Williams’ Endorsement Could be Violation of Johnson Amendment

first_imglatest #2 Williams’ Endorsement Could be Violation of Johnson Amendment Preacher endorses candidate from the stage during sermon By ANDRÉ COLEMAN, Managing Editor Published on Monday, March 2, 2020 | 3:46 pm faithfernandez More » ShareTweetShare on Google+Pin on PinterestSend with WhatsApp,Virtual Schools PasadenaHomes Solve Community/Gov/Pub SafetyPASADENA EVENTS & ACTIVITIES CALENDARClick here for Movie Showtimes HerbeautyThink The Lost Weight Won’t Be Regained If You Stop Eating A Lot?HerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyWomen Love These Great Tips To Making Your Teeth Look WhiterHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyStop Eating Read Meat (Before It’s Too Late)HerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyHe Is Totally In Love With You If He Does These 7 ThingsHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyWhat Is It That Actually Makes French Women So Admirable?HerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyCreative Ways To Burn Calories That Require Little EffortHerbeautyHerbeauty 6 recommendedShareShareTweetSharePin it Business News Name (required)  Mail (required) (not be published)  Website  EVENTS & ENTERTAINMENT | FOOD & DRINK | THE ARTS | REAL ESTATE | HOME & GARDEN | WELLNESS | SOCIAL SCENE | GETAWAYS | PARENTS & KIDS Pasadena Will Allow Vaccinated People to Go Without Masks in Most Settings Starting on Tuesday More Cool Stuff Make a comment Top of the News center_img Pasadena’s ‘626 Day’ Aims to Celebrate City, Boost Local Economy Subscribe Community News First Heatwave Expected Next Week 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. An endorsement received by Mayoral Candidate Major Williams on Sunday from a pastor of a local church during a service could be a violation of the country’s tax code.Pasadena Now posted a story announcing the endorsement on Monday. That story has been removed.The Johnson Amendment, named after President Lyndon B. Johnson, restricts the involvement in politics of tax-exempt organizations.Pastors cannot endorse or oppose candidates during church services. Williams committed no wrongdoing and said he was surprised by the endorsement.In the video, Harvest Rock Pastor Che Ahn said during a service, “We’re honored again to have Major Williams with us and his beautiful family. And so, Major, would you stand up, would you please stand up with your family, we’ll just welcome you again? And for those who live in Pasadena, Major Williams is running for mayor in Pasadena. And I love the fact that he’s conservative and that I believe that he’ll be a great mayor. So I want to give my endorsement for him. And I know some of you may say, well, what about the Johnson amendment? Are you supposed to do that? But thank God for President Trump who gave an executive order.”But Trump’s Executive Order did not overturn the Johnson Act, instead it calls for leniency when the law is violated.“The Secretary of the Treasury shall ensure, to the extent permitted by law, that the Department of the Treasury does not take any adverse action against any individual, house of worship, or other religious organization on the basis that such individual or organization speaks or has spoken about moral or political issues from a religious perspective, where speech of similar character has, consistent with law, not ordinarily been treated as participation or intervention in a political campaign on behalf of (or in opposition to) a candidate for public office by the Department of the Treasury,” the Executive Order reads.When contacted by phone and asked if he would like to now turn down the endorsement, Williams requested time to call Ahn. When he called back he said the pastor interpreted things “differently.”Efforts to reach Pastor Che Ahn were not successful on Monday.“I’m rolling with it,” Williams said. “It is what it is.”Pasadena Now has removed the earlier story. Community News Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked * Home of the Week: Unique Pasadena Home Located on Madeline Drive, Pasadenalast_img read more

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RoboSense Releases the Latest Version of its Sensor Evaluation System for Autonomous Driving

