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In cases recalling military dictatorship, one journalist beaten by police, another threatened by priest

first_img News August 3, 2007 – Updated on January 20, 2016 In cases recalling military dictatorship, one journalist beaten by police, another threatened by priest Receive email alerts On eve of the G20 Riyadh summit, RSF calls for public support to secure the release of jailed journalists in Saudi Arabia July 6, 2020 Find out more ArgentinaAmericas ArgentinaAmericas Follow the news on Argentina RSF_en December 4, 2019 Find out more Newscenter_img to go further News Journalists face archaic sanction of capital punishment in some parts of the world Latin American media: under control of families, economic and political elites November 19, 2020 Find out more Help by sharing this information News Organisation Reporters Without Borders voiced outrage today at the arbitrary arrest and beating of Darío Illanes of the El Tribuno regional daily by plain-clothes police using a car with no licence plates on 1 August in the northwestern city of Salta. The assault occurred while Illanes and other journalists were visiting a detention centre for minors.“This violent police unit using a car with no plates recalls the worst hours of military rule when police and soldiers kidnapped government opponents,” the organisation said. “Illanes was the victim of an unacceptable attack on his journalistic freedom and dignity as a human being for daring to investigate the highly sensitive topic of detained minors. Administrative sanctions against the policemen involved will not suffice. The federal authorities must intervene.”Illanes said he and several other journalists had gone to a detention centre holding about 100 minors with the aim of asking about a protest the previous day. From their cells, children and adolescents were telling them about cases of alleged mistreatment when three plain-clothes policemen arrived in a car with no plates, grabbed Illanes and hit him.They then took him to a cell out of view of the other journalist and continued to beat him. His colleagues could hear his cries for help and finally managed to obtain his release after an hour and a half. With injuries on various parts of his body, Illanes filed a complaint against the police for assault. Salta police chief Gilberto Pereyra later said the incident would be investigated and that the three policemen had been suspended. But he also accused Illanes of being in an “unauthorised sector.”The worst years of the military dictatorship were evoked by another incident this week. Freelance investigative journalist Alfredo Silletta and his family were threatened on 31 July by Father Carlos Miguel Buela, the founder of an extreme right-wing Catholic group called the Institute of the Incarnate Word. The threat was made after Silletta had an interview with Cardinal Jorge Bergoglio, the archbishop of Buenos Aires and head of Argentina’s bishops, about the negative influence of such groups within the Catholic church, which was the subject of a book he wrote.Buela sent Silletta a letter with a highly-charged verse from the bible: “It would be better for him if a millstone were hung about his neck and he were cast into the sea (Luke 17, 2). May He have mercy on your soul.” It is being seen as an allusion to the way the military disposed of its opponents during the dictatorship by drugging them and tossing them into the River Plate from helicopters.“The Catholic church’s involvement with the military regime make this kind of comment all the more unacceptable,” Reporters Without Borders said. “The episcopal conference must sanction this priest and the judicial system should also deal with him.”last_img read more

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Man dies in motorcycle crash

first_imgAdvertisement Twitter NewsLocal NewsMan dies in motorcycle crashBy admin – March 22, 2009 685 WhatsApp Facebook Linkedincenter_img Print Email A MOTORCYCLIST died when his bike collided with a curb in Co Limerick.The accident happened at Garraun, Lisnagry at 1.15am this morning.The 37-year-old was taken to Limerick Regional Hospital and was pronounced dead on arrival.The road was closed for a time while Gardai conducted a technical examination of the scene, but it has since been re-opened.Gardai are looking for witnesses to the crash to contact them on 061-377105. Previous articleMan seriously injured in shootingNext articleGoogle to put Limerick on map adminlast_img

