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June 12, 2021 | |Post a Comment

first_img News May 5, 2021 Find out more MexicoAmericas Organisation News April 28, 2021 Find out more Follow the news on Mexico Reporters Without Borders has called for action from top Mexican authorities after the National Human Rights Commission reported serious failings in the investigation into the murder of Indymedia journalist Brad Will, in Oaxaca on 27 October 2006. 2011-2020: A study of journalist murders in Latin America confirms the importance of strengthening protection policies Help by sharing this information October 2, 2008 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Lid taken off investigation into murder of Brad Will: Reporters Without Borders writes to the Federal Justice Minister to go further Reports MexicoAmericas Receive email alerts RSF_en News May 13, 2021 Find out more NSO Group hasn’t kept its promises on human rights, RSF and other NGOs say Reporter murdered in northwestern Mexico’s Sonora state Federal Justice MinisterEduardo Medina Mora IcazaDear Minister,Reporters Without Borders has just learned, as have you, of the National Human Rights Commission (CNDH) recommendation 50/2008 on the investigation into the murder of US cameraman Brad Will, of the news agency Indymedia, in Oaxaca, on 27 October 2006 at the height of a very serious political and social crisis (see our previous releases). The conclusions of this report, released on 28 September 2008, are damning for the Oaxaca state and the federal authorities, whose job was to see that light was shed on the case. Apart from the continual impunity, the organisation is scandalised, as was the CNDH, by the unbelievable lack of transparency throughout the investigation that the Will family was in the right to demand. According to the CNDH, the investigations carried out by the judicial authorities of Oaxaca state, then by the federal justice minister, were a whitewash of the alleged perpetrators of the shooting that killed Brad Will. They were however spontaneously identified by numerous witnesses as being members of the personal guard of the state governor, Ulises Ruiz Ortiz, who has never been questioned in connection with the case. The post mortem examination and ballistic tests appeared to have been carried out with the aim of removing all suspicion of the local authorities, when the direct witnesses of the killing clearly pointed the finger at them, and to shift the entire responsibility for the death of Brad Will onto the militants of the Popular Assembly of the Oaxaca People (APPO) – which is in open conflict with the governor – which the journalist was following during his reporting. The Oaxaca justice system certified that the murder weapon took 9 mm bullets, which did not match the bullet wounds found on the victim’s body. The federal justice ministry referred to a distance between the gunman and the victim of between 30 and 60 centimetres, then, a little later as between two and 10 metres. The confusion was deepened by an unreliable description of the victim’s injuries and a careless estimate of the time of death. The CNDH pointed up other serious areas of negligence in the handling of evidence and clues (insufficient protection of the crime scene, poor conservation of the victim’s clothes, incomplete witness statements and so on) In its conclusions, the CNDH concluded that Brad Will was hit by two bullets, both from the same gun and fired at his front, from a distance of between 30 and 50 metres, which in fact points to the personal guard of Governor Ulises Ruiz Ortiz.The 50/2008 recommendation was addressed to you, to the governor of Oaxaca state, Ulises Ruiz Ortiz, as well as the president of the Grand Commission of the Oaxaca Congress, Herminio Manuel Cuevas. At a time when Congress is about to adopt, at the request of President Calderón, a bill to federalise all murders and offences against journalists, the time has come for an explanation.After two years of impunity, Reporters Without Borders makes the following recommendations: – That the three addressees of the recommendation make a public explanation about the failures of the investigation before the Congress and representatives of the CNDH, in the presence of the victim’s family.- That action be taken by your services against the administration of the Oaxaca state government so that full light can be shed on the exact circumstances of the death of Brad Will.- That on the basis of the work carried out by the CNDH, the federal justice ministry restarts the investigation from scratch. I trust you will give this your careful consideration and I look forward to your reply.Yours sincerely,Jean-François JulliardSecretary General CC Mr Octavio Alberto Orellana WarcoSpecial prosecuting office for offences against journalistsPublic Prosecutor, Mexico D.F.last_img read more

