Journalist who works with Shirin Ebadi arrested in Tehran

first_img Organisation June 11, 2010 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Journalist who works with Shirin Ebadi arrested in Tehran IranMiddle East – North Africa News News March 18, 2021 Find out more Narges Mohammadi, a journalist who works closely with Nobel Peace Laureate Shirin Ebadi and who is the spokesperson of the Tehran-based human rights group founded by Ebadi, Human Rights Defenders Centre, was arrested at her home last night by intelligence ministry officials. Her family does not why she was arrested or where she is being held. Mohammadi is the wife of fellow journalist Taghi Rahmani, who has spent a total of 16 years in the Islamic Republic’s prisons. Both have been hounded by the authorities for the past ten years and have been summoned and interrogated several times by intelligence ministry officials since the disputed presidential election of June 2009. A few hours before Mohammadi’s arrest, state television broadcast a programme attacking Ebadi that included video of Ebadi’s husband making extraordinary “confessions.” Founded by Ebadi and five other lawyers, Human Rights Defenders Centre provides free legal aid to minorities, dissidents and journalists. The police closed its offices on 21 December 2005, it was declared illegal on 5 August 2009 and it continues to be targeted by the regime. Ebadi’s law office was searched on 29 December. Two of the centre’s founders, Mohamed Ali Dadkhah and Abdolfatah Soltani, were arrested in June 2009 and were held for several months. Both have defended many lawyers and cyber-dissidents. Paris mayor Bertrand Delanoe awarded Ebadi the title of “honorary citizen of the city of Paris” at a ceremony in Paris yesterday at which she officially launched a campaign for the release of prisoners of conscience in Iran that is being organised jointly by the International Federation of Human Rights (FIDH) and Reporters Without Borders. “We are on the eve of a sad anniversary,” Ebadi said. “One year ago, millions of Iranians took to the streets to protest peacefully against the results of the elections. The government’s sole response was bullets and violence.” Reporters Without Borders has learned that journalist Hider Karimi was also arrested yesterday when intelligence ministry officials in plain clothes raided his home in the northwestern city of Khoy. It is not known why he was arrested or where he is being held. He used to work for Sina, a weekly that was closed down by the authorities last December. Read the article:,37693.html News to go further Receive email alerts Help by sharing this information center_img After Hengameh Shahidi’s pardon, RSF asks Supreme Leader to free all imprisoned journalists News June 9, 2021 Find out more RSF_en Call for Iranian New Year pardons for Iran’s 21 imprisoned journalists February 25, 2021 Find out more Iran: Press freedom violations recounted in real time January 2020 IranMiddle East – North Africa Follow the news on Iranlast_img read more

