French journalist accused of spying

first_img January 8, 2003 – Updated on January 20, 2016 French journalist accused of spying to go further Follow the news on Côte d’Ivoire October 16, 2020 Find out more The journalist, Anne Boher, who works for the British news agency Reuters, was arrested on 6 January by government forces in San-Pédro, 450 km west of Abidjan. The radio accused her of spying for the main rebel group, the Côte d’Ivoire Patriotic Movement (MPCI), which controls half the country, and said she was carrying “incriminating documents.” After being taken to Abidjan for questioning, she was freed the next day.”Being called a spy over the radio seriously endangers a journalist’s safety,” said Reporters Without Border secretary-general Robert Ménard. “The job of the state media is to try calm the situation, not make it worse.” He called on President Laurence Gbagbo to meet him to discuss press freedom in Côte d’Ivoire.The organisation also called on the authorities, notably communications minister Séry Bailly, to make every effort to see that journalists could work freely and securely in areas under government control.Since the attempted coup on 19 September last, the press freedom situation in Côte d’Ivoire has sharply worsened, with many local and foreign journalists targeted by government forces. Several were arrested and a French radio producer was held for six days. Reporters Without Borders today called on the Ivorian government to reprimand the state media for saying an arrested Reuters journalist, Anne Boher, was “a spy” working for rebel forces. Reporters Without Borders today called on the Ivorian government to reprimand the state media after the government radio station said an arrested French journalist was “a spy” in the pay of the country’s rebel forces. News Côte d’IvoireAfrica Help by sharing this information Organisation The 2020 pandemic has challenged press freedom in Africacenter_img Threats against journalists in run-up to Côte d’Ivoire’s presidential election RSF’s recommendations for protecting press freedom during Côte d’Ivoire’s elections News Receive email alerts RSF_en Reports October 29, 2020 Find out more News Côte d’IvoireAfrica November 27, 2020 Find out morelast_img read more

Wheelchair theft seen as new low

first_img‘Youths were spotted holding up traffic with the wheelchair getting a ‘laugh’ out of it…’THE theft of a wheelchair that was a young boy’s “only form of independence,” has been seen as a “sickening new low” for a family that has battled hardship for the last three years in Thomondgate. 16-year-old Shane Dundon has cerebral palsy and is now house bound because of the actions of a number of youths who stole the wheelchair from the front porch of the family home in Thomondgate last Sunday. Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up Mother of six, Theresa Dundon, told the Limerick Post that the seat and frame of the chair were found the following day in Hartigan Villas after youths took the wheels and used them for a horse-drawn sulky kart.“It is bad enough trying to get the council to repair the house, but taking Shane’s only form of independence has really knocked his confidence. He’s upstairs in his room now and can’t or wont come down. He started in St Nessan’s recently and that was a big step for him. I mean, my son has welts on his hands from having to crawl in and out the front door. This is no life for a boy who has suffered to this stage of his life”.Theresa’s and the lives of her family have taken many set backs as the Limerick woman had to bury her college going son who was murdered in the UK during a random act of violence. With five children now, four of whom live with here in the “decrepit house” in Thomondgate, Theresa says that she has been living on empty promises from the local authority to get her house wheelchair friendly.“The house is in a very bad way, the shower doesn’t work, the toilet is in a state, the backgarden is like a swimming pool and it’s gone from bad to worse”.The Dundon family had to move from their original home in Hartigan Villas as the house next-door to their former home was petrol bombed and the council moved them for their own safety.“I had heroin addicts in the garden shooting up and for fear I had to sleep on the couch. We were all in fear of what random act could happen next and even my son crawled out to the front green at 6am scared out of his wits. The council moved us after the lady next door had her house petrol bombed. Now we have been put into this house and they have just forgotten about us. Letters go unanswered, promises go unfulfilled and I’m told there’s no money there to put in a few ramps.“It broke my heart to hear Shane say to me, ‘Mam, if I fell outside and broke my neck maybe then they would do something then’”.Shane’s sister, Nicole, says that this is not the first incident involving a group of up to eight youths “who are taking children’s bikes, hubcaps from cars and stuff like that, but it has taken a step too far this time.Gardai at Mayorstone are investigating.Nicole’s frustration continued when she added that the perpetrators of the wheelchair theft are aged “as young as 12 and 13. They shouldn’t go unpunished because of their age. It makes me sick to think that you cant even leave a wheelchair in your own porch without it being stolen.” Advertisement Facebook Email Print WhatsAppcenter_img Previous articleBowie’s career under the spotlightNext articleLimerick FC could win title this weekend admin NewsLocal NewsWheelchair theft seen as new lowBy admin – September 27, 2012 720 Twitter Linkedinlast_img read more

