Man arrested in Lyra McKee murder probe

first_img Twitter Arranmore progress and potential flagged as population grows RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR WhatsApp Twitter Google+ Pinterest Facebook Previous articleDealz to open new store in Buncrana tomorrowNext articleStrabane River Walkway a step closer News Highland Homepage BannerNews By News Highland – July 15, 2020 A man has been arrested in connection with the murder of journalist Lyra McKee in Derry. She was killed while observing rioting in the city in April 2019.The 27 year old suspect was arrested in Derry this morning.He’s been taken to Musgrave police station in Belfast where he’s being questioned.A search of a house in Derry has also been carried out.center_img DL Debate – 24/05/21 Pinterest Facebook Harps come back to win in Waterford News, Sport and Obituaries on Monday May 24th Google+ Loganair’s new Derry – Liverpool air service takes off from CODA WhatsApp Important message for people attending LUH’s INR clinic Man arrested in Lyra McKee murder probelast_img read more

Code will achieve the opposite of its purpose

first_img Comments are closed. Related posts:No related photos. Previous Article Next Article Code will achieve the opposite of its purposeOn 21 May 2002 in Personnel Today In the past, Personnel Today has campaigned for the Government to act toimprove the consultation process for introducing new legislation and thequality of employment regulations. When the Better Regulation Task Force was set up, we, along with manyemployers, hoped that the issue would finally be addressed. Last week, it wasencouraging to see the taskforce complain to the Information Commission aboutits notorious draft code of practice on the Data Protection Act. So far, so good. Unfortunately, the commission has chosen to ignore theletter from the taskforce, together with those from the CIPD and the CBI which promptedthem. It has told Personnel Today there will be no changes to the code (News,page 1). Up until now, the commission might have got away with dismissing employers’concerns with the retort: ‘Well, they would say that, wouldn’t they?’. However,ignoring a letter from the chairman of the Better Regulation Task Forceindicates the commission has become a law unto itself. The commission’s rationale for producing the code is nonsense and a recipefor red tape and confusion. It justifies the length of the code by arguing itis a comprehensive reference document for employers. If this was really its purpose, the commission should have made every effortto make it easy for managers to find specific requirements within the code, andit should have been crystal clear what parts required compliance and what wereincluded as examples of good practice. The purpose of the code is to stop people from breaking data protection lawbut the way it has been written will achieve the opposite – managers will beput off by its length and lack of clarity and will actually be more likely tobreak the law as a result. As it stands, the whole episode has been a waste of time and the real scopeof the legislation will have to be decided in the courts. By Noel O’Reillylast_img read more

Moses Cone Closed to Runners?

first_imgFor decades, Moses Cone—a national park unit near Blowing Rock, N.C.—has attracted elite runners to its wide, rolling carriage trails and scenic lakeside paths. One of the country’s elite Olympic training centers —ZAP Fitness—is headquartered near Moses Cone. Many Olympic hopefuls have been forged on the trails of Moses Cone.Earlier this month, the National Park Service proposed restrictions on trail running in Moses Cone. According to the Blowing Rock News, a senior Blue Ridge Parkway official said that the park’s “frequent use by running groups and trail rides disrupts the experience of anyone wanting to walk in solitude.” Its proposed plan would likely result in a substantial reduction in the carriage roads’ use by organized running groups. Future Olympians—who live and train in our mountains—may have to look elsewhere to chase their dreams. And thousands of everyday runners will be denied access to some of the most scenic and exceptional trail running in the Blue Ridge.Fortunately, the draft plan can still be changed. The National Park Service is seeking comments on the draft plan. Express your thoughts on the proposed trail running restrictions in this beloved national park here.last_img read more

