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Prolific Pardoner? Obama Grants Clemency to 22 Prisoners Last Week, But Has Denied Thousands

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York President Obama commuted the sentences of 22 people on Tuesday, doubling the number of commutations he has granted during his administration in just one day. The decision follows a push from the Justice Department last year to grant clemency to nonviolent prisoners, many of whom had been sent to prison under the harsh sentencing laws and aggressive anti-crime policies that were originally implemented during the 1980s and 1990s.Mark Osler, a professor at the University of St. Thomas School of Law and the founder of the nation’s first law school clinic on federal commutations, said that the president’s action is not only historic, but also represents a commitment. “This is intended to be a message of hope,” Osler told ProPublica. “There are thousands of Americans who are going to read this and say that’s like my case or my father’s case. Now, the president has to follow through and take that seriously.”In April 2014, the Justice Department announced a new initiative to fast-track clemency petitions for prisoners who, under today’s sentencing laws, would have received a substantially lower sentence for the same offense. To speed up the application process, the Justice Department introduced new criteria to help prioritize the petitions, stating that the agency would prioritize non-violent offenders who had served more than 10 years of their sentences.Alongside the announcement of the new initiative came the removal of the Justice Department’s Pardon Attorney, Ronald Rodgers. In 2012, ProPublica and the Washington Post revealed that Rodgers had failed to disclose critical information in recommending that the White House deny the petition of Clarence Aaron, who was sentenced to three life terms for minor involvement in a drug deal.Following our reporting, Obama granted Aaron clemency, after he spent two decades in prison.Like Aaron, all of the individuals who were granted clemency last week were serving sentences longer than 10 years for non-violent drug crimes. The White House reported that President Obama penned letters to each of them.“Thousands of individuals have applied for commutation, and only a fraction of these applications are approved,” the president wrote in one letter to Terry Andre Barnes, who was sentenced to more than 20 years in prison in 2005 for conspiracy to distribute cocaine.“I am granting your application because you have demonstrated the potential to turn your life around. Now it is up to you to make the most of this opportunity.”Margaret Love, who served as U.S. Pardon Attorney for the Justice Department from 1990 to 1997 and now represents petitioners, recognizes the need for further action. “I know that the president is committed to redressing some of the wrongs of federal sentencing,” she said, “but I think he is going to need to put a system in place for handling hundreds as opposed to dozens of cases that deserve a sentence reduction.”A ProPublica review of Justice Department statistics in 2012 found that Obama had granted fewer petitions for pardon than the four preceding presidents at similar points during their administrations. To date, Obama has granted only 3.4 percent of petitions for pardons and commuted less than one percent of petitions for clemency. He has denied more than 9,000 petitions.According to the Justice Department, nearly 8,700 individuals are still waiting for their petitions to be reviewed.ProPublica is a Pulitzer Prize-winning investigative newsroom. Sign up for their newsletter.last_img read more

