whatsapp Insurers face $35bn payout Read This NextRicky Schroder Calls Foo Fighters’ Dave Grohl ‘Ignorant Punk’ forThe WrapCNN’s Brian Stelter Draws Criticism for Asking Jen Psaki: ‘What Does theThe WrapDid Donald Trump Wear His Pants Backwards? Kriss Kross Memes Have AlreadyThe WrapPink Floyd’s Roger Waters Denies Zuckerberg’s Request to Use Song in Ad:The WrapHarvey Weinstein to Be Extradited to California to Face Sexual AssaultThe Wrap2 HFPA Members Resign Citing a Culture of ‘Corruption and Verbal Abuse’The Wrap’The View’: Meghan McCain Calls VP Kamala Harris a ‘Moron’ for BorderThe Wrap’Black Widow’ First Reactions: ‘This Is Like the MCU’s Bond Movie’The Wrap’Small Axe’: Behind the Music Everyone Grooved On in Steve McQueen’sThe Wrap Show Comments ▼ KCS-content Sunday 13 March 2011 11:04 pm whatsapp Tags: NULL Share THE insurance industry is braced for a hit worth tens of billions from Japan’s earthquake, as the country digests a tragedy that has likely cost tens of thousands of lives and left millions homeless.But the bulk of the costs could be borne by the Japanese government, which provides insurance to re-insurers for earthquakes up to a pay-out limit of 5.5 trillion yen (£41.8bn). Risk-modelling firm AIR Worldwide has offered an initial estimate of a $15-$35bn (£9.3bn-£21.8bn) loss on insured properties, which would be many times the $956m pay-out triggered by Japan’s second-worst earthquake in Kobe in 1995.But under Japan’s unique reinsurance regime, most losses caused by earthquakes are ceded to a national reinsurer, which in turn cedes much of its risk to the government.The policy means that although the earthquake is likely to be one of the most expensive in history, it will be the government that bears much of the hit, rather than private reinsurers.The cost of the tragedy will put extra strain on Japan’s already-dire public finances: its debt-to-GDP ratio stands at 200 per cent. And AIR’s initial estimate only includes estimated damage from the quake itself and not from the tsunami, with the firm warning that the number is likely to be revised upwards as the true extent of the catastrophe becomes clear.Despite the government backstop for reinsurers, their shares tumbled on Friday. Munich Re closed down 4.28 per cent at €111 (£96.30) and Swiss Re fell 3.54 per cent to SFr51.4 (£34.43) as investors panicked over the impact of the disaster.Analysis by Goldman Sachs put exposure among non-life insurers at only 3.28 per cent, or ¥144bn (£1.1bn), of their total premiums.
AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Radica’s soft toys to raise funds for Dogs Trust 25 total views, 1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis About Howard Lake Howard Lake is a digital fundraising entrepreneur. Publisher of UK Fundraising, the world’s first web resource for professional fundraisers, since 1994. Trainer and consultant in digital fundraising. Founder of Fundraising Camp and co-founder of GoodJobs.org.uk. Researching massive growth in giving. Toy manufacturer Radica is aiming to raise £10,000 for dog welfare charity Dogs Trust through sales of its new range for 2005, Street Muttz.The Street Muttz will be available in store from June with a RRP of £19.99. Advertisement Howard Lake | 18 May 2005 | News Tagged with: Giving/Philanthropy Trading
Tesco colleagues are sharing their stories on Mother’s Day cards for the first time to help raise money for Cancer Research UK.The cards are available in selected stores across the UK, and highlight how colleagues have been personally affected by cancer, and why they take part in Cancer Research UK’s Race for Life.The cards are priced between £2-£3 and are on sale in 400 Tesco stores until 12 March. They are designed by Hallmark. 14p from every card sold will be donated to Cancer Research UK.Two of Tesco’s Mother’s Day cards raising funds for Cancer Research UKSandra Petrie (main image, second left) and Kerry Coles are two Tesco colleagues who have shared their experiences on the Mother’s Day cards this year. Petrie works in Tesco’s Aberdeen Extra store and was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2014 while Coles works in Tesco’s Loughborough Extra store and has raised £10,000 for Cancer Research UK. She has lost a number of relatives and friends to cancer, including her mum.She said:“The reason I want to share my story is because, although I have lost loved ones to this disease, the money that has been raised over the years has increased survival and over the last 40 years it has doubled. Knowing my story will be on the cards fills me with pride.”Jane Lawrie, Tesco Group Communications Director, said: Advertisement BuyaGift has partnered with Breast Cancer Care for Mother’s Day. This year, it has committed to donating 25% of the purchase price of its Afternoon Tea with Bubbles, Superwoman and Indulgent Pamper Treat Smartboxes to the charity from 19 February to 11 March. Tagged with: corporate Mother’s Day 262 total views, 2 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis13 AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis13 Lidl is also raising funds for charity this Mother’s Day. It is donating 25p from every sale of its £4 Wonderful Mum bouquet to NSPCC. Melanie May | 9 March 2018 | News Three more Mother’s Day gifts with a donation to charity: “By featuring our colleagues’ stories on our Mother’s Day cards, we hope to support those affected by the disease and help raise vital funds for Cancer Research UK, so a big thank you to everyone who buys a card.”2018 is the 17th year Tesco has supported Race for Life, raising over £40m for charity since the partnership began. Flying Flowers is donating 15% of every sale of its £29.99 Mother’s Day Hero flowers to Help for Heroes. 261 total views, 1 views today Tesco Mother’s Day cards feature colleague stories to raise funds for CRUK About Melanie May Melanie May is a journalist and copywriter specialising in writing both for and about the charity and marketing services sectors since 2001. She can be reached via www.thepurplepim.com.
