Dr. Michael Baden to Perform Autopsy on Mario Deane Who Died in Police Custody

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Dr. Michael Baden to Perform Autopsy on Mario Deane Who Died in Police Custody

Famed pathologist Dr. Michael Baden will perform an autopsy on Mario Deane, who died while in police custody at the Barnett Street Police station in Montego Bay, Jamaica. The family of the slain man postponed the autopsy until they could retain the services of an independent pathologist.

Dr. Baden told reporters at Donald Sangster International Airport, “I am concerned about deaths in police custody,” the Jamaica Observer reports.

Baden continued, “We have had a serious problem in the United States, and I have been involved for 35 years in investigating deaths through actions in police custody. And the [relatives] here are very concerned about the death of their son, and I think that’s a legitimate concern, and [I am going to] try and see if I can provide any answers as to what happened.”

Mario Deane was severely beaten by fellow inmates after he was arrested on Aug. 3 for possession of a small amount of marijuana. He was allegedly denied bail after he was overheard voicing his dislike of the police. Deane was later taken to Cornwall Regional Hospital, where he died three days later, after he was allegedly beaten by inmates.

The police initially told doctors at the hospital Mario Deane had fallen off a bunk. Clearly that was far from the truth. Six police officers have been suspended, pending the outcome of an investigation. The beating death sparked widespread protests in Montego Bay, as many demanded the truth.

Hundreds Protest “Black Genocide,” As Violent Murders of Afro-Brazilians Rise

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Hundreds Protest “Black Genocide,” As Violent Murders of Afro-Brazilians Rise (Credit: Wikipedia/Mariordo)

Hundreds participated in the National Day of Black Genocide in several Brazilian cities, protesting the high rates of violent murders in the country’s black population. Protesters marched in Sao Paulo, Brasilia and in Florianopolis.

A recent study, entitled “The Color of Homicides in Brazil,” found in 2012 homicides against blacks reached 36 percent in 2010, which was a 5.6 percent increase from 2006.  Homicides of whites fell by 24.8 percent between 2002 and 2010.

Another study published by Jacqueline Sinhoretto, who is with the Federal University of San Carlos, found that the number of violent deaths of blacks during police-involved incidents tripled the number of whites in the state of Sao Paulo.

Brazil’s population is 48.4 percent white, 43.8 percent multiracial, 6.8 percent black and 0.6 percent Asian.

Pope Francis’ Grandnephews, Jose and Antonio Bergoglio, and Mom Killed in Argentina Crash

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Pope Francis’ Grandnephews, Jose and Antonio Bergoglio, and Mom Killed in Argentina Crash

Three members of Pope Francis family were killed in a car crash in Cordoba, Argentina, early Tuesday morning. A car driven by the pope’s nephew, Emanuel Horacio Bergoglio, crashed into a truck on a highway in Corboba.

Bergoglio’s sons, 8-month-old Jose Bergoglio and 2-year-old Antonio Bergoglio, his wife, Valeria Carmona, 36, were killed.

Emanuel Bergoglio is hospitalized in critical condition.

 

 

6 Cops Suspended Over Beating Death of Inmate Mario Dean at Montego Bay Police Station

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6 Cops Suspended Over Beating Death of Inmate Mario Dean at Montego Bay Police Station

JAMAICAN POLICE BRUTALITY:  Six Jamaican cops were suspended for the beating death of an inmate, Mario Dean, on August 6 at the Barnett Street Police Station in Montego Bay.

The officers, all connected to the Barnett Street station, were suspended after a probe into the beating death by the Inspectorate of Constabulary.

The Police High Command said two of the suspended are police corporals, one a police constable and the three others are district constables, the Jamaica Observer reports. The officers were all on duty when Mario Dean was beaten by prisoners in his cell on August 3.
Acting Commissioner of Police, Glenmore Hinds released a statement (H/T Jamaica Observer):

“We are urging citizens to remain calm and are appealing to relatives to support the Independent Commission of Investigations (INDECOM) and Police investigators in their probe.  We are assuring the citizenry that the JCF recognises the duty of care and we will be unrelenting in this regard, especially as it relates to persons in our custody,” said Acting Commissioner Hinds.

