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All set for Eldoret Rally rumble

first_imgThe race which is the penultimate event of the Kenya National Rally Championship is expected to crown the new titleholder with series leader Carl Tundo billed to rule the roost with a podium finish tomorrow.Tundo, who holds an 85 point cushion between him and probably the only challenger left in veteran Ian Duncan, will be looking to drive sensibly enough to hold off his competitor if he also manages to put in a polished performance.To add to the joy of the occasion if he does not blow up his title bid, the leader will be keeping close to his phone since he is also anticipating a very important call from back home with his newly wedded wife due with their first child.The main event begins Saturday at 7am outside the KCB branch on Uganda road to tackle the 274km route.A spectator stage has been set up at Kaptagat on the Eldoret-Eldama Ravine road 19km from the start. Cars will be there from 11am until 4pm complete with a rally village.First car will be expected at Salaba Academy at around 2:13pm for the end of the finish.Quentin Mitchell will be on pole with Tundo, Alistair Cavenagh, Duncan and Baldev Chager completing the top five starters.Entry List- KCB Asset Finance RallyQuentin Mitchell/G. Mayes (Subaru N16); Carl Tundo/Tim Jessop (EVO9); A. Cavenagh/G. Laurence (EVO9); Ian Duncan/A. Slatch (EVO9); Baldev Chager/Raju Sehmi (Subaru N16); Azar Anwar/Julius Ngige (EVO8); Jassy Chathe/Gugu Panesar (EVO9); Onkar Rai/R. Chagger (Subaru); Izhar Mirza/Zahir Shah (EVO9); Manvir Baryan/Nicola Arena (Subaru N16); Anwar Pandya/Ken Masoni (Subaru); Charles Hinga/Noriss Ongalo (EVO7); Fahd Bary/Shameer Yusuf (EVO9); Don Smith/Bob Kaugi (Subaru); Ghalib Haji/Sinder Sudle (EVOX); Jaswinder Chana/Ravi Chana (Toyota Celica GT4); Issa Amwari/Job Njiru (Subaru); John Nganga/G. Njoroge (Subaru); Tejvir Rai/G. Mwangi (Subaru); Jasmeet Chana/Rohit Bhudia (Toyota Celica GT4); Ben Muchemi/E. Mwenda (Subaru); Aakif Virani/Azhar Bhatti (Subaru N16); Farhaz Khan/K. Henrie (Subaru); John Muigai/Allan Muhindi (Subaru); Mahesh Halai/Ketan Halai (Subaru); Alasdair Keith/Tarik Malik (Subaru); Nzioka Waita/Laban Cliff (Subaru); Aslam Khan/Arshad Khan (Porsche 911); Khalfan Athman/A. Athman (Subaru N11); Anthony Tibo/Kavit Dave (Subaru); Edward Maina/Tonny Kimondo (Toyota Celica); Rashid Kabi/Nehreen Ismail (Subaru gc8); Gurmit Thethy/D. Kalsi (VW Golf GTI); Dennis Mwenda/Edward Njoroge (Toyota Sprinter GT); Niaz Bashir/J. Kosgei (Toyota Celica); Leo Varese/Kigo Kareithi (VW Golf GTI); Nadeem Kana/James Mwangi (Subaru); Patrick Kibaara/J. Mwachuya (Toyota Levin); Victor Okundi/ Tuta Mionki (Toyota Vitz); Sammy Nyorri/Wambui Kairu (Toyota Vitz); Khalid Umar/S. Umar (Subaru); Hardev S. Sira/Jasneil Ghataure (Ford Escort Mexico); Gurdeep Brar/Jasmeet Khaira (Subaru); Dilraj Bhui/Savraj Bhui (Subaru); Stella Macharia/Helen Shiri (Subaru); Imran Kana/Mohamed Kana (Toyota Levin); Jeff Mburu/R. Muriuki (Toyota Levin); Caroline Gatimu/Linet Ayuko (VW Golf GTI); Phillis Wambui/Steven Nyorri (Toyota Levin).0Shares0000(Visited 2 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000ELDORET, Kenya, October 5- Forty-nine cars went through the mandatory scrutineering on Friday afternoon ahead of the KCB Asset Finance rally set to reverberate through Eldoret town.Drivers and their crew earlier had a feel of the various sections set out for Saturday’s action describing the route as rough and dusty in the scenic Kaptagat and Iten satellite townships.last_img read more

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Q&A: Why Iranian conservationists are facing ‘ludicrous’ spying charges

