Monthly Archives: March 2018

An advocate and childhood sex abuse survivor have come forward calling on Bishop Malone to release the names and files of abusive clergymen in the Buffalo Diocese.

Bishop Richard J. Malone is reconsidering a longstanding Catholic Diocese of Buffalo policy that withholds the names of priests who have been accused of sexual abuse.

Publicizing the names of clergy alleged to have molested children would reverse a tradition that’s been in place for more than 15 years.

“We’re looking at it anew,” Malone said following his recent announcement that the diocese has established a new fund to compensate victims of clergy sex abuse.

A retired priest’s admission in February that he molested “probably dozens” of boys in the 1970s and 1980s re-ignited concerns that clergy sexual abuse in Western New York was more devastating and widespread than accounts provided so far by diocesan leaders. The Rev. Norbert F. Orsolits admitted the abuse to The News after a South Buffalo resident accused the priest of molesting him on a ski trip in the early 1980s. The admissions prompted additional allegations against Orsolits, as well as new public accusations against other priests.

Victims’ advocates for years have called for greater transparency from the diocese, including the release of names of clergy alleged to have molested children. Withholding names, they argue, fosters secrecy that allows the abuse scandal to fester.

“It’s the secrecy that’s the problem,” said Judith Burns-Quinn, coordinator of the Western New York chapter of the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests, or SNAP. “They are a victim of the system that’s protected their abusers.”

Diocesan officials revealed in 2003 that they had received 93 complaints of sexual abuse against 53 clergy since 1950. The numbers were part of a diocesan “self study” of personnel files that was mandated by the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops in new norms for dealing with child sexual abuse cases. The bishops adopted the new standards in the wake of molestation scandals in the Archdiocese of Boston and in dozens of other dioceses across the country. Since 2003, the diocese has received 15 to 20 additional complaints, according to attorney Terrance Connors, who represents the diocese.

The diocesan policy of not naming accused priests has not yet changed. This past week, a diocesan spokesman refused to confirm if the diocese had received a complaint of abuse against the Rev. Linus Hennessy, a Franciscan friar who had taught at Bishop Timon High School.

The spokesman, George Richert, said the diocese would not confirm whether allegations had been made against individual priests.

Allegations of abuse, for the victims, are too sensitive and too personal for the diocese to discuss publicly, he said.

“We promised to be confidential,” he said.

Buffalo resident Tino Flores in 2015 publicly accused Hennessy of sexually abusing him in the 1970s. Hennessy died in 1983. Malone said at the time Flores made his public accusation that the diocese offered to arrange counseling and that the complaint was referred to the Order of Friars Minor, the order to which Hennessy belonged.

Flores provided to The Buffalo News a 2013 letter from Brother Edward Coughlin of the Holy Name Province of the Order of Friars Minor to Dr. Philip Scozzaro, Flores’ physician, stating that Coughlin did not know if Flores was abused “or the extent of any abuse on the part of Fr. Hennessy.” The letter referenced the possibility of a $50,000 financial settlement.

Diocesan officials have long maintained that Buffalo has had relatively few bad apple priests and that those priests weren’t shuffled from parish to parish, as in other dioceses where the abuse scandals exploded. Victims say it’s impossible to know if that’s true because the diocese has provided little accounting of who abused children or how it handled cases. The diocese also has never made clear if its accounting of 53 clergy includes just diocesan priests and deacons, or if it counts clergy from religious orders, such as Franciscan friars and Jesuits, that served in Western New York.

The Buffalo News has compiled a list of 19 priests that have been publicly accused of child sex abuse, mostly in criminal or civil court cases.

 

 

El presidente estadounidense critica al fiscal Robert Mueller, lo que levanta especulaciones sobre su posible destitución
Por: EFE

El presidente Donald Trump cuestionó ayer la integridad del equipo del fiscal especial Robert Mueller, quien lleva a cabo las investigaciones sobre una presunto injerencia rusa en las elecciones presidenciales de 2016, cuando el magnate se convirtió en ganador de la contienda.

