Dispatch News – English Daily http://english-daily.com/ Thu, 26 May 2022 02:02:31 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.9.3 https://english-daily.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/03/default2.png Dispatch News – English Daily http://english-daily.com/ 32 32 Onlookers urged police to charge at Texas school – Oneida Dispatch https://english-daily.com/onlookers-urged-police-to-charge-at-texas-school-oneida-dispatch/ Thu, 26 May 2022 01:36:16 +0000 https://english-daily.com/onlookers-urged-police-to-charge-at-texas-school-oneida-dispatch/

By ACACIA CORONADO, JIM VERTUNO and ELLIOT SPAGAT

UVALDE, Texas (AP) — Bystanders urged police to charge into the Texas elementary school where a gunman’s rampage killed 19 children and two teachers, witnesses said Wednesday, as investigators worked to follow the massacre which lasted more than 40 minutes and ended when the 18-year-old gunman was killed by a Border Patrol team.

” Go for it ! Go for it ! nearby women yelled at officers shortly after the attack began, said Juan Carranza, 24, who saw the scene from outside his home across from Robb Elementary School in the city of ‘Uvalde. Carranza said officers did not enter.

Javier Cazares, whose fourth grade daughter, Jacklyn Cazares, was killed in the attack, said he rushed to school when he heard about the shooting, arriving as police were still massed outside the building.

Upset that the police wouldn’t move in, he raised the idea of ​​charging into the school with several other passers-by.

“Let’s go fast because the cops aren’t doing anything like they’re supposed to,” he said. “More could have been done.”

“They weren’t prepared,” he added.

Minutes earlier, Carranza had seen Ramos crash his truck into a ditch outside the school, grab his AR-15-style semi-automatic rifle and shoot two people outside a nearby funeral home. who escapes unscathed.

He then exchanged gunfire with a school district security officer, ran inside and shot two police officers arriving from Uvalde who were outside the building, the spokesman said. Texas Department of Public Safety, Travis Considine. All law enforcement officers were injured, he said.

Hours later, Considine said authorities were unsure whether the school officer had exchanged gunfire with Ramos. Law enforcement officials have also released sometimes conflicting statements about how long Ramos’ rampage lasted.

After entering the school, Ramos charged into a classroom and began killing, a law enforcement official said.

He “barricaded himself by locking the door and just started shooting the kids and the teachers who were inside that classroom,” Department of Public Safety Lt. Christopher Olivarez told CNN. . “It just shows you the utter evil of the shooter.”

All those who were killed were in the same classroom, he said.

Department of Public Safety director Steve McCraw said “about 40 minutes” elapsed between the time Ramos opened fire on the school security guard and the time the security team SWAT-like border patrol shot him.

A law enforcement official with knowledge of the investigation said Border Patrol agents had difficulty opening the door to the classroom and had to ask a staff member to open the room with a key. The official spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to speak publicly about the ongoing investigation.

Carranza felt that the officers should have entered the school earlier.

“There were more, there was only one,” he said.

Uvalde is a predominantly Latino town of some 16,000 people about 120 kilometers from the Mexican border. Robb Elementary, with nearly 600 students in second, third, and fourth grades, is a one-story brick structure in a mostly residential neighborhood of modest homes.

Before attacking the school, Ramos shot and injured his grandmother in her home. Neighbors called police when she staggered outside and saw she had been shot in the face, Considine said.

Ramos had legally purchased the rifle and a second similar one last week, just after his birthday, authorities said.

Investigators shed no light on the motive for the attack, which also injured at least 17 people. Abbott said Ramos, a resident of the small town about 85 miles (135 kilometers) west of San Antonio, had no known criminal or mental health history.

“Evil swept through Uvalde yesterday,” Abbott said.

About half an hour before the mass shooting, Ramos sent the first of three messages online, Abbott said. Ramos wrote that he was going to shoot his grandmother, then he shot the woman. In the final note, sent about 15 minutes before reaching Robb Elementary, he said he was going to shoot an elementary school, according to Abbott. Investigators said Ramos did not specify which school.

Ramos sent the private text messages through Facebook, and they were “discovered after the terrible tragedy”, company spokesman Andy Stone said. He said Facebook is cooperating with investigators.

Grief engulfed Uvalde as details emerged of the latest mass murder to rock the United States

Among the dead were Eliahna Garcia, an outgoing 10-year-old who loved to sing, dance and play basketball; fellow fourth grader Xavier Javier Lopez, who was looking forward to a summer of swimming; and a teacher, Eva Mireles, with 17 years of experience whose husband is an officer with the school district police department.

“You can just tell by their angelic smiles that they were loved,” Uvalde Schools Superintendent Hal Harrell said, fighting back tears as he remembered the children and teachers killed.

Amid calls in the United States for tougher gun restrictions, the Republican governor has repeatedly spoken out about mental health issues among Texas youth and argued that tougher gun laws fire in Chicago, New York and California are ineffective.

