first_img Follow the news on Iran Receive email alerts IranMiddle East – North Africa RSF_en News News News to go further Call for Iranian New Year pardons for Iran’s 21 imprisoned journalists IranMiddle East – North Africa Newscenter_img Reporters Without Borders (Reporters sans frontières – RSF) protested today at the ban on the regional weekly Chams-e-Tabriz and the sentencing of its editor, Ali-Hamed Iman, to eight months in jail and 74 lashes.”We ask you to reverse this sentence along with all the suspension orders issued against newspapers since April 2000,” said RSF secretary-general Robert Ménard in a letter to the head of the Iranian judiciary, Ayatollah Shahrudi. Noting that exactly two years ago the then-conservative Iranian parliament had tightened the already very strict press law, he called on Iranian authorities to “amend this legislation to make it less severe.”RSF learns that a court in the northern city of Tabriz banned the paper on 16 April and found editor Iman guilty of 15 offences, among them “insulting religion and the Prophet,” “trying to stir up ethnic tension,” “insulting the leaders of the regime” and “publishing lies.” He has 20 days to appeal against the verdict.Four newspapers have been suspended so far this year in Iran, where 13 journalists are still in prison, despite the release of six in March. Iran: Press freedom violations recounted in real time January 2020 February 25, 2021 Find out more March 18, 2021 Find out more Organisation April 17, 2002 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Weekly paper banned, editor ordered to be flogged June 9, 2021 Find out more After Hengameh Shahidi’s pardon, RSF asks Supreme Leader to free all imprisoned journalists Help by sharing this information last_img read more

first_imgJanuary 15, 2019 /Sports News – National Scoreboard roundup — 1/14/19 FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailiStock(NEW YORK) — Here are the scores from Monday’s sports events:NATIONAL BASKETBALL ASSOCIATIONBrooklyn 109, Boston 102Houston 112, Memphis 94Charlotte 108, San Antonio 93Utah 100, Detroit 94Sacramento 115, Portland 107New Orleans 121, L.A. Clippers 117NATIONAL HOCKEY LEAGUENew Jersey 8, Chicago 5Colorado 6, Toronto 3Philadelphia 7, Minnesota 4St. Louis 4, Washington 1OT Montreal 3, Boston 2Edmonton 7, Buffalo 2TOP-25 COLLEGE BASKETBALLOT Syracuse 95, (1) Duke 91(7) Kansas 80, Texas 78Pittsburgh 75, (11) Florida St. 62(19) Maryland 64, Wisconsin 60Nebraska 66, (25) Indiana 51Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All rights reserved. Written bycenter_img Beau Lundlast_img read more

