April 28, 2021 Find out more News Turkey’s never-ending judicial persecution of former newspaper editor Organisation RSF_en Follow the news on Turkey Human rights groups warns European leaders before Turkey summit Credit: Ozan Kose / AFP News Help by sharing this information Receive email alerts April 2, 2021 Find out more News June 12, 2018 Turkey: Zaman columnists and journalists must be acquitted in political trial News to go further April 2, 2021 Find out more TurkeyEurope – Central Asia Condemning abusesProtecting journalists Judicial harassmentImprisonedFreedom of expressionCouncil of Europe On 7-8 June 2018 ARTICLE 19, International Press Institute (IPI) and Reporters Without Borders (RSF) observed the fifth hearing in the case against eleven journalists and columnists writing for Zaman newspaper at the Serious Crimes Court in Istanbul. The journalists face various coup or terror-related charges, with five facing aggravated life-sentences. In light of the prosecutor’s failure to produce sufficient evidence in this manifestly political case, we call for the acquittal of all defendants and the immediate release of the four who are still being detained.Similarly to the previous hearing held 10-11 May, 7-8 June was scheduled to be the final hearing of the case. However, Şahin Alpay’s final defence statement was not heard and a further hearing was scheduled for 5-6 July, when a verdict is expected. On Thursday, the court heard the defence statements of İbrahim Karayeğen, Lalezer Sanibrahimoğlu and Ali Bulaç. The hearing continued on Friday, with the final defence statements of Ahmet Turan Alkan and Nuriye Ural. Five final defence statements were heard at the previous hearing.Lack of sufficient evidenceThe prosecutor has repeatedly failed to produce sufficient evidence to justify the harsh charges against the defendants.Initial indictmentThe initial indictment presented general information about the Gülen Movement, the organisation the Turkish government accuses of orchestrating the 2016 coup attempt. The indictment explains the movement’s alleged functioning as a terrorist organisation, internal hierarchy and nature of the alleged media arm of the organisation.Incoherent references to defendants are scattered throughout the indictment. In the case of Lalezar İbrahimoğlu, only one sentence in the indictment referred to her column and no other evidence was presented. No evidence against Orhan Kemal Çengiz was presented in the indictment. While additional evidence was included (including more references to articles and columns) in the twelve thousand pages of annexes attached to the indictment, these were not clearly referenced in the indictment, creating an unreasonable task for defendants to produce an adequate defence. This is of particular concern for those who were held in pre-trial detention with restricted access to their lawyers and to computers. ARTICLE 19 and RSF have attended each hearing throughout the trial and confirm that no additional evidence was presented or examined prior to the issuing of the Prosecutor’s final opinion at the 3rd hearing of the trial in April 2018.The Prosecutor’s final opinionThe prosecutor’s final opinion presented charges and what it considered to be evidence against each defendant. However, this opinion merely served to demonstrate even more clearly the lack of substance to the case overall. The prosecutor argues that the defendants’ association with Zaman newspaper is evidence enough of guilt and lists as evidence their articles, columns, social media posts or TV interviews in which they criticised the government and its policies; wrote about government corruption; criticised police investigations against Gülen-affiliated banks, media outlets or civil society organisations. The opinion also states as an argument that the defendants failed to criticise the Gülen movement. For one or two defendants, the prosecutor also delineates evidence unrelated to their freedom of expression, for example possession of tokens alleged to demonstrate affiliation with the Gülen movement. However, this evidence does not appear sufficient to justify the serious charges in the case.The charges and evidence against the defendants in the final opinion of the prosecutor can be summarised as follows: Şahin Alpay, Ahmet Turan Alkan and Mustafa Ünal are all facing aggravated life sentences for charges of ‘attempting to overthrow the constitutional order through violence and force’. For all three defendants the only evidence mentioned in the prosecutor’s final opinion relates to their columns, speeches