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Arkansas Episcopalians rally support for Syrian school while raising awareness…

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The school teaches about 130 students a year. Photo: Wisdom House Project, via Facebook[Episcopal News Service] If you haven’t thought much about the Syrian refugee crisis lately and want an update, consider asking an Episcopalian from Arkansas.You might learn that the Syrian province of Idlib is the last stronghold of rebels fighting the government forces of President Bashar al-Assad, and humanitarian activists warn a final showdown in Idlib could create an “apocalyptic scenario” for civilians, many of them refugees displaced from their homes by Syria’s eight-year civil war.Idlib also is home to the Wisdom House Project, a school for kindergarteners that recently graduated its third class. Those students are the ones with a connection to Arkansas, through an ecumenical partnership with roots at St. Peter’s Episcopal Church in Conway, Arkansas.With the ministry’s help, life in Idlib carries on in the face of ever-present danger.“Right now, our biggest concern is the well-being of our students, teachers and their families and figuring out, first of all, how to keep the school going,” the Rev. Teri Daily said in an interview with Episcopal News Service. “And if there comes a time when that isn’t possible, how do we help our families that are on the ground there?”The Syrian boys and girls who attend Wisdom House Project have become “our students” and “our families” for many Arkansas Episcopalians because of the Wisdom House Working Group, which Daily helped launch in Conway in 2016, while she was rector at St. Peter’s. Since then, the group has raised about $100,000 for the Syrian Emergency Task Force, a nonprofit that has used the money to renovate classrooms in Idlib, outfit them with desks and teaching materials, pay teacher salaries and even buy a school bus.The school now has five teachers and four staff members, who take the photos and videos that fill the Wisdom House Project’s website and social media feeds with the faces of smiling young children.Money raised since 2016 through the Wisdom House Working Group in Arkansas has helped the Syrian Emergency Task Force renovate classroom space for five teachers and their students in Idlib, Syria. Photo: Wisdom House ProjectIn the photos, the children raise their hands in celebration. They show off their latest craft projects. They stand proudly in front of classroom artwork. They wear hand-sewn uniforms, which were funded by American donations, as were the backpacks draped over their little shoulders. And they hold up colorful letters of hope and encouragement created for them in Arkansas by children they’ve never met.But this ministry isn’t limited to a narrow focus on the education of 130 or so students in one Syrian community. It also hopes to raise awareness in the United States about the bigger picture in Syria, a country where hundreds of thousands have been killed in a seemingly intractable internal conflict. That conflict in recent years has been overshadowed globally by the parallel, but separate, fight in Syria against the terrorist group ISIS.“The word needs to get out about what is happening and how this country is being devastated,” said Jerry Adams, a St. Peter’s parishioner who serves as chair of the Wisdom House Working Group. “The bigger picture is there’s no easy way out for this country.”Assad began his brutal crackdown against a pro-democracy rebellion in 2011, sparking what the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, or UNHCR, calls “the biggest humanitarian and refugee crisis of our time.” An estimated 5.6 million people have fled Syria since the civil war began, most of them to Turkey.In September 2015, global attention to the plight of Syrian refugees intensified in response to photos of a dead 2-year-old Syrian boy lying facedown on a beach after a boat capsized while his family was trying to flee the war-torn country.“The international news was plastered with the refugee crisis, of refugees coming out of Syria,” Daily said. “The situation was really dire, and violence was escalating.”At the same time, some Republican politicians, citing potential terrorist threats, were voicing opposition to resettling Syrian refugees in the United States. President Donald Trump, then a presidential candidate, vowed in December 2015 to implement “a total and complete shutdown of Muslims entering the United States.”The Episcopal Church also took a public stance that year, when its General Convention voted in July 2015 on a resolution denouncing “the slaughter and displacement of Syrians” and urging congregations to pray “for an end to the humanitarian and refugee crisis in Syria.”One Sunday that fall, Daily raised the issue in an announcement to her congregation. “I put out a call and said, ‘The refugee crisis that’s taking place in Syria is weighing heavy on my heart, and if it’s weighing heavy on your heart, meet me in the library at 3 o’clock.’”Somewhat to her surprise, more than a dozen parishioners joined her that afternoon, and they began their first conversation about what one Episcopal congregation in Arkansas could do.They started by learning more about the Syrian conflict and listening to the stories of Muslims originally from the Middle East who had moved to Arkansas. They looked into sponsoring a Syrian refugee family but found that few were being resettled locally. And they initially struggled to find ways of supporting humanitarian outreach in Syria.Then in March 2016, Mouaz Moustafa, executive director of the Syrian Emergency Task Force, came to Conway to speak at a TEDx conference hosted by his alma mater, the University of Central Arkansas. The group from St. Peter’s reached out to him by phone, and the morning after his speech, he met over coffee with Daily, Daily’s husband and Adams to talk about Moustafa’s native Syria.“We said, ‘We don’t know how to help,’” Daily recalled. “And Mouaz said, ‘You know, there are so many more displaced people living within Syria than there are refugees who have left Syria.” The UNHCR estimates about 6.6 million Syrians are considered internally displaced, or refugees in their own country.The Syrian Emergency Task Force had not yet gotten involved in humanitarian work, focusing instead on advocacy in Washington, but Moustafa knew of some Syrian women in Idlib who had begun teaching refugee children and orphans at a makeshift school. After several months of planning and conversation, the nonprofit and the Episcopal congregation agreed to work together in support of the Idlib teachers. St. Peter’s made its first donation to the cause in August 2016, and the next month it officially kicked off the Wisdom House Working Group, committing to at least five years.Our third class of Kindergarteners has graduated! We received our certificates but our celebration was cancelled due to bombing nearby. #Idlib #Syria #SaveSyria #EyesOnIdlib @syrianetf pic.twitter.com/z7K4ccre6T— The Wisdom House (@WisdomHseSyria) May 6, 2019“Since then, Episcopal churches have been really amazing,” said Natalie Larrison, Syrian Emergency Task Force’s director of outreach. Larrison, who is based in Arkansas, joined the nonprofit the same year that it formed its partnership with St. Peter’s, and she is its primarily liaison with the Wisdom House school.One of the first improvements the project made was to find an underground location for the school, essentially the basement of an existing building, which provided increased security for students. The children are all 6 or younger, so they were born after the start of the Syrian conflict.“They’ve only known war,” Larrison said.Students at Wisdom House in Idlib, Syria, hold up some of the “Letters of Hope” they received from children in Arkansas. Photo: Wisdom House ProjectThe Wisdom House Working Group has grown to include representatives from other churches in and around Conway. About 10 or more of them meet regularly in person or by conference call to get updates on the needs at the school in Idlib and to plan fundraisers.Today, despite a truce last September, violence is on the rise again in Idlib, putting the nearly 3 million people living in the province under constant threat of attack. Adams expressed frustration that the urgency of the crisis doesn’t resonate with more Americans.“It’s easy to block it out. It’s not next door. It’s Muslims, not Christians,” Adams said. “If your children hear a plane, they think it’s a passenger plane. If you’re in Syria, the kids think they’re being bombed.”Daily left St. Peter’s in 2017 to serve as rector of All Saints’ Episcopal Church in Russellville, about 75 miles away from Conway, but she remains involved in the Wisdom House Project. Like Adams, she hopes their work will encourage Americans to pay more attention to Syria.The project also conveys to Syrians the message that they haven’t been forgotten. That is the purpose of “Letters of Hope,” the letter-writing campaign involving Arkansas children. In photos from Idlib, Daily said she is heartened “to see the faces of the children at the school when they get letters from other children, and to see the faces of the teachers when they feel like they’re not totally alone there.”– David Paulsen is an editor and reporter for the Episcopal News Service. 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Refugee agency rebuilds its pipeline after Trump: ‘We’re starting from…

