Man sentenced to 19 years in prison for attempting to provide support to ISIS

first_imgKuzma/iStock(NEW YORK) — A Missouri man was sentenced to 19 years in prison Wednesday for attempting to provide help to the Islamic State group and attack the United States.Robert Lorenzo Hester Jr., 28, pleaded guilty in September 2019 for attempting to provide material support to ISIS from October 2016 to February 2017, according to a statement from the Department of Justice. “Hester indicated that he had converted to Islam, expressed animus toward the United States, and posted photos of weapons and the ISIS flag, among other material, suggesting an adherence to radical Islamic ideology and a propensity for violence,” the DOJ wrote.After advocating for violence against the U.S. on social media, authorities said Hester was contacted by officials to see if he was interested in acting on his words. After undercover officers made contact, “he immediately showed that he wanted action in addition to words.”“Law enforcement engaged Hester to see if he was truly committed to an act of terrorism, and his responses left no doubt that he was,” according to the DOJ.Hester identified potential areas for terrorist attacks such as “federal places,” government officials,” “military bases,” “oil production” and “Wall Street.”Undercover agents, according to authorities, said Hester agreed to help build a bomb and store weapons for an attack with the “purpose to maximize the number of casualties.”The DOJ said he was briefly enlisted in the U.S. Army — he received a general discharge after less than a year of service — and that his experience made him proficient with assault weapons and that he could gain access to military bases.He has remained in custody since his arrest in February 2017.Hester faces a lifetime of supervised release once he’s out of prison.Copyright © 2020, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

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Goshen Cruising Reunion has been cancelled

first_img Twitter WhatsApp By Carl Stutsman – June 22, 2020 0 392 Twitter Goshen Cruising Reunion has been cancelled Google+ Pinterest WhatsApp Facebook (“Studebaker” by JOHN LLOYD, CC BY 2.0) Traditionally Goshen gets together for their Cruising Reunion as part of the July First Friday celebration. During the event cars line a route through downtown as a way to remember the days of cruising Main St. during the 60’s, 70’s, and 80’s. Unfortunately due to COVID-19 restrictions and liability issues they have had to cancel this year. Learn more with the video below: Pinterest Facebook CoronavirusIndianaLocalNews Google+ Previous articleIndiana nurse hospitalized for nearly 50 days with COVID-19Next articleGasbuddy: gasoline prices holding steady for now Carl Stutsmanlast_img read more

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Board to reconsider JNC policy/ election process

first_imgA special committee may soon be appointed to examine the way The Florida Bar picks its presidents.Bar President Terry Russell said he and President-elect Tod Aronovitz have discussed that matter, and he will defer to Aronovitz, who has indicated he wants to study that issue.Russell was responding to a request from Board of Governors member Louis Kwall at the board’s recent meeting. Kwall asked for Russell and Aronovitz to appoint a three-to-five-member committee to consider presidential elections, including geographical issues.He noted there used to be a perception that most Bar presidents came from Jacksonville, while in recent years that perception has changed to being from South Florida. (The Bar is in a stretch where, including Aronovitz and President-elect Designate Miles McGrane, five presidents in a row will come from South Florida.)“This is a subject that we need to carefully consider, not so much because of geography, but because of the sheer magnitude of this job,” Russell said. March 1, 2002 Regular News Board to reconsider JNC policy/ election process The Bar Board of Governors is set to reconsider a policy that prevents partners and associates from applying to serve on judicial nominating commissions.Board member Kelly Overstreet Johnson made a motion at the board’s Tampa meeting to reconsider the policy at the upcoming March 15 meeting in Tallahassee.Johnson said now that the board makes no direct appointments to the commissions and only makes recommendations to the governor for four of the nine seats on each JNC, it was time to revisit the policy. She said it can restrict the pool of applicants in two ways. One is if a board member is from a large law firm, no one from that firm can apply. And in small circuits, Johnson said, a member from even a medium-size firm can significantly reduce the number of lawyers available for JNC service.She also noted that the board in May will make recommendations to the governor for two seats on each of the 26 JNCs, and needs 156 qualified applicants.Board member Cliff McClelland, a partner with Holland & Knight, the state’s largest firm, said the policy can keep partners and associates he doesn’t know or hasn’t met from applying, even when they work in offices hundreds of miles from his.The board approved Johnson’s motion on a voice vote.Board to review election process Board to reconsider JNC policylast_img read more

