Monday, June 26, 2017

Authorities say that eight people, including a New Jersey rabbi, have been charged in a conspiracy to defraud Medicaid and other public assistance programs of more than $1 million

Rabbi Zalmen Sorotzkin of Congregation Lutzk in Lakewood and his wife, along with several other couples, were taken into custody during early morning raids at four homes. Ocean County Prosecutor Joseph Coronato said that more arrests are expected as a result of the investigation. The rabbi and his wife, Tzipporah, were charged with collecting more than $338,000 in benefits that prosecutors said they weren't entitled to. They were charged in state court along with Mordechai and Jocheved Breskin, who prosecutors said collected more than $585,000 in benefits. Zalmen Sorotzkin's brother, Mordechai, and his wife, Rachel, were charged in a federal complaint along with another married couple with conspiring to fraudulently obtain Medicaid benefits, Section 8 housing benefits and food assistance benefits. Mordechai and Rachel Sorotzkin allegedly made more than $1 million in 2012 and in 2013, yet the couple used Medicaid to pay for about $22,000 in medical expenses when their sixth child was born in November 2013, the complaint alleges. According to the federal complaint, Yocheved and Shimon Nussbaum hid their income by creating companies that they controlled, but were run by relatives. The couple made approximately $265,000 in 2011 -- more than double the maximum amount that one is allowed to receive Medicaid benefits for, and more than triple the maximum for Section 8 benefits, according to the complaint.

Saturday, June 24, 2017

Latino accused of killing a Muslim teenager with a baseball bat in Virginia is an illegal immigrant

The Hispanic, Darwin Martinez Torres, who was charged with murder in the death of Nabra Hassanen, 17, is believed to be from El Salvador, an Immigration and Customs Enforcement spokeswoman said. According to the police, Darwin Martinez Torres had a dispute with a member of a group of Muslim teenagers whom Hassanen was walking with on their way back from suhoor (an Islamic term referring to the meal consumed early in the morning by Muslims before fasting, sawm, before dawn during or outside the Islamic month of Ramadan) at IHOP around 4 a.m. Torres then followed the group, first in his car and then on foot, striking Hassanen with a metal baseball bat and taking her with him when he left the scene. An hour later, he was arrested. The young woman’s lifeless body was found in a nearby pond.

Thursday, June 22, 2017

The world's population is going to boom over the next 30 years, growing by a billion in just 15 years and 2 billion by 2050, according to a UN report

More than half of the projected population growth over the next 30 years will occur in Africa. Between now and 2050, Africa is expected to add 1.3 billion people. Nigeria, currently the seventh-largest country in the world, is growing the most rapidly among the countries on the top-10 list. The population of Nigeria is expected to pass that of the United States by 2050, making it the third largest country in the world. By 2050, seven of the world's 20 most populous nations will be in Africa.

According to the Social Progress Index (SPI), Denmark is the best nation in the world based on the quality of life it offers

Produced annually by the non-profit organization Social Progress Imperative, the SPI ranked Denmark first out of 128 nations based on scores in 50 indicators within three categories. It was all Africa and the Middle East at the bottom, however. Central African Republic finished rock bottom, followed by Afghanistan, Chad, Angola, Niger, Guinea and Yemen.

Saturday, June 17, 2017

A 28-year-old black man has been arrested for raping and impregnating a 13-year-old girl

Avisus Sedale Davis of Ocala, Florida, denied knowing the victim or her sister, who called the 28-year-old asking for a ride home from school in January 2016. But the victim gave birth to a baby, and a paternity test showed that Davis was the father of the child, according to the arrest report. The victim's sister had asked Davis to give them a ride home from school in January 2016. He stopped at his home saying that he needed to get money for gas, and the sister went to a store nearby. Davis said that he would stay behind with the victim, who needed to use the bathroom, since the lock often got stuck. When the victim was finished, Davis raped her, punching her in the face when she tried to resist, according to the arrest report. Davis has been arrested on charges of sexual assault of a victim under 18 years old, cruelty toward child - impregnate child under 16, possession of marijuana and two probation violations.

