Al-Shabaab bans Internet in areas it controls

first_imgNews RSF and NUSOJ call for release of a journalist held in Somalia’s Puntland region Receive email alerts Organisation Follow the news on Somalia News Somalia is ranked 170th out of 179 countries in the 2013 Reporters Without Borders press freedom index. to go further March 2, 2021 Find out more SomaliaAfrica Radio reporter gunned on city street in central Somalia Newscenter_img Reporters Without Borders is outraged by the Islamist militia Al-Shabaab’s announcement yesterday that it is banning the Internet in the areas of Somalia that it controls.“By preventing the public from using the Internet in the areas it controls, Al-Shabaab is launching an unprecedented offensive against freedom of information,” Reporters Without Borders said. “This Islamist militia’s goals are clear. It wants to eliminate the Internet as an information platform and prevent all communication. Cutting off these areas in this way from the rest of the country and the world and reducing them to silence is intolerable.”“It is also very worrying that Al-Shabaab regards mobile Internet as a tool for violating privacy, when Internet access is seen as a fundamental right in many countries. We urge Al-Shabaab to lift this ban at once.”Reporters Without Borders added: “It is ironic that, to bring the communiqué announcing the ban to the public’s attention, pro-Shabaab websites posted it online.”In its communiqué, Al-Shabaab gave Internet Service Providers 15 days to terminate their service and warned of sanctions for non-compliance. “Any company or individual that is found ignoring the call will be considered to be working with the enemy,” the statement said.Al-Shabaab’s strategy of controlling the population by censoring information is not new, but it has been given more emphasis as a result of the military setbacks it has received in the past two years from the Somali army, supported by African Union troops.Last November, Al-Shabaab deprived the town of Barawe of television. Somalis make considerable use of the Internet, especially on smartphones, but Al-Shabaab regards it as a means for spying. The militia is on the Reporters Without Borders list of “Predators of Freedom of Information.” News Photo : AFP / MOHAMED DAHIR RSF requests urgent adoption of moratorium on arrests of journalists January 9, 2014 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Al-Shabaab bans Internet in areas it controls Help by sharing this information SomaliaAfrica RSF_en January 8, 2021 Find out more February 24, 2021 Find out morelast_img read more


January 15, 2006 News and Notes

first_img News and Notes Paige Stover Hague co-presented “Fiduciary Responsibilities for Our Clients Who Collect Art, Antiques, and Other Valuable Stuff” at two locations in Florida. Dan Abrams, MSNBC host and chief legal correspondent for NBC News was the keynote speaker at Marketing Partner Forum 2006 sponsored by Legalworks. Anthony S. Battaglia of Battaglia, Ross, Dicus & Wein received the George C. Carr Memorial Award by the Tampa Bay Chapter of the Federal Bar Association. Thomas C. Dearing of Fowler White Boggs Banker in Jacksonville was elected to the board of directors of Big Brothers, Big Sisters of Northeast Florida. Martin A. Soll of Salmon & Dulberg Mediation Services was admitted to The National Academy of Arbitrators. Rhea F. Law of Fowler White Boggs Banker in Tampa was elected to the Florida Council of 100’s Executive Committee. Judge Shirley Green of the Seventh Judicial Circuit in Volusia County attended a workshop on “The Judge as a Fact Finder and Decision Maker” at the American Academy of Judicial Education. Jack A. Weiss of Fowler White Boggs Banker in St. Petersburg was elected vice chair of the Pinellas County Metropolitan Planning Organization’s Citizens Advisory Committee. Roland Gomez of Miami was elected to the board of directors of Pet Rescue. The Miami Lakes Optimist Club also gave $1,000 scholarships to an outstanding boy and girl in honor of Gomez, who coached youth events for the Optimist Club for 20 years. Neil A. Roddenbery of GrayRobinson was appointed by Gov. Jeb Bush as a circuit judge for the 10th Judicial Circuit which includes Polk, Highlands, and Hardee counties. Harvey V. Cohen of Cohen Battisti was interviewed by Danny Ramos on Hispanic Achievers TV on Orange TV Channel 9 about his volunteer efforts to assist juveniles who are being prosecuted. Andrew J. Markus of Carlton Fields spoke at the annual meeting of the U.S. Mexico Law Institute in Dallas. Markus spoke on “The Use of U.S. Business Organizations in Cross Border Investment.”The Ft. Lauderdale office of Greenberg Traurig was a major corporate sponsor of the “Tutankhamun and the Golden Age of the Pharaohs” exhibit underway at the Museum of Art in Ft. Lauderdale. Ben Phipps presented a paper at the 2005 Annual Property Tax Symposium of the Institute for Professionals in Taxation in San Antonio. Jason M. Murray of Carlton Fields in Miami was elected to membership in The American Law Institute. Thomas A. Dye of Carlton Fields in West Palm Beach wrote a chapter in the book Inside the Minds: Winning Legal Strategies for ADR, published by Aspatore Books. Dye’s chapter focuses on applying negotiation strategy to litigation, arbitration, and mediation. Thomas Katz of Ruden McClosky in Ft. Lauderdale spoke on “The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly: Charitable Contributions of Real Property and Other Illiquid Assets, and Hot Topics for Like-Kind Exchanges” at a continuing education seminar sponsored by the Gulf Coast Community Foundation of Venice. Anna Marie Hernandez of Kubicki Draper was elected to serve on the board of directors of the Cuban-American Bar Association for 2006. She was also elected to serve as secretary of the organization for the same term. Rep. Jeff Kottkamp, R-Cape Coral,of Morgan & Morgan in Ft. Myers was appointed chair of the Judiciary Appropriations Committee by the speaker of the Florida House of Representatives. January 15, 2006 News & Notes January 15, 2006 News and Noteslast_img read more


