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first_img Follow the news on Somalia March 2, 2021 Find out more SomaliaAfrica Organisation RSF_en February 24, 2021 Find out more News Photo: Dr. Suleyman Isse, Minister of Health of Somaliland News SomaliaAfrica February 10, 2016 – Updated on March 8, 2016 TV station ransacked by Somaliland minister’s bodyguards Receive email alertscenter_img “We are extremely shocked by the violence of this attack on a media outlet by what is tantamount to a private militia,” said Clea Kahn-Sriber, the head of RSF’s Africa desk. “We call on the local authorities to condemn this attack and to prosecute those responsible. The TV station must also recover its equipment, without which it cannot operate.”Somalia is ranked 172nd out of 180 countries in RSF’s 2015 press freedom index. It has been among the bottom ten countries for the past four years. RSF requests urgent adoption of moratorium on arrests of journalists Help by sharing this information News News Reporters Without Borders (RSF) condemns the ransacking of privately-owned Somali Channel TV’s offices in the northern city of Buuhoodle by the bodyguards of Dr. Suleyman Isse, the health minister of the self-proclaimed autonomous state of Somaliland. RSF urges the authorities to condemn this act of violence.In the early hours of 8 February, Dr. Isse’s bodyguards fired shots at the main entrance door, forced their way inside and then seized computers and cameras. Fortunately no journalists were injured during the raid.The attack followed the TV station’s refusal to refrain from any further reference to the resignation of the minister’s chief of staff. The head of the station said he even turned down the offer of a bribe in return for his silence. RSF and NUSOJ call for release of a journalist held in Somalia’s Puntland region Radio reporter gunned on city street in central Somalia to go further January 8, 2021 Find out morelast_img read more


first_imgiStock(NEW YORK) — A female state senator from Michigan has come forward with a sexual harassment complaint against a male lawmaker in the wake of recent claims from a reporter regarding his conduct, to help show that “this behavior is a pattern.”Michigan state Sen. Mallory McMorrow, D-Royal Oak, told ABC News she “felt a level of responsibility” to tell her story about an incident she says occurred with Sen. Peter J. Lucido, R-Shelby Twp., after a claim last week he made inappropriate comments to a young capitol reporter.“My heart sank because she said, ‘It made me feel small.’ And that’s exactly how I felt in November of 2018,” said McMorrow, responding to recent allegations against Lucido by Allison Donahue, a reporter for the Michigan Advance.“I felt a level of responsibility for not having said something then, and I wanted to support her reporting with a story that’s corroborated to show that this is a pattern of behavior, not just an isolated incident,” McMorrow added.Thinking back to her orientation day at the Senate building in Lansing two days after the November 2018 election — which, she said, included sexual harassment training — McMorrow said her introduction to Lucido turned into a “degrading and deflating” moment.“As we shook hands, he held his other hand very, very low on my back, so his fingers were grazing my hip. So it was a very close conversation and he held it there,” she said. “I told him that I just beat incumbent Marty Kollenberg. And he looked me up and down, while still holding onto my low back, raised his eyebrows and said, ‘I can see why.’”“It felt like it reduced everything I had accomplished,” she continued. “It didn’t matter to him that I had just run a really hard campaign for a year and a half or that I have a successful career or whether or not I was qualified — it was just, ‘Of course you won, because of what you look like.’“In terms of the sexual harassment spectrum, this is more on the creepy scale. It unnerved me and made me feel gross and degraded.”Sen. Rosemary Bayer, D-Beverly Hills, confirmed to Crain’s Detroit Business that she witnessed Lucido with his arm “reaching around [McMorrow’s] back.”McMorrow told ABC News she told her husband the day it happened, but as a woman in the minority party and one of the youngest people in the Senate, she “shrugged it off and sat back down.”“I recognize that as another sitting senator that I’m in a position of power to come forward — so if I can, and that helps make this a safer place to work, then I will sleep better at night,” McMorrow added. “Even if that means the end of my political career.”In a statement provided to ABC News on Tuesday, Lucido denied the sexual harassment allegations, calling them “completely untrue and politically motivated.”McMorrow told ABC News she was “disappointed by his response” and that Lucido has not reached out to her, adding, “For him to say my claim is politically motivated is obscene.”“The reaction from Lucido to Allison’s story has morphed to portray this as a one-off or joke that she somehow interpreted in the wrong way. I hope to show that it’s a pattern of his behavior,” she said.Donahue says Lucido told her last week she could “have a lot of fun” with a group of boys who were there on a visit from De La Salle Collegiate, an all-boys Catholic high school and Lucido’s alma mater.“‘You should hang around! You could have a lot of fun with these boys, or they could have a lot of fun with you,’” he said, according to Donahue.Donahue wrote in a first-person account for the nonprofit politics news site that she told Lucido the comment was unprofessional and that he would not have said such a thing to an older journalist or male counterpart.According to Donahue, Lucido assured her he meant no harm and that it was a reference to how students at an all-boys school didn’t know how to act around women.“It was nothing disingenuous. It was no harm,” the state senator, who’s married with three children, told the Detroit Free Press. Lucido also said he didn’t feel he owed Donohue an apology because he thought the quotes were taken out of context.”He changed course and later issued a statement apologizing “for the misunderstanding” and “for offending Allison Donahue.”“His response went from acknowledgment to victim-blaming to deflecting,” McMorrow said. “From my understanding, over the course of an entire week, he didn’t once call Allison Donahue to apologize.”McMorrow told ABC News that in the wake of what happened between Lucido and Donahue, all eight female state senators convened on Thursday to “talk about improved response mechanisms.”“The culture feels like, as long as you’re effective we turn a blind eye to how people are treated, and I felt like that needed an immediate response,” she said. “So I wanted to make sure to explain and share that I have a story.”McMorrow said that “immediately” Sen. Rosemary Bayer told her, “‘Oh, I remember that his hand was way down there.’”McMorrow said she shared her story with Donahue “in confidence last week,” and then, “I called her back last night to let her know that I would be filing a report.”“I give her a lot of credit for standing up at 22 years old. I wouldn’t have done this had she not shared what happened,” McMorrow said.She says her hope now is that this acts as a catalyst for change within the Lansing capitol building and beyond.“What I hope changes, cause there’s always going to be people who cross the line — particularly in politics — is that we can talk to each other,” she said. “If someone tells you they’re offended, reach out and find out why — don’t immediately go on defense.”Copyright © 2020, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.last_img read more


