Court warns police over failure to produce phone records for Hrant Dink murder trial

first_img April 28, 2021 Find out more TurkeyEurope – Central Asia News Turkey’s never-ending judicial persecution of former newspaper editor April 2, 2021 Find out more Human rights groups warns European leaders before Turkey summit News Help by sharing this information Follow the news on Turkey Journalists threatened with imprisonment under Turkey’s terrorism law to go furthercenter_img Receive email alerts The 10th hearing in the trial of Armenian-Turkish newspaper editor Hrant Dink’s accused killers, held before an Istanbul court on 6 July, was given over to evidence aimed at establishing whether the youth who allegedly fired the fatal shot on 19 January 2006, Ogün Samast, was acting alone. Defendants threatened and insulted the Dink family and its lawyers in court during the hearing. Presiding judge Erkan Canak warned the national police and the police of Trabzon (Samast’s home town) that they would be prosecuted if they continued to fail to produce the requested information about the SMS messages and phone calls made between the various defendants.“The trial is continuing but several public services are still obstructing the emergence of the truth,” Reporters Without Borders said. “This shows how state institutions, especially the police, are protecting and supporting the defendants and the others who were responsible for Dink’s murder, both those who have been identified and those whose identity is still unknown.”The press freedom organisation added: “This complicity with the murderers, driven by nationalistic hatred, is the main obstacle to justice in this case. We therefore insist that Turkey’s leaders have a duty to ensure that government officials provide the answers being demanded by the court.”The Dink family’s lawyers told the presiding judge he was failing to exercise proper authority over the court after Samast threatening them and the Dink family with reprisals during the 6 July hearing. The prosecutor’s office is expected to bring charges against Samast soon in connection with his threats.Several witnesses gave evidence on 6 July about the circumstances of the murder, which took place in an Istanbul street outside Dink’s newspaper, Agos, and about the links between the defendants and the police. One witness, shop assistant Mesme Havva, said she saw a man show Samast the way to Safak Street (near the Agos office) before fleeing with him – testimony indicating that Samast did not act alone.The next hearing, scheduled for 12 October, will be given over to hearing the testimony of a witness whose identity has been kept secret, and to examining the murder weapon. News News RSF_en Organisation TurkeyEurope – Central Asia July 8, 2009 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Court warns police over failure to produce phone records for Hrant Dink murder trial April 2, 2021 Find out morelast_img read more

RSF condemns Liberian parliament’s ban on four reporters

first_img June 12, 2020 Find out more to go further Reports News LiberiaAfrica Condemning abusesProtecting journalistsMedia independence Freedom of expression December 16, 2020 Find out more Reporters Without Borders (RSF) is appalled to learn that the Liberian parliament’s press office has revoked the accreditation of four parliamentary correspondents and has told their media outlets to appoint new ones. RSF condemns this press freedom violation and calls for these four reporters to be allowed to resume covering parliamentary activities. The 2020 pandemic has challenged press freedom in Africa In a letter to their news organizations, Isaac G. Redd, the head of the Press and Public Affairs Bureau of the House of Representatives, wrote that, in order to improve the media’s coverage of parliament, “we have adopted a policy to infuse new reporters and remove those who are redundant and have been repetitive in their coverages.” RSF_en @RSF_Africa “Withdrawing the accreditation of journalists is a serious impediment to the freedom to inform,” said Assane Diagne, the head of RSF’s West Africa office. “This measure also constitutes interference in the workings of the media outlets concerned. It is the job of their editors to decide which journalists cover parliament and to evaluate their work.” Liberia is ranked 89th out of 180 countries in RSF’s 2018  World Press Freedom Index.  Organisation Help by sharing this information center_img News November 27, 2020 Find out more Musa Kenneh of Truth FM, Jackson Foyofayiah of the newspaper Focus and Meme Simoke and Edward Palmer of Corruption Watch have been banned from parliament since 19 February as a result of a decision by the House of Representatives. RSF has been told they cannot attend any of the lower house’s activities, including plenary sessions. News Follow the news on Liberia LiberiaAfrica Condemning abusesProtecting journalistsMedia independence Freedom of expression Liberia’s House of Representatives in Monrovia. Photo : House of representatives. Receive email alerts RSF urges Liberian authorities to investigate threats against journalists February 26, 2019 RSF condemns Liberian parliament’s ban on four reporters The letter added: “We have identified your reporter as one of those whose accreditation is hereby revoked. We are therefore requesting your institution to send a replacement.” Covid-19 emergency laws spell disaster for press freedomlast_img read more

