first_img March 18, 2021 Find out more Judge Said Mortazavi announced on 23 February that he would shortly shut down the pro-reformist web site www.emrooz.ws. “We call on conservative judges to halt their ideological censorship of the net, which has clearly intensified during this electoral period”, said Reporters Without Borders. Help by sharing this information Iran: Press freedom violations recounted in real time January 2020 Call for Iranian New Year pardons for Iran’s 21 imprisoned journalists IranMiddle East – North Africa RSF_en After Hengameh Shahidi’s pardon, RSF asks Supreme Leader to free all imprisoned journalists Iranian authorities have followed official harassment of pro-reformist newspapers with an attack against online news publications, said Reporters Without Borders, which protested at the latest development.Judge Said Mortazavi announced on 23 February that he would shortly shut down the pro-reformist web site www.emrooz.ws Calling for the site to be made available again in Iran, the international press freedom organisation said, “The Internet is now regularly used by Iranians to access independent news, despite controls put in place by the authorities.”We call on conservative judges to halt their ideological censorship of the net, which has clearly intensified during this electoral period.”Emrooz has been blocked in Iran since the start of the year but remains accessible from abroad. The decision announced by Judge Mortazavi will shortly mean a complete shutdown of the news site, viewed as “damaging to the security” of Iran.The independent online news site www.gooya.com, popular with Iranian Internet-users, was also added to the “black list” at the start of the year. Reporters Without Borders has information that this order has since been lifted. Weblogs – personal or collective pages in which Internet users make their own comments about the news – are also subjected to censorship by the conservatives. Among the 50 or so bloggers commenting on the Iranian elections are: http://sobhaneh.com and a collective weblog “news about the boycott” (http://home.c2i.net/hasanagha/tahrim/tahrimmajles01.htm).The authorities have also stepped up harassment of the news site www.rouydad.ws which has been the target of technical strikes that made it inaccessible for several days. Rouydad.ws has officially been blocked from 18 February onward and may be soon closed down by the authorities.Finally, the Reporters Without Borders site www.rsf.org (available in Farsi), has recently been added to the list of filtered sites and is therefore now unavailable in Iran.As the organisation revealed in its previous report on free expression on the Internet (available on www.internet.rsf.org) Iran is very repressive towards the Internet and managers of online publications. Censorship, which is officially said to protect people against immoral content, quickly extended to political news. It is moreover now easier to access pornographic sites on the Internet in Iran than those of censored pro-reformist publications.According to information obtained by Reporters Without Borders, Iranian delegations are currently in France and Germany with the aim of updating technical means for the Islamic Republic of Iran to control the Internet. News IranMiddle East – North Africa to go further February 24, 2004 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Conservatives muzzle the Internet during elections News Organisation News Follow the news on Iran February 25, 2021 Find out more Receive email alerts June 9, 2021 Find out more Newslast_img read more

first_img Immobilisation of this highly radioactive liquid will be a significant step towards reducing the remaining hazards at Dounreay. Completion of this work will enable decommissioning of the major facility where the material is currently stored, moving the site closer towards its interim end state. This is probably our highest single remaining hazard at Dounreay. Safely and compliantly creating the first solid waste drums is a huge achievement for the team and a major step forward as we deal with the site’s legacy hazards. Waste Director Sam Usher added: Highly radioactive liquid, known as raffinate, has been stored in tanks for around 20 years after being produced as a by-product of Prototype Fast Reactor (PFR) fuel reprocessing.A project is underway to reduce the risk by filling more than 30 drums with 15,000 litres of solid waste as part of an initial commissioning process.Project Manager, Stuart Andrew, explained: It has taken almost 2 years to modify the plant and equipment which was previously used to process more than 230m³ of Dounreay Fast Reactor raffinate.Up to 100 drums are expected to be produced in the next few months, as part of the first phase of this programme, with all PFR raffinate expected to have been processed within the next 5 years.Mark Raffle, Lead Programme Manager from the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority, said: One of the reasons that this material is so hazardous is because it is in a mobile, liquid form. We are taking an exact amount of liquid waste from each tank to create a consistent blend. It is then mixed with cement, pulverised fuel ash and lime powders to create a stable solid waste package. Suppliers are being asked to express their interest in a contract to construct an extension to the facility where the waste packages will be stored – in accordance with the Scottish Government’s higher activity radioactive waste policy. The multi-million pound project is expected to begin later this year.last_img read more

