News May 5, 2021 Find out more January 14, 2011 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Neo-Nazi husband and wife go on trial for double murder of lawyer and journalist Help by sharing this information News Follow the news on Russia RussiaEurope – Central Asia Russian media boss drops the pretence and defends Belarus crackdown News Receive email alerts RSF_en June 2, 2021 Find out more News to go further May 21, 2021 Find out more RussiaEurope – Central Asia The trial of two people accused of the murder of Stanislav Markelov, a human rights lawyer specialised in Chechnya, and Novaya Gazeta reporter Anastasia Baburova finally began this week in Moscow, nearly two years after they were gunned in the centre of Moscow on 19 January 2009 at the end of news conference by Markelov.Reporters Without Borders welcomes the fact that the judicial authorities are working to solve this murder but points out that there are various reasons for thinking that two defendants – Nikita Tikhonov and his wife, Yevgeniya Khasis – were not the only people involved.Members of a neo-Nazi movement, Tikhonov and Khasis, were arrested in November 2009. Tikhonov confessed to the shooting at the time and said he acted alone. But, two months after his arrest, he retracted his confession and said it was obtained under threat and torture. Tikhonov and Khasis are charged with “murder and illegal possession of firearms.”Reporters Without Borders urges the authorities to track down all those involved in this double murder and give them a fair trial. As President Medvedev said last November, those responsible for violence against journalists should be punished “regardless of their status or position in society”.This trial is a test for the Russian authorities. It gives them a new chance to finally commit to combating impunity and to turning their words into actions. In a country where journalists have repeatedly been murdered, the entire media community is waiting for justice to be done.A Novaya Gazeta representative told Reporters Without Borders: “We are pleased that the trial has started (…) It is very important. We assume that both of them, Tikhonov and Khasis, are involved in these murders and that the investigating committee has been able to find sufficient evidence of their guilt.”As a human rights lawyer, Markelov had been involved in several very sensitive cases. He had represented journalists, including Anna Politkovskaya, who was murdered in 2006, and Mikhail Beketov, who sustained permanent injuries in murder attempt in November 2008. At the time of his death, he was involved in three cases linked to Chechnya and the defence of anti-fascist activists.Like Baburova, Markelov monitored the activities of Russia’s far-right groups, which are responsible for hundreds of racist murders every year. At the news conference that preceded his murder, he had condemned the early release of Yuri Budanov, a former army colonel who was sentenced to 10 years in prison in 2003 for the murder of a young Chechen woman, Elsa Kungayeva. Markelov was one of the three lawyers who represented her family.The investigators concluded that Markelov was murdered because of his involvement in the anti-fascist movement and that Baburova was shot because she was a witness. The committee conducting the investigation, consisting of members of the Federal Security Service (FSB) and Ministry of Interior (MVD), are still looking for possible accomplices.During preliminary hearings, the lawyer representing Tikhonov and Khasis made a series of requests that could have seriously affected the course of the trial: exclusion of evidence obtained by illegal methods, the taking of testimony from those who arrested Tikhonov, examination of the recording of the interrogation of the defendants on 3 November 2009 and the exclusion of testimony held to be extraneous to the case.The investigating judge rejected most of these requests on the grounds that the examination of additional documents was unwarranted. The evidence assembled by the investigations already amounts to 28 volumes.At the end of this week’s hearing, held on 11 January, the judge ruled that the preliminary hearings were finished and that the trial proper will begin on 27 January, after jury selection. Listed as a “foreign agent”, Russia’s most popular independent website risks disappearing Two Russian journalists persecuted for investigating police corruption Organisation
