Bahraini and Syrian authorities try to impose news blackout, kidnapping in Yemen

first_img News October 14, 2020 Find out more Receive email alerts RSF_en June 15, 2020 Find out more to go further BahrainMiddle East – North Africa BAHRAINReporters Without Borders condemns the Bahraini government’s attempts to impose a news blackout on the ongoing demonstrations and the police crackdown. Closure of opposition media, forced resignation of senior media personnel, harassment of local journalists and foreign TV crews, intimidation of Bahrainis who talk to foreign journalists, arrests of bloggers, government propaganda and military court orders – the authorities are resorting to all possible means to limit coverage of the protests and to smear their organizers and participants.Yesterday, the information ministry announced the closure of Al-Wasat, an opposition newspaper founded in 2002. Access to its online version was also blocked. The day before, the national television programme “Media Watch” had accused Al-Wasat of trying to harm Bahrain’s stability and security and of disseminating false information that undermined the country’s international image and reputation.The Information Affairs Authority, the government agency that regulates the media, subsequently gave Al-Wasat permission to resume publishing from today but three of its most senior journalists – editor Mansour Al-Jamari, managing editor Walid Nouihid and local news editor Aqil Mirza – were forced to resign. The board of directors announced the appointment of Abidily Al-Abidily to replace Jamari as editor.Jamari told the Associated Press that the government was trying to silence independent media in Bahrain.The International Federation for Human Rights (FIDH) meanwhile reported that the military prosecutor general issued a decree on 28 March – Decision No.5 of 2011 – under which the publication of any information about ongoing investigations by military prosecutors was banned on national security grounds ( The decree reinforces the arsenal of measures that authorities can use to silence any reporting about human rights violations.CNN journalists Scott Bronstein and Taryn Fixel were briefly detained on 29 March while interviewing Nabeel Rajab, the head of the Bahrain Centre for Human Rights, at his home.Reporters Without Borders also condemns the harassment of Bahraini bloggers. Photos of bloggers and human rights activists labelled as “traitors to the homeland” have been circulating on the Internet for several days. They include Mahmood Al-Yousif and Manaf Al-Muhandis, who were arrested on 30 March and were released the following day.Mohamed Al-Maskati, who blogs under the name of Emoodz, is still being held in an unknown location since his arrest also 30 March. After blogging actively in the past few weeks and posting videos of recent events on his blog ( and on Twitter (, he was threatened by a presumed member of the royal family, Mohd Al-Khalifa (!/MohdSAlkhalifa). Since his arrest, he has been able to contact his family only once, on 31 March.Khalifa meanwhile continues on Twitter (!/MohdSAlkhalifa/status/54630188465655808) to threaten anyone calling for Makati’s release: “#FreeEmoodz anyone that’s living in Bahrain and is supporting the terrorist emoodz, will have his IP address taken and will get arrested!”There is still no news of Ali Abdulemam and Sayid Yousif Al-Muhafdah, two bloggers who disappeared on 16 March, and Abduljalil Al-Singace, a blogger who was arrested the same day. The blogosphere has reported the silence of several of its members without knowing whether they have been arrested or have gone into hiding to escape the police crackdown. Reporters Without Borders urges the government to end its hate campaign against bloggers and to immediately release all those it is holding.SYRIAJournalists working for foreign media targetedThe Associated Press reported that two of its correspondents in Syria were ordered to leave the country on 1 April. They were given one hour to comply. The Jordanian media meanwhile reported that the Syrian authorities arrested two journalists working for Arab Broadcasting Services, Akram Abu Safi and Sobhie Naeem Al-Assal, on 24 March. In all, a total of six journalists have now been deported.Reporters Without Borders condemns the way the authorities are treating the journalists who are covering the street protests taking place in Syria and urges them to release all of the Syrian journalists that are currently detained.