Saudi Arabia rejects political and economic “threats” over missing journalist Jamal Khashoggi, a source quoted by state news agency SPA says.
The country would respond to any punitive action “with a bigger one”, the unnamed senior source said.
Mr Khashoggi, a critic of the Saudi government, vanished on 2 October after visiting its consulate in Istanbul.
US President Donald Trump said he would “punish” Saudi Arabia if it were found responsible for killing him.
The authorities in Istanbul believe Mr Khashoggi was murdered in the consulate by Saudi agents – claims Riyadh has dismissed as “lies”.
Britain and the US are considering boycotting a major international conference in Saudi Arabia this month.
What is the latest from the Saudis?
The source quoted by SPA said: “The kingdom affirms its total rejection of any threats or attempts to undermine it whether through threats to impose economic sanctions or the use of political pressure.
“The kingdom also affirms that it will respond to any action with a bigger one. The Saudi economy has vital and influential roles for the global economy.”
The Saudis have come under considerable international pressure over the disappearance.
Diplomatic sources told the BBC’s James Landale that both US Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin and UK International Trade Secretary Liam Fox might not attend next month’s investment conference in Riyadh, which has been dubbed “Davos in the Desert”.
The event is being hosted by the kingdom’s Crown Prince Mohamed bin Salman to promote his reform agenda. Several sponsors and media groups have decided to pull out.
A joint statement of condemnation, if it is confirmed that Mr Khashoggi was killed by Saudi agents, is also being discussed by US and European diplomats.
What has Mr Trump said?
The president has said the US will inflict “severe punishment” if Saudi Arabia is found to be responsible for the death of Mr Khashoggi.
He said he would be “very upset and angry if that were the case”, but ruled out halting big military contracts.
“I think we’d be punishing ourselves if we did that,” he said. “If they don’t buy it from us, they’re going to buy it from Russia or… China.”
Where is the investigation now?
Turkish Foreign Minister Mevut Cavusoglu said Saudi Arabia had not so far co-operated with the investigation – despite a statement from Saudi Interior Minister Prince Abdulaziz bin Saud bin Naif bin Abdulaziz saying his nation wanted to uncover “the whole truth”.
Mr Cavusoglu has urged the kingdom to allow Turkish officials to enter the consulate.
Saudi share reaction
On Sunday, stocks on the Tadawul All-Shares Index plummeted 7% in early trading, wiping out all the gains made this year, before recovering slightly around noon.
In two sessions it lost $50bn (£38bn) of its $450bn capitalisation, AFP news agency reported.
Salah Shamma, of Franklin Templeton Emerging Markets Equity, told Reuters: “The market is reacting negatively to sentiment around the Khashoggi case.”
What is alleged to have happened in Istanbul?
A Turkish security source has told the BBC that officials had audio and video evidence proving Mr Khashoggi, who wrote for the Washington Post, was murdered inside the consulate.
Reports suggest an assault and struggle took place in the consulate after Mr Khashoggi entered the building to get paperwork for a marriage.
Turkish sources allege he was killed by a 15-strong team of Saudi agents.
Turkish TV has broadcast CCTV footage of the moment Mr Khashoggi walked into the consulate.
“For everyone thinking they can ride this storm out, I have news for you: that will be one of the biggest mistakes you can make in your life.” Mayor of New Orleans Ray Nagin ahead of Hurricane Gustav, 2008
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States of emergency have been declared in all or parts of Florida, Alabama, Georgia and North Carolina.
Schools and state offices in the area are to remain shut this week and Florida has activated 3,500 National Guard troops.
What happens next?
As of early Thursday morning local time, the storm winds had dropped to 60mph, the NHC said.
It warned that communities in north-west Florida and North Carolina faced the threat of life-threatening flooding as rising water moved inland from the coast.
Louisville Voter Guides have in the past left something to be desired. The official state guide at govoteky.com only gets a voter to register and understandably it leaves out most of the candidate information.
Sean Delahanty’s campaign site similarly must remain neutral as a judge must remain nonpartisan but his voter guide includes candidates website links when available, and a side by side tweeter comparison for the Louisville Metro Mayor‘s race. This adds a more rich experience to visitors looking for more than just a piece of the puzzle.
Local Election Coverage
The Complete Voter Guide as it is termed on the site aims to form a puzzle from all of the pieces of other sites. Jefferson County Clerk’s site provides precinct and voter statistics, the Kentucky Secretary of State’s site provides voter information lookup capabilities and various mapping sites provide legislative districts for State House, State Senate, Metro Council Districts and suburban cities.
