Austrian journalist Sandra Bakutz finally acquitted

first_img Help by sharing this information TurkeyEurope – Central Asia April 2, 2021 Find out more April 28, 2021 Find out more Journalists threatened with imprisonment under Turkey’s terrorism law RSF_en Follow the news on Turkey June 1, 2005 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Austrian journalist Sandra Bakutz finally acquitted TurkeyEurope – Central Asia News News to go further News News Human rights groups warns European leaders before Turkey summit The Ankara court for heavy penalties today ordered Sandra Bakutz’s provisional release pending trial on 1 June. Reporters Without Borders welcomes this decision but calls for all the charges against her to be dropped. Austrian freelance journalist Sandra Bakutz, who had been facing a sentence of 10-15 years in prison on a charge of belonging to an illegal organisation, was acquitted today by the Ankara court for heavy penalties on grounds of insufficient evidence. Bakutz had been released from police custody on 30 March and allowed to return to Austria pending today’s hearing, in which the judges decided to drop all charges against her. Reporters Without Borders welcomes today’s outcome.———————————————————-30 March 2005 Ankara court frees Austrian journalist provisionally, leaves charges in placeReporters Without Borders voiced relief at an Ankara court’s decision today to provisionally free Austrian journalist Sandra Bakutz pending trial on 1 June, but urged the Turkish authorities to go one step further and drop the charges against her of belonging to an illegal organization.”This young Austrian journalist has wasted enough days in prison,” the press freedom organization said, adding, “her release should definitive instead of provisional because the authorities have failed to support the charges against her.”Today’s hearing at the Ankara court for heavy penalties began at 2 p.m. in the presence of many Turkish and Austrian journalists and a Reporters Without Borders representative. Judge Orhan Karadeniz presided.Although prosecutor Salim Demirci produced no hard evidence, the court accepted his presentation of the charges while rejecting his request for Bakutz to remain in custody. Speaking in German, Bakutz rejected all the charges. She was defended by more than 20 lawyers.A reporter for Austrian radio station Orange 94.0 and the German weekly Junge Welt, Bakutz was arrested on her arrival at Istanbul’s Atatürk airport on 10 February on a charge of “belonging to an illegal organization.” She was transferred to the Pasakapisi detention centre in Istanbul on 16 February and from there to Gebze prison, 50 km to the south. Finally, on 1 March, she was transferred to Ulucanlar prison in Ankara, where she remained until today’s hearing.There will no restrictions on Bakutz’s movement while she awaits trial on 1 June. She still faces the possibility of a prison sentence of 10 to 15 years. Organisation Turkey’s never-ending judicial persecution of former newspaper editor April 2, 2021 Find out more Receive email alertslast_img read more

The Langham Participates in Pasadena’s Bike to Work Week

first_imgcenter column 4 The Langham Participates in Pasadena’s Bike to Work Week From STAFF REPORTS Published on Friday, May 10, 2013 | 12:35 pm EVENTS & ENTERTAINMENT | FOOD & DRINK | THE ARTS | REAL ESTATE | HOME & GARDEN | WELLNESS | SOCIAL SCENE | GETAWAYS | PARENTS & KIDS The Langham Huntington, Pasadena is participating in Pasadena Bike Week (May 13-18), encouraging employees to leave their cars at home and ride their bicycles to work. The hotel will provide its employees with bicycle routes and metro line time tables to encourage commuting via bicycle and public transportation, and it will distribute bicycle repair kits and safety tips for those colleagues who participate. Additionally, to encourage more bicycle riders, the hotel will conduct a raffle at the end of the week for those who ride their bikes to work and the winner will receive $200!The Langham Huntington, Pasadena will also be an official “pit stop” for bicyclists on Thursday, May 16 from 8:30 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. There will be a booth in front of the hotel offering refreshments such as water, coffee, cookies, granola bars and fruit, and the hotel will also give out bicycle repair kits and safety information to bicyclists.Pasadena’s Bike Week,, is an annual week-long celebration of all things bicycle co-sponsored by the City and CICLE (Cyclists Inciting Change thru Live Exchange (CICLE) as a safe, sustainable way to get around town.For more information about The Langham Huntington, Pasadena, please visit or dial (626) 568 3900. Pasadena Will Allow Vaccinated People to Go Without Masks in Most Settings Starting on Tuesday HerbeautyStop Eating Read Meat (Before It’s Too Late)HerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty18 Ways To Get Rid Of HiccupsHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyTop 9 Predicted Haircut Trends Of 2020HerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty8 Celebrities People Don’t Love AnymoreHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyBohemian Summer: How To Wear The Boho Trend RightHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyJennifer Lopez And Alex Rodriguez’s Wedding DelayedHerbeautyHerbeauty Community News Pasadena’s ‘626 Day’ Aims to Celebrate City, Boost Local Economy Make a comment More Cool Stuff Top of the News Get our daily Pasadena newspaper in your email box. Free.Get all the latest Pasadena news, more than 10 fresh stories daily, 7 days a week at 7 a.m.center_img First Heatwave Expected Next Week Name (required)  Mail (required) (not be published)  Website  19 recommended0 commentsShareShareTweetSharePin it faithfernandez More » ShareTweetShare on Google+Pin on PinterestSend with WhatsApp,Virtual Schools PasadenaHomes Solve Community/Gov/Pub SafetyPASADENA EVENTS & ACTIVITIES CALENDARClick here for Movie Showtimes Community News Business News Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked * Subscribe Home of the Week: Unique Pasadena Home Located on Madeline Drive, Pasadenalast_img read more

