“Free Akbar Ganji” protest outside Iran Air office in Paris

first_img Coinciding with the inauguration of Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, Reporters Without Borders activists demonstrated outside the Iran Air office on the Champs Elysées in Paris today in protest against the imprisonment of Iranian journalist Akbar Ganji, distributing leaflets and affixing posters with Ganji’s photo to the office’s windows. IranMiddle East – North Africa June 9, 2021 Find out more Iran: Press freedom violations recounted in real time January 2020 RSF_en February 25, 2021 Find out more Call for Iranian New Year pardons for Iran’s 21 imprisoned journalists Follow the news on Iran Voicing support for the sit-in which Ganji’s wife today began outside the United Nations office in Tehran, Reporters Without Borders also called on journalists and the international community to add their weight to the pressure on the new Iranian president to free him.Ganji now weighs just 52 kilos and is unconscious most of the time. He has been refusing food since 11 June to protest against his imprisonment and against the conditions in which he is being held. His condition did not improve after he was transferred on 17 July to Milad hospital in northern Tehran, although he was put on a drip against his will.During a visit to the hospital, Tehran prosecutor Said Mortazavi again accused Ganji’s wife of wanting to “kill her husband.” Reporters Without Borders said it was outraged by Mortazavi’s insulting attitude and comments. Ganji’s slow drift towards death is the dramatic consequence of the hatred the authorities feel for a highly-regarded investigative journalist and his fight for free expression in Iran, the organisation said.Ganji’s lawyer, the 2003 Nobel peace laureate Shirin Ebadi, told Agence France-Presse (AFP) she has “serious concerns about his state of health.” Ebadi has still not been allowed to see her client. Help by sharing this information News Receive email alertscenter_img Organisation to go further News News August 3, 2005 – Updated on January 20, 2016 “Free Akbar Ganji” protest outside Iran Air office in Paris IranMiddle East – North Africa March 18, 2021 Find out more News Coinciding with the inauguration of Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, Reporters Without Borders activists demonstrated outside the Iran Air office on the Champs Elysées in Paris today in protest against the imprisonment of Iranian journalist Akbar Ganji, distributing leaflets and affixing posters with Ganji’s photo to the office’s windows.”Ganji is now on the 53rd day of a hunger strike but the Iranian authorities still refuse to release him,” the press freedom organisation said. “So we are all outside Iran Air to demonstrate our outrage at such contempt for human life, because it is utterly horrifying that they are letting Ganji die to punish him for expressing his views.” After Hengameh Shahidi’s pardon, RSF asks Supreme Leader to free all imprisoned journalistslast_img read more

Mary Rodgers Guettel, Pillar of the B’way Community, Dies at 83

first_img Rodgers was also a successful children’s author, penning Freaky Friday, which she later adapted into the hit 1976 movie, and the books A Billion for Boris, Summer Switch, The Devil and Max Devlin. Though Rodgers had a vibrant career of her own, she was also well known as a director of the Rodgers and Hammerstein Organization, which handles the work of her father, as well as his frequent collaborator Oscar Hammerstein, Irving Berlin and others. Her Broadway career began as composer of the 1959 musical Once Upon a Mattress, starring Carol Burnett. The musical was later broadcast on network television. A 1997 Broadway production, starring Sarah Jessica Parker, earned a Tony Award nomination for Best Musical Revival. Her other Great White Way credits included Working (for which she received a Tony nod), The Madwoman of Central Park West, Hot Spot and From A to Z. Her musicals have been celebrated in the revue, Hey, Love. At the time of her death Rodgers was chairman emeritus and served on the board of the Juilliard School. She served on the boards of Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, the Bridgehampton Chamber Music Festival and the Dramatists Guild Council. Tony-nominated composer, Freaky Friday author, screenwriter and celebrated Broadway patron Mary Rodgers Guettel died at her home in Manhattan on June 26 after a long illness, according to her son Alec Guettel. Rodgers, who was the daughter of legendary composer Richard Rodgers and his wife Dorothy, was 83.center_img She was married to the late Henry Guettel, who died in October 2013 at the age of 85. Rodgers is survived by her sister, Linda Rodgers Emory, five children, and seven grandchildren. View Commentslast_img read more