first_img Tom Griggs, left, and Joe Meadows use their skills to help refugee child Kevin, right, learn English at Fifth Reformed Church in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Photo courtesy of David Lubbers[Religion News Service] When the Sprunger family was matched with their foster daughter, an unaccompanied refugee child from Eritrea, they were told the 16-year-old could join them as soon as a couple of weeks, recalled Jessica Sprunger, 33, who lives near Traverse City, Michigan.Friends and family collected winter coats for the girl and dropped off a stack of Christmas presents.That was in October 2019, and the Sprungers — and their foster daughter — are still waiting to hear about a new date from Bethany Christian Services, which contracts with Lutheran and Catholic agencies, as well as the 37-denomination cooperative Church World Service, to resettle refugees. (The nine agencies with federal contracts to oversee resettlement efforts include Episcopal Migration Ministries.)“Any time I speak with somebody from Bethany, I’m always asking, ‘What’s new? Anything going on?’ and there really has not been a whole lot of movement with her case yet. It sounds like the whole interview process has to have to happen again,” Sprunger said.If Bethany has few answers, neither does nearly anyone along the chain, from local churches to national and local resettlement agencies to the United States Department of Health and Human Services in Washington, D.C. The organizations that do the work of refugee resettlement were hollowed out by four years of drastic cuts to the number of refugees allowed into the country by the Trump administration and the federal assistance that accompanied them.The pandemic has also slowed the work of government officials who vet the refugees abroad.“In a lot of ways, it looks like starting from scratch,” said Kristi Gleason, Bethany’s vice president of refugee and immigrant family services.In 2017, Bethany served 342 refugees, including unaccompanied refugee minors. Two years later, it managed a surge of Congolese fleeing an Islamist insurgency in their country who were not subject to the Trump administration’s various bans. By 2020, the organization resettled just 150 refugees.Over that time, Bethany closed its Allentown, Pennsylvania, office and put resettlement on hold at its Philadelphia office because of lower numbers of refugees arriving there. Its office in Kalamazoo, Michigan, also stopped offering resettlement services. That’s fully half of its refugee resettlement programming nationwide.Some staff members were reassigned. Others left the organization, unable to do the work they had been hired to do.As damaging as the staff cuts have been, the lack of clients has also allowed a network of volunteers at houses of worship who cosponsor refugees with Bethany to atrophy, as well as relationships with businesses that take refugees on as employees.“Refugee resettlement is truly a public-private partnership. You do not get a lot of resources to resettle. You need those partnerships to make it happen, and to lose those and have to rebuild those will be a challenge for us,” said Dona Abbott, Bethany’s senior adviser for refugee and immigrant services.Bethany Christian Services was founded in 1944 as an orphanage called Bethany Christian Home in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Today the organization’s headquarters stands on the same site — a leafy campus close to downtown — where it oversees about 1,500 employees worldwide. It has local offices in 32 U.S. states and half a dozen countries that offer a number of social services.Its refugee resettlement services in Grand Rapids are run from a low-lying building in a nondescript office park south of downtown. Its rows of darkened cubicles reflect not only the resettlement slowdown, but also the effect of the pandemic that is only now loosening its grip on in-person work.The organization began serving refugees in 1962, offering in-home services to relatives caring for Christian children sent to the U.S. to escape persecution in Cuba, according to Dona Abbott, Bethany’s senior adviser for global, refugee and immigrant services. Again, in 1975, it answered a call from then-President Gerald Ford, Grand Rapids’ most famous son, to help Vietnamese refugees after the fall of Saigon.Today, that work includes resettling and offering ongoing support to refugees, fostering unaccompanied refugee children and reuniting families, among other things.When former President Donald Trump took office, he temporarily halted the country’s refugee resettlement program and changed some criteria to qualify for resettlement. In 2020, he set the maximum number of refugees allowed into the U.S. for the year at just 15,000. By comparison, that number was 110,000 in former President Barack Obama’s last year in office.President Joe Biden raised that number to 62,500 in May after resettlement agencies and immigration groups pressured him to keep his promise to restore the rate to previous levels. He has said he will move the ceiling to 125,000 in his first full fiscal year in office, which begins in October.But Biden has also warned that the U.S. refugee resettlement program has a lot of work to do to rebuild the infrastructure that has been lost in the past four years.“We are working quickly to undo the damage of the last four years. It will take some time, but that work is already underway,” the president said last month.The White House did not respond to questions from Religion News Service about what rebuilding will entail.But at Bethany, the work begins with reconnecting the chain of care.