first_imgThe flag of Iran David Laylin Q&A: Why Iranian conservationists are facing ‘ludicrous’ spying charges David Laylin By Richard StoneMar. 4, 2019 , 2:55 PM iStock.com/Rainer Puster With the fates of eight conservationists jailed in Iran on espionage charges hanging in the balance, a campaign to win their freedom is picking up steam. For more than a year, colleagues and family members have been quietly lobbying Iran’s government and Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei for the detainees’ release. But now, with closed trials proceeding in Tehran, institutions and influential individuals are scrambling to train a spotlight on the trials. They argue that convictions would not only be a tragedy for the detainees, but also an international disgrace.The imprisoned conservationists are all with the Persian Wildlife Heritage Foundation (PWHF), a Tehran-based organization that had been using camera traps to monitor dwindling species such as the Persian leopard, Asiatic cheetah, Asiatic black bear, and Laristan wild sheep. Iran’s hardline Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps, known as the Sepah, accused the group of using the cameras to spy on military installations.In January and February 2018, the Sepah detained PWHF’s Niloufar Bayani, Taher Ghadirian, Houman Jokar, Sepideh Kashani, Amirhossein Khaleghi, Abdolreza Kouhpayeh, Sam Rajabi, and Morad Tahbaz. They also arrested Kavous Seyed-Emami, an Iranian-Canadian sociologist and PWHF’s co-founder. Seyed-Emami died in detention on 8 February 2018; Iranian officials insist he committed suicide, an explanation his family rejects. In November 2018, Iran’s judiciary upgraded charges against four remaining detainees—Bayani, Ghadirian, Jokar, and Tahbaz—to “sowing corruption on Earth,” which can bring the death penalty. In response, more than 330 conservationists and scholars from 66 countries wrote to Khamenei, saying they “strongly condemn” the possibility that “the neutral field of conservation could ever be used to pursue political objectives.”Sign up for our daily newsletterGet more great content like this delivered right to you!Country *AfghanistanAland IslandsAlbaniaAlgeriaAndorraAngolaAnguillaAntarcticaAntigua and BarbudaArgentinaArmeniaArubaAustraliaAustriaAzerbaijanBahamasBahrainBangladeshBarbadosBelarusBelgiumBelizeBeninBermudaBhutanBolivia, Plurinational State ofBonaire, Sint Eustatius and SabaBosnia and HerzegovinaBotswanaBouvet IslandBrazilBritish Indian Ocean TerritoryBrunei DarussalamBulgariaBurkina FasoBurundiCambodiaCameroonCanadaCape VerdeCayman IslandsCentral African RepublicChadChileChinaChristmas IslandCocos (Keeling) IslandsColombiaComorosCongoCongo, The Democratic Republic of theCook IslandsCosta RicaCote D’IvoireCroatiaCubaCuraçaoCyprusCzech RepublicDenmarkDjiboutiDominicaDominican RepublicEcuadorEgyptEl SalvadorEquatorial GuineaEritreaEstoniaEthiopiaFalkland Islands (Malvinas)Faroe IslandsFijiFinlandFranceFrench GuianaFrench PolynesiaFrench Southern TerritoriesGabonGambiaGeorgiaGermanyGhanaGibraltarGreeceGreenlandGrenadaGuadeloupeGuatemalaGuernseyGuineaGuinea-BissauGuyanaHaitiHeard Island and Mcdonald IslandsHoly See (Vatican City State)HondurasHong KongHungaryIcelandIndiaIndonesiaIran, Islamic Republic ofIraqIrelandIsle of ManIsraelItalyJamaicaJapanJerseyJordanKazakhstanKenyaKiribatiKorea, Democratic People’s Republic ofKorea, Republic ofKuwaitKyrgyzstanLao People’s Democratic RepublicLatviaLebanonLesothoLiberiaLibyan Arab JamahiriyaLiechtensteinLithuaniaLuxembourgMacaoMacedonia, The Former Yugoslav Republic ofMadagascarMalawiMalaysiaMaldivesMaliMaltaMartiniqueMauritaniaMauritiusMayotteMexicoMoldova, Republic ofMonacoMongoliaMontenegroMontserratMoroccoMozambiqueMyanmarNamibiaNauruNepalNetherlandsNew CaledoniaNew ZealandNicaraguaNigerNigeriaNiueNorfolk IslandNorwayOmanPakistanPalestinianPanamaPapua New GuineaParaguayPeruPhilippinesPitcairnPolandPortugalQatarReunionRomaniaRussian FederationRWANDASaint Barthélemy Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da CunhaSaint Kitts and NevisSaint LuciaSaint Martin (French part)Saint Pierre and MiquelonSaint Vincent and the GrenadinesSamoaSan MarinoSao Tome and PrincipeSaudi ArabiaSenegalSerbiaSeychellesSierra LeoneSingaporeSint Maarten (Dutch part)SlovakiaSloveniaSolomon IslandsSomaliaSouth AfricaSouth Georgia and the South Sandwich IslandsSouth SudanSpainSri LankaSudanSurinameSvalbard and Jan MayenSwazilandSwedenSwitzerlandSyrian Arab