Iran: Press freedom violations recounted in real time January 2020 RSF_en Call for Iranian New Year pardons for Iran’s 21 imprisoned journalists IranMiddle East – North Africa to go further IranMiddle East – North Africa Follow the news on Iran June 9, 2021 Find out more News News May 16, 2011 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Reporter with US, Canadian and Iranian nationality deported to Iran by Syria Reporters Without Borders is very concerned about the fate of Homa Dorothy Parvaz, a journalist with US, Canadian and Iranian nationality working for Al-Jazeera English, who disappeared after arriving at Damascus airport on 29 April. According to a statement issued by the Syrian embassy in Washington, the Syrian authorities deported her to Iran on 1 May. But Iranian foreigh minister Ali Akbar Salehi told the government news agency IRNA on 14 May that Iran had “no information” about Parvaz. This was the first comment by an Iranian official about the case.“No one has heard from Parvaz for the past two and a half weeks,” Reporters Without Borders said. “The Syrian authorities finally said they handed her over to the Iranian authorities 15 days ago. But until then they said nothing about her whereabouts, with complete disregard for her family and for the media that employ her. This total lack of transparancy does not bode well.”The press freedom organization added: “The Iranian information ministry says it has no information about Parvaz. If that is Iran’s official position, it means she has disappeared. If not, we urge the Iranian authorities to say where she is being held, to allow her to leave the country or to account for the charges against her if they decide to continue detaining her.”Parvaz’s brother told Reporters Without Borders that the family had received no notification from the authorities in Tehran. “They should at least tell us why they are holding her. She did not even enter Iran voluntarily.”According to the statement issued by the Syrian embassy in Washington, Parvaz tried to enter Syria with an expired Iranian passport and a tourist visa. After finding transmitting equipment in her bags, the Syrian authorities assumed she had come to cover the anti-government demonstrations. She was alllegedly deported to Iran on 1 May, less than 48 hours after her arrival. She was not allowed to contact her family or the US or Canadian embassies at any point.The sequence of events shows that the Syrian authorities remained silent about her whereabouts for nearly two weeks. The Syrian government newspaper Al-Watan went so far as to report on 10 May that she had left the country on 1 May “without saying where she was going (http://www.alwatan.sy/dindex.php?idn=100992).”Al-Jazeera had announced on 27 April that it was suspending all activities throughout Syria until further notice because of the many threats and acts of intimidation against its crews. Its Syrian employees were repeatedly threatened by the authorities, and stones and eggs were thrown at its offices. Around 100 people demonstrated outside Al-Jazeera’s Damascus bureau on 30 April, accusing it of “lying” and “exaggerating” in its coverage of the anti-government protests that began in Syria in mid-March (http://en.rsf.org/saudi-arabia-from-tripoli-to-manama-no-let-up-02-05-20…). Receive email alerts After Hengameh Shahidi’s pardon, RSF asks Supreme Leader to free all imprisoned journalists News March 18, 2021 Find out more News February 25, 2021 Find out more Organisation Help by sharing this information
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Shannon Airport braced for a devastating blow Unstoppable Sean shows that all things are possible IF Limerick City and County Council do not move quickly to provide a new cemetery for the town of Abbeyfeale then people will “have to be buried outside the parish”.So said Fine Gael councillor John Sheahan at this Wednesday’s meeting of Newcastle West Municipal District.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up Director of Services, Gordon Daly, told Cllr Sheahan that he understood the urgency and pointed out that the site selection process was still ongoing.“We need more time to complete the process. We will be back to you as soon as possible,” he explained.Cllr Liam Galvin felt that the selection criteria was far too “strict”.“If I had an acre of land as good as some of these sites, I wouldn’t be complaining,” he exclaimed.Fianna Fail councillor Liam Galvin pointed out that there is “grave concern” in Abbeyfeale over this ongoing issue.“We need to have a new graveyard in place as soon as possible. It is time to drive it forward and make it happen,” he said. TAGSLimerick Countylocal newsNewspolitics NewsLocal NewsPoliticsGrave concern over new Abbeyfeale cemeteryBy Alan Jacques – September 9, 2018 1489 Previous articleLISTEN: The Breakdown EP56 with Sporting Limerick & Three Red KingsNext articleLimerick villages dying from lack of development Alan Jacqueshttp://www.limerickpost.ie Population of Mid West region increased by more than 3,000 in past year Twitter Local backlash over Aer Lingus threat Print WhatsApp RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Advertisement Linkedin Email Vicky calls for right to die with dignity Limerick on Covid watch list Facebook
