Court: Shackled inmate’s exercise was cruel punishment

first_imgA federal appeals court has reinstated a verdict that found Connecticut’s Department of Correction violated the Constitutional rights of an inmate by forcing him to wear full shackles during outside exercise periods. The court upheld Wednesday a jury’s decision that convicted killer Michael Edwards was subjected to cruel and unusual punishment by the department and then-warden Angel Quiros while at the maximum-security Northern Correctional Institution between September 2010 and March 2011. The ruling Wednesday found that inmates have a right to exercise outside their cells. The state Attorney General’s office said it is reviewing the decision and deciding next steps. Quiros is now acting commissioner of the Department of Correction.last_img

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Shumlin finds substitute revenues for 55 cent fee on electrical meters

first_imgby Anne Galloway vtdigger.org April 11, 2011 At the 11th hour last week, as the House of Representatives prepared to engage in what promised to be a third reading food fight over a new tax on consumers to fund the Clean Energy Development Fund, which largely benefits solar developers, Gov. Peter Shumlin let it be known at a press conference that he had a plan that would render the 55-cent monthly fee on electric meters unnecessary.Shumlin said he couldn’t reveal what the plan entailed, as at that point it was still in the formative stages. At the time, no one in the leadership of the House seemed to know about it and that lack of communication from the governor’s office led to last-minute, hand-wringing powwow sessions among the committee chairs of Ways and Means and Energy and Natural Resources. Shumlin had an answer, however, and the inflammatory matter, which burned hot in the House and provoked some of the bitterest oratory of the session, was doused in a matter of hours.On Monday, Shumlin announced the plan: The state would leverage the Fund to raise the $2.3 million the 55-cent meter fee was projected to generate.How is that possible? Shumlin said the state, which has made a commitment to pay out $8.6 million in tax credits to 23 businesses over the next five years, will give solar developers half of the value of the credits in cash, upon completion of their projects, in lieu of the full tax credits. This bit of innovative accounting, based on the federal tax credit system for renewables, could save the state between $2.7 million and $3 million this year, he said.‘As a business person, I’m always looking for ways to use limited resources,’ Shumlin said. The question is, he said, ‘How can we recycle money and get the biggest bang for the buck?’Shumlin said he never liked the tax on meters, though he tacitly endorsed it, and he assigned responsibility for the 55-cent fee proposal to VPIRG. It was a conversation with David Blittersdorf, the CEO of AllEarth Renewables, he said that led to the idea of leveraging state tax credits as a way of generating the money needed to shore up the fund. So far, the Shumlin administration has received commitments from three out of 23 companies that are developing 93 projects. He wouldn’t say whether AllEarth was one of the businesses that had lined up for the new cash-for-tax-credit plan.Shumlin’s proposal, like the 55-cent fee, is a one-year fix for the Clean Energy Development Fund. In 2012, the governor said he will impose a tax on high-level nuclear waste storage at the Vermont Yankee in Vernon starting in March 2012, when Entergy is, under Vermont law, supposed to stop operating the nuclear power plant.As for hard feelings generated by the sudden change in game plan, Shumlin said: ‘I understand the process wasn’t as well tuned as we would wish. Judge us by the bills we sign.’When a reporter asked if he was worried about his relationship with the legislators who were sore about his tactics, he said:’If legislators aren’t ticked off most of the time, you’re not doing your job.’Shumlin said the tax credit swap will require new legislation, which he anticipates the House will introduce in the coming weeks. Anne Galloway is editor of vtdigger.orglast_img read more

