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23 января, 20:10

United States Virgin Islands Risks Capsizing Under Weight Of Debt

United States Virgin Islands (USVI) is not very far behind from facing the same sort of financial crisis as Puerto Rico.

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23 января, 18:55

(VIDEO) Women's March on Washington Reaches Caribbean Island of Vieques, Puerto Rico

VIEQUES, PR - Hundred of residents and visitors to this small island off the eastern coast of Puerto Rico, gathered on January 21 in solidarity with millions around the globe, to rally for equality for women. While many gathered showed the their dislike for the incoming president with their chants and placards, the theme was one of unity and action for women on the island, calling for job equality, access to quality education and protection from sexual violence. -- This feed and its contents are the property of The Huffington Post, and use is subject to our terms. It may be used for personal consumption, but may not be distributed on a website.

21 января, 21:07

Women's Marches Rally Thousands In Cities Around The World

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Carrying signs with slogans like “a woman’s place is in the White House” and singing anti-Trump songs, the crowd represented part of the outraged international reaction to the new U.S. president and his administration.  Some participants waited more than an hour in the cold to begin marching, but passed the time with chants and excited discussion about why the protest mattered to them. Cara Spelman, 22, said she saw similarities between Trump and some far-right movements across Europe. “Everyone’s just kinda out here because it’s the last straw, I think, with Brexit and this, and France and hyper-nationalism. Everyone’s just sick of it. That’s why I’m here,” she said. “People are kind of sick of this wave of bigotry.” Spelman, a graduate student in gender studies at University College London, said she also joined the rally to push for abortion rights in her native Ireland, where the practice is currently illegal. Some marchers brought their children, including Kate O’Sullivan, who said she wanted the world to see that protesters “are not just troublemakers.” “It’s important that she knows” what’s going on the world, O’Sullivan said of her 4-year-old daughter, Lilly. “I hope she doesn’t have to remember this day but if she does I hope it’s for this.” Millie Colwey, 27, came with her husband and 7-year-old daughter. “You gotta start them young, before they even come out,” said Colwey, who is pregnant.  Although women made up the visible majority of demonstrators, the march was open to all. Ryan Cattle, 22, said he thought it was important for men to show up too. “It’s so important that men are getting involved,” he said. “There’s gonna be no substantial progress in the near future unless everyone gets behind this.” London Mayor Sadiq Khan, who has repeatedly spoken out against Trump’s policies, was also present at the demonstration. “As a feminist in City Hall, I fully support the fight for gender equality,” Khan said before the march. “It’s wrong that in 2017 someone’s life chances and fundamental rights are still dependent on their gender.” Nearly 700 sister marches in over 60 countries were scheduled for Saturday in solidarity with the Women’s March on Washington, according to organizers.  Australia and New Zealand held some of the first marches planned for the day. Thousands of people rallied in Sydney and Melbourne, many of whom wore pink “pussy hats” in reference to a widely viewed video of Trump boasting about being able to grab women’s genitals without consent.  In France, where the far-right National Front party is running an election campaign similar to that of Trump’s, demonstrators marched in a number of cities. A rally in Paris gathered a large crowd brandishing signs against the backdrop of the Eiffel Tower. Demonstrators also marched in Kenya, where Barack Obama’s father was born, walking through Karura forest in the capital of Nairobi. Thousands of people in Canada also marched, including in the cities of Montreal, Toronto and Vancouver. Demonstrators closed down major roads by marching from Queen’s Park to City Hall.   Brennan Kirby was at the Toronto event with his mother, and said he felt that the rally was necessary to show support for people who are afraid of Trump’s administration. “As part of a global society, I think it’s important to come out and show solidarity with progressives, women, LGBT and minority communities,” Kirby said. “We’re not turning our back because of a choice that some Americans made.” A few of the signs at the Toronto march took aim at Canadian politician Kellie Leitch, who is running to lead the Conservative Party and has a populist, anti-immigration platform with rhetoric similar to Trump’s.  A number of the marches featured signs that reflected both opposition to Trump and to local politicians they see as supportive of his policies. One protester in Tel Aviv a held a placard featuring Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu shaking hands with Trump and the caption “existential threat.” Demonstrators at rallies around the world ― in major cities like Oslo and Barcelona, as well as from smaller gatherings on the Virgin Islands and in Puerto Rico ― flooded social media with videos and images from their respective marches as they joined together to advocate for women’s rights and show solidarity with the Washington march. type=type=RelatedArticlesblockTitle=Related Coverage + articlesList=5883aec1e4b00e5c9b7cae21,5883aec2e4b00e5c9b7cae25,58838ff1e4b096b4a231fb55 This article has been updated with more details about marches around the world.  Alana Horowitz Satlin and Sara Boboltz contributed reporting from London; Nick Robins-Early contributed reporting from New York; Lisa Yeung contributed reporting from Toronto.  -- This feed and its contents are the property of The Huffington Post, and use is subject to our terms. 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20 января, 19:15

Kansas And Puerto Rico Show How Trump's Tax Cuts Will Hurt Us

The business-oriented media are loudly proclaiming that president-"elect" Donald Trump's proposed tax cuts for the rich and corporations will "boost" the economy. ● WSJ: Trump's Proposed Tax Cuts Could Boost U.S. and Global Growth, Says World Bank ● CNBC: Trump tax cuts could boost earnings by 20 percent next year: Yardeni ● Fortune: OECD Says Trump Tax and Spending Plans Will Boost Global Economy ● Fox Business Video: Why Trump's tax cuts will boost the world economy ● Investors Business Daily: Here's How Much Trump Tax Cuts Could Boost The Stock Market The word filters down to the local media: (The exact word: "boost"...) ● Indianapolis Business Journal: Trump's tax-cutting plan will boost economy Really? Is THAT what happens when taxes are cut for the wealthy and their corporations? Presidents Reagan and both Bushes cut taxes for the rich and their corporations, promising that the "benefits" would "trickle down' to the rest of us. Kansas gave huge tax cuts to corporations and the wealthy to "boost" investment and jobs. For decades Puerto Rico offered tax breaks "attract businesses." How'd that work out for them -- and us? Kansas, Oops Sam Brownback took office as Governor of Kansas in 2011. With a Republican legislature Kansas conducted a "real live experiment" and dramatically cut tax rates on the wealthy and corporations. They said it would boost investment and create jobs. They said the "boost" in the economy would actually increase tax revenues. How did that work out? Not so great. The LA Times reports, Hard times for Kansas and its schools as economic 'experiment' creates gaping budget hole, In February 2015, three years into the supply-side economics experiment that would upend a once steady Midwestern economy, a hole appeared in Kansas' finances. To fill it, Gov. Sam Brownback took $45 million in public education funding. By April of this year, with the hole at $290 million, Brownback took highway money to plug it. A month later, state money for Medicaid coverage went into the hole, but the gap continued to grow. Today, the state's budget hole is $345 million and threatens the foundation of this state, which was supposed to be the setting for a grand economic expansion but now more closely resembles a battleground, with accusations and lawsuits flying over how to get the state's finances in order. The Center for Budget and Policy Priorities (CBPP) took a long look at the Kansas experiment and what happened, and reported in Kansas' Tax Cut Experience Refutes Economic Growth Predictions of Trump Tax Advisors, In fact, the tax cut failed to boost the Kansas economy: ● Since it took effect in January 2013, total employment in Kansas has risen only 2.6 percent, compared to 6.5 percent nationally. Private sector employment in Kansas has risen 3.5 percent, compared to 7.6 percent nationally. ● The state's economy has grown less than half as fast as the national economy; Kansas' gross domestic product (GDP) grew 4.8 percent from the end of 2012 through the first quarter of 2016, while national GDP rose 11.9 percent. ● Kansas' share of newly opened business establishments in the United States has actually declined slightly rather than increased. But wait, there's more. According to CBPP, "Moreover, the Kansas tax cut package has had a deleterious impact on the state's financial stability and the provision of critical services." Tax revenues did not grow as promised, they continue to decline as the state's economy collapses. The resulting reduction in infrastructure funding is hitting roads, etc., The state's bond rating has been downgraded -- twice -- so the state has to pay higher interest rates. Economic growth and job growth is slower than much of the rest of the country. More bluntly, Mother Jones, Trickle-Down Economics Has Ruined the Kansas Economy. Puerto Rico, Oops Puerto Rico offered "competitive tax rates" to corporations, in an effort to boost their economy. How did that turn out? A Reuters Special Report from December, How dependence on tax breaks corroded Puerto Rico's economy, In trying to be attractive to U.S. firms, Puerto Rico instead The industrialization push, dubbed Operation Bootstrap, rested on the premise that manufacturers lured by tax breaks would spur the development of a local economy because they would need local suppliers. The federal government supported the effort, viewing Puerto Rico as a vital capitalist outpost in the Caribbean.became indentured to them, pledging tax breaks and cheap labor for ultimately transient economic benefits. ... It turned out that the manufacturers were generally locked into global supply chains, and so they had limited impact on local business creation. ... Today, the U.S. territory has nearly $70 billion in debt, an unemployment rate 2.5 times the U.S. average, a 45 percent poverty rate, nearly insolvent pension systems and a chronically underfunded Medicaid insurance program for the poor. The economic nosedive started in 2006, at the end of a 10-year phase-out by U.S. congress of tax breaks that had brought manufacturers to the island. Plant closures and job losses followed. Puerto Rico's commonwealth government made things worse by taking on years of debt to replace the lost revenue. Tax cuts didn't work out so well for Puerto Rico, either. Studies: Tax Cuts Do Not "Boost" The Economy Republicans always argue that tax cuts for the rich and their corporations will "boost" the economy because "taxes take money out of the economy" and the promise that by cutting taxes at the top the "job creators" have more of an "incentive" to work "harder." They even argue that cutting taxes actually increases tax revenue as a result of that "boost" in the economy. So what's the record? In September 2012 the Congressional Research Service published a report that looked at 65 years of tax cuts and the economy, Taxes and the Economy: An Economic Analysis of the Top Tax Rates Since 1945. From that report, Throughout the late-1940s and 1950s, the top marginal tax rate was typically above 90%; today it is 35%. Additionally, the top capital gains tax rate was 25% in the 1950s and 1960s, 35% in the 1970s; today it is 15%. The real GDP growth rate averaged 4.2% and real per capita GDP increased annually by 2.4% in the 1950s. In the 2000s, the average real GDP growth rate was 1.7% and real per capita GDP increased annually by less than 1%. There is not conclusive evidence, however, to substantiate a clear relationship between the 65-year steady reduction in the top tax rates and economic growth. Analysis of such data suggests the reduction in the top tax rates have had little association with saving, investment, or productivity growth. However, the top tax rate reductions appear to be associated with the increasing concentration of income at the top of the income distribution. What all those words say is as tax cuts took effect the economy slowed and longer term it slowed more. They didn't conclude this was causal, but clearly tax cuts didn't "boost" growth. The kicker: tax cuts were associated with wealth concentrating at the top. So no, tax cuts didn't "boost" growth at all and possibly cut growth while making income inequality worse. David Leonhardt in the New York Times, also September 2012, Do Tax Cuts Lead to Economic Growth? The defining economic policy of the last decade, of course, was the Bush tax cuts. President George W. Bush and Congress, including Mr. Ryan, passed a large tax cut in 2001, sped up its implementation in 2003 and predicted that prosperity would follow. The economic growth that actually followed -- indeed, the whole history of the last 20 years -- offers one of the most serious challenges to modern conservatism. Bill Clinton and the elder George Bush both raised taxes in the early 1990s, and conservatives predicted disaster. Instead, the economy boomed, and incomes grew at their fastest pace since the 1960s. Then came the younger Mr. Bush, the tax cuts, the disappointing expansion and the worst downturn since the Depression. From my December 2010 post, Do Tax Cuts Help The Economy, It is obvious that the Reagan and Bush tax cuts for the wealthy have hurt us in many ways. They hurt the economy. (See charts above) (also, just look around you.) They caused massive debt. They hurt government's ability to do its job. They caused extreme concentration of wealth. They changed us from a democracy to a plutocracy: government of, by and for the wealthy. They kept us from maintaining and modernizing our infrastructure. But this was the plan all along, wasn't it? The April, 2011 post, Conservative Tax Tricks - Did Tax Cuts Grow The Economy? is full of charts and figures, including this: And this: From my post Tax Cuts Are Theft, A beneficial cycle: We invest in infrastructure and public structures that create the conditions for enterprise to form and prosper. We prepare the ground for business to thrive. When enterprise prospers we share the bounty, with good wages and benefits for the people who work in the businesses and taxes that provide for the general welfare and for reinvestment in the infrastructure and public structures that keep the system going. Since the Reagan Revolution with its tax cuts for the rich, its anti-government policies, and its deregulation of the big corporations our democracy is increasingly defunded (and that was the plan), infrastructure is crumbling, our schools are falling behind, factories and supply chains are being dismantled, those still at work are working longer hours for fewer benefits and falling wages, our pensions are gone, wealth and income are increasingly concentrating at the very top, our country is declining. Tax Cuts Hurt We the People The record proves that tax cuts don't "boost" the economy, they just make the rich even richer. So why do we keep getting told they will? Tax cuts make the rich richer and hurt the rest of us because they force budget cuts in things that make our lives better and actually do grow the economy, like infrastructure and education. A prosperous economy with good businesses and good jobs and good wages result from good education and the business conditions created by good infrastructure, research, etc. These things take investment and regulation and those are the result of taxes and strong government. If you cut taxes and wages to offer a "competitive environment" what happens is companies move from somewhere else, government there collects less in taxes, government in the new location collects less in taxes, the workers there get laid off and the new workers are always paid less -- sometimes much less. If you do the math, you see that in the larger picture of an economy -- one that includes the places the companies moved from and moved to -- overall wages drop so the public in general is poorer, government is weakened so it can't help and invest. In the end, the owners of the companies have a larger share of the pie. Tax cuts are a scam to weaken democracy and our government's ability to fight corporate power and concentrated wealth. ------- This post originally appeared at Campaign for America's Future (CAF) at their OurFuture site. I am a Fellow with CAF, a project of People's Action. Sign up here for the OurFuture daily summary and/or for People's Action's Progressive Breakfast. -- This feed and its contents are the property of The Huffington Post, and use is subject to our terms. It may be used for personal consumption, but may not be distributed on a website.

