Foreign media obstructed in Libya, threats in Yemen and Kurdistan

first_img Three jailed reporters charged with “undermining national security” March 9, 2011 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Foreign media obstructed in Libya, threats in Yemen and Kurdistan IraqMiddle East – North Africa News Iraq : Wave of arrests of journalists covering protests in Iraqi Kurdistan News RSF’s 2020 Round-up: 50 journalists killed, two-thirds in countries “at peace” December 28, 2020 Find out more Help by sharing this information Organisation News to go furthercenter_img December 16, 2020 Find out more News February 15, 2021 Find out more Yemen – Journalists threatened In an interview with Sihwa Net, the president of the Union of Journalists has talked of a worrying rise in threats and abuses against Yemeni journalists, in particular those working for foreign media. He is calling on the interior ministry to open an enquiry into the various cases identified by the union.At Dar Saad checkpoint outside Aden today, security forces seized 4,600 copies of number 58 of the newspaper Al-Oula Al-Yaoumiya, which was to be distributed in Aden and Abyan. The daily had published a report on the failure of the presidential commission, presided over by minister Abdul Qader Hilal. The head of security in Aden, Abdel Qader Qiran, asked the newspaper to correct figures published in a previous edition concerning the number of people killed and wounded during last week’s peaceful demonstrations in Aden.The correspondent in Yemen for the Arab satellite channel Al-Jazeera, Ahmed Shalafi, received a threatening telephone call yesterday evening (from telephone number 734 133 836) aimed at him and his family. The message was: “Do you want us to free the prisoners so can they can threaten you?” It made an explicit reference to a story the journalist had covered the previous day involving incidents that had taken place in Sanaa central jail in which two people had died. The victims were alleged to be two prisoners apparently killed by guards, who used guns and tear gas to try to put down a rebellion in the prison.The journalist had already been threatened by the security forces for his coverage of demonstrations by protestors calling for regime change and the departure of President Ali Abdallah Saleh.While he was covering a sit-in by the capital’s street cleaners on the morning of 7 March, Jamal Nu’man, news chief for the satellite news channel Al-Arabiya in Sanaa, was assaulted by a police officer who attempted to confiscate his camera. RSF_en Iraqi Kurdistan – Radio station threatened Employees at Yekgirtu, a radio station in Kalar that is operated by the Kurdistan Islamic Union, have reported receiving threats, which they blame on the authorities. The threats were preceded by an armed forces raid on the Kalar-based radio station Dang on 6 March (,39693.html), an attack on Naliya Radio and Television, a satellite TV station in Sulaymaniyah, on 20 February and a fire at the offices of the radio and TV station KNN at Erbil on 17 February (,39637.html). Foreign media face obstacles in Libya Since the start of the uprising on 16 February, Muammar Gaddafi’s regime has been working overtime to control information on the fighting and abuses carried out on a daily basis against the civilian population. The Internet has been disconnected, the signal of several satellite channels has been jammed and national state television has been used as a propaganda platform by the regime. These are just some of the methods used. In recent days the regime has been manipulating foreign media present in the country. The treatment of correspondents by the authorities varies radically depending on whether they have arrived in the country illegally or have been officially invited in.Journalists working in Libya without an authorisation (most entered the country via the Libyan border with Egypt), and who are located for the most part in areas controlled by the rebels, are considered by the Gaddafi regime as Al-Qaeda accomplices.About 100 foreign journalists have been invited into the country by the authorities over the past few weeks. Some have said that officials have put in place an arsenal of measures in an effort to stop them operating freely. The authorities nonetheless insist that this is not the case. Measures include verbal and physical abuse, a ban on any reporting outside the “organized tours”, violence and arrest. All non-authorized movement is strictly forbidden. Several journalists were questioned yesterday as they were trying to travel to Zawiyah (west of the capital Tripoli) where forces loyal to Gaddafi were engaged in a fierce counter-offensive. A team from the BBC was reportedly detained overnight and a reporter from Britain’s Guardian newspaper was kept at a checkpoint for three hours. The only footage they could take in the end was that of pro-regime support groups.Libyans who dare talk to these foreign media also take a risk.Gaddafi’s regime uses doublespeak with regard to these journalists. He has invited them because he needs them to spread his propaganda, but his attitude to them is hateful and contemptible. He accuses them of spreading false information on what is happening in Libya and has no qualms about referring to them as “stray dogs” (see Gaddafi’s speech on 21 February,39681.html).Many journalists are now beginning to ask what their role is in this media masquerade (see article by Peter Beaumont: IraqMiddle East – North Africa Receive email alerts Follow the news on Iraqlast_img read more

