Journalists going missing in Iran, those based abroad getting death threats

first_img IranMiddle East – North Africa March 1, 2011 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Journalists going missing in Iran, those based abroad getting death threats News Help by sharing this information Receive email alerts After Hengameh Shahidi’s pardon, RSF asks Supreme Leader to free all imprisoned journalists IranMiddle East – North Africa News February 25, 2021 Find out more News June 9, 2021 Find out morecenter_img Organisation Iran: Press freedom violations recounted in real time January 2020 Mir Hossein Mousavi, owner of the suspended newspaper Kalameh Sabaz, his wife, author Zahra Rahnavard, and Mehdi Karoubi, owner of the suspended Etemad Melli, and his wife have been arrested.Gholam-Hossein Mohseni Ejei, the Tehran public prosecutor, told a press conference on 27 February that the two newspaper owners were under house arrest and barred from using telephones or the Internet. He did not say where they were being held or why they had been arrested.Some reports claim the two couples are being held at a military prison in central Tehran.Several Iranian journalists and writers living in exile have received death threats from Iranian intelligence agencies since 24 February.Reporters Without Borders called on the Iranian government to reveal where Mousavi, Karoubi and their wives are being held, and why. Article 32* of the Iranian constitution requires this information to be released within 24 hours, it said.The organisation also asked the United Nations Human Rights Council to appoint a special envoy to investigate the state of human rights in Iran.The Iranian government often resorts to arbitrary arrests and keeps political prisoners in solitary confinement, which is an infringement of international law.Several journalists and other Iranians living in exile have received anonymous threats by telephone, text message or email, such as “Stop your actions against the Islamic Republic or you will suffer the ultimate punishment” and “We order you to stop, otherwise you will pay.”Many reports of threats, summonses and anonymous phone calls from intelligence ministry agents have reached Reporters Without Borders in the past year and Iranians have been given police protection in several European countries. They have asked not to be identified. The organisation points out that their families in Iran have suffered harassment from the authorities.After the 1979 revolution the Iranian government executed over 200 political opponents living abroad, most of them in Europe. The killers were never brought to trial because of blackmail by the Iranian government.One of the few cases that came to court in a western country was that of exiled journalist and writer Reza Mazlouman, who was murdered on 27 May 1996 at his home in Créteil, France, for “insulting Islam and the Prophet.” His killer was never arrested but an Iranian suspected of working for the Iranian secret service, Ahmad Jayhooni, was charged with involvement in the murder.*  Article 32No-one may be arrested except in cases and according to methods laid down by the law. In the event of an arrest, the person(s) must immediately by told why and informed of any charges against them. A preliminary report must be sent to the relevant legal authorities within 24 hours and preparations for the trial must go ahead as soon as possible. Anyone who does not comply with this requirement will be punished in accordance with the law. Call for Iranian New Year pardons for Iran’s 21 imprisoned journalists RSF_en Follow the news on Iran to go further News March 18, 2021 Find out morelast_img read more

