Lidl Northern Ireland to support NSPCC in £250k partnership

first_img Lidl Northern Ireland is embarking on a two year charity partnership with The NSPCC Northern Ireland, during which the company aims to raise £250,000. The corporate partnership will help the charity reach children in every primary school across Northern Ireland with its ‘Speak Out Stay Safe’ programme. These interactive assemblies and workshops are designed to give a generation of children the knowledge and understanding they need to stay safe from abuse and neglect.The NSPCC Northern Ireland operates three service centres in Belfast, Foyle and Craigavon and two Childline bases in Belfast and Foyle. Lidl Northern Ireland to support NSPCC in £250k partnership Howard Lake | 16 November 2017 | News  251 total views,  1 views today  252 total views,  2 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis6 John Paul Scally, MD at Lidl Northern Ireland, and Catherine Nuttall, Head of Fundraising for NSPCC Northern Ireland AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis6 Staff voteNSPCC Northern Ireland was selected as the charity partner by employees in Lidl’s 38 stores across Northern Ireland and distribution centre at Nutts Corner.Over the next two years Lidl staff will hold a number of fundraising events and be given the opportunity to volunteer with the NSPCC to see the work the charity does with children and young people first hand.Win Christmas shoppingTo mark the partnership over the festive season, Lidl Northern Ireland is offering 38 customers in Northern Ireland a chance to win their entire Christmas shopping.To take part, customers need to buy a £1 ticket for Lidl’s Trolly Dash. The winners will be invited to rush around their local Lidl and grab what place what they can in their trolley in just two minutes. 100% of proceeds from the ticket sales will be donated to NSPCC Northern Ireland.Last year, Lidl’s Christmas Trolley Dash raised £69,300 for charity and tickets sales are expected to be higher this year. Lidl NI expects to raise £250,000 over two years for NSPCC NI Advertisement Catherine Nuttall, Head of Fundraising for NSPCC Northern Ireland, said: “The support of Lidl Northern Ireland will help us to be there for every child who needs our help and we are really excited to get started and work with all the wonderful people at Lidl across Northern Ireland.” Tagged with: christmas corporate Northern Ireland NSPCC 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.last_img read more

Black quarterback Cam Newton is changing the face of the NFL

first_imgCam Newton is the sensational 26-year-old quarterback for the Carolina Panthers, the team representing the National Football Conference in the 50th Super Bowl.  The opposing team will be the Denver Broncos, representing the American Football Conference. The annual Super Bowl, which determines the champion of the National Football League, is the most popular one-day sports event played in the United States, viewed by hundreds of millions on a global scale.  Newton has come under unprecedented scrutiny from the mainstream media.  Why? Not because he won the prestigious Heisman Trophy award five years ago as the best college football player, not because he led the Auburn Tigers to the National Collegiate Athletic Association Division I championship in 2010, and not because he is the perennial favorite to win the NFL’s Most Valuable Player award for the Panthers 15-1 regular season record this year.   Newton has been recently targeted by the media for being too “polarizing” and for “playing the race card” for proudly saying that he is an African-American quarterback, something that “no one can compare me to.” If Newton played any other position, he would not be receiving so much attention, but the quarterback position is the most visible and prestigious in college and professional football. The quarterback is the face of the entire team.  Since the founding of the NFL in 1920, the vast majority of NFL quarterbacks have been white, due to racial segregation, a reflection of U.S. capitalist society.  Many Black quarterbacks who preceded Newton, including Warren Moon, Randall Cunningham, Doug Williams, Steve McNair and Joe Gilliam, were expected to carry themselves on and off the field in a manner that was characterized as “nonthreatening” and “nonoffensive” in the eyes of white fans and media.  Black quarterbacks were described by most white sports commentators as possessing “athletic” abilities, not “intellectual” ability.  Of course, this was nothing more than white supremacy. Newton has shattered this racist myth like no other due to his exciting, brilliant skills as a passer and runner and by calling plays.  At six-foot-five and 245 pounds, he’s built like a defensive linebacker.   Newton has without apology created so much exuberance with his joyous dancing, especially the popular dabbing motion in the end zone, and by giving away footballs to children in the stands after every Panther touchdown. His personality has also carried over to his teammates.  The Panthers’ coach, Ron Rivera, who is Latino, has defended Newton’s actions in press conferences.  These actions have drawn negative criticism against Newton for being too “individualistic” and “only bringing attention to himself,” although some of the most prominent white quarterbacks, like Aaron Rodgers and Tom Brady, carry out their own celebrations with general acceptance and little fanfare.Despite these racist attacks against Newton, millions of Panther fans, not just in North Carolina but also throughout the U.S. and the world, are his fans.  Whether the Panthers win or lose the Super Bowl, Cam Newton is being touted as the new face of the NFL because he is revolutionizing the quarterback position with a hip-hop attitude.  Moorehead is the U.S. presidential candidate of Workers World Party. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

