Toulon aiming to defend title after tense semi final win over Munster

first_imgTuesday Apr 29, 2014 Toulon aiming to defend title after tense semi final win over Munster Jonny Wilkinson kicked six penalties and a drop goal to help Toulon keep their dream of successive Heineken Cup titles alive as they beat Munster 24-16 in a tense battle in Marseilles on Sunday. Munster scored the only try of the game, through Simon Zebo. Former England star Wilkinson helped the French side reach the Cardiff final, where they will face Saracens at the Millennium Stadium on 24 May. He kicked 21 points, while Delon Armitage added a massive penalty kick from about 55m out.Toulon are now on track for a European and domestic double, and a chance of becoming the third side to ever successfully defend the title. Leicester and Leinster are the other two who did it before.“It was a hell of a game and we were in danger everywhere on the field,” said Wilkinson.“A five point lead was never going to be enough and even eight was tight – Munster were relentless and kept going at us. We’ve heard nothing but good stuff about Saracens. They are top of the Aviva Premiership and are consistent week in, week out.“To beat Clermont Auvergne with a scoreline like that is incredible – it’s normally the other way round with them. We have an enormous amount of respect for them.”He is now on 100 points for the season, and on course to better the 108 he totalled last season.The final will feature a great match up between Wilkinson and Owen Farrell. Should the match be tied and go through extra time, with both teams having scored the same amount of tries, it will go to a place kicking penalty shoot-out contest, as it did in the 2009 semi final.ADVERTISEMENT Posted By: rugbydump Share Send Thanks Sorry there has been an error Heineken Cup Knockout Stages Related Articles 368 WEEKS AGO Toulon defend Heineken Cup title with comfortable… 372 WEEKS AGO Saracens fly through to Cup Final after dominant… 375 WEEKS AGO Heineken Cup 2014 Quarter Final Highlights… From the WebThis Video Will Soon Be Banned. Watch Before It’s DeletedSecrets RevealedUrologists Stunned: Forget the Blue Pill, This “Fixes” Your EDSmart Life ReportsYou Won’t Believe What the World’s Most Beautiful Girl Looks Like TodayNueeyIf You Have Ringing Ears Do This Immediately (Ends Tinnitus)Healthier LivingDoctors Stunned: This Removes Wrinkles Like Crazy! (Try Tonight)Smart Life Reports30+ Everyday Items With A Secret Hidden PurposeNueeyThe content you see here is paid for by the advertiser or content provider whose link you click on, and is recommended to you by Revcontent. As the leading platform for native advertising and content recommendation, Revcontent uses interest based targeting to select content that we think will be of particular interest to you. We encourage you to view your opt out options in Revcontent’s Privacy PolicyWant your content to appear on sites like this?Increase Your Engagement Now!Want to report this publisher’s content as misinformation?Submit a ReportGot it, thanks!Remove Content Link?Please choose a reason below:Fake NewsMisleadingNot InterestedOffensiveRepetitiveSubmitCancellast_img read more

