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Students join in protesting Iran’s election

first_imgNearly two weeks ago, Iranian students at USC were celebrating voting in Iran’s presidential election but now they’re protesting, asking themselves the question that seems to be on many Iranians’ mind since the re-election of President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad: “Where is my vote?” “The result was very disappointing and shocking,” said Hamid Chabok, president of the Iranian Graduate Student Association at USC. “Everybody became very depressed because no one believed it.”The June 12 election showed an impressive turnout from Iranians both inside and outside the country, with approximately 1,500 Los Angeles-based Iranians turning out to vote at the designated polling station at the Westin Los Angeles Airport Hotel, said Chabok, a doctoral student studying biomedical engineering who was born and raised in Iran. Members of the IGSA gathered before casting their votes to take pictures and celebrate participating in the elections. “The students who were living outside of Iran were very interested in voting this time because they felt like they needed a change,” said Salman Khaleghi, vice president of IGSA. But less than 24 hours later, Iranian officials announced the re-election of Ahmadinejad by a landslide victory of 63 percent against challenger Hossein Mousavi, who received only 34 percent of votes. Khaleghi said he agrees with thousands of Iranians who have taken to the streets of Tehran and other cities to protest the outcome of the election, saying there is no doubt in his mind that the election was compromised. Though Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamanei has announced his support for Ahmadinejad, Iranians have continued to protest in what has become the largest unrest since the 1979 Revolution. “The implications of this tug of war will depend on which side shows more resilience and perseverance in this battle,” said a USC professor who asked that her name be withheld. “One side says: ‘You have no right to discount my vote.’ The other says: ‘You have no right to question the election results.’” Authorities in Tehran have shut down communication, jamming TV and cell phone signals and restricting Iranians’ access to foreign media broadcasts. “I talked with my family yesterday. I can call, but they cannot,” said Chabok, who said he believes Iranian police forces broke the windows of his family home in Tehran and vandalized his father’s car. “My mom said it’s a very horrible, frightening situation now. She was very worried that they are checking our telephone conversations.” To compensate for the lack of communication within Iran, Iranians living in the United States have begun using social networking sites such as Facebook and Twitter to distribute information about the protests. “Because most of the population is young, even though they banned all the communication lines, these young people have tried to find new ways to communicate with the world,” Chabok said. Many Iranian students at USC have begun touting the phrase “Where is my vote?” on their Facebook profile pictures to spread the word. They have also been participating in local rallies. The most recent protest was held Saturday afternoon outside the Westwood Federal Building. The Facebook invitation had more than 900 confirmed guests and Khaleghi said he expected many USC students and members of IGSA to attend. Los Angeles has the largest population of Iranian-Americans in the United States — 500,000 Iranians live in Los Angeles and Orange counties — and Iranian students are the fourth-largest international population at USC. While students said they realize their protests will not change the outcome of the election, they hope to send a message to countries around the world that the results should not be recognized. “No one in the international community should recognize the results of the election,” said Kaiser, a graduate student studying mechanical engineering who asked that his last name not be used to protect his family in Iran. The European Union has already announced that they will not support Ahmadinejad’s victory but the United States has yet to show the same reaction. President Barack Obama spoke out against the Iranian government Saturday, calling the government’s action against protestors “violent and unjust,” according to the New York Times. “I understand the U.S. government’s concern,” said Kaiser, who is a dual citizen of the United States and Iran. “This would be a tool — an excuse to oppress the people, crack down on demonstrators.” The rallies are also intended to bring moral support to families and friends in Iran. “What they need from the international community is their compassion and support and not recognizing this fraud election and this irresponsible government,” Chabok said.last_img read more

