Military court bans coverage of case of eight soldiers accused of insubordination

first_img Help by sharing this information RSF_en News Human rights groups warns European leaders before Turkey summit TurkeyEurope – Central Asia Reporters Without Borders today condemned an order issued on 12 November by a military court in the eastern city of Van banning any media reports, comments or criticism of an investigation into eight soldiers held on suspicion of “persistent insubordination,” abandoning their positions and failing to fight as ordered against guerrillas of the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK). The soldiers were arrested after being released on 4 November by the PKK, which had captured them during an attack on a Turkish army position near the Iraqi border on 21 October.“This ban on reports, comments or criticism is above a reflection of the army’s concern to preserve its image and prevent the public from knowing what soldiers think and experience far from the army high command,” Reporters Without Borders said. “The media have the right and duty to report what is happening in the Iraqi border region and to report the views of the men fighting there.” to go further News Receive email alerts April 2, 2021 Find out more TurkeyEurope – Central Asia Turkey’s never-ending judicial persecution of former newspaper editor News News April 28, 2021 Find out more Organisation Journalists threatened with imprisonment under Turkey’s terrorism law The court order, which applies to all print and broadcast media, has been posted on the website of the Council for Broadcast Monitoring (RTÜK) since 13 November. It was issued after some of the detained soldiers’ statements were published in the Turkish press on 12 November. They said they had been short of ammunition and some of their guns had stopped working. Two of them gave interviews to a Kurdish television station, Roj TV, while they were captives.Three weeks ago, on 23 October, the government banned all “negative” programmes about the death of 12 soldiers during the offensive in which the eight were taken prisoner. The council of state rescinded the order the next day on the grounds that it was too vague.Three French journalists covering events in the region were arrested as they tried to cross from Turkey into Iraq at the Harbour border crossing on 24 October. Follow the news on Turkey November 16, 2007 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Military court bans coverage of case of eight soldiers accused of insubordination April 2, 2021 Find out morelast_img read more

Gunners close in on Debuchy

first_imgArsenal are expected to confirm the signing of France defender Mathieu Debuchy from Newcastle on Thursday, and continue to track further new additions. The Wales international is determined to build on those achievements. “I am just happy (with my progress) and I want to keep on working on my game. Hopefully I can keep improving and get better and better. That’s my target now – just to improve on my game and keep on building every season,” Ramsey said on www.arsenal.com. “I have been through a lot in my short career so far. I’ve had a bit of everything so it was nice to have a good season, score the number of goals that I did and be recognised a lot more. “I’ve always believed in myself and what I can do, and I think a lot of people realised that last year and that’s what I’m more happy about.” Following their trip to the United States, Arsenal host the Emirates Cup on August 2/3, which is likely to present a debut for Sanchez as well as a chance for World Cup winners Per Mertesacker, Lukas Podolski and Mesut Ozil to return following a well-deserved three-week break. Arsenal play Premier League champions Manchester City on August 9 before starting the new domestic campaign at home to Crystal Palace. Following the arrival of Holland full-back Daryl Janmaat from Feyenoord, the Magpies are now happy to finalise the departure of Debuchy, in what is expected to be a £10million deal. The 28-year-old, who was part of the French World Cup squad which reached the quarter-finals in Brazil, will present ready-made Barclays Premier League cover for Bacary Sagna, who earlier this summer left Arsenal to join Manchester City on a free transfer. Manager Arsene Wenger has now returned from his media duties in Brazil as the Gunners step up pre-season preparations ahead of a trip to New York at the end of the month. By then, Arsenal could well have further strengthened the squad following on from the £30million capture of Chile forward Alexis Sanchez from Barcelona. German international midfielder Sami Khedira is one reported target, with sources in Spain claiming Real Madrid are ready to sell for around £25million, although the World Cup winner’s personal terms could prove a sticking point on any potential such deal with Arsenal. Borussia Dortmund’s Lars Bender, who missed the World Cup through injury, is another player Wenger has long admired. Arsenal also need a goalkeeper, with Colombian goalkeeper David Ospina, of Nice, said to be on the club’s radar. Egypt international defender Ahmed Fathi is having a trial at Arsenal this week, while Atletico Madrid’s 20-year-old right-back Javi Manquillo is another a potential new recruit. The Gunners will take a select side to Boreham Wood on Saturday, so those who were not involved at the World Cup could get a first run-out. Midfielder Aaron Ramsey was player of the season last campaign, recovering from injury to help Arsenal win the FA Cup at Wembley. Press Associationlast_img read more

