Ali Omid arrested

first_img May 10, 2011 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Ali Omid arrested Organisation RSF_en Newscenter_img The authorities arrested Ali Omid, the moderator of an online forum. He was released 12 days later but was reportedly still facing prosecution. Help by sharing this informationlast_img

Deadline for Riverfest’s new Busking Competition extended

first_imgNewsDeadline for Riverfest’s new Busking Competition extendedBy Staff Reporter – April 28, 2015 767 Previous articleFunding appeal for earthquake victimsNext articleJan to get Limerick kids running Staff Reporterhttp://www.limerickpost.ie Calling Limerick’s Creative Kids! TAGSartsBuskers competitionDolansDolans Warehousegigsgreat limerick runlimerickmusicRed door productionsriverfest2015Steamboat music Advertisement Limerick Artist Receives Arts Council Next Generation Award worth €20,000 Belltable:Connect invites applications for Translating Live to Online Workshops this Autumn Facebook Mick Flannery’s Virtual Tour of Ireland in Dolan’s tonight Printcenter_img by Aoife [email protected] up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up THE deadline for application to the Busking Competition, , has been extended to Wednesday evening April 29.  The competition will host some of Limerick’s talented street musicians as they sing their hearts out, performing for some top quality prizes. Buskers will be located throughout Limerick’s pedestrianised streets, through designated pitches on Cruises street, Todds Bow, Chapel Street and Denmark Street. Music from the buskers will kick-off at 6pm on Sunday May 3, with judges visiting each pitch, adjudicating on performance, instrumental, vocal skills, passion and interaction with their audience. Two finalists will then be chosen to perform on stage at Upper Denmark Street, where the winner will be announced. Prizes include €500 worth of recording time with Red Door Productions, €750 worth of vouchers towards music equipment from Steamboat Music and opportunity to play in Limerick’s award winning music venue – Dolans Warehouse. To apply got to www.limerick.ie/festivals/riverfest/whatson/2015-05-03-riverfest-busking-competition to download an application form. Linkedin Twitter Email RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Limerick Post Show | Ham Sandwich Arts Council congratulates three Limerick artists on Covid-19 award WhatsApplast_img read more

E-commerce and FMCG most-optimist about recovery after pandemic: Survey

first_imgE-commerce and fast-moving consumer goods (FMCG) players in several Asian countries, including Indonesia, believe their business will resume quicker than other sectors after the pandemic, a recent survey shows.They expect businesses to return to normal within five months, around a month earlier than 6.2 months expected by other sectors, according to a survey by Mobile Marketing Association (MMA) and SurveySensum. The survey was conducted in Indonesia, India, Singapore and Vietnam.“FMCG and e-commerce are relatively more optimistic, of course, because the business is not much impacted compared to other categories,” SurveySensum CEO Rajiv Lamba said during a webinar on Monday. Topics : “For sectors such as travel, tourism and hospitality, I think it [recovery] might take more than a year and a half,” he said.With large-scale social restrictions in place, transportation and tourism have been the hardest hit sectors as people cease traveling.Indonesian airlines are struggling for survival amid the COVID-19 pandemic, having booked a total revenue loss of Rp 207 billion (US$13.9 million) as of April 15, according to Finance Ministry data.However, MMA and SurveySensum data shows that transportation businesses in the four countries expected revenue and operational recovery in about eight months.According to the survey, Indonesia is also the most optimistic country as businesses and customers believe the current economic slowdown induced by COVID-19 would be resolved in the next five and three months, respectively.However, 76 percent of respondents previously stated that their businesses were severely affected by the pandemic, according to similar survey.The positive sentiment, however, has turned into apprehension as businesspeople and economists expressed concern over a prolonged pandemic, as the government has begun to relax large-scale social distancing (PSBB) measures, including by allowing government and business officials to travel and people under 45 of age to work outside.center_img A previous survey by Mobile Marketing Association (MMA) and SurveySensum showed that spending in the digital category was expected to surge during Ramadan, as the upper and middle-income group from the surveyed 500 respondents intended to move their holiday shopping toward e-commerce and other digital platforms.Currently, the country is grappling with an economic downturn and disrupted business operations due to the ongoing fight against COVID-19 pandemic.Rajiv warned that other sectors, such as transportation and tourism, might see a longer recovery time.last_img read more

