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 Allen 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 on
Advertisement Facing fresh allegations of sexual misconduct, Paul Haggis today postulated that the new charges were a tactic to force a mutimillion dollar settlement or the result of his long estrangement from Scientology.Three women have come forward to accuse Haggis of sexual misconduct after Haleigh Breest filed a civil suit last month accusing the Oscar-winning filmmaker of rape, the Associated Press reports. All three of the women approached Breest’s Emery Celli Brinckerhoff & Abady LLP attorneys with their claims.Christine Lepera, attorney for the 64-year-old screenwriter of Million Dollar Babyand Crash director has denied allegations of non-consensual sex. In fact, the lawyer denies the anonymous claims “in whole” for her client and floats larger moves at play. LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement Login/Register With: “No one has reached out to anyone on Mr. Haggis’ team other than the press to report this,” Lepera said in a statement to Deadline. “He views the fact that these reports appear to be spearheaded from the law-firm representing Ms. Breest, as a further tactic to try to harm him and continue their effort to obtain money. Mr. Haggis also questions whether Scientology has any role here, which he notes has been attacking him for years with false accusations.” Facebook Advertisement Twitter
VANCOUVER – The City of Vancouver is moving to allow the sale of liquor in grocery stores.Councillors voted Tuesday to approve zoning bylaw amendments that will permit grocery stores to sell liquor.The city says in a news release that qualified grocery outlets will be allowed to sell liquor in a store-within-a-store model, requiring a separate area and cashier for liquor sales.Approval of the bylaw amendments is the next step to implementing Vancouver’s liquor policy recommendations, which were passed by council almost a year ago.Specific policies will be presented to council next month and the city says, if approved, grocery stores wishing to sell liquor could apply for a permit by May 14.Kaye Krishna, Vancouver’s general manager of development, buildings and licensing, says the proposed changes follow extensive consultations about upgrades to the city’s liquor policies.“These amendments not only balance the public’s request, but also bring our liquor bylaws in line with provincial regulations,” says Krishna.
New Delhi: Employees of Jet Airways have written to President Ram Nath Kovind and Prime Minister Narendra Modi seeking their intervention to recover outstanding dues as well as to expedite the process of emergency funds for the airline, which has shuttered its operations temporarily. Cash-starved Jet Airways, which has around 23,000 employees, has delayed payment of salaries to the employees, including pilots. Amid uncertainty over the future course of the carrier, two employees’ unions have now written to the President and the Prime Minister. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss bank a/c details In separate but similarly-worded letters this week, the Society for Welfare of Indian Pilots (SWIP) and Jet Aircraft Maintenance Engineers Welfare Association (JAMEWA) have requested help in clearing their outstanding salary dues. “We request you to consider the situation with the urgency it deserves and direct the management of Jet Airways (India) Ltd to expeditiously disburse all outstanding dues to affected employees. “We also urge you to expedite the process of emergency funding, as every minute and every decision is very critical in these testing times,” one of the letters said. Also Read – Tourists to be allowed in J&K from Thursday After months of uncertainty, Jet Airways announced temporary suspension of its operations on April 17 as it failed to receive emergency funds from lenders. The unions highlighted that a section of employees have not been paid their salaries on time for the last seven months and that the distressing situation was also brought to the notice of the Ministry of Labour and Employment in March. “The management of Jet Airways has gone back on its salary arrears payment schedule conveyed by mail dated December 7, 2018. The outstanding amount for pilots and engineers as of now is three months salary (full salaries for the months of January, February and March), and for all other staff is one month’s salary,” the letter said. Noting that employees did their best to keep up the highest standards of safety and professionalism in these trying times, the grouping said non-payment of salaries is causing extreme hardships to employees. “… even after all our efforts, we are not seeing any ray of hope and so it is our humble plea to take this matter under your guidance for an immediate action for the revival of the entire system,” the letter said. SWIP has around 1,200 members while JAMEWA represents more than 500 employees. “We have also realised that along with our Jet Airways sinking, we are not only 23,000 employees who will be affected directly but a number of people who are running business or are associated with us some way or the other. “Even the shops at the airports are facing a lull. Such a big airline going down will leave a huge vacuum behind. Passengers are already facing the brunt of it,” they said. The unions also flagged that air ticket prices are “sky rocketing”. A day after the airline suspended operations, hundreds of employees had gathered in the national capital seeking measures to revive the carrier, which has been in operation for nearly 26 years. Domestic lenders have invited bids for selling stake in Jet Airways. On April 18, the lenders said they were “reasonably hopeful” that the bidding process for the airline would end successfully.
