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first_img Follow the news on Yemen News Since he wrote articles in 2006 criticising the re-election of Ali Abdallah Saleh, the government-run press has not accepted a single article from Al-Mawari. “When an independent newspaper accepts one of my articles, it runs the risk of being prevented from printing”, added Al-Mawari. He said he had not written a single article for the independent press in Yemen in the past three months, so as not to give the authorities extra reasons for banning the newspapers. Receive email alerts “The international community should urgently come to the aid of Yemeni civil society before it is too late,” the organisation added. Help by sharing this information Elsewhere, Reporters Without Borders has had no news since 18 September of journalist Muhammad Al-Maqalih, who went missing in mysterious circumstances. His colleagues meeting in the capital Sanaa on 20 October for their weekly gathering repeated a call for his release. Organisation February 26, 2021 Find out more News United Nations: press freedom situation “deeply worrying” in Yemen, according to RSF to go further “The only way to defeat this is to put pressure on the powerful,” he said, in a bid to alert international public opinion about press freedom in Yemen. He was reacting to recent statements by a top intelligence services official, denying any state involvement in the disappearance of Al-Maqalih. The newspaper’s editor, Samir Jubran, was sentenced in the same case on 31 October to a one-year suspended prison term and a one-year ban on exercising his profession. The secretary general of Yemen’s journalists’ union, Marwan Damaj, condemned the verdict which he said was the harshest sentence against Yemeni journalists since 1990. “The goal of this sentence is (…) to silence Yemeni journalists who are trying to deal with sensitive issues with vigour and courage”, he added. The editor said that as far as he was concerned the sentence amounted to banning the newspaper itself. Reporters Without Borders today strongly condemned the decision of a court specialising in press offences that sentenced journalist Munir Al-Mawari of independent weekly Al-Masdar in his absence to two years in prison for libelling President Ali Abdallah Saleh and also banned him for life from working as a journalist. Al-Mawari, who has lived in the United States since 1994, told Reporters Without Borders that the sentence was “absurd”. “It is ridiculous to condemn someone for what they write. There is no law in any country that allows a ban preventing someone from writing. I have done nothing illegal, but it is clear that this decision was made by the president himself, even though in the article I only criticised his policy, I did not criticise him as a person”.center_img Yemeni journalist killed, nine wounded in Aden airport explosions November 3, 2009 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Convictions and bans pile up against journalists amidst unacceptable indifference January 6, 2021 Find out more News YemenMiddle East – North Africa Several newspapers have been the target of censorship in recent weeks for attempting to cover military operations in the north and south of the country. Even before its editor’s conviction, Al-Masdar had been ordered by the authorities to delete some articles in its 13 October edition. Issue no 61 of the newspaper Al-Watani, dated 18 October, was also seized because of an article about rebel operations in the south of the country. The newspaper Hadith Al-Madina had its no 18 issue withdrawn from newsstands on the unilateral order of the information ministry, on the pretext that the distributors had not provided him with a copy of the newspaper for prior approval. It carried an article by its editor, Fakri Qassem, analysing the impact of current conflicts on Yemen’s socio-economic situation. The case against the two Al-Masdar journalists related to an article published in May this year, headlined “Weapon of mass destruction”, in which Al-Mawari criticised the conduct of the war against Shiite rebels in the north of the country. Yemeni journalist Abdelkarim Al-Khaiwani, receiving a press freedom award in Algiers on 28 October, publicly accused the authorities of having abducted Al-Maqalih. “The security services kidnapped my colleague, we must show solidarity”, he said after receiving the Omar Ourtilane prize awarded by Algerian daily Al-Khabar. News Reporters Without Borders was relieved to learn of the release on 30 October of freelance journalist Saddam Al-Ashmuri, who was arrested in Marib, 120 km east of the capital on 22 October, just after he interviewed Ghalib Zaidi, the leader of Al-Qaeda in the region. Fixer for foreign reporters held in Aden for past five months February 11, 2021 Find out more YemenMiddle East – North Africa RSF_en “The aim of these convictions is to gag Yemen’s independent press once and for all. It is unacceptable that a government or even a judge should ban journalists from writing, whether for a limited period or for life”, the worldwide press freedom organisation said.last_img read more

