Environmental groups denounce Trump override of climate plan

first_imgHAZARD, Ky. – A coalition of left-leaning states and environmental groups are vowing to fight the Trump administration’s move to kill an Obama-era effort to limit carbon emissions from coal-fired power plants.Speaking Monday in the coal-mining state of Kentucky, Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt said he would be issuing a new set of rules overriding the Clean Power Plan, the centerpiece of President Barack Obama’s drive to curb global climate change.“The war on coal is over,” Pruitt declared, adding that no federal agency should ever use its authority to “declare war on any sector of our economy.”It was not immediately clear if Pruitt would seek to issue a new rule without congressional approval, which Republicans had criticized the Obama administration for doing. Pruitt’s rule wouldn’t become final for months, and is then highly likely to face a raft of legal challenges.New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman was among those who said they will sue.“The Trump Administration’s persistent and indefensible denial of climate change — and their continued assault on actions essential to stemming its increasing devastation — is reprehensible, and I will use every available legal tool to fight their dangerous agenda,” said Schneiderman, a Democrat.For Pruitt, getting rid of the Clean Power Plan will mark the culmination of a long fight he began as the elected attorney general of Oklahoma. Pruitt was among about two dozen attorney generals who sued to stop Obama’s 2014 push to limit carbon emissions, stymieing the limits from ever taking effect.Closely aligned with the oil and gas industry in his home state, Pruitt rejects the consensus of scientists that man-made emissions from burning fossil fuels are the primary driver of global climate change.President Donald Trump, who appointed Pruitt and shares his skepticism of established climate science, promised to kill the Clean Power Plan during the 2016 campaign as part of his broader pledge to revive the nation’s struggling coal mines.In his order Tuesday, Pruitt is expected to declare that the Obama-era rule exceeded federal law by setting emissions standards that power plants could not reasonably meet.Pruitt appeared at an event with Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell at Whayne Supply in Hazard, Kentucky, a company that sells coal mining supplies. The store’s owners have been forced to lay off about 60 per cent of its workers in recent years.While cheering the demise of the Clean Power Plan as a way to stop the bleeding, McConnell conceded most of those lost jobs are never coming back.“A lot of damage has been done,” said McConnell, a Kentucky Republican. “This doesn’t immediately bring everything back, but we think it stops further decline of coal fired plants in the United States and that means there will still be some market here.”Obama’s plan was designed to cut U.S. carbon dioxide emissions to 32 per cent below 2005 levels by 2030. The rule dictated specific emission targets for states based on power-plant emissions and gave officials broad latitude to decide how to achieve reductions.The Supreme Court put the plan on hold last year following legal challenges by industry and coal-friendly states. Even so, the plan helped drive a recent wave of retirements of coal-fired plants, which are also being squeezed by low cost natural gas and renewable power. In the absence of stricter federal regulations curbing greenhouse gas emissions, many states have issued their own mandates promoting energy conservation.The withdrawal of the Clean Power Plan is the latest in a series of moves by Trump and Pruitt to dismantle Obama’s legacy on fighting climate change, including the delay or roll back of rules limiting levels of toxic pollution in smokestack emissions and wastewater discharges from coal-burning power plants.On Thursday, Trump nominated former coal-industry lobbyist Andrew Wheeler to serve as Pruitt’s top deputy at EPA — one of several recent political appointees at the agency with direct ties to the fossil fuel interests.The president announced earlier this year that he will pull the United States out of the landmark Paris climate agreement. Nearly 200 countries have committed to combat global warming by reducing carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases that contribute to global warming.“This president has tremendous courage,” Pruitt said Monday. “He put America first and said to the rest of the world we are going to say no and exit the Paris Accord. That was the right thing to do.”Despite the rhetoric about saving coal, government statistics show that coal mines currently employ only about 52,000 workers nationally — a modest 4-per cent uptick since Trump became president. Those numbers are dwarfed by the jobs created by building such clean power infrastructure as wind turbines and solar arrays.Environmental groups and public health advocates quickly derided Pruitt’s decision as short sighted.“Trump is not just ignoring the deadly cost of pollution, he’s ignoring the clean energy deployment that is rapidly creating jobs across the country,” said Michael Brune, executive director of the Sierra Club.___Associated Press writer Michael Biesecker reported from Washington. Follow him at http://twitter.com/mbieseck___This story has been corrected to show the percentage of coal jobs created under Trump was 4 per cent.last_img read more