Mario Dean, 31, was arrested on August 3 for marijuana possession at his home in Rosemount, St. James. He was later transferred to a local hospital after the beating, where he died.  My guess is that the Jamaican police have more on their hands than to arrest someone for possession of a small amount of marijuana.

Businessman Clifford Brandt Among Inmates Freed in Armed Haitian Prison Break

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Businessman Clifford Brandt Among Inmates Freed in Armed Haitian Prison Break (Map Credit: Wikipedia)

Gunmen attacked Haiti’s Croix-des-Bouquets prison, freeing an unknown number of inmates, including Clifford Brandt, a prominent businessman who has been jailed since 2012 for kidnapping two kids.

Police spokesman Gary Desrosiers said the raid was aimed at freeing Brandt. He also said two guards suffered bullet wounds in the attack who occurred beforre noon on Sunday.

The Haitian government is offering a $25,000 reward for information leading to the re-arrest of Clifford Brandt. The prison was built in 2012 with assistance from Canada to replace a prison destroyed in the 2010 earthquake.

LOL: Russia Imposes Sanctions Banning Western Food, Agricultural Products

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LOL: Russia Imposes Sanctions Banning Western Food, Agricultural Products

Moscow’s response to sanctions from the West is to impose bans on Western food and agricultural products. Um, I am guessing that will impact them more than it will the U.S. and other exporters of such products to Russia:

MOSCOW — Russia announced on Thursday that it was banning the import of a wide range of food and agricultural products from Europe and the United States, among others, responding to Western-imposed sanctions and raising the level of confrontation between the West and Moscow over the future of Ukraine.

Dmitri A. Medvedev, the prime minister, announced that Russia would ban all beef, pork, fruit, vegetables and dairy products from the European Union, the United States, Canada, Australia and Norway for one year.

“We hoped until the very last that our foreign colleagues would realize that sanctions are a dead end and that nobody needs them,” Mr. Medvedev said. “Things have turned out in such a way that we have to implement retaliatory measures.”

Russia was still considering various measures involving aviation, including a ban on flights over Siberia, which would affect routes used by European and American airlines that fly to Asia, he told a cabinet meeting broadcast live on state-run satellite news channels.

Narrowing the air corridors open to Western carriers was another possibility, he said. Mr. Medvedev announced that all Ukrainian air carriers were barred from transiting Russian air space — effectively ending many flights to former Soviet republics from Kiev. In the Soviet era, all Western airlines were barred from flying across Russia, and barring them now would increase both costs and flying times again.

Finally, he said Russia was studying the possibility of introducing restrictions on the import of planes, navy vessels and cars, although the government would first make a realistic assessment of its own production capabilities.

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Economic analysts suggested that the measures would have an immediate but moderate impact on the Russian economy, mostly as the country seeks other suppliers in Latin America and Africa for most of the food imports from Europe.

“Even if Russia says it will try to find additional sources of supply, it will be difficult in the short term,” said Ivan Tchakarov, the chief economist at Citibank for Russia. “Consumers will feel some pinch but I don’t think it will be a massive impact.”

The crisis next door in Ukraine is likely to have much more of an impact than the new food sanctions, but it could affect prices.

“The key question is what the effect on inflation will be,” he said. The bank is estimating that price increases could add one or two points to the inflation rate for 2014, currently running around 6.5 percent.

According to figures compiled by the bank and other agencies, Russia imports about 25 percent of its food, worth some $43 billion annually. Of that, about 75 percent, or $30 billion, comes mainly from Europe and the United States. The other 25 percent is mainly from former Soviet republics.

Wealthy consumers in Moscow and St. Petersburg consume goods like cheese and fruit from the West in far greater amounts than consumers in other parts of Russia. However, the cheaper dairy products and other goods that ordinary Russians buy often came from Ukraine and are now banned as well.

Unless we were exporting only to Russia would the impact be strong. But given the current state, it will be minimal and will likely hurt the Russians. Of course, the wealthy elite won’t be affected by this ban one iota. They will find a way to smuggle in their delicacies and other Western luxuries. Russia’s sanctions won’t cause any economic disruption, if any on the U.S., maybe some parts of Europe. Of course, he may play dirty when it comes to heating needs for the winter. But we’ll have to see who blinks first.

