News Follow the news on Cameroon CameroonAfrica Reporters Without Borders is having difficulty establishing whether Cameroonian mobile phone operator MTN’s Twitter via SMS service has finally been restored after being blocked for about 10 days at the government’s behest. Contradictory statements are being made.Many Tweets yesterday suggested the service had been restored in practice. And when reached by phone, telecommunications minister Jean-Pierre Biyiti Bi Essam seemed to confirm this to Reporters Without Borders: “It is not suspended. The measure has been lifted. I have nothing more to say on the subject.”But an MTN representative said the contrary today. “The service is interrupted for the time being,” she said. “It is currently unavailable. If you read on the Internet that Twitter has been restored, that is not the information we have.”“We condemn this lack of transparency and fear its implications for online freedom of expression in Cameroon,” Reporters Without Borders said. “We hope the blocking of Twitter via SMS is not a prelude to other kinds of censorship of mobile phone services or tighter controls on the Internet. Everything suggests that the authorities are trying to stop microblogging. We deplore the apparent readiness to impose censorship for the least reason, especially when the target is the peaceful expression of opinions.”MTN Cameroon announced the suspension of its Twitter via SMS service on 8 March “for reasons beyond our control.” The service enabled its mobile phone clients to posts Tweets by sending an SMS to the number 8711. There has been no interruption in access to Twitter via the Internet in Cameroon.After initially blaming a technical problem, MTN admitted that it had blocked the service on orders from the government. MTN’s head of information, Georges Mpoudi, tweeted on the day of the suspension: “We can’t comment further than ‘security reasons’ on #government instructions for #SMSTweets suspension.” Communication minister Issa Tchiroma Bakary told Agence France-Presse on 11 March: “I am not aware of all aspects of the situation but I can tell you one thing, that it is the government’s job to protect the nation.”So far, social networks do not have many participants in Cameroon and Facebook, for example, is used by only 1.5 per cent of the population. Only around 50 people were affected by the suspension of MTN’s Twitter via SMS service but it prompted a great deal of comment and protests by Twitter users, especially on the #SMSTweet hashtag.The suspension of the service, coming as it did after demonstrations against President Paul Biya at the end of February, has prompted fears of an attempt by the Cameroonian government to suppress the use of social networks, which have played a crucial role in the political unrest in the Arab world.With a presidential election due in October, 2011 will be a crucial year for Cameroon and Reporters Without Borders will be paying close attention to respect for media freedom and the free flow of information online. News Cameroonian reporter jailed since August, abandoned by justice system CameroonAfrica May 31, 2021 Find out more Help by sharing this information March 22, 2011 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Blocked for more than 10 days, is Twitter via SMS in the process of being restored? Receive email alerts News Case against Amadou Vamoulké baseless, French lawyers tell Cameroon court Organisation RSF_en Cameroonian journalist Paul Chouta sentenced and fined in defamation case to go further News May 19, 2021 Find out more April 23, 2021 Find out more
Advertisement Matic will miss both of Serbia’s matches (Picture: Getty)‘Nemanja Matic will not play in Wolfsburg, nor in Lisbon. He played the last match in the club but did not stay in the field until the end,’ said Serbia boss Mladen Krstajic.AdvertisementAdvertisementMatic joins Romelu Lukaku, Luke Shaw and Anthony Martial in sustaining injuries during the international break.More: Manchester United FCRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starNew Manchester United signing Facundo Pellistri responds to Edinson Cavani praiseEx-Man Utd coach blasts Ed Woodward for two key transfer errorsMarcus Rashford is also likely to miss England’s qualifier against Czechia on Friday with an ankle injury.The forward has been carrying the injury since United’s 0-0 draw with Liverpool at Old Trafford a month ago but has been playing through the pain barrier.MORE: PDC Premier League Darts week 7 fixtures, table, odds, TV channel and schedule Advertisement Nemanja Matic pulls out of Serbia friendly as Manchester United suffer fourth injury of international break Comment Nemanja Matic has just returned from injury (Picture: Getty)Nemanja Matic has become the fourth Manchester United player to sustain an injury in the international break after pulling out of Serbia’s upcoming matches.Matic missed nearly a month of action with a muscle injury but returned for the 2-0 defeat to Arsenal and started a week later in a 2-1 loss to Wolves.The 30-year-old had been a mainstay under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and was likely to start in Serbia’s Euro 2020 qualifier against Portugal after tonight’s friendly against Germany.However, the Serb has been forced to pull out of the squad, casting a doubt over his fitness for United’s clash against Watford on March 30th.ADVERTISEMENT Metro Sport ReporterWednesday 20 Mar 2019 2:47 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link311Shares
AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThisALPENA, Mich. — Michigan’s new auto insurance law goes into effect today. The new law makes auto insurance more affordable by giving drivers the choice to opt out of personal injury protection altogether or by lowering their PIP limit. Industry experts encourage motorists to carefully weigh all their options before making a change to their auto insurance policy.“You certainly want to educate yourself on what the risks are potentially by choosing a lower PIP limit or lower liability limits,” said Quintin Meek, an account executive with the Lappan Agency in Alpena.Under the new law, drivers will now be able to choose from up to six different options for personal injury protection coverage.“What are your insurance costs? Understand that if you do nothing. you will still see some savings,” said Meek. “The other things to evaluate are your liabilities. Do you have a house, a couple cars? All of these things can come into play when you think about a liability scenario,” he said. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThisContinue ReadingPrevious Alpena man finally turns himself inNext Gov. Whitmer signs bill extending the expiration of driver’s licenses, state ID cards, vehicle registrations to Sept. 30
Robin Catalan. CONTRIBUTED PHOTOFilipino fighters split their matchups in ONE Championship: Battle for the Heavens at Guangzhou Tianhe Gymnasium in China on Saturday.Robin Catalan (8-3) of Catalan Fighting System submitted Indonesia’s Adrian Matheis (with a heel hook two minutes and 10 seconds into the second round to earn his second straight win and third victory in four fights.ADVERTISEMENT Durant surprised fancied Warriors got Cousins: ‘I guess we ruined it’ Although Meunier was able to beat the 10-count, this only opened up further opportunities for El Bouni to launch another blitzkrieg and score the decisive knockdown.In a matchup of ONE Championship debutantes, China’s Fu Chang Xin (7-1) scored an impressive first round technical knockout against Kazakhstan’s Rustem Yensebayev (1-8) 4:32 into the fight.In another Super Series fight this, Muay Thai artists Saemapetch Fairtex and Deividas Danyla battled through three rounds with the former getting the unanimous decision win.After losing in his previous fight, China’s Zha Zhi Kang (11-3) went back to winning form and submitted compatriot, and ONE debutante, Ma Xu Dong (1-1) with a guillotine choke 1:08 into the third round.Japan’s Shuya Kamikubo (8-1) made an impressive ONE Championship debut overpowering Indonesia’s Sunto Peringkat (9-4) with ground strikes to take a TKO victory 3:54 into the second round.China’s Peng Xue Wen (2-3) stopped his two-fight skid and made quick work of Indonesia’s Eddey Kalai (0-4) taking a TKO win 57 seconds into the fight.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Report: Disney dropping the ‘Fox’ from movie studio names In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Putin’s, Xi’s ruler-for-life moves pose challenges to West LATEST STORIES Team Lakay’s Gina Iniong, however, didn’t get the result she wanted after losing to Brazil’s Istela Nunes via unanimous decision.Iniong (7-4) has hit a bit of a slump, droppping her second fight in three outings after establishing a three-bout winning streak.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone still willing to coach Gilas but admits decision won’t be ‘simple yes or no’In the main event, Taiwan’s Kai Ting Chuang put on a counter-attacking lesson against Yodcherry Sityodtong to take the ONE Super Series Kickboxing World atomweight title after her unanimous decision win.Chuang continually slipped through Sityodtong’s right hands and roundhouse kicks and countered with boxing combinations throughout the whole five rounds. Trump assembles a made-for-TV impeachment defense team Palace OKs total deployment ban on Kuwait OFWs Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. “I went over this match with my coaches, and we came up with a great game plan which worked out perfectly,” said Chuang. “Thank you for all the fans who supported me, and especially my team who helped me in preparing for this match.”In the co-main event, Filipino-Australian Reece McLaren took a close split decision win against Japan’s Tatsumitsu Wada for his third straight victory while making a case for a title shot at Geje Eustaquio’s flyweight title.McLaren (12-5) also stopped Wada’s eight-fight winning streak as the Japanese dropped to a 19-9 record.Moroccan kickboxer Ibrahim El Bouni made a strong debut in the ONE Super Series knocking out Australia’s Andre Meunier 1:31 into the first round.El Bouni was able to dodge Meunier’s attacks and slip in a thundering hook to drop the Australian.ADVERTISEMENT Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil View comments Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding ‘High crimes and misdemeanors’: Trump impeachment trial begins
