Security agency raids Shabelle Media Network again, two held

first_img RSF requests urgent adoption of moratorium on arrests of journalists RSF_en Follow the news on Somalia SomaliaAfrica January 8, 2021 Find out more Reporters Without Borders condemns the latest raid by Somalia’s National Security and Intelligence Agency (NISA) on Radio Shabelle and Sky FM, two Mogadishu-based radio stations owned by Shabelle Media Network. Both stations have again been closed and two of their journalists are still being held.The NISA’s third raid on the stations in the space of 18 months was carried out on 3 April by five heavily-armed teams that stormed Shabelle Media Network’s headquarters, seized all of their broadcasting equipment and arrested a total of 25 people, including 23 journalists and media workers.Most were released after being questioned but Radio Shabelle director Mohamed Muse and editor-in-chief Ahmed Abdi Hassan are still being held and the NISA is actively looking for Shabelle Media Network president Abdimalik Yusuf.Radio Shabelle broadcast a recording by Sheikh Ali Dheere, the spokesman of the Islamist rebel group Al-Shabaab, claiming responsible for the 2 April massacre of students in Garissa University, in neighbouring Kenya.The NISA said this violated a verbal instruction it issued in September 2014 banning the broadcasting of Al-Shabaab statements – an instruction that was never confirmed by any written government order.“The Somali government’s harassment of Radio Shabelle’s personnel is turning this media outlet into a martyr of its censorship policies,” said Cléa Kahn-Sriber, the head of the Reporters Without Borders Africa desk.“We call for the immediate reopening of these two radio stations and the immediate release of Mohamed Muse and Ahmed Abdi Hassan, who just relayed information about a news development of particular interest to the Somali population. This is what journalists are supposed to do.”The NISA filed a complaint against Muse and Hassan with the prosecutor-general’s office on 6 April, requesting their detention for an initial 20 days. The prosecutor-general refused to accept the complaint until the two journalists appear before him and, on the face of it, does not seem to support their arrests, which were not carried out under any law.Radio Shabelle and Sky FM had only resumed broadcasting in mid-March after being closed since the last NISA raid on 15 August 2014, which resulted in the prolonged detention of several of their journalists.These two radio stations are unfortunately not the only media outlets being targeted by Somali authorities.Radio Goobjoog reporter Abdifatah Hassan Ahmed was arrested by police in Wadajir on 31 March and was held for seven days without any reason being given. His arrest was widely commented by fellow journalists as he is Somalia’s only blind journalist.In Berbera, in the breakaway northwestern territory of Somaliland, Kalsan TV correspondent Ahmed Said Mohamed was arrested on 1 April while doing a report on a financial dispute between the regional authorities and the port authorities. He was given an arbitrary seven-day sentence the next day and is still being held by the police.Somalia is ranked 172nd out of 180 countries in the 2015 Reporters Without Borders press freedom index. News Help by sharing this information Organisation Receive email alerts April 9, 2015 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Security agency raids Shabelle Media Network again, two heldcenter_img News News SomaliaAfrica February 24, 2021 Find out more RSF and NUSOJ call for release of a journalist held in Somalia’s Puntland region to go further Radio reporter gunned on city street in central Somalia March 2, 2021 Find out more Newslast_img read more

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Cereal sugar levels up on 2012

first_imgSugar lobbyists have found that some cereals contain more sugar than they did in 2012.Research by Action on Sugar revealed that, of 50 cereals analysed in 2012, the ones with the highest levels of sugar in have either increased or stayed the same. It said 14 out of the 50 cereals contained a third or more (≥33.3g/100g) sugar, or 8 teaspoons per 100g.The figures were compared to a 2012 Which? Breakfast Cereal Report, which revealed high amounts of free sugars in 50 breakfast cereals.As National Breakfast Week is in full swing this week, the organisation said it wanted to warn people of hidden sugar.Kawther Hashem, nutritionist at Action on Sugar, said: “You wouldn’t give your child chocolate biscuits for breakfast, yet certain manufacturers are effectively doing that for us. It is highly concerning that many parents are still buying cereal products for their children, thinking they are choosing healthier products, only to find these items are laden with excess sugar and calories.“We urge parents to make more informed food switches, such as choosing wholegrain breakfast cereals but not those coated with sugar or honey.  Adding fresh fruit to cereal can make it more appealing and also increase its nutritional value.”The organisation pointed out that high fibre, lower sugar and salt cereals can still play a part in a healthy diet.last_img read more

