News IranMiddle East – North Africa IranMiddle East – North Africa Organisation June 9, 2021 Find out more March 18, 2021 Find out more Reporters Without Borders condemned the “unfair detention” and has called for the immediate release of three journalists arrested on 7-8 September 2004 in Tehran and of retired film director Said Motallebi, father of exiled journalist Sina Motallebi. June 11, 2021 Find out more News News September 21, 2004 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Journalist’s father released Receive email alerts to go further Follow the news on Iran Said Motallebi, the father of Sina Motallebi, an Iranian journalist who has found refuge in the Netherlands,was released on 19 September after being held for 11 days. But three journalists who were arrested on 7 and 8September, Babak Ghafori Azar, Shahram Rafihzadeh and Hanif Mazroi, are still being held in the “specialsection”of Evin prison.The authorities have forbidden Said Motallebi to have any contact with the press or internationalorganisations. The three journalists still detained, who contributed to the censored website Rouyad, have notbeen allowed to see a lawyer.———————14.09.04Call for immediate release of three illegally arrested journalistsReporters Without Borders has called for the immediate release of three journalists arrested on 7-8 September 2004 in Tehran and of retired film director Said Motallebi, father of exiled journalist Sina Motallebi.The international press freedom organisation condemned the “unfair detention” of Babak Ghafori Azar, Shahram Rafihzadeh and Hanif Mazroi and raised serious fears about their welfare.It said it was “extremely worried, based on their families’ suspicions of ill-treatment, and because they are being held in a ‘special wing’ of Evin prison notorious for the use of torture.””The arrest of Said Motallebi, 62, aimed at gagging his son, Sina, an Iranian journalist who has sought exile in Europe, is a despicable act”, it said. “We call on the Iranian judicial authorities to halt this vile blackmail,” it added. News Iran: Press freedom violations recounted in real time January 2020 Call for Iranian New Year pardons for Iran’s 21 imprisoned journalists Three journalists detained in Evin prison Three weeks after the authorities shut down the news site Rouydad (Events), journalists Babak Ghafori Azar, Shahram Rafihzadeh and Hanif Mazroi were arrested by Edareh Amaken – the Tehran police unit usually responsible for cases of morals and close to the Tehran prosecutor Said Mortazavi. Evin prison in the north of Tehran where they are being held is notorious for the use of torture, under which Iranian-Canadian photographer Zahra Kazemi died on 10 July 2003. Fears for their welfare have been heightened by the fact they are being held in a ‘special wing’ of the prison, under the direct orders of prosecutor Mortazavi. UN Special Rapporteur on freedom of expression and opinion, Ambeyi Ligabo and Louis Joinet, chair of the working group on arbitrary detention of the UN Human Rights Commission, were refused access to this part of the jail during their visits to Iran in 2003 and 2004.Not even the prison governor can enter this part of the prison, to which only intelligence service interrogators under the orders of Mortazavi are admitted. Iran is stepping up pressure on journalists, including foreign journalists, in run-up to election Help by sharing this information Detention of the father of journalist Sina Motallebi Said Motallebi, father of journalist Sina Motallebi living in exile in Holland from where he runs the news site www.rooznegar.com, was arrested in Tehran on 8 September.He was previously summoned by the justice system the day after a press conference in Paris at the headquarters of Reporters Without Borders on 8 June 2004. Sina Motallebi, both at this conference and in several articles published later, spoke out about torture and ill-treatment that he suffered while in solitary confinement from 20 April to 12 May 2003.The Iranian authorities had threatened to make Said Motallebi “another Pourzand” (a reference to journalist Siamak Pourzand, 75, jailed since 30 March 2003 and whose health has badly deteriorated in prison) if his son did not keep silent. Said Motallebi is in a poor state of health and suffers from heart problems. RSF_en
Google+ Newsx Adverts LUH system challenged by however, work to reduce risk to patients ongoing – Dr Hamilton Guidelines for reopening of hospitality sector published Pinterest Google+ Twitter The jury in the trial of two men accused of the murder of Michaela McAreavey will today visit the hotel in Mauritius where she was killed.The nine jurors will be accompanied by the judge and the defence and prosecution lawyers.The six men and three women jury will be shown the room at the Legends Hotel where the Co Tyrone woman was found strangled in January of last year. Pinterest WhatsApp Facebook Business Matters Ep 45 – Boyd Robinson, Annette Houston & Michael Margey By News Highland – June 19, 2012 Almost 10,000 appointments cancelled in Saolta Hospital Group this week Previous articleInishowen Post Office robbed as Sinn Fein question garda response timesNext articleMan’s body recovered from the sea at Derrybeg News Highland Facebook Twitter Calls for maternity restrictions to be lifted at LUH WhatsApp Three factors driving Donegal housing market – Robinson RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Jury to visit the scene where Michaela McAreavey was killed
The Australian government has withdrawn funding for the new cruise terminal project at the Port of Newcastle.“Infrastructure NSW has advised that the AUD 12.7 million funding for the cruise terminal project is no longer available,” the Port of Newcastle said in a statement.The funding for the new multipurpose cruise terminal in Newcastle Harbour was first announced back in 2016. The purpose of the facility was to enable a significant expansion of the cruise industry in the Hunter.Since then, the Port of Newcastle has been working on this project on behalf of the government on the basis of providing a facility that meets the cruise industry’s needs while remaining within the funding provided.“While disappointed construction of the terminal facility cannot proceed at this time, we respect that funding is no longer available,” the port added.The funding was in addition to the AUD 800,000 provided for the upgrade of mooring bollards for the facility at the existing Channel Berth near Dyke Point.“We’re pleased that AUD 800,000 of upgrades to mooring bollards, jointly funded by the NSW Government and the Australian Government, have enabled larger ships of up to 3,900 passengers to berth in Newcastle,” the port further said.