US – #WeeklyAddress July 3-9: Journalists receive violent threats for reporting on CNN wrestling video

first_img “It is alarming to see that days after Trump tweeted a video depicting violence against a media outlet, a number of journalists and their families have received violent threats,” says Margaux Ewen, Advocacy and Communications Director for RSF’s North America Bureau. “The message from the White House must be one that condemns, instead of condones, violence against the press for reporting the news.”1. Journalists receive threats after reporting on Reddit user behind Trump’s CNN videoOn Sunday, July 2, journalist Jared Yates Sexton began receiving intimidating messages, including some death threats, on social media and his personal phone number. Sexton received these threats after reporting on the creator of a user of the social news and media aggregation website Reddit, The threats became especially pervasive after Sexton reported on an anti-Semitic meme by the same Reddit user, which displayed a list of CNN employees with Jewish stars next to their names and pictures. CNN employees and their families have also been receiving threatening phone calls and messages, according to The Daily Beast. The parents and wife of CNN reporter Andrew Kaczynski, who reported how the network identified the Reddit user behind the wrestling video, each received more than 50 harassing phone calls the day the story was published.2. Trump refuses to apologize for video depicting violence against CNN On Thursday, July 6, during a joint press conference in Warsaw with Polish President Andrzej Duda, Trump reiterated his belief that CNN is “fake news.” When asked to respond to claims that CNN blackmailed the Reddit user who created the anti-CNN meme Trump tweeted last week — an accusation CNN denies — Trump said he thinks what the news organization did was “unfortunate for them.” The Reddit user, identified by the name “HansA**HoleSolo,”apologized on July 4 for his posts and told CNN he did not feel threatened. However, during the press conference Trump continued his tirade against the press: “They’ve been covering me in a very dishonest way… What CNN and others — NBC is equally as bad, despite the fact that I made them a fortune with ‘The Apprentice,’ but they forgot that.” 3. Increased pressure from the White House, Congress on leakersAccording to a Politico article published July 7, President Trump has been leading an intense crackdown on leakers within the White House, cultivating a culture of fear amongst officials. Officials are also becoming more concerned that they are being closely tracked by the administration. According to sources close to the President, the number of people that Trump shares top-secret information with has become drastically smaller — in part so that leakers can easily be tracked down when the media publishes sensitive information. A number of Senate Republicans on the Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs issued a report on July 6 claiming media leaks under the current administration are a threat to national security, and that “the unauthorized disclosure of certain information can cost American lives, and our laws protecting this information provide for harsh punishments when violated.”4. Putin and Trump share a laugh at the press’ expenseOn Friday, July 7, President Trump met with Russian President Vladimir Putin during the G-20 summit in Germany. At a press conference ahead of their private meeting, Putin leaned in to Trump, pointed to the press, and said, “These are the ones who insulted you?” Trump then laughed and nodded his head. President Putin, who has relentlessly suppressed independent press in Russia, has been on RSF’s list of press freedom predators for years. According to RSF figures, 34 journalists have been killed in connection with their work since Putin first became President in 2000.The United States ranks 43rd out of 180 countries in RSF’s 2017 World Press Freedom Index after falling 2 places in the last year.For the latest updates, follow RSF on twitter @RSF_en. United StatesAmericas June 7, 2021 Find out more Follow the news on United States June 3, 2021 Find out more April 28, 2021 Find out more News July 10, 2017 – Updated on July 12, 2017 US – #WeeklyAddress July 3-9: Journalists receive violent threats for reporting on CNN wrestling video Reporters Without Borders (RSF) remains deeply concerned by the most recent threats to press freedom in the US during the week of July 3-9. News Organisation to go further RSF_en WhatsApp blocks accounts of at least seven Gaza Strip journalists United StatesAmericas Facebook’s Oversight Board is just a stopgap, regulation urgently needed, RSF says Help by sharing this information Receive email alerts News News NSO Group hasn’t kept its promises on human rights, RSF and other NGOs saylast_img read more

