Follow the news on Gabon News to go further Organisation Weekly seized from Gabon’s newsstands Reporters Without Borders condemns the beating which cameraman Claude Aba Mboula of privately-owned TV station Télé Africa received from police when he filmed police violence during a street protest against cost of living increases in Libreville on 25 April.“Cases of journalists on the job being physically attacked by police are increasing dangerously in Gabon and must one day be punished or else the climate of impunity will just encourage them to continue,” the press freedom organisation said. “The Gabonese authorities must carry out an investigation into the attack on Mboula and punish the police officers responsible.”The police beat Mboula and seized his camera after noticing that he was filming their use of violence against Jean-Robert Menié, the spokesman of the civil society coalition called Fairness and Quality that organised the march. Mboula was taken to a Libreville hospital where he was treated for three broken ribs. The camera was later recovered from Libreville police headquarters without the videotape of the attack on Menié, Télé Africa editor Snella Ange Pambo said.When Télé Africa reporter Ginette Moussadji was clubbed by police in similar circumstances on 21 December 2005, footage of the incident was filmed by an amateur cameraman and shown on the Libreville news media, causing widespread outrage.But neither the attack on Moussadji nor any other case of police violence against journalists has been punished or condemned by the National Council for Communication, which regulates the broadcast media. Receive email alerts RSF_en January 24, 2020 Find out more GabonAfrica December 31, 2019 Find out more GabonAfrica The 2020 pandemic has challenged press freedom in Africa News News Reports Gabonese journalist could spend New Year’s Eve in prison Help by sharing this information November 27, 2020 Find out more April 28, 2008 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Police beat TV cameraman who filmed police attack on protest organiser
Rides are ready for visitors at Playland’s Castaway Cove. By MADDY VITALEA Jan. 30 fire may have torn through Playland’s Castaway Cove, destroying the arcade at the popular amusement park on the Ocean City Boardwalk.But on March 27, Playland’s is reopening to offer visitors enjoyment once again with rides and attractions, along with an array of discounts. For a complete listing of hours available visit https://oceancityfun.com/events/month/“March 27 is as quickly as we could possibly open,” Brian Hartley, vice president of Playland’s Castaway Cove, said in an interview on Wednesday. “We are excited to get back open and back to a little bit of normalcy.”The fire was ruled accidental and there were no injuries. In addition to the arcade, Dairy Queen, operated by Playland’s Castaway Cove, and tenants Hamburger Construction Company and Brume Juice were destroyed in the same building.But the majority of rides weren’t touched by the flames.“There may be a few rides that won’t be opened yet. But for the most part, normally we have 20 rides ready by March. We are shooting for 18 to 20 rides,” Hartley noted.Demolition work to remove the charred remains of the arcade and its iconic pirate ship as well as offices and the other businesses has yet to begin. When it does, Hartley said, the hope is that it would take just a couple of weeks to remove raze and remove the rubble.Flames and thick black smoke rise above the Boardwalk in the early stages of the blaze Jan. 30.Hartley said Playland’s owner, Scott Simpson, and he, hope that matter to demolish the site goes before the Zoning Board this month.“We are still waiting for the demolition permit and the site hasn’t been released yet,” he said, adding that the insurance company must release it. “It will be a monumental task. We are trying to get on the agenda of the March 13 Zoning Board meeting. That would be a big date for us.”He noted that Mayor Jay Gillian and other city officials have been helpful.“The city has been great. They really helped us out a lot,” Hartley added. “Everyone has been really responsive to us.”Logistically, he explained how visitors to the park will be able to enter and exit without the use of the arcade entrance.The visitors will walk through an easement at Jilly’s, an adjacent Boardwalk business. An area will be fenced off for demolition.“For this summer, the plan is to just get a deck down where the arcade for people to come through to the park. It would probably be an open air one,” he said. “In the fall we would start putting up the walls and get the rest of the building built. We want to work with the city. We don’t want a ton of construction going on at the Boardwalk during the summer.”For now, Hartley said, he, Simpson and the rest of the staff are anxious to welcome visitors to the amusement park.And although the fire destroyed the arcade, there will still be a lot for people to enjoy who have made coming to the park a family tradition.“The last two weekends the phone has been nonstop,” Hartley noted of people calling to ask when the park would open for the 2021 season.The walkway that leads to Playland’s Castaway Cove will be the main way in the park temporarily.
