Kartarpur corridor hits roadblock as consensus eludes India Pak Report

first_imgLahore: The ambitious Kartarpur corridor linking Pakistan’s Gurudwara Darbar Sahib with India’s Dera Baba Nanak shrine has hit a roadblock after the technical experts from both the countries could not find a consensus on building a bridge over Ravi’s floodplain, a media report said Tuesday. The experts from Pakistan and India on Monday held a meeting to discuss the modalities for the corridor at the Kartarpur Zero Point. The Express Tribune reported that the meeting lasted only one hour during which the representatives of both the sides exchanged details of the construction work. Also Read – Dussehra with a ‘green’ twistIndia wants the construction of a kilometre-long bridge on the Ravi river while Pakistan suggested the need to construct a road, it said. The Indian officials objected to the road, citing the possibility of floods in the river. However, the Pakistani officials said that a dam could be built around the road and the inclination of the road could be kept high to avoid flood waters, the report said. The two countries also could not agree on the date for the next meeting. Also Read – India receives its first Rafale fighter jet from FranceThe group from the Indian side had officials from the Ministry of External Affairs, Ministry of Home Affairs, Land Ports Authority of India, National Highways Authority of India, among others. The Pakistani side was represented by the officials of Federal Investigation Agency, customs, construction, Pakistan Rangers Punjab and Survey of Pakistan. Earlier in April, technical experts and foreign ministry officials from both the sides participated in the talks held at the same venue. In the March meeting, the two sides decided to present surveys and maps for border fencing and developmental work on the Dera Baba Nanak-Kartarpur Sahib Corridor to their respective governments. In November 2018, India and Pakistan agreed to set up a border crossing linking Gurdwara Darbar Sahib in Pakistan’s Kartarpur – the final resting place of Sikh faith founder Guru Nanak – to Dera Baba Nanak in Punjab’s Gurdaspur district. Pakistan has said that the work on the corridor will be completed before the 550th birth anniversary of Baba Guru Nanak in November this year. The Kartarpur corridor is expected to provide visa-free access to Indian Sikh pilgrims to the Gurdwara in Kartarpur Sahib a small town in Narowal, four kilometres from the Pakistan-India border, where Sikhism founder Baba Guru Nanak spent the last 18 years of his life.last_img read more

Cricketer James Anderson Names His Top 10 Songs For Charity

first_imgJames Anderson, Lancashire and England cricketer, and the man responsible for taking 10 wickets during the first Ashes test, helping England to victory, shares his top 10 favourite tracks of the moment to mark his ambassadorship of music therapy charity Nordoff Robbins.The ten tracks on James’ Spotify playlist are:Get Lucky – Daft Punk feat PharrellRadioactive – Imagine DragonsIndian Summer – StereophonicsDefault – Django DjangoMirrors – Justin TimberlakeLaura Palmer – BastilleHollow Talk – Choir of Young BelieversYou & I – Crystal FightersSomeone Told Me – Jake BuggHo Hey – The LumineersYou can listen to the Nordoff Robbins Amabassador James Anderson’s Top 10 tracks of the moment playlist on Spotify.Speaking about Nordoff Robbins’ work, James says, “Nordoff Robbins’ music therapy work struck a real chord with me. I’m a really big music fan so to see a charity using music to transform lives is really special to me. During a visit to their centre, I got to see first-hand the difference music therapy can make to all kinds of people. Their work is really unique and I’m proud to support them.”last_img read more

SEC charges Volkswagen former CEO with defrauding investors

WASHINGTON — The Securities and Exchange Commission is charging Volkswagen and former CEO Martin Winterkorn with defrauding American investors during an emissions scandal.The SEC said that between April 2014 and May 2015 Volkswagen issued more than $13 billion in bonds and asset-backed securities in U.S. markets when senior executives knew that more than 500,000 vehicles in the country grossly exceeded legal vehicle emissions limits.The complaint claims Volkswagen made false and misleading statements to investors and underwriters about vehicle quality, environmental compliance, and the company’s financial standing, which gave Volkswagen a financial benefit when it issued securities at more attractive rates for the company.Volkswagen did not immediately comment early Friday.The Associated Press read more

