Clevelanders horrified by deaths and conditions in county jail

first_imgThe Cleveland Plain Dealer released a horrifying video to the public April 25. A guard at the Cuyahoga County jail is seen dragging an inmate, whom he has in a chokehold, from one room to another on Nov. 3. The guard, Christopher Perdue, then slams the inmate, who is not named, onto the hard floor.Clevelanders protest jail conditions.The inmate was apparently in a cell that was not his, although no one else was in the cell at the time. A Muslim, he had struggled to find a quiet place to pray that allowed him to face east. He was praying when he was dragged out of the cell. The prisoner believes that guards retaliated against him because he had spoken to U.S. federal marshals, who were conducting an investigation for the Department of Justice last year about the deplorable conditions in the jail.Perdue was merely suspended without pay for five days. His actions are the latest of a series of atrocities that have taken place in the Cuyahoga County Correctional Center (CCCC), which houses inmates from Cleveland and the metropolitan area. The federal investigation was prompted by the deaths of six inmates within a few months in 2018. A guard reportedly kicked the mat that one of the dying men was lying on and made no effort to check his medical condition. A seventh inmate died while the investigation was underway. The marshals issued a scathing 52-page report in November. The conditions described have been front-page news for months and have become a scandal for the county administration and, by extension, the local Democratic Party. All but three of the 11 county council members are Democrats, as is Cuyahoga County Executive Armond Budish.An eighth person died, reportedly committing suicide, in December.An unsafe, unsanitary, unhealthy environmentThe November report indicates that the jail is designed for 1,765 people, but at the time housed 2,420 inmates. Cells built for two cellmates held as many as 12 people. Many, including pregnant women, lacked beds and slept on mats on the floor. This can be seen in the video of the Nov. 3 incident, in which people are seen lying on mats in the cafeteria.Juveniles were being housed with adults. Their particular needs, from nutrition to counseling, were ignored. Food service overall was rated “Unsatisfactory,” the lowest possible rating. “Mice/Vermin are present and were observed running … throughout the food service area,” according to the report. Investigators observed general unsanitary conditions in these areas. Special medical and religious diets were not provided.The jail operates below federal fire safety standards, with inadequate inspection of fire extinguishers, fire drills held on an irregular basis, and one of two buildings lacks an automatic sprinkler system, among other violations.Inmates placed in Restricted Housing Units, for disciplinary reasons or in some cases for their own safety, were subject to “the intentional and deliberate use of food as a punitive measure.” Food was nutritionally inadequate and at times spoiled or maliciously withheld.  Placement in RHU can be for less-than-major rules violations, and the warden can approve isolation for up to 30 days without a hearing. Juveniles and inmates with mental health challenges can be placed in isolation without consideration of their special circumstances. Inmates “have no access to an impartial hearing process.” While in RHU, they are denied mail and phone access. Cells are often cold there, but guards reportedly denied requests for blankets.Throughout the CCCC, investigators found broken sinks, toilets and showers. Toilet paper and menstrual supplies were not always made available. There was a general lack of proper sanitation conditions and procedures.The report’s section on health care gave CCCC a “Less-Than-Satisfactory” rating of “Marginal.” There were problems with dispensing medication, biohazard disposal, lack of recordkeeping for special needs, etc. On the third floor, “Medical is made aware of an inmate’s health need only when the need, issue, or situation digresses to urgent or emergency.”Suicide prevention protocols are inadequate, and suicide-prone inmates are not properly screened or attended to. “For nearly a month, medical officials at the Cuyahoga County Jail pleaded with County Executive Armond Budish’s administration to make changes aimed, in part, at decreasing suicides at the jail,” according to the April 12 Plain Dealer. Changes were finally implemented after the December death. However, suicide attempts continue: In March a man jumped off a balcony, but survived.Abusive ‘use of force’Additional documented outrages involved “use of force.” The Special Response Team, informally referred to as the “men in black” because of  SRT’s black paramilitary attire, have become notorious for violence and intimidation. More than 100 inmates testified about “cruel treatment.”Further evidence of abuse, beyond the marshals’ report, has come to light recently in the media. Chantelle Glass was brought to CCCC last July after her parents called police over a fight between her and her sister. Held in jail for an unpaid traffic ticket, Glass was restrained to a chair, punched and pepper sprayed.Some two dozen current and former inmates have filed lawsuits over conduct that includes denial of medication, physical assault, lack of mental health counseling, inability to contact attorneys while in isolation, and what the civil rights law firm Friedman and Gilbert terms, “[A] multitude of constitutional rights violations suffered by people in the custody of the County Jail.” (Plain Dealer, Dec. 20) Budish and several jail officials are named in the suit.Other problems detainees face include lack of Spanish-speaking staff and the absence of a Muslim imam. While no inmates are forced to work, those who choose to participate in the work program are considered “volunteers” and receive no compensation for their labor.Bail system keeps poor in jailMost of the people locked up in CCCC are not there for serious or violent crimes. What keeps them in jail for lesser offenses is a system in which money bail is set at an amount that poor arrestees cannot pay. This was the case with 27-year-old Brenden Kiekisz, who was arrested last Christmas “on suspicion of violating the terms of his court-ordered drug intervention program.” He was found hanging in his cell two days later.The Coalition to Stop the Inhumanity at Cuyahoga County Jail (SICCJ), formed in December to protest the outrageous situation at CCCC, recently held a teach-in on the nefarious way the bail system operates. According to the presenters, 75 percent of jail inmates would be out if they had bail money. People of color suffer disproportionately from the bail extortion racket.In Cleveland, not having bail money means having to suffer the most demeaning, abusive, unhealthy and potentially life-threatening conditions one can imagine. These conditions have met resistance, however. SICCJ has been out in the community multiple times with a petition demanding bail reform. The coalition has held a number of pickets, and members attend and speak at County Council meetings. Public outrage has led to the arrest, firing and resignation of a number of jail officials. Now is the time to elevate the slogan, “Tear down the walls.”FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