first_imgFeature Results After every restart, he took a commanding lead and dominated the race. A few cautions late tried to thwart his winning plans but Braaksma led from the green flag to the checkered. Brady Bjella got up to second early on and faced a challenge from Chase Rudolf near the end.  Robert Hellebust and Joey Price led the field to green for 25 trips around the Arizona Speedway oval. Hellebust jumped out to an early lead, but a caution reset the field back to square one. Hellebust got the jump on the restart but Bobby Hogge IV challenged early on. After a few laps of battling, Hellebust started to pull away.  A tour record 92 Modifieds and 37 IMCA Northern SportMods checked into the pit gate for opening night of the third annual tour. Ward’s victory paid $1,500 and put him on the ballot for the Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational.  By Jackson Braun  Northern SportMods – 1. Ethan Braaksma, Newton, Iowa; 2. Brady Bjella, Williston, N.D.; 3. Chase Rudolf, Prole, Iowa; 4. Fred Ryland, Brentwood, Calif.; 5. Cole Carver, Apache Junction; 6. Justin Svoboda, David City, Neb.; 7. Ryan Moser, Englewood, Colo.; 8. Kelly Jacobson, Fargo, N.D.; 9. Mark Harrison, Coolidge; 10. Jake McBirnie, Boone, Iowa; 11. Matthew Mayo, Bakersfield, Calif.; 12. Kevin Johnson, Bakersfield, Calif., 13. David Jones, Chandler; 14. Brian Osantowski, Columbus, Neb.; 15. Patti Ryland, Brentwood, Calif.; 16. Shelby Frye, Casa Grande; 17. Tate Johnson, Homestead, Mont.; 18. Keith Brown Jr., Pittsburg, Calif.; 19. Bryan Moreland, Durango, Iowa; 20. Arie Schouten, Blair, Neb.; 21. Jacob Madrid, Phoenix; 22. Bo Partain, Casa Grande; 23. Jim Horejsi, Marshall, Minn.; 24. Ty Rogers, Somerton; 25. Taylor Kuehl, Cave Creek. QUEEN CREEK, Ariz. (Feb. 8) – An action-packed night of racing at the 1/3 mile Arizona Speedway speedplant was capped off by a first-time winner in Arizona Mod Tour action as Arizona native and Iowa transplant Tim Ward bested the field of 26 stout IMCA Modified drivers. With the field reset with six laps to go, Ward again started to run away while Hogge moved comfortably into second. Laney, Ricky Thornton Jr. and two-time defending tour champion Hunter Marriott exchanged sliders behind them.  With 13 laps to go, Ward secured the pass and set sail. Ward, Hellebust, and Cody Laney started to settle into their respective podium positions.  With two to go, Laney took his 5L machine off the track after running in the top five most of the race. Ward cruised to victory by an almost three second advantage over Hogge. Marriott, Thornton and Jason Hughes rounded out the top five.  Ethan Braaksma and Justin Svoboda lead the Northern SportMod field to the green flag. A handful of yellow flags early on shook the field up a bit but Braaksma was not fazed. Ward and Hellebust started to encounter lapped traffic when the second caution flag waved. A heartbreaking moment occured for the 9H machine of Hellebust, as he brought out the caution by smacking the frontstretch wall. Ward started 11th on the field and had already made his way up into the top five within a few laps. He got past Hogge quickly and set his sights on Hellebust. About 10 laps in, Ward started slicing and dicing alongside Hellebust. Bjella hung on to second, with Rudolf third and Fred Ryland squeaking out a fourth place finish over Cole Carver.  Tim Ward topped the opening night Arizona Mod Tour feature, earning $1,500 along with a spot on the Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational ballot along with the Friday IMCA Modified checkers at Arizona Speedway. Modifieds –1. Tim Ward, Harcourt, Iowa; 2. Bobby Hogge IV, Salinas, Calif.; 3. Hunter Marriott, Brookfield, Mo.; 4. Ricky Thornton Jr., Clive, Iowa; 5. Jason Hughes, Watts, Okla.; 6. Dylan Goplen, Fargo, N.D.; 7. Ethan Dotson, Bakersfield, Calif.; 8. Jeff Taylor, Cave City, Ark.; 9. Drew Armstrong, Benton, Ark.; 10. Justin Kay, Wheatland, Iowa; 11. Kollin Hibdon, Pahrump, Nev.; 12. Alex Stanford, Chowchilla, Calif.; 13. Ross McCartney, Lahoma, Okla.; 14. Casey Arneson, Fargo, N.D.; 15. Eddie Kirchoff, Gillette, Wy.; 16. Kody Scholpp, Estevan, Sask.; 17. Joey Price, Great Falls, Mont.; 18. Kelsie Foley, Tucson; 19. Spencer Wilson, Minot, N.D.; 20. Paul Stone, Winton, Calif.; 21. Cody Laney, Torrance, Calif.; 22. Robert Hellebust, Minot, N.D.; 23. Bubba Stafford, Wittmann; 24. Travis Denning, Sterling, Ill.; 25. J.P. Dowell, Killeen, Texas; 26. Jeff Larson, Freeport, Ill. Ethan Braaksma led start to finish in winning the Arizona Mod Tour opener for Karl Chevrolet Northern SportMods. (Photo by Cheryl Sluka)last_img read more

