LiberiaAfrica Reports News June 18, 2003 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Journalist flees in fear of his life November 27, 2020 Find out more Reporters Without Borders said today it was “very worried” about the plight of reporter Stanley McGill, of the independent paper The News, who fled his home near Monrovia on 10 June for fear of being attacked by members of President Charles Taylor’s Anti-Terrorist Unit (ATU) personal security guard who have already targeted him several times. “McGill has been repeatedly harassed by the ATU probably because he is a journalist,” said Reporters Without Borders secretary-general Robert Ménard. “The repressive policy of President Taylor and the ATU puts journalists in an unacceptable dilemma: either they continue working at the risk of injury or even death or else they are forced to flee, as a growing number have already.” He noted that violence and sometimes torture was increasingly common in Liberia.Armed men thought to be ATU members attacked McGill and seized his radio and mobile phone in April last year. This year, on 27 May, three men in ATU uniforms followed him, threatened him with their guns, stole his personal belongings and warned they would return. ATU soldiers visited him again on 6 June, attacked him and seized his laptop computer and important papers. Neighbours told him the ATU men had said they would “get him at all cost.” He is now in hiding.Six FM amateur radio stations have been shut down by the government because, according Emmanuel Todo, head of the National Communication Bureau at the Ministry of Information, “the motives and scopes of operations of these stations were not clear.” The Association of Amateur Radio Stations said the stations had been authorised to operate by the government. Follow the news on Liberia Receive email alerts Covid-19 emergency laws spell disaster for press freedom News to go further RSF urges Liberian authorities to investigate threats against journalists Help by sharing this information The 2020 pandemic has challenged press freedom in Africa Organisation RSF_en LiberiaAfrica News December 16, 2020 Find out more June 12, 2020 Find out more
The innovative horn-and-drum trio that is Moon Hooch has just released a brand-new music video for their song “Rough Sex” off the album Red Sky. The Brooklyn-based band has made waves with its unique and groovy take on electronic dance music, consistently blowing minds with their new and ingenious ways of playing their instruments. The band is always a pleasure to see live, with their bold mix of jazz, funk, and rock over a pounding beat guaranteed to get folks dancing and their unique, inventive playing guaranteed to captivate (and sometimes, confuse—I’m looking at you, traffic cone, and how you make the sounds that you do).While the band has become a beloved institution of the festival circuit and beyond, in their early years, the trio was known for the legendary dance parties that they would spontaneously throw in the subways of New York City, which eventually earned them a ban from the Bedford Ave L train stop in Brooklyn by the NYPD. The new video for “Rough Sex” riffs on the group’s humble origins, showing how the band has risen out of the subways and to the rooftops of NYC, where even the NYPD cannot shut them down.As saxophonist Mike Wilbur explained in a press release, “Our performances really take on a life of their own and we feed off of a shared energy with our audience every night. This video shows that energy and the unstoppable force that it is.”You can check out Moon Hooch’s brand-new video for “Rough Sex” below, which was directed by Lucas McGowen. To see Moon Hooch in action, you can catch them on the road, as the band just kicked off the second leg of their North American tour. Peep their upcoming tour dates below or on the band’s website here.Moon Hooch Upcoming 2017 Tour DatesOctober 18 – New York, NY – Bowery Ballroom *October 19 – New York, NY – Bowery Ballroom *October 20 – Philadelphia, PA – Underground Arts *October 21 – Washington, DC – 9:30 Club *October 22 – Richmond, VA – The Broadberry *October 24 – Charlottesville, VA – Jefferson Theater *October 25 – Asheville, NC – Asheville Music Hall *October 26 – Atlanta, GA – Terminal West +October 27 – Jacksonville, FL – 1904 Music Hall +October 28 – Charleston, SC – The Pour House *November 9 – Chatenay-Malabry, FR – Le PediluveNovember 10 – Beauvais, FR – La Maladrerie Saint LazareNovember 11 – Les Deux-Fays, FR – Salles Des FetesNovember 12 – Angers, FR – Le JokersNovember 14 – Manchester, UK – Band on the WallNovember 15 – Hull, UK – FRüITNovember 16 – London, UK – Under the BridgeNovember 17 – Auxerre, FR – Le SilexNovember 18 – St-Germain-En Laye, FR – LaClef StgermainNovember 29 – Ithaca, NY – The Haunt ^November 30 – Cleveland, OH – Beachland Ballroom ^December 1 – Dayton, OH – Oddbody’s ^December 2 – Covington, KY – Octave ^December 6 – Utrecht, NL – De HellingDecember 8-9 – Rennes, FR – Trans Musicales FestivalDecember 27 – Boston, MA – The Sinclair ^December 28 – Portland, ME – Port City Music Hall ^December 29 – Burlington, VT – Higher Ground ^December 30 – Northampton, MA – Pearl Street Nightclub &December 31 – Buffalo, NY – Buffalo Iron Works &* Co-headline with Marco Benevento+ w/ Jackson Whalan^ w/ Gnomedad& w/ Gnomedad and Honeycomb
