Suspect additionally charged with child pornography

first_img Previous articleDAILY OIL PRICE: June 7Next articleHIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL: Coaching changes in Rankin admin WhatsApp WhatsApp By admin – June 7, 2018 Twitter Twitter Suspect additionally charged with child pornography Facebook Local NewsCrime Leoncio Espinoza Jr A suspect arrested by police more than a week ago on the charge of sexually assaulting a child was additionally charged Thursday after being found in possession of child pornography.The suspect, 43-year-old Leoncio Espinoza Jr., was charged with possession of child pornography, a second-degree felony, after detectives obtained a search warrant for three of Espinoza’s cell phones, an Odessa Police Department news release stated.Espinoza was first charged on May 23 with two counts of sexual assault of a child, a second-degree felony, after a sexual assault involving a 15-year-old girl was reported to the Odessa Police Department, the release detailed.Investigation revealed Espinoza had reportedly been sexually assaulting the girl for the past 10 years, the release stated.Jail records show Espinoza has been in the Ector County Detention Center since May 24 and has three bonds totaling $225,000. Facebook Pinterest Pinterestlast_img read more

Behind Brazil’s leadership crisis

first_img Agreement signed, ends financial barriers for Brazilian science students On Monday, President Dilma Rousseff of Brazil took the stand to defend herself against impeachment charges, calling the trial an injustice and a coup d’etat. But her downfall was already inevitable.  Two days later, Brazil’s Senate voted 61-20 to impeach Rousseff for breaking fiscal laws to cover up a budget deficit, intensifying the political polarization that has wreaked havoc in the country of 200 million. A deep economic recession hurt Rousseff’s popularity and weakened her governing coalition, but what sealed her fate was the upsurge of public anger over the discovery by federal investigators of a $20 billion corruption scheme at the state oil company, Petrobras. The probe, known as Lava Jato for the Portuguese “car wash” because it began at a service station, has implicated dozens of government officials and businessmen, and is now Brazil’s largest corruption investigation. The Gazette spoke with Frances Hagopian, the Jorge Paulo Lemann Senior Lecturer on Government, about the startling reversal of fortune for Rousseff, a former guerilla fighter who became Brazil’s first female president with the leftist Worker’s Party in 2010. GAZETTE: Brazil’s president, Dilma Rousseff, has been impeached — how did this happen?HAGOPIAN: I’m sure that a lot of people are asking the same question because a few months before, when the vote of impeachment passed in the Chamber of Deputies, most experts did not think this would go forward. This government was very popular for its achievements in social inclusion, but the crack started with the protests of 2013 against rising bus fares, police abuse, and government corruption. And after that, her government grew weaker.GAZETTE: What factors weakened her government?HAGOPIAN: Two big issues, the slowing economy and corruption. First, the economy slowed in part because China’s economy slowed — China is Brazil’s biggest trading partner — and the government postponed necessary economic adjustments because of the 2014 presidential elections. And this happened at the same time that Brazilians were growing more concerned about corruption. There was a sense in 2013 that there was impunity, and then when Lava Jato broke, it was like adding kerosene to the fire. This put her government in a very difficult position. It was weakened and unpopular. As she grew weaker, it was harder for her to right the ship because she was losing support within the governing coalition, which was not well set up to support her programs.GAZETTE: Corruption has been a common problem in Brazilian politics for many years. Why did this scandal suddenly pose a threat to her government?HAGOPIAN: It’s true that corruption was always there, but it could be that the scale was getting worse. Secondly, the scandal was brought to light by investigative institutions of the Brazilian state. And third, corruption always stinks more when things aren’t going well. When the economy is going well, and people are taking some cuts, everything is OK, but when times get tough, people get angry. And I’d also say that a key factor is where the corruption scandal hit. In this case, investigators found corruption at the heart of Petrobras, the state oil company that was the model of the perfect, efficient state enterprise, and one of the world’s biggest companies, commanding a significant percentage of Brazil’s economic activity. It was a toxic mix of investigative institutions, the economic crisis, the scale of the corruption, and the fact that it was Petrobras. Related GAZETTE: Was Rousseff part of the corruption scandal?HAGOPIAN: We do not know that.GAZETTE: What are the charges against her? Why is she being impeached?HAGOPIAN: The charge of which she was accused in the Chamber of Deputies, and for which she stood trial in the Senate, was violation of Brazil’s Fiscal Responsibility Law. She’s accused of having fudged accounts in order to cover a budget deficit as she was going into the 2014 election