first_img Previous articleNational Geographic and Double Oscar® Nominee Cynthia Erivo Reveal Highly Anticipated Premiere Date and New Trailer for the Emmy® Award-Winning Anthology Series, GENIUS: ARETHANext articleTesla Store & Service Center in Chicago Metro Area Acquired by Sentinel Net Lease for $10.5MM Digital AIM Web Support Facebook SHENZHEN, China–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Feb 9, 2021– RoboSense LiDAR ( https://robosense.ai/ ) today released the latest version of the ground truth data system and evaluation tool chain RS-Reference 2.1, used for LiDARs and multi-sensor fusion systems performance evaluation. The original RS-Reference version was launched in the market in 2016, when the automotive-grade MEMS solid-state LiDAR RS-LiDAR-M1 project was established. Used by global OEMs and Tier1s, the system has been continuously improved and upgraded with more efficient and useful evaluation function modules and software tool chains. This press release features multimedia. View the full release here: https://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20210209005689/en/ (Photo: Business Wire) While the evaluation function modules can be liked to an exam, the ground truth data is the “answer” for the evaluation of the perception system. Therefore, the accuracy of ground truth data must be significantly higher than the device under test (DuT) in all aspects including detection performance and geometric error. The ground truth data, usually stored in the PB-Level, includes dynamic information such as obstacle types, speeds, and locations, and static information such as lane lines and road boundaries. Data labeling quality and data generation efficiency are the key factors to ground truth data.The RS-Reference system provides a set of ground truth data generation and evaluation solutions, and outputs detection performance and geometric error indicators with a labeling efficiency close to 1:1. This is significantly more accurate than real-time perception, manual labeling and traditional labeling tools.High performance and mature sensor data collection system: the RS-Reference system contains the RoboSense 128-beam LiDAR RS-Ruby, Leopard camera, Continental 408 millimeter-wave radar, GI-6695 RTK, and two added RoboSense RS-Bpearl LiDAR for near-field blind spots in the 2.1 version.Detached roof-mounted deployment without vehicle body modification: the RS-Reference system adapts to different vehicle sizes, does not occupy the sensor installation position of the DuTs, and directly evaluates the intelligent driving system that is consistent with the sensor sets of commercial vehicles.Vastly improved/accumulated perception algorithm and offline processing mechanism: The algorithm is key to smart labeling instead of manual labeling, and is responsible for the extraction of ground truth data. The RS-Reference system uses a customized and dedicated offline perception algorithm, which is the product of RoboSense’s 13+ years’ of accumulated experience of LiDAR sensing algorithm technology. It performs a “full life process tracking and identification” for each obstacle data, and extracts all ground truth data from each frame. The RS-Reference system can pick up speed and acceleration labeling, and accurately delineate the size of the labeling frame through comprehensive shape and size information. The system is also capable of accurately dividing obstacles that are in close proximity to each other in complex scenes.Full-stack evaluation tool chain: it includes data collection tools, sensor calibration tools, visualization tools, manual verification tools, evaluation tools, etc. The 2.1 version upgrades the data management platform and adds the scene semantic labeling function that serves every step of the evaluation process.Individual sensor evaluation in the multi-sensor fusion system: not only can the RS-Reference system evaluate the result of intelligent driving’s perception fusion, but it can also provide targeted solutions based on the features of different types of sensors such as LiDAR, millimeter wave radar, and camera. Dedicated or customized tool modules can be developed according to customer needs for further in-depth analysis of the performance of the sensing system.Extended application value of the RS-Reference: includes planning and control algorithm development support, which is able to generate massive ground truth data to build simulation scenes, and can evaluate road-side perception systems. View source version on businesswire.com:https://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20210209005689/en/ CONTACT: Cassie Gong [email protected] 86-15507590175 KEYWORD: CHINA ASIA PACIFIC INDUSTRY KEYWORD: AUTOMOTIVE MANUFACTURING MANUFACTURING TECHNOLOGY ENGINEERING SOFTWARE SOURCE: RoboSense Copyright Business Wire 2021. 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“Entire Social Fabric Of Society Would Get Disturbed”: P&H High Court Refuses To Grant Protection To A Live-In Couple

