People – Slave To The System Sat, 13 Aug 2022 19:52:09 +0000 en-US hourly 1 People – Slave To The System 32 32 African bishops lament failure to stop young people from leaving Sat, 13 Aug 2022 19:52:09 +0000

YAOUNDÉ, Cameroon — Amid the din of Yaoundé traffic, thousands of young people roam various offices, documents in hand, looking for jobs.

As frustration sets in, many see a future beyond the country’s shores. This is how Jannet left Cameroon two years ago.

A recruiter told her she would have a well-paying job when she arrived in wealthy Kuwait. His family agreed to go into debt with the recruiter to pay for airfare and other associated expenses.

But the promise of a good job turned into a nightmare in Kuwait. A member of the recruiter’s network confiscated her passport, mobile phone and other personal documents and took her to the home of a wealthy family, where Jannet had to work long hours with little food.

“I get up at 5 a.m. and go to bed at 1 a.m., sometimes without food,” she told Catholic News Service.

For more than two years, Jannet worked as a slave for this family, sleeping on the kitchen floor. She says she was forced to use the “toilets” reserved for cats.

“I used to call them (the cats) my brothers,” Jannet recalls, because “they were the only family I had there.”

This is not an isolated story. Beatrice Titanji, vice president of the Cameroon Trauma Center for Victims of Human Trafficking, said these modern slave markets are found in all Gulf states.

“They actually have stalls like you would have in the market, and (people) are sold and bought for domestic service,” Titanji said.

“So they transfer them to their various owners as negotiated before, because there are linesmen here in Cameroon who negotiate, get money, sell them at higher prices, sell them according to the victim’s prospects , as happened 200 years ago during the slave trade Our children are sold and bought today in the Middle East.

The situation caught the attention of the members of the Symposium of Episcopal Conferences of Africa and Madagascar.

Meeting in Accra, Ghana, 25 July-August. 1, the bishops looked at the causes of migration, the risks involved – particularly with regard to irregular migration – and what the church must do to help.

“Migration is a normal social phenomenon that is linked to the history of mankind,” the Bishops said in a statement signed by Cardinal-designate Richard Kuuia Baawobr of Wa, Ghana, President of SECAM.

“This is why migration cannot be considered illegal but could be irregular,” they added. They said that while the suffering of migrants is not linked to migration as such, migration can involve suffering: “abuse of social status…exploitation, ignorance” and fear of poverty.

“We wish to express our pain at seeing our young people leave our countries, knowing that they will suffer and possibly lose their lives, and we mourn our inability to prevent them from leaving,” the Bishops said.

They urged young people wishing to exercise their right to migrate “to do so in an administratively acceptable manner and with full knowledge of the challenges ahead”.

“We encourage our young people not to lose hope and to cling to God through a life of holiness.”

The church leaders also called on governments to put in place structures and conditions that discourage irregular migration, such as good governance, employment opportunities, multifaceted security, political and social inclusion, promotion of social justice.

“We urge transit and host countries to respect the rights and human dignity of migrants.”

They also called on Christian communities to “develop an active pastoral care of migration” which should involve the reception of migrants, their protection, their promotion and their integration into society.

Jannet eventually returned to Cameroon, sick and frail, with nothing but the clothes she was wearing. She said that when she fell ill, her slavers threw her on the street.

As she roamed the streets of Kuwait, not knowing exactly where she was going, Jannet finally came across the Embassy of the Central African Republic. Embassy staff took her to the hospital, helped her replace her stolen passport and paid for her flight back to Cameroon.

Yet young Cameroonians say they will continue to risk leaving.

George Atanga, who holds a master’s degree in chemistry, said he had been looking for a job for five years.

“Whether I get a visa or not, I have to leave this country,” he told Catholic News Service as he stood in line to take photos for his passport.

“If I don’t get a visa, I will cross Algeria and see if I can go to Spain. My future is there,” he said.

This is a trend across Africa, a continent where 51% of young women and 43% of young men are unemployed.

]]> 31 people injured during a ride at Legoland in Germany, police say Thu, 11 Aug 2022 20:46:55 +0000

Dozens of people were injured during a ride at an amusement park in Germany on Thursday, police said.

