Four radio stations closed and a talk-show host detained for “inciting riots”

first_img June 4, 2021 Find out more News Follow the news on Uganda Organisation UgandaAfrica News Uganda urged to free two journalist held since last week on libel charges UgandaAfrica Receive email alerts Help by sharing this information to go furthercenter_img News Ugandan president threatens to “bankrupt” leading daily March 12, 2021 Find out more News September 13, 2009 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Four radio stations closed and a talk-show host detained for “inciting riots” Reporters Without Borders condemns the government’s closure of four radio stations and its ban on live debate programmes in response to the protests that have shaken Kampala in recent days. The organisation also calls for the immediate release of talk-show host Kalundi Serumaga, who has been held by the police for nearly 48 hours and who says he has been tortured.“The Ugandan media must clearly make an effort not to give rein to excesses, but gagging journalists and the public is never an appropriate response to any crisis,” Reporters Without Borders said. “As well as constituting a violation of free expression, the measures taken by the authorities are liable to fuel the resentment and frustration of the public, especially young people, and thereby revive tension.”Information minister Kabakumba Matsiko announced the suspension of three privately-owned radio stations – Suubi FM, Radio Sapienta and Radio Two Akaboozi Kubiri – on 11 September for inciting riots and “criminal mobs engaged in acts of theft, violence against persons, and destruction of property.” The previous evening the authorities had closed CBS, a station owned by the Kingdom of Buganda, one of Uganda’s traditional kingdoms.Reporters Without Borders has been told that force was used to seize Radio Two’s transmitter. “Security agents went to the Radio Two mast in the district of Naguru, put the guard under arrest and took away his mobile telephone so that he could not call the station,” a Kampala-based journalist said. “Then they vandalised the door to the transmitter and confiscated it.”The government banned the live radio debate programmes known as “ebimeeza” on the grounds that the radio stations were unable to control their content.The widely-respected host of Radio One’s “Spectrum,” a talk-show broadcast every evening at the prime time of 7 pm, Serumaga was abducted outside WBS television at around 11 pm on 11 September after participating in television debate in which he criticised President Yoweri Museveni. He was taken to Kampala’s Kireka district and was not seen again until around 1 p.m. yesterday, when he was located at Kampala Central Police Station (CPS). He is still being held there.The crackdown on the media followed violent clashes in Kampala on 10 and 11 September between the security forces and supporters of King Ronald Muwenda Mutebi II of the Baganda, the majority ethnic group in the capital, after the authorities made it difficult for the king’s aides to organise a royal visit to a northeastern district in the city. The clashes left an official toll of four dead (a dozen, according to other sources), many wounded and considerable material damage.Picture: Yoweri Museveni / Reuters RSF_en Uganda blocks social media and messaging apps, isolating election January 13, 2021 Find out morelast_img read more

Mourinho pleased by early progress

first_imgJose Mourinho believes he is building something special at Chelsea just a week after beginning work with his players at the start of his second spell as Blues boss. “It’s fantastic. I’m very happy. They know me. They know that I’m not going to make their lives easy. “From the first day they never questioned that situation and worked hard. It’s good for me because they are ready, all of them.” Mourinho expressed dissatisfaction with the transfer window – he believes it should close before competition commences – but hopes to keep his squad together. “We are very much on board and connected, me and the board and the owner (Roman Abramovich) – we are very much connected,” he said. “We don’t need to sell players; we are happy with the group we have. If something happens it will happen naturally but we are in a position where we are not worried.” Mourinho says his morale is vastly improved since leaving Real Madrid – his spell at the Bernabeu ended acrimoniously – for west London. “My wife was right,” he said. “She told me a few times in Madrid that I needed to be happy to be able to give my best. I needed to be happy to be motivated, to spend my time organising training sessions and enjoying the sessions, to enjoy to be with the players outside the training sessions – and I’m having all of this here.” He is enjoying the pre-season tour as an opportunity to bond with his players. “The players need to know me, I need to know them,” he said. “It’s fantastic for all of us to have the chance to get to know each other well. Even for the boys that know me, and the boys I know, it’s good for them, because we’ve not seen each other for years.” Mourinho, who has named two sides for each half of the friendly, plans to play 4-2-3-1 and admits he has an embarrassment of playmaking riches. “The basic structure will be four at the back, three midfielders and three attackers,” he said. “And in my teams, the attackers are attackers. With me, it’s not 4-5-1 it is 4-3-3, so my wingers will be attacking players. “The competition is hard. We will have (Andre) Schurrle, (Kevin) de Bruyne, Mata, Oscar, (Eden) Hazard and Victor Moses for these three positions and so we have many more options than Chelsea had in the last year and these are crucial positions for me. “I like these players to play with high intensity so to have five players for three positions is, I think, brilliant for me, it’s fantastic.” “The group is good,” said Mourinho, who led Chelsea to back-to-back Barclays Premier League titles in his first spell from June 2004 to September 2007. “And the other six guys, when they come, I think they will find something good. “When they come I think they will smell it immediately that we are building something and it will be easy for them to come in.” Mourinho insisted those players remaining from his first spell – Petr Cech, John Terry, Frank Lampard and Ashley Cole, among them – receive no favouritism, but merely set an example to the new talent in the Blues squad. “It’s normal after one week that I don’t see any more ‘the old’ and ‘the new’ because we are getting into the dynamics of the squad,” Mourinho said. “The good thing with my previous players is that what I see makes me very happy – I don’t see them any different to before. “And when I see Terry, Cole, Lampard, the way they are working at (age) 32, 32, 35, it’s easy for me to control the group and it’s easy for me to demand the same from the other guys. “I can say ‘Look that them: they don’t miss one minute; they are training like animals; they compete. So you, who are 18, 19, 21, don’t tell me you can’t do it’. The Portuguese returned to Stamford Bridge last month and will take charge of Chelsea for the first time in nearly six years in Wednesday’s pre-season friendly with Singha All-Stars at Bangkok’s Rajamangala Stadium. Only those involved in the Confederations Cup – David Luiz, Oscar, Juan Mata, Fernando Torres, Cesar Azpilicueta and John Obi Mikel – are still to join up with Mourinho’s Chelsea after goalkeeper Mark Schwarzer flew in from London. Press Associationlast_img read more

