first_img News The conviction on 19 April of Minivan journalist Abdullah Saeed and his sentence to life imprisonment was engineered by the authorities in order to harm the country’s only opposition newspaper, Reporters Without Borders said today, calling for his retrial by an impartial court and urging President Gayoom to keep his promise to allow more press freedom.Saeed’s colleagues also maintained that his conviction on charges of drug possession and trafficking had been orchestrated in order to silence a critical journalist.The presiding judge, who insisted on not being named, violated Saeed’s right of defence, observers said. Saeed was not allowed to testify under oath in court, where he had intended to deny that he was in possession of drugs at the time of his arrest. The police said they found drugs in his clothes when he went to a police station in response to a summons. The judge also rejected defence requests for other witnesses to take the stand. The only witnesses in court were the police officers who claimed to have found the drugs.Saeed’s lawyer nonetheless showed that the charges were trumped up. The police found nothing in Saeed’s possession during an initial search. The drugs were only “found” by a policeman during a search of his clothes a few minutes later after he had undressed and when his back was turned. His lawyer was not present for the search.Aged 42, Saeed, also known as Fahala, had been held in Maafushi prison, south of the capital, since 27 March 2006 for refusing to submit to a urine test.Minivan subeditor Nazim Sattar was meanwhile charged yesterday before the Male criminal court with “disobedience to order” over an allegedly “illicit” article published in August 2005. He faces six months of banishment, imprisonment or house arrest. A reporter working for the newspaper Manaf was questioned by police at his office, without prior notification and without being told the reason for the interrogation.Other Minivan journalists have been targeted this month. Mohamed Yushau, the newspaper’s correspondent in the south of the country, was arrested on 9 April for allegedly refusing to respond to a police summons and was put in Dhoonidhoo prison near Male. Musa Ismael, its correspondent on Faafu atoll, has been harassed by the authorities and fears he could be arrested. Minivan photojournalist Jennifer Latheef is meanwhile under house arrest after being sentenced to 10 years in prison for “terrorist” activities. MaldivesAsia – Pacific Receive email alerts September 12, 2018 Find out more MaldivesAsia – Pacific to go further Follow the news on Maldives News Organisation News RSF seeks press freedom pledges from Maldives presidential candidates News July 15, 2020 Find out more RSF calls for open trial of Maldivian blogger’s accused murderers Minivan journalist Abdullah Saeed has been sentenced to life imprisonment on a trumped-up charge of drug possession and trafficking. Reporters Without Borders says Saeed’s conviction seems to have been orchestrated with the sole aim of creating further problems for Minivan, the country’s only opposition newspaper. Help by sharing this information Maldivian president’s comms chief accused of sexually harassing journalist RSF_en April 20, 2006 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Minivan journalist sentenced to life imprisonment April 23, 2018 Find out morelast_img read more

first_imgAs a child, I would sit for hours on the floor with a freshly emptied box of Legos. Sometimes, I would start by sorting out all the pieces and flipping through the instruction manual to gain an understanding of the plans and steps I was going to take.Other times, I would take more of a free flow approach and just start building whatever I wanted. When this happened, I would often feel overwhelmed and become frustrated when the end product did not turn out as I had envisioned it in my mind’s eye.Now as a father, I am guiding my kids to build structures greater than I ever did. And like me, they experience higher levels of success and feelings of gratitude when they have a guide to help them along the way.The same is true for financial digital marketing. You too are giving two paths. You can take the first path and have a blueprint to help guide you along the way. Or alternatively, you can take the free flow approach. Up to this point, many financial institutions have chosen the second path and just start building without having an understanding of where they are headed. continue reading » 2SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