The incident happened at a Legoland park in Günzburg in Bavaria shortly before 2 p.m. local time when two roller coaster trains collided, local police said in a statement.

The accident happened when a train on the roller coaster came to a stop and a train behind it failed to fully brake, crashing into it, police said.

The incident happened on the Fire Dragon route, Legoland Deutschland said.

A roller coaster is seen next to the logo at the entrance to the “Legoland” amusement park in Guenzburg, southern Germany, August 11, 2022.

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At least 31 people were injured in the accident, including one seriously, a local police spokesperson confirmed to ABC News. Among them, 16 people were taken to hospital, while 15 were assessed on the spot and allowed to return home, police said. Among the injured were 10 children, a teenager and 20 adults, police said.

A total of 38 people were on the trains, Legoland Deutschland said.

Three rescue helicopters responded to the scene as a precaution but were not used, police said.

All passengers have been removed from the ride, which will remain closed for the time being, police said.

The Memmingen public prosecutor’s office is investigating the cause of the accident, police said.

PICTURED: A fire truck drives past the entrance to Legoland on August 11, 2022 in Bavaria, Germany.

A fire truck drives past the entrance to Legoland on August 11, 2022 in Bavaria, Germany.

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Investigators will be on site Friday, police said.

In a statement, Legoland Deutschland division manager Manuela Stone thanked emergency personnel for their response and wished everyone involved a “speedy recovery”.

Last week, a person died in a roller coaster accident at another German amusement park, Klotti Park, after falling from the ride, officials said. Authorities are investigating the cause of the crash.

9 people killed in the Outre-Rhin on Sunday night; suspect not in custody Sun, 07 Aug 2022 12:51:00 +0000 At least nine people were shot in a mass shooting in Over-the-Rhine on Sunday. Cincinnati police say it happened at the corner of 13th and Main streets around 1:30 a.m. Police say this is where a person fired into a crowd outside a bar Officials said a police officer discharged his weapon while responding to the scene. Police say they don’t know if the shooter was hit, but said the shooter was actively shooting when the officer fired at them. Surveillance video shows the initial panic of many customers along Main Street as gunshots began to ring out. found at the scene at 13th and Main streets. Police say none of the victim’s injuries were life-threatening. Cincinnati police also transported some of the victims in their cruisers while others self-transported to hospitals. It is not yet known to which hospitals they have been taken. The suspect fled, according to the police, and is not yet in custody. The suspect was described as wearing a white shirt and dark pants. Police said officers used flashes to control the crowd following the shooting. Lindsay Swadner, the owner of The Hub in Over-the-Rhine, said she heard 30 gunshots and walked outside where she saw several people with gunshot wounds. Swadner said after that, that’s when the chaos erupted. People started running and finding safety moments after spending an evening with friends and family. The Hub has become a safe haven, with several people running inside to seek refuge and safety. two separate rounds. First you had where it was going ‘bang, bang, bang, bang’, we all start looking around and say, ‘It was over?’ And then you heard ‘bang, bang, bang, bang’ and everyone started running everywhere you could go,” Swadner recalled. “And so we started bringing people in. I made sure everyone was inside, walked up the street to see what had happened and there were, of course, more gunshot victims, I don’t know how many.” She added that among the people seeking shelter inside the Hub was a wedding party. WLWT is told the two shootings are unrelated. We are working to learn more about this incident. If anyone has any information about either shooting, they are asked to call Crime Stoppers at 513-352-3040 This is a developing story.

At least nine people were killed in a mass shooting in Germany on Sunday.

Cincinnati police said it happened at the corner of 13th and Main Street around 1:30 a.m.

According to the police, this is where a person fired into a crowd outside a bar.

Officials said a police officer discharged his weapon while responding to the scene. Police say they don’t know if the shooter was hit, but said the shooter was actively shooting when the officer fired at them.

Surveillance video shows the initial panic of many customers along Main Street as gunshots began to ring out.

All of the victims were found at the scene at 13th and Main Street.

Police said none of the victim’s injuries were life-threatening.

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Cincinnati police gave first aid to numerous victims at the scene, applying tourniquets to the gunshot wounds. Cincinnati police also transported some of the victims in their cruisers while others self-transported to hospitals. It is not yet known to which hospitals they have been taken.