Diverse list of “brilliant charity speakers” is built over a weekend She acknowledges “It’s not perfect but it is a start” and she adds: “Please help me make it better.” She’s also been careful to build the list herself and not to open it up at this stage to multiple authors, to avoid possible trolls and attempts to damage the initiative. A practical tool to help boost the number of women speakers at charity conferences has been crowdsourced in just over a day. The Great Charity Speakers list presents charity conference organisers with a list of “fabulous, female speakers from the charity sector”.The list was suggested by Mandy Johnson, who is CEO of the Small Charities Coalition.On Friday evening she tweeted about the need for more diversity in charity conference speakers, asking for suggestions for a list of “brilliant speakers from the charity sector who are not white & male”. Tagged with: diversity equality Law / policy Training No more excusesHowever, as Johnson makes clear, her list is designed to change and expand the voices, the examples, and the inspiration that charity conferences present.In introducing the Great Charity Speakers list she explains: “Too many times I am told that it is hard to find good speakers in the charity sector who aren’t male and/or white. I want to rid conference organisers of that excuse.” A useable listJohnson was careful to acknowledge fluidity in how people define their gender or ethnicity. She has therefore divided her list into two sections:those “do not identify themselves as white or male”and those “white people who do not identify as male”There is currently a dominance of speakers with Twitter profiles but that is more a reflection of where Johnson first asked for suggestions. Other names are being suggested on charity sector Facebook discussion groups.Johnson told UK Fundraising that she is keen to make the list as useful for conference organisers as possible. She has already divided its members into different skills and areas, to indicate why individuals have been recommended for inclusion.As a result you can now find women CEOs and founders, finance experts, fundraising experts, service delivery experts, CSR experts, digital and tech experts, and more. Of course plenty of individuals could be listed in multiple categories so Johnson is considering how best to present this.Some contributors helped in this process by highlighting why people were being recommended: Women who inspireThe responses included individuals, with explanations about why they deserved to be on the list. Some contributors also highlighted women who had inspired or supported them in their charity career: Women speakers at upcoming conferencesJohnson’s request also yielded details of upcoming conferences and events that already featured a good number of women speakers. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis37 Other supportive initiativesThe list is novel and should have been produced many years ago. The dominance of male and white speakers at many charity sector conferences has been plain to see.Some event organisers have made progress in the area, and responses to the list announcement highlighted related developments, such as the I will not be part of male-only panels Pledge and the similar Manpanels pledge. The appeal attracted rapid attention and plenty of replies. Johnson spent the rest of that evening trying to keep up with responses and producing the list. She has published “Great Charity Speakers” and updated it with new suggestions. It now has over 140 names featured.The value of such a list beyond conference organisers was evidently recognised, given the number of individuals and organisations sharing the request for suggestions: Howard Lake | 8 April 2018 | News The initiative has also raised related issues and challenges: Main image: Women in fundraising leadership panel at IoF Fundraising Convention 2017 476 total views, 2 views today 477 total views, 3 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis37 Just be careful how you use the list…A useful list and you get bonus points if you don’t position the ask as “we don’t have any women on our panel, are you free?”. My favourite type of email. https://t.co/IXpwzy7HHi— Ruth Hunt (@ruth_hunt) April 8, 2018 About Howard Lake Howard Lake is a digital fundraising entrepreneur. Publisher of UK Fundraising, the world’s first web resource for professional fundraisers, since 1994. Trainer and consultant in digital fundraising. Founder of Fundraising Camp and co-founder of GoodJobs.org.uk. Researching massive growth in giving.