Johnson City to enforce social distancing at parks

first_imgOn Monday, the city of Binghamton announced it was going discourage social gatherings at its parks. The parks remain available for use to the public but athletic areas and sporting fields are closed. They say Floral Ave Park is an exception and is not accessible. JOHNSON CITY (WBNG) — The village of Johnson City says it will enforce social-distancing guidelines at its parks in response to the coronavirus pandemic. The office of Johnson City Mayor Greg Deemie says it has removed rims from basketball hoops, swings from swing sets and placed caution tape around playgrounds. The following is a list of guidelines when using parks:center_img Village officials say they expect more people to use the parks as the weather gets warmer. Stay local and keep visits shortVisits should be solitary, or with small groups onlyBe ready to move quickly through places where people congregateAvoid activities where you may come in close contact with other peopleStay home if you do not feel wellStay home if you are over 70 and or from a vulnerable populationIf you arrive at a park and crowds are forming, choose a different park or return another time to visit For more coronavirus coverage, click here.last_img read more


Gabriel Magalhaes makes William Saliba prediction after completing Arsenal transfer

first_img Metro Sport ReporterFriday 4 Sep 2020 11:57 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link15.5kShares Comment Gabriel Magalhaes makes William Saliba prediction after completing Arsenal transfer Advertisement William Saliba impressed during the recent friendly win over MK Dons (Picture: Getty)‘He is a great player and I am sure we will get along very well. It is a dream I am living the dream right now to play for this club with such a massive history and achievements.‘Everything is there to achieve and I am very happy to be here. It hasn’t really sunk in yet but i am glad to be here and I can’t wait to play with my new team-mates.’More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing ArsenalArteta is now likely to turn his attention to selling some of the defenders he has deemed surplus to requirements. Sokratis Papastathopoulos is wanted by Napoli after they missed out on Gabriel, while the Gunners will also listen to offers for the likes of Shkodran Mustafi, Rob Holding and Calum Chambers. David Luiz penned a new deal earlier in the summer while January loan recruit Pablo Mari has been signed on a permanent deal from Flamengo.MORE: Arsenal legend Sol Campbell reveals interest in replacing Freddie Ljungberg on Mikel Arteta’s coaching staffMORE: Alexis Sanchez reveals he asked to rejoin Arsenal after his first Manchester United training sessionFollow Metro Sport across our social channels, on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.For more stories like this, check our sport page. Gabriel and William Saliba could form a powerful looking new central defensive partnership at Arsenal (Picture: Getty / Twitter)New Arsenal signing Gabriel Magalhaes is confident William Saliba has all the qualities necessary to become a key player for Mikel Arteta’s new-look side.The France Under-21 international joined the Gunners from Saint-Etienne last summer but was loaned back to the French club for another year as part of the deal.Saliba is likely to former a new-look central defensive partnership with Gabriel, whose own move to the Emirates Stadium was confirmed earlier this week.Arsenal beat competition from the likes of Napoli and Manchester United in order to complete the signing of the 22-year-old Brazilian from Lille, and Gabriel is relishing the opportunity to strike up an understanding with his new team-mate.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTHe said: ‘I did not follow him much but I know he’s a talented young player and if he is joining arsenal it is because of his quality. We have a few friend in common and I did play against him before. Advertisementlast_img read more