TSX advances as traders look to Fed rate announcement growth data

TORONTO — The Toronto stock market closed slightly higher Monday as traders played it cautious ahead of a busy week for economic data and earnings news, including the U.S. Federal Reserve’s latest word on interest rates.The S&P/TSX composite index gained 18.48 points to 14,797.83. The Canadian dollar moved down 0.26 of a cent to 80.23 cents US.New York’s Dow Jones industrials gained 6.1 points to 17,678.7, the Nasdaq was up 13.88 points to 4,771.76 and the S&P 500 index climbed 5.27 points to 2,057.09.Markets were unaffected by the election victory of Greece’s anti-austerity Syriza party over the weekend. Syriza wants the eurozone to ease the spending cuts and tax increases required under Greece’s financial bailout program and even forgive some of the country’s rescue loan debt.“But so what? At the end of the day, they (Syriza) won but the negotiating room that they will have as a party is pretty much zero,” said John Stephenson, president and CEO of Stephenson & Co.The U.S. Federal Reserve is holding its interest rate meeting on Wednesday. The Fed is expected to start moving rates away from near zero around the middle of this year and traders will be looking for any signs the central bank might move earlier.But Stephenson thinks they will go later than generally thought.“Because of all this uncertainty out there, they will be on hold longer than most people think. Consensus is they move in June but I don’t think they move that soon. They’ll move later.”Other major data points include the latest economic growth figures for Canada and the United States, both out Friday.Economists believe Canadian gross domestic product grew 0.1% in November. TD Bank (TSX:TD) said Monday that it now expects the economy to grow by just 2% this year, compared with its December estimate of 2.3%, because of falling oil prices.TD also said that is expects oil will average US$47 this year. Oil prices have fallen more than 40% since the end of November when Saudi Arabia rejected calls to cut production in order to support prices.In the U.S., fourth-quarter GDP is expected to come in at an annualized rate of 3.1%, down from a 5% pace in the third quarter.On the TSX, lift came from the industrials sector, up one% with Canadian National Railway (TSX:CNR) rising 96 cents to $85.44 ahead of earnings coming out Tuesday.The gold sector ran up 1.75%%, while February bullion faded $13.20 to US$1,279.40 an ounce. However, the sector has surged 36% this month while gold prices have steadily advanced.The base metals sector was ahead 0.8% as March copper rose four cents to US$2.54 a pound.The energy sector advanced, up 0.3%, with oil in New York closing down 44 cents at US$45.15 a barrel.Telcos led decliners, down 1.85% with Rogers Communications (TSX:RCI.B) down $1.98 or 4.2% to $45 after Canaccord Genuity (TSX:CF) cut its rating on the stock to hold from buy. It added it expects Rogers to report a “sluggish” quarter when it posts earnings Thursday.The Canadian Press read more

Kosovo two UN police officers repatriated due to professional misconduct

The repatriation occurred following an UNMIK investigation into charges that four of its police officers were involved in the movement of women for the purposes of prostitution.”The investigation has now been concluded,” said Derek Chappel, UNMIK police spokesman. “Two officers were found to have contravened the Code of Conduct. They have been repatriated. Two other officers have received letters of reprimand.”While the four policemen committed professional misconduct “to varying degrees,” evidence was not found to support criminal charges, the spokesman said. read more

Decades Before Moneyball The Dallas Cowboys Used Advanced Stats To Win Super

A. Salam Qureishi grew up in India and knew nothing about football — or America. And yet in the early 1960s, Qureishi, a computer programmer and statistician, helped the Dallas Cowboys overhaul their scouting system, replacing hunches with hard numbers.The result: five Super Bowl appearances and two titles. FiveThirtyEight and ESPN Films present “The Cowboys and the Indian,” directed by Mark Polish. It’s the second film in our short series “Signals.” (Watch our first “Signals” film, “The Man vs. the Machine,” here.) read more