“Whether Syrian or foreign, the journalists covering the demonstrations must not be regarded as participants,” Reporters Without Borders said. “They are there just to report what is going on. Nonetheless, they are the victims of a crackdown by the government, which is trying to block access to information by imposing a media blackout. The arrests and disappearances are part of an unacceptable policy of intimidating the media.”Reuters reported that Khaled al-Hariri, a Syrian photographer working for the agency, was released yesterday after being held for six days in Damascus. Three other Reuters journalists – two Lebanese and a Jordanian, were also released in the past few days, after being arrested. Reuters had lost contact with Hariri on 29 March. Aged 50 and based in Damascus, Hariri was the last Reuters employee still being held by the Syrian authorities. Suleiman Al-Khalidi, the Reuters correspondent in Amman, was released on 1 April. Reuters TV producer Ayat Basma and cameraman Ezzat Baltaji were expelled on 28 March after being held for two days. Khaled Ya’qoub Oweis, a Jordanian journalist who had been the agency’s Damascus correspondent since 2006, had his accreditation withdrawn on 25 March.A number of Syrian journalists and bloggers have also been arrested. According to the London-based Syrian Human Rights Monitoring Centre, Doha Hassan, a journalist who works for several websites, and Zaher Omareen were arrested on 27 March. Reporters Without Borders has been told that they are being held at the headquarters of the General Directorate for State Security in Damascus.Despite the announced lifting of the state of emergency and the release of 260 detainees, the Kurdish blogger Kamal Hussein Sheikou, the blogger Ahmed Hadifa and the journalist and writer Mohamed Dibo are all still detained. They have been held since the start of the protests.Mohamed Radwan, an Egyptian blogger with US citizenship who had been working in Syria for the past nine months as an engineer, was released on 1 April after being arrested on 25 March and held incommunicado. The Syrian authorities accused him of spying for Israel and, using a procedure beloved of the Iranian government, showed him on national television making a “confession.” His family dismissed the charges as nonsense (see:…).As a result of Syrian government pressure, the signal of Orient TV, a privately-owned TV station broadcasting from the United Arab Emirates, has repeatedly been suspended on Nilesat and Arabsat, two of the satellite services that normally carry it. An Orient TV representative told Reporters Without Borders that the station has changed its broadcast frequency several times since the start of the unrest in Syria in mid-March. “Since 25 March, we have only been broadcasting on the Internet three times a day,” he added. The station’s employees have also been harassed.YEMENAbdelghani Al-Shamiri, the former news director of the state-owned radio and TV service, was kidnapped by national security officials while on his way home on 31 March in Sanaa and was taken to an unidentified location. He was released the next day after pressure from the Union of Journalists. Shamiri recently resigned from his positions within the ruling party and declared his support for the protesters who have been calling for President Ali Abdallah Saleh’s resignation. Thereafter, he had been getting many messages threatening him or members of his family with reprisals if he continued to support the opposition movement.Samia Al-Aghbary, a woman journalist, has also received many threatening phone calls.LIBYAReporters Without Borders reiterates its concern about three Al-Jazeera journalists – Mauritian reporter Ahmed Vall Ould el-Dine, Norwegian photographer Ammar Al-Hamdane and British photographer Kamel Al-Tallou’ – who were arrested in early March and are still being held by pro-Gaddafi forces in the west of the country. A fourth Al-Jazeera journalist who was arrested at the same time, Tunisian reporter Lotfi Messaoudi, was released on 31 March and has returned to Tunisia. Reporters Without Borders calls for the immediate release of the other three.OMANAmnesty International reports that an Omani journalist, Ahmed Al-Shizawi (…), was arrested on 29 March in Sohar while participating in a sit-in with human rights and opposition activists. April 4, 2011 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Bahraini and Syrian authorities try to impose news blackout, kidnapping in Yemen Follow the news on Bahrain Organisation center_img BahrainMiddle East – North Africa Tenth anniversary of Bahraini blogger’s arrest March 17, 2021 Find out more News News Coronavirus “information heroes” – journalism that saves lives German spyware company FinFisher searched by public prosecutors News Help by sharing this information last_img read more

