Crocs, Waikiki resort sued over kid’s escalator injuries

first_img SHARE Crocs, Waikiki resort sued over kid’s escalator injuries HONOLULU (AP) – A Texas couple is suing footwear maker Crocs and a Waikiki resort after their 2-year-old son’s foot got caught in an escalator while the family visited Hawaii for an oral surgeon convention.The lawsuit says the Crocs shoes were “negligently and improperly designed,” while the Hilton Hawaiian Village was also negligent in maintaining the escalator’s safety.According to the lawsuit, the escalator tore off an extensive section of skin from the toddler’s left foot, requiring emergency surgery.Flora Kim and David Kang, of Dallas, were attending the annual meeting of the American Association of Oral Maxillofacial Surgeons in September 2014 with their son. Their lawsuit said they were leaving the convention’s opening ceremony in a resort ballroom when the boy’s foot became entangled and sucked into a space between a step and the sidewall of the escalator.“Eventually a bystander was able to activate an emergency stop button, but not until (the boy) had traveled almost the entire distance between floors while his foot was painfully trapped in the moving escalator,” said the lawsuit, initially filed in Hawaii state court in June but transferred to federal court this week.The boy’s foot was trapped for nearly an hour before a rescue team arrived with proper equipment. He spent two days at Honolulu hospital after emergency surgery and received additional medical care in Texas. The boy had two more surgeries – one to repair skin on his injured foot and one due to complications from the skin graft site, the lawsuit said.Crocs policy is not to comment on pending litigation, company spokesman Patrick Rich said in an email Thursday. Hilton representatives didn’t immediately return messages Thursday.Crocs knew as early as 2008 that children suffered severe injuries when the shoes got trapped in small spaces on escalators, the lawsuit said.According to reports appearing across the United States and as far away as Singapore and Japan, entrapments occur because of two of the biggest selling points of shoes like Crocs: their flexibility and grip. Some report the shoes get caught in the “teeth” at the bottom or top of the escalator, or in the crack between the steps and the side of the escalator.The reports of serious injuries have all involved young children.The boy was holding his mother’s hand while they rode the escalator, the family’s Dallas lawyers said. The escalator severed tendons and muscles and broke bones. “In essence, his foot was completely crushed and destroyed,” one of their lawyers, Leslie Chaggaris, said. There’s concern there’s permanent damage to his foot and growth plate, she said, adding that the child had night terrors for many months afterward. Published: August 18, 2016 7:40 PM EDT Do you see a typo or an error? Let us know.last_img read more

6 shot, 3 others hurt in Houston neighborhood; gunman dead

first_img6 shot, 3 others hurt in Houston neighborhood; gunman dead Do you see a typo or an error? Let us know. HOUSTON (AP) – A disgruntled lawyer who had numerous weapons randomly shot at drivers in a Houston neighborhood Monday morning, hitting six people, one critically, before he was shot and killed by police, authorities said. Another three people had injuries from glass or debris.The first report of the shootings came in at about 6:30 a.m., Police Chief Martha Montalvo said at a news conference, and the suspect began firing at officers when they arrived. Montalvo did not identify the man; Mayor Sylvester Turner told KTRK-TV that the lawyer was “disgruntled” and “either fired or had a bad relationship with this law firm.”Numerous weapons were found at the scene, a bomb-squad robot examined a Porsche that’s believed to be the shooter’s and bomb squad officers also were scouring the suspect’s residence, Montalvo said.The entrance to the condo complex, which is near the affluent enclave of West University Place, was still blocked off with police tape late Monday morning. Several cars with bullet holes and shattered windows were at a nearby strip mall.Jennifer Molleda and her husband live in the same condo complex as the shooter. Though she heard gunshots about 6:12 a.m. and called 911, her husband left for work. The 45-year-old called him not long after, and he told her “I’m hit, I’m hit.”After the shooting stopped at 7:15 a.m., Molleda found her husband, 49-year-old Alan Wakim, several blocks away in the parking lot of a nearby strip mall. His Mustang had two shots that went through the windshield, and he told her that he saw a red laser beam before the shots were fired. He was taken to a hospital to be treated.“He got out of his car, we hugged, we cried,” Molleda said, adding that after she saw everything he believes the man was “aiming to kill.”Molleda said that said a few weeks ago, the suspect brandished an assault-style weapon at roofers in the complex. She said she didn’t know him very well but described him as quiet. “He’s a normal, average Joe,” she said.Another witness, 30-year-old Antwon Wilson, inadvertently drove into the shooting scene after dropping off his girlfriend at work and could “literally hear the gunfire flying.” He managed to flee and escape injury.Lee Williams left his home in the neighborhood upon hearing gunshots and began directing traffic away from the condo complex, noting that people usually cut through the area to avoid some busier intersections. One car ignored him, he said, and was immediately shot at. Williams couldn’t see the gunman because it was dark, but believed he saw the muzzle flashes.“Whatever cars were going by, he was shooting at them,” the 55-year-old said, noting he heard at least 50 gunshots over 40 or so minutes. As he was being interviewed, neighbors came by and patted him on the back, thanking him for keeping people safe.Of the nine people hurt, Houston Fire Department spokesman Ruy Lozano said six were shot and three had minor injuries related to glass. Montalvo said one person was hospitalized in critical condition and another in serious condition.“The investigation is active. It’s very, very early. We want to make sure there is no other gunman. We are checking every angle, I can assure you,” Turner told the TV station. SHARE Published: September 26, 2016 12:20 PM EDT Updated: September 26, 2016 2:48 PM EDT last_img read more

