Radio reporter badly beaten by some 30 Mexico City police

first_imgNews Reporter murdered in northwestern Mexico’s Sonora state Reporters Without Borders condemns the beating which Arturo García of radio Reporte 98.5 FM received from police officers while covering the arrest of a taxi driver in Mexico City on 3 November. He was threatened, punched and clubbed many times. NSO Group hasn’t kept its promises on human rights, RSF and other NGOs say Receive email alerts November 7, 2005 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Radio reporter badly beaten by some 30 Mexico City police Reports Reporters Without Borders today condemned the severe beating which radio journalist Arturo García of Reporte 98.5 FM received from about 30 police officers as a result of a comment he made while covering the arrest of a taxi driver in the old part of Mexico City on 3 November.“It is outrageous that a journalist should be physically attacked because of a comment that upset the police,” the press freedom organisation said. “We call on the city authorities to carry out a thorough investigation into the exact circumstances of this assault and to punish those responsible.”The police at first let García through to cover the arrest of the taxi driver who, according to his friends, had been mistreated by the police. When asked the reason for the arrest, the police reportedly told García the taxi driver had been “obstructing traffic.” García then commented: “That’s not a sufficient reason.”Although he was in the middle of giving his station a report by mobile phone, the police insulted him, grabbed his phone and arrested him, ignoring the fact that both his jacket and his car displayed the logo of Grupo Imagen, the media group that owns Reporte 98.5 FM.The police then punched and clubbed García for about eight minutes. In the course of this beating, one of the police officers reportedly raised his right hand over García and told him: “This is the hand I am going to kill you with.”Grupo Imagen has filed a complaint against the police. 2011-2020: A study of journalist murders in Latin America confirms the importance of strengthening protection policies May 13, 2021 Find out more Follow the news on Mexico May 5, 2021 Find out more Help by sharing this information RSF_en to go further News Organisation MexicoAmericas MexicoAmericas News April 28, 2021 Find out morelast_img read more

New clues in search for Oregon woman who vanished during hike with boyfriend, police say

first_imgWashington County Sheriff’s Office(PORTLAND) — Police said they discovered new “items and clues” on Thursday while searching for a young Oregon woman who vanished while hiking with her boyfriend before Christmas.Allyson Watterson, 20, was reported missing on Monday, a day after her boyfriend claimed they became separated while hiking in a wooded area near North Plains, about 18 miles northwest of Portland, police said. Her boyfriend, 21-year-old Benjamin Garland, was later arrested on several charges unrelated to her disappearance, according to police.Officers with the Washington County Sheriff’s Office said search and rescue crews would refocus their efforts on Friday morning thanks to new evidence, but they did not offer details on what they found.“I’m not free to say what it is at this point. Just know that it’s something that’s going to change the type of searching we’re doing,” Washington County Sheriff’s Deputy Tony Morris during a Thursday press conference.“[We] have found some interesting items and clues that we’re going to try to find out more information tomorrow with a different type of search.”He said the new information, which was discovered by search and rescue workers, would cause the search to “slow down quite a bit.”“As we get actionable information, we change the type of search and we slow down,” he said.The sheriff’s office said a resident found Watterson’s boyfriend asleep in his truck and brought him back to his home. Garland and his father went back to look for Watterson in the woods and notified her family when they couldn’t find her.About 100 volunteers trained search and rescue workers spent Christmas Day scouring the woods for signs of the missing 20-year-old. The Oregon National Guard provided a helicopter with heat-sensing cameras to help with the search on Thursday.Watterson’s parents thanked rescue workers and community members who spent the holiday helping with the search.“We just really, really want to thank everyone, and we want this to keep going until we find Allyson,” her father, Alan Watterson, said during the press conference.They also urged people to check their properties for signs of their daughter as she could be looking for “a place to get warm.”“Please get the word out to anybody who may or may not be on social media … let the people know that don’t have outlets to TVs or maybe people that kind of live off the grid,” her mother, Misty Watterson, said. “She’s just a very special person, and I will do anything to get her home. Anything.”Copyright © 2019, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

