Federal authorities opt for impunity in Brad Will and Roberto Mora murders

first_img May 5, 2021 Find out more News MexicoAmericas Organisation MexicoAmericas News Help by sharing this information Receive email alerts News Reports 2011-2020: A study of journalist murders in Latin America confirms the importance of strengthening protection policiescenter_img NSO Group hasn’t kept its promises on human rights, RSF and other NGOs say Reporter murdered in northwestern Mexico’s Sonora state RSF_en October 24, 2008 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Federal authorities opt for impunity in Brad Will and Roberto Mora murders Reporters Without Borders is outraged by the Mexican federal justice ministry’s response to a recent recommendation by the National Human Rights Commission (CNDH) regarding the October 2006 fatal shooting of US cameraman Brad Will of the Indymedia agency in the southern city of Oaxaca (see 2 October release).Not only has the ministry ignored the serious irregularities in the Will murder investigation but, on 22 October, a judge announced the indictment and imminent trial of three supporters of the grass-roots Popular Assembly of Oaxaca Peoples (APPO), two of whom have been freed on bail. Arrest orders were also issued for seven witnesses on a charge concealing a crime. Will was covering the APPO’s demonstrations against the Oaxaca state government at the time of his death.“This is an obvious political manoeuvre that could result in a major legal scandal two years after Will’s murder,” Reporters Without Borders said. “After an abruptly terminated local investigation solely designed to absolve Oaxaca Governor Ulises Ruiz and his bodyguards of any responsibility in Will’s death, the federal justice ministry is now making a crude attempt to save the Oaxaca authorities by disowning the CNDH’s recommendation.“Does the ministry really think this will help the fight against impunity? Is there no alternative to impunity and injustice ? The probable outcome of this case recalls the way Mexico’s supreme court cleared Puebla state governor Mario Marín of violating the rights of freelance journalist Lydia Cacho (see 30 November 2007 release). “The serious lapses in the investigation into Will’s death also recall those in the investigation into the March 2004 murder of newspaper editor Roberto Mora García in Nuevo Laredo, in the northeastern state of Tamaulipas. Reporters Without Borders participated in the En Memoria commission delegation that visited Tamaulipas and published its findings today. They do not encourage optimism.”CNDH recommendation 50/2008, which was sent to the federal justice ministry and the Oaxaca state government on 26 September, clearly points to Governor Ruiz’s allies in Will’s murder on 27 October 2006, at the peak of a grave political and social crisis that left a toll of 18 dead and more than 300 injured.After initially condemning the CNDH recommendation, the Oaxaca government changed its mind on 16 October. The next day, the federal justice ministry unexpectedly announced that two former APPO activists, Juan Manuel Martínez Moreno and Octavio Pérez Pérez, had been arrested for “murder” and “complicity” respectively and would soon appear on court. Pérez was freed on bail a few days later.Seven other APPO members are targeted by the prosecution. Reporters Without Borders shares the concerns about these arrests that have has been voiced by human rights groups.The investigative procedures – fake evidence, doctored autopsy and framing of likely suspects – condemned by the CNDH in the Will case resemble those adopted after the murder of El Mañana editor Roberto Mora in Nuevo Laredo on 19 March 2004. Several of the organisations in the En Memoria commission, including Reporters Without Borders, conducted a new fact-finding visit to Tamaulipas on 25-25 August and presented their findings today in Mexico City.The delegation’s report says the authorities were determined to rule out Mora’s work as a newspaper editor as a possible motive for the murder although he had been investigating sensitive subjects in a region heavily influenced by the Gulf Cartel’s drug trafficking.The report also highlights the speed with which prosecutors ended the investigation by charging the two men who lived above Mora’s apartment – Mario Medina Vázquez, 23, and his companion, Hiram Oliveros Ortiz, 28 – with the murder. Medina was himself murdered in prison on 13 May 2004. Oliveros is still held.Reporters Without Borders calls on the local and federal authorities to stick to the facts and evidence in both of these cases, to heed the CNDH’s observations, and to act accordingly, acknowledging the mistakes that have been made and conducting effective investigations that leave no room for impunity. Follow the news on Mexico to go further May 13, 2021 Find out more April 28, 2021 Find out morelast_img read more

