Jailed blogger taken to sit university exams in handcuffs

first_img————-Create your blog with Reporters without borders: www.rsfblog.org January 24, 2006 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Jailed blogger taken to sit university exams in handcuffs IranMiddle East – North Africa March 18, 2021 Find out more RSF_en Blogger Mojtaba Saminejad, who has been in prison since February last year was taken in handcuffs (photo) to sit his exams at Tehran’s Azad University on 21 January 2006. Reporters Without Borders welcomed the fact that the Iranian courts have allowed him to continue his university course but repeated its call for his release. June 9, 2021 Find out more News Iran: Press freedom violations recounted in real time January 2020 Help by sharing this information Follow the news on Iran Newscenter_img Call for Iranian New Year pardons for Iran’s 21 imprisoned journalists IranMiddle East – North Africa Receive email alerts February 25, 2021 Find out more to go further Blogger Mojtaba Saminejad, who has been in prison since February last year was taken in handcuffs (photo) to sit his exams at Tehran’s Azad University on 21 January 2006. Reporters Without Borders welcomed the fact that the Iranian courts have allowed him to continue his university course but repeated its call for his release.”We have never stopped our condemnation of the unfair conviction of this young student who has been imprisoned for nearly a year for posting a few messages on the Internet. We urge the authorities to show leniency. Bloggers like Mojtaba represent no threat to Iranian society. On the contrary, they support the emergence of a citizen’s debate,” said the organisation.The weblogger was photographed inside the Tehran university as he was going to take his exam and the photo was then posted on his former blog:http://man-namanam.blogspot.com.He was first arrested in November 2004 for speaking out against the arrest of three colleagues. While he was in prison, his website was hacked into by people linked to the Iranian Islamist Hezbollah movement. On leaving jail, he relaunched his blog at a new address (http://8mdr8.blogspot.com), which led to his re-imprisonment, on 12 February 2005. Mojtaba was sentenced in June 2005 to two years in prison for “insulting the Supreme Guide”. One month later he was given an extra ten months in prison for incitement to “immorality”. News News After Hengameh Shahidi’s pardon, RSF asks Supreme Leader to free all imprisoned journalists Organisation last_img read more

Town rallies around mom who alerted police to ‘imminent danger’ of school shooting

first_imgnazarethman/iStock(RICHMOND, Ind.) — Community members in Richmond, Ind., came together at a candlelight vigil Sunday to support a mom who alerted police about her teenage son who brought a gun to a middle school and turned the weapon on himself after exchanging gunfire with police.The mother called 911 Thursday to alert authorities “to the imminent danger,” the Indiana State Police said. Her actions “likely prevented a lot of lost lives,” police said.The armed 14-year-old died at Dennis Intermediate School from a self-inflicted gunshot wound, according to police. He was not a student at the school but lived in the area.Dozens attended Sunday’s vigil, where community members met with the boy’s mother and prayed with her, reported local NBC station WTHR.“She’s a human. She’s a mother. She lost her child,” vigil organizer Shawn Wright told WTHR. “We wanted to bring her to let her know that she is supported too because at the end of the day she did a lot. She saved a lot of lives.”The chaos at the middle school unfolded after the boy’s mother called police around 8 a.m. Thursday to report potential violence at the school, prompting a police response and the building to go on lock down, authorities said.Officers confronted the teen outside the school and the gunman then “reportedly shot out the glass of a locked entry door” and ran inside the building, police said.The teen exchanged gunfire with the officers as they followed him, police said.No students were hurt, police said.Because “someone knew something and said something,” Indiana State Police Sgt. John Bowling added Thursday, “the school was able to follow procedure to help protect students.”The middle school remains closed on Monday.Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