No Injuries After Two-Car Freeway Crash Today

first_img Make a comment Community News latest #1 No Injuries After Two-Car Freeway Crash Today Published on Thursday, May 2, 2013 | 6:27 pm Name (required)  Mail (required) (not be published)  Website  HerbeautyThe Most Heartwarming Moments Between Father And DaughterHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty8 Easy Exotic Meals Anyone Can MakeHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty6 Strong Female TV Characters Who Deserve To Have A SpinoffHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty10 Special Beauty Tips That Make Indian Women So BeautifulHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyAt 9 Years Old, This Young Girl Dazzled The World Of FashionHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty5 Things To Avoid If You Want To Have Whiter TeethHerbeautyHerbeauty First Heatwave Expected Next Week 12 recommended0 commentsShareShareTweetSharePin it Pasadena Will Allow Vaccinated People to Go Without Masks in Most Settings Starting on Tuesday Subscribe Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked * Get our daily Pasadena newspaper in your email box. Free.Get all the latest Pasadena news, more than 10 fresh stories daily, 7 days a week at 7 a.m.center_img Pasadena’s ‘626 Day’ Aims to Celebrate City, Boost Local Economy Community News More Cool Stuff Top of the News Business News EVENTS & ENTERTAINMENT | FOOD & DRINK | THE ARTS | REAL ESTATE | HOME & GARDEN | WELLNESS | SOCIAL SCENE | GETAWAYS | PARENTS & KIDS faithfernandez More » ShareTweetShare on Google+Pin on PinterestSend with WhatsApp,Virtual Schools PasadenaHomes Solve Community/Gov/Pub SafetyPASADENA EVENTS & ACTIVITIES CALENDARClick here for Movie Showtimes The California Highway Patrol reported no injuries during a two-vehicle traffic crash on the Foothill (210) Freeway in Pasadena.The CHP was notified of the crash on the westbound freeway at North Lake Avenue about 6:10 p.m.A CHP officer arriving on the scene reported the traffic accident involved a black Toyota Highlander and a blue Ford F250 pickup truck and that both vehicles had come to a rest on the right shoulder of the freeway. Home of the Week: Unique Pasadena Home Located on Madeline Drive, Pasadenalast_img read more

Limerick schools sign up to attendance drive

first_imgAdvertisement Limerick Ladies National Football League opener to be streamed live MORE than 70 schools in Limerick are getting involved in the new Tusla Education Support Service (TESS) which is launching its first national School Attendance Drive ‘Every School Day Counts’ to promote regular school attendance.Each school day approximately 60,000 students miss school in Ireland. TESS is running an attendance drive throughout the month of November, when attendance traditionally dips, to encourage and promote the importance of regular school attendance with children, young people, parents and schools.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up In addition, TESS promotes the message that school attendance is everyone’s business and encourages the wider community to come on board and endeavour to make ‘Every School Day Count’ this November and throughout the school year.70 schools in Limerick have joined more than 1,700 schools across the country in signing up to the drive and will be running attendance initiatives in their schools throughout the month.During the launch, the service also unveiled its new name and logo as part of its brand refresh project, to highlight the integrated supports available through its three service strands – Educational Welfare Service; Home School Community Liaison Scheme; and School Completion Programme.The three services work with children, young people, parents, schools and community family support services to improve attendance, participation and retention.Addressing over 350 attendees, including government representatives, education professionals, children and young people, Bernard Gloster, Chief Executive of Tusla said, “Research has shown again and again that regular school attendance is vital in helping children get the best possible start in life. It lays the foundation for developing good social skills, building relationships and achieving success later in life.“Children who attend school regularly are more likely to stay in school and achieve better educational outcomes,” Mr Gloster declared. TAGSeducationKeeping Limerick PostedlimerickLimerick PostschoolTusla Education Support Service RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Limerick’s National Camogie League double header to be streamed live Print Linkedin NewsEducationLimerickLimerick schools sign up to attendance driveBy Bernie English – November 7, 2019 253 Billy Lee names strong Limerick side to take on Wicklow in crucial Division 3 clash center_img Facebook Email WATCH: “Everyone is fighting so hard to get on” – Pat Ryan on competitive camogie squads Donal Ryan names Limerick Ladies Football team for League opener Predictions on the future of learning discussed at Limerick Lifelong Learning Festival Twitter Previous articleAdare Manor voted Ireland’s Best Golf CourseNext articleMag’s 88 kilometres buys handbikes for disabled Bernie Englishhttp://www.limerickpost.ieBernie English has been working as a journalist in national and local media for more than thirty years. She worked as a staff journalist with the Irish Press and Evening Press before moving to Clare. She has worked as a freelance for all of the national newspaper titles and a staff journalist in Limerick, helping to launch the Limerick edition of The Evening Echo. Bernie was involved in the launch of The Clare People where she was responsible for business and industry news. WhatsApplast_img read more