Man charged in Iowa officers’ slayings

first_img Do you see a typo or an error? Let us know. DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – An Iowa man charged Thursday with killing two police officers was facing intense money problems, had been found by a judge to hit and financially exploit his mother and was ordered to move out of her basement hours before the slayings.Scott Michael Greene, 46, was arrested Thursday afternoon after detectives questioned him at the Des Moines police station. Greene was secured with the handcuffs that had belonged to the patrolmen who were killed in ambush-style attacks, Des Moines Sgt. Anthony Beminio and Urbandale officer Justin Martin, and was booked into the county jail.Greene was charged with two counts of first-degree murder. If convicted, he would receive an automatic sentence of life in prison without parole. A statement from Des Moines police said the investigation has produced probable cause to support the charges.Police said earlier Thursday that a search dog recovered a high-powered rifle in a wooded area that they believe Greene used to fire on the officers. Greene had been hospitalized for treatment of a pre-existing medical condition following his surrender Wednesday morning. He left the hospital Thursday.Greene, an unemployed father who lived in the Des Moines suburb of Urbandale, was increasingly desperate for money in recent weeks, court records show.District Judge Carla Schemmel ruled Tuesday that Greene had committed elder abuse against his 66-year-old mother, Patricia Greene, by “physically hitting and financially exploiting” her. She ordered him to move out of his mother’s home, where he had been living in a basement bedroom, before Nov. 6 and to stay away from the home for a year.Patricia Greene had applied for the restraining order Oct. 19, two days after she was arrested and charged with striking her son in the face during an altercation that he had recorded with his cellphone. She wrote in the application that she believed her son “set me up to get me in trouble.” Patricia Greene wrote that while she was in jail, Scott Greene told one of her friends that Patricia Greene needed to give him $20,000 and that if his mother paid, “he would move and not bother” her again.Patricia Greene also wrote that her son had sent an acquaintance “a bunch of rambling, offensive” text messages, warned that he would no longer take care of her cat and was going through her personal belongings. She said her son had subjected her to mental, emotional and financial abuse.A temporary protective order was issued Oct. 20. Schemmel issued the permanent order during Tuesday’s hearing, where it was served on Scott Greene. The order, which warned that any violations would lead to his arrest, also directed Greene to return $10,000 to his mother and to not take any of her assets.Beminio, 38, and Martin, 24, were shot after 1 a.m. Wednesday while sitting in their patrol cars in separate incidents less than 2 miles apart. Several bullets were fired into the vehicles.The .223-caliber rifle believed to be used was discovered Wednesday by a police dog apparently hidden in a wooded area “where no person probably could have found it,” said Des Moines police spokesman Sgt. Paul Parizek.Parizek became emotional Thursday during a news conference, where he thanked the community for its outpouring of support and said the officers represent “the security blanket you guys sleep under every night.” He said a motive for the shootings remains unclear.Greene was hired last month to work at Central Iowa Fencing, a small construction business in suburban Des Moines, but quit within days, a manager there said Thursday.Greene “was pretty desperate” for a job and told the company he had a teenage daughter he needed to support, officer manager Sara Nicklin said. He has at least two other children. Court records show he has another daughter who is an adult, and the Iowa National Guard confirmed Thursday that his 26-year-old son is a member.Greene initially contacted the company looking for work last summer but there were no openings. The company gave Greene a chance after he inquired again last month, even though he had no experience building fences, Nicklin said.She said Greene was sent home on the morning of his third day of employment “because he was not taking directions and wasn’t working.” Nicklin said the company gave Greene the chance to come back the next day on a different crew but “he chose not to show up” and quit instead.“He just didn’t like the work,” Nicklin said.Greene posted a video on YouTube last week of a cellphone recording showing a worker driving a truck. Greene wrote below the video that he “was fired” by Central Iowa Fencing after reporting unsafe driving.Nicklin said she hasn’t seen the video but denied that Greene was fired. She said investigators have contacted the business, which has about 20 workers.“We wish we never would have contact with this person,” she said. “We’re all devastated.” Related Articles: Author: Associated Press SHARE Published: November 3, 2016 3:34 PM EDT Updated: November 3, 2016 4:59 PM EDT Man charged in Iowa officers’ slayings last_img read more

