Christian organization forced to leave India

first_img Many poor children who had big dreams will lost the heart and destructed and their emerging future will be set back again which was getting safe through this charitable program. “We want to be honest with you, there is very little hope.”This was the message Compassion International sent to 130,000 sponsors of Indian children last week.“Since we can no longer distribute funds to our field offices, we have just had to notify our India country staff that we must formally close our field offices in India by March 15,” Compassion told sponsors by email. “Should nothing change, that means an end to our sponsorship program in India in the next 60 days.”Compassion International has helped children in need in India since 1968 by operating 580 Indian-staffed child development centers.  The centers care for more than 145,000 children.At almost every center, children enjoy a nutritious meal once or twice a week. A typical meal consists of local grains, cereals, vegetables, eggs or meat and fruit. Most of the children get only two meals a day at home and the meals are usually not nutritious.All adolescent children receive some type of vocational training in addition to life skills and English education. The vocational skills offered include carpentry, welding, electronics repair, mechanics, driving, plumbing and electrical work.Parents’ meetings are organized in all the child development centers on a monthly basis. Information on topics such as parenting, social issues, the importance of education and child rearing is shared. Self-help programs also exist at most of the child development centers, and these meet more often.Recent changes to the Indian government’s interpretation and application of the Foreign Contribution Regulation Act (FCRA) has prevented Compassion from  sending funds to its 580 local child development centers in India.The FCRA controls the way charitable organizations inside India can receive funds from foreign sources. The new rules required each of Compassion’s 580 child development centers to submit an application (Form FC-3) to the Indian government by October 31, 2016. Sixty-three of Compassion’s partners were denied FCRA approval. Despite repeated requests, the Indian government has not provided an explanation for these denials. Compassion made the difficult decision to end its partnership with the 63 centers, impacting more than 14,500 Compassion children in India.Compassion is also unable to fund any of the remaining partners that received FCRA approval. Nor has the organization been able to provide funds to its two branch offices in India—again, with no government explanation. These decisions by the Indian government put Compassion in jeopardy of having to shut down all of its operations in India.“Since the start of its humanitarian work in India in 1968, more than a quarter-million Indian children and their families have benefited from Compassion’s programs,” said Compassion president and CEO, Santiago Jimmy Mellado, “ Our desire to continue serving these children has led us to encourage our supporters to request the help of their congressional representatives. We want nothing more than to comply with Indian law and find favor in the eyes of those with the power to authorize our ongoing care to these children who are suffering in extreme poverty.”On December 6, 2016, Compassion’s Senior Vice President of General Counsel will testify on this situation before the U.S. House of Representatives Foreign Affairs Committee. Earlier this year, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry spoke with key officials in India on behalf of Compassion. Still, Compassion has been unable to provide funds to continue its child development programs in India.About Compassion International:Founded in 1952, Compassion International is a Christian child development organization that works to release children from poverty in Jesus’ name. Compassion revolutionized the fight against global poverty by working exclusively with the Church to lift children out of spiritual, economic, social and physical poverty. Compassion partners with more than 7,000 churches in 26 countries to deliver its holistic child development program to over 1.9 million babies, children and young adults. It is the only child sponsorship program to be validated through independent, empirical research. For more about the ministry, visit or follow them on Twitter @compassion. TAGSCompassion International Previous articleFlorida leads nation in School Choice Week celebrationsNext articleReport: Red light camera crashes are up, and so is ticket revenue Dale Fenwick RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Mama Mia What a shame that there exists governments of countries that would rather have their own people, especially little children, to starve to death rather than let a Christian based charitable organization collect donations from across the globe, that does not cost their own government anything, yet deny them to operate their mission based food centers… is shameful! The world’s governments all around the world, including ours, under this newly elected president is turning against their citizens harshly! It is happening currently, and only beginning here, but is starting to happen all over the world. Turning against their own people!!! Either with bombing them, denying them, threatening them, silencing them, or starving them……..what can be done about it???????? Gov. DeSantis says new moment-of-silence law in public schools protects religious freedom January 23, 2017 at 10:12 pm January 25, 2017 at 7:42 am UF/IFAS in Apopka will temporarily house District staff; saves almost $400,000 Mama Mia Please enter your comment! Reply Reply You have entered an incorrect email address! Please enter your email address here KISHOR KOCHIMcenter_img Chandra January 23, 2017 at 12:31 pm This is the sad state of the world now …….people sincerely doing good charitable work as true Christians and helping people and starving little children, are being called out to be investigated, and falsely prosecuted, and people in power, running amok of the law of the land, and being immoral, deceiving people, lying, and claiming to be Christians are being praised…………sick! Please enter your name here 4 COMMENTS Florida gas prices jump 12 cents; most expensive since 2014 hmmm, did anybody say that this charity work in India is a mask for converting people into Xianity? This compassion international should be prosecuted in India for exploiting poverty of people to convert. Share on Facebook Tweet on Twitter Reply Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. Reply LEAVE A REPLY Cancel reply January 25, 2017 at 11:44 amlast_img read more