“It’s a lot of communication, a lot of phone calls, a lot of calls with the state refugee coordinators. A lot of planning is happening right now. It kind of feels like I wouldn’t say going from zero to 60 miles an hour, but probably 15 to 60,” said Gleason, its vice president of refugee and immigrant family services.Bethany will also need to hire and train new staff.Private fundraising is another priority. Resettlement organizations receive about $1,000 from the government for each refugee they resettle — “not much money to help someone start a life up in the U.S.,” said Gleason — and that money only comes from the government after the refugees have arrived. Bethany raises an additional $1,000 from its donors for each refugee.In all, Bethany depends on more than $100 million in revenue annually.Gleason said Bethany is facing an additional challenge of the Trump era: tackling misinformation about refugees.“We know this is what God is leading us to do, but it’s not going to be without its bumps and hiccups and challenges — and also, certainly, the rewards and the benefits for the families that we serve,” she said.Abdoul Havugimana, 26, came to Grand Rapids a decade ago through Bethany with his younger brother and their grandmother, fleeing the Democratic Republic of Congo after nine years in a refugee camp in Rwanda.After a warm welcome, he has seen his neighbors’ attitudes toward refugees change over the past four years.“What they don’t understand is that no one leaves home until it’s dangerous,” said Havugimana, who is finishing a degree in political science at Calvin University in Grand Rapids.Agencies like Bethany will also need to re-energize their volunteers, most of them in churches and other houses of worship, who have been inactive or working at reduced levels for years.Fifth Reformed Church, nestled in Grand Rapids’ Eastgate neighborhood, has co-sponsored more than 75 Bethany refugees, according to its website, greeting refugees at the airport, collecting needed items for their new homes, acquainting them with local public transportation and tutoring them in English.Fifth Reformed usually welcomes a refugee family or individual every six months, according to Dave Lubbers, 75, who co-leads Fifth Reformed’s refugee resettlement committee, founded about four years ago by a former refugee the church had welcomed. Last year, they sponsored only four.To Lubbers, those refugees are “the most amazing people.”He got involved with the committee after volunteering to drive two men to get their learners’ permits. Realizing the permits were of little value without somebody to teach them to drive, Lubbers asked if they’d like him to teach them — the words leaving his mouth, he said, before he even had time to pray about it.Lubbers has enjoyed “knocking down barriers” for the refugees he has accompanied, but more importantly, he said, he feels it’s his “Christian responsibility.”Jessica Sprunger said her family is hopeful their foster daughter will be able to join them before the new school year begins. She has heard that the long delay means the 16-year-old, currently in a refugee camp in Niger, may need to start the interview process over again.She would love to work with their daughter on her English before she starts school. She has been working on learning Tigrinya, the girl’s native tongue. The language isn’t available on Google Translate, Sprunger said, but she has been learning common phrases and found a Tigrinya audio Bible.In the meantime, Sprunger and her husband, Josh Sprunger, 35, who already have two daughters, ages 6 and 7, are expecting their third.“We didn’t know that this was quite the order of how things would go, but God has a plan and a purpose in it, so we’re excited that our foster daughter can join us for the excitement,” she said.Sprunger said she’s hopeful the new White House administration will “really open things up.” Meanwhile, her family, which attends a nondenominational Christian church, prays for their foster daughter every day, she added.They can’t wait to “give her the love and support of a family,” she said, “and I’m sure we’re going to have so much to learn from each other.” Youth Minister Lorton, VA Inaugural Diocesan Feast Day Celebrating Juneteenth San Francisco, CA (and livestream) June 19 @ 2 p.m. PT Assistant/Associate Priest Scottsdale, AZ Cathedral Dean Boise, ID Refugees Migration & Resettlement Featured Events The Church Investment Group Commends the Taskforce on the Theology of Money on its report, The Theology of Money and Investing as Doing Theology Church Investment Group Submit a Job Listing New Berrigan Book With Episcopal Roots Cascade Books Ya no son extranjeros: Un diálogo acerca de inmigración Una conversación de Zoom June 22 @ 7 p.m. ET TryTank Experimental Lab and York St. John University of England Launch Survey to Study the Impact of Covid-19 on the Episcopal Church TryTank Experimental Lab Tags Submit a Press Release Assistant/Associate Rector Washington, DC Rector Washington, DC Priest-in-Charge Lebanon, OH Rector Hopkinsville, KY Rector and Chaplain Eugene, OR Rector Tampa, FL Rector Pittsburgh, PA Remember Holy Land Christians on Jerusalem Sunday, June 20 American Friends of the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem Featured Jobs & Calls Seminary of the Southwest announces appointment of two new full time faculty members Seminary of the Southwest Episcopal Charities of the Diocese of New York Hires Reverend Kevin W. 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Daily Mail offers readers £100,000 to give to charity

