March 18, 2021 Find out more Reporters Without Borders is appalled to learn that Soheil Arabi, a Facebook user whose death sentence was quashed by the supreme court, has been given a new sentence of seven and a half years in prison starting with two years under observation, during which he must prove he has repented to avoid reimposition of the death sentence. News Detained since December 2013, Soheil Arabi received the new sentence on 6 September when he was retried by a Tehran assizes court.During the next two years, Arabi is required to seek answers to his religious doubts by reading 13 books on theology and Islam, writing summaries of them and writing an essay on theology and religion. He must conduct regular written correspondence with the Imam Khomeini Centre for Religious Research, copies of which will be submitted to the court. He must also write quarterly reports to the court with the aim of proving his repentance and renewed faith. If he fails, the death sentence could be reimposed.“Soheil Arabi has been spared immediate execution but this new sentence is medieval,” said Reza Moini, the head of the Reporters Without Borders Iran/Afghanistan desk. “A defendant who repeatedly said he did not want to offend religion is being subjected to a form of arbitrary torture because the Ali Khamenei-controlled judicial system wants to scare Internet users. This sentence is tantamount to forced labour, which is banned by international and Iranian law. We call on the UN special rapporteurs to intercede to get it quashed.”A photographer and father who was 31 when arrested by Revolutionary Guards on 27 December 2013, he was incarcerated in Security Section 2a of Tehran’s Evin prison, where he was subjected to solitary confinement for two months and was mistreated with the aim of getting him to confess to his role in creating a Facebook network that blasphemed Islam and criticized the government. Prosecutors then used this confession against him.At the end of an unfair trial in March 2014, a Tehran revolutionary court sentenced him to three years in prison, a fine of 500,000 tomans and 30 lashes on charges of anti-government propaganda, “insulting what is sacred” and insulting government officials and the Supreme Leader. A Tehran appeal court confirmed the sentence.However, as a result of Revolutionary Guard pressure, Arabi was brought before an assizes court on 19 August 2014 on new charges of “insulting the Prophet of Islam, the Shiite Holy Imams and the Koran,” and the court sentenced him to death under article 262 of Iran’s Islamic penal code. The court ignored his lawyer’s claims that his offences were not deliberate and that he was not the only person posting on these Facebook pages. In fact, although Arabi supervised several Facebook pages, most of the posts were made by other Facebook users or administrators.His lawyer also tried unsuccessfully to draw the court’s attention to article 263, which says: “when the accused (…) confesses that his insulting statement was made under coercion or by mistake or in a state of drunkenness or anger or in a slip of the tongue or without paying attention to the meaning of the words or quoting someone else, then he shall not be considered as having insulted the Prophet.”The supreme court upheld Arabi’s death sentence on 23 November 2014.Reporters Without Borders wrote to David Kaye, the UN special rapporteur on the promotion and protection of the right to freedom of opinion and expression, on 2 December 2014 voicing alarm about Arabi’s fate and urging him to “intercede as quickly as possible with the Iranian authorities in order to prevent his execution and to request the overturning of his conviction and his release.”As a result of the efforts of his family and lawyers, and intercession by UN rapporteurs on 27 June, the case was referred back to the supreme court, which finally quashed Arabi’s death sentence.Iran is ranked 173rd out of 180 countries in the 2015 Reporters Without Borders press freedom index. RSF_en Follow the news on Iran After Hengameh Shahidi’s pardon, RSF asks Supreme Leader to free all imprisoned journalists News IranMiddle East – North Africa October 2, 2015 – Updated on January 20, 2016 New arbitrary sentence for Facebook user who escaped death penalty Receive email alerts Iran: Press freedom violations recounted in real time January 2020 Help by sharing this information News Organisation IranMiddle East – North Africa to go further News Call for Iranian New Year pardons for Iran’s 21 imprisoned journalists June 9, 2021 Find out more February 25, 2021 Find out more
San Francisco 49ers kicker Robbie Gould is selling his Kildeer, Ill. mansion for $1.15 million, reports Realtor.com.Click here if viewing from a mobile device.The 5,420 square foot home has five bedrooms and five baths. It features a great room with fireplace, gym and wine cellar, among many other amenities.Gould purchased the home in 2009 for $1.2 million, according to public records. Tim Ratty and Dina Lissner with Compass are the current listing agents. Gould, who played for …
