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Chelsea Manning released after 7 years in military prison

first_img Recommended SHARE Published: May 17, 2017 5:41 AM EDT Updated: May 17, 2017 9:42 AM EDT Chelsea Manning released from jail on contempt charge Chelsea Manning released after 7 years in military prison center_img Do you see a typo or an error? Let us know. KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) Pvt. Chelsea Manning, the transgender soldier convicted of giving classified government materials to WikiLeaks, was released from a Kansas military prison early Wednesday after serving seven years of her 35-year sentence.U.S. Army spokeswoman Cynthia Smith told The Associated Press that Manning was released from Fort Leavenworth military prison, but that she couldn’t provide any further details. Manning tweeted after she was granted clemency that she planned to move to Maryland. The Crescent, Oklahoma, native has an aunt who lives there.Manning, who was known as Bradley Manning before transitioning in prison, was convicted in 2013 of 20 counts, including six Espionage Act violations, theft and computer fraud. She was acquitted of the most serious charge of aiding the enemy. President Barack Obama granted Manning clemency in his final days in office in January.Manning, a former intelligence analyst in Iraq, has acknowledged leaking the materials, which included battlefield video. She said she wanted to expose what she considered to be the U.S. military’s disregard of the effects of war on civilians and that she released information that she didn’t believe would harm the U.S.Critics said the leaks laid bare some of the nation’s most-sensitive secrets and endangered information sources, prompting the State Department to help some of those people move to protect their safety. Several ambassadors were recalled, expelled or reassigned because of embarrassing disclosures.Manning, who was arrested in 2010, filed a transgender rights lawsuit in prison and attempted suicide twice last year, according to her lawyers.Obama’s decision to commute Manning’s sentence to about seven years, including the time she spent locked up before being convicted, drew strong criticism from members of Congress and others, with Republican House Speaker Paul Ryan calling the move “just outrageous.”In a statement last week – her first public comments since Obama intervened – Manning thanked that former president and said that letters of support from veterans and fellow transgender people inspired her “to work toward making life better for others.”“For the first time, I can see a future for myself as Chelsea,” she said. “I can imagine surviving and living as the person who I am and can finally be in the outside world. Freedom used to be something that I dreamed of but never allowed myself to fully imagine.”Her attorneys have said Manning was subjected to violence in prison and argued the military mistreated her by requiring her to serve her sentence in an all-male prison, restricting her physical and mental health care and not allowing her to keep a feminine haircut.The Department of Defense has repeatedly declined to discuss Manning’s treatment in prison.The Army said Tuesday that Manning would remain on active duty in a special, unpaid status that will legally entitle her to military medical care, along with commissary privileges. An Army spokeswoman, Lt. Col. Jennifer Johnson, said Manning will be on “excess leave” while her court-martial conviction is under appellate review. Related Articles:Obama cuts short Chelsea Manning’s prison sentence Author: AP Chelsea Manning jailed for refusing to testify on Wikileaks last_img read more

Will-writing could still be regulated

first_imgWill-writing could eventually be brought within the scope of regulation, despite the government’s spurning of the profession’s call to make it a reserved activity. Justice secretary Chris Grayling last week responded to the Legal Services Board’s recommendation for regulation by saying there was insufficient evidence to suggest the extension would improve consumer protection. But Grayling indicated that a decision on will-writing might also have conflicted with separate work that could lead to the sector becoming more regulated. A Ministry of Justice spokesman said: ‘We want to simplify the regulatory framework for the legal services sector and reduce the burdens on the industry.’last_img