and articles, in addition to their having written for Zaman newspaper. No evidence of incitement to violence was presented. Ali Bulaç also faces an aggravated life sentence for charges of ‘attempting to overthrow the constitutional order through violence and force’. In addition to his articles, columns and speeches, the prosecutor listed his association with Zaman and the Journalists and Writers Foundation, possession of books or photographs of Gülen, communicating with other members, holding an account with Bank Asya and supporting that bank when it was in financial crisis by transferring money to the bank following an alleged call by Gülen for his supporters to do so. Mümtazer Türköne also faces an aggravated life sentence for charges of ‘attempting to overthrow the constitutional order through violence and force’. The prosecutor refers to his articles and columns, communications with other members of a terrorist organisation via twitter, accessing and using of banned twitter accounts associated with Gülen-affiliated media. İbrahim Karayeğen and Mehmet Özdemir face 10-15 years in jail on charges of ‘leading a terrorist organisation’. The evidence presented against Karayeğen includes use of Bylock messaging application, possession of one US Dollar [allegedly a symbol of affiliation with the Gülen movemet], attempting to leave the country, social media shares and possession of photographs of Gülen. The evidence against Özdemir appears to be solely his position as editor in chief of Zaman newspaper. However, in his defence statement he clarified that he was in fact managing editor without responsibility for determining editorial policy. Lalezar Sanibrahimoğlu and Nuriye Ural face sentences of five to ten years in prison for ‘aiding a terrorist organisation without being a member’. The only evidence presented against them in the final opinion is their articles, writings and expression. Orhan Kemal Çengiz and İhsan Dağı face one to five years in prison on charges of ‘terrorist propaganda’. The only evidence presented against them is based on their expression. However, Çengiz was also detained at the airport (prior to being charged) and the Prosecutor lists this as an attempt to flee the country and uses it as evidence against him.Freedom of expressionARTICLE 19, RSF and IPI note that the right to freedom of expression must necessarily include the freedom to criticise the government, its actions and policies as a fundamental part of the role of the media as a public watchdog. Any restriction on the right to freedom of expression for the purpose of protecting national security must demonstrate that the expression directly and clearly incited violence. Journalists must be free to carry out their research on matters of public interest, which may include communicating with people accused of membership in a terrorist organisation or possessing books or photographs for research purposes.In the case of Şahin Alpay, ARTICLE 19 examined the articles and columns in question and found no evidence of incitement to violence. The Constitutional Court reviewed the evidence in his case and concluded on 11 January 2018 that the evidence was insufficient to justify his pre-trial detention. The European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR) also endorsed this view in its decision on 20 March 2018. Many of the defendants referenced these judgments in their defence statements, arguing that the same principles apply to their cases.ARTICLE 19, IPI and RSF repeat their call for all defendants to be acquitted and the remaining four detained defendants to be released in light of the political nature of the trial, the violations of the right to freedom of expression acknowledged by the Constitutional Court and the European Court of Human Rights, and insufficient evidence in general. TurkeyEurope – Central Asia Condemning abusesProtecting journalists Judicial harassmentImprisonedFreedom of expressionCouncil of Europe Journalists threatened with imprisonment under Turkey’s terrorism law
