Indonesia jails IS-linked couple who tried to assassinate minister

first_imgTopics : The trial had heard that Alamsyah stabbed the now 73-year-old Wiranto as he exited a car during a visit to Pandeglang regency on Java island.Alamsyah and his wife, who injured a member of Wiranto’s entourage, were wrestled to the ground by security personnel. Wiranto sustained knife wounds to his abdomen, but survived the attack, in which several others were also injured.Days before the assassination attempt, the pair pledged allegiance to late IS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, the court said in its ruling.Alamsyah was a member Jamaah Ansharut Daulah (JAD), an IS-linked extremist group responsible for a string of attacks, including suicide bombings at churches in Indonesia’s second-biggest city Surabaya in 2018 that killed a dozen people.JAD is among dozens of radical groups that have pledged loyalty to IS in Indonesia, the world’s biggest Muslim majority nation, which has long struggled with Islamist militancy.The couple were radicalized through hardline rhetoric on social media and watching videos of Muslims fighting in Syria, their trial heard.They also listened to speeches by jailed firebrand cleric Abu Bakar Bashir, believed to be behind the 2002 Bali bombings, and Aman Abdurrahman, who was sentenced to death for masterminding gun and suicide attacks in Jakarta in 2016. But the court rejected the couple’s defense that they were solely motivated by anti-government sentiment, ruling that Alamsyah belonged to a local extremist group allied to IS.”We rule that the defendant is guilty of terrorism together with his wife,” presiding judge Masrizal, who like many Indonesians goes by one name, told the West Jakarta District Court.A third defendant was also sentenced to five years on terror charges linked to a separate attack planned with Alamsyah last year.The hearing was held by video conference due to coronavirus concerns, with lawyers and judges wearing facemasks with the defendants listening via videolink.center_img An Indonesian couple with links to the Islamic State (IS) group who tried to assassinate the country’s chief security minister were jailed Thursday. A Jakarta court handed a 12-year sentence to Syahrial Alamsyah, 51, and nine years to his wife Fitria Diana, 21, after convicting them on terrorism charges for trying to kill then security minister Wiranto in October last year.The sentences were below prosecutors’ demands for a 16-year and 12-year term, respectively.last_img read more

