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Posted by: | Posted on: May 18, 2021

Texas set to resume executions after COVID-19 delay

first_imgFooTToo/iStockBy ELLA TORRES, ABC News(AUSTIN, Texas) — Texas is set to move forward with the execution of an inmate Wednesday, its first since a five-month delay due to the coronavirus pandemic.Billy Wardlow, 45, was convicted of capital murder after he fatally shot an 82-year-old man, Carl Cole, in 1993 during a robbery at Cole’s home.Wardlow was 18 at the time. The minimum age a person can receive the death penalty in Texas is 17 years old.Wardlow’s attorney, Richard Burr, told ABC News Wednesday that there are three pending petitions in the Supreme Court that could possibly result in a stay of execution.He called those petitions “the most serious and hopeful.”One petition, which has been pending since June 10, has to do with the question of predicting future dangers, according to Burr.In Texas, in order to be sentenced to death, a person has to be deemed someone who is likely to be dangerous in the future.“You can scientifically know now it was impossible to predict future dangers of an 18-year-old because their brains are still not fully formed,” Burr said.The two other petitions involve what Burr described as ineffective counsel and an incorrect waiving of another appeal in state and federal court.Burr said he has also requested with the Texas Supreme Court to withdraw the execution order because of the risk amid the pandemic and the “huge rise of COVID-19 cases in Texas.”A judge moved Wardlow’s execution date from April 29 to July 8 because of the pandemic. Texas is among the states that have seen an increase in coronavirus cases, the daily rate of positivity, hospitalizations and deaths, according to an ABC News analysis.The Texas Board of Pardons and Paroles denied a request to delay Wardlow’s execution or commute his sentence to life in prison on Monday, Burr said.Wardlow’s execution time is set for 6 p.m. CST, but can occur any time after that until midnight, according to Robert C. Hurst, a spokesman at the Texas Department of Criminal Justice.Jason Clark, chief of staff at the state’s Department of Criminal Justice, told ABC News the agency can “carry out the process safely for those participating and witnessing the execution.”Witnesses will have their temperature taken, will be provided with a mask and be spaced out, Clark said. No more than five witnesses are allowed for the inmate and victim each, a limit that predates the pandemic.If carried out, it will be Texas’ third execution of the year. The two others took place in Jan. 15 and Feb. 6.Copyright © 2020, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

Posted by: | Posted on: May 12, 2021

NYC startup nabs $50M to expand Wi-Fi connectivity

first_imgGigstreem CEO Joel McIntyre (Gigstreem, iStock)Haven’t had internet issues this year? Lucky you.For those who have been plagued by problems, a New York City startup focused on large-scale connectivity in commercial and residential buildings hopes to provide a solution.Gigstreem, founded in 2017, just raised $50 million from Crestline Investors, bringing its total funding to $75 million. The company offers “ubiquitous Wi-Fi,” meaning each building operates as its own network (with private accounts for individuals) instead of having dozens of accounts and hotspots form a patchwork of connectivity.“We create a singular, seamless network,” said CEO Joel McIntyre.ADVERTISEMENTRead moreData center demand, rent surge in secondary markets L.A. partners with Microsoft, Starry to provide public housing with internet Playrooms close, WiFi strained as residents hunker down Share on FacebookShare on TwitterShare on LinkedinShare via Email Share via Shortlink Email Address* The investment will help the company expand from six markets to 15 by the end of the year. Prior backers include RET Ventures and LNC Partners.According to McIntyre, it costs several hundred thousand dollars to install a block of underground fiber in New York City. Gigstreem’s network, in comparison, is a mesh of fiber and wireless installed on rooftops at a cost of around $7,000 per building. “We’re moving away from the idea that it costs millions to put a network in the ground,” he said.Gigstreem currently has 200 commercial customers, including major landlords like Related Companies, SL Green and Vornado. It services 5,000 residential units, with contracts to service 35,000 across all of its markets.Although Gigstreem was growing prior to Covid, the firm benefited from the demand for connectivity that spiked as many people worked and learned from home.“The digital divide is very real. There are massive numbers of children without access to the Internet at home,” McIntyre said.In California, Starry Internet and Microsoft partnered to provide free internet in public housing. (Related is an investor in Starry.)Contact E.B. Solomont Message* broadbandinternetstartups Tags Share via Shortlink Full Name*last_img read more

