NITI Aayog to focus on health, education sectors

first_imgNITI Aayog has identified three major sectors — health, education and children’s health — as priority sectors for intervention, said NITI Aayog Vice-Chairperson Rajiv Kumar here on Friday.“About 38% of children are malnourished while 50% mothers anaemic. We have to get rid of the malnourishment and anaemia from the country. How can we talk about demographic dividend when children remain malnourished,” said Mr. Kumar addressing the Odisha Vikash Conclave-2018 here.Odisha Facts As per the Odisha Facts released on the occasion, anaemia among women and children is highest in ST and Christian population in the State. More than 50% of women across all caste and social groups, except for in Muslims, suffer from anaemia, in Odisha.Stating that the goal of ‘Universalisation of Education’ has been achieved, he said: “It is time to assess the States on the quality parameter. NITI Aayog is preparing a mechanism to rank States on the basis of education quality achieved.”Similarly, the Centre is planning to set up 1.5 lakh health and wellness centres across India as the existing primary health centres were not functioning properly, said Mr. Kumar. The new health centres would have tele-medicine facilities apart from other modern equipment, he added.The three-day-long Odisha Vikash Conclave-2018 got under way with hundreds of civil society members sharing best practices in the sector.Migration from State Inaugurating the event, Union Petroleum and Natural Gas Minister Dharmendra Pradhan said one-third of the total population of Odisha was migrating to other States for work while 40% of the SC and ST population are outside the ambit of development. He criticised the government for the prevailing backwardness in the State. Former State Information Commission Jagadananda and prominent tribal rights activist Tulasi Munda also addressed the conclave.last_img read more

Musical Legend KBs Latest Save The Bays Release Das What Real Bahamians

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppNassau, 07 Mar 2016 – Kirkland ‘KB’ Bodie, the musical artist who delivers tough messages to catchy rhythm and rhyme, released his latest Youtube salvo yesterday, taking aim at the government for threatening to replace important land use legislation with a weaker act that he fears fails to protect land or life. The song ‘Das What Real Bahamians Do’, written, performed and produced by ‘KB’, is the latest in a litany of the musician’s lyrics for the environmental movement Save The Bays and like the others, it puts the conscience of a country on notice.“Past songs like ‘Hold dey feet to da fire’ were important because they set the tone, making the point that people need to ask for and demand accountability,” said KB. “But today’s release dealing with the Planning and Subdivision Act was far more challenging. How do you make land use rights and responsibilities sexy? How do make the need for an environmental impact assessment for all developments something people relate to, make it fun, and translate the importance of the right to public consultation into a language that makes people care?”The Act has been a priority issue for Save The Bays, the grass roots environmental organization that has nearly 20,000 followers and friends on Facebook. Environmental attorney and consultant Romi Ferreira, a director of Save The Bays, has been spreading the message of the need to keep the 2010 legislation, speaking to Rotary and other civic organisations, appearing on radio talk shows, at public forums and in paid ‘Say No to PSA’ radio and print ads.“This bill, the 2015 Planning and Subdivision Act that would replace the 2010 Act that we all fought so hard for and was agreed upon, an Act that was passed unanimously, takes away the rights of Bahamians,” said Ferreira. “It takes away the right to be consulted. It is the legitimate expectation of a community to be consulted, to express its opinions and concerns and for those opinions and concerns to be considered before a decision is rendered that will alter that community’s future.”Under the proposed legislation, basic rights of public consultation would vanish and the decision to require an environmental impact assessment would be in the hands of a Cabinet Minister for developments of more than 100 lots despite The Bahamas having signed on to a global agreement to the contrary. The 100-lot scenario, says Ferreira, would only encourage developers to build in phases, 99 lots at a time.While Ferreira looks at the proposed legislation through the eyes of a senior lawyer who has taken environmental and public consultation cases all the way to the Privy Council in London, KB is hoping to get the message across in a way that touches a nerve with a beat that people can’t get out of their heads.“I don’ get it,” sings KB. “I don’t understand, why the government does give away our land…Y’all voted yes on the PSA, now ‘dat y’all in power, you wanna’ take it way…You shouldn’t change the rules when they don’t suit you, you shouldn’t change the law just for the few.”Save The Bays, which sponsors the music with a message and the production of videos appealing to tens of thousands of viewers, has picked up the pace for public online involvement of the environmental movement while partnering with several organisations that have long track records in environmental resource management. A petition to keep the 2010 Planning and Subdivision Act is on its website at www.savethebays.bs and a separate petition calling for Freedom of Information legislation and an environmental protection act along with other measures has already attracted nearly 7,000 signatures. Environmentalist warns of a third possible Rubis leak Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Recommended for you Gov’t urged to deal swiftly with Clifton oil pollution Related Items:KB, kirkland bodie, Save The Bays Government ‘jumped the gun’ over Rubis leak riskslast_img read more