Active Kids

first_imgA generation ago, students looked forward to recess; a break in the school day when they could spend time with their friends climbing on the monkey bars, swinging or just burning some energy. But recess isn’t a guaranteed part of the school day anymore, and parents must make a concerted effort to add physical activity into their child’s day, says Diane Bales, a University of Georgia Cooperative Extension human development specialist.“Children used to walk to school, have recess daily and play outside every day. Today, opportunities for physical activity have become more limited,” Bales said. “Many children spend large amounts of time watching television or playing video games rather than engaging in active play.”Preschool children today spend an average of two hours per day in front of a screen. Children getting less physical activity is linked to a dramatic rise in the rate of childhood obesity, Bales said.Being active benefits children by strengthening bones and muscles, lowering body fat, reducing the risk of being overweight or become diabetic, and lowering blood pressure and cholesterol.Physical activity also benefits children and adults by improving self-esteem, lowering rates of depression, creating higher-quality sleep and a more positive overall attitude toward life.“For all of these reasons, it is important to limit the amount of time your child is inactive and plan plenty of time for active play,” she said. “Many children enjoy being active, but some may need more encouragement.”Bales recommends parents suggest and engage in active games with their children. For example, play hide and seek, take your child to the playground, or create a game of hopscotch.Here are some tips from UGA Extension to help motivate your child to be more active.Incorporate activity into your family’s daily routines. Take the stairs instead of the elevator and walk instead of driving when possible.Become a positive role model by having an active lifestyle. Set an example for your child by being physically active yourself.Establish a regular schedule for physical activity. Incorporate physical activity as a part of your family’s lifestyle and give your child regular opportunities for active play.Encourage age-appropriate activities. Help your child build skills by playing simple games like throwing a ball, playing tag, riding bikes or playing freeze dance.“Make being physically active fun. When your child enjoys an activity, he or she will want to do it more,” Bales said. “Adults often think of physical activity as exercising at the gym or lifting weights. Children like active play, such as riding bikes or playing games outside. It is important to find enjoyable ways for your family to stay active together.”last_img read more

Floridians will have to quarantine if traveling to New York

first_imgRoles are switching as the number of coronavirus cases spike in other states other than New York.Back in March, Gov. Ron DeSantis issued an order mandating that travelers arriving in Florida from New York, New Jersey or Connecticut self-isolate for 14 days.Now, the Gov. of New York announced that anyone traveling to New York, New Jersey or Connecticut from Florida or other high-infection coronavirus states will be required to quarantine for 14 days to prevent the spread of the coronavirus. During a new conference Wednesday with New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy and Connecticut Gov. Ned Lamont, Cuomo said the new travel advisor will take effect at midnight.In addition to Florida, the other states Cuomo named are Alabama, Arkansas, Arizona, North Carolina, South Carolina, Texas, Washington and Utah.Cuomo said the quarantine is not a travel ban, but anyone who violates the quarantine could be subject to civil penalties.“You violate the quarantine, you will then have to do mandatory quarantine and then you’ll be fined,” he said.last_img read more

Former Leaf Nick Newman all smiles after Brooks Bandits win RBC Cup

first_imgNick Newman has seen a lot since heading north of the 49th parallel to pursue his junior hockey career.However, Sunday in Summerside, PEI, the former Nelson Leafs center got to experience the feeling of winning a Canadian National Championship after the Brooks Bandits won the 2013 RBC Cup with a 3-1 victory over host Summerside Western Capitals.Newman and the Bandits become the eighth team from the Alberta Junior Hockey League to win Canada’s National Junior A Championship, and the first to do it since the Camrose Kodiaks won their lone national title in 2001. Newman, who spent the 2011-12 Kootenay International Junior Hockey League season with Nelson where he led the Leafs in scoring after arriving during training camp via the Vernon Vipers of the B.C. Hockey League, joined Brooks this season scoring 10 goals and seven assists in 52 games.Newman, the oldest of two sons of Tina and David Newman of Saugus, California, scored once in 12 playoff games for Brooks.The 6’1, 185-pound 19-year-old forward joins a handful of other Nelson Leaf graduates to achieve success after leaving the Heritage City.Leaf rookie of the year Dylan Walchuk won the RBC Cup playing for Vernon Vipers in 2009 and 2010 while Geoff Kinrade captured the 2011 Calder Cup playing for Binghamton in 2011 and recently the 2013 Swiss League title as a member of Bern.Goalie Grant Rollheiser won a NCAA National Championship playing for Boston University while Nelson Minor Hockey defenceman Isaac MacLeod helped Boston College win the NCAA title in 2012.Bruno Campese helped Portland win the Memorial Cup in 1983 as a member of the Portland Winterhawks.last_img read more

Chelsea’s Ake joins Bournemouth on loan

first_imgNathan Ake has joined Bournemouth from Chelsea on a season-long loan.The Dutch defender, 21, spent last season on loan at Watford, where was voted the club’s young player of the year and helped them reach the FA Cup semi-finals.Ake, who ended the previous campaign on loan at Reading, has made 12 first-team appearances for Chelsea, with five coming in the Premier League.Meanwhile, winger Reece Mitchell, 20, has left Chelsea and joined Chesterfield on a two-year deal.Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

