LYNDHURST — Alexia Jorge has been playing baseball for as long as she can remember.

“Probably since I was about three years old,” said the Lyndhurst teenager, now 14 years old. “I always played baseball.”
Jorge was a baseball player through Lyndhurst Little League, playing shortstop and pitching, before settling into her natural position of catcher. She played baseball with and against the boys, even going up against her older brother Victor a few times.

Victor Jorge is an accomplished wrestler at Lyndhurst, having reached the Region 4 tournament in each of the last two seasons.

But Alexia has stuck to her guns and played baseball, even when others tried to convince her to play softball with the girls.

“I never wanted to go play softball,” Jorge said. “I wanted to keep going with baseball. I’ve played baseball my whole life and I feel it’s more competitive with baseball.”

So when the time came for Alexia to enroll at Lyndhurst High School last September, she had one idea in mind.

“I was going to play baseball,” Jorge said. “That was always my goal.”

Jorge was prepared to reach her goal by playing for a competitive travel club team called Nutley Central. She regularly plays with and against the boys with that team.

“My teammates never had any reaction towards me,” Jorge said.

But there was one instance where Alexia was pitching and unleashed her knuckleball. That’s right, the teenager can throw a mean knuckler. Take that, R.A. Dickey.

“The rest of the team was really supportive,” Jorge said.

And never has there been a mention of the word “softball.” She won’t hear it. She’s a baseball player.

Lyndhurst High School head baseball coach Pat Auteri has been very familiar with Jorge’s talents.

“She has come to our camp every year since I became the head coach,” Auteri said. “She was at the camp when Butchie (former head coach Butch Servideo) ran it. I knew of Alexia because she played on my nephew’s Little League team. So I knew all about her.”
And when Auteri heard that Alexia was going to try out for the baseball team, he had no qualms.

“I’ve seen her play a lot,” Auteri said. “I think because I knew of her and I knew the type of kid she is that I didn’t have a problem. She really loves the game. You see her passion. She goes out there and enjoys every minute she plays.”
So Jorge earned her spot on the Lyndhurst freshman squad this year. She regularly plays catcher for the Golden Bear freshmen and sometimes gets a chance to throw that knuckler.

“I’ve been able to see some of her games,” Auteri said. “Her coach (Mark Offiitto) also gives me reports about her. She’s one of the best players we have on the freshman team.”

And later this month, Jorge will travel to Vero Beach, Florida, where she will play with the Team USA girls’ national baseball team.

Jorge earned a spot on the squad, for girls ages 14 through 17, at tryouts on Long Island and later Virginia and Maryland.

“I first wasn’t old enough to play for the national team,” Jorge explained. “So I was invited to the breakthrough series. When I got word, I was excited. I was hitting in the batting cages, when my mom (Tracy) got an e-mail. I didn’t believe it at first. But the next day, it really hit me. I couldn’t stop smiling.”

Jorge believes that she can play on the national level.

“I’m pretty confident,” Jorge said. “I know it’s not going to be easy. I just hope I do well there.”

Jorge said that she has been hitting the ball better of late, which gives her confidence.
“I hit some good shots to the outfield,” Jorge said. “I also hit some ground balls pretty hard.”

And what’s the reaction from opponents when they realize she’s a girl?

“Sometimes, I’m behind the plate and they don’t notice,” Jorge said. “I have short hair, so they can’t tell and they certainly don’t expect that I’m a girl. Then, they realize it after I take off the mask. When they realize I’m a girl, they’re all shocked. I think it’s pretty funny.”

Jorge has one more goal in mind.

“Absolutely, varsity baseball is definitely in the future,” Jorge said. “That’s what I want.”

And there’s no talk at all about playing softball with the girls.

“That’s not what I want,” Jorge said. “I think the world is starting to conform to allow girls to play varsity baseball. I want that. I want to play baseball. I feel baseball and softball are two different sports. I’m better at baseball.”

Auteri is willing to give Jorge a shot.

“We’re going to give her every opportunity to make the team,” Auteri said. “She’ll be in the mix. The door is always open. She’s a kid who plays the game she loves. She knows the game and loves the game. You can’t ask for more than that.”

Jorge is set to play baseball all summer long with her travel team. It will include a trip later this year to the Cal Ripken Experience in Aberdeen, Maryland. Jorge has already played at the Cal Ripken Experience facilities in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina.

As for her trip to Florida beginning May 31?
“I think it’s going to be fun and exciting,” Jorge said. “I just can’t wait.”


Lyndhurst High School freshman Alexia Jorge is making history as the first girl to ever play baseball in the Lyndhurst program. She is also getting a chance to play baseball on the national level with the Team USA camp for baseball playing girls in Vero Beach, Florida later this month. Photo by Jim Hague

Lyndhurst’s Alexia Jorge is a standout catcher and pitcher on the Lyndhurst High School freshman baseball team. Photo by Jim Hague

The Gaza Massacre that the whole world witnessed on May 14, 2018, applauded by the US capitalist press by its focus on the Trump family’s smiles at the opening of the US embassy in Jerusalem and ignoring Nazi Israel’s slaughter paid for with our tax dollars, must be answered by supporting the only 2 parties that support the Palestinian liberation struggle, Peace & Freedom Party and the Green Party.

