California man arrested after rehearsing mass shooting plot on video, police say

first_imgGoogle Maps(SAN DIEGO) — A California man has been arrested after residents reported that he’d been rehearsing a mass shooting plot in videos posted online, police said Friday.Steve Homoki, 30, was arrested and charged with possession of an assault weapon, possession of a high-capacity magazine and child endangerment, according to the San Diego Police Department.Police arrested Homoki in San Diego on Thursday, nearly four days after receiving “a tip concerning very distressing YouTube videos threatening firearm violence linked to San Diego,” according to a statement released on Friday.The videos allegedly showed a man pointing assault weapons at several unassuming pedestrians from a hotel window in downtown San Diego. Officers with the San Diego Joint Terrorism Task Force launched an investigation and identified Homoki as the man in the videos. “An Investigation was initiated by the JTTF that day and over the course of the next 48 hours, Steven Homoki was identified as the person responsible for the videos,” the department said in a statement. “A search warrant was obtained for his residence in Spring Valley, California.”Police arrested Homoki on Thursday and recovered several firearms from his home. He allegedly has at least 14 firearms registered in California, according to San Diego ABC affiliate KGTV, which obtained a copy of a warrant for his arrest.According to the warrant, Homoki allegedly booked a hotel room at the Sofia Hotel, located across the street from the San Diego courthouse, and used the space to practice aiming the weapon from the hotel room’s window.The YouTube videos, posted Sept. 17 and 18, appeared to be recorded using a body-worn camera. They showed a man displaying two assault-style rifles on a couch, along with a female mannequin head, a Department of Homeland Security license plate, an envelope and ammunition scattered on the room’s floor. The suspect was also seen loading and pointing the rifles at people walking outside, while repeating “jams, boom.” He was also seen pulling the trigger while the firearm’s chamber was empty, or “dry firing.”“One down, more to go,” he said at one point, according to the court documents.The San Diego Police Department credited community members for reporting the videos and thanked them for speaking up about “an immediate threat to San Diegans.”“This arrest is an example of a community member coming forward with information that posed an immediate threat to San Diegans,” the department said in a statement. “The San Diego Police Department would like to thank the community for their shared efforts to keep everyone safe.”San Diego FBI Special Agent In Charge Scott Brunner called the arrest “an extraordinary accomplishment.”“The extraordinarily swift investigative efforts put forth by the dedicated Agents and Officers of the San Diego JTTF quickly identified, located and arrested Mr. Homoki, preventing further incident,” Brunner said in a statement Friday. “Just three days ago Mr. Homoki was an unknown poster of disturbing videos and is now behind bars, his threats neutralized. This investigation is a truly extraordinary accomplishment.”Homoki was being held on $20,000 bail and is scheduled for arraignment on Monday afternoon. It’s unclear if he has obtained an attorney. Copyright © 2019, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