Hindcasting the Grand Canyon: Geologist Rejects Dam Breach Theory

first_imgA geologist rejects the idea that an ancient lake spilled and carved Grand Canyon, but maybe he misrepresents the theory.  Besides, how can geologists “hindcast” an unobserved event without philosophical assumptions?“Grand Canyon Carved by Flood? Geologist Says No,” reads a headline on Live Science, but the URL is stronger: “Megaflood debunked as Grand Canyon cause.”  Debunked is a strong word.  It implies permanently laid to rest, or falsified, by a concurrence of geologists.  In the article by reporter Becky Oskin, however, it appears that the debunking is just the opinion of one geologist, Bill Dickinson, an emeritus professor of geology at the University of Arizona in Tucson, who could provide no better explanation.Tracing the history of the Grand Canyon is controversial. The deep gorge exposes a billion years of Earth history in its candy-colored cliffs, but geologists can’t agree when it formed, or exactly how.A long-standing hypothesis by both creationist and secular geologists places a vast lake, called Hopi Lake, to the southeast of the current canyon, proposing that a dam breach carved at least much of the canyon rapidly and catastrophically.  The Painted Desert and other remnants called the Bidahochi Formation would be remnants of the old lake bottom.Dickinson doesn’t believe the dam breach is a valid story, so he said “my main purpose is to dismantle it.”  He argues that the lake would have been too shallow, and that the waters could not have climbed over the Kaibab Upwarp.  This argument, though, overlooks the proponents’ scenario that the upwarp and the dam breach were tied together.  Dickinson and others mentioned in the article additionally argue that there’s no way the lake could have existed for 10-20 million years.  Creation geologists, however, do not need the millions of years, while secular geologists have no agreement on the sequence of events in the region, begging the question that the lake required the time.It would seem hard for Dickinson to triumph over a competing theory when he is admittedly baffled by the origin of the canyon:Knocking down Hopi Lake leaves a major puzzle: What was the course of the Colorado River before the Grand Canyon deepened? Some geologists think the early Colorado River flowed south into the lake….“One of the hardest things to hindcast is to know how big a river you’re looking for in Grand Canyon country,” he said. “What was the river like up in Utah? I hope that if people would just abandon the Hope Lake spillover game, their thoughts would lead them on to worrying about Utah.”Although Dickinson presented a proposal that the ancestral river flowed northwest across northern Arizona, his idea hardly accounts for many features of the canyon, including its crossing the Kaibab plateau.  Oskin implied that no other geologist is likely to come up with a better idea any time soon: “Part of the challenge of solving the Grand Canyon’s history is that so much has changed in the ensuing millions of years: climate was different then, the topography has changed dramatically, and tectonic forces continue to reshape the plateau.”It seems hardly appropriate for Oskin to say the megaflood theory has been “debunked” when all the other theories have just as many or worse problems.  Oskin misrepresented the megaflood theory by assuming the millions of years as part of the story.  It’s the millions of years that are a large part of the problem with competing theories.  This was no debunking; it was rather a story of a man on a mission to discredit competition so he could present his own fallible hindcast. (Visited 114 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