Cybersecurity – How plan participants can help thwart potential hackers

first_img ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr Total US retirement assets surpassed $26.1 trillion in 2017 according to the American Society of Pension Professionals & Actuaries (ASPPA). As a significant investment for many Americans, retirement assets are an attractive target for many hackers globally.This growing threat is compounded by the fact that most people check their retirement accounts sporadically and not nearly as often as other accounts, such as checking accounts or credit cards. A cursory quarterly glance when a retirement statement is available may be the only review these accounts ever receive, which makes fraudulent activity potentially easier for the unscrupulous hacker lurking on the dark net.Prevention Is Only As Good As ParticipationWhile retirement plan providers and plan sponsors continue to implement multi-level security protocol and procedures to proactively prevent cybersecurity breaches, retirement plan participants also have an active role to play in safeguarding their retirement accounts. In reality, retirement plan security measures are only as good as their adoption by plan participants. With this in mind, there are a number of proactive, common-sense steps participants can take now to prevent future fraudulent activity. These protective measures include the following: continue reading »last_img read more

Big four? What about Warner?

first_imgBy Ian ChappellANY conversation about which batsmen are currently top-rated in Test cricket begins with the Big Three; in order of batting average that’s Steve Smith, Joe Root and Virat Kohli.It’s often noted that New Zealand captain Kane Williamson could easily make it a quartet. Indeed, Williamson should be included as his average is second only to Smith, but David Warner ought to also be there, to extend it to a quintet.The main reason for Warner’s exclusion is his record in India. It’s not great, but then Kohli’s record in the UK is far worse, and the two players’ overall average is only about five percentage points apart.It’s noticeable that on two tours of India, Warner regularly got starts but then lost his wicket. Admittedly he has got five single-figure scores, but in half of his 16 innings he got to double figures without scoring a half-century.On the three occasions he attained the half-century mark he wasn’t able to convert to three figures. That is in sharp contrast to his overall record, where he has converted 20 of his 123 Test innings into centuries.However, his recent performance against Bangladesh – a bowling attack that doesn’t match India’s in class – provided good results in testing conditions. He scored back-to-back centuries, the first one with the ball turning sharply and bouncing awkwardly.That hundred was scored in typically flamboyant Warner style; attacking the bowlers and reaching or clearing the boundary regularly. His next century, in Chittagong, was his Dr Jekyll impersonation. He only got to the boundary seven times in an extremely patient innings that underlined the thought that goes into his batting.I saw Warner bat in a Champions League game on a slow, low Delhi pitch, where he tried to bash balls to the boundary. That method didn’t work. In his next innings on that same pitch, he placed the ball into gaps, relying on timing to score his runs, and looked much more at ease.“Warner is a batsman who thinks deeply about his task and just happens to be ultra-aggressive in his approach – one reason why he should always feature in any conversation about the best current batsmen is his approach to the game”His failure to score a Test century in India might be playing on his mind, but there’s no reason he can’t achieve success there – he has the skills.It’s more just a case of him getting out when he’s set, which can happen to any player. Most cricketers experience periods of drought in their career, and with the number of games being played now, it’s a miracle if there’s only one such.Warner is a very skilful batsman and always has been. Early in his career the talk about him being a T20 hitter was misplaced. I first saw him bat on television in a T20 against South Africa. As he belted the likes of Dale Steyn around the park, I said to my wife, “This kid can bat.”She responded: “What, all the fours and sixes, you mean?”“No,” was my reply. “It’s the way he’s adjusted to good deliveries from Steyn.”It’s fascinating to discuss batting with Warner. He commentated with Channel Nine in 2015, while his injured thumb repaired, and provided interesting insights into Australia’s loss in the just completed Ashes series.He talked about Jimmy Anderson’s and Stuart Broad’s plans to dismiss him and the things he had done to try and overcome their tactics. He made sensible adjustments during the series.It was obvious this wasn’t a hitter who just trusted his eye and his luck; Warner is a batsman who thinks deeply about his task and just happens to be ultra-aggressive in his approach. That’s one reason why he should always feature in any conversation about the best current batsmen: his approach to the game.Opening is a demanding position and he is brave enough to take on new-ball bowlers in order to give his side an early advantage in the game. Succeeding with that approach deserves to put him among a list of the best batsmen. He’s certainly the most watchable.Now that he has experienced a breakthrough in Bangladeshi conditions, Warner’s next tour of India might well provide a twist in the tale.(ESPN Cricinfo)last_img read more

