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More websites blocked including RFI and Deutsche Welle

first_imgNews January 28, 2009 – Updated on January 20, 2016 More websites blocked including RFI and Deutsche Welle June 9, 2021 Find out more Receive email alerts June 11, 2021 Find out more Call for Iranian New Year pardons for Iran’s 21 imprisoned journalists Organisation News IranMiddle East – North Africa Iran is stepping up pressure on journalists, including foreign journalists, in run-up to election Follow the news on Iran Iran: Press freedom violations recounted in real time January 2020center_img Bahman Hedayati, the editor of the Parsine website (, described the blocking of his site as “illegal” in an interview on 26 January for the Iranian news agency ILNA. The literary website Haftan ( was blocked the same day by certain Internet Service Providers without any explanation. Iran’s leading literary critics have for the past three years been writing for the site, which is very popular with young Iranians. Several news websites that criticise the government or belong to potential rivals of President Ahmadinejad have also been rendered inaccessible by ISPs since 24 January. Farda News ( and Parsine (, sites that support Tehran mayor Mohammed Baqer Qalibaf, a future Ahmadinejad rival, are among those that have been blocked. Cyber-feminists Parvin Ardalan, Jelveh Javaheri, Maryam Hosseinkhah and Nahid Keshavarz were meanwhile summoned before a Tehran appeal court again yesterday. Calling for their convictions to be quashed, their lawyer, Masomeh Sotoudeh, said posting articles defending women’s rights did not constitute “subversive activities” or “anti-government propaganda.” The four cyber-feminists were sentenced last September to six months in prison for contributing to the online newspapers Zanestan (“Women’s City” – and Tagir Bary Barbary (“Change for Equality” – Reporters Without Borders condemns the wave of censorship that has hit many Iranian and foreign Farsi-language websites since 24 January. Most of the sites contain articles critical of the government and President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, whose term expires on 12 June. International news media websites have also been blocked since 26 January. “After directly targeting human rights activists, the authorities are now stepping up their control of the Internet, one of the few areas of freedom for Iran’s citizens,” Reporters Without Borders said. “Internet filtering is not new in Iran but we are worried about the scale it has assumed and the fact that it is affecting all the main cities. We call for an end to the sanctions against these websites, which are sources of news and information.” The Farsi-language site of the German public broadcaster Deutsche Welle (,,641,00.html) has been inaccessible since 26 January, as has the Farsi version of the Radio France Internationale site ( and the Arabic-language site of the satellite TV station Al-Arabiya ( (see screen captures). According to the tests conducted by Reporters Without Borders yesterday and the day before, the blocking is affecting the cities of Tehran, Qom, Ahvaz, Karaj, Tabriz, Bousher, Meshedd and Shiraz (see map). IranMiddle East – North Africa News RSF_en News to go further Reporters Without Borders condemns the wave of censorship that has hit many Iranian and foreign Farsi-language websites since 24 January. Most of the sites contain articles critical of the government and President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, whose term expires on 12 June. International news media websites have also been blocked since 26 January. © Reuters Help by sharing this information March 18, 2021 Find out morelast_img read more

