Maple Leafs’ Mitchell Marner raises concern about NHL returning: ‘What if someone gets sick and dies?’

first_imgNHL ‘HUB CITIES’: Canadian markets’ viability | Players raise concernsOne of the numerous options the NHL is looking at to get back up and running is “hub cities.” While Toronto has been mentioned in that scenario, Marner offered his opinion on one other city that has been mentioned as a front-runner.”The other possibility I’ve heard is Columbus (Ohio),” he said with a tinge of disdain, adding, “Columbus compared to Vegas or Orlando? Let’s take it down a notch.”also 😬— Olive 🌻🌈 (@_dharma_club) May 13, 2020 mitch’s got a thought about continuing play— Olive 🌻🌈 (@_dharma_club) May 13, 2020MAPLE LEAFS 2019-20: Best moments | MVP | Kyle CliffordThe NHL paused its 2019-20 season on March 12 amid the COVID-19 pandemic. While everyone, including Marner, is itching to see sports return, there’s still the issue of keeping players, staff, production crews and others healthy. While most NHL players are generally healthy individuals, some, as Marner noted, have underlying health concerns, such as his former London Knights (OHL) teammate and current Montreal Canadiens forward Max Domi, who is a Type 1 diabetic. “Like, if he gets it,” Marner said. “He’s in one, like bad.”Testing will be a critical component of the NHL returning. During a May 1 appearance on Edmonton radio CHED, deputy commissioner Bill Daly stressed the importance of keeping players safe while not putting a strain on local communities.”We’re going to need to have access to testing, and we’re going to make it a point that we’re not accessing testing, even in a private way, if testing availability is an issue in the community,” Daly said. “We will not test asymptomatic players ahead of symptomatic people who are unable to get tested. It’s just something we will not do.” While playing “Call of Duty: Modern Warfare” this week, Toronto Maple Leafs forward Mitchell Marner relayed the same fears everyone is having regarding the return of sports — and, to be frank, normal life. “Well, dude, like, just imagine it,” he said on his Twitch stream. “What my thought on this is, ‘OK, like, I’m all down for starting everything back up. Let’s rock.’ But what if someone gets sick and dies? What happens? It’s awful to think about, but still.”last_img read more

Red Bank Mom Demands Action on Guns

first_imgBy John BurtonRED BANK — Brett Sabo wanted to make one thing clear when she sat down to talk about her involvement with Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America.“We’re not against the Second Amendment,” she stressed, explaining the group doesn’t oppose legal gun ownership.“What we would like to see,” she continued, is universal background checks and the closing of some existing legal loopholes that allows gun purchasers to circumvent that requirement, as well as preventing those on the federal terrorist watch list and no-fly list from being able to readily access firearms.“It’s really just too easy for dangerous people to get them (guns),” she said.Sabo, a former English and theater teacher, lives in Red Bank with her husband, James, and 10-year-old son Evan. She and Evan attended the candlelight vigil borough officials held on June 15 in response to the Orlando shooting that resulted in 49 gun deaths and about another 50 wounded, presenting Mayor Pasquale Menna with a T-shirt for Sabo’s organization.She used to teach in Harlem, New York, and her husband retired from teaching in the Bronx.But it was the San Bernardino, California, terrorist mass shooting where 14 people were killed and 22 others seriously wounded last December, when she decided she had to do something.“I remember watching the news coverage,” of that horrific event, after so many other similar horrific events, she noted, remembering hearing a parent, Richard Martinez, speak about his child, one of the victims. “I remember feeling very lucky,” that no friend or family member had been involved in one of these terrible incidents. “But I thought it was only a matter of time before someone I knew would be affected.“And I wanted to get involved.”And that led her to join the national Moms Demand Action group, where she now serves as campaign lead for the New Jersey chapter.Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America now counts about 3.5 million members across the country, with more than 1,000 in New Jersey. “There is strength in numbers,” she said.Stay-at-home mom Shannon Watts founded the group in the immediate aftermath of the ghastly December 2012 Sandy Hook Elementary shooting, in Newtown, Connecticut.The group used as a model Mothers Against Drunk Drivers (MADD), organizing grassroots efforts to effect political change from government, educational institutions and businesses to bring about what they call common sense gun reforms. Since 2013 the organization joined forces with former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s Mayors Against Illegal Guns, a group that benefited from Bloomberg’s media reach and financial support.What deeply affected Sabo after the Sandy Hook shooting was, “If kids weren’t safe in their classrooms,” she explained, “they weren’t safe anywhere.”There is a new normal that has affected her personally. Recently a parent invited Sabo’s son to her home to play with her child. That prompted Sabo to ask as a precaution if there were guns in the home and if they were secure. “It’s always in my thoughts now,” she said.Currently about 90 Americans a day are killed by guns, she said.As a local representative for the organization Sabo testified before the state Legislature in Trenton in support of a bill that would have toughened the law requiring those convicted of domestic violence to relinquish any guns they own, which was a moment of pride for her, voicing the organization’s point of view.After watching the U.S. Senate’s vote this week on four gun measures in the aftermath of the Orlando shooting, with none passing, she said, “We were disappointed but not surprised.”But there is something positive to take away from it. It took Congress four months to take any action. Now it took four days, progress of a sort, she said.Besides, “It really told us where our senators stand,” Sabo noted, “and tells us what we need to do come November.”last_img read more


first_imgTyler Baze11721212018%53%$1,042,811 FINISH LINES: California Chrome, 2014 Horse of the Year and that year’s Santa Anita Derby winner, worked five furlongs Saturday at his Los Alamitos headquarters in 1:01 flat for trainer Art Sherman. It was the ninth of 21 recorded works at the distance . . . Steve Rothblum, aide de camp with Team Doug O’Neill, said Donworth was scratched from today’s Met Mile at Belmont Park due to a cough. Rothblum added that Kentucky Derby winner Nyquist jogged two miles at Santa Anita Saturday morning and “looked great, full of energy.” . . . Jockey Jaime Theroit and his agent, Corey Black, were out pressing the flesh at Clockers’ Corner Saturday morning. Theroit arrived in California Thursday and hopes to make his Spring Meet riding debut soon . . . Through 22 days, Rafael Bejarano and Flavien Prat are tied for the Spring Meet riding lead at 25 each . . . Prat has been suspended three days (June 16, 17 and 18) for causing interference aboard Fashionably Handsome, who finished third in Thursday’s first race . . . Remarkable Martin Minutiae: Martin Pedroza and Martin Garcia have almost identical stat lines across the board through Friday, in mounts, wins, seconds, thirds, win percentage, and in the money percentage, as follows, with Pedroza’s numbers listed first: 56, 54; 8, 8; 5, 4; 10, 9; 14, 15; and 41, 39 . . . Apprentice rider Jose Barnes, still feeling the effects of an injury to his left ear following a riding mishap Thursday, took off his scheduled two mounts today and is not expected to ride on Sunday . . . The California Horse Racing Board will conduct its meeting Thursday, June 16, while the CHRB Race Dates Committee will meet Wednesday, June 15. Both meetings at Santa Anita Park will begin at 9:30 a.m. and the public is encouraged to attend. An audio-only webcast of the Board meeting can be heard through a link on the CHRB website (webcast). The Board agenda and supporting package of materials as well as the committee agenda and package are available on the CHRB website. Stewart Elliott605658%27%$265,855 Simon Callaghan2252223%41%$233,190 Brandon Boulanger3241313%25%$99,530 Richard Mandella2674527%62%$612,055 Martin Pedroza56851014%41%$282,280 TrainerSts1st2nd3rdWin%ITMMoney Won Joseph Talamo8114131417%51%$780,153 Brayan Pena434479%35%$105,605 Bob Baffert2865321%50%$279,980 Jerry Hollendorfer50841116%46%$587,100 Steven Miyadi1543027%47%$123,385 Robertino Diodoro1244133%75%$153,250 Martin Garcia5484915%39%$439,120 John Sadler5095718%42%$623,550 Mike Smith2565024%44%$407,266 BAFFERT TO BE HONORED BY EDWIN J. GREGSON FOUNDATIONTriple Crown winning Hall of Fame trainer Bob Baffert will be honored this summer by the Edwin J. Gregson Foundation at its annual fund-raising and awards dinner.The event will take place Monday, Aug. 15, at the Fairmont Grand Del Mar Resort, a few miles south of Del Mar Racetrack.