About Melanie May Melanie May is a journalist and copywriter specialising in writing both for and about the charity and marketing services sectors since 2001. She can be reached via www.thepurplepim.com. Tagged with: Charity Commission 200 total views, 2 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis3 201 total views, 3 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis3 More than £50 million of charitable income has been accounted for, and 28 charities removed from the register, following action by the Charity Commission.The Charity Commission this week published the results of its pre-inquiry and class inquiry work into charities that had failed to file financial information with the regulator for two or more years in the last five years. In total, the action has seen £51,615,231 of charitable income accounted for, with 97 charities addressing their failure to file and submit their outstanding annual documents.Overall, the Commission engaged with 125 charities. During the pre-inquiry stage charities received a final warning that they would be placed into the inquiry if they fail to submit outstanding annual documents by a specified date. This resulted in 69 charities responding with over £37 million of charitable income being accounted for.During the inquiry period, a further 28 submitted their outstanding documents, resulting in around £14.5 million of charitable income being accounted for.Another 28 charities were found to have ceased to exist or to operate, and were removed from the register.Amy Spiller, Head of Investigations Team at the Charity Commission said:“I am pleased that our intervention has resulted in charities putting right their default, and that we have been able to account for significant sums which charities can use to do good and make people’s lives better.“Generous donors have a right to be able to see clearly how their money is being spent, and be assured that they are going to their intended causes. This inquiry should serve as a reminder to all charities of the need to comply with their important legal duties, or inform us if they are no longer operating.“We are committed to informing public choice about charities. Charities must lead the way here and evidence how they are delivering on their charitable mission and purpose through financial information that they make available. “This is vital if charities are to meet legitimate public expectations around transparency and accountability.”The full report is available on GOV.UK. Advertisement More than £50m of charitable income accounted for following Commission inquiry Melanie May | 17 October 2019 | News
“We firmly believe in the power of tech-for-good and the significant role that mobile giving will play in a more flexible, more digital future for fundraising. We continue to support Donr on their mission – particularly during this challenging period of uncertainty the sector is facing.” Melanie May | 5 May 2020 | News 437 total views, 2 views today 438 total views, 3 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis4 AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis4 About Melanie May Melanie May is a journalist and copywriter specialising in writing both for and about the charity and marketing services sectors since 2001. She can be reached via www.thepurplepim.com. Donr secures second round of investment funding & helps charities raise over £1m in donations Tech for good company Donr has secured its second round of investment funding, and has also now helped charities to raise over £1m in donations through its text donation service.The investment funding, worth £350,000, comes from equity investment from the North East Innovation Fund, supported by the European Regional Development Fund and managed by Northstar Ventures, and from Angel Investor, Andrew Robson. Northstar previously invested £300,000 in the business in Q2 2019.Donr also recently hit the milestone of helping its community of 2,500 charities to raise over £1 million in aid of their causes, less than 18 months after launching the text-to-give service.Increased usage of the service during the Covid-19 pandemic has resulted in a 400% increase in donations for the platform, with one charity, Newcastle Dog and Cat Shelter, which has made text giving a key part of its emergency coronavirus appeal, so far receiving donations from over 5,000 supporters.Donr’s platform has also supported FareShare’s fundraising activities during its Covid-19 response campaign, which saw donations from over 25,000 supporters received and processed in a couple of weeks.With the backing of a second round of investment, Donr plans to focus on product development.Chris Newell, CEO of Donr said:“On average, we check our smartphones every 12 minutes – they’re always in our immediate reach. Text giving is a really simple and accessible way for anyone to make a one-off or monthly donation to a charity in less than a minute.“We’re really proud that we’re in a position to help charities continue their fundraising efforts during this difficult time and will now look to expand our platform further. We’re happy that both Andrew and Northstar share our vision of the critical role that text giving can play in securing donations for so many brilliant causes.”Richard Charnley, Investment Manager at Northstar Ventures, said: Advertisement Tagged with: donr mobile