first_img Getty Images https://images.daznservices.com/di/library/GOAL/39/b4/kosovare-asllani-sweden-womens-world-cup-2019_1xugjup93ga7918nghhnsir8f2.jpg?t=-1650332973&w=500&quality=80 Women’s World Cup 2019 underdogs As with every major competition, teams who are odds-on favourites are mirrored by underdogs and dark horses to upset the established hierarchy, and this summer’s tournament in France is sure to be an exciting spectacle.So who are the favourites to win the 2019 Women’s World Cup? Goal takes a look at the contenders for the highest prize in women’s football.Favourites to win the 2019 Women’s World CupThe USWNT are firm favourites to retain the trophy, and are now the frontrunners after their 2-1 victory over host nation France in the quarter-finals to set up a meeting with England.Jill Ellis’ team are now priced at odds of 3/4  to clinch their third World Cup title according to bet365 following a thrilling start to their title defence, annihilating Thailand 13-0 in their opening game and defeating Chile 3-0 in their second group game.Alex Morgan scored five goals for her side and the USWNT set a record for the largest margin of victory in World Cup history, men’s or women’s, in addition to a slew of other feats. The 29-year-old scored the USA’s first, fifth, eighth, 10th and 12th goals, becoming just the second player in the history of the Women’s World Cup to net five goals in a single game. She also became the fourth USWNT player in history to score a hat-trick in a single World Cup match, joining Carli Lloyd, Michelle Akers and Carin Jennings.Veteran forward Lloyd broke a record of her own, setting a tournament record after scoring in her sixth consecutive game against Chile . Phil Neville’s  England team have emerged as considerable favourites following their victorious 2019 SheBelieves Cup win, and are now backed by odds of 4/1 to win this year’s tournament. The Lionesses were the first team to book their place in the semi-finals after beating perennial challengers Norway.Women’s World Cup 2019 outsiders Getty Images https://images.daznservices.com/di/library/GOAL/5a/ac/vivianne-miedema-jill-roord-netherlands-world-cup_1wvxm6zt76hlg1sx895w4s34an.jpg?t=1540587851&w=500&quality=80 Getty Images https://images.daznservices.com/di/library/GOAL/d7/7d/nikita-parris-england-2019_1vxib86e2j6781jljcd28xmh5w.jpg?t=1684902899&w=500&quality=80 The Netherlands’ women’s team are priced at 9/1 to win the 2019 World Cup, a year after their male counterparts failed to even qualify for the 2018 tournament. The Dutch side finished second in their qualification group and won six of their games, drawing and losing one fixture before beating Denmark in the play-offs.They progressed to the knockout rounds top of their group with two straight wins, first beating New Zealand 1-0 and Cameroon 3-1 in which 22-year-old Vivianne Miedema became the European champions’ all-time top scorer as she registered her 59th and 60th international goals to eclipse Manon Melis’ record in just her 77th appearance.The Dutch overcame Japan in the last 16 in a hard-fought 2-1 victory and they have thus been paired with Italy in the quarter-finals. Sweden are major dark horses to win the tournament after knocking out former champions Germany at the quarter-final stage, and are now backed at odds of 6/1 to win the competition outright.Peter Gerhardsson’s side have had a hard-fought route to the last four, finishing second in Group F to the USWNT and then beating Canada and Germany by fine 1-0 margins. The eighth edition of the Women’s World Cup is now under way this summer in France, with the U.S. women’s national team looking to clinch an incredible fourth World Cup title.A total of 24 teams will battle it out for the biggest prize in football just one year on after France’s men’s team won the World Cup in Russia, and their female counterparts can follow in their footsteps and recreate history if they were to win on home soil – two decades on from when Didier Deschamps’ side did so in 1998.last_img read more

first_imgThis is a riff from my friend, Chris Brogan, who has been doing this exercise since 2007. You choose three words (no more) to use as themes, or frames, for the coming twelve months. I have found this exercise useful, even when I didn’t honor some of the themes as well as I might have.My three words for 2019 are:Velocity: The word “velocity” is sometimes mistaken for the word “speed.” But “velocity” means speed in a certain direction, adding to speed the idea about how much ground you are actually covering. This word honors the idea of Polaris (a 2018 theme) which provided direction and adds speed of progress.Execution: No matter how good an idea is, your results will never be what they could be without deliberate, intentional, flawless execution. Execution is 99% of the results produced by a great idea. Sometimes you don’t need a new idea or a new strategy to improve your results. What is often missing is the relentless execution that never fails to improve your outcomes.Potential: I know the 40% idea Goggins refers to when he describes the point where most people quit. His belief is that once you reach the point where you want to quit, you are only at 40% of your real capacity. My own experience tells me this is true. As far as I can tell, no human being has ever reached their full potential, no matter what they have achieved. This theme is about deploying my resources to their full potential, and ensuring my projects and businesses reach their potential.My Past Year’s Three Words2018 Polaris (the North Star, direction), Via Negative (improvement by subtraction), and Leverage (more with less).2017: Integrated, Impeccable, and Essential.2016: Growth, Multiplier, and Focus2015: Order, Depth, and Lifestyle2014: Pivot, Frames, Margin2013: Platform, Lean, Tribeslast_img read more

first_imgTagsAustralia/Asia NewsAbout the authorIan FerrisShare the loveHave your say ABC deal for A-League and W-League club competitionsby Ian Ferris21 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveAustralian public-service broadcaster ABC has struck a two-year deal with Football Federation Australia (FFA) to provide free-to-air coverage of the A-League and W-League club competitions, as well as matches involving the men’s and women’s national teams, reports SportBusiness.It will mark the first time that ABC has broadcast the A-League, the top tier of the men’s club game in Australia. The deal also marks a return of ABC’s W-League coverage, with the broadcaster having served as the inaugural partner of the women’s competition from 2008 to 2017.Under the agreement announced by FFA and its pay-television rights holder Fox Sports, ABC will broadcast 29 live regular-season matches at 5pm on Saturdays during the 2019-20 campaign, with coverage to be shown on television and via the iview on-demand service.For the A-League 2020 Finals Series, ABC will provide delayed broadcasts of one elimination final, one semi-final and the grand final. It will also show 14 rounds of the 2019-20 W-League season and the entire W-League Finals Series live.Additionally, ABC will broadcast every men’s national team match which Fox Sports has rights to. The broadcaster will also show the women’s national team’s upcoming matches against Chile on November 9 and November 12, as well as next year’s Asian qualifiers for the women’s Olympic tournament.Fox Sports will continue to provide live coverage of all A-League, W-League and national team matches via Foxtel and Kayo Sports. last_img read more