US – #WeeklyAddress July 31-August 6: Sessions to prosecute more leakers

first_img to go further NSO Group hasn’t kept its promises on human rights, RSF and other NGOs say News August 7, 2017 US – #WeeklyAddress July 31-August 6: Sessions to prosecute more leakers News Organisation June 3, 2021 Find out more Follow the news on United States Help by sharing this information RSF_en News 1. Jeff Sessions says DOJ will review policies on subpoenaing reporters in leak casesAt a press conference on Friday, August 4, Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced that the Department of Justice has more than tripled the number of leak investigations compared with the number of investigations that were open at the end of the previous administration, and that it will review policies on media subpoenas in leak cases. Concluding the press conference, Director of National Intelligence Daniel Coats addressed leakers directly: “If you improperly disclose classified information, we will find you, we will investigate you, we will prosecute you to the fullest extent of the law, and you will not be happy with the result.”Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein said on “Fox News Sunday” that the Justice Department is not targeting journalists. “The attorney general has been very clear that we’re after the leakers, not the journalists,” he said.Sessions’ announcement comes about a month after a number of Senate Republicans on the Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs issued a report claiming media leaks under the current administration are a threat to national security. 2. Amid culture of hostility toward reporters, press freedom organizations launch website tracking abusesRSF joined a coalition of more than 20 press freedom organizations to launch the U.S. Press Freedom Tracker on Wednesday August 2. The tracker, a nonpartisan website documenting abuses of U.S. press freedom, is led by the Committee to Protect Journalists and the Freedom of the Press Foundation, and serves as a repository for this data at a time when the media climate in the United States has become increasingly hostile. RSF sits on the steering committee for the collaborative project. Data collected on the U.S. Press Freedom Tracker shows 19 journalists have been arrested in the course of their work in 2017 and at least 10 are currently facing charges; at least four journalists have been stopped at the border; and 11 have faced physical attacks. 3. Every White House press briefing for the past two weeks has been on-airAfter several weeks in which reporters voiced concerns about off-camera White House press briefings, every briefing since July 21 has been on-camera. This is consistent with former Communications Director Anthony Scaramucci’s tweet on July 24 that “TV cameras are back on,” which he later confirmed was a reference to press briefings. For three weeks prior to July 21, reporters had taken issue with the bans on video and audio recordings. Reporter Ksenija Pavlovic disregarded the audio ban on July 19 by live streaming audio of the briefing on the Twitter account for her online news outlet, Pavlovic Today, and Fox News reporter John Roberts left a briefing prior to its conclusion the day before.The United States ranks 43rd out of 180 countries in RSF’s 2017 World Press Freedom Index after falling 2 places in the last year.For the latest updates, follow RSF on twitter @RSF_en WhatsApp blocks accounts of at least seven Gaza Strip journalists June 7, 2021 Find out more Below are the most notable incidents regarding threats to press freedom in the US during the week of July 31 – August 6: Facebook’s Oversight Board is just a stopgap, regulation urgently needed, RSF says Receive email alerts United StatesAmericas Condemning abusesProtecting sources United StatesAmericas Condemning abusesProtecting sources News April 28, 2021 Find out morelast_img read more