first_imgThe National Football Team of BiH won against the team of Bulgaria with a score of 0: 1 in a friendly match that was played in Razgrad.The striker of the decisive goal was Kenan Kodro in the 20th minute of the match, and he managed to score after the assist of Sead Kolasinac.There were more opportunities for the home team to score, as well as the lack of consolation of the defense of our team during the first half of the match, but all the attempts of the team of Bulgaria ended without a goal.Dzeko, Kodro and Duljevic attempted to score before the end of the first half, but Bulgarian goalkeeper Iliev managed to successfully perform his duty.The second half did not bring too much excitement for either side. Miralem Pjanic performed a solid attempt in the 52nd minute, but his shot was unsuccessful.Selector Robert Prosinecki included the following eleven players in the first team of BiH: Sehic, Memisevic, Zukanovic, Kolasinac, Bicakcic, Saric, Besic, Pjanic, Duljevic, Kodro and Dzeko.(Source: N1)last_img read more


first_imgNeville Haynes was on Friday sentenced to 18 months’ imprisonment by Georgetown Magistrate Leron Daly after he admitted to fraudulently converting household items belonging to his uncle and valuing $670,000.A smiling Neville HaynesThe Prosecution’s case was that, on April 10, the household items were entrusted to Neville Haynes by Orin Haynes for safe keeping after Orin Haynes was asked to leave his ex-wife’s home. Neville Haynes agreed to keep the items until his uncle returned.Upon returning one month later, Orin Haynes learnt that his nephew had been in custody, charged with assault. He later visited the accused at the station, and while there, he inquired about the items he had left with him and was told, “It deh home”.Orin Haynes later went to the location to collect his items, but was given a receipt which stated that the items had been pawned by the accused.He reported the matter to the Police, and Neville Haynes was charged.last_img read more