PensionsEurope: Draft EU ESG disclosure rules not appropriate for IORPs

first_imgSustainability-related disclosure rules proposed by EU supervisors have a focus on retail investors and are not yet appropriate for pension funds, which in some cases should be considered as end-investors rather than their members and beneficiaries, according to PensionsEurope.Responding to the supervisors’ joint consultation on so-called regulatory technical standards (RTS) for the EU sustainable finance disclosure regulation (SFDR), the lobby group said the draft rules raised concerns because of a lack of flexibility that “does not always reflect market realities and would not fit the information needs of pension funds’ members and beneficiaries”.In many countries, it noted, members and beneficiaries did not have any investment choice and could be automatically or mandatorily enrolled.Where pension fund members and beneficiaries did not have an investment choice – Belgium, the Netherlands and most plans in Germany, for example – the pension fund itself should be considered the end-investor and the SFDR’s greenwashing objective was irrelevant “as ESG is never used as a selling point”, PensionsEurope said. The final environmental, social and governance (ESG) disclosure rules that the European supervisory authorities (ESAs) come up with needed to avoid “stifling IORPs with inappropriate and burdensome rules with very little added value in improving members’ and beneficiaries’ ESG awareness,” it argued.“We urge the ESAs to take into account [members’ and beneficiaries’] perspective on the disclosures, which differs significantly from that of retail clients proactively seeking to buy a responsible or sustainable financial product,” PensionsEurope said.On principal adverse impactsA key feature of the SFDR is the introduction of a requirement to make disclosures about “principal adverse impacts” (PAIs), with the ESAs having proposed mandatory reporting against 32 indicators.PensionsEurope said it welcomed the proportionality considerations adopted in the application of the PAI disclosure requirements, but that below the threshold of 500 employees, any due diligence pursued voluntarily should not imply mandatory disclosure against the full set of indicators.“Otherwise,” the association said, “financial market participants with less than 500 employees would be strongly disincentivised to do any due diligence, as it would imply immediately full reporting against the indicators.”For entities with more than 500 employees, the lobby group suggested that the ESAs allow financial market participants – a broad range of organisations covered by the SFDR – to prioritise the adverse impacts and select the relevant indicators based on their materiality.It noted that the SFDR did not provide a definition of adverse impact and questioned “filling in a central, but undefined, concept through a regulatory standard”.“The best effort approach to obtain data from companies does not reflect the operational realities of pension funds”Another issue raised by PensionsEurope is the often cited one of ESG data availability – the association said it is currently insufficient to enable compliance with the new disclosure requirements “with the level of precision required by the draft RTS”.The best effort approach to obtain data from companies “does not reflect the operational realities of pension funds”.The point was echoed by Pensioenfederatie, with the Dutch pension fund association saying that Article 7(2)a of the draft RTS implied that entities should first aim to obtain any missing data on the adverse impact indicators from investee companies.“If this interpretation of the proposed text does not correspond to the way the provision was intended, we still ask for a clarification as most other stakeholders seem to share this interpretation,” Pensioenfederatie said.‘Extremely tight’ timelineAnother issue of concern to both PensionsEurope and Pensioenfederatie – as well as other investor groups such as Efama, the European asset management association – is the timeline for implementation of the new rules.Both the pension bodies said they appreciated the ESAs’ highlighting to the European Commission the extremely tight implementation timeline, and urged the supervisors to “continue to put forward this message” as no action had yet been taken to mitigate the problem. In Pensioenfederatie’s case, it said it was urging for this despite acknowledging the limited role the ESAs could play in this regard.“We are very concerned that our members will not be able to achieve compliance with the SFDR within the timespan between the adoption of the RTS and the 11th of March 2021,” the Dutch group said.The ESAs have suggested to the Commission to revisit the application date of the SFDR, and, backing this, Efama has called for its postponement until at least 1 January 2022. It said this was still a challenging, yet manageable timeline, coherent with the application date for the requirements under the EU taxonomy regulation.PensionsEurope said the RTS are due to be finalised by the end of January 2021.Read moreEU sustainable finance: The promise of disclosuresNew EU sustainability reporting requirements for investors could drive companies to improve disclosures. But making the new standards useful for end-investors could still be a challengeLooking for IPE’s latest magazine? Read the digital edition here.last_img read more


first_imgCongratulations to the Clemson Tigers on their national football championship.  They defeated Alabama 35-31 in another football classic.  Just like last year, the game came down to the 4th quarter.  This time Clemson got the 2-yard touchdown that put them over the top.Not many people, outside of Alabama, were probably rooting for the Tide.  However, Alabama has a record of football title games that has to be admired.  Don’t bet your house that they will not be back again next year.last_img

Messi Return to Barca Training

first_imgLionel Messi returned to training with Barcelona yesterday to offer the Catalans a boost with less than a week to go before their Champions League clash against Roma.Messi missed Argentina’s two internationals over the last week due to a hamstring strain, although he did train between the 2-0 win over Italy last Friday and Tuesday’s 6-1 humiliation by Spain.“Messi took part in a part of training with the squad,” said Barca on their Twitter account. The 30-year-old five-time world player of the year joined other Barca stars just back from international duty.With Barca enjoying an 11-point lead over Atletico Madrid at the top of La Liga, where they are unbeaten all season, Messi may be rested for Saturday’s trip to Sevilla to give him more time to recover ahead of the Champions League quarterfinal first leg against Roma on Tuesday.On Wednesday, Barca coach Ernesto Valverde had said he was feeling “calm” with regards Messi’s potential availability.“He has a slight problem but we hope that it’s not serious,” he said.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