Read also: ’Student deaths possibly unlawful killing’Read also: Civil movements in Indonesia fail to form resilience after #ReformasiDikorupsi: ObserversAn officer, identified AM, was named a suspect during the investigation into the incident. He was charged under Article 351 of the Criminal Code on assault, as well as articles 359 and 360 on negligence causing death, which carry a maximum penalty of seven years’ imprisonment. The officer is still being tried at the South Jakarta District Court.He previously underwent disciplinary hearings, with five other officers, for carrying firearms at the student protest. The six officers received a sanction of 21 days in jail, written warnings, the postponement of salary, rank promotion and were required to undertake education.In response to last Saturday’s incident, the police’s internal affairs division said it was currently questioning five officers who “operated” the helicopter during the rally. “We will see whether an ethics violation occurred after asking for clarification from the officers,” said the division head, Sr. Comr. Bambang Satriawan, on Monday.Police spokesperson Sr. Comr. Ferry Walintukan, meanwhile, claimed the officers took the initiative to fly the helicopter themselves, without securing permission from their superiors. (Vny)Topics : The ombudsman, he said, would look into the case and seek clarification from the Southeast Sulawesi police chief, Yan Sultra Indrajaya, about the matter.Hundreds of university students reportedly staged a rally in front of the Southeast Sulawesi police headquarters last Saturday to commemorate the deaths of students La Randi and Muhammad Yusuf Qardawi.The two students, who studied at Halu Oleo University in the province’s capital in Kendari, were killed during clashes between protesters and police in front of the provincial legislative council building on Sept. 26, 2019, during a demonstration against several controversial bills under deliberation at the House of Representatives, including a revision to the Criminal Code.Randi died at the scene after being shot in his chest, while Yusuf died the day after suffering severe head injuries. The Southeast Sulawesi chapter of the Indonesian Ombudsman has condemned the police’s use a helicopter to disperse a student rally in front of their headquarters.According to a kompas.com report, a police helicopter was seen flying low over a protest last Saturday, forcing the crowd to scatter to avoid flying dust and debris.“The police have allegedly violated their operating procedures, as regulated in National Police Regulation No. 2/2009 on the handling of riots,” said head of the Southeast Sulawesi ombudsman office, Mastri Susilo, on Sunday.
Latest Posts ELLSWORTH — Long after everyone else had left the stadium, the Ellsworth/Sumner Eagles weren’t about to stop savoring a special moment.Fans of the Ellsworth/Sumner football team and the visiting Houlton Shiretowners had flocked to the parking lot to begin their journeys home, but the Eagles’ players and coaches weren’t going anywhere. As the team gathered in the south end zone at Harold “Tug” White Stadium, everyone wanted to keep celebrating a breakthrough triumph.Javon Williams and Connor Crawford hollered as they brushed shoulder pads and high-fived. Junior Charlie Hughes, sweat dripping down his face, took off his helmet and raised his arms toward the night sky as he jumped on Crawford’s back. Before long, the players’ head coach was there to join them.“That was fun, wasn’t it?” Duane Crawford yelled to Hughes and Williams as the three shared a hug. “Let’s do that again!”This is placeholder textThis is placeholder textOn a night that saw the Ellsworth/Sumner football team earn its first win of the season, that exuberance told the whole story. After losing tight games to start the year, battling roster attrition and dealing with numerous injuries, the Eagles fought back from a second-half deficit against visiting Houlton to deliver a 28-14 victory on Homecoming Friday.