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Right to a timely trial cannot be lightly discarded Supreme Court rules

first_imgOTTAWA – All players in the justice system need to do their part to target the “root causes” of unnecessary trial delays, the Supreme Court of Canada said Friday in affirming its landmark ruling on timely proceedings.The high court ruled unanimously that a Newfoundland and Labrador man facing drug and weapon charges should not go to trial under new rules spelled out last July for determining unjustifiable court delays.The latest decision comes amid intense public and political debate over the time limits for trials, including a Senate committee report this week that expressed concern over accused criminals walking free.The Supreme Court stood its ground on the need for timeliness in ruling on the case of James Cody, who was arrested in Conception Bay, N.L., in January 2010 and charged with drug possession for the purposes of trafficking and possession of a prohibited weapon.For various reasons, Cody’s trial was not slated to begin until late January 2015, five years and 21 days after the arrest.The trial judge stayed the criminal proceedings against Cody in December 2014 due to the delay, a decision that was overturned by the Newfoundland and Labrador appeal court using transitional provisions of the new framework set out by the Supreme Court.In its groundbreaking decision last year, the high court cited a “culture of complacency” in the justice system and said the old means of determining whether a person’s constitutional right to a timely trial had been infringed was too complex and unpredictable.Under the new framework, an unreasonable delay would be presumed should proceedings — from the criminal charge to conclusion of a trial — exceed 18 months in provincial court, or 30 months in superior court.However, those benchmarks were not set in stone, the court cautioned.The Crown could challenge the notion that a delay is unreasonable by demonstrating “exceptional circumstances,” a majority of the court said in its reasons.These circumstances could include something unforeseen and beyond the Crown’s control, such as a sudden illness, or a case requiring extradition of an accused from another country. They might also arise in “particularly complex” cases that involve disclosure of many documents, a large number of witnesses or a significant need for expert evidence.The Supreme Court also said that as a transitional measure for cases already in the system, the new framework must be applied “flexibly and contextually.”In the Cody case, the high court said there was a net delay of 36.5 months after applicable deductions and concluded that the Crown could not show the delay was justified. The court therefore said the order of the trial judge to halt proceedings against Cody must be restored.“This appeal is yet another example of why change is necessary,” the Supreme Court said in its reasons for the decision.The court said trial judges can play an important role, for instance by denying an adjournment request on the basis it would result in an unacceptably long delay.Michael Crystal, a lawyer for Cody, welcomed the ruling.“This case is all about access to justice,” Crystal said.“It is about the dignity of a trial. It is about the court saying everyone who participates in the process — defence lawyers, Crown attorneys, prosecutors — you have an obligation to work hard, do your jobs, but do it expeditiously.”Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said the government would take time to consider the decision that will see Cody avoid a trial.“But there’s no question that it’s part of what has become a bit of a troubling pattern,” Trudeau said. “And we need to make sure that we are working hard to ensure that justice is swift and properly meted out to anyone who commits crimes.”The Conservatives have repeatedly accused the Liberals of moving too slowly to appoint judges to vacant spots.The government is moving to fill those positions, bolster the courts with more federally appointed judges and work with the provinces to deal with the “very real problem” of delays, Trudeau added.In their decision Friday, the judges noted that a number of provincial attorneys general who intervened in the Cody case asked the court to modify the new framework to provide for more flexibility in deducting and justifying delay.The court said that like any of its precedents, the 2016 decision “must be followed and it cannot be lightly discarded or overruled.”The new framework, when properly applied, already provides sufficient flexibility and takes into account the transitional period that is required for the criminal justice system to adapt, the court said.In its report this week, the Senate legal affairs committee said a stay of proceedings should not be the only remedy available for delays, particularly in cases involving serious crimes. It recommended that remedies include a reduced sentence and an award of financial costs.— Follow @JimBronskill on Twitterlast_img read more