20 января, 19:15

Kansas And Puerto Rico Show How Trump's Tax Cuts Will Hurt Us

The business-oriented media are loudly proclaiming that president-"elect" Donald Trump's proposed tax cuts for the rich and corporations will "boost" the economy. ● WSJ: Trump's Proposed Tax Cuts Could Boost U.S. and Global Growth, Says World Bank ● CNBC: Trump tax cuts could boost earnings by 20 percent next year: Yardeni ● Fortune: OECD Says Trump Tax and Spending Plans Will Boost Global Economy ● Fox Business Video: Why Trump's tax cuts will boost the world economy ● Investors Business Daily: Here's How Much Trump Tax Cuts Could Boost The Stock Market The word filters down to the local media: (The exact word: "boost"...) ● Indianapolis Business Journal: Trump's tax-cutting plan will boost economy Really? Is THAT what happens when taxes are cut for the wealthy and their corporations? Presidents Reagan and both Bushes cut taxes for the rich and their corporations, promising that the "benefits" would "trickle down' to the rest of us. Kansas gave huge tax cuts to corporations and the wealthy to "boost" investment and jobs. For decades Puerto Rico offered tax breaks "attract businesses." How'd that work out for them -- and us? Kansas, Oops Sam Brownback took office as Governor of Kansas in 2011. With a Republican legislature Kansas conducted a "real live experiment" and dramatically cut tax rates on the wealthy and corporations. They said it would boost investment and create jobs. They said the "boost" in the economy would actually increase tax revenues. How did that work out? Not so great. The LA Times reports, Hard times for Kansas and its schools as economic 'experiment' creates gaping budget hole, In February 2015, three years into the supply-side economics experiment that would upend a once steady Midwestern economy, a hole appeared in Kansas' finances. To fill it, Gov. Sam Brownback took $45 million in public education funding. By April of this year, with the hole at $290 million, Brownback took highway money to plug it. A month later, state money for Medicaid coverage went into the hole, but the gap continued to grow. Today, the state's budget hole is $345 million and threatens the foundation of this state, which was supposed to be the setting for a grand economic expansion but now more closely resembles a battleground, with accusations and lawsuits flying over how to get the state's finances in order. The Center for Budget and Policy Priorities (CBPP) took a long look at the Kansas experiment and what happened, and reported in Kansas' Tax Cut Experience Refutes Economic Growth Predictions of Trump Tax Advisors, In fact, the tax cut failed to boost the Kansas economy: ● Since it took effect in January 2013, total employment in Kansas has risen only 2.6 percent, compared to 6.5 percent nationally. Private sector employment in Kansas has risen 3.5 percent, compared to 7.6 percent nationally. ● The state's economy has grown less than half as fast as the national economy; Kansas' gross domestic product (GDP) grew 4.8 percent from the end of 2012 through the first quarter of 2016, while national GDP rose 11.9 percent. ● Kansas' share of newly opened business establishments in the United States has actually declined slightly rather than increased. But wait, there's more. According to CBPP, "Moreover, the Kansas tax cut package has had a deleterious impact on the state's financial stability and the provision of critical services." Tax revenues did not grow as promised, they continue to decline as the state's economy collapses. The resulting reduction in infrastructure funding is hitting roads, etc., The state's bond rating has been downgraded -- twice -- so the state has to pay higher interest rates. Economic growth and job growth is slower than much of the rest of the country. More bluntly, Mother Jones, Trickle-Down Economics Has Ruined the Kansas Economy. Puerto Rico, Oops Puerto Rico offered "competitive tax rates" to corporations, in an effort to boost their economy. How did that turn out? A Reuters Special Report from December, How dependence on tax breaks corroded Puerto Rico's economy, In trying to be attractive to U.S. firms, Puerto Rico instead The industrialization push, dubbed Operation Bootstrap, rested on the premise that manufacturers lured by tax breaks would spur the development of a local economy because they would need local suppliers. The federal government supported the effort, viewing Puerto Rico as a vital capitalist outpost in the Caribbean.became indentured to them, pledging tax breaks and cheap labor for ultimately transient economic benefits. ... It turned out that the manufacturers were generally locked into global supply chains, and so they had limited impact on local business creation. ... Today, the U.S. territory has nearly $70 billion in debt, an unemployment rate 2.5 times the U.S. average, a 45 percent poverty rate, nearly insolvent pension systems and a chronically underfunded Medicaid insurance program for the poor. The economic nosedive started in 2006, at the end of a 10-year phase-out by U.S. congress of tax breaks that had brought manufacturers to the island. Plant closures and job losses followed. Puerto Rico's commonwealth government made things worse by taking on years of debt to replace the lost revenue. Tax cuts didn't work out so well for Puerto Rico, either. Studies: Tax Cuts Do Not "Boost" The Economy Republicans always argue that tax cuts for the rich and their corporations will "boost" the economy because "taxes take money out of the economy" and the promise that by cutting taxes at the top the "job creators" have more of an "incentive" to work "harder." They even argue that cutting taxes actually increases tax revenue as a result of that "boost" in the economy. So what's the record? In September 2012 the Congressional Research Service published a report that looked at 65 years of tax cuts and the economy, Taxes and the Economy: An Economic Analysis of the Top Tax Rates Since 1945. From that report, Throughout the late-1940s and 1950s, the top marginal tax rate was typically above 90%; today it is 35%. Additionally, the top capital gains tax rate was 25% in the 1950s and 1960s, 35% in the 1970s; today it is 15%. The real GDP growth rate averaged 4.2% and real per capita GDP increased annually by 2.4% in the 1950s. In the 2000s, the average real GDP growth rate was 1.7% and real per capita GDP increased annually by less than 1%. There is not conclusive evidence, however, to substantiate a clear relationship between the 65-year steady reduction in the top tax rates and economic growth. Analysis of such data suggests the reduction in the top tax rates have had little association with saving, investment, or productivity growth. However, the top tax rate reductions appear to be associated with the increasing concentration of income at the top of the income distribution. What all those words say is as tax cuts took effect the economy slowed and longer term it slowed more. They didn't conclude this was causal, but clearly tax cuts didn't "boost" growth. The kicker: tax cuts were associated with wealth concentrating at the top. So no, tax cuts didn't "boost" growth at all and possibly cut growth while making income inequality worse. David Leonhardt in the New York Times, also September 2012, Do Tax Cuts Lead to Economic Growth? The defining economic policy of the last decade, of course, was the Bush tax cuts. President George W. Bush and Congress, including Mr. Ryan, passed a large tax cut in 2001, sped up its implementation in 2003 and predicted that prosperity would follow. The economic growth that actually followed -- indeed, the whole history of the last 20 years -- offers one of the most serious challenges to modern conservatism. Bill Clinton and the elder George Bush both raised taxes in the early 1990s, and conservatives predicted disaster. Instead, the economy boomed, and incomes grew at their fastest pace since the 1960s. Then came the younger Mr. Bush, the tax cuts, the disappointing expansion and the worst downturn since the Depression. From my December 2010 post, Do Tax Cuts Help The Economy, It is obvious that the Reagan and Bush tax cuts for the wealthy have hurt us in many ways. They hurt the economy. (See charts above) (also, just look around you.) They caused massive debt. They hurt government's ability to do its job. They caused extreme concentration of wealth. They changed us from a democracy to a plutocracy: government of, by and for the wealthy. They kept us from maintaining and modernizing our infrastructure. But this was the plan all along, wasn't it? The April, 2011 post, Conservative Tax Tricks - Did Tax Cuts Grow The Economy? is full of charts and figures, including this: And this: From my post Tax Cuts Are Theft, A beneficial cycle: We invest in infrastructure and public structures that create the conditions for enterprise to form and prosper. We prepare the ground for business to thrive. When enterprise prospers we share the bounty, with good wages and benefits for the people who work in the businesses and taxes that provide for the general welfare and for reinvestment in the infrastructure and public structures that keep the system going. Since the Reagan Revolution with its tax cuts for the rich, its anti-government policies, and its deregulation of the big corporations our democracy is increasingly defunded (and that was the plan), infrastructure is crumbling, our schools are falling behind, factories and supply chains are being dismantled, those still at work are working longer hours for fewer benefits and falling wages, our pensions are gone, wealth and income are increasingly concentrating at the very top, our country is declining. Tax Cuts Hurt We the People The record proves that tax cuts don't "boost" the economy, they just make the rich even richer. So why do we keep getting told they will? Tax cuts make the rich richer and hurt the rest of us because they force budget cuts in things that make our lives better and actually do grow the economy, like infrastructure and education. A prosperous economy with good businesses and good jobs and good wages result from good education and the business conditions created by good infrastructure, research, etc. These things take investment and regulation and those are the result of taxes and strong government. If you cut taxes and wages to offer a "competitive environment" what happens is companies move from somewhere else, government there collects less in taxes, government in the new location collects less in taxes, the workers there get laid off and the new workers are always paid less -- sometimes much less. If you do the math, you see that in the larger picture of an economy -- one that includes the places the companies moved from and moved to -- overall wages drop so the public in general is poorer, government is weakened so it can't help and invest. In the end, the owners of the companies have a larger share of the pie. Tax cuts are a scam to weaken democracy and our government's ability to fight corporate power and concentrated wealth. ------- This post originally appeared at Campaign for America's Future (CAF) at their OurFuture site. I am a Fellow with CAF, a project of People's Action. Sign up here for the OurFuture daily summary and/or for People's Action's Progressive Breakfast. -- This feed and its contents are the property of The Huffington Post, and use is subject to our terms. It may be used for personal consumption, but may not be distributed on a website.

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20 января, 10:14

Чем запомнился американский актер Мигель Феррер?

На 62-м году жизни в США скончался американский актер Мигель Феррер.