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Full funding in sight for UK pension schemes after posting 11% returns

first_imgFixed income was less positive, with negative returns of 5.9% on UK Gilts and 6.4% on global bonds, led mainly by poorly performing emerging market debt.Average pension fund allocations remain relatively stagnant compared with 2012, with around 46% in UK and global equities, 35% in fixed income and 16% in alternatives and real estate.Despite the negative fixed income returns, Ian Barnes, head of USB Global Asset Management in the UK, said funds would not necessarily be disappointed with the losses.“Being stung does not have to be a bad thing, as you are always hostage to the timing of investing in an asset class,” he said. “Emerging market debt is not being used for liability matching but for diversifying. It has still played a strong risk-reduction role, even if it has damaged returns.“I do not think we would see a knee-jerk reaction out of the asset class in the near term.”UBS GAM said discussions about, and allocations to, smart beta had become the most prominent change over the last year.The report highlighted a growing trend of using smart beta factors to target specific outcomes within portfolios, or using multi-factor strategies that are uncorrelated and add diversification to the remainder of the portfolio.Barnes said there was a confluence of influences leading to popularity of smart beta and its use as a diversifier.“Smart beta can be anything you want it to be,” he said. ”You do not even have to believe in the return argument, just that it will perform in a different way, and a different way to deliver equity beta.”Similarly, infrastructure’s popularity grew, with global assets invested into the class almost at levels seen before the financial crisis.However, Barnes said belief remained that there was still a “cliff edge” for investors with respect to allocations to the asset class.“This is more related to the governance hurdles,” he said. “The investment opportunity has been proven, and now the challenge is getting the money in the ground.”Barnes said the issue also related to infrastructure having high start-up charges, despite long-term benefits, and consistent regulatory pressure for pension funds to focus on fees.UBS’s study also found defined contribution (DC) assets were now growing at 8.8% per annum, with defined benefit (DB) assets slowing to 5%.The growth is driven by high allocations to equity from within accumulating DC funds, and the influx of assets via automatic enrolment, which picked up steam in 2013. UK pension funds are now actively working towards full-funding as asset returns fuelled by equities lifted schemes’ hopes, according to research.In UBS Global Asset Management’s annual Pension Funds Indicator report, the manager said achieving full-funding in the current low-yield environment had become the primary concern for pension funds.It said this correlated with the positive 11% asset performance experienced on average, making the aim more realistic when setting targets.Leading the returns for UK pension funds was global equities, providing 22.7%, closely followed by UK equities at 20.8%.last_img read more

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Fulham drop vital points

first_img Felix Magath’s half-time substitutions had looked like inspiring the Whites to the win they needed to lift themselves out of the relegation zone for the first time since January as both Ashkan Dejagah and Kieran Richardson played a part in their two goals. With fellow relegation candidates Norwich and Cardiff playing later in the weekend, it was a golden opportunity spurned by Magath’s side to pick up a fourth win in seven and drop the Canaries into the bottom three. Fulham remain in the Barclays Premier League bottom three after they threw away a two-goal lead to draw 2-2 at home to Hull. Press Association The game did not spring into life until after the interval as Magath responded to an insipid first-half display by bringing on Dejagah and Richardson at the break. Israel international Dejagah had the hosts ahead eight minutes later with a well-taken strike before Richardson’s cross was turned home by Fernando Amorebieta – the Spaniard’s first Fulham goal. But it was not plain sailing for Fulham as Nikica Jelavic pulled a goal back on 75 minutes, with the Tigers twice hitting the woodwork before Shane Long headed in a late leveller. Given the high stakes, particularly for the hosts, the first half was bereft of quality and chances, with even simple passes going astray for both sides. Fulham started well and Hugo Rodallega picked out the marauding John Arne Riise on four minutes, but the Norway international could only arrow a low effort well wide of Steve Harper’s far post. There was further anguish for Magath’s side as Rodallega came within inches of making contact with a tempting Amorebieta cross shortly afterwards. The pace of the game then slowed dramatically with little goalmouth action of note, with wayward crosses and misplaced passes taking centre stage. The main talking point of the first half was referee Lee Mason’s decision not to award a penalty to the visitors as Amorebieta and Long came together inside the box, with the Hull striker left sprawled on the ground. Magath reacted to a timid first-half performance by introducing both Richardson and Dejagah at half-time, with Lewis Holtby and Riise not returning after the break. Dejagah was involved instantly as his near-post corner was met on the volley by Rodallega, with the ball whistling just over Harper’s crossbar. Despite a lively start to the half, Magath made his third and final change on 53 minutes as Steve Sidwell was replaced by Darren Bent. But it was fellow substitute Dejagah who broke the deadlock shortly afterwards, cutting inside before bending an effort past Harper to put Fulham ahead with his sixth goal of the campaign. The hosts’ breakneck start to the second half showed no sign of abating as Amorebieta added the second just three minutes later as he glanced Richardson’s cross into the far corner to double Fulham’s lead. The hosts were coasting towards another much-needed three points but Hull grabbed a goal out of nowhere to bring an air of unease to Craven Cottage as Jelavic nodded home with 15 minutes remaining. Sascha Riether could only hook a clearance back towards his own goal and, after David Stockdale had pushed the ball on to the bar, Jelavic was on hand to head into the unguarded net. Substitute Sone Aluko then had a long-range effort deflected on to the crossbar with the looping ball completely evading Stockdale as panic started to spread around Craven Cottage. Dejagah could have eased those nerves but his effort was closed down by Harper, with Bent bending the rebound wide. Fulham’s goal was living a charmed life and it was Ahmed Elmohamady who was next to hit the woodwork as his shot across Stockdale came back off the post. The hosts could not hold out for the win however, and it was Aluko’s deep cross that was met by the head of Long three minutes from time to earn Hull a share of the spoils and leave Fulham in 18th place with just two games remaining. last_img read more