HRK 56,4 million for Šibenik-Knin County and the development of natural heritage

first_imgToday in Šibenik, three agreements on EU grants were signed for projects within the Call “Promotion of sustainable development of natural heritage” within the Operational Program “Competitiveness and Cohesion 2014-2020” totaling 56,4 million kuna, of which grants amount to HRK 40,3 million.The contracts were signed by the Minister of Regional Development and EU Funds Gabrijela Žalac, the director of the Central Agency for Financing and Contracting Tomislav Petric and on behalf of the project director the director of JU Priroda ŠKŽ Anita Babačić Ajduk and the mayors of Šibenik and Drniš, Željko Burić and Josip Begonja.Contracts have been signed for the following projects: Croatian Coral Center Zlarin total value HRK 24.127.147,50, of which grants are HRK 15.444.506,70; NATURA DRNIŠ- Sustainable development of Drniš’s natural heritage under the Natura 2000 ecological network, with a total value of HRK 5.674.022,42, of which grants are HRK 4.822.919,06 and Tourist valorization of the channel Sv. Ante in Šibenik – 2nd phase with a total value of HRK 26.554.752,95, of which the grant is HRK 20.000.000,00.The Drniš Project – Sustainable Development of Drniš Natural Heritage under the Natura 2000 Ecological Network is based on increasing the attractiveness and educational capacity and establishing better management of visitors to natural heritage sites, with emphasis on developing public awareness of the importance of biodiversity conservation through promotion of protected nature and Natura ecological network. 2000The second phase of the Tourist valorization of the St. Ante is worth about 26 million kuna, of which Šibenik-Knin County co-finances23% of the amount. It is a long-awaited continuation of the project started by arranging the promenade in 2012. years. The area of ​​the former Minerska barracks will become extremely attractive to visitors, and at the same time will educate about protected habitats and species from the NATURA 2000i ecological network and promote the importance of biodiversity conservation. The modern visitor center, an educational trail for the blind and visually impaired and a whole range of attractive and educational facilities, will also become a reception center for visitors to the Fortress of St. Nicholas, whose restoration is under the watchful eye of UNESCO.Photo: www.koralji-zlarinka.hrThe Croatian Coral Center in Zlarin includes the arrangement of a visitor, educational and research center, the purchase of electric or hybrid vehicles and numerous educational facilities. The project envisages the arrangement of a pedestrian and bicycle path, hostels, bicycle rental terminals, development of applications and picture books on the topic of natural heritage preservation, children’s ecological workshops and volunteer workshops for drywall construction, ‘bunja’ and ‘guvna’.Minister Žalac emphasized that a total of 52 project proposals were received under the Call, the amounts of which requested grants greatly exceeded the originally planned grants amounting to HRK 196 million, which is why the Ministry approved an increase in the Call for a total of HRK 400 million from the European Regional Development Fund. development to enhance the absorption of funds. “With today’s signing of three new contracts, we have reached the amount of HRK 169 million, of which HRK 111 million are EU grants. ” Minister Žalac added and emphasized the importance of direct and continuous communication with prefects, mayors and mayors, as well as acquaintance with local and regional development priorities for achieving balanced regional development of the whole of Croatia.In his address, the Mayor of Šibenik, Željko Burić, pointed out that a project like this not only represents new content for visitors and guests, but also the creation of new jobs and the arrangement of the center and the view of the place. The signing was also attended by Šibenik-Knin County Prefect Goran Pauk, who emphasized that such projects leave a big mark and finally put into operation some of our most beautiful and valuable resources that have been neglected for decades, and are proof that preserving natural heritage is the foundation of sustainable development. , a generator of new jobs and economic activity.last_img read more

Indonesia tails Singapore in COVID-19 cases with another 1,000 plus added in one day

first_imgIndonesia is getting closer to Singapore, the country with the most confirmed COVID-19 cases in Southeast Asia, as it recorded 1,106 new cases to bring the total to 40,400 on Tuesday.On the same day, Singapore announced 214 new cases, bringing the total number of known infections in the country to 40,818. However, Singapore recorded a much lower fatality at 26 deaths, while Indonesia recorded 2,231 fatalities.According to the Health Ministry’s disease control and prevention director general, Achmad Yurianto, Indonesia saw 580 recoveries to make 15,703 in total as well as 33 deaths on Tuesday. Read also: COVID-19: Indonesia records highest daily death toll as restrictions easedJakarta recorded 101 new confirmed cases on Tuesday, bringing the total number of positive cases to 9,222 in the capital. Meanwhile, East Java reported 245 new cases, South Sulawesi saw 175 new cases, South Kalimantan recorded 169 new cases, Central Java saw 56 new cases, and South Sumatra recorded 50 new cases. In the meantime, the Philippines is the third country in the region with the most recorded cases at 26,420 and 1,098 fatalities as of Tuesday.Topics :last_img read more

MarineSpace Limited Makes Ørsted’s EIA List

first_imgMarineSpace Limited has been awarded a place on the UK environmental impact assessment (EIA) framework agreement for Ørsted Wind Power A/S.Via this framework, the UK-based environmental and planning consultancy will be eligible to provide Ørsted with offshore environmental impact assessment and consultancy services over the next three years.“This is a significant step forward for the company and is the result of two years of concerted effort and development by the whole MarineSpace team to reach a position where we can support a major developer such as Ørsted in the successful delivery of their ongoing and future offshore wind farm developments,” Phil Durrant, Managing Director of MarineSpace Ltd, said.”MarineSpace Limited will be supported in the delivery of work awarded through the framework by their named subcontractor Intertek Limited.”last_img read more