Supervisor Kathryn Barger cast the lone vote opposing a motion to place a measure on the November ballot which seeks to increase property taxes on residential and commercial properties to generate approximately $300 million a year to fund additional stormwater projects.“The proposed initiative far exceeds the requirements of the MS4 permit which governs pollutant levels in local waterways,” said Supervisor Barger. “The permit is based on assumptions that are antiquated and require updating before we go to the taxpayers for more money.”“A California State Auditor’s report cites that the Los Angeles Regional Water Quality Control Board has failed to account for the unrealistic cost of compliance with the permit faced by the county and its cities,” she said. “Additionally, the added tax liability would certainly be passed onto renters and would increase already-high housing costs.”“The Flood Control District does a remarkable job with stormwater, capturing 90 percent of runoff from the waterways of the Upper San Gabriel Valley watershed,” Barger added. “While clean water and recycling and capturing efforts are important, the county needs to step back and reevaluate funding priorities, especially considering a recent increase in public health fees, a new business registration fee, the County Library’s structural deficit, and a potential ballot measure requested by the Fire Department to address its structural deficit.” 4 recommendedShareShareTweetSharePin it Pasadena Will Allow Vaccinated People to Go Without Masks in Most Settings Starting on Tuesday Get our daily Pasadena newspaper in your email box. Free.Get all the latest Pasadena news, more than 10 fresh stories daily, 7 days a week at 7 a.m. faithfernandez More » ShareTweetShare on Google+Pin on PinterestSend with WhatsApp,Virtual Schools PasadenaHomes Solve Community/Gov/Pub SafetyPasadena Public WorksPasadena Water and PowerPASADENA EVENTS & ACTIVITIES CALENDARClick here for Movie Showtimes Make a comment Name (required) Mail (required) (not be published) Website Home of the Week: Unique Pasadena Home Located on Madeline Drive, Pasadena Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked * First Heatwave Expected Next Week Top of the News Subscribe Community News More Cool Stuff Herbeauty10 Questions To Start Conversation Way Better Than ‘How U Doing?’HerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyWant To Seriously Cut On Sugar? You Need To Know A Few TricksHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyYou’ll Want To Get Married Twice Or Even More Just To Put Them OnHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyInstall These Measures To Keep Your Household Safe From Covid19HerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyThese Are 15 Great Style Tips From Asian WomenHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty6 Strong Female TV Characters Who Deserve To Have A SpinoffHerbeautyHerbeauty EVENTS & ENTERTAINMENT | FOOD & DRINK | THE ARTS | REAL ESTATE | HOME & GARDEN | WELLNESS | SOCIAL SCENE | GETAWAYS | PARENTS & KIDS Government Barger: Stormwater Measure Exceeds Requirements, Overburdens Taxpayers, Adds to High Cost of Housing Published on Tuesday, July 17, 2018 | 4:13 pm Business News Pasadena’s ‘626 Day’ Aims to Celebrate City, Boost Local Economy Community News
Jean Kleyn of Munster competes in a maul during the Guinness PRO14 Round 13 match between Connacht and Munster at the Sportsground in Galway. Photo by Diarmuid Greene/SportsfileSo Munster have wrestled top spot in Conference A of the Pro14 back from Glasgow following their hard fought 31-24 win over Connacht in Galway on Saturday evening.We look back at the game and how a very efficient Munster played rugby in the right parts of the field and applied pressure to Connacht’s lineout while going 18/18 on their own throws.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up Also in this week, Leinster’s steamrolling of Ulster and Premier Rugby tantrums as they once again seem on a collision course with the RFU.Listen below.The post The Breakdown EP79: Munster seize initiative, Leinster dominate Ulster & Premier Rugby tantrums appeared first on Sporting Limerick. WhatsApp Email Twitter Advertisement NewsVideoThe Breakdown EP79: Munster seize initiative, Leinster dominate Ulster & Premier Rugby tantrumsBy Raffaele Rocca – January 8, 2019 596 Linkedin Facebook Print Previous articleKeatley and Taute let to leave MunsterNext articleWATCH: Peter O’Mahony on visiting Kingsholm as a fan and Gloucester’s knowledgeable fans Raffaele Rocca