first_imgAndy Mientus & Michael Arden(Photo: instagram.com/andymientus) View Comments Surely no one’s doing sadness today. Broadway favorites Andy Mientus and Tony nominee Michael Arden celebrated their wedding on August 18. The two got engaged in June 2014.According to the Instagrams of Broadway faves such as Fiddler on the Roof’s Alexandra Silber (a longtime friend of Arden), the wedding was held at Babington House in Somerset, England.Mientus played Hanschen in the Deaf West revival of Spring Awakening, which Arden directed. The former Broadway.com vlogger’s additional credits include Les Miserables and Carrie on stage and Smash on screen.Arden received a Tony nomination earlier this year for his work on Spring Awakening; as an actor, he appeared on Broadway in Big River and The Times They Are A-Changin’. He also headlined The Hunchback of Notre Dame at La Jolla and Paper Mill Playhouse and directed Baystreet Theater’s current production of My Fair Lady.Congratulations to the happy newlyweds!center_img Mister and Mister.— Michael Arden (@michaelarden) August 18, 2016last_img read more

first_imgIf you like adventuremobiles, inspiring stories, and local vibes, you belong at the 5Point Adventure Film Festival‘s kickoff party and van life rally! Festivities begin at the Salvage Station around 2:45 p.m. with the French Broad Litter Floatilla. Blue Ridge Outdoors and 5Point are partnering with the Live Outside and Play team, as well as ENO, MountainTrue, and NRS to get out and give back to the French Broad River (and we need you!).Join us at the Salvage Station, our takeout and the later site of the van life rally (begins at 5pm — come check out the Live Outside and Play van!). BYOB (bring your own boat) or RSVP now for a spot on one of the Southern Raft Supply‘s six rafts. We’ll be carpooling to the put-in at Hominy Creek. Participants should come prepared to get down and dirty—gloves, long pants/sleeves, and close-toed shoes are recommended.litterfloatillaPrizes will be awarded at the Salvage Station for “most litter collected,” “strangest piece of trash,” and the overall “Trash-to-Treasure.” Come, bring a friend, and the spirit of adventure! We’ll be hanging at the Salvage Station afterwards giving tours of the Live Outside and Play van. It’s going to be an awesome night!Email [email protected] with any questions or to RSVP your spot on a raft!last_img read more

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Suffolk County police are investigating an armed home invasion in East Farmingdale over the weekend.Three suspects armed with handguns broke into an apartment on Harrison Street, where they confronted one person inside at 3:34 a.m. Friday, police said.The assailants stole sneakers, a TV, game system and a cell phone before they fled the scene. The victim was not injured.No description was available and no arrests have been made, police said.First Squad detectives are continuing the investigation.last_img

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York A 67-year-old woman was fatally hit by a vehicle in Hicksville on New Year’s Eve.Nassau County police said the woman was walking across Newbridge Road when she was hit by a southbound vehicle just north of Old Country Road at 10:48 p.m.The victim was taken to Nassau University Medical Center, where she was pronounced dead. Her identity was not immediately available.The driver was neither injured nor charged. Homicide Squad detectives impounded the vehicle for safety checks.last_img