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Table Tennis League: Tesano Spiners maintain top spot after week 7

first_imgTesano Spinners maintained their top spot on the National Table Tennis League after edging out Team Bamboo 3-1 on match week seven at the D.G. Hathiramani Sports Hall of the Accra Stadium on Sunday.The league Leaders are being given a run for their money by Ghana Immigration Service (GIS), who are lurking just below with only two points difference.         The GIS thrashed Western Table Tennis team by 3-0 in their first game before securing all points for the day with another 3-0 win over Ghana Revenue Authority (GRA) in the second round of matches.Result for the first round men matches are as follow; King’s Royal Academy 1-3 Ghana Revenue Authority, Immigration 3-0 Western Table Tennis, Fire Service 0-3 Smartline at Emefs, Navy 0-3 Ghana Police, Eastern Loopers 3-0 Synergy T.T Club, Ashanti Otumfuo Stars 3-0 Team Coach Addo, Team Bamboo 1-3 Tesano Spinners and Ghana Army 3-0 Madina Stars.Meanwhile, in the second round matches, Immigration humiliated GRA by 3-0 whereas Smartline at Emefs also defeated Western Table Tennis Club by 3-0.The following are the remaining results; King’s Royal Academy 0-3 Ghana Police, Fire Service 3-0 Synergy T.T Club, Ashanti Otumfuo Stars 3-2 Madina Stars, Navy 3-0 Ashaiman Club, Eastern Loopers 3-0 Team Coach Addo and Team Bamboo 0-3 Army.  MEN                                                                     P        W        L        F       A      GD    PTS   POSITIONTESANO SPINNERS14 14  042735 421STGHANA IMMIGRATION SERVICE1413  14153640 2NDSMARTLINE@EMEFS1413 1 41635403RDGHANA POLICE SERVICE14113331716364THGHANA ARMY15105352015355THGHANA REVENUE AUTHORITY(CUSTOMS)14104311813346THGHANA NATIONAL FIRE SERVICE1495332013327THGHANA NAVY1495311813328THKINGS ROYAL ACADEMY1486301911309THASHANTI OTUMFOUR STARS15692231-92710THEASTERN LOOPERS154111624-82311THTEAM BABOO144102134-132212THASHIAMAN POWER CLUB143111136-252013THTEAM COACH ADDO143111337-242014THWESTERN TT CLUB142121037-271815THMADINA STARS14113841-331616THSYNERGY TT CLUB14014742-351417TH WOMEN                                                                    P        W        L        F       A       GD    PTS  POSITIONTESANO SPINNERS88024024241STGHANA ARMY87121516222NDGHANA NAVY96318126213RDTEAM COACH ADDO86219910204THGHANA REVENUE AUTHORITY(CUSTOMS)85316610185THSMARTLINE@EMEFS9451417-3176THGHANA IMMIGRATION8441415-1167THGHANA POLICE84416124168THMADINA STARS826820-12119THASHANTI OTUMFOUR STARS808324-21810THWESTERN TT CLUB708124-23711THlast_img read more

