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Iran's judiciary brands UK ambassador 'undesirable' – state media – National Post

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DUBAI — Iran’s judiciary said on Tuesday that Britain’s ambassador to Tehran was an “undesirable element,” state media reported, after Iranian officials accused him of attending an illegal protest despite his denials.

Iran’s Foreign Ministry, which summoned him, would be responsible for announcing any move to expel Rob Macaire, who has been in the post since 2018.

“Based on international regulations, the British ambassador in Iran is an undesirable element,” judiciary spokesman Gholamhossein Esmaili told reporters, when asked about the British envoy. His remarks were carried on state television.

A prominent hardline Iranian cleric also said expelling the ambassador would be “the best thing that can happen to him” as otherwise loyal supporters of a general killed in a U.S. drone strike would “chop him to small pieces,” Ayatollah Ahmad Alamolhoda said, in remarks carried by Eslahat new website.

Alamolhoda is the leader of Friday prayers in the eastern Shi’ite Muslim holy city of Mashhad.

Macaire was briefly detained on Saturday, which Iranian officials said was because he attended an illegal demonstration, which took place amid public anger over Iran’s belated admission that its military shot down a passenger plane.

The ambassador said he had attended a vigil for victims of the crash. London said his detention was a violation of diplomat conventions.

(Writing by Parisa Hafezi; Editing by Edmund Blair and Jon Boyle)

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Pitt Meadows city council uses new social media use guidelines to speak out against divisive online activity – Maple Ridge News

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The City of Pitt Meadows staff put forward a new report to council during their online meeting Tuesday (June 2) outlining a new social media use policy.

Director of corporate services, Stephanie St. Jean, who presented the report, said staff made a revision to the policy to make it more concise and provide it with a ‘more positive tone.’

“What remains is a straightforward framework intended to guide council’s use of social media,” she said.

Council used the discussion of the report to point out how difficult it can be to sit as an elected official in the age of digital harassment, and pointed out how important it was to rise above the fray with their own use of the various platforms in order to set an example.

READ MORE: Pitt Meadows council’s social media policy blasted

Councillor Anena Simpson pointed out the majority of her interactions with the public online have been perfectly pleasant.

“Ninety-nine per cent of our community plays fair and they fight fair, even when there’s challenges,” she said.

“There’s of course always a very small number who don’t,” she added. “Who are aggressive and intentionally want to harm others and this is a real shame and the costs are very, very high for this as it affects those who want to be involved in our civic engagement.”

Coun. Bob Meachen agreed with his colleague and pointed out some of the hurdles he has had to face as a first time councillor.

“I took on the role of councillor to help my community… and I expected to become recipient of some criticism and that’s all fair.

“I welcome the feedback of this community and even criticism that perhaps goes against something I’ve agreed to…but what I don’t appreciate are some of the inflammatory and misleading statements that are aimed at – frankly – hurting me personally.”

Meachen said he tries to comport himself online as he does in person and expressed hope the new policy would encourage his colleagues and their critics to take the higher road.

“We’re only here to manage what we can manage on a personal level and I think that this new policy certainly helps us get there, and makes it clear as to what the policy of this council is.”

READ MORE: Spouses not in Pitt Meadows social media policy

Coun. Nicole MacDonald went into the dual nature of social media.

“It really is a double-edged sword,” she said.

“So much good is done through social media these days… it’s such an effective means of communication for us to inform the community what’s going on.”

“However it can also be a tool of toxicity, negativity, bullying, misinformation, lies and defamation.

She shared some of the negative experiences she has had to deal with since running for election in 2018.

Her character, integrity, and business and family have all been attacked, she said.

“I’ve received anonymous and threatening emails, I’ve had lies spread by a handful of people on public social media sites, and [I’ve had] my character maligned with lies and name-calling on an anonymous website.

“But I have not once engaged back and I believe this is important to share with the public.

“I signed up for this, and like I have in previous roles in my life, I have a thick skin.”

MacDonald said she is more worried about future prospective councillors being turned off the role.

“I don’t want it to deter others to from running and being a part of local government and standing up.”

To close the discussion, Mayor Dingwall weighed in on the matter.

“It is OK to provide critical and fair comments and to voice complete disagreement to a decision or a position, but in the age of social media it is easy to cross way over the line from critical and fair comment to bullying, harassment and defamation.

“Unfortunately a very small handful continue to be mean-spirited and spiteful with a relentless onslaught of negative or inaccurate misinformation that appears intent on hurting myself or my reputation, my colleagues or the good work this council is doing.”