Waratah Series 2 EMUs enter service in Sydney

first_imgAUSTRALIA: The first of the Waratah Series 2 double-deck suburban electric multiple-units entered passenger service with Sydney Trains on September 6. All 24 of the eight-car units are scheduled to be progressively introduced by early 2019.Transport for New South Wales ordered the EMUs from Downer EDI in December 2016 under the Sydney Growth Trains project, which forms part of the New South Wales government’s A$1·5bn ‘More Trains, More Services’ programme. The Series 2 EMUs are similar to the 78 eight-car Waratah sets delivered in 2011-14 by the Downer-led Reliance Rail consortium under a PPP contract. Construction has been outsourced to CRRC Changchun Railway Vehicles, which manufactured the bodyshells for the original Waratahs.The Series 2 trains feature improved air-conditioning with ‘advanced’ temperature control, more than 90 internal and external CCTV cameras, two customer help points per car, improved accessibility with priority seating, wheelchair spaces and hearing aid loops, high-definition information screens and improved interior LED lighting.‘We have built on the success of the original Waratah train fleet to deliver Sydney’s newest trains in record time’, said Downer CEO Grant Fenn. ‘We understand the transport challenges in New South Wales and the need to increase capacity as quickly as possible with improved passenger comfort and the highest standards of safety.’last_img read more

Nash praises local cooperation in resolving water main break

first_imgOakland County Water Resources Commissioner Jim Nash (Oakland County photo)Oakland County Water Resources Commissioner Jim Nash said today that without the tremendous cooperation of local municipalities, the water main break which occurred exactly one week ago would have had a more far-reaching impact on the more than 300,000 residents in Oakland County communities affected by the break.“I want to voice special appreciation to West Bloomfield Township and its Water and Sewer Utilities Director Ed Haapala,” Nash said. “Without the conscientious effort of Ed and his team, the aftermath of the water main break would have been far worse.”Nash also praised the regional cooperative effort of Oakland County’s Executive branch and the exceptional effort of its departments, including the health division, homeland security and numerous others.“My own staff also was front-and- center in this battle to restore water to our customers as quickly as possible,” he said. “I’ve been a strong proponent of regional cooperation and this effort demonstrates how effective we can be when we all work together.”After a precautionary week-long boil water notice, Nash explained that his office issued the “all clear” for all areas impacted by the break.“I also sincerely appreciate the patience and understanding of our customers,” he added.“Although the water main break did not occur in a pipe under the jurisdiction or authority of my office, many of our customers were adversely affected. That’s why regional cooperation is so important.” Reported by admin Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pinterest (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Greater Farmington Chamber director resigns; interim appointed

first_img Farmington Voice Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pinterest (Opens in new window) Mary Martin (Greater Farmington Area Chamber of Commerce)The Greater Farmington Area Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors on Wednesday announced the resignation of Executive Director Mary Martin, effective August 2.According to an email sent to members, Martin joined the Chamber in 2016, “and has since worked tirelessly on behalf of the Chamber, its members and the communities of Farmington and Farmington Hills.” Marcia Rodeheffer (Greater Farmington Area Chamber)Marcia Rodeheffer, the organization’s Director of Membership Development, will serve as Interim Executive Director. In addition to being part of the staff, she was active for many years with the Chamber as a member and a Chamber Ambassador.The Chamber Board has not yet settled on a plan to find a permanent replacement for Martin, but continues to consider all options, chair Duane Reynolds said. Reported bylast_img read more

CEU Scorpions waylaids Nailtalk in PBA D-League

first_imgThe Scorpions’ suffocating defense forced the opposition to commit 35 turnovers, which they turned to 45 points and also held the Unicorns to just 26-percent clip. MANILA – Centro Escolar University Scorpions handed Nailtalk-Savio Unicorns a 107-46 beating in the 2019 PBA D-League Foundation Cup at the Ynares Sports Arena in Pasig City. Normel Delos Reyes was the lone bright spot for the Unicorns with 13 points and six rebounds as it fell to 0-2. In the first game, the Technological Institute of the Philippines Engineers got back on the winning track with a 35-point decimation of Italiano’s Homme, 133-98. The Scorpions waxed hot with 32 points in the first quarter while limiting the Unicorns to just two points – the lowest output in a quarter in the developmental league’s history. “I was worried that my players might take this game for granted dahil blowout ‘yung first game nii Nailtalk. But they came to play and did not take it for granted,” said Scorpions head coach Derrick Pumaren.center_img Rich Guinitaran paces the Centro Escolar University Scorpions’ bombardment – with 19 points and six rebounds – of the Nailtalk-Savio Unicorns in the 2019 PBA D-League Foundation Cup. PBA PHOTO Rich Guinitaran paced the Scorpions’ (2-0) bombardment with 19 points and six rebounds on Thursday while Senegalese big man Malick Diouf supplied 11 points, 11 rebounds, and three blocks. Senegalese big man Papa Ndiaye led the Engineers’ ruthless rout with 29 points. He accounted for 15 of his side’s 44-point second quarter explosion that turned a slim 22-21 lead to a 66-50 halftime advantage./PNlast_img read more