Usher applauds for each individual graduate

first_imgRobbie Vagliohttps://www.tcu360.com/author/robbie-vaglio/ Twitter Linkedin Facebook I am the executive editor of TCU 360 from Raleigh, North Carolina. If you walk by my desk in the newsroom you’ll immediately know I’m Post Malone’s biggest fan. I’m always looking for a good story to tell! If you have any story ideas, feel free to reach out! Go Panthers! ReddIt Welcome TCU Class of 2025 printIt was a small gesture meant to make sure every graduate who crossed the stage of the Schollmeier Arena during Saturday’s commencement did so to applause – but it touched the heart of a Reddit user and thousands of others. “I told him jokingly no one in the whole stadium was clapping more than him,” the user wrote. The staff member smiled and then responded to the user. “Hey man, lot of these kids ain’t got nobody to support them. I never had anyone to support me, so I’m gonna make sure all these kids got somebody to support them and what they’ve done, even if it’s just me,” he said. He is Andrew Thomas, a retired Fort Worth city worker who works for Stadium People, an Irving-based event staffing firm that handles large events held at TCU. By Tuesday, more than 300 comments had been posted.Thomas has been working events at TCU for the past school year – including both winter and spring commencement ceremonies. He said his motivation for this gesture came from his daughter. “She said ‘Daddy make sure you clap for everybody because you never know what a kid has done to get to that point.’” Andrew ThomasThomas said his daughter, who graduated from Prarie View A&M with a communications degree in 2015, talked about classmates who did not have family support and were homeless during their college years. She told him about students who couch-surfed and lived out of their cars. Thomas said he and his daughter would cook for the less fortunate students. “She keeps me conscious that you never know what each kid did to get there to get to that point and they need to be congratulated for it,” Thomas said. “Most of the kids did it on their own, so I had to clap for them. The Reddit post has received nearly 40,000 views in four days and is 96 percent upvoted. “I’m up in the air because I didn’t know I was doing anything that was noticeable to anyone,” Thomas said. “The overall support that I’ve gotten from not only my family but every other people- everywhere I go it’s like I’m a celebrity, but I’m a nobody. I’m just enjoying the moment.” World Oceans Day shines spotlight on marine plastic pollution Twitter TCU wants ex-professor’s discrimination suit dismissed Previous articleAir Force ROTC’s year in a glanceNext articleSewo Olonilua arrested on felony drug charge Robbie Vaglio RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR What to watch during quarantine Robbie Vagliohttps://www.tcu360.com/author/robbie-vaglio/ Robbie Vagliohttps://www.tcu360.com/author/robbie-vaglio/ Robbie Vagliohttps://www.tcu360.com/author/robbie-vaglio/ Linkedin Andrew Thomas was inspired by his daughter to applaud for each graduate. Photo by Cristian ArguetaSoto. Robbie Vaglio + posts Facebook ReddIt Two students joined harassment and discrimination lawsuit against TCU TCU places second in the National Student Advertising Competition, the highest in school history Snow temporarily stepping down as honors deanlast_img read more

Press freedom violations recounted in real time (from 1st January 2011)