Afghanistan Notch Up Maiden Test Win, Beat Ireland

first_imgDehradun: Afghanistan registered their maiden win in the longest format of the game on Monday after hammering Ireland by seven wickets in the one-off Test here. Chasing 147 for victory, Afghanistan comfortably crossed the line on the fourth day of the contest, thanks to the 139-run second wicket partnership between Rahmat Shah (76 off 122) and Ihsanullah Janat (65 off 129). It was also Shah’s second fifty of the match as he had played a 214-ball 98-run knock in Afghanistan’s first innings score of 314. With just three runs needed for victory, Afghanistan lost Shah and Mohammad Nabi in successive deliveries before incoming batsman Hashmatullah Shahidi hit the winning boundary to hand Afghanistan a memorable win.Brief Scores: Ireland: 172 (Tim Murtagh 54 not out; Mohammad Nabi 3/36) and 288 (Andrew Balbirnie 82; Rashid Khan 5/82) lose to Afghanistan: 314 (Rahmat Shah 98,; Stuart Thompson 3/28) and 147/3 (Rahmat Shah 76, James Cameron 1/24). IANSAlso Read: SPORTS NEWSlast_img read more

The Latest: Falcons Todd Gurley to donate meals in Atlanta

first_imgThe Latest: Falcons Todd Gurley to donate meals in Atlanta Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditThe Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world:___Falcons running back Todd Gurley is donating meals to feed Atlanta residents in need and healthcare workers at two hospitals. The move comes less than a month after the Indiana High School Athletic Association canceled the boys state tournament for the first time since its inception in 1911. ___The Canadian Olympic and Paralympic track and field trials for next year’s Tokyo Games will remain in Montreal.Athletics Canada announced Thursday that the trials will take place in 2021 at Montreal’s Complexe sportif Claude-Robillard. The event is expected to be held June 24-27.Montreal was scheduled to hold the trials this summer from June 25-28, but the event was postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. ___Australia’s rugby league championship plans to restart on May 28.The NRL has been suspended since March 23.The governing ARL Commission also says it intends to play a full three-game State of Origin series.Commissioner Wayne Pearce says they wanted to set a date and then work on finalizing a competition. It will depend on border restrictions in New South Wales and Victoria states and New Zealand opening up. The Kentucky Derby Museum is looking to unload all merchandise for the 146th Derby dated May 2. The race has been postponed from that date to Sept. 5 because of the coronavirus pandemic.As a result, over 300 Derby 146 items with the old date will be available for online sale from April 15 to May 3. The museum will donate 20% of sales proceeds to two funds that help those affected by COVID-19.The merchandise includes Derby glasses, T-shirts, bags, socks, posters and magnets. It also includes items associated with the Kentucky Oaks, the race for fillies held on Derby eve.Derby glasses have long been popular with collectors and limited production runs or mistakes can make them highly sought after. The World Curling Federation has canceled its championships this year.The men’s, women’s, mixed doubles and senior championships will not be held in 2020. The events had already been indefinitely postponed because of the coronavirus pandemic.The WCF has adjusted its qualifying for the 2021 world championships and the 2022 Winter Olympics to compensate for the missing tournaments.Also Thursday, Curling Canada canceled all of its remaining championships for the 2019-20 season, which ends in the spring.___ The trials will serve as the final event to determine the athletes nominated to the Canadian Olympic and Paralympic teams competing in Tokyo.Montreal hosted the Canadian Track and Field Championships in 2019. The last Olympic trials held in Montreal were in 1996.The Tokyo Games will take place July 23 to Aug. 8, 2021, after being postponed for a year due to the novel coronavirus. The Paralympic Games will run from Aug. 24 to Sept. 5.___The Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame induction ceremony has been postponed indefinitely because of the COVID-19 pandemic. Associated Press ___The Chicago Bears say they are donating $2 million to COVID-19 relief efforts in Illinois.The Bears gave $250,000 to the Chicago Community COVID-19 Response Fund on March 20, and they said they plan to donate $250,000 each to three other causes — the Advocate Charitable Foundation’s Relief Fund for Critical Care, Illinois COVID-19 Response Fund and the University of Chicago’s Community Support Programs.“We will be forever grateful to the healthcare providers, first responders, grocers, sanitation workers, janitors and everyone keeping our communities healthy and safe during this time,” Bears president Ted Phillips said. “Please continue to do your part and stay home so we can slow down the virus and save lives.”___ The boys series began in 1940 but was not played in 1943 or 1944. The girls games were added in 1976 and have never previously been called off.The series pits the top seniors from each state and were scheduled to play June 5 in Georgetown, Kentucky, and June 6 in Indianapolis. The top juniors were scheduled to square off June 1 at Floyd Central High School near the Ohio River.Indiana also has canceled the junior-senior all-star games on June 3 and the All-Star Shootout on June 6.“I am sad for the players and coaches who comprise this year’s All-Star teams,” Indiana game director Mike Broughton said in a statement. “This is a once in a lifetime experience for the seniors who made the team, but they do have the satisfaction that they are an Indiana All-Star for life.”The Indiana boys hold a 99-44 advantage in the seniors’ series while the Indiana girls lead 50-38. The Premier League had wanted all squads to take a 30% pay cut but the move led to a standoff with the players’ union.The league has been indefinitely suspended.Southampton says players will defer part of their salaries in April, May and June “to help protect the future of the club, the staff that work within it and the community we serve.”Southampton manager Ralph Hasenhüttl, his coaching staff and directors will also defer some pay over three months.Southampton says it has “put measures in place to ensure that all staff not deferring part of their salaries will continue to receive 100% of their pay, paid in the normal way until 30th June.” Pearce says “a date is to give certainty to players and their schedules, clubs and thousands of people who are out of work through clubs and millions of fans.”He says “the situation is changing dramatically and we need to get moving. It is in the best interests of our clubs, our players, our stakeholders and importantly our fans that the competition resumes as quickly and as safely as possible.”