VIDEO: Dorcus Inzikuru rules NSSF Run

first_imgShare on: WhatsApp VIDEO: Dorcus Inzikuru is back. At least that is what it looked like when the former steeplechase champion dominated the NSSF Kampala Hash 7 hills run today morning. Hundreds took to the 7 hills of Uganda to run and raise money to improve education conditions for the children of Kampala.last_img

All hail Woods! Trump, Serena, Nicklaus join Tiger Twitter frenzy

first_imgAugusta, United States | AFP |  President Donald Trump and Barack Obama were among those hailing Tiger Woods on social media after his 11-year major drought was ended by a thrilling and emotional Masters victory on Sunday.“Congratulations to @TigerWoods,” tweeted the US president Trump, who played a round of golf with Woods earlier this year. “A truly Great Champion!”“Congratulations, Tiger!” former president Obama tweeted. “To come back and win the Masters after all the highs and lows is a testament to excellence, grit, and determination.”As Woods went on a charge on the back nine at Augusta National with birdies at 13, 15 and 16 to win by a stroke and claim his 15th major and fifth Masters, social media lit up in a frenzy of congratulations.“I am literally in tears watching @TigerWoods this is Greatness like no other,” tweeted 23-time Grand Slam tennis champion Serena Williams.“Knowing all you have been through physically to come back and do what you just did today? Wow Congrats a million times! I am so inspired thank you buddy.”Fellow golfers and former greats of the game were also quick to hail Woods’ achievement in returning to the summit of the sport after multiple surgeries and a string of off-course problems since his 14th major win at the 2008 US Open.Just two years ago his back pain was so bad Woods thought he might never play again, let alone win another major.“Very few people really know what @TigerWoods has been thru to get back to this point,” tweeted four-time major champion Rory McIlroy, who finished in a tie for 21st on Sunday.“So cool seeing him with Tida, Sam, Charlie, Erica and the rest of the team behind 18 green. Couldn’t be happier for him! What a great day for golf!” added McIlroy after an emotional Woods hugged his mother, children and partner Erica Herman after his winning putt.– ‘Simply unbelievable’ – Aged 43, Woods became the second-oldest Masters winner, trailing only Jack Nicklaus who won 46 in 1986.“A big ‘well done’ from me to @TigerWoods!,” said Nicklaus on social media. “I am so happy for him and for the game of golf. This is just fantastic!”Woods also set a record for the longest gap between Masters triumphs, the 14 years since his last win in 2005 eclipsing the old mark set by South African Gary Player who won his second Augusta crown in 1961 and his third in 1974.“For most an impossible task. But not for you,” said South African legend Player on Twitter. “Congratulations Tiger. So special for you and your family. So great for the game of golf. Simply unbelievable.”Other US Sports stars were quick to join in on Twitter. “A big BIG congratulations to @TigerWoods for winning the Masters!!” NBA icon Magic Johnson tweeted. “The roar of the Tiger is back!”“Congrats Tiger! What a performance,” the New England Patriots’ six-time Super Bowl-winning quarterback Tom Brady said.“Greatest comeback story in sports!” said three-time NBA champion Stephen Curry. “Congrats @TigerWoods Let me hold one of those 5 jackets one time!”Woods finally found time to respond to all his well-wishers late on Sunday night.“I can’t thank my family, friends and fans enough for their support. Having my family by my side today is something I will never forget,” he posted on his Twitter feed, @TigerWoods, along with a picture of him wearing his newest of five green jackets.“To not only be able to play again, but to be able to win again, is something I will forever be grateful for.“This jacket sure is comfortable.”Share on: WhatsApplast_img read more