Football: Five facts on new Arsenal striker Lacazette

first_imgLondon, United Kingdom | AFP | Five facts on French international striker Alexandre Lacazette, after he signed for English Premier League side Arsenal on Wednesday for a club-record fee that could rise to 60 million euros ($68m, £52.56m) from Ligue 1 outfit Lyon:Falls foul of Lyon faithfulLacazette may have provided many great moments for Lyon fans but they are an unforgiving lot. As soon as he remarked in February that a big move would interest him they were on his back. It left him ‘psychologically destroyed’, according to Lyon owner Jean-Michel Aulas. “Alexandre hasn’t betrayed the club. He simply said that one day if like his friend Sam (Umtiti) he could go play for Barcelona or if like Karim Benzema, who left for Real Madrid and everyone was happy for him, he could go to a big club, he might,” commented Aulas. Lacazette for his part didn’t hold a grudge about that and made clear his love of the club before the final game of the season. “It is the club of my heart,” he told L’Equipe. “The most important moments in my life have been at Lyon,” added the 26-year-old.As good as Messi and Ronaldo…..Former Lyon forward Sonny Anderson didn’t let hyperbole get in the way of making a comparison to the two players generally acknowledged to be the greatest players in the world at the moment. “What he is doing at the moment is alsmost as good as what (Cristiano) Ronaldo or (Lionel) Messi are doing, only that playing in France he receives less media exposure,” the Brazilian told SoFoot. Having scored more than 20 times a season for the past four campaigns he has a fantastic record, but Anderson’s words will be more firmly tested in the more competitive Premier League.Like a fine wine, will he travel?Perhaps the biggest problem Lacazette will face is getting accustomed to living anywhere else but Lyon. It could be doubly difficult that he is moving to another country entirely. He is Lyon through and through having been born there, began playing football with a junior club in the city and then got taken on by Lyon aged 12. “Yes I score goals but in Europe in general I am not well known. I have a desire to see if I can respond to the questions that a lot of people have posed about me and to make progress as a player even more,” he told L’Equipe. Football in the bloodLacazette is not alone in his family in enjoying a playing career, one of his siblings Benoit did not reach his heady heights but did play abroad in the Swiss fourth division. Two of his other brothers look after his financial affairs. His cousin Romuald Lacazette was on Paris Saint-Germain’s books, but the midfielder never played for the first team and was snapped up by then German second-tier outfit 1860 Munich in 2015.Singing the Blues?His international career at senior level has been a bit stop-start, winning 10 caps from 2013-15, scoring once, before a two-year hiatus and a recall from coach Didier Deschamps in June. He enjoyed a successful time at all age levels from Under-16 to Under-21. Share on: WhatsApplast_img read more

Shikhar Dhawan only focused on performing, not selection

first_imgImage Courtesy: APAdvertisement ycq0NBA Finals | Brooklyn Vsbgbf7Wingsuit rodeo📽Sindre Egxs( IG: @_aubreyfisher @imraino ) oqe8btWould you ever consider trying this?😱bmuCan your students do this? 🌚fpRoller skating! Powered by Firework Although securing the spot of opener for Team India in the past, present times have been difficult for Shikhar Dhawan. While being out of cricket due to an injury last year, his previously occupied spot in the batting order has been usurped by K L Rahul, alongside the brilliant first choice Rohit Sharma. While his come back in the recent T20 series against Sri Lanka saw appreciable performance from the Delhite, lack of consistency in the long run may cause him to drop down in the pecking order. However, the player himself is not bothered about it.Advertisement Image Courtesy: APAfter first match was cancelled due to weather troubles, India secured a 2-0 victory in the series. Dhawan scored 32 in the second game, and a stunning half century in the third one at the Maharashtra Cricket Association Stadium on Friday.In the post match interview following the final game, Dhawan spoke about his return: “It wasn’t difficult. I accepted I got injured and I couldn’t do much about it.”Advertisement Dhawan, who plays for Delhi in domestic cricket, injured his left knee in a match against Maharashtra in the Syed Mushtaq Ali tournament.However, the injury didn’t stop the 31 year old from losing focus on his form.Advertisement Dhawan continued: “I was doing my rehab, focusing on training and got myself fitter and stronger. (In) the latter half, I prepared myself at the NCA, then I went and played Ranji Trophy and did very well out there.”On talking about the other two openers that Dhawan is competing to secure the opener spot, he appreciated the performance of his compatriots.“All three players are doing well. Rohit had an excellent 2019. Rahul has been doing good in the last two months and he is a good player and I am also back in the frame.” Dhawan told reporters.In the final T20 versus the Lions, Dhawan’s amazing knock of 52 came off just 36 balls, with 7 fours and 1 six.“I played well today. the picture is building up quite nicely, this is not an issue for me. It is in my hands to perform and play well. I am happy and satisfied that I got two opportunities and was able to express myself,” he added.Also read-Gautam Gambhir backs KL Rahul to seal openers spot ahead of Shikhar DhawanVirat Kohli pliable to play at 3 or 4 to ‘give youngsters a chance’ Advertisementlast_img read more