first_imgEhsan Mehrabi, a journalist with the daily Farhikhteghan, was arrested on 22 January to begin serving the one-year jail sentence he received from a revolutionary court in November on a charge of “anti-government publicity” for giving interviews to the BBC’s Farsi-language service and Radio Farda. The sentence was upheld by a Tehran appeal court.Initially arrested on 18 February 2009, he had been released on bail of 50 million toman (45,000 euros) on 13 March 2010.———19.01.2011 – Two journalists freed on bailReporters Without Borders has learned that Keyvan Mehregan, political editor of the daily newspaper Sharght and Fariborz Rais Dana, writer and member of the Association of Iranian Journalists, have been freed on bail.Keyvan Mehregan had to post bail of 10 million tomans (about 7, 500 euros) and Fariborz Rais Dana 30 million tomans (about 22,500 euros).—-17.01.2011- Two journalists freed on bail in Iran; others held, sentencedReporters Without Borders learned today that two Iranian journalists working for the daily Shargh, Rihaneh Tabatabai and Farzaneh Roustaei, have been freed on bail of 10 million toman (about 7,500 euros) each. Rihaneh Tabatabai was arrested at his home by officials of the information ministry on 12 December last. Farzaneh Roustaei, in charge of the international pages, was detained five days later. Fariborz Rais Dana, writer and member of the Association of Iranian Journalists, was arrested on 19 December at his home by plainclothes officers of the information ministry. His lawyer Nasser Zarafshan, said he faced two charges. “One relates to criticism of the government policy of liberalization of prices in an interview with BBC television; the other concerns the activities of the Association of Iranian Journalists,” he said.He told Reporters Without Borders that the cases had been referred to the 2nd chamber of the revolutionary court in Tehran and that he had asked for his client to be freed provisionally. The lawyer said he had visited Fariborz Rais Dana, with his wife at the Evin prison on 6 January. The 36th Tehran appeal chamber sentenced journalist and human rights activist Shiva Nazar-Ahari to four years in jail and 74 lashes for propaganda against the regime and action against national security. She was arrested by the police on 20 December 2009, the day before the funeral of Ayatollah Hossein Ali Montazeri. On 28 August 2010, the 26th chamber of the Tehran revolutionary court gave her a six-year prison sentence. Nasour Naghipour, blogger and human rights activist was given a seven year sentence on 8 January this year. He had been arrested on 2 March 2010. He is editor of the website http://www.nasour.net/ and was detained at his home in the city of Qazvin before being freed on 20 June 2010 on bail of 100 million toman (75,000 euros). June 9, 2021 Find out more IranMiddle East – North Africa IranMiddle East – North Africa Iran: Press freedom violations recounted in real time January 2020 22.12.2011-Three journalists freedReporters Without borders has learned of the release on bail on 20 December of Amir Ali Alamehzadeh, a journalist with the ILNA news agency who was arrested on 18 September at his home in Tehran. During his detention, he was held in solitary confinement in Evin prison where he was subjected to ill-treatment. The press freedom organization has also been informed of the release on 17 December of two Kuwaiti TV journalists, reporter Adel Al-Yahya and cameraman Raed Al-Majed, who work for the television station Al-Adalah. The pair were arrested in the southern city of Abadan on 11 November and accused of espionage and entering the country illegally.Announcing their release, the Iranian ambassador in Kuwait said their arrest and the spying allegations against them had been “a mistake”. From the outset the Kuwaiti authorities had denied the allegations. A Kuwaiti official was quoted at the time as saying: “The two men work for a privately-owned TV station and were making a programme of a social nature,” adding that they had entered Iran on a visa.More than one hundred Iranian journalists have signed an open letter to the authorities demanding the release of the documentary film-maker, Hassan Fathi, who was arrested on 12 November hours after giving an interview to the BBC Persian television service. The letter, published on 18 December, said in part: “We request the unconditional release of Hassan Fathi, who was arrested illegally for having expressed his point of view.”In the interview, Fathi spoke about a mysterious explosion at a military base near Tehran a day earlier, which killed 17 people and injured 18.According to Fars, a government news agency linked to the Revolutionary Guards, he had been charged with spreading false information and upsetting public opinion. ——— 3.12.2011- Another restriction on foreign journalistsThe Iranian government yesterday banned foreign news media from covering any further rallies outside Britain’s embassy and diplomatic residences in Tehran. “It is the first time foreign media in Iran have been prohibited from covering pro-regime rallies,” Agence France-Presse reported.The ban seems to have been prompted by the desire to prevent coverage of yesterday’s visit by foreign diplomats to the embassy and Qolhak Garden residential compound, two days after they were ransacked by members of Islamist militias. The prefect of Tehran described the visit as “questionable” and said he had “warned those responsible.”AFP said the diplomats were shocked by the scale of the damage to the embassy and residences. The United Kingdom closed its embassy after the attack and ordered the Iranian embassy in London to suspend activities.——–30.11.2011 – Blogger arrestedThe blogger Rojin Mohammadi was arrested in Tehran on 21 November,after she was summoned to the prosecutor’s office in the capital’s Evin prison.Mohammadi, a student in the Philippines, had previously been arrested atthe airport on her return to Iran on 14 November and was released on bail 24hours later.It is not known whether she was detained as a result of her activism or for herposts on the Internet.———-30.10.2011-Three journalists freed on bail pending trialReporters Without Borders has learned that three journalists – Mehdi Afsharnik, Ali Akrami and Mohammad Hidari – were released on bail on 29 October pending trial. After being arrested at their homes on 5 October, they were held in isolation in Tehran’s Evin prison without any explanation being given for their detention.Three other journalists who were arrested in the past few months – Amir Mehdi Alamehzadeh of the news agency ILNA, Mehrdad Sarjoui, a Tehran-based journalist who writes for several English-language newspapers, and Hadi Ahmadi, a Karaj-based journalist employed by the government news agency ISNA – are still being held.———- News News The repression in Iran’s northwestern region of Azerbaijan is continuing. Ebrahim Rashidi, a blogger and journalist with the weekly Bayram, was arrested by intelligence ministry officials in the city of Ardabil on 12 September. He has been arrested several times before in recent years.Abolfazle Vesali, a journalist with the weekly Saghi Tabriz and former editor of the now closed daily Nedai Azarabadegan, was meanwhile released conditionally on 12 September after being arrested on 3 May to begin serving a jail sentence imposed in 2005.Vesali was sentenced to six months in jail by a revolutionary court in Tabriz, the capital of East Azerbaijan province, in April 2005 on a charge of “inciting revolt” while his newspaper, Nedai Azarabadegan, was banned by an East Azerbaijan provincial court for “publishing false information.”