23 months jail and a 5 years ban for pro-reform journalist

first_img Receive email alerts June 9, 2021 Find out more IranMiddle East – North Africa Follow the news on Iran After Hengameh Shahidi’s pardon, RSF asks Supreme Leader to free all imprisoned journalists Reporters Without Borders (Reporters sans frontières – RSF) protested today against the sentencing of pro-reform journalist Ahmad Zeid-Abadi (see photo) to 23 months in prison and a five-years ban on “all public and social activity, including journalism” and called on the head of the Iranian legal system, Ayatollah Shahrudi, to cancel the “very harsh” punishment. “The conservatives who control the judiciary are taking advantage of the UN Human Rights Commission’s recent failure to condemn Iran to resume their attacks on journalists and the media,” said RSF secretary-general Robert Ménard.  Despite the release of eight journalists since the beginning of this year, 12 are still imprisoned in Iran. At least five more are free on bail waiting for the result of their trials.RSF learns that Zeid-Abadi, who works for the pro-reform daily newspaper Hamchari and the monthly Iran-e-Farda, was sentenced on 17 April by the president of the Teheran court, Judge Said Mortazavi, for “propaganda against the Islamic regime and its institutions.”The court said he had taken “provocative positions that threatened national security.” In recent articles, he has defended Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat and condemned suicide bombings, a line which differs from the Iranian government’s position. He plans to appeal against the sentence.Zeid-Abadi was arrested at his home on 7 August 2000 by a dozen plainclothes officials because of what they said was his refusal to appear before a court. He was freed on heavy bail on 8 March 2001.Said Afsar, a journalist with the government daily Iran, went on trial before the Teheran court on 28 April for “insulting Islam” in three articles he had written about the religion. During the trial, he said that as a Muslim, he would never insult Islam. The verdict will be announced later. News Iran: Press freedom violations recounted in real time January 2020 News Help by sharing this information Organisation center_img News RSF_en IranMiddle East – North Africa News Call for Iranian New Year pardons for Iran’s 21 imprisoned journalists March 18, 2021 Find out more April 29, 2002 – Updated on January 20, 2016 23 months jail and a 5 years ban for pro-reform journalist to go further February 25, 2021 Find out morelast_img read more

Wet, Dreary, And Cool Weather To Start The Week

first_imgA miserable start to the week as a slow moving storm system off the Carolinas meanders up the coast. Get ready for a good deal of clouds, occasional soaking rain, chilly breezy off the ocean and tidal flooding. Unfortunately this storm is expected to linger through Wednesday morning.While some light rain or drizzle Monday morning, the steadiest rain should hold off until the afternoon. Temperatures will remain in the 50s.Computer models show the first wave of steady rain arriving Monday PM. (Courtesy:tropicaltidbits.com)A break in the rain will occur late Monday night into Tuesday morning but the onshore flow will keep us quite cool with drizzle. The next wave of rain and possibly a t’storm arrives during the day on Tuesday and it could be heavy at times.A stronger batch of rain moves in Tuesday. (Courtesy:tropicaltidbits.com)With persistent onshore flow, heavy rain and a new moon approaching, tides will be going over flood stage by Tuesday PM high tide.Tidal forecasts show flooding possible later Tuesday and Wednesday. The strongest winds will occur on Tuesday (ENE 20-25mph), and as of now, only minor tidal flooding is expected.The heaviest rainfall should fall across the South Jersey shore and Central & Southern Delaware where 1″-2″ is expected.The low pressure system will still be hanging around by Wednesday. As a result, rain should linger at least through the morning hours and cloudy skies should still hang in for the remainder of the day.Computer models show rain early Wednesday as the low pressure system hangs around. (Courtesy:tropicaltibits.com)Warmer Temps Ahead…Conditions will start improving by Thursday as the low pressure system finally moves away. This will also begin a return to warmer weather as a ridge of high pressure dominates the East Coast.Temperatures will return into 80s inland with 60s and 70s along the coast.last_img read more

Nine Inch Nails To Perform Intimate Show At Webster Hall Tonight

first_imgNine Inch Nails 2017 Tour Dates:07/31 – New York, NY @ Webster Hall *09/15 – Chicago, IL @ Riot Fest10/21 – Sacramento, CA @ Aftershock Fest Nine Inch Nails headlined Panorama Music Festival on Sunday night, with their only other scheduled performances coming up at Chicago’s Riot Fest and Sacramento’s Aftershock Fest. This Monday morning, Trent Reznor and company announced an intimate show tonight at New York City’s 1500-capacity Webster Hall. The East Village venue is the perfect place for NIN to treat fans to this exciting pop-up show, as it holds the nostalgic memories of 2009’s Wave Goodbye Tour and will close its own doors next week.Nine Inch Nails are currently performing in support of their new EP trilogy, which so far has released Not The Actual Events (2016) and Add Violence (2017). Tickets went on sale this morning at 10:00am. Listen to the two EPs below:last_img read more

