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Jamshid Piruz, 34, originally from Afghanistan, arrived in Britain after serving a prison sentence in Holland for decapitating a woman at his house near Amsterdam in 2006

Jamshid Piruz, 34, originally from Afghanistan, arrived in Britain after serving a prison sentence in Holland for decapitating a woman at his house near Amsterdam in 2006

A murderer allowed into Britain unchecked from Holland was given a life sentence yesterday for a hammer attack on two police officers, one a woman. 

Jamshid Piruz, 34, originally from Afghanistan, arrived here after serving time in Holland for decapitating a woman at his house near Amsterdam in 2006. Court documents in the Netherlands said he was inspired by Taliban beheading videos.

His journey began in war-stricken Afghanistan. It ended in a life or death struggle with British police officers outside a tool shed in suburban West Sussex. Along the way a woman died in the most barbaric of circumstances. A female constable could so easily have become a second fatality.

The story of convicted murderer Jamshid Piruz is as perplexing as it is bloody and tragic. It should serve as a parable for Britain’s present relationship with the EU – and highlights so many of the concerns among voters that led to Brexit.

It also encapsulates failings in Europe’s justice system and the open borders which too often leave us exposed to dangerous foreign criminals.

Consider that even after he was convicted of murder in Holland, Piruz could not be deported back to Afghanistan. He was then able to travel unhindered to Britain, where the authorities were not alerted by their Dutch counterparts to his violent history.

Then, even though he assaulted a member of airline staff at Gatwick, he was freed to attack two police officers with a hammer. And finally, when he came before a court in Sussex, the translator provided at taxpayers’ expense failed to turn up, thus incurring further court costs.

Piruz – born in central Asia, jailed in the Netherlands and sent to hospital with mental health issues in Sweden – is now the problem of the British state.

Yesterday he was sentenced to life imprisonment, with a minimum term of six years, for grievous bodily harm with intent. The police who tackled him thought they, too, were going to die. At least now he is in a secure place, albeit at British taxpayers’ expense; it will cost around £40,000 a year to keep him behind bars.

Piruz attacked officers Jessica Chick and Stuart Young with a hammer, outside a tool shed in suburban West Sussex (pictured)

Piruz attacked officers Jessica Chick and Stuart Young with a hammer, outside a tool shed in suburban West Sussex (pictured)

Piruz had suffered post-traumatic stress disorder with ‘associated psychosis’ as a result of seeing his parents executed by the Taliban when he was 11, Lewes Crown Court heard.

Aged 16, the orphan had travelled from Afghanistan to Holland, where he claimed and was given asylum.

He first came to the attention of the authorities in 2003 when he was convicted of common assault, and was again arrested in 2006 for drink-driving. But it is the ghastly events of the evening of June 15, 2006, around which this story pivots.

According to Dutch court records, police were called to a maisonette in Poldermolenweg, a street in the bleak Amsterdam overspill town of Almere. There they found the body of a Chinese woman who had suffered a savage knife wound to her neck which had all but decapitated her. The name of the victim was withheld under Dutch privacy laws.

The CID report said: ‘The victim was lying on her back in a blanket. We saw that her throat was totally cut through. We saw that the door of her room was forced and damaged while opening (it was locked).’

There was no doubt who had committed the murder; her landlord, Jamshid Piruz.

The firearms officers Tasered Piruz three times but to no effect, because of the thickness of his heavy coat

The firearms officers Tasered Piruz three times but to no effect, because of the thickness of his heavy coat

The victim’s ex-husband told police that she had called him that evening to say Piruz had locked her in her room for three hours and taken her phone. At 6pm – an hour before the killing – Piruz had unlocked his tenant’s door and returned her mobile. She tried calling her ex-husband a number of times. When the ex-husband tried to call back later in the evening there was no answer so he went to the property to investigate.

When he rang the door, Piruz answered and followed him up to the victim’s room. The ex-husband found her body wrapped in a coverlet and, fearing for his own safety, fled. When he returned with work colleagues, Piruz had escaped through a window.

After his arrest, the Afghan made a full confession to police. He said: ‘That day I had wanted to talk to the woman. She said, “Go away, you stink”. So I took away her phone and her keys. Later I gave back those things. I returned to my own room and suddenly I put a knife in my hands. I walked to the door of the woman’s room. I kicked in the door. I took her, I cut her. I cut her throat at the front … I put the woman in a blanket, and knotted it up. Then I cleaned up.

‘After that, the Chinese man comes in, opens up the bedroom door and sees his ex-wife. I’m in my own room. Then I opened up the door of the balcony, closed it again and left.’

In August 2007, Piruz appeared in court charged with murder. The defence claimed that Piruz was mentally ill and therefore could not be convicted of murder. This was rejected by the prosecution. Experts from the Dutch Institute for Forensic Psychiatry and Psychology had decided there was no proof of psychiatric disorder; therefore the accused was fully accountable for his actions.

The court records state: ‘From this behaviour of the accused, the court concludes that the killing was not the result of an instantaneous violent emotion, but a decision to do so. She was killed with premeditation.’

Pc Young (pictured) was hit in the neck during the confrontation with Piruz and described it as 'akin to a horror film'

Pc Young (pictured) was hit in the neck during the confrontation with Piruz and described it as ‘akin to a horror film’

Piruz was found guilty of murder. The judge said: ‘The accused ended the life of his tenant in a horrific way, by cutting her throat with a knife. After this he cold-bloodedly cleaned up to erase traces of his deed. His behaviour demonstrates disrespect for the life of another.’

Piruz was sentenced to 12 years’ imprisonment. He was ordered to pay the ex-husband more than 6,000 euros towards for the cremation of the victim’s ashes and their transportation to China.

Given the circumstances of the murder and Piruz’s subsequent behaviour, the prosecution’s satisfaction that he was perfectly sane seems questionable.

The Daily Mail has learned that Piruz had also been treated in a ‘mental health facility’ in Sweden. He had suffered a breakdown while visiting an aunt who had emigrated to Scandinavia having cared for Piruz as a child in Afghanistan. This episode is believed to have taken place shortly after Piruz’s release from prison in June 2014. 

 He had been given parole having served two thirds of his sentence. He was then returned to court in Holland to be sent back to jail having been found in a ‘confused state’ in the street, when he admitted to having taken illegal drugs. The court set him free again.

A spokesman for the Dutch Ministry of Justice explained that having already been granted permanent residency in the Netherlands there were no legal grounds upon which he could be deported back to Afghanistan. Nor would there be any serious restraint on his ability to travel to other EU countries, such as Britain.

Pc Chick (pictured) said she had 'never been so scared' during the attack

Pc Chick (pictured) said she had ‘never been so scared’ during the attack

Piruz also has relatives living in the UK. It was in order to visit them that he arrived unnoticed in England on December 29, 2014. While staying with his family here, his behaviour became increasingly erratic until on January 3 he demanded to be driven to Gatwick, a day early, to return to Holland.