The Gaza Massacre that the whole world witnessed on May 14, 2018, applauded by the US capitalist press by its focus on the Trump family’s smiles at the opening of the US embassy in Jerusalem and ignoring Nazi Israel’s slaughter paid for with our tax dollars, must be answered by supporting the only 2 parties that support the Palestinian liberation struggle, Peace & Freedom Party and the Green Party.

The Democrats and much of the capitalist press claim to be anti-Trump but their actions make it very clear they have no fundamental difference with Republican Trump with their support of Nazi Israel and the rest of the US war machine. The theocratic, racist, anti-women US military base and settler colony known as Israel receives $3 to $4 billion a year from American taxpayers, supported 100% by the Democrats and Republicans at all levels of office. There are sometimes a few Democrats providing a fig leaf over the shameful reality of Nazi USA’s support of Nazi Israel by protesting “excesses” of Nazi Israel, but they always support giving our tax dollars to Nazi Israel. The reason the Boycott, Divest, Sanctions (BDS) movement is so hated by Nazi Israel to the point where they have banned outstanding peace organizations is because the BDS movement weakens the Nazi Israeli economy.

Israel is the 4th largest military power in the world, although since it is the primary recipient of billions of US dollars and weapons upon demand, one could say it is the second largest military power in the world, the first being the backward USA, which is only first in producing military hardware. It is also one of 9 nuclear weapons countries. The USA is last in life expectancy and infant mortality in the industrialized world, with DECLINING LIFE EXPECTANCY SINCE 2015, because we do not have socialized medicine and we have 50% poverty; we cannot have guns and butter.

We are not helpless sitting here thousands of miles from Gaza. We can and must take a stand by registering now to support Peace & Freedom Party and the Green Party. They need us to stay on the ballot, and we need them. At every level of office, the Democrats and Republicans are pro-Nazi Israel. The 60 day report on registration, by County, dated April 6, 2018, in PDF format, is at:

You can register online at
Peace & Freedom Party’s candidate for governor is Gloria LaRiva. For more on her and other P&F candidates, see
The Green Party candidate for governor is Josh Jones. See:
There are other Green Party candidates. See
For more information, see

To help you and others understand the importance of supporting the only 2 parties that support the Palestinian liberation struggle, Peace & Freedom Party and the Green Party, the following is the reading list you will never get from the capitalist press.

Laughing Israelis at 9/11 Inside Job site in NYC:
Israelis – Not Muslims – Cheered in Jersey City on 9/11 by Glen Ford, 11/27/15 at
Also see:“Joyous Celebration” during 9/11 World Trade Center Inside Job at
9/11 Suspects: The Dancing Israelis, The Corbett Report: 17 minutes at:
Correction on speculation that the Laughing Israelis were a distraction: The Zionists knew they had absolute immunity from prosecution in their complicity in perpetrating the 9/11 Inside Job and view themselves as a master race, “the chosen people,” which we see daily now in Israel. This is further proof that all nationalism is reactionary and religion is both superstition and reactionary.

Laughing Israelis at World Trade Center on 9/11/01 identified themselves on TV, and much more on Israel’s complicity in the 911 Inside Job which should surprise no one since Israel, a US military base since its inception in 1948, is and always has been part of the US military-agent provocateur-spy system of US imperialism. EHUD OLMERT, mayor of Jerusalem in 2001, from a terrorist Irgun family, visited New York City on 9/10/11. While all civilian flights were grounded immediately after the 9/11/01 Inside Job and for at least a week thereafter, a full El Al Boeing 747 left New York City’s JFK airport for Israel with authorization from the US Department of Defense, and US military officials were at the JFK airport to make sure this flight was cleared for take-off. Florida, the alleged base of the non-existent “Arab hijackers” was and is a base for Israeli Mossad operations as is the rest of the USA. EHUD BARAK, who has degrees in physics and mathematics, attended Stanford University, was Israel’s Defense Minister during the Massacre of Gaza of 2008-2009, making him a war criminal according to the Goldstone Report, and was Prime Minister of Israel from July 1999 to March 2001, when he came to the US to work as a partner in SCP Partners, a Mossad-run private equity company concerned with “security,” which had in its portfolio a company called Megallurg Holdings, Inc. capable of producing and applying an advanced form of super-thermite, a powerful explosive, which was found in the dust of the Twin Towers. On 9/11/01, he stated on BBC TV that the world faces a War on Terror and called for an invasion of Afghanistan, clearly the cover for the 911 Inside Job.