On-line selling scam hits sellers

first_imgLinkedin It was when the payment transaction swung into action that trouble startedA SCAM which is costing unsuspecting sellers thousands has been unveiled by a Limerick man who was an intended victim. Christopher O’Dwyer from Ballynanty contacted the Limerick Post after narrowly escaping the scam while trying to sell his motorbike on a trading website.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up He said he has reported the issue to the Garda Siochana.Mr O’Dwyer put his bike up for sale and was delighted to get what he believed to be a serious offer from a man who said he was resident in the UK.  “I put up pictures and a video clip that showed the bike working. We agreed on a price of €4,000 and he said he would pay his own shipping costs. He agreed to put the money into my account,” Christopher told the Limerick Post.But it was when the payment transaction swung into action that trouble started.Christopher got an email via his smartphone telling him that the payment, along with the €800 shipping costs, had appeared in his online account.“It normally works that the money then transfers to your bank account about three days later.but before that could happen, I got an email from the buyer saying I would have to send the €800 to his shipping company before the money could be transferred to my bank account,” said Christopher.At this point Christopher felt there was something amiss and consulted with his bank.“The Bank manager told me that this is a scam and a lot of people have been caught with it. What happens is that the seller is told to send money, either to complete the sale or because the buyer has mistakenly put in too much as they were calculating in sterling,” Christopher explained.“The demand for a return of cash is made within the three-day window, and victims, believing the plausible excuse that an overpayment was made because of the difference between Sterling and Euros, send the amount requested.“Once it goes into the system, that’s the end of it. The email about the payment was from a fake address and there was never any money paid into that account. So had I sent the €800, he would have been that amount up. – I just want people to be aware of this scam so that no-one else is caught by it”.A garda source told the Limerick Post that this kind of scam, in one guise or another, is becoming increasingly common.“It used to be the fake emails, apparently from a friend’s account, telling some story of being mugged and needing money sent. They are pretty recognisable by now. “These on-line selling and buying scams are on the rise and a lot of people get caught out, because the fraud seems plausible and the ‘buyer’ will do a good job of convincing the victim that he is genuine before they pounce. Even if they convince one in a hundred people to send them money, they’re up because emails cost nothing but time”. NewsLocal NewsOn-line selling scam hits sellersBy admin – April 10, 2012 514 Email Twitter Advertisementcenter_img Print Facebook WhatsApp Previous articlePaul O’Connell to receive Freedom of Limerick CityNext articleAbseil down the Clarion Hotel for Age Action adminlast_img read more

Addo targets hospitality workers in recruitment push

first_imgWall’s and Pork Farms producer Addo Food Group has kicked off a recruitment drive.The business said the temporary positions may be suitable for people who have been affected by recent redundancy in the hospitality and leisure-based industry due to coronavirus.It is offering roles to people with all levels of experience at its Spalding, Nottingham, Market Drayton, Shaftesbury and Poole factories. “Coronavirus has impacted so many businesses within the hospitality industry already,” said Addo Food Group CEO Deborah Bolton.“As workers are being laid off all over the country from restaurants, pubs and bars, we’re pleased to be able to offer temporary positions within our six sites, which may help ease the financial pressure that a lot of people now find themselves in. It’s a really difficult time for people and it’s important that we help where we can.”The company said experience in the food manufacturing industry isn’t essential as training will be provided for all roles.Addo makes own-label and branded savoury quiches, pies, pasties, slices, scotch eggs, sausage rolls and pork pies.last_img read more