Hillgren blazes ambitious trail for younger sister

first_imgGrowing up with a younger sibling can be a blessing and a curse.Always having someone to play with and talk to is great, but the concept of sharing rooms, toys, clothes and attention can be irritating. The frustration continues as the younger sibling tries to emulate the older one, following his or her every move and copying every hobby, every phrase, every thing.Senior leader · Alli, the older Hillgren, has been a constant influence on the USC women’s volleyball team and on her younger sister’s life. – Mike Lee | Daily TrojanThere are always exceptions to this rule, however, and one of the biggest is the effervescent sister duo of senior Alli Hillgren and freshman Carolyn Hillgren, two of the USC women’s volleyball team’s defensive specialists.Hailing from a sports-loving family in San Diego, the girls began their volleyball journeys at Rancho Santa Fe Elementary School, where a program called Breakfast Volleyball Club allowed them to get to school early and learn to play the game with their friends.“We definitely agree that’s where we started to love the game,” Carolyn said. “We just showed up and had fun. We were learning the game without even knowing it.”Maturing faster than most middle school athletes, Alli and Carolyn had to make the first difficult choice of their athletic careers early on — choosing between sports.“We had to make a choice in middle school of whether we wanted to play soccer or volleyball,” Carolyn said. “It was weird having to make a decision about college play when we were so young.”They both went to Francis Parker High School, a private school near Downtown San Diego, where they had the chance to play for a gold- and bronze-medal Olympian, Eric Sato. They were both recruited to USC in their junior years and continued the Trojan tradition in their family.“We come from a huge USC-based family,” Alli said. “Fourteen of my relatives came to USC before Carolyn and [me], so we’re the 15th and 16th people in our family to be Trojans.”With so much family bonding, it’s hard to believe that the Hillgren sisters ever compete with each other for much, but their positions on the court are certainly a place where the stakes are high.Alli is this year’s libero for the Women of Troy, a back row position that specializes in defensive strategy and serve-receiving, and Carolyn, following her older sister’s lead, is looking at the prospect of one day becoming a libero.“Alli’s been here four years and is our libero,” USC coach Mick Haley said. “She does a great job as libero and a great job as co-captain.”With only one libero a season, it becomes a right of passage when the position is handed off after a senior leaves the team, and Carolyn, along with the rest of the defensive specialists on the team, is waiting for the chance to fill the role Alli will leave vacant after this year.“[Carolyn and I] do compete for the same position,” Alli explained. “But we’re blessed because we’re only two and a half years apart, but we’re three grades different, so we’re not directly competing, which is nice because we’re sisters. We don’t want to bite each other’s heads off.”Haley said Alli makes sure not to be an overbearing older sibling.Following the leader · Carolyn Hillgren has done nearly everything her older sister has done. She is even in line to play the same position. – Photo courtesy of USC Sports Information“Alli’s been really good to let Carolyn have her own personality. She’s not giving Carolyn extra support. She supports all the players on the team, and I think that’s how Carolyn would like it.”Carolyn explains that although Alli is her sister, she does not receive special treatment.“I don’t think I have a leg up of getting the position,” Carolyn said. “When she’s gone and the position is open, it is going to have to be earned and I’m going to have to fight for it, because there’s a lot of talented girls on the team.”Although Carolyn’s journey at USC is just beginning, Alli’s is coming to an end, and this year is bringing uncertainty to the college senior. As a business major, Alli’s focus is split between real estate and volleyball, although she is unsure which is right for her just yet.“There’s a lot of doors that are open, I just haven’t decided which one to walk through yet,” Alli said. “It depends where I’m at; it depends where my body is at, and it depends if I still have a need to play.”Fall is a crazy time for the volleyball team, and with the traveling, studying and playing, it is hard to have a regular life. But Alli and Carolyn make do, focusing on the road ahead and the promise that spring will give them time to have a normal college experience.“It’s hard for us to have a social life during the season,” Alli said. “You just set your priorities. We’re doing something to honor the school, but there are parts of our life that take a toll. But we’re lucky because we’re involved with Theta, so that gives us an opportunity to branch out.”As the season comes to an end, the girls are looking forward to getting back to a slower schedule with more time to see friends, spend time with family in San Diego and ride their horses when they have a free weekend.The Hillgrens seem more like friends than sisters, although Haley says they are known to jokingly poke fun at each other off the court.Both girls are supportive of each other’s play and focused on improving their game together, while working on their individual goals simultaneously.Carolyn has followed in the footsteps of her older sister, perhaps as an indication of how much she admires Alli, yet the two of them managed to find their calling for the sport while playing and learning together. Though Alli may have had to share her toys and her parent’s affection, you cannot trace a bit of tension with her sister.It just shows what she has learned in her leadership role, and why Carolyn would want to follow.last_img read more