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Education’s Influential Role in Home Purchase Decisions

first_imgSubscribe  Print This Post Is Rise in Forbearance Volume Cause for Concern? 2 days ago Education’s Influential Role in Home Purchase Decisions Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Sign up for DS News Daily Previous: Overcoming the Barriers to Homeownership Next: Mortgage Round-Up: Rates Slip Near 2016 Lows, Applications Drop Households in which at least one member has a bachelor’s degree has increased 24 percent since 1991, and is expected to increase further as millennials graduate from college and enter the workforce, the report said. In 1990, the difference in homeownership rates among those without a high school degree versus those with a bachelor’s degree or higher was 15 percent. In 2015, however, educational homeownership gap has almost doubled to 28 percent. In addition, there is a 40 percent difference in the homeownership rate between those in the lowest income bracket versus those in the highest.”It is no accident that the states and markets with growing educational attainment rates are also often the same places with significant improvements in homeownership levels,” Fleming said. “Education is, as never before, a key to accessing the dream of eventually owning a home.”Fleming continued, “Homeownership is one of the most important tools for wealth creation, and the single largest source of wealth for most low-and middle-income Americans. The homeownership gap is widening by educational attainment level. Education is increasingly important to achieving the American Dream of homeownership, as home prices rise and qualifying for a mortgage in most cases requires good credit and consistent documented income. The good news is that educational attainment levels are improving nationally, so we are on the right track.” May 6, 2016 1,481 Views Share Save Tagged with: American Dream Education First American Financial Homeownership The Week Ahead: Nearing the Forbearance Exit 2 days ago in Featured, News Xhevrije West is a talented writer and editor based in Dallas, Texas. She has worked for a number of publications including The Syracuse New Times, Dallas Flow Magazine, and Bellwethr Magazine. She completed her Bachelors at Alcorn State University and went on to complete her Masters at Syracuse University. Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days agocenter_img Home / Featured / Education’s Influential Role in Home Purchase Decisions Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago American Dream Education First American Financial Homeownership 2016-05-06 Brian Honea About Author: Xhevrije West Related Articles The progression of homeownership across the U.S. is declining and educational attainment is a leading factor in the direction of these numbers.First American Financial Corporation’s Homeownership Progress Index released Thursday determined that the falling homeownership progress in the U.S. shares a special correlation with education levels of consumers.According to the report, the index declined 1.8 percent year-over-year, and is down 7.6 percent from the peak in 2005. In addition,the index is currently just 0.4 percent above the 25-year low point set in 1995.”Homeownership’s year-over-year decline in 2015 is no longer a story of economics and a housing crisis correcting the excesses of the mid-aughts. Tectonic demographic shifts taking place as the economy transitions from Baby Boomers to Millennials are causing homeownership rates to transition, too,” said Mark Fleming, Chief Economist at First American. “Increasing educational attainment levels will improve the prospect of achieving the American Dream in the long-run, but the timing of important lifestyle decisions will have significant impact on homeownership in the near term.”According to the report, people with higher education levels are more likely to earn higher incomes and own homes. First American ultimately determined that educational attainment and income level are key to homeownership. Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago “It is no accident that the states and markets with growing educational attainment rates are also often the same places with significant improvements in homeownership levels.”Mark Fleming, Chief Economist, First American The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days agolast_img read more

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Parents’ exposure to chemicals prior to conception linked to child’s health problems

first_imgA couple’s exposure to endocrine-disrupting chemicals, psychological stress, malnutrition, and other environmental stressors prior to conceiving a child may alter the child’s genetic structure and development, leading to increased risk of health issues later in life, according to a study led by Philippe Grandjean, adjunct professor of environmental health at Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health and professor of environmental medicine at the University of Southern Denmark.The paper was published online August 4, 2015 in the journal Endocrinology. It is part of a series of papers, including a consensus summary, presented at the 4th Conference on Prenatal Programming and Toxicity (PPTOX IV), organized in 2014 in Boston by Grandjean with support from Harvard Chan School and Harvard NIEHS Center for Environmental Health.Endocrine disrupting chemicals include phthalates and bisphenol A (BPA) used to make plastics, and several other substances that can accumulate in the body for years. If passed on to a fetus, the exposure can raise a child’s risk of becoming obese or developing a disease such as cancer later in life, Grandjean told Healthline in an August 4, 2015 article. “This chemical burden may affect the conception, or it may affect the fetal development later on, as the mother will generally share her chemicals with her child — and that continues after childbirth, as she may also excrete these substances in the milk,” he said. Read Full Storylast_img read more

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Legislative report: Kyle Hoffman of District 116

