Authorities harass a blogger

first_imgNews News News RSF_en to go further Reporters Without Borders has condemned a bid to intimidate a blogger after the minister of internal security threatened to imprison Jeff Ooi, who runs the weblog Screenshots at the beginning of October 2004. Ooi is accused of allowing an Internet-user to post a message insulting Islam Hadhari, a religious practice promoted by the government. Organisation Malaysian cartoonist Zunar facing possible sedition charge again New Malaysian ordinance threatens very concept of truth Help by sharing this information Record fine for Malaysian news site over readers’ comments February 22, 2021 Find out more October 6, 2004 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Authorities harass a blogger MalaysiaAsia – Pacific March 17, 2021 Find out more News Follow the news on Malaysia Reporters Without Borders has condemned a bid to intimidate a blogger after the minister of internal security threatened to imprison Jeff Ooi, who runs the weblog Screenshots ( at the beginning of October 2004.Ooi is accused of allowing an Internet-user to post a message insulting Islam Hadhari, a religious practice promoted by the government.The international press freedom organisation called on Malaysian Prime Minister Abdullah Badawi to see that no legal action was taken against Ooi. “A blogger cannot be responsible for a message posted by an anonymous contributor,” it said. “The statement by the internal security minister is serious because it will force those running weblogs to use excessive censorship.”Jeff Ooi on 30 September 2004 posted an article on Screenshots discussing the contradiction between the values of Islam Hadhari and the corruption of the ruling United Malays National Organisation (UMNO). A contentious comment was posted a few hours later by someone calling himself Anwar. It said, “Islam Hadhari and corruption are like shit and urine”. Ooi reacted quickly to this statement and replied online, “What you said affects and hurts me because you have twisted and hijacked my blog topic.”To date, the person who posted the comment has not been identified. In fact on most weblogs contributors can post responses to an article without going through whoever runs the publication.A few days later the internal security minister told the press that Jeff Ooi “must stop playing with fire or we will use the ISA”. The Internal Security Act is a law that allows imprisonment without trial for two years for reasons such as harming state security.The row has been stoked up by pro-government newspapers, in particular the daily Berita Harian, which strongly criticised the blogger.Jeff Ooi told Reporters Without Borders that he had “never wanted to insult Islam” and that “the pro-government media have presented this case in a completely biased way”. I simply wanted “to condemn corruption and in that I am singing the same tune as the prime minister himself,” he added.The Malaysian authorities have previously acted against online publications. The webmaster and journalist of Malaysiakini, Hishamuddin Rais, was arrested on 10 April 2001 under the ISA and was only released two years later. Receive email alerts January 29, 2021 Find out more MalaysiaAsia – Pacific last_img read more

UK roundup: FCA, PLSA, trustees, TPR

first_imgThe UK’s financial regulator must not neglect the role of trustees in securing retirement income for pension fund members as it sets out its new approach in the wake of freedoms to draw down savings from 55.The Pensions and Lifetime Savings Association (PLSA) warned the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) against too narrow a focus on products when deciding on reforms to help the new pensions freedoms bed in.In a letter to the regulator by head of policy Jackie Wells, the former National Association of Pension Funds insisted it would be important to understand the interaction between trust-based pension funds and contract-based arrangements.“While traditionally the movement of funds has tended to be one-way at retirement, from trust-based schemes to insurers and providers of income drawdown,” Wells said, “the new market may be more complex, with some savers relying on their trust-based DC schemes to deliver their retirement income, and even some moving funds from contract-based to trust-based.” In comments building on a previous submission to the FCA’s retirement income market study from March, Wells added that any “protection or relaxation” considered by the FCA, responsible only for the regulation of contract-based arrangements, must be appropriate for both types of funds.Wells said the FCA should ensure that, in considering changes to retirement products and advice offered to savers, it worked with the Pensions Regulator (TPR) – in charge of regulation for trust-based funds – and the PLSA to understand the changes underway in the trust-based sector.In other news, research by TPR has found that funds with only professional trustees on their boards are more likely to have better governance procedures.The research found that 46% of boards with only professionals spent 10 or more days a year focused on their responsibilities, compared with only one-third of non-professional trustees.Surveying more than 800 trustees, it found that one-quarter of trustee boards never disagreed with the advisers it employed, and a further 58% said they “rarely” were in disagreement.Lesley Titcomb, TPR’s chief executive, previously noted that boards chaired by a professional trustee were better administered, and questioned whether the matter warranted closer inspection.But she defended the current system of trustee qualifications, warning that funds would struggle to attract new lay trustees if qualifications were more onerous.last_img read more