Suspect in fatal police shooting upset over custody battle

first_img Do you see a typo or an error? Let us know. SHARE (AP)– The suspect arrested in the ambush shooting of a San Antonio police detective said he was angry about a child-custody battle and “lashed out at somebody who didn’t deserve it.”Otis Tyrone McKane was being led by police to the Bexar County Jail late Monday when he told reporters that he was angry with the court system for not letting him see his son and took it out on Detective Benjamin Marconi.“I’ve been through several custody battles, and I was upset at the situation I was in, and I lashed out at someone who didn’t deserve it,” McKane said. He said he wished to apologize to the family of the slain officer.McKane, 31, of San Antonio, was arrested on a capital murder charge Monday afternoon in the fatal shooting of Marconi. The detective was shot as he sat in his squad car Sunday after making a traffic stop. Authorities have said a gunman walked up to Marconi’s driver’s-side window and fired.It was one of several weekend attacks against law enforcement in multiple states.The San Antonio detective and officers shot in Missouri and Florida were conducting routine tasks Sunday when they became the targets of violence. Marconi was writing a traffic ticket.“I think the uniform was the target and the first person that happened along was the first person that (the suspect) targeted,” San Antonio Police Chief William McManus said.In Missouri, a St. Louis police sergeant was shot twice in the face Sunday evening while he sat in traffic in a marked police vehicle. He was released from a hospital Monday.Law enforcement officials say there’s been an alarming spike in ambush-style attacks. Sixty officers, including the San Antonio detective, were shot to death on the job this year, compared with 41 in all of 2015, according to the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund. Of the 60 killed, 20 were purposely targeted by their assailant compared with eight last year, the group said.Police officers also were shot and injured during traffic stops in Sanibel, Florida, and Gladstone, Missouri, on Sunday night, but authorities have not suggested those were targeted attacks. All the shootings come less than five months after a black military veteran killed five white officers at a protest in Dallas – the deadliest day for American law enforcement since Sept. 11, 2001.Race was a factor in the Dallas attack, but police have not said if race played a part in any of the attacks on Sunday. In San Antonio, the suspect is black and the officer was white. In St. Louis, the suspect was black, but police have not released the officer’s race. Most killings of police officers are carried out by white men, and most people shot and killed by police are white, said Craig W. Floyd, president of the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund.Chief McManus said McKane was arrested on a capital murder warrant without incident after the car he was riding in was stopped Monday afternoon on an interstate.McManus said earlier that he doesn’t believe the suspect has any relationship to the motorist who was pulled over initially.Surveillance video shows the suspect at San Antonio police headquarters about four hours before the 50-year-old Marconi, a 20-year veteran of the force, was shot. The suspect asked a desk clerk a question but left before receiving an answer, said McManus, who declined to say what the man asked.“I don’t know why he was in headquarters. We have some ideas,” he said.St. Louis Police Chief Sam Dotson declined to name the 46-year-old officer who was shot and wounded there. He said the officer is a married father of three and has been with the department for about 20 years.“This officer was driving down the road and was ambushed by an individual who pointed a gun at him from inside of his car and shot out the police officer’s window,” Dotson said.The suspect, 19-year-old George P. Bush III, was wanted for questioning in recent violent crimes that included several robberies, a carjacking and perhaps a killing, Dotson said without elaborating.“We believe he knew he was good for those crimes and that we were looking for him,” Dotson said. “That’s why he aggressively attacked a police officer.”Police said Bush was later killed in a shootout with officers.At least two other police officers were wounded in shootings in other cities Sunday, but it wasn’t clear whether they were targeted attacks.An officer with the Gladstone, Missouri, police department near Kansas City was shot, and the suspect was shot and killed. The officer, whose name has not been released, is expected to recover.Sanibel, Florida, officer Jarred Ciccone was shot in the shoulder during a traffic stop and released after being treated for his injuries. Authorities said they arrested Jon Webster Hay, 49, about 90 minutes after the shooting. They said he was booked into jail on an attempted murder charge Monday once he was released from a hospital, where he was treated after being wounded during a standoff and shootout with officers.On July 7, Micah Johnson shot and killed five law enforcement officers who had been working to keep the peace at a protest in downtown Dallas over the fatal police shootings of black men in Minnesota and Louisiana. Ten days after that attack, a man wearing a ski mask and armed with two rifles and a pistol killed three officers near a gas station and convenience store in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. And earlier this month, two Des Moines, Iowa-area police officers were fatally shot in separate ambush-style attacks while sitting in their patrol cars.“It’s always difficult, especially in this day and age, where police are being targeted across the country,” McManus said. Related Articles: Author: AP Published: November 22, 2016 5:01 AM EST Updated: November 22, 2016 5:06 AM EST Suspect in fatal police shooting upset over custody battle last_img read more