The suspect fled, according to the police, and is not yet in custody. The suspect was described as wearing a white shirt and dark pants.

Police said officers used flashes to control the crowd following the shooting.

Lindsay Swadner, the owner of The Hub in Over-the-Rhine, said she heard 30 gunshots and walked outside where she saw several people with gunshot wounds.

Swadner said after that, that’s when the chaos erupted. People started running and finding safety moments after spending an evening with friends and family.

The Hub has become a safe haven, with several people running inside to seek refuge and safety.

“There were probably about 25-30 shots fired in two separate rounds. First you had where it was ‘bang, bang, bang, bang’, we all start looking around saying, ‘ It was finished? And then you heard ‘bang, bang, bang, bang’ and everyone started running everywhere you could go,” Swadner recalled. “And then we started getting people inside. I made sure everyone was inside, I walked down the street to see what had happened and there were, of course, more gunshot victims, I don’t know how many.”

She added that among the people seeking to hide inside the Hub was a wedding party.

There was also another shooting at the banks earlier on Sunday morning where 2 more people were shot. WLWT is told that the two shootings are unrelated. We are working to learn more about this incident.

If anyone has information about either shooting, please call Crime Stoppers at 513-352-3040.

This is a developing story.

Fauci warns people ‘are going to get in trouble’ with Covid if they’re not up to date on vaccines Fri, 05 Aug 2022 20:50:00 +0000


More than two years into the coronavirus pandemic, Anthony S. Fauci, the nation’s top infectious disease expert, said he understands people are exhausted, but urges those who aren’t up to date on the vaccines to get vaccinated – this time, as the latest omicron sub-variant, BA.5, became the dominant strain in the United States.

Fauci told Los Angeles radio station KNX News earlier this week that while unvaccinated people and those with underlying illnesses are most at risk for complications from covid-19, others are not. exempted.

“If they’re not vaccinated or if they don’t get a booster, they’re going to be in trouble,” he said.

Biden officials urge use of boosters and antivirals against BA.5

BA.5, which has been called the “worst version of the virus,” accounts for more than 85% of covid-19 cases, with more than 41% of US counties experiencing a high community level of covid-19, according to the data. the most recent from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Some health experts have expressed concern over the insufficient number of people vaccinated, especially as the country has moved away from restrictions and mandates, such as masking, to help control the spread of the disease.

In fact, the majority of the US population is not up to date on vaccines – defined by the CDC as having completed the primary series and all recommended booster doses for that individual. CDC data shows that 67% of the US population is fully vaccinated, but only 48% received the first booster. Only 32% of people aged 50 and over – who are eligible for a second booster – received this extra dose.

Fauci said it was important to get as many people vaccinated and stimulated as possible so the virus doesn’t have “many opportunities to circulate freely.” When the virus has that opportunity, he said, it can continue to mutate.

“It’s about you as an individual, but it’s also about the collective responsibility to bring this outbreak under control,” he told the radio station.

As the BA.5 variant spreads, the risk of reinfection with the coronavirus increases

That said, it is not uncommon for vaccinated people to become infected. President Biden, who is vaccinated and doubly boosted, recently tested positive for the virus – then contracted a rebound infection – although he had ‘very mild symptoms’.

Health experts, including Fauci, have repeatedly pointed out that research shows that injections still protect against serious complications, including hospitalization and death. As of July 27, more than 126,000 new cases were being reported daily, with 6,340 hospitalizations and 364 deaths, according to CDC data.

“Right now we have boosters that are very effective in decreasing any aspect of the infection,” Fauci told KNX News. “A virus like BA.5, which is the most common circulating virus, is so transmissible that it often breaks vaccine protection. But vaccines and boosters still do a very good job of preventing you from progressing to a serious illness.

Additionally, a booster designed to target the omicron variant is expected to be rolled out in the fall with the goal of broadening immunity.

“You don’t want covid to dominate people’s lives in this country or around the world, but you don’t want, wishing it was behind us and it was in the rearview mirror, not doing things that would be prudent “, Fauci said.

]]> People in the News: Elly Piatt, McConnell Intern; police rookie, navy seaman, CEO of Learning Grove Thu, 04 Aug 2022 04:45:47 +0000

Elly Piatt of Villa Hills interned this summer for Republican U.S. Senate Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) in his office in Washington, DC.