Italy fear Ireland World Cup onslaught after edging out Canada in Leeds

first_img Press Association Brunel’s men might have viewed this prior to kick-off as a chance to take a five-point maximum, but it quickly became apparent the game would not go that way. In the end Italy were relieved to claim four points from the Canadians, whose coach Kieran Crowley said his players were “shattered” by the manner of the loss. Italy’s French coach Brunel said: “If the team plays the way it did today we will go 30 points under against Ireland. If we don’t have precision it will not be a contest – this is the truth. “But we have the ability to play differently – it’s not like we are not able to play (well). We didn’t deliver in the first or second games (the first was a 32-10 defeat to France) so let’s see what happens next week.” Brunel reported that it might be “difficult” for stand-in captain and hooker Leonardo Ghiraldini to play in the Ireland game on October 4 after limping off with a leg injury in the second half at Elland Road. Monday will also be D-Day for inspirational number eight Sergio Parisse, who has played no part in the tournament so far as he continues his recovery from a calf injury. Brunel called on the likes of scrum-half Edoardo Gori and fly-half Allan to step up to the plate in Parisse’s absence. “If somebody is more experienced on the pitch they can have a bigger influence,” Brunel said when asked about Parisse. “But the players we had on the pitch have the ability to have this quality. Gori has to be influential, Allan must be influential, they have a future in this team but they are in difficulty at the moment.” Canada caught Italy cold in numerous ways, dominating the scrum and appearing to leave the Europeans flummoxed as they opted not to contest line-outs. Canucks coach Crowley felt his side’s overall lack of top-level experience was the difference. “It’s about managing games. The more games you have at the elite level, you are going to get better at it,” the New Zealander said. “We are pretty disappointed, and shattered. The guys gave it everything, they played with real emotion and energy, but it was not quite enough.” Gonzalo Garcia restored Italy’s lead to 20-15 and despite Nathan Hirayama cutting the deficit to two points, Italy were able to close it out with Allan’s final penalty taking him to 13 points. Canada take on France in their next match on Thursday, and will hope to provide another scare to one of Europe’s big guns. The Azzurri fell behind to a buccaneering DTH van der Merwe try but went into the break 13-10 to the good after a Michele Rizzo try and eight points from the boot of Tommaso Allan. Canada flew out of the blocks after the restart and threatened another great World Cup upset as full-back Matt Evans sprinted clear to put them ahead. The match then seemed to turn on the TMO decision to rule out Phil Mackenzie’s try in the 45th minute for a forward pass by Conor Trainor. Italy coach Jacques Brunel admitted his team had again failed to deliver after squeaking to a 23-18 victory against Canada and predicted a hammering against Ireland if this performance was repeated next weekend. last_img read more

Nadal reigns in clash of former US Open champs as Zverev exits

first_imgRafael Nadal came through his stiffest test so far at the US Open against Marin CilicNew York, United States | AFP | Rafael Nadal ramped up his quest for a fourth US Open title Monday with an impressive win over 2014 champion Marin Cilic to advance to the quarter-finals while Alexander Zverev slumped to a four-set defeat.Second seed Nadal — the winner at Flushing Meadows in 2010, 2013 and 2017 — produced some electrifying moments of brilliance to end the challenge of Croatia’s Marin Cilic 6-3, 3-6, 6-1, 6-2.After barely breaking a sweat in reaching the last 16, a run that included a second-round walkover, Nadal stared down his stiffest test so far to surge into a quarter-final meeting with Argentine 20th seed Diego Schwartzman.The Spaniard exchanged the first two sets with Cilic but grasped control by breaking for 3-1 in the third, a series of dazzling winners drawing an animated fist-pump from golf legend Tiger Woods at Arthur Ashe Stadium.Nadal reeled off nine games in succession across the third and fourth sets and 12 of the final 15 to nail down a 40th Grand Slam quarter-final appearance, nine of which have come at the US Open.“The emotions I have when I play here are impossible to describe. I love the sport and feel very lucky to still be playing tennis here. Eight years ago I didn’t think that would happen as my body was suffering badly,” Nadal said.“It’s a huge honor playing in front of all of you and playing in front of Tiger is a very special thing. I always say I don’t have big idols but one idol is him and I always try to follow him.”Nadal’s path to the final sees him take on Schwartzman next after the 5ft 7in (1.70m) Argentine chopped down sixth seed Zverev.“He is playing amazing, nothing new, he’s one of the players with best talent on tour,” the 18-time Grand Slam champion said of his upcoming opponent.“It will be a big challenge. I have to play my best. I’m happy for him. He’s a close friend and I hope to play a great match.”– Berrettini, Monfils win –Zverev rolled through the opening set against Schwartzman under the roof on Ashe during a rainy afternoon session, but he lost his way to go down 3-6, 6-2, 6-4, 6-3.The German was enjoying his deepest run in New York but committed 17 double faults and 65 unforced errors and received a point penalty for swearing as Schwartzman advanced to a second US Open quarter-final in three years. “Generally my season so far has not been the best,” said Zverev, who has reached just two quarter-finals in 18 Grand Slam appearances.Zverev said he was hindered a “very swollen” back and right hip following a fall in his previous match.“I had a lot of chances which I didn’t use early in the match. He kind of ran away with it.”Zverev lost his serve three times during the second set but appeared to have steadied himself when he moved a break ahead at 3-2 in the third, only for Schwartzman to wrest the momentum back in his favor after a lengthy sixth game.“It was tough because I was feeling I had the chance to win this and I had a few break points I could not take,” Schwartzman said. “He was up a break and then I recovered really quickly and I felt great after that.”Matteo Berrettini became just the second Italian man to progress to the US Open quarter-finals, 42 years after Corrado Barazzutti’s run to the last four in New York.Berrettini, the 24th seed, eased to a 6-1, 6-4, 7-6 (8/6) win over Russia’s 43rd-ranked Andrey Rublev to reach the last eight at a Grand Slam for the first time.“It’s something really crazy. I cannot believe it right now. I need a few hours to understand what happened,” said Berrettini, 23, who goes on to play French 13th seed Gael Monfils.“I’m just happy. Seeing my team and family here and crying, for me it’s unbelievable.”Berrettini went one step further than his run to the last 16 at Wimbledon in July, where he was beaten by Roger Federer.Monfils, a 2016 US Open semi-finalist, crushed the 33-year-old Andujar’s bid to become the oldest player in the Open era to reach his first Grand Slam singles quarter-final with a 6-1, 6-2, 6-2 rout.Share on: WhatsApplast_img read more