SDPD holds Ocean Beach town hall on recent string of arson and

first_img Updated: 10:35 PM January 16, 2018 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsOCEAN BEACH (KUSI) — It may be the most laid-back beach town in Southern California, but the people of Ocean Beach are not laying back anymore. Not in this case.After a series of arson fires that began in December, the O.B. Town Council called an emergency meeting get a progress report. Unfortunately, there isn’t a whole lot to report.We do know, someone torched at least 8-different spots, all of them in the ally ways. We also know we got lucky. The fires did not spread to nearby homes. The arsonist did, however, torch two motor-homes, two cars, a motorcycle and a carport.Since all the fires happened in the ally’s, only one location had a surveillance camera and the image was not clear enough to get a close look at the criminal. So the arsonist is still out there, somewhere.At this point, people in O.B. are being told to clear their allies of flammable materials. Also, install cameras, if they can afford it.Since police cannot be all places at all times, this is also a prime time for “community policing.” You’ve heard the saying, ‘if you see something, say something.”Even though there has not been a fire in about a month, the culprit is still out there and considered very dangerous.There is now a $1000-dollar reward, put forward by the people of O.B. and the Ocean Beach Town Council. Posted: January 16, 2018 Categories: Local San Diego News Tags: Ocean Beach, San Diego Police Department FacebookTwittercenter_img Dan Plante, Dan Plante SDPD holds Ocean Beach town hall on recent string of arson and vandalismlast_img read more