DiSturco: Hack reflects on his best decision of college, joining Greek life

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ I sat around procrastinating for hours on this hack, thinking of what I would write. Should it be about the time I was waitlisted to Syracuse and almost said no to coming here once accepted? Or about when I almost quit The Daily Orange only to find myself becoming an assistant sports editor? So I did what a wise man should do and I hit up my brother. Not my actual brother, though. My fraternity brother. After a 30-minute phone call, it was a no-brainer on what to write. There are a lot of things I’m grateful for in my four years at Syracuse. The Daily Orange sure is one of them. My friends from freshman year that I still talk to are another. But there’s nothing that has helped me grow more as a person than Phi Delta Theta and the hundreds of brothers that have impacted my life so much that I struggle to find the words to explain it.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textCourtesy of Charlie DiSturcoI get laughed at all the time from my friends that aren’t in Greek life about why I love it so much. Why I’m always busy with something pertaining to the fraternity. The typical “frat” jokes and all follow suit. But I embrace them all. I remember when my dad visited for father’s weekend my junior year. It was the first father’s weekend, and the activities were so simple: a meet-and-greet, countless group meals and a visit to the bar with the dads. But in just two days of seeing me interact with the rest of my fraternity, he saw what I fell in love with. I’m not sure if he even remembers telling me this, but at one point late Saturday night that weekend, before he went back to his hotel room, he turned to me. “This is a special house,” he said. “You can tell you all really care about each other.”As I type out that sentence, I still get goosebumps. Because in two weeks, I leave the place that has kept me going in my highest of highs and lowest of lows. The place that has turned me from a once-nervous, self-conscious freshman, to the man I am today. The place that has produced more than 100 brothers in my four years that I’d take a bullet for, no questions asked.So before I graduate, I want to thank the one thing that has never changed. The place that has been my support system whenever I nearly broke, and has given me the confidence that whatever decision I make will be the right one.Courtesy of Charlie DiSturcoHere’s to the times of staying up until 4 a.m. just because we wanted to hang out together. The times where I could just walk into the living room throughout the day and relax without any worries in the world. The countless hours of video games and fun activities when sleep wasn’t on our minds. The random spur-of-the-moment, late-night adventures that lasted until sunrise.Here’s to the times where I needed consoling or advice and I didn’t have to walk more than five feet to find someone willing to help. All the random girl advice that now is so insignificant, but at the time was a huge deal. Here’s to the seven philanthropies we ran in my three-and-a-half years of being a brother to raise money for ALS. The countless others we participated in for charities across the United States. I can go on and on about the memories that I’ve made at Phi Delt. I know that I’ll be overcome with nostalgia when August comes and I’m not walking inside 210 Walnut Place to 100 of my best friends. That I’ll wish I could’ve taken a fifth year just so I can savor the memories even more. Because when I look back at college, there’s one thing I will never forget. The memories from the greatest decision I ever made. Damn Proud. 1699.Charlie DiSturco was a senior staff writer for The Daily Orange, where his column will no longer appear. He can be reached at and on Twitter @charliedisturco.— 30 — Comments Published on April 28, 2019 at 8:52 pmlast_img read more