first_img AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis About Howard Lake Howard Lake is a digital fundraising entrepreneur. Publisher of UK Fundraising, the world’s first web resource for professional fundraisers, since 1994. Trainer and consultant in digital fundraising. Founder of Fundraising Camp and co-founder of GoodJobs.org.uk. Researching massive growth in giving. The Daily Mail is offering its readers the chance to give away £100,000 to charity this Christmas.In partnership with Charities Aid Foundation (CAF), the Daily Mail’s campaign encourages readers to collect tokens in order to enter a draw for one of the ten £10,000 prizes available to give to charity through a CAF Charity Account.In fact, the £100,000 is being put up not by the Daily Mail but by CAF itself in an effort to raise the profile of tax-effective giving and the CAF CharityAccount in the run-up to Christmas. The money comes from the charity’s grantmaking division, which distributes over £1 million to charity every year. Advertisement  23 total views,  1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Daily Mail offers readers £100,000 to give to charity As well as front page exposure of ‘The £100,000 Charity Giveaway’ and details of the CAF Charity Account and other forms of tax-effective giving inside the paper, the competition kicked off with a double-page spread about some of the 180,000 charities needing support this Christmas. Both CAF and the Daily Mail reported a good response to the campaign ahead of the 5 December 2003 closing date. John Thurley, Head of Charity Accounts at CAF, said: “We see CAF as being at the forefront of pioneering new ways to unlock money for charities. The partnership with the Daily Mail is a great example of how we believe we can add value by working with third parties on innovative, targeted campaigns.” Howard Lake | 3 December 2003 | Newslast_img read more

