Blogger arrested before being able to appeal against jail sentence

first_img Read in Farsi Reporters Without Borders calls for the release of blogger Omidreza Mirsayafi (http://rooznegaar.blogfa.com), who was arrested on 7 February, seven weeks after a Tehran revolutionary court sentenced him to two years in prison for “insulting” the Islamic Republic’s leaders and six months in prison for “publicity against the government.” “Mirsayafi’s arrest, the latest evidence of the tenacity of the regime’s persecution of free expression, violated legal requirements,” Reporters Without Borders said. “He was not able to appeal against his conviction before his arrest because his lawyers did not receive a copy of the court’s sentence in time to file the appeal.” Mirsayafi found himself placed under arrest when he responded on 7 February to a summons from the revolutionary court for questioning. His lawyers still have not received a copy of the sentence which the court handed down on 15 December. Arrested for the first time on 22 April, Mirsayafi was released after 41 days in detention on payment of 100 million toman (72,000 euros) in bail. When he appeared in court on 2 November he was charged under article 514 of the criminal code, which says “insulting Supreme Guide Khomeiny, the founder of the Islamic Republic of Iran, or the country’s leaders, is punishable by six months to two years in prison,” and under article 500, which says “propaganda against the state is punishable by three months to one year in prison.” Most of what Mirsayafi posted on his blog, Rooznegar, which can no longer be accessed, was about traditional Persian music and culture. He told Reporters Without Borders: “I am a cultural blogger, not a political one. Of all the entries I posted online, only two or three were satirical. I did not intend to insult anyone.” One of Mirsayafi’s lawyers told Reporters Without Borders that, “in the opinion of the court’s experts, this blog did not have enough visitors to be regarded as a ‘publication’.” Mirsayafi is meanwhile still facing separate charges of “insulting the prophet of Islam” and “attacking the sacredness of Iran” before a Tehran assizes court. February 9, 2009 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Blogger arrested before being able to appeal against jail sentence IranMiddle East – North Africa IranMiddle East – North Africa After Hengameh Shahidi’s pardon, RSF asks Supreme Leader to free all imprisoned journalists Organisation March 18, 2021 Find out more Help by sharing this information Follow the news on Iran Receive email alerts to go furthercenter_img Call for Iranian New Year pardons for Iran’s 21 imprisoned journalists News News RSF_en News News June 9, 2021 Find out more Iran: Press freedom violations recounted in real time January 2020 February 25, 2021 Find out morelast_img read more

