Virus inspires new way to deliver cancer drugs

Virus-like nanoparticles are made from structural proteins.

Drugs disguised as viruses are providing new weapons in the battle against cancer, promising greater accuracy and fewer side effects than chemotherapy.

Researchers at The University of Queensland’s Australian Institute for Bioengineering and Nanotechnology (AIBN) have designed a virus-like nanoparticle (VNP) that delivers drugs directly to the cells where they are needed.

The lead author of a paper on the topic, Dr Frank Sainsbury, said the VNP was made from the structural proteins that formed the virus’s protective shell.

 “Viruses have evolved to contain and protect bioactive molecules,” Dr Sainsbury said. “They’ve also evolved smart ways to get into cells and deliver these bioactive molecules.  

“The VNP is an empty shell. It looks like a virus but it’s not infectious. This makes it safe to use as a targeted drug delivery system.”

With infectious viral genes removed, empty shells can be loaded with small molecules or proteins resulting in a stable, well-protected therapeutic package. The outside of the shell then determines where the package will go.

The ability to send drugs directly to their target is a critical goal in the development of safe, effective therapeutics. 

Currently many drugs, including anti-cancer chemotherapies, must be administered at high doses in order to have a therapeutic effect. This can lead to harsh side effects because drugs can damage healthy cells as well as intended targets.

Dr Sainsbury and his colleagues developed a VNP using the Bluetongue virus, which normally infects cows, sheep and other ruminants.

They picked the virus because of its stable shell, made of hundreds of proteins that are known to bind to a molecule found in high levels around many cancer cells. 

Dr Sainsbury teamed up with Dr Michael Landsberg at UQ’s School of Chemistry and Molecular Biosciences and researchers at the Institute for Molecular Bioscience and the UK’s John Innes Centre.

They were able to demonstrate that the porous VNPs could be filled with small molecules for drug delivery and it also was possible to design VNPs to contain larger molecules, such as therapeutic proteins.

Importantly, the researchers showed VNPs were able to bind to breast cancer cells, and then be absorbed.

Dr Sainsbury said the next step was to load the VNPs with anti-cancer drugs and see if they could kill cancer cells without harming healthy cells.

Although VNPs are highly complex and difficult to synthesise, Dr Sainsbury said they could be easily produced in the leaves of Nicotiana benthamiana, a wild relative of tobacco.

By providing plant cells with genetic instructions for making VNPs, the plant was able to assemble virus protein shells without any permanent change to the plant’s own genetic code. 

Dr Sainsbury said one day greenhouses may be able to produce large amounts of the nanoparticles within days.

“This research unlocks a myriad of potential applications in therapeutic delivery,” Dr Sainsbury said.

Because the nanoparticles they have designed are highly stable, the AIBN research team is exploring other biotechnology applications.

The study of precision nanomedicine – including targeted drug delivery – aligns with AIBN’s Five Pillars of Research for improved health outcomes.

The researchers received funding from the Australian Research Council, the UK Biotechnological and Biological Sciences Research Council and the John Innes Foundation.

Media: communications@aibn.uq.edu.au , +61 7 3346 3962, +61 427 148 187; Dr Frank Sainsbury, f.sainsbury@uq.edu.au, +61 7 3346 3179.

Global Heart Lung Machine System Market Outlook 2016-2021


A heart lung machine is a piece of medical equipment which is designed to take over the function of the heart and lungs during surgery so that a surgeon can operate in a relatively bloodless field on a heart which is not moving. Although this may sound fairly simple, heart lung machines are actually very complex, and it took a great deal of trial and error to develop an effective machine which would address issues like bubbles in the blood, body temperature, and clotting.

The earliest heart lung machines were developed in the 1950s. The technology involves inserting cannulas to divert the blood from the heart to the heart lung machine. As the blood passes through the machine, it is oxygenated and then pumped back into the body. This process is known as cardiopulmonary bypass or simply bypass. Once the surgery is complete, the patient can be taken off bypass to allow the heart and lungs to return to their regular duties.

Heart lung machines can use bubble oxygenation or membrane oxygenation to oxygenate the blood, depending on the design. The device moves the blood through tubes with the use of rollers which put pressure on the tubes, rather than a mechanical pump, to avoid creating bubbles which could injure or kill the patient. The patient must also be given a blood thinner to prevent clotting, as the blood can react with the materials in the tubes and clump up.

This report provides detailed analysis of worldwide markets for Heart Lung Machine System from 2011-2015 and provides extensive market forecasts 2016-2021 by region/country and subsectors. It covers the key technological and market trends in the Heart Lung Machine System market and further lays out an analysis of the factors influencing the supply/demand for Heart Lung Machine System, and the opportunities/challenges faced by industry participants. It also acts as an essential tool to companies active across the value chain and to the new entrants by enabling them to capitalize the opportunities and develop business strategies.

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GCCs report, Global Heart Lung Machine System Market Outlook 2016-2021, has been prepared based on the synthesis, analysis, and interpretation of information about the global Heart Lung Machine System market collected from specialized sources. The report covers key technological developments in the recent times and profiles leading players in the market and analyzes their key strategies. The competitive landscape section of the report provides a clear insight into the market share analysis of key industry players. The major players in the global Heart Lung Machine System market are LivaNova (UK), Hemovent (Germany), MAQUET (Germany), Medtronic (USA), Braile Biomedica (Brazil), Terumo Medical (Japan), Tianjin Medical Instrument (China), Guangzhou Landswick (China), among others.

The report provides separate comprehensive analytics for the North America, Europe, Asia-Pacific, Middle East and Africa and Rest of World. In this sector, global competitive landscape and supply/demand pattern of Heart Lung Machine System industry has been provided.

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Piperonyl Butoxide (PBO) Market – Asia Pacific Industry Analysis By 2016 – 2024

Piperonyl Butoxide Market
Piperonyl Butoxide Market

The global market for piperonyl butoxide (PBO) is rather consolidated and is primarily driven by the ever increasing demand for food. The rapid increase in the global population has raised food security concerns and several underdeveloped and developing countries still lack proper infrastructure for the storage and distribution of food grains. A significant rise in yield is possible through the usage of crop protection chemicals such as insecticides. This has resulted in the high demand for piperonyl butoxide.

In terms of revenue, the piperonyl butoxide market was valued at US$10.02 mn in 2015 and is projected to reach US$15.45 mn by 2024, expanding at a steady CAGR of 5.0% from 2016 to 2024. The demand for PBO, on the other hand, is likely to increase at a CAGR of 3.9% during the forecast period.

Carbamate to Witness Significant Rise in Demand in the Agriculture Sector

The key applications of piperonyl butoxide include pyrethrin, pyrethroid, carbamate, rotenone, permethrin, bioallethrin, deltamethrin, and bioresmethrin. Carbamate constituted the leading share in the piperonyl butoxide market in 2015, followed by pyrethroid. These two segments cumulatively accounted for a share of over 75% in the PBO market in 2015.

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Carbamate, pyrethrin, and pyrethroid are part of a relatively newer generation of insecticides. Pyrethrin and pyrethroid insecticides are currently preferred by farmers for their lower and toxicity.

Carbamate is the key revenue generator as well as the key consumer of piperonyl butoxide. Derived from carbamic acid, carbamate is used to control or kill insects and finds application in the agriculture sector as well as in homes. The growing usage of insecticides for crop protection and the rising demand for food are likely to boost the demand for carbamate in the coming years.

China to Lead APAC PBO Market by Volume and Revenue

The Asia Pacific PBO market is segmented on the basis of geography into China, Japan, India, ASEAN, and Rest of APAC. China accounted for the leading share in the piperonyl butoxide market in 2015, accounting for a demand share of more than 45% that year. The growing usage of insecticides for crop protection in the county, coupled with the rising demand for food, is likely to boost the demand for piperonyl butoxide in China. China is not only the leading revenue generator and consumer of PBO, but the country is also expected to expand at the fastest pace over the course of the forecast period.

Japan and India are also prominent markets for piperonyl butoxide in Asia Pacific. In addition to these, Bangladesh and countries in Southeast Asia have been experiencing a strong demand for crop protection chemicals since the past few years. This is anticipated to boost the demand for piperonyl butoxide during the forecast period.

Key players operating in the piperonyl butoxide market include ENDURA P.IVA, Sumitomo Chemical Co., Ltd., Wujiang Shuguang Chemical Co., Ltd., Tokyo Chemical Industry Co., Ltd., Alfa Aesar, Capot Chemical Co., Ltd., Hem Corporation, Shanghai Skyblue Chemical Co., Ltd., and Zhejiang Rayfull Chemicals Co., Ltd.

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illusive networks Adds Kill Switch Capabilities to its Deceptions Everywhere Cybersecurity Platform with Integration of Cisco pxGrid

NEW YORK and TEL AVIV, Israel, Feb. 20, 2017 /PRNewswire/ — illusive networks, the leader in Deceptions Everywhere® cybersecurity announced that it has successfully achieved Cisco compatibility certification with Cisco’s Identify Services Engine (ISE) Platform Exchange Grid (pxGrid) and Cisco Umbrella. The Internet of Everything (IoE) continues to bring together people, processes, data and things to enhance the relevancy of network connections. As a member of the Cisco® Solution Partner Program, illusive networks is able to quickly create and deploy solutions to enhance the capabilities, performance and management of the network to capture value in the IoE.

pxGrid Integration
Illusive’s integration of Cisco pxGrid powers enhanced prevention, providing customers with the earliest, most effective, and accurate attack detection. Incorporating kill switch capabilities into their advanced deceptions technology, data is collected from the compromised hosts as soon as an attack is detected. This data is then sent to the pxGrid platform, triggering ISE to execute containment of the compromised hosts. Customers have full control of the level of containment, actions taken per deception policy and designation of the host’s mitigation status, alongside comprehensive forensics information in real-time.