19 января, 23:48

For immigrants trapped in the Bahamas, a paradise lost

I thought about Martin Luther King, Jr. and his message of justice and equality when I joined my colleague, Kacey Mordecai, to meet with activists and human rights lawyers in Nassau, Bahamas. It was Martin Luther King Day, but this was no vacation. Images of the Bahamas evoke crystal-clear waters and white sand beaches soft as talcum. It's a place so idyllic its residents named one of its islands "Paradise." But for women, immigrants, environmentalists, and their advocates, the Bahamas is a place far from paradise. Our day began as days often do for human rights advocates. After reports emerged of a nightmare situation at the Carmichael Detention Center, where over 700 immigrants are detained, we sought to investigate. The official denial of access was swift and unbending. We would not be allowed to look. One step inside Carmichael Detention Center, Nassau, Bahamas A former Carmichael detainee detailed a life of monotony inside a 25 by 15 foot room. 40 other women and children were her roommates. The food was meager, the rations were rotten, and the stench overwhelming. Guards implemented a caste system among immigrants: Cubans were given the best treatment, including beds; then Jamaicans; with Haitians treated worst of all. It's a sadly familiar story. Haitian detainees are not just denied beds, they were refused blankets and forced to sleep like books stacked on a shelf. The detainee shared a disturbing story of a woman subjected to multiple injections during childbirth, medicine designed to delay her delivery until neither she nor her baby had a claim to Bahamian citizenship. The pattern of police accepting bribes of $1,500 per person to release detainees has become so prevalent that the Haitian community has been forced to mount a campaign to stop distraught relatives from paying the bribes. Stories of Carmichael Detention Center are passed on by those on the outside Unlike nearly every country in the Western hemisphere, being born in The Bahamas does not grant citizenship. Children born in The Bahamas to immigrant parents must apply for "Belonger's Permits," a recent invention of a 2014 immigration policy championed by Minister of Foreign Affairs Fred Mitchel. The new policy requires children born in The Bahamas to immigrant parents to obtain passports from their parents' country of origin. At age 18, these children have the constitutional right to receive Bahamian citizenship, a process that often takes 3+ years. Until then,, these children are treated as foreigners by their own government and denied basic education and medical care. A subsequent conversation with Marion Bethel, a prominent lawyer and women's rights advocate, who this year has been appointed for a four-year term as a member of the United Nations Committee on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW), revealed an unsettling connection between this horrendous treatment of immigrants and a lack of respect for women's rights in The Bahamas. Last year, the Bahamian public overwhelmingly voted against an amendment to the Constitution that would have allowed Bahamian women equal rights. The referendum was sabotaged by conservative religious leaders who preached that women's equality was a backdoor path to marriage equality and LGBTI rights. The Bahamian far-right also began a divisive misinformation campaign, arguing that allowing Bahamian women the same right to pass on their Bahamian citizenship as Bahamian men could lead to an invasion of foreign men who would marry them, gain Bahamian citizenship, and take over the country. As one Bahamian Archdeacon put it recently, Bahamian women "breed too much." Local advocates believe the Bahamian government thinks "they can ride the wave of paranoia back into power." A life of privation and dull routine at Carmichael Detention Center Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights is at the forefront of the effort to change broken systems. In the Bahamas, our litigation team, along with the Puerto Rico-based Caribbean Institute for Human Rights, and local partners the Grand Bahama Human Rights Association exposed the inhumane conditions in which migrants are detained at Carmichael Detention Center. We petitioned for and won precautionary measures from the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights ( IACHR) to safeguard the lives of detainees in the facility. We supported Save the Bays in its successful request to the IACHR for protective measures of its human rights defenders, and we are organizing a training for civil society leaders on how to hold the Bahamian government accountable for human rights abuses before international bodies. Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights will continue to work with the people of the Bahamas until "Paradise" truly lives up to its name. -- This feed and its contents are the property of The Huffington Post, and use is subject to our terms. It may be used for personal consumption, but may not be distributed on a website.