“Israeli police teach schoolchildren how to shoot Palestinians” by Ali Abunimah, 5/2/18 at

Zionist treats Africans like Wild Animals, Grabbing Them By The Hair and Taking Their Picture. See

“Israeli Sniper Rifles Made in USA” by Joyce Cediac, 4/30/18 at

“Youtube Censors Abby Martin Interview Explaining Israeli Fascism in 28 Countries” by Whitney Webb, 4/7/18 at

The Youtube 28 minute movie, which refers to the 51 Day Gaza Massacre by Israel is:
“Jewish-American on Israel’s Fascism: “No Hope For Change From Within”” Abby Martin interviews Max Blumenthal at

“In Wake of Gaza Massacre, Israeli Leaders Should Be Prosecuted for War Crimes” by Marjorie Cohn, 4/8/18 at

Gaza’s Offshore Gas Fields:

“Pre-Mediated Murder: How Israel Provided Evidence of Its Own War Crimes” by Ben White, 4/6/18 at

Women hating promoted in Nazi Israel:
“Israeli airport rejects ad urging women not to give up seats to ultra-Orthodox men” 4/2/18

“Irish students, teachers vote for solidarity with Palestine” by Nora Barrows-Friedman, 4/7/18 at

Labor for Palestine, Respecting the BDS Picketline at

“Palestinian Postal Services Workers Union Pres Imad A A Temeiza & CUPW VP (Canadian Postal Worker Union Vice President) on Israeli Apartheid” 1/25/18. 20 minutes, Labor Video
Both union representatives make many good points for union solidarity with the Palestinian workingclass.

“Israeli Zim Ship Shanghai At Standstill In Oakland By ILWU Action & Picket Line” 9/27/14. 46 minutes Labor Video Project.

“ILWU Rank and File Back Picket Of Zim Ship Piraeus At Port Of Oakland” 8/30/14. 34 minutes. Labor Video Project.

“Israeli Company Targeted by Oakland Blockade Imports Ammunition Into US”
Thursday, 28 August 2014 By Darwin BondGraham Truthout Reprint at:

“Israel releases ‘BDS blacklist’ banning 20 NGOs from entering country” 1/7/18 at

“Why Has Israel Banned Jewish Leftists But Not Members Of Nazi-linked Groups?” by Natasha Roth, 1/9/18 at
Members of fascist organizations are welcomed to Israel.
The milestone must read $34.5 billion lawsuit exposing the US-Zionist theft of Palestinian land is at on the website of the plaintiffs’ attorney, Martin McMahon and Associates and may be found with the use of PACER at the site of the US District Court, District of Columbia, Case 1:16-cv-00445, Tamimi v Adelson.

The defendants include Sheldon Adelson, Norman Braman, Lawrnce Ellison, Daniel Gilbert, John Hagee, Lev Leviev, Irving Moskowitz, Haim Saban, Elliott Abrams, American Friends of Ariel, Friends of Israel Defense Forces, Gush Etzion Foundation, The Hebron Fund, G4S PLC, RE/MAX, LLC, Readymix Industries, Veolia North America, Volvo Group, Hewlett Packard Enterprise Co, Motorola Solutions, Inc, and Nordstrom, Inc.

The Complaint is for 1. Civil Conspiracy, 2. War Crimes, Crimes Against Humanity and Genocide, 3. Aggravated and Ongoing Trespass, 4. Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act (RICO) Violations under 18 USC §1962(C), 5. War Crime of Pillage.

“Fifty years later: Myths and facts about the Six Day War” by Richard Becker, 6/7/17 at
from his book, Palestine, Israel and the U.S. Empire. PSL Publications, 2009

“Why Palestine is Still the Issue” by John Pilger, 7/11/17 at
and his 2002 movie, “Palestine is Still the Issue” is at

“US and Israeli-Made Weapons in Hands of ISIS Terrorists. Discovered by Syrian Government Forces” by Samer Hussein, 5/26/17 at

Israel Assisted in US attack on Syria:

Thus, once again, it is proven that ISIS is the US CIA and the US junior partner, Israel.

“On the 35th Anniversary of Sabra and Shatila: The Forgotten Refugees” by Dr. Ang Swee Chai, 9/15/17 at

US Police train in Israel:

“Atlanta mayor rejects demand to end Israel police training” by Rania Khalek, 7/21/16 at

“Israel-trained police “occupy” Missouri after killing of black youth” by Rania Khalek, 8/15/14 at Linked to US police & soldiers train in Israel: “The Ferguson/Palestine Connection” by Kristian Davis Bailey, 8/19/14 at:

“Israel Security Forces Are Training American Cops Despite History of Rights Abuses” by Alice Speri, 9/15/17 at:

Israel’s profiteering in supplying spy tools and weapons, as well as training American police:

Israel has 80 nuclear weapons as of May 2017. See

On the Israeli Occupation Industry. (A project of Israel’s Coalition of Women for Peace)

Apartheid Roads: Promoting Settlements, Punishing Palestinians

Construction of Settlements Upon Private Land

Institute for Middle East Understanding: Elad, the Jewish National Fund & the US Taxpayer-Subsidized “Judaization” of Silwan, 10/8/14

Torture and Abuse Under Interrogation updated 3/29/16

Human Rights Watch: Occupation, Inc. How Settlement Businesses Contribute to Israel’s Violations of Palestinian Rights, 1/19/16 at

