Offensive Graffiti – KNZ Clan http://knz-clan.com/ Mon, 27 Jun 2022 17:53:07 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.9.3 https://knz-clan.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/06/icon-1-150x150.png Offensive Graffiti – KNZ Clan http://knz-clan.com/ 32 32 Spain advances draft law on transgender rights https://knz-clan.com/spain-advances-draft-law-on-transgender-rights/ Mon, 27 Jun 2022 17:53:07 +0000 https://knz-clan.com/spain-advances-draft-law-on-transgender-rights/ A person is holding a transgender pride flag. – Copyright AFP Emmanuel DUPARCQ Hazel Ward The Spanish government on Monday introduced a transgender rights bill to be presented to parliament this summer, allowing anyone over the age of 16 to easily change their gender on their identity documents. The move comes on the eve of […]]]>

A person is holding a transgender pride flag. – Copyright AFP Emmanuel DUPARCQ

Hazel Ward

The Spanish government on Monday introduced a transgender rights bill to be presented to parliament this summer, allowing anyone over the age of 16 to easily change their gender on their identity documents.

The move comes on the eve of International Pride Day and if passed, the legislation will make Spain one of the few countries in Europe to allow gender self-determination.

“We have approved the second reading of the Trans and LGBTI Rights Act which will now be presented to Parliament before the summer,” said Equality Minister Irene Montero after the cabinet approved the bill. .

“We are once again at the forefront and an international reference in the defense of LGBTI rights and, in particular, in the defense of the rights of transgender people,” she said of the decision to stop categorizing trans-related conditions as mental and behavioral disorders.

First approved a year ago, the proposed law means that any Spaniard over the age of 16 “will be able to request to change the gender of their registration at the registry office”.

They can also change their first name.

The bill effectively simplifies the procedure for changing sex on official identity documents, allowing the applicant to request the change on the basis of a simple declaration.

It removes the requirement for a medical report attesting to gender dysphoria or proof of hormone treatment.

According to the new law, the re-registration procedure must be completed “within a maximum of four months”, she said.

– “LGBTI lives matter” –

Earlier this month, a court in the northwest region of Galicia approved a request for a sex change from a nine-year-old child who wanted to be identified as male instead of female on identity documents. .

The child already has “a boy’s name” and has “for years … thought, acted and felt like a boy”, the court said in a June 10 ruling released Monday.

The bill approved by the cabinet on Monday allows people as young as 12 to make the switch, but only under certain conditions.

“Between 14 and 16, the procedure will require parental consent; between the ages of 12 and 14, the procedure can be conducted through a voluntary court process,” Montero said.

And it will also mean that trans children under the age of 12 “will be able to change their name on their ID card”, she said, without saying how such a procedure would work.

“We want to send a very clear and strong message that LGBTI lives matter,” she said.

The bill also includes a new section on transgender migrants, who will have the right to change sex “on documents issued in Spain if their rights as transgender people are not guaranteed in their country of origin”.

– Ban on conversion therapy –

Legislation bans conversion therapy, promotes non-discrimination against LGBTI people in the workplace and seeks to “advance inclusion”, particularly of transgender women who tend to be disproportionately affected .

It also provides penalties for discriminatory offences, ranging from minor offenses such as insults or offensive graffiti punishable by a fine of 200 to 2,000 euros to serious offenses such as refusal of employment punishable by a fine of 2,001 to 10,000 euro.

The worst offences, such as denying someone access to a bar or swimming pool, or subjecting them to conversion therapy, carry a penalty of between 10,001 euros and 150,000 euros, he said. she declared.

According to LGBTQ rights group ILGA, at least 25 UN member states “allow legal gender recognition without prohibitive requirements”, although only about 15 allow people to change status on the basis of a simple statement.

In some countries, the process can take years and may include requirements such as a psychiatric diagnosis, hormonal treatment, sex reassignment surgery or even sterilization.

