Wickes partnership raises £5m for Bloodwise

first_img About Melanie May Melanie May is a journalist and copywriter specialising in writing both for and about the charity and marketing services sectors since 2001. She can be reached via www.thepurplepim.com. With the help of public support, Wickes has raised £5m for Bloodwise over the past decade.During the ten-year national partnership, Wickes stores across the country held various fundraising events, most recently “Hop up Kilimanjaro” which saw colleagues complete 38,000 steps in-store on a Hop Up platform to represent the 38,000 people diagnosed with blood cancer each year.Bloodwise – formerly Leukaemia & Lymphoma Research – became Wickes’s first-ever national charity partner in 2006, initially for an 18-month period.Simon King, managing director of Wickes, said:“Our colleagues have immersed themselves in fundraising through countless ways, such as the Bloodwise London to Paris cycle challenge, numerous cake sales in store and the “Hop Up” challenge last year. The passion and commitment has been amazing.”  141 total views,  1 views today Advertisement  142 total views,  2 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis10 Melanie May | 2 August 2016 | News AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis10 Wickes partnership raises £5m for Bloodwise Tagged with: corporate fundraisinglast_img read more

Police investigations and prosecutions used to harass news media

first_img Help by sharing this information Interrogation by intelligence officials and hostile comments by the president May 31, 2021 Find out more News RSF_en Follow the news on Myanmar July 10, 2014 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Police investigations and prosecutions used to harass news media to go further News May 12, 2021 Find out more May 26, 2021 Find out more MyanmarAsia – Pacific RSF asks Germany to let Myanmar journalist Mratt Kyaw Thu apply for asylum Until recently, the media freedom situation in Burma was very promising but this is no longer the case. Reporters Without Borders is alarmed by the interrogation of many newspaper editors since 20 June and by the president’s recent expressions of hostility to freedom of information.In a threatening comment on 7 July, President Thein Sein said: “If there is any media that exploits media freedom and causes harm to national security rather than reporting for the sake of the country, effective legal action will be taken against that media.”The latest senior journalists to be detained for questioning were three of the weekly Bi Mon Te Nay’s editors – Ye Min Aung, Win Tin and Naing Sai Aung. They were taken from their homes on the night of 7 July for interrogation by the Special Intelligence Department, also known as Special Branch, about the previous day’s front page, which said Aung San Suu Kyi and community leaders had been elected by the people to be part of an interim government.Claiming that this front page could “cause misunderstanding among the readers and defamation of the government, undermine the stability of the state, and damage public interest,” the authorities announced that Bi Mon Te Nay will be prosecuted. Three computers were seized during a raid on the newspaper’s offices.“Amid continuing political, ethnic and religious tension, the actions of the Burmese authorities have betrayed a certain desperation,” said Benjamin Ismaïl, the head of the Reporters Without Borders Asia-Pacific desk. “By adopting an authoritarian and repressive attitude with the media, the government is neither protecting national security nor solving problems related to news coverage.”The editors of at least six publications – Unity Journal, The Irrawaddy, Myanmar Post Weekly, People Era Weekly, The Voice and People Era Daily – were interrogated from 20 to 23 June about their newspapers’ income, expenses and circulation.Journalists’ associations have publicly questioned the motives for these systematic investigations, while the Interim Press Council has asked parliament to take a position on their legality.Deputy interior minister Kyaw Kyaw Htun has tried to be reassuring about the government’s intentions, claiming that the authorities are only talking to editors, not interrogating them. “We want to know basic information such as which journals are successful and why. Which journals are not successful and why.”Initial progress followed by declineBurma saw major progress in freedom of information when the transition to democracy got under way. By 2012, no journalists were in prison and newspapers were no longer subject to prior censorship.But since Ma Khine’s conviction in December 2013, journalists and media have been the target of a growing number of prosecutions. In April, DVB reporter Zaw Phay was given a one-year jail sentence – reduced to three months on appeal – on charges of trespassing on government property and disturbing a civil servant.The CEO of Unity Weekly and four of his journalists were given 10-year jail sentences today on charges of violating state secrets for reporting the existence of a chemical weapons factory (see separate press release).After violence erupted in the eastern state of Arakan in June 2012 and again after an exploratory visit in 2013, Reporters Without Borders tried to explain to the Burmese authorities that media freedom should be seen not as the outcome of a transition to democracy but as one of its prerequisites.Today more than ever, Reporters Without Borders calls on the government to encourage the media to play a vital role by promoting understanding between ethnic groups and a peaceful public discussion of political, ethnic and religious differences. Only the promotion of these values will effectively rein in the extreme polarization and the political manipulation of certain media.Burma is ranked 145th out of 180 countries in the Reporters Without Borders press freedom index. News MyanmarAsia – Pacific Organisation News US journalist held in Yangon prison notorious for torture Thai premier, UN rapporteurs asked to prevent journalists being returned to Myanmar Receive email alertslast_img read more