Top Stories𝙇𝙤𝙖𝙣 𝙈𝙤𝙧𝙖𝙩𝙤𝙧𝙞𝙪𝙢 & 𝙄𝙣𝙩𝙚𝙧𝙚𝙨𝙩 𝙒𝙖𝙞𝙫𝙚𝙧- Hearing- LIVE-UPDATES from SC LIVELAW NEWS NETWORK9 Sep 2020 10:23 PMShare This – x…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?LoginLive Updates 9 Sep 2020 11:02 PMBench discusses. SG: This could have serious consequences. Bench: ” Okay. We will have it on 28th September. Interim Orders to continue”9 Sep 2020 11:02 PM”All decisions taken by the RBI, GOI or the banks should be placed before the Court for consideration. We expect that since matter under active consideration under GOI & RBI….”9 Sep 2020 10:57 PM”…..In view of the aforesaid, we are inclined to grant two weeks to file appropriate affidavit. We make it clear that we shall consider different prayers made by petitioners on the next date”9 Sep 2020 10:56 PM”……..SG states that affidavits bringing on record the decision of GOI & RBI shall be brought on record. Giri has also made the same submissions…”9 Sep 2020 10:55 PM”…..banks debiting interest on interest and credit rating being downgraded which may be adverse effect on various account holders”9 Sep 2020 10:55 PM”…Expert committees also been constituted and action shall be taken thereof. Counsel of petitioners have expressed concern wrt individual borrowers apart from other sectors and that individuals adversely affected…..”9 Sep 2020 10:55 PMOrder: “Government at the highest level is considering all issues in this batch of cases & within a period of two weeks appropriate decision will be taken with regard to issues which have arisen and the manner and benefits of different sectors…”9 Sep 2020 10:51 PMSibal: These contracts operated in state of normalcy. This is not a normal situation. The finance minister herself said that this is a force majeure situation. Why should contracts which could not be enforced on account of moratorium be taken into account?9 Sep 2020 10:50 PMSG: All this will be taken into account holistically. Bench: Take concrete decision with clarity so that it is not adjourned now. SG: Government is considering every sector.9 Sep 2020 10:49 PMSalve insists that the interest is not a default interest. Justice Bhushan: Okay, Mr. Mehta? We will grant time and you respond to all issues which have been raised today and now we will not adjourn the case anymore.>Load MoreNext Story
News UpdatesDog Meat Ban: Gauhati High Court Puts Nagaland Government’s Order On Hold Sparsh Upadhyay28 Nov 2020 4:28 AMShare This – xThe Gauhati High Court (Kohima Bench) stayed the Nagaland Government’s decision to ban the commercial sale of dog meat.The Gauhati High Court (Kohima Bench) on Wednesday (25th November) stayed the Nagaland Government’s decision dated 04.07.2020 to ban the commercial import and trade of dog meat and commercial sale of dog meat in markets and dining in restaurants.The Bench of Justice S. Hukato Swu issued the interim stay after the State Government failed to file a reply.It may be noted that the Court had, on…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 Gauhati High Court (Kohima Bench) on Wednesday (25th November) stayed the Nagaland Government’s decision dated 04.07.2020 to ban the commercial import and trade of dog meat and commercial sale of dog meat in markets and dining in restaurants.The Bench of Justice S. Hukato Swu issued the interim stay after the State Government failed to file a reply.It may be noted that the Court had, on the previous date, i.e. on 14.09.2020, given the opportunity to the respondents to file affidavit-in-opposition with the direction that interim would be considered thereafter, however, the State failed to file its responseThe Prayers of the PetitionerThe petitioners before the Court are traders dealing in importing and sale of dog meat within the jurisdiction of Kohima Municipal under the license issued by the respondent No. 3.It was stated by them that with the issuance of the impugned notification dated 04.07.2020 (to ban the commercial import and trade of dog meat and commercial sale of dog meat in markets and dining in restaurants), their business and livelihood has been adversely affected added to the pandemic situation prevailing in the StateThe counsel for the petitioners submitted before the Court that they moved the Court because the concerned authority, Chief Secretary, who had issued the impugned notification dated 04.07.2020 was not statutorily empowered to pass such orders.It was further submitted that the Food Safety Standards Act, 2006 confers this authority on the Commissioner of Food Safety under Section 30 of the Act.Therefore, it was argued that “the notification dated 04.07.2020, issued by the Chief Secretary banning the commercial import and trade of dog meat and commercial sale of dog meat in markets and dining in restaurants is illegal.”It was contended that there are procedural steps which have to be followed prior to the issuance of banning the sale of meat under the Food Safety Standards Act which are provided under Sections 34, 36 and 38.It was stated that the procedure requires that on observation if any food which is intended for sale appears to be not in conformity with standard rules