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A Woman Nobody Wants: Lessons from the Toughest Marriage https://knz-clan.com/a-woman-nobody-wants-lessons-from-the-toughest-marriage/ Mon, 27 Jun 2022 10:01:56 +0000 https://knz-clan.com/a-woman-nobody-wants-lessons-from-the-toughest-marriage/ If there was a wedding, it had to be one of the most awkward in history. Many marriages start out happy and then descend into misery for years (maybe even months), but this was different. This marriage was not doomed to disaster; it was a tragedy before the dress hit the aisle. The whole town […]]]>

If there was a wedding, it had to be one of the most awkward in history.

Many marriages start out happy and then descend into misery for years (maybe even months), but this was different. This marriage was not doomed to disaster; it was a tragedy before the dress hit the aisle. The whole town knew what kind of girl she was. Many men knew this first hand. As the groom pronounced his vows, “I take you for better or for worse. . .” the idea of worse, even at the altar, sounded like a terrible understatement. And the idea of betterlike a naive fantasy.

As he stood there, he knew exactly what he was getting into. He knew tears were waiting to be shed. He knew how many long nights he could sleep alone, wondering where she could be, if she was safe, what man could hold her. He knew the awful conversations he could have with their children. He knew – and yet he married her anyway. He took her for his own. Why?

The Lord said to Hosea: “Go, take for yourself a wife of prostitution and have children of prostitution, for the land is committing great prostitution by forsaking the Lord. So he went and took Gomer, Diblaim’s daughter. (Hosea 1:2-3)

bitter paradox

We don’t know if Hosea and Gomer had a typical Hebrew ceremony, but their wedding would have received a lot of attention. It was supposed to. As the two became one, God caught the wandering eyes of his unfaithful people.

When God told Hosea to take this cowardly woman as a legally married wife, he was making a statement – ​​a loud and offensive statement. “Why her, Lord? Hosea could have rightly asked. “Because the country is committing great whoredom in forsaking the Lord.” Their love for me has become cold and complacent, they take my grain, my wine and my protection for granted, and they lie, again and again, with the gods of this world. Not just prostitution, but great prostitution. They passionately worship the altars of carnal pleasure, abundance, comfort, pride, and then dare to come home and offer me what little they have left.

And God had warned them. But they wouldn’t listen, so he painted a picture for them instead – a dark, shameful, painful picture. He planned a wedding that no one would want to attend. He held up a mirror and made them want to look away. He sent Hosea to love and cherish Gomer, “a woman of whoredom.” A bride who could not be trusted. A bitter paradox.

The kind of bitch he liked

What made Gomer such a whore? We are not told much, but we encounter it through the adultery of God’s people.

Wayward Israel shows us that Gomer was the kind of woman who says, “I will go after my lovers, who give me my bread and my water, my wool and my flax, my oil and my drink” (Hosea 2:5 ). In other words, I don’t get what I want at home, so I will look for a man who will give me what I want. She was the kind of woman who took what her husband provided and used it to attract and please other men (Hosea 2:8; see James 4:3). She was the kind of woman who acknowledged to other men all that her husband had done for her (Hosea 2:12). She was the kind of woman unworthy of a good man.

And yet he loved her. Hosea chose it, searched for it, bought it, and like his. “So I bought her for fifteen shekels of silver and a homer and a lethech of barley. And I said to her, ‘You must remain as mine for many days. belong to another man, so shall I also be to you” (Hosea 3:2-3) Can you hear the sermon that God had prepared? Israel, let me show you who you really are – and let me show you who I really am. Without Hosea’s devotion, their marriage, like so many other marriages, would have preached nothing but worldliness, selfishness, and alienation. It might have painted sinful Israel, but it would have been graffiti on the love of God.

The unrelenting love of a faithful husband, however, made the prostitute an emblem of mercy and their marriage a miracle of grace.

Homily of the Marriage of Heaven

Their marriage would have been shocking not primarily because of Gomer’s battered and tattered history, but because of the strange and unexpected brightness of her eyes, eyes that were shadows of the loving eyes of heaven. Feel the sudden contrast midway through these lines:

I will punish her for the feast days of the Baals
when she burned offerings to them
and adorned herself with her ring and jewels,
and went after her lovers
and forgot me, declares the Lord.

Therefore, behold, I will seduce her,
and lead her into the desert,
and talk to him tenderly. (Hosea 2:13-14)

She dressed for another man. She slipped off the ring I had bought her. When she left, she walked past our children. And even when the other man didn’t want her, she chased him away. She spent everything to have it. And she forgot me. Therefore . . . what? How would you finish this sentence after such a betrayal?