Saints release exhibition schedule

first_imgThe pre-season schedule sees the Saints College Men’s Hockey program play teams from BCHL, BCIHL and ACAC. The Saints will open their exhibition slate against the  Trail Smoke Eaters in the first-ever game between the two teams. “Our players and staff are very excited for the game against the Smoke Eaters and the opportunity to hopefully work towards making this game an annual event,” said Saints head coach Jeff Dubois.”We also have a pair of ex-Smokies (Logan Proulx/Darnell Dyck) who I know are looking forward to a fun and competitive game against their old team.” Selkirk will play its first home games of the preseason two weeks later when they host Keyano College from Fort McMurray, Alberta on Friday, September 13th (8 p.m., Nelson Recreation Complex) and Saturday, September 14th (4 p.m., Castlegar Recreation Complex). Keyano competes in the nine-team Alberta Colleges Athletics Conference. “Keyano College play in a highly competitive league against some of the top college teams in Canada,” said Dubois.”We’re very pleased that they’ve committed to make the trip to the West Kootenays and we’re also looking forward to playing in Nelson once again after a great experience winning our League Championship on that ice in March.” The Saints will then travel to Edmonton the following weekend for a trio of games against ACAC opponents. The team will open the weekend on Friday, September 20th against Concordia University before meeting the Northern Alberta Institute of Technology and MacEwan University on Saturday and Sunday respectively.The NAIT match-up will be much-anticipated on both sides, as it will be a meeting of the 2013 ACAC and BCIHL league champions.It will also see the Saints face off against last season’s team captain, Jordan Wood, who has moved on to complete his Business degree while competing for the Ooks. Selkirk will then return to wrap up their preseason schedule against Trinity Western University on Friday, September 27th (7:30 p.m, Nelson Recreation Complex) and Saturday, September 28th (7:30 p.m., Castlegar Recreation Complex). The Saints’ 2013/14 regular season schedule will be released in the coming days. For more information about the team, visit GoSaints.ca. Get ready to watch the 203 B.C. Intercolligiate Hockey League champion, Selkirk Saints, tune up with an eight-game exhibition tilt beginning Tuesday, August 27th in Trail.last_img read more


