Arrests, summonses and transfers – terror as a tool of repression

first_img July 21, 2009 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Arrests, summonses and transfers – terror as a tool of repression Organisation Call for Iranian New Year pardons for Iran’s 21 imprisoned journalists Voicing concern about his health, his wife, Parnaz Hassni, told Reporters Without Borders she did not know the reason for the transfer. Kabodvand has been in poor health for some time but has been refused permission to receive treatment outside of prison on the grounds that he has “not yet served three years of his sentence.” RSF_en Receive email alerts “We demand the immediate and unconditional release of journalists held without legal grounds,” Reporters Without Borders said. “Iran is the world’s biggest prison for journalists and bloggers, with a total of 42 held. Most of those in section 209 of Tehran’s Evin prison are mistreated and are subjected to a great deal of psychological pressure. They are illegally denied the right to visits by relatives and lawyers. Terror is at the heart of the methods used against them.” Iran: Press freedom violations recounted in real time January 2020 Several journalists, including Mashalah Shamassolvaezin of the Association of Iranian Journalists, have been summoned for questioning by the “security police,” a newly-created force that is run by a joint committee formed by the ministry of intelligence and the Revolutionary Guards. Help by sharing this information After Hengameh Shahidi’s pardon, RSF asks Supreme Leader to free all imprisoned journalists IranMiddle East – North Africa Reporters Without Borders has just learned of the arrest of Reza Rafiee Foroshani, a freelance journalist who works for local and international media including The Time Magazine. It has only now been reported that Foroshani was arrested on 26 June in Tehran and that he is being pressured by intelligence ministry agents to make some kind of confession. News The minister of intelligence, Golamhossin Mohsseniejehi, has on several occasions acknowledged that journalists have been arrested and he has accused them of “collaborating with foreign media” and being responsible for the “rioting”. News News News Follow the news on Iran to go further February 25, 2021 Find out more Reporters Without Borders accuses the Iranian authorities of arresting and jailing Iranian journalists in a manner that is illegal and violates international judicial standards. Journalists are also being summoned and threatened in a bid to them to stop working for both foreign and national news media. March 18, 2021 Find out more Mehdi Zaboli, a photographer with the newspaper Hamshahri who was arrested on 20 June, was freed on bail on 5 July. Kabodvand’s 11-year jail sentence for creating a human rights organisation in Iranian Kurdistan was confirmed by a Tehran appeal court on 23 October 2008. Kabodvand was the winner of the UK Press Gazette’s British Press Awards in the “International journalist of the year” category in March. The judges cited his work on behalf of human rights. June 9, 2021 Find out more Hassan Shikh Aghai, a leading Kurdish columnist and cartoonist, was arrested on 18 July in the city of Mahabad, in Iran’s Kurdish northwestern region, and his home was searched. It is not yet known why he was arrested and where he is now being held. Reporters Without Borders has meanwhile learned of cases of detained journalists being transferred to prisons in the provinces. Payam-e Mardom-e Kurdestan editor Mohammad Sadegh Kabodvand, who had been held in Evin prison since July 2007, has been transferred to Mahabad. IranMiddle East – North Africa last_img read more

District Judge Sides With President Trump on CFPB Director

first_img CFPB cfpb acting director Consumer Financial Protection Bureau leandra english Mick Mulvaney Richard Cordray 2018-01-11 David Wharton Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago District Judge Sides With President Trump on CFPB Director Related Articles Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago A federal judge appointed by President Trump has delivered the administration a legal victory with a decision supporting the President’s choice for head of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau.U.S. District Judge Timothy J. Kelly refused Wednesday to block President Trump’s appointment of White House Budget Director Mick Mulvaney to head the CFPB. That request had been made by Leandra English, who was appointed acting head of the Bureau by former CFPB Director Richard Cordray after he announced his retirement in November 2017. English had previously served as Cordray’s chief of staff.When President Trump then appointed outspoken CFPB critic Mulvaney to head the organization, the stage was set for turmoil and controversy in the months to come. With both Mulvaney and English arguing that they were the legitimate Acting Director of the Bureau, English filed a lawsuit seeking a temporary restraining order. At the time even the CFPB’s own general counsel said the law was on the President’s side, but it was clear that a protracted legal battle lay ahead.Judge Kelly said that English had failed to meet the “exacting standard” necessary for him to issue a preliminary injunction, adding that he saw nothing the CFPB’s designation as an independent bureau that would dictate who could serve as acting director. In his written opinion, Judge Kelly said, “The president has designated Mulvaney the CFPB’s acting director, the CFPB has recognized him as the acting director, and it is operating with him as the acting director. Granting English an injunction would not bring about more clarity; it would only serve to muddy the waters.”English’s argument hinges upon the notion that the CFPB was intended to be an independent agency, and cites the 2010 Dodd-Frank Act, which created the agency. President Trump’s case cites the 1998 Federal Vacancies Reform Act to support the administration’s position.In his written opinion, Judge Kelly said, “The best reading of the two statutes is that Dodd-Frank requires that the deputy director ‘shall’ serve as acting director, but that under the FVRA the president ‘may’ override that default rule.”Department of Justice spokeswoman Lauren Ehrsam told Law360, “We are pleased the court vindicated the President’s authority to appoint Mick Mulvaney as Acting Director of CFPB, finding that Ms. English had not shown a substantial likelihood of success on the merits, and is unlikely to suffer irreparable harm.”Deepak Gupta of Gupta Wessler PLLC, an attorney who is representing English, said on Twitter Wednesday night that, “The law is clear: President Trump may not circumvent the Senate confirmation process by installing his White House budget director to run the CFPB part time. Mr. Mulvaney’s appointment undermines the bureau’s independence and threatens its mission to protect American consumers.” Sign up for DS News Daily Share Save  Print This Post The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Subscribe About Author: David Wharton The Week Ahead: Nearing the Forbearance Exit 2 days ago The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Home / Daily Dose / District Judge Sides With President Trump on CFPB Director Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago in Daily Dose, Featured, Government, Journal, News Previous: Disaster Playbook Next: The Industry Pulse Tagged with: CFPB cfpb acting director Consumer Financial Protection Bureau leandra english Mick Mulvaney Richard Cordray January 11, 2018 1,855 Views Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days agolast_img read more