first_imgNews Updates”Entire Social Fabric Of Society Would Get Disturbed”: P&H High Court Refuses To Grant Protection To A Live-In Couple Sparsh Upadhyay13 May 2021 10:42 PMShare This – xImage Courtesy: The Tribune IndiaThe Punjab and Haryana High Court on Wednesday (May 12) refused to grant protection to a live-in couple who allegedly faced threats from the girl’s family since their elopement while noting that “if such protection as claimed is granted, the entire social fabric of the society would get disturbed.'”The Bench of Justice Anil Kshetarpal, in its order, noted,”Petitioner no.1 (Girl) is barely 18 years old whereas petitioner no.2 (Boy) is 21 years old. They claim to be residing together in a live-in relationship and claim protection of their life and liberty from the relatives of petitioner no.1 (Girl).” Also Read – Karnataka High Court Issues Notice On Plea Seeking GST, Royalty Exemptions For COVID VaccinesAdvertisement Further, the Court opined,”If such protection as claimed is granted, the entire social fabric of the society would get disturbed. Hence, no ground to grant the protection is made out.”In related news, in a protection plea filed by an interfaith couple, the Punjab and Haryana High Court recently observed that the marriage between a Muslim woman and a Hindu man won’t be valid as the bride didn’t convert to Hindu religion before the solemnization of marriage in accordance with Hindu rites and ceremonies. Also Read – CM Advocate Welfare Policy: HC Grants Last Opportunity To Delhi Bar Council To Submit List Of Verified Lawyers Eligible For BenefitsAdvertisement The Punjab & Haryana High Court on 10 March, 2021 registered its disapproval of ‘new concept of contractual Live-In-Relation’ backed by a deed, wherein parties state that their live-in-relationship is not ‘Marital Relationship’.The Bench of Justice Arvind Singh Sangwan had opined that “especially stating (in the deed) that it is not a ‘Marital Relationship’ is nothing but the misuse of the process of law as it cannot be morally accepted in society.” Also Read – Allahabad High Court Sets Aside Suspension Of Covid Positive Employee; Says Suspension Order Can’t Be Passed During Pendency Of Preliminary InquiryAdvertisement Advertisement Further, the Punjab and Haryana HC last year held that merely because the boy is not of marriageable age (though major) the right of petitioners to live together cannot be denied.Noting that “Parents cannot compel a child to live a life on their terms and that every adult individual has a right to live his or her life as he or she deems fit”, the High Court upheld a couple’s right to be in a live in relationship. Also Read – Delhi High Court Directs SBI To Open FCRA Accounts Of NGOs Within 10 Days Of Receiving Centre’s ApprovalAdvertisement Advertisement Advertisement “Admittedly, he is a major. Merely because of the fact that petitioner No.2 is not of a marriageable age the petitioners cannot possibly be denied enforcement of their fundamental rights as envisaged under Article 21 of the Constitution of India.”Significantly, the Punjab and Haryana High Court last year remarked that a court hearing a Protection Petition filed by runaway couples need not preach on morality or human behavior.A bench of Justice Rajiv Narayan Raina had made it clear that in such cases, the court should not present its personal views regarding morality, and must ensure that the couple’s rights under Article 21 are protected.”It is not for this Court in a protection petition to engage itself in social mores, norms and human behaviour or introduce personal ideas on morality.”Even in January 2020, the Punjab and Haryana High Court observed that parents cannot compel a child to live a life on their terms. The Bench of Justice Alka Sarin had further reiterated that merely because the boy is not of marriageable age (though major) the right of petitioners to live together cannot be denied.Further, noting that “Parents cannot compel a child to live a life on their terms and that every adult individual has a right to live his or her life as he or she deems fit”, the High Court upheld a couple’s right to be in a live-in relationship. Case title – Ujjawal and another v. State of Haryana and others [CRWP-4268-2021(O&M)]Click Here To Download OrderRead OrderTagsLive-In Couple live-in relationship Live-In-Relationship Live in Relationship Punjab and Haryana High Court #P&H High Court Justice Anil Kshetarpal Subscribe to LiveLaw, enjoy Ad free version and other unlimited features, just INR 599 Click here to Subscribe. All payment options available.loading….Next Storylast_img read more

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Update – Government officials to meet with Letterkenny MD

