June 12

Woman reporter still held in Luhansk after six months

first_img Crimean journalist “confesses” to spying for Ukraine on Russian TV Organisation Help by sharing this information to go further UkraineEurope – Central Asia News RSF_en September 7, 2020 Find out more February 26, 2021 Find out more Receive email alerts July 9, 2015 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Woman reporter still held in Luhansk after six monthscenter_img Ukrainian media group harassed by broadcasting authority Reporters Without Borders condemns the continuing detention of Maria Varfolomeyeva, a young woman journalist who was arrested in Luhansk six months ago today by the authorities of the self-proclaimed Luhansk People’s Republic (LPR).Arrested while taking photos of an apartment block on 9 January, she was accused of helping the Ukrainian armed forces to improve the accuracy of their artillery bombardments and of spying for the Ukrainian ultra-nationalist group Pravy Sektor.Her separatist captors subjected her to series of carefully staged and videoed “interrogations,” in which she could often be seen sobbing, and then “sentenced” her to 15 years in prison.“Maria Varfolomeyeva’s prolonged arbitrary detention is completely unacceptable,” said Johann Bihr, the head of the Reporters Without Borders Eastern Europe and Central Asia desk.“Arrested for taking photos, this journalist has been subjected to intense psychological pressure and then tried and convicted in a completely illegal manner. We call on Luhansk’s self-proclaimed authorities to free her at once.”A Luhansk native, Varfolomeyeva worked for the local news website Svobodny Reporter. She also often worked as a fixer for various national media, including Hromadske TV. Despite the fighting, she stayed in Luhansk to help her grandmother, who unable to leave because of her physical condition. Follow the news on Ukraine March 26, 2021 Find out more UkraineEurope – Central Asia News News Ukraine escalates “information war” by banning three pro-Kremlin media Newslast_img read more

May 27

Priest calls for talks with dissident republicans

first_img Facebook Man arrested in Derry on suspicion of drugs and criminal property offences released Google+ RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Twitter Dail hears questions over design, funding and operation of Mica redress scheme Facebook Twitter WhatsApp News Pinterest Dail to vote later on extending emergency Covid powerscenter_img Minister McConalogue says he is working to improve fishing quota Google+ 70% of Cllrs nationwide threatened, harassed and intimidated over past 3 years – Report By News Highland – September 1, 2010 Need for issues with Mica redress scheme to be addressed raised in Seanad also A Catholic priest in Derry has made a call  for talks with dissident republicans to begin.Father Paddy O’Kane, from the Holy Family church, said if the groups rejected dialogue then they should be “pushed to the margins of society'”.Father O’Kane also called for Oglaigh na hEireann, the group which claimed responsibility for the bomb attack on the Strand Road police station in Derry on 3 August, to explain their actions.[podcast]http://www.highlandradio.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/09/frpat1pm.mp3[/podcast] WhatsApp Priest calls for talks with dissident republicans Pinterest Previous articleShots fired at house in DerryNext articleDonegal Holiday Hooley Show August 2010 News Highland last_img read more

May 25

Carers left “out in the cold” in HSE Winter Plan – Claim

first_img Facebook Twitter By News Highland – September 26, 2020 The HSE’s being accused of leaving carers ‘out in the cold’ with it’s 600 million euro Winter Plan.A group representing carers and people with disabilities, says people are suffering in isolation and carers are at risk of burning out – unless respite and adult day services reopen.Linda Comerford is a Spokesperson for ‘Enough is Enough’ – she says the lack of respite provision in the plan is bitterly disappointing………..Audio Playerhttps://www.highlandradio.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/09/lindacarers.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. Twitter AudioHomepage BannerNews News, Sport and Obituaries on Monday May 24th Arranmore progress and potential flagged as population grows Google+ Pinterest Facebook DL Debate – 24/05/21 center_img RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Carers left “out in the cold” in HSE Winter Plan – Claim Previous articleLifford coffee shop manager says the mood in the area has changedNext articleNew pop-up test centre opening in Donegal Town News Highland Pinterest Important message for people attending LUH’s INR clinic Loganair’s new Derry – Liverpool air service takes off from CODA Google+ WhatsApp FT Report: Derry City 2 St Pats 2 WhatsApplast_img read more