September 19, 2020 | |Post a Comment

first_imgNew Delhi: Former Indian opener and World Cup hero Gautam Gambhir on Tuesday announced his retirement from all forms of cricket. “After more than 15 years of cricket for my country, I want to retire from playing this beautiful game. The most difficult decisions are often taken with the heaviest of hearts. And with one heavy heart, I’ve decided to make an announcement that I’ve dreaded all my life,” Gambhir said on Twitter while sharing a video message.  Here’s the video message: The 37-year-old Delhi batsman played in 58 Tests between 2004 and 2016, scoring 4154 runs at an average of 41.95, with the help of nine hundreds and 22 fifties. He also played in 147 ODIs between 2003 and 2013, besides featuring in 37 T20 Internationals. The veteran Indian batsman said the Ranji Trophy game against Andhra Pradesh starting on Thursday will be his last competitive match. Gambhir will always be remembered for his match-winning 97 runs in the final of 2011 World Cup against Sri Lanka in Mumbai. He was also India’s top-scorer in the 2007 World T20 in South Africa and the 2011 ODI World Cup, both of which the country won. “The next Ranji Trophy game against Andhra will be my last day in the sun. It is coming to an end where it all started at the Feroz Shah Kotla ground,” Gambhir said in the more than 11-minute long video post. Gambhir, one of the most successful batsmen for India, has been out of favour with the national team for a while now after a dip in form and last played a Test back in 2016 against England. “The thought has been with me day and night. It has travelled with me on flights like an irritable excess baggage, it has accompanied me to practice sessions, mocking at me like a menacing bowler. On certain other days, it has made my dinner taste horrible,” Gambhir said, elaborating on his thought process leading up to Tuesday’s decision. The aggressive batsman, who courted controversy of late for his outspoken views on political issues as well, had a prolific first-class career, which spanned 197 matches and produced 15,041 runs. His List A run count stands at 10,077. “Each time I got out playing for India, or KKR or Delhi Daredevils, this thought would turn into a sharp disturbing noise and walk with me all the way to the dressing room shouting that ‘it is over Gauti’,” he explained. Gambhir said the thought became overpowering during the 2014 IPL, the lowest ebb being three successive ducks in the tournament and things only got worse for him after that. “I was searching for my confidence in that deep, dark pit but I could only lay my hands on the same sharp, disturbing noise. It said the same: ‘It is over Gauti’,” he said. Gambhir, who recently drew criticism for cherrypicking his Delhi Ranji appearances, said he tried hard to make a comeback in this year’s IPL but could not make it count. “After a decent 2017 domestic season, I entered this year’s IPL with confidence as my best buddy. I thought all those negative noises were dead. But I was wrong. Six games of IPL for Delhi Daredevils it was back. And this time it was louder than before. Perhaps, my time was up. Yes, my time was up,” he said. “So, here I am, after more than 15 years of cricket for my country I want to retire from playing this beautiful game,” he added.   (With PTI inputs) For all the Latest Sports News News, Cricket News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps.last_img read more

August 13, 2020 | |Post a Comment

first_imgDECORAH — Governor Kim Reynolds was at an award-winning brewery in Decorah Tuesday for a ceremony to approve a law that will likely expand the variety of alcoholic beverages produced in the state.The new law, which takes effect July 1, lets state-licensed beer makers, wineries and distilleries get another license to make another kind of alcohol.“This is an opportunity for companies just like Toppling Goliath to continue to grow and expand and it’s my understanding that they’re ready to move into distilled spirits,” Reynolds said. “This is removing barriers so our entrepreneurs and our small business owners can continue to not only invest in their company, but invest in Iowans and their communities and that is certainly what’s happening here with Toppling Goliath.”Clark Lewey, founder of Toppling Goliath, said it means “job growth” for the state.“It’s pretty exciting for us,” Lewey said. “We’ve been thinking about distilling for some time and, of course, the obstacle in the way — or the ‘Goliath’ — was the Iowa law concerning brewers. If you had a brewers permit, you were not allowed to own a distillery, so that’s what this bill does. It changes that law and gives all Iowa breweries the opportunity to become a distillery as well.”According to the Iowa Brewers Guide, craft beer is being brewed at 80 different locations in the state today. There are more than 100 commercial wineries and, according to a state report, there are 10 Iowa businesses making vodka, whiskey, rye and other alcoholic spirits.last_img read more