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Update – Council says start date for Dungloe and Glenties Sewage Schemes is “imminent”

first_img Cllr Marie Therese Gallagher Update – Council says start date for Dungloe and Glenties Sewage Schemes is “imminent” By News Highland – October 10, 2013 WhatsApp Further drop in people receiving PUP in Donegal Facebook WhatsApp Pinterest Main Evening News, Sport and Obituaries Tuesday May 25th Facebook Pinterest 75 positive cases of Covid confirmed in North Google+ Twitter Previous articleDeputy McHugh says number of capital projects ready to go in DonegalNext articleUpdate – PSNI appeal for information following killing of Barry Mc Crory in Derry News Highland Man arrested on suspicion of drugs and criminal property offences in Derry News Google+ 365 additional cases of Covid-19 in Republic RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR There’s been further contact between Donegal County Council and the selected contractor to finalise arrangements to bring the Dungloe and Glenties sewage scheme to construction.After a meeting with Donegal County Council officials today, Cllr Marie Therese Gallagher says when this detail between DCC and the contractor is finalised, contact documents will then be signed, and construction will start.She says it’s disappointing that there is still no starting date for these schemes but they have been assured that the signing if contract documents is imminent…………..[podcast]http://www.highlandradio.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/10/mtgal530.mp3[/podcast] Twitter Gardai continue to investigate Kilmacrennan firelast_img read more

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Conviction overturned for undocumented immigrant charged in death of Kate Steinle

first_imgRidiculous. Where’s the accountability? When will our criminal justice system start considering the interests of crime victims and public safety?https://t.co/I8Fhm5GDlx pic.twitter.com/unfjdHto0L— San Francisco POA (@SanFranciscoPOA) August 31, 2019“This is yet another disgusting injustice perpetrated by a broken criminal justice system that is more intent on re-harming the victims of crime and their families than holding violent offenders accountable,” a statement from the police association read. The Steinle family did not immediately respond when asked for comment by ABC News.Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All rights reserved. iStock(SAN FRANCISCO) — The lone conviction for an undocumented immigrant whose actions resulted in the shooting death of a 32-year-old woman in 2015 has been overturned by an appellate court in California.A jury acquitted Jose Ines Garcia-Zarate, 46, in 2017 of first degree murder, second degree murder, involuntary manslaughter, and assault with a semiautomatic firearm for his role in the death of Kate Steinle.Garcia-Zarate was convicted, however, on the charge of felon in possession of a firearm.During jury deliberations, jury members asked the court for the definition of possession and if there was a time requirement for possession. The defense argued during the appeal that the trial court failed to instruct the jury that it could acquit Garcia-Zarate because he only possessed the gun for a moment.On Friday, the First Appellate Court of Appeals in California, in a 3-0 decision, agreed with that defense.“Viewing the evidence in the light most favorable to the defense, as we must, we conclude the trial court erred in failing to give the momentary possession instruction. Because the error was prejudicial, we are compelled as a matter of law to reverse,” the court’s opinion says.“These questions go to the heart of the momentary possession defense,” Justice Sandra Margulies wrote. “The fact the jury asked whether there was a time requirement for possession suggests jurors were wrestling with how long defendant had the gun.”Steinle was walking with her family on Pier 14 on July 1, 2015, when she was hit by a bullet that had ricocheted off a concrete wall, hitting her in the back. Police said Garcia-Zarate knowingly fired the gun, then threw it in the water.The defense successfully argued during his trail that the gun was wrapped in rags, which he picked up when it fired accidentally. He then, the defense said, threw it in the water so it would stop firing, according to court documents.The gun Garcia-Zarate shot belonged to a U.S. Bureau of Land Management ranger who reported that the gun was stolen from his car in San Francisco.Despite the overturned conviction, Garcia-Zarate will remain in jail on related federal charges.“We pray that the U.S. Attorney’s Office is successful in prosecuting Garcia-Zarate and that this menace will no longer be able to terrorize our streets,” the police association said.The San Francisco Police Officers Association blasted the court’s decision, saying this is “another episode” of San Francisco judges caring more about criminals than victims.last_img read more