Ranieri’s top priorities as the new Fulham boss

first_img Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebook Get Mitrovic firing againAfter impressing during the opening weeks of the new campaign, the last of Aleksandar Mitrovic’s six Premier League goals came at the end of September. The Serbian, though, who made his move from Newcastle permanent in the summer, remains a handful for defenders and securing the right supply line will be crucial.Prove the change really was “risk-free”Fulham chairman Shahid Khan said Ranieri was a “risk-free and ready-made” replacement after handing the “extraordinary football man” a “multi-year” contract. Following some time out after he was sacked by Leicester, Ranieri took charge of French club Nantes in June 2017, but left at the end of the season. The 67-year-old may bring a wealth of Premier League experience, but, should he fail to make an impact, some tough questions will be asked. Claudio Ranieri is back in west London after being appointed as the new manager of Fulham, replacing the sacked Slavisa Jokanovic.AdChoices广告There are big challenges facing the former Chelsea and boss as he walks into his new job at Craven Cottage.Get points on the board – and quicklyIt may be stating the obvious, but Jokanovic paid the price for failing to convert promising performances into cold, hard points, with only one victory and two draws from the first 12 Premier League matches. With out-of-form Southampton first up at Craven Cottage following the international break, avoiding a seventh successive league defeat would be a good way for Ranieri to start.Settle on a keeperSpaniard Sergio Rico found himself between the posts for the final few games of Jokanovic’s reign, with ‘number one’ Marcus Bettinelli left warming the bench. Called up again for the England squad, the 26-year-old will be hoping a change in management could see his recall – and if Ranieri is to move the team forwards, keeping clean sheets will be key.center_img See also:Chelsea and Fulham youngsters shine in England Under-19 winThe things he said: New Fulham boss Ranieri’s memorable quotesNew boss Ranieri says Fulham should aim highClaudio Ranieri’s managerial career – in numbersThe highs and lows of Ranieri’s eventful careerHow it all went so badly wrong for Jokanovic at FulhamFulham axe Jokanovic and appoint RanieriJokanovic insists he would have turned things around at FulhamBurgers on the menu if Ranieri stops the rot at FulhamRanieri happy with Fulham transfer policyWhat Ranieri said at his first news conference as Fulham bossRanieri wants strike partner for MitrovicClaudio’s starts – a look back at three of Ranieri’s previous first matchesCan Leicester’s miracle man defy the odds again at Fulham?last_img read more

APNU/AFC broke their promise to sugar workers, gives them a bowl of tears

first_imgThe A Partnership for National Unity/Alliance For Change (APNU/AFC) has deliberately, recklessly and wickedly targeted sugar workers in their plan to consolidate their dictatorship in Guyana. Sugar workers and sugar communities are being transformed into desolate, depressed, impoverished communities. Already two suicide deaths have occurred among terminated sugar workers. Ralph Ramkarran has warned of the consequences of crime and under-development in these communities. Elders of the Working People’s Alliance, such as Eusi Kwayana, Moses Bhagwan and Andaiye, have stood up and spoken out against the callousness of this Government. President Granger’s talk of social cohesion is hypocrisy and unholy political gymnastics as sugar workers and their families are denied the right to “fit and proper” living. We must all stand up and speak out. Silence is acquiescence.The latest betrayal is APNU/AFC’s promise of paying sugar workers their severance payments in January 2018, an obligation under the laws of Guyana. This appears to be an empty promise.Only a cynic, a hypocrite or a fool would argue that APNU/AFC does not suffer from a pathological allergy to the truth. In fact, three things can be expected on a daily basis – another example of lying, another example of corruption, another broken promise. Sugar workers have borne a disproportionate share of APNU/ AFC’s lies, corruption and broken promises. A couple of weeks ago, I cautioned that the Agriculture Minister has an aversion to the truth whenever he addresses issues concerning sugar workers. At the time, he was promising that the more than 4000 sugar workers who received termination letters from the Guyana Sugar Corporation (GuySuCo) would be paid their severance in January. We assumed he was talking about payments being made in January 2018.Now, shamelessly, the Agriculture Minister ominously admits the Finance Minister is trying desperately to “scrape up” the required funds to affect the payment to sugar workers. Budget 2018 had not yet been passed when APNU/AFC approved the termination of the sugar workers. In fact, long before they had begun the preparation of Budget 2018, they had already announced the closure of Rose Hall, Skeldon and Enmore. One would have thought they would have made provisions to pay the workers. Incidentally, many of the sugar workers from Wales who were terminated since 2016 have not been paid their severance. Neither the workers nor I believe that APNU/AFC will keep their promise of paying severance this month. Everyone in the APNU/AFC machinery now concedes, as I had warned a couple of weeks ago, that Budget 2018 did not cater for severance payment for sugar workers.The expected broken severance payment promise to the sugar workers will be another knife in the back of sugar workers. APNU/AFC and their cloying sycophants will argue that we are still in January, but if there were any intention to make the payments, they would already know where the money is. GuySuCo has stated it has no money to pay and they cannot say when and if the workers will be paid. The fact that APNU/AFC now says they are “scraping” to find the money is a giveaway that they have every intention to break their promise to the sugar workers. There is US$18 million sitting in the secret Bank of Guyana account. “Scrape” it from there.No right-thinking Guyanese would be shocked by another broken promise to sugar workers. They promised they would not close any sugar estate – they broke that promise. They promised sugar workers a 20 per cent increase – in fact, they have frozen wages at the 2014 level, with zero increase in 2015, 2016, 2017. They promised better management – we have had the worse annual production in the last 100 years. The next lie will drop later in the year – closure of Uitvlugt. In all of this, the self-proclaimed “champions” of the sugar workers – Moses Nagamootoo and Khemraj Ramjattan – are silent.last_img read more