December 18, 2019 | |Post a Comment

first_img9 March 2015The weeklong fires across the Western Cape peninsula claimed a second life on 8 March when Willem Hendrick “Bees” Marais died in a helicopter crash while battling a fire in the Cape Point Nature Reserve, a section of the Table Mountain National Park.Environmental Affairs Minister Edna Molewa sent condolences to Marais’s family. “I wish to express the government’s and my personal condolences to the pilot’s wife, Mrs Jackie Marais, family, friends and his colleagues in the Working on Fire programme,” she said.Marais was a respected pilot, said South African National Parks (SANParks). Bees, as he was affectionately known by friends and family alike, played a vital role in supressing the fire that burnt across the Table Mountain National Park during the course of last week, SANParks said. His vast knowledge, experience and skill as a helicopter pilot were respected by all.“The entire SANParks family salutes the contribution made by Mr Marais as a helicopter pilot for the Working on Fire programme,” said the chairperson of the SANParks Board, Kuseni Dlamini. “He has made the ultimate sacrifice in protecting life and property during the fires that have been raging across the Table Mountain National Park, including the Cape Point section in which the accident took place.“I would also like to take this opportunity to thank each and every person who played their part in suppressing the fire. Without the multi-agency co-operation among all partners which included SANParks Table Mountain National Park firefighters, the Department of Environmental Affairs, Working on Fire and the Volunteer Wildfire Services, as well as the Department of Defence aircraft, the fire would still not have been contained.”Marais was the second firefighter to die during the weeklong blazes across the peninsula. On 5 March, Nazeem Davies, 25, a West Coast firefighter, was killed in an accident. He was stationed in Vredenburg with the West Coast Fire Service and had been part of a team that had been battling a blaze high in the mountains above Porterville.Heading back down, he lost control of the vehicle on the treacherous mountain pass and left the road.Two City of Cape Town firefighters and one Working on Fire volunteer were also injured during the fires – at one stage, there were seven different fires raging in different places across the province. The major fire began in Muizenberg on 1 March. At least 500 people were evacuated and 52 frail-care residents from a Noordhoek retirement village were treated for smoke inhalation. Fanned by strong winds, it raged across the peninsula, and several homes were razed to the ground before it was contained.The fires at the Cape Point section inside the Table Mountain National Park continued to burn through the weekend of 7 and 8 March.Forensic investigationMeanwhile, it was reported on 8 March that the city of Cape Town had appointed one of South Africa’s top forensic experts to investigate how the Muizenberg fire started.Cape Town’s safety and security director, Richard Bosman, confirmed the appointment of forensic scientist David Klatzow, reported the Sunday Independent newspaper.Bosman said the fires had cost the city at least R6-million, with at least R3-million having been spent on two water-bombing helicopters that were used to douse the flames.“The efforts this past week of the brave men and women from the various municipal fire services, as well Working on Fire, Volunteer Wildfire Services and the SANDF, cannot be put into words. ‘Hero’ has often been used, and it is entirely appropriate in this context,” said Helen Zille, premier of the Western Cape.Capetonians rallied to the cause, donating food, water and cold drinks for the exhausted firefighters. Companies gave protective gear and other needed equipment, as well as items such as lip balm. Wild animals escaping the flames were helped by legions of residents.Local radio stations Cape Talk and KFM collected R3 160 793 from listeners for equipment and resources for Volunteer Wildfire Services.Infrastructure investmentThe end of summer is fire season in Cape Town, which has a winter rainfall. High winds, dry vegetation and hot temperatures are a perfect storm for fire.Since 2006, five new fire stations have been built in the city, staff numbers have been increased, training facilities refurbished, new equipment bought including fire detection cameras, and extensive public education programmes have been run. In total, more than R290-million in capital expenditure has been invested, according to the premier.Fire mortality rates for informal settlements have dropped from 7.9 per 100 000 people in 2006 to 4.3 per 100 000 people in 2013. Cape Town’s overall fire mortality rate dropped to 2.6 per 100 000, compared to the national average of between four and seven per 100 000.“So even though there has been an increase in the incidence of fire across the Metro, there has been a decrease in the number of deaths resulting from these fires,” she said.In total, 2 000 people took part in fighting last week’s fires, including 250 firefighters dispatched from other provinces’ Working on Fire teams. They were stationed at Wolwekloof near Ceres, and were sent out to various blazes across the province as the municipalities requested help.It will still take weeks of monitoring to ensure that the fires have all been put out, during which time a clearer picture will emerge of the full extent of the damage to property and the environment.SAinfo reporterlast_img read more

