Spanish Village Overwhelmingly Votes to Change Name from “Camp Kill Jews”

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Spanish Village Overwhelmingly Votes to Change Name from “Camp Kill Jews”

Voters in Castrillo Matajudios have voted on Sunday to change the name of the village, which means “Camp Kill Jews.” Mayor Lorenzo Rodriguez said the village, which has just 56 registered voters, voted 29-19 to change the decades old name.

The town’s original name was Castrillo Motajudios, which means “Jews’ Hill Camp,” but the “Kill the Jews” part was added from 1627. That was more than a 100 years after a 1492 Spanish royal edict ordering Jews to become Catholics or flee the country. Those who chose to remain would face the Spanish inquisition.

The Spanish government apologized to Jews earlier this year by offering citizenship to descendants who were forced to flee decades ago.

Most of the voters who wanted a name change, want it revivied to the old name, “Jews’ Hill Camp,” as the village pushes to become a tourist attraction. The final decision on a name will occur in June at a town hall meeting.

 Spanish Village Overwhelmingly Votes to Change Name from Camp Kill Jews

TRAGEDY: 9-Year-Old Twin Brothers Brandon and Brayden Jones Killed in Montego Bay Floods

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TRAGEDY: 9-Year-Old Twin Brothers Brandon and Brayden Jones Killed in Montego Bay Floods

MONTEGO BAY FLOODS:  Nine-year-old twin brothers, Brandon and Brayden Jones, of Cornwall Courts, washed away in flood waters in Montego Bay, Jamaica. The bodies of the boys were found Tuesday morning.

The Jamaica Observer reports Brandon and Brayden Jones were returning home from Green Pond Primary, when one of them fell into a drain near their home. His brother attempted to rescue him and was also swept away.

[UPDATE:] Brandon and Brayden Jones were buried on Sunday, June 1. What’s despicable is that there is a picture circulating on Facebook of the twin brothers in their casket. Is there nothing that’s sacred and private in this social media age? Some things should be off limits. There is also a picture of the twins’ dead bodies circulating. It’s just reprehensible.

Sudanese Doctor, Mariam Yahya Ibrahim, Facing Flogging Death for Marrying Christian

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Sudanese Doctor, Mariam Yahya Ibrahim, Facing Flogging Death for Marrying Christian

Mariam Yahya Ibrahim, a 27-year-old Sudanese doctor, pregnant with her second child, is facing death by flogging for marrying a Christian. A Sudanese court gave her until Thursday to abandon her newly adopted Christian faith and return to Islam or face a death sentence.

Ibrahim was charged with adultery for marrying a Christian man. Muslim women are prohibited from marrying Christians. She was also charged with apostasy.

Mariam was arrested on February 7, 2014  with her 20-month-old son, after a relative turned her in to police for marrying Daniel, who is a Christian, according to Sudan’s Public Order Criminal Code. She was charged with adultery and apostasy on March 4. The apostasy charge, which is abandoning Islam, came with a punishment of death, while the adultery charge came with 100 lashes.

If Ibrahim doesn’t abandon Christian faith, she will be put the death following the birth of her second son. Her first son is with her in a women’s prison because his father isn’t allowed to take care of him.

This is just plain reprehensible. The Sudanese government, led by President Omar Hassan al-Bashir, has come under blistering criticism for the plight of Mariam Yahya Ibrahim.

 Sudanese Doctor, Mariam Yahya Ibrahim, Facing Flogging Death for Marrying Christian

#Soccer Fans in Italy Throw Bananas, Knife-Like Object at Black AC Milan Players

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#Soccer Fans in Italy Throw Bananas, Knife-Like Object at Black AC Milan Players

SHAMEFUL: More racism at a soccer game in Italy as fans throw bananas and a knife-like object at black AC Milan players. The incidents of racism continue to taint professional soccer in Europe.

Midfielders Kevin Constant and Nigel de Jong were targeted with bananas as Atalanta beat AC Milan 2-1 at Stadio Atleti Azzurri d’Italia in Bergamo. This latest incident comes two weeks after a similar incident involving Barcelona star Dani Alves occurred in Spain.