Students were given the chance to sample a variety of residence hall fare Thursday night at Farley Hall’s second annual Taste of ND. A dozen campus halls brought offerings from their food sale shops for students to sample and to compete in a tasting contest, sophomore Erin Killymurray, a coordinator of the event, said. “Taste of ND is a great opportunity for every dorm food sale to show off their own unique food,” she said. “People should know that these places exist. Everyone has access to other dorms’ foods. A lot of people just don’t know about it.” Besides offering students the opportunity to get a taste of hall eateries, Farley took the opportunity to give back, Killmurray said. Free to students last year, the hall decided to charge $2 per person, with proceeds benefitting the Northern Indiana Food Bank. “There was a great turnout last year,” she said. “We completely ran out of food. With such a great turnout from last year’s event, we decided to charge $2 a person and donate the proceeds … It’s a great way to give back to the community.” Some of the participating dorms included Keough Kitchen, Zahm Pizza, McGlinn Snack Shack and St. Edward Hall’s shop, Ed’s. Senior Toph Stare of Zahm’s Pizza said he was happy to get the word out about his hall’s food sales. “Finding ways to market food for dorm sales is difficult since a lot of people just don’t even know these food sales exist,” Stare said. “This event is a great opportunity for us to market our products and let people know what’s out there.” Senior Dana McKane, representative for McGlinn’s Snack Shack, agreed that Taste of ND could be helpful for future food sales. “Every dorm has something different to offer,” she said. “Now that more people can see and taste other dorms’ products, hopefully sales in each dorm will increase. Last year was the first year for the Taste of ND and also the first year that McGlinn Snack Shack was in business, so it was great for us to get some attention right away.” Each attendee had the opportunity to vote on their favorite foods from the event, and guest judges also had input in the selection of the winning foods. Guest judges included Leprechaun Michael George, men’s basketball guard Joey Brooks and student body vice president Brett Rocheleau. The judges’ top selection was Ed’s, Killmurray said. Representatives from Ed’s brought paninis and, the local favorite, smoothies. “The St. Ed’s smoothies are great,” Brooks said. “I’m not going to lie, I might go to ‘Sted’s’ to get a smoothie once in a while.” George said tasting food from around campus might encourage hesitant students to venture to other dorms for late night snacks. “I think a lot of people don’t like to leave the comfort of their dorm when they are studying late at night,” George said. “Hopefully that will change with this event.” Other judges’ picks included Zahm Pizza and McGlinn Hall Snack Shack. “You can taste the love and care in every cupcake,” George said.
GRAND BLANC, Mich. – Bonuses totaling $39,500 have been paid by Chevrolet Performance to IMCA drivers winning 2016 track championships while competing exclusively with crate engines.One hundred and twenty-one different drivers in the IMCA Xtreme Motor Sports Modified, Karl Chevrolet Northern SportMod, Scoggin-Dickey Parts Center Southern SportMod and IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stock divisions won a total of 158 track titles with crate engines this season.Bonuses of $250 per track championship were mailed this month from the IMCA home office. This was the third season in the latest three-year bonus agreement with Chevrolet Performance, which has now awarded some $200,000 to eligible drivers over the course of the bonus program.“This has been a lucrative program for our members since its inception over a decade ago and we appreciate the support Chevrolet has shown IMCA racers during that time,” noted IMCA Marketing Director Kevin Yoder. “We’ll continue to structure this program to put cash in the pockets of IMCA drivers and recognize track championships.”The 52 crate-powered Modified drivers winning 66 track titles and $16,500 in bonuses were:$1,000 – Ricky Stephan.$750 – Cory Sample.$500 – Chaz Baca, Steven Bowers Jr., Jordan Grabouski, Michael Johnson, Tyler Limoges, Mitch Morris, Chris Nieman and Marlyn Seidler.$250 – Chris Abelson, Jacob Adler, Russell Allen, Drew Armstrong, Randy Brown, Tate Cole, Eric Dailey, Justin Elmer, Albert Gill, Kevin Green, Matt Guillaume, Travis Hagen, Clint Hatlestad, Jared Hoefelman, Jeff Hoegh, Billy Kendall, Shawn Kilgore, Eddie Kirchoff, Shawn LaRocque, Ronn Lauritzen, Red Monson, Nate Moore, Adam Morris, Travis Olheiser, Shawn Reed, Kyle Rohleder, Kody Scholpp, Dylan Sherfick, Mike Strobl, Regan Tafoya, Gary VanderMark, Rob VanMil, Josh Vogt, A.J. Ward, Tim Ward, Jeff Waterman, Mark Wauge, Johnny Whitman, Billy Wilker, Jason Wolla, Kyle Yeack and Chris Zogg.Forty-one Northern and Southern SportMod drivers earning track championships and shares of $13,250 in bonuses included:$750 – Nick Meyer, Tony Olson and Jesse Skalicky.$500 – Brian Cooper, Matt Looft, Clint Luellen, Kyle Prauner, Doug Smith and Tyler Soppe.$250 – Jason Andrews, Jordan Barkholtz, Chris Birmingham, Lance Borgman, Todd Boulware, Karl Brewer, Austin Charles, Todd Cooper, Brian Davidson, Chuck Delp, Rick Diaz, James Digiovanni, Junior Flores, Shawn Hand, Randy LeMieux Jr., Johnathon Logue, Cody Malcom, Chris McKellar, Ryan Moser, Adolfo Noriega, John Oliver Jr., Robby Rosselli, Jeff Schmuhl, Tom Schneider, Zach Schulz, David Siercks, Dalton Simonsen, Nick Spainhoward, Austin Svoboda, Kevin Tabor, Jeremy Van Ede and Nelson Vollbrecht.Shares of $9,750 in bonuses went to these 28 Hobby Stock drivers:$750 – Tim Church and Cory Probst.$500 – Shannon Anderson, Brady Bencken, Andrew Bertsch, Cody Nielsen, Phil Reid, Lukus Wassom and Jason Wilkinson.$250 – Dana Brandt, Andrew Burg, Nate DeSive, Dustin Griffiths, Benji Irvine, Jason Kohl, Corey Madden, Myles Michehl, TeJay Mielke, Rusty Montagne, Matt O’Hair, Jim Robinson, Leevi Runge, Aaron Shearn, Tony Slothower, Daniel Smith, Ryan Sutter, Mike Watkins and John Watson.