November 30, 2019 | |Post a Comment

first_imgPhoto by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netSan Miguel may have failed to become the sixth team to achieve the Grand Slam, but the Beermen still gained a piece of history with four players being named in the Mythical First Team.Newly-minted Most Valuable Player June Mar Fajardo, Commissioner’s Cup BPC Chris Ross, clutch playmaker Alex Cabagnot, and former MVP Arwind Santos all earned their spot in the season’s best five, typifying the Beermen’s dominance this year.ADVERTISEMENT QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Kin of Misamis Oriental hero cop to get death benefits, award — PNP Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles01:02Fajardo predicts there will be no sweep in PBA Finals01:30’Excited’ Terrence Romeo out to cherish first PBA finals appearance01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion And San Miguel coach Leo Austria believes that the historic distinction is a testament of his players’ unwavering dedication.READ: Fajardo takes home fourth MVP; Four Beermen make it to Mythical 5FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutIt’s only the first time in the league history that four players from the same team made it to the Mythical Five.“I think it’s a product of their hardwork. Since the all-Filipino conference, I rarely changed my starting five except if there is an import, and even if we had an import, you can see how great our local players are because they’re still contributing to the team,” he said.center_img View comments Read Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES Austria has always leaned on his starters and in return, they never let him down, showing poise through out the season, as San Miguel racked up win after win and championship after championship.“I’m proud and I’m happy for them because they understand what we need from them, and they’re proving that what we’re doing is what’s good for the team and it brought us two championships,” the affable mentor said.But Austria knows that the work wasn’t done by the starters alone, giving credit to his bench as an integral part of the Beermen’s success.“Our bench players sacrificed a lot,” he said. “They don’t get much playing time, but when we put them in the game, you could see that they’re stepping up. And even if they’re on the bench, they keep on cheering our first five and I think that’s a big reason why we’re winning.”ADVERTISEMENT NBA: Coach Luke Walton admits players ‘come after’ Lonzo Ball due to hype MOST READ CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPAlast_img read more

November 29, 2019 | |Post a Comment

first_imgKammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles02:44Djokovic wins Laureus Sportsman of Year Award00:50Trending Articles01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC MOST READ The world No.2 crucially broke to 2-0 when Cilic netted a forehand and held the next service game under pressure to lead 3-0.Federer got the vital double break when Cilic netted a forehand, leaving the Swiss to serve out for the championship. Cilic was break point down in the ninth, but crucially got out of it with a second serve ace down the middle followed by a forehand winner.The Croat had a big moment in the 10th game when two Federer double faults gave him set point but a tentative backhand into the net and a wild backhand cost him his chance.In the tiebreaker, Cilic got to two set points when his forehand clipped the line before a winning smash levelled the match after 84 minutes as Federer dropped his first set of the tournament.But Cilic lost serve on the back of a couple of ground stroke errors and Federer raced 4-2 up in the third set.The defending champion shifted gears with a stunning forehand off his toes and confidently held serve to lead 5-2.Federer closed the door, serving out clinically for the third set in 29 minutes.Cilic was then broken in the opening game of the fourth set with a poor backhand dropshot into the net as Federer closed in for the kill.But the Croat broke back in the sixth game with three break points when Federer netted and fought off a break point in the next game to put his nose in front.Cilic was now more in the flow and broke Federer again with his big forehands starting to find their mark. He served it out to take the absorbing final into a fifth set.Federer was under pressure to keep his opening service but produced quality backhands to hold on amid mounting tension.  2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena sting NEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencers Globe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PH LATEST STORIES Switzerland’s Roger Federer holds his trophy aloft after defeating Croatia’s Marin Cilic during the men’s singles final at the Australian Open tennis championships in Melbourne, Australia, Sunday, Jan. 28, 2018. (AP Photo/Andy Brownbill)Roger Federer powered home to beat Marin Cilic in five sets to win his sixth Australian Open and 20th Grand Slam title in a riveting final on Sunday.The Swiss defending champion dropped his only sets of the tournament before completing a 6-2, 6-7 (5/7), 6-3, 3-6, 6-1 win over the sixth seeded Croatian in 3hr 3min.ADVERTISEMENTcenter_img The Croat was finding it difficult to settle and changed racquets in his second service game, but it had no obvious benefit as he dropped serve again after three break points to trail 0-3.He finally held serve to get on to the board and trail 4-1 with Federer hitting the ball cleanly.The Swiss star served out the first set in just 24 minutes after a double break and a shaky Cilic opening.Federer fought off two break points in his opening service in the second set with pinpoint serves, while Cilic had a tussle before holding in the third game.Cilic worked his way back into the match as both players traded furious forehands to stay on serve.ADVERTISEMENT ‘Motivated’ Nabong has no axe to grind vs Bolts Slow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoises Federer, playing in his 30th Grand Slam final, joined Novak Djokovic and Australian great Roy Emerson as joint top for the most Australian Open men’s titles.He added to his already imposing win-loss record in Melbourne and is now 94-13. His overall his Grand Slam mark stands at 332-52.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutRoger Federer. AFP PHOTOThe roof was closed over Rod Laver Arena as the tournament’s heat policy was implemented amid evening temperatures of 38 Celsius (100 Fahrenheit).Cilic’s serve came under immediate pressure with a whipping backhand return winner for break point which the Croatian followed with a smash into the net for a break in the opening game. Read Next John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH View commentslast_img read more