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Tunisia’s Jomaa, technocrat PM tasked with ending crisis

first_imgTUNIS- Tunisian premier-designate Mehdi Jomaa, tasked with forming an interim government of technocrats and overseeing fresh elections, is a political newcomer who faces mounting social grievances and the persistent threat of Islamist violence.He was picked on December 14 as the consensus candidate to head the caretaker administration and resolve Tunisia’s festering political crisis, nearly three years after the uprising that toppled former strongman Zine El Abidine Ben Ali.The little-known former industry minister has since avoided making any public statements or appearances, with Tunisia’s political climate dogged by mistrust between the ruling Islamist party Ennahda and the mainly secular opposition. Jomaa now faces the daunting task of forming a non-partisan government within 15 days and organising elections this year amid a rise in strikes and protests that often degenerate into violence, driven partly by the country’s economic malaise.Unemployment and regional inequality were driving factors behind the revolution that unseated Ben Ali, inspiring protests across the Middle East and North Africa that toppled leaders in Egypt, Libya and Yemen.After his appointment, Jomaa said his mission was to “favour the appropriate conditions for transparent and credible elections, the security of Tunisians and promote the economy with the aim of emerging from the crisis”.His political career began only in March this year when he was appointed to the cabinet.The 51-year-old father of five, who has no stated political affiliations, graduated from the National Engineering School of Tunis in 1988 before taking a higher degree in mechanics.He then went on to a career in the private sector, and headed a division of Hutchinson, the aerospace unit of French conglomerate Total.Jomaa became industry minister in the new government of his predecessor Ali Larayedh, formed in March in the wake of the crisis caused by the assassination of key opposition figure Chokri Belaid a month earlier.Since then, he has stayed aloof from political jockeying and focused on his portfolio.In particular, he has lobbied European firms to invest in the country, plagued by economic woes since the January 2011 revolution.But he has also taken the unpopular step of backing a decision to raise fuel prices this year, with Tunisia under pressure to reduce its unaffordable subsidies.Mahmoud Baroudi, of the Democratic Alliance, an opposition movement critical of Ennahda, believes Jomaa “is competent and independent enough to take on the post of premier”.But his lack of political experience, particularly on security matters, puts him at a disadvantage in confronting one of Tunisia’s most pressing problems — the threat posed by armed jihadists.The opposition repeatedly accused the Ennahda-led government of failing to rein in militants, who have mounted a wave of attacks since Ennahda was elected in October 2011, and of failing to stimulate an economic revival.If Jomaa manages to form a new government of independents, it will be indirectly due to the political crisis triggered by the killing in July of opposition MP Mohamed Brahmi, which was also blamed on Islamist militants.Another possible thorn in his side will come from the influential opposition party Nidaa Tounes, which rejected the idea of a premier from the outgoing government.Issam Chebbi, a leader of the party, said Jomaa would “not be a prime minister of consensus”.But the fact his roots are not hard set in the fractious world of Tunisian politics could prove his doubters wrong.last_img read more

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Beside The Points For Thursday Dec 7 2017

