‘Absolutely Grisly.’ A Woman Was Mauled to Death by Her Own Dogs

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By JAMIE DUCHARME

December 16, 2017

A 22-year-old woman was apparently mauled to death by her own dogs, described as pit bulls, according to Virginia law enforcement.

Bethany Lynn Stephens’ body was found in a wooded area in Goochland, V.A., with wounds on her hands, arms, throat and face consistent with a mauling, WTVR reports. Stephens’ father went looking for her on Thursday, and reportedly discovered her dogs standing watch over her body.

“It was an absolutely grisly mauling ,” Sheriff James Agnew told WTVR. “In my 40 years of law enforcement I’ve never seen anything quite like it. I hope I never see anything like it again.”

Agnew told WTVR that the dogs appeared to initiate the mauling. Evidence suggests the attack began when Stephens was alive, and became fatal after she fell to the ground unconscious. There is no evidence of a homicide, WTVR reports, and the sheriff’s office will look to euthanize the pit bulls.

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Father Fatally Shoots Robber Who Pointed Gun at His Children in Popeyes 

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A father fatally shot an armed robber who threatened him and his family at a Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen in San Antonio, Texas.

Officers told Fox San Antonio that 19-year-old Andrews Herrera was killed after he approached Carlos Molina, 32, just before 9 p.m. Wednesday. Molina was eating at the fried chicken chain with his family when Herrera demanded that he hand over his property and threatened his children with a gun, police say.

According to the news site, Molina told Herrera that he had no money and asked whether his family could leave. Most of the family left the restaurant, but Herrera then pointed the gun at two of Molina’s children as they walked out of a restroom. In response, Molina drew his licensed handgun and shot Herrera several times, fatally wounding him, police said.

[Fox San Antonio]

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American Tourist Killed By a Shark While Scuba Diving in Costa Rica

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An American tourist died after a tiger shark mauled her legs while she was scuba diving off the coast of Costa Rica last week, authorities said.

The tourist was identified by media outlets as Rohina Bhandari, a New York private equity director. Bhandari died after she sustained severe bites on her legs, according to the statement from Costa Rica’s ministry of environment and energy, translated by The Washington Post. The official statement identified the victim by her last name, Bhandari, and her scuba diving guide by the last name Jiménez.

The dive instructor was also bitten by the shark, but did not suffer life-threatening wounds. Doctors on site treated Jiménez’s wounds and confirmed Bhandari’s death, according to officials.

The incident occurred on Nov. 30, was an isolated incident and was the first of its kind at Isla del Coco National Park, according to officials. The attack happened as the group was reaching the end of their dive.

Rohina Bhandari attends MIGUEL FORBES Birthday Party at The Highlander on August 9, 2008 in Montauk, NY. (Patrick McMullan—Getty Images)
Rohina Bhandari attends MIGUEL FORBES Birthday Party at The Highlander on August 9, 2008 in Montauk, NY. (Patrick McMullan—Getty Images)
Patrick McMullan—Getty Images)

Bhandari’s dive took place at Cocos Island, which sits off Costa Rica’s mainland. The National Park is known for its scuba spots, where divers can spot a diverse array of marine life, including rays, dolphins and 14 different species of sharks, including hammerheads, according to authorities.

Bhandari was well-known in New York’s charity world, according to the New York Daily News. Bhandari was a senior director at WL Ross & Co. LLC, an investing group founded by Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross that she had worked at since Oct. 2013, according to her LinkedIn page. Before then, Bhandari was the managing director for institutional sales at PineBridge Investments.

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(Humanity Poem) The Phoenix Of Baltimore

THE PHOENIX OF BALTIMORE

 

Tears, felt from the depths of the well of the Soul

So sad to lose the young, through such callous hearts die

Some yell race, it’s not as much that as it is immaturity and ego

The Blue needs to pray about the Heart and Soul of the Blue

Cold blooded murder is not okay for me, nor is it for you

Do not blame those who did not defecate upon their profession

For the sins of six lose not faith in those who protect us with their blood

 

Most chose peaceful demonstrations for the innocent shedding of blood

Some among us choose to act out the part of liquored up violent thugs

Many chose to hide their Asses behind masks like cowards so often do

Burn a few cars, loot a few stores, show the world how sincere you are

Doesn’t the Community of Earth deserve accountability from us all

Tears for the fallen, no reason to burn anyone’s neighborhood, even yours

Justice must roll from the bottom to the top or whole generations die by the gun

 