“We are proud to deliver a fully integrated APT detection, forensics collection and now attack mitigation solution,” said Ofer Israeli, CEO, illusive networks. “Integrating with Cisco pxGrid aligns with illusive networks’ strategy of forging partnerships to both strengthen and expand the customer value from our Deceptions Everywhere® cybersecurity technology.”

Cisco Umbrella Integration
illusive network’s technology can be configured by defenders utilizing Cisco Umbrella to trigger incidents, offering immediate, source-based forensics when access to a malicious site is attempted. This allows defenders to identify the attacker’s entry point, actions, and target on their networks before any content is compromised by a developing attack. When Umbrella blocks access to a specific DNS or site, illusive’s forensics provides the IT team with real-time information to stop the APT, quarantine compromised files and revoke attacker access to the network. Furthermore, if lateral movement is involved, additional forensics are obtained on every move.

The Cisco Solution Partner Program, part of the Cisco Partner Ecosystem, unites Cisco with third-party independent hardware and software vendors to deliver integrated solutions to joint customers.

As a Solution Partner, illusive networks has achieved Cisco compatibility certification, and can provide its customers with 24-hour, 7-days-a-week customer support.

For more information on illusive networks, go to: http://www.cisco.com/c/en/us/products/security/partner-ecosystem.html

About illusive networks
illusive networks is pioneering deception-based cybersecurity with its patent-pending Deceptions Everywhere® technology that neutralizes targeted attacks and Advanced Persistent Threats (APT) by creating a deceptive layer across the entire network. By providing an endless source of false information, illusive networks disrupts and detects attacks with real-time forensics and without disruption to business. For more information, please visit www.illusivenetworks.com or follow @illusivenw on Twitter and Facebook.

* Compatibility certification via Interoperability Verification Testing and Cisco Validated Design is designed to simulate typical customer configurations and does not replace the need for on-site testing and interoperability validation in conjunction with actual implementation.

SOURCE illusive networks

EU calls for rapid investigation into Montenegro ‘coup’

This article is part of our special report Montenegro: Breaking the stalemate?.

Montenegro, which broke away from a union with Serbia to become independent in 2006, has been engulfed in a coup drama since the 16 October general election when authorities arrested 20 Serbians accused of planning armed attacks against government institutions.

Prime Minister Milo Djukanovic, whose party came out ahead in the election but without a parliamentary majority, had presented the vote as a chance for Montenegro’s 620,000 citizens to endorse his policy of joining NATO and the EU, instead of pursuing deeper ties with traditional allies in Serbia and Russia.

Rising tensions

Since October, tensions have built up in the small Western Balkan country when the nation’s special prosecutor obtained the lifting of parliamentary immunity from two opposition leaders who are suspected of having participated in the failed October coup.

According to The Telegraph, quoting Whitehall sources, the coup to attack Montenegro’s parliament and kill pro-Western leader was directed by Russian intelligence officers with support and blessing of Moscow to sabotage the country’s plan to join NATO.

The plot was foiled only hours before it was due to be carried out, but would have caused heavy bloodshed and plunged the tiny country into turmoil on the eve of becoming Nato’s 29th member, the British paper reported.

Riot police were deployed to contain hundreds of protesters who gathered in front of the parliament in Podgorica last week to protest against the motion lifting the two leaders’ immunity.

In an attempt to defuse tensions, Montenegro’s chief prosecutor ended up overruling the motion, allowing the two men to to walk free.

Chief prosecutor overrules jailing of Montenegro opposition leaders

Montenegro’s chief prosecutor, Ivica Stanković, issued yesterday (15 February) binding instructions to his special prosecutor not to arrest two opposition MPs, although the parliament stripped them of their immunity on charges of having participated in the plotting of a coup d’état.

39 opposition MPs in the country’s parliament, including the 18 lawamkers from the Democratic Front (the hardline opposition), are currently boycotting the assembly over allegations of electoral fraud. They are asking for early elections to be held in 2018, together with the presidential election.

The government of the Democratic Party of Socialists (DPS) and its allies who control a slim majority of 41MPs of the total of 81MPs in the Montenegrin parliament believe that the elections were free and fair, and so does the ODIHR, the specialised OSCE body for monitoring elections. DPS, however, has produced a 20-page report listing various irregularities.

Geopolitics

The political stalemate is coupled with a geopolitical tug-of-war over the small country’s NATO bid.

Montenegro would become the third NATO member in the Balkans, after Croatia and Albania, which both joined in 2009.

The hardline opposition wants a referendum on NATO membership, although there is no constitutional requirement for holding such a poll. The ratification should take place in Parliament. A majority of MPs are in favour of the country’s NATO accession, but society remains divided.

An opinion poll conducted in December has only 39.5% of Montenegrins in favour of NATO membership and 39.7 against. Other opinion polls have suggested similar margins.

So far, 24 of the 28 NATO members have ratified the accession of Montenegro to the military alliance. The remaining countries are Canada, the Netherlands, Spain and the USA.

Montenegro is expected to ratify its NATO accession after all 28 current members have completed the ratification process, possibly in May. Ratification is expected to take place even if part of the opposition continues to boycott parliament. In spite of their participation in the boycott, the moderate opposition is expected to cast their votes in favour of joining NATO.

External factors undoubtedly play a role. Russia’s Deputy Foreign Minister, Alexei Meshkov, was recently quoted as saying that dragging Montenegro into NATO may cause a rift in Montenegrin society. The US has spearheaded Montenegro’s EU push, but doubts subsist whether the Trump Administration would like to take on board an ally with less than 2000 military personnel.

An EU diplomat in Podgorica confirmed that Montenegro and geopolitics had become two peas in a pot.

“This little country plays an important role in the current developments in the Western Balkans,” the diplomat said. Indeed, Montenegro’s future should speak volumes about the prospects of the EU hopefuls in the region.

The ratification of Montenegro’s accession to NATO is important for not only for Montenegro but in the wider context and for the regional stability in the Balkans, the diplomat said. He pointed out that the EU appreciated the fact that Montenegro had “aligned 100%” with the EU’s Common Foreign and Security Policy, including EU sanctions against Russia.

The government of Montenegro has also recognised Kosovo, a move that may appear surprising, given the closeness of Montenegrins with Serbs, with Belgrade having no intention whatsoever to recognise their former province as an independent state. It is assumed that if the hardline opposition would get the upper hand, one of the first things they would do is abandon the sanctions and rescind Montenegro’s recognition of Kosovo.

Montenegro is also a champion in its EU accession talks, outpacing Serbia and Albania, the only two other countries in the Western Balkans in the process. Until now, NATO accession has always preceded EU accession, for all the countries of Central and Eastern Europe.

Regarding the alleged coup, the diplomat said EU member states had been informed of it by the Montenegrin authorities.

“Investigation into this matter should be finished as soon as possible so that the citizens of Montenegro can learn the full truth about this case,” he said.

Money

Momčilo Radulović, President of the European Movement Montenegro, told Euractiv.com that Russia had proved that “with small amounts of money you can make miracles in the Western Balkans”.

“The estimation is that up to €5 million were spent to Montenegro, succeeding to create a strong electoral crisis. Just imagine what they could create with €50 million in Serbia. But Montenegro is more or less stable. Institutions are more or less stable. And the society is more or less stable. That’s the good story – we are not that crazy to fight a war for Russian interests,” Radulović said.

A Russian diplomat dismissed the allegations. Regarding the coup, he stated that his country sought information from different sources, both from the government and opposition, including the Democratic Front, for a more complete understanding of the political process in Montenegro.

He said that he could not comment on the circumstances of the so-called coup attempt in the absence of any strong evidence that such an attempt took place. Moreover, he explained, the Russian Embassy did not make any request to Montenegrin law enforcement authorities about the Russian nationals named in relation to the alleged coup.

Some 20 people – mostly Serb nationals, including two Russian citizens, Eduard Sirokov and Vladimir Popov – have been accused of participating in the 16 October plot.

The Russian diplomat also recalled the words of Kremlin spokesperson Dmitry Peskov on 7 November that Russia played no role in the alleged coup attempt. The diplomat expressed regrets that an anti-Russian campaign remains underway in a number of Montenegrin media, although the Special Prosecutor, Milivoje Katnić, had stated that “Montenegrin law enforcement authorities do not have any evidence of Moscow’s official involvement.”

With regard to Montenegro’s plans to join NATO, the diplomat also recalled the requirement for NATO members to spend 2% of GDP on defence, which in his words can create additional difficulties for the country’s budget.

Serbian Prime Minister Aleksandar Vučić has insisted that those arrested had no connection with the Serbian state, and that there was no evidence of Montenegrin politicians being involved.

Serbia unmasks plot to sway election in neighbouring Montenegro

Serbia has detained a number of people over a suspected plot to sway the outcome of Montenegro’s 16 October election, the Serbian prime minister said yesterday (24 October), citing “undeniable and material” evidence found by his country’s security services.

Is Apple, Inc. About to Kill Touch ID?

Touch ID has been an unqualified success. By integrating biometric security into iPhones, Apple (NASDAQ: AAPL) raised the bar in terms of what consumers expect of their smartphones, and rivals expectedly followed suit by implementing their own fingerprint sensors shortly thereafter. But there’s been some speculation for years that Apple is interested in removing the home button on future iPhones, which just so happens to be where the Touch ID sensor is integrated. Meanwhile, it may adopt some sort of 3D facial recognition or iris scanning technology to bolster the iPhone’s biometric security.

