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Covering chaos : Journalists struggle to work effectively amidst fighting in Mogadishu

first_img News SomaliaAfrica January 8, 2021 Find out more Organisation RSF requests urgent adoption of moratorium on arrests of journalists March 2, 2021 Find out more SomaliaAfrica Reporters Without Borders and its Somali partner organisation paid tribute to journalists trying to work in strife-torn Mogadishu where an alliance of warlords is battling an Islamist militia and offered advice on how to do their jobs effectively.“The effect of the fighting on the media’s capacity to report confidently and independently is worrying,” said press freedom organisations Reporters Without Borders and the National Union of Somali Journalists (NUSOJ)”Journalists in conflict areas are habitually treated as enemies or as servants by conflicting groups, because of their role in uncovering the truth. We strongly appeal to the two groups fighting in Mogadishu to respect the rights of innocent people to live free from terror, including the rights of journalists to report impartially”, they said.Seven FM radio stations and at least four newspapers are trying to cover the hostilities independently and they face escalating difficulties. The rights of journalists are frequently trampled in Somalia and violators enjoy absolute impunity.Many local journalists have refused to cover the conflict because of the high risk of being hounded or killed by the belligerents determined to stop them reporting unwelcome facts.Some newspapers are not being printed on schedule because of lack of staff, shortage of transport and the high price of materials. Circulation has fallen off since vendors are too fearful to take to streets held by militia. Key road junctions in the city which vendors used until recently have been turned into checkpoints held by armed men. During the latest fighting by the warring groups in the capital, a landmine was buried on the road leading to the headquarters of NUSOJ. It was removed before anyone could be injured.Destabilised by the violence, Mogadishu’s journalists are failing to cover the fighting effectively for fear that they will be targeted themselves. Most of them have little experience or background information about the mechanics and evolution of conflict. But the media has been trying in past few days of fighting to present the views of ordinary citizens opposed to armed confrontation. May 15, 2006 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Covering chaos : Journalists struggle to work effectively amidst fighting in Mogadishu RSF_en Further, some journalists have been paid a lot of money by the different factions to publish false information, to advance the belligerents’ political agenda. Journalists have been paid amounts ranging from $50 to $500 to plant misleading stories.The civilian inhabitants of Mogadishu are either fleeing the city or trying to hide from the battle. Like other civilians, journalists living or working in the north and east of Mogadishu are the most exposed and need to stay close to their families to protect and feed them, or to arrange their transport out of the city if the situation worsens.Reporters Without Borders and NUSOJ jointly recommend that journalists: – Give more priority to covering the views of ordinary citizens rather than the leaders of the combatant groups.- Avoid reporting solely about the two combatant groups and concentrate on the affected sectors of society.- Refuse to put out false information.- Describe the groups as they refer to themselves and avoid prejudicial labels.- Report on the evolution of fighting by quoting an exact source instead of making it appear to be the journalist’s point of view.- Use precise words to clearly explain the circumstances of any disaster.- Cover all political sides equally. News RSF and NUSOJ call for release of a journalist held in Somalia’s Puntland region to go further Follow the news on Somalia February 24, 2021 Find out more Reporters Without Borders and its Somali partner organisation, the National Union of Somali Journalists (NUSOJ), paid tribute to journalists trying to work in strife-torn Mogadishu where an alliance of warlords is battling an Islamist militia and offered advice on how to do their jobs effectively. Receive email alerts Help by sharing this information NUSOJ, Tree Biano Building, Via Maka Al-Mukarah, KM4 Area, Waberi District, Mogadishu – Telefax: +252-1-859944 – Email: [email protected] News Radio reporter gunned on city street in central Somalia Newslast_img read more

