The next world championship will be held in an Asian country, the World Chess Federation (FIDE) President Kirsan Ilyumzhinov said on Thursday.”There are two candidates, but I cannot name them. (The next host) will be announced at FIDE’s presidential council next spring. However, representatives of organising committees that want to host the match in 2018 were in New York today,” Ilyumzhinov said, reports Tass.Norway’s Magnus Carlsen retained his world chess championship crown for the third time, defeating Russia’s Sergey Karjakin in the tie-break 3-1 (total score 9-7) on Wednesday in New York.Their overall score after 12 games played was tied at 6-6 and both grandmasters played a series of tie-break games to determine the new world champion.
13Feb Committee approves Rep. Hughes’ bill inspired by Bletsch case The House Law and Justice Committee today approved Rep. Holly Hughes’ legislation requiring convicted offenders to hear impact statements from victims or their family during a sentencing hearing.The vote comes a week after Rebekah Bletsch’s sister and mother spoke to the committee, supporting the legislation following their experience in a Muskegon County case where Bletsch’s convicted murderer requested to leave the court before the victim statements.“We’re one step closer to not having one more Michigan family having their voice taken away by a criminal,” said Hughes, of Montague. “Jessica Josephson and Debra Reamer spoke from the heart about how a convicted murderer took away a key part of their healing process, while also insulting them on his way out the door. Never again.”Hughes’ legislation will update the William Van Regenmorter Crime Victim Rights Act, which set the procedures currently used in Michigan courtrooms for protection of victims. The bill requires the defendant to be in attendance for sentencing unless the individual is determined by the court to be disruptive or a safety risk to court members.The Michigan Prosecuting Attorneys Association and Michigan Attorney General’s Office are in support of the legislation.“This legislation is a top priority for me because anyone convicted of a crime absolutely should be required to hear directly from the victim or their loved ones about how their lives are impacted,” Hughes said. “The victims deserve to be heard in all cases.”House Bill 5407 advances to the House for its consideration. If enacted, the legislation will be named the Rebekah Bletsch law, in the victim’s honor.##### Categories: Hughes News,News