BAE Systems donates £100,000 to Armed Forces Memorial Appeal

first_img AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis About Howard Lake Howard Lake is a digital fundraising entrepreneur. Publisher of UK Fundraising, the world’s first web resource for professional fundraisers, since 1994. Trainer and consultant in digital fundraising. Founder of Fundraising Camp and co-founder of GoodJobs.org.uk. Researching massive growth in giving. Howard Lake | 15 December 2004 | News Defence and aerospace company BAE Systems has donated £100,000 to the Armed Forces Memorial Appeal and has pledged to donate a further £100,000 to the Appeal over the next two years.The Appeal is raising funds to provide a fitting memorial of national significance to recognise not only those members of the Armed Forces killed in conflict but also the many servicemen and women who have given their lives while on duty and those killed by terrorist action. Following consultation with the Services and ex-Service community it was concluded that the new Armed Forces Memorial should be constructed at the National Memorial Arboretum in Staffordshire. The National Memorial Arboretum is a 150 acre site which was opened in 2001. It is now under the control of The Royal British Legion and it is envisaged that the Arboretum will become a place of national importance for Remembrance and commemoration throughout the year. Advertisementcenter_img  13 total views,  1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis BAE Systems donates £100,000 to Armed Forces Memorial Appeallast_img read more

TCU climbs in 2018 U.S. News college rankings

first_imgFacebook World Oceans Day shines spotlight on marine plastic pollution Interfaith group hopes to pass religious accommodation policy New ice cream shop rolls into Fort Worth Twitter Study sanctuaries on campus, in Fort Worth Ryan Myers ReddIt Ryan is a junior double majoring in journalism and history from Little Elm, Texas. He is an avid sports fan that enjoys all things TCU and Dallas related. When not in class you can find him in a Fort Worth eatery or marching on the 50. Twitter Winter Events Guide Ryan Myershttps://www.tcu360.com/author/ryan-myers/ Ryan Myershttps://www.tcu360.com/author/ryan-myers/ A TCU student walks up the stairs of the Mary Couts Burnett Library.Photo Credit: Ryan Myers Ryan Myershttps://www.tcu360.com/author/ryan-myers/ printTCU’s spot in the 2018 U.S. News and World Report’s National University Rankings rose up this year, moving up four spots from 82nd to 78th.TCU is tied with two universities for 78th: Miami University-Oxford and the University of Iowa.Chancellor Victor Boschini said while the new ranking is reflective of the school’s efforts to better the learning environment, they should only be one aspect when evaluating and choosing colleges.“If we focus on the students, the rankings will follow,” Boschini said.The Frogs were also tied in rank with Miami University-Oxford and the University of Iowa for 41st in “Best Colleges for Veterans”, but stood alone at 69th for “Best Value Schools”. The ranking indicates a school’s quality in academics based on the 2018 U.S. News ranking with the 2016-2017 cost of attending the school for a student who received the average level of need-based financial aid.Some higher education experts warn the U.S. News Rankings should be taken lightly. Critics say prospective students and school administrators pay too much attention to the rankings. They also say that the rankings favor schools that have more affluent students. Other top schools in Texas are also on the list.Rice remains the highest ranked Texas school and the only one ranked in the top 50 at number 14. Five schools in Texas fought for positions in spots 80-50 with the University of Texas at Austin at 56th overall and SMU following at 61st. Texas A&M University climbed up to 69th this year, surpassing Baylor University, which fell four spots to 74th. TCU rounds out the group at 78th. Other area universities on the list are the University of Texas at Dallas at 145th and Dallas Baptist University at 202th. ReddIt Welcome TCU Class of 2025 + posts Linkedin Facebook Previous articleChancellor calls for TCU to ‘help fight the anger’ at Fall ConvocationNext articleHoroscope: September 13, 2017 Ryan Myers RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Ryan Myershttps://www.tcu360.com/author/ryan-myers/ TCU places second in the National Student Advertising Competition, the highest in school history Linkedinlast_img read more

Bad outcome feared in trial of Jaime Garzón’s killers

first_img RSF begins research into mechanisms for protecting journalists in Latin America Reports As the final hearing began today in the trial of Juan Pablo Ortiz Agudelo and Edilberto Antonio Sierra Ayala, the two main suspects in the 1999 murder of journalist and humorist Jaime Garzón (photo), Reporters Without Borders warned of the danger of a bad verdict resulting from a mishandled investigation.”We are extremely concerned at the possibility of a miscarriage of justice in this case as several of the testimonies used by the prosecution against the two defendants are not credible,” the organisation said.Reporters Without Borders said it was particularly concerned about the fact that the prosecutor’s office and the Department for Administrative Security (DAS) – an intelligence service under the president’s authority – were sticking to a version of events that has been largely refuted in the course of the preceding hearings. Garzón worked for Radionet and Caracol TV.”It is essential that an enquiry be carried out into the possibility the DAS and the prosecutor’s office deliberately mishandled the investigations with the result that those really responsible for Jaime Garzón’s death will get away with it,” Reporters Without Borders said.”It is also essential that a new investigation is opened into Garzón’s death, so that a murder that shocked all of Colombian society does not remain unpunished,” the organisation added.Reporters Without Borders has the status of a civil party in this case since 2002, when the courts accepted the argument that Garzón’s murder on 13 August 1999 in Bogotá was a serious