Football JK Dobbins announced as starting running back for game against Oklahoma

OSU freshman running back J.K. Dobbins (2) runs a play during the 2017 season opener vs Indiana. OSU won 49-21. Credit: Jack Westerheide | Photo EditorFor the second straight game, freshman running back J.K. Dobbins will be the starting running back for Ohio State Saturday, when the team hosts Oklahoma Saturday at 7:30 p.m in Ohio Stadium.Last season’s starting running back Mike Weber was held out of last week’s game with a hamstring injury, but is healthy and will play this weekend as well, according to coach Urban Meyer.“J.K. will start, and then we’ll see as we move forward,” Meyer said on his 97.1 The Fan radio show.Meyer said earlier in the week the two would operate in a rotation against the Sooners. During the Big Ten teleconference on Tuesday, Meyer said the pairing offers the Buckeyes a couple of different style running backs and both will be used, even if he was still unsure in what capacity the two will be deployed.Dobbins set a record for an Ohio State freshman running back in his debut game as he rushed for 181 yards on 29 carries. The first-year starter also added 24 yards on two receptions, including an 18-yard reception on a wheel route on the second play of his career.reer. read more

CPL 2018 Botha appointed Guyana Amazon Warriors Coach

Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedCPL 2018: Warriors’ Head Coach hails consistency of Guyana franchiseAugust 3, 2018In “latest news”CPL 2018: Guyana Amazon Warriors poised ahead of opener at ProvidenceAugust 8, 2018In “latest news”Guyana Amazon Warriors set for 2 practice matchesAugust 5, 2018In “latest news” …West Indies Rayon Griffith appointed as Assistant CoachJohan BothaThe Guyana Amazon Warriors have appointed South African Johan Botha as their Head Coach and current Guyana and West Indies A Team Manager Rayon Griffith as his Assistant Coach. They will take charge for the 2018 Hero Caribbean Premier League (CPL) which runs on 8 August to 16 September.Botha has had previous coaching experience at the Pakistan Super League with Islamabad United and Multan Sultans.Botha has also played at the Hero CPL, winning the title with the Trinbago Knight Riders in 2015.As a player Botha represented South Africa in Tests, ODIs and T20 Internationals, claiming 126 wickets for his country.Rayon Griffith (GCB image)Griffith has represented the Guyana national team and the West Indies B side in regional tournaments and has had a very successful stint as the current Assistant Coach/Manager of the Guyana Jaguars, contributing to them winning the West Indies Four-Day Professional League for four consecutive years.Speaking of his appointment on cplt20.com, Botha expressed his excitement about the challenge ahead. “I really enjoyed my time with the Hero CPL as a player, and I can’t wait to get underway as a coach. The squad that the Amazon Warriors have put together for this year is really impressive and I am sure we will be challenging for the title at the end of the season.”File photo: Omar KhanTeam and Operations Manager of the Guyana Amazon Warriors, Omar Khan, expressed optimism on Botha’s and Griffith’s appointments. “The management of the franchise puts in continuous effort to do things differently with the aim of winning the title. After getting so close over the years we are delighted to have Johan and Rayon at the helm of our coaching staff this year. They are both very professional and are very much involved in cricket coaching and development and are expected to bring new ideas and initiatives to the team set-up.” read more

Two ex-Portland civic leaders indicted in alleged sex assault

first_imgPORTLAND, Ore. — The co-founder of the Black Parent Initiative and a former chairman of Oregon’s Housing Stability Council have been indicted on charges related to an alleged 2012 sexual assault.The Oregonian/OregonLive reports nonprofit founder Charles A. McGee was accused Tuesday of first- and second-degree sexual abuse, unlawful sexual penetration and sodomy stemming from an incident in May 2012, court records show.Aubre Dickson faces accusations of first- and second-degree sexual abuse and unlawful sexual penetration from the alleged attack.The Multnomah County District Attorney’s Office says both men have been ordered to turn themselves in to the county jail by 5 p.m. Thursday.McGee and Dickson are accused of sexually assaulting a woman at McGee’s home in 2012, according to Willamette Week. Naito-Campbell detailed the encounter to the newspaper in February.last_img read more