———12.09.2011-Two journalists freed but a dozen netizens and journalists arrested 18.05.2011 Two journalists releasedReporters Without Borders has learned that Taghi Rahmani, a freelance journalist and staunch defender of freedom of expression, was released on 17 May after being held for 100 days. He was given a preliminary release on 15 May but was summoned back to Evin prison two days later to sign administrative documents and was re-released in the evening.Plainclothes men arrested Rahmani at his Tehran home on 9 February, five days ahead of a demonstration being organized by government opponents in solidarity with the Egyptian and Tunisian uprisings.He has been a journalist since 1981, working for various media, and has spent more than 16 years in Iranian prisons. He has been prosecuted both for working for underground newspapers such as Pishtazan and Movahed and for working for legal newspapers such as Iran-e-Farda and Omid Zanjan. Reporters Without Borders can also confirm that journalist and researcher Mohammad Norizad was freed on 8 May, as reported on his blog http://nurizad.info/. Arrested on 20 December 2009 after being summoned by the police, he was sentenced on 29 May 2010 to 50 lashes and three and a half years in prison on charges of anti-government publicity and insulting the authorities. He subsequently staged several hunger strikes in protest against his detention.Norizad worked for several years as a columnist for the daily Kayhan, the leading mouthpiece of Iran’s conservatives. Following President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s disputed reelection in June 2009, he began to openly criticise the Supreme Leader of the Revolution, the government and the judicial system.————10.05.2011 – Journalist arrested six years after being sentencedReporters Without Borders has learned that Abolfazle Vesali, a journalist with the weekly Saghi Tabriz and former editor of the now closed daily Nedai Azarabadegan, was arrested on 3 May to begin serving a jail sentence imposed in 2005. He managed to tell friends the next day that he was in the main prison in Tabriz, the capital of the northwestern province of East Azerbaijan.Vesali was sentenced to six months in jail by a Tabriz revolutionary court in April 2005 on a charge of “inciting revolt” while Nedai Azarabadegan was banned by an East Azerbaijan provincial court for “publishing false information.”He and several other journalists were arrested in 2006 when members of Iran’s Azeri minority staged a series of angry protests in Tabriz in response to a cartoon of a cockroach saying “What?” in the Azeri language in the children’s section of the supplement of Iran, a daily published by the government news agency IRNA. The newspaper quickly apologized for the cartoon, which Azeris regarded as an insult. Vesali was released on bail after 45 days.——19.04.2011 Six-year jail sentence for woman journalistNazanin Khosravani, a journalist who writes for several reformist newspapers such as Bahar, Karghozaran and Sarmayeh, has been notified that a Tehran revolutionary court has sentenced her to six years in prison on charges of anti-government propaganda and activities that threaten national security. She had been released on 15 March.——-18.04.2011-Government news agency journalist arrestedManoucher Tamary, a journalist with the government news agency IRNA, was arrested yesterday at his home in Sanandaj (in the western province of Kurdistan) by men in plain-clothes, who searched his home and seized his computer. It is not known where they took him. Aged 56, Tamary has worked for IRNA since 1994. IRNA reports that he had received a summons from the intelligence ministry a week before his arrest. The news agency’s management has called for his release.—–17.03.2011-Two women journalists freedReporters Without Borders has learned of the release of two women journalists in the past two days.One is Nazanin Khosravani, a contributor to Bahar, Karghozaran, Sarmayeh and other reformist newspapers, who was released on 15 March after being held for 135 days. Her family spent two weeks without any news of her, without even knowing where she was being held, after her arrest at her home by intelligence ministry agents on 2 November.The other is Mahsa Amrabadi, a reporter for the now closed newspaper Etemad Melli, who was released yesterday. She was arrested at the end of a demonstration held in Tehran on 1 March in protest against the detention of opposition leaders Mir Hossein Mousavi and Mehdi Karroubi, and their wives.————— 03.03.2011 – Two women journalists arrested at Tehran demonstrationReporters Without Borders has learned that two women journalists – Mahsa Amrabadi, a reporter for the closed newspaper Etemad Melli, and Fakhrolsadat Mohtashamipour, a blogger – were arrested at the end of a demonstration in Tehran on 1 March in protest against the arrests of opposition leaders Mir Hossein Mousavi and Mehdi Karroubi.Amrabadi was previously arrested on 14 June 2008, obtaining her release on bail of 200 million tomans (150,000 euros) on 22 August 2009. A revolutionary court sentenced her to a year in prison on 14 October 2010. She is the wife of Masoud Bastani, a journalist with the daily Farhikhteghan who was arrested on 4 July 2009 and who was one of the many journalists subjected to the Stalinist-style mass trials that the authorities began holding in August 2009. On 1 November 2009, a revolutionary court gave him a six-year sentence, which he is now serving in Rajai Shahr prison.Mohtashamipour is the wife of Mostapha Tajzadeh, a reformist leader held since 12 June 2009. Ever since his arrest she has been defending the cause of political prisoners on her blog (http://www.mohtashami.info/), which has been blocked four times.Both Amrabadi and Mohtashamipour have probably been incarcerated in Tehran’s Evin prison.Reporters Without Borders has meanwhile learned that Mazyar Khosravi, a journalist with the daily Shargh, was released on 24 February. After intelligence ministry officials told his family he had been admitted to a military hospital following a heart attack, the family deposited bail so that he could be released provisionally and transferred to a civilian hospital.He was arrested at his workplace on 11 February by intelligence ministry officials.——11.02.2011 – New wave of arrests, crackdown on mediaThe Iranian authorities launched a new wave of arrests of journalists in the run-up to a demonstration called by government opponents for 14 February in solidarity with the Egyptian and Tunisian peoples. At least four journalists and bloggers have been arrested in Tehran since 9 February:- Taghi Rahmani, an independent journalist and staunch free speech activist, was arrested at his Tehran home on 9 February.- Meisam Mohammadi and Omid Mohadess, journalists with the Behesti foundation’s website (http://www.beheshti.org/), were arrested at their homes by plain-clothes police on 10 February. It is not yet known why they were arrested or where they are being held.- Mazyar Khosravi of the daily Shargh was arrested at his workplace on 11 February by intelligence ministry agents.According to the information obtained by Reporters Without Borders, a number of journalists and bloggers have also been summoned for questioning by Revolutionary Guards and intelligence ministry officials in various parts of the country.——————————————————-7 February 2011 – Four-year jail sentence for journalist who interviewed gaysReporters Without Borders has learned that Siamak Qaderi, a former journalist with the government news agency IRNA, was sentenced on 21 January to four years in prison and 60 lashes. He was arrested on 5 August 2010 on charges of anti-government propaganda and disseminating false information on his blog liable to disrupt public order.Qaderi was fired from IRNA after interviewing gays in Iran and posting the interviews on his blog, regardless of the fact that President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad had proclaimed, during a visit to the United States in September 2007, that “there are no homosexuals in Iran.”Mehran Faraji, a journalist with the daily Shargh and the now-closed daily Etemad Melli, was meanwhile released on bail on 4 February pending trial. He was arrested on 12 December 2010 in Tehran.———-24.01.2011 – Journalist begins serving one-year jail term for talking to international radio stations After Hengameh Shahidi’s pardon, RSF asks Supreme Leader to free all imprisoned journalists Organisation 13.10.2011- Reporter freed on bail in BushehrReporters Without Borders has learned that Hamid Moazeni, a blogger and journalist who works for several local newspapers in the southern city of Bushehr, was released on bail of 50 million tomans (45,000 euros) on 11 October.