 

 

(Humanity Poem) Culture, Up Bringing, Police, And The Heart

Culture, Up Bringing, Police, And The Heart

 

Culture is just what it is you say, so no blame here or there, just chance

Dictating life, street life, who to rob, who to cap, gun smoke, not so sweet

Education, Religion, is it really only for the weak who work to get ahead

Staying alive day-to-day, avoiding 5-0 like a plague, give yourself a chance

True, the world can be a cold-cold Witch, Dead behind the Mask we wear

Cuddled in at your own Crib tonight, are you and your family in safety’s bliss

Hate, anger, fear, blood in our streets, God please save us from our selves

Jim Nabors (Gomer Pyle) Of The Andy Griffith Show, Has Died At 87

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Jim Nabors, who gave popular culture its most enduring image of a wide-eyed, good-natured if none too bright hayseed in a character whose very name – Gomer Pyle – would become synonymous with lovable rube, died Thursday in Hawaii. He was 87.

The news was first reported by Hawaii News Now.

With catchphrases “Shazam!” and “Golly” (the latter drawn out to four or five lilting syllables), Nabors debuted his downhome, gas station attendant character in 1962 on The Andy Griffith Show, where the slow-going, dim-witted Gomer was a constant irritation to Don Knotts’ officious, high-strung Deputy Barney Fife.

The Gomer character, and Nabors’ odd-couple chemistry with Knotts, proved so popular with audiences that he was given his own spin-off series in 1964. Gomer Pyle, U.S.M.C, co-starring Frank Sutton as his ever-yelling drill sergeant Vince Carter (“I can’t heeearrrr youuu!”) ran until 1969 on CBS.

Gomer Pyle U.S.M.C. was an instant smash when it debuted in September 1964. The series finished No. 3 among all prime time shows that season with a 30.7 rating –- ahead of Andy Griffith – and was No. 2 behind Bonanza for the following 1965-66 season. The series slipped in the ratings after its move from Fridays to Wednesdays for the 1966-67 season, but CBS returned Gomer Pyle to Fridays the following season and it ranked No. 3 and No. 2 in prime time during the next two seasons.

Nabors’ comic persona, with his natural Alabama accent stretched to a near-cartoon drawl, evaporated when switched gears to sing, utilizing a baritone that sounded both formal and trained, a dichotomy used to great effect as far back as the Griffith show.

His 1966 LP Jim Nabors Sings with All Your Heart, made the Billboard Top 25 and went gold. He charted a dozen albums through 1972 and though he never matched that initial chart success two more were half-million-sellers. One of those was Jim Nabors’ Christmas Album, which topped the holiday albums chart in 1967 and again two years later.

His singing made him a frequent guest of variety shows in the 1960s and ’70s, particularly The Carol Burnett Show, and Nabors even became a Indianapolis 500 tradition with his rendition of Back Home Again in Indiana performed during the race’s opening ceremonies.