first_imgShane Long will complete the perfect week when he leads Ireland out for Sunday’s friendly against Georgia. The 26-year-old West Brom striker has been handed the captain’s armband for what will be his 36th senior appearance for his country with manager Giovanni Trapattoni fielding a much-changed side. Long’s honour comes just days after he gave Ireland a dream lead against England at Wembley, and he said: “I didn’t think the week could get any better after Wednesday night.” Long added: “It was obviously a great thing for me to score at Wembley, but I think the biggest honour you can get is to captain your country and I was delighted to get the nod from the gaffer.” Long was only informed of his elevation after training in Malahide on Saturday morning when Trapattoni called him to one side. He said: “The boss kept the team close to his chest. He asked how many caps I had – and I might have exaggerated a little bit. But he told me I was the most-capped player and he me wanted to lead the team out tomorrow, and obviously it is a personal highlight for me.” It will be the first time Long has captained a senior team, although he had plenty of experience as both a footballer and a hurler during his younger days. He said: “It’s the first time I have been captain in my senior career, so I am really excited. In underage football, I got the captaincy quite a bit, but I have always been the young one in every squad so far, so it’s nice to get the nod.” Trapattoni opted for Long as his captain after confirming his progression from young to senior player, something which came as a surprise to the frontman. “It kind of came up fairly quickly on me. I have been in the squad a long time, I suppose, I have been with the lads a long time,” Long added. “I always dreamt of this day coming, so I am delighted it’s finally here. Normally, I’m fairly quiet on the pitch, but I think tomorrow will be different and I will be trying to help out the team as best I can.” center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

first_imgSouthampton defender Dejan Lovren has hit out as his current club and made it clear his thoughts are focused on joining Liverpool. The Saints have rejected a bid from the Reds for Lovren, an offer he says was for £20million and claims the south coast outfit did not inform him about. Having expressed his disappointment at that situation, the 25-year-old Croatia international has emphasised that his “head is already at Liverpool”. He has also made reference to what he regards as a lack of ambition from Southampton, who this summer have seen manager Mauricio Pochettino leave for Tottenham, full-back Luke Shaw join Manchester United and midfielder Adam Lallana and striker Rickie Lambert both sign for Liverpool. Quoted in Croatian newspaper Sportske Novosti, Lovren said: “Liverpool sent the offer and the club haven’t informed me. “That wasn’t right. I found out about the bid from other people which disappointed me and I realised I’ve got no business staying at Southampton. “Liverpool sent a £20million offer and they (Southampton) paid £9million for me, so they would’ve earned more than twice the amount. “At this point, I don’t know what I’ll do and I don’t like it. “It was unbelievable that a few days ago I had an offer of £20million. It was in the morning and by the afternoon the club had said I was not for sale. Frankly, my head is already at Liverpool.” On Southampton, he said: “Honestly, I don’t know who the main man at the club is anymore. They are now looking for £25million, but I don’t think they’ll get it. “Look, I’d gladly stay at Southampton if the club had any ambitions, if they kept the key players. Not even the Liverpool bid would have dissuaded me.” Press Association And on his suitors, Lovren said: “Liverpool is one of the biggest clubs in the world. “Only Real Madrid have as many fans around the world. The last time I played at Anfield, I got chills when I heard ‘You’ll Never Walk Alone.’ “I would like to listen to it all the time.” last_img read more

first_imgAction on Tuesday’s second semifinal that ended goalless. PHOTO KCCAFC MEDIAKampala, Uganda| KCCAFC.COM| A stalemate was all Kampala Capital City Authority Football Club (KCCA FC) needed against Express in Wankulukuku to qualify for a record 16th Uganda Cup final.KCCA FC came into the second leg semifinal of the Uganda Cup Tuesday with a 3-2 advantage against Express from the first leg played last Friday at Lugogo.Tuesday’s matched ended goalless and KCCA FC qualify to play FUFA Big League side Paidha Black Angels in the final June 10th 2017 at the Betway Greenlight Stadium in Arua.KCCA last played in the Uganda Cup final in 2014, then falling to eventual winners SC Villa 3-0 at Namboole Stadium. The reigning league champions last won the Uganda Cup 13 years after they defeated Express 3-2 on spotlicks after normal time ended 1-1. Share on: WhatsApp READ FULL STORY HERE (click)last_img read more