Gov. Wolf: Department of Health Reaches COVID-19 Testing Goal in May, Continues to Increase Testing in Several Regions

first_img SHARE Email Facebook Twitter June 03, 2020 Gov. Wolf: Department of Health Reaches COVID-19 Testing Goal in May, Continues to Increase Testing in Several Regionscenter_img Press Release,  Public Health Governor Tom Wolf announced today that the Department of Health reached its testing goals in May with more than 283,000 COVID-19 diagnostic test results reported to the department. The department achieved its 2 percent testing goal for the month by more than 11 percent.In addition, beginning Friday, June 5, various Walmart and Quest Diagnostics drive-thru testing locations across the state will provide testing for residents living in areas with fewer testing sites. No COVID-19 testing will take place inside Walmart stores or Quest Diagnostics Patient Service Centers.“We appreciate the hard work done by health systems, pharmacies, FQHCs, medical clinics and other entities that are providing testing for COVID-19 across Pennsylvania,” Gov. Wolf said. “This goal is just one step in ramping up the state’s testing capabilities and it demonstrates the tremendous progress made to ensure all Pennsylvanians who need to be tested are.”Secretary of Health Dr. Rachel Levine said, “When we established our testing strategy, we wanted testing to be accessible, available and adaptable and we are working to meet that challenge. Anyone who believes they have symptoms of COVID-19 can get tested today in Pennsylvania.”A soft launch of five drive-thru testing sites will begin on June 5. These sites will be open on Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 7:00 AM to 9:00 AM to test up to 50 registered patients. Registration is required one day in advance. The testing sites that will open on Wednesday include:Walmart Supercenter parking lot, 63 Perkins Rd, Clarion, PAWalmart Supercenter parking lot, 2711 Elm Street, Erie, PAWalmart Supercenter parking lot, 1015 N Loyalsock Ave, Montoursville, PAWalmart Supercenter parking lot, 100 Supercenter Drive, Clearfield, PAWalmart Supercenter parking lot, 1275 N Hermitage Rd, Hermitage, PAAdditional testing sites will be announced in upcoming days and will be listed on the department’s website.“After testing, you are required to return home and self-isolate,” Dr. Levine said. “If your symptoms worsen while you are waiting for your test results, talk to your doctor. If you experience a medical emergency, please seek immediate care.”The Department of Health is partnering with Quest Diagnostics to process the tests. At this time, the tests are being provided at no cost to Pennsylvanians. Patients will create an account on Quest’s patient portal and answer some eligibility questions to determine if they meet the criteria to get tested. The site will be available for appointment scheduling at 6:00 PM this evening.If the patient is eligible, they will be notified of a testing location within a 50-mile radius of them with available appointment times. The patient will schedule an appointment time, print a voucher and bring the voucher to the location with them to their appointment. Patients will receive an email with their test results within 24 to 48 hours, and physicians will call any patient who has a positive test result.Through the work of a number of entities, testing is accessible for Pennsylvanians. As entities such as Rite Aid, CVS, Patient First and Walmart offer testing regardless of symptoms, more Pennsylvanians can get tested close to home. Adding these locations to those already offered by hospitals, health systems, FQHCs, health clinics and other locations has expanded the testing network in the state.With increased testing supplies through state and federal partners and Pennsylvania businesses, testing has become more available in Pennsylvania. This has helped ensure that the swabs and medium are available to conduct testing, and to also roll out universal testing at long-term care facilities.The department’s testing plan remains adaptable. This includes ensuring everyone in a long-term care facility can be tested, providing all counties with at least one testing location, and other efforts based on the latest data and science surrounding COVID-19.Symptoms of COVID-19 include:FeverCoughShortness of breath or difficulty breathingDiarrheaChillsRepeating shaking with chillsMuscle painHeadacheSore throatNew loss of taste or smellSymptoms may appear in as few as two days or as long as 14 days after exposure. Reported illnesses have ranged from people with little to no symptoms to people being severely ill and dying.For the latest information for individuals, families, businesses and schools, visit “Responding to COVID-19” on Wolf Administration stresses the role Pennsylvanians play in helping to reduce the spread of COVID-19:Wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds or use hand sanitizer if soap and water are not available.Cover any coughs or sneezes with your elbow, not your hands.Clean surfaces frequently.Stay home to avoid spreading COVID-19, especially if you are unwell.If you must go out for a life-sustaining reason, please wear a mask.Updated Coronavirus Links: Press Releases, State Lab Photos, GraphicsDaily COVID-19 ReportPress releases regarding coronavirusLatest information on the coronavirusPhotos of the state’s lab in Exton (for download and use)Coronavirus and preparedness graphics (located at the bottom of the page)Community preparedness and procedures materialsMap with the number of COVID-19 casesAll Pennsylvania residents are encouraged to sign up for AlertPA, a text notification system for health, weather, and other important alerts like COVID-19 updates from commonwealth agencies. 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Benjamin Lee Steele Sr. age, 81

