Sham trial deplored in Kazemi murder case

first_imgCanadian diplomats were barred from the second day of the trial despite the promises of the authorities. The family’s lawyers were also unable to get top officials of the judiciary to testify. Kazemi reportedly died in the hands of aides of the hardline Teheran prosecutor, Judge Said Mortazevi, who is said to have directly taken part in interrogating her.   The Kazemi family’s lawyers said they would appeal and Kazemi’s son Stephan Hachemi has asked the Canadian government to take the Iranian regime before the International Court in The Hague for the killing. Hachemi said the latest verdict was designed to cover up who the real murderers were. Kazemi’s mother said during the trial that her daughter had been tortured to death by interrogators.  IranMiddle East – North Africa Reporters Without Borders today denounced what it called a sham trial in the murder of Iranian-Canadian journalist Zahra Kazemi after a Teheran court on 24 July cleared intelligence agent Mohammad Reza Aghdam Ahmadi of the crime. It called for the truth to be disclosed about the killing at an appeal hearing. RSF_en Iran: Press freedom violations recounted in real time January 2020 Organisation July 27, 2004 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Sham trial deplored in Kazemi murder case  June 11, 2021 Find out more News The head of the judiciary, Mahmud Hashemi Shahrudi, and intelligence minister Ali Younessi set up a committee last December to look into the murder, but Reporters Without Borders denounced the move as a bid to cover things up. The worldwide press freedom organisation said the 24 July verdict confirmed this suspicion. ___________________________________18.07.04Reporters Without Borders disgusted by sham trial in Kazemi murder caseReporters Without Borders said today it was “disgusted” by the Iranian regime’s halting the trial of the supposed killer of Canadian-Iranian journalist Zahra Kazemi. The case was stopped on 18 July, the second day of its resumption after a gap of nine months.”We are appalled at this denial of justice,” the international press freedom organisation said. “The Iranian judiciary has displayed intolerable cynicism and hypocrisy in a case which the world sees as a test of intent by the Iranian regime, which has been unanimously condemned by international human rights organisations. “By turning the trial into a mockery, the authorities have once more totally discredited themselves and deserve to have sanctions imposed on them,” it said.Reporters Without Borders welcomed the reaction of Canada which, for the third time in connection with the case, announced after the trial curtailment the recall of its ambassador (Philip MacKinnon) in protest. It urged Canada to keep up strong pressure on Iran.The organisation also renewed its call to the European Union to impose tough economic and political sanctions on the regime, whose repeated human rights violations it said were incompatible with the official EU-Iranian dialogue begun in 2001. Kazemi was arrested on 23 June 2003 as she was taking pictures of prisoners’ families outside Evin prison, north of Teheran. She was ill-treated in detention and died of her injuries on 10 July. After trying to cover up the cause of death, the authorities admitted on 16 July that she had been “beaten.” Her body was hastily buried on 22 July in the southern town of Shiraz, against the wishes of her Canadian son Stephan. Her mother, who lives in Iran, admitted being pressured to allow burial in Iran. Requests for the body to be exhumed and returned to Canada have been refused. IranMiddle East – North Africa Help by sharing this information It called for the truth to be disclosed about the killing at an appeal hearing. “The real killers have never been pursued,” it said. “International pressure must now force the authorities to deal with and solve the case properly and see that those responsible are punished.”  to go further June 9, 2021 Find out more News News Follow the news on Iran Call for Iranian New Year pardons for Iran’s 21 imprisoned journalists News Receive email alerts Reporters Without Borders today denounced what it called a sham trial in the murder of Iranian-Canadian journalist Zahra Kazemi after a Teheran court on 24 July cleared intelligence agent Mohammad Reza Aghdam Ahmadi of the crime.  Iran is stepping up pressure on journalists, including foreign journalists, in run-up to election March 18, 2021 Find out morelast_img read more

