J’ai rencontré un homme sur un site de rencontre et, pendant plusieurs semaines, nous avons longuement dialogué par mail et sur SKYPE et nous, nous sommes même vus à la CAM. Il réunissait tous les critères que je recherche chez un homme : gentil, sensible, romantique et, physiquement, tout à fait mon type d’homme.
Lors de nos conversations, il m’a dit qu’il avait créé une fondation en Afrique pour aider des petits orphelins qu’il avait pris sous sa protection. Donc, à force de discussion, il m’a convaincu d’envoyer une somme d’argent en Côte d’Ivoire à monsieur DUPOND Bernard. J’ai même eu cet individu au téléphone qui m’a informé que mon ami Franck LAROUX, domicilié à NICE, s’était rendu auprès des enfants et ne pouvait pas revenir car il avait eu un accident en allant à l’aéroport pour rentrer en France.
Nous devions nous voir le 20 Novembre 2014 mais il a quitté la France depuis le 08 Novembre et n’est toujours pas rentré ! J’ai essayé de l’appeler, j’ai demandé à lui parler mais la personne que j’ai eu au bout du fil avait un accent africain que je ne connaissais pas ; je lui ai dit que je ne croyais absolument pas qu’il était l’homme que j’avais vu à la CAM et qui était sur les photos qu'il ma transmises par mail.
Depuis ce jour, je n'ai plus aucune nouvelle. Pour me prouver sa bonne foi, je lui avais demandé de me scanner ses papiers d'identité afin que je sois rassurée. J'ai donc une copie de sa carte d'identité et de son permis de conduire : il vit aux environs de NICE, il est né le 22 novembre 1966 et il s'appelle Franck LAROUX mais tout est en fait faux puisqu'ils utilisent des pièces d'identité volées à des français. Cela m'a été confirmé par l'organisme de service anti-fraude qui m'a beaucoup aidé à récupérer l'argent envoyé tout en mettant la main sur ces arnaqueurs qui, a priori, habitent en Afrique.
A l'époque, je l'ai dénoncé sur le site où je suis inscrite et ils m'ont conseillé de prendre contact avec un organisme Interpole en lutte contre la cybercriminalité. Tout au long de cette histoire, je lui ai fait parvenir au total 19,000€ afin de pouvoir l'aider et faire en sorte à ce qu'il me rejoigne très vite comme nous cela était convenu parce que j'y croyais vraiment ! Avec l'aide d'une amie, j'ai pris contact avec un organisme de cyber-antifraude en COTE D'IVOIRE et en collaboration avec l'inspecteur de police M. MICHEL CADOT ; eux aussi m'ont vraiment aidé à le démasquer car c'était bel et bien un Africain en complicité avec des collaborateurs escrocs et autres professionnels du net qui m'ont dépouillé. Heureusement pour moi, ils ont finalement été démasqués et arrêtés avec l'aide de l'organisme Interpole en lutte contre la cybercriminalité et M. MICHEL CADOT . Finalement, je me suis faite rembourser la totalité de mon argent suivi des frais de dédommagement ce qui représente un total de 22,000€.
Alors, si toi aussi tu es dans ce cas, confie toi et n'hésite pas ! Portez maintes plaintes afin de demander plus d'aide jusqu'à la satisfaction et remboursement officiel ! écris ton témoignage afin d'aider d'autres personnes à ne pas être victime et, j'en suis convaincue, cela aura des effets positifs car ils vont t'aider à mettre la main sur ces personnes de mauvaise foi. Ensuite, toutes les sommes d'argent que tu as eu à envoyer à ces escrocs seront remboursées, accompagnées par des frais de dédommagement.
Voici le contact mail de l'organisme qui m'a aidé : email@example.com
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ATLANTA — On a late afternoon in June, Matt Kemp settles into the right-handed batter's box at SunTrust Park to take his cuts.
The first few pitches tossed his way during batting practice end up sprinkled in the outfield grass. Then the power from the 6'4" Braves left fielder starts to show. Shots from his bat sail over the outfield wall. One flies over to the right of the 400-foot sign in right-center. Another lands in the Braves bullpen.
His swings, like his demeanor, are relaxed.
He looks comfortable. Happy. Free to be himself and free of distraction.
At 32, Kemp is having his best season since 2011, when he was 26 and playing for the Dodgers. He's hitting .309 with 12 home runs and 37 RBI—numbers that have him in the running for a starting spot in the All-Star Game. He's reminding baseball fans of the player who nearly won the National League triple crown in '11, when he led the league with 39 home runs and 126 RBI, finished third with a .324 average and also stole 40 bases.
Back then, it seemed like he would be a Dodger and a superstar for life.
But life beyond baseball was swirling around him.
There was the tabloid fodder—like dating Rihanna in 2010. There was the expectations-setting eight-year, $160 million contract extension. There were the injuries. And then there was the trade to San Diego. The weight gain. Then a second trade, this time to the Braves, and chatter about his San Diego mansion not selling at auction. He admitted in a post on the Players' Tribune that he had "let a big contract, the Hollywood lifestyle, injuries and bad relationships" get to him, which earned him a "reputation for being selfish, lazy and a bad teammate."
He was trending dangerously toward another label: bust.
But not so fast. Kemp's story wasn't finished. Not yet.
His resurgence in Atlanta—and his jaw-dropping transformation in the offseason—is eliminating any inkling of those perceptions. He's hitting. He's healthy. By all appearances, he's having fun.
And the Braves organization loves him.
"He is one of our leaders," manager Brian Snitker says. "He is a guy in the clubhouse that people respect. … He's just a great guy to have around."
It's simple, Kemp says. He was hurt then. He's not now.
"It was just very frustrating," Kemp says. "It wasn't fun because sometimes I wasn't getting the results that I wanted. I was working hard and doing what I needed to do.
"It's hard to overcome injuries. It takes time, and once you get past those injuries, then you start to become more successful again, and the confidence level comes up, and you get that swag that you once had.
"It'd be tough to hear some of the things that might have been said, like, 'He lost it.' I didn't lose it. With injuries and things like that, it's not easy."
Kemp is in the Braves clubhouse, comfortably settled in a soft black leather chair as some teammates nearby shoot pool. Conversations surrounding him provide a pleasant hum.
He looks laid-back, wearing a black T-shirt that reads "EQUALITY" on the front and "42" on the back, in homage to Jackie Robinson.
The topic of conversation is recent incidents of racism in sports. Seventy years after Robinson broke the baseball color barrier, it remains one of the game's constants. The hate comes in various forms. Trolling on social media. Screaming obscenities from the stands. A fan in May uttered the N-word and threw a bag of peanuts at Orioles outfielder Adam Jones.
Racism isn't exclusive to MLB in the realm of sports. Someone painted the N-word on a gate at LeBron James' Los Angeles home before the 2017 NBA Finals started, according to the L.A. police.
Kemp acknowledges fans have spewed hate toward him dating back to his days in the minor leagues. He declines to name the cities where it occurred, "but it definitely happens, for sure," he says.
"That's not new to me or to LeBron or to Adam," Kemp says. "It's something that you've got to deal with all the time. Like LeBron said, it doesn't matter how much people admire you, how much money you have, how famous you are. Racism is still alive. It's sad. It's disappointing. I guess it's something that I guess we have to deal with. It's tough to deal with, but it's sad."
He didn't pay attention to things like that when he was younger. Maybe it didn't exist because all he was doing was playing ball and wasn't yet famous. Maybe he just didn't recognize it. He's not sure.
"But when you get older you start to realize, like, 'Dang. They just really said that,'" Kemp says. "It's kind of crazy."
Growing up in Midwest City, Oklahoma, Kemp and his cousins were "pretty much" the only African-Americans on his teams, he says. A two-sport athlete, his basketball teammates teased him for playing baseball—"What are you doing? Why do you have the cleats and a glove? You play basketball," he recalls them saying—as football and hoops were more popular where he lived.
"[My friends] never came to games," Kemp says. "They didn't know how good I was. They didn't know that the scouts were coming to see me play."
He's shown a photo of himself from his childhood.
He says he's not sure how old he was, but the picture depicts him holding a bat and taking a mighty cut—"I don't know if I was swatting flies. Hopefully I don't swing at pitches like that now," he wisecracks—with a look of determination on his young face, long before the glitz and the glamour ever entered his life.
"You look at a picture like that, and that's like—that's me as a kid dreaming about playing baseball, and now I'm living that dream," Kemp says. "Not a lot of people can say they're living their dream."
Kemp grew up in a single-parent household, with his mom, Judy Henderson, a nurse. Even though Atlanta is more than 800 miles away, it was easy for him and a cousin to get hooked on the Braves, whose games were broadcast on TBS.
"We, like, lived for the Braves," Kemp says. "We'd come home after school, turn on the TV and watch the Braves play baseball games. It was the best thing in the world."
The dream became tangible in 2003, when the Dodgers drafted Kemp in the sixth round out of high school. Three years later, he was playing at Dodger Stadium. The lights seem to shine brighter in Hollywood, and he showed signs of becoming a budding superstar in 2009, when he hit .297 with 26 home runs and 101 RBI and won his first Gold Glove and Silver Slugger awards.
His marquee season was in 2011. He finished second to Ryan Braun in the MVP race, but after Braun's subsequent PED admission, many think Kemp should have received the award. As a consolation prize, he did win his second Gold Glove and Silver Slugger awards that year.
Life was fast-paced. He ascended the fashion ladder, seen as one of the best-dressed players in baseball. Paparazzi surrounded him when he dated Rihanna in 2010. His average dipped to .249 that season, but he still hit 28 home runs.
Fast forward to seven years later in Atlanta, with a reporter trying to tiptoe around the Rihanna question with Kemp. It elicits a laugh from him.
"I think that life. That's just part of L.A.," Kemp says. "You're in an industry where you meet famous people. You have famous friends. That's just part of being in L.A. I mean, that took a little getting used to, but the injuries were something I was never used to. That was harder on me that anything."
The injuries. There were many of them. A snapshot:
Kemp had two stints on the disabled list for hamstring injuries in 2012. The first one ended his streak of 399 consecutive games, which at the time was the longest streak by an active player. In late August, he injured his left shoulder after crashing into a wall at Coors Field, but he continued to play. In the offseason, Kemp underwent surgery to repair a torn labrum and damage to his rotator cuff. Doctors told him not to swing a bat until January.
Kemp made trips to the DL in 2013 for a right hamstring strain and joint inflammation in the surgically repaired shoulder. His return to the lineup that July lasted for one game, as he suffered a left ankle injury when sliding into home plate, a play in which Kemp later said he wasn't running hard. He headed back to the DL.
Kemp returned in mid-September, but it was a short stay. He missed a game later in the month because of soreness in his left ankle and was ruled was out for the playoffs. Kemp had a minor surgical procedure to clean up his left shoulder and also underwent microfracture surgery on the ankle. He ultimately played just 73 games in 2013, and he would start the 2014 season on the disabled list.
Through it all, the low point was suffering the ankle injury and eventually needing surgery, Kemp says.
"My shoulder was tough, but I think the ankle was the toughest because I was used to being a speed guy, stealing bases," he says. "Now it's not as easy to do that because my ankle doesn't allow me to be as fast as I once was. But I've just got to deal with it."
In 2014, his last season with Los Angeles, then-manager Don Mattingly moved Kemp out of center field, first putting him at left and then later in right. After the season, the Dodgers traded him to San Diego. While he put up solid numbers (.265 with 23 home runs and 100 RBI in 2015, and .268 with 35 HRs and 108 RBI in 2016), he was a guy with a lengthy injury history and a huge paycheck playing for a bad team.
His mammoth 2011 campaign continued to get further away in the rearview mirror.
2011 was also the year when Braves first baseman Freddie Freeman, who was a rookie, first met Kemp.
"He was on another level," Freeman recalls. "Every time he got up to the plate, I was like, 'Oh no, here it comes.'"
Through a mutual friend, Melvin Upton Jr., who played for both the Braves (2013-14) and the Padres (2015 through part of 2016), Freeman and Kemp hung out a couple of times. Since Kemp arrived in Atlanta, he and Freeman have grown close. Freeman calls Kemp's personality "infectious."
"It's a great personality," Freeman says. "He draws people to him, and you just want to be around him. Every day, obviously when I'm healthy, we would go get our Starbucks together, we go out to the field together, we do pretty much everything together. ...
"He wants to win. He works hard every single day, and that rubs off on other people."
Kemp's intensity is visible. But so is the joy, which he credits to his teammate and friend.
"Honestly, you know who has a lot to do with that is Freddie," Kemp says. "I've played with a lot of guys that like to have fun and joke around, but he's just one guy that—I honestly never see him, like, mad."
The chemistry worked in the lineup, too. In the 56 games he played with the Braves in 2016, Kemp hit .280 with 12 home runs and had an OPS of .855.
"It was great," Snitker says. "You get a guy, a middle-of-the-order lineup guy like that, he was a welcome addition. It lengthened our lineup, kind of broke up all the left-handers we had going."
With Kemp on the team, opponents could no longer "pick and choose" who they pitched to. "He legitimized what we had going on," Snitker says.
But not all was perfect. At the end of the 2016 season, Kemp wasn't always finishing games, playing seven innings before being replaced for defensive reasons in left field.
"Every time that happened to him, he'd come up to me in the dugout and say, 'This is embarrassing. I don't want this to happen anymore,'" Freeman says.
Heading into the offseason, Kemp was healthy, which hadn't happened often in the last few years. He took advantage of it and got to work, saying there were "no limits."
When asked what was the catalyst for change, Kemp all but shrugged it off.
"I haven't really had too many offseasons where I didn't have to rehab anything," Kemp says. "That's a big difference. You know, if you go into an offseason hurt and you have to rehab the whole offseason, that's just very frustrating. I was pretty much able to work out and do whatever it is I wanted to do."
Snitker says Kemp told the team at the end of the 2016 season, "You're going to see a new me when I get here."
"And he did," Snitker says. "Obviously, he was very dedicated to that and worked his tail off. It was real refreshing when you came in and saw the guy's dedication to what we're trying to do, so it was really good to see, and it told you a lot about the person."
Freeman got updates from Kemp during the offseason—sometimes in mid-workout.
"I got FaceTimed every week...usually when he was on the elliptical," Freeman says. "He was doing two-a-days. He would do lifting in the morning, and he would come back and do conditioning later in the day."
When Freeman was with his wife in Bal Harbour, Florida, celebrating their anniversary, he ran into Kemp. The change was already noticeable.
"You could tell after a month-and-a-half, he was already looking different," Freeman says. "People were asking me what was he looking like, and I wouldn't tell them. I said, 'You guys can just find out for yourself,' and he came to spring training obviously so much better. I think he had lost like 25 pounds."
Kemp's work continued through spring training and into the season, and the results are evident in his numbers. He started the season 8-for-16 with four doubles and two home runs in his first four games. He made a brief trip to the 10-day DL for a tight right hamstring in April, and he missed one game in June with left hamstring tightness. Aside from that, he has picked up where he left off. On April 29 at Milwaukee, he became the first Brave to hit three home runs in a game since Mark Teixeira did it in 2008. He hit his 250th career home run on May 31.
Kemp says there's been no change in approach. It's just a byproduct of being healthy and putting in the effort.
"He was first there, last to leave, was very consistent in all his workouts, and he was always out there doing his drills, in the weight room, workout room, practices, everything," Snitker says of Kemp's spring training work. "It was really good to see—and even now. I mean, the guy shows up to play every day. That's the thing. He's signed on to play the games, so he is a guy you can depend on every day. You know he's going to be there for you."
The house in San Diego hasn't sold yet, and Kemp doesn't know if there will be another auction. These days, his home base is in Prosper, Texas, about three hours away from Midwest City.
How long he stays in Atlanta remains to be seen. Despite his production, the Braves are under .500 and are struggling to keep pace with the Nationals in the NL East. Could Kemp get dealt for a third time? Speculation is slowly heating up, with Bob Nightingale of USA Today mentioning him as one of the top 25 players who could switch teams this summer.
But even as the team rebuilds, Kemp is a good fit in Atlanta. He helped protect the Braves' cornerstone, Freeman, in the lineup—before Freeman fractured his wrist in May—and his teammates are thankful he's there.
"It's nice to be able to have a guy like him—and Freddie and some of the other guys—but he's kind of my big brother," shortstop Dansby Swanson says. "I feel like he's always got my back. He kind of, like, protects me. ... He'll take me out to dinner when we're on the road and kind of just gives you that family thing. We've been able to hit it off really well, and I feel like I can go to him and trust him with a lot of things. So he's special to have around, and I am definitely very, very grateful to have him."
Will this get rid of the critics? Even if it doesn't, Freeman doesn't think that factors into Kemp's mindset.
"We play in a game of what-have-you-done-for-me-now, and the thing is last year people said he wasn't very good, but he had 35 home runs and [close to] 110 RBI," Freeman says. "That doesn't happen. He's a superstar. He's been a superstar his whole career.
"After his 2011 year, he had shoulder surgery and he dealt with hamstring problems. It's hard to compete at a high level when you're not feeling good every day. ... I don't think he's trying to put away what people are saying; he was just doing him. And if it comes along the way that it shuts people up in the process…"
Freeman pauses, and then says, "But that's not his ultimate goal.
"He's here trying to win and get back to the playoffs because he hasn't been there in a few years either, just like I haven't. That's his main goal. It's not about shutting people up, and people can say whatever they want about him, me...that just comes with the territory. If we go 0-for-4, then they say we should be benched and stuff like that, but if we get two hits the next day, we're the greatest people ever. That just comes with it.
"But he's not trying to do that. He's just trying to do his job and help win games."
There's another element as well, and it's visible when Kemp's megawatt smile is caught on TV broadcasts. He's having fun, reminiscent to children who are playing simply for the love of the game.
"I've been playing baseball since I was four years old," Kemp says. "It's supposed to be fun. It's not supposed to be super-duper serious. I mean, you get serious at times, and of course you get competitive and you want to win, but I think a lot of people forget about having fun."
Jill Martin is a sports news editor for CNN. Follow her on Twitter: @ByJillMartin.
Bullets and blades blast and slice across Battlerealm as Jake Gallows, the Punisher of 2099, brute forces his way into “Marvel Contest of Champions” as the game’s 100th character.
We talked to Kabam Art Director Gabriel Frizzera and Character Designer Simon Cameron about what makes this particular Punisher tick like a time bomb.
Marvel.com: I gotta ask, how much effort does it take for The Collector to reach through the past and future to snatch up a specimen?
Gabriel Frizzera: The Punisher 2099 was captured in the original batch of Champions for The Contest. But it wasn’t necessary for Collector to reach through time, since Jake Gallows had travelled back to the 21st century to execute Carnage, as part of an initiative by the future Hydra regime to punish criminals in different timelines. They’re very proactive at the Secret Empire— they won’t let small things like the space-time continuum get in the way of their punishment!
Marvel.com: And what makes Jake Gallows so special that he gets to fight it out in The Contest?
Gabriel Frizzera: Gallows was one of the characters Marvel allowed us to redesign for the CONTEST OF CHAMPIONS comic book, and appeared briefly in the last issue—before being quickly dispatched by Frank Castle. We had plans to put him in the game for a while, and when the opportunity to do a Secret Empire tie-in came about, we decided to have him as the villain. Turns out he’s also our 100th playable character, so it worked out great that he’s one of our original designs!
Marvel.com: 100 characters is a super cool milestone, and outside of Angela, this may be my favorite looking combatant in “Contest of Champions.” Seriously, this Punisher looks absolutely awesome! What can you tell us about his design?
Gabriel Frizzera: We are fond of his ‘90s garish outfit and gadgets, but we wanted to push him to look more like a “futuristic shock-police on steroids.” The central piece of the design is the chest skull made of knives and guns—which teleport into his hands; not a second to spare in the future. His whole arsenal is white to contrast with the black and red suit, but also to speak to the nature of 2099’s technology: all weapons would be freshly formed and reconfigured on the spot by nanotechnology. His original concept had way more weapons—like mag-blades on his arms and an electro-baton—and a tactical helmet, which ended up having to be cut for memory reasons. But we kept his bad-ass disintegrating gun and “Grenazers”!
Punisher 2099 in Marvel Contest of Champions
Punisher 2099 in Marvel Contest of Champions
Punisher 2099 in Marvel Contest of Champions
Marvel.com: Aside from his bad ass new look, what sets him apart from Frank Castle?
Gabriel Frizzera: We joke in the office that Jake Gallows makes Frank Castle look like a soft-hearted hippie! We had a lot of fun writing the contrast between the two, the same way other writers love to contrast Frank Castle among more “straight” heroes like Captain America. In the story, when placed between Jake Gallows’ and Steve Rogers’ radically different views of justice, Frank Castle is forced to admit he might be a bit closer to Cap than the fanatic Punisher 2099. It was fun for me to write dialogue where Gallows calls Castle a “half-measure,” the same way Castle called Matt Murdock [“Marvel’s Daredevil” on Netflix]. That shows how far Punisher 2099 has strayed into villainous territory.
Marvel.com: Tell me a little about Punisher 2099’s abilities…
Simon Cameron: Punisher 2099 gets much of his strength from his Nano-Tech, which is powered by the Nano-Tech Battery. This charge builds over time, and his Special 1 gives him an Overcharge Passive effect, giving him additional Nano-Tech charge for a few seconds. This charge is spent by a number of automatically triggered effects—things like: Triggering a Heal Block on an Opponent when they trigger a Regeneration Buff, Draining the Charge to Regenerate Punisher 2099 if his Health drops below a threshold, or adding a Stun effect to his Heavy Attack. He also enters an Overdrive mode if his Charge reaches 100%. This drains his Charge over time, but grants him additional Attack, and reduces the amount of Power his Opponent gains when they’re struck by Punisher’s attacks.
Marvel.com: And what’s Retribution 2099 all about?
Simon Cameron: Retribution 2099 is Punisher’s Signature Ability. It lets him start the fight with his Nano-Tech Battery partially charged; it also adds a new automatically triggered effect to spend his Nano-Tech Charge on. This ability triggers when his opponent hits full power, draining a small amount of it, and power locking them for a couple seconds. It’s a little like a Special 3 get out of jail free card.
Marvel.com: And when can we hope to bring the Punisher’s weapon mastery to bear on the bad guys?
Simon Cameron: Punisher 2099 opens fire on The Contest June 29!
Stay tuned to Marvel.com and @MarvelGames on Twitter for more “Marvel Contest of Champions” news and interviews!
A l’occasion du 25e anniversaire de son assassinat, El Watan Week-end a choisi de revenir sur un épisode peu connu de la vie de Mohamed Boudiaf.
Vendredi 21 juin 1963. Midi. Pont d’Hydra. Un homme filiforme, habillé d’un complet veston, marche à petits pas. Deux individus à la mine patibulaire l’accostent. Bref échange.
L’homme est embarqué dans la Peugeot 404 garée sur cette route. Mohamed Boudiaf vient d’être enlevé par le commando du président Ahmed Ben Bella. Dans son livre Où va l’Algérie, il en donne le signalement : l’un des agents dénommé Mohamed S., quinquagénaire, est un ex-agent zélé de la police des renseignements généraux et de la DST à Alger où il a sévi lors des événements de mai 1945 et de l’arraisonnement de l’avion des Cinq en octobre 1956. Le second agent, «plus replet et aux gestes brusques», est un «militant» «parfaitement imbu de son rôle et pénétré de son importance policière».
Demandant à Boudiaf de se mettre à leur disposition au nom de la SM, ils l’embarquent dans la berline qui démarre en trombe. Itinéraire : la colonne Voirol, chemin Beaurepaire, clinique des Orangers et arrivée dans une villa «fleurie» des environs.
Boudiaf, extrêmement fatigué, est fouillé «des pieds à la tête». Mais aucun des agents ne lui explique les raisons de son arrestation et qui en sont les commanditaires. Il décide alors d’entamer une grève de la faim. «Kidnappé dans le plus grand secret, emmené dans une villa inhabitée sans explication, je ne peux que trouver une allure macabre à toute cette aventure», écrit le «séquestré» dans ce qui devient son journal, qu’il entame le jour même de son interpellation.
Durant quatre jours, Boudiaf, qui a été arrêté une première fois une année plus tôt à M’sila (30 juillet 1962), où il est parti dans sa famille des Ouled Madi, cherche désespérément à «communiquer avec les villas voisines, sans résultat». Il décide alors d’écrire à l’«autorité mystérieuse» qui a ordonné son enlèvement.
Le lundi, il est embarqué en voiture vers le siège de la gendarmerie (actuellement groupement de gendarmerie d’Alger, Bab J’did). Entouré à son arrivée à la caserne par une dizaine de gendarmes, mitraillettes au poing, «un peu curieux, un peu fébriles», il reconnaît leur chef, le colonel Ahmed Bencherif, qui lui dit, pince-sans-rire, que la chambre qui lui est réservée dans cette caserne coloniale vaut mieux que celle de la prison de la Santé où il était détenu.
Chez les Boudiaf et les militants du Parti de la révolution socialiste (PRS), créé en septembre 1962, c’est la stupéfaction et la rage. «Le problème, c’est qu’on ne savait pas s’il était vivant ou mort. On pensait qu’il était fini et qu’il allait être exécuté», raconte à El Watan Week-end Nacer Boudiaf, âgé à l’époque de 8 ans. Rencontrant leur père pour la première fois une année seulement auparavant, Nacer et sa fratrie (Kheireddine, Fella et Samia) le voient disparaître à nouveau.
L’oncle Aïssa décide d’aller à la police d’Hydra où les agents «ont nié être au courant de cette affaire». Le frère prend alors l’initiative d’entrer en contact avec certains compagnons de l’ancien coordonnateur du FLN. «Mehri m’a promis d’intercéder en sa faveur auprès de Boumediène. Mais il ne fait rien. Je suis entré en contact avec Bitat. Après un moment d’attente devant sa maison à la rue Bachir Ibrahimi (El Biar), il me reçoit dans le jardin tout en jetant des coups d’œil à droite et à gauche comme s’il y avait des yeux pour le guetter», signale Aïssa dans un entretien à El Khabar hebdo.
Le PRS publie dans l’après-midi de l’arrestation un communiqué. L’alerte a été donnée par Rachid Krim, «le fils spirituel de Boudiaf et son chef de cabinet en 1992», actuellement à Paris. L’arrestation de Boudiaf par le président Ben Bella a marqué le clan. «J’ai un oncle, Moussa, actuellement décédé. Il était le premier ambassadeur de l’Algérie à Genève.
C’est un ancien militant qui s’est retiré après le kidnapping de Boudiaf par les sbires de Ben Bella», témoigne Nacer, amer. Le pouvoir décide de faire évacuer d’Alger l’encombrant opposant. Le 26 juin, Boudiaf, embastillé dans la caserne de la Haute-Casbah, est réveillé à quatre heures du matin pour être emmené à l’aérodrome de Chéraga, où l’hélicoptère prend l’air en direction de Oued Norson. A bord, il est rejoint par d’autres militants, eux aussi arrêtés par les hommes de Ben Bella : Ali Allouache, ancien porte-parole de la wilaya IV, Moussa Kebaïli et Mohand Akli Benyounes, dit Daniel, anciens de la Fédération de France du FLN. Arrivé à Oued Norson, le groupe est embarqué à bord de voitures légères en direction de Sidi Bel Abbès, Saïda, Mecheria, Aïn Safra et Beni Ounif. Complètement éreintés par un voyage de mille kilomètres, Boudiaf et ses compagnons arrivent à Colomb Béchar à la tombée de la nuit.
Tsabit : détenus dans une école désaffectée
«Je suis épuisé après ce long voyage, survenu au sixième jour de ma grève de la faim, je décide d’interrompre mon jeûne, croyant candidement qu’à Colomb Béchar le régime politique va nous être appliqué et que nous pourrons engager une grève dans de meilleures conditions», fait remarquer Boudiaf, qui décide d’écrire une lettre au colonel, commandant de la Région militaire. Le 4 juillet, les séquestrés seront dirigés plus au sud où, leur dit-on, ils seront «plus à l’aise» ! Ils seront transbahutés dans d’énormes camions Berliet vers le camp Colonel Lotfi, à Tsabit, localité située à 65 km au nord de la ville d’Adrar, capitale du Touat. La chambre réservée aux prisonniers dans ce qui fut probablement une école de construction récente est trop exiguë : 5 mètres sur trois. Là, dans la caserne Lotfi, Boudiaf arrive à «dialoguer en imagination» avec le colonel, de son nom d’état civil, Ben Ali Boudghène, mort au combat à Béchar avec des dizaines de ses compagnons.
«Ce héros, nous ne le renierons pas ! Nous n’abandonnons pas la lutte pour que notre peuple soit le seul maître de son destin», écrit Boudiaf dans son journal en date du 8 juillet. Souffrant des conditions de détention — chaleur suffocante (60°), manque de nourriture —, mais ne subissant pas de sévices particuliers (Aïssa Boudiaf évoque des tortures dans son témoignage), le groupe entame à partir du 15 juillet une grève de la faim. Entre-temps, le pouvoir a décidé de communiquer sur les détenus du Touat. N’indiquant pas où il été interpellé et par quel service, le ministre de la Justice, Amar Bentoumi, a admis en conférence de presse que Boudiaf avait été «appréhendé vendredi 21 juin 1963 en fin de matinée alors qu’il sortait de chez lui». Dans le discours prononcé au Caroubier (Alger), à l’occasion de l’indépendance, le président Ben Bella a «brodé, précise Boudiaf, sur le thème du complot aux ramifications lointaines». Le raïs reprend, en employant sa rhétorique habituelle, les mêmes accusations lors d’une tournée dans le Constantinois.
«Ces derniers temps, nous avons arrêté cinq personnes qui ont traité avec le gouvernement français et avec le colonialisme pour instaurer un climat à la Tshombé», signale-t-il. Interrogé par le journaliste français de la RTF (Cinq colonnes à la Une), Georges De Caunes, Ben Bella reconnaît : «Oui, Boudiaf a été arrêté parce qu’il avait des agissements que j’estime dangereux». Il parle aussi d’un complot fomenté par son ancien codétenu du château d’Aulnoy avec la complicité du Ppésident Bourguiba. Face à ces accusations, aucune réaction indignée des compagnons de Boudiaf. Exceptée celle de Hocine Aït Ahmed qui a interpellé Ben Bella à l’Assemblée. L’ancien capitaine de l’ALN Si El Hafidh Yaha parle dans ses mémoires (FFS contre dictature, Koukou) d’une entrevue entre Aït Ahmed et le raïs lors d’une réception organisée en l’honneur de son ami Fethi Dib, responsable des moukhabarat égyptien, et proche de Gamal Abdel Nasser. Le défunt président du FFS rapporte à Yaha la réaction de son interlocuteur : «Ben Bella est buté. Il est décidé à continuer dans sa politique de répression et d’arrestations.
Il m’a dit que toute personne qui s’opposera à lui ira les rejoindre en prison». Les prisonniers, détenus dans des conditions difficiles à l’extrême-sud du pays, dénoncent l’aveuglement d’un pouvoir «pré-dictatorial» : ni procès ni même d’interrogatoires dans les lieux où ils sont détenus. «Depuis notre enlèvement, aucun de nous n’a été interrogé. Nous ne savons même pas ce qu’on nous reproche. La vérité est ailleurs : il s’agit d’une basse vengeance personnelle, inspirée par la peur panique devant la montée du mécontentement populaire», estime Tayeb El Watani, dont les activités (entretien à la veille de son arrestation avec le journaliste Paul Marie de la Gorce) dérangeaient le locataire de la Villa-Joly. Petite concession : un poste radio qui leur permet de suivre et de commenter l’actualité. Boudiaf en fait état dans son journal : discours populistes de Ben Bella, démission de Ferhat Abbès de la présidence de l’Assemblée, crise du FFS, conflit avec le Maroc, etc.
Remontée vers le Nord
Après une vingtaine de jours passés à Tsabit, Boudiaf et ses compagnons, toujours en grève de la faim, sont emmenés par avion à Béchar, avant d’être transférés à Saïda par Beni Ounif (même itinéraire que le premier).
Là, ils seront détenus dans la caserne de gendarmerie de la ville des Eaux, où des médecins dépêchés d’Oran tentent de les persuader de cesser leur grève. Refus. «Rien de nouveau et la grève continue. Mes compagnons sont aussi fatigués et traînent leur faim et leur mauvaise humeur, n’espérant plus rien». Saïda, 7 août. Hospitalisation après aggravation de la situation des détenus. Le groupe décide, le 15 août, d’arrêter sa grève de la faim qui a duré 32 jours «pour reprendre des forces en vue d’une autre action». Conséquence fâcheuse de l’action : ils ont perdu chacun au moins une quinzaine de kilos.
«J’ai demandé une bascule pour avoir une idée de mon poids. J’ai été moi-même étonné de la perte de 18 kilos, de 69-70 kilos, mon poids normal, je ne pèse plus que 51 kilos. Mes deux autres compagnons (Kebaïli a été libéré, ndlr) en sont au même point de faiblesse ; l’un et l’autre ont perdu en moyenne 15 kilos. Nous sommes devenus de véritables squelettes désarticulés, incapables du plus petit effort.» 13 août. Boudiaf réussit à envoyer des lettres, l’une à sa femme et l’autre à son frère, pour mettre à nu «les mensonges des déclarations gouvernementales».
Agée de 33 ans, sa femme sera elle aussi internée et ne sera libérée qu’après l’intervention de Sellami Zohra, M’silie et future épouse de Ben Bella, explique Nacer. Les autorités qui ont évoqué un accord avec l’opposition ont décidé de libérer en novembre Boudiaf et ses compagnons, rejoints plus tôt par Salah Boubnider, dit Sawt El Arab. Partis à Sidi Bel Abbès, ils se retrouveront à la caserne de gendarmerie de Bab J’did, après une autre grève de la faim (44 jours pour Boudiaf, après près de 5 mois de détention). 15 novembre. Il est 21h30 quand Boudiaf est ramené chez lui «à la surprise de (sa) famille qui ne s’attendait pas à (le) revoir de sitôt».
«C’est ainsi que je recouvris la liberté, de la même façon qu’une certaine matinée du 21 juin, je l’avais perdue», s’étonne-t-il. L’inénarrable journaliste, alors correspondant du Monde à Alger, Jean-François Kahn, décrit le mieux l’état d’esprit de l’ancien détenu de Tsabit : «Fidèle à son personnage, dur et tranchant, le même éclat dans le regard et les mains nerveuses, tel est apparu M. Mohamed Boudiaf à sa sortie de prison. Apparemment peu affecté par sa détention, mais légèrement amaigri, l’ancien prisonnier d’Aulnoy s’est tout de suite replongé dans son élément.»
With one month left until Charleston Chief of Police Greg Mullen officially retires, an interim police chief has been named to take over his duties, while a national search is conducted to find a permanent replacement.
It was announced Friday that Deputy Chief Jerome Taylor will serve as interim police chief, beginning Aug. 1.
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Black Lives Should Matter Long Before They're Lost
It's easier to rally people with an injustice and a clear and appealing villain to point to than with prescriptive measures that are likely to help others avoid similar terrible outcomes.
This is especially true when prescriptive measures involve advising people to take responsibility and to take a hard look at problems in a community that could be changed, in part, with more responsible behaviors.
I've blogged previously about the problem of out-of-wedlock births and single motherhood in the black community.
Jason L. Riley at the WSJ takes a different tack, but is still looking at the framework of society for a lot of black people with the question in the subhead of his piece -- "why not focus on bad schools and job-killing regulations?"
