Court closes new daily six days after its launch

first_img After Hengameh Shahidi’s pardon, RSF asks Supreme Leader to free all imprisoned journalists Call for Iranian New Year pardons for Iran’s 21 imprisoned journalists Receive email alerts IranMiddle East – North Africa to go further February 25, 2021 Find out more IranMiddle East – North Africa Help by sharing this information March 18, 2021 Find out more Organisation Newscenter_img Reporters Without Borders condemns today’s decision by a Tehran media court to close the reformist daily Aseman (Sky) after only six issues at the Tehran deputy prosecutor’s request.“This act of censorship is unacceptable,” Reporters Without Borders said. “It is indicative of the media war that is being waged by the Revolutionary Guards and orchestrated by courts, to the detriment of freedom of information. We demand the immediate reopening of this newspaper.Launched as a weekly in 2012, Aseman was given permission to begin publishing as a daily on 15 February. Its closure was the result of an article in its 18 February issue in which a university academic and politician, referring to an event in the 1980s, criticized “the inhuman law of qisas” (an eye for an eye).Criticized by all international and Iranian human rights groups, this controversial principle is one of the leading provisions of Iran’s Islamic penal code.The day after the article appeared, media that support the Revolutionary Guards and other conservative media, led by Fars News and Tasnim, began condemning the comment, calling it “an insult to Islam’s sacred character.”The decision to close Aseman was posted today on the website of the Tehran prosecutor’s office, which also intends to prosecute Abass Bozrgmeher, the newspaper’s editor.According to Bozrgmeher, the use of the adjective “inhuman” in the article was a mistake. “I explained in an editorial in the newspaper that the word ‘inhuman’ was deleted and that its appearance was due to a technical error.” Iran: Press freedom violations recounted in real time January 2020 News News Follow the news on Iran February 20, 2014 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Court closes new daily six days after its launch News June 9, 2021 Find out more RSF_en last_img read more

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Watch The Infamous Stringdusters Cover Phish, Grateful Dead In Chicago [Videos/Gallery]

first_imgLoad remaining images The show concluded with an encore of Grateful Dead’s “Deal,” and you can watch the monster jam at the end of that cover thanks to Anjenete Wey.Check out a gallery of photos below, courtesy of Kristine Condon Photography: Last night, March 11th, The Infamous Stringdusters settled into the Park West venue in Chicago, IL for a barn burner of a performance. The show came along the band’s “Ladies & Gentlemen” tour, featuring the vocal stylings of Nicki Bluhm. Bluhm and the Stringdusters are a match made in heaven, as evidenced by their recent collaborative performance on Jam Cruise.Their performance in Chicago did not disappoint, as the group got their Phish on with a cover of “Bathtub Gin,” as captured by Phishatthemann below:The band also played a cover of “Ginseng Sullivan,” originally by Norman Blake but certainly popularized in the jam scene by its inclusion in the Phish repertoire. Watch that video below, though beware of the mislabeled title:last_img read more

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HHI agrees DSME takeover deal with Korea Development Bank

first_imgSouth Korean shipbuilder Hyundai Heavy Industries has signed the formal deal with Korea Development Bank to complete the purchase of its compatriot Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering.The new deal valued at around 2 trillion won ($1.8 billion) will see the state-owned KDB that has a 55.7 percent stake in DSME, hand over 59,738,211 shares priced at 34,922 South Korean won, HHI said in a regulatory filing.Under the agreement, KDB will also acquire 1.5 trillion won worth of shares in Hyundai Heavy once these are issued at a later date. For this transaction, Hyundai Heavy Industries will be split into two companies, one of which will be listed on the market.Should the deal formalize, Hyundai Heavy Industries Holding will have a 26 percent interest in the newly formed entity with KDB owning 18 percent.According to VesselsValue, the merger would consolidate a significant portion of the outstanding order book of LNG vessels even though it goes beyond this market segment.The merger would double the outstanding order book of HHI from $6 billion to over $12 billion.The HHI group is already the dominant shipyard in terms of value on order, but the addition of the DSME orders would further cement their position as the world’s leading builder, VesselsValue said, noting that Samsung Heavy Industries remains a significant competitor.last_img read more