Zapata cautious in Singida United approach

first_img0Shares0000AFC Leopards head coach Radolfo Zapata reacts during a past Kenyan Premier League match. PHOTO/Raymond MakhayaNAKURU, Kenya, Jun 5- Last year’s Super Cup losing finalists AFC Leopards will be eager to start their campaign this year with a bang and progress all the way up for a consecutive time when they take on Tanzanian side Singida United in the last quarter final on Tuesday at Nakuru’s Afraha Stadium. AFC tactician Rodolfo Zapata is confident that the team has the ability to move all the way to the final and has called on his charges to give their all against Singida and inch closer to their target. “There is no pressure at all. This is a party that we need to enjoy. We are Leopards, the biggest team in this country and we need to go in to the pitch and represent our supporters well,’ the Argentine tactician said.AFC are facing a Singida side which did not perform as well as they should have expected in the recently concluded season, finishing fifth in the standings with 44 points, a massive 25 behind champions Simba SC.They have won only two of their last 10 matches, losing four and drawing a similar number. Both their wins were against Njombe Mji and Maji Maji who were both relegated after finishing in the bottom two slots.Despite the poor record, Rodolfo is not taking the match lightly.AFC Leopards striker Marvin Omondi leads team-mates in celebration during a past Kenyan Premier League match. PHOTO/Raymond Makhaya“This is an international competition and it’s different from the league. I expect them to come very tough because of the prize that is there at the end of the day. For us, we have prepared very well and I am happy that the players have responded to my coaching,” the tactician said.“Since I took over the team we are unbeaten and we need to keep working in this way. This is a good opportunity to show our skills and what we can do,” added the tactician who took charge of the team at the beginning of last month.At the same time, Zapata has rued the absence of skipper Duncan Otieno who is away with the national team at the four-nation Heroes InterContinental Cup in India while Ezekiel Odera has been rued out with illness.“It is sad to miss the two because they are very important players for us especially Duncan with the leadership he brings to the team. We are a small team with young players and when such key figures miss, it is sad. But it is no excuse, we will go there and do our best,” Zapata affirmed.AFC come into the tie fresh from a 2-1 win over Shabana in the Football Kenya Federation (FKF) Shield in Kisumu and the argentine coach hopes the team can maintain the winning streak against the Tanzanians and edge closer to the final.Zanzibar head coach Suleiman Hemed Morocco applauds before a previous CECAFA Senior Challenge Cup match. PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluMeanwhile, Singida will be coming into the tie under the tutelage of former Zanzibar national team coach Suleiman Hemed who comes back to the country after considerable success at the CECAFA Senior Challenge Cup last year leading the islanders to the final.Hemed, nicknamed Morocco takes over from Dutchman Hans van der Pluijm who ditched Singida for moneybags Azam FC at the end of the season. This will be his first game in charge.“I just took charge of the team three days ago when I signed the contract. My first training session with them has been here in Kenya and so I can’t say much about the team. Also, I don’t know much about Leopards so that makes this a very hard game for us,” Hemed told Capital Sport.Also, among the familiar faces that will be on Singida’s line up will be Shafik Batambuze, a former Tusker FC title winning player. His last meeting with AFC was in Tusker’s penultimate game of the 2016 season where he scored the lone goal that handed the brewers the title.The winner of this tie will face Gor Mahia in Thursday evening’s semi-final.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Solar solution mooted for Africa’s produce wastage problem