—————04.010.2011-Netizens freed on bail pending trialReporters Without Borders has learned that the following netizens, who were arrested during raids on 7 and 8 September, were released on bail yesterday pending trial:- Alireza Roshan, a book reviewer for the newspaper Shargh- Ali Akrami, editor of the Sheydagooyi blog (http://sheydagooyi.blogfa.com/)- Ali Straki- Mehdi Hossini- Mehdi Osanlo- Hamid Moradi- Mehran Rahbari- Mostafa Abdi- Nosrat Tabassi- Ali Moazemi- Reza EntesariReporters Without Borders has also learned that Said Mohamadi, a contributor to Azeri-language newspapers and editor of the literary magazine Yashagh, who uses the pen-name of Moghanli, was freed on bail of 50 million tomans (45,000 euros) on 25 September 2011. He had been arrested on 8 June in the northern province of Ardebil.A court for clerics in Tehran has meanwhile sentenced Arash Honarvar Shojai, a 30-year-old theologian and blogger (http://honarvarnetessays.persianblog.ir/) who was arrested on 28 October 2010 in Tehran, to four years in prison, a fine of 800,000 tomans and 50 lashes for criticizing the government in his blog. In an interview for the Khabarnegaran website, his mother had reported that he was ill and had suffered several nervous breakdowns.———14.09.2011-Crackdown in northwest continues Follow the news on Iran to go further News —————-Press freedom violations recounted in real time – January/July 2010————Press freedom violations recounted in real time – JUNE/DECEMBER 2009 Two journalists have been released in the past week but a dozen other netizens and journalists, and human rights lawyer Abdolfatah Soltani, one of the founding members of Nobel peace laureate Shirin Ebadi’s Centre for Human Rights Defenders, have been arrested.Soltani was picked up at his home on 10 September during a raid by plain-clothes officials from the intelligence ministry. His family still does not know why he was arrested or where he is being held. He was previously arrested on 16 June 2009 and was held for 70 days before being released on 100 million toman (90,000 euros) in bail.Two other members of the Centre for Human Rights Defenders are already in prison. One is are human rights lawyer Mohammad Seifzadeh, who was sentenced to nine years in prison and a ten-year ban on working as lawyer because of his work for the centre. He was arrested in April. The other is human rights lawyer Nasrin Sotoudeh, who has been detained since September 2010 and who is serving an 11-year jail sentence.More than a dozen netizens were arrested during raids on 7 and 8 September, including members of the staff of Majzooban Nor , a website that supports Iran’s Sufis. The site has also been the target of a cyber-attack and is no longer accessible. The arrests follow a bloody crackdown against Sufis last week in Kavar, in the southern province of Fars. Various Dervish fraternities have been the targets of attacks and arrests during the past five years. The following are still held:- Alireza Roshan, a book reviewer for the newspaper Shargh- Ali Akrami, editor of the Sheydagooyi blog (http://sheydagooyi.blogfa.com/)- Ali Straki- Mehdi Hossini- Mehdi Osanlo- Hamid Moradi- Mehran Rahbari- Mostafa Abdi- Nosrat Tabassi- Ali Moazemi- Reza EntesariThe two journalists released in the past week are:- Nader Karimi, who wrote for newspapers such as Gozaresh, Feker and Syasat Rouz. Arrested in Tehran on 21 November 2009 on charges of spying and undermining the country’s security, he was sentenced by a revolutionary tribunal to 10 years a prison, reduced to five years on appeal. He has had various ailments stemming from a wound sustained during the 1980-88 war with Iraq. He was released on 4 September.- Masoud Lavassani, a blogger and journalist who was arrested on 26 September 2009 and was sentenced to eight years in prison the following December. His sentence was reduced to four years in March 2010 and then to two years by a Tehran appeal court. After several heart attacks involving hospitalization, he was granted parole in December 2010 and again July 2011. He was notified of his full release on 5 September.——-27.07.2011-Blogger freedReporters Without Borders has learned that Pegah Ahangarani, an actress, filmmaker and blogger who was arrested at her Tehran home by intelligence ministry officials on 10 July, was released yesterday on bail of 100 million toman (75000 euros). Since 2009, she has been writing for a blog that was specially created by the German public broadcaster Deutsche Welle.——26.07.2011 journalist jailedMashaallah Shamsolvaezin, the spokesman of the Association of Iranian Journalists and editor of one of Iran’s first pro-reform newspapers (now closed), was ordered on 18 July to report to Tehran’s Evin prison to begin serving the 16-month jail sentence that a Tehran revolutionary court gave him in December 2010 on a charge of insulting the president.Although he was not made to start the serving sentence at the time, he was banned from political and journalistic activities. His conviction is still the subject of an appeal. His defence lawyer, Mohammad Seifzadeh, has meanwhile been detained since April.Arrested by plainclothes men at his home on 28 December 2009, Shamsolvaezin was released on bail on 28 February 2010 pending the outcome of his trial. ———-20.07.2011-Two bloggers arrested in continuing repressionMehdi Khazali, an outspoken government critic in his blog , was detained on 18 July after responding to a summons from the intelligence ministry in Tehran. It is his third arrest in less than two years. The last time he was arrested, on 13 October 2010, he was held for a month before being released on bail of 200 million tomans (150,000 euros).Khazali is the son of Ayatollah Abolghasem Khazali, an influential member of the Council of Guardians of the Iranian Constitution for the past 30 years. Despite his frequent run-ins with the authorities, he is very scathing about the government’s policies and human rights violations in his blog.The judicial authorities confirmed on 18 July that Pegah Ahangarani, a young actress, documentary filmmaker and blogger, was arrested in Tehran on 10 July as she was about to leave for Germany to cover the Women’s Football World Cup. Since 2009, she has been writing in blog specially created by the German public broadcaster Deutsche Welle.Both Ahangarani and Khazali are being held in Section 209 of Tehran’s Evin prison.Reporters Without Borders was meanwhile told on 16 July that Maryam Majd, a sports photographer working for several newspapers, has been released. Intelligence ministry agents arrested her at her home on 17 June, on the eve of her departure for Germany to cover the Women’s Football World Cup at the invitation of Petra Landers, a member of the German national team.————17.06.2011 – Release, jail sentence and closureReporters Without Borders has learned that Reza Rafiee Foroshani, a freelance journalist who worked for Iranian and international news media, was released on 12 June. Arrested on 26 June 2009 in Tehran, he was included in one of the Stalinist-style mass trials held in Tehran in August 2009 and was given a seven-year jail sentence, plus a five-year suspended sentence, on a spying charge. The jail sentence was reduced to three years last year.Fariborz Rais Dana, a well-known economist and writer and member of the Association of Iranian Writers, has been given a one-year jail sentence by a Tehran revolutionary court on charges of anti-government propaganda and membership of an illegal organization. He was arrested at his home on 19 December 2010 after criticizing the lifting of price controls in an interview for the BBC’s Farsi-language TV station, and was released provisionally on bail of 30 million toman (22,500 euros) on 17 January.The conservative weekly 9 day (http://www.9day.ir) was meanwhile closed on 13 June by the Commission for Press Licensing and Surveillance, the censorship arm of the Ministry of Culture and Islamic Guidance. It was suspended for “insulting the clergy” and publishing a business section without permission. It is published by Hamid Rasaee, a parliamentarian who now supports Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei and used to support President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. Rivalry between the Khamenei and Ahmadinejad factions is taking its toll on pro-government media and conservatives.———– February 25, 2021 Find out more Help by sharing this information 13.10.2011- Netizen freed Faranak Farid, a writer and translator who writes for the Feminist School website was released on bail of 100 million tomans (90,000 euros) yesterday after 42 days in detention. She was arrested on 3 September in the northwestern city of Tabriz. Call for Iranian New Year pardons for Iran’s 21 imprisoned journalists ——–Press freedom violations recounted in real time – July/December 2010 News March 18, 2021 Find out more RSF_en Receive email alerts December 22, 2011 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Press freedom violations recounted in real time (from 1st January 2011)last_img read more