Journalists attacked by Jewish extremists during demonstration

first_imgNews June 4, 2021 Find out more April 8, 2002 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Journalists attacked by Jewish extremists during demonstration Organisation Receive email alerts TV and radio journalists, as well as photographers, were the main targets of physical attacks because their equipment made them easier to spot. RSF learns that Inigo Horcajuelo, a cameraman of the Spanish TV station Antena 3, was beaten up by members of a security force who were wearing armbands. An Antena 3 staffer, Carmen Vergara, said the cameraman was attacked and his film seized as he was filming a group of demonstrators beating up a youth. The journalist was bruised and had to spend three hours in hospital.Ten of the 14 journalists and technicians of the France 2 TV crews covering the demonstrations were set upon, including journalist Pascal Doucet-Bon. Racist insults were hurled at one cameraman, from Guadeloupe, and the technicians’ van was saved from attack by the intervention of police. Use the Digital Services Act to make democracy prevail over platform interests, RSF tells EU News Follow the news on France RSF called today on a state prosecutor to punish physical attacks on journalists made by Jewish extremists during a demonstration in Paris on 7 April 2002. News Help by sharing this information Newscenter_img RSF_en to go further May 10, 2021 Find out more “We’ll hold Ilham Aliyev personally responsible if anything happens to this blogger in France” RSF says Journalists were verbally insulted and physically attacked during the demonstration by Jewish organisations, which was very hostile to the media, with some protesters chanting and carrying placards and banners saying: “LCI, fundamentalist TV station “No to disinformation on TV”, “AFP, French pro-Palestinian propaganda agency.” The media were also accused of “twisting” the news “in favour of Arafat.” Reporters Without Borders (RSF) called today on a state prosecutor to punish physical attacks on journalists made by Jewish extremists during a demonstration in Paris on 7 April. It asked the prosecutor of the Paris magistrates court, Jean-Pierre Dintilhac, to investigate the incidents and identify those responsible. June 2, 2021 Find out more RSF denounces Total’s retaliation against Le Monde for Myanmar story Christophe Ferrier, a photographer for the Internet website, was attacked and kicked to the ground by three or four people who tried to grab his film when the demonstration was in the Place de la Bastille. He was led out of the crowd by a member of the demonstration’s security force. Soon afterwards, a girl wearing a t-shirt of the extremist Jewish youth movement Betar, tried to snatch his equipment and film. FranceEurope – Central Asia FranceEurope – Central Asia last_img read more

Status Yellow snow/ice warning extended for entire country until 7pm

first_img Twitter By News Highland – January 24, 2021 Status Yellow snow/ice warning extended for entire country until 7pm Loganair’s new Derry – Liverpool air service takes off from CODA Important message for people attending LUH’s INR clinic RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Google+ Pinterest Met Eireann says icy stretches, sleet and snow will remain throughout the day.A Status Yellow snow/ice warning has been extended for the entire country until 7pm.The forecaster has also issued a Status Yellow low temperature warning, which will take effect from 7pm and run until 10 tomorrow morning.While Gardai in Donegal have urged road users to take care if embarking on an essential journey with icy conditions reported in a number of areas particularly affecting minor roads Twitter Pinterest Homepage BannerNewscenter_img WhatsApp Google+ Previous articleCall for Council’s Winter Maintenance Programme to be updatedNext article33 new Covid-19 cases in Donegal, 1,378 nationally News Highland Facebook News, Sport and Obituaries on Monday May 24th WhatsApp Arranmore progress and potential flagged as population grows Facebook Nine til Noon Show – Listen back to Monday’s Programme Community Enhancement Programme open for applicationslast_img read more

Gardai warning of delays in Newtowncunningham

first_img News, Sport and Obituaries on Monday May 24th Gardai warning of delays in Newtowncunningham Pinterest Pinterest RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR By News Highland – November 14, 2018 Important message for people attending LUH’s INR clinic Facebook Nine til Noon Show – Listen back to Monday’s Programme Facebook Homepage BannerNews Google+center_img Twitter Loganair’s new Derry – Liverpool air service takes off from CODA Previous articleMcKinley goes close in Ireland defeat to GermanyNext articleUlster to hear Gary Kelly appeal tonight News Highland WhatsApp Arranmore progress and potential flagged as population grows Gardai in Letterkenny are advising motorists of long tailbacks in and around the Newtowncunningham area.No further details are known at this stage but Gardai are warning of heavy traffic. WhatsApp Twitter Google+ Community Enhancement Programme open for applicationslast_img read more