RSF calls for release of Dutch journalists held by ELN in Colombia

first_imgNews Follow the news on Colombia ColombiaAmericas Condemning abuses ViolenceHostagesFreedom of expression Organisation RSF begins research into mechanisms for protecting journalists in Latin America RSF_en October 21, 2020 Find out more ColombiaAmericas Condemning abuses ViolenceHostagesFreedom of expression Help by sharing this information Reports 2011-2020: A study of journalist murders in Latin America confirms the importance of strengthening protection policies April 27, 2021 Find out more Reporters Without Borders (RSF) urges the Colombian authorities to do everything possible to facilitate the release of two Dutch journalists held by ELN guerrillas in the northern Catatumbo region for the past four days. News RSF, IFEX-ALC and Media Defence, support FLIP and journalist Diana Díaz against state harassment in Colombia to go further June 21, 2017 – Updated on June 26, 2017 RSF calls for release of Dutch journalists held by ELN in Colombia Receive email alerts News —————————————————-UPDATE (JUNE 26th): The journalists Derk Johannes Bolt and Eugenio Ernest Marie Follender were all released by the ELN in the late afternoon of June 23th.—————————————————-Reporter/presenter Derk Johannes Bolt, 62, and cameraman Eugenio Ernest Marie Follender, 58, who work for the Dutch TV channel KRO-NCRV, went missing in this remote region near the Venezuelan border on 17 June.They went to El Tarra, a municipality that has not been under government control for several years, to do a report for the popular Dutch TV programme Spoorloos and were trying to find the relatives of a Colombian girl who was adopted by a Dutch couple.The authorities and the army, which has dispatched soldiers to the area, say the Dutch journalists have been abducted by the National Liberation Army (ELN), a rebel group that has controlled the area in recent years and does tolerate the presence of cameras.The information obtained by RSF confirms that the two journalists are indeed being held by the ELN and that the ELN wants to verify that they are not Colombian army spies or members of paramilitary groups before freeing them.“We urge the Colombian authorities to conduct negotiations for the release of Bolt and Follender as quickly as possible,” said Emmanuel Colombié, the head of RSF’s Latin America bureau.“The Colombian government must also do everything possible to restore order and ensure that its citizens and journalists are able to move about freely and safely in the Catatumbo area, which has become a news and information black hole.”The ELN abducted Salud Hernández-Mora, a journalist with Spanish and Colombian dual nationality, and Colombian journalists Diego D’Pablos and Carlos Melo in the same region in May 2016, releasing them all a few days later.Colombia is ranked 129th out of 180 countries in RSF’s 2017 World Press Freedom Index. May 13, 2021 Find out morelast_img read more