2-year-old injured on a baggage claim conveyor belt

first_imgA woman is reporting that her 2-year-old son was injured at an Atlanta airport after he climbed up on a baggage claim conveyor belt and was taxied into a baggage room.The incident occurred Monday at the Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport.According to the report, the two-year-old’s mother says she put him down so that she could print her airline ticket at an unmanned Spirit ticket counter. When she looked up she saw her son on the conveyor belt behind the counter.The Atlanta police department reported that they received a call from a TSA staff member in the baggage room stating that they found a child with a broken hand.Spirit Airlines has since released a statement saying the station the woman and child were using was closed and that they are working with TSA agents to make sure the correct procedures were followed.last_img read more

Celtic and Dafabet streaks ahead after MotoGP deal

first_imgShare Share Submit Dafabet grows cricket portfolio with Durham and Sussex deals July 15, 2020 Related Articles AsianBGE launches live instant win channel with Pin Projekt June 24, 2020 Betway and Dafabet grow La Liga sponsorship portfolios August 14, 2020 StumbleUpon Celtic Football Club will make its first foray into motorcycle racing at next month’s Macau Motorcycle Grand Prix, having joined forces with international road race winners Dafabet Devitt Racing.Both the seven-in-a-row Scottish champions and the multiple Isle of Man TT-winning race team are sponsored by online betting company Dafabet, and will use the event to promote the Glasgow club in the Far East where they already have a huge following.Brainchild of Dafabet Devitt Racing’s Danny Horne, the team’s Kawasaki ZX-10RR Superbike, set to be piloted by the North East rider Dominic Herbertson, will feature a unique and striking livery with their traditional racing colours being replaced by the famous green and white of Celtic FC. The livery will include the club’s famous logo and is sure to gain huge interest from both the thousands of race fans at the circuit and with the millions of worldwide television viewers.The Celtic bike has been built initially to be used in Macau Grand Prix next month, but will also be used in subsequent races throughout the season.Team owners Roy and Ben Constable have always had an immense passion for bikes, and this passion resulted in them fulfilling a dream in 2012 when they formed their own race team. They enlisted the considerable talents of Dean Harrison, who went on to give them their first Isle of Man TT victory in 2014 as well as becoming the first newcomer to record a lap of 130mph+ at the Ulster Grand Prix.Harrison left the team in 2015 and was replaced by Ivan Lintin, who ensured the success story continued with successive victories in the Lightweight class at the Isle of Man TT Races in 2015 and 2016, thus making it three-in-a-row for the team. He also became the first rider to lap the world famous 37.73-mile Mountain Course at more than 120mph on a Lightweight machine.Head of Marketing for Devitt Insurance Tom Warsop said: “We’re thrilled to be part of the project and think the Celtic Bike looks fantastic. The team are always looking for ways to innovate and work with amazing brands, which in turn, helps to promote Devitt as a leading bike insurance provider.”John Cruces, Head of Sponsorship and Marketing for Dafabet, said: “We’re delighted to bring together two of our partners with this project, which we believe can only benefit all concerned.“The bike looks absolutely stunning and is genuinely groundbreaking. We look forward to seeing the bike in action and wish Dominic the very best of luck.”Gordon Kaye, Head of Business Development at Celtic, added: “Dafabet have once again shown what can be achieved through an innovative approach to sports partnerships. We are delighted that the club crest will have pride of place on the Dafabet Devitt bike and we look forward to supporting Dominic and his crew as they sport the Hoops and Celtic training wear for the remainder of the race season.”last_img read more