Samsung heir appears in court, awaits decision on whether he’ll be jailed again

first_imgSamsung Group heir Jay Y. Lee on Monday arrived at a South Korean court which will rule whether he will be sent back to jail after more than two years of freedom, as new allegations dog the executive and cast a pall over the country’s top conglomerate.Prosecutors on Thursday asked the court to issue an arrest warrant against Lee, culminating a probe into accounting fraud and a controversial 2015 merger of two Samsung affiliates that they said helped facilitate Lee’s plan to assume greater control of the group.Lee, 51, wearing a face mask and a dark suit, appeared at the Seoul court for a hearing scheduled to start at 10:30 a.m.. He did not answer questions from reporters before entering the court. Topics : After the hearing, he is expected to head to a detention center to await the judge’s decision, expected on Monday or early Tuesday.Samsung on Friday denied the allegation of stock-manipulation against Lee, saying it was “beyond common sense” to claim Lee was involved in the decision-making.In a further statement over the weekend, the group said the lengthy probe is weighing on management, which is in a “crisis” at a time when the coronavirus pandemic and US-China trade disputes are adding to uncertainty.The company declined to make Lee available for comment.center_img He served in jail for about one year until Feb. 2018 for his role in a bribery scandal in which he was accused of giving horses as gifts to win support from the government of former President Park Geun-hye for the merger.The merger increased his control of the group – and of its crown jewel, Samsung Electronics Co, South Korea’s biggest company. His father, Lee Kun-hee, has been ailing for some time.”If he is arrested, this will further hurt the reputation of Lee and Samsung. There will more questions about his legitimacy as the CEO and successor of the company,” Chang Sea-jin, business professor at Korea Advanced Institute of Science & Technology.”The public would think, ‘Oh he may have done something wrong again.'” last_img read more

Mourinho makes Benitez weight jibe

first_img He also claimed Benitez “destroyed” his treble-winning Inter Milan side in 2010, while pointing out the former Liverpool boss had not directly succeeded him at Chelsea or Real. “The lady is a bit confused,” Mourinho said, quoted by several national newspapers. “Her husband went to Chelsea to replace Roberto Di Matteo and he went to Real Madrid and replaced Carlo Ancelotti. “The only club where her husband replaced me was at Inter Milan, where in six months he destroyed the best team in Europe at the time. “For her also to think about me and to speak about me, I think she needs to occupy her time, and if she takes care of her husband’s diet she will have less time to speak about me.” The relationship between the managers has been tense following a series of fall-outs during Mourinho’s first spell in charge of Chelsea, when Benitez was at Anfield. Press Association Montserrat Seara had claimed in Spanish newspaper La Region that her husband “tidied up the mess” left behind by Mourinho after Benitez took over at Real Madrid this summer – the third time he had joined a club previously managed by the Chelsea boss. However, speaking after the Blues’ pre-season friendly victory over Barcelona in Washington DC, Mourinho pointedly told Mrs Benitez she should concentrate on the Spaniard’s diet. center_img Jose Mourinho has hit back at Rafael Benitez’s wife – with a remarkable jibe about his rival manager’s weight.last_img read more