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first_imgSources tell us Charter gets by with continuing to write off these annual financial losses on its balance sheets through some terrific tax laws in place. The Dodgers not only go full spigot in this revenue stream, but whatever ways they’ve manipulated attendance figures and ticket income make it look as if they’ve created a situation where coming out to the ballpark is a special, added value, like having to pay for another live performance of “Hamilton.”And the third part of this – no cooperation from AT&T’s DirecTV – holds fast as well. The math bears it out. In what they call an “enterprise evaluation,” DirecTV would have had to lose about 20,000 subscribers over this situation before it even considered adding SportsNet LA to its menu, the $5 per subscriber price tag as the basis for computation. They’re barely a fourth of the way to that threshold. Never mind that the asinine TV commercials continue with a group of actors dressed as monsters propping up the simplistic message: “Satellite TV Bad. Spectrum Good.”Five years in, we seem to giving life to the metaphor of the boiling frog – the Dodgers and Spectrum have managed to kill us through a progressively low source of heat. They’ve taken the hopping anger out of most of us.Even so, the narrative feels as if it’s about to pivot to a much longer-term and darker reality for all who stand to prosper.THE ADJUSTMENT PERIOD More than half, and as much as 70 percent, of Southern Californian homes can’t access SportsNet LA, according to the generally accepted rhetoric. The hairs are split over whether or not those who have a choice to drop DirecTV and get Spectrum aren’t doing so because of the perceived inconvenience it may cause them.Whatever the number, the reality is that those slotted as Seniors and Baby Boomers still face the most anxiety over all this. Pair that up with the fact that the average age of a TV baseball viewer skews into the upper 50-year-old range.In an enlightening new book by Susan Jacoby called “Why Baseball Matters” (Yale University Books), the author wonders why the graying of the fan base is something those who run the game “refuse to talk about on the record.” Instead, they fidget spin their way around pitch clocks and counting trips to the mound as a way to tighten up the length of the games because they figure that’s what younger viewers may want.Our digital-age natives, ranging from newborns to those in the mid-30s, have conflicted motivation to invest time in watching a full game play out on TV.“Any baseball game is a process, not a series of disjointed, disconnected events,” Jacoby writes. “The digital world is not about process but about instant delivery of results, so it is logical that younger viewers find it more difficult to focus on baseball.”Those among the emerging Generation Cord Cutters are also more likely to resourcefully circumvent traditional means of obtaining a SportsNet LA service. You may know your cable bill includes a sneaky “sports surcharge” now up to $11.55 that tries to offset the increasing costs of channels weighted down by absorbing sports rights fees. They likely have never even seen a cable bill.Hardwired into manipulating delivery through an Xbox or Slingbox, seeking out a Facebook friend with a bootleg feed, or working around the MLB.tv servers with fake IDs, this demographic not-on-deck any more doesn’t bother with “demanding their providers know” they can’t otherwise get SNLA. They figure it out in other ways, then give the blueprint to the generation coming after them. Or, unable to endure the length of a game no matter how it’s unrestricted, they have passed on the secret of just tuning into the MLB Network each night to get a few live cut-ins from Dodger Stadium. They can then DVR the extended highlight packages during “Quick Pitch” programming to skim through it the next morning.All that said, these savvy media consumers of the Dodgers aren’t beholden to the other traditional platform – the radio. If they weren’t compelled to catch the last three years of Vin Scully’s three-inning simulcast, they have even less incentive for them to endure someone