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Judge Malcolm Simmons responds to Viola von Cramon regarding EULEX

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Judge Malcolm Simmons responds to the statement of Viola von Cramon regarding EULEX corruption

Despite repeated requests of the UK Foreign Office, the EU failed to conduct an independent investigation into the hacking of Judge Simmons’ private emails by a fellow EULEX judge”
— Edward Montague

LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM, July 16, 2021 /EINPresswire.com/ — In her statement Viola von Cramen refers to my alleged “failure to alert EU authorities on irregularities.” In fact, I alerted the EU on many occasions to “irregularities” in EULEX between 2013 and 2016. None of those complaints was the subject of an investigation. Indeed, on one occasion, in a written response, the former Civilian Operations Commander even instructed EULEX not to take action. In an email to the EULEX Head of Executive Division I expressed frustration at the failure of EULEX to initiate an investigation. I also referred two cases to OLAF, the EU ant-fraud agency after EULEX refused to conduct an investigation. Therefore, to suggest that I failed to inform EU authorities of the misconduct is simply wrong.In 2017 the EU did appoint a team to investigate my allegations of misconduct. However, it was not independent investigation. The persons the EU put in charge of that investigation were the very persons I had accused of misconduct. The investigators, including a former judge of the European Court of Justice, were in receipt of my hacked private emails. That was not an independent investigation and was never intended to be. Despite repeated requests to the EU and Member States, the EU failed to appoint an independent team to investigate my claims.

The EU also failed to conduct an independent investigation into the hacking of my private emails by a fellow EULEX judge, despite repeated requests of the UK Foreign & Commonwealth Office. Instead, an investigation was conducted by EULEX. When I requested that the former judge of the European Court of Justice who was conducting the investigation against me (and who was in possession of my hacked private emails) be interviewed, I was informed by EULEX that the investigation into the hacking of my emails had been “closed”. I was given no explanation. When I was eventually given access to the investigation file, it contained only one document and that was the notification to me informing me the investigation had been closed.

Those were not the only occasions the EU failed to conduct fair and impartial investigations.

The investigation into the allegations against me was conducted by the very persons I had accused of misconduct. Those persons, and the investigators, were in possession of my hacked private emails. The board that heard those allegations comprised three members. Only one member of the Board was a judge. The other members included a logistics officer employed by the department that initiated the investigation who was subordinate to the very persons I had accused of serious misconduct. In its judgments, the European Court of Human Rights has been very clear: disciplinary boards in proceedings against judges should comprise a majority of judges. In my case only one member was a judge. However, that was not the only abuse of the disciplinary process. The Board ignored important exculpatory evidence. I was not present when the Board interviewed witnesses. I was not permitted to cross-examine witnesses. Instead, I was sent what the Board referred to as a “resume” of their evidence. I had no opportunity to challenge their evidence or ask my own questions. Witnesses I proposed to the Board be called to give evidence were ignored by the Board.

I filed an appeal that was heard by an appeals board comprising three EU judges. That appeal was heard in May 2019. The Appeals board ignored judgments of the European Court of Human Rights and ignored International Conventions and Charters. The Appeals Board also ignored Article 6 of the European Convention on Human Rights that provides I was entitled to be tried “…by an independent and impartial tribunal established by law.” In my case a member of the Board was not only an employee of the department that commenced the disciplinary proceedings against me but, more importantly, was subordinate to a person I had accused of serious misconduct. This was not an impartial tribunal. It was never intended to be an impartial tribunal.

Ms von Cramen, I hope it will now be clear why I have no confidence in the EU to conduct an independent, fair and impartial investigation. I hope you will also appreciate why I chose to refer these, and other matters, to the Kosovo Assembly.

Finally, my statement to the Kosovo Assembly was, in some respect, generalised. That was simply because this was a hearing to determine whether to open a full enquiry. Should the Assembly decide to open a full enquiry, I will submit detailed evidence including emails, reports, statements and audio evidence.

Kosovo is an independent, sovereign state and it is a matter for its democratic institutions whether to conduct a full enquiry into these matters.