“¿Alguien piensa que esto es justo? ¡Y sin embargo, NO HAY COLUSIÓN!” (entre el equipo de la campaña que le llevó a la Casa Blanca y el gobierno ruso), reiteró Trump en la red Twitter; un comentario que da pistas sobre la posibilidad de que el mandatario opte por despedir a Mueller, un hecho con el que los legisladores republicanos no están de acuerdo, no obstante que ellos mismos ya han rechazado toda posibilidad de coordinación entre la campaña del magnate y Moscú.

“Está avanzando a medida que va acumulando pruebas y pienso que es muy importante dejarle hacer su trabajo, sin interferencias”, subrayó en CNN el senador por Carolina del Sur Lindsey Graham, según el cual varios de sus compañeros de partido comparten su punto de vista.

Si Trump tratara de despedir a Mueller, dijo Graham, “sería el comienzo del fin de su presidencia, ya que somos un Estado de derecho”.

Asimismo, el mandatario incrementó sus quejas contra el ex subdirector del FBI Andrew McCabe, quien fue despedido el viernes por el secretario de Justicia, Jeff Sessions.

“Pasé poco tiempo con Andrew McCabe, pero nunca tomó notas cuando estuvo conmigo”, dijo Trump en alusión a reportes de que el ex número dos del FBI turnó ya a Mueller las notas de sus encuentros con el mandatario durante su tiempo como director interino.

 

Facebook aseguró ayer que está investigando la filtración de datos provocada por una empresa británica que trabajó para la campaña de 2016 del presidente estadounidense Donald Trump, y que manipuló la información de más de 50 millones de usuarios en Estados Unidos.

La consultora Cambridge Analytica obtuvo en 2014 la información de dichos usuarios y la usó para construir un programa informático destinado a predecir las decisiones de los votantes e influir en ellas, según revelaron el sábado pasado los diarios The London Observer y The New York Times.

“Estamos dirigiendo una revisión integral, interna y externa, para determinar si son ciertas las informaciones de que los datos en cuestión (robados) de Facebook aún existen”, dijo en un comunicado Paul Grewal, vicepresidente y miembro del equipo legal de Facebook.

Por su parte, el legislador británico, Damian Collins, quien encabeza la comisión de medios del Parlamento, acusó ayer a Facebook de engañar a los usuarios al restar importancia al riesgo de compartir información sin su consentimiento.

Collins dijo que Facebook ha “mal entendido conscientemente” el riesgo de las filtraciones de información y ha dado respuestas engañosas a la comisión. “Es tiempo de que Mark Zuckerberg se deje de esconder detrás de su página de Facebook”.

Estos resultados superan, por mucho, los que había obtenido en anteriores comicios presidenciales

Por: EFE

El presidente ruso, Vladímir Putin, suma el 76.67 % de los votos emitidos en las elecciones presidenciales del domingo con el 99.81 % de los votos escrutados, según los últimos datos de la Comisión Electoral Central (CEC).

Tras el escrutinio de prácticamente todas las papeletas, Putin ha obtenido ya el respaldo de 56.1 millones de ciudadanos, superando en 10.5 millones los votos recibidos en 2012 (45.6 millones), cuando regresó al Kremlin tras cuatro años de paréntesis como primer ministro.

Esta histórica victoria, que supera de largo todos los resultados que había obtenido en anteriores comicios presidenciales, le permitirá permanecer en el Kremlin hasta 2024.

    Los decesos se registraron en diversos tiroteos y operativos antiterroristas en la región egipcia

    Por: EFE

    Cuatro militares y 36 supuestos terroristas resultaron muertos en los últimos días en el marco de la operación antiterrorista que desarrolla desde el pasado mes de febrero en el Sinaí (noreste), informó hoy el Ejército egipcio.

    Las víctimas mortales castrenses son un oficial y tres reclutas, y, además, se registraron ocho heridos en las filas militares, según un comunicado oficial, que no precisa el lugar y la fecha de los hechos.