Report Ralph Hasenhuttl favourite to replace Hughes at Southampton

first_imgFormer RB Leipzig manager Ralph Hasenhuttl has emerged as the reported favourite to succeed the ousted Mark Hughes at SouthamptonThe Austrian ended a two-year spell in charge of Leipzig in May after guiding them into the Champions League for the first time in their history in his first campaign.However, Leipzig only managed a sixth-place finish last season and exited the Champions League at the group stages.Despite that though, Hasenhuttl remains highly-rated in Germany with the Telegraph claiming that he’s at the top of Southampton’s managerial shortlist.Jadon SanchoMerson believes Arsenal should sign Sancho Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 Borussia Dortmund winger Jadon Sancho might be the perfect player to play for the Gunners, according to former England international Paul Merson.The Saints announced the dismissal of head coach Hughes this morning following Saturday’s 2-2 draw with Manchester United.With Southampton only 18th in the Premier League with one win in 14 games, the board allegedly view Hasenhuttl as the right man to lead them to safety.Former Atletico Madrid and Valencia manager Quique Sanchez Flores is another candidate under consideration.last_img read more

Worlds oldest Olympian Bahamian Sir Durward dies with family at his side

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Sir Durward Knowles oldest living Olympic Champion, celebrated 100 Years Nov 2 Related Items:#bahamasgoldmedal, #oldestolympian, #sirdurwardknowles Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppNassau, #Bahamas – February 26, 2018 – Sir Durward Knowles, who up to Saturday was the world’s oldest living Olympic champion died at the age of 100 in his home country of The Bahamas.Revered for his philanthropic work, his striving to forge a stronger bond between black and white Bahamians in an initiative called One Bahamas and saluted for his accomplishments as a decorated sailor – Knowles slipped away on Saturday.#SirDurward on  November 2nd 2017 marked a century of life, a goal he desperately wanted to accomplish.  The intriguing Bahamian hero told us, at a book signing that he wanted to live to see 100 years old, and he did it.  One hundred years and nearly four months Sir Durward lived and lived a robust life.Last November, The Bahamas held a slew of events – nationally – to help the Olympic champion sailor celebrate the milestone.There are many outstanding feats for the man, who now leaves a nation in mourning but satisfied at his amazing life.  Sir Knowles is the first champion for The Bahamas at the Olympics level and he did it in sailing at the Tokyo Games in 1964; before the gold, Sir Durward won bronze as a sailor and Sir Knowles is one of the longest competing Olympians in history, attending eight of the Games in all, seven of them consecutively.Knighted in 1996, Sir Durward supported the disabled with donations of wheel chairs… he supported sailing, ensuring the culture remained vibrant and prominent… and he shared his story of tenacity, with anyone, anywhere that he went.His family confirmed his death was on Saturday February 24 at 2:15pm at Doctor’s Hospital in Nassau, New Providence.Flags today fly at half mast for Sir Durward Knowles, Bahamian Sea Wolf… may you rest in peace. Recommended for youlast_img read more

