Two American journalists and Iranian reporter held in Iran

first_imgNews July 25, 2014 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Two American journalists and Iranian reporter held in Iran News Iran: Press freedom violations recounted in real time January 2020 News Help by sharing this information Organisation Call for Iranian New Year pardons for Iran’s 21 imprisoned journalists IranMiddle East – North Africa June 9, 2021 Find out more RSF_en to go further March 18, 2021 Find out more The Washington Post said yesterday that it had received “credible reports” that its Tehran correspondent Jason Rezaian had been arrested, together with his Iranian journalist wife Yeganeh Salehi.Rezaian, 38, who has dual US and Iranian nationalities, has been in post in Tehran since 2012. His wife works for the newspaper The National, based in the United Arab Emirates. Also detained was a female Iranian-American photojournalist, whose identity her family did not wish to disclose. She was reported to work for several news organizations including the Washington Post. Her husband, who is not a journalist, was also arrested. With 65 journalists and netizens in prison – five of them foreign nationals — Iran is one of the world’s top five prisons for those working in news and information.According to information received by Reporters Without Borders, all four were arrested at the same time by plain-clothes police officers at their homes two days ago. No official reason was given for the arrests or on whose authority they were detained, and it was not known where they were being held. The Iranian government has issued no statement about the arrests. Gholamhossein Esmaili, the head of the Tehran Province Justice Department, said today: “Iranian security forces are vigilant towards all kind of enemies’ activities.” He added: “We are now in the investigation phase. I think we will be able to provide more information after technical investigation and questioning.”A US State Department spokesman told the Washington Post yesterday: “Our highest priority is the safety and welfare of U.S. citizens abroad”.Reza Moïni, the head of the Reporters Without Borders Iran, Afghanistan and Tajikistan desk, said: “These journalists are accredited by the Ministry of Culture and Islamic Guidance and are working legally in Iran”.He added: “Arbitrary arrests, illegal summonses, for example by intelligence officers of the Revolutionary Guards, are a daily reality for journalists in Iran. Media workers, particularly foreign journalists based in Tehran, are most often accused of spying. They are the victims of a policy of demonizing the foreign media, which is aggravated by the settling of scores among different groups engaged in a power struggle.” After Hengameh Shahidi’s pardon, RSF asks Supreme Leader to free all imprisoned journalists Follow the news on Iran February 25, 2021 Find out more Receive email alerts News IranMiddle East – North Africa Mystery surrounds arrests of Washington Post correspondent, his wife and a Tehran-based photojournalistlast_img read more

