Nigerian police open fire on Shi’ite Muslim protesters

first_imgFILE – Shi’ite Muslims take part in a rally in Kano, Nigeria, Oct. 24, 2015. (REUTERS)Vowing that the only thing that will stop their protests is the release of their leader, dozens of Shi’ite Muslims marched in the Nigerian capital of Abuja Monday demanding the government free Ibrahim Zakazy.Zakazy, who heads the Islamic Movement of Nigeria (IMN) has been jailed since December 2015, when security forces killed hundreds of members in a crackdown on a group estimated to have 3 million followers.Monday’s protests quickly turned violent as Nigerian police fired bullets and tear gas to disperse protesters. Organisers said at least one demonstrator was killed and several were wounded by gunfire.“As we started protesting they started shooting tear gas and using water cannons,” Abdullahi Muhammad, an IMN youth leader, told Reuters by phone. “We refused to disperse and they used bullets as well, and they shot so many people.”“They want to push us to violence but they couldn’t, so that is why they are using live ammunition, thinking that killing will stop us. No amount of killing will stop us,” he added.Muhammad said he witnessed police dragging bullet-hit protesters into a van and sitting on them, adding that he did not know if they were dead or alive.At least eight other IMN members were hit by bullets and were now receiving treatment, Muhammad told Reuters. An IMN statement said at least one protester was killed.Police said in a statement the protesters had injured 22 officers, and they arrested 115 demonstrators.The IMN statement said about 230 members were arrested.The violent repression of the group and the detention of its leader have drawn accusations that President Muhammadu Buhari’s government is abusing human rights. The IMN, which has held regular peaceful protests in Abuja in recent months, says Zakzaky must be freed after a court ruled his detention without charge illegal.The crackdown has sparked fears that IMN could become radicalised, in much the same way the Sunni Muslim militant group Boko Haram turned into a violent insurgency in 2009 after police killed its leader.Nearly all of the Muslims that make up around half of Nigeria’s population are Sunnis. The IMN was founded in the 1980s after the revolution in mainly Shi’ite Iran in 1979, which inspired the group’s founders.last_img read more

Bishop’s 2015 Independence Message

first_img Tweet LocalNews Bishop’s 2015 Independence Message by: – November 2, 2015 Sharing is caring! 59 Views   no discussions Sharecenter_img Bishop Gabriel Malzaire (file photo)The following is Bishop Gabriel Malzaire’s Independence Message dubbed ‘T.S.Erika: Her Truth and Her Challenge’As we celebrate thirty-seven (37) years of nationhood, it is fitting for us to reflect on the notion of independence in relation to the devastation caused be Tropical Storm Erika. We must approach it as a truth and a challenge, but also cognizant of the lessons to be learnt.In the second paragraph of his latest Encyclical Letter, Pope Francis, in the Spirit of his patron St. Francis of Assisi stated:“This sister now cries out to us because of the harm we have inflicted on her by our irresponsible use and abuse of goods with which God had endowed her. We have come to see ourselves as her lords and masters, entitled to plunder her at will. The violence present in our hearts, wounded by sin, is also reflected in the symptoms of sickness evident in the soil, in the water, in the air and in all forms of life. This is why the earth herself, burdened and laid waste, is among the most abandoned and maltreated of our poor; she ‘groans in travail’ (Rom 8:22).” (Pope Francis, Laudato Si: On Care for our Common Home, May 24, 2015), Implicit in this statement is a universal call for concern for what could be responsible for a phenomenon such as T.S.Erika, that is, the fact of global warming. The cry on the lips of every Dominican on August 28, 2015 was: “We have never seen anything like this.” This is confirmed by the reality of Patricia, the strongest Hurricane recorded in history, which poured down on the Mexican mainland on October 24, 2015.Truthfully, the passing of Erika has altered the developmental path on which our nation had set herself. This situation of crisis has provided and will continue to provide opportunities for citizens to rise to their very best. In fact, I dare submit that Erika has created a platform for a better understanding of the meaning and significance of nationhood.The aftermath of T.S.Erika afforded the demonstration of great solidarity towards those most affected and sympathy with the bereaved families. The promptness with which the Government with the assistance of its neighboring counterparts expedited the evacuation of families from potentially dangerous locations was commendable. The willingness shown by our citizens in providing accommodation for individuals and families who were in need was a heroic gesture. The responses of local, regional and international organizations: NGOs and faith-based groups and Churches deserve commendation. The overflow of support from individuals and well-wishers on the local, regional and international levels deserves tremendous praise. The assistance of the various organizations and individuals in providing the much needed counseling deserve recognition. The truth is, assistance at different levels came from various sources.On behalf of the Diocese of Roseau, I express sincere gratitude to the various organizations that have come to the aid of Dominica through the Church. I speak of:1. The Bishops of the Antilles Episcopal Conference, the Clergy and Religious, parishioners, Church organizations and individuals who shared their treasure, in cash or in kind;2. The Dioceses, parishes, organizations and individuals from outside the Antilles region which assisted in so many ways to alleviate the plight of the Dominican people; and3. The many volunteers at the temporary shelters, the individuals and families who opened their homes and their hearts to families and persons in need and those who assisted with counseling facilities and shared themselves in many ways.It is important in this time of national celebrations, to recognize the efforts of the individuals and service groups which, by virtue of their positions and their dedication to responsibility, kept things together as was particularly needed in the days immediately following Erika. They include: His Excellency, the President, the Honourable Prime Minister, the Leader of the Opposition, other Members of Parliament, religious leaders, health personnel, the police, teachers and other civil servants, the business community, farmers and fisher folks among others. From all indications, Erika brought the best out of Dominica and her neighbours.Notwithstanding the fact of self-determination, by which Independence is normally characterized, in the time of crisis all bilateral and multilateral partners demonstrated the value of working towards the good of those in need. My prayer however is that, the lessons learnt from this crisis would translate into a national and regional philosophy.Moreover, Erika leaves us with an important challenge; the very one which the Holy Father, Francis poses through the above-quoted encyclical. Erika challenges our philosophy for future development. After the dust settles, if our sense of responsibility for brother earth does not experience conversion, we will be in danger of many more Erikas. Anything we do to affect the ecological balance of our habitat, even as small as the indiscriminate disposal of our garbage, places us in greater danger in an already vulnerable region.May Erika serve as a great lesson, teaching us the value of partnership, individual and communal resilience, brotherly and sisterly concern, responsibility for Mother Earth, and above all, love for the Creator who teaches us through the events of life. If we adhere to these guiding principles our future will have a fighting chance.Happy Independence Dominica!!” Share Sharelast_img read more

