Bloggers demonised and persecuted

first_img March 18, 2021 Find out more Iran: Press freedom violations recounted in real time January 2020 News Organisation RSF_en Call for Iranian New Year pardons for Iran’s 21 imprisoned journalists to go further Follow the news on Iran In addition to the political trials and arrests of hundreds of government opponents, repression in Iran is concentrating on Internet users. Reporters Without Borders has learned of the arrest last night of Ali Pirhasanlou, one of the first journalists to start blogging in Iran.Pirhasanlou, who used to write for several, now closed, pro-reform newspapers and who blogs under the name of Alpar, was arrested together with his wife, Fatemeh Sotoudeh, at their home after it was searched by plain-clothes intelligence ministry agents. They are accused of “activity against national security.”Other journalists and activists were arrested or were summoned for questioning by the intelligence services today, on the eve of more opposition demonstrations in Tehran.“The Internet and its users have become the new targets for repression by President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s supporters in the past two weeks,” Reporters Without Borders said. “After suspending newspapers, the authorities are attacking one of the easy ways to access information about arrests and protests in Iran.”The press freedom organisation added: “All of Iran’s news websites are now threatened with termination. Some sites are the targets of organised hacking. Demonised by the public prosecutor during the ongoing Tehran political trials, the Internet continues to be a vehicle of mobilisation which the government is now trying to suppress.”Noorooz (the site of the opposition Islamic Iran Participation Front), Parlemannews (the site of the pro-reform parliamentarians), Tagheer (a news website) and the feminist websites FeministSchool and We-Change have all suffered access blockages. We-Change’s blocking is the 20th since it was launched. Provincial news websites such as ( have also been blocked.Reporters Without Borders is also concerned about Mohammad Pour Abdoullah, the editor of the blog Pishro (Avant-Garde), who was arrested on 12 January 2009 for writing about a crackdown on the student movement, prison conditions and the interrogation methods used by intelligence ministry agents. He was kept in solitary confinement and subjected to constant pressure for 23 days after his arrest. As he refused to admit to the charges brought against him, he is still awaiting trial. An initial hearing was to have been held on 21 February, but the judge adjourned it indefinitely, without explanation. Thereafter, Abdoullah was moved to an individual cell and then to Ghezel Hessar, a prison for non-political detainees.Abdoullah was arrested for the first time on 24 January 2008 and was freed 41 days later on payment of 800 million toman (720,000 euros) in bail. After this spell in prison for participating in a student demonstration, he wrote about the situation of imprisoned students in his articles. His family is worried about him and his lawyers do not understand why he has been singled out. June 9, 2021 Find out more IranMiddle East – North Africa center_img News After Hengameh Shahidi’s pardon, RSF asks Supreme Leader to free all imprisoned journalists IranMiddle East – North Africa Receive email alerts September 18, 2009 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Bloggers demonised and persecuted News February 25, 2021 Find out more Help by sharing this information Newslast_img read more

Organ Donation Saves Lives

first_imgPrint RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR WhatsApp Limerick’s National Camogie League double header to be streamed live Facebook Linkedin Roisin Upton excited by “hockey talent coming through” in Limerick Email WATCH: “Everyone is fighting so hard to get on” – Pat Ryan on competitive camogie squads LimerickNewsOrgan Donation Saves LivesBy Meghann Scully – December 21, 2020 160 center_img Advertisement Billy Lee names strong Limerick side to take on Wicklow in crucial Division 3 clash TAGSKeeping Limerick PostedlimerickLimerick Postorgan donor Twitter Limerick Ladies National Football League opener to be streamed live NO REPRO FEE 12/06/2020 HSE Covid-19 Media Briefing. Pictured is Dr Catherine Motherway, President of the Intensive Care Society of Ireland, Intensive Care Consultant, ULHG at the HSE weekly operational update on the response to Covid-19, in the UCD O’Brien Centre for Science in UCD, Dublin. Photograph: Leon Farrell / Photocall IrelandAS is tradition, we remember our donors in this past year and celebrate and give thanks for their selfless gift to others.The HSE’s ODTI are asking people to share their views and wishes on organ donation with their families and friends over Christmas and in the New Year.  We would remind all to stay safe in these difficult times.