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The True Meaning of Shaheed

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The True Meaning of Shaheed

Many often wonder what drives one to become a martyr.  There are actually many reasons.  However, in light of a special type of “martyr,” we need to make a distinction between “martyr” and “Shaheed” (an Islamic term).  When translators relay to us the word “Shaheed”, they usually translate it as “Martyr.”  This is not quite accurate.  In the English language, as well as other languages, there exists no special word to describe the exact meaning of “Shaheed.”
A martyr is one who decides to give up his life for whatever cause he serves or to uphold his principles and honour.  Maybe he wishes to go down in history as a hero.  Maybe he feels very passionate about his country or his philosophy that he would risk his life for it.  Some martyrs do die for their religion.  Some risk their lives to uphold truth and justice.  A martyr has many reasons for which he may risk his life.
However, the term “Shaheed” is only applied to those who sacrifice their lives for Allah’s (God’s) cause.  They have no fear; they only fear Allah and want to obey Him and to serve Him.  They realize that their lives belong to Allah, the One who created them, so it is a gift and we should not be so selfish about it.  To obey Allah and to implement what He has commanded (truth, justice and liberty) might mean the loss of their loves.  Their lover for Allah motivates them to sacrifice the precious gift of life.  They are assured of a great reward in the end for their unselfish act.  Their focus is on the next life and on pleasing Allah.
In some cases, people have translate, or named, “Shaheed” as “suicide” bomber”.  This is such an ugly term.  A Muslim knows that suicide is prohibited and that Allah will punish them for it; it is like murder, even though one would be killing one’s self.  A Shaheed has no desire to die for the sake of escaping life.  He loves life.  A Muslim should want to continue living and never even wish he were dead because maybe his life could serve the purpose of Allah and he could continue doing good deeds.  A Shaheed decides when he goes off to fight for Allah’s cause that he is not going to fear death.  His attitude is to submit to whatever Allah has chosen for him, and he will accept the outcome.  He would prefer not to die and leave his family, but at the same time he almost looks forward to the sacrifice because of the great reward he’ll receive form Allah.  He knows he’ll be in Paradise forever.  He doesn’t even fear the pain of death because Prophet Muhammad SallalLahu Alayhi Wasallam has told the Believers that at the time a Shaheed dies, he will not feel the pain; this is the mercy of Allah.  The pain will be similar to a bee’s sting.
However, in order to earn the title of Shaheed one must have the correct Niat (intention).  In Islam intention is important behind every action in the religion.  The only One who really knows the true intention of a person is Allah, for He sees their heart and knows their mind.  Thus, the reward will rest upon the intention of the person.  The Shaheed must have in his intention to risk his life only for Allah and not for anyone else.  It can’t be for his own ego.  It can’t be for the title of “hero”.  It can’t be for revenge, for Allah will truly take care of the evildoers.  It must be to serve the purpose of Allah and to uphold truth, justice, and liberty as well as to fight against all types of oppression.
Allah states in the Qur’an that “Those who believe, and suffer exile and strive with might and main,, in Allah’s cause, with their goods and their persons, have the highest rank in the sight of Allah:  They are the people who will achieve (salvation)”  (9:  20)
To die as a Shaheed is an honour.  Some people desire this title if they must die because of the great reward.  Other people can achieve equal reward as a Shaheed:  those who die from terminal illnesses like cancer, the woman who dies as a result of childbirth or those who are murdered.
An incentive to be a Shaheed is found in the Hadeeth that states:  “No one who enters Paradise will want to come back to the world and have anything on the earth except the ‘Shaheed.’.  He will wish to return to the world and be killed ten times because of the honour he sees” (Bukhari and Muslim).
We can understand why a Muslim is happy to sacrifice his life.  He gains great reward in Paradise as well as honour.  We see so many who’ve died under the hands of occupiers, tyrants and barbarians.  They fought in defence, but they also fought to uphold truth, liberty, justice and their religion.  Many are honoured as a Shaheed, but only Allah knows their true intentions.  Allah willing, they are in Paradise.

At Least 15 Women Died In Morocco Stampede Tragedy In Food Line

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Morocco’s Deadly Stampede Tragedy Incites Anger and Criticism

Protester in Casablanca in 2011 holds a sign that reads: “Boycotting the Elections is a national duty.” Protests have increased in recent years in Morocco on a wide range of issues. Maghrabia CC BY 2.0

On Sunday morning, November 19, at least 15 women died and 10 others were wounded in a stampede during the distribution of food aid in the region of Essaouira in southwest Morocco. The tragedy sparked immediate critique condemning the absence of social welfare and basic rights for Morocco’s poorest citizens.

The stampede occurred in the rural town of Sidi Boulalaam, about 60 kilometers from Essaouira, when the victims were crushed and suffocated as the crowd gathered to collect basic food items at a local market. Approximately 600 people were present when the scramble began to unfold, though the specific circumstances leading to the unrest remain unclear.

The Ministry of Interior announced that it had opened an investigation after reporting the incident Sunday afternoon. Later, it issued a statement claiming that the distribution went forward without proper permission from authorities, according to the Moroccan online Arabic news site Lakoum.

However, the online paper Al-Yaoum quoted the organizer Abdelkabir al Hadidi, a jurist in Casablanca, who disputed the remark, claiming that the charity event was legal and carried out under the supervision of local authorities. Al Hadidi added that food distributions organized in previous years saw similar crowd sizes and were handled without any serious incidents.

But according to one witness interviewed by Lakoum, officials in charge of the event had pushed women in the crowd together until an iron barrier collapsed on them. The same witness described how the crowd had been confined to a closed space and when cries for help began to erupt, the screams were ignored and even laughed at by at least one official.