Throwing a banana is despicable, but throwing a potentially deadly weapon on the field takes it to a whole other level.

 #Soccer Fans in Italy Throw Bananas, Knife Like Object at Black AC Milan Players

Russia Gets Hit with Additional US Sanctions Over Ukraine Crisis

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Russia Gets Hit with Additional US Sanctions Over Ukraine Crisis

President Obama kept his word and imposed additional sanctions against Vladimir Putin’s inner circle. The Treasury Dept. has released a statement:

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of the Treasury today designated seven Russian government officials, including two key members of the Russian leadership’s inner circle, and 17 entities pursuant to Executive Order (E.O.) 13661.  E.O. 13661 authorizes sanctions on, among others, officials of the Russian Government and any individual or entity that is owned or controlled by, that has acted for or on behalf of, or that has provided material or other support to, a senior Russian government official.
“In the April 17 Geneva Joint Statement, Russia agreed to take concrete steps to deescalate the situation in Ukraine, but has thus far utterly refused to do so,” said Under Secretary for Terrorism and Financial Intelligence David S. Cohen.  “From the very outset of Russia’s illegitimate and unlawful actions in Ukraine, we have been clear: The United States, acting on its own and alongside our international partners, will impose increasing costs on Russia if it persists in its efforts to destabilize Ukraine and will hold Russia accountable for its provocative actions.”
Russian Government Officials
The following individuals are being designated because they are officials of the Russian government.
Oleg Belavantsev was appointed Russia’s Presidential Envoy to Crimea on March 21, 2014, by President Putin.
Sergei Chemezov was appointed by a presidential decree on November 26, 2007 as the Director General of the State Corporation for Promoting Development, Manufacturing and Export of Russian Technologies High-Tech Industrial Products, also known as Rostec.  Rostec is a Russian state-owned holding company and has not been sanctioned.  Chemezov is a trusted ally of President Putin, whom he has known since the 1980s when they lived in the same apartment complex in East Germany. Sergei Chemezov was one of the Russian Government’s nominees for the Board of Directors of Rosneft, a Russian state-owned oil company.  He was selected for the Rosneft Board on June 20, 2013.
Dmitry Kozak is a Deputy Prime Minister of the Russian Federation, a position that he has held since October 2008, and to which he was reappointed by presidential decree in May 2012.  Kozak has served in a number of capacities in the Russian Federation since 1999, including as Chief of the Government Staff and Minister of Regional Development.
 
Evgeniy Murov is the Director of Russia’s Federal Protective Service and an Army General.  Murov has worked in Russian state security services since 1971 and became Head and Director of the Federal Protective Service in May 2000.
 
Aleksei Pushkov has been a Deputy of the State Duma since December 4, 2011.  He is also the Chairman of the State Duma Committee on International Affairs.
Igor Sechin is the President and Chairman of the Management Board for Rosneft, Russia’s leading petroleum company, and one of the world’s largest publicly-traded oil companies.  Rosneft is a state-owned company and has not been sanctioned.  Sechin was formerly the Deputy Prime Minister of the Russian Federation from 2008 until 2012.  Additionally, from 2004 until 2008, Sechin was the Deputy Chief of Staff for President Putin.  Sechin has shown utter loyalty to Vladimir Putin – a key component to his current standing.
Vyacheslav Volodin is the First Deputy Chief of Staff of the Presidential Executive Office. Russian President Vladimir Putin’s decision to move into Crimea is believed to have been based on consultations with his closest advisors, including Volodin.
 