PFA awards: Leicester and Spurs dominate Premier League team

first_imgLeicester and Tottenham have provided eight players between them for the PFA Premier League Team of the Year.Jamie Vardy is one of a quartet of players from league leaders Leicester, while Premier League top scorer Harry Kane is one of four men from Spurs.Arsenal midfielder Mesut Ozil, on the shortlist for the PFA Player of the Year Award, misses out.Women’s Super League 1 champions Chelsea have three players in the WSL 1 Team of the Year.Kane has scored 24 goals this season for Tottenham, who are five points behind Leicester with four games remaining.As well as Vardy, Wes Morgan, N’Golo Kante and Riyad Mahrez are included from Leicester while Toby Alderweireld, Danny Rose and Dele Alli join Kane from Tottenham. Manchester United goalkeeper David De Gea, Arsenal full-back Hector Bellerin and West Ham’s Dimitri Payet make up the rest of the team.The PFA awards evening takes place on Sunday 24 April, when the PFA Player of the Year will be announced. Vardy, Kane, Mahrez, Kane, Ozil and Payet are on the shortlist for that award.  –Follow Joy Sports on Twitter: @JoySportsGH. Our hashtag is #JoySportslast_img read more


Bryson DeChambeau claims sixth PGA Tour crown with Rocket Mortgage Classic triumph

first_imgBryson DeChambeau eclipsed Matthew Wolff to win the Rocket Mortgage Classic by three strokes and claim his sixth PGA Tour title.Wolff was the player to beat in Sunday’s final round, teeing off with a three-shot lead at Detroit Golf Club in Michigan, but he faltered and shot a 71. Fellow American DeChambeau rose to the top with a 7-under-par 65 to mark his fourth successive season with a victory. Wolff walked away with the runner-up check after mixing five bogeys and six birdies. He finished two strokes ahead of countryman Kevin Kisner (66).Back in the winner’s circle. @B_DeChambeau has won the @RocketClassic. It’s his sixth TOUR victory and fourth straight season with a win. pic.twitter.com/UW3XqLTzty— PGA TOUR (@PGATOUR) July 5, 2020Danny Willett (66), Adam Hadwin (67), Tyrell Hatton (68) and Ryan Armour (72) finished tied for fourth, seven shots behind DeChambeau.Rickie Fowler climbed 28 places into a tie for 12th at 14 under thanks to his final-round 67. DeChambeau was almost flawless on Day 4, holing eight birdies and just one bogey. He finished by birdieing the last three holes to end at 23 under for the tournament.Exclamation point. @B_DeChambeau birdies the 72nd hole to shoot a final-round 65 and win @RocketMortgage. #QuickHits pic.twitter.com/69kkpsfG3e— PGA TOUR (@PGATOUR) July 5, 2020The 26-year-old DeChambeau  who had top-10 finishes in his past six starts heading into the tournament, signed for four successive rounds in the 60s.MORE: DeChambeau says camera operator threatened his ‘brand’last_img read more


