Two suspects in cameraman Brad Will’s murder freed for lack of evidence

June 12, 2021 0 Comments

first_img Organisation December 5, 2006 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Two suspects in cameraman Brad Will’s murder freed for lack of evidence MexicoAmericas MexicoAmericas RSF_en to go further 2011-2020: A study of journalist murders in Latin America confirms the importance of strengthening protection policies News Reporter murdered in northwestern Mexico’s Sonora state Follow the news on Mexico Reporters Without Borders voiced outrage today on learning of the release of Abel Santiago Zárate, the official in charge of public security in Santa Lucia del Camino (in Oaxaca state), and his bodyguard, Orlando Manuel Aguilar Coello, who had been arrested on suspicion of firing the shots that killed Indymedia cameraman Brad Will during a protest against Oaxaca’s governor on 27 October.Despite witness accounts and other evidence that they fired in Will’s direction, they were released on 1 December after a month in custody, the daily newspaper La Jornada reported. Explaining their release, the Oaxaca state prosecutor’s office (Procuraduria General de Justicia del Estado) simply said the type of firearm used to kill Will did not match those used by the two suspects.“The findings of the autopsies carried out on Will were rigged by the authorities in order to blame his murder on activists of the Popular Assembly of the Peoples of Oaxaca (APPO), whose protests Will was covering,” Reporters Without Borders said. “Zárate and Aguilar, who at the very least are key witnesses if not those directly responsible for the murder, have now been released while other suspects have never been detained.”The press freedom organisation added: “Finally, and above all, the identity of the other suspects has changed dramatically. We are no longer talking about the two municipal policemen, Juan Carlos Soriano and Juan Carlos Sumano, or the paramilitary, Pedro Carmona. Everything suggests that the Oaxaca state judicial authorities are now trying to cover up for Governor Ulíses Ruiz Ortiz’s aides. This is an insult to the victim and a spur to impunity.”_____________________________________________________________03.11.06 – Investigators slip up in Brad Will case, while seven journalists hurt in Oaxaca clashes with federal policebr>While noting that two of Indymedia cameraman Brad Will’s alleged killers were arrested and taken before a judge yesterday in Oaxaca, Reporters Without Borders today condemned the shortcomings in the investigation into his fatal shooting and the fact that three others allegedly involved have been able to escape.The press freedom organisation also voiced outrage about the use of violence by the Federal Preventive Police (PFP) to disperse protesters in the past few days in Oaxaca, in the course of which five journalists were injured and two others were roughed up.“Two of Will’s alleged killers may well be under arrest but three others, including two municipal policemen and a paramilitary, did not respond to a judicial summons and cannot be located,” Reporters Without Borders said. “The investigation in no way absolves the Oaxaca state government of responsibility in Will’s death and we reiterate our call for the creation of a federal commission of enquiry.”The organisation added: “We also condemn the police brutality in which seven journalists were among the victims and we urge the federal authorities to punish those responsible.”The two men arrested yesterday on the orders of the Oaxaca state prosecutor’s office for their alleged role in Will’s murder were Abel Santiago Zárate, a local elected representative of the Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI), which controls the state government, and his chief bodyguard, Manuel Aguilar.The national daily Milenio named the three other presumed killers who are now fugitives from justice as municipal policemen Carlos Soriano and Juan Carlos Sumano, and paramilitary gang member Pedro Carmona, who was identified by witnesses as the person who fired the shot that killed Will while he was covering a violent protest by teachers in Oaxaca on 27 October.Yesterday’s violence took place when the PFP federal police entered the Oaxaca university campus and dismantled barricades put up by the Popular Assembly of the Peoples of Oaxaca (APPO), which has been protesting for five months to press demands for the removal of Oaxaca’s PRI governor, Ulises Ruiz Ortiz.Among the approximately 60 people injured in the violence were photographer Jorge David Jaramillo Velásquez of the El Universal daily, photographers Miguel Dimayuga and Germán Canseco of the weekly Proceso and cameraman Jorge Brindis of the Canal 9 public TV station, who were hit by flying glass or petrol bombs.Jaramillo was hospitalised in a serious condition, but his injuries are not life-threatening, Reporters Without Borders was told. Mario Mosqueda Hernández, a correspondent of the Centro de Medios Libres de México independent news agency was beaten and dragged along the ground by 10 federal policemen during yesterday’s incidents. He has injuries to the head, back and left arm.Gilardo Mota of the local weekly Opinión told Agence France-Presse on 1 November that he was held for 48 hours and was roughed by federal police after being arrested on 30 October while photographing police in action. He was finally released after paying bail of 3,000 pesos (216 euros). On 31 October, police attacked photographer Alberto López Cruz of the local daily Extra and took his camera. The Centro de Medios Libres de México also reported that two Guatemalan journalists went missing yesterday. Help by sharing this information News Receive email alerts May 13, 2021 Find out more Reports Two of the alleged killers of Indymedia cameraman Brad Will (photo) were arrested yesterday but three other suspects are on the run, including the person said to have fired the fatal shot. Reporters Without Borders condemns these blunders, as well as the use of violence in the course of federal police operations in Oaxaca in which seven journalists were among the victims. May 5, 2021 Find out more News NSO Group hasn’t kept its promises on human rights, RSF and other NGOs say April 28, 2021 Find out morelast_img read more