Google to get 300MW of new TVA solar for Alabama, Tennessee data centers

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Times Free Press:The world’s biggest solar producer will build Alabama’s biggest solar farm in Hollywood, Alabama, in the next two years to supply renewable energy for the $600 million data center Google is building on TVA’s former Widows Creek coal plant site.NextEra Energy Resources will build the new 150-megawatt solar farm near the abandoned Bellefonte nuclear plant and sell the power to the Tennessee Valley Authority to help TVA deliver only renewable energy for Google’s nearby facility. A similar-sized solar farm also will be built by Invenergy in Yum Yum, Tennessee to supply another Google data center being built near Clarksville, Tennessee.Collectively, the two solar energy companies will put up 1.6 million solar panels on the two parcels, representing the biggest solar installation in both Tennessee and Alabama and the largest solar farms ever built for Google. Combined, the two new facilities will be capable of generating up to 413 megawatts of electricity at peak periods from the sun.Google is building the new data centers to help meet the rising demand for data transmissions from the search engine giant. Data process centers handle as many as 100 billion searches for Google every month and 500 hours of video uploads to YouTube every minute. Google says its data centers use 50 percent less energy than other comparable data centers. Google also has committed to using only renewable energy to power the facilities.Wednesday’s announcement of the new solar farms for TVA comes less than three months after First Solar and NextEra also announced plans for other 150-megawatt solar farms, also in Tennessee and Alabama, to supply Facebook and other businesses looking for renewable energy to power their operations.More: Largest solar farms in Alabama, Tennessee planned for new Google data centers Google to get 300MW of new TVA solar for Alabama, Tennessee data centerslast_img read more

‘I’m at peace, I’m ready to roll’ – Isaac Dogboe confident ahead of return to the ring tonight

first_imgGhanaian boxer, Isaac Dogboe, believes he is in the right shape physically and spiritually as he looks to return to the ring with a win later tonight.Dogboe faces American, Chris Avalos in a featherweight bout as he hopes to recover from his two losses against Emmanuel Navarrete.Dogboe’s two very high profile losses led to a short break from the sport but he returns to take on Avalos in a featherweight fight at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas.There’s a lot of pressure on Isaac Dogboe to beat Avalos tonight as, despite his impressive 20-0-2 record, he has lost his last two fights.A third straight loss might raise serious doubts about whether the young boxer can ever recover his form.Navarrete beat Isaac Dogboe again in their rematch in 2019Dogboe, who has been training with Barry Hunter after his father, Paul Dogboe came in for a lot of criticism after his last bout, expressed his confidence ahead of the fight.“Right now I feel great, I’ve been with Barry since December of last year,” said Dogboe.“He’s seen me go through the process and everything, and I feel great. I feel great mentally, physically and spiritually. So right now I’m at peace, I’m just ready to roll. I can’t wait to get back in the ring.”Dogboe says his faith has kept him going despite the recent disappointments and will continue to drive him on.“It’s in my nature, I believe in faith. And I believe faith is what drives me. You might see confidence — but I see faith.”Barry Hunter at Lamont Peterson workout on March 26, 2015 at Bald Eagle Recreation Center in Washington DC. Photo by Delane Rouse/Rouse Photography GroupHunter praised Dogboe’s work ethic and his willingness to learn and regain his confidence.“That’s going to be key. Skillwise, yes, he can fight, but it’s like a baseball player who could’ve been a legend but got hit with a beanball. And then every time he stepped up to bat, he’s scared, or he flinches.”Dogboe was on a rapid rise in the sport before his losses to Navarrete and will hope to recover that winning feeling tonight.He definitely has to support of Ghanaians in this regard with Sports Minister, Isaac Asiamah wishing Dogboe well ahead of the bout, saying the boxer had learnt lessons from his losses to Navarette and will return stronger against Avalos.“Even though Isaac Dogboe lost the last two fights against Emmanuel Navarrete, ‘the royal storm’ has shown a lot of tenacity to return to the ring for a featherweight title and has learnt all the lessons to overturn his defeat.”“Ghanaians are very confident that Dogboe will come out victorious in this encounter and make Ghana proud after the bout.”last_img read more