Scott Jurek’s Appalachian Trail record barely lasted a year before Karl Meltzer broke it. On Sunday, Meltzer topped Springer Mountain, Georgia, to complete the trail in 45 days, 22 hours, and 38 minutes, eclipsing Jurek’s previous record by just 9.5 hours.The 2,189-mile trail from Georgia to Maine along the spine of the rugged Appalachians takes most thru-hikers six months to complete. Meltzer, who was won more 100-mile races than any other person on the planet, finished in a month and a half.But it was close. Meltzer had to run 83 miles in the final day and skip sleep to break the record. Jurek’s margin was even closer; he edged the previous record by only three hours.Karl Meltzer receives a hug from the previous record holder, Scott Jurek, after breaking the record for running the length of the Appalachian Trail on 18 September, 2016.Jurek and Meltzer are two of the world’s most celebrated ultra runners. They are also good friends who have been supportive of each other’s previous record attempts.Jurek helped crew for Meltzer, just as Meltzer had done for him last year. During Meltzer’s final week, Jurek, his wife Jenny, and their four-month-old toddler Raven, met up with Meltzer in north Georgia and provided food and logistics.But unlike Jurek, Meltzer did not adhere to a vegan diet along the way. Meltzer opted instead for lots of candy and Red Bull. At the finish on Springer Mountain in north Georgia, he celebrated with pepperoni pizza and a beer.Karl Meltzer adds the last info to his logbook after breaking the record for running the length of the Appalachian Trail on 18 September, 2016.Karl Meltzer poses for a portrait after breaking the record for running the length of the Appalachian Trail on 18 September, 2016.This was Meltzer’s third attempt at the A.T. speed record. He missed the record by seven days in 2008, and in 2014, he dropped off the trail with 600 miles to go due to injuries and trench foot.Meltzer is 48 years old. Jurek was 41 when he set the record last year. The previous record holder, Asheville’s Jennifer Pharr Davis, was 28, when she set the overall record in 2011. She still holds the fastest female record for the Appalachian Trail, and Meltzer’s new record is only 12 hours ahead of hers.Jurek set the previous record on a northbound traverse the A.T. Both Meltzer and Pharr Davis traveled southbound.Read Jennifer Pharr Davis’s exclusive account of her record-setting run here.
MANCHESTER, England (AP)If Manchester United went on the attack in games as much as its manager does in news conferences, England’s biggest team may not be in such a rut.Yesterday, a defiant Louis van Gaal criticised sections of the British media who reported this week he had offered to resign in the wake of United’s latest poor result a 1-0 home loss to Southampton in the Premier League on Saturday.”I think it’s awful and horrible,” said Van Gaal, who walked out of a news conference last month. “It’s the third time I’ve been sacked and I’m still sitting here.”Lose to second-tier Derby in the FA Cup today and even Van Gaal acknowledges the scrutiny could be too much to take.The Dutchman said yesterday that he hadn’t offered to quit and the support of Ed Woodward, United’s executive vice-chairman, was “fantastic.””It gives you a lot of pressure because when the board has such confidence in you, the pressure is much higher than when they say it’s your last game,” Van Gaal said. “Then the confidence is not so high.”United may be playing Derby just at the right time. They have won only one of their last six games in the FA Cup third round and have dropped off the top of the League Championship.Derby is managed by Paul Clement, the former assistant manager at Real Madrid where he worked under Carlo Ancelotti. Clement said he might speak to Ancelotti before today’s game at Pride Park.”I am not sure it will quite be a giant-killing if we get a good result,” Clement said. “It is a challenge we are really looking forward to, up against a team that is not in great form.”
This episode happened in a forgettable Warriors’ overtime loss two … * * *Subscribe to the Mercury News and East Bay Times for $40 a year and receive a free Warriors championship coffee table bookOAKLAND – Steve Kerr charged to the official at halfcourt. He threw out his right arm. He yelled out a string of expletives.The Warriors coach showed so much anger over Draymond Green getting called for a technical foul that assistant coach Mike Brown needed to restrain Kerr at halfcourt.