Zambia calls off soccer friendly with South Africa after xenophobic attacks

first_imgZambia’s national team has called off a friendly in South AfricaSouth Africa vows crackdown on xenophobic attacks after five dieJohannesburg, South Africa | AFP |  Zambia has cancelled an international friendly football match which was slated for Lusaka next weekend against South Africa after recent xenophobic attacks.“This is because of the security concerns, you never know what can happen,” Football Association of Zambia (FAZ) secretary general Adrian Kashala, told AFP. “We want to be sure of the security of (the) visiting team”.Five people have been killed in a surge of xenophobic violence in South Africa, police said on Tuesday, as President Cyril Ramaphosa vowed to clamp down and the African Union, Nigeria and Zambia condemned the attacks.Hordes of people — some armed with axes and machetes — gathered in Johannesburg’s central business district for a third day of unrest directed against foreigners, hours after mobs burned and looted shops in the township of Alexandra, prompting police to fire rubber bullets to disperse them.Five deaths — most of them South Africans — have been reported, police said, adding that 189 people had been arrested.In a video address broadcast on Twitter, Ramaphosa said attacks on businesses run by “foreign nationals is something totally unacceptable, something that we cannot allow to happen in South Africa.”“I want it to stop immediately,” said Ramaphosa, adding that the violence had “no justification.”Sporadic violence against foreign-owned stores and enterprises has a long history in South Africa, where many locals blame immigrants for high unemployment.The country is a major destination for economic migrants from neighbouring Lesotho, Mozambique and Zimbabwe. Others come from much farther away, including South Asia and Nigeria, Africa’s most populous country.Gavin Booldchand, who lives in Coronationville, a low income suburb west of Johannesburg, said he witnessed one of the killings on Tuesday, which was blamed on a Pakistani store owner.“The owner of the shop shot him straight into the face,” Booldchand told AFP. “He didn’t have to shoot the guy like that you know.“People are taking our jobs and stuff (and) it is our country after all.”This week’s assaults appear on a greater scale than in the past, although the full details remain unclear.“They burned everything,” Bangladeshi shop owner Kamrul Hasan, 27, told AFP in Alexandra, adding that his shop gets attacked every three to six months.“All my money is gone. If the (South African) government pays for my plane ticket, I will go back to Bangladesh,” he said.The violence and looting of shops occurred in Johannesburg and surrounding areas.Similar incidents occurred in the capital Pretoria on Monday, when local media reported shacks and shops burning in the Marabastad — a central business area largely populated by economic migrants.– Nigerian anger – The attacks on foreign stores began a day after South African truckers started a nationwide strike on Sunday to protest against the employment of foreign drivers. They blocked roads and torched foreign-driven vehicles mainly in the southwestern KwaZulu-Natal province.Deputy President David Mabuza condemned all attacks on foreign nationals.“We are a nation founded on the values of ubuntu (humanity) as espoused by our founding father, President Nelson Mandela… we should always resist the temptation of being overwhelmed by hatred,” he said in Cape Town on Tuesday.– Sickly economy –The violence erupted ahead of a meeting of the World Economic Forum on Africa in Cape Town, where hundreds of political and business leaders will gather for three days from Wednesday.David Makhura, the premier of Johannesburg’s Gauteng province, said rioting was not a solution.“This issue can be dealt with without resorting to xenophobia,” Makhura told reporters. “There is no country that does not have foreign nationals.”Opposition parties pinned the blame on the ruling African National Congress.“South Africans are scared and lack real hope for the future,” said Mmusi Maimane, leader of the Democratic Alliance, South Africa’s official opposition. “We are seeing economic and social collapse in action.”Ramaphosa took office after elections in May that he won on a platform of reviving the country’s economy and boost employment.But in July, the national statistics office said joblessness had reached 29 percent — the highest since the country’s quarterly labour force survey was introduced 11 years earlier.Share on: WhatsApp Nigeria summoned its South African ambassador to express “displeasure over the treatment of her citizens” and said it would dispatch a special envoy.Several Nigerians used social media to call for a boycott of South African companies, including telecoms provider MTN, satellite television service DSTV and retailer Shoprite.Separately, African Union chairperson Moussa Faki condemned the violence “in the strongest terms” but said he was encouraged “by arrests already made by the South African authorities”.last_img read more

