Internet accessible again in Egypt

first_img EgyptMiddle East – North Africa February 2, 2011 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Internet accessible again in Egypt Help by sharing this information Follow the news on Egypt RSF_en Organisation January 22, 2021 Find out more News Al Jazeera journalist Mahmoud Hussein back home after four years in prison February 1, 2021 Find out more EgyptMiddle East – North Africa center_img Detained woman journalist pressured by interrogator, harassed by prison staff News News February 6, 2021 Find out more News Reporters Without Borders is pleased that Internet access was restored this morning in Egypt after being blocked for five days, but the organization calls for vigilance. According to tests carried out in Egypt by Reporters Without Borders employees, Twitter and Facebook are again accessible, as are the Al Jazeera website, the online newspaper Al Badil and other news websites.“Censorship is a strategy that is doomed to fail,” Reporters Without Borders said. “People use ways to get around it. Total blocking just exacerbates popular discontent and has serious economic consequences. We urge the authorities not to give in again to the temptation to block the Internet or use any form of filtering in response to political developments in the days to come.”Reporters Without Borders also condemns the repressive reactions of various governments which, fearing that the demonstrations in Tunisia and Egypt could spread to other countries, are censuring reports about these events and are tightening their control of the Internet.Syria is reportedly trying to reinforce its system of blocking and controlling emails, Facebook and Twitter. Although already blocked, these two social networks are popular in Syria because they can still be accessed by means of censorship circumvention tools. But now the authorities seem determined to prevent Syrian Internet users from discussing the situation in Egypt. A Syrian law requiring Internet cafés to ask clients to show ID is to be enforced more strictly. The TV station Al-Arabiya’s website, which has been covering the Egyptian protests and condemning censorship, has been rendered inaccessible in Syria. In reprisal, hackers posted this message on the newspaper Bldna’s website: “We will not let the media conceal what is happing in Egypt. Here are some headlines about these events.” Reports about the currents protests followed.China censored online searching on 28 January, blocking the results of searches using the term “Egypt” on Twitter and the equivalent Chinese microblogging services on and Anyone trying this search term gets this message: “According to the laws in force, the result of your search cannot be communicated.” The hashtag #jan25, referring to the 25 January demonstrations in Egypt, spread like wildfire on the Chinese Internet. The Communist Party seems more scared than ever of political reforms, democratic demands and “public order disturbances.” Dispatches about Egypt that the official news agency Xinhua had published were reportedly suppressed on 30 January.The Internet has been disrupted during the past few days in Iran. Yahoo! is reportedly being censored. The Reuters website was hard to access on 30 and 31 January, joining already censored sites such as Facebook, Twitter and the BBC site. When Iranian Internet users try to connect to certain foreign news websites, they are reportedly redirected to official sites.In Gaza, a group of journalists and bloggers who went to cover and participate in a sit-in in solidarity with Egypt on 31 January were arrested, roughed up by the security forces and were held for several hours.At the height of the Internet blackout in Egypt, Google and Twitter joined forces to help Egyptians get around the censorship. They set up a series of dedicated phone lines that people can call and leave a voice message which is instantly converted into a Tweet with the keyword #egypt. The numbers are +1 650 419 4196, +39 06 62 20 72 94 and +97 316 199 855.As Egypt’s fixed-line telephone system has remained operational, Internet Service Providers abroad have invited Egyptians to use a modem to connect to their services. FDN, a French ISP, provided the number +33 1 7289-0150 as a way to get into its service using the password “toto.” The Swedish ISP Telecomix offered a similar solution using the number +46 8 5000-9990 and the password “telecomix.” to go further Less press freedom than ever in Egypt, 10 years after revolution Receive email alertslast_img read more

David Luiz reveals the reason he swapped Chelsea for Arsenal on transfer deadline day