Credit union sues Chipotle after alleged breach

first_img continue reading » Bellwether Community Credit Union has filed a class-action lawsuit against Chipotle and is seeking damages related to the fast-casual restaurant company’s recent data security breach, according to documents filed in a Colorado District Court on May 4. The suit is the latest in a chain of class-action complaints filed against retailers and restaurant companies, such as Arby’s, Wendy’s, Home Depot and Target.The complaint alleges the breach compromised names, credit and debit card numbers, card expiration dates, card verification values and other information of Chipotle customers nationwide. It also said the breach forced credit union and other financial institutions to cancel or reissue cards, close accounts, stop payments, block transactions, issue refunds, increase fraud monitoring efforts and deal with cardholder complaints and confusion. Credit unions and financial institutions also lost interest and transaction fees due to reduced card usage, and the cards and their corresponding account numbers became worthless, it added.“Though an investigation is still ongoing, it appears that hundreds of thousands of defendant’s customers at locations nationwide have had their credit and debit numbers compromised, have had their privacy rights violated, have been exposed to the risk of fraud and identify theft, and have otherwise suffered damages,” the complaint alleged. 21SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

Ryanair postpones plan for summer base in Zadar

first_imgRyanair is, as it says, confirmed that his planned summer base in Zadar was canceled due to the deteriorating situation with the COVID-19 virus and increased travel bans. “Ryanair announced that due to the situation with the corona virus, unfortunately, flights on certain routes will be canceled in April. About 150 flights to several destinations were canceled. “Most canceled flights are from Dublin, London, Brussels and Stockholm, while some routes such as Vienna, Prague, Gothenburg, Dusseldorf and Karlsruhe are on schedule according to the planned flight schedule in late March and early April,” he told spokesman for Zadar airport Nikola Barać. Let us remind you, Lauda or Laudamotion was supposed to manage the base in Zadar on behalf of Ryanair from this year, but now the plan has been postponed until the summer of 2021. Ryanair regrets that this decision will result in a series of canceled flights. All affected passengers received email cancellation notifications. Passengers concerned will be able to choose between a full refund or a travel credit that can be used on Ryanair flights over the next 12 months, the official statement said. Ryanair, they say, continues to fully adhere to WHO and national government guidelines for travel bans. The situation changes daily and all passengers on flights affected by travel bans or cancellations receive an email and are offered flight replacements, a full refund or travel bonuses. The season of international flights begins when Ryanair’s summer flight schedule for Zemunik, which was supposed to start on March 29. This year, they announced connections with as many as 32 destinations, of which a total of 12 are new lines. The effect of the canceled flights on the traffic of Zadar Airport will be around 25.000 incoming passengers or about 50 percent of the traffic in April, Barać estimated the losses that Zadar airport will suffer due to the cancellation of flights.last_img read more