Coldest air of the season hitting the Midwest and the Northeast

May 18, 2021 0 Comments

first_imgABC News(NEW YORK) — On Valentine’s Day, the coldest weather of the season is moving from the Midwest into the Northeast. So far, the coldest temperatures have been in western Minnesota and eastern North Dakota. In Waukon, Minnesota, the actual temperature fell to -37 degrees this week. The coldest wind chill has been in North Dakota, where it has dropped to as low as -50 degrees.Temperatures in Minneapolis fell to -11 degrees on Thursday and Friday, making it the coldest temperature there to date this winter season. Chicago fell to zero degrees Friday morning, making it the coldest temperature in the Windy City this winter season. Twelve states from the Dakotas to Maine are under wind chill alerts Friday. Wind chills are in the -30s and -20s below zero in the Upper Midwest and western Great Lakes. With frigid air moving into the Northeast Friday and Saturday morning, expect temperatures to get close to the coldest readings so far this season.In Boston, if temp falls below 14 degrees, it will be the coldest of the season. The forecast calls for temps to reach 6 degrees. If temperatures fall below the forecasted 16 degrees Friday in New York City, it will be the coldest of the season for the Big Apple. This winter, Philadelphia’s coldest temperature so far is 19 degrees, but the forecast for Friday calls for 13 degrees.The cold blast and frigid wind chills will not last long. By Saturday, Chicago rebounds above freezing and is near 40 degrees by Sunday. Boston, Philadelphia and New York City bounce right back to near 50 degrees by Sunday. Copyright © 2020, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

Insurance start-up Qoala gets $13.5 million investment

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first_img“Through this funding, we will invest further in technology, human resources and brand in support of our strategy to give the best service to customers, platform partners and insurance companies,” Qoala cofounder Tommy Martin wrote in a press statement.The Jakarta-based company intends to double its number of employees to 300 next year, Tommy said. After its first year of operations, Qoala handles 2 million policies per month, up from 7,000 policies in March 2019.Indonesia’s insurance industry has struggled to boost its penetration rate as it floats around low single digits for years at around 3 percent today, yet the growing Indonesian middle class presents as a big opportunity.“Looking at the rapid growth of the middle class, the need for insurance and financial planning will also increase. Therefore, we are certain [that,] through relevant innovation, the insurance sector in Indonesia can develop rapidly,” said Kenneth Li, managing partner of Centauri Fund.The middle class, which accounts for half of all household spending in the country, has booked average consumption growth at 12 percent annually since 2002, according to World Bank data.Qoala, which provides insurance coverage for tourism, fintech, retail and logistics, as well as employee healthcare, is currently cooperating with insurers providing COVID-19-related services for consumers and small and medium enterprises (SMEs) across Indonesia.The platform has partnered with digital platforms that range from Tokopedia and Shopee to Investree and Mitra Adi Perkasa (MAP) Group. It is supported by more than 20 insurance companies, including AXA Mandiri, Adira Insurance and Great Eastern.Topics : Qoala, an insurance technology start-up, has secured US$13.5 million in its first round of financing from major investors Sequoia India, Flourish Ventures and Mirae Asset Venture Investment.The Series-A investment round was led by Centauri Fund, a joint venture between South Korea’s Kookmin Bank and state-owned telecommunication giant Telkom Indonesia, Qoala announced Tuesday.Existing investors also participated, including Bank Central Asia’s Central Capital Ventura, MDI Ventures, Surge, MassMutual Ventures Southeast Asia and Seedplus. last_img read more

Kevon Looney injured: What the heck is a ‘non-displaced first costal cartilage fracture’?