New Delhi: The India Meteorological Department (IMD) Tuesday said it is working at a brisk pace to issue localised weather forecasting to all 6,500 blocks across 660 districts in the country by 2020 and help as many as 9.5 crore farmers deal with the vagaries of weather.However, the most challenging task would be to enhance the accuracy of weather forecasts and to make agromet advisory services (AAS) more useful and user friendliness, it added. At present, IMD issues district level advisories. In 2018, it tied up with Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR) to extend weather forecast and AAS at the block level. “A lot of progress has been made since signing of the memorandum of understanding (MoU) with ICAR. The work is at a faster pace…. We are recruiting and training people,” IMD Deputy Director General S D Attri said on the sidelines of a Ficci event. The pilot study is underway in 200 blocks. The target is to cover 6,500 blocks in 660 districts by 2020, he said, adding that this will help farmers minimise weather-related crop losses. Attri said that the IMD has a network of 130 agromet field units at district level for dissimilating the weather-based advisories. Efforts are being made to set such units in additional 530 districts in the country under the ‘Gramin Krishi Mausam Sewa’ at Krishi Vigyan Kendras (KVKs). As of now, 4 crore farmers are receiving the district level weather forecast through SMS and mKisan portals. “The target is to cover 9.5 crore farmers by 2020 by extending the services at a block level,” he added. Earlier, addressing the event on agriculture extension, the IMD official stressed on the need for dissemination of AAS to farmers on a “wider scale” and convincing them about its positive impacts on a sustainable basis. He also talked about the need to focus on awareness programmes to help farmers to become more self-reliant in dealing with weather and climate issues that affect agriculture production and also assist the farmers to further develop their adaptive capacity with improved planning and better management decisions. -Attri observed that IMD alone cannot reach all farmers and emphasised the need to take private sector and their innovative technologies in this area.
Every NBA game between the Miami Heat and the Indiana Pacers is a contrast in styles. While the Pacers rely heavily on a starting lineup featuring two traditional big men, the Heat employ a multitude of flexible lineups favoring speed and shooting. This contrast presents advantages and disadvantages for both teams; each game, each team has to either make the other team adjust or adjust themselves.Through the first three games of Eastern Conference finals, the Heat were making the adjustment, using lineups with two traditional big men far more often than they did during the regular season. And though the Heat won two of the first three games, it didn’t work too well.Miami Heat Minutes Played And Point Differentials, By LineupThe Heat regularly use just three players who could reasonably be categorized as bigs: Chris Andersen, Chris Bosh and Udonis Haslem. With Andersen unavailable in Game 4 because of a calf injury, the Heat were forced to stay small. They used the combination of Haslem and Bosh for just six minutes together about 13 percent of the game, a single stretch in which they outscored the Pacers by one point. Over the remaining 42 minutes, the Heat’s smaller lineups outscored the Pacers by 11 points. The Heat beat the Pacers 102-90 and lead the series 3-1.For the most part, the Pacers have outscored the Heat when Miami has two big men on the floor; the less Miami does that, the better off it is.Playing these small lineups helps spread the floor, opening driving lanes for the Heat’s ball handlers and stretching the Pacers’ defense. In Game 4, that stretch effect (and the open lanes that resulted) were one of the main factors in the Heat’s series-high 34 free-throw attempts. The Pacers complained about the officiating, but the Heat’s free-throw rate in Game 4 was roughly as far above their season average against the Pacers as their free-throw rate in Games 1 and 2 was below it.The Heat’s small lineups also coincided with the best game in the series from Bosh — 25 points on a 76.2 true shooting percentage. This development shouldn’t have been unexpected. Across the season, Bosh’s true shooting percentage was about 8 percentage points higher when he played without either Andersen or Haslem as compared with when he played alongside one of them.Game 4 gave the Heat firm control over the Pacers and the rest of the series, but it also provided an emphatic reminder: The Heat are at their best with a small lineup on the floor, even with its inherent drawbacks.