“We might be going up against teams that have twice as many players as us because we have 23 guys, but our boys don’t quit,” Williams said. “All that hard work we’ve put in and the conditioning we’ve done in the offseason, it paid off for us tonight and gave us a win that’s going to boost our confidence.”Ellsworth/Sumner’s Connor Crawford pitches the ball to Charlie Hughes during the first half of a high school football game against Houlton on Sept. 22 in Ellsworth. Crawford and Hughes combined for the Eagles’ four touchdowns on the ground. ELLSWORTH AMERICAN PHOTO BY MIKE MANDELLEllsworth/Sumner didn’t get a first down on its first drive, but the Eagles’ bend-but-don’t-break defense kept Houlton off the scoreboard on the ensuing possession. After getting the ball back, Connor Crawford took the snap under center and ran 94 yards to the end zone to put the Eagles ahead 6-0 as time expired in the first quarter.“I saw a bit of a lane, and I cut back and started running as hard as I could,” Crawford said. “They had a guy coming after me who I thought was going to get me, but I kicked it into full gear from there and just kept sprinting.”Houlton, though, had a response. The Shiretowners immediately set off on a drive that lasted over nine minutes and had three conversions on third or fourth down. With 2 minutes, 44 seconds left in the half, Seth Holston plowed his way into the end zone to tie the game at 6.Neither team scored for the remainder of the first half, but a 55-yard run by Houlton on the first play of the second set up a touchdown run and 2-point conversion that put the Shiretowners ahead 14-6. Three possessions later, Ellsworth/Sumner tied the game after Crawford ran the ball in from a yard out and threw a pass to Williams for the 2-point conversion.From there, the Eagles (1-3) seized the momentum — and caught the break they needed in the process.After Ellsworth/Sumner stopped Houlton (2-2) on the next drive, the Shiretowners had a bad snap on the punt that gave the Eagles the ball deep in the red zone. Two plays later, Charlie Hughes scored on a 5-yard touchdown run to put Ellsworth/Sumner ahead 20-14 with 12 seconds remaining in the third quarter.“We took advantage of their mistakes and made plays when we needed them,” Duane Crawford said. “It was a total team effort, and as a coach, I really couldn’t have asked for anything more.”Ellsworth/Sumner’s Charlie Hughes goes for a diving tackle against Houlton’s Seth Holston during the second half of a high school football game Sept. 22 in Ellsworth. ELLSWORTH AMERICAN PHOTO BY MIKE MANDELLFollowing another Houlton punt, Ellsworth/Sumner made the visitors pay once again. Midway through the fourth quarter, Connor Crawford spun past a defender and dove over the goal line for an 8-yard score. The ensuing 2-point try put the home team up 28-14, and an interception with a minute left allowed the Eagles to run out the clock.Crawford totaled 163 yards on 15 carries for Ellsworth/Sumner’s offense, and Hughes recorded 58 yards on nine carries. Andrew Brown and Malcolm Svec both had four solo tackles and nine assisted tackles on defense, and the former provided the game-ending interception for the Eagles.In addition to giving the team its first win of the season, the game had yet another piece of significance for Ellsworth/Sumner. The team is now in fifth place in Class D North, and when it faces Winthrop/Monmouth (1-3) on the road at 7 p.m. Friday, Sept. 29, it will enter the game occupying a playoff spot for the first time after being ineligible the past five years.For the moment, though, it wasn’t time to look ahead. When the scoreboard in the northeast corner of the stadium turned off after the team’s postgame pep talk, a familiar face at Ellsworth High School voiced his objection.“Turn it back on!” the voice yelled. It was longtime teacher and head wrestling coach J.F. Burns, who wanted a picture of his team with the winning score in the background. And with two teams Houlton shut out by a combined margin of 50-0 left on Ellsworth/Sumner’s schedule, the Eagles have an opportunity to make Burns take a few more scoreboard photos before season’s end.“We can build on this,” Williams said. “When you haven’t won yet, the games seem longer and start to get you down. We don’t have to worry about that now. We finally have that win and know we can make some noise.” Mike MandellMike Mandell is the sports editor at The Ellsworth American and Mount Desert Islander. He began working for The American in August 2016. You can reach him via email at [email protected] Bio Latest posts by Mike Mandell (see all) Hospice volunteers help families navigate grief and find hope – September 12, 2020 Ellsworth runners compete in virtual Boston Marathon – September 16, 2020 MPA approves golf, XC, field hockey, soccer; football, volleyball moved to spring – September 10, 2020