Democrats will try to save net neutrality with new bill report says

first_img Lenovo Smart Clock: $59.99 (save $20) What’s cooler: A snapshot of a firework exploding in front of you, or full 360-degree video of all the fireworks and all the reactions to seeing them? Oooh, ahhh, indeed. At $250, the compact Rylo dual-lens camera is selling for its lowest price yet. And for an extra $50, you can get the bundle that includes the waterproof housing.This deal runs through Sept. 3; it usually costs $500. Apple AirPods with Wireless Charging Case: $155 (save $45) Read Lenovo Smart Clock review $999 Read Google Home Hub review Rylo 5.8K 360 Video Camera: $250 (save $250) HP Laptop 15t Value: $520 (save $780) Sprint $299 at Amazon I thought this might be a mistake, but, no, the weirdly named HP Laptop 15t Value is indeed quite the value at this price. Specs include an Intel Core i7 processor, 12GB of RAM, a 256GB solid-state drive and a 15.6-inch display. However, I strongly recommend paying an extra $50 to upgrade that display to FHD (1,920×1,080), because you’re not likely to be happy with the native 1,366×768 resolution. Spotify and most other streaming services rely on compressed audio, which robs the listener of full fidelity. Enter Tidal, the only “major” service that delivers lossless audio — meaning at least on par with CD quality, if not better. Want to see (er, hear) the difference for yourself? Grab this excellent extended trial while you can. It’s just $6 for three months, and it’s good for up to six listeners. See at Amazon Mentioned Above Apple iPhone XS (64GB, space gray) Preview • iPhone XS is the new $1,000 iPhone X Tags DJI’s answer to GoPro’s action cameras is rugged little model that’s shockproof, dustproof and waterproof down to 11 meters. It normally runs $350, but this deal drops it to $261 when you apply promo code 19LABOR10 at checkout. DJI Osmo Action camera: $261 (save $89) Sarah Tew/CNET Read DJI Osmo Action preview Other Labor Day sales you should check out Best Buy: In addition to some pretty solid MacBook deals that have been running for about a week already, Best Buy is offering up to 40% off major appliances like washers, dryers and stoves. There are also gift cards available with the purchase of select appliances. See it at Best BuyDell: Through Aug. 28, Dell is offering an extra 12% off various laptops, desktops and electronics. And check back starting Aug. 29 for a big batch of Labor Day doorbusters. See it at DellGlassesUSA: Aug. 29 – Sept. 3 only, you can save 65% on all frames with promo code labor65. See it at GlassesUSALenovo: The tech company is offering a large assortment of deals and doorbusters through Labor Day, with the promise of up to 56% off certain items — including, at this writing, the IdeaPad 730S laptop for $700 (save $300).See it at LenovoLensabl: Want to keep the frames you already love and paid for? Lensabl lets you mail them in for new lenses, based on your prescription. From now through Sept. 2 only, you can save 20% on the blue light-blocking lens option with promo code BLOCKBLUE. See it at LensablSears: Between now and Sept. 7, you can save up to 40% on appliances (plus an additional 10% if you shop online), up to 60% on mattresses, up to 50% on Craftsman products and more. The store is also offering some fairly hefty cashback bonuses. See it at SearsNote: This post was published previously and is continuously updated with new information.CNET’s Cheapskate scours the web for great deals on tech products and much more. For the latest deals and updates, follow the Cheapskate on Facebook and Twitter. Questions about the Cheapskate blog? Find the answers on our FAQ page, and find more great buys on the CNET Deals page. Sarah Tew/CNET $999 JBL Soundgear wearable speaker: $90 (save $160) House Speaker Nancy Pelosi reportedly said Democrats in Congress will try to restore net neutrality rules.  Win McNamee / Getty Images Democrats in the US Congress will introduce a bill Wednesday to bring back net neutrality rules that were repealed in 2017, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi reportedly said Monday.House Democrats will work with the Senate to pass the “Save the Internet Act,” Pelosi said in a letter to lawmakers, according to Reuters. The text of the reported bill hasn’t been released. Net neutrality, which lasted from 2015 to 2018, banned broadband providers from slowing or blocking internet access or charging companies more for faster access. In December 2017, the Republican-led Federal Communications Commission voted to repeal Obama-era net neutrality rules.Democrats in Congress have said the repeal allows for large broadband and wireless companies to “control people’s online activities.” Tech companies such as Amazon and Facebook, as well as tech pioneers such as Tim Berners-Lee, have spoken out against net neutrality’s repeal. In August, attorneys general from 22 states, as well as activist groups and companies including Mozilla, filed suit, alleging the FCC arbitrarily rolled back net neutrality rules and overstepped its authority to ban states from passing their own regulations.And in October, California reached an agreement with the US Department of Justice not to enforce its own net neutrality law, saying it’d hold off until questions about the FCC’s authority to pre-empt states from adopting their own net neutrality laws were answered in federal appeals court. The FCC declined to comment. A representative for Pelosi didn’t respond to a request for comment. First published March 4.Update, March 5, 2:41 p.m. PT: Adds background on net neutrality.  