Second time’s the charm for tour

first_imgLatest Stories Book Nook to reopen Around the WebDoctor: Do This Immediately if You Have Diabetes (Watch)Health VideosIf You Have Ringing Ears Do This Immediately (Ends Tinnitus)Healthier LivingHave an Enlarged Prostate? Urologist Reveals: Do This Immediately (Watch)Healthier LivingWomen Only: Stretch This Muscle to Stop Bladder Leakage (Watch)Healthier LivingRemoving Moles & Skin Tags Has Never Been This EasyEssential HealthBet You’re Pretty Curious About Jaden’s Net Worth Right About Now, HuhBradofoThe content you see here is paid for by the advertiser or content provider whose link you click on, and is recommended to you by Revcontent. As the leading platform for native advertising and content recommendation, Revcontent uses interest based targeting to select content that we think will be of particular interest to you. We encourage you to view your opt out options in Revcontent’s Privacy PolicyWant your content to appear on sites like this?Increase Your Engagement Now!Want to report this publisher’s content as misinformation?Submit a ReportGot it, thanks!Remove Content Link?Please choose a reason below:Fake NewsMisleadingNot InterestedOffensiveRepetitiveSubmitCancel Published 10:50 pm Friday, March 23, 2012 Neihart said the group enjoyed “dinner” at Julia’s and the tours of the Pioneer Museum of Alabama and the Johnson Center for the Arts.“We all enjoy visiting places that might not be considered major tourist attractions,” she said. “We’ve had a great time and everyone has been so nice and hospitable. We look forward to coming back. Shelia Jackson and Catherine Jordan from the Troy Tourism Department were outstanding hostesses. We appreciate all of those who made our visit to Troy so enjoyable.”Jackson, Troy director of tourism, said that anytime tour groups choose Troy as a stopover or as a destination, it is an opportunity to showcase what all Troy has to offer.“The Pioneer Museum of Alabama and the Johnson Center for the Arts are destinations for tourists and we appreciate the efforts of their staffs to make these people feel welcome,” Jackson said. “We especially appreciate the Neiharts for again including Troy on their itinerary. We invite them back and hope to see them again soon.” “But we’ve had people from Canada, Ireland and England,” Neihart said. “We do several extended tours each year to all parts of the country. We go to the New England states, the Southwest, the West Coast and, of course, the South.”Recent trips to the South have included tours of a dairy where more than 200 cows were milked, a peach orchard and an olive grove.“On this trip, we toured Chattanooga and went to the Cherry Blossom Festival in Macon, Georgia and it was incredible,” Neihart said. “We thought we had died and gone to heaven.”The group spent three days on the sandy, white beaches of Destin and will visit the Ave Maria Grotto and Nashville before returning to Iowa. Email the author By Jaine Treadwell You Might Like Choral showcase upcoming The Troy University Choral Showcase Concert will be at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at First Baptist Church in Troy. “This combined… read more By The Penny Hoarder Plans underway for historic Pike County celebrationcenter_img Second time’s the charm for tour Pike County Sheriff’s Office offering community child ID kits Penny Hoarder Issues “Urgent” Alert: 6 Companies Are… After trying the country cooking at both restaurants, Neihart said that it’s a tossup as to which is better.“Next time that we’re through here, we’re going to stay two nights so we can eat at both places,” Neihart said, laughing.Neihart Tours and Travel has been scheduling tours for 22 years and most of those who travel with the touring company are from the Midwest. Print Article Sponsored Content Remember America’s heroes on Memorial Day A tour group from Braddyville, Iowa had a second opportunity to get a “taste of Troy” on Friday and they said, like love, Troy is better the second time around. And, if the third time is the charm, it just might be more than they can take.Neihart Tours and Travel makes an annual pilgrimage to the South and Janet Neihart, who owns and operates the touring company with her husband, Monroe, and Junior Neihart, said that a year ago, they just happened to need a place to stop for dinner on their way to Florida.“Sisters Restaurant was recommended and it was fabulous,” she said. “So, when we were coming through Troy this time, we decided to try another restaurant that was recommend. We ate lunch as Julia’s and I ate until I couldn’t eat anymore.” Troy falls to No. 13 Clemsonlast_img read more