first_imgShare on: WhatsApp Paris, France | AFP | Youssef El-Arabi scored in the last minute of extra-time as Olympiakos knocked Arsenal out of the Europa League on Thursday on a night when four former European champions were eliminated.Ajax, Celtic, Benfica and Porto went out but Manchester United hardly broke sweat after Simon Deli of Brugge conceded a penalty and earned a red card in the 23rd minute at Old Trafford and won 5-0.Arsenal had won the first leg of the round of 32 tie 1-0 in Greece.Defender Pape Abou Cisse cancelled out that advantage when he headed in a corner after 53 minutes.Arsenal could not break through and were forced to extra time.Giorgos Masouras hit the bar for Olympiakos in the 112th minute and a minute later Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang struck for Arsenal, putting them back in front with a spectacular flying kick.However, in the final minute of extra time, Arsenal cleared an Olympiakos corner but were still disorganised when the ball was swung back into the area.The cross found El Arabi free in front of goal for an unchallenged shot.“Very hard, very tough,” said Aubameyang. “Their last-minute goal was unlucky for us.”Last year Arsenal reached the final.“It hurts a lot,” said Mikel Arteta, the Arsenal manager. “Attack against defence in 25 metres is difficult, but we created enough chances to win the game comfortably.”Olympiakos coach Pedro Martins was delighted.“We were determined, we believed we could qualify and we made it,” said he said. “Tactical intelligence, effectiveness, inner strength, courage…they all weighed in this success.”At Old Trafford, one of United’s recent signings Bruno Fernandes gave the hosts the lead with a penalty after Deli’s flying intervention.The other new boy, Odion Ighalo, making his first start, hit his first goal for the club in the 34th minute.– Tentative Ajax –For the Nigerian, who says United were his childhood club, it was a moment to celebrate, but the emotion was mixed. Ighalo lifted his shirt to reveal a picture of his sister Mary Atole who died suddenly at her home in Canada in December. Ighalo also has her name stitched into his boots.“I have been waiting for this,” said Ighalo. “It’s a moment I’ll cherish for the rest of my life.”Scott McTominay and Fred, with two late goals, completed the 5-0 rout and 6-1 aggregate win.“The football we played at times pleased me the most,” said Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, the Manchester United manager.“The players are smiling, they are playing with confidence and that is what we want. The new lads have brought that in.”Ajax, Champions League semi-finalists last year, kicked off two goals down to Getafe, this season’s Liga surprise team, and conceded another after five minutes.Jaime Mata exploited tentative Ajax defending to spin and drill in a low shot from close range.That left the home needed needing to score four, they managed two, the first from young Brazilian Danilo Pereira, with his first for the club, and an own goal when Mathias Olivera deflected a free kick. Getafe held on comfortably.Copenhagen scored three goals on three shots as they won 3-1 at Celtic, but deserved the victory.Jozo Simunovic’s weak back pass gave Copenhagen the ball close to goal after 51 minutes and Micheal Santos completed the punishment.With seven minutes left, Odsonne Edouard levelled with a penalty but as Celtic tried to press, their defence panicked twice in the last five minutes. Pep Biel and Dame N’Doye coolly accepted the gifts to make the aggregate score 4-2.“It just wasn’t our day and we’re big boys, we can take it on the chin and we’ve got to make sure we bounce back,” said Celtic captain Craig BrownBenfica went out 5-4 on a aggregate after repeatedly throwing away the initiative as they drew 3-3 at home to Romanians Cluj.Porto subsided 3-1 at home to Bayer Leverkusen to go out 5-2 overall.Inter Milan beat Ludogorets 2-1 to advance 4-1 in a match played in an empty San Siro because fans were banned to avoid spreading coronavirus.The game between FC Salzburg and Eintracht Frankfurt was postponed because of a forecast of dangerously high winds and will be played on Friday.last_img read more

