Liberation of the Auxiliary Bishop of Owerri

Bishop Moses Chikwe and his driver were released by their captors on Friday evening, said Bishop Obinna, the Archbishop of Owerri, Nigeria. The two men were kidnapped Sunday evening. During the Angelus, the Pope called for their release.

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It’s around 10 p.m. Friday 1is January that Bishop Moses Chikwe and Robert Ndubuisi, his driver, were released. This was announced in a statement Bishop Anthony Obinna, the Archbishop of Owerri, who went to meet his auxiliary bishop in his residence at around 10:45 p.m. He saw a man there “Very weakened by this traumatic experience” he specifies.

The driver was taken to hospital shortly after being released to treat a deep cut on his hand caused by the kidnappers.

The Archbishop of Owerri thanks the authorities of Imo State and Anambra State and in particular the anti-kidnapping brigade of the police and other security services who collaborated to obtain the release of Bishop Chikwe and Robert Ndubuisi. He also thanks Pope Francis who, yesterday, during the Angelus, had prayed for such an outcome, as well as the apostolic nuncio and the Vatican who remained in contact with him.

“To all cardinals, Catholic bishops, priests, religious and lay people in Nigeria and around the world, I say a huge thank you for your fervent prayers and supplications. I also thank other Christians and people of good will for their spiritual and human solidarity during this painful period ”.

Earlier this week, Bishop Obinna told Vatican News that “The bishops, priests, men and women religious, we do not benefit from the security of the police or the army when we move ». «the Church is part of the people and lives with them their sufferings. We are not far from the peopleHe continued.


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TVOG coach Samu Haber talks about his criminal past

Updated on October 14, 2020, 9:28 a.m.

“The Voice of Germany” coach Samu Haber is known for his charm and his relaxed manner. In his autobiography, the 44-year-old Finn describes how he used both to riot other people.

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Samu Haber can currently be seen again as a coach on “The Voice of Germany”. The Sunrise Avenue frontman says he has a dark past. In his new Autobiography “Forever Yours” he reports from criminal machinations in his youth.

In an interview with the “Bild” newspaper, the 44-year-old spoke about his earlier missteps, which are mentioned in his new book, including working for one in Spain when he was young seedy real estate company, the Tourists ripped off.

“The office was in a seaside villa that Bosses looked like cinema mafiosi“reports Haber. I have it everywhere smelled of wealth “, the employees – to whom he belonged – approached tourists in good faith and persuaded them to” take part in competitions, in which they naturally won “.” That was part of the system. Then we took them to our vacation resorts and sold them timeshare rights. “

That he is a “criminal veins” the singer does not believe. His previous talent for recruiting people for the company was simply due to his “sunny disposition,” he says. “I convinced people with my charm.”

“The Voice of Germany”: Samu Haber was “hungry for life”

Today the musician is not proud of his criminal past, as he reveals in the interview: “All I did wasn’t right, clear.“That he let himself be carried away to the dubious business is explained by Haber, that he was” hungry for life as a young person “and”wanted the adventure“The companies I worked for promised just that.”

Because of his illegal job, Haber almost ended up in prison like some of his colleagues at the time, he has already been wanted by the police. However, the singer resigned in 1999 and a few years later unpacked to the authorities about the masterminds of the fraud business.

Not the first criminal job

It was not the first timethat Helsinki-born “The Voice” coach criminal jobs assumed. When the success with his first band Sunrise, the predecessor of Sunrise Avenue, failed to materialize, Haber began to work in so-called “Network Marketing” in his home country of Finland – and brought it up inoperative alarm systems to the man.

He recalls: “I came from military service and didn’t have a job. In a bar, a guy told me like me make a lot of money quickly could: Network Marketing. “The man then took him” to a conference room of a hotel “to his seminar.” That is how I was convinced. “

Since 2006, the now 44-year-old has no longer needed such business. As the front man of Sunrise Avenue He made it back then with the song “Fairytale Gone Bad” breakthrough. The rock band’s most commercially successful hit is “Hollywood Hills” from 2011.

Haber announced this last year Off Sunrise Avenue. However, the Finns will open up again in 2021 big farewell tour. It should have taken place this summer. Due to the corona pandemic, however, the dates have been postponed.
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For the tenth time, experienced musicians are looking for exceptional singing talents as part of the casting show “The Voice of Germany”. In addition to the applicants, the audience’s gaze is directed at least as much towards the celebrities who give their ratings. Among them are old friends, returnees – and a new one.


European Maritime Surveillance Mission in the Strait of Hormuz – Political declaration by eight European countries (20.01.20)

In 2019, growing insecurity and instability, which resulted in numerous maritime and non-maritime incidents, were observed in the Gulf and the Strait of Hormuz, the consequences of intensifying regional tensions. This situation has been undermining the freedom of navigation and the safety of European and foreign ships and crews for months. It also compromises trade and energy supply, which can have economic consequences around the world.