like Charley Steiner chortling on and on about how games are just too long these days. It only does a disservice to the listeners just trying to find a happy medium.THE SILENT MINORITYMore bothersome to us since the SNLA launch in 2013 is how the stalemate leaves out those who are living on the edges financially.Decades ago, the Dodgers’ TV coverage was limited to a KTTV-Channel 11 road Sunday game as well as all the contests played in San Francisco. It was reasonably proportional to how much national baseball was also available at the time.When regional sports nets exploded from the 1980s through 2010, the Dodgers still made sure there were at least a few dozen games set aside for over-the-air distribution, in addition to what cable offered. It was the beginning of the process of separating the haves from the have-nots.The Guggenheim group’s purchase of the Dodgers came with the expectation that launching their own media company and creating a team-owned channel would pave the road to the future with consumers’ sub fees. Chairman Mark Walters said at the time that SportsNet LA was a way to “provide substantial financial resources over the coming years.”In subsequent years of public shaming, private ambivalence and all other kinds of agitated media verbiage – including a U.S. Justice Department charge of collusion in late 2016 that was “settled” without any benefit to the consumer early in 2017 – the narrative never really included how to satisfy all those loyal Dodgers fans living in marginalized areas with roof-top antennas. The families that struggle each month to pay utility bills consider cable a luxury, but they keep the TV set with the rabbit ears to pick up whatever they can.So we circle back to that press release from February – five KTLA games, all in April, and probably nothing else unless you can pick up an ESPN, Fox Sports, FS1 or TBS feed somehow. A Facebook Watch deal has also been struck this year, 25 games that will be exclusive to the social media site and not available on traditional TV.The KTLA games aren’t because the Dodgers and Spectrum think this is a way to appease the masses or water down their own guilt. They have no other genuine answer to how to fix things. They’ll continue to assume the worse.ESPN has a national broadcast of the Dodgers-Giants season opener Thursday afternoon (4 p.m.) as well as the series ender Sunday evening (5 p.m.). In the course of the 162-game regular season, about 130-odd games will be just for SportsNet LA customers.For those who can access it. For those who know the drill.For those who still care. Year 5 of the Dodgers’ SportsNet LA Hostage Crisis is upon us. Continue to divest at your own risk.There is no news about additional distribution in the days before the 2018 MLB season is to begin. When the team and partner in crime Charter Communications released a statement a month ago about the latest feeble attempt to farm out five games in April to KTLA-Channel 5, it tried to bury the line about how “other distributors are not expected to carry SportsNet LA this season.”Both Spectrum, the Charter re-brand of the Time Warner original enabler, and the Dodgers, coming off a World Series appearance and winners of four straight NL West titles since the launch of the channel, would prefer you did not see either of them operating from a position of weakness at this stage of their 25-year, $8.3 billion agreement.In a bizarro way, both seem to be doing just fine with everything. MEASURING MEDIA MAYHEMWHAT SMOKES== After all those years of pitching Farmer John products, Vin Scully seems to be relishing his new role as a spokesman for Kingsford Charcoal in a new commercial spot. It opens with him finishing a conversation with the “commissioner” and exclaiming: “Hot dog! Opening Day is back! Go out and tell it to the world, guys!”== How much more a business man has former Laker Shaquille O’Neal become after his NBA playing days ended? How much of a force has Yorba Linda’s John Force become in the drag racing world? They are two of the four focus stories on the 252nd edition of HBO’s “Real Sports With Bryant Gumbel” that debuts Tuesday at 10:30 p.m.WHAT CHOKES== Fox reports an average of 4.03 million viewers from last Sunday’s NASCAR Cup Race at Auto Club Speedway in Fontana — well below the same race’s 5.19 million last year, 6.81 million two years ago and about half of the 8 million who watched in 2013. 