May 18

Mother charged with manslaughter after 1-year-old dies in hot car

first_imgSeminole County Sheriffs Office(SEMINOLE COUNTY, Fla.) — The mother of a 1-year-old found dead after being left in a hot car all day has been charged with negligent manslaughter, authorities in Florida said Saturday.Kailyn Pollard, 29, was arrested on Friday hours after police in Seminole County said they were investigating the infant’s death. She made her first court appearance on Saturday.Pollard’s daughter was found at a Wawa gas station in Sanford, Florida, at about 4:40 p.m. on Friday, the Seminole County Sheriff’s Department said.According to an arrest report obtained by Orlando ABC affiliate WFTV, Pollard apparently forgot to drop her daughter off at day care before showing up to work at 8:30 a.m. The child remained in the car all day until Pollard left at about 4 p.m.The mother drove to Olive Garden to pick up dinner and then stopped for gas when she realized her daughter was in the rear-facing car seat in the back, according to the arrest report.The child was already dead when authorities arrived at the gas station, police said.Pollard was released from jail on $20,000 bond, according to WFTV, and will be back in court on Oct. 23.The high temperature in Sanford on Friday was 94 degrees, according to the National Weather Service.The child was one of two found dead in a hot car in central Florida on Friday, according to WFTV.Another child was found in a hot car in Orlando at about 2 p.m. on Friday and taken to Arnold Palmer Hospital where he was pronounced dead. No charges have been filed in that case.Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

May 7

Boomin founder – Rightmove dominance is ‘not healthy’ for property industry

first_imgBoomin founder Michael Bruce has launched a forensic attack on rival Rightmove, criticising its huge profits, lack of tech investment and unhealthy dominance of the property portal market.Bruce has made the comments on the morning that the portal reveals its latest results, claiming that its shareholders will be delighted by the firm’s return to ‘business as usual’ following its fees suspension, which ended in October.As The Neg reported recently, Rightmove has returned to increasing its monthly fees even though, Bruce claims, its agents face a choppy business environment this year as the stamp duty holiday ends and the real state of the economy is revealed post-Covid.“The property portal market has been broken for the past decade, lacking meaningful competition,” he says in an open letter.“Rightmove is an example of market failure. By its own admission it has a market share approaching 90%. Impressive? The consequences for now and into the future are anything but.“And Rightmove’s profits don’t reflect the housing market. Between 2008 and 2019 the volume of annual housing transactions has fallen 27% – while their average estate agent customer has been hit with fee hikes totalling some 350%.”Bruce also blasts Rightmove for its lack of investment in new tech; £14 million over the past decade while at the same time making a profit of £1.3 billion.Bruce claims that without ‘meaningful competition’ – a sideswipe at Zoopla and OTM – Rightmove will continue to increase its fees.“Continuous innovation and fair competition are essential for any properly functioning market and for the good of the estate agency industry that we all serve,” he says, claiming – unsurprisingly – that Boomin has the marketing and financial muscle to take on Rightmove.Boomin Purplebricks Michael Bruce OTM Zoopla February 26, 2021Nigel LewisOne commentCuan Ryan, Butler Sherborn Butler Sherborn 26th February 2021 at 9:43 amI’m pretty sure my view will be unpopular but I am a fan of Rightmove, not because they are startlingly advanced with their technology and not because they appear to be greedy ‘bar-stewards’ but because they fought their way to the top and could lay claim to carrying circa 96% of all available UK property. Before the dominance of Rightmove there was no single place to show a client’s property where you could be sure that it would/should be seen by almost all currently active buyers – there were endless sites/portals offered by newspapers and others, all wanting hefty payment and not producing the goods – the only option was to advertise property on a wide range of sites in the hope of getting the coverage. The recent anti-Rightmove movement with every man and his dog now claiming to be setting up the best ever property portal is going to take us back to where we were 20 years ago – a large number of Wannabe property portals offering discounts, claiming the earth and not delivering. They may all be infinitely more sophisticated than the current leading portals but until the public adopts one as their ‘go to’ property search portal, agents will be left wandering which way to turn, spreading themselves thin as they try to back a number of ‘horses’. If and when a winner emerges we will all breathe a sigh of relief as the winner ups their charges and becomes every bit as greedy as the current market leaders.Log in to ReplyWhat’s your opinion? Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.Please note: This is a site for professional discussion. Comments will carry your full name and company.This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.Related articles BREAKING: Evictions paperwork must now include ‘breathing space’ scheme details30th April 2021 City dwellers most satisfied with where they live30th April 2021 Hong Kong remains most expensive city to rent with London in 4th place30th April 2021 Home » News » Marketing » Boomin founder – Rightmove dominance is ‘not healthy’ for property industry previous nextMarketingBoomin founder – Rightmove dominance is ‘not healthy’ for property industryIndustry’s marmite figure Michael Bruce claims only his platform has the financial and marketing muscle to prise consumers away from Rightmove.Nigel Lewis26th February 20211 Comment756 Viewslast_img read more