The Ohio State Buckeyes are one of only four remaining undefeated teams in college football, but coach Urban Meyer said he has not addressed the topic of potentially being named national champions by the Associated Press with his team. Meyer said he tries “not to control what we can’t control,” since the team is banned from postseason play this season, and that his team’s focus is on playing Wisconsin Saturday. “They know what’s coming,” Meyer said of Saturday’s game. “Our guys know where they’re at.” Redshirt senior cornerback Travis Howard said he and his teammates are approaching the season “one game at a time.” “What we can control is just to go out there and beat every team that we face,” Howard said. “For right now … everyone is just focused on this one opponent, and that’s Wisconsin.” Meyer called this Saturday’s contest, which will kick off at Camp Randall Stadium in Madison, Wis., at 3:30 p.m., a “rivalry game.” “It’s a rivalry game because we have to understand who you’re playing and what they’ve done the past few years,” Meyer said. “They’re a very good team.” Last season, the Buckeyes defeated the Badgers 33-29 at Ohio Stadium. In 2010, the Badgers handed the Buckeyes their only loss of the season at Camp Randall. The 2012 season was later vacated by the NCAA as part of sanctions that resulted from Buckeyes players exchanging OSU football memorabilia for free tattoos. Senior defensive end John Simon said the matchup with the Badgers is a “huge game” for the Buckeyes. “This is going to be a tough, tough game for us,” Simon said. “We know they’re going to come in with a chip on their shoulder … we’re doing everything we can this week to prepare and we’ll be up to the challenge.” There is one potential achievement the Buckeyes can control: with a win on Saturday, the Buckeyes clinch the Big Ten Leaders Division title, even though Wisconsin has already clinched a spot in the Big Ten Championship Game due to OSU and Penn State’s postseason bans. Meyer said that he will discuss that with his team. “That’s real important to us,” Meyer said of winning the division title. The Buckeyes clinched a share of the divisional championship after Penn State’s 32-23 loss at Nebraska. Injury update After missing the Buckeyes’ last four games with a broken right fibula, redshirt senior linebacker Etienne Sabino is back in the starting lineup, Meyer said Monday. Sabino, sophomore Ryan Shazier and senior Zach Boren, who moved to linebacker from fullback following Sabino’s injury, are the team’s starting linebackers as of Monday, Meyer said. Meyer said senior linebacker Storm Klein will also play off the bench. Freshman cornerback Armani Reeves, who plays on the team’s kickoff coverage unit but has missed the past four games due to injury, is back this week, Meyer said. The news was less positive for freshman running back Bri’onte Dunn, who Meyer said is out for Saturday’s game with an MCL sprain. Meyer said the injury did not require surgery, and that his return for the season finale versus Michigan is questionable. Meyer said starting center junior Corey Linsley is “still a little banged up, but he hopes Linsley will be back at full strength by Wednesday. He also said redshirt senior safety Orhian Johnson was “good to go” for Monday’s practice after suffering a head injury against Illinois.