Justin Turner leads Dodgers’ offense in win over Colorado Rockies

first_imgIt is an MVP-level performance if too short to push Turner into the conversation for the National League award. But Turner has put questions about his physical limitations this season following a spring wrist injury to bed.“I feel healthy. That’s probably the most obvious answer,” Turner said when asked to explain his second-half surge. “A little flip-flop in the lineup, flipping me and Manny around (Turner batting second, Machado third). Things have gone really well since that happened. It’s always good to hit in front of a guy that’s got 35 homers and close to 100 RBI, a professional hitter like him.”Machado had an RBI double in the first inning. Kiké Hernandez joined in with a solo home run in the second as the Dodgers drove Rockies starter Tyler Anderson from the game in the third.Chris Taylor had a two-run double in the fifth and Turner’s home run came in the sixth, building an 8-2 lead for the Dodgers.That lead began to feel the shrinking effect of high altitude in the sixth inning. Nolan Arenado hit a two-run home run off Pedro Baez and Charlie Blackmon hit his second home run of the game in the eighth off rookie left-hander Caleb Ferguson to briefly make it a two-run game.Kenta Maeda came in and walked Arenado to bring the tying run to the plate before getting out of the eighth.Hernandez restored some of that cushion in the ninth, leading off with a triple and scoring on an RBI single by Alex Verdugo. Maeda gave up a leadoff single to Ian Desmond before Scott Alexander retired the side to close it out.With closer Kenley Jansen back in California on doctor’s orders, the Dodgers’ bullpen met the challenge of Coors Field, allowing just those two runs Sunday in nine innings this weekend.Given the disastrous results when Jansen missed the Dodgers’ August visit to Coors Field – and the string of bullpen nightmares that followed — this weekend could be seen as a three-day affirmation for the rest of the relievers.“It’s a long season with a lot of ups and downs,” Alexander said. “Sometimes it happens at the same time and that makes it look a lot worse than it really is. I don’t think any of us ever lost confidence.” “We swung at good pitches and got good results. Just the opposite of last night. But I guess that’s because we were cold last night.”Turner’s temperature update was a good-natured reference to his vigorous rejection of a postgame suggestion following Saturday’s loss that the Dodgers’ offense has run hot and cold this season. Sunday could be seen as further evidence. After scoring 35 runs in the previous 10 games, Sunday was the 10th time in 47 games since the All-Star break that the Dodgers scored eight or more in a game.Turner has not been prone to the swings. He had a single, two doubles, reached on a three-base error by Rockies left fielder Matt Holliday, was intentionally walked and hit a two-run home run Sunday. In 35 games since the All-Star break, he is batting .385 with a 1.182 OPS (.474 on-base, 708 slugging percentages).“It’s hard to quantify (his value),” Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said. “You can look at the numbers which are great. But there’s probably been a couple, few at-bats that have been bad at-bats since the break. That in itself is tough on any player mentally.“But to do that and have intent on every pitch … he’s been fantastic.” PreviousColorado Rockies starting pitcher Tyler Anderson (44) delivers in the first inning of a baseball game against the Los Angeles Dodgers, Sunday, Sept. 9, 2018, in Denver. (AP Photo/John Leyba)Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Rich Hill, background, delivers to Colorado Rockies’ Charlie Blackmon, foreground, during the first inning of a baseball game Sunday, Sept. 9, 2018, in Denver. (AP Photo/John Leyba)Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Rich Hill (44) looks on as Colorado Rockies’ Charlie Blackmon (19) rounds second base after hitting a home run in the first inning of a baseball game Sunday, Sept. 9, 2018, in Denver. (AP Photo/John Leyba) SoundThe gallery will resume insecondsThe Dodgers’ Justin Turner gets a hit off Colorado Rockies starting pitcher Tyler Anderson to reach base on a fielding error by left fielder Matt Holliday in the second inning of a baseball game Sunday, Sept. 9, 2018, in Denver. (AP Photo/John Leyba)Colorado Rockies manager Bud Black (10) gets the ball from starting pitcher Tyler Anderson (44) as he pulls him in the third inning of a baseball game against the Los Angeles Dodgers, Sunday, Sept. 9, 2018, in Denver. (AP Photo/John Leyba)Colorado Rockies relief pitcher Chad Bettis delivers in the third inning of a baseball game against the Los Angeles Dodgers, Sunday, Sept. 9, 2018, in Denver. (AP Photo/John Leyba)Los Angeles Dodgers’ Manny Machado, right, slides into home plate, knocking the ball out of Colorado Rockies catcher Chris Iannetta’s glove, to score in the first inning of a baseball game Sunday, Sept. 9, 2018, in Denver. (AP Photo/John Leyba)Colorado Rockies manager Bud Black, right, talks with starting pitcher Tyler Anderson, left, in the dugout after the second inning of a baseball game against the Los Angeles Dodgers, Sunday, Sept. 9, 2018, in Denver. (AP Photo/John Leyba)Colorado Rockies starting pitcher Tyler Anderson (44) delivers in the first inning of a baseball game against the Los Angeles Dodgers, Sunday, Sept. 9, 2018, in Denver. (AP Photo/John Leyba)Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Rich Hill, background, delivers to Colorado Rockies’ Charlie Blackmon, foreground, during the first inning of a baseball game Sunday, Sept. 9, 2018, in Denver. (AP Photo/John Leyba)NextShow Caption1 of 8Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Rich Hill, background, delivers to Colorado Rockies’ Charlie Blackmon, foreground, during the first inning of a baseball game Sunday, Sept. 9, 2018, in Denver. (AP Photo/John Leyba)ExpandDENVER  – OK, that was hot. Definitely hot.Held to six runs on 14 hits in the first two games of the series, the Dodgers had more runs and just as many hits in one game Sunday. Justin Turner led the way, reaching base six times in the game as the Dodgers built a six-run lead then held on to beat the Colorado Rockies 9-6 Sunday afternoon.Sign up for our Inside the Dodgers newsletter. Be the best Dodger fan you can be by getting daily intel on your favorite team. Subscribe here.By taking two of three in the weekend series at Coors Field, the Dodgers left Denver just a half-game behind the first-place Rockies. They turned away from their fantasy football concerns long enough to watch the Arizona Diamondbacks on the clubhouse TVs after the game and saw the Diamondbacks blow a ninth-inning lead and fall 2-1/2 games back in the division.“It was a big series for us obviously. We’re trying to chase those guys down,” Turner said of the closer-less visit to Coors Field.center_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more