The Israeli Committee Against House Demolitions:

American Friends Service Committee: Israel’s Settlement Policy in The Occupied Palestinian Territory

Al Monitor: The Pulse of the Middle East: Israel Denies Palestinians Equal Water Access, 4/8/13 at

Meyer Lansky, a Jewish gangster, was a proud Zionist and contributed money and guns to the founding of Israel. See:
Cuba Pre-1959: The Rise and Fall of a U.S. Backed Dictator with Links to the Mob by Timothy Alexander Guzman, July 23, 2015 at

The torture perpetrated by Israel against Palestinians with US tax dollars in its efforts to steal Palestinian land was described with illustrations in Beyond Chutzpah: On The Misuse of Anti-Semitism and the Abuse of History by Norman Finkelstein (2005) University of California Press, particularly in the chapter, Chapter 6, Israel’s Abu Ghraib.

Anti-Defamation League, a staunch Zionist organization, Supports Racist Grand Jury in Ferguson, Missouri and New York Police who choked Eric Garner to death after he protested 11 times that he can’t breathe. See

The Ethnic Cleansing of Palestine by Ilan Pappe
(2006) Oneworld Publications, ISBN 978-1-85168-555-4
(Has full details on the 1948 to present mass murder of boys and men, rape and murder of girls and women and theft of Palestinian land all planned by David Ben-Gurion, first president of Israel, and cohorts, as Ben-Gurion described in his diary quoted in Pappe’s book.)

Israel-Palestine on Record by Howard Friel and Richard Falk
(2007) Verso, ISBN 978-1-84467-109-0 (Contains eyewitness testimony for 2000 to 2006 of Israeli destruction of Palestinian homes and the horrors of daily life in Occupied Palestine due to daily Israeli terrorism, all paid for with $4 billion US tax dollars annually, making Israel the 4th largest military gang in the world).

Occupy AIPAC (AIPAC stands for American Israel Public Affairs Committee-pro-capitalist, pro-Israel wealthy lobbyists who deliver almost entire US Congress and every president to support the US military base that exists to protect US Middle East oil profits and US imperialism around the world, commonly known as Israel. They are officially lobbyists but in reality, are a mouthpiece of the US capitalist class as Israel is a colony of the US. Occupy AIPAC opposes AIPAC.)

National Lawyers Guild: Free Palestine Committee

Al-Nakba (Catastrophe) Awareness Campaign

Zionism in the Age of Dictators by Lenni Brenner at

The Iron Wall by Lenni Brenner at

The Hidden History of Zionism by Ralph Schoenman at

51 Documents: Zionist Collaboration with the Nazis edited by Lenni Brenner
(2002) Barricade Books, New Jersey, ISBN 1-56980-235-1

The Transfer Agreement by Edwin Black
(1984, 2001) Carroll & Graf, NY, ISBN 0-7867-0841-7

The Third Reich and the Palestine Question by Francis Nicosia
(1985) University of Texas Press, ISBN 0-292-72731-3

December 4, 1948 letter to New York Times from Albert Einstein and others condemning Zionist terrorist Menachem Begin and the massacre at Deir Yassin:

Boycott, Divest, Sanctions Movement against Zionist Israel at
(“What were the top 10 BDS victories of 2016?” by Nora Barrows-Friedman, 12/30/16)

“Israel and US Hide Names of Companies Supporting Israeli Settlements” by Marjorie Cohn, 12/2/17 at
Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS)
“Representatives of Palestinian civil society launched the BDS movement in 2005. They called upon “international civil society organizations and people of conscience all over the world to impose broad boycotts and implement divestment initiatives against Israel similar to those applied to South Africa in the apartheid era … [including] embargoes and sanctions against Israel.””

“The call for BDS specified that “these non-violent punitive measures” should last until Israel fully complies with international law by (1) ending the occupation and colonization of all Arab territories and removing the barrier wall; (2) affirming the human rights of Israel’s Arab-Palestinian citizens to full equality; and (3) affirming the rights of Palestinian refugees to return to their land as required by UN General Assembly Resolution 194.”

“BDS was a major factor behind the 46 percent decrease in foreign direct investment in Israel in 2014, according to a UN report. A World Bank report revealed that Palestinian imports from Israel dropped by 24 percent in the first quarter of 2015.”