RoboLancers Show Their Smarts at Robot Competition

first_img 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. Make a comment Community News Business News More Cool Stuff HerbeautyYou Can’t Go Past Our Healthy Quick RecipesHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyThese Are 15 Great Style Tips From Asian WomenHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyWhat’s Your Zodiac Flower Sign?HerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyHere Are Indian Women’s Best Formulas For Eternal BeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty12 Signs You Want To Stay With Your Girlfriend ForeverHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyShort On Time? 10-Minute Workouts Are Just What You NeedHerbeautyHerbeauty Community News Pasadena’s ‘626 Day’ Aims to Celebrate City, Boost Local Economy 0 commentsShareShareTweetSharePin it Education RoboLancers Show Their Smarts at Robot Competition From STAFF REPORTS Published on Friday, December 18, 2015 | 12:10 pm First Heatwave Expected Next Week center_img This past Saturday your RoboLancers had a record setting tournament day at San Ysidro High School which is about 30 minutes south of San Diego. Robot Y finished qualifying rounds at 7-0 and in first place.Robot Z finished qualifying rounds at 6-1 and in fourth place. All three of our robots entered playoffs. Robot Y battled to the final round where we lost in a hard fought battle to an alliance of Murietta High School and San Ysidro High School.The final score was 2 matches to 1. But do not fear La Salle, Robot Y won the highest award in any VEX Robotics Tournament. This award is the “Excellence Award” for the best all around robot in the entire tournament. By this award we have another robot that is qualified for the State Finals in March.In total we now have two robots that have qualified for State Finals as Robot X was the tournament champion back in October at the Mt. Sac VEX tournament. But that’s not all La Salle. Your Robolancers were also awarded the following at San Ysidro High School:“Think Award”: For Best Autonomous programming“Build Award”: For Best Mechanical Build of a robot“Tournament Finalist Award”: For advancing to the final round“Best Programming Certificate” for exceptional implementation of programming into a robot.Congratulations to all team members.Three special “shout-outs”: To Bhav Patel, for his dedication to seeing the robots through in preparation for this past Saturday’s tournament.Although you were not there due to prior obligations, your work was key in our success.To Jason Ding, for his dedication to programming the robots.To the School Administrators for their support and putting up with afternoons when we take over the third floor hallway.Cheers to all and a very, merry season’s greetings. Go Lancers!La Salle High School, 3880 East Sierra Madre Blvd., Pasadena, (626) 351-8951 or visit www.lasallehs.org. Name (required)  Mail (required) (not be published)  Website  EVENTS & ENTERTAINMENT | FOOD & DRINK | THE ARTS | REAL ESTATE | HOME & GARDEN | WELLNESS | SOCIAL SCENE | GETAWAYS | PARENTS & KIDS Top of the News Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked * Pasadena Will Allow Vaccinated People to Go Without Masks in Most Settings Starting on Tuesday faithfernandez More » ShareTweetShare on Google+Pin on PinterestSend with WhatsApp,PCC – EducationVirtual Schools PasadenaDarrell Done EducationHomes Solve Community/Gov/Pub SafetyPASADENA EVENTS & ACTIVITIES CALENDARClick here for Movie Showtimes Subscribe Home of the Week: Unique Pasadena Home Located on Madeline Drive, Pasadenalast_img read more

‘State Disaster Management Authority Cannot Cancel Exams’: Group Of Maharashtra Students Move SC

first_imgTop Stories’State Disaster Management Authority Cannot Cancel Exams’: Group Of Maharashtra Students Move SC LIVELAW NEWS NETWORK7 Aug 2020 4:14 AMShare This – xA group of students from Maharashtra have moved the Supreme Court, challenging Maharashtra government orders cancelling the final year/term examinations in the state. They have contended that the order has been issued without any authority in law.By way of two orders dated June 18, 2020 and June 19, 2020, the Maharashtra State Disaster Management Authority and the state Government…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?LoginA group of students from Maharashtra have moved the Supreme Court, challenging Maharashtra government orders cancelling the final year/term examinations in the state. They have contended that the order has been issued without any authority in law.By way of two orders dated June 18, 2020 and June 19, 2020, the Maharashtra State Disaster Management Authority and the state Government respectively, intimated that all final year/semester examinations in Maharashtra stand cancelled and students shall be passed on the basis of their previous years’/semesters’ marks.The Petitioners, final year students in Universities in the State, have approached the Top Court stating that the SDMA has no authority pass any order in relation to examinations, as the same is within the exclusive domain of the UGC. “Only the Respondent No. 3 UGC is authorised in law to pass any orders in relation to standards of higher education, including conduct and standards of the examinations in higher education,” the plea states.It is contended that the impugned orders are contrary to the Guidelines issued by the UGC on July 6, 2020 for conducting final year exams, and which are statutorily binding upon the Universities in the State of Maharashtra as well.They have also argued that the impugned Government orders are violative of the their fundamental right to obtain a “proper education” and “respectable degree”, as a part their right to life guaranteed by Article 21 of the Constitution.The Petition is filed through Mr C. George Thomas, Advocate-on-Record, and will be argued by Mr Vinay Navare, Senior Advocate along with Mr Abhay Anturkar.The petition is filed as an interlocutory application in the petition pending in the SC challenging the UGC direction to hold final year examinations by September 30.The top court is scheduled to hear the matter on August 10. Next Storylast_img read more