What District Am I In?
When Louisville merged with Jefferson County decades ago it did a secular thing in leaving all of the other cities in the county in tact. This means that in addition to Louisville election districts the same voters may have additional cities and districts to vote upon. The cities of Shively, St. Matthews and Jeffersonville are the largest of these examples. Some cities barely cover a couple blocks such as Stratford Manor. The voter guide at Sean Delahanty’s site provides a Louisville Neighborhoods and Districts map to aid voters in those regards.
Its an interesting collection of info and insights that Louisville voters don’t usually see in local elections. Polling is almost nonexistent at this level but the voter guide still makes an attempt with their polling for entertainment purposes. The site’s inclusion of crime data for the last ten years is also unique as it divides incidents by category and zip code.
Its a good guide from a nonpartisan candidates campaign.
Its something farthest from your mind, I’m sure. If you’re working for a political campaign you’re pushing forward and the next 5 weeks are all out war ahead. What to do with your campaign site after the election? Heck I suspect some of you are just now getting around to your website, or many feel it hasn’t helped in the past so no need to worry. You’d be wrong if you fall into either of those mindsets, if you’re the diligent one you’ll find the rewards are like a garden.
I started renting a house in my hometown after returning from Chicago and suddenly I found I had room to grow things. I wanted hydrangeas so I planted 14 or so … it took a lot of them to make a show at a gallon a plant. We also planted a grapevine. Not much happened though, and I could have easily given up after the summer, just ignore them…but they were never going to be mature in one season. A grapevine takes 3 years before it produces grapes, I learned hydrangeas were “old” wood and new growth wouldn’t come from new plant life. If you get where I’m going, I’ll stop with the gardening story. You’re website will not produce fruit in its first couple months.
Domain age actually has both a direct and indirect effect on your ranking. For one, a website thats been up and running since the last election has had links from other sites organically made, not a ton if you just leave it sitting there but definitely more than if you take it down and just hold on to the domain. In a previous post I mentioned it takes 3 to 6 months to rank a site, you’ll be a step further if you just leave it up and alone. (Best not alone, maybe post a new article every couple months.)
Domain Age directly affects your Trust Factor/Citation Factor and your Domain Authority which in turn suggest that your Google standing next election cycle is going to be improved as well. And stop thinking your target keyword is your name, if someone is Googling your name they’ve already heard of you. Take the big terms like election results, voter guide or the other candidate’s name.
Take seandelahanty.com and judgeseandelahanty.com the first is younger but it has 70 times the backlinks and its been updated religiously, has the social media mentions, it has the content. The first address is a Domain Authority 23 and the older one is a Domain Authority 2! Its still neck and neck in some searches. Just today I Googled the candidates name the older one comes up 3rd and the real site thats 2 months old, has 10+ times the domain authority that site is 6th. Here is a representation of how much weight domain age may have, I link to the case study below. Oh and BTW the new site is actually doing pretty good I think. Page 1 ranking on 45 keywords on Google…100 ranked keywords altogether. But back to the point…
Now let me clear the air though, no matter how old your domain is and consistently you’ve had a site up…if the content isn’t any good its a lost opportunity. So do make an effort to convey your continued message through your site and when you run for the next office you’re site will be that much more ready. Final note here, there are a ton of opinions out there on domain age, but no one would disagree a site thats up and updated periodically is more likely to gain backlinks.
SO Just get a cheap web hosting plan and post every few months, don’t just take it down and box it up till a month before the next election. For further reading on domain authority a case study. Id recommend that article, it goes over several factors.
And I can tell you one person who’s still got her site up…signs of the times.
Not all heroes wear capes. On the day of the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, so many brave crewmen showed immense courage in the face of grave danger and made their countrymen proud. From rescuing others to returning Japanese fire, these crewmen went above and beyond the call of duty that day and saved many lives.
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If you are arrested you are innocent until proven guilty. Thats our rule of law. Now LMPD and prosecutors feel that if the police arrest you, you are guilty and you should only get bail if they (the police think you shouldnt be there…which why would they bring them there if they didnt think they were guilty?) But these two statements cant both be true…
Or how about the guy who was a suburban police chief who said just shot the black people.
SO police arrested those police officers…so they must be guilty? And this racist says shooting black people is cool…even the County Attorney had to agree the police were wrong on that one. But then …. see its a paradox.