Baghdad delivers a New Year’s message, U.S. escalates aggression

first_imgEDITOR NOTES:Eds. note: WW is monitoring developments in the region. Check for updates.The arrogance of U.S. imperialism knows no bounds. And nowhere has it been more destructive in recent decades than in the countries of the area dubbed the Middle East.A humiliating message to the U.S. imperialists was delivered in Baghdad, Iraq – on the very last day of 2019.On Dec. 31, an unarmed funeral procession of thousands walked unopposed past guard posts, layers of blast barriers and checkpoints into the most highly secured U.S. embassy compound in the world. Iraqi government security forces did not block militia members and their leaders from entering the heavily fortified Green Zone where the U.S. Embassy is located.This bold action followed a mass funeral for members of Popular Militia units who had been killed in a U.S. bombing. It exposed the vulnerability of the U.S. occupiers.U.S. retaliates with dangerous provocationThat embassy action sent a clear message that no U.S. base in Iraq is secure.The very Iraqi forces the U.S. relies on, in the most heavily fortified embassy in the world, opened the door. Clearly the U.S. has no allies. Even the Iraqi forces who collaborated have aligned against them.The U.S. responded with a dangerous and irrational provocation, a criminal act intended to create a conflagration in the region.According to a U.S. Department of Defense statement, President Trump ordered the assassination of Iranian Major General Qassem Soleimani, the head of the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps-Quds Force, who was on an official visit to Iraq.A U.S. air strike killed Soleimani at the Baghdad Airport early Friday morning, Jan. 3..Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis, the leader of the Popular Mobilization Forces, which are officially part of the Iraqi Security Forces, was also assassinated.The U.S. escalation included the well-publicized arrival of U.S. troops from the 82nd Airborne Division in Kuwait on the same day as the assassinations.As the U.S. ignites a crisis, this is an important time to evaluate the U.S. position, its strength and its alliances, and to evaluate the developments of peoples’ movements for sovereignty in the whole region.The bold Iraqi action at the U.S. EmbassyIraqi protesters storm U.S. Embassy in Baghdad, Dec. 31It was not an isolated or exceptional event. Rather it was the third time during the last few months of 2019 that U.S. power had been successfully challenged in entirely new and creative ways – and in a region that has been brutally dominated, occupied and willfully impoverished by U.S. forces for decades.Iraqi military units are certainly capable of a sudden, surprise military attack. For instance, the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad was hit by a barrage of Katyusha rockets in May. Rocket attacks on U.S. bases are escalating.But a different course was chosen – a more stunning and highly political act. This time the Iraqis walked in the front door.According to live footage and reports from the site by Al Jazeera, the funeral procession “got into the protected Green Zone by going through the gates without any resistance whatsoever from Iraqi security forces that are supposed to guard the Green Zone.”Hundreds of people shouting “Death to America” scaled walls and actually got into the U.S. Embassy. They burned the reception area and then announced on bullhorns that they had “delivered their message.”According to NBC News reports, the smashing of a main door and setting fire to a reception area was one of the worst attacks on the embassy in recent memory. Flames rose from inside the compound and U.S. soldiers on the roof of the main embassy building pointed guns at protesters. Guards fired tear gas as smoke rose over the embassy grounds.The protesters erected tents for the night, brought in mattresses and cooking pots, and said they were prepared to launch an open-ended sit-in around the embassy until they saw action taken to “end U.S. presence and intervention in the country.”They called on the Iraqi Parliament to take action: “We want the Americans out.”One person interviewed, who described himself as a militia supporter, said: “We came to mourn the people who died as a result of the U.S. strikes in Qaim and to condemn the source of all evil in Iraq since 2003.“We are here because we are against the U.S. presence in Iraq … and we won’t leave until Parliament and the government put an end to that.”Green Zone – a U.S. bubbleThe Green Zone is a U.S.-created security bubble, a self-contained colony taking up 4 square miles of central Baghdad. It is surrounded by concrete blast walls and barbed wire fences fortified by sandbags, spotlights and checkpoints.The U.S. Embassy, within the Green Zone, occupies more than 100 acres of prime real estate. It is about the size of Vatican City. Six times larger than the United Nations headquarters in New York, it is the world’s largest embassy.This giant “embassy” has its own water and waste treatment facilities, as well as a power station. It contains two office buildings, six residential buildings with 100 apartments each, a shopping mall, an Olympic-size swimming pool, a gym and tennis courts. The embassy was designed to symbolize the permanence of U.S. power in Iraq and throughout the Middle East.That the most highly trained Iraqi security forces, supposedly trustworthy to guard U.S. interests, made no effort to stop the protesters as they marched