first_img Twitter Important message for people attending LUH’s INR clinic Facebook DL Debate – 24/05/21 WhatsApp By News Highland – November 27, 2020 Derry draw with Pats: Higgins & Thomson Reaction WhatsApp Pinterest Update – The mayor of the Letterkenny Municipal District has confirmed a meeting is likely to take place next week to discuss the signing of a contract to bring up to 350 asylum seekers to live at former student accomodation on the Port Road in the town. It’s expected the meeting will be attended by officials from the government.Council Chief Executive John McLaughlin confirmed this morning that officials from the Department of Children, Equality, Disability, Integration and Youth have contacted him today seeking a meeting, and Cllr Coyle says he’s anxious to facilitate that as quickly as possible.Cllr Donal Coyle says people seeking refuge should be welcomed with open arms, but he’s concerned at the level of secrecy over the plan. After speculation was first raised at a meeting earlier this year, a request from Donegal County Council for clarification was acknowledged, but no information was given.Cllr Donal Coyle says a meeting is urgently needed to discuss services, and ensure that those moving in to the centre have adequate facilities and proper living conditions…………Audio Playerhttps://www.highlandradio.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/11/dpdonalc.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.Confirming the plans today, Minister Roderic O’Gorman says a Friends of the Centre group will be established, and government departments are working to ensure all necessary supports are provided.He says steps to replace direct provision are continuing, but while that process is ongoing, it’s important that asylum seekers are accomodated in proper settings.Donegal Deputy Thomas Pringle is welcoming the minister’s approach………….Audio Playerhttps://www.highlandradio.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/11/tpfri1pm-2.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. AudioHomepage BannerNews Twitter Google+ Facebook FT Report: Derry City 2 St Pats 2 Google+ Previous articleLogan and Dooher understand the responsibility as Tyrone ManagementNext articleTyrone Chairman confident with new management team News Highland Department Statement in full -As a result of a nationwide tendering process for accommodation for international protection applicants, the Department of Children, Equality, Disability, Integration and Youth will open a new accommodation centre in Letterkenny, Co. Donegal in late January 2021. The Centre will be able to provide accommodation for up to 60 families who will arrive on a phased basis. The centre will be managed by Bridgestock Care, a service provider with many years’ experience providing services to asylum seekers in Ireland, including existing centres in Ballyhaunis, Ennis, Sligo and Tullamore.Direct Provision is a whole of government system of service provision and the Department is also working with other Departments including the Department of Health and HSE, the Department of Education and the Department of Employment Affairs and Social Protection to ensure that the necessary services are in place to support the residents.Minister Roderic O’Gorman TD said, “I am pleased to see the opening of the Port Road Accommodation Centre, which provides for independent living in own door apartment units. The accommodation is in line with the National Standards for Accommodation Centres adopted in 2019 and which will come into effect on the 1st of January 2021.” “The White Paper on ending Direct Provision is currently being drafted and my Department is currently engaging with departments and agencies on how to replace the current system of Direct Provision. In the meantime, we must ensure that people who arrive in Ireland seeking asylum have access to suitable accommodation. ”“I know that Letterkenny is a very welcoming town and I look forward to the establishment of a Friends of the Centre Group which will help to promote integration opportunities between residents and the local community.” Pinterest RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Update – Government officials to meet with Letterkenny MD News, Sport and Obituaries on Monday May 24th Arranmore progress and potential flagged as population growslast_img read more

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Terrorist Acts of Organized Crime in Brazil

