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Al-Shabaab bans TV in southern town of Barawe

first_img Radio reporter gunned on city street in central Somalia RSF and NUSOJ call for release of a journalist held in Somalia’s Puntland region News Organisation RSF_en News News News Reporters Without Borders condemns the Islamist militia Al-Shabaab’s latest attempt to restrict freedom of information, this time by trying to ban television viewing in the coastal town of Barawe, in the Lower Shabelle region of southern Somalia“This ban’s real target is TV news stations, which annoy Al-Shabaab by showing viewers not only its atrocities but also the progress that the population has made in the regions from which Al-Shabaab has been expelled,” Reporters Without Borders said. “This level of obscurantism recalls the worst period of the Taliban regime in Afghanistan and just reinforces Al-Shabaab’s image as a predator of freedom of information that tries to turn the areas it controls into news black holes.” Al-Shabaab announced the ban on 28 October, giving the inhabitants of Barawe five days to hand in their TV sets and satellite dishes at the Barawe municipal office for collection by Al-Shabaab representatives.Residents immediately voiced outrage about the ban. The Sabahi news website quoted one man as saying: “The only channels my family and I watch are the Somali channels, such as Universal TV, Horn Cable TV and Somali Channel TV, so that we can stay informed on global news.”The ban comes just weeks after US Navy SEALs staged a nighttime raid on the Al-Shabaab compound in Barawe.Last month, Al-Shabaab reportedly imposed a similar TV ban in the nearby town of Bulomarer.The product of a merger of several Somali Islamist groups, Al-Shabaab was formed in the first half of the past decade, began growing in strength in 2006 and managed to control part of Mogadishu in 2009. Its goal is the creation of an Islamic state based on the Sharia throughout Somalia.Since being driven out of Mogadishu in August 2011, Al-Shabaab has concentrated on terrorist actions in Somalia and abroad, including suicide bombings, summary executions, and, most recently, the gruesome attack against the Westgate mall in Kenya. Journalists are often the victims of its terror campaign.Somalia is ranked 175th out of 179 countries in the 2013 Reporters Without Borders press freedom index.More information about Somalia.Photo : Sabahi/Dahir Jibril RSF requests urgent adoption of moratorium on arrests of journalists March 2, 2021 Find out morecenter_img Receive email alerts January 8, 2021 Find out more to go further November 8, 2013 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Al-Shabaab bans TV in southern town of Barawe SomaliaAfrica February 24, 2021 Find out more Help by sharing this information Follow the news on Somalia SomaliaAfrica last_img read more

Call for ‘deeds not words’ as Justice minister talks of amending law on insult to Turkish identity

first_img News News Organisation April 2, 2021 Find out more Turkey’s never-ending judicial persecution of former newspaper editor TurkeyEurope – Central Asia TurkeyEurope – Central Asia Follow the news on Turkey News Receive email alerts Newscenter_img April 2, 2021 Find out more Reporters Without Borders today urged the Turkish authorities to move to ‘deeds not words’ on reform of Article 301 of criminal law allowing prosecution for “insulting Turkish identity” after the justice minister yesterday made a new statement of intent.“It’s been two years now since, alongside Turkish journalists and press freedom organisations, we have called for the law to be amended and proceedings dropped against those who criticise, on the pretext that they are” insulting Turkish identity,” the worldwide press freedom organisation said.“We cannot forget that Turkish authorities have used Article 301 as a tool of terrible repression. It gives voice to and stokes up nationalist tensions at work in Turkey and finds fervent advocates in the Turkish legal system,” the organisation said. The Turkish journalist of Armenian origin Hrant Dink, murdered on 19 January 2007, was himself prosecuted under this article. His son, Arat Dink was given a one-year suspended prison sentence on 11 October, for reprinting in the weekly Agos an interview given by his father to the Reuters news agency, in which he recalled that the massacres of Armenians between 1915 and 1917 were genocide”, it continued.Justice minister Mehmet Ali Sahin told the Anatolie news agency yesterday that the government in Ankara had decided to amend Article 301. He specified that the council of minister would “at the first opportunity” examine various projects on the basis of proposals from civil organisations, select some and then seek debate on them in parliament.This statement was in response to the conclusions of the annual report on the state of negotiations on Turkish membership of the European Union (EU), released by the European Commission on the same day. The report stressed that “considerable effort is still required on freedom of expression” and urged the Turkish government to take “immediate steps” in this area.Turkish President Abdullah Gül told the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe on 3 October that he was in favour of amending Article 301. The Prime Minister, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, made similar promises in November 2006 ahead of the publication of the annual EU report. Article 301 headed “denigration of Turkish identity, of the republic, the institutions or organs of state”, imposes a sentence of six months to three years on “anyone who openly denigrates the government, organs of state justice or military or police structures.” Not only do the Turkish courts severely apply this law, but they ignore paragraph 4 which stipulates that, “Expressions of thought intended to criticize shall not constitute a crime”. April 28, 2021 Find out more RSF_en Journalists threatened with imprisonment under Turkey’s terrorism law to go further Help by sharing this information Human rights groups warns European leaders before Turkey summit November 7, 2007 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Call for ‘deeds not words’ as Justice minister talks of amending law on insult to Turkish identitylast_img read more