into the heavily fortified Green Zone is a stunning development. It sends a message about the security of every U.S. base in Iraq.U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo warned Prime Minister Adil Abdul-Mahdi and President Barham Salih that the Iraqi government was obliged under international law to protect this vast U.S. Embassy.Popular forces in motionThe Iraqi government is already weakened and divided by months of popular protests that have gripped Baghdad and the south of Iraq since early October.Attempted crackdowns on demonstrations calling for basic services, employment opportunities and an end to corruption have resulted in at least 470 dead and more than 20,000 injured. The continuing protests have developed into demands for a complete overhaul of the corrupt and sectarian political system established under U.S. occupation.In recent weeks, a series of rocket attacks during the demonstrations has targeted military installations in Iraq where U.S. personnel are stationed. An occupation of Tahrir Square, also known as Liberation Square, was in force during the attack on the U.S. Embassy.U.S. strategy: Keep region dividedPublic anger had exploded after the U.S. bombed militias known as Popular Mobilization Forces (PMF), which are officially part of the Iraqi Security Forces. The U.S. attack on Dec. 29 killed 32 and wounded 55 who had been honored as front-line fighters against ISIS. U.S. officials said the five bombed targets included three border locations in Iraq and two in Syria.Iraqi Prime Minister Abdul Mahdi had expressed his “strong objection to this unilateral decision,” adding that “these strikes represent a treacherous stab in the back…. We consider it a violation of Iraq’s sovereignty and a dangerous escalation that threatens the security of Iraq and the region.”The U.S. said it launched the bombing in retaliation to a rocket attack on Dec. 27, near Kirkuk, that killed a U.S. mercenary. But the site the U.S. military chose to bomb was hundreds of miles from where the U.S. mercenary had died.The area bombed was the only border crossing controlled by Iraqi and Syrian forces, not the U.S. The crossing had been opened with great celebration after being in the hands of ISIS forces for five years. Last September, Israel had bombed Syrian forces trying to open this crucial highway crossing.Opening this border post on the Syria/Iraq border signified the first time in 30 years that trade, travel and exchanges among Afghanistan, Iran, Iraq, Syria and Lebanon were potentially open and not under U.S. control.U.S. strategy for decades has focused on how to keep this entire region divided, dependent and at war. Syria and Iraq were divided against each other as U.S. policy inflamed sectarian, ethnic and religious differences.All these countries are under strict U.S. sanctions, so opening their ability to trade with each other is a huge and life-saving step forward. Knitting this destroyed region back together is a goal of those opposed to U.S. efforts to re-colonize the area.By bombing this border crossing, the U.S. confirmed its strategy is to forcibly divide the region.U.S. plans to destroy Syria were decisively set back in 2019, despite five years of Pentagon bombing and the arming and resupplying of tens of thousands of mercenary forces. The assistance of Iran, Russia and Lebanon was crucial to Syria’s survival.But Pentagon planners are still determined to maintain control of Syria’s most productive oil fields and block efforts to reconstruct its war-torn economy. As the Pentagon resupplies its forces in Syria through U.S. bases in Iraqi Kurdistan, border control is an essential part of U.S. strategy.U.S. strategy vs. Iran, Iraq and SyriaEver since Iran’s 1979 revolution, the U.S. has tried to crush it with sanctions. It also tightened sanctions on Iraq in August 1990, followed the next year by a massive bombing campaign that led to the death of half a million Iraqi children. Then, in 2003, the U.S. invaded and occupied Iraq, destroying its social and cultural fabric. More than one million U.S. troops cycled through Iraq – but they could not subdue the resistance.U.S. sanctions on Syria began at the same time the U.S. invaded Iraq in 2003. They became far harsher by 2011, with an all-out effort to overturn the Syrian government by arming and supplying tens of thousands of foreign mercenary forces and then providing back-handed support to Saudi-created ISIS terrorists. ISIS became the new excuse for the U.S. military to bomb Syria and send troops into Iraq as “trainers.”Every political current in Iraq and Syria, even collaborators, eventually came to hate the duplicity and racist arrogance of U.S. domination.The only Pentagon solution to the growing resistance on every front is more war. The recent deployment of 750 soldiers to the Gulf region is in addition to 14,000 U.S. troops who have been there since May, supposedly to counter Iranian influence.The U.S. has about 5,200 troops in Iraq, supposedly to train Iraqi forces and help them combat ISIS. Over 2,000 U.S. troops remain in Syria, despite much publicity promising their withdrawal. Meanwhile, AP News reports that a full brigade of about 4,000 more soldiers may deploy to Iraq.Blaming Iran for U.S. failuresIt is U.S. policy to blame Iran for every setback and form of resistance in the entire region. Iran, although severely sanctioned and surrounded, is the only country that has escaped direct U.S. occupation and massive destruction.Donald Trump tweeted that “Iran has orchestrated the attack on