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  • Uncategorized Kansas City prisoner ‘blessed’ to be free after lookalike found

    A US prisoner who spent 17 years in jail for a robbery he did not commit has spoken of his relief that researchers found his lookalike.

    Richard Anthony Jones from Kansas was released from jail after witnesses said they could not tell the two men apart.

    A judge ruled there was no evidence to keep him in jail.

    Mr Jones said finding a photo of the other man – who as well as looking like him, shares the same first name – was a “needle in a haystack moment”.

    ‘I don’t believe in luck, I believe I was blessed,’ Mr Jones told the Kansas City Star.

    So far no criminal case has been filed against his double – known only as Ricky – who gave evidence at Mr Jones’s robbery retrial and denied committing the crime.

    While not saying Ricky was responsible, the judge found that based on the new evidence, no reasonable juror would have convicted Mr Jones.

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    Image captionMr Jones (pictured on the right) said the discovery of his lookalike was a ‘needle in a haystack moment’
    Mr Jones said that he began to despair that he would ever be released from jail after repeated efforts to appeal against his 19-year conviction for a 1999 robbery.

     

    “All my appeals had been denied. It has been a rough ride,” he said.But in 2015 he told researchers from the Midwest Innocence Project – a group that aids wrongly convicted prisoners – about a man called Ricky he had heard about. Mr Jones had been told by fellow inmates that he looked identical to Ricky.

    “When I saw the picture of my double it all made sense to me,” he said.

    Mr Jones had been convicted based mostly on eyewitness evidence.

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    There was no physical, DNA or fingerprint evidence that linked him to the crime.

    The researchers found that not only did the other man bear an uncanny resemblance to Mr Jones, he lived near the scene of the crime in Kansas City, Kansas, whereas Mr Jones lived across the state line in Kansas City, Missouri.

     

    Lawyers for Mr Jones also said he was with his girlfriend and her family at the time members of the public were robbed in a park.

    They argued that police identity procedures 17 years ago were deeply flawed.

    A lawyer working on his case said the team were “floored by how much” Mr Jones and his double looked alike.

    Mr Jones told the Kansas City Star that he was now adjusting to life outside of jail and was happy to be back with his children.

     

     

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  • Teddy Afro, Gebregziabher Gebremariam and David Beckham to join Super Dads campaign

    Stars from the world of entertainment and sport including Mahershala Ali, David Beckham, the All Blacks, Daniel Cormier, Novak Djokovic, Lewis Hamilton, Hugh Jackman, Sachin Tendulkar, Thalía and Chris Weidman joined Super Dads, a new UNICEF initiative launched today to celebrate fatherhood, and highlight the importance of love, play, protection and good nutrition for the healthy development of young children’s brains.

    With more than 90 countries celebrating Fathers’ Day this month, the initiative invites families to post photos and videos of what it takes to be ‘super dads,’ using the hashtag #EarlyMomentsMatter on their Instagram and Twitter accounts. To inspire families across the world to share their ‘super dads’ moments, photos and videos of UNICEF ambassadors and supporters who have got behind the campaign will be posted on UNICEF’s Instagram and Twitter, and featured on the campaign’s gallery between 6 and 18 June.

    “As a father, I’ve seen for myself the impact that every smile, every bit of love, and every positive action has had on my child during these precious early years of life. Being a new parent isn’t easy. There are many challenges that fathers across the world face. This campaign is about supporting and encouraging fathers so they can be the Super Dads their kids desperately need,” said UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador Novak Djokovic.

    “I wouldn’t be where I am today without the support of my dad, there’s no question about that. He was involved right from the start and gave me all the love, guidance, decent food, and care that I could have wished for. I’ll remain forever grateful to him for that,” said UNICEF supporter Lewis Hamilton. “I hope this initiative celebrates dads like mine across the world and helps those who are struggling get the support they need to be super dads too.”

    “When I was a young child, my father gave me the right amount of love, freedom and support to shape who I am today,” said UNICEF Ambassador Sachin Tendulkar. “Every kid needs protection, love, good food and play to support growth and development, and it’s up to both parents to provide these.”

    “Children need the love of their parents more than anything,” says Tewodros Kassahun, a well-known Ethiopian singer. “I always try to be a good father. I love playing with my children. Intimacy and love are more important than anything,” adds Teddy who is also known as Teddy Afro.

    In Ethiopia, many families are unaware of the significance of early childhood care and education for a child’s development, including the effects of appropriate nutrition, playtime and family care in an environment safe from violence. UNICEF is working for children aged 0–3 to receive adequate nurture and stimulation through an integrated and sustainable approach to quality early child development interventions that include health, nutrition, protection, early stimulation, school readiness and WASH.

    Gebregziabher Gebremariam, an Ethiopian long-distance runner, who joined the global ‘Super Dads’ initiative calls for fathers to spend more time with their children. “The first days of a child’s life are very important. As a father, you can do so much to make sure that your child has a bright future.”

     

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  • Teddy Afro, Gebregziabher Gebremariam and David Beckham to join Super Dads campaign

    Stars from the world of entertainment and sport including Mahershala Ali, David Beckham, the All Blacks, Daniel Cormier, Novak Djokovic, Lewis Hamilton, Hugh Jackman, Sachin Tendulkar, Thalía and Chris Weidman joined Super Dads, a new UNICEF initiative launched today to celebrate fatherhood, and highlight the importance of love, play, protection and good nutrition for the healthy development of young children’s brains.