first_imgAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say Real Madrid coach Zidane: Strong Courtois aware of the situationby Carlos Volcano20 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveReal Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane has defended Thibaut Courtois.Courtois was withdrawn at half-time with Real trailing 2-0 against Club Bruges in midweek, and the club later said the Belgian had been suffering from gastroenteritis – rather than an anxiety attack as claimed in the Spanish media.Courtois was jeered by members of the home support during the 2-2 Champions League draw.On Courtois, Zidane said: “Regardless of whether it’s fair or not, it is what it is. He’s strong and is aware of the situation. The first-half performance the other day was down to everyone.”The important thing is how he’s feeling. He’s not the only one who was responsible for that first half against Bruges. At Real Madrid you’re not allowed to make any mistakes, we can never concede and always have to score. Whenever that doesn’t happen, bad things are always going to be said about Real Madrid. We always have to give our all.”Nobody is a guaranteed starter, not Courtois or anybody else. I never said that. I’m going to use all of them.” last_img read more

first_imgGary Pinkel after big win against BYU.Gary Pinkel DanceMissouri head coach Gary Pinkel announced yesterday that he would stepping down at the end of this season due to health reasons. Whether it’s been his team’s up-and-down season, the unrest on campus, or his personal battle with lymphoma, Pinkel has faced more than his fair share of adversity this fall. So perhaps that’s why the scene following Missouri’s 20-16 win over BYU tonight was so touching. After the game, Pinkel’s players surrounded him, chanted his name, and urged him to dance. The veteran head coach obliged, and appeared to get emotional in doing so. “and the GP, GP ayyyyyyy chant has erupted” among players pic.twitter.com/vdwQ8ddega— Ashley Zavala (@ZavalaA) November 15, 2015Dance Gary Pinkel. Dance. pic.twitter.com/7LouzovljA— Dr. Saturday (@YahooDrSaturday) November 15, 2015That’s awesome. Hats off to Pinkel and his team.last_img read more

first_imgzoom The US Bankruptcy Court has approved the USD 78 million sale of Hanjin Shipping’s stake in terminal operator Total Terminals International (TTI) to Terminal Investment Limited (TIL), an affiliate of the Swiss Mediterranean Shipping Company (MSC), Reuters reports.The sale of Hanjin’s 54 percent stake in TTI, which operates container terminals at the Port of Seattle and the Port of Long Beach, was given a nod by the Seoul Central District Court in December. Following this, the South Korean bankruptcy court sought approval from US authorities, including the relevant ports.In late December, the Long Beach Board of Harbor Commissioners gave its approval for the deal, under which MSC will take over sole control of the long-term lease of the port’s largest terminal, the 381-acre Pier T container terminal.The remaining 46 percent stake in the terminal operator is already held by MSC.The transfer of the sale’s proceeds to South Korea would also be approved, Reuters cited US Bankruptcy Judge John Sherwood as saying.The approval may reportedly help prevent a bankruptcy filing by TTI as the terminal operator recorded a decrease in its container throughput after Hanjin filed for court protection on August 31, 2016.World Maritime News Stafflast_img read more

first_imgPARIS — The central French city of Bourges is shuttering shops to brace for possible violence between police and yellow vest protesters, as the nationwide movement seeks a new stage for its weekly demonstrations.Paris, too, is hunkering down for a ninth weekend of anti-government protests Saturday. France’s government has deployed 80,000 security forces for the day, and Interior Minister Christophe Castaner threatened tough retaliation against violence.Online groups mounted calls through the week for mass protests in Bourges, but Paris police said they wouldn’t let down their guard, notably around government buildings and the Champs-Elysees, scene of repeated rioting in past protests.The protest movement waned over the holidays but appears to be resurging, despite concessions by President Emmanuel Macron. Protesters want deeper changes to France’s economy and politics.The Associated Presslast_img read more