Reputed white supremacist allowed to withdraw pleas

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! A reputed white supremacist who was sentenced to more than 50 years in prison after admitting he tried to kill an African-American man and shot at deputies will be allowed to withdraw his no-contest pleas. Brian Tobias, 29, will remain imprisoned on a 34-year sentence for his conviction of 10 other offenses but he can withdraw his pleas to the most serious offenses because a prosecutor incorrectly stated that his pleas would not interfere with his right to appeal, an appellate court ruled. “When you plead guilty and enter into a plea bargain, you cannot raise on appeal most of the issues you could have raised if you had pleaded not guilty and been convicted by a jury,” said Tobias’ appellate attorney, Jonathan Milberg. “If the prosecutor or judge tells you during a plea bargain negotiation that as part of the plea you can appeal, then what you have, they refer to it in case law as illusory promise. He thinks he can plead and take advantage of a plea bargain, which involves a reduction of time, and still raise all issues on appeal. Since he was misled or may have been misled, the Court of Appeal is giving him this option.” The three-judge appellate court panel also reversed the false imprisonment conviction involving Tobias’ girlfriend, who he held hostage during a car chase the day after the African-American man was wounded. Tobias received eight months for the false imprisonment count. Tobias was sentenced in July 2004 to 34 years and eight months in prison after being convicted by a jury of kidnapping, false imprisonment, felony evading, six counts of exhibiting a firearm to a peace officer and shooting at an inhabited vehicle in connection with the July 3, 2003, chase. Jurors deadlocked 11-1 in favor of guilty on two counts of attempted murder on a peace officer. Still awaiting trial in the drive-by July 2, 2003, shooting of the African-American man in Lancaster, Tobias was brought back to court the next year and pleaded no contest to attempted murder, and to two counts of assault with a firearm on a peace officer for the chase. For those offenses, Tobias was sentenced to an additional 16 years and eight months in prison. In the drive-by shooting, Tobias was the driver and his passenger, Michael Kelly, was the shooter, officials said. Kelly is serving an eight-year prison sentence. Prosecutors said Tobias set off the chase the next day when a sheriff’s deputy tried to pull him over in a stolen 1984 Honda. Deputies captured Tobias and freed a woman passenger unharmed when the chase ended in the desert in Lake Los Angeles. Authorities said Tobias dragged the woman out of the car by her hair and used her as a human shield while putting a gun to her head. Officials with the state Attorney General’s Office said they were disappointed with the ruling from the Second District Court of Appeal. “At this point we are reviewing our options and we will be conferring with the District Attorney as well,” spokesman Nathan Barankin said. The appellate justices said they reversed the false-imprisonment conviction because the offense was included in the kidnapping of which Tobias was also convicted. State prosecutors argued Tobias committed one kidnapping of the woman during the pursuit and a second kidnapping when he pulled her from the Honda, held her at gunpoint, forcibly moved her and used her as a human shield. “The arbitrary division of the incident into two offenses is not supported by the evidence,” the ruling said. [email protected] (661) 267-5744 last_img read more

South African initiation film shines at Sundance Film Festival

first_imgA new South African film, The Wound, which tackles the secretive world of initiation rituals, premiered at this year’s Sundance Film Festival, the leading global independent film showcase. South African musician and actor Nakhane Touré stars in the controversial and widely praised South African film The Wound, which debuted at the Sundance Film Festival in January 2017. (Image: Urucu Media)CD AndersonThe Wound, a feature drama by South African filmmaker John Trengrove, is set during a traditional initiation ritual for teenage boys in a rural Xhosa community. It explores conflicts between tradition and modernity while dissecting the role of masculinity and sexuality in South African culture.South African musician Nakhane Touré plays the film’s central character, Xolani, an initiation mentor who is secretly gay and is conflicted between his culture’s traditions and his own inner desires.The film, a South African-European co-production, premiered at the respected Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah on 27 January 2017.The festival, which annually attracts more than 50,000 visitors, filmmakers and film distributors from around the world, was founded in 1978 by actor Robert Redford as a platform to showcase small scale, independently made films, particularly those made outside the Hollywood system.Billing The Wound on its official website before its debut, Sundance said the film offered a rare glimpse into the “secretive male-only cultural ritual fighting for relevance in an increasingly westernised world and orchestrates a complex, dynamic examination of sexuality, masculinity, and the clash between traditional and contemporary African values”.Variety, the influential US film industry trade journal, described it as a “hard-edged but beautifully wrought study of clashing Xhosa models of masculinity”, saying it would be an eye-opener to outsiders — and some South Africans too.Another leading US publication, The Hollywood Reporter, praised Touré’s performance as an “expressive … impressive screen debut”. It called the film “intense and provocative”.The Wound has been widely praised and criticised both in South Africa and abroad for its realistic and honest depiction of initiation ceremonies, something usually not exposed to the outside world.In an interview with the Sundance website, Trengrove admitted that ritual initiation was very controversial in South Africa. Having been explored comprehensively in South African art and media over the last 20 years, however, he said that the time was now right to begin talking about the subject in a rational and compassionate way.“I think our film comes at a moment when there’s a growing conversation about a sensitive subject,” he stated. “The ritual has come under fire for reasons of relevance and safety. I think equally it’s still regarded as a meaningful process that boys go through that shows them their place in the world of men.”The Wound will also be screened at the Berlin International Film Festival this month, before returning home to open the 2017 Durban Film Festival in June. It will then be released in selected cinemas countrywide in July.Watch the trailer for The Wound belowSource: Sundance Film Festival websiteWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa material.last_img read more

