MultiChoice Namibia spreads piracy awareness ahead of World Cup

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MultiChoice Namibia (MCN) yesterday held an information session to raise awareness on the issue of piracy and the effects it has on the country’s creative industry and across the African continent.

The information session was necessary particularly in light of the fast-approaching World Cup 2022 when the number of illegal streaming networks increase.

According to MCN Managing Director Roger Gertze, raising public awareness about piracy is critical so that everyone understands their role in solving the problem.

“We hope that these information sessions clarify the reality of illegal streaming and demonstrate how we can all work together to deter it,” he said.

Gertze further said that MultiChoice, through its sister company SuperSport, has exclusive broadcast rights for all 64 World Cup 2022 matches in Africa and that as a sports content leader, it aims to ensure broadcast access and quality for customers while adhering to and protecting FIFA’s content copyright.


2 (MANILA, 27 OCT, XINHUA) – The military said rebels ambushed troops in the northern Philippines in the early hours of today, killing two soldiers and wounding another.

Army spokesperson Captain Rigor Pamittan said another soldier was missing after the attack.

Pamittan said the soldiers were helping earthquake victims in Malibcong town in northern Abra province on the main Luzon island when the New People’s Army (NPA) rebels attacked.

A 6.4-magnitude earthquake hit Abra province late Tuesday night, damaging scores of houses and buildings, including century-old churches in the region. The tremor also injured almost 40 people.

NPA rebels have been fighting the government since 1969. They concentrate their attacks on rural areas and have skirmishes with the military.


3 (DOHA, 27 OCT, AFP) – Three Pakistani firemen died in a training accident in the Qatari capital weeks before the start of the World Cup, officials said today.

Authorities said the three were not taking part in a multi-national World Cup security exercise currently being held around Doha that includes simulations of ‘chemical incidents’ and demonstrations.

Officials did not give details of the accident late Wednesday but account given by friends of the three and posted on social media said they were on a crane that collapsed in Doha’s Hamad port.

Photographs accompanying the posts showed the crumpled crane. AFP could not immediately verify the pictures.

Fifteen foreign governments including the United States, Britain, France, Germany, Saudi Arabia, Turkey and the Palestinian territories have sent security forces and experts for the Watan exercise that ends today.


4 (DHAKA, 27 OCT, XINHUA) – A 63-hour search and rescue mission has concluded with the recovery of the eighth and last body from a sand-laden dredger that sank off the coast of Bangladesh’s Chattogram district, some 242 km southeast of capital Dhaka, in the wake of cyclone Sitrang.

Fire service and civil defence’s deputy assistant director in Chattogram, Abdullah Harun Pasha, told journalists today that eight workers out of nine onboard the dredger are now confirmed dead.

‘Bodies of all the eight missing workers have been retrieved,’ he said.

According to the official, divers cut open several sections of the dredger to recover the bodies from inside.

The dredger capsized in extremely rough waters due to the cyclone on Monday.


5 (ATHENS, 27 OCT, DPA) – German Chancellor Olaf Scholz offered Greece his support today against Turkish threats made in a dispute over Turkish claims to Greek islands in the eastern Mediterranean Sea.

‘It is unacceptable for one NATO member to question the sovereignty of another,’ Scholz told the Greek newspaper Ta Nea before a meeting with Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis in Athens. ‘That applies to more or less veiled military threats.’

Turkey is challenging Greek sovereignty over numerous inhabited and uninhabited islands in the eastern Mediterranean, leading to extremely tense relations between the rival nations who are also both NATO treaty allies.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has repeatedly threatened Greece in recent weeks with the phrase, ‘We could suddenly come one night.’

Scholz called for both countries to resolve the conflict through dialogue.

Source: The Namibian Press Agency