An inmate in the US has chosen to be executed in the electric chair after arguing that lethal injections are not humane.
David Earl Miller will be the second person to die in the Tennessee’s electric chair in recent months on Thursday evening.
The 61-year-old has been on death row for 36 years – the longest time a prisoner has waited for execution in the state.
Miller was convicted of first-degree murder for the May 1981 killing of Lee Standifer.
The 23-year-old woman, who was mentally disabled, was repeatedly beaten, stabbed and dragged into the woods after going on a date with Miller.
Convicted murderer Edmund Zagorski, who was executed on 1 November, had also chosen the electric chair over lethal injection, despite proponents saying this method is painless and humane.
Both inmates had argued in court that Tennessee’s current method, involving the drug midazolam, involves a prolonged and torturous death.
Miller and Zagorski pointed to the state’s execution of Billy Ray Irick in August, which took about 20 minutes.
During this time, Irick was coughing and huffing before he turned dark purple.
The duo’s case was thrown out – mainly because a judge said they failed to prove that a more humane alternative was available.
Zagorski’s execution was delayed for about three weeks after he requested the electric chair amid a last-minute flurry of legal manoeuvres.
A federal court judge eventually ordered the state to comply, and the 63-year-old was executed on 1 November.
It was only the second time Tennessee had put an inmate to death in the electric chair since 1960.
States have moved away from the electric chair in recent decades – and no state uses electrocution as its main execution method anymore.
First used in 1890, execution by electric chair was developed as a “humane alternative” to hanging.
Various cycles of alternating current would be passed through the individual’s body which would then cause fatal damage to the internal organs. It involves two powerful jolts of electric current, with the first causing immediate unconsciousness.
In Tennessee, inmates whose crimes were committed before 1999 can choose electrocution over lethal injection.
Game Of Thrones fans aren’t happy with this Daenerys Targaryen waxwork | Ents & Arts News
She is Daenerys Targaryen, Mother of Dragons, a queen who could soon claim the Iron Throne.
So it is only fitting she should have a waxwork in her honour – but perhaps makers could have made it a bit more… well, a bit more Daenerys-like.
Dublin’s National Wax Museum’s new addition pays homage to the Game Of Thrones character, played by Emilia Clarke, but has been widely mocked online.
“Wow, Winter’s really taken its toll,” said one commenter on the venue’s Instagram post, referencing one of the series’ most famous lines: “Winter is coming.”
“How do you f*** this up with all the technology there is,” said another user.
“Oh my god WHAT HAVE YOU DONE TO HER,” said another post.
Many have said the figure looks more like Legolas from Lord Of The Rings, who was played by actor Orlando Bloom, or Lucius Malfoy, played by Jason Isaacs in the Harry Potter films.
They might have a point…
Daenerys is not the only famous face to be immortalised in less-than-flattering wax or stone.
Statues of Michael Jackson, Lucille Ball and Diego Maradona have also been ridiculed in recent years.
Clarke herself has yet to comment on her own figure, but let’s hope Daenerys sees the funny side.
Should she decide to unleash those dragons, it wouldn’t last long.
Emiliano Sala’s father dies three months after footballer’s fatal plane crash | World News
The father of Emiliano Sala has died three months after the Premier League footballer was killed in a plane crash.
Horacio Sala, 58, suffered a fatal heart attack in Argentina, the mayor of his hometown Progreso said.
“2019 has been very hard on us,” Julio Muller told local media.
“I think Horacio couldn’t get over what happened to Emi.
“Every news he heard about the investigation was really tough for him.”
A plane carrying Emiliano Sala crashed on 21 January, just two days after he had completed a £15m move from French club Nantes to Cardiff City.
The Argentinian striker was travelling to the Welsh capital in a private plane with pilot David Ibbotson when it went down in the English Channel near Alderney.
Horacio Sala described his anguish after the wreckage was discovered, telling Argentinian television: “I cannot believe it. This is a dream. A bad dream. I am desperate.”
The footballer’s body was recovered on 7 February after a privately-funded search was launched, while Mr Ibbotson remains missing.
It has also emerged that one of Emiliano Sala’s best friends died last week in a car crash.
Sebastian Rabellino was a footballer for San Martin de Progeso, the club where Sala started his career as a youth player.
Following Sala’s death, Cardiff City and Nantes are locked in a legal battle over his £15m transfer fee after the Premier League club refused to pay the first £5m instalment.
It is understood Cardiff argue that Sala’s contract had been rejected by the Premier League because it contravened signing-on fee rules and was therefore “null and void”, Sky Sports News reported.
The club also claim that further contract clauses – proposed by Nantes – had not been met.
Meanwhile, Cardiff City has denied claims it failed to offer Emiliano Sala suitable travel arrangements before his ill-fated flight to the UK.
Uber seeks market value of over $90bn in share sale | Business News
Uber is seeking a market value just above $90bn in its planned flotation, according to documents filed with regulators.
The ride hailing firm said it planned to offer 180 million shares in its Initial Public Offering (IPO) at a price of between $44-per share to $50-per share.
There would be an additional 27 million shares sold by current equity holders, Uber said.
It had been widely reported in US media that Uber had reduced its top valuation from a more lofty $120bn following a lacklustre stock market debut for its largest rival in North America, Lyft.
While Lyft’s shares climbed when trading first began last month, Lyft’s market value has plummeted since – down by 22% ahead of Friday’s opening.
In the filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission, Uber revealed the path to profitability would likely be a rocky road for investors.
It reported a net loss of $1bn for the first quarter of the year on revenues of roughly $3bn.
It said its shares would trade on the New York Stock Exchange under the ticker name UBER.
Uber also said PayPal had agreed to purchase $500m of stock in a private placement as the pair embark on a venture to create a digital wallet for customers.
The filing kicks off a 10-day roadshow for potential investors to ask questions of senior management.
They are likely to face questions on subjects ranging from profitability to the treatment of drivers following controversy over its treatment of so-called gig economy workers and safety provisions.
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