“God wants the woman no man wants. He woos the woman most men would have abandoned.

Therefore, I will seduce her. This is the culmination of this sermon called marriage: God wants the woman that no man would want. After all she’s done to make him leave, her love is burning. He woos the woman most men would have abandoned. And he will have it, even if it will cost him the worst possible price. Some day soon his Son would come and be called No Mercy (Hosea 1:6), so that we, the woman of prostitution, might be called beloved.

engagement scandal

As God watches the bride he rescued from slavery plunge into adultery, he knows full well that he will one day bring her home. He promises to find her, save her and woo her.

I will betroth you to me forever. I will betroth you to me in righteousness and justice, in goodness and mercy. I will betroth you to me in fidelity. And you will know the Lord. (Hosea 2:19-20)

He repeats himself three times because he knows how inconceivable, even scandalous this love would be: “I will betroth you. . . . I will betroth you. . . . I will betroth you. . . .” Repetition drives a stake of hope into all our fears that God will not forgive us. “I can forgive. . . . I will forgive. . . . I will love you as if you were never gone.

Notice that he says, “I’ll betroth you,” not just, “I’ll take you back.” Ray Ortlund insists on the wonder of this love:

The mystery of grace revealed here is a promise of covenant renewal – though even the word renewal is weak, for this oracle not only promises the revitalization of the old marriage but the creation of a new one. . . . The ugly past will be forgotten and they will start over, as if nothing had happened. (God’s Unfaithful Bride70)

The wife of prostitution was received as the embodiment of purity – as the most desirable wife. The night of forgiveness and reconciliation was like a wedding night. No matter what she saw in the mirror, her eyes now told her that she was new and irresistible, her “lily among the brambles” (Song of Solomon 2:2). When Hosea went to the altar and resolved to revel in his adulterous wife, he preached a text that had not yet been written:

Husbands, love your wives, as Christ loved the Church and gave himself up for her, that he might sanctify her, having purified her by washing with water with the word, that he might present himself Church in its splendour, spotless. or wrinkle or something like that, so that it may be holy and without blemish. (Ephesians 5:25-27)

Premarital counseling from a prophet

What could Hosea’s love for Gomer mean for weddings today? Although we are not prophets charged with marrying prostitutes, our marriages are prophetic in their own way.

Like Hosea’s countercultural love, every faithful Christian marriage resists and confronts a sin-loving world. Each faithful spouse is a foil for the ugliness and destructiveness of our mutiny against God – and a beacon drawing more sinners into His mercy. Every wish that holds, despite all the reasons to leave, tells someone that true love exists, that forgiveness is possible, that there is more to life than Satan can offer.

“Who could see your wedding and be freed from worldly and empty lifestyles?”

We don’t know how many in Israel saw Hosea, realized the pitiful meagerness of their earthly lives, and went deep with God again. Who could see your marriage and be freed from worldly and empty lifestyles? Who could finally meet God because you stayed, loved, forgave and pursued your spouse?

If Hosea and Gomer teach us anything about marriage, it’s that God’s love shines through us the most when marriage is most difficult. Can you bear to believe that? Happy, flourishing marriages can sing the gospel in big, brilliant major chords, but the minor chords of difficult, devoted marriages are often all the more striking. Their beauty is haunting to be so much harder to explain.

The particularly difficult aspects of our marriages can truly become the greatest milestones of true love – to show what it means to be chosen, forgiven and cherished by God through Christ. It’s the glory of marriage commitmentand its rays are strongest when they shine through our weaknesses and marital struggles.

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A woman in tears after being prevented from visiting her father’s grave on Father’s Day https://knz-clan.com/a-woman-in-tears-after-being-prevented-from-visiting-her-fathers-grave-on-fathers-day/ Fri, 24 Jun 2022 15:37:02 +0000 https://knz-clan.com/a-woman-in-tears-after-being-prevented-from-visiting-her-fathers-grave-on-fathers-day/ A Derby woman says she was reduced to tears when she was unable to visit her late father’s grave on Father’s Day because the main cemetery gates were locked during opening hours . Ingrid Marchbank was unable to lay flowers on her father’s grave on Sunday June 19 as the entrance to Uttoxeter New Road […]]]>

A Derby woman says she was reduced to tears when she was unable to visit her late father’s grave on Father’s Day because the main cemetery gates were locked during opening hours . Ingrid Marchbank was unable to lay flowers on her father’s grave on Sunday June 19 as the entrance to Uttoxeter New Road Cemetery was locked. She had to return to her car with the flowers, heartbroken.