Notre Dame London community offers insight on ‘Brexit’ vote

first_imgLONDON — As the weather warms up in the United Kingdom, so has the political climate. Britain is on the verge of a historic vote on whether or not to stay in the European Union, an election which many are calling the “Brexit” vote.A Brexit — a portmanteau of “British exit” — would create questions about the strength of the European Union, which has seen recent economic crises in Greece and Cyprus. The U.K. has been a member of the European Union — formerly called the European Community — since 1973, but does not use the Euro currency.Keith Surridge, a professor of British history at Notre Dame’s London Global Gateway, said the push for a Brexit arose due to fears about immigration.“They’ve been swamped by a load of foreigners,” he said. “Some call it an invasion in certain parts of the country where there’s small communities that have had a lot of Eastern Europeans arrive recently.“There are others who look at immigration and say there’s just too much of it and it’s affecting the economy, the [National Health Service] — that sort of thing. Britain can’t cope with the influx of people. I think immigration is at the heart of it.”Surridge also said leaders of the Brexit movement, including former mayor of London Boris Johnson and head of the United Kingdom Independence Party (UKIP) Nigel Farage, have argued the EU is not helping Britain’s economy.“On the other end, there’s a view that the European Union is economically moribund,” he said. “It’s not growing — the problems in the Eurozone have shown that — and that it’s holding Britain back. Britain has a more dynamic economy that’s been growing in the last few years, unlike virtually all the other European economies.”Josh Copeland, rector of Notre Dame’s housing in London at Conway Hall, said the financial implications are perhaps the most important aspect of the referendum, and a Brexit could have a negative impact on the world economy.“When the polls for [a Brexit] have gone up and it looks like the leave campaign is going to win, worldwide markets have started to slip,” Copeland said. “And when it seems like the remain campaign has actually been polling stronger in the last few days, markets have stabilized around the world.”Copeland said if the U.K. voted to leave the EU, several financial questions would be raised about London’s status in the international banking community.“[International banks] couldn’t and wouldn’t necessarily want to do business here anymore, so things would change,” he said. “We don’t know how [much] — that’s the thing.”But unlike most votes, Surridge said the Brexit referendum will not play out solely on party lines. He believes many Labour Party members will vote to leave, which is against the party’s official position.“It’s becoming a class issue,” he said. “I think many working-class communities, who you would normally expect to vote Labour, are voting to leave.”Surridge also said leaders are working across their typical party boundaries in order to achieve their desired outcome.“I think [Prime Minister] David Cameron, the leader of the conservatives, campaigned with the leader of the Scottish National Party to remain. Normally they’re deadly enemies,” he said.The passions the referendum has sparked are also unusual, and the debate has turned venomous, Surridge said.“When we have general elections here, you don’t get that sort of nastiness generally,” Surridge said. “Here, it’s become much more emotive … People are being called liars.”Tensions were also heightened by the murder of Jo Cox, a Labour member of Parliament. Cox was killed last Thursday in West Yorkshire, allegedly by Thomas Mair.How much the killing had to do with the Brexit vote remains to be determined, but it has certainly caused voters to rethink their positions heading intoThursday, Copeland said.“It is getting really heated, and the tragic murder of [Cox] this week by someone who seems to espouse some really right-wing, fascist ideas — it’s a bit of a scary time, and everyone’s had to stop and take stock of what the conversations actually look like in this campaign, which has been tough,” Copeland said.The effect a potential Brexit would haveon future Notre Dame students studying abroad down the road appears to be minimal, according to Copeland.“Our visas, for those people who need visas here — and a lot of [our] students are on an arrangement that’s not strictly a visa, because we’ve worked that out with the border agency — it could be impacted a bit,” he said.The impact a Brexit would have on the financial market is more likely to affect students staying in the U.K., Copeland said.“[It] will change everything down to the value of the change in your pocket to what it takes for us to run a program like this,” he said. “I have no doubt that Notre Dame will see our way through it, but every business and every academic institution could be impacted one way or another.”Surridge said a Brexit may even have a positive consequences for students studying abroad.“The remainers say that if we do have Brexit, that will affect the value of the pound — and it will go down,” he said. “And that can only be good for students coming here and their parents paying for it.”Mark Pruitt, a sophomore currently participating in Notre Dame’s London program, said the impact of the campaigns have been minimal during his travel experience.“You see the campaigns, but you ignore it, because it’s not relevant to you,” he said. “It seems like it’s everywhere. It seems like it’s a huge deal. People on both sides are warning of negative consequences if things don’t go their way, but it doesn’t seem like that’s for students studying abroad, more for people living here.”And although students currently studying in Notre Dame’s London program will not be impacted by the results of the vote, that has not kept some of them from staying informed on the issues and drawing their own conclusions.“From a business perspective, [I think] the only option is to stay. From a sovereignty and British pride perspective, there is incentive to escape the rules and regulations of the EU,” Justin McCurdy, a sophomore also studying in the program, said. “I would vote to stay. For economics, global stability, and hegemony, it just makes sense to stay. The results of leaving are just a big question mark, and it’s not worth it.”Greg Trinkl, another sophomore in the University’s London program, also weighed the economic ramifications of the vote.“Most publications here in the United Kingdom highlight the long-term implications of the Brexit, which could be disastrous to global deal-making and economic efficiency,” Trinkl said. “That’s why I think they should remain.”Surridge said the vote will be very close, but predicts his home country will stay in the EU.“I think it’s going to be a lot closer than people thought,” Surridge said. “I think the fear factor will be tipped in favor of remain.”Tags: Boris Johnson, Brexit, David Cameron, European Union, Jo Cox, Nigel Farage, referendum, United Kingdomlast_img read more

