TogoAfrica News News Togolese authorities urged to lift newspaper’s four-month suspension Receive email alerts Reporters Without Borders voiced astonishment today at the action of the Togolese authorities in turning back Patrick de Saint-Exupéry, the visiting correspondent of the French daily newspaper Le Figaro, on his arrival at Lomé international airport on 22 April, two days before yesterday’s presidential election.”We really wonder about willingness of the authorities to let the foreign press do its work,” the press freedom organization said. “The expulsion of a French journalist can only make us question the intentions of the Togolese government, coming as it did at a time of great tension and when our organization was calling on the authorities for calm and conciliation.”Almost immediately on his arrival, De Saint-Exupéry was ordered to reboard a Paris-bound flight. Le Figaro said the border police, clearly acting on instructions, referred to “exceptional circumstances” and to “a lack of accreditation” for covering the presidential election. The newspaper said accreditation was requested 10 days in advance and was never granted.This is not the first time in recent months that a foreign reporter has been denied entry. A visiting RFI correspondent was banned from entering the country in February, shortly after President Gnassingbé Eyadéma’s death.In a statement issued today, the French foreign ministry said the Togolese government had “notified the closure of its land, sea and air borders” beginning on 22 April (the day De Saint-Exupéry was turned back). March 8, 2021 Find out more News Togo court upholds “baseless and disproportionate” newspaper closures Follow the news on Togo RSF_en April 25, 2005 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Le Figaro correspondent turned back on arrival two days before election Convicting “petrolgate” journalist of defamation would be disastrous, RSF says TogoAfrica News Organisation to go further Help by sharing this information March 11, 2021 Find out more September 15, 2020 Find out more
iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — Two workplace shootings in two days. Two different attackers — one, a middle-aged man who fired at his coworkers at a software firm in Wisconsin — the other, a young woman who shot dead three employees at the Maryland warehouse where she worked.But on Friday, a common thread emerged between both shootings: mental illness.Snochia Mosely, 26, the Maryland shooter who fired at the 65 other employees who were present Thursday at a Rite Aid distribution center, had been diagnosed with a mental illness in 2016, Harford County Sheriff Jeffrey Gahler said at a press conference Friday.“Friends said she was increasingly agitated over the past few weeks and they were concerned for her well-being,” the sheriff said.She used a Glock 17 9mm handgun that she had legally purchased in March 2018 and had a valid license for. Gahler said her mental illness didn’t bar her from obtaining a gun.The Wisconsin gunman, 43-year-old Anthony Tong, had “contact” with police in South Dakota in 2004 that involved a mental health issue, Middleton Police Chief Chuck Foulke said Friday. Tong’s concealed-carry permit had been revoked and he was unable to legally purchase a firearm, said Foulke, who cautioned against using Tong’s illness as an excuse for the shooting.Mosely, a temporary employee who had worked at the Rite Aid center for two weeks, had reported for work as usual at 6:30 in the morning on Thursday, Gahler said. While entering, she had a minor altercation with another co-worker who had exchanged words with her about “butting in line,” although Gahler said that disagreement wasn’t major enough to explain her actions. Less than an hour later, she left for home, returning at 9:05 a.m. in a hooded shirt, armed with her handgun, three magazines, pepper spray and a pair of handcuffs.“She was moving pretty quickly, not taking a lot of time to aim,” Gahler said. “You don’t have to be highly accurate when you’re in close quarters.”Three people — Sunday Aguda, 45, Brindra Giri, 44, and Hayleen Reyes, 41, died from their gunshot wounds. Three others — Hassan Mitchell, 19, Wilfredo Villegas, 45, and Acharya Purna, 45 — were critically wounded but are expected to survive. Mosely was killed by the self-inflicted gunshot wounds to her head.“We learned yesterday no community is immune from this kind of heinous violence,” Gahler said. “What makes a person capable of taking a weapon and using it against unarmed, defenseless people? It’s senseless. We’re never going to understand it.”In the Wisconsin shooting, Tong shot and seriously wounded three coworkers before police killed him in a shoot-out at WTS Paradigm, a software firm in Middleton, located about six miles outside of Madison.Foulke said police still don’t know what motivated the attack.“He came to work that day on a normal basis and was working when this happened,” Foulke said. “I just don’t know. Motive is the huge thing that everybody wants to know.”The police chief said the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives was trying to track down the origin of the 9mm semiautomatic pistol used in the attack.“There’s something unique about that weapon that they’re having trouble finding out where it came from and what hands it passed through,” Foulke said.Wisconsin authorities also said Friday that the conditions of the three seriously wounded workers had improved. The woman and two men have been upgraded from serious to fair condition at University Hospital in Madison, according to UW Health.Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.
Investigators say that some of the people who drove to the park to watch the fight were adults.The 16-year-old has been charged with two counts of aggravated battery with a deadly weapon. Florida authorities have charged a 16-year-old girl with stabbing two other teens during a fight that investigators say was arranged on social media.According to reports, several carloads of people arrived at a Deltona park on Friday night to follow the conflict, which had started earlier in the day at University High School.Volusia County deputies say the girl stabbed a 17-year-old student in the hip and a 15-year-old in the chest. The girl admitted that she attacked the other teens, as the entire incident was captured on video.