California dam water level drops after massive evacuation

first_img Do you see a typo or an error? Let us know. SHARE OROVILLE, Calif. (AP) Water levels dropped Monday at California’s Lake Oroville, stopping water from spilling over a massive dam’s potentially hazardous emergency spillway after authorities ordered the evacuation of nearly 200,000 people from towns lying below the lake.California Department of Water Resources officials were preparing to inspect an erosion scar on the spillway at the Oroville Dam, the nation’s largest.Authorities ordered the evacuations Sunday for people living below the lake after authorities warned that failure of the emergency spillway could send a 30-foot wall of water into the communities.“We grabbed our dog and headed to higher ground – away from the river,” said Kimberly Cumings, who moved with her husband Patrick and 3-year-old daughter to Oroville from Fresno a month ago because of a new job. They were eating at a restaurant when the evacuation order came.A driver with a large vehicle and three children of her own gave them a ride to the Red Cross evacuation center at the Silver Dollar Fairgrounds in Chico.“You can’t take a chance with the baby,” Patrick Cumings said of their decision to flee.Lake Oroville also serves as a reservoir and levels rose significantly in recent weeks after a series of storms that have dumped rain and snow across California, particularly in northern parts of the state, where the lake lies about 150 miles northeast of San Francisco.The high water levels forced the use of the dam’s spillway, or overflow, for the first time in the dam’s nearly 50-year history on Saturday.The threat appeared to ease somewhat Monday, which officials saying water flows into the lake stood at about 45,000 cubic feet per second with outflows at 100,000 cubic feet per second.Sunday afternoon’s evacuation order came after engineers spotted a hole on the concrete lip of the secondary spillway for the 770-foot-tall Oroville Dam and told authorities that it could fail within the hour.With more rain expected Wednesday and Thursday, officials are rushing to try to fix the damage and hoping to significantly reduce the dam’s water level – by 50 feet – ahead of the storms.The sudden evacuation panicked residents, who scrambled to get their belongings into cars and then grew angry as they sat in bumper-to-bumper traffic hours after the evacuation order was given.Raj Gill, managing a Shell station where anxious motorists got gas and snacks, said his boss told him to close the station and flee himself. But he stayed open to feed a steady line of customers.“You can’t even move,” he said. “I’m trying to get out of here too. I’m worried about the flooding. I’ve seen the pictures – that’s a lot of water.”A Red Cross spokeswoman said more than 500 people showed up at an evacuation center in Chico, California.The shelter had run out of blankets and cots, and a tractor trailer with 1,000 more cots was stuck in the gridlock of traffic fleeing the potential flooding Sunday night, said Red Cross shelter manager Pam Deditch.A California Highway Patrol spokesman said two planes would fly Monday to help with traffic control and possible search and rescue missions.At least 250 California law enforcement officers were posted near the dam and along evacuation routes to manage the exodus of residents and ensure evacuated towns don’t face looting or other criminal activity.Butte County Sheriff Kory Honea said a lot was still unknown.