Trees in Trouble

first_imgIt was the summer of 2013 when Erik Filep noticed the devastation. He and his wife were traveling from Central Virginia to Ohio to visit family, when seemingly out of nowhere the scene was completely different.“One summer everything was fine, there was no noticeable damage,” said Filep, former owner of Filep Forest Management, a Virginia-based company that provides forest and wildlife management for landowners. “Then the next summer when we went back up, driving the exact same route, there were just dead ash trees everywhere. It seemed very sudden.”Of course, as a forester with more than 10 years in the field under his belt, Filep knew the ash trees’ demise was anything but sudden. In fact, those trees had probably been slowly dying from the inside out over the course of at least a couple years, thanks to a tiny insect called agrilus planipennis, more commonly known as the emerald ash borer (EAB).Experts agree that EAB is the most destructive threat facing Southeast American trees today, and the ash is one of many Southern trees in trouble. The list of specific pests and diseases is lengthy, but the most significant threats affecting our forests fall into two categories: invasive species and climate change.Unwelcome guestsFilep and other experts agree that invasive pests like EAB, a green jewel beetle native to eastern Asia that feeds on the leaves of green, white, black, and blue ash trees, are at the top of an ever-growing list of threats facing southeast American forests.An increase in global trade has made it easier for insects to cross oceans and settle in the U.S., and those freeloading travelers making themselves at home in our forests are causing tremendous long-term damage.“The Southeast has a very similar climate to a large portion of Asia, and more specifically, China, which makes it the prime habitat for species found there,” Filep said. “This includes invasive species such as kudzu, tree of Heaven, Asian long-horned beetle, Japanese stilt grass and wisteria.”Rolf Gubler, a biologist who oversees forest health issues at Shenandoah National Park, noted that pests from other corners of the globe are able to thrive because there’s nothing here preventing them from doing so.“Many pests do not have any, or enough, natural enemies or predators to keep them in check in their new location,” he said, naming the gypsy moth and universally detested stinkbug as two other invasive species that have spread with ease.A green jewel beetle native to eastern Asia, the EAB is an invasive species in Europe and North America. After the females lay eggs, the larvae feast on the tree’s inner bark, hindering the flow of water and nutrients and ultimately girdling and killing the tree.“Once the emerald ash borer infects the tree, it can take a while for the tree to die,” Filep said. “It’s very hard to notice that the tree is in trouble until it’s pretty much too late.”The beetles arrived in the states in the 1990s, likely on hardwood packing material in cargo ships or airplanes from Asia. Since landing in the midwest more than 20 years ago, the pest has made appearances in 28 states including Virginia, West Virginia, North Carolina and Tennessee, killing tens of millions of ash trees. Adult EABs can only travel about a half-mile from the tree they emerged from, but the insects spread farther when people transport infested firewood, nursery trees or logs to non-infested areas.Native to Asia, the emerald ash borer is merely a nuisance to the ash trees over there and is typically found in low densities. But as an invasive species in the U.S., they are now considered to be the most destructive forest pest ever seen in North America.Oak trees in the region are also threatened by a new pathogen. Bot canker—caused by the fungus Diplodia corticola—was observed in West Virginia for the first time last fall. The fungus limits the ability of oak trees to access essential nutrients and water, ultimately killing them. So far, it’s affected only small numbers of oaks, but it has the potential to be widespread, especially as other environmental stressors weaken trees.Have we been here before?This certainly isn’t the first time we’ve watched as nearly an entire population falls victim to an invasive threat. According to Virginia Tech professor of forest biology John Seiler, the destruction of North American ash trees “could be the chestnut all over again.”The chestnut was the sweetheart of American hardwoods. Wildlife and humans alike revered and relied on its sweet-tasting nuts that fell in the fall, and the tree was one of the most predominant species in Eastern forests. One in four trees in the East was a chestnut.Today, there are almost no mature chestnut trees. The species succumbed to chestnut blight, caused by an Asian bark fungus beginning in the early 1900s. By the 1950s, billions of chestnut trees from Maine to Georgia had died slow deaths, permanently reshaping the forest landscape in the eastern U.S.Other trees like the red oak filled in its niche, but without the chestnut, Eastern forests produce less food for wildlife.Should we try to stop the spread of invasive species and diseases? Virginia Tech professor of forest biology John Seiler said he is, generally speaking, in favor of human intervention. Though he has yet to witness a success story, that doesn’t mean we shouldn’t at least try. If humans are responsible for the infestation of a destructive, invasive species, Seiler believes we have a certain level of obligation to try to get rid of the threat or at least slow down the damage.Filep agrees. “I think we have a responsibility, when we introduce something into the environment, it should be our place to try to fix it,” Filep said. “I feel that way about a lot of invasive plants, too. Almost all were introduced for erosion control, landscape trees, all sorts of idiotic reasons that were well-intentioned but went horribly wrong.”It’s getting hot out hereAccording to the Environmental Protection Agency, forests occupy about 740 million acres in the U.S., which is about one-third of the nation’s land area. And as global temperatures continue to climb, it becomes harder for those forests and their ecosystems to function and thrive. According to Gubler, trees adapted for northern climates that are found primarily on mountaintops are especially threatened by climate change.“Examples at Shenandoah National Park include the balsam fir and Canada yew at high elevations,” he said. “As temperatures increase, trees adapted for northern climates that are found in isolated populations at the tops of mountains will eventually phase out.”As global temperatures continue to climb, species either adapt or they don’t—some species will flourish and others will decline.