10. Yasmani Grandal, 31, CThoughts: Grandal’s struggles in the 2018 postseason (he hit .138 for the Dodgers) had to be the primary reason he wasn’t able to land the type of deal he wanted on the free-agent market, settling for a one-year deal with a mutual option with the Brewers in mid-January. But Grandal was great for Milwaukee, hitting 28 homers to go with a .380 on-base percentage and 119 OPS. He should fare much better on the free-agent market this time, especially because he can’t be given a qualifying offer and won’t have draft-pick compensation attached.Possible destinations: Twins, Reds, White Sox, Brewers, BravesSN’s prediction: RedsUPDATE: Grandal signed a four-year, $73 million deal with the White Sox. We’ve already ranked the top 87 free agents in this year’s class, but today we’re going to take a deeper dive in to the top 10 players on that list. Well, the top 11. There’s already been an adjustment, hopefully a sign of things to come; Aroldis Chapman was No. 10, but he agreed to a new deal with the Yankees instead of opting out of the two years and $30 million left on his contract. Yasmani Grandal, who was No. 11, slides up one spot. For each of the 10, we’ll take a quick look at why they’ll be attractive as a free agent, a couple of places they might wind up and then a prediction. MORE: Every MLB team’s most pressing free-agent need1. Anthony Rendon, 29, 3BThoughts: Rendon’s days as an overlooked star disappeared with his incredible postseason performance — .328 average, 1.003 OPS, three homers and 15 RBIs in 17 games — as the Nationals won the World Series. And that, on top of his incredible second-half performance — .336 average, 1.023 OPS, 14 homers, 64 RBIs in 71 games — has vaulted him to the top of SN’s list of top free agents. The difference between Rendon and the guys in the 2-3-4 spots on this list? They’re all elite stars, but as a position player, Rendon has the opportunity to make an impact on 162 regular-season games, not just 33, and 20-something games in October, not just five or six. Possible destinations: Mets, Yankees, Nationals, Angels, White Sox, Rangers, PhilliesSN’s prediction: Nationals2. Gerrit Cole, 29, SPThoughts: The big right-hander is everything a contender could want from a top-of-the-rotation ace. He’s only 29 years old and should win the AL Cy Young award when it’s announced Nov. 13, which would be more than enough for a massive contract. His 326 strikeouts this season were the most in MLB since Randy Johnson’s 334 in 2002 and the most in the AL since Nolan Ryan’s 341 way back in 1977. But then you add in October, when he allowed zero or one run in four of his five starts and went at least seven innings every time? Back up the Brinks truck, folks. Possible destinations: Yankees, Angels, Astros, Dodgers, Padres, PhilliesSN’s prediction: Angels 3. Stephen Strasburg, 31, SPThoughts: After his incredible postseason performance — 1.98 ERA, 47 strikeouts in 36 1/3 innings — helped lift the Nationals to the World Series championship, Strasburg opted out of the four years and $100 million remaining on his current deal. Even if he wants to stay with the Nationals, which isn’t even remotely a stretch, opting out was kind of a no-brainer. He was pretty impressive in the regular season, too, leading the NL with 209 innings, while striking out 251 and posting a 3.32 ERA/3.25 FIP. Possible destinations: Yankees, Nationals, Angels, Padres, Phillies, White SoxSN’s prediction: Nationals4. Madison Bumgarner, 30, SPThoughts: Admittedly, it feels wrong to think of MadBum wearing any other uniform, but the way the Nationals and Astros rode strong starting pitching into the World Series probably helps his case a bit. His numbers weren’t quite as good in 2019, the first time since 2016 he’s stayed healthy and pitched a full season. But he’s still striking out nearly a batter an inning (8.8 K/9) and still striking out a lot more guys than he walks (4.72 K/BB ratio). And maybe this doesn’t really matter, but with as much as Bumgarner clearly loves to bat, it stands to reason he might prefer an NL team. Possible destinations: Giants, Braves, Phillies, Cardinals, Astros, Yankees, MetsSN’s prediction: Yankees5. J.D. Martinez, 32, DHThoughts: His numbers dropped a little bit in 2019, but that’s mostly because he was incredible in 2017-18. Martinez still popped 36 homers, to go with a .304 average, .939 OPS and 3.3 bWAR as Boston’s DH. He has an opt-out (with a $2.5 million buyout) and three years, $62.5 million remaining on his current deal. At this point, of course, with his mediocre glove and back issues — Boston limited his time in the field as much as possible in 2019 — he’s mostly an AL-only option at DH, unless an NL team is just that desperate for a lineup upgrade in outfield. Possible destinations: Mariners, White SoxSN’s prediction: White SoxUPDATE: Martinez decided against opting out of his deal, so he’s back with Boston for 2020. 