Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor has slammed the Trump administration's federal execution spree saying 'this is not justice', as convicted killer Dustin Higgs became the 13th person put to death since July. His federal execution marks the 13th and final to be completed by the Department of Justice under President Donald Trump after a 17-year hiatus. 'After seventeen years without a single federal execution, the Government has executed twelve people since July,' she wrote. 'Throughout this expedited spree of executions, this Court has consistently rejected inmates' credible claims for relief,' Sotomayor wrote. Trump resumed federal executions in July after a 17-year hiatus, although they had still been carried out at the state level.
January 16, 2021 21:36 UTC
The 75-year-old star’s need for speed is satisfied when she gets behind the wheel in Fast & Furious 9. Afterwards she said: “It was terrifying, it was sweat-making, it was fabulous.”What is your favourite Helen Mirren film? But until now she has not done so in the high-octane world of Fast & Furious, where sports cars fall out of planes and leap from trains. Diesel, 53, says he expects to bring an end to the main franchise after another spin-off and a tenth Fast & Furious movie. In November Dame Helen told the Mirror how she is happy in her skin at 75 – and content to grow older without any help from the surgeon’s knife.
January 16, 2021 21:28 UTC
A loophole allows them to assume a new identity despite being put on the sex offenders register. (Image: Getty)Rotherham MP Ms Champion, a former shadow abuse prevention minister, said: “The threat of five years’ jail will not deter people obsessed with causing harm. Campaigners want judges to be able to ban paedophiles from changing their names while putting them on the register. Terry Price, now named Mr Mac, was convicted in 2017 of raping Ms Wright and got 22 years. He had changed his name from Nicholas Gregory after he was jailed for breaching a sexual offences order made in 2010.
January 16, 2021 21:24 UTC
A film shared on Instagram and other social media shows 19-year-old Kelvin Odunyi’s killing as if it had happened on multi-million selling game Grand Theft Auto. Kelvin was shot in the head by a moped gunman outside a cinema in Wood Green, North London, in 2018. The GTA video shows moped riders shooting a bystander outside a theatre. (Image: Met Police)Then a real-sounding 999 call says: “Someone has been shot dead at Hollywood Green cinema, Wood Green” before violent drill rap music is played. “No-one has ever been arrested for his murder, we want those people responsible to be caught.”In 2019 Kelvin’s family discovered a drill rap video online boasting about his killing which has been watched 25,000 times.
January 16, 2021 21:20 UTC
The actress still has scars on her hands from frantically scrabbling earth off the buried Oscar nominee. The two were filming a scene in The Dig, the story of an archaeologist uncovering an Anglo-Saxon ship. Bafta winner Carey, 35, was worried director Simon Stone’s pit-side cave-in scene was too realistic as Schindler’s List star Ralph, 58, got covered. All the actors were thinking, ‘We’ve got to get Ralph out’.”She added to Total Film mag: “It was terrifying. (Image: Netflix)He said: “It wasn’t that I was being crushed by earth, but I remember just feeling really cold because I was surrounded by this damp, cold earth and clay.
January 16, 2021 20:56 UTC
In other art news, Google has launched a new Art Filter in its Google Arts & Culture app that allows you to transform yourself into famous works. Florent Robineau, Tech Lead at Google Arts & Culture, said: “What if you could learn about the story of the Girl with a Pearl Earring while wearing her earrings yourself? Download the free Google Arts & Culture app from the Google Play Store or App Store2. Tap Art Filter4. Using the carousel at the bottom of the screen, swipe through and tap on the filter you’d like to try5.
January 16, 2021 20:44 UTC
Alongside the footage, taken from Hammer's private Instagram account (above), he writes about 'f**king Miss Cayman'. 'The Miss Cayman Islands Universe Committee is aware of a video allegedly posted by Armie Hammer referring to a scantily clad young woman as 'Miss Cayman,' the statement read. 'The role of Miss Cayman is in part, to serve as a role model to young Caymanian women. Pictured: Hammer posted this photo to his official Instagram account on January 2, writing: 'Free at last! Recent photos posted to Hammer's official account show him with longer hair, similar to his vaping video posted the same day.
January 16, 2021 20:33 UTC
The Bishop of Cork and Ross, Dr Fintan Gavin has welcomed a commitment by religious orders involved in mother and baby homes to talk to the Government about establishing a redress scheme for former residents and their children. Bishop Gavin said some of the religious orders had already indicated their willingness to contribute to a scheme of redress, and this was welcome even though the issue of restitution was a complex matter. However, notwithstanding the fact the order was based in the UK, Bishop Gavin said he would support calls that any process for the disposal of assets owned by such orders “would include the moral rights of the survivors”. Bishop Gavin also appealed to legislators to find ways to facilitate the Catholic Church making birth and baptismal records available to people born in mother and baby homes. Bishop Gavin made his comments in a statement where he apologised for the Catholic Church’s role in creating “a culture of fear, judgment and secrecy” around mother and baby homes such as Bessborough.