In-form NU, Adamson nail 4th victories

first_imgKammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president Three-leg winner Mondilla favorite in ICTSI Players Championship LATEST STORIES The San Marcelino-based Lady Falcons thus stretched their impressive run to four and took the first Final Four seat in their side of the two-division tournament organized by Sports Vision.University of the Philippines and Arellano, tied at second with 3-1 marks, dispute the other slot this Saturday.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 shutoutBut the victory proved costly for the Lady Falcons, who lost top spiker Jema Galanza in the third set after the Adamson skipper twisted her right foot after landing off a block.Earlier, National U dominated Jose Rizal U, 25-11, 25-15, 25-13, to also go 4-0 and clinch at least a playoff for the other Final Four berth in Group A. —CEDELF P. TUPAS Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients  Adamson warded off St. Benilde’s second-set comeback to post a 25-19, 25-20, 25-17 victory and clinch the first semifinal berth in Group B of the Premier Volleyball League Collegiate Conference at Filoil Flying V Center on Monday.The Lady Falcons struggled against the Lady Blazers, who led midway through the second set, before escaping with a straight-sets triumph.ADVERTISEMENT E.T. returns to earth, reunites with grown-up Elliott in new ad  BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight Read Next Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. PH women’s volleyball team motivated to deliver in front of hometown crowd PLAY LIST 02:25PH women’s volleyball team motivated to deliver in front of hometown crowd00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters 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 Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City View comments MOST READlast_img read more