Ireland target more medals at European Games

first_imgChloe and Sam Magee are presently taking on a Polish pairing into the Mixed Doubles Quarter-final.Scott Evans also remains unbeaten as he targets a medal in his Men’s Singles Quarter-final against Emil Holst of Denmark.Later this afternoon, Sam & Josh Magee will look to improve on their bronze medal as they face a Russian pair in the Men’s Doubles Semi-finals. The London Olympic hero will have to overcome the home town favourite in her Lightweight semi-final as she goes up against Yana Alekseevna of Azerbaijan.Lightweight Sean McComb and Middleweight Michael O’Reilly are also involved in semi-finals this morning as they look to improve the squad’s medal haul.The Irish badminton squad are also making waves in Baku this week.last_img read more

EDITORIAL: Improve living standards of South Florida’s seniors

first_imgAnother political season has descended upon Florida. In South Florida candidates are actively campaigning for a variety of federal, state, county, and city offices. Every candidate hopes voters will select him or her in the August 28 primary elections to advance to the November 6 general elections ballot.While the candidates promise to provide several benefits to voters, making them contented citizens, they should be aware the needs of most voters are basically simple. They need jobs, and be able to feed, clothe, house, educate, provide healthcare, for themselves and their families living in safe communities, free of debt, especially in their senior years. Most of the candidates say they intend to  provide these benefits, but in recent election cycles when one assess the campaign promises few candidates seem to plan on solving challenges faced by senior citizens in the community.Recently, local TV reports featured a female senior citizen whose sole monthly income is some $900.  After paying her rent/mortgage and utility she’s left with a few dollars for food and other necessities.Gillum cites need to help seniorsIt was refreshing, and with some hope, that Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum, a Democratic candidate seeking to succeed Rick Scott as Florida’s first African-American governor, drew attention to the plight of seniors while campaigning in Miami Grdens last week.Fittingly, Gillum told supporters at a campaign stop, “Seniors should be able to retire with dignity and not have to choose one expense over the other – a meal over a prescription or housing rent.”Dire situationThe plight of senior citizens, over age 65, is particularly dire in South Florida’s Caribbean American community. Most of these first-generation individuals came to the US approaching, or in their middle years (30 to 45 years). Their early years as migrants were spent settling in jobs, acquiring assets like houses, and not much, if anything, was allocated to retirement benefits.Seniors strapped with mortgages A recent study conducted among South Florida’s immigrant community indicated the majority (59 percent) of retires are still burdened with mortgages on houses they purchased between ages 42 to 46. It was also indicated that the majority of these immigrant homeowners, including Caribbean Americans contracted 30-year mortgages. This means these homeowners would be strapped with mortgage payments at age 72 to 76, well into their senior years. Moreover, compounding this problem, is many middle-age homeowners extended the mortgage years by taking out home-equity loans. It’s not unheard of for seniors in their late 70s and 80s to be burdened with huge mortgage paymentsThe decision for aging individuals to assume long-term mortgages is unwise. But, few listen to wise advice when their dream is to own a home. Neither, do lenders restrict loans to younger borrowers.Dependency on Social SecurityWithin the Caribbean community there’s a significant percentage of retired residents who no longer earn incomes previously accustomed to. Most of these people depend entirely on Social Security benefits, which average in most cases, less than 50 percent of their previous  incomes. Those who were fortunate to acquire retirement plans may not be as pressured financially in their senior years, but these individuals are the minority.There are several situations, as alluded to by Gillum, where seniors who contributed to the American economy in various careers, are having genuine financial difficulties finding funds for life’s basic inescapable necessities because their retirement earnings are insufficient. Most of these people are on Medicare, as well as Social Security, but their limited income can only stretch so far.Small increase in Social Security benefitsSocial Security benefits have increased by an average of only 2.5 percent in recent years. And, interestingly, whenever an increase is granted, invariably Medicare payments, normally deducted from Social Security benefits, also increase and absorb the SS increase. The government uses a formula to increase Social Security payments based on the annual national cost of living (COL) index. This index has remained relatively low, as the economy rebounds. It has been argued persistently that tagging Social Security increases to the COL index is unfair to seniors since their incomes have contracted, enhancing their COL. Several politicians campaigning for Congress have promised significant increase in SS benefits. But these were promises soon forgotten.Others seeking seats in the Florida Legislature have also promised to seek legislation to provide new benefits to seniors. Mainly, these also have been empty promises.IntolerableIt’s intolerable for a large percentage of Americans to be living at, or below, subsistence levels in their senior years. Those seeking to represent seniors at federal and state levels must be alert to the dire needs of this community. They must be committed to take action to alleviate the community’s financial plight, statewide and nationally.  This issue is no less important than immigration reform, jobs, affordable healthcare and education.last_img read more