RepublicTaiwanTajikistanTanzania, United Republic ofThailandTimor-LesteTogoTokelauTongaTrinidad and TobagoTunisiaTurkeyTurkmenistanTurks and Caicos IslandsTuvaluUgandaUkraineUnited Arab EmiratesUnited KingdomUnited StatesUruguayUzbekistanVanuatuVenezuela, Bolivarian Republic ofVietnamVirgin Islands, BritishWallis and FutunaWestern SaharaYemenZambiaZimbabweI also wish to receive emails from AAAS/Science and Science advertisers, including information on products, services and special offers which may include but are not limited to news, careers information & upcoming events.Required fields are included by an asterisk(*) Hardliners are in ascension in Iran, emboldened by an economy in tatters after the United States’s withdrawal from the nuclear deal and subsequent efforts to further isolate Iran. Acknowledging that discreet diplomacy has failed, prominent groups are publicly assailing the conservationists’ detention and what many see as sham trials. Last week, 26 members of the European Parliament wrote to Iran’s president, Hassan Rouhani, expressing their “strong concerns” over the prolonged detention and “serious violations of their due process and fair trial rights,” and called for their “immediate and unconditional release.” And in a 22 February statement, the Wildlife Conservation Society, a nonprofit in New York City, stated that the Iranian conservationists should not be “put into personal jeopardy for pursuing scientific knowledge and preserving their country’s unique natural heritage.”Adding his voice to the rising chorus is David Laylin, 82, an ecologist in Orange, Virginia, who has long helped broker exchanges between Iranian and Western scientists and environmentalists. Laylin’s family is well known in Iran: His father, an international lawyer, helped Iran negotiate a landmark water-sharing accord with Afghanistan, and later helped forge the 1975 Shatt al-Arab border agreement between Iran and Iraq. His sister, Louise Firouz, lived in Iran most of her life and is known for her efforts to preserve the Caspian horse, a rare breed. (She died in 2008.) For 15 years before the Iranian Revolution in 1979, Laylin himself was a partner and manager of Iran’s only hunting and fishing outfitting company.The PWHF detainees, Laylin says, “are all my close friends.” From 2008 to 2017, as a senior adviser to the Persian Wildlife Foundation, a U.S.-based sister organization, Laylin traveled extensively to PWHF’s field sites in Iran. (Tahbaz set up both foundations.) In 2015, based on an article in Iran Wire that labeled Laylin “suspicious,” the Sepah accused him of being a Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) operative. In July 2017, during Laylin’s last trip to Iran for a conference on sand and dust storms, he was interrogated. “There’s no way I could go back to Iran right now,” he says.Laylin says it’s not surprising that hardliners have targeted him—“I’m an American who speaks Farsi and has traveled to a lot of places in Iran” that are off the beaten track. But he insists he has no connection to CIA. “I want to clear my name and return to Iran. It’s my home.”Like others, Laylin has kept a low profile for months while advocating for the conservationists’ release. Though coming at the 11th hour, a vigorous international outcry may still save the detainees, he asserts in a recent interview with Science. This transcript has been edited for clarity and brevity.Q: How are the conservationists holding up?A: Pretty well, from what I can tell. They all endured several months of solitary confinement. Niloufar Bayani was intimidated into signing a false confession. But she was very courageous on the trial’s first day. She spoke up and said she was threatened with torture, and she retracted the confession.Q: How could their conservation work be misconstrued as spying?A: The charge is ludicrous. I’ve been to all the areas where the PWHF people were working—there are no military installations there. Also, the camera traps are incapable of transmitting data on their own. The Sepah went after them for a completely different reason. There’s