May 3

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: IT’S BAIT AND SWITCH

first_imgFacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailShare LETTER TO THE EDITOR:  IT’S BAIT AND SWITCH BY PASTOR STEVE ARYSomeone from the audience at City Council last night shouted what was probably the best summary of the evening and on everyone’s minds concerning the downtown hotel when they shouted, “It’s Bait and Switch!!” Unfortunately, the microphones did not seem to pick up when they shouted this, but it is exactly what has taken place.Councilman Dan McGinn stated that we should just move forward with the current plan because if we continue to deliberate on the unapproved changes made to the hotel plans the property still sits without collecting finances for our city.I say, if this “Bait and Switch” method is the deception our city accepts, then those who get away with it will continue to do so in every area they can as has already been the case. And since this has been the case so long, it doesn’t matter if the property is collecting money for the city because at the rate we’ve been going the city will never see the money anyway if those in power continue to squander the money and skim off the top with the same shell game of find the missing money.Again, the rich keep getting richer.Meanwhile, the city admits they have no additional plan for the 20,000 Evansvillians who will be jobless and foodless starting in October of this year. They hope congress doesn’t cut their funding, but current funding for the homeless and impoverished is not nearly enough. Many homeless cannot even get into a shelter because they are already so full that there’s not even a bed on which to sleep.If the money in this city was being used properly we wouldn’t be arguing over “Hotel Bait ‘N’ Switch,” and trying to find where missing money went, or why someone made $55,000 off an vacant building and parking lot, but rather it would be finding new solutions for the growing population of the impoverished and homeless in this city.That’s my take.God bless,PASTOR STEVE ARYlast_img read more