the US embassy in Baghdad.” He threatened that the U.S. would “hold Iran for responsible” (sic) for the rapidly unfolding events in the Iraqi capital. Trump also blamed Iran for the death of a U.S. mercenary and claimed that the targets chosen were “Iranian controlled” militias.Even the U.S. failure to subdue Afghanistan after 18 years of occupation has been blamed on Iran. For example, on the last day of May 2019, a suicide attack in Kabul wounded four U.S. servicemen. While the Taliban claimed responsibility for the attack, Washington blamed Iran. Drones launched by Houthi rebels in Yemen were also blamed on Iran.The Trump administration’s move to unilaterally cancel a legally binding accord, signed by the five permanent members of the UN Security Council plus Germany, to end the sanctions on Iran, has heightened tensions in the region. New, even harsher, U.S. sanctions imposed on Iran are an effort to destabilize the country with hyperinflation and shortages.Iran, China, Russia start joint naval drillsBut Iran sent its own message as U.S. threats were escalated along with the crisis in Iraq. It was a message the whole world took note of.One fifth of the world’s oil passes through the Strait of Hormuz, which connects to the Gulf of Oman. On Dec. 27, Iran, China and Russia started four days of joint naval drills in the Indian Ocean and the Gulf of Oman.Iranian Rear Admiral Gholamreza Tahani said on state television: “The message of this exercise is peace, friendship and lasting security through cooperation and unity … and its effect will be to show that Iran cannot be isolated…. The aim of this drill is to bolster security of international maritime commerce, combatting piracy and terrorism and sharing information … and experience.”The joint naval drill showed the determination to offer some protection to a region that has been openly looted by modern-day imperialist pirates. New trade deals and funds for rebuilding war-torn and sanctioned economies are on the drawing boards in Iran, China and Russia. It’s no longer a unipolar world.Expensive U.S. weapons of little useIn Sept. 14, 2019, attacks on Saudi Arabia’s energy giant Aramco at its vital Abqaiq main processing plant and gas plant, near the Khurais oilfield, temporarily halved Saudi crude output. Yemen’s Houthi rebels claimed responsibility. They proudly called a press conference on Sept. 18 to describe the attack, launched from three different positions within Yemen. Three types of drones were used.But Washington and Saudi Arabia accused Tehran of the attacks — a charge Iran has strongly denied.Saudi purchases of over $67 billion in U.S. arms, including the famous Patriot missiles, failed to warn of or prevent the attack. Saudi Arabia is the world’s third-highest spender on the military. Its inability to protect its most critical oil facility set off alarm bells.Some 25 drones and cruise missiles are said to have been used in the strikes. These low-flying, inexpensive weapons are a new challenge to Saudi defenses, which are designed for high-altitude missiles.The September strike was the second attack on Aramco oil facilities in a month. On Aug. 17, the Houthis had directed a similar attack on the Shaybah oilfield in the kingdom’s South East region.Saudi Arabia boasts an arsenal of sophisticated and expensive air defense equipment. They have purchased the U.S.-made Patriot missile defense system, the German-made Skyguard air defense cannons and France’s Shahine mobile anti-aircraft system, and they’ll soon have Lockheed Martin’s highly advanced THAAD (terminal high-altitude area defense) interceptors.It turns out that none of these multi-billion-dollar weapons systems has the ability to pick up small, unmanned aerial vehicles or low-flying missiles on their radar. The Saudi military is also not trained to coordinate countermeasures.Washington promised to rush more worthless weapons and additional troops to the region. But the message had been conveyed that U.S. Patriot missiles might be paper tigers.CNBC, Reuters, ABC and other corporate media sites termed the successful attack a “game changer” and said that the repercussions for Saudi Arabia’s inability to defend itself are global. News reports speculated that Saudi Arabia’s massive oil plants are easy targets and its current air defenses are “irrelevant.”Financial investors are reportedly asking how the Saudi monarchy could have left itself so vulnerable and what that means for the future of oil, global markets and the “long-awaited” Aramco public stock offering.2020 – a new decadeThe scale of this humiliating failure can best be appreciated when weighed against the grandiose promises of five consecutive U.S. presidents and some 30 years of failed U.S. sanctions, bombings and occupations that have tortured this region of vast wealth.Unbowed resistance and an abiding hatred of U.S. imperialism is a material force now deeply rooted in popular movements throughout the region. They are finding creative and low-tech ways of resisting the all-powerful U.S. monolith. They are also developing new alliances that can enable them to rebuild.The bombastic declaration made two decades ago — that this would be an American century – now rings hollow.Yes, the U.S. military machine and U.S. corporate power remain massive threats to many countries and an enormous waste of resources. But the ability of a popular militia to walk unchallenged into the most highly protected U.S. zone is a very good start to the 2020 decade.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