Woman Shot After Dog Jumps on Gun in Truck

first_imgAn Oklahoma woman was shot in the leg, after a dog jumped on a gun inside the pickup truck in which the woman was riding, according to police officials.Officers in the city of Enid responded on Thursday afternoon to a report that a woman had been shot. The driver then put his belt around the woman’s leg in an attempt to stop the bleeding.Police also spoke with the woman, who gave the same statement. They do not suspect foul play.The woman was taken to a hospital and treated for her injuries. They spoke to the driver, who told them that she had stopped the vehicle for a passing train. He said the dog jumped from the back seat onto the center console, causing the man’s pistol to fire a round into his passenger’s thigh.last_img

Gill takes over at Kansas

first_imgby Doug TuckerLAWRENCE, Kan. (AP)—Kansas hopes that Turner Gill can do for the Jayhawks what he did for Nebraska.As a smooth option quarterback in the early 1980s, Gill was the difference-maker for the Cornhuskers, helping free them from Oklahoma’s long domination and propelling Tom Osborne’s program to the top of the Big Eight. Later as an assistant coach, he helped develop a Heisman-winning quarterback and was a key member of the staff that led Nebraska to the 1994 national championship.Kansas made the hiring official on Sunday and formally introduced Gill as successor to Mark Mangino on Monday morning.“I think Kansas has made a fine decision,” said Osborne, the Huskers’ former coach and current athletic director. “He will do a great job.”Mangino, the most successful Kansas coach in 100 years, resigned under pressure Dec. 3 after a two-week investigation into alleged mistreatment of players. Just two years earlier, Mangino had been consensus national coach of the year following a 12-1 campaign and a victory in the Orange Bowl.The 47-year-old Gill has experienced nothing but success everywhere he’s been. As head coach at Buffalo the past four years, he compiled a 20-30 record after inheriting a program with only 12 wins in the previous eight seasons. The Mid-American coach of the year in 2007 and 2008, he guided the Bulls to the MAC championship in 2008 and their first bowl game in half a century.Gill is the first African-American coach Kansas has had in a revenue-producing sport and will be the only Black head football coach in the Big 12.“I knew they were interested in him,” Osborne told The Associated Press on Sunday. “I had a short conversation with Lew Perkins about him.”Perkins called Gill “a winner.”“His accomplishments at Buffalo speak for themselves. But more than that, everyone I talked to about him, starting with Tom Osborne, had the highest praise for Turner as a coach and as a person.”“He’ll represent Kansas very well,” Osborne said. “He has always been a success.”There was a time when the mention of Gill’s name made Kansans wince. In his three years as Nebraska’s starting quarterback, the Huskers beat the down-and-out Jayhawks a combined 150-28—31-15 in 1981, 52-0 in ‘82 and 67-13 in ‘83.“He was the great catalyst,” Osborne said. “He brought out the best in everybody. He was maybe the best combination runner and passer we’ve ever had. And he had great leadership skills. I think the world of him.” TURNER GILLlast_img read more

