Rezaian : RSF thrilled, but regrets Jason was used as a bargaining chip

first_img News News IranMiddle East – North Africa Jason Rezaian had been imprisoned in Iran since July 22, 2014 on trumped-up charges of “activities against Iran’s security in collaboration with a foreign organization or government” and “anti-government propaganda.” His trial was a travesty of justice. Jason was just doing his job as a reporter and was unlucky enough to have dual US and Iranian nationality at a time when the two countries were conducting tense negotiations about Iran’s nuclear programme. Jason’s wife Yeganeh Salehi, an Iranian journalist who was working for The National, a newspaper based in the United Arab Emirates, and two other US citizens were also arrested on July 22, 2014 and released in 2014. “We are thrilled to see Jason finally free, but he should have never been imprisoned in the first place. Jason was innocent. It is outrageous that he has been used as a bargaining chip”, said Christophe Deloire, Reporters Without Borders Secretary General.Today, as world leaders meet in Vienna to assess Iran’s compliance with its obligations under the nuclear deal, 38 other journalists and citizen journalists remain in prison in Iran. RSF urges the Iranian authorities to release these prisoners.With a total of 38 journalists and citizen-journalists currently detained, Iran is still one of the world’s five biggest prisons for news and information providers and is ranked 173rd out of 180 countries in the 2015 Reporters Without Borders press freedom index. RSF_en February 25, 2021 Find out more Help by sharing this information Receive email alerts Organisation Reporters Without Borders (RSF) is thrilled to learn that Teheran Washington Post correspondent Jason Rezaian will soon be released from Iranian custody after more than a year in detention. Iranian officials announced today that four U.S. citizens, including Jason, were to be released in a prisoner-swap with the United States. IranMiddle East – North Africa After Hengameh Shahidi’s pardon, RSF asks Supreme Leader to free all imprisoned journalists January 16, 2016 – Updated on March 8, 2016 Rezaian : RSF thrilled, but regrets Jason was used as a bargaining chip Iran: Press freedom violations recounted in real time January 2020 June 9, 2021 Find out more News Follow the news on Iran March 18, 2021 Find out more News to go further Call for Iranian New Year pardons for Iran’s 21 imprisoned journalistslast_img read more

EIA: Renewables provide almost 18% of U.S. electricity

first_imgEIA: Renewables provide almost 18% of U.S. electricity FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Clean Technica:The United States Energy Information Administration has recently published data revealing that renewable energy sources provided nearly 18% of the country’s electrical generation through the first nine months of the year, while solar and wind grew substantially as compared to the same nine months a year ago.The Energy Information Administration (EIA) published its Electric Power Monthly (with data up through September 30, 2018) this week, which was then analyzed by the SUN DAY Campaign run by Ken Bossong, which pays close attention to the EIA’s regular energy reports. According to SUN DAY’s analysis of EIA numbers, renewable energy sources — which include biomass, geothermal, hydropower, solar, and wind — accounted for 17.8% of the country’s net domestic electrical generation through the first three-quarters of 2018.Interestingly, this was a marginal increase on the 17.6% recorded through the first nine months of 2017, despite the fact that hydropower generation dropped by 5.1%.Through the same period, EIA’s data shows that solar and wind both saw strong growth, with utility-scale solar growing by 30.3% (which includes distributed small-scale solar) and wind energy growing by 14.5% compared to the same period a year earlier. Taken together, wind and solar accounted for almost 9% of the country’s electrical generation and 49.7% of the total from all renewable energy sources.Looking at all renewable energy technologies, hydropower remains the consistent leader, accounting for 7.05% of the nation’s total electricity generation, followed by wind with 6.41%, solar with 2.42%, biomass with 1.48% after a 1.5% increase in generation, and geothermal with 0.39% after a 5.4% increase.More: Renewables account for 18% of U.S. electricity generationlast_img read more

