Two dailies suspended in new attack on reformist press

first_img News News March 18, 2021 Find out more Help by sharing this information News June 9, 2021 Find out more July 19, 2004 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Two dailies suspended in new attack on reformist press It said the shutdown of the dailies was an example of the Òdeplorable blackmail used by IranÕs so-called system of justiceÓ and Òthe determination of the regimeÕs hardliners to silence any source of independent information, especially during the sham trial of the alleged killer of Canadian-Iranian journalist Zahra Kazemi.Ó Vaghayeh ettefaghieh was suspended indefinitely on 17 July for Òanti-regime propaganda,Ó publishing Òfalse newsÓ and Òinsulting the Supreme Guide.Ó The paper, largely staffed by journalists from the reformist daily Yas-e no, which was suspended on 18 February on the eve of parliamentary elections, has sharply criticised the hardliners and the new parliament dominated by their supporters. Jomhouriat, a new paper which has only published 12 issues, was suspended on 18 July for the same reasons, a few days after publisher Javad Khorami Moaghadam had been summoned by the hardline Teheran prosecutor, Said Mortazavi, who demanded in vain that he sack the paperÕs editor, Emadoldin Baghi. Baghi, who the authorities frequently summon in an effort to silence him, was given a yearÕs suspended prison sentence on 4 December last year by the Teheran revolutionary court, which cited no reason for the punishment. He was sentenced to three years in prison on 23 October 2000 for Òundermining national securityÓ and Òputting out false news.Ó Since his release on 6 February 2003, he has been an active human rights campaigner, attacking in the reformist press freedom of expression violations and setting up an organisation to defend political prisoners. On 15 July, Jomhouriat had begun publishing the general introduction of the latest Reporters Without Borders annual report.The monthly Aftab was suspended on 11 July for Òinsulting the Supreme GuideÓ and putting out Òfalse news.Ó It has been published since 2000 by a group of writers and intellectuals and editor Issa Sahakhiz, was arrested in 2003 for Òpropaganda against the regime.Ó Organisation Follow the news on Iran RSF_en Call for Iranian New Year pardons for Iran’s 21 imprisoned journalists IranMiddle East – North Africa Iran: Press freedom violations recounted in real time January 2020 After Hengameh Shahidi’s pardon, RSF asks Supreme Leader to free all imprisoned journalists to go further Receive email alerts IranMiddle East – North Africa Reporters Without Borders today strongly condemned as ÒunacceptableÓ the Iranian regimeÕs suspension of two leading reformist daily newspapers Ð Vaghayeh Ettefaghieh and Jomhouriat Ð as well as the monthly Aftab and said the moves appeared to herald a new wave of repression. It called for the suspensions to be lifted at once. News February 25, 2021 Find out morelast_img read more

City Council Approves Emergency Care Set-Up at Convention Center for Possible COVID Surge

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Required fields are marked * The City Council on Monday afternoon unanimously approved establishing an emergency alternate-care facility at the Pasadena Convention Center to treat COVID-19 patients, in the event that the spread of the coronavirus overwhelms the existing number of beds available at Huntington Hospital.While those additional beds are not needed yet, the makeshift care facility would add 250 beds initially and as many as 400, should the need grow as a result of a COVID-19 surge in Pasadena and surrounding communities served by Huntington.The emergency set-up would come from a contract allocating up to $700,000 that the council approved with Redrock Entertainment Services, a firm that sets ups concerts, festivals and other events, and that and could act swiftly to get the emergency facility set up, according to City Manager Steve Mermell.According to Acting Fire Chief Bryan Frieders, the temporary facility could be fully set up as early as next Wednesday – though, at the moment, it would not be needed, with Huntington’s main facility still able to handle the existing number of patients being treated for COVID-19.Mermell said the city believes it would be able to get reimbursed from FEMA and the California Office of Emergency Services for at least some of the $700,000 outlay — though that is not yet a certainty.The council – meeting remotely in deference to coronavirus stay-at-home orders — simultaneously approved a zero-dollar services agreement with Huntington to provide medical care at the emergency facility.According to a city staff report, projections provided by Huntington indicate that, at its peak, currently estimated for mid-May, “there could be as many as 1,300 persons requiring hospitalization at its facility for treatment of COVID-19. And while the hospital has been working to increase patient capacity within its facility, such a peak would exceed that capacity by approximately 400 beds.’’Mermell said that city planning staff and officials from Huntington Hospital looked at “a variety of facilities in the city” before determining that the convention center would provide the best location for the temporary care facility.