She is a senior at the University of Kentucky and is majoring in political science and economics.

Senator McConnell and Elly Piatt

“Since graduating from high school, my mission has been to use my gifts to make a difference in the communities around me,” Piatt said. “Working for Senator McConnell has been an honor as I have been able to both witness and contribute to the significant impact he has on our great Commonwealth, especially in Northern Kentucky and Lexington, two places that I’m happy to call home.”

Piatt is involved with Holy Spirit Parish UK – The Newman Centre, Student Government Association, College Republicans and Center for Community Outreach.

She is a 2019 graduate of Notre Dame Academy and is the daughter of Joel and Meg Piatt.

For more information on the internship program, visit Senator McConnell’s website HERE.

Sean Sinacori, new Covington Police recruit

The newest recruit to the Covington Police Department is a licensed private investigator and certified personal trainer with a Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice from Xavier University.

Sean Sinacori was sworn in by Mayor Joe Meyer and received his insignia in a ceremony at City Hall.

Covington Police recruit Sean Sinacori and Mayor Joe Meyer

“In these political times, it’s especially difficult to recruit people who want to work in law enforcement,” Meyer said. “In Covington, our police officers have the full support of the administration. Our police are the face of this city. More people interact with the police department than with any other department, and the department promotes and supports the values ​​of the City.

Police Chief Rob Nader presented Sinacori with his badge and echoed the mayor’s comments about recruiting challenges – but also expressed optimism.

Sinacori said he was excited to join the department and be of service.

“I’m thrilled with this opportunity and I’m thrilled to help the town of Covington,” he said.

Sinacori will begin his 20-week basic training at the Richmond Police Academy. Upon completion of the academy, he will return to Covington, where he will begin a field training program.

Ludlow native participates in world‘s largest international warfare exercise

Seaman Emmett Gernsna is quartermaster aboard the USS William P. Lawrence, operating out of Pearl Harbor. It is participating in the RIM of the Pacific (RIMPAC) exercise.

Seaman Emmett Gersna

Gersna is a graduate of Marshall High School and originally from Ludlow.

Serving in the Navy means Gersna is part of a team that takes on new importance in America’s focus on rebuilding military readiness, strengthening alliances and reforming business practices in support of national defense strategy.

“Protecting the season for those who can’t is a big part of why I joined the Navy,” says Gersna.

As the world’s largest international maritime exercise, RIMPAC provides a unique training opportunity that helps participants foster and maintain cooperative relationships essential to ensuring safety at sea and security on the world’s oceans. This is the 28th exercise in the series which began in 1971.

Shannon Starkey-Taylor Receives Vistage Award

Shannon Starkey-Taylor, CEO of Learning Grove, received the Leadership Award from Vistage, an executive coaching organization for small and medium-sized businesses.

The award is part of the Vistage Member Excellence Awards program.

Starkey-Taylor leads an organization dedicated to providing exceptional early childhood education and services to a racially and socioeconomically diverse population of nearly 7,000 children, youth and families each year with programs in Northern Kentucky and southwestern Ohio.

The program teaches young people about the history of the black riders Tue, 02 Aug 2022 13:00:48 +0000

Ahesahmahk Dahn is a black rider; it has been for decades. Perception of Cowboy culture has long been shaped by Hollywood depictions of white men on horseback, but Dahn is part of a tradition that dates back centuries. To continue this tradition, he teaches black children about horseback riding and the contributions of black riders to history.

Dahn, now 76, remembers growing up in South Carolina, where his uncles were sharecroppers. He rode mules to visit his cousins. Around age 10, he moved to Baltimore and later became involved with horses at a black-owned country club. After a career in public schools, the military, the corporate world and the nonprofit sector, he founded City Ranch outside Baltimore, which for 15 years provided primarily black youth with riding lessons and taught the basics of equine care.

“There was a time when children from the North would return to the South to spend the summer with their loved ones and learn the outdoors,” says Dahn, referring to the aftermath of the Great Migration, in which 6 million black people fled the South for the urban North and West during the 20th century.