Not backing down

first_imgJapan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe spoke at the Harvard Kennedy School (HKS) today, explaining his efforts to resolve the country’s numerous economic and political challenges. He discussed bolstering relations with the United States, China, India, and Russia, and he boosted more tourism for Tokyo, site of the 2020 Summer Olympics.As part of the event hosted by the Institute of Politics (IOP), HKS Dean David Ellwood joined Joseph Nye, the University Distinguished Service Professor, and U.S. Ambassador to Japan Caroline Kennedy in offering effusive praise of Abe’s leadership.“When my mother and uncles created this institution as a living memorial to my father, they imagined days like this when global leaders, both men and women, would engage students on the critical issues of the day,” and they imagined “that engagement would inspire the students to enter public life, committing themselves to public service,” said Kennedy, who called Abe “a once-in-a-generation leader.”Abe’s morning stop in Cambridge followed visits to the John F. Kennedy Library in Dorchester and the Boston Marathon bombing site in Boston’s Back Bay. His visit was part of a strategic eight-day state visit to several U.S. cities that will culminate in a speech before a joint session of Congress in Washington, D.C., on Wednesday, the first ever by a Japanese prime minister. The trip comes amid some public criticism of Abe’s handling of contemporary domestic affairs and the country’s treatment of women during World War II.Pushing ahead with major economic, political, and social reforms, Abe strongly defended his ambitious governmental agenda during a nearly 9-minute address in Japanese to HKS students, faculty, and dignitaries. Acknowledging frequent criticisms from what he called Japan’s “vested interests” and the historic difficulty leaders have in successfully pushing forward more than one or two meaningful reforms, Abe said he’s confident that those who support what he’s doing constitute a “silent majority.”“I have tenaciously engineered a succession of reforms coming one after another, and I will be fearless going forward. It is because now, more than at any time before, I believe there is in Japan among its people a strong and growing desire to pursue reforms,” Abe said through an English translator. Noting the country’s economic troubles, including prolonged deflation and flagging consumer demand, as well as an aging population that has tilted Japan’s macroeconomic balance, Abe said, “My role in these circumstances is to lead the nation to think of itself again as ‘the little engine that could.’”Taking inspiration from the notion of “grace under pressure,” Abe said he doesn’t intend to back down from his policies. He called for a “more robust” alliance with the United States through trade deals such as the Trans-Pacific Partnership, and he encouraged more foreign capital investment, steps designed to improve the economy by “changing diehard business habits.”“Reform never comes without resistance. There will always be pressure from society to suppress it,” he said. “Still, once you have reached a decision after of course having given it much thought, you must carry through on it.”Security was tight at HKS, as Abe’s address came just days after Japanese police arrested a man suspected of landing a drone carrying traces of radioactive material on the roof of the prime minister’s office building. Abe was out of town at the time of the incident and unharmed. According to reports, the suspect said he was protesting Japan’s nuclear energy policy.During and after the speech, about two dozen demonstrators stood outside HKS, holding signs that called on Abe to formally apologize for the Japanese government’s role in the sexual enslavement of thousands of women who were forced to work in military brothels as so-called “comfort women” during World War II. Inside, Harvard College sophomore Joseph Lee Choe asked Abe to address the issue.Abe said, “My heart aches when I think about those people who were victimized by human trafficking and who were subject to immeasurable pain and suffering beyond description,” a feeling “no different” than previous administrations. He said he “upholds” the 1993 Kono Statement on the issue and noted that at the United Nations General Assembly last year, he pledged that Japan would help to lead the international community to fight against sexual trafficking and has contributed $34 million since then to that effort.The statement was Japan’s first acknowledgment of the coercion of women into military sex camps, and it was a controversial apology that some conservatives want retracted. In 2007, Abe had said he didn’t agree with the statement’s findings and ordered it to be reviewed in 2014, leading some to accuse him of trying to whitewash history in the name of national pride and political advantage. But that review left the statement intact.In an interview via email after Abe’s speech, Choe said he wasn’t satisfied with the response.“Yong Soo Lee, a former comfort woman, spoke to a group of Harvard students yesterday about how she was literally dragged from her home and forced into sexual slavery by the Japanese military during World War II,” Choe said. “Hearing her speak and seeing her tears made me empowered to seek justice for her and other former comfort women. What the Japanese government did was horrific, and an apology is the least they can do to give closure to women like Yong Soo Lee.”When asked about Japan’s relationships with Brazil, Russia, India, and China (the BRIC nations), Abe said he hoped Russia will reach a peaceful agreement with Ukraine, and expressed a strong desire for a peace accord between Japan and Russia, noting the 70 years since the end of World War II.He was optimistic about strengthening relations with India, saying that he talks frequently with Prime Minister Narendra Modi and that the two countries are eager to expand economic and national security ties.Concerning China, that country’s rapid development is a “major positive” for Japan and the world, Abe said, but he added that China’s conduct in the South China Sea and East China Sea and its “military display” there concern Japan and other nearby nations. “As a responsible major power in the region, I hope sincerely that it would find a peaceful answer to its challenges,” he said.Lastly, Abe touched on a favorite theme: bringing more women into the Japanese government and workforce, particularly in leadership roles. He touted a goal he set for government ministries to field at least 30 percent of female candidates for executive positions, a benchmark all have now cleared, he said. Further, while the number of women in the National Diet, or Japanese parliament, is still “very small,” Abe said women hold two of three major party posts. And in the two years since he took office, companies listed on the Tokyo Stock Exchange have doubled the number of female directors from 90 to 180, he said.Abe said he hopes that companies will build upon that effort, “not because of social policy, but because hiring women would improve the corporate performance,” he said.“I often say that had Lehman Brothers been Lehman Brothers and Sisters, they would still be around.”last_img read more