Ireland’s cheapest hotels are in Limerick

first_imgFacebook NewsLocal NewsIreland’s cheapest hotels are in LimerickBy admin – September 14, 2011 718 Advertisement Twitter WhatsApp LIMERICK is once again the most affordable destination in the country for hotel rooms, a survey has revealed. The average nightly price for a hotel room in the city is €63 and there was no change in price in the first six months of the year, according to Hotel Price Index. On a national level, Irish hotel room prices rose 2% in the first six months of 2011, the first time they have risen in three years, indicating signs of recovery in the market.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up Prior to this, hotel rates had fallen some 35% in the past three years.The average hotel room rate in Ireland is now €81 per night, compared to €79 for the same period last year.Wexford joined Killarney as the most expensive destination in Ireland, despite price drops of 5% and 15% respectively, at a cost of €104 per night.Ireland faired well on an international scale, with Dublin now the cheapest capital city for hotel stays in Western Europe, at €73 per night, compared to €249 in Geneva, the most expensive location.center_img Linkedin Email Print Previous articleJailed for possession of xanax tabletsNext articleNew funding for Limerick sports adminlast_img read more

Mixed Reaction to Mc Daid’s resignation

first_imgNewsx Adverts WhatsApp Twitter Calls for maternity restrictions to be lifted at LUH Previous articleDr James McDaid comments exclusively on his resignationNext articleSearch for missing fisherman suspended News Highland The resignation of Donegal North East TD Dr James Mc Daid continues to dominate news both locally and nationally this evening following this morning’s shock announcement. Today’s events moved speedily. Rumours began circulating this morning that Dr James Mc Daid was resigning from Dail Eireann, and just after half past two this afternoon, Ceann Comhairle Seamus Kirk made it official.Dr Mc Daid says he hopes his resignation will expedite a general election. In a letter to the Taoiseach Brian Cowen last week, Dr McDaid called for an election before the budget, saying he believes a strong government with a large majority is needed. That’s a point he echoed on today’s Shaun Doherty Show.Tanaiste and Donegal South West Deputy Mary Coughlan says while she and the government regret Dr Mc Daid’s decision, they don’t accept his assertion that an immediate election is necessary.Ms Coughlan says Dr Mc Daid’s aspiration of a government with a 20 to 30 seat majority is not achievable.Meanwhile, Chief Whip John Curran says the govenrment has enough support to get the budget passed, and was not relying on Dr Mc Daid. He says while Dr Mc Daid has supported the government, his vote was not taken for granted.One of the first politicians to pay tribute to Dr Mc Daid this morning was Donegal North East Fianna Fail Deputy Niall Blaney, whose relationship with Dr Mc Daid has been strained since the amalgamation of Fianna Fail and Independent Fianna Fail.Deputy Blaney admits they have not always seen eye to eye, but says he has always respected the contribution that James Mc Daid has made to politics in Donegal.The other TD in Donegal North East is Fine Gael’s Joe Mc Hugh – He says having attended a meeting with Dr.McDaid last night, he’s shocked at today’s announcement.Inevitable, this decision will raise questions about a By-Election in Donegal North East, and who may represent Fianna Fail in a future poll.One possible candidate will be Senator Cecilia Keavney, who lost her Dail seat in 2007.However, she’s declining to comment on whether she will seek a nomination, saying today is a day to reflect on Dr Mc Daid’s achievements. She says she was first elected to the Dail in a By-Election in 1996, and Dr Mc Daid was instrumental in securing her election.Report by Donal Kavanagh[podcast][/podcast] Facebook Google+ Twitter RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR By News Highland – November 2, 2010 Pinterestcenter_img Google+ LUH system challenged by however, work to reduce risk to patients ongoing – Dr Hamilton WhatsApp Pinterest Guidelines for reopening of hospitality sector published Facebook Mixed Reaction to Mc Daid’s resignation Almost 10,000 appointments cancelled in Saolta Hospital Group this week Business Matters Ep 45 – Boyd Robinson, Annette Houston & Michael Margey Need for issues with Mica redress scheme to be addressed raised in Seanad alsolast_img read more