Roy Hodgson plays patience principle at Crystal Palace with history on his side

first_imgThere is always a touch of pathos about Roy Hodgson. It could be his hangdog expression. Maybe it is the way he insists on being gentlemanly in an age of turbo-charged egotists. Or perhaps the low points in his career – Liverpool, England – seem somehow to conform to the stereotype; nice guy but out of his depth at the top.Hodgson was welcomed with polite applause by the Crystal Palace fans before the match against Southampton and got the same response after their defeat. As he first walked to the dugout he was embraced by Pete the Eagle in a slightly awkward clinch. The cameras, of which there were many at Selhurst Park, caught him in trademark head-in-hands mode after Steven Davis turned home the only goal in the sixth minute. Later they caught him doing that thing with his finger on his lips as he considered how to improve his team’s prospects. So far, so Roy. Share on Twitter Share via Email Steven Davis spoils Roy Hodgson’s big day as Crystal Palace lose again Share on Facebook The problems Palace face this season remain the same as they have since Ian Holloway led them to promotion in 2013. How to galvanise a side who struggle to defend. How to stimulate a group who are not overendowed in attacking talent to score goals consistently. Their performance on Saturday was typical at both ends. Carved open on numerous occasions in the first half particularly, Palace also carved out the best chances of the match. They were unable to take those opportunities, however, with the ongoing enigma Christian Benteke a particular culprit.For Hodgson’s predecessor, Sam Allardyce, the issue was psychological. He spent much of his time as Palace manager talking about how he had to get inside the players’ heads, to persuade them to believe in themselves and the plan. On this issue Hodgson’s approach looks set to be more old school. “In terms of confidence you’ve got to be careful,” he said. “You can’t just go round to people all the time saying: ‘You’ll be OK, that was all right, bad luck’, because they need more than that. That’s what I mean by working in training. It’s about watching these things and making judgments. Is he going to do it? Is he going to swing round or is he always going to do what he wants to do and be quite happy to see us sink while doing it?” Share on Messenger Share on Pinterest Don’t forget that at Fulham we got out of the relegation zone on the very, very last game of the seasonRoy Hodgson Facebook However, the side of Hodgson that receives less coverage is also one that means, at the age of 70, and after 41 years in management, he is still working in the most demanding league in the world. Hodgson is tough and uncompromising. Those training ground drills – shape, shape, shape – are the template for his uncomplicated style of play but also the practice of a man who knows his own mind and will be sticking to it. The numbers at Palace are bad; five consecutive defeats with no goals scored, a historic record in the top flight. The upcoming fixtures are also horrendous – but Hodgson has seen most things before and dealt with them.“Don’t forget that at Fulham we got out of the relegation zone on the very, very last game of the season, so we lived with that hanging over our heads for a very long time,” Hodgson pointed out after the match. “It was a similar sort of thing: Arsenal, Manchester United, those type of teams. We lost the first three, we might have even lost the first four.“At West Brom, I was lucky. We were losing 1-0 with a few minutes to go and scored an undeserved equaliser, which papers over cracks. Unfortunately today the cracks were there, they weren’t papered over and we got what we deserved, a defeat.” Topics Hodgson will need greater strength and movement from Benteke, not to mention a calmer head, which means the next time the Belgian is presented with an opportunity from six yards, as he was on the half hour, he turns the ball past the goalkeeper rather than straight at him. But the manager will also need Andros Townsend to produce greater end product, Yohan Cabaye to be more protective of possession and Scott Dann to hold his position.One player who did look up for the challenge was Ruben Loftus-Cheek, the giant Chelsea loanee driving at the robust Saints rearguard throughout the match. The one bit of needle from the crowd came when the 21-year-old was withdrawn in the second half, although Hodgson was at pains to point out he took a risk in playing him at all as the midfielder was recovering from a groin strain.Onwards, then, to the terrible trio: Manchester City, United and Chelsea are Palace’s next league fixtures. Before those, a potentially awkward Carabao Cup tie against Huddersfield on Tuesday night. Hodgson says it may yet be some time before his side start to perform in the manner he expects of them and he asked the supporters to stay with him. Frank de Boer never got that privilege but Hodgson is Palace’s best hope of avoiding the drop – and he has managed it before. Crystal Palace’s Christian Benteke battles with Wesley Hoedt of Southampton. Photograph: Reuters Read more Premier League features Share on WhatsApp Roy Hodgson Share on LinkedIn Reuse this content Twitter Pinterest Southampton Crystal Palacelast_img read more

6 days agoMan Utd hero Ince warns Ole after Woodward comments

first_imgMan Utd hero Ince warns Ole after Woodward commentsby Paul Vegas6 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United hero Paul Ince says club chief Ed Woodward giving manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer a vote of confidence is “the worst thing you can get as a manager”.Woodward this week gave Solskjaer his public backing, suggesting the pressure is off the Norwegian for the time being.”You hear chairmen come out and say that and then next minute the manager is gone,” Ince told Mirror Football. “You hate it, it is the worst thing you can get as a manager a vote of confidence.”Woodward gave Ole the contract, so he has to say that, but I’m not seeing progression like I am at Chelsea under Frank Lampard.”So unless that changes then it will change the way people think – it will change the way fans think. Obviously Man United fans love him, he scored the winner in 99′, but fans can turn and once they do it’s a tough one.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