“The irony is that many of the invasives will just shrug their shoulders and be stronger, and many natives will have more trouble,” said Mike Van Yahres, owner and operator of the 97-year-old Charlottesville-based Van Yahres Tree Company.The hemlock woolly adelgid, for example, a ruthless invasive pest that destroys Eastern hemlocks, is sensitive to cold temperatures. Rising temperatures allow the small, aphid-like insect that sucks the sap out of hemlock and spruce trees, to travel farther and spread more indiscriminately, wiping out thousands of trees in its wake.Hemlock, stock and barrelAlso native to Asia, the hemlock wooly adelgid was first reported in the U.S. in the 1950s near Richmond, Virginia.According to Gubler, hemlocks are “sort of a niche species,” growing alongside streams and other waterways to create cool, dark microclimates. By 2003, he said, Shenandoah National Park had lost about 95% of its hemlocks, which made up about 0.5% of the forest cover.“It’s hard to replicate when you lose those trees,” Gubler said. “There’s really no replacement conifer that comes in and takes over, so we’ve lost a lot of those unique microclimates.”The good news is that a handful of the trees did manage to hang on, and hemlocks are easier to treat and more likely to recover than ash. The NPS’s suppression plan involves two systemic pesticides, both of which contain imidacloprid, a neonicotinoid insecticide that is highly toxic to aquatic insects and pollinators. When treating trees near bodies of water, they use soil injections of Prokoz Zenith, with imidacloprid as its active ingredient. Using one of these two systemic insecticides, Gubler said they’ve treated roughly 2,000-4,000 hemlocks per year since 2006 using soil injections, and there’s been a noticeable improvement.“I think overall the outlook for hemlocks in the park is a lot better,” he said. “You can turn around a hemlock that’s 60 percent gone, whereas with the ash, the emerald ash borer gets under the bark layer and has a girdling effect, and you can’t bring that tree back.”Nature vs. nurtureA third generation arborist, Van Yahres is the grandson of a “tree surgeon” who was invited by the Garden Club of Virginia in the early 1920s to restore some of the historic trees at Monticello.“In doing so he started working with the farms and estates in Albemarle and surrounding counties,” Van Yahres said. “He wanted to preserve their old majestic trees and he had the resources to do it.”Van Yahres said he and his team are also some of the most “active environmentalists in what has historically been kind of a chemical industry.” His primary concern is that property owners will spray indiscriminately, killing the pest or disease in question but also eliminating other beneficial insects in the process.“Historically when we intervene on things like this, we’re oversimplifying and the argument could be made that we make it work,” Van Yahres said. “Killing one bad thing in exchange for killing a whole lot of good things is not keeping the balance of nature.”Take the gypsy moth, for example. Accidentally introduced in Massachusetts in the 19th century, the gypsy moth is known for its tremendous defoliation impact on hundreds of North American deciduous tree and shrub species including maple, elm, and oak. The notorious hardwood pest has destroyed millions of trees since the first outbreak in 1889. Over the years, natural predators like stink bugs, parasitic wasps and flies, Calosoma beetles and small mammals like mice and chipmunks have contributed to keeping the gypsy moth populations under control between outbreaks.“Now that it’s been here for a while, nature has come up with a whole bunch of enemies of the gypsy moth, and it’s no longer as big of a problem,” Van Yahres said.Nature is resilient, but the loss of a key species like the ash tree will diminish the health and productivity of the forest for millenia. Gubler leads a team of forest researchers on projects to treat individual trees throughout the vast Shenandoah National Park. He believes in human intervention, but at the same time he’s realistic about the current threats and how forests will adapt.If you are looking at forests from a native species integrity standpoint, then the long-term outlook isn’t great,” Gubler says. “The forest will still be green, but there will be less forest diversity and overall biodiversity as a result.”Do your part So what exactly can we do to help? Even without a forestry degree or experience as an arborist, here are a few ways you can contribute:Don’t transport firewoodAs appealing as it may be to dodge the cost of a bundle of logs by throwing some sticks from the backyard into the car before going camping, suck it up and pay the $10 at the campground. If EAB larvae live inside even just one piece of wood from your yard that’s moved to another location, they can emerge and infest the entire area, effectively spreading their destruction even farther.Know the signsIf a tree in your yard is exhibiting signs of an infestation, contact an arborist immediately. They may not be able to save the tree, but if they remove it in time it could prevent further spreading.Signs of EAB include serpentine galleries and D-shaped exit holes on the trunk, increased woodpecker damage, split bark and canopy dieback. Hemlocks infested by the HWA will have off-color needles that drop prematurely and white woolly egg sacs on the underside of twigs.Donate Organizations like the Hemlock Restoration Initiative, the Nature Conservancy, and the Shenandoah National Park Trust happily accept donations that go toward their research and efforts to combat threats like EAB and HWA. Also check out your local tree in lineAsh and hemlocks aren’t the only species of trees battling pests and diseases.Tree: DogwoodThreat: Anthracnose fungusSymptoms: Tan spots and premature abscission of leaves, cankers on twigs, succulent shoots at the lower trunk, spotted flowers“Anthracnose attacks when conditions are just right, and 99 times out of 100 it’s a one- or two-year problem that goes away and the healthy trees survive,” said Van Yahres. Tree: Oak Threat: Sudden oak death, caused by plant pathogen phytophthora ramorumSymptoms: Leaf spots, cankers on the stems, twig dieback“It’s a very fast-moving disease. Once it starts the tree can die within a couple days to a week. Literally a tree can be fine and then it’s dead,” said Filep. “Fortunately it has not been found in the east to my knowledge, but the entire eastern U.S. is in major threat territory for that.”  Tree: PineThreat: Pine bark beetleSymptoms: Popcorn-sized lumps of pitch (or “pitch tubes”), S-shaped feeding cuts on the inside of bark, needle discoloration from green to brown“The pine bark beetle came through with a vengeance 30 years ago or so, and it preyed on the weaker trees,” Van Yahres said. “From a forestry point of view the lesson is that when you plant too much of one kind of crop, it’s all susceptible to one kind of disease or pest. We don’t need to blame the pine bark beetle, we need to blame decisions made by people.”last_img read more

