Harper honored for work on juvenile death penalty issues

first_imgHarper honored for work on juvenile death penalty issues Even before the U.S. Supreme Court held the juvenile death penalty unconstitutional in its March 1 ruling in Roper v. Simmon, the criminal defense bar in Miami had already singled out Assistant Public Defender Stephen Harper for years of advocacy on that case and this issue.Harper, 50, is this year’s recipient of the Rodney Thaxton Against All Odds Award presented annually by the Miami Chapter of the Florida Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers.The award is particularly meaningful for Harper because it is named for a longtime friend and colleague who died 10 years ago at the age of 37. Thaxton is revered for his record of tenacious civil and legal advocacy on behalf of the poor.“It was kind enough of the criminal defense bar just to recognize me,” says Harper. “But Rodney was a friend, a mentor, and a role model, so receiving an award in his name is very special.”Harper joined the office of Public Defender Bennett H. Brummer in September 1984, after graduating from Boston’s Northeastern University School of Law, and was named head of the juvenile division after four years of trial experience.His work earned him the 1998 Livingston Hall Juvenile Justice Award from the American Bar Association and the 2000 Juvenile Defender Leadership Award from the National Juvenile Defender Center .But what he felt most strongly about was the death penalty, particularly in cases where the defendant was a juvenile at the time of the offense.“Kids and life are my passion,” says Harper, who has two teenage sons of his own. “The juvenile death penalty issue had long been a concern of mine.”His involvement took a more direct turn in 2000, when five juveniles across the country were scheduled for execution.“then, discoveries in the behavioral and neurological sciences were increasingly indicating that adolescent offenders are far less culpable than we ever imagined,” he says. “They think differently than adults, their sense of consequences is not fully developed, and they do not have the same impulse control as adults.”Brummer granted Harper leave of absence in 2002 and 2003, and partial leave in 2004 to participate in the nationwide collaboration to end the juvenile death penalty.Now back full time in the PD’s office, Harper is once again supervising mitigation in capital cases, an assignment he first assumed in July 1995. He also continues to serve as an adjunct professor at the University of Miami School of Law, lecturing—naturally—on juvenile justice. July 15, 2005 Regular Newscenter_img Harper honored for work on juvenile death penalty issueslast_img read more

Fujifilm shares jump 15% on China coronavirus drug trial boost

first_imgBut a Fujifilm spokesman said the company expects no direct earnings impact from potential sales growth of Favipiravir in China, at least for now, as its license for the key ingredient in the country already expired last year.In Japan, Fujifilm manufactures Avigan only on receiving orders from the government and has no sales target for the drug, she said.Fujifilm shares closed Wednesday up 15.4% at their daily limit high of 5,238 yen.Fujifilm’s company logo (top) is seen at its exhibition hall nearby the headquarters of Fujifilm Holdings Corp in Tokyo, Japan June 12, 2017. (REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon) Shares in Japan’s Fujifilm Holdings Corp surged 15% on Wednesday after a Chinese official said an active ingredient of the company’s Avigan anti-flu drug appeared to help coronavirus patients recover.Avigan, also known as Favipiravir, is manufactured by a subsidiary of Fujifilm, which has a healthcare arm although it is better known for its cameras. The drug was approved for use in Japan in 2014.Favipiravir has been effective, with no obvious side-effects, in helping coronavirus patients recover, Zhang Xinmin, an official at China’s Science and Technology Ministry, told reporters at a news conference on Tuesday. Topics :center_img In a clinical trial in Shenzhen involving 80 participants, patients who took Favipiravir showed greater chest improvement and took less time to test negative for the genomic trace of the virus, compared with patients not given the drug, Zhang said.First developed by Fujifilm Toyama Chemical Co Ltd, the drug has been approved for manufacturing in China by Zhejiang Hisun Pharmaceutical Co Ltd for use against new or recurring influenza in adults, the Chinese drugmaker said in a filing last month.In 2016, the Japanese government supplied Favipiravir as an emergency aid to counter the Ebola virus outbreak in Guinea. last_img read more