He missed his flight the following day and got into an altercation with a female member of EasyJet staff.

Piruz spat in her face, police were called and he was arrested. He was released having appeared before local magistrates, where he pleaded guilty to common assault and was ordered to pay £100 compensation.

The same week, police were called to deal with a ‘suspicious’ character seen in the Crawley neighbourhood of Langley Green which lies only four miles from the airport. It was Piruz again. A pursuit began and the Afghan was eventually found and cornered in a tool shed by a number of officers including a dog handler and a firearms team.

Armed with a hammer, Piruz emerged from the shed and despite being hit by a Taser – his heavy coat protected him from the 50,000-volt shock – charged at a female constable. Her screams rang out as she attempted to fend off his blows with her baton. In the ensuing melee another officer was hit twice on the head with the hammer by Piruz before the latter was restrained.

Incredibly, British police were only made aware of Piruz’s criminal history when a family member filed a missing persons report after he missed his flight on January 4. The relative told the Metropolitan Police about Piruz’s murder conviction and subsequent sentence. The London force then contacted their colleagues in Sussex. By then it was too late.

Over the past year, Piruz has appeared a number of times in court where he has often presented a disturbed and disturbing figure, rocking backwards and forward in the dock and making strange noises.

At a recent hearing, he pleaded guilty to two counts of attempting to cause grievous bodily harm with intent, burglary and affray.

Two counts of attempted burglary and one of threatening with an offensive weapon will lie on file.

The court had been told that Piruz’s mental health had deteriorated during his stay in Britain and he suffered hallucinations. He had a history of failing to take prescribed medication, which has led to episodes of severe paranoia, psychosis and violence, resulting in hospital admission. His barrister Simon Blackford had said in mitigation: ‘This offence was committed at a time of stress for my client. He was in a foreign country.’

Pictured: The hammer used by Piruz during his attack on two police officers in Sussex 

Pictured: The hammer used by Piruz during his attack on two police officers in Sussex 

But why was a man with Piruz’s criminal history and related mental health problems able to travel here at all?

The Dutch Justice Ministry denied that the authorities there had been wilfully negligent.

A spokesman said: ‘Piruz is on probation until September 1, 2018. His conditional release from prison is accompanied by certain rules such as supervision by the probation service and an alcohol and drug ban, while he has to co-operate in a number of residential, work and money issues. He has had to report once (every) few weeks by phone or physically to the probation office.

‘Piruz had no travel ban and a short stay abroad was not prohibited, as there were no legal grounds for that. In this case, he was visiting family in England and would be back in Holland for the next appointment with the probation office. Piruz was at large justly, in accordance with the conditions imposed.’

That explanation surely cannot be of comfort to anyone in the EU, let alone the Netherlands or the UK.

As the Mail reported earlier this week, unless a criminal is high profile, known to have committed crimes in several countries, or is on the Interpol wanted list, he or she is unlikely to be stopped when entering the UK or any other EU country.

Except in the most extreme circumstances, Brussels does not force member states to share information on known criminals who might be planning to travel.

But even if a new arrival does have a known conviction, they cannot automatically be picked up and refused entry – not even Jamshid Piruz, who all-but beheaded a neighbour and then tried to batter a police officer to death.

 

Article source: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-4119076/Attacking-police-Britain-hammer-Afghan-killer-case-sums-madness-justice-EU.html


This holiday weekend in the United States, Brad Mehldau begins a six-city run of solo European dates, bringing his program Three Pieces After Bach to Mupa Budapest in Hungary tonight and Konzerthaus Mozart Saal in Wien, Austria, on Saturday, followed by a sold-out show at Elbphilharmonie, part of the opening festivities at the long-awaited, newly completed venue in Hamburg on Monday. The Guardian has called this program “dazzling … a balance of space and intensity perfectly struck.” After additional performances in Switzerland and Liechtenstein, Mehldau reunites with his trio—Larry Grenadier on bass and Jeff Ballard on drums—in Belgium next month, beginning a run of dates which includes stops in the Netherlands, Spain, and Portugal.

The Brad Mehldau Trio released Blues and Ballads on Nonesuch last year. The album, which the New York Times calls “beautiful,” landed on the lists of the Best Jazz Albums of 2016 from Jazzwise, PopMatters, Glide, Record Collector, NPR Music jazz critics, Slate, and the Los Angeles Times (“one of his trio’s loveliest, most immediate outings yet”). Mehldau has been nominated for the Grammy Award for Best Improvised Jazz Solo for his take on the Cole Porter tune “I Concentrate on You” on the album.

Mehldau released a duo album with saxophonist Joshua Redman, Nearness, last year as well. The album has been nominated for a Grammy Award for Best Jazz Instrumental Album. It is among the Best Jazz Albums of 2016 according to Glide and NPR Music’s jazz critics, and Jazzwise includes it among the Albums of the Year, calling it “outstanding … it’s all about serving the song and playing in the moment.”

Composer John Adams’s 70th birthday, which comes next month, is celebrated with a performance of his Son of Chamber Symphony by Ensemble Modern, conducted by Brad Lubman, at Concertgebouw in Amsterdam on Saturday. Also on the program are works by Steve Reich, who celebrated his own milestone birthday, his 80th, in October. Also this weekend, Adams’s 1989 piece Songs from the Wound-Dresser is performed by baritone vocalist Christopher Maltman and the Portuguese Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Joana Carneiro, at Centro Cultural de Belém in Lisbon on Sunday.

Laurie Anderson takes part in PEN America’s Writers Resist: #LouderTogether, a free event on the steps of the New York Public Library Sunday afternoon. She joins authors Andrew Solomon, Masha Gessen, Rosanne Cash, Jeff Eugenides, Amy Goodman, Jacqueline Woodson, Monica Youn, A.M. Homes, Moustapha Bayoumi, Alexander Chee, Michael Cunningham, and others in reading from writings and seminal texts of democracy and free expression including excerpts from the Constitution, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s sermons, George Orwell’s 1984, the Federalist Papers, and other prose and poetry selections. The event is family-friendly, free, and open to all.

Brazilian samba singer Teresa Cristina performs at Arena Original Bank in Rio de Janeiro on Sunday. Her live album and DVD, Canta Cartola, was recorded in Rio in 2015 and released on Nonesuch last year. Caetano Veloso, who was at that performance, says: “”With Cartola’s songs, Teresa’s artistry really shows. Her elegance on stage, the simultaneous spontaneity and decorum of every gesture, the humor, the tone, impeccable intonation—all combine in this true creator-singer, a genuine artist.”

Cristina and Veloso play two shows together in Salvador, Brazil, next weekend.