May 2

Ocean City Welcomes Big Crowds for New Year’s Eve Celebration

first_imgBy Donald WittkowskiFor Ryan Kelly, New Year’s Eve 2017 will always be magical.The 7-year-old boy from Harleysville, Pa., was pulled from the audience by illusionist Anthony Salazar and suddenly found himself on stage at the Ocean City Music Pier in the middle of some jaw-dropping magic tricks.Salazar delighted the crowd by plucking large silver coins out of Ryan’s hair, ears and nose. Ryan seemed spellbound by the illusionist’s sleight of hand, breaking into a smile as each coin magically appeared and then fell into a tin cup with a distinctive clink-clink-clink sound.“At first, I was scared. But it was fun when all of those coins came out of my hair, nose and ears,” Ryan said after leaving the stage amid cheers and applause from the audience. He held a magic wand given to him by Salazar as a keepsake.Ryan Kelly, 7, helps illusionist Anthony Salazar perform a magic trick during a show at the Music Pier.The magic act was among an array of family-friendly shows, concerts and other entertainment at 20 different venues scattered across town during Ocean City’s 21st annual First Night celebration. Tens of thousands of visitors poured into the city for an alcohol-free New Year’s Eve celebration. However, the midnight fireworks display that was supposed to officially usher in 2017 was canceled due to high winds.Michele Gillian, executive director of the Greater Ocean City Chamber of Commerce, said the holiday is shaping up as a blockbuster weekend. All 10,000 admission buttons for the First Night events were sold out, hotels were packed and restaurants were expecting to do brisk business, she noted.“If you look downtown, it’s almost like a summer day with all the traffic on the street,” Gillian said of the crowds. “We know that they’re here because they love Ocean City’s family entertainment.”Gillian estimated that 20,000 to 30,000 people would be in town for the holiday weekend. The festivities will continue on New Year’s Day, with a 5K run on the Boardwalk and local streets and the annual First Dip plunge in the nippy surf.A big, inflatable slide inside the Sports and Civic Center was one of the popular attractions for children.Despite a chilly breeze and temperatures hovering in the low 40s, there were big crowds on the Boardwalk and at other outdoor venues for New Year’s Eve. A paved area outside the Sports and Civic Center at Sixth Street and the Boardwalk was transformed into a skating rink with the help of some artificial ice.“It’s pretty cool. It’s not real ice, but it’s still a lot of fun,” Carter Reilly, an 11-year-old from Mount Laurel, said after gliding around the rink a few times.Carter’s grandfather, Jack Healy, of Marlton, said four generations of his family came to Ocean City to enjoy the holiday celebration. Their family has a summer home in Ocean City on Haven Avenue.Healy and his four grandchildren had planned on having a busy evening, starting with a trip to the skating rink.“Next, we’re going to play at a bounce house, then we’re going to see someone sing, then we’re going to have dinner. After that, we’re going to swim at a pool,” Carter said.Although the area outside the Sports and Civic Center was converted into an ice-skating rink, the inside of the building was turned into a children’s playground featuring inflatable slides, a bounce house, an obstacle course and some basketball hoops.The Street family, of York, Pa., enjoyed the amusement rides inside the Sports and Civic Center.Hydee and Keith Street, of York, Pa., watched as their 7-year-old son, Liam, and 6-year-old twin daughters, Skylar and Gemma, played on the amusements.“This is our first time for the First Night celebration. We wanted to do something fun to ring in the New Year,” said Hydee Street, whose parents have a summer home in Ocean City.All three of her children clamored to play on the rides, but they also wanted to see the magic show at the Music Pier and a Little Red Riding Hood play.The towering Ferris wheel at Gillian’s Wonderland Pier lit up the night.Many other families took to the Boardwalk to enjoy the amusements, including the rides at Gillian’s Wonderland Pier. Gillian’s towering Ferris wheel, illuminated in bright lights for the holiday, was visible for miles.Waverly Dunn, just 3 years old, had a thrilling time on Gillian’s kiddie roller-coaster. Her mother, Christine Dunn, asked her daughter how she liked the ride.“Was it fun?” Dunn said.“Yeah,” Waverly replied, laughing.Dunn, of Ocean City, said she brought her three children to the First Night celebration because it is one of the few places where she can take her entire family out on New Year’s Eve.“It has something for people of all ages,” she said. “You can spend the entire night with your family. There aren’t many places where you can do that.”First Night was conceived 21 years ago by Ocean City’s publicist Mark Soifer, who closed out his illustrious 45-year career with his retirement on New Year’s Eve. In his last official act as public relations director, the 84-year-old Soifer cut the ceremonial ribbon to kick off the First Night festivities.Mark Soifer, Ocean City’s retiring public relations director, was joined by Martin Z. Mollusk, one of the characters he created during his 45-year career.Soifer didn’t let a broken hip, suffered in a recent fall at his home, prevent him from appearing at the ceremony. He was in a wheelchair because of his injury. He bade an emotional final farewell to city officials and the public.“On a scale from one to 10, it was a 10. It was very important to be here,” Soifer said in an interview. “I wanted to be here to finish up my career.”Soifer was the creator of a series of wacky publicity events that draw scores of visitors to town each year. They include Martin Z. Mollusk Day, the Miss Crustacean Contest, the Doo Dah Parade and the Quiet Festival.“No one has done more to put this city on the map than Mark. No one,” said Soifer’s long-time friend, Norm Schaut, 84, a former Ocean City resident who now lives in Linwood. A skating rink made of artificial ice was one of the highlights during the First Night celebration on New Year’s Eve in 2017.last_img read more