Hillsides Education Center Starts School Year with Full Classrooms

first_img Subscribe HEC teachers are ready for another school year. With its recent accreditation, a full student body, and its effective Reading Rocks! Program and social-emotional GROWTH program, the school is on track for a successful year.Hillsides Education Center (HEC) for special needs children has begun the school year with full classrooms of 84 children. This fresh start also brings 20 new students to campus.“We’re excited about this school year,” said the school’s director Ryan Eisenberg. “Usually we start out with around 70 students and build during the year. It’s wonderful to see so many new faces on campus and to start the school year with full classes.”One continuing program the school is especially proud of is its social-emotional program, GROWTH, which stands for generous, respectful, optimistic, willing, tenacious, and honest. Now in its second year, GROWTH encourages children to set goals, complete tasks, grow their social-emotional intelligence, and create habits of self-reflection to help them reach success inside and outside the classroom.The recently introduced common core state standards, which schools must meet, has a social-emotional learning curriculum embedded in the standards, said Eisenberg. “Because all of our teachers have already been trained in GROWTH, we are ahead of the game.”In addition, this school year will mark the third year of the school’s highly successful Reading Rocks! Program, which provides intensive, individualized targeted reading intervention for 30 percent of the students. During the 2014-2015 school year, 27 of 36 students in the program improved by one grade level and nine students by two grade levels. The program has trained 24 reading coaches, some of them fellow students.In June, HEC was honored to receive accreditation from the Accrediting Commission for Schools, Western Association of Schools and Colleges (ACS WASC). The accreditation is the result of a four-year process during which the Education Center established a WASC leadership team to ensure that the school met certain goals and criteria. HEC received a six-year accreditation – the longest time frame available.HEC is a non-public therapeutic residential and day school in Pasadena offering individualized education for students in kindergarten through 12th grade with social-emotional, learning and/or behavioral challenges. The school is dedicated to enriching students through academic, social, and emotional growth, enabling students to create lasting change.HEC is one of four core programs of Hillsides. Hillsides provides quality care, advocacy, and innovative services that promote safe, permanent environments where young people can thrive. Headquarted in Pasadena, the agency serves more than 6,200 children and families in Los Angeles County, including Pomona, Baldwin Park, South Pasadena, and Echo Park. For more information on HEC, please visit For more information on Hillsides, please visit More Cool Stuff Top of the News Business News faithfernandez More » ShareTweetShare on Google+Pin on PinterestSend with WhatsApp,Virtual Schools PasadenaHomes Solve Community/Gov/Pub SafetyPASADENA EVENTS & ACTIVITIES CALENDARClick here for Movie Showtimes Home of the Week: Unique Pasadena Home Located on Madeline Drive, Pasadena 8 recommended0 commentsShareShareTweetSharePin it Community News Community News HerbeautyYou Can’t Go Past Our Healthy Quick RecipesHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyRed Meat Is Dangerous And Here Is The ProofHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyAmazing Sparks Of On-Screen Chemistry From The 90-sHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyHow To Lose Weight & Burn Fat While You SleepHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty7 Most Startling Movie Moments We Didn’t Realize Were InsensitiveHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyThis Trend Looks Kind Of Cool!HerbeautyHerbeautycenter_img Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked * Pasadena Will Allow Vaccinated People to Go Without Masks in Most Settings Starting on Tuesday Giving Back Hillsides Education Center Starts School Year with Full Classrooms Continues Successful GROWTH and Reading Rocks! Programs From STAFF REPORTS Published on Thursday, August 27, 2015 | 2:53 pm First Heatwave Expected Next Week Get our daily Pasadena newspaper in your email box. Free.Get all the latest Pasadena news, more than 10 fresh stories daily, 7 days a week at 7 a.m. Pasadena’s ‘626 Day’ Aims to Celebrate City, Boost Local Economy Name (required)  Mail (required) (not be published)  Website  EVENTS & ENTERTAINMENT | FOOD & DRINK | THE ARTS | REAL ESTATE | HOME & GARDEN | WELLNESS | SOCIAL SCENE | GETAWAYS | PARENTS & KIDS Make a commentlast_img read more

Met Eireann issue yellow wind warning for Donegal

first_img Pinterest Met Eireann issue yellow wind warning for Donegal 75 positive cases of Covid confirmed in North Facebook Twitter Pinterest Met Eireann is warning gusts of up to 100 kilometres per hour could hit Donegal during the night and into tomorrow.They are also predicting strong gale force winds in exposed areas.The yellow wind warning is in place for the North West until 3 o’clock tomorrow afternoon.Forecaster with Met Eireann Deridre Lowe has the details:Audio Player Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. WhatsApp WhatsApp 365 additional cases of Covid-19 in Republic Twitter Facebookcenter_img Further drop in people receiving PUP in Donegal Main Evening News, Sport and Obituaries Tuesday May 25th By admin – May 10, 2015 RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Google+ Google+ Man arrested on suspicion of drugs and criminal property offences in Derry Previous articleFire services attend fire in Waterfoot Hotel in DerryNext articleDonegal success on the podium in Carlow Stages Rally admin Homepage BannerNews Gardai continue to investigate Kilmacrennan firelast_img read more

