De Luca starts after impressive display against France

first_img De Luca impressed off the bench last week and earns a startScotland have made one change in personnel in their starting team for Saturday’s Six Nations match against Ireland in Dublin.Nick De Luca, the Edinburgh centre, who impressed off the bench against France, returns with Sean Lamont moving to take up his customary wing berth in place of his injured younger brother, Rory.On the bench meanwhile, there are three changes with Euan Murray, Ruaridh Jackson and Max Evans replacing Ed Kalman, Duncan Weir and De Luca respectively.Scotland head coach Andy Robinson said: “We did many good things in the game against France but we need to be better, especially in our accuracy and execution at breakdown, in order to beat Ireland.“If we do the basic things well and are ruthless in contact then we can put ourselves in a position to defeat a very good Ireland team.” EDINBURGH, SCOTLAND – FEBRUARY 26: Nick De Luca of Scotland releases the ball during the RBS Six Nations match between Scotland and France at Murrayfield Stadium on February 26, 2012 in Edinburgh, Scotland. (Photo by David Rogers/Getty Images) LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS Robinson is asking De Luca to replicate the form he showed against France by handing him the starting berth, while he also welcomes back Jackson.  “Ruaridh has worked hard and done well in his games with Glasgow.“He had a tough time with injury following the Rugby World Cup but he has the strength of character required in international rugby. We are also delighted to see Max and Euan back in the squad and look forward to their contribution this weekend.” Starting XV:15 Stuart Hogg14 Lee Jones13 Nick De Luca12 Graeme Morrison11 Sean Lamont10 Greig Laidlaw9 Mike Blair1 Allan Jacobsen2 Ross Ford (CAPTAIN)3 Geoff Cross4 Richie Gray5 Jim Hamilton6 John Barclay7 Ross Rennie8 David DentonSubstitutes16 Scott Lawson17 Euan Murray18 Alastair Kellock19 Richie Vernon20 Chris Cusiter21 Ruaridh Jackson22 Max Evanslast_img read more

Omani authorities persecute online activists

first_img Joint letter to the Sultan of Oman on the right of press freedom and the targeting of journalists and human rights defenders OmanMiddle East – North Africa October 18, 2016 Find out more The frequency with which bloggers and social network users are arrested and convicted in the Sultanate of Oman reflects the appalling state of online freedom of information and expression there. RSF_en to go further Receive email alerts News December 27, 2016 Find out more Appeal court lifts ban on daily, but confirms jail for two journalists Organisation Help by sharing this information Follow the news on Oman News Cyber-activists who provide the Internet public with information are liable to be arrested, held incommunicado and given long jail terms on charges of insulting the emir or inciting illegal protests and unrest.“The state of freedom of information and expression is deplorable in Oman,” Reporters Without Borders programme director Lucie Morillon said. “The authorities persecute cyber-activists for defending human rights and fundamental freedoms. “It is outrageous to hold activists in secret locations in order to interrogate them for days on end and leave their loved-ones thinking they have disappeared. We call for their immediate and unconditional release.”Saeed Jaddad, a blogger and human rights defender who was very active during the 2011 protests and who is banned from being published in the Omani media, was sentenced to a year in prison and a fine of 1,000 rials (2,400 euros) by a court in Salalah, in the southern province of Dhofar, on 31 March.His lawyer said he was convicted in connection with an October 2014 blog post in which he compared the 2011 protests in Dhofar to the 2014 protests in Hong Kong.This was his second jail sentence in the space of two weeks. A court in the capital, Muscat, sentenced him to three years in prison and a fine of 1,700 rials (4,800 euros) on 8 March on charges of undermining the prestige of the state, inciting protests and using social media to circulate information liable to cause public disturbances.Held since his arrest at his Salalah home on 21 January, Jaddad had been in the government’s sights for years and had often been arrested and then released on bail. Last October, he was stopped at the airport as he was about to fly to Istanbul for an event organized by Front Line Defenders. He was prevented from leaving under a travel ban imposed in July without his knowledge.He was then arrested in December and was held incommunicado for 12 days for interrogation.Fellow online activist Taleb Saedi has disappeared since his arrest on 23 March for interrogation. He is known for posting criticism of the government and calls for political and social reform on social networks and for defending activists held by the security forces. He was previously arrested in July for calling for a peaceful demonstration in solidarity with the Palestinian people.The prominent blogger Muawiya Al-Rawahi has been arrested many times since 2011, the latest in February, when he was held for week. Following his release, he was arrested by the Emirati authorities when he tried to enter the neighbouring United Arab Emirates by car on 24 February. There has no news of him since then.Rawahi is well known for using his blog and social networks to criticize the regime and call for reforms.These three cases are from being isolated. Many activists are arrested for exercising their right to freedom of information and expression.Oman is ranked 127th out of 180 countries in the 2015 Reporters Without Borders press freedom index. Oman: Court postpones verdict of “Azamn” journalists, in a trial held below international standards, according to trial observation report News OmanMiddle East – North Africa November 25, 2016 Find out more April 8, 2015 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Omani authorities persecute online activists Newslast_img read more