Dusan Bajevic is new Head Coach of the “A” National Team of Bosnia-Herzegovina

first_imgOn 21st December 2019, at the session of the FF BH Executive Board, Mr. Dušan Bajević was appointed as the head coach of the men’s “A” national team of Bosnia and Herzegovina, who received unanimous support from this body and represents the best solution for the play-offs ahead.The official press conference, which will host the official presentation of Mr. Bajević, will be scheduled after the New Year holidays.We wish the newly elected head coach a lot of luck in this position and to achieve the result we are sure we can achieve, which is a qualification for the 2020 European Championship, and we send our sincere congratulations on the upcoming New Year holidays.last_img

Wellington Area Chamber of Commerce holds grand opening of new office

first_img Close Forgot password? Please put in your email: Send me my password! Close message Login This blog post All blog posts Subscribe to this blog post’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Subscribe to this blog’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Follow the discussion Comments Logging you in… Close Login to IntenseDebate Or create an account Username or Email: Password: Forgot login? Cancel Login Close Username or Email: Password: Lost your password? Cancel Login Dashboard | Edit profile | Logout Logged in as Admin Options Disable comments for this page Save Settings You are about to flag this comment as being inappropriate. Please explain why you are flagging this comment in the text box below and submit your report. The blog admin will be notified. Thank you for your input. There are no comments posted yet. Be the first one! Post a new comment Enter text right here! Comment as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments Comments by IntenseDebate Enter text right here! Reply as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Cancel Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments Wellington Area Chamber of Commerce holds grand opening.Sumner Newscow report — The Wellington Area Chamber of Commerce held its grand opening of its new office complex at Memorial Auditorium at 208 North Washington.The public was invited to a reception and tour of the new facilities that once was the location for the Wellington Fitness Center.The full story of the move from 207 S. Washington to Memorial can be found here. Follow us on Twitter.last_img read more

