South Sudan blocks two news websites

first_img August 21, 2020 Find out more South SudanAfrica Condemning abusesOnline freedoms Internet July 20, 2017 South Sudan blocks two news websites News News South SudanAfrica Condemning abusesOnline freedoms Internet Receive email alerts News Reporters Without Borders (RSF) is alarmed to learn that South Sudan’sgovernment has for the past three days been blocking Internet and mobile phoneaccess to two reputedly reliable news media. Follow the news on South Sudan Help by sharing this information Online memorial and writing prize launched to mark 30th birthday of slain journalist Christopher Allencenter_img to go further December 23, 2020 Find out more Internet and phone users in South Sudan have not able to access the Sudan Tribune and Radio Tamazuj since 17 July because the National Communications Authority, which regulates the media, ordered them blocked.Information minister Michael Makuei Lueth told Reuters that they were being blocked because their reporting was “hostile” towards the government.“This blocking of two major news websites is intolerable and we ask the authorities to restore access at once,” said Cléa Kahn-Sriber, the head of RSF’s Africa desk. “Access to news and information is a fundamental right guaranteed bu South Sudan’s 2011 provisional constitution.”The Sudan Tribune, a Paris-based news site, and Radio Tamazuj, an independent news radio station, are respected sources of news about Sudan and South Sudan that circumvent efforts by the governments of both countries to censor the media.According to Radio Tamazuj, the South Sudanese government is using ZTE, a Chinese communications company and Internet service provider, to block access both its website and its mobile phone service. However, its shortwave broadcasts can still be heard.Adil Faris Mayat, the head of South Sudan’s state-owned national TV broadcaster, has meanwhile been detained for the past ten days without being allowed access to a lawyer.South Sudan has fallen 20 places in RSF’s World Press Freedom Index since 2015 and is now ranked 145th out of 180 countries.More information about South Sudan here. Organisation Red alert for green journalism – 10 environmental reporters killed in five years August 25, 2020 Find out more Information Minister,Michael Makuei Lueth, Photo credit: AP Photo/Elias Asmare RSF_en News RSF welcomes UN Special Rapporteur’s statement calling for justice for Christopher Allen three years onlast_img read more

Up to 100 children carers in Limerick

first_imgEmail Linkedin NewsLocal NewsUp to 100 children carers in LimerickBy admin – August 9, 2012 648 Advertisement Facebook UP to 100 Limerick children under the age of 15,  are carers for a relative. An estimated 60 children are acting as carers in county Clare. Caring for Carers, the organisation which represents 109 carers’ groups across the country, has identified 4,288 carers under the age of 15 nationally, using the latest figures from the Census. Of these, statistics suggest that around 100 are based in Limerick city and county. Mary McMahon, CEO of Caring for Carers says this is the likely figure but stressed that the objective is to identify them as individuals so they can be offered support.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up “The problem is that they are not always visible because they often don’t think of themselves as carers,” Mary told the Limerick Post.“We have raised the issue with the schools because teachers may become aware of them. If students seem to be under pressure, maybe they are falling behind in schoolwork because they are tired or because of pressures at home”.Pointing out that in neighbouring Clare where the organisation has its headquarters, there are 60 children in this position, she welcomed the new National Carers Strategy.“As far back as 1988 the Department of Health expressed its desire to enable older people to live with dignity and to be cared for as long as possible in their own homes and 24 years on, the Government has produced a strategy that we feel provides the framework,” she said. However, Renee Geary of the Limerick branch of Caring for Carers, said that while the evidence is there in the census, her group has not encountered carers in the  age group of under 15 .According to the care group, the youngsters may simply be taking on more housework because there is a disabled or elderly person in the home or they may have a bigger share of duties – for instance, if the person in need of care is a parent who requires bathing or feeding. “There are a lot of people who don’t identify as carers because they are caring for a family member or a spouse. They just see it as being their duty,” concluded Renee.  center_img Twitter WhatsApp Print Previous articleEleven deaths on farms this year lead to call for vigilanceNext articleMayor asked to take 50% cut adminlast_img read more