Nelson Selects U15 Girls Claim U16 Gold

first_img“They gave the Columbia Valley defence all they could handle throughout the entire game.”The third game featured the younger U16 Columbia Valley team, but Nelson stayed with their same attacking style and crisp passing to once again come out the stronger side.Seven minutes into the game, Julia Burkart delivered a perfect pass to team captain Sofia Arcuri in the middle who launched a 25 yard shot that sailed over the Columbia Valley keeper.At the 20 minute mark striker Abby Beauchamp put away a rebound to make the game 2-0 and the U15s held onto the lead for the rest of the game.Needing a win to secure top spot, Sunday morning at 7 a.m. the U15s faced their toughest challenge of the tournament, the Nelson Selects U16 Girls.With both teams playing a similar style of possession soccer taught by the Nelson Whitecaps Program, the game was a treat for soccer purists.Two minutes into the game, the younger Nelson side shocked the U16s when Beauchamp juked the older defender and struck a perfect shot on goal from just outside the 18-yard box that sailed in under the crossbar.The U16s then went onto to gain the edge in play for the remainder of the first half but could not penetrate the strong U15 defence.The second half featured great play by both teams with an even half. With time running out, U16 forward Laurel Halleran had the best opportunity of the half when she fired a beautiful shot on net that tested U15 keeper Hanna Quinn who preserved the shutout and her perfect weekend.“That final game was a great effort by both teams,” said Burkart.“Coach Pete Quinn and I were very proud of the way all of our girls played in a game against excellent competition.”Burkart added that the key to their success was team defence, which was anchored by the back line of Allison Bendis, Ruby Seright, Bella Guderyan, Ashley Hall and Julia Burkart who were absolutely rock solid, frustrating the opponents with their play.“We accomplished our goal of creating a lot of offence and as a result scored some very nice goals.” said Burkart.“But the defensive play of our whole team and especially that of our back line was what really set us up for the success we had.” Playing against older and bigger competition, the Nelson Selects U15 Girls used speed, determination and stingy defense to fuel them to the U16 Division gold medal in the annual Terry Walgren Memorial Tournament in Nelson past weekend.The U15s came into the tournament hungry for their first wins of the season and didn’t disappoint amassing a perfect 4-0 record and not allowing a single goal against.“Our first tournament of the season was against some really tough older American teams earlier this month at the Hot Shot Tournament in Coeur d’Alene and though we played well, we simply did not get the offense we were hoping for,” said U15 coach Paul Burkart.“The goal this weekend was continue to play a defensive game but also create more scoring chances – and that is exactly what the girls did.”The tournament started with a Friday night contest against the Kootenay South U16 squad. Nelson dominated play from the opening whistle and 20 minutes into the opening half Shianne Michalchuk finished a nice play that included great passing between forwards Grace Dehnel, Jodi Surina and Mattea Lorenzo.The Nelson side continued to control play, getting numerous great scoring chances. Sixteen minutes into the second half, determined work by Dehnel led to a turnover and a nice passing play between Michalchuk and Shane Panko Dool who scored from 10 yards out. The game ended with a 2-0 victory for Nelson.Late Saturday morning, the Nelson U15s took on Columbia Valley U16-17s in a game that again saw the home side dominate play. Michalchuk scored 11 minutes into the game when she launched a bullet from just outside the 18-yard box to set the tone for a stellar game for the speedy Nelson striker.Two minutes later, Nelson forward Ruby Creighton landed a shot on net that was saved by the Columbia Valley keeper, but Michalchuk pounced on the rebound to make the score 2-0.Eight minutes into the second half, Michalchuk created a turnover deep in the  Columbia Valley zone and roofed a shot for her hat trick goal that ensured her team the 3-0 victory.“It was a real gritty strong performance by Shianne and all of our forwards,” said Burkart.last_img read more