Now I’m not saying that LMPD officers are normally like these three…but I am saying they are human, and capable of good and bad.
They are not judge and jury ..thats why we have a judge and jury. If you get the time read that long in depth article.
(Editor’s note: Several Insider Louisville contributors collected information for this post including Terry Boyd, who did the majority of the writing.)
This is a story with a back story.
We’ve been trying for weeks to get documents related to chronic absenteeism by a small minority of Jefferson District Court judges.
Insiders told Insider Louisville Chief Judge Angela McCormick Bisig is one of a group of female judges frequently absent from the court, a group that includes fellow judges Katie King and Michele Stengel.
Neither King nor Stengel replied to written requests for interviews left with court officials.
Bisig’s and others’ absences caused log jams, confusion and unreasonable workloads for the judges who do show up, say those sources, whose identities we agreed to keep confidential, because they have to appear before these judges, or work beside them as colleagues.
These particular judges are the judges who sort through the jammed criminal dockets in a court system that attorneys say is broken.
For two weeks, we tried to find out, and we know now this is a story that will have to be teased out over time.
Multiple sources told Insider Louisville that Bisig, among others, had extensive absences from her courtroom during 2012.
In an interview Thursday, Bisig told Insider Louisville that she hadn’t “taken a single day of vacation this year.”
However, the judge posted photos on her Facebook page of an April trip to New York City.
Bisig then confirmed she took “a long weekend” to go with her sons, adding that “any allegations of excessive absences are not true.”
What’s the truth?
We don’t know.
It’s nearly impossible to document the workings of the court, especially which of the 14 district court judges actually earn their paychecks, about $113,000 annually. (By comparison, Gov. Steve Beshear is paid $127,885 annually.)
Insider Louisville was denied documents, or told documents didn’t exist, only to find out they were public domain.
Beyond the stonewalling, documenting those absences and the additional strains they place on colleagues is difficult, because judges have virtually no obligation beyond personal scruples to show up.
We also came away with the feeling that at least one judge wants to tell the whole story, but can’t quite bring himself to do it.
District Judge Sean Delahanty doesn’t deny some Jefferson County District courtrooms aren’t in disarray.
But Delahanty won’t discuss the situation beyond vague assertions of lack of work ethic by other judges.
This very problem – backed up courts – was the driving force for a reorganization of Jefferson District Court last August.
Before that reorganization, judges were too frequently combining dockets, Delahanty said. That is, one judge doesn’t show up, so another judge has to fold that additional case load into his or her docket.
That’s still going on now, he said.
“The only reasons judges are supposed to combine dockets is vacations or emergencies, and dockets are getting combined way too often for other things,” Delahanty said.
Which could be interpreted as a shot at Bisig, who appears frequently at social events featured in the Voice-Tribune newspaper, the Bible of Louisville’s social scene.
Pressed to address the major problems in the courts, Delahanty said, “There are things that will come out in time.”
“What he’s talking about is the lack of accountability the judges have in the way they spend their time,” said attorney Thomas Clay, a partner at Clay Frederick Adams, PLC.
Clay and other attorneys say there are two ways judges hand off their dockets – by calling a colleague and asking that judge to take their cases, or to call into clerks of the court, who would assign the absent judge’s docket to another judge.
Which is what causes delays and confusion, with judges not in their assigned courtrooms when defendants, witnesses and judges show up for trials and hearings, say our sources.
The system leads to a core of judges picking up the slack including Delahanty, our sources said.
“I defy you to find one attorney anywhere out there who will say my courtroom is broken,” Delahanty said. “You can come to my courtroom anytime you want. Courtroom 204. You come any day, and you can see how a court should be run.”
Asked to talk about the workings of the court or attorneys who don’t run their courtrooms as they should be run, he demurred.
Most elected officials have some mechanism that can be used for accountability whether it be records of votes, legislation or roads paved.
But not judges.
Delahanty told Insider Louisville that he doesn’t believe there are any documents that have data documenting the time judges are in the courtroom or the volume of cases they hear: “We don’t keep a record of attendance.”
“It’s an issue that needs to be addressed. And this is not an issue that just cropped up recently. There have been questions about this topic for years,” Clay said.
Jacob Conway, whose Website Mentors consults with local judicial campaigns and frequent Insider Louisville contributor, said he finds ridiculous allegations that Bisig is a chronic no-show.
Bisig, a former prosecutor, “had a stellar record” in that job, Conway said. “She was one of the people who was always there, later than her job required, longer than any other judges … a workhorse. It’s why no one ever ran against her before.”
