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Tennessee inmate chooses electric chair over lethal injection

Image copyright AFP Image caption The electric chair has gradually been replaced as the main method of execution An inmate in the US state of Tennessee is to be executed by electric chair after arguing that a lethal injection would involve suffering. David Earl Miller, who has spent 36 years on death row, is among an increasing number of inmates attempting to avoid lethal injection following several botched executions. Another Tennessee inmate, Edmund Zagorski, was electrocuted last month. Lethal injection is the state’s main method of execution. However, inmates in…

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Nicholas Roeg obituary: From tea-maker to director’s chair

Image copyright Getty Images Nicolas Roeg was one of the most original film-makers the UK has ever produced. His early experience as a cinematographer brought a stunning visual quality to his work. He often exasperated the critics and gained a reputation as being hard on his actors. And he took a delight in jumbling scenes and time to both bewitch and bewilder his audiences. Nicolas Roeg was born in St John’s Wood in north London on 15 August 1928. His father Jack, who was of Dutch ancestry, worked in the…

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Poorly labrador Buck eats meals from high chair

A dog with a rare medical condition has been given a chair to help him eat. Buck, a 17-month-old labrador, has a rare condition called megaesophagus which means he cannot eat food without vomiting it back up unless he is held in an upright position. He is half the size of a normal labrador and needs to eat to help fight the condition. Nottingham-based charity Team Edward Labrador Rescue took Buck in six weeks ago and, following a social media appeal, found a designer from Leicester’s De Montfort University to…

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Tesla names director Denholm to replace Musk as board chair

(Reuters) – Tesla Inc has named director Robyn Denholm as board chair, fulfilling a demand by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission to strip the job from Elon Musk, the electric car maker’s wayward chief executive who has dragged the company through months of turbulence. The appointment was required as part of a September deal Tesla struck with the securities regulator to settle fraud charges against Musk and Tesla. Legal experts said it was unclear if Denholm, who has been on Tesla’s board for four years, was independent enough for…

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Tesla names new chair to replace Elon Musk

Image copyright Reuters Electric car company Tesla has appointed an executive at Australian company Telstra to chair its board. Robyn Denholm takes over the role from founder Elon Musk, who will remain as Tesla’s chief executive. Mr Musk agreed to give up the chairmanship last month to resolve claims of fraud brought by US financial regulators. The settlement requires Tesla to install an independent chairman, among other penalties. The move scotches reports that James Murdoch might have been appointed to the job. Tesla has endured a difficult few months, following…

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Tennis – Three Thai chair umpires handed life bans for match-fixing

LONDON (Reuters) – Three Thai chair umpires have been handed life bans for match-fixing and betting offences, the Tennis Integrity Unit (TIU) said on Monday. FILE PHOTO: A logo is seen at the entrance to the International Tennis Federation headquarters, where the Tennis Integrity Unit is based, in London, Britain January 18, 2016. REUTERS/Toby Melville/File Photo The TIU said the three had admitted to betting on tennis matches at ITF Futures tournaments at which they were officiating last year. “They also manipulated scores inputted into the official scoring system, for…

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US-Iran: Trump set to chair key UN Security Council session

Image copyright EPA Image caption President Trump is seeking to isolate Iran internationally US President Donald Trump is expected to voice fresh criticism of Iran later when he chairs a UN Security Council session on the non-proliferation of weapons of mass destruction. It is only the third time a US leader will have presided over the body. On Tuesday Mr Trump accused Iran’s leaders of sowing “chaos, death and destruction” in an address to the UN General Assembly in New York. Iranian President Hassan Rouhani described the US as a…

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Brexit: May to chair cabinet amid pressure for Chequers re-think

Image copyright Reuters The cabinet remains fully behind Theresa May’s Brexit policy in the face of growing calls within her party to change direction, No 10 has insisted. The prime minister is sticking by her Chequers plan for future co-operation despite European leaders attacking it. She will meet senior ministers later as pressure grows on her to ditch it in favour of a Canada-style trade accord. Conservative MP Jacob Rees-Mogg said this would win the backing of the EU, Parliament and also “public opinion”. Speaking at an event in London,…

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U.S. Olympic Committee board chair Probst to step down

(Reuters) – U.S. Olympic Committee Board Chair Larry Probst will step down at the end of the year and be replaced by board member Susanne Lyons, who until recently was the acting CEO, USOC said on Monday U.S. Olympic Committee chairman Larry Probst speaks at a news conference in Boston, Massachusetts January 9, 2015. REUTERS/Brian Snyder Probst, 68, was first elected chair in October 2008 and recently oversaw the opening of the U.S. Center for SafeSport, an independent entity that aims to help the sports community to respond to incidents…

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Raheem Sterling: Silence over criticism is ‘shameful’, says Kick It Out chair

Ian Wright says the media criticism of Raheem Sterling is ‘tinged with racism’. There has been a “shameful silence” over ongoing criticism of Manchester City winger Raheem Sterling, says a leading anti-racism campaigner. Lord Herman Ouseley, chair of Kick It Out, has called for football’s leading bodies to tackle the concerns. Ex-Arsenal striker Ian Wright told BBC Radio 5 live on Monday that criticism of Sterling is motivated by racism. Lord Ouseley, in his weekly column for The Voice, suggested the winger could be “driven out of the English game”.…

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