Loft Bauhaus / Ana Paula Barros

first_imgArchitects: {:text=>”Ana Paula Barros”, :url=>””}; Architects: Ana Paula Barros Photographs Loft Bauhaus / Ana Paula Barros Loft Bauhaus / Ana Paula BarrosSave this projectSaveLoft Bauhaus / Ana Paula Barros CopyAbout this officeAna Paula BarrosOfficeFollowProductsSteelStoneConcrete#TagsProjectsBuilt ProjectsSelected ProjectsResidential ArchitectureHousesHousesBrasiliaBrazilPublished on June 08, 2012Cite: “Loft Bauhaus / Ana Paula Barros” 08 Jun 2012. ArchDaily. Accessed 11 Jun 2021. ISSN 0719-8884Read commentsBrowse the CatalogShowershansgroheShower MixersVinyl Walls3MVinyl Finish – DI-NOC™ Abrasion ResistantPartitionsSkyfoldIntegrating Operable Walls in a SpaceLightsVibiaLamps – NorthCultural / PatrimonialIsland Exterior FabricatorsSeptember 11th Memorial Museum Envelope SystemSkylightsVELUX CommercialAtrium Longlight, DZNE GermanyHanging LampsLouis PoulsenLamp – PH ArtichokeTiles / Mosaic / GresiteHisbalitMosaic Tiles – TexturasAcousticMetawellAluminum Panels – Acoustic SailsMineral / Organic PaintsKEIMTiO2-free Mineral Paint – Soldalit®-ArteWall / Ceiling LightsA-LightWall Grazer Concealed LightsDoorsBuster and PunchDoor Hardware – Pull BarMore products »Read commentsSave想阅读文章的中文版本吗?Loft Bauhaus是否翻译成中文现有为你所在地区特制的网站?想浏览ArchDaily中国吗?Take me there »✖You’ve started following your first account!Did you know?You’ll now receive updates based on what you follow! Personalize your stream and start following your favorite authors, offices and users.Go to my stream ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/242273/loft-bauhaus-ana-paula-barros Clipboard “COPY” Save this picture!©  Edgard Cézar+ 27 Share “COPY” Brazil CopyHouses•Brasilia, Brazil ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/242273/loft-bauhaus-ana-paula-barros Clipboard Photographs:   Edgard CézarText description provided by the architects. School that inspired Modernism inspires Ana Paula Barros in the loft project, the environment of 160m ², honors the Brazilian architecture where you can find elements of the Bauhaus combined with the Brazilian modernism of Oscar Niemeyer and Lucio Costa. Save this picture!©  Edgard CézarRecommended ProductsChairsFlexformChair – PeterPorcelain StonewareCeramiche KeopeCeramic Tiles – BackDoorsVitrocsaGlass Technology in Hotel BeaulacDoorsEGGERWood Laminate Doors in Molecular Plant Science InstituteInspired by the famous Farnsworth House by Mies Van der Rohe, the project explores four of the five points of modern architecture: open plan, pilotis, free facade and ribbon windows. Despite the straight lines and clean architecture presented in the design, organic and natural elements like stone, iron and wood, which are a constant in the work of Ana Paula, provide warmth and cosines, essential elements for a house and, especially, to live. Save this picture!©  Edgard CézarThe project is composed by a large living room / dining room, which also works as a balcony. The room and the bathroom are in the same environment, having only the toilet hidden. The bath is open to the outdoor garden with a huge glass panel. The kitchen, which has no divisions, is located on the opposite side of the room and it is integrated with the dining room. Save this picture!©  Edgard CézarThe concern with sustainability is a constant in this project. In the hot and humid climate of Brazil the house is suspended of the ground and also has upper ventilation, a feature that helps thermal comfort. The house is at 60cm of the ground, to avoid the weather discomforts. The hydraulic and electrical installation can be done under-floor, without requiring excavation and it’s easy to maintain. Save this picture!©  Edgard CézarThe gaps opened above the beams allows the exit of the hot air, combined with the wide open sliding glass panels, creating a pleasant thermal sensation to the environment, reducing the need of air conditioning. Save this picture!©  Edgard CézarThinking about sustainability, the materials used for coating are made of reforested autoclaved pines, steel structure of construction debris and Brazilian stones. A drawing of iron plates between the stones reminds to Mondrian’s neoplasticism. The access to the house is done by a ramp; the building doesn’t have any unevenness, which helps the resident with special needs to move around. Save this picture!©  Edgard CézarStripped style furniture, with light linens covers, composes the decor. The furniture is all from Brazilian de signers, including Radar Armchair by Carlos Motta, the arc lamp by Achille Castiglioni and paintings by the Brazilian artist Marcelo Solla.Save this picture!Project gallerySee allShow less”Re•architecture – RE•cycle, RE•use, RE•invest, RE•build” ExhibitionArticlesHaraldsplass Hospital / C. F. Møller ArchitectsArticles Share ArchDaily Projects Houseslast_img read more

Maureen Lipman becomes first patron of Myeloma charity

first_img  150 total views,  1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Tagged with: Recruitment / people Volunteering Maureen Lipman becomes first patron of Myeloma charity Actress and author Maureen Lipman CBE has become the first honorary patron for the International Myeloma Foundation (UK).Ms Lipman’s husband, the renowned playwright Jack Rosenthal, died as a result of myelomalast month. “Myeloma is a less than well known cousin to leukaemia that has a devastating affect on patients and their families – it has to ours”, explained Ms Lipman. “I want to help raise awareness of the disease, treatment and research in the hope of finding a permanent cure. I don’t want anybody to go through what we have gone through because of this little known and violent disease. I will do whatever I can to further to aims of IMF (UK).” Ms Lipman will be attending and speaking at a reception in the House of Commons next week as part of the IMF (UK)’s annual Awareness week, held from 21 to 28 June. Advertisement About Howard Lake Howard Lake is a digital fundraising entrepreneur. Publisher of UK Fundraising, the world’s first web resource for professional fundraisers, since 1994. Trainer and consultant in digital fundraising. Founder of Fundraising Camp and co-founder of GoodJobs.org.uk. Researching massive growth in giving. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Howard Lake | 19 June 2004 | Newslast_img read more

Lopez family exposes terrorist police

first_imgBanner with portrait of Amilcar Lopez, April 24.WW photo: Terri KayLawyers representing the Guatemalan family of Amilcar Pérez López held a press conference in San Francisco on April 24, announcing they had filed a federal lawsuit charging the young immigrant “was wrongfully, unconstitutionally and illegally killed.” His parents, who have been unable to come to the U.S., Skyped in to the press conference.Later that day, several hundred people rallied in front of the home where López was killed. The Danzantes conducted a ritual dance and later led a march through the Mission District to the Mission Police Station. There, diagrams from an independent autopsy were displayed, showing that, counter to SFPD statements, López was shot with one bullet in the back of his head, four bullets in his back, and a bullet in his arm, clearly indicating he was running away and not threatening the officers who shot him. “Someone charging at you with a knife held high doesn’t get shot in the back of the head,” said lawyer Arnoldo Casillas. “How is Chief Suhr going to explain this?”López was killed by undercover officers Craig Tiffe and Eric Reboli on Feb. 26. SFPD Chief Greg Suhr had claimed that Amilcar had attempted to steal another man’s bicycle, but that when the English-speaking officers approached him, Amilcar raised a knife over his head and charged the officers, forcing them to fire. The 21-year-old had come to the U.S. to raise money to support his family in Guatemala and was working full time doing construction. He spoke an Indigenous language, with no English, and some Spanish.The parents of Alex Nieto, also killed by the SFPD, joined the vigil and march as well. Nieto was killed in nearby Bernal Heights in 2014.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

