Rebels destroy radio station

first_img UgandaAfrica UgandaAfrica Follow the news on Uganda Organisation Reporters Without Borders deplored the destruction today of a radio station in the northern Uganda town of Lira by rebels of the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA).”We ask you to do everything possible to ensure the safety of journalists and media so they can continue doing their work,” said Reporters Without Borders secretary-general Robert Ménard in a letter to Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni. “The rebels understood how very important the radio station was as the population’s main source of news.”A score of rebels used axes to smash their way into the station, Radio Wa, run by Roman Catholics, and then exploded grenades which set off a fire that destroyed the whole building. Shortly before, the radio’s managers had asked the authorities to protect the premises and 12 soldiers guarded the station during the night of 26-27 September. However, all but one fled when the rebels appeared on the scene.Belgian journalist Els De Temmerman, formerly with the radio station VRT, was targeted in July by the rebels. An undelivered letter from their leader, Joseph Kony, ordering her to be killed, was found on a rebel captured by the Ugandan army on 31 July. The threat followed publication of her book, Aboke Girls, in which she described the ill-treatment of teenagers forced to join the rebel army. Receive email alerts June 4, 2021 Find out more News March 12, 2021 Find out more Uganda blocks social media and messaging apps, isolating election Uganda urged to free two journalist held since last week on libel chargescenter_img News Ugandan president threatens to “bankrupt” leading daily RSF_en to go further Help by sharing this information News September 27, 2002 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Rebels destroy radio station News January 13, 2021 Find out morelast_img read more

Sabres Replace General Manager

first_imgImage via Buffalo Sabres Twitter.BUFFALO – The Buffalo Sabres have replaced General Manager Jason Botterill.“We have relieved Jason Botterill of his duties as General Manager,” owners Terry and Kim Pegula announced Tuesday on social media.Senior Vice President of Business Administration Kevyn Adams has been named General Manager.Botterill was a NHL winger drafted by the Dallas Stars. After his playing career he served as associate general manager with the Pittsburgh Penguins. He held his Sabre’s post for three years and his dismissal comes in the face of a nine-year playoff drought for Buffalo. Share:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)last_img

Guardiola hails ‘incredible’ Foden after Man City winning start

first_img Loading… Guardiola’s side could not afford to slip up at Molineux if they wanted to keep pace with the champions and they raced into a two-goal lead before half-time thanks to Kevin De Bruyne’s penalty and Foden’s cool finish. City’s swaggering first half gave way to an anxious spell as Wolves dominated after the interval and they had to cling on afer Raul Jimenez got one back before Gabriel Jesus sealed the points in stoppage time. Foden’s goal was a welcome morale boost in his first match since the midfielder was sent home in disgrace, along with Manchester United’s Mason Greenwood, after the pair invited local women into the England team’s hotel. The breach of coronavirus protocols after England’s Nations League match in Iceland was publicly condemned by City, but the 20-year-old retains Guardiola’s trust. “For the goal and in the second half Foden played incredibly well, he helped us keep the ball,” Guardiola said. While City equalled Aston Villa’s record of winning 10 consecutive opening fixtures to a top-flight season, there is little doubt Liverpool remain the Premier League’s preeminent force for now. Pep Guardiola labelled Phil Foden as “incredible” after Manchester City survived a scare to start their Premier League title challenge with a 3-1 win against Wolves on Monday night. City’s delayed start to the campaign — due to their involvement in last season’s Champions League — had allowed Liverpool to build a six-point lead over them before they had even kicked a ball. Read Also: Barcelona, Suarez part ways, nears Atletico switch It feels like a crucial season for City and Guardiola as they look to regain the title they won in 2018 and 2019. Guardiola says he needs to “deserve” an extension to his City contract rather than just be handed one as he enters the final year of his current deal. After finishing 18 points behind Liverpool and suffering a shock Champions League quarter-final defeat against Lyon, City need to push the champions harder this term and the early signs were encouraging. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 But Guardiola was delighted to open with a victory given the shorter than usual pre-season. “We could not run much because we are tired in our legs but in general we did a good game,” he said. “The period that we are in, the situation that we had this last two weeks, I expected some moments where we suffer but in general we controlled it well. “It was a good performance. We know how difficult it is in this stadium. “Sometimes we need more time to get to our best condition but it was a good start to come here and win.” Promoted Content8 Fascinating Facts About CoffeeBest & Worst Celebrity Endorsed Games Ever Made10 Risky Jobs Some Women Do5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme ParksInsane 3D Spraying Skills Turn In Incredible Street ArtPlaying Games For Hours Can Do This To Your Body6 Ridiculous Health Myths That Are Actually TrueThe Very Last Bitcoin Will Be Mined Around 2140. Read MoreSuperhero Castings That People Hated But Were AmazingWhat Happens To Your Brain When You Play Too Much Video Games?7 Truly Incredible Facts About Black HolesCan You Recognize These Cute Celeb Baby Faces?last_img read more