Derby City Council, which owns the cemetery, has apologized to Ms Marchbank for the incident. And the council has pledged that security personnel and public protection officers will carry out regular checks to ensure the cemetery is open to the public during normal visiting hours.

Ms Marchbank, who works in NHS administration, said she cried on Sunday morning as she found the whole experience so upsetting. Her father, Malcolm Newman, died in May last year. It was therefore only the second Father’s Day since his death. A visit to his grave/ashes memorial was therefore planned to mark the day.

The Littleover resident told the Local Democracy Reporting Service (LDRS): ‘It was around 10.30am, not too early, when I arrived and there was a chain around the doors and I couldn’t get in. I walked all the way to see if I could find anyone, but no one was there.

“It really upset me, it made me cry. I just wanted to put some flowers there. I looked on the internet and it should have been open from 9.30am. Coming home was very disappointing. “

According to the Derby City Council website, all cemetery grounds are open daily, including bank holidays, between 9am and 7.30pm. The schedules change slightly between November and March because it is the winter season.

In a statement, the city council said it was now in talks with the owner of the residential property on the site to ensure the cemetery is accessible to the public during opening hours. A spokesperson for Derby City Council said: ‘We were in contact with Ms Marchbank this morning (Thursday) to offer our sincere apologies.



Ingrid Marchbank was unable to visit Uttoxeter New Road Cemetery on Father’s Day due to gates being locked during opening hours.

“Derby City Council does not own the residential property and we have had discussions with the owner to ensure access is maintained to the council owned cemetery for visitors and our grounds maintenance team who maintains the grounds Council Security Staff and Public Protection Officers will regularly visit the site to ensure the gates are kept open.

Ms Marchbank also expressed deep concern about the condition of the cemetery, calling the route to her family’s graves “dangerous”. The Local Democracy reporter nearly tripped over the overgrown area as he walked towards the area.

However, during the filming of a short video of Ms Marchbank walking towards the overgrown area, a Derby City Council worker offered to cut and clear the area as soon as possible. She said: “There are certain areas that are so overgrown. It’s not nice the way it was left. Sometimes we even had to cut the grass ourselves. I find that disrespectful; the council should deal with it.

A recent article said the cemetery was littered with trash, broken toilets and broken seats. There were also overturned headstones and some that were completely hidden by foliage.

It has also been reported that a new resident of the site, Rashpal Lal, has pledged to improve the appearance of the cemetery. Rashpal and his wife bought the former council-owned three-bed house last year for £200,000 with the aim of turning it into a community centre.

Sam Dennis, director of public protection and streetpride at Derby City Council, previously said: “We are saddened to see the damage and offensive graffiti at Uttoxeter New Road Cemetery. Cemeteries are places where our Residents should be able to reflect and remember their loved ones peacefully and this anti-social behavior is unacceptable.

“We have increased patrols by public protection officers on the site to deter anti-social behavior. And the clean-up team will assist bereavement services in cleaning up the site.”

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Judge blasts ‘polite’ axe-wielding thief who raided Birmingham’s one-stop shop https://knz-clan.com/judge-blasts-polite-axe-wielding-thief-who-raided-birminghams-one-stop-shop/ Wed, 22 Jun 2022 04:30:00 +0000 https://knz-clan.com/judge-blasts-polite-axe-wielding-thief-who-raided-birminghams-one-stop-shop/ A man armed with an ax and a key forced two women at a one-stop shop in Birmingham to open the store’s safe. Richard McAteer then fled after thanking them for their help. McAteer, 46, of Turnley Road, Shard End, who previously admitted stealing and possessing an offensive weapon, was jailed for six years and […]]]>

A man armed with an ax and a key forced two women at a one-stop shop in Birmingham to open the store’s safe. Richard McAteer then fled after thanking them for their help.