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19 января, 23:28

Puerto Rico governor eyes debt crisis resolution

Ricardo Rosselló says there is ‘a willingness to pay’ creditors and make reforms

19 января, 22:49

President Obama Grants Commutations

WASHINGTON – Today, the President granted commutation of sentence to 330 individuals: Abdulmuntaqim Ad-Deen – Baltimore, MD Offense: Possession with intent to distribute cocaine base; District of Maryland Sentence: 235 months' imprisonment; five years' supervised release (October 8, 2008) Commutation Grant: Prison sentence commuted to a term of 180 months' imprisonment, conditioned upon enrollment in residential drug treatment. Lesly Alexis – Boca Raton, FL Offense: Conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute more than five kilograms of cocaine powder and more than 50 grams of cocaine base; Northern District of Florida Sentence: 384 months' imprisonment; five years' supervised release; $1,000 fine (July 29, 2003) Commutation Grant: Prison sentence commuted to a term of 262 months' imprisonment. Gary J. Anderson – Barre, VT Offense: Possession with intent to distribute MDMA; distribution of MDMA; District of Massachusetts Sentence: 240 months' imprisonment; 10 years' supervised release (March 16, 2009) Commutation Grant: Prison sentence commuted to expire on July 18, 2017. Terry Anderson – Mabank, TX Offense: Conspiracy to manufacture and distribute methamphetamine; conspiracy to launder money; Eastern District of Texas Sentence: 360 months' imprisonment; five years' supervised release (May 1, 1997) Commutation Grant: Prison sentence commuted to expire on January 19, 2019, conditioned upon enrollment in residential drug treatment. Kevin Lavon Andrews – Clearwater, FL Offense: Carrying or possessing a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime; possession with the intent to distribute 50 grams or more of crack cocaine; Middle District of Florida Sentence: 300 months' imprisonment; 120 months' supervised release (February 11, 2009) Commutation Grant: Prison sentence commuted to a term of 156 months' imprisonment, conditioned upon enrollment in residential drug treatment Daniel Ary, Jr. – Shreveport, LA Offense: Possession with intent to distribute; possession of a firearm in relation to drug trafficking; Western District of Louisiana Sentence: 180 months' imprisonment; eight years' supervised release (March 6, 2008) Commutation Grant: Prison sentence commuted to expire on May 19, 2017. Demetrius S. Autery – Winter Haven, FL Offense: Possession with the intent to distribute 50 grams or more of cocaine base; Middle District of Florida Sentence: 240 months' imprisonment; 10 years' supervised release (April 4, 2007) Commutation Grant: Prison sentence commuted to expire on May 19, 2017. Connie Avalos – Menifee, CA Offense: Conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine; Eastern District of Kentucky Sentence: Life imprisonment (November 30, 2009) Commutation Grant: Prison sentence commuted to a term of 235 months, conditioned upon enrollment in residential drug abuse treatment. Derrick L. Baines – Kansas City, MO Offense: Possession with intent to distribute 50 grams or more of crack cocaine; Western District of Louisiana Sentence: 240 months’ imprisonment; 10 years’ supervised release (June 27, 2006) Commutation Grant: Prison sentence commuted to expire on January 19, 2019, conditioned upon enrollment in residential drug treatment. Tonya Barney – Ivins, UT Offense: Possession of methamphetamine with intent to distribute; District of Utah Sentence: 204 months’ imprisonment; 10 years’ supervised release (June 10, 2010) Commutation Grant: Prison sentence commuted to expire on January 19, 2019, conditioned upon enrollment in residential drug abuse treatment. David Barren – Pittsburgh, PA Offense: Conspiracy to distribute over five kilograms of cocaine; conspiracy to structure financial transactions; concealment money laundering (31 counts); structuring (two counts); money laundering – avoid reporting requirements (six counts); promotion money laundering (2 counts); money laundering over $10,000 (seven counts); District of Maryland Sentence: Life imprisonment; 5 years’ supervised release (August 11, 2010) Commutation Grant: Prison sentence commuted to a term of 360 months, conditioned upon enrollment in residential drug abuse treatment. Herman Barron, III – Brooklyn, NY Offense: Conspiracy to distribute and possession with intent to distribute 50 grams or more of cocaine base (crack); Eastern District of Tennessee Sentence: 240 months’ imprisonment; 10 years’ supervised release (March 25, 2004) Commutation Grant: Prison sentence commuted to expire on May 19, 2017. Tony Barrow – New York, NY Offense: Importation of cocaine; possession with intent to distribute cocaine; District of Puerto Rico Sentence: 262 months’ imprisonment; 4 years’ supervised release (November 16, 2004) Commutation Grant: Prison sentence commuted to expire on May 19, 2017. Senaca Bartlett – Chicago, IL Offense: Possess with intent to distribute five grams or more of cocaine base (“crack cocaine”); Western District of Wisconsin Sentence: 210 months’ imprisonment; five years’ supervised release (November 29, 2005) Commutation Grant: Prison sentence commuted to expire on January 19, 2019, conditioned upon enrollment in residential drug treatment. Christopher Bass – Orlando, FL Offense: Conspiracy to distribute and to possess with intent to distribute more than five kilograms of cocaine and more than 50 grams of cocaine base; Northern District of Florida Sentence: Life imprisonment; 10 years' supervised release (September 10, 2004) Commutation Grant: Prison sentence commuted to a term of 360 months' imprisonment. Damion Rurshe Bates – Kalamazoo, MI Offense: Distribution of 50 grams or more of cocaine base (crack cocaine); Western District of Michigan Sentence: 210 months' imprisonment; 5 years' supervised release (February 22, 2010) Commutation Grant: Prison sentence commuted to expire on January 19, 2019, conditioned upon enrollment in residential drug treatment. Todd Begley – Nashville, TN Offense: Conspiracy to distribute cocaine; Middle District of Tennessee Sentence: 360 months’ imprisonment; five years’ supervised release (April 27, 1995) Commutation Grant: Prison sentence commuted to expire on January 19, 2019, conditioned upon enrollment in residential drug treatment. Carolyn Ann Bell – Lawton, OK Offense: Possession with intent to distribute cocaine base (crack); Western District of Oklahoma Sentence: 262 months' imprisonment; five years' supervised release (May 21, 2009) Commutation Grant: Prison sentence commuted to expire on January 19, 2019, conditioned upon enrollment in residential drug treatment. Curtis Bell – Miami, FL Offense: Conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute cocaine and cocaine base; distribution of cocaine and aiding and abetting; Middle District of Alabama Sentence: Life imprisonment; five years' supervised release (May 22, 1995) Commutation Grant: Prison sentence commuted to expire on May 19, 2017. Henry P. Bennett, Jr. – Huger, SC Offense:         1. Conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute and distribution of cocaine; attempted possession with intent to distribute cocaine (three counts); possession with intent to distribute cocaine (three counts); District of South Carolina 2. Supervised release violation; District of South Carolina Sentence:        1. Life imprisonment; 10 years' supervised release (December 18, 2008)                         2. 33 months’ imprisonment (concurrent) (December 18, 2008) Commutation Grant: Prison sentence commuted to a term of 273 months' imprisonment. Dorian Lee Benoit – Lake Charles, LA Offense: Conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute methamphetamine, cocaine base and marijuana; possession with intent to distribute cocaine base; possession with intent to distribute marijuana; possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine; possession and carrying a firearm during and in relation to a drug trafficking crime; possession of a firearm by a convicted felon; Western District of Louisiana Sentence: 300 months' imprisonment; 10 years' supervised release (April 30, 2008) Commutation Grant: Prison sentence commuted to a term of 180 months' imprisonment, conditioned upon enrollment in residential drug treatment. Christopher Bernard – Shreveport, LA Offense: Distribution of 50 grams or more of cocaine base; Western District of Louisiana Sentence: 240 months’ imprisonment; 10 years’ supervised release (March 30, 2009) Commutation Grant: Prison sentence commuted to expire on January 19, 2019, conditioned upon enrollment in residential drug treatment. Elaine Beston – Great Falls, MT Offense: Conspiracy to possess methamphetamine with intent to distribute; District of Montana Sentence: 192 months' imprisonment; 10 years' supervised release (July 16, 2008); amended to 180 months' imprisonment (July 20, 2015) Commutation Grant: Prison sentence commuted to expire on January 19, 2019, conditioned upon enrollment in residential drug treatment. James Zell Bishop – Bay Minette, AL Offense: Conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute crack cocaine; Southern District of Alabama Sentence: 240 months’ imprisonment; 10 years’ supervised release (May 21, 2008) Commutation Grant: Prison sentence commuted to expire on January 19, 2019, conditioned upon enrollment in residential drug treatment. Benjamin Blount – Oakdale, LA Offense: Conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute cocaine; Western District of Louisiana Sentence: Life imprisonment; 10 years’ supervised release (July 8, 1999) Commutation Grant: Prison sentence commuted to expire on May 19, 2017. Walter Bradberry – Mobile, AL Offense: Conspiracy to distribute and possess with intent to distribute five kilograms or more of a mixture or substance containing a detectable amount of cocaine; Northern District of Florida Sentence: 240 months’ imprisonment; 10 years’ supervised release (June 28, 2007) Commutation Grant: Prison sentence commuted to expire on January 19, 2019, conditioned upon enrollment in residential drug treatment. Alonzo F. Brooks – Asheville, NC Offense: Possession with the intent to distribute 50 grams or more of cocaine base; Eastern District of Tennessee Sentence: 262 months' imprisonment; 10 years' supervised release (February 26, 2007) Commutation Grant: Prison sentence commuted to a term of 188 months' imprisonment, conditioned upon enrollment in residential drug treatment. Adrian R. Brown – Athens, TN Offense: Conspiracy to distribute and possession with intent to distribute 15 kilograms or more of cocaine hydrochloride; conspiracy to knowingly conduct and attempt to conduct unlawful financial transactions affecting interstate commerce; Eastern District of Tennessee Sentence: Life imprisonment; 10 years' supervised release (April 12, 2005) Commutation Grant: Prison sentence commuted to expire on January 19, 2019, conditioned upon enrollment in residential drug treatment. Jerome Brown – Pittsburgh, PA Offense:  Distribution of 50 grams or more of cocaine base; Western District of Pennsylvania Sentence:  240 months’ imprisonment; 10 years’ supervised release (December 11, 2009) Commutation Grant:  Prison sentence commuted to a term of 180 months’ imprisonment, conditioned upon enrollment in residential drug treatment. Rodney Rodriguez Brown – Atmore, AL Offense: Conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute crack cocaine; Southern District of Alabama Sentence: 240 months’ imprisonment; 10 months’ supervised release (June 5, 2009) Commutation Grant: Prison sentence commuted to expire on May 19, 2017. Pamela Brownlee – Decatur, GA Offense: Conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute five grams or more of cocaine base; possession with intent to distribute a detectable amount of cocaine base (three counts); Southern District of Florida Sentence: 188 months' imprisonment; four years' supervised release (December 19, 2006) Commutation Grant: Prison sentence commuted to expire on January 19, 2019, conditioned upon enrollment in residential drug treatment Thomas Burton – Plain Dealing, LA Offense: Possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine; possession of a firearm by a convicted felon; possession of firearms during a drug trafficking crime; Western District of Louisiana Sentence: 300 months' imprisonment; 10 years' supervised release (May 17, 2007) Commutation Grant: Prison sentence commuted to a term of 180 months' imprisonment. Tiara Buskey – Pensacola, FL Offense: Possess with intent to distribute 50 grams or more of cocaine base; Northern District of Florida Sentence: 240 months' imprisonment; five years' supervised release; $500 fine (November 8, 2005) Commutation Grant: Prison sentence commuted to expire on May 19, 2017. Jeffrey Calhoun – Long Beach, CA Offense: Possession with intent to distribute a controlled substance (two counts); Central District of California Sentence: 264 months' imprisonment; 10 years' supervised release (September 8, 2008) Commutation Grant: Prison sentence commuted to expire on January 19, 2019, conditioned upon enrollment in residential drug treatment. Willie Albert Cannon – Tampa, FL Offense: Conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute a quantity of cocaine base; possession with intent to distribute cocaine base (two counts); possession of a firearm; Middle District of Florida Sentence: 420 months’ imprisonment; 10 years’ supervised release (January 17, 1995); amended to 352 months’ imprisonment (June 12, 2001) Commutation Grant: Prison sentence commuted to expire on May 19, 2017. Jose Carmona – Philadelphia, PA Offense: Possession with intent to distribute crack cocaine; possession with intent to distribute heroin; Eastern District of Pennsylvania Sentence: Life imprisonment; 10 years’ supervised release (June 10, 1993) Commutation Grant: Prison sentence commuted to expire on January 19, 2019, conditioned upon enrollment in residential drug treatment. Ramiro Cervantes – Blountsville, AL Offense: Attempting to possess with the intent to distribute a mixture and substance containing methamphetamine; Northern District of Alabama Sentence: 324 months' imprisonment; 120 months' supervised release; $2,000 fine (January 23, 2003) Commutation Grant: Prison sentence commuted to a term of 235 months' imprisonment, conditioned upon enrollment in residential drug treatment. John Dennis Chapman – Piedmont, AL Offense: Conspiracy to distribute at least five kilograms of cocaine; conspiring to launder monetary instruments; Northern District of Georgia Sentence: Life imprisonment; 10 years' supervised release (March 4, 2009) Commutation Grant: Prison sentence commuted to a term of 168 months' imprisonment, conditioned upon enrollment in residential drug treatment. Raul Chavez – San Jose, CA Offense: Conspiracy to manufacture, distribute, and to possess with the intent to distribute methamphetamine; Eastern District of California Sentence: 360 months' imprisonment; 60 months' supervised release (December 18, 2000) Commutation Grant: Prison sentence commuted to a term of 262 months' imprisonment. Artrone Cheatham – Montgomery, AL Offense: Conspiracy to distribute and possess with intent to distribute cocaine base; Middle District of Alabama Sentence: 235 months' imprisonment; five years' supervised release (September 23, 2003) Commutation Grant: Prison sentence commuted to expire on May 19, 2017. Calvin Burkett Clark – Jefferson, SC Offense: Conspiracy to distribute 50 grams or more of cocaine base; District of South Carolina Sentence: 240 months’ imprisonment; 10 years’ supervised release (May 13, 2009) Commutation Grant: Prison sentence commuted to a term of 168 months’ imprisonment. Kenneth Clark – Calumet City, IL Offense: Possession of cocaine base (crack) with the intent to distribute; Central District of Illinois Sentence: 240 months’ imprisonment; 10 years’ supervised release (May 19, 2010) Commutation Grant: Prison sentence commuted to a term of 120 months’ imprisonment. Jeffrey Glynn Coleman – Milwaukee, WI Offense: Conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute in excess of five kilograms of cocaine; Eastern District of Wisconsin Sentence: 360 months’ imprisonment; 10 years’ supervised release (October 2, 2006); amend to 240 months' imprisonment (December 17, 2009) Commutation Grant: Prison sentence commuted to expire on May 19, 2017. Cassandra Collins – Jefferson, TX Offense:  Conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine; Western District of Louisiana Sentence:  240 months’ imprisonment; 10 years’ supervised release (April 4, 2008) Commutation Grant:  Prison sentence commuted to expire on January 19, 2019, conditioned upon enrollment in residential drug treatment. Ladarius Venice Cook – Florissant, MO Offense: Possession with intent to distribute five grams or more of cocaine base (crack); felon in possession of a firearm; Eastern District of Missouri Sentence: 240 months’ imprisonment; eight years’ supervised release (June 28, 2007) Commutation Grant: Prison sentence commuted to a term of 200 months’ imprisonment, conditioned upon enrollment in residential drug treatment.  