“I’m honored to be recognized by the Gregson Foundation and to stand alongside past honorees who are truly a Who’s Who of California racing,” said Baffert.Among the Gregson Foundation’s past honorees are Baffert’s fellow trainers Jack Van Berg, Ron McAnally, Mel Stute, and the late Warren Stute, in addition to industry leaders Ann and Jerry Moss, Mace and Samantha Siegel, Dr. Jack Robbins, and Joe and Barbara Harper.Last summer, the Foundation saluted jockeys Mike Smith and Gary Stevens while raising money to provide college scholarships to the children of California’s backstretch community.“It’s pretty remarkable to see how the Gregson Foundation’s scholarship program has grown through the years and to know what a difference it has made in the lives of not only the kids, but entire families,” Baffert said. “Backstretch workers are the backbone of our industry, and this is a wonderful way to let them know they are appreciated and supported.”Tickets for the event are $300 per person. The annual event has sold out each year, and the Edwin J. Gregson Foundation encourages early purchase of tickets to assure attendance. Please contact Angie Carmona at (626) 447-2339 for further information or go to Peter Eurton2773326%48%$294,990 Tiago Pereira67510127%40%$253,022 (Current Through Friday, June 10) SONGBIRD HAS ‘SPECTACULAR’ WORK FOR OAKSGREGSON FOUNDATION TO HONOR BOB BAFFERTDERBY WINNER NYQUIST FULL OF ENERGY IN JOG Edwin Maldonado10418171317%46%$720,576 Fernando Perez5576413%31%$255,133 Mike Puype3473421%41%$232,335 Rafael Bejarano10525201824%60%$1,455,475 Philip D’Amato641714527%56%$1,196,113 JockeyMts1st2nd3rdWin%ITMMoney Won Mark Glatt4269814%55%$264,781 Richard Baltas4177717%51%$301,689 Santiago Gonzalez10813161512%41%$670,357 Patrick Gallagher1841022%28%$118,875 James Cassidy2753319%41%$318,300 Flavien Prat8625101329%56%$1,274,061 Doug O’Neill53510109%47%$439,773 Peter Miller40511413%50%$238,495 SANTA ANITA STATISTICS EARLY SONGBIRD GETS THE WORKDespite Jerry Hollendorfer calling an audible and working Songbird a day earlier than originally planned, it was just another day at the office for the undefeated champion two-year-old female of 2015 as she breezed seven furlongs under exercise rider Edgar Rodriguez in 1:25.80, after which Hollendorfer pronounced the daughter of Medaglia d’Oro “ready” for next Saturday’s Grade II, $200,000 Summertime Oaks at 1 1/16 miles.“She went the last eighth in spectacular fashion, 12 seconds flat,” Hollendorfer said. “She’s ready. I changed my mind (on the work day). I decided at the last minute.”Songbird worked in company with stablemates Little Curlin and The Gomper, who were given five furlong clockings of 1:02.60 and 1:02.80, respectively. Songbird’s fractional times were 25.40, 37.40, 49 flat and 1:13 flat, with a one-mile gallop out recording of 1:39.Songbird’s owner, Rick Porter, who races as Fox Hill Farms, added on Facebook:“Jerry called me first thing this morning after planning a very early work for Songbird. Everyone was expecting her to work tomorrow so Jerry wanted to go this morning when he sent two of his nice horses out right in front of Songbird.“It was about five lengths when they all broke. She went behind them at her own pace and then, as planned, started running at the quarter pole and split them as nice as could please and went the last eighth in a gallop out in 12 flat. The clocker told Jerry he got her in 1:24 flat even though they published 1:25 4/5ths.“It is nice to confirm she can rate. Great work and looking forward to the race next Saturday.”Among those expected to face Songbird in the Oaks are Bellamentary, Coppa, Kay Kay, Kiss N Scat, Not Now Carolyn and That’s A Lady. Coppa worked six furlongs Saturday for Phil D’Amato in 1:14.60.Songbird has never won by less than 3 ¾ lengths. Her average margin of victory is just over five lengths. Hector O. Palma1543027%47%$77,525 Victor Espinoza3445812%50%$359,025 Ignacio Puglisi2041220%35%$116,453 Chad Lindsay3955513%38%$120,595 Mario Gutierrez4341019%35%$400,915last_img read more

Fierce Tigresses