first_imgBenjamin Lee Steele Sr., 81, of Laurel, Indiana, passed away Sunday, September 25, 2016 at Christ Hospital, Cincinnati, Ohio where he had been a patient for the past week.He was born April 10, 1935 in Bentonville, Indiana, one of nine children of George Green and Phema Parsons Steele. A veteran of the U. S. Navy, where he served from May 19, 1952 until May 18, 1960, Benjamin was stationed on the USS Yosemite AD-19.On May 9, 1956, he was married in Laurel to Bertha Helen Watts, of Fall River, Massachusetts. Mrs. Steele survives.For many years, he co-owned Steele Brothers Construction and later B & J Stone Mason Construction, retiring in 2005.He was a member of the Church of the Nazarene, of Laurel. He enjoyed hunting, fishing and was a fan of football, NASCAR and boxing.Survivors besides his wife of 60 years, Bertha Steele, include three children, Benjamin Lee (Sharon) Steele Jr., of Villa Hills, KY, Denise Lee (Randy) Bare, of Laurel, IN and Jason Lee Steele and companion, Ashley Houchin, of Brookville, IN; eight grandchildren, Benjamin L. Steele III, Kristen M. (Asa) Adams, Kendall J. Bare, Lacey (Josh) Minniti, Matthew Wilson, Brandy (Cory) Earnest, Ryan (Jamie) Wilson, Ashton Wilson; six great- grandchildren, Braylin Minniti, Reagan Minniti, Blayne Mullins, Parker Wilson, Ryder Minniti and Sophia Houchin; a brother, Lawrence (Ethel) Steele, of Brookville, IN; two sisters-in-law, Anna Steele, of Metamora, IN and Lucille Steele, of Laurel; a number of nieces, nephews and cousins.Besides his parents, he is preceded in death by five brothers, Joe Sparks, David Steele, Charles Steele, Everett Steele and Franklin Steele; two sisters, Venis Steele Feeback and Mary Steele Pence.Funeral services will be held at 3 PM, Thursday, September 29, 2016 at the Laurel Church of the Nazarene with Pastor Everett Quinton officiating. Burial with military honors by Bernard Hurst Post #77, American Legion, Brookville will be in Laurel North Cemetery. Friends may call at the church from 11 AM until 3 PM on Thursday. Miller, Moster, Robbins Funeral Home has been entrusted with arrangements and friends may also visit anytime at read more