Achmea removes ‘dented’ Syntrus name from pensions subsidiary

first_imgAchmea concluded that solving these problems would be too expensive and that it would instead refocus on company pension funds, non-mandatory sector schemes, occupational pension funds as well as the general pension fund (APF) of its subsidiary, insurer Centraal Beheer.The company said it would keep the name Syntrus Achmea for the time it would take to guide the departing sector schemes “to the exit”.All pension funds involved have found a new administrator.Achmea introduced the name Syntrus – a combination of the words “synergy” and “trust” – in 2008, when PVF Achmea and Interpolis merged.It had already abolished the name Syntrus at its asset management branch in 2016, when Syntrus Achmea Asset Management was swallowed up by Achmea Investment Management.Achmea made clear that its property management subsidiary Syntrus Achmea Real Estate & Finance (SAREF) would keep its name. Dutch co-operative financial group Achmea has changed the name of its subsidiary for pensions provision from Syntrus to Achmea Pension Services, it has announced.A spokesman explained that the decision was partly meant to improve the subsidiary’s reputation – which had incurred some “dents” – and that the new name indicated a repositioning with a focus on innovative digital services.At the end of 2016, Syntrus Achmea announced that it would cease services to mandatory industry-wide pension funds in the Netherlands.At the time, it indicated that its new IT system could not cope with the multitude of the sector scheme arrangements. Many sector schemes had left Syntrus Achmea following prolonged IT problems.last_img read more

Outlaw, CCSU visit Bryant

first_img___For more AP college basketball coverage: and was generated by Automated Insights,, using data from STATS LLC, Outlaw, CCSU visit Bryant Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditCentral Connecticut (2-22, 1-10) vs. Bryant (10-12, 2-7)Chace Athletic Center, Smithfield, Rhode Island; Saturday, 4 p.m. ESTBOTTOM LINE: Two guards will be on display as Greg Outlaw and Central Connecticut will go up against Adam Grant and Bryant. The freshman Outlaw is averaging 6.4 points over the last five games. Grant, a senior, has scored 25 percent of the team’s points this season and is averaging 15.4 over his last five games. YOUTH MOVEMENT: Neither team has been afraid to put the ball in the hands of their freshmen. Grant, Ikenna Ndugba, Charles Pride and Benson Lin have combined to account for 60 percent of Bryant’s scoring this season and 56 percent of the team’s points over its last five games. For Central Connecticut, .RAMPING IT UP A NOTCH: The Blue Devils have scored 70.8 points per game across 11 conference games, an improvement from the 56.7 per game they put up in non-conference play.ACCURATE ADAM: Grant has connected on 37.3 percent of the 204 3-pointers he’s attempted and has gone 16 for 45 over his last five games. He’s also made 72.4 percent of his free throws this season.WINLESS WHEN: Central Connecticut is 0-22 when scoring fewer than 78 points and 2-0 when scoring at least 78.LONG-RANGE THREAT: Central Connecticut’s Krishnan has attempted 64 3-pointers and connected on 45.3 percent of them, and is 17 for 34 over his past five games.DID YOU KNOW: Bryant has made 9.4 3-pointers per game this season, which is second-best among NEC teams.center_img February 6, 2020 Associated Press last_img read more

Flyers to take on Fort Nelson Yeti in second exhibition set

first_imgThe two teams played an exhibition set of games in Fort St. John back in October with the Flyers winning both games.Saturday’s game starts at 8:00 p.m. and the rematch on Sunday is slated to begin at 1:30 p.m.Representatives from the Fort Nelson Yeti will attend the North Peace Hockey League’s spring meeting and put forward another proposal for joining the league. Their previous proposal to join the league was denied due to concerns over travel time. If that proposal fails, the Yeti will then turn their attention to another league or remain playing as an independent team. A date for the spring meeting has not been set yet.- Advertisement –last_img read more

How To Make a Hockey Stick Chart

first_imgThe hockey stick is a growth chart that shows some inflection point at which revenue goes up at an extremely high angle and continues in that direction forever.I’ve seen sales plans and projections that show a hockey stick for the future sales, even though there is no plan or data to support that kind of growth can be achieved, other than some data that points to the size of the market.When a company buys another company, they often buy a hockey stick chart that shows them how much revenue and profitability is going to grow, providing them with belief that their investment is going to grow, and showing them how they can very easily profit from their investment in a short period.But, the hockey stick eludes those who don’t understand what it takes to make revenue and profit grow. Reality intervenes, mocking them and their hockey stick chart. The chart in no way reflects what it really takes to produce those results.It is incredibly difficult to build a high-performing sales organization. Most people underestimate the amount of time, money, and energy required. Especially how much energy is required from leadership.Lots of companies lose focus because they get tied down in the day-to-day operational problems that plague every company. Their attention shifts away from client acquisition, order acquisition, and creating new revenue. Their energy is consumed by compliance, regulatory issues, and a list of other problems that have nothing to do with client acquisition and growth.The hockey stick chart comes only when you are firing on all cylinders, winning new clients, while retaining your existing clients and growing your wallet share. You have to get a lot of things right.Wanting growth isn’t the same as being motivated and driven to do what it takes to grow. You bring to life only what you focus on.If you bought the hockey stick chart, frame it and hang it on your wall. A picture is what you really bought. If you want results that look like a hockey stick, you are going to have to dig in and build a high-performing sales organization. Get the Free eBook! Want to master cold calling? Download my free eBook! Many would have you believe that cold calling is dead, but the successful have no fear of the phone; they use it to outproduce their competitors. Download Nowlast_img read more