October 28, 2019 | |Post a Comment

first_img​Coady: I’m Wolves through and through (and so are my kids!)by Freddie Taylor10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveFormer Liverpool fan Conor Coady has spoken about how much he has fallen in love with Wolves since being at the club.He was an academy player at the Reds and his whole family are supporters of the club.But he has been at Wolves since 2015 and he could not be happier.He even mentioned how his kids are Wolves fans!”My two boys don’t really know much about Liverpool!” Coady told the Express & Star.”They’ve got Wolves kits and come to all the games. They sing the songs, it’s great.”My boys are obsessed with Ruben Neves, they sing his song and all kinds. Henri my eldest, aged three, he loves it.”When asked who his family will support in the upcoming clash between Wolves and Liverpool, he said: “Wolves! All day long. “My family follow me everywhere. They love what this football club has done since I’ve been here, they’re big Wolves fans.” About the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

October 28, 2019 | |Post a Comment

first_imgReal Madrid coach Solari on early Bale exit: We’ll talkby Carlos Volcano10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveReal Madrid coach Santiago Solari says they’ll be speaking with Gareth Bale after he left the defeat to Real Sociedad before the final whistle.Bale, who was watching from the stands as he is currently injured, departed in the 78th minute.Solari was asked on Tuesday for his thoughts on the fact that the Welshman didn’t stay to support his teammates and revealed that the situation would be discussed internally.”These are things that are solved privately,” he told reporters. About the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

October 28, 2019 | |Post a Comment

first_imgAbout the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say Guardiola delighted with Fernandinho as Man City cruise past Shakhtar Donestkby Freddie Taylora month agoSend to a friendShare the lovePep Guardiola has hailed Fernandinho after the Brazilian filled in at centre-half for Manchester City’s comfortable win over Shakhtar Donestk on Wednesday.John Stones’ injury in training meant Guardiola had one out-and-out centre-back to choose from in Ukraine.Playing alongside Nicolas Otamendi, 34-year-old Fernandinho was impressive in the role, helping keep a clean sheet as City romped to a 3-0 victory.Riyad Mahrez, Ilkay Gündoğan and Gabriel Jesus were the scores for Guardiola’s side.Speaking after the game, the City manager heaped praise on his make-shift defender.He said: “Fernandinho is a clever player and so intelligent, an incredible guy. He did well, it’s the first game he played.”He has a lot of experience and personality. What he says, the people follow him in the locker room.”He added: “He is a player who can play many positions and has a good personality – that’s why he is so important for us. I didn’t have doubts that he would [look so comfortable in the back four].” last_img read more