Fincantieri: Giuseppe Giordo appointed DG of Military Ships Division

first_imgSea News, November 5 “The entry of Giordo is of particular importance not only for Fincantieri, but for the industry of the country that returns to make use of a strategic resource that makes its return from abroad,” the company said. In fact, over the course of his career, Dr. Giordo has developed a deep knowledge of the national and international markets, having held multiple top positions in Italy and abroad and consolidated solid and lasting relationships with the major operators in the sector. Giuseppe Giordo is the new General Manager of the Fincantieri Military Ships Division to replace the Chief Executive Officer Giuseppe Bono, who until now maintained the interim.center_img The appointment marks the entry into the Group of a manager who has thirty years of experience in the defense and aeronautics sector and will contribute to further strengthening the military business of Fincantieri. Author: Baibhav Mishralast_img read more

Live LTE to WiFi Offload Handover Demo Using Aeroflex TM500 Test Mobile Platform

first_imgAeroflex will demonstrate live handover, using real data traffic profiles, between LTE and Wi-Fi on Stand H21 in Hall 6 at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, 24 – 27 February 2014. The Wi-Fi offload test system comprises an Aeroflex E500 LTE Capacity Test System, including D500 Real Data Generator, Evolved Packet Core (EPC) for LTE/Wi-Fi, and Wi-Fi STA (station) systems. For this demonstration at MWC 2014 Aeroflex will use a small cell LTE eNodeB and commercially available Wi-Fi wireless access point (AP). Related News Story: Single Box LTE and LTE-A Base Station Testerlast_img read more