Finland football rocked by match-fixing scandal

first_img Share NewsSports Finland football rocked by match-fixing scandal by: – June 11, 2011 Share Share 25 Views   no discussionscenter_img Tweet By Alex CapstickBBC NewsWilson Raj Perumal, a Singaporean, is charged with arranging paymentsFinnish football has been rocked by a match-fixing scandal which has implications across the world.Nine former members of one team and a Singapore national accused of organising the scams have been put on trial.Meanwhile, a criminal investigation has begun into another club suspected of money-laundering.Betting syndicates have been said to make as much as $1.5m (£0.9m) from fixed games.The Finnish League, which began its new season in May, usually commands a low profile in the global game.‘Tip of the iceberg’But events over the past few months have brought it to the attention of football’s world governing body, and its fight against corruption.Tampere, Finland’s former champions, have been suspended.The club received $435,000 from a Singapore company, but officials could not explain why they had been given such a large sum. Money-laundering is suspected.Finnish police have said the case is linked to the trial of seven Zambians and two Georgians who used to play for a different club in the north of the country.They are accused of accepting bribes worth more than $750,000 to affect the outcome of matches.In the same trial Wilson Raj Perumal, a Singaporean, is charged with arranging the payments.Fifa also want to speak to Mr Perumal about international friendly matches involving Asian and African teams that are suspected of being fixed.Last month, two Zambian brothers who played for another Finnish side were convicted of taking bribes from Mr Perumal.The officer leading the investigation in Finland said there was serious speculation this was only the tip of the iceberg. Sharing is caring!last_img read more

Trophy hunter Guardiola happy to miss out on winter getaway

first_imgManchester, United Kingdom | AFP | Pep Guardiola insisted on Friday he will be happy if Manchester City have no time for a mid-season break, because it will mean they are still competing for every trophy.City’s rivals Manchester United took the opportunity this week for a warm-weather training trip to Dubai, allowing boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer time to work on his squad’s fitness.Guardiola did take his players to Abu Dhabi last March, after their surprise FA Cup fifth round defeat at Wigan left them with a free week.The City boss will consider a similar trip this time round if an early FA Cup exit leaves a gap in their match schedule.But he acknowledges that it may be difficult to fit in such a break if City remain in the hunt for all four major prizes.“Hopefully not, because that means we continue in the FA Cup and especially in the Champions League. We will see. If not, then we will have this time in summer time,” Guardiola told a press conference.“Last season, it was quite similar. But then after Wigan beat us in the FA Cup, we went there.”City are still in contention for a quadruple of Premier League, Champions League, FA Cup and League Cup titles, something that has never been achieved in the English game.They took a significant step towards winning one of those trophies on Wednesday, thrashing third tier Burton Albion 9-0 in the first leg of their League Cup semi-final.It means that, barring something extraordinary in the second leg on January 23, City will feature in the final at Wembley on February 24.That creates another barrier to a potential winter vacation as their league fixture at Everton, scheduled for the previous day, would have to be rearranged.“Did you see the schedule this morning? I saw the schedule, and the Everton game will be fixed for another week, so we don’t have many (spaces in the schedule for a warm-weather break), so we’ll see,” Guardiola said. – Title race –City, having taken a step towards a cup final, resume their attempt to catch leaders Liverpool in the Premier League title race on Monday, when they host Wolves.Guardiola’s side, in second place, are four points behind Liverpool after beating them 2-1 at the Etihad Stadium on January 3.It was Liverpool’s first league defeat of the season, and may have increased the pressure on a team trying to become champions of England for the first time since 1990.But Guardiola rejected the suggestion that he is happier chasing than leading.“I prefer to be in Liverpool’s position,” he said.Guardiola hopes to have Sergio Aguero back for the Wolves match, with the striker having missed City’s past two matches because of illness, while Vincent Kompany is close to recovering from a muscle problem.City have found it tough keeping pace with Liverpool, despite collecting 50 points from 21 games, a better average this season than Barcelona, who are top of La Liga.Barcelona have collected 40 points from 18 games, an average of 2.22 per match, while City’s average of 2.38 is currently only good enough for second place.“The Premier League is incredibly tough,” he said. You don’t realise how tough it is until you are here for the amount of games, the weather, the time needed for players to recover.”Share on: WhatsApplast_img read more

