Sunday, December 17, 2017

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The latest news stories from Hmong TV Network

California Lawmakers Look To Free Older And Younger Inmates

To ease overcrowding in state prisons, California lawmakers want to release more of the state’s older prisoners and more of the inmates who were young when they committed their crimes.

The two bills sent to Gov. Jerry Brown in the waning days of the legislative session are the latest attempt to keep the prison population below the cap set by federal judges, with the goal of eventually ending federal oversight.

One requires parole officials to consider whether “age, time served and diminished physical condition” reduced the risk for future violence by older inmates. And the other mandates officials consider whether young people fully understood their actions and if their lack of maturity allowed for a greater chance of rehabilitation.

Read more at abcnews.go.com

T-Mobile, Sprint Close To Agreeing On Deal Terms

T-Mobile US Inc (TMUS.O) is close to agreeing tentative terms on a deal to merge with Sprint Corp (S.N), people familiar with the matter said on Friday, a major breakthrough in efforts to merge the third and fourth largest U.S. wireless carriers.

The transaction would significantly consolidate the U.S. telecommunications market and represent the first transformative U.S. merger with significant antitrust risk to be agreed since the inauguration of U.S. President Donald Trump in January.

The progress toward a deal also indicates that T-Mobile and Sprint believe that the U.S. antitrust enforcement environment has become more favorable since the companies abandoned their previous effort to combine in 2014 amid regulatory concerns.

The latest development in the talks between T-Mobile and Sprint comes as the telecommunications sector seeks ways to tackle investments in 5G technology that will greatly enhance wireless data transfer speeds.

Read more at www.reuters.com

Republican Sen. John Mccain Announces Opposition To Health Care Bill, Dashing Hopes For GOP Leaders

Read more at abc7chicago.com

Fresno City Council Voted To Ban Businesses That Sell Marijuana For Recreational Purposes

Fresno, Calif. (KFSN) — City Council President Clint Olivier mounted the charge to put off a decision on imposing a ban on recreational marijuana dispensaries, brushing off one accusation he was the king of promoting drug use in Fresno.

“If I am going to be the king of anything, it’s of personal responsibility and human freedom because that’s what this is all about,” said Clint Olivier, Fresno City Council President

Council Member Garry Bredefeld is behind the move to ban dispensaries, he attacked Olivier’s position that the war on marijuana had failed, and maintained places that sell pot are bad for the city.

“If we take your premise, we should make everything legal, because we’ve lost the war. We talk about neighborhoods I’m worried about the quality of neighborhoods and where these dispensaries would go,” said Bredefeld.

Read more at abc30.com

Lakeland University Scholarship Honors Hmong Leader

PLYMOUTH — Lakeland University has established a new scholarship that honors the legacy and contributions of Col. Yong Chue Yang, who led Hmong families to the Sheboygan area in search of freedom and opportunity.

The Col. Yong Chue Yang Scholarship will award $15,000 annually to student descendants of families who were displaced by the Vietnam conflict, who qualify for admission to Lakeland University bachelor’s degree programs and who demonstrate the qualities of community service and diligence Yang embodied.

“Col. Yang showed great courage, leadership and resolve in building opportunities in this community for Hmong people facing the most difficult of challenges as political refugees,” said Lakeland President David Black. “The qualities of wisdom and diligence that were modeled by Col. Yang and then exemplified by succeeding generations in the Hmong community continue to make Lakeland a better university.”

Read more at www.mysheboygan.com

An 82 year old Hmong Woman was Bitten by Police Dogs and Dragged by the Officer to the Patrol Car

On the morning of February 5th, in Coon Rapids, Minnesota, an officer got a call for a suspicious male burglar. The officer arrived at the property of Choua Xiong, an 82 year old Hmong woman. Choua Xiong was in a shed located in the backyard. She suddenly heard someone shouting but does not understand English and thought it was just the neighbor so she paid no attention to it. Moments after, one canine came into the shed and attacked her. She was able to find a rubbery pipe and used it to hit the dog while the canine’s jaw locked on her left hand. As the canine whimpered, another one came in and attacked her as well. Choua Xiong described one dog had more hair than the other.

The officer followed the dogs into the shed, grabbed both Xiong’s hands and dragged her out of the shed. Xiong was dragged from the shed to the street with another officer, where the officer’s car was parked, estimated to be around 100 feet. She was placed into the patrol car’s seat and was crying while pulling her pants up because it had slipped down to her thighs from being dragged on the ground.

Hmong Clothes Fresno New Year Part 2

Ka Shoua continues to talk to an older couple from Oklahoma. They are dressed in traditional Hmong clothes with belts adorned with Paaj Daub and hung with silver coins.

Ka Shoua also interviews Pa Ying Cha Lor, a designer and seller of Hmong clothes from Fresno. She sells her outfits from her store at Asian Village or Zog Vib Nais. She states that more people request her to make more traditional outfits. She can also tailor your outfits to fit for those that are bigger or taller.

Hmong Clothes Fresno New Year

Ka Shoua interviews a couple wearing newer style Hmong clothes which are black with a red trim. Their outfits are light and easy to put on and enhanced by each wearing a necklace. There are less Hmong embroidery or Paaj Daub with these newer styles.

She continues to talk to an older couple with the woman wearing Hmong clothes but the man does not. Typically, this is the case perhaps there is too much to pack on the way to the New Year so visitors forgo the Hmong clothes to save room and weight on trips.

She ends with an interview with a group of pageant winners or Nruag Naab. They are all dressed up in different types of Hmong clothes from traditional to new styles.

Funeral for Leading Hmong soldier Fighting with U.S. in Vietnam War

Funeral service took place this past weekend for Lieutenant Colonel Peter Chou Vang, the right hand man of General Vang Pao during the Vietnam War, serving under America’s CIA in Laos. The funeral service took place on Saturday, June 11th at 9:00 a.m. at the Fresno Fairgrounds. Lt. Colonel Vang was first of six Hmong pilots trained by the Americans to fly for them.

Vang moved to the Central Valley in 1977, one of the first Hmong to call the Valley home. Lt. Colonel Vang passed away May 4th in Merced. There was a complete military ceremony with music by the Sounds of Freedom Band, plus Congressman Jim Costa offered remarks, along with others. Lt. Colonel Vang will be buried at Forest Lawn Cemetery in Hollywood Hills, Los Angeles.

The Hmong and Karen Community protested at the Minnesota Department of Education

The Hmong and Karen community protested in front of the Minnesota Guild and the Minnesota Department of Education regarding the cancelation of the authorizer for the Community School of Excellence.