Sarah Tew/CNET An Echo Dot makes a fine match for any Fire edition TV, because you can use the latter to say things like, “Alexa, turn on the TV.” Right now, the 24-inch Insignia Fire TV Edition starts at just $100, while the 32-inch Toshiba Fire TV Editions is on sale for $130. Just add any Fire TV Edition to your cart, then add a third-gen Echo Dot, and presto: The latter is free. Recently updated to include digital-photo-frame capabilities, the Lenovo Smart Clock brings Google Assistant goodness to your nightstand. It’s a little smaller than the Amazon Echo Show 5, but also a full $30 less (and tied with Prime Day pricing) during this Best Buy Labor Day sale. The Cheapskate Formerly known as the Google Home Hub, Google’s Nest Hub packs a wealth of Google Assistant goodness into a 7-inch screen. At $59, this is within a buck of the best price we’ve seen. It lists for $129 and sells elsewhere in the $89-to-$99 range.This is one item of many available as part of eBay’s Labor Day Sale (which, at this writing, doesn’t specifically mention Labor Day, but that’s how it was pitched to us). Use promo code 19LABOR10 to get an unusually good deal on JBL’s interesting hybrid product — not quite headphones, and not quite a traditional speaker, but something you wear like neckphones to listen to music on the go. See It $59 at eBay $155 at Google Express $261 at Daily Steals via Google Express 12 Though not technically a Labor Day sale, it’s happening during Labor Day sale season — and it’s too good not to share. Nationwide Distributors, via Google Express, has just about the best AirPods deal we’ve seen (when you apply promo code ZBEDWZ at checkout). This is for the second-gen AirPods with the wireless charging case. Can’t imagine these will last long at this price, so if you’re interested, act fast. See at Turo Apple iPhone XS Read the AirPods reviewcenter_img Internet Lenovo 130-15AST 15.6-inch laptop: $210 (save $90) Turo: Save $30 on any car rental Tags Angela Lang/CNET Turo is kind of like Uber meets Airbnb: You borrow someone’s car, but you do all the driving. I’ve used it many times and found it a great alternative to traditional car-rental services — in part because you get to choose exactly the vehicle you want (not just, say, “midsize”) and in part because you can often do pickup and dropoff right outside baggage claim.Between now and Sept. 1, the first 300 people to check out can get $30 off any Turo rental with promo code LDW30. $999 Chris Monroe/CNET TVs Speakers Mobile Accessories Cameras Laptops Automobiles Smart Speakers & Displays Google Nest Hub: $59 (save $70) $999 $6 at Tidal Share your voice Read the Rylo camera preview $60 at Best Buy $210 at Best Buy Turo The problem with most entry-level laptops: They come with mechanical hard drives. That makes for a mighty slow Windows experience. This Lenovo model features a 128GB solid-state drive, so it should be pretty quick to boot and load software, even with its basic processor. Plus, it has a DVD-burner! That’s not something you see in many modern laptops, especially at this price. Best Buy Tidal 3-month family subscription: $5.99 (save $54) CNET may get a commission from retail offers. Sarah Tew/CNET See It Comments See it See It Net neutrality,I’m shocked — shocked! — to learn that stores are turning Labor Day into an excuse to sell stuff. Wait — no, I’m not. As much as I respect the original intent of the holiday (which became official back in 1894), to most of us, it’s just a bonus day off — one that’s blissfully tacked onto a weekend. So, yeah, stores; go ahead, run your sales. I’m listening. Perhaps unsurprisingly, Labor Day doesn’t bring out bargains to compete with the likes of Black Friday (which will be here before you know it), but there are definitely some sales worth your time.For example:We’ve rounded up the best Labor Day mattress deals.We’ve also gathered the best Labor Day laptop deals at Best Buy.The 2019 Vizio P Series Quantum is back under $999.Be sure to check out Amazon’s roughly three dozen Labor Day deals on TVs and audio. Google Express is having a big sale as well, one that includes deals on game consoles, AirPods, iPhones, laptops and more.Below I’ve rounded up a handful of individual items I consider to be the cream of the crop, followed by a handy reference guide to other Labor Day sales. Keep in mind, of course, that products may sell out at any time, even if the sale itself is still running. Note that CNET may get a share of revenue from the sale of the products featured on this page. Best laptops for college students: We’ve got an affordable laptop for every student. Best live TV streaming services: Ditch your cable company but keep the live channels and DVR. Share your voice Boost Mobile $520 at HP 7 Comments $90 at Daily Steals via Google Express Rylo Review • iPhone XS review, updated: A few luxury upgrades over the XR Free Echo Dot with an Insignia or Toshiba TV (save $50) Amazonlast_img read more