first_img4 November 2015In developing countries, particularly in the warmer climates of Africa and Asia, 45% of food goes bad because of a lack of cold storage. It’s a specifically tough challenge for small-scale farmers transporting fresh produce from rural farms to urban markets. Food can be left in scorching heat for hours, ruining it and ultimately leading to large financial losses for both farmers and sellers.An industrial start-up company in Lagos, Nigeria, has developed a solution: solar-powered refrigeration stations.ColdHubs, founded by entrepreneur-farmer Nnaemeka Ikegwuonu, could have the potential to solve the food wastage issue and help to save the livelihoods of the over 500 million farmers in Africa, Asia and Latin America.The idea has the potential to level the playing fields for small-scale farmers against large mass-production farming, giving them a competitive edge by solving storage challenges. For South Africa, the ColdHubs idea could help fulfil some of the goals of the National Development Programme, including sustaining rural communities’ economy and contributing to food security.Using solar panels to power the refrigeration, ColdHubs is an easily assembled, modular walk-in cold room that provides effective storage and preservation for perishable foods for up to 21 days, cutting down on food wastage by 80%. Farmers can rent the units as a pay-as-you-store subscription, making it cheaper to use.Designed for use in small-scale fresh food production and at informal food markets, ColdHubs’ units provide farmers with 12cm-thick cold insulation walls, keeping the inside temperature at a constant 5 degrees Celsius.Chosen by the science ministries of United Nations member states, the ColdHubs concept is one of 14 environmentally friendly innovations from over 800 global ideas that best represent the UN’s 2030 Sustainable Development Goals.Source: Celebrating Progress Africalast_img read more

Video: Draymond Green Screams: “They Told Me I Can’t Play In This League” After Winning Title

first_imgDraymond Green celebrates a championship win.Draymond Green Michigan StateFormer Michigan State forward Draymond Green was certainly a force during his college days, but the Spartans star wasn’t looked at as one of the best players in the 2012 NBA Draft – mostly because teams couldn’t figure out what his natural position on the floor would be. Turns out most of those teams are now regretting passing on him. The Warriors star, who was eventually selected with the No. 35 overall pick, won a title last night after putting up a triple-double in game six of the NBA Finals. He’s one of the most versatile players in the NBA, too.After the game, Green, in celebration, was seen screaming to his mother “they told me I can’t play in this league.” It was a great redemption moment.Green is set to make some serious money this offseason. Apparently, he can play in this league.last_img read more

PK Mishra PMs new Principal Secy PK Sinha named Principal Advisor

first_imgNew Delhi: Pramod Kumar Mishra has been appointed as the new Principal Secretary to Prime Minister Narendra Modi, while former Cabinet Secretary Pradeep Kumar Sinha is new Principal Advisor, the government said on Wednesday.Mishra (71), a retired 1972-batch Gujarat cadre IAS officer, took over his new assignment on Wednesday, an official statement said. Mishra was the additional principal secretary to the prime minister and was holding the rank of a Cabinet minister. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss bank a/c detailsHe succeeds Nripendra Misra, who stepped down recently. Former Cabinet Secretary P K Sinha (64), who was last month appointed as Officer on Special Duty (OSD) in the Prime Minister’s Office, is the new principal advisor to the PM with effect from September 11, 2019, a government order said. As Additional Principal Secretary to the prime minister between 2014 and 2019, Pramod Kumar Mishra is credited with introducing innovative and transformative changes in human resource management, particularly appointments to senior positions, the statement said. Also Read – Tourists to be allowed in J&K from ThursdayHe has varied work experience in the management of programmes relating to agriculture, disaster management, power sector, infrastructure financing and regulatory issues. He has diverse experience in policymaking and administration and has handled significant assignments such as Additional Principal Secretary to the Prime Minister; Secretary, Agriculture and Cooperation; chairman, State Electricity Regulatory Commission, and in the area of disaster management. Sinha served as the Cabinet Secretary from June 13, 2015, to August 30 2019. Earlier, he has also worked as Secretary, Power; Secretary, Shipping; and Special Secretary, Petroleum & Natural Gas in the Government of India. On August 30, Sinha was appointed as the officer on special duty by the Prime Minister. Sinha is a 1977-batch IAS officer of the Uttar Pradesh Cadre. He graduated in Economics from St Stephen’s college and completed his Post Graduation from Delhi School of Economics.last_img read more