December 20, 2019 0 Comments

first_imgKevon Looney, a key part of the Warriors winning team, is likely to be out for the rest of the NBA Finals after getting hurt in Game 2 and sustaining what an MRI and CT scan revealed was a “non-displaced first costal cartilage fracture.”Huh?We said the same thing.Here’s a quick primer on the condition from Dr. Faisal M. Mirza, an orthopedic surgeon from Los Gatos. Q: Can you talk about this sort of fracture?A: It’s in the first rib where the ribcage meets the sternum, or …last_img read more

Global demand for South African art

December 19, 2019 0 Comments

first_imgKhanyi MagubaneSouth African art has been breaking price records at auctions and exhibitions. The prestigious Bonhams auctioneers in London hosted their second South African art sale in January. Bonhams, founded in 1793, is one of the world’s oldest and largest auctioneers of fine art and antiques, and the event was billed as the biggest sale of South African art in the world.Most of the 200 buyers who sent prices flying sky-high were from the United States and Europe. Over 295 pieces by 100 artists were sold and fetched over £ 4.4 million (R60 million). The sale featured some of the country’s best artists, including Irma Stern, whose works led the lot and attracted the highest bids.Sterns’ painting Still Life with Chrysanthemums and a Pumpkin fetched the top price at £ 378, 400 (R5.7 million), setting a new world record for a still life by this artist. It had been estimated to sell at between £ 250 000 (R3.8 million) and £350 000 (R5 Million).The work of another well-known female artist, Maggie Laubser, achieved a stunning result with The Harvesters, which went for £126, 000 (R 2 million); the estimate had been between £25 000 (R400 00) and £35 000 (R530 000). This, too, is a world record price for a Laubser landscape.Giles Peppiatt, director of South African art at Bonhams, says, “The demand for high quality South African painting has moved beyond the domestic South African market, and is now truly international.”In May last year, Bonhams became the first international auction house in the world to hold a sale dedicated to South African art outside of South Africa. Enthusiastic bidders packed the saleroom at Bonhams in London, as three world record prices were smashed by some of South Africa’s major artists. The total price achieved for the sale realised was £1 461 (R20 million).At the May auction, a rare piece by the legendary South African artist Gerard Sekoto was sold for £117 600 (R1.8 million), more than 10 times its estimate, and the highest price ever paid for one of his paintings.Composer Andrew Lloyd Webber, who is said to be one of Britain’s leading art collectors, was among the many who bid at the show.It’s believed that the boom in the growth of South African art sales overseas has triggered a rush from South Africans across the world seeking evaluations of their old pieces.The Mandela Rhodes foundation co-hosted the event, with an original by former president Nelson Mandela. The signed lithograph The Window, from the My Robben Island series, shows the bars of Mandela’s cell, with the sea and Table Mountain in view.Bonhams’ auctions of South African art have been so successful that they are planning to have a third sale in September this year. Local artists have been urged to come forward and have their work evaluated for the auction.Useful South African Artlast_img read more

SPX commits to SA expansion

December 19, 2019 0 Comments

first_img13 March 2008US industrial manufacturer SPX Corporation has reaffirmed its commitment to continued growth and expansion in South Africa, saying it expects to play a meaningful role in helping meet the country’s growing energy infrastructure needs.“South Africa is on the horizon as the next growth region,” SPX CEO Christopher Kearney said during a visit to Johannesburg this week. “We have a strong commitment to growing our business here over the long term and continuing to invest in our facilities and employee base.”According to a statement issued by the Charlotte, North Carolina-based company on Wednesday, its thermal equipment and services affiliate was awarded a US$235-million contract from Hitachi Power Africa to provide critical products for South Africa’s new Medupi power station, being constructed in Limpopo province.As per the contract, SPX will supply the power plant with pressure parts for six 800-megawatt boilers, as well as jet fabric filters and air pre-heaters designed to reduce emissions and enhance the productivity and efficiency of the plant.“We look forward to working with Hitachi on outfitting Eskom’s new Medupi power plant and to future opportunities in which SPX can assist with the South African government’s broader energy infrastructure initiatives,” Kearney said.South African expansionKearney was in South Africa to meet with customers, including Hitachi Power Africa, and tour SPX facilities such as the company’s Nigel factory. The facility is undergoing an expansion which will be complete by November.SPX has a presence in South Africa through SPX Cooling Technologies/DB Thermal and Balcke-Durr, which supply cooling towers and thermal components for power plants and serve as a major provider of service for existing power plants.The company has 50 employees working for its process equipment business in the region, as well as approximately 500 permanent and contract employees working at offices in Woodmead and Nigel and at four major sites, including Camden, Komati, Sasol Secunda and KBR Sasol.The company has been involved in various international projects, notably the European Pressurised Reactor nuclear power plant in Olkiluotto, Finland, where SPX supplied four high-pressure heaters. Weighing in at 120 tons each, the heaters were manufactured in South Africa.Most recently, the companies played an integral role in returning the mothballed Camden, Komati and Grootvlei coal-fired power plants to active service.SAinfo reporter Want to use this article in your publication or on your website?See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more