Tenant fees bill passes 2nd Lords reading without amendment

first_imgThe tenant fees bill has passed its second reading in the House of Lords without amendment and is now only a few months away from becoming law.During a short one-hour debate several changes were tabled by both Liberal Democrat and Labour peers including campaigner Baroness Grender, all of which were rejected by Lord Bourne, the government’s representative on housing in the Lords.These included amendments to limit the costs of replacing tenants in a shared house to £50, rather than the £250 that both incoming and outgoing tenants are often asked to pay.Another amendment sought to prevent landlords and agents from ‘double charging’ tenants who ask to quit a tenancy before the minimum period has finished.This would have required agents and landlords to only charge tenants for the lost rent up to the point a new tenant moved in, whereas now landlords will only be required to pass a ‘reasonableness’ test.Tenant fees billOther amendments attempted to force agents and landlords to find the best utility rates for tenants whose rent includes gas and electricity bills – a loophole that several lords said could be exploited by agents after the ban.Baroness Gardner also tabled an amend to prevent landlords charging tenants for a Right to Rent test, which she claimed was another potential loophole.One issue that Lord Bourne agreed to look at and include in the bill’s report stage due on 5th December is to require landlords and agents to tell tenants  why they have withheld a holding deposit – the so called ‘transparency’ clause.After its Report stage the bill will receive its third and final reading. Any further amendments will then be considered before it receives royal assent early next year. Lord Bourne House of Lords Baroness Grender Tenant Fees Bill November 21, 2018Nigel LewisWhat’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 BREAKING: Evictions paperwork must now include ‘breathing space’ scheme details30th April 2021 City dwellers most satisfied with where they live30th April 2021 Hong Kong remains most expensive city to rent with London in 4th place30th April 2021 Home » News » Tenant fees bill passes 2nd Lords reading without amendment previous nextRegulation & LawTenant fees bill passes 2nd Lords reading without amendmentAttempts by Labour and the Liberal Democrats to tighten up both holding deposits and how much tenants are charged for leaving a tenancy early were defeated.Nigel Lewis21st November 201805,046 Viewslast_img read more

