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Tourists in Algeria Battle Beach Umbrella Mafia

Tourists in Algeria are fed up with what is being called the Beach Umbrella Mafia

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Tourists in Algeria are fed up with what is being called the Beach Umbrella Mafia.

The city provides beach umbrellas for tourists to use, but some locals have gathered up the umbrellas so that they can then charge tourists to rent them. This racketeering is making a negative impact on tourists who discover they have been duped by the Umbrella Mafia.

Is the city aware? According the most, the answer is yes, but they look the other way so long as the tourists are not forced to pay for the umbrellas. But for tourists new to the beach and the supposed enjoyment of it, how would they know they don’t have to pay?

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In one particular incident, the Mafia told tourists that they had to leave the beach when they refused to pay for umbrellas and instead wanted to use their own beach supplies. In a more harrowing confrontation, a tourist who had come to the beach with his family was attacked and stabbed after an illegal vendor heard him complain about the fees for renting beach equipment.

It is incidents like this that are leading tourists to take to social media to bring the racketeering practice to light. Tourists have called the police, however, nothing has come of this request for help.

The Algeria Minister of the Interior and Local Collectivities is responsible for managing the coasts, and he has said that he believes in free beach. His ministry requested that city government of beach towns enact a law to have an administrator be in charge of monitoring a police force to monitor the beaches, but so far this law has not come to fruition.

The tourism sector in Algeria has great potential thanks to its Mediterranean beaches, however, not so much if the tourists do not want to go there due to fear of being approached by the Beach Umbrella Mafia.

Culled from eturbonews

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Ugandan TikToker remanded in prison for insulting President Museveni, traditional ruler

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Popular Ugandan TikToker, Ibrahim Musana, also known as “Pressure 247”, has been remanded in prison for allegedly insulting President Yoweri Museveni as well as “using abusive and demeaning remarks he made against the Kingdom of Buganda and the Kabaka” deemed to be hate speech.

According to media reports, “Pressure 247” was sent to the Luzira Prison where he will be cooling his feet till March 7, where his bail application will be heard.

The remand order was given when he appeared before the Buganda Road Court on eight counts under the Computer Misuse Act (2021), following complaints from the Buganda Kingdom.

The 27-year-old entertainer was charged with allegedly promoting hate speech and spreading malicious information via his TikTok videos following complaints filed by the Buganda Kingdom.

According to prosecutors, Musana allegedly shared content on his TikTok account between August 2023 and February 2024 that disparaged and incited hostility towards four Ugandan leaders, Kabaka Ronald Muwenda Mutebi II, President Yoweri Museveni, Speaker of Parliament Anita Among, and State Minister for ICT Joyce Naboosa Ssebugwawo.

Musana who pleaded not guilty to the charges, asserted that he was unaware that his actions constituted an offense. He also told the court that he was suffering from psychological challenges and had been receiving treatment at the Butabika Mental Hospital.

He further explained that he felt a spiritual obligation inspired by past Buganda Kings to restore their tombs but lacked the necessary financial resources, and pleaded for forgiveness and leniency.

Despite Musana’s plea for forgiveness and promise to refrain from attacking leaders and removing the contentious content from his TikTok account, the Magistrate rejected his plea and ruled that he should remanded in prison pending his bail application.

His oral bail request was also denied due to insufficient documentation from his sureties.

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Kenyan teacher sets new world record for longest science class

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A Kenyan science teacher, Rose Tata Wekesa, has broken the Guinness World Record for conducting the longest science class, clocking 62 hours, 33 minutes and 34 seconds.

Wekesa, a teacher at St Augustine Academy in Nairobi, had set out to break the GWR of the longest Science lesson taught by an individual on Tuesday, and achieved the feat on Thursday night.

The lesson which took place at the Multimedia University of Kenya, saw Wekesa teaching non-stop since Tuesday morning to eclipse the previous record of 60 hours

According to media reports, Wekesa taught her students for more than 60 hours, taking breaks of 20 minutes every four hours, covering topics in both Chemistry and Biology during the allocated time including the periodic table.

Before embarking on the audacious task, Wekesa had told journalists:

“I am doing this to encourage young students not to fear science subjects as everything in the world is based on Science. If we don’t encourage them to embrace science, we are going to have a problem in future.”

For now, Wekesa is awaiting verification from the GWR as she is required to submit all the evidence for verification and once they are verified, she will be recognised and her name placed in the Book of World Records.

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