Plenty of optimism at Shares grand opening

first_imgBill Fromhold loved a party and loved helping people. He would have loved the grand opening that honored his legacy on Friday.That’s what the widow, family, friends and admirers of the late Democratic state representative said while officially unveiling the Share Fromhold Service Center at 2306 N.E. Andresen Road. Hundreds of people, including local politicians and many who work in social services, turned out to cheer the completed renovation of what used to be Timber Lanes Bowling Alley.Share, a leading Vancouver nonprofit that provides emergency shelter, hot meals and more for homeless and hungry people, moved its offices, its staff of 37 and many of its client functions to the building about a month ago.“Bill was a positive, energetic person — an optimist to the very depths of his soul,” said Marcia Fromhold, his widow. “He would literally whistle his way through his morning routine.” Fromhold said her late husband’s same sense of optimism animates Share’s new building and all its programs — “whether it’s a hot meal, housing or a backpack full of food.” Share believeswhat Bill believed, she said: Today is better than yesterday, and tomorrow will be better than today.“The honor you’ve given Bill by naming the center after him would leave Bill humbled,” she said. “Bill loved a good party, and he would have loved this celebration.” Bill Fromhold died of leukemia in September 2010.CDM neighborWhile Share has been doing business out of its new headquarters since late February, there were some new announcements at the Friday afternoon grand opening, with its ribbon-cutting, tours and speeches in a dignitary-rich environment.last_img read more

Wilmington Real Estate Transactions Week of August 20 2019

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Below are the real estate transactions in Wilmington that occurred from August 20, 2019 to August 26, 2019:Address: 55 Adams StreetPrice: $742,500Buyer: Gregory & Matthew FurrierSeller: Robert Woods & Robin DonahueDate: 8/22/19Use: 1-Family ResidentialLot Size: 64,792 sfAddress: 24 Beacon StreetPrice: $405,000Buyer: William DelonaisSeller: Ivan & Susan CurtisDate: 8/22/19Use: 1-Family ResidentialLot Size: 22,500 sfAddress: 202 Federal StreetPrice: $810,000Buyer: David & Lindsey RalliSeller: Priscilla Wong & Igor UshakovDate: 8/23/19Use: 1-Family ResidentialLot Size: 46,913 sfAddress: 1 Foley Farm RoadPrice: $616,500Buyer: Michael FencerSeller: Lee Musto-Liburdi & Paul LiburdiDate: 8/23/19Use: 1-Family ResidentialLot Size: 52,331 sfAddress: 19 Green Meadow DrivePrice: $799,900Buyer: Brandon & Kelly ZatopekSeller: Elm Tree Development LLCDate: 8/21/19Use: Residential Developed LandLot Size: 21,407 sfAddress: 15 Grove AvenuePrice: $440,000Buyer: Erick UbedaSeller: Sarah HjelmstadDate: 8/23/19Use: 1-Family ResidentialLot Size: 8,200 sfAddress: 10 Kilmarnock StreetPrice: $539,000Buyer: Carlos & Pamela ScarpaSeller: Janet E. Lyons, TrusteeDate: 8/22/19Use: 1-Family ResidentialLot Size: 26,119 sfAddress: 441 Middlesex AvenuePrice: $640,000Buyer: Christina & Nicholas StatiresSeller: Cory & Rebecca VarneyDate: 8/22/19Use: 1-Family ResidentialLot Size: 25,970 sfAddress: 21 Presidential DrivePrice: $604,800Buyer: Hai & Yana ChoiSeller: Russell & Constance MorencyDate: 8/22/19Use: 1-Family ResidentialLot Size: 20,000 sfLike Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedWilmington Real Estate Transactions (Week of August 13, 2019)In “Business”Recent Wilmington Real Estate TransactionsIn “Business”Recent Wilmington Real Estate TransactionsIn “Business”last_img read more