would be subject to analysis scientifically and thereafter come to a finding that the particular food is either fit or unfit for consumption.Furthermore, notice is to be given to the party to be affected by orders under Food Safety Standards Act prior to issuance of the prohibition of the sale of any article of food which is in contravention of the provisions of the Act.It was also argued that “All these procedural steps as mandated under the Act has been violated, therefore, there is a violation of the procedural law and that executive order passed under Article 162 cannot stand the test of law if it violates Articles 14, 19 and 21.”Lastly, it was stated that “if an executive exercise is made violating the fundamental rights of the citizens, the executive Court orders cannot stand the test of law. Orders to be implemented must have statutory backing.”Court’s OrderThe Court considered the submissions made by the counsel for the petitioners and also, the submission made by the Government Advocate.Under the facts and circumstances placed before the Court, the Court was of the view that the impugned order dated 04.07.2020 “may be stayed until the next returnable date and accordingly order so.”In the meantime, the State respondents have been directed to make all efforts to file their affidavit-in-reply. The matter will now be listed after the winter vacation.Case title- Neizevolie Kuotsu Alias Toni Kuotsu And 2 Ors v. The State Of Nagaland and 2 Ors [Case No. : WP(C) 128/2020]Picture Courtesy – India TodayNext Story
Matt Butler TOMPKINS COUNTY, N.Y.—The Tompkins Chamber has announced the winners of its annual awards recognizing people, businesses and non-profits making a contribution to the local community. Tompkins County Public Health Director Frank Kruppa, the Greater Ithaca Activities Center, Stephanie Holzbaur of Serendipity Catering and The Backlot, and the Mindwell Center are all being awarded for their work in 2020. They’ll be recognized at the Chamber Annual Meeting and Celebration on May 20 at 6:30 p.m. at Coltivare, or viewable at home (registration here). Noel Desch Key Person of the YearKruppa obviously rose to prominence locally when he was thrust into the spotlight as the COVID-19 pandemic arrived in Tompkins County and globally in March 2020, earning him the Noel Desch Key Person of the Year award. Since then, he’s been a nearly constant presence in the lives of Tompkins County residents paying attention to the pandemic response, leading the way on testing, containment and the vaccination distribution, often in concert with Cayuga Health System and others from the health department. “Throughout 2020 and beyond, Mr. Kruppa and his team collaborated with numerous key community and regional partners to support one of the most effective community responses to the pandemic in the nation,” read the award announcement. “For these reasons and many more, Frank Kruppa is the Noel Desch Key Person of the Year.”Not-for-Profit of the Year AwardThe Greater Ithaca Activities Center (GIAC) won the Not-for-Profit of the Year Award, earning it through its “critical services throughout the pandemic, reaching children, seniors and the community at large—all while working to address systemic racism and advance social justice initiatives.” Though the center was closed for several months during the summer, it eventually reopened on a limited basis and became involved in helping address the pandemic’s impacts on the community, notably through the first targeted vaccination clinic and their in-house education programming. “GIAC is to be commended for their response to not only COVID-19 and related budget impacts but fighting systemic racism through education and working to inspire positive change throughout 2020,” read the announcement from the Chamber.Entrepreneur of the Year AwardStephanie Holzbaur, of Serendipity Catering and the Backlot, was picked as the Entrepreneur of the Year, a particularly difficult feat during a year of such economic tumult. Holzbaur, according to the Chamber, was picked for “demonstrating resilience in the face of adversity, as catering businesses were among the most severely impacted by pandemic restrictions,” as well as Holzbaur’s community involvement beginning when she founded Serendipity and continuing today. She also managed to open The Backlot in 2020 in the South Hill Business Campus, a creative pivot and a way to provide a gathering place for people to eat and drink while still safely remaining distanced and outdoors. Distinguished Business of the YearAnother business that debuted