Pearse Doherty writes to Virgin Media over party’s exclusion from debate

first_imgHomepage BannerNewsx Elections 2019 Twitter Loganair’s new Derry – Liverpool air service takes off from CODA Sinn Fein has written to Virgin Media objecting to a head to head debate between the Fianna Fail and Fine Gael leaders on Wednesday.Director of elections Pearse Doherty says the two parties received less than 50 percent of support in the last election.He added how Virgin Media can justify excluding Sinn Fein from the debate is beyond him and he’s calling on the broadcaster to reverse the decision. Google+ Facebook Previous articleMain Evening News, Sport and Obituaries Monday January 20thNext articleJason Quigley back into the world top 15 News Highland WhatsApp Pinterest Facebook Twitter News, Sport and Obituaries on Monday May 24th center_img WhatsApp RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR DL Debate – 24/05/21 Pinterest Google+ Nine til Noon Show – Listen back to Monday’s Programme Pearse Doherty writes to Virgin Media over party’s exclusion from debate Arranmore progress and potential flagged as population grows By News Highland – January 20, 2020 Important message for people attending LUH’s INR clinic last_img read more

Alabaster Conference seeks to share Gospel message

first_img The Penny Hoarder Issues “Urgent” Alert: 6 Companies… Published 6:09 am Thursday, July 7, 2011 Troy falls to No. 13 Clemson Remember America’s heroes on Memorial Day By The Penny Hoarder Plans underway for historic Pike County celebration Alabaster Conference seeks to share Gospel message Pike County Sheriff’s Office offering community child ID kits Email the author Book Nook to reopen The Alabaster Conference will celebrate eight years of praising and worshiping the Lord July 13 through 17 at the J’Michelle’s Event Center on Highway 231 south of Troy.The annual conference has roots in Luke’s Gospel where a woman anointed Jesus with the contents of an alabaster flask while He was at the house of a Pharisee.“Jesus used this incident to illustrate how forgiveness is granted to those who truly repent,” said Pastor Anthony Askew, who along with is wife, Debra Askew, are ministers at Christian Life Church of Troy, conference sponsor. “The woman whose life was filled with problems expressed her gratitude with a flask of sweet perfume and the Lord, in turn, forgave and blessed her. The Alabaster Conference is an opportunity for us to express gratitude to God for all that He has done in our lives.”The theme for the 2011 Alabaster Conference is “Taking Territory in Our Lives.”center_img You Might Like Troy Dixie Boys persevere The Dixie Boys secured the district championship after 13-12 slugfest with Ashford.. DOTHAN – Perseverance should be the word of… read more By Jaine Treadwell Bailey will also be a featured vocalist at the concert along with Christy Davis of Arkansas, local talents Christine and Louise Stinson and Marla Drake.Admission to the banquet/concert is $25. Tickets may be purchased by calling 334-735-0521 or 685-1250.“The Alabaster Conference is open to all of those who are open to the Word of God and want to thank Him for what He has done in their lives,” Askew said. “We also invite those that want to know more about our Lord and Savior and what it’s like to be in His care.” “We are all called to take ‘territory’ in our lives both inside ourselves and outside ourselves,” Askew said. “We must approach life with a positive mindset and then take territory of our families, our finances and our personal growth and overcome our fears. This conference will help us to use God’s Word to overcome obstacles and take territory in all areas of our lives.”The Alabaster Conference will be lead by guest ministers, Dr. Yvonne Capehart from Pensacola on Wednesday night and Dr. Brian Mosley from Atlanta Thursday through Sunday. Services are nightly at 7 with a 10 a.m. service on Sunday.Pastor Ronald Bailey of Little Rock, Arkansas will be the guest minister of music.The Alabaster Conference will feature a gala/banquet event on Saturday night with Sheila Jackson and Friends in concert. Jackson and Friends will entertain with praise and worship songs, hymns and traditional and contemporary gospel selections. Latest Stories Sponsored Content Skip Print Article Around the WebDoctor: Do This Immediately if You Have Diabetes (Watch)Health VideosIf You Have Ringing Ears Do This Immediately (Ends Tinnitus)Healthier LivingHave an Enlarged Prostate? Urologist Reveals: Do This Immediately (Watch)Healthier LivingWomen Only: Stretch This Muscle to Stop Bladder Leakage (Watch)Healthier LivingRemoving Moles & Skin Tags Has Never Been This EasyEssential HealthTop 4 Methods to Get Fortnite SkinsTCGThe 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

“READERS FORUM” MAY 26, 2019

first_imgWe hope that today’s “READERS FORUM” will provoke honest and open dialogue concerning issues that we, as responsible citizens of this community, need to address in a rational and responsible way.HERE’S WHAT’S ON OUR MIND TODAYWe wonder where did the GAGE Board Of Directors get the money to pay for the $600,000 plus loss of our tax dollars during the 2009 Freedom Festival event? WHAT’S ON YOUR MIND TODAY? Todays “Readers’ Poll” question is: Are you disappointed that the Hydroplane Racing at Evansville HydroFest was abruptly canceled?Please go to our link of our media partner Channel 44 News located in the upper right-hand corner of the City-County Observer so you can get the up-to-date news, weather, and sports.center_img If you would like to advertise on the CCO please contact us at City-County [email protected] LinkEmailShare,We wonder where did the GAGE Board Of Directors get the money to pay for the $600,000 plus loss of our tax dollars during the 2009 Freedom Festival event?,Todays “Readers’ Poll” question is: Are you disappointed that the Hydroplane Racing at Evansville HydroFest was abruptly canceled?Please go to our link of our media partner Channel 44 News located in the upper right-hand corner of the City-County Observer so you can get the up-to-date news, weather, and sports.,Please go to our link of our media partner Channel 44 News located in the upper right-hand corner of the City-County Observer so you can get the up-to-date news, weather, and sports.,If you would like to advertise on the CCO please contact us at City-County [email protected]last_img read more