“We need to continue to lower the lake levels and we need to give the Department of Water Resources time to fully evaluate the situation so we can make the decision to whether or not it is safe to repopulate the area,” Honea said.About 188,000 residents of Yuba, Sutter and Butte counties were ordered to evacuate.Acting Director Department of Water Resources Bill Croyle said officials will be able to assess the damage to the emergency spillway now that the lake levels have come down.The erosion at the head of the emergency spillway threatens to undermine the concrete weir and allow large, uncontrolled releases of water from Lake Oroville.Those potential flows could overwhelm the Feather River and other downstream waterways, channels and levees and flood towns in three counties.Department engineer and spokesman Kevin Dossey told the Sacramento Bee the emergency spillway was rated to handle 250,000 cubic feet per second, but it began to show weakness Sunday after flows peaked at 12,600 cubic feet per second.The California National Guard notified all its 23,000 soldiers and airmen to be ready to deploy, the first time an alert for the entire California National Guard had been issued since the 1992 riots in Los Angeles after a jury acquitted four police officers in the beating of Rodney King.The sudden decision Sunday to evacuate tens of thousands of people was a departure from earlier assurances, when officials had stressed the Oroville Dam itself was structurally sound.Unexpected erosion chewed through the main spillway during heavy rain earlier this week, sending chunks of concrete flying and creating a 200-foot-long, 30-foot-deep hole that continues growing.Officials are most concerned about the dam’s emergency, earthen spillway that began taking on water after water was diverted from the main concrete spillway because of the damage.Engineers do not know what caused the cave-in. Chris Orrock, a Department of Water Resources spokesman, said it appears the dam’s main spillway has stopped crumbling even though it is being used for water releases.The lake is a central piece of California’s government-run water delivery network, supplying water for the state’s Central Valley agricultural heartland and residents and businesses in Southern California. Related Articles:Thousands evacuate as officials eye California dam spillway Author: AP Published: February 13, 2017 7:27 AM EST Updated: February 13, 2017 11:14 AM EST California dam water level drops after massive evacuation last_img read more

1 killed, several hurt as church bus crashes in Atlanta area

first_img Author: Associated Press Published: June 8, 2017 5:14 PM EDT Updated: June 8, 2017 6:16 PM EDT 1 killed, several hurt as church bus crashes in Atlanta area Do you see a typo or an error? Let us know.center_img SHARE ATLANTA (AP) Authorities say a church bus carrying dozens of people has crashed near Atlanta, killing one person and injuring several others.Fulton County Police Cpl. Partrena Smith says one person was killed when the Mount Zion Baptist Church bus from Huntsville, Alabama, crashed Thursday afternoon. She says at least 10 people were hurt, including two critically. Fulton County Fire Chief Larry Few says 21 people were hurt.The Associated Press couldn’t immediately determine the discrepancy in the number of injuries.Church education minister Terry Slay told WXIA-TV that the bus was carrying 11th- and 12th-graders, along with adults.Smith says the bus was carrying more than three dozen people, and they were headed to Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport for a trip to Africa. It was to have been a mission trip, a church spokesperson said.Smith says the National Transportation Safety Board is handling the investigation moving forward.last_img read more