Democrat Beto O’Rourke, who is running against Abbott for governor, interrupted Wednesday’s press conference, calling the tragedy “predictable.” Pointing his finger at Abbott, he said: “It’s up to you until you choose to do something different. It will continue to happen. O’Rourke was escorted away as some in the room shouted at him. Uvalde Mayor Don McLaughlin shouted that O’Rourke was a “sick son of a bitch”.

Texas has some of the most gun-friendly laws in the country and has been the scene of some of the deadliest shootings in the United States in the past five years.

“I just don’t know how people can sell this type of weapon to an 18-year-old child,” said Siria Arizmendi, victim Eliahna Garcia’s aunt, angrily through tears. “What is he going to use it for if not for this purpose?”

The attack was the deadliest school shooting in the United States since a gunman killed 20 children and six adults at Sandy Hook Elementary in Newtown, Connecticut, in December 2012.

The Uvalde tragedy was the latest in a seemingly endless wave of mass shootings across the United States in recent years. Just 10 days earlier, 10 black people were gunned down in a racist attack at a supermarket in Buffalo, New York.

President Joe Biden said Wednesday that “the Second Amendment is not absolute” as he called for new gun limitations in the wake of the massacre.

But the prospects for reforming national gun regulations looked bleak. Repeated attempts over the years to expand background checks and enact other restrictions have been met with Republican opposition in Congress.

The shooting took place days before the start of the National Rifle Association’s annual convention in Houston, with the governor of Texas and the state’s two Republican U.S. senators scheduled to speak.

Investigators do not yet know why Ramos targeted the school, said McCraw of the Department of Public Safety.

“We don’t see a pattern or a catalyst right now,” he said.

Officers found one of the rifles in Ramos’ truck, the other in the school, according to the briefing given to lawmakers. Ramos wore a tactical vest, but there were no reinforced armor plates inside, lawmakers said. He also dropped a backpack containing several magazines full of ammunition near the entrance to the school.

Dillon Silva, whose nephew was in a classroom, said students were watching the Disney movie “Moana” when they heard several loud noises and a bullet shattered a window. Moments later, their teacher saw the attacker walk through the door.

“Oh, my God, he has a gun! the professor shouted twice, according to Silva. “The teacher didn’t even have time to lock the door,” he said.

Three children and an adult remained in a hospital in San Antonio, where two of them – a 66-year-old woman and a 10-year-old girl – were listed in serious condition.

The tight-knit community, built around a shaded central plaza, includes many families who have lived there for generations. It sits amidst fields of cabbage, onions, carrots and other vegetables.

Residents are bound by family and friendship, said Joe Ruiz, a pastor born and raised in Uvalde with children and grandchildren there.

“Everyone knows everyone or is connected to everyone,” Ruiz said.

His cousin’s wife, he said, was one of the teachers killed in the attack.

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Eugene Garcia and Dario Lopez-Mills at Uvalde; Jake Bleiberg in Dallas; Ben Fox, Michael Balsamo, Amanda Seitz and Eric Tucker in Washington; Paul J. Weber in Austin; Juan Lozano in Houston; Gene Johnson in Seattle and Rhonda Shafner in New York contributed to this report.

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Read more about the school shooting in Uvalde, Texas: https://apnews.com/hub/school-shootings

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05/23/2022 | Berlin Bathtub Races Wanted Entries https://english-daily.com/05-23-2022-berlin-bathtub-races-wanted-entries/ Mon, 23 May 2022 16:09:01 +0000 https://english-daily.com/05-23-2022-berlin-bathtub-races-wanted-entries/

Berlin Bathtub Races Wanted Entries

BERLIN– Organizers are still accepting entries for this year’s Berlin tub races. The Berlin Chamber of Commerce will host the 32nd annual Berlin Bathtub Races on June 10. Officials are still looking for entries for this popular event. “It’s the biggest event of the year,” said Ryan Nellans, executive administrator of the chamber. “Don’t miss it.”…

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Wicomico to Use Federal Grant for Major Civic Center Upgrades

Wicomico to Use Federal Grant for Major Civic Center Upgrades

SALISBURY — Acting Wicomico County Executive John Psota stood outside the 42-year-old Wicomico Civic Center Thursday, May 19, and told stakeholders how a $5.5 million federal grant dollars will make major site improvements possible. The U.S. Department of Commerce’s Economic Development Administration (EDA) announced the award this week. The US Bailout Act…

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Commissioner candidates share their views at the forum

Commissioner candidates share their views at the forum

WEST OCEAN CITY — A range of local candidates shared their views on issues facing the county at a forum hosted by Republican Women of Worcester County. With many races set to be decided in the July primary election, a standing-only crowd attended the Worcester County Republican Women’s Forum at the…

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Commissioners Debate on School Bus Monitoring Systems

Commissioners Debate on School Bus Monitoring Systems

SNOW HILL — County officials have agreed to introduce legislation that will allow Worcester County to install school bus monitoring systems despite numerous questions. Worcester County Commissioners agreed this week to introduce legislation that will allow the school system to install school bus monitoring systems on buses used in Worcester County. The company providing the…

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Phyllis R. Harrison (Hines) – Brainerd Dispatch https://english-daily.com/phyllis-r-harrison-hines-brainerd-dispatch/ Sat, 21 May 2022 16:33:00 +0000 https://english-daily.com/phyllis-r-harrison-hines-brainerd-dispatch/

Phyllis R. Harrison (Hines), Brainerd, MN passed away peacefully on May 20, 2022. She will be remembered as a loving and compassionate person, touching countless lives over her 98 years.