Top StoriesContempt Against Prashant Bhushan And Twitter [Live Updates From Supreme Court] LIVELAW NEWS NETWORK21 July 2020 11:08 PMShare This – xBench of Justices Arun Mishra, BR Gavai & Krishna Murari has assembled and will take up the suo motu case.Matter to be called out…Your free access to Live Law has expiredTo read the article, get a premium account.Your Subscription Supports Independent JournalismSubscription starts from ₹ 599+GST (For 6 Months)View PlansPremium account gives you:Unlimited access to Live Law Archives, Weekly/Monthly Digest, Exclusive Notifications, Comments.Reading experience of Ad Free Version, Petition Copies, Judgement/Order Copies.Subscribe NowAlready a subscriber?LoginBench of Justices Arun Mishra, BR Gavai & Krishna Murari has assembled and will take up the suo motu case.Matter to be called out shortly.Live Updates 21 July 2020 11:25 PMPovayya for Twitter Incorporated seeks to file a Reply.Justice Mishra allows the request.21 July 2020 11:23 PMJustice Mishra also adds that the Tweet in Question was carried (as publication) by Times of India.21 July 2020 11:22 PMJustice Mishra: This petition was placed before us by Administrative Side.After examining matter, matter to be listed before court to pass appropriate questions. We issue notice to the Attorney General and Advocate Prashant Bhushan. 21 July 2020 11:20 PMJustice Mishra: The subject matter of the petition is a tweet #PrashantBhushan related to the last 4 CJI’s being held accountable for the Destruction of Supreme Court.21 July 2020 11:16 PMTwitter’s Counsel Senior Advocate Sajan Poovayya says he does not defend the tweet of Prashant Bhushan. 21 July 2020 11:15 PMSenior Advocate Sajan Povayya appearing for Twitter. Says wrong company impleaded.Says the right company to be impleaded is Twitter incorporated.Says your lordships can pass an order, will put forth disabling of tweet. >Load MoreNext Story
krblokhin/iStockBy JOHN KAPETANEAS, NEIL GIARDINO, STEPHANIE FASANO, MACK MULDOFSKY and ALLIE YANG, ABC News(WASHINGTON) — The 14 men allegedly responsible for orchestrating the thwarted kidnapping of Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer, have now been accused of being homegrown domestic terrorists.The FBI revealed the men’s alleged paramilitary operation earlier this month, which included sinister plots to execute government officials, storm the capitol building with explosives and send bombs codenamed “cupcakes.”Among those accused are 42-year-old Pete Musico, 38-year-old Shawn Fix, a truck driver, 25-year-old Ty Garbin, an airplane mechanic, and twin brothers Michael and William Null, who were charged with providing material support for terrorist acts and felony firearms charges. The five have all pleaded not guilty.“It was shocking,” Whitmer told Nightline co-anchor Juju Chang. “It really is something that is so personal and so serious. If you heard this fact pattern and you are describing something like ISIS, you wouldn’t be surprised. This is happening right here in the United States of America. That’s domestic terrorism.”The governor said she’s been very open with her family about the realities of the threats against her.“We see some of the most vile things. My kids have seen it,” she said. “We’ve had people show up on the front lawn with automatic rifles on more than a handful of weekends. I’ve been very, very blunt with my kids and my husband about what the nature of the rhetoric was.”The alleged plot was months in the making, and involved people from far outside the state’s capital in Lansing, from small towns Luther and Munith and even from out of state, in Cambria, Wisconsin.In March, anti-government, pro-gun groups protested Whitmer’s stay-at-home-orders. Some of those who were protesting allegedly gathered weapons, plotted and trained.Though the alleged plans of suspects from the so-called “Wolverine Watchmen” have been foiled, other extremist groups are continuing to plan ways to make their presence known as the election approaches.Months of tension in MichiganAs COVID-19 tightened its grip on the nation in March, Whitmer enacted some of the strictest measures in the country to control its spread.Protesters who gathered at the state capitol were demanding that businesses be allowed to reopen. Adam Di Angeli’s conservative group, Michigan United for Liberty, helped organize anti-lockdown rallies in the spring.“People were just absolutely fed up with being told to stay home… [we] couldn’t go to school, couldn’t go to work, couldn’t do anything at all,” Di Angeli told Nightline. “People came and started demonstrating in Lansing. The whole city was filled.”Among the protesters, militia groups carried automatic rifles and suited up in body armor to show their support. Some were photographed going into the capitol.Di Angeli said it’s “not our land to tell them they can’t be there.”“The capitol is the most public square,” he said. “They aren’t breaking any laws. If they were, they would’ve been arrested… you know, who are we to tell them what to do?”Whitmer reflected on the protests at the state’s capitol.“People remember those pictures… where people with weapons were showing up and intimidating legislators and threatening me at that point,” she said. “Now, we have come to find that some other members of this plot were actually at that event. And I think that that kind of tells you how the rhetoric really can have horrible, disastrous, dangerous consequences for others.”Whitmer said this menacing is absolutely “unacceptable” and “a threat to our democracy and the American dream.” She added that both parties, and the president, have a role to play.