first_img Previous Article Next Article PeopleOn 18 Jun 2002 in Personnel Today Related posts:No related photos. Comments are closed. Neil Jones is the first civilian to be appointed as director of humanresources for Dyfed Powys Police. He was previously head of HR and developmentat the Welsh Development Agency, where he introduced the WDA’s first ever HRstrategy and led the development of the Pathways to Learning programme. Jones is responsible for the full range of HR activity as well as high-levelstrategic input: “My remit will include overall responsibility for thefull range of personnel and development services,” he says. “I willalso be responsible for the overall strategic direction of the HRfunction.” He will oversee recruitment, training and career development, occupationalhealth and health and safety. Jones will also sit on the management board.”I’m looking forward to becoming a member of the board and being fullyinvolved in the overall development of the force’s strategy,” he says.”It is vitally important that HR policies and practices are directly alignedwith the business needs of the force.” Jones is also looking forward to securing an integrated approach to theappointment, development, reward and motivation of police and civilian staffand working with the existing team at police headquarters. Married with one daughter, he is in the process of moving to West Wales,where he can further indulge his hobbies of walking, going to the theatre anddining out with friends. CV 2002 Director of HR, Dyfed Powys Police 2000 Head of HR and development, Welsh Development Agency 1993 Assistant head of HR, University of Glamorgan 1990 Personnel manager, Mid Glamorgan County Council… on the move Property care group Delta Doric has appointed Veronica Workman as safety andresources manager. Her remit includes HR, with responsibility for employeedevelopment and ensuring the firm has all the necessary skills throughout thework-force. Workman will also oversee training and the quality managementprocess, as well as administering health and safety policies. Paul Reynolds has taken over as HR director for bar, restaurant andnightclub operator Urbium. The company recently demerged from Chorion and is nowindependent. This is a newly created position for Urbium, which runs the TigerTiger chain, and underpins its plans for expansion through acquisition in bothEurope and the UK. Reynolds is responsible for creating HR procedures andpolices. Jon Sparkes is the new head of HR at Cambridgeshire County Council. He joinsfrom The Genetics Group, but was previously an HR manager at PlesseyTelecommunications. He now has overall responsibility for the management anddevelopment of the council’s HR policies. Sparkes has a BSc in managementsciences and is co-author of the book Leading HR. Lindsay Blackman, head of personnel and management development at McNicholasConstruction, has joined the board. She is responsible for developing policiesand co-ordinating all HR activity at the group. She became head of personnel in1996 and established the department, helping the workforce grow from 600 to3,000 in five years. She previously worked for Sock Shop and Hobbs Belinda Earl, chief executive of Debenhams, has been appointed head of thenewly formed Skillsmart Sector Skills Council. The organisation aims to raisethe skills and productivity of retail sector staff and is one of fivetrailblazer SSCs established by the Government. Although an owned subsidiary ofthe British Retail Consortium, Skillsmart will represent the whole retailsector, including non-BRC members. Earl joined Debenhams from Harrods in 1985and joined the board in 1999. last_img read more

Altitudinal gradients in Magellanic sub-Antarctic lagoons: the effect of elevation on freshwater macroinvertebrate diversity and distribution.

first_imgBackground. The study of altitudinal gradients provides insights about species diversity, distribution patterns and related drivers. The Magellanic sub-Antarctic ecoregion has a steep elevational gradient, peaking at around 1,000 m a.s.l., and marked changes in temperature and landscape composition can be observed over relatively short distances.Methods. This study assessed freshwater macroinvertebrate diversity associated with lakes and ponds along the altitudinal gradient of a Magellanic sub-Antarctic watershed. Results. A monotonic decline in species richness was observed with increasing elevation, with simpler and more even community composition at higher altitude. This pattern differs from the mid-peak trend found in streams of the same watershed. Functional feeding group structure also diminished with increasing elevation.Discussion. The study provides a descriptive baseline of macroinvertebrate community structure associated with lentic freshwater ecosystems in the Magellanic sub-Antarctic ecoregion, and confirms that elevation has substantial effects on community structure, function and environmental features, even in these relatively low elevation mountain ranges. The harsh environmental conditions of this ecoregion increase freshwater macroinvertebrate development time, as well as decreasing habitat availability and food supply, supporting simple but well adapted communities. In conjunction with previous research, this study provides a watershed-scale platform of information underpinning future long-term research in the region.last_img read more