Irish rugby squad arrive stateside

first_imgThe Ireland rugby squad have arrived in Chicago ahead of this weekend’s daunting Autumn International against New Zealand.Joe Schmidt’s 27 man team touched down in the States overnight without a number of key players.Sean O’Brien, Peter O’Mahony and Iain Henderson are among the players who have remained at home as they return to full fitness. Paddy Jackson has not travelled due to personal reasons so Joey Carbery could make his debut off the bench as understudy to Jonathan Sexton at out-half.last_img read more

Former President Bush to Attend 9-11 Ceremony at Pentagon

first_imgToday is the 18th anniversary of the 9-11 terror attacks that killed three thousand Americans in New York’s World Trade Center, the Pentagon in the Washington DC as well as a hijacked plane crash in Pennsylvania. George W. Bush will be at the Pentagon today to commemorate the solemn day. The former president will attend a wreath-laying ceremony this afternoon at the site where terrorists flew a hijacked airliner into the Pentagon on September 11, 2001. Bush was commander in chief at the time of the attacks. While, he was president, U.S. forces moved into Afghanistan on October 7th, 2011 to oust the Taliban for giving safe haven to 9/11 mastermind Osama bin Laden. Ceremonies will also be held in New York City where two hijacked planes flew into the World Trade Center, and in Shanksville, Pennsylvania, where a hijacked plane crashed after its passengers fought with the hijackers. President Trump and First Lady Melania Trump will be making a visit to Arlington, Virginia to remember the lives lost in the September 11th attacks. After a moment of silence on the White House’s South Lawn at 8:40 a.m. Eastern Time, both will travel to Arlington to the National 9/11 Pentagon Memorial. At 9:30 a.m., the President and the First Lady will participate in the September 11th Pentagon Observance Ceremony.last_img read more

See Santa at Tumwater 15th Annual Christmas Tree Lighting

first_imgFacebook13Tweet0Pin0Submitted by City of TumwaterLooking for free holiday fun for the whole family and a chance to see Santa without that harrowing drive to the North Pole?  Join Tumwater Parks & Recreation for the 15th Annual Christmas Tree Lighting Festival on Saturday, December 9, from 2:00 – 5:00 p.m. at the Tumwater Fire Station and City Hall.Photo courtesy: City of Tumwater.Enjoy community and school choir performances, decorate cookies and create ornaments, enter raffles to win prizes, meet Miss Thurston County 2018 Ashley Engstrom, and watch the ceremonial tree lighting. After the tree has been lit, don’t miss the special visit from Santa Claus who will arrive on an antique fire truck to share some holiday cheer (and maybe a candy cane or two).Event Schedule and Choir Line-up2:00 p.m. – Old Town Center Senior Choir Directed by Anne Barroll2:30 p.m. – Michael T Simmons Elementary Choir Directed by Gabi Taheri3:00 p.m. – Sweet Adelines Directed by Melanie McGuire3:30 p.m. – East Olympia Elementary Choir Directed by Lori Tibbetts4:00 p.m. –  Tumwater Hill Elementary Choir Directed by Heather Stoker4:30 p.m. –  Peter G Schmidt Elementary 5th Grade Choir Directed by Marie Williams5:00 p.m. – Tree Lighting followed by Santa’s Arrival!Free event presented by the City of Tumwater. Thank you to our sponsors: Olympia Federal Savings, Tumwater Downtown Association, The Olympian, Hanson Motors, Heritage Bank, and Northstar Church.For more information, please contact Tumwater Parks and Recreation at 360-754-4160. More details available online at the City of Tumwater website.last_img read more