first_imgJules Chopin of Kaslo and the Simon Fraser University Clan have advanced to the final four of the NCAA Division II Men’s Soccer Tournament with a convincing 5-0 win over host Regis Rangers Sunday in Denver.The Clan travel to Evans, Ga. for the NCAA Division II semi final December 5 against Carson-Newman of Jefferson City, TN.Unlike the quarterfinal when SFU needed a late goal and a shootout conversion from Chopin, the Clan put this game away early scoring in the first seven minutes of the game and late in the half.Ryan Dhillon and Colin Jacques scored in the first half before Carlo Basso (51), Alexander Kleefeldt (83) and Jovan Blagojevic (85) completed the rout.Brandon Watson faced eight shots to record the shutout.SFU, 17-2-2 now travel to Blanchard Woods Park inEvans, Ga. for the Final Four.The other teams remaining are Southern New Hampshire University and Rockhurst of Kansas City. Kaslo’s Jules Chopin kicks SFU Clan into NCAA Elite EightFirst there was Nelson’s Mitch Popadynetz powering University of BC to the gold-medal in the CIS men’s soccer tournament last Sunday.Now, another Nelson Youth Soccer player has tasted stardom on the university circuit — this time in the USA at the NCAA level.Jules Chopin of Kaslo scored in the sixth round of shootout (watch penalty kick https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1YVde4AfljQ) to spark Simon Fraser University Clan to a win over the University of California, San Diego Tritans to clinch the program’s second straight NCAA West Region title and a trip to the Elite Eight.The Clan tied the game with four minutes remaining as Jovan Blagojevic scored to even the game at 1-1.After overtime settle nothing, the teams went to the sixth round of shootout before the Tritans missed and Chopin converted the winner.This is the second season on the Clan squad for Chopin, who toiled in the NYS system before heading off to play in the Lower Mainland while attending Burnaby Mountain Secondary.Chopin Graduate of SFU High School Soccer Academy in 2011 and played for U18 CMFSC MetroLast season as a freshman, Chopin played seven games for the Clan.This season he started 11 of the 15 games this season for SFU.The win clinches the Clan’s second straight NCAA West Region Championship and sends SFU to the “Elite Eight” where they will face the host Regis University Rangers. The Clan’s match Sunday against Regis will begin at 1 p.m. Live stats and audio will be available at athletics.sfu.ca.last_img read more

first_imgThe Kootenay Rhythm Dragons continue to pull in the hardware after the crew took third place at the Vernon Dragon Boat Races Saturday in the Central Okanagan City.The Rhythm Dragons Ladies of The Wake captured third overal in the A Women’s Final.”Once more the KRD grouping of Sisters in Sync and Ladies of the Lake Team proved a winner,” said Coach Cath Little. “Great season for the Kootenay Rhythm Dragons.”The Kootenay The Rhythm Dragons Ladies of The Wake has four paddlers from the Sisters In Sync on the team for the Vernon meet.The Kootenay Rhythm Dragon also won First Place in the Women’s Championship “B” Division at the Kelowna Dragon Boat Festival.Next up on the season schedule is the races in Penticton, September 5-7.The Kootenay Rhythm Dragons will be sending two teams to the Penticton competition.last_img read more

first_imgShiromani Akali Dal chief Sukhbir Singh Badal on Friday urged Prime Minister Narendra Modi to request Pakistan to revise the memorandum of understanding signed between the two countries and remove the clause which requires devotees to carry passport to access the Kartarpur Corridor. In a letter to the Prime Minister, Mr. Badal also sought simplification of the documentation and verification process. He said lakhs of Sikh pilgrims wanted to visit Kartarpur Sahib but the cumbersome procedure and the requirement of passports were coming in the way of their visit to the holy site. “Instead of 5,000 pilgrims slated to visit Kartarpur Sahib, the figure is in few hundreds as majority of devotees who want to go on the pilgrimage do not have passports. The devotees are demanding this clause be struck down,” Mr. Badal said according to a statement released here. ‘Not being stamped’As per the MoU, a passport is required to undertake the journey even though it was not being stamped, he said. “A passport is also not needed because restricted access is being given to pilgrims confined to Gurdwara Darbar Sahib only,” he pointed out. Mr. Badal said there were “confusing signals” from Pakistan on this issue. “Though Prime Minister Imran Khan announced that a passport was not required for pilgrims, the military establishment has asserted that this is a pre-condition and only pilgrims with valid passports are being allowed,” he said.last_img read more