On a certain level, the decision by BLM activists to single out policing as a major obstacle to black advancement has always defied comprehension. Police shootings have fallen dramatically in recent decades. In New York City, for example, cops shot 314 people in 1971, 93 of them fatally. In 2015, New York police shot 23 people, killing eight. Which means that police shootings and fatalities in the nation's most populous city have declined by more than 90% over the past 4½ decades.
A 2016 paper released by Harvard economist Roland Fryer examined the use of force by police since 2000 in some of the country's largest urban areas and found that "blacks are 23.8 percent less likely to be shot at by police relative to whites."
In theory, there is no reason these activists couldn't play a more useful role in helping blacks overcome obstacles and take advantage of opportunities that were unavailable to previous generations. But that would mean abandoning nonsensical narratives that scapegoat law enforcement for high black crime rates and instead picking more substantive fights with fellow progressives.
Why not side with the hundreds of thousands of black children nationwide who linger on waiting lists for charter schools that have a proven record of narrowing the achievement gap? Why side with progressive politicians who stunt the growth of charters out of deference to powerful teachers unions that oppose school choice?
...Of course, improving educational and employment prospects for the black underclass would lower black crime rates and thus go a long way toward reducing encounters with police, the goal that is so near and dear to the Black Lives Matter movement. It's a win-win, but first the activists have to decide whether the real goal is to help black people or to help themselves.
Important point there at the end -- one I think few people consider (thanks to how race issues are now the third rail of discussion and debate today). I sometimes get hundreds of retweets and shares of a blog post, but never those about race. At least a few of those must be at least a little interesting to people, but again, major no-go area.
Oh, and on the job-killing regulations, consider how the government is trying to put moms who earn money caring for others' children in their homes out of business. As I blogged previously:
Mothers have taken care of other mothers' children throughout human history, usually without death or horrible things happening. There should be no reason why a mother cannot be the judge of whether the person she wishes to leave her child with is a safe bet, rather than having the state intervene.
This regulation also keeps poor women who are mothers from having an income by taking in children and caring for them. Again, women have done this throughout human history. Yes, there's always a chance a child will be injured -- maybe in the parent's own home. But a child can still be injured in that *perfectly regulated* hothouse of government regulation. Regulation is mostly keeping the childcare "industry" safe from those who'd like to enter without going to college and jumping through 26 hoops.
For too many alleged civic leaders -- the vital security zone is the central downtown area that is a smiley suburban playground.....for everyone else -- good luck and remember that police response time is not all that good.
I received 3 of these tickets in less than 1 month! I understand being pulled over by a real human police officer so when he/she asks why I was speeding I can give a reason or use an FOP card, or maybe the officer would even let me go with a warning.
New evidence of police violations against protesters emerges, and regional authorities take aim at Alexei Navalny's campaign offices.
Conditions for people detained at anti-corruption protests have been poor. Image: Polina Kostyleva.
We continue our partnership with OVD-Info, an NGO that monitors politically-motivated arrests in Russia. Every Friday, we bring you the latest information on freedom of assembly.
have collected and analysed a large
of reports of violations by Russian
police officers at anti-corruption
rallies held on 12 June. Now we are able to say with certainty there
have been 109 violations. Police officers exceeded the permitted time
for administrative detention, wrote official reports with numerous
mistakes, and did not allow lawyers to visit those detained. In one
of the St Petersburg police stations, a detainee contracted pneumonia
after spending the night in a cold cell. This was despite the fact
that he had warned the police officers he was in poor health and
should not get cold. The list of violations with legal commentaries
can be seen here.
week a number of individuals requested political asylum abroad.
Krasnodar artists Lusiney Dzhanyan and Aleksei Knedlyakovsky
in Sweden. The artists said that their telephones had been tapped,
and in 2013 Dzhanyan was dismissed from Krasnodar University of
Culture for supporting Pussy Riot and exhibiting in a gallery owned
by Marat Gelman. But it’s not only those who create modern art who
can fall victim to persecution. Children’s drawings in chalk can
also evoke the dissatisfaction of the authorities. Mikhail Petrov, a
martial arts trainer from Pskov, has left
Russia because he feared persecution by the authorities. It is
thought the authorities’ interest in the trainer was related to the
fact that he and his students had drawn anti-military drawings on the
walls of buildings belonging to a military air assault division. He
Navalny continue to be persecuted. In the
town of Cherepovets,
writer and journalist Elena Kolyadina was dismissed
by the newspaper Golos
for giving a lecture to staff of Navalny’s local election campaign
office. In the
Siberian city of Barnaul,
the coordinator of the campaign office was injured
with a knife, while earlier someone set fire to one of the office’s
In Vladimir, the local branch of the Russian Television and Radio
Broadcasting Network asked its chief engineer to resign
because he had headed Navalny’s local campaign office. Meanwhile,
in Rostov-on-Don a car belonging to the head of Navalny’s office
with paint and its tyres were punctured.
Investigative Committee completed
into one more defendant in the “26 March case”. Dmitry Krepkin is
charged with using force against a police officer during the
anti-corruption protest in Moscow. Krepkin
at the emergency medical centre recorded bruising all over his body.
He had been struck at least six times.
pre-trial detention of mathematician Dmitry Bogatov was extended
until 31 August. Bogatov has been charged with incitement to riot on
the grounds that he had posted appeals on the SysAdmins.ru forum to
go out on to Red Square on 2 April 2017 under the pseudonym of “Airat
Bashirov”. The appeals were sent from Bogatov’s IP address.
However, since Bogatov operates a Tor exit node, any user could have
posted the materials using his IP.
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For more information on OVD-Info, read this article from the organisation's founder on how OVD is breaking the civil society mould here.
Here are the towns where it’s dangerous to be gay in Russia. A culture of silence and a law “against propaganda” are keeping them that way. Русский
An LGBT pride parade in St Petersburg, 2014. Photo CC BY-NC-ND 2.0: Maria Komarova / Flickr. Some rights reserved.
It’s become a tradition across the globe to celebrate LGBT Pride in the last days of June. Usually, such events are held on the weekend closest to the 28 June, as it was on that day that the modern LGBT movement in the USA began in earnest. It was an initiative that inspired strategies and tactics of human rights advocacy in many other countries. Although it takes different forms across the world, LGBT pride raises issues of freedom of expression, human rights, and healthcare for LGBT people. In some cities Europe and the USA it has turned into something of a commercial event or cultural festival for the wider public. In other locations, LGBT people march under the threat of police brutality.
In Russia, the first LGBT pride march was held in 1991 on the square before Moscow’s Bolshoi theatre as part of the Soviet Union’s first LGBT festival. The more modern history of LGBT parades in Russia began in 2006 when LGBT activist Nikolay Alekseyev attempted to officially organise a pride march in Moscow. Years passed, and the city authorities still haven’t found the guts to permit a march for LGBT human rights through the capital’s streets and provide security for its participants. However, other banned marches have been successfully challenged in the European Court for Human Rights and Alekseyev has generated support in other regions of the country. He and his colleagues have applied for permission to hold pride marches in Blagoveshchensk, Cherkessk, Cherepovets, Kazan, and Nizhny Tagil among many other cities across Russia, though they have always been rejected and sued city governments in response. A notable exception came in 2013, when the governor of St Petersburg did not forbid the city’s LGBT pride parade, although it did encounter violently homophobic protesters who tried to obstruct the march.
The metrics of hatred
In fact, these violent far-right groups keep close tabs on LGBT activists in Russia and the events they hold – or try to. While the government fights some homophobic campaigners and inciters of hatred, it supports others. After all, instigating violence against LGBT people is essentially the Russian state’s official policy towards sexuality. For example, the 2013 law banning “propaganda” of “non-traditional sexual orientations” sparked a wave of hatred against LGBT people across the country. As we discovered from court decisions last year, after the “propaganda” bill was signed into law, the number of hate crimes against lesbians and gay men doubled.
In 2012, we found 33 examples of such hate crimes, while 2013 saw 50 hate crimes against LGBT citizens. By 2015 there were 65. We registered not only a common rise of LGBT hate crimes, but also the rise of homicides: following the enactment of the “propaganda” bill, there were more and more murders of people simply for being LGBT.
The growth in hate crimes against LGBT people across Russia. Image courtesy of the authors.
Of course, these are only the recorded crimes – many LGBT people may not dare approach the authorities after harassment, humiliation, or worse. These data are based on official court statistics, though we had to dig through the results ourselves. Nobody officially collects information on violence against LGBT people in Russia. On the contrary, the authorities pretend that nothing is happening. This attitude sometimes reaches absurd extremes when government officials claim that LGBT citizens simply do not exist.
After facts came to light about the systematic torture of gay men at secret detention camps in Chechnya, the republic’s press secretary immediately retorted that “you cannot repress those who are not and cannot be here in the Chechen Republic.” Despite the justified focus on Chechnya, these claims are hardly specific to one culture or region within the Russian Federation – officials in other regions speak in much the same manner. For example, the mayor of Svetogorsk in Leningrad Region declared his city “free from gays.” He subsequently argued that LGBT issues and rights are irrelevant there, neither an LGBT community nor LGBT people exist in the small city.
This imagined absence of LGBT people constitutes an active policy of silencing and excluding some citizens from the wider national community on the grounds of their sexuality
This imagined absence of LGBT people constitutes an active policy of silencing and excluding some citizens from the wider national community on the grounds of their sexuality. These comments certainly reinforce existing prejudices and reproduce violence against vulnerable groups. But what is the real picture? Let’s say that the authorities of a Russian city actually permitted an LGBT march to go ahead? Would these violent protectors of a false morality then take to the streets to fight those marching, to stop their fellow citizens expressing their point of view and standing up for their rights?
It depends on where you are. In other words, how dangerous is it to be gay in different Russian cities?
A “sexual stratification” of Russian cities
Media doesn’t simply inform society about current affairs; it also provides frames for understanding social problems, rendering some topics more important than others by virtue of generating discussion around them. Violence against LGBT people may be a key cause for concern in the human rights movement, but that urgency is lost in public discussions.
But media can also remedy societies from oblivion by sharing stories which are otherwise forgotten or ignored, and spark positive change. For example, the murder of gay teen Matthew Sheppard was one of the most publicised hate crimes in the US history. The furore in the press eventually led to changes in hate crime law.
One of the effects of Russia’s “propaganda” law was not simply the rise in violence against LGBT people. It also led to more frequent ewspaper publications on LGBT topics, hence public discussion on a topic which still remains taboo for many people. This was not entirely what legislators intended. We benefitted from this situation by researching the details and contexts of violence against LGBT in Russia as they were reported in media. The Sexuality Lab studied almost 4,500 media publications about violence against LGBT people in Russia between 2011 and 2016. We categorised all newspaper articles in accordance with the sexuality of the victims reported and the locations of crimes committed. All cities were then classified by population, making it possible for us to calculate an index of safety for every urban settlement.
The data reveal that the most dangerous places for LGBT people are villages in the countryside and small towns with a population below 100,000: they are characterised by the highest rates of violence against LGBT people per 1,000 persons. The safest locations are the largest cities (Moscow and St Petersburg): despite the greater number of crimes against LGBT in these cities, their relative indexes are actually the lowest. This can be explained by understanding the circumstances of these hate crimes.
Statistically, a gay person is safer in St Petersburg than in a smaller city like Nizhnevartovsk
Very often, hate crimes are committed as soon as perpetrators learn about the victim’s sexuality, which is usually revealed in a conversation in a private space over a drink or meal. These social gatherings occur more frequently in smaller settlements, because that way of life is simply more common there: there are fewer bars to go to, fewer crowds to blend into, and more free time to kill. People drink alcohol and talk about their personal lives as there’s no other way to spend one’s spare time. Alhough many people in Russia actually do not give a damn about LGBT issues, some still react violently to a person’s coming out – and such reactions are more common in smaller towns and cities.
The graph below shows incidents of violence against LGBT people in different towns and cities of Russia. We compare capital cities, big cities (of 500,000 people and above) and smaller cities (of between 100-500,000 people). This graph shows that the smaller a city, the bigger the probability of violence against LGBT people. Statistically, a gay person is safer in St Petersburg than in a smaller city like Nizhnevartovsk. This could explain why the mayor of Svetlogorsk thinks there are no gay men in his town – anybody with half a mind in that position would leave the place as soon as they felt threatened.
Violence and hate crimes against LGBT people across Russia, by city size. Image courtesy of the author.
These results aren’t surprising; they just prove once again that homophobia is on the rise in Russia and that hate crimes are supported in its remote regions. We have based our claims on a survey of media publications, which limits the whole picture only to material in the public domain. As a result, there will be many hate crimes which went unreported, and some remote regions not covered in our media survey. However, it is no exaggeration to say that there are parts of the country which are simply not safe for LGBT citizens.
One of the ways to protect oneself is to keep silent about one’s sexuality, concealing it from the public in order not to become a victim of violence. So this secrecy around the existence of homosexuals is reinforced not only by political decisions, but also by individual moves as many LGBT people opt to hide their sexuality. While their response contributes to a culture of silence, they cannot and must not be blamed for it – simply put, they fear for their lives.
The LGBT pride parades pursue a radically different approach: a public and full-throated political demand to recognise that LGBT people exist. Do our data confirm that Russian cities are not ready to host such events on their territories? If our goal is to fight the silence, the data show exactly the contrary: as long as anybody suffers and is killed because of their sexuality, it is important to shout at the top of our voices to try and stop the murders and political climate in which they are tacitly tolerated. Human rights marches across towns and cities of all sizes are one way of articulating this; a means to make violence visible and demand that it stop.
A man dressed as a medical worker opens fire inside a New York hospital, killing at least one person and wounding others before being found dead by police in a burst of violence that appeared to be "workplace-related", officials said.
By Andrew West and Jeff Dunetz In Sweden, the Muslim refugee crisis has been an absolute nightmare. Lawlessness and violence are the new norms in areas that are heavily populated with these middle eastern refugees, and the Swedish police are having difficulties maintaining law and order in the otherwise tranquil nation. Sweden’s recent population growth is without […]
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An international drug syndicate used drones to conduct counter-surveillance on police before seven members were arrested in Melbourne over a $30 million shipment of cocaine from Panama, authorities say.
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A make-shift memorial with balloons, notes, flowers and other items is visited at the San Antonio Police headquarters, Friday, June 30, 2017, in San Antonio. Two San Antonio police officers were critically wounded and a suspect was killed in a…
A make-shift memorial with balloons, notes, flowers and other items is visited at the San Antonio Police headquarters, Friday, June 30, 2017, in San Antonio. Two San Antonio police officers were critically wounded and a suspect was killed in a…
Tony Alameda, left, prays after placing flowers at a make-shift memorial at the San Antonio Police headquarters, Friday, June 30, 2017, in San Antonio. Two San Antonio police officers were wounded critically and a suspect was killed in a shootout…
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Anthony Murgio, 33, of Tampa, Florida, has been sentenced to five and a half years in prison for running a Bitcoin exchange connected to hackers. The exchange was used to launder more than $10 million worth of funds, authorities reported.
Both Murgio and Yuri Lebedev, 39, of St. John’s, Florida, operated Coin.mx through a fraudulent company called “Collectables Club.” According to the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York, the illegal Bitcoin exchange used the firm’s misleading name to open financial accounts at banks pretending to be a “members-only association of individuals who discussed, bought, and sold collectible items and memorabilia.” Murgio and Lebedev, along with other co-conspirators, violated bank and credit card company rules and regulations by “deliberately misidentifying and miscoding Coin.mx customers’ credit and debit card transactions.”
“Lies conceived and deployed by Murgio permeated every aspect of Coin.mx’s operation, including its use of front companies, like Collectables Club and Currency Enthusiasts, to try to conceal the illicit nature of the operation,” the Department of Justice stated in its sentencing submission.
On January 9, Murgio pled guilty to three counts regarding operating Coin.mx, which processed over $10 million worth of illegal Bitcoin transactions. Murgio ran the Bitcoin exchange between October 2013 and July 2015 for Gery Shalon, 33, an Israeli citizen who was responsible for hacking at least nine companies, including JPMorgan Chase, E-Trade Financial Corporation and Dow Jones. Coin.mx sold bitcoins that came from illegal online transactions, such as victim payments to ransomware attackers who sought to launder the cryptocurrencies clean.
“I screwed up badly and made serious mistakes and misjudgments,” Murgio said, showing remorse, to U.S. District Judge Alison J. Nathan at his sentencing.
Shalon, along with Ziv Orenstein, 42, compromised data on approximately 76 million household customers and 7 million businesses by hacking the nine companies. U.S. officials described their operation as a “diversified criminal conglomerate” responsible for the largest theft of valuable information from a U.S. bank. The compromised data included the names of customers, along with email addresses and phone numbers. Authorities collected evidence stating that Murgio exchanged cash for the bitcoins of Shalon’s criminal gang. Israeli police arrested Shalon and Orenstein in July 2015, and they were extradited to the United States in June 2016. Both are facing serious charges, including aggravated identity theft, wire fraud and money laundering.
“Mr. Murgio led an effort based on ambition and greed,” and constructed on a “pyramid of lies,” Judge Nathan said during the sentencing hearing at the Manhattan federal court.
On March 17, a Manhattan jury found Lebedev and his co-conspirator Trevon Gross, 52, of New Jersey, guilty of charges connected to a bribery scheme in an attempt to hide the illegal activities of Coin.mx from financial institutes and regulators. Both of the defendants are facing a maximum sentence of 30 years in prison. Judge Nathan scheduled the sentencing hearing of Lebedev and Gross for July 20, 2017.
Murgio’s father, Michael Murgio, 66, was also involved in the Coin.mx case. In October, the father plead guilty to “making a false statement to the National Credit Union Administration on behalf of his son.” By making a plea deal, Michael Murgio managed to avoid additional charges in the case, including “conspiracy to make corrupt payments with intent to influence an officer of a financial institution and making corrupt payments.” Judge Nathan sentenced the elder Murgio to one year of probation along with a $12,000 fine.
The FBI arrested both Lebedev and Murgio on July 23, 2015, for “running an unlicensed bitcoin exchange with the goal of helping individuals launder money.”
Despite the prosecution’s request for 10 to 12 years and seven months behind bars, the Manhattan federal court sentenced Murgio to five and a half years in prison. According to Reuters, Judge Nathan considered Murgio’s “generosity to friends and support to his family” and imposed a prison sentence half as long as the prosecutor recommended.
Judge Nathan has scheduled a hearing on September 1 to decide on the amount of fines, forfeiture and restitution Murgio has to pay to the state. The operator of the illegal Bitcoin exchange remains free on bail.
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An ethical hacker breached the database of a phony darknet website offering hitman services and leaked the data. The information from the data dump helped the FBI in their investigation of a man who murdered his wife.
In November 2016, Stephen Carl Allwine, 47, of Cottage Grove, Minnesota, killed his wife in “one of the most bizarre cases ever seen,” police officers reported. The husband tried to mask the murder as a suicide, including putting a 9 mm pistol next to Amy Allwine’s elbow. However, detectives arriving on the scene identified the case as murder and collected evidence — mostly electronic devices, such as computers — belonging to Mr. Allwine. Later on, in January, investigators arrested and charged Mr. Allwine with second-degree murder based on the forensic evaluation of the confiscated electronic equipment.
In May 2016, a hacker called “bRpsd” breached the database of a controversial hitman service offered on a darknet website. The service, “Besa Mafia,” offered a link between customers and hitmen, who could register on the site anonymously. The price for a murder ranged between $5,000 and $200,000, but clients seeking to avoid fatalities could also hire a contractor to beat up a victim for $500 or set somebody’s car on fire for $1,000.
The hacker uploaded the data dump to a public internet website. The leaked files contained user accounts, email addresses, personal messages between the Besa Mafia admin and its customers, “hit” orders and a folder named “victims,” providing additional information on the targets.
The breach highlighted the fake nature of the website, which operated only to collect money from the customers. Chris Monteiro, an independent researcher who also hacked into the site, stated the owner or owners of Besa Mafia had made at least 50 bitcoins ($127,500 based on the current value of the cryptocurrency) from the scam operation.
According to a message posted by a Besa Mafia administrator and uncovered in the dump, “[T]his website is to scam criminals of their money. We report them for 2 reasons: to stop murder, this is moral and right; to avoid being charged with conspiracy to murder or association to murder, if we get caught.”
The leak of the Besa Mafia database helped the police investigating the murder of Mrs. Allwine. As the officers analyzed her husband’s devices, they discovered the suspect had accessed the dark web as early as 2014. Furthermore, investigators identified the pseudonym Mr. Allwine used on the darknet, “dogdaygod,” which was also linked to his email, “firstname.lastname@example.org,” in some cases. Detectives found bitcoin addresses in the conversations between Besa Mafia and Mr. Allwine, which linked the husband directly to the “dogdaygod” pseudonym, providing authorities with necessary evidence for the case.
Eventually, law enforcement agents analyzed the data dump bRpsd leaked and discovered Mr. Allwine’s email in the list. In addition, investigators found messages between the suspect and the Besa Mafia admin. According to a criminal complaint, Mr. Allwine paid between $10,000 to $15,000 to the supposed hitman service to kill his wife. The complaint detailed how Mr. Allwine had decided to have the hitman shoot Mrs. Allwine at close range and burn down the house afterward.
However, once the funds were transferred, the Besa Mafia communicator told Mr. Allwine that “local police [have] stopped the hitman [from] driving a stolen vehicle and taken [him] to jail prior to the hit,” thus rendering him unable to complete his “service.” The complaint cited Sergeant McAlister who reported that during that time, “no one was apprehended in Minnesota and western Wisconsin in a stolen vehicle and possession of a gun.”
It is likely that the ethical hacker’s data breach had an impact on Mr. Allwine’s case; on March 24, 2017, the Washington County District Court charged him with first-degree murder. In addition, officers have gathered more evidence in the case — a drug called scopolamine was discovered at 45 times higher than the recommended level in Mrs. Allwine’s body. Investigators subsequently discovered that her husband had also ordered the substance on the dark web.
The attorney for the woman whose husband was killed in a fatal crash with Venus Williams announced Friday that the family will file a lawsuit against the tennis star. He is asking that police turn over evidence from the crash, which took place June 9 in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida, and resulted in the death of Jerome Barson, a 78-year-old who was listed as a tennis professional on his death certificate."At this point, we are [...]
Global Intravenous Immunoglobulin (IVIG) Market (Applications and Geography) - Size, Share, Global Trends, Company Profiles, Demand, Insights, Analysis, Research, Report, Opportunities, Segmentation and Forecast, 2012 - 2020
Portland, OR -- (ReleaseWire) -- 09/02/2014 -- IVIG is a blood product which is administered in the body through veins. These are used in the treatment of three major categories of diseases, namely immune diseases, autoimmune diseases and acute infections. These are administered in patients to maintain an optimum level of antibodies so as to upgrade immunity or avoid infections. The factors driving this market are increasing number of patients with bleeding disorders, autoimmune diseases and asthma, increasing awareness and expenditure on health products and technological developments. The resulting side effects with the use of intravenous immunoglobulin such as venous thrombosis, dermatitis and acute kidney disorders and high cost involved in treatment are restraining the growth of this market. The introduction of improved therapies for the treatment of these diseases would provide opportunity for growth of this market.
GLOBAL INTRAVENOUS IMMUNOGLOBULIN (IVIG) APPLICATION MARKET ANALYSIS
On the basis of application, this market can be classified into neurology, haematology, dermatology, nephrology and ophthalmology. Among all areas where intravenous immunoglobulin is used, its application is maximum in heamatology. This is due to the increasing number of people with bleeding disorders.
INTRAVENOUS IMMUNOGLOBULIN (IVIG) GEOGRAPHY MARKET ANALYSIS
On the basis of geography, this market can be classified into North America, Europe, Asia-Pacific and rest of the world (RoW). Presently, North America is the major contributor to the market of IVIG followed by Europe. This is due to increasing number of people suffering from autoimmune diseases.
The major players in this market are Biotest AG, Octapharma AG, CSL, Baxter International, Inc., Bharat Serums and Vaccines Ltd., Talecris, Grifols S.A., OMRIX Biopharmaceuticals Ltd, and Kedrion Biopharma. The companies in the report are seeking approval as a strategy for the commercialization of their in the pipeline drugs. Therefore, the companies are adopting approval and clearance as key developmental strategies.
HIGH LEVEL ANALYSIS
The Intravenous Immunoglobulin (IVIG) market is an emerging field of therapeutics. The market is facing challenges due to stringent regulations. However, these regulations are strategically dealt in this report and more emphasis is given on the commercial polices available for the Intravenous Immunoglobulin (IVIG) Market. The clinical trials conducted for the development of novel therapies are critically analyzed so that key players competing in this market can take strategic decisions. . The market dynamics show that the impact of drivers is more in the market compared to the restraints.
- The estimations in the report are made by considering present market scenario and future market potential for the period of 2014-2020
- Key developmental strategies adopted by top market players engaged in this business are described so that companies involved in development of intravenous immunoglobulin (IVIG) can get competitive intelligence about their competitors
- Market estimation for geographic segments is derived from current market scenarios and forecasted market trends.
- Market attractiveness analysis has been included for geographic regions with detailed analysis of factors responsible for rapid growth of the market segments
- In-depth analysis of market drivers, restraints and opportunities of the market is dealt in the report.
This week Erin and Bryan are at odds with the youth of America and aren't feeling too apologetic about it...the children gotta learn! And while the San Jose Police Department jumped on the anti-gay bandwagon by secretly conducting sting operations that single out gay men, Donald Trump has been delighting the nation with his world class, shakespearean thoughts on workplace sexual harassment. Also, host, television personality and all around goddess Nina Parker is here to talk about the Kardashian hustle, her early days at TMZ and missing the Obamas.
Bryan tells us all about his bestie CeCe Penningston, and doing stand up in front of a sea of gays while Erin shares her yearly 4th of July plans which just involve leaving the country. Also, Oak Lawn in Dallas Texas is getting no help from the police after an increasing amount of Gay Hate Crimes have been committed and summer blockbusters have just become a dickfest, where the women at?
Watched Haider. Liked it a lot. But it certainly isn't Vishal Bhardwaj's best as some reviewers have suggested. It wasn't a masterpiece like Maqbool and Blue Umbrella were. It had its problems. And the problems weren't fundamental, but cosmetic. Which makes the problems all the more annoying.
It seemed like Michaelangelo's David wearing underwear because its creator didn't want some people to blush. Or the Mona Lisa with eyebrows penciled on at the last minute because Leonardo didn't want to deal with "but where are the eyebrows?" questions.
You can see that there was a masterpiece hidden in there, but was robbed of its true form due to lack of total conviction or concerns about propriety. Ironically, it seems like Vishal had his own "to be or not to be" struggle about how much to push the envelope. And ended up undermining the end product. Not too much, but just enough to make it fall short of greatness.
Here are some disjointed thoughts about the movie.
1) The "Anti-Army" charges
Many self-proclaimed nationalists on Twitter have been bashing the film as being "anti-army". Haider isn't nearly as anti-army as Maqbool was "anti-police". Vishal cast two corrupt police officers in the role of the witches from Macbeth, and gave them a lot more mischief to do. Heck, Haider isn't even as anti-army as Hum Aapke Hai Koun is "anti-stairs" because if not for those damn stairs, Pooja would've been alive and Nisha and Prem would've gotten married without Tuffy having to exert himself.
A lot of this "nationalist" outrage against Haider is a by-product of the mass delusion that most Indians have willingly been a part of and ardently sought to perpetuate. The delusion that the idea of India is more inclusive and benign than it actually is. That if some folks in Kashmir or in the North-East don't consider themselves Indian, it's just stupid, their fault, and totally the handiwork of Pakistan and/or China. And....most importantly....that our army can do no wrong. It can't do anything dishonorable or horrible.
But our army sometimes.....often.... does dishonorable or horrible things. Mostly because as Shivam Vij explains, that's the army's job in situations like 1990s Kashmir.
If you watch the movie without having this naive hyper-nationalized romanticized notion of what the Indian army is, Haider actually seems to go somewhat out of its way to be respectful to the army and justify its perceived excesses. When a home is blown up, it is because a bonafide terrorist really is hiding in it. People are are tortured either are or are strongly suspected of being terrorists trained by Pakistan. And if innocent people are being incarcerated or killed, it's not the army's fault. It is due to misinformation from the conniving two-faced Ikhwan types.
2) Excessive Soapbox Usage
Vishal has so far occupied a level higher than other Indian directors because of how nuanced, layered, and yet powerful his scripts are. You're not hit over the head with blatant exposition of irony, tragedy, or even humor.
Haider was a bit too "speechy". And I don't mean the soliloquies that Hamlet is famous for. In fact most of those were excised. I mean speechy in the sense that Vishal and Basharat Peer seeme to be almost compelled to give us a preachy soapbox exposition of almost every political perspective in the Kashmir issue.
So you have the speech about Nehru's betrayal, and the speech about Kashmiri Pandits, and the speech about how violence isn't the answer, and the speech about how "azadi" is synonymous with joining Pakistan, and the speech about.......about about about......
To make matters worse, not only were the speeches utterly banal, but they also served as speed-breakers in the narrative. They were less Vishal Bhardwaj and more Mani Ratnam or Aaron Sorkin.
The most poignant points about the whole issue were actually made in several vintage Vishal scenes, either sub-textually or organically. The chutzpah-AFSPA dialog for instance or the scene in which Basharat himself has a cameo.
All those soapbox scenes, the movie could have done without. I couldn't help but feel that they were there for Vishal to hedge politically. Every one of those scenes was meant to mollify or assuage one of the stakeholders in the Kashmir issue. It's like Vishal had a checklist and wanted to make sure everyone got their spiel in and nobody felt left-out. The end result ironically is that you will find several Indian nationalists, Pakistanis, pro-freedom Kashmiris, Kashmiri Pandits, and so on who think the movie is unfair to their perspective.
3) Shahid Kapoor
Shahid put in a solid effort. He tried hard and stretched himself to the maximum. But it simply wasn't good enough. Especially in the second half when Hamlet in the play really comes into his element, Shahid Kapoor seemed instead to be channeling Sridevi from Sadma.
The movie would've been better served by casting not Shahid, but an actor who won accolades for playing a guy named Shahid - Rajkumar Rao. At several points in the movie when Shahid's earnest but inadequate emoting was making me cringe, I closed my eyes and tried to imagine Rajkumar Rao in the same scene.
I don't agree with Raj Thackeray's stance against immigrants from UP and Bihar. I can sort of, kind of, see where he is coming from, but I don't agree with the conclusion. And I find his forcible and occasionally violent methods to have his way (especially against powerless shopkeepers and job applicants) abhorrent.
However, as a Marathi person, I find the gap between what he says in Marathi and what is reported in the national media to be suspiciously wide. There are two problems. First, they wrongly translate a lot of what he says. Second, they seem to pick and choose the most provocative bits that can be spun into an attention-grabbing soundbite. I have written about the dangers of this phenomenon before.
Today Raj Thackeray led a rally to Azad Maidan (without permission from the police top brass) as a protest against the August 11 incident. He gave a speech there. Again, I marveled at the difference between what he was saying and what the national media was reporting he was saying.
So I had an idea. I have translated PuLa Deshpande's work before. Surely I can translate a speech. So here it is, the speech in Marathi, and then, what I think is an objective, unbiased, and direct translation in English. This is not an endorsement of what he said. Just a translation for illustrative purposes. I agree with some parts, and disagree with some. I'll leave you to judge it for yourself.
Note - I am translating it in a bit of a hurry. So please forgive any typos or inadvertent grammatical errors.
When it's an institution from Maharashtra, be it a police department, a media company, or anything else.... even just a person from Maharashtra....we should demonstrate the strength to ensure that no one ever looks askance at them again with the intention of harming them.
For the last two days, this has been going on... police officials come to me and ask, how will you take the rally from Girgaum chaupatty? I told them we'll walk.
Then they're like, you can't go from here, you can't go from there...all these efforts at putting obstacles in our way have been spearheaded by Police Commissioner Arup Patnaik. I found out the other day..... in fact a few police officials told me this...that they'll try to stop our cars, and try other things to stop us. I called the Chief Minister right away, and asked him, what is this? What happens or doesn't happen (at the rally) is something we can deal with later. But can't we express our protest in a democratic way with a rally?
Why stop us at every point? I assured them at our rally will be a peaceful one, and they still refused us permission for it? And they had no problems giving permission for that Raza Academy rally? But here we are, with a rally to protest what happened the other day right here, and they refuse us permission?
Then there's (Home Minister) R.R. Patil who says - we won't spare anyone who threatens the law and order of the city. Really? So what happened that day? Was his tail between his legs?
The other day he calls up (MNS MLA from Mumbai) Bala Nandgaonkar and says, "What could I do? What was I supposed to do? Was I supposed to take a big stick and stand there?"
There is this one boundary line....one border....one line that cannot be crossed. I have never crossed that line, and will never cross that line. Never raise your hands against the police.
(crowd applauds and cheers)
If you demoralize the police to such an extent, then where will the common man go with his problems? Where will he go? If this keeps happening, tomorrow even the police will say "we don't want to get involved here, do whatever you want".
Is this how a state is run? And this Police Commissioner Arup Patnaik. The cops caught the guilty people. And what does he say to the DCP who arrested the guilty people? He says, "You bastard, let them go!" He tells him to let the criminals go!
Our policewomen sisters were tormented here... they were pulled aside and beaten up and molested......all these guys, our Marathi police constables, were getting beaten up... and they weren't getting any orders?
Oh, and these (police head honchos) knew everything from the beginning. They knew that there were trains full of these goons coming for the rally. And they had choppers, and rods and everything else... tell me, are there ever any rocks lying around here (in Azad Maidan)? Where did the rocks come from?
These people had advance warning of all these facts, and they still ignored them. And they refuse permission for my peaceful rally? The other day, when some police officials came to meet me, I told them. I told them that the 11th August rally at least had targets. That mob knew that it was supposed to target the police and the media.
Who do we want to target (in this rally)? I have already declared our targets. Arup Patnaik, resign! R.R. Patil, resign! I declared this in the beginning itself.
We have not come here to destroy cars or set something on fire. We don't even wish to do all that. Even if we were to, whose cars would we destroy and whose property would we set on fire? Our own? Those belonging to our citizens from Mumbai and Maharashtra? This rally isn't for such purposes.
But how else are we supposed to express our anger? They won't let us express our anger at whatever happened. And they say, please respect democracy. This is democracy?
Go and look at the track record of Raza Academy and its rallies. A few years ago, this same Raza Academy had a rally in Bhiwandi. This bhadva (translates to 'pimp' but pimp doesn't have the same punch :)) Abu Asim Azmi went to that rally. He gave a speech there, that too an inflammatory speech. And they're sending me notices - "don't make inflammatory speeches". That Abu Azmi went there, made an inflammatory speech in Bhiwandi. You know what happened next?
The mob killed two police constables by bashing their heads in with big rocks. Then they cut off their private parts and threw their corpses into burning buses..... the government had no problems with that. And they refuse me permission for a rally?
Whoever came here (on 11t August) had no connection with Maharashtra. They all came from outside Maharashtra.
(crowd applauds and cheers)
After everything that went down here that day, this passport was found, a Bangladeshi passport...
(shows a Bangladeshi passport to the crowd)
This was found right here. Single entry passport (I assume he meant visa). Needed only to come into India. No intentions of going back, so it was thrown away here...
(throws it away)
There are countless such people coming into Maharashtra... they are all setting up their bases in Maharashtra. Tell me something....they say 'coincidence'....what coincidence?
