ollo/iStock(KANSAS CITY) — Police in Kansas City, Missouri, made an arrest in connection to an early morning shooting at a popular area that left one person dead and four others injured.Around 1:30 a.m. on Saturday, someone in a white SUV opened fire on Mill Street in Westport. One man was killed, three men and one women were injured, according to ABC affiliate KMBC-TV.Officers in the area shot at the car as it drove away. The alleged shooter was taken into custody from the bullet ridden vehicle, KMBC reported.Anyone who has video or information on the shooting are asked to call the homicide unit at 816-234-5043 or the anonymous TIPS Hotline 816-474-TIPS.Copyright © 2020, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.
Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York When Dr. Faroque Khan announced the expansion of the Islamic Center of Long Island on a sun-splashed day last summer, he told the assembled crowd of politicians, police officials and members of the public that the ICLI is “putting down a marker and establishing our roots in Nassau County as a very vibrant, progressive Muslim community.” That forward-looking thinking didn’t end there. On Jan. 1, 2015, Isma Chaudhry, a mother-of-two from Manhasset, will become the ICLI’s first female president, a largely administrative position, but one that is symbolic in many ways. When she replaces the current president Eric Hamza Byas, Chaudhry will be the 13th president to lead the ICLI since 1982. The change in leadership atop the mosque and community center in Westbury comes as the ICLI is undergoing that much-needed $4 million expansion to support the growing number of Muslim American families moving into the area, and to bolster an institution sensitive to the needs of the community and committed to building deeper ties with interfaith groups throughout the Island. (In fact, the Long Island Council of Churches will be honoring Khan and the ICLI this week for the center’s work in the community.)Chaudhry’s appointment, a three-year term, also comes as Muslims have once again been unwittingly thrust into the spotlight due to the hate-filled atrocities of groups such as the so-called Islamic State and others who say they are acting in the name of God—actions that the ICLI and other Muslim leaders on LI continue to condemn. Chaudhry, sitting down in her office last week amid the booming and buzzing of hulking construction equipment outside, said she’s “honored” by the appointment, but also admitted to a few nerves. “I’m very proud of the community who has supported me, I’m very proud of my family for supporting me,” she told the Press. “It is a lot of responsibility…it’s unique in itself that there’s going to be a woman president of a mosque, and I do respect the faith that the community [and] the members of the Islamic Center have put, and I’m very grateful for that trust. “There will be challenges like with any leadership position,” she continued. “I’m not somebody who would not look for guidance, I’m not somebody who would not go and ask questions and look for answers…I’m nervous, of course, but inshallah (God willing) God will make it easy.” Chaudhry was born in Pakistan and spent some time in England before moving to Long Island, where she has raised two children, a daughter, currently a junior in college and a son who is a year away from graduating high school. In fact, Chaudhry was offered the same position several years ago but graciously declined because her children were still young. Things are different now. Chaudhry is affable and articulate. She displays emotion when discussing some of the negativity facing the Muslim community, but fills with pride when running down the list of the Islamic Center’s accomplishments. She first got her start at the ICLI as a volunteer, bringing pizza to children and making sure they were behaving, “so nobody sees crying kids,” she said. Islamic Center of Long Island in Westbury (Rashed Mian/Long Island Press)Then, when her children began attending a private school, Chaudhry reached out to help them better understand her culture. There were only six Muslim students in that school, including her own, she said. Soon after, public schools started calling her. She would put together programs for teachers to help them better understand cultural and religious practices. Then colleges began inviting her to speak at interfaith panels. “Things were very limited because of a limitation about music in Islam or limitation about a lot of activities,” she explained. Chaudhry would ask herself: “How would I make it interesting for my own kids and still stay in that boundary of what is permissible?”“Since it was a challenge for me, I could identify that it was a challenge on almost every Muslim family who were in that same situation with younger kids,” she continued. “And for the families who not to their fault were non-Muslims and had no idea about how Muslims basically lived, except for what was [fed] to them through media. And media bias is not something which is new or something which we have not known. We know how media can influence in so many detrimental ways without realizing the effect of that kind of propaganda. So, that was basically how I got involved with interfaith work.” When she fully takes on the role of president, Chaudhry said she will make sure the ICLI expansion, which could go on for two or three more years, runs smoothly. She also wants to continue her interfaith efforts. Although her resume with the ICLI boasts a list of accomplishments, Chaudhry is most proud of the annual interfaith Iftar dinner (the evening meal during the Muslim holy month of Ramadan). Next year will be the thirteenth such event. “There’s no political agenda, there’s no religious agenda,” she said of the feast, which attracts leaders from nearly all religious denominations on LI. “It’s just kind of getting together and respecting each others’ faith and breaking the bread together.”After dinner, they invite everyone—Muslims, Christians and Jewish leaders—to cite different prayers. “Everybody gets to hear prayer which is different to their tradition, which, again, it’s all about harmony and respect and understanding, not just tolerance,” she added. “I just do not like the word tolerance; intellectually that word does not fit what we want to achieve. “I want us to go beyond tolerance.” read more
300SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,John Pettit John Pettit is the Managing Editor for CUInsight.com. John manages the content on the site, including current news, editorial, press releases, jobs and events. He keeps the credit union … Web: www.cuinsight.com Details While malls are kind of dead these days, the urge to spend money on stuff is still very much alive. When you see something you want, at a price you want, it can be tough to keep yourself from pulling the trigger on the purchase. And with the way the internet has made it so easy to shop, the solution isn’t as simple as avoiding the mall. If you’ve got the urge to shop ‘til you drop, here are three steps you can take to help curb that feeling…Take your time: When you think about impulse buys, generally the whole process from discovery to payment only takes a few minutes. Next time you’re about to hit the “buy now” button, slow your roll. Feel free to put an item in your cart, but hold up before you complete the transaction. Never buy anything the day you add it to your cart. Let it stew…Think it over: If you’re still thinking about that item after sleeping on it, go back and check out your cart. In your cart you can see the total price (including taxes) and decide if the item is really worth the total price. Take this time to look around and try to find a better deal, and whether or not that’s successful, still don’t buy it. After you’ve done the research, put the item on your wish list, or bookmark it for later.Be ready: You’ve thought about your purchase for days. You know you’re going to buy it. You’ve found the lowest price. Do you have the money? If the answer is yes, then go ahead and complete your transaction. If the answer is no, save your money and start the process over when you’ve stashed enough cash away. read more
Prosecutors at the Balikpapan district court in East Kalimantan are seeking between five and 17 years of prison for seven Papuans charged with treason for their involvement in antiracism protests Jayapura, Papua, in August 2019.The protests came in response to an incident where Papuan university students living in a dormitory in Surabaya, East Java, were attacked verbally and physically by security personnel and members of mass organizations who accused the students of refusing to celebrate Indonesia’s 74th Independence Day.Security personnel reportedly banged on the dormitory’s door while shouting words such as “monkeys”, “pigs” and “dogs”. While the protests in Jayapura started out peacefully, they later turned violent, resulting in dozens of injuries and several buildings being damaged.The seven defendants in the trial in Balikpapan include Buchtar Tabuni, an executive of pro-Papuan independence group United Liberation Movement for West Papua (ULMWP), Agus Kossay and Stevanus Itlay from the National Committee of West Papua (KNPB), Jayapura University of Science and Technology (USTJ) student union head Alexander Gobai, Cenderawasih University student union head Ferry Gombo and USTJ students Irwanus Uropmabin and Hengki Hilapok. They were arrested in Jayapura in September and were later moved to a Balikpapan jail for security reasons.Last week, prosecutors demanded a 17-year sentence for Buchtar, 15 years for Agus and Stevanus, 10 years for Alexander and Ferry and five years for Irwanus and Hengki.The defendants’ legal team and human rights groups have criticized the proceedings and have said that the seven Papuans are being persecuted for their political activism. Emanuel Gobay, one of the defendants’ lawyers, said there were many obstacles during the online court hearing for the seven Papuan activists.“[The trial] had many issues, including internet instability, bad voice reception, different preparation times between the prosecutors and the defendants, the prosecution’s expert witnesses testifying out of line with their expertise and other issues that we fear will violate the rights of the defendants,” Emanuel said in a written statement obtained by The Jakarta Post.He also criticized the inconsistency between the sentences sought for the seven defendants and those sought for defendants in other regions facing similar charges.In April, for example, prosecutors sought 17-month sentences for pro-Papuan independence activists who staged a rally in Jakarta. The six activists were found guilty and received sentences ranging from eight to nine months.Jakarta Legal Aid Institute (LBH Jakarta) lawyer Tigor Hutapea, who oversees cases of human rights violations in Papua, said that the harsher sentences sought for the seven activists were a result of their involvement in Papuan political movements.“The three of them were assigned greater [targeted] punishments not only because they were involved in the protest but also because they are involved in Papuan political organizations, when in fact, the right to join organizations is guaranteed by our constitution,” he told the Post on Sunday.Tigor, who has been following the trial, questioned the entire trial process as “witnesses mostly came from police personnel […] who did not directly witness the involvement of the seven activists in the riots.”In an online discussion organized by the University of Indonesia student association about racism against Papuans in the legal system on Saturday, Amnesty International Australia and Indonesian human rights lawyer Veronica Koman urged university students to stand in solidarity with the seven Papuan activists.“If not, they will come for you,” she said. “Next time if you hold a student demonstration, they might say that you’re committing treason.”Topics : read more