Exposing the Sordid and Continuing Alliance Between Zionism and Anti-Semitism” by Max Blumenthal, 11/22/17 at

“Ukraine: Israeli Special Forces Unit under Neo-Nazi Command Involved in Maidan Riots” by Michel Chossudovsky, 3/3/14 at

Zionist Supporters of “Good Night Left Side” European fascists at:
“Israeli calls for Palestinian blood ring at fever pitch” by David Sheen, 7/15/14 at
The screenshot enlarges the whole short video at

“How the Israel Lobby Protected Ukrainian Neo-Nazis” by Max Blumenthal, 11/18/14 at

“Terrorism: How the Israeli State Was Won” by Tom Suarez, 8/2/17 at
On December 14, 2016 Tom Suárez spoke at The House of Lords, London, at the invitation of Baroness Jenny Tonge. Drawing from his recently published book State of Terror, he addressed the centennial of the Balfour Declaration and his views on the way toward ending today’s Israel-Palestine “conflict”. The article are Suárez’s remarks. The book may be found at

Israel’s nuclear war capacity and history of threatening the former Soviet Union in an excellent article by John Steinbach:

Zionsts and Anti-Communist Witchhunts in the USA:

The Strange History of the Anti-Defamation League: ADL Spies
by Jeffrey Blankfort, June 12, 2013, Counterpunch at

“The ADL Spying Case Is Over But the Struggle Continues” by Jeffrey Blankfort, 2/25/02 at

The Israel Lobby Archive at or

ADL Watch:

Walled: Israeli Society at an Impasse by Sylvain Cypel
(2005, 2006) Other Press, ISBN 13:978-1-5905 1-210-4
(A good early history of the apartheid wall and history and contemporary life of Israel and its relationship to the US as a military base. The lack of separation of church and state is evident as “All Israeli students study the Hebrew Bible in public school for several hours a week, from the elementary grades through high school (knowledge of the Bible is tested on the high school exit examination.)” (p. 177) Superstition and militarism clearly go together This is a sign of an extremely backward society).

A Wall in Palestine by Rene Backman
(2006, 2010) Picador/St. Martin’s Press, NY ISBN 978-0-312-42781-8
(Good maps of the apartheid wall and description of resistance to it; it is clearly a land grab as there are means of going through wall and thus it has nothing to do with security; also describes segregated roads and racist license system).

An Israeli in Palestine by Jeff Halper (an American who moved to Israel in 1973 at age 27, is a professor of anthropology, is the leader of the Israeli Committee Against House Demolitions and supports the Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions Campaign against Israel described in Appendix 4). (2008) Pluto Press, ISBN 978-0-7453-2226-1. “There is not even a civil mechanism by which Jewish, Christian, and Muslim citizens of Israel can marry each other since personal status, citizenship, marriage, death, inheritance, is regulated by religious and not civil law.” p. 76

Palestine Inside Out by Saree Makdisi, (2008, 2010) Norton Press, ISBN 978-0-393-33844-7. With a beautiful foreword by Alice Walker, comparing the racist horrors of Zionist Israel to white racism in the USA, Makdisi, a Palestinian-American professor of English literature at UCLA, writes a detailed account of the daily horrors of life in Occupied Palestine. His periodic sections “By the Numbers” offer useful statistics, his maps are plentiful, and his entire book is a ringing indictment of the mental illness that is religion and the anti-women horror of theocratic states. As Americans read it, we must remember that this is all paid for with our tax dollars and supported 100% by every single Democratic and Republican politician at every level of government. It is opposed by all socialist parties and the Green Party.

Zionism: The Real Enemy of the Jews, Vol. 3 by Alan Hart (2005, 2010) Clarity Press, ISBN 0-932863-69-8/978-0-932863-69-0. Alan Hart, a former ITN (part of British news agency that produces outstanding Channel 4 of UK) and BBC Panorama correspondent, covers the horrors of Zionism in Israel and its relationship to the United States from 1967 to January 2010 from the perspective of a non-Jewish journalist with lots of worthwhile insights.

  • Hospital rejects victim over bullet injuries

Samson Folarin

Tragedy struck on Madam Felicia Street, Orimerunmu, Ofada-Mokoloki, in the Obafemi Owode Local Government Area of Ogun State, after a senior engineer with an Information and Communications Technology company, Adebayo Akinwunmi, was shot dead by suspected robbers.

PUNCH Metro learnt that the victim was killed around 1am on Sunday, May 13, when the four-man gang attacked the community.

An eyewitness, who did not want to be identified for security reasons, said the men scaled the fence into the engineer’s house.

He said, “They were four in number and did not wear any mask. The man’s wife was sleeping when they shouted through the window that the family should open the door. They showed their guns and threatened to shoot.

“The man asked the wife to stay in the bedroom and assured the robbers that he would open the door. He was about to open the door when the men, who had become impatient, broke the door with their legs.

“As they were querying the man for being sluggish, the wife came out and started begging them.

“They asked the wife what they had and she gave them their ATM cards, phones and laptops.

 “One of them just shot the engineer in the rib. Others queried the man for shooting him and they hurriedly left the apartment.

“They led the wife out and asked her to open the gate and find someone that would take the husband to a hospital. They asked her not to shout.”

Our correspondent learnt that the wife contacted the sister-in-law, who got a vehicle with which the victim was taken to a private medical facility in the area.

He was reportedly rejected as the doctors allegedly demanded a police report for the gunshot injuries.

PUNCH Metro gathered that the wife asked that he should be taken to Reddington Hospital, Ikeja, the hospital that his company used. However, he was again rejected at the hospital.

A close family member said doctors at the hospital also demanded a police report.