Family Support Center of South Sound set to Launch Camp HOPE…

first_imgFacebook198Tweet0Pin0Submitted by Family Support Center of South SoundOn April 20 the Family Support Center of South Sound celebrated the launching of Washington State’s first Camp HOPE at the Governor’s Mansion with community members, elected officials, and advocates for children and youth in the South Sound community. Camp HOPE is an evidence based camping and mentoring program for children and youth who have witnessed domestic violence and experienced trauma and the Family Support Center was selected to develop Washington’s first program. Camp HOPE Washington is affiliated with Camp HOPE America, which launched the first Camp HOPE in San Diego, California in 2003. By the end of summer 2017 there will be FamiCamp HOPE programs in 12 states across the country, including Oregon, Oklahoma, and California.Trish Gregory, Family Support Center Executive Director said, “Camp HOPE is so much more than just a summer camp. It is an opportunity for kids who have witnessed family violence to have the space, support, and encouragement to see beyond the trauma that they have experienced. Camp HOPE offers an evidence based, engaging curriculum proven to build positive self-worth, encourage social connectivity, and increase hope in its participants. The positive effects of this program are extended year round through ongoing excursions, STEAM activities, and family nights aimed at providing kids with opportunities to stay connected with the friends and mentors that they met at camp.”60 children and youth will be served in the two camp sessions, one for ages 7 to 11 and another for those 12 to 17. Camp HOPE will take place at Panhandle Lake 4H Camp in Shelton where campers will sleep in open air cabins, canoe, swim on the private lake, and participate in “Challenge by Choice” activities such as the low ropes course, which will support campers in building relationships and trust with children and youth of shared experiences. Campers will be challenged to try new things, while being praised and affirmed for who they are, and who they are becoming. Each day ends with a campfire where they reflect on the day and identify where they saw hope in their peers.Local Children Ready for the CampSally, 9-year-old daughter of Olympia’s Sarah – name has been changed for privacy – would like to be a camper at this year’s inaugural Camp HOPE Washington. Sarah, 42, has an active court case against the father of her children and is getting help from the Family Justice Center program at the Family Support Center of South Sound.Sarah’s former partner had the family constantly walking on eggshells wondering when he would lash out. Their financial situation was unstable, made worse by his economic abuse. Sarah describes herself being more passive as his control increased. As his behavior became more frightening, she found the courage to leave the relationship with the support of the Family Support Center.“It wasn’t obvious I was being abused. I looked like anyone else,” says Sarah. To try and minimize the danger to her children, Sarah stopped fighting back. “It was so draining. You try and reason things through. But I became more alienated from my friends and family and knew I had to do something.”Sarah describes her four children as “amazing,” and Sally especially lights up at the idea of going to a summer camp. Like most children, she looks forward to making friends and exploring nature. Sally has never been to a summer camp before, and is thrilled about the possibility. “I would like to run around in the grass. And eat s’mores,” Sally has told Sarah.Hope for a Brighter FutureCampers at a Camp HOPE get support not just from counselors, but other campers as well. Photo Courtesy: Camp HOPE AmericaAccording to the Adverse Childhood Experiences study, witnessing domestic violence is one of the most harmful adverse childhood experiences for a child, having a direct effect on their long-term health outcomes. The best way to mitigate the negative impacts of trauma and domestic violence is to provide opportunities for children and youth to build hope and resilience. Recent research, compiled by University of Oklahoma Tulsa and Camp HOPE America finds that the camping and mentoring experience at Camp HOPE increases hope in children who attend. Hope is the single best predictor of wellbeing across the lifespan, and is directly linked to a person’s ability to thrive in the face of adversity.Camp HOPE Washington will be free of charge to campers and their families. The Camp HOPE fundraising campaign was kicked off with an award from the Verizon Foundation in the amount of $15,000. Additional individual and corporate sponsorships are needed. The estimated cost per camper to attend one week of camp is $600.The Family Support Center of South Sound, founded in 1992, is a non-profit 501(c)3 agency providing a variety of services in one location to families with children and survivors of domestic violence, sexual assault, stalking, and human trafficking with one mission: “Working Together to Strengthen All Families.” Core services include a Family Justice Center program, Pear Blossom Place family shelter & affordable housing, parent & child education, family resource services, and more.To learn more, visit Camp HOPE Washington’s website. Visit The Family Support Center’s website or call 360-754-9297.For stories of children and counselors elsewhere who have attended Camp HOPE in other states, visit Camp HOPE America’s website.last_img read more