Authorities urged to revive investigation on fourth anniversary of Brignol Lindor’s murder

first_imgNews Brignol Lindor (photo) of Radio Echo 2000 was murdered on 3 December 2001 in Petit-Goâve by supporters of then President Jean-Bertrand Aristide. Four years later, this crime remains unpunished. Reporters Without Borders and the French national assembly’s France-Haiti Friendship Group call for the investigation to be relaunched. News Organisation Violence against the press in Haiti: RSF and CPJ write to Minister of Justice December 1, 2005 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Authorities urged to revive investigation on fourth anniversary of Brignol Lindor’s murder Help by sharing this information November 14, 2019 Find out more HaïtiAmericas June 11, 2019 Find out more RSF_en HaïtiAmericas October 11, 2019 Find out more Follow the news on Haïti to go further Reporters Without Borders today joins the French national assembly’s France-Haiti Friendship Group in appealing again for justice to be done in the murder of a young radio journalist that has left Haitian society outraged and traumatised by its horrific nature and by the four ensuing years of unexplained impunity and judicial paralysis.Almost exactly four years ago today, on 3 December 2001, Brignol Lindor of Radio Echo 2000 was stoned and hacked to death in the southern town of Petit-Goâve by some 10 members of Domi Nan Bwa, a local grass-roots organisation that supported then President Jean-Bertrand Aristide.Reporters Without Borders and the France-Haiti Friendship Group would like to recapitulate the following points, for the most part based on a report which the Citizens Committee for the Implementation of Justice (CCAJ) handed in to the justice ministry in July of last year.Four days before Lindor’s murder, a press conference was held in Petit-Goâve on 29 November 2001 by several local figures linked to Aristide’s party, Fanmi Lavalas, including Petit-Goâve mayor Emmanuel Antoine and his deputy, Bony Dumay, who launched into a violent verbal attack on the opposition Democratic Convergence coalition and Lindor, considered to be one of its allies. Another meeting was held on 2 December, the eve of his murder, this time between municipal officials and members of Domi Nan Bwa.One of Domi Nan Bwa’s chiefs, Joseph Céus Duverger, was attacked the next morning by presumed Democratic Convergence supporters. This incident was used as a pretext for the targeted reprisal against Lindor later in the day. Evidence of this comes from the fact that around 10 Domi Nan Bwa members were on the point of executing Democratic Convergence member Love Augustin at his home but, when Lindor arrived on the scene, they let him go and seized Lindor.Despite all these facts, the indictment issued by judge Fritzner Duclair on 16 September 2002 failed to bring charges against any of the presumed instigators of Lindor’s murder. No Petit-Goâve municipal officials were ever questioned or detained. Charges were brought against 10 Domi Nan Bwa members who took part in the murder but, according to the Lindor family lawyer, none of them was ever detained. One of the presumed killers, Joubert Saint-Just, was detained by the inhabitants of nearby Miragoâne on 30 March 2005 and handed over to the police, but that was for an unrelated reason.The case is now held up in the supreme court, to which the Lindor family referred its request to be granted civil party status in the case on 21 April 2003 after being turned down by the appeal court. More than two years later, the supreme court still has not issued a ruling, although it should have done so within two months. Does this incredible delay indicate a desire to bury the case for good? We cannot resign ourselves to this hypothesis.At moment when the population of Petit-Goâve is getting ready to pay homage to Lindor and inaugurate a square bearing his name, we appeal to the Haitian authorities to relaunch judicial proceedings in this case as quickly as possible. This should be done so that the truth can be known and remembered, and it should be done in tandem with the electoral process that will soon result in the installation of a new democratic government.Jean-Louis Bernard, deputy in the national assembly and vice-president of the assembly’s France-Haiti Friendship GroupChristian Paul, deputy and member of the France-Haiti Friendship GroupRobert Ménard, secretary-general of Reporters Without Borders News Another journalist murdered in Haiti Receive email alerts Journalist shot dead amid anti-government protests in Haiti Newslast_img read more