A message to U.S. postal workers

first_imgBy Julia WrightThe following message from internationally known human rights leader Julia Wright, eldest daughter of famed writer Richard Wright, was read by Sophia Williams, from the Campaign to Bring Mumia [Abu-Jamal] Home, during the Workers World Webinar: “Save the people’s post office” on Sept. 3. Richard Wright was a postal worker in the late 1920s in Chicago, before he joined the Federal Writers Project and became a novelist. The former postal worker is widely acknowledged as one of the most important writers of the 20th century. Julia WrightMy father, Richard Wright, was born near Natchez, Mississippi, in 1908 to a sharecropping family of former slaves. His mother was a school teacher; but deserted by her husband, she had to look for jobs in white people’s kitchens to feed her two sons, before suffering a series of strokes.At the core of Richard’s childhood, one bitter, visceral, scarring experience remains: hunger — daily hunger, relentless hunger that would mold his moods, his character, his attitude toward the world during the rest of his short life.Down South, the only time Richard got enough to eat was when, aged 8, he was taken to live with his Uncle Hoskins in Elaine, Ark. But Silas Hoskins was lynched by whites who considered the saloon he owned had grown too profitable.Finally, like so many before him and after him, Richard escaped to the North, to Chicago and looked for a job there.In  “Black Boy/ American Hunger,” he writes: “In June I was called for temporary duty at the post office. My confidence soared; if I obtained an appointment as a regular clerk, I could spend at least five hours a day writing.“I reported at the post office and was sworn in as a temporary clerk. I earned seventy cents an hour, and I went to bed each night with a full stomach for the first time in my life. . . . But before I could receive a permanent appointment, I would have to take a physical examination, and the weight requirement was 125 pounds, and I — with my long years of semistarvation — barely tipped the scales at 110. “Frantically I turned all of my spare money into food and ate. But my skin and flesh would not respond to the food. Perhaps I was not eating the right diet? Perhaps my chronic anxiety kept my weight down. I drank milk, ate steak, but it did not give me an extra pound of flesh. . . . Autumn came, and I was called for my physical examination. I had not told my mother or brother or aunt that I knew I would fail. On the morning of the examination, I drank 2 quarts of buttermilk, ate 6 bananas, but it did not hoist the red arrow of the government scales. . . . I went home hating myself.”Ironically, although Richard finally is able to put on the required weight and obtains the coveted job at the post office, the 1929-1930 depression is on the horizon, and he is put on the dole like millions of others.I am struck by the similarity of those times to ours: lynchings in the South, but in the North as well; rampant racism; economic depression; mass unemployment; and an old disease rearing its ugly head — syphilis. Like COVID-19 today, the Tuskegee experiment scandalously targeted Blacks: Rural, illiterate southern farmers afflicted with the disease were used as guinea pigs to watch the progression of the infection, under the pretense of a newly discovered treatment. The number of lost lives are to this day unknown.Although my father left the post office for other jobs and became a known writer, his experience sorting mail remained with him to the point that the heroes of two of his novels work at the post office — Lawd Today and The Outsider. He collected stamps with the enthusiasm of a kid for the rest of his life.Sept. 4 is Richard Wright’s 112th birthday. This message is as a birthday present to my father who died in 1960.From where he is, if he saw the U.S. scene today, Richard Wright would understand the strategic importance of the postal services to desperately needed systemic change in our society. Today, Richard would stand with you to protect the machines he had learned to work almost blindfolded. Today Richard Wright would stand with you, because the postal service is like justice; it cannot be stopped, hindered or delayed.Having lived through a military coup d’etat — the one organized in 1966 at the behest of U.S. interests against the socialist Republic of Ghana — and having read at least one book on the tactics and strategy of coups d’etat (“The War of the Flea” by Robert Taber), I am witness to the fact and given to understand that the first thing the opposing force does is to paralyze the centers of communication of the targeted state: shutting down of airport, radio HQ, and so on and so forth.The postal services constitute a strategic network of communication staffed by us, the people, which Trump needs to paralyze in more ways than one.If not prevented, this would be the beginning of a silent coup d’etat!Our votes matter! Our votes matter more each day!Our Postal Workers are the strategic foot soldiers in a battle to begin to back down fascism! The struggle will be protracted!“It is the hour of the furnaces, we only see the light” (Che Guevara.) FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

TCU suffers ‘devastating’ one-point loss against Kansas State, 75-74

first_imgListen: The Podell and Pickell Show with L.J. Collier Boschini: ‘None of the talk matters because Jamie Dixon is staying’ ReddIt Facebook Linkedin Boschini talks: construction, parking, tuition, enrollment, DEI, a student trustee Men’s basketball scores season-low in NIT semifinals loss to Texas Garrett Podell World Oceans Day shines spotlight on marine plastic pollution Garrett Podell Linkedin Garrett Podell + posts ReddItcenter_img Twitter Garrett is a Journalism and Sports Broadcasting double major. He is the Managing Editor for TCU360, and his passions are God, family, friends, sports, and great food. Twitter Garrett Podell TCU places second in the National Student Advertising Competition, the highest in school history printThe Horned Frogs needed a win against Kansas State Wednesday night to hold on to sixth place in the Big 12 in hopes of securing a first round bye in the conference tournament, but TCU dropped their sixth game in a row.The frogs dropped their third-straight home game and suffered their second one-point loss in the last five days, 75-74.“Obviously we couldn’t have had a more disappointing loss on senior night, given our bubble situation losing by one point,” TCU head coach Jamie Dixon said.Senior night didn’t go as planned for TCU’s four seniors, and senior guard Brandon Parrish put into words how the team felt about their sixth consecutive defeat.“This one hurts more than any loss I’ve had since I’ve been here to be honest, and this is the most devastating with how much we had on the line and gave it away,” Brandon Parrish said. “We fought, but at the end of the day it’s a loss.”The Horned Frogs battled back from a 13-point deficit on the strength on a Parrish-fueled 11-0 row with just under 5:30 left in the game to cut the KSU lead to one, but TCU could never regain the lead.“It was good to see Brandon give us some shot-making, but we didn’t guard good enough at the end of the shot clock and in one-on-one situation to get the job done,” Dixon said.KSU jumped out to their double-digit lead early, hitting six first-half three’s and used their plus-three advantage, 31-28, to stay in front.“We got out-rebounded that can’t happen, they shot 45%, that can’t happen,” Dixon said. “All the things we say we need to do we don’t do,and that’s why we’ve lost six in a row.”However, both Dixon and Parrish looked ahead to the Big 12 tournament in Kansas City next week as one last chance to make a lasting impression for the NCAA Tournament Selection Committee.“Certainly we could win some games in the conference tournament which could change everything, I’ve been a part of those teams,” Dixon said.Parrish emphasized moving past Wednesday’s loss as soon as possible.“If we want to have a chance at this thing, we can’t put our heads down for too long even though this loss is going to hurt,” Parrish said. “We have to head to Kansas City and put it all on the line and be better than we’ve been all season knowing that pressure is on.”TCU’s last regular season is Saturday in Norman, Oklahoma against the Oklahoma Sooners. Tipoff is set for 2 p.m. Brandon Parrish looks to make a move against Kansas State. (Photo Courtesy of Previous articleEarly offense sets tone for Frogs in 13-5 victory over RiceNext articleThe Skiff: March 2, 2017 Garrett Podell RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Facebook TAGSgame lostTCU in title Garrett Podell The College of Science and Engineering Dean, Phil Hartman, retires after 40 consecutive yearslast_img read more