McAteer, 46, of Turnley Road, Shard End, who previously admitted stealing and possessing an offensive weapon, was jailed for six years and nine months. He had entered the Maryland Avenue convenience store, Hodge Hill, on September 27, 2019 at 7:25 a.m.

At the time, one of the women working there was cleaning a cooler while the other was sorting magazines out back. “He entered the store holding an ax in one hand and a key and bag in the other,” said Ian Ball, prosecutor at Birmingham Crown Court.

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He said one of the women first thought it was a joke before seeing the axe. McAteer then grabbed her by the right arm and the accused then “led” the two women to the back of the store where a safe was located.

Mr Ball said the two victims set off alarms, but that did not deter McAteer, who then took between £130 and £150 in change. However, when he asked for scratch cards and cigarettes, he was told they were in safes with timers.

At one point, the accused threw the ax at one of the women who was afraid he would hit her. He was then let out from behind telling them he wouldn’t have hurt them and thanking them for their help.

Mr Ball said there was some planning involved and McAteer taped the rear number plate of the Ford Focus he used as a getaway vehicle.

Handing down his sentence, Mr Recorder David Mason QC said: “On September 27, 2019, almost three years ago, you walked into the One Stop at Hodge Hill and terrified the lives of these two women. He you may well have been reasonably polite to them.”

Charles Crinion, defending, said: ‘There was an incident where he broke his legs and in great pain started using class A drugs. commendable offenses which began to threaten his life. He was not in his right mind when he committed these offences.

“It was by no means sophisticated. He wasn’t wearing a mask, it was a morning robbery and he was hanging out in the neighborhood. It’s an unusual feature that he was surprisingly polite in what he did. said.”

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‘We stopped going there a long time ago’: Complaints raised over West Guelph park https://knz-clan.com/we-stopped-going-there-a-long-time-ago-complaints-raised-over-west-guelph-park/ Mon, 20 Jun 2022 11:17:58 +0000 https://knz-clan.com/we-stopped-going-there-a-long-time-ago-complaints-raised-over-west-guelph-park/ Graffiti is scrawled on the seat of this piece of playground equipment at the West End Community Centre. It’s just one of many playground surfaces that have been defaced, some with racist and homophobic slurs, prompting a local resident to call the playground ‘disgusting’ on social media in June 2022. The city has no plans […]]]>
Graffiti is scrawled on the seat of this piece of playground equipment at the West End Community Centre. It’s just one of many playground surfaces that have been defaced, some with racist and homophobic slurs, prompting a local resident to call the playground ‘disgusting’ on social media in June 2022.

The city has no plans to replace a seemingly neglected playground in west Guelph that has recently been the target of hate graffiti, but it may decide to remove the playground equipment entirely at a later date.

“The West End Community Center wading pool is due for replacement, and as part of that work, the city assessed the site and identified visibility and access issues,” said Luke Jefferson, park development and amenities manager. city ​​trails, in an email response to a Mercury. Tribune survey. “This play equipment is still usable, but it has the same site condition issues as the splash pad.”

The small playground, which is not visible from either the leisure center or the road, has recently been the subject of complaints expressed via social media.

In a video posted to Twitter, Brian Bailey called the playground “disgusting”, asking “you want the kids to play here?” as he reviewed racist and homophobic slurs scrawled on play equipment.

In response, others joined in bashing the playground.

“We stopped going there a long time ago,” one Twitter user said. “Also super disappointed that they got rid of the splash pad, as it was. It feels like West End Guelph is a forgotten neighborhood for service, but certainly not for taxes.

Another said she hadn’t been back since visiting three years ago and had to leave because of “garbage, broken equipment and general neglect”.

Jefferson said the city’s playgrounds are inspected regularly by staff.

“Anything unsafe or unusable is removed or repaired,” he said.

The West End Playground is along a paved section of footpath beside storm ponds located opposite the Leisure Center on Imperial Road. Currently, many thistles and other weeds dot the mulch that surrounds the play structures. Part of a structure has been replaced with plywood.

The recent graffiti, which included swastikas and racial and homophobic slurs, was removed shortly after being reported via Twitter.

