Lawyer who defends detained journalists is herself arrested

first_img News Call for Iranian New Year pardons for Iran’s 21 imprisoned journalists to go further After Hengameh Shahidi’s pardon, RSF asks Supreme Leader to free all imprisoned journalists RSF_en Receive email alerts IranMiddle East – North Africa Follow the news on Iran Iran: Press freedom violations recounted in real time January 2020 Organisation Reporters Without Borders condemns the arrest of free speech defender Nasrin Sotoudeh, a lawyer who has represented many imprisoned journalists. She was arrested on 5 September on charges of anti-government propaganda and conspiring against the regime after responding to a summons from a revolutionary court prosecutor’s office located inside Tehran’s Evin prison.“Nasrin Sotoudeh has for the past year been the spokesperson of the victims of injustice, of those the regime is trying to silence,” Reporters Without Borders said. “Detained journalists and other political prisoners are denied their most basic rights. Lawyers cannot visit their detained clients or see their case files. Now the repression is being stepped up a notch. By arresting lawyers, the regime is trying to gag the last dissenting voices. Lawyers’ organisations throughout the world must demand this courageous lawyer’s immediate release.”The prominent political prisoners defended by Sotoudeh include journalists Issa Saharkhiz and Mohammad Sadegh Kaboudvand, who are both seriously ill (http://en.rsf.org/iran-health-of-prisoners-of-conscience-16-07-2010,37962.html). Despite being interrogated and threatened on several occasions, she has never stopped denouncing the arbitrary and illegal arrests that have been taking place since June 2009’s disputed presidential election.When Sotoudeh’s office was searched and closed on 28 August, she said: “Their aim is to rid the country of its human rights defenders.” center_img News Help by sharing this information June 9, 2021 Find out more News March 18, 2021 Find out more News IranMiddle East – North Africa February 25, 2021 Find out more September 7, 2010 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Lawyer who defends detained journalists is herself arrestedlast_img read more

Health Berries

first_imgA U.S. Department of Agriculturestudy has found that blueberries may help fight heart disease and aging.”This study found that blueberries are an excellent source of antioxidants,”said Gerard Krewer, an Extension Service horticulturist withthe University of Georgia College of Agricultural and EnvironmentalSciences.”These natural substances are found in many fruits and vegetables,” he said.”They neutralize the free radicals that contribute to heart disease and aging.”The USDA study was conducted last summer at the USDA Human Research Center on Aging at Tufts University in Boston. It found that blueberries, includingGeorgia’s rabbiteye type, are high in antioxidants.Blueberries, in fact, were the highest in antioxidant activity of the more than 40fruits and vegetables tested.”Besides the high levels of antioxidants, blueberries are very high in vitamin Cand fiber, too,” Krewer said. “And they have only 80 calories per cup.”Krewer said the high vitamin C and fiber content were already known. “But untilthis study, we didn’t know they were so high in antioxidants,” he said. “Theyhave turned out to be an excellent health food.”Georgia has about 4,000 acres of blueberries. The state’s farmers grow 6 million to 13million pounds each year. That ranks them fourth in the nation behind Michigan, New Jerseyand Oregon. Many Georgians grow them, too, in backyard gardens.last_img read more

Fans react to 95-91 Syracuse win over No. 1 Duke

first_imgDuke lost to Syracuse because Drake wore a Zion Williamson jersey in Bring It Back🤬— 5/11/18 (@totrojtal) January 15, 2019 Syracuse (12-5, 3-1 Atlantic Coast) upset No. 1 Duke (14-2, 3-1) in Cameron Indoor Stadium on Monday night, 95-91.See how fans reacted on Twitter after the game. Facebook Twitter Google+ AdvertisementThis is placeholder textcenter_img Published on January 14, 2019 at 10:30 pm Commentslast_img

Finger length may predict athletic ability: study

first_imgWashington, Aug 20 (PTI) Your hands may predict how good you are at sports, say scientists who found that athletic prowess could be related to the length of your fingers.Researchers explored the difference in length between ones index finger and ring finger, and a possible link to muscular strength.They found that the ratio of the length of the index finger and the length of the ring finger – called the “digit ratio” – is favourably related to muscular strength in boys.The ring finger in males is typically longer than the index finger, whereas the fingers are about the same length in females, said Grant Tomkinson, a professor at the University of North Dakota in the US.”There is some indirect evidence that this digit ratio of the length of the fingers, is determined during early foetal development by testosterone – the more testosterone the foetus produces, the longer the ring finger, so the smaller the digit ratio,” he said.Testosterone is the natural steroid hormone that enhances sport, athletic and fitness test performance. In general, people with smaller digit ratios are better athletes, researchers said.”Our study shows that boys with lower digit ratios have better handgrip strength, irrespective of their age or body size,” Tomkinson said.Since muscular strength is important for success in many youth sports and athletic events, the finding suggests that the digit ratio may predict performance in youth sports and athletic events requiring high strength, researchers said.Muscular strength is also an important indicator of good health, and those with lower digit ratios probably have better general health and well-being, Tomkinson said.advertisementResearchers also found that females with lower digit ratios are better basketball players.The study was published in the journal Early Human Development. PTI APA MHN MHNlast_img read more