___Australia’s two-test cricket tour of Bangladesh in June has been postponed because of the coronavirus pandemic.The first test was to start on June 11 in Chattogram. The second from June 19 in Dhaka. April 9, 2020 ___More AP sports: https://apnews.com/apf-sports and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports,Tampa Bay Lightning advance to face Dallas Stars in Stanley Cup finals, beating New York Islanders 2-1 in OT in Game 6 The NBA HORSE Challenge will have eight participants. The quarterfinals are to be shown Sunday and the semifinals and final on April 16.The quarterfinal matchups are Trae Young of the Atlanta Hawks against former NBA player and ESPN analyst Chauncey Billups; WNBA great and 2020 Basketball Hall of Fame inductee Tamika Catchings against Mike Conley Jr. of the Utah Jazz; Zach LaVine of the Chicago Bulls against NBA retiree and ESPN analyst Paul Pierce; and Chris Paul of the Oklahoma City Thunder against Allie Quigley of the WNBA’s Chicago Sky.Players must call their shots before the attempt and dunking is not allowed. The players will be isolated and competing on separate home courts.State Farm is the presenting sponsor and will offer a prize pool exceeding $200,000 to charities working on the coronavirus response. The event will be pre-taped.___ The former standout at the University of Georgia is donating meals to low-income Atlantans through [email protected] The donations also will benefit the Ronald McDonald House Atlanta and two Atlanta hospitals, Northside and Piedmont.“Atlanta has welcomed me back with open arms, so it was only right that I gave back to this city,” Gurley said Thursday. “My partners at Hungry have allowed me to reach out and spread love to those who need it most by donating good food to people in need.” He said he hopes to inspire others to provide similar help, “especially for those risking their lives on the front lines and, most importantly, make a difference every day.”Gurley, who played five seasons for the Rams before he was released last month, has agreed to a one-year contract with the Falcons for $6 million. ___ The International Cycling Union says it can get through its greatest crisis since World War II with limited damage “as long as the situation does not last longer than current predictions.”The UCI has received more than 650 requests for postponements or cancellations from organizers because of the coronavirus pandemic. That represents 30% of its international calendar.The UCI says it is reimbursing all registration fees of canceled events to help organizers.The UCI will take a considerable financial hit from paying those fees and it also expects its Olympic revenue payment from the delayed Tokyo Games to be postponed and likely reduced.The UCI says its leadership has agreed to reduce salaries or allowances and furloughed all 130 employees of the UCI and the world cycling center. Former Toronto Blue Jays first baseman and two-time World Series champion John Olerud, 2006 American League MVP Justin Morneau, former Blue Jays pitcher Duane Ward, and Montreal sportscaster Jacques Doucet were scheduled to be enshrined in a ceremony in St. Marys, Ontario, on June 20.The hall of fame said in a release Thursday that the ceremony and related events are postponed until further notice.The museum and ballfields are closed to the public, as mandated under Ontario’s declaration of emergency.___The NBA, the National Basketball Players Association and ESPN will stream a HORSE tournament on ESPN’s app. Both were part of the world test championship. The final of that tournament is scheduled for next June. Trying to find a new slot for the tests will be a challenge.Cricket Australia CEO Kevin Roberts says “the global cricket calendar is very busy but we will do everything we can to honor our commitment to Bangladesh and will continue to work with the BCB on an agreed date.”The Bangladesh-Australia series is the second in the world championship to be postponed. England returned home from Sri Lanka last month at the start of the outbreak.___Southampton has become the first Premier League club to announce its players will defer some of their salaries amid the coronavirus pandemic. The Fed Cup finals this month have been postponed; the Davis Cup finals are scheduled for late November. All tournaments are on hold until at least mid-July.Haggerty wrote to the AP: “In these unprecedented times, it is hard to predict when we will return to tennis.”___The Indiana-Kentucky boys and girls high school all-star games have been canceled for the first time since World War II.Officials from the two states cited measures taken by both state governments to battle the COVID-19 pandemic, including the closure of schools through the rest of academic year. The International Tennis Federation is putting about half of its staff on furlough and cutting other employees’ salaries because of the coronavirus pandemic.The move includes a 30% pay drop in 2020 for ITF President David Haggerty and reductions of 10% or 20% for others.Haggerty wrote in an email to the AP on Thursday that the ITF’s finance committee and board “looked at all areas where we felt we could make savings in the short term to be prepared for the return to tennis.”Haggerty also said that the group’s reserve funds are available to help individual countries’ tennis federations be prepared for tournaments and grassroots efforts once it’s deemed safe to return to competition.The ITF oversees the Fed Cup and Davis Cup, along with hundreds of lower-tier tournaments around the world.last_img read more