Would Apple really kill Touch ID altogether?

Rumor has it

That’s the theory that JPMorgan analyst Rod Hall is putting forth (via MacRumors ). Hall believes that Apple will finally pull the trigger on killing the home button with the iPhone 8, Apple’s 10th-generation iPhone due out later this year. This would allow the company to implement an edge-to-edge display. Apple is reportedly looking to include a 3D laser scanner that would allow for facial recognition, a component that runs around $10 to $15.

Apple Pay on iPhones

Touch ID made Apple Pay possible. Image source: Apple.

Hall notes that Touch ID sometimes fails, like in wet conditions. iPhones have been getting progressively more waterproof, so using Touch ID under wet conditions is more common nowadays. Facial recognition could work more seamlessly, and could even be used for Apple Pay authentication. It’s also worth pointing out that since facial recognition is very software-intensive, the performance would likely be able to improve over time via software updates as the recognition algorithms improve over time. It’s even possible that the laser scanner could be used for augmented reality applications, something CEO Tim Cook has been discussing at length in recent months, which could similarly be added later on via a software update.

Third-party developers might eventually even get access to a 3D scanning application programming interface (API), which has the potential to unleash a wave of innovation.

Will Touch ID join the headphone jack?

If you recall, Touch ID was based on Apple’s 2012 acquisition of AuthenTec for $356 million , which itself was a clear signal that Apple was planning on integrating fingerprint sensors. Touch ID would debut the following year in 2013’s iPhone 5S, and subsequently made its way throughout the iPhone portfolio. While it would be a shame to shutter Touch ID, Apple has sold 690 million total iPhones and generated nearly $450 billion in iPhone revenue since the iPhone 5S launch, so it certainly got its money worth from the acquisition since Touch ID has been a key feature that contributed to sales growth ever since.

MacBook Pro family

2016 MacBook Pros with Touch Bar were the first Macs to get Touch ID. Image source: Apple.

What’s more peculiar, however, is the fact that Apple only recently brought Touch ID to the Mac in last year’s MacBook Pros with Touch Bar. This was widely seen as a starting point, and Apple is expected to subsequently bring Touch ID to the rest of the Mac lineup. Apple is already testing out stand-alone keyboards with Touch ID for Mac desktops, according to a Bloomberg report from December.

Instead of killing Touch ID, Apple should just supplement it with facial recognition instead of replacing it since Touch ID has become an integral part of how users interact with their devices. Until Apple’s fall event, which will probably be in September as usual, we won’t know if Touch ID will suffer the same fate as the headphone jack.

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CAIR Urges Stepped-Up Protection for Alabama Mosques Following Email Threats

BIRMINGHAM, Ala., Feb. 19, 2017 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — The Alabama chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-Alabama) today called for stepped-up police protection for the state’s Muslim community following emailed threats received by the Birmingham Islamic Society and Huntsville Islamic Center.

Both organizations reported the threats to local law enforcement, the Department of Justice office in North Alabama and the FBI. 

CAIR-Alabama said the emails, with the subject line “YOUR ONE WARNING, stated in part, (grammatical and spelling errors maintained) “. . .MUZLIMS MEXICANS BLACKS WE WILL HUNTED NATION WIDE UNTIL ARE ARE DEAD OR GONE. . .PLAN TO RUN OR DIE, THIS IS A KINDNESS THAT WE GIVE YOU ALL WARNING, TAKE IT AND GO .”

The Washington-based Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization believes the emailed threats may be part of a mass mailing to mosques nationwide and is urging Islamic institutions to report any such threats to local police and to CAIR at: http://www.cair.com/civil-rights/report-an-incident/view/form.html

“We are coordinating with law enforcement authorities to reach out to Muslim community leaders to ensure additional safety measures at this time of increased anti-Muslim bigotry nationwide,” said CAIR-Alabama Executive Director Khaula Hadeed

She added: “CAIR-Alabama also condemned the rhetoric that continues to embolden bigotry and Islamophobia leading to threats of terrorism such as these against Muslim, Jewish, African-American, and Latino communities. The Muslim community continues to receive support and cooperation from local law enforcement agencies.”

“Hate and threats will make us firm in our resolution to fight hate with love.  We will take every opportunity to combat fear-mongering and build alliances and coalition that will give voices to all marginalized communities,” said Birmingham Islamic Society President Ashfaq Taufiq.

“America is one nation under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for ALL as guaranteed by the constitution we cherish. We will work together to show the world, by example, how to live and love the diversity we find in this land we call home and defeat the forces of fear and bigotry that are trying to tear us apart. United we are strong,” said Huntsville Islamic Center President Mateen Muhammad.

CAIR has noted an unprecedented spike in hate rhetoric and bias-motivated incidents targeting American Muslims and other minorities since the election of President Trump.

Yesterday, CAIR urged state and federal law enforcement authorities to investigate an alleged call to violence against American Muslims during a meeting of hate groups in North Carolina.

Video: CAIR Calls on Feds to Probe Threat to ‘Kill’ U.S. Muslims
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ym6LiOCOID4

Last month, CAIR condemned a terror attack on a Canadian mosque by a suspect who had expressed anti-immigrant and anti-Muslim sentiments on social media. Six worshipers were killed in the attack and 17 others were wounded.

SEE: CAIR Condemns Terror Attack on Canadian Mosque, Urges U.S. Muslims to Take Security Measures
https://www.cair.com/press-center/press-releases/14070-cair-condemns-terror-attack-on-canadian-mosque-urges-u-s-muslims-to-take-security-measures.html

According to the Southern Poverty Law Center, The number of anti-Muslim groups in the United States tripled between 2015 and 2016.

Report: Anti-Muslim Groups Triple in U.S. Amid Trump Hate Rhetoric
http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/2017/02/15/report-anti-muslim-groups-triple-us-amid-trump-hate-rhetoric/97914684/

The Washington-based Muslim civil rights group is asking Muslim community members to report any bias incidents to police and to CAIR’s Civil Rights Department at 202-742-6420 or by filing a report at: http://www.cair.com/civil-rights/report-an-incident/view/form.html 

CAIR is America’s largest Muslim civil liberties and advocacy organization. Its mission is to enhance the understanding of Islam, encourage dialogue, protect civil liberties, empower American Muslims, and build coalitions that promote justice and mutual understanding.

La misión de CAIR es mejorar la comprensión del Islam, fomentar el diálogo, proteger las libertades civiles, capacitar a los musulmanes estadounidenses, y construir coaliciones que promuevan la justicia y la comprensión mutua.

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CONTACT: CAIR-Alabama Executive Director Khaula Hadeed, 205-313-6489, or 334-224-2196 kHadeed@cair.com

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Mondly Launches Virtual Reality for Learning Languages, Powered by Chatbots

The new VR app combines voice chatbot technology with speech recognition in virtual reality to create new way to learn a new language.

​​​​​​​ATi Studios, creators of Mondly, has today released the first virtual reality app for language education to combine the artificial intelligence technology behind chatbots with speech recognition in virtual reality. Learn Languages VR by Mondly allows people to experience lifelike conversations with virtual characters, in 28 different languages, from the comfort of home.

The new VR application is the first to realize virtual reality’s promise of rich, immersive and automated educational experiences.  The app offers instant feedback on pronunciation, suggestions that enrich learner’s vocabulary and surprises that transform learning a language into a fun experience.

Fluency in a language is not how many words you know, but how well you communicate with the words you do. Our goal with Mondly is to push the envelope of language learning with new technologies that drive our users to become better communicators and have richer life experiences. And the Oculus team and the virtual reality technology they’ve created offered us the perfect environment for achieving this goal.

Alexandru Iliescu, CEO and co-founder of ATi Studios

A popular and fast-growing tech product, Mondly’s language learning platform has seen over 15 million downloads to date.

Bridging the Technologies Behind Chatbots and Speech Recognition with VR

Mondly’s conversational voice chatbot for language learning was first released by the company in August 2016. The technology uses advanced speech recognition that understands millions of phrases and words in 28 different languages. Since its release, it has been used by millions of Mondly users and has learned millions of new phrases and responses, thanks to the chatbot’s self-learning technology.

To bridge the technologies behind its chatbot, speech recognition, and VR, the company had to develop a new automatic voice detection system.  Alexandru Iliescu, the CEO and co-founder of ATi Studios, spoke about the challenges involved with creating Mondly VR:

“The toughest challenge was to make the speech interaction feel natural in VR.

Because VR is so immersive, we quickly realised that traditional speech interaction models that require a tap or a voice command to enable speech recognition would kill the flow of the experience.

So we developed our own automatic voice detection system. It calibrates to the room’s background noise, and it ignores unintentional sounds. The result is amazing, the conversations with the virtual characters happen as naturally as real-life conversations – they just flow.”

Virtual Reality Language Training in 28 Different Languages

Learn Languages VR by Mondly allows users to practice conversing in a new language with virtual characters; all within realistic situations that teach language fundamentals and help build their confidence. 

The first version offers three scenes and 28 languages to explore:

·       The Restaurant – Practice ordering food and drinks in a small bistro. 

·       The Eurotrain – Have a conversation and make new friends on a train in Europe. 

·       The Hotel – Check into a boutique hotel and score a room with a view. 

Having learned from the usage patterns of over 15 million Mondly users to date, ATi Studios has created the VR application based on what users actually need to effectively learn a new language – instant feedback and an immersive, real-world experience to build their confidence.