YLD Government Affairs Symposium to take place March 24 in Gainesville

first_img YLD Government Affairs Symposium to take place March 24 in Gainesville The Florida Bar Young Lawyers Division will hold its Annual Governmental Affairs Symposium March 24 from 2-4 p.m. in the Ceremonial Classroom of the Levin College of Law at the University of Florida in Gainesville.The symposium brings together members of Florida’s three branches of government to discuss the roles of each branch. Chief Justice Barbara J. Pariente, Rep. Jeffrey D. Kottkamp, R-Cape Coral, and Raquel A. Rodriguez, general counsel to Gov. Jeb Bush, will serve as panelists.Professor Michael Allan Wolf, the Richard E. Nelson chair in local government at the UF college of law, will moderate. Bar President Alan Bookman will deliver the introductory remarks.The public is invited and a reception will follow the event.For more information contact Carlos A. Kelly, chair of the YLD Board of Governors Governmental Affairs Committee, at (239) 344-1326. YLD Government Affairs Symposium to take place March 24 in Gainesville February 15, 2006 Regular Newslast_img read more

US calls for postponement of Tokyo Olympics

first_imgThe United States Olympic & Paralympic Committee said on Monday the 2020 Summer Olympics in Tokyo should be postponed, in the latest setback to the Games amid the coronavirus pandemic.The committee said it had surveyed some 4,000 of its athletes over the weekend and 65% of those that responded indicated their training had been severely impacted or halted entirely due to restrictions designed to slow the spread of the virus.Even if the current health concerns could be alleviated by late summer, disruptions to the training environment, doping controls and qualification process cannot be overcome in a satisfactory manner, USOPC officials said. “To that end, it’s more clear than ever that the path toward postponement is the most promising,” USOPC board chair Susanne Lyons and CEO Sarah Hirshland said in a statement.”We encourage the IOC to take all needed steps to ensure the Games can be conducted under safe and fair conditions for all competitors.”Earlier on Monday longtime International Olympic Committee member Dick Pound said the IOC had decided to postpone the Games with an eye toward holding them in 2021.The USOPC statement comes after Canada and Australia said they would not send athletes to the July 24-Aug. 9 Games due to the coronavirus outbreak.  Topics :last_img read more

Australian envoy to Indonesia relocates amid deepening COVID-19 crisis

first_imgThe ambassador is expected to depart for Australia soon.“This is purely a precautionary measure, related to accepted COVID-19 vulnerabilities,” it added.Read also: Australia closes internal borders as unsourced coronavirus cases riseDespite the decision, the department said Australia’s embassy and consulates in Indonesia are “resourced to continue to serve Australia’s interests, including by providing consular support to Australians at this challenging time”. Australia’s travel advisory for Indonesia over the last month has offered a blunt assessment of the local healthcare system, stating that the following few months would be “a hugely challenging period for local authorities and service providers”.As of Friday, Indonesia’s official COVID-19 tally is at 3,512 confirmed cases and 306 fatalities.Some foreign missions have already asked its citizens to leave Indonesia and return home, including the United States Embassy.Last week, Deputy Foreign Minister Mahendra Siregar led a video conference with at least 120 foreign missions and international organization representatives in Jakarta.According to a press release from the ministry, Mahendra reassured the envoys that consular services for foreign missions and international organizations in Jakarta would be allowed to continue despite the outbreak, whether through face-to-face meetings by appointment, by phone or virtually.Topics : Australian Ambassador to Indonesia Gary Quinlan has been recalled from his post as a precautionary measure, Australia’s Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) has announced, as the COVID-19 health crisis deepens in IndonesiaIn view of the latest developments surrounding the disease, DFAT has asked Quinlan to relocate from Jakarta.“Based on medical advice, Australia’s Ambassador to Indonesia Gary Quinlan AO is being temporarily relocated to Australia. Ambassador Quinlan will continue to oversee embassy operations from Australia,” the department said in a statement on Thursday.last_img read more