in 2020 was the Mindwell Center, a new mental health services and therapy firm, which was also selected as the Distinguished Business of the Year. “In response to a specific and substantial community need—access to effective, quality mental health care, and removing stigma regarding mental health concerns,” the announcement read. “MindWell founders Aaron Rakow and Sarah Markowitz have introduced a new model of treatment to our community and expanded their staff and services considerably in a short period of time.”Facing COVID-19, a series of nationwide protests against police brutality against Black people, and economic downturn, the Chamber congratulated Mindwell on its contributions and growth during tough times for mental health. Tagged: chamber, frank kruppa, giac, greater ithaca activities center, mindwell, serendipity, tompkins, tompkins county Your Economy & Development news is made possible with support from: Matt Butler is the Education & Public Health Reporter at the Ithaca Voice. He can be reached by email at [email protected] More by Matt Butler
Most of the width of the rebuilt beaches at the south end of Ocean City escaped erosion from the northeast gale of early October — aside from some sand along the front edge that is forming new gullies and sandbars. The vehicle and pedestrian entrance to Corson’s Inlet State Park at the 59th Street end of Central Avenue is back open.A preliminary assessment by the Army Corps of Engineers this week confirmed what already is evident: The rebuilt beaches at the south end of Ocean City escaped the major erosion seen at the north end during a four-day northeast gale last weekend.Many feared that the $57 million worth of sand the Army Corps finished pumping on Sept. 29 would wash away as winds gusting beyond 50 mph caused the highest tides since Superstorm Sandy in 2012.A new configuration of the boardwalk entrance to 58th Street Beach puts beach visitors at the back edge of a new dune line.But the elevated beach worked as designed in protecting property.An Army Corps inspector’s report from last week included the following: “no berm scarping, no dune erosion, no crossover damages, no lost or hanging sand fence. Evidence of water on the berm up to the dune toe,” according to Richard Pearsall, spokesman for the Army Corps Philadelphia District.In Army Corps parlance, the “berm” is the beach, which was raised to an elevation of seven feet (NAVD88) in the project that was completed Sept. 29. The peak tide during the storm was 4.58 feet (NAVD88). That tide level allowed the tops of waves to crest the berm and slowly wash up to the edge of the dunes.The 59th Street jetty is not entirely buried, after all. A few rocks still protrude from the middle of a high and wide beach.But the front edge of the elevated beach took the brunt of the wave action, and the new dune line was unaffected.While the beach showed no signs of “scarping” (the storm didn’t leave the sand cliffs seen at the north end), it appears that some of the width of rebuilt beaches was diminished. Some sand was pulled into the surf zone and is now forming new gullies and sandbars.But the beaches at the south end remain more than 200 yards wide — from bulkhead to high tide line.A healthy hike remains for beach visitors to reach the ocean’s edge at rebuilt beaches between 37th Street and 59th Street in Ocean City, NJ.An uninterrupted dune line now extends from 37th Street to a short arc around the southernmost properties in Ocean City at 59th Street. The dune crest is at 12.8 ft (NAVD88) with a top width of 25 feet.All crossovers with a hard-pack of gravel are now complete, and the vehicle entrance to Corson’s Inlet State Park at the 59th Street end of Central Avenue is now open. Some sand-fencing work remains to be completed. And the new dunes will be planted with dune grass in November.Some equipment remains on the beach at 59th Street, and the feeder pipeline at 55th Street remains in place.But the same contractor, Great Lakes Dredge and Dock Company, is expected to begin work on a similar beach replenishment project at the north end of Ocean City, between Seaspray Road and 14th or 15th Street starting later in October.Equipment remaining at the south end of Ocean City likely will be transported to the north end when the project begins.The pipeline dredge Illinois is expected to complete work in Sea Isle City on Oct. 24 and move directly to Ocean City to begin work there.A relentless northeast swell carved into the dunes between Fourth and Sixth streets in Ocean City, NJ, in an early October 2015 gale.