Employers should consider culture during interviews

first_img Comments are closed. Recruitment firms that fail to take account of the impact of cultural differences on their hiring processes are missing out on a pool of recruits.Managing director of catering recruitment company Mayday Group, Jane Sunley, said her firm had increased the number of temps on its books by 30 per cent as a result of its race awareness programme. Mayday overhauled its recruitment systems when internal research showed that 80 per cent of the people it turned away were from ethnic minorities. In addition, 70 per cent of the people Mayday dismissed from their jobs were also from ethnic minorities.Sunley said the analysis showed the firm was turning people down because of problems such as an apparent lack of confidence. “Some African people consider making eye contact to be extremely rude and so they stare at the floor in interviews,” she said. “Some were dismissed for alleged surly behaviour, also caused by cultural differences.”By training recruits and addressing issues created by differences in culture, Mayday has begun to look at skills shortages in the industry. The firm also enjoys better relationships with customers. Mayday has taken its commitment to racial equality a step further and introduced a mentoring programme for young offenders from ethnic minorities to allow them to get into the workplace.Sunley urged companies to follow suit and sign up to the Commission for Racial Equality’s Leadership Challenge. This invites business leaders to make a personal and business action plan to promote race equality.The initiative is due to be relaunched on 22 November after it received a lukewarm reception from the business establishment.Testing applicants is the fairest way of assessing their suitability for a job, Alec Reed, managing director of Reed Personnel Service, told representatives from the recruitment industry at a CRE business breakfast.By Richard Staines Employers should consider culture during interviewsOn 31 Oct 2000 in Personnel Today Previous Article Next Article Related posts:No related photos.last_img read more

Jobs boom likely despite threat to existing workforce

first_img Previous Article Next Article Jobs boom likely despite threat to existing workforceOn 21 Sep 2004 in Personnel Today Thepublic sector is set to create 250,000 more frontline jobs in the next fewyears in health, education and the police.Thefocus will be on delivering stronger customer service by recruiting forhands-on roles such as teaching assistants and community service officers atthe expense of cuts in administrative civil service posts.PeterKane, director of local government programmes at the Office of Public ServiceReform, told HR professionals at the Public Sector Relocation Conference thatthey need to acquire analytical planning and strategic skills if they are todeliver changes to the workforce by 2008.”It’sabout less one size fits all and more about meeting individual needs,” hesaid.  “We have to recruit a diverseworkforce to handle diverse expectations.”Heclaimed the main reasons for people leaving the public sector were bureaucracy,a lack of resources and workload.  Thefuture, he said, was more about reforming the workforce with a strategicapproach to working with partners, leadership, recruitment, retention, reward,customer outcomes and re-engineering skills.Workforce planning: Tips for success–Accurate data – numbers, skills, potential–Understand future challenge to the organisation–Set sensible three- to five-year timescales–Be comprehensive and strategic–Get high level ownership – not just about HR –Co-ordinate HR processes – decide what sort of employer you are–Make your sector an attractive employment proposition–Ensure workforce performance is good –Be flexible Comments are closed. Related posts:No related photos.last_img read more

Responses to increases in temperature of heterotrophic micro-organisms in soils from the maritime Antarctic

first_imgUnderstanding relationships between environmental changes and soil microbial respiration is critical for predicting changes in soil organic carbon (SOC) fluxes and content. The maritime Antarctic is experiencing one of the fastest rates of warming in the world and is therefore a key location to examine the effect of temperature on SOC mineralization by the respiration of soil micro-organisms. However, depletion of the labile substrates at higher temperatures relative to the total SOC and greater temperature sensitivity of recalcitrant components of the SOC confound simple interpretations of the effects of warming. We have addressed these issues by testing the hypothesis that respiration by heterotrophic soil micro-organisms is not down-regulated with increasing temperature by comparing the increase in biomass-specific respiration rate with temperature to the increase in respiration rate per unit SOC. We used five soils from the maritime Antarctic ranging in latitude and SOC content and measured the soil respiratory responses to temperatures ranging from 2 to 50 °C in laboratory incubations lasting up to 31 days. In all cases, soil respiration increased with temperature up to 50 °C, even though this exceeds the temperatures normally be experienced, indicating that the community contained sufficient physiological diversity to be able to respire over large temperature ranges. Both the biomass-specific respiration rate and the overall rate of SOC mineralization increased with temperature, which we interpret as respiration by soil micro-organisms not down-regulating relative to temperature.last_img read more