‘Disturbing the Peace’ to Screen At Cinema Arts in Huntington

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York The fraught relationship between Israelis and Palestinians on the surface appears nowhere near reconciliation, despite various attempts by the United States and other countries to foster a semblance of peace between the two enemy combatants.While ambitious tries at peace have thus far failed, there are pockets of peace emerging from the historic rivalry. Look no further than a group of former fighters, both Israeli and Palestinian, who began as enemy combatants but later found it within themselves to become non-violent peace activists. Their collective story is told in Disturbing the Peace, a film directed by Stephen Apkon and Andrew Young. A truly powerful film, it aims to inspire hope and catapult the region to a more peaceful future. For those lucky enough to attend, the film will be screened at Cinema Arts Centre in Huntington on Tuesday, May 9 at 7:30 p.m.The film essentially endeavors to convince people from the war-torn region and across the world to eschew conventional narratives of conflict and strive for something more meaningful, together. Director Stephen Apkon, a founder of the Jacob Burns Film Center, will be on hand speaking to attendees about this extraordinary film. Don’t miss it! Featured Photo: ‘Disturbing the Peace,’ a powerful, inspiring film about Israeli and Palestinian combatants who join forces to spread peace and hope, screens at Cinema Arts Centre in Huntington on May 9! Director Stephen Apkon (L), will be on hand to speak with audience members about this extraordinary film!Disturbing the Peace will be screened at Cinema Arts Centre, 423 Park Ave., Huntington. cinemaartscentre.org $11-$16. 7:30 p.m. May 9.last_img read more

Why Residents Love Fair Haven

first_imgBy Anastasia MillickerAs Fair Haven celebrates its centennial year, The Two River Times™ asked residents and business owners what they liked best about their hometown. From food to family, they echoed the town’s proximity to the beach and the sense of community.“I have lived here for 62 years. Everything is in walking distance. My doctors are right here, my dentist, everything is right here. For the 62 years I’ve lived here, I’ve been happy.”Lucile Herr, 88, Grange Avenue resident“I have grown up here and it’s a beautiful place to live. It’s in a great location where everything is close and it’s great being near the beach and parks. It’s also a safe neighborhood.”C.J. Singer, 25, River Road resident and Bike Haven employee“[I like] my friends here. [I go to school here]. I have good teachers.”Charlie Theodore, 7, Park Avenue resident“It’s definitely the community. This is our first year here. We moved here from California. People really seem to care about each other.”Claire Theodore, 39, Park Avenue resident“I have lived here for over 50 years. I like that I get to walk everywhere with my neighbor. I raised my kids here. The school system was good, very good. I can’t complain. It’s a school system. Did we have one or two bad teachers? Yes, but everybody does… What I like least about Fair Haven is that you have to pass through Red Bank to get anywhere like the parkway and such.”Debby Green, 72, Grange Avenue resident“It’s a family town. I like that you know everybody and they know everyone. You could go down the street and be stopped with a friendly greeting. Fair Haven is a great community.”Gianna Maita, 19, Buttonwood Drive resident, Rumson-Fair Haven graduate, and a J. Rooster’s waitress“Everything I need is right here. It’s a really nice neighborhood. It definitely has a community feeling. I moved here 40 years ago when I started working for Bell Labs in Holmdel. Now I’m retired and building and restoring boats in Fair Haven.”Dick Muise, 68, Lake Avenue resident, Two River Boat Works owner“People here are particularly nice. The restaurants and the services here are so nice… I lived here for 65 years… Not a lot has changed. New families move in and raise their kids here then move out and new families move in. This town appeals to a lot of new families and it’s a great place to raise a family.”Marie Knapp, 85, Woodland Avenue resident“It’s so aesthetically pleasing to look at, everywhere you look and the people here are so kind. One day I was out here [the Acme on River Road] and it was a particularly windy day and there was a grocery cart headed toward someone’s car. This guy, whose car it didn’t belong to, ran across the parking lot after the cart… That guy made the extra effort and people here do take the extra effort. People really do care.”Joan Hall, 68, Clay Street resident“Fair Haven has a good feeling to it and has good people plus the beach is right around the corner. I grew up here. I learned to cook here and started my culinary career 30 years ago here. I used to work in Corner Room in Fair Haven and learned to cook there. Then I worked in Fairwinds Deli in Fair Haven… I got my start here. Fair Haven is a great place full of old friends and good foods.”Dave Kearns, 41, co-owner of J. Rooster’s in Fair Haven and a former Fair Haven residentlast_img read more