See more NFL predictions Oh, and don’t forgetKasparov with the jokes We’re launching a sports newsletter. 🏆  Join the squad. Subscribe Things That Caught My EyeOhtani narrows it to sevenJapanese pitcher Shohei Ohtani has narrowed his search for a MLB team down to seven, with New York and Boston notably absent from the list. Right now Ohtani looks to be 20 percent higher than the league average in ERA and on-base-plus-slugging, which is nuts. Only a few dozen players each year beat the 20 percent above average benchmark in either stat, it’d be crazy to hit both. [FiveThirtyEight]Russia’s bannedRussia was banned from competing in the 2018 Pyeongchang Winter Olympics in light of the complex doping regime the nation operated throughout the Sochi games. So far 11 medals have been stripped from Russians. But with the nation out of the 2018 games, it’s worth looking at which nations may stand to gain. Had Russia not competed in Sochi, and its 33 medals been reallocated, China would have left with five more, Norway four, Germany, Canada, France, Italy and the U.S. three. [FiveThirtyEight]African players making gains in the NFLNative-born and first-generation African players are all over the NFL, with 30 teams having at least one African on their roster. Cleveland has the league high, with B.J. Bello, David Njoku, Emmanuel Ogbah, Larry Ogunjobi, and Victor Salako. African players have been making steady gains in the NFL since Howard Simon Mwikuta played for the Cowboys in a 1970 preseason game, and players who have returned home to start development programs have accelerated that progress. [The Undefeated]A Jonas testifies in soccer corruption trialKevin Jonas, one of the Jonas Brothers, testified in Brooklyn that yes, he had gone to a Paul McCartney concert in Buenos Aires in 2010. The circumstances surrounding the testimony have to do with the trial of Juan Angel Napout for money laundering, racketeering and wire fraud. Napout allegedly used his FIFA influence to score tickets to that concert. His lawyers refused to concede there even was a Paul McCartney concert, so prosecutors called on a celeb to solve the problem. Soccer is weird. [Vice Sports]Try out our fun new interactive, Which World Cup Team Should You Root For?LeBron remains the bestLeBron James remains as good as ever, notching career highs in true shooting percentage, three point percentage, assist percentage, block percentage, and the second highest free throw percentage of his career. While his defense is slightly off his peak performance, James hasn’t really missed much of a step. [FiveThirtyEight]They did it!The New York Giants are cleaning house, firing GM Jerry Reese and coach Ben McAdoo after a disastrous season. The team is in the capable hands of defensive coordinator, a man who is 10-38 as a head coach. [NorthJersey.com]Make sure to try your hand at our fun NFL can you beat the FiveThirtyEight predictions? game!Big Number284 kgCongratulations to Sarah Robles, who won the 2017 IWF World Weightlifting Championships, becoming the first U.S. woman to take gold since 1994. Robles lifted 126 kg in the snatch and 158 kg in the clean and jerk (three kilograms shy of the record) for a total of 284 kilograms. [Team USA]Leaks from Slack: emily : See more college football predictions emily :!! that means the two biggest buildings at nike HQ will be named after Serena Williams and Mia Hamm. hell yeah !!(also cause I guess the new big WHQ buildings are getting athlete names.. so the whole “She’s the only one!!!” isn’t exactly true)Predictions NFL See more NBA predictions All newsletters NBA College Football read more

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Football Three takeaways from Ohio States 3631 win over Nebraska