Flip Side: Political Apathy

first_imgLeah HyslopIf the twentieth century can be described as an age which saw the flourishing of political extremism, the twenty-first is one which suffers under a far more subtle and insidious vice. Political apathy, far worse than foot or mouth disease or bird flu, is the virus infecting Europe today, and its hold – particularly on the younger generations – seems increasingly strong. In 2005, it was rumoured that more people had voted in the finale of Big Brother than in the general election, and the type of political activism which characterised student life a few generations ago seems today a thing of the past. The reasons that lie behind the waves of indifference currently assaulting our generation are hard to discern.  Existing as we do in a wealthy and long-established democracy where the divide between Labour and Conservative is increasingly small, the temptation to adopt a ‘sit back and watch’ attitude can certainly seem enticing.  In a country that has only had universal suffrage since 1921, however, the idea of rejecting a political involvement which countries such as Burma are still fighting to achieve is a sign of a worrying lack of social responsibility. Democracy, simply defined, means ‘rule by the people’; to ignore one’s right to vote is to waste our only real chance to contribute to the way in which our country is run. Not so much sitting on the fence as openly avoiding the fields it divides, political apathy is a far more dangerous vice than it may at first seem. It acts essentially as the prop which opens the door for political extremists to sidle their way into power.The development of an interest in political affairs is a necessary part of the transition from childhood to adulthood. Deciding where one’s political sympathies lie is a formative process which shapes the person one grows up to be, and encourages an interest in the  bigger issues which affect not only you, but the people around you. To remain politically apathetic is to remain in a state of perpetual childhood, enjoying the lack of responsibility such an attitude provides, yet never able to fully contribute to the wider world.  Easy it might be and fashionable it might be – but the next time an opportunity to vote comes up, bear it in mind that it could be more rewarding to contribute your ballot to the Commons, and not to the Big Brother house. Jack Marley-Payne Promoting political apathy is likely to kick up a pretty impressive storm of indignation, so I better begin with a few concessions: politics is certainly very important and greatly affects everyone. Without politically active people, the country would be in chaos. They are, of course, providing an essential service. But, as with waste disposal, it is one to which I do not wish to contribute.The whole thing seems horribly pragmatic – politicians basically have to pick the best from a bad bunch of options, relying on inconclusive evidence and rushed reasoning and then arguing their case using rhetoric and carefully selected statistics. Now I do not resent or wish to change this procedure; I accept that this is the way things have to be done as actions have to be made and endless research and contemplation is not an option. However, it is a discipline I have neither the stomach nor the aptitude for, and many share my disposition.As if that wasn’t enough, one also has to take into account the company. As a rule, politicians seem to me to be boring and annoying. Consider for a minute the cool kids who run the political parties here at Oxford. If the sickening necessity for networking and everything else that goes along with the union elections isn’t the perfect advertisement for political apathy, I don’t know what is.Politicians also seem to be standing for the same things so it’s very difficult to decide whom to vote for. While David Cameron is emphasising his  more liberal side, Gordon Brown is having tea with Margaret Thatcher! If everyone’s policies are similar, what’s the point in voting for one candidate over another? Obviously I will have the occasional rant when a particular policy strikes me as truly wrong and I probably will turn out for the odd election to vote for whoever seems the least bad option. I don’t think, though, I would be capable of improving the state of the world greatly if I did apply my energies to making a political impact. And, to be honest, life would be quite stressful if too many people were forcing their opinions upon you. Being politically opinionated for the sake of it is the duty of dinner party guests and friends’ parents when they used to give you lifts. It seems only reasonable to allow those of us who so desire to opt out of caring.last_img read more