Cook & Garcia opens in Richmond

first_imgA new artisan food-to-go outlet has opened on Richmond High Street, which plans to expand across London and the south-east in the future.Cook & Garcia, which opened 11 weeks ago, is a privately-funded business which serves a selection of grab-and-go sandwiches and salads, as well as pastries, muffins, cakes, soups, hot beverages and smoothies.The business was set up by Richard Garcia, who previously worked as the food development manager at Aramark, which won the contract to supply the food to the London 2012 Olympic Village, as well as his wife and marketing professional Janet.Janet Garcia, co-owner at Cook & Garcia, told British Baker: “We are a cross between Carluccio’s for the deli side, Pret a Manger with the grab and go sandwich offering, and Starbucks for our coffee. Some food is available in chiller cabinets, while others will be made fresh including a live station where we will carve slow-roasted meats for sandwich fillings.”We wanted to try and create something new and fresh in our local area, and on Richmond High Street there are hardly any independent retailers. So we are competing with the likes of Pret a Manger, Starbucks, Costa and Paul. It’s great to see them on the high street, but none of them produce fresh ingredients on-site which is one of our unique selling points.”Janet added Cook & Garcia currently par-bakes the majority of its bread, but will look to link up with a local independent bakery in the future.Sweet Revenge, located in Kingston-upon-Thames, supplies the artisan food-to-go outlet with its sweet bakery offering, including large cakes such as red velvet, a gluten-free range, and a selection of cupcakes.”If we prove the concept well here in Richmond, in a year we would like to open outlet number two. We are trying to build a brand, not just a sandwich shop,” Janet said.last_img read more

State of Virginia approves 2045 deadline for 100% carbon-free electricity

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Greentech Media:Virginia has become the latest state to pass a law that sets it on a path to 100 percent carbon-free electricity by 2045, as well as setting targets for massive investments in energy efficiency, energy storage, and in-state solar and wind power.The Clean Economy Act passed Virginia’s House of Delegates by a 51-45 vote on Thursday and the state Senate by a 22-17 vote on Friday, clearing the way for the bill to be signed by Governor Ralph Northam, who issued an executive order calling for it last year. Both votes were carried by Democrats who won majorities in both houses from Republicans in last year’s election, although one House Democrat voted against it and one Republican senator voted in favor of it.The primary feature of the law, SB 851, is its call for Dominion Virginia (the state’s dominant utility) and the smaller Appalachian Power Co. to supply 30 percent of their power from renewables by 2030, and to close all carbon-emitting power plants by 2045 for Dominion and by 2050 for Appalachian.For Dominion Virginia, this will mean securing enough renewables to replace coal plants that supply roughly one-quarter of its electricity and natural-gas plants that supply about another third. Dominion also gets more than one-third of its energy from nuclear power. That goes beyond the goals of parent company Dominion Energy, which has set its own 100 percent net-zero emissions goal for its 18-state utility, generation and natural-gas operations. It also puts pressure on Dominion Virginia to massively expand renewables, which currently make up about 5 percent of its resource mix. Those existing renewables are largely hydropower and biomass.To bolster the economics for this expansion, the law will bring Virginia into the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative, opening the market for renewables to earn money through the multistate carbon cap-and-trade markets. And to help balance intermittent wind and solar power, it calls for Dominion to procure at least 2.7 gigawatts of energy storage by 2035; along with Appalachian’s target of 400 megawatts, it is one of the biggest statewide storage mandates in the country.All told, it’s a massive step forward for a state that has had no binding renewable energy or efficiency mandates until now, said Harry Godfrey, executive director of the Virginia chapter of the Advanced Energy Economy industry group. “The thing that’s notable here is the speed at which we’re changing this policy.”[Jeff St. John]More: Virginia mandates 100% clean power by 2045 State of Virginia approves 2045 deadline for 100% carbon-free electricitylast_img read more