Mesut Ozil shushes Valencia fans after abuse from home supporters for time wasting

first_imgMesut Ozil shushes Valencia fans after abuse from home supporters for time wasting Comment Arsenal were ahead 3-2 soon after Ozils substitution (Picture: Getty)Arsenal came into the game with a 3-1 lead from the first leg at the Emirates, but fell behind to an eleventh minute Kevin Gameiro goal.Aubameyang put Arsenal back in control six minutes later before Alexandre Lacazette made it 2-1 for the Gunners in the second half.Gamerio struck again to give Valencia hope before Aubameyang completed his hat-trick in the final 20 minutes.MORE: Arsenal and Manchester United in race to sign Real Madrid midfielder Marcos Llorente Advertisement Advertisementcenter_img Coral BarryThursday 9 May 2019 9:42 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link2.9kShares Ozil aimed a cheeky dig at the home crowd as he made his exit (Picture: Getty)Mesut Ozil was handed a yellow card for time wasting against Valencia and the Arsenal star could not help but take a swipe at the angry crowd as he made his exit.Unai Emery decided to substitute Ozil with the Europa League semi-final second leg game at 2-2, 5-3 to Arsenal on aggregate, and the German took his sweet time to head towards the touchline.Ozil was shown a yellow card for time wasting and had abuse hurled at him from the unimpressed Valencia crowd.The jeers continued as Ozil made his way off the pitch in the 61st minute and the playmaker brought his hand to his mouth to shush the home supporters.ADVERTISEMENT Ozil was still shushing the Valencia supporters after he came off (Picture: Rex)Ozil continued to taunt the fans inside the Mestalla Stadium before Emery guided his player onto the bench.AdvertisementAdvertisementAnd with Valencia chasing an epic comeback, Arsenal hit them with a killer blow in the 69th minute.Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang fired Arsenal into a 3-2 lead on the night, 3-6 on aggregate, to derail Valencia’s hopes of an epic comeback.last_img read more

Irish regulator publishes draft minimum standards for DB management

first_imgIreland’s pensions regulator has set out clear guidelines for trustee behaviour around risk management, stressing that the proposed list should be viewed as the minimum required of defined benefit funds.The head of the Pensions Authority, Brendan Kennedy, said trustees were faced with “complicated financial responsibilities” and that the guide was meant as a practical guide for the industry.The guidelines set out requirements such as assessing asset value annually and monitoring investment returns and increases in liabilities – insofar as the scheme does not see its liabilities significantly altered before the end of each financial year.Kennedy stressed that all the points highlighted were important to understanding the financial position of individual schemes. “These guidelines are a minimum, and we expect that, in practice, trustees are likely to be doing more,” he said.The guidelines, broken down into categories covering scheme data, governance, regular processes and analysis, called on trustees to assess whether they were taking unnecessary investment risks.It also urged trustees to keep in mind the level of contributions, taken with investment returns, and determine whether these were sufficient to maintain the minimum funding standard over a three-year period.“The funding standard is a statutory measure of solvency whose purpose is to protect members’ benefits,” the guidelines added. “However, it is important to remember it is a minimum standard only.”The draft guidelines – published before the Irish High Court ruled that trustees of the Omega Pharma scheme could call on the sponsor to fund the scheme above and beyond the minimum funding standard (MFS) – highlighted that the MFS was only a benchmark.The Pensions Authority also highlighted the importance of regular impact and risk assessments, while accepting that it was “rarely possible to put a meaningful numerical value on any risk”.The guidance concluded: “It is not possible to generalise about what steps should be taken, but trustees should bear in mind their responsibility to balance the financial interests of all members of the scheme.“Some risks will have different effects on different classes of members. This is a challenge for trustees given their responsibility to balance the interests of all members of the scheme.”The industry has been asked to respond to the guidelines by the end of September.,WebsitesWe are not responsible for the content of external sitesLink to Pensions Authority’s draft guidelines on financial management of defined benefit schemeslast_img read more

Ighalo ready for Man Utd debut as Solskjaer confirms he’s ‘desperate to play’