Unified basketball a positive addition for Ellsworth, Bucksport

first_img Latest posts by Mike Mandell (see all) Hospice volunteers help families navigate grief and find hope – September 12, 2020 MPA approves golf, XC, field hockey, soccer; football, volleyball moved to spring – September 10, 2020 ELLSWORTH — As an errant pass sent a basketball flying out of bounds, a group of students in Ellsworth’s Katsiaficas Gymnasium couldn’t be bothered. Instead, they had their eyes on something else.Toward midcourt was something shiny that clearly didn’t belong on the gym floor. It was a can of spinach that belonged to one of the school’s most legendary figures, Brian Higgins. For whatever reason, Higgins had taken it onto the court with him and set it down during a play.“T him up!” one of the students yelled. It was senior Scott Firley, a member of the school’s unified basketball team. Although there wasn’t a referee — it was, after all, an exhibition game between the team and Ellsworth High School staff members — the scoreboard operator stopped the clock immediately to assess Higgins the technical foul as the players and fans laughed.Firley, of course, was merely jesting. So too was the scoreboard operator, who had been teasing the teachers throughout the game by awarding points to the unified team when they weren’t looking. Unified basketball is about having fun, and when these players are on the court, they’re doing exactly that.This is placeholder textThis is placeholder text“This was just a really cool way for us to wrap up the season,” Ellsworth head coach Matt Wibberly said. “Just to see those kids’ faces light up, it’s really special. Every single person who came out here had a blast today.”Ellsworth and Bucksport have recently concluded their first seasons of unified basketball, which pairs players with developmental disabilities — “unified” players, hence the name — with partnership students. In the eyes of nearly everybody involved, the unified version of the sport has been a success.Games are scored the same as they are in regular basketball games, though unified players must score at least 75 percent of a given team’s point total. Unlike Ellsworth’s exhibition game between the team and staff members last week, only students are allowed to participate in official games.The Maine Principals’ Association first sanctioned unified basketball in 2015, and it has already become popular throughout the state. Forty-five schools currently have teams, and after Mount Desert Island became the first in Hancock County to sponsor the even last year, word of its success spread to other schools in the area.“Once you have the kids who want to play, it’s so worth it,” Bucksport Athletic Director Ed Hatch said. “Everyone involved gets into it. It’s probably the only sport I’ve ever watched where all the fans are cheering on every player for both teams.”One benefit unified basketball has that isn’t available in other sports is the fact that athletic directors can choose which teams their schools play. Both Bucksport and Ellsworth played each other and MDI twice each this season to help each other fill out their schedules and make travel times for each team much more convenient.“The most important thing about it is that we give kids opportunities, and that’s what we have in mind when we schedule,” Hatch said. “When you’re able to put together your own [schedules], you don’t really have to worry about going far to play games and wondering how you’re going to cram in certain games and all that. It doesn’t matter who you’re playing as long as you’re giving kids the chance.”Standings are kept using the same Heal system the MPA uses for other events. Unlike other sports, though, there are no class sizes — just Northern and Southern Maine regions.Teams play between five and eight games per season, which runs from early February through mid-March. From there, teams that are eligible for the playoffs compete for state and regional championships, the latter of which Bucksport won when it defeated Foxcroft 59-54 to claim the Northern Maine title March 21.As the team bus arrived back home upon its return from Dover-Foxcroft that evening, a motorcade consisting of police cruisers and fire trucks was there to guide it back to the school to greet the fans. Bucksport celebrates every championship that way, and this time was no different.“I thought [the players] were going to tip the bus over because they were jumping up and down and hanging out the windows,” Hatch said. “I’ve never seen a group of kids so excited about anything. They were fired up.”Win or lose, players leave games with smiles on their faces. Because games are eight minutes longer and more loosely officiated than in varsity play, most end with every player on both teams having scored at least once.Partnership players make sure of that, too. Regardless of which team is on offense or defense at the time, it’s a common sight to see players on both teams giving the ball to one another near the hoop so that every unified player on both teams can make a basket.“It’s been pretty neat to see the friendships that develop and the support that exists between [the partnership players and unified players],” Ellsworth Athletic Director Josh Frost said. “Both of them, when they leave after the game, they’re grinning from ear to ear.”For now, basketball is the only unified sport that has become official at the MPA level. Yet Hatch said the MPA is planning to add unified track next season and plans to consider other sports in the future.“At this point, [unified basketball] has been a success everywhere, and we know it’s possible to make unified sports even bigger,” Hatch said. “Every time we host these games, it’s the highlight of the day for me.”That’s true everywhere. The joy unified players experience when they see and hear coaches and fans cheering them on is something you don’t see every day, as was the look on Wibberly’s face when one of his players, Alysse Frye, made a pair of NBA-range 3-pointers in the second half against the EHS staff.Although Mr. Higgins finished the game with just two points, his opponents fared much better. Even when the added points were taken away, the unified team still outscored the EHS staff 78-56. Better yet, every player scored.“What matters more than anything is your character,” Wibberly said. “Every one of these kids has more of it than anyone can ever know.” Mike MandellMike Mandell is the sports editor at The Ellsworth American and Mount Desert Islander. He began working for The American in August 2016. You can reach him via email at [email protected]center_img Ellsworth runners compete in virtual Boston Marathon – September 16, 2020 Bio Latest Postslast_img read more