May 2

Seller’s Market in O.C., Realtors say

first_imgBy MADDY VITALEHere is even more evidence of the popularity of living at the Jersey Shore: People are holding onto their homes to the point that there is a shortage of inventory for realtors to sell.It has turned into a seller’s market.Newly released figures show that total home sales were down in October compared to last year at this time throughout the region.The number of properties sold in October in the 12-county greater Philadelphia region, which includes portions of southern New Jersey, was down 7.2 percent from this time last year, according to a Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices (BHHS) Fox & Roach REALTORSHomExpert Market Report.BHHS Fox & Roach President Joan Docktor said, “Total home sales were down in October compared to last year at this time because we are not meeting the demand for homes to buy. With this climate, it is a good time to sell your home.”BHHS Fox & Roach Broker Manager Peter Madden, who is in charge of the office at 901 Simpson Avenue in Ocean City, noted, “The Ocean City housing market was strong this year. Supply of homes is low, and demand is still very strong.”He offered this advice, “Listing right now gives a competitive advantage to the seller. There isn’t a lot of competition when trying to sell.”Madden said that Docktor provided a good assessment of the real estate climate.There were 6,769 homes sold compared to 7,292 sold in October 2018 in the region. The number of homes for sale is down by 12 percent, with 35,223 homes on the market this October, compared to 40,035 in October 2018, according to the REALTORSHomExpert Market Report.Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices President Joan Docktor, Broker Manager Peter Madden and Shore Regional Manager Stephen Booth toast to the grand opening of the Simpson Avenue office in 2018.Like Docktor and Madden, Patrick Halliday, BHHS Fox & Roach broker manager at 754 Asbury Ave. in Ocean City, said less inventory does not paint a complete picture.“The decrease in the number of homes sold is not a reflection of the demand in the market, but rather the supply of inventory to satisfy this demand,” Halliday stated. “As the number of homes available for sale continues to decrease, sellers are taking this opportunity to increase the listing price of their property.”He added that as new homes are listed for sale with a higher price point, often times this may result in “more days on market.”“However, given the high demand and low inventory we have experienced, demand will stay strong and values have increased over the past 12 months,” Halliday added.Halliday’s observations also were on point with the statistics, according to the market report, with average sale prices up in the Philadelphia region.In fact, prices are up by 6.3 percent across the 12-county region, with October’s average price at $285,237 compared to $268,391 in October 2018.Specifically, the market report found that in Cape May County, home sales are down by 8.7 percent, from 309 homes sold in October 2018, to 282 sold in October 2019.Average sale price is up by 8 percent in Cape May County, from $565,757 in October 2018 to $613,488 in October 2019. The average number of days a home remained on the market increased by 15.7 percent, from 134 days in October 2018 to 155 days in October 2019.Figures show that Atlantic County’s home sales were down by 21.3 percent, with 554 homes sold in October 2018 compared to 436 homes sold in October 2019.Average home prices are up by 16 percent in Atlantic County, from $309,525 in September 2018 to $359,330 in September 2019. Average days on market decreased by 4.9 percent, from 81 days in October 2018 to 77 days in October 2019. Berkshire Hathaway offices in Ocean City receive high praise for sales and service. last_img read more

April 20

Protests in Elkhart, South Bend stay peaceful, tear gas used during Fort Wayne, Indy…