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Virtual tip jars are helping workers in one of the hardest hit industries in the country

first_imgiStock(LOS ANGELES) — Service industry workers have been economically devastated as bars and restaurant close, and people practice social distancing during the coronavirus outbreak.In response, some have gotten creative in providing continued sources of income for service workers, including the use of virtual tip jars.Sam Schutte, an entrepreneur and the CEO of Unstoppable Software, said he had originally created a virtual tip jar for himself so he could pay the people whose restaurants and bars he frequented.He said his virtual tip jar is a low-tech solution, using Google Forms and Google Sheets. It is basically online spreadsheets, containing service workers’ names and where they were employed along with their PayPal or Venmo information so you can directly pay them.“It just breaks my heart to see all these hardworking people that we depend on to take care of us and provide quality service and now they’re facing this apocalypse,” Schutte told ABC News. “If people want to still support them and thank them for the service they’ve provided it’s a way to connect the dots – otherwise how can you find someone else’s Venmo information? Venmo and PayPal are also pretty secure.”In fact, creating a virtual tip jar is so easy to copy that someone with no tech background did it independently. Emily Gibson, a server at a bar in Los Angeles, had a friend who was posting virtual tip jars for different areas. She was surprised there wasn’t one for L.A.“I thought, ‘I can figure this out,’” she told ABC News. She taught herself Google Sheets and Google Forms and then became more creative.“I tried to get the word out — a virtual happy hour idea — so, you can hang out with your friends at Zoom, virtually visit a city you’ve never been to, pick a person and a bar and then tip the server at that establishment,” Gibson explained. “A lot of us can’t file for unemployment and our income has been shut down.”Other people in the service industry have pivoted to ways to keep money coming in for their employees. Alex Eusebio, a former contestant on Top Chef, owns two restaurants in Toluca Lake, California. One is a Mexican restaurant, Cascabel, and the other is a neighborhood restaurant, Sweetsalt.He turned Sweetsalt into a marketplace and shuttered Cascabel.“This reminds me of 9/11,” the New York native said, adding that while it has the same apocalyptic feeling, it also has a silver lining, adding, “Everyone is coming together in the past few days.”“We offer food, toilet paper — and have donated it — alcohol, raw and cooked products, honestly anything,” Eusebio said.People can call in, place their order, they put it in a box, and it can be picked up and taken home.“The whole point is you don’t have to stay in line at a grocery store — it’s like a combination of Amazon and your local supermarket — instead of delivery, you come and pick it up,” he said. “You pay by phone. I have the resources that others don’t have. I’m just passing along what I have. We are not up-charging.”When he closed Cascabel, he had to let go of 30 employees.“I didn’t have a choice, I wish I did. It’s paycheck-to-paycheck,” he said. “A lot of people are struggling with that, including me.”He bought his out-of-work employees 3 pounds of rice, beans and meat and told them to call him when they run out.H has held onto 17 employees. His baker just had a baby last week and “is freaking out.” He has friends who call him crying, saying they have lost their jobs.His response, “Hey, I have food for you.” Copyright © 2020, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

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Man with chainsaw chases McDonald’s employees, steals food and drink

first_imgFacebook/Westbrook Police DepartmentBy JON HAWORTH, ABC News(PORTLAND, Maine) — A man has been arrested after entering a McDonald’s establishment and stealing food before chasing employees with a chainsaw.The incident occurred at approximately 3:30 p.m. Tuesdady at a McDonald’s franchise in Portland, Maine, when the Westbrook Police Department received a report that a male suspect was chasing people with a chainsaw.According to an investigation by the Westbrook Police Department, the suspect — 26-year-old Alice Sweet of Portland, Maine — entered the McDonald’s with a chainsaw and went behind the counter where employees were actively preparing food. Sweet then reportedly revved the chainsaw intermittently before stealing a drink and some food.“When the manager confronted the suspect in the parking lot, the suspect began chasing the manager with the chainsaw,” authorities said in a statement on social media. “The suspect also used the chainsaw to damage two vehicles that were at the restaurant.”Responding officers were quickly able to locate the suspect near a tire store close to the McDonald’s when they arrived on scene.The suspect subsequently attempted to run from the police on foot but was caught and arrested without further incident just a short distance away, according to the Westbrook Police Department.Sweet was charged with robbery, criminal mischief, refusing to submit to arrest, and violation of conditions of release.No injuries were reported in the incident and authorities did not disclose Sweet’s motives in the theft and attack. The investigation is currently ongoing.Copyright © 2020, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