paranoia amongst the hardliners about any contact with the West, both from a cultural standpoint in terms of undermining the tenets of the revolution, and also in the false belief that scientific exchanges or conservation work could lead to Iranians being proselytized or turned into spies. Yet at the same time, there’s a tremendous need for scientific exchanges in many fields.Q: Have you or others sought to contact the Revolutionary Guard directly?A: Iranians are terrified of speaking with them. I know of one family who knows a high-ranking Sepah general. He’s a friend of the family—but they’re afraid to even contact him. I think the Sepah had made up their minds that they wanted to shut this operation down. There was too much contact with the West, especially U.S. institutions and individuals.Q: Why were four charged with “sowing corruption on Earth”?A: They are the leadership. [Tahbaz] managed the foundation and arranged all the financing. [Jokar] was a senior manager and scientific figure, meeting with foreign scientists. [Ghadirian] did a lot of traveling around the country—we traveled to many places together. That could have made him a person of suspicion. I can’t think of any other reason why they would be singled out that way.Q: Is there any hope for a fair trial?A: It’s not a trial in the sense we know here. The outcome won’t have anything to do with fairness or morality or legal issues. It will depend on what the Sepah think they can get away with. They’re under an awful lot of pressure because of the country’s economic and environmental woes. There’s a lot of unhappiness over water scarcity, and sand and dust storms, for instance.Q: A lot of the campaigning has targeted Iran’s government. Does the government have any leverage over the Revolutionary Guard?A: There was a tremendous outpouring of outrage at [Seyed-Emami’s] death. There has been pressure on the Sepah to come up with an explanation. They haven’t done so. To the extent the elected government has influence depends on the times. Influential people in the parliament and in government say categorically that the environmentalists are innocent. But the Sepah are saying we have information you don’t; shut up and mind your own business.Q: With the trials underway, is it too late to make a difference?A: The Sepah don’t operate in a vacuum. To the extent the general public is informed, this puts pressure on them. They have to be rather careful. They’re walking a fine line. They are going to have to defend these verdicts. The more of an international outcry, as well as a domestic outcry, the more pressure there will be on them to do so.In my opinion, the Sepah are now in a bind. They know that I and the others are innocent of all charges, but they would look foolish to admit that. What needs to happen is some face-saving scenario that would permit the Sepah to release all eight, without looking foolish or incompetent.last_img read more

Dez Bryant has been historically great through age 25

first_imgDez Bryant throws up the "X." (USATSI)Dez Bryant throws up the “X.” (USATSI)Dez Bryant turned 26 on Tuesday and took his act “international” as he put it in this post on Fox Sports Southwest.Happy 26th birthday to @DezBryant #okstate— thinks we go 8-4 guy (@Pokelahoma) November 4, 2014That got me thinking about the most accomplished receivers ever at age 25 and wouldn’t you know it, Bryant is near the top of the list.I looked at this last year and Dez has actually jumped a spot since then and finished trailing just Randy Moss and Rob Gronkowski in terms of most TDs scored as of their 26th birthdays.[1. Gronk actually hasn’t turned 26 yet so he’ll get closer to Moss barring injury.]Most receiving TDs on 26th birthday (all-time)Screen Shot 2014-11-05 at 10.09.12 AMThat 60 number from Moss is absurd, especially considering the era he played in — I guess that’s why you get 30 for 30s made about you.Still, Dez’s mark is impressive and is one reason he’s about to get paid this offseason.If you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers!last_img read more