‘Juvenile lifers’: Demanding justice in Detroit

first_imgJune 18, in Detroit, organizing against ‘cruel and unusual punishment’ of young people imprisoned for life.A group of at least 80 protesters rallied in Erma Henderson Park in Detroit on Father’s Day, June 18, to show their disgust that the state of Michigan has yet to re-examine most of its cases of juvenile incarceration for life without chance of parole.Back in 2012, the U.S. Supreme Court decided that such punishments were cruel and unusual, save for extreme cases where there was no possibility of rehabilitation. In 2016, the court made their decision retroactive so that anyone sentenced before the ruling should have their case re-evaluated.Michigan currently has 363 people who were im­prisoned as juveniles and who are serving life sentences without parole, most of whom have not had their sentences re-examined. Michigan ranks second in the nation for the most juveniles sentenced to life without parole.At the protest were about a dozen individ­uals who had been previously imprisoned, including two who had been sentenced to life without parole. They were able to attend because they were granted releases after the state re-examined their cases.Family members of those unfairly incarcerated and those formerly imprisoned, as well as activists from the area, attended the protest. Members of Amnesty International, activists involved in fighting the legislation, and many people personally affected by this injustice addressed the protest.Efrén Paredes Jr., who is still serving a life sentence, called in to the event. His voice, broadcast for everyone to hear, told what the struggle is like on the inside.In 1989, Paredes was incarcerated for life without the chance of parole at the age of 15. Paredes paired with Elena Herrada, a professor at Marygrove College and Wayne County Community College who is engaged in the fight for criminal justice reform, to organize the event. They also created an online petition demanding passage of state prison reform that would impact every prisoner in Michigan. The link to the “Support Michigan Prison Reform” petition is tinyurl.com/mipr2017/.Among the demands are relief for prisoners serving life and long indeterminate sentences, and ending mandatory minimum sentencing and incarceration for victims of abuse who defend themselves. Other important issues include stopping predatory prices on phone calls home.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

‘Stand up and fight’ to bring Limerick military history to life

first_imgLimerick’s National Camogie League double header to be streamed live TAGSfeaturedFirst World WarGallipoliIrish Naval AssociationlimerickLimerick archivist Jacqui HayesLimerick Branch of the Royal British LegionRoyal Munster FusiliersStand Up and Fight Advertisement Twitter WhatsApp Email Facebook NewsLocal News‘Stand up and fight’ to bring Limerick military history to lifeBy Alan Jacques – April 30, 2015 1677 Vanishing Ireland podcast documenting interviews with people over 70’s, looking for volunteers to share their stories Printcenter_img Linkedin The Royal Munster Fusiliers drumming up recruits in Limerick in 1914.(Photograph by H M Stewart, 104 O’’Connell Street)by Alan [email protected] up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up The Royal Munster Fusiliers drumming up recruits in Limerick in 1914.(Photograph by H M Stewart, 104 O’’Connell Street)FLOWERS sent to a Limerick mother from her son on the front lines of the First World War and an oar from one of the Lusitania’s lifeboats are just two of the rare artefacts that will go on display at City Hall next week.‘Stand Up and Fight’, an exhibition supported by the Limerick Branch of the Royal British Legion, the Royal Munster Fusiliers Association and the Irish Naval Association, will be launched next Thursday, May 7.Never before seen artefacts will be displayed as part of the exhibition of Limerick’s military history from the Wild Geese to Gallipoli.It coincides with the centenary of the Gallipoli campaign that claimed the lives of 800 members of the Royal Munster Fusiliers, 75 of whom were from Limerick including eight men from the village of Coonagh who died when their ship was torpedoed.Conservative estimates suggest that 1,000 of Limerick’s 4,000 listed men died in the First World War.Items on display will include flowers sent from from Ypres by a Limerick soldier to his mother in Limerick; an oar from one of RMS Lusitania’s lifeboats as well as cannonballs and musket balls from the Siege of Limerick.Also included are pikes from the time of the 1798 Rebellion; a bloodied apron worn by a Limerick nurse serving in a First World War field hospital and rare photographs of the American Civil War, Boer War and First World War.“From the departure of the Wild Geese in 1691 to the Limerick men who fought in the Boer Wars, Limerick is steeped in military history,” explained city archivist Jacqui Hayes.“Limerick’s location on the Shannon means it has always been a strategic military stronghold. There were four barracks in Limerick in the nineteenth century and soldiers were a familiar sight.”The ‘Stand Up and Fight’ exhibition will feature memorabilia and militaria from Limerick Museum and Archives’ own collection as well as donations by private collectors and members of the public.Also featured are American Civil War army uniform buttons produced by the Limerick-based Tait Clothing Factory, which held military uniform supply contracts with the Confederacy as well as the British Army during the Crimean War.While much of the exhibition is concerned with the participation of Limerick men and women in The Great War, it also deals with Limerick’s long military and naval tradition as well as the military culture that started in earnest in the 17th century and has lasted since.“While primarily focusing on Limerick’s lengthy military history, the exhibition also examines the impact of the military on Limerick’s social history in these centuries, such as the numbers who joined the armed forces; particular areas which had a tradition of recruitment; family military traditions and the role of women,” Ms Hayes commented.The exhibition looks at some of the careers of Limerick men who fought in the British army all over the world. One of them, George de Lacy Evans from Moig, Askeaton, was involved in the burning of the White House by the British in 1814. He also made a major contribution to army reform by successfully campaigning for an end to flogging in the British army.‘Stand Up and Fight’ runs from May 7 until December at the Glazed Street, Limerick City and County Council Civic Buildings, Merchants Quay. Previous articleAAA join the fight for ‘full equality’ in LimerickNext articleAfghan ‘golden boy’ claims crash ruined his life Alan Jacqueshttp://www.limerickpost.ie RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Limerick Artist ‘Willzee’ releases new Music Video – “A Dream of Peace” Predictions on the future of learning discussed at Limerick Lifelong Learning Festival WATCH: “Everyone is fighting so hard to get on” – Pat Ryan on competitive camogie squads Limerick Ladies National Football League opener to be streamed livelast_img read more