first_imgNadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil LATEST STORIES The Tigresses, hardly missing the firepower provided by an absent Milena Alessandrini, destroyed the reigning three-time champions Lady Spikers, 25-20, 25-22, 25-17, Wednesday night at FilOil Flying V Center.Rookie Eya Laure stepped up in Alessandrini’s absence, heeding the call from star spiker Sisi Rondina for everyone to rally hard after a painful loss to Far Eastern U recently. Laure pumped in 15 points to spark the Tigresses.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets‍‍‍ offers from Asia, Australian ball clubsAlessandrini is expected to miss at least two more games due to a knee injury incurred in that loss to the Lady Tamaraws last weekend.UST thus hauled La Salle into a three-way tie with FEU—behind idle leaders University of the Philippines and Ateneo (3-1). Meanwhile, after a lethargic start, the Lady Warriors came back to life, burying the Lady Tamaraws in attacks in the second set, 16-8, that seemed to turn things around for them.But FEU relied on Ebon, who scored three of her points in the Lady Tamaraws’ five-point windup in the third set to take a two sets to one lead.But just as the Tamaraws were trying to wrap things up, ahead by 19-16 in the fourth, the Lady Warriors launched their own blitz to steal the frame and force a five-setter.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Azkals begin quest for World Cup berth in Bangkok Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? View comments Japeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for Ginebra Tom Brady most dominant player in AFC championship history Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Eugenie Bouchard’s bid for Australian Open spot ends in qualifying MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title The Lady Tamaraws tabbed their third win after rookie Lycah Ebon scored 21 points and FEU endured University of the East’s gritty comebacks for a 25-15, 24-26, 25-22, 20-25, 15-9 triumph.Ebon, one of the most promising rookies this season, scored the winning point for the Lady Tamaraws who sent the Lady Warriors to their second defeat in a 1-4 card.La Salle came into the match nursing a five-set defeat from UP. And traditionally, the Lady Spikers raise their swag coming out of defeats. Instead, it was UST that came out with a display of dominance, scoring its first straight-sets victory over La Salle in three years.Dimdim Pacres also stepped up for the Tigresses, who seemed never to run out of heroes during the match.“I’m glad that we have each other’s back out there on the court,” said UST coach Kungfu Reyes in Filipino. “We were sensitive not to commit simple errors and we communicated well inside the court.”ADVERTISEMENT Rogue cops marked as Gamboa’s targets in his appointment as PNP chief Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netIn the past four seasons, La Salle’s mighty volleyball program had never been handed back-to-back defeats in UAAP women’s volleyball competitions.Then the Tigresses of Santo Tomas, their tresses in a bun to honor an injured teammate, showed up with uncanny fierceness to throw Season 81’s balance of power in disarray.ADVERTISEMENT Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player awardlast_img read more

LIPA Certifies 25 Newly Recruited MFDP Directors, Raps on Gap

first_imgThe Liberia Institute of Public Administration (LIPA) last Friday certified 25-newly recruited directors of the Ministry of Finance and Development Planning (MFDP) in strategic leadership and management in the public sector, known as Induction Training Course for Directors.The intensive weeklong orientation training is part of the new recruits’ 90-day probation on their academic and criminal records set by the MFDP, as well as a way to formally induce them in the public sector reforms of the country.Established in 1969, LIPA is the government’s center for capacity building of civil servants and the institutions at which they work.The training ran from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday through Friday, and representatives from the Civil Service Agency and the Governance Commission were part of the lecturing staff in the training.Some of the topics expected to be taught include: Code of Conduct, Public Financial Management Law and Regulations, Public Procurement Law and Management and Effective Organizational Communication and Time Management as well as Introduction to Public Sector Reforms, Civil Service Standing Order and Public Administration.The 25 newly recruited directors are Kpambu P. Turay, Dede D. Sandiman, Alice Williams, Gbawou C. Kowou, IV, Sidiki A. Quisia, D. Emmanuel Williams, II, Zoegar Q. Janyes, Comfort Erskine-Elliot and Lorpu