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Its OK to cry in the courtroom even if youre a judge

first_imgVANCOUVER – Judges can’t be expected to be emotionless robots, two legal experts said after a defence lawyer questioned a British Columbia judge’s ability to deliver a fair sentence because she cried during a victim impact statement.Defence lawyer Jacqueline Halliburn has asked provincial court Judge Monica McParland to recuse herself from the Kelowna courtroom because of what she argued was an “overall tone of bias” against a person who pleaded guilty in a sexual interference case. The lawyer also said McParland scoffed at the defence’s suggestion for an intermittent jail sentence.It will be up to McParland to decide if she should quit the case and refer sentencing to another judge.Annalise Acorn, a professor of law at the University of Alberta with no involvement to the case, said judges are routinely confronted with facts involving tremendous amounts of human suffering and as human beings can be expected to have an emotional response, just like anyone else.The case highlights a false expectation that reason has to be independent from emotion, she said. But that is a distorted view of what takes place in the trial process, where there are all kinds of overlap and interplay between reason and emotion.“Emotions are these kind of physical responses we have to rational evaluations,” said Acorn, whose main area of research is the philosophy of emotions in the context of conflict and justice.“In my view, to suggest that an emotional response in itself is an indication of bias is a really wrong-headed approach.”Jeremy Melvin Carlson was charged in 2016 with sexual assault and the sexual interference of a person under the age of 16. Carlson, who is transgender and is in the midst of a male-to-female transition, pleaded guilty to sexual interference of a minor.Janine Benedet, a law professor at the University of British Columbia, said it’s significant that the judge cried during the sentencing stage of the trial, which means the accused had already been convicted.“As a society, we should have a revulsion to the sexual abuse of children, there’s nothing wrong with finding that distressing,” she said.While she wasn’t aware of similar cases, Benedet said the courts recognize that judges and juries may be affected by what they see and hear in court. That’s why there’s a process to determine, for example, whether still photographs of a graphic event might be shown as evidence instead of a full video.After the Crown and defence arguments were made on Monday, McParland indicated her decision will come before the end of August. Online court documents show the case is due to return to provincial court in Kelowna for a decision on Aug. 17.The Crown wants a jail sentence up to 20 months, followed by two years of probation. The defence recommended a 90-day intermittent jail term, to be served over 20 weekends.The judge’s response when Halliburn proposed that sentence is a matter of dispute. Halliburn described it in her submission to the court as a “short, sharp scoff,” but Crown prosecutor Angela Ross says no such response is audible on court recordings where it’s alleged to have occurred.Judges routinely display a wide range of mannerisms and speaking styles in their interactions with counsel during sentencing proceedings, Ross said, and even if they were true, none of the behaviours ascribed to McParland meet the high standard of proof required for a judicial recusal.— With files from Ron Seymour, the Kelowna Daily Courierlast_img read more

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Woman raped by monk says rights group