Half-time: Liverpool 0 Chelsea 1

first_imgEden Hazard scored another superb goal to give Chelsea the lead at Anfield.Having struck a brilliant equaliser against Tottenham last Monday, the Belgian bettered it with a virtuoso solo effort on 31 minutes.Showing dazzling close control as he skipped in from the left flank, he drifted past several static Liverpool players and a non-committal challenge from Roberto Firmino before clipping a low right-footed finish into the bottom corner.Hazard had had Chelsea’s best chance prior to the goal with a fierce shot that Reds keeper Simon Mignolet was equal to.Liverpool had been the brighter side in the first 20 minutes with Blues keeper Asmir Begovic called into a couple of early saves.The Bosnian, brought into the side after Thibaut Courtois fell ill, dived to his right to beat away Adam Lallana’s shot on the edge of the box, before gathering a weaker effort from Phillipe Coutinho.At the other end, Bertrand Traore – in for the injured Diego Costa – got away from Kolo Toure inside the penalty area but couldn’t find the power in his shot to trouble Mignolet.After the goal, Liverpool tried to hit back but Begovic denied Coutinho and gathered in Daniel Sturridge’s weak low drive.Liverpool: Mignolet, Clyne, Toure, Lovren, Moreno, Can, Milner, Lallana, Coutinho, Firmino, Sturridge.Subs: Bogdan, Skrtel, Smith, Lucas, Allen, Ojo, Benteke.Chelsea: Begovic; Azpilicueta, Mikel, Cahill, Baba Rahman; Fabregas, Matic; Pedro, Willian, Hazard; Traore.Subs: Amelia, Tomori, Kenedy, Loftus-Cheek, Palmer, Pato, Abraham.Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

Facebook Data Mining: Truth in Association?

first_imgFacebook is Becoming Less Personal and More Pro… Tags:#Facebook#web Guide to Performing Bulk Email Verification Related Posts dana oshirocenter_img A Comprehensive Guide to a Content Audit With a product as ubiquitous as Facebook, the public has raised a number of privacy-related concerns including optional settings, privacy policies and data mining. In the past, ReadWriteWeb covered Facebook’s plans to sell user data for market research purposes. However, today’s article in the Boston Globe suggests that user information can be mined for more than just advertising purposes. An MIT experiment dubbed, “Gaydar” by creators Carter Jernigan and Behram Mistree has employed computational analysis to identify user traits based on information listed by their Facebook friends. Through friend profiles, the program predicts the likelihood of your religious affiliations, political leanings and even your sexual orientation. Essentially the idea is that friends are likely to share traits. So if you’re in the closet, but you’ve got loads of vocal friends, a program of this nature could potentially out you. Said Hal Abelson, a professor who co-taught the course, “[It] pulls the rug out from a whole policy and technology perspective that the point is to give you control over your information – because you don’t have control over your information.” With the service being used to catch tax evaders, in addition to a conspiracy theory citing CIA ties, it’ll be interesting to see how the public reacts to this latest show of Facebook data mining capabilities. While it’s unlikely that terrorist suspects are friending each other on Facebook, there are a number of associations that need not be publicized to corporate partners or governments. Photo Credit: Steve Jurvetson The Dos and Don’ts of Brand Awareness Videoslast_img read more