Pewu-Sworh.Others were Alphonso B. Teah, Frederick B. Krah, Romeo D.N. Gbartea, Nathan F. Reeves, II, J. Mac-Nixon Flomo, Benedict D. Roberts, Bobby E. Musah, Gweh G. Tarwon and Varmu A. Reeves. The remaining directors include Ojuku T. Nyenpan, Jeremiah Barkemeni Sackie, Anthony G. Myers, Habib M. Sherif, Jesse B. Korboi, Theophilus Addey and William C. Mansfield.The newly recruited directors are all employees of the former Ministry of Finance but were recruited through a competitive vetting process recently to beef up the newly established MFDP.They have been classified into four groups: Departments of Fiscal Affairs, Administration, Economic Management and Budget & Planning.The Department of Fiscal Affairs has nine distinct operational offices, to including Directors of Non-Tax Revenue, Indirect Taxation, Modeling &Forecast, Direct Taxes, Fiscal Decentralization, Financial Approval, Treasury Services, Financial Regulations and Accounting Services. The Department of Budget & Development Planning has the second largest operational squad, namely the Directors of Budget Policy &Coordination, Social and Community Services, Economic Services, Public Administration Services, Regional & Sectoral Services, Public Investment, Monitoring & Evaluation and Planning, Development & Coordination.Others include the Directors of Administration, Human Resource, Budget and Finance Integrity, which are under the Department of Administration; while the Directors of Aid Management, Economic Policy and Microeconomics and Financial Policy are part of the Department of Economic Management.The Director General of LIPA, Mr. Oblayon Nyemah, spoke strongly on what he called gaps in the national government and budgetary constraints being faced by LIPA.Mr. Nyemah said LIPA is also facing logistical constraints, arguing that for over five years there have been no vehicles for senior directors and there isn’t a bus for the general staffers.The LIPA boss urged the trainees to take on the challenge of being principal directors because they are the highest-ranking civil servants. “You are the ones the country depends on to make decisions; it is not the political leaders, because they are not stable,” he said.The LIPA Director General said LIPA is trying to give the Civil Servants an approach that compasses steps and glades because there are numbers of factors that make up a good civil service; one can has the academic qualifications but lacks the skill set to do a practical piece of job.“All civil and public servants once recruited must benefit from orientation about the Civil Service Standing Order, Procurement Laws, Code of Order and other courses before going for confirmation and being employed,” the LIPA boss said. “This was a system that the country had but due to the many disruptions and interruptions in the country, governance of democracy has a big question mark on some of the unique practices.”He added: “If we want an effective, efficient and honest civil servants, they all need to pass through the walls of LIPA like as is done in other West African countries.Dr. David Kialain, a consultant at the Governance Commission (GC), urged the Directors to be professional in their jobs, a point made by the Deputy Director General of the Civil Service Agency (CSA), Othello Wah.For his part, the Minister of Finance and Development Planning, Amara Konneh, hailed the GC, CSA and LIPA for the merger of the Finance Ministry and the Ministry of Development Planning.He urged the newly recruited Directors to avoid employing ‘bag boys’ and only employ staffers from within the Ministry who should only be College or University graduates.Minister Konneh also admonished the Directors to work assiduously and professionally for the betterment of the country and the Ministry.Directors Zoegar Jaynes and Alice E. Williams, speaking separately on behalf of the Directors, thanked LIPA for the training as well as the CSA and GC, and assured Minister Konneh of their determination to do conscientious and honest work.However, besides the training of the 25 newly recruits Directors of MFDP, LIPA has also ended the completion of training of 41 top officers of the Bureau of Immigration and Naturalization (BIN).Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Alberta First Nation loses northeast B.C. oil and gas rights lawsuit