Entities
The following entities are being designated because they are owned or controlled by persons (either individuals or entities) whose property and interests in property are blocked pursuant to E.O. 13661.
InvestCapitalBank and SMP Bank are controlled by Arkady and Boris Rotenberg who were designated on March 20, 2014 pursuant to E.O. 13661 for acting for or on behalf of or materially assisting, sponsoring, or providing financial, material, or technological support for, or goods and services to or in support of, a senior official of the Government of the Russian Federation.
Stroygazmontazh (SGM Group) is a gas pipeline construction company owned or controlled by Arkady Rotenberg.  Rotenberg created SGM Group in 2008 after acquiring multiple Gazprom contractors.
The Volga Group is being designated for being owned or controlled by Gennaddy Timchenko. Timchenko was designated on March 20, 2014 pursuant to E.O. 13661 for acting for or on behalf of or materially assisting, sponsoring, or providing financial, material, or technological support for, or goods and services to or in support of, a senior official of the Government of the Russian Federation. Timchenko is the sole shareholder of the Volga Group, an investment strategy group that holds interest in a variety of assets on behalf of Timchenko.
Transoil is a Russia-based rail freight operator that specializes in the transportation of oil and oil products.  Transoil is designated for being owned or controlled by the Volga Group and Timchenko.
Aquanika (Russkoye Vremya LLC) is a Russia-based mineral water and soft drink company. Aquanika is being designated because it is owned or controlled by the Volga Group and Timchenko. Aquanika produces drinks under several trade names including Aquanika.
Sakhatrans LLC is a transportation company engaged in the construction of the bulk terminal for coal and iron ore exports in Muchka Bay near Vanino in Russia’s far east.  Sakhatrans LLC is designated for being owned or controlled by the Volga Group and Timchenko.
Avia Group LLC is involved in ground infrastructure for the Business Aviation Center at Sheremetyevo International Airport in Moscow offering aircraft maintenance services, including aircraft storage and organization support services for flight operations.  Avia Group LLC is designated for being owned or controlled by the Volga Group and Timchenko.
Avia Group Nord LLC provides management services for corporate aviation at Pulkovo International Airport in Saint Petersburg, Russia.  Avia Group Nord LLC is designated for being owned or controlled by the Volga Group and Timchenko.
Stroytransgaz Holding is a holding company for construction assets.  Stroytransgaz Holding is designated for being owned or controlled by the Volga Group and Timchenko.
Stroytransgaz Group is a Russian construction group, comprising a number of business entities that specialize in different aspects of the construction industry.  Stroytransgaz Group is designated for being owned or controlled by the Volga Group and Timchenko.
Stroytransgaz OJSC is an electricity construction company.  Stroytransgaz OJSC is designated for being owned or controlled by the Stroytransgaz Group, the Volga Group, and Timchenko.
Stroytransgaz-M LLC is an industrial construction company focused on oil, gas, petrochemical, and other civil engineering projects.  Stroytransgaz-M LLC is designated for being owned or controlled by the Stroytransgaz Group, the Volga Group, and Timchenko.
Stroytransgaz LLC is an infrastructure construction company.  Stroytransgaz LLC is designated for being owned or controlled by the Stroytransgaz Group, the Volga Group, and Timchenko.
The Limited Liability Company Investment Company Abros is owned or controlled by Bank Rossiya.  Bank Rossiya was designated on March 20, 2014 pursuant to E.O. 13661 for acting for or on behalf of or materially assisting, sponsoring, or providing financial, material, or technological support for, or goods and services to or in support of, a senior official of the Government of the Russian Federation.  Bank Rossiya was also designated for being owned or controlled by Yuri Kovalchuk, who was designated on March 20, 2014 pursuant to E.O. 13661.
CJSC Zest is being designated for being owned or controlled by Bank Rossiya.
JSB Sobinbank is being designated for being owned or controlled by Bank Rossiya.
 Russia Gets Hit with Additional US Sanctions Over Ukraine Crisis

South Korean PM Chung Hong-Won Resigns Over Handling of Sewol Ferry Disaster

 

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South Korean PM Chung Hong-Won Resigns Over Handling of Sewol Ferry Disaster

South Korean Prime Minister has offered to resign over the government’s handling of #Sewol ferry tragedy that left 187 dead. PM Chung Hong-Won said “I wanted to resign earlier but handling the situation was the first priority and I thought that it was a responsible act to help before leaving.”

Chung Hong-Won added, “But I’ve decided to resign now not to be any burden on the administration.”

More than 100 passengers are still missing after the ferry sunk during a trip from Incheon to the island of Jeju on April 16. Many of the passengers were students and teachers. They were told to remain in their cabins until further instructions were given.

