Follow the news on Iran Call for Iranian New Year pardons for Iran’s 21 imprisoned journalists IranMiddle East – North Africa Reporters Without Borders said today it had learned with relief that journalist Mohammad Hassin Falahieh Zadeh decided on 19 October to end the hunger strike he began in jail two weeks earlier to press for an appeal. One of his lawyers, Abdelfattah Sultani, who was able to visit him in Evin prison near Tehran where he has been held since November 2006, said his state of health was good. Another legal adviser, Saleh Nikbakht, told Reporters Without Borders that he was planning to seek an appeal against the journalist’s three year prison sentence handed down in April 2007 after a trial held behind closed doors and in the absence of his lawyers.———————————-17.10.2008Journalist imprisoned on spying charge goes on hunger strike to press for the right to an appeal Reporters Without Borders today voiced its concern about the state of health of journalist Mohammad Hassin Falahieh Zadeh who has been on hunger strike since 5 October, taking only sugared water.The worldwide press freedom organisation joins his family and his lawyer in calling on him to end his fast, in Section 350 of Evin jail, Teheran. The journalist, who works for the Arabic-language service of Iranian state-run radio and television al-Alam was arrested in November 2006 and was sentenced on 29 April 2007 to three years for “espionage”. He was also fined an amount equivalent to double his income from his journalist work. He also contributed to several Arab media, the Lebanese daily al-Mostaqbal, Abu Dhabi TV and Dubai radio.“Mohammad Zadeh is the journalist serving the longest prison term in Iranian jails. Convicted at a trial behind closed doors and without his lawyer and detained with common-law prisoners, the journalist considers he has no other option in the face of the injustice he is suffering”, Reporters Without Borders.He suffers from thalassemia, a genetic illness that leads to anaemia. The journalist’s harsh conditions in jail, linked to his hunger strike, could have a very serious effect on his vital organs. His lawyer, Saleh Nikbakht, told Reporters Without Borders that his client had started his fast to press for an appeal of his trial. The lawyer has never had access to the journalist’s court file. His wife, Bayan Falahieh Zadh, and their three-year-old son, who live in the southern city of Khorramshahr, more than 1,000 kilometres from the capital, have not been able to visit him since he started his fast. “Every time we speak to him on the phone we urge him not to continue his hunger strike. He says that he will end it when he is allowed to see his lawyer”, she told the organisation.In another case, the Mahabad revolutionary court in Kurdistan on 15 October 2008 sentenced Kurdish journalist Massud Kurdpoor to one year in prison for “publicity against the regime in interviews with foreign and enemy media”. His lawyer Abass Jamali said he had been placed in solitary confinement and denied all contact with his family. Kurdpoor, who is a teacher, gave interviews to a number of foreign radio stations – Voice of America, Radio France International, and Deutsche Welle – condemning deteriorating human rights in Kurdistan. He is held in jail in Mahabad, the region’s main city.Nine journalists and one cyber-dissident are currently being held in Iran, the Middle East’s largest prison for journalists, Reporters Without Borders said. After Hengameh Shahidi’s pardon, RSF asks Supreme Leader to free all imprisoned journalists Organisation to go further June 9, 2021 Find out more News Reporters Without Borders today voiced its concern about the state of health of journalist Mohammad Hassin Falahieh Zadeh who has been on hunger strike since 5 October, taking only sugared water. The worldwide press freedom organisation joins his family and his lawyer in calling on him to end his fast, in Section 350 of Evin jail, Teheran. Receive email alerts RSF_en Iran: Press freedom violations recounted in real time January 2020 IranMiddle East – North Africa Help by sharing this information News October 21, 2008 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Imprisoned journalist ends two-week hunger strike March 18, 2021 Find out more News News February 25, 2021 Find out more