And some have learned to handle horses. At the City Ranch, Dahn talks to the students about black cowboys, something they usually haven’t covered in school. Many blacks worked with horses and other farm animals during slavery, and after emancipation these skills enabled them to find employment as ranch hands and cowboys. Some became Buffalo Soldiers, working in the military and as National Park Service rangers. Historians estimate that 1 in 4 cowboys in this country in the 19th century were black.

In westerns, however, there was little inclusion: few cowboys seen on TV and in movies were black. And during America’s years of legal segregation, black cowboys faced the same discrimination as other black people, including being denied housing or other services while traveling for work and doing facing the threat of lynching. Some say the term “cowboy” (as opposed to “cowhand”) is a specific reference to slavery and segregation, when white men commonly referred to black men pejoratively as “boy”. (Dahn does not use “cowboy” himself because he considers it a term that white people applied to Africans who worked with cattle.)

Dahn says it’s important to teach this story to future generations. “When things mean something to me, I tear up,” Dahn told me of sharing these stories. “There is a warm welcome from the children. They are silent, and now you can tell them something because they are silent. They saw a man crying.

Teachers have reported that after joining the City Ranch program, their students show better academic performance and less school absenteeism, Dahn says. The program aims to instill a variety of life skills working with horses, including critical thinking, collaboration, leadership and self-control.

“It’s not just about the topic or the hands-on experience of a particular project. It’s all the other skills that go along with that process,” says Nia Imani Fields, assistant director of extension at the University of Maryland and manager of Maryland’s 4-H program. (4-H is the nation’s largest youth development organization.) Fields is loosely connected to City Ranch through 4-H; the two groups have an informal partnership. She says she has seen young black 4-H participants develop skills like public speaking by participating in horse judging classes and competitions. There are also emotional benefits. “People gravitate around [riding] as a form of mental well-being and self-care,” she notes.

Morgan Piper, 13, and her sister Mariah Piper, 11, became involved with City Ranch when their parents found a Groupon online to go horseback riding. They just thought it would be a fun summer activity, but their interest deepened from there, and they later joined Maryland 4-H as well.

Morgan is drawn to veterinary science and polo, and Mariah wants to take up show jumping. “It’s so much fun. Horseback riding is every girl’s dream,” Mariah says. There is no history of riding in the Piper family. City Ranch introduced Morgan and Mariah the story of black cowboys.They also learned that in the larger world of horses, black riders are in the minority and may face barriers to inclusion.

“We can really achieve things when we put our mind to it,” says Morgan, referring to what she learned at City Ranch. “We just have to have a positive attitude and be around the right people to get you on the right track.”

Brittaney Logan gave her son that kind of exposure to horses at a young age. Logan is an original member of the Maryland-based Cowgirls of Color rodeo team; in rodeos, she previously focused on relay racing and barrel racing, but now specializes in mounted shooting. She was introduced to horseback riding around 2007 by a black co-worker (nicknamed Bronc) who walked into their Verizon call center office every day wearing boots, a large belt buckle and a cowboy hat. Bronc was indeed a bronco rider, and he started coming to Logan’s son’s birthday parties, which turned into pony parties.

Logan and his son now hike together along the East Coast. She also spoke to black children about the history of black cowboys – her favorite figure being Jesse Stahl, who in the early 20th century was notoriously underclassed in his impressive rodeo performances because he was black.

Today, in the mainstream culture, black runners are gaining visibility. After the 2020 murder of George Floyd, images of black protesters on horseback — including the Compton Cowboys, Houston Nonstop Riders and the Bay Area’s Urban Cowgirl Ranch — went viral.

For organizations like City Ranch, the goal isn’t necessarily to train professional racers. It is simply to give young people the chance to understand and appreciate this tradition. This can mean riding a horse, but it can also simply mean coming to observe and connect with nature. “It’s outside that I feel comfortable,” says Dahn. “I come home to rest for a minute, then I go back and enjoy the world.”

Earlier this year, Morgan and Mariah Piper represented City Ranch and 4-H at a Martin Luther King Jr. parade in Annapolis. “It was one of the best things that ever happened to me,” says Mariah. “I’ve always watched the parades and [thought], ‘I would like to be that person who rides a horse.’ And that day, I was that person riding the horse.

Sarah Enelow-Snyder is a writer from Texas, based in New Jersey. She has an essay in the anthology”horse girls” by Harper Perennial.