“The owners of (the abandoned) St Luke’s hospital were good enough to let us in to look around (but) that facility is in very poor shape, so it’s not a viable option,’’ Mermell said. “Also, our partners at the school district allowed us to look at a couple of different school sites (but) they’re a little too small.“And so the Pasadena Convention Center really is a great location,’’ Mermell added. “It has 97,000 square feet of flexible space, large exhibit halls, restrooms, a loading dock – it’s really everything you would want in a remote facility.’’Redrock, the entertainment company, “has a lot of experience setting up festivals and large concerts and other venues, so they know how to do this logistically,’’ Mermell said.Redrock was selected after consultation with various city agencies, including the Fire Department. Frieders told the council that he had been in touch with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers about the corps setting up such a facility in Pasadena, but that there were concerns the federal agency could get the job done quickly enough, with a possible COVID surge on the horizon.Under the city’s emergency declaration, the Redrock contract was awarded without competitive bidding, to expedite the process, Mermell said.According to the city staff report, city officials “made contact with several vendors capable of outfitting the center to serve as a temporary medical facility. Multiple proposals were obtained, and Redrock Entertainment Services was determined to be the most cost-effective. Redrock Entertainment has extensive experience staging thousands of concerts, festivals and large-scale events.’’Mermell also said the $700,000 budget outlay would fund the emergency facility for up to three months.“Under this arrangement the city would pay Redrock for its services, not to exceed $250,000 for set up and first month and $180,000 for each month thereafter, and then seek reimbursement from FEMA,’’ the staff report said.“We hope that, if needed at all, it would be less than that (three months),’’ Mermell said. “But we wanted to make sure that we had some latitude.’’Said Council Member Margaret McAustin: “This is something we absolutely have to do, and let’s hope we don’t need all these beds.’’Council Member John J. Kennedy, meanwhile, lauded city staff, “To be prepared for what seemingly is not slowing down right now” – a reference to the growing number of COVID-19 cases.Dr. Lori Morgan, president of Huntington Hospital, said that while the hospital is hoping not to need the spillover facility at the convention center, “This is a better plan than (treating patients) on the floor in our cafeteria.”According to Mayor Terry Tornek, while there is no guarantee the city will be reimbursed for the emergency facility, “We know it’s eligible (under FEMA guidelines).’’But, Tornek said, “We must take the provision and make sure we won’t run out of beds.’’Said Mermell: “One way to look at this is, an insurance policy that hopefully doesn’t need to be exercised.” STAFF REPORT First Heatwave Expected Next Week TOP STORY City Council Approves Emergency Care Set-Up at Convention Center for Possible COVID Surge Facility could be set up as early as next Wednesday By KEVIN KENNEY, Senior Reporter Published on Monday, April 6, 2020 | 4:01 pm Business News Make a comment Top of the News EVENTS & ENTERTAINMENT | FOOD & DRINK | THE ARTS | REAL ESTATE | HOME & GARDEN | WELLNESS | SOCIAL SCENE | GETAWAYS | PARENTS & KIDS Community News Community News HerbeautyCostume That Makes Actresses Beneath Practically UnrecognizableHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty15 things only girls who live life to the maximum understandHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyIs It Bad To Give Your Boyfriend An Ultimatum?HerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyShort On Time? 10-Minute Workouts Are Just What You NeedHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty10 Female Celebs Women Love But Men Find UnattractiveHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty5 Things To Avoid If You Want To Have Whiter TeethHerbeautyHerbeautycenter_img faithfernandez More » ShareTweetShare on Google+Pin on PinterestSend with WhatsApp,Virtual Schools PasadenaHomes Solve Community/Gov/Pub SafetyPASADENA EVENTS & ACTIVITIES CALENDARClick here for Movie Showtimes CITY NEWS SERVICE/STAFF REPORT Pasadena Will Allow Vaccinated People to Go Without Masks in Most Settings Starting on Tuesday Name (required)  Mail (required) (not be published)  Website  Subscribe STAFF REPORT Pasadena’s ‘626 Day’ Aims to Celebrate City, Boost Local Economy Get our daily Pasadena newspaper in your email box. 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Brazilian Marines’ Reinforcement Squad Provides Paramount Support to the Brazilian Navy