Program Coordinator, Student Support Services

first_imgClass DescriptionThe purpose of this class is to provide professional level supportto operation of the assigned program. This is a grant fundedposition.Compensation within the posted range is determined by acandidate’s education level and/or years of experience in thefield. Generally, employees are hired in the lower third of thescaleMinimum RequirementsBachelor’s degree and four years of experience in Counseling,Psychology, Student Personnel Administration or related field ofrelated work experience, preferably with students fromdisadvantaged backgrounds. Master’s degree preferred. In the eventremote working is required, access to internet and a computer witha webcam and microphone is required. Must have a valid driver’slicense in good standing with violation points less than five(5).For best consideration please apply by January 31,2021.Class Specific Essential Duties1. Advise students about academic requirements for graduation andtransfer and assist with the selection of courses.2. Oversee the collection of quantitative and qualitativeeducational data related to program goals and objectives.3. Coordinate tutoring program.4. Maintain a caseload of program participants.5. Monitor academic and educational progress of programparticipants.6. Monitor financial literacy training.7. Maintain student records and files.8. Conduct workshops and orientation sessions, as required.Essential Job Duties are intended to be examples of duties and arenot intended to be all inclusive. There will be other duties asassigned.Position Specific Essential Duties1. Provide direct services related to preparing participants forgraduation, transfer, and successful completion of four-yearbaccalaureate programs.2. Provide counseling services to individuals and/or groups toenhance the likelihood of achieving success and transferring to afour-year institution.3. Assess tutoring needs of students; hire tutors; and coordinatethe tutoring component of the program.4. Develop and present academic success seminars.5. Recruit students for the program through classroom visits,attendance at student involvement fairs and collegetechnology.6. Remain knowledgeable about the College, its structure, culture,policies, and practices.7. Coordinate student activities programming for programparticipants.Essential Job Duties are intended to be examples of duties and arenot intended to be all inclusive. There will be other duties asassigned.CCBC Full Time Benefits At A GlanceBENEFIT SUMMARYMedical Plan yearEmployees may select CIGNA, or Kaiser Permanente Select HMO. Nopreexisting condition exclusions. All plans have prescription drugcoverage and mental health and substance abuse benefits. All plansrequire the selection of a primary care physician, but allow theoption to change. Annual Open Enrollment is inOctober/November.Dental Plan yearEmployees may select Cigna DHMO, CareFirst Traditional Dental orCareFirst Preferred Dental. Annual Open Enrollment is inOctober/November.Vision Plan yearEmployees may select Carefirst Preferred or Traditional Plans.Coverage includes one eye exam and benefits for glasses, contacts,or bi/trifocals every 24 months. Administered by Davis Vision.Kaiser medical plans allow members to have one eye exam yearly(covers exam only). Annual Open Enrollment is inOctober/November.Employee Assistance Program (EAP)Employees have access to the EAP, which provides CCBC employees andtheir family member’s confidential 24-hour online and telephoneaccess for legal, financial, and personal issues. Provided for CCBCemployees at no cost. Administered by CIGNA behavioral.Flexible Spending Accounts(section 125)Employees may select the FSA, which allows employees to pay forout-of-pocket medical and dependent care expenses. Employees mayallocate a maximum of $5,000 per household, per plan year fordaycare related expenses, on a pre-tax basis. Employees mayallocate a maximum of $2,550 for medical related expenses. A debitcard is provided to simplify claims processing for health careexpenses. Annual Open Enrollment is in October and November.Administered by Benefit Strategies.Life InsuranceEligible employees receive one times their annual salary rounded upto the nearest $1,000. The minimum benefit amount is $50,000 andthe maximum benefit amount is $200,000. CCBC pays 90% of thepremium. Evidence of insurability is required if enrollment occurs31 days after hire date. Administered by The Standard InsuranceCompany.Long Term Disability (LTD)Employees may enroll in the LTD Plan. Benefits are effective after90 days of continuous total disability and pays 60% of the grossmonthly salary. Evidence of insurability is required if enrollmentoccurs 31 days after the employee’s hire date. Administered by TheStandard Insurance Company.Legal ServicesEmployees may enroll in the Legal Services benefit, which provideslegal advice, consultation, and courtroom representation forcommonly used legal services; plus will preparation, trafficviolations, credit issues, warranty disputes, medical durable powerof attorney and uncontested divorce. Annual Open Enrollment is inOctober/November. This plan is administered by LegalResources.Retirement PlansEmployees are eligible, based on position classification, to enrollin one of three retirement plans: (1) MD State Teachers PensionSystem, (2) MD State Optional Retirement Plan (ORP), or (3)Baltimore County Employees Retirement System. All plans requireemployee contributions except MD State ORP.403(b) Supplemental Retirement PlansFor the 2016 calendar year, if you are under age 50, you couldcontribute up to $18,000, and if you are age 50 or older, you couldcontribute up to $24,000 because of a $6,000 ‘catch upcontribution’.Vendors: AIG-VALIC, TIAA-CREF, T. Rowe Price, Fidelity, Lincoln andING.457(b) Deferred Compensation PlanFor 2016, if you are under the age of 50, you could contribute themaximum of $18,000 to your 457(b) plan. If you are age 50 or older,that maximum increases to $24,000 because of a $6,000 ‘catch upcontribution.’ Vendor: Voya Financial Advisors, Inc.Tuition Waiver/ReimbursementCCBC tuition is waived for benefit-eligible employees after aprobationary period, if applicable. Tuition reimbursement forcourses taken at other colleges and universities are availableafter one year of CCBC employment. Employees are reimbursed:$200/credit undergraduate; $260/credit graduate courses, up to amaximum of 18 credits per fiscal year.Financial ServicesEmployees have access to a free checking account, direct deposit,loans and other services at First Financial Federal Credit Unionand M&T Bank.Time Off (fiscal year)12-month employees accrue up to 12 days for sick and safeleave the first year of employment and 18 days per yearthereafter. 10-month employees accrue up to 10 sick days the firstyear and 15 days thereafter. All employees are granted 3personal business days per fiscal year. Employees areeligible based on position classification and years of service toaccrue a minimum of 10 days and a maximum of 20 days ofvacation per fiscal year.ParkingFree. Must obtain a parking permit from the Department of PublicSafety to use on all campuses.last_img read more