Radio Fahazavana personnel freed, but another opposition radio station suspended

first_img to go further MadagascarAfrica Organisation April 30, 2021 Find out more Reporters Without Borders hails the conditional release on 8 September of the 10 Radio Fahazavana employees who have been in pre-trial detention since 27 May, even if they still have to face trial on a charge of inciting a revolt, but condemns a government decision to suspend the broadcasts of another radio station, Radio Mahafaly, until further notice.“We are relieved to learn that the Radio Fahazavana employees are free and have been reunited with their families,” Reporters Without Borders said. “The formal judicial investigation is finally due to begin this month and we reiterate our call for a fair trial that is not subject to political pressure.”The press freedom organisation added: “We deplore the fact that political tension between the members of the transitional government and the leaders of the opposition continues to impact the media. The suspension of the Radio Mahafaly, an opposition station, is a flagrant example of this.” News Receive email alerts MadagascarAfrica RSF_en Reports April 16, 2020 Find out more Madagascar : Sabotage silences TV channel that criticized coronavirus measures Help by sharing this information September 10, 2010 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Radio Fahazavana personnel freed, but another opposition radio station suspended RSF urges Madagascar to let journalists cover Covid-19 freely News Follow the news on Madagascar November 27, 2020 Find out more News The 10 Radio Fahazavana employees who have just been released are editor-in-chief Josiane Ranaivo, five of the station’s other journalists (Lolo Ratsimba, Jaona Raôly, Tiana Maharavo, Philémon Raveloarison and Tiburce Soavinarivo), two technicians and two security guards (Read the interview in French with Josiane Raniavo ).They were arrested by soldiers on the evening of 20 May for allegedly encouraging a mutiny earlier that day by gendarmes at Fort-Duchesne, and were transferred to the capital’s Antanimora prison on 27 May on charges of inciting a revolt and rebellion. Read the previous press release .The same day that they were released, officials announced that the broadcasts of Radio Mahafaly, a station based in the central city of Antsirabé, were being suspended “until further notice.” A communication ministry delegation accompanied by police went to the station to enforce the measure. No equipment was seized and the station’s journalists are not been denied access to its premises, but they are not allowed to broadcast.The station’s staff said they did not know the reason for the suspension order. “All our papers are in order,” station manager Mamy Andrianjafisolo told Reporters Without Borders. “After a trial period in 2009, we obtained a proper licence in May of this year,” he said, adding that he suspected the suspension was politically motivated. The station is owned by the municipality of Antsirabé, whose mayor, Olga Ramalason, supports deposed President Marc Ravalomanana.Radio stations have also been the target of physical attacks. Radio Soatalily, the local offshoot of Radio Nationale Malgache (RNM) in the southwestern city of Tuléar, was ransacked on 27 August by anti-government activists protesting against the lack of opposition representatives in the state-owned media. During an attack on Radio Varatraza, the RNM offshoot in the northern city of Antsiranana, on 7 September, at attempt was made to burn down its transmitter but it sustained only partial damage.“With a national conference on a solution to the crisis due to start on 13 September, we urge all the various political movements to respect media freedom,” Reporters Without Borders said. “We urge the current government to respect diversity of opinions and we urge the opposition to control its activists so that acts of vandalism do not recur.” The 2020 pandemic has challenged press freedom in Africalast_img read more