A Chill Briefing On The Events That Transpired At Tractorbear, The Disco Biscuits Tribute

first_imgTractorbear is an effort by four lifelong friends from New York City to replicate a bit of the magic and mystery that defined The Disco Biscuits in the band’s infancy, long before they had a namesake festival, sold out Red Rocks, built apps, or jammed with members of the Grateful Dead. This doesn’t mean their setlists are stuck in 1999 (far from it in fact — they busted out the Biscuits’ latest number ‘The Champions” as an encore the first gig they got after the Biscuits debuted it). Rather, Tractorbear inhabits the same sheerly experimental space that once characterized the Disco Biscuits, completely uninhibited by the expectations of an arena-sized audience and beholden only to their desire to put something completely original out there on stage during each performance.In classic Biscuits fashion, Tractorbear was booked to close down the night at The Hall At MP following performances by Uncle Ebeneezer and The Allmost Brothers’ Band, as well as a separate gig for the more electronically-inclined new side-project of Aron Magner and Marc Brownstein with the members of Break Science — Breaking Biscuits — over at Brooklyn Bowl. Hitting the stage a bit after 12:30, the band was obviously expected to deliver a dance party. Before the group got started, however, they brought Corey Feldman of Uncle Ebeneezer on stage and performed a one-off cover of Audioslave’s “Like A Stone” in memory of Chris Cornell, whose suicide at the end of the week broke the hearts of a lot of kids whose formative years were in the early aughts. The lyrics certainly took on a new heaviness in the light of his passing.Beginning now in earnest, the band led off with a calm and patient “Shelby Rose.” Some fans were still filtering in through the MP’s glass doors, and as a warm summer breeze wafted its way through the club, some couples began to glide to the dance floor hand-in-hand while other friends exchanged bear hugs in the middle of a welcoming and grinning audience. The song is one of naive, giddy affection, and the band delivers it as such. With lyrics that border on treacle over a soundscape of devilishly insistent building frenzy, it felt like both a celebration of a pristine springy day and a subtle nod to the potentialities of a long warm night. This more sinister vein was explored as the jam morphed into a ripping and rolling “Tempest,” a song that is more of one pure, drawn-out peak than anything else, with a grimy and insatiable energy to its synths from Steven Lasker that got the crowd jumping. The segment ended with the frenzied chaotic conclusion of “Shelby Rose,” delivered with aplomb from guitarist James Dellisanti and a roar from a crowd that was now invigorated and brimming with friends.Up next, Tractorbear switched into a full-throated delivery of some of the most high-energy songs in the Biscuits’ catalog. First up was a roaring “Munchkin Invasion,” whose complex and fascinating jam was anchored by the stellar percussive talents of Jason Cohen, who managed to keep the band on the same page through a song that really seems to have two speeds: fast and reckless abandon. From deep within a jungle-y jam, the band found its way out on the tips of Paulie Katz’s bass-slapping fingers, who guided them into an all-out dance party in the form of “Rock Candy.” A perfect song to end a set on, the band walked off the stage after the last “Now we both got two” exclamation and into an adoring audience.The second set began sometime around two a.m., but far from seeming enervated, the audience looked its most full and enthusiastic. Starting out softly again, the band eased its way into a jam characterized by Delissanti and Lasker’s teasing of Eiffel 65’s “I’m Blue.” The absurdity of it drew some laughs, but the band’s chops certainly weren’t lacking as they started to stretch it out. The freeform jam eventually resolved itself into the end of “Confrontation,” a triumphant bit of music that signaled the beginning of an inverted version of the song. Though it started with the band attacking the beat, by its conclusion, “Confrontation” had proven to be one of the more fully realized jam vehicles of the night, showing off the sort of playfulness that a judgement-free stage presence can foster.Up next was a brief detour through the most unexplored nether regions of The Disco Biscuits’ ample song selection: “Chilled Briefly,” a song that — to this correspondent’s knowledge — has only ever been played once before, at Camp Bisco 7. Up next was a standalone “Mulberry’s Dream,” whose reggae vibes, carefree lyricism, and impish joyfulness make it a summer night’s absolute essence. The last segment of the night saw the band leave it all out on the stage for their fans who had managed to stick it out until the wee hours. Starting with a rocking “M.E.M.P.H.I.S.,” the band accelerated into a vertiginous “Cyclone,” a song that still maintained the driving, gritty, techno flavor that characterized it when it was first debuted by JM2 (a supergroup/side project of the Biscuits from more than a decade ago). To close the set, they wove their way out into the end of “Digital Buddha,” showing off their more orchestral, classical flavor and wowing any jam-band fans that might have been unfamiliar with the sheer complexity of some of the Biscuits’ compositions.After a “World Is Spinning” encore, fans headed out into the morning hours with beaming eyes to the sky and hearts full of wonder. Here was a band performing the songs of their idols, re-cast by their own hands and with their own tweaks on them. Up next for Tractorbear will be a show on June 17th at American Beauty in midtown, where they’ll debut a full set of their own originals, as well as perform another set of Biscuity goodness. We’ll see you there![Cover photo via Tractorbear’s Facebook page]Setlist: Tractorbear | The Hall at MP | New York, NY | 5/19/2017Set One: Like a Stone*. Shelby Rose > Tempest > Shelby Rose, Munchkin Invasion (unf) > Rock CandySet Two: Jam** > Confrontation (><) > Chilled Briefly, Mulberry’s Dream, MEMPHIS (unf) > Cyclone > Digital Buddha (end only)Encore: World is Spinning* = Audioslave cover. Featuring Corey Corey J. Feldman of Uncle Ebeneezer.** – With “I’m Blue” teaseslast_img read more