Cortez Cooper – Harvey, IL Offense:         1. Possession with intent to distribute cocaine; possession with intent to distribute cocaine base; Northern District of Illinois 2. Conspiracy to distribute and possess with the intent to distribute cocaine and cocaine base; use of a telephone in the commission of a felony drug trafficking offense (two counts); possession with intent to distribute cocaine base; Northern District of Illinois Sentence:        1. 120 months’ imprisonment; eight years’ supervised release (January 29, 2004) 2. 240 months’ imprisonment (concurrent); eight years’ supervised release; $1,000 fine (August 2, 2005) Commutation Grant: Prison sentence commuted to expire on May 19, 2017. Trenton A. Copeland – Pensacola, FL Offense: Conspiracy to distribute and possess with intent to distribute five kilograms or more of a mixture and substance containing a detectable amount of cocaine; Northern District of Florida Sentence: Life imprisonment; 10 years’ supervised release (March 23, 2012) Commutation Grant: Prison sentence commuted to a term of 168 months’ imprisonment. John Timothy Cotton – Houston, TX Offense: Continuing Criminal Enterprise; Western District of Louisiana Sentence: Life imprisonment; five years’ supervised release (January 26, 2005) Commutation Grant: Prison sentence commuted to a term of 360 months’ imprisonment. Johnnie L. Cotton – Venice, IL Offense: Possession with intent to distribute crack cocaine; felon in possession of a firearm; Southern District of Illinois Sentence: 360 months’ imprisonment; 10 years’ supervised release; $900 fine (August 15, 2005) Commutation Grant: Prison sentence commuted to expire on January 19, 2019, conditioned upon enrollment in residential drug treatment. Timothy G. Craig – Greenville, SC Offense: Conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute 50 grams or more of crack cocaine; District of South Carolina Sentence:  292 months’ imprisonment; five years’ supervised release (March 8, 2005) Commutation Grant:  Prison sentence commuted to expire on May 19, 2017. Japlin Cureton – Charlotte, NC Offense: Conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute cocaine and cocaine base; Western District of North Carolina Sentence: 262 months’ imprisonment; 8 years’ supervised release (September 29, 2004) Commutation Grant: Prison sentence commuted to expire on January 19, 2019, conditioned upon enrollment in residential drug treatment. Steven Jermonte Cureton – Huntersville, NC Offense: Conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute cocaine base, cocaine, marijuana, and 3,4 methylenedioxymethamphetamine a/k/a ecstasy; Western District of North Carolina Sentence: 240 months’ imprisonment; 10 years’ supervised release (December 11, 2008) Commutation Grant: Prison sentence commuted to expire on January 19, 2019, conditioned upon enrollment in residential drug treatment. Keith Adell Dancer – Waco, TX Offense: Conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute and to distribute cocaine; Western District of Texas Sentence: Life imprisonment; five years’ supervised release; $3,000 fine (February 16, 1995) Commutation Grant: Prison sentence commuted to a term of 360 months’ imprisonment. Timothy Lashaun Dandridge – Midfield, AL Offense: Unlawful distribution of a mixture and substance containing a detectable amount of cocaine base (three counts); unlawful possession with the intent to distribute a mixture and substance containing a detectable amount of cocaine base; unlawful possession with the intent to distribute 50 grams or more of a mixture and substance containing a detectable amount of cocaine base; possession of a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime; Northern District of Alabama Sentence: 180 months’ imprisonment; 60 months’ supervised release (January 9, 2010) Commutation Grant: Prison sentence commuted to expire on May 19, 2017. Terrance H. Darby – Newark, NJ Offense: Possession with intent to distribute cocaine; possession of a firearm in furtherance of a crime; possession of a weapon by a convicted felon; District of New Jersey Sentence: 360 months' imprisonment; four years' supervised release (April 3, 2006) Commutation Grant: Prison sentence commuted to expire on May 19, 2017. Emanuel Jurel Davidson – Columbus, OH Offense: Possession with intent to distribute in excess of 50 grams of cocaine base; Southern District of Ohio Sentence: 240 months' imprisonment; 10 years' supervised release; $2,000 fine (June 2, 2006) Commutation Grant: Prison sentence commuted to expire on January 19, 2019, conditioned upon enrollment in residential drug treatment. Shondu Maurice Dawson – Raleigh, NC Offense: Conspiracy to distribute and possess with the intent to distribute more than 50 grams of cocaine base (crack) and more than 500 grams of cocaine; carried a firearm during and in relation to a drug trafficking crime and possess said firearm in furtherance of such drug trafficking crime; Eastern District of North Carolina Sentence: 241 months' imprisonment; five years' supervised release (April 12, 2005); amended to 214 months' imprisonment (September 19, 2006) Commutation Grant: Prison sentence commuted to expire on January 19, 2019, conditioned upon enrollment in residential drug treatment. Gary Allen Day – West Monroe, LA Offense: Possess with intent to distribute 50 grams or more of methamphetamine; Western District of Louisiana Sentence: 240 months' imprisonment; 10 years' supervised release (October 11, 2005) Commutation Grant: Prison sentence commuted to expire on January 19, 2019, conditioned upon enrollment in residential drug treatment. Maria Aide Delgado – Weslaco, TX Offense:         1. Conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute cocaine, 218.5 kilograms of marijuana (two counts); Southern District of Texas 2. Conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute cocaine, cocaine base, and marijuana; Western District of Louisiana Sentence:        1. 100 months’ imprisonment; four years’ supervised release; $15,000 fine (October 10, 2007) 2. 240 months’ imprisonment (consecutive); 10 years’ supervised release (April 19, 2010) Commutation Grant: Prison sentence for conviction imposed in the Western District of Louisiana commuted to 110 months and unpaid balance of $15,000 fine imposed in the Southern District of Texas remitted when her sentence expires. Damon Andre Dill – Chester, PA Offense: Felon in possession of a firearm; possession of a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime; possession with intent to distribute cocaine; Eastern District of Pennsylvania Sentence: 322 months’ imprisonment; six years’ supervised release (September 5, 2003) Commutation Grant: Prison sentence commuted to expire on January 19, 2019, conditioned upon enrollment in residential drug treatment. Qustion Dingle – Okeechobee, FL Offense: Possession with intent to distribute five grams or more of cocaine base; possession of a quantity of crack cocaine; possession of a firearm by a convicted felon; Southern District of Florida Sentence: 216 months' imprisonment; eight years' supervised release; $1,000 fine (May 1, 2008) Commutation Grant: Prison sentence commuted to expire on January 19, 2019 and unpaid balance of the $1,000 fine remitted when his sentence expires, conditioned upon enrollment in residential drug treatment. Michael A. Douglas, Jr. – Lynchburg, VA Offense: Possession with intent to distribute 50 grams or more of a substance containing cocaine base; felon in possession of a firearm; Southern District of Indiana Sentence: 240 months’ imprisonment; 10 years’ supervised release; $1500 fine (April 25, 2008) Commutation Grant: Prison sentence commuted to expire on May 19, 2017. Dezmend Rashawn Doweary – Norfolk, VA Offense: Conspiracy to distribute and possess with intent to distribute heroin; Eastern District of Virginia Sentence: 262 months’ imprisonment; five years’ supervised release (November 22, 2004) Commutation Grant: Prison sentence commuted to expire on May 19, 2017. Lourdes Castro Duenas – Mangilao, Guam Offense: Criminal conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine hydrochloride (ICE); possession of methamphetamine hydrochloride with intent to distribute; District of Guam Sentence: 240 months’ imprisonment; 10 years’ supervised release (December 2, 2009) Commutation Grant: Prison sentence commuted to expire on January 19, 2019, conditioned upon enrollment in residential drug abuse treatment. Alton J. Easley – Kansas City, KS Offense: Possession with intent to distribute five grams or more of crack cocaine; conspiracy to distribute 50 grams or more of crack cocaine; Northern District of Iowa Sentence: 240 months' imprisonment; 10 years' supervised release (May 2, 2006) Commutation Grant: Prison sentence commuted to expire on January 19, 2019, conditioned upon enrollment in residential drug treatment. Keith Edgerson – Ann Arbor, MI Offense: Felon in possession of a firearm; possession of a stolen firearm; possession with intent to distribute marijuana; possession of a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime; Eastern District of Michigan Sentence: 294 months’ imprisonment; four years’ supervised release (June 6, 2006) Commutation Grant: Prison sentence commuted to expire on January 19, 2019, conditioned upon enrollment in residential drug treatment. Christopher Demetrius Elliott – Brandon, FL Offense: Possession of a firearm and ammunition by a convicted felon; possession of marijuana; Northern District of Florida Sentence: 180 months’ imprisonment; five years’ supervised release (May 14, 2007) Commutation Grant: Prison sentence commuted to expire on May 19, 2017. Carla Grace Engler – Dubuque, IA Offense: Conspiracy to manufacture 50 grams or more of methamphetamine (actual) within 1,000 feet of a protected location; attempting to manufacture five grams or more of methamphetamine (actual) within 1,000 feet of a protected location (two counts); possession of red phosphorus knowing or having reasonable cause to believe that it would be used to manufacture methamphetamine; failure to appear on pretrial release; Northern District of Iowa Sentence: 361 months’ imprisonment; 10 years’ supervised release (December 12, 2006); amended to 325 months’ imprisonment (March 21, 2015) Commutation Grant: Prison sentence commuted to a term of 200 months’ imprisonment, conditioned upon enrollment in residential drug treatment. Michael Delevan Engles – Tulsa, OK Offense: Felon in possession of a firearm (two counts); possession with intent to distribute a controlled substance, mixture or substance containing methamphetamine, and sentencing enhancement; possession of a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime; Northern District of Oklahoma Sentence: 420 months’ imprisonment; six years’ supervised release (February 24, 2006) Commutation Grant: Prison sentence commuted to a term of 270 months’ imprisonment, conditioned upon enrollment in residential drug treatment. Travis J. Every – Harvey, LA Offense: Distribution of 50 grams or more of cocaine base (2 counts); distribution of less than 500 grams of cocaine hydrochloride; distribution of five grams or more of cocaine base; conspiracy to possess with the intent to distribute 50 grams or more of cocaine base; Eastern District of Louisiana Sentence: 300 months’ imprisonment; 10 years’ supervised release (September 3, 2009) Commutation Grant: Prison sentence commuted to a term of 175 months’ imprisonment. Paul S. Fields – Emmalena, KY Offense: Manufacture of over 100 marijuana plants; Eastern District of Tennessee Sentence: 188 months’ imprisonment; five years’ supervised release (July 26, 2010) Commutation Grant: Prison sentence commuted to a term of 10 years’ imprisonment, conditioned upon enrollment in residential drug treatment. Linda Finch –Anniston, AL Offense: Conspiracy to possess with the intent to distribute 50 grams or more of cocaine base (crack); possession with the intent to distribute 50 grams or more of cocaine base (crack); Northern District of Alabama Sentence: 240 months’ imprisonment; 10 years’ supervised release (April 1, 2009) Commutation Grant: Prison sentence commuted to expire on January 19, 2019, conditioned upon enrollment in residential drug treatment. Carroll James Flowers – Galena, KS Offense: Conspiracy to manufacture or distribute more than one kilogram of methamphetamine; District of Kansas Sentence: 240 months' imprisonment; 10 years' supervised release (June 19, 2002) Commutation Grant: Prison sentence commuted to expire on May 19, 2017. Chauncey Floyd – Spartanburg, SC Offense: Possession with intent to distribute and distribution of cocaine; possession with intent to distribute cocaine base and cocaine; District of South Carolina Sentence: 360 months’ imprisonment; five years’ supervised release (August 26, 2005) Commutation Grant: Prison sentence commuted to a term of 240 months’ imprisonment, conditioned upon enrollment in residential drug treatment. Lance Foster – Gary, IN Offense: Distribution of 50 grams or more of cocaine base, commonly known as crack cocaine/aiding and abetting; Northern District of Indiana Sentence: 240 months’ imprisonment; 10 years’ supervised release (June 15, 2007) Commutation Grant: Prison sentence commuted to expire on January 19, 2019, and conditioned upon enrollment in residential drug treatment. Stacy Dean Foster- Bethel, OK Offense: Attempt to manufacture methamphetamine; possession of a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime; establishment of manufacturing operations; Eastern District of Oklahoma Sentence: 352 months’ imprisonment; 4 years’ supervised release (June 13, 2006); amended to 295 months’ imprisonment (August 17, 2016) Commutation Grant: Prison sentence commuted to expire on January 19, 2019, conditioned upon enrollment in residential drug treatment. Robert L. Franklin – Montgomery, AL Offense: Engaging in a continuing criminal enterprise; possession with intent to distribute cocaine and aiding and abetting; distribution of cocaine base (2 counts); distribution of cocaine; carrying a firearm in relation to a drug trafficking charge; Middle District of Alabama Sentence: Life plus 60 months’ imprisonment; 10 years' supervised release (May 22, 1995) Commutation Grant: Prison sentence commuted to a term of 360 months' imprisonment James Anthony Frink – Chadbourn, NC Offense: Conspiracy to distribute and possess with the intent to distribute more than 50 grams of cocaine base (crack); distribution of five grams or more of cocaine base (crack) and aiding and abetting (three counts); possession of a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking offense; Eastern District of North Carolina Sentence: 187 months' imprisonment; five years' supervised release; $9,050 fine (January 7, 2008); amended to 180 months’ imprisonment (December 16, 2014) Commutation Grant: Prison sentence commuted to expire on May 19, 2017 and unpaid balance of the $9,050 fine remitted. Mike Fulton – Winterville, GA Offense: Conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute cocaine base; possession with intent to distribute cocaine base; possession of firearm by convicted felon; Middle District of Georgia Sentence: 360 months’ imprisonment; 5 years’ supervised release (January 10, 2001) Commutation Grant: Prison sentence commuted to expire on January 19, 2019, conditioned upon enrollment in residential drug treatment. Melvin Fudge – Grand Rapids, MI Offense: Committing a drug trafficking offense within 1,000 feet of a school; Western District of Michigan Sentence: Life imprisonment; 10 years’ supervised release; $10,000 fine (October 28, 2004) Commutation Grant: Prison sentence commuted to expire on January 19, 2019 and unpaid balance of the $10,000 fine remitted when his sentence expires, conditioned upon enrollment in residential drug treatment. Jose Luis Garcia – Gretna, LA Offense: Conspiracy to distribute cocaine; possession with intent to distribute cocaine (five counts); Eastern District of Louisiana Sentence: Life imprisonment; 10 years' supervised release; $25,000 fine (March 20, 1996) Commutation Grant: Prison sentence commuted to a term of 300 months' imprisonment and unpaid balance of $25,000 fine remitted when his sentence expires, conditioned upon enrollment in residential drug treatment. Juan Garcia – Tyler, TX Offense: Conspiracy to distribute and possess with intent to distribute marijuana; aiding and abetting the possession with intent to distribute marijuana; witness tampering; Eastern District of Tennessee Sentence: 300 months' imprisonment; eight years' supervised release (September 28, 1999) Commutation Grant: Prison sentence commuted to expire on May 19, 2017. Raymond Garcia – Las Vegas, NV Offense: Conspiracy to distribute a controlled substance; possession with intent to distribute a controlled substance; District of Nevada Sentence: 293 months’ imprisonment; five years’ supervised release (November 13, 2007) Commutation Grant: Prison sentence commuted to expire on May 19, 2017. Rene Garcia, Jr. – Independence, MO Offense: Conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute methamphetamine; possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine; Western District of Missouri   Sentence: 327 months' imprisonment, five years' supervised release, $261,600 fine (September 3, 1999) Commutation Grant: Prison sentence commuted to expire on May 19, 2017 and unpaid balance of $261,600 fine remitted. Antonio Maurice Gardner – Temple, TX Offense: Possession with intent to distribute at least five grams of “crack” cocaine, a Schedule II narcotic drug controlled substance, within 1,000 feet of a public school; aiding and abetting; Western District of Texas Sentence: 235 months’ imprisonment; eight years’ supervised release (August 4, 2006); $1,000 fine Commutation Grant: Prison sentence commuted to expire on May 19, 2017. Reginald Stern Gardner – Mason City, IA Offense:         1. Possession with intent to distribute 5 grams or more of cocaine base, cocaine, and marijuana after having previously been convicted of two felony drug offenses; Northern District of Iowa                         2. Escape from custody; Northern District of Iowa Sentence:        1. 360 months' imprisonment (consecutive); eight years' supervised release (May 12, 2004)                         2. 24 months' imprisonment (May 12, 2004) Commutation Grant: Prison sentence commuted to a term of 234 months’ imprisonment, conditioned upon enrollment in residential drug treatment. Gregory A. Garton – Casper, WY Offense: Conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute, and to distribute, methamphetamine, cocaine, and marijuana; possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine and aiding and abetting; distribution of methamphetamine; felon in possession of a firearm; felon in possession of ammunition; carrying a firearm during and in relation to a drug trafficking crime (three counts); District of Wyoming Sentence: 900 months’ imprisonment; 10 years’ supervised release; $2,200 fine (April 9, 2008) Commutation Grant: Prison sentence commuted to a term of 360 months’ imprisonment and unpaid balance of $2,200 fine remitted when his sentence expires, conditioned upon enrollment in residential drug treatment. Dustin Gary – Philadelphia, PA Offense:         1. Criminal conspiracy; possession with intent to distribute cocaine base (crack); felon in possession of a firearm; Eastern District of Pennsylvania 2. Possession of a prohibited object (marijuana) while in prison; District of New Jersey Sentence         1. 292 months’ imprisonment; 10 years’ supervised release, $1,500 fine (September 12, 2002); amended to 240 months’ imprisonment (July 8, 2008) 2. Six months’ imprisonment (consecutive) (October 17, 2011) Commutation Grant: Prison sentence commuted to expire on January 19, 2019, conditioned upon enrollment in residential drug treatment Robert Raymond Garza – Harlingen, TX Offense: Conspiracy to distribute 100 kilograms or more of marijuana; Eastern District of Tennessee Sentence: 262 months' imprisonment; eight years' supervised release (January 30, 2006) Commutation Grant: Prison sentence commuted to a term of 188 months' imprisonment. Tavaris Gay – Miami, FL Offense: Conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute 50 grams or more of cocaine base; Southern District of Florida Sentence: 200 months’ imprisonment; five years’ supervised release; $5,000 fine (June 18, 2007) Commutation Grant: Prison sentence commuted to a term of 130 months’ imprisonment, and unpaid balance of $5,000 fine remitted when his sentence expires, conditioned upon enrollment in residential drug treatment. Eric German – Haughton, LA Offense: Conspiracy to distribute cocaine; conspiracy to distribute crack cocaine; possession with intent to distribute cocaine; possession with intent to distribute crack cocaine; conspiracy to commit money laundering; Western District of Louisiana Sentence: Life imprisonment; eight years’ supervised release (December 15, 2005) Commutation Grant: Prison sentence commuted to a term of 324 months’ imprisonment, conditioned upon enrollment in residential drug treatment. Daniel Gilliam – Columbia, SC Offense: Conspiracy to possess with the intent to distribute and distribution of 50 grams or more of cocaine base; District of South Carolina Sentence: 222 months' imprisonment; 10 years' supervised release (March 28, 2007) Commutation Grant: Prison sentence commuted to expire on January 19, 2019, conditioned upon enrollment in residential drug treatment Troy Gilmore ─ Eutawville, SC Offense: Conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute and distribution of cocaine and cocaine base; conspiracy to launder money; District of South Carolina Sentence: 240 months’ imprisonment; 10 years’ supervised release (September 10, 2004)  Commutation Grant: Prison sentence commuted to expire on January 19, 2019, conditioned upon enrollment in residential drug treatment. Terry Glasscock – Lebanon, KY Offense: Conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute and to distribute cocaine; using or carrying a firearm during and in relation to a drug trafficking crime or possessing a firearm during, in relation to, and in furtherance of such crime; Northern District of Florida Sentence: 425 months' imprisonment; five years' supervised release (September 17, 1999) Commutation Grant: Prison sentence commuted to a term of 295 months' imprisonment. Earl Glenn, Jr. – Chester, SC Offense: Conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute and distribution of a quantity of cocaine and 280 grams or more of cocaine base; possession with intent to distribute five grams or more of crack cocaine; District of South Carolina Sentence: Life imprisonment; 10 years’ supervised release (November 20, 2012) Commutation Grant: Prison sentence commuted to a term of 235 months’ imprisonment, conditioned upon enrollment in residential drug treatment. Waymon Audra Goodley – Hillsboro, TX Offense: Conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute and distribution of cocaine; use of a communication facility to facilitate the commission of a drug felony (two counts); Eastern District of Texas Sentence: Life imprisonment; 10 years' supervised release (April 19, 2006) Commutation Grant: Prison sentence commuted to expire on May 19, 2017 William Goodwill ─ Decatur, IL Offense: Distribution of fifty or more grams of cocaine base; Central District of Illinois Sentence: 240 months’ imprisonment; 10 years’ supervised release (January 20, 2005) Commutation Grant: Prison sentence commuted to expire on May 19, 2017. Robby Joe Goram –Eight Mile, AL Offense: Conspiracy to possess with intent to manufacture methamphetamine; Southern District of Alabama Sentence: Life imprisonment; 10 years’ supervised release (November 12, 2010) Commutation Grant: Prison sentence commuted to a term of 140 months’ imprisonment, conditioned upon enrollment in residential drug treatment. William Leonardo Graham – Essex, MD Offense: Conspiracy to distribute cocaine; District of Maryland Sentence: Life imprisonment; 10 years' supervised release (November 6, 2009) Commutation Grant: Prison sentence commuted to a term of 300 months' imprisonment, conditioned upon enrollment in residential drug treatment Wilbert Decosta Greaves – Jacksonville, NC Offense: Conspiracy to distribute and possess with intent to distribute cocaine base; possession with intent to distribute cocaine base; distribution of cocaine base; Eastern District of North Carolina Sentence: 360 months’ imprisonment; 60 months’ supervised release; $17,100 fine (January 4, 1996) Commutation Grant: Prison sentence commuted to expire January 19, 2019, conditioned upon enrollment in residential drug treatment. Charles Lee Green – Ville Platte, LA Offense: Distribution of cocaine base (crack); Western District of Louisiana Sentence: 300 months’ imprisonment; five years’ supervised release (March 23, 2006) Commutation Grant: Prison sentence commuted to expire on January 19, 2019, conditioned upon enrollment in residential drug treatment. Samuel Green – Wilmington, DE Offense: Possession with intent to distribute crack cocaine; felon in possession of firearms; District of Delaware Sentence: 420 months’ imprisonment; five years’ supervised release (July 18, 1994); amended to 360 months’ imprisonment (June 12, 1997) Commutation Grant: Prison sentence commuted to expire on May 19, 2017. Vaughn Greene – Brooklyn, NY Offense: Conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute at least five kilograms of cocaine and at least 1,000 kilograms of marijuana; Northern District of Georgia Sentence: 240 months’ imprisonment; 10 years’ supervised release (July 1, 2009) Commutation Grant: Prison sentence commuted to expire May 19, 2017. Stuart John Greger – Glennville, GA Offense: Distribution of 50 grams or more of cocaine base (crack); Southern District of Georgia Sentence: 262 months’ imprisonment; five years’ supervised release (December 7, 2005) Commutation Grant: Prison sentence commuted to expire on January 19, 2019, conditioned upon enrollment in residential drug treatment. Tyrone Grimes – Inwood, NY Offense: Conspiracy to distribute and to possess with intent to distribute cocaine, cocaine base, and marijuana within 1,000 feet of a public elementary school; engaging in a continuing criminal enterprise, convicted felon in possession of a gun; Eastern District of New York; Sentence: 420 months’ imprisonment; 10 years’ supervised release (October 29, 1999) Commutation Grant: Prison sentence commuted to a term of 360 months’ imprisonment. Ricky Lee Groves – Smithfield, NC Offense: Continuing criminal enterprise; use of a firearm during a drug trafficking crime and aiding and abetting; trading food stamps for cocaine base and aiding and abetting (five counts); Eastern District of North Carolina Sentence: Life imprisonment plus 60 months' imprisonment, five years' supervised release (February 16, 1995) Commutation Grant: Prison sentence commuted to a term of 360 months’ imprisonment. Thaddeas Kulani Thomas Hall – Waipahu, HI Offense: Possession with intent to distribute 50 grams or more of methamphetamine; possession of a firearm during and in relation to a drug trafficking crime; District of Hawaii Sentence: 180 months’ imprisonment; five years’ supervised release (June 16, 2008) Commutation Grant: Prison sentence commuted to expire on January 19, 2019, conditioned upon enrollment in residential drug treatment. Forrest Hamm – Miami, FL Offense:         1. Possession of contraband (marijuana) in a federal correctional institution; District of New Jersey 2. Possession with intent to distribute more than five kilograms of cocaine; Middle District of Georgia 3. Supervised release violation; Southern District of Florida Sentence:        1. Two months' imprisonment (consecutive) (September 3, 2013)                         2. 262 months' imprisonment; five years’ supervised release (February 5, 2004)                         3. 30 months’ imprisonment (consecutive) (June 3, 2004) Commutation Grant: Prison sentence commuted to expire on January 19, 2019, conditioned upon enrollment in residential drug treatment. Eddie Harley – Baltimore, MD Offense: Conspiracy to distribute a mixture containing cocaine, heroin, and cocaine base; possession with intent to distribute a mixture containing cocaine; possession with intent to distribute a mixture containing cocaine base; possession with intent to distribute a mixture containing heroin; District of Maryland Sentence: 360 months’ imprisonment; five years’ supervised release (January 21, 2003) Commutation Grant: Prison sentence commuted to expire on January 19, 2019, conditioned upon enrollment in residential drug treatment. Monica Haro – Mission, TX Offense: Conspiracy to commit money laundering; Western District of Texas Sentence: 188 months' imprisonment; three years' supervised release; $1,000 fine (November 12, 2009) Commutation Grant: Prison sentence commuted to expire on May 19, 2017. Anthony T. Harris – Murfreesboro, TN Offense: Conspiracy to distribute and possess with intent to distribute 50 grams or more of crack cocaine and some quantity of marijuana; distribution of 50 grams of crack cocaine within 1,000 feet of a protected area; Middle District of Tennessee Sentence: 262 months' imprisonment; 10 years' supervised release (November 8, 2004) Commutation Grant: Prison sentence commuted to expire on January 19, 2019, conditioned upon enrollment in residential drug treatment. Antone C. Harris – Indianapolis, IN Offense: Possession with intent to distribute 50 grams or more of a mixture or substance containing a detectable amount of cocaine base; Southern District of Indiana Sentence: 240 months’ imprisonment’ 10 years’ supervised release (September 8, 2005) Commutation Grant: Prison sentence commuted to expire on January 19, 2019, conditioned upon enrollment in residential drug treatment. Brandon W. Harris – Mt. Vernon, IL Offense: Conspiracy to manufacture 50 grams or more of a mixture and substance containing methamphetamine; Southern District of Illinois Sentence: 240 months' imprisonment; 10 years' supervised release; $200 fine (May 3, 2006) Commutation Grant: Prison sentence commuted to expire on January 19, 2019, conditioned upon enrollment in residential drug treatment. Clenneth J. Harris – Chattanooga, TN Offense: Possession of 50 grams or more of cocaine base for distribution; Eastern District of Tennessee Sentence: 