In 1992 when the Babri Masjid was demolished, where was its retaliation felt instantly? In Mumbai! There was no violence anywhere else in the country (GS: this isn't true...there were riots in many other cities)...only in Mumbai! And when this incident happened during the rally on 11th August, its reaction happened in Lucknow in Uttar Pradesh. So something happens in Uttar Pradesh, there's a reaction in Mumbai, and something happens in Mumbai, there's a reaction in Uttar Pradesh. Doesn't India have any other states???
The reason is, all these people are coming here from there. All these Pakistanis and Bangladeshis who have infiltrated and set up bases in Uttar Pradesh and Bihar and Jharkhand, they're all coming here by the trainfuls. And the bases that they are setting up here in Mumbai, those are going to create trouble for us in the future.
Otherwise tell me, this Abu Azmi is elected from two different constituencies in Maharashtra. Two different constituencies? Should any politician from Maharashtra get elected from two different constituencies? He gets elected from two constituencies because all the people in those two constituencies have all come from outside, and they vote for him.
That day, it finally came to the police (couldn't understand the word he said here despite re-playing it many times, at 12:20)...then they had to do it. While doing that, the guy who died, Abu Azmi announced 1.5 lakh rupees for him. So why not for our policemen?
(crowd applauds and cheers)
Even the state government hasn't announced anything yet. No announcements from the state government that they are going to provide compensation for those who were hurt or troubled in those events. Nothing. Nope, just get beaten up.
Why didn't R.R. Patil speak up then? He threatens us.... anyway, what's the point in threatening us? It's almost time for us (and him...a pun) to leave now.
They don't think about anything that has already happened or what may happen. They don't do anything useful. Just get the cops beaten up. Anyone will come, drag our cops away, and beat them up?
The other day when they had that rally in Uttar Pradesh, rioted, destroyed property and all. The ones who did that were also all from outside - Pakistani Muslims and Bangladeshi Muslims. They all poured out into the streets. And what did they do? They defaced a statue of Gautam Buddha. Everyone saw it. Everyone saw pictures, saw it on TV.
Where is Mayawati? Where is that Ramdas Athavale? Where is R.S. Gavai? Where is Prakash Ambedkar? Why are they all silent? All they're obsessed with, as if possessed by a ghost, is Indu Mills Indu Mills Indu Mills Indu Mills. Don't they have anything else to do? What do they want to build in Indu Mills - a bungalow?
Why aren't they talking now? But no one will talk about these things now. They're not ready to utter a word. It's been so many days since the (11th August) incident. But there has been no statement about it from Ramdas Athavale. No statements from R.S. Gavai or Prakash Ambedkar or Mayawati, or anyone else. Nothing. Cat's got everyone's tongues.
This Mumbai Police Comissioner.....he has a "favorite" (that's the word he used) officer Dhoble. The other day, he takes a hockey stick and goes to that...what was that..juice center bar... juice center something...where did he go?
Yes, Amar Juice Center. Is that a place to take a hockey stick to? Take your wife, your kids, I can understand, but a hockey stick? He takes a hockey stick there and beats up innocent people with that hockey stick? And what's his defense? He found drugs there....then why didn't he shut it down?
And this idiot...Police Commissioner Arup Patnaik....what's his explanation? He says Dhoble was on his way to play hockey and stopped over at the juice center. Tomorrow, if someone has gone for his honeymoon. So will he just turn up there naked?
(crowd laughs and cheers)
So Patnaik will go out of his way to protect Dhoble! Because Dhoble is his "favorite". And here (in Azad Maidan) when cops were waiting for orders to tackle the mob.....if not firing, at least give us orders for a lathi charge.... at that time Patnaik had nothing to say. And when our police officers were catching the guilty culprits, Patnaik abuses the officers, calling them "bastards"? He is demoralizing cops to such an extent?
This won't be allowed to happen in Maharashtra anymore. I only want to say one thing to R.R. Patil and Arup Patnaik. Even if you have a little bit of shame left...even a minuscule amount of shame left.... then resign. If you have even the slightest bit of shame left.
For the last two days, some newspapers have been saying - "Raj Thackeray's Maharashtra Navnirman Sena is now moving towards Hindutva". Whoever raises his hands against a cop, whatever his religion, he should be bashed up wherever he is.
When my own party's MLA was bashed up....Harshavaradhan Jadhav.....is he here? When Harshavardhan was bashed up.... I gave the orders for him to be bashed up... would he have been bashed up otherwise? When I gave a speech at that time, I said the same thing. Harshavaradhan, no matter what happens, you DO NOT raise your hands against a policeman. Never raise your hands against a cop.
This has nothing to do with religion. All the constables who were here, all my policewomen sisters...the female cops... I consider them all my Marathi brothers and Marathi sisters. I have come out on the streets here for them.
The rally that day (11th August) was organized by Muslims and today I have organized a protest rally against it.... so immediately they're jumping to the conclusion that I am "moving towards Hindutva"? I only understand...this Raj Thackeray only understands one religion...and that is Maharashtra religion. I don't understand any religion except that one. No one dare cross this Maharashtra religion. No one dare think of harming it.
And today's rally is only to boost the morale of the police and to provide wholehearted support to the police. Along with them, we have people from the media here. Media vans were attacked, burnt, photographers were beaten up.... this rally is to express support for all of them too.
I thank you all for the tremendous response to this rally. If ever such events reoccur, we must stand together in strength like this.
When you're going back...all of you, when you're going back...keep in mind and make absolutely sure that you don't indulge in any sort of untoward activities. Go back in an orderly and peaceful manner to wherever you came from.
I hope that in the future whenever I call upon you, you will return with the same enthusiasm. And now I take your leave.
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After 14 hours of intense prayers and a massive operation by police and army for the safe return of San Fernando businessman Gregory Laing, he was set free by his captors in the Beetham Gardens last evening.
The T&T Guardian learned that Laing was released following the payment of a ransom and was picked up by the Anti-Kidnapping Unit (AKU) on the roadside around 5.05 pm. ACP Irwin Hackshaw said Laing was then taken to the Eric Williams Medical Science Complex in Mt Hope for a check-up. Investigators said he had minor bruises to the face and was to be interviewed and taken back to his home in St Joseph Village, San Fernando, last evening.
Up to last night, there was a large contingent of police and soldiers combing the Laventille and Beetham Garden districts searching for suspects.
Laing, 54, whose family owns the popular Puff N Stuff Bakery along Circular Road, Vistabella and the Trade Winds Hotel in St Joseph Village, was the latest of three south business owners to be kidnapped in recent years. Designer Kirby Mohammed and produce importer Caroline Katwaroo were both kidnapped 2015 while hair stylist Ria Sookdeo was taken in 2016. Those three victims were never found and ransoms were not demanded.
Yesterday around 3 am, police said Laing went to open the bakery so staff could begin preparations for the 6 am opening. Around 3.10 am, one of his employees arrived and saw his Mercedes Benz at the side of the building with a cell phone and a bunch of keys on the ground. One of his brothers reported to police that around 4 am he received a phone call from someone demanding a ransom of $270,000 for his safe return. The call was said to have originated from the Beetham Gardens area.
A party of officers from the San Fernando CID and Mon Repos Police Station, led by Insp Don Gajadhar, responded and statements were taken from a few people. Laing’s car was taken to the Mon Repos Police Station for processing. There were no CCTV cameras nearby and police said they were not able to get a description of possible suspects or the vehicle used in the kidnapping. They suspect he was held up at the business and taken away.
Following the kidnapping, DCP Harold Phillip called a meeting of senior officers, which included Snr Supt Boxhill, ASP Ajit Persad, Snr Supt Mohammed, Insp Gajadhar and officers from the Port-of-Spain Division, Southern Division, AKU and the T&T Defence Force.
There were several social media reports that Laing was found earlier in the day, but Hackshaw confirmed he was only found around 5.05 pm. He said police had aggressively pursued all leads in an effort to safely return Laing to his family. Relatives and staff declined to speak about his disappearance earlier in the day, saying it was at a sensitive stage. However, it was business as usual as the bakery remained open. San Fernando Mayor Junia Regrello, however, condemned the “reprehensible actions” by Laing’s kidnappers.
Regrello said while the city has mostly avoided the brunt of criminal activity in T&T, the kidnapping further galvanized the need for all citizens to take back the city. He called on citizens who may have information regarding the kidnapping to contact the San Fernando police and pass on any information.
“Mr Laing is one of San Fernando’s model business owners and is noted for providing employment to many of the citizens of San Fernando, while the charitable contributions of his company are a testament to Mr Laing’s dedication towards the city of San Fernando,” Regrello said.
Now that a deputy director of the Police Complaints Authority (PCA) was sworn in by President Anthony Carmona, head of the authority, David West, says the PCA is now fully constituted to initiate their independent investigations into incidents involving police officers and mentally ill patients.
Recently, public outrage sparked where two mentally ill patients were killed by police officers in separate incidents.
In March, mentally ill patient, Paul Marchan, 30, was shot and killed after he reportedly attacked a family member and tried to stab two police officers at Richplain, Diego Martin
Also, in May, mentally ill patient Miguel Rodriguez, 24, was fatally shot by an off-duty police officer during an altercation near a bar in Moruga.
The country’s first female deputy director of the PCA, Michelle Solomon-Baksh, received her instrument of appointment yesterday.
West, while being questioned by members of the media following the brief ceremony, said t since the resignation of the former deputy director in May, the authority was not fully constitutional and thus could not proceed with requests, investigations and recommendations.
West said with Solomon-Baksh now assuming the position, he will proceed to write to acting Commissioner of Police Stephen Williams and ask him to send reports of what transpired in the recent incidents.
“Retroactively, we will now start to initiate and look and see what has been done, audit and monitor the investigations,” West said.
He added that recommendations will also be made with regards to training police officers to deal with the mentally ill and handicapped.
“We are looking at other countries and what they do to train their officers and go along those lines. I have already been speaking to the acting commissioner of police about it and on the way forward,” West said.
West, in welcoming Solomon-Baksh on board, described her as an “excellent hardworker” and one in which her integrity is unquestionable.
The gruesome murders of 13-year-old Videsh Subar and his 56-year-old sitter Rose Mohammed have impacted on Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley, so much so that it has left him very disturbed and shaken.
Speaking at yesterday’s post-Cabinet media briefing, Rowley said he hoped the T&T Police Service can bring the perpetrators of the killings before the courts expeditiously.
The throats of Subar and Mohammed were slit by their killers at Mohammed’s Ajim Baksh Street, Malabar home on Wednesday during a home invasion.
Yesterday, Rowley said there were some new developments taking place in the country, some of which were not uplifting and disturbing.
“I am very, very shaken and disturbed with what happened in the East with that child and its guardian who were so brutally murdered, and it makes us wonder what kind of people we have become,” said Rowley, his voice dropping as he spoke.
Saying it is now standard practice that when violent and heinous crimes are committed there is a public demand that the Government do something about crime, Rowley said “that demand is understandable because people want to feel safe, people want to feel secure and people want to know that their families and their communities are protected from these things.”
The PM said the interventions by individuals who make a decision to carry out such activities “shock us all the time.” He said whatever the Government has in place, be it prison, police or court “we are always surprised by these kinds” of murders.
In extending condolences to the family of the victims, Rowley said just looking at the grief on television as a citizen, he was quite “shaken by this kind of thing and I trust that the law enforcement authorities would find the perpetrators of such heinous and disturbing action.”
Asked about the TTPS’ ineffectiveness in its battle against the criminal elements and he could do to fill the gap, Rowley replied, “That is one area where you do not have an alternative. There is no alternative but to keep working and improving the ability of law enforcement in the country. And law enforcement in our country under the Constitution is largely the Police Service.”
In the area of national security, Rowley disclosed that Cabinet took a decision not to pay $200 million to maintain for one year four of the country’s helicopters.
“This is a cost that has been negotiated downward I was told. US$34 million I was told. We just can’t afford that! If we can’t afford it then the helicopters would stay on the ground… much as we would like to have them in the air. If we have $200 million dollars, the question that arises is that the best way to spend $200 million in the fight against crime?”
He said selling the helicopters was one option the Government may look at.
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An uncle of murdered schoolboy Videsh Subar believes the men responsible for slitting his nephew’s throat and that of his neighbour Hafeeza Rose Mohammed should die a slow and painful death.
Speaking to the media at the Forensic Science Centre, St James, yesterday, Chandrakha Koon Koon said even if the men are held by police they should not bring them in alive.
“The boy’s mother is mad at the world right now. I believe no child should die like that and I wish they find the perpetrators and my wish is they don’t bring them in alive. I hope it comes through, this is really hard. This is a nightmare!” Koon Koon said.
He added: “I wish them a slow, slow death. Things like this does create criminals! If you know the kind of things going through my mind right now. I wish no parents would go through this.”
Koon Koon said Subar, an aspiring musician, was looking forward to his first trip abroad to Canada with the family. He said the tickets had already been bought for the August 4 departure. The only child to his parents Lennon and Veena, Subar played three instruments, the flute, maracas (chac chac) and the tassa drum and was a lover of parang music.
Koon Koon said the night before the incident he asked Subar to spend the night at a relative and was reflecting on whether he could have been more convincing. He added that his nephew would have been a great leader in the country.
According to the autopsy done by pathologist Dr. Valery Alexandrov, both Subar and Mohammed received “mirror wounds” to the neck spanning from ear to ear. The gash on Subar’s neck was so deep it cut one of his vertebrae. Both were bound and gagged using items in the home. Mohammed’s hands were bound with the cord of a telephone charger and her bra while her feet were bound with a bed sheet. Subar’s hands were bound with a shoe lace and his feet with a rubber chord. His mouth was taped with clear scotch tape.
Police said they received critical information on the case and are confident of an arrest. On Wednesday police said they suspected the killings were linked to a nearly decade-old robbery. But yesterday, they said checks to their records of eight years ago revealed no reports of a break-in at Mohammed’s Ajim Baskh Street, Malabar home.
A man in Deerfield Beach sought help at Delray Medical Center after he was shot during an altercation with another shooting victim who was wrestling for the suspect's gun, according to a Broward Sheriff's Office report.
Laquan Miller was arrested Thursday on a charge of attempted first-degree murder.
Deputies said Miller shot Willie Washington twice on the morning of June 22 at 216 NW First Terrace in Deerfield Beach.
Washington was found lying on the sidewalk with two life-threatening gunshot wounds, deputies said.
According to the report, a deputy was contacted by a member of the violent crimes unit to respond to the shooting. The deputy met with Washington at Broward Health North, where the victim was being treated.
Minutes later, Miller was dropped off at Delray Medical Center in Delray Beach. He gave a false name and stated that he shot himself, the report said. His involvement was unknown at the time.
During questioning, he told Delray Beach police officers his real identity and said that he had been shot during a physical altercation at a nearby park.
A few hours later, it was determined that Miller had a gun and shot Washington two times. As Washington fought back and struggled for the weapon, Miller was shot.
Deputies said that there was probable cause to charge Miller with attempted murder.
The men killed by police following a robbery at a Cunupia bar on Wednesday have been identified as friends Keiron Mitchell, 23, from Trincity and Desmond Samuel Francique, 26, of Las Lomas.
The two died at the Chaguanas Health Centre after they were involved in a shootout with police near the cemetery at Madras Road after robbing Harry’s NYC Bar.
The men robbed the bar around 1 pm, stealing around $2000 before fleeing in a white Nissan B13 motorcar. Police were alerted and after intercepting the car there was a shootout.
Relatives of Francique did not want to speak with the media when approached yesterday, but Mitchell’s relatives described him as being “harden”. Mitchell’s brother, L’Lron Alexander, was killed at his business, LA Mini Mart, at Back Street, Arouca, last month.
His relatives said he kept bad company and would follow Francique everywhere.
One relative claimed Mitchell was supposed to have gone with a friend on the robbery and the friend had a change of heart and decided not to go.
The relatives said they hope the death of the two men is a lesson to other criminals to change their source of income
Twenty days after University of Illinois graduate student Yingying Zhang disappeared from the Urbana-Champaign campus, her family called on the community Thursday to hold on to hope for her safe return.
"She's always a brave girl and she never easily gives up on anything," Zhang's boyfriend, Xiaolin Hou, told a crowd of well-wishers gathered at the school Thursday night.
"She never gives up as long as there's a glimmer of hope ... so we cannot give up either," he said.
Hou and members of Zhang's family led a procession of hundreds of well-wishers through the streets of the Urbana-Champaign campus Thursday night. They waved flags with her name on them and carried her picture as they chanted "let's find Yingying."
The family flew from China to the United States earlier this month to search for the 26-year-old visiting scholar. And they say they're not going home without her.
Zhang's father issued a plea earlier Thursday to those responsible for his daughter's disappearance: Let her go and I'll forgive you.
"The family hopes the kidnappers would not hurt her and know she is really well loved by family and friends," her father told CNN through a translator Thursday. "Let her go, let her come back as soon as possible."
Last seen June 9
Zhang had a yearlong position at the university's department of Natural Resources and Environmental Sciences. She graduated from Beijing's prestigious Peking University in 2016 with a master's degree in environmental engineering.
Zhang is 5 feet, 4 inches tall and weighs 110 pounds, the FBI said. She was last seen wearing a charcoal-colored baseball cap, a pink and white top, jeans and white tennis shoes. She carried a black backpack.
The last known sighting of Zhang was on the afternoon of June 9. Security camera footage shows her entering the passenger side of a black Saturn Astra hatchback that day.
University police said Zhang had just gotten off a public bus before the four-door hatchback approached her on the north end of the university campus. The FBI announced that investigators found the car on Tuesday, but provided no further details.
The FBI is treating the disappearance as a kidnapping, but campus police, in a recently released update, say they are calling it a missing persons case.
Support from around the world
Zhang is one of more than 300,000 Chinese students and scholars attending US universities. The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign is one of the most popular universities for Chinese students, with more than 5,600. They make up a sizable community both on campus and in the small town of 207,000.
Her disappearance has triggered widespread concern in China, with groups set up on messaging app WeChat to share information about the case.
A crowdfunding campaign set up to help Zhang's family with expenses as the search continues has raised more than three times its $30,000 goal, with many donors leaving messages of support in Chinese.
'Twenty days is a long time'
Her disappearance has struck a nerve on the Urbana-Champaign campus.
Supporters who joined Thursday's rally echoed her family's hopeful tone.
"I'm praying as I walk," said Champaign resident Donald Baker. "We're hoping we can bring her back home to her family and to this campus."
Another woman said she joined the rally to support Zhang's family. She has a daughter close to Zhang's age who travels internationally, and sometimes she doesn't hear from her for days, she said.
"It was important to me as Americans that we show love and care to this family," she said.
"I want to be optimistic that we will find her," she added. "Twenty days is a long time."
Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley yesterday defended his re-appointment of Marlene McDonald to his Cabinet. In fact, he said her return as Public Utilities Minister came at an opportune time.
However, Rowley assured that reassigning Fitzgerald Hinds as Minister in the Ministry of the Attorney General and Legal Affairs was not a demotion.
At the post-Cabinet media briefing at the Diplomatic Centre, St Ann’s, Rowley spoke about the impromptu Cabinet reshuffle—his second since assuming office in September 2015.
Asked if McDonald’s return was a way of expressing confidence in her, given the fact there were a series of allegations made against her which were investigated by the Integrity Commission, Rowley said it was a matter that needed to be looked at.
Having been elected as Port-of-Spain South MP in 2015, Rowley said McDonald was appointed to the Cabinet after serving as Opposition Chief Whip. In early 2015, he said “certain persons were making some very disturbing allegations against Miss McDonald.”
Last March, Mc Donald was fired from the Cabinet following media revelations that she had employed her common-law husband Michael Carew in her Port-of-Spain South constituency office. A report from Fixin T&T head Kirk Waithe stated he received information from Parliament which showed Carew and a director of the Calabar Foundation were employed at McDonald’s constituency office for five years, while Carew’s brother Lennox Carew still worked at the MP’s office.
McDonald’s common-law husband, who worked at the office from June 1, 2010 to September 7, 2015, had earned a salary of $13,400 for the full parliamentary term while Lennox began working in the office on March 1, 2011 and had been in receipt of $14,000.
But Rowley said it was the allegation of how McDonald conducted herself in the Ministry of Housing which forced him to ask her to remove herself as a minister so the Integrity Commission investigate. When the allegation surfaced, he said there was information “which persons were prosecuting to the point of persecuting about how she conducted herself in the Ministry of Housing. It was alleged that she was buying houses in the Ministry of Housing in other people’s names and they identified the names and individuals… and she had a relationship with and so on. That, was an area I found required the removal of Miss McDonald so to allow the investigation to take place.”
To the best of his knowledge, Rowley said investigations had taken place and the commission had indicated to Mc Donald that “they had found no basis to conclude that she had breached the Integrity in Public Life Act on this package of investigations and probably others. On that basis, I as Prime Minister have no difficulty in reappointing Miss McDonald in the Cabinet. Of course, that would displease some people who believe what pleases them should happen.”
Rowley said in the future if something else surfaces against McDonald he would deal with it.
Asked if Hinds’ shifting was a demotion, Rowley said he was “very versatile and is a tremendous asset to the Cabinet and Government.” This was Hinds’ second realignment by Rowley. He was first removed from the Ministry of Works and Transport and put to manage the Ministry of Public Utilities, which McDonald is now in charge of.
But the PM said Hinds has expertise in Constitutional and criminal law and as a former policeman, he was ideally suited to work in the AG’s office. He said, however, that Stuart Young will continue to hold the position as Minister in the Ministry of the AG and Legal Affairs as well.
Rowley said Government intended to have a very robust legislative programme in which Hinds will play an integral role.
Tired of being robbed, proprietor Yana Zeng is believed to have struggled with two men who held up her mini-mart on Tuesday night. For her resistance she was fatally shot by one of the bandits.
According to police reports, around 9 pm two men entered the N&N Mini-mart located at Cantaro Village, Upper Santa Cruz and and demanded cash from Zeng, 33 and her husband. When she resisted she was shot in the side. The men then ran out mini mart and escaped through a track.
Zeng was taken to the Eric Williams Medical Sciences Complex, Mt Hope, by Constables Collins and Nurse but was pronounced dead on arrival around 9.30 pm.
Gathered near the scene of the robbery and shooting on Tuesday night, residents said the business had moved to its current location after being robbed several times before. They added that Zeng, commonly called “Anna,” was a neighbourhood favourite. The neighbours lamented the deterioration of the community, recalling several shootings in the area prior to Tuesday’s incident.
The killing brought back memories of the double murder of Chinese nationals Shirui Zhao and Yangli Gu as they returned home after closing up business at the E World Club and Liquor Bank on June 15 in Marabella.
Video footage showed Zhao and Gu pulling into the parking area in front of the Kosume Bar at the corner of New Haven Avenue and John Street in Zhao’s black Toyota Corolla Altis. They lived in an apartment upstairs the bar with other Chinese nationals. As Gu opened the right passenger door to exit the car, two gunmen came from the right and began firing at the car. Gu had turned 29 years old on that day.
Announced back at the Google I/O 2017, Bluetooth streaming for the Google Home speaker is now rolling out to users of the device. Google hasn’t made an official announcement, but Android Police spotted the new feature lodged within the Home app’s device setting. The option becomes available with the new system firmware version 90387. Previously […]
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Venus Williams is being sued for breaking traffic laws in the build-up to a crash earlier this month that led to the death of a 78-year-old man, according to documents obtained by CNN's Chloe Melas, and transcribed by Jill Martin.
It's been reported Williams has been named in the lawsuit after Jerome Barson died from injuries suffered in the June 9 crash in Palm Beach County, Florida, when the car he was a passenger in collided with Williams' vehicle.
The documents, which were emailed to B/R, allege Venus "negligently operated or maintained the Toyota Sequoia so that she collided with a 2016 Hyundai Accent that was being operated by Linda Barson and occupied by her husband, Jerome Barson," per Martin.
The suit also says Williams failed to yield the right of way, failed to stop at a red light, failed to obey a traffic control device, failed to keep a proper lookout, failed to stop for oncoming traffic, was driving too fast for the conditions, drove carelessly and recklessly and was distracted while driving.
Barson died almost a fortnight after the crash having sustained a fractured spine as well as massive internal organ damage and internal bleeding.
The impact caused damaged to both vehicles, per the suit. The Hyundai was "crushed, the front windshield shattered, the airbags deployed, there was crush damage to the rear on the driver’s side, and the back window was shattered." Williams' SUV "was also severely damaged."
TMZ wrote that a police report said Williams was to blame for the crash, although her attorney, Malcolm Cunningham, said she was travelling through a green light at only five miles per hour entering the intersection.
WPBF-TV reporter Ari Hait provided Cunningham's statement in full:
Williams is said to have not been under the influence of any alcohol or drugs when the crash took place, but Malika Andrews of the New York Times reported witnesses told investigators the light was red as she entered the intersection.
Williams is seeded 10th in the 2017 Wimbledon Championship and is scheduled to make her 20th appearance in the competition on Monday, July 3.
Venus Williams was deemed to be at fault in a car accident in the state of Florida that led to the death of a 78-year-old man on June 23.
Per an official police report obtained by TMZ Sports, the accident occurred June 9 in Palm Beach Gardens. The driver of the other car told officers Williams' vehicle "suddenly darted into the intersection" and she had no time to stop before T-boning Williams.
The officers did note in the report there was "no evidence Venus was under the influence of drugs or alcohol," nor was there "evidence she was distracted by an electronic device."
The report notes Williams said she told police she was trying to go through an intersection, but backed-up traffic led her to reduce her speed dramatically, and her vehicle was left "exposed in the intersection."
Jerome Barson suffered head trauma in the accident and was taken to a local hospital's intensive care unit, where he died two weeks later. Barson's wife, who was driving the car at the time of the accident, suffered broken bones and other injuries.
A former Doctor opened fire at the Bronx-Lebanon Hospital Center in the Bronx on Friday afternoon—killing one and wounding five others. The crime scene is at 1650 Grand Concourse near 173rd Street in the Mt. Eden section. Seven people total were shot and one victim has died. At least three of the victims are doctors. Police said the suspect […]
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In 2015, Berkeley, California City Councilor Max Anderson voiced this eloquent opposition to militarization of the police during the annual Bay Area Urban Shield war games and weapons expo: The culture that’s cultivated by the type of training that you receive becomes the way you conduct yourselves . . . When I was in the More
“It is also a story of deceit and lies, of institutional defensiveness defeating truth and justice. It is evidence of a culture of denial within South Yorkshire Police.” — Anne Burkett, BBC, Apr 27, 2016 It took 28 years for the tables to turn on the South Yorkshire police regarding the Hillsborough disaster that took More
America serves up its news in a cauldron from hell, or so it sometimes seems. The fragments are all simmering in the same juice: bombs and drones and travel bans, slashed health care, police shootings, the Confederate flag. Double, double, toil and trouble . . . Suddenly I’m thinking about the statues of Confederate generals More
NH State Police are warning against over-packing after stopping a driver yesterday whose car was stacked-high with car items attached to the roof, including a bicycle, lamps and bedroom furniture.
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Police in the Philippines have killed thousands in a bloody war on drugs. Now, in this Special Report from Manila, Reuters exposes a disturbing trend of victims arriving at hospitals and being pronounced dead on arrival. As Special Correspondent Clare Baldwin explains, this appears to be a convenient way for police to cover up vicious executions.
Less than a month after Eric Chapman was released from jail after attempting to rob a convenience store, Baltimore police said he returned to the Fells Point shop, where he held up the same store clerk.
Police said Friday they are again searching for Chapman, 20, of the 800 block of E. Chase Street,...
The 23-year-old man shot by police during a foot chase Tuesday night through Curtis Bay had pointed a gun at an officer at close range before he was shot, according to area surveillance and officer body camera footage released by police Thursday.
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Two men were killed and seven others — including a 13-year-old girl — were wounded in seven separate shootings in Baltimore on Thursday, according to police, pushing the city's 2017 homicide count to 170.
The shootings occurred across the city's west side, beginning shortly after midnight early...
Alla fine degli anni Settanta il rock stava cambiando pelle, era
appena passata l’onda del punk che aveva spazzato via ogni certezza,
arrivava la new wave, la nuova onda, con decine di nuove band e nuovi
suoni, e tutto il nuovo mondo musicale veniva riscaldato dal reggae,
che dalla Giamaica invadeva il mondo. L’ultimo anno degli anni
Settanta era già il primo della nuova era, salutata dall’arrivo di un
disco, Reggatta del Blanc, che metteva insieme tutto, rock, punk, new
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musicali di quegli anni, un vero gioiello musicale non solo per tutti
i fan dei Police ma anche per tutti coloro che amano la buona musica.
BY MELISSA GOMEZ Times Staff Writer ST. PETERSBURG — A veteran police officer was arrested Friday morning after he was caught soliciting a prostitute, according to the St. Petersburg Police Department.
ProPublica reveals “a trove” of Facebook’s internal documents showing its secret guidelines for determining what is and is not hate speech, and thus able to be censored. And some of it is frankly disturbing:
One document trains content reviewers on how to apply the company’s global hate speech algorithm. The slide identifies three groups: female drivers, black children and white men. It asks: Which group is protected from hate speech? The correct answer: white men. ... White men are considered a group because both traits are protected, while female drivers and black children, like radicalized Muslims, are subsets, because one of their characteristics is not protected.
If the company decides to promote a positive social environment without taking clear political sides, it will trend toward a faux neutrality where “hate” is any negative opinion, punishing people who criticize the status quo. But if it admits to an ideological bent, it will have to start formulating political stances on which groups worldwide deserve the most protection from hate. The more social responsibility it accepts, the more liable it is for failing to police its users, and the more power it has to control speech — not just comments to other users, but personal timeline posts or photographs.
Atheists tended to show greater intolerance of contradiction, meaning when they were presented with two seemingly contradictory statements they rated one as very true and the other as very false. They also showed less propensity to be able to imagine arguments contrary to their own position and find them somewhat convincing.
[In 2014] He was diagnosed with schizoaffective disorder and released under an agreement that required him to continue treatment. He sent a rambling letter to the newspaper apologizing and describing the voices in his head and his attempts to recover from mental health issues.
Speaking of which, Joseph Frankel at The Atlantic looks at how the phenomenon of “hearing voices” in one’s head—which is sometimes what makes people think they’re psychic, and others say they’re psychotic—may be more common than once thought, and also may be more controllable:
These experiments suggest that auditory hallucinations are the result of the mind failing to brand its actions as its own. Watching what the brain does during these hallucinations may clarify how that works, and what differences in the brain create these experiences. ... Drawing a parallel with Autism Spectrum Disorder, the [researchers] are interested in the extent to which the psychics they saw “might occupy the extreme end of a continuum” of people who hear voices.
Uranus isn’t just odd because its name makes you chuckle (which is why I must pronounce it “YURen-uss,” not, you know, the other way). It’s on a crazy 98-degree axis, and its magnetic shield is all wobbly.
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Tamera was born in Gelhausen, West Germany. Her parents are Darlene Flowers, who managed her children's careers and also worked as a security guard, and Timothy Mowry, who was in the armed services and later became a police officer in California.Her mother is African American and her father is Italian-American; the two met in high school in Miami and both joined the military. She is older than her twin sister, Tia, (by two minutes), brother Tavior Mowry and brother Tahj Mowry, who starred in television's "Smart Guy." Her family is "close-knit" and "deeply religious", as ...
Près de 2.000 habitants de la ville d’Assénovgrad en Bulgarie du Sud ont tenté mercredi et jeudi de prendre d’assaut le quartier rom de cette ville, mais ont dû reculer devant la police. Des Roms auraient auparavant agressé des jeunes. Quelles réponses la ville et le pays peuvent-ils apporter au conflit avec cette minorité ?
CHICAGO (AP) -- Chicago police, federal agents and prosecutors launched an initiative Friday aimed at stemming the flow of illegal firearms in the city as part of efforts to curb rampant gun violence that President Donald Trump says is at "epidemic proportions."...
There’s so much red and white on Parliament Hill that when the hundreds of thousands of bleary-eyed partygoers finally finish toasting the country’s 150th birthday this weekend, they will be seeing Ottawa awash in a pink haze. But not everything was rosy on the politics front: TENSION OVER A TEEPEE The stand-off between police and […]
Ottawa police are renewing their request for witnesses to a shooting on June 26, which occurred near the Mingle Room Bar & Lounge on Rideau Street. Ashton Dickson, 25, a popular local athlete, was gunned down around 1 a.m. after an argument that began inside the Mingle Room spilled outside. He died at the scene […]
Way back in mumble-mumble I graduated from High School. This was at a school in Atlanta, Georgia. Naturally, we gave some attention to the "senior prank" that might have been better spent on preparing for the SATs. In fact, we planned the thing months in advance. It was decided that we would steal a desk from the school, one of the proprietary ones that obviously belonged to a school, spray paint it with "Kilroy was Here!" graffiti, and then hang it in a big oak opposite the school's main building.
The operation was divided into three phases. Mine was the first phase, the stealing of the desk. Needless to say this had to be done in such a way that the hanging of the desk would later seem to be a tremendous surprise. Thus, it had to disappear long before the prank, and in such a way that no one would be sure where it had come from. For that reason, I arranged to defeat the school's security systems -- both lock and electronic -- so that we could spirit out a desk in the middle of the night, in the winter-time long before graduation. We also rearranged the desks in the room during the operation so that no one would notice a missing one.
That was effected before Christmas. We then had plenty of time to paint the desk appropriately, concealing it for months in a secret location.
Near graduation day we had one of our comrades who was an expert tree-climber sneak into the park opposite the high school headquarters at night, and toss lines over the high tree limbs. Assuming his success -- this was before everyone had a cell-phone -- we arrived about 2 AM with the desk, so that it could be hoisted and secured in position. After that, it was a simple matter of removing the lines and exfiltrating the park before police noticed our activity. It was thus secured well above where anyone would be able to simply remove it.
Here is the tie-in: unbeknownst to any of us, the next day was the 100th anniversary of that park, which was designed by Frederick Law Olmsted. The mayor of Atlanta came down to give a speech at the very spot where we'd secured the "Kilroy was here!" desk.
Our comrade the tree-climber was immediately captured, as his hobby was too well-known for him to avoid detection. He was a stand-up guy, however, and the rest of the team escaped unpunished. I'm sure we're well past the statue of limitations now.
We look at this poll every year, more or less. This year's results are unexpected: American confidence in institutions is up, at a level not seen since Obama first took office.
More, this poll defies the trendline I've been worried about over previous years. The decline in faith in institutions has chiefly affected the non-coercive institutions: the consistently highly placed winners were the police, the military, and the criminal justice system. Congress, newspapers, churches -- all the non-coercive branches fared worse and worse. This year, that reversed to some degree.
There's a big partisan split in a couple of places, especially faith in the Presidency (swings near fifty points for both parties) and newspapers (way up among Democrats, down somewhat among Republicans). SCOTUS shows a zero shift among Democrats, but a big gain among Republicans -- no doubt the outcome of the Gorsuch fight.
But that doesn't hold everywhere. Many institutions show compatible shifts, including things like organized labor (Republicans up by two, Democrats by a little more), church (1/3), and public schools (9/5). At least some of the ways in which we deal with each other nonviolently are tracking up a bit, and that's kind of surprising given the political climate.
National Rifle Association spokesperson Dana Loesch doubled down on her earlier video that characterized dissent against President Donald Trump as “the violence of lies” that needed to be countered with the “clenched fist of truth.” Loesch said she was “proud” of the video and “endorse[d]” it “personally.”
In the ad, which was originally posted on the YouTube page of NRA’s news outlet NRATV in April 2017, Loesch claimed that in their opposition to Trump, left-wing Americans “scream racism, and sexism, and xenophobia, and homophobia, [and] bully and terrorize the law-abiding until the only option left is for the police to do their jobs and stop the madness.” She went on to say the only way to save “our country and our freedom” is with “the clenched fist of truth.”
