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first_imgRichard E. Aaron/Redferns(ST. PAUL, Minn.) —  No criminal charges will be brought in the accidental drug overdose death of Prince, federal prosecutors said on Thursday.Prosecutors also announced that Michael T. Schulenberg, the Minnesota doctor who prescribed an opioid painkiller for Prince a week before the musician’s death in 2016, has agreed to pay $30,000 to settle civil charges that he wrote an illegal prescription. Prince died of an accidental fentanyl overdose in his Paisley Park estate on April 21, 2016.Carver County Attorney Mark Metz told reporters Thursday that Prince thought he was taking Vicodin to manage pain but unknowingly took counterfeit pills laced with fentanyl.“Prince had no idea he was taking a counterfeit pill that could kill him,” Metz said.Despite “intensive” investigation, Metz said law enforcement was unable to determine who provided the counterfeit Vicodin laced with fentanyl that killed Prince.Dr. Michael T. Schulenberg, who denies any liability, violated the Controlled Substances Act when he illegally wrote a prescription for Prince in someone else’s name, federal prosecutors said Thursday in official settlement documents obtained by ABC News.“Dr. Schulenberg prescribed Schedule 2 controlled substances in the name of an individual knowing that the controlled substances were intended to be used by another individual,” U.S. Attorney Greg Brooker said. “As licensed professionals, doctors are held to a high level of accountability in their prescribing practices, especially when it comes to highly addictive painkillers.”Schulenberg agreed to settle the civil charges by paying $30,000 and submitting to monitoring by the Drug Enforcement Administration.“As Minnesota and the nation struggle in the throes of an opioid crisis, the Drug Enforcement Administration will always strive to ensure that those responsible will be held accountable, no matter what their position may be,” DEA Minneapolis-St. Paul Division Assistant Special Agent in Charge Kenneth Solek said.The settlement is “neither an admission of facts nor liability by Dr. Schulenberg,” court records said. Prosecutors also affirmed in a separate letter to Schulenberg’s attorneys that the doctor is not a target of a federal criminal investigation.“Dr. Schulenberg decided to settle with the United States regarding alleged civil claims in order to avoid the expense, delay and unknown outcome of litigation. He made no admission of facts nor liability and denies any such liability. The United States Attorneys’ Office for the District of Minnesota has confirmed that he is not a target in any criminal inquiry, and there have been no allegations made by the government that Dr. Schulenberg had any role in Prince’s death,” Schulenberg’s attorney, Amy Conners, said in a statement to ABC News. “After he learned of Prince’s addiction, he immediately worked to refer Prince to a treatment facility and to transfer care to a chemical dependency specialist.”Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

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first_imgDolija 08 OPG Klaudio Vitasović Quieto Common Craft Cervar Out of a maximum of 100 points, three olive growers from Istria ( Ipša, Mate and Olea BB) they scored an impressive 98 points. Primorje-Gorski KotarOPG Jud Branko OPG Anton and Nivio Stojnić Ipsha Olive grove Akrapovič OPG Mario Crnobori OPG Enio Zubin OPG Bodiš Uljara Babić OPG Loris Bajkin OPG Petar Palčić OPG Grgorinić For the fifth time in a row, Istria has been declared the world’s best olive growing region. OPG Vošten OPG Andrea Grabunda – Traulin Oils OPG Filip Čeko Mate OPG Nadišić – Olea Magica Al Torcio Oil Mill OPG Rakovac OPG Saša Bernobić OPG Tone Grubešić OPG Buršić Kristofola Meneghetti Valenzan OPG Dario Činić OPG Viviano Antolović See the list of the 500 best olive oils in the world according to the Flos Olei 2020 guide HEREList of Croatian olive growers among the 500 best according to the Flos Olei 2020 guide – ResearchAgrolaguna Agroproduct OPG Marko Geržinić OPG Kristjan Brajko B10 Istrian Fusion In the popular publication Flos Olei 2020, which is considered the bible of olive oils, out of the 500 best olive oils in the world, as many as 79 oils from Croatia are included. Out of the total number, 77 olive growers are from Istria and one each from Dalmatia and Primorje-Gorski Kotar County. OPG Mauricio Beaković Brist Olive Grubic OPG Denis Has OPG Aurora Volarević Family farm Andrea Brečević – Rheoscenter_img OPG Francesco Bellani RELATED NEWS: Nonno Bruno Oil Mill OPG Lupić Oleum Maris Primizia Ursaria OPG Chiavalon Olive Monte Cucco OPG Marina Bonaiuto Split-DalmatiaOPG Žarko Željko OPG Giancarlo Zigante OPG Korado Sergović Olea Prima – OPG Saric Olivetum Posavianus Bosco Monte OPG Đino Antonac OPG Dean Fabijančić OPG Guido Zanini OPG Silvano Bartolić OPG Radola OPG Josip Franković Torkop Orphan Negri Olive Kalčić Olea BB Family farm Damir Vanđelić OPG Katica Kaldenhoff – Olea Kalden EXTRA VIRGIN OLIVE OIL “ISTRIA” PROTECTED AT THE LEVEL OF THE EUROPEAN UNION Vergal OPG Matteo Belci OPG Paulišić – Oliveri Tonin Dobravac OPG Balija Monte Rosso It is an immeasurable success for Istria, where the tradition of olive growing has lasted for more than two millennia, and the confirmation of the quality of Floe Olei certainly contributes to the branding of Istria as a gastronomic destination.  OPG Igor Kocijančić Villa Sianna OPG Giuseppe Lupieri – Cadenela Thus, for five years in a row, Istria has had the most olive growers in the Flos Olei publication and proudly holds the title of the best olive growing region in the world.last_img read more