A Garden That’s More Than Just Plants

first_imgBy John BurtonMONMOUTH BEACH – There are times when a garden is more than a garden. It can be a symbol of love and memories.Just talk to Nory Martinez of Spaulding Place.Nory Martinez (left) with her mother, Mercedes Martinez, in the bountiful garden of their Monmouth beach home.Martinez decided to fill in her in-ground pool, which took up most of her small backyard. Her four daughters were grown and she didn’t want to continue with the necessary upkeep. So she transformed the pool area into what has now become a joy for her aging mother and father who live with Martinez.“One of the things (her mother) really missed with moving into Monmouth Beach was not enough land for what she always enjoyed all of her life,” Martinez said. The space where the pool was has now been turned into the home of her mother’s garden.Mercedes Martinez, 81, who is called Mami by family members, has a place where she can grow calabaza, a Latin American root vegetable, sort of in the pumpkin or squash family. The fruit of the vine can grow as big as 75 to 100 pounds – and they have grown that heavy in her garden, Martinez said.Martinez is what she calls part of the sandwich generation. She is a baby boomer with four grown daughters and elderly parents who have moved in with her after her father Frank, “Papi,” Martinez, soon to be 91, became seriously ill in 2009.Martinez is serving as her parents’ main caretaker.The Martinez family is originally from Cuba. Frank first came to the United States in 1956 and settled in Newark, and worked a variety of jobs until he could send for his wife and two daughters in 1958.Frank and Mercedes were eventually able to save up enough money to buy a home in Car­teret in Middlesex County. It was a home with a pretty big piece of property, where Mercedes grew her calabaza and yucca, another root vegetable popular in Cuban dishes.When the aging couple relocated to Monmouth Beach, Martinez said she could tell her mother missed her garden. When Martinez decided to fill in the backyard pool, she began to see the wheels turning as her mother watched the process.The family bought their calabazas from Fine Fare supermarket in Long Branch and Mercedes started collecting the seeds until she could plant them.Martinez’s parents’ Carteret garden had vegetable vines that made their way around the house. “The most gorgeous vines you would ever want to see” with splendid harvests, Martinez said.In Monmouth Beach the plants are yielding a substantial crop. Her mother works the plot and her dad, though less able to get around, often helps out.That is a gift from God for Martinez.“I always say when God closes a door, he opens another,” she said. In this case, it opens to the Martinezes’ backyard.Martinez suspects her mother is thinking about watermelon next year; Mercedes told the family to save the seeds this summer.“She has such a green thumb that I’m sure we’re going to have watermelon,” she said.last_img read more

Latest: West Ham 2 QPR 0 – Hammers heading for resounding derby win

first_imgDiafra Sakho’s second-half goal left QPR staring at another defeat.Nedum Onuoha’s own goal gave West Ham an early lead in what has been a one-sided derby.The defender, brought in at the expense of Mauricio Isla at right-back, nudged Stewart Downing’s fifth-minute corner into the net under pressure from Sakho.And Sakho netted just before the hour mark, adding the finishing touch from a yard out after Rangers had failed to clear their lines and James Tomkins was able to hold off Rio Ferdinand and hook the ball over keeper Rob Green.Rangers, bottom of the table and having been beaten in all four of their away games this season, have been poor at the back again.After conceding the opening goal they were fortunate not to go further behind when Enner Valencia shot wide from 10 yards out after being found by Sakho’s low cross.Still without the injured Joey Barton, the visitors offered little until Charlie Auston created a chance for himself.The striker poked the ball through Tomkins’ legs as he collected a pass from R’s left-back Armand Traore, but could not steer his side-footed shot past keeper Adrian with an unmarked Niko Kranjcar available to his right.It has so far been unhappy return to Upton Park for Ferdinand, Green and Rangers boss Harry Redknapp, who sent another former West Ham man, Bobby Zamora, on at half-time.Zamora made an immediate impression, finding space on the left and crossing for Austin, who fired wide.But Rangers were unable to maintain their early second-half pressure and more shoddy defending led to them going further behind.The hosts then thought they had scored a third when Green inexplicably passed a goal-kick straight to Valencia, who gratefully netted only for the goal to be disallowed because the Hammers striker was not the requisite 10 yards away from the ball.QPR (4-2-3-1): Green, Onuoha, Ferdinand, Caulker, Traore, Sandro (Taarabt 66), Henry, Fer, Hoilett (Zamora 45), Kranjcar (Mutch 77), Austin. Subs: McCarthy, Isla, Dunne, Vargas.Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