Police who allegedly beat news photographer to go unpunished

first_img RSF and 60 other organisations call for an EU anti-SLAPP directive News BulgariaEurope – Central Asia Help by sharing this information BulgariaEurope – Central Asia March 10, 2021 Find out more February 11, 2021 Find out more News Follow the news on Bulgaria Receive email alerts Bulgaria’s general election: RSF publishes 10 proposals to rescue press freedomcenter_img News News May 29, 2007 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Police who allegedly beat news photographer to go unpunished RSF_en Bulgaria: RSF condemns refusal to investigate reporter’s violent arrest Reporters Without Borders today said it was “shocked” by interior minister Rumen Petkov’s announcement yesterday that no police officers will be punished for the alleged beating of news photographer Emil Ivanov at the law courts in Sofia on 16 May because an investigation by his ministry concluded that he was not beaten by the police.The military prosecutor’s office previously announced that the policemen would not be prosecuted on similar grounds. Bulgaria’s police come under the authority of the armed forces.“This sends a message to the police that they are free to do whatever they like, that their word counts more than anyone else’s and that they are above the law,” Reporters Without Borders said. This is not compatible with the rule of law that is supposed to prevail in the countries of the European Union, which Bulgaria recently joined.”The police officers who were questioned by investigators – who had been identified from the pictures of other journalists present – denied beating Ivanov and said they intend to sue him for defamation.Ivanov, who works for the Express newspaper, is about to file an appeal against the military prosecutor’s decision and he intends to refer the case to the European Court of Human Rights if his appeal is rejected. He cannot however appeal against the interior ministry decision as it is the result of an internal investigation.—————————————————————-22 May 2007Outrage at decision not to prosecute police who beat up photographerReporters Without Borders voiced “outrage” today at a decision by the Bulgarian authorities not to prosecute the police officers allegedly responsible for beating photographer Emil Ivanov of the Express daily newspaper at the law courts on 16 May after he photographed policemen sent to guard a wealthy businessman who had just given evidence in a murder trial. Prosecutors said they lacked evidence.“We hope interior minister Romen Petkov will keep his promise and that the policemen who assaulted Ivanov will be severely disciplined,” the Reporters Without Borders said. “It is unthinkable that police officers should go unpunished after beating up a journalist while he was doing his job. In the wake of last weekend’s first European parliamentary elections in Bulgaria, any climb-down by the authorities in this case would run counter to the values defended by the European Union.”Reporters Without Borders added: “We extend our support for the protest which the Association of Bulgarian Cameramen and Photographers plans to hold outside the interior ministry tomorrow. We join Bulgaria’s journalists in reminding the political authorities that no civil society can survive without free and independent information.”Express editor Danka Vasileva told Reporters Without Borders that the interior minister promised to let her know by midday tomorrow what conclusions he had reached. “I want to believe that the minister will keep his promises,” she said. “It would be shocking that the police is mobilised to protect a witness – who is not officially getting protection – and at the same time is allowed to beat a photographer.”Aged 55, Ivanov photographed policemen, sent to guard businessman Mladen Mihalev as he left the law courts after giving evidence in the trial of the alleged murderers of Milcho Bonev, one of his former associates. Unprecedented security measures were adopted for his appearance. Traffic was diverted, Mihalev was allowed to come with his own bodyguards, and all journalists were thoroughly searched before entering the courtroom.As Ivanov was taking his photos of the policemen on duty outside the court building, they asked him what he was doing. He replied that he was doing his job, that he was in a public place and that he had every right to be there. After asking him to erase his photos, they tried to grab his camera and then dragged him inside the building and shut the door.A journalist outside, Maria Nikolayeva, said she heard Ivanov cry out for help as he was being beaten. Ivanov later said he was punched and kicked until he agreed to erase his photos, and then he was thrown out on to the street. The doctors who examined him said his injuries were consistent with his description of the beating. Organisation to go further December 2, 2020 Find out morelast_img read more

