In a letter written by his lawyer to his victims’ families, Marc Dutroux, who has spent 22 years of his life sentence, talks of "restorative justice" in an attempt to help "heal their wounds, in some very modest way." © AP Photo / UK Child Killer's Ashes Dumped at Sea as Victim's Remains Returned 30 Years LateHe also said he was "ready to provide answers if you wanted to pose questions." Several families have rejected the approach as a cynical move aimed at securing parole. Dutroux, who is now 61, and his wife were arrested for abduction and rape in 1986. He was jailed in 1989, but was released on parole just three years later. Now free, he kidnapped six girls between 1995 and 1996, killing two teens and starving to death two eight-year-olds in his cellar. Two girls aged 12 and 14 survived the ordeal. Dutroux said he was part of a pedophile network of well-connected … [Read more...] about Outrage as ‘Monster of Belgium’ Offers to Answer Questions of Victims’ Families
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The Government has given an undertaking that it will put the clause to the people in another referendum vote. It is possible that it could take place alongside the Presidential election in October of this year. Article 41.2 says that the Irish State “recognises that by her life within the home, a woman gives to the State a support without which the common good cannot be achieved. “The State shall, therefore, endeavour to ensure that mothers shall not be obliged by economic necessity to engage in labour to the neglect of their duties in the home”. Obviously “their duties in the home” is the sting in the tail in this noble rhetoric. Given the economic reality for most women today, I reckon a drive-by vote or even a show of hands should be enough to repeal Article 41.2 of Éamon de Valera’s outdated notions that constitutionally relegate women to second-class citizenship. However, when Bunreacht na hÉireann was enacted in 1937, Ireland … [Read more...] about ‘I’ve been both a working mum and a stay-at-home mum… let’s drop the demeaning notions and let women decide their place in society’
THIRTEEN years ago I lived in a flat-share in London with two of my best female friends. We were 23, single and dating. We were just starting out in our careers, we worked long hours. But come the weekend we would go OUT. Sometimes just for a couple of drinks. Sometimes all night. Sometimes the entire 48 hours. We spent money we didn’t really have on clothes and shoes, went to trendy restaurants and bars, gossiped into the early hours nightly — over copious amounts of wine — about every aspect of our lives; work, relationships, fashion. Sex And The City, a show that defined our late teens and university years, had come to its official end the year before. But in our lives, it lived on. One of my flatmates had bought the entire six series on video (yes, it was that long ago) and played it on a loop in her room every single waking minute we were at home. Carrie’s ups and downs with Big and Aidan, Samantha’s sex life (and Charlotte’s lack of it, during … [Read more...] about We celebrate Sex And The City’s legacy 20 years after it first hit our screens
how to buy a house?Buying your own home in a foreign country might seem daunting, but it is perfectly possible – as long as you get proper advice. Currently in Amsterdam and Amstelveen, properties are selling quickly and prices have risen to record levels over the past year.Nevertheless, there are still great buys around and a tuned-in estate agent will help you make the most of your money. There are plenty of legal ins and outs to deal with as well, so you will need to get good legal advice from a specialist notary too.On Sunday, June 24, a special event is being held at the Vondel church close to the park to help expats find their way around the housing maze.‘The event will guide you through the entire home buying process, including the roles played by the real estate agent, the mortgage advisor and the notary,’ says organiser Monique Burgemeester. ‘You can find out about getting a mortgage in the Netherlands, get interior designer advice from a pro … [Read more...] about How to buy a house in Amsterdam and Amstelveen – don’t be afraid to take the plunge!
Almost immediately, rumours of a curse began. The first 'victim' was composer Krzysztof Komeda who, a year after the film's release, fell at a party, spent four months in a coma, then died. A year after that, producer William Castle became very ill with severe kidney stones and apparently hallucinated scenes from the film while delirious, yelling, "Rosemary, for God's sake, drop the knife!" The strange and violent aftermath of Polanski's life is well known. His heavily-pregnant girlfriend Sharon Tate was savagely murdered by the Manson Family, and the words 'Helter Skelter' were written on a wall in blood, thereby dragging the Beatles into a wild conspiracy that later took in John Lennon's assassination, across the road from the iconic Dakota building in New York where Rosemary's Baby was filmed. Roman himself was then charged with the rape of a 13-year-old, and has lived in exile from the US ever since. These were all obvious, physical tragedies. But what of Mia Farrow, break-out … [Read more...] about Woody Allen, Mia Farrow and the troubled tale with a thousand twists