blow to free expression. The organisation is represented by Alirio Uribe of the José Alvear Restrepo Lawyers Collective, who is also acting for the Garzón family.The prosecution’s argumentsThe lawyers for the various parties will present their closing arguments in the two-day final hearing due to begin today. In the previous hearing on 9 October, the prosecutor called for “an exemplary punishment” for Ortiz and Sierra, who are alleged to have carried out the killing. He also called for the conviction in absentia of Carlos Castaño, the head of the right wing paramilitary United Self Defence Forces of Colombia (AUC), who was allegedly responsible for this contract killing.The accusations against the defendants are based on the findings of investigating judge Eduardo Meza, who concluded that Castaño instigated the murder, Ortiz fired the shots and Sierra drove the motorcycle used by Ortiz in the killing. Ortiz was arrested in January 2000, Sierra was arrested in September 2001 and a warrant for the arrest of Castaño was issued in June 2000.The motive for the murder is supposed to have been Garzón’s participation in negotiations to obtain the release of persons kidnapped by the guerrillas of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC). Castaño is alleged to have seen this as playing into the hands of the guerrillas. He is also supposed to have thought that Garzón received money in exchange for these services.False leadFrom the very outset of the investigation, it was the DAS who supplied the investigating judge with the main prosecution witnesses: Maria Amparo Arroyave Montoya, Wilson Javier Llano Caballero, Maribel Jiménez Montoya, Wilson Raúl Ramírez Muñoz and Bernardo Quintero Montoya.Arroyave is the main prosecution witness against Ortiz, who is also known as El Bochas. There are several reasons for doubting the veracity of her evidence: the contradictions between her various statements; the distance from her apartment window to where Ortiz supposedly was when she saw him – at least 30 metres – which casts doubt on the detail of the description she gave of him; the failure of judicial investigators to obtain access to her apartment; and her disappearance since 2000 when questions began to be raised about her statements. Although placed under the responsibility of the DAS since the start of the investigation, Arroyave has not responded to any of the summonses sent to her before and during the trial, so the various parties have been unable to question her about her statements.Llano, a DAS informer known as “El Profe,” is a prosecution witness against both Ortiz and Sierra. There are serious doubts about his credibility because he tried to force other persons to give false testimony. The evidence for this includes a letter written by Llano – a handwriting analysis confirmed he wrote it – in which he tells an individual by the name of Luis Guillermo Velásquez Mazo to testify against Ortiz and Sierra and even tells him what nickname he should give (“Mascotica”) when he presented himself to the authorities. “Mascotica” was killed in May 2001 without ever making a statement.Two of the other prosecution witnesses, Ramírez and Quintero, subsequently retracted their statements, saying Llano forced them to give false testimony. Only Jiménez has stood by her statement but it has emerged that she is a former girlfriend of Llano. Her mother and Ramírez have both said that Llano made her promises to induce her to give a false statement.According to Ramírez, Llano’s motive in all of this was to pocket the reward offered by the authorities for evidence and at the same time take over the Medellín district of San Javier, where Ortiz and Sierra ran rackets.Protecting the real criminals?Both the DAS and the investigating judge have not only given credit to false testimonies, but they have also contradicted themselves or have ruled out significant leads without good reason.A DAS agent said during the trial in January 2003 that Arroyave was sent to Mexico in December 2001 for her protection. This is contradicted by a report issued by the DAS international service in December 2002. Strangely, a later document issued by the same service in March 2003 finally confirmed the evidence given at the trial by the DAS agent. Moreover, DAS agents who supposedly met Arroyave have given contradictory descriptions of her. There is a further contradiction: Reynel Bejarano, an investigator named by another DAS agent as someone who could confirm Arroyave’s existence, says he has never met her.According to the Garzón family’s lawyer, Uribe, about 50 leads or pieces of information – some implicating army officers – were never verified or given serious consideration by the investigating judge, Meza. The prosecutor’s office also never supplied the investigating magistrate’s case file with a military intelligence report on Garzón which it had in its possession from another case. This report stresses that Garzón had contacts with the guerrillas and it shows that the army was spying on him prior to his death.This report was written by an NCO, Juan Evangelista Basto Bernal, who was subsequently convicted for the December 2000 attack against trade unionist Wilson Borja. It has proved that Basto’s intelligence reports on Borja were used by paramilitaries, in coordination with military personnel, to try to kill Borja. Like Garzón, Borja was a member of a commission set up to establish a dialogue with the guerrillas of the National Liberation Army (ELN). Receive email alerts RSF_en Follow the news on Colombia 2011-2020: A study of journalist murders in Latin America confirms the importance of strengthening protection policies News October 21, 2020 Find out more ColombiaAmericas News As the final hearing begins in the trial of the alleged killers of journalist and humorist Jaime Garzón, Reporters Without Borders warns of the danger of a miscarriage of justice. “Several of the testimonies used by the prosecution against the two defendants are not credible,” says the organisation, which suspects the investigation has been deliberately mishandled. 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Guest Opinion | Send the Sheriffs Back Home