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Widening grant access South Africa will spend R89-billion on state social grants in 2010/11 in the face of increasing unemployment and the impact of last year’s recession. Tabling his Budget speech in Parliament, Cape Town on Wednesday, Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan said provision had been made for the extension of the child support grant up to the age of 18. State old-age pensions and disability grants will rise by R70 to R1 080 a month, while child support grants will increase by R10 to R250 per month. In co-operation with the Special Investigation Unit, the SASSA has cracked down on fraudulent grant claims among public servants and is currently investigating similar abuses in the public sector. “We recognise that the increase in the child support grant is slightly below the inflation rate but the social benefit and the cost of bringing in two million more children implies that we have to adjust this grant more moderately,” Gordhan said. Nearly 14-million South Africans are benefiting from the country’s social assistance programme, with more than 9-million of these grants going to households with children. 17 February 2010 In the next year, the South African Social Security Agency (SASSA) will focus on widening access to social grants, and improving grants administration and payments in order to minimise fraud. Expenditure on grants is set to increase from 3.2% of the Gross Domestic Product (GDP) to 3.5%. It is estimated that about R300-million will be recovered from dormant accounts this year. Source: BuaNews
6 November 2012 The National Rural Youth Service Corps is the future of rural development in South Africa, Rural Development and Land Reform Minister Gugile Nkwinti said in Johannesburg on Tuesday. Nkwinti said the programme had taken on board over 11 000 young people from rural areas around the country and had helped over 4 000 of them to get theoretical training at Further Education and Training colleges. “We train them so that they can go back to develop their respective rural communities with the skills that they acquire from us, but some of them are being absorbed in urban areas [which is fine],” he said. Skills development and accelerated service delivery The programme, involving two years of training, was launched in 2011 with an initial 7 900 participants. To date, 4 500 participants have either received or are in the process of completing training in various disciplines, mainly in the construction sector. A further 855 have been trained in records management, and are currently scanning and counting land claim files in all nine of South Africa’s provinces. Eighty participants have been trained in disaster management for placement in municipalities. Nkwinti, who supports the idea of getting rural schools to teach farming skills to high school learners, said the programme was widely viewed as a success, but required additional resources. “Our view is that skills development for young people is critical in rebuilding our country. As government, we’ve done a lot in terms of accelerating water and sanitation provision, adequate roads, housing and electrifying households. “We’ve delivered early childhood development centres, clinics and other basic human rights needs that never existed before in areas such as Muyexe in Limpopo, and now we are moving to other areas in other provinces, where we are also building houses for needy beneficiaries.” Nkwinti said they still had many areas to get around to in terms of delivering services. “The pace is slow, but we are pleading with our people to be patient. We are getting there. The country is quite big and resources are very limited.” Source: SANews.gov.za
Tags:#Google#news#NYT#web Related Posts A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… frederic lardinois Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Google just launched the Google Public DNS. Just like OpenDNS, Google Public DNS will allow users to bypass their ISPs Domain Name Servers (DNS). DNS servers are, in many respects, the backbone of the Internet. DNS allows you to type a domain name like www.senate.gov into a browser instead of a machine-readable IP number like http://126.96.36.199/. Google argues that it wants to give consumers an alternative to their ISPs’ DNS services in order to make the Internet “faster, safer and more reliable.” According to Google product manager Prem Ramaswami, the company’s engineers have been working to improve DNS over the last few months. Instead of performing DNS lookups on an ISP’s DNS server, Google will use its data-center and caching infrastructure to resolve these domain names. After SPDY (which augments HTTP), this is Google’s second major project that touches upon the core infrastructure of the Web. Using Google Public DNSGoogle Public DNS uses 188.8.131.52 and 184.108.40.206 as its IP addresses. Advanced users will surely have no problem making the necessary changes to enable Google Public DNS. The company has also released a set of step-by-step instructions for Windows, Mac and Linux users that can be found here. A First for Google: Phone Support for a Free ProductIn addition, Google is also offering phone support, which, to our knowledge, is unprecedented. Given that a mistake in changing your DNS settings could easily make accessing the Internet impossible, this is probably a good solution in this specific case.PrivacyAccording to Google’s FAQ, the company will only keep temporary logs and erase all the information it collects through the public DNS service within 24 to 45 hours. The company promises not to keep any information that is linked to IP addresses in its permanent logs.As of now, it doesn’t look like Google offers any additional services besides the pure DNS lookup. Unlike OpenDNS, it doesn’t block malware sites or present users with a list of alternative addresses (and ads) if it can’t resolve an address. Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market
