In a telephone interview ahead of the 25th anniversary of the murders that saw him tried and acquitted, Simpson said he is healthy and happy living in Las Vegas. And neither he nor his children want to look back by talking about June 12 1994, when his ex-wife, Nicole Brown Simpson, and her friend, Ronald Goldman, were killed and Simpson quickly was transformed in the public mind from revered Pro American Football Hall of Fame hero to murder suspect. "We don't need to go back and relive the worst day of our lives," Simpson said. "The subject of the moment is the subject I will never revisit again. "My family and I have moved on to what we call the 'no negative zone'. "We focus on the positives." For a man who once lived for the spotlight , Simpson has been keeping a largely low profile since his release from prison in October 2017 after serving nine years for a robbery-kidnapping conviction in Las Vegas. He continues to believe his conviction and sentence for trying to steal back his … [Read more...] about ‘No negative zone’
Declared no go zones
Citing concerns over border security, French President Emmanuel Macron has declared that the EU’s visa-free zone is no longer tenable. But how will he decide who stays and who goes, and is France in the running? Macron, once billed as a champion for greater EU integration and unity, made a surprising policy U-turn when he stated that the Schengen zone “does not work anymore” and that the bloc’s open-border policy would need to be revised. The French leader also called for an end to the Dublin Regulation, which gives an EU member-state the right to send back asylum seekers to the first country of entry to the bloc. His comments have been interpreted as concessions to the anti-globalist Yellow Vest movement, but Macron may have a difficult time explaining why he once railed against nations which opposed Brussels’ decrees about open borders and asylum seekers – only to make an abrupt about-face. Also on rt.com Macron suggests shrinking Schengen … [Read more...] about Macron says Schengen zone needs to be smaller. Which country did he have in mind?
Eurotunnel has declared itself ready for a no-deal Brexit as it unveiled £13m of new infrastructure, including passport controls and additional border inspection posts in Calais. After two years of preparations, often in the absence of any government direction, and the millions of pounds spent on plans that may never be implemented, its parent company Getlink said it was “ready no matter what”. At the launch of the additions to its 650-hectare (1,606-acre) commercial fortress in Calais, the company said it believed it would be able to guarantee no extra delays on traffic going through the tunnel into the UK. And it hopes its new infrastructure combined with more staff will mean the mandatory animal health checks needed by the EU can be easily accommodated. “We do not expect any delays. We are ready. This preparation is for the worst case of no deal so that in that instance the traffic continues to flow through at the same rate as it does now,” said John … [Read more...] about ‘We’re ready no matter what’: Eurotunnel all set for no-deal Brexit
THE taoiseach has said he would not want a situation to arise where Northern Ireland was in a different time zone to the Republic.Leo Varadkar was speaking after the European Parliament backed a proposal to stop the obligatory one-hour clock change which extends daylight hours in summer EU-wide.Asked yesterday about the implications, Mr Varadkar said: "I could not and certainly would not want to countenance a situation whereby Northern Ireland is in a different time zone to the rest of Ireland."Labour Party leader Brendan Howlin raised the matter in the Dáil, highlighting that Ireland could be left in a difficult position with the UK leaving the EU."There is the possibility of having two different time zones on the island of Ireland as the UK have already declared that they don't intend to switch their current system," he said.Mr Varadkar said his government had not yet decided how it would vote on the matter when it is put to the European Council."The truth is the government … [Read more...] about Leo Varadkar does not want to countenance two different time zones in Ireland
Life has proven to be fragile in Chechnya, the small Muslim republic in Russia’s volatile North Caucasus district. In the 28 years since the collapse of the Soviet Union, which saw the Chechen independence movement attempt to break away from the Russian Federation in 1991, the region has been subjected to some of the worst violence and acts of crimes against humanity that the world has seen in the post-Cold War era. After two bloody separatist wars and the return of Moscow’s heavy-handed rule over the republic, the Chechens have seen the situation stabilise, but the gross violations of human rights continue. Those who are suspected of being former rebel fighters or individuals who are deemed to be not sufficiently loyal enough to the Kremlin’s handpicked ruler of Chechnya, Ramzan Kadyrov, are subject to arbitrary arrests and forced disappearances. Oyub Titiyev, the local head of the Russian human rights group Memorial, has now been listed amongst those who have … [Read more...] about Echoing Soviet-era justice, court sends Chechen rights activist to penal colony