Plane returns to Seattle after assault on flight attendant

first_img Published: July 7, 2017 5:42 AM EDT Plane returns to Seattle after assault on flight attendant Do you see a typo or an error? Let us know. SEATTLE, Wash. (CBS) A Delta Airlines flight bound for Beijing returned to Seattle-Tacoma International Airport Thursday evening after a passenger assaulted a flight attendant, officials said.A Florida man in first class on Delta Flight 129 assaulted the flight attendant about 45 minutes into the flight, Sea-Tac Airport spokesman Perry Cooper told CBS News.Passengers then helped restrain him until the plane landed back in Seattle and he was taken into custody, Cooper said.Delta said in a statement “The passenger was restrained on board and was removed from the flight by law enforcement without further incident.”The suspect, a 23-year-old Florida man, was transferred to federal custody, the FBI’s Seattle  Field Office said.CBS Seattle affiliate KIRO-TV reports the man was sitting in the first row. He tried to open an emergency exit door when the flight attendant tried to stop him. Apparently, she had to break a bottle over his head.One first class passenger told KIRO five people had to sit on the man and use zip ties to hold him down until the plane got back to the airport.Officials say two people, including the flight attendant, were injured and taken to a hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.Passenger Dustin Jones was seated just behind the curtains that lead to first class, and said he could tell there was a scuffle happening.“One of the flight attendants ran back and said there was a Code 3,” Jones told KIRO. “There was a serious fight up front.”Jones said he saw the man handcuffed and zip-tied being rolled into the terminal in a wheelchair after they had landed.“He started yelling for help,” Jones said. “And so he turned the wheelchair over in the middle of the airport, screaming for people to help him, just being belligerent.”The flight left for Beijing later Thursday night.The FBI told CBS News it was interviewing passengers but there was “no information at this time to suggest a national security threat.” SHARElast_img read more

Alternative Keystone XL route gets approved in Nebraska

first_img Author: AP LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) Nebraska regulators approved an alternative route Monday for the proposed Keystone XL pipeline. It was the last major regulatory hurdle facing project operator TransCanada Corp., though opponents say another round of federal approval may now be needed.The Nebraska Public Service Commission’s ruling was on the Nebraska route TransCanada has proposed to complete the $8 billion, 1,179-mile (1,897-kilometer) pipeline to deliver oil from Alberta, Canada, to Texas Gulf Coast refineries. The proposed Keystone XL route would cross parts of Montana, South Dakota and most of Nebraska to Steele City, Nebraska.MORE: Keystone pipeline leaks 210K gallons of oil in South DakotaThe long-delayed project was rejected by President Barack Obama in 2015, citing concerns about carbon pollution. President Donald Trump revived it in March, approving a permit.The project has faced a barrage of criticism from environmental activists and some landowners for nearly a decade.Here are some things to know about the fight:What options did the committee have?The five-member Nebraska Public Service Commission was forbidden by law from factoring pipeline safety or the risk of spills into its decision because pipeline safety is a federal responsibility. So, it couldn’t take into account a spill of 210,000 gallons (790,000 liters) of oil on the existing Keystone pipeline in South Dakota announced on Thursday.The simplest choice was a yes-or-no vote on TransCanada’s “preferred route” through a dozen Nebraska counties. The commission had the option of including major caveats that would add years to the project’s timetable.Commissioners decided to approve an alternative route that would run farther north than TransCanada’s preferred route. Company officials have said their preferred route causes the least amount of disruption.No matter what the commission decided, any group that presented arguments at an August hearing could appeal the decision to a state district court. The case would likely end up before the Nebraska Supreme Court.The proposed Keystone XL would expand the existing Keystone pipeline, which went into service in July 2010. The current pipeline network runs south through North Dakota, South Dakota, Nebraska, Kansas, Oklahoma and Texas and extends east into Missouri and Illinois.MORE: Trump administration approves Keystone XL pipelineWhat’s happens after the decision?The commission’s vote could play a pivotal role in whether TransCanada moves ahead with the pipeline. After years of lobbying for the project, TransCanada acknowledged in a July conference call that executives won’t decide until late November or early December whether to begin construction.TransCanada spokesman Matthew John reiterated that timeline last week, ahead of the Monday vote.“We’re going through the process with every intention to get this project built,” John said on Wednesday. “But there are factors that we need to work out prior to making that decision,” including regulatory approval in Nebraska.John said the company also needs to finalize its contracts with shippers that want to use the pipeline.TransCanada has been working to line up long-term contracts for the pipeline, which can carry an estimated 830,000 barrels a day. The company has not announced the results of its open season bidding process, which ended Oct. 26.Will there be protests if the commission approves the pipeline?Opponents in August vowed to stage mass protests against the pipeline if Nebraska regulators approve it, but say they will exhaust legal options first.Pipeline opponents have lined parts of the proposed route with obstacles, including trees, solar panels, sacred corn from the Ponca Tribe of Nebraska and a barn powered by renewable energy. Some opponents may try to physically block construction and have likened their resistance to the activists who protested the Dakota Access Pipeline in Standing Rock, North Dakota.Is Keystone XL still feasible?Despite low oil prices and repeated delays, TransCanada has a strong financial incentive to keep pursuing the pipeline, said Zachary Rogers, a Houston-based analyst for Wood Mackenzie, an energy research and consulting firm.Rogers said Western Canadian producers have been forced to ship their product by train, which is more expensive than a pipeline, and Keystone XL would reduce costs and improve their bottom line.At the same time, Texas refineries face uncertainty because of political instability in Venezuela, one of their top oil sources, and a slowdown in Mexican production.“Western Canada has been held captive by geography and hasn’t been able to cheaply access the markets,” Rogers said last week. “Any opportunity for them to get better access will buoy their margins.” Published: November 20, 2017 6:02 AM EST Updated: November 20, 2017 12:22 PM EST Do you see a typo or an error? Let us know.center_img Alternative Keystone XL route gets approved in Nebraska SHARElast_img read more