Yes Bank Scam: SC Stays Bail Granted To Wadhawan Brothers By Bombay HC Till Oct 7 [Read Order]

first_imgTop StoriesYes Bank Scam: SC Stays Bail Granted To Wadhawan Brothers By Bombay HC Till Oct 7 [Read Order] Sanya Talwar5 Sep 2020 9:40 PMShare This – xThe bail granted to DHFL promoters Kapil and Dheeraj Wadhawan by the Bombay High Court in the case pertaining to the Yes Bank Scam, was stayed by Top Court on Thursday.A bench comprising Justices Sanjay Kishan Kaul, Ajay Rastogi & Aniruddha Bose said that it would examine the legal issues involved in the Wadhawans’ bail plea and stayed order of the Bombay High Court granting bail to…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?LoginThe bail granted to DHFL promoters Kapil and Dheeraj Wadhawan by the Bombay High Court in the case pertaining to the Yes Bank Scam, was stayed by Top Court on Thursday.A bench comprising Justices Sanjay Kishan Kaul, Ajay Rastogi & Aniruddha Bose said that it would examine the legal issues involved in the Wadhawans’ bail plea and stayed order of the Bombay High Court granting bail to the Wadhawan brothers till October 7, which is the next date of hearing. While doing so, the court also issued notice to the Directorate of Enforcement.The two Wadhawan brothers have been booked by the Enforcement Directorate under the Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA) in the Yes Bank scam. Yes Bank started facing a crisis as it accumulated many bad loans in 2018 by lending to corporate defaulters such as DHFL, Jet Airways, and Cafe Coffee day, among others.On August 21, the Bombay High Court had granted bail to DHFL promoters Kapil Wadhwan and Dheeraj Wadhwan in the Enforcement Directorate’s case of money laundering registered against them as the agency failed to file a chargesheet within 60 days from the date of remand. However, the Wadhwan brothers were to continue to remain in jail as the CBI has another case registered against them.Justice Bharati Dangre heard the bail applications filed by the brothers who are accused in the Yes Bank fraud case. Both the applicants are arraigned as accused in the same ECIR registered by Enforcement Directorate on March 7, 2020.They were confined in judicial custody since May 10 in relation to the said case registered by the CBI. On May 14, the applicants were produced before the Special Court, Mumbai and were remanded to police custody. Thereafter, they applied for default bail on July 13 and the lower court judge denied the request. The ED filed charge sheet also on July 13. He concluded that the period within which the investigation was to be completed will be starting from May 15, meaning that the first day of remand will be excluded.While allowing the bail, the Court noted,”As a corollary to the aforesaid discussion, the impugned order passed by the Sessions Judge, excluding the first day of remand while computing the period of 60 days cannot be sustained and is liable to be set aside and the filing of the chargesheet by the Directorate of Enforcement on 13th July 2020, being after of 60 days, by excluding the day of remand i.e. 14th May 2020, make the applicants entitled for default bail. They deserve to be released on bail in light of the right conferred u/s.167(2)(a) (ii), if they are prepared to and furnish the bail.”Click Here To Download OrderNext Storylast_img read more

Kansas City fireworks light up weather map after Chiefs’ Super Bowl win

first_imgSign up for text notifications from AlertKC. Text CHIEFSPARADE to 888-777. Follow the City and the KC Sports Commission on Twitter @KCMO and @SportKC, or find us on Facebook and Instagram. #chiefsparade #SuperBowl2020 @Chiefs #SportKC #KansasCity #Missouri— Kansas City, MO (@KCMO) February 3, 2020For more information and updates, fans and residents can text a special alert line to get updates or visit the city’s official social media pages.Copyright © 2020, ABC Audio. All rights reserved. February 3, 2020 /Sports News – National Kansas City fireworks light up weather map after Chiefs’ Super Bowl win Here’s #KansasCity erupting in celebration, as detected by our radar!— NWS Kansas City (@NWSKansasCity) February 3, 2020The weather service tweeted a GIF of the excitement late Sunday night as festivities hit their post-game peak.Kansas City fans proudly shared and retweeted the colorful radar imagery more than 2,400 times. THE LOMBARDI IS OURS ONCE AGAIN!— Kansas City Chiefs (@Chiefs) February 3, 2020The Chiefs will bring the coveted Lombardi trophy home to Kansas City for a champions parade on Wednesday Feb. 5 at 11:30 a.m., the city announced on Twitter. FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailKyle Rivas/Getty Image(KANSAS CITY, Mo.) — Kansas City erupted in fireworks after the Chiefs’ Super Bowl win Sunday night, so much so that the National Weather Service radar detected the sky-high celebrations.From 8:41 p.m. until 9:29 p.m. local time, NWS Kansas City radar captured multiple bursts from fireworks filling the sky after the Chiefs’ first franchise NFL Championship in 50 years. Written by Beau Lundlast_img read more

