Wednesday, July 30, 2014
WASHINGTON — When FBI agents and police officers fanned out across the country last month in a weeklong effort to rescue child sex trafficking victims, they pulled minors as young as 11 from hotel rooms, truck stops and homes. Among the 168 juveniles recovered was a population that child welfare advocates say especially concerns them: children who were never reported missing in the first place. Advocates say the roundup reinforces the need for a standardized, nationwide approach to reporting children as missing, especially those absent from state foster care systems who are seen as most vulnerable to abuse. Concerns over unaccounted-for children aren’t new, but they’re receiving fresh attention amid heightened awareness of child sex trafficking. State and federal efforts are under way to streamline how police are alerted when kids go missing. “This has been a movement that I would say over the last year has really galvanized,” said John Ryan, president of the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children. Legislation pending in Congress would require child welfare agencies to alert police and the center, which has specialized response teams and other resources, within 24 hours of a child’s disappearance. The current patchwork of state and federal policies has yielded what advocates describe as a fractured safety net with little accountability. Though states may have policies encouraging child welfare agencies to report missing children to law enforcement, most don’t have laws requiring that notification, according to the missing children center. That means children can disappear without police knowing they’re missing or being directed to look for them. A federal law does require law enforcement agencies to enter missing children into the FBI’s National Crime Information Center — a database available to law enforcement nationwide — but that presumes police are provided the names or have enough specific details about a child. A 2011 Government Accountability Office report said law enforcement agencies are having trouble getting timely information from state agencies. Some children who are feared missing turn up after just a few hours. In some cases, children involved in sex trafficking leave their homes to meet their pimps for work and then return before their absence is noticed. The center worries about them as well. The missing children center says it received more than 57,000 missing-child reports between 2009 and 2013. The organization says two-thirds of the children reported missing last year who likely were sex trafficking victims were in the care of child welfare systems when they ran away. The difficulties aren’t limited to foster care. In the most recent action, called Operation Cross Country, far more children came from single-family homes than from families under state supervision, the FBI said. But experts say they’re concerned that children in foster care, who often come from more troubled backgrounds, are particularly vulnerable to being targeted by sex traffickers. “These pimps really know how to appeal to these kids. A lot of these pimps come from similar backgrounds as well. They can lure them in by providing them care, feeding, attention,” Joseph Campbell, assistant director of the FBI’s criminal investigative division, said in an interview. In a transient child welfare system, it’s a challenge for states to keep perfect track of children under their care. Many run away repeatedly but return on their own, giving guardians little incentive to report them missing each time. The Internet enables children to be prostituted through online advertisements instead of street corners, making it easier than ever for trafficking to cross state lines. “When you come across a child and you have no information on who they are, it becomes difficult to, first of all, ID them — you don’t know if there are warrants for them or if there are medical needs for this child,” or if they’re supposed to be under state care, said Michael Osborn, chief of the FBI’s Violent Crimes Against Children unit. About one-third of the kids rescued in the most recent Operation Cross Country had been reported missing, Osborn said. Some of the others hadn’t been gone for long enough to raise concerns from their guardians. State policies vary. The Minnesota Department of Human Services is issuing a bulletin to county agencies with instructions on reporting missing foster children to local law enforcement and the missing children center. It plans to propose legislation to that effect next year. Nebraska urges foster guardians, instead of the state agency, to directly file missing children reports with police. The state says it monitors the situation and contacts police if the foster parent doesn’t. A new Georgia law expands who can report a child as missing to include any caretaker or government entity responsible for the child, not just the parent or guardian. Florida developed new policies following the 2000 disappearance of foster child Rilya Wilson, whose caseworker lied about visiting her while filing false reports and telling judges the girl was fine. Sen. Ron Wyden (D-Ore.), a sponsor of legislation that would require child welfare agencies to provide notification of missing children, said failure to do so is a “moral blot on our country.” Wyden has previously introduced similar versions of the bill, but this year those provisions were folded into broader legislation that, among other things, would increase incentives for adoption and give money to states to encourage youth sports participation. Aides say the measure, which last week passed the House, has bipartisan support.
CONAKRY, Guinea — Hundreds of people leaving a late-night rap concert on a beach in Guinea rushed to leave through a single exit, creating a stampede that killed at least 33 people, officials said Wednesday. The victims included children as young as 10, and most bodies brought to an overflowing morgue in the capital were still dressed in bathing suits. Some had bled from their mouths after their small bodies were trampled, causing internal bleeding. “We are not used to seeing such a large number of bodies at the same time. It’s such a tragedy, these young victims killed in the prime of their life,” said an employee at Donka Hospital, where bodies awaited burial. The hospital’s director, Dr. Fatou Sike Camara, announced the toll of 33 deaths. President Alpha Conde went on national television to declare a week of national mourning and promised a full investigation. The capital’s beaches also were ordered closed until further notice. “The president calls on authorities at all levels to take the necessary steps so that this same tragedy never happens again in our country,” his office later said in a statement. More than 700 people had gathered on the beach in Conakry, the capital city, for a concert celebrating the end of the holy Muslim month of Ramadan, which featured the Guinean rap groups Instinct Killers and Banlieuzart. Witnesses said the stampede happened after the show ended as the large crowd tried to exit through a small gate. Some people fell to the ground and were trampled.
Tuesday, July 29, 2014
Monday, July 28, 2014
1. First things first, how are you feeling today?
I feel comfortable today. i'm doing one of the thing's i do best, illustration of music and getting the music into the right hands, my support system!
2. How do you feel about the content of which an artist post via Social Media, do you think they should post what ever they please or filter some of the things they say?