Cape May Brewing Company will usher in fall with a festival-style celebration on Oct. 12. Come sip, savor and have a great time.Cape May Brewing Company will welcome autumn on Saturday, October 12, with a brand new family-friendly event called the Pick of the Batch.“Most people are familiar with an Oktoberfest,” says Events Coordinator Randi Friel, “but with Pick of the Batch, Cape May Brewing Company is breathing new life into a two-hundred-year-old tradition. It’s not just about beer: It’s about all of our exclusive brews you won’t be able to get anywhere else. Ever.”The festival-style setting will feature beer, music and family activities from 2 to 6 p.m. behind Cape May Brewing Company’s tasting room at 1288 Hornet Road in Rio Grande.Tickets are $10 each, but kids and designated drivers get in free. For more information and to purchase tickets, www.capemaybrewery.com/event/pick-of-the-batch/.The Cape May Brewing Company Brew Crew will be in full force at the Pick of the Batch. You’ll get a chance to chat beer with your favorite brewers and team members as they sip their favorite creations.You’ll see some old favorites such as Cape May IPA and nearly a dozen one-offs, small-batch brews, casks, innovative, and specialty brews. You’ll also find an exclusive Pick of the Batch merlot saison brewed exclusively for Pick of the Batch, as well as a Pumpkin Pie Honey Porter, a Dutch Apple Lager, an Autumn Shandy with cinnamon, clove, nutmeg, and brown sugar, and scads of new favorites you’ll be sure to love.Guests will receive a commemorative stein to toss back all these brews as well as a passport to check all of them off their list.“It’s gonna be huge,” Tasting Room General Manager Chris Costello says. “Music, beer, family activities. There’s really no reason not to come. It’ll be a great day in celebration of awesome beer.”
By MADDY VITALEOcean City church and community leaders didn’t allow the COVID-19 crisis to prevent them from observing Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day to celebrate his message of peace and love.“Today, we celebrate the legacy, the work, the life of a man whose life was fueled by his faith in his creator, a man, who profoundly changed the consciousness and character of America,” Ocean City Tabernacle Director of Youth Ministry Jonathan Gonzales said on stage at the Tabernacle. “Did you know legacy is not what we do for ourselves; legacy is what we do for the next generation?”Although Ocean City’s King Day celebration was not stopped by the pandemic, the ceremony was conducted virtually at the Tabernacle to protect the participants from COVID-19. Gonzalez called upon those who watched the virtual ceremony to make a positive difference in the lives of others.“Today, I challenge you to lean in, to search your heart and be inspired to act and answer the call of God in your life,” he said. “Look at the example as clear evidence of what an impact you can make. Legacy, it’s not what we do for ourselves; it’s what we do for the next generation.”His words were followed by a performance from the Stockton Oratorio Society Section Chorus, led by Dr. Beverly Vaughn, of “I Don’t Believe He Brought Me This Far To Leave Me.”Video courtesy of Martin Fiedler, Just Right TV ProductionsIn addition to live performances, the hour-long virtual program included prayer and reflections on Dr. King, the honoring of Ocean City residents with the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Community Services Award, and a recitation of Dr. King’s “I Have a Dream” speech by the Rev. Gregory Johnson.Mayor Jay Gillian spoke of overcoming difficulties of this past year. He stressed that the past year had its share of challenges from a pandemic to political fighting that has divided the nation. Now, he said, is the time to come together for one another.“It’s a great honor for me to be a part of this tradition and it saddens me that we can’t be here together today,” Gillian said of hosting the ceremony without people in the audience. “It would have been hard to imagine last year at this time that a global pandemic would keep us apart. It also would have been hard to imagine that our world would be even more divided.”He spoke of how Dr. King would not give in to anger. “He remained true to unity,” Gillian noted. “I feel blessed to live here and serve as mayor of this wonderful community. Many different people make up our town. We do not always agree, but we all share the love of Ocean City.”The mayor then offered some advice. “Let’s look away from the social media. Let’s remember that we are friends and neighbors and we are all a part of the same great country. And let’s think of