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first_img“If I’m talking facts, I’m the highest paid player on the this team,” Subban said (via The Tennessean). “With that comes responsibility. Just like everybody else, the responsibility is on me to take the fact that we didn’t win the first round. We didn’t accomplish what we wanted to accomplish.”I hope I’m part of the solution. I hope I can be here and be a part of that. But at the same token, I’m prepared to understand that this organization deserves and demands the best, and they should.”Subban had 31 points (nine goals and 22 assists) in 63 games last season. “We had to make a business decision. With an aim at strengthening our forward corps this offseason, and the continued strength of our defensive group, we felt it was necessary to clear up salary cap space this way,” Predators president of hockey operations and general manager David Poile said in a statement.”We appreciate P.K.’s contribution to the Predators and the Nashville community over the past three seasons, which have seen our organization have unprecedented success.”According to The Athletic, the trade clears space for the Predators to “presumably make an offer” to unrestricted free agent center Matt Duchene of the Columbus Blue Jackets.Subban’s $9 million cap hit had been the highest on the Nashville roster. That had led to speculation that he might be dealt, but the Montreal Canadiens and Vancouver Canucks had been viewed as the two most likely destinations.The 30-year-old Subban, the 2013 Norris Trophy as the NHL’s top defenseman, spent three seasons in Nashville after starting his career in Montreal. He helped lead the Predators to the Stanley Cup Final in 2017.Subban, who has three years and $27 million remaining on his contract, said after the season he hoped to stay in Nashville, but realized that might not be an option. The New Jersey Devils have reportedly acquired defenseman P.K. Subban from the Nashville Predators, both teams announced Saturday.The Predators will receive defensemen Steven Santini and Jeremy Davies and two draft picks.last_img read more

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first_imgDaily Telegraph football journalist Mark Ogden claims reports regarding Arturo Vidal’s move to Manchester United just won’t go away – heightening the suspicion the Red Devils are set to make a move.The Chile World Cup star has been linked with a £37million switch to Old Trafford from Juventus this summer, with Louis van Gaal keen to improve his box-to-box midfield options.But, according to Ogden, the Premier League club have told reporters they are not interested in the 27-year-old.Reports from Chile on Tuesday claimed the deal is all-but complete, and Ogden admitted it was hard to know where the truth lay.“The word from Manchester United is contradictory, and it has been for a few days,” he told Hawksbee and Jacobs . “The message we have been getting is not to take any notice of the reports because it’s not happening.“The noises coming out of Chile and Italy are so strong though that something may be going on behind the scenes.“We’ve been told there is no direct contact with Juventus. Obviously that doesn’t mean there can’t be contact with associated parties. It seems to be a story that won’t go away.”last_img read more

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first_imgA DONEGAL man caught ‘diffing’ a car had his mother as the front seat passenger at the time.Gardaí observed a large plume of white smoke, risen by a Lexus car which was diffing on the road. The vehicle attempted to leave via a side road, but collided with an embankment. Sergeant Jim Collins said the car had temporarily launched sideways into the air as it collided before coming to a rest.Eunan O’Donnell (23) of Magherabuoy, Letterkenny was before Letterkenny District Court in connection with the incident on July 17, 2018.Gardaí questioned O’Donnell, the driver of the vehicle, whose mother was in the passenger seat.Solicitor for O’Donnell, Mr Kieran O’Gorman, said: “His mother asked him what diffing was and he was showing her.”Judge Paul Kelly adjourned the matter until the December 2 sitting of the court.‘Diffing’ man claims he was demonstrating for mother, who was passenger was last modified: November 7th, 2019 by Chris McNultyShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:DiffingEunan O’DonnellJudge Paul KellyletterkennyLetterkenny District Courtlast_img read more