]]> Exclusive: NHS will use AI to identify people at higher risk of hepatitis C | Hepatitis C Sun, 31 Jul 2022 20:32:00 +0000

The NHS is to use artificial intelligence to detect, screen and treat those at risk of hepatitis C as part of plans to eradicate the disease by 2030.

Hepatitis C often has no noticeable symptoms until the liver has been severely damaged, meaning thousands of people live with the infection – known as the silent killer – without realizing it .

Left untreated, it can cause fatal liver damage over the years. But with modern treatments now available, it is possible to cure the infection.

Now health chiefs are launching a high-tech testing program in England in a new drive to identify thousands of people unaware they have the virus.

The programme, due to start in the next few weeks, aims to help people living with hepatitis C get a life-saving diagnosis and access treatment before it’s too late.

The NHS will identify people who may have the virus by using AI to scan health records for a number of key risk factors, such as historical blood transfusions or an HIV diagnosis.

Anyone identified through the new screening process will be invited for an examination by their GP and, if appropriate, further screening for hepatitis C. Those who test positive for the virus will be offered available treatment after NHS England struck a deal with three big pharma companies. .

Professor Graham Foster, national clinical chair of NHS England’s hepatitis C elimination programmes, said the program “marks a significant step forward” in the fight to eliminate the virus by 2030. It “will use new software to identify and test the patients most at risk of the virus – potentially saving thousands of lives,” he added.

“Hepatitis C can be a deadly disease that affects tens of thousands of people across the country, but with unrestricted access to NHS treatments, innovative patient research initiatives like this…we will continue to increase life chances of thousands of patients by catching the virus even earlier.”

Hepatitis C deaths have fallen by more than a third in five years. Recent data shows that the number of deaths from the virus has fallen by 35%, from 482 in 2015 to 314 in 2020 in England. New cases have also risen from 129,000 in 2015 to 81,000 in 2020, according to the UK Health Security Agency.

Hepatitis C is usually transmitted through blood contact. It can be spread by sharing unsterilized needles – especially needles used to inject recreational drugs.

Actor Pamela Anderson contracted hepatitis C while married to musician Tommy Lee, who had a history of drug addiction, when the couple shared a tattoo needle. Anderson, 55, was cured after taking antivirals.

Experts say the recent drop in deaths is largely due to earlier detection of the virus coupled with better access to treatment.

Rachel Halford, Chief Executive of the Hepatitis C Trust, said: “With the brilliant progress we have seen in the treatment of hepatitis C in recent years, we have a real opportunity to eliminate the virus as a health problem. public over the next few years. However, to do this, we need to make progress in finding people living with an undiagnosed infection and linking them to treatment.

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“That’s why the announcement of this new screening program is such good news. Primary care is where we are most likely to find those who have been living with an undiagnosed infection for many years.

“There has been brilliant work to expand testing in a wide range of settings in recent years, but we have yet to see the progress we need to see in primary care. Rolling out this screening program is therefore another crucial step towards elimination.

NHS staff are also visiting at-risk communities in specially equipped trucks to test for the virus and carry out liver health checks with portable scanners to detect liver damage.

The health service is aiming to eliminate the virus in England ahead of the 2030 global target set by the World Health Organisation.

8 people indicted by federal grand jury for alleged involvement in money laundering ring, DA says Fri, 29 Jul 2022 20:12:00 +0000

Eight people were indicted today by a grand jury in Boston for allegedly laundering money and passing tens of millions of dollars in drug proceeds, the U.S. Attorney for the District of Massachusetts said. Additionally, the US attorney alleges that the eight people used or stole fraudulent gift cards to purchase and ship thousands of Apple products internationally.

“Without money, there is no drug trafficking. The laundering of drug profits is fundamental to drug trafficking activities. By eliminating the means by which drug suppliers clean up their illicit products, we cut the blood from their operations: the money. By doing so, we are helping to significantly limit the flow of trafficked drugs into our communities,” said US Attorney Rachael S. Rollins. “We must do all we can to make the Commonwealth safer and tackle the drugs crisis.”

The accused are as follows, according to the statement.