Jeremy Denk began a trio of performances with the National Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Sir Mark Elder, at the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC, yesterday, and continues with shows this morning and Saturday night. Denk joins the NSO in a performance of Ravel’s Piano Concerto for the Left Hand. Also on the program is Stravinsky’s The Firebird and Rimsky-Korsakov’s Legend of the Invisible City Suite.

The New York Times says Denk “is a pianist you want to hear no matter what he performs, in whatever combination—both for his penetrating intellectual engagement with the music and for the generosity of his playing.” The Washington Post has praised him for “expressing virtuosity, humor, nostalgia and experimental daring” as well as his “inimitable sensibility … alive to the work’s poetry, wit, impulsiveness and off-beat yet irresistible charm.”

Emmylou Harris and Rodney Crowell take part in Remembering Earl: Music Stories, a multi-artist tribute to the late, legendary banjoist Earl Scruggs, at Shelby High School’s Malcolm Brown Auditorium in Shelby, North Carolina, on Saturday.

Harris and Crowell won the Duo/Group of the Year Award for their 2015 album The Traveling Kind at the 2016 Americana Music Association Honors Awards in Nashville. The longtime friends had previously won the same award for their debut duo album, Old Yellow Moon, at the 2013 ceremony. The Los Angeles Times calls The Traveling Kind “a gorgeous reflection on life, hard-won wisdom and celebration from two longtime friends and musical collaborators.”

Kronos Quartet collaborates with multi-media artist Trevor Paglen in a sold-out performance of Paglen’s Sight Machine at Historic Pier 70 in San Francisco on Saturday. For the performance, Paglen’s machine and AI-oriented visual work meets Kronos’s typically eclectic program of Bach, Terry Riley, Steve Reich, American blues, African folk, and more. The San Francisco Chronicle spoke with Paglen about the event, part of his residency at Stanford University, for an article you can read here.

Lake Street Dive closes out its tour of the Antipodes with a set in the Magic Mirrors Spiegeltent stage at the Sydney Festival in Australia tonight. The band then takes its Side Pony world tour to Japan for the first of two nights at Blue Note Tokyo on Monday.

The Fort Worth Star-Telegraph placed Side Pony at No. 2 on its list of the year’s best albums (second only to Beyoncé’s Lemonade). WFUV named it among the Top Albums of the Year, as did listeners of NPR Music’s All Songs Considered.

Pat Metheny begins a month-long US tour with drummer Antonio Sánchez, pianist Gwilym Simcock, and bassist Linda Oh (after sitting in with Sam Amidon for the NYC Winter Jazzfest earlier this week) at the Fine Arts Instructional Center Concert Hall in Willimantic, Connecticut, tonight, followed by shows at Barre Opera House in Barre, Vermont, on Saturday, and Collins Center for the Arts in Orono, Maine, on Sunday. Metheny first toured with this quartet last year and was met with rave reviews, with the Guardian giving this “tour de force from an improv king” four stars. “The rapport within this newly minted band was unmistakable.”

Metheny released two albums on Nonesuch last year: The Unity Sessions and Cuong Vu Trio Meets Pat Metheny. Both albums landed on Best Jazz Albums of 2016 lists and Metheny received the 80th Annual DownBeat Readers Poll Guitarist of the Year award.

Chris Thile continues his inaugural season as host of A Prairie Home Companion with a show at Symphony Center in Chicago on Saturday. Joining him as special guests for the episode are Andrew Bird, Laura Marling, and comedian Beth Stelling. Folks in the US can tune in on their favorite public radio station this weekend, and fans around the world can watch the live broadcast online at prairiehome.org starting at 4:45 PM CT.

Thile and Brad Mehldau will release a self-titled duo album, a mix of covers and original songs, on January 27. The two recently unveiled a video of their performance of Elliott Smith’s “Independence Day,” at Bowery Ballroom in NYC, which you can watch here.

Article source: http://www.nonesuch.com/journal/nonesuch-events-long-weekend-january-13-16-2017


(Photo: Startup Stock Photos)(Photo: Startup Stock Photos)

On January 15, five days before the inauguration of Donald Trump, a thousand writers at nearly 100 events around the United States will gather for a very different kind of event: a “re-inauguration” aimed to “focus public attention on the ideals of a free, just, and compassionate society.”

This movement, called Writers Resist, began when poet Erin Belieu posted this on Facebook after the election:

We will not give in to despair. We will come together and actively help make the world we want to live in. We are bowed, but we are not broken.

The events, held on Martin Luther King Jr.’s birthday, are based on this collective declaration:

Our democracy is at risk. Growing public cynicism and an alarming disdain for truthfulness is eroding our most dearly held democratic ideals. As writers we have tremendous power to bypass empty political discourse and focus public attention on the ideals of a free, just, and compassionate society.

The events will feature a wide array of writers ranging from Syrian exile (and Chicago cab driver) Osama Alomar to former US Poet Laureate Robert Pinsky. On the steps of the New York Public Library at 2 pm, PEN America is hosting the biggest of the Writers Resist events, featuring Pinsky, Belieu and a wide range of writers united “to defend free expression, reject hatred, and uphold truth in the face of lies and misinformation.” More than 60 writers are scheduled to speak, including Rita Dove, Andrew Solomon, Masha Gessen, Laurie Anderson, Rosanne Cash, Jeff Eugenides, Amy Goodman, Jacqueline Woodson, Monica Youn, A.M. Homes, Moustafa Bayoumi, Alexander Chee, Art Spiegelman and Michael Cunningham.

(Image: WritersResist.org)(Image: WritersResist.org)Some authors will be reading their own work, while others will be reading a diverse array of historical works, including the words of Martin Luther King Jr., passages from the Constitution and writing by George Orwell.

Chicago will hold seven different events with dozens of writers, including Audrey Niffenegger, Quraysh Ali Lansana, Dipika Mukherjee, Maudlyne Ihejirika, Bennett Johnson, Eduardo Arocho, Cynthia Gallaher, Jose-Luis Moctezuma and Zoe Zolbrod.

Other events are being held in Houston, Austin, Denver, New Orleans, Spokane, Los Angeles, Boston, Omaha, Kansas City, Jacksonville, Madison, Milwaukee, Indianapolis, Baltimore, Oakland, Tallahassee, Iowa City, Minneapolis, Cleveland, Cincinnati, Pittsburgh, Philadelphia, Newport, Reno, Santa Fe, Salt Lake City, Washington, D.C. and many other locations.

Writers Resist events will also occur beyond US borders, in London, Amsterdam, Hong Kong, Singapore and Zurich. Russell Bennetts, the editor of Berfrois magazine who is organizing the London event, declared: “We may be based in the UK, but this is a sign of our support for writers worldwide.” According to Bennetts, “We think it is important for writers to keep up the pressure on Trump and to call him out on all his lies. Events like Writers Resist can bring writers and readers together allowing for the sharing of strategies and enthusiasm! There is a fear that Trump will use his power and influence to try and silence dissent…. That would be a disaster for democracy.”

