Kimiya International talks about sex trafficking in DFW

first_imgGrains to grocery: One bread maker brings together farmers and artisans at locally-sourced store Fort Worth Muslim community seeks unity and outreach over fear Website| + posts Abortion access threatened as restrictive bills make their way through Texas Legislature Parks department plans to restore neglected neighborhood Katie Coleman Katie Coleman printThe premiere of Kimiya International‘s documentary “Transitions” Monday night at TCU sparked an hour long, thought-provoking discussion about sex trafficking close to home.After director and producer Sana Syed showed the documentary concerning sex trafficking in Cambodia, she transitioned to open conversation with a statement that surprised some audience members.“This is happening here,” Syed said. “Right here in North Texas.”The first question from the audience asked how DFW compared to the rest of the world when it came to sex trafficking.Panel member Sgt. Byron Fassett, a member of Dallas Police Department’s Child Exploitation Squad, said sex trafficking happens in every major city.“It’s no different than Cambodia or what I saw in Bangkok,” Fassett said. “We’re just better at hiding it here. These kids are from a not so perfect part of Dallas so it’s easy for us to marginalize them like that.”Panel member and CNN producer Victoria Kennedy, said in addition to sex trafficking occurring in the United States, American men also victimize women while overseas. What she saw with Syed in Cambodia painted an example.Sana Syed takes congratulations from audience members and the conversation continues after the event.“It was dark and both roads were lined with tuk-tuks and each tuk-tuk was full of a white western man looking to buy a young girl,” Kennedy said. “The sides of the roads were lined with the traffickers who were parading the young girls. Right up to the tuk-tuks. Right beside the US embassy. To all the western men.”One audience member asked how prevalent sex trafficking was where she lived in Arlington.Syed deferred the question to James Hawthorne, former Assistant Police Chief of Arlington who was sitting in the audience.“The short answer is it’s very prevalent in our city,” Hawthorne said. “When we start trying to address it people tend to marginalize it and say it’s happening over there and it’s happening in Dallas, but certainly not in good old Arlington, right?”Syed said she started Kimiya International to educate the public on humanitarian issues the media neglected.“If we do a better job of connecting everyday issues that people see in their communities to what’s happening to this dark world that is co-existing with the world that we live in,” Syed said. “That light still needs to be shed on that. We are talking about it in some context, but it’s not enough to change.”Fassett said citizens should report observations that do not seem quite right, like a kid sitting at a bus stop alone at night.“What’s that saying across everything?” Fasset said. “If you see something, say something. Whether it be Traffick 9-1-1, New Friends New Life, Polaris Project, they have numbers that you can find easily that you can call this information in and it comes to us.”National Human Trafficking Hotline: 888-373-7888.National Human Trafficking Resource Center Hotline: 1-888-373-7888. Linkedin Previous articleOfficers, students celebrate National Night OutNext articleNetflix brings “Gilmore Girls” coffee shop to Fort Worth Katie Coleman RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Katie Coleman is a senior in news and media studies. Twitter Thousands of people march through downtown Fort Worth for human rightscenter_img Facebook Twitter ReddIt Katie Coleman Fort Worth Zoo raises $90 million for new exhibits Katie Coleman ReddIt Katie Coleman Fort Worth set to elect first new mayor in 10 years Saturday Linkedin Facebooklast_img read more

Annual Classic Car Show

first_img Hawaiian Roll Ham SlidersSummer Spaghetti SaladSmoked Bacon Wrapped French Vidalia OnionPowered By 10 Sec Mama’s Deviled Eggs NextStay 2021 SCHOOL HONORS: Permian High School OC employee of the year always learning By admin – May 4, 2018 Pinterest Twitter WhatsApp Twitter Full Throttle Racing and Collectibles, 5014 Andrews Highway, has scheduled the seventh annual Classic Car Show from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday.Registration starts at 9 a.m. Awards will be presented at 2:30 p.m., followed by raffles.Vehicle registration fee is $20.Food and drinks are available with donation.All proceeds collected during the event will be donated to S.H.A.R.E. (Sharing Hands: A Respite Experience). Facebook Facebook WhatsApp Pinterest Home Local News Annual Classic Car Show Local News Annual Classic Car Show ECISD undergoing ‘equity audit’ Previous articleCinco de Migos FestivalNext articleTEXAS VIEW: Building envy arises with new project admin RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHORlast_img read more

Spring storm hits Northeast, bringing NYC the most April snow in over 30 years

first_imgABC News(NEW YORK) — It may be spring, but it feels like winter for the Northeast after a fast snowstorm moved through Pennsylvania, New York, New Jersey and New England Monday morning.The snowfall rate at New York’s LaGuardia Airport reached 2 inches per hour. Over 250 flights were canceled at New York City area airports Monday morning.New York City saw 5.5 inches of snow — its heaviest April snowfall since 1982 when the city was dumped with 9.6 inches.The snow has already stopped falling and started melting but the weather forced the New York Yankees to cancel today’s home opener. The game will be played Tuesday instead.Monday night’s New York Mets game was also canceled and rescheduled for July.Here are some other snow totals:— Morris County, New Jersey: 7.3 inches— Fairfield County, Connecticut: 7.5 inches— Westchester County, New York: 7.8 inchesAnother storm is formingNow a new storm is taking shape which will bring more spring snow and heavy rain from the Northern Plains through the East Coast the next few days.By Monday night, heavy snow will be falling from Montana to Wisconsin. Some spots will see whiteout conditions and hazardous travel for the evening commute.On Tuesday afternoon, the heavy snow will hit the Upper Midwest and Great Lakes.Six to 12 inches of snow is possible for parts of Minnesota, Wisconsin and Michigan.Heavy rain is expected from the Ohio Valley to the Northeast on Tuesday and severe storms with winds, hail and tornadoes could breakout from the Ohio Valley to Gulf Coast Tuesday night.An enhanced threat for severe wind damage was been issued for parts of the Ohio and Tennessee Valleys, including Louisville and Cincinnati.The front will continue to move east with rain possible along the East Coast Wednesday afternoon.Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