The Asian Human Rights Commission has also called for the arrest of the suspected monk so that he does not intervene criminally in the investigation and a possible subsequent prosecution in the case. The Asian Human Rights Commission statement further adds: The prosecutrix lodged a complaint to the police on the next day and she was admitted to the Ragama hospital. She was hospitalised for seven days. During her stay at the hospital, a Judicial Medical Officer examined the prosecutrix. At the hospital, the police questioned the prosecutrix and recorded a statement. At once stage the police tried to suggest to the prosecutrix that whether she was mentally fit. The prosecutrix however denied the accusation that she is mentally ill.On her return from the hospital, the prosecutrix tried to get the police to act on her complaint. At this the police took her in their vehicle to police station and interrogated her for about six hours. However, she noticed that the police were not writing down any of the things that she revealed. She also found that the questions that the police asked were demining and further insulting her morally. The prosecutrix alleges that the questioning by the police made her feel that the police were asking questions merely for their enjoyment. She insisted several times that her statement should be recorded. “The prosecutrix, a mother of two, has complained that she had known this monk for some time. It is alleged that 4 January, the prosecutrix went to meet the monk, seeking some advice. To her surprise, the monk is alleged to have suggested to the prosecutrix, that she should have sex with him, which she eventually refused. The prosecutrix claims that, thereafter, the monk forcibly took her to a room and assaulted her on her head and stomach. At this, it is reported that the prosecutrix kneeled before the monk and begged him not to assault or harm her further. It is alleged that the monk did not agree, and then he forcibly removed the prosecutrix’s cloths and raped her several times. The prosecutrix alleges that she was able to escape only much later when the door of the room was unlocked. Meanwhile, the police, also interrogated the prosecutrix’s sister and son (17-year-old). The police are accused of having attempted to convince the prosecutrix’s sister to pressure the prosecutrix to withdraw the complaint, as this monk was very powerful.In the meanwhile the monk is alleged to have contacted the prosecutrix and threatened her that he will use “Gurukam” (witchcraft) to make her mad and asked her not to pursue the complaint since according to him, the Gurukam cannot succeed. Despite several attempts by the prosecutrix and her relatives, the police have not taken any actions against the monk. Her relatives are living in fear, that she could be harmed by the monk or his supporters.”The Asian Human Rights Commission has written to the Inspector General of Police N.K. Illangakoon, requesting him to intervene in the case and to ensure that an impartial and sensible investigation into the incident is undertaken, giving also importance to the fact that the case is of rape and the victim should be treated by the investigating agency with decency, respecting her gender. The chief monk of a Temple in the Kelaniya area has been accused of raping a 43-year-old woman this month, the Asian Human Rights Commission said in a statement today.According to the human rights group, the Peliyagoda police have also refused to look into the complaint as it involved a Buddhist monk. read more

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UN probing allegations that Tutsi soldiers killed by nonTutsi colleagues

The human rights section of the UN Organization Mission in the DRC (MONUC) was aware of the allegations and was investigating them, spokesman Stephane Dujarric said at the daily headquarters briefing in New York.The killings of the Congolese Tutsis, also known as Banyamulenge, allegedly took place in the towns of Walunga, Shabunda and in Bukavu at Camp Sayo, he said.

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Annan calls for investment in disaster prevention in year of profound lessons

In a message to mark the International Day for Disaster Reduction, he noted the year’s range of disasters from the massive Indian Ocean earthquake and tsunami, to the ravages of drought and locusts in Africa, from the devastation caused by hurricanes and cyclones in the United States, the Caribbean and the Pacific to the heavy flooding across Europe and Asia. In these natural disasters, hundreds of thousands of people lost their lives and millions lost their livelihoods, Mr. Annan said.“The lesson we must draw is encapsulated in the theme of this year’s International Day for Disaster Reduction: ‘Invest to prevent disaster’,” he said. “We cannot stop natural calamities, but we can and must better equip individuals and communities to withstand them. Those most vulnerable to nature’s wrath are usually the poorest, which means that when we reduce poverty, we also reduce vulnerability.” This year, the International Year of Microcredit, is a time to recognize that microfinance can help empower those with little or no access to traditional financial institutions, thereby reducing disaster risk and improving disaster management, Mr. Annan said. By diversifying the income of high-risk populations and promoting disaster insurance, microfinance can strengthen coping mechanisms before disasters, while hastening recovery afterwards, he said. This is the type of innovative approach called for in the Hyogo Framework for Action 2005-2015, adopted at the World Conference on Disaster Reduction in Japan in January, and reaffirmed in September at the World Summit at UN Headquarters in New York, he said.The Hyogo Framework calls for a global commitment to speed up disaster response times, as well as set guidelines for disaster prevention and develop people-centred early warning systems providing timely information that is easily understood by at-risk populations.“It is incumbent on all of us to ensure that the Framework is implemented as quickly as possible,” General Assembly President Jan Eliasson of Sweden said.“It is hard to prevent most natural hazards. But we can work together to prevent so many of them from becoming natural disasters,” he added.The director of the inter-agency UN International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (UN/ISDR) Sálvano Briceño, said: “While supporting communities and helping them manage their own preparedness and recovery, microfinance must be part of a greater strategy of disaster risk reduction.”To this end, the UN/ISDR Secretariat was launching a global debate on how microfinance could reduce the impact of natural disasters on vulnerable communities.Several financial experts, disaster managers and UN specialists would meet on Friday and Saturday in New Delhi, India, to discuss the impact of microfinance in countries affected by last December’s tsunami, it said. In Indonesia, Switzerland, Thailand and Tajikistan, other events would promote the dialogue on the potential of microfinance tools to reduce disaster risk and increase community resilience. By the end of December UN/ISDR would have prepared a publication for wide dissemination on the results of the discussions. read more