U2 Honored With Palm Springs International Film Festivals Visionary Award

first_imgBono and The Edge accepted the Palm Springs International Film Festival’s Visionary Award recently on behalf of U2 with a speech on the power of activism and American bipartisan leadership in delivering more antiretroviral treatment to AIDS patients.This is the first time the award was given to someone other than a filmmaker, and Bono took the opportunity to speak about his band’s advocacy work. The following is a transcript of his entire speech, which Bono delivered at the awards gala on Saturday night.“I guess this is an award for not shutting up and sticking to what you’re good at. This is kind of an award for being a pain in the arse, isn’t it? That’s what this is. And we do understand that people find it insufferable when artists stray out of their box, but for a lot of us in this room, that is the definition being an artist, straying out of your box.“It is worth mentioning that more people live off their imaginations in California than any other place in the world. No other geography comes close. People around here like to ask questions about the real as well as the imaginary world, and this, of course, is the start of being annoying. Demanding answers is when you upgrade to the proper pain in the arse status of the activist, although some people here have managed to do the activist thing without being annoying.“I am of course thinking of Jane Fonda. How could you not? I’m thinking of Meryl Streep in “Sophie’s Choice.” Steve McQueen has challenged intolerance his entire career. Idris Elba, Naomie Harris were activists long before they took on the giant lives of the Mandelas. Julia Roberts, before she took on “Erin Brockovich,” she was an activist and is an activist, and an extraordinary movie star, the definition of, I would say. And we’d like to pause for a minute to consider our Chairman, Tom Hanks, and his stigma-defying, game-changing role in “Philadelphia.” And what Matthew McConaughey has done again now in “Dallas Buyers Club.” Extraordinary performances.“HIV/AIDS has stolen so many lives in this country. 650,000 to be exact, and 23 million lives outside of this country. What people like Harvey Weinstein and groups like amfAR did for the domestic AIDS problem, ONE and (RED) and many others are trying to do for the global AIDS crisis. Our one simple belief is that where you live should not decide whether you live.“Now our leader in this campaign lost a son to the disease. His name was Nelson Mandela, the greatest activist of them all. His genius was a refusal to hate, not because he hadn’t experienced rage, but because he thought love would do a better job. His cleverness was to put aside tribalism and partisanship, the kind of partisanship, I think you’ll agree, that has betrayed this great nation and the great American idea at the heart of it, even in the last couple of years.“It’s ironic that by following an African’s example, American and European AIDS activists like ONE were successful in encouraging Democrats and Republicans here in the US to put aside their differences and work together on what is turning out to be the largest health intervention in the history of medicine. Thank you, America.“You probably don’t know this, but there are now 10 million lives in the developing world saved by antiretroviral therapy, and American taxpayers have paid for about three quarters of them. Thank you, America. 7.8 million sentient souls are alive because of AIDS drugs that the United States of America paid for, and they are not just alive, but allowed to thrive, to have healthy kids, to be alive to raise those kids, to work, to contribute to their economies. And we’re at the tipping point — amazing to be able to say this — we are actually at the tipping point if we keep up the pressure.“We are within reach of declaring the first AIDS-free generation. What a thought. What a thought for this community. And it’s down to the activism of this generation, actors, directors, producers, musicians, but also students, doctors, nurses, priests, NASCAR drivers, soccer moms, CEOs, NGOs, politicians, people who just don’t normally hang out together not just hanging out together but working together. And that’s what it takes.“Edge and myself have had our mind and our values shaped by some important books and scribes, but for us, in truth, it was movies and music that kindled that fire and put our imaginations on a course to meet you tonight. So thank you to the visionaries in this room, and you all know that a vision without a promise is just a fantasy, and we’re not interested in that. Thank you and good night.”Source:ONE.orglast_img read more

Bombardiers G7000 will help it regain top spot among business jet makers

first_imgMONTREAL – Bombardier Inc. expects to regain top spot among global business jet manufacturers in the coming years after delivering the fewest aircraft in more than a decade last year.“With the Global 7000 we are going to regain the leadership position in the marketplace,” CEO Alain Bellemare said Wednesday at a Citi conference in Miami.The Montreal-based company’s largest business jet is expected to be delivered later this year, contributing at full production US$3 billion to the US$10 billion in division revenues projected for 2020.Bombardier sold 140 business jets worth US$5.2 billion at list prices last year, according to the General Aviation Manufacturers Association. Deliveries were the lowest since they shipped 130 in 2004.In 2016, it shipped 163 aircraft valued at US$5.9 billion.That compared with Gulfstream Aerospace Corp., which shipped 120 planes valued at US$6.5 billion last year, similar to 2016.Overall, the business jet industry delivered 676 aircraft last year, up 1.3 per cent from 2016, GAMA reported Wednesday.Bombardier deliberately reduced its production rate in 2015 for business jets, causing the layoff of thousands of workers, as part of its turnaround plan that focused on improving margins.“We wouldn’t have expected the down cycle to have lasted so long and everyone was anticipating some recovery at some point in time,” added chief financial officer John Di Bert.He said the company “made the right call” by balancing supply with lower demand, something its competitors were slow to act upon.Signs of life in the corporate jet market — including a lower number of used planes for sale and increased usage — portend to better results to come, Di Bert said.“The second half of 2017 people started to get more confident but before that not so much so.”Di Bert said the company is being realistic about the recovery, but 2018 could be an important year and higher than projected sales are possible for 2020.“We’re going to watch this and going to favour getting strength back before we kind of think about big rate adjustments.”Asked about the future of Learjet, Bellemare said the small business jets aren’t “material” to its operations but he didn’t indicate any interest to sell the unit.Meanwhile, Bellemare acknowledged that Boeing’s trade complaint — which Bombardier ultimately won in a U.S. International Trade Commission ruling — created a “drag” on C Series sales.“The customers didn’t move away, they were just more prudent,” he said.“They wanted to know what the outcome would be but the momentum is good, the market is solid and we’re seeing it from the multiple discussions that we have with customers everywhere around the world.”Follow @RossMarowits on Twitter.Companies in this story: (TSX:BBD.B)last_img read more