Cycling Studio Gets a Mega Expansion in Shrewsbury

first_imgBy Emma WulfhorstSHREWSBURY ­–  Sweaty, out of breath, but also energized and ready to start your day – that’s how you feel after the morning spin class at Megacycle in Shrewsbury. Megacycle classes are known for their high-energy instructors, combining music, coaching, and motivation to create a convenient and fun exercise experience for all ages and levels. This was the dream Megacycle creator and owner Megan Gridley had in 2012 when she opened her studio in a small, 800 square foot house at 800 Broad Street. Now, almost three years later, even more people will be able to experience the exhaustion and happiness of Megacycle.On Friday, August 28, Megacycle will move from its tiny house to a brand new location at 89 Newman Springs Road. With more than 3,100 square feet, the new facility will be much more than just a state-of-the-art indoor cycling studio.The new Megacycle will continue to offer various types of spin classes, like HIIT (High Intensity Interval Training), Calorie Blast, and Spin & Tone, and introduce TRX, Pilates, and yoga classes. With three new instructors, convenient parking, and a child care room with babysitting services for parents, Megacycle has something for everyone.Megacycle will also partner with My Kitchen Witch Cafe in Monmouth Beach to provide cyclers with healthy meals and snacks on-the-go. When customers reserve a class online, they will also be able to order food from My Kitchen Witch’s seasonal menu. In addition to My Kitchen Witch, Megacycle will partner with other local food providers to stock their studio kitchen with water, coconut water, juices, and the latest fitness snacks.Gridley grew up in Branchburg and moved to Middletown 10 years ago with her growing family. At the time, she weighed 235 pounds and, at only 5’1”, was unhappy with her appearance, “I was embarrassed to put on the exercise outfit; I was embarrassed to take a class.” In an attempt to lose weight and get fit, Megan began eating healthier and running. Though she was able to lose the unwanted pounds, she injured her left knee in the process. Wanting to continue exercising, but unable to run, Megan found a spinning class and immediately fell in love.After becoming a certified cycling instructor, Megan taught at various studios in Monmouth County. As she became more experienced with cycling, she wanted to  customize her classes, but was limited by gym owners. That’s when Megan had the idea to create her own cycling business with a community feel. She wanted classes to be intense, but appeal to beginners, hard-core cyclists, and everyone in between.Megan is extremely excited about the move and all the new things Megacycle will offer, “We hope the new Megacycle will appeal to a broad range of people who want to be fit and have fun doing it in an easy, open atmosphere.”last_img read more