first_imgBy Marcos Ommati/Diálogo March 16, 2017 The Reinforcement Squad, the command responsible for providing reinforcement detachments to Brazil’s Marine Corps (CFN, per its Portuguese acronym), is located in the peaceful seashore area of São Gonçalo, with a beautiful view over the city of Rio de Janeiro. The daily life of the troops serving there, however, is anything but tranquil, since their main duty is to provide specialized detachments to the operational groups under CFN. To learn more about this force and its logistics focus, Diálogo interviewed Major General José Luiz Corrêa da Silva, the Reinforcement Squad commander, during the 60th anniversary of the Fleet Marine Force.Diálogo: What is the importance of the Fleet Marine Force celebrating its 60th anniversary?Major General José Luiz Corrêa da Silva: The 60th anniversary of the Fleet Marine Force reflects the maturity of a process started in 1957, which provided restructuring promoted by the Marine Corps. Now, we have gone through six decades of reorganization and restructuring to comply with the basic principle for employing this force, which is to allow an administrative organization to be quickly converted into a combat organization. What does that mean? You have an infantry battalion that quickly becomes a ground combat component. You have an artillery battalion that quickly becomes a corps support component, and that is how they go on and create components. In our case, all this took place during the maturity process and then, in 2001, when the Third Millennium Workshop took place, the Marine Corps’ operational organization was restructured. So, now you have operational groups of marines, which are task-based organizations that are only equipped with whatever they need for the particular mission to be carried out. You will always have a ground combat component, and there will always be a component of combat support services, i.e., logistics, and that is exactly what the Reinforcement Squad’s vocation is.Diálogo: What is your biggest challenge as the Reinforcement Squad’s commander?Maj. Gen. Luiz Corrêa: Presently, the greatest challenge is to be able to maintain this working structure. I regularly speak to my subordinate commanders about new proposals to submit to the commander of the Fleet Marine Force, that reach the general commander of the Marine Corps, so this structure can be further improved.Diálogo: In what sense do you mean “maintain?”Maj. Gen. Luiz Corrêa: In terms of training and materials, and compliance with the doctrine. We are always reviewing, studying, and experimenting with the doctrine, jointly with the recently created Doctrine Development Command.Diálogo: The country is going through a severe financial crisis. How does this impact the Reinforcement Squad?Maj. Gen. Luiz Corrêa:It has a direct impact on how promptly we receive funds. But regardless of the country’s financial situation, we were subjected to budget cuts, to which we had to adapt without compromising those structures. We never stopped doing things; we continued with our daily routine throughout this period, paying the bills required by the operations.Diálogo: In this sense, did the Brazilian Navy’s participation in ensuring the security of the so-called major events and UN peacekeeping missions help? Is it still helping with financial support?Maj. Gen. Luiz Corrêa: Yes. The Marine Corps received a good portion of the funds due to the Olympic and Paralympic Games (2016), the Confederations Cup (2015), the World Cup (2014), and the World Military Games (2011). We also receive funds due to our presence in Haiti [MINUSTAH] and in Lebanon [UNIFIL]. So the Ministry of Defense has transferred and continues to transfer funds to the Navy. These transfers were very instrumental, as they allowed us to purchase a considerable amount of materials. Even though it coincided with budget restrictions for our day-to-day upkeep, we were able to overcome these unfavorable circumstances, and still had more than enough materials to use in the major events, which are now left as a legacy to the force.Diálogo: What kinds of materials?Maj. Gen. Luiz Corrêa: I am referring to vehicles, police equipment, and healthcare materials since we have a medical unit that is under the Reinforcement Squad’s command. We have never received so much in material resources as we received in the last three or four years and, especially last year, we received plenty of materials, such as arms and communication equipment, so we have made great progress on that front.Diálogo: So you consider that over the last few years, these were the most important advances of the Reinforcement Squad?Maj. Gen. Luiz Corrêa: That’s what I think. We have moved forward considerably in terms of materials.Diálogo: Now that there are no more major events scheduled, what does the future look like?Maj. Gen. Luiz Corrêa: We will continue to carry out our daily routine, which consists of our regular preparations to carry out amphibious operations, as we continue to face challenges in our exercises. Our challenge has always been to conduct our exercises in a responsible and thoughtful manner without causing any accidents and always having the troops ready to engage in