Middletown’s Seven Arrows Farm: More than Just Growing Produce

first_imgBy John BurtonMIDDLETOWN – Mike Meier and Megan Paska are in the business of farming organically, raising fruit and vegetables, some livestock and honeybees on a portion of a 20-acre estate in Locust.But there is a bigger picture and message to what these two young farmers/ business partners are doing.Mike Meier, left, with intern Amy Portman, is co-owner of Seven Arrows East Homestead in Middletown, and raises organic fruit, vegetables and honeybees in Locust.“It’s really about homesteading,” Meier said. “Sure this is our livelihood, how we pay our bills … but it’s about how we live.”Seven Arrows East Home­stead at 160 Hart­shorne Road sits on a sprawling estate overlooking the Navesink River that has been owned by the Knipscher family since 1959.Meier and Paska, who are working to grow sustainably and organically for themselves and others, began their first planting season this spring on the approximately 3 acres using a format called “community supported agriculture” or CSA. That is “a common business model” in the industry and means that their “mini-farm” is one that benefits all who participate, Meier said.“Your neighbors buy a share,” he said, though in this case, it extends to more than those who live in the immediate vicinity of the rustic neighborhood.Seven Arrows – the name was taken from the title of a book by Hyemeyohsts Storm – has about 30 shareholders right now. A share costs $660 for the season – 22 weeks at $30 a week. Seven Arrows already has a waiting list of people who want shares for next season.“It’s a shared risk, shared benefit,” Meier said. But more importantly, the shareholders “also feel very connected to what’s happening out here on the farm.”Megan Paska, co-owner of Seven Arrows, a mini-farm on Hartshorne Road, raises about 50 varieties of fruits and vegetables.Right now about 50 different varieties of fruits and vegetables – including tomatoes, kale, cabbage, cucumbers, green peppers, apples “and the most amazing garlic” – are being raised on about three-quarters of an acre. Along with the produce, they raise chickens, ducks, turkeys and goats.Paska, who is an expert on urban beekeeping and has a book being published on the subject, tends to about 10 hives on site and sells the honey.The farm is “also about fostering the romantic relationship with food,” Paska said.By that she meant, people get to see what is grown, how it’s grown and get to know who is growing it, something they are finding many are interested in. The business partners note that people are buying what is grown locally and want really good ingredients for those recipes they’re getting while watching The Food Network.“We’re focused on growing really dynamite food,” Meier said.“We don’t make a lot of money but we eat better than anyone we know,” Paska said.Seven Arrows East also operates a small farm market, open to the public on Sunday afternoons, where Meier and Paska sell the remainder of what they grow.Some livestock is raised on the farm.Marie Jackson, a CSA member who owns and operates the Flaky Tart bakery in Atlantic Highlands, isn’t only interested in getting fresh produce from the farm for her family. “Whatever they have, I try to snag for the bakery,” she said.She is especially partial to tomatoes and uses them in the bakery’s tomato tarts, which “have a cult following.“I’m so in awe that they came here, working the land, raising these beautiful things that we’re privileged to enjoy,” Jackson said. “That’s what we’re looking to do, aren’t we? We’re looking to grow healthier things, grow it locally, support our neighbors and create a community – and they’re doing it.”That community they have created also includes a yoga retreat, operated in a cottage on the farm property by friend Summer Quashie.“We’re trying to be living examples of sustainability,” said Quashie, as customers and clients also look to sustain mind and body.“The farm and the yoga are intertwined and will continue to be so as long as we grow here,” Meier said.For Paska it’s all connected in what she calls “living aesthetically … living your life, growing your food, helping people feel more connected.”Seven Arrows is East Homestead is located on a portion of a 20-acre estate in Locust.Meier, 26, who is originally from South Florida, and Paska, 33, who hails from Baltimore, Md., got to know each other when they were living in Brooklyn. Quashie, 37, who grew up in Middle­town, was also living in Brooklyn, operating a yoga studio. Paska and Meier were involved in urban farming there, with Paska beekeeping and Meier running a rooftop farm for a company called Brooklyn Grange.“I knew after that experience I wanted to continue growing and farming,” he said.The three relocated after finding out about the property from mutual friends who said the owners might be interested in leasing land for farming. Paska and Quashie live on the property in separate cottages. Quashie operates her yoga retreat there, catering mostly to weekenders from New York, and conducts yoga lessons a few evenings a week. Meier lives in Middletown, where he also works with Impact Oasis, a not-for-profit organization that works with autistic adults. Meier is helping that organization establish its own small farm, he said.Meier and Paska hope that the CSA model catches on in the area.“If we could crank out a few new farmers who can do this,” Meier said, “that would be great.”last_img read more