PBA IMAGESWith several new pieces added to the crew that finished second last season, coach Norman Black is not talking about – and has gotten the results contrary to – his Meralco Bolts needing to jell.“We’re starting to blend well together, starting to become cohesive,” Black said after the Bolts bamboozled Alaska, 106-78, to move within another victory of clinching a twice-to-beat advantage in the first round of the PBA Governors’ Cup playoffs at Smart Araneta Coliseum.ADVERTISEMENT Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC MOST READ Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients San Beda trumps San Sebastian for 10th straight win Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Tolomia hit all five of his triple tries and finished with a career-high 24 points, while de Ocampo, six times a champion with the Texters, fit in so well with the new system that he scored 10 points in just 16 minutes.Allen Durham scattered 26 points, had 18 rebounds, six assists and two blocks to lead the Bolts. Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City E.T. returns to earth, reunites with grown-up Elliott in new ad LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary Rookie Mike Tolomia, added to the lineup less than a month ago, and Ranidel de Ocampo, the veteran superstar acquired from TNT KaTropa in a three-team deal who was playing his first game, were big as the Bolts broke loose in the second period and turned what was an anticipated close game into a ho-hum.It was the seventh win in nine games for Meralco, while the loss was the first in the last four games for the Aces, who slumped to a 3-7 card and are in danger of missing the playoffs.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutMeralco now effectively has a two-for-one chance of nailing a top four berth, as the Bolts close out opposite GlobalPort and then powerhouse San Miguel Beer.“There are a lot of teams fighting for top four spots,” Black stressed. “And this is the time of the conference where you need to win games, otherwise, you won’t get it. And a top four berth has been our goal right from the start.” Read Next LATEST STORIES BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight View comments
Ohio State landed its first recruit in nearly three months when four-star safety Tyreke Johnson committed to the school, adding another highly regarded recruit to the top 2018 class in the country.A Jacksonville, Florida, native, Johnson is the fifth-ranked safety in the nation and the 38th-best prospect overall, according to the 247Sports composite rankings. He joins five-star Jaiden Woodbey and four-star Josh Proctor as the third safety in the class. The Buckeyes have two cornerbacks, four-star Sevyn Banks and three-star Marcus Hooker, committed. Johnson attends Trinity Christian Academy, the same high school as freshman cornerback and former five-star recruit Shaun Wade. He is the fourth Floridian in the class to commit to Ohio State. Johnson is the first player in the 2018 class to pledge his services to the Buckeyes since junior college defensive tackle Antwuan Jackson Jr. committed on Sept. 12.
A potential January departure for Thorgan Hazard has allegedly been ruled out by Borussia Monchengladbach boss Dieter HeckingSince arriving Gladbach in 2014 from Chelsea, Hazard’s consistently good performances in Germany over the years has made him one of the most wanted players in Europe.The 25-year-old winger has recently been linked with moves Liverpool, Atletico Madrid and AS Roma.But BILD understands that Hecking has told the Gladbach director of sport Max Eberl and the board that Hazard will not be allowed to go anywhere in next month’s transfer window.The Belgium international has managed nine goals and six assists in 17 Bundesliga games this season and is contracted at Gladbach until June 2020.Merson believes Arsenal should sign Sancho Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 Borussia Dortmund winger Jadon Sancho might be the perfect player to play for the Gunners, according to former England international Paul Merson.However, the report did add that a summer return to Chelsea may be on the table for Hazard as the club have an option to buy him back.The Blues included a clause into his contract at Gladbach when they sold him and will have first refusal on him.Hazard had joined Chelsea back in the summer of 2012, along with his older brother Eden, from French side RC Lens.But Hazard never made an appearance for Chelsea and was immediately sent on loan to Belgian club SV Zulte Waregem for two seasons.Afterwards, he went on another loan spell to Gladbach before the German side decided to make him a permanent member of the squad in 2015.