first_imgHowever, in his written judgment posted on the court website today, Justice Christopher Grauer says the depth of consultation will only increase as the possibility of real development nears. Grauer says he does not doubt the force of the Dene Tha’s concerns about everything from the survival of endangered caribou to their economic future.In order to meet its constitutional obligations, he says the province will have to ensure appropriate accommodation of those concerns.The B.C. government made more than $400 million from the tenure sales.- Advertisement –last_img

Supreme Court to rule on constitutionality of lethal injections

first_imgThere have been 1,098 executions, 927 by lethal injection since the Supreme Court halted executions in 1972 and allowed them to resume in 1976. The annual number of executions peaked at 98 in 1999 and fell to 53 last year. So far in 2007, 41 people have been executed. No state other than Texas has put to death more than three people this year. Texas has executed 25 inmates by lethal injection. And with another execution scheduled for Tuesday evening, the state had no plans for a delay, Gov. Rick Perry’s office said. Death penalty opponents said they were hopeful that states and courts would call a temporary halt to executions at least until the high court decides the case, probably by June. “My position would be that a judicious court would want to receive direction from the Supreme Court,” said Elizabeth Semel, a law professor at the University of California at Berkeley. The court could go in several directions, ruling broadly that the mix of drugs used in Kentucky and most other states creates too much risk of excessive pain or more narrowly in providing states and judges a roadmap to carrying out executions. Indeed, it is unclear whether justices inclined to block executions or those who tend to want them to proceed were behind Tuesday’s action. The court typically does not say how the justices voted at this stage of a case. Kentucky Gov. Ernie Fletcher said the case could finally put an end to multiple appeals filed around the country questioning the legality of lethal injection. “I think it will be good to get a final answer on that,” Fletcher told The Associated Press. Fletcher, a doctor, said other courts have generally upheld the use of lethal injection and he’s hopeful the U.S. Supreme Court will follow suit. “That’s been the prevailing belief,” Fletcher said. “I don’t think there’s any indication of the way the court believes about this case.” Richard Dieter, executive director of the anti-capital punishment Death Penalty Information Center, said he expects the court will lay out a uniform standard courts must follow in determining whether a method of execution is constitutional. “We’ve seen different rulings in different states, even from different courts on virtually the same question. It’s not proper that some are executed and some are not without one standard of review,” Dieter said. “No one’s death sentence will be overturned because of this case.” At least 10 states suspended use of the three-drug method after opponents said it was ineffective and cruel, according to the Death Penalty Information Center. The three consist of an anesthetic, a muscle paralyzer, and a substance to stop the heart. Death penalty foes have argued that if the condemned prisoner is not given enough anesthetic, he can suffer excruciating pain without being able to cry out. U.S. District Judge Aleta Trauger ruled last week that Tennessee’s method of lethal injection is unconstitutional and ordered the state not to execute a Death Row inmate using that method. The state is still deciding whether to appeal the judge’s ruling, but agreed to stop a pending execution. A ruling from California in the case of convicted killer Michael Morales resulted in the statewide suspension of executions. The state has proposed resuming executions, but a federal judge has yet to rule. Baze and Bowling, the condemned Kentucky prisoners, sued the state in 2004 and a trial was held the following spring. A state judge upheld the use of lethal injection and the Kentucky Supreme Court affirmed that decision. The appeal taken up Tuesday stems from that decision. Baze, 52, had been scheduled to die Tuesday until the state high court halted the proceedings earlier this month. He has been on Death Row for 14 years, after being sentenced for the 1992 shooting deaths of Powell County Sheriff Steve Bennett and Deputy Arthur Briscoe.