Black Lives Matter Demonstration – Again Meridian Is There To Protect

Protestors march in support of Black Lives Matter

Archer barriers close protest area to protect marchers.

Archer 1200 Vehicle Barriers Deployed for the Protection of Peaceful Protestors

By having the Meridian barriers at every key entry point around the city we were able to quickly and effectively close down vehicle traffic.”

— Martinez Police Department Lt. Mike Estanol

PASADENA, CA, UNITED STATES, July 13, 2020 /EINPresswire.com/ — Once again Meridian Rapid Defense Group has stepped up to provide protection for demonstrators during a peaceful rally.

Nearly a thousand people gathered in downtown Martinez, CA for a Black Lives Matter demonstration and march beginning at the site where a couple painted over a city-sanctioned Black Lives Matter mural. The defacement occurred on July 4th and infuriated residents.

On short notice Meridian, through its partnership with TriCal Rentals of San Francisco, arrived with 36 Archer 1200 mobile barriers and locked down the entire route of the march. The plan created a solid “no go zone” for vehicles attempting to enter the area and therefore ensured the safety of the large crowd.

Mike Estanol from the Martinez Police Department said, “By having the Meridian barriers at every key entry point around the city we were able to quickly and effectively close down vehicle traffic. It created a large safe zone for our residents taking part in the demonstration. I liked the barriers because people could move freely past them while still stopping cars and trucks.”

The Archer barriers guarded against any driver trying to get into the center of the city for the wrong reasons. During the gathering protestors peacefully took a knee for eight minutes and 46 seconds, marking the time the Minneapolis Police Officer was kneeling on George Floyd's neck before he died.

“We were called at the last moment when authorities in Martinez realized the march was attracting many more people than they originally planned for,” said Peter Whitford, CEO of Meridian. “Along with our partner TriCal, we rushed the mobile Archer barriers to Martinez and within the hour on Sunday morning had the streets locked down.”

During the riots in Los Angeles recently Meridian’s barriers played a similar role at The Grove shopping and lifestyle center. More recently Archer 1200 barriers are being used to protect outdoor diners by creating “safe streets” around the U.S.

Meridian Archer 1200 Barriers are “SAFETY Act Certified” by the United States Department of Homeland Security (DHS) providing the ultimate standard in keeping people, communities and places safer.

For more information about Meridian Rapid Defense Group and the Archer 1200 Vehicle Barrier visit https://www.meridian-barrier.com/

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U.S. House Committee Calls for Stepped Up Enforcement of Animal Cruelty Laws

Cockfighting that runs rampant in the U.S. | Photo: Shutterstock

Cockfighting that runs rampant in the U.S. | Photo: Shutterstock

Holly Gann, director of federal affairs at the Animal Wellness Foundation

Holly Gann, director of federal affairs at the Animal Wellness Foundation

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Enforcing laws against animal cruelty is as crucial as enacting them in the first place.”

— Holly Gann, director of federal affairs

WASHINGTON, DC, USA, July 13, 2020 /EINPresswire.com/ — Today Animal Wellness Action (AWA) and Animal Wellness Foundation (AWF) applauded the U.S. House Appropriations Subcommittee on Commerce, Justice, Science and Related Agencies (CJS), led by Chairman Jose Serrano, D-N.Y. and Ranking Member Robert Aderholt, R-Ala., for urging the Department of Justice (DOJ) to enhance its work to prosecute federal animal cruelty crimes, including animal fighting, in its Fiscal Year 2021 spending bill. The Committee included language directing DOJ to make it a priority to enforce violations federal animal welfare laws and strongly encouraged DOJ to create a dedicated section to enforce these laws. Reps. Charlie Crist, D-Fla., Matt Gaetz, R-Fla., Joe Neguse, D-Colo., and Mark Pocan, D-Wis. have been particularly active on the issue and championed the push for action along with 50 additional Members of the House that requested the language.