Sensitivity of an apparently hurricane-like polar low to sea surface temperature

first_imgPolar lows are intense, small-scale cyclones in the high latitudes. Typically, polar lows are initiated through baroclinic processes, but they sometimes evolve into a post-baroclinic mature stage where air-sea interaction becomes more important. In this stage some polar lows have developed hurricane-like cloud structures, and idealised axisymmetric hurricane models have indicated that air-sea interaction-fuelled pressure drops of up to 50 hPa are theoretically possible in polar environments. Here we study a polar low that formed in an extreme marine cold air outbreak over the Barents Sea and which had cloud structures with similarities to hurricanes. Using a high-resolution weather model, we artificially modified the sea surface temperatures (SSTs) to assess if the polar low was close to developing into a true hurricane-like system, with air-sea interaction processes leading to intensification in the post-baroclinic, mature phase of its life cycle. The polar low simulations with SSTs augmented by 2–6 K produced more intense mature phases than the control experiment (with unmodified SSTs). The intensity of the polar low in the latter of these, which it must be pointed out was unrealistic with an SST increase of 6 K, surpassed the intensity in the earlier baroclinic phase. The experiment where the SSTs were reduced by 2 K did not produce a much weaker polar low than the control run. Broadly speaking, our experiments suggest that in this case large and unrealistic SST increases would be needed for apparently hurricane-like polar lows to exhibit true hurricane-like behaviour, but nevertheless air-sea interaction did drive a more intense and prolonged mature phase.last_img read more

Watch out for…

first_imgKiss of the Spiderwoman; OFS, 7th Week Another term, another eight weeks of student drama taking over the theatres of Oxford with productions ranging through the compelling, the innovative, and the embarrassing. Perhaps something to do with the weather, Michaelmas Term at the OFS is characterised by dark and depressing plays – from the Kiss of the Spiderwoman (7th Week), dealing with sex and revolution in Argentina, to Agnes of God (4th Week), in which a nun is found unconscious with her child killed. The Burton Taylor’s season is much more mixed, the highlight being this year’s Cuppers festival, wisely pushed back to 7th Week. Whether the extra two weeks rehearsal time will improve the quality of the freshers’ first foray into Oxford Drama remains to be seen, but there will certainly be some memorably bad performances that are unmissible. At the other end of the spectrum many veteran Oxford thesps are on stage again. On this front, the Playhouse’s student slots always deliver. This term, the production of David Greig’s Europeis set to be no exception, directed by ex-OUDS President Ilan Goodman. The play is a gripping study of the two-edged sword of globalisation and modernisation, which should impress and provoke thought. In total contrast, the comedy musical Return to the Forbidden Planet is the other student Playhouse production. One half of the current OUDS presidential team, Chip Horne, appears in Ibsen’s Ghosts (OFS, 5th Week) amongst a talented cast and crew, Another pyschological mouthful is served up a week later. James McInnes returns to Oxford to direct Equus (OFS, 6th Week), having completed a run of One in the Street, the Other in the Bed at the Greenwich Playhouse, as producer/assistant director. Away from the main venues, the Keble O’Reilly Theatre stages The Night Before Christmas in 4th Week. The show brings back the team behind Not the Oxford Revue, hopefully with another welcome anecdote to desperately awful student “comedy”. Following their production of The Zoo Story last term, St. Peter’s drama society migrate to the Wadham Moser Theatre to stage The Rising Generation(4th Week). Experimental drama at Oxford can be of mixed quality, but either way it promises to entertain. The Moser also hosts one musical, Pippin by Steven Schwartz. Home-grown writing talent is well represented this term, with two pieces of new-writing being staged; Alex Pappas’ Memory Play (BT, 6th Week) and Shakespeare’s Philoctetes, by Elizabeth Belcher, in which Sophocles’ tragedy meets The Tempest. It opens the BT’s Michaelmas season in 2nd Week We can’t wait to review it…ARCHIVE: 0th Week MT2003last_img read more