first_imgThe Donegal Dragons in action.A group of very special women are looking forward to the big Rowathon which takes place in Killybegs Harbour on August 23rd.The Donegal Dragons will be taking part, weather permitting.A spokeswoman for Killybegs Rowing Club: “It will be a great honour to have this boat, the “Inspire” taking part and helping to raise funds for the Cancer Bus and Killybegs Rowing Club.” This boat, funded by the Conaghan family in Killybegs, was named in memory of the late Susan Conaghan, a lecturer in Killybegs Tourism College.The Donegal Dragons is a rowing club for women cancer survivors and supportersThe event will run from 12 noon to 6pm.Said the spokeswoman: “Let the fun begin. Anyone over 16 years is welcome to enter a team of four rowers. Sponsorship cards are available from the Club.” There will be lots of spot prizes on the day. The main prizes will be awarded to the fastest team and most creatively dressed team. There will also be barbeque, bouncy castle, face painting and other activities for a fun-filled family day out.For further details or to enter, please contact Club Chairman, Cathal Boyle, on 087-2244 708, Club Secretary, Clodagh McGill, on 087-615 8585 or any other Committee member. All donations and sponsorship welcome.CANCER SURVIVORS ROW THEIR WAY INTO DONEGAL HEARTS was last modified: August 18th, 2015 by StephenShare 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:Donegal Dragonsrowathonlast_img read more

A’s sting Rays on Matt Chapman’s ninth-inning home run

first_imgOAKLAND — Matt Chapman delivered a walk-off three-run homer in a four-run ninth inning to beat the Tampa Bay Rays 5-4 at the Oakland Coliseum on Thursday night.Marcus Semien’s RBI single drove in the first run of the ninth and extended his hitting streak to 17 games. It was all the fireworks needed following a true pitchers’ duel put on by Frankie Montas and Charlie Morton.Ryne Christenson took over as manager for Bob Melvin, who sat the game with a nagging neck and back injury.The Rays and …last_img

How Evil Is Your Smartphone?

first_imgRole of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagement Related Posts Tags:#business#mobile In a recent post, ReadWriteWeb’s Adam Popescu vowed to boycott Apple due to its association with Foxconn, the Taiwanese contract manufacturer infamous for sowing despair among its workers. Reading the article, I had to ask myself: Did the maker of my smartphone – a RIM BlackBerry – also help drive workers to suicide? Did it release toxic pollutants into the environment or fuel wars in places far away from its head offices? So I set about looking for the world’s most ethical smartphone. What I learned surprised me.Participants in the comment thread below Popescu’s article were quick to point out the many electronic products that can be traced to Foxconn. The company’s factories churn out devices for Amazon, Microsoft, and Samsung. In a related Skype chat, ReadWriteWeb editor Ted Greenwald commented that there are no ethical gadgets, period; their manufacture and use are not sustainable, he argued.Okay, maybe there are no ethical smartphones. But some must be better than others, right? Ethical Consumer, a UK organisation “researching and recording the social and environmental records of companies” since 1989, is a leader in evaluating products for their impact on human rights, animal rights, the environment, and other factors that might fall under the heading “ethics”. Its report on smartphones isn’t very positive, in general. It awards points from a possible score of 20, and nobody scores more than 10.5.That said, I was happy to find that my BlackBerry appeared near the top of the heap, just below Amplicom (a maker of cordless phones that doesn’t offer a smartphone as far as I can tell.) fruzsina eordogh What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technology BlackBerry fell considerably short –  behind Apple, Nokia, Toshiba, LG and Samsung – in waste management and the level of toxins in the production process. RIM never filed an environmental report, so Ethical Consumer gave the company a 0 in those areas. BlackBerry’s failures in the green category, however, were enough to bouy its score compared to that of other mobile manufacturers.  The 38 page report by Ethical Consumer is extensive, and includes goodies like: Samsung has ties to human rights abuses in the Congo – as does Toshiba, Motorola and Sony – and Sony has raised flags among animals rights groups for abuses including killing a goat at a promotional party. Several female Nokia factory workers in Thailand had to be hospitalized for severe lead poisoning in 2006, after they were told lead wasn’t harmful. Workers had to buy their own protective gear, like gloves and face masks, and were told to drink a carton of milk a day to remove the birth-defect causing toxin from their bodies. (Milk does not, in fact, help you pee out lead.)CrackBerry Supports Human RightsIf we are judging how ethical a smartphone is based on its treatment of workers, BlackBerry is near the top. Incidentally, RIM’s report is surprisingly free of negative human rights indicators: no riots, no illnesses, nothing. The worst things about RIM, according to Ethical Consumer, was its failure to file an environmental report and that it had a factory in a repressive regime, namly China.  RIM has (or used to have) factories in Canada, United States, Hungary, Brazil, Asia, and Mexico, where my BlackBerry says it was made in. After a casual disassembly, the small electronic parts in my phone reveal they come from China or Korea, but further information on exactly where and what factory is hard to find, as RIM is notorious for its lack of transparency. According to a 2009 Bloomberg article, “RIM’s five biggest suppliers account for almost 90 percent of its production costs,” suppliers that operate mostly in China. BlackBerry still beats the Android and especially Apple on this factory issue, however,  because riots and suicides at RIM factories are unheard of (so far).Due to declining profits, RIM recently shut down one factory in Canada and one in Hungary, countries with strict labor laws and therefore high wages and good working conditions. There is nothing to indicate that RIM’s failure to dominate the market like it once did is due to its adherence to fair labor laws. Rather, RIM’s decline is a result of mismanagement and lack of innovation leading to low demand.If RIM Can Do It, Why Can’t Apple?Apple and its Android competitors don’t have RIM’s problems. So why are they still relying on Foxconn? Apple is incredibly profitable – reputedly the most profitable company of all time.Apple set the smartphone standard and turned us into a touchscreen society. Why can’t it set the standard in labor conditions? Sources in the know say Apple would love to have its factories closer to home anyway to keep an eye on quality control. According to Ethical Consumer, Apple has been providing unsafe conditions to its overseas factory workers since 2008 and using factories in 10 countries classified as “oppressive regimes” since 2006.  Until Apple moves its manufacturing operations closer to home and/or makes a commitment to setting high standards for its labor practices, I will keep using and loving my BlackBerry despite ridicule from the Apple snobs and Android fanatics. I eagerly await RIM’s upcoming BlackBerry 10 phones. Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaceslast_img read more