Public Policy Institute Asserts its Recommendations for FHFA

first_img Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago The Week Ahead: Nearing the Forbearance Exit 2 days ago Share Save Krista Franks Brock is a professional writer and editor who has covered the mortgage banking and default servicing sectors since 2011. Previously, she served as managing editor of DS News and Southern Distinction, a regional lifestyle publication. Her work has appeared in a variety of print and online publications, including Consumers Digest, Dallas Style and Design, DS News and DSNews.com, MReport and theMReport.com. She holds degrees in journalism and art from the University of Georgia. Related Articles Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Sign up for DS News Daily November 19, 2018 1,669 Views in Daily Dose, Featured, Government, News, Secondary Market Previous: The Rise of Remodeling Next: What’s Driving the MSR and RMBS Markets? Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Public Policy Institute Asserts its Recommendations for FHFA Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago In its Performance & Accountability Report for financial year 2018 last week, the Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) mentioned its proposed regulation on capital requirements for Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. The following day, the American Enterprise Institute (AEI) published its lengthy response to the proposal.The FHFA first proposed the “new framework for risk-based capital requirements and a revised minimum leverage capital requirement for the Enterprises” in June, and it has now expanded its deadline for public comments from September 17 to November 16.The proposed rule offers two scenarios, one in which the GSEs would maintain capital equaling 2.5 percent of total assets and off-balance sheet guarantees. The second would require the GSEs to hold capital equal to 1.5 percent of trust assets and 4 percent of non-trust assets.The AEI stated in a letter to the FHFA last week that the proposals were insufficient to support potential risk at the GSEs and laid out detailed alternatives to the FHFA’s proposal.“Specifically, its binding risk-based rules would not require enough capital to address another housing crisis of comparable magnitude to the most recent one, and its minimum leverage ratios would not be consistent with requirements for global systemically important banks (G-SIBs) given the de facto status of the GSEs as systemically important financial institutions (SIFIs),” according to the AEI.On the other hand, the AEI asserted its own recommendations “would result in additional risk-based capital of more than 200 basis points relative to FHFA’s proposal and a minimum leverage ratio of 4 percent,” according to the letter.Operational risks are another concern for the AEI, which stated that the FHFA’s “add-on to cover operation risk is a scant 8 bps.” Continuing, the AEI stated, “For the two GSEs together, that amounts to $3.7 billion for 2017. To give a little bit of context to that, consider that 12 years ago, Fannie Mae restated its earnings downward by $6.3 billion because of accounting errors.”The AEI also asserted that “The proposed minimum leverage ratios would not produce results comparable to the largest banks for comparable assets.” While the FHFA suggested the GSEs are less risky than banks and should thus have a lower minimum leverage, the AEI suggested it is more relevant to compare the GSEs to global systemically important banks (G-SIBs) in the United States because the GSEs have been deemed systemically important. For G-SIBs, the minimum leverage is 6 percent.The AEI recommends increasing risk-based capital standards to account by about 200 basis points in total to address going-concern risk, operational risk, model risk, and to address counter-cyclical risks.The AEI recommends increasing the minimum leverage capital ratio from the proposed 2.5 percent or less to at least 4 percent and proposes limiting the use of preferred stock to meet both risk-based and leverage capital requirements. Subscribe American Enterprise Institute Capital Requirements Federal Housing Finance Agency FHFA Financial Crisis G-SIBs GSEs Minimum Leverage Risk-based Capital Requirements SIFIs 2018-11-19 Krista Franks Brock Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Home / Daily Dose / Public Policy Institute Asserts its Recommendations for FHFA  Print This Post Tagged with: American Enterprise Institute Capital Requirements Federal Housing Finance Agency FHFA Financial Crisis G-SIBs GSEs Minimum Leverage Risk-based Capital Requirements SIFIs The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago About Author: Krista Franks Brock The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days agolast_img read more

In CTC Model, Employee To Get Benefit Of Reduction Of Employer’s PF Contribution : Govt Clarifies

first_imgNews UpdatesIn CTC Model, Employee To Get Benefit Of Reduction Of Employer’s PF Contribution : Govt Clarifies LIVELAW NEWS NETWORK19 May 2020 7:46 AMShare This – xIn Cost to Company(CTC) model, the benefit of 2% reduction of the employer’s contribution under the Employees Provident Fund and Miscellaneous Provisions Act will be passed on to the employee, going by the press release issued by the Government on TuesdayA Press Release from the Ministry of Labour and Employment stated :”In Cost to Company (CTC) model, if Rs.10000/- is monthly EPF wages, in…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?LoginIn Cost to Company(CTC) model, the benefit of 2% reduction of the employer’s contribution under the Employees Provident Fund and Miscellaneous Provisions Act will be passed on to the employee, going by the press release issued by the Government on TuesdayA Press Release from the Ministry of Labour and Employment stated :”In Cost to Company (CTC) model, if Rs.10000/- is monthly EPF wages, in CTC Model the employee gets Rs.200/- more directly from employer as employer’s EPF/EPS contribution is reduced and Rs.200/- less is deducted from his/her wages”.This may dispel the confusion as to whether the reduction of employer’s contribution will result in the overall decrease of the employee’s salary in CTC model.The reduction in statutory rate of contributions from 12% to 10% for wage months May, 2020, June, 2020 and July, 2020 for all class of establishments covered under the EPF & MP Act, 1952 announced on May 13 by Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman as part of Atma-Nirbhar Bharat package. This has been notified vide SO 1513 (E) dated 18.05.2020 published in the Gazette of India.  The above reduction of rate of contribution is not applicable to establishments like Central and State Public Sector enterprises or any other establishment owned or controlled by or under control of the Central Govt. or State Govt. These establishments shall continue to contribute 12% of basic wages and dearness allowances. The reduced rate is also not applicable for PMGKY beneficiaries, since the entire employees EPF contributions (12% of wages) and employers’ EPF & EPS contribution (12% of wages), totaling 24% of the monthly wages is being contributed by the Central Govt. Reduction in rate of EPF contributions from 12% to 10% of basic wages and Dearness allowances is intended to benefit both 4.3 Crore employees/members and employers of 6.5 lakhs establishments to tide over the immediate liquidity crisis to some extent. As a result of reduction in statutory rate of contributions from 12% to 10%, the employee shall have a higher take home pay due to reduction in deduction from his pay on account of EPF contributions and employer shall also have his liability reduced by 2% of wages of his employees. If Rs.10000/- is monthly EPF wages, only Rs.1000/- instead of Rs.1200/- is deducted from employee’s wages and employer pays Rs.1000/- instead of Rs.1200/- towards EPF contributions.In Cost to Company (CTC) model, if Rs.10000/- is monthly EPF wages, in CTC Model the employee gets Rs.200/- more directly from employer as employer’s EPF/EPS contribution is reduced and Rs.200/- less is deducted from his/her wages.(Source : PIB) Next Storylast_img read more