first_imgn an age of globalisation, national identities, one often hears, are passé: Mass, easy, and constant movement render national definitions dated. This is especially true for me. Born in the USSR, raised largely in England but also in Germany and Scotland, having worked for over a decade in Prague and,n an age of globalisation, national identities, one often hears, are passé: Mass, easy, and constant movement render national definitions dated. This is especially true for me. Born in the USSR, raised largely in England but also in Germany and Scotland, having worked for over a decade in Prague and Moscow, most of my family is living in the US, while I’m married to a Russian with young children who have more passports than teeth. So when it comes to the World Cup, that great festival of national joy, I feel a little confused. I’m an obsessive football fan. But who am I meant to support?I have spent 65 per cent of my life in England (to be more exact in London -which of course isn’t really England). My heart says ‘support England’, and I know the team inside out. I am English enough to appreciate the masochism of English failure. But I am also English enough to know that it would be utterly un-English for a first generation immigrant to pretend to be truly English, to care too much about the country. You can do that in the US maybe. Here, it would be unseemly. It takes three generations to become English: The first is “from Russia/Poland” etc; the second is “of Russian/Polish, etc origin”; the third is just about English. Tory grandee Norman Tebbit’s famous “cricket question”, whereby an immigrant’s loyalties are checked by whether he supports England at cricket, is actually a trick one: Only a new arrival who hadn’t understood the nature of Englishness would make a show of supporting England.advertisementThey do things differently in Germany-a country where I spent my teenage years. For many decades after the Second World War football was the one place where Germans could be proudly patriotic: I remember my pimply German friends, still feeling somewhat awkward, if not guilty, for their grandparents’ sins in World War II, idolising the shamelessly teutonic 1990 World Cup-winning side, the Aryan pin-ups captained by that man-machine, Lothar Matthaus.The rise of the West German football team came together with the country’s economic success story, peaking in time with the end of the Cold War. In the decades after German reunification the team had a mild nervous breakdown-as if it was ashamed to frighten the world with too much reunified German success. Now, a new team has emerged-full of very un-German types with names such as Ozil, Khedira, Podolski, Gomez, Klose. This team plays attractive, flowing football. They lose games that their efficient forebears would have never lost. This new team allows Germans to revel in a new, acceptable globalised German-ness, and for the country’s new immigrants to feel part of the national story. The paradox of this national team’s new multicultural nature is that generally, Germany has rejected multiculturalism, with even Angela Merkel insisting that immigrants should Germanise. Until 1999, citizenship was based on jus sanguinis- bloodline. In terms of public policy, multicultural England is far more accepting. But when it comes to football, Germany is the more open country. I think the Germans would have welcomed my supporting their team-not that I’d have ever dreamt of doing that.While in Germany I attended something called a ‘European School’, one of a series of special institutions set up by the founding fathers of the EU to create a new type of post-national being. The pupils of the European Schools would, according to the EU’s architect Jean Monnet, “become in mind Europeans, schooled and ready to bring into being a united and thriving Europe”. Many of the pupils were children of EU politicians and bureaucrats, others of journalists like myself. The school was divided into different language sections: English, German, French, Italian, Dutch etc. We learnt the core curriculum in one language-History and Geography in a foreign language. There were good things about this experiment: Everyone in the school was at the very least trilingual. But in terms of identity politics the experiment flopped: Instead of becoming “in mind Europeans”, pupils retreated into caricatures of their countries, so deracinated they hyper-accentuated their national identities to an absurd degree-especially during World Cups. I remember Gustavo, a bloated boy who was so desperate to prove his Italian-ness he refused to speak other languages. Gustavo had never lived in Italy: He had grown up in Brussels and Frankfurt. But Europe had not given him a functional sense of self-it didn’t for anyone I met at the European School.But retreating to some sort of family-national genesis is difficult for me: I was born in a country that doesn’t exist any more. Bureaucratic forms asking for country of birth always flummox me: I used to write USSR, but you don’t have that option on Internet drop-down lists. So now I put Ukraine: I was born in Kiev. But growing up it never occurred of me to think of myself as Ukrainian. My mother tongue is Russian, as it is for many Kievans; I was teased as ‘the Russian’ in my English school; I would always be called Anglo-Russian at public events. When I wanted to discover my roots I lived in Moscow. I was there when Russian football rose from the ashes: The balmy Euro 2008 where the Arshavin-inspired team played delightful passing football all the way to the semis. The 2008 Euros seemed to be symbolic of many good things for Russia. It was during President Dimitry Medvedev’s pro-Western, liberal reforms; for the first time, the Russian team was managed by a foreigner, Guus Hiddink, whose appointment had been met with resistance from nationalists but whose success showed that Russia could thrive doing things the European way. I was happy for my Russian friends who cheered the thrashing of Holland, the gargantuan Stalin avenues blocked by shiny new Russians waving flags and honking their shiny Mercedes through the summer Moscow night. Since then, Vladimir Putin has kidnapped success in sport into his right-nationalist political agenda. Once again, Russia is managed by a foreigner, Fabio Capello, but he is symbolic of the Western toadies prepared to take Kremlin money, moral costs be damned.advertisementAfter Russia annexed Crimea earlier this year and launched its covert war in Ukraine, I felt Ukrainian for the first time. I’d wake up in the middle of the night with the clear realisation that my grandfather was from Odessa, my mother and her family from Kiev, my father from Czernowitz-and that all these places were suddenly under the threat of tanks. Suddenly, it became clear why nationalism, for all the dreams of globalisation, is still important: It is the only framework which protects the freedom to be individualistic.So I would have supported Ukraine at this World Cup. Problem is: They did not qualify. Or maybe it’s a relief, not a problem. With England and Russia out too, I can just enjoy some football.last_img read more