“Additional graffiti was also removed about a month ago,” Jefferson said.

A Guelph Police Department spokesperson confirmed that police are investigating the recent vandalism.

“It is clear that this language and these symbols are deeply offensive to the community and we would like to identify who is responsible,” Scott Tracey, media relations manager for Guelph Police, said in an email.

He asked anyone with information relating to the graffiti to contact Guelph police or Crime Stoppers.

Likewise, Jefferson encouraged anyone who regularly uses the playground to report graffiti or safety concerns to the city through an online portal or by emailing parks@guelph.ca.

“We will work to remedy this as quickly as possible,” he said.

There are several other playgrounds within walking distance of the West End Community Centre, including those at Deerpath Park and Stephanie Drive Park, southeast of Paisley Road, and playgrounds at Margaret Greene and Earl Brimblecombe Parks, in north of the railway line.

The Recreation Center’s wading pool was the only wading pool west of Hanlon Drive.

City staff are currently considering moving the wading pool to Margaret Greene Park, a site deemed more suitable due to its accessibility, sightlines, parking and proximity to residential neighborhoods, Jefferson said.

“If this site is a viable option, we plan to engage the community and begin design work in the near future,” he said.

As for the playground, he said the site issues associated with it may warrant further consideration to find out if it should remain where it is in the future.

“We’ll probably look at that in more detail as part of the splash work,” he said.

STORY BEHIND THE STORY: A Mercury Tribune reporter noticed the poor condition of the West End Community Center playing field during a site visit. At the same time, concerns about hate graffiti have been raised by locals on social media. The condition of the site prompted the Mercury Tribune to wonder about its future.

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Vandals attack the necropolis of Yugoslav partisans in Bosnia | Political news https://knz-clan.com/vandals-attack-the-necropolis-of-yugoslav-partisans-in-bosnia-political-news/ Thu, 16 Jun 2022 16:48:09 +0000 https://knz-clan.com/vandals-attack-the-necropolis-of-yugoslav-partisans-in-bosnia-political-news/ The 700 engraved stones of the Mostar Partisan Memorial Cemetery have been destroyed by vandals, Bosnian media report. The Yugoslav Partisan Necropolis in Mostar, Bosnia and Herzegovina, commemorating anti-fascist fighters who died in World War II, was attacked by vandals. On Wednesday, Bosnian media reported that all 700 engraved stones in the partisan memorial cemetery […]]]>

The 700 engraved stones of the Mostar Partisan Memorial Cemetery have been destroyed by vandals, Bosnian media report.

The Yugoslav Partisan Necropolis in Mostar, Bosnia and Herzegovina, commemorating anti-fascist fighters who died in World War II, was attacked by vandals.

On Wednesday, Bosnian media reported that all 700 engraved stones in the partisan memorial cemetery had been smashed.

Historian Dragan Markovina from Mostar posted photos of the damage on Facebook and said “not even in the middle of the [1990s] the war, the local fascists destroyed the partisan cemetery as completely as they have done today.

“They would write offensive graffiti, crush several markers, but such a systematic crushing of each of the more than 700 memorial markers dedicated to the young dead of Mostar has not happened. [until now]“Said Markovina, quoted by the Bosnian media Klix.

“It couldn’t have been done by two, three, five drunk people. It’s obviously part of some idea or plan or organization – it’s as clear as day,” he said. -he declares.

The vandalism was widely condemned by various political parties in Bosnia and international institutions, including the EU delegation.

Mostar Mayor Mario Kordic said the city would help repair the damage.

He wrote in a Facebook post that while “the city administration is preparing projects for the protection and revitalization of all cultural monuments, a group of vandals are systematically destroying them.”

Kordic said the city of Mostar “does not have jurisdiction over the police or national monuments”.

The memorial cemetery is one of the largest anti-fascist monuments in the Balkans, but for years it has been the target of right-wing vandals, who have previously spray-painted hate messages on the markers.

It was designed by famous Belgrade architect Bogdan Bogdanovic.

Markovina said the Alliance of Antifascists and others have called on the mayor and local council to set up a security service, which already exists about 150-200 meters away in the city park where “there is no there is nothing to destroy.”