Club Brugge declared Belgian champions

first_imgRelatedPosts Italy introduces compulsory virus testing for travellers from France Nigeria records new COVID-19 infections, more deaths as figures rise to 57,242 I was in best of forms before Tokyo Paralympics was postponed — Powerlifter Ejike Club Brugge have been declared Belgian champions after the remainder of the country’s professional league season was cancelled on Thursday due to the coronavirus pandemic. Brugge had a runaway 15 point lead at the top of the standings with one round of matches left to play before the start of the post-season playoffs, involving the top six clubs. They were runners-up last season to Racing Genk, who were seventh when the league was suspended last month in the wake of the coronavirus outbreak. The decision by the Pro League board must be ratified at a meeting of the 24 clubs in the top two divisions but 17 of them had already last week called for the season to be cancelled. A five-man working group has been setup to decide how to deal with the issue of relegation and promotion and places in next season’s European club competitions. Ghent were second in the standings and will be hopeful of being given Belgium’s other Champions League place while the country has three berths in next season’s Europa League. The working group will also decide what to do about the Belgian Cup final between Brugge and Antwerp, which was to have been played in Brussels on March 22 but was also suspended. Media reports on Thursday said it was hoped that the cup final plus the second division promotion final between Beerschot and OH Leuven could still be played if the government allowed. The decision to cancel the league campaign came the day after a UEFA meeting recommended that countries try to complete their seasons, even if it means playing on into August. But clubs in Belgium, where the death toll from the coronavirus passed 1,000 on Thursday, have been pressing for more than a week for a conclusion to the campaign amid growing concern over finances. Belgium had already previously cancelled the remainder of all amateur football for this term.Tags: BelgiumClub BruggeCoronavirusPro LeagueRecing Genklast_img read more

Spurs need new stadium – Wenger

first_imgArsenal manager Arsene Wenger believes Tottenham will never maximise their potential on or off the field until they have moved to a new stadium. On Saturday afternoon, the two north London sides will go head to head at the Emirates Stadium, the Gunners’ 60,000-seater home since 2006 for which the club continue to pay off at around £35million per year against a long-term fixed interest rate bond. Spurs are pushing ahead with proposals to redevelop land around White Hart Lane to accommodate a new 56,250-capacity venue, but following legal challenges in the High Court could be set for a season of ground-sharing rather than being able to move for the 2017-18 campaign as planned. Press Association Midfielder Mathieu Flamini should be back from a dead leg against Tottenham. Defenders Kieran Gibbs and Per Mertesacker should also be available after being kept on the bench in midweek. Andros Townsend is ready to stake his claim for a place in Mauricio Pochettino’s Tottenham side. The 23-year-old England winger missed the World Cup having undergone ankle surgery at the end of last season and is now facing stiff competition to regain a berth in the starting XI, but he is determined to be involved against Arsenal. Townsend has yet to start a league game under Pochettino but has featured in two Europa League matches and was the star turn as Spurs came from behind to beat Nottingham Forest 3-1 in the third round of the Capital One Cup in midweek. Having made 11 changes for that tie, Pochettino could give a number of the players who impressed a chance to line-up at the Emirates Stadium, with Tottenham having taken just one point from their last three Premier League outings. Townsend, who has also suffered from a dead leg in recent weeks, hopes he can be one of those who can benefit from playing well in a different competition. “I think I’m improving in every game,” he said. “Of course I’m not where I want to be at the moment but I’m getting games under my belt, I’m getting my fitness slowly better and with every game I’m improving so hopefully a few more games in the Europa League and the cup games and I might be ready to challenge for a Premier League spot. “Of course I want to be involved (against Arsenal), you’d have to ask the manager whether I’m going to be involved. “The manager’s formation is new to me but I’m learning. We’ve had some chats about how he wants me to play and I’m trying to implement that when I go out on the field. It’s going to take time but I know I can fit into this formation.” Pochettino has no fresh injury concerns . Ex-Arsenal man Emmanuel Adebayor, Christian Eriksen, Erik Lamela and Nacer Chadli are all likely to be recalled to the Spurs attacking line, with Kyle Walker the only noticeable absentee from the Spurs squad following abdominal surgery. Before then, Tottenham may well be the subject of a takeover, although American investment company Cain Hoy has said it is no longer considering making an offer. Arsenal are only now starting to show the benefits of the switch from Highbury, having been able to keep hold of key men on new deals and also deliver multi-million pound signings like Mesut Ozil and Alexis Sanchez while also securing regular Champions League football. Wenger said: “You cannot be in a business where you turn down 15,000 or 20,000 people every week. If your competitors have more financial power than you, at some stage you have to make a decision. “It looks like everybody makes this decision now, because when you look at Liverpool, Everton, (they) want to increase their capacity. West Ham go to a bigger stadium next season so if you stay in a smaller capacity, it is even more difficult.” Wenger added: “We built our stadium at a price that you couldn’t afford it anymore and by subsidising it with our own resources, that is much more difficult today.” Wenger indicated he could deploy Ozil in a central role again on Saturday, the German having made such an impact in the 3-0 win at Aston Villa. A much-changed Arsenal were beaten 2-1 at home by Southampton in the Capital One Cup on Tuesday night. Wenger expects a response, adding: “It (beating Spurs) has a psychological impact on the confidence of the team.” last_img read more