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Burger writing contest underway

first_imgBurger writing contest underway March 1, 2004 Regular News Burger writing contest underwaycenter_img The American Inns of Court Foundation is now accepting submissions for the Chief Justice Warren E. Burger Writing Competition at the United States Supreme Court.The competition is designed to encourage scholarship “promoting the ideals of excellence, civility, ethics, and professionalism within the legal profession.”Burger was a lifelong advocate of legal ethics and civility and the “founding father” of the American Inns of Court movement.The American Inns of Court invites judges, lawyers, scholars and other authors to participate in the competition by submitting an original, unpublished essay of 10,000 to 25,000 words on a topic of their choice addressing issues of legal excellence, civility, ethics, and professionalism.The author of the winning submission will receive a cash prize of $5,000 and the winning essay will be published.Complete rules of the competition may be downloaded from www.innsofcourt.org. The deadline for submission of materials is June 15.last_img read more

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We discover what the new tourist pearl of Karlovac County will look like – the Cave House near Plitvice

first_imgThe Cave House should be ready by 2021, a unique and extremely attractive project of the Public Institution Barać’s Cave, which on Monday signed a contract awarding them almost from the European Cohesion Fund HRK 20 million for the “Cave House” visitor center. This is one of the largest investments in tourism in the Karlovac County and certainly great news for the entire Plitvice region.The main attraction and reception point of the project is the visitor center which contains presentation / museum units, speleological-educational center with depot and library, multipurpose multimedia hall, catering space, office space, children’s playroom, souvenir shop, cloakroom and exterior area with presentation points and parking. , total area of ​​2000 m2. The goal is to achieve a unique, innovative and attractive presentation of cultural and natural values ​​of the site, to provide visits to visitors with special needs and to create a modern infrastructure for various educational and recreational activities.Everything will be accompanied by modern technology for creating experiences and interpreting natural and cultural heritage, which is a big step in conjuring up experiences in the modern age. In addition, this project of building the Cave House will stimulate interest in culture and nature among the local population, and develop awareness of nature conservation and the importance of sustainable interaction between man and nature. “It is projects like this that leave a big mark and finally put into operation some of our most beautiful and valuable resources, and that is natural heritage. It is a great responsibility for us who manage protected areas to put resources in the function of sustainable development and to be a generator of new jobs and economic activities. The realization of the project will directly contribute to the increase of the number of visitors to the site, education of the local population and visitors about the natural heritage and the increase of the tourist recognizability of the municipality of Rakovica as a natural heritage destination.. “, Said the director of the Public Institution Barać Cave Tihana Oštrina.Buried underground as an authentic representation of natureThe building is designed in such a way that its propositions correspond to the locality it represents, and for that reason it is buried underground. Thematically and interpretatively, two larger units are distinguished in the building – general biological-geomorphological themes about the locality that were processed on the ground floor of the building, and a kind of “showroom”. In this way, the visitor first perceives the themes, educates himself about the concepts and basic characteristics, and then, descending into the underground of the center, has the opportunity to experience it through a series of multimedia displays, sensory chambers and similar effective exhibits.The partner in the project is the Public Institution Plitvice Lakes National Park, and the common goals are to develop joint programs and facilities for better management and dispersion of visitors and directly create conditions for extending the stay of visitors to the destination. The company Muze doo from Zagreb is responsible for the initial conceptual design of the interpretation, the attractive architecture is from Stopostopriodno from Zagreb, the conceptual design of the center’s layout and equipment was made by Kultura doo from Bjelovar and the project application was prepared by Kocka doo from Šibenik.See more about Barać’s caves herelast_img read more

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Rep. Lois Frankel Calls for Investigation into Epstein “Sweetheart Deal”

first_imgA Florida Democrat wants Congress to investigate the sweetheart deal given to financier Jeffrey Epstein.U.S. Representative Lois Frankel has joined with the Democratic Women’s Caucus in a letter to the House Oversight Committee.They want a probe launched into the 13 months of work-release that Epstein spent under the watch of the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office.There have been reports that he was allowed to arrange for sex while he was serving time, much of which was spent at his office and allegedly his home. The sheriff’s office has also launched both internal and criminal investigations into the matter.Frankel also wants Congress to look into Epstein’s so-called “sweetheart deal” with prosecutors back in 2008.The multi-millionaire now faces several federal sex trafficking charges in connection to underage girls and is being held without bond in a New York jail.last_img read more