HRD panel hears both sides, to visit JNU tomorrow

first_imgOffice-bearers of the Jawaharlal Nehru University Students’ Union (JNUSU) as well as student councillors from various schools at the university met the high-power committee set up by the Ministry of Human Resource Development at Shastri Bhawan on Wednesday and aired their concerns regarding hostel fee hike.In a separate meeting, various deans of the university also met the three-member panel and explained to them the rationale behind the revision of hostel charges.The JNUSU in a statement said, “We put across our view that the Inter Hall Administration meeting, which passed the fee hike and other unacceptable provisions in the hostel manual, was illegal as elected students’ representatives were not a part of it.” The union added that it made several attempts and appeals to start a dialogue process with Vice-Chancellor M. Jagadesh Kumar and his team, but it was clear that the administration did not want to work towards the resolution of the “crisis”. “We impressed upon the committee that until M. Jagadesh Kumar remains the JNU V-C, normalcy will be a far cry on the campus,” the statement said.The union said that it was willing to arrive at a new hostel manual passed through an acceptable deliberative process.The committee members gave a patient hearing to the students and assured them of another meeting when they visit the campus on Friday. “The students were pent up and they shared their concerns. The main thrust is that they expect more transparency, and a more participatory process,” said former UGC chairman V.S. Chauhan, who is a member of the panel.“We are focused on the core issue of hostel fee hike. We have invited students to come up with suggestions and will meet them again on Friday,” said Dr. Chauhan.“Everyone seems eager to resolve the issues quickly,” said the panel member, adding that a report with recommended actions will be submitted to the HRD Ministry “very soon”.The deans of the schools said in a statement: “We requested the committee to recommend increase in funds for the university so that students from economically poor section are able to afford a JNU education.”last_img read more