BYU Announces Ticket Plans For 2020 Football Season

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPROVO, Utah-Per statements from BYU’s Athletics Department Tuesday, football ticket plans for home games at LaVell Edwards Stadium were announced.Tickets will also transition from seasonal packages to a game-by-game model for the upcoming home schedule.The individual game-ticket plan calls for approximately 6,000 fans (1,500 apiece in four sections) to attend the home opener September 26 against Troy.Tickets for that game will go on sale to current season ticket holders September 14 through will be based upon the athletic department’s priority point system and will be available on a limited basis.The stadium will be evenly divided into its four natural sections, with separate entrance and exit locations for each section.This game-by-game model allows for the stadium capacity to increase as the season progresses based on available data for covid-19 and the recommendation of state, university and Utah County public health officials.A percentage of the available tickets for each home game will be set aside for BYU ROC students.Everyone attending games at LaVell Edwards Stadium in 2020 will have a ticketed seat. Each of these tickets will be delivered digitally. All transactions at the stadium, such as concessions and merchandise, will be cashless.Masks are required in all areas of BYU’s campus, including LaVell Edwards Stadium. Additional information concerning stadium access and game-day protocols will be provided to individuals purchasing tickets.BYU currently has eight games on its schedule, including five home games.These games are against aforementioned Troy, Texas-San Antonio (October 10), Texas State (October 24), Western Kentucky (October 31) and North Alabama (November 21). Written by September 8, 2020 /Sports News – Local BYU Announces Ticket Plans For 2020 Football Season Tags: BYU Football Brad Jameslast_img read more

The Wind in the Willows

first_imgPimms, punting and plays – what more could you ask for from summertime in Oxford? This year’s Trinity Lawns Play combines children’s classic and Tarantino as The Trinity Players bring the legendary Toad, Badger, Ratty and Mole to life in their beautifully crafted production of The Wind in the Willows. With a central cast that bristles with charm and charisma, the massive shoes of these much-loved characters are capably filled by the likes of Tom Mendelsohn as a capricious but lovable Toad, Aled Roberts as a buttoned- up Ratty, and Charlie Morrison, whose portrayal of the world-weary carthorse from Wolverhampton is bound to raise a smile. Kenneth Graeme’s 1908 novel is known to us all, but Bennett’s play brings to the surface less obvious facets of the original work, as his irony fuses with the original text. While embracing the innocent humour and iconic status of the original novel and its characters, director Hannah Eastwood has emphasised the more sinister aspects of the play to add a menacing undertone to this otherwise benign tale. The evil undertone could, in the hands of a less capable director, collapse into a farcical pantomime, but the malicious energy of Lucy Colter (Chief Weasel) and her bunch of rodent ruffians is carefully staged, providing the necessary foil to the homely antics of Toad and his gang. Add to this the complications of a Mole-Rat- Badger love triangle, and the stage is set for crises both public and personal which add an extra dimension to this classic tale. For those of us who are less interested in the finer dramatic nuances, this is well worth seeing if only for the interesting set. Set designer Mike Ward cleverly recreates riverbank life with a set styled as the contents of an enormous school bag, incorporating a huge textbook and an inkstained handkerchief which unwinds to become the river. It is striking and effective, complementing the picturesque Trinity verdure. Like the best plays, what makes this production engaging is that everyone seems to be having a good time. In its endearing simplicity, this production is the perfect antidote to exam stress.ARCHIVE: 4th week TT 2004last_img read more