amphibious operations, which is our primary responsibility. It is true we have no more major events scheduled, but we were never just motivated by these great events. Our motivation is that the country needs to have troops prepared to conduct amphibious operations. This is truly what motivates us, and we depend on the Navy providing us with ammunition, ships for us to embark on and disembark from, and being able to operate offshore. We are always ready, and we respond promptly to any calls; this is our motivation. It does not come from being deployed to the streets or being called to maintain law and order. This is a consequence, but a positive one, of being a highly prepared troop. This is the main aspect that has to be clear to all. The Brazilian Marines Corps are an expeditionary force, and the definition of “expeditionary” is to be ready for any type of deployment, as far as amphibious operations are concerned. Last year, we returned to amphibious operations with Operation Dragão (Dragon) XXXVII, and this year we will again have what we always had, which are the Sinal Vermelho (Red Alert) operations. If a Sinal Vermelho Operation is launched, we have 48 hours to be fully on board and ready to depart for a mission. Our motivation is the number of shots we fire every year, the number of kilometers we travel on the roads to conduct our exercises, as well as the number of days we spend on maneuvers and exercises.Diálogo: Can you tell us about the force’s and the Brazilian Navy’s joint participation in activities with other countries, such as humanitarian aid?Maj. Gen. Luiz Corrêa: You touched on a very important aspect when you mentioned other countries because this is also a very strong element of motivation for our troops. Each time we have contact with another country’s armed forces, this also strongly motivates us to show them what we are capable of. When some operation abroad is announced that will promote contact with other countries’ navies, or when a major training event is announced, such as the Americas Exchange, or when we are informed that marines from other countries are coming to do their training with us, this is all extremely motivating. When I talked about funds and new resources, I did not mention the recent purchase made by the Marine Corps General Command of new tracked vehicles, the so-called amphibious vehicles, or CLAnfs, which will be arriving soon, in March. The battalion which will hold and use these assets is actually the Amphibious Vehicles Battalion that is under the command of the Reinforcement Squad. So our assets are now going to include 23 new tanks, which have been refurbished from the hulls of our existing tanks by the United States. In effect, our troops are really motivated to take part in this process, which includes receiving, preparing and deploying these new tanks. Then, regarding the other operations like humanitarian aid, as you mentioned, or the searches we have been conducting in penitentiaries around the country, these are specific tasks of the Reinforcement Squad, the so-called benign operations which, in accordance with the Navy’s basic doctrine, are actions conducted on behalf of the public. In the Reinforcement Squad, we have an expeditionary medical unit, and this unit is permanently ready with materials already packed so we may promptly handle any disaster. Normally, together with the medical unit, a nuclear-biological-chemical-radiological defense company comes along to do the assessment in these areas, as well as the police to help control disturbances, as the need arises, or to ensure the security of the engineering work site, or the security of the field hospitals used by the expeditionary medical unit. All of this is supported by our logistics battalion that is part of the supply, provisioning, transportation, and maintenance system. The Reinforcement Squad is a major logistics command, where some units handle specific tasks dealing with amphibious operations, and where no two units are exactly the same. We actually have seven units, each with their own specific tasks, completely different from the other units. Since we are talking about challenges, one of my great challenges is to make sure that all this training is integrated, and that each one also corresponds to the demands of the other. We have been putting this into practice over the last two years, based on relevant experience I acquired as commander of the Logistics Battalion. This is what I call cross-training, where the training of one unit also benefits the others. Take for example the medical unit. It receives training as a medical unit, but it also provides training to all the other units in what we call basic life support. This means it prepares all others for a possible future need in the healthcare area. The police train not only themselves but also the other units in first combat, for example, to control disturbances and so on and so forth. In the end, we are doing all this training so that all units are aware of each other’s importance, and know how to help each other, especially in the case of real need.last_img read more