Pringle labels Leo Varadkar ‘Trump-like’ for response to NPHET

first_img Derry draw with Pats: Higgins & Thomson Reaction Donegal Deputy Thomas Pringle has labelled Leo Varadkar ‘Trump-like’ for his response to NPHET’s request to move to level five restrictions.It’s after the Tánaiste told his Parliamentary Party that a move to level five couldn’t be ruled out in future.The government rejected NPHET’s advice with Leo Varadkar highly critical of their decision making process.Deputy Pringle accused the Tánaiste of playing politics with the issue:Audio Player Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. Journey home will be easier – Paul Hegarty News, Sport and Obituaries on Monday May 24th WhatsApp DL Debate – 24/05/21 Pinterest WhatsApp RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Twitter Twitter Google+center_img FT Report: Derry City 2 St Pats 2 AudioHomepage BannerNews Pringle labels Leo Varadkar ‘Trump-like’ for response to NPHET Pinterest By News Highland – October 7, 2020 Harps come back to win in Waterford Google+ Previous articleCPA ask GAA to allow clubs finish seasonNext articleCovid hits Fermanagh squad News Highland Facebook Facebooklast_img read more

Donegal fish exporter named on latest Revenue defaulters list

first_img Renewed calls for full-time Garda in Kilmacrennan Facebook Google+ Community Enhancement Programme open for applications Pinterest By News Highland – September 10, 2019 Pinterest WhatsApp Arranmore progress and potential flagged as population grows Publicans in Republic watching closely as North reopens further RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Twittercenter_img Nine til Noon Show – Listen back to Monday’s Programme Twitter Loganair’s new Derry – Liverpool air service takes off from CODA Google+ Previous articleLarge Donegal contingent in Ulster/Connacht squadNext articleCommercial premises in Sion Mills broken into overnight News Highland Facebook A Donegal fish exporter has been named on the latest tax defaulters list.Revenue says 43 settlements were made in April, May and June – and over 6 and a half million remained unpaid as of June 30th.Neil O’Donnell, Fair Hill, Dungloe paid over €155,000 in tax, interest, and penalties for non-declaration of income tax. WhatsApp Donegal fish exporter named on latest Revenue defaulters list Homepage BannerNewslast_img read more