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Egypt’s ENPPI, Ahly Top Seeds as 12 Teams Set for Battle…

first_imgAccording to the African Table Tennis Federation (ATTF), host country Nigeria, will be represented by SOJ Table Tennis Club of Lagos and Remo Stars Table Tennis Club of Ogun State in the men’s event.G20 of Abuja and Cannan Queen of Calabar will hoist Nigeria’s flag in the women’s event.The Ahly is to be led by African women’s champion, Dina Meshref, while the best two players in the continent, Aruna Quadri of Nigeria and Egypt’s Omar Assar, will dorn the colours of ENPPI of Egypt.Congo DRC, Togo, Ethiopia, Benin Republic, Senegal, and Rwanda will also be represented in the continental club championship.For the President of ATTF, Khaled El-Salhy, the tournament would help the players to tune up for the ITTF Africa Cup.“The African Clubs has a different taste in our events with teams representing clubs and some of them are with different nationality, and we have a special case this year that our top two players in men (Aruna Quadri & Omar Assar) in Africa are registered in one club which is ENPPI of Egypt,” he said.For the ATTF boss, the tournament would also add glamour the table tennis fiesta holding in Lagos being the first time any African nation would stag three prestigious tournaments at a stretch.“The tournament is a good test for the African players and a good preparation for the main event “ITTF Africa Cup, which is the qualifying event for ITTF World Cups. We have a good number of entries and I hope ITTF can consider staging a World Clubs Championships in which the Champion in Africa can compete with the champions of others continent,” the ATTF chief said.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram AFRICAN CLUB CHAMPIONSHIPSBeing part of the table tennis fiesta igniting Lagos, 12 teams have already been confirmed for the African Club Championships which begin on Thursday August 1 at the Molade Okoya-Thomas Hall of Teslim Balogun Stadium in Lagos.Defending champion – Ahly Club of Egypt has been listed as the number one seed in the women event while ENPPI of Egypt will be heading the men event at the two-day championship.last_img read more

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St. Lucia Government to Outline New Recovery Plan Post COVID-19

first_img“The COVID-19 Economic Recovery and Resilience Plan primarily seeks to curtail the impact of both global and domestic economic contraction is having on the business sector, drive economic activity through public sector capital investment projects, protect the poor, marginalized and most vulnerable segments of the St. Lucian population, accelerate reforms that will build the resilience of the private public sector, strengthen the Health System and continue to build a resilience of St. Lucia,” the statement noted. The plan was prepared by the Ministry of Finance with recommendations from the Economic Recovery Multi-Sectoral Committee, comprising representatives from the private sector, trade unions and employers. “The government is aware that no segment of our country has been spared from the COVID-19 pandemic and there has been the loss of household income and job security with many St. Lucians on the breadline,” the statement said, adding that the government has taken immediate measures to address some of these issues including the income support programme and the national feeding programme. In a statement, the government said that Prime Minister Allen Chastanet said that the plan is part of his administration’s structured and long term response to the impact of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. “That body was tasked with making recommendations to prepare an Economic Recovery and Resilience Plan given the adverse effects, that “lock down” and physical distancing measures have had on earnings of all sectors within the economy. CASTRIES, St. Lucia – The St. Lucia government Wednesday said it would present an economic recovery and resilience plan for the island on Sunday, even as the main opposition St. Lucia Party (SLP) accused the government of wasteful spending.center_img “In the years and months after the Prime Minister made those fiscal pronouncements, he proceeded to manage the affairs of St. Lucia in a manner that directly contradicted this statement. In fact, he managed St. Lucia like a country that is rich in natural resources such as oil, gold, diamonds, etc. with the wealth accruing to a very small subset of the population. We will describe this as a ‘cabal economy,” the SLP added. ’The party said that the government had not implemented programmes to assist ordinary citizens and those engaged in the small and medium enterprises, but appears to be engaged in “transferring wealth from the taxpayers …to family, friends and foreigners associated with the government”. But the SLP in a statement posted on its official Facebook page reminded St. Lucians that soon after coming to office in 2016, Prime Minister Chastanet had informed the country that the island ‘is broke”. CMClast_img read more

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