The Committee report notes that the Congress has enacted federal anti-cruelty statutes, including a law against all animal fighting, and says that “DOJ shall make it a priority to investigate and prosecute violations of animal welfare laws and is strongly encouraged to create a dedicated section within the Environment and Natural Resources Division to enforce such laws.”

AWA and AWF and their National Law Enforcement Council urge the Senate to include bill language in its version of the take action on its version of the CJS spending bill and direct that the DOJ create an Animal Cruelty Crimes section, to allow for dedicated personnel to crack down on malicious cruelty.

“Enforcing laws against animal cruelty is as crucial as enacting them in the first place,” said Holly Gann, director of federal affairs at Animal Wellness Action and the Animal Wellness Foundation. “Aggressive enforcement of animal welfare laws is needed to put a stop to widespread animal fighting and other forms of animal cruelty. We commend the subcommittee for recognizing the importance of addressing this criminal activity.”

Despite being the most widely and severely criminalized form of animal cruelty, animal fighting remains a widespread criminal enterprise in the U.S. Animals are often drugged to heighten their aggression and forced to keep fighting even after they’ve suffered grievous injuries such as broken bones, deep gashes, punctured lungs, and pierced eyes. In cockfighting, birds have metal weapons, such as knives, attached to their legs where they slash each other to pieces and suffer slow, painful deaths. Animals used for fighting are at risk even when they are not in a fighting pit. They are typically chained outside, exposed to the weather, and denied veterinary care and basic humane treatment. Those who lose a match are subject to extreme cruelty, such as electrocution, beatings, or even killed. Animal fighting activities also typically go hand-in-hand with drug trafficking, gang violence, and other human violence.

AWA and AWF have conducted a series of investigations in Alabama, Guam, Oklahoma, and Tennessee revealing the illegal transport of tens of thousands of fighting birds to far-flung destinations, including Guam, Mexico, and the Philippines.

The Appropriations Committee’s actions are consistent with other actions taken by Congress. Last year, Congress directed the DOJ to make enforcement of the federal animal welfare laws a priority in its FY20 spending bill. Congress has also upgraded the federal animal fighting law five times in the last two decades, including in the Agricultural Improvement Act of 2018. That bill included an amendment to clarify that the federal anti-animal fighting laws apply to every part of the United States, including the U.S. Territories, and took effect at the end of last year.

Federal law makes it a crime to sponsor or exhibit an animal in a fighting venture; to buy, sell, deliver, possess, train or transport an animal for fighting purposes; to use the U.S. mail to promote fighting; to bring a minor to an animal fight; or to be a spectator at an animal fighting spectacle. In addition to the federal animal fighting law, DOJ is also responsible for prosecuting a number of other animal welfare laws, including criminal violations of the Animal Welfare Act and the Horse Protection Act.

Animal Wellness Action (Action) is a Washington, D.C.-based 501(c)(4) organization with a mission of helping animals by promoting legal standards forbidding cruelty. We champion causes that alleviate the suffering of companion animals, farm animals, and wildlife. We advocate for policies to stop dogfighting and cockfighting and other forms of malicious cruelty and to confront factory farming and other systemic forms of animal exploitation. To prevent cruelty, we promote enacting good public policies and we work to enforce those policies. To enact good laws, we must elect good lawmakers, and that’s why we remind voters which candidates care about our issues and which ones don’t. We believe helping animals helps us all.

The Animal Wellness Foundation (Foundation) is a Los Angeles-based private charitable organization with a mission of helping animals by making veterinary care available to everyone with a pet, regardless of economic ability. We organize rescue efforts and medical services for dogs and cats in need and help homeless pets find a loving caregiver. We are advocates for getting veterinarians to the front lines of the animal welfare movement; promoting responsible pet ownership; and vaccinating animals against infectious diseases such as distemper. We also support policies that prevent animal cruelty and that alleviate suffering. We believe helping animals helps us all.