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Thousands of firefighters lined the streets of Bethpage on a misty Thursday morning to pay tribute to FDNY veteran William Tolley, who plunged to his death last week battling a fire in Queens.Fellow firefighters had flooded Tolley’s hometown for a series of memorial services this week and their numbers grew exponentially Thursday as more than 10,000 people were expected to attend the funeral service. Outside the church, red ribbons abutted utility poles and American flags hung high.The steady mist eventually gave way to cloudy skies, punctuating the occasion as a somber mood enveloped the area around St. Martin of Tours church. With police enforcing morning road closures, the long stretch running from Hicksville Road to Bethpage State Parkway was eerily quiet until mourners trickled in for the ceremony.“His life was so rich, so rich in fact, that it makes the loss even more raw and painful,” New York City Mayor Bill DeBlasio told mourners. “But let’s take stock and remember a rich life and a full life…a life lived the way we all should live.”Tolley, 42, and about 100 other firefighters were battling a blaze at a five-story building in Ridgewood, Queens last Thursday when he fell to his death. The circumstances around his fatal fall are currently under investigation.The funeral marked a tragic end to a life of a man whose love for his family, his wife Marie and 8-year-old daughter Bella, was endless.“Bella was his first and foremost priority, the apple of his eye,” Tolley’s colleague Jarrett Kotarski said while also recalling Tolley playing drums in the heavy metal band Internal Bleeding. “Billy lived his life to the fullest, he chased down all his dreams and caught them.”Leading the procession was Tolley’s Ladder Company 135, including one in black and purple bunting carrying his American flag-draped casket. Tolley’s widow and daughter followed the casket into the church as hymns blared.The words “In Loving Memory of William N. Tolley” word etched into the truck.“His death leaves so much pain, confusion and crying,” said Father Patrick Woods, recalling the moment of devastating grief when Tolley’s daughter, Bella, learned of her father’s death.“Mommy, why are you gone all day, what happened?” she asked.“Marie a loving mother carrying her own crushing grief, gently tells Bella that Billy has gone home to God,” he recalled.“Mommy,” Bella responded, “daddy is too young to die.”And then she realized.“I have no daddy.”Consoling Bella, Marie reminded her that Tolley loved helping people.“That’s what firemen do,” she said.William Tolleylast_img read more

first_img continue reading » At first glance, it would seem that financial institutions would benefit from a rising rate environment. More specifically, a steepening of the yield curve should benefit a financial institution that is using short-term liabilities and loaning out long for funding. Under the current economic landscape, both short- and longer-term rates have been artificially suppressed to extremely low levels. Rate increases are resulting in a flattening of the yield curve, which has the potential to zap net interest margin.A variety of factors affect actual interest rate risk. For example, depending on the type of asset, average duration coupled with the type of funding will have a direct effect on interest rate risk. Other factors, such as interest rate hedges and changes in non-interest components, are also part of the equation.Another key factor in interest rate risk in a rising-rate environment is “institutional depositors.” More credit unions now serve these large groups, such as school districts or municipalities. These groups can be a significant source of a CU’s deposit funding. The typical institutional depositor utilizes a demand deposit account for day-to-day operational needs and will venture into a money market deposit account and term CD structures for reserve funds not actively being deployed. 15SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

first_img continue reading » While growing up, I had the opportunity to participate in The Boy Scouts of America. I gleaned a lot from scouting beyond camping hijinks and how to tie knots. One of the most important lessons came from a leader who constantly chided us with the adage, “It’s hard to solve a problem until you know what it is.”Members rely on their credit union to help them identify ways to achieve financial prosperity. In turn, credit unions serve as the gateway to loans and other financial vehicles that keep members’ lives moving.But if members don’t qualify for these loans due to a poor credit score—especially when a low score is combined with minimal understanding of how to improve it—both the member and their credit union miss out on opportunities.Sixty-four percent of U.S. consumers believe it is important or very important to know their credit score. However, only 39% say they know their credit score, 48% say they know the general range of their score, and 13% do not know their score at all. 11SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

first_imgThe St. Louis Cardinals 7th Grade Volleyball team defeated the South Dearborn Squires 25-23, 19-25, 15-10. Kate Weber led with 10 points followed by Catherine Streator 6 points, Maggie Beiser 5 points, Ella Moster, Lilly Schebler, Rhea Miller 3 points each and Izzi Price and Isabelle Wonnell  1 point each. This is the first game the team actually started to play the game with a bump, set and spike. Ingrid Tuveson and Lucy Abplanalp were great support on the court to help the team setup the plays as Ava Owens was strong on offense.The 8th Grade Lady Cardinal St. Louis Volleyball team loss against the South Dearborn Lady Squires 25-9, 25-17. The score did not show the type of play the 8th team put together during the game. Audrey Beiser led the team with 10 points followed by Megan Raab with 2 points and Mary Hunter, Emma Livers and Maggie Beiser with 1 point each. Ryanna Phillips, Ava Owens and Ingrid Tuveson had great movement on the floor to help the team.Courtesy of Cardinals Coach Jennifer Meer.last_img read more