Even a $26 million cash infusion from electric utilities and lobbyists wasn’t enough to persuade Florida voters to pass a proposed constitutional amendment on residential solar installations last week.The proposed amendment needed 60% of the vote to win approval, but on election day only about half the voters were in favor, The Miami Herald reported.Florida law currently allows homeowners to own or lease solar panels, but third-party sales and power purchase agreements are not permitted. The controversial proposal sought to “constitutionalize the status quo,” in the words of Florida Supreme Court Justice Barbara Pariente, and was roundly criticized by solar advocates as a way to restrict the growth of solar.Efforts to defeat the proposal were led by a group called Floridians for Solar Choice, which said that the vote was a “David v. Goliath victory.”“We defeated one of the most egregious and underhanded attempts at voter manipulation in this state’s history,” the group’s chairman, Tory Perfetti, said.The measure looked like it was cruising toward easy approval this summer, but in mid-October the newspaper published leaked comments from a utility-supported think tank director who boasted the amendment would “negate” efforts to promote solar energy. Opponents turned up the heat and got help from Elon Musk, Jimmy Buffett, and former Governor Bob Graham, among others, and these efforts helped swing the vote.The Herald said that utilities were expected to turn to the state legislature or Public Service Commission for help in weakening Florida’s net-metering laws and ending tax rebates for solar customers.
APTN National News QUEBEC – The Quebec government says investigations into allegations of sexual assault by police officers against native women are nearly completed. Public Security Minister Lise Theriault said in the legislature today her office first heard about the allegations last May. Theriault says provincial police conducted the investigations even though the alleged brutality and sexual assault was perpetrated by members of the force in Val-d’Or, in northwestern Quebec. She contends the probes are independent because the investigators in question are not from the same area. The story broke ahead of tonight’s broadcast of “Enquete,” a Radio-Canada investigative program that has looked into the abuse allegations. – with files from The Canadian Press
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Great Panther continues to replace mined ounces, grow resources and reserves at both operations, and is targeting a 10 year mine live at each.For more information, please visit the website or contact Rhonda Bennetto, VP Corporate Communications, toll free at 1-888-355-1766 or by email at [email protected] Sponsor Advertisement As Ted Butler has pointed out countless times, it’s what JPMorgan et al do on the next rally that will determine how it unfolds.Gold traded within a five dollar price band through most of the Friday trading day on Planet Earth…exceeding it only briefly between 8:10 a.m. at 9:40 a.m. Eastern time. Those two times represented the high and low price ticks of the day…such as they were.I was particularly impressed by the fact that ‘free-market forces’ were able to thread the needle by closing gold on Friday in the 60 cent price gap between the Wednesday close and the Thursday close. I hope there was a prize for doing that.Gold closed on Friday at $1,642.40 spot…down twenty cents from Thursday. Net volume, at 77,000 contracts, was the lightest since I can’t remember when.Silver’s price action was rather similar to gold’s, but the price was more ‘volatile’…with the high and low price ticks come at approximately the same times as gold. The silver price actually broke through the $32 price mark on its high tick [$32.01 spot] for the second day in a row but, as you can tell, it wasn’t allowed to close anywhere near that price.Silver closed at $31.70 spot…down a dime from Thursday. Net volume was a shockingly light 19,000 contracts.The dollar index hung in around the 79.60 mark until about 10:00 a.m. Hong Kong time on their Friday morning…and then rolled over. Most of the decline was in by 10:30 a.m. Eastern time in New York…and the index basically traded sideways from there. The dollar index closed down about 34 basis points at 79.14.Four out of the five days this week, gold stocks opened in positive territory…and then quickly got sold off into negative territory regardless of the price action in gold that followed…with stock prices continuing to erode all day along. The Friday trading action was exactly that as well. The HUI closed on its low of the day, down 0.97%. In my twelve years of watching this market, I’ve never seen anything like this. It’s unnatural.Virtually all of the silver stocks finished down on the day as well…including all the stock represented in Nick Laird’s Silver Sentiment Index. It closed down 0.17%…the same amount it closed up on Thursday.