False Rape Accuser Jennifer Jarosik

A documentary filmmaker who accused Russell Simmons of raping her in 2016 has dropped her lawsuit against him.

Jennifer Jarosik filed the suit in January, seeking $5 million. She alleged that Simmons invited her to his home on Doheny Drive and then physically overpowered her. She also repeated the claim in an interview on “Megyn Kelly Today,” in which she alleged that Simmons also sexually assaulted her at his office in 2011. Her attorney said the second episode fell outside the statute of limitations.

Simmons strongly denied the claims, and earlier this month filed an answer to the suit quoting from emails and text messages from Jarosik. In a message a few weeks after the 2016 incident, she wrote, “Sending love <3.” A few days later, she wrote “I miss u Russell. r u ok?”

The answer also alleged that Jarosik had been deemed an unfit parent and was found by a court to have a “propensity to exaggerate” and “untreated mental health issues.” Simmons’ attorney alleged that Jarosik was seeking financing from Simmons for a film, and that the rape claim amounted to a shakedown.

“Only after hearing that women were able to recover money for real abuse by actual sexual predators, did Ms. Jarosik decide to see if she could extract large amounts of money from Mr. Simmons,” his attorney wrote.

 

https://www.aol.com/article/entertainment/2018/04/25/russell-simmons-rape-accuser-drops-dollar5-million-suit/23420303/

Vancouver’s empty homes tax generates millions in revenue, effect on rental supply unclear

VANCOUVER (NEWS 1130) – Some 3,300 Vancouver properties have been hit by the city’s one per cent empty homes tax in its first year, which is expected to add another $30 million to the city’s coffers.

But whether or not the initiative is achieving the goal of increasing availability of rental properties remains an open question.

“We don’t have any specific numbers on how many people did rent their empty homes,” admits Vancouver mayor Gregor Robertson.

“Obviously, having tens of millions of dollars to invest in affordable housing is much-needed, but the ultimate goal here was to encourage people to rent their empty homes, so hopefully that’s happening at the same time.”

He adds the city is developing better data collection methods to monitor the impact of the tax more closely.

$17 million has already been collected from owners of properties that were determined to be vacant or under-utilized for at least six months of the year. Individual fines ranged from $1,500 to $250,000, with the highest tax bill coming from a home with an assessed value of $25-million.

Over half of the homes declared vacant by their owners were in downtown Vancouver or the West End.

Tom Davidoff, director of the Centre for Urban Economics and Real Estate with the Sauder School of Business at UBC, says the amount of revenue being generated by the empty homes tax is significant.

When combined with the province’s new speculation tax, he says it’s reasonable to think the owners of empty secondary residences will change their behaviour to avoid being fined.

“I think probably, the benefits to Vancouverites of this tax are probably going to change from revenue to units that are freed up over time. That’s a conjecture, but I think it makes sense based on what we know about people’s behaviour,” he says.

However, despite these new taxes and a number of other initiatives from multiple levels of government, Davidoff says rents will likely remain high in Vancouver.

“We still live in a place where there’s lots of demand and it’s always going to be hard to add supply,” he says.

The empty homes tax cost the city $7.5 million to implement, and annual operating costs are pegged at $2.5 million.

 

http://www.news1130.com/2018/04/23/vancouvers-empty-homes-tax-generates-millions-revenue-affect-rental-supply-unclear/

IPT Exclusive: Brooklyn Imam Advocates Violence Against Israel in Anti-Semitic Sermon

An extremist imam used his Friday prayer last week to call on Muslims and Palestinians to disavow non-violent protest against Israel. But the imam was not preaching from the West Bank or Gaza Strip. This imam was yet another spiritual leader espousing radical views from the United States, joining a long list of other U.S.-based Muslim leaders who have promoted anti-Semitism and incited violence against Jews and Israelis.

Mohamed Elbar – an imam at the Islamic Society of Bay Ridge (a.k.a. Masjid Musab) – delivered a sermon in Brooklyn April 13 that amounted to violent incitement.

 

Elbar was not trying to keep this view secret in a private setting of committed individuals. On the contrary, his sermon was live-streamed on the Islamic Society’s official Facebook page, broadcast publicly to its followers and translated by the Investigative Project on Terrorism (IPT). It remained accessible as of this publication.

Elbar reserved harsh criticism for some unidentified imams and preachers who he said issued religious decrees (fatwas) calling for non-violence against Irael. According to the imam, these preachers only advocate direct confrontations if there is symmetry in power.

Too “many imams in our diverse Arab countries” are issuing fatwas that prohibit violent resistance against Israel, he said, “so long as the occupier or the aggressor [Israel] possesses more power than you [Palestinians] possess.”

“They [other imams] tell them [individuals in the Palestinian territories]: ‘You don’t have the kind of weaponry that the Zionist entity has, so it’s not right for you to stand up to the Zionist entity, because if you stand up to them and get killed by the Zionist entity, it’s as if you killed yourself,’” Elbar preached.

After denouncing non-violent protest, Elbar rhetorically asks his congregation: “So what should we do? How are we going to defend our land?”

By offering such passionate criticism, Elbar is encouraging violence and promoting terrorism among Palestinians to coerce concessions from Israel.

He warned that if Palestinians and Muslims “give up” the fight against Israel, then Israelis will destroy the Al Aqsa Mosque in Jerusalem. He also engages in anti-Semitic historical revisionism by claiming that the Jews will re-build a “Temple of no value and no historical evidence” over the mosque’s ruins.