Former Lower Court Judge Moves SC To Change The Name Of Bombay High Court To Maharashtra High Court [Read Petition]

first_imgTop StoriesFormer Lower Court Judge Moves SC To Change The Name Of Bombay High Court To Maharashtra High Court [Read Petition] Nitish Kashyap28 May 2020 5:29 AMShare This – xA former judge of the Labour Court has filed a public interest litigation before the Supreme Court seeking directions to change the name of ‘High Court of Bombay’ to ‘High Court of Maharashtra’. VP Patil was the Principal Judge, Labour Court, Mumbai and took voluntary retirement in 2000. He had joined the State Judiciary (Maharashtra) on September 9, 1974 and served as a Judge for about…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?LoginA former judge of the Labour Court has filed a public interest litigation before the Supreme Court seeking directions to change the name of ‘High Court of Bombay’ to ‘High Court of Maharashtra’. VP Patil was the Principal Judge, Labour Court, Mumbai and took voluntary retirement in 2000. He had joined the State Judiciary (Maharashtra) on September 9, 1974 and served as a Judge for about 26 years. Patil argues in his petition that the word “Maharashtra” denotes special significance in the life of Maharashtrian and that its usage must also find expression in the name of the High Court as an expression of cultural and right to heritage as protected under Articles 19, 21, 29 of the Constitution of India. Moreover, having the same name of the High Court as the name of the State shall lessen the confusion that arises in multiplicity of names. That the same name of the High Court and the State is in the interest of the public, the petitioner argues. The PIL states- “The cultural assertion of a Maharashtrian remains in jeopardy by not renaming a public institution like the Hon’ble High Court of Bombay, this Hon’ble Court may uplift the socio, political and cultural rights of Maharashtrian as guaranteed by the Constitution of India.” The High Court (Alternation of Names) Bill, 2016 was introduced in the Parliament of India for changing of the names of various High Courts in the country. For example the bill sought change of ‘High Court of Judicature at Bombay’ to ‘High Court of Judicature at Mumbai’ and similarly, change in the names of High Courts at Calcutta, Madras to Kolkata and Chennai. The aforesaid bill of 2016 lapsed in the Parliament as it could not get passed due to lack of consensus between the States. Thus, the petitioner judge argues that the High Court ought to appreciate that the right to autonomy forms part of the right to life as guaranteed under Article 21 of the Constitution of India. Nomenclature of a public institution is part of the right to autonomy of a Maratha/Maharashtrian. The petition also seeks for the High Court to appreciate that the Bombay State Reorganization Act, 1960 amended the first schedule of the Constitution of India as regards State of Maharashtra and Gujarat and it is arbitrary on the part of respondents to not to effectuate the change of nomenclature of the High Court as per the State. Finally, the petition contends- “It has been a longstanding demand of the people of Maharashtra to alter the name of the Bombay High Court to the High Court of Maharashtra. It is humbly submitted that the change of name being a fundamental right of the Citizens of Maharashtra and in absence of legislative step, this Hon’ble Court may step in and fill the vacuum in law.” Click Here To Download Petition[Read Petition]Next Storylast_img read more