Sophomore defenseman Drew Brevig (4) and senior forward Chad Niddery (19) line up for a faceoff during a game against Michigan State on Nov. 21 at the Schottenstein Center. OSU won, 3-0. Credit: Kelly Roderick / For The LanternThe Ohio State men’s hockey team played a desperate brand of hockey for the entirety of its game against Michigan State on Friday night. The effort was much needed as the Buckeyes (4-7-1, 1-1-0) had dropped four of their past five games before their 3-0 win against the Spartans in Columbus.“I thought we worked hard again tonight,” OSU coach Steve Rohlik said. “I tip my cap to our guys … we challenged them to get a little bit better and I think (they) did that as a team.”Pace was the difference maker in the Buckeyes’ second conference game of the season as they hounded the Spartans (4-7-0, 1-1-0) for the first two periods, holding a 20-18 shot advantage through 40 minutes. OSU then preserved its lead during the third.After failing to capitalize on second-chance opportunities in a 2-1 loss to Michigan State on Thursday, OSU opened the first period of Friday’s game with an increased offensive zone pressure and attempts on Spartans’ junior goaltender Jake Hildebrand.The difference in gameplay was noticeable within the first 10 seconds of the game when Buckeye senior forward Nick Oddo won the opening face off and directed the puck on Hildebrand to create an early net scramble.OSU found its scoring mojo in the second period after a delayed goal call gave senior forward Matt Johnson his third goal of the season and put the Buckeyes ahead, 1-0.The on-ice officials didn’t originally see the puck enter the net, but the referees reviewed the play during the next stoppage and indicated the puck had crossed the goal line.Johnson’s goal was counted a minute after he scored and was a product of the NCAA’s offseason rule changes that allow officials to determine the legitimacy of goals on plays that preceded the last whistle.OSU used its momentum from Johnson’s goal on the man-advantage five minutes later when sophomore forward Nick Schilkey redirected a shot from the blue line past Hildebrand for the team’s second goal.“It’s something that’s certainly a focal point for us,” Rohlik said of the power play. “At the end of the night, again, special teams are the key.”The Buckeyes continued to dictate the pace of the game when senior forward Darik Angeli made it 3-0 after an odd-man rush at the 3:14 mark of the third period.OSU sophomore goalie Matt Tomkins helped prevent the Spartans’ pushback, making 29 saves en route to his first collegiate shutout.“My focus was just to keep the guys in the game and make those big saves when I had to,” Tomkins said. “They played excellent in front of me.”The Spartans finished zero-for-three on the man advantage and were unable to capitalize on three power plays in the third period.“We did a lot of good things,” Johnson said of the Buckeyes’ penalty kill. “We got in lanes and did a pretty good job of pushing them down, holding them in the corners and taking away a lot of shooting lanes.”OSU is next set to play Western Michigan in the Shillelagh Tournament in South Bend, Ind., on Friday.
Stay on target ‘Game of Thrones’ Targaryen Prequel Series Is Reportedly Coming to HBO‘Game of Thrones’ Star Kit Harington Joins Marvel’s &#… Game of Thrones’ last season is in full swing, and the “Battle of Winterfell” left many fans in shock, as they watched a long fight between Iron Throne contenders and White Walkers. But, the power struggle is not over yet: According to Emilia Clarke, one of the last episodes will be bigger than Season 8, Episode 3’s deadly showdown.On Wednesday night, Clarke spoke with Jimmy Kimmel on Jimmy Kimmel Live! about filming the final season of Game of Thrones and what audiences might expect for the last three episodes.“Episode five is bigger,” Clarke told Kimmel. “Episode five is—I mean, four and five and six, they’re all insane, but like…find the biggest TV you can.”It’s likely that Episode 4 could be a transition episode, where the surviving heroes will form a plan of attack against Euron Greyjoy and Cersei Lannister, who are building up the ultimate fleet, as shown in the Game of Thrones Season 8, Episode 4 preview trailer. From what Clarke said though, fans might need to prepare themselves for what’s to come on Episode 5 and Episode 6.The “Battle of Winterfell” wasn’t a typical TV fight though: Season 8, Episode 3 required 55 nights of shooting and 750 people, according to Clarke. The episode, which featured multiple fight scenes between many characters and the Night King’s death, was the longest battle sequence created in TV history, Vox reported.Even though Season 8, Episode 5 is two weeks away, Clarke is making everyone stay on the edge of their seats for now. In the meantime, Season 8, Episode 4 could give fans a better understanding of how some of Westeros plans to take down Cersei Lannister, who will be the “last war” following the “Battle of Winterfell” aftermath.Game of Thrones Season 8, Episode 4 will premiere on Sunday, May 5 at 9 p.m. EST on HBO.