Rights bill commission seeks second opinion

first_imgA right to administrative justice and trial by jury are among measures that may be proposed for a future UK Bill of Rights, the body set up to investigate the need for a bill has suggested. In its second consultation, which opened yesterday, the Commission on a Bill of Rights seeks opinions on several new rights as well as further opinions on the advantages or disadvantages of creating a UK bill in the first place. About half the responses to the first consultation opposed a UK Bill of Rights, a quarter were in favour with the remainder neither clearly for nor against such a bill. Other questions in the new consultation include whether the rights and freedoms in any UK bill should be expressed in the same language to that of the Human Rights Act or the European Convention of Human Rights. It also raises the questions of ‘additional rights’ including a right to equality, socio-economic rights, children’s rights, environmental rights and rights for victims. A right to administrative justice might take the form of ‘a broad statement of a right to decision-making which is lawful, rational and procedurally fair’, the document says. Alternatively it could be expressed in detail including reference to specific principles of administrative justice. On the right to trial by jury, the consultation offers as a model Article 11(f) of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms which gives the right to any person charged with an offence punishable by five years or more in prison, except for cases tried under military law. The Commission on a Bill of Rights was set up in March 20011 ‘to investigate the creation of a UK Bill of Rights and to provide advice on reform of the European Court of Human Rights’. Is due to report its recommendations to the government by the end of the year. The chair, senior civil servant Sir Leigh Lewis, stresses in his foreword to the consultation that on the core matter of whether the committee will recommend the creation of a UK bill of rights ‘we have reached no conclusions on this key question at this stage’. The consultation closes on 30 September.last_img read more

Warnings needed on ‘redesigned’ judicial pension scheme

first_imgI am a salaried judge of the First-tier Tax Tribunal and a solicitor. It is a matter of common knowledge that the judicial pension scheme is currently being ‘redesigned’. The leaflet published by the Judicial Appointments Commission in connection with the pension scheme reform (which was highlighted in your recent daily email update) gives a rather one-sided summary of the changes currently ‘proposed’ by the government. I believe it may be the first public indication of the scale of the changes proposed, and as it is now in the public domain I no longer feel bound by the request made of the judiciary to keep silent on the topic, particularly as prospective judges may be taking irrevocable, life-changing decisions without full possession of the facts. If you read the leaflet carefully, obtain proper objective information about the structure of the current scheme and then compare the two in a properly informed and careful way, you may draw some reasonable conclusions about the effect (both financial and in terms of motivation/morale) of the unilateral changes on judges who took up what was supposed to be a lifetime appointment, severing their ties with private practice, on the basis of the scheme that was in place when they took up their appointments. Once you have carried out that exercise, you might consider warning prospective applicants for the new posts to think carefully before burning their bridges in private practice. Name and address withheld on requestlast_img read more