New College JCR royally hoaxed

first_imgNew College students have received “amusing and preposterous” emails claiming to be from their Dean and Warden.New College students have received “amusing and preposterous” emails claiming to be from their Dean and Warden.The first email, sent to the JCR on the 8th March, told students, “Over the course of Hilary Term, I have been playing Call Of Duty: Black Ops on my PS3.  I have now reached level 50 and unlocked most of the guns and attachments.  My PSN name is ‘newcollegewarden’, which I inherited from Alan Ryan [the previous warden].“If any junior members of College also play COD online, could they addme as a friend so that we can play a Team Deathmatch together?”When contacted by Cherwell, Warden Curtis Price said that he had never played the game, calling it “an age/generation thing”.He added that the only reply he had received had been from a student assuring him that the email was fake, as “the system I was claiming to use was out of date”.Price commented, “I’m reassured that the JCR do not seem that gullible but must also confess to being slightly disappointed that absolutely no one wanted to join the Warden in a leisure activity.  Perhaps rounders later this term?”The second email, pretending to be Dean Michael Burden, was a royal wedding-themed poem sent on the 30th April, bemoaning the fact that “the Dean’s invitation was late.”Burden said, “The content of the emails – only two in two terms – has been amusing and preposterous. The principle is of some concern and we would not wish it occur on a more frequent basis, and in a way that impedes the College’s business.”When asked why he had not sent a retraction email out to the JCR, Burden explained, “I trust they are intelligent enough to ignore them.” He also called the few responses he had received “whimsical”.One of the Dean’s music students, choral scholar Ben Sheen, told Cherwell, ‘The Warden’s email was funny, but then it was obviously not from him. Michael’s, though, really could have been real – after all, we did spend a lot of time in tutes last term talking about what Kate’s dress might look like. “But then I realised he’s probably too busy playing croquet with the second years to have written all that.’Andy Hood, New’s JCR President, commented, “On the emails, we’re grateful for the amusement they’ve provided, and glad that the Warden and Dean have taken them in good humour.”Both the Warden and Dean did however confirm that they were looking into securing their IT systems.Price told Cherwell, “I immediately informed our Head of IT and am satisfied that he, with the cooperation and support of OUCS, took swift, appropriate measures to prevent this happening again.“But a delicate balance has to be struck:  if a firewall is made too strong, it might prevent other, legitimate emails from being sent and received…However, I would not be in the slightest surprised if such a nuisance happened again.“No email system is completely secure and, when very clever people are gathered together, there’s a chance that someone will get up to mischief.  If that mischief violates University IT regulations, disciplinary action will follow.”When asked how the emails were sent, Price added, “the email in question was not send from within the College; whoever sent it connected directly into the mail transport agent the university runs at OUCS….This loophole has now been closed”.The first email, sent to the JCR on the 8th March, told students, “Over the course of Hilary Term, I have been playing Call Of Duty: Black Ops on my PS3.  I have now reached level 50 and unlocked most of the guns and attachments.  My PSN name is ‘newcollegewarden’, which I inherited from Alan Ryan [the previous warden].“If any junior members of College also play COD online, could they addme as a friend so that we can play a Team Deathmatch together?”When contacted by Cherwell, Warden Curtis Price said that he had never played the game, calling it “an age/generation thing”.He added that the only reply he had received had been from a student assuring him that the email was fake, as “the system I was claiming to use was out of date”.Price commented, “I’m reassured that the JCR do not seem that gullible but must also confess to being slightly disappointed that absolutely no one wanted to join the Warden in a leisure activity. Perhaps rounders later this term?”The second email, pretending to be Dean Michael Burden, was a royal wedding-themed poem sent on the 30th April, bemoaning the fact that “the Dean’s invitation was late.”Burden said, “The content of the emails – only two in two terms – has been amusing and preposterous. The principle is of some concern and we would not wish it occur on a more frequent basis, and in a way that impedes the College’s business.’When asked why he had not sent a retraction email out to the JCR, Burden explained, “I trust they are intelligent enough to ignore them.” He also called the few responses he had received “whimsical”.One of the Dean’s music students, choral scholar Ben Sheen, told Cherwell, ‘The Warden’s email was funny, but then it was obviously not from him. Michael’s, though, really could have been real – after all, we did spend a lot of time in tutes last term talking about what Kate’s dress might look like. “But then I realised he’s probably too busy playing croquet with the second years to have written all that.’Andy Hood, New’s JCR President, commented, “On the emails, we’re grateful for the amusement they’ve provided, and glad that the Warden and Dean have taken them in good humour.”Both the Warden and Dean did however confirm that they were looking into securing their IT systems.Price told Cherwell, “I immediately informed our Head of IT and am satisfied that he, with the cooperation and support of OUCS, took swift, appropriate measures to prevent this happening again.“But a delicate balance has to be struck:  if a firewall is made too strong, it might prevent other, legitimate emails from being sent and received…However, I would not be in the slightest surprised if such a nuisance happened again.“No email system is completely secure and, when very clever people are gathered together, there’s a chance that someone will get up to mischief.  If that mischief violates University IT regulations, disciplinary action will follow.”When asked how the emails were sent, Price added, “the email in question was not sent from within the College; whoever sent it connected directly into the mail transport agent the university runs at OUCS….This loophole has now been closed”.last_img read more