first_imgARCADIA, Calif. (March 5, 2015)–Saturday’s Grade I, $400,000 Frank E. Kilroe Mile (turf) has attracted a wide open field of 12 older horses, headed by multiple graded stakes winners Summer Front, Za Approval, Ring Weekend, Home Run Kitten and last year’s Kilroe winner, Winning Prize.Idle since running a close fourth in the Grade I Breeders’ Cup Mile Nov. 1, Florida-based Summer Front has an outstanding 8-5-1-1 record at one mile on turf and will no doubt be plenty competitive off the bench Saturday. Trained by Christophe Clement, the 6-year-old horse by War Front will be ridden for the first time by Victor Espinoza. Owned by Waterford Stable, he’s 21-8-5-3 overall with earnings of $994,140.Trainer Mark Casse’s Za Approval, who was second, beaten 1 ¼ lengths in the Grade II, one mile turf Arcadia Stakes Jan. 31, will be ridden back by Mike Smith, who had the 7-year-old Ghostzapper gelding rolling late in his last out. Bred in Kentucky by his owner, Live Oak Plantation, Za Approval is 25-8-8-1 with earnings of $1,264,371.Trainer Graham Motion’s well regarded Ring Weekend, who’s been idle since running sixth, only beaten 1 ½ lengths as the 8-5 favorite in Santa Anita’s Grade II Twilight Derby Oct. 31, made $842,150 from 10 starts last year and appears poised for another productive campaign beginning with the Kilroe on Saturday. Twice second in as many tries at a mile on turf, the 4-year-old Tapit gelding will likely be on the early lead or close to it under new rider Drayden Van Dyke. He’s owned by St. Elias Stable and West Point Thoroughbreds and is 13-4-3-2 overall with earnings of $855,410.Third, beaten two lengths in the Grade II Arcadia Stakes Jan. 31, trainer David Hofmans’ Home Run Kitten is 5-2-1-2 at a mile on grass and can either press the pace or take back and make a run. Owned by Tarabilla Farms, Inc., the 4-year-old Kitten’s Joy colt has raced primarily on the Santa Anita turf, winning four of his nine starts here. With an overall mark of 12-4-2-3, he has earnings of $281,800 and will be ridden for the first time by Gary Stevens on Saturday.Trainer Neil Drysdale’s Winning Prize, who won the Kilroe a year ago, has been idle since running a disappointing sixth as the 2-1 favorite in Woodbine’s Grade II, seven furlong turf Play the King Stakes on Aug. 10, but has proven effective when fresh and will get the services of Rafael Bejarano, who is a perfect two for two aboard the 6-year-old Argentine-bred horse and will likely position him close to the early lead. Owned by Heerensperger and Nelson, Winning Prize has an impeccable 7-5-1-0 mark at one mile on turf and is 15-8-1-1 overall with earnings of $612,913.French-bred Talco, who proved competitive in all five of his stateside starts (four of them graded stakes) for trainer John Sadler, comes off a close second as the even money favorite in a 1 1/8 miles turf allowance Feb. 5 and will try to “break through” on Saturday when ridden for the first time by Santiago Gonzalez. A 4-year-old colt, Talco is owned by Hronis Racing, LLC, and would be well served by a fast pace.Trainer Phil D’Amato’s English-bred Hay Dude comes off a close second at 7-2 in the restricted Clockers’ Corner Stakes, run at 6 ½ furlongs down the hillside turf course Jan. 25 and has two seconds and a third place finish from four stateside starts. Owned by Anthony Fanticola and Joseph Scardino, he’ll be ridden for the fourth time in a row by Kent Desormeaux and would appear best suited in the role of deep closer. He’s 10-2-2-2 at a mile on turf and is 16-3-4-4 overall with earnings of $115,249.Second, beaten a nose in the 2013 Kilroe, trainer Gary Mandella’s classy Silentio was fifth, beaten two lengths, by Winning Prize in last year’s renewal and will hope to fire fresh on Saturday after being idle since well beaten in the Grade I Breeders’ Cup Turf Sprint on Nov. 1. A winner of Hollywood Park’s Grade II, 1 1/16 miles turf Citation Handicap in November, 2013, 6-year-old Silentio has two wins from 10 starts on turf and is 15-4-1-7 overall. Owned and bred in Kentucky by Wertheimer and Frere, he’s 15-4-1-7 overall with earnings of $711,960. He’ll be ridden for the first time by Flavien Prat.Fresh off a pair of downhill turf sprint wins, trainer Jim Cassidy’s Holy Lute will try two turns for the first time on turf and would appear to be the speed of the field. Owned by Class Racing Stable, the 5-year-old horse by top sprinter Midnight Lute is 12-3-2-3 overall with earnings of $243,672.The complete field for the Grade I Frank E. Kilroe Mile, to be run as the 10th race on an 11-race card Saturday, with jockeys and weights in post position order: Talco, Santiago Gonzalez, 118; Hay Dude, Kent Desormeaux, 118; Winning Prize, Rafael Bejarano, 120; Holy Lute, Tyler Baze, 118; Mr. Commons, Martin Garcia, 118; Silentio, Flavien Prat, 118; Mega Heat, Corey Nakatani, 118; Summer Front, Victor Espinoza, 118; Home Run Kitten, Gary Stevens, 118; Ring Weekend, Drayden Van Dyke, 118; Za Approval, Mike Smith, 118, and Dimension, Joe Talamo, 118.                There will be special early first post time at 12 noon on Saturday, Santa Anita Handicap Day. Admission gates will open at 10 a.m. IDLE SINCE AUG. 10, DEFENDING CHAMP WINNING PRIZE REUNITED WITH TOP JOCK BEJARANOlast_img read more