Fans have been eagerly awaiting Lotus’ latest project, the release of their first-ever full-length concert film, which is due out on Monday, September 4th. The concert film captures the jamtronica act’s performance at the iconic Red Rocks Amphitheater in Morrison, Colorado, back on September 19th, 2014. That show was particularly special, as it saw guest vocalist Gabe Otto of Denver group Pan Astral join the group for a special “Talking Heads Deconstructed” set, featuring Talking Heads classics reimagined in Lotus’ signature style.As bassist Jesse Miller noted in a press release, “The origins of this show start earlier in 2014 when we were approached by a festival to put together a special set. After a few different ideas, we landed on the Talking Heads Deconstructed idea; mixing in our styles and melodies. I was little bit wary of the idea initially because the Talking Heads are covered by so many bands in our scene. But, when it all came together, I thought we were able to give these covers a unique spin that really made these songs feel like our own.”After an unexpected three-year-long process to secure the licensing rights to use the Talking Heads’ songs in their film, Lotus has finally pulled it off and is getting ready to share their film debut with the world. Live at Red Rocks, September 19, 2014 is due out Monday, September 4th, with pre-orders available on the group’s website. Upcoming Lotus Tour DatesSeptember 1-3 – Garrettsville, OH, – Summerdance at Nelson Ledges Quarry Park [Lotus headlines all three nights!]September 8-10 – Minot, ME – Great North: Music & Arts Festival 2017 [Lotus performs 4 sets over 2 nights]September 15 – Boulder, CO – Boulder Theater [tix exclusively available as two show package with 9/16 Red Rocks]September 16 – Morrison, CO – Red Rocks Amphitheatre w/ Com Truise, Nosaj ThingSeptember 23 – Philadelphia, PA – Skyline Stage @ the Mann w/ Beats AntiqueOctober 19-20 – So. Burlington, VT – Higher Ground w/ The Main SqueezeOctober 21 – Boston, MA – House of Blues Boston w/ The Main SqueezeOctober 27-28 – Richmond, VA – The NationalNovember 3-4 – Brooklyn, NY – Brooklyn Bowl w/ Square Peg Round HoleDecember 1-5 – Punta Cana, DR – Dominican Holidaze [Lotus performs Sat 12/02 at 6:30pm]January 17-22 – Departing from Miami, FL – Jam Cruise 16
There. Much better. If that poem doesn’t give you a little burst of inspiration to go out and see the world, I’m not sure what will.THE LIST 1. Joyce Kilmer Memorial ForestWhy? To revel in the beauty of some big-ass old growth trees.2. Linville RiverWhy? To see the awe-inspiring, piss-your-pants rapids that are iconic of the gorge.3. Blue Ridge, GeorgiaWhy? I mean, the name of the town is Blue Ridge. I gotta go there. I’m surprised I haven’t been yet, honestly. Plus, the cycling scene there is off the chain (no pun intended, maybe).4. Chincoteague Island, VirginiaWhy? One word. Ponies.5. Cumberland Island, GeorgiaWhy? I mean, it captured the fascination of my editor for over 20 years of his life, enough so that he decided to write a biography about the island’s lone protector, Carol Ruckdeschel. It has to be good. Plus I like turtles.6. Edisto River, South CarolinaWhy? If not for the scenic flatwater paddling, then definitely the treehouse lodging.7. Everglades National Park, FloridaWhy? I know, I know. It’s not “technically” the Blue Ridge, but shoot – neither is half our territory! Plus, how sweet would it be to spend a week sea kayaking around the Everglades, camping on pristine beaches, watching the sun set over the horizon each night…I can almost feel the salt rash on my bum and the sunburn on my face now.8. Wilmington, N.C.Why? To go on a history tour of the town…NOT. I want to surf. Duh.9. The Fantastic Pit, GeorgiaWhy? Sounds dirty, and it is. Imagine a 586-foot vertical drop into Ellison’s Cave, the twelfth deepest cave in the United States.10. State College, Penn.Why? To get my ass kicked on a bike.11. Seneca Rocks, W.Va.Why? I’ve been there, seen it, but I actually want to climb that shit. It’s a classic.###That’s a good start, but I’d love to hear from you. Where should I go in 2015? Looking for adventure partners along the way! Per my last blog post, you’re well aware that I already have my mind made up about New Year’s resolutions. In general, I’d say I’m satisfied with that list. It’s succinct, realistic, common-sense.But you know me. I’m one of those annoying big-ideas type of people who could stay up into the wee hours talking about dreams and goals and never get anywhere with any of them but ride high on the energy of endless possibility for weeks after.So what’s the big thing that’s missing from that list? The thing that keeps me up at night, wheels turning? The thing that distracts me from writing this blog as we speak?Places.Like the great American writer and filmmaker Susan Sontag, I’m of the mindset that, “I haven’t been everywhere but it’s on my list.” I covered a lot of ground in 2014, from the coast of Carolina, to the cliffs of eastern Kentucky, to the highlands of West Virginia and Pennsylvania. But there are plenty of places I haven’t been, even in the Southeast and Mid-Atlantic.But, before I launch into a detailed description of all the places I’d like to visit this year and why, let’s set the mood with a little Dr. Seuss, shall we?You have brains in your head.You have feet in your shoes.You can steer yourselfAny direction you choose.You’re on your own. Andyou know what you know.And you are the guy who’lldecide where to go.You’ll get mixed up,of course, as you already know.You’ll get mixed up withmany strange birds as you go.So be sure when you step,Step with care and greattact and remember thatLife’s A Great Balancing Act.And will you succeed?Yes! You will, indeed!(98 and ¾ percent guaranteed.)KID, YOU’LL MOVEMOUNTAINS!