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up We are joined again this year by patients, donor families and staff in their appeal to the public to #HaveThatConversation and remember that organ donation saves lives.Approximately 500 people are waiting for an organ transplant in Ireland. This is includes patients on dialysis awaiting kidney transplants and patients waiting for lung, heart and liver transplants. While some kidney donations can take place through the living donation programme, all other organ donations can only proceed when another life is lost.Dr Catherine Motherway, Intensive Care Consultant in University Hospital Limerick and Clinical Lead for Organ Donation explains that organ donation is among the greatest gifts we can give to another.“Having that conversation and letting family members know our views and wishes on organ donation is really important.“The priority for all of us who work in intensive care is to save lives. However, sadly at times this is not always possible. As part of end of life care when appropriate we offer families the opportunity for their relative to donate organs.“In such circumstances we approach families to ask if their loved one would have wanted to donate organs.  When faced with sudden loss and grief we know that for families who have had that conversation and have talked about organ donation the decision making can be easier and less daunting when they know what their relative would have wanted.“It can bring great comfort to a family that we in the intensive care and transplant community can honour their loved ones wishes to become an organ donor and transform someone else’s life.“We are constantly humbled working with families of our donors who in the midst of tragedy find the strength to help others in need. They have our deepest gratitude and sympathy.”In 2017 Janet O Brien lost her son Luke O Reilly (20) tragically following an attack on Halloween night. Luke’s organs were donated and Janet says Luke lives on through organ donation. She said “I instinctively knew donation was what Luke would have wanted and I find solace in knowing my son has helped others.”Rebecca Maher’s daughter Matilda passed away when she was 8 months old. Matilda was born with a major heart condition and was too sick to go on the transplant list. Matilda became an organ donor and Rebecca says for herself and her husband Brendan “It has given us huge comfort to know that Matilda has saved somebody else’s life and the life of their family.”Karen Kelly is Josh’s mammy. Last year Josh, now 8 years old, was placed on dialysis awaiting a kidney transplant. Following a thorough testing regime, in Beaumont hospital Karen was confirmed as a suitable donor for Josh.Karen bravely donated her kidney to Josh. Her kidney surgery took place in Beaumont in October and on the same day Josh received his new kidney in Temple Street. Karen said “For me the hardest part was not being able to be with Josh during his surgery in Temple Street as I recovered in Beaumont Hospital.Josh is now a happy and healthy 8 year old and I am very proud to be an organ donor. I really want to reach out and support and anyone who may find themselves in similar circumstances and let everyone know how important organ donation is in saving and improving lives.”Since his double lung transplant in 2017 David Crosby has continued to run marathons across the world in honour of the donor who gave him the gift of life. He said; “My plans for 2020 were unfortunately put on hold but I am determined to keep on running and complete the Marathon super six series as soon as I can.“I would like everyone to know how important it is to share your wishes on organ donation. I will be forever grateful to my donor their family who saved my life.” he added.Organ donation continues to be a rare event; of 31,000 deaths each year in Ireland, we see an average of 80 multi organ donations per annum.The HSE and ODTI sincerely thank the families of deceased donors who at a time of great tragedy found the strength to offer a new lease of life to many people.For all the positive stories of successful transplant, sadly some patients do and will die each year while waiting for a transplant.ODTI and their extended team, remain committed to increasing organ donations and transplants and urge all, to have that conversation about donation and make their wishes known.  Having the conversation ensures wherever possible the loss of one precious life can be turned to benefit many others through donation. 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Knott Hall residents start a Grab ‘n Go donation initiative