Darcy Alexandra, a poet and filmmaker organizing the Writers Resist event in Zurich in partnership with Action from Switzerland (a refugee relief organization), noted: “In anxious, ‘post-truth’ times that seem increasingly authoritarian, independent and principled voices are crucial. I’m looking forward to reading, but just as importantly I’m looking forward to the discussion.”

Belieu said, “I was so despondent after the election,” adding that “hearing the phrase ‘post-truth’ after the election” inspired her to organize an event devoted to speaking the truth.

(Image: WritersResist.org)(Image: WritersResist.org)Although “Resist” is part of the mobilization’s name, and the election of Donald Trump inspired the movement, its website declares: “We urge local organizers and speakers to avoid using the names of politicians or adopting ‘anti’ language as the focus for their Writers Resist event. It’s important to ensure that nonprofit organizations, which are prohibited from political campaigning, will feel confident participating in and sponsoring these events.”

Instead, according to the website, “Writers Resist is not affiliated with a political party. We wish to bypass direct political discourse in favor of an inspired focus on the future, and how we, as writers, can be a unifying force for the protection of democracy. In order for us to heal and move forward, individually and as a nation, we believe people need something to be for in this anxious moment. The only thing we ‘resist’ is that which attacks or seeks to undermine those most basic principles of freedom and justice for all.”

Belieu said she’s “profoundly grateful” for the response to her call to action, and she hopes to continue this movement beyond January 15, to encourage writers and educators to “#WriteOurDemocracy” and defend the values of free expression.

Note: John Wilson is a co-organizer of the Writers Resist event in Evanston, Illinois.

Article source: http://www.truth-out.org/news/item/39067-as-us-inauguration-approaches-writers-plan-resistance-events-worldwide


Jamshid Piruz, 34, originally from Afghanistan, arrived in Britain after serving a prison sentence in Holland for decapitating a woman at his house near Amsterdam in 2006

Jamshid Piruz, 34, originally from Afghanistan, arrived in Britain after serving a prison sentence in Holland for decapitating a woman at his house near Amsterdam in 2006

A murderer allowed into Britain unchecked from Holland was given a life sentence yesterday for a hammer attack on two police officers, one a woman. 

Jamshid Piruz, 34, originally from Afghanistan, arrived here after serving time in Holland for decapitating a woman at his house near Amsterdam in 2006. Court documents in the Netherlands said he was inspired by Taliban beheading videos.

His journey began in war-stricken Afghanistan. It ended in a life or death struggle with British police officers outside a tool shed in suburban West Sussex. Along the way a woman died in the most barbaric of circumstances. A female constable could so easily have become a second fatality.

The story of convicted murderer Jamshid Piruz is as perplexing as it is bloody and tragic. It should serve as a parable for Britain’s present relationship with the EU – and highlights so many of the concerns among voters that led to Brexit.

It also encapsulates failings in Europe’s justice system and the open borders which too often leave us exposed to dangerous foreign criminals.

Consider that even after he was convicted of murder in Holland, Piruz could not be deported back to Afghanistan. He was then able to travel unhindered to Britain, where the authorities were not alerted by their Dutch counterparts to his violent history.

Then, even though he assaulted a member of airline staff at Gatwick, he was freed to attack two police officers with a hammer. And finally, when he came before a court in Sussex, the translator provided at taxpayers’ expense failed to turn up, thus incurring further court costs.

Piruz – born in central Asia, jailed in the Netherlands and sent to hospital with mental health issues in Sweden – is now the problem of the British state.

Yesterday he was sentenced to life imprisonment, with a minimum term of six years, for grievous bodily harm with intent. The police who tackled him thought they, too, were going to die. At least now he is in a secure place, albeit at British taxpayers’ expense; it will cost around £40,000 a year to keep him behind bars.

Piruz attacked officers Jessica Chick and Stuart Young with a hammer, outside a tool shed in suburban West Sussex (pictured)

Piruz attacked officers Jessica Chick and Stuart Young with a hammer, outside a tool shed in suburban West Sussex (pictured)

Piruz had suffered post-traumatic stress disorder with ‘associated psychosis’ as a result of seeing his parents executed by the Taliban when he was 11, Lewes Crown Court heard.

Aged 16, the orphan had travelled from Afghanistan to Holland, where he claimed and was given asylum.

He first came to the attention of the authorities in 2003 when he was convicted of common assault, and was again arrested in 2006 for drink-driving. But it is the ghastly events of the evening of June 15, 2006, around which this story pivots.

According to Dutch court records, police were called to a maisonette in Poldermolenweg, a street in the bleak Amsterdam overspill town of Almere. There they found the body of a Chinese woman who had suffered a savage knife wound to her neck which had all but decapitated her. The name of the victim was withheld under Dutch privacy laws.

The CID report said: ‘The victim was lying on her back in a blanket. We saw that her throat was totally cut through. We saw that the door of her room was forced and damaged while opening (it was locked).’

There was no doubt who had committed the murder; her landlord, Jamshid Piruz.

The firearms officers Tasered Piruz three times but to no effect, because of the thickness of his heavy coat

The firearms officers Tasered Piruz three times but to no effect, because of the thickness of his heavy coat

The victim’s ex-husband told police that she had called him that evening to say Piruz had locked her in her room for three hours and taken her phone. At 6pm – an hour before the killing – Piruz had unlocked his tenant’s door and returned her mobile. She tried calling her ex-husband a number of times. When the ex-husband tried to call back later in the evening there was no answer so he went to the property to investigate.

When he rang the door, Piruz answered and followed him up to the victim’s room. The ex-husband found her body wrapped in a coverlet and, fearing for his own safety, fled. When he returned with work colleagues, Piruz had escaped through a window.

After his arrest, the Afghan made a full confession to police. He said: ‘That day I had wanted to talk to the woman. She said, “Go away, you stink”. So I took away her phone and her keys. Later I gave back those things. I returned to my own room and suddenly I put a knife in my hands. I walked to the door of the woman’s room. I kicked in the door. I took her, I cut her. I cut her throat at the front … I put the woman in a blanket, and knotted it up. Then I cleaned up.

‘After that, the Chinese man comes in, opens up the bedroom door and sees his ex-wife. I’m in my own room. Then I opened up the door of the balcony, closed it again and left.’

In August 2007, Piruz appeared in court charged with murder. The defence claimed that Piruz was mentally ill and therefore could not be convicted of murder. This was rejected by the prosecution. Experts from the Dutch Institute for Forensic Psychiatry and Psychology had decided there was no proof of psychiatric disorder; therefore the accused was fully accountable for his actions.

The court records state: ‘From this behaviour of the accused, the court concludes that the killing was not the result of an instantaneous violent emotion, but a decision to do so. She was killed with premeditation.’