first_img Promoted Content7 Things That Actually Ruin Your PhoneBirds Enjoy Living In A Gallery Space Created For ThemThe Very Last Bitcoin Will Be Mined Around 2140. Read MoreEver Thought Of Sleeping Next To Celebs? This Guy Will Show YouWho Is The Most Powerful Woman On Earth?12 Stars You Would Never Recognize Without Their Signature LookWhich Country Is The Most Romantic In The World?7 Ways To Understand Your Girlfriend Better10 Unusual (And Stunning) Human Traits6 Most Unforgettable Bridges In The WorldCouples Who Celebrated Their Union In A Unique, Unforgettable Way6 Incredibly Strange Facts About Hurricanes Read Also: Shocking! as Man Utd scouts watch £30m striker earmarked to replace Odion Ighalo If it doesn’t come there, then Ighalo can expect some game time against Club Brugge in the Europa League. He has been given the green light to travel to Belgium for the round of 32 clash on February 20. Ighalo has been working hard back in the UK while the rest of the United squad have been enjoying the sunshine. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Loading… “We want to integrate him as quickly as we can because, of course, he is desperate to play for us.” Odion Ighalo is ready for a Manchester United baptism of fire after Ole Gunnar Solskjaer confirmed he is set to make his debut against Chelsea. The former Super Eagles striker was stopped from joining team-mates on their winter training camp in Spain over fears he would be barred from re-entering the UK amid the coronavirus threat. Ighalo has been working hard in the gym on his own and is set to start for Man Utd against Chelsea on Monday However, Solskjaer is keen to get the Nigerian forward, 30, integrated with the team as quickly as possible. And it looks like Monday’s trip to Stamford Bridge will be the perfect opportunity for the man signed on loan from Chinese Super League side Shanghai Shenhua. Speaking about his availability for Chelsea, Solskjaer told manutd.com: “Yeah, he is going to travel with us. “We will just see his fitness work this week and I think we will get him sharp.Advertisementlast_img read more

Batesville Casket employee earns national honor

first_imgBatesville, In —  The American Trucking Association’s Technology & Maintenance Council (TMC) recently awarded its highest honor – the Silver Spark Plug – to Randy Obermeyer, Batesville Casket terminal manager, and three other trucking professionals at the 2018 Annual Meeting and Transportation Technology Exhibition in Atlanta, Georgia. This award is reserved for individuals who represent the best in their commitment to improved engineering and maintenance standards through the development of TMC-recommended practices.“The Silver Spark Plug is our industry’s highest honor, recognizing professional excellence in commercial vehicle maintenance,” said Robert Braswell, TMC executive director. “This year’s winners represent the pinnacle of our industry and we are pleased to bestow this honor on them.”Other recipients include: Todd Cotier, Hartt Transportation, Bangor, Maine; Paul Menig, Tech I-M, Sherwood, Oregon; and Jeff Harris, USA Truck, Inc., Van Buren, Arkansas.“More than half of the 7.3 million people employed by the trucking industry do something other than drive a truck, and without them, our nation’s goods don’t get to our stores, hospitals and factories,” said American Trucking Association (ATA) President and CEO Chris Spear. “These individuals are examples to all of us in this industry and they are to be commended.”Obermeyer has responsibility for the maintenance of Batesville’s private fleet, which includes everything from over-the-road rigs to local delivery trucks, and manages over-the-road drivers operating out of the Batesville and Indianapolis locations. He serves on the boards of the ATA’s Technology & Maintenance Council and Trucker Buddy International, and was named a Truck Fleet Innovator by Heavy Duty Trucking in 2017.“Throughout his career, Randy has shown a passion for excellence and a natural curiosity for learning that have propelled him to do great things,” said John Linville, vice president of supply chain at Batesville. “He is a true asset to our team and we’re proud to have him as part of the Batesville family.”last_img read more

Klopp admits frustration with three substitute rule

first_img “We have 38 Premier League games in a four-weeks shorter season. That says it all. And all the other competitions will be pretty much the same, as far as I know. That means just that these things would help. But I can imagine that other teams see it differently. read also:Klopp reveals secret New York meeting which led to Liverpool decision “I saw it last season as well when we played the last nine games — Manchester City could bring on five players — ooh not bad! But it’s never for having an advantage. It’s all about how can we get through this season. Not: ‘Oh that’s a little advantage here’. “Getting in a good way through the season for the sake of the football players and the performance levels, I think it would make sense. But I don’t make the decisions.” FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Liverpool manager, Jurgen Klopp, is annoyed with the Premier League only allowing three substitutions this season. Clubs who have qualified for Europe, including Liverpool, will be playing a midweek game each week until December 22. The Premier League allowed five substitutions after the restart last season, but that won’t be happening for the 2020/21 campaign, which starts on September 12. Asked whether he would have been in favour staying with five changes, Klopp replied: “Yes. I know the discussion will go again that it’s an advantage for the bigger clubs. I don’t discuss it from that point of view. I don’t want to have an advantage in the competition.Advertisement Loading… center_img Promoted ContentThe Very Last Bitcoin Will Be Mined Around 2140. Read MoreMind-Bending Technology That Was Predicted Before It AppearedBest & Worst Celebrity Endorsed Games Ever MadeYou’ve Only Seen Such Colorful Hairdos In A Handful Of Anime7 Ways To Understand Your Girlfriend Better5 Reasons Why The Black Widow Solo Movie Will Be AwesomeNo Good Disney Role Models For Boys?World’s Most Delicious Foods6 TV Characters Whose Departures Have Made The Shows BetterWho Earns More Than Ronaldo?Super Recognizable Outfits That Actors Wore In The Famous Movies7 Black Hole Facts That Will Change Your View Of The Universelast_img read more

