11 Jan
2020

Ex-Duarte man guilty in killing

first_img“I wanted him acquitted. I never thought they had enough evidence,” Khan said. Prosecutors tried Jacobo three times times for the April 27, 1999, slaying of Julio Perez whose skull was fractured and who was still alive when he was thrown off Highway 39. His body was found lying 350 feet down a slope near Crystal Lake. Witnesses last saw Perez with Jacobo outside the Leon del Mar bar at Durfee and Elliott avenues in El Monte. Earlier at the bar, a witness said Perez told Jacobo he knew him and that he had drugs. Jacobo denied having drugs. The prosecution theorized Jacobo drove his car with an injured Perez up to mile marker 40 in the Angeles National Forest to kill him and get rid of the body. The motive in the killing remains unknown. But Usher said the prosecution wasn’t required to prove motive. “We have the evidence to show he did it,” she said. A cigarette butt found at the mountain site had Jacobo’s DNA and blood found in his car turned out to be from the victim. Jacobo’s first trial in 2000 ended with him being convicted of first-degree murder. But the conviction was overturned be- cause one of the jurors didn’t disclose his prejudice against Latinos. The second trial ended in a hung jury in January. ruby.gonzales@sgvn.com (626) 962-8811, Ext. 2718160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! POMONA- A jury Tuesday found a former Duarte man guilty of beating, strangling and throwing an El Monte man down a mountainside in 1999. They convicted Jose Jacobo of second-degree murder but acquitted him of first-degree murder. The 38-year-old Jacobo will be back at Pomona Superior Court April 9 for sentencing. He faces 15 years to life, said Deputy District Attorney Pamela Tamu Usher. Deputy Public Defender Reema Khan said she was saddened by the verdict. last_img read more

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18 Dec
2019

Global demand for rooibos increasing

first_imgThe South African Rooibos Council on Wednesday said there was an increased demand for the caffeine-free tea overseas which was bound to boost the industry. “The rooibos crop is consumed mostly locally and the balance of it goes into the export – that’s roughly about 50% – while a chunk of that goes into the Germany market, which accounted for about 40%,” he said. “Farmers have been in an over-supply situation for three years. But the cycle is now changing as a result of lower plantings, and also weather conditions. The prices are on the upward curve at the moment.” Smaller crops were planted and adverse weather conditions had a negative effect on production. De Villiers added that farmers were getting slightly for more for their crops. The council’s Dawie de Villiers said demand was now increasing internationally. Rooibos harvests declined over the past few years along the Cape’s West Coast. Sapa 8 September 2011last_img read more

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18 Dec
2019

South Africa ‘ready to support Somalia’

first_img1 June 2012 South Africa is ready to help Somalia move towards a prosperous and stable democracy, says International Relations and Cooperation Deputy Minister Marius Fransman. Speaking in Turkey at the second Istanbul Conference on Somalia on Friday, Fransman said South Africa was committed to helping the Somali people through capacity and institution-building in the areas of social reconciliation, constitutional development, agriculture and food security, water catchment and drought resistance, as well as marine resource management. In March, South Africa established formal diplomatic relations with Somalia, and committed R100-million to help the transitional Somali government build adequate institutions of governance. Fransman urged the international community to remain engaged with the people of Somalia in rebuilding the troubled Horn of Africa country. “Somalia, with the assistance of the international community, needs to evolve a developmental strategy that will be a result of engagement among all Somalis,” he told representatives from over 54 countries gathered at the meeting, a follow-up on a similar meeting held in February. The deputy minister called on all Somalis to commit themselves to the implementation of the agreements and decisions reached so far in order to realise the objectives of the Somali Roadmap. He said the Roadmap, a process that is Somali-owned, served as a necessary and firm foundation that was currently the only viable option for steering the horn of Africa country towards meaningful and lasting peace. To achieve this, a coordinated approach among all key players was essential, Fransman said. Additionally, economic development was key to creating a stable environment that would get Somalis participating in the growth of their country. Somalia has been plagued by internal strife for the past decade. Civil war, coupled with a hunger crisis, has rendered the country extremely vulnerable, and earned it a place among the top “failed states” in the world. Source: BuaNewslast_img read more

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12 Dec
2019

How to Produce Compelling Corporate Video

first_imgThe professional market is flooded with great videographers. Use these tips to develop compelling corporate video and make your work stand out.Today’s market for freelance videography and corporate video production is flooded with producers. With so many professionals offering the same services, how can you realistically stand out from the rest?It seems everyone with an iPhone or iPad can generate a video. Because of this, video producers have to really step up their game when it comes to production. And the best way to do that is to break away from the standard corporate video mold and draw on influences from cinema and top-end commercials in order to make your work rise above the crowd.Step 1: Work Closely With Your ClientNo one knows their own business more than your client, so listen intently to them when they tell you what they want to convey. Savvy companies will have a solid marketing strategy for the video you are going to produce. Just make sure that while you’re listening to their desires, you’re formulating how to creatively frame their desires on film. Having a good creative collaboration with your client is key.Step 2: Make Sure the Visuals Have ValueVideo from IDG Knowledge HubWhenever you’re putting together a corporate video, you want to relay the client information to the audience in the quickest and clearest way possible. This means you need to make sure that you aren’t wasting any visual time. All the visuals you use need to have a purpose and a value to the information that you are trying to convey.Step 3: Embrace the CinematicVideo from Brian McGintyOne thing that most audiences and clients like is when you move away from the traditional regimented corporate videos of the past and bring a more dynamic visual style. A great way to do this is to look for inspiration in your favorite films, music videos, or commercials. Any of these will give you a wealth of cinematic samples. Don’t be afraid to treat a corporate video in a very cinematic way. By doing this, you can really draw the audience in for your client.Step 4: Get to the PointVideo from EveryAppleVideoOne thing clients may not understand is the attention span of end users in today’s video market. They want their information to be quick and to the point. This means you need to take all the information the client wants to convey and condense it into the shortest form possible. Usually this will call for the video to be between a minute and a half to two minutes long.Step 5: Leave the Audience Wanting MoreVideo from Kings Cross MediaBy the end of the video, two things should happen… your client should want to do more business with you, and the audience should want to know more about your client. You do this by following the steps above and conveying your client’s message clearly and directly. As the video above does really well, you’ll want to leave the video with a small hook that will keep the audience coming back for more.A Few More TipsVideo from Bailey Cooper Photography and VideoIf you want a few more basic tips on putting together solid corporate videos, then be sure to check out the video above. Or head on over to RocketStock and check out their article on five great steps to improve your corporate video. Just remember to work closely with your client and get the best possible video to aid their end goals.Are you working on a corporate video? Was this information helpful to you? Do you have other video production questions that you want answered? Let us know in the comments below!last_img read more

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3 Dec
2019

Minor girl gang-raped in Manipur

first_imgA 14-year-old girl was gang-raped allegedly by four youths in the Thanga islet of the Loktak lake on Tuesday, police in Bishnupur district said. A manhunt has been launched for the rapists.During preliminary investigation, the girl said a youth had asked her to visit a spot to talk about the photographs he had taken of her from atop a hill. He had threatened to post the photos on social media.When she visited the spot, the youth along with his three friends whisked her away in a van. She was taken to a secluded place where she was raped and left unconscious. That night she took shelter in a house nearby and later filed a police complaint.Talking about action taken against sexual offenders, Chief Minister N. Biren Singh said that after establishing a fast-track court to deal with crimes against women, 11 convicts had been sentenced to long prison terms. In one case, the rapist had been sentenced to life, while his accomplices had been awarded 20-year jail term.last_img read more

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