Islamic Republic urged to heed UN rapporteur’s findings

first_img February 3, 2004 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Islamic Republic urged to heed UN rapporteur’s findings Follow the news on Iran News News Iran: Press freedom violations recounted in real time January 2020 News Reporters Without Borders today hailed the report issued on 12 January by the UN special rapporteur for freedom of expression and opinion, Ambeyi Ligabo, following his 4-10 November visit to Iran, and it urged the Iranian authorities to implement the report’s recommendations.”The observations and conclusions of this official UN document confirm the dramatic situation for press freedom in Iran, which Reporters Without Borders has been condemning for years,” the organisation’s secretary-general, Robert Ménard, said.”The Iranian authorities accepted the principle of this visit, so we call on them now to implement the conclusions and proposals made by the special rapporteur for a rapid reform of the press code and criminal code and an improvement in the judicial practices which currently allow widespread abuses in the trials of prisoners of opinion,” Ménard said.”Like the special rapporteur, we expect the release of all the journalists who have been imprisoned just for doing their job. We also hope that Zahra Kazemi’s murderers will not benefit from any impunity and that her body will be repatriated at once to Canada, as her son wishes,” Ménard added.Ligabo found a decline in respect for freedom of expression in Iran, with increasing numbers of newspapers being closed and journalists being imprisoned, often beyond what is legally allowed for provisional detention. The systematic repression of all critical opinion as regards political and religious institutions has ushered in a climate of fear and encouraged self-censorship.The special rapporteur also noted the arbitrary procedures being followed by judicial institutions, in violation of the most elementary rights of defendants, who are tried behind closed doors without a lawyer present. He saw very harsh prison conditions, with long periods of solitary confinement that are tantamount to torture.Ligabo urged the Islamic Republic to revise its judicial procedures and make them conform to international standards, and to adopt a human rights charter. He said the revolutionary courts should no longer have authority over crimes of opinion and he called on the authorities to end prison sentences for crimes of opinion and press offences.Ligabo was the second rapporteur of the UN Commission on Human Rights to make an official visit to Iran. Louis Joinet, the chairman of the working group on arbitrary detention visited Iran from 15 to 27 February 2003, but his recommendations had no effect.Both rapporteurs expressed the same expectations as regard press freedom and respect for human rights in Iran.Reporters Without Borders hopes that the changes recommended by Joinet and Ligabo will be implemented with monitoring by international bodies, in particular, by human rights organisations and the European Union, which has been conducting a constructive dialogue with the Iranian regime on human rights issues since 1998. News June 9, 2021 Find out more IranMiddle East – North Africa RSF_en to go further IranMiddle East – North Africa June 11, 2021 Find out more Help by sharing this information Call for Iranian New Year pardons for Iran’s 21 imprisoned journalists Reporters Without Borders today hailed the report issued on 12 January by the UN special rapporteur for freedom of expression and opinion, Ambeyi Ligabo, following his 4-10 November visit to Iran, and it urged the Iranian authorities to implement the report’s recommendations. Iran is stepping up pressure on journalists, including foreign journalists, in run-up to election Receive email alerts Organisation March 18, 2021 Find out morelast_img read more

New beginnings

first_imgMorning Prayers have been a tradition at Harvard since the 17th century, when undergraduates were required to attend chapel services — and were admonished not to hiss, scrape their chairs, or bring umbrellas.There were some umbrellas in Appleton Chapel on a rainy Tuesday morning, though no hissing or chair scraping. (Pews are hard to budge.) But there was edification, including music by the Choral Fellows of the Harvard University Choir and brief remarks by Harvard President Drew Faust. It was her sixth year delivering a message at the first such service of the academic year. In other years, the mornings “were clear and crystalline,” she said, “filled with light just beginning to slant with the promise of fall.”“Here we are once more,” said Faust, who celebrated the promise of fall for what it has meant to her: “new teachers, new students, … the lure of new knowledge, new understanding — that rhythm of new beginnings, with its implicit assurance of annually and infinitely renewed wonder.”But this academic year is special, she said, a time to welcome the arrival of the Rev. Jonathan L. Walton, the Pusey Minister in the Memorial Church as well as Plummer Professor of Christian Morals in the Faculty of Arts and Sciences and professor of religion and society at Harvard Divinity School. (Walton, whose appointment began in July, succeeds the Rev. Peter J. Gomes, who died last year.)When Gomes was appointed nearly four decades ago, said Faust, “widespread scholarly and popular opinion anticipated the waning or even the disappearance of religion, as modernity advanced across the globe. And yet just the opposite has occurred.”Faust reflected on how a secular university such as Harvard, “dedicated to the power of reason,” might learn from the realm of the spiritual. One key to the answer, said Faust, is a favorite quote of Walton’s by the late minister and educator Benjamin Elijah Mays, a son of former slaves: “The love of God and the love of humanity are indeed one.”She said, “Mays unites the ineffable with the immediate. The self is suspended between the infinite and the community of mankind.” And in that suspension between two worlds, said Faust, there is a need “to recognize and serve both.”Some people at Harvard may not use the word “God,” she said, but all recognize that “our best moments come … when we stretch beyond the immediate and instrumental, and beyond all our very talented and dedicated selves — when we ask questions about larger purposes.”“Mays asks us to look up and to look across,” she said. “Universities urge us to do the same.”In looking up, said Faust, people are able to “explore mysteries, to ask questions without answers, to think — not just about tomorrow — but about generations and ages hence, to recognize the humility of not knowing as the beginning of wisdom.”In looking across, she said, people can “be part of this extraordinary community in which we are all teachers and learners — and connect the work of that beginning to the wider world, in which knowledge can serve as a powerful force for human benefit.”In the bright, solemn chapel, Faust made a wish for the coming academic year: that Walton’s sentiment of love that unites the known and the unknown would work its magic.“May Jon inspire us,” said Faust, “to reach beyond our individual talents, ambitions, and achievements, to be at once wondering and humble in the face of mystery, and open and generous in a community of belonging that will strengthen us all.”last_img read more