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first_imgMany influential figures in South African government, business and civil society serve on the Board of Brand South Africa.Executive AuthorityMs Faith Muthambi, Minister of CommunicationsBrand South Africa Board of TrusteesMs Khanyisile Kweyama – Chairperson of the Brand SA Board of TrusteesMs Babalwa Ngonyama – Deputy ChairpersonMs Thembi KuneneMr Mpho MakwanaMr Kuseni DlaminiMs Janine HillsMs Lehlohonolo BonokoMs Muditambi RaveleMr Arthur MafokateMs Given Refilwe SibiyaMr Rashid LombardMr Stavros NicolaouMr Mzimkulu MalungaMs Pumla NcapayiMr Geoffrey RothschildBrand South Africa Board TrusteesMs Charlotte “Chichi” Maponya – ChairmanMr Happy Ntshingila – Deputy ChairmanMr Mninawe SilingaMr Ryland FisherMr Connie MolusiMr Thebe IkalafengMs Paula FrayMs Phumelele NzimandeMr Deon HuysamerMr Mzimkulu MalungaMr Rick MenellMr Zwelibanzi MntamboMr Stavros NicolaouMr Danny JordanMr Wayne MorrisMr Geoffrey RothschildMr Ajay GuptaMs Phumla WilliamsMs Pumla NcapayiMr Clayson Monyelalast_img read more

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first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest By Matt ReeseToday Governor John Kasich signed an executive order to take action on water quality in Lake Erie with Ohio’s agriculture in the crosshairs. The measures will impact roughly 7,000 farmers and over 2 million acres in northwest Ohio.“This is just requiring farmers to figure out a way to manage their land in a more effective and more environmentally friendly way. I believe the farmers want to do that. Sometimes some of them do not know exactly what that means. To put a plan in place where we can fund them on whatever it takes to do that makes a lot of sense,” Kasich said. “[But] if the agricultural community says we are going to do nothing, that is not acceptable.”The executive order signed by Kasich targets eight watersheds in the western basin of Lake Erie that will be considered for designation under state law as “Watersheds in Distress,” based on their high nutrient levels, especially phosphorous.  These include:Platter CreekLittle Flat Rock CreekLittle Auglaize RiverEagle CreekAuglaize RiverBlanchard RiverSt. Marys RiverOttawa River.The Ohio Department of Agriculture is directed by this order to consider these watersheds for the official designation “Watersheds in Distress” and to seek consent of the Ohio Soil and Water Conservation Commission, as required by law. Watersheds receiving this designation will require the farmers within them to develop and implement nutrient management plans.“It will be our responsibility to work with the Environmental Protection Agency, the Department of Health, and Department of Natural Resources, look at the data they provide us, and make recommendations to the Soil and Water Commission about whether or not a watershed should be declared distressed. If that happens then we will submit rules…that will deal with what will be required for those watersheds in distress, very similar to what has happened with Grand Lake St. Marys,” said David Daniels, director of the Ohio Department of Agriculture. “The nutrient management plans require regular soil testing and every operator farming over 50 acres will be required to have one of those for their farming operation sometime before the 2020 crop season. Hopefully everyone recognizes that a lot of people already have nutrient management plans and they are probably already compliant with the law. They will have to report to us that they have them and then we go through a process to make sure they are being followed.”These plans include rules for the use, storage, handling and control of nutrients and the development of management plans for all agricultural land and operations within each designated watershed.  If implemented, a “Watershed in Distress” designation can only be removed after the director of the Ohio Department of Agriculture has confirmed the sustained recovery, restoration and mitigation of factors leading to the original designation.Leaders in Ohio’s agriculture watched a press conference held by Governor John Kasich with great concern. Agriculture groups were not consulted on the plans for the executive order and not asked to participate in the announcement.“We are pretty disappointed that agriculture got shut out of this process. The governor came into office on the promise of transparent and open government and we did not see that in this process. If there had been more open conversation things might have turned out differently, but they didn’t,” said Joe Cornely, with the Ohio Farm Bureau Federation. “Now we are looking through the executive order and trying to figure out what it means. We are going to file a public records request so we can get more information because this two-page executive order doesn’t really tell us what farmers are facing.“On the assumption that this does go into effect or parts of it actually go into effect, our biggest concerns are about resources and time. With 7,000 farms and 2 million acres, that is a significant amount of farmers and land. How do you implement this if it actually becomes law and the changes that this executive order is mandating? How do you get the farmers trained? How do you pay for all of this? As this develops, those are questions we are going to be raising. If we have to comply, we have to comply, but how? That is the biggest thing.”In addition to the use of executive action on this issue, the order will likely increase the bureaucratic red tape and it is not clear that science was being used to determine the watersheds being targeted.