A Boynton Beach retail store asking for your help… in tracking down Bigfoot.Police in Palm Beach County are on the hunt for Bigfoot. Not a flesh and blood Sasquatch, but an 8 foot, 300 pound statue of the legendary ape-like creature.The statue, which police say is worth 3 thousand dollars, was stolen from a mattress store in Boynton Beach between October 6 and 13, but the store didn’t realize it was missing because it was buried in other large decorations outside for Halloween.No surveillance video of the theft, but police say they’re confident it will turn up because “it’s not exactly the easiest thing to hide.”
The Treasure Coast has really been living up to its name.Sebastian resident Jayne Wilson was walking along the shore of Tracking Station Beach in Vero Beach last spring, when she came across an explosive World War II-era land mine.“I was thinking it might have been a plate off the Spanish shipwreck,” says Wilson.She kept the land mine in a cooler that was submerged in water in her living room for about nine months.Wilson finally acted this week, after realizing it was an inactive explosive device.“I called the non-emergency police number and said, ‘I am pretty sure I have a land mine,’” the woman explains.She was then instructed to evacuate the house immediately, as military bomb experts made their way to the home, in order to seize the device.Meanwhile, a man who was using a metal detector found another old land mine on Tuesday of this week, near 640 Reef Road in the area of Indian River County Beach.The Indian River Sheriff’s Office dispatched representatives from Patrick Air Force Base to investigate that discovery.
President Donald Trump has signed a $484 billion bill that aids employers and hospitals amid the coronavirus pandemic.The bill was approved by Congress on Thursday and it is the latest effort by the federal government to help keep afloat businesses that have had to close or dramatically alter their operations as states work to slow the spread of the virus.Trump said most of the funding in the bill would flow to small business through the Paycheck Protection Program, which provides money to small businesses to keep workers on their payroll. The Paycheck Protection Program ran out of money last week.“Great for small businesses, great for the workers,” Trump said.The bill will also provide hospitals with more money and will implement a nationwide virus testing program to facilitate reopening the economy.The four coronavirus relief bills approved so far by Congress would deliver at least $2.4 trillion for business relief, testing and treatment, and direct payments to individuals and the unemployed, according to the Congressional Budget Office.
But MLB came up with a patchwork schedule for the rest of this week and said that among more than 6,400 tests conducted since Friday, there were no new positives among on-field personnel from any team other than the Marlins.In a statement, MLB said it wanted to allow the Marlins time to focus on providing care for their players and plan for a resumption of play early next week. MLB also postponed the three remaining games in this week’s Phillies-New York Yankees series.The Marlins remained stranded in Philadelphia, where they played last weekend. The Phillies-Yankees games through Thursday were postponed “out of an abundance of caution,” MLB said, although no Phillies players have tested positive.The Marlins received positive test results for four additional players, bringing their total to 15, a person familiar with the situation told The Associated Press. The person declined to be identified because the results had not been publicly released.Nine players on the 30-man roster, two taxi squad players and two staff members tested positive earlier.While baseball battles its logistical challenges, the NBA and NHL are resuming their seasons in bubble environments, with basketball at Lake Buena Vista, Florida, and hockey at Edmonton, Alberta, and Toronto.The NFL has opted not to create a bubble environment as training camps open this week. Major League Baseball has suspended the Miami Marlins’ season through Sunday, after an outbreak of coronavirus that infected half the Marlin’s team.MLB players are constantly assessing whether they should keep playing. Infectious disease expert Dr. Anthony Fauci said the season could be in jeopardy.