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SMMT connects suppliers with finance sector at Meet the Funder 2013

SMMT is offering automotive suppliers a direct path to the financial sector at this year’s Meet the Funder event, which will take place on 24 October 2013 at Cranmore Park, Solihull.Supply chain delegates will be able to hear from a wide variety of key industry stakeholders, including:Jaguar Land RoverRBSThe British Bankers’ AssociationSantanderTier-one supplier, Magal EngineeringA number of networking sessions will take place throughout the day, giving attendees the opportunity to discuss funding opportunities with more than 10 banks and several other financial bodies. The day’s agenda, along with the full list of funders, can be accessed here.Created in 2012, Meet the Funder brings together some of the UK’s largest financial lenders, support agencies and automotive supply companies at a specialist networking event designed to enhance dialogue, strengthen relationships and ramp-up lending in the auto industry. Widespread investment into UK vehicle manufacturing – such as Jaguar Land Rover’s recent announcement of £1.5 billion to be devoted to its Solihull plant – means opportunities are plentiful in the supply chain, and Meet the Funder aims to maximise these for locally based firms.Should delegates wish to arrange one-to-one appointments with funders, these are available on request via the booking system.To book a place, please register here.Please note the charges:SMMT members: FREE.Non-members: £15+VAT administration fee.Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) read more

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Shakespeares Richard III to be staged in sensitive production at cathedral where

first_imgOrganisers of the play, taking place in July, admit that some people may not like the event.Shakespeare’s drama immortalised the king as a ruthless villain, most famously played by Laurence Olivier. The new production is said to be a “modern updating”, and is billed as a “thrilling new production” of a “darkly comic drama”. Ben Horslen, of theatre company Antic Disposition, admitted that producers would have to be “sensitive” and “careful” with how it is staged. It is the final resting place of a king who for centuries languished ingloriously under what is now a council car park.But Leicester Cathedral, where Richard III was reburied with great fanfare just two years ago, is to provide the backdrop for a new production of the Shakespeare play that depicts him as a murderous tyrant.Organisers of the show promise it will be a “sensitive” one, in keeping with the religious setting. The last Plantagenet king, killed in battle more than 500 years ago, was reburied at a service presided over by the Archbishop of Canterbury.Guests included Sophie, Countess of Wessex, and Benedict Cumberbatch, the Sherlock star – a distant relative of Richard III – who read a poem composed for the occasion. The skeleton of Richard III was unearthed by archaeologistsCredit:Reuters/University of Leicester Archbishop of Canterbury the Most Rev Justin Welby during the internment of the remains of Richard III at Leicester Cathedral. A representative of the Richard III Society said he was surprised about the production, but said it sounded interesting.When the body was found in 2012 the bones were confirmed as those of Richard III by academics who matched the DNA with that of his descendants.Leicester Cathedral will not be the only religious space to stage the production. Richard III will go on tour, also being put on at Ely, Peterborough, Gloucester, Bristol and Salisbury Cathedrals, as well as London’s Temple Church. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. The tomb of Richard IIICredit:PA JOe Giddens  In a foreword to the order of service, the Queen described him as “a king who lived through turbulent times and whose Christian faith sustained him in life and death”.center_img The Archbishop of Canterbury presided over Richard III’s reburialCredit:Will Johnston/Leicester Cathedral/PA Richard III's body was discovered in Leicester The skeleton of Richard III “It is possible there are people who are not going to like it. There are people who don’t always like anything done in cathedrals other than worshipping,” he told The Guardian. He said it would be interesting to compare the historical king with the fictional one.Mr Horslen added: “The best way to be sensitive about it is to be very clear that this is Shakespeare’s version. It is a theatrical rendition of a character, not a historical one.” At the reburial service, the Rt Rev Tim Stevens, Bishop of Leicester, said: “People have come in their thousands from around the world to this place of honour, not to judge or condemn but to stand humble and reverent.” The tomb of Richard III Richard III’s body was discovered in LeicesterCredit:Royal Collectionlast_img read more