Vet lab closure would undermine local Limerick and Clare agriculture

first_imgLinkedin Facebook NewsVet lab closure would undermine local Limerick and Clare agricultureBy Staff Reporter – February 22, 2017 1086 Twitter Only re-integration will solve Shannon Airport crisis Previous articlePlaying out the Cold War in ChessNext articlePat McCabe show for Transition student Youth Theatre Staff Reporter Print Advertisement Email THE planned closure of the Regional Veterinary Laboratory at Knockalisheen on the outskirts of Limerick is a potential slap in the face for rural Ireland and in particular the Mid West region.That’s according to Limerick farmer and county councillor Emmett O’Brien who was commenting amid fears that the closure of the facility would impact greatly on the Golden Vale’s agricultural community.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up Cllr O’Brien’s comments follow recent protests at the laboratory that employs 12 staff and provides a “vital service” to the farming community in Limerick, Clare and the broader Mid West region since the 1960s.The Department of Agriculture is considering the closure of the laboratory as part of a rationalisation of veterinary offices nationally.A review of the department’s laboratories recommended the reorganisation of a number of divisions.According to Cllr O’Brien, closing the facility will remove access to a service for farmers in the region “that covers the most productive and intensive beef and dairy farming areas in the State covering Limerick, Clare, Kerry and North & Mid Tipperary, the heart of the Golden Vale”.Presently, farmers can bring a dead animal to the lab and within a matter of days, their vet will be notified of whatever action may be needed to deal with herd infections.If Knocklisheen is closed, farmers will be forced to travel to either Cork or Athlone to avail of the same facilities.Stating that this would be a setback for “good animal health and welfare” Cllr O’Brien added that “on top of the already lengthy delays being experienced by many farmers over the Department of Agriculture issuing payments for the GLAS and AEOS environmental schemes, they now expect local farmers to travel to Athlone or Cork for laboratory services.“This government is again playing lip service to a vital sector of our economy while doffing the hat to foreign multi nationals. It is likely to downgrade an important piece of regional agri-infrastructure and is putting hurdles in the way of indigenous agri-businesses, local farmers and the food production sector,” he said.center_img TAGSAEOSClareDepartment of AgricultureGLASICMSAlimerickMid WestRegional Vet Lab Is Aer Lingus taking flight from Shannon? New high-end jobs for Shannon RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Shannon Chamber Webinar to help people cope with the stresses of COVID-19 Shannon Airport braced for a devastating blow WhatsApp No comment on reports that virus victim is medical professionallast_img read more

Further 56 Covid related deaths and 574 cases identified

first_img Twitter RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR News, Sport and Obituaries on Monday May 24th Important message for people attending LUH’s INR clinic Nine til Noon Show – Listen back to Monday’s Programme A further 56 Covid related deaths have been reported this evening, including a 16 year old.574 additional cases have also been confirmed, 21 in Donegal.652 people are currently receiving treatment in hospital for the virus, of which 137 are in ICU.Deputy Chief Medical Officer Dr Ronan Glynn says we continue to see good progress, but this needs to be sustained. Further 56 Covid related deaths and 574 cases identified Twitter DL Debate – 24/05/21 Facebook Homepage BannerNews Pinterestcenter_img WhatsApp Arranmore progress and potential flagged as population grows Facebook Loganair’s new Derry – Liverpool air service takes off from CODA Google+ By News Highland – February 24, 2021 WhatsApp Google+ Pinterest Previous articleDonegal has lowest disposable income in countryNext articleDonegal makes plea in Dail over death of Noah Donohoe News Highland last_img read more

Sisters allegedly killed elderly dad in ‘perfect murder’ plot then covered it up for years: Sheriff

first_imgPinellas County Sheriffs Office(PALM HARBOR, Fla.) — Two sisters are accused of killing their 85-year-old father in a chilling, premeditated plot that was uncovered four years later, thanks to a man, who had a sexual relationship with both sisters and came forward, authorities said.Linda Roberts, 61, and Mary-Beth Tomaselli, 63, were arrested and charged with first-degree murder for the 2015 death of their father, Anthony Tomaselli, the Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office said in a statement on Tuesday.“This is in some respects — as we sometimes call these things — it’s the perfect murder, because there was absolutely no sign of struggle, no sign of foul play,” Pinellas County Sheriff Bob Gualtieri told reporters Tuesday. “He had cancer, he had dementia, he was seriously ill … They could have easily gotten away with it.”The alleged crime took place on March 6, 2015, when the sisters were at their father’s Palm Harbor, Fla., home. The sisters called 911 for help and paramedics rushed to the scene and tried to do CPR on Anthony Tomaselli, but he was declared dead, according to the sheriff’s office.At the time “there did not appear to be any foul play or criminal activity,” the sheriff’s office said.Anthony Tomaselli had an “extensive medical history and when contact was made with his primary care physician, he agreed to sign the death certificate,” the sheriff’s office said. “The physician listed the cause of death as natural due to Tomaselli’s advanced age and medical history.”But this year, on Feb. 13, a man, who had a sexual relationship with both sisters, contacted authorities to say he had a recording of Linda Roberts confessing, Gualtieri said.The man then helped authorities obtain recordings from both women about the crime, Gualtieri said.The women allegedly said on the recordings that they first plotted to kill their father with alcohol and sleeping pills, but that didn’t work, and they allegedly tried to suffocate him with a pillow, according to the sheriff’s office.“When that did not work, they stuffed a rag down his throat, pinched his nose, and held his arms down until he stopped breathing and died,” according to the sheriff’s office.Mary-Beth Tomaselli allegedly said her adult daughter was at the home at the time so she gave her sleeping pills so she wouldn’t see what happened to her grandfather, authorities said.The sisters allegedly said they “faked” finding their father dead and staged giving him CPR and calling 911 for help, authorities said.The sisters allegedly said “they ‘euthanized’ their father” in a “premeditated” killing “because he was going to die within a couple months and would not live in an Assisted Living Facility,” the sheriff’s office said.After Anthony Tomaselli’s death, his daughters sold his home and split the money with their brother, who was not involved in the alleged crime, authorities said.The sisters admitted to the allegations when they were arrested Tuesday — a day before their father’s death anniversary, according to the sheriff.The sheriff praised the man, who allegedly recorded the sisters, for coming forward.Roberts and Tomaselli are expected to get arraigned for the charges on Wednesday.Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