Di Canio vows to bounce back

first_imgPaolo Di Canio has vowed to learn from his experience at Sunderland and return to English football as a better manager. In a statement issued to the Press Association, Di Canio said: “I remain confident in my ability and I want to manage again in England as soon as I can. “When things like this happen it is important to take something positive from it. I have learnt a lot from my brief time at Sunderland and I am sure that this will only make me a better manager in my next job. “Even though my time at the club ended prematurely, I would like to thank Sunderland for giving me my first opportunity to be a Premier League manager.” Di Canio was axed after the Black Cats’ 3-0 defeat at West Brom, having reportedly alienated some senior players by singling them out for criticism. But Di Canio described reports that a delegation of senior players had demanded his exit as “wholly untrue”. Di Canio added: “There was no training ground bust-up as some are reporting and many of the players have since sent me messages thanking me for my time as their manager and helping them improve as footballers.” Di Canio replaced Martin O’Neill at the end of March and was credited with saving the club from relegation after inspiring a famous 3-0 win at north east rivals Newcastle in only his second match in charge. But despite bringing in 14 new players over the summer, things quickly turned sour with an opening day home defeat to Fulham kicking off a run which yielded a single point from their first five games. Press Association Di Canio added: “When you bring in 14 new players, many from overseas and very few with Premiership experience it is going to take time for them to adapt to the English game and to gel as a team. “As I have said many times, I love English football and I feel that my time at the club has been unfairly cut short as given the chance, I am certain that had I been allowed longer, I would have been able to develop the team to achieve the success Sunderland fans desire. “We could see that results had not gone as well as any of us had hoped, but I felt as a team we could turn things around.” The Italian has ended his silence since his sacking at the Stadium of Light by insisting he will “take something positive” from his tumultuous 13-game spell in charge. And he dismissed reports that a training ground bust-up were responsible for his dismissal, claiming players sent messages of support in the wake of his exit. last_img read more

Zenith Bank Set to Take over Headmasters’ Cup in Delta

first_imgHe expressed his happiness on the continuous partnership on the Principals’ Cup.“We are working on taking over the Headmasters’ Cup, I will say we should consider it done, we are just trying to work out the modalities,” he said.“We are in it for good and not just the Headmaster Cup, we are already discussing with the state in the area of athletics and other sports.“This is something we are expected to do, we are proud to be associated with the Principals Cup, we are happy with the standard exhibited by the teams. It has been a wonderful partnership.“We are just pleading for the standard to be maintained because anything Zenith Bank involve with, we always want credibility, fairness and just.“For the Headmasters’ Cup, we are behind you and every other things aimed at making the youth get better.”Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram After the success recorded since sponsoring the revived Delta State Principal Cup, the official sponsor of the competition, Zenith Bank PLC, is on the verge of taking over the state’s Headmasters’ Cup, which will be for pupils in the primary school.It will be recalled that the state started the Headmasters’ Cup last year without any major sponsor, but Zenith has confirmed they would be taking over the competition and turn it around as they did the Principals’ Cup in the state.Speaking with our correspondent, the bank’s Zonal Head, Asaba, Lucky Ighade, who represented the Managing Director of the bank, Ebenezer Onyeagwu, at the kickoff ceremony of this year’s Zenith Bank/ Delta Principals’ Cup, said the bank was just waiting to announce the details of the new partnership.last_img read more