    El comunicado indica que 30 supuestos terroristas perdieron la vida en tiroteos con las fuerzas del orden en el norte y centro del Sinaí, y otros seis, durante una operación para desmantelar una célula yihadista en Al Arish, la capital de la provincia del Norte del Sinaí.

    Además, fueron arrestados 345 sospechosos de terrorismo y los militares destruyeron una gran cantidad de explosivos, armas, escondites de los terroristas y vehículos.

    Desde el comienzo de la operación, el pasado 9 de febrero, han muerto 20 militares y 157 supuestos terroristas, según los comunicados publicados por el Ejército egipcio.

    En la provincia del Norte del Sinaí opera el grupo terrorista Wilayat Sina, rama egipcia del Estado Islamico (EI), y rige un estado de exclusión militar, por lo que los medios de comunicación no pueden acceder al lugar.

     

      Thinktank upgrades its growth forecast but says tit-for-tat tariffs would make international trade vulnerable

      The west’s leading economic thinktank has warned Donald Trump that a trade war prompted by US protectionism threatens to derail a recovery in global growth, which has reached its highest level in seven years.

      In its latest interim forecasts, the Paris-based Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development said it expected the world economy to expand by 3.9% in both 2018 and 2019 – a 0.3 percentage point upgrade in each year from its last set of predictions last November.

      The OECD said investment, trade and employment were all playing a part in a broad-based expansion that has prompted growth upgrades for six of the seven G7 countries.

      US tax cuts, announced by Trump since the OECD’s November forecasts, were one reason why the growth outlook was stronger than it was four months ago, the thinktank said.

      “Growth is steady or improving in most G20 countries and the expansion is continuing,” said OECD acting chief economist Alvaro Pereira.

      Pereira added that Trump’s recently announced tariffs – 25% on imported steel and 10% on imported aluminium – had left the global economy vulnerable to a tit-for-tat trade war.

      “This could obviously threaten the recovery. Certainly we believe this is a significant risk, so we hope that it doesn’t materialise because it would be fairly damaging,” Pereira said.

        Michigan candidate Brian Ellison says giving homeless people pump-action shotguns may help deter the violent crime they face

        By: AP

        A Michigan candidate for US Senate has proposed arming homeless people with pump-action shotguns in an effort to reduce crime.

        Brian Ellison, who is running against Democratic incumbent Debbie Stabenow, says homeless people are “constantly victims of violent crime” and providing them with firearms would provide a deterrent.

        Ellison, a Libertarian who is expected to be the party’s candidate in the November midterm election, said he had settled on pump-action shotguns for practicality purposes.

        “Frankly I think the ideal weapon would be a pistol,” he told the AP, “but due to the licensing requirements in the state we’re going to have a hard enough time getting homeless people shotguns as it is.“Getting them pistols is probably next to impossible. The pistols need to be registered, people have to have addresses.”

        Carrying a concealed pistol is illegal without a permit, Ellison said, “whereas open-carrying a long gun is completely legal”.

        “So we thought that pump-action shotguns were a suitable alternative to a pistol.”

        Ellison, a former soldier who has served in Iraq, said he decided to run for office “just to try and make a difference”. As well as the shotgun plan, he would focus on minority rights and said he would oppose foreign military intervention.

        Regarding the pump-action shotguns, Ellison said he and his team would aim to “pre-qualify” homeless people who wanted shotguns and were deemed suitable candidates to own them.

        The homeless people would not be forced to carry pump-action shotguns, Ellison said.

        “The first thing that we’re gonna do is ask them if they think this is something that would benefit them. We’re certainly not trying to force anything on anybody.”

        Ammunition would be provided with the shotguns, probably in five- or six-shell magazines, Ellison said.

        More shells would be provided if the owners legitimately used their guns to defend themselves, however, if people spent their ammunition “shooting cans in somebody’s private property” then they would not be given more shells.

        Ellison said he did not think the plan was dangerous.

        “Well, are you worried about the police being armed with military weapons?” he asked.