BJP ready for Karnataka floor test challenge but it has to be

first_imgBENGALURU: The BJP will press Karnataka Chief Minister H D Kumaraswamy to seek trust vote in the Assembly on Monday, state BJP chief B S Yeddyurappa said Saturday. The former chief minister asserted that the Congress-JD(S)coalition government has lost majority and its collapse was imminent. In a surprise move amid the existential crisis faced by his government, Kumaraswamy had on Friday announced in the state Assembly that he had voluntarily decided to seek a trust vote to end the “confusion” caused by resignations of rebel MLAs and requested the Speaker to fix time for the same. Also Read – Dehydrated elephant being given treatment Advertise With Us Yeddyurappa said Saturday that the Chief Minister “must move the confidence motion Monday itself”. “Monday morning at Business Advisory Committee meeting we will advise that Chief Minister’s commitment should be fulfilled,” he said. According to sources, at the Business Advisory Committee meeting on Friday Kumaraswamy had proposed that the trust vote be held on Wednesday. However, no decision was taken as the principal opposition BJP did not attend the meeting. Also Read – CBI carrying out surprise checks at 150 government departments Advertise With Us The coalition government, which has been shaky since it came into being last year after a post-poll arrangement in the wake of a hung verdict, is facing a serious crisis now with 16 MLAs — 13 of the Congress and three of the JD(S) — resigning their assembly membership. Besides, two independent legislators, who were made ministers recently to provide stability to the government, have quit the ministry and withdrawn support. Advertise With Us Pointing out that Kumaraswamy has clearly lost majority with the resignation of 16 MLAs and two independents withdrawing support, Yeddyurappa said it was better for him to resign and allow a new government to take over to work for the people of the state. “The Chief Minister himself has said in the Assembly that without the support of MLAs, he would not like to continue and hence would be moving a motion seeking trust vote. Let us wait till Monday, if he is going to move confidence motion we have no objection. We will wait till Monday,” he added. The Supreme Court, hearing a petition by ten of the 16 rebel MLAs, had on Friday restrained Speaker K R Ramesh Kumar from taking any decision till next Tuesday on the resignation and disqualification of the legislators. Yeddyurappa said, along with ten MLAs, five more MLAs- MTB Nagaraj, K Sudhakar, Munirathana, R Roshan Baig and Anand Singh– have also moved the Supreme Court regarding delay in acceptance of their resignation by the Speaker, and it may also be taken up by the court on Tuesday. To a question about the Congress trying to persuade rebel Congress MLA Nagaraj to withdraw his resignation, the BJP leader said when the legislator himself has moved the apex court and when the plea has been admitted, “I don’t think he will go back”. “Some people may have tried to put pressure. I heard that D K Shivakumar (Congress Minister) was at his residence since 5 am. I feel that as they have produced affidavit before the Supreme Court, Nagraj or Sudhakar cannot go back and they will not go back,” he added. With Congress intensifying efforts to woo back its disgruntled MLAs Saturday, Nagraj has hinted that he might consider withdrawing his resignation and also said he would try to persuade others. Meanwhile, Yeddyurappa visited his party MLAs who are camped at a resort on the outskirts of the city. He held discussions with the MLAs on the current political developments and had lunch with them, party sources said. The BJP on Friday had decided to move its MLAs to the resort near here amid fears of poaching bid by the ruling Congress-JD(S) combine after Chief Minister announced he would seek a trust vote in the assembly. Earlier, Yeddyurappa termed Kumaraswamys decision to seek trust vote as a “conspiracy” to halt a further exodus of coalition MLAs. “Chief Minister Kumaraswamy’s statement seeking trust vote is part of systematic conspiracy to stop more people (MLAs) from quitting due to confusion within the Congress-JD(S). So, there is no meaning for seeking trust vote. Let him show the courage and do it. We will welcome it. The atmosphere is favourable for us. It is certain that this government will collapse in few days,” he asserted. The ruling coalition’s total strength is 116 (Congress-78, JD(S)-37 and BSP-1), besides the Speaker. With the support of the two independents, the BJP has 107 MLAs in the 224-member House, where the half-way mark is 113. If the resignations of the 16 MLAs are accepted, the coalition’s tally will be reduced to 100.last_img read more