Savage Town draws a dark shadow at Limerick exhibition

first_imgWATCH: “Everyone is fighting so hard to get on” – Pat Ryan on competitive camogie squads Advertisement Previous articleLimerick welcome ERSI recommendation for balanced economic growth across citiesNext articleFifty new jobs arrive in Limerick thanks to US company Alan Jacqueshttp://www.limerickpost.ie Limerick Ladies National Football League opener to be streamed live WhatsApp Email Linkedin Billy Lee names strong Limerick side to take on Wicklow in crucial Division 3 clash Twitter Limerick Artist ‘Willzee’ releases new Music Video – “A Dream of Peace” center_img NewsLocal NewsSavage Town draws a dark shadow at Limerick exhibitionBy Alan Jacques – January 29, 2018 4032 One of the Savage Town images that will feature in the Limerick exhibition.AN exhibition celebrating the graphic novel ‘Savage Town’, loosely based on gangland Limerick, opens this week in Ormston House on Patrick Street.On show since Thursday January 25 and running until February 17, the exhibition features artwork, live performance and panel discussion with authors Declan Shalvey and Philip Barrett.The exhibition will celebrate the release of Savage Town, a graphic novel set in Limerick, loosely based on the rise of gangland in the early noughties.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up Shalvey, originally from Ennis, studied Fine Art Printmaking at Limerick School of Art and Design and spent a number of years living in the city. He now makes a living drawing comic book legends such as Batman, Captain America, Deadpool and Punisher for Marvel and DC Comics.“Back in the summer of 2003, I didn’t know what I was going to do with my life. I had just finished my final year of art college and I didn’t have a clue what to do with it,” Declan recalled this week.“I grew up in Ennis. To me, Limerick was the big city we would go to where my mum would go do her fancy shopping, and I would get to go to toyshops and comic shops. There used to be a Forbidden Planet on Patrick Street back in the day and I would spend all day looking at all the comics they had, until that horrible day when the store closed down.“I’ve always wanted to draw comics, ever since I was a kid. But, saying ‘I want to be a comic artist’ is like saying ‘I want to be an astronaut’ to regular people. ‘Comics eh? So you want to be an art teacher, is it?’ No, I do not want to be an art teacher. I want to tell stories and make a living doing so. That was a pretty unimaginable goal, but it’s all I ever wanted to do,” the writer/artist told the Limerick Post.However, Declan is now living proof that dreams can come true. From sheer hard work, dedication and a lot of luck, he is today living his dream.“When I finished school, I still didn’t know how I was going to become a comics artist. I mean I lived in Clare, how was I ever going to get the attention of Marvel Comics from there?I ended up applying for LSAD in an effort to give myself a broader art education. Moving to a ‘big city’ was pretty intimidating to me. During my four years attending LSAD, and the following years I lived in Limerick, I learned a lot.“Ultimately, I had to leave Limerick. I had it too good being close to a city I was comfortable with, close to great friends. I had to move on and dedicate myself to what became a kind of vocation, a real dedication to becoming a comics creator.I began working for Marvel Comics in 2010, drawing characters like Deadpool, Luke Cage, Captain America, Wolverine, Venom, characters that are now household names known on the big and small screen. I’ve gotten to draw Batman for DC comics, more recently I’ve started writing on Deadpool comics and James Bond comics,” he added.The Savage Town exhibition will open at Ormston House this Thursday, January 25 at 7pm and runs until mid-February.by Alan [email protected] Print Predictions on the future of learning discussed at Limerick Lifelong Learning Festival TAGSDC ComicsDeclan ShalveyEnnislimerickLimerick School of Art and DesignMarvelOrmston HousePhilip BarrettSavage Town Limerick’s National Camogie League double header to be streamed live Facebook RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHORlast_img read more

Things to Know: Virus experts hope Super Bowl won’t sack US

first_img By Digital AIM Web Support – February 6, 2021 Pinterest Twitter Here’s what’s happening Saturday with the coronavirus pandemic in the U.S.: THREE THINGS TO KNOW TODAY: — Health officials are on edge as the coronavirus clashes with a Sunday sports event that typically brings millions of people together: the NFL Super Bowl. They fear that the game could seed new COVID-19 cases if fans attend parties to watch Tampa Bay play Kansas City. The new coronavirus strain that spread quickly in the United Kingdom was confirmed in Kansas after turning up in several other states. States, meanwhile, are in a race to vaccinate. The game will be played in front of about 22,000 masked fans in Tampa, many of them vaccinated health workers. — Virus deaths won’t be reflected in the 2020 census, a step that will have an impact on where congressional seats get apportioned, experts say. The important reference date for answering census questions was April 1, soon after U.S. deaths began. New York state, which has had about 44,000 deaths, is expected to lose a House seat due to population shifts but it could have lost two if the census date was later, said Kimball Brace, a redistricting expert at Election Data Services. The Census Bureau releases apportionment numbers by April 30. — Make a deal or stick to his guns? President Joe Biden spent decades shaking hands on bipartisan fixes, first as a senator and then as vice president. But now the Democrat seems to be favoring quick action in Congress on a $1.9 trillion coronavirus aid bill, even if Republicans get left behind. The administration has encouraged Democratic senators to prepare a plan that combines money to address the virus and vaccines with money to fulfill a progressive agenda that includes a higher federal minimum wage. THE NUMBERS: According to data through Feb. 5 from Johns Hopkins University, the seven-day rolling average for daily new cases in the U.S. fell over the past two weeks, from 180,489 on Jan. 22 to about 125,854 on Feb. 5. Over the same period, the seven-day rolling average for daily new deaths rose from 3,088 to roughly 3,250. QUOTABLE: “I’m still riding high,” Michele Voelkert told the Sacramento Bee. The California woman who was laid off because of the pandemic was referring to a pep talk from Biden. The White House released a video of the phone call. The president called Voelkert after getting a letter from her. She lost her job in July at a startup clothing company. Biden recalled his father saying a job is about dignity and respect as much as it is about a paycheck. ICYMI: Federal executions at the end of Donald Trump’s presidency likely acted as a superspreader event, according to the records reviewed by The Associated Press. It was something health experts warned could happen when the Justice Department insisted on resuming executions during a pandemic. Of the 47 people on death row, 33 tested positive between Dec. 16 and Dec. 20, becoming infected soon after executions of two men, according to attorney Madeline Cohen, who compiled the names. Many staff from prisons in other states with their own virus outbreaks traveled to the Terre Haute, Indiana, prison. ON THE HORIZON: Some experts believe rapid tests could be better at at identifying sick people when they are most contagious. North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University said it crushed the spread of an outbreak by using rapid screening after a Halloween party last fall. Rapid tests might be technically less accurate but they’re fast. The U.S. reports about 2 million tests per day, the vast majority of which are known as PCR, the polymerase chain reaction test. The Food and Drug Administration said it supports “innovation in testing” but has only approved about a dozen rapid tests. ——— Find AP’s full coverage of the coronavirus pandemic: https://apnews.com/hub/coronavirus-pandemic Facebook Twitter TAGS  WhatsAppcenter_img Facebook WhatsApp Local NewsUS News Pinterest Things to Know: Virus experts hope Super Bowl won’t sack US Previous articleMuszynski carries Belmont past SIU-Edwardsville 94-62Next articleVarane double leads Madrid comeback win at last-place Huesca Digital AIM Web Supportlast_img read more