        “I am. The world we live in is a scary world, where the police who used to dress in short-sleeved shirts and carry a revolver now have long rifles with scopes and bulletproof vests and armoured vehicles.

        “And quite frankly that scares me much more than a homeless person trying to defend themselves with a shotgun.”

          Pedestrian bridge linked to Florida International University collapses, crushing vehicles, as state’s governor vows investigation

          Four people have been killed after a newly installed pedestrian bridge collapsed on Thursday at Florida International University in the Miami area, crushing at least five vehicles.

          The 950-ton span fell directly on to a busy roadway at the university’s main Miami-area campus. Video shows vehicles underneath the bridge were hit.

          At a news briefing Thursday evening, the Miami-Dade County fire chief said four had been found deceased at the scene by first responders. Nine victims were removed “early on” and taken to hospitals, Dave Downey added, but did not elaborate on their conditions.

          Florida’s governor, Rick Scott, also spoke to reporters, saying: “Everybody is working hard to make sure we rescue anyone who can be rescued.” The governor added that an investigation would get to the bottom of “why this happened and what happened” and that anyone found responsible would be held accountable.

          Dr Mark McKenney, the chief surgeon at Kendall regional medical centre’s trauma unit, said his hospital received 10 patients, two of whom he said remained in “an extremely critical condition” on Thursday evening, one with significant head and chest injuries and one in a coma.

          Munilla Construction Management, which installed the bridge, said in a statement that the bridge suffered a “catastrophic collapse, causing injuries and loss of life”.

          There were unconfirmed reports that workers were conducting a stress test on the bridge when it collapsed, and the Miami-Dade police chief, Juan Perez, said construction workers were believed to have been on top of the structure at the time.

          The bridge connects the university with the city of Sweetwater and was installedon Saturday in six hours over the eight-lane highway, according to a story that was posted on the university’s website. It was 174ft (53 meters) long and weighed 950 tons.

          The bridge was intended to provide a walkway over Southwest Eighth Street, one of the busiest roads in south Florida. An 18-year-old FIU student from San Diego was killed while trying to cross the street near campus last August, according to local media reports.

          The White House press secretary, Sarah Sanders, said Donald Trump was aware of the collapse. “Our brave first responders are working feverishly to save lives,” she said at a news briefing.

          The National Transportation Safety Board said on Twitter that it was sending a team to investigate the bridge collapse.

          One witness on Thursday, speaking on CNN, said she heard “a loud bang” behind her just after she and her boyfriend had driven under the bridge and made a right turn into the FIU campus.

          “We thought maybe someone had hit us. We looked back and the bridge had completely collapsed,” Isabella Carrasco said.

          “We got out of the car. We saw police helping people, there was a construction worker injured at the side of the road. The cars were completely crushed, a lot of debris everywhere. One woman luckily made it out alive – it crushed the back of her car. She rolled forward and was able to get out.”

          A statement from FIU addressed to “members of the university community”, while the rescue operation was still under way, said: “We are shocked and saddened about the tragic events unfolding at the FIU-Sweetwater pedestrian bridge.”

          Another witness, Jonathan Munoz, a student, said he and a professor ran over after the collapse and saw “a scene of chaos”.

          “I heard people were screaming. I thought it was a car accident,” Munoz told CNN. “This intersection is very busy. There have been fatalities from students being struck; that’s why they built the bridge.

          “There were doctors from the medical school on campus who came over in their white coats, figuring out who they could immediately get to. There were police and construction workers. It was a chaotic scene. No one knew exactly what to do.”

          According to the Miami Herald, construction crews had spent several months erecting support towers on either side of the roadway, and cranes lifted the walkway into place on Saturday morning.

          The $14.2m project was funded by the US Department of Transportation.

          ¿Son el poder, la ambición, y la vanidad capaz de incrustarse en nuestra piel hasta provocar su fallecimiento?

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          Una comedia satírica de Gustavo Ott sobre el culto al cuerpo y la ambición al poder. Dirigida por Sheila M. López con actuaciones de Melinda Capeles, Smirna Mercedes-Pérez, María Pérez-Gómez y Victoria Pérez.