Top 25 Rdp: Buckeyes roll over FAMU in B10 tuneup

first_imgOhio State wide receiver Evan Spencer, right, tries to escape the grasp of Florida A&M cornerback Patrick Aiken during the first quarter of an NCAA college football game Saturday, Sept. 21, 2013, in Columbus, Ohio. (AP Photo/Jay LaPrete) COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Kenny Guiton again starred in place of the injured Braxton Miller, setting a school record with six touchdown passes — all in the first half — to lead No. 4 Ohio State to a 76-0 victory against Florida A&M on Saturday.It was the most lopsided Ohio State win since 1935. The Buckeyes (4-0) needed a total of four offensive plays and 46 seconds to go up 21-0 in the opening 6 minutes and never looked back. It was an epic mismatch between a team with national-title aspirations and a Football Championship Subdivision member getting a $900,000 guarantee.FAMU (1-3), which suffered its worst loss ever, trailed 48-0 before picking up its initial first down in the second quarter.Guiton completed 24 of 34 passes for 215 yards. His TD passes went to five different receivers.The game was Ohio State’s last tuneup before opening Big Ten play next week against No. 24 Wisconsin at home on Saturday night.The last time the Buckeyes won by such a large margin was an 85-7 victory over Drake in 1935. They had not won a shutout by such a landslide since a 76-0 win at Western Reserve in 1934.The Rattlers’ biggest previous margin of defeat was 73-6 to Tuskegee in 1926. They lost to Oklahoma 69-13 a year ago and South Florida 70-17 in 2011.Ohio State had a 34-2 edge in first downs and a 603-80 differential in yards.NO. 7 LOUISVILLE 72, FLORIDA INTERNATIONAL 0LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Teddy Bridgewater threw four touchdown passes and Louisville’s defense allowed a school-record 30 yards, helping the Cardinals blow out Florida International.It was the highest scoring game for the Cardinals (4-0) since a 73-10 victory over Murray State in 2007. It also matched the school’s fifth-largest margin of victory.Bridgewater hit DeVante Parker for two TD passes and Gerald Christian and Eli Rogers for one apiece before Will Gardner came on and passed to Michaelee Harris for another score in the fourth quarter. Dominique Brown, Senorise Perry, Michael Dyer and Brandon Radcliff rushed for TDs.Charles Gaines returned the second-half kickoff 93 yards for a touchdown, and recovered a muffed punt to set up Bridgewater’s second TD pass in the second quarter. Bridgewater had 212 yards on 17-of-22 passing, part of Louisville’s 464-yard effort against winless FIU (0-4).NO. 9 GEORGIA 45, NORTH TEXAS 21ATHENS, Ga. (AP) — Aaron Murray threw for 408 yards and three touchdowns, and ran for another score to lead Georgia over pesky North Texas.Murray overcame an early interception in the end zone, hooking up with freshman Reggie Davis on a 98-yard TD — the longest pass play in school history. Arthur Lynch and Chris Conley also had touchdown catches for the Bulldogs (2-1).The Mean Green (2-2) came in as a 33-point underdog, but big plays on special teams helped make a game of it. Brelan Chancellor returned a kickoff 99 yards for a touchdown, and Zac Whitfield fell on a blocked punt in the end zone early in the second half to stunningly tie the game at 21.Murray made sure the Bulldogs avoided the upset when he scored on a 1-yard sneak and went to Conley on a 4-yard TD pass.NO. 17 WASHINGTON 56, IDAHO ST. 0SEATTLE (AP) — Keith Price threw for 213 yards and three touchdowns in less than a half, Deontae Cooper scored his first career touchdown after three major knee surgeries, and Washington routed Idaho State in the Huskies’ final tuneup before the start of Pac-12 play.Bishop Sankey, the national leader in yards rushing per game, barely broke a sweat against the Bengals (2-1) of the FCS. Sankey saw action on the Huskies’ first three series and scored on a 3-yard TD run in the first quarter. Sankey finished with 77 yards on four carries.Price played a little more than 1½ quarters, throwing TD passes of 1, 6 and 5 yards and adding a 1-yard TD run as the Huskies (3-0) led 42-0 at halftime. It was the second straight season they overwhelmed a lower division opponent in the first half.Last year, Washington led Portland State 45-0 at halftime.NO. 18 NORTHWESTERN 35, MAINE 21EVANSTON, Ill. (AP) — Linebacker Damien Proby and defensive