first_imgPeter Pringle and Sunny JacobsA DONEGAL TD whose own father was sentenced to death but later cleared has hit out at the Government today over a death row prisoner in America.Thomas Pringle criticised Fine Gael and Labour for their failure to provide adequate consular assistance to Irish citizen Michael Fitzpatrick, who is facing the death penalty in the US and today has a hearing to determine whether evidence of an additional murder could be presented at his re-trial.“The Irish government is failing to take the necessary steps to ensure that their citizen facing a death sentence receives a fair trial in Florida. Mr Fitzpatrick, whose first death sentence was overturned in June of last year, is facing a retrial in Florida whereby he still faces the threat of the death penalty. “I have contacted the Tánaiste urging him to ensure consular attendance at the hearing today on a possible additional murder charge and also to request a meeting with State Attorney Bernie McCabe to assist the legal team in re-opening plea negotiations, but I have yet to hear back. While I acknowledge that Mr Fitzpatrick received a consular visit last October, this is not enough for such a serious situation.“It is standard practice for government officials to provide extensive consular assistance to nationals imprisoned abroad, including attending hearings and trials to ensure that minimum standards are upheld. I am very disappointed that the Department of Foreign Affairs cited ‘limited resources’ to legal action charity Reprieve when they asked for increased consular assistance for Mr Fitzpatrick.“Michael has already spent more than ten years on death row because of a grossly unfair first trial. It’s the Irish government’s duty to step in and make clear our position against the death penalty and Florida’s attempt to kill one of our nationals. They should start by there being representation at today’s hearing, but at this time that appears unlikely which is gravely disappointing,” stated Pringle.Mr Pringle’s father Peter was sentenced to death in 1980 for the murder of a Garda. He was released from prison 15 years later after the state accepted there had been a miscarriage of justice He later married Sunny Jacobs – an American woman who also spent 15 years on death row before also being found innocent. TD PRINGLE’S ANGER OVER DEATH ROW PRISONER was last modified: January 10th, 2014 by John2Share 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:Americadeath rowTanaisteThomas Pringlelast_img read more


first_imgSAN FRANCISCO — Growing up on the North side of Milwaukee, Jordan Poole was always one of the youngest, smallest kids on the pick up court. Charges to the basket were met by stronger bodies, and so he had to find other means to score.“I was accustomed to finding a way to create my own shot because, when I was younger playing against older kids, you would go to the basket and it really wasn’t doing too much. They were just physically stronger,” Poole said. “I think that’s something I’ve never …last_img read more


first_imgSome Darwinists think they have figured out the origin of laughter.  When our ape-like ancestors started walking, they found it awkward and often tripped over their feet.  Bystanding apes apparently found this humorous for some reason, and thus slapstick comedy was born.  The Times Online found this story good for some one-liners.How can this be?  Humor and happiness has no intrinsic meaning in Darwinian thinking.  It’s all about selfishness and survival (cartoon).(Visited 9 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more


first_imgWhy does your hatchback, sedan or SUV give you a mileage different from what the car manufacturer claims under test conditions?This question made a Mizoram University professor and a research scholar invent a measuring device that yields a near-accurate mileage of a car per litre of fuel. Theirs is one of 25 patents applied for by teachers and research scholars of the university at Tanhril, about 15 km from State capital Aizawl.“Accurate knowledge of automobile mileage is crucial as it is an important performance index parameter of a vehicle during on-road operation. But the mileage achieved by a vehicle during actual road transport applications generally deviates from the manufacturer specifications under controlled conditions for a few driving cycles,” Hranghmingthanga, a professor in Mizoram University’s Department of Physics, told The Hindu.He and research scholar L. Lalnunthari worked on a mechanism that, unlike laboratory measurement, took into account factors such as road condition, driving style, traffic congestion, fuel quality used, gradients, and load on the vehicle.The inexpensive device entailing a digital multimeter, a pipe, and a calibrated fuel container was tested on an 800 cc petrol hatchback under conditions experienced by drivers on the road. “The margin of error in measuring the accurate mileage in kilometres per litre was 10%,” said Mr. Hranghmingthanga said.The device can be used for measurement when the car is stationary. “We can do the reading before starting the engine and after the ignition is switched off at the end of a trip,” said Ms. Lalnunthari.The duo declined to get into the details of their invention expected to be elaborated upon in a science journal soon. “It would suffice to say that it is intended to help vehicle manufacturers give the true average mileage and possibly work on more fuel-efficient engines,” said Mr. Hranghmingthanga.“Our university has had a tremendous year with applications filed for 25 patents by various departments. We have also attracted projects worth more than ₹40 lakh, and our aim is to be a topper among higher education institutes in the country,” said Mizoram University Vice-Chancellor K.R.S. Sambasiva Rao said.last_img read more


first_imgAll India Congress Committee’s Punjab in-charge Asha Kumari on Tuesday sought a report from the party’s State unit over the face-off between Chief Minister Amarinder Singh and his Cabinet colleague Navjot Singh Sidhu. Mr. Sidhu is under fire from his own party leaders after during electioneering he questioned as to why no FIR was lodged against the Badals for the desecration of religious texts in 2015. “We seek a report on every event, and in this issue too a report has been sought from the PCC,” Ms. Kumari said. She said the State party chief Sunil Jakhar, who is seeking re-election from Gurdaspur, will give the report once he is free from the election process after the declaration of the results.Captain Amarinder on Sunday had accused Mr. Sidhu of “damaging” the party in the State and suggested that he wanted to be the CM himself.Support for CM Meanwhile, more party leaders came out in support of the Chief Minister. “Amarinder Singh is an undisputed leader of Punjab. There are many facets to his personality,” said former Union Minister and party leader Manish Tewari. He praised Capt. Amarinder as a “protector of Punjab’s waters”, a writer, an able administrator who has a mass appeal. Jails Minister Sukhjinder Singh Randhawa also hit out at the Local Bodies Minister, saying, “Making such a statement during elections meant directly helping the Badals.” He added that Mr. Sidhu should know that it was Amarinder Singh who fought against the Badals and ensured the Congress victory in the 2017 Assembly polls. “In the 2017 Assembly polls, the Congress came to power in Punjab with an overwhelming majority as people voted in Amarinder Singh’s name. The party high command is with the Chief Minister. Our party has never tolerated indiscipline,” Mr. Randhawa said.Mr. Randhawa also alleged that when Mr. Sidhu’s wife, Navjot Kaur, was a BJP MLA, she never spoke on the desecration issue.‘Unease in ranks’ Union Minister of State for Housing and Urban Affairs Hardeep Singh Puri, who is the BJP’s Lok Sabha candidate from Amritsar, took a jibe at the Congress, saying, “All along the campaign, one could sense unease in their ranks.” “Now the cat is out of the bag,” he tweeted.last_img read more