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J’Lynn Ledesma finishes 14th at National Indoor Track and Field Championships

first_imgJ’Lynn Ledesmaby Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — Wichita State University high jumper J’Lynn Ledesma of Wellington completed a very successful indoor season by finishing 14th in the 2013 NCAA Division 1 Indoor Track and Field Championships in Fayetteville, Ark.Ledesma, a junior this year for WSU, finished leaping 1.78 meters (5-10) in the national finals, which is under her personal best of 1.86 meters (6-1 1/4) she achieved at the Missouri Valley Conference Indoor Championships in Cedar Falls, Iowa.The 2010 Wellington High School graduate came into the track and field championships seeded ninth. Brigetta Barrett of Arizona won the event with a leap of 1.95 meters (6-5). Ledesma broke a MVC record and secured a second consecutive MVC Indoor High Jump Championship when she out jumped Kenya Culmer of Southern Illinois on Feb. 25 at the University of Northern Iowa.She had earlier broke the record at the Air Force Challenge with a leap of 6-0 1/2. In 2012, she leaped 5-9 3/4 to win the MVC indoor championship. Ledesma is currently starting the outdoor portion of the track season for the Shockers.last_img read more

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NEW SUMMER SCHOOL TO CELEBRATE ONE OF DONEGAL’S MOST FAMOUS SONS

first_imgOrganisers of the new summer school.A new Summer School is to open to honour the principal of the Four Masters who drafted annals which tell the history of Ireland from the earliest times.A simple Franciscan Friar, Brother Mícheál Ó Cléirigh, is to be honoured at a school in Rossnowlagh, close to his birthplace about 1590 at Creevy, outside Ballyshannon.Brother O’Cleirigh, is credited with “rescuing the Gaelic past from oblivion.” A committee has been working for several months to set up a summer school to honour him and his partners.The inaugural event will be held on Saturday 17th May this year in the Franciscan Friary Campus at Rossnowlagh.The committee has been supported by the Franciscan Friars in Ireland and by University College Dublin’s Mícheál Ó Cléirigh Institute, where the archives related to the Four Masters and many other priceless documents are held.The first Mícheál Ó Cléirigh School will have talks and discussions on Mícheál Ó Cléirigh’s life and times. The day-long event will include discussions on The Franciscans in Donegal; The Plantation in the Ballyshannon Area; and St. Anthony’s College in Louvain.The keynote address on “The Annals of The Four Masters.” will be delivered by Dr. Bernadette Cunningham of the Royal Irish Academy.No identifiable pictorial record of Bro O’Cleirigh exists. So pupils of primary schools will take part in an art competition to paint a picture of what they believe he looked like. The prize-giving for the competition will take place during the Summer School.A tour to Mícheál Ó Cléirigh’s birthplace at Kilbarron Castle in Creevy has also been organised by the committee for May 17th.The day will conclude with a ‘School’ dinner in the Sandhouse Hotel in Rossnowlagh followed by entertainment and the specially-formed ‘School Club’ at the hotel. The Mícheál Ó Cléirigh School Committee welcomes everybody from the local area and from farther afield to all the events of the day which are free, except for meals.They are offering an invitation to all to ‘come and join us.’Information about the School can be found on Facebook Micheal O Cleirigh or from 0873863681.NEW SUMMER SCHOOL TO CELEBRATE ONE OF DONEGAL’S MOST FAMOUS SONS was last modified: February 13th, 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:CreevyMICHEAL O CLERAIGHSUMMER SCHOOLlast_img read more

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