January 16, 2021 19:30 UTC
A total of 60 deaths and 3,231 new cases of Covid-19 have been reported by the National Public Health Emergency Team (Nphet). This brings to 2,595 the total number of deaths from Covid-19 and 169,780 the number of cases in the Republic since the onset of the pandemic. The UK variant is very likely making our challenge more difficult. Please stay at home.”Of the 3,231 new cases, 931 cases are in Dublin, 388 in Cork, 238 in Louth, 155 in Waterford, 151 in Limerick and the remaining 1,368 cases are spread across all other counties. “The UK variant has adapted to us; simply put, it is better at moving from person to person when we come into contact,” he said.
January 16, 2021 17:49 UTC
Introduction by Jim Coughlan, Visual Media ManagerThe Irish Examiner Readers’ Photography Competition was started many years ago with the intention of promoting and encouraging our readers who had a passion for photography; to give them a forum where their work can be expressed and shown to a wide audience, and to reward them for their talents. Of course, having the technology and equipment is only half the battle when taking a really great photograph. We had over 3,700 entries to our competition this year .. each one a testament to the great talent we have for photography in Ireland. We would like to take this opportunity to thank you for taking the time to enter our 2020 competition and also to congratulate our worthy winners this year. I would also like to remind you that our 2021 competition is now officially open and ready for entries.
January 16, 2021 14:48 UTC
Ten people have been fined after gardaí patrolling in the Wicklow mountains found them outside their 5km limit. This is the second weekend in which gardai have identified large number numbers of people visiting the mountains in spite of the Covid-19 restrictions. Last weekend, people were being turned away from the Wicklow uplands, while several towing trucks were deployed to take vehicles away on Sunday. Some tow trucks were removing two vehicles at a time; one on the back of the truck and another towed behind. One Garda source familiar with the operation told The Irish Times that gardaí would have towed more vehicles away but the way cars had been parked blocked access.
January 16, 2021 13:49 UTC
US pharmaceuticals giant AbbVie has won an appeal against an unexpected €500 million-plus Irish stamp duty bill it was left with in relation to its takeover of Dublin-domiciled peer Allergan last year. The Irish Tax Appeals Commission published its determination in the case on its website in recent days in a heavily-redacted document that does not name the appellant. This type of deal – used routinely in takeover deals involving Irish public limited companies – previously avoided stamp duty. However, Allergan, as an Irish-domiciled company, was also caught by the stamp duty, even though its shares are traded in New York and its top executives operate from New Jersey. The Tax Appeals Commission document redacts that date and exchange rate at which the stamp duty liability was assessed.
January 16, 2021 13:41 UTC
HSE CEO Paul Reid said the ventilators were never deployed in a clinical setting as they did not meet the HSE's quality assurance standards. Regarding due diligence on Roqu’s CEO Robert Quirke, Mr Bresnan cites “lots of mentions of dealing with countries in Eastern Europe”. Contacts had described Mr Quirke to Mr Bresnan as a "good guy". “His company doesn’t have a fantastic track record from a paperwork sense – 3 years of registrations with no accounts filed,” Mr Bresnan states. Mr Bresnan suggested that Irish agencies should “secure a person with a clinical engineering/medical device regulatory background to act as HSE eyes and ears on ground”.
January 16, 2021 13:03 UTC
Another year of restrictions related to Covid-19 would be necessary before the number of people vaccinated would be sufficient to protect the public in general from the disease, a top health official has said. Meanwhile, close to 6,500 HSE staff are currently out sick with Covid-19, the HSE chief Paul Reid has stated. In the meantime, it’s more important than ever to abide by the public health guidance so that we can stop the spread of the virus,” he told Máirín Ní Ghadhra on Raidió na Gaeltachta. So again, it’s a really strong message out to the public – this virus infects everybody,” he told RTÉ’s Saturday with Katie Hannon show. The HSE chief said there are about 250 people who are not in ICU but who still require “significant supports such as oxygen”.
January 16, 2021 13:02 UTC
Mr Quirke (41) had worked for a digital sales agency before joining the IDA as a vice president of technology in October 2015. Why the deal needed to be sealed so quickly has not been confirmed either by Roqu or the HSE. Mr Quirke told the Irish Examiner that five, not four, deliveries in total had been made, equating to the delivery of 72 devices. Mr Quirke said the issue was that the devices required “specific ongoing calibration”, and that he had put the HSE in touch with the manufacturers “for clarification”. Mr Quirke for his part has stated that his company “has at all times acted in good faith under the direction and supervision of the HSE”.
January 16, 2021 12:56 UTC