Mexican troops face civilian trial for 22 deaths

first_imgSeven Mexican soldiers being held in the June killings of 22 suspected criminals will be tried by a civilian judge, three of them for homicide, federal justice officials said Sunday.The troops were ordered arrested Friday by a Mexico state judge for dereliction of duty in the June 30 incident.Three of them are charged with aggravated homicide, and one of them with allowing a crime to take place. For now, the soldiers are jailed in a military detention center. In September, a witness said the gun battle itself had left only one dead, and the other 21 were killed in cold blood by the soldiers — including her 15-year-old daughter.The case adds to the shock surrounding a more recent case of 43 students who went missing in the southern town of Iguala in late September. They were allegedly taken away and killed by police linked to a drug cartel.If confirmed, the incident would mark one of the worst horrors in a drug war that has left more than 80,000 people dead since the conflict ramped up in 2006.last_img read more

Modi govt is playing with lives of Indian fishermen NDA ally MDMK

first_imgSlamming the NDA government on fishermen issue, BJP ally MDMK on Tuesday said it is ‘playing with the lives of Indian fishermen’ and its UPA-like approach towards Sri Lanka had emboldened Colombo to treat them (fishermen) with disdain. Alleging that Modi government was ‘playing’ with the lives of Indian fishermen, MDMK founder Vaiko said, ‘I ask the Modi government…why are you insisting with defence ties with Sri Lanka even after this…the lives of Tamil fishermen should not be taken lightly. Also Read – Need to understand why law graduate’s natural choice is not legal profession: CJIIf the NDA follows the UPA policy on Sri Lanka, the Tamil youth will not tolerate that.’The statement comes in the backdrop of five Indian fishermen being awarded death penalty by a Sri Lankan court for drug-trafficking last week.Slamming the centre on ties with Colombo, from inviting its president Mahinda Rajapaksa for Modi’s swearing-in to the continued defence ties, Vaiko said despite these, Chinese naval ships had recently berthed in Sri Lankan waters, which he said was a direct threat for Tamil Nadu. Also Read – Health remains key challenge in India’s development: Kovind‘Such an approach by the Modi government towards Sri Lanka was a reason for the five fishermen being awarded death penalty as Rajapaksa controlled his country’s judiciary,’ he told reporters after spearheading a protest here against the court verdict.He warned that the centre may have to face the consequences of such an approach towards Sri Lanka. Vaiko had been critical of UPA government’s ‘friendly’ relations with Sri Lanka, including maintaining defence ties, and had accused it of aiding Colombo in its pursuit against the rebel LTTE, with the last leg of hostilities in 2009 witnessing heavy civilian casualties when Rajapaksa was president.last_img read more

CocaCola Just Got Rid of Voicemail

first_img Free Workshop | August 28: Get Better Engagement and Build Trust With Customers Now December 23, 2014 This hands-on workshop will give you the tools to authentically connect with an increasingly skeptical online audience. 3 min readcenter_img Have a Coke and a smile and kill your voicemail. Coca-Cola just did.That’s right, the globe’s biggest and most-guzzled carbonated drink maker has hung up on the old “leave a message after the beep” hassle. Ninety-four percent of employees at Coca-Cola’s midtown Atlanta 1 Coca-Cola Plaza world corporate headquarters — and at its swish, new downtown Atlanta IT offices — just permanently ditched one of the most annoying, neediest forms of communication ever invented: landline voicemail.Related: Coke Is Luring Experienced Entrepreneurs to Create New StartupsPhew, not the smartphone kind, not that anyone checks that either.  The remaining 6 percent, nostalgic stragglers still clinging to the dying form of communication most millennials hate, were allowed to keep it if they had “a business critical need,” Bloomberg reports.The goal of the move, which took effect earlier this month, is fairly obvious: duh, increased productivity. Not having to regularly check company voicemail — dialing in, punching buttons, recalling yet another passcode, and listening to people blah, blah about this, that or the other thing — frees Coca-Cola employees up to, well, work more.Related: With Soda Sales Down Anyway, Coke and Pepsi Vow to Promote Healthier DrinksAt least that’s what the company’s chief information officer Edmund Steinike hopes. In a Nov. 6 memo to employees, he said that Coca-Cola nixed company voicemail “to simplify the way we work and increase productivity,” also according to the Bloomberg report.It also doesn’t hurt that the change is projected to save the company around $100,000 annually. That’s a drop in the bucket for the multi-billion dollar sugary beverage giant, which recently reversed an 11-year sales slump with its viral “Share a Coke” name campaign.   Now, when you call Coca-Cola’s corporate HQ, once you navigate past the initial pre-recorded greeting/menu, you get the electronic cold shoulder. (We got the human kind. A woman picked up, said “Hello, Coca-Cola,” then inexplicably hung up on us three times in a row before finally successfully transferring us to, yup, voicemail.)Related: What Coke Is Brewing By Increasing Its Stake in KeurigThe company’s staid new standard outgoing voicemail message is predictably cold and dismissive: “You have reached the Coca-Cola company. The individual you are calling is currently not available. Please call back at a later time or use an alternative method to reach this individual.”Better to send a text or an email, perhaps.While abandoning two-way voicemail isn’t another publicity stunt, it’s sure making headlines. If it were, it’d be the least sexy marketing ploy of all time.Related: Diet Coke Campaign Fizzles After Consumers Mock ‘You’re On Coke’ Snafu Enroll Now for Freelast_img read more