The video drew widespreadcriticism after NRATV reposted it on its Facebook page on June 28. In a June 29 article, Vox’s Zack Beauchamp called the video “chilling” and said it “comes this close to calling for a civil war against liberals.” The same day, ThinkProgress’ Aaron Rupar wrote a piece saying the video “stops just short of calling for violence against … progressives.”
During the noon edition of NRATV’s program Stinchfield, which provides live updates at the top of the hour from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. EST, Loesch, who is also an NRATV commentator, doubled down on the spot, calling it a “fantastic ad” that “holds up a mirror to the violent aspects of the left.” Loesch denied that she was inciting violence in the ad, saying that she meant “meeting that violence with simple truth and simple peaceful ideas”:
GRANT STINCHFIELD (HOST): Dana, this video is like two and a half months old. I’m glad it's getting attention, it got some attention before. More people to watch it, the better in my book.
DANA LOESCH: Absolutely, and Grant, I want to make one thing perfectly clear, I am proud of this ad and I endorse personally the message of this ad. It’s a fantastic ad and it holds up a mirror to the violent aspects of the left. And, Grant, we have seen this time and time again. We saw this violence in Chicago during the campaign for the general election. We saw this violence in the streets of Washington, D.C., during the inauguration -- where there were not just a few, mind you, but a number of a very far leftists who thought that breaking store windows, arson, property damage, physical assault, setting fires in the middle of the street, et cetera, et cetera -- that these were all forms of protected speech and that they were generally acceptable forms of dissent to a fair election. And then of course, Grant, we have seen time and time again on college campuses, individuals react so physically, hostilely to a simple difference of opinion. And so they set fire on their college campuses and once again we see arson, and we see property destruction, and we see physical assault over and over again. I know, Grant, that I don't have to remind you or anyone else of what happened sadly just two weeks ago when a leftist went to a ballfield with a list of Republican congressmen and decided to open fire on GOP congressional members because they were simply Republicans. Now with this ad, Grant, when I say the clenched fists of truth, I mean the clenched fists of truth. And this is where I get the inspiration for that line. Everybody knows what this is, right? Everybody can recognize this? It’s the symbol of the resistance movement. It’s the symbol of the movement that by and large has sanctioned the violence of which I speak. It has sanctioned the arson, and the property destruction, and it has sanctioned the physical assault. So, I didn’t say meet fist with fist. And I didn’t even mention anywhere in this ad to go and purchase a firearm. I specifically, Grant, said clenched fist, not of physical altercation like they promote, but of truth. Meeting in the battleground of ideas, meeting that violence with simple truth and simple, peaceful ideas. That is what we have always been about, and even in the face of continued aggression and violence and destruction from the left, that is what we will continue to be about.
Anand Pal Singh was shot dead by Rajasthan Police a few days ago. Rajput community is boiling since then, his family has refused to take the body and protests have become violent with people burning government cars and buildings. This calls for a ED special Demystifier on what exactly the issue is. Who Was Anand […]
A panel of academics discuss UVA Law professor Risa Goluboff's new book, "Vagrant Nation: Police Power, Constitutional Change, and the Making of the 1960s." In addition to Goluboff, the panelists are John Fabian Witt of Yale Law School, Laura Kalman of the University of California Santa Bar
In her new book, "Vagrant Nation: Police Power, Constitutional Change and the Making of the 1960s," University of Virginia School of Law professor Risa Goluboff explores how and why vagrancy laws that had been on the books for hundreds of years collapsed in the span of two decades.
The parole board of Israel's Prison Service on Thursday granted former Prime Minister Ehud Olmert early release from his 27-month corruption sentence, in perhaps the final chapter of a stunning fall from grace that forced him from office amid the last serious round of peace talks with the Palestinians. Israel's Justice Ministry had objected to Olmert's early release after asking police last week to investigate whether he committed a "criminal offense" when his lawyer was caught leaving the prison with a chapter of his unpublished book that contained "sensitive security issues."
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The Palestinian village of Deir Abu Mash'al lies some 25 kilometers northwest of Ramallah. It has a population of about 5,000, many of whom work in Ramallah. About 150 of the residents work in Israel and have to cross the Ni'lin checkpoint on their commute every day. On the evening of Friday, 16 June 2017, three residents of the village carried out an attack near Damascus Gate in East Jerusalem, killing Border Police Officer Hadas Malka, 23, and wounding four other people. The three assailants, Baraa Saleh, 18, ‘Adel ‘Ankush, 18, and Ousama ‘Ata, 19, were shot to death by Israeli security forces over the course of the attack. Ever since then, Israel has been disrupting the lives of all residents of the village, although they were not involved in the attack and have not been accused of any wrongdoing.
Following the attack, Border Police officers and soldiers entered the village and imposed several restrictive measures. On the night of the attack itself, Israeli security forces installed an iron gate at the main entrance to the village and refused to let anyone cross it in either direction, neither on foot nor by car. The military also blocked off the three dirt roads leading to the village with stones and piles of earth. The next day, village residents removed some of the blockage from two roads, enough to enable only a four-wheel drive to get through. This recurred over the following days, with the military blocking the roads and residents removing the obstacles.
Soldiers stand beside the gate installed by the military at the main entrance to the village. Photo by 'Amer 'Aruri, B'Tselem, 19 June '17
On Monday, 19 June 2017, security forces allowed most of the village residents to leave the village on foot via the main entrance, barring men between the ages of 15 and 25. The next day, the forces opened the gate part of the way, allowing cars through but only after lengthy checks, including searches of the cars. The ban on exit by men aged 15 to 25 remained in place.
It wasn’t until the evening of Saturday, 24 June 2017, when the high holiday of ‘Eid al-Fitr began, that security forces made travel by car easier. Nonetheless, the iron gate remains in place and forces are stationed beside it some of the time, performing random checks.
In addition to the restrictions on movement, which have affected the entire population of the village, security forces confiscated some 50 vehicles from residents for ostensibly lacking licenses. In addition, 50 village residents who work in Israel – all from the assailants’ extended families – had their work permits revoked. The permits were revoked when they reached the checkpoint on their way to work, without prior notice and with no opportunity to challenge the decision.
On Sunday, 18 June, soldiers raided five homes in the village, three of them belonging to the families of the assailants. The soldiers informed the parents of the assailants that their houses for the actions of their sons. If this occurs, 15 people, including 5 innocent minors, will be left without a roof over their heads.
In one home, the soldiers damaged property and left a mess behind them. ‘Adel ‘Ankush’s mother, 46, was arrested on 21 June and is still in custody. On 29 June, forces again entered the village, arresting ‘Ancush’s father and searching Ousamah Ata’s home once again.
When the forces first entered the village, violent altercations erupted between them and local residents, during which two young men from the village were hurt. They were taken to hospital in Ramallah in an ambulance that had to use a bypass dirt road. Three days later, on 19 June, security forces returned to the village at 5:00 A.M. and went into a home to carry out arrests. This also resulted in altercations in which two more local residents were hurt. The clashes ended when the forces left the village at around 8:00 A.M.
For almost two weeks now, ever since the attack, the military has been disrupting the lives of all 5,000 or so residents of the village, although they have been accused of no personal wrongdoing. This automatic form of retaliation has become a matter of policy for the military, in a cynical abuse of its power to mistreat civilians. This kind of collective harm is morally and legally indefensible.
One of the dirt roads blocked by the military. Photo by 'Amer 'Aruri, B'Tselem, 19 June '17
On 21 June 2017, B’Tselem field researcher 'Amer 'Aruri spoke with two village residents who feared to disclose their names, and with another who agreed to be identified.
A village resident who preferred to remain anonymous related:
I’m a merchant, and I have a permit to enter Israel. On Saturday I wasn’t able to leave, but on Sunday, 18 June, I had to get to the bank in Ramallah. I have a regular car that can’t drive on the unpaved farm roads, so I borrowed my brother’s four-wheel drive. It took me about half an hour on the farm road just to get to Deir Nidham, and there I took the main road to Ramallah. The trip took almost an hour. Usually, it takes half an hour at most to get to Ramallah.
On Tuesday, 20 June 2017, I heard that the soldiers had opened the gate and lifted the closure. At around eleven o’clock in the morning, I set out in my car towards the main exit. When I got there, I saw that the soldiers were still there. They opened the iron gate part of the way. Cars were going both ways and the soldiers were checking every single car going in or out, as well as the IDs of the passengers. There was a huge traffic jam at the entrance.
When it was my turn, the soldier went through my car from top to bottom. He even popped the hood and opened the trunk. He checked my ID and asked me sarcastically if I had an M16 . I said no and drove off.
Another resident said:
I am from the ‘Ata family. I work in construction inside Israel. On Sunday, 18 June 2017, at around four o’clock in the morning, I got to Ni’lin checkpoint after going the long way on a farm road to get out of the village. There were five more laborers with me in the car, four of them from our family. At the checkpoint, they only let the laborer who wasn’t from our family through. They turned the rest of us back. I asked the guard why I wasn’t allowed across, and he said our family was “causing trouble”.
I couldn’t do anything that day, so I went back home. Other laborers from the ‘Ata, ‘Ankush and Saleh families told me that the exact same thing happened to them.
I have five children and no other source of income. The day I went back home, my employer called me and said that if I didn’t come in to work, he’d fire me. I don’t know what I’ll do if they don’t give me my permit back. ‘Eid al-Fitr is coming up and I don’t think I’ll be able to buy the kids clothes, as is the custom on high holidays. I’m worried that if I don’t go back to work, I’ll need the money to put food on the table.
Muhammad Faiz Muhammad ‘Ata, a married father of five, said in his testimony:
I live in the al-Mu’alaka neighborhood in the village, in a two-story building. The second story is still under construction. We have a livestock pen next to the house.
Today, 21 June 2017, at six in the morning, I heard loud banging on the door. I opened it and found myself facing soldiers and an officer. The officer ordered me to lie down on the floor, but I refused. One of the soldiers grabbed me and sat me down on the floor. The other soldiers came in and started searching our home. I got up immediately and followed them. I told them my wife and children were asleep, but it was no use.
The soldiers went into the kitchen and threw the dishes on the floor. The sound of the breaking dishes woke my wife and children. When they saw the soldiers in the house, some of them started crying. Several soldiers went into our bedroom and started throwing our clothes on the floor. They also turned over the couches and the tables in the living room. I asked the officer if they had a search warrant. He said: “They kill Jews and want a search warrant”?
This went on for about an hour. They left a terrible mess all over the house. In the kitchen, they broke dishes and spilled rice. They broke a livestock milking pump that we were keeping on the second story. They turned the living room upside down and left clothes all over the floor in our bedroom. I don’t know what they were looking for and why they came into our house. They refused to tell me.
Photos: Damaged property and mess left by soldiers in the 'Ata home. Photos courtesy of the family, 21 June '17
The Telegraaf daily has requested from the police all documents concerning the arrest of migrants. The request was based on a law which makes this possible. The paper has been supplied with thousands of pages. Part of the migrants from countries which are considered safe apply for asylum knowing that there is hardly any chance of it being granted. While their application is investigated they commit crimes using the asylum-seeker centers as a base for that. The paper writes that the number of such crimes is always far bigger than what the police reports.
Chicago police, federal agents and prosecutors are launching a new initiative Friday to stem the flow of illegal firearms in the city as part of efforts to curb rampant gun violence that President Donald Trump says is at “epidemic proportions.” Trump’s remark on Twitter came ahead of an announcement by Chicago police and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives about the formation of the Chicago Crime Gun Strike Force. Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s office acknowledged that an additional 20 ATF agents have been sent to Chicago. State police, intelligence analysts and state and federal prosecutors will target illegal guns and repeat gun offenders, Chicago police said. Superintendent Eddie Johnson said in a statement Thursday night that “we are foundationally changing the way we fight crime in Chicago.” Trump tweeted Friday morning that “Crime and killings in Chicago have reached such epidemic proportions that I am sending in Federal help.” In January, he warned Chicago about its high number of homicides, saying on Twitter that he is ready to “send in the Feds.” Adam Collins, spokesman for Mayor Rahm Emanuel, said the city wants federal help. “Six months ago we made it clear that we would welcome additional federal support, and six months later we appreciate the 20 new ATF agents that are now arriving,” Collins said in an email. But as the police department released figures that show the number of homicides, shooting incidents and shooting victims has dropped, Collins said “the progress CPD has made this year has happened without any of the new resources from the federal government we requested.” In fact, earlier this week, officials announced that the ATF had loaned the city a van outfitted with ballistic testing equipment to help police more quickly solve gun crimes. Trump’s latest tweet said there have been 1,714 shootings in Chicago this year. According to the police department, there have been 1,703 shooting victims. There were 1,935 shooting victims in the city during the same period last year. Also, there have been 1,360 shooting incidents so far this year — 224 less than were reported during the same period in 2016. So far this year, there have been 320 homicides compared to 322 by this time last year, according to the police department. Attorney General Jeff Sessions, speaking Friday on the Fox News Channel’s morning show, “Fox & Friends,” said the Justice Department is “sending in additional gun investigators” to Chicago and that he has urged the U.S. attorney’s office to prosecute gun cases aggressively. “The police have been demoralized in many ways,” he said. “In many ways, the policies in Chicago have not been working. Murders are way, way too high. It is critical for the people of Chicago’s public safety that we begin to work together here and deport violent criminals that have been convicted. They need to not be a sanctuary city, they need to be protecting the people of Chicago from violent criminals.” Police spokesman Anthony Guglielmi said in a statement late Thursday that federal and Cook County prosecutors plan to develop new strategies to prosecute gun crimes and offenders. Sessions last week pledged federal assistance to 12 cities to help them develop individualized, long-term strategies to fight violence. But Chicago was not among them. The Justice Department said that’s because Chicago was already […]
The Uber and Lyft ride-hailing services began operating Thursday in upstate New York and on Long Island, a move that officials say will provide work for thousands of drivers and reduce alcohol-related road accidents. The ride-hailing apps became available for those regions as of 12:01 a.m. under legislation approved by state lawmakers and signed into law by Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo earlier this month. The original measure called for the services to begin upstate and on Long Island on July 9, but Cuomo and the Legislature worked out a deal to push up the start to just before the busy Fourth of July holiday. The two ride-hailing apps had been limited to picking up passengers in New York City until lawmakers voted this year to permit the expansion. The Post-Standard of Syracuse reports that the state Department of Motor Vehicles said more than 20,000 drivers are expected to provide rides for Uber and Lyft. The agency, whose duties include regulating ride-hailing companies, said that’s the number of drivers who filed information with the DMV to become drivers for the two apps. All those drivers are either on Long Island or in upstate New York, DMV officials said. Buffalo, the state’s second-largest city, had been one of the largest cities in the country without access to the ride-hailing apps. On Wednesday, Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown joined Erie County District Attorney John Flynn and local law enforcement leaders to praise the arrival of Uber and Lyft. “Anything that we can do to produce more jobs, to produce more employment opportunities and circulate more dollars into our economy, benefits the economic development and the economy of Buffalo and western New York,” Brown said. Police officials said giving people another option to taxis will cut down on the number of drivers who get behind the wheel after drinking. “If ride-sharing can reduce the number of DWI arrests and alcohol-related crashes, then all this effort was worth it,” said Timothy Howard, sheriff for Erie County, which includes the city of Buffalo. (AP)
Police said a gunman is dead and at least three people were shot inside Bronx Lebanon Hospital in New York City Friday. Police are on the scene at 1650 Grand Concourse near 173rd Street in the Mt. Eden section. There are four people shot. At least three are doctors. Police are advising that the suspect is a black male , 6 feet tall, wearing a white lab coat, possibly carrying an M16 rifle under it. The suspect was later found dead on an upper floor. There is a possibility there are more victims in the hospital, officials say. Police radio has identified the shooter as Dr. Henry Bello. According to the hospital website he practices “family medicine”. Sources say he may be a “former employee”, although is currently on the hospital website. BREAKING PHOTO: GUNMAN AT BRONX HOSPITAL ID'D BY NYPD AS DR HENRY BELLO, FORMER EMPLOYEE AT HOSPITAL- MORE INFO HERE https://t.co/WvV2AdVZlC pic.twitter.com/NE14s2ZpTv — Breaking911 (@Breaking911) June 30, 2017 DEVELOPING – REFRESH FOR UPDATES
There were multiple media reports earlier this week about a push-in robbery on Avenue B at 13th Street. A man reportedly pushed his way inside an apartment, stabbed the female resident multiple times, and fled with $500.
However, according to the Police Blotter in this week's issue of The Villager, that's not actually what happened.
Police say that the resident, named as Cassidy Helmken, "had made an arrangement for a drug deal — she was apparently buying — but it turned violent."
“It was a drug transaction that went bad,” Captain Vincent Greany, commanding officer of the Ninth Precinct, told The Villager.
A search warrant subsequently turned up a quantity of alleged cocaine and drug paraphernalia at her apartment.
According to police, it was not a home invasion: Helmken apparently willingly opened the door for the suspect.
Police charged Helmken, who reportedly has three prior arrests, with multiple counts of criminal possession of a controlled substance and two counts of criminal use of drug paraphernalia.
Grenfell Tower is a catastrophe at the heart of the country’s capital and after two weeks the council cannot get a grip on the situation. It’s good news that the chief executive of the company that managed the Grenfell Tower resigned – but it should just be a prelude to the removal of the rest of the council leadership on whose behalf he operated. Given the acute need in the borough to heal divisions, reassure residents and provide long-term services to victims, the time has come for central government to relieve Tory councillors of duties they patently cannot fulfil. It seems clear that local politicians, including deputy leader Rock Feilding-Mellen, who chaired the council’s housing committee and oversaw the refurbishment of the 24-storey block, are perhaps too consumed with the questions of responsibility – such as did cost-cutting play a part in the disaster – that the fire raises. There may be plenty more prodding from a public inquiry, police investigations into potential criminal offences, inquests into the deaths and potentially a slew of civil claims.
Roughly 2,000 inhabitants of the Southern Bulgarian city Asenovgrad tried to storm the city's Roma neighbourhood on Wednesday and Thursday, but were blocked by police. Roma were said to have attacked youths in the city in the days prior to the unrest. How should the city and the country deal with the conflict between its majority and minority populations?
Statement by Chief Bordeleau on Capital Pride Ottawa (Ottawa)—We want to acknowledge the release from Capital Pride Ottawa. There are many perspectives and positions, and we know there is a need for dialogue and to build stronger relationships in our city. The Ottawa Police Service has participated in the annual Pride parade for several years […]
ASSAULT WITH A WEAPON Cornwall, ON – Aaron Collins, age 29, of Cornwall, was arrested on June 28, 2017. It is alleged that on this date he engaged in a text message argument with two individuals who were known to him. The argument escalated when he attended a residence they were visiting and confronted them. […]
Arson, murder, hails of gunfire — a string of attacks in Hamilton and York Region has police wondering whether southern Ontario is becoming the battlefield for a summer of Mob violence. The latest dramatic incident happened Thursday morning in...
OTTAWA— Indigenous activists who set up a teepee on the edge of Parliament Hill after a late-night confrontation with police have no plans to leave and say they actually want to get closer to the heart of the weekend’s Canada Day festivities. Members...
FORT LAUDERDALE, FLA.— Tennis star Venus Williams caused a car crash earlier this month that led to the death of a passenger in another vehicle, according to a police report released Thursday. Palm Beach Gardens police say witnesses told investigators...
En pleine préparation en vue de la saison prochaine, Requins a disputé un match amical ce matin face à Energie sur le terrain du campus d’Abomey-Calavi. Score final 1-1 entre les Awissi Wassa et les électriciens. Dans l’après-midi à René Pleven , As Police et Mambas Noirs ont fait aussi nul 0-0 Géraud Viwami
Before Monday, before the 911 call and police investigation, Pedro Ruiz III, an aspiring YouTube star in rural Minnesota, spent considerable time convincing his girlfriend to shoot a gun at his chest. There would be a thick encyclopedia book between...
Re Man busted in Orillia after shootings, assault and Hwy. 400 chase, June 29 The story of a man “busted” in Orillia for multiple crimes such as attempted murder, possessing a firearm, shooting at police and carjacking garnered a small section of page...
NDTV Senior IPS Officer RK Pachnanda Takes Over As ITBP DGNDTVMr Pachnanda, a 1983-batch police officer of the West Bengal cadre, was handed over the baton of the about 90,000-personnel strong, mountain warfare-trained force by outgoing Director General Krishna Chaudhary. … Continue reading →
Ontario’s police watchdog saw a slight increase in the number of cases it opened and the number of officers it charged with crimes in 2016, according to its annual report released Thursday. The Special Investigations Unit (SIU), which probes...
Toronto police announced Thursday that an arrest has been made in connection with the murder of Samatar Farah, 24, who was found shot to death on April 15 on Chester Le Blvd., near Finch and Victoria Park Aves. Police have arrested and charged Taufiq...
The majority of hate crimes experienced by U.S. residents over a 12-year period were not reported to police, according to a new federal report released Thursday that stoked advocates' concerns about ongoing tensions between law enforcement and black and Latino communities.
The former boyfriend of a murdered waitress in Prachuap Khiri Khan province and a suspect in her killing was taken into police custody on Friday after he allegedly attempted to take his life by drinking a certain solution and had to be rushed to hospital.
CRETEIL, France - A man was arrested after he drove his vehicle into barriers protecting a mosque in the Paris suburbs Thursday, police said, with Muslim officials describing the incident as an "attempted attack".
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For a split second afterwards, the female sniper's eyes open very widely. This action is secondary to the adrenaline surge of her near death experience.
Notice also how her tongue rapidly sticks outward. This is known as a "Tongue Jut" - and more specifically, this variation is a "Loose Tongue Jut". A loose tongue jut is an example of nonverbal self-deprecating behavior. It's a way of calling one's self out after a mistake - as if to say, "I've done a foolish thing" or "I've (almost) been caught".
Why did the sniper laugh - and so quickly - after almost being killed?
Recently a man entered a police station in Bangkok, Thailand wielding a knife. That's when Anirut Malee's instincts took over. Malee, a Thai police officer, deescalated the situation like a Jedi.
In this first image, Anirut Malee's gestures in a palms-up fashion - which is very wise. He is asking, not telling. He is open, not hyper-authoritative, nor threatening.
This next frame may, at first, seem trivial - but it's not. Anirut Malee's entire posture changes. Notice he puts a hand on the desk, his weight on his right foot, and his entire posture is more relaxed.
Next Anirut Malee sits on the corner of the desk - lowering his stature and becoming even less physically dominant. Crucially, he "body-points" down the hallway - and NOT at the man holding the knife.
Officer Malee's repeated palms-up gesture - asking for the assailant to hand over the weapon - as he lowers his head/bends his neck, further de-escalates the situation.
Even when he finally takes the knife, Officer Malee still remains sitting on the desk. If he stood up at this particular moment, it could very well backfire.
In this image, as gestures with his arms-wide and walks toward the man, Anirut Malee made the small mistake of not throwing the knife away before the hug. It would have also been a bit better if the officer's arms were lower in this moment. All things being equal, the higher the arms are positioned, the more threatening a person is felt to be.
As he begins the hug, Officer Malee throws the knife away.
For the second time, Malee waves off assistance. He's very aware that the man is emotionally decompressing.
The act of allowing the man to rest his head on Anirut Malee's neck-shoulder, is particularly disarming.
Summary: Much too often, police officers escalate confrontations when they should be deescalating. Yet Officer Anirut Malee is an exception. He masterfully defused a situation, which could have very likely ended much worse.
Police say sometimes they’re swamped with tips involving crime in Sioux Falls, but this case isn’t one of them. They’re still asking for the public’s help in finding the suspects involved in a hit-and-run crash that seriously injured two pedestrians in eastern Sioux Falls. Police say they hope surveillance footage will help. It’s hard to tell in the photo above,...
Sioux Falls Police want to remind residents that altering fireworks is illegal. Police say manufacturers make fireworks in such a way that they’re safe. They’re not meant to be altered in any way. A member of the bomb squad says typically what they see is people bundling them together to make them louder. If police suspect that a firework is...
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – Sioux Falls Police were able to obtain surveillance footage of the car that struck two pedestrians last weekend. Police say the car is either a two door 2005-2008 Chevy Cobalt or a 2007-2008 Pontiac G5 with a large spoiler on the trunk. Police say the vehicle should have front end damage with a broken headlight and...
For the next few weeks, in addition to our usual news and organizing round-up, the AROS NewsBlast will feature information about our new initiative to fight the Trump/DeVos budget proposal and privatization agenda. Please watch the NewsBlast for information about upcoming opportunities for local action!
MOST VOTERS OPPOSE TRUMP'S EDUCATION BUDGET, AFT POLL FINDS:
Nearly three quarters of voters oppose the Trump administration's proposal to cut education funding by more than 13 percent, according to a poll commissioned by the American Federation of Teachers. The poll found that 74 percent of respondents oppose the budget proposal, with more than half of them - 54 percent - strongly opposed. The poll also found that nearly half of Trump voters (48 percent) opposed the proposal.
PHILADELPHIA STUDENT UNION CONTINUES TO PRESS FOR STRONGER SCHOOL POLICE COMPLAINT PROCESS
As reported in an earlier NewsBlast, members of the Philadelphia Student Union (PSU) have been fighting for a school police complaint process within the Philadelphia public school system. Since PSU member Brian Burney was allegedly attacked at Ben Franklin high school in 2016, the group has been demanding a formal complaints process. The District Superintendent William Hite created a task force to develop such a process—but did not include any PSU members on it. A complaint system was launched in early April. PSU has hailed the victory, but is arguing that the process does not go far enough. With the backing of the ACLU and Education Law Center, PSU is demanding additional components to strengthen the process, including a community review board. On June 6th, PSU presented their recommendations to the members of the Superintendent’s task force, which has agreed to another meeting to iron our final language. Read more here.
Bizzare crime from Charlotte police files (June 29-July 5)
Extra Grease Police responded to the Shannon Green apartments in the College Downs neighborhood last week after a sibling rivalry took a violent turn. A 20-year-old man told officers he was lounging around in his apartment at 9 p.m., completely unaware that his relaxing night was about to end horribly.…
I was driving with my three young children one warm summer evening when a woman in the convertible ahead of us stood up and waved. She was stark naked!
As I was reeling from the shock, I heard my 5-year-old shout from the back seat,
'Mom, that lady isn't wearing a seat belt!'
On the first day of school, a first-grader handed his teacher a note from his mother.
It read, 'The opinions expressed by this child are not necessarily those of his parents ..'
A woman was trying hard to get the tomatoe sauce out of the bottle.. During her struggle the phone rang so she asked her 4-year-old daughter to answer the phone..
'Mommy can't come to the phone to talk to you right now, she's hitting the bottle.
A little boy got lost at the YMCA and found himself in the women's locker room.
When he was spotted, the room burst into shrieks, with ladies grabbing towels and running for cover. The little boy watched in amazement and then asked,
'What's the matter, haven't you ever seen a little boy before?'
POLICE # 1
While taking a routine vandalism report at an elementary school, I was interrupted by a little girl about 6 years old. Looking up and down at my uniform, she asked,
'Are you a cop? Yes,' I answered and continued writing the report.
My mother said if I ever needed help I should ask the police. Is that right?'
'Yes, that's right,' I told her. 'Well, then,' she said as she extended her foot toward me, 'would you please tie my shoe?'
It was the end of the day when I parked my police van in front of the station. As I gathered my equipment, my K-9 partner, Jake, was barking, and I saw a little boy staring in at me. 'Is that a dog you got back there?' he asked.
'It sure is,' I replied.
Puzzled, the boy looked at me and then towards the back of the van.
Finally he said, 'What'd he do?
While working for an organization that delivers lunches to elderly shut-ins, I used to take my 4-year-old daughter on my afternoon rounds. She was unfailingly intrigued by the various appliances of old age, particularly the canes, walkers and wheelchairs. One day I found her staring at a pair of false teeth soaking in a glass. As I braced myself for the inevitable barrage of questions,
she merely turned and whispered, 'The tooth fairy will never believe this!'
A little girl was watching her parents dress for a party. When she saw her dad donning his tuxedo, she warned, 'Daddy, you shouldn't wear that suit.'
'And why not, darling?'
'You know that it always gives you a headache the next morning.'
While walking along the sidewalk in front of his church, our minister heard the intoning of a prayer that nearly made his collar wilt.
Apparently, his 5-year-old son and his playmates had found a dead robin.
Feeling that proper burial should be performed, they had secured a small box and cotton batting, then dug a hole and made ready for the disposal of the deceased.
The minister's son was chosen to say the appropriate prayers and with sonorous dignity intoned his version of what he thought his father always said:
'Glory be unto the Father, and unto the Son, and into the hole he goes.'
(I want this line used at my funeral!)
A little girl had just finished her first week of school. 'I'm just wasting my time,' she said to her mother. 'I can't read, I can't write, and they won't let me talk!'
A little boy opened the big family Bible. He was fascinated as he fingered through the old pages. Suddenly, something fell out of the Bible. He picked up the object and looked at it. What he saw was an old leaf that had been pressed in between the pages.
'Mama, look what I found,' the boy called out.
'What have you got there, dear?'
With astonishment in the young boy's voice, he answered,
'I think it's Adam's underwear!'
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LONDON (AP) -- Venus Williams' publicist says the five-time Wimbledon champion will play at the Grand Slam tournament after a police report emerged in Florida saying the tennis star caused a car crash that led to the death of a passenger in another vehicle....
INDEPENDENCE, Mo. — Police and family members are looking for a missing woman reported to be endangered. Brittany R. Mallinson, born in 1992, making her 24 or 25 years old, was reported missing on June 22. Police say she is 5’6″ and weighs 130 pounds, she has brown hair and hazel eyes. She was last known to be at an address in the 1000 block N. Kiger Road, and was wearing a white T-shirt and black shorts with a white […]
NEW YORK — A gunman identified as a doctor opened fire with an assault rifle inside the Bronx-Lebanon Hospital in New York City on Friday, killing a woman and wounding at least six other people before killing himself, law enforcement officials said. The shooter was identified as Dr. Henry Bello, who previously worked at the hospital, two law enforcement officials told CNN. Police officers found the gunman, who was wearing a white lab coat and carrying ID, dead on the […]
Recent release “The Monarch” from Page Publishing author Lydia Robinson is a thought-provoking story centered on a tight-knit, multiracial group of friends who suffer a devastating tragedy when Charles, who is Black, loses a brother to police gunfire. Amid their collective grief, Charles questions the extent of the group’s friendship and understanding of the issues confronting people of color in America.
Ishita gets drunk and creates a scene at the hotel, demanding the manager to get Raman from anywhere. Ishita’s mum and Mrs. Bhalla are drunk as well, and support Ishita to find Raman. Ishita lands in the police station along with the elderly duo. Raman reaches the police station, knowing Ishita is brought up there. […]
I've been writing about the Republican authoritarian movement for some time now along with their sheepishly devoted voters. They've been vilifying liberals, progressives and Democrats for years. Not coincidentally, I've also noticed my conservative friend in Milwaukee has made the attacks more personal, with an arrogance rooted from one party rule. After all, they "won" and will never lose power again. And according to my friend, with the appointment of conservative judges, liberals will lose in the courts as well.
NRA Ad Warning: What I've seen from tweets and blog commentary is perfectly summed up in the recent NRA ad. It is literally all there, with the added call to arms of course. Trump's blatant attack on the First Amendments very clear protections of the press, the rise of right wing media, and the many years of vilifying "the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances," the NRA ad may be the marker right wing authoritarians have been waiting for. Especially after the way this ad hit the fan:
"They use their media to assassinate real news. They use their schools to teach children that their president is another Hitler. They use their movie stars and singers and comedy shows and award shows to repeat their narrative over and over again. And then they use their ex-president to endorse “the resistance.” All to make them march. Make them protest. Make them scream racism and sexism and xenophobia and homophobia. To smash windows, burn cars, shut down interstates and airports, bully and terrorize the law-abiding — until the only option left is for the police to do their jobs and stop the madness. And when that happens, they’ll use it as an excuse for their outrage. The only way we stop this, the only way we save our country and our freedom, is to fight this violence of lies with the clenched fist of truth. I’m the National Rifle Association of America. And I’m freedom’s safest place."
This chilling NRA ad calls on its members to save America by fighting liberals: A liberal insurgency is destroying American society. The “only way” to protect yourself from this surge in left-wing violence (a made-up threat, to be clear) is to donate to the NRA. In a 2013 op-ed, for example, NRA Vice President Wayne LaPierre argued that a lawless America was inevitable if the liberals succeeded in their nefarious plan to take your guns … it functions as a kind of anti-politics — casting the NRA’s political opponents as devious enemies who can’t be opposed through normal politics. Republicans control all three branches of government and a large majority of statehouses nationwide. There is literally zero chance that any kind of major gun control passes in America in the foreseeable future. The threat, instead, is from a kind of liberal-cultural fifth column: People who are acting outside of legitimate political channels to upend American freedoms, through protest and violence. It’s a paranoid vision of American life that encourages the NRA’s fans to see liberals not as political opponents, but as monsters.
The ad features right-wing pundit Dana Loesch, who seems determined to turn everything in our country beet red:
The NRA made the mistake of using "blue" as their background, making it ripe for parody, like this...
I compiled a list of books I've recently read and feel would appeal to middle and high school students. Each of the books includes themes conducive to classroom discussions.
Except when marked with an asterisk, all titles are available in audio format from the Las Vegas Clark County Public Library District (see LVCCLD link when applicable). To access these materials, you must have a current public library card and know your PIN. For more information about procuring a library card, click here. To use eAudio books from the public library, you will need to download OverDrive Media Console (a free software package) to your computer. Instructions and more information about accessing eMedia are available here.
Except for Candy Shop War and Leepike Ridge, all remaining books with asterisks are available at Audible. Note that there is a charge to purchase audiobooks from Audible. Different from the public library, however, the purchaser becomes the book's owner.