The Dollar Store

first_imgI am not in a celebratory mood right now. The pending of the NFL collective bargaining agreement is really starting to get on my nerves. I do not care whether the NFL and NFLPA reach an agreement so that they can continue to get paid. Frankly boys and girls I don’t give a damn. Sorry, Scarlet. Yes I am being a supreme hater and I do not care who knows it. I smile when I see $9,000 and these fools have their mouths turned up at a possible $9,000,000,000. In an article for, “Pardon the Interruption” co-host Michael Wilbon interviewed David Cornwell, an attorney that has worked both for the NFL and for the interests of players. Cornwell quoted his former boss, the late Pete Rozelle in regards to when the league and the players’ union battled over labor issues. “Pete said he hated when the business of the sport became as public as the competition on the field,” Cornwell said. No wants the public to see their greed and selfishness exposed.See that is the problem. Professional sports owners have almost since the first Greek Olympiad crafted and initiated shady deals signed, sealed and delivered in back rooms filled with all types of smoke. When the smoke cleared, the owners almost always were left holding a blood, sweat and tears agreement that favored and enhanced their pocketbooks.Wilbon went on to say: “It must sound as absurd to the two sides as it does to the rest of us, which to a great degree must be why the two sides ignored the initial Thursday midnight deadline, essentially stopping the clock and continuing the talks.” Wilbon also quoted President Barack Obama as saying that “the two sides certainly ought to be able to sensibly figure out how to divvy up $9 billion, especially since the people who pay the freight are trying to hold on to jobs and make mortgage payments and figure out how to come up with the money to send their children to college.”Cost of living adjustments have been frozen and in many cases even rolled back just to preserve companies and jobs providing employment for us every day “Joe’s” but greed drips from the corners of the mouths of owners and players like the blood that vampires have gorged themselves on after a successful “twilight” meal. The fans should demand a minimum 20 percent reduction in ticket prices and concession items or stage their own “lockout.” Without the fans everyone, the owners, players, television and radio networks and advertisers will not only be locked out, they will be played out. The fans must say loud and clear: “it’s my money and I will not pay another dime for a new stadium or increased ticket prices unless I live in Dallas, TX and have a cheerleader waiting for me when I arrive at home after a long day rustling cattle or fighting with Cowboys owner Jerry Jones.”The league and the players are displaying their stilettos in regards to how they are going to divvy up the future spoils of the league. Everbody is trying to get theirs. Come into the kitchen, grab a “jumbo” or spam sandwich with mayo and onions and chat with me for a few moments. What about the blocking dummies that the NCAA provides for the NFL, you know the ones that never even get invited to the combines, the porcupine, the equine, the red pine or any other “ine?” Where is the collective bargaining agreement for the players who dedicate three to four years of their lives just to get a sheepskin and the wool pulled over their eyes as well as the eyes of their parents and guardians? If the father of former Auburn quarterback Cam Newton tried to get loot for the services of his son before he played one down of college football, well let’s just say that a few parents of standout college athletes better follow in his footsteps and get paid now because later is not guaranteed. Due to the expired CBA and resolution left up for grabs, is it possible that a few of the seniors who sang their school fight song might have remained in the choir one year too many?The free agency path blazed by Curt Flood cannot do anything for those whose services are provided for zilch, nada, no…thing. At least the NFL players get a piece of the pie, hey just like George Jefferson. College players and their parents get gypped, hoodwinked and bamboozled, period. Free agency can only help if an athlete is already getting paid. These schools are agencies getting free labor and pro sports owners would be getting talent for little or nothing, if they could pull it off. Agents on the other hand are like one man “union stewards.” They are only concerned about the financial welfare or “their guy.” The only confused mounds of flesh with beating hearts that actually care about the game are the fans. There will be football next season. I am not saying that there will not be a work stoppage but I am saying that it will be short, sweet and neat. Why, you ask? There is only one word that can cover such a vast amount of fiscal territory, greed, greed and more greed. What is the world’s greatest bargain? The best deal that any of us can ever get is something for nothing.(Aubrey Bruce can be reached at: [email protected] or 415-583-6741.)last_img read more

SCJ Alliance Expands to Seattle with Project Groundwork Landscape Architecture Studio

first_imgFacebook0Tweet0Pin0 Submitted by SCJ AllianceSCJ Alliance, in partnership with Project Groundwork, is pleased to announce the combining of the two firms. SCJ is a Northwest consulting company specializing in transportation planning and design, civil engineering, and land use/environmental planning. Project Groundwork is a site design and landscape architecture firm with offices in Seattle and Wenatchee, WA.“We are delighted to be joining forces with Project Groundwork. It’s a tremendous opportunity for both firms,” said Eric Johnston, SCJ Vice President. “Incorporating a design component at an earlier stage in a project is a huge benefit to clients. The merger creates a full range of complementary, professional services under one roof,” said Johnston.Since Project Groundwork’s founding in 2007, they have blended the professions of landscape architecture and civil engineering. Project Groundwork’s Co-Founder and Principal Landscape Architect David Stipe shared, “In SCJ Alliance I was pleased to find a planning and engineering company with a similar outlook and approach, combining both engineering and landscape architecture design at the outset of projects.” Project Groundwork’s primary studio is in downtown Seattle, at 1631 Fifteenth Avenue West, Suite 199, Seattle, WA 98119.SCJ Alliance, an award-winning, nationally-recognized company, was founded in 2006 as Shea Carr Jewell. “Since SCJ’s founding the firm has been looking forward – forward to exciting opportunities, new geographic markets and expanded technical disciplines,” said Johnston. SCJ has grown steadily from three employees in one location, to over 50 employees in six locations. In addition to the Seattle and Wenatchee studios, SCJ has offices in Lacey and Vancouver, WA; Boise, ID; and Westminster, CO.SCJ Alliance has provided the expertise behind many endeavors in the region.  Some of the firm’s current high visibility efforts include planned improvements around Joint Base Lewis-McChord spanning five miles and four interchanges; an environmental assessment of the historic Tumwater Brewery site; civil engineering design for a 120-acre industrial parcel for the Port of Tacoma; civil engineering for WinCo Foods across the United States; and the High Roller in Las Vegas, the world’s largest observation wheel.Project Groundwork’s portfolio includes the Crescent Bar Recreation Area Master Plan near the Gorge Amphitheater, the Wenatchee Foothills Trail Plan and trail head designs, and the East Wenatchee / Douglas County Shoreline Visioning project.For more information about available professional services visit or read more