Cesc Fabregas hits back at ex-Arsenal teammate Julio Baptista for criticising Manchester United’s tactics against PSG

first_imgCesc Fabregas hits back at ex-Arsenal teammate Julio Baptista for criticising Manchester United’s tactics against PSG Marcus Rashford’s penalty sent PSG crashing out of the Champions League (EPA)‘They had to bring on their academy players in the last 20 minutes because they did not have anything else.‘Have they been lucky? Yes. But they deserve respect for fighting and believing until the end.‘I am a defender of good football but you always have to adapt to what you have.’More: Manchester United FCRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starNew Manchester United signing Facundo Pellistri responds to Edinson Cavani praiseEx-Man Utd coach blasts Ed Woodward for two key transfer errors Advertisement Manchester United are through to the Champions League quarter-finals (Getty Images)More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man CityBut Fabregas hit back at his former Arsenal teammate by defending Solskjaer’s approach and pointing out that United were hampered by several injuries, as well as Paul Pogba’s suspension.‘Each team plays to their strengths and United had at least eight of their top players out,’ Fabregas said. Commentcenter_img Cesc Fabregas supported Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s tactics in Manchester United’s win over PSG (Getty Images)Cesc Fabregas has defended Ole Gunnar Solskjaer after former Arsenal forward Julio Baptista criticised Manchester United’s tactics in their Champions League victory over Paris Saint-Germain.United completed a remarkable turnaround in Paris by sealing a 3-1 victory to reach the Champions League quarter-finals.Solskjaer’s side were forced to defend for the majority of the game but Romelu Lukaku capitalised on two defensive errors to keep United in the tie before Marcus Rashford’s penalty in extra time completed the upset.Baptista, however, was unhappy with United’s approach to the game and claims Solskjaer’s side will not win the competition if they adopt similar tactics in the next roundAdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENT‘Manchester United have got to the next round without merit, they just played and defended the whole game, counting on luck to beat PSG,’ the Brazilian posted on Twitter.‘As good as they are, Manchester United cannot afford play like that if they want to win the Champions League.’ Metro Sport ReporterThursday 7 Mar 2019 8:42 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link4.4kShares Advertisementlast_img read more

IPL 2019: Ajinkya Rahane relieved to get points on board after RR beat RCB for first win

first_imgRajasthan Royals captain Ajinkya Rahane finally got the monkey off his back as his team registered its first win of the IPL 2019 season on Tuesday after defeating Virat Kohli’s Royal Challengers Bangalore in Jaipur.The Royals put the Royal Challengers in to bat first who managed to post 158 for 4 on the board with useful contributions from Parthiv Patel (67), Marcus Stoinis (31 not out) and captain Kohli (23). The visitors though, struggled against the RR spin-twins Shreyas Gopal and Krishnappa Gowtham.Gopal bagged three wickets including that of Kohli and AB de Villiers in quick succession to dent the Royal Challengers big time before Parthiv and Stoinis steadied the innings with a 53-run partnership. Stoinis then added 32 runs with Moeen Ali (18 not out) to take the team to a respectable total.But the Royals made light work of the run chase thanks to an explosive opening partnership of 60 runs between Ajinkya Rahane (22) and Jos Buttler (59).Leg-spinner Yuzvendra Chahal tried his best to bring RCB back into the match as he removed both openers but Steve Smith (38) and Rahul Tripathi foiled all of Virat Kohli’s plans with a 50-run partnership that got the team closer to the target. Tripathi remained unbeaten on 34 as he finished off the match with a six.And that’s how you end a game!RT if you agree! #HallaBol #RRvRCB #RR pic.twitter.com/9N92bSuPd7Rajasthan Royals (@rajasthanroyals) April 2, 2019″Thinking was dew factor, so we thought 150-160 would be a good total. Shreyas Gopal’s record against Virat and de Villiers we all know, but overall great team effort. After 3-4 overs, we thought wicket is slow, so I thought if spinners bowl well then batsmen will have a hard time.advertisement”Gowtham was excellent in the Powerplay, and Gopal backed up after that. Relief, yes, to get points on the board. We played good cricket last three games, but tonight it was all about giving more than 100%.”Tripathi was struggling before the match – he had twisted his ankle last game – but he was incredible with Stokesy and Smith. Overall, great team effort,” Rahane said at the post-match presentation.The result means that Royal Challengers Bangalore are now the only winless team in the competition after four games and are languishing in last place in the points table. The Royals meanwhile, surpassed Mumbai Indians to clinch the sixth spot having played a game more than Rohit Sharma’s team.Also Read | Virat Kohli after RCB crash to 4th successive defeat: We were competitiveAlso Read | Shreyas Gopal: The man who loves tormenting Virat Kohli and AB de VilliersAlso Read | IPL 2019: Virat Kohli joins MS Dhoni and Gautam Gambhir in elite captains’ listlast_img read more