LUH system challenged by however, work to reduce risk to patients ongoing – Dr Hamilton Previous articleInquest into the death of Donegal born journalist put backNext articleGroup of children rescued in Portnoo after getting into difficulty swimming News Highland RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Google+ Twitter The Irish Farmers Association in Donegal are denying that potatoes are being sold for more than they should be.It’s been claimed today that a bag of potatoes weighing 7lbs cost 5 euro, that’s at least 2 euro more than the same bag could be bought for in most shops.It was also claimed that these excessive prices could put the public off buying directly from farmers.But Charlie Doherty from the Donegal IFA, says this must have been an isolated case..[podcast]http://www.highlandradio.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/08/char530.mp3[/podcast] Pinterest Donegal IFA deny that potatoes are being sold at excessive prices Business Matters Ep 45 – Boyd Robinson, Annette Houston & Michael Margey By News Highland – August 2, 2012 WhatsApp News Guidelines for reopening of hospitality sector published Facebook Almost 10,000 appointments cancelled in Saolta Hospital Group this week Google+ Calls for maternity restrictions to be lifted at LUH Facebook Pinterest Twitter WhatsApp Need for issues with Mica redress scheme to be addressed raised in Seanad also
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By MADDY VITALEHolidays are quickly approaching, and the Ocean City Regional Chamber of Commerce created a new two-day outdoor shopping event to safely bring shop local and get into the community spirit.The first-ever Winterfest by the Sea will be held Friday, Nov. 13 from noon to 5 p.m. and Saturday, Nov. 14 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on the Ocean City High School field located at 6th and the Boardwalk.All CDC regulations will be strictly adhered to amid the COVID-19 pandemic.“We are excited to bring a new event to Ocean City that encourages people to shop our Ocean City businesses in a fun atmosphere,” explained Michele Gillian, executive director of the Chamber of Commerce. “We included local crafters as well to provide a greater variety of items.”Ocean City Winterfest will be an upscale shopping extravaganza. Customers can enjoy the magic of the season outside and will feature favorite local businesses and restaurants along with many local crafters in the one-stop shopping event.Gillian explained that Winterfest was in the works for a couple of years, but that the pandemic had the Chamber quickly shift how it would be put on.“The Chamber wanted to help boost our shop-local initiative and encourage people to see Ocean City as a one-stop location for all their holiday needs,” Gillian pointed out. “Originally, it was planned as an indoor event, but given the circumstances, it was changed to an outdoor event which we feel lends to the festivity of the holidays.”Gillian noted that the Chamber is currently in the process of registering the vendors.Garland wrapped light posts and red ribbons adorn wreaths in the Downtown each holiday season such as this one in 2019.By creating another way to showcase all that the local merchants have to offer, gives visitors and residents a large venue to do some gift-giving and celebrate what makes the community spirit that makes living or vacationing on the island so special, she added.During Winterfest children and adults alike will be treated to some favorite holiday characters, who will be strolling the market to add to the festivities.“Ocean City shines year round. During the holidays, the island takes on a whole new light,” Gillian added. “We have a beautifully decorated downtown and Boardwalk and there is a wintery sense of excitement everywhere you look.”This year, she emphasized, perhaps more than years past, it was paramount to deliver a new event to celebrate Ocean City and all who live, work and vacation in the resort.“2020 has been a difficult year and we wanted to bring something new to Ocean City to help get people in the holiday spirit and promote shopping local,” Gillian said. “Winterfest will provide a safe, outdoor environment with a festive atmosphere, all while supporting the local businesses.”For information, contact the Ocean City Chamber of Commerce at 1-800-BeachNJ or visit online at www.OceanCityVacation.com. The two-day outdoor market will feature local merchants and restaurants. (Image courtesy Ocean City Regional Chamber of Commerce)
The rule was amended in 1979 to apply to adults only. Under the rule applicants can still be refused compensation if at the time of the incident they were adults living with the assailant as members of the same family, unless they no longer live together and are unlikely to do so again. In July the Court of Appeal found that the pre-1979 rule unlawfully discriminated against the applicant. The government decided to not appeal this ruling and confirmed it would consult on changes to the Criminal Injuries Compensation Scheme. Abolishing the rule will require secondary legislation. Further details on this and the review of the scheme will be announced in due course. Whilst no amount of compensation can make up for the immense suffering endured by victims of violent crime, it is vital they receive the help and support needed to rebuild their lives. Today I’m announcing that we will review the Criminal Injuries Compensation Scheme to ensure it reflects the changing nature of crime and can better support victims, especially of historic and current child abuse. Over the years we’ve seen more prosecutions for sexual offences and sadly experienced the horror of terrorism. We need to