campaign. She’s not accused of corruption. There are a number of government officials who have been accused of corruption, but no evidence has come to light that she was involved in corruption. She was the head of Petrobras during that period, but there is no indication of her knowledge or involvement. That could change. The Supreme Court has just opened an investigation into her and a few very-high-ranking officials. It could come out that she’s guilty of corruption, but there is no evidence of that. … So she’s not being impeached because of corruption. She’s being impeached because of a transgression of the Fiscal Responsibility Law.GAZETTE: Some experts say that is not a crime for which she should be impeached.HAGOPIAN: I am not a jurist, but the Brazilian Constitution provides for impeachment in the case of a crime of responsibility. Loosely translated, this is a high crime or misdemeanor in the United States. The Brazilian Constitution does not lay out what constitutes a crime of responsibility any more than the U.S. Constitution lays out what a high crime or misdemeanor is. Is having an affair with an intern in the Oval Office a high crime or misdemeanor? Or is it lying to Congress about a war? What is revealing is that during the impeachment vote, very few of the 360-something deputies who voted to impeach her mentioned the crime of fiscal responsibility. They mentioned the economic crisis and a number of other things. So to me, that raises questions about whether that was an impeachable offense.GAZETTE: Rousseff has said that the impeachment trial is an injustice orchestrated by her political opponents. Many of her opponents who voted to impeach her are being investigated for corruption.HAGOPIAN: Including the then-presidents of the Chamber and the Senate.GAZETTE: So what does this impeachment vote actually represent?HAGOPIAN: I don’t think it’s a secret that the impeachment vote was really a vote of no confidence in the government. The problem is that Brazil doesn’t have a parliamentary system of government. In that sense, the impeachment was political. Many members of the Congress were concerned about the Lava Jato investigation continuing and reaching them, and they may have hoped that by threatening her with impeachment, she would have somehow tried to stop the investigation, but I don’t think any president would have had the capacity to stop it. GAZETTE: So was this a political trial orchestrated by her opponents, as she said?HAGOPIAN: It is political, but perhaps it’s too simple to say that only her opponents played a pivotal role. Whether or not that’s fair, I don’t know. Brazil has a party system with many parties — 34 — and every president in order to govern needs to enter into a coalition. Brazilians said that former President Lula [Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva] could manage a coalition and Dilma could not. She had a cabinet with many parties, and it was an unwieldy coalition to manage. And again, as the economy weakened, and corruption started coming to light, her supposed allies thought they could gain some ground and then her actual opponents joined them.‘What’s problematic for Brazilian democracy is that this process does not have broader legitimacy.’ — Frances HagopianGAZETTE: What about her support among Brazil’s poor, who benefited from her government’s social programs? Did she lose support among them?HAGOPIAN: The support for impeachment peaked in March at 68 percent. In July, it was 58 percent. And the truly interesting thing is that there is no a huge difference between the level of education and income in those who favor her impeachment. She still has support among the popular sectors — 30, 40 percent — but it isn’t simply the wealthy and well-educated who support the impeachment.GAZETTE: What impact is this going to have on Brazilian democracy? Rousseff has said this is a coup.HAGOPIAN: This is not a coup because it followed constitutional procedures. But what’s problematic for Brazilian democracy is that this process does not have broader legitimacy. There are many people, supporters and opponents of the impeachment, who feel this was a necessary action to remove the president — without clear charges — in order to govern and right the economy. But that is not the way democracy is supposed to work. What does this suggest for the future? If presidents are unpopular or are not doing well, should we just remove them? Without commenting on the merits of the charges against her, it’s not a good precedent to remove presidents just because they are unpopular.GAZETTE: All this political drama was unfolding as the Olympic Games were taking place. What do you think of the way Brazil hosted the games?HAGOPIAN: Brazil exceeded expectations, given how low the baseline was, and given the extraordinarily difficult circumstances in which Rio served as host. Most cities don’t host the Olympic Games in a country in which the economy shrank by 3.8 percent the preceding year. The state of Rio also passed the security test. There were no terrorist attacks, and the most widely reported armed robbery attempt turned out to be a hoax. Brazil celebrated its diversity, and Rio will inherit some badly needed infrastructural improvements.This interview has been edited for clarity and length. President of Brazil comes to Harvardlast_img read more