first_imgIndianaLocalNews Twitter By Jon Zimney – May 30, 2020 0 1386 Previous articleSuspect arrested, victim recovering after shooting in Benton TownshipNext articleDNR: Clean up after yourself while camping and on the beach Jon ZimneyJon Zimney is the News and Programming Director for News/Talk 95.3 Michiana’s News Channel and host of the Fries With That podcast. Follow him on Twitter @jzimney. (Photo supplied/ABC 57) Hundreds of people protested peacefully in Elkhart and South Bend in regard to the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis.Floyd died after a police officer in Minneapolis put his knee to Floyd’s neck during his arrest in a video that went viral.The protest in Elkhart, on Friday, May 29, was peacefully, unlike other protests took place across the nation. Both Elkhart’s mayor, Rod Roberson, and police chief, Chris Snyder, spoke to and with the crowd, promising that their city would promote change and accountability for police officers, and that looting and rioting would not happen there.About 400 people attended a protest on Saturday afternoon in downtown South Bend, which was also peaceful. Another protest in downtown South Bend was set to take place on Saturday night.A demonstration that took place in downtown Fort Wayne, Friday night, got out of hand.Fort Wayne Police released a chemical agent, identified by some there as tear gas, to control the crowd.The demonstration in downtown Fort Wayne started at the Allen County Courthouse, but eventually led to demonstrators sitting, marching, and standing in the middle of the road nearby.Police were called to the scene, with more tear gas and rubber bullets deployed, as some demonstrators began to damage downtown buildings.Journalists from several Fort Wayne media agencies, including the Journal Gazette and our Partners in News at ABC 21, also reported being hit with tear gas as they attempted to cover the story.Mayor Tom Henry released a statement asking for peace and urging all citizens to come together, rather than driving everyone further apart:“The City of Fort Wayne respects the rights of individuals to participate in peaceful demonstrations. Tonight’s demonstration in downtown Fort Wayne began peacefully. As the demonstration moved along, it began to get more aggressive and the safety of the public was being put at risk. The Fort Wayne Police Department ultimately had to respond in a manner to protect the public’s safety.”Police and protesters met in a confrontation in downtown Indianapolis.The crowd of about 100 people stopped taking direction from police, claiming they had unfairly cuffed a woman and put her in a police car.When the protest moved close to the Indiana state house, police used pepper balls and tear gas to try and break the crowd up.They continued their activities for several hours, damaging businesses and firing gunshots. Governor Eric J. Holcomb offered the following statement.“Hoosiers have long been people who find solutions to the challenges we face, whether it be in response to a pandemic or to an injustice like the world witnessed so tragically inflicted upon Mr. George Floyd in Minnesota.“As I stated yesterday, injuring the innocent in response to an injustice is counterproductive. I’ve asked the Indiana State Police to fully support and make resources available to local communities across our state to ensure our citizens and their property remain safe.“In the days ahead, peaceful assembly and clear voices will be important if we are to make progress.  Violence and vandalism will set us back in our shared desire to resolve differences.  Let us again, each of us, be part of the solution.” WhatsApp Pinterest Facebook Pinterestcenter_img WhatsApp Protests in Elkhart, South Bend stay peaceful, tear gas used during Fort Wayne, Indy demonstrations Facebook Google+ Network Indiana and Darrin Wright/WOWO contributed to this story. Google+ Twitterlast_img read more

March 2

Phish Announces 4-Night, All-Inclusive Riviera Maya, Mexico Run For 2019

first_imgOn the heels of Labor Day Weekend’s summer-tour closing run at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park in Colorado, today, Phish has announced the return of their four-night, all-inclusive concert vacation in Riviera Maya, Mexico, which will return to Barcelo Maya Beach in 2019 from February 21st to 23rd. The band started their destination-event tradition in 2016, and headed to Mexico once again in early 2017. However, the fan-favorite jam juggernaut did not return to Barcelo Maya Beach in 2018.For the 2019 edition of Phish’s Riviera Maya event, the concerts will return to Barcelo Maya Beach, a resort that sits on a mile-long stretch of white sand featuring breathtaking landscapes and pools scattered throughout the property. Furthermore, Phish and CID Presents have selected six of the region’s finest resorts for fans to stay at, with each resort offering a variety of restaurants, multiple bars, and daily activities, all included in your package price. A number of off-site adventures will also be available throughout the weekend, giving fans the opportunity to fully experience the Riviera Maya’s breathtaking natural beauty and rugged terrain during their destination music vacation.Each night, guests staying at the Barcelo Maya will take a short stroll to the beach to see Phish, while fans staying at the other associated resorts will be delivered to the concert venue via continuous, private shuttles. Once inside, guests can choose from an assortment of complimentary beverages and traditional fare (including a la carte tacos and fresh churros).Packages start at $1,713 per person and include four or five all-inclusive resort nights, admission into Playa Azul (the event’s one-of-a-kind venue), roundtrip airport transportation, and exclusive Phish merch packs for the run. An extremely limited amount of all-inclusive packages will be available at 1 p.m. on Friday, September 14th. For more information and package details, please visit the event’s website here.For a taste of what’s to come, check out pro-shot footage of “Mercury” from Phish’s last trip to Riviera Maya in 2017 below:Phish – “Mercury” [Pro-Shot] – 1/14/17 – Riviera Maya, MX[Video: Phish]last_img read more