first_imgAdvertisement David Luiz completed his move from Arsenal to Chelsea on transfer deadline day (Picture: Getty)David Luiz insists he left Chelsea because his cycle at the west London club had come to a natural end.The 32-year-old spent seven years at Stamford Bridge across two trophy-laden spells before joining Arsenal on transfer deadline day in an £8million deal.Luiz was a pivotal figure in Maurizio Sarri’s side which won the Europa League and finished third in the Premier League last season, but the Brazilian was said to be concerned his first team opportunities would be limited under Frank Lampard.The former PSG defender was dropped for last Saturday’s friendly against Borussia Monchengladbach and was subsequently told to train away from the first team on Wednesday amid concerns he had become a disruptive influence.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTMore: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man CityAsked why he left Chelsea, Luiz told Arsenal’s official website: ‘The cycle finished there.‘It was a conversation between me and Chelsea and everybody. I had an opportunity to come to another big club. In my life, I’ve always liked to do some challenges.‘I’m not scared at all to try things. I think not too many players would make this kind of move, they would maybe be scared, or something like that. I’m just trying to do big things in my life, so like I said, my cycle at Chelsea finished and now I’m excited to start a new chapter of my life here.‘It’s [Arsenal’s] a big club – not just in England, but everybody around the world knows how big Arsenal is.‘When I had an opportunity to come to this kind of big club, I had to take it. That’s why I’m here.’Luiz spent a brief period at PSG under the management of Unai Emery and he claimed the Spaniard also played a big factor in his decision to join Arsenal.‘A big, big part. I know him, I know some people from the club,’ he added. ‘I know Edu, I know Raul, I know the quality of the team, the players, and that’s what makes me excited to dream, to have the ambition to win big things.‘I think all my life, I’ve always started the season with the goal to win things. It’s not going to be different here – I’m going to come with this mentality because this is what made me move here.‘This is what makes me feel good every single day. I have to run for one reason, for one goal, and my goal is to win things with Arsenal.’More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing Arsenal Comment Advertisementcenter_img David Luiz reveals the reason he swapped Chelsea for Arsenal on transfer deadline day Metro Sport ReporterThursday 8 Aug 2019 10:46 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link370Shareslast_img read more

Former runner’s life anything but ordinary

first_imgAt first glance, you can tell there’s something special — something different — about Louis Zamperini.He wears a cardinal USC hat and is 92 years old, but he’ll forgive you for thinking he’s 60. Most men his age are confined to their homes, but you can tell that Zamperini doesn’t live that life. In fact, he probably does more physical activity than the average 30-year-old. He’d challenge you to a skateboard race, but he quit about 10 years ago when he did exactly that and broke his collarbone.Up until two years ago, Zamperini would also race you down the mountain skiing double black diamonds. As a 92-year-old, he performed moves I don’t dare try on a bunny slope.He still trims trees and bushes with his chain saw and trash talks during the nine holes of golf he regularly plays with men 30 years his junior.But these characteristics are a by-product of his story — the story that he leaves home to tell four or five times per month, as he did on Wednesday to USC students at the Catholic Center. These characteristics only partially explain why Zamperini is the greatest and most inspirational Trojan alive.“You just have to be around him for five minutes to know what kind of influence he has on others. He can motivate and inspire,” said USC track and field director Ron Allice, who established the annual Zamperini Award for the most inspirational person on the team.It’s not hard to understand why.Zamperini should be dead. In fact, for just about a year, he was. His parents got a death certificate signed by former President Franklin Delano Roosevelt more than a year after his plane crashed in the middle of the Pacific Ocean while he was on a search-and-rescue mission in 1943.As his plane was sinking, Zamperini tried to wriggle free, but was entangled by wires. He finally gave up hope and lost consciousness.That is, until he found himself alive, awake and floating inside the plane. He used his USC class ring, which latched onto a hook on the plane, to pull himself out the window of his old life and up to the surface of his new one. Upon reaching the surface, he snagged the tail of a life raft that was about to drift off.Zamperini, who converted to Christianity a few years after World War II ended, has only one explanation for how he managed to escape the grip of the wires while unconscious.“There was no way I could have gotten loose by another human. A miracle took place. God saved me,” he said.You’ll understand, then, why he hates how the word “miracle” is thrown around too loosely and too often today — he doesn’t even use it to describe the other two plane crashes he survived.So his prize for escaping death? Living on a life raft with two other survivors in the middle of the Pacific Ocean — for 47 days. He fed on raw fish and albatross; when you’re hungry, you’ll eat anything.“It was like a hot fudge sundae with whipped cream,” Zamperini said.The story doesn’t end there. On the 48th day, he was picked up by Japanese sailors and put in a prisoner-of-war camp for two and a half years.During those years, he endured taunts, torture, betrayal, dehydration, attacks by insects and experimental injections. Once, a guard known as “the Bird” struck him on the temple with a brass belt buckle. After asking Zamperini to take the toilet paper off his head that he was using to stop the bleeding, the guard hit him again.But Zamperini survived using the mental strength he obtained when he was a kid running the mile. He held the high school world record for 20 years and the national collegiate record for 15. He raced in the 1936 Olympics in Berlin and shook the hand of Hitler himself.Zamperini was freed after the war ended. After becoming a Christian in the ’50s, he has since forgiven every Japanese guard who wronged him, including the Bird.It would be impossible to guess that Zamperini went through all this torture because he is so upbeat and positive these days. He has to be — it’s who he is. His heart is twice the size he is.“If you’re in any kind of conversation with him, everything is positive. He is a very inspirational person just in his day-to-day actions and life philosophy. He’s not ordinary,” Allice said.It’s hard to be ordinary when you hold the record for most Olympic torches carried (five) and you have a Nazi flag in your closet drawer that you stole from a bar at the Olympics when you had a little too much to drink. But not many 92-year-olds have done, or can do, the things on Zamperini’s résumé.The next time you walk through the gates of Cromwell Field, take a look to your right. You’ll see a fountain with the name of the plaza above it. It’s the name of the most inspirational Trojan alive.And you’ll know why the crowd at the Catholic Center gave him a standing ovation.“Spittin’ Sports” runs Fridays. To comment on this article, visit or email Kenny at [email protected]last_img read more