Fluency in a language is not how many words you know, but how well you communicate with the words you do” said Iliescu. “Our goal with Mondly is to push the envelope of language learning with new technologies that drive our users to become better communicators and have richer life experiences. And the Oculus team and the virtual reality technology they’ve created offered us the perfect environment for achieving this goal.

Full list of languages:  British English, American English, German, French, Italian, Spanish, Russian, Romanian, Greek, Portuguese, Arabic, Croatian, Czech, Danish, Dutch, Finish, Hebrew, Hindi, Hungarian, Japanese, Korean, Norwegian, Polish, Swedish, Turkish, Ukrainian, Vietnamese, and Thai.

Download Learn Languages VR by Mondly for free in the Oculus Gear VR Store 

To download the general Mondly mobile application for free, which includes the conversational voice chatbot, visit:

​Google Play Store

Apple Store

​Or visit Mondly on the web

About Mondly

Mondly Languages is a leading language learning platform with more than 15,000,000 downloads worldwide. Available on iPhone, iPad, Android and PC, it’s the first to launch a VR experience for learning languages featuring speech recognition and chatbot technology. The mobile apps have a 4.7 star rating in the App Store and Google Play from more than 400,000 customer ratings.

Earlier last year, Mondly briefly became the number one most downloaded app in Arab countries, surpassing giants like Facebook, Instagram and YouTube, upon the release of Arabic language courses.

The app was recognized by the Apple editorial team in Europe (UK, France, Germany and other countries) and selected “Best New App” in January 2016. Mondly was also included in the 2016 “Language Learning” and “Visiting France” collections in the App Store.

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EPD on the Beat – February 2017

02/17/17 01:17, 4716 ROYAL AVE

Charges: Reckless Driving, Driving without Privileges, Driving Uninsured – Case 1702579

A 35-year-old man from Eugene was reported to be swinging a wrench and broke a car window then drove the vehicle into a fence near the parking lot. CAHOOTS paramedics were called to check the man, Thomas Anthony Manze, age 35, for injuries and he was not injured. Bystanders at a Deli reported that two subjects and Manze had gotten into a fight, with the other two swinging chains at Manze. He got into his vehicle at that point. Manze didn’t have a valid driver’s license or present insurance. The vehicle was impounded.

02/16/17 21:08, 240 WASHINGTON ST

Charges: Possession of Burglary Tools, Warrant – Case 1702570

An officer spotted a man later identified as Wesley Adam Coxley, age 36, of Eugene, riding a bicycle without headlights on Jefferson Street. He stopped the man and found he had four warrants (Failure to Appear on DUII, Reckless Driving, Unauthorized Entry into Motor Vehicle, and Interfering with a Police Officer). He was taken into custody on the warrant and found to be in possession of burglary tools.

02/16/17 13:57, 101 W 5TH AVE

Charges: Failure to Register as a Sex Offender – Case 1702544

An officer followed up on information that Ancel Price Reed, age 33, was out of compliance with his sex offender registration requirements. The officer investigated and located Reed at the Lane County Jail, where he had been lodged since being arrested on February2 for Possession of Methamphetamine and a warrant. Reed was cooperative with the officer until the officer told him he would be charged and then his demeanor changed and he scolded the officer.

02/16/17 17:22, 185 E 18TH AVE

Charges: Robbery 3, Warrant

Case 1702560

Police were called regarding a theft suspect fighting with loss prevention at Hirons. When officers arrived, loss prevention had the suspect, Renee Lynn Bovero, age 45, of Eugene, in handcuffs. It was reported she exited the store with merchandise and then when confronted outside was initially cooperative and then once back inside stopped and then pulled away and struggled on the ground with the loss prevention office. Bovero had a warrant for Possession of Heroin Failure to Appear.

 

02/14/17 23:21, 1080 WILLAMETTE ST

Assault – Case 1702453

Officers were called to report of an assault and found LTD security officers struggling on the ground with the suspect, Paul Michael Leaf, age 34. Leaf had been pepper sprayed when he lunged toward one of the security officers. The officer helped Leaf flush his eyes. Leaf was reported to have been yelling in the terminal and a 17-year-old youth mimicked him and he came charging toward the youth and his 22-year-old sister. The sister stepped in front of her brother and Leaf pushed her and then they struggled, landing in a planter box. LTD security intervened and separated them and then Leaf lunged at one of the security officers and was pepper sprayed. Leaf was charged with Assault.

02/12/17 12:00, 1200 BLOCK MILL ST

Burglary, UUV, ID Theft – Case 1702309, Case 1702432

A vehicle was stolen at 1200 block of Mill Street and reported by the owner, who also advised the residence had been entered and the vehicle keys and a wallet stolen (1702309). An alert officer spotted the stolen vehicle on February 14, 2017 at 1:57 p.m. and it was driving in the area of W. 5th and Blair Blvd. He watched it park and occupants got out and went into an apartment. Howard Stone Coburn, age 29, got into the car and then walked away. Officer arrived and Coburn ran, but an officer caught him behind The Board (formerly Tiny’s Tavern). He was charged with Unauthorized Use of Vehicle and Possession of Methamphetamine. Coburn also had warrants for Contempt of Court (Municipal Court), and a Parole Violation warrant from the Oregon Parole Board. Officers contacted the occupants of the apartment and located a man who had a warrant, Christopher Michael Berry, age 34, who was in possession of a restricted weapon (brass knuckles), and meth. He was taken into custody on the warrant and also charged with Felon in Possession of a Restricted Weapon, Possession of Methamphetamine.

 

02/14/17 09:40, 200 BLOCK W BROADWAY

Burglary – Case 1702408

Officers responded to a burglary where there had been a struggle inside the home and the suspects fled. Several subjects had been seen coming and going from the apartment, which was supposed to be vacant. A property maintenance worker followed up and went inside and encountered a woman, later identified as Alaina Rose Pack, age 18. She yelled to another suspect, Jason Edwin Parette, age 20, who was also inside. Pack ran toward the maintenance worker, who told her to stop, but she drove forward into him and shoved him out of the way. Pack and Parette fled. The property maintenance worker and another were able to snap some photos as the pair fled and officers had good suspect information to go with. Officers spotted a Downtown Guide chasing Parette and they were able to get him into custody at 11th and Oak. A bystander pointed out that Pack had fled into Starbucks at Broadway and she was taken into custody there. Parette was charged with Burglary I and Theft I Receiving. Pack was charged with Burglary I.

02/13/17 21:48, 1080 WILLAMETTE ST

Interfere with Public Transport, Criminal Trespass – Case 1702390

An officer was sent to LTD station regarding a man who was trespassing. The officer arrived and found the man, Steven Robert Pinedo, age 55, detained. Pinedo had been trespassed from all LTD properties but was riding the bus. Pinedo made threats to two LTD Public Safety officers during the EPD officer’s contact with him, and tried to provoke the two into fighting. He was charged with Interfering with Public Transport and Criminal Trespass.

02/13/17 13:58, 1399 WASHINGTON ALY/JEFFERSON ST

Possession of Methamphetamine – Case 1702379

An officer was doing a routine patrol check and observed a man, later identified as Jesus Anthony Marinez, age 27, throw a bottle into the skateboard pit and ride off on his bike. The officer told him to stop but he continued across W. 2nd Avenue and then to Skinner’s Butte Park toward the river. He ran down the river bank and stop and was reaching into his pockets. He was taken into custody after a taser was displayed but not deployed. Marinez was in possession of meth. He was taken charged with Possession of Methamphetamine. He was also issued a citation for Not Crossing at a Right Angle.

02/13/17 15:18, 100 W 10TH AVE

Disorderly Conduct, Criminal Trespass 2 – Case 1702374

Officers were sent to the Eugene Public Library for report of a disorderly subject. When they arrived, they found a man, later identified as Joseph Stephen Ginn, age 38, rolling in the street. Bystanders were trying to communicate with him. Ginn was intoxicated, swearing, and screaming racial slurs. Staff reported he had tipped over a hand sanitizer and thrown some books. He was asked to leave the library by security but refused. The officer placed Ginn into custody without incident although he screamed as he sat on the sidewalk. Ginn was charged with Disorderly Conduct and Criminal Trespass 2.

02/13/17 12:22, 4600 BLOCK OF ROYAL AVE

Warrant, Failure to Register as a Sex Offender, Open Container – Case 1702364

An officer was sent to a vacant house for reports of trespassers inside. The officer located a man, Thomas Lee Anderson, age 47, who had trespassed there previously, walking up to an opening in the fence and peering through, but he started to walk away when he saw officers. Anderson was wanted for a parole violation (Robbery) and was detained on the warrant. He was also a registered sex offender who had not registered and was carrying an open container. He was taken into custody on the warrant and also charged with Failure to Register as a Sex Offender and Open Container.

02/11/17 23:00, 1000 ALDER ST

Resisting Arrest, Theft 1 – Case 1702318

An officer was sent to a report of a stolen laptop at a fraternity. The owner of the laptop had expeditiously engaged the help of a computer-savvy friend when he noticed it missing. The friend performed some security maneuvers that locked the laptop down and provided intel leading to a man in Junction City who appeared to be in possession of the laptop. Officers worked with Junction City Police to contact the suspect, Kiah Loy Lawson, age 28, at his home. They knocked on the door and located Lawson, who struggled with officers before he was taken into custody. Lawson was charged with Resisting Arrest and Theft 1. The laptop was returned to the owner.