Lost doubles point haunts Syracuse as ACC play starts

first_img Published on February 4, 2019 at 10:01 pm Contact Arabdho: [email protected] | @aromajumder After their doubles loss to Virginia, SU’s top doubles pair of Gabriela Knutson and Miranda Ramirez didn’t know what happened. They needed stronger starts. The two preached the importance of joking around and staying loose on the court. They’d have to analyze the loss later, Knutson said.Two days later against Boston College, the Orange’s top doubles pair bounced back with a 7-5 win. But this time, second and third doubles sunk Syracuse.The Orange (4-2, 0-2 Atlantic Coast) dropped their third-straight doubles point against Boston College. Two days earlier, Dina Hegab and Guzal Yusupova never recovered from going down 3-0 to start their match, and Virginia clinched the doubles point. In SU’s two ACC matches, the early deficit proved too much to make up in singles. Syracuse fought back to 3-2 against Virginia, but eventually lost 4-3. Versus BC, the Orange went down to the final point, but fell 4-3 again when Hegab lost her singles match. In both cases, their lost doubles point proved to be the difference.“It’s right out of the gate, how this match is going to go, who has the momentum,” Ramirez said about the doubles point. “So, that’s why it’s a really important thing for us to get right off the bat.”Susie Teuscher | Digital Design EditorAdvertisementThis is placeholder textWith the additions of freshman Sofya Treshcheva and Washington State-transfer Yusupova, doubles were expected to improve from last season, head coach Younes Limam said. Treshcheva paired with sophomore Sofya Golubovskaya, who had experience playing with Treshcheva in Russia. Yusupova rounded out the third doubles pairing with Hegab, creating a veteran duo that typically took on younger opponents.Through Syracuse’s first four matches, all out-of-conference, the three pairings dropped just two matches between them. Knutson and Ramirez bounced back from an ACC season-opening loss to Virginia and beat BC’s top pair Sunday. But Yusupova and Hegab lost both their ACC matchups, and SU’s second pair lost to BC.A doubles loss isn’t an insurmountable lead, most recently shown by Syracuse’s comeback over Purdue. One through six, Limam believes SU can take every point in singles, but so far in the ACC the Orange has struggled.No. 43 Gabriela Knutson has lost three singles matches in a row, her last two in straight-sets. Ramirez and Yusupova have been hot and cold. They both sit at 4-2 in singles, and Yusupova is riding a three-match win streak. Hegab clinched three-straight for Syracuse, including completing the comeback against Purdue, but her streak ended against Boston College. Golubovskaya has been the Orange’s best singles player, losing only once to No. 27 Brienne Minor. But four of her five wins came in three sets, and she had to come back from down 5-2 in the final frame vs. Columbia. Her partner, Treshcheva, is 3-2 with one match unfinished.SU has only won every singles point once this season. Losing the doubles point takes away the momentum from the Orange.“Before singles, the coaches will say, ‘It’s OK, take a deep breath, we got this,’” Knutson said. “But it’s hard.”Against Virginia, Limam wanted the pair to attack the net more. He wants opponents to earn the points and for SU to make less errors. SU’s third doubles pair was doing that in their first two matches, Limam said, and they just need to get back to that.“I know we lost the last one and the one today, but I don’t think that’s any means for us to worry,” Ramirez said after the Virginia match. “I’m still confident in all of our doubles.” Commentscenter_img Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

Lakers GM Kupchak: ‘There’s time to right the ship’