first_imgA few Knott Hall residents have come up with a Grab ‘n Go initiative for students to alleviate some of the pressure surrounding what to do with extra dining hall swipes. “I only go once, twice, three times a week,” sophomore Dre Contreras, one of the Knott residents, said. “I have some other friends that go only four or five times. We just decided let’s put these swipes to good use.”The residents lead a walkover from Knott Hall to North Dining Hall on Fridays for a Grab ‘n Go trip, on top of collecting snacks to donate throughout the week. They then deliver the snacks themselves using their own transportation. The group works with the club Irish for the Ronald McDonald House to provide snacks for the Ronald McDonald House in South Bend.Since the initiative was started four weeks ago, the program has grown. Contreras estimated the initiative has collected 600 to 700 snacks this past week, while overall it has collected around 2,000 snacks.“At first, the idea was it was just going to be our friend group and then we decided, ‘Why not get everyone in Knott involved?’” Contreras said.The initiative is not affiliated with Campus Dining, but the Grab ‘n Go workers are responsive and supportive of the initiative, Contreras said.Junior Robert Garrett is another Knott resident behind the movement. Garrett said the group was given a tour by one of the Grab ‘n Go workers to see “how they operate and how it works.”The Knott residents are looking to slowly spread this movement to a few dorms before eventually reaching the entire campus community. “We definitely want to encourage other dorms to do the same and not let these swipes go to waste,” Contreras said. “Because all across campus, it’s gotta be hundreds maybe even 1,000 or 2,000 swipes wasted each week.”As more dorms begin to get involved, the group also wants to inspire these dorms to pick their own organization and charity with which to work.“Ronald McDonald does really good work, but I’m sure there are a lot of places we haven’t even really looked into that could also use the snacks,” Garrett said.The group has already reached out to Flaherty Hall and also plans to reach out to Dunne Hall to see if they’d be interested in the project. Representatives from Welsh Family Hall have reached out to the creators of the initiative themselves.“We’ve been taking a lot of stuff over there, but we figured if we can get four or five dorms involved even, we can make even more of a difference and get a lot of snacks over there,” Garrett said.Tags: grab ‘n’ go, Knott Hall, Ronald McDonald Houselast_img read more

UEFA bans Man City from Champions League for 2 seasons

first_imgThe sponsorship was said to generate 67.5 million pounds (about $85 million) annually for City. But City’s holding company — the state-backed Abu Dhabi United Group — channeled 59.9 million pounds back to Etihad, according to Jorge Chumillas, the club’s chief financial officer, in an internal email to club director Simon Pearce.The leaks showed how City allegedly tried to artificially raise its revenue, in one case by 30 million euros, according to emails from 2013 reported by Der Spiegel. Abu Dhabi United Group was alleged to be sending cash to a shell vehicle which was created to supposedly buy the right to use players’ images in marketing campaigns.There were further examples that Sheikh Mansour could have been the source of sponsorship revenue for Abu Dhabi state-owned companies like investment firm Aabar. Der Spiegel cited a 2010 email to Aabar from Pearce, the City director who also works for Abu Dhabi’s Executive Affairs Authority.“As we discussed, the annual direct obligation for Aabar is GBP 3 million,” Pearce wrote. “The remaining 12 million GBP requirement will come from alternative sources provided by His Highness.”City has already been punished by UEFA for violating FFP, striking an agreement in 2014 that saw the team fined rather than banned from the Champions League for inflated sponsorship deals with companies linked to the club or its ownership. A leaked 2014 email from City lawyer Simon Cliff to a colleague showed the death of UEFA’s lead FFP investigator being celebrated: “1 down, 6 to go.”Since July 2011, UEFA has monitored the accounts of all clubs entering its two club competitions in a bid to curb unfettered spending on players regardless of the owners’ wealth.The first period UEFA assessed clubs for compliance with FFP was 2011-13, when owners were allowed to cover losses up to 45 million euros.Questions have been raised about how the leaks were obtained that now cast a shadow on the reputation of City.A Portuguese man, Rui Pinto, has been implicated in the obtaining of damaging information about European football. Pinto’s lawyer, Francisco Teixeira da Mota, said his client has been helping law enforcement in other European countries with investigations into their clubs’ finances. Pinto was extradited last year to Portugal from Hungary, where he had lived since 2015, after Portuguese police investigations concluded he hacked into computers in his home country. He has been held in detention in Portugal since March.A Portuguese judge ruled last month that prosecutors have enough evidence incriminating Pinto for him to stand trial. Pinto is accused of attempted extortion and hacking into secret information held by Sporting Lisbon and the Portuguese soccer federation, including financial dealings.