Austria mum on reported SMB-Kia trade

first_imgKammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa World Series patches in place, Dodgers prepare for Astros Kin of Misamis Oriental hero cop to get death benefits, award — PNP Prospective number one pick Christian Standhardinger did not attend the combine due to his commitments with his ABL team Hong Kong.The Fil-German big man, though, posted on his Twitter account that he will be in attendance for the PBA Draft. Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion San Miguel coach Leo Austria. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netSan Miguel Beer head coach Leo Austria kept his lips sealed on the reported trade involving his team and Kia.Sources told on Sunday that the Picanto have traded the rights to the No. 1 overall pick in the 2017 PBA Draft to the Beermen in exchange for JayR Reyes, Rashawn McCarthy, Keith Agovida, a future first rounder, and cash considerations.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Lacson: PH lost about P161.5B tax revenue from big trading partners in 2017 PLAY LIST 03:46Lacson: PH lost about P161.5B tax revenue from big trading partners in 201701:30’Excited’ Terrence Romeo out to cherish first PBA finals appearance00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPAcenter_img Read Next MOST READ Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC READ: Kia trades top pick to San MiguelA revised version of the deal also surfaced with the Beermen sending Ronald Tubid, Yancy de Ocampo, Matt Ganuelas-Rosser, McCarthy, a future pick, and cash considerations to the Picanto for the top selection.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 shutoutThe trade has reportedly been submitted but the Office of the Commissioner has yet to give its approval.Austria carefully watched PBA aspirants during the Draft Combine despite San Miguel not owning any pick in this year’s draft. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 View commentslast_img read more

Gilas main backer apologizes for max-salary offer for full-time Gilas players

first_imgNational Coffee Research Development and Extension Center brews the 2nd National Coffee Education Congress Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ FEU Auditorium’s 70th year celebrated with FEU Theater Guild’s ‘The Dreamweavers’ “I want to clarify Chooks-to-Go is really committed to support the campaign of Gilas Pilipinas all the way to the Olympics in whatever way we can. So my announcement that we’re willing to support a full-time national team, even regarding compensation, there was no intention to put PBA on a bad light,” he said after finishing a meeting with PBA commissioner Chito Narvasa earlier in the day.READ: Chooks To Go willing to offer ‘max salary’ to full-time Gilas playersFEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool starsMascariñas reiterated that his statements were not meant to offend the PBA teams.“I told the commissioner that I got too overeager to say that we will match the maximum salaries in the PBA. Other owners felt that we’re raiding them of their players and that’s why I’m apologizing,” he said. DILG, PNP back suspension of classes during SEA Games Trump strips away truth with hunky topless photo tweet “I’m sorry if it came as we’re bragging. We consider ourselves a small fish in this big pond of basketball. We’re new, we know better, and we’re here to support the PBA and SBP.”Narvasa, meanwhile, understood where Mascariñas’ eagerness was coming from and he was glad that the Chooks-To-Go executive was able clear things up.“I think it was done in a sincere effort to be able to show support for the Gilas team,” said the league commissioner.“You have to understand that it’s a sensitive issue and an issue that we’re trying to work out. Comments like that, whether it’s meant to help, are sometimes taken out of context, so it’s always good that you clear it.”Though regretful for apparently hurting some feelings, Mascariñas said that his offer for Gilas Pilipinas is still on the table if the SBP and the PBA decides to give them the green light. ADVERTISEMENT “If they need our support for a full-time national team, if the PBA and SBP allows, we’re there. We just want to do it properly this time, that we’re not stepping on anyone. The end objective is we’re still hoping that we can form a competitive national team, and the possibility that it could be full time will always be there. We will continue to support that.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LATEST STORIES Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Gamescenter_img Ronald Mascariñas, president and general manager of Bounty Agro Ventures Inc. Photo by Mark GiongcoBounty Agro Ventures Inc. president Ronald Mascariñas apologized to the PBA on Thursday after various parties reportedly felt slighted by his earlier pronouncements of willingness to pay Gilas Pilipinas players maximum salaries to go full-time for the national team.Speaking after Gilas Pilipinas’ evening practice at Meralco Gym, the executive expressed regret over the misunderstanding that stemmed from his bold declaration, clarifying that his statements are simply reflective on how devoted the Chooks-to-Go brand is on aiding the national basketball team.ADVERTISEMENT Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ View comments Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo Ailing knee knocks defending champ Wawrinka out of US Open  MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Church, environmentalists ask DENR to revoke ECC of Quezon province coal plantlast_img read more