EL CLASICO: One-on-One Duels to Watch Out For

first_imgLionel Messi vs the Real Madrid wallLionel Messi is the master of freekicks. Defensive walls against the 2019 Ballon d’Or winner have to perfectly positioned and often that isn’t enough. The Argentine master has even put some freekicks underneath the wall, something that prompted Real Madrid left-back Marcelo to kneel on the ground blocking the area beneath the jumping defenders during Brazil vs Argentina this summer. If Barcelona win a freekick in ‘the Messi zone’ then keep an eye on the Real Madrid wall.Sergio Ramos vs Luis SuárezTwo of the most energetic and intense players in world football are going face-to-face; Real Madrid centre-back and captain Sergio Ramos will be tasked with keeping Barcelona’s centre-forward Luis Suárez off the scoresheet. These two players have taken part in some hard-fought battles in the past, leaving it all on the line in search of a win. Expect the most physical tussle on the pitch to take place in and around the Real Madrid penalty area.Karim Benzema vs Gerard PiquéReal Madrid’s superstar Karim Benzema could be the difference maker for Los Blancos. The French’s form means that Barcelona centre-back, Gerard Pique, will need to be on his guard. With Benzema being one of the best scorers in the current season so far, the Clasico could be the perfect game to show his ‘new’ skills as the Real number ‘9’. Pique is the man to stop him.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Where will the match be won and lost? Here are some one-on-one match-ups that could dictate the end result.One of the most engrossing aspects of any Clásico is seeing the various individual match-ups across the pitch: the world’s best full-backs jostling for territory, top-class goalkeepers meeting the planet’s best finishers and midfields used to dominating possession fighting for the right to dictate the flow of the game.Jordi Alba vs Dani CarvajalThere are few full-back battles as intriguing as Jordi Alba’s tactical tussles with his Spain teammate Dani Carvajal. The Barcelona left-back and the Real Madrid right-back both like to get forward, but they know that it’s just as important to track back when they face such a dangerous opponent. It was Jordi Alba who provided the assist for the opening goal in this fixture last season, as well as playing the cross that produced a penalty to make it 2-0. Barcelona went on to win 5-1, but that was in the absence of the injured Carvajal, who’ll look to make a big impact this time around.Arthur vs CasemiroThe midfield battles in El Clásico are always fascinating and the duel between Arthur Melo and Casemiro promises to be so too. These two Brazil teammates will be occupying a very similar space on the pitch, with Casemiro looking to protect his back line at the same time as Arthur tries to unpick it. Casemiro can get forward too, though, and both players have proven they can score from distance. Every blade of grass will have to be fought for and every inch will have to be protected.last_img read more

