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

10 months agoSouthampton boss Hasenhuttl demands intensity lift from players

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Southampton boss Hasenhuttl demands intensity lift from playersby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveSouthampton boss Ralph Hasenhuttl is demanding a higher level of intensity from his players.The Austrian cancelled a day off last week, conducted intensive video sessions and staged one-on-one meetings with his players. His methods worked wonders as Sunday’s victory over Arsenal, the first at home since April, moved Southampton out of the relegation zone.”You can be sure as long as I am manager that if I have the feeling one guy makes one step less, I will tell him. And when I tell him, I am sure he will immediately improve,” he said.Hasenhuttl rewarded his players with a day off this week and admitted it would be tough to change a winning side. “At the moment I am happy I found a first XI who showed me against Arsenal that it is possible they fit well together,” he said.”I am not in the situation that I’ll change everything because one or the other player is a little bit tired. That is not in my mind at the moment. I am glad I’ve found a first XI and to get in this team is not so easy because they put something in my account and showed me they are able to win.” last_img read more

Unrelenting heat wind lightning keep firefighters homeowners anxious in BC

first_imgKAMLOOPS, B.C. – Hot, dry conditions, gusty winds and a chance of lightning are expected to keep wildfire crews in British Columbia watchful this weekend.The BC Wildfire Service said its weather forecasters have issued a wind warning for the fire-weary Cariboo Fire Centre, but no significant growth was reported early Friday on any area blazes.Wildfire service chief information officer Kevin Skrepnek said almost 150 fires are burning in the province and communities will continue to be endangered without significant rain.The service’s website shows 11 new fires broke out Thursday, seven sparked by lightning, two believed to be human-caused and two others undetermined.Conditions also prompted expansion of an evacuation order for some homes in a remote area west of Quesnel. Orders were still in effect for some properties outside Williams Lake, and others around fires near Monte Lake, east of Kamloops, and north of Cache Creek.Officials said smoke must clear before growth of the blaze north of Cache Creek and east of Clinton can be accurately determined, but the wildfire service website estimates it at 680 square kilometres, with dozens of homes lost between Boston Flats and Loon Lake.Near Monte Lake, 50 kilometres east of Kamloops, a young couple with two children confirms their home was destroyed when a quickly moving wildfire broke out late Wednesday afternoon.Relatives of the family say they were away from home and had no opportunity to grab important papers or other items before flames raced up Martin Mountain.A cause of that fire remains under investigation.On Thursday, thousands of people were given the OK to return to their homes in and around Williams Lake, but the wildfire service reminded residents they may have to leave again on short notice.Officials encouraged people to sign up for an electronic notification system so they can receive emails or text messages the moment an evacuation order is issued.The wildfire service said $154 million has been spent so far on suppressing nearly 800 fires since April 1. (The Canadian Press, CHNL)last_img read more