all the small things that we can do to make the world a better place. That was Dr. King’s dream, and that is what will carry us forward.”Three members of the community, Kathy Thompson, Jennifer Bowman and VFW Post 6650 Commander Mike Morrissey, were honored for their volunteerism with the Dr. Martin Luther King Community Services awards.All three, the mayor said, have helped the community in many ways. Thompson and Bowman both provide meals to those in need through their volunteer work at St. Peter’s United Methodist Church. Morrissey, as commander of the VFW Post, has always helped the community whenever he is called upon, Gillian said.Thompson said her volunteer work would not be possible without all of the support of those around her, including Bowman.“Martin Luther King Jr. stood heavenly above me,” she said in remarks during the ceremony.Thompson also said she was truly honored by the city for receiving the award.Bowman could not attend the ceremony. However, the mayor’s aide, Michael Allegretto, spoke about Bowman’s dedication to children, students and senior citizens with a host of kind deeds she does throughout the year to help others.“Everyone from school kids to seniors know what Jen Bowman does,” he said. “She gives hundreds of hours of her time to help the community.”Mayor Jay Gillian recognizes community volunteers, including MLK Service Award recipients VFW Post 6650 Commander Mike Morrissey, at far left, and Kathy Thompson, standing at right.Morrissey, like Thompson, said he was humbled by the award. He said he and his fellow VFW Post members will always answer the call of duty for the residents of Ocean City.“All members took an oath. We did when we went to combat and we continue to do that today when we serve the community. We took the oath which never expires,” Morrissey said. “VFW 6650 will always be ready and at the forefront when helping Ocean City.”During the ceremony, four students from the Ocean City Intermediate School who won an essay contest read their essays about the impact Dr. King has had in all lives. They were seventh-graders Joseph Heng and Gabrielle Henry and eighth-graders Danna Ramirez and Catie Brooks.State Assemblyman Antwan McClellan, a former Ocean City councilman, introduced the students. After they recited their essays he said, “Thank you very much. Your heartfelt words have meant a lot.”Joseph Heng explained in his essay what Dr. King meant to him and how the late civil rights leader shaped his life.“He firmly believed in racial equality. Martin Luther King Jr.’s legacy of peace, activism and justice has taught me the importance of equality, service and to always fight for what I believe in,” Joseph noted.Another speaker, Rev. Marcia Stanford of Macedonia United Methodist Church, said she looked at King’s “I have a Dream Speech” and the powerful word of “still” was an obvious one to reflect on.“Now is still the time to rise from the dark and desolate valley of segregation,” she said.It is “still the time to make justice a reality,” she continued.“Let us still not seek to satisfy our thirst for freedom by drinking from the cup of bitterness and hatred…The fight still goes on,” Rev. Stanford said.The ceremony ended with Dr. King’s epic “I Have a Dream” speech from 1963, delivered by Rev. Greg Johnson of Shiloh Baptist Church, outside of the Tabernacle.He also paused to thank frontline workers amid the pandemic.“We want to say thank you to everyone who has assisted us during this national crisis,” Rev. Johnson said.He also asked that those who have died of COVID-19 be remembered.And then he said these words, while joined by the Stockton chorus, who sang “We Shall Overcome,” the anthem of the civil rights movement.“Thank you for all that you’ve done as we share in this occasion of celebrating the dream of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Keep hope alive, and, yes, it may be dark right now. And although the sun is continuing to go down, let us hold fast to what means so much to us,” Rev. Johnson said. “Kiss your children. Hold your wife. Tell someone that you love them, because we shall overcome, someday.”Rev. Gregory Johnson, center, is joined by the Stockton chorus in a rendition of “We Shall Overcome.” Assemblyman Antwan McClellan, at far left, joins essay winners Gabrielle Henry, Joseph Heng, Danna Ramirez and Catie Brooks and Youth Minister Jonathan Gonzalez on stage. (Photos courtesy of Martin Fiedler of Just Right TV Productions)