240 months’ imprisonment; 10 years’ supervised release (November 6, 2008) Commutation Grant: Prison sentence commuted to expire on January 19, 2019, conditioned upon enrollment in residential drug treatment. Efrem Zemblish Harris – Tulsa, OK Offense: Conspiracy to possess cocaine with intent to distribute and to distribute cocaine in excess of five kilograms, cocaine base in excess of 50 grams, and a quantity of marijuana, and sentencing enhancement; conspiracy to use telecommunication facilities to commit or facilitate acts constituting a felony and sentencing enhancement; conspiracy to establish or maintain a location for the purpose of storing or distributing controlled substances and sentencing enhancement; possession of marijuana with intent to distribute; interstate travel in aid of racketeering; Northern District of Oklahoma Sentence: Life imprisonment; 10 years' supervised release; $5,000 fine (June 5, 2003) Commutation Grant: Prison sentence commuted to a term of 360 months' imprisonment and unpaid balance of $5,000 fine remitted when his sentence expires. Eric Harris – Philadelphia, PA Offense: Conspiracy to distribute cocaine base and marijuana; distribution and possession with intent to distribute cocaine base (four counts); distribution and possession with intent to distribute cocaine; possession with intent to distribute marijuana; possession of cocaine and cocaine base with intent to distribute within 1,000 feet of a school; Eastern District of Pennsylvania Sentence: 240 months' imprisonment; 12 years' supervised release; $2,500 fine (January 19, 2006) Commutation Grant: Prison sentence commuted to expire on January 19, 2019 and unpaid balance of $2,500 fine remitted when his sentence expires, conditioned upon enrollment in residential drug treatment. Linwood Claude Harris, Jr. – Monroe, GA Offense: Conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute crack cocaine; Northern District of Georgia Sentence: 250 months' imprisonment; 20 years' supervised release; $2,000 fine (February 10, 2006) Commutation Grant: Prison sentence commuted to a term of 188 months’ imprisonment. Shaun Kevin Harris – Sutton, WV Offense: Cocaine conspiracy; aiding and abetting distribution of crack cocaine (two counts); distribution of crack cocaine; possession with intent to distribute crack cocaine; Northern District of West Virginia Sentence: 360 months' imprisonment; five years' supervised release; $5,000 fine (January 30, 2002) Commutation Grant: Prison sentence commuted to expire on May 19, 2017. Tyrone A. Harris – Spotsylvania, VA Offense: Conspiracy to possess with the intent to distribute and to distribute cocaine base; Eastern District of Virginia Sentence: 262 months’ imprisonment; 60 months’ supervised release (August 15, 2006) Commutation Grant: Prison sentence commuted to expire on January 19, 2019, conditioned upon enrollment in residential drug treatment. Charles Harrison – Charlotte, NC Offense: Conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute and distribute one kilogram or more of heroin; District of Columbia Sentence: Life imprisonment; five years’ supervised release; $25,000 fine (July 21, 2004) Commutation Grant: Prison sentence commuted to expire on May 19, 2017 and unpaid balance of $25,000 fine remitted. Marlon R. Harrison – Savannah, GA Offense: Possession with intent to distribute 50 grams or more of cocaine base; Southern District of Georgia Sentence: 262 months’ imprisonment; five years’ supervised release (November 26, 2007) Commutation Grant: Prison sentence commuted to a term of 188 months’ imprisonment, conditioned upon enrollment in residential drug treatment. Todd Lowell G. Haworth – Kina, ID Offense: Conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute methamphetamine; District of Idaho Sentence: 276 months' imprisonment; five years' supervised release; $2,000 fine (December 21, 2005); amended to 235 months' imprisonment (October 13, 2015) Commutation Grant: Prison sentence commuted to expire on January 19, 2019, conditioned upon enrollment in residential drug treatment. Andre Haynes – Miami, FL Offense: Conspiracy to distribute at least 50 grams of cocaine base; Southern District of Florida Sentence: 202 months’ imprisonment; five years’ supervised release (January 25, 2007) Commutation Grant: Prison sentence commuted to expire on October 16, 2017. Gregory Hearn – Kilgore, TX Offense: Conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine; Western District of Louisiana Sentence: 240 months' imprisonment; 10 years' supervised release (April 2, 2008) Commutation Grant: Prison sentence commuted to expire on January 19, 2019, conditioned upon enrollment in residential drug treatment Antonio Jeron Hemphill – Rock Hill, SC Offense: Conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute and distribution of 50 grams or more of cocaine base; District of South Carolina Sentence: 262 months' imprisonment; 10 years' supervised release (March 14, 2005) Commutation Grant: Prison sentence commuted to expire on January 19, 2019, conditioned upon enrollment in residential drug treatment Michael Henderson – Newark, NJ Offense: Conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute heroin; Western District of North Carolina Sentence: 262 months' imprisonment; eight years' supervised release (December 24, 2004) Commutation Grant: Prison sentence commuted to expire on January 19, 2019, conditioned upon enrollment in residential drug treatment. Walter Henry, III – Capitol Heights, MD Offense: Conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute one kilogram or more of heroin; aiding and abetting; unlawful possession with intent to distribute 100 grams or more of heroin (two counts); District of Columbia Sentence: Life imprisonment; four years’ supervised release (March 12, 2001) Commutation Grant:  Prison sentence commuted to expire on May 19, 2017. Lejandra Deshawn Herman – Knoxville, TN Offense: Conspiracy to distribute and possess with intent to distribute five kilograms or more of cocaine hydrochloride; Eastern District of Tennessee Sentence: 300 months' imprisonment; 10 years' supervised release (May 2, 2006) Commutation Grant: Prison sentence commuted to expire on May 19, 2017. Domingo Hernandez – Ledgewood, NJ Offense: Conspiracy to distribute controlled substance; unlawful transport of firearms; District of New Jersey Sentence: 240 months’ imprisonment; five years’ supervised release (October 2, 2008) Commutation Grant: Prison sentence commuted to a term of 188 months’ imprisonment. Jackie Hernandez – Park Forest, IL Offense: Conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute one kilogram or more of heroin; knowingly and intentionally used telephone in furtherance of a drug offense; Northern District of Indiana Sentence: 240 months’ imprisonment; five years’ supervised release (October 23, 2008) Commutation Grant: Prison sentence commuted to a term of 188 months’ imprisonment, conditioned upon enrollment in residential drug treatment. Keith Angelo Hernandez – Atlanta, GA Offense: Possession with intent to distribute cocaine base; possession of a firearm during commission of a crime; Northern District of Georgia Sentence: 322 months' imprisonment; five years' supervised release (January 25, 1996) Commutation Grant: Prison sentence commuted to expire on May 19, 2017. Ramiro Hernandez – Edinburg, TX Offense: Conspiracy to distribute a controlled substance; Eastern District of Wisconsin Sentence: 240 months' imprisonment; 10 years' supervised release; $8,400 restitution (March 13, 2007) Commutation Grant: Prison sentence commuted to expire on May 19, 2017. Hassan Hills – Pensacola, FL Offense: Conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute five kilograms or more of cocaine, 50 grams or more of cocaine base, and marijuana; Northern District of Florida Sentence: Life imprisonment; 10 years' supervised release; $1,500 fine (December 19, 2001) Commutation Grant: Prison sentence commuted to a term of 360 months' imprisonment, conditioned upon enrollment in residential drug treatment. Eric Hinton – Ypsilanti, MI Offense: Distribution of a controlled substance (2 counts); Eastern District of Michigan Sentence: 360 months’ imprisonment; 5 years’ supervised release (February 9, 1999) Commutation Grant: Prison sentence commuted to expire on May 19, 2017. Brian Douglas Hoggard – Coatesville, PA Offense: Conspiracy to distribute 50 grams or more of cocaine base (crack); distribution of 50 grams or more of cocaine base (crack) and aiding and abetting (2 counts); Eastern District of Pennsylvania Sentence: 204 months' imprisonment; 10 years' supervised release; $3,000 fine (March 27, 2008) Commutation Grant: Prison sentence commuted to expire on July 19, 2018 and unpaid balance of the $5,000 fine remitted when his sentence expires. Lawrence Honore – New Orleans, LA Offense: Conspiracy to distribute and to possess with intent to distribute 50 grams or more of cocaine base (crack); Eastern District of Louisiana Sentence: 240 months’ imprisonment; 10 years’ supervised release (August 28, 2008) Commutation Grant: Prison sentence commuted to expire on January 19, 2019, conditioned upon enrollment in residential drug treatment. Charles Allen House – Garden Grove, CA Offense: Conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute methamphetamine; Northern District of Texas Sentence: 360 months' imprisonment; five years' supervised release (May 17, 1996) Commutation Grant: Prison sentence commuted to expire on January 19, 2019, conditioned upon enrollment in residential drug treatment Daniel Alfonso Jacobo – Cedar Rapids, IA Offense: Possess with intent to distribute 500 grams or more of methamphetamine mixture after a conviction for felony drug offense; Northern District of Iowa Sentence: 240 months' imprisonment; 10 years' supervised release (May 10, 2006) Commutation Grant: Prison sentence commuted to expire on January 19, 2019, conditioned upon enrollment in residential drug treatment Walter Jenkins – Colorado Springs, CO Offense: Conspiracy to distribute and possess with intent to distribute 50 grams or more of cocaine base; possession with intent to distribute 50 grams of cocaine base and aiding and abetting; possession of firearms during and in relation to a drug trafficking crime; possession of firearms during and in relation to a drug trafficking crime (second and subsequent conviction); District of Colorado Sentence: 720 months' imprisonment; five years' supervised release (August 8, 2001) Commutation Grant: Prison sentence commuted to a term of 322 months' imprisonment Antwaine Tacoma Johnson – Littleton, NC Offense: Conspiracy to distribute and possess with the intent to distribute 50 grams or more of cocaine base (crack); Eastern District of North Carolina Sentence: 183 months' imprisonment; five years' supervised release (December 11, 2008) Commutation Grant: Prison sentence commuted to expire on May 19, 2017. Dempsey Johnson – Kansas City, MO Offense: Conspiracy to distribute MDMA and cocaine base; Western District of Missouri Sentence: 240 months' imprisonment; 10 years' supervised release (September 10, 2008) Commutation Grant: Prison sentence commuted to a term of 162 months’ imprisonment. Karmell Demetrius Johnson – Mobile, AL Offense: Conspiracy to distribute and possess with intent to distribute crack cocaine; use, carry, or possess a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime; Southern District of Alabama Sentence: Life plus 60 months' imprisonment; 10 years' supervised release (May 14, 2007) Commutation Grant: Prison sentence commuted to expire on May 19, 2017.   Thomas Johnson – Miami, FL Offense: Felon in possession of a firearm and ammunition; possession with intent to distribute five grams or more of cocaine base; possession with intent to distribute a detectable amount of cocaine powder; Southern District of Florida Sentence: 360 months' imprisonment, eight years' supervised release (September 29, 2008) Commutation Grant: Prison sentence commuted to a term of 240 months’ imprisonment, conditioned upon enrollment in residential drug treatment. Antonio D. Jones – Nashville, TN Offense: Possession with intent to distribute 50 grams or more of cocaine base; possession of firearms in relation to a drug trafficking offense; felon in possession of firearms; Middle District of Tennessee Sentence: Life plus five years' imprisonment; 10 years' supervised release (November 15, 2004) Commutation Grant: Prison sentence commuted to a term of 240 months' imprisonment, conditioned upon enrollment in residential drug treatment. Kiwanis Miyo Jones – Clayton, AL Offense: Controlled substance - sell, distribute, or dispense (4 counts); violent crime/drugs/guns; unlawful transport of firearms; Middle District of Alabama Sentence: Life plus 60 months' imprisonment; 10 years' supervised release (May 16, 2008) Commutation Grant: Prison sentence commuted to a term of 170 months' imprisonment, conditioned upon enrollment in residential drug treatment. Ryan K. Jones – Ste. Genevieve, MO Offense: Conspiracy to manufacture methamphetamine; possess a listed chemical used to manufacture methamphetamine; Western District of Wisconsin Sentence: 328 months’ imprisonment; three years’ supervised release (December 23, 2003); amended to 240 months’ imprisonment (May 18, 2015) Commutation Grant: Prison sentence commuted to expire on January 19, 2019, conditioned upon enrollment in residential drug treatment. Wayne Jordan – Morrisville, PA Offense: Conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine; possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine; distribution of methamphetamine; Eastern District of Pennsylvania Sentence: 360 months' imprisonment; five years' supervised release (April 1, 1998); amended to 324 months' imprisonment (January 29, 2015) Commutation Grant: Prison sentence commuted to expire on January 19, 2019, conditioned upon enrollment in residential drug treatment. Bobby Dale Kelley – Coweta, OK Offense: Conspiracy to manufacture methamphetamine; Northern District of Oklahoma Sentence: Life imprisonment; 10 years’ supervised release; $5,000 fine (March 17, 2005) Commutation Grant: Prison sentence commuted to a term of 360 months’ imprisonment, conditioned upon enrollment in residential drug treatment. Kenneth Earl Kelley – Mossy Head, FL Offense: Conspiracy to distribute and possess with intent to distribute 500 grams or more of a mixture and substance containing methamphetamine; Northern District of Florida Sentence: 240 months’ imprisonment; 10 years’ supervised release (December 23, 2003) Commutation Grant: Prison sentence commuted to expire on January 19, 2019, conditioned upon enrollment in residential drug treatment. Corey Kelly – Camden, NJ Offense: Conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute more than five grams of crack cocaine; distribution of crack cocaine (two counts); District of New Jersey Sentence: 360 months’ imprisonment; 4 years’ supervised release; $2,000 fine (September 5, 2000) Commutation Grant: Prison sentence commuted to expire on May 19, 2017. John Kelly – Monroe, LA Offense: Conspiracy to distribute cocaine base with prior narcotics convictions; Western District of Louisiana Sentence: 240 months’ imprisonment; 10 years’ supervised release (June 12, 2006) Commutation Grant: Prison sentence commuted to expire on May 19, 2017. Alfred William Kemfort – Maui, HI Offense: Possession with intent to distribute 50 grams or more of methamphetamine; District of Hawaii Sentence: 240 months' imprisonment; 10 years' supervised release (March 17, 2006) Commutation Grant: Prison sentence commuted to expire on January 19, 2019, conditioned upon enrollment in residential drug treatment. Douglas Kennedy – Hillside, NJ Offense: Conspiracy to distribute narcotics; narcotics possession (three counts); possession of firearm in furtherance of a drug-trafficking crime (two counts) possession