“Today, Governor Kasich and administration officials made it seem that if farmers do a nutrient management plan for their farm, Lake Erie will never see an algal bloom again. That is wrong,” said Tadd Nicholson, Ohio Corn and Wheat Growers Association executive director. “What is true is that farmers have adopted best management practices including nutrient management plans, have invested millions of dollars in research and education, and even supported reasonable regulations to address water quality.”In addition to the measures outlined in the executive order, Kasich also signed bipartisan legislation known as Clean Lake 2020. The bill will invest significant new resources to protect water quality throughout the state, providing up to $20 million in a targeted phosphorus reduction fund, $3.5 million to support soil testing and the development of nutrient management plans, among other provisions. Clean Lake 2020 enjoyed broad support from Ohio agriculture.“We were big supporters of Clean Lake 2020. We were very encouraged when it passed unanimously in both the Senate and the House. We encouraged lawmakers to vote in favor of that. What we like about that is that it recognizes the complex solutions we are going to need to find on farms and it recognizes it will take time and money to make that happen,” Cornely said. “Clean Lake 2020 puts resources on the ground, but I don’t think the money in Clean Lake 2020 is sufficient to cover the massive number of farmers and ground this [executive order] could apply to.”The Kasich administration unsuccessfully lobbied to include the regulatory measures in Clean Lake 2020, but after being turned down by the legislature, Kasich pursued an executive order for the other regulations issued today.“Although Governor Kasich has worked productively with our farmers in the past, the administration is now acting without our input,” said Kirk Merritt, Ohio Soybean Association executive director. “Farmers are willing to do what needs to be done to solve this problem, but now we’re not even being invited to the table.”In recent years, Ohio farmers have implemented new best management practices on their fields to protect water quality while also funding research and education initiatives such as the 4R Nutrient Stewardship Certification Program, edge-of-field testing and an update of the tri-state fertility guide. For more information about what Ohio farmers are doing, please visit formyfarm.com.Now, instead of proactive efforts, Ohio agriculture is being forced into a reactive position based on Kasich’s executive order today.“We can’t even react to the specific regulations he’s proposing; we haven’t seen them,” said Adam Sharp, executive vice president of Ohio Farm Bureau. “We’re also curious why the order deals with only agriculture and not other pieces of the water puzzle, especially since the administration has prioritized other water quality initiatives instead of farm conservation programs.”The Kasich administration said it has invested more than $3 billion to improve Lake Erie water quality. But an examination of the expenditures, reported by Cleveland Public Broadcasting station WCPN, found that only 1% of that money was used to address agriculture’s portion of the water quality challenge.“If we weren’t a priority for state resources, why are we a priority for state regulation?” Sharp said.View Tuesday’s press conference in its entirety.last_img read more

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first_imgHow OKR’s Completely Transformed Our Culture What Nobody Teaches You About Getting Your Star… Creating a high-quality product is just one part of building a profitable business. The reality is that a myopic focus on product development can ultimately prevent you from achieving your business goals. Unfortunately, this notion is one that many growing companies don’t understand until it’s too late.For most companies — and all early-stage startups — getting the most out of every dollar and hour is critical to survival. It’s tempting for many founders, especially those with engineering or other technical backgrounds, to adopt a build-first mindset. They hope a well-made product will be all they need to succeed.To be fair, this isn’t the worst approach. Inevitably, your product will be at the heart of your value proposition, and an early focus on building it can pay dividends down the road. But if you’re hoping for any sort of long-term business success, you must strike a balance between product development and three equally important areas: marketing, customer service, and human capital management.1. Consumers can’t buy a great product if they don’t know about it.Marketers often like to say that nothing kills a bad product faster than good marketing. Thanks to the ubiquity of the internet, information travels faster than ever, and customer experiences with your product — good or bad — can go viral in an instant. This means that companies selling bad products will have a harder time convincing customers to buy them.It also means that