02/12/17 02:31, 199 W BROADWAY/CHARNELTON ST

DUII, Reckless Driving – Case 1702284

An officer was called to the area regarding a man passed out at the wheel of a vehicle that was running at a stop sign. When he got there, he saw the vehicle’s brake lights come on and the vehicle turned onto Charnelton from Broadway. It didn’t signal the turn. Another officer located the vehicle at Broadway and 10th in a parking spot, and the driver, later identified as Nickolas Gary Cooper, age 36, of Eugene, appeared to be asleep in the driver’s seat. The officer tapped on the window and interacted with Cooper, developing suspicion that he was under the influence. After an investigation, Cooper was charged with DUII, Reckless Driving, Turning without a Signal, Failure to Update Address on Driver’s License.

02/11/17 17:47, 145 E 18TH AVE

Criminal Trespass 2 – Case 1702273

An officer was sent to Safeway for report of a trespasser. A man, later identified as David John Stetta, age 59, was sleeping in the food court of the store, was intoxicated, and had been asked to leave over the course of three hours. He refused and swore at the employee who asked him to leave. Stetta was reported to have then passed out of the floor. The officer contacted Stetta, who was lying in a pool of urine, and took him into custody for Criminal Trespass 2.

02/11/17 21:52, 400 MONROE ST/W 4TH AVE

Improper Use of Emergency Phone – Case 1702278

An officer was sent to report of a disorderly man screaming in the street. Dispatch advised they also received a 911 call from the suspect who was screaming at the call takers. An officer contacted the screaming man, identified as Ivan Laird Warren, age 36, who was hostile and uncooperative. He was informed of the misuse of 911 and told not to call again if he didn’t have an emergency. He continued to scream as he ran down the street, dropping items. The officer did not pursue him, but collected his items for safekeeping. Warren called 911 again, screaming at the calltakers. The officer attempted a person stop of Warren, but he screamed and ran across W. 6th, then into the Side Pocket bar, startling customers. An employee tackled Warren and held him down until police arrived and took him into custody without incident. He was charged with Improper Use of Emergency Phone.

02/11/17 04:30, 430 BELTLINE WB/ROOSEVELT BLVD

DUII – Case 1702230

An officer was sent to the intersection of Beltline and Roosevelt for a man passed out behind the wheel of his vehicle. Bystanders reported the driver, later identified as Jose Juan Gallegos Garcia, age 23, of Eugene, was passed out and they were unable to wake him. A bystander put the vehicle in park and removed the keys. Officers arrived and blocked the vehicle in and roused Gallegos Garcia. The officer suspected impairment and after an investigation charged Gallegos Garcia with DUI and Driving while Suspended.

02/11/17 20:51, 1278 RIVER RD/ROSETTA AVE

DUII, Reckless Driving – Case 1702272

An officer stopped a driver of a Prius after it pulled out of a side street and nearly struck his patrol vehicle. The driver, Philip Terry Delong, age 72, of Eugene, was contacted and the officer suspected impairment. After an investigation, Delong was charged with DUII and Reckless Driving.

02/11/17 18:43, 2035 RIVER RD

Possession of Heroin, Warrants – Case 1072269

An officer was driving northbound on River Road near Maxwell Road and spotted a Chevy Trailblazer with a defective brake light. He initiated a traffic stop and the Trailblazer, with three occupants, continued driving northbound slowly before it pulled into a parking lot and stopped. The officer contacted the driver, Charles Arthur Lambert, age 32, of Eugene. There was a restricted weapon (knife) on the center console. Lambert was reaching around and the officer told him to stop. The officer knew the front passenger, Dylan Thomas Denney, age 26, of Eugene, was on supervision, and the driver, Lambert, was suspended. Denney wanted to leave the vehicle, but was asked to stay. The officer had found Denney had a warrant for Theft 2 out of Municipal Court. Denney’s girlfriend arrived and parked behind the officer’s patrol vehicle. Another officer arrived to join the first officer and they took Denney into custody without incident. Denney was found to be in possession of heroin. Lambert was found to be in possession of heroin. The back passenger, Miles Lee Kersey, age 19, of Eugene was found to be in possession of meth. Denney was taken into custody on warrants and also charged with Possession of a Controlled Substance Heroin. Lambert was charged with Possession of a Controlled Substance Heroin and Driving While Suspended. Kersey was charged with Possession of a Controlled Substance Methamphetamine.

02/10/17 00:07, 353 E BROADWAY

DUII (cannabis) – Case 1702170

An officer spotted a Toyota Highlander apply its brakes too late at E. Broadway and pass the stop sign. The officer stopped the vehicle and contacted the driver, Tobin Compton Newburgh, age 36, of Eugene. He suspected Newburgh was impaired. After an investigation Newburgh was charged with DUII.

02/11/17 12:52, 1680 COBURG RD

Hit and Run – Case 1702253

An officer was sent to investigate a hit and run crash where the suspect vehicle, a 1993 Lexus, had fled northbound onto Adkins Street after hitting a 1996 Honda Accord driven by a 42-year-old Eugene man. The officer found the involved vehicle with three occupants unloading property from it. The driver, Ryan Patrick Clough, age 30, of Springfield, was still in the driver’s seat. The officer contacted Clough and after further investigation arrested him for Hit and Run.

02/11/17 17:18, 1799 WILLAMETTE ST/E 18TH AVE

Disorderly Conduct – Case 

An officer was called to the area after report of a man in traffic telling others he had been menaced with a gun. The officer arrived and located the man, later identified as Marko James Lamson, age 30. Standing next to Lamson was the other involved man, age 43. That man said he was standing near his motorcycle and Lamson approached him and held out a soda. The man refused it and Lamson dropped it and grabbed the man’s helmet off his motorcycle and took off. The man chased Lamson and when he caught him, Lamson didn’t have his helmet anymore. Lamson then began waving down pedestrians and drivers reporting the man threatened him with a gun. It was reported vehicles had to swerve around him. There was no evidence to sustain the report of a gun. The man didn’t wish to press charges and went to look for his helmet, while Lamson was charged with Disorderly Conduct.

02/03/17 10:32, 3000 W 11TH AVE

Burglary 2 – Case 1702004

Officers were investigating a case where an unknown person entered the Lok Yaun restaurant on February 3 at 10:32 a.m., and took money from the register area. A loss prevention officer for a retail business happened to see surveillance footage and notified officers of a possible suspect, Roland Julien Bocquel, age 27, of Florence. An officer followed up and found that Bocquel was a suspect in another case from Jung’s Mongolian Grill that happened on February 8 at 9:56 a.m. (17-02073). On February 11, an officer stopped Bocquel standing near an older model car behind Buckley House. The officer knew about the Attempts to Locate on Bocquel and contacted Bocquel. Bocquel was charged with both cases. For Mongolian Grill Theft 3, and for Lok Juan, Burglary 2 and Theft 2.

02/11/17 15:29, 30 E 11TH AVE

Menacing, Intimidation 2, Felon in Possession of Restricted Weapon and Disorderly Conduct 2 – Case 1702262

Officers were dispatched to an armed dispute and when they arrived, they found a man, Hollis Hall, age 66, of Eugene, on his back in front of the location and holding a knife in his hand. A woman was trying to take the knife from him and he was resisting. Two officers grabbed Hall’s wrists and were able to get the knife away. It was reported that Hall had been inside the bar drinking when he became belligerent and refused to pay. He was asked to leave but refused. Another patron helped escort him out of the business and the bar didn’t wish to press charges. Another man, age 59 and who is black, came out of the business and when he came outside, Hall looked at him and told him he’d kill him, while using racial slurs, holding the knife and threatening to throw it at him. The knife is a restricted weapon and Hall is a convicted felon who is not allowed to own it. Hall was charged with Menacing, Intimidation 2, Felon in Possession of Restricted Weapon and Disorderly Conduct 2.

02/11/17 15:02, 3175 W 11TH AVE

Harassment, Warrant – Case 1702261

Officers were sent to Kentucky Fried Chicken on W. 11th after a disorderly man was detained by employees. Officers arrived and found the man, Dennis Raymond Lester, age 61, was being held down in the parking lot. It was reported that he had harassed a 34-year-old male employee and also punched the same employee a week ago when the employee took out the trash. On February 11, the employee contacted Lester, who was standing outside the entrance and told him he was not allowed to be on the property and harass customers. Lester became upset and hostile and slapped the employee’s phone out of his hand and began pushing him. Lester was in the drive-thru blocking it and refusing to leave. The employee and another detained him and held him until police arrived. Lester was charged with Harassment and taken into custody on a warrant.

02/11/17 00:32, 515 E BROADWAY

Menacing, Escape 3, Unlawful Use of Weapon, Interfering with Peace Officer – Case 1702218

Two officers responded to the HUB Apartments regarding a trespasser. When they got there, a group of more than 10 people began to duck and run towards the officers, with a couple people yelling that a man had a gun. The officers observed a man, later identified as Kyle Rober Woody, age 19, sweeping a handgun towards the crowd. The officers challenged Woody, who ditched the firearm and fled on foot south towards the Campus Inn. The officers pursued him on foot, with other officers also coming to assist. A sergeant spotted Woody walking at Dutch Brothers at E. 11th and High Street. Woody did not stop for the sergeant and a taser was used to take him into custody. The handgun, which was loaded, was recovered. Woody was charged with Menacing, Disorderly Conduct 2, Escape 3, Unlawful Use of a Weapon, Interfering with a Peace Officer.

 

02/10/17 22:01, 3199 W 7TH PL/SENECA RD

DUII, Failure to Maintain a Lane, Open Container, Careless Driving – Case 1702214

An officer spotted a vehicle driving in the center turn lane. As it approached his vehicle it nearly side-swiped the patrol vehicle as it passed. The officer performed a traffic stop and contacted the driver, Ray Douglas Kirchoff, age 38, of Harrisburg, and suspected impairment. After an investigation Kirchoff was charged with DUII, Failure to Maintain a Lane, Open Container, and Careless Driving.

