Imprisoned cyber-dissident’s French fiancée denied entry on arrival in Tunis

first_img Forum on Information and Democracy 250 recommendations on how to stop “infodemics” News RSF_en to go further Tunisia : RSF asks Tunisian president’s office to respect journalists News TunisiaMiddle East – North Africa November 11, 2020 Find out more November 12, 2019 Find out more Receive email alerts TunisiaMiddle East – North Africa center_img Organisation December 26, 2019 Find out more Help by sharing this information News June 4, 2003 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Imprisoned cyber-dissident’s French fiancée denied entry on arrival in Tunis News Follow the news on Tunisia Reporters Without Borders today voiced its outrage at the action of the Tunisian authorities in denying entry to the French fiancée of jailed cyber-dissident Zouhair Yahyaoui when she arrived in Tunis yesterday with the intention of spending 4 June, the first anniversary of Yahyaoui’s arrest, with his family.”What crime did this young French woman commit to deserve being turned back aside from her love for a man who has been unjustly imprisoned for a year?” Reporters Without Borders secretary-general Robert Ménard said. “This is simply disgraceful and is it yet further proof – if any were needed – that the Tunisian authorities have nothing but contempt for human rights,” he added.The refusal to admit Sophie Piekarec came on the eve of the arrival in Tunis of French under-secretary for foreign trade François Loos on an official visit.Piekarec yesterday took an Air France flight that was due to arrive in Tunis at the end of the afternoon. Yahyaoui’s family went to Tunis’ Carthage airport to meet her, waiting in vain until 10 p.m. On her return to in Paris at noon today, she told Reporters Without Borders that officials had confiscated her passport and return ticket on arrival at Carthage airport and, after several hours of waiting, informed her that she was “not authorised to enter Tunisian territory” and would have to return to France the next morning.Ever since Yahyaoui’s arrest on 4 June 2002, Piekarec has undertaken many initiatives internationally in an effort to obtain his release. Using the pseudonym of El Warda (which means flower in Arabic), she is one of the moderators of TUNeZINE, the website founded by her fiancé. As well as intending to spend the anniversary of his arrest with his family, she had been scheduled to meet this afternoon with the French ambassador to Tunis, Yves Aubin de La Messuzière.Yahyaoui has been on a hunger strike since 15 May to protest against his conditions of detention. Following his arrest a year ago by plain-clothes police in an Internet café, he was subjected to interrogation that included three sessions of “suspension,” a form of torture in which the victim is suspended by the arms with his feet barely touching the ground. The Tunis appeal court sentenced him on 10 July 2002 to two years in prison for “spreading false news.” As a writer, Yahyaoui used the pseudonym “Ettounsi,” which means Tunisian in Arabic. He created the TUNeZINE website in July 2001 to distribute opposition documents online and thereby provide information about the fight for democracy and freedoms in Tunisia. He was one of the first to distribute a letter to the president by Judge Mokhtar Yahyaoui criticising the judicial system. Eleven organizations from civil society create the Forum on Information & Democracy, a structural response to information disorderlast_img read more

Physical Court Hearings Can’t Be Done Away With, But Virtual Courts Must Be Strengthened : Justice M B Lokur