6. Josh Donaldson, 34, 3BThoughts: After injury issues in 2017 and 2018, Donaldson proved in 2019 — on a one-year deal with the Braves — that he’s still an elite middle-of-the-order bat (37 homers, .900 OPS) who plays above-average defense at third base, and more than one contender could use that combination (he had a 6.1 bWAR). At 34 years old, he’s not going to land a long deal, but a two or three year deal with a high AAV seems mutually beneficial for the right team. He’s a cheaper, but still very much a win-now, option for teams that don’t land (or bid on) Rendon.Possible destinations: Phillies, Mets, Cardinals, Braves, Nationals, BrewersSN’s prediction: Braves 7. Hyun-Jin Ryu, 33, SPThoughts: Ryu made 44 starts over the past two seasons, and he’s produced a 2.21 ERA, which is pretty darn impressive. Plus, because he accepted the Dodgers’ qualifying offer last year, he will be free of draft-pick compensation, which will be a big plus for the lefty, in this era when teams are hesitant to give up those picks. Possible destinations: Dodgers, Twins, Angels, RangersSN’s prediction: Dodgers8. Zack Wheeler, 30, SPThoughts: Wheeler’s ERA this year (3.96) was above his career average, but his FIP (3.48) was below his career average. He often looks like a Cy Young candidate out there, and you can bet that’s how his agents will frame his resume. He won’t get as much as the elite starters on the market, but he might produce relatively similar numbers. Possible destinations: Mets, Yankees, Angels, Phillies, Dodgers, CubsSN’s prediction: Phillies9. Nicholas Castellanos, 28, OFThoughts: Castellanos seemed clearly revived when he was traded from the Tigers to the Cubs and joined a pennant race. In 51 games with Chicago, the corner outfielder hit 16 homers, batted .321 and posted a 151 OPS+. Also, he doesn’t turn 28 until March 4, making him a couple of years younger than most free agents this offseason. Possible destinations: Cubs, White Sox, Rays, Indians, Red SoxSN’s prediction: Red Sox
Courtnay Montgomery, the 55-year-old daughter of wealthy local philanthropists Mary Montgomery and the late Bob Montgomery, was charged this week with cocaine trafficking, as well as using, possessing or manufacturing drug equipment to transport drugs, court records state.An assistant state attorney said during a bond hearing Thursday morning that Montgomery had 110 grams of cocaine in her possession at the time of her arrest.Montgomery, who lives in Wellington, was booked into the Palm Beach County Jail on Wednesday morning. Palm Beach County Judge Paul Damico has set her bond at $100,000.She was first arrested for drugs back in 1995, when Palm Beach police found her passed out in her car while holding 24 rocks of crack cocaine, court records show.Her father, trial lawyer Bob Montgomery, died in 2008. Since then, allegations from caretakers and court-appointed guardians have conflicted with Courtnay Montgomery’s claims of how her ailing mother was being treated following her father’s death.Caretakers allege that Courtnay was a danger to her mother, while Courtnay says they were the ones who were taking advantage of her mother.In 2016, Mary Montgomery failed to return from a trip to visit her daughter in Minnesota. When police tried to conduct a welfare check on Mary, Courtnay allegedly threatened them. Courtnay was subsequently charged with five counts of exploitation.The following month, a judge appointed a guardian to manage Mary Montgomery’s estate. Shortly thereafter, Courtnay sued the guardian for not acting in her mother’s best interest.Two years ago, police charged Courtnay with grand theft and conspiracy to commit grand theft. They say she took a Rolls-Royce and a Bentley, in addition to $1.34 million in silverware, and $8,000 in fine wine from her family’s home. Last year, the family’s 26,000-square-foot Mediterranean mansion at 1800 South Ocean Boulevard in Palm Beach was sold for over $37 million dollars.Mary and Courtnay Montgomery both receive a monthly stipend from the $206 million settlement that Bob Montgomery won when he sued the state for cheating him on fees they owed him for a tobacco litigation case.If a settlement is reached in the guardianship case, Courtnay Montgomery would receive $73,000 per month.Courtnay Montgomery’s attorney, Cindy E. D’Agostino, has declined to comment.
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