Dingwall said he has blocked some individuals from his personal social media accounts.

“I’m choosing not to invest precious and positive energy worrying what they think of me or their negativity.

“I’m investing my energy where it needs to be as the mayor of this wonderful city. There is much more for this council to accomplish and I know our focus is on the community and leaving it in a better position for generations to come.”



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LA Galaxy to meet with Katai after wife's social media posts – TSN

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LOS ANGELES — The LA Galaxy will meet with new Serbian winger Aleksandar Katai on Thursday to discuss a series of alarming social media posts by his wife.

Tea Katai made the since-deleted posts on her Instagram story this week, the Galaxy confirmed Wednesday night in a statement that called the posts “racist and violent.”

The team says its meeting with Katai will “determine next steps.”

Tea Katai’s posts included a profane call, written in Serbian, to “kill” protesters. Another called protesters “disgusting cattle,” also in Serbian.

The 29-year-old Katai joined the Galaxy in December after spending his first two MLS seasons with the Chicago Fire. He has made nine appearances for Serbia’s national team, including three last year in Euro 2020 qualifying matches.

“The LA Galaxy strongly condemned the social posts and requested their immediate removal,” the statement continued. “The LA Galaxy stands firmly against racism of any kind, including that which suggests violence or seeks to demean the efforts of those in pursuit of racial equality. The LA Galaxy stand with communities of colour, and especially the Black community, in the protests and fight against systemic racism, social inequality, bigotry and violence.”

Katai signed with the Galaxy as a free agent on Dec. 31. He scored 18 goals in 62 appearances over the previous two seasons for the Fire, who acquired him from Alavés in Spain’s La Liga.

Katai got off to an impressive start to his MLS career with 12 league goals in his debut season for the Fire, but his production slumped last year, leading Chicago to decline its team option for 2020.

He spent the first eight years of his pro career in Europe, including 69 games with Serbian powerhouse Red Star Belgrade.

Katai started the first two games of the current MLS season for the Galaxy, who expected him to become a key part of their attack alongside Javier “Chicharito” Hernández and Cristian Pavón.

MLS play was suspended due to the coronavirus pandemic, but several Galaxy players returned to the club’s training complex two weeks ago to begin individual workouts and rehabilitation.

MLS and its players’ union agreed to a six-year labour contract on Wednesday. The teams are expected to return to competition with a five-week tournament in Florida this summer.

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LA Galaxy to meet with Katai after wife’s racist social media posts – Sportsnet.ca

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LOS ANGELES — The LA Galaxy will meet with new Serbian winger Aleksandar Katai on Thursday to discuss a series of alarming social media posts by his wife.

Tea Katai made the since-deleted posts on her Instagram story this week, the Galaxy confirmed Wednesday night in a statement that called the posts “racist and violent.”

The team says its meeting with Katai will “determine next steps.”

Tea Katai’s posts included a profane call, written in Serbian, to “kill” protesters. Another called protesters “disgusting cattle,” also in Serbian.

The 29-year-old Katai joined the Galaxy in December after spending his first two MLS seasons with the Chicago Fire. He has made nine appearances for Serbia’s national team, including three last year in Euro 2020 qualifying matches.

“The LA Galaxy strongly condemned the social posts and requested their immediate removal,” the statement continued. “The LA Galaxy stands firmly against racism of any kind, including that which suggests violence or seeks to demean the efforts of those in pursuit of racial equality. The LA Galaxy stand with communities of colour, and especially the Black community, in the protests and fight against systemic racism, social inequality, bigotry and violence.”

Katai signed with the Galaxy as a free agent on Dec. 31. He scored 18 goals in 62 appearances over the previous two seasons for the Fire, who acquired him from Alaves in Spain’s La Liga.

Katai got off to an impressive start to his MLS career with 12 league goals in his debut season for the Fire, but his production slumped last year, leading Chicago to decline its team option for 2020.

He spent the first eight years of his pro career in Europe, including 69 games with Serbian powerhouse Red Star Belgrade.

Katai started the first two games of the current MLS season for the Galaxy, who expected him to become a key part of their attack alongside Javier “Chicharito” Hernandez and Cristian Pavon.

MLS play was suspended due to the coronavirus pandemic, but several Galaxy players returned to the club’s training complex two weeks ago to begin individual workouts and rehabilitation.

MLS and its players’ union agreed to a six-year labour contract on Wednesday. The teams are expected to return to competition with a five-week tournament in Florida this summer.

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