Salmon farm protester yells at BC premier to protect wild stocks

first_imgVICTORIA – A heckler interrupted Premier John Horgan’s news conference on protecting British Columbia’s wild salmon by shouting the province is allowing the aquaculture industry to continue operating while fish stocks are struggling to survive.“You sold us out,” she yelled Friday. “Our salmon are dying.”“If that’s your view you’re welcome to put your name on a ballot any time soon,” Horgan responded.The woman, who identified herself as Tsastilqualus, said she is from the Alert Bay area off northern Vancouver Island but has been living in a tent on Swanson Island near several commercial salmon farms.She said she has also protested outside Horgan’s constituency office and his home in Langford, just west of Victoria.Tsastilqualus said salmon farms should be removed from ocean waters and operated on land in containment facilities.“I want them out of our waters completely,” she said. “We don’t have time to waste. Our salmon is the most important thing to us as Indigenous people. It’s our culture. It’s in our songs, our dances, everything. If there is no salmon, what are we?”Horgan, who announced the formation of a 14-member advisory council to develop plans to restore and protect B.C.’s wild salmon stocks, rejected Tsastilqualus statements that his government was stalling on protecting wild salmon.“It’s a tragedy that we find ourselves in 2018 on the crest of perhaps losing this important species,” he said.Horgan said the council will submit its recommendations to the government this fall. He said bureaucrats recently travelled to Ottawa to consult with federal officials in advance of proposed amendments this year to the federal Fisheries Act, which governs Canada’s oceans and fish.Brian Riddell, a salmon expert who spent 30 years at the Department of Fisheries and Oceans and is the current Pacific Salmon Foundation chief executive officer, said Horgan’s appointment of a wild salmon advisory council is the start of a necessary journey to save the species.“It’s not a simple thing to solve,” he said. “It will take time. It takes a lot of collaboration.”Riddell said he expected the future of open-net aquaculture to be one of the major areas the council will examine, especially since some scientific studies are finding links between viruses that impact farmed salmon present risks to wild salmon.“If there is the connection that these viruses that we’re finding can affect Pacific salmon then it makes the argument that there’s a risk to Pacific salmon from open-net pens much stronger,” he said.Horgan said the government will soon have further comment on the future of salmon farm tenures that are due to expire June 20 for many of the aquaculture operations located on the north side of Vancouver Island.The Green party’s Adam Olsen, who was appointed to the council, said bold leadership is needed to tackle the threats facing salmon populations.“We cannot continue to manage salmon runs to zero,” he said. “We are facing a crisis.”last_img read more

BC Indigenous group anticipating RCMP action at antiLNG pipeline camp

first_imgSupporters of an Indigenous camp blocking access to a planned pipeline in northern British Columbia say they are anticipating RCMP action over an injunction filed against them.Jennifer Wickham, a member of the Gidimt’en clan of the Wet’suwet’en First Nation, says police have gathered in Smithers, B.C., and Houston, B.C., which are the closest towns to the Gidimt’en checkpoint.TransCanada has said it has signed agreements with all First Nations along the pipeline route to LNG Canada’s $40 billion liquefied natural gas project in Kitimat, B.C.But Wickham says the company does not have the authority to build through Wet’suwet’en territory because the house chiefs, who are hereditary chiefs rather than elected band council leaders, have not given consent.On Dec. 14, the Wet’suwet’en hereditary chiefs issued a statement saying they were deeply concerned by the National Energy Board’s decision denying their request to participate in a jurisdictional challenge to the permits issued to TransCanada’s Coastal GasLink pipeline project, which would cross Wet’suwet’en territories.The RCMP and TransCanada did not immediately respond to a request for comment.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Beaverlodge RCMP seeking publics help in locating robbery suspect

first_imgBEAVERLODGE, AB. – Beaverlodge RCMP are seeking the publics help in identifying a robbery suspect.On March 8th, at roughly 12:53 p.m., a man entered the Beaverlodge Hotel and Tavern and played VLT’s. The suspect then approached an employee and demanded that she open a safe and appeared to have a weapon.The suspect fled with an undisclosed amount of money. No one was injured. The suspect is described as Caucasian standing 5’5″ tall with light possibly orange facial hair. He was wearing track pants, a sweater and toque which were all black in colour, sunglasses and grey running shoes.Police are requesting that if you have any information about this incident to please call the Beaverlodge RCMP at 780-354-2955 or call your local police detachment.  If you want to remain anonymous, you can contact Crime Stoppers by phone at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS), or by internet at read more