Surf from Cristobal Expected to Arrive on Wednesday

first_imgWinds from Hurricane Cristobal topped 80 mph on Tuesday night as the storm passed between Bermuda and the Southeast United States on its journey over the open water of the Atlantic Ocean.Ocean City will not see wind, rain or clouds from the distant storm, but as it gathers strength over the next 48 hours, Cristobal is expected to generate increased surf that will reach the island starting on Wednesday afternoon and peaking on Thursday morning at 5 to 7 feet, according to most local surf reports..With the waves hitting the island, strong currents in the surf will increase dramatically, and swimmers will be urged to swim only at beaches protected by the Ocean City Beach Patrol between 9:30 a.m and 5 p.m.The effects of Cristobal will fade by Friday and be gone by the weekend.Local winds for Wednesday afternoon will be steady out of the south, and the marine forecast for Thursday morning calls for favorable offshore (northwest) winds that will create good conditions for surfers.The ocean water temperature is 77 degrees, and low tide on the ocean side of Ocean City comes at 3:17 p.m. on Wednesday.Cristobal is the third named storm of the 2014 hurricane season.__________Sign up for OCNJ Daily’s free newsletter and breaking news alerts“Like” us on Facebooklast_img read more

“Dancing For Hailey” Raising Thousands For Kids With Cancer

first_imgRandazzo’s Family Restaurant at 34th Street in Ocean City helps raise funds for “Dancing For Hailey” over Memorial Day weekend. (Photo courtesy Dana Linthicum) By Maddy Vitale Hailey Parker was a little girl who loved to dance. She loved ice cream. She loved amusement rides. Above all, she loved her family and friends.In 2015, after a courageous fight, she lost her battle with brain cancer at age 11.Those dear to her, and even hundreds of others who didn’t even know her, will celebrate her life and her strength and hope to make a difference for others who suffer from pediatric cancer during “Dancing For Hailey,” a block party with music, food and demonstrations to raise money for pediatric cancer.Hailey Parker with her dog. (Hailey Parker Facebook Page)The fundraiser, in its fourth year, will be held Saturday, June 9, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Eighth Street between Ocean and Wesley avenues in front of The Dance Place, 618 East Eighth Street in Ocean City.“Dancing For Hailey” was created by Hailey’s mother, Kim Parker, of Newtown Square, Pa., and Dana Linthicum, of Ocean City, who is the chairwoman of the event committee.Proceeds will go to Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation, a national childhood cancer foundation dedicated to raising funds for research into new treatments and cures for all children battling cancer.“It is a super fun day to celebrate all the things that Hailey loved,” Linthicum said. “She loved her family. She loved ice cream and dancing and being with her friends. She loved the rides and being outside in the sunshine. What could be more fun?”Hundreds of children and their families came out for “Dancing For Hailey” in 2018. (Photo by Kerri J Photography)During the fundraiser, there will be a dance party with a DJ, frozen treats, a silent auction of goods and services, face painting, pizza, snow cones, and other goodies donated by local businesses. An array of merchant tables with cool items for purchase from jewelry to custom made T-shirts will also line the streets.Members of the Ocean City Fire Department will give demonstrations and the Ocean City Nor’easters soccer team will add excitement to the event. Afterwards, anyone who purchases wrist bracelets will receive one hour of free rides at Playland’s Castaway Cove from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m.Over the last three years, the “Dancing For Hailey” events have raised more than $52,000. And like years past, local businesses and homes in Ocean City raise funds over the Memorial Day weekend in partnership with Alex’s Lemonade Stands for Hailey’s event.Kids help out at an Alex’s Lemonade Stand for Hailey Parker at Local Gym on Asbury Avenue on Saturday.Over Memorial Day weekend, stands were set up at locations throughout the resort. Acme at Eighth Street, Randazzo’s Family Restaurant at 34th Street, Local Gym on Asbury Avenue and a host of residents shared in the generous activity to raise money for Hailey’s event.Linthicum said close to $2,000 was raised this year from the lemonade stands, and the number was growing Sunday afternoon.“Every dollar makes a difference. I don’t like to put a financial goal because any money we raise is greatly appreciated,” she said. “If we hit certain goals, that is great.”Linthicum said the fundraiser wouldn’t be possible without the help of about 13 other volunteers on the committee. She also said there is an outpouring of assistance by the community.“Tons of people help out the day of the event,” Linthicum stressed. “Altogether, there are a lot of people working on it and contribute their time.”Lifelong friends Kim Parker, left, Hailey’s mom, and Dana Linthicum started “Dancing For Hailey” four years ago.Kim Parker, who is married and has a young son, and Linthicum, a married mother of two young girls, met in Ocean City as summer residents when they were young girls. They remained close.While Hailey lived in Newtown Square, Pa., she loved Ocean City and visited her grandparents in the resort every summer.Parker remarked, with a tear in her eye during the block party in her daughter’s honor last year, that it truly touched her how the community showed such compassion and generosity to help keep Hailey’s memory alive and contribute to a cause for children battling cancer.Even as Hailey was fighting for her own life, she raised $527 with friends and cousins at front yard lemonade stands and gave the funds to Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation.Dancing was just one of many fun things to do at the 2018 fundraiser in Hailey’s honor.By holding the fundraiser, it is a way to carry on what Hailey started, spreading awareness of the need to donate to causes for childhood cancer research.This year, however, Parker also wants some of the money from the June fundraiser to go to an adult.Joy Geller, an Ocean City married mother of young children, who is battling breast cancer, will receive some of the proceeds.“Kim (Parker) wanted to make a donation to her,” Linthicum said. “The Gellers have always been big supporters of this event and so, at Kim’s request, we will be giving to Joy’s GoFundMe page as Joy fights her fight.”For more information, email [email protected] or visit the “Fight Like Hail” Facebook page in Hailey Parker’s honor or Geller, of Ocean City, with her family. She is battling breast cancer. (photo credit Joy Gellar GoFundMe page)last_img read more