Pc Young (pictured) was hit in the neck during the confrontation with Piruz and described it as 'akin to a horror film'

Pc Young (pictured) was hit in the neck during the confrontation with Piruz and described it as ‘akin to a horror film’

Piruz was found guilty of murder. The judge said: ‘The accused ended the life of his tenant in a horrific way, by cutting her throat with a knife. After this he cold-bloodedly cleaned up to erase traces of his deed. His behaviour demonstrates disrespect for the life of another.’

Piruz was sentenced to 12 years’ imprisonment. He was ordered to pay the ex-husband more than 6,000 euros towards for the cremation of the victim’s ashes and their transportation to China.

Given the circumstances of the murder and Piruz’s subsequent behaviour, the prosecution’s satisfaction that he was perfectly sane seems questionable.

The Daily Mail has learned that Piruz had also been treated in a ‘mental health facility’ in Sweden. He had suffered a breakdown while visiting an aunt who had emigrated to Scandinavia having cared for Piruz as a child in Afghanistan. This episode is believed to have taken place shortly after Piruz’s release from prison in June 2014. 

 He had been given parole having served two thirds of his sentence. He was then returned to court in Holland to be sent back to jail having been found in a ‘confused state’ in the street, when he admitted to having taken illegal drugs. The court set him free again.

A spokesman for the Dutch Ministry of Justice explained that having already been granted permanent residency in the Netherlands there were no legal grounds upon which he could be deported back to Afghanistan. Nor would there be any serious restraint on his ability to travel to other EU countries, such as Britain.

Pc Chick (pictured) said she had 'never been so scared' during the attack

Pc Chick (pictured) said she had ‘never been so scared’ during the attack

Piruz also has relatives living in the UK. It was in order to visit them that he arrived unnoticed in England on December 29, 2014. While staying with his family here, his behaviour became increasingly erratic until on January 3 he demanded to be driven to Gatwick, a day early, to return to Holland.

He missed his flight the following day and got into an altercation with a female member of EasyJet staff.

Piruz spat in her face, police were called and he was arrested. He was released having appeared before local magistrates, where he pleaded guilty to common assault and was ordered to pay £100 compensation.

The same week, police were called to deal with a ‘suspicious’ character seen in the Crawley neighbourhood of Langley Green which lies only four miles from the airport. It was Piruz again. A pursuit began and the Afghan was eventually found and cornered in a tool shed by a number of officers including a dog handler and a firearms team.

Armed with a hammer, Piruz emerged from the shed and despite being hit by a Taser – his heavy coat protected him from the 50,000-volt shock – charged at a female constable. Her screams rang out as she attempted to fend off his blows with her baton. In the ensuing melee another officer was hit twice on the head with the hammer by Piruz before the latter was restrained.

Incredibly, British police were only made aware of Piruz’s criminal history when a family member filed a missing persons report after he missed his flight on January 4. The relative told the Metropolitan Police about Piruz’s murder conviction and subsequent sentence. The London force then contacted their colleagues in Sussex. By then it was too late.

Over the past year, Piruz has appeared a number of times in court where he has often presented a disturbed and disturbing figure, rocking backwards and forward in the dock and making strange noises.

At a recent hearing, he pleaded guilty to two counts of attempting to cause grievous bodily harm with intent, burglary and affray.

Two counts of attempted burglary and one of threatening with an offensive weapon will lie on file.

The court had been told that Piruz’s mental health had deteriorated during his stay in Britain and he suffered hallucinations. He had a history of failing to take prescribed medication, which has led to episodes of severe paranoia, psychosis and violence, resulting in hospital admission. His barrister Simon Blackford had said in mitigation: ‘This offence was committed at a time of stress for my client. He was in a foreign country.’

Pictured: The hammer used by Piruz during his attack on two police officers in Sussex 

Pictured: The hammer used by Piruz during his attack on two police officers in Sussex 

But why was a man with Piruz’s criminal history and related mental health problems able to travel here at all?

The Dutch Justice Ministry denied that the authorities there had been wilfully negligent.

A spokesman said: ‘Piruz is on probation until September 1, 2018. His conditional release from prison is accompanied by certain rules such as supervision by the probation service and an alcohol and drug ban, while he has to co-operate in a number of residential, work and money issues. He has had to report once (every) few weeks by phone or physically to the probation office.

‘Piruz had no travel ban and a short stay abroad was not prohibited, as there were no legal grounds for that. In this case, he was visiting family in England and would be back in Holland for the next appointment with the probation office. Piruz was at large justly, in accordance with the conditions imposed.’

That explanation surely cannot be of comfort to anyone in the EU, let alone the Netherlands or the UK.

As the Mail reported earlier this week, unless a criminal is high profile, known to have committed crimes in several countries, or is on the Interpol wanted list, he or she is unlikely to be stopped when entering the UK or any other EU country.

Except in the most extreme circumstances, Brussels does not force member states to share information on known criminals who might be planning to travel.

But even if a new arrival does have a known conviction, they cannot automatically be picked up and refused entry – not even Jamshid Piruz, who all-but beheaded a neighbour and then tried to batter a police officer to death.

 

Article source: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-4119076/Attacking-police-Britain-hammer-Afghan-killer-case-sums-madness-justice-EU.html


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On January 15, five days before the inauguration of Donald Trump, a thousand writers at nearly 100 events around the United States will gather for a very different kind of event: a “re-inauguration” aimed to “focus public attention on the ideals of a free, just, and compassionate society.”

This movement, called Writers Resist, began when poet Erin Belieu posted this on Facebook after the election:

We will not give in to despair. We will come together and actively help make the world we want to live in. We are bowed, but we are not broken.

The events, held on Martin Luther King Jr.’s birthday, are based on this collective declaration:

Our democracy is at risk. Growing public cynicism and an alarming disdain for truthfulness is eroding our most dearly held democratic ideals. As writers we have tremendous power to bypass empty political discourse and focus public attention on the ideals of a free, just, and compassionate society.

The events will feature a wide array of writers ranging from Syrian exile (and Chicago cab driver) Osama Alomar to former US Poet Laureate Robert Pinsky. On the steps of the New York Public Library at 2 pm, PEN America is hosting the biggest of the Writers Resist events, featuring Pinsky, Belieu and a wide range of writers united “to defend free expression, reject hatred, and uphold truth in the face of lies and misinformation.” More than 60 writers are scheduled to speak, including Rita Dove, Andrew Solomon, Masha Gessen, Laurie Anderson, Rosanne Cash, Jeff Eugenides, Amy Goodman, Jacqueline Woodson, Monica Youn, A.M. Homes, Moustafa Bayoumi, Alexander Chee, Art Spiegelman and Michael Cunningham.