Volleyball takes new mind set on road trip

first_imgKRIS UGARRIZA/Herald photoThe key to winning for the Wisconsin volleyball hangs from a new banner in the Field House. “Play with heart,” it reads.“It stands for hunger, execution, accountability, respect and teamwork,” senior captain Audra Jeffers said. “That is what we try to play with every day. We need to play like this every practice and in games.”Cutting down the unforced errors will help, too.“That is something we have been working on in practice,” Jeffers said. “The coaches are really good at designing drills to help with that. … It all comes in with practice and being mentally tough. I think a lot of the errors have come from not being aggressive. If you go up there tentatively and don’t take an aggressive swing at the ball, then that is when you hit it out of bounds or off the block.”The Badgers (15-9, 5-7 Big Ten) are on the road this weekend, traveling to Ohio State and No. 20 Michigan for a pair of Big Ten matches.UW beat both the Buckeyes (10-14, 1-11 Big Ten) and the Wolverines (18-6, 6-6 Big Ten) earlier this year, and a weekend sweep would help get the team back on track toward their postseason goals.“It definitely helps knowing that we won the first time around,” setter Nikki Klingsporn said. “But Michigan has improved a lot, and so has Ohio State with a new coach coming in, so we are obviously not going to take them lightly. We have been working hard all week in practice, and we are going to bring that with us this weekend.”“I think it is a boost of confidence for our players,” head coach Pete Waite added. “Especially against Michigan, our team was able to come back after bringing down two sets and rally for the win.”Ohio State and Michigan each present a different challenge, and the Badgers will have to adjust to their respective styles of play.“For Michigan it is a little more of a veteran group,” Waite said. “They have some nice athletes out of the middle, and Zimmerman is a nice setter. She controls the game pretty well. I think with Ohio State what they have actually done is they have moved one of their top middles to the outside positions, and she is getting a lot of good swings.”After starting the season with high expectations, UW has dropped five of their last six matches, including a tough five-set loss to Michigan State last Friday. To overcome this rough streak, both the coaches and the players have increased the intensity of practice.“Practice has been very intense and very competitive,” Klingsporn said. “We have done a lot of really competitive drills, and we have done drills that have us always moving around. We have focused on defense this week, trying to get the team to be more consistent.”Despite the inconsistencies the Badgers have had to battle, the team remains upbeat about the rest of the season.“We need to look forward and say tomorrow is a new day,” Jeffers said. “We still have a lot of games left, we are trying to get into the tournament, and there are still a lot of positive things that could come out of this season. What already happened is just behind us. We are moving forward.”last_img read more

APS Bus Pick-up and Drop-off Changes

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThis This week marked the start of new changes for Alpena Public School Buses when it comes to dropping off and picking up students.Buses will be required to parallel park on 4th avenue between Ripley Blvd. and Bedford Street.This change will occur for approximately 15 to 20 minutes prior to when school starts at 8:30am, and for approximately 15 to 20 minutes following dismissal at 3:42pm.There will be an exception on June 14th and 15th, which is when dismissal will be at 11:45am.Pick up and drop off changes will continue through the remainder of the school year and will reduce the travel width of the street.Motorists are asked to plan alternate routes. The change in bus parking is a trial for future considerations.Additional questions should be directed to Alpena Public Schools. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThisContinue ReadingPrevious Alpena Man Sentenced For Manufacturing MethNext June Proclaimed As Bicycle Awareness Monthlast_img read more