Countdown over…pursuit of LeBron begins

first_imgCLEAR ORDER OF PRIORITY—This Aug. 3, 2008 photo shows Chris Bosh, left, and LeBron James, of the USA men’s basketball team, chatting on the bench during a match between the USA and Russia in Shanghai. Bosh believes there will be a clear order of priority when the most-awaited free agent period in NBA history opens at 12:01 a.m. on July 1. LeBron James comes first. Everybody else comes second. SKY’S THE LIMIT—In this Nov. 12, 2009 photo, Cavaliers forward LeBron James jokes with Heat guard Dwyane Wade during a game in Miami. For stars like Wade and James, the difference between staying with their respective teams and signing elsewhere could be about $30 million. Either way, a maximum contract for either likely would start around $95 million for five years, or $125 million for six years if Wade was to stay in Miami and James remain in Cleveland. Tweet of the Day Part II: And moments after that tweet, Villanueva decided to break the collective hearts of Clevelanders with this nugget: “You have a better chance seeing me with a Ben Wallace afro, than LeBron going back to Cleveland.”Here’s a look at the teams that could pursue LeBron James (in alphabetical order):CHICAGO BULLS: Projected amount under the salary cap: $29.2 millionWhy they’d land LeBron: With Derrick Rose and Joakim Noah, perhaps the best core of any James suitor. …James respects new coach Tom Thibodeau, the architect of the Boston defenses that knocked him out of the playoffs two of the last three years. …Draft-night trade left them close to being able to offer two maximum salary contracts that would start at around $16.5 million next season. …James grew up a Bulls fan. (AP)—As speculation grows that a megateam could be created in Miami—the idea of Wade, James and Bosh together has been floated for weeks, and seems to be gaining steam with July 1 looming—Heat second-round draft pick Da’Sean Butler out of West Virginia has already figured out what position he’ll play if he was ever alongside that star-studded triumvirate. “Passer,” he said Monday. Tweet of the Day Part I: Charlie Villanueva of the Detroit Pistons took to Twitter to start the NBA’s version of an international incident, predicting (or announcing?) that Bosh is leaving Canada’s team for South Florida. “Sorry to break Toronto’s heart, I love that city, but Chris Bosh is heading to Miami,” Villanueva offered. Why they’d lose LeBron: James may not want the pressure of living up to inevitable comparisons to Michael Jordan in Chicago. …Management has had some strained relationships with its star players, a point Dwyane Wade alluded to this season. …Won’t have the same star power making their pitch as some competitors.Outlook: If James doesn’t mind playing in Jordan’s old home, he may find his best chance to win is there.CLEVELAND CAVALIERS: Projected amount under the salary cap: Doesn’t matter, they can exceed cap to sign James.Why they’d land LeBron: James has spent his entire career in Cleveland and is comfortable there, saying the Cavs have an “edge” in re-signing him. …Close to his hometown of Akron. …Able to offer him about $30 million more than any other team over the life of a max deal. …Owner Dan Gilbert has shown he’s willing to spend to build a winner.Why they’d lose LeBron: With coach Mike Brown fired—and still not replaced—and general manager Danny Ferry leaving since the season ended, the Cavs have the look of a team in turmoil. …Moves to win now have left few easy opportunities to upgrade the roster.Outlook: It was hard during the season to find many people who thought James would leave. Since the season ended, it’s gotten harder to find those who think he’s staying. The Cavs have to count on his loyalty to home.LOS ANGELES CLIPPERS: Projected amount under the salary cap: $16.8 millionWhy they’d land LeBron: A good core, with All-Star center Chris Kaman, 2009 No. 1 draft pick Blake Griffin, and guards Baron Davis and Eric Gordon. …Los Angeles would provide numerous entertainment opportunities.Why they’d lose LeBron: A longtime laughingstock in pro sports and the clear little brother in its own building to the NBA champion Lakers. …Donald Sterling is considered one of the worst and cheapest owners in sports. …No coach in place. …Would be tough to unseat Kobe Bryant as the most popular player in the city.Outlook: There’s certainly reasons for James to be intrigued by the Clippers, but just as many to be scared off by them.MIAMI HEAT: Projected amount under the salary cap: $26.7 millionWhy they’d land LeBron: Enough money to afford James, another max player and still have enough left over for a solid third piece. … Good friends with Dwyane Wade. … Strong leadership at the top with owner Micky Arison and President Pat Riley—who hinted he’d consider a return to coaching if certain free agents requested it.Why they’d lose LeBron: Not much there besides Wade as a result of salary-clearing moves. …James may not want to come to Wade’s team.Outlook: Wade and James both have talked about playing with each other, and here’s their chance. But James would have to be sold they could build a competitive roster around them, and he may prefer beating Wade to joining him.NEW JERSEY NETS: Amount under the salary cap: $27.1 millionWhy they’d land LeBron: Excitement of new Russian owner Mikhail Prokhorov, who vows the Nets will become a global team. …Entertainer and part-owner Jay-Z and James are longtime friends. …With center Brook Lopez, point guard Devin Harris and No. 3 pick Derrick Favors, the Nets have some good young pieces. …Expected to begin playing in new arena in Brooklyn, which James calls his favorite borough, in 2012.Why they’d lose LeBron: Will spend the next two years in Newark while waiting for Brooklyn arena to be built. …Coming off a 12-70 season that was one of worst in NBA history. …With President Rod Thorn expected to retire next month, no clear leader of the basketball operations.Outlook: The Nets might be the favorites if they were already in Brooklyn. But playing near New York isn’t the same as playing in New York, and the difference might be enough to make James look elsewhere.NEW YORK KNICKS: Amount under the salary cap: $34.1 millionWhy they’d land LeBron: James loves Madison Square Garden and New York. …Coach Mike D’Antoni is friendly with James from the U.S. Olympic team, and James likes his system. …Can afford to sign another maximum salary free agent with James. …Offers marketing opportunities James craves.Why they’d lose LeBron: Mired in franchise-worst stretch of nine straight losing seasons. …Moves to clear salary have left little remaining talent. …One of the league’s poorest defensive teams, and James values good defense. …Enormous media presence may be a turnoff to James.Outlook: The Knicks believe they’ll get someone—maybe even two guys. But they haven’t had a winning season since James came into the NBA and have little talent to put around him, so no matter how much James loves New York, he may not love the Knicks.last_img read more


