to go further Receive email alerts Help by sharing this information News RSF_en Twitter blocked, journalism threatened in Nigeria Nigerian investigative journalist forced to flee after massacre disclosures NigeriaAfrica Follow the news on Nigeria News NigeriaAfrica January 28, 2021 Find out more May 24, 2007 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Politician’s supporters ransack radio station, attack journalists with machetes News News February 8, 2021 Find out more Reporters Without Borders voiced outrage today at a violent attack yesterday on the Broadcasting Corporation of Oyo State (BCOS), a public radio broadcaster in Ibadan, in the southwestern state of Oyo, by around 100 supporters of local politician who were angered by an announcement that state elections would go ahead today. Equipment was smashed and at least 10 journalists were hurt.“The power struggle between two of the ruling party’s local barons has gone beyond being a scandal,” the press freedom organisation said. “BCOS’s journalists have been the victim of hatred whipped up to serve the ambitions of powerful men. This unprecedented act of brutality must be clearly and firmly punished.”About 100 supporters of local politician Christopher Alao Akala, some armed with machetes, burst into BCOS headquarters at Orita Basorun, in Ibadan, at about 5 p.m. yesterday and ransacked it. Many employees fled but others were trapped in their offices. At least 10 employees received machete wounds. Most were robbed of their money and mobile phones. Several cars in the BCOS car park were vandalised. The station has stopped broadcasting.After spending about an hour at BCOS headquarters, the protestors then went to the Ibadan city hall, known as Mapo Hall, where they attacked staff and destroyed the BCOS transmitters located there. They also damaged equipment belonging Reltel Wireless Limited, a telecommunications company housed on BCOS premises.Several local sources said the attacks were triggered by BCOS’s announcing that the state electoral commission had decided to go ahead with elections today, a move opposed by Akala, a former deputy governor who is the candidate of the ruling People’s Democratic Party (PDP) for governor.A coalition of 11 parties allied to the PDP has been trying to block incumbent governor Rasheed Ladoja’s desire to hold the elections before his term ends on 29 May. Akala and Ladoja have been locked in a battle for the control of Oyo state for several years. Nigerian news site deliberately blocked, expert report confirms June 10, 2021 Find out more Organisation
Clonmel’s Dean Gardiner will look to claim the Super Heavyweight title in the National Senior Elite Finals in Dublin tonight.He was beaten in last year’s super-heavyweight final and is this year aiming to take the title vacated by his close friend and training partner Con Sheehan.Sheehan recently decided to turn professional having dominated the national amateur boxing circuit for several years. Dean, a member Clonmel Boxing Club, will come up against Constantin Popovicu of Johnstown, Co. Meath.The boxing action will begin at half seven at the National Stadium.
TagsTransfersAbout the authorChris BeattieShare the loveHave your say Ex-AC Milan striker Hateley backing move for Chelsea midfielder Cescby Chris Beattie10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveFormer AC Milan striker Mark Hateley is backing their move for Chelsea midfielder Cesc Fabregas.The Rossoneri have been linked with a move for the Chelsea midfielder in January, with his contract expiring at the end of the season.“If he’s fit then he’d be an important addition,” Hateley told Gazzetta dello Sport.“He has experience and knows how to play, but he needs to be match fit. At this point in the season you need players who are ready.“Gonzalo Higuain? If he gets back to scoring consistently I’d sign him outright, but keeping a player who isn’t convincing would be a mistake.”
TagsLoan MarketAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Leeds boss Bielsa tells Arsenal: Nketiah a complete playerby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveLeeds United boss Marcelo Bielsa is delighted with the impact of on-loan Arsenal striker Eddie Nketiah.Nketiah came off the bench to grab his fourth goal in six games, then won a decisive penalty kick for victory over Barnsley.Bielsa said: “Nketiah is a striker who scores goals. “Some players get involved a lot in finishing moves, more than creating them. He is a finisher.“He has good characteristics to combine with his team mates, to play in this side and give more options. He is a complete player.”
Louisville and Kentucky may have to wait until November 26 to meet on the football field, but fans in Louisville were able to catch a glimpse of the heated rivalry Tuesday evening during the weekday matchup.But just to give fans a even bigger taste of things to come, the Cardinals’ head football coach Bobby Petrino was there to throw out the first pitch. The Courier-Journal’s Jeff Greer was on the scene and shared this video to Twitter. Bobby Petrino throws out the first pitch at tonight’s game pic.twitter.com/GXI2cAtopJ— Jeff Greer (@jeffgreer_cj) April 19, 2016Nice throw @CoachPetrinoUL go @UofLBaseball pic.twitter.com/67Hg97cFuZ— Kris Abeln (@kabeln) April 19, 2016The last time these two teams were scheduled to meet on the diamond the game was postponed. This should help pick things up right where they left off.
MONTREAL – Quebec’s police watchdog says a 19-year-old man was shot and killed by police in northern Quebec early Saturday morning after a series of stabbings that left three people dead and two injured.The independent investigations unit says it appears the suspect broke into three homes in the remote village of Akulivik during the night and stabbed five people, including a child around 10 years old who is among the fatalities.The surviving two victims are in critical condition.A statement from the investigation unit did not say which police force was involved.The investigations unit says police intercepted the man as he was preparing to enter a fourth residence while armed with a knife.Their information suggests police fired once to stop the man from entering, then fired a second fatal shot when he began to move toward the officers.The unit has sent a team to the village to investigate the circumstances surrounding the shooting.Quebec provincial police, who say they weren’t involved in the incident, will investigate the stabbings.