Farmers affected by flooding have two weeks to apply to new assistance fund

first_imgHomepage BannerNews Pinterest WhatsApp Further drop in people receiving PUP in Donegal Twitter Twitter Facebook Previous articleThird time of asking for Eunans and KilcarNext articleOver 2,800 people spent time on trolleys and chairs at LUH during 2015 admin Gardai continue to investigate Kilmacrennan fire Google+ Form can be downloaded here RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR WhatsApp 75 positive cases of Covid confirmed in North Google+ Pinterest Main Evening News, Sport and Obituaries Tuesday May 25th Man arrested on suspicion of drugs and criminal property offences in Derry Facebook By admin – January 8, 2016 Farmers who’ve lost fodder due to the severe flooding are being urged to apply quickly to the Government’s assistance fund.Two million euro has been set aside to help farmers replace lost feed for their animals in the coming days and weeks.Floodwaters have encroached on farmlands and sheds – destroying food that had been stock piled for the winter months.The deadline for applications is this day fortnight and the Minister for Agriculture Simon Coveney says it’s a simple application process………..Audio Playerhttp://www.highlandradio.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/01/coveney7.wav00:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. Farmers affected by flooding have two weeks to apply to new assistance fund 365 additional cases of Covid-19 in Republic last_img read more

[Case On Violation Of Election Code Of Conduct] Karnataka HC Stays Summons Against Yediyurappa [Read Petition]

