also estimated that between 4 million to 5 million Floridians are not registered to vote. However, DeSantis emphasized that our state would be conducting outreach to register new voters only because it is an ERIC requirement, adding, “People spend big money trying to get voters registered. If it was just as easy to send them a postcard in the mail and fill it out, well, that would make it much easier. And typically you’ve [actually] got to do more outreach than that.”Florida, which currently has more than 13.4 million registered voters, would be the largest member of ERIC.The state’s entry to the program follows the release earlier this year of the Mueller Report, which alleged that Russians hacked electronic voter registration records in two Florida counties ahead of the 2016 election.last_img read more

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first_img30 May 2013 England Golf backs new women’s Access event England Golf is backing the launch of a new tournament on the Ladies European Tour Access Series (LETAS). The WPGA International Challenge, supported by the Professional Golfers’ Association, will be played at Stoke by Nayland Hotel Golf & Spa (pictured) on September 26-28 – and the field will include 20 elite amateurs.   Nigel Edwards, the England Golf performance director has praised the opportunity for England’s leading women amateurs to gain valuable experience. He said: “England Golf is delighted to be a partner with the LET Access Tour. The Access Series provides a valuable opportunity for our top players as they progress from their amateur career by providing entry to competitive professional events. “Stoke by Nayland will provide a challenging venue and we know the team there will bring experience from their previous support of the European Challenge Tour and Senior Tour and deliver an excellent event for players and spectators alike.” The 54-hole tournament, which is the only UK event on the LETAS schedule, will have a prize fund of €25,000 and total field of 120 players. It will include 20 WPGA members, including the winners of six events and the leading players on a qualifying order of merit. Di Barnard, Tour Director LET Access Series, said: “We are delighted to announce the addition of the WPGA International Challenge to the 2013 LETAS schedule. There is a very strong golfing community in the UK and a large representation of players from this region on both the LET and LETAS.” The PGA’s chief executive, Sandy Jones, commented: “I am very pleased to say that we are presenting the event at Stoke by Nayland, a venue that is well known to us and has partnered the PGA on many past occasions to stage great golf events. “Being within the UK it presents for our elite level women golfers a great chance to progress their tournament careers and I take this opportunity to wish them all good luck and success. ” Situated in a stunning “Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty” on the Suffolk/Essex border, Stoke by Nayland has the experience of staging European Challenge Tour, European Senior Tour and PGA Europro events. Susanna Rendall, managing director of the family-owned Stoke by Nayland Hotel, Golf & Spa, said: “We feel honoured and privileged to have been selected as the first venue in the UK to hold this prestigious event and very much look forward to welcoming these talented golfers here from all over the world – and to playing our part in helping to promote women’s international golf.”last_img read more

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first_imgThe question on many Americans’ minds is could the new American cardinal one day be the first American Pope?  “Well, I’ve said before that if he steps onto that balcony, I will pass out,” jokes Father John. “The ultimate decision of who will be Pope is made by the Holy Spirit.” Father John says the cardinal reminds him of Pope John XXIII. “The Church needs someone knowledgeable, personable and friendly and not afraid of challenges,” he says. “Someone like him, who is willing to dialogue yet firm in his faith. There are so many who are considered, but I think it is a possibility.” Pressing concerns and busy schedules keep the friends from seeing each other often, but Father John was pleased to spend New Year’s Eve in Manhattan with the Cardinal-elect (as he was at the time). In addition to running the Archdiocese of New York, which comprises about 480 parishes, Dolan is the president of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops. Father John says the cardinal faces the same concerns all priests face nowadays: evangelization (spreading the Gospel); strengthening priesthood and faith; strengthening family life; increasing vocations to religious life; and clarifying misinterpretations of Church teachings, among other issues. “It can be a challenge,” he says. After ordination, the two remained friends and when Cardinal Dolan became Auxiliary Bishop of St. Louis, Father John attended his ordination. Cardinal Dolan went on to become Archbishop of Milwaukee, and Father John was there when Dolan received the Pallium, a symbol of his office as an archbishop, from His Holiness, Pope Benedict XVI at St. Peter’s Basilica inVatican City. “He’s a great man,” Father John says of his friend, adding that he understands why Dolan is so popular with his people. “He’s endearing, personable and has a great sense of humor. What I cherish most from our days together in Rome is his sense of humor.” He says Dolan’s good-natured teasing –from those days of seminary life to their current positions some 40 years later–has stayed with him. “We would visit Station Churches, where, every day during Lent, the faithful gather at different churches [throughout Rome] for Mass or prayer services,” says Father John. Father John has fond memories of the time when the two young Americans—far from home and living abroad for the first time–prepared to dedicate their lives to their faith. “We enjoyed the food—of course!” says Father John. “The great local restaurants, the flea markets, everything.” As they took in the sites of Rome– the Fount of Trevi, the Piazza Navona–they also visited neighboring towns. Assisi, the birthplace of St. Francis and a three-hour drive from Rome, was one of their favorite places. By Judy O’Gorman AlvarezWHEN HIS EMINENCE Timothy Cardinal Dolan, Archbishop of New York, was elevated to the College of Cardinals last month by His Holiness Pope Benedict XVI, more than 1,000 well wishers from across the U.S. traveled to Rome to witness his investiture and share in the celebration. Among the group of family, close friends, and parishioners, was Rev. John T. Folchetti, pastor of the Church of St. Leo the Great in Lincroft, a longtime friend of Cardinal Dolan. Dolan, originally from St. Louis, Missouri, was the Archbishop of Milwaukee before he came east to New York. In 2009 Pope Benedict XVI named him Archbishop of New York. Folchetti has been pastor of St. Leo the Great since 2009. He has served as chaplain and a teacher at Christian Brothers Academy, Lincroft for 22 years and as weekend assistant at St. Rose of Lima, Freehold for 27 years. It was the early 1970s when the two young seminarians – Folchetti from the Diocese of Brooklyn and Dolan from the Archdiocese of St. Louis – studied at the Pontifical North American College at Vatican City. Two years ahead of Dolan, Folchetti (called Father John by parishioners) became the younger seminarian’s mentor. Father John has asked the new cardinal what he should call him. “Despite our friendship, I never want to show disrespect for him or his office,” he explains. “Shall I call you Your Eminence?”  With a good-natured chuckle, His Eminence Timothy Cardinal Dolan, one of the most influential and powerful men in New York, said: “Ah, call me what you always called me.” So when the phone rings—often on a Sunday afternoon, after Masses have been celebrated and the workweek has not yet started—Father John will answer his phone and hear: “Hey John. Tim here.”last_img read more