Monday, June 12, 2017

Norway is proposing a ban on the Muslim full face veil and other face-covering clothing because it says that it hinders communication between pupils and teachers

The ban, the first in Scandinavia, targets the niqab as well as burqas, balaclavas and masks, and would apply in nurseries, schools and universities. However headscarves, hats and caps could continue to be worn. Most parties support the bill, which is expected to pass in 2018. "These clothes prevent good communication, which is important for students to receive a good education," Minister of Education and Research Torbjorn Roe Isaksen said in a statement. Interim Minister of Immigration and Integration Per Sandberg said that being able to communicate with one another was a "fundamental value". Local authorities in Norway can already ban the full-face veil in schools but there is no national policy.

Friday, June 9, 2017

A European Parliament member and prominent intellectuals protested the omission of anti-Semitism from a draft indictment of a Muslim for the murder of his Jewish neighbor

Frédérique Ries, a lawmaker from Belgium, has criticized French authorities’ handling of the investigation into the April 4, 2017 incident, in which Sarah Halimi was tortured and thrown out of her third-story apartment to her death, allegedly by Kobili Traore, who lived in her building. “French authorities have treated her murder with icy silence,” Ries, who is Jewish, said in reference to the fact that Traore, who had no history of mental illness, was placed at a psychiatric institution and has not been charged with a hate crime despite evidence suggesting that he killed Halimi because she was Jewish. In a voice recording of the incident, Traore is heard shouting “Allahu akbar,” calling Sarah “Satan” and calmly praying after her killing, according to reports. Recently, 17 French intellectuals published a scathing criticism of the handling of the incident by authorities and the media. “Everything about this crime suggests there is an ongoing denial of reality” by authorities, the intellectuals wrote, citing also testimonies of neighbors who said that Traore had called Halimi a “dirty Jew” to her face and called her relatives “dirty Jews” as well in the past. Many Jews believe that authorities covered up Halimi’s alleged murder to prevent it from becoming fodder for the racially and religiously divisive French presidential campaign.

Thursday, June 8, 2017

Primitive Africa: Police in Mozambique have warned that bald people could be the targets of ritual attacks, after the brutal killing of two men whose body parts were to be used in witchcraft

The two bald men, one of whom was found with his head cut off and organs removed, were killed in a part of the country already notorious for the persecution of albinos. "Last month, the murders of two bald people led to the arrest of two suspects," national police spokesman Inacio Dina told a news conference in the capital Maputo. "Their motivations come from superstition and culture: the local community thinks bald individuals are rich," he said. The killings took place in Milange, in the center of the southern African country, a few kilometers from the border with Malawi. The local police said that the two victims were aged over 40. "One of them was found with his head cut off and his organs removed," said Miguel Caetano, spokesman for the security forces in the central province of Zambezia. The suspects arrested are two Mozambicans around 20 years old. According to their statements, the organs were to be used by healers in rituals to promote the fortunes of clients in Tanzania and Malawi, he said. In Maputo, the national police spokesman likened the attacks to those on albinos, whose body parts are used in witchcraft rituals. According to the UN, more than a hundred attacks against albinos - who have white skin because of a hereditary condition that causes an absence of pigmentation - have been registered in Mozambique since 2014, mainly in the center and the north of the country.

Wednesday, June 7, 2017

The HIV rate in gay and bisexual black men in America is higher than that of any country in the world

Swaziland has the highest HIV rate in the world at 28.8%. The HIV rate in the United States is 9.1%. But according to the CDC, if current trends hold, the HIV rate for gay and bisexual black men in America will reach 50%. The problem is worst in the South. Already in Jackson, Mississippi, the HIV rate among gay and bisexual men is 40%.

Saturday, June 3, 2017

Black-on-black violence at kindergarten party

A graduation celebration for a group of kindergartners in Pennsylvania turned into a deadly shooting — all because of a dispute between two young boys. Devon Brown, 29, was fatally shot in the head by 27-year-old Tremaine Jamison at the Marion Terrace Apartment Complex in Hanover Township. The two men were at a party Brown had thrown for his 6-year-old son and a few other kids. Witnesses said that the drama started after two boys, both 6, got into a fight. Brown's little boy was accused of punching Jamison's son, leaving with him a black eye. The two fathers and several other adults started arguing — and that's when things escalated. One adult pulled out a pocketknife and Brown went inside his house to grab a blade of his own. Jamison grabbed a handgun and fired a single shot at Brown's head. Brown was pronounced dead and Jamison, from Harlem, fled.

Eleven of the 50 richest people in the world are Jewish, according to the 30th annual Forbes billionaires list

The list features five Jews in the top 15 and seven in the top 25 spots. Mark Zuckerberg is the sixth richest person in the world and the richest Jew.