end Dean Lowry each had an interception return for a touchdown to lead Northwestern over Maine.Northwestern improved to 4-0 as it wrapped up its non-conference slate, but this was not the consistent, steady performance coach Pat Fitzgerald was looking for heading into Big Ten play. If not for the interception returns, Maine (3-1) could have been in line for an upset down the stretch.Running back Mike Trumpy and quarterback Kain Colter each had rushing TDs for Northwestern.Marcus Wasilewski was 25-for-40 for 237 yards with two touchdowns and two interceptions for Maine, which had a 379 to 373 edge over the Wildcats in total yards.Northwestern had posted better than 500 yards of offense in each of its first two games against California and Syracuse.NO. 19 FLORIDA 31, TENNESSEE 17GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) — After starting quarterback Jeff Driskel was lost to a season-ending ankle injury, Tyler Murphy led Florida to five scores in a somewhat ugly game, helping the Gators open Southeastern Conference play with a victory over Tennessee.Murphy had a 52-yard touchdown throw to Solomon Patton, a swing pass that went the distance, and made several plays with his legs as Florida (2-1, 1-0) won its ninth straight in the series. Murphy’s 7-yard TD scamper in the fourth quarter made it 31-10 and sent fans scrambling for the exits.The Volunteers (2-2, 0-1) had hoped to rebound from an embarrassing 59-14 loss at No. 2 Oregon a week ago, but they left Gainesville with another double-digit setback.Murphy completed 8 of 14 passes for 134 yards. He also ran 10 times for 84 yards. His biggest mistake was taking a snap off his facemask, a botched play that resulted in a fumble.NO. 20 BAYLOR 70, LOUISIANA MONROE 7WACO, Texas (AP) — Bryce Petty threw for 351 yards with four touchdowns and ran 2 yards for another score, and Baylor kept piling up the points in a win over Louisiana-Monroe.The fast-paced Bears (3-0) had seven offensive touchdowns in the 10 drives Petty played. Those TD drives took a total of 6 minutes.Baylor is the first FBS team since LSU in 1930 to open a season with at least 60 points in three consecutive games, according to STATS. Those Tigers had at least 70 points in each of those games — Baylor scored 69 in its opener before 70 points in each of its last two.The Bears finished with 781 total yards, matching the school record they set in their last game, two weeks ago in a 70-13 win over Buffalo.ULM (2-2) suffered its worst defeat since a 73-7 drubbing at Auburn in 2003.NO. 22 NOTRE DAME 17, MICHIGAN ST. 13SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) — Cam McDaniel scored on a 7-yard run following a questionable pass interference call, one of several penalties that hurt Michigan State, and Notre Dame beat the Spartans for its 10th straight home win.The Fighting Irish (3-1) also took advantage of another questionable pass interference call in the first half that set up a 2-yard touchdown pass from Tommy Rees to TJ Jones and a holding penalty that kept alive a drive that led to a 41-yard field goal by Kyle Brindza. The Spartans (3-1) had 10 penalties for 115 yards by the Big Ten officials.But Michigan State made some costly mistakes of its own, including a trick play after the Spartans gained some momentum. After opening the second half with a field goal, receiver R.J. Shelton threw a pass that was intercepted by Matthias Farley and led to Notre Dame’s go-ahead touchdown.NO. 24 WISCONSIN 41, PURDUE 10MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Melvin Gordon ran for three touchdowns, James White added 145 yards rushing and a 70-yard score, and Wisconsin opened Big Ten play with a win over Purdue.Gordon scored from 5 and 27 yards in the first half before capping the opening drive of the second half with a 15-yard touchdown run to give Wisconsin (3-1, 1-0) a 31-10 lead.Nose guard Warren Herring had a sack and three tackles, and linebacker Chris Borland had six stops and a pass breakup at the goal line with the game still close in the first half.Wisconsin moved on nicely from last week’s stunning 32-30 loss to Arizona State, after officials mishandled the final seconds to deprive the Badgers of a game-winning field-goal try.Quarterback Rob Henry’s 22-yard scramble for a score on what appeared to be a busted play provided one of the few highlights for the Boilermakers (1-3, 0-1).last_img read more