first_imgNews Updates[Case On Violation Of Election Code Of Conduct] Karnataka HC Stays Summons Against Yediyurappa [Read Petition] Mustafa Plumber2 Sep 2020 12:04 AMShare This – xThe Karnataka High Court while reserving its order on the petition filed by Chief Minister B.S.Yediyurappa has stayed the summons issued to him by a district court at Gokak. Yediyurappa has moved the court seeking to quash a complaint dated 26.11.2019, registered against him for offences under Section 123 (3) of the Representation of Peoples Act, 1951 and under Section 171…Your free access to Live Law has expiredTo read the article, get a premium account.Your Subscription Supports Independent JournalismSubscription starts from ₹ 599+GST (For 6 Months)View PlansPremium account gives you:Unlimited access to Live Law Archives, Weekly/Monthly Digest, Exclusive Notifications, Comments.Reading experience of Ad Free Version, Petition Copies, Judgement/Order Copies.Subscribe NowAlready a subscriber?LoginThe Karnataka High Court while reserving its order on the petition filed by Chief Minister B.S.Yediyurappa has stayed the summons issued to him by a district court at Gokak.  Yediyurappa has moved the court seeking to quash a complaint dated 26.11.2019, registered against him for offences under Section 123 (3) of the Representation of Peoples Act, 1951 and under Section 171 (F) of the Indian Penal code. Further, to quash the order dated June 26, issuing summons to him. Justice Suraj Govindaraj has reserved its order after hearing in detail the submission made by Senior Advocate C.V. Nagesh, and Advocate Sandeep Patil, who appeared for Yediyurappa. In the complaint filed by Laxman Allapur who was deputed on election duty as a Flying Squad by the District Election Officer, Belagavi for Gokak Constituency Bye-Elections. It is alleged petitioner while campaigning for the BJP Candidate Ramesh Jarkiholi had appealed in his speech that the Veerashaiva Lingayat Community Members votes must be consolidated and that they should not disperse here and there and as such he has violated the Election Code of Conduct. Based on the complaint, the police registered a Non-Cognizable Report bearing and made a requisition on 26.11.2019, before the Trial Court to seek permission to register and investigate into the alleged non-cognizable offences, which was accorded. Pursuant to which police registered the FIR and after completion of investigation has submitted the Final “B” Report, before the Trial Court on June 25. However, the trial court strikes down the said order and June 26, takes cognizance and issues summons to the Petitioner and directs the Registry to register the case. It is argued in the petition that “The registration of FIR amounts to gross violation of the Rule of Law much less in gross violation to Section 155 of Cr.P.C. Further, the Trial Court ought to have applied its mind at the time of taking cognizance by giving reasons for summoning the petitioner. In the absence of such mandatory compliance the proceedings before the Trial Court become unsustainable and in absence of there being a set of facts so as to constitute the commission of the offences, the lodging of the complaint and continuation of the criminal proceeding pursuant thereto, would amount to gross abuse of process of Court and of law.” It is also claimed that bare reading of the complaint and the entire B Final Report reveals that the allegations made therein are based on presumptions and no evidence of whatsoever nature is produced so as to implicate the Petitioner. The entire complaint is concocted and does not instill any credibility and as such is liable to be quashed.Click Here To Download Petition[Read Petition] Next Storylast_img read more

A Connecticut mystery: A timeline of the disappearance of mom of 5 Jennifer Dulos

first_imgPatrick Raycraft/Hartford Courant/TNS via Getty Images(NEW CANAAN, Conn.) — The search intensifies for New Canaan, Connecticut, mom of five Jennifer Dulos, who vanished nearly two weeks ago amid a custody dispute with her estranged husband.Here’s a timeline of the case, from the divorce filing to her husband’s arrest.2017: A contentious separationIn 2017, Jennifer Dulos filed for an emergency order for full custody of their five children, which was denied, court documents show. Jennifer and Fotis Dulos were granted shared custody of the children until the end of the divorce proceedings.Jennifer Dulos alleged that her husband exhibited intensifying “irrational, unsafe, bullying, threatening and controlling behavior,” stating that she was afraid for her safety as well as the physical safety and emotional well-being of their children.The mother alleged that Fotis Dulos threatened to kidnap their children in May 2017 if she did not agree to his terms in the divorce settlement and that he had bought a gun that year.She alleged that on June 3, 2017, Fotis Dulos “became enraged, appeared out of control, and blamed me for scheduling activities for the children on a Saturday morning. … I was scared and tried to leave the room. He followed me upstairs and into a bedroom, where he shut the door and blocked it so that I was trapped as he verbally attacked me and physically intimidated me.”“I am afraid of my Husband,” Jennifer Dulos alleged. “I know that filing for divorce, and filing this motion will enrage him. I know he will retaliate by trying to harm me in some way.”In Fotis Dulos’ amended reply to the motion, he claimed he legally bought the gun in 2017 for home security.He denied exhibiting “irrational, unsafe, bullying, threatening and/or controlling behavior.”Fotis Dulos stated that he never threatened to kidnap the children and never “physically threatened, stalked or assaulted” his wife.Fotis Dulos also stated that his wife called him a psychopath and told the children that he does not care about them. In addition, Fotis Dulos claimed that his wife said to the children, “I will make sure this divorce takes two and a half years,” and “I can have the Mafia break your dad’s legs with a baseball bat.”Fotis Dulos said in a Dec. 2017 email to his wife: “our children deserve a mother AND a father, not one or the other. And if we cannot live together, we can at least get along for their sake and benefit.”May 24: Jennifer Dulos vanishesShe was last heard from while dropping off her children at school, according to police, who say she was believed to be driving her 2017 black Chevrolet Suburban at the time.Her vehicle was later found near Waveny Park in New Canaan, police said.Investigators believe Jennifer Dulos suffered a “serious physical assault” in her garage, where blood stains and blood spatter were found, according to arrest warrants.New Canaan police are asking residents to save surveillance camera footage from May 22 to May 25 because it may help with the search. Police say they’ve established a timeline of when the New Canaan mom of five went missing and are looking for cameras that capture driving activity.“We miss her beyond measure — her five young children, her family, her friends, colleagues and neighbors, as well as countless people who have never met her but who have responded to the spirit of grace and kindness that Jennifer embodies,” family spokesperson Carrie Luft said in a statement last week.“The support and love, the concern for her children and the community efforts to help locate Jennifer have kept us going.”June 1: ArrestsFotis Dulos, 51, of Farmington, and his live-in girlfriend, Michelle Troconis, 44, were arrested on Saturday, charged with tampering with or fabricating physical evidence and hindering prosecution, according to authorities.More charges are likely, prosecutors said Monday.Clothes and sponges with Jennifer Dulos’ blood were found in trash cans in Hartford, where the documents said surveillance cameras captured a man appearing to be Fotis Dulos disposing of garbage bags in multiple receptacles, according to the documents. A woman in the passenger seat of the man’s car fit the appearance of Troconis, according to the documents.Their next court date is June 11.June 4: Custody of the childrenJennifer Dulos’ mother, Gloria Farber, on Tuesday filed a motion for custody of her daughter’s five children.The documents cited Fotis Dulos’ arrest and incarceration, and requested that, even if he is released, the kids remain in her custody.It remains unclear where the Dulos’ five children are now, but a family spokeswoman said last week they are “safe and well-cared for.”Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