The Buckeyes sing “Carmen Ohio” following the Ohio State-Nebraska game on Nov 3. Ohio State won 36-31. Credit: Casey Cascaldo | Photo EditorNo. 10 Ohio State returned to the win column Saturday, defeating Nebraska 36-31 in Ohio Stadium. Even with some questions seemingly answered, including the success of the running game, the Buckeyes still have needed areas of improvement heading into a two-game road stretch, first against Michigan State. Here are three takeaways from Saturday afternoon’s game. Passing game remains integralOhio State’s game plan against Nebraska was to win, sure, but it seemed as though, as soon as the Buckeyes offense stepped onto the field, it had one goal: to fix the run game. So redshirt junior running back Mike Weber and sophomore running back J.K. Dobbins took a page out of what Dobbins called the “old Buckeye football” playbook, combining for 254 yards on 32 carries with three touchdowns. While the two backs found success, redshirt sophomore quarterback Dwayne Haskins put up uncomparable numbers to what he has done over the past three weeks. Completing 18 of 32 pass attempts, his lowest completion percentage of the season, he threw for 252 yards, his lowest total since Sept. 8, where he played only a half against Rutgers. He also threw two touchdowns and his sixth interception of the season. However, the Ohio State offense saw glimpses of the Haskins of old, finding redshirt senior wide receiver Johnnie Dixon on a crossing route in the middle of the field who ran in 42 yards, with the help of good blocking on the outside, for the first touchdown of the day. Haskins said after the game he overthrew some passes, specifically one deep ball, trying to hit a receiver who was one-on-one on a post route in the middle of the field. The Ohio State offense may have changed a bit during the win over the Cornhuskers, but Haskins still showed his importance to what the Buckeye offense does. Rush defense improves After allowing Purdue senior running back D.J. Knox to average eight yards per carry in the Boilermakers’ 49-20 win over Ohio State on Oct. 20, the Buckeyes had to face an offense with a running game very similar to what the team ran under J.T. Barrett. While trying to defend senior running back Devine Ozigbo, Ohio State also had to be cognisant of a dual-threat quarterback: freshman Adrian Martinez. The Buckeyes allowed 158 yards on the ground between Ozigbo and Martinez, with the quarterback scoring two 2-yard touchdown runs and the running back recording one 1-yard touchdown run in the first quarter. However, Ohio State dealt with what they had to defend, limiting Ozigbo to 4.3 yards per carry after the same back had averaged double-digit yards per carry against Minnesota and Bethune-Cookman. The Buckeyes also forced Martinez to run more than he ever had in a collegiate game, recording a career-high 20 runs, averaging 3.6 yards per rush, lower than his 4.7 yards per carry season average. Nebraska hurt Ohio State in the ground game, but Ohio State, with what it was given, kept it at bay. Depleted secondary depth a major storylineOhio State came in with a bottom third pass defense in the NCAA. The losses suffered prior and in the Nebraska game did not help much. Sophomore Jeffrey Okudah did not play in the game due to a groin injury while sophomore safety Isaiah Pryor missed Saturday’s game with a shoulder impingement, entering the field without pads on. Head coach Urban Meyer said that both Okudah and Pryor should be good to go against Michigan State on Saturday. The Buckeyes also lost junior safety and captain Jordan Fuller after he was ejected for targeting in the second quarter. Ohio State saw some life, especially at the safety position as sophomore Brendon White had a career day, recording 13 tackles and two tackles for loss. However, the Cornhuskers still knew how to attack the pass defense, with Martinez completing a 46-yard pass to senior wide receiver Stanley Morgan Jr. The other half of the pass defense, the pass rush, struggled as well. After a sack from redshirt junior defensive tackle Dre’Mont Jones in the first quarter, Ohio State could not get to Martinez in the backfield, completing 22 of 33 passes for 266 yards and a touchdown. read more

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Van Dijk delighted with first Holland goal

first_imgNewly-appointed Holland captain Virgil van Dijk took to social media express his delight in scoring his maiden goal at international level in their 3-0 win over PortugalThe Liverpool defender was announced as the captain for the side by the new coach Ronald Koeman, who had also managed Van Dijk at Southampton.After a disappointing first match as captain in their 1-0 defeat against England, Van Dijk lead the side to a 3-0 win over Euro 2016 Champions Portugal with the 26 year-old getting on the score-sheet himself with a well-taken volley for Holland’s third of the game.“Great time away with the national team. Really happy overall with the work we put in as a group during the international break capped off by a fantastic result last night against Portugal! What a feeling to score my first goal for my country too!” wrote Van Dijk on Instagram.divock origi, liverpoolReport: Origi cause Klopp injury concerns George Patchias – September 14, 2019 Divock Origi injury in today’s game against Newcastle is a cause for concern for Jurgen Klopp.Perhaps with one eye on Tuesday’s trip to Italy…last_img read more

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Official Juventus sign Werder Bremen youngster Idrissa Toure on loan

first_imgWerder Bremen have announced that their young midfielder Idrissa Toure has completed his season-long loan move to Juventus with the option of making the move permanent next yearThe 20-year-old was only signed by the Bundesliga outfit last summer after spells in the reserve team with both RB Leipzig and, more recently, FC Schalke 04.The only senior-level appearance Toure has to his name came in a brief cameo for Leipzig in the second division in Germany during the 2015/16 season.Now Toure will take his talents over to Juventus’ reserve team in Serie C, where he hopes to make a lasting impression on the Italian giants so that they will take up their option to sign him permanently next season.“Idrissa should train regularly with the first team and get minutes for the second team. It’s a very good opportunity for him to develop at the highest level,” Werder sporting director Frank Baumann told the club website.Franck Ribery, FiorentinaFiorentina owner: “Ribery played better than Ronaldo!” Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Fiorentina owner Rocco Commisso was left gushing over Franck Ribery’s performance against Juventus, which he rates above that of even Cristiano Ronaldo’s.Toure made 35 appearances for Bremen in the third division last season and managed to score two goals.Idrissa #Toure has signed for Italian champions @juventusfcen on loan with an option to buy.We wish you all the best in Turin, Idrissa! ?? #werder pic.twitter.com/cgBOBBatGg— SV Werder Bremen EN (@werderbremen_en) August 3, 2018last_img read more