Dotting the i Ohio State secondary one of teams best offensive weapons

OSU redshirt sophomore safety Malik Hooker (24) celebrates his pick-six during the second half of the Buckeyes game against Nebraska on Nov. 5. The Buckeyes won 62-3. Credit: Alexa Mavrogianis | Photo EditorOhio State hosted one of its biggest games of the year last week against No. 10 Nebraska, under the lights. It was the second largest crowd in Ohio Stadium history and arguably had the most talented list of visiting recruits since OSU coach Urban Meyer began his tenure. The pregame spectacle that was the laser-light show inside the team tunnel, the fireworks shooting off atop the scoreboard and an introduction video highlighting the 2014 national championship were done to make an impression on those in attendance. However, it was up to the Scarlet and Gray to leave the lasting impact. And so they did, with the defense setting the tone.Junior safety Damon Webb intercepted a pass that was tipped by junior linebacker Raekwon McMillan and redshirt sophomore cornerback Marshon Lattimore, then returned it 36 yards for a touchdown. That was the team’s fifth pick-six of the year, which marked a school record.“That was big. The crowd was going crazy on the first third down of the game,” Webb said. “That definitely lifted up the crowd and had momentum on our side.”The OSU defense has been a catalyst at times for an offense that has struggled with a quick start for nearly the whole season. Two weeks ago, for the very first time all year, the Buckeyes notched its first touchdown on its first drive of the game. This time around the defense was one of the best offensive weapons for coach Urban Meyer.Later in the game, redshirt sophomore safety Malik Hooker made a difference on defense by making his fifth interception and scoring his second touchdown of the 2016 season. OSU now has six interceptions for touchdowns this year, with three games still to play.The skill and athleticism in the OSU secondary has begged the question if any players have tried to play both sides, offense as well as defense. Co-defensive coordinator and linebackers coach Luke Fickell said that for the defense to get better, the player have to focus on their individual positions rather than try to learn a new one, not saying that the players wouldn’t be open to taking a stab on offense.Regardless, the OSU secondary has been electric when the players have the ball in their hands. Co-defensive coordinator and associate head coach Greg Schiano has been mostly responsible for the increase in scoring for the offense. Schiano has put an emphasis on making the most of opportunities; a play Schiano calls “sideline return.” McMillan said that there’s one thing on his mind when the ball is caught by one of his teammates: “Turn around and block somebody.” “This is a game of energy. It’s a game of momentum,” Fickell said. “If you got momentum, you got to find a way to keep it. If you don’t have the momentum, you got to do something.”OSU currently ranks fourth in the nation in passing defense and ninth in the country with 14 interceptions. Last Saturday, Nebraska was just 1-for-13 for 12 yards in downfield passing against Conley, Ward and Lattimore. Webb said that there’s not necessarily a competitive between the defensive backs to see who can have the most interceptions at season’s end, but there’s definitely some discussion in the group.“It’s definitely a confidence booster,” he said. “Just looking forward to Maryland and trying to make the same thing happen.As for any nicknames for the unit, Webb said that’s still a work in progress.No. 5 OSU kicks off at Maryland at 3:30 p.m. on Saturday. read more