(Image: WritersResist.org)(Image: WritersResist.org)Some authors will be reading their own work, while others will be reading a diverse array of historical works, including the words of Martin Luther King Jr., passages from the Constitution and writing by George Orwell.

Chicago will hold seven different events with dozens of writers, including Audrey Niffenegger, Quraysh Ali Lansana, Dipika Mukherjee, Maudlyne Ihejirika, Bennett Johnson, Eduardo Arocho, Cynthia Gallaher, Jose-Luis Moctezuma and Zoe Zolbrod.

Other events are being held in Houston, Austin, Denver, New Orleans, Spokane, Los Angeles, Boston, Omaha, Kansas City, Jacksonville, Madison, Milwaukee, Indianapolis, Baltimore, Oakland, Tallahassee, Iowa City, Minneapolis, Cleveland, Cincinnati, Pittsburgh, Philadelphia, Newport, Reno, Santa Fe, Salt Lake City, Washington, D.C. and many other locations.

Writers Resist events will also occur beyond US borders, in London, Amsterdam, Hong Kong, Singapore and Zurich. Russell Bennetts, the editor of Berfrois magazine who is organizing the London event, declared: “We may be based in the UK, but this is a sign of our support for writers worldwide.” According to Bennetts, “We think it is important for writers to keep up the pressure on Trump and to call him out on all his lies. Events like Writers Resist can bring writers and readers together allowing for the sharing of strategies and enthusiasm! There is a fear that Trump will use his power and influence to try and silence dissent…. That would be a disaster for democracy.”

Darcy Alexandra, a poet and filmmaker organizing the Writers Resist event in Zurich in partnership with Action from Switzerland (a refugee relief organization), noted: “In anxious, ‘post-truth’ times that seem increasingly authoritarian, independent and principled voices are crucial. I’m looking forward to reading, but just as importantly I’m looking forward to the discussion.”

Belieu said, “I was so despondent after the election,” adding that “hearing the phrase ‘post-truth’ after the election” inspired her to organize an event devoted to speaking the truth.

(Image: WritersResist.org)(Image: WritersResist.org)Although “Resist” is part of the mobilization’s name, and the election of Donald Trump inspired the movement, its website declares: “We urge local organizers and speakers to avoid using the names of politicians or adopting ‘anti’ language as the focus for their Writers Resist event. It’s important to ensure that nonprofit organizations, which are prohibited from political campaigning, will feel confident participating in and sponsoring these events.”

Instead, according to the website, “Writers Resist is not affiliated with a political party. We wish to bypass direct political discourse in favor of an inspired focus on the future, and how we, as writers, can be a unifying force for the protection of democracy. In order for us to heal and move forward, individually and as a nation, we believe people need something to be for in this anxious moment. The only thing we ‘resist’ is that which attacks or seeks to undermine those most basic principles of freedom and justice for all.”

Belieu said she’s “profoundly grateful” for the response to her call to action, and she hopes to continue this movement beyond January 15, to encourage writers and educators to “#WriteOurDemocracy” and defend the values of free expression.

Note: John Wilson is a co-organizer of the Writers Resist event in Evanston, Illinois.

Article source: http://www.truth-out.org/news/item/39067-as-us-inauguration-approaches-writers-plan-resistance-events-worldwide


HFTP

Hospitality Financial and Technology Professionals (HFTP®), producers of Hospitality Industry Technology Exposition Conference (HITEC®), has widely extended its global reach for this upcoming year. With leading industry events spanning three separate continents, five inaugural events and three new Digital Learning Day additions, HFTP has largely increased its scope of hosted events in 2017.

“It has been exciting to watch the rapid growth and progression of the association,” said Frank Wolfe, CAE, CEO of HFTP. “We are looking forward to what lies ahead – with so many additions and developments, we expect 2017 to be another groundbreaking year for HFTP.”

HITEC Conferences. The global association’s HITEC event is the largest hospitality technology conference in the world, and will take place in Europe, Asia and North America this year as listed below. Historically taking place in a different city in North America each year, HFTP built upon its annual HITEC event with the additions of the inaugural HITEC Amsterdam and HITEC Dubai events taking place this year. Co-located with HITEC Toronto will be the Club Hotel Controllers Conference.

  • HITEC Amsterdam: March, 29-30 2017 at the RAI Amsterdam in Amsterdam, The Netherlands.
  • HITEC Toronto: June 26-29, 2017 at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre in Toronto, Canada.
  • HITEC Dubai: Fall 2017 in partnership with Naseba.

Entrepreneur 20X. Back by popular demand, HFTP is bringing its overwhelmingly successful Entrepreneur 20X (E20X) to Europe and Canada. HITEC attendees will have the opportunity to watch some of the most innovative startups the hospitality technology industry has to offer compete to bring their dreams to life. E20X will take place at HITEC Amsterdam the day prior to the conference on 28 March 2017 along with the invitation-only CIO and CFO pre-conference programs. E20X videos are available on the HFTP/HITEC YouTube channel.

Online Events. In addition to its year-round webinar schedule, the association will host five completely online Digital Learning Day events this year as listed below. HFTP added three inaugural Digital Learning Day events to its lineup including: Club Technology Digital Learning Day, Digital Learning Day – Europe and Digital Learning Day – Asia.

Membership Events. HFTP’s yearly member-focused event, Annual Convention, will take place from October 25-27, 2017 at the Omni Orlando Resort at Champions Gate in Orlando, Florida USA. In true HFTP fashion, the association will host four regional conferences throughout the year: HFTP Mid-South Atlantic Regional Conference, HFTP Mid-West Regional Conference, HFTP Texas Regional Conference, HFTP Florida Regional Conference. The confirmed dates are as follows:

Industry Publications. In addition to its many global conferences and events, HFTP also produces numerous resourceful tools for its members. The Bottomline is HFTP’s quarterly journal which includes feature articles on finance and technology best practices, industry research reports, general management tips, HFTP news and profiles of industry and association leaders. All articles from the publication are now available on PineappleSearch.com® – a search platform for hospitality-specific industry information and intelligence.

Website Renovations. HFTP’s official blog HFTP Connect has been redesigned for the New Year, and is currently accepting educational blog contribution submissions. The Global Hospitality Accounting Common Practices (GHACP), an accessible online resource and guide for hospitality industry accounting practices, website was also redone for the New Year, and now features item definitions on PineappleSearch.com.

For more information about HITEC and HFTP’s other global activities, contact the HFTP Meetings Special Events Department at education@hftp.org or visit www.hftp.org and www.hftp.org/hitec.

Stay tuned to HFTP’s main webpages: HFTP/HITEC; the world’s first hospitality-specific search engine: PineappleSearch® – mobile app available via iTunes App Store and Google Play; HFTP’s official blog: HFTP Connect; HFTP’s industry-specific, informational news sites: HITEC Bytes (technology), HFTP Club Bytes (club), HFTP Finance Bytes (finance) and HFTP News (association); and HFTP’s social media sites: FacebookLinkedInTwitter (@HFTP), Instagram (HFTP_HITEC), YouTube and Flickr for the latest updates.