Syngenta corn seed settlement claims due Oct. 12

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest By Peggy Kirk Hall, Associate Professor and Director, OSU Agricultural & Resource Law ProgramThose post cards advising producers of a $1.51 billion settlement in the Syngenta corn seed lawsuits are legitimate, and corn producers seeking compensation from the settlement must file claims by 11:59 p.m. on October 12, 2018. The settlement is the result of class action and individual lawsuits alleging that Syngenta failed to receive import approval from China before selling its genetically modified Viptera and Duracade seeds in the United States, which led to the rejection of U.S. corn shipments and a lowering of corn prices from 2013 to 2018.Who can file a claim?Three types of claimants that were involved in the U.S. corn market between Sept. 15, 2013 and April 10, 2018 may file claims.Corn producers, which includes any owner, operator, landlord or tenant who shared in the risk of producing any variety of corn, not just Syngenta varieties. Landlords who operated under fixed cash leases are not eligible. 2. Grain handling facilities that purchased, transported, stored, handled and sold any variety of corn. 3. Ethanol production facilities that produced, purchased and sold dried distillers’ grains from any variety of corn. How to file a claim?File electronically through a secure, encrypted portal at or download a printed form on the same website to file via U.S. mail. Claimants must file using either a federal tax ID number or social security number and must file a separate claim for each Form 578 filed with FSA. Note that the settlement claims administrator states that all claims information is confidential and will be destroyed after the payment of claims.How much will a claimant receive?Payments will vary and will depend upon the total number of filed claims. For corn producers, the claims administrator will determine payments based on the following factors: (1) compensable recovery quantity as calculated by number of acres, ownership interest, NASS county yields and predetermined marketing year averages, (2) the year of planting, (3) the producer’s ownership interest, and (4) whether the producer purchased and planted Agrisure Viptera or Duracade seed or a different variety.When will claimants receive payments?A claimant might not receive a payment for about a year. A court hearing to approve the settlement will take place in the U.S District Court in Kansas on Nov. 15, 2018. If the court approves the settlement, those who object to the approval can file appeals. Final payments won’t occur until the court resolves all appeals, which could take about a year or more.Must claimants report payments as income?Class action settlement payments that compensate for the loss of business income should be reported for tax purposes. Claimants should consult with tax advisors to determine IRS reporting requirements.For more information, an extensive list of frequently asked questions about the Syngenta corn seed settlement is available here.last_img read more

a month agoBorussia Dortmund winger Sergio Gomez defends Barcelona attacker Dembele

first_imgAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say Borussia Dortmund winger Sergio Gomez defends Barcelona attacker Dembeleby Carlos Volcanoa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveBorussia Dortmund winger Sergio Gomez insists Ousmane Dembele can be a success at Barcelona.Dembele will face his old club in the Champions League tonight.Gomez, formerly of Barca, was asked about Dembele’s problems at the Nou Camp.He told Sport: “Dembélé is a player who has given a lot to Borussia. With (Thomas) Tuchel, he learned a lot. And thanks to that, he is now in Barça. “Why does it not work in Barça? These are different championships. I do not know what problem Dembélé has. But he is a very good player, young and I am sure that in the years to come, he will be one of the greatest.” last_img read more

22 days agoArsenal fullback Bellerin: Injury made me a better player

first_imgArsenal fullback Bellerin: Injury made me a better playerby Freddie Taylor22 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveHector Bellerin says he’s a better player after going through a long-term injury. The Spaniard made his second appearance of the seasonin the 4-0 win over Standard Liege on Thursday.Bellerin has returned from a knee injury he sustained in January and believes the experience improved him as a footballer.He told BT Sport: “It’s one of the best feelings to be back.”It has made me more mature, it has made me a better player I am so thankful for everyone around me, they have made it easier for me and I am now happy to be back playing football.” About the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your saylast_img