Posted by: | Posted on: May 4, 2021

Image of the Day: Sea Hawk Lands aboard USS Ross

first_img View post tag: Image: Authorities Ross is conducting naval operations in the U.S. 6th Fleet area of responsibility in support of U.S. national security interests in Europe.Image: US Navy View post tag: News by topic View post tag: Naval Image of the Day: Sea Hawk Lands aboard USS Ross View post tag: day View post tag: lands March 25, 2015center_img Back to overview,Home naval-today Image of the Day: Sea Hawk Lands aboard USS Ross View post tag: Sea Hawk View post tag: americas View post tag: USS Ross An SH-60S Sea Hawk helicopter assigned to the Ghostriders of Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron (HSC) 28 lands aboard the guided-missile destroyer USS Ross (DDG 71).The operation was undertaken in the Mediterranean Sea on March 21. View post tag: Navy Share this articlelast_img read more

Posted by: | Posted on: May 3, 2021

Bring back the passion to politics

first_imgIf you’d been born in France in the late 1700’s, would you have stood up to be counted in the French Revolution? Back then, that was the norm. Nineteenth Century Russian and French novels endlessly depicted revolutions led by students. But, today, people seem to think students are mainly obsessed with stirring up apathy. What’s happened? Could it be that today’s students are already the establishment figures with the very views which, in the Old Days, students used to oppose? Some say so, but I think that’s tosh. What about the 1969 Riots at Columbia University in New York when the student body overthrew and occupied the buildings? Or the Anti-Apartheid movement which helped free Nelson Mandela from prison? Or Tiananmen Square in 1989, when hundreds of students rebelled and many were killed. Each time, their voices were heard. Each time, they made a difference. Dear reader, radicalism is a state of mind! It’s a choice! It takes strong beliefs and the guts and energy to do something about them. But many of the Big Issues aren’t there any more, or seem to have been fixed. The Vietnam War ended a quarter of a century ago. Nelson Mandela met the Queen – no doubt the high point of his life. And China is creeping towards democracy. So, what’s there to fight for? Alert! Alert! That’s the danger. Things go wrong when we’re not watching. What about the rise of racism? Or Government’s willingness to trade your freedom in the name of other outcomes like reducing crime, or just “for your own good?” Where does the reach of the State end, if no-one’s saying “stop right there!” Some say the dominant forces on campus are anarchists, pot-heads, or just kids having a laugh. Yet those involved in student government generally come from the opposite end of the spectrum. They’re often future lawyers, politicians, and bankers. But, guess what? They always HAVE been! It doesn’t stop you sticking up for a better world. A passion and vision are a world apart from the cold, calculating, focus-group, statistic riddled politicking. If we don’t get more of the first, you can bet your bottom dollar we’ll get more of the second. It’s also about reclaiming the meaning of “Common Sense” – a political term ever since Thomas Paine wrote his pamphlet and started the American Revolution. Today “common-sense” solutions proposed by the government are often the opposite. If we – you and I – had a conversation and looked at what affects your life; I expect we’d come up with some uncommon common sense solutions. Solutions so right they demand your attention. Have you the courage to stare back and say “Yes, I’ll see this through because it’s right.” Common sense solutions make sense way beyond politics: like prescribing hard drugs to people who are already registered addicts and treat their addiction instead of criminalising it. Like giving 16 year olds the vote, because they pay tax to a Government they can’t elect. Like not making it a bankruptcy issue to go to college. Like remembering that Government is there to SERVE the public, not RULE it. So, don’t look at the railways and see only the delay. Don’t think of healthcare and see only the waiting lists. Don’t be a teacher who looks at your students and sees only hassle, a meagre pay-check and performance indicators. Looking beyond the problem is the only way we’ll find visionary solutions. You’re a student. Use the space to be radical. Expand your mind. Demand to talk about society’s problems. If you’re happy with the status quo, that’s great! The status quo has rarely been better. But even then, it’s worth defending. And if we take it all for granted, we lose it to political managers who’ve forgotten how to lead, because they haven’t needed to, because we haven’t demanded leadership from them. “It is necessary only for the good man to do nothing for evil to triumph,” said Edmund Burke 200 years ago. It is true today. So get up and do something. DO SOMETHING. There are no impossible problems, if you and I demand the right to find the solutions.ARCHIVE: 1st Week MT2003last_img read more