Mr. Mature America Pageant Returns to O.C. and Search Is On

first_imgOcean City’s second annual Mr. Mature America Pageant will be held 7 p.m. Saturday, March 28 at the Ocean City Music Pier, and contest organizers are searching for a few good ol’ men. Frank Faralli Jr., 61, of Cape May Court House, is crowned the first Mr. Mature America, after the inaugural pageant March 22, 2014 on the Ocean City Music Pier.The pageant celebrates the experience, relevance and talents of mature men, age 55 and older.If you meet the age requirement and are willing to entertain and educate a friendly audience, join the contest and have some fun. Entry is free, the contest includes prizes (including Dietz and Watson hams to all the hams in the pageant). To enter, call (609) 399-6111 ext. 9300 during working hours, email [email protected] after hours call (609) 364-4010.Read more about last year’s inaugural event: New Mr. Mature America Pageant a Hit and a Hoot in Ocean City.The pageant is the only contest of its kind in the world. It is designed to emphasize the contributions of our senior citizens many of whom are still working and retirees who constitute a huge volunteer resource for local organizations, including the city.“Memories” is the theme of this year’s pageant, and contestants will be asked to recount their fondest memories during the competition. These recollections will be humorous, nostalgic and informative.Fred Miller, Ocean City historian and author of numerous history books about this resort, will be presented the Mr. Mature America Inspiration Award for his outstanding writing and many years of contributions to the community. His wife, Susan, also an author, who assists him in his work, will be honored with Fred.The format of Mr. Mature America will be a traditional one. There will be a rousing opening number, “It’s Raining Men,” followed by each member introducing himself in appropriate rain wear. Talent, poise and question-and-answer sessions will follow.The Pageant welcomes the talents of singers, instrumentalists, hobbyists, storytellers, whatever, as long as it’s within the bounds of propriety in this family resort. There will be a number of hilarious group routines and special guests.In keeping with the memories theme, some future participants in the City’s Old Year’s Celebration will exhibit their special keepsakes. This exhibit will open 6 p.m. in the Solarium of the Music Pier and be available after the Pageant.There will be a nostalgic finale to the evening when participants and audience join to sing an unusual arrangement of Auld Ange Syne. Admission will be $10 with proceeds benefitting the Ocean City Food Cupboard. Call (609) 399-6111, Ext. 9300 for information and tickets. Or stop in Room 214 of City Hall during working hours.Our thanks to the Flanders Hotel and Mr. Peter Voudouris, director of operations, for once again hosting our contestants and judges prior to the Pageant.— News release from Ocean City Public Relations Director Mark Soiferlast_img read more

One person recovering after shooting on Fremont Street in South Bend

first_img Jon Zimney/95.3 MNC One person is recovering from injured after a shooting in Sout Bend.The shooting happened around 11 a.m. on Thursday, Nov. 26,  in the 1100 block of Fremont Street.The victim was taken to the hospital for non-life threatening injuries.There was no immediate word of any suspects, arrests or information about what led to the shooting. WhatsApp Twitter Pinterest By Jon Zimney – November 27, 2020 0 410 Google+ Facebook One person recovering after shooting on Fremont Street in South Bend Previous articleDeath deemed suspicious under investigation in Cass CountyNext articleSuspect shot after taking aim, firing on officers in LaPorte County Jon ZimneyJon Zimney is the News and Programming Director for News/Talk 95.3 Michiana’s News Channel and host of the Fries With That podcast. Follow him on Twitter @jzimney. Pinterest IndianaLocalNews Twitter Google+ WhatsApp Facebooklast_img read more

See Christine Ebersole & Patti LuPone Primp for War Paint

first_img Christine Ebersole and Patti LuPone are returning to Broadway—together! War Paint begins performances at the Nederlander Theatre on March 7, and we’re already getting gussied up to see the Tony winners in action. Ebersole and LuPone met the press on February 21, and was on the scene to snap an adorable photo of them hugging it out. The Michael Greif-helmed musical centers on the intense rivalry between cosmetics titans Elizabeth Arden (Ebersole) and Helena Rubinstein (LuPone), but the leading ladies appear to have nothing but love for each other off stage. Co-stars John Dossett and Douglas Sills were also on hand to snap a pic, as were War Paint’s lyricist Michael Korie and composer Scott Frankel. Take a look at’s hot shots from the event, and be sure to catch War Paint at the Nederlander Theatre! View Comments John Dossett, Christine Ebersole, Patti LuPone & Douglas Sills(Photo: Emilio Madrid-Kuser) Christine Ebersole War Paint Patti LuPonecenter_img Show Closed This production ended its run on Nov. 5, 2017 John Dossett Related Shows Star Fileslast_img read more

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