Bypassing the Bible

first_imgFor years, Diane Moore and her students have debated the implications of landmark Supreme Court decisions in her “Religion, Democracy, and Education” course at Harvard Divinity School (HDS). But they rarely get to dig past the scholarship to the actual names attached to those decisions — people like Ellery Schempp, a freethinking 16-year-old who, more than 50 years ago, decided to protest his suburban Pennsylvania high school’s mandatory daily Bible readings.As it turns out, Schempp, now 72, has been happily residing just a few miles away, in Medford, for the past 20 years. On Wednesday, he made the quick trip to the Center for the Study of World Religions to talk about his experiences as one of the last living symbols of a series of Supreme Court cases that banned state-sponsored displays of faith in public schools.“There are very few people who have won a Supreme Court case about First Amendment topics who come to Harvard Divinity School, and most of us are dead,” Schempp told his audience with characteristic bluntness.Schempp’s case, Abington School District v. Schempp (1963), effectively overturned laws in more than 30 states that endorsed or required Bible readings in public schools. Most of those laws were relics of late-19th-century anti-Catholic sentiment (Bible reading by lay people, such as teachers, was at the time a Protestant practice) and had gone largely unchallenged. But at the dawn of the 1960s, as the McCarthy era was ending and the Civil Rights Movement was beginning, cases like Schempp’s found their historical moment, said Moore, a senior lecturer in religious studies and education at HDS.“There was the sense of recognition that diversity in our country was a really important thing,” Moore said. And nowhere was the debate over religious expression more contentious than in America’s public schools. “Schools are representative of the values of a given society,” she said. “They’re symbolically, but also pragmatically, creators of and responders to our cultural values.”“There are very few people who have won a Supreme Court case about First Amendment topics who come to Harvard Divinity School, and most of us are dead,” Schempp told his audience with characteristic bluntness.One day in 1956, Schempp, who was raised a Unitarian Universalist, brought a Quran into the classroom and read it quietly during his class’s mandatory reading of 10 biblical verses.“I wanted to show that the Bible is not the only source of truth and not the only holy book,” he said. “But the Quran was really by accident. One of my friend’s fathers had a copy of it in his library.”After being sent to the principal’s office and then to a guidance counselor (who wondered if he had problems with paternal authority), Schempp wrote a letter to the American Civil Liberties Union, which eventually took up his case. Driving him, he said, was a teenage sense of injustice: It didn’t seem fair that his Jewish and Catholic friends would be deemed problematic students or less patriotic citizens for failing to adhere to the Protestant faith that his school endorsed.“The court’s decisions reaffirmed that our founders were confident that you do not have to belong to a church or participate in public prayers in order to be a good citizen and a good person,” he said.For an outspoken skeptic of theistic beliefs, Schempp is surprisingly amenable to organized religion. A retired physicist, he is an active member in a Unitarian Universalist congregation in nearby Bedford.“I think there’s a place for celebration and ceremonies,” he said after his talk. “And I wouldn’t call it worship — we don’t worship — but it’s nice to get together with friends to share ideas. I even like singing hymns.”Other First Amendment advocates from Schempp’s era weren’t as lucky. He told the audience of Madalyn Murray O’Hair, an outspoken atheist and controversial public figure whose case, Murray v. Curtlett, was consolidated with Schempp’s when it went before the Supreme Court.While Schempp’s family only endured minor harassment from their community — Schempp’s principal went out of his way to write “letters of dis-recommendation” to every college to which he applied, he recalled — Murray O’Hair’s family “suffered horribly.”“She was an atheist, but she was also a woman atheist,” Schempp said. “Women have so often been regarded as the repositories of faith that for her to be an atheist was a double whammy.”In 1964, Time magazine dubbed Murray O’Hair “the most hated woman in America.” Her children were beaten up; her house was firebombed. In response, the fire department responders took a “particularly circuitous route” that took them 40 minutes to get to the scene, according to Schempp.“The whole community of Baltimore rose up, pretty much in one voice, against her,” Schempp said. In 1995, Murray O’Hair, one of her sons, and her granddaughter were murdered. (In a curious quirk of American religious history, Murray O’Hair’s other son, William — on whose behalf she had brought her original lawsuit arguing against enforced Bible reading in Baltimore public schools — went on to become an evangelical Baptist preacher.)For Moore’s class, the talk provided a lesson in the burden of public scrutiny that is sometimes borne by individuals who are swept up in high-profile cases. That is important to remember, because the “global trend to regulate belief” continues, said Nate Walker, a student in Moore’s class and a Unitarian minister, who had invited Schempp to speak. Earlier this year, the Kuwaiti parliament passed a law allowing the death penalty for the crime of insulting God, the prophet Muhammad, his wives, or the Quran. In Indonesia, a man faces 11 years in prison for posting “God doesn’t exist” on Facebook.“Throughout the world, governments are struggling to define when and where to grant religious freedom, to whom, and based on what rationale,” Walker said.Indeed, even in the United States, believers and nonbelievers continue to battle over where to draw the line between acceptable expressions of faith and unacceptable religious coercion in public schools, Schempp said.“One of the things that’s so disappointing to me is that 50 years after the Supreme Court decision, we’re still fighting some of the same battles,” Schempp said. “You’d have thought they would’ve abated by now.”last_img read more