Saints remain in BCIHL hunt after weekend split with SFU Clan

first_imgThe British Columbia Intercollegiate Hockey League (BCIHL) standings may not have changed much after a weekend series between the Selkirk College Saints and Simon Fraser University Clan, but more seeds were planted for what is shaping up to be a great second half of the season. The first-place Clan escaped a feisty Friday night contest with a 5-3 win, but the Saints responded Saturday night with a 4-2 victory as the two clubs opened the 2017 half of the season with a two-game series before a pair of supportive crowds at the Castlegar & District Recreation Complex.last_img read more

Three new co-working spaces for Donegal under CoLabora project

first_imgThree new coworking spaces are set to be established in Donegal following the launch of a new European project for rural areas.The DLDC CoLabora coworking project will provide for three new coworking spaces in Termon, Bundoran and Carndonagh over the next six months. A Donegal-branded Coworking Network will also be established under the scheme. The project, which will be launched next Friday 21st June in Stranorlar, was recently funded under LEADER to the tune of €177,750. It will see four local organisations in Donegal participate in a training programme in cooperation with five other European partners including France, Spain, Germany, Wales and Latvia.The Donegal participants centres include An Craoibhín, Termon, The Base, Stranorlar, Bundoran Community Centre, and Spraoi agus Spórt, Carndonagh.The training will set out to develop spaces while also promoting the economic benefits of creating such spaces in rural areas. There are many advantages to being a member of the Donegal-branded Coworking Network. For example, one such partner, The Guinness Enterprise Centre, Dublin, – who will be present at the launch –  will provide space to Donegal members for meetings they may be attending in Dublin. But there are many more including enhanced networking and collaborative opportunities between spaces both nationally and internationally. DLDC are very excited about the opportunities that this project will bring to participating organisations and their communities.  Frank Kelly, Rural Development Manager with DLDC, says “The CoLabora concept is working very well in many parts of Europe, particularly so in rural Catalonia.  We look forward to many similar economic and social benefits that it will bring to Co. Donegal”.  If you are currently working remotely from home and wish to join a coworking space please contact any of the above spaces for more information.This project is supported by: Donegal LCDC, DLDC, Donegal County Council and the Department of Rural & Community Development through grant aid received under The European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development in Ireland 2014- 2020 “Europe investing in rural areas”. Three new co-working spaces for Donegal under CoLabora project was last modified: June 14th, 2019 by Staff WriterShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:colaboraDLDCDonegal-branded Coworking Networklast_img read more

Stanbank urges customers to go solar

first_img16 January 2012South African financial services group Standard Bank is urging its short-term insurance customers wanting to replace faulty or burst electric geysers to do so with solar-powered ones, which will help them cut down on electricity usage and save on energy costs.According to a statement this week, Standard Bank says that traditional electric geysers are responsible for up to 50% of a household’s monthly electricity bill, though homeowners are cautious about moving to solar energy because of the costs involved.“We understand this hesitation, but also wish to support the drive towards using the nation’s sunshine to reduce demands on our power stations,” said Standard Bank Insurance Services MD Denise Shaw. “To assist customers, we have therefore decided to offer an additional service to our homeowner policy holders.”In the event that policy holders have to claim for a burst or faulty electric geyser, they may be offered the opportunity to use the claim payment to make an initial payment on a solar system instead of getting a new electric geyser.Using registered suppliersThe first step in the process would be contacting a supplier registered with the Sustainable Energy Society of Southern Africa (Sessa), who would examine what the policy owner requires and then suggest a suitable solar solution.Each insurance company will specify its own technical specifications for the solar solution to adhere to.“The claim payment that would have been used to source and install a new electric geyser will act as a deposit on the system and the homeowner will thereafter be able to use the savings accrued on water heating to help pay off the balance on a monthly basis,” Shaw said. “On an R800 per month electricity bill, these savings could be up to R 4 320 a year.”She further added that the new solar installation would be added to the homeowner’s policy. Full coverage on the solar panels and other apparatus involved would then be in place.“We feel that by offering this option we will be making a contribution to reducing electricity demand, contributing towards combating climate change and help alleviate the greenhouse gas emissions that are generated by coal burning power stations.”SAinfo reporterWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