New skipper Campbell eyeing first one-day 100

first_imgNewly appointed Jamaica Scorpions one-day captain, opener John Campbell, says his intention is to grab the opportunity with both hands. The former West Indies Under-19 vice-captain is scheduled to lead Jamaica for the first time when the WICB NAGICO Insurance Super50 tournament bowls off early next month. “I’m really happy and elated to be leading my country at the highest level,” said Campbell, who replaces spinner Nikita Miller as leader of the unit. “It’s not really a surprise to me as I am the vice-captain of the four-day team. “I therefore knew that the selectors were looking at me, and now that I have been presented with the opportunity, I hope to grab it both hands.” Campbell, one of the brighter batting prospects locally, is set to lead Jamaica in a tough Group A. The group includes the co-hosts and title holders, Trinidad and Tobago Red Force, last year’s runners-up Barbados Pride, and invited team, ICC Americas. Each team is slated to play each other twice at the group stage with the top two advancing to the semi-finals, set for January 20 and 21. The final will be played on Sunday, January 23. “It’s a tough tournament and a tough group, but we have a good, balanced squad,” stated Campbell. “I am therefore looking forward to us going over there and representing the country well, and hopefully bring home the trophy.” Meanwhile, 23-year-old Campbell, who boasts a one-day average of 33 from eight games, said he is hoping to improve his overall statistics. “I have been doing fairly well in one-day cricket, and heading into this tournament, I am looking to score my first one-day century,” he said. “That would be good for me, and for the team.” The third staging of the Super50 is set to bowl off on Thursday, January 7 at Queen’s Park Oval with the Scorpions facing the Red Force in a day-night encounter. St Kitts and Nevis are the other co-hosts and will feature Guyana Jaguars, Windward Islands Volcanoes, Leeward Islands Hurricanes, and Combined Campuses and Colleges Marooners.last_img read more

Lord’s Test: Hardik Pandya defends India’s decision to play two spinners

first_imgIndia all-rounder Hardik Pandya has defended the team management’s decision to play two spinners in the ongoing second Test at Lord’s. India dropped Umesh Yadav to play Kuldeep Yadav as second spinner alongside Ravichandran Ashwin in the Lord’s Test.However, both Ashwin and Kuldeep failed to make any impact on third day as England reached 357/6 at the close of play taking a substantial lead of 250 runs.”Obviously they [team management] had some thought behind it [picking the second spinner]. I don’t get into that too much. I think three pacers [including himself] were enough to be honest,” Pandya told reporters at the end of third day’s play on Saturday.”We did enough and we bowled properly. We gave whatever we had to give. As I told you, today’s wicket was the wicket we expected [at Lord’s from Day 1] and it was a proper call. If this was a five-day game, spinners would’ve come into play. But because of the rain and everything, it was short and there’s not many footmarks and it was not gripping that much. If this was a five-day game, things would have been different,” Pandya said.Sunil Gavaskar wants BCCI to take opinion of CAC on tour planning in futurePandya also said the bowlers were not getting assistance from the pitch after the lunch break on Saturday.It was a 189-run sixth-wicket stand between Chris Woakes (120 batting) and Jonny Bairstow (93) that has put England in the driver’s seat. India will now need a miracle to make a comeback.advertisement”Nothing happened (after lunch). That was the problem. As a bowling unit, we tried but all of a sudden the ball stopped swinging and they Woakes and (Jonny) Bairstow took the game away. It happens I’ve seen in Tests. You get four or five wickets quickly and then you get one partnership. Even with our batting line-up, it has happened many times. It’s just a part of the game,” Pandya said.Also read – India fall behind as Woakes, Bairstow dominatePandya said even England would have struggled in those conditions had they batted first.”Any team would have got the same score which we got because playing in those conditions [was tough], a little drizzle was there, and wicket got a little wet as well.”Today the conditions were different. When we bowled today, there was proper sunlight. The wicket was the ideal one, which we would have expected on the first day. But because of the conditions, the pitch started doing a lot.”India vs England, 2nd Test, Day 3: HighlightsThere has been a lot of discussion about whether Pandya is a batting all-rounder or a bowling all-rounder and the maverick from Baroda put it how he perceives himself.”If I am batting, I think as a batsman and if I am bowling, I think as a bowler. I don’t have any one particular role.”He further added: “My role when I bowl, I like to keep it tight and try to make sure that the batsman make mistakes. I don’t try much stuff. Keep it tight and let’s see what they do. And we know that they love to play shots and playing like that you will tend to make one mistake. We were expecting that they will (make mistakes).”Chris Woakes: Incredible feeling to score hundred at Lord’sToss played a big role as England captain Joe Root was able to make most of the helpful bowling conditions but the Indian all-rounder made it clear that he never believed that there’s any such thing called luck in cricket.”I don’t believe in luck too much. Whatever happens is down to hard work. And this is a game, where they won the toss and put us into bat. If we had won the toss, we could have had them in the same position. But it is not.”Luck doesn’t come into this, and it is just a way of saying things. We will keep working hard and try hard and see what happens then,” Pandya signed off.(With inputs from PTI)last_img read more