  • Shi Rong Zhang, 48, of Windham, New Hampshire;
  • Qiu Mei Zeng, 47, from Quincy;
  • Vincent Feng, 32, of Quincy;
  • Da Zeng, 30, from Massachusetts;
  • Wei Qing Zeng, 58, from Quincy;
  • Xian Rong Zeng, 45, from Hanover; and
  • Qiu Fang Zeng, 59, of Windham, NH

Of the eight people charged, “Chengzou Liu, 36, of Braintree, was also charged with conspiracy to commit money laundering as well as possession with intent to distribute marijuana,” the press release said.

The statement claims that Liu allegedly trafficked marijuana and laundered his drug proceeds through Qiu Mei Zeng and Shi Rong Zhang’s business, China Gourmet, a restaurant in Chinatown. According to the documents, Liu allegedly delivered large sums of cash – usually 30,000 – to China Gourmet and Qiu Mei Zeng, who then laundered the money via wire transfer.

In March 2022, investigators reportedly seized over $250,000 of suspected marijuana proceeds that were transported by Wei Qing Zeng from New York to China Gourmet in Boston. Investigators found the money in Wei Qing Zeng’s vehicle under packages of frozen meat while he was driving to Boston, the news release said.

Qiu Mei Zeng and Zhang allegedly worked with the other members of the money laundering ring to launder drug money for the Chinese renminbi – the official currency of the People’s Republic of China, the district attorney said.

“Specifically, it is alleged that the defendants would accept the drug proceeds in Boston and New York for a fee, transfer the equivalent value of the Chinese renminbi to the bank accounts of the drug traffickers, and ‘sell’ the drug proceeds. to individuals in the United States at a price. reduced exchange rate,” the statement read.

The penalty for money laundering can be up to 20 years in prison, up to three years of probation and a fine of $250,000 or double the amount of the property involved, whichever is greater, according to the press release. Transmitting money without a license can sentence someone to five years in prison, three years on probation and a fine of up to $250,000. Finally, the penalty for possession of marijuana with intent to sell is up to 20 years, with three years of supervised release and a $1 million fine.

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Financial security remains elusive for many people with disabilities Wed, 27 Jul 2022 20:17:17 +0000


Sometimes people talk to Aaron Kaufman like he’s a kid.

Their voices rise and they slow down their words to make sure he understands them.

“Are you helping mom get some bread today?” a grocery store employee once asked him.

At the time, Kaufman was in his twenties and attending the University of Maryland. The question irritated him but did not surprise him.

People automatically assume that when you have cerebral palsy you have an intellectual disability,” said Kaufman, who is now 35. “I often have to gently educate people.”

In Washington, when legislation moves forward, it is usually lawmakers who are cited. They get the credit. But anyone who has ever paid close attention to the legislative process knows that there are many hidden figures behind every breakthrough. There are people who have attended formal and informal meetings, and shared their stories over and over again, to help those with the power to enact change understand the need for it.

Kaufman is one of those people. For years, the Maryland native has worked behind the scenes to push for legislation that will provide more financial security for people with disabilities.

“Sometimes when I go to Capitol Hill, people have really big eyes,” he said. “They are shocked to see someone in a walker because there is a societal perception that people with disabilities can only achieve the four Fs – food, flowers, filing and dirt.”

To change stigmas and stereotypes, he said, people “need tools and support to help them thrive, and that’s what I do every day – advocate for the tools.” .

This week the country celebrated the 32nd anniversary of the Americans With Disabilities Act. On social media platforms, people have been sharing encouraging posts about how they have benefited from the ADA. Many also noted that there was still a lot of work to do.

One only has to speak with Kaufman to see that disability rights go far beyond the physical accessibility issues that many people associate with the ADA. It’s easy to see how the lack of ramps or broken elevators prevent people with disabilities from accessing a space. More complicated are the ways the systems have been designed to prevent them from earning and saving enough money to live more independent lives.

I often write about disability and poverty, and it has placed me in the unique position of witnessing these two overlapping issues time and time again. Being born with a disability shouldn’t condemn a person to begging for services and worrying about how much they can save before those services are taken away, but that is too often the case. Disabilities also stem from poverty. I interviewed several parents whose children developed disabilities because of housing conditions they could not afford to escape.

Behind a lawsuit, an excruciating wait for housing for residents with disabilities

When I spoke to Kaufman, he reminded me of a statistic I had heard before: Americans with disabilities are twice as likely to be poor as those without disabilities. But he also offered reasons for optimism.