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Comment as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments Comments by IntenseDebate Enter text right here! Reply as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Cancel Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments Kyle HoffmanSubmitted to Sumner Newscow — The following legislative report was written by Rep. Kyle Hoffman of District 116: Kansas Days; Snow DaysThe last week of January during Kansas Days, Kansas celebrated 153 years as a state and at the same time we dedicated the completion of the decade long renovations on the Capitol. The Capitol is truly beautifully redone; if you haven’t had a chance to visit I hope you will get the chance, it will be well worth it.Then the Snow Days hit, the snow storm that covered most of the state dropped 13 inches of snow in Topeka and brought everything to a halt, closing state offices and the legislature for two days the first week of February. I am always amused how different it is in the city, back home in the country the work has to be done even with a foot of snow.As we start the fourth week of session, everything is back to normal and bills are starting to come out of the committees, I expect work on the floor to continue to pick up in the next couple of weeks.Please remember bills and other helpful information can be easily accessed through the legislature’s website at www.kslegislature.com.Commercial VehiclesEvery year it seems that an issue arises that wasn’t expected, commercial vehicle registration is one of those issues. In 2012, HB 2557 changed the vehicle taxes on commercial vehicles from property taxes to a commercial fee. The law went into effect on January 1, 2014, causing some confusion since most owners began paying the commercial fee for 2014 while still owing the property tax on the vehicle for 2013. A “commercial vehicle” is defined as a self-propelled or towed motor vehicle in commerce used to transport property or passengers, but does not include a vehicle registered as a farm truck or vehicle taxed as personal property.The problem that has arisen is the change in minimum weights; the law changes the definition to include any vehicle used in commerce with a GMW of 10,001 pounds or larger. With this change, a 3⁄4 ton pickup pulling a trailer or even a 1 ton truck engaged in business now falls under several commercial rules and regulations.A bill has been introduced that would raise the minimum weight to at least 24,000 pounds; I will be following this legislation in the hope we can pass a fix this year. If you have questions or need more information about commercial vehicle registration, you can contact Deann or Leo at the Commercial Motor Carrier Office at 785-296-6541, or give my office a call.Unemployment Down; Revenue UpGood news in the job market. The Kansas Department of Labor (KDOL) has reported that the December seasonally adjusted unemployment rate was 4.9 percent, down from 5.1 percent in November and down from 5.5 percent in December 2012. According to the Labor Department, Kansas gained 10,100 seasonally adjusted private sector jobs, an increase of 0.9 percent since last December. This marks the first time since 2008 that the state’s unemployment rate has fallen below 5 percent.Since January 2011, there has been an increase of 49,400 private sector jobs in Kansas. I believe this pro-growth record of success is worth celebrating – after a decade of lost jobs, Kansas is now one of the top ten states in the nation for jobs. We must stay the course so Kansas can continue to be a leader in this area.At the same time, the Department of Revenue reported that January tax receipts were $16.8 million more than expected, putting the state $21.1 million above estimates for FY 2014.This is a good indication that the Kansas economy is growing and welcomed news as we continue to work on the 2014 and 2015 budget supplementals in Appropriations.Healthcare Stabilization FundIn 1976 the Healthcare Stabilization Fund was created in Kansas. This fund was created to ensure doctors have access to affordable malpractice coverage. The fund brings a group of high risk insures together to help reduce the cost of claims and stabilize the insurance market and sets malpractice caps on noneconomic damages at $250,000.HB 2516 which passed out of the house on Monday, February 10, will update this program. Those updates include changing the definition of Healthcare providers to include nurse assistants, advanced nurse practitioners and charitable healthcare providers, while also making those practitioners eligible for the fund.Lastly, the bill adds tail coverage which protects doctors against claims after they have retired and given up their license. The bill now goes to the Senate for consideration.Pages and ForumsPages needed for the session. Would your Jr/Sr. High student like to be a page for a day at the Capitol? Please call, so we can work out a date that works for you. Along with paging on the House floor, they will get a guided tour of the beautifully restored Capitol and their picture with the Governor; please contact my secretary June at 785-296-7643 if you are interested.District Forums. Before session began and over the last several weekends, Sen. Abrams and I have been hosting several Legislative Forums in order to answer your questions and share information about the session. So far this year we have had forums is Anthony, Coldwater, Protection, Conway Springs and Argonia. We have had good turnouts and great discussions of the issues at each forum. I look forward to more forums in the future; please watch the papers and Facebook for more meetings near you.I’m also always happy to arrange a time to meet with you individually here in Topeka, but even if you are unable to come to Topeka, please contact me anytime; I’m always interested in hearing your thoughts on what you’re hearing around the district. It’s very helpful for me when I have reliable feedback.Contact InformationMy office is 481-W, State Capitol Building, Topeka KS 66612Tel # 785-296-7643 or 800-432-3924; email [email protected] district mailing address is 1318 Avenue T, Coldwater, KS 67029, Tel # 620-582-2217As always, I welcome your comments as I work through this session. I want to thank you for this opportunity and I consider representing you a great honor.Please feel free to forward this newsletter to your neighbors in District 116.last_img read more

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Wellington Middle School reading students rewarded

first_imgWMS Social Studies teacher Eric Page gets all wet.Sumner Newscow report — The Wellington Middle School eighth graders had a party celebrating their reading accomplishment for third quarter today.Those making their reading goal got to dunk their teachers in the Wellington Lion’s Club dunk “tank”.WMS Social Studies teacher Eric Page was one of those teachers who had a whole lot of water dumping on him during the noon hour at the Wellington Middle School weight room.  More photos can be found here.Follow us on Twitter.last_img read more

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