Producteev: Social Task Management for Small Groups

first_imgFriendFeed for Productivity AppsProducteev also offers what it calls a “FriendFeed for your productivity apps.” The service can aggregate the activity from team members on Zoho, Google Reader, Docstoc, GitHub, SlideShare, and others. The company will continue to add support for other services, including Google Docs, in the near future. If a team member uploads a new document to Zoho, for example, a notification will appear in the other team members’ Producteev real-time live feed, which is available on the site and in the mobile and desktop apps. This feed was clearly modeled after the Facebook news feed – down to the notifications icon in the bottom right corner of the window. Just like in FriendFeed and Facebook, users can ‘like’ status updates and comment on them. A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… frederic lardinois 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market In addition, of course, Producteev also offers all the standard task management features one would expect from a modern task management applicaiton, including the ability to delegate tasks to other team members. Users can also upload files and Producteev offers a basic revision system for these files as well. Another nice feature is that users can add new tasks by sending a DM to Producteev’s Twitter account or by sending an email to Producteev. These social features also set Producteev apart from some if its competitors, including Basecamp. It is also important to note that Producteev offers apps for a wide range of mobile phones, including the iPhone (iTunes link), Android, Windows Mobile, and Nokia S60 phones. In addition, there is also a cross-platform Adobe Air app and a Blackberry client will be released within the next couple of days.PricingProducteev offers 7 different account types, ranging from free trial accounts with three users and 10MB of storage ($5/month after the free trial) all the way up to the Gold business account ($99/month) for up to 100 users and 1GB of storage. There are three different tiers of business accounts (Bronze, Silver, Gold), all of which feature customizable dashboards, sync with Outlook and iCal, as well as priority support by email. There is also a free account for students, with support for up to 40 users. According to Ilan Abehassera, Producteev’s founder and CEO, the educational market is clearly on the company’s radar and Producteev is working on a number of deals that would provide a white-label version of its service to universities and colleges.Get a Free Gold Account Producteev gave us 10 Gold accounts ($99/month) to give away to our readers. These will be valid for one year. If you want one, leave us a comment below within the next 24 hours and explain how you would use this application for personal or business use. We will pick the 10 most interesting comments and Producteev will set you up with a Gold account. Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Producteev is a very well-designed online task management and collaboration service for individuals and small groups. Producteev started out as a task management system, but today, the company is adding a number of interesting collaboration features as well. If Producteev only offered yet anther task management service, this wouldn’t be a very exciting product (how many online task managers do we really need, after all?). What makes Producteev stand out is that it is nicely integrated with Twitter, Facebook, and a large number of online productivity apps. The company also offers mobile apps for virtually every popular platform. We are giving away 10 pro accounts for Producteev. Read on to find out how you can get yours. Tags:#Product Reviews#web Related Posts Crowdsourcing Tasks on Twitter and FacebookAs the company’s founder and CEO Ilan Abehassera told us earlier today, Producteev wants to be a “multichannel group productivity application” that goes far beyond simple task management for groups. The most interesting new feature Producteev launched today is the ability to “crowdsource tasks.” This features allows users to make some of their tasks public and publish them to their Twitter or Facebook feeds. These messages will then include a shortened link back to Producteev, where your friends, colleagues, and random followers can provide you with answers or ideas (after identifying themselves through Facebook Connect or Twitter Connect). Basically, this feature allows you to manage all the answers you would usually get as @replies on Twitter, for example.last_img read more