first_imgTop StoriesPhysical Court Hearings Can’t Be Done Away With, But Virtual Courts Must Be Strengthened : Justice M B Lokur Radhika Roy13 May 2020 7:39 AMShare This – xJustice Madan B Lokur, former judge of the Supreme Court, spoke about the need to strengthen the virtual court system in a Webinar held on judicial reforms on Wednesday.”Physical court hearings cannot be done away with, but virtual courts must be strengthened”, he said.He was speaking in an interactive session organized by BeyondLaw CLC and UILS, Punjab University, Chandigarh. The…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?LoginJustice Madan B Lokur, former judge of the Supreme Court, spoke about the need to strengthen the virtual court system in a Webinar held on judicial reforms on Wednesday.”Physical court hearings cannot be done away with, but virtual courts must be strengthened”, he said.He was speaking in an interactive session organized by BeyondLaw CLC and UILS, Punjab University, Chandigarh.  The session began with Justice Lokur being astounded by the number of people who had joined the session and he specially requested the audience to address their questions to the organisers, so that they could be accordingly answered. He commented on the need for technology as social and physical distancing were here to stay. In order to move ahead, Justice Lokur stated the need for all of us to marshal our resources. “If we plan on our future, we have to figure out the existing resources that we have. Our Lok Adalats need to function properly. I have it on good authority that they have not been working too well. Also, proper legal aid needs to be given”. Justice Lokur also suggested the idea of strengthening our resource of arbitration: “Another resource that we have is arbitration. Singapore and London have an Arbitration Centre. Why can’t we strengthen our arbitration laws and institutionalize the same? We also have mediation and we should capitalize on that”. On the issue of tribunals, Justice Lokur began with commending tribunals for their functioning. He stated that they were doing a “fantastic job”. “We need to strengthen our tribunals. People have the perception that our tribunals are not doing much, but I feel like they are doing a fantastic job. This needs to be improved”. On the aspect of technology, Justice Lokur acknowledged the lack of feasibility of letting the current measures go on forever. He stated that they were merely stop-gap measures, but there was no other choice, but to keep them up. While physical court hearings could not be done away with, virtual courts could definitely be strengthened. He further emphasized the positives of paperless courts, with Delhi High Court pioneering the project. “Why not have proper written submissions instead of long hearings. Written submissions can be given. My experience with the Fiji Court is that wonderful and concise written submissions are given, which invariably reduces the time for oral arguments.” Coming to the everlasting effects of COVID-19 on court procedures, Justice Lokur commented: “Whether we like it or not, COVID-19 will be with us for a long, long time. It will take another year for the vaccine to be developed. There will also be a limit to how much judges can work. The filings of cases will definitely increase, but the listing of cases post lockdown will be lower. This will increase pendency. This is an area that must be tackled.” He also opined that judges should not be wasting time on administrative committees.”Judges should not waste their time in committees such as Library Committees etc. Why can’t it be taken care of by the Court staff with the judges looking into the judicial aspects ?”, he said. Justice Lokur concluded his address with an emphasis on process re-engineering and the need for our courts to update their processes, with an example being given of Punjab and Haryana High Court following the rules of Lahore Court. When it came to questions, Justice Lokur brought up the employment of audio recording of proceedings. He referred to his court sessions before the Fiji Court where the court proceedings are recorded. He stated that this was something that needed to be thought about as then even lawyers would be unable to flip their submissions. With regard to live streaming, Justice Lokur appreciated the idea, but added that there were certain caveats to the same. For instance, whether there would be a time lag and who all would be accessible to the proceedings. The implementation might be a challenge for the Supreme Court, but it would be a welcome change. While emphasizing the importance of learning how to draft pleadings, Justice Lokur suggested the implementation of an evaluation system for lawyers after five years of practice, which could be conducted by the Bar Council of India, keeping in mind the ever-changing nature of laws.Justice Dr S Muralidhar, judge of Punjab and Haryana High Court, was a co-speaker at the event (A separate report about his lecture may be read here). Next Storylast_img read more

Professional Designation Announcement

first_imgPRESS ANNOUNCEMENT/PROFESSIONAL DESIGNATION5-19-2003John Davis & Associates, CPAs, PLC is pleased to announce Bret L. Hodgdon has been awarded the professional license of Certified Public Accountant. The CPA license is earned through education, examination, and completion of two years of practical public accounting experience. Mr. Hodgdon is a 1998 graduate of Lyndon State College with a Bachelors degree in Accounting and Business Administration.last_img

‘Champions’…Put an end to all that racquet!

first_imgYou pretty much know that summer is about over when the winners of Champion Enterprises’ annual Mixed Doubles Celebrity Tennis Tournament raise their trophies in victory. The 35th consecutive year of the tennis spectacular got off to a great start with a record breaking field of 20 teams, magnificent weather and some of the best area tennis players in western Pennsylvania. As usual the event was attended by local celebrities including former Super Bowl champion Judge Dwayne Woodruff and wife, Joy; former NBA stars Armon Gilliam and B.B. Flenory; sports talk show host John Tate; members of the fabulous Diamond Models Fashion Troupe and drivers from The Pittsburgh United Rays Corvette Club. BRAINTRUST—Bruce Schifino, Judge Dwayne Woodruff, tournament runner up Eric Ruka, Jim Quigly and Bill Neal. Tournament directors Donna Bey and Jim Quigley were excited and quite satisfied with this year’s turnout and promise a few interesting changes for next year.“After 35 years of this great tennis spectacular, we plan on going to bigger and better tennis play,” said Donna Bey.This year’s tournament sponsors were Five Starr Corp., Century III Chevrolet, Chuck Sanders Charities, Penn Avenue McDonald’s and the New Pittsburgh Courier.last_img read more