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La Penitence woman robbed – Police recover gun dropped by fleeing

Police are investigating a robbery under arms committed on 25-year-old Komattie Kissoon, of Middle Road, La Penitence, which occurred about 02:00hrs this morning.According to a report from the Guyana Police Force, four male bandits carried out the attack, one of whom was armed with a handgun. They reportedly escaped with $4,500 in cash,  one cell phone and a handbag containing documents. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Related The police said investigations disclosed that the victim was in the lower flat of the house, resting on a chair, when she was confronted by the men who held her at gunpoint and demanded cash and valuables and she handed over the items aforementioned, after which they fled and she made an alarm. The police, having been notified of the robbery whilst it was being committed responded promptly. On arrival the suspects were seen fleeing the scene. They were persued but managed to jump a northern fence and escaped. The area was searched and the police ranks found a .32 revolver, a black toque and a yellow glove (as seen in photo below). read more

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One for the kids

first_imgAs part of Festival Hellenika comes a delightful introduction to Hellenic myths and legends. It’s storytelling time with Greek myth Arion and the Dolphin. Gia Pyrlis will read this myth with a twist and a little in English and a little in Greek. There will be song and craft associated with this storytelling session. The way the myth will be told to the children will showcase the story of humanity’s connection with music and the natural environment, with a little adventure thrown in, and an anti-bullying message. Concept and text by Theatro Paedi, this show is suitable for children aged between two and five years. The storytelling will take place at Woodville Civic Library, 72 Woodville Road, Woodville SA. For more information contact www.festivalhellenika.org.au Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

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Google a dévoilé son système de paiement sans carte Google Wallet

first_imgGoogle a dévoilé son système de paiement sans carte, Google WalletLe géant américain a annoncé jeudi la création d’une application pour smartphones dédiée au paiement sans carte bancaire.Google met tout son poids ces derniers temps pour développer le paiement sans carte bancaire, via une application sur smartphones développée avec Mastercard et Citigroup. Actuellement en phase de test, cette application nommée Google Wallet (“Portefeuille” en français) devrait être disponible aux mobinautes de New-York et San Francisco cet été, avant une extension à l’ensemble des Etats-Unis puis à l’Europe et à l’Asie, explique l’AFP. “Nous pensons que 2011 et au-delà sera l’ère du ‘Mo Lo'”, a ainsi lâché Stephanie Tilenius, patronne des activités de Google liées au commerce. ‘Mo Lo’ ou le commerce LOcal avec l’Internet MObile…À lire aussiLes applications pour entraîner son cerveau sont-elles vraiment efficaces ?Google Wallet doit permettre à la fois de payer, avec les coordonnées de cartes bancaires, ou en alimentant une carte de paiement prépayée, de profiter d’offres spéciales des commerçants, et de valider des cartes de fidélité, le tout avec son smartphone. Au niveau de la sécurité des achats, divers systèmes de cryptage, notamment mis au point par la société First Data, sont intégrés au système. De plus, le système sera débranché chaque fois que l’écran est éteint, et en cas de perte, un coup de fil devrait suffire à désactiver toute la fonction paiement. Uniquement disponible sur les téléphones équipés d’une puce NFC, dont Google estime qu’il représenteront la moitié du parc total en 2014, l’application Google Wallet permettra au groupe américain de recueillir de précieuses données sur les habitudes de consommation des mobinautes et percevoir une commission sur les ventes réalisées.Le 27 mai 2011 à 11:32 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