NEW YORK, N.Y. – Hey Alexa, what’s my bank account balance?Big banks and financial companies have started to offer banking through virtual assistants — Amazon’s Alexa, Apple’s Siri, and Google’s Assistant — in a way that will allow customers to check their balances, pay bills and, in the near future, send money just with their voice. And with the rapid adoption of Zelle, a bank-to-bank transfer system, it soon could be possible to send money to friends or family instantly with voice commands.But the potential to do such sensitive tasks through a smart speaker raises security concerns. Virtual assistants and smart speakers are still relatively new technologies, and potentially susceptible to being exploited by cyber criminals.Regional banking giant U.S. Bank is the first bank to be on all three services — Alexa, Siri and Assistant. The company did a soft launch of its Siri and Assistant services in early March and this month started marketing the option to customers.Other financial companies have set up virtual assistant features. Credit card companies Capital One and American Express both have Alexa skills that allow customers to check their balances and pay bills. There are other smaller banks and credit unions that have set up Google Assistant or Alexa as well.“We want to be there for our customers in any possible way that we can,” said Gareth Gaston, executive vice-president for omnichannel banking at U.S. Bank.For now, U.S. Bank is keeping the features available through bank-by-voice fairly restrictive. Customers will be able to check bank balances, pay U.S. Bank credit cards and mortgages, ask Alexa or Google the due dates on bills, and other basic functions. Money cannot be transferred from a U.S. Bank account using voice yet, Gaston said, but the bank is considering the option.Asking Google, Alexa or Siri for the weather or to tell a joke is one thing, but it’s a whole other issue when these assistants access and share sensitive personal information. These apps will typically announce a person’s available balance over the speaker, which has the potential to create awkward situations at parties.In the case of Google and Alexa, users must create a secure connection between their bank and the assistant through Alexa’s Skills or Google’s Actions. All banks require the use of a four-digit PIN before they will provide balance and bank account info over these speakers, and suggest making those PINs different from the one on a customer’s ATM card.Apple’s Siri is the most restrictive of the three virtual assistants, only showing a user a bank account balance on a screen, and not allowing other features like paying bills. Banks can integrate Siri into their iPhone and iPad apps, but Apple’s HomePod smart speaker that launched earlier this year does not currently accept banking commands. A company spokeswoman declined to say whether that feature was coming.Google Assistant has the capability to do individual voice recognition, providing one additional level of security on that platform, but that is not implemented on U.S. Bank’s Action yet. Security experts say that additional level of security could be foiled, however.“Users’ voices can be recorded, manipulated, and replayed to the assistants,” said Kurt Baumgartner, a security researcher with Kaspersky Lab. “Also, with access to banking accounts and abilities to transfer and pay out money, remote financial fraud may be within the reach of cybercriminal groups soon.”____Ken Sweet covers banks and the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau for The Associated Press. Follow or message him on Twitter at www.twitter.com/kensweet .
TORONTO – Canada’s main stock market posted its first daily gain in September on Tuesday, joining U.S. markets in a positive day of trading as investors await important news about trade and political decisions on both sides of the border.The 17th anniversary of the terrorist attacks in the United States was basically flat but marked the first TSX gain since Aug. 29, said Catharine Sterritt, portfolio manager for CIBC Asset Management.“It’s as if the market is just holding its breath because we are in front of a lot of news,” she said in an interview.Sterritt pointed to the prospect of important details coming out of Liberal caucus meetings in Saskatoon about the government’s response to the Trans Mountain judicial pipeline decision and the federal response to the U.S. competitive advance from its adoption of accelerated depreciation.Markets are awaiting the conclusion of NAFTA negotiations in the coming weeks as well as China’s response to further potential trade tariffs imposed by the U.S.The S&P/TSX composite index closed up 37.16 points to 16,094.25, after reaching a high or 16,111.65 on 215.6 million shares traded. The market recovered some of the losses over the past seven trading sessions but was still down 1.8 per cent from when it began to lose ground.All sectors except for energy, utilities, gold and base metals rose on the day. It was led by health care even though many cannabis stocks were down.Canadian transportation companies including railways and airlines drove an increase for the industrials sector while the important financial, materials and energy sectors were essentially flat.Recreational products company BRP Inc. was the biggest loser of the day on the TSX after it launched a marketed secondary offering for 8.7 million shares by its largest shareholders and also filed to list its shares on the Nasdaq Global Select Market. It closed down $5.98, or 8.41 per cent, to $65.13.The Canadian dollar was trading at an average of 76.22 cents US compared with an average of 75.97 cents US on Monday.It rose as Foreign Minister Chrystia Freeland briefly resumed NAFTA negotiations in Washington.“The overall market is still expecting that we’re going to see a positive resolution, especially on the auto side, but it is concerning this threat of auto tariffs and so people do want to see this resolved,” Sterritt said.The October crude contract was up US$1.71 to US$69.25 per barrel as concern was raised about potential disruptions from hurricanes in the Gulf of Mexico. This comes despite expectations that the U.S. administration is putting pressure on OPEC and Russia to keep oil flowing to reduce prices at the pump ahead of key midterm elections, she added.In New York, the Dow Jones industrial average was up 113.99 points to 25,971.06. The S&P 500 index was up 10.76 points to 2,887.89, while the Nasdaq composite was up 48.31 points at 7,972.47.The risks overhang a booming core economy in the United States, where demand is growing and there is another industrial revolution happening in technology that could spur further market growth.“It’s very interesting times when we have such strong corporate metrics and so many clouds on the macro horizon,” Sterritt said. “It’s going to be a stock pickers opportunity for sure.”The October natural gas contract was up 2.4 cents at US$2.83 per mmBTU.The December gold contract was up US$2.40 to US$1,202.20 an ounce and the December copper contract was down 0.65 cents at US$2.62 a pound.