November 7, 2019 0 Comments

first_imgMENS: After day one in the 2004 National 18 Years Championships last years finalists, Queensland Secondary Schools Touch (QSST) and New South Wales Combined High Schools (NSWCHS), already look hard to beat in the Men’s division. Pat Smith scored four touchdowns as NSWCHS scored a 10-3 win over the Hunter-Western Hornets, while Brendan Waters and Dylan Hennessey both scored three times against NSWCCC. QSST recorded an easy 12-1 victory in round one over the Northern Territory with Chris Small scoring four touchdowns for the Queensland side. They had a tougher match against Central Queensland though; a 5-5 draw giving spectators their match of the day. TouchWest and SWQ put a dent in Tasmania’s comeback to the National Championships, with Tasmania’s first National 18’s tournament since 1997 beginning with an 8-1 and 8-0 loss. “The boys will improve from this, our team goal is to gain respect from the opposition, we’re not here just to make up the numbers,” Coach John Dowling said. North Queensland and the Southern Suns also had easy victories in their first round matches, a 10-0 win over South Australia not really an indication of the South Australian’s potential. “We have a really young side this year, this is a big tournament for them and they panicked a little in their first match, but they’ll improve as the week goes on,” Coach Gavin McDonald said. NQ backed up their win over SA with a 15-0 crushing of Victoria. For the Southern Suns it was an exact scoreline replica; a 15-0 victory over Victoria, with a remarkable ten of their fourteen players scoring in the match. The local Northern Eagles looked like they were about to pull off a surprise round one upset, with a 2-2 half time score against the Sydney Mets. The Mets overwhelmed the Eagles in the second half however, finishing with a 7-4 win. For the Eagles day one finished on a high, an awesome 16-3 win over a struggling South Australian side. WOMENS: In the Women’s division competition QSST also look like they will be the team to beat, recording a first round 13-3 win over the Hunter Western Hornets and a 12-2 win over the Brisbane City Cobras. The news wasn’t all bad for the Cobras however, Ali Brigginshaw led the way for the Brisbane City Cobras as they recorded an easy 11-1 round one win over the Northern Territory. NSWCHS started with a strong 8-1 win over the Sydney Mets before having a scare against a talented WA team, scraping through for a 6-4 win. NSWCCC are another schools team who will be hard to beat, a tough 4-2 win over NQ and an easy 11-0 win over SA the story of their day. Central Queensland recorded an easy first round win but the question remains as to whether they can match the schools sides. Kady Large scored 3 touchdowns for Central Queensland as they beat Tasmania 14-0, while the Southern Suns also ran in ten touchdowns for an easy victory over the Sydney Rebels. However, other close matches throughout the first round hints at a close fight for the Women’s title as the competition continues. SQBD won 5-3 against the Southern Suns, two teams who will be genuine contenders in the Womens competition. Another team not to be overlooked is the ACT who were the highest placed non-NSW or Queensland team in 2003. They started their 2004 campaign with a 6-2 win over the Sydney Rebels, led by the Goodwin sisters; Kelly and Danielle. All is set for another great day of competition at the 2004 National 18 Years Championships. By Rachel Moyle, [email protected]last_img read more

11 days agoWales boss Giggs says Man Utd winger James good to play

October 28, 2019 0 Comments

first_imgWales boss Giggs says Man Utd winger James good to playby Paul Vegas11 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveWales boss Ryan Giggs says Daniel James was fine to play on after a heavy collision in Sunday’s 1-1 Euro 2020 qualifying draw with Croatia and “passed all the concussion tests”.James needed treatment after an aerial challenge with Domagoj Vida, though the winger says he was not knocked out.”I say about players being smart… he stayed down, he was fine,” said Giggs.Giggs said after the match he was satisfied with the treatment of 21-year-old Manchester United forward James.”When the physios came over there was no problem, and what you have to do now is do the tests at half-time. He passed all the concussion tests,” said the Wales manager. About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