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Gov Greg Abbott Calls For More Resources Following Border Patrol Agents Death

first_img Share Callie Richmond for The Texas TribuneAt sunset, a Customs and Border Patrol agent places floodlights along a levee that ties into a segment of border fence in Hidalgo, Texas.State and national leaders, including Gov. Greg Abbott, said more resources should be devoted to border security following the death of a U.S. Border Patrol agent Sunday.The agent died from injuries sustained while he was on patrol in southwest Texas, U.S. Customs and Border Protection said Sunday in a news release, offering sparse details. His partner was injured and was hospitalized in serious condition. Rogelio Martinez and his partner – still unnamed – were “responding to activity while on patrol near Interstate 10,” about 100 miles east of El Paso, the agency’s release said. “Agent Martinez’s partner reported that they were both injured and in need of assistance. Responding agents provided immediate medical care, and transported both agents to a local hospital.”Martinez, 36, died from his injuries. He had been a Border Patrol agent since 2013, and was from El Paso, according to news reports. Officials on Sunday did not say what incident the pair were responding to. But Abbott called the incident “an attack” on Twitter, and politicians were quick to say more resources should go to border security. “Our prayers are with the families of this Border Patrol Agent who was killed & the other who was injured in this attack in Texas,” Abbott said in a message posted to Twitter. “Our resources must be increased to prevent these attacks in the future.”President Donald Trump, also responding on Twitter, made a renewed call for a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border.”We will seek out and bring to justice those responsible. We will, and must, build the Wall!” his tweet reads, in part.In a statement Sunday, U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz wrote: “This is a stark reminder of the ongoing threat that an [unsecured] border poses to the safety of our communities and those charged with defending them.” He offered condolences and prayers and said, “I remain fully committed to working with the Border Patrol to provide them with all the resources they need to safeguard our nation.”Jeanette Harper, with the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s El Paso office, toldthe San Antonio Express-News that the two agents had not been shot. “They were not fired upon,” Harper said. “There are so many different agencies working together that we need to come together and develop a timeline.” She said more information would be released Monday. Border Patrol agents and the Culberson County Sheriff’s Department secured the scene, according to the agency’s Sunday release, and the area was searched for potential suspects and witnesses.In an email, a Border Protection spokesperson said the FBI is currently leading the investigation. The Sunday release said the local sheriff’s department, Office of Inspector General, and CBP’s Office of Professional Responsibility were also investigating the incident.  Both agents were assigned to the Big Bend Sector of the Border Patrol, a region that spans parts of Texas and Oklahoma.last_img read more

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Houston Mayor To Discuss Safety At Jack Yates High School South Houston