End racist war on migrants

first_imgTeresa GutierrezUltra-racists and warmongers like Donald Trump, Jeff Sessions, John Kelly and their Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents are setting Washington’s immigration agenda on behalf of the capitalist system.This is intensifying the modern war to criminalize migrants in the United States that began in 2006. But it is a war that will ultimately be won by the unity of all the working class, whether foreign- or U.S.-born.This war against immigrants is not separate from the government-Pentagon drive to imperialist war in Syria or North Korea. In fact, U.S. intervention abroad is a major cause of forced migration.Washington is taking a very dangerous, threatening posture against revolutionary Venezuela as well. It is similar to when President Barack Obama and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton orchestrated a coup in Honduras in 2009, which created further forced migration from that country.The U.S. immigration issue is also critically linked to the refugee crisis in Europe. While the U.S. drops missiles in Syria on the pretext of caring for children, the Trump administration hypocritically refuses to admit Syrian refugees, including children, into this country.Most Syrian refugees go to the countries of western Europe, which is also the destination of vast masses of migrants from other countries in the Middle East, North Africa and Eastern Europe. Conditions for these refugees in Europe are as bad as those for migrants on the U.S./Mexican border.The war on migrants and the migrants’ plight, whether in the U.S. or Europe, is deeply connected to every struggle, whether it’s the fight against climate change or the cutbacks looming in Medicaid or the struggle for health care, union rights and education. It is connected to the Black Lives Matter movement as Black immigrants and/or Muslims are disproportionately targeted.DHS headed by Southcom generalThe Department of Homeland Security’s website states that it “has a vital mission: to secure the nation from the many threats we face.”The current secretary of the DHS is John Kelly, a retired general who spent 45 years in the armed forces.On April 18, Kelly spoke at George Washington University. An April 21 New York Times editorial summed up his remarks as fear mongering: “The tone he sets can only encourage abusive behavior among his officers … against immigrants, and also lead to the curtailment of civil liberties and privacy.”It adds that his “apocalyptic talk turns the Islamophobia and immigrant scapegoating that turbocharged the Trump campaign into marching orders for federal law enforcement agents and bureaucrats.”Kelly’s history is key to understanding his role today. He is a warmonger, one of those responsible for the criminal destruction and countless deaths in Iraq.He is a former head of the U.S. Southern Command, which includes Guantánamo Bay in Cuba, illegally occupied by the Pentagon and used for the last 16 years as a torture prison for people kidnapped from other countries and held without rights or trial.As head of the Southern Command, Kelly was also deeply involved with all U.S. military activities in South and Central America in the 1980s.That was an important period in Central American history. Nicaraguans, Guatemalans, Salvadorans and Hondurans were fighting heroic, important revolutionary battles to free themselves from colonial and imperialist domination.Had they been allowed to control their own destinies, we would not see the forced migration of today.Now John Kelly is working nonstop to deport as many Central Americans as possible back to certain death and misery. And he continues Trump’s racist, dangerous Islamophobia that attempts to blame Muslims for every act of terror.Kelly is also a strong proponent of keeping the Guantánamo Bay prison open at all costs. Human-rights investigators from the United Nations and other agencies proved that prisoners, especially Muslims, have been held there in violation of their human and civil rights.In fact, the Center for Constitutional Rights, which has led the legal fight against Guantánamo and represented some of the detainees, stated that Kelly’s “aggressive oversight of the illegal military prison … disqualifies him” from leading DHS.News accounts report that Kelly supports waterboarding.“Presiding over a population of detainees not charged or convicted of crimes, Kelly treated them with brutality,” CCR reported. “His response to the detainees’ peaceful hunger strike in 2013 was punitive force-feeding, solitary confinement, and rubber bullets. Furthermore, he sabotaged efforts by the Obama administration to resettle detainees.”This is the person now sending ICE agents to the homes of workers who only want to put food on their families’ tables.Money for people, not concentration camps!During last year’s election campaign, Trump promised that immigration would be a cornerstone of his administration. He is carrying out that promise.The Trump administration is assembling a vast deportation force whose policies are being carried out by ICE agents who have publicly expressed their hatred of immigrants.The Washington Post reported on April 12 that it had obtained an internal DHS assessment memo which revealed that the department has secured 33,000 more detention beds to house immigrants. These detention sites evoke the heinous period of Japanese internment camps in the 1940s.Detentions are only one part of the rapidly enforced immigration policies carried out by the Trump administration. DHS is working closer than ever with local police forces, which are being empowered to carry out ICE roles. It is fast-tracking ways to hire more ICE agents and may even end polygraph and physical fitness tests for them. This opens up the possibility of hiring more thug-like agents than ever before.Deportations will increase under Trump. Immediately on taking office he signed executive orders that expanded the pool of undocumented and even documented migrants to be singled out as a priority for removal.An April 16 New York Post report on Kelly said that “under the Trump administration’s tougher immigration rules, even a ‘single DUI’ can start the deportation ­process.”This means that a migrant stopped on the road can be easily put into the system, detained and deported.It gets worse.What was once a routine check-in for the undocumented has now become a day of terror. Before the Trump era, DHS officers had applied “prosecutorial discretion,” leading to more so-called convicted criminals being deported, while those without a criminal record just checked in every year.That has changed. Now many walk into court for their annual check-in and do not walk out. So being undocumented is itself now being treated as a crime.The immigrant rights movement points out that the rhetoric about “criminal” or “noncriminal” immigrants is a divisive wedge issue — and is rightly demanding the end of deportations of ALL immigrants, criminal record or not, and permanent residency for all undocumented workers. These workers and their families have certainly earned it.Ultra-racist Sessions now top lawyerAttorney General Jeff Sessions visited the U.S.-Mexican border at Nogales, Ariz., on April 11. The purpose of the trip was to announce policies to step up the government’s prosecution of undocumented workers, policies that affect documented migrants as well.In Sessions’ written statement he called the policies a “move against filth like gangs and criminal aliens.”When Sessions was appointed attorney general, it stunned anti-racists and civil rights leaders. “That means a man with white supremacist ties, a racist and homophobic legislative record, and a history of opposing voting rights is now the top law enforcement officer in the country,” wrote Think Progress on Feb. 8.In 1986 Sessions was denied a judgeship after testimony on his support for the Ku Klux Klan. Democrats have noted that Sessions is more anti-immigrant than anyone else in Congress.Sessions said on the border: “This is a new era. This is the Trump era. The lawlessness, the abdication of the duty to enforce our immigration laws, and the catch-and-release practices of old are over.”A parent who brings children over the border can now be charged with “harboring,” sent to jail and deported. Nonviolent immigrants who enter the country illegally for a second time will be charged with a felony, not a misdemeanor as previously.Sessions is calling for charging workers with “document fraud” and “aggravated identify theft.”An anonymous federal prosecutor told the Daily Beast that the new directives are “generating widespread negative response” and called them “fucking horrifying.” (commondreams.org, April 12)Stop racist deportations and Islamophobia!Permanent residency for all migrants!The Trump administration directives are a further call to war on migrants, meant to paint all immigrants as threats and criminals. The administration wants people to think Muslims are all terrorists.These moves to appease far-right anti-immigrant elements are part of an overall racist campaign to push back the gains that workers of color have made through militant struggle. The goal is to divide and conquer the working class.But the real terrorists are the white supremacists and warmongers now running Washington. A “Blue Lives Matter” ideology is pushing policy that means more war here at home and abroad.This makes the May Day 2017 strike much more important — and the struggles for migrant and worker rights that will go on after May Day that much more ­decisive.More than ever our movements in the streets — whether for immigrant rights, against police terror, to stop wars abroad and climate change, for women’s or LGBTQ rights — must become anti-capitalist as well as internationalist.We must show not only in slogans but in our actions that there are no borders in the workers’ struggle, that we stand united with workers in every country, from every country. Our lives depend on it.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