World Suicide Prevention Day

first_imgToday has been designated World Suicide Prevention Day by the International Association for Suicide Prevention (IASP) and the World Health Organisation (WHO). Over the last decade, the awareness of suicide as a major problem in Guyana rose exponentially when we earned the dubious distinction of having the highest per capita rate of suicide in the entire world: 44.2 per 100,000.  As is their tradition, the organisers selected a theme for the day which highlights the need for interventions that can prevent, or at least reduce, suicide — which takes the lives of some 800,000 persons worldwide.This number is greater than the entire population of Guyana, and should offer a perspective on the enormity of the challenge in addressing the reduction of suicide. If one is concerned about the destruction of human lives by war, suicides presently result in more deaths than all wars combined; while concentrated in the same demographic: the young. The theme for 2017 is ‘Take a minute, change a life,’ and it reminds us that since suicide is almost always caused by depression — even if short-term when events occur in the lives of those around us that may cause them to become depressed — we should reach out and lend at least an ear to their problems.In Guyana, we have all become sensitised to one type of suicide in the young — when they believe their “true love” has been stymied. There is no question that parents especially should play a more sensitive role in listening and empathizing with their children who may be involved in relationships they consider “unsuitable” for one reason or another. Rather than berating the child, which is unfortunately the norm, parents should discuss openly and rationally the reasons for their stance. Rather than using categorically prohibitive language such as ultimatums, they should strive to look at the situation from their children’s viewpoint.Very often, the children know the parents love them, but conclude they just do not (or do not want to) “understand” their situation. The suicidal act becomes an impulsive one, to hurt the parent in an attempt to get them to reach that understanding. Unfortunately, the suicide is not a case as when Tom Sawyer faked his death to seen how sorry his Aunt Polly would be to see him gone: death is final. The authorities have, for years now, conceded that suicide is a public health issue linked to depression but, sadly, they have not taken a holistic approach towards addressing it.One gets the impression that, more than anything else, the Government has vacated the field to the NGOs that have sprung up over the last few years. These have staged more “walks” to bring “awareness” to suicide than contestants in the Boston marathon. They might have done some good work with their “walks” by “talking the talk” to raise awareness, but this is just the beginning. The Government cannot walk away from their responsibility in a Public Health crisis: it is time for them to “walk the walk” and initiate countrywide programmes.Take, for example, the long promised councillors in educational institutions. This is not a “chicken and egg” question – the “egg” of training councillors comes first. Have the Government worked with the University of Guyana to introduce the requisite training in the Social Work degree the latter offers? So they can be hired in the schools?  Then there is the “Gatekeepers Programme” which the previous administration had initiated, but has been allowed to die on the vine. This programme essentially trained locals in suicide-prone communities to be aware of suicidal “tell-tale” signs, and be available for offering counselling to persons who may be contemplating suicide. This programme was proven quite successful, and one wonders what has prevented its resuscitation.The WHO reported that Guyana is no longer number one in its suicide rate, which has dropped quite significantly to 30.6. All hands must be on deck, including the Government’s, to intensify this trend.last_img read more