first_imgBy Eduardo de Oliveira Fernandes December 01, 2016 Excelente artigo. Inédito na apresentação da evolução do crime organizado no Brasil e como passou a ser considerado uma subdivisão do Terrorismo, o Terrorismo Criminal. Parabéns ao autor. FORÇA e HONRA! Until recently, to assert or publicly recognize the existence of criminal organizations and their activities in Brazil, and to also acknowledge the impact of terrorist acts within Brazilian territory was extremely controversial, both for political authorities and security forces, because the responsibility to combat, contain and deter those activities rested with the latter. Even when many opposing views are allowed, the federal government recently approved two pieces of legislation initiated by congress: · Law No. 12.850 approved on August 02, 2013, defines criminal organizations and regulates criminal investigation, the means of obtaining evidence, related criminal offenses, and criminal prosecution. · Law No. 13.260, approved on March 16, regulates the provisions set forth on item XLIII of Article 5 of the federal constitution, defining terrorism, regulating the investigative and procedural provisions, and reformulating the concept of a terrorist organization. These initiatives demonstrated that the dynamics of Brazilian crime evidenced in the new millennium had advanced towards a clearly transformational environment, such as had already occurred in the 20th century, traversing and advancing on a long journey resembling a via crucis in reverse; however, this time, incorporating an unforeseen terrorist phenomenon. Historical background of organized crime and the weakness of the state To talk about organized crime in Brazil, from a historical perspective, takes us first to the end of the 19th century and the beginning of the 20th century. More precisely, it takes us to the criminal phenomenon known as “cangaço,” an organized, hierarchical gang with a strong leadership imposed by force and violence, whose activity was to invade cities and small villages in order to loot, rape, rob and, in many cases, commit homicides, flagrantly opposing the “coronelismo” (colonial figure that defined the complex structure of power of individuals – el coronel – over society or the state) that controlled politics and that, to an extent, reflected the patriarchy embedded in the social, cultural, and political roots of Brazilian society. Despite the perversity of their actions, because of their humble origin, the cangaceiros were able to gain the support of the local population in some instances, hence the reason why some historians coined the term “social banditry”, perhaps an allusion to the British literary production “Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves.” At the same time the cangaço initiated its actions, and before the proclamation of the Republic, Dom Pedro II instructed the Baron of Drummond to promote more direct efforts with the local population to increase visits to the Rio de Janeiro Zoo, especially among the less privileged classes, in order to popularize the institution. Baron de Drummond created a lottery at the entrance of the zoo, in which visitors would choose a number based on 25 animals, consisting of groups of four numbers, and place a bet. At the end of the day, a drawing was held and the winner would receive the amounts wagered. After the birth of the Republic, the new government discontinued the lottery, which was taken over by private gamblers and became known by the nickname “jogo do bicho” or The Animal Game. Due to its focus on the lower income levels, the jogo do bicho enjoyed a certain degree of legitimacy, mostly because it employed the elderly and retirees to collect the bets, providing an additional source of income for this group and fostering a putative “welfare”. Throughout the 20th century, emblematic leaders such as lottery vendor Castor de Andrade, gained great public notoriety for financing samba schools with resources from his illegal activities and for offering bread and circus to his community. The jogo do bicho began to show signs of financial deterioration, and therefore, more sophisticated standards had to be employed both for the laundering of resources and for its expansion, resulting in an increase in new criminal activities such as drug trafficking, weapons trafficking, and, more recently, the sale and exploitation of slot machines. The transformation of organized crime The peak of the armed conflict in Brazil occurred during the historical period of the Military Regime (1964-1985), when common criminals and political prisoners were incarcerated in the same prisons. This unique phenomenon, known at the time as “Falange Vermelha”, emerged from the prison community of the Instituto Cândido Mendes, between 1969 and 1970, in Ilha Grande, Rio de Janeiro. Prisoners with sentences based on the National Security Law (known by the Portuguese acronym LSN) and common criminals made up the population of the prison. Subsequently, the Comando Vermelho (CV per its Portuguese acronym) emerged. It was founded by prisoners Willian da Silva Lima (the “professor”), Rogério Lengruber, Paulo César Chaves, José Jorge Saldanha, Eucaran de Azevedo, Ianey de Castro and Apolinário de Souza, who were responsible for the dissemination of a high degree of politization within the prison community, and which was replicated by criminals in general and in the favelas controlled by drug trafficking. Despite the country’s re-democratization, crime in Brazil had become more sophisticated, both in its organization and operation, because in addition to adopting business management practices, it began to act in a more direct and aggressive manner through waves of attacks against political, justice, and police authorities, whose modus operandi resembled the expediency previously used by terrorist organizations; undoubtedly a new phenomenon. The new terrorism I Even in light of the recent criminalization of terrorism, defined by law as acts committed by one or more individuals because of xenophobia, discrimination or prejudice toward race, color, ethnicity and religion, when committed for the purpose of causing social or widespread terror, or to expose people, property or public safety to danger, a correlated risk emerges and must be acknowledged. From this