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Azerbaijan resolving employment issues of war participants and private sector responds positively to appeals – President Aliyev

BAKU, Azerbaijan, July 14

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The Azerbaijani government constantly pays attention and takes care of citizens who became disabled during the second Karabakh war, President of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev said on July 14 at the ceremony of providing the families of martyrs and disabled during the war with apartments and cars in Khojasan settlement, Trend reports.

“The issues of employment of participants in the war are being resolved, and I am very glad that the private sector responds positively to our calls, which is natural,” the president said.

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Apex Legends hacked – Respawn responds to reported server issues and Titanfall message

Respawn Entertainment has confirmed that Apex Legends servers are being attacked by an outside group.

From what has been shared by gamers this weekend, messages have been popping up during live matches which reads “Save Titanfall.”

According to those who have seen the message, it leads to error problems when trying to play or join live queues for servers.

The Apex Legends community is reporting issues on PC and PS4 platforms, and it appears that gamers are also seeing a message pointing them to a specific TitanFall website.

The latest update from Respawn confirms that the issues are being looked into across all platforms.

However, it’s unclear how long issues might last or which group might have organised tonight’s events.

The first message from Respawn reads: “We are aware of and actively investigating issues impacting @PlayApex playlists that are preventing players from getting into matches.

“We’ll provide hourly updates here until a fix is deployed and the problem resolved.”

And the latest update adds: “We’re testing a fix now and will update when we have more confidence. Additional updates may be required.

“In the meantime, we’ve determined that this attack—while disruptive—has not put players’ personal information or accounts at risk. More updates to come as we make progress.”

“We’re continuing to validate a fix. Thanks for hanging with us—the team remains hard at work on this.”

More news and updates are expected over the coming hours if tonight’s problems are not solved soon.

Author: Gary Jones
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Emma Raducanu responds after Andy Murray message as young Brit loving Wimbledon ‘holiday’

Teenage wildcard Emma Raducanu reached the Wimbledon third round on her Grand Slam debut on Thursday night – and then claimed it was like being on holiday. The Londoner, 18, won her first ever Tour-level match in the opening round just two months after finishing her A Levels.

And on Thursday evening Raducanu, who is world No 338, shocked former French Open finalist Marketa Vondrousova 6-2, 6-4 on Court 12.

“I feel like I am on a holiday,” beamed Raducanu. “It is unbelievable. And I want to stay here as long as I can.

“Playing in front of a home crowd helps, the support is so loud, they are so behind me. I have that in the back of my mind.

“I have tried to play every point like it was my match point or the last point of Wimbledon. I have been playing that trick with myself.”

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Andy Murray led the congratulations on social media as he tweeted “Let’s go @EmmaRaducanu”.

“I haven’t opened my phone yet and really grateful for the messages,” she added.

“I won’t be able to reply to all of them just yet. When I have downtime and I read those positives messages, it gives me a great feeling.”

Raducanu only sat her A Levels two months ago – and is now guaranteed to win at least £115,00. That quadruples here career earnings until now of £28,754.

And she will bank £181,000 if she reaches the fourth round with a win on Saturday.

Asked if she would rather get good exam results in maths and economics or reach the fourth round, she laughed: “Definitely the fourth round!”

Raducanu, whose father is from Bucharest, will now face Sorana Cirstea after the Romanian world No 45 beat Victoria Azarenka for the first time at the fifth attempt on a loud Court 1.

“I have to say I have been a professional since I was 16 years old but this was the best atmosphere I have ever had on a court.

“We have missed the public so much and today they helped me so much. I don’t think I have ever enjoyed a match like this.”

It is the first time since 2017 that four British players – Andy Murray, Jo Konta, Heather Watson and Aljaz Bedene – have reached the third round.

Author: Neil McLeman
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Kirsty Gallacher responds to claims of 'poor picture and production quality' on GB News

Former Sky Sports presenter Kirsty Gallacher, 45, has responded to claims of “poor” picture and production quality on GB News. The newsreader promptly replied to a viewer of the show who had been left less than impressed by apparent technical difficulties, which they claim make the programme almost unwatchable.