Adoration of Jenna Fox (Pearson, Mary E.): Jenna Fox awakens after a coma having forgotten her life before her accident. She explores her past life through video, but is often met with reluctance to talk about her operation with others. This science fiction mystery explores issues related to bioethics. [LVCCLD CD]
Elsewhere (Zevin, Gabrielle): Elsewhere is the story of a girl who died. Upon doing so, she arrived at a place called “Elsewhere” where all the people had lived lives on Earth and were now dead. Most of the people were a lot older than her (she died in her teens). A unique feature of Elsewhere is that you grow older instead of younger while there. [LVCCLD CD]
Hunger Games (Collins, Suzanne): The Hunger Games is the first of a trilogy by Suzanne Collins. The premise underlying the plot is that a corrupt “Capitol” controls 12 districts. To keep the districts under control, the Capitol sponsors The Hunger Games each year. Two children from each district are selected to participate, and only one participant from the 24 survives the Games. [LVCCLD eAudio/CD]
Little Brother (Doctorow, Cory): Cory Doctorow truly practices what he preaches! In a book about high-tech, high-action stunts in the midst of terrorist activity in the U.S., Doctorow discusses the importance of freedom of information. Likewise, he made his book available for free online using a Creative Commons license. [Warning: This book includes mature themes likely to be inappropriate for use in school environments.] [LVCCLD eAudio]
Maximum Ride: The Angel Experiment (Patterson, James): This is the first book of a series by the acclaimed James Patterson. The main character is Maximum Ride, a headstrong teenage girl who grew up in a science lab. She and her “flock of bird kids” were all genetically manipulated pre-birth, resulting in the presence of wings. As such, all the children are able to fly. The book follows Maximum Ride and her flock as they escape from the lab and learn to live on their own. [LVCCLD eAudio/CD]
Maze Runner (Dashner, James): This is an action-packed thriller! Every month for several years, one boy has been delivered into the “Glade.” All the boys remember their names, but none remember anything else about their past. In a strange turn of events, the day after Thomas (the main character) arrives, a girl arrives. Thomas tries to learn about the society the boys created before his arrival and learns of the maze, their possible escape route, that encompasses their community. [LVCCLD CD]
Neptune's Children (Dobkin, Bonnie): Dobkin’s book, Neptune’s Children, begins with a bioterrorist attack on all adults around the world. All individuals over age 13 die instantly, leaving all children behind to fend for themselves. Those children left behind in a theme park (similar to Disneyland), create a working society while facing potential and real threats. [LVCCLD CD]
Twilight (Meyer, Stephenie): This epic series takes place in Washington state. The main character, Bella, meets a young man, Edward, who intrigues her and ultimately becomes the object of her affection. Bella learns that Edward is a vampire and struggles with love and longevity. [LVCCLD eAudio/CD]
*Uglies (Westerfield, Scott): This series (including Pretties, Specials, and Extras) by Scott Westerfield begins with Uglies, a book about a utopian society that spawned from modern America. All children are called “uglies” until their 16th birthdays on which they receive an operation that makes them pretty. Once pretty, they move to a location where they can play and party all the time. Some uglies, though, question if being pretty is all there is to life. [Audible]
*Unwind (Shusterman, Neal): Imagine if parents could choose to have their teenagers “unwound,” have their body parts separated and given to save the lives of others. It’s the perfect solution for harvesting human organs… isn’t it? [Audible]
Young Adult Fantasy
*The Candy Shop War (Mull, Brandon):Imagine a world where eating candy could give you special powers. Mull masterfully juxtaposes good and evil amidst a fantasy of vivid characters. The book may sound like Charlie and the Chocolate Factory or Harry Potter, but it truly is a story of its own.
Eragon (Paolini, Christopher):16-year-old Christopher Paolini wrote this epic tale (Eragon is the first book in a series) just after graduating from high school. [LVCCLD eAudio/CD]
Fablehaven (Mull, Brandon): When a boy and girl go to spend time with their grandfather, they learn there is more to his mysterious life than originally imagined. The area surrounding his home is a haven for fabulous creatures of all kinds—some good, and some bad. [LVCCLD CD]
Inkheart (Funke, Cornelia): In this three-book tale, Funke creates a world where books are reality become intertwined. Some of her characters have the unique ability to “read” characters and items “out” of books. In one unfortunate time, the father in the story accidentally read his wife into a book; he’s also read some antagonistic characters out of the book. [LVCCLD eAudio/CD]
Young Adult Non-Fiction
Fallen Angels (Meyers, Walter Dean): Fallen Angels is realistic historical fiction about serving in the Vietnam War. The main character is African-American, adding to the issues of race conflict occurring during the war. [Warning: Telling the story of men and women serving on the front lines, the book does not “candy-coat” the violence, language, and other everyday happenings of the U.S. soldiers.] [LVCCLD CD]
A Long Way Gone: Memoirs of a Boy Soldier (Beah, Ishmael): A Long Way Gone: Memoirs of a Boy Soldier is the true autobiographical of Ishmael Beah, a boy who served as a soldier in Sierra Leone. After his hometown was attacked by rebels, he spent months searching for his family before being recruited into guerrilla warfare. He is later reformed when living in a UNICEF refugee camp. [Warning: This book contains graphic violence.] [LVCCLD eAudio/CD]
*Three Cups of Tea: Young Reader’s Edition (Mortensen, Greg): Mortensen is described as a man who is single-handedly creating peaceful relationships between those in the Middle East and in the United States. This book tells his story—from mountain climbing failure to sacrificial living. After returning from a failed attempt to ascend K2, he commits to build a school for the girls in one of Pakistan’s outermost regions. He kept his promise, and continues to change the world with his relentless efforts. [Audible]
Young Adult Historical Fiction
Elijah of Buxton (Curtis, Christopher Paul): This book tells the story of a small town in Canada. Buxton is where escaped slaves from the United States find refuge. They welcome those former slaves who have made the long, painful journey from the South. The story takes a turn when Elijah, just a boy, heads back to the United States to complete a chore. [LVCCLD eAudio/CD]
Young Adult Realistic Fiction
Hatchet (Paulsen, Gary): This Newberry-award winner tells of a boy who becomes an inhabitant of the wilderness when the plane in which he is flying goes down and the pilot dies in the crash. The main character must learn to survive in the Canadian wild. [LVCCLD eAudio/CD]
*Leepike Ridge (Wilson, N.D.): This action-filled story of realistic fiction is a fun read. When the main character finds himself in a hidden cave under Leepike Ridge, he learns about life outside the mainstream.
Smiles to Go (Spinelli, Jerry): This is a coming-of-age story for boys who question who they are, where they fit in the universe, and their relationships with girls. [LVCCLD eAudio/CD]
Theodore Boone: Kid Lawyer (Grisham, John): This is John Grisham’s first children’s book. Theodore Boone lives with his parents, both of whom are lawyers. He loves the law and spends all his free time in the courthouse. As such, he is the resident expert on the law at his school, and he regularly advises his classmates on legal matters. He eve becomes entwined in a case of his own! This is a great book to learn about the U.S. legal system. [LVCCLD CD]
Adult Historical Fiction
Sarah's Key (de Rosnay, Tatiana): de Rosnay juxtaposes the past and present when her protagonist, a journalist, accepts the opportunity to write a story about French involvement in the Nazi round-up of Jewish families in Paris in 1942. While the journalist’s story unfolds, Sarah’s story unfolds. Sarah’s story is about cruelty and loss at the hand of the French police as they did the bidding of the Nazi’s. It is also about human compassion and remembrance. [LVCCLD eAudio]
Adult Realistic Fiction
The Life of Pi (Martel, Yann): Martel tells the tale of a boy from India. His family owns a zoo, but is selling their animals to a U.S. zoo due to financial hardships. During their sea voyage, there is an accident and the boy, Pi, ends up aboard a small rescue boat along with a tiger and several other animals. He tells of their mutual survival tactics and leaves the reader questioning reality. [LVCCLD eAudio/CD]
*The Horse Boy (Isaacson, Rupert): Isaacson wrote this biography about his son, a boy afflicted with autism. In an attempt to help their son, Isaacson and his wife trekked through Mongolia with the intent to meet shamans who could assist their child. Their journey took them to the outer-most parts of Mongolia, even to the “Reindeer People.” This is a heartwarming tale the of the efforts parents will make to assist their children and ways that seeing the world differently can help us all see better. [Audible]
Strength in What Remains (Kidder, Tracy): A medical student in Africa finds himself constantly trying to escape war and war-torn environments as he traverses through his home country of Burundi and into and out of Rwanda. He eventually makes his way to the United States where he faces trials of a homeless immigrant in a foreign land. [LVCCLD eAudio]
Where Men Win Glory: The Odyssey of Pat Tillman (Krakauer, Jon): Pat Tillman, former NFL player, lost his life during the U.S. Gulf War. Krakauer describes the events leading to his NFL and military careers and the circumstances surrounding his death in combat. [LVCCLD eAudio/CD]
*The Last American Man (Gilbert, Elizabeth): Gilbert, author of Eat, Pray, Love, writes the biography of Eustice Conway, a true man of the American Wilderness. Born in the 1960s, Eustice took his homemade teepee and left home as a teenager to live off the land. Gilbert tells of his trek along the Appalachian Trail, his record-setting horse-journey across America, and his lifelong passion to bring Americans to a greater appreciation and respect of nature. [Audible]
We need real world, relevant assignments because we’ve already done well moving from the sage on the stage to the guide on the side. At this point we need to re-inspire teachers.
The new teacher standards include: Facilitate and inspire student learning and creativity Design and develop digital-age learning experiences and assessments Model digital-age work and learning Promote and model digital citizenship and responsibility Engage in professional growth and leadership
There is a new tool available through ISTE’s website that will assist administrators in determining the level of technology integration occurring with their teachers.
Check out fact flippers: www.tammyworcester.com
Dan Edelson, Getting out of the Classroom with Technology
Volunteer Geography: A variant of citizen science. For example, students can make and share field observations and analyze and provide interpretations of that data. The concept is that students collect data by taking measurements, thy submit the data via a web form, they visualize it using interactive maps, they analyze patterns based on the data and visualization, and they may report back to others in their classes. One problem with this is that students will only be able to see small amounts of data if they are involved during the start if the project. An example of this was students testing soil samples following use of salt on icy roads. Students get to experience the full spectrum of the scientific process. In this case, students used probes and collected data in the classroom and submitted information via a website.
NGS FieldScope allows students to collect real world data. NGS chooses a region to study and invites teachers and students to participate. The teachers must purchase the equipment which costs about $1,000.
Chris Dede, Ubiquitous Computing
Goal: Repurpose common items for educational purposes (e.g., using cell phones for augmented learning).
We need to recognize that adolescent learning includes the home, school, peers, work, distributed resources, and communities – not just school. Our goal at this point is scalability of using technology tools for 21st century teaching, not just focusing on use in our own classrooms.
She suggests we use research-based methods to develop lessons and units that serve as “sheet music.” The teachers base their instruction on the sheet music, but also improvise.
A good teacher blog including student podcasts is “Learning on the Go.” The teacher sets up her class as a fictional consulting agency and the students solve real world algebra problems. Another teacher uses authentic travel agent activities to teach about Greek history.
Media multi-tasking: We can only do one thing at a time, but we can quickly move from one thing to another. Kids are better at multi-tasking than adults. When learning, students are distracted when multi-tasking (except for things like music without lyrics in the background).
Alan November, “Designing Rigorous and Globally Connected Assignments”
This presentation is available from the “Archive of Articles” on NovemberLearning.com. This presentation is available at Digital Farm.
Students are connected to everyone in their lives – except their teachers because schools block everything. “Schools are the learning police.” There is more freedom in Chinese schools in terms of the Internet than here. We are so worried about their safety that we block their learning.
Every classroom should have a student-designated web researcher. The teacher should never have to answer a factual question, they should only have to respond to higher-order thinking questions.
There is a Google feature that allows you to create your own search engine. November believes teachers and students should jointly build search engines. This will give students less stimuli when they do searches.
It would be nice if students could develop resources that teach content and then future students review these tutorials before class. Students, then, are responsible for learning their own content and class time is replaced with problem solving. When there’s not a lot of Internet access, students could have a DVD with all the information at home (because DVDs are more common in the home than Internet connections).
Instead of teaching teachers to use technology, November jokes that we should send two of our students to the training and one of the students should be the biggest trouble-maker in the class.
Wikipedia isn’t an encyclopedia, it’s a publishing house. Third grade students were told they would visit the Pitot House and write an article they would submit to the largest encyclopedia in the class. The students wrote and published their Wikipedia article and now they follow the RSS feed for the article and critique what other people write.
http://kiva.com: Organizes donations to small business entrepreneurs. The donors get their money back and they get reports on their projects. You can also talk to the other people who have invested in the same entrepreneurial project.
http://jott.com alters voice to text. You can call this service from your cell phone. Another option is fozme.com http://polleverywhere.com: Allows you to do automatic polls from cell phones (like the classroom response systems)
Terry Cavanaugh, GIS, Google Maps, and More for Literacy Projects
There are interactive maps that show all he locations mentioned in a book (e.g., The Travels of Marco Polo). [Note to self – check out the Bible.]
Gutenkarte (http://gutenkarte.org) also makes a map of a text, showing what places are most frequently mentioned. Amazon’s Concordance also does this by telling the 100 most used words in a given text.
http://www.goglelittrips.com has 23 stories you can follow on Google Earth. You download the .kmz file and use it with Google Earth. An example is with Make Way for Ducklings. The entire story is mapped as sections are mentioned. Also, people have added pictures of items and informational text from specific locations in the book. Anyone can make a Google Lit Trip.
Teachers can get the Pro Version of Google Earth by writing to Google and requesting it. It is possible to make a map for each student so they can each map out a story.
A dimensional mouse allows you to move in three dimensions. They are available through Amazon.
Using virtual map pins, students can add quotes from book, write facts about the locations mentioned, and adding multimedia books. This is a means of having students have greater interactivity with books.
In September, cameras will have cameras with embedded geo-tags. Some buildings are going to start putting in geo-tagging points in the buildings.
Tony Vincent, Audio is Great! Video is Cool! IPods Can Do More!
A Seattle-area student fatally shot by police who thought he was armed with a knife was actually carrying a pen, according to officials. The King County Sheriff’s Office said Friday that 20-year-old Tommy Le approached deputies with the writing device in his hand on June 13 in Burien, Washington. Officers had been responding to a...
Después de abandonar la melo-drama de fantasía de Secret Garden (que se sustituye por Hyun Bin, historia de fondo aquí), Jang Hyuk está cerca de elegir su próximo proyecto: próximo drama de acción y aventura de Poseidón.Piense dios del mar no, el cine de acción de Hollywood acerca de hundir barcos.El drama, escrito por el guionista Jo Kyu-won (IRIS) y dirigida por DP Yoo Chul-yong (All In, HIT, Swallow the Sun), se trata de la Guardia Costera. Er, no estoy seguro de si la Guardia Costera es correcto, ya que no es militar, sino más bien la policía océano. Si hay una mejor manera de clasificar oficialmente "policías de los barcos," entonces que había que estar.Yo no conozco a ningún otro detalles de la trama, pero si el escritor de IRIS está detrás de él, le espera una intriga, explosiones y armas de fuego. Realmente no me importa siempre y cuando se trata de trabajo vestido como él está por encima.El papel principal fue programado originalmente para Kang Ji-hwan, pero su batalla legal (en materia de contratos) que participan de la compañía de producción para el teatro, así que volvieron sus ojos hacia la nueva disposición Jang Hyuk por el liderato. Actualmente está leyendo el guión, y buscando en el proyecto favorablemente.
The gunman who killed three law enforcement officers in Baton Rouge last summer had searched online for the home addresses of the two white police officers who killed a black man in Baton Rouge outside a convenience store
Vika and Jelena look very nice..but I do not like Mugu's look at all.
Breaking news out of Palm Beach, Florida: Venus Williams involved in a car accident that killed a passenger in another car and it has been stated that Venus was at fault, running a stop light. The family of the deceased is planning to sue her. WOW..how will this affect her status at Wimbledon.
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Raul Quezada, Chief of Police PRESS RELEASE, FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: June 29, 2017 Released by: Sgt. Daron Wyatt, Contact: (714) 497-5633 Fourth of July Reminder: Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over ANAHEIM, CALIF —This Fourth of July, as friends and family travel to picnics and barbecues across the country, Anaheim Police Department, Sheriff Deputies and the California Highway Patrol, […]
3 seperate women made statements to the police that Masterson raped them (and more are coming forward). The case is still under investigation.
The guy even called himself DJ Donkey Punch (previosly DJ Donkey Pizzle).
Way to go defending this douchebag.
The Police Department in the Town of Slaughter, Louisiana has been left in turmoil, after the Chief and most of his department resigned. They have accused the mayor of the city of attempting to impose ticket [...]
John Kerry was doing his best "Casablanca" impersonation, pretending to be police Capt. Renault and was just shocked that Egypt is still a brutal military dictatorship despite our newly revived "historic partnership." A day after chatting it up in Cairo on Sunday with now-elected dictator Gen. Abdel-Fattah el-Sisi, who, Kerry assured the world, "gave me...
A man from El Salvador in the U.S. illegally who sued San Francisco after police turned him over to immigration authorities in violation of the city's sanctuary law is set to be awarded $190,000, his attorney said Thursday.
Pedro Figueroa-Zarceno, 33, reached the settlement with the city attorney's...
The police are looking for a 31-year-old Nigerian man identified as Ebiziem Ifeanyi Stephen to assist in investigations into the death of a five-year-old boy last Thursday, June 22. Brickfields OCPD Asst Comm Ruslan Khalid said that the police brought in the deceased’s mother, Nurfathiehah Ahmad Rokmar, 28, on June 23. “She was picked […]
No one knows how many untested rape kits have been shelved by local police departments throughout North Carolina, leaving victims to wonder if their cases will ever be solved, and leaving perpetrators free to strike again. A new law aims to change that by year's end.
Montgomery County Police said in a statement Thursday that an autopsy completed in Baltimore by the Chief Medical Examiner's Office determined that the teen's death at Maple Lake earlier this month was an accidental drowning. A groundskeeper found the teen's personal belongings near the lake June 17. Rescue personnel searched the lake and found the teen's body.
Ohanaeze Ndigbo on Thursday descended and distanced itself from Kanu and his IPOB organisation.
Chief John Nnia Nwodo, President-General of Ohanaeze Ndigbo, made the stand of the body known while addressing members of the Anambra State House of Assembly at the Legislative Complex, Awka, Anambra State.
Nnamdi Kanu and Nnia Nwodo
Nwodo, who was particularly not happy with the statement credited to Kanu that governorship election should not hold in Anambra in November, said Kanu had breached the undertaking he took before him (Nwodo) when he was released from detention.
“I’m just being paternal. The way I commended them as my children is the way I have the right to chastise them when they go wrong. We don’t need this heat up”, Nwodo said.
“News that reached us in the past few days that Nnamdi Kanu, the leader of IPOB, has declared that there will be no election in Anambra in November is shocking and disturbing. I hereby countermand that declaration as president general of Ohanaeze.
“Whereas Ohanaeze understands the marginalisation and unfair treatment of Igbos which have given rise to self-determination movements in Igboland, leaders of these movements must not arrogate to themselves the supreme leadership of Igboland.
“Statements of the kind credited to Nnamdi Kanu are provocative, misleading and unproductive. Why should Anambra people be denied the opportunity to choose their own leader? Why should any of us who are not from Anambra, no matter how highly placed, descend to the arena and dictate for Anambra people when to vote, whether to vote or who to vote for?
“Anambra, nay Igbos, are still part and parcel of the Federal Republic of Nigeria. Yes, we are not happy with our treatment in Nigeria. Yes, some of us want Biafra. Yes, some of us prefer a restructured Federal Republic of Nigeria. But the fact remains that we are still part and parcel of the present Federal Republic of Nigeria, bound by its laws, no matter how repressive or unjust”, Nwodo said while addressing the legislators.
Continuing, he said, “Our approach to reforms of our laws even if it leads to self-determination or restructuring must be lawful. We must convince other Nigerians of our point of view, we must strive to make others share our convictions.
“Our language must be civil, respectful and lead to consensus building. We must resist any attempt to turn division amongst us, as to which way we must go, become a source of altercations between us.
“As we speak very many of our people living in Northern Nigeria are in complete awe and consternation regarding how safe they will be after October 1st. Other Northerners living amongst us are also worried.
“The Inspector General of Police has taken public notice of Nnamdi’s comments inviting a possible invasion of Anambra by the Nigerian police, increasing the already existing siege of our people which lead to daily extortion on our highways. All these developments have arisen out of unguarded utterances.
“I find no venue more suited for the statements I make here. Every constituent part of Anambra is represented here. I believe that the honourable members here are competent enough to carry the Ohanaeze message to every nook and cranny of Anambra State”.
Nwodo, who said the organisation would visit other houses of Assembly in Igbo speaking states, said, “We are happy with the peace that exists here. We are happy with the steady progress Anambra has registered over the years. The next election can only improve not retard it.”
Igbos Must Not Be Divided
Earlier, Chief Willie Obiano, Anambra State governor, represented by his Senior Special Assistant on Legislative Matters, Chief Chiedozie Ezeugwa, said that the state government was committed to the Igbo cause and would continue to do everything to support the Ohanaeze in protecting the interest Igbos.
Mrs. Rita Mmaduagwu, Speaker of Anambra Assembly, and a former national chairman of the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA), Chief Victor Umeh, in their speeches said Igbos should avoid being divided in whatever cause they pursue in the prevailing circumstance, adding that the time to listen to Igbos has come.
It would be recalled that on Wednesday Kanu in Umuahia, Abia State, was unanimously chosen by seven pro-Biafra groups as leader of all groups agitating for the sovereign state of Biafra.
Announcing the decision of the groups under the banner of Biafra Peoples National Council (BPNC) at Nnamdi Kanu’s country-home at Afara Ibeku in Umuahia North Council, the leader of the Movement for the Actualisation of the Sovereign State of Biafra (MASSOB), Uchenna Madu, said Kanu’s sincerity, focus and doggedness in the struggle towards realisation of Biafra made the pro-Biafra groups to ask him to lead them.
The groups, according to him, are MASSOB, Eastern People’s Congress (EPC), Biafran Revolutionary Organisation (BRO), Joint Revolutionary Council of Biafra (JRCB); World Union of Biafran Scientists (WUBS), Biafran Liberation Crusaders (BLC), Salvation People of Biafra (SPB) and IPOB. SOURCE
IPOB: Pro-Biafra groups forge common force, make Nnamdi Kanu overall leader
By Anayo Okoli
Published by Family Writers Press
UMUAHIA – SEVEN pro-Biafra groups Wednesday agreed to work together under the leaders of Nnamdi Kanu, leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, with the aim of achieving faster the their quest for referendum that will lead to the emancipation of Republic of Biafra.
The groups said that they decided to work together so that they would be speaking with one voice seeking for one objective of securing the Republic of Biafra.
Well over 5000 people from the various groups converged on Afaraukwu, native home of Nnamdi Kanu to witness his appointment as the over leader of Biafra. The groups were the Movement for the Sovereign State of Biafra, MASSOB, Biafran Revolutionary Organization, BRO, Eastern People Congress, EPC, Joint Revolutionary Council of Biafra, JRCB, Biafra Liberation Crusaders, BLC, and Salvation People of Biafra, all of who agreed to work indiscriminately with the Nnamdi Kanu led IPOB to pursue the Republic Biafra. Rising from a closed down with Kanu, Comrade Uchenna Madu addressed journalists on their decision. He said the decision was to work together and speak with one voice under a central leader, saying however that all the groups still exist but would be speaking with one voice more so as the quest for referendum hits up.
“Distinguished members and great people of Biafra and supporters of divine mission of emancipation of the land of Biafra from the oppressing Nigeria State, we salute you. Today as we stand in this holy land of Bifra in unique and brotherly gathering to honour our own brother who distinguished himself in the self determination struggle for Biafra actualization and restoration. “Today in honour of our supreme leader, Chukwu Okike Abiama and in remembrance of Dim Chukwuemeka Odumegwu Ojukwu, we the people of Biafra under the representation of all the pro-Biafra groups hereby adopt and declare our brother, Mazi Nnamdi Kanu as the new leader of Biafra Nation, whose under his leadership, through the grace of Chukwu Okike Abiama shall the people of Biafra rest. “Mazi Nnamdi Kanu’s leadership shall bring unity, peace, progress and brotherly love among the esteemed people of Biafra through the instrumentality of mutual and intimate understanding among the pro-Biafra groups”, the declaration read by MASSOB leader, Comrade Uchenna Madu said.
Kanu Reacts In his reaction, Nnamdi Kanu said that he was humbled by the decision of the various groups and assured that h would not let them down. “I am humbled by this decision of the groups, we started together and we have all ended up together because we are sincere and purposeful. I am not in the habit of letting my friends down, that thing you said I cannot do is what I will down. “Everybody will be carried along; if I am invited for any meeting I will take some people along. Today is a great day for Biafran all over the world.
Today we have shamed our enemies think that we cannot come together, who think that if when we get Biafra we will kill ourselves, we have shamed them”. In answer to a question, Kanu said he did not believe in the restructuring of Nigeria being called by eminent Nigeria, saying that Nigerian Government would not keep any agreement reached in the restructuring exercise. According to him, it is a referendum or nothing.
He said that Aburi agreement was reneged by Nigerian Government and that the 2014 National Conference was dumped where it was coated by dust until the Biafra agitation became intense and it was remembered. On whether the IPOB has formerly written to the United Nations demanding referendum, Kanu said that the best letter was the continuous civil disobedience which he said serves as “handwriting on the wall for the Government, they wake up to see it every day”. “We are going to compel the powers that be to recognize the inevitability of the referendum. Man made the law, man will change it. We will continue to deploy civil disobedience. It is not war, it is self-determination”, Kanu said.
A United Nations observer, Prof. Nwaimo Emma was around yesterday to see what was going on. According to Nwaimo, who said he is a professor of religion, he was overwhelmed with the crowd he saw and said that he would report back to the United Nations the true position of what he observed.
WE HAVE LOST CONFIDENCE IN IGP
Meanwhile, the leader of Afenifere Youths, Eric Olawale has said that the Afenifere youths have totally lost confidence in the leadership of the Inspector General of Police, Ibrahim Idris over his failure to arrested the Arewa Youths who gave the Igbo quit notice from the North. Olawale also said that they have lost confidence in the Northern governors over the same issue, saying with their action they have failed to provide leadership. Olawale who said he was in Umuahia in solidarity with Nnamdi Kanu and other pro-Biafra groups, said that they are also keenly interested in having Oduduwa Republic. He said that they came to give support to Kanu because they all part of Southern Nigeria, and will not watch and see their brother being punished.
The ACLU sues South Dakota over the forced drug testing of a toddler, Detroit residents again sue the dope squad for killing dogs in pot raids, Pennsylvania's governor signs an asset forfeiture reform bill, and more.
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EPA Rejects California's Request to Recognize Allowable Marijuana Pesticides. Environmental Protection Agency head Scott Pruitt last week rejected the state's request to recognize acceptable pesticides for pot crops. Pruitt used the fact of marijuana's continuing illegality under federal law to justify the decision: "Under federal law, cultivation (along with sale and use) of cannabis is generally unlawful as a schedule I controlled substance under the Controlled Substances Act. The EPA finds that the general illegality of cannabis cultivation makes pesticide use on cannabis a fundamentally different use pattern."
Pennsylvania Health Department Issues Dispensary Permits. The Health Department announced Thursday it had granted 27 medical marijuana dispensary permits. Each permit holder can open up to three dispensaries. They will be permitted to begin selling medical marijuana in six months. Click on the link for a list of permit recipients.
Pennsylvania Governor Signs Asset Forfeiture Reform Bill. Gov. Tom Wolf (D) signed into law Senate Bill 8 on Thursday. The bill does not end civil asset forfeiture, but does impose a higher burden of proof on law enforcement before forfeitures can take place, mandate a hearing before any seized real property is forfeited, and add protections for third-party property owners.
South Dakota Sued Over Forced Catherization of 3-Year-Old for Drug Test. The ACLU of South Dakota has filed a pair of lawsuits over the forced use of a catheter to take a urine sample from a three-year-boy to test for drugs as part of a child welfare investigation. The suit comes in the case of a Pierre woman whose boyfriend violated probation by testing positive for illegal drugs. Child protective workers then told the women her children would be taken away if she did not submit them to a drug test. The federal lawsuit names as defendants the state of South Dakota and the hospital whose employees actually performed the procedure.
Detroit's Dog Killing Drug Cops Sued for Third Time. A Detroit couple has filed a civil rights lawsuit against Detroit Police alleging officers needlessly and maliciously killed their three dogs during a July 2016 marijuana raid after officers refused to let them retrieve the animals from the back yard. That brings to three the number of active lawsuits filed against Detroit cops for killing dogs during pot raids. The culprit is the department's Major Violators Unit, which conducts hundreds of raids a year in the city, and which has left a trail of dead dogs in its wake. One officer alone has killed 69 dogs.
Illinois Supreme Court Rules County DAs Can't Form Their Own Dope Squads. The state Supreme Court ruled Thursday the county prosecutors cannot form their own policing units to conduct drug interdiction efforts, including traffic stops. The ruling came in a case involving the State Attorney's Felony Enforcement (SAFE) Unit created by the LaSalle County district attorney. The unit operated for five years, mainly stopping cars on their way to and from Chicago. Previously, state appeals courts had ruled that the units were an overreach of prosecutorial authority, and now the state's highest court has backed them up.
It was the night before his college graduation and 20-year-old Tommy Le was shot and killed by police because they said that tasers “were not effective” in subduing him. The bizarre story of the student surrounds the King County Sheriff’s Office in Washington state, which received ...
Venus Williams was sued on Friday by the family of a Florida man who died after being involved in a two-vehicle crash that police say was the fault of the world’s former top-ranked tennis player. A civil complaint filed Friday, days before the revered Wimbledon tournament, claims that Williams...
Shots were fired inside New York City’s Bronx Lebanon hospital on Friday, and police said a short time later that one suspect was dead, while local media reported several people, including at least three doctors, were wounded in the gunfire. Few details were immediately available about the inc...
By Ejike Ejike, Abuja The Inspector General of Police, Ibrahim Idris has received the communique issued at the end of the 2017 National Economic Summit and directed that it should be circulated to the relevant ministries and agencies for study and implementation. Receiving the report, the IGP reinstated the force’s commitment to ensuring the safety of […]
Police seeking potential witness in the Chelsie Probert homicide Investigators with the Homicide Unit of the Integrated Criminal Investigation Division are asking for a potential witness to come forward in the homicide of Chelsie Probert. At approximately 10 p.m. on June 6, 2017 Halifax Regional Police responded to a report of a female in medical …
Te Anau police have two vacancies that they have had no luck in filling and now a Southland district councillor is concerned police can’t attract cops to the town. Cr Ebel Kremer said it was a bit concerning that officers were moving on from Te Anau...
The Police Association is clear in its stance that stronger gun laws are needed, as more police officers encounter firearms in the line of duty. Association president Chris Cahill, a former Southlander, was in Invercargill yesterday to attend an...
AUSTRALIA: Screaming children running for cover, dogs carrying live fireworks in their mouths, men extinguishing fires with their thongs and explosions setting off car alarms; just a normal run of events on Territory Day. A compilation of disastrous,...
Une conférence citoyenne des organisations de la société civile, à laquelle devrait prendre part le professeur de droit constitutionnel André Mbata et le célèbre gynécologue Denis Mukwege, prévue ce vendredi 30 juin avec comme thème : « Retour à l’ordre constitutionnelle », n’a pas eu lieu.
Les Forces de l’ordre ont procédé à l’arrestation des activistes de la société civile et d’autres participants qui étaient arrivés le matin à Congo Loisir cadre choisi pour la circonstance, afin de prendre part à cette réflexion coïncidant avec le 57 ème anniversaire de l’indépendance de la République Démocratique du Congo.
Selon les organisateurs, toutes les formalités ont été remplies pour la tenue de cette journée de réflexion.
Il est bon de signaler que l’exposé du professeur Mbata et celui du Docteur Mukwenge étaient très attendu.
Cependant, l’on signale quelques cas d’arrestation. Et des journalistes ont été brutalisés par les éléments de la Police.
Cette conférence était l’initiative du CASC, Collectif d’Actions de la Société Civile.
La République démocratique du Congo ne tiendra pas son défilé militaire annuel de l’indépendance vendredi en raison des problèmes de sécurité, a annoncé jeudi un conseiller du président Joseph Kabila, cité par Reuters.
Le défilé du 30 juin, jour de l’indépendance en République démocratique du Congo, qui célèbre la fin de la domination coloniale belge, n’aura pas lieu cette année. Les autorités évoquent des raisons sécuritaires, mais aussi la situation politique tendue.
Le directeur de cabinet adjoint du président Joseph Kabila, Jean-Pierre Kambila, a déclaré à Reuters qu’il n’y aurait pas de défilé militaire le 30 juin « pour des raisons de sécurité« , sans donner plus de détails. « Il a dit que Kabila prononcerait probablement un discours télévisé« , renseigne l’agence de presse britannique.
Le défilé a également été annulé en 2012 et 2013 pendant la rébellion M23.
La situation sécuritaire au pays reste tendue, alors qu’un commissariat de la Police a été attaqué ce jeudi au coeur même de la capitale, en plein jour.
Le communiqué du Président, diffusé vendredi soir à la télévision nationale, annonçant qu’il est malade, a laissé place à une véritable spéculation sur son état de santé.
C‘est une première en République démocratique du Congo. En 57 ans d’histoire post-indépendance, jamais un Chef de l’Etat n’a annulé son discours à la nation. Celui-ci, censé célébrer la fin de l’occupation belge, était spécifiquement attendu cette année, alors que le pays traverse une crise politique, une situation économique dégradante et une situation sécuritaire volatile. « Je regrette que, pour des raisons de santé, je ne puis, cette année, vous adresser mon message de manière traditionnelle« , dit le message du Président diffusé à la RTNC. Joseph Kabila a également appelé la population à célébrer l’indépendance dans le calme et la méditation. « C’est un manque de respect envers ce peuple et une preuve que Monsieur Kabila est arrivé à sa fin. Il n’est plus capable de diriger ce pays. Manquer du respect au peuple, dans un jour aussi spécial pour notre nation et prétendre continuer à diriger le pays est totalement inacceptable« , lance le député Jean-Claude Vuemba, membre du Rassemblement depuis Londres.
Le député congolais n’est pas le seul à s’offusquer de cette situation. Néanmoins, si le message du président surprend, c’est surtout son état de santé qui a laissé place à des questionnements. Car, durant ses 16 ans au pouvoir, Joseph Kabila s’est rarement absenté pour des telles raisons. « Ca doit alors être grave« , avance un analyste politique. « Il y a deux situations à envisager: soit il est vraiment souffrant, ce qui est peu probable, soit il y a vraiment des problèmes sérieux au sein du pouvoir« , ajoute-t-il. Sur Twitter, Jean-Pierre Kambila, directeur de cabinet adjoint du président, s’étonne que l’on en fasse un sujet à débat: « Étrange en quoi ? Un homme qui attrape la grippe après un long périple. Les présidents sont des humains, peut être un peu spéciaux« , dit-il. « Le président a donc une grippe? où il est simplement fatigué de nous lire de mensonges? » interroge un autre internaute. « Il manquait simplement quoi dire. 16 ans après, c’est quoi son bilan? Il nous a ramené en arrière, nous laissant des guerres et des attaques en plein jour dans la capitale. Le pays a régressé. Les gens souffrent. Le Franc congolais ne vaut plus grand-chose… qu’aurait-il pu nous dire face à cela?« , interroge le député Vuemba. La situation reste tendue tant au pays que dans la capitale. La nouvelle attaque, hier après-midi, d’un commissariat en plein jour, a précipité le déploiement de l’armée et de la police dans les principales artères de Kinshasa. A Kintambo, l’Ouest de la capitale, une forte présence de la Garde Républicaine, fortement armée, est observée depuis le début de la soirée. Les éléments de l’armée sont également vus au centre-ville, sur l’avenue de la Justice, et au niveau de l’avenue de la Libération (ex-24 novembre). Le défilé du 30 juin, jour de l’indépendance en République démocratique du Congo, qui célèbre la fin de la domination coloniale belge, a même été annulé. Les autorités évoquent des raisons sécuritaires, mais aussi la situation politique tendue. politico.cd
Britská královna Alžběta II. se stala tématem policejního hlášení. Všeteční poddaní této panovnice zavolali na číslo 999 a na stanici Západního Jorkšíru nahlásili, že jela do Parlamentu nepřipoutaná bezpečnostním pásem. Podle volajícího měla být pokutována. Britská policie ale případ použila jako názorný příklad zneužívání této tísňové linky.