Tehelka.com’s offices searched

first_img July 5, 2002 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Tehelka.com’s offices searched A court in Saharanpur (state of Uttar Pradesh) decided, on 4 July, to imprison Kumar Badal, a reporter with the on-line newspaper Tehelka.com. A hearing is to be held with Badal on 5 July in a poaching case. The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) accused Badal of asking poachers to kill wild animals in a national park. The site’s managers have denounced this imprisonment, which, according to editor in chief Tarun Tejpal, is a new stage in the harassment of this web site. “Have you ever seen the CIB – the equivalent of the FBI in India — involved in a poaching case? (…) We have been hunted down and intimidated by every agency of the government of Atal Behari Vajpayee,” said Tarun Tejpal.______________________________________________________________Reporters Without Borders has protested about the search carried out at the head office of the web site Tehelka.com. “The fact that this search was conducted on the very same day that the web site’s editor was due to give evidence of capital importance in an enquiry into a corruption scandal shows that the Central Bureau of Investigation and the government are stepping up the pressure that has been exerted on the management of Tehelka.com for more than a year,” says Robert Ménard, Secretary-General of the organisation. Reporters Without Borders has written to Interior Minister Lal Krishna Advani calling for an end to the harassment to which Tehelka.com has been subjected.According to information obtained by the organisation, about twenty officers from the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) carried out a search of Tehelka.com’s head office in New Delhi on 26 June 2002. They also searched the home of one of the web site’s journalists, Kumar Badal. He is accused by the CBI of having paid poachers to kill and film two leopards apparently belonging to a protected species in the Saharanpur jungle (in the northern state of Uttar Pradesh). According to witnesses, however, the CBI has been unable to produce any documents relating to this case from among those seized during the search. On the other hand, officers apparently confiscated documents concerning the founding of the web site, notably e-mails received from Shankar Sharma, owner of First Global, who provided the initial financing for the web site and who is today in prison although no evidence has been produced against him. News Organisation News News News RSF_en Help by sharing this information IndiaAsia – Pacific RSF demands release of detained Indian journalist Siddique Kappan, hospitalised with Covid-19 India: RSF denounces “systemic repression” of Manipur’s media February 23, 2021 Find out more IndiaAsia – Pacific Follow the news on India March 3, 2021 Find out more Indian journalist wrongly accused of “wantonly” inaccurate reporting April 27, 2021 Find out more In addition to this, the search was carried out just hours before the site’s editor-in-chief, Tarun Tejpal (photo), was due to give evidence before the Venkataswami Commission. This commission was set up by the government to investigate a corruption scandal uncovered by the web site in March 2001, which led to the resignations of Defence Minister Georges Fernandes and the president of the Hindu nationalist party, Bangaru Laxman. Mr Tejpal’s hearing, scheduled on the same day as that of the former president of the Samata party, Jaya Jaitly – who is suspected of acting as an intermediary between arms dealers and people close to the former Defence Minister – was in the event postponed. According to Kavin Gulati, the lawyer acting on behalf of the web site, the enquiry had reached a “crucial stage in the cross-examining” of the witnesses, leading him to conclude that the choice of the date for the search was “absolutely motivated”. A CBI spokesman retorted that it was a “pure coincidence”.Right from its launch, Tehelka.com has specialised in investigative journalism, notably corruption cases. Since its pages have been updated with articles about the arms bribery scandal, the portal has been subject to harassment by government agencies and more recently by the tax department. Receive email alerts to go furtherlast_img read more