first_img Name (required)  Mail (required) (not be published)  Website  First Heatwave Expected Next Week Make a comment Pasadena Will Allow Vaccinated People to Go Without Masks in Most Settings Starting on Tuesday More Cool Stuff Skip Hickambottom (l) and Dale Gronemeier (r)The Pasadena Police officers’ tactics in the shooting of the 20 year old Latino may well have been best practices, but we won’t ever know for sure if the PD gets away with looking only narrowly at the moment of shooting as it did in the McDade case. The Pasadena PD’s outsourcing its criminal investigation to the LA County Sheriff’s Department appears designed to help facilitate the public not learning whether the officers’ tactics were in fact best practices.We voted for Sheriff Jim McDonnell and believe he is doing a commendable job in trying to bring long overdue change to the Sheriff’s Department. But the Pasadena Police Department has made a monumental mistake in farming out to the LASD the criminal investigation of the PD’s officer-involved shootings. The Sheriff’s Department is now conducting the criminal investigation of the 20 year old Latino who was shot in the back by a PD Officer last Friday, but it should be the LASD’s last such investigation.The PD keeps the deficient process in-house while outsourcing its proficient processIn March 2014, Pasadena PD Chief Phillip Sanchez announced that the criminal investigations for future use of force incidents would no longer be conducted by the Pasadena PD but rather would be farmed out to the Sheriff’s Department while the administrative reviews stayed within the Pasadena PD.Against critics who objected to the outsourcing decision, who objected to the failure to consult on it with the City Council’s Public Safety Committee, and who objected to the failure to take community input on this important policy change, former City Manager Beck defended the decision as an “operational decision” rather than a policy issue that was the the City administration prerogative; the City administration argued that the Sheriff’s Department would be providing the “independent investigation” that police reform critics were demanding.What Beck and Sanchez did not disclose was that when they announced their outsourcing decision, they had seen drafts of the independent Office of Independent Review (OIR) Group Report on the PD’s killing of the unarmed African-American youth Kendrec McDade. The OIR Group Report commended the professionalism of the Pasadena PD’s criminal investigation. But that same Report took apart piece by piece the Pasadena PD’s grossly inadequate administrative review.So Beck and Sanchez knowingly chose to outsource the criminal investigation process that was working well and to keep in-house the administrative review process that was working badly.The public and their elected representatives did not know the Police Chief and City Manager were engaged in upside-down decisionmaking because the OIR Group Report that praised the criminal investigation and eviscerated the administrative review was not released to the public until nearly two years later.Why in the world would the City Manager and Police Chief make such a backwards choice? Before trying to answer that question, we need to add some information that the outsourcing decision was an even worse choice than just keeping the bad and getting rid of the good.Outsourcing to a troubled agencyThe outsourcing decision didn’t just outsource the good while keeping the bad. It outsourced the good to a very troubled Sheriff’s Department.Police officers investigating other police officers always raise questions as to whether they can rise above their occupational biases, but that issue is especially acute with a Department with the record of the LASD.Whatever the trust problems of the PD with Pasadena’s Black and Brown population, they are dwarfed by well-deserved deeper distrust of the Sheriff’s Department. The Sheriff’s Department has long been correctly viewed with much greater distrust than the Pasadena PD by many minority residents of Pasadena and Altadena.The immediate past Sheriff and his highest-ranking deputy are going to jail for their obstruction of justice in trying to thwart an FBI investigation into deputies’ unjustified violence. Sarah Favot’s article last Sunday in the Star-News reported that the Sheriff’s Department is riven down the middle between those officers who are loyal to the old guard (who are going to jail) and those more progressive deputies who recognize that Sheriff McDonnell is trying to take the Department in the right direction.In 2012, the County’s Citizen’s Commission on Jail Violence found that the Sheriff’s Department use of force investigations were seriously flawed and protected deputies who used excessive force.The LA County Board of Supervisors has just created an Inspector General position for independent oversight of the Sheriff’s Department, but the Sheriff’s Department is fighting giving it subpoena power. There is thus little to commend the Sheriff’s Department as likely to provide a set of independent eyes for the criminal investigation as compared to the eyes of the Pasadena PD.The Pasadena PD’s terrible outsourcing decision is a PR ploy to ward off truly independent review.The PD’s foolish criminal-investigation outsourcing decision comes from its liking its own independence but disliking independent reviewer scrutiny.The “independence” of the Sheriff’s Department doing the criminal investigation doesn’t threaten the PD with criticism because of the investigation’s narrow focus and because fellow officers can be counted on to be supportive. Yet the PD’s PR will disingenuously claim that the “independent” LASD criminal investigation satisfies all need for independent review.The PD has regularly demonstrated its hostility to independent review.While welcoming the cover of a Sheriff’s investigation, the PD does not welcome a truly independent professional looking at its shootings. While welcoming examination of the narrow criminal culpability issues, the PD does not welcome independent scrutiny of the officers’ pre-shooting and post-shooting conduct nor independent evaluation of the entire criminal and administrative investigation process.The PD enmity to independent review was evident with the McDade shooting by the PD refusing to let the OIR Group into the room for the PD’s administrative review meeting even though that is what they were contracted to do. Police Chief Phillip Sanchez gave lip service on December 7, 2015, to adopting OIR Group Recommendation #6 that the independent reviewer be in the room for the administrative review meeting, but a short time after that he attacked the OIR Group to KPCC Reporter Frank Stoltz.Now, as detailed in our prior Op-Ed titled “The Pasadena PD’s Latest Ploy to Subvert Independent Review,” the PD is now rushing to complete its administrative review of Friday’s shooting before any independent review can be put in place. Its administrative review is being done under its out-of-date policy #302 that does not require any review of the pre-shooting and post-shooting tactics in an officer-involved shooting.The only justification we can see for the terrible outsourcing decision is to enable the PD to mislead the public into believing that having the Sheriff’s Department do the criminal investigation provides all the “independence” that is needed in an officer-involved shooting. The Sheriff’s Department is being cynically used to avoid the broad inquiry into tactics that was so devastating for the PD in the McDade case. The function of having the Sheriff’s Department replace the PD on the criminal investigation seems to be to provide a false aura of independence where it isn’t needed so that independent review cannot occur where it really is needed.So the outsourcing to the Sheriff’s Department should end when it completes its present criminal investigation of Friday’s shooting.Skip Hickambottom and Dale Gronemeier are local civil rights attorneys who successfully litigated for public release of the OIR Group Report on the McDade shooting. EVENTS & ENTERTAINMENT | FOOD & DRINK | THE ARTS | REAL ESTATE | HOME & GARDEN | WELLNESS | SOCIAL SCENE | GETAWAYS | PARENTS & KIDS Pasadena’s ‘626 Day’ Aims to Celebrate City, Boost Local Economy Business News Top of the News Get our daily Pasadena newspaper in your email box. Free.Get all the latest Pasadena news, more than 10 fresh stories daily, 7 days a week at 7 a.m.center_img Your email address will not be published. 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Fears poverty rife in Tyrone over increase in use of foodbanks