Hospital lockdown may be lifted today; some 700 subjected to RT-PCR test

first_imgILOILO City – The lockdown of St. Paul’s Hospital of Iloilo (SPHI) beginning Sunday night may be lifted today, according to the regional interagency task force on coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). * direct care for a patient with probable or confirmed COVID-19 disease without using proper personal protective equipment. * face-to-face contact with a confirmed case for at least 15 minutes “Our protocols for infection control have always been in place and strictly followed. These are in accordance with accepted standards to address the COVID-19 pandemic to ensure the safety of everyone working, confined in, or visiting the hospital,” it stressed. Earlier, DOH-6 director Dr. Marlyn Convocar issued this public advisory: “The public is hereby advised to immediately contact DOH Western Visayas, the City Health Office and/or their respective local government units through Barangay Health Emergency Response Teams (BHERTs) if they have visited the above-mentioned health facility from June 23-28.” Yesterday, DOH-6 announced that one nurse of the hospital tested positive for COVID-19 – a 28-year-old male from the City Proper (Patient No. 309). He was one of the 17 new cases in the region confirmed yesterday. She, however, said it would be up to SPHI to determine when it would be ready to resume normal operation. “Wala sang exempted (from testing) didto sa sulod,” he stressed. In a statement, the SPHI management assured the public it had “protocols and processes to address the results of the said tests.” Today, some 700 hospital personnel, hospital patients and other persons who may have come in contact with the eight hospital doctors positive for SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19, would have been all swabbed for reverse transcription-polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR) testing, said Atty. Roy Villa, task force spokesperson. Dr. Ella Mae Divinagracia, infectious disease specialist of SPHI, the nurse was assigned at the third floor of the hospital. The swabbing was a joint effort by medical technologists of SPHI, City Health Office (CHO) and Department of Health (DOH) Region 6. Those identified as close contacts of the doctors were require to undergo strict home quarantine and isolation for 14 days. “Any flu-like symptoms such as fever, difficulty of breathing, and/or cough should be immediately consulted with physicians or reported to the nearest health facility. Confirmatory testing for close contacts shall follow DOH Department Memorandums 2020-0258,” according to Convocar. Close contacts are individuals who had lived with, cared for, traveled with, or transacted with a confirmed case who has: The SPHI lockdown was a precautionary measure, said Villa, against the spread of COVID-19, and may also help determine the source of the eight doctors’ infection. The disinfection of SPHI is also expected to end today, according to Dr. Renilyn Reyes, head of DOH-6’s Public Health Program Development. Some test results are also expected to be released today. * was with a confirmed case in an enclosed space for at least two hours The infected eight doctors and nurse are currently being quarantined at the hospital’s hostel. St. Paul’s Hospital of Iloilo is a tertiary level training general hospital with a capacity of 265 beds./PN * direct physical contact with a confirmed cases The virus-infected SPHI physicians were resident doctors and a Family Medicine consultant.last_img read more

Munster keep pressure on leaders

first_imgMunster closed the gap on Guinness PRO12 leaders Glasgow with a 34-3 victory in a one-sided game against Edinburgh at Murrayfield, gaining a much-needed try bonus point in the process. Tries from Duncan Casey, CJ Stander, Conor Murray, Simon Zebo and Keith Earls, along with nine points from the boot of Ian Keatley were enough to secure the victory and ensure they rose to second in the table. In reply, Edinburgh could only muster a sole penalty from stand-off Tom Heathcote. The hosts who made the greater impression in the opening stages, stringing together a series of phases that displayed real attacking intent. Press Association The try bonus point was secured in controversial fashion, when the TMO adjudged Zebo to have touched down despite appearing to have had minimal downward pressure on the ball, having chased down his own kick. Keatley was once again off target with the conversion. Further gloss was added to the scoreline when Earls capitalised on a mistake in the Edinburgh ranks to snap up a loose ball and squeeze over from close range. Keatley added the touchline conversion to conclude the scoring, rounding off a clinical display from Munster as they look to secure a home semi-final in the end of season play-offs. That early tenacity was rewarded when Munster were penalised at the breakdown and fly-half Heathcote converted the resulting penalty. However, that was as good as it got for Edinburgh. Keatley responded with an early penalty of his own, knocking over a 25-metre effort after Edinburgh replacement Tomas Leonardi had strayed offside at the ruck. And it was Munster who deservedly notched the first try of the game, their bold decision to kick to the corner from a penalty within the Edinburgh 22 paying dividends. Line-out ball was secured and the rolling maul rumbled over, allowing hooker Casey to touchdown. Keatley added the extras from wide on the touchline to give his side a seven-point advantage at the half-time interval. The visitors began the second period at a visibly higher tempo and stretched their advantage with a try that mirrored their earlier score. Once again, attacking line-out ball led to the formation of a dynamic rolling maul, and number 8 Stander was on hand to dot the ball down. Keatley was off the mark with his conversion effort. Munster continued their march towards an emphatic victory with a third score, through scrum-half Murray. With Edinburgh a man down after Tim Visser had been sin-binned for slowing down the ball, Murray sneaked down the blindside from the back of yet another driving maul. The Irish international then succeeded in fending off the challenge of Ross Ford before crashing over in the corner for a score converted by Keatley. last_img read more