President Obama Announces $33 Billion in Commitments to Africa

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President Obama Announces $33 Billion in Commitments to Africa

President Obama announced $33 billion in commitments to Africa to form economic partnerships beyond the usual humanitarian aid. This comes as the U.S. is playing catch-up to the Chinese, who have capitalized on the growing economies. Africa is home to six of the world’s fastest growing economies and fast-growing middle class. That means increased spending power.

The bulk of the commitments Obama made comes from private sector companies like Coca Cola and General Electric.

President Obama noted that just one percent of U.S. exports go to sub-Saharan Africa and the U.S. trade with the continent is about the same as its trade ties to Brazil.

Obama said at the U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit, “We’ve got to do better, much better.” He added, “I want Africans buying more American products and I want Americans buying more African products.”

Former New York City mayor Mike Bloomberg, who opened the summit, said, “We also realize we have some catching up to do.” “We are letting Europe and China go faster than the U.S.,” he added.

Fact-sheet on Doing Business in Africa: http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2014/08/05/fact-sheet-doing-business-africa-campaign

Here are some tweets about the #USAfrica:

FREE AT LAST: Sudan ‘Apostasy’ Woman, Meriam Ibrahim, Arrives in the U.S.

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FREE AT LAST: Sudan ‘Apostasy’ Woman, Meriam Ibrahim Arrives in the U.S. (Photo Credit: Facebook)

FREE AT LAST: Meriam Ibrahim, the Sudanese woman who was freed from death row for apostasy after international outrage, has arrived in the U.S. with her family. The family arrived at the Manchester, NH, airport, the final leg of their journey, shortly after 8 p.m. ET, after first entering the U.S. via Philadelphia.

Ibrahim, who was sentenced to death by hanging and 100 lashes for committing adultery for marrying a Christian man, Daniel Wani,was finally allowed to leave Sudan, after being detained one day following her release from prison. The Italian government negotiated her release, along with input from Pope Francis.

Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter, who presented Ibrahim with a small replica of the Liberty Bell, said she was a “world freedom fighter.” He compared her to Rosa Parks, and said people would remember her just like “others who stood up so we could be free,” BBC reports.

Meriam Ibrahim and her family flew from Rome with the Pope’s blessings. She is finally free at last.

Dr. Sheik Umar Khan, Who Led Fight Against Ebola in Sierra Leone, Dies from Virus

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Dr. Sheik Umar Khan, Who Led Fight Against Ebola in Sierra Leone, Dies from Virus

Dr. Sheik Umar Khan, who led the fight against Ebola in Sierra Leone, died from the virus. Government officials have hailed Khan, 39, as a “national hero.”

Dr. Sheik Umar Khan’s death comes days after prominent Liberian doctor Samuel Brisbane died from the disease.

The government of Sierra Leone said last week that Dr. Khan was being treated for Ebola and had been quarantined.

American doctor Kent Brantly is said to be in grave condition in Liberia after contracting the disease. American Daniel Sawyer also died from the disease. He became visibly ill during a trip from Liberia to Nigeria. He had been taking care of a sister who had also contracted the disease.

 

Liberia Suspends Football Activities to Control Spread of Ebola Virus

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Liberia Suspends Football Activities to Control Spread of Ebola Virus

Liberia suspends all soccer activities as it seeks ways to control the spread of the deadly Ebola virus that has claimed 672 lives in West Africa, according to new UN figures.

There was a risk of infection because football is a contact sport, the football association said.

A major regional airliner, Asky, said it had halted flights to the Liberian and Sierra Leonean capitals because of growing concerns about the virus.

It is the second airline company to take such a decision, following the deadliest Ebola outbreak ever.

“Asky is determined to keep its passengers and staff safe during this unsettling time,” it said in a statement said.

Ebola kills up to 90% of those infected, but patients have a better chance of survival if they receive early treatment.

It spreads through contact with an infected person’s bodily fluids. Source: BBC