FSA launches major consumer campaign on salt

first_imgThe Food Standards Agency (FSA) has kicked off a massive campaign to educate consumers about the ‘hidden salt’ in foods such as bread, sandwiches and pizza.The campaign, which goes live this week, features television advertising focused on pizza and sandwiches, and radio and print advertising on bread. It urges consumers to pay closer attention to the salt levels of foods they buy and to choose foods that are lower in salt.The thrust of the campaign is based on survey results that reveal 77% of consumers are unaware that bread and breakfast cereals are among the top salt-contributing foods in people’s diet, according the FSA. “We’re not suggesting people stop eating or even cut down on bread or breakfast cereals, as they are an important part of a healthy diet. But we are saying take a look at the labels to find one that is lower in salt,” commented Rosemary Hignett, head of nutrition at the FSA.The FSA also commented that “supermarket own-label versions of some foods, including bread, are often lower in salt than the branded versions”.The Food and Drink Federation (FDF) has voiced its support for food manufacturers who have reformulated recipes to lower salt. “Our members are totally committed to helping consumers eat more healthily – and reformulation is just one of the ways in which we will continue to make a real difference,” said director of communications Julian Hunt.To read the full story and the industry’s reaction to this campaign, read the next issue of British Baker, out 9 October.last_img read more

Texas-based mattress company to build new facility in La Porte, bringing 350 new jobs

first_img Texas-based mattress company to build new facility in La Porte, bringing 350 new jobs Previous articleSt. Joseph County residents may now register for fall leaf pick-upNext articleChild TV Chef from Gary suffering from extremely rare disease Brooklyne Beatty Twitter Google+ Twitter Pinterest (Photo Supplied/Corsicana Mattress Company) A Texas-based mattress company has chosen a city in Indiana for its new facility.Corsicana Mattress Company plans to build its new 165,000-square-foot production facility in La Porte, creating up to 350 new jobs by the end of 2023.Locating in Indiana will give Corsicana Mattress access to key markets and allow for same-day shipping, allowing the company to reduce lead times.The company will invest more than $8.6-million to lease and equip the new facility at 755 S. 500 West in La Porte. It’s expected to be operational by the end of this year.Corsicana Mattress plans to immediately begin hiring and training employees for manufacturing and warehouse positions at a temporary space in Michigan City. Those interested in applying should click here. WhatsApp By Brooklyne Beatty – August 19, 2020 0 643 center_img WhatsApp Facebook Facebook Google+ Pinterest TAGSCorsicana MattressexpansionhiringIndianajobLa Portenew facilityopportunityTexas IndianaLocalNewslast_img read more

News story: Programme: EU-UK Article 50 negotiations Brussels, 21 to 22 August 2018