Asian shares tick up, eyes on China-US trade relations

first_imgAnalysts expect trading to be subdued with United States and UK markets shut for public holidays.“Nevertheless, focus is likely to be on China’s National People’s Congress, as discussions of political and economic policies continue,” ANZ analysts wrote in a note.“Geopolitics will gain attention as US-China relations continue to represent a downside risk for markets,” ANZ added.On Friday, China proposed imposing national security laws on Hong Kong as Beijing unveiled details of the legislation that critics see as a turning point for the former British colony. Asian shares started cautiously on Monday as central bank largesse globally boosted sentiment but rising trade tensions between the world’s two biggest economies dulled risk appetite.MSCI’s broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan rose 0.1 percent with South Korea, Australia and New Zealand all starting higher.Japan’s Nikkei jumped 1.5 percent after the Nikkei newspaper reported the country was considering a fresh stimulus package worth over US$929 billion that will consist mostly of financial aid programmes for companies hit by the coronavirus pandemic. The proposal drew the ire of Hong Kong residents who defied social distancing rules and protested on streets while the United States warned Beijing’s move could lead to US sanctions.The US Commerce Department said late on Friday it was adding 33 Chinese companies and other institutions to a blacklist for human rights violations and to address US national security concerns.Sino-US ties have nosedived since the outbreak of the new coronavirus, with the administrations of President Donald Trump and President Xi Jinping trading barbs over the pandemic, including accusations of cover-ups and lack of transparency.The two superpowers have also clashed over Hong Kong, human rights, trade and US support for Chinese-claimed Taiwan.At the same time, analysts say extensive central bank stimulus to help blunt the economic shock from the COVID-19 pandemic continues to underpin sentiment and buoy equity markets.Japan, last week, unveiled a lending programme to channel nearly $280 billion to small businesses hit by the coronavirus. India slashed rates for a second time this year and the European Central Bank, in the minutes from its last meeting, said it was ready to expand emergency bond purchases as early as June.Later in the day, investor attention will shift to Germany, where the May IFO survey is expected to show some improvement off a record low base.Action in currencies was a tad muted.The dollar was up 0.1 percent on the Japanese yen at 107.73. The euro held near a one-week trough at $1.0903. Sterling added 0.1 percent to $1.2182 while the Australian dollar gained 0.1 percent to $0.6543 after losses on Thursday and Friday.Rising trade tensions hit oil prices with US crude falling 20 cents, or 0.6 percent, to $33.05 a barrel. Brent was off 31 cents, or 0.9 percent, at 34.82.Spot gold was off a bit at $1,730.5 an ounce.Topics :last_img read more

Caribbean urged to collaborate more on fight against terrorism

first_imgCaribbean border security officials have been urged to collaborate more in the fight against cross border illegal activities, including terrorism.“Many of us are confronting issues we have never had to grapple with before at a rapid pace that demands partnership. In the face of porous borders, shifting criminal and terrorist threats, it is indeed true that no man is literally an island and no man or country succeeds alone,” Minister of State in the Jamaican Ministry of National Security, Rudyard Spencer told delegates attending the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Joint Standing Committees of Chiefs of Immigration and Comptrollers of Customs (CICC) that ends in Kingston on Thursday.Rising levels of crimeSpencer said that in an age of terrorism, cybercrime and organized criminal networks, CARICOM continues to face rising levels of crime.“Gang warfare in the never-ending battle for control of scarce resources continues to tear apart the social fabric of our communities and countries and destroy the lives of so many of our young people.”Spencer urged the chiefs of immigration and comptrollers of customs to continue promoting the rejection of corruption in the forms of illegal drug trade, trafficking of firearms, identity theft and data breaches, among their nationals they have employed, and citizens.Reject corruption“One of the most effective ways we can confront the challenges outlined is to reject corruption and the behaviors that support it. Never forget that no criminal act can bear fruit without compromise and someone deciding to look the other way,” Spencer said.He told the conference, hosted by the Passport, Immigration and Citizenship Agency (PICA) and the Jamaica Customs Agency (JCA) that it was “timely” Jamaica was hosting the event.last_img read more