Follow @NewPghCourier on Twitter https://twitter.com/NewPghCourierLike us at https://www.facebook.com/pages/New-Pittsburgh-Courier/143866755628836?ref=hlDownload our mobile app at http://www.appshopper.com/news/new-pittsburgh-courier San Francisco 49ers head coach Jim Harbaugh reacts to a a call at the end of the first half against the Carolina Panthers during the first half of a divisional playoff NFL football game, Sunday, Jan. 12, 2014, in Charlotte, N.C. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)Peyton Manning and Tom Brady one more time with the Super Bowl on the line would have been good enough all by itself.But in the embarrassment of riches that is the NFL this season, we get more. Much more.Two young superstar quarterbacks in the making squaring off in Seattle. Wes Welker against the team that wanted him no longer, and Anquan Boldin taking his new team on another championship run. A sideshow with Pete Carroll and Jim Harbaugh that might be worth the price of admission by itself.And a Super Bowl that will be a winner even if it’s played on a sheet of ice.If this was the NBA, David Stern would have been accused of having the fix in. But it’s just more of the same for the NFL, where the story lines and matchups are so good that it’s almost a foregone conclusion next Sunday’s TV ratings will blow past anything seen before for conference title games that are always big.About the only thing missing is a scrappy team of underdogs fighting for a berth in the Super Bowl, but there’s no reason to quibble. Not with the brawny quartet of teams that all went into the weekend as favorites and all survived to play another day.The bookies in Vegas are laying odds — as they have all season long — that the Seattle Seahawks will play the Denver Broncos in the Super Bowl. But even they wouldn’t be terribly surprised if it was New England against the San Francisco 49ers or any combination in between.“It’s a lot like playground basketball,” Harbaugh said. “Winners stay and play, losers go home. And we want to keep playing.”That the 49ers are still playing is little surprise, even if they had to beat a team on the road they had lost to at home during the season. But beat the Carolina Panthers they did, winning their second straight playoff game away from home and seeming to take great delight in doing so.If any team is a reflection of their coach it’s the 49ers, who will play a third straight NFC title game under Harbaugh. Colin Kaepernick even got into the act, mocking Cam Newton’s Superman pose after scoring a third-quarter touchdown, then adding his own signature bicep kiss to top things off.“Just a little shoutout,” Kaepernick said.Forget that the 49ers were outclassed their last two trips to Seattle, losing by a combined margin of 71-16. It’s doubtful they’ll be intimidated by the rain or a raucous crowd that sends tremors through the earth (Saturday’s foot stomping win over New Orleans was recorded as a small earthquake) in a game that figures to be both bruising and bitterly contested.John Fox won’t be intimidated either, despite having to go up against Bill Belichick and memories of a tough November loss to the Patriots to get to the title game. Fox seems the odd man out against the outsized coaching personalities left in the playoffs, but don’t forget that he’s the only coach who has won a playoff game with Tim Tebow under center.Now he’s got Manning, who made up for the Broncos’ early exit last postseason against Baltimore with a couple of clutch third-down throws late in the fourth quarter just as Denver seemed to be once again in full meltdown mode. Manning also had the quote of the game when asked if it was weighing on his mind that he is nearing the end of his career and may not have many playoff chances left.“What weighed on my mind is how soon I can get a Bud Light in my mouth after this win. Priority No. 1,” a visibly relieved Manning said. “That was an intense game.”The game was barely over when Manning was asked for the first of what will be at least 562 times this week about his matchup with Brady, who has won 10 of the 14 games they’ve played against each other. Manning gave his usual our team against theirs answer, but this time he wasn’t just blowing smoke. Not after the Patriots scored 42 points to whip Indianapolis without Brady throwing even one touchdown pass as the Patriots took their all too familiar place in the AFC title game, and not when the Broncos are doing some running of their own.Still, it figures to be all Manning against Brady, even if the best story of the postseason may be the one no one outside of the Boston area wants to hear. If there was ever a coach you love to hate it’s Belichick, but the ever grumpy guy under the hoodie has done a remarkable job in a year most expected New England to struggle.With Welker gone and no tight ends left for Brady to throw to, Belichick was forced to reinvent the team on the fly. He did so by turning them into a run first team behind big LeGarrette Blount, who scored four touchdowns against the Colts and could be the breakout star of these playoffs.The Super Bowl that will be played in three weeks at the Meadowlands has been the talk of football all season, and with good reason. It’s the first cold weather game to be played outdoors, and it could either be a spectacle or a debacle.Two teams will get there eventually. But not before the NFL gives us one final Sunday to enjoy a pair of games so good they could be the ones we really remember.____Tim Dahlberg is a national sports columnist for The Associated Press. Write to him at [email protected] or http://twitter.com/timdahlbergAFC Championship GameBroncos vs. PatriotsDATE: Sunday, Jan. 19TIME: 3 p.m. ETLOCATION: DenverTV: CBS NFC Championship GameSeahawks vs. 49ersDATE: Sunday, Jan. 19TIME: 6:30 p.m. ETLOCATION: SeattleTV: FOX
Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram The voting of the new managing committee of the Greek Orthodox Community of South Australia (GOCSA) last Sunday was fraught with infighting and complications after outgoing President Vassilis Elovaris was accused of money fraud by nominee Ioannis Lesses. The accusation followed an article that appeared in The Advertiser titled ‘Home’s funds not used for service’ that claimed the GOCSA was not using the government money intended for Ridleyton Greek Home for the Aged for the right purposes. Elovaris responded to these claims in a statement stating the accusations were “completely false and without foundation” The outcome of the election was announced on Wednesday night, but immediately following, a member of the community demanded a recount. The recount proved that the first outcome was correct.Nikos Portellos is newly elected president of GOCSA, Evanglos Boyias is the vice president, Argyros Kassouthakis is the secretary and Panagiotis Tsonis is the treasurer. Having vice president Boyias elected in the new managing committee may present problems for an agreement to be formed with GOCSA and the Archdiocese as Boyias is well-known within the Greek community of having a hard stance against merging the two. The fear within the community is that GOCSA will take a step back not only in forming an agreement but in having a committee quite entrenched with an old school mentality that may prevent GOCSA moving with the times.