Go Med: Health Benefits of the Mediterranean Diet

first_imgFacebook14Tweet0Pin0Submitted by Geoffrey Ankeney, MD, Family Practice Physician, Kaiser Permanente Olympia Medical CenterHave you ever heard of a “Battle of the Bands” concert? It’s usually a fun show where band after band performs in the same venue, with a winner among them declared usually based largely on crowd response.There’s no fountain of youth, of course, but there is good evidence that the Mediterranean diet leads to real health benefits. Photo courtesy: Kaiser PermanenteTurns out there’s been something similar going on with diets. And the winner is almost always – drumroll, please, Nigel – the Mediterranean Diet.The name of the diet is a bit of a misnomer, by the way. Know anyone who’s ever spent any time in ‘Mediterranea?’ Me neither. The diet is a reference to some commonalities among many of the countries that line the Mediterranean Sea. Most commonly, this means Italy, Spain, Portugal, Morocco, Greece, Cyprus, and Croatia.Notably, this list excludes France, which is of course on the Med. And it includes Portugal, which is not on the med. It also leaves off Egypt, Libya, Israel, Palestine and Lebanon– all places with amazing food.So really it’s better then to describe what makes the Mediterranean diet distinctive: it has to do with the composition of the diet, rather than the location in the world where it came from.Fundamentally, we’re talking about a diet with olive oil as the principle source of fat, lots of vegetables especially leafy green ones, fresh fruits (dessert, in many Med cultures), and whole grain cereals, nuts, and legumes. Additionally, the typical Med diet is moderate in seafood, poultry, and dairy products, especially cheese and yogurt. Red wine is common in this diet and a big part of many cultures around the Mediterranean basin, but not consumed excessively. Notably, foods like eggs, red meat, processed meats, and sweets are very rare.There’s no fountain of youth, of course, but there is good evidence that the Mediterranean diet leads to real health benefits.Take heart disease. In a meta-analysis in 2013, the Med Diet was compared to vegan, vegetarian, low-carb (Atkins), high-fiber and high-protein (roughly speaking, a Keto diet) and found to improve risk factors for cardiovascular disease and diabetes. Alternately, there was minimal evidence that vegetarian and vegan diets kept pace.The presumed reason for this is the diet’s emphasis on monounsaturated fats (good, we think) and fiber while de-emphasizing saturated fats. The “active ingredient” here is the olive oil. It contains notably oleic acid which is currently thought to be a great source of energy without the many side-effects of many other types of fatty acids. This is an area of avid clinical research. And a 2014 meta-analysis concluded that an elevated consumption of olive oil is associated with reduced risk of all-cause mortality, cardiovascular events, and stroke.Additional studies have found promising evidence that a Med diet improves blood sugar control in diabetes and reduces risk of developing some cancers. One study found that strict adherence to the diet lowered the chance of dying from cancer by 6%.According to a systematic study in 2016 and two similar reviews in 2013, the Med diet was found to improve cognitive function. One found the diet lowered the risk of developing Alzheimer’s, the others found that cognitive function decline was slowed by the diet in people who already had the disease.Perhaps not surprisingly, in the 2019 edition of U.S. News and World Report Best Diets, the Mediterranean Diet was ranked #1, claiming, “With its emphasis on fruits, vegetables, olive oil, fish and other healthy fare, the Mediterranean diet is eminently sensible.”But life in “Mediterranea” isn’t just about fats, proteins and carbohydrates. Perhaps one of the best precepts of the Med diet is the way it is usually practiced. In most of the countries mentioned, meal time is slow, peaceful and highly family-oriented. Most of the food is fresh because it came from Grandpa’s tomato garden, or the wine was made from the grapes in the family’s small backyard vineyard.All told, yes, the Mediterranean diet likely contains a better balance of nutrients and emphasizes calories that are better for our bodies. But the bigger picture is one of joy around the family table. If we’re going to pick up anything up from our friends collected around the sparkling blue waters of the Mediterranean Sea, this is it.last_img read more

Hawks one win from KIJHL Final after edging Nitros 4-1

first_imgIf necessary, the series will play the deciding Game five Friday in Fruitvale.Tied 1-1, Beaver Valley took over the game with a pair of second period goals by Tyler Hartman and team captain Sam Swanson.The Hawks then rode the amazing goaltending of Tallon Kramer for the win.Dylan Heppler gave the Hawks a 1-0 lead after one period. Mitch Foyle completed the scoring for the visitors in the third period.Matt Davies scored the only goal for the Nitros in the second period.Beaver Valley outshot Kimberley 29-26 in the game. Beaver Valley bounced back from its first loss of the playoffs to score an important 4-1 road victory over host Dynamiters Tuesday in Kootenay International Junior Hockey League Conference playoff action in Kimberley.The win gives the Nitehawks a 2-1 advantage in the best-of-five Kootenay Conference Final.Game four is Wednesday in Kimberley.last_img read more