Braves force Game six Tuesday by stopping Nelson 3-0

first_imgAnd what if the Murdoch Division regular season champs can’t clinch the series Tuesday in Spokane?Then the Green and White faces a must win in Game seven Wednesday night back in the Heritage City.The night did not start well for the Leafs as Johnny Marzec staked the visitors to a 1-0 lead less than a minute into the contest.Spokane then put the power play to work in the second period, getting goals from Kurtis Reading and Sean Collins to take a 3-0 advantage into the third period.The Braves then rode the solid netminder of Jon Manlow to victory and another home date Tuesday.PLAYOFF NOTES: Beaver Valley outlasted Castlegar 6-5 Sunday to sweep the other Murdoch Division Semi Final. Hawks led 6-2 after 40 minutes before the Rebels, the defending KIJHL champs, stages a late third-period rally. . . . The KIJHL announced its divisional award winners and to no one’s surprise, Leafs Jamie Vlanich was named the Most Valuable Player in the Murdoch Division. Vlanich, who missed another game in the Leafs/Braves series Monday, also won the Top Scorer honour with 35 goals, 62 assists for 97 points. Leaf winger Alec Wilkinson won the Murdoch Rookie-of-the-year award. Archie McKinnon (Top Defenceman) and Ryan Edwards (Most Sportsmanlike) earned awards for Beaver Valley while Jon Manlow (Top Netminder) and Garry Redding (Coach of the Year) earned special praise for Spokane. . . . In the Eddie Mountain Division, Creston took home four awards. The Nelson Leafs missed a golden opportunity to get some rest before an expected showdown with the Beaver Valley Nitehawks in next round of the Kootenay International Junior Hockey League playoffs.The Leafs dropped another egg Monday night in Game five of the Murdoch Semi Final, losing 3-0 to the Spokane Braves at the NDCC Arena.Nelson continues to hold a 3-2 advantage in the series. But the Leafs now must travel to the Lilac City Tuesday for Game six.last_img read more

Sharks’ All Star Game experience ends with ‘terrible outcome’

first_imgClick HERE if you’re unable to view the gallery on your mobile device.SAN JOSE — As Brent Burns attempted to put a positive spin on the Sharks home All Star Game at SAP Center, he was interrupted by teammate Erik Karlsson.“The crowd was awesome. Good energy,” Burns said.“Terrible outcome,” Karlsson interjected. Walt Whitman couldn’t have picked better words to describe the Sharks’ experience in Saturday’s three-on-three tournament at the Tank. Instead of witnessing an enduring …last_img

Foozi fun on Football Fridays

first_img2 October 2009Johannesburg companies looking to add some fun to their Football Fridays can now rent foosball tables at special rates, delivery included – or stand a chance of getting one for free.Advertising and branding company Foozi Gaming has come out in support of the Football Fridays initiative, launched by the country’s major 2010 Fifa World Cup™ partners in order to grow enthusiasm for football and support for the national team, Bafana Bafana.Each week for the rest of the year, four companies in the greater Johannesburg area can win the use of a Foozi foosball table rent-free, offering them and their employees an exciting, competitive, entertaining and team building Football Friday.To stand a chance to win, companies can enter their details on www.foozi.co.za/foozifriday.html.A draw takes place every Wednesday, and companies will be contacted by Thursday morning if they have won. (Entering just once will put companies in the draw for the rest of the year.)Foozi has also put together a special Football Fridays rental package for companies based in Johannesburg, offering them the use of a Foozi branded foosball tables for only R499 including delivery – less than half the normal rental price to deliver on a Friday morning and collect on Monday. Other areas will be quoted for separately.Companies can take advantage of this offer by calling 08600 FOOZI (36694) or e-mailing [email protected]“Foozi is 100% behind this fantastic initiative, and we aim to show our support and enthusiasm in a way that builds patriotism for 2010,” says Damon Freeman, chief negotiator, marketer and overall nice guy of Foozi Gaming. “We have also put numerous Foozi specials together for marketers and advertisers aiming to tap into the mass youth market.”The first four winners of rent-free Foozi tables, on 25 September, were FNB Payroll, Fleischman-Hillard, Thuso Design and Indigo Marketing.SAinfo reporterWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