DM Hall Aberdeen moves up!

first_imgDM Hall has moved to high quality, fully refurbished premises on the third floor of 4-5 Union Terrace in Aberdeen City Centre.The new offices, with an open-plan layout and spectacular views over Union Terrace Gardens and the city centre, means that all members of the DM Hall team will be able to share, more readily, their co-operative approach to client issues.Stuart Johnston, DM Hall’s Head of North Commercial, said, “Our relocation to Union Terrace marks the beginning of a new chapter for DM Hall, providing high quality accommodation for our staff and clients. This move also reflects our confidence in the city centre and its developing role as an office location.”Shaun Peddie, DM Hall’s Aberdeen Residential Partner, said, “The £25m investment planned for Union Terrace Gardens, including a new walkway, an amphitheatre, a play area and a café, will provide a further boost to our developing city centre and our new premises will provide us with front row seats for this exciting new initiative.”Shaun Peddie Stuart Johnson DM Hall DM Hall Aberdeen March 29, 2019The NegotiatorWhat’s your opinion? Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.Please note: This is a site for professional discussion. Comments will carry your full name and company.This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.Related articles Letting agent fined £11,500 over unlicenced rent-to-rent HMO3rd May 2021 BREAKING: Evictions paperwork must now include ‘breathing space’ scheme details30th April 2021 City dwellers most satisfied with where they live30th April 2021 Home » News » Agencies & People » DM Hall Aberdeen moves up! previous nextAgencies & PeopleDM Hall Aberdeen moves up!The Negotiator29th March 20190615 Viewslast_img read more

OCPD Weekly Activity Report December 11-17

first_imgCalls for Service: 548        Daily Average: 78 December 11, 2016: Sunday Calls for service: 70 Vehicle Stops: 16 Vehicle Accidents: 0 Property Checks: 31 Alarms: 3The Police Department assisted with 10 Fire and 6 EMS callsWarrant, 9th Street, one in custody, at 6:51amDecember 12, 2016: Monday Calls for service: 65 Vehicle Stops: 19 Vehicle Accidents: 0 Property Checks: 26 Alarms: 4The Police Department assisted with 3 Fire and 3 EMS callsDomestic violence, 900 block Wesley Ave., at 1:57amWarrant, 1100 block Asbury Ave., one in custody, at 9:10pmDecember 13, 2016: TuesdayCalls for service: 85 Vehicle Stops: 27 Vehicle Accidents: 0 Property Checks: 29 Alarms: 4The Police Department assisted with 8 fire and 3 EMS callsWarrant, 900 block Haven Ave., one in custody, at 1:17amFraud, 2000 block Simpson Ave., at 3:10pm December 14, 2016: WednesdayCalls for service: 100 Vehicle Stops: 25 Vehicle Accidents: 0 Property Checks: 48 Alarms: 3The Police Department assisted with 6 fire and 4 EMS callsWarrant, 400 11th St., one in custody, at 10:02amWarrant, 34th St., one in custody, at 3:01pm December 15, 2016: ThursdayCalls for service: 73 Vehicle Stops: 14 Vehicle Accidents: 2  Property Checks: 35 Alarms: 3The Police Department assisted with 7 fire and 5 EMS callsWarrant, 100 block 34th St., one in custody, at 9:54amvehicle accident, 800 block Asbury Ave., at 11:58amRobbery, 100 block 9th St., at 1:06pmVehicle accident, 700 block Bay Ave., at 5:17pm December 16, 2016: FridayCalls for service: 84 Vehicle Stops:  18 Vehicle Accidents: 2  Property Checks: 41 Alarms: 3The Police Department assisted with 6 fire and 3 EMS callsVehicle accident, 8th St. & Asbury Ave., at 12:31pmVehicle accident, Route 52, at 5:19pmCriminal mischief, 900 block Wesley Ave., one in custody, at 11:56pm December 17, 2016: SaturdayCalls for service: 84 Vehicle Stops: 18 Vehicle Accidents: 1 Property Checks: 41 Alarms: 1The Police Department assisted with 6 fire and 4 EMS callsvehicle accident, 1700 block Simpson Ave., at 2:24pmPUBLIC SERVICE ANNOUNCEMENTS:Just a reminder that it is a violation of a City Ordinance to have dogs on the boardwalk anytime during the year. City Ordinance 87-17sec.4-32 prohibits any Boat/Trailer over 22 feet in overall length from being parked on a city street.       Any boat/trailer less than 22 feet in overall length can only remain on a city street for three consecutive days. Officers will be issuing summons and towing boats/trailers for any observed violations. Bicycle riders must obey all vehicle laws similar to that of a vehicle.       They must stop at stop signs, traffic lights and ride with the flow of traffic. Bicycle riders are not pedestrians and do not have the same right of way as a pedestrian when crossing the street at an intersection.The Ocean City Police Department wants everyone to be safe this holiday season. Please do not drink and drive and if you do attend a holiday event then use a designated driver or other method of safe transportation. Obey all vehicle laws and use your seatbeltslast_img read more