    With more than 90 countries celebrating Fathers’ Day this month, the initiative invites families to post photos and videos of what it takes to be ‘super dads,’ using the hashtag #EarlyMomentsMatter on their Instagram and Twitter accounts. To inspire families across the world to share their ‘super dads’ moments, photos and videos of UNICEF ambassadors and supporters who have got behind the campaign will be posted on UNICEF’s Instagram and Twitter, and featured on the campaign’s gallery between 6 and 18 June.

    “As a father, I’ve seen for myself the impact that every smile, every bit of love, and every positive action has had on my child during these precious early years of life. Being a new parent isn’t easy. There are many challenges that fathers across the world face. This campaign is about supporting and encouraging fathers so they can be the Super Dads their kids desperately need,” said UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador Novak Djokovic.

    “I wouldn’t be where I am today without the support of my dad, there’s no question about that. He was involved right from the start and gave me all the love, guidance, decent food, and care that I could have wished for. I’ll remain forever grateful to him for that,” said UNICEF supporter Lewis Hamilton. “I hope this initiative celebrates dads like mine across the world and helps those who are struggling get the support they need to be super dads too.”

    “When I was a young child, my father gave me the right amount of love, freedom and support to shape who I am today,” said UNICEF Ambassador Sachin Tendulkar. “Every kid needs protection, love, good food and play to support growth and development, and it’s up to both parents to provide these.”

    “Children need the love of their parents more than anything,” says Tewodros Kassahun, a well-known Ethiopian singer. “I always try to be a good father. I love playing with my children. Intimacy and love are more important than anything,” adds Teddy who is also known as Teddy Afro.

    In Ethiopia, many families are unaware of the significance of early childhood care and education for a child’s development, including the effects of appropriate nutrition, playtime and family care in an environment safe from violence. UNICEF is working for children aged 0–3 to receive adequate nurture and stimulation through an integrated and sustainable approach to quality early child development interventions that include health, nutrition, protection, early stimulation, school readiness and WASH.

    Gebregziabher Gebremariam, an Ethiopian long-distance runner, who joined the global ‘Super Dads’ initiative calls for fathers to spend more time with their children. “The first days of a child’s life are very important. As a father, you can do so much to make sure that your child has a bright future.”

     

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  • Teddy Afro's # Ethiopia translated by Al Mariam Translation note

    : I admit my translation herein is
    imperfect, to say the least. I do not even pretend to
    capture Tewdros’ sheer poetic eloquence, brilliant
    diction, depth of ideas, powerful expressivity,
    unquestioned command of the language, razor-sharp
    wit, captivating vivacity and mesmerizing oratorical
    prowess. But I make a sincere effort, to the best of my
    ability, to present his views with as much fidelity to his
    words and what I sincerely believe to be his intentions.
    Any errors in translations are exclusively my own.
    © Al Mariam
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    “Ethiopia”
    Even if I pass [die] away
    My motherland [Ethiopia]
    She [remains] is my honor
    Indeed, [she is] my [mother] country.
    So many have died
    Guarding your [her] honor
    Against those who have crossed seas
    To dishonor you [her].
    You are the land of heroes
    [Land] Where Adam left his footprints
    The fountainhead of Ghion [river mentioned in Ch. 2,
    Genesis]
    [From where] your name is called out.
    Not only those who see your flag waving in the sky
    Even those who hear the name “Ethiopia” [dare] keep
    quiet
    Not only those who see your flag waving in the sky
    Even those who hear the name “Ethiopia” [dare] keep
    quiet.
    With your rainbow [shining]
    The sky draped with your flag
    Your symbol is imprinted on the palm of the world
    And known [even] to Aryam [Ge’ez: sky above all skies,
    heaven].
    Mountain [ranges] of high peaks
    Have stood guard over you
    [From] The peak of mountains
    That citadel of Axum, Ethiopia.
    You are the gate to Creation
    The [beginning] chapter for the round world
    If [rainbow] colors are seen across the sky
    It is hers [Ethiopia’s] and no one else’s.
    Even though the world calls her [Ethiopia] backward
    today
    She will be the front runner of the coming age
    Just let me repeat her name over and over
    Isn’t Ethiopia my own name?
    If there is less food [injera] on the table [Ethiopia is
    poor]
    Is it possible to trade one’s [poor] mother for anything
    else
    I will hold tight on her skirt
    And never give up hope in my mother.
    Before [I] finish paying her [Ethiopia] for all her favors
    Should not people say [shout out] “Unity” when they
    hear [the name] Ethiopia
    Ethiopia! Ethiopia! My country!
    Isn’t my honor because of you?
    You are the seed of Solomon
    Tears of the holy ones from which your leaf sprouted
    It should be nothing new [not be surprised] today to
    those
    Who touched [provoked] you to be burned by the fire
    they lit.
    Without any limitation to your glory
    In the book of your heritage with the history of the
    spirit of the ages [written]
    The prophets saw you from afar and wrote in their
    books:
    “Don’t touch Ethiopia!”
    In the north
    In the south
    In the east and in the west
    May your bounty be full!
    Begone hardship [misery] from the land [Ethiopia]
    Let your bounty be full!
    Begone hardship [misery] from your land [Ethiopia]
    Let your bounty be full!

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