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Six killed in apparent murder-suicide at birthday party



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Six people were killed at a birthday party in Colorado Springs early Sunday after a man opened fire inside a home before taking his own life.

An unidentified suspect drove to the party, located at a mobile home community, entered the residence where people were gathered and began shooting at around 12:18 a.m., according to Colorado Springs Police.

He is believed to be the boyfriend of one of the victims, based on a preliminary investigation.

Children who were at the party were unharmed and are in the custody of family members, police said.

Police respond to the scene of a shooting in Colorado Springs, Colo., on May 9, 2021.

Colorado Springs Police Chief Vince Niski said officers and investigators working the case are “left incredibly shaken.”

“This is something you hope never happens in your own community, in the place that you call home,” Niski said. “When these types of unspeakable acts happen, there is nothing that can be done to fully rebuild what was lost or replace those who are no longer with us.”

Authorities found six people dead at the scene and a man seriously injured when they arrived on scene. That man later died at a hospital. The victims have not been identified.

It was a “senseless act of violence” that has left the community mourning, Colorado Springs Mayor John Suthers said.

“We ask the public’s patience with the investigation and we seek the sensitivity of our media partners as CSPD completes a thorough investigation to provide answers to the families and friends impacted by this tragedy,” Suthers said in a statement Sunday.


Source: Adomonline


Achimota School backtracks on decision not to admit rasta students




Achimota School has temporarily backtracked on its decision not to admit two Rastafarian students.

The School in a statement after the landmark ruling by an Accra High Court which was hailed by the majority of Ghanaians stated that it had instructed its lawyers to appeal the decision.

But the school’s board in another statement on Wednesday, June 2, 2021, said after consultations with relevant stakeholders it had considered the interest of all parties. The statement, however, added that it was committed to an appeal against the ruling of the High Court.

“Further to our statement issued on 1st June 2021 on the subject of two Rastafarian applicants, we have been in consultation with other relevant stakeholders to seek the best ways forward, taking into account the interests of all parties.

“While the Board remains committed to the appeal against the High Court ruling, it will withdraw the application for a stay of execution pending the determination of the appeal by a higher court.”

The impasse between the students and the school has been ongoing since March 19 during which the two students have not been able to start academic work with their colleagues.

Tyrone Marghuy and Oheneba Nkrabea were placed at the school through the Computerized School Selection and Placement System (CSSPS) having satisfied the entry requirement by creditably passing their Basic Education Certificate Examination (BECE).

Source: Ghana/

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Medikal details why he walked off stage at 4Syte TV Music Video Awards 2021




Medikal says he left because he was done with his verse

• Medikal left the stage during a performance with colleagues at the event

• The incident stoked controversy with people wondering what could have informed his decision

• Medikal in an interview said he left the stage due to an earlier communication from organisers

Rapper Medikal has shot down assertions that he walked off stage during his performance with colleague musicians Kuami EugeneKelvyn Boy, Kweku Smoke, and label mate AMG Armani out of spite.

A video clip that was in circulation a day after this year’s edition of the ceremony captured Medikal leaving the stage right after he performed his verse on a song a group of artistes had recorded for the event.

Speaking on Daybreak Hitz, Medikal clarified he did so without any malice.

According to him, as part of efforts to prevent an overcrowded stage, organisers informed them prior to the performance that they would have to leave the stage for Kuami Eugene to continue with his performance.

“I didn’t walk off stage to disrespect anyone…” he maintained. “It was planned that after we’re done performing that song, we were all going to get off stage for Kuami Eugene to do other performances. It’s a song we recorded for 4Syte TV. After doing my verse, I thought we were all supposed to leave but my colleagues were still on stage because they were not done with their part; I was done… It wasn’t a disrespectful act at all.

“I went to sit down. I wasn’t angry. If I was angry, I would have left the venue.”

The 2021 4Syte TV Music Video Awards was held on Friday, May 28 in Accra. Medikal’s ‘La Hustle’ was adjudged the Most Popular Music Video of the Year. He also won the Most Influential Artiste of the Year award.


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World’s largest meat supplier hit by cyber-attack



JBS sign outside one of the company's Australian plantsIMAGE COPYRIGHTGETTY IMAGES

The world’s largest meat processing company has been targeted by a sophisticated cyber-attack.

Computer networks at JBS were hacked, causing some operations in Australia, Canada and the US to temporarily shut down, affecting thousands of workers.

The company believes the ransomware attack originated from a criminal group likely based in Russia, the White House said.

The attack could lead to shortages of meat or raise prices for consumers.

In a ransomware attack, hackers get into a computer network and threaten to cause disruption or delete files unless a ransom is paid.

The White House says the FBI is investigating the attack.

“JBS notified [the White House] that the ransom demand came from a criminal organisation likely based in Russia,” White House spokeswoman Karine Jean-Pierre said on Tuesday.

“The White House is engaging directly with the Russian government on this matter and delivering the message that responsible states do not harbour ransomware criminals,” she added.

JBS: From regional player to multinational

  • JBS is the world’s largest meat supplier with more than 150 plants in 15 countries
  • It was founded in Brazil in 1953 as a slaughtering business by rancher José Batista Sobrinho
  • The company now has more than 150,000 employees worldwide
  • Its customers include supermarkets and fast food outlet McDonald’s
  • In the US, JBS processes nearly one quarter of the country’s beef and one-fifth of its pork

JBS said it had made “significant progress” in resolving the cyber-attack and hoped the vast majority of its plants would be operational on Wednesday.

The company said on Monday that it suspended all affected IT systems as soon as the attack was detected, and that its backup servers were not hacked.

United Food and Commercial Workers Union, which represents JBS plant employees, has urged the company to ensure workers still receive their pay.

IT systems are essential in modern meat processing plants, with computers used at multiple stages including billing and shipping.

According to the trade group Beef Central, “supermarkets and other large end-users like the McDonald’s burger patty supply network will be some of the most immediately impacted customers, due to their need for consistent supply”.

JBS’s five biggest beef plants are in the US, and the shutdowns have halted a fifth of meat production there, according to Bloomberg.

Plants in Australia and Canada have also been affected but the company’s South American operations have not been disrupted.

Last month, fuel delivery in the south east of the US was crippled for several days after a ransomware attack targeted the Colonial Pipeline. Investigators say that attack was also linked to a group with ties to Russia.

Colonial Pipeline has confirmed it paid a $4.4m (£3.1m) ransom to the cyber-criminal gang responsible.

The US government has recommended in the past that companies do not pay criminals over ransomware attacks, in case they invite further hacks in the future.

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