first_imgWillie Duffy Saturday Division OneCastlefin Celtic 4 Milford United 1Glencar Celtic 4 Dunfanaghy 3Gweedore Celtic 4 Gweedore Utd 2Kilmacrennan Celtic 2 Erne Wandrs 2Glencar Inn Saturday League Division TwoDeele Harps OFF Downtown UtdGlenree United 0 Fintown Harps 4Ramelton Mariners 8 Donegal Town 1Brian McCormick Sports Premier DivisionDunkineely Celtic 1 Lagan Harps 1Eany Celtic 1 Gweedore Celtic 2Lifford Celtic 1 Castlefin Celtic 2Milford United 4 Kilmacrennan Celtic 1 Milford Inn Division OneArranmore United 2 Cappry Rovers 3Curragh Athletic 2 Dunlewy Celtic 0Donegal Town 2 St.Catherines 2Gweedore United 1 Raphoe Town 0Rathmullan Celtic 4 Convoy Arsenal 1CT Ball Division TwoBonagee United 1 Keadue Rovers 4Cranford United 1 Whitestrand FC 0Glenree United 3 Copany Rovers 2Letterbarrow Celtic 1 Kerrykeel 71 FC 1© 2011 donegaldaily.com, all Rights ReservedThe copying, republication or redistribution of donegaldaily.com Content, including by framing or similar means, is expressly prohibited by law. Follow us on www.twitter.com/donegaldailyFollow us on www.facebook.com/donegaldailySell anything on www.donegaldailyclassifieds.comSOCCER: DIVISION ONE AND DIVISION TWO RESULTS was last modified: November 22nd, 2011 by BrendaShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:SOCCER: DIVISION ONE AND DIVISION TWO RESULTSlast_img read more


first_imgGabriel Paschal Blake and band.A young Donegal singer-songwriter has been given a huge compliment after being asked to guest with one of Ireland’s most hotly-tipped acts – with gigs in two different churches!SOAK, whose real name is Bridie Monds-Watson, hails from Derry and has record companies dropping at her feet.She plays two major gigs this weekend at Christ Church in Derry on Friday night and the Dublin’s Unitarian Church on Saturday. And SOAK has asked well-known Letterkenny singer-songwriter Gabriel Paschal Blake to support her.Blake will be known by many as part of the talented bunch that made up now disbanded outfit The Jamaican Vampires.Tickets for the Derry gig are £10 while the Dublin gig is €15 and both are available at Ticketmaster.The Derry gig will be a great chance for local music fans to catch both acts before they go on to bigger and brighter things.  YOUNG DONEGAL SINGER HEADS TO CHURCH TO GET ‘SOAKED’! was last modified: November 6th, 2014 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Gabriel Paschal Blakelast_img read more