“[The park] has a 24 hour security service, there are people who take care of the watering. It enjoys continuous protection and the National Cultural Monument has nothing, but it is constantly the target of vandals. It is a political decision and it is something that the city of Mostar, those who run it, refuse to do,” Markovina said.

Zeljko Komsic, a Bosnian Croat member of the Tripartite Presidency, wrote in a Facebook post that the vandalism was a consequence of “HDZ politics”, referring to the Croatian nationalist party.

Mostar has remained an ethnically divided city since the end of the war in December 1995, with one side of the city largely inhabited by Bosniaks and the other by Croats.

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Swastika and other obscene graffiti scrawled on gaming equipment https://knz-clan.com/swastika-and-other-obscene-graffiti-scrawled-on-gaming-equipment/ Wed, 15 Jun 2022 04:00:00 +0000 https://knz-clan.com/swastika-and-other-obscene-graffiti-scrawled-on-gaming-equipment/ OBSCENE graffiti has been scrawled on play equipment in Stratton. The area parish council released photos of the vandalism over the weekend and urged people to help police find who was responsible. A slide is covered in abuse aimed at a teacher at Kingsdown School, a swastika has been drawn on one piece of the […]]]>

OBSCENE graffiti has been scrawled on play equipment in Stratton.

The area parish council released photos of the vandalism over the weekend and urged people to help police find who was responsible.

A slide is covered in abuse aimed at a teacher at Kingsdown School, a swastika has been drawn on one piece of the Meadowcroft playground, while a phallic doodle and swear words appear elsewhere.

A spokesperson for Stratton St Margaret Parish Council said: “Unfortunately graffiti is an ongoing and never-ending problem for us. Over the past three months we have seen a sharp increase in it.

“It seems like the same person or group can do it every time because the same graffiti pops up regularly.

“The damage caused to the park [included] lots of strong profanity, including extremely offensive images.

“It is extremely time consuming and expensive to remove and affects our ability to do other more important work, which we know you would prefer us to do.

“This week alone, our caretaker spent two days cleaning up the graffiti!

“Please do all you can to help us reduce this crime and feel free to provide any information you feel is helpful.”

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Parents of Lanarkshire drinking victim say they ‘no longer want young lives to be lost’ in new appeal https://knz-clan.com/parents-of-lanarkshire-drinking-victim-say-they-no-longer-want-young-lives-to-be-lost-in-new-appeal/ Mon, 13 Jun 2022 11:50:00 +0000 https://knz-clan.com/parents-of-lanarkshire-drinking-victim-say-they-no-longer-want-young-lives-to-be-lost-in-new-appeal/ The parents of a tragic Lanarkshire teenager who died after his drink was spiked have issued a fresh appeal to tackle the ‘horrendous’ crime. Greg Mackie was just 18 when he was found dead at Edinburgh College following the 2017 incident. He was discovered by a janitor in the campus bathroom. The Lanarkshire Live app […]]]>

The parents of a tragic Lanarkshire teenager who died after his drink was spiked have issued a fresh appeal to tackle the ‘horrendous’ crime.

Greg Mackie was just 18 when he was found dead at Edinburgh College following the 2017 incident.

He was discovered by a janitor in the campus bathroom.



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The tragedy devastated his family, but through their grief, parents Colin and Mandy Mackie, from Biggar, decided to launch a campaign to tackle alcohol abuse and they now run Spike Aware UK.

The couple began handing out leaflets at universities, colleges and pubs to raise awareness about drink doping, followed by informative beer coasters and protective lids.

Now, nearly five years after the loss of their son, Colin and Mandy are appealing for help with a nationwide doping investigation.



Greg had a passion for speedway riding and a bright future ahead of him.

The new questionnaire hopes to understand the experiences of people suspected of alcoholism and how it has affected them.

Colin and Mandy’s campaign has been backed by Central Scotland MSP Monica Lennon, who met them in the Scottish Parliament to discuss their work with Spike Aware UK.

Colin said: “We were delighted to meet Monica and are very grateful for her support.

“Beverage and needle use is a complex issue and a hidden crime. It can be difficult for some victims to come forward once they have been attacked, and data on the issues is needed.