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first_imgIt is through initiatives such as Green Beings’ River Rehab that the further awareness is created to promote active citizenship as well as healthy eco-systems. (Image; Greenbeings, via Facebook)Join Green Beings on the banks of the Klein Jukskei Spruit in northeastern Johannesburg on 12 March and celebrate this year’s Water Week by helping to revitalise the waterway.The family-friendly River Rehab event run by Green Beings takes place between 8am and 1pm. It is an opportunity for residents, businesses, civic organisations and others to join their efforts in removing as much rubbish from the river and the surrounding areas as they can.Green Beings also urges people to help it introduce as many indigenous plants along the river as possible, while also removing harmful alien species and maintaining the environment.WATER WISERecent water shortages and drought in the country, with unpredictable rainfall patterns, are taking their toll on many South Africans. As a collective, the nation has become more aware of the importance of using our natural resources sparingly.South Africans are quickly realising the importance of being conscious of our impact and how this affects our daily water consumption. It is through initiatives such as Green Beings’ River Rehab that the further awareness is created to promote active citizenship as well as healthy eco-systems.There are many ways in which people can change their habits and routines to save water, and most of them aren’t difficult. These include watering your garden in the early mornings or late afternoons when it is cooler, taking a quick shower rather than a bath, and using a cup while brushing your teeth instead of letting the tap run.With on-going education people will start to realise the importance of the state of the environment and how each individual can mitigate climate change through small actions collectively to make a wider positive impact.If you would like to contribute or be part of the River Rehab on 12 March 2016, contact Green Beings via its Facebook or Twitter pages for more information.GREEN BEINGSThis year’s River Rehab is the sixth run by the organisation, which is appealing to members of the public to make it an even bigger success than previously by bringing as many friends, family and colleagues along.It is through the help from valuable stakeholders that the Green Beings NPO has been able to run such initiatives, and it is only through such collaborations that River Rehab’s aims will be achieved.The main focus of previous River Rehabs was removing alien vegetation and planting indigenous trees along the riverbanks. The next event will focus on cleaning up the park and waterway, removing alien vegetation and replacing the old dilapidated fence with an attractive wooden fence.Green Beings hopes to get individuals and businesses to help fund the implementation of this new, more inviting, fence by sponsoring sections of it. If you would like to contribute or be part of the River Rehab on 12 March 2016, contact Green Beings via its Facebook or Twitter pages for more information.PLAY YOUR PARTAre you playing your part in developing South Africa and its citizens? Do you know anybody who is going out of their way to participate in the development of South Africa and its people?If so, submit your story or video to our website and let us know what you are doing to improve the country for all.last_img read more

first_imgSince the device’s release 2 months ago, many have praised the iPad for its media consumption capabilities while admitting that media creation is not its strong suit. It may not be the best device to compose a day’s worth of emails, but watching video and reading books and news on the large touchscreen is certainly a compelling experience. Feeds are one of the most efficient ways to quickly consume large amounts of information from the Web, and feed reading service Netvibes is bringing their popular Web-based experience to the consumption-friendly iPad. Netvibes allows users to aggregate, personalize and monitor their favorite blogs and trending topics into customizable dashboards that can also be viewed in a listed RSS reader form. With an iPad version launching today, fans of the service will be able to access their dashboards and feeds on their iPads using a mobile website optimized for the iPad’s Safari browser. Since it is still web-based, content marked as read on the app will sync up with the desktop Web-based experience – sidestepping a common annoyance of native RSS readers.Built-in social network integration also allows users to use the service a social dashboard along with the news and media browser. By connecting the app to their Twitter and Facebook accounts, users can monitor the activity of their friends and followers, as well as publish updates to their profiles from the