Things to know: Sharks lineup change, Braun on Blais hit and second line struggles

first_imgCLICK HERE if you are having a problem viewing the photos or videos on a mobile deviceST. LOUIS — With the Sharks looking to take command of the Western Conference Final against the St. Louis Blues, Marcus Sorensen rejoined the lineup Friday after he was a healthy scratch for Game 3.Sorensen began Game 4 against the Blues on the fourth line with Barclay Goodrow and Joonas Donskoi. Micheal Haley, who had 5 minutes and 50 seconds of ice time in Game 3 — a 5-4 Sharks win in overtime that gave …last_img read more

Odisha gives nod to 7 hotel, tourism projects that entail investment of ₹354 crore

first_imgOdisha government has approved allotment of land for seven hotel and tourism projects, which entail an investment to the tune of ₹354.34 crore.A high power committee chaired by Chief Secretary Aditya Prasad Padhi examined proposals and gave its nods stating that these projects would bring socio-economic benefit to the community.Investors have been asked to commission their projects within three years of the allotment of land.“Projects will be developed over a total area of around 79.5 acres out of which Government has decided to allot around 42.5 acres. Some project proponents have arranged balance land on their own,” said Vishal Dev, State tourism secretary, on Thursday. Mr. Dev said, “These tourism projects, apart from creating direct employment opportunities also have potential for large indirect employment.”The approved projects include a golf resort at Satpada near Chilika Lake Puri to be developed by Mayfair Hotels and Resorts Limited with investment of ₹125 crore, Gopalpur Palm Resort at Udayapur, Ganjam by Swosti Vacations Club Private Limited with investment of ₹64.58 crore, four-star hotel at Trisulia by Lalchand Resort Private Limited with investment of ₹54.50 crore, resort at Gopalpur by Luxurio Assets with investment of ₹49.80 crore and a resort at Tampara, Ganjam by Lifeline Multi Venture Private Limited with investment of ₹49.80 crore.A water park has been proposed at Basantpur near Sambalpur by Aquamagic Water Amusement Park with investment of ₹7.50 crore and a theme park and resort near Rourkela by Krishna Holdings with investment of ₹3.16 crore.last_img read more

Alejandro lauds teammates’ fighting spirit despite loss to Ateneo

first_imgUnfortunately for the Bulldogs, the Blue Eagles converted 11 of their three-point attempts.Still, Alejandro doesn’t care much for the numbers and instead would look at the intangibles.“For me as long as I see them fighting, not giving up that is fine with me,” said Alejandro.And even with NU staying at the sixth seed with a 3-6 record, Alejandro said there’s no panic in the team and that they can still turn their fortunes around in their remaining five games.“There’s no panic, and we have to work about it,” said Alejandro who finished with 22 points, seven rebounds, and five assists. “As long as we play this kind of game we have a chance.”ADVERTISEMENT Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. LATEST STORIES FILE Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netJ-Jay Alejandro on Wednesday walked out of Mall of Asia Arena a different man compared to when he left Smart Araneta Coliseum on Saturday.National University’s veteran wingman was frustrated, to say the least, at his teammates after their 90-77 loss to University of the East last Saturday in UAAP Season 80 men’s basketball tournament.ADVERTISEMENT Hugnatan steps up big in De Ocampo’s absence View comments BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients  Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games02:46Senators rally support for Robredo; laud her for accepting anti-drug post01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa And although the Bulldogs lost again, this time to league leader Ateneo 85-72, Alejandro was spritely and couldn’t help but applaud his teammates’ efforts.“I’m still okay, and we fought earlier,” said Alejandro. “It just so happens that we lost by the breaks of the game, those went to Ateneo. But I’m still proud of my teammates because I saw that they really fought hard.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutThe Bulldogs were in the game until the fourth quarter, when they trailed the Blue Eagles 67-65, when Ateneo managed to outscore them 18-7 in the final period.And although there was a huge disparity between the two teams in the fourth, NU was able to prevent Ateneo’s inside scoring. Kin of Misamis Oriental hero cop to get death benefits, award — PNP Read Next MOST READ Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PHlast_img read more