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Derek Johnstone backs Scottish FA decision on Rangers striker Alfredo Morelos

first_imgFormer Rangers footballer Derek Johnstone says Scottish FA were right not to take any action against Rangers striker Alfredo Morelos.The forward was involved with Celtic defenders during the last fixture of 2018 played on Saturday at Ibrox and referee John Beaton decided against all expectations not to send him off.Derek Johnstone in his column with Evening times explained why Scottish FA will back the referees decision despite public uproar.The article read:“John Beaton was the man that was on the pitch and in the heat of the battle at Ibrox on Saturday. So, if he sees all of the incidents involving Alfredo Morelos and deems them not to be worthy of any action, then the Scottish FA have to back their man.“We have seen some refereeing decisions -penalties given, players sent off and goals ruled out – this season that I can’t believe.“But if Beaton says that he saw all three incidents with Celtic trio Scott Brown, Anthony Ralston and Ryan Christie and that is satisfied how he dealt with them, fine.Rangers is still behind Celtic: John Hartson Manuel R. Medina – September 3, 2019 According to the former Celtic player, there’s still a massive gap between his ex-club and Rangers in the Scottish Premier League.“The non-Rangers fans won’t like it, as always, and they will think ‘there are Rangers getting away with it’.“But there have been plenty of times this season already where we didn’t get away with it and we have been on the other side of it.“We have had our fair share against us this season. The supporters, and the manager, will be delighted that this one has gone for Rangers and that Alfredo won’t face any action.“John Beaton will be pilloried by non-Rangers fans but he has deemed that Morelos wasn’t deserving of a red card. You can argue as much as you like, but the man that matters most is the one in black.“When you watch the Old Firm game back, you can see niggles all over the place but, because it is Morelos and with this reputation people have given him, the incidents involving him seem to get highlighted more.“There were late challenges and bad tackles and things happening all over the place but the referee allowed play to go on so many times when he could have stopped it. It made it a better game, a more entertaining game, because it was flowing more.“It certainly wasn’t Morelos that was causing all the trouble. There were several players that were at it at Ibrox but they were fighting hard and that is what you expect in an Old Firm game.”last_img read more

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Will A Texas Law That Overturns Convictions Based on Bad Science Save