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! The Supreme Court has previously made it easier for Death Row inmates to contest the lethal injections used across the country for executions. But until Tuesday, the justices had passed up cases that posed the question of whether the mix of drugs and the way they are administered in three dozen states violate the Constitution. The court will hear arguments in the case on Jan. 7, said David Barron, the inmates’ lawyer. The inmates’ appeal was among 17 new cases the court accepted for its term that begins Monday. The other high-profile appeal granted Tuesday is a challenge to the constitutionality of a voter photo identification law in Indiana, a partisan issue with ramifications for the 2008 elections. Democrats and civil-rights groups say the law unfairly keeps the poor and minorities from voting, while its backers contend it is intended to reduce voter fraud. Courts have upheld voter ID laws in Arizona, Georgia and Michigan and struck one down in Missouri. WASHINGTON – Twenty-five years ago, states began using lethal injections as a gentler way to kill Death Row inmates. Executions could be done without sparks or gas, bullets or rope. Now, amid reports that people suffer excruciating pain and linger before death, the Supreme Court will consider whether the most common method of lethal injection – the use of three drugs to sedate, relax and kill someone – violates the Constitution’s ban on cruel and unusual punishment. The justices agreed Tuesday to hear a challenge to the practice from two inmates on Death Row in Kentucky – Ralph Baze and Thomas Clyde Bowling Jr. The case could further slow the pace of executions around the country. The last time the court considered a challenge to a method of execution was in 1879, when it upheld the use of a firing squad in Utah. last_img read more


first_imgDonegal Daily’s Fitness Columnist Emmet Rushe will host one of the sessions on Saturday morning as Letterkenny Musical Society’s Relay for Life Team continue their fundraising for the Irish Cancer Society at Pinehill Studios, Letterkenny.Mr Motivator himself Emmet Rushe!And everyone is welcome to come along and get their weeked off to an energetic start in an action packed session from 12 noon to 1.30pm that includes Zumba and Piloxing plus art sessions for children.“We are so lucky to be able to avail of the services of three fantastic trainers – Maire Kelly for Zumba, Sarah Marie of SMFitness for the Piloxing and of course Emmet Rushe of Rushe Fitness who is now so well known for his brilliant advice in his Donegal Daily column every Monday. What’s more we have even super art workshops with Crona Kerr for children (aged 5 and over) at the same time, so people can bring their kids while they take part,” said Lorraine Porter the captain of the LMS Relay for Life Team.She added that there is no set charge for Saturday’s sessions either, with anyone who comes along just being asked to make a donation on the day.The idea behind the ‘Get Ready for Relay’ event is that there will be three half-hour sessions with everyone urged to come along and take part from 12 noon until 1.30pm.“One of the key educational messages of Relay for Life, Donegal is that a healthy and active lifestyle can help in the prevention of cancer. Saturday’s event will certainly be healthy and active, but it is also a fun event and if you’ve never gone along to classes like this before it’s a great opportunity to get a taste of what it’s like in a really fun environment,” Lorraine concluded. DONEGAL DAILY COLUMNIST EMMET RUSHE TO HOST SESSION AT FUN FITNESS MORNING was last modified: May 8th, 2014 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:emmet rushelast_img read more


first_imgCora during her time as MayorSinn Fein County Councillor Cora Harvey has today announced that she will not be seeking nomination to run in the forthcoming Local Elections next year.In a statement released by the party Cllr Harvey, a the county’s first female Mayor. has said: “It is with regret that I will not be seeking a nomination to run in the Local Elections next May and I will be stepping down as an elected representative on Donegal County Council in the coming weeks.“This is a personal decision and one which I gave considerable thought too, it was not an easy decision but I feel it is the right one for me at this particular time. I have based my decision on the demands of family life, work commitments and my inability to give 100% over the next 5 years to the electorate, for these reasons I will not be seeking re-election for the next term. “I have discussed this with Senior Party colleagues and Sinn Fein members over the last few weeks, and feel that now is the time to publicly announce my decision as we are fast approaching the local elections and the party are now in a position to host a local convention as potential candidates have come forward. Details of convention will be finalised in the coming days.