Elizabeth Ashley & Byron Jennings Join You Can’t Take It With You

first_img You Can’t Take It With You Ashley won a Tony for her performance in Take Her, She’s Mine and received additional nominations for Barefoot in the Park and Cat on a Hot Tin Roof. Her other Broadway credits include The Best Man (both in 2012 and 2000), August: Osage County, Dividing the Estate and Enchanted April. She received an Emmy nod for Evening Shade. Jennings has appeared on Broadway in shows including Macbeth, Arcadia, The Merchant of Venice, Inherit the Wind, Heartbreak House, Twelve Angry Men and The Man Who Came to Dinner. His screen credits include Lincoln, Julie & Julia and A Time to Kill. Show Closed This production ended its run on Feb. 22, 2015 View Comments Star Files Additional cast members include Mark Linn-Baker, Reg Rogers, Crystal A. Dickinson, Marc Damon Johnson and Patrick Kerr.center_img Tony winner Elizabeth Ashley and Byron Jennings are set for the Broadway revival of Moss Hart and George S. Kaufman’s You Can’t Take It With You. The two join a cast that includes the previously announced James Earl Jones and Kristine Nielsen, as well as Rose Byrne and Annaleigh Ashford. Ashley will assume the role of The Grand Duchess Olga and Jennings will play Mr. Kirby. Performances will begin on August 26 at the Longacre Theatre. Opening night is set for September 28. Related Shows The Pulitzer Prize-winning You Can’t Take It With You introduces audiences to the freethinking Sycamore family and the mayhem that ensues when their daughter’s fiancé brings his conservative, straight-laced parents to dinner on the wrong night. The show debuted at the Booth Theatre in 1936 and was last revived on Broadway in 1983. The new production is directed by Scott Ellis and will feature original music by Jason Robert Brown. Elizabeth Ashleylast_img read more