<em><strong>More on Geek.com:</strong></em> </p><p>More on Geek.com:First Look: ‘Game of Thrones’ Season 8, Episode 4 Photos ‘Game of Thrones’ Season 8, Episode 4 Preview: One Last War to Win‘Game of Thrones’ Stars Say Goodbye to ‘Battle of Winterfell’ Fallen Heroes
Who Are They?Kitana is the good and fair Princess of Edenia. Or rather she was until the fantasy realm was violently conquered by the villainous forces of Outworld. She then spent much of her life as the unwittingly “adopted” desert assassin daughter of the brutal emperor Shao Kahn, where her DNA was even stolen to create a monster clone “sister” Mileena. But Outworld’s struggle against Earthrealm in Mortal Kombat gives Kitana an opportunity for revenge against her “father.”Kombat KhronologyKitana was one of the major new characters in Mortal Kombat 2, giving the game more female representation beyond just Sonya Blade. And since then she’s remained one of the game’s most prominent female characters, the mold other fantasy women characters diverge from. She’s also become a bit of a love interest for Liu Kang in later games, with Mortal Kombat 11 especially playing up their bond both in the past and in the present as evil zombies.Koolest KustomizationsKitana’s face gets one of the better upgrades thanks to Mortal Kombat 11 now rendering the characters more like real people. So I go with her human form versus her rotting corpse form. As for moves, Kitana’s main gimmick is slicing foes with razor sharp fan blades. So I go for death by a thousand cuts with moves that increase how many fans I can throw out at once or summon around myself for a protective barrier.How Gross Is The Fatality?Kitana’s regal grace doesn’t make her fatality any less gruesome. She just doesn’t get her own hands dirty. Instead, she cut you open and uses her fans to summon a tornado that pulls your entrails out like a gory force of nature. Takes my breath (and everything else) away. Mortal Kombat 11 is available now for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PC, and Nintendo Switch. For more, read our spine-ripping impressions of the game as a whole, learn more about Mortal Kombat’s history with the government, and check out our character guide for the much less violent fighting game Super Smash Bros. Ultimate.View as: One Page Slides1/271. Read Our Full Mortal Kombat 11 ReviewRead Johnny Cage’s Guide2. Read Sub-Zero’s Guide3. Read Erron Black’s Guide4. Read Scorpion’s Guide5. Read Liu Kang’s Guide6. Read Raiden Guide7. Read Kitana’s Guide8. Read Kung Lao’s Guide9. Read Cetrion’s Guide10. Read Jade’s Guide11. Read Kotal Kahn’s Guide12. Read Skarlet’s Guide13. Read Noob Saibot’s Guide14. Read Geras’ Guide15. Read Baraka’s Guide16. Read Jax’s Guide17. Read Jacqui Briggs’ Guide18. Read Frost’s Guide19. Read D’Vorah’s Guide20. Read Kabal’s Guide21. Read Kano’s Guide22. Read Cassie Cage’s Guide23. Read Shao Kahn’s Guide24. Read Kollector’s Guide25. Read Sonya Blade’s Guide26. Read Shang Tsung’s Guide27. Read Nightwolf’s Guide Stay on target There have been eleven main Mortal Kombat games. Can you believe it? The 90s were that long ago. Since then the fighting game has become a gory institution as colorful ninjas and sorcerers and special forces agents collide to rip each others’ guts out in wacky martial arts tournaments.But in the past decade Mortal Kombat has gone from just a recognizable violent fighting game to a really good recognizable violent fighting game. And the recently released Mortal Kombat 11 brings the reboot trilogy home with a story mode stretching across all of history and new ways for customizing characters to your liking, with different skills and gear to make the accessible mechanics even more varied and deep.Expensive cutscenes and ancillary (arguably exploitative) side content aren’t worth anything though if your fighting game doesn’t have a solid roster. Fortunately, Mortal Kombat 11 gives you a diverse cast of kombatants on which to unleash your bloodlust. And we’re taking a look at every single one of them. Today’s fighter: Kitana. Joker and The Terminator Cross Over Into ‘Mortal Kombat 11’‘Mortal Kombat 11’ Kharacter Guide: Nightwolf