Italy – Spain Champions League dedider

first_imgThe Italian league winners upset defending champions Real Madrid last night to reach their first European Cup final in 12 years.Former Madrid striker Alvaro Morata grabbed a vital goal to cancel-out Cristiano Ronaldo’s penalty as Juventus snatched a 1-all draw in the second-leg to seal a 3-2 aggregate victory.last_img

Gontalo Debiasi Confirmed FC Bulmaro Head Coach

first_imgIn fulfillment of one of the cardinal points of Blaugrana Sports Group International and Barca Academy, Lagos, the only one in Sub-Saharan Africa, it has signed Gontalo Debiasi from Argentina as the chief coach exclusively for the Academy’s under 19 team, FC Bulmaro and to boost the strength of the overall technical department of the Academy.This is to ensure that it lives up to the bidding of being the continent’s first choice for those who know the importance of quality skill, education and training founded on uncompromising globally acceptable values and the second to none FC Barcelona methodology.Introducing the new coach to the media, Benjamin Ashaka, Director Talent Management, Blaugrana Sports Group International, promoters of the youth club and Barca Academy, Lagos, said the academy was bent on ensuring that the institution set a standard in line with the global brand approach and niche in doing things, raising the bar to the level that it will be very challenging for competition to beat and in so doing add good value and worth to the industry. As well as improve the quality and standard of the game of football. “The confirmation was done after series of trials, particularly during the Nigeria League One, which the team exhibited evidences that it is here for serious business. Our intention is to strive in our own way to be Africa’s first choice when it comes to football education, talent management and be highly so recognised worldwide,” he said. In her contribution, Mrs. Omowunmi Aduragba, the Group Consultant, for the People and Talent Management Team, explained that, “the accomplishment of our goals and objectives and realisation of our ideals and mission is solely dependent on the capacity, worth and quality of our human capital, which is the very key in the organisation’s route to sustainable attainments and success. Thus, we will stop at nothing to engage the best and trusted hands for we want to remain the best and be undoubtedly trusted. “Gontalo is a well experienced and seasoned professional who has carved a niche for himself internationally, his joining the group is the beginning of the new drive for our overall management team. With us, the byword is excellent with the highest premium on stake holders returns. It is a promise we must keep. To walk this talk, we must keep running at a speed that will keep competition on the edge. This is our game plan for the sector,” she reiterated. It was also revealed that the Academy has engaged a global medical concern to oversee the budding medical department of the institute. “This unit takes charge of on the spot medical examination, checks and treatments of students during sessions. The health and safety of our players and students is paramount, it is an area we pay serious attention to…” she stated.  She also revealed that a foreign physical trainer is joining the technical team in the shortest possible time.However, the Group has set the tone for the preparation for its participation in the next global competition coming up in Barcalona, Spain, towards the start of the New Year. It is billed to enter teams in all the categories from infantile to cadet. This is one of the group’s ways of exposing its burden talents and the students to the outside world and spurs them to live their dreams and availing themselves of the rich opportunities of such tournaments.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

Nigeria’s Super 7 shocks Multichoice Ghana to win 2017 Standard Chartered trophy

first_imgNigeria’s Super 7 defeated Multichioce Ghana 3-1 on Saturday to win the 2017 Standard Chartered trophy tournament at the Lizzy Sports Complex.The West African regional event saw Multichioce Ghana, Super 7 Nigeria and Guinness Cameroun competing for the sole ticket to represent the sub region in London in May.The Nigerians recorded wins over Cameroun and Ghana to book a place at the final tournament in Anfield.Liverpool Legend Jason McAteer joined the regional event in Ghana and provided tips to the finalists and hosted a soccer clinic for children and engaged clients. The Super 7 team will receive a professional training session with LFC legends and coaches to help them prepare for the Final tournament including an all expensive paid trip to the UK.Speaking after the event, Head of Corporate Affairs, Brand & Marketing at Standard Chartered, Akosua Asiedua Addae said “we are pleased with the successful organization of this year’s event and we are hoping that they bring the cup because last year Kenya won and its time for West Africa to also win it”“ Unfortunately as a Ghanaian we would have loved to team Multichioce Ghana who represented us but all the same we wish team Nigeria ‘’“We believe that team Nigeria will make us proud when they square it off with seven other markets in the global event in London “she added.last_img read more