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Lessons of the Week! Alan Cumming, Kristin Chenoweth & More

first_imgGuess what? It’s the Friday before the Tony Awards, people! Broadway.com has been rolling out all sorts of cool stuff about the nominees, hosts and more all week long, and wow. Just wow. These guys are an amazing and wacky bunch. Now we’re taking a look back at some of the crazy things we learned before the ceremony on June 7. Get ready, get set for the Lessons of the Week!Kelli O’Hara Wants to Be GumbyThe Tony-nominated star of The King and I revealed a lot of interesting stuff this week: She can do the worm, she’s got a knuckle-cracking addiction and she wishes she could lift her legs over her head to impress her husband—wait, what?! Kelli, we love getting to know you. But we don’t need to know all about you.Alex Sharp Is In a Tony Love TriangleLast week, we found out Elisabeth Moss is crushing on a fellow Tony nominee: Alex Sharp of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time. (And who can blame her?) Sharp thinks she’s stunning, but there’s only one problem—he’s hung up on Skylight nominee Carey Mulligan. Stay tuned next week for another thrilling episode of As the Tony Turns…Geneva Carr Saw a Puddy TatWhen we think of Tony nominees, we imagine them drinking pink champagne and rolling around on piles of money—but lots of actors have had to take odd jobs to pay the bills, like checking coats, or in the case of Hand to God star Geneva Carr, dressing as Tweety Bird. We’re so sorry about that time we terrorized you at the auto show, Geneva. We didn’t know it was you.Alan Cumming Doesn’t Know His LinesTony co-host Alan Cumming played the Emcee in Cabaret over 800 times, so you think he’d know the words to his signature song “Willkommen” by now. But on a trip to Marie’s Crisis with Darren Criss, the star forgot the lyrics, horrifying the theater-obsessed bar crowd. Don’t stress, Alan—on Tony night, you get a teleprompter!Beth Malone Wants to Motorboat a HostSpeaking of Tony co-hosts, Fun Home nominee Beth Malone might get a little crazy with Kristin Chenoweth if she takes home a trophy on Sunday. She confessed she’s always wanted to “motorboat” the Wicked favorite. Hey Beth, have you met Kelli O’Hara, fellow star of Tony Confessions: TMI Edition?Micah Stock Is an Urban LumberjackHow do Tony-nommed dudes dress on a day off? Like a bunch of lumberjacks and hobos. It’s Only a Play star Micah Stock dresses like he’s about to go camping, while Skylight’s Matthew Beard prefers the “Considered Homeless” look. Guys, if you win on Sunday, promise you’ll at least buy some new underwear. From somewhere other than Walmart. Alex Sharp, we’re looking at you.Christian Borle Sucked as a DiscipleChristian Borle nabbed a Tony nomination for playing the Bard in Something Rotten!, but he admits he was a rotten disciple in the 2000 Broadway revival of Jesus Christ Superstar. So rotten, in fact, that he wasn’t allowed to be an apostle or go to The Last Supper. It’s OK, Christian, we didn’t go either. Our invitation must have gotten lost in the mail.Annaleigh Ashford Is EdiblePastry chef Zac Young is just as obsessed with Broadway as we are, so he created a collection of theater-themed treats for Tony day. The recipes (and puns) are out of control, and we’re particularly impressed with “Essie’s Love Dreams,” which look just like You Can’t Take It With You star Annaleigh Ashford in dessert form. Hmm, we wonder if Zac could make a dog treat version next year…Jim Parson Hates HatersNow that God has officially penned a Broadway hit, we asked An Act of God star Jim Parsons what the Almighty should take on next. Without even taking a breath, Parsons said, “Those haters on the Internet.” We agree, Jim. Especially when they don’t like our silly polls. Maybe he could also tackle violence, poverty and illness, but Internet haters are good, too.Stars Survive on Booze & Boob TapeAwards season is exciting but exhausting, and as the Tony nominees gear up for the ultimate ceremony of the year, we asked them what special supplies have been getting them through the constant cocktail parties, appearances and events. The answers? Booze, booze, flasks, booze, booze, boxers, booze, booze, whiskey and boob tape. Can’t wait to see you guys wasted and well-endowed at the Tonys! View Comments Kristin Chenowethcenter_img Star Fileslast_img read more