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Hard-working Brown looking to deliver for Steelers

first_imgMOVING UP THE DEPTH CHART—Steelers wide receiver Antonio Brown celebrates after making a touchdown catch against the Philadelphia Eagles during the first quarter of a NFL preseason football game on Aug. 18, in Pittsburgh. (AP Photo/Donald Wright) “Just trying to get in what I can get in,” he said. “It usually takes a while, so it keeps me out there.”Brown being among the last to leave the field has been one of the few constants of Steelers training camp—first at St. Vincent College in Latrobe, Pa., and now back in Pittsburgh.A sixth-round pick last year, Brown scored a touchdown during his first preseason game and the first time he touched the ball in a regular-season game.Brown has been one of the standouts of his second NFL training camp. The ball has found him repeatedly at practice and during preseason games as he aims to make more of an impact for the defending AFC champions.“Antonio is working his tail off,” veteran wide receiver Hines Ward said. “You can see it. He’s putting it on tape, working hard. He’s still young and still got some things he needs to work on, but I love his progression and what he’s becoming. He’s going to be a great player in this league.”It’s only the preseason, but Brown leads the Steelers with five catches for 93 yards through two games. His lone reception in last Thursday’s 24-14 win over the Philadelphia Eagles went for a 29-yard touchdown when be beat All Pro cornerback Asante Samuel and was all alone.Brown took the ball on a reverse on the opening kickoff of Week 2 in Tennessee last season and ran 89 yards for a touchdown after being inactive for the season opener.Brown dressed for four of the first 11 games, managing only two receptions. But he had multiple catches in each of Pittsburgh’s final five regular-season games and had at least one in each of the team’s games during the run to the Super Bowl.The late-season charge has Brown inching up the Steelers’ depth chart and provided a springboard for the 23-year-old product from Central Michigan.“I’m just using all the building blocks I can to set myself up for the regular season,” Brown said. “All I’m doing is fine-tuning my game week in and week out and working on the little things so when these battles really count, I have already sharpened my sword for what I need to.“I’m just getting better, improving to gain the trust of my teammates, taking little notes—anything I can do so I can get better.”Brown has gotten more opportunities than expected this training camp. He’s spent the majority of it running with the first-team offense across from Mike Wallace due to minor injuries to Ward and Emmanuel Sanders and the fact that veteran Jerricho Cotchery didn’t sign until early last week.With Terrell Owens unsigned, Ward is the NFL’s active leader among wide receivers in receptions and yards receiving. Wallace had 1,257 yards receiving and led the AFC in yards per catch last season, Cotchery led the Jets in receiving, and Sanders is coming off a solid rookie season.“We’ve got a bunch of guys who all possess a lot of amazing things and some special talent,” Brown said. “And when you come into the Steelers locker room, there’s only one way to do things because everyone wants to make another run.”Led by Ward, who is in his 14th season, the Steelers’ wide receiver corps is a tight group for one so diverse in its skills, ages and backgrounds. Each player respects the work ethic of his teammates—but none has received more praise lately than Brown.“It comes down from Hines,” Wallace said, “and all of us have the same ethic.“But ‘AB,’ his is just at another level. You try to get there, but I don’t know if I can get to that … That guy, man, his work ethic is incredible. I really commend him on it.”On occasion, Brown will wear a UPS vest that his brother, Desmond, gave him. Desmond worked for the packaging company before heading to college, where he walked on as a receiver at the University of Pittsburgh. The school’s football offices are housed in the same building as the Steelers’.“I wear the UPS as motivation to let us know where we came from and the hard work we put it in and continue to put it in and continue to deliver,” Brown said. “I’ll always put the work in. My coach always told me, ‘You don’t want to have no regrets when game time comes. You want to know that you did everything to prepare yourself for all the moments.’“That’s my edge. That’s what made me get over and beyond where I should be, putting in the extra work and doing the things I need to do.” PITTSBURGH (AP)—The horn echoed off the hillsides of Pittsburgh’s South Side from the fields of the Steelers’ facility, signifying the end of a 2½-hour practice.More than 30 minutes later Sunday, wide receiver Antonio Brown finally emerged in the Steelers’ emptying locker room. Several veterans were showered, dressed and out the door, but Brown was still carrying his stained and sweat-filed pads.last_img read more

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