           

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          The City of Buffalo’s recruitment campaign for the 2018 Buffalo Firefighter Exam kicked off Tuesday.

          The firefighter exam is only offered every four years. The deadline for submitting exam applications is April 9.

          The exam will be given May 1.

          The theme of the recruitment effort is “Move Up the Ladder. Start a Career in the Buffalo Fire Department.”

          “A career with the Buffalo Fire Department not only offers an opportunity to provide a critical service to the people of our City, firefighting is also a personally and financially rewarding profession,” Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown said Tuesday.

          In 2013, the last time the Buffalo Fire Department entry-level exam was given, 2,500 people took the test. The final group of 66 eligible recruits from that class began their training last month, bringing the total number of recruits hired from the 2013 exam to 249.

          Base pay for Buffalo firefighters starts at $35,000 a year, and can range up $68,461, annually.

          Applications are available through the City’s Department of Human Resources, all City firehouses, as well as City Community Centers. Applications and an Exam Guide are also available online at: http://www.city-buffalo.com.To be eligible to take the exam, candidates must:

          – Be 19 years old as of Tuesday, May 1, 2018 (the exam date), and be at least 20 years old at the time of appointment;
          -Be a full-time resident of the City of Buffalo a minimum of 90 days prior to 4/9/2018 (the exam application deadline), and continue city residency until the time of appointment;
          -Be a U.S. Citizen;
          -Have earned a H.S. diploma or GEDBe willing and able to perform physically demanding work, and able to manage stress and adverse outcomes well.

           

          A $25 exam fee is required to be paid at the time of application.

          Insiste en que la transformación a las escuelas chárter y los vales son la única alternativa.

          El gobernador Ricardo Rosselló exhortó ayer a los maestros a que “reflexionen” sobre el paro que el Frente Amplio en Defensa de la Educación Pública (FADEP) decretó para el lunes entrante en protesta por la reforma educativa aprobada en la Cámara de Representantes.

          Mientras se desarrolle el paro magisterial el lunes, se espera que el Senado lleve a votación la medida que busca reformar el sistema de educación pública mediante el modelo de escuelas privatizadas (chárter) y el sistema de vales educativos.

          “Uno respeta el derecho a la libre expresión. Todo el que quiera expresarse tiene ese derecho siempre que lo haga de manera pacífica y que no obstaculice a otros ciudadanos. Ahora bien, hago un llamado a recordar quiénes son los que se afectan en todo esto, son los niños”, dijo Rosselló.

          “Nosotros hemos tenido un proceso abierto para dialogar con los maestros y con múltiples sectores. Se han acogido cientos de enmiendas para este proyecto”, añadió.

          El gobernador indicó que “la transformación va a ocurrir porque la alternativa es quedarnos como estamos y nadie puede estar satisfecho con un sistema de educación donde solamente el 10% de los niños salen proficientes en matemáticas, menos del 10% salen proficientes en ciencias y menos del 50% salen proficientes en español”.

          Sin embargo, para la presidenta de la Federación de Maestros (FMPR), Mercedes Martínez se trata de “una falsa medida” de reforma educativa.

          “Le llevamos un mensaje claro al Senado que considera la medida ese día y al gobernador, señor Ricardo Rosselló para que desistan de implantar una falsa medida de reforma educativa que tiene el rechazo de los educadores y de las comunidades escolares del país”, expresó Martínez en un comunicado de prensa.

          En declaraciones escritas los portavoces del FADEP indicaron que con las escuelas chárter los maestros y maestras perderán sus permanencias, seguridad de empleo, días de vacaciones y enfermedad, bono, retiro y demás derechos laborales. “La falsa reforma educativa condenará a la esclavitud a los educadores”, dice la declaración conjunta de la FMPR y de los gremios UNETE, EDUCAMOS, Educadores Puertorriqueños en Acción (EPA), ONDEPR y la ODAE.

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