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MH17 verdict – Three men sentenced to life for downing the passenger flight

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A Dutch court has found three men guilty of murder after they shot down Malaysia Airlines flight MH17

MH17 VERDICT – A Dutch court has found three men guilty of murder after they shot down the passenger jet travelling over eastern Ukraine, in 2014.

Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 came crashing down in the Donbas region, killing all 298 people on board.

The MH17 verdict means the three men will now face life behind bars.

They identify as former Russian intelligence agents Igor Girkin and Sergey Dubinskiy.

While, it also includes Ukrainian separatist leader Leonid Kharchenko.

One other man has been acquitted, despite knowing about the plot.

The missile attack remains one of the most notorious war crimes to happen in Ukraine, occurring eight years before the deadly war began.

FILE PHOTO: Flowers and mementos left by local residents at the crash site of the Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17 are seen near the settlement of Rozspyne in the Donetsk region. REUTERS/Maxim Zmeyev/Files

Many of the victims’ relatives believe the world should have reacted differently, back in 2014.

They insist if world took a tougher stance against Russia back then, it would be in a better place now.

Victims of MH17 attack

Watershed moment for the world

It was a little over eight years ago when Flight MH 17 crashed in Ukraine at the time it was a watershed moment for the world.

This was a war crime in the Donbass region before similar atrocities became an almost daily occurrence there.

However, now we are able to close the chapter of MH17 just a little bit more.

The court found that a Russian made missile supplied by Russia and fired by an armed group under Russian control brought down a flight MH17.

The men did try to counter that they had intended to shoot down a military aircraft, not a commercial airliner.

However, the judges said firing any kind of missile deliberately showed enough wrongdoing to be convicted.

Speaking after many of the victims families expressed relief at this conclusion.

It’s been more than two years of a trial. But there is a long standing feeling of anger.

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Donald Trump’s legal woes will serve him well

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It’s not often that a U.S. President faces federal indictment, but if it’s going to happen to anyone, it might as well be Donald Trump first.

The news that Donald Trump is facing a federal investigation over the removal of secret documents from the White House in 2021 came as no surprise.

Keen watches of the Washington soap opera have seen this playbook before, albeit in a different form.

There is no doubt that Donald Trump is a Washington outsider. But as seriously damaged as he may be (thanks to the events of January 6), his support base has only grown whenever he faces scrutiny.

For his supporters, his legal woes mirror their own relationship with the government – a giant, unfair beast that picks and chooses its fights.

Trump is accused of storing sensitive documents—including those concerning matters of national security—in boxes, some even in a shower.

The documents were seized last August when investigators from the FBI executed a search warrant at Mar-a-Lago.

The Department of Justice has historically avoided charging people who are running for public office. Whether they should do that is a debate for another day. But it’s happening now. And it’s making it all too easy for Trump to claim there is a concerted campaign to get him away from the White House.

Trump exposed the deep state. IF they exist, they probably don’t want him back in power. Whether they exist doesn’t matter really, because plenty of Trump’s supporters agree with him, and believe the secret state is working against them. Call it QAnon, call it a conspiracy – it doesn’t matter in a democracy.

The DoJ now has to go all in. Failing to secure a conviction would be a serious embarrassment for the department.

This is the second time Trump has been indicted in recent months, yet the opinion polls show he only increases his popularity among MAGA and Republican voters. It leaves the Republican party in a difficult position. Support their leading candidate or support the law?

As other Republicans rallied around the embattled candidate, Trump held on to his loyal base of supporters.

For the Democrats, and for Biden, another reality will soon sink in – if Trump becomes President, and they lose office next year, how will a Trump-run DoJ deal with them?

Broadly, the tit-for-tat one-up-manship of U.S. politics is breaking tradition and potentially breaking the country.

 

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How has the hospitality industry changed since the onset of the coronavirus pandemic?

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Many global issues continue to have an impact on multiple sectors of the economy—including the hospitality industry.

Since the onset of the coronavirus pandemic, how has the hospitality industry changed ?

 
Numerous international challenges including inflation, worker shortages, the Russia-Ukraine war and rising tensions between the United States and China—continue to have an impact on many sectors of the economy—including the hospitality industry.

According to the 2023 State of the Restaurant Industry report, the foodservice sector is forecast to reach $997-billion in sales in 2023—driven in part by higher menu prices.

So, how has the hospitality industry changed since the onset of the coronavirus pandemic?

Priya Krishna, a food reporter with The New York Times joins us to discuss. #PriyaKrishna #thenewyorktimes #food #hospitality #economy #veronicadudo #business

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Why are restaurants adding service charges amid rising prices?

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American diners across the nation may be bewildered by an unfamiliar charge at the bottom of the check—a“service charge,”tacked on with little explanation.

So, why are restaurants adding service charges amid rising prices?

 
You’ve probably noticed it’s a lot more expensive to go out to eat.

The post-covid world is still working try and get back to pre-pandemic economic output.

And the hospitality industry is no different.

An increasing number of restaurants have added service charges of up to 22%—or more—in recent years in to keep up with rising costs.

So, are these changes in the hospitality industry a byproduct of the coronavirus pandemic?

Priya Krishna, a food reporter with The New York Times joined us to discuss. #hospitality #restaurants #PriyaKrishna #veronicadudo #inflation #pandemic #economy #thenewyorktimes

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