Phyllis was born on September 23, 1923 in Cumberland, Wisconsin. In 1943, she enlisted in the US Navy WAVES as a member of the hospital corps. While stationed at the Naval Air Base in Grosse Ile, MI, she met her future husband, Roger Harrison, who was based there as a Navy pilot.

Her greatest joy in life was love for her six children. Throughout her 98 years, she enjoyed painting, music, bird watching, flower gardening, reading and travelling. She had a deep passion and admiration for wildlife and nature. Her fondest memories are those she spent with her family and friends back home in Gull Lake. Phyllis’ presence will continue to touch people’s lives every time you hear a bird sing or embrace the beauty of a blooming garden.

Phyllis is survived by six children: Jacqui (Todd Fischer) Knudsen; Nancy (Jack) Malo; Patty (Dan) Surah; John (Valerie) Harrison; Joni (Ken) Lee; Jim (Amy) Harrison, as well as twelve grandchildren and numerous great and great-great-grandchildren. Also survived by his brothers Ben and Jim; and his sister-in-law Jean Widmark. Predeceased by her husband and soulmate of 68 years, Roger Harrison, her parents Boyd & Ruth Hines, her brothers Bruce and Eugene, her sister Barbara and her stepmother, Helen. A private family service will be held, after which Phyllis will be interred next to her husband at the Minnesota State Veterans Cemetery in Little Falls. A special thank you to the dedicated staff at Edgewood Vista where Phyllis has lived for the past 7 years. Caring for Phyllis and her family Halvorson Taylor Funeral Home

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Ruud Legacy Bill Funds Lessard-Sams Conservation Projects – Brainerd Dispatch https://english-daily.com/ruud-legacy-bill-funds-lessard-sams-conservation-projects-brainerd-dispatch/ Wed, 18 May 2022 21:00:00 +0000 https://english-daily.com/ruud-legacy-bill-funds-lessard-sams-conservation-projects-brainerd-dispatch/

With broad bipartisan support, the Minnesota Senate on Tuesday, May 17, passed the annual Legacy Bill authored by Sen. Carrie Ruud, R-Breezy Point, which funds the recommendations of the Lessard-Sams project.

This bill allocates $159 million to the Lessard-Sams Outdoor Heritage Fund to fund 42 high-priority conservation projects across the state.

An amendment has been added to the bill in the Senate that creates an extension for projects that have been delayed during the coronavirus pandemic. As amended, this legislation will give funded projects an extended time in which to use money previously allocated to them, a press release from the Senate Department of Republican Communications reported.

“The Legislature has faithfully adhered to the recommendations of the Outdoor Heritage Fund, and this bill continues that centuries-old tradition by focusing resources on preserving 80,000 acres of land and 129 miles of shoreline across our state,” Ruud said. in the press release. “I’m proud of our commitment to preserving our state’s incredible beauty, culture and resources for generations to come.”

In 2008, Minnesotans voted to amend the state Constitution to include the Clean Water, Land, and Inheritance Amendment (informally referred to as the Inheritance Amendment). This amendment allocated three-eighths of 1% of the sales tax to contribute to four funds that aim to protect sources of drinking water, restore and improve habitats throughout the state, preserve the arts and cultural heritage, support parks and trails, and protect and enhance lakes, rivers, streams and groundwater.

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David Ray – Brainerd Dispatch https://english-daily.com/david-ray-brainerd-dispatch/ Mon, 16 May 2022 21:33:00 +0000 https://english-daily.com/david-ray-brainerd-dispatch/

died of complications from COVID-19 on February 11, 2022 at the age of 65 in Fort Myers, Florida. Dave has traveled to the Brainerd Lakes area his entire life to visit his grandparents in Gull Lake. Dave graduated from Patrick Henry High School in Minneapolis, MN in 1974 and later attended MSU Mankato, where he mostly managed to drink free Budweisers without really trying. After graduating, Dave had a very successful career in sales and calculating math whenever possible. Dave enjoyed working and collecting classic cars that continually needed work. He also flew small planes, mostly for various pancake breakfasts in the area. Dave also enjoyed – perhaps too much – seeing “Fiddler on the Roof; he once saw it four times in one week in three different theaters. However, his greatest pride and joy were his four daughters, Chelsea, Katie, Allie and Mollie. He volunteered with the South St. Paul Youth Hockey Association as well as Kaposia Days, where he was known as the unofficial “Kaposia Days King” for his involvement when three of his daughters were princesses. Dave spent the last years of his life in his other pride and joy: an RV he used to travel the country with whoever came with him. He was a man of few words, but every word was full of quick-witted wisdom. He especially wants you to remember that farts are funny.