House Passes NIDS Bill

first_imgStory Highlights The Prime Minister also cited Clause 41, which requires citizens to present their national identification (ID) number/card in order to receive goods or services from any public body. Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Andrew Holness, in his remarks before the passage of the Bill, sought to allay concerns regarding the enrolment of persons and the penalties for those who do not comply. The House of Representatives on Tuesday (November 21) approved the 168 amendments made by the Senate to the National Identification and Registration Bill, which seeks to establish a reliable identification system for Jamaica.A National Identification System (NIDS) is intended to provide a comprehensive and secure structure to enable the capture and storage of identity information for all Jamaicans.Each citizen will be provided with a randomised nine-digit National Identification Number (NIN), which they will have for life.Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Andrew Holness, in his remarks before the passage of the Bill, sought to allay concerns regarding the enrolment of persons and the penalties for those who do not comply.He noted that there is a maximum fine of $100,000, “but the judge can use their discretion, and I am expecting that the judge would. We have removed the option of imprisonment, totally removed it,” he said.The Prime Minister also cited Clause 41, which requires citizens to present their national identification (ID) number/card in order to receive goods or services from any public body.Mr. Holness argued that currently, persons have to present an ID to get any service from the Government.“But we have made sure to write in a protection in the event of health or something that is life-threatening or a natural disaster or a national emergency. Then, the system of presenting a national identification card would be suspended. So, we are not here trying to deprive the citizens of Jamaica of their rights,” he pointed out.“We cannot continue to look at the Jamaican State as the enemy of the people. I am not the enemy of the people, and it is time that we reject that idea. Yes, there must be strong voices to ensure that Government does not go astray, but we cannot start on the assumption that when we stand here to pass legislation we are passing legislation to deprive people of rights,” the Prime Minister added.The layered roll-out and management of the NIDS will be handled by a new agency, the National Identification and Registration Authority (NIRA), which will replace the Registrar General’s Department (RGD) and provide more enhanced services.Roll-out of NIDS is slated to begin with a pilot project in January 2019, focusing on civil servants. The House of Representatives on Tuesday (November 21) approved the 168 amendments made by the Senate to the National Identification and Registration Bill, which seeks to establish a reliable identification system for Jamaica.last_img read more

DryShips Secures Time Charter for Newcastlemax

first_imgzoom Greece-based ship owner DryShips Inc. has entered into a one year time charter with a major grain house for one of its 206,000 dwt Newcastlemax drybulk vessels.A total gross backlog of USD 7.1 million is expected from the contract, which is scheduled to commence upon the delivery of the vessel before the end of April 2017.“We are very pleased to have employed one of our newly acquired vessels upon its delivery, at a gross charter rate, which will be highly accretive to the company’s earnings and will provide visible cash flow,” George Economou, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, said.The company did not disclose the name of the vessel in question.According to data provided by VesselsValue, DryShips recently purchased four such dry bulkers, namely the 2013-built Moritz Oldendorff and Valley Star, the 2014-built Super Star and the 2015-built Wish Star.World Maritime News contacted DryShips for details on the vessel related to the charter deal, however, the company is yet to reply.“We continue to execute our strategy to restore the company’s earnings capacity, taking advantage of the positive developments in the drybulk market,” Economou added.last_img read more