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Laparoscopic Burch Procedure Is The Gold Standard for Treatment of Stress Urinary Incontinence

Synthetic polypropylene mid-urethral slings used in the surgical management of SUI became standard of care … claims as to the safety of devices were false

A substantial percentage of physicians now understand the risk of synthetic slings as they observe catastrophic injuries in their offices.”

— Dr. Greg Vigna

SANTA BARBARA, CA, UNITED STATES, July 13, 2020 /EINPresswire.com/ — Synthetic polypropylene mid-urethral slings used in the surgical management of stress urinary incontinence (SUI) became the de facto standard of care by aggressive marketing by mesh manufacturers. Unfortunately for a generation of women many of the claims as to the safety of these devices were false and misleading.

In May 2016, the California Department of Justice sued Johnson & Johnson alleging that the company had neglected to inform patients and doctors of the potential for severe complications and misrepresented the frequency and severity of risks of their products. On January 30, 2020, Ethicon Inc., Johnson & Johnson’s subsidiary, was ordered to pay $344 million by a California Court for false and deceptive marketing Ethicon engaged in to the detriment of women victims.

After two decades and hundreds of thousands of complications caused by polypropylene transvaginal devices and the largest Multidistrict Litigation in history, the laparoscopic Burch procedure is again the go to procedure for responsible physicians across the country as it offers similar success in the treatment of SUI as polypropylene slings without the added risk of blind placement of the polypropylene sling. Evidence is clear that the Burch procedure, a non-mesh surgical treatment developed in the 1960s, is effective without the catastrophic life-altering pain syndromes known to be caused by retropubic slings and transobturator (TOT) slings.

Retropubic synthetic polypropylene slings including Ethicon’s TVT, Coloplast Supris, and Boston Scientific Advantage Fit cause ilioinguinal neuralgia and Complex Regional Pain Syndrome, both of which are catastrophic pain syndromes that interfere with mobility and sexual function. These diagnoses are not associated with the Burch procedure.

Transobturator slings including Ethicon’s TVT-O and Abbrevo, Coloplast Aris, and Boston Scientific’s Obtryx cause obturator neuralgia and pudendal neuralgia which are both catastrophic pain syndromes. Obturator neuralgia interferes with mobility and sexual function and pudendal neuralgia interferes with sexual function, mobility, bowel and bladder function. These diagnoses are not associated with the Burch procedure.

Mini-sling devices that are inserted into the obturator internus muscles by way of a “tissue fixation terminal device” which appears to look much like a harpoon include the Coloplast Altis and the Boston Scientific Solyx. These devices were designed to eliminate the mesh in the thigh required in TOT slings. Unfortunately, these devices are known to cause obturator neuralgia and pudendal neuralgia.

Greg Vigna, MD, JD, national pharmaceutical injury attorney, practicing physician, and Certified Life Care Planner states, “A substantial percentage of physicians now understand the risk of synthetic slings as they observe catastrophic injuries in their offices. The laparoscopic Burch procedure is becoming the go to procedure for the surgical treatment of stress urinary incontinence because of its proven safety. My team will be litigating these cases until the last device is surgically removed.”

Dr. Vigna adds, “Proper physician education of the adverse events associated with medical devices is required by law for the device manufacturers. Despite two decades of serious complications, current warnings provided by manufacturer’s instructions for use remain inadequate for the TOT, retropubic, and mini-slings. We argue that there should be specific naming of the neurological complications associated with each device in the instructions for use as opposed to the generic description of “neuromuscular” injury. Only then will patients be in a position to reasonably know the risks.”

Dr. Vigna is a California and Washington DC lawyer who focuses on catastrophic neurological injuries caused by transvaginal mesh devices including pudendal neuralgia, obturator neuralgia, ilioinguinal neuralgia, and Complex Regional Pain Syndrome. He has filed cases around the country with Martin Baughman, a Dallas Texas firm. Ben Martin and Laura Baughman are national pharmaceutical injury trial attorneys in Dallas, Texas.