“We were finally referred to the Lagos State University Teaching Hospital, Ikeja, where we were told that there was no surgeon to attend to him due to the ongoing strike actions of medical doctors in the country.

“Because there was nobody to attend to us, he gave up at LASUTH. He would have marked his 41 years birthday on May 29, 2018.

 “This is the fifth time that the robbers would attack their house. The previous times, the robbers burgled the house when they were not at home. This was the only time they met them at home,” she added.

PUNCH Metro learnt that the Abeokuta, Ogun State indigene, and his wife, Nike, had been married for 10 years.

He was said to have been survived by an aged mother, wife and two children.

Our correspondent was told that the management of his company and the police from the Mowe division visited the family on Sunday.

His widow was said to have passed out on seeing the corpse before he was buried according to Islamic rites.

“He was a quiet and religious man. He was also very hard-working. He was a senior engineer at Ericsson and was awarded the best staff member of the company exactly a year ago. The company rewarded his family with an all-expense paid trip to the USA. It is such a big loss,” another family member said.

A resident, who asked not to be identified for security reasons, said four other houses in the neighbourhood were raided.

“After they left the man’s house, they went to four other houses where they stole valuables. The robbers operated without any challenge from the local vigilance group or policemen from the surrounding divisions,” he said.

 When our correspondent contacted Reddington Hospital, Ikeja, a medical official at the emergency unit, said he was not on duty at the time and could not comment.

When pressed for information on the hospital’s policy on bullet-wound patients, he said a police report used to be a requirement for treatment, but there had been a change.

He asked our correspondent to call back after one hour.

When our correspondent called back, nobody was available to speak on the matter.

A representative of the hospital at its headquarters on the Victoria Island, however, said her findings showed that it was a requirement at the headquarters.

The state Police Public Relations Officer, Abimbola Oyeyemi, confirmed the incident, adding that the police were on the trail of the suspects.

He said, “It was an unfortunate incident. The state Commissioner of Police, Ahmed Iliyasu, has deployed men of the Federal Special Anti-Robbery Squad in the area. We have enough clues and very soon, we will bring them to justice. In fact, men of the FSARS are closing in on them as we speak. This kind of crime has never been perpetrated in Ogun without the assailants being arrested and this will not be an exception.”

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Finance Minister Colm Imbert yesterday said all the statements he makes are based on facts and data, as he continued his quest to “pull off the mask” of people he claimed are politicians trying to disguise themselves as “independent and unbiased” economic commentators.

Imbert also took to his Twitter account to highlight the title of his post-graduate dissertation, as he sought to silence critics who claim because of his engineering background he had no idea what he is doing as Finance Minister.

“Just for the information of all concerned, the title of my LLM (Master of Laws) dissertation from the Aberdeen Business School in 2015 was ‘An Appropriate Taxation Regime for a Mature Oil Province in a Period of Low Oil Prices—The Challenge for Trinidad and Tobago,” Imbert, who did his post-graduate dissertation in 2015, wrote on his Twitter page. The dissertation looked at an appropriate tax regime for this country during a period of low oil prices.

Imbert started his day on social media yesterday continuing his attempt to discredit those commentators he felt were not independent.

The attack began in the Parliament early Friday as he wound up the debate on the Finance Bill, when he trained his guns on five economic commentators—Professor Patrick Watson, Indera Sagewan-Alli, Marla Dukharan, Dr Roger Hosein and Mariano Browne—as he responded to a statement made earlier in the debate by Opposition Member of Parliament Barry Padarath.

Imbert continued his onslaught yesterday.

“Patrick Watson was a COP (Congress of the People) Senator in the PP (People’s partnership) Government from 2010 to 2011,” Imbert began his tweets yesterday, as he provided a link to the Parliament’s profile of Watson.

“As is done in the USA and UK, these commentators should declare their political affiliations, so the public will know that they are not independent or unbiased.”

“Indera Sagewan-Alli was the UNC (United National Congress) Opposition MP for Caroni East from Aug 1994 to Oct 1995 and also served as a temporary UNC government senator during the period Nov 1995 to Nov 2000. How is someone with that history deemed to be ‘independent’?” he wrote, as he also provided a link to the Parliament’s profile of Sagewan-Alli.

During a telephone interview with i95.5FM later on, Imbert said the commentators were making claims without proper information.

“I have distinguished economists that advise me that work in my ministry, I consult with international agencies, I get a lot of very, very serious research done in the Ministry of Finance. We don’t play inside of there,” Imbert said.

“So when we come out and talk, everything we say we can back it up. So if I say that I am seeing a growth in revenue in the non-oil sector I could back it up, I have the actual figures, I talk from a basis of fact.”

Imbert said the commentators, however, do not talk from a position of fact.

Imbert said an example of this is the fact that none of them mentioned the “stable” outlook given to this country by rating agency Moody’s on Thursday.

“Moody’s published an update on Trinidad and Tobago and have maintained a stable outlook for Trinidad and Tobago under this PNM Government, but you would never hear them saying that you know,” he said.