Inter Milan game among three postponed over coronavirus in Italy

first_imgInter Milan’s match against Sampdoria has been postponed due to coronavirus.Rome, Italy | AFP |  Title-chasing Inter Milan’s clash against Sampdoria on Sunday was one of three Serie A football matches postponed over coronavirus fears in northern Italy.Atalanta against Sassuolo and Hellas Verona versus Cagliari in the top flight were also pushed back to avoid the spread of the virus with 79 confirmed cases in an outbreak that has claimed two lives in Italy.Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte announced late on Saturday evening that all sporting events in two northern regions would be suspended on Sunday.“Minister of Sport Vincenzo Spadafora intends to suspend all sporting events planned for Sunday in the Veneto and Lombardy regions,” said Conte.“I am sorry for fans of football and other sports who were planning to go to the matches scheduled tomorrow but citizens need to be responsible.”“The Club can confirm that Inter vs. Sampdoria, which was due to take place at 20:45 CET on Sunday 23 February, has been postponed to a later date,” Inter tweeted.Third-placed Inter, who lie six points behind Serie A champions Juventus, have a home Europa League match scheduled for Thursday.Saturday saw more than 40 amateur and youth matches in the regions called off because of virus fears.The Serie B game between Ascoli and Cremonese was also postponed.– Ronaldo landmark –On the pitch, Cristiano Ronaldo scored for a record-equalling 11th consecutive Serie A game in his 1,000th professional match as Juventus extended their lead at the top of the table to four points with a 2-1 win at SPAL.The 35-year-old tapped in six minutes before the break to equal the mark held by Gabriel Batistuta and Fabio Quagliarella.The five-time Ballon d’Or winner has scored 25 goals in all competitions this season for Juventus — including 16 in his last 11 appearances — and 21 in Serie A, five behind leading scorer Ciro Immobile.Aaron Ramsey added a second after an hour before Andrea Petagna pulled a controversial goal back from the spot for SPAL, after a penalty was awarded by VAR officials because the pitchside monitor not working. “Today we had goals scored using VAR when VAR wasn’t working,” said Juventus manager Maurizio Sarri.“It seems to me a great injustice — if the monitor does not work, the referee must decide,” he added.“I understand that the regulation allows this and (referee Federico) La Penna explained it to me, but I don’t agree with it.”Ronaldo came close to a second when his free-kick hit the crossbar as Sarri’s side earned a valuable three points against an outfit they had failed to beat away from home in the previous two seasons.It got Juventus back on track on their travels after consecutive defeats at Napoli and at Hellas Verona, and ahead of next week’s first-leg, last-16 Champions League trip to Lyon.Juventus captain Giorgio Chiellini made his first start since being sidelined with a cruciate ligament knee injury last August, playing for 55 minutes in Ferrara.– Milan held –Second-placed Lazio can close to the gap to one point with a win at Genoa on Sunday.But AC Milan missed the chance to move ahead of sixth-placed Napoli into the Europa League places with a 1-1 draw at 10-man Fiorentina.Zlatan Ibrahimovic had a goal ruled out in the first half for a handball with Milan also losing goalkeeper Gianluigi Donnarumma to a foot injury seven minutes after the break allowing Asmir Begovic to come on for his debut.Ante Rebic scored his sixth goal in as many league games in the 56th minute to give Milan the lead.Fiorentina’s Dalbert was sent off for a foul on Ibrahimovic, leaving the hosts a man down for the final half an hour.But Erick Pulgar grabbed a point for 13th-placed Fiorentina from the spot with five minutes to go.Share on: WhatsApplast_img read more