LeBron Rests; Cavs Hold Off Mavs 99-98

first_img Matt Medley is co-editor at NEO Sports Insiders, covers the Cleveland Cavaliers, Cleveland Indians and high school sports in Northeast Ohio.Follow @MedleyHoops on Twitter for live updates from games. The Cleveland Cavaliers returned home from a four-game West Coast road trip to host the Dallas Mavericks on Wednesday night at Quicken Loans Arena.It was one of the best games this group has played when their star was on the sideline, as Kyrie Irving and Kevin Love led the way to a 99-98 win over the Mavs.The Cavs were without LeBron James, who got the night off to rest for the third time this season. The Cavs were 0-2 in the previous two games he missed this season and 3-12 since the start of the 2014-2015 season when he is not on the court.Irving and company picked up some of the slack early on, as the Cavs got out to a good start and led 31-28 after one. Irving scored 11 points in the opening quarter, while the trio of Dirk Nowitzki, David Lee, and J.J. Barea did almost all of the damage for Dallas, combining for 24 of the Mavericks’ 28 points.Channing Frye kept some of the good momentum going from his two great games in Los Angeles, hitting four of his first five field goal attempts to provide a spark off the bench and help the Cavs widen their lead to as many as 20 points midway through the second quarter. The Mavericks weren’t out of it, however, as they rattled off an impressive 19-2 run in less than five minutes to make it a three-point game.Love ended the run with a clutch three from the corner and the Cavs would end the half with a little bit of momentum back on their side, leading 57-51.Irving and Love stepped up in LeBron’s absence in the first half, as Irving scored 16 points and Love contributed 14 in the first half.Nowitzki led the Mavs with 16 points in the half. Matt Medley Cleveland came out of the gate to start the second half on a roll, as they built the lead back up to 20 in the first four and a half minutes of the third quarter.Cleveland would maintain their comfortable lead through the rest of the quarter, entering the final period on top 84-68.Dallas went on a nice run midway through the fourth quarter, getting it down to a seven-point game after scoring 11 unanswered points. The Cavs would lead 89-82 with 6:42 to play.Barea would cut it to a five-point game with a beautiful floater with just under five minutes left.After Irving got it back to a seven-point game, Devin Harris hit a big three-pointer with 3:54 left to make it 93-89 in favor of Cleveland.Love would knock down two clutch free throws to get it back to a six-point lead.Zaza Pachulia answered back with a pair of free throws.The Mavs made a crucial stop on the other end and Nowitzki found Pachulia for an easy layup to trim the Cavs’ lead to 95-93 with 2:59 remaining. Tristan Thompson was called for an offensive foul on the other end, giving the Mavs the ball with a chance to tie or take the lead, but Nowitzki missed a good look from beyond the arc.Irving turned it right back over to Dallas, but Harris missed a three-point attempt and the Cavs would get possession back with 1:56 to play.Irving came through with a timely layup to make it a four-point game with 1:36 left.Dirk responded with a typical jumper he has made a Hall of Fame Career living off of, making it a two-point game with 1:11 remaining. Irving missed a three, but Barea turned it over with an unforced error, giving the Cavs the ball back with 36 seconds to go, still ahead by two.Irving gave it right back to Dallas with an errant pass, but Irving stole a pass from Harris intended for Nowitzki, forcing the Mavs to foul the point guard to shoot two free throws.Irving knocked down both calmly to make it 99-95 with 2.3 seconds remaining.Deron Williams would hit a three at the buzzer, but it wouldn’t be enough, as the Cavs held off the Mavs 99-98.Irving finished with a game-high 33 points.Love had an impressive night with 23 points and 18 rebounds.Frye was great off the bench, scoring 14 points.Nowitzki and Lee were the only two players who could get going in the first three quarters for the Mavericks, as each scored 20 points.Barea was a huge spark for Dallas in the fourth quarter, scoring nine of his total 17 points to bring the Mavs back in the game.With the win, the Cavs improve to 48-19 on the season and are now 4-12 since 2014-2015 when LeBron does not play.The Cavs are off Thursday before heading to Florida for back-to-back games against the Orlando Magic and Miami Heat on Friday and Saturday night. Related TopicsCavsCleveland CavaliersDirk NowitzkiKevin LoveKyrie IrvingLebron JamesNBAlast_img read more