UPDATE: 2013 Fat Tire Festival Results

first_imgThe 2013 Fat Tire Festival results are inKootenay Krawl 5 and under:  Rosco Dupont 6-8 year olds:  Lauren Bridge 9-13 year olds:  Oso Punchard “Grown-ups”:  Travis HauckLast Wheelie Standing DudeDouble Up Cross Country Race Sane 100+:  “Slow and Easy”  Brent and Rose Watkinson Sane Over/Under:  1st:  (no team name)  Chantal Dery and Yael Oosthuizen                             2nd:  “I’ll kill you if those are my socks”  Blair and Jordan Weston                             3rd:  “Dust Bunnies”  Jim Jamieson and Oso Punchard                             4th:  “Bunny Hop Fantastic”  Jeanie Dwyer, Neeva Marchal, Macy Weston Insane Open Mixed:  “Thunderqueen  and Wonderboy”  Maya Grosch and Dude Insane Open  Women:  “Hucks R Us”  Jessica DeMars and Doris Hausleitner Insane Open Men:  1st:  “NRG” Ronnie Haws and Mike Seniuk                             2nd:  “Falcon Fliers”  Mike Hood and Remi                             3rd:  “Pulled Pork”  Mark Weigeldt and Jeremy Major                             4th:  “Home Alone”  Dylan Henderson and Chris George                             5th:  “Jamaican Christmas”  Anthony Maley & Liam Maley                             6th:  “400 lbs of meat”  Charles Arnold and Mark Crowe                             7th:  “Cheetah Power”  Jackson Giroux (SOLO!) Insane Open 80+  Mixed:  1st:  “Peddle, Dang It!”  Sue and Kelly Robertson                                         2nd:  (no team name)  Candace English and Rudy                                         3rd:  “Sollidos”  Allison Lutz and Eric Sollid                                         4th:  “Diamond Duo” Con & Martine Diamond Insane 80+  Men:  1st:  “Whiskey”  Randy Lall and Graeme Marshall                             2nd:  “Yes We Can!”  Lucas Meyers and Joel McBurney                             3rd:  “Harold Street”  CP Walsh and Marc ThibaultKids X-C 2-3 Girls:  1st Nya, 2nd Katie, 3rd Ella 2-3 Boys:  1st Ronan, 2nd Hugo, 3rd Lee 4-5 Girls:  1st Gabi, 2nd Molly, 3rd Jersey 4 Boys:  1st Jace, 2nd Henry, 3rd Liam 5 boys:  1st Rosco, 2nd Marcus, 3rd Jordan 6-7 Girls:  1st Isla, 2nd Maya, 3rd Anouk 8 Girls:  1st tula, 2nd Sarah, 3rd Neeva/Imogen (tie) 6-7 Boys:  1st Kai, 2nd Jacob, 3rd Wyatt 8 Boys:  1st Dylan, 2nd , 3rd Xxavier 9-12 Girls:  1st Jordan, 1st Lauren 9-12 Boys:  1st Yael, 2nd Nate, 3rd TheoDownhill Under 13 Girls:    1st:  Neeva Marechal                           2nd:  Imogen Maley                           3rd:  Jordan Weston                           4th:  Macy Weston                           5th:  Angelica Ross                           6th:  Sarah Robertson Under 13 Boys:  1st:  Nate Atkins                          2nd:  Arlo Henderson                          3rd:  Sam Fisher                         4th:  Yael Oosthuizen                         5th:  Coda Punchard                         6th:  Seth Oosthuizen                         7th:  Wyatt Atkins 13-15 Boys:        1st:  Benoit Thibault                           2nd:  Joel Aubert 16-18 Boys:     1st:  Lewis Seagram                        2nd:  Sky Dunn Saavis                       3rd:  Conrad Wekwert                       4th:  Elijah Cogswell Open Women:  1st:  Jeannie Dwyer                         2nd:  Candace English                         3rd:  Kerry Greenley                         4th:  Oso Punchard Open Men:    1st:  Dilon Standidge                     2nd:  Alex Volokhov                     3rd:  Nigel                     4th:  Francois Everybody loves a Parade!The Fat Tire Festival 2013 kicked off in grand spirits Friday evening as cyclists took to the new Kootenay Co-op parking lot on Baker Street to participate in the annual parade through the downtown core.Cyclists from all ages groups bought out the two wheelers for the annual parade.The parade traditionall kicks off the Fat Tire Fest weekend.Saturday events were planned before the final races of the weekend, Sunday at the former Morning Mountain Ski Hill.last_img read more