After eight years of Mohammad Khatami, next president urged to promote press freedom

first_img– Akbar Ganji has been adopted by Le Devoir and Nice-Matin.- Reza Alijani has been adopted by Genève Home Information, Ottawa Citizen, 93.3 (Radio Québec), “La presse dans tous ses états” (CIBL), Mozaik Media, El Periodico de Catalunya, Aldaketa Hamasei-Cambio 16, La Voz del Occidente, REE and McGill Daily. Follow the news on Iran The Islamic Republic of Iran’s next president must adopt measures to promote press freedom and the rule of law, starting with the unconditional release of the eight journalists and three bloggers currently in prison, Reporters Without Borders said today, two days before presidential elections in Iran.”There will be no press freedom as long as journalists are still being systematically imprisoned,” the organisation said.During President Mohammad Khatami’s eight years in office, four journalists have been killed, one has disappeared, more than 150 newspapers (not counting student newspapers) have been closed by the authorities, more than 200 journalists have been summoned, detained and questioned, and 52 of them have been sentenced to prison terms ranging from three months to 14 years.”The current press law, passed by parliament in the spring of 2000, is exceptionally repressive and must be completely overhauled by the next president so that press offences are decriminalised and freedom of language, religion and political opinion is guaranteed without discrimination,” Reporters Without Borders said.The organisation also urged the next president to amend article 24 of the constitution, which restricts press freedom if it clashes with Islamic law. This clearly violates article 19 of the UN’s International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, which Iran has ratified. Article 24 of the constitution says “publications and newspapers are free to express any opinion except if it upsets the bases of Islam and public decency.” This vague wording leaves so much room for interpretation that it can be used to punish any criticism of the regime.The press freedom organisation called for the reopening of the 100 or so newspapers that have been closed down since the spring of 2000 and an end to the filtering of news websites and online publications.The next president should also pledge to put an end to the prevailing impunity in the many cases of journalists who have been murdered or tortured. Those responsible for the deaths of three Iranian journalists and the death of Zahra Kazemi, a photojournalist with Iranian and Canadian dual citizenship, must be brought to trial and punished.Reporters Without Borders also called for an end to interference by the Security High Commission which, under President Khatami’s supervision, tells newspapers every day what lines they must not cross.The Middle East’s biggest prison for journalistsOf the five journalists currently detained or serving prison terms, Akbar Ganji has been held the longest. He was arrested on 22 April 2000 for writing about the deaths of government opponents and intellectuals in the 1990s. Siamak Pourzand, now aged 74, was imprisoned in 2001 for “threatening national security” and for “working with foreign news media and the exiled opposition”. He has been let out of prison for medical reasons.Hossein Ghazian and Abbas Abdi have been imprisoned since 2002, the first for “spying” and the second for “receiving money from a US polling institute” and “a foreign embassy.” Yosef Azizi Banitrof was arrested in April of this year after giving interviews to national and international news media. Hoda Saber, Reza Alijani and Taghi Rahmani were arrested in 2003 on the pretext of allegedly holding secret meetings as part of the student protest movement. They were let out of prison yesterday and are awaiting confirmation that their release is definitive.Politically and socially, the future of the press is more important than ever in Iran. The hopes raised by the election of the so-called moderate candidate, Khatami, as president in August 1997 were quickly dashed. His great achievement was supposed to be to liberalise the press. But the judicial apparatus continued to be controlled by his conservative opponents and it stepped up a crackdown on the news media that was orchestrated by the “Supreme Guide,” Ayatollah Ali Khamenei.Iran did enjoy a period of relative press freedom from 1997 to 2000, when many new newspapers appeared. But after the big crackdown in the spring of 2000, the press began “playing hide-and-seek” with the authorities, sometimes managing to bring out banned newspapers under new names.No independent daily newspaper has survived this harassment by the police and courts. The few independent magazines were also hounded out of existence by the authorities. The last one to go was the monthly Karnameh, closed down by the Ministry of Islamic Guidance on 7 April for publishing news and poems deemed “immoral.” Many subjects continue to be off-limits for the press in Iran. They include Islam, theological issues, clerics (especially the former Supreme