“I think the hesitancy to even call out white supremacy creates space for groups that are looking for anything to hang their hat on,” Whitmer said. “I do think that the rhetoric has made safe harbor for people that are engaged in these activities.”In April, President Trump tweeted in support of “liberating” Minnesota, Virginia and Michigan: three states with Democratic governors.“I really shuddered and was horrified. I mean, liberate Michigan from who? And by what means?” said Dana Nessel, Michigan’s top law enforcement official. “When you say ‘liberate,’ you know, that is a call to action. It’s a rallying cry. And I think it’s a call to arms. And that’s really, I think, what it turned out to be.”Nessel pointed out that Michigan is one of only a few states where the state’s top executive offices are held by women. She said Trump’s distaste for state officials is “absolutely” misogynistic.“We have a female governor, attorney general and secretary of state,” Nessel said. “The president of the United States has taken time to criticize all three of us by name on Twitter.”However controversial, Nessel said Whitmer ultimately saved lives with her orders.“We were third in the nation in terms of the number of COVID-19 infections, in terms of the number of deaths. Well, that’s changed substantially,” Nessel said. “I give Gov. Whitmer great credit for that. I think her measures drastically decreased the number of infections — and the numbers don’t lie.”A sinister plot forms in MichiganMichael Lackomar and his wife, Wendy, are members of one of the oldest modern militias in the state. Lackomar said he crossed paths with some of the suspects involved in Whitmer’s kidnapping plot, namely the twin Null brothers.The two were at an anti-lockdown protest — armed with AR-15s, pouches for extra magazines and combat knives — a mere stone’s throw from the governor’s office.Lackomar and his wife have encountered the brothers from when they volunteered to help the community in Flint months before.“They were like us. They were there to help Flint. They were there to help their communities,” Lackomar said.“And they were quiet. They weren’t waving their rifles around or screaming,” his wife said.Lackomar said he rejects the violence associated with militia culture. He said these groups train in “everything from land navigation, map and compass without using modern electronics, first aid, hand-to-hand marksmanship, obviously communications, wilderness, bushcraft skills and just a lot of skills that our parents and our grandparents grew up with.”But he defended the independent streak in their communities. “It’s like Boy Scouts with guns,” he joked.“We actually work very closely with the police,” Lackomar continued. “And several other groups have actually worked with the FBI, too, when we’ve gone into a crisis.”According to Lackomar, the Null brothers were known to attend militia events and had a confrontational demeanor. At some point, the brothers allegedly found a home with the militia group that call themselves “Wolverine Watchmen.”According to the FBI investigation, the group started using encrypted applications to communicate when they would meet in person and even used a trap door to have a meeting in the basement of one of the members’ homes.Investigators collected eight months’ worth of recorded calls and texts, some encrypted, in which the members allegedly laid out a scheme to obtain “pics of the bridge” where they were allegedly planning to plant a bomb and distract police in a raid.The group started training and bought equipment, did surveillance and discussed how to best put shrapnel into improvised bombs, according to the federal complaint.The FBI investigation released messages in which suspects discussed training. “I’m trying to get us as many reps as possible guys… 6 weeks till election,” one member reportedly wrote.Another member allegedly suggested, “Have one person go to her house, knock on the door and when she answers it just cap her.”Videos were released of the suspects displaying a cache of weapons and doing drills with assault rifles. One video shows a suspect being pulled over during a routine traffic stop. The FBI said he later texted the group saying he wanted to kill the officers who pulled him over.“This one particular group had ties to multiple other groups across state lines,” Nessel said. “This is not just a Michigan problem, this is an American problem.”The group’s plan to kidnap Whitmer allegedly tookform in September, according to the federal complaint. The group also allegedly discussed uprisings against other governors. Democratic Gov. Northam of Virginia was one of the ones targeted, authorities revealed this week.The FBI announced the arrests in the case on Oct. 8, and as the alleged kidnapping plot against Whitmer made national headlines, the president continued attacking her, suggesting she unjustly blamed him for the threats.“This is exactly the rhetoric that has put me, my family, and other government officials’ lives in danger while we try to save the lives of our fellow Americans,” Whitmer responded on Twitter. “It needs to stop.”Despite learning of the alleged plot, Whitmer said she no longer feels like her life is in danger.