hypothesis, criminal terrorism becomes apparent, by the use of armed violence as an instrument of social or widespread terror, exposing people, property or public safety to danger, under the leadership of criminal organizations with illegitimate and illegal purposes, driven by financial gain. In this context, it is important to note that the states of Rio de Janeiro and São Paulo, despite not exclusively sustaining the actions of criminal organizations within their societies, come to mind when this new criminological phenomenon emerges due to the economic, social, and media dominance and by the emblematic prominence that the acronyms CV – Comando Vermelho (Red Command) and PCC – Primeiro Comando da Capital (First Command of the Capital) represent and their respective history in the Fluminense (Rio de Janeiro) and Paulista (São Paulo) societies. The state of São Paulo Without a historical precedent in Brazil, the waves of attacks, especially those that occurred in May 2006 in São Paulo, stimulated the imagination and reasoning by producing a new narrative on criminal organization activities. The initial wave of five attacks carried out by the PCC in the state of São Paulo reached its peak between May 12-17, 2006, victimizing primarily military police officers, who were ambushed, as well as police officers, firefighters, corrections officers, and municipal guards. In 2012 there was a new wave of attacks in the state of São Paulo; however, at that time, they were undertaken with a different profile and without directly targeting the state. Instead, they used a “low intensity” strategy that targeted off-duty military police officers in the streets and away from the barracks. The attacks revealed the security forces’ obvious fragile situation when confronted by the element of surprise, since criminals had greater mobility and speed. They forced police to change from their state of comfort and peace of mind to a state of alarm and tension, as advocated by Carlos Mariguella in his Manual of the Urban Guerrilla. Based on asymmetric warfare, the PCC’s terrorist actions targeted the state, publicizing the strength of a prison gang and sending a coded message to members on the streets to continue managing the drug trafficking business and other similar crimes. The state of Rio de Janeiro In December 2006, the state of Rio de Janeiro, scene of a number of organized criminal activities, was the target of a wave of attacks perpetrated by criminal organizations characterized by drug traffickers who were reacting against militia activities and seeking to regain control of old drug outlets and areas of influence inside favelas. The actions were organized by the drug lords from Cidade de Deus and Morro da Mangueira, since 92 of the 712 favelas located in Rio de Janeiro were run by militias formed by former police officers, former members from the Armed Forces, and former firefighters, as well as property and asset security officers who controlled everything from gas supply to illegal access to cable television, as well as racketeering. Similar to the phenomenon in São Paulo, and even considering the criminal organizations’ high degree of politicization in Rio de Janeiro, disputes involving different militias and organized crime groups represented nothing more than a war for economic power in which the territories to be controlled became the scenes of disputes with the use of terror as an instrument of war. The new terrorism II The different stages of the evolution of criminal dynamics demonstrated the fragility of the state and its institutions. Again, some Brazilian federal entities and their respective geographic areas previously defined by political relations of sovereignty and power began to feel the effects of an apparent structural weakness. Nevertheless, if in some way the division of the political powers within the government had already been envisioned with the rise of a “post-Weberian” state before considering the monopoly of the use of force and likewise the sedimentation of a “post-Clausewitzian” asymmetric conflict, especially in the insurgency of criminal organizations against the state, a new metamorphosis in the criminal dynamics was taking shape and was spreading its tentacles while the perplexed population and security forces watched in disbelief. The New Cangaço I: Criminal groups operate in the Northeast countryside In the countryside of northeastern Brazil, a new form of crime took on more sophisticated forms of execution, evidenced by the outbreak of bank robberies, ATM explosions, taking common citizens as hostages and direct threats towards the security forces. Acting as a well-trained gang and, at the same time, united by traits of clan-like affinities consisting of approximately 40 heavily armed members, each one with a specific and well-defined role, the modus operandi employed by these criminals was to control entry and exit points of a small town to restrict the people’s right to come and go and to impose rules by means of force and intimidation. In carefully planned actions, some of these criminals were tasked with committing acts of burglary and blowing up banks, others with robbing post office branch offices while at the same time being careful not to neglect their primary criminal activities linked to drug and arms trafficking. Characterized by nomadism, without a specific territory except for identifying vulnerabilities, and with a large repertoire of criminal activities, it is very difficult to predict the actions of the new cangaço in the Northeast, especially if we consider that, in addition to their degree of sophistication, there remains a concern to avoid continuity solutions. For this, they take preventive measures so that not all criminal leaders participate in the same criminal action, thus maintaining a strategic reserve for the continuity of the gang, even if some of their members are arrested. The cangaço from São Paulo: Criminal groups operate in the dead of night Bolstered by highly sophisticated planning and highly qualified operatives, in 2015 and 2016, the new cangaço also marked its presence in São Paulo territory, which began to feel the effects of a new and difficult to combat type of crime. Without ideological or political objectives or xenophobic, discriminatory motives or prejudice based on