African blocs to attend BRICS summit

first_img16 January 2013In a first for BRICS, high-level representatives of Africa’s regional economic blocs and the African Union (AU) have been invited to attend the fifth BRICS summit taking place in Durban in March, delegates were told at a preparatory media workshop in Pretoria on Tuesday.The decision to invite the AU along with the various regional groupings, including the East African Community (EAC), Common Market for Eastern and Central Africa (Comesa) and Southern African Development Community (SADC), is in line with South Africa’s goal of promoting regional integration.It also fits in with the theme for the Durban summit: “Partnership for Development, Integration and Industrialisation”.The EAC, SADC and Comesa are working towards the creation of a 26-nation free trade area covering southern, central and east Africa. The free trade area will comprise nearly 60% of the economy of Africa, have a combined GDP of US$1-trillion, and encompass 600-million people.Preparations in full swingThe Department of International Relations’ deputy director-general for Asia, Middle East and BRICS, Anil Sooklal, told delegates at Tuesday’s workshop that it was all systems go for the logistics of the summit.South Africa was admitted to the grouping of powerful emerging economies, which includes Brazil, Russia, India and China, at the third annual summit of the bloc’s leaders in China in 2011.At last year’s summit in New Delhi, India, South Africa was awarded the hosting of the 2013 summit, which will take place at Durban’s International Convention Centre from 25 to 27 March.About 3 000 delegates and officials, including the presidents and prime ministers of the five countries, will attend.Various activities have been planned for the summit, including an academic forum, a finance ministers’ business workshop, and various cultural events.As per tradition, the leaders will reflect on various international issues, such as security and economy, both to find consensus and to gauge how best to participate, as a grouping, on the global stage.South Africa will the take over the chairmanship of the group for the 12 months following the Durban summit, before handing the baton over to Brazil in 2014.SANews.gov.za, with additional reporting by SAinfolast_img read more

We have an obligation to vote: Mbeki

first_img6 May 2014Former president Thabo Mbeki was among the South Africans who cast their special votes on Tuesday.Mbeki was due to leave for Abuja, Nigeria later in the day to attend the World Economic Forum (WEF) on Africa summit.“I was very glad that the IEC could agree that I could do a special vote because this afternoon I leave to Nigeria for the World Economic Forum,” Mbeki said after casting his vote at his home in Johannesburg. “Tomorrow I will address [delegates at the WEF meeting] on illicit capital outflows from the continent. So I was very happy to have this arrangement.”Before casting his vote, two Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) officials could be heard explaining the process to Mbeki before marking his thumb with ink, in full view of political party observers and Johannesburg Mayor Parks Tau.Asked who he voted for, the jolly former president said: “You are taking chances … I voted for you!” He said the question of who to vote for was challenging and needed an intelligent decision.“But still a choice has to be made … there is a very long list of parties, some of whom I have never heard of. But I think it is a good demonstration of the interest the country has in who should govern. So I think all of us need to go vote and take a decision of which party should govern South Africa.”His message to South Africans for Wednesday elections was: “Go out and vote.”He said there are many outstanding heroes and heroines, like Nelson Mandela, who were in the struggle, to whom South Africans had an obligation. “We should always defend the rights that they fought for us to enjoy. We have an obligation to those thousands who died for this freedom.”Turning to his trip to Nigeria, Mbeki said last month’s kidnapping of more than 200 schoolgirls was painful, adding that it was important that they should be returned home to their parents.“I believe we have to help solve the problem. We should not run away from the Nigerians because they are having problems, but I think we should be with them.”About 200 girls from the Chibok community in Nigeria’s north-eastern Borno State were abducted in April. The militant group Boko Haram has claimed responsibility for the act and threatened to sell the girls.The country has also suffered two bomb blasts in the last two weeks, which claimed dozens of lives.Source: SAnews.govlast_img read more