Posted by: | Posted on: May 3, 2021

Squatters break into student house

first_imgThree squatters have been evicted from a college-owned property, which they broke into during the Easter vacation.A window was smashed, furniture was damaged and rubbish was strewn about the house during the illegal occupation.One of the students currently living at the house, Sebastian Kaupp-Roberts, made the discovery after passing by and noticing that the front gate had been taken off its hinges. A notice detailing ‘Squatters Rights’ had been placed in one of the windows.Roberta Klimt, another student resident, described how they realised what was going on.“Later that night on his way home, Sebastian peeped in at the kitchen window (which can be seen from Walton Street) and saw a man helping himself to my low-calorie hot chocolate supply.“The porters told us that they’d spoken to the squatters who had said they hadn’t realized the house was a student house, and that they wouldn’t have moved in if they’d known.”After two days, police and bailiffs evicted the squatters and the students were allowed back into the property. Klimt said, “We had a look around the house. The squatters’ belongings were still lying around because they’d been apprehended without having time to gather their things together. It was at this point that things started to turn out as quite amusing.“The house was in a pretty big mess. Various bits of furniture had been moved around from room to room inexplicably. They’d pinned up a couple of Page 3 girls on our living-room wall, where pictures of Chairman Mao and Germaine Greer used to be. ”“The nicest touch was the shopping trolley we found in my friend George’s room, which contained but a single egg” she said.Although the break-in ended without significant damage, the students were initially concerned for the safety of their possessions.Another housemate, Marielle Cottee, said, ”I was shocked to hear that squatters had gained access to the house, particularly because we had only left it a few days before and some of my belongings were inside. Once the squatters had got in, they removed the doors from our bedrooms and boarded up the windows to stop anyone else coming in.”“I was fairly horrified to see the state of the house from the outside” she said.Miss Cottee explained that the housemates who were in Oxford at the time were allowed back into the house in order to identify what damage had been done and what belongings were their own.“All of our beds had been slept in, they had broken into our medicine boxes and there were newspaper clippings everywhere about previous squatter escapades” she said.Thames Valley Police have confirmed that they were called in to assist in the eviction of the three squatters who had taken up residence in the house. The house, which is owned by Worcester College, has since been cleaned and the college has made improvements to the security of the building. The Domestic Bursar, Steve Dyer, commented, “The squatters were discovered in the house on the 25 March and were removed two days later. ”“We’ve put extra locks on the windows in the house and the police have advised us that the property should not be left un-occupied for long periods of time.”Klimt praised the efforts of Worcester College to rectify the situation. She said, “College were very helpful and reassuring to us. We were very happy with how they handled the situation.”last_img read more

Posted by: | Posted on: April 21, 2021

In the archives

first_imgThe power of the spoken word! In the world of today, with its telephones, microphones, gramophones and talking films, the importance of good speech is increasingly impressed upon us. The selling power of the spoken word may be far above that of the written word. Masters of the art of selling are well aware of this, and do not fail to exploit the advantage. We too must learn the lesson.There is all the difference between merely taking an order in a shop and being a salesman. The taking of orders for dances and weddings demands distinct ability. Not every woman comes to the confectioner’s with a complete list of what she needs. She welcomes the advice of a capable assistant, and it is in these circumstances that salesmanship has opportunities to show itself.We must also not forget that in coming to us, the customer has greatly honoured us. Our spoken words should be gracious words; our willingness to serve needs no further incentive.last_img read more