Time to put the pedal to the metal for the 2016 West Kootenay Glacier Challenge

first_imgIt’s back to the basics for West Kootenay Glacier Challenge organizers as annual ride to fight MS (Multiple sclerosis) is returning to its original route August 20-21.After a shortened route in 2015 due to paving of Highway 6 in the Slocan Valley, organizers are pleased to once again offer the traditional route around Kokanee Glacier from New Denver to Nelson to Kaslo and back to New Denver.”It is our fifth annual tour and we are back to our original route that starts and finishes in New Denver with an overnight in Nelson,” said Leona Dimock, West Kootenay Glacier Challenge Bike Tour Coordinator. “(Ride of) 222 kilometers over two days with great food with more than 100 volunteers to help make it a memorable weekend and Fundraiser for the MS Society.”All participants must raise a minimum of $350 to participate in the event. Dimock said if the minimum has not been achieved by event weekend participants will be asked to cover the difference in order to participate. “Of note the average fundraising total for participants in the West Kootenay Glacier Challenge is $1100,” Dimock said.Proceeds from MS Bike fund vital MS research and programs & services that enable those affected by MS. To participate, all you need is a bike and a passion to end MS.Multiple sclerosis (MS), also known as disseminated sclerosis or encephalomyelitis disseminata, is an inflammatory disease in which the insulating covers of nerve cells in the brain and spinal cord are damaged. This damage disrupts the ability of parts of the nervous system to communicate, resulting in a wide range of signs and symptoms, including physical, mental, and sometimes psychiatric problemsDimock said this tour is run by the West Kootenay Chapter of the MS Society and the money raised supports the programs and services we offer in the West Kootenay and Boundary areas to people living with MS and their caregivers.The top fundraiser in the West Kootenay Glacier Challenge receives a gift certificate for dinner at their favourite Heritage City restaurant compliments The Nelson Daily.Currently there are 76 cyclists and 14 teams entered.In 2015 59 riders busted the $60,000 mark to help the fight against MS.For more information on the MS Bike Tour — West Kootenay Glacier Challenge go to webite link or contact Leona Dimock at 1-866-352-3997 or email [email protected]last_img read more

SA aim high at Under-20 World Cup

first_imgImpressive in Rwanda Players in form What might be comforting for the South African coach is the return to top form of some of his most trusted youngsters. Masango has been a revelation at Kaizer Chiefs this season, and is seemingly enjoying his new role on the right flank. Thulani Serero has also been in fine form for Ajax Cape Town. If he can rediscover the form that drew comparisons with Benni McCarthy at his best, maybe South Africa can realise their ambitious goals on Egyptian soil. “I think it will be naive for anyone to judge our capability based on our friendly matches. We are going to Egypt to compete and people will see that.” “We are a good side, we have a lot of talented players and I think we can cause some upsets during the tournament,” Masango continued. “For most of us, this is going to be new experience, but we are looking forward to it. We want to learn a lot and achieve as much as possible.” With an attack-conscious defence and an inventive midfield, South Africa’s biggest flaw is their blunt spearhead. Still, they did enough to upset Cote d’Ivoire and Nigeria at the CAF African Youth Championship in Rwanda at the beginning of the year, and ran eventual champions Ghana close in a memorable semi-final. 21 September 2009 The 2009 Fifa Under-20 World Cup kicks off in Egypt on Thursday, and in-form playmaker Mandla Masango believes South Africa’s youngster are capable of pulling off an upset or two. “One thing’s for sure, we are going there to compete, we are going to give it our all,” Masango told last week. “We are aware that it’s not going to be easy, but we are determined to succeed, and that is what matters,” Masango said. For a while now, forward Kermit Erasmus has been hailed as the country’s next great number nine. Now on loan at Excelsior from fellow Dutch side Feyenoord, Erasmus is one of the most potent weapons at Letsoaka’s disposal. Source: South Africa have lost back-to-back matches in preparation for Egypt 2009, but coach Serame Letsoaka is quick to point out that results are not the priority in the tournament build-up. “We wanted to test new combinations, we have some new faces in the team and we had to give them a run,” Letsoaka said. last_img read more