“We hope our national survey will help highlight the complexity of drinking and needle use. We will use our survey data to conduct an awareness campaign and pressure authorities to be more active in dealing with cutting-edge issues.



Monica Lennon (center) with Greg Mackie’s parents Mandy and Colin

“Our son Greg suffered a spike and lost his life, we don’t want any more young lives to be lost to this horrific crime.”

Ms Lennon added: “It was a pleasure to meet Colin and Mandy to find out more about their work at the helm of Spike Aware UK.

“From the saddest of tragedies of the loss of their beloved son, Greg, they have launched a truly inspiring and much needed campaign.

“Greg was a talented young man with a passion for circuit driving and a bright future ahead of him.

“The consumption of drinks and needles is a despicable act which, unfortunately, is becoming more and more widespread.

“With Spike Aware UK, Colin and Mandy are doing a fantastic job of raising awareness and I encourage as many people as possible to complete the survey.”

The couple’s survey can be completed here.

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Residents of Lanarkshire care homes celebrate the Queen’s Jubilee in style https://knz-clan.com/residents-of-lanarkshire-care-homes-celebrate-the-queens-jubilee-in-style/ Thu, 09 Jun 2022 20:50:00 +0000 https://knz-clan.com/residents-of-lanarkshire-care-homes-celebrate-the-queens-jubilee-in-style/ Residents of a care home in East Kilbride enjoyed a Platinum Jubilee celebration fit for a queen. Care UK’s Cathkin House on Glasgow Road marked the official milestone of the Queen’s 70th birthday by hosting a garden party for residents and their loved ones, complete with a Union Jack bunting and a barbecue prepared by […]]]>

Residents of a care home in East Kilbride enjoyed a Platinum Jubilee celebration fit for a queen.

Care UK’s Cathkin House on Glasgow Road marked the official milestone of the Queen’s 70th birthday by hosting a garden party for residents and their loved ones, complete with a Union Jack bunting and a barbecue prepared by the house’s chef .

Events took place across Lanarkshire in schools, community groups and other care homes.



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Nisha Sujeewon, Home Manager at Cathkin House, said: “We had a wonderful time celebrating the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee with our extended family here at Cathkin House.

“For older people and people with dementia, reminiscing about milestones, such as previous Jubilee celebrations, can help bring back happy memories, as well as spark conversation and connection with those around them.

“These positive feelings gained from revisiting good memories can help reduce stress, reduce restlessness and improve mood.

“We have many royalists here at home who were keen to mark the Queen’s incredible reign and celebrate in style.

“Everyone had a fantastic time, and we are already planning our next royal knees.”

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Disgust as more fascist graffiti is spotted in Taunton https://knz-clan.com/disgust-as-more-fascist-graffiti-is-spotted-in-taunton/ Wed, 08 Jun 2022 05:47:29 +0000 https://knz-clan.com/disgust-as-more-fascist-graffiti-is-spotted-in-taunton/ Several members of the public contacted the Somerset County Gazette to report the vandalism in and around the town centre. And a resident says he was frustrated, saying Somerset West and Taunton council told him the graffiti had been cleaned up while it was still there, He said: “I reported the graffiti to the council […]]]>

Several members of the public contacted the Somerset County Gazette to report the vandalism in and around the town centre.

And a resident says he was frustrated, saying Somerset West and Taunton council told him the graffiti had been cleaned up while it was still there,

He said: “I reported the graffiti to the council – flagging it as offensive – on the morning of May 13.

“My submission read: ‘Nazi graffiti along the way – mostly on the shorter side of the ‘L’. SS symbols and German phrases on the walls and lampposts” – pretty clear, I thought.

“Despite this – and their commitment to remove offensive graffiti within 24 hours – everything was still there for me to take pictures on May 24.

“It’s half removed, but half still remains – including a white SS symbol, which I think was the most obvious.

“I opened another business – the third time is the charm.”

Fascist graffiti is classified as a criminal offense and police are urging people to report it if they come across it.

A spokesman for Avon and Somerset Constabulary said: ‘Officers are working with partner agencies on this matter and are asking that breaches be reported, so they can be investigated.’

Somerset West and Taunton council have been approached for comment.

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