Skelos Corruption Trial: Exec Said He Had No Choice in Doubling Adam Skelos’ Pay

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York An environmental company executive said he had no choice but to more than double the $4,000 a month he was paying a consultant whose father is New York State Sen. Dean Skelos (R-Rockville Centre).AbTech Industries, an Arizona-based environmental technology company, needed to meet the $10,000 a month demands from the senator’s son, Adam Skelos, or risk losing its biggest contract, a $12-million deal to install smart sponge filters in Nassau County storm water drainage pipes, according to the executive.“I did not believe we had any choice,” Glenn Rink, chief executive officer of AbTech, testified Tuesday during the senator and son’s corruption trial at Manhattan federal court. “The last thing I wanted to do is alienate…the senator.”AbTech is one of three companies that the former state Senate Majority Leader allegedly coerced to get $300,000 in bribes in the form of no-show jobs that his son, Adam, was unqualified for in exchange for illegally manipulating legislation. Both Skeloses deny the accusations.Rink said he was especially concerned about appeasing both men since AbTech needed the senator’s help in getting state legislative approval to complete the Nassau contract. That’s because under state law, government projects need to be designed by one company and constructed by another, but Nassau’s deal with AbTech called for what’s known as a design-build contract allowing the company to do both.But after delays in getting Nassau to pay for the work it had done in preparing to install the filters and Adam’s failure to secure contracts with additional municipalities, the company considered cutting his pay, but it was reluctant because it still needed the design-build legislation approved by the senator.“There was always the concern that if we altered his compensation,” then AbTech projects in the pipeline “could be in harm’s way,” Rink testified.The concern came after Rink got an email from Charles Durego, general counsel and senior vice president at developer Glenwood Management Corp., which is owned by billionaire Leonard Litwin, whose family invested in AbTech. Durego previously testified at the Skelos trial that he had gotten Adam a job at AbTech in order to appease the senator as well as respond to Glenwood’s desire to avoid doing business directly with the son of the senator whom they lobbied and relied upon in legislative negotiations.“He’s hesitant…to do it with the engineers making more money than him,” Durego said in an email to Rink on April 10, 2013, in which Durego relayed Adam’s request for a raise right before the Nassau contract was about to begin the county’s approval process. “If he doesn’t get like a 4 percent commission, I think they don’t think it’s worth pushing through.”Rink characterized the email as “game changing.” Other AbTech officials who also received the email balked.“I can’t believe he’s going to try to hold us hostage to renegotiate the contract,” replied Bjornulf White, an AbTech official, in an email to Rink that was shown in court. “The engineers are getting paid for labor hours to do real work. (I think around ~5500 manhours). Unreal.”The case was adjourned for the Thanksgiving weekend and will resume on Monday morning.last_img read more

Expect ‘lengthy’ coronavirus pandemic, warns WHO

first_imgEffects ‘felt for decades’ Going into the meeting, WHO chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said the pandemic’s effects would be long-lasting.”It’s sobering to think that six months ago, when you recommended I declare a PHEIC, there were less than 100 cases and no deaths outside China,” he said Friday.”The pandemic is a once-in-a-century health crisis, the effects of which will be felt for decades to come.”The committee warned countries to prepare their health systems to cope with seasonal influenza and other disease outbreaks alongside the new coronavirus.They were also urged to “encourage global solidarity” on COVID-19 and address “mis/disinformation” about the virus.The WHO has been sharply criticized for the length of time it took to declare an international emergency.The United States, which accused it of being too close to China, officially began its withdrawal from the organization in July.The agency has also been criticized for recommendations deemed to be late or contradictory, in particular on wearing masks, or the modes of transmission of the virus. Topics : “WHO continues to assess the global risk level of COVID-19 to be very high,” it said following the meeting.The novel coronavirus has killed at least 680,000 people and infected at least 17.6 million since the outbreak emerged in China last December, according to a tally from official sources compiled by AFP.Unsurprisingly, the panel, comprising 17 members and 12 advisers, unanimously agreed that the pandemic still constituted a PHEIC. Crisis fatigue warning Several countries around the world have imposed strict lockdowns in a bid to control the spread of the respiratory disease, plunging economies into sharp contraction.The committee urged the WHO to provide nuanced, pragmatic guidance on COVID-19 management “to reduce the risk of response fatigue in the context of socio-economic pressures”.The panel urged the WHO to support countries in preparing for the rollout of proven therapeutics and vaccines.The committee also urged the agency to accelerate research into the remaining “critical unknowns” of the virus, such as the animal source of the disease and potential animal reservoirs.It called for improved understanding of the epidemiology and severity of COVID-19, including its long-term health effects.And the committee wanted more light shed on the dynamics of the virus, such as “modes of transmission, shedding, potential mutations; immunity and correlates of protection”.The near six-hour gathering was hosted at the WHO’s headquarters in Geneva, with some participants joining via video-link.The committee will reconvene within the next three months. The World Health Organization on Saturday warned the coronavirus pandemic was likely to be “lengthy” after its emergency committee met to evaluate the crisis six months after sounding the international alarm.The committee “highlighted the anticipated lengthy duration of this COVID-19 pandemic”, the WHO said in a statement, and warned of the risk of “response fatigue” given the socio-economic pressures on countries.The panel gathered Friday for the fourth time over the coronavirus crisis, half a year on from its January 30 declaration of a public health emergency of international concern (PHEIC) — the WHO’s highest level of alarm.last_img read more