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Governor Wolf Announces Funding to Expand Manufacturing Training in Lancaster County

first_imgGovernor Wolf Announces Funding to Expand Manufacturing Training in Lancaster County Jobs That Pay,  Press Release Harrisburg, PA – Today, Governor Tom Wolf announced the approval of new funding for Thaddeus Stevens College of Technology to support the Manufacturing Skill Up Project, which will eliminate barriers to employment and create a stronger pipeline of workers for high priority manufacturing occupations in the Lancaster area.“We are glad to support Thaddeus Stevens College of Technology and their new and expanded workforce training programs,” Governor Wolf said. “Training programs like this are vital tools for empowering workers and communities. Thaddeus Stevens College is a key contributor of workforce development in the Lancaster region and we are grateful for the work they have done to strengthen the local workforce and put Pennsylvanians on good-paying career paths.”Funded through Governor Wolf’s Manufacturing PA initiative, the $195,000 grant will support the development and implementation of new short-term work ready manufacturing training courses based on the needs of manufacturers and pharmaceutical and food processors in the area. The college will open new sessions of current courses on metal casting, welding, and facilities maintenance technology. They will also create new training programs related to heating, ventilation, and air conditioning technology; computer numeric controlled machining; machinery maintenance and repair; and general maintenance and repair. The college is expecting to train 100 adults within two years.“This grant will greatly increase access to workforce training and upskill programming through Thaddeus Stevens College,” said Dr. William Griscom, president of Thaddeus Stevens College of Technology. “As a result of Governor Wolf’s efforts and support, we will be able to expand our existing short-term workforce development programs. This will have a positive impact on the lives of many deserving individuals and families and will advance efforts to close the job skills gap for Pennsylvania manufacturers.”Local manufacturing companies involved in the project include: Astro Machine Works, BAE Systems, CNH Industrial, Dart Container, GEA North America, Haller Enterprises, High Steel, J Walter Miller Co., Tyson Foods, Tait Towers, Lancaster General Hospital, GSM Industrial, JK Mechanical, Clark Associates/Food Service Equipment, Haas Factory Outlet/Phillips Corp., US Boiler, and Weaver Industries.The Pennsylvania Manufacturing Training-to-Career grant is designed to provide funding for training programs to help unemployed and underemployed individuals, as well as those with barriers, to gain the skills they need to gain employment in the manufacturing sector. Eligible applicants include technical and trade schools, universities, and nonprofit organizations that develop new and innovative training programs and partner with two or more manufacturers.The Training-to-Career grant is part of Governor Wolf’s Manufacturing PA initiative that was launched in October 2017. This initiative ensures that training leads not simply to any job, but to careers that provide higher pay and opportunities for advancement. Working with DCED’s strategic partners, including Industrial Resource Centers (IRCs), Pennsylvania’s colleges, universities, technical schools, and non-profit organizations, this initiative fosters collaboration and partnerships to accelerate technology advancement, encourage innovation and commercialization, and build a 21st century workforce.In the 2019-2020 Executive Budget, Governor Wolf proposed the new Statewide Workforce, Education, and Accountability Program (SWEAP) to provide workforce development opportunities for Pennsylvanians from birth to retirement. SWEAP will expand access to early childhood education, increase investments in schools and educators, and further partner with the private sector to build on the PAsmart initiative. Through SWEAP and PAsmart, the governor is calling for an additional $4 million to help Pennsylvania manufacturers train workers and $6 million to expand career and technical education for adults.For more information about the Wolf Administration’s commitment to manufacturing, visit the Department of Community and Economic Development (DCED) website or follow us on Twitter, LinkedIn, Facebook, and YouTube. SHARE Email Facebook Twittercenter_img June 13, 2019last_img read more

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