Youth Participate in Public Media Access Consultation

first_img The first of two Youth and Public Media Access consultations was hosted by the Public Broadcasting Corporation of Jamaica (PBCJ), on June 15, at the Jamaica Conference Centre in downtown Kingston.Organised in collaboration with the Ministry of Education, Youth and Information; the Broadcasting Commission and the Social Development Commission, the forum was aimed at consulting with young persons to create content relevant to the needs of today’s youth.State Minister for Education, Youth and Information, Hon. Floyd Green, who spoke at the opening ceremony, said the activity is one of several measures being implemented by the Government to actively engage youth in policy formulation.“We believe they are ready to guide the Government in what they want to see implemented for their country. We want our young people to be integral in that determining process,” he argued.The State Minister pointed out that the National Youth Policy 2015 to 2030 is before the Human Resource Committee of the Cabinet, after which it will be presented to Cabinet and then tabled in Parliament.He noted that the policy will formalise the Government’s efforts to give greater voice to youth on national development issues.Meanwhile, Chairman of the PBCJ, Gladstone Wilson, said the agency wants to hear from the youth “what their experiences are with social media and other media, how do they access these, what kind of access they would like to see as well as what kind of programmes”.“If we can get them to buy into this concept, it will change how media is accessed by young people in Jamaica,” he added.Some 30 participants between 14 and 22 years of age, from St. Thomas, St. Mary, Kingston and St. Andrew, Portland, St. Catherine and Clarendon, took part in the forum.Several topics were addressed by media industry experts, including ‘Characteristics of Youth Cohorts’; ‘Content Interest and Preferred Time of Day’; ‘Popular Media Platforms of Public Media’; ‘Education – Use of Public Media for Teaching; ‘Subject Preferences’, ‘Organising an Effective Means of Transmission’; and ‘Practical Steps to Organise Citizen Reporters to Compile Short-Duration Content and News’.The forum also featured a presentation by Executive Director of the Broadcasting Commission, Cordel Green, on ‘Content and New Technology’.The other consultation will be staged in the western section of the island to accommodate youth from Westmoreland, St. James, Hanover, Trelawny, St. Ann and Manchester.PBCJ offers radio and television and new media production services as well as provides library and archive information. Story Highlights Organised in collaboration with the Ministry of Education, Youth and Information; the Broadcasting Commission and the Social Development Commission, the forum was aimed at consulting with young persons to create content relevant to the needs of today’s youth. PBCJ offers radio and television and new media production services as well as provides library and archive information. The first of two Youth and Public Media Access consultations was hosted by the Public Broadcasting Corporation of Jamaica (PBCJ), on June 15, at the Jamaica Conference Centre in downtown Kingston. last_img read more

Alberta premier ready to talk but wants action at Trans Mountain meeting

first_imgEDMONTON – Alberta Premier Rachel Notley says she will attend a meeting about the Trans Mountain pipeline in good faith and with an open mind, but the bottom line is the expansion project must get built without delay.Notley also says she will bring in legislation next week that would allow her to curtail oil shipments to British Columbia — regardless of the outcome of her Sunday meeting with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and B.C. Premier John Horgan.Such action is expected to cause gas prices and other costs to spike in B.C.Trudeau has called the meeting for Ottawa amid increasing public pressure to resolve the impasse over Kinder Morgan’s pipeline from Edmonton to the port at Burnaby, B.C.The $7.4-billion expansion would triple the amount of oil headed to the coast, which Notley says is critical to ease transportation bottlenecks that are causing Canadian heavy oil to sell at a deep discount.The project already has federal approval, but Kinder Morgan says delay tactics and court challenges by B.C. have put the financial viability of it in jeopardy.(Companies in this story: TSX:KML)last_img read more

