US execution stayed over right to have priest present

first_img“As a devout Catholic, Mr. Gutierrez’s faith requires the assistance of clergy to help him pass from life into afterlife.”Gutierrez was due to be executed Tuesday evening until the Supreme Court said it should be determined if having a priest present raised “serious security problems.”On death row for 20 years, Gutierrez, 43, was convicted of the murder in 1998 of a 85-year-old woman, trailer-park owner Escolastica Harrison, in a robbery.Gutierrez and two others were accused of stabbing her to death to steal $56,000 that she had stored away in her home. Topics : One pleaded guilty and the second escaped. The third, Gutierrez, was convicted at trial and sentenced to death, but has all along insisted on his innocence.His lawyers had battled for a delay, asking Texas Governor Greg Abbott to halt the execution so they could pursue a DNA examination they say could prove his innocence.”In a case with no physical or forensic evidence against him, to execute Mr. Gutierrez without conducting DNA testing would be the ultimate violation of his civil rights,” Nolan said in a statement.Gutierrez’s defenders also argue that the high number of COVID-19 cases at his prison in Huntsville, Texas presents a risk for his family and others that would attend the execution.Texas prisons have counted 7,445 cases of coronavirus, among both inmates and guards, according to the state prison bureau.center_img The US Supreme Court on Tuesday granted a last-minute reprieve to a Texas prisoner facing execution after the Catholic Church campaigned for him to be allowed to have priest present.The Texas Catholic Conference of Bishops argued that Ruben Gutierrez’s constitutional rights and religious liberty were violated by a year-old state statue which bans religious officials from the death chamber.The court granted the stay based on Gutierrez’s challenge to Texas’s “change of the longstanding practice… of allowing prisoners to have spiritual advisors in the chamber during executions,” Shawn Nolan, one of his attorneys, said.last_img read more

‘Lilly Scholar’ named in Franklin County

first_imgBrookville, In. — Franklin County high School student Lauren Kiel has been introduced as the Franklin County Community Foundation 2018 Lilly Endowment Community Scholar.She will receive full tuition to an Indiana accredited public or private nonprofit college or university of her choice and a $900 yearly stipend for required books and equipment.  Semi-finalists Autumn McDaniel, a Franklin County High School student who is the daughter of Chris and Kendra McDaniel, and Trevor Murray, a Franklin County High School student, who is the son of Joshua and Brandy Murray, will receive $500 scholarships from the FCCF operational fund.Lauren Keil of Brookville is the daughter of Brian and Melissa Klei.  A Franklin County High School student, Lauren is the current President and three-year member of Champions Together as well as a member of the National Honor Society, Unified Track Team, MCATZ and Bleacher Bums.  She is also on the Tennis Team, a member of Spanish Club and is a four-year member and Captain of the Dance Catz.  She volunteers for Special Olympics, the Klemme’s Corner UCC Fall Festival and the Walnut Hills Soup Kitchen.Lauren intends to pursue a career in Orthodontics.  “I have been fascinated with the dental world since I was a freshman in high school when I shadowed at a practice,” she said.  “It was during my visit that I became very enthusiastic about the career of an orthodontist.  I want my career to be something I can engross myself in yet enjoy at the same time, and I think this career path is the perfect way to balance these.”The three semi-finalists were selected from 36 applications submitted from accredited high school seniors who are residents of Franklin County.  A volunteer scholarship selection committee interviewed the students. Committee members selected are perceived as well respected and objective. Members of the scholarship selection committee are not members of the Franklin County Community Foundation Board of Directors or staff.last_img read more


first_imgA leading Donegal county councillor has told the 30,000 householders about to receive a demand letter from the council about the Household Charge to throw them in the bin.Independent Cllr. John Campbell, described the letters as another step in the continuing farce, administered by Minister Phil Hogan’s office, to collect a tax rejected by the people.‘People have nothing to fear, these letters will be sent to all and sundry, its a role of the dice on the council’s part, they still have no notion who is liable or who is not’ said Campbell. ‘My advice is bin the letter and get in contact with your local can’t pay won’t pay representative, the council sent out letters a month ago threatening to take people to court within 10 days yet these people have heard nothing since its laughable.”He further claimed the council do not know who they are sending these letters to and this will be proven by the large amount of people who will get letters that have either paid the charge or are not liable for it.He also called on the people of Donegal to maintain their boycott of both the household and septic tank charges.“It is obvious that the repeated desperate attempts of government to scare the people into paying this unjust tax is failing, it is not working. It has not worked this year and it won’t work next year. “Even if revenue are tasked to collect it, the boycott is simple: you don’t register, you don’t pay, this is a principled stand against paying bankers and bondholders while ordinary people are crucified.”Meanwhile Sinn Féin councillor Jack Murray has expressed dismay at Donegal County Council’s decision to ‘waste money on a pointless exercise’.Cllr Murray has received confirmation that the postage costs alone for the council’s 30’000 household charge letters is €13,500.He said said “At 45c per letter, Donegal County Council has paid €13,500 in postage to send 30,000 reminder letters to families in Donegal. This figure does not include printing or labour costs.“This is a complete waste of money on a pointless exercise. The people of this county know that the household charge exists. They don’t need these letters to remind them of that. “The 50% of householders in Donegal who have not paid the charge have done so for one of two reasons; either they cannot afford to pay it or they are making a principled stand. These letters will have little impact in changing either of those situations.“I feel confident to predict that the money that these letters bring in will not cover the cost of issuing them.“The government needs to admit defeat in pursuit of this unfair tax. They now seem intent on wasting money rather than raising it. It seems stubbornness is overriding economic common sense.“If Phil Hogan is honest about raising revenue then he needs to implement an equitable form of taxation – a system in which the wealthy pay their far share. “It is clear that the people of Donegal will resist unfair charges which target those who can least afford it.”THROW THE 30,000 DEMAND LETTERS IN THE BIN ADVISES COUNCILLOR was last modified: October 12th, 2012 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:household chargesJack MurrayJohn Campbelllast_img read more