Homeless on Bart. This morning when the "shuttle" pulled into North Concord (only 6 cars long) there were three homeless people on one car taking up two seats each and causing the car to smell unbearably pungent. It was apparent they'd been riding the rails uninterrupted and planned to continue doing so dispute there being standing room only as the trained pulled out of the North Concord station. It really caused a big disturbance as one guy became livid over his inability to sit because of the homeless man yet the majority advocated for the homeless guys rights to not be "respected" despite. It turned in a moral platform for the self righteous to gang up on the man who insisted on sitting down while the Bart employee I had to summon from right outside the car to regulate stood there and asked what am I supposed to do? The crowd cheered on the employee's lack of willingness to get involved while the man wanting to sit down became further enraged. It all seemed to be about saying the politically correct thing over protecting the rights of riders.
Don't get me wrong I give to the homeless and have a soft spot in my heart for those less fortunate however Bart should not let this become a political issue by pandering to the movement because the appear righteous. If you pay for a seat no one should be allowed to take up two seats for any reason. Each person pays for one seat and that is BART's job to enforce not the public and public sentiment about how the homeless should be treat should have no standing when it comes to the paid ridership's rights. Whether the homeless man paid or not is not the question however the real question is do the homeless have more rights than the rest of us...yes on BART.
Bart please protect your riders...no one with authority rides the trains...not even during extenuating circumstance such as the Pitts/Bay Point outage when resources are few and patience is stretched. This is a potentially volatile situation ripe to explode. The courtesy clerks greeting us on the platform was nice, the free rider was nice however you have enough officers to monitors trains instead of working around stations while the action is going on on the train itself...no one monitors the goings on onboard train cars....creating is a powder keg. Bart keeps increasing the fares however their simple presence would increase the peace and safety for those actually paying to be on board their trains.
I know something of how important Lee was to people, especially to his family. He was a strong presence in the life of that family, a man who loved his children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren. And he was a vital presence in their lives almost to the end, as the video Dave shared on Facebook the other day, showing Lee teeing up on the golf course at the age of 90, demonstrates. All of you have been blessed to have Lee in your lives and you know it.
But now what?
People who haven’t been blessed as you have, strangers to Lee or to all of you, might not understand that it’s possible to grieve just as much, sometimes more, for an older person who has left this life as it is to grieve for someone younger. When someone has been the patriarch of a family for so long, it leaves a hole in many lives.
So, the first thing that I would say this morning is that you shouldn’t let anyone tell you that it’s time to snap out of it, time to stop feeling your loss.
As I read God’s Word, the Bible, it becomes clear to me that death was never meant to be part of the human experience. We were created in the “image of God,” Genesis says, and the Old Testament book of Ecclesiastes tells us that God “has put eternity into [humanity’s] heart…” We have every right to feel offended by death, to resent its removal of loved ones from our lives. We weren’t made for death. It’s offensive and hurtful to us.
Listen: It’s offensive to God and hurts God too. He loves us. He wants more for us than death and grief. He wants to give us life and hope and peace.
That’s exactly why He took on human flesh in the person of Jesus, Who took the death sentence for sin each of us inherits at birth and then rose from the dead so that all who turn from their own sin and trust in Him have a life with God that cannot be taken from them.
When a friend of Jesus, a man named Lazarus, died, Jesus took His apostles with Him to the little village of Bethany. Some regarded this as a risky trip because, by that time, the forces of government and religion had decided that Jesus needed to be killed and Bethany was close to Jerusalem, where temple police or Roman soldiers could easily get their hands on Him. But Jesus went anyway.
Lazarus had two sisters, who also lived in Bethany. Martha was the first of them to see Jesus when He got to Bethany and she was none too pleased with Him. She and her sister had sent urgent pleas to Jesus to come and help their brother. They were sure that Jesus, Who already had a track record of miracle-working, could come and heal Lazarus. But, by the time Jesus arrived, Lazarus was dead four days.
And so, when Jesus arrives, Martha is reproachful. “Lord, if you had been here, my brother he would not have died,” she tells Him. “But even now I know that whatever you ask from God, God will give you.” They exchange a few more words, then Jesus tells her, “I am the resurrection and the life. Whoever believes in me, though he die, yet shall he live, and everyone who lives and believes in me shall never die.”
Jesus was offering to Martha at that moment the same thing that He offers you today: hope. Hope that when we dare to follow Christ, dare to turn away from sin, and turn to Him in trust, we have life with God. It’s a hope that God will be with us always and a hope that death need not have the last word over the lives of those who trust in Jesus.
To all people, Christ offers universally and unreservedly the chance to receive what, deep in our souls, we all know we were made for, eternal life with God. “I am the way, and the truth, and the life,” Jesus says elsewhere. “No one comes to the Father except through me. If you had known me, you would have known my Father also.” As we turn to Jesus each day, He brings God’s hope to us, even when we grieve.
But this same God can give something else to you today. I pray that you’ll take it as He offers it to you. It’s mentioned in that passage from 2 Corinthians I spoke of a few moments ago: Comfort. The passage calls God “the Father of mercies and God of all comfort.”
If you seek God, the God made plain in Jesus, He can bring you comfort.
I remember being at a funeral visitation. One of the friends who stopped by to visit the grieving family was a man I’d met several times previously. We fell into conversation. He talked about how it had been when he lost his wife of fifty some years. They had been inseparable and he was devastated. He talked about how often at night he would fall to his knees in his bedroom and cry out, “God have mercy on me.” God’s Word, the Bible, promises that all who call on God will be saved. This man, as he called on God for help, was saved from facing His grief alone. “I don’t know how I would have survived without God’s help,” he told me.
And speaking personally, when I had a heart attack seven years ago and needed to be hospitalized, my son spent the night with me. As I lay in bed, I asked him to read some Scripture to me. I'll never forget the comfort I felt amid the noise in my soul when he read the words of Psalm 46:10: "Be still, and know that I am God."
The God Who has experienced death and grief Himself, wants to offer that same comfort to you today.
He wants you to know that you’re right to be hurt by the loss of your father, grandfather, great-grandfather, and friend.
He wants you to know that, for all who dare to trust in Christ, there is a hope for life with God in this world and a perfect life with God in the world to come, and there is comfort for those who run into the strong, compassionate arms of the God Who made you, loves you, died for you, rose for you.
Take the comfort and hope that only the God we meet in Jesus can offer.
And know that a lot of people, including Ann and me and our family, love you. God bless all of you. Amen
Pittsburgh Steelers cornerback Artie Burns was released from police custody sometime on Friday following his Thursday night arrest for driving in Miami with a suspended license, according to Jeremy Fowler of ESPN.com. Burns’ Friday release probably happened much earlier in the day considering the nature of his charges. Fowler also...
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Will buy AI only if profitable for us: IndiGo president "Let me be very clear that if it is not profitable and does not add value to our employees, customers and shareholders, we will not embark on this journey," IndiGo president Aditya Ghosh wrote in a mail to staff on Air India acquisition bid.
'Half-a-degree of warming boosted extreme weather' Comparing two 20-year periods -- 1960-79 and 1991-2010 -- between which average global temperatures jumped 0.5 C (0.9 F), scientists found that the hottest summer temperatures increased by more than 1 degree C across a quarter of Earth's land areas, while the coldest winter temperatures warmed by more then 2.5 degree C.
Ice-free areas of Antarctica to increase by 2100: Study Ice-free areas may increase in Antarctica by 25 per cent due to climate change, leading to drastic changes in the continent's biodiversity, a study warns. They found the melting ice could create up to 17,000 square kilometre of new ice-free area across Antarctica.
Rare Siamese crocodile eggs found in Cambodia Conservationists have found a nest with 19 eggs from one of the world's most endangered crocodiles. It is boosting hopes for species threatened by poachers and habitat loss. Researchers believe only 400 adults still exist in the wild, the baby crocodiles will be raised at a conservation centre
Europe to meet US plea for more troops to Afghanistan European allies pledged more troops to support Afghanistan's hard-pressed military on Thursday but left details on numbers vague until the United States clarifies its new strategy to break a stalemate with the Taliban.
Washington plans $1.42 bn arms sale to Taiwan The State Department said the package included technical support for early warning radar, high speed anti-radiation missiles, torpedoes and missile components. The US is the sole arms supplier to Taiwan, which China deems its own and has never renounced the use of force to bring the self-ruled island under its control.
German parliament legalises same-sex marriage Germany's parliament voted by a wide margin to legalise same-sex marriage. The parliament voted by 393 votes in favour of same-sex marriage to 226 against. Chancellor Angela Merkel freed members of her ruling conservative bloc to follow their personal conscience rather than the party line.
Nasa rocket releases artificial colourful clouds Nasa has finally launched a sounding rocket that created artificial colourful clouds that were visible from New York to North Carolina. The artificial clouds were launched to track particle motions in space. The rocket was delayed many times over the last 30 days.
NASA's quieter supersonic jet closer to reality The US space agency completed the preliminary design review (PDR) of its Quiet Supersonic Transport (QueSST) aircraft design. QueSST is the initial design stage of NASA's planned Low Boom Flight Demonstration (LBFD) experimental airplane, otherwise known as an X-plane.
Delhi, Haryana to work together to prevent flooding in Gurugram Officials from Delhi and Haryana will undertake a joint inspection for assessing silting in the Najafgarh drain over the next two days. This will be done in order to carry out desilting, if required, as part of measures to be taken up to prevent flooding in Gurgaon, that created a havoc last year.
Here's how GST will affect your dating game As India prepares for its midnight tryst with GST on Friday, your dating game may see a change come July, with pretty much everything you indulge in during your romantic rendezvous coming under the new tax regime.
GST will be India's 'economic freedom': Anil Ambani Ambani said the world has seen nothing like this before and in less than 48 hours, India will emerge as the biggest free and democratic market in the history of humankind. He also said there are moments in the life of a nation when history is made not in small steps of incremental gain but in giant leaps of ambition.
Only the brave will take on Air India: Anand Mahindra Media reports have speculated that Tata Group could buy a stake in Air India, which it owned before the carrier was nationalised nearly 70 years ago. Tata is yet to comment. Finance Minister Arun Jaitley is to head a committee to decide the quantum of Air India disinvestment
Ice-free areas of Antarctica to increase by 2100: Study Ice-free areas may increase in Antarctica by 25 per cent due to climate change, leading to drastic changes in the continent's biodiversity, a study warns. They found the melting ice could create up to 17,000 square kilometre of new ice-free area across Antarctica.
Rare Siamese crocodile eggs found in Cambodia Conservationists have found a nest with 19 eggs from one of the world's most endangered crocodiles. It is boosting hopes for species threatened by poachers and habitat loss. Researchers believe only 400 adults still exist in the wild, the baby crocodiles will be raised at a conservation centre
Iraqi zoo gives rare glimpse of white lion An Iraqi zoo showed off a rare white lion cub to mark the animal's first birthday this week, as officials revealed that they hoped to welcome another of the rare big cats in the coming weeks.
NASA's quieter supersonic jet closer to reality The US space agency completed the preliminary design review (PDR) of its Quiet Supersonic Transport (QueSST) aircraft design. QueSST is the initial design stage of NASA's planned Low Boom Flight Demonstration (LBFD) experimental airplane, otherwise known as an X-plane.
Yoga not as safe as thought: Study Yoga may not be as safe as popularly believed, say scientists who have found that the ancient Indian meditative practice may causes muscle and bone pain and even exacerbate existing injuries.
Moto Z2 smartphone with 64GB internal storage, 4GB RAM spotted online Lenovo-owned Motorola recently launched its Moto Z2 Play modular smartphone. It seems that the company is now gearing up for the launch of its flagship sibling – Moto Z2. The alleged handset has been spotted on GFXBench benchmarking website, hinting at some of its specifications.
Without sentencing, verdict not complete; case against Dossa abates The death of Mustafa Dossa before the pronouncement of sentence has resulted in abatement of his trial. His trial thus cannot be said to culminate into a judgment. Though the fact will remain that the court had found him guilty, however the further process of convicting and sentencing him having remained incomplete, no appeal can lie against an incomplete judgment, said retired high court judge Justice P D Kode.
'Taakis' razed, turned into swanky commercial bldgs Popularly known as taakis, single screen theatres of the Old City are fast becoming a rarity in the area south of Musi river. With several being either demolished, largely abandoned or turned into swanky commercial complexes, residents, who are film aficionados, have few options left in the Old City.
DVAC is probing gutka scam, Tamil Nadu CM says Tamil Nadu chief minister Edappadi K Palaniswami on Thursday informed the assembly that the Directorate of Vigilance and Anti-Corruption is conducting a probe based on a communique sent by the Chennai city police commissioner to the home secretary on the sale of banned gutka by anti-socials, in connivance with a minister and some police officials.
Cheoki to turn into satellite station As the city prepares for Ardh Kumbh 2019, the facilities at Cheoki station of NCR would also be upgraded.An amount of Rs 50 crore has been earmarked for the purpose.
GST: Fishing nets, ropes to get costlier Thousands of fishermen are now worried about their livelihood as they have to invest more in fishing net and rope when the Goods and Service Tax (GST) comes into being on July 1.
CHICAGO – Chicago police, federal agents and prosecutors are launching a new initiative Friday to stem the flow of illegal firearms in the city as part of efforts to curb rampant gun violence that President Donald Trump says is at "epidemic proportions."
Trump's remark on Twitter came ahead of an announcement by Chicago police and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives about the formation of the Chicago Crime Gun Strike Force. Mayor Rahm Emanuel's office acknowledged that an additional 20 ATF agents have been sent to Chicago.
State police, intelligence analysts and state and federal prosecutors will target illegal guns and repeat gun offenders, Chicago police said. Superintendent Eddie Johnson said in a statement Thursday night that "we are foundationally changing the way we fight crime in Chicago."
Trump tweeted Friday morning that "Crime and killings in Chicago have reached such epidemic proportions that I am sending in Federal help." In January, he warned Chicago about its high number of homicides, saying on Twitter that he is ready to "send in the Feds."
Adam Collins, spokesman for Mayor Rahm Emanuel, said the city wants federal help.
"Six months ago we made it clear that we would welcome additional federal support, and six months later we appreciate the 20 new ATF agents that are now arriving," Collins said in an email. But as the police department released figures that show the number of homicides, shooting incidents and shooting victims has dropped, Collins said "the progress CPD has made this year has happened without any of the new resources from the federal government we requested."
In fact, earlier this week, officials announced that the ATF had loaned the city a van outfitted with ballistic testing equipment to help police more quickly solve gun crimes.
Trump's latest tweet said there have been 1,714 shootings in Chicago this year. According to the police department, there have been 1,703 shooting victims. There were 1,935 shooting victims in the city during the same period last year. Also, there have been 1,360 shooting incidents so far this year — 224 less than were reported during the same period in 2016. So far this year, there have been 320 homicides compared to 322 by this time last year, according to the police department.
Attorney General Jeff Sessions, speaking Friday on the Fox News Channel's morning show, "Fox & Friends," said the Justice Department is "sending in additional gun investigators" to Chicago and that he has urged the U.S. attorney's office to prosecute gun cases aggressively.
"The police have been demoralized in many ways," he said. "In many ways, the policies in Chicago have not been working. Murders are way, way too high. It is critical for the people of Chicago's public safety that we begin to work together here and deport violent criminals that have been convicted. They need to not be a sanctuary city, they need to be protecting the people of Chicago from violent criminals."
Police spokesman Anthony Guglielmi said in a statement late Thursday that federal and Cook County prosecutors plan to develop new strategies to prosecute gun crimes and offenders.
On Friday, Sessions said the Justice Department will send more federal prosecutors to "prioritize prosecutions to reduce gun violence."
Sessions last week pledged federal assistance to 12 cities to help them develop individualized, long-term strategies to fight violence. But Chicago was not among them.
The Justice Department said that's because Chicago was already part of a similar Justice Department program called the Violence Reduction Network, which began in 2014. Under that initiative, federal agents teamed up with their local counterparts to share resources and intelligence.
The Justice Department spokesman said the department will keep working with cities including Chicago under the new crime-fighting program, called the Public Safety Partnership. And he noted that dozens of additional ATF agents had "surged" into Chicago so far this year.
ROUND LAKE BEACH — Two good Samaritans rescued a woman and her three young children from their vehicle that was sinking in a retention pond in Round Lake Beach Wednesday night, police say.
Round Lake Beach Police Deputy Chief Michael Scott said that police responded to the parking lot at 906 E. Rollins Rd. in Round Lake Beach at 9:26 p.m. Wednesday.
Scott said, "Due to the large amount of rain, the retention area on the south side of the parking lot (between Rollins Rd and the parking lot) had filled to the point where a driver thought it was a continuation of the parking lot."
He added the woman drove south through the parking lot and directly into the retention pond. The vehicle began to sink quickly. A 3-year-old, 5-year-old and 7-year-old were riding with their mother in the car.
Blaine Matthew Smith and Stephen Aversano witnessed the incident and swam to rescue all four from the vehicle.
WOODSTOCK — A Hanover Park man was charged Thursday with armed robbery, unlawful restraint and mob action in connection with a robbery that took place early Wednesday in Woodstock, police say.
According to a news release from the Woodstock Police Department, Brian Odell, 39, of the 4700 block of Zeppelin Dr., Hanover Park, was arrested Thursday afternoon at his Hanover Park residence by members of the United States Marshal’s Fugitive Task Force. Investigators had identified Odell as one of the suspects responsible for an armed robbery that took place Wednesday at a residence in the 200 block of Throop Street in Woodstock.
When asked if other arrests in connection with the armed robbery would be made, Woodstock Deputy Police Chief Jeffrey Parsons said, "We're still trying to firm up some things. We're sure there are other people involved."
Woodstock police are continuing to follow up on leads regarding the crime, and anyone with related information should call NERCOM at 815-363-2152.
Odell is currently being held on $200,000 bond in McHenry County jail. He was due in court Friday morning.
HARVARD – A Harvard man was found guilty of unlawful possession with the intent to deliver both cocaine and heroin, according to the McHenry County State's Attorney's Office.
About 12:15 a.m. Nov. 23, Harvard police made a traffic stop in which 33-year-old Gregorio Pena of Harvard was a passenger. Pena was arrested on an active arrest warrant.
According to a news release from the McHenry County State's Attorney's Office, Pena was seen reaching down the right side of his seat before being arrested. During an inventory search of the vehicle, Harvard Police found a plastic container that contained multiple bags of cocaine and heroin where Pena was reaching, according to the state's attorney's office.
The street level value of the cocaine and heroin was about $1,000, according to the news release.
“We are losing about one person a week to drug overdoses in this community,” McHenry County State’s Attorney Patrick Kenneally said. “Holding the dealers that peddle this filth accountable and seeking extended prison terms is one part of how we are going to turn the tide.”
The case was prosecuted by Assistant State’s Attorneys Alexander J. Geocaris and Kyle R. Bruett.
Pena will be sentenced Aug. 9. The Harvard resident faces between four to 15 years in the Illinois Department of Corrections, according to the news release.
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Retiring District 300 Safety Director Gary Chester remembers former Superintendent Kenneth Arndt asking him whether he would be one of those six-month wonders who stays for a short while until something better comes along.
Chester's background made him more than qualified. He spent 35 years as a police officer – 22 of them as a police chief and 15 of them as a public safety director, plus military experience and a certificate from the FBI national academy.
However, his family lived in Michigan, and while Chester reassured Arndt that his stay would last longer than half a year, in the back of his mind he thought he would take the next job offer he got closer to home.
Instead, despite several job offers, Chester spent the next nine years working for the district on weekdays and commuting to his Union City, Michigan, home on the weekends.
He never imagined he'd stay as long as he has, and now, as he moves on to retirement, he faces the challenge of leaving the friendships he's built and the community he's grown to love behind.
If his family was nearby, Chester said they would have to drag him out in his coffin.
"There are bookmarks in your life as you go on. Usually, it's marriage, it's your first kids, it's all your kids being born. It's graduation of the kids," Chester said. "This [job] is one of the big bookmarks of my life."
Looking back, Chester believes the most important part of his job was what staff affectionately dubbed the "Scary Gary Show" – training that covers what to do during weather emergencies, fires and violent situations.
How staff responds to an emergency situation is what ultimately determines the outcome, Chester said, and working on managing staff's psychological response to emergencies is important.
Knowing where to go and what to do in a crisis situation does not matter if a teacher or supervisor freezes up, he said.
"The general public and parents don't really understand how much responsibility we place on the shoulders of those teachers," Chester said. "It's hard enough to get through [a crisis situation] alone and now, we throw 20 to 30 kids at them and say protect them as well."
One piece to that training that Chester said many other schools and school districts fail to do is include substitute teachers.
There are anywhere from two to 20 substitutes in each school on any given day, which is why Chester made sure every substitute is required to watch a two-hour safety presentation before filling in for teachers.
"It's not just ensuring that our students have a safe environment," Superintendent Fred Heid said, "but that our staff does, too."
Heid said that the staff appreciated Chester's presence, and the training Chester gave was always well-received.
"It's easy to put policies into place," Heid said. "It's hard to get people on board with them."
Heid said he has seen safety directors at other districts have an intimidating presence and create an uneasiness when they enter a room. This is not the case with Chester, Heid said. Chester is just there to help.
Chester said he leaves District 300 feeling the appreciation of the community he served over the last nine years. A joint effort of several grateful staff members led June 14 to officially become Gary Chester Day.
Several staff members, local fire fighters, police officers and Algonquin village officials that Chester worked with over the years came together to celebrate his retirement and announce that his name is in several village calendars.
"Even though we promised not to make a huge fuss, we did anyways," Linda Keyes, Heid's executive assistant, said.
Keyes went to all nine municipalities that the district serves and asked them to put together a resolution for Gary Chester Day which was eventually passed with each one.
Chester started as safety director when it was a brand new position to the 22,000-student district. Todd Rohlwing will fill the position after spending the past two months being trained by Chester.
Rohlwing worked for the Illinois State Police and has a military background. To learn more about how school security works on the ground level, he took on the role of student security officer at Hampshire High School.
Chester believes he is leaving the district in good and capable hands, but still finds it to be a challenge to leave the position behind.
"What happened to all the years that [have] flown behind me? It's a transition," Chester said. "If I didn't love what I was doing, it would be a lot easier, but it's hard to walk away from something you love and the love I also get from the staff."
Translated by Otis B Fly-Wheel for Borderland Beat from a Milenioarticle
Subject Matter: El Beto, CAF, AFO Recommendation: No prior subject matter knowledge required
Elements of the Baja California Police detained a person identified as El Beto, alleged leader of a cell of the Cartel Arellano Felix. In a communication, the Secretary of State Public Security announced the effective detention deriving from intelligence work of the referred to Police corporation.
He indicated that the detention was carried out at a traffic circle at Simon Bolivar Avenue and Calle Tecate, in the Alba Roja Colonia, where officials located a Toyota Camry vehicle carrying the detained.
He referred that in the cabin they found a 9mm pistol, a spare magazine and 24 rounds of ammunition, another pistol of .22 calibre, they also found a bag that contained four packets with a weight of 18 kilos of marijuana.
The person arrested responded to the name of Carlos Alberto N, 34 years of age, who carried in the vehicle a sub-machine gun of 5.7 mm calibre two two spare magazines with ten rounds in each. (Otis: probably a FN P90.)
They also found three other plastic packages which contained a white granular substance with the characteristics similar to the synthetic drug know was Ice, weighing 3.9 kilos.
He noted that according to investigations, El Beto and several accomplices were dedicated to collecting quotas for the sale of drugs and executions of rival gang members operating in the local colonias, although this can only be determined by the corresponding authority.
Mexico City. Throughout the country there are more than a thousand clandestine graves, in which 2,114 human skulls have been found, according to the report Violence and Terror: Findings on Clandestine Graves in Mexico , carried out jointly by various academic and human rights organizations.
During the presentation of the study, Jorge Ruiz and Mónica Meltis, two of the authors of the paper, explained that the methodology of the analysis consisted of gathering hemerographic notes on the subject and data sent by the prosecutors of several states of the Republic , via transparency requests.
Ruiz said that only 12 state procuratorial offices provided information on the clandestine graves found in their territories (Nuevo León, Tamaulipas, Zacatecas, Sinaloa, Coahuila, Durango, Sonora, Oaxaca, San Luis Potosi, Campeche and Quintana Roo), meanwhile the others stated that they had no data on them or were not obliged to provide them.
Another point that draws attention is that prosecutors of some of the entities with the highest levels of violence in the country, such as Guerrero, Jalisco and Chihuahua, are among those who denied having information on the matter. Likewise, the vast majority of state prosecutors did not give figures on how many bodies were identified, while federal agencies such as the Office of the Attorney General and the Ministry of National Defense provided incomplete numbers.
According to the study, the states with the largest number of clandestine graves are Guerrero (59), Jalisco (53), Chihuahua (47), Coahuila (45), Tamaulipas (40), Nuevo Leon (33) and Michoacán .
Also, the municipalities that concentrated the largest percentage of graves were Durango, Durango (21 percent); San Fernando, Tamaulipas (12 percent); Acapulco, Guerrero (6 percent); La Barca, Jalisco (5 percent); Juárez, Nuevo Leon (5 percent), and Taxco, Guerrero (4 percent).
The country’s decades-long, military-led crackdown on drug cartels has resulted in hundreds of “disappeared” people, with many that are missing or who have been murdered, having no known links to criminal gangs.
Over 250 human skulls were discovered at the Colinas de Santa Fe area, near the Veracruz harbor. Earliest traces of the mass grave were found in August by the Colectivo Solecito, a grassroots organization of relatives of Mexico’s disappeared. Ortiz, who is in charge of investigating the discovery, believes the skulls belong to victims of drug cartels. He is currently waiting for US $1.8 million dollars promised by the Mexican government to buy sample materials to identify the remains.
In March, Veracruz Attorney General Jorge Winckler Ortiz accused the Mexican Government of knowing about the mass grave of at least 242 bodies that were discovered in his state earlier that month.
“It is impossible for anyone to have realized what happened here, with the vehicles that were coming in and out, if not with the complicity of government authority,” Ortiz said and added: "I do not understand how else." HispanTV reports.
Despite having to depend on federal authorities who are believed to be “complicit” in the case, Ortiz continues to work independently with families to find answers.
"They give us just the bones but at least I have them. I can keep (them) somewhere ... I can put a flower on (them)," Colectivo Solecito member Martha Gonzalez told CNN en Español. "And I can know that they are really there and resting." Veracruz, one of Mexico’s most violent states, is home to armed conflict between drug cartels Los Zetas and Jalisco Nueva Generacion. Within the last year, over 120 graves of suspected drug war victims have been discovered, Mexico’s Secretariat of the Interior . Many believe Mexico’s federal government is involved in both recruiting members for these cartels and hiding the bodies of victims. One day for example, policemen in Culiacan were filmed arresting eight young men before handing them over to what was believed to be an organized crime group. The incident echoed the circumstances that led to the disappearance of 43 students at the Ayotzinapa teachers' college, which sparked international outcry more than two years ago.
In 2016, more than 20,000 homicides were reported across Mexico, the highest level registered since Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto took office in 2012.
Disappearances Still Rising in Mexico 2 Years After Ayotzinapa
“Despite this alarming estimate, Mexico has still not realized how serious was the situation of disappearances,” said CNDH state official Ismael Eslava, adding that over 80 percent of the cases were concentrated in 11 out of the 31 states in the country: Guerrero, Nuevo Leon, Veracruz, Zacatecas, Coahuila, Colima, San Luis Potosi, Durango, Jalisco and Sonora.
Most of them are related to confrontations between rival drug cartels, sometimes with the support of authorities, said the report, which based its conclusions on over 500 requests before state and federal courts to find their relatives.
Relatives welcomed the report as an improvement on the usual work of the CNDH, often criticized for reluctantly investigating the cases of disappearances or human rights abuses, especially when they involve local or federal authorities.
The relatives of the victims complained that they have to carry out the search themselves for their loved ones, as the state fails to guarantee justice. However, running such investigations usually exposes them to death threats and other risks.
Between 2007 and September 2016, a total of 855 illegal mass graves were found across Mexico according to the official estimate, while a staggering 30,000 people were reported disappeared, according to a report by the National Commission of Human Rights.
Lorsque la police lui apprend qu’Elodie, sa fille unique de 20 ans, est partie en Syrie pour mener le djihad, la vie d’Elisabeth bascule. Elle est sous le choc et ne comprend pas ce geste car cette guerre n’est pas la leur. Elisabeth parvient à reprendre contact avec Elodie mais elle est vite démunie face à cette jeune femme qu’elle ne reconnaît plus. Seule dans son combat, elle décide alors de partir en Syrie chercher sa fille et la convaincre de revenir avec elle en Belgique. Mère et fille arriveront-elles à se retrouver et à se comprendre ?
Throughout this year's budget negotiations, councilmembers Desley Brooks, Rebecca Kaplan, and Noel Gallo have formed one bloc of votes pushing for a budget that cut into spending priorities of Mayor Libby Schaaf. They also sought to cut a third police academy while providing more money for homeless services and housing programs.…
Lieutenant allegedly being investigated for losing cocaine, heroin more than decade ago.
According to multiple sources close to the Oakland Police Department, another investigation has been opened into sexual misconduct involving officers. This time, a young officer assigned to a crime-reduction team has been accused of using a room in the downtown Police Administration Building’s basement to have sex with an outside civilian.…
"Oakland Police Commanders Who Buried Sex-Crime Scandal Investigation Were Later Promoted” by Darwin BondGraham, News, June 21:
City Deserves Better
I want to see accountability and consequences from the mayor and the new police chief. Was Mayor Libby Schaaf just acting when she expressed anger at her officers’ sexual misconduct and a determination to investigate and change the culture?…
This article first appeared on The Progressive. The June 21 shooting of a black police officer in St. Louis County by another officer has been described as “friendly fire.” That’s a laughably absurd euphemism for this latest racial incident. A 38-year-old off-duty officer, with eleven years on the force, heard a commotion in his north St. Louis Read More >>
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If Police in this Situation.. What will police choose?? (a) Give sanctions to JHS students. (b) Give sanctions to the car.
The story of Jamal Malik, an 18 year-old orphan from the slums of Mumbai, who is about to experience the biggest day of his life. With the whole nation watching, he is just one question away from winning a staggering 20 million rupees on India's "Who Wants To Be A Millionaire?" But when the show breaks for the night, police arrest him on suspicion of cheating; how could a street kid know so much? Desperate to prove his innocence, Jamal tells the story of his life in the slum where he and his brother grew up, of their adventures together on the road, of vicious encounters with local gangs, and of Latika, the girl he loved and lost. Each chapter of his story reveals the key to the answer to one of the game show's questions. Each chapter of Jamal's increasingly layered story reveals where he learned the answers to the show's seemingly impossible quizzes. But one question remains a mystery: what is this young man with no apparent desire for riches really doing on the game show? When the new day dawns and Jamal returns to answer the final question, the Inspector and sixty million viewers are about to find out. At the heart of its storytelling lies the question of how anyone comes to know the things they know about life and love. Written by Fox Searchlight Pictures
Six people from the police services have been charged with crimes in connection to the 1989 disaster at the Hillsborough stadium in England that left 96 dead, mostly Liverpool supporters. By David Conn for the Guardian.
Big news - Brent Kallman out of Thursday's game with a knee injury, suffered against Vancouver:
#MNUFC injury report: Brent Kallman (knee), Joe Greenspan (concussion) out Thursday. Look for Jermaine Taylor-Francisco Calvo at center back
He will be available to play when the summer transfer window opens on July 10.
Schedule: -Thu Jun 29 New York City v Minnesota - 6:30pm CT on My29 -Tue Jul 4 Minnesota v Columbus - 6:00pm CT on My29
US Open Cup - Round of 16
Dallas advanced to the Quarterfinals for an incredible 16th time.
Some really good looking games coming up tonight, including 1 showing on ESPN.
Schedule/Results: -Tue Jun 27 Dallas 3-1 Colorado Rapids -Wed Jun 28 Cincinnati v Chicago Fire - 7:00pm CT on ESPN Houston Dynamo v Sporting Kansas City New England Revolution v DC United New York Red Bulls v Philadelphia Union Miami v Atlanta United San Jose Earthquakes v Seattle Sounders LA Galaxy v Sacramento Republic -Quarterfinals game will be played between Jul 7 and 16.
Atlanta United has bumped Seattle from the top of the average attendance standings! 46,698 per game so far. By JuliaKate Culpepper for the Atlanta Journal Constitution.
Week 18 schedule/results: (10 Games) Thu Jun 29 New York City v Minnesota -Fri Jun 30 Salt Lake v Orlando -Sat Jul 1 Chicago v Vancouver Dallas v Toronto Kansas City v Portland Montreal v DC Columbus v Atlanta Colorado v Houston San Jose v LA -Sun Jul 2 Philadelphia v New England
I meant to this ask yesterday, what do y'all think of the MLS All Star jersey? (I don't care what you think about the game. :) ) pic.twitter.com/fSwegKATMX
Drama, excitement, anger, controversy. It was all there! Tied from Leg 1, Montreal took the lead on a great goal by Ballou Tabla in the 36th minute. Who else but Sebastian Giovinco retaliated for Tornto. So with the game still tied late in the 2nd Leg it was Giovinco again 5 minutes into stoppage time that ended the series with a very dramatic winner.
First, Michael Brown robbed a store. Then he assaulted a policeman, fighting for the officer’s gun.The officer was left badly bruised and worried he might lose consciousness.Only when Brown charged once again did the officer fatally shoot him. As I...
The Asheville Police Department issued a release this morning announcing the first charges in the alleged fraud by several employees of the city of Asheville Human Resources Department. These include the director and assistant director of the department, who the city has no announced “are no longer employed.”
Last week, three trials involving African American men shot and killed by police officers concluded with no guilty verdicts. Each of the incidents began with traffic stops and the shootings were caught on video. The outcry of anger and fear in the African American community is high. Do we who are white ever ask ourselves [Read More...]
Le numéro trois du Vatican, le cardinal George Pell, inculpé jeudi en Australie pour abus sexuels, a clamé son innocence avant d'annoncer son intention de rentrer en Australie pour se défendre, avec le soutien du Saint-Siège.
"Je suis innocent, ces accusations sont fausses", a martelé l'argentier du Saint-Siège dans une courte déclaration lue jeudi matin devant la presse au Vatican.
"L'idée même d'abus sexuel m'est odieuse", a-t-il déclaré, en dénonçant une entreprise "sans relâche de démolition de (son) image" durant l'enquête. "J'ai toujours été complétement cohérent et clair dans mon rejet total de ces allégations", a insisté le cardinal.
"J'ai hâte d'avoir enfin l'occasion d'aller devant un tribunal", a dit George Pell, en annonçant prendre un congé provisoire du Vatican. Il a consulté ses avocats et son médecin pour fixer la date de son retour en Australie, où il a été convoqué par le tribunal de première instance de Melbourne (sud-est) le 18 juillet.
"La procédure de justice m'offre désormais l'occasion de blanchir mon nom et de revenir ici à Rome pour travailler", a-t-il conclu.
Le Saint-Siège a pour sa part accepté "le congé" du prélat sans exiger sa démission, dans un communiqué particulièrement élogieux, soulignant "l'honnêteté" et "le dévouement énergique" du cardinal en charge depuis trois ans de réformer la gestion des affaires économiques au sein de la Curie (gouvernement du Saint-Siège).
Plus haut représentant de l'Eglise catholique en Australie, le prélat de 76 ans est le ministre de l'Economie du Vatican. Il est donc le plus éminent ecclésiastique mis en cause dans une affaire de ce type.
Il avait été interrogé à Rome par la police australienne en octobre.
"La police (de l'Etat) de Victoria a inculpé George Pell pour des délits d'agressions sexuelles anciennes", a déclaré à la presse le commissaire adjoint Shane Patton. "Il y a de nombreux plaignants liés à ces accusations".
L'officier n'a donné aucune précision sur les faits pour lesquels le cardinal est inculpé, ni sur l'âge des victimes présumées.