ConocoPhillips spends 154M to increase Canadian Montney stake

October 13, 2019 0 Comments

first_imgCALGARY – Houston-based ConocoPhillips Co. says it is selling oil and gas assets in the United States while increasing its stake in Western Canada.The company that sold most of its Canadian oilsands and conventional drilling operations to Cenovus Energy Inc. last year says it recently closed or signed deals to sell C$320 million in non-core assets in the U.S., including several packages in the Permian Basin of Texas.It says it spent C$154 million to add 14,000 hectares to its existing 56,000 hectares of drilling rights prospective for the Montney, a tight oil and gas formation found near the border between Alberta and B.C.It says it also bought almost 100,000 hectares in the U.S., most in the Austin Chalk play in central Louisiana, without giving a price.Calgary-based Cenovus spent $17.7 billion a year ago to buy ConocoPhillips’ half-share in its steam-driven oilsands projects in northern Alberta as well as conventional natural gas properties in northeastern B.C. and northwestern Alberta. After the deal closed, ConocoPhillips said it would lay off 300 staff in Calgary.Matt Fox, executive vice-president of strategy for the Houston company, says lands acquired in Louisiana and Canada will add to its inventory of low-cost growth opportunities without requiring immediate investment.Companies mentioned in this article: (TSX:CVE)last_img read more

Energy sector helps lift Toronto while US stock markets rise Loonie up

October 13, 2019 0 Comments

first_imgThe energy sector helped Canada’s main stock index close higher Wednesday, while the loonie soared after the latest rate announcement by the Bank of Canada.The Canadian central bank kept its key interest rate on hold at 1.25 per cent, but its comments increased market expectations that it would raise the rate in July, said Allan Small, a senior investment adviser at HollisWealth.“They did not raise rates this go round, but they basically gave an indication or at least a hint that they still believe that they need to raise interest rates in the future to combat an economy that’s heating up, to combat the fear of inflation.”The Canadian dollar averaged 77.54 cents US, up 0.74 of a US cent.The Bank of Canada’s next scheduled interest rate decision is set for July 11 when it will also update its outlook for the economy and inflation in its monetary policy report.Crude prices also rose, which generally tends to help the commodity-tied loonie, after speculation on Russia and OPEC countries increasing oil production eased in a continued back and forth.The July crude contract closed US$1.48 higher at US$68.21 per barrel, but price movements based on political commentary isn’t especially reliable, said Small.“These short-term blips caused by political commentary are hard to predict, and hard to trade around really.”The S&P/TSX composite index closed up 126.05 points at 16,048.66, led by gains of more than two per cent in the S&P/TSX capped energy index as oil rose and confidence increased that the Trans Mountain pipeline could be built.However, Kinder Morgan Canada Ltd. stock stumbled again on Wednesday after two banks cut their target share prices in the wake of the company’s deal to sell its biggest current and growth asset.The Calgary-based company’s shares closed about one per cent lower at $16.23, continuing the post-deal trend that saw it close nearly three per cent lower at $16.10 on Tuesday. It dipped as low as $15.62 in interday trading Wednesday on the Toronto Stock Exchange.U.S. markets were rattled Tuesday after concerns that Italy might go back to the polls for an election focused on the euro. On Wednesday premier-designate Carlo Cottarelli said there were “new possibilities” to form a government, helping ease fears of a new vote and return some confidence in markets, said Small.“Today those storm clouds that were lingering have gone somewhere else.”In New York, the Dow Jones industrial average closed the session up 306.33 points at 24,667.78. The S&P 500 index rose 34.15 points to close at 2,724.01 and the Nasdaq composite index was up 65.86 points at 7,462.45.The July natural gas contract was down two cents at US$2.88 per mmBTU.The August gold contract ended up US$2.40 to US$1,306.50 an ounce and the July copper contract rose one cent to close at US$3.07 a pound.Canadian Pacific Railway Ltd. closed up $4.38 or 1.82 per cent to $245.39 after the railway and the Teamsters Canada Rail Conference reached an agreement to end a strike hours after it had begun.last_img read more