make sure these victims get the awards they’re due so we will be looking to ensure the criteria are appropriate. We will also scrap the pre-1979 ‘same roof rule’ which unfairly blocked some victims from compensation. These two measures will ensure that victims of violent crime will get the compensation to which they are entitled. The amended rule gives CICA discretion to consider what has happened post the incident taking place, which has significantly reduced the number of applicants who are refused under this amended rule. The review will look at concerns around the eligibility rules of the scheme, the sustainability of the scheme and the affordability of any changes to be made.The review will also enable the government to take full account of recommendations made by the Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse.The review will look at issues in CICS, including: The Justice Secretary has today announced a full review of the Criminal Injuries Compensation Scheme to ensure it reflects the changing nature of crime and can better support victims. The plans are set out in the first ever cross-government Victims Strategy, which will be launched tomorrow (10 September). The strategy will coordinate the already extensive government support for victims of crime to focus support and services around the individual.Ministers have ordered this review of the Criminal Injuries Compensation Scheme (CICS) to improve access to compensation, and to consider how the scheme might better serve victims – especially victims of child sexual abuse and terrorism. The review will begin immediately and is expected to report in 2019 with recommendations for reform.The CICS awards taxpayer-funded payments to victims injured as a result violent crime, and paid out more than £150 million to victims in 2017/18. This scheme is just one way in which victims are supported, with other ways including rehabilitation, psychological care, and outreach support.More victims of violent crime will be able to receive the compensation to which they are entitled and ministers also committed to abolishing the pre-1979 ‘same-roof’ rule of the CICS. This is especially relevant for victims of historic child abuse.Justice Secretary David Gauke said: Notes to editors‘Same roof rule’ The so-called ‘same roof rule’ was part of the original (non-statutory) compensation scheme introduced in 1964. The rule was changed in 1979, but was not made retrospective. The pre-1979 same roof rule applies to adults and children. Under the rule applicants are not entitled to compensation if they were living with their assailant as members of the same family at the time of the incident. time limits for applications – the scheme’s time limit requires that applications be made by a person over 18 as soon as practicable and no later than 2 years after the date of the incident. It is suggested that victims of child sex abuse disproportionately delay reporting such crimes and applications for compensation, and therefore miss out on compensation. the ‘same roof’ rule – we will remove the pre-1979 rule and we will consider further changes to the remaining ‘same roof’ rule and previous failed applications. In July 2018, the Court of Appeal decided that the pre-1979 ‘same roof’ rule had unfairly denied a claimant who was abused as a child by her stepfather the right to compensation. The government agreed with the judgement and has decided to abolish the pre-1979 ‘same roof’ rule and will not appeal the decision. unspent convictions – the scheme automatically excludes an award if the applicant has an unspent conviction which resulted in a specified sentence (custodial sentence, community order or youth rehabilitation order). It is suggested the rules disproportionately impact vulnerable victims of child sex abuse who may have offended in response to being abused/exploited/groomed. crime of violence– the scheme sets out what constitutes a crime of violence for the purposes of assessing entitlement to compensation. It is suggested that this definition should be broadened to include sexual exploitative behaviour, such as grooming. terrorism – the terrorist attacks of last year left people with serious life changing injuries and brought to light questions about the suitability of the scheme in providing support to victims of terrorism. The review will consider and clarify the eligibility, entitlement and amount of compensation to be awarded. This will build on the roll-out of the ground-breaking Victims of Terrorism Unit last year, to help ensure the best possible support. Government to abolish rule which denied compensation for some victims of violent crime First ever cross-government Victims Strategy to be unveiled on 10 September The reasons for the rule were, broadly, difficulties with evidence in such cases, and a wish to ensure that offenders did not benefit from compensation paid to the victim who they were living with. The rule applies to all victims of abuse inflicted by a family member living under the same roof; this includes physical as well as sexual abuse.