Totally disproportionate crackdown on reporters during pro-Navalny demonstrations

first_img“The aim was clearly to prevent them from showing the scale of support for a government opponent. We call on the Russian authorities to end this blatant obstruction of the freedom to inform and we urge the OSCE representative on freedom of the media, Teresa Ribeiro, to condemn the violence and arbitrary arrests. We also call on the European Union to adopt new sanctions against Russian officials.” Receive email alerts RussiaEurope – Central Asia Condemning abuses Council of EuropeViolence Listed as a “foreign agent”, Russia’s most popular independent website risks disappearing RussiaEurope – Central Asia Condemning abuses Council of EuropeViolence In Moscow, riot police hit Elizaveta Kirpanova, a reporter for the independent triweekly Novaya Gazeta, with their batons for several minutes, dealing some of the blows to her head, although she was clearly identifiable by her “press” vest and badge, while a baton blow smashed the camera lens of her photographer colleague Viktoria Odisonova. May 5, 2021 Find out more Читать на русском / Read in RussianThe extraordinary figure of more than 50 arrests of reporters, some of whom were subjected to police violence, is based on data compiled by the specialised news website OVD-Info, the Russian Journalists and Media Workers Union (JMWU) and information gathered directly by RSF.“The police deliberately targeted certain media, going so far as to try to enter a private apartment, to cut off a video feed of the demonstrations, and in a sign of the totally disproportionate nature of the crackdown, even clearly-identified reporters wearing ‘press’ vests or armbands were held for several hours,” said Jeanne Cavelier, the head of RSF’s Eastern Europe and Central Asia desk. Cases of police deliberately obstructing journalists were filmed or reported throughout the day. They included the filmed arrest of Ivan Petrov, a reporter for the photo agency Tardigrada in Saint Petersburg, and the arrest of The Insider reporter Vera Ryabitskaya, who was beaten with a baton and dragged by her hair into a police van. Reporters Without Borders (RSF) calls for new European Union sanctions against Russian officials after more than 50 journalists were arbitrarily arrested – some briefly and some for several hours – during an unusually extensive and heavy-handed crackdown on media covering demonstrations in support of Kremlin opponent Alexei Navalny in 17 Russian cities on 23 January.​ Dozhd, an independent TV channel that is experienced in providing live coverage of demonstrations, was censored in mid-transmission when police cut the power supply to a Moscow apartment from which a Dozhd crew was broadcasting and then arrested reporter Aleksei Korostelev and cameraman Sergei Novikov on the pretext of verifying their identity. Another Dozhd journalist, Eduard Birmistrov, was arrested in Saint Petersburg although he was wearing a yellow vest and had his press card around his neck. Related documents Читать на русском / Read in RussianPDF – 102.35 KB Russian media boss drops the pretence and defends Belarus crackdown Multiple obstructions of the right to inform January 26, 2021 Totally disproportionate crackdown on reporters during pro-Navalny demonstrations News Credit: Ivan Petrov / Tardigrada Russia is ranked 149th out of 180 countries in RSF’s 2020 World Press Freedom Index. Organisation Follow the news on Russia RSF_en The police had already tried to intimidate journalists and media outlets in the run-up to the 23 January demonstrations in support for Navalny, who was arrested on his arrival in Russia on 17 January after several months in Germany recovering from a poisoning attempt. Navalny’s team has called for more protests on 31 January. News News June 2, 2021 Find out more Ekaterina Grobman, a reporter for VTimes, an independent news website recently founded by journalists who used to work for the daily newspaper Vedomosti, was hit when being arrested despite her “press” badge. Police also used violence against two journalists with the leading Riga-based news site Meduza, beating Kristina Safonova as she was filming a protest and grabbing Evgenyi Feldman by the neck. Nikita Stupin, a reporter for the AvtokazLive website, was tasered. Two Russian journalists persecuted for investigating police corruption May 21, 2021 Find out more Help by sharing this information to go further Newslast_img read more