first_img Share Shelby Knowles for The Texas TribuneRobert Roberson in court for the review of his 2003 conviction in the death of his two-year-old daughter, Nikki Curtis, in Palestine on August 14, 2018. His attorneys are asking for a new trial based on new scientific evidence.Robert Roberson shuffled into a courtroom this week wearing a striped gray jumpsuit and handcuffs, his life once again hanging in the balance.After 15 years on death row, his face has grown gaunt, and patches of dark hair shoot up from his balding head. But he has maintained during his time in prison that he didn’t kill his sickly two-year-old daughter, Nikki Curtis, though he was convicted of that crime.He says that Nikki fell from the bed where they were sleeping in their home in this small East Texas town, and he awoke hours later to find her unresponsive. But as doctors and nurses struggled to revive her blue, limp body in the emergency room that morning, suspicions of child abuse quickly arose — they said a short fall wouldn’t have caused such damage.At his trial, doctors testified that her injuries were consistent with what is often referred to as “shaken baby syndrome,” a now-questionably diagnosed condition his attorneys say helped jurors opt for the death penalty.But instead of facing the state’s death chamber — which he narrowly avoided two years ago — Roberson was back in court Tuesday, again fighting against his conviction and for his life, thanks largely to a relatively new state law that allows courts to overturn a conviction when the scientific evidence that originally led to the verdict has since changed or been discredited.“The only reason Mr. Roberson is still alive today is because the state of Texas passed a rather trailblazing statute,” his attorney, Gretchen Sween, declared to the courtroom.The law, often referred to as the “junk science law,” was the first of its kind in the nation and passed with scant opposition in 2013. In pushing for its passage, state Sen. John Whitmire, a Houston Democrat, listed infant trauma as one of several examples of faulty science the bill was meant to target.Since its passage, multiple death penalty cases have been sent back to court for further review, and it has been cited in cases like that of the “San Antonio Four,” where women convicted on faulty sexual assault evidence were exonerated after nearly 15 years in prison.In June 2016, Roberson became one of the first death row inmates to have his conviction set for reviewed under the law — a decision the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals made just days before his scheduled execution. The court was instructed to decide whether Roberson would have been convicted if new scientific evidence — like new views on fatal short-distance falls and shaken baby syndrome injuries — were available at his original trial.In the last decade, experts have become divided on shaken baby syndrome, where an infant is killed from being violently shaken back and forth. Many doctors strongly stand by the diagnoses, but others, including the doctor who is first credited with observing the condition, think it is used too liberally in criminal cases — that deaths are labeled as murder without considering other possibilities and medical histories. The Washington Post reported in 2015 that 16 shaken baby syndrome convictions had been overturned since 2001.Roberson’s attorneys argue in part that new scientific evidence has suggested it is impossible to shake a toddler to death without causing serious neck injuries, which Nikki did not have, and has linked the symptoms used to diagnose shaken baby syndrome to other conditions as well, including short-distance falls.“There has been a tremendous amount of new scientific evidence,” said Gary Udashen, board president of the Innocence Project of Texas. “Biomechanical engineering studies have shown that you can generate enough force from a short-distance fall to cause serious head injuries.”Robert Roberson’s attorneys showed this picture of him and his daughter, Nikki Curtis, during a hearing reviewing his conviction in her death.“A watershed moment”Over time, science has become an increasingly present part of criminal proceedings, but it’s always evolving — what may have been thought of as irrefutable scientific evidence 15 years ago could be balked at today. And scientific “experts” who testify in cases sometimes lack any true expertise.The origins of the junk science law, and Roberson’s renewed chance at an appeal, began to take form as the state’s skepticism of forensic science grew with the science’s prevalence — think DNA — and after several high-profile cases involving “bad science” emerged.Perhaps the most well-known is the case of Cameron Todd Willingham, a Corsicana man executed in 2004 for the deaths of his three young daughters, despite scientists discrediting the earlier fire examination and finding no reason to call the house fire that killed his children arson.But while state lawmakers passed other bills related to forensic science, like creating a statewide investigatory commission, it took several tries for the junk science law to make it out of the Capitol in Austin. Whitmire filed similar bills in 2009 and 2011, but neither piqued much interest, and some prosecutors said an already well-established appeals process made the bill unnecessary.That changed with Neal Robbins and Cathy Henderson. Both were convicted in infant deaths after the medical examiners who testified at their trials later recanted their certainty that the deaths were homicides. But their appeals based on those recantations produced opposite results.In 2011, the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals denied Robbins’ appeal on the claim that his conviction and life sentence were based on bad scientific testimony — the medical examiner had changed her original conclusion that said his daughter’s death could only be murder. Though she originally thought the child’s injuries couldn’t have been caused by the reported attempts at CPR, she later said her increased knowledge made her unable to determine a cause of death.The next year, the same court tossed out Henderson’s conviction and death sentence after scientific advancements conflicted with the medical examiner’s original testimony that dropping a baby from her arms onto the floor couldn’t have caused the fatal brain injury.“In Robbins, this Court chose finality over accuracy; in Henderson we did the opposite, and in 2013, the Texas Legislature also chose accuracy over finality,” wrote then-Judge Cathy Cochran in 2014 after the court, under the new law, overturned Robbins’ conviction. He was released from prison in 2016.Robbins’ appellate attorney, Brian Wice, said the blowback from the court’s first ruling created the support to eventually pass the bill.“It was a watershed moment, not just in Texas but nationally, because Texas was really the first state to enact a provision that was able to unlock the courthouse door to defendants like Neal Robbins,” he said.Another delay of justiceFor Roberson, the junk science law has extended his life, but it hasn’t saved him yet. His court-ordered examination finally began in what was assumed to be at least a week-long hearing Tuesday. But it was again delayed after several hours when it was announced that long-lost evidence, including Nikki’s brain scans, was suddenly found in the basement of the local district clerk’s office.Sween, his attorney, said in court that they ultimately want a new trial for Roberson, one that would include the changes in science on shaken baby syndrome and short-distance falls, as well as a deeper look into Nikki’s previous illnesses and history of breathing problems. The child had previously suffered spells where she’d stop breathing and turn blue, and she had been at the hospital only days before with a violent illness that included a 104.5-degree temperature, according to court documents. The review is also looking at whether the original accusation that Roberson sexually assaulted Nikki, which was dropped mid-trial when the evidence couldn’t be corroborated, affected his conviction. She said she’s optimistic Roberson can be given a fair shot.“All we have to do is show that the science that was presented at trial and the science that was available now … has changed in ways that more likely than not, might have changed the jury’s verdict,” she said in court.But the prosecution said it isn’t conceding anything, saying in court that the evidence was “clear and convincing” that Roberson killed his daughter.“The science has not changed as much as [Roberson’s attorneys] say,” said Anderson County Assistant District Attorney Scott Holden in his opening statement. “There was no explanation except for the intentional death of Nikki Curtis.”Shelby Knowles for The Texas TribuneSeen in court, Matthew Bowman, center, has no doubt that Roberson killed his sister, Nikki Curtis.For now, Roberson’s case is up in the air. With the discovery of the lost evidence Tuesday, the judge put it up to the county and Roberson’s attorneys to let her know after they’ve properly evaluated it. After the court does reconvene again, the judge will make a recommendation to the Court of Criminal Appeals on whether a new trial should be granted, which the higher court can either order or reject.Likely, it will be a lengthy delay, and the wait isn’t welcome news for Nikki’s older half-brother, Matthew Bowman. He still carries the weight of his sister’s death and has no doubt that Roberson killed her. He was 4 when she died, and the 20-year-old sitting in the courtroom Tuesday was in visible anguish listening to Sween proclaim Roberson’s innocence, often shaking his head with a clenched jaw. He shook and wiped tears from his eyes when an emergency room nurse on the witness stand described her lifeless body.“I do believe that all the science that’s coming up is B.S., and we shouldn’t even be here right now,” he said during a break outside the courtroom. “I think everything should have been done and taken care of a long time ago.”last_img read more