Bogor Satpol PP head Agus Ridhollah said his personnel had given a strict warning to the owners of the villas to prevent any future PSBB violations. He went on to say that prior to the closure, the joint team – consisting of officers from the local Satpol PP, the National Police and the Indonesian Military – had inspected the café and had discovered numerous violations of health protocols.“This will prompt an evaluation by the Bekasi administration,” he said, adding that the limited number of field officers had made it difficult to catch every PSBB violation.Tri called on the public to contribute to the ongoing mitigation efforts and report activities that were detrimental to public health and safety through an official channel provided by the administration.The Bogor Satpol PP closed down 10 villas and lodgings in North Tugu, Cisarua, following reports of violations of local COVID-19 protocols. Several West Java regional administrations have stepped up efforts to ensure compliance with large-scale social restrictions (PSBB) as COVID-19 cases continue to mount throughout Greater Jakarta.The Bekasi Public Order Agency (Satpol PP) shut down a crowded café in Grand Galaxy City, South Bekasi, on Saturday evening after footage showing scores of people gathering at the venue went viral on social media.“A joint team sealed a café based on a tweet and an accompanying photo attachment of a music concert,” Bekasi Deputy Mayor Tri Adhianto said on Sunday, as quoted by tempo.co. “We [sealed the villas] after an enforcement unit found that the owners had been renting the villas and [lodgings] to the public,” Agus said on Sunday.He said the owners had failed to abide by Bogor Regent Regulation No. 60/2020 on PSBB, which prohibited the renting of villas and accommodations to curb the spread of COVID-19.The local Satpol PP, according to Agus, had also been cracking down on other local businesses found to have violated health protocols.As of Sunday, West Java had recorded 20,954 confirmed COVID-19 cases with 387 deaths. (rfa)Topics :
Batesville, IN— A third year of fundraising for flexible learning spaces (FLS) in the local public schools has culminated in a $20,000 donation from the Batesville Community Education Foundation (BCEF) to the Batesville Community School Corporation (BCSC). In recognition of that financial commitment from BCEF, the John A. Hillenbrand Foundation, and the CREATE Foundation, as part of a larger project benefiting all the local schools, will also be donating a combination of $28,000 to this project, bringing the total donated to BCSC from the three foundations to $48,000, according to BCEF executive director Anne Wilson.This marks the third major donation from BCEF to BCSC for flexible learning spaces and brings the total donated by the education foundation itself to $70,000. Prior years’ funding from BCEF has been used for a complete transformation of one Batesville High School (BHS) English room in 2017 and, in 2018, three first-grade rooms were affected at Batesville Primary School (BPS) and a variety of pieces were placed in all third-grade classrooms at Batesville Intermediate School (BIS). Money from the 2019 donation is earmarked for pieces in all Batesville Middle School (BMS) sixth-grade classrooms ($15,000) and a donation toward components in the BIS Media Center ($5,000). In addition, the $28,000 from the John A. Hillenbrand Foundation and the CREATE Foundation will be divided among each of the four BCSC buildings, each receiving $7,000 for FLS renovations.“The willingness of BCEF to increase its funding to $20,000 so those dollars could be leveraged to help more students reflects the depth of commitment of this organization to education,” said Paul Ketcham, BCSC superintendent. “BCEF’s pledge indicated to the other two foundations that our school corporation had the backing to support another large-scale donation from them. We are blessed to live in a community where three organizations are willing to make significant financial contributions to help students.”“BCEF would like to thank the John A. Hillenbrand Foundation and the CREATE Foundation for working with our organization to expand the impact on students,” Wilson said. “These flexible space transformations are expensive, and with the three foundations collaborating like this, we are moving more quickly toward flexibility in every single classroom. That’s a phenomenal achievement.”