Kamala Harris, a first-term senator and former California attorney general, has announced she will run for president in 2020. Vowing to "bring our voices together," Harris would be the first woman to hold the presidency and the second African-American if she succeeds. The daughter of immigrant parents who grew up in Oakland, California, she is one of the earliest high-profile Democrats to join what is expected to be a crowded field. She made her long anticipated announcement on ABC's "Good Morning America," saying: "I am running for president of the United States," she said. "And I'm very excited about it." The 54-year old portrayed herself as a fighter for justice, decency and equality in a video distributed by her campaign as she announced her bid. "They're the values we as Americans cherish, and they're all on the line now. The future of our country depends on you and millions of others lifting our voices to fight for our American values." Harris launched her presidential as the … [Read more...] about Kamala Harris reveals she’s running for US president against Donald Trump in 2020
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In a public hearing at the European Parliament on Wednesday (5 September), two US attorneys said they were confident they would win further legal cases against Monsanto, following a landmark San Francisco trial in August that ordered the US company to pay plaintiff Dwayne Johnson $289 million in damages. “The judge wouldn’t let us display 80% of the documents we have that show how Monsanto manipulated science, helped to ghostwrite studies and suppressed carcinogenicity findings of Roundup and glyphosate. And the jury still voted unanimously against Monsanto,” said attorney Robert F. Kennedy, who addressed the Parliament together with Michael L. Baum. Referring to the thousand other similar legal cases pending in the US, he added that he was optimistic it will be possible to show more of these documents, meaning that chances are good to see future verdicts being voted in favour of the plaintiffs. “I think Monsanto now has a headache, and a headache that is … [Read more...] about US lawyers confident to win more Glyphosate-related legal cases against Monsanto
Samoan rugby player Gordon Langkilde remains in America after his trial for allegedly assaulting members of the Wales Sevens team was delayed again. Langkilde has been banned from leaving the country as he continues to await trial following an incident in the tunnel after the two teams clashed on July 21 at the Rugby World Cup Sevens in San Francisco. He has pleaded not guilty to three charges of battery and one of assault that could see him jailed for up to four years if convicted. Wales Sevens players Tom Williams, Luke Morgan, and Ben Roach all suffered injuries during the alleged incident. Williams was reportedly left covered in blood and is believed to have had his nose and cheekbone broken. Morgan has since spoken about the incident. Langkilde was originally scheduled to face trial on August 15 but that has now been deferred twice. By the time proceedings get underway on the new date of September 5, Langkilde would have spent seven weeks in the US. Pacific Rugby Players CEO … [Read more...] about The situation with the Samoan rugby star accused of assaulting Wales players
Should criminal law be used more often to police serious incidents of violence during a game at whatever level of sport it occurs? Or should these matters be left to sport itself and thus not waste precious police and public resources? A number of high-profile incidents globally prompt answers on the criminal law’s reach beyond the sideline. The first happened earlier this month in Australia during an AFL game in Perth between local rivals West Coast Eagles and Freemantle. Freemantle’s Andrew Brayshaw was caught full face by a swinging left fist from West Coast’s Andrew Gaff. Brayshaw’s jaw was broken and several of his lower teeth displaced. Such was the damage caused that, on reaching the player, the physio ordered him not to take out his mouthguard. [/media]https://youtube.com/embed/HTDbEunf_R8[media=youtube][/media] The concussed, distressed player was then taken shakily from the field and straight to hospital for overnight surgery. The following day … [Read more...] about When does a pitch assault cross the line between sport and crime?
A Samoan rugby player charged with assaulting three Wales players at the Rugby World Cup Sevens in San Francisco has been ordered not to leave the United States after being released from jail. Gordon Langkilde, who faces up to four years in prison if convicted, pleaded not guilty to four charges but was told by a judge he had to surrender his passport. The 22-year-old was also ordered to stay away from Wales Sevens players Tom Williams, Luke Morgan, and Ben Roach, who Langkilde is alleged to have assaulted, the San Francisco Examiner reports . Langkilde was told he must remain in the States while awaiting trial on two counts of felony battery, one count of felony assault and one count of misdemeanour battery for allegedly attacking the players in the tunnel at AT&T Park in San Francisco at around 3.30pm on Saturday. You can read about the injuries suffered by the players here. On Wednesday, the Samoan player appeared in San Francisco's Hall of Justice courtroom handcuffed and … [Read more...] about Handcuffed Samoan pleads not guilty to assaulting three Wales players