Negative COVID-19 test required for Washington, DC, visitors from high-risk states: Mayor

first_imgnarvikk/iStockBy BILL HUTCHINSON, ABC News(WASHINGTON) — Most out-of-town visitors to Washington, D.C., from states deemed high-risk for COVID-19, will be required to have a negative test before arriving in the district, but will no longer have to self-quarantine in the city for 14 days, according to an order signed Thursday by the city’s mayor.With the new order, the nation’s capital joins New York, Connecticut and New Jersey in instituting requirements for visitors to help blunt the spread of the coronavirus amid an alarming increase in infection rates across the country.“We want people to be safe and smart if they do travel,” Mayor Muriel Bowser said at a news conference Thursday.Under the order, people traveling from 42 states that D.C. health officials have deemed high-risk for COVID-19 will be required to test negative for the virus 72 hours before traveling to the nation’s capital. Visitors staying longer than three days will have to take a second test three to five days after their arrival, according to the order.“Obviously if they get a negative test they should not come to the district,” Bowser said.She said visitors from the neighboring states of Virginia and Maryland will be exempt from the new requirements.Bowser also said essential workers coming from out of state will be allowed to carry out their duties prior to getting their second negative test.Visitors coming to D.C. for 24 hours or less will also be exempt, and people arriving from out of state for funerals or emergencies will not need to obtain a test prior to arriving if doing so is impractical, the mayor said.She said D.C. residents returning home from out of state should limit their daily activities and self-monitor for 14 days, or get tested three to five days after they arrive home.The new travel advisory goes into effect on Nov. 9.Anyone in close contact with people who have tested positive for the virus are advised not to travel to the city, Bowser added.The mayor also said the city will continue to provide free tests to visitors.In announcing the new order, Bowser also urged residents not to travel over Thanksgiving or to host large gatherings of out-of-state guests over the upcoming holiday.“We continue to ask people to limit their travel, but we also know people are going to come here and they’re more than likely not going to quarantine for 14 days if they do,” Bowser said.Bowser said there are no plans to create “checkpoints” at airports or on highways. But the mayor said that private institutions such as universities, hospitals, hotels, congregate care facilities and houses of worship may ask visitors about their recent travel and can require proof of a negative COVID-19 test before allowing admittance.Copyright © 2020, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.last_img read more