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IS IT TRUE MARCH 1, 2018

first_imgWe hope that today’s “IS IT TRUE” will provoke honest and open dialogue concerning issues that we, as responsible citizens of this community, need to address in a rational and responsible way?IS IT TRUE that we are extremely pleased that 5th Ward City Councilman Justin Elpers (R) has submitted a resolution to City Council concerning a three (3) four-year consecutive term limit idea?  …that this proposal was met with strong opposition by some of the long-term City Council members?  …we commend Councilman Elpers for thinking outside the political box?IS IT TRUE we recently published an article on “PAYDAY LOANS”?  …the article stated that if the Indiana House Bill 1319 pass the State Senate is will cause a major financial hardship to those who can least afford an annual interest rate of 222%? …that a large number of clergy in Indiana and Kentucky (Baptists, Methodists, Priests and Archbishops, Rabbis, Lutherans, Non-Denominational, Episcopal, Clergy of the Christian Church, and other preachers in small Independent Churches) publicly stated that this bill should be defeated in the State Senate?  …we strongly agree with them?  …we just heard that the “PAYDAY LOAN” legislation is considered a moot issue in the Indiana State Senate?  …we are extremely pleased to hear this?IS IT TRUE that the Ohio Valley Conference Basketball Tournament just started yesterday at the Ford Center? ..if you like to watch good ladies and men basketball the Ford Center is the place to go? …you will also be able to see some past local high school players play at the college level? …the food and admission price are very affordable?…there will be no such thing as a home game for any of the teams and the only team with any sort of alumni base in greater Evansville is the Murray State Racers?…the Ford Center is sort of centrally located with respect to where these teams are from an east/west perspective but when north/south locations are considered the center of mass for these campuses is way further south? …this tournament has traditionally been played in Nashville?  …we are pleased to see the Mayor getting on the airwaves during the last several days encouraging people to attend this tournament?  …we also urge you to attend this tournament because it’s a worthy sporting and community event?IS IT TRUE that the LST is moving to the old location of the Riverboat Casino?…it will be interesting to see if this changes the attendance by local people since the move is really only about a mile from the long-term dock at Marina Point?…one has to wonder if someone who would not drive to Marina Point to see the LST will be willing to drive to the old Riverboat Casino dock? …we hope this is not just changing for the sake of changing something as opposed to something with a shred of data supporting the decision?IS IT TRUE last week The Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission (IURC) Nominating Committee submitted three nominees for consideration by Governor Eric J. Holcomb for appointment to the Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission?  …those three nominees are: Stefanie Krevda, IURC Executive Director of External Affairs,  State Rep. David Ober and Tristan Vance, Indiana Office of Energy Development Director?  …the committee has nominated these three candidates to fill the current vacancy on the IURC created by the retirement of Commissioner Jim Atterholt? … Gov. Holcomb will select one of the three nominees to serve the remainder of Atterholt’s term, which expires Jan. 31, 2020?  …we are puzzled why wasn’t one of the finalists from this area?IS IT TRUE we been told that Public High School districts in Ohio, Texas, and elsewhere have volunteer teachers and volunteer administrators that have been extensively vetted and trained in firearm use that have access to secret gun safes in the event of an active school shooting? …we are told that there is a waiting list for volunteers to sign up for this programs to protect students?IS IT TRUE we are told that some people feel that that teachers and administrators have the best knowledge of the school buildings, and who should be in the school buildings, in the event of an active shooting? …we are told that many people are asking the question of why shouldn’t our school children deserve the highest possible protection of having trained volunteer teacher and administrator response teams with access to firearms in the unfortunate emergence of an active school shooting?IS IT TRUE some people feel that the EVSC should immediately adopt similar programs for protection of the EVSC students and teachers?  …we are told that if all EVSC schools had such volunteer tactical response teams within the schools, that it would greatly discourage any potential school shooter?  …we hear that some people feel if the current EVSC School Board members refuse to take this common-sense approach to protect our students and teachers then a movement will begin to elect a new School Board? …it doesn’t cost anything this explore this idea and see if this is feasible to do in our area?IS IT TRUE that it’s been alleged that one of the main reasons for the high costs of the City of Evansville Employee Health insurance plan is because of the lifetime health coverage received by members of the city police and firefighters?  …it also been alleged that surviving spouses of police and firefighters also receive lifetime coverage?IS IT TRUE Cthat Kaitlin Whaley-Marketing Assistant and Ashton Crafton-Gaming Manager at Ellis Park are doing one heck of a job in their positions?IS IT TRUE that one of more interesting blogger asks us to post this link of Congressional Pensions and Benefits for your review and comments?  …here is the link:https://www.factcheck.org/2015/01/congressional-pensions-update/FOOTNOTE: This video is posted by the City-County Observer without opinion, bias or editing?  FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailShare Todays “Readers Poll” question” Is: Do you support the three (3) four-year consecutive term limit idea now being discussed by City Council?Please take time and read our articles entitled “STATEHOUSE Files, CHANNEL 44 NEWS, LAW ENFORCEMENT, READERS POLL, BIRTHDAYS, HOT JOBS” and “LOCAL SPORTS”.  You now are able to subscribe to get the CCO daily.If you would like to advertise on the CCO please contact us [email protected]: This link is posted by the City-County Observer without option, bias or editing.last_img read more