Something Rotten! Tour’s Rob McClure Is Broadway.com’s Next Vlogger

first_img Throw a big parade, praises will be made, compliments paid—it’s gonna be great! Tony nominee Rob McClure, who’s leading the national tour of Something Rotten!, is going behind the camera as Broadway.com’s newest vlogger. Once he gets going, he’s never gonna stop, so get ready for Bottoms Up: Backstage at the Something Rotten! Tour with Rob McClure. (Oh, that rhymes!)McClure, who plays Renaissance man Nick Bottom in the touring production of the hit Broadway musical-comedy, will take viewers on the road as Something Rotten! crisscrosses the country. Look out for omelette-sized shenanigans, hilarious road trip hijinks, cameos from McClure’s co-stars, including his wife Maggie Lakis (Bea), Adam Pascal (William Shakespeare), Josh Grisetti (Nigel Bottom) and Blake Hammond (Nostradamus), and so much more.McClure received a Tony Award nomination for his role as Charlie Chaplin in the Broadway musical Chaplin. His other Broadway credits include Noises Off, Honeymoon in Vegas and Avenue Q.Bottoms Up will launch on January 20 and run every Friday as McClure and the whole Rotten! company bring the Renaissance to a new city. Rob McClure in ‘Something Rotten!'(Photo: Joan Marcus) View Commentslast_img read more

Twisters Outscore Golden Eagles In Wild Baseball Battle

first_imgOA vs. Cambridge City (4-19)CC           333 300 0             12   8     4OA          010 544 x             14   11   3OA Batting: Adam Huber 2-4, 3 runs, 3 rbi, bb; Andrew Oesterling 2-5, 2 runs, 2 rbi; Matt Sedler 1-3, 2 rbi, bb, hbp; Michael Hoff 0-0, hbp; Riley Schebler 1-1; Hunter Sullivan 1-3, rbi; Zach Wegman 0-2, run, 2 bb; Jordan Stenger 0-4, 2 runs; Patrick Thompson 1-1; Zach West 2-2, 3 runs, bb; Lincoln Steele 1-2, 2 bb; Will Yunger 3 runs, sb.OA Pitching: Michael Hoff  2 IP, 9 runs, 5 earned, 6 hits, 2 k, 5 bb; Riley Schebler 1 IP, 3 runs, 2 earned, 2 hits, 1 k, 2 bb, hbp; Hunter Sullivan 2 IP, 0 runs, 0 hits, 1 k, 2 bb; Andrew Oesterling 2 IP, 0 runs, 0 hits, 5 k     Win.Twisters Varsity Record: 3-2     Next game: Saturday, April 21st at Union Co.  DHCourtesy of Twisters Coach Doug Behlmer.last_img read more

LA Clippers lose to Phoenix Suns after Blake Griffin is ejected

first_imgJamaal Crawford scored 18 points and Wesley Johnson had 14 for the Clippers.Knight made 6 of 10 3-point attempts. T.J. Warren matched his career best with 18 points for Phoenix, 14 in the second half. PHOENIX >> Brandon Knight matched his career high with 37 points, Eric Bledsoe fell an assist shy of his second career triple-double and the Phoenix Suns rolled past the severely depleted Clippers 118-104 on Thursday night.Bledsoe had 26 points, 10 rebounds and nine assists.The Clippers were without starting guards Chris Paul (groin strain) and J.J. Redick (lower back spasms), then Blake Griffin was ejected after drawing his second technical foul with 2:36 left in the first half.That left Los Angeles without its top three scorers the rest of the way. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more

