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With YouTube already shuttered in Pakistan, Google is now reportedly facing an all-out ban in that country, according to The Times of India.
The country’s new IT and telecommunication minister, Anusha Rahman Khan, announced that unless Google removes “blasphemous and objectionable material” from YouTube, the country will block access to all Google sites.
“It all depends on our negotiation clout,” Khan said, according to The Times of India. “If they persist with their stance, we can block Google in Pakistan as a last resort as there are many alternative search engines available on the Web.”
YouTube was originally blocked in Pakistan on September 17 after the Middle East erupted in protests in reaction to “Innocence of Muslims,” a video on YouTube that depicts the prophet Muhammad as a buffoon.
However, this wasn’t the first time that Pakistan has blocked YouTube. The country previously sought to block access to YouTube videos in 2008 after a video criticizing Islam was posted.
Pakistan has also banned other tech sites. In May 2012, the Pakistani government blocked access to Twitter over potential “blasphemous” caricatures of the prophet Muhammad. Two years earlier, the government temporarily pulled the plug on Facebook after a page popped up called “Post Drawings of the Prophet Mohammed Day.”
Khan said that she will end the 9-month-long YouTube ban if the video sharing site adds filters to its service in Pakistan.

“Our ministry is responsible for policy decisions, so it’s our job to ensure reopening of YouTube as soon as possible with thorough screening of objectionable material,” Khan said, according to news agency Dawn. “We will pump in extra money if needed and do whatever is in our capacity to bring YouTube back to Pakistan without compromising our ethical values.”

However, Google does not have a filtered version of YouTube for Pakistan, as it does for many other countries, according to Pakistan’sDaily Times.

“We offer a localized version of YouTube in 49 countries around the world. In each localized country, we offer local content that is more relevant to users in that country and we also abide by that country’s laws,” Google Malaysia communications and public affairs head Zeffri Yusof told the Daily Times. “When we are notified that a video is illegal, we will restrict access to it in that country after a thorough review.”

According to the Daily Times, the main reason Pakistan doesn’t yet have a localized version of YouTube is because it takes time to research local laws and reach out to local content creators

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Breeze Serenity Saloon and Spa, a perfect one stop serene place for all your body care

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Not so many places around town will have you get all your body services at a one stop. Serenity Saloon and Spa is one of those places that will not need you place to place, the Kimathi based Saloon and Spa has services ranging from makeup, weaving, braids, dreadlocks, massage, pedicure & manicure, facial, body scrub, hair treatment, tattoos and physiotherapy services.

From those that have been at the place, the customer care is excellent and in a conducive and mind relaxing environment that has FREE WIFI. Because we have been there to experience the ambiance, the place is convenient for all classes of people including the working class because it opens through all 24 hours.

While is remains a classy saloon and Spa the charges are relatively friendly. Breeze Serenity Saloon and Spa is located at Kimathi Avenue, Pan African House, next to Kampala Casino.

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Jan Malan jets in ahead of the Uganda International Fashion Show

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Jan Malan poses for a photo with Santa Anzo, the brains behind the Uganda International Fashion Show.

Jan Malan poses for a photo with Santa Anzo, the brains behind the Uganda International Fashion Show.

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Celebrated global fashion producer Jan Malan is in the country. The fashion icon will direct the sixth edition of the Uganda International Fashion Week slated to take place this Saturday, August 3rd to Sunday, August 4th at the Kampala Serena Hotel.

Jan Malan will also be a guest speaker at the Fashion Business Symposium scheduled to take place on Saturday from 9am to 1pm at the Serena’s Victoria Hall. Malan will discuss technology and globalization versus African fashion.

He has staged high profile shows in over 37 cities on four continents and has a clientele that boasts of names such as Elton John, Calvin Klein, Louis Vuitton and Mercedes-Benz.

Malan said Uganda is one of his favorite countries to go to in Africa and he promised all the fashion enthusiasts a scintillating showcase at the grand finale that will take place on Sunday at Serena’s Victoria Hall from 6pm to 10pm.

“Precision. I don’t do mediocrity. Surprises. I take each designer’s vision and interpret what they are trying to do with the collection. I will create the music, the lights and the choreography too,” said Malan about his preparation for the show.

Tickets for the business symposium are at Shs 10, 000. Fashion fanatics and designers will be lectured about the business behind fashion.

Different fashion designers will be showcasing at the grand finale. The designers to look out from South Africa are Judith Artelier, Alvado Creations and the duo Mmuso Maxwell.

Our very own fashion designers Santa Anzo, Fatuma Asha, Abbas Kaijuka, Stella Atal and Paula Butagira will be representing Uganda on the runway.

Tickets for the grand finale can be bought at Arapapa and Serena. Front row seats will cost Shs250,000, V.I.P goes for Shs200,000 while the general tickets go for Shs100,000.



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Renowned Fashion producer Jan Malan to headline Fashion Business Symposium

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Renowned Fashion producer Jan Malan will be one of the key guests at the 6th edition of the Uganda International Fashion week slated for 2nd to 4th August, 2019 at the Kampala Serena Hotel.

Malan, who specializes in the production and direction of special events for stage and television in the fields of fashion, lifestyle and music, will be speaking at the fashion business symposium where he will be discussing technology and globalization versus African fashion.

The symposium will happen on August 3rd.

Who is Jan Malan?

Jan Malan is a show director/producer that has staged high profile productions in 38 cities on four continents. He specializes in the production and direction of special events for stage and television in the fields of fashion, lifestyle and music.

Apart from a myriad of productions in Africa, Malan has directed several shows on schedule at New York Fashion Week between 2000 & 2018. This included working for Fern Mallis, New York Fashion Week founder as a venue manager.

He has had some of the world’s most sought after models on his runways. Industry icons such as Karlie Kloss, Alek Wek, Liya Kebede, Behati Prinsloo, Maria Borges, Chanel Iman, Lara Stone, Coco Rocha, Tyson Beckford and Freja Beha Erichsen, as well as legends such as Pat Cleveland and Grace Jones.

In 2013, he won an Award from African Fashion International for Outstanding contribution to African Fashion.

Malan is constantly looking for fresh and captivating venues for his shows, which have been held in unique locations such as train stations, bridges, art galleries, piers, city halls and theatre spaces.



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