North Korea frees 3 US detainees Trump

first_imgDonald TrumpNorth Korea has freed three American detainees, president Donald Trump announced Wednesday, hailing a diplomatic victory ahead of a planned summit with Kim Jong Un.Pyongyang granted the three men “amnesty,” a US official said, and they are now on their way back to the United States with secretary of state Mike Pompeo.Two of the men, agricultural expert Kim Hak-song and former professor Tony Kim were arrested in 2017, while Kim Dong-chul, a South Korea-born American businessman and pastor in his 60s, was sentenced to 10 years’ hard labour in 2016.”I am pleased to inform you that secretary of state Mike Pompeo is in the air and on his way back from North Korea with the 3 wonderful gentlemen that everyone is looking so forward to meeting. They seem to be in good health,” Trump tweeted.The White House said all three men were able to walk unassisted onto a US Air Force plane that carried them and the secretary of state out of North Korea.A second plane, with more robust medical equipment, waited for them at Yokota Air Force Base, just outside Tokyo.”All indications are their health is as good as could be given they been through,” said Pompeo.The family of Tony Kim voiced their gratitude to “all of those who have worked toward and contributed to his return home” — and specifically thanking Trump for “engaging directly with North Korea.””Mostly, we thank God for Tony’s safe return,” the family said in a statement. “We ask that you continue to pray for the people of North Korea and for the release of all who are still being held.”Trump meanwhile described the release as “a gesture of good will” and said he would be on hand when Pompeo’s three “guests” land at Andrews Air Force Base outside Washington at 2:00 am (0600 GMT) Thursday.Trump acolytes declared the release an unbridled political victory, evidence, vice president Mike Pence said, that “strong leadership and our America First policies are paying dividends.”The men’s release appears to pave the way for a much-anticipated summit between Trump and North Korean leader Kim, scheduled to take place within weeks.- Summit details to follow -Trump says a time, date and location have been decided for that historic summit, although US officials say there are still some details to be worked out.Pompeo told reporters the administration would “in the next handful of days be able to announce date and time.”Possible locations include Singapore and the Demilitarized Zone that separates North and South Korea.The meeting will discuss North Korea’s nuclear and ballistic weapons programme, which may soon give Pyongyang the capability of striking the continental United States.Trump has demanded that North Korea give up its nukes, while Kim has offered few indications about what he is willing to concede or what he will demand in return.North Korea has often insisted that the United States withdraw support for South Korea, where 30,000-plus US military personnel are stationed.Since coming to office Trump has embarked on a campaign of “maximum pressure” on the North Korean regime.A series of provocative North Korean missile tests have been met with US sanctions and a tougher Chinese stance on cross border trade.Officials in Washington believe the punitive economic measures have prompted fuel shortages in North Korea and increased tension inside the regime.North Korea official Kim Yong Chul, who met Pompeo in Pyongyang, insisted the country’s openness to talks was “not the result of sanctions that have been imposed from outside,” but a change in regime focus.”We have perfected our nuclear capability. It is our policy to concentrate all efforts into economic progress in country,” he said.last_img read more

Afghan Eid dawned in peace for first time since 2001

first_imgCap: Afghanistan Afghan Muslims offer prayers at the start of the Eid al-Fitr holiday which marks the end of Ramadan at the Shah-e Do Shamshira mosque in Kabul on 15 June 2018. Phtoto: AFPAfghans greeted the beginning of Eid with prayers on Friday as the Muslim holiday dawned in peace for the first time since the 2001 US-led invasion, after the Taliban agreed to an unprecedented ceasefire.Flocking to mosques for special morning worship marking the first day of the festival, youngsters in the war-battered country expressed cautious optimism, following the suspension of fighting between Afghan security forces and the militants.“On almost every Eid we have had attacks-this is a rare Eid without violence,” Samiullah, 17, who is almost the same age as the conflict, told AFP after prayers at the Shah-e Do Shamshira mosque in central Kabul.“We are hopeful peace will come to Afghanistan.”Fourteen-year-old Sohrab Ahmad, who earns money polishing shoes outside the mosque, said he could not remember an Eid without fighting.“I believe there will be peace between the Taliban and the Afghan government,” he said.But not everyone was so hopeful.“I don’t think there will be peace in Afghanistan. We are seeing an increase in attacks on a daily basis,” Imran, 13, told AFP.Defence ministry spokesman Mohammad Radmanesh told AFP there had been no reports of Taliban attacks on Afghan forces since the start of the holiday.President Ashraf Ghani announced last week that police and troops would cease operations against the Taliban for eight days, starting Tuesday-though he warned that operations against other groups, including the Islamic State group, would continue.The Taliban said Saturday their fighters would stop attacking Afghan security forces for the first three days of Eid, the first time the Taliban had declared a nationwide ceasefire in the nearly 17-year conflict.They said they would continue attacking US-led NATO troops.Muslims across the world also celebrated Eid al-Fitr, one of Islam’s most significant holidays, which marks the end of the fasting month of Ramadan and is typically celebrated by feasting and gift-giving.In the Iraqi capital Baghdad, young people treated themselves to elaborate haircuts, in a modern interpretation of the tradition of dressing up for the festival.Tens of millions of people across Indonesia, the world’s largest Muslim-majority nation, celebrated Eid with special prayers at mosques and in public spaces, including a large gathering in front of the Bajra Sandhi monument on the predominantly Hindu island Bali.Elsewhere, hundreds of devotees-many dressed in white and wearing skull caps-turned out for prayers in front of the multi-domed Baiturrahman mosque in the Sumatran city of Banda Aceh.Others knelt for morning prayers in the shadow of one of Indonesia’s most active volcano, Mount Sinabung, which has been rumbling since 2010.last_img read more