Anxiety About Coronavirus Can Affect Children

first_imgNo cases of the virus have been identified in New Jersey. A Royal Caribbean cruise liner, the Anthem of the Seas, was detained in Bayonne last week while passengers suspected of carrying the virus were tested for the disease. All of the test results were negative. “The fact there has been no significant spread of the coronavirus throughout New Jersey does not mean we should ignore this growing global health care challenge,” Menendez said. The New Jersey Coronavirus Hotline is staffed by medical professionals and available 24 hours a day. Call the hotline at 800-222-1222 with any question or concerns you may have about the disease. As news about the virus floods the airwaves and travels through social media, worries about the disease are taking an emotional toll, particularly on children, said Carol Veizer, founder and director of the NJ Center for Healing Arts in Red Bank. “You could tell them that it’s very unlikely that anyone they know in the United States will get sick and die of the virus,” she said. What are people worried about? With cases of Covid-19 numbering more than 40,000 worldwide, the federal government has declared a public health emergency and mandated that travelers returning from Hubei province in China, where the virus was first identified, undergo 14 days of quarantine. It’s also important to reassure them that “we’re doing everything we can to stay healthy. Remind them of what they have within their own power, like washing their hands, not touching their faces,” Veizer added. On Monday, Feb. 10, Persichilli and other government and health officials joined U.S. Sen. Bob Menendez (D-NJ) at a press conference to outline steps that are being taken to protect New Jerseyans from the virus and prepare for any potential emergency. But as the virus spreads, so can false information on social media, so it’s important to make sure the information you’re receiving is accurate. That’s why the NJ Poison Control Center at Rutgers New Jersey Medical School has established a 24-hour hotline dedicated to responding to concerns about the coronavirus. The hotline is staffed by medical professionals.  Despite the level of anxiety caused by the coronavirus, it’s the flu virus that poses the biggest threat right now. And the best way to avoid getting sick is to wash your hands and avoid touching your face. It’s important to pay attention, said Veizer. If your child is having trouble sleeping, reluctant to go to school or concerned about visiting public places, it’s important to talk with them. “Always begin by asking them what they know about it, what their specific fears are,” Veizer said. Avoiding the subject isn’t helpful, she continued. Sharing the facts with them honestly, in an age-appropriate way, can help them deal with their fears more effectively. Though the novel coronavirus, now named Covid-19, isn’t present in the Two River area, some mental health experts find anxiety related to the disease may need to be addressed, particularly with children. “The big thing that we see with kids is that they’re worried that their parents are going to die” from the virus, said Veizer, a professional counselor who has worked with children and adults for more than 30 years. center_img The article originally appeared in the February 13-19, 2020 print edition of The Two River Times. Kids who hear news reports about adults dying from the virus and leaving children behind may fear that they might lose a parent, too.  To date, 14 cases of Covid-19 have been diagnosed in the United States. The states in which the disease has been confirmed are Washington, California, Arizona, Wisconsin, Illinois and Massachusetts. “People are afraid in general,” Ruck said. “They see some people walking around wearing a mask and they get scared. Their neighbor comes home from a trip to China and they’re nervous about that. People still have a lot of concerns.” A worried parent can make matters worse, because a child may feel that they can’t depend on their parent to keep them safe. “The kids are really feeding off parents’ emotions,” Veizer said. By Eileen Moon | [email protected] He has urged the Trump Administration to fully fund pandemic preparedness and response efforts. Menendez, a senior member of the Senate Finance Committee which sets national health policy, said the Trump Administration has repeatedly proposed dramatic budget cuts that could threaten the government’s ability to combat the spread of the virus. “Calls are continuing to come in,” said Bruce Ruck, managing director of drug information and professional education at the NJ Poison Center. “People still have a lot of questions. Our goal is to provide factual, accurate information. There’s a lot of stuff on social media that may not be accurate.” Teenagers want and deserve straight answers. “Across the board, they want very frank information,” she said. In New Jersey, Gov. Phil Murphy has established a task force led by New Jersey Health Commissioner Judith Persichilli to enhance communication between various government agencies and the medical community. Five New Jersey residents who had been stranded in China as a result of the emergency returned home last week, including a couple from Monmouth County. The travelers were required to undergo the 14-day mandatory quarantine set by the federal government. And adults are definitely feeling the stress. “We’ve had more cancellations than usual,” Veizer said. “Some people are so terrified of contracting the virus that they’re staying home.”last_img read more