Dave is survived by his wife of 29 years, Leslie (Boche) Ray. He was never really a fisherman, but after meeting Leslie at the Pickle in Nisswa on opening fishing weekend, he was never the same again. He’s probably saving “The Dance” in heaven for Leslie.

Dave is also survived by his mother, Darlene, his brother, Ronald (Denise); his niece Courtney (Cal) Decowski and nephew, Matthew Ray; her in-laws, Gary and Karen Boche as well as Jeff (Amy) Boche and Gregg (Mary Jo) Boche, Ceci and Lucy; his Bud-dies Mark (Deb) Arnold, Doug (Lori) Johnson and his extended friends and family; his Golden Retriever, Addie; the step-dog Pickle; and her little baby puppy Turi. Dave is predeceased by his father, Rodney.

Our love for him will endure forever.

A celebration of life is scheduled for Wednesday, May 25, 2022 at Augustana Lutheran Church, West St. Paul, with a greeting of friends from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m., followed by service. Please note that there is no dress code for this event as we all know David didn’t mind a little stain, a bit of grease or paint and even a hole under his arm with his clothes. He was just “breaking it”. Until then, please enjoy a long neck Budweiser in his honor. Cheers and L’Chaim, to Dave!

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Athletics: Pequot Lakes will rock the conference in 2023 – Brainerd Dispatch https://english-daily.com/athletics-pequot-lakes-will-rock-the-conference-in-2023-brainerd-dispatch/ Sat, 14 May 2022 13:00:00 +0000 https://english-daily.com/athletics-pequot-lakes-will-rock-the-conference-in-2023-brainerd-dispatch/

Pequot Lakes is changing conferences.

After years in the Mid-State Conference, the Patriots will move to the Granite Ridge Conference starting in 2023-24.

This change will make Pequot Lakes the northernmost Granite Ridge team along with Little Falls, Pierz, Mora, Milaca, Albany, St. Cloud Cathedral, and Foley. In a corresponding move, Zimmerman will leave Granite Ridge for the Mississippi 8 Conference.

When Pequot Lakes operations director Byron Westrich took over in 2020, he was concerned about the size of the Mid-State and whether it would stay together.

Byron Westrich

“Because of our size as a school and some other schools, I started planting the seeds of some local conferences that we might seek to bring about change,” he said. “In December, the Granite Ridge made an informal invitation to a meeting and we toured the details.”

After sitting down with his coaches, Westrich got the OK to try to pursue the move to Granite Ridge and an official conference invitation soon followed.

“We got school board approval, and then the Minnesota State High School League just needs to be notified, they don’t have to approve the process,” Westrich said.

One of the main reasons for the change is related to Fine Arts. Westrich believes that Granite Ridge provides more opportunities for children to compete in speech, one act as well as in band and choir. The other element was that the schools in Granite Ridge had a similar enrollment size to Pequot.

“It gives us more level of play,” Westrich said. “A perfect example is volleyball. Instead of just having a joint venture and a university, we can have four levels of play and it will be in a few different sports.

Another leap Pequot could make in the future is to go from Class 2A to Class 3A, which Westrich said was at the back of his mind during the conference change debate.

“It was a big factor,” he said. “With our growing enrollment numbers, it’s important for us to compete with schools of a similar size.”

Although Pequot Lakes no longer shares a conference with Mid-State teams, expect to still see them on Patriots schedules as non-conference games.

“It’s by far the toughest place I’ve had to schedule non-conference games,” said Westrich, who previously served as an AD at Kimball for six years and Upsala for two years. “Part of the reason is that I had to schedule more, but the other part is that our size is not attractive to other schools like us in the area. 3A schools don’t want to play us and that’s is a lot of travel for 2A schools. It’s really hard.

Westrich admitted it wasn’t easy to move on from the already-established rivalries and relationships that Pequot built in the Mid-State.

“The only downside is the camaraderie and coaching brotherhood that Mid-State has brought to Pequot,” Westrich said. “Pequot was very lucky to be part of Mid-State. It’s a great group of schools and an even greater group of people that we work with. That’s the hardest thing.

So what’s happening to Mid-State?

Detroit Lakes appear to be the queen of the chessboard when it comes to keeping the Mid-State intact with the current schools of Aitkin, Crosby-Ironton, Staples-Motley and Park Rapids.

Going forward, the plan for the Lakers is to stay put.

“We were disappointed when Pequot decided to leave,” Detroit Lakes operations manager Rob Nielsen said. “I’ve worked here in Detroit Lakes for 30 years, not as an activity director, but in the district, and these discussions come up periodically. To be honest, the Mid-State suited us well most of the time.