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Joe Russo’s Almost Dead Announces 2018 Fall Tour Dates

first_imgJoe Russo’s Almost Dead Fall 2018 Dates:October 18 – Philadelphia, PA —Tower TheaterOctober 19 – Philadelphia, PA —Tower TheaterOctober 20 – Washington, DC — The AnthemNovember 8 – Los Angeles, CA —The WilternNovember 9 – Los Angeles, CA —The WilternNovember 10 – Oakland, CA — Fox TheatreNovember 11 – Oakland, CA — Fox TheatreView Fall Tour Dates Just a few days after wrapping up an exciting two-night run during Jazz Fest in New Orleans, Joe Russo’s Almost Dead have announced a series of seven fall tour dates in four different cities.JRAD’s fall tour will get started when the band heads to Philadelphia for back-to-back shows at the Tower Theater on October 18th and 19th. The following night—on October 20th—the group will take over The Anthem in Washington, DC. The group will swing through California a few weeks later, with two nights at The Wiltern in Los Angeles on November 8th and 9th and two nights at the Fox Theatre in Oakland on November 10th and 11th.As previously reported, Joe Russo’s Almost Dead just wrapped up their fourth-annual Jazz Fest run in New Orleans. This year’s two-night heater took place at the Mardi Gras World Ballroom and featured sit-ins from violinist Katie Jacoby and Cage The Elephant guitarist Nick Bockrath.Tickets for all seven shows will go on sale to the general public on Friday, May 11th. A Facebook pre-sale will take place on Wednesday, May 9th. For more information, or to check out a full list of Joe Russo’s Almost Dead’s upcoming tour dates, head tot he band’s website.last_img read more

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Harvard Library Innovation Lab wins a 2015 Webby

first_imgPerma.cc, a project that takes on the problem of “link rot” or broken or defunct links in scholarship, has won the prestigious Webby Award for best law site of 2015. Developed by the Harvard Library Innovation Lab, Perma.cc is a Web archiving service that helps authors and publishers create permanent links to their online sources, which are preserved by participating libraries.“Libraries are in the forever business,” said Kim Dulin, director of the lab and associate director for collection development and digital initiatives. “We developed Perma.cc to allow our users to protect and preserve their sources, no matter where they originate.”The idea for the project originated with research by HLS Professors Jonathan Zittrain and Larry Lessig and Kendra Albert ’16, which quantified the problem of link rot in legal scholarship and Supreme Court opinions. Their work led to the development of Perma.cc as a technical solution.Perma.cc launched in October 2013. It now enjoys the support of some 85 libraries around the world. Roughly 275 journals use it actively, as well as the courts of Michigan, Massachusetts, Colorado, Maryland and the Virgin Islands, with more soon to come. The project has been written about in The New York Times, New Yorker, NPR and Fast Company, and in a variety of blogs and other outlets.The Harvard Library Innovation Lab consists of a cross-disciplinary team of developers, librarians and lawyers working together to explore the future of law libraries. Read Full Storylast_img read more