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6 Trinamool workers killed several injured

first_imgKolkata: Six Trinamool Congress workers were killed and several were left injured when attacked by supporters of the Opposition political parties on the day of the Panchayat polls on Monday. It may be mentioned that 14 Trinamool Congress workers were killed during pre-poll clashes and on the day of the election, supporters and workers of the party were attacked at different parts of the state.Partha Chatterjee, Secretary General of Trinamool Congress, said workers and supporters of the party all across the state have shown tremendous endurance despite facing gruesome aggression. Also Read – Heavy rain hits traffic, flights”Most of the people killed on Monday were workers of the Trinamool Congress. Six TMC workers were killed,” he said.It was a few hours after the poll had started that a Trinamool Congress worker raised his voice finding attempts of rigging at a polling booth at Meriganj near Kultali in South 24-Parganas. The allegation was made against the CPI(M) that they have killed the Trinamool Congress worker, identified as Arif Ali Gazi. He was shot dead from a point-blank range. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Merc, 2 B’deshi bystanders killedThe incident led to tension in the area. Police went to the spot and brought the situation under control. Locals protested against the incident and demanded immediate arrest of the accused.Another worker of the party — Sanjit Pramanik was killed at Shantipur in Nadia. Sanjit was an MA student and was beaten up mercilessly along with two of his friends. Before he could have understood anything, several people began beating them up. They continued thrashing him up till he fell on the ground. Even bombs were hurled at him. Police went to the spot and took them to Shantipur State General Hospital where Sanjit succumbed to his injuries. The miscreants hurled bombs to flee the area realising that they would get caught as police were approaching the spot.Bhola Tapadar, a TMC worker, was shot dead at Nakashipara in Nadia. He was taken on to the terrace of a house when he was returning after giving his vote and he was shot dead from a point blank range. The victim’s family members alleged that CPI(M) workers were behind the murder of Bhola.In another incident, Krishnapada Sarkar was killed at Tehatta in Nadia during a clash that broke out near a polling station in the area. Police picket has been posted in the area to ensure that law and order situation doesn’t deteriorate in the area.Moreover, several Trinamool Congress workers suffered injuries as well.last_img read more