Ford to skip Level 3 autonomy to keep sleepy drivers happy

first_imgDavid Curry Tags:#autonomous cars#Autonomy#driverless#featured#Ford#Level 3#Level 5#Self-Driving#top Ford plans to skip ‘Level 3’ autonomy and shoot right for Level 5, the highest level of car automation. The automaker decided to skip the midway point after it noticed a few of its engineers dozing while testing semi-autonomous vehicles.Even with “bells, buzzers, warning lights, vibrating seats and steering wheels, and another engineer in the passenger seat” the engineers struggled to maintain situational awareness, according to Raj Nair, Ford’s chief product development officer.See Also: Ford rolls out gas- and driver-less fleet of tomorrowNair said the more the engineers became comfortable with the self-driving tech, the less attention they paid to the road. This could be a major issue for automakers deploying Level 3 cars, which cede some control to the human driver.“These are trained engineers who are there to observe what’s happening,” said Nair to Bloomberg. “But it’s human nature that you start trusting the vehicle more and more and that you feel you don’t need to be paying attention.”Will loss of incremental improvements turn clients off?Going straight to Level 5 may hurt Ford in the short-term, as competitors will be able to offer some self-driving functionality to customers that want it. However, the decision let’s Ford power on ahead with its driverless dream, which it aims to have on the road by 2021.Ford said it would deploy a fleet of driverless vehicles in major cities in four years time. The cars will work similar to Uber, but without the driver. This should reduce the cost of the cab by at least half, since driver payment is the most expensive part of a taxi business.The company also said it would sell the vehicles to customers, but details are thin.Ford has shown how confident it is in the driverless future with a $1 billion acquisition of Argo AI, a small robotics and autonomous systems startup that held some of the hottest talent in the self-driving industry. For Self-Driving Systems, Infrastructure and In… Related Posts center_img 5 Ways IoT can Help to Reduce Automatic Vehicle… Break the Mold with Real-World Logistics AI and… IT Trends of the Future That Are Worth Paying A…last_img read more

Film Industry Humor Top Ten Things To Do On Set When Youre

first_img5. Freestyle Yoga. Yes it will look weird to the other people in holding but it’s good to stay active especially when there’s a catered buffet meal being served after 6 hours. Stay limber, try the flank steak! 2. Tinder. Yes, you might as well start the search for Mrs. Right! Who knows she may even be in here today. Just set the distance parameters to 1km and swipe away. Cheryl, 32, loves to bake and adores horses. Drinks wine like a fish and owns a cottage. What’re the odds! A match made in holding! She could be three tables over eating flank steak and studying for her real estate license.  10. Call Rogers. Those bastards are overcharging you anyways. Call and complain. When you get on the line with an agent just say ‘retention’ and threaten to go to Bell! You’re welcome! LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment 8. Stock up. Tea. Stir sticks. Napkins. Oranges. Etc. I haven’t bought napkins in 11 years. Everyday take a small stack and start stockpiling in case shit goes south and you need to fill your nuclear bunker. Sip tea casually watching Friends reruns as the world burns. Advertisement 3. Write a novel. Call it: The Confused Ramblings Of No One In Particular! Try to shed some insight to laypeople about the goings on behind the scenes on film sets. The seedy underbelly of the industry where Stand Ins throw each other under the bus for a shot at the new series. Where DOPs and directors argue over minutiae. Where extras sneak off at lunch to auditions. Where the grips tell each other of their Tinder conquests!!! 7. Craigslist. Comb this site for random jobs to supplement your income. Sign up for that focus group on Tide Pods or help that old lady with yard work for 17$ per hour cash! You’re not gonna be on set on Saturday anyways. Get that money! Login/Register With: Twittercenter_img 6. Practice. Get the sides from the set box when no one is looking and run lines with that apprentice sitting next you. Hone your craft. Keep your knife sharp. You never know when the director is going to ask you to say, “No sir!” When the lead character asks you if the Chief Johnson is in his office (assuming you’re on a cop show in a precinct) Top Ten Things To Do On Set When You’re Bored: 1. Social Media. Facebook bud. Check this app every 45 seconds to avoid making eye contact or communicating with real people. Join Alien Conspiracy groups and post photos of the flank steak with #foodporn. You might as well hit Insta as well. Tweet that you just got booked on a sci-fi tv show as SWAT for tomorrow and it’s SSE. Snapchat a pic of you and Cheryl hitting it off. The possibilities are endless!!!#setlife #actorslife #freeoranges.SPECIAL THANKS TO NATHAN HOPPE FOR TODAY’S SMILE!  🙂 Advertisement Advertisement Facebook 4. Sell something. Look there’s 300 extras today. Join a MLM and pitch hair products to unassuming non-unions. Better yet, become an accountant and do people’s taxes so you can get that extra money and so they can realize that writing off nights out at the cinema as an actor is considered research and development. 9. Get you’re real estate license. You might as well create an exit strategy. Something to fall back on in case your dreams of becoming a series lead evaporate. You don’t want to banana forever.last_img read more