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Activist delivers lecture on world inequalities

first_imgAs Ben Phillips, co-founder of the Fight Inequality Alliance and a Hewlett Fellow of Public Policy at the Kellogg Institute, listened to Nelson Mandela speak at a rally in South Africa just four years after apartheid ended, Phillips said he realized two things. “The first was that I was in the presence of a hero, but the more important thing is that I realized I was in the presence of thousands of heroes,” he said. “History had not been made by one man. History had been made when so many people organized together.”Phillips brought his passion against global inequality to a lecture in the Hesburgh Center on Wednesday evening titled, “Winning the Fight Against Inequality (And Why It Needs You).” After high school, Phillips moved to South Africa to work as a teacher in a black township. It was there where he first became involved in social activism.“After that year in South Africa, I felt like it physically rewired me, and I therefore couldn’t do anything else other than work in social justice,” Phillips said.Over the course of his life working across the globe in campaign teams and social movements, Phillips said he learned the most important change is never done by professionals. “The key step for achieving change that makes society more equal is for ordinary people to regain their voice, regain their power … they do that by forming groups,” he said.Phillips covered a number of damaging effects inequality causes. In addition to hurting the most vulnerable members of society, Phillips said inequality also causes people who are well off to suffer.“Unequal societies are more violent, less trusting, have less economic growth and potential, harm the environment more, respect human rights less, generate more anger and intolerance and start to fragment and start to not operate as a democracy,” Phillips said.Phillips said cities all over the world live with a stark divide between the rich and the poor, and in many of these cities, the divide is growing.“Seven out of 10 people live in countries where the gap between the rich and poor is worse than it was 30 years ago. One percent of Indians own 50 percent of India,” he said. “In the U.S., the richest 10 percent of the population captured more than all the gains made since the recession. The other 90 percent went backwards.”Phillips said the rich not only hold the majority of the nation’s wealth, but they have power in multiple facets of society.“The problem we face is the problem of political capture,” he said. “Political capture means some people have so much money, they don’t just buy boats, they buy elections. The new golden rule is that the people with the gold make the rules.”In order to combat inequality, Phillips said change will require groups of ordinary, yet diverse people.“A successful movement that establishes a decent, equal society needs doctors and people struggling for peace work in order to take on the 0.1 percent, so I think an inclusive movement is key,” he said.While people may think social movements today are too divisive, Phillips said pushing against authority is essential in creating change.“In the 1960s, if you look at Gallup polls, most whites thought that Dr. King was divisive. There were newspaper articles about how the March on Washington was reckless, and people ask about Black Lives Matter, why can’t they be like Dr. King? They’re exactly like Dr. King,” Phillips said. “They are highlighting a new issue, and people need to hear it.“Phillips said the battle to create a lasting revolution requires a significant amount of time and dedication because combating inequality requires several fights to be won.“When you look at these groups that are making a difference, you see them on the news when they’re out on the streets with placards, but that’s about one percent of what they do,“ he said. “The key word is a series of planning, of building trust, of working with with communities. It’s many, many days of meetings in drafty church basements. It’s endless, and it’s that that brings real change.”Urging students to join the fight against inequality, Phillips said Notre Dame students can benefit from three lessons.“Today when we demolish deference, when we build collective power, when we build a new story, we can be in influence,” Phillips said. “It is not inevitable anywhere, but it is not impossible anywhere.”Tags: inequality, racial justice, social activism, wealthy inequalitylast_img read more