___More AP soccer and Associated Press The verdict was delivered on Friday to City following a hearing of UEFA’s club financial control body on Jan. 22. “The adjudicatory chamber, having considered all the evidence, has found that Manchester City Football Club committed serious breaches of the UEFA club licensing and financial fair play regulations by overstating its sponsorship revenue in its accounts and in the break-even information submitted to UEFA between 2012 and 2016,” UEFA said in a statement. “The adjudicatory chamber has also found that in breach of the regulations the club failed to cooperate in the investigation of this case.”The ban has no impact on the women’s team participating in the Champions League.City’s men play Real Madrid in the Champions League round of 16 this month but would not get to defend the title if they lift the European Cup for the first time. In a statement claiming UEFA’s investigation was “flawed” and “left little doubt in the result,” City announced plans to appeal. “This is a case initiated by UEFA, prosecuted by UEFA and judged by UEFA,” the club said. “With this prejudicial process now over, the club will pursue an impartial judgment as quickly as possible and will therefore, in the first instance, commence proceedings with the Court of Arbitration for Sport at the earliest opportunity.”Among football leaders calling for City to be punished was the head of the Spanish league who has been critical of how “funding by state-aid distorts European competitions.”“UEFA is finally taking decisive action,” La Liga President Javier Tebas said on Friday. “Enforcing the rules of financial fair play and punishing financial doping is essential for the future of football.”City could yet face additional punishment in England where its financial dealings are still being investigated by the Premier League. City has been transformed into a leading team in world football since being bought in 2008 by Sheikh Mansour bin Zayed Al Nahyan, a deputy prime minister of the United Arab Emirates and a member of Abu Dhabi’s royal family, winning the Premier League four times since 2012. City has endured a problematic title defense on the field this time, sitting second in the Premier League 22 points behind Liverpool. The City Football Group, of which City is the key component, was valued at $4.8 billion in November after U.S. private equity firm Silver Lake bought a stake of around 10% for $500 million. Silver Lake became the second major partner in the group, with a Chinese consortium owning 12% of the equity. There are partner clubs in New York, Melbourne and Yokohama, among others.City has never disputed the authenticity of the information contained in internal emails that were published by German media outlet Der Spiegel in November 2018 and shows alleged schemes by the club to allegedly cover up the true source of income in a bid to comply with FFP.The UEFA statement on Friday did not reference any specifics of the evidence that led to the punishment In 2015, Der Spiegel said emails were being sent internally at City showing the manipulation of sponsorship revue from Etihad Airways, the state-owned airline from Abu Dhabi, which is the naming rights sponsor of City’s stadium and training campus as well as appearing on jerseys. Rob Harris is at UEFA bans Man City from Champions League for 2 seasons February 14, 2020 Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditLONDON (AP) — English Premier League champion Manchester City was banned from the Champions League for two seasons by UEFA on Friday for “serious breaches” of spending rules and failing to cooperate with investigators in a seismic ruling against one of world football’s wealthiest clubs.The Abu Dhabi-owned team was also fined 30 million euros ($33 million) after an investigation that was sparked by leaked internal correspondence showing City overstated sponsorship revenue and masked the source of revenue from deals to tied to the Gulf nation in a bid to comply with Financial Fair Play regulations.The punishment prevents City from playing in any European competition, including the Europa League, until the 2022-23 season. It could have a significant impact on the club’s ability to sign players and retain manager Pep Guardiola, whose contract expires after next season. last_img read more

Syracuse football reaches new low point with 58-27 loss to Boston College

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ The boos began sporadically in the second quarter, from pockets of fans in the stands who disagreed with Syracuse’s play call on a third and short. When Syracuse scored on the ensuing snap, sounds of disagreement still rained down from its fans. They didn’t even wait until the play was over on the next Syracuse possession when Trishton Jackson caught a third-down swing pass that went nowhere, booing their home team before they had a chance to run off the field.As the defensive woes got worse, the boos grew louder. Three Boston College drives in a row ended in scoring plays of 50 yards or more. Syracuse’s offense, which had started about as well as it could have, suddenly fizzled. As AJ Dillon and David Bailey gashed the Orange for big gains, all SU and its fans could do was turn and watch as the contest and their season slipped away for good, a feeling