‘Space Jam 2’ to star LeBron James, be produced by ‘Black Panther’ director Ryan Coogler

first_imgYep, it’s true. Newly signed Los Angeles Laker LeBron James will star in “Space Jam 2.”The news was announced via SpringHill Entertainment, the Burbank production company that was founded by Maverick Carter and James. In a Wednesday afternoon social media post, the caption — which consisted of only emojis — was vague but clear: a basketball, a carrot and a clapperboard. Saved by the Max pop-up returns for 5 days to celebrate ‘Saved by the Bell’ Day Others were a little apprehensive about the news. How the pill-popping superhero story ‘Project Power’ found its star Dominique Fishback Well I think we can just tie a bow on this and say that Space Jam 2 is going to be a top five of all time.— Elijah Racusin (@elijahnr) September 19, 2018 Space Jam 2 though … please bring my childhood back to life lol— 🎧🎶~Smooth~🎼🎤 (@IAmSmooth919) September 19, 2018 Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorcenter_img Frida Cinema hosting drive-in series of horror and cult classics with Tustin’s Mess Hall How ‘Skin: A History of Nudity in the Movies’ exposes Hollywood’s naked ambition These 3 Southern California teens just won $1 million on NBC’s ‘World Of Dance’ Related Articles The picture offers even more clues. LeBron’s first initial and last name is scrawled out over a locker room cubby with “Small Forward” stated underneath. The same reveal was used for the director of the movie, Terence Nance, and the producer, “Black Panther” director Ryan Coogler.For a generation who grew up with the original “Space Jam,” which starred Michael Jordan, the news was nothing short of mind blowing.When the Monstars in Space Jam 2 realize they’re up against Lebron James— Cameron Grant (@coolghost101) September 19, 2018last_img read more

Two Florida inmates beat another to death over food debt

first_imgThe Polk County Sheriff’s Office is reporting that a 30-year-old inmate was beaten to death by two other inmates over a food debt.The incident occurred on Tuesday on the second-story walkway of a maximum security dorm for violent inmates.According to the report, the deceased Shawn Holliday Jr, 20-year-old Brett Crosby and 41-year-old Christopher Jackson, all got into an altercation over a food debt.Two detention deputies noticed the incident taking place and ran to break up the fight. That’s when they say they saw Crosby stomping on Holliday’s head.Holliday Jr. was said to have suffered severe head trauma and was taken to Lakeland hospital where he later died.Crosby and Jackson have since been charged with murder.last_img read more