LAPD Officer Deon JosephJoseph, 40, of Los Angeles, Calif., is a Senior Lead Officer for the Los Angeles Police Department. With 17 years of experience at the LAPD, Joseph has spent the past 14 serving as a liaison between the LAPD and the people who make up the community in the Central City East area of downtown LA, commonly referred to as Skid Row. Joseph has assisted over 150 homeless citizens and has launched a hygiene initiative to help aide those still on the streets. Additionally, he has created programs including ‘Just Like You,’ which mentors the youth of Skid Row to become more than a product of their environment and ‘Ladies Night,’ a program that has reached over 800 women, which teaches self-defense and encourages them to report acts of violence. As part of his commitment to the community and dedication to creating an environment conducive to change, Joseph recently aided in removing 80 drug dealers from the streets of Southern California. If he receives the grand prize, Joseph says, “not only would it put a smile on my face, but I would be able to show my father how he raised me has allowed me to do incredible things. This would be more for him than for me, to thank him for being my hero.” | Click here to vote Select a story below to learn more about these heroes who REIGN ON. Vote for the hero you’d like to honor with naming rights to the Brickyard 400. Voting is allowed once per day and ends June 9. American Widow Project Founder Taryn DavisDavis, 27, of San Marcos, Texas, is founder and executive director of the American Widow Project. Davis was nominated by a friend for her support and encouragement for women and men who have lost loved ones through military combat and non-combat. At the age of 21, she lost her husband of just over a year during his deployment in Iraq, leaving Davis to go on living her life without him. After months of grieving, she contacted other military widows and widowers to learn how they continued living their lives while honoring their husbands’ or wives’ legacies. This began what is now the American Widow Project, a 501(c)3 non-profit organization founded in 2007 to provide military widows support by empowering, inspiring and assisting in rebuilding their lives in the face of tragedy through their peer-to-peer and educational programs. Since its founding, Davis and her team have supported more than 1,500 widows on their journeys to carry on the legacy of those they love and reclaim their own lives. Excited to share her first NASCAR experience in Indianapolis with the thousands of military widows across the country, Davis views this nomination as a true honor. | Click here to vote Gunnery Sergeant Samuel DeedsDeeds, 35, of Independence, Ky., is a retired Marine whose selfless actions saved the lives of many fellow Marines in Iraq. During his deployment in 2005, Deeds came across an improvised explosive device (IED) while setting up a vehicle checkpoint on Khandari Market Road near Abu Ghraib Prison. When he saw two of his fellow Marines approaching the area, Deeds exposed himself to the IED to warn them of danger. He was severely injured by the blast, undergoing 30-plus surgeries and procedures since then, and has received awards which include a Navy and Marine Corps Medal, Purple Heart, two Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medals, Combat Action Ribbon and Military Outstanding Volunteer Service Medal. In 2008, Deeds’ heroic instinct again kicked in when his actions saved the lives of three individuals who were caught in a rip tide off the shore of North Carolina. Deeds has been a NASCAR fan his whole life and, when he was younger, dreamed of someday working in the sport. He enjoys sharing his passion for NASCAR with his sons, two-year-old Myles and six-year-old, Micah, who goes to every race with Deeds. He is excited to experience the race weekend in Indianapolis with his wife, April, who he calls his hero for staying by his side throughout everything, and is most looking forward to taking in the rich history of the track. Deeds’ grandfather used to tell him stories about his first race, the Indianapolis 500, so to have his