Guide, Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini, and his successor, Ali Khamenei), the constitution, relations with the United States, nuclear energy and sex.A Black Spring for the press in 2000On 17 April 2000, a conservative-dominated parliament adopted a draconian law increasing the possibilities for prosecuting journalists and banning closed newspapers from reappearing under new names. Around 100 independent and pro-reform newspapers have been closed down. The new law said “persons sentenced by revolutionary courts for threatening state security and those who spread propaganda hostile to the Islamic regime are under no circumstances allowed to work for a newspaper.” This means that a journalist who has been convicted can never work again. The law also bans “all direct and indirect foreign aid to newspapers” while journalists are deterred from talking to the foreign press because they can be accused of “spying”.When the subsequent (pro-reform) parliament tried to amend these laws, it was blocked by Khamenei, the Supreme Guide.Emergence of blogs, arrests of bloggersThe High Council for Cultural Revolution decreed that same year that all privately-owned Internet Service Providers should close down or transfer their equipment and installations to the public sector. The order was illegal, inasmuch as no legislation was ever passed to this effect, but it was implemented.Khatami’s second term as president, which began in June 2001, saw the arrival of new technologies in Iran, and the fight for free expression shifted to the Internet. Part of the population, mostly young people, turned to online newspapers and blogs to compensate for the lack of free news and information. The number of Farsi-language websites and blogs mushroomed in a few years – there are now more than 40,000 – and this is where the most intense political debates have taken place. Iran’s conservatives quickly realised the need to monitor and censor these new media.President Khatami has had an ambiguous position on the Internet. He has always said it was necessary to block access to “immoral” or “overtly secular” sites and he endorsed the filtering policies established by the regime. Iran boasts of making hundreds of thousands of sites inaccessible, not just porn sites but also independent, Farsi-language news sites.Khatami has also failed to openly defended the 20 or so cyber-journalists and bloggers who have been imprisoned since October 2004, although several of them support the pro-reform party. But some of his aides condemned these arrests and probably played an active part in getting several of them released. Online journalist Mojtaba Lotfi and two bloggers, Mohamad Reza Nasab Abdolahi and Mojtaba Saminejad, are still currently being held.Broadcasting under close state controlDuring Khatami’s two terms in office, broadcasting has remained under the control of the state radio and TV broadcaster, Islamic Republic of Iran Broadcasting (IRIB), which has been a tool of Khamenei and the conservatives in their struggle against the reformists and Khatami. They continue to closely monitor its programmes, which have a big audience in Iranian homes. The statements of both pro-reform and conservative presidential candidates have been censored during the campaign. Although banned since April 1994, satellite dishes that can receive international TV stations have not stopped proliferating and are now estimated to number more than a million. Dishes are often confiscated and those who install them risk being fined. The aim of the ban is to prevent access to foreign stations, especially opposition stations based in the United States. After Hengameh Shahidi’s pardon, RSF asks Supreme Leader to free all imprisoned journalists News News IranMiddle East – North Africa News IranMiddle East – North Africa News Help by sharing this information During President Mohammad Khatami’s eight years in office, four journalists have been killed, one has disappeared, more than 150 newspapers have been closed by the authorities, more than 200 journalists have been summoned, detained and questioned, and 52 of them have been sentenced to prison terms ranging from three months to 14 years. “Next president must adopt measures to promote press freedom and the rule of law,” Reporters Without Borders said. Organisation Receive email alerts RSF_en Iran: Press freedom violations recounted in real time January 2020 Reporters Without Borders has been operating a prisoner sponsorship system for more than 15 years in which international news organisations are asked to adopt journalists in prison. Currently, more than 200 media support imprisoned journalists by repeatedly appealing to the authorities for their release and by reporting on their situation so that they are not forgotten. to go further June 15, 2005 – Updated on January 20, 2016 After eight years of Mohammad Khatami, next president urged to promote press freedom March 18, 2021 Find out more Call for Iranian New Year pardons for Iran’s 21 imprisoned journalists June 9, 2021 Find out more February 25, 2021 Find out morelast_img read more

