News Organisation Coronavirus infects press freedom in Africa Their arrests coincide with yet another seizure of a newspaper issueTwo journalists – Abdelrahman Alaagib of the daily newspaper Al-Youm Al-Tali and freelance photographer Eisa Aizain – have been held in an unknown location since 22 September, when the National Intelligence and Security Services (NISS) arrested them in central Khartoum for reasons that are also unknown.Reporters Without Borders has been told that, during a TV broadcast, a NISS official accused Alaagib of being involved in the conflict in Darfur, the province he comes from. The official also stressed the fact that Alaagib is a member of the Ma’alia tribe.“By playing up ethnicity in a bid to disguise its repressive policies, the government is just casting oil on the flames of the conflicts that are wreaking havoc in Sudan,” said Cléa Kahn-Sriber, the head of the Reporters Without Borders Africa desk. “We call for the immediate release of Alaagib and Aizain.”These latest arrests are symptomatic of a still oppressive climate for the Sudanese media a year after hundreds of people were killed when the authorities used force to crush a wave of demonstrations in Khartoum. Censorship has continued ever since, with newspapers often being suspended or issues being confiscated.Today, the authorities seized all copies of the latest issue of Al-Jareeda, an independent daily that has been the target of repeated intimidation. One of its journalists, Hassan Ishaq, has been detained since 10 June.In July, the Sudan Tribune quoted information minister Yasir Youssef as openly saying that the national political situation did not permit respect for media freedom in Sudan.Sudan is ranked 172nd out of 180 countries in the 2014 Reporters Without Borders press freedom index.(photo : Yasir Youssef, Minister of State for Information) RSF_en April 10, 2020 Find out more Covid-19 in Africa: RSF joins a coalition of civil society organizations to demand the release of imprisoned journalists on the continent Help by sharing this information April 6, 2020 Find out more News Follow the news on Sudan September 24, 2014 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Two journalists arrested, held in unknown location SudanAfrica to go further News News Sudan : Press freedom still in transition a year after Omar al-Bashir’s removal SudanAfrica Receive email alerts March 29, 2020 Find out more
A lightning strike at T-Bois Blues Festival in Larose, LA this past weekend left one woman dead and two others injured. The fatal strike, which marked the first death from lightning in the US this year, also killed a Labrador dog.The victim, 28-year-old Jacqui Stavis from New Orleans, was hunkered down in her tent during a thunderstorm on Friday night with two unidentified women when lightning hit on or near the tent. Stavis was found unresponsive around 10:05 PM on Friday night and pronounced dead at a nearby hospital on Saturday. The other two women – 24 and 30 years old – sustained injuries from electric shock, and are being treated at hospitals in Larose and New Orleans.Festival organizers have released the following statement regarding the incident:“The Falgout Family is deeply saddened by the tragic event that occurred this weekend at T-Bois Blues Festival. Every attendee of this small festival is part of the T-Bois family, and we feel as though we lost a family member this weekend. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the Stavis family and all those who love Jacqui, as well as the others injured and affected by Friday night’s tragedy.We have many more thoughts and experiences to share from a weekend that presented quite a few challenges but saw a group of workers and festival goers persevere through them. But out of respect for all those mourning this loss we will take the next few days to reflect on the weekend and step away from social media. We thank every person who attended this years T-Bois Blues Fest in any capacity, and we hope to continue to provide a place for good friends, good food and good music.”The festival carried on as planned throughout the remainder of the weekend, hosting acts like Anders Osborne, Nigel Hall, Sister Sparrow & The Dirty Birds, Honey Island Swamp Band and more. T-Bois is held at the site of an alligator farm and has come to be known as a “Cajun Burning Man” of sorts.Our thoughts and prayers go out to Stavis’s family and friends, and we wish the other individuals affected a speedy recovery.[H/T Offbeat]
Will Emery mastermind a win? (Picture: Getty)But Keown spotted weaknesses against PSG – ‘particularly on the flanks’ – and believes Arsenal can get at them if Emery gets his tactics right.‘Their defence can be exposed if they are put under pressure,’ Keown told the Daily Mail. ‘Emery’s best chance of success is to return to the tactics which proved so successful in the 2-0 win over Chelsea.‘That day, Arsenal used Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Alexandre Lacazette as inside forwards with Aaron Ramsey breaking from midfield and forcing opponents into mistakes.‘Solskjaer will be well aware that Arsenal are a different animal at home. Buoyed by the crowd, they fly forward and take the game to the opposition.‘Arsenal must prove they have the character and personality required to be successful. Victory will give them belief that they can finish in the top four, just as beating United in 1998 gave us the belief that we could win the title.’More: Manchester United FCRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starNew Manchester United signing Facundo Pellistri responds to Edinson Cavani praiseEx-Man Utd coach blasts Ed Woodward for two key transfer errorsWhat will the result be at the Emirates on Sunday?Arsenal win0%Manchester United win0%Draw0%Share your resultsShare your resultsTweet your results Arsenal boss Unai Emery told how to beat Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s Manchester United by Martin Keown Metro Sport ReporterSaturday 9 Mar 2019 10:59 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link1.1kShares Comment Advertisement Advertisement Solskjaer beat Emery (Picture: Getty)Martin Keown believes Arsenal’s encounter with Manchester United is a game Unai Emery ‘must win at all costs’ if they are to finish above their Premier League rivals in the table.The Gunners welcome Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side to the Emirates sat just a point behind the Red Devils, sensing the opportunity to rise above them and into the much-coveted Champions League spots with all three points.Solskjaer has already earned a 3-1 win against the Gunners in the FA Cup since replacing Jose Mourinho and taking on the role as caretaker manager, and results have been so impressive that it seems inevitable he will be appointed as the permanent boss at Old Trafford.AdvertisementAdvertisementArsenal legend Keown believes an ‘aura’ is growing around United once more and the club are particularly buoyant after surprisingly overturning a 2-0 deficit in Paris to move into the Champions League quarter-finals.ADVERTISEMENT
It’s a huge day for Tipperary fans anticipating a massive game against Galway at Croke park this afternoon.It’s expected that around 60,000 supporters will descend on headquarters for the clash of the old rivals in the All Ireland semi-final..Tipperary are returning to form, after some below par performances both against Cork in Munster, and against Westmeath in the qualifier route. A big win over Dublin, and a victory over Clare in the All Ireland Quarter final two weeks ago was enough to seal their place in the last four.Tipp’s Brendan Maher says it’ll be a huge battle against the Tribesmen…And you can hear Tipp FM’s exclusive interview with Brendan Maher on Premier Play with Davin Toomey, this afternoon from 2.