Detroit Lakes is in a similar situation to Pequot Lakes as the larger Mid-State school, but unlike Pequot, the Lakers have no problem securing a beefy non-conference schedule.

Other options for Detroit Lakes could be the Heart of the Lakes conference which includes schools like Perham, Pelican Rapids and Frazee.

“We already face these teams in non-conference games,” Nielsen said. “We don’t get much from making them conference opponents, and then all of a sudden Aitkin probably wouldn’t move up to DL and I wouldn’t blame them if they weren’t in the conference. For me, I don’t think we really gain anything by leaving Mid-State.

Another option would be to join the Central Lakes Conference, but even then the closest team would be Fergus Falls, two hours from Detroit Lakes.

“To go somewhere else, I don’t know if we would get anything different,” Nielsen said. “I think what Pequot was looking for was a bit more consistency across the board and to be honest it hasn’t been a real challenge for us. There are a lot of schools in our area that will play us at the levels from JV and ninth grade if we have to fill in and it’s been fine.

Nielsen admits the Mid-State’s days could be numbered.

“I think we have one more year with Pequot Lakes in the conference and everyone will be thinking about the fall and spring in the future of the Mid-State Conference,” he said. “Everyone hates to see it disappear, but it could be a reality. Everything is still under discussion now.

Nielsen said a challenge for Mid-State is to grow it.

“I think it will be difficult with us still there,” he said. “I think other schools would be interested in coming to Mid-State if we weren’t there. I guess I don’t know where Mid-State is heading. I guess we need to start shopping around a bit because I think the conference is losing schools, other schools in the conference are going to look at other conferences in their area.

Westrich said most other Mid-State schools weren’t surprised Pequot made the decision. He added what they did, probably put Detroit Lakes under surveillance.

“I feel a little bad for Mid-State,” he said. “I think our departure might help because maybe two or three schools of a similar size will move in to make it a stronger conference. We kind of put Detroit Lakes on edge because they’re similar in size to the ours and could probably look for another conference. I think if Detroit Lakes finds a conference similar in size to ours, it might help the Mid-State. Until something happens with Detroit Lakes and some other schools, it will take time.

Detroit Lakes is currently the only 3A school in the Mid-State.

“If you start looking at the conferences, they’re kind of all the same to some extent,” Nielsen said. “It’s not like we’ve dominated anything. We had a good streak of football in the 90s. We had a good run in golf for boys and girls for a while but you start looking at other sports and other teams took turns for to be the best dog. So it’s not like we’re knocking anyone down.

“Most of the top programs agree to play us twice a year. We’ll be playing Moorhead a few times a year. It’s a good check to see where you are at. I think our Mid-State teams have embraced that. for the majority.

As for a plan, Nielsen wants to work with Mid-State teams and explore options going forward.

“We want to try to do what’s best for everyone,” he said. “We have a great group of conference leaders and activity directors who want the best for the kids.”

CONRAD ENGSTROM can be reached at 218-855-5861 or conrad.engstrom@brainerddispatch.com. Follow on Twitter at www.twitter.com/the_rad34.

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County Landfill Professional Electronics Collection Event – Brainerd Dispatch https://english-daily.com/county-landfill-professional-electronics-collection-event-brainerd-dispatch/ Wed, 11 May 2022 13:00:00 +0000 https://english-daily.com/county-landfill-professional-electronics-collection-event-brainerd-dispatch/

BRAINERD – The Crow Wing County Land Services Department will be hosting a commercial electronics collection event from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. May 19 at the Crow Wing County Landfill.

This is an opportunity for companies to get rid of their old electronic devices. Items accepted include: computer equipment such as central processing units, CDs/DVDs, monitors, memory, networking, printers, scanners and tape drives; other computer equipment, such as printed circuit boards, integrated circuits, precious metal scrap, wires and cables, motor generators, duplicating/copying equipment, banking equipment, barcode equipment, communication equipment, hospital/medical equipment, telephones and test/laboratory equipment.

Loose batteries will not be accepted at the collection event.

At the event, the landfill attendant will direct businesses to the collection site after the vehicle has been weighed. Equipment to be disposed of will be unloaded and weighed and the vehicle will be returned to the landfill office to be weighed again. Companies will receive an invoice at that time. The disposal cost for business electronics is 40 cents per pound.

Billing for business/commercial will be done through the Release Office and credit cards, cash or checks will be accepted. These fees are payable on the day of the event or within 30 days of receipt of an invoice for companies that have a chargeable account at the discharge. If a business wishes to establish a charge account, they can contact the landfill office at 218-828-4392 prior to the event.

Government agencies eligible for state contract rates will be treated differently. They will be invoiced directly by Dynamic Recycling. Dynamic Recycling will verify the equipment and invoice the agency within two weeks of deposit, so no payment is required during the event.

For more information, call the Land Services Solid Waste Office at 218-824-1010 or visit the Crow Wing County website at www.crowwing.us.