A bill he and other disability rights advocates have lobbied for – the ABLE Age Adjustment Act – recently won a significant victory. For the first time since its introduction in 2016, the law passed through a congressional committee. The Senate Finance Committee passed it unanimously on June 22, thus bringing it closer to its status as law.

Legislation, presented by the senses. Robert P. Casey Jr. (D-Pa.) and Jerry Moran (R-Kan), would enable more than 6.1 million Americans with disabilities, including 1 million veterans, to open ABLE – which stands for ” Achieve a Better Life Experience” – accounts that offer them a way to save money without losing vital federal disability benefits.

“It will remove barriers to economic independence for millions of Americans, giving people the ability to open their own businesses, save for retirement, buy the technology they need, and more,” Casey said in a statement after the committee vote.

Kaufman lobbied for the legislation as Senior Director of Legislative Affairs for the Jewish Federations of North America. But for him, the question is also personal.

He and his brother, who has a disability and lives in a group home, have ABLE accounts.

They were able to open them after the adoption of the ABLE law in 2014, allowing people who acquired their disability before the age of 26 to open an account. The ABLE Age Adjustment Act would extend that age to 46.

“The way the law is written is if you’re diagnosed after your 26th birthday, you’re out of luck,” Kaufman said. “You step on an IED in Afghanistan, and all of a sudden you find yourself in a wheelchair. How are you going to pay for this?

A person’s insurance may cover certain items, such as a wheelchair, but not all repairs to that wheelchair or a wheelchair-accessible van or additional physical therapy, he said. “It’s so expensive to live with a disability,” he says.

He doesn’t receive Supplemental Security Income, but his brother is among millions of disabled Americans who do, and Kaufman has stood up for them on another issue that was recently introduced in the form of legislation. In May, the senses. Rob Portman (R-Ohio) and Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio) introduced the Savings Penalty Elimination Act, which would allow people who receive Supplemental Security Income to increase their savings without affecting their retirement benefits. ‘disability.

“If you’re single on SSI, you can’t have more than $2,000 in your bank account, and if you’re married on SSI, you can’t have more than $3,000,” Kaufman said. . This amount has not been updated since the 1980s when he was a child. “What it does is it traps people in poverty.”

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It also keeps skilled people out of the workforce. Kaufman said he had a friend who had a bachelor’s degree but wasn’t working because she was worried her savings account would go over $2,001 and she’d lose the disability services she needed.

The law would increase the asset limit to $10,000 for a single person and $20,000 for a married couple.

Kaufman knows that most people prefer to avoid thinking about the financial security issues he spends his days focusing on. But he also knows the stakes and hopes people will keep up the pressure on lawmakers to pass these measures and more.

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]]> More than 370 people enroll in trades courses through the “What’s Next” program Tue, 26 Jul 2022 02:45:39 +0000

NEWPORT NEWS, Va. (WAVY) — A new job training program at Newport News is helping people double their salaries while preparing them for the future.

The “What’s Next” program provides free training for a number of commercial jobs. All you have to do is show up in person and register.

Nearly 400 people came to Monday’s open house at Brooks Crossing. The number of participants on Monday was a program record.

“We’ve got shipyard on-site hiring, Hampton Roads Transit on-site hiring,” Councilwoman Tina Vick said.

All for the chance to enroll in free 4-6 week courses in a variety of trades like phlebotomy, plumbing, HVAC, welding, and culinary arts. Participants who complete a course also have the chance to receive $1,000 as well as help with resuming and a job placement.

Alec Odems came out to take advantage of the free opportunity to switch careers. Odems currently works as a security officer at the shipyard.

“[I’m] here for the occasion. You never know where your next blessing will come from. Go out, show yourself and see what door can open for you,” Odems told 10 On Your Side.

The goal, according to city leaders, is to transform and strengthen the community.

“Initiatives like this are what lead to less violence in our communities. A young man came in and said, ‘Mr. Eley, I have been involved in illegal activities. I want an exit. I want to change,” said program facilitator and NNPS school board member John Eley.

The What’s Next Open House is held every other Monday at Brooks Crossing, located at 550 30th Street, at 5 p.m.

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