Women’s tennis team begins play at USTA/ITA South Regional

first_img LAKELAND, Fla. – The West Florida women’s tennis team fared well in the first day of competition at the USTA/ITA South Regional hosted by Florida Southern Thursday at the Beermann Family Tennis Center.The Argonauts went a combined 4-2 in singles competition and 2-1 in doubles competition at the time the first edition of results were released Thursday night.After winning their opening-round singles matches, Mariana Sonnervig (Sao Paulo, Brazil/Ateneu HS) and Fernanda Amaral (Curitiba, Brazil) were eliminated in the second round. Luiza Sonnervig (Sao Paulo, Brazil/Ateneu HS) also won her opening-round match but the result of her second-round match was not available when the first edition of the results was released. UWF’s Giovana Patitucci received a first-round bye, but her second-round match was not completed when results were released.In doubles, Mariana and Luiza Sonnervig won their opening-round match but results were not available for their second-round match. Amaral and Patitucci received a first-round bye, but were defeated in the second round.Friday’s matches will begin at 8:30 a.m. at the Wynee Warden Tennis Center on the Florida Southern campus.For information on all UWF athletics, visit #ARGOS#Flight A Singles64 Fernanda Amaral (Univ. of West Florida) def. Coralie Pesenti (Saint Leo Univ.) 6-4, 6-364 Mariana Sonnervig (Univ. of West Florida) def. Kim Przeslowski (Lynn University) 6-0, 4-6, 6-264 Luiza Sonnervig (Univ. of West Florida) def. Natalia Trotter (Palm Beach Atlantic) 7-6, 6-432 Val. Confalonieri (1 (Lynn University) def. Fernanda Amaral (Univ. of West Florida) 6-2, 6-032 Linda Fritschken (5) (Barry University) vs. Mariana Sonnervig (Univ. of West Florida) — no result32 Giovana Patitucci (5 (Univ. of West Florida) vs. Joalis Dominguez (Florida Southern College) — no result32 Alex Johansson (6) (Nova Southeastern) vs. Luiza Sonnervig (Univ. of West Florida) — no resultFlight A Doubles32 Mariana Sonnervig/Luiza Sonnervig (Univ. of West Florida) def. Leyla Taracena/Veena Vasquez (Palm Beach Atlantic) 8-0 16 Mariana Sonnervig/Luiza Sonnervig (Univ. of West Florida) def. Lisa Loft/Ashley Loft (5) (Rollins College) 8-416 Andrea Berkova/Kim Przeslowski (Lynn University) def. Fernanda Amaral/Giovana Patitucci (4 (Univ. of West Florida) 8-4QF Linda Fritschken/Isabela Miro (3) (Barry University) vs. Mariana Sonnervig/Luiza Sonnervig (Univ. of West Florida) — no resultPrint Friendly Version The women’s tennis team is competing in the USTA/ITA South Regional this weekend (Photo by Bill Stockland) Sharecenter_img Women’s tennis team begins play at USTA/ITA South Regionallast_img read more