Senate-passed bill on ‘unborn persons’ now cleared for House committee consideration

first_imgDES MOINES — A Senate-passed bill that’s now part of the abortion debate is now eligible for debate in a House committee.The bill would establish a life prison sentence for someone convicted of intentionally or accidentally causing the termination of “an unborn person” against the mother’s wishes. Chuck Hurley, legal counsel for The Family Leader, today urged House members to pass the bill.“We’ve heard opponents say they know this is not an abortion bill…We also know the abortion issue’s not going to go away and the battle comes down to: ‘What is a child, what is an unborn person?’” Hurley asked rhetorically during a House subcommittee hearing. “And so you’re going as far as you can go here.”Daniel Zeno, policy director for the American Civil Liberties Union of Iowa, said the proposal technically does not apply to abortion, but the bill’s senate manager indicated that’s the ultimate goal.“Yes, it’s a small step, but this is a step in a much longer process of getting personhood and banning abortions,” Zeno said.Connie Ryan of the Interfaith Alliance of Iowa said the intent behind the bill is clear.“I know that Iowans are not foolish enough on this day or any other day to not understand that this is fully about abortion,” Ryan said.After a subcommittee meeting early this afternoon, a Democrat voted against the bill and two Republicans, including Representative Steven Holt of Denison, voted for it.“This discussion, I believe, lays bare the untenable position of those who refuse to acknowledge that the entity growing inside a pregnant woman is a human life, a human being, an unborn person,” Holt said.The bill is now eligible for debate in the House Judiciary Committee later this week.last_img read more

Kipchoge, Cheruiyot celebrate Kenyan double at London Marathon

first_imgLondon, United Kingdom | AFP | Eliud Kipchoge stormed to his third London Marathon title on Sunday to complete an impressive Kenyan double after Vivian Cheruiyot dominated the women’s race in warm conditions.Kipchoge, 33, saw off the challenge of Ethiopia’s Tola Shura Kitata and home favourite Mo Farah to win his third London marathon in four years in a time of 2 hrs 4 min 27 sec, finishing more than half a minute in front of Kitata (2:05:00), with Farah third (2:06:32).Cheruiyot, 34, timed her run perfectly to win the women’s event in a time of 2 hours 18 min 31 secs ahead of compatriot Brigid Kosgei (2:20:13), and Ethiopia’s Tadelech Bekele (2:21:40).ELITE MEN’S RACE | [email protected] ?? STORMS TO VICTORY IN THE ELITE MEN’S RACE AT THE 2018 VIRGIN MONEY LONDON MARATHON! ??He promised us a beautiful race and he delivered! #LondonMarathon #SpiritofLondon pic.twitter.com/ZX0C1bem4v— London Marathon (@LondonMarathon) April 22, 2018She took advantage of failed attempts to break Paula Radcliffe’s 15-year-old world record by last year’s winner Mary Keitany and runner-up Tirunesh Dibaba.In unusually warm conditions in the British capital first Dibaba and then Keitany dropped off the pace, allowing the 2016 Olympic 5,000m gold medallist to claim victory.After nine miles Keitany and main rival Dibaba were 25 seconds ahead of Radcliffe’s time. But Dibaba was soon reduced to a walking pace to leave Keitany with only her two male pacemakers for company.Keitany, looking for a fourth win in London, also started to slow down as it became apparent Radcliffe’s record of two hours 15 minutes 25 seconds would not be threatened. Watch Vivian Cheruiyot win the 2018 Virgin Money London Marathon!What a performance.Watch now on @bbcone and @bbcsport online.#LondonMarathon #SpiritofLondon pic.twitter.com/v49GeJpNM9— London Marathon (@LondonMarathon) April 22, 2018Share on: WhatsApp Britain’s David Weir won the men’s wheelchair race for the eighth time after a thrilling sprint finish.The 38-year-old pipped Switzerland’s Marcel Hug into second place, with Daniel Romanchuk of the United States third.Watch @EliudKipchoge win his third Virgin Money London Marathon!Watch now on @bbcone and @bbcsport online.#LondonMarathon #SpiritofLondon pic.twitter.com/BQiTFQ3nvj— London Marathon (@LondonMarathon) April 22, 2018last_img read more