first_imgSouth Houston asks for relaxed mercury rulesThe City of South Houston is asking the state to remove limits on the amount of mercury that can be dumped into Berry Bayou.The city first applied for the change in 2017. Described as a “major amendment” in documents from the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ), the application asks for the removal of mercury effluent limits.If approved, South Houston would no longer have to test the levels of mercury discharged into Berry Bayou, which flows through the Sims and Buffalo bayous then out to the Houston Ship Channel.TCEQ notified residents of a draft permit it was preparing earlier this year, and on Tuesday wrapped up public comment on the request, along with a public meeting on the issue.Though TCEQ says the bayou is of “limited aquatic life use” and an initial review found existing water quality uses will be maintained, the city’s application received dozens of comments, according to a TCEQ database. Most of those comments were against the request. Mayor to speak on safety at high school visitElla Feldman / HPMMayor Sylvester Turner sits down to lunch with Lamar High School students and local officials to discuss gun violence. The lunch was inspired by a letter he received from Lamar senior Elizabeth Nelson-Fryar,. pictured right of him.Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner Wednesday will visit Jack Yates High School, joined by HISD Interim Superintendent Grenita Lathan and HPD Executive Assistant Chief Troy Finner.The group will be discussing campus safety and other concerns with student leaders and administrators.  The visit comes after Turner met with student leaders at Lamar High School following a shooting near campus. Texas executes member of Texas 7Joseph Garcia, 47, was a member of a group of seven escaped prisoners implicated in the fatal shooting of 29-year old Irving police officer, Aubrey Hawkins, during a Christmas Eve robbery in 2000. He was executed by the State of Texas Tuesday night.Garcia reportedly did not fire the weapon that killed Hawkins but was convicted under the state’s Law of Parties, which allows for someone to be held responsible for another person’s crime if he or she tried to help commit that crime.Garcia’s attorneys had sought a reprieve from Governor Greg Abbott over concerns of the pentobarbital used in Texas executions. They also argued the uncertainty over the drug was an 8th amendment ‘cruel and unusual punishment’ that should be addressed by the U.S. Supreme Court.Four of the Texas 7 have been put to death, and two others remain on death row. One escaped inmate committed suicide before he was captured. Garcia is the 22nd inmate executed this year in the U.S., the 12th in Texas. PGA moves to TexasThe Professional Golfers Association is moving its headquarters from Florida to Texas to a 520-million dollar development outside of Dallas that will include a 500-room hotel, a large conference center, and two golf courses.The first tournament at the new Frisco facility will be in 2023, with the PGA Championship scheduled at one of the two courses in 2027 and 2034.The PGA of America has been based in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida, for the last four decades. Road closures due to Bush memorial services announced Road closures on Riverway Dr. between Sage Rd. and South Post Oak Ln. will start Wednesday at 11 a.m. Traffic will also be closed on Sage Rd., between Tangle Lane and Woodway Dr.Details and map for the services honoring former President #GeorgeHWBush #hounews pic.twitter.com/XEwIlU9HCr— Houston Police (@houstonpolice) December 4, 2018Additionally, roads will close starting Wednesday at 1 p.m. on Woodway Dr., between Chimney Rock and North Post Oak Lane. Message boards will be deployed to announce road closures and updates.“Traveling on Woodway between Chimney Rock and the West Loop is going to be very restricted. Only residents and business owners needing access into the area will be allowed beyond the road closures,” HPD Executive Assistant Chief Matt Slinkard noted, adding that walk-ups to St. Martin’s Episcopal Church will not be permitted. Share A look at the custom locomotive taking former president George H. W. Bush to College StationShannon Harrison/Houston Public MediaUnion Pacific Locomotive 4141 will transport the remains of President George H. W. Bush, along with his family and friends, from Spring to College Station. He will be buried at his presidential library at Texas A&M University.This has been a somber and emotional week for the Bush family with the death of former President George H. W. Bush. It’s also been a week of hectic travel, with the family accompanying the coffin over thousands of miles by car and by plane.But the former president’s last journey will be by train– Union Pacific Locomotive 4141 will transport George H.W. Bush’s remains from Spring to College Station.last_img read more