if you’ve built a product you genuinely believe in, good marketing can lead to explosive growth by amplifying word of mouth. Jennifer Tomlinson, senior manager of channel marketing at Microsoft, says, “The graveyard of failed businesses is full of companies that had excellent products and services [but] failed because the people running them didn’t pay enough attention to marketing.” Prioritize marketing early, and you’ll stay out of the graveyard. Fortunately, martech can help with that. Today’s customers look for proof that you know them before buying. Martech tools can aid in your efforts to give customers a personal experience with your brand. For instance, some systems use AI to help segment and highly personalize your emails to customers, recommending the right time of day and best tone of voice to use for various audience segments. If you’re a small business working with a small marketing budget, don’t fret. Focus on finding a martech solution that solves a niche problem rather than an all-in-one product. If you take the latter route, you could end up spending more — and getting more features than you’ll actually use.2. Customer service is a bigger draw than product innovation.If you spend as much time focusing on meeting customers’ needs as you do on product development, you can turn customer service into a powerful differentiator for your company. That’s critical, as 88 percent of customers prioritize customer service over innovative products when deciding whether to do business with a company, according to a study conducted by Harris Interactive.Truly prioritizing customer service may even mean that you ultimately refer a prospective customer to a competitor because your product isn’t ready yet. Doing whatever it takes to give people a positive experience with your brand can eventually pay off in the form of unwavering customer loyalty. In addition, there are numerous technologies that can help you provide customers with the service they’re demanding in 2019.For instance, chatbots allow your company to be more available to customers, providing the constant communication and access they demand. In fact, according to one study, 71 percent of customers prefer to solve problems on their own through self-service options online rather than having to get a live person on the phone. Chatbots and AI have risen in popularity as a means for improving customer service, allowing your business to assist a customer even when your customer service team is asleep. The bottom line: Customer service should be a top priority, and tech can help you prioritize it.3. Your people are your biggest value creators.According to a study commissioned by executive search firm Korn Ferry, human capital is more than twice as valuable to global economic growth as physical capital. Still, many executives fail to grasp how integral their human resources are to company success. It can be tempting to view employees as expenses rather than value generators; according to that study, many CEOs are guilty of this.But if you look at your team members as expenses to be minimized, you’ll never realize the potential value they could add to your business. Instead, create a culture that recognizes the important roles your employees play, and give your team the autonomy to solve problems and find more efficient ways to accomplish tasks. Offer employees the freedom to contribute in ways that stretch beyond what you pay them to do, and reward them for these unexpected contributions.One way to give team members more autonomy is to allow them some latitude in where and when they work. Cloud-based calendar management apps can help remote employees schedule meetings and coordinate tasks with on-site employees and clients. Meanwhile, messaging platforms like Slack, Kik, and WhatsApp can keep the lines of communication open and facilitate collaboration. Another way to acknowledge your employees’ value — and increase it — is to encourage team members to take advantage of educational opportunities such as conferences, workshops, and internal or external training programs.Whether you’re an entrepreneur working with a small team or overseeing product development at a Fortune 500, resist the “build it and they will come” mentality. Make an effort to give equal attention to these three business areas. You’re much more likely to achieve long-term success if you do. Related Posts Brad is the editor overseeing contributed content at ReadWrite.com. He previously worked as an editor at PayPal and Crunchbase. You can reach him at brad at readwrite.com. Tags:#customer service#growth#Human Resources#marketing#product#startup China and America want the AI Prize Title: Who … How to Make the Most of Your Software Developer… Brad AndersonEditor In Chief at ReadWritelast_img read more