Posted by: | Posted on: March 2, 2021

Break Science Live Band Will Bring Exmag And Jaw Gems To Brooklyn Bowl This Weekend

first_imgWe are pumped for the Break Science Live Band takeover of Brooklyn Bowl this weekend. Adam Deitch and Borahm Lee always bring it as Break Science, and the addition of Deitch’s brothers-in-arms Jesus Coomes, Adam “Shmeeans” Smirnoff, Ryan Zoidis, and Eric “Benny” Bloom” from Lettuce as the live band will only add to the electro-funky-hip-hop madness. The two-night run will also feature 2011 DMC World DJ Champion Chris Karns, who will combine his incredible scratching skills with the BreakSci Live Band’s undeniable musical prowess.Each night will showcase an opening act that can be considered in the running of best rising stars of the electro-funk genre. On Friday night, Exmag will throw down their blend of live electronic music, while relative newcomers Jaw Gems will showcase their unique downtempo vibe on Saturday night. Both bands are sure to get you grooving early in the night, setting the table perfectly for Break Science Live Band’s party vibes. Check out music videos from both bands below to get a taste of what you’re in for at Brooklyn Bowl this weekend.“NuFunk Odyssey” by Exmag“Star Visor” by Jaw GemsFor tickets and more information about the shows, click here for December 16th, and click here for December 17th.last_img read more

Posted by: | Posted on: January 18, 2021

James Franco Will Direct for Rattlestick; 20th Anniversary Season Announced

first_img The world premiere of Pitbulls, written by Keith Josef Adkins and directed by Leah Gardiner, will play November 6 through December 13 at Rattlestick Playwrights Theater. The show is set in a small black community in rural Appalachia and explores what it costs to be an individual in America. Daniel Talbot’s Afghanistan, Zimbabwe, America, Kuwait will have its world premiere in spring 2015, with specific dates to be announced later. American soldiers Smith and Leadem kill time at a worn out desert outpost swallowed by sand on the other side of the world. As the days fall away it becomes less and less possible to know what is future, past, living, dead, or dream. View Comments James Franco James Franco is set to make his stage directing debut for Rattlestick Playwrights Theater’s 20th anniversary season. The Of Mice and Men star will helm the world premiere of Robert Boswell’s The Long Shrift. The season will also include New York and world premieres by Keith Josef Adkins, Sheila Callaghan, Laura Eason, Michael Laurence, Laith Nakli and Daniel Talbott. The previously reported Phoenix, starring Julia Stiles and James Wirt, will also be part of the season. Laith Nakli’s Shesh Yak will be helmed by Bruce McCarty and play January 15, 2015 through February 19 at Rattlestick Playwrights Theater. Set in the spring of 2011, five weeks into the civil uprising in Syria, the play centers around Jameel, a 40-year-old Syrian-American writer in his New York apartment and his houseguest Haytham, 15 years Jameel’s senior, a Syrian ex-patriot and a leader in the anti-Syrian government movement in New York on business. The world premiere of Hamlet In Bed will run May 14, 2015 through June 18 at Rattlestick Playwrights Theater. Written by Michael Laurence and directed by Lisa Peterson, the show follows Michael, a neurotic actor and adoptee obsessed with two things: finding his real mother and playing the famous Gloomy Dane Boswell’s The Long Shrift will have a limited engagement July 7 through August 23 at Rattlestick Playwrights Theater. The play follows Richard Singer, a dorky teenage boy who is accused and thrown in jail for rape, tearing his parents apart. Now, nine years later, Richard is out of jail and his accuser is back in his life. The Undeniable Sound of Right Now will have its world premiere March 20, 2015 through May 2. Written by Laura Eason and helmed by Kristen Kelly, the show will play at Rattlestick Playwrights Theater. It’s 1992. Hank is struggling to keep his legendary rock club going amid changing times and changing tastes. When his beloved daughter, Lena, starts dating a rising star DJ, Hank must contend with the destructive power of the next big thing. The New York premiere of Everything You Touch, written by Sheila Callaghan and directed by Jessica Kubzansky, will run February 13, 2015 through April 14 at Cherry Lane’s Mainstage. Skipping back and forth in time, the production is a viciously funny look at the struggle to find an identity that’s more than skin deep. Star Fileslast_img read more