City of Houston Unveils A New EnvironmentallyFriendly Building

first_img– / 3The City of Houston is celebrating the LEED Gold certification for its new Traffic Operations building. According to figures released by the city, the facility is 23% more energy-efficient than the usual code-compliant building.The building features all-LED lighting and about 20% of the building materials were locally-sourced. Environmentally-friendly paints and flooring were used in the building’s construction. There’s also a stormwater treatment system.LEED certification is granted by the U.S. Green Building Council. Certifications are granted at four levels — certified, silver, gold, and platinum.Houston City Council adopted LEED certification building standards in 2004. Several other city buildings have attained LEED gold certification, including the Houston Permitting Center and the Julia Ideson Library.   Sharelast_img read more

For The Second Time US Supreme Court Reverses Death Sentence Decision For

first_imgTDCJ/Abby LivingstonThe U.S. Supreme Court first ruled in the death penalty case of Bobby Moore in March 2017.The U.S. Supreme Court has for the second time struck down the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals’ way of determining if a death row inmate is intellectually disabled and eligible for execution.The high court made that determination Tuesday in the case of Bobby Moore, who the court decided is intellectually disabled.Moore’s case highlights the complexities surrounding intellectual disability and the death penalty. The Supreme Court has previously ruled that those with intellectual disabilities can’t be executed, and after reviewing Moore’s case in 2016, tossed out the way the Texas court determines the disability in 2017. The Texas court previously relied on decades-old medical standards and a controversial set of factors created by judges to make the determination, including how well the inmate could lie.Following that ruling, the prosecutor sided with Moore and said that he is intellectually disabled, but the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals still disagreed, claiming last June that he was eligible for execution under current medical standards as well. Now, the high court has stepped in again, and this time, the majority of justices made clear that Moore has shown he is disabled and therefore ineligible for execution. The court’s opinion knocked the Texas Court for relying on the same methods it had ruled against in the 2017 opinion, like focusing on Moore’s strengths instead of his weaknesses, especially strengths gained in a controlled prison environment.The justices also said that despite the Texas court saying it had eliminated its controversial set of factors, which the high court said were problematic for advancing stereotypes, “it seems to have used many of those factors in reaching its conclusion.”“To be sure, the court of appeals opinion is not identical to the opinion we considered in Moore,” the justices wrote. “There are sentences here and there suggesting other modes of analysis consistent with what we said. But there are also sentences here and there suggesting reliance upon what we earlier called ‘lay stereotypes of the intellectually disabled.’”Moore, 59, was sentenced to death more than 38 years ago after he fatally shot a 73-year-old clerk during a Houston robbery in 1980. In 2014, a Texas court determined under current medical standards that Moore was intellectually disabled — with evidence including low IQ scores and his inability to tell time or days of the week as a teenager.But the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals overruled that decision, saying the lower court failed to use its test in making the determination. The Supreme Court invalidated that method upon review.“By rejecting the habeas court’s application of medical guidance and clinging to the standard it laid out … the CCA failed adequately to inform itself of the ‘medical community’s diagnostic framework’,” wrote Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg in the 5-3 opinion in 2017.In an unusual step, the prosecutor, Democratic Harris County District Attorney Kim Ogg, filed a brief to the Texas court after that ruling agreeing with Moore — stating that he was intellectually disabled and should not be executed. In a surprise June opinion, the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals agreed to use current medical standards as a method to determine if a death row inmate had an intellectual disability, but said that Moore still did not qualify.Both Moore and Ogg took the matter up with the justices in Washington, D.C. — marking a rare occurrence of the state and inmate arguing for the same thing. They argued that the Texas court claimed to take up medical standards but largely did the same thing that was slammed by the Supreme Court earlier. They asked the Supreme Court to reverse the Texas court’s decision without holding a hearing, or, if the justices didn’t agree to that, at least grant a second review with oral arguments. The justices took the more drastic step.Moore’s case will now go back to the Court of Criminal Appeals for a new decision, but with the high court saying Moore has shown he is intellectually disabled, he would be ineligible for execution.A difference in this ruling was a concurrence from Chief Justice John Roberts. In 2017, he dissented against the court’s reversal of the Texas court decision, claiming his colleagues’ order on how states should determine intellectual disability “lacked clarity.” On Tuesday, he said that problem still exists, but it’s “easy to see” the Court of Criminal Appeals missed the mark.“The court repeated the same errors that this Court previously condemned,” he wrote.Among the most conservative justices, Samuel Alito, Clarence Thomas and Neil Gorsuch dissented from the majority opinion, saying, like Roberts, that the lack of clarity in how states should rule is the fault of the Supreme Court. They also criticized the majority for its “foray into factfinding” in making a decision on Moore’s disability, as opposed to its role of judicial review.The Texas Court of Criminal Appeals was left on its own in making these decisions. The Texas judges have begged the state Legislature for nearly two decades to come up with a process for determining whether death penalty defendants are intellectually disabled. This year, the few lawmakers who repeatedly file bills on the topic, have hoped that Moore’s case can make their legislation pass.Elsa Alcala, who until January was a judge on the Court of Criminal Appeals and dissented against her colleagues in both of the Moore decisions, said Tuesday’s ruling by the high court brought tears to her eyes.“It feels like the weight of the world has lifted for a moment in time,” she said.This article was originally published in The Texas Tribune, a nonprofit, nonpartisan media organization that informs Texans — and engages with them — about public policy, politics, government and statewide issues.  Sharelast_img read more