Cases nearing 50,000 statewide

first_imgStatewide—The Indiana State Department of Health has reported that 521 additional Hoosiers have been diagnosed with COVID-19 as of Thursday. A total of 49,575 Indiana residents have tested positive for the coronavirus. To date, 542,292 tests have been reported to ISDH at a 9.1% positive rate and 7 new deaths were reported for a total of 2,546 Hoosiers have died to date.Locally Dearborn County has a total of 247 cases and 23 deaths reported, Decatur County has a total of 255 positive cases and 32 deaths, Franklin County has 127 positive cases and 8 deaths, and Ripley County has 124 positive cases and 7 deaths according to numbers reported to the Indiana State Department of Health.last_img

Bonner the hero as Scorpions snatch tense win

first_imgFLORENCE HALL, Jamaica, (CMC) – Nkrumah Bonner lashed three consecutive sixes off a Nino Henry over in a whirlwind unbeaten half-century as Jamaica Scorpions pulled off a thrilling run chase to beat Leeward Islands Hurricanes by five wickets in their fifth round match in the Regional Four-Day Championship here Sunday.Asked to chase 137 off 20 overs late in the final session of the last day, the hosts raced to their target with only 14 balls to spare amidst fading light at the Trelawny Multi-Purpose Stadium.Bonner pummeled a stroke-filled unbeaten 66 off just 47 balls, counting two fours and four sixes while Test batsman Jermaine Blackwood carved out 38 off 36 balls.The pair posted a crucial 73 for the third wicket after openers John Campbell (4) and Assad Fudadin (0) perished cheaply to leave Scorpions tottering on 12 for two in the third over.Test off-spinner Rahkeem Cornwall kept Hurricanes in the game with three for 58 while seamer Henry supported with two for 47 but Bonner’s assault turned the result in Scorpions favour.With 25 runs required from the last three overs, Bonner smashed leg-side sixes from the first three deliveries of Henry’s over before drilling the fourth delivery to the long off boundary for four.He then scampered a couple with Paul Palmer off the next delivery, a no-ball, to give Scorpions their second straight victory following their success in the last round over reigning champions Guyana Jaguars.With only 15 overs possible in the first session because of a wet outfield due to rain, the likelihood of an outright victory seemed diminished.But fast bowler Nicholson Gordon turned the game around with an excellent spell of five for 47 as Hurricanes collapsed to 294 all out in their second innings.Resuming from their overnight 134 for four and needing a further 24 runs to make Scorpions bat again, Hurricanes were lifted by Terrance Warde’s top score of 74 and captain Jahmar Hamilton’s 54.On 20 at the start, Warde struck 10 fours and a six off 179 deliveries in three hours at the crease, to register his second half-century of the contest.Hamilton, meanwhile, resuming on 12, faced 158 balls in just under 3-¾ hours and counted five fours and a six.Together, they extended their fifth wicket stand to 110 before being separated when Bonner, sending down his unpracticed leg-spin, bowled Hamilton with a full length ball – one delivery after the right-hander raised his half-century with a massive six over wide long on.Warde put on a further 38 for the sixth wicket with Cornwall (22) but once both fell to Gordon with one run added in the space of 23 balls, Hurricanes lost their last five wickets for 33 runs in a sudden collapse.last_img read more

Man City’s Parent Company Acquires 10th Club

first_imgChief executive Ferran Soriano said CFG has had “an interest in French football for some time” and “long admired” Troyes.Troyes, who won the Intertoto Cup in 2001, were fourth in Ligue 2 last season before the 2019-20 campaign was suspended because of the coronavirus pandemic.CFG owned/part-owned clubs:Manchester City (England)Girona (Spain)Lommel SK (Belgium)Melbourne City (Australia)Montevideo City Torque (Uruguay)Mumbai City (India)New York City (United States)Sichuan Jiuniu (China)Troyes (France)Yokohama F. Marinos (Japan)Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram City Football Group, the parent company of Manchester City, has bought a majority stake in French side Troyes and now owns or part-owns 10 clubs.CFG has acquired the shares of Daniel Masoni to take over the Ligue 2 team.French businessman Maxime Ray will have a minority stake and sit on the club’s board.last_img