Su’a the semifinalist · Captains junior linebacker Su’a Cravens (above) and redshirt senior quarterback Cody Kessler were both named semifinalists for the Bednarik and Butkus, and Maxwell and O’Brien awards, respectively. – Mariya Dondonyan | Daily TrojanThe Trojans handed the Bears a 27-21 loss on Saturday, their 12th straight win over Cal. Sophomore cornerback Adoree’ Jackson recorded his first career interception and returned it 46 yards for a touchdown. Redshirt senior Cody Kessler completed 80 percent of his passes, and freshman tailback Ronald Jones and redshirt senior tailback Tre Madden each rushed for a touchdown. The win was the fifth this season for the Trojans, making them one win shy of becoming bowl eligible.The injuries continue to mount, however, as sophomore wide receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster fractured his hand in the win and underwent surgery on Monday to repair it. He is listed as questionable against Arizona.USC got some good news this weekend, however, when T.J. Brock of Chaminade announced Sunday that he is committing to USC for football and track. Brock is a defensive back on the football field and is a state champion in the 100 meters.On Monday, Kessler and junior safety Su’a Cravens were named semifinalists for national awards. Kessler is a semifinalist for the Maxwell and Davey O’Brien Awards, while Cravens is a semifinalist for the Bednarik and Butkus Awards. The Maxwell is awarded by the Maxwell Football Club to the nation’s top player. Kessler is one of 20 semifinalists. The O’Brien goes to the nation’s top quarterback. Kessler is one of 17 semifinalists. The Maxwell Club also presents the Bednarik, given to the nation’s top defensive player. The Butkus goes to the nation’s top linebacker.WOMEN’S SOCCERThe women’s soccer team also faced Northern California teams, falling to Stanford on Thursday and beating Cal on Sunday. The Women of Troy fell to No. 4 Stanford 1-0 after Stanford scored in the 62nd minute and they were unable to respond. Goalie Sammy Jo Prudhomme had three saves in the match, but her team was unable to score the tying goal.The team bounced back on Sunday, however, with a 1-0 win over Berkeley. The No. 16 Women of Troy beat the No. 20 Golden Bears thanks to a goal by sophomore midfielder Sydney Sladek. Prudhomme made five saves on the day to help lift her team past Cal. The Women of Troy are 13-5 overall and 8-2 in conference. They play their final game of the regular season on Friday at UCLA.WOMEN’S VOLLEYBALL The No. 1 women’s volleyball team lost its first game of the season on Friday, falling 3-0 to the No. 5 Washington Huskies. The loss snapped a 22-match win streak. USC was held to a .147 hitting percentage, its lowest of the season. The Women of Troy got another record performance from senior outside hitter Samantha Bricio, but it was not enough to stop the Huskies. Bricio had 17 kills and 11 digs for her 11th double-double of the season.USC escaped a two-game losing streak with a 3-2 win over Washington State on Sunday. Bricio put up 31 points on Sunday to help her team win a close five-set match on the road. Her performance elevated her to USC’s all-time points leader with 2,267. The Women of Troy will host Colorado on Friday. USC won 3-2 when these teams met in Boulder earlier this season.MEN’S WATER POLOThe men’s water polo team joined the football and women’s soccer team in Berkeley, but unlike their fellow Trojans, they were unable to get the win. The No. 3 Trojans fell 12-10 to the Bears, their second straight loss. The Trojans dropped to 17-4 overall and 5-2 in conference. Blake Edwards and Mihajlo Milcevic tied up the game with a pair of goals, but the Golden Bears put up two late goals to hold off USC. The Trojans will try to fend off a three-game losing streak on Sunday when they host UC Irvine.MEN’S TENNISSenior Max de Vroome picked up his first singles win of the season on Sunday at the Southern California Intercollegiate Championships in Westwood. Doubles pair freshman Kalman Boyd and redshirt sophomore David Laser made it all the way to the doubles final before falling 6-3, 6-3 to a pair from UC Santa Barbara. All eight USC entries won in the Round of 32 and five won the Round of 16. The Trojans will play next in the ITA Indoor Championships in Flushing Meadows, New York, on Nov. 12.
FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The Fort St. John RCMP are warning the public to be vigilant after investigating fraud complaints regarding a job scam.According to Cst. Nancy Saggar with the Fort St. John RCMP, the scam usually begins with an e-mail or text message advertisement that lets would-be participants become a “Mystery Shopper”. A cheque is sent out along with a letter outlining specific tasks that need to be completed at selected retailers to evaluate customer service.Individuals are instructed to deposit or cash the cheque while keeping a portion of the money as payment. The remaining amount gets transferred to the company claiming to have hired the mystery shopper. Eventually the targeted individual is notified by their bank that the cheque was fraudulent.- Advertisement -The Fort St. John RCMP would like to remind the public to be vigilant against these types of fraud and to protect their personal information. Anyone with information about the scan can contact the Fort St. John RCMP at (250) 787-8100, or can call Crimestoppers at 1 (800) 222-8477.For further information on frauds you may come across visit www.antifraudcentre.ca or call 1-888-495-8501.
Red Bluff >> The Tehama County Cattlemen hosted the annual Spring Field Day Saturday at the Tehama District Fairground, where local ranchers had the chance to show off their skills in several areas of competition.The event has been going on for many years and typically draws at least a couple hundred attendees, said Tehama County Cattlemen President Chad Amen.“It’s a good event that gets people out,” Amen said. “It’s basically local ranchers competing locally.”Areas of competition included …
INDIANAPOLIS — Jon Gruden is growing irritated with the conclusions some people are jumping to about the Raiders and Kyler Murray.After Gruden praised the Heisman Trophy winner at the Senior Bowl last month, there was speculation that the Raiders might exchange Derek Carr for the dynamic soon-to-be rookie from Oklahoma. It surely won’t help that Gruden volunteered Thursday that the Raiders met Wednesday night with Murray and Ohio State’s Dwayne Haskins, arguably the two top quarterbacks in …
Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Research at the University of Illinois has shown that adding methionine to the diets of Holstein cows during the prepartum and postpartum periods may impact the preimplantation embryo in a way that enhances its capacity for survival.“Methionine is the first limiting amino acid for dairy cattle,” said Phil Cardoso, U of I animal scientist. “We know that the lack of methionine limits cows in producing protein in the milk. Now we’re beginning to understand that it affects more than just the milk protein. We want to learn more about the biological effect it has on the cow, and in this case, on the embryo.”Because cows cannot produce methionine, it needs to come from the diet.“But anything I feed to a cow is first going to come in contact with, and be digested by, the bacteria in the rumen,” Cardoso said. “If I give crystal methionine to a ruminant animal, it gets used up by the bacteria. So we supplement the diet with rumen-protected methionine (RPM), and 85% of that is absorbed in the duodenum and goes into the blood stream; 15% still gets used by the bacteria, but now the cow has methionine.”In the study, researchers began supplementing the diets of one group of cows 21 days before they gave birth and continued the supplement through 72 days after birth. The control group did not receive methionine.“Sixty days after the cows gave birth, we artificially inseminated them,” Cardoso said. “In the first group, the oocytes that came into contact with the semen came from an environment with higher blood methionine concentration than the second [control] group. Approximately seven days later, we harvested the preimplantation embryos of both groups.”The team at Illinois then sent half of the embryos to their colleagues at the University of Florida. Their analysis showed that the preimplantation embryos from cows that were fed methionine had more lipid droplets inside the embryo. Lipids are molecules that contain hydrocarbons and make up the building blocks of the structure and function of living cells. Examples of lipids include fats, oils, waxes, certain vitamins, hormones, and most of the non-protein membrane of cells.“It gets interesting when we attach our findings to other research,” Cardoso said. “A study done at the University of Wisconsin showed that cows, treated or untreated, became pregnant at the same rate, but in the cows treated with methionine, embryonic death was much lower. In untreated cows, embryonic death was around 19%, but in treated cows, it dropped to around 6%. We think the methionine is allowing the embryo to have more lipids which can be used as energy to help them survive more stress.” Cardoso says the research also showed that the embryos of the treated cows were larger, which could also be a result of lipids used as energy.The team at Illinois now hopes to study the remaining embryos to try to determine why the treated embryos have more lipid droplets. “What are the processes that may be changing in that embryo that allows it to have more fat? Gene expression analysis will allow us to go more in depth on why this is happening.”This research has been funded in part by Adisseo NACA, in Alpharetta, Georgia, and the USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture (Washington, DC; W-2112). The study, “Effects of rumen-protected methionine and choline supplementation on the preimplantation embryo in Holstein cows,” has been published in the June issue of Theriogenology and can be found at http://bit.ly/methionine.
Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest We have some good news this morning, as we are trending our 10 day outlook a little drier. We should see some opportunity for field work developing in the days ahead. Partly sunny and mild conditions today, with temps a few degrees warmer than yesterday. Tomorrow is also mostly dry, at least through the daytime hours. In the north sun will be followed by clouds, but we stay partly to mostly sunny over the southern half of the state. Rain and thunderstorms move over the state tomorrow night and continue through Friday. Rain totals will be from .25″-1.5″ with 70% coverage. The heavier rain totals will come from thunderstorms. Saturday will start with some morning showers lingering in NE Ohio, but a mix of clouds and sun statewide, while Sunday brings mostly sunny skies with a windy, warm afternoon. Temps will be well above normal. In fact, we could see the warmest batch of temperatures here in almost 8 months. Scattered showers do arrive in Ohio overnight Sunday night, probably after midnight. These linger across the state through Monday, but there is not really much moisture to work with here. Because of that, a few hundredths to .25” is all we are projecting at the moment, with coverage at 70%. A change in our forecast comes next week. We are now leaning toward partly to mostly sunny skies with a dry pattern for the balance of the week, Tuesday through Friday. In fact, we think high pressure can move across northern Ohio through the day Tuesday. Now, models are not in full agreement here. The oft cited GFS model is still trying to bring in significant rains from next Monday night through Tuesday, with totals up to 1.5 in parts NW OH. However, we think the focal point of this moisture and any associated frontal complex next week will be farther west, from IL back through into the plains. So, we are trending our forecast drier. We will continue to watch that Tuesday period closely, but for now we are taking moisture out. Thursday may have to be watched for the development of a few scattered showers over the eastern third of Ohio, but generally coverage there, if precipitation pops up, will be under 30%. So, at this time we are keeping the forecast dry, and the rest of the state should be at least partly sunny. Friday also finishes sunny and dry. If you are keeping track at home, that puts us at 4 days rain free next week…and with good evaporation, we may see the ground get fit in a number of places. The map at right shows cumulative rainfall potential through next Friday. The extended period has a little more activity returning. Next Saturday, to start the Memorial Day weekend, we have sunshine up north, but clouds increasing in the south. Those clouds bring a chance of showers with rain potential of up to .4” to the southern third of the state. Then for Sunday, we see those showers try and spread statewide. We can see up to .3” with 70% coverage. The on Memorial Day itself, we turn out cloudy to partly sunny with a few scattered showers popping over the southwest OH. This pattern culminates with rain on Tuesday the 28th with totals from .1”-.6” and coverage of 90%. From there we finish the month with partly to mostly sunny skies the 29th through the 31st.
In honor of Purple Heart Day this week, we would like to share how Cooperative Extension and the Wounded Warriors In Action Foundation (WWIA) worked together at a Purple Heart Culinary Event.From August 3rd through the 6th, spouses of Purple Heart veterans came together in Minneapolis, Minnesota to learn how to prepare, cook, and serve the fish and game their spouses hunt by Cooperative Extension Nutrition Educator, Moira Tidball. Moira, who is a Chef and WWIA supporter, is also the Educator for the Wild Harvest Table program through the Cooperative Extension in the Finger Lakes region.What was on the menu? Participants prepared pheasant, pheasant vegetable soup and venison cutlets. The event also gave the participants the chance to talk with other military spouses who understand the daily challenges of supporting the enduring emotional and physical impact our Purple Heart veterans face.Purple Heart Culinary Event for Spouses of Military Heroes