Taking to Twitter, GB News presenter Nana Akua gave fans an insight into the show’s production.

Tweeting to her 430,800 followers, she wrote: “Just finished presenting the Great British Breakfast @GBNEWS with the amazing @TheRealKirstyG.”

Despite the majority of comments being supportive, one viewer claimed that the production problems the show faced made it almost unwatchable.

They wrote: “I desperately want to enjoy it… but the picture and production quality is so poor… it feels like I’m back in the 80’s…”

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Hitting back, another viewer advised them to “close their eyes” and listen to the presenters.

They wrote: “Close your eyes and just listen then. The content is more important, and that’s great.”

Clearly pleased with the praise, Kirsty commented and promised that the technical problems will be sorted soon.

“Well said thank you! Those things will be ironed out ASAP,” she said.

“Great discussions and debates. I think I prefer the format of two presenters, three can get a bit intense. Great to have loads of guests to enhance debates. Well done,” they added.

Applauding the duo, another social media user commented: “You are a great team ladies, I so enjoy your refreshing honesty.”

As another penned: “Very refreshing to have a balanced view of the news.”

However, earlier today frustrated viewers took to social media to brand the new news channel as “no different to the BBC”.

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Lewis Hamilton responds to Max Verstappen pressure talk as rivalry continues at French GP

Lewis Hamilton is looking to silence any critics this weekend as Mercedes look to bounce back from two tough weekends in Monaco and Baku, admitting he feels ‘no pressure’ from Max Verstappen heading to the French GP.

Last time out, Hamilton made a very rare mistake in the car after the race had been red-flagged due to a tyre blowout from his main title rival and championship leader Verstappen.

The seven-time world champion lined up second on the grid for the restart, but plummeted to 15th after challenging Sergio Perez for the lead, accidentally activating a button on the car’s steering wheel – which changes brake bias settings and is used to heat the front tyres.

As a result, Hamilton locked up and went straight at turn one down the escape route, finishing P15 in Baku, and despite a DNF from Verstappen, due to Hamilton’s mistake, he walked away still leading the championship.

“Max wasn’t in the race at the time so I definitely wasn’t under pressure from him,” said Hamilton.

“I don’t even count it as a mistake and I don’t even know what the mistake before that was, but I don’t feel any pressure, I feel pretty relaxed. You can’t always be perfect.

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“A mistake is when you often drive off the track after missing your braking point or a hit the wall, but it as an unforced error.

“It was something we had that was sitting there that could’ve happened at any point, and it, unfortunately, bit us pretty hard.”

Ahead of the French GP, Mercedes say they are to introduce a change to avoid a repeat of the switch mishap that sent Hamilton off the track amid the dramatic end to the Azerbaijan GP.

“We’ve not moved it, we’ve just put a shroud around it just to make sure that I can’t accidentally touch it in the future, but that’s for the short term, obviously the wheels not too easy to change or to move buttons as it’s all designed,” added Hamilton.

“So we’ll look for a longer-term solution in the future.”

And Hamilton is confident he and Mercedes can turn things around this weekend.

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He said: “We continue to strive for perfection, we continue to unite and there is not really a lot we can’t do when we are together and united,” he said, “so I am looking forward to getting back onto a track where we probably won’t be as affected with tyre temps, for example.

“The last two races have definitely been really difficult for us as a whole, as a team. Fortunately, with two terrible races for us, we ended up being very, very close in points so the race is still very much on.”

Meanwhile, Verstappen, who was alongside the Briton in the press conference ahead of the French Grand Prix, agreed that due to the nature of the track at Paul Ricard, Mercedes would be stronger.

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Peter Levy responds to viewers annoyed by Look North Euros disruption

Stalwart BBC presenter Peter Levy has responded to viewer grievances about the disruption to the BBC Look North schedule because of Euro 2020.