Orsted to develop 1.6GW of offshore wind in South Korea

first_imgOrsted to develop 1.6GW of offshore wind in South Korea FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享ReNews.biz:Orsted plans to develop South Korean offshore wind projects with a potential capacity of up to 1600MW off the coast of Incheon city.The announcement was made at an event joined by National Assembly members, South Korea’s Energy Agency, as well as Orsted and other industrial players with offshore wind track records in South Korea’s supply chain.Orsted’s offshore wind projects will be located more than 70km from the main parts of Incheon city and have relatively shallow water depths at the target project site to allow for a cost-effective development. Subject to permits, off-take agreement with a Korean energy utility, and final investment decision, the projects could be commissioned from 2026 onwards.Several South Korean companies have been working with Orsted on offshore wind projects in Europe and Asia, including POSCO Steel, CS Wind, LS Cable, Hyosung, Samkang M&T, Hyundai ESI and EEW Korea.Orsted said it has a “strong commitment” to support South Korea’s green energy transition and aims to work with South Korean suppliers and shape a “healthy and competitive” domestic supply chain that can maintain and expand its export success.Orsted Asia Pacific president Matthias Bausenwein said: “Orsted’s projects in Incheon will support a thriving offshore wind industry in South Korea and contribute to the realization of the government’s target of 12GW offshore wind capacity by 2030.More: Orsted eyes 1.6GW South Korea offshore windlast_img read more

The Brisbane home that failed to sell despite a $3.11 million bid

first_imgIt is not often a wine cellar comes with a view.But despite the bidding jumping to $3.11 million, the price was still too low for the vendor and the auction was passed in.Agent Douglas Tonkin said there had already been several offers made for the home and people from throughout Queensland and Australia had been through its doors to take a look in person. “Most people that come through to look at this property they are CEOs COOs, business people and the like, people that know the value,” Mr Tonkin said. “We always reiterated that this is a stand-alone home, that you are not going to say anything like this in Brookfield.”Negotiations were continuing with a number of people still interested in the property. Want to have a swim and enjoy the elevated views? No problem, the house has a pool on the top floor.And all that in an area that is just 20 minutes to the city. Exquisite, expansive and expensive. A $3.11 million auction bid was not enough for the vendor at this Brookfield home.THE bidders were happy to throw millions to secure this Brookfield property, but it was not enough for the vendor to let it go. The conditions seemed to be right for 9 Royston St to sell at auction yesterday.It had a lot of interest from wealthy bidders due to the sweeping views, size at 1.02 ha and the highend minimalist designed home by architect Tim Ditchfield that was unlike anything else in the area. center_img The designer home is just four years old.More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus20 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market20 hours agoThe home had everything from a butler pantry with a walk in cold room, an elevated pool on the top floor that overlooked the mountains, and a wine cellar.last_img read more