Asma Chaabi, a member of Parliament from Essaouira belonging to the Progress and Socialism Party, posted a Facebook response on Sunday night that her party will follow the appropriate procedures to review the incident in parliament:

The party also announces that it is keen to pursue this issue with great interest and that it will exercise its powers in accordance with the constitution and the laws and through the various institutions, including the legislative, through its parliamentary teams, and demands the allocation of two weekly sessions of questioning on this tragedy.

Tragedy rattles Moroccan netizens upset with officials

Moroccan social media users were swift to respond to the tragedy with critique and condemnation:

On Twitter, a cartoon depicting a bleeding flour sack circulated:

Twitter user Hafida Bachir emphasized that the female victims were killed in collecting food for their families:

To die for food, a shame!

Lamia Bazier, founder of Empowering Women in the Atlas, suggested that government spending projects are not addressing the nation’s inequality levels:

Combien de drames encore pour nous rappeler qu’au delà des beaux forums, des autoroutes et des malls – la réalité marocaine c’est aussi et surtout ça?    

How many dramas still remind us that beyond the beautiful forums, highways and malls – this is the Moroccan reality above all that.

The former director of the banned Demain Magazine (Ali Lmrabet) similarly focused on Morocco’s socioeconomic conditions with a critique of the Kingdom’s elite:

Estampida mortal en . 1er balance : 15 muertos.
Esta pobre gente, hambrienta, buscaba comida durante una repartición de alimentos en Sidi Boualem.
Cuando nuestros ricos dirigentes tienen cuentas en  y sociedades offshore en .😐http://www.lemonde.fr/afrique/article/2017/11/19/au-maroc-plusieurs-morts-dans-un-mouvement-de-foule-lors-d-une-distribution-d-aide-alimentaire_5217261_3212.html 

Au Maroc, plusieurs morts dans un mouvement de foule lors d’une distribution d’aide alimentaire

Le roi Mohammed VI a donné ses instructions pour « apporter l’aide et le soutien nécessaires aux familles des victimes et aux blessés ».

lemonde.fr

Deadly stampede at . 1st count: 15 dead. These poor, starving people sought food during a food distribution in Sidi Boualem. When our leaders’ rich have  accounts and offshore companies in Panama 😐.

Moroccans still struggle, despite advancements

While recent studies suggest that poverty rates in Morocco are declining, many Moroccans, especially those in rural areas, continue to live below the poverty line. An estimated 19% of the rural population lives in poverty, according to the World Bank.

Rural areas like Sidi Boulalaam that depend largely on the agricultural sector have also suffered from conditions of drought. According to a Reuters report, between 2015-2016, as many as 70,000 Moroccans lost work in agriculture as a result of severe drought.

Climate conditions are expected to worsen across the Middle East and North Africa in the coming decade that could greatly impact food security in the region. Morocco experienced protests earlier this autumn in the southern city of Zagora over a water shortage crisis that highlighted the country’s struggle with managing natural resources and its potential consequences.

In the winter of 2015, residents of Tangier protested increasing energy prices for consecutive weekends that drew national attention to Morocco’s dependency on foreign energy. The country depends on imports for nearly 97% of its energy.

The state is hoping to abet these challenges with heavy investment in renewable energy projects and also agricultural reforms designed to assist rural communities by promoting sustainable development, but face significant criticism from activist groups from within Morocco and throughout North Africa.

Meanwhile, Moroccan King Mohammed VI called for local authorities to take all necessary measures to offer support for the families of the stampede victims. The King also pledged to pay the burial expenses for the dead and the hospitalization for those injured, according to a press release from the Ministry of Interior.

(Humanity Poem) Culture, Up Bringing, Police, And The Heart

Culture, Up Bringing, Police, And The Heart

 

Culture is just what it is you say, so no blame here or there, just chance

Dictating life, street life, who to rob, who to cap, gun smoke, not so sweet

Education, Religion, is it really only for the weak who work to get ahead

Staying alive day-to-day, avoiding 5-0 like a plague, give yourself a chance

True, the world can be a cold-cold Witch, Dead behind the Mask we wear

Cuddled in at your own Crib tonight, are you and your family in safety’s bliss

Hate, anger, fear, blood in our streets, God please save us from our selves