Activist killed in Gonaïves had not worked for Haïti Progrès for past three years

first_img Help by sharing this information News HaïtiAmericas Another journalist murdered in Haiti News November 14, 2019 Find out more News HaïtiAmericas RSF_en Follow the news on Haïti October 11, 2019 Find out more to go further News June 11, 2019 Find out more Receive email alerts April 17, 2007 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Activist killed in Gonaïves had not worked for Haïti Progrès for past three years Reporters Without Borders said today it was shocked at the murder of journalist Johnson Edouard, correspondent of the weekly paper Haïti Progrès, at his home in the city of Gonaïves on 12 April. The staff of the weekly newspaper Haïti Progrès have said that Johnson Edouard, who was killed on the night of 12 April in the north western city of Gonaïves, had not worked for the newspaper for about three years. The theory that he was murdered in connection with his political activism therefore seems more likely. Edouard was the regional representative of Fanmi Lavalas, former President Jean-Bertrand Aristide’s party.—————————————-15.04 – Second journalist in three months murdered Reporters Without Borders expressed shock today at the “brutal murder” of the correspondent of the weekly paper Haïti Progrès, Johnson Edouard, in the northwestern city of Gonaïves on 12 April.“He may have been killed because of his work, the press freedom organisation said, noting that “Haiti is still one of the most dangerous countries for journalists in the Americas.” Edouard was also a local official of the Fanmi Lavalas party.Gunmen broke into his home while he was sleeping and shot him in the head and chest before escaping through a window. A party official said he had been “executed” and claimed it was “not an isolated crime.”Freelance photographer Jean-Rémy Badiau was shot dead at his home in Martissant, a southern suburb of the capital, Port-au-Prince, on 19 January after taking pictures of gang members. Journalist shot dead amid anti-government protests in Haiti Organisation Violence against the press in Haiti: RSF and CPJ write to Minister of Justicelast_img read more