Hosein, Browne and Sagewan-Alli have all condemned Imbert’s attack on their credibility.

Dukharan posted a quote from George Bernard Shaw stating, “I learned long ago, never to wrestle with a pig. You get dirty, and besides, the pig likes it.” Dukharan is the chief economist at Bitt Inc.

In a statement yesterday, Bitt Inc chairman Peter George said Imbert’s comments were completely misleading and an attempt to divert attention away from the mid-year fiscal budget review.

“Bitt Inc welcomes any positive interaction with the Minister of Finance in articulating to and educating him on the potential benefits of Blockchain technology to Trinidad and Tobago, but we roundly reject his erroneous and flippant assertions both to Ms Dukharan and our firm,” George said.

Floral tributes left for 16-year-old Tanesha Melbourne, who was fatally shot in Tottenham (Picture: SWNS)

The disturbing rise in murders in London has rightfully led to questions being asked about violent crime in the capital.

There were 45 murders in London in the first three months of this year, almost double the figure recorded for the same period in 2017.

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It has led to criticism of Mayor of London Sadiq Khan, while US President Donald Trump claimed a London hospital resembles a ‘war zone’ due to the spate of knife attacks.

However, despite the increase, its murder rate remains lower than in any of the 50 largest cities in the USA, as noted by Statista.

In the year ending on March 31 2018, London had a murder rate of 1.8 per 100,000 people, including eight people who died as a result of terrorism.

Murder rate in major cities (per 100,000 people)

Baltimore55.80New Orleans40.40Detroit39.70New York City3.40Austin3.10San Diego2.20London1.80
Sadiq Khan has been criticised for the rise in murders in London (Picture: Getty)

In comparison, San Diego in California, the safest of America’s 50 largest cities, had a murder rate of 2.2.


New York City had 3.4 murders for every 100,000 citizens – while at the top of the list, Detroit, Michigan had a 39.7 rate, the figure jumped to 40.4 in New Orleans, Louisiana, and in Baltimore, Maryland, there were 55.8 murders per 100,000 people.

There have been 62 murders in London this year – with knives used for 39 of the deaths and guns involved 10 times.

Speaking earlier this week, Mr Khan, who has faced criticism over his response to the attacks, insisted he believes he has done nothing wrong.

He told LBC: ‘I don’t think we have done anything wrong in London.

‘Nor do I think, by the way, the police and crime commissioners across the country have done much wrong.’


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It has been reporetd that a 51-year-old man from Iowa, USA, was shot by his own dog while playing with the pet in his home. Local media reported this on Friday.

Richard Remme of Fort Dodge was encouraging his dog Balew, a cross between a pit bull and a labrador, to jump on his lap as he lay on his sofa when the dog apparently flicked the safety catch off the 9mm pistol he was carrying in his belt.

“I was lying on the couch, and we were horsing around, me and the dog. And I was tossing him off my lap, and he was jumping back on my lap,” he told The Messenger newspaper after being discharged from hospital.

“Apparently he bumped the safety one time, and when he bounded back over one of his toes went right down into the trigger guard,” the injured dog owner said.

“It has a trigger safety as well as a thumb safety, and he managed to hit both of them, and it discharged and went into my leg, did no major damage to anything.”

Remme called 911 and told the emergency dispatcher, “My dog shot me.”

“I’ve never heard of that,” the city police chief Roger Porter told the paper.

“I’ve heard of guns dropping and going off on the floor, and horsing around and guns going off. I can’t say I’ve heard a dog story before.”

“Only in America can you get shot by your dog,” said Shannon Watts, founder of Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America, an organization pushing for stricter gun controls in the United States.

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A Melbourne man pointed a gun at his wife and children in an episode of domestic violence, police said.  

Hector Colon III, 25, of the 1900 block of Post Road, was charged Tuesday with aggravated assault with a firearm, aggravated child abuse, theft of a firearm and battery domestic violence. He posted $65,000 bail at the Brevard County Thursday.

Colon’s wife told police he punched her twice in front of their two children in the kitchen of their home. He then reached for a 9mm handgun, which belongs to the wife, and ran to a bedroom, the arrest affidavit states. 

The woman took the children and fled to a car, the report states. Colon stepped out of the home with the gun, she told police. Colon pounded on the driver’s side window with the gun and threatened to shoot, according to the affidavit. He then fled in a separate car, police said.

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US Marine Corps Lt Col (Ret.) Oliver North speaks at the NRA convention in Dallas, Texas, last Friday. (Reuters photo)

ATLANTA, USA: Retired Lt Col Oliver North, the US Marine at the centre of the Iran-Contra affair three decades ago, was named president Monday of the National Rifle Association, giving it star power as it faces a backlash over the massacres in Florida and Las Vegas.

North’s appointment was ripped by gun-control advocates who called his appointment symptomatic of an NRA tone-deaf given his role in the arms-trafficking scandal that engulfed the White House in the Reagan administration. Conservatives and gun-rights supporters hailed him as a patriot who will vigorously battle efforts to restrict access to firearms.