DA examines criminal liability in officer involved shootings

first_imgDA examines criminal liability in officer involved shootings KUSI Newsroom, Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter KUSI Newsroom 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI)- Criminal liability in eight officer involved shooting incidents and four in-custody deaths were discussed at a press briefing held by the district attorney. Evidence such as body camera footage, autopsy reports, statements from witnesses, and other materials were brought up.The focus of this was to examine if a crime was committed by responding officers and to provide transparency. Posted: December 14, 2018 December 14, 2018last_img read more

Snake uses tentacles to see in the dark

first_imgTo test the snake’s tentacles separately, the team placed the snakes and small fish in a tank in a dark room. They monitored the tank using infrared cameras and found the snakes caught the fish in complete darkness even when they were several centimeters away, although they struck out less often than in the light. They tested the eyes separately by placing the snakes in a clear-bottomed tank and displayed a movie of fish swimming under it. The snakes struck accurately at the fish even with no input from the tentacles.Catania said it was not rare for predators to have two good senses. For example, barn owls have great hearing and sight and they use them under different conditions. The snakes appear to be similar, he said, with the tentacles being the greatest help in dark conditions such as at night or in murky water.The research paper was published in The Journal of Experimental Biology on 1st February. ( — A new study of a snake with tentacles on its snout has found it has a unique system for sensing prey: its tentacles allow it to “see” in murky water. Citation: Snake uses tentacles to ‘see’ in the dark (2010, February 3) retrieved 18 August 2019 from A water snake that predicts which way fish will turn when it attacks Tentacled Snake ([i]Erpeton tentaculatum[/i]). Image: Wikipedia Explore furthercenter_img This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. The aquatic snake (Erpeton tentaculatum) lives in slow-moving rivers and murky lakes in South-East Asia, and is the only snake with tentacles. Biologist Ken Catania of Vanderbilt University in Tennessee become fascinated by the reptiles when he saw them in a zoo, and decided to study them.The research team led by Catania found the snake hunts fish by forming a J shape with its lower midsection when a fish swims by. This alarms the fish and it darts off in the opposite direction, straight into the snake’s mouth. The researchers originally thought the tentacles were fish detectors, since the snake eats fish almost exclusively, but when they used fluorescent dye to mark the nerve fibers in tentacles of dead snakes and examined them under the microscope, they found many more embedded in the center of the tentacles than at the surface where nerve cells for touch and taste would be expected. This implies most of the nerve cells sense movement of the whole tentacles rather than sensations on their surface.Intrigued by their findings, the team experimented on live snakes, monitoring electrical activity in their brains while stroking the tentacles with tiny hairs and generating motion in the water using a small vibrating sphere. The tentacles responded to even the slightest deflection of their upper-lip tentacles, which suggests they would also respond to tiny currents made by fish movements. The experiments also showed that touch sensations on the tentacles stimulated a part of the brain involved with sight, which Catania said means the snakes are putting the two pieces of information together. More information: Function of the appendages in tentacled snakes (Erpeton tentaculatus), Journal of Experimental Biology 213, 359-367 (2010). doi:10.1242/jeb.039685 © 2010 PhysOrg.comlast_img read more