About HFTP
Hospitality Financial and Technology Professionals (HFTP®) is a global nonprofit hospitality association, headquartered in Austin, Texas, USA, that uniquely understands the industry’s problems. HFTP has about 5,000 members and several thousand stakeholders across the globe. HFTP assists its members in finding solutions to industry problems more efficiently than any organization via its expert networks, research, conferences such as HITEC and certification programs. HFTP also owns the world’s only hospitality specific search engine, PineappleSearch.com. HFTP is recognized as the spokes group for the finance and technology segment of the hospitality industry. For more information about HFTP, e-mail membership@hftp.org.

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Hospitality Financial and Technology Professionals (HFTP®), producers of Hospitality Industry Technology Exposition Conference (HITEC®), has widely extended its global reach for this upcoming year. With leading industry events spanning three separate continents, five inaugural events and three new Digital Learning Day additions, HFTP has largely increased its scope of hosted events in 2017.

“It has been exciting to watch the rapid growth and progression of the association,” said Frank Wolfe, CAE, CEO of HFTP. “We are looking forward to what lies ahead – with so many additions and developments, we expect 2017 to be another groundbreaking year for HFTP.”

HITEC Conferences. The global association’s HITEC event is the largest hospitality technology conference in the world, and will take place in Europe, Asia and North America this year as listed below. Historically taking place in a different city in North America each year, HFTP built upon its annual HITEC event with the additions of the inaugural HITEC Amsterdam and HITEC Dubai events taking place this year. Co-located with HITEC Toronto will be the Club Hotel Controllers Conference.

  • HITEC Amsterdam: March, 29-30 2017 at the RAI Amsterdam in Amsterdam, The Netherlands.
  • HITEC Toronto: June 26-29, 2017 at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre in Toronto, Canada.
  • HITEC Dubai: Fall 2017 in partnership with Naseba.

Entrepreneur 20X. Back by popular demand, HFTP is bringing its overwhelmingly successful Entrepreneur 20X (E20X) to Europe and Canada. HITEC attendees will have the opportunity to watch some of the most innovative startups the hospitality technology industry has to offer compete to bring their dreams to life. E20X will take place at HITEC Amsterdam the day prior to the conference on 28 March 2017 along with the invitation-only CIO and CFO pre-conference programs. E20X videos are available on the HFTP/HITEC YouTube channel.

Online Events. In addition to its year-round webinar schedule, the association will host five completely online Digital Learning Day events this year as listed below. HFTP added three inaugural Digital Learning Day events to its lineup including: Club Technology Digital Learning Day, Digital Learning Day – Europe and Digital Learning Day – Asia.

Membership Events. HFTP’s yearly member-focused event, Annual Convention, will take place from October 25-27, 2017 at the Omni Orlando Resort at Champions Gate in Orlando, Florida USA. In true HFTP fashion, the association will host four regional conferences throughout the year: HFTP Mid-South Atlantic Regional Conference, HFTP Mid-West Regional Conference, HFTP Texas Regional Conference, HFTP Florida Regional Conference. The confirmed dates are as follows:

Industry Publications. In addition to its many global conferences and events, HFTP also produces numerous resourceful tools for its members. The Bottomline is HFTP’s quarterly journal which includes feature articles on finance and technology best practices, industry research reports, general management tips, HFTP news and profiles of industry and association leaders. All articles from the publication are now available on PineappleSearch.com® – a search platform for hospitality-specific industry information and intelligence.

Website Renovations. HFTP’s official blog HFTP Connect has been redesigned for the New Year, and is currently accepting educational blog contribution submissions. The Global Hospitality Accounting Common Practices (GHACP), an accessible online resource and guide for hospitality industry accounting practices, website was also redone for the New Year, and now features item definitions on PineappleSearch.com.

For more information about HITEC and HFTP’s other global activities, contact the HFTP Meetings Special Events Department at education@hftp.org or visit www.hftp.org and www.hftp.org/hitec.

Stay tuned to HFTP’s main webpages: HFTP/HITEC; the world’s first hospitality-specific search engine: PineappleSearch® – mobile app available via iTunes App Store and Google Play; HFTP’s official blog: HFTP Connect; HFTP’s industry-specific, informational news sites: HITEC Bytes (technology), HFTP Club Bytes (club), HFTP Finance Bytes (finance) and HFTP News (association); and HFTP’s social media sites: Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter (@HFTP), Instagram (HFTP_HITEC), YouTube and Flickr for the latest updates.

About HFTP
Hospitality Financial and Technology Professionals (HFTP®) is a global nonprofit hospitality association, headquartered in Austin, Texas, USA, that uniquely understands the industry’s problems. HFTP has about 5,000 members and several thousand stakeholders across the globe. HFTP assists its members in finding solutions to industry problems more efficiently than any organization via its expert networks, research, conferences such as HITEC and certification programs. HFTP also owns the world’s only hospitality specific search engine, PineappleSearch.com. HFTP is recognized as the spokes group for the finance and technology segment of the hospitality industry. For more information about HFTP, e-mail membership@hftp.org.

Article source: http://www.hospitalitynet.org/news/4080347.html


What a year, that 2016! She giveth and taketh away. There are the most evident topics, which don’t need addressing here. Suffice it to say, we shall see what the next four years have in store for us. Let’s just vibrate within the pages of AmNewsFOOD for now.

The year began with a sad farewell (for now) to my bestie, Raquel, as she moved out to Seattle to begin a new life with my nephew Spencer. We of course marked the occasion with a movie and a meal at Houseman in Hudson Square. The most fortuitous and telling moment being meeting chef-owner Adam Baumgarten and discovering he hailed from the Pacific Northwest, specifically Seattle. He ultimately gave us the must-eats in Seattle, a good and relieving sign of delicious meals to come.

Winter continued with serious food in the city and in the kitchen. Had another awesome dinner at Saxon + Parole. Chef Brad Farmerie really knows food. The blizzard of 2016 had me, and friend Angie Hancock of Experience Harlem, traipsing the snow-covered empty streets to friends’ homes for chili, soups and stews with my sippy cup of wine in tow.

I discovered my new favorite meatball while on a ski weekend with friends Nnenna and Jonathon. It is packed with spices for maximum flavor. Always wanting to learn more, I took a cooking class with TomCookery to make a multicourse Valentine’s Day dinner. Food love was certainly in the air.

Can’t forget my first visit to Charcuterie Masters in Queens, where I got to see some of my favorite meat-makers, such as Dickson’s Farmstand and taste new favorites, such as Ends Meat from Brooklyn. Their delicate pork rinds are everything.