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Dispatch from Ukraine: ICC not appropriate court to try Russian war crimes in Ukraine – JURIST https://english-daily.com/dispatch-from-ukraine-icc-not-appropriate-court-to-try-russian-war-crimes-in-ukraine-jurist/ Mon, 09 May 2022 12:53:56 +0000 https://english-daily.com/dispatch-from-ukraine-icc-not-appropriate-court-to-try-russian-war-crimes-in-ukraine-jurist/ Law students and young lawyers in Ukraine file a complaint with JURIST about legal developments and issues as the country defends itself against Russian invasion. Here, JURIST Ukraine’s chief correspondent, Anna Tymoshenko, a law student at the Kyiv-Mohyla Academy, says that for various reasons the International Criminal Court in The Hague is not the appropriate court to try war crimes. Russians in Ukraine. Instead, a separate special international tribunal should be created.

One of the most encouraging news stories in recent weeks came in late April when the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe announced its support for the creation of a special tribunal on Russian aggression in Ukraine. Among others, Resolution 2436 (2022) suggests that:

  • The main military and political leaders of Russia are the defendants;
  • the definition of the “crime of aggression” should be drawn from article 8-bis of the Rome Statute;
  • the court should have the right to issue international arrest warrants, which cannot be limited to functional immunity, including head of state immunity.

This is indeed an important step towards obtaining justice for Ukraine and the punishment of crimes committed by Russian individuals. The creation of such a tribunal is essential due to the lack of other effective platforms in this particular case.

Although the International Criminal Court (ICC) has now received referrals from 43 countries (an unprecedented number) on the invasion of Ukraine and has already begun its investigation, the buzz surrounding it is much brighter than the actual possible outcome. There are many problems here. First, the ICC currently does not have territorial jurisdiction over the situation as Ukraine only submitted two declarations of acceptance of jurisdiction in 2015 regarding specific crimes and specific territory (i.e. Crimea and Donbass ). The Court’s limits can barely do justice to the terror that Ukrainians are currently experiencing. This problem can certainly be solved with one more declaration, but there are more problems. Namely, secondly, it is essential to hold the Russian leadership responsible for the crime of aggression, but the ICC has a complicated procedure for invoking its jurisdiction over this crime, and even a referral by the Security Council would not solve the problem because that Russia would obviously block this. Third, using the tools of the ICC, there is little or no chance of gaining custody of the people behind this hell on Earth – ie Russian political leaders. Russia will never just “give” Putin, Shoigu, Lavrov and the rest of the company, so the only hope is that other countries will “catch” it.

According to article 86 of the Rome Statute, states must “cooperate fully with the Court in its investigation and prosecution of crimes within the jurisdiction of the Court”. In practice, however, such a provision does not oblige countries to devote all their resources to the implementation of international justice and the functioning of the Court. Member States have authority and resources that are directed first to their own interests and then to supranational bodies. For example, States may sometimes resort to luring perpetrators in order to prosecute an individual without jeopardizing the sovereignty of another State, and by their own means and for their own ends. In the meantime, why would a state mount a difficult operation and expend enormous resources while putting the lives of its soldiers at risk for the ICC? In addition, national laws and judicial systems may grant varying degrees of freedom to law enforcement. For example, the United States can apply the Ker-Frisbie Doctrine to prosecute people illegally trained in the country. However, such a mechanism is not an option for the ICC as it must respect the principles and standards of international criminal law at every stage of the process, from obtaining custody to serving a sentence.

There is an interesting precedent at the ICTY, namely the Nikolic case, where the judges dismissed the motion for dismissal due to the kidnapping of the perpetrator of the offense in his country, arguing that the dismissal cannot be the remedy for these violations when it comes to dealing with someone accused of the most heinous crimes known to humanity, crimes against humanity. However, the authority and jurisdiction of the ICTY was much more advanced and the operation was carried out by UN forces, which made it significantly different from the ICC mechanism. Accordingly, the ICC does not have the power of its predecessor courts.

Moreover, the number of states that have ratified the Rome Statute is still quite frustrating. International justice will never be possible without the participation of the majority of the world, especially countries with significant influence in international political and legal affairs. For example, three of the five permanent members of the UN Security Council, namely the United States, Russia and China, have not signed the treaty.

It is difficult to accept, but the ICC cannot fulfill for the moment its role as a true universal criminal court and an effective mechanism for the fight against impunity. As the number of crimes against humanity and war crimes committed by Russians increases day by day, the creation of a separate tribunal seems to be the only effective mechanism and the only hope for justice for Ukraine.

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Grady-Toole Achieves Eagle Scout Rank – Brainerd Dispatch https://english-daily.com/grady-toole-achieves-eagle-scout-rank-brainerd-dispatch/ Sat, 07 May 2022 13:30:00 +0000 https://english-daily.com/grady-toole-achieves-eagle-scout-rank-brainerd-dispatch/

BRAINERD — The management of Venture Crew 2075 announced that they officially presented their first female Eagle Scout award on April 30 at the Northland Arboretum.