“The rhetoric for the last four years has been very hot, and especially throughout COVID-19,” she said. “But this particular plot, I’m just incredibly grateful to the FBI and the state police. They worked so hard to bring these people in. And I’ve got great confidence in their ability to keep me and my family safe.”A small town in Michigan awakened by FBI raid in the nightMunith is a tiny rural town in Michigan. Only about 2,000 people live there, but two of them, according to investigators, helped forge a plot to kidnap and assassinate Whitmer.Suspects Musico and Joseph Morrison lived in a double wide trailer with a Confederate flag hanging off their front porch. They allegedly did target practice in the back in the woody, secluded area. Both suspects have pleaded not guilty to their involvement in the plot.Nearly three hours away, there’s another small town called Luther, Michigan. For nearly 20 years, Jim Chinavare has called the town home. He never expected he was living next door to two suspected domestic terrorists.“I’m probably, maybe half a mile or quarter mile from them and I never knew this was here, never knew,” he told “Nightline” as he drove past the property. “This is unbelievable to me, just unbelievable.”“There were many times that me and my wife would hear gunshots and it sounded like automatic weapons,” he said. “I’ve heard that and I have heard explosives going off.”Chinavare lives less than a mile from suspect Ty Garbin, who, like the Null brothers, has pleaded not guilty to the charges against him. The federal complaint accuses Garbin of holding combat drills on his property and using it as a location to plot elements of the alleged kidnapping.When the plot was discovered, the small town was startled awake at 2:30 a.m. by an FBI raid on Garbin’s property.“That night there were so many helicopters. I mean, in one day the same one going back and forth, back and forth with the spotlight on it,” Chinavare remembered. “There were so many cars coming up and down the road. And the cars that were coming down or they had blacked out windows… we don’t normally see that. So that’s not normal here.”Despite the startling news, Chinavare said he’s “not afraid.”“I grew up in the city of Detroit, and there were bad times in Detroit. It wasn’t directed at me… that’s just like living up here,” he said. “But if they become directed at you, then you need to be cautious… I’m not afraid of that. But I’m, I’m a little more careful now than I used to be, absolutely.”Gary Springstead, a former FBI agent-turned-criminal defense attorney, is now defending Garbin, who has been charged with federal crimes, including conspiracy to commit kidnapping. He has pleaded not guilty.Springstead said accusations that Garbin not only attended trainings but also attempted to make IEDs may not be “borne out by the evidence.” Springstead said Garbin may have actually been the one to look out for others’ safety.“One thing I know is that my client is not a crackpot. He’s actually a fairly intelligent young man,” Springstead said. “He works in aviation mechanics and is quite technical and seems to be very diligent about following the case and knowing and listening to us and what’s going on.”Springstead also said the “field training exercises” Garbin conducted on his property had been carried on long before the suspected kidnapping plot emerged.“It was nothing new. It’s something that, while I may not agree with it personally and be something that I want to do, it’s certainly protected activity under the Second Amendment,” he said. “People have the right to bear arms. And as long as they’re not harming anybody, they’re perfectly within their rights to do that.”Other alleged domestic terrorism groups have been documented online, calling on their members to go to the polls to protect against voter fraud, said Mary McCord, a legal director at the Institute for Constitutional Advocacy and Protection (ICAP) and visiting law professor at Georgetown University. McCord was also acting assistant attorney general for national security at the U.S. Department of Justice.“We’re hearing that some of these unlawful groups are recruiting among their members to apply to be poll watchers and then just muck up the works like bring baseless challenges and other things inside the polls to cause delays in the counting of ballots and cause a lot of frustration and difficulty for election officials to do their jobs smoothly,” McCord added.With just two weeks to go to Election Day, the climate of fear and division throughout the country has many voters deeply concerned.For folks like Chinavare, one thing is clear: Violence is not the answer.“Just because you don’t agree with someone, then don’t vote for them, OK?” he said. “Don’t go out and try to plan, kidnap them and kill them and do whatever you want to do. That’s not the way to do it. That’s not the American way.”Copyright © 2020, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.
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