Natural gas producers demand government action in open letter to Kenney

first_imgThe letter proposes a solution in which gas producers commit to manage their production on a voluntary basis when needed to balance supply with system capacity, resulting in no net loss to provincial royalty revenues while honouring existing sales commitments.The letter is signed by CEOs of companies producing about two billion cubic feet per day of natural gas, including Jupiter Resources Ltd., Bellatrix Exploration Ltd., Peyto Exploration & Development Corp., Advantage Oil & Gas Ltd., Paramount Resources Ltd. and Bonavista Energy Corp.The new United Conservative Party government created the position of associate minister of natural gas when elected and, in early July, announced a one-time tax relief program for shallow gas wells and pipelines that is expected to deliver about $23 million in support for producers.“It is imperative that the government of Alberta intercedes as the viability of the Alberta natural gas sector is in jeopardy and, on our current trajectory, the consequences will be dire for the many Albertans that rely upon the natural gas sector directly and indirectly to support their communities,” the letter sent late Tuesday reads.The Canadian Press CALGARY — The CEOs of nine Alberta natural gas producers have released an open letter to Premier Jason Kenney asking him to show “bold leadership” in supporting a plan to restrict production to boost low gas prices.The letter warns that the viability of the natural gas sector is in jeopardy and the province faces a high likelihood of corporate failures, job losses and falling investment levels if the situation is allowed to continue.The CEOs say their gas price problems have developed over many years but point specifically to what they call failed federal regulation of TC Energy Corp.’s Nova Gas Transmission Ltd. gas pipeline system in Western Canada.last_img read more

Google Assistants Continued Conversations feature reaching Smart Displays

first_imgSan Francisco: Google is rolling out support for the “Continued Conversation” feature on Smart Displays to allow users to a natural back-and-forth conversation with the Google Assistant instead of having to repeat the “Hey Google” command every time. “After you initially trigger the Assistant with a request, the Assistant will stay active for long enough to respond to follow up questions. The feature is part of the Settings menu under Preferences,” Bibo Xu, Product Manager, Google Assistant wrote in a blog-post on Friday. Also Read – Spotify rolls out Siri support, new Apple TV app The feature was first rolled out for only audio to Google Home, Home Mini and Home Max products. It is currently only available in English across Smart Displays from Google, Lenovo, JBL and LG. Apart from this, the search-engine giant has also made several features available on its Smart Displays including “Interpreter Mode” and single dashboard control to control devices connected via Assistant, Support for managing multi-room audio, sharing photos from Live Albums with Google Photos and playing games has also been added to the Smart Display devices.last_img read more

Katrina joins Akshay in Sooryavanshi

first_imgMumbai: Actor Katrina Kaif has been roped in for filmmaker Rohit Shetty’s next, titled Sooryavanshi starring actor Akshay Kumar. Akshay, who has previously worked with Katrina in films such as Namaste London and Singh is Kinng, welcomed the actor, whom he called “Sooryavanshi girl”. “Welcome to our cop universe Katrina Kaif… Our ‘Sooryavanshi’ girl,” he wrote. Filmmaker Karan Johar, who is bank rolling the film, shared a photograph of himself along with Akshay, Katrina and Shetty. He captioned the image: “Welcoming the ‘Sooryavanshi’ girl on board Katrina Kaif! Releasing on Eid 2020!” Akshay will play the lead role of Veer Suryavanshi, a character that was introduced as an Anti-Terrorist Squad (ATS) officer in a cameo role by performed by the Kesari star in Simmba. The movie will release on Eid 2020, clashing with the Salman Khan and Alia Bhatt-starrer Inshallah.last_img read more

Maha 224 cops 246 Naxals 571 civilians killed since 1980

first_imgMumbai: Naxals have killed 224 security forces’ personnel in Maharashtra since 1980, a senior state government official said Tuesday. The latest incident was on May 1 when 15 Quick Response Team personnel and their driver were killed in Jambhurkheda in the district’s Kurkheda tehsil after their vehicle was blown up with an improvised explosive device (IED). Apart from security forces, Naxals have also killed 571 civilians since 1980 while the Maoist ultras have seen 246 cadre gunned down in the same period, he said. “Calendar year 2018 was special as the police did not lose a single personnel while they managed to gun down 50 Naxals,” he said. “It is to be noted that of the 246 Naxals killed so far, 98 have been shot dead after 2014. The police force lost 19 personnel since 2014,” he said. Gadchiroli, Chandrapur and Gondia have been declared Naxal-affected districts in Maharashtra by the Ministry of Home Affairs.last_img read more