02/11/17 00:18, 1600 FRANKLIN BLVD/AGATE ST

DUII, Reckless Endangering, Reckless Driving, Violation of Designated Speed – Case 1702222

An officer heard an engine revving and then spotted the vehicle, a Lexus sedan, driving past other traffic and going over the speed limit. He performed a traffic stop and suspected impairment on the part of the driver, Scott Randall Greene, age57, of Creswell. There was a passenger in the vehicle. After an investigation, Green was charged with DUII, Reckless Endangering, Reckless Driving, and Violation of Designated Speed.

02/10/2017 01:02, 101 W 5TH AVE

Robbery 3 – Case 1700319

At approximately 3:03 p.m., January 3, police responded to Walmart on W. 11th Avenue regarding a female subject who pushed an employee and left the store without attempting to pay for merchandise that she had taken and was observed leaving the area in a vehicle. On February 10, police contacted the suspect, Nichole Raelene Tracey, age 32, of Springfield, who was at the Lane County Jail on unrelated charges. She received an additional charge of Robbery in the Third Degree.

02/09/17 19:35, 1295 W 6th AVENUE

Assault 2/Harassment/Warrant – Case 1702162

Police responded to the Beauty Star Salon regarding a disorderly subject who made unwanted contact with a female employee, slammed doors at the business, and assaulted a male employee with an umbrella, following a verbal dispute, causing a laceration to the head of the 50-year-old victim. Police contacted the suspect Arlen Lee Arcoren II, of Fresno California, who was at the location, and arrested him for Assault in the Second Degree, Harassment and a warrant.

02/09/17 14:41, 2380 W 11th Avenue

Robbery 3 – Case 1702152

Police responded to Dizzy Dean’s Donuts regarding a suspect who ran from the business after stealing cash from the location. Police received information that the suspect, Brandon Scott Tyson, age 25, Eugene, was subsequently followed by an employee and displayed a knife. He was eventually located in the 2100 block area of W. 13th Avenue, with the assistance of an SPD K9 unit, and contacted regarding the incident. He was arrested and transported to the Lane County Jail for Robbery in the Third Degree.

 

02/09/2017 12:03, 3595 W 11TH AVE

UUV – Case 1702144/1702148

Police responded to information of a 2016 Ford Explorer that was taken from the driveway of a residence near Irving Road overnight. A short time later at approximately 2:05 p.m., an EPD community service officer observed the vehicle occupied by a male subject in the parking lot of Lowe’s on W. 11th Avenue. Police contacted the subject, Michael Glenn Bailey, age 34, of Eugene, and observed the vehicle in disarray with several items missing, and dirt and mud located inside and on the exterior of the vehicle. During contact with Bailey, police found information to arrest him for Unlawful Use of a Vehicle, Possession of Methamphetamine, Possession of Burglary Tools and a warrant. He was transported to the Lane County Jail.

02/09/17 03:33, 240 WASHINGTON ST

Criminal Trespass 2, Violation Park Rules, Warrants – Case 1702124

Officers conducted a patrol check of Washington Jefferson Park, near the skate park, after multiple complaints about illegal camping, urinating, defecating, alcohol and drug use, littering and disorderly conduct. When officers arrived, they observed more than 20 people from W. 1st Avenue, south to the railroad tracks. Officers contacted several subjects and charged the following:

  • Joe Clifford Bier, age 54, – Violation Park Rules, Exclusion Notice
  • Justin Scott Hocker, age 26, – Warrant (Municipal Court for Assault), Violation of Park Rules, Exclusion Notice
  • Yvonne Monica Davis, age 37 – Violation of Park Rules
  • Ivan Laird Warren, age 36 – Violation of Park Rules
  • Holly Lynn Saunders, age 57 – had a year-long exclusion and repeat offenses so she was issued Criminal Trespass 2 and Violation of Park Rules
  • Shane Wesley Rodrigues, age 38 – Violation of Park Rules
  • Douglas James Hanson, age 56 – Violation of Park Rules, Park Exclusion Notice
  • William Augustus Bellins, age 67 – Violation of Park Rules, Park Exclusion Notice

02/09/17 01:11, 999 W 8TH AVE/JACKSON ST

DUII, Reckless Driving – Case 1702123

An officer spotted a Toyota Rav 4 going west on W. 10t Avenue between Olive and Charnelton. It was driving the wrong way until it swerved back into the correct lane. The officer stopped the vehicle and contacted the driver, Donald Bruce Rivers, age 34, of Eugene. The officer suspected impairment and after an investigation charged Rivers with DUII and Reckless Driving.

02/08/17 23:26, 1960 FRANKLIN BLVD

Warrant – Case 1702120

An officer spotted a call on his screen regarding a person driving a vehicle without the owner’s permission and without returning it upon request. The details included that Andrew Todd Strome, age 32, might possibly be driving it and that he fled from an earlier traffic stop in another town. The officer spotted the vehicle at PC Market of Choice on Franklin and observed Strome in the driver’s seat. The officer performed the traffic stop and Strome quickly exited the vehicle without being told. The officer took Strome into custody after displaying, but not activating, a taser. Strome was charged with warrants.

02/08/17 17:05, 895 E 13TH AVE

Robbery 3 – Case 1702104

An officer was dispatched to The Duck Store for a theft in which a loss prevention officer was reported to have been bitten by the suspect, later identified as Haley Rose Hanford, age 18, of Eugene. The officer arrived and found Hanford detained in handcuffs. A security officer and another employee had tried to contact Hanford after she left with items and did not pay for them. Hanford resisted and during this bit the security officer. Hanford was charged with Robbery 3.

02/08/16 17:35, Eugene Area

Robbery 1, Burglary , Assault 2 – Case 1602110

A 51-year-old woman was sleeping at a residence and thought she was alone. She was awakened by a man, later identified as Michael Lee Middleton, age 39, who assaulted her, took some of her possessions and left on a bicycle. Officers arrived and the victim declined medics, but she had injuries. Officers requested CAHOOTS response. Officers were unable to located Middleton at the time, but put out an Attempt to Locate with Probable Cause for Robbery 1, Assault 2, and Burglary 1. Middleton was located by an officer on February 8 at 10:43 p.m., at 60 Division Avenue and arrested on the warrant.

02/08/17 11:37, 1032 BELTLINE WB

DUII, Possession of Heroin, Possession of Meth, Reckless Driving, Driving While Suspended, Crash – Case 1702071

An officer was sent to a crash in which a sedan had crashed into a tree on westbound Beltline, near Gilham and Norkenzie. The vehicle was partially in the roadway on Beltline, with the vehicle’s nose in the ditch. There was a purse nearby that was later found to belong to the drive and that contained heroin and methamphetamine. The driver, Jennifer Ann Rosini, age 48, of Springfield, was contacted at the hospital and charged with DUII, Reckless Driving, Possession of Methamphetamine, Possession of Heroin, and Driving While Suspended.

02/08/17 10:53, 2 SKINNERS BUTTE LP

Criminal Trespass 2, Warrant – Case 1702077

An officer was dispatched to Skinner Butte Park regarding illegal dumping. Upon arrival, he found a tent and contacted the trespasser, Travis James Tibbet, age 37. Tibbet had warrants for Failure to Appear Theft 2, and Failure to Appear Theft 3. He also had some cards and ID belonging to other people. He was taken into custody on the warrants and also charged with Criminal Trespass 2.

 

02/08/17 17:40, 1080 WILLAMETTE ST

Interfere with Public Transport – Case 1702105

An officer was sent to LTD Station regarding a trespasser who was handcuffed. It was reported that Wilhelm Rosa-Rivera, age 55, of Springfield, had been trespassed from all LTD properties after numerous warnings. He had been contacted and cited earlier in the day for trespassing at an LTD property. He was spotted exiting a bus and contacted by LTD security. He resisted the security officer’s arrest. Rosa-Rivera was charged with Interfering with Public Transportation.

02/08/17 13:21, 1102 LINCOLN ST

Assault, Warrant – Case 1702075

An officer was dispatched to Eugene Municipal Court regarding an assault. Jacob Scott Rassmussen, age 44, and another man, age 54, had a verbal dispute that escalated. Rassmussen is reported to have threatened to stab the victim and then he threw a phone at the victim’s face, striking him. Rassmussen was taken into custody on a warrant and also charged with Assault.

02/07/17 19:13, 1610 W 2ND AVE/CHAMBERS ST

Possession of Meth, Disorderly Conduct, Warrant – Case 1702036

An officer was sent to Lane Transit District (LTD) bus stop on 2nd and Chambers, regarding a disorderly subject who was reported to be threatening to stab someone. The bus driver had to stop and get the man off the bus as he was scaring other patrons. Upon arrived, the officer saw the man later identified as Brandon Lee Eisele, age 44, of Eugene, standing behind a bike yelling at LTD security staff. When the officer contacted Eisele, Eisele began to yell at him, and then threw a bottle on the ground in the officer’s direction and began to approach him. Another officer assisted in taking Eisele into custody as he was continuing to yell. Eisele was found to be in possession of methamphetamine and he had a warrant. He was taken into custody on the warrant and also charged with Possession of Methamphetamine and Disorderly Conduct.