PHOTO GALLERY:Glads Trade Punches With Orlando

first_imgThe Orlando Predators come to town with a 4-0 record and looking for a win. In a pre-game meeting with the NEOSI crew Gladiators beat reporter Tom Farmer told me that this game would be either a very high scoring or extremely low scoring game.It was definitely an action-packed game for the two adversaries as they squared off with a third-string quarterback in Avrill Nelsoon for the Glads. Randy Hippeard in the pocket for The Predators.Hippeard connects with Brandon Thompkins for the first strike from Orlando. Not to be outdone, Beavers and The Glads answer right back with a touchdown run from 3 yards letting Orlando know not in our house. Co-editor, photographer covering the Cleveland Monsters, Gladiators and Indians. Also, passionate about high school sports, be sure to follow David on Twitter and Instagram @neosi_sprouse for in-game updates and up-to-the-minute developing news. Despite all efforts The Gladiators were unable to play a solid four quarters of football and that’s what it is going to take to win games in arena football.  Joe Powell and Greg Carr had words on more than one occasion during the fourth quarter. Even though the score does not reflect it, the defense made goal line stances that would make most NFL teams envious until Hippeard made a 1 yard run to seal the deal 76-56. Related TopicsAFLArvill NelsonCleveland GladiatorsOrlando Predators The Gladiators are resting on Saturday as they will return to the team room on Sunday to review film before taking to the practice field to prepare for Jacksonville next Friday.Stay tuned to and for all of your updates and all the best Cleveland has to offer. Be sure to like us on Facebook  to get all the Facebook Live action as it happens and follow us on Twitter @neosportsinside. Subscribe to our YouTube channel as well and get pre and post game interviews and behind-the-scenes video updates from all of the events. Above you see Quentin Sims split the defenders and high-steps his way into the end zone. This touchdown brings the score to 42-41 after the point after by Adrian Trevino. The remainder of the half gave possession to The Predators that were unable to capitalize due to the strong defensive play of The Gladiators defensive line.The 3rd quarter action was just as that in the first half. ollin Taylor and Arvill Nelson connected for a 23 yard pass for the initial strike by The Gladiators. Predators Brandon Thompkins and Kendal Thompkins answer right back with Brandon running back a kick off and Kendal catching a 45 yard pass from Hippeard.Taylor and the offense get into the end zone one more time before the quarter ends making the score 56-55 Gladiators.Then trouble found it’s way into the game  as The Glads turned the ball over three times without creating any turnovers themselves. Arvill Nelson threw two interceptions and fumbled one as he was marching the team down the field toward goal. The scoring went back and forth as The Predators answered back with another and The Glads did the same. David Sprouselast_img read more

Berdamai, Korea Selatan Siap Bersinergi ‘Terangkan’ Sektor Transportasi di Korea Utara

first_imgSumber: Masih ingatkah Anda dengan pertemuan Presiden Korea Selatan, Moon Jae-In dan Presiden Korea Utara, Kim Jong Un pada bulan April kemarin? Ya, peristiwa bersejarah tersebut menjadi tonggak penting hubungan bilateral antara kedua negara tersebut yang diketahui tidak akur sejak gencatan senjata terakhir pada 1953. Setelah menarik kesimpulan untuk berdamai dan melanjutkan proses denuklirisasi Semenanjung Korea, kedua negara sepakat untuk saling membangun satu sama lain.Baca Juga: Mewah Bak Limousine, Berlapis Baja Laksana Tank, Inilah Kereta Diktator Korea UtaraTidak terkecuali pembangunan bersama di sektor transportasi, Moon ingin melakukan perjalanan melalui eks negara komunis tertutup tersebut untuk mendaki Gunung Baekdu. Namun sebagaimana yang dilansir dari laman (4/5/2018), respon Kim menanggapi permintaan Moon tersebut sungguh di luar nalar. “Jaringan transportasi kami (Kora Utara), jujur, tidaklah nyaman,” tukas Kim. Orang nomor satu di Korea Utara tersebut pun tidak canggung untuk memuji sistem kereta cepat di Korea Selatan. Jelas, pernyataan Kim tersebut bertentangan dengan propaganda rezim Korea Utara yang mahsyur dengan kealotannya. Secara tidak langsung, pernyataan tersebut mengisyaratkan bahwa Kim ingin meningkatkan ‘derajat’ jaringan perkeretaapian di negaranya. Sebagai bentuk kerja sama, Moon pun mendukung penuh rencana Kim tersebut.Moon sendiri memiliki rencana “Peta Ekonomi Baru Semenanjung Korea”, dimana modernisasi kereta yang lebih dari sekadar proyek infrastuktur termasuk di dalamnya. Ia menambahkan bahwa rencana tersebut dapat menghubungkan Korea Utara dengan dunia yang selama ini terisolasi.Sebagai langkah awal, proyek kereta api yang digariskan dalam Deklarasi Panmunjom akan menghubungkan kereta api dari Seoul ke Pyongyang, melewati Kaeseong di Utara. Pada akhirnya, itu akan berakhir di Shinuiju, Korea Utara, yang menghubungkan di perbatasan dengan Dandong, Tiongkok. Namun rencana pembaruan jaringan kereta di antara dua negara tersebut versi Korea Selatan bisa dibilang jauh lebih ambisius.Mereka mencanangkan jalur tambahan untuk kereta berkecepatan tinggi dari Seoul ke Shinuiju melalui Pyongyang, berbarengan dengan modernisasi enam rel kereta api lainnya yang melintasi Korea Utara. Saat ini, rel di Korea Utara sudah sangat tua sehingga kereta hanya bisa mencapai rata-rata 50 kilometer per jam, dan dikhawatirkan rel akan patah ketika melintas dengan beban berat.Dengan adanya perkuatan tersebut, maka diperkirakan kereta mampu melaju hingga kecepatan 100 kilometer per jam dan mampu melintas kendati membawa beban yang berat sekalipun. Diperkirakan, keseluruhan proyek tersebut akan menelan dana sekitar US$35 miliar atau yang setara dengan Rp493 triliun.Baca Juga: Lakukan Perjalanan ke Beijing, Beginilah Kelebihan dari Kereta yang Bawa Kim Jong-unDampak yang paling signifikan dengan pengaplikasian rencana pembaruan dan pengadaan jaringan kereta tersebut adalah memungkinkan Korea Utara untuk menjadi jembatan antara kawasan Asia Timur dan Eropa. Pasalnya, persimpangan Shinuiju-Dandong merupakan pusat perdagangan Korea Utara dengan Cina, dimana dengan penambahan jalur kereta berkecepatan tinggi akan sangat membantu untuk memfasilitasi lebih banyak jalur perdagangan, dimana Korea Selatan pun turut berpartisipasi di dalamnya.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Like this:Like Loading… RelatedJaringan Kereta North – East Asia, Akankah Jadi Penanda Reunifikasi Korea?21/08/2018In “Darat”Dewan Keamanan PBB Beri Lampu Hijau untuk Survei Lapangan Jalur Kereta Korea Utara dan Korea Selatan29/11/2018In “Darat”Stasiun Baengmagoji, Saksi Bisu Tingginya Asa Warga Kedua Korea Akan Reunifikasi20/09/2018In “Darat”last_img read more