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Innovate to succeed, says foodservice research company Horizons

first_imgOperators must offer food from breakfast to bedtime with everything in between or they will be left behind by their competition, according to foodservice research company Horizons.There is a real opportunity for foodservice operators to grow their lunchtime trade as the definition of lunch broadens and consumers become more adventurous in their choices, said Emma Read, Horizons’ director of marketing and business development. Speaking at the lunch! trade show in London on Thursday (24 September), she said lunch was beginning to blur with the breakfast and snacking sectors and even with evening meals.“Consumers expect to be able to eat when they want, wherever they happen to be whether it’s out shopping, at work, travelling or in a garden centre. Lunch is extending beyond its traditional times – it could now be anything from mid-morning to late afternoon. Operators need to be prepared for this and adapt,” she said.“There are also new, innovative chains offering a much wider choice of lunchtime dishes – how much longer can the humble sandwich be our lunch of choice when you can buy fantastically healthy salads, noodle pots and a vast array of other foods-to-go?”Currently around 3.5 billion lunch meals are sold accounting for 44.5% of the foodservice sector. This share has grown 2% since 2012 and is likely to expand by a further 5.6% by 2018.Read outlined some of the changes the market has undergone as operators embrace demand for faster, contactless payment methods, food ordering apps, delivery to desk or home, food on the go and bespoke dishes, as well catering for those with allergen requirements and specific health issues.“Food is becoming increasingly personalised – you only have to look at what’s on offer from some of the new chains on the high street. Food stalls are selling exciting, innovative food that’s healthy, great value, easy to eat and different. They satisfy consumers’ desire to try something new.”last_img read more

Elephant Revival Escapes Bus Fire, Makes It To Their Show On Time

first_imgYesterday in Hickory, North Carolina, Elephant Revival awoke just in time to flee their smoldering tour bus as it went up in flames. The reasons for the blaze have been determined to be electrical in nature. The entire band and their crew managed to escape with only minor smoke inhalation symptoms and a fresh appreciation for life. Elephant Revival released the following statement on their social media accounts to let their fans know what had happened and that they were safe:“Greetings friends…. We are writing to let you all know that we are safe and sound this morning. An electrical fire ignited in the back of the bunk room. Luckily, we were already parked at the venue in North Carolina. It all happened very quickly, while some of us were sleeping and some of us were waking. A chorus of voices yelled smoke, as the initial flames encroached upon Daniel’s feet in the back lower bunk. Within two minutes, black smoke billowed through the windows as the interior of the bus went up in flames.We are so appreciative for this life, our family and friends, and each other. Thank you to the Red Cross, the fire department and the good people of Hickory. We’ve lost much in terms of material possessions and instruments of the trade, yet we remain grateful.“Guitarist Daniel Rodriguez described his harrowing awakening later in the day.“Well, this morning I woke up inside a bunk engulfed in flames. A visual and sensation that will not be quickly forgotten. It was an electrical fire that started at an outlet at the foot of my bunk. Had I not heard Bonnie yelling “smoke, smoke, smoke” I might not be writing this right now! If Bonnie hadn’t heard Dango yelling “smoke” who knows how things would’ve turned out. Fortunately it was only possessions that turned to char and ash. Sadly we lost our beautiful handmade instruments among other cherished belongings… And yet, we are so very lucky to have escaped in the nick of time. I truly love my band mates and co workers, and am joyed that I can still see them smiling. The show must go on… We start at 9. With love and a smokey musk, DanPs. I’m not much of someone that enjoys adding to the sensationalism of newsworthy material, but dang, this was a smoking story… A real hot topic… Gratitude to my friends who saved my ass! Love ya’sPs#2 Thank you to the Hickory Fire Dept…. The Red Cross… And all the fine folks from Hickory who helped!“Fiddler Bridget Law took a similar view, though she did share a sad picture of her beloved fiddles burnt remains:“Happy to be alive and well alongside my friends. But man, these were some amazing instruments… RIP fids“A fan based Go Fund Me has been started to help the band replace some of the more personal, hand crafted instruments lost in the blaze. You can donate to them HERE.last_img read more