#KicksStalker: Nike unveils next-generation self-lacing basketball shoes

first_imgIs Luis Manzano planning to propose to Jessy Mendiola? Then a few years ago, Nike made the movie magic a reality, introducing its first shoe to the public with so-called “power lacing.”And on Tuesday, the global sportswear giant took it a step farther — now your shoes will automatically loosen or tighten when you step into them, and then adapt based on your activity.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool starsWait for it — the Nike Adapt BB shoes, which go on sale on February 17 for $350 in the United States, are controlled by the touch of a button or a smartphone app.“We picked basketball as the first sport for Nike Adapt intentionally because of the demands that athletes put on their shoes,” Eric Avar, Nike VP creative director of innovation, said in a statement. Using a custom motor and gear train, “Adapt” technology enables the shoe to be automatically adjusted to the foot.The app allows the player to load in different fit preferences — for example, game play versus a timeout.Boston Celtics forward Jayson Tatum is the first pitchman for the new shoe.“That the app allows the ability to put the shoe on and touch the button, change the colors, see the percentage on the battery…it’s just cool,” Tatum said in a statement.Nike says it plans to bring the system to shoes for other sport.ADVERTISEMENT TS Kammuri to enter PAR possibly a day after SEA Games opening LATEST STORIES SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte In the 1980s, the “Back to the Future” film franchise suggested we would all eventually wear self-lacing sneakers.ADVERTISEMENTcenter_img MOST READ Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting View comments No need to score as Giannis Antetokounmpo’s triple-double leads Bucks past Heat LOOK: Joyce Pring goes public with engagement to Juancho Triviño LOOK: Joyce Pring goes public with engagement to Juancho Triviño Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionlast_img read more

Himachal govt takes measures to check drug menace

first_imgShimla, Mar 10 (PTI) Himachal Pradesh Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh today said the state government was taking effective steps to check drug menace and implementing the national policy on Narcotics Drugs and Psychotropic Substances formulated in 2012.Replying to a private member resolution moved by BJP leader Inder Singh, the Chief Minister said that 622 cases of drugs related offences were registered in the state and 731 persons arrested in this regard.A Narcotics cell has been constituted in the Intelligence wing under the control of an officer of SP rank to check cultivation, smuggling and use of narcotic drugs and campaigns have been launched by involving voluntary organisations, school and college students for creating awareness about adverse effects of drug abuse, he said.The CM added the government was aware of the problem and will continue its efforts to check drug menace by involving the civil society and related government departments like education, public relations, health and family welfare, social justice and empowerment, youth services, sports and panchayat and rural development.PTI PCLSRY SK SRYlast_img read more

ICC Champions Trophy final: Virat Kohli impressed with Pakistan’s turnaround, says India focused on their own skills

first_imgPakistan’s “magnificent turnaround” has impressed Virat Kohli but the India captain said there was nothing that his side needed to be overtly concerned about ahead of the ICC Champions Trophy final against the arch-foes on Sunday.India eased past Bangladesh to enter the finals while Pakistan got the better of more fancied England in their semifinal clash.India have already beaten Pakistan in the ongoing tournament during the preliminary stage.Speaking about what is expected to be a high-voltage second clash, Kohli was nonchalant.”What we are going to try to do is repeat the similar sort of cricket that we have played so far, knowing the strengths and weaknesses they have. Obviously, we will have to plan a bit according to that, but I don’t know if there’s much that we need to change as a team,” he said.”I don’t think we need to look too far away from what we are doing as a group, I think focus on our skills and our abilities and believe in ourselves on that particular day, and we will give ourselves a good chance to go out there and do some good things for the team,” he added. (ICC Champions Trophy: Sourav Ganguly and Harbhajan Singh blast Aamer Sohail’s match-fixing claims)Asked if India made a statement to their bitter rivals with the nine-wicket triumph over Bangladesh on Thursday, Kohli dismissed the suggestion.”There are no statements in this game, honestly. On the day you arrive, if you are not feeling well mentally, it doesn’t matter whether you are 100 or whether you had a convincing victory. (India vs Pakistan, ICC Champions Trophy Final: Ravichandran Ashwin ready for a date with destiny)advertisement”And there will be days, when you score a zero and you feel great on the day as you have won a game of cricket. That’s how this game goes, and that’s the beauty of this game,” said Kohli when asked if Pakistan will be rattled by India’s performance.”No one is a winner beforehand, and you can’t predict anything in this game. We have seen some really surprising results, and it’s been amazing for the fans to watch and for the players to be a part of, as well. We just want to enjoy the finals and we deserve to be there,” the skipper had a calm confidence in his tone. (India vs Pakistan in ICC knockout matches: A brief history)Reuters PhotoBut, he insisted that his team never takes anything for granted.”We played some really good cricket. We are not going to take anything for granted for sure. It doesn’t matter whether we win by nine wickets, we win by one wicket. We are just going to go there and try to do the same things again and again. Be bowling as a team, and hopefully the results will come,” he added.He was all praise for Pakistan team’s turnaround in the competition.”Yeah, I am very impressed. The turnaround has been magnificent. Obviously, if you reach the finals, you have to play some good cricket, and credit to them, they have turned around things for themselves really well.”They have beaten sides that looked really strong against them, but the belief just showed on the field the way they played together as a team, and you know, regardless of who you play in the finals, it’s always going to be challenging because once you start thinking that it’s a big game, then your mindset changes,” the skipper gave a peek into the mindset of an international team.last_img read more