first_imgALEX SOLIS, SAN ONOFRE, SECOND: “From the three-eighths pole, it was a battle between these two horses, and my horse didn’t give up an inch. He just kept trying the whole way. He got a clean break, and I was where I wanted to be. (Masochistic) was just a little better today.” TYLER BAZE, MASOCHISTIC, WINNER: “This was just basically, don’t change anything that ain’t broken. I talked to Victor (Espinoza) yesterday before he left for Arkansas and he said to get him out of the gate and keep him going. We weren’t going fast down the backside, like 22 and change and 44 and change, but we picked it up around the turn. When I asked him turning for home, he pinned his ears and took off.” -30- JOCKEY QUOTES DAN WARD, SAHARA SKY, THIRD: “Glad to have him back. He ran a good race. I really thought they’d run a lot faster. He’s a 7-year-old, and we’ve had him for four years. He’s a personal favorite. There’s the Triple Bend and the Los Angeles – I don’t know if we go to both, because we also have Wild Dude, and he can run in the Los Angeles, and maybe Sahara Sky in the Triple Bend. And then there are good opportunities at Del Mar the rest of the year now that it’s dirt.”center_img RON ELLIS, MASOCHISTIC, WINNER: “I thought he ran awesome. I was really glad to see he could win a dogfight, because all his wins have been pretty easy. You never know until you’re in one. He hooked with a very tough horse around the turn so I’m glad he responded the way he did. He’s a talented sonofagun.“He’s been training great. I’ve been very surprised. It’s been easy to get him to gallop. As we get up higher in graded stakes I think the key with him will be getting him to learn to relax. I think he could go a mile. The Breeders’ Cup Mile would be something we’d consider, but we’ll see how he comes out of this race and go from there.“He had a perfect trip. Tyler (Baze) did a great job. I haven’t run the horse before, Tyler hadn’t ridden the horse before, so we were kind of new faces, but I think Victor (Espinoza) had talked to Tyler and gave him the nuances he needed to know. It was nice that he had an outside post, too. We didn’t have to worry about what everybody else did in the race.” NOTES: The winning owners are William Shamlian of Los Angeles (Los Pellos Hermanos Racing) and Samantha Siegel (Jay Em Ess Stable) of Beverly Hills. TRAINER QUOTESlast_img read more