Posted by: | Posted on: December 20, 2020

U.S. Troops Provide Medical Care to 1,100 Nicaraguans

first_imgBy Dialogo May 12, 2010 Tucked away in the countryside of Nicaragua, more than 25 American, Nicaraguan and Honduran medical professionals provided healthcare May 3-6 to more than 1,100 residents in and around El Ayote. This team made up of Soldiers, Airmen, and civilians from Joint Task Force-Bravo as well as Nicaraguan Soldiers and Ministry of Health personnel came together to treat a variety of illnesses including stomach pains, chest colds, skin rashes, and other illnesses. “We worked with the government of Nicaragua to determine the best location for us to conduct this joint medical readiness exercise,” said Col. Marie Dominguez, Medical Element commander. “I think this MEDRETE went very well and I know we built relationships with the people of Nicaragua.” This MEDRETE was set up into four sections: preventive health, pre-screening, medical evaluations and pharmacy. Everyone that came to the MEDRETE went through preventive healthcare class where they covered topics such as hand washing, how to chlorinate water, cold and flu prevention and an explanation of the de-worming medication. During pre-screening patients sat down with nurses so they could assess the patient’s needs and get vital information on them to determine whether they needed to be seen by one of the doctors. Everyone was seen by one of six Nicaraguan, American or Honduran doctors. “We try to assess each individual’s needs and give them the best immediate care available which typically comes in the form of some combination of medicines that the pharmacy provides,” said Colonel Dominguez. “When we identify someone that needs on-going or follow-up care, we work with the Ministry of Health physicians to ensure that they get the care they need.” The pharmacy brought a variety of medication to cover a large range of aliments for the people of El Ayote. After more than 1,100 patients the pharmacy handed out over 2,000 prescriptions to the patients seen by the medical professionals. For some, medical expertise was not the only skill that they provided… American Soldiers and Airmen translated for the nurses, doctors and pharmacy technicians to make the MEDRETE a success. “I’ve provided translation during surgical MEDRETEs in Honduras but this is a new experience for me,” said Staff Sgt. Lenin Lainez, a surgical technician who was born in Honduras but moved to the United States in 1997 and then later joined the U.S. Air Force. “I’m excited about being able to help out my Central American brothers in Nicaragua and provide medical care to the people of El Ayote.”last_img read more

Posted by: | Posted on: December 20, 2020

Colombia and Ecuador Disrupt Human Trafficking Network

first_img In May, three Indian citizens and three Ecuadoreans were detained for belonging to a network that illegally transported people from India and Sri Lanka to the United States. “Investigators said that the defendants allegedly obtained $25,000 to $30,000 for transporting people to North America,” the Prosecutor’s Office said in a statement. By Dialogo August 15, 2013 “Six alleged gang members were captured in Quito, and 12 victims were rescued,” while 13 suspects were arrested in Colombia, Prosecutor General Galo Chiriboga told the press. Milton Zárate, chief of the Judicial Police, said that the victims were from the Middle East, and entered South America through Brazil and Bolivia, then transferred to Peru and Ecuador, and finally were taken to Colombia and Central America before reaching their final destination: the United States. center_img Ecuadorean Police disrupted a human trafficking network during a joint operation with Colombian authorities in which 19 people were detained and 12 victims were rescued, reported the Ecuadorean Public Prosecutor’s Office. Minister of Interior José Serrano said that “the investigation was initiated when a citizen reported this event to the rewards program that is being carried out by the Ecuadorean government.” The prosecution did not specify the nationality of the detainees. last_img read more