Former British PM David Cameron “Sorry” for Creating Brexit Crisis

first_imgThe British prime minister who called the Brexit referendum three years ago, which led to the public voting to leave the European Union, is now re-thinking his actions for the political and social divisions they have caused.David Cameron says in a new interview that he thinks about the outcome of the referendum “every single day” and worries “desperately” about what is to come. He adds, “I deeply regret the outcome and accept that my approach failed. The decisions I took contributed to that failure. I failed.”The 52-year-old Cameron says many people blame him for the Brexit divisions that have worsened since the referendum and will likely never forgive him.He served as prime minister from 2010 to 2016 and had wanted to remain in the EU. Cameron resigned the morning after the 2016 referendum.His successor, Theresa May, resigned earlier this summer, after failing to win parliamentary support for Brexit.The new prime minster, Boris Johnson, faces an October 31 deadline to leave the Union. He said he plans to leave on that day “do or die.”Parliament has asked him to request a Brexit extension, which he has declined, despite concerns by some people that leaving without a deal could bring on severe economic problems, as well as the possibility of food and medicine shortages.Johnson is meeting with European leaders on Monday to discuss a possible compromise.In the interview, Cameron also attacks former allies Johnson and Michael Gove, who helped lead the “Leave” campaign.Cameron says the pair “left the truth at home,” falsely claiming that the country could save 350 million pounds each week that was being sent to the EU, and instead give it to the country’s National Health Service.last_img read more

Man arrested after fatally shooting suspected burglar and going back to sleep without calling police

first_imgAuthorities in Texas have arrested a man who fatally shot a suspected burglar and went back to sleep without contacting authorities.The incident was reported Thursday at a home on the 5400 block of Philip Avenue in Dallas.Officials say 72-year-old James Michael Meyer reported that he heard a noise in his yard around 5:00 am and went to check it out. When Meyer looked through his window, he says he noticed a man near his shed with a pickax.Meyer then retrieved his gun and went outside to confront the suspect. The resident chambered a round and yelled to the suspect to “stop what he doing and not come any closer or else he’d shoot.” Meyer says the suspect then took several steps towards him and that’s when Meyer fired a warning shot.The suspect then reportedly dropped the pickax and took off running into a nearby park.Meyer says he then fired in the direction of the park before walking back inside and going to back to bed.The resident says that at 7:00 am he then woke up for the morning and noticed what looked like a black bag laying on the ground at the park, however, upon further inspection, Meyer realized it was a body.According to the report, Meyer’s wife then contacted an attorney and that’s when Meyer’s called authorities to report the attempted burglary with a suspect in need of medical attention.When investigators arrived on the scene, they found an unidentified deceased male but stated that they did not find bullet casings.Meyer later told authorities that he cleaned up the casings and threw them in the trash.While Meyer is claiming his actions were in self defense prosecutors are reporting that once the suspect dropped the pickax and ran away, there was no longer any danger to Meyer.He has since been taken to the Dallas County Jail and was being held on a $150,000 bail.Several other sources have reported that he has since been released from jail but is still facing murder charges.last_img read more

TOGETHER! Brings Mentoring into Tumwater Schools

first_imgFacebook59Tweet0Pin0Submitted by TOGETHER!Most of us remember middle school as a time of difficult social dynamics and personal embarrassment, but some of us had it harder than others.  Students who experience higher numbers of Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) such as poverty, homelessness, food instability, divorce, substance abuse in the home, or any form of child abuse have a much higher likelihood of behavioral, social and academic difficulties in school.There are, however, protective factors that can mitigate the effects of these ACEs, and having a positive adult ally who is consistently present and really cares is right at the top of the list.Having a positive adult mentor can make a big difference during the tumultuous middle school years. Photo credit: Kaylie RothLocal nonprofit TOGETHER! has teamed up with Tumwater School District to do something about the impact of ACEs at this complicated stage of life. As part of their Community Schools program, which works to integrate school & community resources to support all students and their families, they are piloting a school-based mentoring program designed to support students as they transition from elementary into middle school.The program is called Pathmakers and is being piloted this year at Michael T. Simmons Elementary School. Volunteer mentors will work with their mentees during the 5th and 6th grade years in both group and one-on-one activities that promote social-emotional learning skills such as emotional awareness, healthy communication, and collaborative problem-solving. If you’re interested in being a mentor or would like to learn more, click here to visit our website, or call Cynthia Spencer at 360-493-2230 x108.TOGETHER! is a local nonprofit organization that advances the health and well-being of all youth through impactful programs that align with their core values of equity, mobilization, and systems change. They partner with schools, local governments and other community organizations to provide services such as free after-school and drop-in programs, in-school resource coordination, health promotion, and substance abuse prevention. For more information about our programs and how you can be involved, please visit WATOGETHER.org.last_img read more