Conway says he believes allegations that Bisig and other female judges are devoting less than their all to their positions connect back to possible resentment about more women winning judicial elections.
“A majority of women on the court are women who beat incumbent men,” he said. “These men pointing fingers may be upset about the number of women judges (winning) just in the last few years.
“This is the last ‘old boys club’ left in (Kentucky) politics.”
Two weeks ago, legal insiders told us about a survey of attorneys coming out Tuesday, August 21 that would expose the Jefferson District Court system as a system in chaos.
We went to Bisig to request a copy. Bisig was non-committal, telling us she didn’t know anything about any survey, and wasn’t sure if it would be public record if there was such a document.
We persisted. We asked who paid for the survey, aguing if it was paid with taxpayers’ dollars, it’s a public document. Bisig said she didn’t know.
We asked state officials, including Leigh Anne Hiatt, public information officer for the Administrative Office of the Courts in Frankfort, for the document. Hiatt never followed up on our request.
We asked local employees at the Administrators of the Court, and they claimed the survey didn’t exist, or referred us to state officials.
Wednesday night, Riley posted a story on the survey, a story that stated 53 percent of 164 lawyers responding disagreed or strongly disagreed the reorganization had enhanced administration of justice, with 10 percent agreeing. (Thirty-seven percent had no opinion.)
From Riley’s story:
Among the biggest problems cited in the survey are that the changes have led to too many combined dockets – those in which a judge took on their own cases as well as the cases of another judge who was either not in court that day or unavailable, backing up the process.
We tried to quantify attendance rates and workloads through the court dockets, which our sources told us judges must sign off on daily.
However, in an email response, Hiatt stated that’s not true (emphasis ours):
You … requested information about when individual judges are on the bench. The court system does not have any one document to provide that information. In addition, docket information does not provide a complete picture of when judges are working. When outside of the courtroom, judges may be preparing paperwork, reviewing probate files, ruling on default judgment motions and taking 24-hour calls regarding bond reviews, search warrants, emergency protective orders and mental inquest warrants. Judges can also have dockets on evenings and weekends. It is also important to note that judges determine their own schedules to meet the needs in their jurisdictions.
There are two custom services running on the deployed machines that are essential for the solution to function properly. These services are gcs-sync (running on WordPress instances – both Admin and Content) and cloudsql-proxy (running on the SQL Proxy instances).
The gcs-sync service runs a script /opt/c2d/downloads/gcs-sync that, depending on the role the VM is assigned (Content or Admin), will check in with the GCS bucket tied to the deployment and determine if content needs to be pushed to or pulled from GCS. If you need to interact with the service, you can do so via systemctl. For example:
systemctl stop gcs-sync
will kill the script checking GCS, and the node will not receive any updates that come from the Administrator Node. Conversely, if the service needs to be started you can do so with the following command:
systemctl start gcs-sync
The cloudsql-proxy service makes use of the Cloud SQL Proxy binary so you can connect to your Cloud SQL instance without having to whitelist IP addresses, which can change when instances are deleted and recreated in a Managed Instance Group. The Cloud SQL binary is located at /opt/c2d/downloads/cloud_sql_proxy and the script that executes the binary is located at /opt/c2d/downloads/cloudsql-proxy. Like the service that runs gcs-sync, it can be interacted with using systemctl. Stopping the service can be done with:
systemctl stop cloudsql-proxy
At this point your instance will not be able to communicate with the Cloud SQL instance, and the application will not function. If you needed to manually start the service for any reason you can do so with the following command:
The campaign is pleased to launch fordelahanty.com a site where Louisville voters can discuss the election and offer suggestions on topics for new videos by Judge Delahanty. The site also offers subscription news service for campaign updates and a link to a store where you can buy campaign gear to show your support.
SeanDelahanty.com remains the campaign site with news, video blog entries and voter information. Judge Delahanty has served as District Court Judge for Division Six since 1989 and was Chief Judge of District Court for four years. He’s been endorsed by the Sheriff’s Deputies FOP, CFair, BSK of JCPS, Citizens for Better Judges, UAW CAP, IBEW, Louisville Women’s Political Caucus and many other organizations. The election is only 69 days away on November 6,2018. For voter eligibility and registration or polling location questions voters can visit Judge Sean Delahanty’s Election FAQs and the site’s Voter Information sections.
The state also has GoVoteKY.com. The election is just around the corner now is the time to get involvedand become informed about the candidates on your election ballot.