In General to please your support group, Fans, i don't like calling them fan's but i think an artist should be careful about some of the things they say on social media. from my personal experience's people LOVE negativity, it's sad but that type of negativity work's for some nigga's. Some Artist get recognition off that alone, but for me, i posted something about Gay people one day, i wasn't bashing them in any form, but i was wondering why a lot of Gay guy's was sending me friend request lol i was feeling a little uneasy about it, but a Gay friend of mine's opened my eye's and said to me "maybe they like your music" i couldn't argue with that, he was right, i need all the support i kan get, whether it's from The younger crowd, a man with no legs, a Gay man or woman, a mother or father, it doesn't matter, all people are excepted in my heart. DEFINITELY filter your thought's on social media, that goes for anyone, especially an entertainer who's success will be determined by the viewer's.
3. So lets not waste anymore time and get straight into the politic's of Ells Presley, you havn't released a solid mixtape sense "Shark Bait" in 2010 with Rockland Music Group and i think i speak for most when i say, That aggression is what got you recognized by Grittylyfmusic to begin with, why so long of a wait and what should we expect from your new work?
I would damn sure have to agree with you Skummie, my last solid mixtape was "Shark bait" at least that's what the viewer's thought, i personally thought a lot more work and effort could have went into that project but it is what it is, i put in the work i got it out there and my supporter's thought it was a Go! The wait for Undeniable was 4 years long because at the end of the day we all have a personal life aside from music, and a couple broken plan's sent the ship off coarse, that's why Nobi came to me after we made it official that i would be rocking with GrittyLyf, and put together a nice little compilation mixtape to keep a nigga relevant while i worked on this tape. Expect a new state of mind on this new project, same nigga, i just see things differently now, i'm a father of a six year old son, and im getting older we not getting no younger, so knowlegde and social awareness is what i give to my viewer's these day's. Sexy music for female listener's, Streets for my Thug nigga's, and education for the more thinking type of people. This is the world we live in, we are going to go through what ever this life brings us, so WHY would i not talk about exactly that, you know... JULY 31st by the way lol
4. What should we expect after "Undeniable" ?
Expect at least 3 more "Undeniable" series project's, some show's and Visual's for a lot of this new music i'm putting out.
5. I hear you talk a lot about "Support" as do other's, especially when it come's to the tiny little County that your from, do you think you get the support you deserve from your home land?
Every one want's to be supported in anything they do, especially if it's something you love, there's to many rapper's, not artist, rapper's. There's way to many fucking rapper's in my county alone, and that's cool, you know aim for the stars be all you can be! as my skumm Rikko Da Don would say lol. I don't shoot down dream's, i bring them up if im in the position to do so, but i don't blame the people in Rockland County who don't support me for anything. I blame the rapper's who do it because they think it's cool, or do it to get woman, or to show off, and not purely for the Love of Music, i'm 28 bro, i been recording since i was 15 you do the math. there wasn't many doing it back then and i was getting a heavy amount of support back then, today these rapper facades are blinding the people who love the art of music, they hear so much bullshit on the radio or on the internet, there done scouting, it's our job to bring this shit back to where it needs to be "we want that New York Flow Back"
6. Let's Stir this shit up, WHO'S THE NEXT VICTIM FOR A BATTLE WITH ELLS PRESLEY?
Vegg of S&S Pro sounds and @Rocrunnaradio say's to me " Ells, kan we expect a Jay Z "Take Over" record on the next mixtape" lmao i was wondering where the fuck that came from lol but it sounded like a very tempting idea.. who the next victim is i can not answer, but should you be prepared and aware of an epic controversial record.. Hell yea, i ain't never scared to expose a nigga for what he thought he was or what he think he is
7. which one of your contemporaries do you listen to the most?
I listen to a lot of underground artist such as Kazea B.illz, Cardo Mosley, the General Nobi, & J Napier. just a couple unsigned artist that made it in my playlist. But back on topic, I listen to an abundance of Pro Dillinger Music, Constant energy with my brother's music. I don't care who you are, if you into hardcore rap or hip hop in general, that man's music will make you feel like Thug in the Streets, you could be a part time Nurse, male or female, once that first Pro line touches your ear drum's, you get an exuberant feeling of "lets get Crunk" lol shout out to my Bro "Skumm Talk" ep August 31st and for those out there listening, he's throwing a mixtape release party/bbq the same day, come out and enjoy the new music and performances.
8. As usual Ells, your answer's are alway's well put, before we let you go, tell the viewer's where to get in contact with you and how to get "Undeniable" the Mixtape.
For music video's and single's www.youtube.com/thisisellspresley www.soundcloud.com/ells-presley www.reverbnation.com/ellspresley of coarse visit the home base website www.GRITTYLYFMUSIC.com where "Undeniable" will be a featured mixtape follow me on Twitter and Instagram @ELLSPRESLEY www.facebook.com/ThisIsElls also follow the movement on twitter @SkummSquad @Grittylyfmusic if you do happen to tweet/post anything concerning Squad, Grittlyf or the artist and myself please hash-tag with #SSGL #SKSQ or #GL4L please please please... JULY 31st #SSGL #UNDENIABLE
Terrence Howard's ex-wife threatened to blackmail him to get a RIDICULOUS amount of spousal support -- or so he claims -- leaving him with a scant $6K a month ... and now he's gunning to undo the injustice. Terrence filed new court docs ... asking a judge to throw out his divorce settlement with Michelle Howard. He says they were only married a year and he was extorted and blackmailed into signing the settlement. Michelle's not backing down, claiming he owes her $325K in spousal support. Terrence claims he could never pay her that money ... because he only takes home $5,878 a month. Howard claims the balance of his earnings are earmarked for another ex-wife, Lori McMasters, to pay spousal and child support. Howard says he's actually an employee on Lori's payroll -- his Hollywood movie money goes directly to her ... and she cuts him his monthly check. The single life ... so underrated.