Tonight AFROs First Edition Monday Dec 1

first_imgWe continue to follow the aftermath of the Ferguson grand jury’s decision not to indict officer Darren Wilson in the shooting death of Michael Brown. What’s next for the movement to reconstruct policing policies across the nation? We speak to students at Morgan State University who continue to protest and demonstrate for changes in in policing and the criminal justice system. Also, we continue our conversation about media coverage of the Ferguson aftermath with Lamonte Summers, assistant professor of Media Law and Ethics. All this and more this evening on First Edition with Sean Yoes.last_img

Black Vets Face Obstacles on Home Front

first_imgGeorgia Eaves can’t count how many Veterans Day parades and events she has participated in since she served as an Army Captain during the Vietnam War. While Eaves will take part in events in Washington, D.C. and Maryland this Veterans Day weekend she said her heart is heavy because of how she sees veterans being treated, today.Vietnam Veteran Georgia Eaves attended Veterans Prayer Breakfast in 2016. She is not pleased with the way veterans are treated. (Courtesy photo)“A lot of young veterans are not being given the same opportunities as veterans from other cultures but we are all part of the same system,” said Eaves, the D.C. commander of the National Black American Veterans Association.Eaves’ sentiments are being echoed by James A. Dula, a retired Air Force Major who is chairman of the South (Prince George’s) County Democratic Club. “All Vietnam era veterans have been left out of the equation,” he said. “When we came home there were no parades or celebrations. We came home with post traumatic stress disorder.”Taking note of the mass shooting that took place near San Antonio, Texas, Dula said he wasn’t surprised the 26-year-old suspect was an Air Force veteran. “I saw a lot of people coming through who shouldn’t have been in the Air Force,” Dula said. “Look at this man. He assaulted his wife, his child and that led him to be court-marshaled and dishonorably discharged.”Greg Crawford, director of access housing, said Veterans can do well with support services. Crawford’s father, who was one of the first Blacks elected to the D.C. Council and now deceased member H.R. Crawford, who was a Republican, founded the veterans group that provides temporary and permanent housing for veterans as well as other critical services needed to transition them from homelessness to self-sufficiency.The concept of a Veteran’s Center started in the 1970s, after the older Crawford, who represented Ward 7, received a call about a group of homeless men who had created an encampment under a bridge near Georgetown. “We shared a meal of fried chicken and hot coffee that had been prepared on a hot plate,” Crawford told the AFRO in 2016.The experience was catalyst for the founding of Access Housing and earlier this week Crawford said unfortunately homeless people are still living under the same bridge.Crawford died Feb. 10 at age 78. He was remembered as a zealous advocate for residents of Ward 7 and he will be honored during a Veterans Day program at the Southeast Veterans center on Nov. 8.While veterans continue to have issues, Greg said things are getting better nationally. “In January of 2016, communities across America identified 39,471 homeless veterans during point-in-time counts. This represents a substantial decrease (56 percent) in the number of homeless veterans counted in 2010,” he said.In terms of going forward, Greg said: “We have to band together,” and while Eaves was critical of Trump, Greg is giving him the benefit of the doubt. “It’s only been 10 months and as a community we have to raise awareness about those who have made the sacrifices for this country,” he said.last_img read more