To learn more: Click here for a FREE BOOK on Vaginal Mesh Pain.

For articles, video resources, and information visit the Pudendal Neuralgia Educational Portal or https://tvm.lifecare123.com/.
Click here for information regarding sling related complications.

Greg Vigna, MD, JD
Vigna Law Group
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References: https://www.mdedge.com/obgyn/article/194003/surgery/despite-concerns-synthetic-slings-are-still-standard-care-sui
https://www.massdevice.com/breaking-jj-ordered-to-pay-344m-in-california-pelvic-mesh-case/

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Jenesse Center Invites Community to "VOTE for JENESSE" in the LA2050 Challenge, Mon., July 13th through Mon., July 20th

Karen Earl, CEO Jenesse Center

Karen Earl, CEO Jenesse Center

Pictured Jenesse Staff hosting client baby shower (circa 2019)

Pictured Jenesse Staff hosting client baby shower (circa 2019)

Jenesse Center Hotline is open 24/7

Jenesse Center Hotline is open 24/7

Jenesse Center Invites Community to "VOTE for JENESSE" in the LA2050 Challenge, Mon., July 13th through Mon., July 20th!

As we approach our 40th Anniversary of bringing life saving programs to our community, we are grateful to be a part of this grant opportunity to provide funding for the communities we serve”

— Karen Earl, CEO Jenesse Center

LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA, USA, July 13, 2020 /EINPresswire.com/ — Jenesse Center was selected as one of 25 finalists to compete in the upcoming LA2050 Grants Challenge. The challenge is an open call for ideas to make Los Angeles the best place to learn, create, play, connect, and live.

A total of $1M will be awarded among 25 organizations, five organizations per goal category, to implement their ideas to turn inspiration into impact. Each organization will receive an award of between $10,000 to $100,000 to support its efforts. The category that Jenesse Center is competing, along with 4 other organizations, is the "live" category.

According to LA2050, the overarching goal of the LIVE category is Los Angeles "residents will have the economic means and cultural capital to lead active, healthy lives, and enjoy the benefits of a sustainable environment. By the year 2050, Los Angeles will have the nation’s lowest poverty rate and every neighborhood will have access to healthy, affordable food. Every family will be able to afford quality health care and housing. And no families will face environmental health hazards because of where they live or how much money they make".

All 25 finalists will be awarded a grant. Voting will determine the size of the grants that the finalists receive, with the top voted in each category winning the first place grant. In each goal category:

First place winners will receive $100,000
Second place winners will receive $50,000
Third place winners will receive $25,000
Fourth place winners will receive $15,000
Fifth place winners will receive $10,000

Karen Earl, Jenesse CEO said, "I want to commend the Jenesse staff who worked so diligently on the proposal that earned us this opportunity. As we approach our 40th Anniversary of bringing life saving programs and services to our community, we are grateful to be a part of this grant opportunity to provide funding for the communities we serve which are at a higher level of need with the COVID-19 challenges we've faced in the past few months. We request and encourage all of our donors, supporters and friends to please log on and vote for Jenesse so we may continue another 40 years of culturally appropriate services that impact the quality of life for our clients and the community at large."

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A Holographic Will Must Meet Certain Criteria

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Fraudulent Agreement

Fraudulent Agreement

Writing a holographic will or contesting a will can be challenging. A qualified document examiner can make the difference in court

A qualified forensic document examiner can be the difference needed to successfully contest a will”

— Dwayne Strocen

TORONTO, ONTARIO, CANADA, July 13, 2020 /EINPresswire.com/ — Docufraud Canada (www.docufraudCanada.ca) says successful understanding of the legal requirements for contesting a will or writing a holographic will can be demanding. Docufraud Canada announces the expertise of forensic document examination to satisfy a legal challenge.