02/07/17 19:56, 100 W 10TH AVE

Unlawful Entry Motor Vehicle, Criminal Trespass, Non-criminal Hold – Case 1702039

An officer was dispatched to the Eugene Public Library for a report of a trespasser attempting to enter the building through the emergency exit after leaving through that exit and setting off an alarm. When the officer arrived, he saw a library security officer holding the door to prevent the man from entering. The officer contacted the man, age 28, and found that he was having a mental health crisis, but had attempted to get into a vehicle with a woman and two small children who didn’t know him. The father was in the parking area and saw this and yelled at the man and he left. The man was taken to a local hospital for treatment of a possible mental health issue.

02/07/17 16:40, 101 W 10TH AVE

Criminal Trespass 2 – Case 1702030

Officers were called to Lane Community College downtown regarding an unknown man who was entering class rooms. Upon arrival, the officers were directed to the third floor where the man, Paul Joseph Anghilante, age 48 was located. He had been reported to have also trespassed earlier at the Family Foot Clinic while it was closed and refused to leave. Anghilante was charged with two counts of Criminal Trespass.

02/07/17 07:19, 325 I 105 AND COBURG RD

Disorderly Conduct, Criminal Mischief 2 – Case 1701990

Two officers were sent to a traffic hazard condition at I-105 and Coburg Road. They had multiple reports of a man wearing all black jumping out into traffic in front of cars and throwing rocks and dirt. Officers responded and located the man and a foot pursuit ensured. He was taken into custody and refused to provide his name, but officers obtained it when he was booked into Jail as Justin James Offill, age 37. Offill was charged with Disorderly Conduct and Criminal Mischief 2.

02/05/17 00:22, 1799 HWY 99N/BETHEL DR

DUII, Reckless Driving – Case 1701872

An officer noticed that a Jeep Cherokee ran a red light and called for assistance making the traffic stop when she was dispatched to another call. Another officer observed that the vehicle appeared to nearly rear-end her patrol vehicle as she was making a turn, then left its lane of travel and drove in a bus turnout. The vehicle accelerated and the officer caught up as the vehicle made a series of violations at high speed in the pouring rain with little visibility. The officer was able to stop the driver, identified as James Alan Shoemaker, age 28, of Eugene. The officer suspected Shoemaker was impaired and after an investigation he was charged with DUII and Reckless Driving.

02/04/17 22:07, 1999 HWY 99N/BARGER DR

DUII, Minor in Possession of Liquor – Case 1701867

An officer observed a vehicle weaving in its lane, as it turned onto Prairie Road, it crossed over the white line and the officer stopped it. He contacted the driver, William Alexander Romero-Canales, age 20, of Eugene, and suspected intoxication. After an investigation, Romero-Canales was charged with DUII and Minor in Possession of Liquor.

02/05/17 02:03, 199 W 6TH AVE/CHARNELTON ST

Brendan Nicholas Harris, age 21, of Springfield

An officer observed a vehicle turn east onto W. 6th Avenue, driving the wrong way. The officer stopped the vehicle and contacted the river, Brendan Nicholas Harris, age 21, of Springfield. The officer suspected impairment and after an investigation Harris was charged with DUII, and Failure to Obey One Way Designation.

02/06/17 00:36, 900 OLIVE ST/W BROADWAY

Physical Harassment – Case 1701932

An officer was dispatched for a person who was punching people. He observed a man wearing a hoodie swinging wildly at people in the street, and there was a lot of yelling. The man was attempting to leave the area and other people were flagging the officer down. As the officer approached the man, he got off his bike and was compliant. He was identified as Alan Salsman, age 27 of Blue River, Oregon. The 33-year-old male victim had been with friends drinking in the area and got into a verbal disagreement with another group. Some women began yelling at each other, and Salsman, who was unrelated to the groups, approached and punched the victim in the face multiple times. The victim was trying to protect himself. Salsman was charged with Physical Harassment.

02/05/17 20:53, 2120 W 17TH AVE

Disorderly Conduct, Prohibited Noise – Case 1701927

An officer was sent to a call about a disorderly man with a knife. The officer arrived and found that Jeremy Alga Hawkins, age 34, of Eugene, had been yelling and swearing from the balcony outside his apartment. One person had been able to calm Hawkins down before police arrived and took the knives from him. Hawkins, who appeared intoxicated, had gotten into an altercation with another man at the complex. They were arguing and it turned physical, with Hawkins being hit by the other man. Hawkins was charged with Disorderly Conduct and Prohibited Noise.

02/05/17 13:51, 3690 GLENWOOD DR

Menacing, Disorderly Conduct – Case 1701914

Officers were sent to report of a disorderly patron inside the lobby of the Motel 6. A man, identified as Geovoni Pietro Lamoni, age 45, of Springfield, was reported to be screaming at employees in the office of the Motel 6, threatening to retrieve some type of unspecified weapon and kill the employees, and making furitive movements toward his waistband. Officers contacted Lamoni and arrested him for Disorderly Conduct and Menacing.

02/05/17 12:29, 100 W 10TH AVE

Disorderly Conduct, Criminal Trespass 2 – Case 1701897

Officers were on patrol near the Eugene Public Library when they saw several hundred people standing outside the library on the sidewalk. A Eugene Springfield Fire Truck arrived in emergency mode. An unknown person was reported to have pulled the fire alarm inside the library and it was evacuated. An hour later, the two officers were called to the library regarding a disorderly man refusing to leave the property. The man, Hector Vincent Melero, age 40, was contacted as he was headed down the elevator. Melero was identified as having earlier pulled the fire alarm. He was charged with Disorderly Conduct and Criminal Trespass 2.

02/05/17 02:16

DUII, Hit and Run, Reckless Driving – Case 1701877

An officer was sent to 2500 block kof Souza Court aftr a motor vehicle crash and hit and run. A woman, later identified as Victoria Evelyn Callotta, age 22, of Veneta, had crashed her vehicle into a parked car owned by a 51-year-old male resident in the area and failed to leave information. Officers found the suspect vehicle with the airbag deployed. While officers were at the scene, two females, one matching the description of Callotta, drove by the scene and failed to stop when signaled to by an officer with a flashlight. A traffic stop was performed and the officer suspected impairment. After an investigation, Callotta was charged with DUII, Hit and Run, and Reckless Driving.

02/04/17 23:18, 3699 W 11TH AVE/BAILEY HILL RD

DUII, Reckless Driving – Case 1701871

A truck left an establishment and fail to signal a turn from W. 10th place, left onto Tyinn Street. It failed to signal another turn and the officer observed it drift over the center line a couple of time and the officer pulled it over. He contacted the driver, Scott Andrew Moore, age 42, of Albany, and suspected impairment. After an investigation, Moore was charged with DUII and Reckless Driving.

02/03/17 02:38, 1199 PATTERSON ALY/E 12TH AVE

Harassment, Interfering with a Police Officer, Disorderly Conduct – Case 17-1773

Police were dispatched to a fight near E. 12th Avenue and Patterson Alley. It was reported four people were in a fight and one person was screaming for water. The man, later identified as Mitchell John Powers, age 20, of Eugene, was intoxicated and had dumped a residential trash can and was confronted by the home owner. Powers grabbed the 34-year-old female resident by the shoulder and slapped her across the face. Powers was subsequently pepper sprayed by the female. An officer arrived on scene and admonished Powers to stop, but he continued running. Powers fled on foot northbound through the alley across E. 11th. A taser display and admonishment convinced Powers to stop and he was taken into custody without further incident, and lodged at the Lane County Jail on charges of Disorderly Conduct, Interfering with Police, and Harassment.

 

02/02/17 22:54, 1542 W 1ST AVE

Criminal Trespass – Case 1701764

Officers were sent to the Eugene Mission regarding a disorderly trespasser, later identified as Hector Vincent Melero, age 40, who was trying to light game pieces on fire. Staff was able to prevent the fire from starting and told Melero to leave. Melero refused and got on the floor. Officers arrived and told him he had to leave, but he refused and indicated officers would have to drag him out. An officer attempted to handcuff him and he resisted, but was ultimately taken into custody. He had to be carried out of the facility. He was charged with Criminal Trespass.

02/02/17 21:59, 99 W BROADWAY/OLIVE ST

Harassment – Case 1701763

Police were called after a man, later identified as Greg Alan Kuntz, II, age 31, sprayed an unknown substance on another man, age 29, who was sitting with his girlfriend near a bike rack at W. Broadway and Olive. Kuntz was arrested for Harassment.

 

02/02/17 18:46, 800 BLOCK W 3RD AVE

Warrant – Case 1701759

An officer was dispatched to report of suspicious conditions near some apartments. A male and female were observed jumping over a fence and into the backyard of a residence nearby. An officer arrived and found Kimberly Jean Patterson, age 57, lying on the ground in a shed at the residence. Patterson had a warrant out of Eugene Municipal Court for Failure to Appear Criminal Trespass II. She was taken into custody on the warrant.

02/02/17 14:47, 349 W 10TH ALY/LINCOLN ALY

Criminal Trespass, Warrant – Case 1701727

Officers patrolling in the area found a tent-like shelter at the northwest corner of 11th Avenue and Lincoln Street. They contacted the person inside, Michael Wayne Melendy, age 26. They found he had a warrant, and there was a trespass letter on file for the location. Melendy was taken into custody on the warrant and charged with Criminal Trespass 2.

02/02/17 03:08, 4740 ROYAL AVE

Harassment – Case 1701705

An officer was dispatched to the Albertson`s gas station located at 4730 Royal Avenue for a report of a dispute between the gas attendant and a customer, later identified as Justin Troy Strohbin, age 21, of Eugene. It was reported Strohbin became angry after being provided gas and there was an argument in which Strohbin followed the employee, age 26, back to the store and then pushed him. Strohbin then left and walked away. The officer contacted Strohbin at home and after an investigation Strohbin was charged with Harassment.