The Look North anchor, 65, took to Twitter last night to respond to one regular viewer and confirmed that “it’s going to be a bit all over the places for a few weeks”.

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He promised viewers: “I’ll keep you posted on air and on here.”

Today’s local bulletins will be delayed by the Turkey vs Wales match which is being shown live on BBC One from 5pm, local news will be shown at the later time of 7.55pm.

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In the original complaint the viewer said that coverage of the Euro 2020 “messes up tv dinner watching local news at 18.30” leaving their routine in tatters.

The complainant suggested that most households now have access to BBC Wales where they believed the match should be shown so the BBC could “leave us all to enjoy fish and chips, on a comfy sofa at our usual time.”

In a sympathetic reply, Peter Levy wrote: “Yes sorry about timings, it’s going to be a bit all over the places for a few weeks.

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“I’ll keep you posted on air and on here. Tomorrow night is 7 55pm.”

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Disruption to regular broadcasts is also to be expected on Friday (18 June) when Croatia face the Czech Republic at 5pm on BBC One.

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Schoolgirl spots glaring blunder in maths homework and responds with brutal reply

The response was shared on Reddit and has subsequently been shared widely across the internet. Myrah was asked to write an equation for six scenarios, a post on Reddit shared. “Jane has 12 crayons and Kim has 7 crayons. How many more crayons does Susan have than Kim?” the girl – known only as Myrah – was asked as part of her homework assignment.

Her response has been praised as legendary.

“Who’s Susan?” she asked.

“Myrah is going places,” one Redditor wrote cheekily, while a second praised Myrah over her no nonsense response.

Another had a different theory, saying: “‘Maybe it’s a reading comprehension test disguised as a math test.”

And Redditors spotted mistakes in the other questions too.

The first question asked: “There are 8 birds on a branch. There are 3 birds on another branch. How many birds are there in the tree?”

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And she correctly replied: “8 + 3 = 11.”

But one Reddit user asked: “Also #1. How do we know those 2 branches are part of the same tree?”

“There are 8 fish in the post. 7 fish swam away. How many are left in the pond?” another question (question 3) asked.

Another Reddit user said: “I’ve got a problem with #3 too. Even if fish swim away in a pond… they’re still in the pond.”

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‘Why would that be a bad thing?’ Djokovic vows to keep talking tennis politics as champ responds to Nadal’s claim he is ‘obsessed’

Serbian tennis great Novak Djokovic has reacted to comments from rival Rafael Nadal about his “obsession” with winning Grand Slams and setting new records, countering that he has never had problems with “verbalizing” his targets.

The world number one said that he doesn’t think he is obsessed with anything in life, adding that he feels only “passion and huge desire” to conquer new heights in tennis.

Of course, I want to win more Slams, yes,” world number three Nadal told Metro. “No doubt about that. But I never get – I mean, Novak is more obsessed about this, more focused,” 

Not in a negative way. No, he’s more focused on just these things and it means a lot to him, all of this stuff. He’s always saying and talking about these records, and well done for him. But it’s not my approach to my tennis career.”

Responding to the comments made by his rival, the 18-time Grand Slam winner said that he sees nothing bad in expressing the ambitions he sets for himself.

“I do not know why would that be a bad thing – not just in terms of records, but anything: politics in tennis, for instance,” Djokovic said during a press conference in Belgrade before the start of the Serbia Open.

I am going towards achieving my goals and I have never had a problem verbalizing it. Maybe someone cannot say something and then stick to it, but I never found it hard to say: ‘I want to break that record or reach a certain goal.’

I cannot speak on [Nadal’s] behalf – I do not know the way he thinks, but it is his right to voice an opinion, how he sees me in regards to records and so on.

“Personally, I do not feel that I am obsessed with anything in life; what I feel is passion and huge desire.”

The 33-year-old all-time great clinched his latest Grand Slam in February, defeating Russia’s Daniil Medvedev in the final of the Australian Open.

Last month, he set a new ATP record for the most weeks as world number one, surpassing Swiss superstar Roger Federer’s total.
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