(Click on image to enlarge)The CME’s Daily Delivery Report was a yawner, as only 11 gold contracts were posted for delivery on Tuesday.There were no reported changes in GLD yesterday, but over at the SLV ETF an authorized participant withdrew 1,262,086 troy ounces of silver.For the third day in a row there was no sales report from the U.S. Mint.The Comex-approved depositories reported receiving 732,023 troy ounces of silver on Thursday…and shipped only 4,966 ounces out the door. Since Wednesday, JPMorgan’s precious metals warehouse has added another million ounce of silver to their stash, which now sits at 14.0 million ounces. The link to that action is here.The Commitment of Traders Report that came out yesterday [for positions held a the close of Comex trading on Tuesday] was basically a non-event. There was virtually no change in the Commercial net short position in silver…less than a hundred contracts but, as Ted Butler pointed out to me, the total open interest blew out by almost 7,000 contracts, so a lot of spread trades were put on during the reporting week.In gold, the Commercial traders increased their net short position by a hair over 5,000 contracts, or 500,000 ounces. Nothing to see here, folks.As expected, The Central Bank of the Russian Federation updated their website with the March numbers…and they showed that they had purchased 500,000 ounces of gold to add to the 28.3 million ounces they already held. I must admit that after seeing nothing added in January…and 100,000 ounces sold in February…I was relieved to see this number. I thank Nick Laird for his wonderful chart below.(Click on image to enlarge)Here’s a chart that Washington state reader S.A. sent our way yesterday. It’s entitled “Total Credit Market Debt Owed“…and needs no further embellishment from me.(Click on image to enlarge)Here’s an interesting story that appeared in an Australian newspaper just the other day. It includes a photo of the Perth Mint’s 10 kilogram “Year of the Dragon” gold and silver ‘coins’. I thank Australian reader Brad Ellett for sending it to me…and Australian reader Wesley Legrand for putting it in a format that I could use in this column. You’ll certainly need the ‘click to enlarge’ feature for this one.(Click on image to enlarge)I have the usual number of stories for a Saturday, including a bunch that I’ve been saving all week for today’s column. I hope you have the time to run through them all over the weekend.Inflation is as violent as a mugger, as frightening as an armed robber…and as deadly as a hit man. – President Ronald ReaganToday’s ‘blast from the past’ isn’t really from the past at all…but a “60 Minutes” video that was sent to me by my father-in-law, Bill Radtke.Lesley Stahl profiles British musical savant Derek Paravicini, whose computer-like memory for music is matched by his creative abilities to play it in any style. Derek, a musical genius and nephew of Camilla Parker Bowles, plays the piano like you’ve never heard. Yet, he doesn’t know his age, nor does he know how to hold up three fingers! Also, he is blind!Having taken seven years of classical piano classes…plus having sat on the Programming Committee of the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra for eleven years…I know greatness when I hear it.This is one of the most amazing videos that you’re ever likely to watch. It runs 14:22 minutes…and is posted over at youtube.com…and the link is here.Well, it was a very quiet Friday and, for the most part, a very quiet week in both gold and silver. But it wasn’t quiet because that’s what the markets in the precious metals wanted to do…it was quiet because, as Jim Rickards pointed out in his commentary above, these markets are managed.Where we go to from here is the $64,000 question for which I have no answer at the moment. Of course, if left to their own devices, the precious metals would explode the outer edges of the known universe almost instantly…and the current economic, financial and monetary system would be a smouldering ruin within five business day…as I have pointed out on many occasions.But since that won’t be allowed to happen, at least not while ‘da boyz’ have any say in the matter, we’ll probably get something quite a bit less than that.I doubt very much that this current oversold condition in the precious metals and their shares will last much longer…and it only remains to be seen how high and fast gold and silver will be allowed to rise once they break through the key moving averages.And, as Ted Butler has pointed out countless times, it’s what JPMorgan et al do on the next rally that will determine how it unfolds. Will they immediately become the short seller of last resort once again, or will they step aside and let the metals run for a bit?That, and only that, will be the deciding factor…and all we can do is wait it out. A lot of investors have already voted with their feet and their wallets and have exited the precious metals market…and as we know, any bull market tries to shake off as many non-believers as it can before making its next big move…price-managed or not. This is certainly the case here.I’m still “all in”…so nothing has changed from my end.Before signing off for the day and the week, I have this little announcement that the nice ladies over at Casey Research sent my way yesterday…and I’d like you to run through it, if you wouldn’t mind.Next week Casey’s spring summit…“Recovery Reality Check”…will be held in Florida. If you’re not registered to attend, you may want to purchase the complete audio collection (available in a 20-CD set and/or MP3 downloads) so you can listen at home. The faculty presenting includes David Stockman, director of the Office of Management and Budget under President Reagan; resource investing legend Rick Rule; Casey Research Chairman Doug Casey; Harry Dent, best-selling author of The Crash Ahead; Lacy Hunt, executive VP of Hoisington Investment Management…and 26 other financial luminaries. And they are telling me if you order before the show starts on April 27th…you’ll save $100. To learn more about the 31 financial experts and what they are presenting, you can click here…and it costs nothing to check it out.I’m outta here! Enjoy what’s left of your weekend…and I’ll see you on Tuesday.