“Kayla Grady-Toole, 18, is the first woman to be officially granted the rank of Eagle Scout in the Brainerd Lakes region and one of two selected for this honor,” said Venture Crew Advisor Aurora Burgstaler, in a news. Release.

Family and friends, many of whom are Eagle Scouts, gathered to honor his accomplishment.

Kayla Grady-Toole receives her Eagle Scout Medal from her mother Nicole Toole during her Eagle Scout Court of Honor Saturday, April 30 at the Northland Arboretum.

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Grady-Toole has been a member of the Boy Scouts of America since women were allowed to join the BSA Scouts in 2019. She has served as a member of Girls’ Troop 43, Venture Crew 2075, and the Brainerd Dispatch Explorer Post.

Eagle Scout is the highest honor Scouts can present to a Scouts BSA member. In order to earn the Eagle Scout Award, a Scout must complete a rigorous set of requirements, including leadership, merit badges, and service work. The Scout must also demonstrate them by completing an Eagle Scout project, which must benefit an organization outside of Scouting.

“For her Eagle Scout project, Kayla worked with the Brainerd Noon Sertoma Club to design and build a new light display for the Clubs Winter Wonderland Light Show, held at the Arb each winter,” said Kim Erickson, who was master of ceremonies. at the Cour d’Honneur, in the press release.

Kayla Grady-Toole speaks on a podium.

Kayla Grady-Toole delivers remarks during her Eagle Scout Court of Honor Saturday, April 30, 2022 at the Northland Arboretum. Grady-Toole is the first woman to officially receive her Eagle Scout award in the Brainerd Lakes region, the organization reported.

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“The new displays are 18 feet tall by 15 feet wide and feature a cat and dog wearing Santa hats. The project took approximately 111 hours to design, cut, bend, weld, paint and wire. This is the first new exhibit the club has added in nearly five years and they look forward to adding it to the show this winter.

Grady-Toole was presented with her Eagle Scout Medal by her mother Nicole Toole during the ceremony.

She also received the American Legion’s Good Citizen Award from former District Commander and Eagle Scout Paul Edwards. She was given an eagle statue which her grandmother Joy Toole painted for her as she had done for her father-in-law, uncle and cousin, all of whom were featured with them during their art lessons. Eagle Scout honor.

“I joined scouting because when I participated in the various activities with my stepfather, I had a lot of fun,” Grady-Toole said. “I was a founding member of two units now as my Scouting life progressed. I have been through and endured a lot over the years but I have always kept moving forward and am now here today “today. It means a lot to me to become an Eagle Scout. I had a whole bunch of people before me in my family who became Eagle Scouts and I’m proud to be part of this group now. I wouldn’t have been able to do it without the help of my family and friends.

Kayla Grady-Toole holds a plaque with stepdad Kenneth Toole

Kayla Grady-Toole receives her Eagle Scout certificate from her father-in-law Kenneth Toole during her Eagle Scout Court of Honor Saturday, April 30, 2022 at the Northland Arboretum.

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Grady-Toole presented her mother, Nicole, and stepfather, Kenneth, with parent pins and her grandparents Bob and Laurie Turner and Joy Toole with grandparent pins. She also presented a mentor pin to Kim Erickson.

Grady-Toole is currently a senior at Brainerd High School and enrolled in the Post-Secondary Enrollment Options Program at Central Lakes College. She is preparing to graduate, with honors, from both at the end of this term.

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Dispatch to Myanmar: “We have traveled back in time to a dark past” – JURIST https://english-daily.com/dispatch-to-myanmar-we-have-traveled-back-in-time-to-a-dark-past-jurist/ Thu, 05 May 2022 00:00:02 +0000 https://english-daily.com/dispatch-to-myanmar-we-have-traveled-back-in-time-to-a-dark-past-jurist/ Myanmar law students report for JURIST on challenges to the rule of law in their country under the military junta that overthrew the civilian government of Aung San Suu Kyi in February 2021. Here, one of our Correspondents look back on recent developments including the junta’s decision to institute widespread power cuts across the country, the burning of many rural villages in junta military raids and a NUG investigation into alleged crimes committed by PDF forces loyal to the NUG. The text has only been slightly modified to respect the author’s voice.

I hope that amidst all the media coverage and appropriate concerns about Ukraine and Afghanistan these days, it is not forgotten that Myanmar is still suffering from the military coup that started here on February 1, 2021. It’s been over a year since that day, but it feels like we’ve traveled back in time to a dark past 10-15 years ago. It’s not just a metaphor. On the contrary, it is the “reality” of living in Myanmar now.

To expand on this with an illustration, one day while surfing my Facebook newsfeed, I saw an online shopper advertise an old metal clothes iron for sale. You may have never seen this before, or have already forgotten what an iron looks like, so I am including a photo of an iron with this report.