And from carnivore to vegetarian, I am still obsessing over dinner at Nix with my Fab 5 crew. The Michelin-starred chef of Dovetail’s newest restaurant serving only vegan and vegetarian foods was slightly terrifying, but not one corner of flavor is held back there. My recommendation to vegetarian friends for a romantic dinner hit the mark, again!

Spring brought the second annual Harlem EatUp! festival and some tremendous dining experiences both in and out of Harlem. AmNewsFOOD showcased three winners of the I’m So AmNewsFOOD contest during the festival and, in 11 years of our section, we had our very first eight-page pullout highlighting the events, people, art, culture and food of the festival. Thank you to all for your help!

Transformative dinners included the east Harlem darling, Mountain Bird, for some truly masterful cookery, warehouse dinner at the Italian importer, Gustiamo, from chef Stefania Barzini, and a welcomed Chinese surprise at Shanghai 46 in Fairfield, N.J. Can’t forget my birthday dinner at chef Scott Conant’s latest restaurant, Impero Caffe, either.

Stay tuned for summer and fall of 2016 memories next week.

Happy eating and thanks for reading!

Kysha Harris is a food writer and editor, culinary producer, consultant and owner of SCHOP!, a personalized food service in NYC for more than 15 years. Follow her on Twitter and Instagram, @SCHOPgirl, on Facebook, /SCHOPnyc and on her blog, www.talkingSCHOP.wordpress.com. Questions? Comments? Requests? Feedback? Invitations? Email AmNewsFOOD at AmNewsFOOD@SCHOPnyc.com. Follow us on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook @NYAmNewsFOOD and tag us with #SoAmNewsFOOD with your food finds!

Article source: http://amsterdamnews.com/news/2017/jan/12/talking-schop-2016-gone-not-forgotten-part-i/


Donderdag 12 januari, 09:16 uur

Van vrijdag 3 tot en met zondag 5 februari vinden de Carlton Nederlandse Kampioenschappen 2017 in Topsportcentrum Almere plaats.

Meedoen

Je kan je nog tot en met maandag 16 januari 2017 inschrijven voor deelname aan de Carlton NK. Klik hier om je in te schrijven.

Programma

 Vrijdag  3 februari:    10.00 uur – 21.30 uur kwalificatietoernooi

 Zaterdag 4 februari:  10.00 uur – 21.30 uur eerste ronde en kwartfinales

 Zondag 5 februari:     10.00 uur -17.00 uur halve finales en finales

Kaartverkoop

Kaarten voor volwassenen kosten 8 euro in de voorverkoop en aan de kassa op wedstrijddagen 10 euro. De jeugd tot en met 17 jaar heeft gratis toegang. Het kwalificatietoernooi op vrijdag 3 februari is voor iedereen gratis toegankelijk.

Bestel hier jouw kaarten!

Actie verenigingen

Badminton Nederland biedt twee vrijkaarten per vereniging aan voor de Carlton NK op zaterdag 4 of zondag 5 februari 2017 in Topsportcentrum Almere en twee vrijkaarten per vereniging voor de Finale Landskampioenschap Carlton Eredivisie op zaterdag 11 maart 2017 in de Maaspoort Sports Events  in ‘s-Hertogenbosch.

Klik hier om aan te geven of jouw vereniging gebruik wil maken van het aanbod van Badminton Nederland.

Als meer leden van jouw vereniging mee willen naar één van de bovengenoemde evenementen, kunnen zij kaarten bestellen via kaartverkoop. Tegen korting in de voorverkoop kunnen zij dan de evenementen bezoeken.

Persaccreditatie

Vertegenwoordigers van de media kunnen voor de Carlton Nederlandse Kampioenschappen 2017 een persaccreditatie aanvragen. Klik hier om een persaccreditatie aan te vragen. Deadline voor de accreditatie-aanvraag is 1 februari 2017!

Side-events

Zaterdag 4 februari Nationaal jeugdtoernooi

Voor de 4e keer op rij, zal op 4 februari 2017 tijdens de Carlton Nederlandse Kampioenschappen in Almere, een jeugdtoernooi georganiseerd gaan worden. Jeugdspelers van U11, U13, U15 en U17 jaar kunnen zich inschrijven in diverse klassen en op veler verzoek nu ook in een klasse voor spelers die graag met veren shuttles spelen.   

Elke deelnemer heeft gratis toegang tot de NK en begeleiders kunnen toegangskaarten met korting kopen. Voor 1 februari en bij digitale betaling bedraagt een toegangsbewijs € 4,00 per stuk en € 6,00 voor elk volgend kaartje.

Klik hier voor meer informatie en om in te schrijven kan vanaf heden.  Wil je graag mee doen, wacht dan niet te lang met inschrijven, want VOL = VOL

Zondag 5 februari Mixtoernooi ABC’14

Opnieuw organiseert de Almeerse Badminton Club ABC’14 voor de 5e keer het Mixtoernooi in de Breedtesporthal te Almere. Aan dit toernooi mogen spelers van het niveau Divisie, hoofdklasse-competitie t/m recreanten meedoen.

Om iedereen zoveel mogelijk te laten spelen zullen alle mix-dubbels in poulevorm gespeeld worden. De organisatie streeft ernaar iedereen 5 of 6 wedstrijden te laten spelen.Klik hier om in te schrijven.

Historie

De Nederlandse kampioenen van 2016 waren Soraya De Visch Eijbergen (vrouwenenkel) Erik Meijs (mannenenkel), Selena Piek/ Jacco Arends (gemengd dubbel), Eefje Muskens/ Selena Piek (vrouwendubbel) en Jacco Arends/ Jelle Maas (mannendubbel).

Klik hier voor het volledige overzicht met alle winnaars voor die tijd.

Locatie

Topsportcentrum Almere,  Pierre de Coubertinplein 4, 1362 LB in Almere.

Routebeschrijving

 Auto: Vanuit de richting Amsterdam én vanaf de richting Lelystad neemt u op de A6 afslag 2 (Almere Poort). Onderaan de afrit slaat u rechtsaf. Nadat u onder de snelweg door bent gereden, slaat u meteen rechtsaf de Elementendreef op (parallel aan de A6). Bij de eerste verkeerslichten gaat u rechtdoor. Bij de volgende kruising met verkeerslichten slaat u linksaf (Olympialaan). Volg verder de aanwijzingen van de parkeerbeheerders. Vanaf de parkeerplaats is het vijf minuten lopen naar het Topsportcentrum. Openbaar vervoer: Het NS-station Almere Poort en het naastgelegen busstation bevinden zich op enkele minuten loopafstand van het Topsportcentrum. Er stoppen meerdere treinen per uur. Daarnaast zijn er meerdere rechtstreekse regioverbindingen per Connexxion-bus.

Article source: http://www.badminton.nl/nieuws/informatie-carlton-nederlandse-kampioenschappen-2017