Watch: Giving South Africa the #HomeGroundAdvantage

first_img25 May 2015The Springboks have launched their 2015 Rugby World Cup campaign – #HomeGroundAdvantage – with the release of a goosebump-inducing and emotionally charged video.With the slogan, “Give the Springboks #HomeGroundAdvantage .anywhere in the world”, the video and new website aims to get the country behind the team ahead of the 2015 Rugby World Cup Tournament in England from 18 September to 31 October.<br/>Meanwhile, the SA Rugby Union confirmed last week that Vodacom Blue Bulls No 8 Hanro Liebenberg would lead the Junior Springboks at the World Rugby Under-20 Championship in Italy next month.Liebenberg will skipper the 28-man squad during the three-week tournament from 2 to 20 June. He led the Junior Boks to a thrilling win over the Varsity Cup Dream Team last month and also captained them when they clinched a 2-0 series win over the Argentina Under-20 side in Rosario recently.The squad, which was chosen by the national selectors, consists of 16 forwards and 12 backs, and includes six players who featured in last year’s tournament in New Zealand. Last year England edged the young South Africans by a single point in a memorable final at Eden Park in Auckland.ChangesJean-Luc du Preez (flank), Thomas du Toit (prop, both Cell C Sharks), Joseph Dweba (hooker, Toyota Free State Cheetahs), Abongile Nonkontwana (lock, Vodacom Blue Bulls), Jacques Vermeulen (No 8, DHL Western Province) and Warrick Gelant (fullback, Vodacom Blue Bulls, pictured) are the players who will represent the Junior Boks for a second successive year.The Junior Springbok squad shows four changes from the touring group that returned from Argentina on Monday evening.Lock RG Snyman (Vodacom Blue Bulls) got the nod to travel to Italy after he sat out the Los Pumitas series because of an ankle injury. WP centre EW Viljoen and Blue Bulls flyhalf Tinus de Beer, who also did not tour Argentina, were both selected for the Italian job.The Du Preez twins, Dan and Jean-Luc, who were selected for the 2014 tournament, are also members of the 28-man squad. Dan, however, withdrew days before the team left for New Zealand last year because of a shoulder injury.Well balancedThe Junior Boks will fly out to Italy next Wednesday afternoon.Junior Springbok coach Dawie Theron said the squad boasts a well-balanced selection.“I think we have selected a well-balanced squad with the prospect of some really good combinations. Although we expect dry weather conditions for the tournament, we have to take into account that all our group matches will be played at night. This is where your combinations will play an important role,” explains Theron.He added: “We have a good training camp behind us, culminating in a successful tour of Argentina. We will now conclude our preparations with two more sessions on Monday and Tuesday.”The SA Pool B fixtures at the U20 World Championship in Italy are:Tuesday, 2 June20h30 – SA vs Italy (in Calvisano)Saturday, 6 June18h30 – SA vs Samoa (in Parma)Wednesday, 10 June20h30 – SA vs Australia (in Calvisano)The Junior Springbok squad for the 2015 World Rugby Under-20 Championship in Italy:Forwards (16)Hyron Andrews (Cell C Sharks)Rikus Bothma (DHL Western Province)Dan du Preez (Cell C Sharks)Jean-Luc du Preez (Cell C Sharks)Thomas du Toit (Cell C Sharks)Joseph Dweba (Toyota Free State Cheetahs)Njabulo Gumede (Vodacom Blue Bulls)Jason Jenkins (Vodacom Blue Bulls)*Hanro Liebenberg (Vodacom Bulls – captain)Mzamo Majola (Cell C Sharks)Ox Nche (Toyota Free State Cheetahs)Abongile Nonkontwana (Vodacom Blue Bulls)RG Snyman (Vodacom Blue Bulls)Jan van der Merwe (Vodacom Blue Bulls)Frans van Wyk (DHL Western Province)Jacques Vermeulen (DHL Western Province)Backs (12)Tinus de Beer (Vodacom Blue Bulls)Daniel du Plessis (DHL Western Province)Warrick Gelant (Vodacom Blue Bulls)Grant Hermanus (DHL Western Province)JT Jackson (Vodacom Blue Bulls)Malcolm Jaer (EP Kings)Marco Jansen van Vuuren (Xerox Golden Lions)Khanyo Ngcukana (DHL Western Province)Brandon Thomson (DHL Western Province)Ivan van Zyl (Vodacom Blue Bulls)EW Viljoen (DHL Western Province)Leolin Zas (DHL Western Province)Source: SA Rugbylast_img read more