Nadal reaches Toronto quarters with win over Wawrinka

first_img0Shares0000Rafael Nadal came from a mini-break down in the tiebreaker and secured victory over Stan Wawrinka on his second match point © GETTY IMAGES NORTH AMERICA/AFP / Vaughn RidleyTORONTO, Canada, Aug 9 – A 45-minute rain interruption did little to stop the progress of Rafael Nadal on Thursday at the Toronto Masters as he defeated Stan Wawrinka 7-5, 7-6 (7/4) to reach the quarter-finals.The halt in proceedings came 63 minutes into the opening set, after Wawrinka saved a Nadal set point for 5-all, with the Spaniard then holding serve for 6-5. When the weather passed, the pair returned, with Nadal wrapping up the set on his second chance.The second set was a battle as the Swiss, a three-time Grand Slam champion, fought back from an early break down, took a 2-1 lead, with the pair again trading breaks in the fifth and tenth games.Nadal came from a mini-break down in the tiebreaker and secured victory on his second match point.“It was a good match, a very positive victory for me over a tough opponent,” Nadal said.“I’m happy to see Stan playing well again. We had a good quality of tennis.“I’m very pleased, I needed a match like this. It does much for the confidence.”Nadal’s win was his 17th from 20 played against Wawrinka.Second seed Alexander Zverev, the holder, lined up a re-run of last week’s Washington semi-final as he again takes on Stefanos Tsitsipas.The Greek who turns 20 on Sunday knocked out his second seed in as many matches, stunning Wimbledon champion Novak Djokovic 6-3, 6-7 (5/7), 6-3 to reach the quarter-finals.Zverev rolled over Russian Daniil Medvedev 6-3, 6-2 in 52 minutes while never facing a break point.Tsitsipas called his knockout of Djokovic, “the best match of my career. I knew I was playing pretty good today.”The number 27 will play the first Masters 1000 quarter-final of his career.“He played very well and deserved to win without a doubt,” Djokovic said. “I just played not that great.“I didn’t return well. It wasn’t that great of a match.”Bulgarian fifth seed Grigor Dimitrov laboured for almost two and a half hours to subdue Frances Tiafoe of the United States 7-6 (7/1), 3-6, 7-6 (7/4).He next faces Wimbledon runner-up and fourth seed Kevin Anderson who defeated Ilya Ivashka of Belarus 7-5, 6-3 to also make the last-eight.Sixth seed Marin Cilic continued his quiet progress, beating Argentine 11th seed Diego Schwartzman 6-3, 6-2.Canadian teen Denis Shapovalov went down to Robin Haase, losing 7-5, 6-2, ending local interest. The Dutch winner will take on Karen Khachanov, who beat eighth seed John Isner 7-6 (7/5), 7-6 (7/1)0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

National Weather Service issues extended wind advisory through Friday night

first_img KUSI Newsroom, SAN DIEGO ( KUSI ) – High winds will buffet the San Diego-area mountains and deserts Thursday evening and Friday, potentially causing driving hazards in some parts of the East County, forecasters advised Thursday.Due to the gusty conditions, the National Weather Service issued a wind advisory, effective through 9 p.m. Friday in the mountains and the deserts.Wind speeds are expected to range from 20 mph to 30 mph with gusts up 50 mph in those areas over the period, the weather service advised.Roadway visibility could be heavily affected by blowing dust and debris due to the winds, meteorologists cautioned. Drivers of large vehicles, such as motor homes and big rigs, were advised to be particularly wary of using desert roads, especially along Interstate 15 across the high desert. Categories: Local San Diego News, Weather FacebookTwitter National Weather Service issues extended wind advisory through Friday night June 20, 2019center_img Updated: 7:26 PM KUSI Newsroom Posted: June 20, 2019last_img read more