Before starting, know the criteria of the court to ensure you have met your burden of proof. One of the more important aspects can be to determine if a document or signature is in fact legitimate. For this, you may need a forensic signature analysis with a court qualified handwriting expert.

The primary criteria for a holographic will is that only the handwriting and signature of the testator can appear on the document. No witness and no writing of another person can be present. The difficulty in probate is to prove the individual in question was the person who actually prepared the holographic will.

Contesting a will is no different, and the legitimacy of the documents in question go a long way to demonstrate credibility and intent of the parties involved. Confirmation to the court in establishing beyond a doubt whether the document in question is genuine or fraudulent will make this point. This is never more important for the court than when each party claim the other has broken the spirit of a contractual obligation. A “He Said – She Said” scenario.

This is particularly important when attempting to demonstrate a document is fraudulent or to establish if signatures have been forged or altered. Establishing the burden of proof is part of your pre-trial preparation. A forensic examination is needed by a qualified examiner whose written report will be entered into evidence and on the record.

A Forensic Document Examiner also known as a Questioned Document Examiner is an individual who can demonstrate to the court they have met certain standards of training and expertise. Based on these standards, the court will recognize the examiner as an Expert Witness. This standing has greater weight with the court for one basic reason. The examiner must also certify and swear the examination in question was made without bias to either party and was impartial.

The examiner also recognizes their responsibility to provide this un-biased factual evidence to the court in spite of which party engaged their service.

Docufraud Canada announces its experience and expertise for presenting this forensic evidence to the court. In addition to a qualified attorney, also consider the need to prove the document is genuine or to prove it to be a forgery.

About Docufraud Canada:

We are a Canadian company and one of Canada’s premiere certified and court appointed forensic examiners. Our examiners have many hours of court experience and our forensic reports have been court recognized in all provinces throughout Canada and the U.S.A. In addition, our forensic reports have been accepted and recognized by the courts in Bahamas, Barbados, Jamaica, Turks & Caicos, India, Iran, Pakistan, Poland and others.

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Washington Mesothelioma Victims Center Appeals to a Person Anywhere in Washington Who Has Recently Been Diagnosed with Mesothelioma to Call Attorney Erik Karst of Karst von Oiste to Get Serious about Compensation

"Erik Karst is one of the nation's leading mesothelioma lawyers and he and his team at Karst von Oiste produce serious compensation results-for people in Washington State and nationwide.”

— Washington Mesothelioma Victims Center

SEATTLE, WASHINGTON, USA, July 13, 2020 /EINPresswire.com/ — The Washington Mesothelioma Victims Center says, "We are appealing a person anywhere is Washington State who has recently been diagnosed with mesothelioma and their family members to get serious about compensation and to call 800-714-0303 for direct access to attorney Erik Karst of the law firm of Karst von Oiste. Erik Karst is one of the nation's leading mesothelioma lawyers and he and his team at Karst von Oiste produce serious compensation results.

"Our big worry for a person with mesothelioma in Washington State is they were either initially diagnosed with the Coronavirus-or they have stayed at home not wanting to go anywhere near a hospital ER-until they had to. Because of Coronavirus many people with mesothelioma were probably diagnosed in a later stage. If this sounds like you, your husband or your dad please call 800-714-0303 for direct access to attorney Erik Karst. Erik and his team at Karst von Oiste have been assisting Navy Veterans and people with mesothelioma for decades and they are responsible for over a billion dollars in compensation results for people like this. We need to also mention they average age of a person with mesothelioma that we talk to is about 72 years old." www.karstvonoiste.com/

The Washington Mesothelioma Victims Center wants to emphasize their services are available statewide in every community in Washington including Seattle, Tacoma, Spokane, Everett, Vancouver, Yakima, Bellingham, Bremerton, Moses Lake, Olympia, Long View, Mount Vernon, Wenatchee, or the Tri-Cities. https:// Washington.MesotheliomaVictimsCenter.Com

For the best possible mesothelioma treatment options in Washington the Washington Mesothelioma Victims Center strongly recommends the following heath care facility with the offer to help a diagnosed victim, or their family get to the right physicians at this treatment facility. The Center believes this treatment facility for mesothelioma to be one of the best in the nation.

Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center and the UW Medical Center called the Seattle Cancer Care Alliance, in Seattle, Washington: https://www. uwmedicine.org/services//cancer-care

High-risk work groups for exposure to asbestos in Washington State include Veterans of the US Navy, hydro-electric power plant workers, shipyard workers, nuclear power plant workers, oil refinery workers, pulp and paper mill workers, factory workers, plumbers, electricians, miners, auto mechanics, machinists, and construction workers. Typically, the exposure to asbestos occurred in the 1950’s, 1960’s, 1970’s, or 1980’s. https://Washington.MesotheliomaVictimsCenter.Com

The states indicated with the highest incidence of mesothelioma include Maine, Massachusetts, Connecticut, Maryland, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Ohio, West Virginia, Virginia, Michigan, Illinois, Minnesota, Louisiana, Washington, and Oregon. www.karstvonoiste.com/

For more information about mesothelioma please refer to the National Institutes of Health’s web site related to this rare form of cancer: https://www.cancer.gov/types/mesothelioma.

Michael Thomas
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Iowa US Navy Veterans Mesothelioma Advocate Urges the Family of a Navy Veteran with Mesothelioma in Iowa to Call for Direct Access to Attorney Erik Karst of Karst von Oiste-Get a Top Compensation Result

"If the doctors finally figured out your husband or dad had mesothelioma-or suspected mesothelioma in Iowa, please call 800-714-0303 for direct access to attorney Erik Karst of Karst von Oiste.”

— Iowa US Navy Veterans Mesothelioma Advocate

DES MOINES, IOWA, USA, July 13, 2020 /EINPresswire.com/ — The Iowa US Navy Veterans Mesothelioma Advocate says, "We are urging the wife or adult children of a Navy Veteran with recently diagnosed mesothelioma anywhere in Iowa to call 800-714-0303 to call for direct access to attorney Erik Karst of the law firm of Karst von Oiste. Erik Karst is one of the nation's leading mesothelioma attorneys and he and his colleagues are responsible for over a billion dollars in financial compensation for Navy Veterans and people with mesothelioma nationwide.

"Because the Coronavirus and mesothelioma have such similar symptoms there is a good chance a significant number of Navy Veterans who had-have mesothelioma were misdiagnosed with COVID-19. 2020 might go down as the worst year for mesothelioma compensation in decades-not because there are fewer cases–but because people who had mesothelioma were misdiagnosed with COVID-19. If the doctors finally figured out your husband or dad had mesothelioma-or he has suspected mesothelioma in Iowa, please call 800-714-0303 for direct access to attorney Erik Karst of the law firm of Karst von Oiste." www.karstvonoiste.com/

The US Navy Veterans Mesothelioma Advocate’s services are available to US Navy Veterans with mesothelioma in Des Moines, Cedar Rapids, Davenport, Sioux City, Waterloo, Iowa City, Council Bluffs, Dubuque or anywhere in Iowa. https://Iowa.USNavyMesothelioma.Com

For the best possible mesothelioma treatment options in Iowa the Iowa US Navy Veterans Mesothelioma Advocate strongly recommends the following heath care facility with the offer to help a diagnosed victim, or their family get to the right physicians at this hospital.

* Holden Comprehensive Cancer Center Iowa City, Iowa: https://cancer.uiowa.edu/.