name on that venue would mean the world to him. | Click here to vote Deputy Marshal Stephen BradyBrady, 48, of Pleasant Lake, Ind., has humbly served the state as an EMT, firefighter and police dispatcher and is currently a deputy marshal of the Waterloo Police Department. In December 2011, while responding to an early morning call about a couple in need of help, Brady spotted a man and woman walking and called out to them. As he was standing next to his patrol car trying to converse with the couple, the man pulled out a gun and shot Brady in the face. The bullet entered the left side of his face between his eye and ear, it and exited behind his right ear. After miraculously surviving the gunshot wound, Brady was back on the streets serving his community just 11 months later and received a Purple Heart from the Police Officers Hall of Fame. Brady says of the program, “Just to be affiliated is a prestigious honor,” and looks forward to attending his home state’s NASCAR race. | Click here to vote Vote for a deserving hero Firefighter & EMT Kenneth KurthKurth, 26, of Debary, Fla., is a firefighter and paramedic for the Kissimmee Fire Department. An avid NASCAR fan, Kurth works as an EMT for every race held at Daytona International Speedway and was one of the first medical responders to report to the scene of the crash that took place at the end of the NASCAR Nationwide Series Race on February 23, 2013. After crawling through the wrecked fence, Kurth began initiating patient care by identifying those who were injured in the grandstands, assessing their needs and helping to transport them to nearby medical facilities. During his childhood, Kurth visited the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Hall of Fame Museum with his grandfather, who he considers his hero and looks forward to returning to the famed track in his honor. | Click here to vote
Later this month, the Boston-based jamtronica band Wobblesauce will be joined by a series of very special guest drummers! After releasing two new singles earlier this year, “Highway Hypnosis” and “Grawlix”, the band kicks off the release of the next two tracks off their upcoming “Obstacle Illusions: Part 1” EP with a hometown throw-down and very special “Wobble Wednesday” event at Brighton Music Hall on July 20th.For that July 20th show, as well as at F.A.R.M Fest in New Jersey on July 23rd, Mike Greenfield (drummer for such notable bands as Lotus, Electron, and Conspirator) will be playing with Wobblesauce – which oddly enough will make bassist Jake Boynton the only performer on stage not named Mike!For the other shows on the run, Dan Lyons of Horizon Wireless will be joining the band on stage on Thursday, July 21st in New Haven, CT at Pacific Standard Tavern, and Scotty Zwang of Dopapod will be joining them on July 24th in Brooklyn, NY at The Knitting Factory.Don’t miss out! More information can be found on the poster below.
Read Full Story A year after Christopher Columbus Langdell assumed the deanship of Harvard Law School in 1870 with the promise of making the school competitive and meritocratic, the first woman applied for admission.Helen Sawyer, a 27-year-old New Hampshire resident, wrote: “I trust that under the present liberal tone of Harvard, my sex will post no misfortune for me.” The Harvard Corporation debated her request over two meetings, but ultimately rejected her. For 80 years the Law School continued to bar women applicants, until, in 1950, 13 women were granted admission to Harvard Law School.In September, Harvard Law School hosted more than 600 alumnae back to campus, including several members of the pioneer class of 1953, as part of “Celebration 60,” a reunion event to mark the 60th anniversary of the first women graduates of Harvard Law School.The three-day event, which was held Sept. 27 to 29, celebrated what Dean Martha Minow described as “the smashing of the Harvard Law School tradition of exclusion.” The event was part of a worldwide women’s leadership summit of Harvard Law School alumnae, titled “Leaders for Change—Women Transforming our Communities and the World.”Read more on the Harvard Law School website.