first_imgLadies – The Fashion Event you have been Waiting for!The biggest Fashion Event to come to the North West in 2012 will arrive on your doorstep on Sunday June 10th in the Abbey Hotel, Donegal Town!!The Ultimate Girls’ Day Out includes items such as Pop-Up shops e.g. Benefit, Mini-Fashion Shows e.g. River Island, talks from leading trainers & free services including make-up application, file and paint, threading, massages & hair styling. Get this and much more all for FREE! Tickets on sale now in The Abbey Hotel priced at €20. Proceeds from the event are going towards Four Masters G.A.A. Club in conjunction with the Breast Care Clinic in Letterkenny, Co. Donegal.The first 400 tickets sold will receive a Goody Bag to the value of €20! For daily updates on the event like us on Facebook ( any business would like to hear more about how they could potentially get involved in the event please contact one of the organisers; Nicola Lacey 087-2449129; Kelly Lacey 087-9919035; Ciara Mc Groarty 087-9913339 or Louise Jordan 087-2970956.Vintage/Second Hand Clothes on Sale Also there is an opportunity to leave with money in your wallet. Simply bring up to 2 items of unwanted clothing / handbags to the show and it will be put on sale on the day.Fifty percent of the asking price will go towards the event and fifty percent goes back into your purse if sold!! This store will be fully managed by the event organiser’s so it is a great, hassle-free opportunity for you to resell and make money out of some old bits!All high street items are welcome but please avoid bringing low value second-hand items to ensure everything on sale will be of good quality for the shoppers! For Terms & Conditions please see our Facebook page. Great bargains are guaranteed!Event CompetitionLastly do you want to help us decorate our venue? Get out any old white and/or pink bra and post/hand deliver to Pure Indulgence, Upper Main Street, Donegal Town to be in with a chance to win one of three prizes. Multiple entries can be received. Please include name, address and mobile number along with the package delivered.First bra received wins: Trilogy Skincare HamperFiftieth bra received wins: Year Long Magazine Subscription to UHundredth bra received wins: €100 Pure Indulgence Voucher Good luck ladies and we hope to see you at our big event. It promises to be a fantastic day out!REVEALED: THE ULTIMATE GIRLS’ DAY OUT! was last modified: May 22nd, 2012 by BrendaShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:REVEALED: THE ULTIMATE GIRLS’ DAY OUT!last_img read more

Matt Millen is back, and it provides a lift for rough year in Raiders’ family

first_imgOAKLAND — Finally, a feel good story for the silver and black.It was a gloomy off-season for the Raiders, one that went far beyond wins and losses. That feeling was at least temporarily lifted Saturday evening by the presence of Matt Millen in the broadcast booth less than eight months after a Christmas Eve heart transplant that saved his life..Millen, who worked as an analyst with Rich Gannon along with play-by-play announcer Beth Mowins on the local Raiders television broadcast, was his …last_img read more

Mechanicsburg FFA wins county tractor troubleshooting contest

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest The tractor troubleshooting teams of Gus Hoewischer and Kylie Owen will move on from the county contest on February 17th to the district contest on February 27th.The team of Heath Starkey and Wyatt Snyder placed second at the county contest. The two teams traveled to Koenig’s Equipment in Urbana, Ohio for the county contest.  Tractor troubleshooting, or ag power and diagnostics, consists of having to debug a problem in the tractor, asses the problem, use Service Adviser and fix the problem all within 20 minutes.last_img read more

Vibes rocks out and shakes wearables world all night long

first_imgFollow the Puck Small Business Cybersecurity Threats and How to… Tags:#featured#guitar#Internet of Things#IoT#music#top#Vibes For those struggling to learn the guitar, a new wearable startup, Vibes, may have just the way to help you out. Based in the UK, Vibes has been working on an ear training technology that is powered through a wearable forearm strap.  See Also: How to use machine learning in today’s enterprise environmentWhat Vibes has to offer is a change in the way you approach learning how to play. One of the early steps in learning guitar is getting your fingers in the right places on the fretboard, which requires constant practice.  But as you progress, understanding chords, scales and musical intervals by ear is the next big step. This is the area where Vibes wants to step in and help. After studying the neuroscience involved in music instruction, Philip Spivey, founder of Vibes, decided to develop a gadget that focuses on the association, rather than repetition.Still a work in progressTo assist with this process of ear training, one can use a mobile app that plays audible notes. Next, through a Bluetooth connection, the app triggers an accompanying wearable to offer a specific tactile stimulus on the inner arm.“This association, with a small degree of repetition, will help your brain in the future to recognize the same intervals or chords when you hear them in your favorite song, or in your head when you are improvising,” Spivey explains.The project is still in the development stages by Vibes, so further study is needed before knowing if this can actually help the guitar learning process. Amanda Razanicenter_img Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces Related Posts Internet of Things Makes it Easier to Steal You…last_img read more