The states with the highest incidence of mesothelioma include Maine, Massachusetts, Connecticut, Maryland, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Ohio, West Virginia, Virginia, Michigan, Illinois, Minnesota, Louisiana, Washington, and Oregon. www.karstvonoiste.com/

About one third of all US citizens diagnosed with mesothelioma each year are Veterans of the US Navy. Before a Navy Veteran with mesothelioma or their family retain the services of a lawyer or law firm, they are urged to call the US Navy Veterans Mesothelioma Advocate anytime at 800-714-0303. https://USNavyMesothelioma.Com

For a listing of various classes of US Navy ships or submarines please visit the US Navy website on this topic: https://www.navy.mil/navydata/our_ships.asp.

For more information about mesothelioma please refer to the National Institutes of Health’s web site related to this rare form of cancer: https://www.cancer.gov/types/mesothelioma

Michael Thomas
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Delaware lawyer elected as new Chairman of the Board at The American University of Rome (AUR)

New Chair of AUR Board, Robert J. Krapf

Robert J. Krapf

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The American University of Rome

The new Chair of the AUR Board is Mr Robert J. Krapf. Mr. Krapf is past president of the Richards, Layton & Finger law firm, located in Wilmington, Delaware.

AUR has faced challenges in the past and turned those into opportunities. I can assert with absolute confidence that we will face the current challenge of a global pandemic and emerge even stronger.”

— Robert J. Krapf

ROME, ITALY, July 13, 2020 /EINPresswire.com/ — The Board of Trustees of The American University of Rome (AUR) has elected a new Chairman as of June 2020. The new Chair of the AUR Board is Robert J. Krapf, Esquire. Mr Neil Boyden Tanner, who has been acting Chairman since the beginning of the year, will continue in his previous role as Vice Chairman.

Mr. Krapf is the past president of the Richards, Layton & Finger law firm, located in Wilmington, Delaware. His almost four decades of legal experience focuses on transactional law in the areas of real estate, commercial, and land use. Mr. Krapf has held a variety of leadership positions in the state and national bar and has served as a member and officer of the boards of a number of local, regional, and international business, charitable, and cultural organizations. His conviction in the importance of comprehensive training and education within the legal profession has motivated him throughout his career and led to his involvement in a number of influential legal educational programs.

Upon his appointment, Mr. Krapf stated “I look forward to working with our talented and energetic Board of Trustees. We tragically and unexpectedly lost our Chair, Gabe Battista, earlier this year. Gabe led the Board for many years with dedication and skill. Fortunately, our Vice Chair, Neil Tanner, stepped up and has led the Board over the past several months. On behalf of the Board, I want to thank Neil for his excellent leadership at a time of uncertainty.”

Mr. Krapf has served on the Board of Trustees of The American University of Rome since 2003, and served as Secretary of the Board from 2007 to 2017. He has twice chaired a presidential search committee, the latest being the search that led to the Board hiring Dr. Scott Sprenger, who assumed his role in July 2020. Dr. Sprenger succeeds Dr. Richard Hodges, who has retired after serving as President for eight years.

Dr. Sprenger has been working closely with Mr Krapf in the period preceding his assumption of the presidency and said, “I’m thrilled to be working with Rob Krapf. His long experience with AUR Board of Trustees, combined with his steady approach to leadership, makes him the perfect Chair to help the president’s team steer the AUR community through the current crisis and beyond.”  

In turn, Mr Krapf replied “I have served with four Presidents, each having their own vision and strengths, and each adding something new to the school. Dr. Hodges leaves a legacy of enormous progress for AUR, but I know that Scott’s vision and strengths are what AUR needs now to continue its mission. AUR has faced challenges in the past and turned those into opportunities. I can assert with absolute confidence that we will face the current challenge of a global pandemic and emerge even stronger. The future for AUR under President Sprenger’s leadership is full of potential.”

You can see full details of AUR's Board of Trustees here.