 South Korean PM Chung Hong Won Resigns Over Handling of Sewol Ferry Disaster

Canada Beats America as Having Richest Middle Class in World

 

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Canada Beats America as Having Richest Middle Class in World

New York Times:  “The American middle class, long the most affluent in the world, has lost that distinction. While the wealthiest Americans are outpacing many of their global peers, a New York Times analysis shows that across the lower- and middle-income tiers, citizens of other advanced countries have received considerably larger raises over the last three decades.”

The world’s most richest middle class honor goes to Canada.  The Atlantic details how we lost that lead:  “How did we lose the lead? The authors blame three broad factors: (1) Canada’s education attainment is outpacing the U.S. and most of the world; (2) American middle-class market wages aren’t keeping up with overall economic growth; and (3) Other governments are doing more to redistribute income to poorer families in other countries, particularly in western and northern Europe.”

 Canada Beats America as Having Richest Middle Class in World

Haitian National, Jean Lounis, Killed by Mob in Dominican Republic for Allegedly Stabbing Daughter

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Haitian National, Jean Lounis, Killed by Mob in Dominican Republic for Allegedly Stabbing Daughter

MOB JUSTICE: Police say a Haitian man, identified as Jean Lounis, died after being attacked by a mob in Santo Domingo. He allegedly stabbing his 4-month-old daughter during an argument with the baby’s mother, Patricia Philomar, late Saturday.

When the mother ran away to call police, Lounis allegedly stabbed his daughter and carried her outside by one leg. The police released a statement saying neighbors beat Lounis and stabbed him in the neck.

The toddler is in critical condition in intensive car. Jean Lounis died Sunday morning.

 Haitian National, Jean Lounis, Killed by Mob in Dominican Republic for Allegedly Stabbing Daughter

Report: Western Union, MoneyGram Charge Africans Twice as Much to Send Money Home

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Report: Western Union, MoneyGram Charge Africans Twice as Much to Send Money Home

A new report found that Western Union and Moneygram reportedly charge Africans working in the U.S. and Europe twice as much to wire money home than their Latin American and Southeast Asian counterparts.

The Overseas Development Institute (ODI) found that transactions fees cost the region an estimated $1.8 billion annually. Western Union and MoneyGram account for two-thirds of remittances, or $586 million of the loss associated with fees, the report found.

Remittance fees have gone down for people sending money to Southeast Asia and Latin America, which is in keeping with G8 and G20 targets to reduce transactions costs, but the cost of sending money home to Africa has remained the same.

The remittances to Africa account for five percent of the continent’s GDP. Maria Quattri, one of the authors of the ODI report, told Al Jazeera that the “message of the report is the poorest people in the world, Africans, are paying the highest charges for remittance fees.”

Quattri calls for better regulation of money transfer service providers and banks. She blamed a lack of competition in the industry for the exorbitant fees.

She said, “We want to see greater transparency on charges, in particular charges on currency conversion fees.” She added that ODI has called on U.S. and British financial regulators to better assess transaction costs. She also called for international governments to promote the creation of more viable money transfer providers.

Read more at america.aljazeera.com

 Report: Western Union, MoneyGram Charge Africans Twice as Much to Send Money Home

Dominican Republic Reports 17 Confirmed Cases of Mosquito-Borne Chikungunya Illness

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Dominican Republic Reports 17 Confirmed Cases of Mosquito-Borne Chikungunya Illness

The Dominican Republic released figures on a new mosquito-borne illness, chikungunya, that seems to be spreading in the Caribbean. The DR reported there are 17 confirmed cases and 767 suspected cases of chikungunya, with the suspected number of cases in the Caribbean rising about 20 percent in the week to 29,760.

The European Center for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) released a report on the 16 communicable disease threats, including the first case counts for chikungunya. The disease was first discovered in 2013 in Saint Martin and has since spread across the Caribbean.

Chikungunya is carried by the Aedes aegypti, the Yellow Fever mosquito. The University of Florida reports that the Aedes aegypti is found in 23 states.

 Dominican Republic Reports 17 Confirmed Cases of Mosquito Borne Chikungunya Illness