Picture special: Massive turnout for ETB Further Education and Training Fair

first_imgDonegal ETB’s Further Education and Training (FET) promotional event took place in the Radisson Hotel on Wednesday night for Leaving Certificate students and those in employment looking to upskill.A wonderful night was had by all, as Donegal ETB tutors and advisers talked through what Donegal ETB has to offer.The Fair remains the county’s number one opportunity to discover learning, attracting over one thousand adults and young people each year. Information was available on apprenticeships, new and exciting Traineeship courses and industry certified courses.The ETB’s strong links with universities, ITs and Colleges of Further Education mean progression opportunities for learners was also on offer.Many of Donegal ETB’s programmes are co-funded by the Irish government and the European Social Fund as part of the ESF Programme for Employability, Inclusion and Learning (PEIL) 2014-2020.Clive Wasson was on hand to capture the day … Crona Gallagher speaking at Donegal ETB’s Further Education and Training (FET) promotional event in the Radisson Hotel on Wednesday night for Leaving Certificate students and those in employment looking to upskill. Photo Clive WassonBusy information stands at Donegal ETB’s Further Education and Training (FET) promotional event in the Radisson Hotel on Wednesday night for Leaving Certificate students and those in employment looking to upskill. Photo Clive WassonPictured at Donegal ETB’s Further Education and Training (FET) promotional event in the Radisson Hotel on Wednesday night for Leaving Certificate students and those in employment looking to upskill Guven Faracli, Julie McDevitt and Bridin McMahon. Photo Clive WassonMegan Wilson, Bronagh Wilson and Rose pictured at Donegal ETB’s Further Education and Training (FET) promotional event in the Radisson Hotel on Wednesday night for Leaving Certificate students and those in employment looking to upskill. Photo Clive WassonRose Duffy, Toni Summer, Elena Gill, Lisa Flaherty and Joe Whitlock pictured at Donegal ETB’s Further Education and Training (FET) promotional event in the Radisson Hotel on Wednesday night for Leaving Certificate students and those in employment looking to upskill. Photo Clive WassonEllie McTaggert, Laura Patton and Susan Ramsey pictured at Donegal ETB’s Further Education and Training (FET) promotional event in the Radisson Hotel on Wednesday night for Leaving Certificate students and those in employment looking to upskill. Photo Clive Wassonpictured at Donegal ETB’s Further Education and Training (FET) promotional event in the Radisson Hotel on Wednesday night for Leaving Certificate students and those in employment looking to upskill are Mary hegarty and Louise Hegarty. Photo Clive WassonJack Sharkeya nd Rosemarie Sharkey pictured at Donegal ETB’s Further Education and Training (FET) promotional event in the Radisson Hotel on Wednesday night for Leaving Certificate students and those in employment looking to upskill. Photo Clive WassonThe packed hall pictured at Donegal ETB’s Further Education and Training (FET) promotional event in the Radisson Hotel on Wednesday night for Leaving Certificate students and those in employment looking to upskill. Photo Clive WassonCrowds at Donegal ETB’s Further Education and Training (FET) promotional event in the Radisson Hotel on Wednesday night for Leaving Certificate students and those in employment looking to upskill. Photo Clive WassonTara Maguire, Donegal pictured at Donegal ETB’s Further Education and Training (FET) promotional event in the Radisson Hotel on Wednesday night for Leaving Certificate students and those in employment looking to upskill. Photo Clive WassonBridin MchMahon sharing information at Donegal ETB’s Further Education and Training (FET) promotional event in the Radisson Hotel on Wednesday night for Leaving Certificate students and those in employment looking to upskill. Photo Clive WassonMartin Holmer and Maria McConalogue pictured at Donegal ETB’s Further Education and Training (FET) promotional event in the Radisson Hotel on Wednesday night for Leaving Certificate students and those in employment looking to upskill. Photo Clive WassonCaroline White and Martina Needham pictured at Donegal ETB’s Further Education and Training (FET) promotional event in the Radisson Hotel on Wednesday night for Leaving Certificate students and those in employment looking to upskill. Photo Clive WassonClaire Lernihan with Dean Moore and Sonya Moore pictured at Donegal ETB’s Further Education and Training (FET) promotional event in the Radisson Hotel on Wednesday night for Leaving Certificate students and those in employment looking to upskill. Photo Clive WassonPicture special: Massive turnout for ETB Further Education and Training Fair was last modified: November 7th, 2019 by Shaun KeenanShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Let’s go behind the scenes with Jerky Bot