A battle of the bagels commenced on Jan. 22 when popular chain Einstein Bros. opened a location on South Bend Avenue, just a few doors down from local establishment Studebagels. Merry Smith, owner of Studebagels, said business has held steady since Einstein Bros. opened. “It’s only been a month or so, but we really haven’t seen a difference yet,” she said. “We looked at last year’s numbers from the same time and we’re about identical.” Smith said this is not the first challenge Studebagels has experienced in 18 years of business. She said the company continues to focus on producing the best product. “There actually have been a couple of different bagel shops around, and a lot of places offer bagels, but nothing has opened this close,” Smith said. “We just roll with what we know. We try to do the best we can.” Smith said rather than view Einstein Bros. as detrimental to Studebagels’ business, she sees a chance to improve her restaurant. “I think it will make us even better. Competition is always good,” she said. “We may have to step up our game a little bit, and do some different things.” Business has started strong for Einstein Bros., owner Michael Newton said. “[Business has been] good, very good,” he said. “We have been fortunate so far. … [Notre Dame students] are a big part of our business. We look for everyone in the community, including Notre Dame students and local college students.” Einstein Bros has offered coupons on campus in addition to giving away free breakfast sandwiches for a year to their first 100 customers, Newton said. He said these promotions have helped draw students to the restaurant. “The redemption rate has been quite impressive,” Newton said. “It definitely has been nice to see the kids come in and use those coupons. I think they have been quite happy so far.” College students will remain a big part of business once the coupons expire, Newton said. He said drawing in customers initially was important to introducing the Einstein Bros. experience. “I think this was a great way to introduce ourselves to the community and say, ‘Hey, we’re in town. Why don’t you come in and let us take care of you,’” Newton said. “Hopefully they like the product and they’ll come in again, with or without a coupon.” Smith said she estimates 30 percent of Studebagels customers are Notre Dame students. In addition to a 10 percent student discount, she said the warm atmosphere of Studebagels draws the college crowd. “Some of the kids who come by at night to see the bagels made, I have become sort of their mother. I think we offer them more than just food. We bake them with love,” Smith said. “It’s not like some place else. There is only one of us.” Smith said she appreciates the interaction the Studebagels staff has with students. “We like to have them come in because we learn from them everyday,” she said. Newton said one of Einstein Bros. strongest facets is the level of commitment he and his wife Melissa, co-owner and operator, bring to the business. “I think the [goal] of every restaurant is to execute well. Not everyone does that, but we have consistent, excellent service,” he said. “We do it with a personal touch. My wife and I are in the store pretty much from open to close.” Health-conscious food is also part of Einstein Bros. appeal to college students, Newton said. “When you come into Einstein Bros., you’ll see we’re more health-oriented. We use fresh products and we bake everything on site,” he said. “We have a lot of good stuff.” Studebagels focuses on providing fresh food, with homemade bagels, cream cheese, and original recipes, Smith said. She said Studebagels is able to offer a wider variety of specialty items than Einstein Bros. “We offer a lot of things they cannot do because they are a chain,” Smith said. “We make heart bagels on Valentines Day, different colored bagels for different sporting events and different schools, some things that are just unique.” Senior Sarah Weiler, a regular Studebagels customer, said it is important to support local businesses. “As long as we have local businesses, why not support them, especially because they were here first,” she said. “It’s not the most important thing students can do, but it is probably for the better.” Senior Jessica Spiewak, who received a ticket booklet for 52 free breakfast sandwiches as one of Einstein Bros. first 100 customers, said she remains a loyal Studebagels customer. “It’s definitely a temporary thing,” she said. “I never spend any money when I go to Einstein Bros., and as soon as I run out of these coupons I will start going back to Studebagels again.” The friendly atmosphere of Studebagels is what draws college students, Weiler said. “It’s more like a coffee shop where you can sit with friends. I wouldn’t think of a chain restaurant in that way as much,” she said. “I go to Studebagels because it is fun to go and chat about the weekend and what everyone is up to.” Spiewak said as a local business, Studebagels is unparalleled in the attention to detail they bring to their food, such as the variety of bagels and rotating coffee flavors. “I think it is all the extra little touches that local businesses can add to things, unlike corporate chain-type of atmosphere,” she said. Despite what Studebagels offers, Spiewak said Einstein Bros. poses a difficult challenge for the locally owned business. “I’m kind of worried about them actually. Einstein Bros. has been pretty crowded,” she said. Spiewak said since Einstein Bros. offers free wireless Internet, many students see the restaurant as a place to enjoy a meal while working on schoolwork. “I have noticed from going to Einstein Bros. that people have been doing their homework there,” she said. “They have been hanging out, eating snacks with their computers out. I don’t feel like they do that at Studebagels.” Weiler said she is confident Studebagels’ long-standing reputation will allow its business to remain strong. “The novelty of Einstein Bros. might attract students,” she said. “Studebagels has been so popular with students for so long that they will keep going.”