Judge cancels request for psychiatric examination of Veronika Cherkasova’s son

first_img “We welcome opening of criminal investigation in Lithuania in response to our complaint against Lukashenko” RSF says to go further BelarusEurope – Central Asia RSF_en Russian media boss drops the pretence and defends Belarus crackdown News June 2, 2021 Find out more BelarusEurope – Central Asia Follow the news on Belarus March 11, 2005 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Judge cancels request for psychiatric examination of Veronika Cherkasova’s son Organisation center_img News News May 28, 2021 Find out more RSF at the Belarusian border: “The terrorist is the one who jails journalists and intimidates the public” May 27, 2021 Find out more Help by sharing this information News Receive email alerts Judge Igor Krot of the Tsentralny court in Minsk on 9 March cancelled the request for a psychiatric examination of Anton Filimonov, the 15-year-old son of journalist Veronika Cherkasova, who was murdered in her home in October 2004. On 31 January, the judge had ordered a psychiatric examination of Filimonov to determine whether he was mentally disturbed at the time of his mother’s death. Shortly before her murder, Cherkasova had been investigating the possibility that the Belarusian government sold arms to Iraq when Saddam Hussein was in power.- – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – — – – – – – – — – – -Investigators urged to explore possibility that journalist was killed because of her work4 March 2005Reporters Without Borders today called on those investigating the murder of Veronika Cherkasova, who was found stabbed to death in her home in Minsk on 20 October 2004, to explore the possibility that it was linked to her work as a journalist instead of concentrating on the theory of a crime of passion and trying at all costs to implicate her family.Cherkasova was looking into the possibility of arms sales by the Belarusian government to Saddam Hussein, the press freedom organization said, but the person in charge of investigating her death, Vladimir Chumachenko instead ordered a new psychiatric examination of Cherkasova’s 15-year-old son, Anton Filimonov, on 31 January.Chumachenko, who had no success with the investigation into the disappearance of cameraman Dmitri Zavadski in 2000, said in an interview for Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty on 10 February: “We do not exclude any hypothesis in Veronika Cherkasova’s murder, not even the presence of Martians.”Reporters Without Borders said: “Several facts that support each other suggest that Cherkasova was very probably murdered because she was working on a particularly sensitive investigation.” The press freedom organization added: “We would hope that the investigation headed by Vladimir Chumachenko will be carried out with complete impartiality and in a desire to shed full light on this case, and we therefore call on him and the interior minister to consider the theory that seems most probable to us, that she was killed because of her work as a journalist.”A report by Sergei Satsuk on 21 January in the independent daily Belorusskaya Delovaya Gazeta supported the theory that the murder was linked to Cherkasova’s work. Quoting a criminologist’s findings, he said she was probably murdered by a professional killer who embellished the murder scene to make it look like a crime of passion. It was after she was already dead that the killer probably smeared the walls with blood to make it look like a family quarrel that went too far, he argued. No other sign of struggle was found in the apartment, aside from a broken glass on a carpet. Blood was also found on the victim’s notebook but the investigators have not yet determined what the killer was looking for there.A month before her death, Cherkasova was investigating possible arms sales to Saddam Hussein by the Belarusian government together with money-laundering, in particular, the financing of military contracts with Iraq by a company called Infobank. She had several meetings in Minsk with someone who used to work with Infobank on contracts with Iraq, who she had first met on a press trip to Baghdad organized by Infobank three years before.The murder investigation, however, is currently focussing on Cherkasova’s family. The Minsk first deputy prosecutor, Nikolai Starovoitov has signed the request for a psychiatric examination of Filimonov that was demanded by Chumachenko. The investigators justify this saying he was not cooperative during interrogation. One of the aims of the examination would be to determine if he was psychologically disturbed at the time of his mother’s murder.Prosecutor’s office investigators went to Filimonov’s school on 1 February to take him to a psychiatric hospital, but he ran away and went to his grandparents’ home. The next day, he flew to Moscow to join his father, a journalist with the daily Izvestias. A Minsk court meeting behind closed doors on 22 February rejected a request from Cherkasova’s mother, Diana Cherkasova, to cancel a judge’s ruling ordering a new psychiatric examination for her grandson. The decision was due to come before an appeal court today.Filimonov was already in a psychiatric hospital from 29 November to 16 December with post-traumatic depression.The investigators also regard Vladimir Melechko, Cherkasova’s father-in-law, as a suspect. Alarmed by his inability to reach her by phone, he went to her home and found her dead body with a dozen stab wounds.Chumachenko was the official in charge of investigating the case of Dmitri Zavadski, a young cameraman with the TV station ORT who disappeared on 7 July 2000. Four years later, the case is closed, although those who kidnapped Zavadski have never been identified and the possible involvement of senior officials was never properly invest last_img read more