Rahul to contest from Wayanad in Kerala along with Amethi

first_imgNew Delhi: In a bid to improve the Congress’ position in south India, party president Rahul Gandhi will contest from Wayanad Lok Sabha constituency in Kerala besides his traditional stronghold of Amethi in Uttar Pradesh.Veteran Congress leader from Kerala and former Defence Minister A K Antony made this announcement at a press conference here Sunday, saying Gandhi had consented to fight from Wayanad following requests from the party’s state unit. The decision is seen as an attempt by the Congress to consolidate its electoral base in south India, especially Kerala which has 20 Lok Sabha seats. Tamil Nadu has 39 Lok Sabha seats and Karnataka has 28. “This is a message to the southern states that they are deeply valued and respected. Congress president Rahul Gandhi has said he will represent Amethi but will also represent southern states as they are an important part of India’s way of life”, Congress chief spokesperson Randeep Surjewala said. He said Gandhi has said Amethi is his ‘karmabhoomi’ and he will never leave it. The announcement evoked sharp reactions from both the Left and the Right of the political spectrum. Reacting to the development, CPI(M) Politbureau member Prakash Karat said that the decision of the Congress to field Rahul Gandhi from Wayanad shows that the party wants to take on the Left in Kerala. BJP chief Amit Shah also took a sharp dig at Gandhi contesting from two seats at a rally in Uttar Pradesh. “Congress’ vote bank politics has worked on playing with the security of the country. It is the result of this that Rahul Gandhi has left Amethi and run away to Kerala because he knows that voters will seek account from him in Amethi this time,” Shah said. Senior Congress leader Antony said Wayanad is situated in Kerala but also surrounded by Tamil Nadu and Karnataka. “In a way, it’ll satisfy the requests of three southern states,” he said. There were many requests from Karnataka, Tamil Nadu and Kerala, the former defence minister said, adding that one of the major reasons for consideration was that it is a trijunction of the three southern states. “Amethi and Rahul do not have a political relationship. Amethi ke mann mein Rahul baste hain. It is a family relationship and cannot be broken by BJP’s politics,” Surjewala said. Congress had won eight Lok Sabha seats in Kerala in the 2014 Lok Sabha elections, besides two by its ally Indian Union Muslim League (IUML) and one by Kerala Congress (Mani) and one by Revolutionary Socialist Party (RSP). Wayanad district is in the northeastern part of Kerala and houses various tribal groups of the state. The area was badly affected due to last year’s floods.last_img read more

Meanwhile SpiceJet inks pact with Gulfs Emirates for codeshare pact

first_imgMumbai: Budget carrier SpiceJet on Monday said it has inked an initial pact with Gulf-based Emirates for code-share partnership, a move that will give wider connectivity to its passengers on the latter’s network across the US, Europe, Africa and Middle East. In turn, Emirates’ passengers will enjoy unhindered access to SpiceJet’s 51 domestic destinations — 10 through direct connectivity and rest 41 through connecting flights, the airline said in a release. Also Read – Thermal coal import may surpass 200 MT this fiscalSpiceJet’s first code-share partnership with Emirates, which is subject to regulatory approvals, assumes significance in the back drop of the temporary grounding of domestic carrier Jet Airways, which has investment from Emirates’ rival carrier Etihad. Before grounding all its flights to and from Etihad’s hub Abu Dhabi on March 18, Jet Airways had sizeable operations to the UAE capital city. “I am delighted to announce that as part of SpiceJet’s international expansion strategy, we have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) for a code-share agreement with Emirates. This new partnership should immensely benefit passengers travelling on both airlines,” SpiceJet chairman and managing director Ajay Singh was quoted as saying in the release.last_img read more

Zlatan apologizes to Manchester United fans for arriving too late

first_imgThe great Zlatan Ibrahimovic feel very sorry for not being able to produce more for Manchester United and playing for the club at a later stage of his career.All the fans that got to watch and enjoy Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s career in Europe from start to finish, know very well how good the striker was in his better years, all but the Manchester United fans at least. When the Swedish striker player for clubs like Ajax, Juventus, Inter, Barcelona, and even at PSG, his level was at the very top amongst the best strikers in the world. By the time the Red Devils attempted to sign Ibrahimovic, it was a little late in his career and he doesn’t feel like he delivered the Zlatan we all knew from his best form.? “I think the boss has something going on. We will keep that a secret!”#MUFC #MUTOUR— Manchester United (@ManUtd) July 24, 2018harry maguire, manchester UnitedMaguire says United need to build on today’s win George Patchias – September 14, 2019 Harry Maguire wants his United teammates to build on the victory over Leicester City.During the summer, Harry Maguire was referred to as the ultimate…Then there was also that nasty knee injury he suffered on his first season playing with United, that prompted a very short-lived career with the English club and left the fans thirsty for more Zlatan goals after scoring 28 goals in his first 46 appearances. Now that the Red Devils are visiting Los Angeles for the summer tour, the LA Galaxy striker has already visited his former team and spoken to the club’s communication staff about the best moments he lived in the club. However, Zlatan does have some regrets.“I feel sorry for the fans – if they’d seen me younger, they’d have seen a different lion. For the Premier League, it would have been dangerous, as I would have eaten them for breakfast; instead, I took them for lunch. But I came: they wanted me, I gave them me and I took over. Been there and done that. I would need more time to explain my feelings but let’s start with a big thanks to everybody – what they did was amazing and I hope they are as happy as I am.“I gave as much as I could for as long as I could; when I got injured, I got support in a different way. They always stood behind me and my team-mates. “They are special: everywhere I see red, I think about United. It will remain in history and my career; when I look back at my time with United, I will do it with a smile. I wish them all the best in the future,” Zlatan told the Manchester United website.last_img read more