they know all too well. A strong first quarter by the Orange (3-6, 0-5 Atlantic Coast) quickly turned irrelevant when Boston College (5-4, 3-3) blew them up to the tune of 34 points in the second en route to a 58-27 win. The Eagles totaled 484 yards of offense by halftime, a number that spiked to 691 by the end. Syracuse’s early 17-10 lead turned into a 44-20 deficit by halftime, and whatever hope SU had of winning the game, and possibly making a bowl game, disappeared along with it. “It’s tough going into the halftime, score like that,” SU head coach Dino Babers said. “…There obviously came a point in the game where the game was over and you needed to get some guys out because you still have three more games to play.”AdvertisementThis is placeholder textTJ Shaw | Staff PhotographerEarlier in the week, Syracuse head coach Dino Babers repeatedly emphasized the importance of physicality in determining the outcome of Saturday’s game. By halftime, it was clear who the more physical team was. It was clear who the more confident team was, the more well-rounded team, the better team. It wasn’t Syracuse. And it hasn’t been all season. Syracuse wasn’t the better team when, on eerily-similar plays, safety Evan Foster crashed into the box and BC scored on deep touchdown passes. It wasn’t the better team when it went three-and-out on back-to-back drives and failed to score during the last nine minutes of the first half. And it definitely wasn’t the better team when it allowed the Eagles’ pair of running backs to scamper into the endzone untouched, without even a chance of being tackled. “We’re hurting right now,” SU tight end Aaron Hackett said after the game. “Everyone’s hurting. It’s been a tough season.”Considering this year’s iteration of Syracuse football is even more difficult when taking into account how good the team was last season. Ten wins for the first time in almost two decades, a bowl game win, a preseason ranking heading into this year. After peaking at No. 12 in the AP poll last year and beginning this year No. 22, many viewed this season as the second of many successful campaigns for the Orange. Sure, players like Eric Dungey, Dontae Strickland and Chris Slayton were gone. But in to replace their production came Tommy DeVito, Moe Neal and talented defensive ends. Babers had turned around the lowly Syracuse program from a perennial ACC bottomfeeder to a team that could contend with Clemson on a yearly basis.That’s why when the preseason win totals were released for every FBS team and Syracuse was expected five victories, some called it “laughably low” and bets on the over eventually raised the total to seven. All three of The Daily Orange’s beat writers picked the Orange to win nine or ten games. It wasn’t a matter of if Syracuse would surpass the expected five victories. It was a matter of if the Orange would double that. And yet, three-quarters through the season, SU now needs to win two of its last three games to even reach five wins. Syracuse won’t be making a New Year’s Six Bowl, like some expected. It won’t come close to the 10 wins it earned last season.No, this Syracuse team can’t be compared to that of last year. A more apt task would be to look at this year’s version of the Orange next to that of the 2016 and 2017 teams. Three years ago, during Babers’ first season as head coach, SU began the season 4-4 and finished it with four losses in a row. In 2017, after a 4-3 start, the Orange dropped their final five games. This year, Syracuse still hasn’t gotten to the lowly four-win mark that it has the prior five seasons. And it may not. Saturday’s game against Boston College served as SU’s most-likely victory over its final third of games. Up next are two road games and a matchup with No. 23 Wake Forest. Even as recently as a few weeks ago it appeared as though the Orange still had a shot to make a bowl game. Now, they’ll be lucky if they don’t lose the final seven games on its schedule and finish 3-9, a low untouched since 2014.  TJ Shaw | Staff PhotographerMake no mistake; of all of the low points of Syracuse’s season thus far — the 43-point loss to Maryland, the 35-point loss to Clemson, the blown opportunity at NC State — this is the lowest the Orange have been. Not just this year, but during the past four. No, this team may not be as bad as the 2016 or 2017 units. But after last year’s revitalization and this year’s expectations, the disappointment surrounding Syracuse football is as wide-spread as it’s been in a long time. “We feel the same heartache that (the fans) do, even worse,” Andrew Armstrong said. “No one likes to lose. We don’t like to lose.”At halftime, the Orange – who still haven’t defeated a Power 5 team – bowed their heads and looked away from the stands as they entered the locker room. But its fans, their boos as loud as ever, weren’t even watching them. They were headed for the exits. They’d seen enough. Of this game, of this team and of this lost season. Comments Published on November 2, 2019 at 3:26 pm Contact Eric: [email protected] | @esblack34last_img read more