Carmel-Based Company Wins Patent Case At US Supreme Court

first_imgCarmel-Based Company Wins Patent Case At US Supreme CourtOlivia Covington for www.theindianalawyer.comThe U.S. Supreme Court is making it easier for companies to defend themselves against patent infringement lawsuits.The justices ruled unanimously on Monday that such lawsuits can be filed only in states where defendants are incorporated. The issue is important to many companies that complained about patent owners choosing more favorable courts in other parts of the country to file lawsuits.The case involved an appeal from TC Heartland LLC, a Carmel-based food sweetener company sued by Kraft Foods in Delaware. Lower courts refused to transfer the case to Indiana.But the court’s ruling will have the biggest impact on federal courts in eastern Texas, where more than 40 percent of patent lawsuits are now filed. Local rules there favor quick trials and juries tend to be more sympathetic to plaintiffs.TC Heartland, which does business under the name Heartland Food Products Group, was sued by Kraft after Kraft alleged Heartland’s liquid water-enhancers infringe on Kraft’s MiO line of water flavorings.Heartland’s appeal had support from a group of internet retailers and software companies, as well as the financial-services industry.Federal patent law says lawsuits may be filed in the judicial district “where the defendant resides.” A 1957 Supreme Court decision said that means lawsuits can be filed only in the defendant’s place of incorporation, and Heartland says that ruling should remain the law.The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, however, said in 1990 that suits can be filed wherever the defendant regularly does business. That court, which specializes in patent cases, said Congress had redefined “resides” through a change enacted in 1988.Heartland said it had no presence in Delaware and that 98 percent of its sales were outside of that state, but the appeals court denied the transfer last year.But U.S. Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas, in his opinion for the court, said the U.S. Congress did not change the rules over where patent suits may be filed since the 1957 decision.Heartland may be best known for owning the rights to the Splenda brand, a product that has been at the heart of other intellectual property cases.FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailSharelast_img read more

Press release: Security systems boss jailed for defrauding creditors

first_img act as a director of a company take part, directly or indirectly, in the promotion, formation or management of a company or limited liability partnership be a receiver of a company’s property You can also follow the Insolvency Service on: Office currently closed during the coronavirus pandemic. Press Office This service is for journalists only. For any other queries, please contact the Insolvency Enquiry Line.For all media enquiries outside normal working hours, please contact the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy Press Office on 020 7215 1000. LinkedIn Disqualification undertakings are the administrative equivalent of a disqualification order but do not involve court proceedings.Persons subject to a disqualification order are bound by a range of other restrictions.Further information about the work of the Insolvency Service, and how to complain about financial misconduct, is available.Contact Press OfficeMedia enquiries for this press release – 020 7674 6910 or 020 7596 6187 The courts have shown that they will always consider imprisonment for this type of offence and we are pleased with the final result. Email [email protected] Peter Druzyc appeared at Coventry Crown Court on Monday 1 October after he was found guilty of two counts of fraudulent trading and one count of fraudulently removing property in anticipation of winding up.Incorporated in 1988, Secure Systems Limited (SSL) designed and manufactured electronic security systems. Peter Druzyc (58) of Kenilworth, Warwickshire, was appointed a director in January 1999 before becoming the sole director of SSL in August 2005However, between 2009 and 2011 SSL entered into financial difficulties and as a result was placed into administration, before being liquidated in August 2013.Investigators from the Insolvency Service looked into the conduct of Peter Druzyc while boss of SFF and concluded he was fully aware the company was performing poorly and could not meet its liabilities, yet continued to conduct business and avoided paying his creditors on purpose.He owed between £400,000 and £436,000, as well as more than £45,000 to other creditors. Peter Druzyc also paid out £43,500 across several payments from SSL’s bank account to other accounts he controlled, with the last payment taking place only 7 days prior to the company entering into administration in February 2012.In addition to the sentence, Peter Druzyc previously agreed to an eight year directorship disqualification and at court was ordered to pay costs.Peter Druzyc’s disqualification means that he is banned from directly or indirectly becoming involved, without the permission of the court, in the promotion, formation or management of a company.Glenn Wicks, lead investigating officer for the Insolvency Service, said: Twitter This man systematically ripped off two companies with no intention of paying either his creditors or his tax liabilities and took every opportunity to dishonestly maximise his income and personal finances prior to SSL’s liquidation. Notes to editorsPeter Druzyc is from Kenilworth, Warwickshire, and his date of birth is August 1960.Secure Systems Limited (Company Number: 02251448).Peter Druzyc agreed to an eight year disqualification undertaking in February 2014.A disqualification order has the effect that without specific permission of a court, a person with a disqualification cannot: Media Manager 0303 003 1743 YouTubelast_img read more