A DUP MLA joined a meeting of female parliamentarians in Dublin today to discuss "challenges facing women around the world". Paula Bradley attended the first International Congress of Parliamentary Women's Caucuses, along with Sinn Féin's Megan Fearon, at Dublin Castle. The pair are the chair and deputy chair respectively of the Assembly caucus. Speakers at today's meeting included Taoiseach Leo Varadkar, historian and author Mary Beard and former Labour deputy leader Harriet Harman who said Labour's next leader must be a woman. . Ms Fearon tweeted that she and Ms Bradley were attending the conference. The congress was set up to discuss how parliamentarians can work to address issues facing women across the world. The event was set up to mark 100 years since women won the right to vote in Ireland and Britain. In his speech, Mr Varadkar said the Republic will establish a "further Citizens' Assembly to see what we can do to further female equality". He also reiterated his … [Read more...] about Paula Bradley and Megan Fearon attend meeting of female parliamentarians together in Dublin
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IN 1996, a mum and her daughter were tied up, blindfolded and murdered with a hammer by Michael Stone as they walked in a country lane. The killer slaughtered Dr Lin Russell, 45, and her six-year-old Megan as well as leaving her nine-year-old daughter Josie with horrific head injuries that she somehow survived. Who is Michael Stone? Michael Stone is a murderer who killed a mum and her daughter in a crime that shocked the nation. Stone was born in Tunbridge Wells in 1960, one of five siblings. His parents divorced when he was a youngster with his mum going on to marry four times. Stone entered the care system where he was abused both physically and sexually, Kent Live reports. While still in care he turned to crime and hard drugs, with his police record beginning at the age of 12. He had served time in prison before the killing with convictions for robbery, burglary, GBH and assault. Why is Michael Stone in prison? The heroin addict, of Gillingham, Kent, carried out the … [Read more...] about Who is Michael Stone? Chillenden killer who attacked Lin, Megan and Josie Russell with a hammer
In the following video, Megan Gates Co-chair, of the Securities & Capital Markets Practice at Mintz Levin, explains how rules implemented by the SEC and national securities exchanges make raising capital particularly challenging for small-cap companies.Megan concentrates her practice on providing counsel to public companies with respect to compliance and disclosure obligations under the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, in connection with public and private financings, and on merger and acquisition transactions. She frequently speaks at conferences on securities offerings, corporate governance, and compliance matters, including at Massachusetts Continuing Legal Education (MCLE) panels and industry meetings. … [Read more...] about Megan Gates, Co-chair, Mintz Levin Securities & Capital Markets Practice Discusses Financing Challenges for Small Cap Companies
One common argument against publicly listing home addresses and other identifying information for convicted sex criminals is that it might put them in danger. But proving such cause and effect in real-life cases is difficult, to say the least.Now, however, officials in California say they might have the first-ever murder of a convicted sex criminal by a neighbor alerted to his presence by an Internet listing implemented by Megan’s Law. Ironically, although the website implied that murder victim Michael Dodele, 67, was a child molester, in fact all of the convicted rapist’s crimes were committed against adult women, reports the Los Angeles Times.The man charged with Dodele’s murder, a 29-year-old construction worker named Ivan Garcia Oliver, has pleaded not guilty to charges of first-degree murder, burglary and elder abuse. However, he said in a jailhouse interview last week that he has a son who had been previously molested, and hence took unspecified action to … [Read more...] about Did Megan’s Law Website Target Rapist for Murder?
A groundbreaking – and costly – New Jersey law intended to help protect children against convicted sex offenders may not actually be making much of a difference, a recent study suggests.Although such crimes have dropped in the wake of the pioneering 1994 law, which has served as a model for legislation elsewhere, it isn’t clear that Megan’s Law caused this effect, reports the Philadelphia Inquirer.“Just a few studies have looked at whether community notification laws are effective,” says Phillip Witt, one of the consultants working on the federally funded study. “I believe they have very little effect.”The New Jersey law, enacted after Megan Kanka was raped and murdered by a convicted sex offender who lived across the street from her home in suburban Trenton, requires released sex offenders to report their home addresses to authorities. Police must then keep track of their whereabouts and notify nearby residents. The tracking and … [Read more...] about Study: Costly Megan’s Law May be Ineffective