UPDATE 13 Siblings Held Captive Were Likely Coerced To Remain Quiet

first_img Share Photo via @tomwclearyThe Turpins filed for bankruptcy in 2011.When a 17-year-old girl jumped out a window from the house where her parents allegedly starved and tortured their 13 children, she broke a silence that had likely lasted for years.It’s not clear why the teenager waited so long to act, but psychiatrists say such behavior is not uncommon even in cases of extreme deprivation.Most people would recognize milder forms of the same inaction that is a coping mechanism, whether it’s failing to speak out against off-color jokes, enduring sexual harassment or staying in an awful marriage, said Dr. Bruce Perry.“This happens all the time. The number of individuals who would immediately respond to an opportunity where they could get away is very small compared to the number of people who would have that paralysis and insecurity and confusion about what to do,” said Perry, a psychiatrist who is a senior fellow at the Child Trauma Academy in Houston.Only after many missed opportunities did the teen probably work up the courage to act, Perry said.“It’s pretty remarkable that she’d do that,” he said. “The power that must have been exerted to keep an entire family like that for so long must have been pretty sophisticated.”David Allen Turpin and his wife, Louise Anna Turpin, were arrested Sunday after authorities found the malnourished children in their home in suburban Perris, 60 miles southeast of Los Angeles. They were jailed on $9 million bail each and are expected to appear Thursday in Riverside County Superior Court on charges that could include torture and child endangerment, authorities said.Some siblings were shackled to furniture in the foul-smelling four-bedroom home that looked perfectly normal from the outside.The couples’ children — ages 2 to 29 — were so emaciated the older ones still looked like children. Authorities thought the 17-year-old daughter who called 911 was only 10 when they found her.Until the girl fled with photographic evidence, it appears no one, neither neighbors nor public officials, knew anything about what was happening inside.The Turpins have lived in two Riverside County communities since moving to California in 2011, and police said they were never called to either home, nor were any reports fielded by child protective services.In Hill County, Texas, where they lived previously, the sheriff’s office reported receiving a call from a neighbor complaining a pig that belonged to the Turpins escaped for a pen and ate 55 pounds of his dog food.In another complaint, David Turpin reported that the family’s dog had bitten their 4-year-old daughter on the face. He told police he took the girl to a hospital for stitches and the dog to a veterinarian to be put down, according to records obtained by The Associated Press.It’s not clear what motivated the Turpins to live a secluded life with their large brood or what went on in the house, but parents convicted in similar cases exerted control over their children though a mix of psychological and physical coercion and frequently possessed their own belief system.“They develop a kind of cultish doomsday type of religion where the father becomes this mythical leader and the mother and children’s duty is to serve the father,” attorney Ambrosio Rodriguez said.Rodriguez was a longtime Riverside County prosecutor who sent Jessica Banks, a pastor and mother, to prison for life for beating, starving and drugging her five adopted daughters, who were kept locked in her garage.The Turpin children appeared to be cut off from the outside world, despite taking a trip to Disneyland and Las Vegas, where the parents renewed wedding vows in a service presided over by an Elvis impersonator.“They weren’t allowed to watch TV. They weren’t allowed to have friends over — the normal things that kids do,” the children’s aunt, Teresa Robinette, told NBC’s “Today” show.Individuals held under such conditions often become so physically and emotionally weak “that they are unable to free themselves, even if an opportunity arises,” said Dr. Allen Keller, who runs the Bellevue-NYU Center for Survivors of Torture in New York. “The abuser has basically taken complete control of them. It is a state of severe helplessness.”The children were educated in the home. No state agency regulates or oversees private schools in California, but they are subject to an annual inspection by the state or local fire marshal.The city could find no records of fire inspections, Perris Assistant City Clerk Judy Haughney said in response to a public records request by AP. City Fire Marshal Dave Martinez did not return repeated phone messages seeking comment.Home schooling can further isolate children, denying them social interactions with peers who aren’t their siblings and also giving the parents the ability to teach whatever they want.Perry, who led a team of therapists that interviewed most of the surviving children from the Branch Davidian cult in Waco, Texas, said that one 5-year-old could recite whole books of the Bible but could not identify circles and squares.Other groups have succeeded in keeping their behavior secret by enlisting older children in the rearing and indoctrinating of the younger ones. If older siblings participated in the abuse, they would be less likely to go to authorities.“I’ve seen this movie before,” Rodriguez said. “It’s going to get more creepy and make our skin crawl. And at the end of it, we’re all going to be asking the same question: ‘How did this happen in front of us and no one noticed?’”last_img read more