first_imgSmall Business Cybersecurity Threats and How to… Tags:#Chef’s Cut#David Ortiz#drones#featured#Ford#Internet of Things#IoT#Jerky Bot#ThinkModo#top#Uber Internet of Things Makes it Easier to Steal You… Follow the Puck Sometimes we sit back at ReadWrite, take in the overwhelming opportunities and challenges of this thing we call the Internet of Things and realize sometimes we just want to have a little fun while we discover something awesome.Enter JerkyBot:We had a debate on this here at ReadWrite. There’s no way this is real. A flying chopping board? A jerky drone? David Ortiz? Come on now. Ok, it looks cool, I said, let’s get it up on Facebook.Millions of hits later — what can I say, people love jerky on demand — we wanted to know more.A few months ago, the viral video geniuses at Thinkmodo got a call from the jerky pros at Chef’s Cut.“They challenged us to come up with a fun and original viral video concept that would get people talking about the brand online,” said Thinkmodo co-founder Michael Krivicka. “A few beers later, we came up with the idea of creating a flying snack tray.”Of course.A fun shoot — and Jerky Bot 2.0?A few months later, and the first fully tested prototype ready. Krivicka said our skepticism wasn’t unusual. “Lots of people question whether the JerkyBot is real or not  — many think it was CGI — but it is 100% real. We made a number of them already. It flies. It carries the snack.”Andy Shen of Shen Drones — featured in the video — was involved in the design and testing. Randy Slavin of Yeah Drones worked on the mechanics, and other technicians helped bring Jerky Bot to life.It’s taken off – literally and figuratively. “We have been getting a bunch of requests for the JerkyBot since we posted the video on Facebook a week ago, so there is definitely a demand there,” said Krivicka about the exciting possibility of an Amazon drone delivering you a new Jerky Bot drone to play with sometime soon. “The next step is to perfect the prototype which can take months,” said Krivicka.And this is where we come back to what Readwrite readers know best: solving the tech challenges. “Things to consider are extending battery life, reducing weight, and most importantly the close-to-person autonomous function. There are a bunch of autonomous drones out there already, each using different tracing technology, so for us it’s now figuring out what will work best,” he said.See also: Of course machine learning can help you sort cucumbersSo the team at Chef’s Cut and Thinkmodo have a challenge that Uber, Ford, Tesla, Google and many other automakers are facing right now. “The autonomous part is something that still needs a lot of work, so we will be doing more experimenting with that for the next few months,” he said. “We are still in the early stages with this but the idea is to mass produce it one day and make it a fun but safe consumer product.”He added that they’re now looking for more drone experts to team up with and do more testing and experimenting. And Big Papi? He owns part of the jerky company and so “was happy to be in the video.” Shot about a month ago in Boston, Krivicka says the shoot was “all pure fun.” And it sure looks that way.And let’s get serious again, if for just a moment — you know that a new technology, like drones, has true bite (get it? get it?) when it goes beyond the “Can you believe it?” stage and shows up in a great, goofy setting for a smart ad campaign. What that really means is the concept has enough currency with the public to be memorable and deliver the message.This new connected world is already here; it’ll be amazing to see where it takes us. It all seems very satisfying…but will we bite off more than we chew? (Ok, seriously, that was my last one).center_img Related Posts Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces Trevor Curwinlast_img read more