The recent events in the Middle East are of great concern as they are fueling tensions and increasing the risk of a possible large-scale conflict, which would have consequences throughout the region. The context calls for strengthened de-escalation initiatives to interrupt the current trend.

Germany, Belgium, Denmark, France, Greece, Italy, the Netherlands, and Portugal believing that the current situation in the Gulf and the Strait of Hormuz remains unstable in a region essential to global stability and supporting the de-escalation approach to regional security issues, provide political support to the creation of a European Maritime Surveillance Mission in the Strait of Hormuz (EMASOH). They welcome all the operational contributions already announced by Denmark, France, Greece, and the Netherlands in support of this effort and look forward to new commitments in the coming days.

Complementary to the maritime security actions and initiatives underway in the region, in particular the International Maritime Security Construct, the objective of EMASOH is to guarantee a safe navigation environment and to calm current regional tensions.

In full compliance with international law, in particular the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea, the mission will provide concrete increased knowledge and surveillance of the maritime situation, by deploying additional maritime surveillance means in the region. Gulf and the Arabian Sea. We are grateful to the United Arab Emirates for offering to host the mission headquarters in their territory.

EMASOH will be a useful instrument for preserving the freedom of navigation by ensuring the existence of appropriate coordination and information sharing mechanisms between all partners active in the field, in particular the maritime industry. In addition, EMASOH aims to encourage de-escalation and complement fundamental diplomatic efforts aimed at ensuring increased stability and open regional dialogue in a critical context.


Baltimore, infernal archipelago – Liberation

With David Simon, we did, in France, everything backwards: the success of the series The Wire brought to The Corner and the latter led to the discovery of his bookish work (1). Entitled Baltimore, the French translation ofHomicide, A Year on the Killing Streets, initially released in 1991, closes the loop, or more exactly opens it. So let’s assume the archaeological reading of a work already bearing the trademark of the former journalist of the Baltimore Sun : the authentic.

From a sordid street corner, scene of yet another homicide, the author wonders: “If a drug dealer hits the streets of Baltimore and no one is around to hear him, does he make a sound?” A question among many others but which gives a posteriori a key to reading a work busy telling from the street, making audible the muffled noises of urban margins and thus repoliticizing a public space in decline.

Baltimore, a real documentary base of The Wire, is the result of a one-year field investigation, immersed in the city’s criminal brigade. This gives an account, like a logbook, of the accumulation of bodies in a city facing deindustrialisation. David Simon deciphers an infernal archipelago, revealing a geographical logic elevated to the rank of quasi-law: in abandoned wastelands, abandoned pavilions or deserted parking lots, crime seems to systematically fill the voids of the city. “Shrinking” (2) and, above all, the ghettos walled up in the trade and consumption of crack and heroin. Simon surveys a city that geographer David Harvey considers a particularly relevant laboratory for thinking about the misdeeds of neoliberalism: “A mess, not the enchanting mess that makes cities so interesting to explore, but a horrible mess” (3).

The author’s point of view is antispectacular: clinical when he describes damaged bodies, minimalist when he evokes landscapes of brick or formstones, less occupied in any case to make an inventory of fixtures than to account for mediums announcing in it the visual regime of close-ups of The Wire and Treme. Asphalt doesn’t lie; the writing has already integrated the criticism of television series coming out of the heavy artillery and wants to be an alternative to imaginaries relating to the “syndrome” the experts and more generally media discourse.

Baltimore, as The Wire, is a story that goes beyond the pathological vision of landscapes. From the corpses, the existence of those who fall and that of the cops who observe them once fallen, but also indirectly the history of the city and the unpaid debts of segregation are told.

Even more, the book reveals the vertical mechanisms of power and justice, of under-education which results in the reproduction of violence and marginality. Far from any idealization, the figures of the inspectors, “Illegals in their own city”, thus occupy a gray zone between the interplay of forces of the center and the periphery, but they remain the link of a puzzle agglomeration that Simon continues, despite everything, to think of as a unit united to the common destiny.

(1) Master class by David Simon, October 15, at the Forum des images in Paris, visible on (2) “Shrinking cities” refer to agglomerations such as Detroit, Cleveland or Baltimore, where deindustrialisation is reflected by a loss of population and occasionally by the hollowing out of certain portions of neighborhoods. (3) David Harvey, in “Spaces of Capital”, Edinburgh University Press, 2000, (BP translation).

Bertrand Pleven Geographer, Geography-Cities research team

Baltimore of David Simon Translated from English (United States) by Héloise Esquié, Sonatine Editions, 937 pp, 23 €.