The Hovis lines delisted by Tesco in a two-month dispute over price are at risk of suffering long-term brand damage as shoppers switch to rival products, according to one brand expert.Don Williams, CEO of branding and design consultancy Pi Global, said that the ongoing lack of availability of Hovis lines, such as Seed Sensations, in Tesco stores could have implications for all Hovis’ brands.”Consumers, unless they’re die-hard obsessives, will not switch supermarkets for the sake of a loaf of bread, but they will switch brands,” said Williams, “The problem for Hovis is that its Tesco consumers, who have a penchant for, maybe, seeded loaves, will trial competitors’ products and, if they prefer them, it may result in migration from a particular product line and tempt trial of other offerings.”Tesco delisted around 11 Hovis lines in early October after the retailer refused to accept a price increase from Hovis parent company British Bakeries, owned by Premier Foods.As BB went to press, Tesco.com showed the retailer was still not listing any of Hovis’ Seed Sensations, Granary or Hearty Oat breads, although some white, wholemeal and Best of Both lines were available.According to Martin Deboo, an analyst at Investec, Hovis has been able to stand its ground for so long because the lines that have been delisted represent a relatively small percentage of sales. “Sales of Seed Sensations and Granary only accounted for around 10% of British Bakeries’ sales this year,” he said.Hovis said it had no comment to make when contacted by British Baker. A spokesman for Tesco said: “Our bread range is our bread range and our customers are very happy with it.”>>Tesco steps up to bridge gap for Poppy Appeal>>Supermarket giant Tesco delists Hovis bread lines
A former Notre Dame student from Michigan was charged with open murder Thursday, less than 24 hours before a search team recovered a body today believed to be that of his missing father, police said. Patrick Mikes Jr., 21, pleaded not guilty to the charge Thursday through his attorney at his arraignment at the 52-4 District Court in Troy, Mich., according to reports from The Detroit Free Press and The Detroit News. Mikes Jr. would have begun classes as a senior in just a few weeks. University spokesman Dennis Brown said Mikes Jr. is no longer enrolled at Notre Dame as of Aug. 2. Brown did not comment specifically on this case, but he said the administration reserves the right to immediately suspend any student charged with a felony. Mikes Jr. and his younger brother reported their father missing July 29, according to a press release from the Troy Police Department. The brothers told police they had last seen their father the morning of July 27 as he left for a bike ride. As police began to investigate the disappearance, they found evidence of a violent encounter in the family’s basement and named Mikes Jr. as a suspect in the case. Media reports stated DNA recovered from the basement tied Mikes Jr., to what had at that point turned into a murder investigation. Based on that evidence, police arrested the son Wednesday for his father’s murder. An “open murder” charge allows the trial jury to decide whether the crime is first- or second-degree murder. Capt. Robert Redmond of the Troy Police Department said today he does not know of a motive yet in the case. In an earlier press release on the investigation, he stressed Mikes Jr.’s younger brother is not a suspect in the case and is cooperating with police in the investigation. Redmond said the nearly two-week search for a body ended this morning. “A body, believed to be that of Mr. Mikes, was found several feet inside the edge of a cornfield on Morrish Road north of Lake Road. A bike matching the description of the bike being searched for was found about 15 feet away from the body,” a press release stated. The Oakland County Medical Examiner’s Office is now working to officially identify the body. Mikes Jr. is scheduled to appear in court again to address the murder charge Aug. 27. He is currently being held at the Oakland County Jail without bond. “When we recently arrested and charged Patrick Mikes Jr. with murder, we did not give up the search for his father,” the release stated. “We continued to search because it was the right thing to do.” Mikes Jr. was also charged Aug. 1 with three felony counts of illegal use of a financial transaction device, meaning he illegally used a credit card that did not belong to him. Media reports stated Jr. used his brother’s credit card without his knowledge July 26, the day before he reported his father missing. Police have not indicated that any connection between those fraud charges and the most recent charge for open murder. Brown said Mikes Sr., was a 1979 Notre Dame graduate. “The University’s thoughts and prayers are with the Mikes family in this difficult time,” Brown said.