Don’t Quit Your Day Job

first_img Essential Reading! Get my 2nd book: The Lost Art of Closing “In The Lost Art of Closing, Anthony proves that the final commitment can actually be one of the easiest parts of the sales process—if you’ve set it up properly with other commitments that have to happen long before the close. The key is to lead customers through a series of necessary steps designed to prevent a purchase stall.” Buy Now You don’t have to quit your day job to begin working on going solo, a second income, or a second career. You might believe that you don’t have time to do these things, but it’s more likely that you don’t have time not to. It is 100% certain you will have to want what you want bad enough to start making different choices with your time and energy.Early HoursYou have time before you start your day job. The hour between 5:00 AM and 6:00 AM is an awful lonely hour. No one else is awake. No one wants your time. No one is making any demands of you at that early hour of the day. In that single hour you can write a blog post, shoot a YouTube video, write a description of your offering for your website, or build a list of prospects.Late HoursThere is no reason to hustle if not to take care of the people you care about. When you get home from work, you can eat dinner and spend some time with your people. If that carries you until 9:00 PM, that gives you another solid hour. Between 9:00 PM and 10:00 PM you can write more or edit what you have already written, produce your YouTube video, or send a newsletter to your burgeoning email list. You can also brainstorm new activities and new ideas.Over the course of your regular work week, you’ll have put in 10 solid hours of work. That’s 25% of the hours you put in on your day job. That’s pretty good, but you are just getting started. You also have the weekends. “What,” you say, “I have to work weekends?” You don’t have to do anything if you don’t want to, but the only way to find success is to pay for it in advance.WeekendsIt’s easy to put in 4 hours on Saturday morning between 6:00 AM and 10:00 AM. It’s easy to do the same on Sunday mornings. You can still watch football, still spend time with the family, and still do whatever you do to take care of your spiritual needs. That’s 8 more hours to add to the 10 that you put in through the week for a total of 18 hours. That’s almost half of your day job. And, you can still spend an hour on Sunday night planning your work week.You don’t have to quit your day job and, in fact, you probably shouldn’t. But you do have to make different decisions about how you are going to invest the time that you are likely spending elsewhere.last_img read more

Crucial outing

first_imgEthel Booba twits Mocha over 2 toilets in one cubicle at SEA Games venue Leo Austria, SMB wary of ‘more experienced’ Hotshots ahead of PBA Finals rematch PLAY LIST 01:33Leo Austria, SMB wary of ‘more experienced’ Hotshots ahead of PBA Finals rematch01:28’Walang bigayan’: Expect all-out war between sister teams Magnolia, San Miguel00:50Trending Articles02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Fajardo scored 35 points in the series opener, which San Miguel lost, 99-94.San Miguel, the four-time defending champion, pulled away early and buried the Hotshots by as many as 20 points, with the end result painting a picture of how the Finals ended last year.Austria and his charges also absorbed a Game 1 loss to Magnolia before winning the next four games to notch their eighth all-Filipino crown.“I told the guys before the game, ‘less talk and more action,’” said Chris Ross, who was among San Miguel’s heroes in Game 2. “I know the type of team we have. We have a bunch of resilient guys. After a loss, we usually play some really good basketball.”While both are pleased after Game 2, Austria and Ross stressed the importance of staying vigilant in the series—as if quashing the idea of possibly sweeping their foes again.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess Game time is at 6:30 p.m. at Smart Araneta Coliseum where the Beermen shoot for a follow-up to a 108-101 Game 2 victory two nights ago where they played with so much control that didn’t at all reflect on the final score.“It will become an interesting game because it now boils down to just a best-of-five,” coach Leo Austria said. “I’ve always pointed out to my players the importance of getting a win first, [which we now have].”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsThe key to the San Miguel dominance, as Austria would later admit, was getting everyone involved and the Beermen not being a one-man wrecking crew.“We were able to set up plays and we were able to not [rely heavily] on June Mar Fajardo,” Austria said after getting seven men in twin digits in Game 2. Hontiveros presses for security audit of national power grid Baptism of fire for Maroons San Miguel Beer and Magnolia break their 1-1 tie in the PBA Philippine Cup Finals on Sunday, with the Beermen looking to wrest control of the series and put a serious dent on the Hotshots’ collective confidence.ADVERTISEMENTcenter_img Philippine Arena Interchange inaugurated LATEST STORIES Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew “After watching the tape, they’ve probably figured out what happened. This is not going to be easy. Magnolia will come back hard,” Austria said with a tone of certainty.“It could happen again. It may not,” said Magnolia’s Paul Lee when asked about the possibility of last year’s heartbreak repeating itself. “But until the results are out, we’ll just try to put out the best fight we can and live with the results.”“It’s kind of unfortunate that it takes a loss to wake us up,” Ross noted. “But give credit to Magnolia, man. They are scrappy and they are a really good team. We know that these [three] wins [that we need] are not going to come easy and our guys are up to the task.”Marcio Lassiter, who was scoreless in Game 1, couldn’t agree more: “I’m pretty sure Magnolia will have some different schemes in Game 3.”And with his personal performance mirroring his team’s improvement, the San Miguel gunner hopes he sustains confidence as the series plods along.“I knew it would just take some time so I just have to build on this game,” Lassiter said.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next View commentslast_img read more

Australia hammer New Zealand by 7 wickets to win 2015 World Cup

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