Huawei certain Messi will lead global take-over

first_imgBARCELONA, Spain:Having sold over 100 million smart phones last year, Chinese-based cell phone giants Huawei remains confident its partnership with Lionel Messi will now lead its organisation to the top of global phone sales soon. Messi is a five-time Ballon d’Or/FIFA World Player of the year winner and as the first player to achieve that historic feat, many consider him one of the all time football greats.Messi, who represents Spanish club Barcelona was recently named global brand ambassador for Huawei during a press conference held in the city.With Messi being born in Rosario Argentina in the same year as Huawei’s inception in 1987, the organisation has labelled the partnership as a “perfect fit”.long-term partnership”We are seeking a long term partnership. He is a win-win, look to see Huawei and Messi in the future,” Kevin Ho, president, Handset Business, Huawei Consumer BG said.The Messi and Huawei partnership is over a three year period, but no official figure was released on how much it will cost the Asian brand.Huawei is also the official Smart phone partner of London-based English football club Arsenal. It is set to launch their new P9 smart phone in London on April 6.Despite Huawei’s global sales last year, it remains one of the three top smart phone vendors in the world, behind Apple and Samsung.They, however, lead the Asian market by beating Xiaomi, Lenovo, Apple and Samsung to become the top smart phone vendor.The company hopes Messi can help raise its brand awareness in markets it has been making inroads in like Latin America, Asia and Europe where football enjoys a cult-like following.Meanwhile, according to Ho, five reasons which make Huawei devices stand out from others are, “design, craftsmanship, user experience, long battery life and excellent camera quality”.He stressed that Huawei is happy to be a sponsor of the Digicel Rising Star in Jamaica.last_img read more


Pretoria prepares for Mandela mourners

first_img5 December 2013 Preparations are under way to accommodate the influx of thousands of people expected to pay their respects to late Nelson Mandela in South Africa’s capital, Pretoria. Mandela will lie in state in the amphitheatre at the Union Buildings, where he was inaugurated in 1994 as South Africa’s first democratically elected head of state and the country’s first black president. Members of the public will be able to line the route from Wednesday to Friday to watch Mandela’s coffin as it is transported daily at 7am from 1 Military Hospital in Thaba Tshwane to the Union Buildings. The cortege will proceed from 1 Military Hospital, along Kgosi Mampuru Street to Nelson Mandela Avenue, then into Madiba Street and finally to the Union Buildings. Briefing the media briefing in Pretoria on Sunday, Tshwane Mayor Kgosientso Ramokgopa said that some roads that had been closed for construction of the Bus Rapid Transit system would be reopened for the duration of the mourning period. Security in the area will be tightened and emergency services put on the alert. “The city has a reasonable resource capacity in the form of human resources and equipment to manage the event and all its risk manifestations,” Ramokgopa said. “We appeal to members of the public to cooperate with our officials who may be required to impose extraordinary measures to ensure the safety of all citizens and other persons descending upon our city to express their condolences and mourn the fall of our nation’s founding father.” Meanwhile, Tshwane city manager Jason Ngobeni told the Independent Online that the city’s official memorial service would be held at the Lucas Moripe Stadium in Atteridgeville, west of Pretoria, on Thursday. The pubic will be able to follow proceedings on giant screens at the following public viewing venues in the Pretoria area: the Mabopane indoor centre, the Giant Stadium in Soshanguve, the Suurman Community Hall in Hammanskraal, the Absa Sports Ground in Olivenhoutbosch, the Refilwe community hall, the University of Pretoria Mamelodi Campus, and the Bronkhorstspruit Sports Complex. Source: SAnews.gov.zalast_img read more


Top seed Somdev Devvarman enters quarter-finals

first_imgtop seed Somdev Devvarman breezed into the men’s singles quarterfinals with a thumping 6-0 6-1 win over unseeded Sri Lankan Amresh Jayawickreme in the second round of the tennis competition of the Commonwealth Games.It was not more than a stroll in the park for Somdev as he mowed down the unranked Jayawickreme in just 41 minutes.The Lankan hardly posed a challenge to Somdev and surrendered without any fight. He lost points even when he was in advantageous position in few of the games.He was up 40-0 in the first game but could not pocket it, committing far too many unforced errors, to hand Somdev a break.The India wrapped up the opening set in just 20 minutes.The Sri Lankan, however, managed to hold on to his serve in the first game of the second set to prevent a whitewash.Somdev will next take on the winner of the match between Scotland’s Colin Fleming and Rubin Statham of New Zealand.With PTI inputslast_img read more