Indians Pitcher Trevor Bauer in No Mood to Discuss the Controversy Over His Social Media

first_img Related TopicsfeaturedIndiansMike ClevingerTrevor Bauer Matt Loede has been a part of the Cleveland Sports Media for over 21 years, with experience covering Major League Baseball, National Basketball Association, the National Football League and even high school and college events. He has been a part of the Cleveland Indians coverage since the opening of Jacobs/Progressive Field in 1994, and spent two and a half years covering the team for 92.3 The Fan, and covers them daily for Associated Press Radio. You can follow Matt on Twitter HERE. With articles form the likes of USA Today Sports and Deadspin slamming Tribe pitcher Trevor Bauer over his exchange with a 21-year-old college student that she deemed ‘harassment,’ one would think he would appreciate seeing the Cleveland media on Friday ahead of Saturday’s Tribefest.Turns out, Bauer was not in much of a mood to chat about anything at all related to his Twitter or any social media account for that matter, as the pitcher’s chat with the media lasted all of 39 seconds. The pitcher answered two questions, both from WOIO Ch 19’s Tony Zarrella, the first about the rumors and chatter that either he or fellow pitcher Corey Kluber might be traded this offseason.“I’m one-year deals the whole time, so I am use to it,” Bauer said when asked about the rumors of being dealt.“Ultimately nothing changes, working on getting better, being a better pitcher, throwing harder, being in better physical shape, developing a new pitch, being smarter or whatever, then you show up for the season, and wherever I am at, you try to be better.”It was at that point the question was posed about Bauer and his social media fire from the last week with the question “you had the social media thing last week,” and before Zarrella could even finish the question, the media was met with this response from Bauer“Yeah, thanks for your time guys.”At that point, he quickly exited stage left, with Zarrella saying “that’s it,” and Bauer simply replied “yep.”The quick exit by Bauer came just about an hour after he tweeted about the media being ‘soft’ for writing what he deemed were ‘baseless hit pieces’ about him. Also, note to reporters, if you’re going to write baseless hit pieces about me and not even interview me for the story, at least stick to your guns and don’t bother saying hi to me in person. If you hate me just hate me and stick to it. Don’t be soft.— Trevor Bauer (@BauerOutage) January 11, 2019Fellow Indians pitcher Mike Clevinger was asked about the situation regarding Bauer and his social media situation, to which he gave a more reasonable response about his friend.“It’s not my place to answer for him,” Clevinger said. “In my opinion as a guy from the outside looking in, he’s a guy whose being very very vocal on what’s on his mind, and a lot of people want freedom of everything but people also don’t like opinions at the same time. If you want to know him, let him be himself.”Clevinger was asked if he would ever ask Bauer to maybe tone down his interaction on twitter, to which he gave another thoughtful answer about the day and age we live in. “That’s part of him, that’s why I love him, I think it’s awesome the way he interacts, obviously he crosses that line, but how are you going to have fun if you’re not touching the line, how are you going to find the line if you don’t cross it?”Here’s video of Bauer and his quick exit:Trevor Bauer spoke to the media for 39 sec – dismissed the media after asked about the social media situation this week – here’s the video— Matt Loede (@MattLoede) January 11, 2019And here’s video of Clevinger and his answers about Bauer and his social media accounts. Asked Mike Clevinger his thoughts on Trevor Bauer and the social media situation being his close friend – here’s his thoughts— Matt Loede (@MattLoede) January 11, 2019center_img Matt Loedelast_img read more

Koga sparks Japan in World Grand Prix opener against Serbia

first_img GET THE BEST OF THE JAPAN TIMES Serbia, FIVB World Grand Prix, Masayoshi Manabe, Sarina Koga, Japan women’s volleyball KEYWORDS “I thought I would use some players that did not play in the Olympic qualifiers. I expect everybody to play well,” said Japan coach Masayoshi Manabe, whose team secured its Olympic berth in the final round of Asian qualifiers in Japan last month.“Koga is not back to her (best) condition yet and Serbia put out a weak team. I will choose the best 12 players we have for the Olympics.”Japan is in the top group featuring 12 teams and will play nine games in the first round. Six teams, including host Thailand, play in the finals in Bangkok in July. center_img IN FIVE EASY PIECES WITH TAKE 5 RIO DE JANEIRO – Sarina Koga played a starring role as the Japan women’s volleyball team breezed past Serbia in straight sets in its opening match at the FIVB World Grand Prix on Thursday.Wing spiker Koga scored 20 points, with 16 attacks, 3 blocks and one ace serve in Rio Olympic-bound Japan’s 31-29, 25-18, 28-26 win.last_img read more