NWS measures limited snowfall at airportAlpine, Marathon see double digit numbers

first_img Facebook Previous article5 tips for starting your own businessNext articleTips for planning the ultimate safari Digital AIM Web Support TAGS  WhatsApp Local News Pinterest Pinterest Facebookcenter_img A winter storm dampened the welcome of the New Year as a foot of snow was seen in the Permian Basin. Douglas Cain, a meteorologist at Midland’s National Weather Service, said over the phone on Thursday morning that limited snowfall numbers were available at 8 a.m. but he detailed early reports included around 12 inches in Alpine and 10 inches in Marathon.  The Odessa-Midland area experienced limited snowfall as the NWS measured 1.3 inches at the Midland International Air and Space Port on Thursday morning. “Odessa hasn’t received a lot,” Cain said. “Officially, we measured 1.3 inches at the airport, but we haven’t had any snow since midnight (Thursday).” Despite limited snowfall in Odessa, the city remained in a winter storm warning until midnight Friday morning. Cain said there’s a possibility for additional snowfall throughout Thursday. The heaviest snowfall in the Permian Basin was seen around Interstate 10 and Interstate 20. Gene Powell, the spokesperson Odessa District of Texas Department of Transportation, said on Thursday morning that a majority of its focus has shifted to south of Odessa-Midland and near the Interstate 10 and Interstate 20 split. Powell said there were a number of collisions near the split, which caused traffic to be blocked. “We are still patrolling throughout the district for trouble spots,” Powell said. Cain said over the phone that he wants to urge travelers driving south of the Odessa-Midland area and east on Interstate 10 to postpone travel during the New Year. “Traveling is going to be difficult, especially on I-10 and I-20 going east,” Cain said. “That’s where the heavier precipitation is right now. Postponing travel would be in the best interest.” WhatsApp Twitter By Digital AIM Web Support – December 31, 2020 Twitter NWS measures limited snowfall at airportAlpine, Marathon see double digit numberslast_img read more

Crunch talks on fishing quotas underway in Brussels

first_img LUH system challenged by however, work to reduce risk to patients ongoing – Dr Hamilton Three factors driving Donegal housing market – Robinson Previous articleSearch resumes for missing Letterkenny womanNext articleUdaras board warns of severe budgetary pressures News Highland By News Highland – December 13, 2010 Pinterest Google+ Business Matters Ep 45 – Boyd Robinson, Annette Houston & Michael Margey WhatsApp Crunch talks on fishing quotas underway in Brussels Newsx Adverts Almost 10,000 appointments cancelled in Saolta Hospital Group this week Facebookcenter_img Facebook Twitter Pinterest RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Twitter Calls for maternity restrictions to be lifted at LUH Guidelines for reopening of hospitality sector published Google+ WhatsApp Junior Fisheries Minister Sean Connick is in Brussels today for two days of talks on fishing quotas for 2011, with the Killybegs Fishermen’s Organisation saying they are concerned at the unwillingness of the new commissioner to consult with the industry.Meanwhile, weekend discussions on mackerel stocks saw the EU and Norway reach agreement on a quota system that will see the Irish catch increase by 10%.However, Iceland and the Faroes continue to ignore previously agreed quotas, and Sean O’Donaghue of the KFO says that’s still a major problem………..[podcast]http://www.highlandradio.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/12/sod1pm.mp3[/podcast]last_img read more

Careless Insults To Religion Without Deliberate Intention To Outrage Religious Feelings Not Offence Under Sec 295A IPC : Tripura High Court