Horii makes retirement from speed skating official

first_imgSAPPORO – Former world record holder Manabu Horii officially announced Sunday that he would end his competitive speed skating career to pursue a life away from the rink.“I would rather move on to fulfilling my new dream than aim for a medal in the Turin Olympics (in 2006). Skating has been my life. There were tough times, but the beautiful memories easily outweigh them,” Horii said at a press conference to announce his retirement. Horii said he plans to work for PJM Japan, a U.S.-based educational-supplies distribution company he joined in 1998, while taking in skating seminars in an effort to raise interest in the sport. IN FIVE EASY PIECES WITH TAKE 5center_img GET THE BEST OF THE JAPAN TIMESlast_img read more

Fire Marshall Says Beware of Hand Sanitizers and Open Flames

first_imgFacebookTwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享Kenai Fire Marshall Tommy Carver is warning of the relatively unknown danger of mixing hand sanitzers and cigarettes. Carver: “Hand sanitizers, they’re flammable, because they’re alcohol based, and we had heard a story somewhere or read it somewhere about people using hand sanitzer and then going out to light a cigarette or something and catching their hands on fire. Because it’s an alcohol-based fire, unless you’re in really dim light, you can’t see the flame, it’s a blue flame almost clear. We were able to do that first try.” Carver says the flame is extremely hot, even though it’s almost invisible.center_img Carver: “We did it in a controlled environment with a turnout glove, just to see if that was a legitimate story and sure enough it was, it lit up right away.”last_img read more

Top 25 Capsules

first_imgOKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Kaylon Williams and Sharane Campbell-Olds each scored 15 points, and Oklahoma defeated No. 3 Baylor 68-64 on Wednesday night to end the Lady Bears’ win streak at 25 games.Peyton Little added 13 points and Gioya Carter had 12 for the Sooners (18-9, 12-4 Big 12), who clinched the No. 2 seed in the Big 12 tournament. The Sooners outscored the Lady Bears 18-10 from the free-throw line and improved to 8-0 at home in league play.Nina Davis had 20 points and 11 rebounds and Alexis Prince added 12 points for Baylor (26-2, 15-1).Niya Johnson, the nation’s leader in assists, had just five. She had 17 in the first meeting, an 89-66 win for Baylor on Feb. 11 in Waco, Texas.The Lady Bears had already clinched the conference regular-season title.No. 21 FLORIDA GULF COAST 56, NORTH FLORIDA 24JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) — Kaneisha Atwater scored 13 points and Whitney Knight had 11 but it was the defense that was outstanding for Florida Gulf Coast women in racing to its 21st-straight win with a victory over North Florida.Despite an off night offensively — the Eagles (26-2, 13-0 Atlantic Sun) were 18 points below their season average — defensively they held the Ospreys (11-17, 2-10) to the lowest total allowed since FGCU moved up to Division I in 2007-08.North Florida shot 19 percent (8 of 42) while missing all eight of its 3-point attempts and tying the school record for fewest points scored in a game. The Ospreys were 5 of 24 in the first half with just one attempted 3, and 3 of 18 in the second half.North Florida took a 9-7 lead midway through the first half when the Eagles scored 12 straight, which they turned into an 18-1 run, before the Ospreys got their next field goal to trail 25-12 at the half.last_img read more