Investors hear 3 words they fear inverted yield curve

first_imgNEW YORK — One of the most reliable warning signals for a recession just got a bit brighter.The signal is called the “yield curve,” and it shows how the bond market is feeling about the U.S. economy’s long-term prospects. On Tuesday the yield curve signalled caution and, along with worries about global trade and interest rates, it helped send the stock market to one of its worst days of the year.WHAT IS IT?The yield curve measures how much more in interest investors get for owning a long-term Treasury bond than a short-term one. When the economy is healthy and investors are forecasting good times ahead, they generally demand higher yields for Treasurys that mature a decade or more into the future than those maturing in a year or two. That’s in part because investors expect the Federal Reserve to raise interest rates in the future as the economy and inflation power higher.But when investors are worried that growth will fall off sharply, perhaps as a result of the Federal Reserve pushing short-term rates higher, they’re willing to accept less in interest for a Treasury maturing far in the future.When yields for short-term Treasurys fall below yields for long-term ones, market watchers call it an “inverted yield curve,” and Wall Street starts getting more nervous.WHAT JUST HAPPENED?The yield on the five-year Treasury dropped below the two-year and three-year Treasury yields on Monday. By Tuesday afternoon, the five-year yield was at 2.78 per cent, 0.01 percentage points lower than a two-year Treasury and 0.02 points lower than a three-year Treasury.It’s the first time any part of the yield curve has inverted since 2007, before the start of the Great Recession.SHOULD I PANIC?No, at least not yet. Most economists are forecasting the U.S. economy will continue to grow in 2019, though at a slower pace than this year. The job market is strong, and consumer confidence is still high.Market watchers also say they won’t get worried until a more important part of the yield curve flips. They pay much more attention to the spread between two-year and 10-year Treasury yields. An inversion of this part of the yield curve has preceded each of the last nine recessions dating back to 1955. It was still positive on Tuesday at 0.12 percentage points.Of course, that’s still “pretty doggone tight,” said Randy Frederick, vice-president of trading and derivatives at Charles Schwab. A year ago, the cushion was at 0.62 percentage points.The Cleveland Fed, meanwhile, has focused on the difference in yields between three-month Treasurys and 10-year Treasurys. An inversion in that part of the curve has preceded each of the last seven recessions. But it also has not inverted, and a 10-year Treasury yields 0.50 percentage points more than a three-month Treasury bill.Even if the more important parts of the yield curve flip to inversion, that doesn’t mean a recession will happen the next day. It has sometimes taken more than a year for a recession to occur after the yield curve inverts.There have also been false positives in the past, where the yield curve has inverted but no recession has followed, such as in 1966.___AP Business Writer Alex Veiga contributed to this report.Stan Choe, The Associated Presslast_img read more

Grande Prairie RCMP currently on scene at unfolding event in the Countryside

first_imgThe RCMP can confirm that there is a lone male possibly armed and barricaded in a residence in the Countryside South neighbourhood.Traffic is currently being re-routed in the area.RCMP will issue an update when more information is available, and thank the public for their cooperation. UPDATE – The RCMP attended with Police Dog Services and the RCMP Emergency Response Team. One male was arrested without further incident. To read more CLICK HEREGRANDE PRAIRIE, AB –  RCMP are currently on scene at an unfolding event on 65 Avenue in the Countryside South neighbourhood and are advising the public to avoid the area until further notice.While the public is not believed to be in danger, RCMP are currently asking residents in the area to stay in their homes or stay away from the area.last_img read more