Art Center Alum Wields Transformative Impact on Starbucks’ Evolving Identity

first_img Business News Name (required)  Mail (required) (not be published)  Website  Herbeauty10 Most Influential Women In HistoryHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty5 Things To Avoid If You Want To Have Whiter TeethHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty6 Strong Female TV Characters Who Deserve To Have A SpinoffHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyAncient Beauty Remedies From India To Swear By For Healthy SkinHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyThese Are 15 Great Style Tips From Asian WomenHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty10 Of The Most Notorious Female Spies In HistoryHerbeautyHerbeauty 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 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. Subscribe More Cool Stuff Pasadena’s ‘626 Day’ Aims to Celebrate City, Boost Local Economy Pasadena Will Allow Vaccinated People to Go Without Masks in Most Settings Starting on Tuesday EVENTS & ENTERTAINMENT | FOOD & DRINK | THE ARTS | REAL ESTATE | HOME & GARDEN | WELLNESS | SOCIAL SCENE | GETAWAYS | PARENTS & KIDS 11 recommended0 commentsShareShareTweetSharePin it Pasadena Art Center College of Design alum Andre Kim has been a senior concept design manager at Starbucks for only a year and a half, but his creative sensibility has already had a transformative impact on the java giant’s shifting identity.In a bid to compete with the surging success of high-end craft coffee boutiques (hence those ubiquity of long lines of Gen Y hipsters patiently awaiting their $6 pour overs), Starbucks set out to create the ultimate coffee fetishist’s fantasyland in the form of a new flagship retail experience in Seattle, designed by none other than Kim.Starbucks Reserve Roastery and Tasting Room is the Apple Store on steroids—or, more accurately, on a venti quadruple shot Frappuccino. But by taking his cues from the performing arts, Kim has created an environment that’s both larger than life and intimate at once. “It is an amphitheater of coffee,” Kim told Sprudge, the coffee news and culture blog. In practice, the Roastery, as it’s called by Starbucks faithful, more closely resembles a tastefully appointed coffee-themed amusement park ride, with its lounging areas, coffee library, pizzeria, extravagantly appointed coffee bar, marble table and merch store.The overall messaging embedded into this monument to the curated cup of coffee has much to do with Starbucks’ desire to highlight its cred as more than just a corporate coffee conveyor belt installed in every airport and strip mall in the civilized world. Rather Starbucks is showing its bones as an artisan roaster in the skin of a multi-billion dollar Goliath. “The point was to make it as a transparent and approachable as possible…,” Kim told Bloomberg News, “and show how meticulous we are about bringing coffee to customers.”Rave reviews have been pouring in from both Startucks diehards as well as from business and design tastemakers. FastCo Design has dubbed the gargantuan LEED certified repurposed former car dealership a “Willy Wonka factory of coffee.” Thrillist called it a “playground for coffee nerds and average joe drinkers alike.” In the end, Starbucks’ high-stakes bet to stake its claim to a seat at the head of the specialty coffee table seems to be paying off thanks, in no small part, to Kim’s spellbinding environmental design. Make a comment Community News Community News center column 1 Art Center Alum Wields Transformative Impact on Starbucks’ Evolving Identity Alum Andre Kim Conceives Starbucks Roastery and Tasting Room as an Ampitheater of Coffee Used with Permission from the ART CENTER DOTTED LINE BLOG Published on Wednesday, February 11, 2015 | 12:12 pm Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked * This article and photographs were republished from the Art Center College of design’s “Dotted Line” blog, online at http://blogs.artcenter.edu/dottedline/. First Heatwave Expected Next Week Top of the News Home of the Week: Unique Pasadena Home Located on Madeline Drive, Pasadenalast_img read more

Winning hand for motorbike poker

first_imgEmail New Music: 40Hurtz TAGSBuachaill DánaMotorbikeMusic Limerickpoker RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Previous articleWalking to school is coolNext articleBeauty and the ball Guest Writerhttp://www.limerickpost.ie #SaucySoul: Room 58 – ‘Hate To See You Leave’ Watch the streamed gig for Fergal Nash album launch Twitter THE Motorbike Club in Castleconnell presented a cheque for nearly €5000 to the Irish Cancer Society last week after they organised a poker run. More than 110  bikers left the Worrall’s End pub on April 20 visiting several checkpoints, drawing a playing cars at each one. Sean Grace from Limerick city won the best poker hand at the end of the run and the club, which has 28 members also held a rock gig and a ‘shave or dye’ night to raise funds for the Cancer Society. Celebrating a ground breaking year in music from Limerick center_img WhatsApp Linkedin Facebook Emma Langford shortlisted for RTE Folk Award and playing a LIVE SHOW!!! this Saturday Print #HearThis: New music and video from Limerick rapper Strange Boy Advertisement NewsWinning hand for motorbike pokerBy Guest Writer – May 10, 2013 884 last_img read more

DSNews Webcast: Thursday 6/20/2013

first_img Related Articles Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago DSNews Webcast: Thursday 6/20/2013 in Featured, Media, Webcasts Sign up for DS News Daily The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Home / Featured / DSNews Webcast: Thursday 6/20/2013 Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Previous: Dykema Appoints Senior Counsel to Los Angeles Office Next: First-Time Jobless Claims in Surprise Jump Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago 2013-06-20 DSNews The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Share Save The Week Ahead: Nearing the Forbearance Exit 2 days ago Is Rise in Forbearance Volume Cause for Concern? 2 days ago Subscribe Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago  Print This Post Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago June 20, 2013 495 Views About Author: DSNewslast_img read more