“I want to take this opportunity to thank the public who voted for me in 2009 and who gave me a sound mandate on Donegal County Council, I was privileged and proud to represent the people of the Stranorlar Electoral Area, many of whom are Neighbours, Family and Friends. I want the people to know that I will still be on the ground as a party representative and that Deputy Doherty’s office will be happy to assist any constituents.“Furthermore I can assure the Public that the Sinn Fein party members will nominate a very capable replacement.“I also want to thank Sinn Fein for giving me the opportunity to go before the people and represent the party in the Stranorlar Electoral Area and for supporting me over the past 5 years; I intend to remain active within the party and will play a key role in next year’s Local and European Elections. “I would like to acknowledge the working relationship I had with the County Manager, Mr Seamus Neeley, Directors of Services and staff of Donegal County Council and to thank them for their co-operation over the past 5 years and to the Elected Memebers of the Council for selecting me as the County Mayor in 2010/2011.“Finally I would like to Thank the Donegal Media for giving me a platform to articulate my politics and that of the Sinn Fein Party.“For now I look forward to spending more time with my family, concentrating on my career and getting more involved in the local community which matters most to me.” CORA HARVEY: WHY I’M QUITTING COUNCIL POLITICS was last modified: October 21st, 2013 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Cora HarveyCouncillordonegalquitSinn Feinlast_img read more


first_imgMicheál Cholm Mac Giolla Easbuig of Can’t Pay Won’t Pay has called on Councillor Gary Doherty of Sinn Fein to back a boycott of the water charges.Cllr Gary Doherty has said he will NOT be paying water charges.It follows Councillor Doherty’s statement that we will not pay the charge.Independent Councillor Mac Giolla Easbuig has also called on the remaining eight Sinn Fein members of Donegal County Council to clarify their positions also. He said “While I welcome Councillor Doherty’s decision as an individual to publicly state he will not pay water charges, I believe that as a public representative he has a responsibility to go further and back those who are taking the fight to the government, by supporting the call for a boycott of the charges.“It’s all very well talking about what will happen after the next general election, but the fight is now and those like Councillor Doherty who oppose the charges need to back up their words with action.”He added that Councillor Doherty must be asking why so many in the leadership of Sinn Fein have declared that they will pay the charges.“He has rightly acknowledged that there are many hard-pressed families who will not be able to afford bills which could be close to €500 and is correct to say that is a matter of standing in solidarity with those people by not paying. So why the lack of solidarity from so many leading Sinn Fein TDs? “It should also be noted that out of nine Donegal County Councillors, Councillor Doherty is the only one who has made his position known. I believe the other eight Sinn Fein councillors should make their position on paying the water charges public also. As public representatives we all have a duty to provide leadership and not give out confusing mixed messages about individual decisions.”He added that following the massive demonstration in Dublin at the weekend, there is now a feeling of renewed hope that we can defeat the attempt to impose these charges.“The vast majority of the 100,000 who marched will support a boycott. They will be joined by 100,000s more. Clearly rattled, the government has announced concessions, but that will not cut across the momentum which is now building towards a huge boycott which can sweep the charges away. All those opposed to the charges must do what they can to encourage and build this movement.” CALL MADE FOR COUNCILLOR DOHERTY TO BACK BOYCOTT OF WATER CHARGES was last modified: October 14th, 2014 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:ater chargesCLLR GARY DOHERTYCllr Mac Giolla Easbuiglast_img read more