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Body of student found stuck on iron rods of building in Beliaghata

first_imgKolkata: Mystery shrouds the death of a first year college student whose body was found on the iron gate of a multi-storey building on Khoda Gange road in Beliaghata where the victim used to stay with his mother.Police said the victim identified as Asutosh Mondal (18) used to live at a rented flat situated on the fourth floor of ‘Ashirbad Apartment’ with his mother and grandmother nearly six months. The locals heard a loud thud and rushed to the spot to see his body on the iron rods of the gate. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeThe locals removed him from the gate and rushed him to NRS Medical College and Hospital in a taxi. The patient succumbed to his injuries in the hospital. The victim was a student of a well known college in the city. He came to the city to study from Mallarpur in Birbhum. Police said the incident took place at around 3.50 pm. According to the preliminary investigation, police suspect that Mondal might have fallen from the balcony situated on the fourth floor Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedof the building. They are yet to confirm if the victim had committed suicide or there was any foul play behind his death. Police did not find a suicide note from the room of the victim. Cops are interrogating his mother and other family members in this connection to know what might have led to the incident. They are not ruling out the possibility of the victim being involved in a love affair. A detailed probe has been initiated. The body has been sent for an autopsy. It was also learnt that forensic experts will visit the place on Monday to carry out the investigation. Police are waiting for the report which might throw some light on the death of the student.last_img read more

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Blind pedestrian hit by car after being robbedBlind pedestrian hit by car

first_imgWebsiteWebsiteWebsite A pedestrian was knocked down last night (November 3) in Kandahar Avenue just after the Natalasia car wash.It is believed that the accident victim is blind and was robbed before being hit by the car.The person he was allegedly with took all his belongings, including his cane, and left him helpless. Disorientated, the blind man walked until he was hit by a car.EMRS, Sharaj Ambulance Services and ER24 responded. The injured pedestrian was treated at the scene for moderate injuries and then transported to hospital by EMRS.Public Safety, towing services and police were also on scene.DID YOU KNOW? WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite center_img Click on the words highlighted in red to read more on this and related topics. If you are reading this on your cellphone and there are telephone numbers provided in the text, you can call these simply by clicking on them. To receive news links via WhatsApp.For the latest news, visit our webpage or follow us on Facebook and Twitter. Join us there!last_img read more

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US Home Prices Stall in July

first_img Home Prices S&P/Case Shiller Home Price Indices 2014-09-30 Tory Barringer U.S. Home Prices Stall in July September 30, 2014 632 Views Leading measures released Tuesday show home price growth suffered a setback in July, falling month to month on a seasonally adjusted basis and slowing significantly on an annual scale.Including seasonal factors, the S&P/Case-Shiller 10- and 20-city indices both posted a 0.5 percent decline from June to July, S&P Dow Jones Indices reported. Those losses compare to declines of 0.2 percent and 0.3 percent, respectively, from May to June.The National Index, recently added as a monthly (rather than quarterly) measure, inched up a meager 0.2 percent, a step up from its 0.1 percent drop in June.Removing seasonal adjustments, each index increased over the month, though growth was nearly halved compared to June. According to S&P Dow Jones, the 10- and 20-city composites each increased 0.6 percent (following an even 1.0 percent in June), while the National Index was up 0.5 percent (compared to 0.9 percent).”The broad-based deceleration in home prices continued in the most recent data,” said David M. Blitzer, chairman of the Index Committee at S&P Dow Jones Indices, adding that prices are still rising at double or triple the rate of inflation. “The slower pace of home price appreciation is consistent with most of the other housing data on housing starts and home sales. The rise in August new home sales … is a welcome exception to recent trends.”Out of all the markets included in the 20-city index, 19 posted month-to-month appreciation, though 17 of those saw smaller increases than in June. Only San Francisco reported a decline, with prices dropping 0.4 percent—its largest decrease since February 2012.On an annual basis, the 10- and 20-market composites each experienced 6.7 percent price appreciation, according to S&P Dow Jones Indices, stepping back from June’s 8.1 percent increase. The National Index was up 5.6 percent, also slower than June.Though all of the 20 cities tracked posted positive movement on an annual basis, 19 saw lower annual returns than in June. Cleveland was the one market where growth remained steady at 0.9 percent, putting it behind all of the other metros.center_img Share in Daily Dose, Data, Featured, Headlines, Newslast_img read more

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