first_imgIt’s been claimed that a widespread usage of food banks across West Tyrone and further afield is proof that poverty is rife in the area. While various organisations are supplying emergency food to a number of people, it’s reported that it is becoming increasingly difficult to help them.West Tyrone MLA Daniel McCrossan says the issue runs much deeper, owing to major cuts to benefits, emergency grants and crisis loans over the yearsHe says more investment is needed for the constituency but it seems to be falling on deaf ears:Audio Playerhttp://www.highlandradio.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/04/mccrgfdgdossan1pm.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. Google+ Pinterest Facebook Twitter Facebook WhatsApp Harps come back to win in Waterford Previous articleGallagher to take European Bronze back to Two Castle’sNext articleSeven people awaiting admission at LUH today News Highland RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Pinterest Google+center_img By News Highland – April 25, 2018 Journey home will be easier – Paul Hegarty Twitter AudioHomepage BannerNews WhatsApp Fears poverty rife in Tyrone over increase in use of foodbanks FT Report: Derry City 2 St Pats 2 DL Debate – 24/05/21 Derry draw with Pats: Higgins & Thomson Reaction News, Sport and Obituaries on Monday May 24thlast_img read more

Motive a mystery in Colorado man’s alleged killing of pregnant wife and 2 young daughters

first_imgABC News(FREDERICK, Col.) — Earlier this week, a Colorado father pleaded for help to find his missing wife and two daughters, saying his children “light up my life.”“I just want them back,” Chris Watts told ABC Denver affiliate KMGH-TV. His wife, Shanann, and daughters Celeste, 3 and Bella, 4 were reported missing Monday by a concerned family friend.Just days later, the case took a chilling turn, with Chris Watts taken into custody and booked on murder charges.Authorities have not commented on a possible motive in the case that has shocked the small town of Frederick.Here’s some of what we know — and still don’t know — about the case.A mysterious missing persons caseChris Watts, 33, had initially told reporters that his wife, who was 15 weeks pregnant, disappeared without a trace, leaving her purse and keys at home.“When I came home and then walked in the house, nothing. Vanished. Nothing was here,” Chris Watts told KMGH-TV Tuesday. “My kids are my life … I mean, those smiles light up my life.”‘He fooled us’After Shanann Watts, 34, and the girls were reported missing, family friends Nick and Amanda Thayer came to Chris Watts’ side.The Thayers helped their friend think through ideas on how to find his missing wife and daughters. Chris Watts even spent Tuesday night at the Thayers’ home.“We feel so stupid … trusting him to stay the night in the same house as our daughter,” Nick Thayer told ABC News on Thursday, overcome with emotion. “I’ll never let that go.”He said it didn’t cross his and his wife’s minds to ask Watts if he was involved.Watts was a “hands-on dad,” Nick Thayer said. “And that’s why we were there with him because all the times we were with him it was nothing but love” toward his family.“He fooled us. And I’m so sorry. We just thought we were doing the right thing by being a good friend,” Nick Thayer said. “We were duped.”“In the 48 to 72 hours we were with him … he was his normal self,” Amanda Thayer added. “He never once cried.”“He and Shanann were always hugging, kissing and smiling. They were just a picture of ‘in love,’” she said.Now, with the accusations that Watts killed his family, Amanda Thayer said: “I want to know why.”“It doesn’t make sense,” her husband said.Bodies recoveredBodies believed to be Shanann Watts, Bella and Celeste have been recovered near each other, officials said while declining to say the location.Shanann Watts’ body was found on property where Chris Watts worked, according to ABC affiliate KMGH-TV in Denver.The daughters’ bodies were found inside mostly full oil and gas tanks, sources told KMGH-TV.Prosecutors said in court Thursday they believe the victims were killed in the family’s home, KMGH-TV reported.A husband in custodyChris Watts has been booked on three counts each of first-degree murder and tampering with physical evidence.He has not yet been formally charged and is set to return to court on Tuesday.“The suspect is presumed innocent until otherwise proven guilty in the court of law,” Weld County District Attorney Michael Rourke said at a news conference Thursday.Authorities have declined to comment on a potential motive.“Our role now is to do everything we can to determine exactly what occurred and assist in filing the thorough case,” Colorado Bureau of Investigation director John Camper added on Thursday.Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

US Navy surface action group makes first stop in Hawaii

first_img US Navy surface action group makes first stop in Hawaii Back to overview,Home naval-today US Navy surface action group makes first stop in Hawaii Authorities View post tag: Sterett-Dewey SAG View post tag: US Navycenter_img The U.S. Navy’s Sterett-Dewey surface action group (Sterett-Dewey SAG) arrived at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, Hawaii, April 11, for the first stop of the group’s Western Pacific deployment.The group is composed of Arleigh Burke-class destroyers USS Sterett (DDG 104) and USS Dewey (DDG 105) who are joined by their embarked helicopter detachments from Helicopter Maritime Strike Squadron (HSM) 49 and HSM 78, and the command staff of Destroyer Squadron (DESRON) 31.During the transit to Hawaii, the Sterett-Dewey SAG completed a series of training and certification exercises. The group additionally worked with Carrier Strike Group 11 in a series of communications exercises.The Sterett-Dewey SAG deployed from Naval Base San Diego on March 31 and will operate with regional navies to conduct routine patrols, maritime security operations and theater security cooperation activities to enhance regional security and stability in the Western Pacific.U.S. 3rd Fleet will retain control of the Sterett-Dewey SAG as it crosses the international dateline and enters the 7th Fleet area of operations. This operational concept allows both numbered fleets to complement one another and provide the foundation of stability in the Indo-Asia-Pacific region.“The Sterett-Dewey SAG has demonstrated exemplary technical and tactical proficiency and teamwork, giving this deployment a very strong start,” said Capt. David A. Bretz, commander, DESRON-31. “I’m extremely proud of the dedication and mission focus on display from every Sterett-Dewey SAG Sailor and we are looking forward to putting these sharpened skills to use in support of maritime security and stability operations with our partners and allies in the Western Pacific.” April 13, 2017 Share this articlelast_img read more