-'In dubio pro reo'-
L'avocat de deux hommes qui ont porté plainte contre Mgr Pell a affirmé que ses deux clients, qui souhaitent conserver l'anonymat, étaient "ravis".
"Cela a été très dur pour eux d'oser sortir du rang", a déclaré Ingrid Irwin au Melbourne Herald Sun. "Accuser quelqu'un qui pour certains n'est autre que l'adjoint de Dieu leur a créé beaucoup de problèmes."
L'annonce de cette inculpation coïncide avec la fin d'une longue enquête nationale portant sur les réponses institutionnelles apportées en Australie aux abus sexuels commis sur des enfants, finalement demandée par le gouvernement en 2012 après une décennie de pressions de la part des victimes.
La commission d'enquête royale ayant conduit pendant quatre ans ces investigations a recueilli des témoignages éprouvants de milliers de victimes.
Pell L'avocate présidant ces travaux, Gail Furness, avait annoncé en février que 4.444 faits de pédophilie avaient été signalés aux autorités de l'Eglise australienne et qu'entre 1950 et 2010, "7% des prêtres étaient des auteurs présumés" d'abus sexuels sur des enfants.
La moyenne d'âge des victimes était de 10 ans pour les filles et de 11 ans pour les garçons. Des 1.880 pédophiles présumés, 90% étaient des hommes.
Le cardinal Pell avait été entendu trois fois dans ce cadre et a reconnu devant la commission d'enquête avoir "failli" dans sa gestion des prêtres pédophiles dans l'Etat de Victoria dans les années 1970.
L'ecclésiastique avait été ordonné prêtre en 1966 à Rome, avant de revenir en Australie en 1971 où il avait gravi les échelons de la hiérarchie catholique.
Nommé archevêque de Melbourne en 1996, puis de Sydney en 2001, il avait été accusé en 2002 d'abus sexuels pour des faits présumés très anciens mais avait été innocenté par la suite.
Il avait été choisi en 2014 par le pape François pour mettre davantage de transparence dans les finances du Vatican.
Interrogé sur les soupçons pesant sur le cardinal Pell, le pape avait en août 2016 mis en avant la présomption d'innocence.
"Il ne serait pas correct de juger avant la conclusion de cette enquête", avait-il dit lors d'une conférence de presse. "Il y a des doutes, et +in dubio pro reo+ (le doute doit profiter à l'accusé). Nous devons éviter tout procès médiatique, un procès qui s'appuie sur les ragots."
L'ancien Premier ministre israélien, ex-, qui purge une peine de 27 mois de prison pour corruption, va bénéficier d'une libération anticipée et devrait être relâché dimanche, a indiqué son avocat jeudi.
"Le comité (de libération conditionnelle) a accepté tous nos arguments", a affirmé Me Shani Illouz à la radio publique israélienne. "Olmert sera libéré dimanche", a précisé l'avocat, soulignant cependant que le ministère de la Justice pourrait faire appel de la décision.
Chef du gouvernement de 2006 à 2009 et âgé de 71 ans, Ehud Olmert emprisonné depuis février 2016, est le premier ex-chef de gouvernement israélien à purger une peine de prison.
M. Olmert avait demandé une réduction de peine, mais aucune raison n'a été donnée dans l'immédiat quant à la décision sur une libération anticipée. Une déclaration sur l'affaire devrait être publiée ultérieurement.
S'il est libéré dimanche, il aura purgé les deux tiers de sa peine de prison.
Il avait démissionné du poste de Premier ministre en septembre 2008, la police ayant recommandé son inculpation pour pots-de-vin, mais il a exercé ses fonctions jusqu'à mars 2009, quand le dirigeant du parti Likoud, Benjamin Netanyahu, a prêté serment comme Premier ministre, un poste qu'il occupe toujours.
M. Olmert est le dernier Premier ministre israélien à s'être investi dans des négociations, intensives mais infructueuses, pour faire la paix avec les Palestiniens.
La décision du comité de libération conditionnelle survient quelques jours après son hospitalisation, le 20 juin, après des douleurs à la poitrine.
L'ancien Premier ministre a subi des examens médicaux dont les résultats ont montré qu'il était en bonne santé, et est retourné en prison.
- Vague de soutien -
Une photo de M. Olmert, hagard, dans des tenues d'hôpital mangeant avec des ustensiles en plastique a été partagée sur les réseaux sociaux, suscitant une vague de soutien au sein de l'opinion publique mais aussi de la classe politique et des appels ont été lancés pour sa libération anticipée.
Mais en dépit d'une libération anticipée immédiate, M. Olmert pourrait faire face à de nouvelles poursuites pénales.
L'ancien Premier ministre est en effet au centre d'une polémique, après une perquisition de la police ordonnée par le Parquet à la mi-juin dans les bureaux de son éditeur pour saisir les manuscrits de ses mémoires, qu'il est en train d'écrire.
La police a confisqué les documents dans les bureaux de Yediot Books, maison d'édition appartenant au quotidien à grand tirage Yediot Aharonot, considéré comme critique vis-à-vis du Premier ministre Netanyahu.
Le ministère de la Justice avait indiqué que certains des passages des mémoires de M. Olmert contiendraient des informations classifiées "susceptibles de porter gravement atteinte à la sécurité de l'Etat".
Selon le Yediot Aharonot, lors de sa perquisition, la police a aussi saisi le manuscrit d'un livre que le journaliste Ben Caspit, considéré comme un critique virulent de M. Netanyahu, est en train d'écrire sur le Premier ministre, ainsi que le manuscrit d'un ouvrage de l'ex-ministre de la Défense Moshé Yaalon, considéré comme un adversaire politique de M. Netanyahu.
Toujours selon le quotidien, la police a perquisitionné le domicile de l'éditeur qui travaille sur les mémoires de Ehud Olmert pour Yediot Books.
L'enquête se poursuit et le bureau du Procureur doit annoncer dans les prochains jours si M. Olmert sera poursuivi dans cette affaire.
La peine de prison, au départ de 27 mois, portait sur une peine de 18 mois pour des pots-de-vin touchés dans le cadre du pharaonique projet immobilier Holyland à Jérusalem lorsqu'il était maire de la ville, entre 1993 et 2003, et huit mois d'incarcération pour une affaire de fraude et corruption outre un mois pour entrave à la justice.
Niamey - Le Procureur du tribunal de grande instance hors classe de Niamey (Niger) a inculpé, mardi, les deux cyberactivistes arrêtés entre jeudi et vendredi derniers, suite à une plainte du Syndicat autonome des magistrats du Niger, a appris Anadolu mercredi, d’une source digne de foi.
«Après avoir été auditionnés par le procureur, notre camarade Mahamadou Gamatié et Ibrahim Bana ont été inculpés. Depuis hier, ils sont placés sous mandat de dépôt à la Maison d’arrêt de Niamey», a déclaré à Anadolu, l’activiste de la société civile Issa Garba.
«Ils seront jugés en flagrant délit sous l’accusation de jet de discrédit sur un corps constitué», a-t-il ajouté.
La date du procès des deux cyberactivistes n’a pas encore été fixée.
L’opposant Ibrahim Bana et l’acteur de la société civile Mahamadou Gamatié ont été arrêtés, entre jeudi et vendredi derniers, par la Police judiciaire de Niamey, après une dénonciation du Syndicat autonome des magistrats du Niger qui dénonçait des attaques contre magistrats sur les réseaux sociaux.
Dans l’un de ses écrits, Bana avait préconisé qu’à l’issue de certains procès, les noms des juges soient rendus publics pour que l’opinion sachent quel juge a pris telle ou telle mesure par rapport à un dossier donné afin qu’il rende compte un jour.
Quant à Mahamadou Gamatié, il avait, à l’occasion de la Nuit du Destin (le soir du 26ème jour) du mois du Ramadan, souhaité que "Dieu exauce les vœux de tous les magistrats crédibles, justes et intègres et maudisse tous les autres traîtres, corrompus et lâches".
Il y a trois semaines, un autre opposant et un acteur de la société civile avaient été jugés et condamnés pour avoir tenu des propos jugés « insurrectionnels » par le pouvoir de Niamey.
Amadou Djibo Ali dit «Max», président du «Front pour la Restauration de la Démocratie et la Défense de la République» (FRDDR), avait été condamné à trois mois de prison avec sursis, et Abdourahamane Insar, membre d’une organisation "révolutionnaire" de la société civile, l’avait été à six mois de prison avec sursis, également.
We try to avoid giving the "peace process" too much credibility because it was supposed to deliver Palestinians sovereignty 20 years ago (or 70) and it never has. But recent days have seen several incidents that have dashed any thought that Donald Trump would be neutral or an honest broker. So here we go again.
A week ago Jason Greenblatt, Trump's longtime real-estate lawyer and special representative for Middle East peace, went out to Israel and Palestine and spent most of his time on the Israeli side of the equation: sitting shiva with the family of an Israeli police officer allegedly killed by three Palestinians inside occupied Jerusalem and describing that as an act of terrorism - "She was murdered by terrorists." Greenblatt also prayed at the Western Wall and chatted up the prime minister, Benjamin Netanyahu.
British police have detained a 21-year-old woman at London's Heathrow Airport, placing her under arrest for allegedly planning to mount "acts of terrorism." The woman was apprehended as she stepped off a plane from Istanbul.
"Officers from the Met's Counter Terrorism Command (SO15) have this evening, Thursday, 29 June, arrested a 21-year-old woman at Heathrow Airport as she disembarked a flight from Istanbul, Turkey," London Metropolitan Police reported in a statement on Thursday night.
The suspect faces charges of "preparation of acts of terrorism under Section 5 of the Terrorism Act 2006," according to the statement.
The police noted that the woman, whose identity was not revealed, hails from north London and was taken into custody at a police station in south London. No details have been provided as to the essence of the charges, save for the remark that the woman's arrest is "Syria-related."
Police have responded to reports of "multiple injuries" in a shooting at the Bronx Lebanon Hospital, in the northernmost borough of New York City. The shooter is down, according to police.
The shooting happened just before 3 pm local time on the 16th floor of the hospital, located in the Mt. Eden area of The Bronx. There were also reports of a fire inside the hospital.
In yet another case of ceasefire violation from Pakistan it is being reported that an Indian civilian woman got injured on Friday as Pakistani troops shelled and fired along the LoC in Jammu and Kashmir's Rajouri district, triggering fighting with the Indian Army, authorities said.
A 35-year-old woman identified as Naseem Akhtar suffered splinter injured when a shell exploded near her house in Basooni hamlet of Balakote sub-sector, police officials said.
British police forces are to scale back on their monitoring of sex offenders, including rapists, to focus on higher-risk criminals, the National Police Chiefs' Council has said.
Under the new scheme, the risk sex offenders pose to the public will be reassessed, and thorough measures originally designed to stop them from reoffending, such as annual home visits, will be scrapped.
In order to fall under the 'low-risk category' and be exempted from proactive measures, offenders will have to prove that they have not committed any offence for the past three years, they are not under any civil order, and that there is no intelligence suggesting they may reoffend.
Police have reportedly struggled to cope with workloads since Tory Prime Minister Theresa May ordered cuts of 20,000 officers when she was home secretary.
A man has been jailed for six months after slapping a Muslim teenager across the face with an open packet of bacon.
Alex Chivers, 36, can be seen covering himself with the bacon before he runs up to the girl, who was walking along a road in Enfield, north London, with her mother, and striking her across the face with the pork product, which is considered haram by the Islamic faith.
In the attack, Chivers also called the women "ISIL scum," in reference to the Islamic State terrorist group (IS, formerly ISIS/ISIL), and told them they "deserve" it.
The Metropolitan Police said although the teenager was not injured, she was upset by the incident.
"The victim was out with her mother and getting on with her day when Chivers abused her and then set upon her with something he knew would both upset and offend her.
Just this week, KTNV's 13 Action News televised the GoPro footage from Solomon Silk Galloway's violent arrest by Las Vegas Metropolitan Police. Galloway was recording when officers pulled over his car for allegedly speeding. Even though he wasn't driving the car, he quickly became targeted by Vegas police.
Galloway told officers he did not consent to a search of his vehicle and, as a passenger in the car, he was not legally bound to identify himself when cops demanded his ID. However, Vegas cops did not care about his rights, so they jerked him out of his car, kidnapped him and caged him.
"Do what you got to do, because we gotta find something," the officers can be overheard saying to each other while unlawfully searching the innocent man's car. And, do something they did.
When he was taken back to the police department for legally refusing to ID as a passenger of a vehicle, he was strip-searched and forced to undergo an anal cavity search. Still, they found nothing.
A longtime Troy police officer accused of tipping off a woman about a drug raid in North Central allegedly gave State Police a crude explanation for why he got caught up in the case. “I did this all for a piece of ass,” Patrolman Brian Gross unsolicitedly told an investigator on July 29 at Troop
DEKALB COUNTY — DeKalb County authorities are looking for information into several burglaries that have occurred in the southern areas of the county. Authorities say three daytime residential burglaries have happened in the past three weeks, where
FARMER CITY — An Illinois State Police Trooper who operated out of the Pontiac branch was killed in a crash while on patrol Wednesday. Police say Trooper Ryan Albin was involved in the crash along Interstate 74
Today on A Juneau Afternoon, Andy Kline hosts: Chief of Police Bryce Johnson stops by to talk about fireworks safety, rules and regulations; Officer Karen Woods from Gastineau Human Society will give us some tips about pet safety during fireworks...
Originally posted on TABU; Towards A Better Understanding: SYDNEY, Australia — Australia’s senior Roman Catholic prelate, and one of Pope Francis’ top advisers, has been charged with sexual assault, the police in the Australian state of Victoria said on Thursday. The prelate, Cardinal George Pell, became the highest-ranking Vatican official in recent years to face…
The police will be stepping up its war on crime with new challenges for any heister that is trying to commit a Crime Spree in their city. Any heister that wish to claim the new rewards added to the cosmetic item pool will surely have a challenge ahead of themselves. There will be new abilities and buffs for existing enemies and even some new unit variants to be deployed against them.
The Spree system has also gotten a bit of an update. The initial buy-in cost is gone for a level 0 Crime Spree. That means you only need to pay when skipping levels in the Spree.
The modifier selector is also different with the new update. After the update there will be three modifier intervals to work with.
Loud Modifiers every 20th Crime Spree Level Stealth Modifiers every 26th Crime Spree Level Forced Loud Modifiers every 50th Crime Spree Level.
Stealth and Loud Modifiers will have the player choose from a set of old and new modifiers that will change the gameplay in different ways. Forced Modifiers will always increase the enemies health and damage and will be automatically applied to the Crime Spree when the appropriate level is reached.
The heist selector will no longer be divided in long, medium and short heists like before. The choice will now be stealth, short or long heists. The stealth heist may be long or short.
When downloading this update your current Crime Spree will disappear, we highly recommend claiming your rewards before downloading the update. Any unclaimed rewards will be lost when the update is installed.
Michelle (Schlotfeld) Leffelman compares her job as a detective in the Bemidji Police Department to putting together a complicated puzzle, only without the box as a guide and often several missing pieces.
By Jay Forte, Contributing Reporter RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – Early this morning (June 29th) the Civil Police in Rio de Janeiro executed Operation Calabar, aimed at the arrest of 96 military police (PM) officers and seventy traffickers and other criminals suspected of being part of a corruption scheme in São Gonçalo, in the metropolitan […]
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Buena Borough is meeting with Franklin Township to discuss the terms of the deal that will provide police from the neighboring township to patrol Buena. The borough will pay at least $750,000 a year for five years to Franklin as part of the deal.
At least 15 of them were under the age of 18, and 150 of them were between 18 to 29. However, the New Jersey State Assembly must not know those statistics, because last week they passed a bill that is the epitome of victim blaming and lets the police off the hook for the problematic public image that they've created for themselves. The proposed bill would require schools to teach children how to interact with law enforcement "in a manner marked by mutual cooperation and respect."
La qualité des politiciens d'un pays dépend de l'éducation du peuple lui-même. L'exemple de la
Suisse ! de Jean-Paul Pougala
Chaque fois que je publie un texte montrant les limites de notre système politique et économique en Afrique, il y a toujours des gens qui vont intervenir avec une phrase qui devient comme un refrain : "Si nous avions des politiciens courageux, honnêtes et non corrompus, les choses iraient mieux en Afrique"
Non, je ne crois sincèrement pas qu'un pays prospère dépend des politiciens sincères et honnêtes. En regardant l'exemple de la Suisse, je reste très convaincu que c'est le contraire qui est valable et que c'est le peuple honnête qui exprime des politiciens honnêtes. C'est un peuple travailleur qui va générer des politiciens travailleurs.
Cet après-midi du mercredi 28 Juin 2017, je me suis venu ici à Bernes qui est la capitale de la Suisse (et non Genève comme les gens pensent par erreur). Je voulais rencontrer mon député et savoir comment les choses marchent récemment.
Ces photos que j'ai réalisées montrent ce que devrait être le siège des institutions : la vraie maison du peuple.
En effet, devant le parlement de la Confédération Helvétique, j'ai vu les familles avec les enfants partis de toute la Suisse pour m'ont-ils dit : "rendre visite à leurs politiciens". J'y ai vu des enfants jouer avec les jets d'eau du parlement, j'ai rencontré des personnes très sereines et fières de leur pays. J'ai même vu une dame qui n'avait pas trouvé mieux que de mettre sa serviette par terre devant le parlement pour faire dormir son gamin d'environ 5 ans.
Parce qu'ici, personne ne lui demanderait de s'en aller. Il n'y a ni vigile, encore moins la police pour filtrer l'entrée. Sinon, quel palais du peuple ce serait ? Et donc , personne à l'horizon pour demander à cette dame de faire dormir son fils ailleurs.
Dans la cour du Parlement, j'ai pu jouer aux échecs, qu'on a mis là pour accueillir le peuple de passage.
J'ai fini par voir mon député dans une atmosphère festive. Les Suisses sont vraiment cool ! Je me suis écrié.
Mais comment cela est-il possible ici et non ailleurs en France, en Allemagne, aux Royaume Uni ou au Cameroun d'où je viens ?
Pourquoi les suisses sont-ils si honnêtes et expriment aussi des dirigeants autant honnêtes ? C'est la réponse à ces 2 questions que je suis venu chercher ici.
J'ai eu un début de réponse juste devant le parlement, par la présence d'un immeuble somptueux en réfection : le siège de la Banque Centrale Suisse. Les Suisses ont compris très tôt qu'il n'y a pas de liberté sans le contrôle de la monnaie. Voilà pourquoi pour eux, le siège de la Banque Centrale ne pouvait pas être ailleurs que devant le siège des confédéraux qui prennent les décisions.
En plus, ici la démocratie est participative : tous les partis politiques sont au pouvoir, chacun en fonction de son poids électoral. Il n'existe donc pas de parti d'opposition en Suisse.
Pour finir, ici, la politique n'est pas une profession. Vous servez votre pays pour 5 ans et passez la main aux autres. Il n'y a donc pas le temps pour devenir un corrompu. Il n'y pas de voiture de fonction, pas de garde du corps. Chaque politicien doit gouter sur sa propre peau, le degré de l'insécurité dans le pays. Et donc d'agir en conséquence. Ceci est impensable dans la France ou l'Italie voisines.
Pour finir, avec tout ça, je n'ai toujours pas répondu à mes 2 questions que j'ai apportées avec moi : pourquoi un peuple si honnête ? et pourquoi une administration si honnête ?
Et si tout cela n'était au final qu'une question d'argent ?
Ici, le salaire médian (50% de ceux qui gagnent plus et 50% de ceux qui gagnent moins) est de 5100 euros (3.345.090 FCFA) alors que les fonctionnaires suisses sont les administrateurs publics les mieux payés au monde, avec un salaire moyen de 7300 euros bruts soit 4.788.070 FCFA
Avec cela il est facile de comprendre que si chaque fonctionnaire camerounais devait toucher en moyenne autour de 5 millions de FCFA chaque mois de salaire, il y a longtemps qu'on ne parlerait plus de corruption.
Je ne veux nullement justifier les comportements déviants de nos fonctionnaires corrompus, puisque moi-même j'en suis victime au quotidien. Mais je veux juste comprendre comme économiste comment sortir de cette galère. Et je n'ai pas trouvé mieux que de venir ici à Berne. Alors que le FMi et la Banque Mondiale avaient contraint dans les années 90 à diviser le salaire des fonctionnaires camerounais par 2 laissant intact le niveau des prix de tous les produits et services, il était évident que cela devait déclencher la vague de corruption que nous connaissons aujourd'hui. Et ce n'est pas la Banque Mondiale qu'il faut blâmer, mais nous mêmes qui ne produisons pas suffisamment de richesses et devons recourir à la mendicité internationale même pour faire fonctionner nos institutions. Ce qui n'est pas le cas des suisses qui ne dépendent de personnes, puisqu'ils travaillent très dur pour mériter leurs salaires et tenir leur pays hors d'atteinte des prédateurs internationaux.
Tout cela n'est-ce pas le mérite des bons politiciens ? Pas du tout !
Dimanche 18 Mai 2014, les suisses sont appelés à un référendum pour proposant d'augmenter le salaire minimum actuel (SMIC) de 3.300 € (2.164.470 FCFA) qui fait de la Suisse le pays avec les plus haut salaire au monde à 4000 € (2.623.600 FCFA). Résultat de ce référendum voulu par les partis politiques : 76% des Suisses ont dit NON aux politiciens donnant raison aux Patrons Suisses qui avaient demandé à la population de ne pas voter OUI.
Dans quel pays du monde vous verrez des populations voter à une telle majorité de 76% pour refuser que les Patrons leur augmentent les salaires ?
C'est la preuve qu'un pays pour bien fonctionner n'a pas forcément besoin de bons politiciens, mais d'un peuple bien éduqué et conscient des enjeux pour ne pas être manipulé. Dans ces conditions, un pays peut bien avoir les plus cancres politiciens du monde et continuer à bien fonctionner.
L'argument des Patrons suisses était qu'ils ont réussi à instaurer un modèle qui marche bien et dans lequel ils ont le taux de chômage le plus bas de toute l'Europe, autour de 3%. Et les populations ont dit NON aux politiciens pour donner raison aux employeurs, considérés ailleurs en France ou en Allemagne comme des ennemis du peuple à abattre.
Quelle leçon pour l'Afrique ?
Dans ce pays, on parle 4 langues officielles. Personne n'imaginerait ici comme au Cameroun que les Italophones vont créer des problèmes d'autonomie pour se rapprocher plus d'Italie. Ici ceux qui parlent français ne veulent pas qu'on les appelle les francophones comme on le fait fièrement en Afrique, mais des Romands. Ils sont fiers d'eux-mêmes et la diversité linguistique est plutôt vécue comme une chance, comme une richesse et non un objet de division.
Au moment où j'écris ces lignes, les bouquets de télévisions françaises offrent même gratuitement toutes les chaines arabes, asiatique que personne ou presque ne regarde en France, mais évitent soigneusement d'incorporer les chaines de télévision Suisse. Il ne faut pas que les populations françaises découvrent au quotidien qu'il existe un autre modèle où le peuple n'est pas pris en otage, mais peut imposer sa vision dans les choix des hommes politiques.
Pour information, vu de Suisse, le parlement français ne sert strictement à rien. Affirmer cela, semble une boutade. Mais aucun député français ne peut proposer de lois. Les députés en France ont deux fonctions : 1) se limiter à analyser et voter les lois proposées par l'exécutif et 2) contrôler l'action du gouvernement.
Et avec les Macron Boys et Macron Girls, qui ne pensaient jamais de faire la politique, pensez-vous que les nouveaux députés français pourront retoucher quoi que ce soit venant de leur champion Macron ?
Le pire dans tout ça est que c'est cette mafia politique érigée en "Bonne Gouvernance" qu'on a exportée en Afrique. Et le cirque fonctionne plutôt bien labas. Chacun monte au créneau pour crier très fort et répéter la partition que le système a écrit pour lui depuis Paris ou depuis Londres.
Et c'est bien parce que j'aime ce modèle Suisse que j'ai juré ne jamais faire de la politique au Cameroun ou en Italie malgré les multiples sollicitations dans mon pays d'origine comme dans celui d'adoption.
Je préfère me concentrer dans ce que je retiens prioritaire : conscientiser au maximum les peuples africains afin qu'ils soient aussi bien formés et éduqués que les suisses pour être ensuite capables de prétendre de leurs politiciens des résultats à la hauteur de leurs ambitions.
Mais comment éduquer un peuple sans commencer par lui enseigner la valeur du travail ? S
i les patrons suisses sont si contents d'offrir à leurs employés les salaires les plus élevés au monde, c'est parce que cela ne pénalise en rien la rentabilité des entreprises suisses. Au contraire, les employés suisses sont aussi réputés les plus travailleurs au monde avec une des meilleurs qualifications en absolu dans les domaines aussi pointus comme l'horlogerie. Et c'est ce qui rend compétitives les entreprises de ce pays malgré le niveau de salaire élevé.
L'Afrique ne peut pas se permettre une telle liberté de salaire sans au préalable produire suffisamment de richesses. Et dans ce pays, l'agriculture est au coeur de la souveraineté de la Nation. Les suisses sont convaincus que si tu ne peux pas te nourrir toi-même, tôt ou tard, tu deviendras esclave de celui qui te donne à manger.
Voilà pourquoi, même si ici le prix du kg de viande est le plus cher de la planète, pour rien au monde, ils ne veulent en importer de moins cher des voisins. Comme quoi pour construire la prospérité de tout pays, il faut commencer par chausser les bottes. Et c'est à cette éducation que je me suis engagé avec mes formations pour les futurs industriels africains dont la dernière s'est terminée à Paris dimanche 25 Juin 2017 dernier et la prochaine à Yaoundé au mois d'Août prochains. La chose n'est pas aussi facile comme je l'avais imaginée, mais on progresse année après année dans l'endurance et les difficultés. Et les résultats même maigres, sont plus que satisfaisants.
Peut-être que je ne pourrais pas remporter mon paris d'enseigner la valeur du travail dur depuis la terre aux africains, mais l'exemple de la Suisse en matière de démocratie participative m'inspire beaucoup dans ma contribution à la construction d'une autre société plus juste pour l'Afrique de demain, basée sur la priorité des créations de richesses comme préalable à toute politique. Et nous avons suffisamment de bonnes terres pour y arriver.
Mon vibrant souhait est que demain ce soit ces jeunes qui ont su se retrousser les manches pour créer de la richesse depuis la plantations, qui accèdent aux fonctions politiques avec des thèmes de campagne électorale, finalement centrés sur les bilans de chacun dans sa propre vie antérieure, avant de prétendre faire des miracles pour le peuple.
Mon modèle est calqué de celui suisse où la politique ne doit plus devenir une profession ou le lot de consolation des plus médiocres d'entre nous qui n'ont pas pu exceller ailleurs. Je veux opposer en campagne électorale, mes jeunes qui pourront vanter le bilan leurs actions de Patrons, de donner du travail à 100 personnes grâce auquel de nombreuses familles vivent, à un autre qui viendrait juste brandir ses diplômes de docteur en doctorat de la science politique. Je suis convaincu qu'il n'y aurait pas match, mais un vrai K.O. entre mon jeune avec sa mitrailleuse et l'Agrégé, spécialiste du bavardage avec sa flèche poétique.
Lincoln Police Officer Chirsty Fruge, at right, was named the 2017 Illinois D.A.R.E. Officers Association Officer of the Year on Friday [June 16] in East Peoria. Lincoln Police Officer Christy Fruge was named the 2017 Illinois D.A.R.E. Officers Association Officer of the Year on Friday [June 16] at a ceremony held in East Peoria. The […]
More than 1,000 fifth-grade students from Norwalk’s 11 elementary schools filled the Norwalk Concert Hall Wednesday morning to celebrate their D.A.R.E. graduation. D.A.R.E. (Drug Abuse Resistance Education) is a curriculum that has been sponsored by the Norwalk Police Department since 1987. It is a nationwide program that addresses drugs, violence, bullying, internet safety, and other […]
Boston Police report officers responding to a report of a guy acting "suspiciously" on Tremont Street in front of the alley leading to the Orpheum found themselves running a race with the man - which they won. Read more.
A Suffolk County grand jury this month indicted Troche on charges of first-degree murder, armed assault with intent to murder, assault and battery with a dangerous weapon and unlawful possession of a firearm for Dantley's murder and the wounding of a second man on Ames Street, the Suffolk County District Attorney's office and Boston Police report. Dantley was a Kingston resident.
Officials did not have to go far to find Troche - he's already in custody awaiting trial for the June 18, 2016 murder of Andrew Flonory on Astoria Street in Mattapan. Flonory's sister, Eyanna Louise Flonory was shot to death, along with her young son, Amanihotep Smith, in the 2010 Mattapan Massacre.
Around 12:40 a.m., in a car near the Hennigan School on Heath Street, possibly in the area of Grotto Glen Road and Day Street. Police found the victims at a local emergency room, where somebody had driven them.
(Beirut) – Allegations are emerging of Iraqi forces beating and unlawfully killing men and boys fleeing Mosul in the final phase of the battle against the Islamic State (also known as ISIS), Human Rights Watch said today.
Four witnesses told Human Rights Watch that they saw Iraqi forces beat unarmed men and boys fleeing the fighting within the last seven days, and said they also obtained information about Iraqi forces executing unarmed men during this time period.
“As Iraqi forces are poised to retake the entire city of Mosul, allegations of unlawful killings and beatings significantly raise concerns for the civilians there who have been living under ISIS control,” said Lama Fakih, deputy Middle East director at Human Rights Watch. “Iraqi forces are promising liberation, but they need to find out what’s happening now and stop any abuse.”
One witness said that three Emergency Response Division and Iraqi Security Force (ISF) members on a key route for civilians fleeing the city boasted to him that they were executing captured unarmed men who were thought to be ISIS-affiliated instead of detaining them. The Emergency Response Division and ISF fighters, stationed three kilometers from the heaviest fighting in the Old City, said they made an exception for elderly men, the witness said.
Two other witnesses said they saw Iraqi uniformed soldiers pick at least six men and boys out of crowds of fleeing civilians at a checkpoint, beat them, and drive them away. They said they saw soldiers pick out another man, beat him, and then move him into a building they were using as a base. One of the witnesses said that soldiers later said they had killed him.
“I have heard of countless abuses and executions in this battle,” one witness said. “But what’s changed is that in this final phase fighters are no longer hiding what they are doing and are comfortable allowing us to witness the abuses first-hand.”
The same witness said that earlier this week, he heard three screams coming from a building being used by the elite Counter Terrorism Service (CTS), after which fighters from the unit ushered him away. That afternoon in another neighborhood of west Mosul, the witness saw two CTS fighters take down the corpse of an alleged ISIS fighter that had been strung up to an electrical pole, and stone the body before taking a few photos of each other posing with it.
That night, he said, a CTS fighter also showed him a video of a severely beaten man who the fighter said was an ISIS prisoner. In the video the CTS fighter shoots and kills the unarmed detainee, he said.
In the days before, the man said he saw five Iraqi soldiers at a checkpoint pick out at least 10 men over a period of an hour, beat them, and drag them toward a building the soldiers were using as a base. He said that one of the men the soldiers were beating was wounded and that he had arrived with his family from a front-line field hospital. The witness said that as he was leaving the area he saw the soldiers single out more and more men, beat them and take them away, but lost count of how many.
An article published in a Swedish outlet on June 28, 2017, by a Swedish journalist who was on the front-line says that a Federal Police officer boasted about decapitating at least 50 men with knives and beating others, with fellow officers watching, cheering, and sometimes filming. The article said the Federal Police backed up these claims with photos and videos.
Throughout the operation to retake Mosul, Human Rights Watch has documented Iraqi forces detaining and holding thousands of men and boys in inhumane conditions without charge, and in some cases torturing and executing them, under the guise of a screening them for ISIS-affiliation. In May 2016, Iraqi forces retook the city of Fallujah from ISIS, but in the operation committed horrific abuses, including executions, torture, and the disappearance of over 600 men whose bodies have yet to be found.
Human Rights Watch has raised concerns regarding allegations of ill-treatment, torture, and executions numerous times in meetings with Iraqi officials in Baghdad as well as with representatives from US-led coalition member countries. Human Rights Watch does not know of a single transparent investigation into abuses by Iraqi armed forces, any instances of commanders being held accountable for abuse, or any victims of abuse receiving compensation.
Iraqi criminal justice authorities should investigate all alleged crimes, including unlawful killings and mutilation of corpses, committed by any party in the conflict in a prompt, transparent, and effective manner, up to the highest levels of responsibility. Those found criminally responsible should be appropriately prosecuted. Extrajudicial executions and torture during an armed conflict are war crimes. Despoiling dead bodies and other outrages on personal dignity are violations of the laws of armed conflict and may amount to war crimes.
“Reports of unlawful executions and beatings by Iraqi soldiers should be enough to raise concern among the highest ranks in Baghdad and among members of the international coalition combatting ISIS,” Fakih said. “Iraqi officials should translate that concern into accountability for war crimes.”
The Nii Adama Pataku Family of Abamma in the Ga West Municipality of the Greater Accra Region has advised police officers, who gratuitously acquired their lands from one Henry Ashilley, a suspected land guard, to stop developing them. They have vowed to expose the said policemen if they do not desist from that practice. Head of the Nii Adam ...
The police in the Ashanti Region have arrested two young men for their alleged involvement in a series of robberies at Kejetia, an open-air market area in the city of Kumasi, the Ashanti Regional capital. Joseph Obediaba, 19 and Salifu Yakubu, 20, were arrested on Wednesday, June 28, 2017 at their hideout at Asante-Akropong, near Abuakwa in the ...
The family of the late Major Maxwell Mahama on Thursday morning visited the exact spot at Denkyira-Obuase in the Central Region where the soldier was gruesomely murdered on May 29, this year. The late military man's parents, brother, some family members from Tumu in the Upper West Region, as well as some military and police officers made the emo ...
– Vatican’s Finance Chief, Cardinal Pell, Charged With Multiple Sex Assaults: The Vatican’s finance chief, Australia’s highest ranking Roman Catholic and one of Pope Francis’ most senior advisors, Cardinal George Pell, has been charged with multiple sex offenses by Australian police in the latest blow to the Vatican’s attempts to put decades of child sex ... Read more
State Police & local law enforcement agencies, will increase patrols to crack down on drunk and drugged driving and other traffic infractions this 4th of July weekend. Troopers will conduct sobriety checkpoints, along with speeding and seat belt enforcement details, & they will also be looking for distracted motorists using their phones and other electronic ... [Read more...]
Dubai, the Future City, recently announced its plans to debut self-flying taxis this year. Now, Dubai Police is taking its force to the next level with small autonomous patrol cars equipped with drones, according to Gulf News (via The Verge ).
Three arrest warrants were issued for Jared McLemore in the month after he committed suicide by self-immolation outside a Midtown nightclub on May 13.
According information from shelbywarrants.org, the Shelby County Sheriff’s Office Warrant Information System, a warrant was issued for Jared McLemore on the charge of domestic assault-bodily harm on May 12, the day before he publicly killed himself.
McLemore had been harassing his ex-girlfriend, Alyssa Moore, by breaking into her house and assaulting her. He had a long history of violence towards Moore, which led to his arrest on August 16.
The May 12 warrant was issued after several days in which Moore, her friends, and family, had called police reporting McLemore’s threatening behavior. Moore and other people also posted public evidence of McLemore’s threats to kill her and himself on Facebook the week of May 8.