Government emails contradict Liberal claims on fate of First Nation education dollars

first_imgEarlier that same day, an Aboriginal Affairs spokesperson emailed APTN a response from department bureaucrats on the First Nation education money confirming $1.2 billion still existed on the books.“The remaining funds are still available,” said spokesperson Amanda Gordon, who was in the office of former Aboriginal affairs minister Bernard Valcourt, in an Oct. 2, 2015, email.Months earlier in April during the lock-up for what would prove to be the last Harper federal budget, a federal Finance official repeatedly stated the $1.2 billion for First Nation education remained on the books in the “fiscal framework.”The $1.2 billion figure was what was left over from the $1.9 billion the Harper government tied to passage of the controversial First Nation Control of First Nation Education Act which was rejected in 2014 by First Nation chiefs.The Harper government said at the time the money would only flow if the Assembly of First Nations supported the bill.Knowing education to be a sore political spot in the relationship between First Nations and the Harper government, the Liberals jumped out early with the $2.6 billion education promise which Prime Minister Justin Trudeau unveiled on the campaign trail last August.The NDP pounced, accusing the Liberals of making a promise based on money that did not exist.A close inspection of the promise revealed the Liberals were really only committing $900 million in new money which would be added to $1.7 billion the party believed the Conservatives had set aside for education.The Liberals, it seems, made a big assumption in their promise. A large chunk of the promised money, about $500 million, came from a 4.5 per cent escalator in education funding the Conservatives also tied to passage of the ill-fated legislation on education.As the record shows, only $1.2 billion was ever set aside for First Nation education. It remains unclear why the Liberals chose to base their election education promise on money that was never there.Now it seems the Liberal government is trying to prepare the groundwork ahead of the next federal budget which may contain education funding that won’t match what was promised by the party to First Nation students on the campaign trail.APTN contacted Finance Minister Bill Morneau and Bennett’s office seeking clarification on the contradictions between the record and the statement by the Indigenous Affairs minister.A spokesperson for Finance said in an emailed statement that there was now only $241 million left in the fiscal framework.“In budget 2015 much of this provisioned allocation was removed, but not announced,” said David Barnabe, a spokesperson for the [email protected]@JorgeBarrera Jorge Barrera APTN National NewsIndigenous Affairs Minister Carolyn Bennett’s claim the previous Conservative government spent all the money set aside for First Nation education—leaving her government in a hole when it comes to fulfilling its $2.6 billion promise on the issue—is not supported by the record.Bennett said in the House of Commons during question period Friday the previous Conservative government of Stephen Harper “removed” money set aside for First Nation education from the federal Finance department’s books.After repeatedly dodging APTN’s questions on the issue, Bennett finally admitted the money on which the Liberals based their $2.6 billion election education promise doesn’t exist.“Sadly, I can confirm that the previous government removed the promised additional funding for first nations education that it had promised,” said Bennett, responding to questions from the NDP on the issue. “I am saddened by that revelation, but we are committed to making the appropriate investments to close that gap.”However, the minister’s claim it’s the Conservative’s fault contradicts information supplied to APTN by Finance and Aboriginal Affairs (as the department was known at the time) officials in October, near the end of last year’s federal campaign.Those departments stated there was $1.2 billion set aside in the books for First Nation education, but it would be up to the next federal government to decide what to do with the money.“The funds remain in the fiscal framework. Following the federal election, the government will determine the best use of these funds,” said Stephanie Rubec, a spokesperson for the Department of Finance, in an Oct. 2, 2015, email.Click to enlarge screenshot of emailslast_img read more

Fuel theft poses first big battle for Mexican president

first_imgMEXICO CITY — Mexico’s new president has shut down some pipelines to stop fuel thieves who he says had established an illegal distribution network.The fight against thefts of $3 billion per year from government pipelines and fuel depots represents the first big domestic battle for Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador, who took office on Dec. 1.Lopez Obrador said Monday that some gangs had actually built warehouses over pipeline rights of way to drill illegal taps into the ducts.The pipeline shutdowns and a temporary switch to more distribution by tanker trucks has caused gasoline shortages in a handful of states.Despite the political costs of the shortages, Lopez Obrador said he will not fold, noting “let’s see who gets tired first, the fuel thieves or us.”The Associated Presslast_img read more