James Harden scores 35, Rockets beat Raptors

first_imgView comments Harden missed seven of 10 shot attempts, but scored nine points in the first as the Rockets led 23-19 after one.Houston opened the second with a 19-4 run to take a 42-23 lead at 7:28. Green and Rivers each scored seven in the quarter and Houston led 55-37 at halftime. For the Raptors, it was their lowest-scoring half of the season.Toronto roared back as Houston missed 11 of its first 12 shot attempts to begin the second half. Siakam’s basket at 4:44 of the third put the Raptors up 60-59, erasing what had been a 22-point deficit. Siakam scored 15 in the quarter and the Rockets were 4-for-23 shooting as Toronto took a 71-69 lead into the fourth.TIP-INSRockets: F Kenneth Faried (left hip) and G Iman Shumpert (right calf) were inactive. Coach Mike D’Antoni said both are day-to-day. … Chris Paul led the Rockets with 10 assists, while Clint Capela had 15 rebounds. … The Rockets have won four straight road games and eight of 11. They’re 17-16 away from home. … Houston had scored 17 points off 10 Toronto turnovers before allowing any of their own. The Raptors finished with 13 turnovers, leading to 26 points.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READ SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Hong Kong tunnel reopens, campus siege nears end Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting P2.5 B shabu seized in Makati sting, Chinese national nabbed Swiss female cyclist forced to ‘pause’ in a race after catching up with men’s pack 1 dead, 3 injured in Quezon road crashcenter_img Houston Rockets guard James Harden (13) controls the ball as Toronto Raptors forward Kawhi Leonard (2) defends during the second half of an NBA basketball game Tuesday, March 5, 2019, in Toronto. (Frank Gunn/The Canadian Press via AP)TORONTO — James Harden scored 35 points, Gerald Green had 11 of his 18 in the fourth quarter and the Houston Rockets beat the Toronto Raptors 107-95 on Tuesday night.Eric Gordon and Austin Rivers each scored 13 points as the Rockets won their sixth straight, matching a season high.ADVERTISEMENT Raptors: Ibaka had a season-high five blocks. … The Raptors dropped to 9-1 on Tuesdays. … Toronto had not lost at home since a 105-92 defeat to Milwaukee on Jan. 31.UP NEXTRockets: Host Philadelphia on Friday.Raptors: Visit New Orleans on Friday.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Trump campaign, GOP groups attack Google’s new ad policy Lacson backs proposal to elect president and vice president in tandem Kawhi Leonard scored 26 points and Serge Ibaka had 10 points and 15 rebounds for Toronto. Pascal Siakam had 17 points, and Danny Green 14 as the Raptors had their seven-game home winning streak snapped.Harden, the NBA’s leading scorer, made 12 of 30 shots, including three of nine from long range. He was perfect at the foul line, hitting all eight of his attempts.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesHarden has scored 28 or more points in 39 straight games, the second-longest streak in NBA history. Wilt Chamberlain (71 games) holds the record.The Raptors overcame a 22-point second quarter deficit to reclaim the lead in the third, but couldn’t hold on in the fourth. The Rockets turned it on, connecting on seven of their first eight shot from 3-point range. Houston made 15 of 34 attempts from beyond the arc. PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss LATEST STORIES P2.5 B shabu seized in Makati sting, Chinese national nabbedlast_img read more

Decadeslong journey at an end for parents of Winnipeg teen killed in

first_imgWINNIPEG – Years of legal proceedings in the death of a Winnipeg teenager in 1984 have now come to an end.The Crown has decided not to appeal the acquittal of Mark Edward Grant, who was found not guilty last month of second-degree murder in the death of Candace Derksen.Candace was last seen while walking home from school at the age of 13, and her frozen body — with her feet and hands tied — was found six weeks later in an industrial shed.Grant was arrested in 2007 following DNA tests and found guilty in 2011, but the conviction was overturned two years later by the Supreme Court of Canada.A new trial was held this year and Court of Queen’s Bench Justice Karen Simonsen ruled the DNA evidence was flawed.A written statement from Manitoba Justice says the Crown will not appeal that verdict, but offers no details.“This determination was reached after a careful review of the evidence and Justice Simonsen’s decision by both the Crowns assigned to the prosecution and Manitoba Prosecution Service’s appeal unit,” the statement said.Candace’s disappearance gripped the city and a large public search was launched.Grant, now 54, was unknown to the Derksen family. He had a criminal record at the time that included sexual assaults, and was convicted of other crimes before his 2007 arrest. In one case in 1994, he was convicted of a sexual assault that occurred shortly after he had been released from custody on a previous conviction.In the murder retrial earlier this year, court heard that DNA samples had deteriorated in the time between Derksen’s death and Grant’s first trial.Grant’s lawyer, Saul Simmonds, said in his closing arguments that DNA samples the Crown had relied on were so tiny as to be infinitesimal, and could be from one of the many people who had visited the shed where Derksen’s body was found.Cliff and Wilma Derksen said last month they continue to believe Grant killed their daughter but after three decades, they did not want the Crown to appeal.The Derksens have worked on several projects in their daughter’s name, including Candace House, a home-like resource centre for victims of crime that is being built a short walk from the Winnipeg court house.last_img read more