Rental Demand is Surging in Record Numbers

first_img Tagged with: Baby Boomers Generation X Millennials Rental Housing Subscribe The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Home / Daily Dose / Rental Demand is Surging in Record Numbers in Daily Dose, Featured, Market Studies, News Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Baby Boomers Generation X Millennials Rental Housing 2015-12-12 Brian Honea Share Save Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Rental Demand is Surging in Record Numbers  Print This Post Related Articles Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days agocenter_img Brian Honea’s writing and editing career spans nearly two decades across many forms of media. He served as sports editor for two suburban newspaper chains in the DFW area and has freelanced for such publications as the Yahoo! Contributor Network, Dallas Home Improvement magazine, and the Dallas Morning News. He has written four non-fiction sports books, the latest of which, The Life of Coach Chuck Curtis, was published by the TCU Press in December 2014. A lifelong Texan, Brian received his master’s degree from Amberton University in Garland. Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Sign up for DS News Daily The last decade has seen an unprecedented demand for rental housing, driven largely by the bursting of the housing bubble and demographic shifts, according to a report from The Joint Center for Housing Studies of Harvard University released this week.The percentage of U.S. households that rent rose from 31 percent in 2005 up to 37 percent by mid-2015, the highest level of renters in five decades. The 10-year period from 2005 to 2015 saw the number of renters nationwide increase by 9 million up to 43 million by mid-2015, the largest gain in renters for any 10-year period on record.A large driver of the unprecedented increase in rental housing has been the bursting of the housing bubble in 2008. Nearly 8 million families have lost their homes to foreclosure since the homeownership rate peaked in 2004. Household incomes have returned to their mid-90s levels and mortgage credit access has become tighter.“The sharp downturn in both the economy and housing market has renewed appreciation of the benefits that renting offers,” the report states, citing lower moving costs for renters tan for owners that enable them to more easily respond to changes in employment or the housing market; less financial risk to renters than to owners who have a significant share of wealth tied up in a single investment that is subject to dramatic swings in value; and renters want to be relieved of responsibility (and expense) for property maintenance that comes with owning.The growing popularity in rental housing demand is also due to the aging of the millennial generation (defined in the report as born between 1985 and 2004) which has created a larger number of adults in their 20s—which has traditionally been the most common age for renting. Millennials are also delaying until a later age life events that typically precede first-time homeownership, such as marriage and having children. According to the report, the number of renters nationwide would be even higher on top of the 9 million increase over the last decade if the recession “had not kept many young adults living in their parents’ homes.” One million of those 9 million renters gained in the last decade were under age 30. Generation X (born between 1965 and 2004) accounted for one-third, or 3 million, of that 9 million increase. The largest share, perhaps surprisingly, went to baby boomers (born between 1946 and 1965) at 4.3 million, accounting for almost half of the 9 million increase in renters over the last decade.The growth not only reflects the aging of the baby boomer rental generation, but the decline in homeownership rates among that demographic, according to the report. While households in their 20s make up the largest share, the majority of all renters nationwide are age 40 or older. Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago About Author: Brian Honea The Week Ahead: Nearing the Forbearance Exit 2 days ago Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago December 12, 2015 1,171 Views Previous: Forces Join to Protect Borrowers from Foreclosure Relief Scams Next: DS News Webcast: Monday 12/14/2015 Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days agolast_img read more