“It [Al Aqsa Mosque] will get demolished if we abandoned it and an alleged Temple of no value and no historical evidence of its existence would be built to replace it,” Elbar claims.

Propagating such a destructive scenario is a form of violent incitement, especially since previous false allegations of Israeli changes to the religious status quo in Jerusalem have led to outbreaks in Palestinian violence. Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas espoused a similar view in the past, which encouraged a wave of Palestinian stabbing attacks and terrorism in Jerusalem and surrounding areas.

Elbar, who is also a professor of Islamic Studies at the Graduate Theological Foundation and teaches “Da’wah related courses” (proselytizing Islam) at the Manara Institute, has a history of making radical statements.

In a Dec. 8 sermon – following President Donald Trump’s recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital –Elbar referred to Jerusalem “as a sole Islamic property,” denying any Jewish or Christian ties to the city. In the final prayer, Elbar prayed for “Allah to liberate Palestine from the occupiers [Jews].”

In 2014, the IPT covered a rally featuring Elbar as a speaker, organized by the Egyptian Americans for Democracy and Human Rights in front of the Saudi consulate in New York City. Protesters demanded that Muslim Brotherhood leader Mohammed Morsi be reinstated as Egypt’s president. Elbar led chants accusing the Saudi king of “selling Egypt to the Jews” while members of the crowd chanted that Saudis were “dirtier than the Jews.”

Elbar’s history of anti-Semitic and radical Islamist preaching resembles extremist sentiment embraced by several other imams in the United States.

For example, Sheikh Raed Saleh Al-Rousan, the founder of the Tajweed Institute’s Houston branch, used a Dec. 8 sermon to repeat a notorious Quranic hadith that radical preachers often invoke to mobilize Muslims against Jews.

That same day, Sheikh Aymen Elkasaby from the Islamic Center of Jersey City, calledfor “the plunderer oppressors (Jews)” to be destroyed.

“So long as the Al-Aqsa Mosque remains prisoner in the hands of the Jews… So long as the Al-Aqsa Mosque remains under the feet of the apes and pigs, this nation will remain humiliated,” Elkasaby preached, adding that he wishes to achieve “martyrdom on the threshold of the Al-Aqsa Mosque.”

In another instance, a Texas-based imam, Sheikh Ramadan Elsabagh, called for Israel’s destruction in a recorded prayer posted to his Facebook page on Dec. 7, according to an IPT translation.

American Islamist groups have remained silent in the wake of these sermons, and have not outright condemned the imams’ behavior. Now, Elbar joins a growing list of radical U.S.-based Muslim leaders who continuously espouse extremist views. Muslim leaders who explicitly glorify terrorism against Jews deserve more scrutiny in American media and political circles.

http://thejewishvoice.com/2018/04/25/ipt-exclusive-brooklyn-imam-advocates-violence-israel-anti-semitic-sermon/

 

Dorval wants to keep pot shops away from schools and shopping malls

Dorval is taking steps to ensure school-age children and young teenagers won’t be able to access a marijuana store at their nearest mall.

On Monday, Dorval city council passed a zoning bylaw motion that will restrict where cannabis retail outlets can set up shop.

For Mayor Edgar Rouleau, keeping pot shops away from schools is common sense.

“We have École Secondaire Dorval-Jean XXIII (on Dawson Ave.) which has the possibility of a clientele,” Rouleau said.

“And we don’t want (pot sold) at the Dorval shopping centre, because that’s where most of the kids go to lunch and everything else.”

 

Dorval mayor wants pot shops far away from schools, malls

Everything You Know About Porn Star Leigh Raven’s Charges of On-Set Abuse is Wrong (We have the VIDEO)

Shocking evidence raises the question: is Leigh Raven being manipulated by her wife, Nikki Hearts?

 

On March 9, we reported on extraordinary charges that a veteran male performer and director abused and intimidated female talent Leigh Raven during a porn shoot, writing,

Adult performers Leigh Raven and Riley Nixon sent tremors through Porn Valley today, when they leveled charges of abuse, deceit and consent violations on the set of  two separate rough sex / race play scenes opposite male talent Rico Strong, in a video created and posted to YouTube by fellow performer Nikki Hearts.

Following the release of Nikki’s video, both Raven and Hearts have made additional claims via the one-sided platform afforded by social media.

This was a major story, however, we never published a follow-up.

The charges made by Raven and Hearts were, on their face, extraordinary, and as the late writer Christopher Hitchens famously remarked, “extraordinary claims require extraordinary proof.”

Frankly, we could tell there was something fishy about it, but no one was yet willing to talk.

Today, however, MikeSouth.com was provided an advance copy of a press statement made jointly by all the participants in the shoot other than the accuser, Leigh Raven; copies of text messages to and from Hearts and Raven regarding the shoot; as well as the complete unedited 2-hour 39-minute “behind the scenes” video of the entire shoot.

The evidence that Leigh Raven and, perhaps even more, her wife Nikki Hearts, fabricated the claims is damning to say the least.

Here is an exclusive preview of the first 30 minutes of the unedited “behind-the-scenes” video recording:

 

more here

 

http://mikesouth.com/industry/everything-you-know-about-porn-star-leigh-ravens-charges-of-on-set-abuse-is-wrong-we-have-the-video-22427/