first_imgThe wait is finally over. One of the most exciting Touch Football event formats will tap off tomorrow with the sudden-death knockout action set to light up the Southern Great Barrier Reef region. Over 30 teams will converge on Bundaberg this weekend to take part in the inaugural Bundaberg Cup event at the Greg Duncan Touch Fields, including a team with event ambassador, Scott Prince. Teams from across the state and over the border will be vying for the $20,000 prize money on offer across Men’s and Mixed divisions: the richest prize purse for a knockout event in Australia. In addition to providing a wonderful prizemoney knockout opportunity for players, officials and volunteers in regional Queensland, the Bundaberg Cup also promises to provide a major boost to the region’s tourism industry over time.50 things to do and see in BundabergQueensland Member for Bundaberg Leanne Donaldson said the inaugural Bundaberg Cup offered visitors a chance to experience ‘Where Great Begins’ on the Southern Great Barrier Reef.“The Queensland Government is proud to support this event through Tourism and Events Queensland recognising the important role events play in driving visitation, creating jobs and generating community pride,” Ms Donaldson said.“Tourism delivers more than 15,000 jobs in the Southern Great Barrier Reef region and events such as the Bundaberg Cup will provide a valuable boost to the local economy.”Queensland Touch Football (QTF) CEO, Jamie O’Connor, was strong in his praise for all partners involved in building the event from a concept to reality in recent years.“First and foremost, I would like to pass on my thanks and gratitude to the event’s partners Touch Football Australia, the Queensland Government though Tourism and Events Queensland, Bundaberg Touch Association, Bundaberg Regional Council and Bundaberg and North Burnett Tourism for their support in making this event come to life,” he said on tournament eve.“These events are quite rare on the Touch Football calendar; particularly with such a large prize purse on offer.“We all see great potential for the Bundaberg Cup for this and future years; building significantly on the team numbers year on year and drawing in the best talent across Queensland and the country and importantly catering for social players too in a real carnival atmosphere. “To all of those who will compete in and deliver the Bundaberg Cup this weekend I would like to welcome and thank them for supporting the inaugural event; particularly to those who have travelled significant distances to do so.“I hope all participants take the opportunity to experience some of the wonderful local attractions while in Bundaberg and look forward to seeing everyone back again next year and spread the word for an even bigger and better Bundaberg Cup in 2016 and beyond.”The Bundaberg Cup is supported by the Queensland Government through Tourism and Events Queensland in partnership with the Bundaberg Regional Council, Bundaberg and North Burnett Tourism.Keep up to date with all of the latest news and results from the 2015 Bundaberg Cup – www.qldtouch.com.au. Related LinksBundaberg Cuplast_img read more


first_imgArizona State spells commit Jaason Lewis's name incorrectly.Four-star running back Jaason Lewis, who hails from Virginia Beach, Virginia, has decided to head out west to play his collegiate football, picking the Arizona State Sun Devils over a number of SEC schools, including Tennessee, Florida and Ole Miss. ASU hasn’t given him the best welcoming, however.Arizona State’s Twitter account has sent out two tweets to celebrate Lewis’ signing. In both, his name is spelled incorrectly.Screen Shot 2015-02-04 at 10.15.01 AM Screen Shot 2015-02-04 at 10.06.24 AMSure, it’s fair to say that he has a strange way of spelling his first name. But you’d think that whoever is in charge of ASU’s Twitter account would be a little more careful.last_img