66 new Covid 19 fines issued in Donegal, 771 in total

first_img Facebook 66 new Covid 19 fines issued in Donegal, 771 in total Homepage BannerNews By News Highland – April 9, 2021 Facebook Google+ Important message for people attending LUH’s INR clinic News, Sport and Obituaries on Monday May 24th WhatsApp RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Arranmore progress and potential flagged as population grows – Over 3,341 fines issued to date to people attending or organising house parties – Such gatherings put at risk not only those attending, but everyone they come into contact with after including loved ones, neighbours, colleagues and local community- Plan your activities this weekend to ensure you exercise within your 5km- Gardaí continuing high visibility patrols at public amenities, parks and beauty spots across the country this weekend- Illegal parking at such locations can result in cars being towed and impounded- All adults in a car found to be undertaking a non-essential journey may be liable for a €100 fine eachTo date, An Garda Síochána has issued approximately 19,865 Covid-19 fines across the range of all COVID-19 breaches.As of close of business yesterday (April 8, 2021) the following number of fines had been issued:- 13,972 €100 fines for non-essential travel- 1,046 €500 fines for non-essential journeys to airports/ports – the total number of €100 and €500 fines for non-essential journeys to airports/ports is 1,421- 675 €500 fines for organising a house party and 2,666 €150 fines for attending a house party- 337 fines of €80 each for not wearing a face covering- 377 fines of €100 for non-essential travel by persons not ordinarily resident in the StateAn Garda Síochána continues to find groups gathering (house parties, social gatherings, exercise etc.) in breach of regulations. In some instances, particularly in relation to house parties, Gardaí are finding groups as big as 30 to 40 people. In one case last weekend, up to around 100 people were found at a house party.These are not just breaches of regulations, but are a risk to the individuals involved, their families and loved ones, and continue to put everybody’s health and the recovery from the Covid-19 pandemic at risk.An Garda Síochána will be continuing nationwide checkpoints and high visibility patrols at public amenities, parks and beauty spots across the country this weekend in support of public health regulations.An Garda Síochána is again advising the public of the need to plan their activities over the weekend to take account that people are only allowed to exercise within 5km of their home. People are reminded that the 5km limit includes the distance travelled from their home to a location for exercise. In other words, you can’t travel more than 5km to a location to exercise.The public should also be aware that if a driver is found to be in breach of the non-essential travel regulations that not only can the driver be fined, but their adult passengers as well. This is also the case for adults in groups undertaking activities such as cycling or walking – every adult in such a group can be fined.When visiting amenities within 5km of your home please park legally. Illegal parking can hinder access by emergency services and could put lives at risk. As we saw during previous weekends, people who illegally park are at risk of having their cars towed and impounded.In enforcing these regulations, Gardaí have been using the 4Es approach – engaging, explaining, and encouraging with enforcement a last resort.An Garda Síochána continues to remind persons subject to domestic violence – Travel restrictions DO NOT APPLY in the case of domestic violence or to escape a risk of harm, whether to the person or to another person.An Garda Síochána continues to appeal to any person who may have been the victim of an incident of sexual or domestic crime irrespective of whether you may have been on breach of any public health regulations, for instance by attending a house party, An Garda Síochána is here to assist and support you, please report all such incidents.Speaking today, Deputy Commissioner, Policing and Security, Anne Marie McMahon said, “The vast majority of people continue to follow public health advice and regulations. We thank them for their sacrifice. We know it is not easy, but it is making a difference. It is appreciated by all Gardaí.”Unfortunately, despite the constant public health advice, we are still seeing people attending house parties and other large social gatherings. Going to such gatherings puts yourself, your loved ones, and everyone else you come into contact with after of getting COVID-19.”The best way of keeping safe this weekend is to stay home. If you are going out, please stay within your 5km, limit your contacts with others, maintain social distancing, and regularly wash your hands.” DL Debate – 24/05/21 center_img There were 66 Covid 19 fines issued in Donegal in the seven days up to Thursday of this week, a 16% increase on the previous week.Gardai say they’re continuing to find groups of people gathering and having house parties, despite Covid-19 guidelines.They say a group of up to 100 people were found at a house party last weekend.Gardai have handed out a total of 19,865 fines for various Covid breaches.Over 3,341 fines have been issued to people organising or attending house parties during the pandemic, with 13,972 fines of €100 issued for non essential travel. 337 fines of €80 each have been handed out for not wearing a face coveringIn the North Western region, 4,391 fines have been handed out, 771 of them in the Donegal Division. Over the past week, the number of fines issued in Donegal was 66. That’s eleven more than were handed out in the previous week. Previous articleSister expresses concern on the eve of Lyra McKee’s second anniversaryNext articleTen man Derry go down at Pats News Highland Twitter Google+ Pinterest Twitter An Garda Síochána – Keep Following Public Health Advice To Protect Yourselves and the Front-Line. 9th April, 2021. Pinterest WhatsApp Loganair’s new Derry – Liverpool air service takes off from CODA Nine til Noon Show – Listen back to Monday’s Programmelast_img read more