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first_imgIn what could be a preview to the West Kootenay Men’s Flag Football League Final, Dam Inn Mates returned to its winning ways by edging Nelson Hour Glaas 13-12 in a spirited affair Sunday at the Mount Sentinel High School Field.League leading Mates entered the game against Hour Glass sporting its first loss of the season a week ago.Dam Inn was prepared to return to the win column, but faced a stiff test from Hour Glass, second in the league.But two touchdown passes by Nate Fedorchuk to Mark Goupil keyed the Mates to the narrow win. Fedorchuk also had a pick on the defensive side of the ball for Dam Inn along with Goupil.Richard Nixon sacked the Hour Glass quarterback during the game.In the other contest, the Brewers continued to remain hot at the right time of the season by bouncing Castlegar Vikings 34-13.The results sets up the first round of the playoffs Sunday at Mount Sentinel.At 11 a.m. the Mates host the Castlegar Vikings while league runner-up Hour Glass faces the Brewers at 1 p.m.The winners advance to the league final November 4 at Mount Sentinel. Game time is TBA.last_img read more

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first_imgThe Nelson Leafs are currently the best team in the entire Kootenay International Junior Hockey League.The Green and White boast a league-best 32-11-2-1 record heading into the final three weeks of the season.However, the season could fall like a house of cards should the Leafs falter in the final six games, beginning Friday in Fruitvale against the defending KIJHL champs.“I believe so,” said Leaf coach Frank Maida when asked about the February games.“We’ve got a big weekend coming up against BV and (at the end of the season against Castlegar) these are the top three teams in the league I think those games will go a long way to deciding who wins the Murdoch.”Nelson hosts the Hawks in a return engagement Saturday at 7 p.m. in the NDCC Arena.The Leafs then travel to meet Revelstoke and Sicamous on the road next weekend before concluding the season with a home-and-home series against the rival Rebels from Castlegar.Nelson missed out on a great opportunity to make the final six-game ride a little easier when the club lost 4-0 at home to Revelstoke Grizzlies.Once again the Leafs outshot the Grizzlies but could score when it counted.“We’re focusing not just on the offence but also playing a full game in all facets of the game,” Maida, trying to sugarcoat the fact the Leafs have difficulty scoring of late, including Sunday’s shutout loss. “We just want to play our game and everything will take care of itself.”It’s now or never for the Leafs.First up is the Hawks, a team Nelson holds a 4-2 season series against and has outscored 41-26.Beaver Valley is a much different team than the one Nelson smoked 12-0 earlier this season.The Hawks, trailing Nelson by five points, now have one of the most potent offences in the league thanks to the addition of Ryan Edwards (18 points in six games) and high-scoring Dallas Calvin (second in league scoring with 70 points).Nelson may get some much-needed infusion into the lineup with the return of center Matthew Naka.The Vanderhoof star has been sorely missed since breaking an ankle in a freak accident before Christmas.“We’ve got guys coming back off injury and everyone is skating so hopefully we’ll have a full lineup for Friday,” Maida explained.ICE CHIPS: Expect to see a lot of Marcus Beesley down the stretch in goal. The 20-year-old Prince George native was traded for to backstop the Leafs in the playoffs. . . . Castlegar travels to the East Kootenay to face the Columbia Valley Rockies Friday and Golden Rockets Saturday. . . . One player the Leafs must get going is captain and leading scorer Colton Schell. The veteran winger has nine points and two goals since Christmas.last_img read more