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Sundaram Ravi and Ulhas Gandhe’s bloopers have raised questions on the standard of umpiring in the IPL but it is Mahendra Singh Dhoni’s public outburst that has triggered a debate on whether star players get away with intimidating match officials.For the first time in his illustrious career, Dhoni, a two-time World Cup winning former India captain, entered the field of play for an angry confrontation with umpire Gandhe, who backtracked after signalling a no ball during an IPL match on Thursday night.”Obviously star players try to pressurise umpires but it’s up to the umpires to withstand the pressure. They will do what they feel but it depends on the personality of the umpire,” one of India’s most well-known international umpires, K Hariharan, told PTI on Friday.As per laws, Dhoni had no right to enter the field of play and has got away with a fine of 50 percent of his match fees, something that will be paid by his franchise Chennai Super Kings.The maximum punishment for this Level 2 offence could have been a two-match ban but even that was liable for appeal.Dhoni’s confrontation is the second incident in the first three weeks of the tournament in which a superstar cricketer has blasted the umpire.Earlier, it was Virat Kohli, who was livid with ICC Elite Panel Umpire Ravi for failing to spot a no ball bowled by Lasith Malinga which proved costly for his team in the end.”We are not playing club cricket. Umpires need to be smarter,” Kohli had lashed out.advertisementEven his rival IPL captain and India deputy Rohit Sharma (Mumbai Indians) was critical of the quality of umpiring on that day.However, Kohli was not even reprimanded even though the ICC Code of Conduct clearly states that players cannot publicly criticise umpiring decisions.In Indian cricket, the domestic umpires have always been edgy when put under the pump by star players.”For any umpire, it is necessary to have courage to stick to his decision,” said Hariharan, who has stood in two Tests and 34 ODIs apart from officiating in first three seasons of IPL.Hariharan then came to the game specifics of the CSK versus Rajasthan Royals clash in which Dhoni had the unprecedented meltdown.”Let’s get this straight. As per ICC playing conditions, it was square leg umpire Bruce Oxenford’s prerogative to check waist high full toss. Umpire Gandhe had no business signalling no ball. He got it wrong.”Now coming to commentators and experts. No umpire can go upstairs to check for validity of a no ball if the batsman is not out. So, umpires couldn’t have referred it to TV umpire,” said Hariharan.”Lastly, Mahendra Singh Dhoni had no business entering the ground as that is completely prohibited. For starters, the 50 percent fine is a very light sanction,” said Hariharan.He feels that not all umpires are bullied by players and ones consistent with their decisions get respect.”A good umpire is one who gets his decisions correct but a great umpire is someone blessed with ‘Match Management’ skills. It’s different from giving decisions. It’s about controlling the match.”But umpires are human and some decisions can have deep impact as he related one of the most famous bloopers of the pre-Internet social media era back in 1997.It was Hariharan’s international debut in an ODI match between India and Sri Lanka at Margao, Goa.Ajay Jadeja got the thickest of edges off a Sajeewa De Silva delivery caught by keeper Romesh Kaluwithrana.The Lankan players started celebrating and then it happened.The famous visual of Umpire RP Sharma raising his finger only to start scratching his hat as Arjuna Ranatunga looked bewildered.Jadeja was unmoved and he got a scratchy 50 after which Ranatunga mockingly shook his hands.”I can’t forget that match and Professor Sharma’s 15th match. He never officiated in any game after that. I wonder what would have happened in today’s time when people still remembered a match aired on DD,” Hariharan said.”My family was there for my debut and in the evening I found him sobbing in his room. He was shattered and depressed. We wanted to take him out for dinner but he was in no position. He was never the same man after that,” he recalled.The BCCI mandarins admit that the standard of umpiring has gone down in recent years and lack of quality umpires is an issue.Recently, the BCCI admitted that only 17 umpires are officiating in the IPL.Out of them, 11 are Indian and six foreigners from the Elite Panel. Apart from them, there are six more Indians as fourth umpires.advertisement”In a tournament which is as hectic as IPL, even umpires can have fatigue due to constant travelling and officiating in every second game,” a BCCI official stated, trying to put things in perspective.Also Read | MS Dhoni’s outburst at umpire in RR vs CSK match probably not right: Jos ButtlerAlso Read | IPL 2019: MS Dhoni fined after fierce on-field argument with umpires in tense CSK chase