race, color, ethnic and religious discrimination in the studied case – as specified in the legal text regarding terrorism in Brazil – the exposure to danger of people, property or public safety is only directed at excessive profiteering by means of mega robberies against armored vehicles and large bank branches. Unlike the Northeast, where it operates in small cities, the São Paulo cangaço is found in large cities in the country’s interior and in the metropolitan region which house real bunkers, such as Campinas, Santos, Ribeirão Preto, and Santo André. In addition, the large financial losses that, according to reports from the companies in the sector, totaled approximately $ 47 million, the great turmoil and concern caused by the overexposure of several communities to the subversive effects of terrorism, affected by the trail of destruction caused by the explosion of buildings and fortifications, shots fired from long-range machine guns employed only by the Armed Forces, and the killing of security forces officers and private security personnel is also stunning. Data from the Folha de São Paulo newspaper list and describe the following mega robberies in the state of São Paulo: · Campinas – Action carried out by approximately 20 men armed with assault rifles who blew up the headquarters of the Prosegur company on November 6, 2015. Later, on March 14th, a criminal group blew up the wall of Protege headquarters, where, in addition to burning vehicles, they got away with $ 15 million; · Santos – On April 4th, a criminal organization blew up the entrance of Prosegur company, stealing $7.5 million and killing two military police officers and an employee of the company in cold blood; · Ribeirão Preto – On July 5th, an armed and organized gang used explosives and rifles to destroy local energy transformers and stole $17.6 million ; a military police officer at the scene was coldly executed; · Santo André – On August 17th, a group armed with assault rifles and explosives attacked the headquarters of Protege, however, they were unsuccessful in stealing financial resources. In one way or another, all these events, in addition to the financial losses and the loss of human lives, especially those of members of the security forces, have caused a sense of impotence in government and society. After taking into account all the financial and psychological damages, the final result is the surge in meticulous criminal operations with planning and division of tasks, expertise in handling explosives, total visual and territorial control of the theater of operations, and the establishment of containment areas and escape routes, in addition to the notorious tactic of eliminating security force members to weaken and destabilize police efforts and, thereby, destroying their responsiveness and ability to counter when confronted with explosions and intermittent firing of .50 Caliber machine guns. Nevertheless, there is no evidence of PCC members directly participating in these terrorist acts; however, the logistics, use of weapons and expertise could indicate this. The actions and reactions of the public and private sector The recurrence of this phenomenon has caused reactions among key public and private players. According to the Brazilian Association of Cash Transporters (ABTV, for its Portuguese acronym), large investments were made to reinforce the physical structure of its fortifications and bunkers, in addition to increasing the thickness of safes and sentry houses, with the hope that they will become more efficient shields against assault rifles and .50 Caliber machine guns. The public sector is left with the overwhelming and sometimes inglorious efforts to find legal and operational alternatives to confront these criminal organizations. The employment of intelligence operations and measures is the most appropriate, since the logic and philosophy of public law and order, for obvious reasons, should not permit the application of the logical metaphor of war, even if such criminal events are presented as a la1tent enemy of civilized society. In this context, situational prevention and the development of intelligent technologies that would enable the sharing of information from both actors will lead the way in an attempt to avoid direct physical confrontation, clarifying the need to control the territory using electronic fences and to conduct surveillance by using cameras at different levels of security and the fog shields in bunkers. In other words, the combined efforts of public and private agents, even if they cannot immediately contain, deter and eliminate such an unusual criminological phenomenon, will at least be able to circumscribe a response and a civilizing framework for the sector and, consequently, the affected communities. Conclusion The arguments and ideas on the subject matter proposed by this article indicate that criminal organizations have unequivocally strengthened and developed their range of activities, overcoming rites of passage, atavisms, and intermediate stages, and have consolidated as developed criminal bodies with broad windows of opportunity for improvement, since they are not encumbered by legal ties or rely on ethical judgments. The state and Brazilian civil society, in turn, depend, at each confrontational step or attitude – even when public order is obviously deteriorating – on legitimate and legal support to protect themselves when they’re not able to apply the means of what Machiavelli called “original terror,” in which the diffusion of fear would represent the guarantee and validity of law and order. Finally, this inconsistency, made notable by the limitations imposed on security forces and the freedom criminal organizations enjoy, point to the expansion of criminal terrorism and the very relative role of Leviathan in what is constituted as its essence, that is, the civil relegation of the monopoly of the use of force and the effective control of its territory. *Lieutenant Colonel at the Sao Paulo State Military Police, professor at the Barro Branco Military Police Academy, coordinator for the “Núcleo Brasil” Strategic Studies program at the Sao Paulo State Sociology and Politics School Foundation, and author of the book “As Ações terroristas do crime organizado” (The Terrorist Acts of Organized Crime), 2012.last_img read more