01/24/17 08:47, W. 27th/Jefferson

Hit and Run – Case 1701187

An officer was sent to investigate a crash in which a black 2000 Toyota SR5 hit a 2002 Subaru Forrester at W. 27th Avenue and Jefferson and left without exchanging information. The 48-year-old male victim was able to get a license plate number. Officers followed up to investigate and located the suspect driver, Jeremy Raymond Arthur Liner, age 18, of EugeneHe was charged with Hit and Run.

02/02/17 00:20, 1166 OAK ST

Resisting Arrest, Interfering with a Police Officer, and Trespass 2 – Case 1701702

An officer contacted Marquel Cary at the location, which had a trespass letter on file and was marked no trespassing. The officer asked Cary for his name and he lunged at the officer, who ordered him to sit down. Cary sat initially and then jumped up and ran off. The officer pursued him on foot and caught Cary at 1166 Oak. Cary continued resisting and the officer had to request additional units to hellp. Another officer arrived and Cary continued to resist. A third officer arrived and Cary was taken into custody and charged with Resisting Arrest, Interfering with a Police Officer, and Trespass 2.

02/01/17 12:49, 929 W 7TH AVE

Theft 1, Warrant – Case 1701666

Brad’s Car Tunes reported a suspect came into the store to shop and then left without paying for two expensive sound equipment items. An employee ran after the suspect, later identified as Jason Robert Loe, age 32, of Eugene. The suspect left in a Ford F-250 that had a female passenger, and her purse fell out of the vehicle. The vehicle was spotted by a Brad’s employee at a local wrecking yard. Officers responded and found it in the parking lot and contacted the driver, Loe. The items were recovered and provided back to Brad’s. Loe was arrested for Theft 1 and a Parole Violation. ‘

02/01/17 17:51, 4275 BARGER DR

Robbery 3 – Case 1701687

Police were called to Winco for reports of loss prevention officers struggling with a shoplifting suspect, later identified as Jedi Marx Asher, age 24. Asher was reported to be still not in handcuffs and continuing to fight. When officers arrived, four Winco employees had Asher held down and only one of his hands was handcuffed and he was still resisting. Asher was advised he would be tased if he did not comply. He complied and there was no taser activation. He was charged with Robbery 3.

02/01/17 17:20, 2400 KALMIA ST

Criminal Trespass II (X5) Criminal Mischief, Disorderly Conduct, and Carrying a Concealed Weapon – Case 1701690

A woman reported a man she didn’t know was in her backyard trespassing. She had confronted him and he broke through fence boards to escape. Another male resident in the area reported the suspect, later identified as Sonny Joe Canterbury, age 44, of Springfield, had run into his back yard and when confronted, Canterbury grabbed a tree branch and tried to climb over the fence, but instead fell and hit the ground. A total of five residents reported Canterbury had trespassed onto their property and one reported Canterbury had urinated in public in their yard. Officers arrived and K9 unit from Springfield was requested for a search. Canterbury was located with the help of the K9 hiding along a fence line in the 2300 block of Sony Loop and taken into custody. He was in possession of a dagger-type knife. Canterbury was charged with five counts of Criminal Trespass 2, Criminal Mischief, Disorderly Conduct, and Carrying a Concealed Weapon.

02/01/17 20:40, 77 N GARFIELD ST/CROSS ST

DUII, Reckless Driving – Case 1701696

An older model Chevy Blazer was reported to be driving erratically. An officer located it and observed it fail to maintain its lane and nearly crash when making a turn. The officer initiated a traffic stop and the driver, later identified as Ronald Renee Puso, age 43, of Eugene, initially failed to yield and when he did, he began to reverse toward the officer’s patrol vehicle. Puso got out of his vehicle and was slow to respond to the officer’s commands. Once Puso was contacted, the officer suspected impairment. After an investigation, Puso was charged with DUII and Reckless Driving.

01/31/17 18:08, 3800 BLOCK OF W 11TH AVE

Interfering With A Police Officer

Police responded to a dispute in the area between a male and female subject and contacted both of the involved. During contact with the male subject Jonathan Duffy Peterson, age 57, he became uncooperative during the investigation, and disregarded direction from the officer. He was arrested for Interfering With A Police Officer and was transported to the Lane County Jail on the charge.

 

01/31/17 18:03, 3500 BLOCK OF CHEVY CHASE ST

Criminal Trespass 1 – Case 1701630

Police responded to the area regarding a male subject who was observed inside the home when the residents returned to the location. Police received information that the described suspect Paul Joseph Anghilante, age 48, of Eugene, left the residence on foot. He was located and contacted by officers in the 400 block area of Stoneybrook and arrested and transported to the Lane County Jail for Criminal Trespass in the First Degree.

 

01/31/2017 16:11, W 5TH AVE/BLAIR BLVD

Burglary 2 – Case 1612264

On July 25, 2016, police responded to a report of a burglary at the Studio One Café on E. 19th Avenue and received information that the suspect had climbed through a window and stole cash from the location. After further investigation, police identified the suspect as Everett John Hallbach, age 31, of Eugene, and he was located on January 31 in the 500 block area of Blair Boulevard. During contact with Hallbach, police found information to arrest him for Burglary in the Second Degree, Possession of Heroin, Possession of Methamphetamines and Theft in the Second Degree.

 

01/31/17 14:40, 2270 W 18TH AVE

Assault Public Safety Officer/Resisting Arrest/Assault 4 – Case 1701619

Police responded to the Stop and Shop convenience store on West 18th Avenue regarding a male subject who walked behind the counter and repeatedly hit the female employee in the face. Police located the suspect Brian Edward Springer, age 50, in the 1800 block area of Cleveland Street. The officers attempted to contact Springer and he aggressively turned toward the officers after being given direction to stop, lunged at an officer and subsequently struck the other officer in the face as they attempted to detain him. He continued to struggle and yell at the officers during the arrest and was eventually detained and transported to the Lane County Jail for Resisting Arrest, Assault Public Safety Officer and Assault in the Fourth Degree.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

CAIR Calls on Feds to Probe Call to Violence Against U.S. Muslims at N.C. Meeting of Hate Groups

WASHINGTON, Feb. 18, 2017 /PRNewswire/ — The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation’s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, today urged state and federal law enforcement authorities to investigate an alleged call to violence against American Muslims during a meeting of hate groups in North Carolina.

According to media reports, a „consortium of tea partiers, patriot groups and other conservative activists” met Thursday at a restaurant in Kernersville, N.C., to hear a presentation on „a supposed Muslim plot to conquer the United States.”

The presentation on the „Islamization of America” included „frequent interruptions about supposed Muslim treachery paired with testimonials about preparedness for violent confrontation and even expressions of readiness to kill Muslims.”

One meeting participant allegedly asked the presenter for recommendations about how to stop „Islamization,” then added, „Because my only recommendation is to start killing the hell out them.” That same person allegedly stated: „I’m ready to start taking people out.” He replied, „Shed some blood, too,” in response to the presenter’s call to „shed some light” on the issue.

SEE: Local Conservative Activists Prepare for Violent Confrontation with Islam (Includes Audio of Presentation)
https://triad-city-beat.com/2017/02/local-conservative-activists-prepare-violent-confrontation-islam/

In response to the reported call to kill Muslims, a member of the hate group ACT for America allegedly stated: „I can understand that. But we’re not there yet.” ACT for America’s anti-Muslim bigotry was highlighted recently in a Washington Post exposé.

SEE: This group believes Islam threatens America: ‚It’s a spiritual battle of good and evil.’
https://www.washingtonpost.com/national/this-group-believes-islam-threatens-america-its-a-spiritual-battle-of-good-and-evil/2017/02/16/3e5108c2-ed57-11e6-9662-6eedf1627882_story.html 

„Calls to violence against members of any minority group warrant a criminal investigation by state law enforcement authorities and the FBI,” said CAIR National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper. „We call on President Trump to repudiate the growing bigotry in our nation targeting Muslims, Hispanics, immigrants, refugees, and other minority groups.”

He said CAIR has noted an unprecedented spike in hate rhetoric and bias-motivated incidents targeting American Muslims and other minorities since the election of President Trump.

Last month, CAIR condemned a terror attack on a Canadian mosque by a suspect who had expressed anti-immigrant and anti-Muslim sentiments on social media. Six worshipers were killed in the attack and 17 others were wounded.

SEE: CAIR Condemns Terror Attack on Canadian Mosque, Urges U.S. Muslims to Take Security Measures
https://www.cair.com/press-center/press-releases/14070-cair-condemns-terror-attack-on-canadian-mosque-urges-u-s-muslims-to-take-security-measures.html

Hooper noted that, according to the Southern Poverty Law Center, The number of anti-Muslim groups in the United States tripled between 2015 and 2016.

Report: Anti-Muslim Groups Triple in U.S. Amid Trump Hate Rhetoric
http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/2017/02/15/report-anti-muslim-groups-triple-us-amid-trump-hate-rhetoric/97914684/

The Washington-based Muslim civil rights group is asking Muslim community members to report any bias incidents to police and to CAIR’s Civil Rights Department at 202-742-6420 or by filing a report at: http://www.cair.com/civil-rights/report-an-incident/view/form.html 

CAIR is America’s largest Muslim civil liberties and advocacy organization. Its mission is to enhance the understanding of Islam, encourage dialogue, protect civil liberties, empower American Muslims, and build coalitions that promote justice and mutual understanding.

La misión de CAIR es mejorar la comprensión del Islam, fomentar el diálogo, proteger las libertades civiles, capacitar a los musulmanes estadounidenses, y construir coaliciones que promuevan la justicia y la comprensión mutua.

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