Womens Volleyball Ohio State faces Michigan State Maryland for second time

Ohio State sophomore middle blocker Jordan Fry (11) and sophomore setter Becca Mauer (1) block the ball on Sunday, Oct. 14 at St. John’s Arena in Columbus, Ohio. Ohio State beat Michigan State in 3 matches. Credit: Claire Kudika | Assistant Design EditorFor its second time this season, the Ohio State women’s volleyball team will face Michigan State (15-12, 3-11 Big Ten) and Maryland (15-11, 6-8 Big Ten) this week. The Buckeyes will travel to East Lansing, Michigan, on Wednesday and return home Saturday to host Maryland for Ohio State’s senior night.The Buckeyes will honor senior setter Olivia Dailey and senior outside hitter Audra Appold after the match against Maryland. Ohio State will also honor former Ohio State volleyball players Jasmine Koonts and Taylor Hughes. The Buckeyes swept Michigan State in their last match and are seeking redemption against Maryland after their 3-2 setback earlier in the season. Michigan State is on a seven-match losing streak, five of which were hard-fought battles against nationally ranked teams. Despite those losses, head coach Geoff Carlston anticipates the Spartans to be stronger than they have been in the past. “They got everyone back and they’re playing better,” Carlston said. “We were a different team when we played them. We had Audra (Appold) and Madison (Smeathers) both healthy, so we’ll be different, and they’ll be different.”Maryland freshman libero Allegra Rivas was awarded Big Ten Defensive Player of the Week last week,  currently ranking No. 6 in the conference with an average of 4.54 digs per set this season. Sophomore setter Nicole Alford also records 9.91 assists per set. The Buckeyes have dropped their past six matches.  “Once we get to 20 points we need to get better at stepping on the gas a little more,” Dailey said.Carlston plans to use scrimmage time to practice exactly that. “We’ll do a lot of stuff at 20-20 and try to play those games because we do it all the time anyway,” Carlston said. “We just need to keep establishing our personality and confidence in those moments as best as we can.”The Buckeyes will face Michigan State at 7 p.m. on Wednesday and Maryland at 7 p.m. on Saturday at St. John Arena. read more

Messi wants Neymar back at Barcelona

first_imgLionel Messi has refused to rule out a possible comeback for Neymar at Barcelona after revealing that he does indeed want him back at the Nou CampThe Brazilian forward stunned the football world last summer by completing a world record €222m transfer from Barcelona to PSG, but he has since been linked with moves away from the French capital.One of the reported key reasons for Neymar’s sudden departure was to escape Messi’s shadow at the Nou Camp which he felt was hindering his chances at finally winning the Ballon d’Or prize.But Messi would still welcome back his old friend with open arms.Opinion: Neymar will earn respect back from the PSG fans Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – September 14, 2019 After completing his incredible return to Parc des Princes, we predict that Neymar will earn the respect back from PSG supporters.The situation between Neymar…“I would personally love to see him back at Barcelona. He is an exceptional player. I would be great for us if he came back,” said the Argentine, as stated on Daily Mail.“But the truth is I think it is very unlikely. Having him here again would be fantastic. If it was up to me I would love to see it.”As for the possibility of Neymar joining Barcelona’s arch rivals Real Madrid in the summer, Messi added: “If he goes to Madrid the truth is I would not like that at all.”Despite the constant speculation surrounding his future, Neymar was named the Ligue 1 Player of the Year after scoring 19 goals and providing 13 assists in only 20 appearances this season.last_img read more

Sergio Aguero signs a new oneyear deal at Man City

first_imgManchester City have announced that Sergio Aguero has a signed one-year contract extension that will keep him at the club until 2021The Argentine striker became City’s all-time record goalscorer last season and moved past the 200-goal mark in last month’s Community Shield win against Chelsea.Aguero had previously stated that he wishes to return to boyhood club Independiente once his original deal expired in 2020.But the prospect of reaching a decade with City ultimately proved too good to turn down.“I am happy for this additional year,” Aguero told CityTV.“My idea was being here for 10 years. I’ve been here for seven years, it’s going to be 10 when the contract expires.Roberto Firmino, LiverpoolVirgil van Dijk praises Roberto Firmino after Liverpool’s win Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Virgil van Dijk hailed team-mate Roberto Firmino after coming off the bench to inspire Liverpool to a 3-1 comeback win against Newcastle United.“Hopefully, that’s going to happen. This was the main reason I signed.”Director of football Txiki Begiristain said: “We are delighted that Sergio is extending his stay at Manchester City,”“He has been so important to this Club since his arrival in 2011 and he remains at the forefront of what we are want to achieve in the coming years.“We are fortunate to have had one of the best strikers in the world at our club for so many years and I’m sure our supporters will be thrilled with this news.”Kevin De Bruyne, David Silva, Nicolas Otamendi and Gabriel Jesus have all signed contract extensions at the Etihad Stadium over the past year.Aguero has managed 204 goals and 60 assists in 299 games across all competitions for City since his arrival from Atletico Madrid in 2011.last_img read more