Using Artificial Intelligence in Sales Saves Time and Reveals New Opportunities

first_imgOctober 4, 2018 Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Enroll Now for Free This hands-on workshop will give you the tools to authentically connect with an increasingly skeptical online audience. Free Workshop | August 28: Get Better Engagement and Build Trust With Customers Now 6 min read Management consultant, educator and author Peter Drucker once declared that increasing the productivity of knowledge workers was “the most important contribution management needs to make in the 21st century.”Related: AI Is Taking the Art Out of SalesAI is changing that. More than 75 percent of companies are firing up AI to accelerate business development, automate busy work and deliver a better customer experience.AI algorithms are powering massive amounts of calculations and decisions because they can find patterns in data, unseen to the naked eye. They’re evolving technology in powerful ways that are enhancing our knowledge work:1. Automating the work humans don’t want to doThe most liberating support comes from AI doing the jobs we find monotonous. AI platforms can do repetitive tasks, like learn how to automatically update contact data in your customer relationship manager (CRM) or generate weekly status reports for your leads.In the business development world, AI and machine learning tools sort through leads and pull a wide range of data together about your prospect list. The tedious work of organizing contact information or researching prospect demographics can be handed to bots and allow your sales team to focus on selling.Related: 11 Ways to Boost Your Sales Performance2. Automating the work we can’t doHow many hours per week do you need to focus on selling to meet your quotas and keep the business growing?You probably don’t have hundreds of hours left over for data science. But, that’s what it takes to review large data sets to find trends in your industry, uncover business opportunities and stay ahead of the competition. Whether you want to know which companies are actively searching for your solution or how qualified they are, the data is available — but it’s complex and spread out across multiple websites and databases.AI bots and services can look at how many pieces of content are being shared around a topic, determine traffic volume, number of companies searching for your product/service and their lead score.AI can also deliver complex data sets to be reviewed on one platform, instead of having your team sort through thousands of lists or records. It can review and mark this data, then provide a report of actionable insights.3. Improving lead quality and shortening sales cyclesA full pipeline isn’t useful if the leads aren’t relevant or qualified. Today, many companies use a variety of people and tools to do basic data entry before these leads are delivered to a salesperson. Even then, they’re only guessing which leads will be interested.Sales teams that use predictive analytics spend less time prospecting and more time selling, which motivates them and makes them more successful in their role. This reduces sales department churn.AI is the new go-to partner for this relationship. Algorithms can now score leads based on key performance indicators (KPIs) and historical success patterns. The closer a new lead matches your existing best-value customers, the higher AI can score it.Delivering a flow of the best leads who are ready to buy can significantly reduce your sales cycle times. It gives you more revenue opportunities because your team isn’t overwhelmed with prospecting or follow up — they’re focused on selling to qualified opportunities.Focusing on the people already looking for your solution provides a more enjoyable process for both you and your future customer.Related: 7 Key Selling Habits All Sales Professionals Must Develop4. Predicting cross-sell and up-sell opportunitiesAI provides a connection that we weren’t expecting initially but are pleased to see: people who want the advanced services our sales team can offer.Up-sells and cross-sells are often missed because sales teams lack a definitive process for whom to up-sell and when. It’s the easiest and most neglected part of the sales process.AI makes your sales process more predictable by finding the customer personas who are most likely to say yes. That ensures sales teams are focused on customers with the largest revenue opportunity and the highest likelihood of converting.Advanced analytics can help create these personas, and the AI underneath it can continuously update those personas based on how successful its past model was. Buyers enjoy the help. Businesses enjoy the increase in revenue. And sales teams enjoy hitting those stretch goals and maximizing their bonuses.5. Forecasting sales projections for specific customer personas and offersInternational Data Corporation (IDC) notes that real-time personalization of ads will arrive by 2020. The goal for these platforms is improving the accuracy of targeting, increasing the precision of its messaging and ensuring the context is appropriate for the customer and their pain points.Smart AI will power these platforms and we can start to see it bridging the gap between inbound marketing and outbound sales development — aligning sales and marketing once and for all.When we look at the possibility: It’s targeting your best customer personas with the best messaging to analyze buying stages, marketing channels and optimize them all. In essence, we’re learning the personas that respond best to each offer and when up-sells correlate with an increase in churn.It’s possible for AI to scan an entire integrated database, from CRM and customer orders to conversation intelligence and lead scoring tools. Machine learning can build out customer personas that include risk prediction and sales potentials, segmenting groups into a variety of characteristics.It’s a nuanced understanding of the customer journey that takes a few extra things into account:Customer lifetime valueRisks relative to sales thresholdsIntervention points for sales and supportProjections by category and product type within customer groups as well as individual customersThis greater understanding can be used to guide a variety of business decisions. Initially, companies can use it to manage pricing and sales strategies. Later, there’s a clear understanding of messaging success rates by persona and product needs — even the potential for a tailored customer journey with offers designed to maximize revenue, while minimizing churn.Related: 7 Tips for Getting More Sales Meetings With Prospects6. Making human work more meaningful and valuableAI in business development boils down to this: It gives us the freedom to focus on our unique abilities. We’re not bogged down with repetitive busy work or boring data entry. We can focus on the meaningful work — the elements that lead to a successful sale and customer experience.AI runs in the background and gives us the ability to increase the productivity of knowledge work.”Every few hundred years throughout Western history, a sharp transformation has occurred,” Drucker observed in a 1992 essay for Harvard Business Review.In a matter of decades, technology altogether has evolved at light speed — its purpose, applications and capabilities. Years later, AI is changing our work in meaningful ways. And the people entering this brave new world can’t imagine work without this valuable tool. AI is transforming technology, saving us time and uncovering new sales opportunities — and surely exceeding the expectations of Peter Drucker.last_img read more