After Hengameh Shahidi’s pardon, RSF asks Supreme Leader to free all imprisoned journalists News IranMiddle East – North Africa February 25, 2021 Find out more Help by sharing this information Receive email alerts News News June 9, 2021 Find out more Call for Iranian New Year pardons for Iran’s 21 imprisoned journalists Iran: Press freedom violations recounted in real time January 2020 News to go further Reporters Without Borders hails the special jury prize which the Iranian film “No One Knows About Persian Cats” was awarded today in the “Un Certain Regard” section of the Cannes Film Festival. Co-scripted by the recently released Iranian-American journalist Roxana Saberi, it opened this section of the festival on 14 May.“By singling out this film, the jury has deliberately sent a clear message to the Iranian authorities, who have banned it from being screened,” Reporters Without Borders said. “The award also sends a message of support for free expression to Iran’s independent musicians. There should be no restrictions on the screening of ‘No One Knows About Persian Cats’ in Iran.”Filmed clandestinely in Iran and directed by Bahman Ghobadi, the movie shows Tehran’s underground music scene and tells the stories for two young musicians who try to form a band in order to play in a festival in Europe. All musical performances and productions in Iran need permission from the culture ministry. Many music genres are banned.The film reveals a different side of the Iranian capital, one that is little known. Ghobadi, has described it has a “cry against the status quo.”Released from a Tehran prison on 11 May after spending 100 days in detention, Saberi arrived today in the United States. She was arrested in Tehran on 31 January and given an eight-year prison sentence on a charge of spying for the United States. It was finally reduced to a two-year suspended sentence on appeal. Follow the news on Iran IranMiddle East – North Africa Organisation RSF_en May 23, 2009 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Cannes Festival jury sends message to Iranian authorities by awarding prize to film co-scripted by Roxana Saberi March 18, 2021 Find out more
The San Antonio refinery has a permitted capacity of 21,000 barrels per day, processing crude oil and condensate primarily from the Eagle Ford basin Image: Starlight Relativity Acquisition company has acquired San Antonio refinery from Calumet Specialty Products. Photo: courtesy of Frauke Feind/Pixabay. US-based Calumet Specialty Products Partners has completed the sale of San Antonio refinery and related assets to Starlight Relativity Acquisition company.The San Antonio plant has a permitted capacity of 21,000 barrels a day, processing crude oil and condensate mainly from the Eagle Ford basin.Presently, the refinery produces LPG, naphtha, regular and premium gasoline, commercial and military jet fuel, atmospheric tower bottoms and ultra-low sulfur diesel.There are nearly 250,000 barrels of storage capacity at the plant and around 200,000 barrels of additional crude oil storage capacity at a crude oil terminal based in Elmendorf, Texas.The related assets include a crude oil terminal and pipeline, which has been acquired by Starlight.Starlight will shell out $63m in cash for the acqusitionStarlight will shell out $63m in cash for the San Antonio plant, property and equipment, plus adjustments for net working capital, inventories and post-closing amounts.Calumet CEO Tim Go said: “The divestment of the San Antonio refinery represents another step forward in Calumet’s strategic transformation.“This transaction further de-levers Calumet’s balance sheet, reduces earnings volatility by lowering our exposure to fuels refining, and allows the Partnership to focus its time and capital more intently on our higher-return core Specialty Products business.”Go added, “I want to thank our employees at San Antonio for their continued hard work and dedication, particularly this past year where they have delivered significant improvement to both our operational and financial performance.”Calumet announced that it has also reached an agreement with TexStar Midstream Logistics to settle all outstanding litigation between the two parties, which will include the release of a $38m balance sheet liability.Based in Indianapolis, Indiana, Calumet operates ten manufacturing facilities located in northwest Louisiana, northern Montana, western Pennsylvania, Texas, New Jersey and eastern Missouri.It processes crude oil and other feedstocks into customized lubricating oils, solvents and waxes used in consumer, industrial and automotive products.