first_imgFREDERICTON – New Brunswickers are getting a glimpse of how legalized marijuana may be sold in the province.Although the provincial government hasn’t yet announced a retail model, NB Liquor has put out a tender call for “cannabis retail” spaces across the province.The tender seeks 3,000-square-foot spaces in 15 communities that include parking and delivery truck space. Some cities will get multiple stores — including three in Moncton and Saint John, and two in Fredericton.The tender also includes images of what the stores may look like — upscale-looking outlets similar in appearance to newly built liquor stores, with floor plans specifying locations of vaults and displays.It includes maps showing the limited areas in each community where stores may be located. They must be 300 metres from schools, playground and daycares, with preference given to locations near major grocery and retail outlets.The retail spaces are to be “substantially completed” by the end of May.The deadline for the bids closes November 10.Ottawa has introduced legislation to legalize recreational weed by July 1, but left distribution and regulation to the provinces.Last month, the province created a new Crown corporation to oversee recreational marijuana sales, and signed deals with two suppliers.Finance Minister Cathy Rogers said the Crown corporation will not directly conduct retail operations.A New Brunswick legislature committee has recommended selling marijuana through government-operated stores to anyone 19 years or older.A Deloitte report last fall suggested recreational marijuana could be worth about $22.6 billion to the Canadian economy.Note to readers: This is a corrected story. A headline on a previous version may have misstated the number of stores.last_img read more


first_imgIt is believed that this matter was targeted and police have no information to suggest that the greater public is at further risk.DAWSON CREEK, B.C. – Thursday, November 8th, 2018 at 8:34 AM Dawson Creek RCMP were notified of a home invasion which had just occurred at a unit in the Hillcrest Motel in Pouce Coupe, BC.When police arrived, it was determined that the victim had been assaulted and that the suspect had stolen a black Dodge dually pickup. The pickup was located later in the day abandoned on Road 201 off of Hwy 49 near the Alberta border.Dawson Creek RCMP are seeking information from any witnesses that may have noticed suspicious activity, vehicles, or persons at the Hillcrest Motel in Pouce Coupe on November 8th, 2018, or anyone that may have observed the black Dodge dually pickup being left on Road 201 off of Hwy 49 near the Alberta border later that day.Anyone with information on these matters is asked to call the Dawson Creek RCMP at 1-250-784-3700 or Crime Stoppers 1-800-222-TIPS DAWSON CREEK, B.C. -Wednesday, November 7th, 2018 at 9:05 AM Dawson Creek RCMP were notified of a victim suffering serious injuries. The adult male was found on Landry Rd in the area of Rolla near Dawson Creek and investigation has determined that the male may have been in the area for some time, possibly overnight.RCMP are seeking information from any witnesses that may have noticed suspicious activity, vehicles, or persons on Landry Road in the Rolla subdivision northeast of Dawson Creek on or near November 6th and 7th, 2018last_img read more


first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The Fort St. John Hospital Foundation is hosting the Silver Jubilee reflecting 25 years of fundraising and service in the Region.The Silver Jubilee celebration takes place on November 2, 2019, at the Pomeroy Hotel & Conference Centre. The Ralph Pomeroy Ballroom will be transformed into a glamorous Silver Bell’s vision as the evening will include a traditional holiday meal with live entertainment from local musician Kevin Hicks. There will be a raffle for prizes such as the Gift of Flight from WestJet, shares the Hospital Foundation. The night also includes a live painting done by Peace Region artist Mary Parslow and a chance to bid on items including Christmas Trees and vacation package. Tickets are available online at www.fsjhospitalfoundation.ca, at the Foundation office by calling 250-261-7563 or in person at the office around the corner from the gift shop. Tickets are $100 per person or $800 for a table of eight. Proceeds from the “Be An Angel” Gala fund the Fort St. John Hospital Foundation and help support the purchase of much-needed medical equipment and enhance patient comfort and care at the Fort St. John Hospital and Peace Villa Residential Care Facilities. If you would like to donate an item to the auctions or discuss sponsorship opportunities, please contact the office at 250-261-7563 or via email at [email protected]last_img read more