Patrick Symmes and Marco Di Lauro deported

first_img RSF_en Organisation Patrick Symmes, a US journalist working for Outside Magazine and GQ Magazine, and Italian photographer Marco Di Lauro were deported on arrival at Sanaa airport after several days reporting on the Yemeni island of Socotra. March 12, 2011 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Patrick Symmes and Marco Di Lauro deportedcenter_img News Help by sharing this informationlast_img read more

New Sheriff’s Deputies Graduate From The Academy

first_imgEarlier this morning two new sheriff’s deputies were recognized at a ceremony held in Plainfield, Indiana after successfully completing the Indiana Law Enforcement Academy (ILEA) Basic Training Course.Deputy Nicholas Helfert and Deputy Cody Brandenstein were among 162 recruits from across the state graduating from the 219th ILEA Basic Training Session. Deputy Helfert was also recognized with the distinction of “top gun” after obtaining the highest overall score for marksmanship in his academy class. Additionally, Deputy Helfert was ranked third in academics when compared to his peers.As his last official act as chief deputy, Lt. Colonel John Strange attended the graduation and offered his congratulations to both deputies on their accomplishments.Sheriff Dave Wedding stated, “Our selection process is designed to ensure we hire only the most qualified candidates for the position of deputy sheriff. Graduating new deputies from the academy is the first step towards the end goal of fielding competent and skilled law enforcement professionals to protect Vanderburgh County.”Deputy Helfert and Deputy Brandenstein will report to our Deputy Training School next week and begin the next phasePictured above from left to right: Lt. Colonel John Strange, Deputy Nicholas Helfert, Deputy Cody Brandenstein, Sgt. Stetsun SundermanPictured above: Deputy Nicholas Helfert receives the “Top Gun” award.FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailSharelast_img read more

LOC Appoints New Energy Projects Development Director

first_imgInternational marine and engineering consulting firm LOC has appointed ex-Head of Engineering at BP, Ian Cummins as its new Energy Projects Development Director. Cummins will focus on the oil and gas and renewables markets, and help to identify and develop new and innovative engineering opportunities to progress the business.Through driving industry-wide collaboration and standardisation initiatives in oil and gas, Cummins has contributed to the sharp reduction in costs, LOC said. As the scale of offshore wind projects increases, learnings from the cost reductions in the oil and gas sector can make a significant impact on offshore renewables projects.“Ian’s track record and the depth and breadth of his expertise in developing large-scale offshore energy projects speaks for itself, and we’re delighted to welcome him to LOC,” said RV Ahilan, Joint CEO at LOC Group and Group Director of LOC Renewables.“With the scale of offshore turbines and wind farms continuing to grow exponentially, transferring the skills and experience gained in the oil and gas industries will be invaluable to maintaining this rapid pace of development and meeting the challenges this growth presents. Ian’s longstanding experience will be a great asset to our clients undertaking significant projects in both sectors.”last_img read more

Judge Throws Out Penalties for Local Governments that Approve Gun Regulations

first_imgA circuit court judge in Leon County, Florida struck down a state law late last week that had threatened tough penalties if city and county officials approve gun regulations.Since 1987, Florida has barred cities and counties from passing regulations that are more strict than state firearms laws.However, in 2011, lawmakers approved a series of penalties that local governments and officials could face if they circumvent the ban.Local governments around the state challenged the 2011 law after last year’s shooting in Parkland.Leon County Circuit Judge Charles Dodson issued a 15-page ruling on Friday, stating that he found the law unconstitutional on numerous grounds.The ruling affects the 2011 changes that created the penalties for violating the 1987 “preemption law,” as it is called.For example, the 2011 law states that local officials could face fines up to $5,000, as well as potential removal from office. In addition, members of the public and organizations could receive damages of up to $100,000 and attorney fees if they successfully sue local governments about violations.Dodson’s ruling addresses “legislative immunity,” which protects local government officials’ decision-making processes. He also refers to the constitutional separation of powers, since judges could be asked to rule on penalizing local officials. He writes, “Because local governments must have what amount to small legislatures, and because courts cannot interfere in legislative processes, neither this court, nor any other court in Florida, can enforce the civil penalty provisions (of the law) against local legislators.”He considered three lawsuits, involving 30 cities, three counties and more than 70 elected officials, in arriving at his ruling.Lawyers for Governor Ron DeSantis, Attorney General Ashley Moody, and the National Rifle Association wanted Dodson to uphold the penalties.The NRA argued last March, “(It) is a bedrock principle of American constitutional law that local governments have no legal authority to defy the will of their creator: the state. Local governments are creatures of the state subject to whatever limitations on their power that the state sees fit to impose consistent with the federal or Florida Constitution, and here, the state has seen fit to penalize local usurpation of the Legislature’s sovereign power.”On the other hand, attorneys for the cities and the counties wrote in February that local governments have been asked to take actions such as requiring procedures or documentation to ensure compliance with background checks and waiting periods for gun purchases, as well as requiring reporting of failed background checks. They add that local governments did not act on those requests due to the “severe chilling effect” of the preemption law and penalties.Their statement reads, “By both incentivizing ideological lawsuits and imposing severe penalties on local elected officials and governments, the statute intimidates officials, preventing them from passing even constituent-supported ordinances they generally believe are not preempted. The chilling effect of local officials’ abilities to do their job has cascading, adverse effects on plaintiffs’ speech, association, petition and instruction rights.”last_img read more

Dipa Karmakar to miss out on World Gymnastics Championships through injury

first_imgAdvertisement 8wz03iksNBA Finals | Brooklyn Vscq9z2q3Wingsuit rodeo📽Sindre Eacb1jh4( IG: @_aubreyfisher @imraino ) cmjdoWould you ever consider trying this?😱cuaCan your students do this? 🌚0ofRoller skating! Powered by Firework Dipa Karmakar is going to miss out on World Gymnastics Championships because of her long standing knee injury. This is a big blow for India in the World Gymnastics Championships. Dipa Karmakar finished at the fourth position in the Rio Olympics in vault. She was the biggest hope for India in the World Gymnastics Championships.Advertisement As Dipa will not be able to take part in this competition, three women gymnasts Pranati Nayak, Pranati Das and Aruna Budda Reddy will hold the baton of India in World Gymnastics Championships. The event is going to begin at Stuttgart on Friday. The chances of winning medals in this event are almost nil for Indian women team.Advertisement The men’s team consists of three players named Ashish Kumar, Yogeshwar Singh and Aditya Singh Rana. Amongst them, Ashish Kumar has a bronze medal under his belts in the Asian Games held in 2010.Indian team will hope that Ashish Kumar, Pranati Nayak and Aruna Budda Reddy will at least reach the final round of the event. However, it will be very tough ask to finish in the top three. Previously Dipa Karmakar once finished at the fifth position in vault 4 years back. So, the injury of Dipa is certainly going to be costly for India.Advertisement Boxing: India finish with eight medals in Thailand Open Advertisementlast_img read more