first_imgHOUSTON >> Mitch Kupchak exuded a sense of calmness over the phone, even as the Lakers general manager addressed a wide-range of issues with this newspaper that plague the purple and gold.The never-ending injuries. The uncertainty leading into the Feb. 20 trade deadline. Whether the Lakers will miss the postseason for only the sixth time in franchise history. But Kupchak still uttered words about Lakers coach Mike D’Antoni foreign to what’s written on message boards and voiced on the airwaves.“Six weeks ago, I thought he would’ve been candidate for coach of the year,” Kupchak said, praising D’Antoni on how he managed a roster full of castoffs despite never-ending injuries. “I know I’ll get criticized and he’ll get criticized. But the coaches in this league can’t win without players.”Kupchak also stayed firm on signing Kobe Bryant to a two-year, $48.5 million extension shortly before Bryant fractured his left knee only six games after returning from a torn left Achilles tendon. Kupchak conceded he’ll stay active leading into the Feb. 20 trade deadline, though he declined to say whether everyone outside of Bryant remains up for grabs.“If there’s an opportunity to help us win right away, or an opportunity to help us plan for next year or the year after,” Kupchak said, “then we’ll look at those opportunities.”The Lakers negotiated last week with the Cleveland Cavaliers on a deal involving Pau Gasol, but Cleveland traded Andrew Bynum to Chicago for All-Star forward Luol Deng and several draft picks. The Lakers declined to make the deal because Cleveland refused to offer valued young players and draft picks.The Lakers had no interest in solely waiving Bynum, a move coupled with Gasol’s departure that would’ve trimmed $20 million in luxury taxes. The Lakers’ payroll remains at $78.9 million and the luxury tax threshold stays at $71.7 million.Kupchak downplayed the importance of staying below that number despite giving the Lakers a chance to avoid the so-called “repeater’s tax.” That penalty applies to teams that spend over the luxury tax in four of five seasons since the NBA’s new labor deal was constructed in 2011.“Strategically, it’s a factor,” Kupchak said. “But with Dr. Buss and present ownership, it has never been a driving force that interferes with what is best for the organization in terms of providing for our TV partners, radio partners and our fans.” “His most recent injury had nothing to do with the Achilles,” Kupchak said. “If he had blown out his Achilles, you might think why did he come back so quickly. The knee just hyperextended, and that’s very natural. It’s not a major injury. He’ll be back and better than ever.”Kupchak also scoffed at the Lakers tanking for the sake of maximizing their chances in the NBA Draft lottery.“That’s the worst thing an owner, general manager, coach or player can even consider. I can’t imagine going into a locker room or having a closed-door meeting with a coach to say I want you to lose,” Kupchak said. “It’s almost un-American.”The Lakers have long-term injuries to Bryant (fractured left knee), Steve Nash (nerve issues in back), Steve Blake (hyperextended right elbow) Jordan Farmar (strained left hamstring) and Xavier Henry (bone bruise in right knee). The Lakers will evaluate Henry sometime next week, but Bryant, Nash, Blake and Farmar aren’t expected back until February.“There’s time to right the ship and get back in the playoff run,” Kupchak said. “The only thing we can do is to play as hard, coach as hard and support the team as much as possible. If we can do that come April, we may not be happy with the record. But I know the team gave everything they possibly could give.”center_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more

Canadas 43rd general election campaign officially underway

first_imgOTTAWA (NEWS 1130) – Let the races begin: Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has officially launched the federal election campaign.The parties have been informally campaigning for months. Trudeau sat down for a brief, private chat with the governor general to ask her to dissolve Parliament on Wednesday morning, officially kicking off Canada’s 43rd general election campaign.Speaking to the media following his meeting, Trudeau asked voters to think back to four years ago — the last time they went to the polls.“In 2015, after a decade of failed Conservative policy, Canada’s economy was flat,” he said. “Economic growth, job creation, wage growth, all were stalled thanks to a Conservative government that believed cuts and austerity were the answers to everything.”Liberal Leader @JustinTrudeau says this campaign is about choice #elxn43 #cdnpoli pic.twitter.com/mnW4pjS0QT— Cormac Mac Sweeney (@cmaconthehill) September 11, 2019It’s already shaping up to be a dogfight of a campaign, with the Liberals and Conservatives polling in a dead heat, while the NDP and Greens are in a distant battle for third.“Liberals go into it in the best position, Conservatives definitely within striking room, NDP struggling to remain relevant, Green Party hoping to leap frog over the NDP into third,” Maclean’s Ottawa Bureau Chief John Geddes explains.He says parties will be focusing on pocket book issues like affordable medicines, the cost of your cell phone bill, and supports for families.But a key battle on voters’ minds is tackling climate change.“It has to do with the immediate extreme weather affects of climate change that have brought it home for people — forest fires, and floods, and the hurricane,” he notes.Canadians can expect a lot of political attacks over the next five and a half weeks on everything from SNC-Lavalin to abortion as every politician looks for an edge.Related articles: Troubling stats for Trudeau Liberals: Pollster says close to half of Canadians want change of gov’t Trudeau to call election Wednesday with morning visit to Rideau Hallcenter_img Trudeau is asking voters for a second mandate, while the Opposition hopes to end his term at four years.Geddes says this election will be a referendum on the Liberal leader.“He’s saying, ‘Hey, I’ve made some mistakes, I don’t want you to think about that. I want you to think about me as the guy who can take you forward in a way that you like.’”The 2019 campaign will be much shorter than the 2015 vote, which tends to help the incumbents, but Geddes once again stresses, it’s a tight race at the top.Canadians will head to the polls on October 21st.last_img read more