In fact, I had also forgotten what an iron looks like, because 13 years ago was the last time I saw my mother ironing our school uniforms with this iron.

Ten years ago we had very limited access to electricity and these metal irons were more in demand than electronic irons.

Ten years ago, we used charcoal as a source of energy to cook everyday meals, because if we waited for the electricity to start cooking, everyone might have to eat breakfast in the evening. .

Ten years ago, all the kids in my neighborhood would yell “yay” every time the lights went up at 8 p.m. and they could finally turn on the TV.

This description of “Ten years ago in Myanmar” applies exactly to “What it’s like to live in Myanmar in 2022”. Our phone and internet bills skyrocketed to double the normal amount. Electricity bills are extremely high, but 6 hours is the maximum amount of time people in Myanmar can access electricity on a daily basis. If you run a business that requires electronic devices, you will soon be out of business. You can name any basic human right in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, but most people in Myanmar cannot afford all these human rights in their daily life, we have to therefore qualify them as “luxury”.

From the very beginning of the coup, we said we couldn’t let history repeat itself. It’s not just about who has taken full authority to run this country. It is also about the suffocating days that have been inflicted on the people of Myanmar. All aspects of our lives, such as standard of living, physical health, mental health, daily income and expenses, education and job opportunities have been and are being directly and indirectly restricted by the military junta. As the days pass, we have less space to breathe.

It’s not just what happens in a law student’s household that makes JURIST aware. This is happening in every household residing in Myanmar RIGHT NOW.

Burn civilian houses

This has been reported in previous Myanmar news. Some might wonder if such cases happen again and again, as we hear of at least 5 such cases in a week. The answer is yes.” Yes, the military junta in Myanmar uses the technique of burning villages to torture unarmed civilians, to seize civilian property, to pressure local People’s Defense Force fighters who hide nearby, especially in rural areas.Here are the names of the villages where the junta burned down houses in the last 3 months of 2022.

  1. Pallin Village, Monywa Township, Sagaing
  2. Parami Village, Naung Gyi Ai, Ayadaw, Sagaing
  3. Ywa Thit Village in Kanbalu Township, Sagaing
  4. Banbwe Village, Yinmarpin Township
  5. Sehtanthaw Village, Yinmarpin Township
  6. Kwan Taw Village, Mauk Palin Village Trail, Paungbyin Township
  7. Htan Zin Village, Yinmarpin
  8. Nat Chaung Village, Nat Myaunh Village in Kale, Sagaing
  9. Taung Kone Village, Wetlet Township
  10. Marakan Village, Depayin Township
  11. Village of Tamot
  12. Lepin Village, Paung Te Township, Bago
  13. Village of Shwe hlae, canton of Chaung U, Rhône-Alpes
  14. Village of Thapyay Aye, canton of Pale, Rhône-Alpes
  15. Dookthe Village
  16. Hnaw Yoe Village, Pale Township
  17. Pauk Pan Phyu Village, Yinmarpin
  18. Taungkone village
  19. Yetohkan Village, Wetlet Township, Shwebo
  20. The village of Letpantaw
  21. Hniarlawnthar village
  22. Kyun Lae Village, Khin U Township
  23. Chaung Ma Village, Yinmarpin
  24. Maupin, ShweBo
  25. Myaing Township, Magway
  26. Than Taw Kung Village, Ayadaw Township
  27. Chaung Yoe Village
  28. Village of Sein Sar, canton of Taze

As a result, there were many death reports (you can refer to the list on Data for Myanmar) and hundreds of villagers became homeless as they had to flee their homes. The military junta burns houses for various purposes. Junta soldiers attack villages, use villagers as human shields to locate local PDFs, and loot livestock and other civilian property before setting them on fire.

Not only houses but also civilian property such as cars were burned in Myawaddy and Kawkareik to disrupt the transport of food and other goods across the country. Residents of Myanmar are urged not to use highways due to ongoing clashes between military juntas and anti-coup forces. The junta shows no mercy to anyone living in Myanmar. Putting yourself in the shoes of the owners of those burnt houses for a second is unbearably difficult. There are no words to fully describe the misery in the hearts of these people.

NUG Department of Justice Investigating Alleged PDF Crimes

The Ministry of Justice of the national unity “shadow” government (civilian government) is investigating the NUG’s Ministry of Military Affairs. The Ministry of Justice and the Ministry of Military Affairs have formed a commission to investigate charges against some PDF soldiers in Sagaing Division for the arbitrary killing of innocent civilians that occurred in November 2021.

The Ministry of Justice reported that there were attempts to cover up these incidents and General Than Mani, a PDF leader in the region, confessed that such incidents could have happened due to the actions of some other members of the PDF and he said he would take responsibility if they were found guilty by the ministry.

At the beginning of this incident, the NUG proved that the NUG itself would not accept any type of war crime in times of conflict and the NUG promised to improve the education of all leaders and comrades of the PDF on the war crimes, the code of conduct for combatants and relevant international rules and regulations.

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