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Bicyclist Killed in N. Lindenhurst Car Crash

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Suffolk County police are investigating a car crash that killed a bicyclist in North Lindenhurst Tuesday  night.Police say at 9:25 p.m. a 61-year-old West Babylon man was riding his bicycle southbound on Wellwood Avenue when he attempted to cross Berry Street, and his bicycle collided with a 2006 Volkswagen also traveling southbound on Wellwood Avenue.The man was transported via North Lindenhurst Rescue to Good Samaritan Hospital Medical Center in West Islip where he was pronounced dead. The victim’s name is not being released pending notification of family members.The driver of the vehicle, Michael Edwards, of Wheatley Heights, remained at the scene. Edwards, 36, was not injured and there were no charges filed.The vehicle was impounded for a safety check and the investigation is continuing.Detectives are asking anyone with information about the crash to call the First Squad at 631-854-8152.last_img read more

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Persona card management, a lesson from Amazon

first_imgHave you ever felt like ‘big brother’ is watching you? Have you visited a website and seen an advertisement for a product you were shopping for on Amazon earlier that week? How is it that the website you visit knows you were shopping for that item? Did Google tell them?The truth is that when you are shopping on Amazon.com (or other sites) they drop something called a cookie, which is a small file, onto your computer or browser memory.  The cookie contains information that websites can use to remember that user, including what you were shopping for on Amazon. To make matters even more interesting, the next time you visit Amazon and scroll to the bottom of the page they have a list of items that you might be interested in based on information provided by the cookie files on your PC. The worst part is that you probably are intrigued by a few of these items. How is it that Amazon knows what I want before I know what I want? It’s fascinating how Amazon can track my online behavior and use that to market to me in an intelligent and targeted manner.At this point, you may have experienced one of two feelings. 1) You’re completely creeped out and no longer want to use the internet. 2) You are asking yourself what your credit union can learn from Amazon’s marketing strategy. If you meet the creeped out criteria, don’t worry, everyone is.Another marketing strategy used by Amazon and many other companies is persona marketing. A persona is a semi-fictional representation of a customer based on market research such as demographics, behavior patterns, motivations, income, purchasing patterns, etc…  Personas are used to create a precise image of an ideal customer to market to. continue reading » 9SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

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Vehicles towed away from crash on Vestal Parkway and African Road

first_imgOne ambulance remains on scene after another has left, 12 News crews report. This is a developing story. Stay with 12 News for further updates. 12 News a has a crew on the way to the scene. VESTAL (WBNG) — A 12 News crew at the scene reports that two vehicles are being towed away from the scene of a crash Thursday afternoon on the Vestal Parkway and African Road. For the most up to date information regarding traffic, go to the 511NY website by clicking here. Vestal Police are directing traffic. Dispatchers could not confirm if any injuries were involved in the crash. —– 2:08 P.M. UPDATE: Emergency crews responded to multiple car crashes on the parkway Thursday morning. Weather was blamed for at least one of them. VESTAL (WBNG) — The Vestal Police Department is on scene of a car crash at African Road and the Vestal Parkway Thursday afternoon.last_img read more

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The luck of the Irish?

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Indonesia advances preemployment card launch to Friday to anticipate virus impacts

first_imgRead also: COVID-19: Well-prepared emergency status, lockdown keys to protecting economy, economists sayThe latest change is the third time the government has advanced the program’s launch this year. The program was previously slated for launch in April in Greater Jakarta, which then changed to late March last week before the government advanced it to this week.The preemployment cards aim to aid job seekers and laid-off workers by granting them access and funding to a broad range of training. The government expects the program to address skill shortages, which have become a real problem in the country’s workforce, as the education system has fallen short of producing graduates with the skills needed by the industry.The program will initially be launched in three tourism-oriented regions, namely Manado in North Sulawesi, Bali and Riau Islands, where activities have been severely affected by the drastic drop in Chinese tourists amid the COVID-19 spread, Susiwijono said. The government is advancing again the disbursement of preemployment cards for workers to Friday and is moving to prepare a third stimulus package in a broader effort to cushion the economy from the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic, an official has said”Honestly, this is the momentum or right timing,” Office of the Coordinating Economic Minister secretary Susiwijono Moegiarso said in Jakarta on Tuesday.“We are hoping that the preemployment card could become a solution for several sectors, like the tourist sector and its supporting sectors, which have started layoffs,” he added. Topics :center_img It will then be brought to West Java, East Java and Jakarta, where the workforce size is relatively large. He said the government would put forth online classes amid social distancing efforts.On Sunday, President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo called on people stay home to limit the novel coronavirus spread. The pneumonia-like illness has infected 172 people and killed seven in the country.Susiwijono also said the government was discussing a third stimulus package that would include policies to support social distancing efforts, among other things.Read also: Tax breaks, job training to combat virus impacts”There certainly will be several regulations that we will roll out. We are preparing them,” he said, declining to elaborate on the plan.The government announced last Friday that it would allocate Rp 120 trillion (US$8.1 billion) from the state budget to stimulate the economy by providing tax incentives and subsidies for workers, businesses and families affected by the pandemic. It also announced a second stimulus package worth Rp 22.9 trillion, which includes individual and corporate tax breaks, as well as the relaxation of loan disbursements and restructuring requirements. The new measures add to the first Rp 10.3 trillion stimulus package announced on Feb. 25, which provided mortgage subsidies for low-income families and fiscal incentives for travel-related industries.last_img read more

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