North, 74, will be the biggest celebrity to lead the 5-million-member gun lobby since Hollywood leading man Charlton Heston, who famously declared in 2000 that his guns would have to be taken “from my cold, dead hands.”

“Oliver North is a legendary warrior for American freedom, a gifted communicator and skilled leader,” NRA CEO Wayne LaPierre said.

Momentum for gun control has been building since the mass shooting in Las Vegas last fall that killed 58 people and the Feb 14 rampage at a Parkland, Florida, high school that left 17 dead.

“The election of Oliver North is the clearest sign yet that the NRA is floundering in the face of plummeting popularity, scrutiny into its Russia ties, and state lawmakers who are defying the gun lobby left and right,” said John Feinblatt, president of Everytown for Gun Safety, founded by former New York mayor and billionaire Michael Bloomberg. “The NRA doesn’t need a new leader-it needs an entirely new direction.”

North was picked by the NRA’s board of directors, which elects a president every two years, and is expected to assume office within the next several weeks. He succeeds Pete Brownell, who did not seek a second term.

LaPierre remains as vice president and chief executive, running the powerful group’s day-to-day operations. North will lead the board, and NRA observers say they anticipate he will take on a more public role in the style of Heston, a fiery presence who used his acting background to energise members.

North was a military aide to the National Security Council during the Reagan administration in the 1980s when he emerged into the spotlight for his role in arranging the secret sale of weapons to Iran and the diversion of the proceeds to the anti-communist Contra rebels in Nicaragua.

He was convicted in 1989 of obstructing Congress during its investigation, destroying government documents and accepting an illegal gratuity. Those convictions were overturned in 1991.

With his crisp military bearing and teary-eyed testimony before Congress, North came to be regarded as an earnest American patriot by many on the right, and he went on to run for office, write several books and serve as a commentator on Fox News.

In a statement, North said he was honoured to be selected and “eager to hit the ground running.”

“For an organisation so concerned with law and order, picking a new leader who admitted that he lied to Congress is a truly remarkable decision,” said Avery Gardiner, co-president of the Brady Campaign. The gun lobby “will be led by a man whose own concealed carry permit was revoked because he was `not of good character.”‘

Robert J Spitzer, chairman of political science at the State University of New York at Cortland and an expert on guns and the Second Amendment, called North the closest thing the NRA has to a celebrity.

“And maybe they figure they need a more prominent person at the helm, as opposed to the string of relative unknowns who have served in recent years,” Spitzer said.

Heston, who died in 2008, served from 1998 to 2003. In 2000, he sought to rally NRA supporters against Democratic presidential candidate Al Gore, warning that Gore was going to “slander you as gun-toting, knuckle-dragging, bloodthirsty maniacs.”

Hoisting a flintlock rifle, Heston declared: “From my cold, dead hands!”

It was a time similar to today, an election following a high-profile mass shooting – the one at Columbine high school in 1999.

The FBI tallied a record number of attacks by active shooters last year with a record-breaking death toll of 138, according to a bureau report.

There were 593 people wounded in 30 such shootings in 2017. The number of active shooter attacks was 50 percent higher than the previous year. There were 20 such crimes in 2016 that claimed the lives of 83 people.

It’s the first time an annual death toll in active shooting incidents exceeded 90 since the FBI began tracking the crimes in 2000. There was a single incident that year.

The FBI defines active shooters as gunmen actively killing or attempting to kill people in a populated area. All of the shooters in 2016 and 2017 were males operating alone, according to the FBI. (There were three women among 42 active shooters In the FBI’s previous report, which covered 2014 and 2015.)

The ages of shooters in 2016 and 2017 ranged from 14 years to 66 years. Seven were in their teens, 18 were in their 20s, nine were in their 30s, nine were in their 40s, three were in their 50s, and four were in their 60s, according to the report.

The two largest active shooting incidents last year were the Las Vegas music festival killings in October that claimed 58 lives, and the First Baptist Church shootings in Sutherland Springs, Texas, in November that killed 26. 

The biggest attack in 2016 was the mass shooting at the Pulse nightclub in Orlando that killed 49.

“Am I surprised by the increase? No,” former FBI Agent James Gagliano told USA Today. He speculated that the increase could be linked to accessibility to guns, copycat shooters tracking news programs, and even video games.

“Part of it is these individuals see one gunman on the news and think, ‘Wow, if they did this, I can do it, too,’” he said.

“It’s a vicious circle and for the most part after these incidents, nothing changes. We all retreat to our corners and bicker.” 

Twenty-one states reported active shooter attacks in both 2016 and 2017. Over those two years six attacks happened in Texas, and five each occurred in California and Florida. 

Over 2016 and 2017 seven attacks occurred in schools, three in government buildings and two in churches. One occurred in a mall. More than a dozen happened in a variety of open spaces, businesses and workplaces. 

In the 50 incidents of both 2016 and 2017, 18 gunmen were arrested, 13 committed suicide, 11 were killed by police and eight were stopped by civilians (in four of those cases civilians were unarmed).