The African Book Trust: Getting South African books into libraries

first_imgThe African Book Trust’s aim is to have more South African books in libraries across the country, making local writing available to more people. Founder Griffin Shea tells us more about the project.Griffin Shea, founder of the African Book Trust, wants more South African books available in libraries. His passion for books is also shown in his store, Bridge Books in Joburg’s city centre. (Image supplied)Priya PitamberThe African Book Trust aims to expand the footprint of South African books. The idea is easy, yet effective. “We have a really simple mission: to give South African books to libraries across the country,” says Griffin Shea, founder of the trust.“That could mean a community library, a school library – any library where the books are available to be read and shared.”Right now, the trust is raising money for the first round of donations. If people want to get involved, there’ll be more information shared on the website, and social media platforms Facebook and Twitter.People want South African booksShea, who also owns the bookstore Bridge Books in Johannesburg’s city centre, is frequently contacted by people wanting to donate books, either to readers, book clubs or libraries.“The African Book Trust sets up a system so that we provide a curated list of books to libraries that want them.”The trust, he hopes, will create a virtuous cycle. “Buying more local books means we’re supporting local writers and publishers, so they can write and print more amazing books.“And we’re expanding the number of readers, by making books as widely available as possible.”More South African books in libraries means there’ll be more opportunities for South African writers to have books published, says Griffin Shea, founder of the African Book Trust. Here’s Veronica Nyathi (background) who manages the Bridge Books website, with numerous South African titles. (Image supplied)Nurturing a culture and love of readingShea describes getting a library card when he was a child as a huge moment: “One of the first milestones in life toward a degree of independence. How incredible is it to have a card that lets you borrow any book you want?”Growing up in a small town in the US, it was through books that he found out about the rest of the world. He says it also developed his love for writing and travel, which eventually became his career: journalism.From chatting to people who pass through his store, Shea has found that South Africans generally love to read, particularly adults in their 20s and 30s.He says it is “unglamorous, logistical issues” that get in the way of promoting a culture of reading. “How do we physically get more books to readers? How do we find out what people want to read? How to we tell people about the great books that are out there? How do we set up a microcredit system so small booksellers can take chances on different kinds of books?”Ongoing and future plansThe African Book Trust, says Shea, has been generously received. “I’m so fortunate to have a stellar board of trustees.”There are already plans to launch a campaign, #5books, to help decide which books to donate next.“We’ll be asking book lovers to choose the five South African books that everyone should be able to read,” he explains. “We’ll have a team go through the suggestions and whittle them down to the five best South African books.”The next step is to raise enough money to be able to get all five books into libraries that want them.“Eventually we’d like to build an endowment, so that we have more predictable finances and can guarantee a certain level of book buying from year to year. But baby steps!”Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa material.last_img read more

10 months agoInter Milan coach Spalletti: Icardi and Wanda?

first_imgInter Milan coach Spalletti: Icardi and Wanda?by Carlos Volcano10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveInter Milan coach Luciano Spalletti doesn’t doubt the commitment of Mauro Icardi.Icardi’s future is again under question over the relationship between Inter and his wife and agent, Wanda Nara.But Spalletti says: “Team not scoring enough barring Icardi? He’s played more and he must be the element that finishes off our moves.“I agree the goals also have to come from other players so we can move further up the table.“Rumours about his renewal? They haven’t created problems. Everyone is thinking about their work and doing well.“The news doesn’t concern what we do on the field and our attitude to stay in the game.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

Delays at Sturgeon Refinery add to Alberta heavy oil price discount woes

first_imgHe says the refinery contains some 7,000 pieces of equipment and getting them all to operate in concert is taking more time than expected, with the latest setback involving a heat exchanger that was apparently damaged during installation.Sturgeon, the first new refinery built in Alberta in more than 30 years, was completed 12 months ago and has since been producing diesel from synthetic crude upgraded at an Alberta oilsands mine.MacGregor says the refinery is benefiting as high discounts on prices on stranded Alberta heavy oil have also begun to affect light oil and synthetic oil, leading to its feedstock costing as much as US$30 per barrel less than usual.He says the refinery is currently producing between 35,000 and 40,000 barrels per day of diesel.“I think we’re going to be running on bitumen by the end of the year,” he said in an interview.“It will take a while to come up to full capacity because as we put bitumen into it, we’ll find other problems.” The refinery is a joint venture of North West Refining and Canadian Natural Resources Ltd., which is to provide 25 percent of its bitumen feedstock. The rest is to come from the government-owned Alberta Petroleum Marketing Commission. CALGARY, A.B. – A new refinery touted as part of the solution to Alberta’s oversupply of heavy oil likely won’t begin processing oilsands bitumen until year-end, several months later than expected.That means 80,000 barrels per day of diluted bitumen that would have been delivered to the $9.7-billion Sturgeon Refinery near Edmonton is instead joining the queue to be placed on overcrowded pipelines leaving the province.Ian MacGregor, CEO of co-owner North West Refining, Inc., says multiple equipment failures have prevented the startup of the part of the refinery designed to break down heavy, sticky bitumen into an upgraded oil that can then be converted into consumer products.last_img read more