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Of wilderness and abstractions

first_imgCurated by Kiran Pundir and Artsaroma, Beanstalk is holding a solo show, titled Flow of Life by artist Nandini Verma. Through her work, Verma, who hails from Chattisgarh traces her roots back to the place, where semi-arid jungles, native tribes, rural rustic villages, industrial suburbs and small towns create a landscape full of colours, culture and life. She says: “This vivid canvas of life kindled my curiosity and drew me into exploration of various arts and crafts to capture it. I started experimenting with various abstractions, while enjoying ethnic and folk painting inspired by the nature and culture of Chhattisgarh. Painting semi-abstract depiction of themes, colours and textures fascinate me the most.” She further adds: “I am actively exploring the interplay of nature and influence of human settlement because this is the most critical issue that I’m confronted with all the time”.last_img read more

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Fasting diet can help you stay sharp and slim

first_imgIf you find it hard to stick to strict fasting, don’t worry. Following for just five days in three months a diet that mimics fasting can help you lose fat, get smarter and live longer, says a study.The three-tiered study on periodic fasting’s effects was published in the journal Cell Metabolism.Cycles of a four-day low-calorie diet that mimics fasting (FMD) cut visceral belly fat and elevated the number of progenitor and stem cells in several organs of old mice — including the brain, where it boosted neural regeneration and improved learning and memory. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’In the pilot human trial, three cycles of a similar diet given to 19 participants once a month for five days decreased risk factors and biomarkers for ageing, diabetes, cardiovascular disease and cancer with no major adverse side effects, said study author Valter Longo, professor at University of Southern California Davis School of Gerontology in the US.”Strict fasting is hard for people to stick to and it can also be dangerous, so we developed a complex diet that triggers the same effects in the body,” Longo said. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixThe diet slashed the individual’s caloric intake down to 34 to 54 percent of normal, with a specific composition of proteins, carbohydrates, fats and micronutrients.It decreased amounts of the hormone IGFBP-I, which is required during development to grow, but it is a promoter of ageing and has been linked to cancer susceptibility.It also increased the amount of the hormone IGFBP and reduced biomarkers/risk factors linked to diabetes and cardiovascular disease, including glucose, trunk fat and C-reactive protein without negatively affecting muscle and bone mass. For 25 days a month, study participants went back to their regular eating habits — good or bad — once they finished the treatment.They were not asked to change their diet and still saw positive changes, the study said.Longo believes that for most normal people, the FMD can be done every three to six months, depending on the abdominal circumference and health status.last_img read more

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Choose lace pieces for this New Year party

first_imgWondering what to wear at this New Year’s Eve party? Go for lace pieces that will accentuate your features, says an expert.Sujit Kumar Mohanty, Brand Head, Intrika – premium lace apparel brand, suggests what to choose for the celebration: * Ditch the classic black and white lace this season and opt for a brighter pop of colour with shades like fuchsia, red and yellow. For those who are not ready to go bold, a calmer navy blue or bottle green works best.  Also Read – Add new books to your shelf* It’s time for jumpsuits to take a back seat. Matching sets are the new in thing this season. The matching set in white lace is a crowd favourite. You can wear them as pants and skirts with tops for formal occasions or shorts for a casual brunch.* Deep intense colours are not just for your nails or lips. Lace dresses in colours like oxblood, forest green and navy blue are ruling the party scene. Channel your inner diva, and don a lace gown. * A beautifully draped lace sari is not just the perfect go-to for some glam and chic look, but also the lightest fabric ensuring that you can dance your night away.last_img read more

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