2015 Pork Rib-Off results

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Smokin’ Joe from Columbus had the grand champion ribs in the 19th Annual Ohio State Fair Pork Rib-Off. Smokin’ Joe from Columbus had the grand champion pulled pork at the 19th Annual Ohio State Fair Pork Rib-Off.Nine of Ohio’s finest barbecue teams, from backyard chefs to major restaurateurs, gathered in Columbus for the 19th annual Ohio Pork Rib-Off. This event invites teams to prepare both ribs and pulled pork that are evaluated by a judging panel for taste, tenderness and appearance. This year’s contestants prepared their best pork for guest judges; Senator Bob Peterson, Ohio Senate District 17; James Phillips, The Breakfast Grub Guy; Jim Ellison, Stock & Barrel and Columbus Brew Adventures; Steve Reinhard, Ohio Soybean Council; Ty Higgins, Ohio Ag Net; and Virgil Strickler, General Manager, Ohio Expo Center.Grand Champion Ribs: Smokin’ Joe’s, ColumbusReserve Champion Ribs: Team Baney-Q, ColumbusGrand Champion Pulled Pork: Smokin’ Joe’s, ColumbusReserve Champion Pulled Pork: Bark Bros. BBQ, ColumbusPeople’s Choice Award: Tony’s Restaurant, FindlayBest BBQ Sauce containing soy: Team Baney-Q, ColumbusIn addition to $3,000 in prizes through support from the Ohio Soybean Council, top teams received commemorative banners and trophies.“We (the Ohio Pork Council) are very pleased with today’s event and the opportunity we are given each year to showcase pork and some of Ohio’s most competitive barbecue teams,” said Quinton Keeran, OPC Director of Communications and Rib-Off coordinator. “The Rib-Off provides the perfect opportunity to demonstrate the versatility of pork and celebrate what individuals are able to do with the product. Eat more pork!”Just after “Smokin’ Joe” was given his awards at the 2015 Ohio State Fair Pork Rib-Off, The Ohio Ag Net’s Ty Higgins visited with him about his return from retirement.2015 Pork Rib Off Smokin’ Joe swept the pulled pork and ribs competition with his old school BBQ. Ohio Ag Net’s Ty HIggins got to serve as a prestigious judge for the competition this year. Hickory River Smokehouse is getting ready to hand out samples. Things are lookin’ good at Charcoal Mafia BBQ Pizza Mike’s pulled pork. The Pig of the Month BBQ crew was getting the pulled pork ready. Tony’s from Findlay got the People’s Choice Award. Bark Bros. from Columbus has some good looking ribs. Baney-Q BBQ from Columbus was serving up some ribs.last_img read more

After coaching first game, Ildefonso says he has no plans of becoming head coach

first_imgUE continues resurgence, beats UP Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. NU trailed, 43-40, at the end of the first half and it was in the first 20 minutes of the game that Ildefonso looked rattled, a far cry from his days as the PBA’s Demolition Man.“During the first half I was really nervous, being a player is really different from being a coach. As a player, I immediately knew what to do with a ball, but as a coach there are so many players that you have to look at. And you also have to look at your opponents.”NU’s captain Matt Salem may have given Ildefonso a “10 over 10” mark in the legendary player’s debut as head coach, the San Miguel icon humbly gave himself a less impressive grade.“To be honest, as a coach I’ll give myself a really low grade,” said Ildefonso.ADVERTISEMENT Kin of Misamis Oriental hero cop to get death benefits, award — PNP Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles05:18After the Typhoon Part 201:00Chief Justice Peralta on upcoming UAAP game: UP has no match against UST01:37Protesters 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 Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion Read Next It’s hard for someone of Ildefonso’s caliber to feel any pressure inside a basketball court, but that happened on Sunday when he subbed in for the suspended Jamike Jarin as National University’s head coach in the UAAP Season 80 men’s basketball tournament.And although NU took a 91-83 victory against University of Santo Tomas, Ildefonso knew coaching is far from him.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 shutout“I really don’t have any ambition to be a head coach,” said Ildefonso in Filipino at Filoil Flying V Centre. “Honestly, coaching’s not for me.”“Coach Jamike knows it but he told me that I wasn’t exactly geared for that path. But let’s see. Only God knows where I’ll end up.” MOST READ Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa LATEST STORIES Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netThere’s no need for any argument that Danny Ildefonso is one of the greatest Filipino basketball players of all time.Ildefonso is a two-time PBA MVP, eight-time PBA champion and is a five-time Best Player of the Conference, tied with his student June Mar Fajardo atop that list.ADVERTISEMENT View comments Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohortlast_img read more