McLemore made good on his threats by dousing himself in kerosene, lighting himself on fire, and attempting to burn down Murphy’s, the club where Moore worked as a sound engineer, by running inside while on fire. The entire incident was broadcast on Facebook Live, where it was viewed by thousands of people.
A second warrant for domestic assault/threat of bodily harm, was issued for McLemore on June 5, 23 days after he died. Then, on June 20, 2017, two more warrants were issued for McLemore on charges of violation of probation.
Paul Garner, who was injured while trying to stop McLemore from lighting himself on fire, said he was first alerted to the new warrants by a friend who subscribes to the Memphis Police Department's (MPD) Cyberwatch program.
“This just adds insult to injury in a lot of different levels,” Garner said, calling the whole incident “an extreme example of what happens when these systems fail victims.”
Garner contacted Sara Moore, Alyssa’s sister who has been acting as her spokesperson.
“We actually knew about the warrant on June 5," Sara Moore said. "Alyssa just happened to be looking at her case details on the portal for people who are in the system in connection with ongoing case. At that time, we kind of just brushed it off for our own mental health. This is bizarre, and we don’t understand it, but we’ll just ignore it for our own healing.”
The June 20 warrants prompted the Moore family to contact the media.
“At that point, it just seemed so ridiculous and disrespectful, not only to our family, but to Jared’s friends and family that warrants could be issued because a dead man can’t check in with his parole officer,” Sara Moore said.
Moore says her last contact with the police was on or around June 8.
“Two officers showed up to an apartment we shared asking for Alyssa’s GPS device back," Sara Moore said. "It was to be returned as it was no longer needed by her to be kept safe from Jared. I had to ask the officers who came to our door if there were any updates. They told me no, there were no updates, the case was closed, it was ruled a suicide.”
MPD spokeswoman Karen Rudolph said in an email that she could not address the two probation violation warrants of June 20, because MPD does not issue probation violation warrants. Of the first domestic assault warrant, she said, “the domestic assault warrant was issued on May 12, 2017, the day before the incident occurred involving Mr. McLemore.”
Rudolph did not comment on the June 5 warrant for domestic assault/threat of bodily harm. As of press time, all four warrants were still listed on the shelbywarrants.org portal.
“This is just a more egregious example of too little, too late,” said Sara Moore.
A l'occasion des vacances estivales, le dispositif de l'Opération tranquillité vacances est reconduit par le commissariat de Carcassonne. Le principe est simple pour les personnes qui vont s'absenter et craignent pour la sécurité de leur maison, de leur appartement. L'opération tranquillité vacances est un service de sécurisation mis en œuvre par la police au bénéfice de ceux qui s'absentent pour une certaine durée. Les vacanciers s'assurent...
Cincinnati's LGBT community rallied to protest the hate crime yesterday. (Photo by Barry Floore)
Learning about the amazing LGBT media advocacy work local activists in Cincinnati, Ohio, have been accomplishing this week made me prouder than ever of my home town!
Cincinnati is known for its history being one of the least LGBT-friendly large cities in Ohio. And as local community members will tell you, the local media's LGBT coverageisn't perfect.
That point was driven home again after I heard that two students at the University of Cincinnati-where my younger brother will attend school next year-were victims of an anti-gay assault.
Local activists wrote at the Bilerico Project, about their work uncovering news of the assault:
Sadly, our information about the attack and the condition of the victims is limited because both the UC Police Department and the local mainstream media have seemed reluctant to inform the public about this crime...
Jamie Royce of the blog Stuff Queer People Need to Know and Donald Caster of Cincinnati Blog have searched court records...
Both the UCPD and the local mainstream media have seemed reluctant to inform the public about this crime until they were virtually forced to action.
Over 250 folks attended the rally. (Photo by Barry Floore)
GLAAD's Media Field Strategy team works with local individuals and organizations across the country every day to provide media relations assistance. We have reached out to folks in Cincinnati to offer support, and to congratulate them on the amazing work.
As we learned in the poll GLAAD comissioned from Harris Interactive at the end of last year, seeing stories of real LGBT people in their communities in the news is one of the leading factors Americans cite in why their perceptions of LGBT folks have gotten more favorable.
If you're working on a local LGBT issue, don't hesitate to reach out to GLAAD for support! Media Field Strategy contacts: Eastern U.S.: email@example.com Western U.S.: firstname.lastname@example.org
"If the double slaying is a hate crime, nothing will be done about it. Indiana doesn't have a hate crimes law; instead we have a 'hate crimes reporting' law, but there is no recourse if police departments don't report to the state. The Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department stopped documenting hate crimes years ago."
While some local news stories seem to try to avoid using pronouns for both Elzy and Hunt, other news outlets relied on police descriptions of the couple as being two men leading “alternative lifestyles,” an unfair, inaccurate description. (See GLAAD’s Media Reference Guide for further explanation.)
Blogs and online message boards are filling in the pieces of Elzy’s gender identity, and mainstream outlets are following suit. Reporter Francesca Jarosz over at the Indianapolis Star has done a great job in her coverage of the crime.
Police arrested Christopher L. Conwell, 20, in conjunction with the murders Wednesday. It's been confirmed that the couple died of gunshot wounds and that Conwell was an acquaintence.
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Philadelphia Daily News, 27 Jun 2017 - GOING? In fact, since decriminalization took effect, police have cited 73 percent fewer people than they arrested for possessing weed during the same time period in the year prior to decriminalization.
Washington Post, 26 Jun 2017 - Drug policy experts often say that the health risks of marijuana use are relatively minor compared to the steep costs of marijuana enforcement: expensive policing, disrupted lives, violence and even death. Law enforcement agencies, however, have often been at the forefront of opposition to marijuana legalization. One reason is that the drug, with its pungent, long-lasting aroma, is relatively easy to detect in the course of a traffic stop or other routine interaction. It's an ideal pretext for initiating a search that otherwise wouldn't be justified -- even if that search only turns up evidence of marijuana use and nothing more.
In the last week I've had home grown tomatoes delivered to my office by two local attorneys. There appears to be a bumper crop in the county this year. (And that ends this Country Agricultural Minute.)
I ran into a former Bridgeport resident/former Texas House Rep in Brookshires in Bridgeport yesterday. (Wearing a Baylor visor, no less.)
Something might be wrong with Fox 4's Steve Eagar. I might start a new game called "How long into the broadcast will it be before he stumbles over the teleprompter." (He's had to anchor the 10:00 p.m. newscast alone for about three days this week and it has not gone well.)
Fox Sports website has laid off a ton of sports writers this week (including the great Stewart Mandel) after announcing it will focus more on videos than the written word. That's stupid. That's Idiocracy.
I'm struggling in my fishing this year. What lure (including color) do you use when the water is incredibly clear?
The home page for each Texas appellate court is back up, but the back end database (which has the information that you go there to see in the first place) is still down. That makes three days in a row. Something is royally screwed up.
The NRA put out an ad which is a not-so-subtle call for an armed insurrection against the Dirty Lib.
"(CNN) - An Ohio city councilman has suggested a controversial solution to the growing opioid problem in his town: If an addict keeps overdosing, the city won't dispatch anyone to save their life." If you won't go out on the second or third time, why go out on the first?
A city in Iran, with 1.1 million people, set a world record in high temperature yesterday: 129 degrees.
Loyal Christian and Deputy Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders defended Trump's offensive tweets yesterday by saying Trump shouldn't be considered a role model because, “When it comes to role models, as a person of faith, I think we all have one perfect role model." She followed that up with saying Trump "fights fire with fire."
Former Texas Tech coach Mike Leach is still mad about not getting paid after his firing. (USA Today.) He was on The Ticket about a month ago with one of the conditions of the interview being that he got to rant that Tech, in his opinion, screwed him out of over $2 million. And, man, he went off.
Speaking of, whatever happened to Craig James? He holds the distinction of getting Leach fired and losing to Ted Cruz in the same year. That's a bad year.
You realize that they have no idea who the actual shooter and getaway driver were, right?
I think I'm doubling down on my belief that the Bedford girl found in the Arlington landfill was a dumpster suicide. No arrests. No search warrants. No family outrage of "the police aren't doing anything!" I bet she left a note.
Last night a rookie NY Yankee, Dustin Fowler, in the first inning of his first game suffered a gruesome "open ruptured patella tendon." I don't know what that is, and I'm not looking to find out.
The Fort Worth PD Twitter account basically posts nothing but silliness with no real effort to seek the public's help in law enforcement. Then this morning they posted a video of a girl wearing a Peaster High School t-shirt and her friend taken from a Target security cam with the caption "she stole mascara." It even sought Peaster school's twitter account for help. It was quickly deleted and replaced with a different caption. I wonder if the girl wearing the T-shirt is not the one actually accused of theft but the original tweet, referencing Peaster, so implied. (Side note: Aren't there bigger crimes to post about?)
The deleted tweet.
Replaced with this one.
Trump will leave for Trump National Golf Club at Bedminster, New Jersey this afternoon. That will make his 32nd day at a golf club as president.
Breaking: Within the hour, Trump once again showed he is mentally unstable by insulting the married co-hosts of a daytime morning talk show. Yes, this comes from the President of the United States of America. This is not normal. This is stuff that a mean, spoiled 14 year old with no filter would say:
If you want to know what "He just set the Internet on fire" means, go to any social media site right now. (And it's good to see Melania's anti cyber-bullying initiative is going very well.)
Edit: Even Fox News called the comments "shocking":
Every website of every Texas appellate court has been down for over 24 hours. The official word is a "power outage." It should be noted there was an epidemic of world wide hacking incidents this week via ransomware. Hmmmm.
A young couple decides to shoot a youtube video in hopes of it going viral. The plan: Have her fire a gun at him while he is holding a heavy book which will stop the bullet. The result: The bullet goes through the book and he dies. The gal, 19 and pregnant, tweeted this before the incident:
This was floating around yesterday: Chicago Cubs chairman Tom Ricketts and Sen. Ted Cruz finally posed for a picture together. That's freaky.
Stay with me here. I guy in Texas gets thrown in the Brownsville PD jail. A detention officer then says he was assaulted in the jail by the guy. Guy gets charged with Assault on a Public Servant. Guy says he didn't do it but agrees to plead guilty to get probation. The guy then screws up the probation by not going to drug rehab and is sentenced to prison. Four years into his sentence it is discovered that the "incident" was videotaped by police, the video was not turned over when the case was pending, and the video shows the guy did not commit any assault. The police had lied and suppressed evidence. He is released. He then actually gets Texas' highest criminal court to declare him "actually innocent" -- something which is next to impossible to do. He then files a civil rights lawsuit against Brownsville and wins $2.3 million. This week, the ridiculous Fifth Circuit overturned the verdict. Why? Since the guy originally pled guilty that kills his claim. If you are confused, welcome to the club.
Who was the judge who authored the opinion? The guy below who is semi-retired. Before being appointed as judge, he was in private practice for almost thirty years working on "estates, trusts, and taxation." Yes, this is the guy who can make decisions that concern the complicated and often corrupt world that is the criminal justice system.
Newspaper lede: "Waller County district Judge Albert McCraig on Wednesday dismissed a perjury charge filed against Trooper Brian Encinia in connection with the death of Sandra Bland." Actually, the prosecutor asked the charges be dismissed. I don't know why.
Yesterday it was announced that there were no drugs or alcohol at the party or in the system of Jordan Edwards -- the teenager who was murdered by a Balch Springs officer as the kid was a passenger in a car that was driving away. Question: What difference does it make?
Shoutout to the WBAP crew for having the Star-Telegram's Bud Kennedy on this morning and then, once he was off the phone, joking that the paper only had one reader. Specifically, it was Brian Estridge.
And Another (Michigan). It might just be a court update.
This is amazing. The White House gives a daily list of the news they think you should read. Thank you, comrade.
I haven't read the story, but what must your musical accomplishments be in order to officially be referred to as a "rapper"?:
BOAZ, Ala. – Continuous heavy rain Friday morning is causing flooding concerns across parts of Cullman, DeKalb, and Marshall Counties. A flood warning was in effect for Cullman, DeKalb, and Marshall Counties. Albertville Police reported numerous roads were being closed due to floodwater around the city. Several WHNT News 19 viewers used the Live Alert 19 app to send us photos of the flooding. If you come across a flooded road, turn around, don’t drown! How to program a NOAA […]
Our northern neighbor is celebrating its 150th birthday this weekend, yet many Canadians don’t care. Why Canada’s lack of patriotism might be a good thing. Also, how families of black people killed by police often have to grieve under the media spotlight. And the tale of a composer's search for the sound of America.
1. Canadian writer Stephen Marche @StephenMarche on the differences between Canadian and American views on diversity and culture.
2. Writer Mychal Denzel Smith @mychalsmith on the "obligation for black families to mourn in public."
3. WNYC's Sara Fishko on composer Aaron Copland's quest to capture American identity in music.
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Late night big ole yowls,dearest and summer-dancing KitKats ... so, most of the news-info below is from a week or so past ... time flies way too fast, and this Big Cat just can't keep up at all.
WHAT SHE CAN SAY: THE TIME OF THE EVILDOER IS UP. THE TIME OF DIVINE JUDGMENT IS HERE. LIKE DOMINOS, YOU WILL FALL, YOUR DESPICABLE CRIMES ARE REVEALED TO ALL. ANY REPREHENSIBLE ACT YOU ATTEMPT AGAINST ANOTHER, AGAINST HUMANITY WILL ONLY BACKFIRE ON YOU IMMEDIATELY.
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Between 1967 and 1968 Myron Fagan recorded three LP records: The Illuminati and the Council on Foreign Relations. The dissertations document the activities of the house of Rothschildwere produced byAnthony J. Hilder – an American activist, author, film maker, talk show host, broadcaster and former actor.
This stunning recording from 1967 speaks to the very problems we face today, including Fake News, government corruption, the Corrupt United Nations and infiltration of a Luciferian Rothschild cult who may have gained irreversible control of the US government.
Breaking: Whistleblower Says Deep State in Control of State Department : Ongoing Child-Trafficking Cover-Up at St. Dept.
Did you know that at the State Department they have an exorbitantly paid employee, of Middle East background, who is in charge of the sex-trafficking brochures for the State Department? Did you know that same person refuses to cover this issue as domestic issue? This plays right into the hands of the Deep State cover-up of their child-sex-trafficking practices at the highest levels of government? This is tantamount to overtly supporting and covering up child-sex-trafficking and the State Department is the willing accomplice. Did you also know that the State Department has 3 men, led by Deep State minion and close Obama ally, Larry Palmer, who controls all information coming in and out of the State Department and they control the FOIA’s for the State Department as well.
State Department employee, Monika Wesolowski, has been unduly harassed and has had her life threatened for trying to expose traitors and overt practices of treason and sedition by State Department employees who are aligned with the Deep State motives and objectives. The following is an interview I conducted with Monika followed by objective, hard proof of the claims made by this whistleblower.
Unlike a lot of sources,this interview names the names of the guilty.
Monika “Begs” for Protection and Nobody From the State Department Will Help
Monika has begged for protection from the death threats, violent attacks and constant harassment. As recently as last Tuesday, June 13, 2017, Monika took the issue to Secretary of State Rex Tillerson’s aides. As of the date of this publication, she has not heard back on this critical issue. I want to put the State Department on notice, you do not wait 5 days to investigate these kinds of allegations when someone’s life is in danger. This is an example of intentional/unintentional depraved indifference to the safety of of State Department employee, Monika Wesolowski (see the email communications at the bottom of the page).
Previously, on The Common Sense Show, I documented, with pictures, government vehicles that have stalked and harassed Monika. The Fairfax, VA. police have told Monika that it is not safer to go home and they cannot protect her.
More recently, Monika has had animals poisoned to death. She, herself, has had to be treated for poisoning, some of which was uranium related. When I recently tried to interview Monika by Skype, ourcommunicationswere blocked for hours. Simultaneously, our cell phone communications were blocked as well. Here home has been invaded when she is not home. She was boxed in by two Muslim men, at the carwash, and stayed near until she called the police. This woman is the Deep State posterchild for political and personal harassment. In the following emails, please note the reference to CHILD-SEX-TRAFFICKING. I further want it to be known that Liz Crokin discovered a connection between the Virginia Shooter baseball practice shooter and child-sex-trafficking and that the primary shooting victim, Rep. Scalise had just sponsored a child-sex-trafficking bill eight days prior to being shot. This is no coincidence, the Deep State strikes again.
Monika has backed out of previous interviews because she is in fear of her life. I have convinced her that if you are going to be on the list, you better be on top of the list. Because I know the fate of Breitbart and Hastings, I have shared this information with other journalistic outlets who are going to cover this case and we are going to turn up the heat significantly.
I want to remind everyone, that in several earlier publications, I have tapped into two unnamed sources, one from the FBI and one from the State Department and was told that there is a Deep State purge underway. Monika confirms the assertion as her office is “like a morgue, people have either left or people have cleared out their desks and are awaiting their departure”.
After numerous instances of being harassed and attacked, she reached out to Secretary Tillerson’s office, but to no avail. Here are the unanswered communications:
From: Wesolowski, Monika Sent: Tuesday, June 13, 2017 1:39 PM To: Peterlin, Margaret JA Cc: Kenna, Lisa D Subject: RE: Personal and Confidential
Ms. Peterlin and Ms. Kenna,
The issue goes back deeper into 2013 and child trafficking. I have not seen my eight year old son in a year . I worry for his safety and mine. It is imperative I speak to you in person, I will not speak to anyone outside of Mr. Tillerson’s close administration for fear for my life and that of my son’s. Thank you for speaking to me on the phone. I have been wanting to send this email for several months but afraid to.
From: Wesolowski, Monika Sent: Tuesday, June 13, 2017 12:50 PM To: Peterlin, Margaret JA Cc: Kenna, Lisa D Subject: Personal and Confidential Importance: High
Dear Ms. Peterlin,
I proudly attended Secretary of State Tillerson’s swearing in ceremony and have faith that he will be successful at the State Department. I would like to arrange a meeting with your office with the Secretary of State Mr. Rex Tillerson. It is imperative I speak to Mr. Tillerson. I do not feel safe at my office or at home, I have been under constant attack. I have had things happen to my family, myself, and in the office that I cannot talk about in email. I feel my life and health, as well as that of my family and those close to me, is in danger because of where I work and the people I work with, and their connections. I do not know who to trust and cannot trust Diplomatic Security here at DOS, my coworkers or upper management, especially not Ambassador Palmer, who is Deputy Assistant Secretary for Global Information Services. I was informed by my HR that Ambassador Palmer pushed for the Hatch Act for my having a photograph and items of President Trump in my cubicle after the election. The situation at work has been hostile and I have been harassed. Please let me know if you could speak with me or arrange a meeting with the Secretary. Please expect a call regarding this email just to verify.
I believe Monika’s best protection is the light of day. On that note, I would ask that all forward this article to your contact list. Secondly, if Tillerson’s office will not respond to this grave situation, then I would ask that everyone send this article to President Trump AND Attorney General Jeff Sessions. Finally, we need to keep the heat on this issue.
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WILL THIS STOP THE CLINTONISTA/DNC BODY COUNT??? SO, THE JUDGE REFUSED TO PROTECT THESE WITNESSES ... IF ANYONE IS HARMED/MURDERED, THE BLOOD WILL BE ON HER HANDS.
GOVERNOR MOONBEAM GOES FULL-TILT COMMIE LUNATIC ... CALIFORNIANS, YOU HAVE THREE CHOICES: RISE AND SAVE YOURSELVES, LEAVE THE GOLDEN STATE, OR BE SACRIFICED ON THE ALTAR OF SATANIC INSANITY
YEAH, AT LEAST, CALIFORNIA IS SAYING MONSATANO'S ROUNDUP/GLYSOPHATE IS CANCER-CAUSING
Neil deGrasse Tyson now pushing Monsanto propaganda alongside wife abuser and convicted felon
Why am I not surprised? Neil deGrasse Tyson, who has become a mouthpiece for the GMO and chemical agricultural industries that poison the global food supply, is narrating a new documentary called "Food Evolution."
The film pushes the same pro-GMO propaganda as a violent wife abuser who used to write for Forbes. Another fake science front group -- the ACSH -- appears in the film and is run by a convincted medical fraud FELON who spent years in prison (and now runs biotech propaganda campaigns for a living).
Neil deGrasse Tyson has become a shameful betrayor of humanity and nature and an insult to real science.
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Episode 3: Trail Elise as she uncovers some disturbing facts about a passenger, while Karl makes a major breakthrough. The police trace their way to the door of the political cell Defence, but what will they find behind it?
Jaine's life has been a royal pain since she started penning dialogue for Some Day My Prince Will Come - a cheesy dating show that features bachelorettes competing for the heart of Spencer Dalworth VII, a very distant heir to the British throne. As if fending off golf ball-sized bugs on a sweltering island wasn't tough enough, Jaine must test her patience against an irritable production crew and fierce contestants who will do anything to get their prince. But Jaine never expected murder to enter the script. When one of the finalists dies in a freak accident, it's clear someone wanted the woman out of the race for good - and the police won't allow a soul off the island until they seize the culprit. Terrified of existing another day without air conditioning and eager to return home, Jaine is throwing herself into the investigation. And she better pounce on clues quickly - or there won't be any survivors left.
Its 1358, and young Oswald de Lacy, Lord Somershill, is delayed in Venice as he awaits a pilgrim ship to the Holy Land. While the city is besieged by the King of Hungary, Oswald stays at the house of an English merchant, and soon comes under the spell of this decadent and dazzling island state that sits on the edge of Europewhere East meets West. But Oswald has secrets. He is running away from something in Englanda shadow that still haunts him, no matter how much he consoles himself with the delights of Venice. When he finds a dead man at the carnival, he is dragged into a murder investigation that draws him deep into the intrigues of this paranoid, mysterious city. From the dungeons of the Doges Palace to the convent-brothel of Santa Lucia, Oswald must search for a murderer in this bewildering maze of alleys and canals. When he comes up against the feared Signori di Notte, the secret police, Oswald learns that he is not the only one with something to hide. Everyone is watching (or trailing) someone else; and nobody in Venice is who they appear to be. Masks, it seems, are not only for the carnival.
"The county fair is the highlight of the year for the small town of Lovett, Michigan--especially for food-and-lifestyle blogger Shelby McDonald, who writes as the Farmer's Daughter. She is submitting jams and jellies she's created from the produce she grows at Love Blossom Farm in hopes of harvesting a blue ribbon. But the townspeople get more than just the excitement of hayrides, tractor pulls, and cotton candy when Shelby's neighbor and volunteer fireman, Jake Taylor, extricates the body of Zeke Barnstable instead of a dummy during a demonstration of the Jaws of Life. The fact that Jake and Zeke were known to be at odds plants suspicion in the minds of the police. As evidence against Jake grows, Shelby knows she has to plow through the clues to weed out the true killer and save her friend." -- Page  cover.
"In THE LIES WE TELL by Theresa Schwegel, Chicago police detective Gina Simonetti is keeping a secret from the department: she has multiple sclerosis. Raising her young niece on her own, Gina hides her disease; she can't afford to lose her job. Anyway, she is healthier than most of the cops she knows, and greatly appreciates the responsibility of caring for a child. But Gina's secret is threatened when a colleague calls her in to help trace a suspect: Johnny Marble has added to his rap sheet with an assault charge--this time against his mother. When Gina pays a visit to the mom in the hospital and winds up running into--and after--Marble, she finds herself in a physical confrontation she can't possibly win. He gets away, and Gina is faced with an impossible situation. She has to find him, but knows doing so means turning in the one person who knows the true story of what happened. After all, now that he's seen her fight, Johnny Marble can reveal her deepest secret to the police department. Though alone in her struggle, Gina isn't alone in her search: in addition to a loyal partner, there is a curious detective and an entire force of coworkers on the hunt. And she's sympathetic to Marble's mother, a woman who is losing her mind to Alzheimer's. Still, Gina fears the fallout: she has no idea how will she keep her own world intact once Marble is found and the truth is out. Once again, Schwegel brings her remarkable talent to bear in this compelling crime novel about imperfect people struggling against all odds--and this time, against the very people who are supposed to help"-- Provided by publisher.
Location : The A30 eastbound between the junctions with the A3047 Camborne West and the A3047 Camborne East.
Reason : Police incident.
Status : Currently Active.
Time To Clear : The event is expected to clear between 01:45 and 02:00 on 1 July 2017.
Return To Normal : Normal traffic conditions are expected between 01:45 and 02:00 on 1 July 2017.
In this Majority Report clip, we discuss an incident in St. Louis during which a police chase happened to end right outside of an off-duty African American police officer’s home. The officer exited his home with his service weapon to help, and although two officers initially told him to get down, they recognized him and
To the critics of our First Lady (many of whom are uninformed and capricious). Here are a few things you ought to know: She's the first foreign-born First Lady since John Quincy Adams's wife, Louisa Adams; the only First Lady to be born and raised in a communist country. Most likely, as the Washington Post put it, the most "linguistically gifted" first lady (she is fluent in four languages). Focused and hard-working from the start, she became a successful model at age five and did her first commercial at 16. She has co-hosted The View with Barbara Walters and is also active in philanthropy and has been a Goodwill Ambassador for the American Red Cross and an active member of the Police Athletic League (PAL). She's been featured in the pages of Allure, Self, Vanity Fair, ELLE, and more.
Do you know what it takes to be successful in such endeavors? It's grueling work. Very few make it to the top. VERY few. "She's not gossipy at all, not bitchy and just really nice, though I know that's not exciting to hear," said Robert Janjigian, fashion editor for The Palm Beach Daily News. And the famous photographer Harry Benson says of Melania: "She is a very quiet and nice person" "She's a really nice person and a fabulous mother," said Terry Allen Kramer, the Palm Beach socialite and veteran Broadway producer, echoing a point reiterated by many who know Melania. She's known to have her own mind about things and doesn't hesitate to correct the President or steer him in the right direction. Longtime Trump associate Roger Stone said, “She’s very private and she’s very smart. Anyone who thinks she’s a mannequin doesn’t get it. She has excellent instincts into who is trying to exploit their influence with [the President]." Kind. Focused. Self-assured. Hard-working. Gracious. Beautiful. Worldly. Smart.
A successful professional and savvy, well-informed person in her own right. A fine wife and exceptionally devoted mother. I think she's a WONDERFUL First Lady.
A key adviser for the Pope has been charged with sexual assault, a sign that while the Papacy is improving, there is still much work to be done. Australian Cardinal George Pell was charged with sexual assault on Thursday by Victoria police in relation to allegations that he had sexually abused minors early in his
Le corps d'au moins une femme a été retrouvé, en plus du corps du suspect, après une fusillade qui a touché plusieurs personnes vendredi dans le Lebanon Hospital (hôpital libanais) du Bronx à New York, selon la police.
The federal government has ordered the military to stay in Iraq for at least two more years, as the fight against the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant prepares to enter a new phase. But despite a request from NATO for police trainers, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says there are "absolutely no plans" to send Canadian troops back into Afghanistan.
Antigovernment extremists and militia-types looking to bash federal law enforcement just got a new drumbeat – one to replace the worn-out tropes arising from the 1990s tragedies at Ruby Ridge and Waco.
The new theme-card is this week’s indictment of an FBI agent – a member of the bureau’s elite Hostage Rescue Team – who is accused of an attempted cover-up during last year’s fatal shooting of an occupier at an Oregon wildlife refuge.
In a five-count indictment unsealed Wednesday in Portland, W. Joseph Astarita is accused of three counts of making false statements – lying to supervisors – and two additional counts of obstruction of justice.
“For an extremist movement whose bread-and-butter is conspiracy theories about governmental violence, overreach and deception, this case is like a lottery windfall,” Brian Levin, the director of the Center for the Study of Hate and Extremism, told Hatewatch.
The recent indictment of an FBI agent for lying will fuel fair-right conspiracy theories over the justified shooting of antigovernment activist LaVoy Finicum, seen here during the occupation of Oregon's Malheur National Wildlife Refuge. (AP Images/Rick Bowmer)
Astarita, a 40-year-old FBI veteran, was part of its specially trained hostage rescue squad deployed early last year to Oregon’s Malheur National Wildlife Refuge during the illegal, armed takeover of the federal preserve by Ammon and Ryan Bundy and assorted militia and antigovernment extremists.
The Oregon siege came two years after an earlier standoff at Bunkerville, Nevada, involving the Bundys and their father, Cliven Bundy, and assorted militia players. They subsequently were charged with pointing firearms at federal agents involved in a failed attempt in April 2014 to roundup Bundy’s cattle for nonpayment of federal grazing fees.
During the 2016 siege in Oregon, occupier Robert LaVoy Finicum of Nevada was fatally shot by Oregon State Police as they and FBI agents attempted to stop three vehicles and arrest their occupants driving away from the refuge.
His death – caught on FBI surveillance video -- almost immediately seemed to further galvanize factions in radical right, antigovernment circles.
Astarita is accused of firing two shots that both missed as Finicum got out of his truck and attempted to reach for a gun after plowing the vehicle into a snow bank at the police roadblock.
After the shooting, the indictment alleges Astarita lied to three FBI supervisors and failed to disclose that he fired his weapon to the FBI’s Shooting Response Team.
The indictment was returned after an 18-month long investigation by the Inspector General of the U.S. Department of Justice working with detectives from the Deschutes County, Oregon Sheriff’s Office.
Billy J. Williams, the U.S. Attorney for Oregon, said the alleged cover-up doesn’t call into question earlier investigative findings that Oregon State Police were fully justified in using deadly force against Finicum.
But already there’s evidence that antigovernment, militia extremists aren’t buying that official U.S. government line and, instead, are pointing to the Finicum shooting and its alleged cover-up as examples of what they call federal government excesses and corruption.
“What did I tell you?” Washington state militia organizer Gavin Seim posted on Facebook after the indictment was announced. He disputed claims by the FBI and the Oregon State Police that the shooting of Finicum was justified.
“The diversion indictment is not about justice,” Seim ranted, “rather it is designed to give them the narrative so they can spin it as if they are accountable.”
Finicum’s widow, Jeanette Finicum, a featured speaker at last weekend’s “Red Pill” gathering of assorted antigovernment extremists and conspiracy theorists in Montana, claims the federal cover-up in her husband’s death is much broader.
After the FBI agent was indicted, she told media outlets that she was “grateful,” but still believes “other officers were involved in the cover-up.”
Some in militia and antigovernment ranks continue to maintain, without any forensic evidence, that Finicum was “murdered” by FBI agents and state police.
Levin, who studies extremists and hate crimes in his position as a professor at the Center for the Study of Hate and Extremism at California State University in San Bernardino, said the Oregon case serves up the perfect ingredients for antigovernment conspiracy buffs and bashers.
“Finicum already was on his way to becoming a new, folkloric hero in the extremist, Patriot movement,” Levin said, referring to Patriot-depictions of the Nevada rancher and foster parent as a quirky, horseback-riding, Constitution-and-gun-loving Patriot who was cut-down by murderous federal agents.
“What was missing was a real overt hook of government over-reach, violence and cover-up, and now, with this indictment, all those elements are there for the Patriots who want to believe this stuff,” he said.
Antigovernment extremists, as they did after Ruby Ridge in 1992 and Waco the following year, like to bolster their message by citing such “catalytic events” involving folkloric victims with any hint of federal law enforcement overreach or cover-up.
In contrast, following the FBI’s 1996 standoff with the Montana Freemen, the longest siege in the bureau’s history, where there were arrests without gunfire and no casualties on either side, there were no legacy claims left for antigovernment proponents and fuel for the Patriot movement.
“After the Freeman standoff ended peacefully, it knocked the wind out of the movement,” Levin said.
“In any extremist movement,” Levin said, “you not only need heroes, you need villains, and here you have it wrapped all into one.”
This story amazes me - I understand they needed to use force but what about those guns that just zap you and knock you down? It seems they could have done something else. Education on this subject for officers that may come in contact with someone having a low blood sugar reaction would help. Talking a gun out of the hand of someone who doesn't know what they are doing in the first place is not going to work. Of course, he could have killed someone, I just think they could have done something else that didn't have to take his life. His wife did say he was having a low blood sugar reaction when she called.
Police: Appropriate Force Used To Shoot Man In Shock
Salida Police Had Little Option, Sheriff Says
POSTED: 8:13 am MDT May 3, 2005
SALIDA, Colo. -- A preliminary review found two officers acted with appropriate force when they shot and killed a retired corrections officer after his wife called 911 to report he was in diabetic shock. Kenneth Clark, 60, who was described as a "pillar of the community," died early Sunday morning after a confrontation with two officers. "It turned sour very quick and left them with little option," Chaffee County Sheriff Tim Walker said Monday. Preliminary autopsy results were expected to be released Tuesday. Officers Shane Garcia and Marc Morris, who were involved in the shooting, have each been suspended with pay pending the outcome of an investigation. After Clark's wife, Nancy, called 911, the officers found Clark belligerent and aggressive, and waiving a handgun, police said. Nancy Clark said her husband was suffering from a diabetes-induced blood-sugar imbalance. "The officers spent a number of minutes trying to de-escalate the situation, but he became more aggressive and very agitated," said Salida Police Chief Mark Mathies. Mathies said Clark then pointed his gun at the officers, prompting them to shoot him. He died at the scene.
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UNFORTUNATELY, THIS EVENT HAS BEEN CANCELED :((((
The guys from Poznań's crew of KILL da CHILL announce helluva party this Friday (22 June 2012) in Stara Rzeźnia (Old Slaughterhouse!) in Poznań. On two scenes Street Bass vs Heart Beats, sick dubstep sub-basses (with occasional wobbles) will meet glitchey IDM nu beatz footwork what u call it funk. A bass champion Trolley Snatcha representing UK's cult label Dub Police will headline the Street Bass stage showing his top-notch DJ skills and very distinctive beat, which is a kind of trademark of his music explorations. Who knows he may even show some surprises :) He will be supported by Polish artists Blackleg hailing from the holy city of Częstochowa, Grabadub one of the founding fathers of dubstep scene in Poland, and the Foxhole crew (the organizers of the event) represented by Paszczak, Julian De Narco and Petey.
However, the real treat awaits on the other scene. Heart Beats will feature two producers who bravely stand out with their music from the mass of mediocre copy-cats flooding the nu-beat / bass / urban scene. I hope Slugabed requires no introduction to the readers. I have been his devout fan since the beginnings of my blog a few years ago. Though young of age, Sluga has already managed to create his unique sound of post hip-hop beats built on ulta heavy bass base. After a few successful releases (among others on Planet Mu) he has recently added to his CV a very good full-length album on Ninja Tune. This dude knows how to rock the house in its most literal sense. Be There or Be Square!!! The more so, as he will be joined by B.Bravo, another hot name on my best producers list (don't confuse hot with overhyped please). Born in California, up-and-coming star of the West Coast Modern Funk Movement is also a co-founder (with Salva) of one of my favorite labels - Frite Nite releasing music by e.g. Nasty Nasty, Eprom or Epcot. Expect G-Funk and R'n'B arranged in a surprisingly modern way, with distorted vocoder samples and twisted beats. Actually, I can't wait to lay my hands and ears on the LP by B.Bravo to be released this year. I'm absolutely positive Slugabed and B.Bravo will f.....g funk you out till you bleed in the Old Slaughterhouse :) The young butchers will be supported by Polish artists, incl. Minoo a collaborator of an interesting label Mad-Hop and Polish Asfalt Records and the Foxhole crew represented by RAQ, Porcus Uzurpator and Top Cut.
<a href='http://www.bestgore.com/members/the/'>@the</a> vulva eater I get it imagine an off duty American police officer doing that too an ape for straying on his lawn. Better yet not even the oookkk who put its hoof on the po po's front lawn but it's troop mate that receives a methodical and just chastisement :-)
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