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Compton School Police Officer Retaliated Against & Passed Up For Promotion By Officer With Sexual Assault History

Compton School Police Officer Eric Robinson

Compton School Police Officer Eric Robinson

Resources say the officer that was promoted to Sergeant should have never been hired in the first place

Not only was Mr. Robinson subjected to retaliation, but he was passed up for someone who had a history of sexual assault and other misconduct. How Chief Wu even hired someone like that is astonishing.”

— Attorney Tom Yu

COMPTON, CALIFORNIA, UNITED STATES, July 12, 2020 /EINPresswire.com/ — A Compton Unified School District Police Officer is suing the District after being subjected to whistleblower retaliation during an unfair promotional testing process. It was discovered that the officer who received the promotion over him had a history of sexual assault and other severe acts of misconduct while employed at a prior department.

The complaint, which was filed on August 23, 2018, then amended on November 20, 2018, outlines how Officer Eric Robinson of the Compton Unified School District Police was retaliated against for being a whistleblower on Chief William Wu during a sergeant’s promotional process in 2018. Chief Wu went against the examination procedures and policy by modifying the testing process. Despite the fact that Mr. Robinson placed number one on the promotional list, a less qualified candidate was selected in retaliation against him because he reported the testing issue to the Personnel Commission.

It was discovered that the Officer that received the promotion to sergeant – Officer Michael Muriello, had serious issues with his background, which included sexual assault, excessive force, false imprisonment, unlawful searches and seizures, and more, while he was employed with the Maywood Police Department. These allegations were not only outlined in a civil lawsuit filed (and subsequently settled) against Mr. Muriello by two female victims, it was also part of an Attorney Generals Office investigation that concluded there was "substantial evidence supporting the allegations."

Per California POST (Peace Officer Standards and Training), police officer applicants must disclose civil litigation, and the hiring entity must conduct an independent background investigation into a candidate's past, regardless of if any litigation or other misconduct is reported by the applicant.

This raises the question of whether or not the background was adequately conducted or if the Chief knew about Mr. Muriello's misconduct yet hired him anyway.

A copy of the complaint, civil lawsuit against Mr. Muriello, Attorney Generals Office investigation and video of Compton Unified School Police Captain McFadden's video deposition discussing Mr. Muriello can be read online.

Tamrin Olden
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MECHRIC Opposes the Turkish Hagia Sofia Ruling

Hagia Sophia

WASHINGTON, DC, USA, July 13, 2020 /EINPresswire.com/ — The Middle East Christian Committee (MECHRIC), representing Middle East Christians around the world, vehemently opposes Turkey's High Court ruling that turns the beautiful, ancient church and internationally recognized landmark, the Hagia Sophia, from museum (and symbol of peaceful religious co-existence) back into a working mosque.

"This is a clear victory for the hard-line Islamists of Turkey," said MECHRIC executive board member, John Hajjar. "They are insulting every Christian the world over and every person concerned with preserving the 1,483 year-old structure."

"This building is the heritage of the entire world," added Chairman of the American Maronite Union, Tom Harb. "By making it into a working mosque, Erdogan is in effect saying that it belongs to Muslims. Christians and other tourists will be forbidden to enter or put under restrictions instead of being allowed to marvel at this ancient architectural wonder. So what was formerly an area of peaceful cooperation, has been openly spurned. This does not bode well for world peace."

Joseph Saouk, European coordinator for MECHRIC condemned the conversion of Haghia Sophia into a working mosque, arguing that this is a setback to religious pluralism. “We know a majority of Muslims worldwide oppose what Erdogan and the Muslim Brotherhood are doing to destroy the growing positive relationship between Muslims and Christians worldwide, especially among the youth."

“There is a link between what Erdogan is doing in Istanbul and what his allies in the Muslim Brotherhood front group, the Council on American Islamic Relations (CAIR), are doing to try to topple the statue of Saint Louis in the United States,” added Mr. Hajjar. “It is an all-out Christian-phobia campaign waged by the extremist Ikhwan.”

Rebecca Bynum
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Source: EIN Presswire