October 24, 2019 | |Post a Comment

first_img Her receipt of the ‘Pinnacle Award’, given by the US Embassy’s Stakeholder Appreciation and Recognition Awards (SARA) Committee on September 28, highlights not only her selflessness but her passion and commendable leadership skills towards the fight against human trafficking. Serving for 13 years in the Ministry of Justice and over a decade dedicated to the fight against human trafficking, Permanent Secretary, Carol Ann Palmer, CD, epitomises the creed, ‘service above self’. Story Highlights “It was a very pleasant surprise when I received the letter to advise me that I was nominated for this award. You kind of go through your experiences to see if you are deserving of it,” Mrs. Palmer tells JIS News. Serving for 13 years in the Ministry of Justice and over a decade dedicated to the fight against human trafficking, Permanent Secretary, Carol Ann Palmer, CD, epitomises the creed, ‘service above self’.Her receipt of the ‘Pinnacle Award’, given by the US Embassy’s Stakeholder Appreciation and Recognition Awards (SARA) Committee on September 28, highlights not only her selflessness but her passion and commendable leadership skills towards the fight against human trafficking.“It was a very pleasant surprise when I received the letter to advise me that I was nominated for this award. You kind of go through your experiences to see if you are deserving of it,” Mrs. Palmer tells JIS News.She received the inaugural ‘Pinnacle Award’ for her exceptional leadership skills and inspirational vision shown in the 2018 Trafficking in Persons Awareness Tour. Mrs. Palmer says the islandwide tour was a “fabulous” experience.The Tour was a collaborative endeavour of the US Embassy and the National Task Force Against Trafficking in Persons (NATFATIP), which Mrs. Palmer chairs. The tour successfully accomplished the essential goal of building awareness among youth and community leaders across Jamaica about the dangers of human trafficking.“Educating our people is one of the greatest factors for succeeding against human trafficking,” the Permanent Secretary says.She notes that each project the NATFATIP undertakes is aimed at achieving the primary goal of reaching the Jamaican people, and the secondary goal of catering to victims of human trafficking and ensuring their well-being.A graduate of Merl Grove High School and the University of the West Indies, Mrs. Palmer always wanted to give back.She served as a Physical Therapist at the Mona Rehabilitation Centre, now known as the Sir John Golding Rehabilitation Centre, after leaving university. She then joined the Ministry of Justice as Permanent Secretary in 2002.Mrs. Palmer, who has served as Permanent Secretary from 2002 to 2009 and 2012 to the present, describes her work ethic as “purposeful”. She was appointed Chairman of NATFATIP on the directive of the Cabinet in 2005.Before serving as Chairman, Mrs. Palmer took on the task as the Ministry of Justice’s representative on the Task Force, because she believed in the fight against human trafficking and in improving Jamaica’s ranking in the US State Department’s Trafficking in Persons Report.The country’s Tier Three ranking at the time, threatened its eligibility for foreign and humanitarian aid. Under Mrs. Palmer’s leadership of the NATFATIP, Jamaica in 2016 moved to a Tier Two ranking in the US State Department’s Trafficking in Persons Report.Mrs. Palmer is appreciative of the movement in the country’s ranking and is committed to continuously improving Jamaica’s anti-human trafficking efforts.A dedicated Christian, the Permanent Secretary attributes her desire to serve to her religious faith. “I serve not for reward but unto God,” she tells JIS News.Mrs. Palmer’s selflessness and dedication to serving Jamaica have accorded her the Order of Distinction, Commander Class (CD) in 2015 for her contribution to the health and justice sector.She was also recognised in 2004 by the Seventh-day Adventist Church for public service and was a recipient of the 1999-2000 International Hubert Humphrey Fellowship.“The greatest lesson I’ve learned is that people value service… . They might not ask for it; they might not even know that they need the service that you’re giving,” Mrs. Palmer says.Some of her prouder moments, she shares, came with the passage of various laws to improve Jamaica’s ability to arrest, charge and convict criminals in the trafficking of persons and have victims rescued.“Working for the betterment of the Jamaican people, I think, is my stimulus,” she adds.She recalls that her proudest moment and one of the most demanding stints while serving against human trafficking was in December 2012, when 21 Honduran boys were rescued from the horrors of human trafficking and returned to their home country.“This challenged my time for work and for my family. Holidays are times when my family gets the most attention, but I never gave a second thought to ensuring that those boys were safe and cared for,” Mrs. Palmer says.The Permanent Secretary tells JIS News that she is driven not only by the support of her husband, children and wider family but by her desire to see Jamaica becoming a safer place for Jamaicans and anyone who would choose the island as their place of work and home.last_img read more