Soccer City: an architect’s dream

first_img25 February 2010 Architect Bob van Bebber waited 15 years to realise his dream – and it’s a dream the world can share on 11 June when 88 851 spectators take their seats at South Africa’s spectacular Soccer City stadium for the opening of the 2010 Fifa World Cup™. Van Bebber originally proposed a stadium – not just any stadium but a World Cup stadium – back in 1991 while completing his architecture degree at the University of the Witwatersrand. But he was told a stadium required too much engineering – until then engineers mostly designed stadiums. So he told his professor at the time, respected conservation architect Herbert Prins, that one day he would do it. That day arrived in 2006, when his design for Soccer City was approved. “This has been a dream project that I have been chasing for so long,” he says. A massive calabash, one of the symbols of rural African life, rises from the ground at Nasrec on the outskirts of Soweto in Johannesburg, outflanking the long, surrounding mine dumps. “I wanted to bring aesthetics and design into a stadium,” explains Van Bebber, a keen footballer at one time. The calabash was selected from a number of designs as being “the most recognisable object to represent what would automatically be associated with the African continent and not any other”, he says. “The calabash, or ‘melting pot of African cultures’, sits on a raised podium, on top of which is located a ‘pit of fire’. Thus the pot sits in a depression, which is the ‘pit of fire’, as if it were being naturally fired,” reads the info pack. It is hoped that the calabash shape will be “recognised instantly by spectators in every corner of the world”. Aesthetics and design So, does it have aesthetics and design? Its large, rounded shape is created by means of thousands of glass-fibre concrete panels in eight different earthy colours, fitted together in a patchwork, and curving around into the cantilevered roof. Odd glazed panels punctuate this facade, allowing sunlight to stream in. The three-tier stadium soars 60 metres into the air, and stretches across 300 metres. At night when the lights are on, it takes on a fantastic glow, something almost extraterrestrial. It looks magical from a distance; it looks magical from inside, with its multiple shapes and colours soaring above your head in a curve, as you enter. Although it encases you in its roundness, that roundness is tempered by huge angled concrete columns and ramps on the inside, and although the concrete is dead and grey, the contrasting shapes are alive with design, enhanced by tall open spaces. Van Bebber says that for him the design of the calabash has special meaning. “It symbolises people coming together, a melting pot of cultures, sharing and passing around the calabash.” And the world is going to be sharing from that calabash come June. He says now, with the stadium almost complete and a truly splendid addition to Johannesburg’s growing list of African-inspired structures, that he is “very proud” of it. Construction will take three years – it started in February 2007 and will be complete in March 2010. Sibongile Mazibuko, the executive director of Joburg’s 2010 unit, says the design of the stadium “symbolises the unity of Africa”. “There is something very cultural about it, it touches who we are,” she says. World football body Fifa describes it as “one of the most artistic and awe-inspiring football venues on the African continent”. Seats Arguably the most striking of all the 10 stadiums, teams playing at Soccer City are likely to be overwhelmed by the sounds of cheering and vuvuzelas coming from 88 851 people, the number of seats in the stadium. This is almost double the capacity of any of the other nine World Cup stadiums around the country. Symbolism has been built into it. Nine vertical lines run through the seats and through the facade, aligning with the other nine 2010 stadiums, as well as the Berlin Stadium, where the 2006 World Cup was held. “These are representative of the road to the final, and it is hoped that, after the World Cup, the scores of each game at each venue will be placed in pre-cast concrete panels on the podium,” reads the information statement. “A visit to the stadium will thus provide one with a full history of the World Cup and all its scores.” The stadium has other significance, too. In 1990, Nelson Mandela was welcomed back to his home town, Johannesburg, here. A funeral service was held here for Communist Party leader Chris Hani, who was assassinated in Boksburg in 1993. First in South Africa Van Bebber is an architect at Boogertman Urban Edge & Partners. The firm was ranked first in South Africa and Africa and 63rd in the world for 2008, according to the World Architecture Magazine. It has been around for 25 years, with offices in Johannesburg, Pretoria, Durban, Cape Town, Dubai and Mauritius. Its designs range from hotels, shopping centres, office parks and showrooms, to industrial parks and homes and palaces. It has picked up awards for the design of the Parktown Quarter, the Irene Village Mall, the Blu Bird Centre in Rivonia and the Bigen Centre in Pretoria. Van Bebber has previously been involved in the design of office towers, a beach resort in Dubai, retail developments, a parkade, sections of OR Tambo International Airport, and Emperor’s Casino in Benoni. He had been working on a stadium design since 2001, believing that South Africa would win the bid to host the 2010 Fifa World Cup. So when, in 2004, it was announced as the host for the tournament, the firm was asked for its design. Boogertman were ready with seven different proposals, among them a design acknowledging the city’s disappearing mine dumps; the kgotla, defined by the tree, of the African city state; the African map as a horizontal representation, with the roof of the stadium depicted as a desert plane set within the mineral wealth of southern Africa; and a representation of the national flower, the protea. Van Bebber says that very little of the old remodelled FNB Stadium was kept. It had only one grandstand, on its western side, with the other three sides simply banked seats. All sides now have covered stands, with two levels of VIP boxes and suites running completely around the stadium. The moat and the curved geometry of the edges of the field have been retained. Van Bebber is particularly proud of the fact that all seats have a good view of the field. The stadium has green-friendly elements. All lighting is energy efficient; materials from dismantled sections of the old stadium were re-used; water collected in the moat around the field is used to water the field, and excess water is used to flush the toilets. The flushing of the urinals is programmed, releasing water in tune to the use of the toilets. Budget The major challenge has been making the budget stretch as far as it can, says Van Bebber. “But despite this, I think we have given value for money.” The original budget started at R1.9-billion in 2007, and escalated to R3.3-billion by the end. Increasing costs for items like materials, the scope of the stadium and import duties led to the jump in budget, costs felt equally by all the stadium construction teams. Mazibuko agrees, saying that the City has got value for money in Soccer City, and that the investment was “quite justified”. She is also pleased with the impact of the development on the surrounding neighbourhood, which is receiving an upgrade. A transportation hub and pedestrian mall is being constructed to its south and the precinct will contain new roads, walkways, lighting, signage, landscaping, CCTV cameras and public amenities. Boogertman brought in overseas stadium contractors Populous, despite not being required to. One person spent three to four days for six weeks working with Van Bebber’s team, fine-tuning the design. “It was amazing how much we had done right,” says Van Bebber. He admits, however, that building the stadium has been an “almost vertical learning curve”. He is pleased with the comparison with the other stadiums around the country. He feels three of them – in Durban, Cape Town and Port Elizabeth – are good but Eurocentric designs, having been designed by German architects. “They’re very slick, with very high specs, and therefore more expensive.” The Moses Mabhida Stadium in Durban cost R4.8-billion to build and the Green Point Stadium in Cape Town cost R5,8-billion. “Soccer City compares very favourably with the others, but we feel it’s ahead of the pack,” he says. It seems appropriate that South Africa will play the first game here. At 4pm on 11 June, Bafana Bafana will run on to the field, to face Mexico. Every South African hopes that the final game, at 8.30pm on 11 July, will also see Bafana Bafana run into the stadium, to take the trophy. Standing with Van Bebber in the stands on a wet day, I suddenly became aware of a gentle roar. I looked around, wondering what it was, then realised: it was the rain flashing down on the roof. A gentle roar seemed a good sound for this spectacular stadium. 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Cone rues missed timeout in Ginebra’s final possession