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first_img SharePrint RelatedYour Virtual Visit to Groundspeak HQApril 8, 2011In “Community”Geocaching adventures in New MexicoApril 26, 2018In “Community”Lackey trip report: GeoWoodstock XVIIJuly 2, 2019In “Community” Lackey Mike (SanNiccolo14) models what might be the best SWAG ever.I’m always struggling to impress the Lackeys behind the reception desk here at Groundspeak with amazing and bizarre facts.  It almost never works.  They tend to trump me.  But yesterday was suppose to be different.  Unfortunately, what you’re about to read unfolded instead.Another Lackey had just provided me with some series and unimaginable conversation ammunition.I walked up inflated by this powerful factual nugget and stood before Sara (Gonzogrrl) and Nicole (Louie Bliss). We locked eyes. Then I just blurted it out.  “Guess what? You can buy scented bowling balls! They have cherry, vanilla, even blueberry…”  I exhaled.  “Can you believe it?!?!?”Lackeys Sara (Gonzogrrl) and Nicole (Louie Bliss) at the reception deskThen… nothing, not a word.What followed was an eerie combination of  blank stares, awkward blinking and a long unfilled void of silence.  The sun rose. The sun set.  Trees outside changed colors.  The seasons marched on.Then Sara finally spoke.  “Oh yeah, look at this.”HQ CacheShe walked over to the treasure chest cache inside HQ.  She reached into the cache and pulled out a knitted hat. But no, this was no normal mocha colored knitted hat.  A full beard and mustache was also knitted onto the hat.CaityPa modeling her creationCaityPa knitted and placed, what will now be referred to as “The-Best-Lumberjack-Knitted-Cap-Swag-Ever,” in the cache just last week.  It’s a powerful fashion statement, modeled at the top of this post by Lackey Mike (SanNiccolo14).But it begs the question, what’s the best swag you’ve ever encountered?  Any other knitted hat/bread combos out there?It’ll be tough to dethrone The-Best-Lumberjack-Knitted-Cap-SWAG-Ever, but give it a go.  Post the story of your best SWAG find ever in the comments section below.P.S. – This is also a cautionary tale.  We can learn something here.  You never know where the conversation will take you, when you start by talking about blueberry-scented bowling balls.  Beware.Share with your Friends:Morelast_img read more

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first_img4. Lens WhackingLens whacking is done by detaching the lens from the mount and then holding it close enough to allow the sensor to still gain an image. The result is very surreal and ethereal. Why process those camera effects in post when you can do them directly in-camera? Check out these 5 easy in-camera effects, courtesy of Film Riot.Not all visual effects are done in post-production. In fact, some really awesome (and easy to achieve) effects can be done directly in-camera. Here’s a quick video from Film Riot’s Ryan Connolly that explains how a few of the most eye-opening in-camera effects are done.Here are the in-camera effects that Connolly covered in the above video.1. Forced PerspectiveForced perspective is a technique that uses spacing and distance to make objects appear larger or smaller in relation to other objects. 2. Lower Shutter SpeedUsing a lower shutter speed is generally done for two reasons. The first: because the location is dark and you need to let in more light. The second is to create motion blur to make the action seem more fluid. 5. Lens FlareLens flare is the natural effect of non-image forming light entering the lens and hitting the sensor, creating the characteristic streak of light.Bonus: Here’s how JJ Abrams achieves his legendary lens flares.Want to see more filmmaking and video production quick tips? Check out the following posts here on PremiumBeat:Tips for Shooting Like an Editor9 Tips for Shooting in Cold Weather15 Tips for Shooting Dynamic Video InterviewsHave you shot any in-camera effects that you’d like to show off? Any secrets you’d like to share? Let us know in the comments below. 3. Faster Shutter SpeedA faster shutter speed is utilized extensively by professional sport filmmakers. Because of the high shutter speed, you can essentially “freeze” a moment. When using this in conjunction with camera movement, the action seemingly becomes more violent. This technique works great in combat sequences.last_img read more

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