first_imgNews UpdatesCareless Insults To Religion Without Deliberate Intention To Outrage Religious Feelings Not Offence Under Sec 295A IPC : Tripura High Court Akshita Saxena6 March 2021 2:52 AMShare This – xThe High Court quashed an FIR registered over a Facebook post on Bhagavad Gita.The Tripura High Court has held that insults to religion made unwittingly/ without any deliberate or malicious intention to outrage the religious feelings of a class would not amount to an offence under Section 295A of IPC. A Single Bench of Chief Justice Akil Kureshi observed, “Section 295A does not penalize any and every act of insult or an attempt to insult the religion or…Your free access to Live Law has expiredTo read the article, get a premium account.Your Subscription Supports Independent JournalismSubscription starts from ₹ 599+GST (For 6 Months)View PlansPremium account gives you:Unlimited access to Live Law Archives, Weekly/Monthly Digest, Exclusive Notifications, Comments.Reading experience of Ad Free Version, Petition Copies, Judgement/Order Copies.Subscribe NowAlready a subscriber?LoginThe Tripura High Court has held that insults to religion made unwittingly/ without any deliberate or malicious intention to outrage the religious feelings of a class would not amount to an offence under Section 295A of IPC. A Single Bench of Chief Justice Akil Kureshi observed, “Section 295A does not penalize any and every act of insult or an attempt to insult the religion or the religious beliefs but it penalizes only those acts of insults or attempts which have been perpetrated with the deliberate and malicious intention of outraging the religious feelings of a particular class.””Insults to religion made unwittingly or carelessly or without any deliberate or malicious intention to outrage the religious feelings of aclass wouldnot come within the said section”. In holding so, the Bench referred to the Section 295A which clearly states that whoever, “with deliberate and malicious intention” of outraging the religious feelings of any class of citizens of India, by words, either spoken or written, or by sings or by visible representations or otherwise, insults or attempts to insult the religion or religious beliefs of that class, shall be punished with imprisonment of either description for a term which may extend to three years, or with fine, or with both. It also referred to the findings of a Constitution Bench of the Supreme Court in Ramji Lal Modi v. State of UP, AIR 1957 SC 620, viz.: “S.295A only punishes the aggravated form of insult to religion when it is perpetrated with the deliberate and malicious intention of outraging the religious feelings of that class. The calculated tendency of this aggravated form of insult is clearly to disrupt the public order and the section, which penalises such activities, is well within the protection of cl. (2) of Art.19 as being a law imposing reasonable restrictions on the exercise of the right to freedom of speech and expression guaranteed by Art. 19(1)(a). Having regard to the ingredients of the offence created by the impugned section, there cannot, in our opinion, be any possibility of this law being applied for purposes not sanctioned by the Constitution. In other words, the language employed in the section is not wide enough to cover restrictions both within and without the limits of constitutionally permissible legislative action affecting the fundamental right guaranteed by Art. 19(1)(a).” Background Justice Kureshi was presiding over a petition for quashing of FIR registered against the Petitioner last year for allegedly hurting the religious sentiments of the Hindu community by insulting the Bhagvad Gita via his comments on social media. As per the Complainant, the Petitioner-accused made untasteful and obscene comments on Hindu religion by saying that the Gita, sacred religious text is a “thakbaji Gita” and posting it on Facebook. The Petitioner on the other hand contended that the post in question was deliberately twisted and misinterpreted by the Complainant. He submitted that he neither had the intention nor desired to hurt the religious feelings of any community or class of citizens. He further stated that only on account of his personal beliefs, he is being targeted and falsely implicated in a criminal case. Furthermore, it was argued that his post was in Bengali and that the complainant had misinterpreted his post, which actually meant that the Gita is a pan which fries swindlers. The Additional Public Prosecutor however opposed the petition contending that the Petitioner had exhibited a clear intention to hurt the religious feelings by making derogatory remarks about a Holy Book. He also pointed out that this is not the only occasion on which the Petitioner has shown such tendency to hurt religious feelings and that his post must be seen in the background of his previous posts. Findings At the outset, the Court observed that Section 295A only punishes the aggravated form of insult to religion when it is perpetrated with the deliberate and malicious intention of outraging the religious feelings of that class. In the case at hand it noted, there is a dispute about what exactly did the Petitioner convey through the said post. It proceeded to hold that whatever the impugned term coined by the Petitioner may or may not mean, “it certainly does not convey the meaning which the complainant wants to ascribe namely that Bhagavad Gita, is a deceitful document.” The Bench added, “The petitioner can hold his personal beliefs and within the framework of law can also express them, as long as he does not transgress any of the restrictions imposed by law to the freedom of his speech and expression.” At this juncture, the Additional Public Prosecutor argued that there is no such expression as the Petitioner has placed on his Facebook post. However, the Court was of the opinion that even if this contention is accepted, it is not the role of the Court or for that matter the police to extract a meaning of a Facebook post to determine whether it is possible of any meaning or not. “It may be frivolous, it may be redundant, it may make no sense,” the Judge remarked. The Court also rejected the APP’s contention that the Petitioner has a habit of insulting the Hindu religion and that his post must be seen in the background of his previous posts. The Court held, “Neither in the complaint nor before me by the State any such previous posts of the petitioner of offending nature, even if for the moment one were to presume that the present post is one, has been placed on record. Mere passing allegation of the petitioner being in habit of placing such posts, cannot be the ground for permitting a fishing inquiry.” Coming to the post by itself, the Court said, without there being any background or foreground, it is not possible for any reasonable human being with ordinary common sense and intelligence, to discern any derogatory or demeaning meaning being ascribed by the petitioner to the holy book.”Bhagavad Gita is part of Hindu mythology of Mahabharatand it is in form of a conversation between the warrior prince Arjun and Lord Krishna when in he battle ground Arjun had serious doubts regarding theneedless destruction. A purist may not describe it as a holy book since it does not contain religious tenets. Nevertheless, it is treated as something sacred and a revered book containing Hindu scriptures.Deliberate and direct insult or derogation of such a work if otherwise done intentionally and to borrow the expressions of the Supreme Court in case of Ramji Lal Modi (supra),in order to outrage the religious feelings of the community, would undoubtedly in a given case fall with the mischief of Section 295A of IPC.In the present case,however,the words used by the petitioner and which I have reproduced for accuracy in the original Bengali script, do not convey even remotely the meaning which the complainant seeks to extract out of the expression”. Accordingly, the petition came to be allowed and the FIR was quashed. Case Title: Dulal Ghosh v. State of Tripura & Ors. Click Here To Download Order Read OrderSubscribe to LiveLaw, enjoy Ad free version and other unlimited features, just INR 599 Click here to Subscribe. All payment options available.loading….Next Storylast_img read more