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first_imgCoach K reaches 1000 wins.Twitter/@CBSSportsCBB Twitter/@CBSSportsCBBTwitter/@CBSSportsCBBThis weekend featured some fantastic college basketball, but no moment matched Sunday afternoon at Madison Square Garden, where Duke pulled off a huge come from behind win over St. John’s to clinch win number 1000 for head coach Mike Krzyzewski. Coach K became the first coach in division one history to eclipse that milestone, and he did it behind a gritty effort by Jahlil Okafor, Tyus Jones, and the rest of his Blue Devils team. With the win, and an early-week blowout loss for Villanova to Georgetown, Duke is once again in the top five in both polls.Here are both the AP and USA Today Coaches Top 25 polls.RankAP PollCoaches Poll1.KentuckyKentucky2.VirginiaVirginia3.GonzagaGonzaga4.DukeDuke5.WisconsinWisconsin6.ArizonaArizona7.VillanovaVillanova8.Notre DameNotre Dame9.KansasLouisville10.LouisvilleUtah11.UtahKansas12.Wichita StateWichita State13.North CarolinaMaryland14.VCUNorth Carolina15.Iowa StateVCU16.MarylandIowa State17.West VirginiaWest Virginia18.Northern IowaNorthern Iowa19.TexasBaylor20.BaylorTexas21.GeorgetownIndiana22.IndianaGeorgetown23.MiamiMiami24.Oklahoma Colorado State25.ButlerArkansaslast_img read more

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first_imgCALGARY – The tall, slim teenager asks a question that’s on the minds of many of the young people gathered around the cloth-covered tables in a small meeting room at a mosque in northeast Calgary.“If someone from ISIS or ISIL approaches you, how would you respond to them, so that you’re not attacked any further?” wonders Zubair Tariq, 16.“If they approach, you should be smart enough to know that ISIL/ISIS is very big criminals in the eyes of Islam,” answers Imam Syed Soharwardy, founder of Muslims Against Terrorism and the Islamic Supreme Council of Canada.“These people reach out through the internet. These people reach out through a local community. Understand this is not somebody who is a nice Muslim or a good Muslim or a true Muslim. This is someone who is disguised as a Muslim. ISIL is a disguised Muslim.“They say they are good Muslims but to us they are a bunch of thugs and criminals,” he continues. “They are terrorists.”Soharwardy met recently with 30 Muslim youth at the Jamia Masjid Gunbad-e-Khizra mosque. It was one of several meetings he does on a regular basis to prevent the radicalization of Canadian Muslim youth.Soharwardy decided to call another meeting after an attack earlier this month that injured a police officer and civilians in Edmonton. A man stabbed an officer doing traffic control outside a football game and then crashed a cube van into pedestrians downtown. Five people were injured. Police say they seized an Islamic State flag as evidence.Tariq says he hasn’t been contacted directly by anyone seeking to recruit young Canadian Muslims, but he’s worried.“One of my friends was approached … and he’s the same age as me,” the teen says. “It’s scary. If someone approaches you, you don’t know how to respond properly unless you talk to your peers.”Teen Hassaan Rizvi says recruitment by the Islamic State is happening through social media.“We were sitting in my math class and two of my friends received a WhatsApp link,” says Rizvi, referring to the popular mobile messaging program. “When opened, it was for recruitment for ISIS. It had the flag and said we are recruiting.“I said, ‘This is not something good so we should close it.’ This did happen. They are still recruiting.”Soharwardy turns the conversation to the Edmonton attack.“When you hear … a police officer hurt and an ISIS flag found, what do you feel?” Soharwardy asks.“Angry,” says one young man.“Embarrassed,” says another.A report last year on the terrorist threat in Canada said that at the start of 2014 there were more than 130 Canadians who were abroad and suspected of terror-related activities. By the end of 2015, the number had grown to about 180 and the government knew of about 60 extremist who had returned to Canada.Some of the students at the meeting express anger at the backlash they endure every time a terrorist attack happens anywhere in the world.“I don’t understand why the word terrorist or terrorism is stitched to the word Muslim or the name of Islam. Terrorism itself is just an attack on anyone,” says Shahwali Hameed.“Terrorism has no religion.”Aysha Ali believes a lack of understanding causes people to believe all Muslims are terrorists every time an attack occurs.“It definitely gets worse. They wouldn’t blame it on Muslims if it just happened once, but it’s happened several times where people like ISIS and ISIL do it in the name of Islam.”Ibrahim Khan says there appears to be a double standard. He points out nobody is calling the perpetrator in the Las Vegas mass shooting a terrorist.“He’s either mentally damaged or they just call him a shooter. No one calls him a terrorist, because he doesn’t have a long beard.”Soharwardy says he believes there are still recruiters and sympathizers Islamic State sympathizers working in Canada and he suggests that will continue until their financial pipeline dries up.He tells the students that anyone who promotes hatred or committing violent acts is not following the Muslim faith.“If you see anybody make sure you report to your parents, your teacher, to me,” he says.“Let us know right away, because we need to defend ourselves and … remain loyal, faithful, law-abiding citizens of this country.”— Follow @BillGraveland on Twitterlast_img read more

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