first_imgStronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Despite that, Cone was happy with the kind of shot the Gin Kings had in the clutch.“As it turned out, we got a good shot. Justin was able to get a good floater that could have gone in. That’s the problem, we could not set up and they [Meralco] could not set up their defense,” he said.Still, Cone could not wrap his head around his team failing to call for a timeout, noting that had they sued for time, Ginebra could have gotten a better shot.“We wish that we had a better alternative,” he said.The Finals is now tied at 2-all as the series shifts to Philippine Arena for the deciding games. Game 5 is on Sunday.ADVERTISEMENT View comments Hugnatan relishes role as Meralco’s floor spacer in Finals series Tim Cone. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netFailing to go on the hill in Game 4 of the 2017 PBA Governors’ Cup Finals, Ginebra coach Tim Cone was left to rue the missed chances to call for time in the waning seconds on Friday.“We were trying to call a timeout but our players couldn’t see us,” he lamented.ADVERTISEMENT Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohortcenter_img Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC LATEST STORIES MOST READ Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Kin of Misamis Oriental hero cop to get death benefits, award — PNP Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 “That’s the problem with the league rule that coaches can’t call timeouts. The crowd was crazy and they can’t hear you. You are yelling, but the only guy who could call the timeout is the one handling the ball. The whole bench was calling for a timeout but it’s unfortunate that we couldn’t call a timeout.”The Gin Kings had the last 15 seconds of the game to plot a game-winning or game-tying play after Sol Mercado completed the chasedown block on Jared Dillinger on the other end.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutHowever, the players sought the opportunity to make a play without convening even as Cone and LA Tenorio desperately tried to get the attention of their teammates to no avail.Joe Devance handed the ball to a cutting Justin Brownlee, who then went for what appeared to be the game-tying floater, but left his shot a little short as Meralco escaped with the 85-83 Game 4 thriller. Read Nextlast_img read more

NTL Highlights: Through The Years

first_imgHighlights from the finals of the 2008, 2009, 2010 and 2011 events have been uploaded to the TFA YouTube channel in the lead up to the 2012 event celebrating the achievements of the teams that made the finals in recent years. To view, please click on the link below:www.youtube.com/touchfootballauslast_img