app. The ability to share news items on these social networks is a feature missing from this release of the iPad version, but the company told ReadWriteWeb that more functionality such as this will come in future releases.Users can also expect to see more visual magazine-style viewing options, premium dashboard branding and the ability to add, remove and change dashboard configurations in the near future. Personally I haven’t found myself straying from good ole Google Reader for reading feeds online, and I feel that a web-based iPad-friendly version may not be enough to sway me away. On the other hand, it would be interesting to see Netvibes, or a similar service like Lazyfeed, develop a native application for the iPad that can fully leverage the device’s features and APIs. chris cameron Related Posts What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagementcenter_img Tags:#mobile#web Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technologylast_img read more

Marco Silva calls Everton to focus

first_imgThe team will play against Bournemouth today at Goodison Park and the manager believes they can win.Everton and Bournemouth are tied in points in the English Premier League.Both teams have 27 units and will face off each other today.That’s why Everton’s coach Marco Silva has called his team to focus and win this match.Premier LeaguePremier League Betting: Match-day 5 Stuart Heath – September 14, 2019 Going into the Premier League’s match-day five with a gap already beginning to form at the top of the league. We will take a…“It is always good for the squad to have a normal week to work and prepare – a normal week to take care of many, many details because they are important in our way, our model,” Silva told the club’s official website a few minutes before the game.“It is always important for me as a coach – not just for me, for all the managers – when you have a normal week to prepare for the match.”“It is really important [to start the game quickly], it is our aim as a team, to go and have a big impact in the game from the first minute,” he added.“It will be an open game, in my opinion, Bournemouth are a really strong team on the counter-attack, they can take a big advantage in those moments, with two strong strikers and two fast wingers.”last_img read more

Second day of ComicCon brings Game of Thrones The Walking Dead Big

first_img Posted: July 21, 2017 Categories: Local San Diego News, San Diego Comic-Con 2017 FacebookTwitter Second day of Comic-Con brings ‘Game of Thrones,’ ‘The Walking Dead,’ ‘Big Bang Theory’ to fans July 21, 2017center_img , SAN DIEGO (KUSI) — Fresh off setting record ratings for HBO in its seventh season premiere last weekend, “Game of Thrones” cast members will appear Friday at Comic-Con International at the San Diego Convention Center.Sunday’s episode drew 16.1 million total viewers, a 50 percent increase over the season-opening show last year and the most-watched season premiere on HBO ever. According to news reports, the airing also generated 2.4 million tweets.Among the cast members scheduled for the  “Game of Thrones” panel are Alfie Allen, Jacob Anderson, John Bradley, Gwendoline Christie, Liam Cunningham, Nathalie Emmanuel, Conleth Hill, Sophie Turner and Isaac Hempstead Wright.HBO has set up a Westeros experience for fans that depicts the fictional land where the series is set. The Westeros attraction is next to the Omni Hotel in the Gaslamp District.”Game of Thrones” won’t be the only session packing Hall H, which actually had some empty seats Thursday as Comic-Con opened for its annual four-day run. Other scheduled sessions are a 10th anniversary panel on “The Big Bang Theory,” along with panels on “The Walking Dead,” “Fear the Walking Dead,” “Twin Peaks,” “Preacher” and Marvel’s “The Defenders.”Panels run from 10 a.m. to midnight at the convention center, Central Library, Hilton Bayfront Hotel, the Horton Grand Theatre and the Marriott Marquis Hotel and Marina.Organizers strongly suggest using public transportation.A free shuttle bus service is operating 24 hours a day, stopping at 63 locations in downtown, Mission Valley, Harbor Island and Shelter Island through Sunday evening.The Metropolitan Transit System announced that Green Line trolleys will run every 7 and 1/2 minutes between Qualcomm Stadium and the 12th and Imperial Transit Center through Sunday. Blue and Orange line trains will increase in frequency during peak travel times, according to the MTS.The transit agency said passengers can use its new Compass Cloud mobile app to purchase ride tickets in advance. The MTS also has 22 bus routes with downtown stops.last_img read more