“I don’t like getting played”

first_imgNowadays Balreick’s favourite night out is at Kukui. He prefers Oxford University nights to Brookes ones, and Fridays because “everyone tends to be in a good mood, and there’s a great crowd”.Balreick also talked about his experience with negative press.“I feel Kukui in particular this year has been unfairly represented by some of the stories written in Cherwell. Also, OUSU controls the Oxford Student and in the past the same person who has been running their clubbing events has also been the commercial manager of the paper so it has probably resulted in some unfair press.”He added, “I think it is difficult for the clubs and venues to deal with the scrutiny of two weekly student papers-they have it a lot tougher than venues in other places.”“Kukui has come under fire but it is one of the safest clubs in Oxford with one of the least number of incidents. The list of crimes that get reported tends to be mobile thefts: if I was to recommend going out in Oxford on a non-student night, I’d say Kukui…”He also denied his notorious position as Oxford’s clubbing king.“I get on pretty well with anyone who knows me and people who don’t know me don’t have much of an opinion. There are some dangers from having too high a profile, and I want to keep that separate from Rock Entz. I am Balreick, I am my own person.”—–Balreick’s path to Rock Entz:As a student, Balreick helped out promoting club nights, especially Wednesdays at Park End. He graduated from Worcester College in E&M in 2001.During the following summers, he ran events for interns in London at a venue called Rock, which was owned by the partner of Mahiki and Whisky Mist nightclubs.Looking to venture into student clubbing, Balreick started Rock Student in Oxford in 2001. In order to expand the company into other student cities, it was renamed Rock Oxford in 2006. The company was forced to rebrand again in 2008 to Rock Entz after their website was hacked. Balreick Srai, the founder of clubbing promotion company Rock Entz, has called Oxford students “tame” in an exclusive interview with Cherwell newspaper.It is the first time Balreick has agreed to speak to the press. He explained about his tense beginnings with Pulse Nation, his difficulties with OUSU and his doubts about the return of Filth nightclub.Balreick founded Rock Student, which is now known as Rock Entz, in 2001. It claims to host “the biggest, best and most established Oxford University Student Nights.” Its nights include Wednesdays at Park End and Fridays at Kukui.Experiencing the clubbing scene in Oxford for ten years, he labelled current student behaviour as “tame”.He said, “It has got less outrageous over the years…However, lots of Oxford students act differently and clever after a few drinks. They think they can negotiate on the door especially in a competitive market.”Balreick emphasised his dislike of sycophantic students.“I don’t like to get played – and if people pretend to my face that they support my events but actually go elsewhere, I have to make a point with them and make them go to the back of the line. One thing I value more than anything else is loyalty. We will sort out and look after our regular customers.”Last year, Rock Entz saw the emergence of a new competitor on the clubbing scene, Pulse Nation. It was founded by ex-reps from Balreick’s company.“They could have done it in a more gentlemanly way but that’s life and that’s how this industry works sometimes. Sometimes everybody wants a chance to prove themselves and I guess they thought they wouldn’t have had the same opportunities or rewards working within our structure.”However, he hinted at the superiority of Rock Entz, saying, “We have got our ideal portfolio of nights and are fortunate enough to pick and choose which venues we want to work with because of our market share and track record. To be honest in that way we are in the strongest position we have ever been in and is difficult for other competitors to come in as has been proven by this year…Pulse have done a good job, they have that history of working with us and they are young, hungry and ambitious.” Pulse, however, have been quicker than Rock Entz to organise a partnership with OUSU. Balreick admitted, “We have always been willing to work with OUSU but every year there is a new president a new committee and a new agenda. Last summer we were planning to have talks but that is when Pulse stepped in.”He added that he has attempted to work with OUSU in the past.“We have offered to work with them on several occasions. They haven’t always got back to us and have not really been up for talking in the recent years but I guess is difficult sometimes to negotiate with someone you might see as a competitor, especially one that is running more successful nights.”Balreick expressed disbelief about the rumours of Filth nightclub reopening.“Ah, Filth. Everyone seems to miss it. There is some chat about it re-opening but I am very skeptical. It won’t ever be what it was and has missed a whole year of students who have been there. When we left Filth, it was a shell. We had to leave it because the Westgate Centre is supposed to be undergo redevelopment, and we were served notice.”However, he recounted his happy memories at the nightclub.“It will always have a special place in my heart. It was the first place I went out in Oxford and Worcester’s favourite club – we used to go there religiously in term time on Tuesdays and Thursdays. It was going through a bit of downturn when me and a business partner took it over a few years ago.”last_img read more