of a weapon by a convicted felon (two counts); District of New Jersey Sentence: 180 months' imprisonment; eight years' supervised release (August 21, 2008); amended to 480 months’ imprisonment (July 2, 2013) Commutation Grant: Prison sentence commuted to expire on May 19, 2017. Robert Ketchledge – Delano, PA Offense: Possession with intent to distribute over 50 grams of cocaine base; possession of a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime; Southern District of Florida Sentence: 195 months' imprisonment; five years' supervised release (August 10, 2007); amended to 180 months' imprisonment (April 4, 2008) Commutation Grant: Prison sentence commuted to expire on May 19, 2017. Alonzo King – Kansas City, MO Offense: Conspiracy to distribute 50 grams or more of crack cocaine following a prior felony drug conviction; Northern District of Iowa Sentence: 240 months' imprisonment; 10 years' supervised release (August 26, 2008) Commutation Grant: Prison sentence commuted to expire on January 19, 2019, conditioned upon enrollment in residential drug treatment. Moses King – North Charleston, SC Offense: Conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute cocaine; possession with intent to distribute cocaine; District of South Carolina Sentence: Life imprisonment; 10 years’ supervised release (January 26, 2006) Commutation Grant: Prison sentence commuted to a term of 240 months’ imprisonment, conditioned upon enrollment in residential drug treatment. Wendell Dean Kopp – Billings, MT Offense: Conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute and distribution of methamphetamine; possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine; possession of firearms in furtherance of drug trafficking offense (two counts); District of Montana Sentence: Life plus five years’ imprisonment (October 21, 2010) Commutation Grant: Prison sentence commuted to a term of 240 months’ imprisonment, conditioned upon enrollment in residential drug treatment. Allan Aquino Lafuente – Kapolei, HI Offense: Conspiracy to distribute and possess with intent to distribute 50 grams or more of methamphetamine; distribution of five or more grams of methamphetamine (two counts); distribution of 50 grams or more of methamphetamine; possession of a firearm during and in relation to a drug trafficking crime; District of Hawaii Sentence: 300 months’ imprisonment; 10 years’ supervised release; $1,000 fine (September 14, 2009) Commutation Grant: Prison sentence commuted to a term of 180 months’ imprisonment, and unpaid balance of $1,000 fine remitted when his sentence expires. Dennis Chan Lai – San Francisco, CA Offense:  Continuing criminal enterprise; possession with intent to distribute, aiding and abetting (31 counts); possession of illegal weapon (two counts); possession of weapon without serial numbers; Northern District of California Sentence:  Life plus 10 years’ imprisonment; five years’ parole (July 8, 1988) Commutation Grant: Prison sentence commuted to expire on May 19, 2017. Linnard O. Lawson – New Brighton, PA Offense:         1. Felon in possession of a firearm; possession with intent to distribute and distribution of 5 grams or more of a mixture and substance containing a detectable amount of cocaine base, commonly known as crack; Western District of Pennsylvania 2.  Possession with intent to distribute cocaine base; felon in possession of a firearm; Northern District of Ohio Sentence:        1. 120 months’ imprisonment; five years’ supervised release (August 26, 2009)                         2. Life imprisonment; 10 years’ supervised release; $5,000 fine (October 6, 2010) Commutation Grant: Prison sentence commuted to a term of 360 months’ imprisonment and unpaid balance of $5,000 fine remitted when his sentence expires. Wendell Layne – Soddy Daisy, TN Offense: Conspiracy to distribute with intent to distribute cocaine hydrochloride; attempt to possess with intent to distribute cocaine hydrochloride; aiding and abetting; distribution and possession with intent to distribute cocaine base; felon in possession of a firearm; obstruction of justice; Eastern District of Tennessee Sentence: Life imprisonment; 10 years' supervised release (January 3, 1997) Commutation Grant: Prison sentence commuted to expire on May 19, 2017. James Marcus LeBlanc – Lake Charles, LA Offense: Conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute cocaine base; distribution of cocaine base (three counts); Western District of Louisiana Sentence: 120 months' imprisonment; eight years' supervised release (January 14, 2010) Commutation Grant: Prison sentence commuted to expire on May 19, 2017. Tarry Cordell London – Mansfield, LA Offense: Possession with intent to distribute cocaine base; possession of a firearm in relation to drug trafficking; Western District of Louisiana Sentence: 180 months' imprisonment; eight years' supervised release (November 7, 2007) Commutation Grant: Prison sentence commuted to expire on May 19, 2017. Gilbert Lopez – Fayetteville, NC Offense: Conspiracy to distribute cocaine; distribution of cocaine and aiding and abetting; conspiracy to launder drug proceeds; laundering of monetary instruments and aiding and abetting (14 counts); Eastern District of Pennsylvania Sentence: Life imprisonment; five years' supervised release (September 13, 1993) Commutation Grant: Prison sentence commuted to a term of 360 months' imprisonment James Keith Loveless – Pixley, CA Offense: Conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine; District of Nebraska Sentence: 360 months' imprisonment; five years' supervised release (June 30, 1997); amended to 292 months' imprisonment (December 17, 2015) Commutation Grant: Prison sentence commuted to expire on May 19, 2017 James Lynch – Greenville, IN Offense: Conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute in excess of 50 grams of methamphetamine (two counts); possession with intent to distribute in excess of five grams of methamphetamine; Southern District of Indiana Sentence: Life imprisonment; 10 years’ supervised release (October 20, 2005) Commutation Grant: Prison sentence commuted to a term of 262 months’ imprisonment, conditioned upon enrollment in residential drug treatment. Michael Anthony Mahan – Flint, MI Offense: Distribution of an unspecified quantity of cocaine base (2 counts); possession with intent to distribute more than 50 grams of cocaine base; possession with intent to distribute more than 500 grams of cocaine; Western District of Michigan Sentence: 240 months' imprisonment; five years' supervised release; $5,000 fine (May 9, 2005) Commutation Grant: Prison sentence commuted to expire on May 19, 2017, and unpaid balance of the $5,000 fine remitted Larry Steven Malone – Bend, OR Offense: Conspiracy to manufacture and distribute methamphetamine; manufacture methamphetamine; possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine; felon in possession of a firearm; District of Oregon Sentence: Life imprisonment; five years' supervised release (July 3, 1995); amended to 360 months' imprisonment (October 5, 2016) Commutation Grant: Prison sentence commuted to expire on May 19, 2017. Kenio Marshall – Snellville, GA Offense: Conspiracy to distribute 500 grams or more of cocaine hydrochloride; Eastern District of Tennessee Sentence: 262 months’ imprisonment; eight years’ supervised release (January 11, 2007) Commutation Grant: Prison sentence commuted to a term of 188 months’ imprisonment, conditioned upon enrollment in residential drug treatment. Crystal Dawn Mattern – Dilworth, MN Offense: Conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute and distribute a controlled substance; District of North Dakota Sentence: 228 months' imprisonment; 10 years' supervised release (May 5, 2008) Commutation Grant: Prison sentence commuted to expire on January 19, 2019, conditioned upon enrollment in residential drug treatment. Valencia K. Matthews – Centralia, IL Offense: Conspiracy to distribute crack cocaine; distribution of less than five grams of crack cocaine; Southern District of Illinois Sentence: 240 months’ imprisonment; 10 years’ supervised release; $400 fine (June 28, 2010) Commutation Grant:  Prison sentence commuted to expire on January 19, 2019, conditioned upon enrollment in residential drug treatment. Johnny Ray McAtee – Dubuque, IA Offense: Attempt to manufacture and aid and abet the manufacturing of 50 grams or more of actual methamphetamine (pure) after being convicted of one or more felony drug offenses; possession of pseudoephedrine, knowing the pseudoephedrine would be used to manufacture methamphetamine; possession of red phosphorous, knowing the red phosphorous would be used to manufacture methamphetamine; Northern District of Iowa Sentence: Life imprisonment; 10 years' supervised release (March 7, 2006) Commutation Grant: Prison sentence commuted to a term of 360 months' imprisonment, conditioned upon enrollment in residential drug treatment. Joseph McBride – Trenton, NJ Offense: Conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute five or more kilograms of cocaine; carrying or possessing a firearm during and in relation to a drug trafficking crime; Middle District of Florida Sentence: 300 months' imprisonment; 10 years' supervised release (July 12, 2002) Commutation Grant: Prison sentence commuted to expire on January 19, 2019, conditioned upon enrollment in residential drug treatment. John McCallum – Spring Valley, NY Offense: Narcotics conspiracy; distribution and possession with intent to distribute cocaine base (two counts); Southern District of New York Sentence: 240 months' imprisonment; 10 years' supervised release (January 9, 2008) Commutation Grant: Prison sentence commuted to expire on May 19, 2017.   John McCauley – Chicago, IL Offense:  Distribution of 4.41 grams of cocaine after having been previously convicted of a felony drug offense; distribution and aid and abet the distribution of 3.61 grams of cocaine base and .76 grams of cocaine after having been previously convicted of a felony drug offense; distribution and aid and abet the distribution of .51 grams of cocaine base after having been previously convicted of a felony drug offense; distribution and aid and abet the distribution of 19.17 grams of cocaine base after having been previously convicted of a felony drug offense; failure to appear; Northern District of Iowa Sentence:  366 months’ imprisonment; eight years’ supervised release; $2,150 restitution (April 2, 2004) Commutation Grant:  Prison sentence commuted to expire on January 19, 2019, conditioned upon enrollment in residential drug treatment. James McCloud – Rochester, NY Offense: Possession of a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime; possession with intent to distribute 5 grams or more of cocaine base; felon in possession of a firearm; Western District of New York Sentence: 180 months’ imprisonment; eight years’ supervised release; $1,500 fine (June 20, 2007) Commutation Grant: Prison sentence commuted to expire on January 19, 2019 and unpaid balance of $1,500 fine remitted when his sentence expires, conditioned upon enrollment in residential drug treatment. Jeffrey Preston McClung – Harrisonburg, VA Offense: Conspiracy to distribute marijuana; distribution of marijuana; carry a firearm during and in relation to a drug trafficking offense; money laundering; Western District of Virginia Sentence: 410 months' imprisonment; 48 months' supervised release (July 10, 1998); amended to 387 months' imprisonment (March 23, 2015) Commutation Grant: Prison sentence commuted to expire on May 19, 2017. John McCray, Sr. – East Saint Louis, IL Offense:  Conspiracy to distribute heroin and cocaine base; distribution of heroin and cocaine base; Southern District of Illinois Sentence:  240 months’ imprisonment; 10 years’ supervised release; $750 fine (March 6, 2007) Commutation Grant:  Prison sentence commuted to expire on January 19, 2019, conditioned upon enrollment in residential drug treatment. James McDade – Shreveport, LA Offense: Conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute 50 grams or more of cocaine base; conspiracy to commit laundering of monetary instruments; Western District of Louisiana Sentence: 360 months’ imprisonment; five years’ supervised release (May 10, 2001) Commutation Grant: Prison sentence commuted to a term of 240 months’ imprisonment. Frederick McGary – Hammond, LA Offense: Conspiracy to distribute and possess with the intent to distribute 50 grams or more of cocaine base; possession of a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime; Eastern District of Louisiana Sentence: 300 months’ imprisonment; 10 years’ supervised release (February 20, 2008) Commutation Grant: Prison sentence commuted to expire on May 19, 2017. Martin McGee – Beersheba Springs, TN Offense: Conspiracy to manufacture 50 grams or more of methamphetamine; Eastern District of Tennessee Sentence: 202 months’ imprisonment; eight years’ supervised release (November 9, 2006) Commutation Grant: Prison sentence commuted to expire on January 19, 2019, conditioned upon enrollment in residential drug treatment. Ezekial McLain – Albany, NY Offense: Conspiracy to possess and distribute cocaine and cocaine base; Northern District of New York Sentence: 240 months' imprisonment; 10 years' supervised release (November 6, 2008) Commutation Grant: Prison sentence commuted to expire on January 19, 2019, conditioned upon enrollment in residential drug treatment. Cartell Alexander McLemore – Milwaukee, WI Offense: Possession with intent to distribute 50 grams or more of cocaine base; being a felon in possession of a firearm; being a felon in possession of ammunition; Eastern District of Wisconsin Sentence: 240 months’ imprisonment; 10 years’ supervised release (October 26, 2006) Commutation Grant: Prison sentence commuted to expire on May 19, 2017 Randy McMahan – Wellford, SC Offense: Conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute five kilograms or more of cocaine; possession of a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime; District of South Carolina Sentence: Life plus 120 months’ imprisonment; 10 years’ supervised release (April 18, 2007) Commutation Grant:  Prison sentence commuted to a term of 360 months’ imprisonment. Recco Salaves Meeks – Shelby, NC Offense: Conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute cocaine and cocaine base; Western District of North Carolina Sentence: 230 months and six days’ imprisonment; 10 years’ supervised release (September 26, 2006) Commutation Grant: Commutation Grant: Prison sentence commuted to expire on January 19, 2019, conditioned upon enrollment in residential drug treatment. Deone Antonio Melvin – Upper Marlboro, MD Offense: Conspiracy to distribute and possess with intent to distribute five kilograms or more of cocaine; money laundering conspiracy; distribution of cocaine; possession of firearms in furtherance of drug trafficking (2 counts); felon in possession of a firearm; District of Maryland Sentence: 540 months' imprisonment; five years' supervised release (September 26, 2005) Commutation Grant: Prison sentence commuted to a term of 360 months' imprisonment. Luis Marin Mendoza-Esquivel – Riverside, CA Offense: Possession with intent to distribute, distribution, and aiding and abetting the distribution of 500 grams or more of methamphetamine mixture following a prior felony drug conviction; Northern District of Iowa Sentence: 290 months’ imprisonment; 10 years’ supervised release (December 13, 2006) Commutation Grant: Prison sentence commuted to expire on January 19, 2019, conditioned upon enrollment in residential drug treatment. Wayne Merrell – Dunlap, TN Offense: Conspiracy to manufacture 500 grams or more of methamphetamine; Eastern District of Tennessee Sentence: 240 months’ imprisonment; 10 years’ supervised release (November 15, 2007) Commutation Grant: Prison sentence commuted to expire on January 19, 2019, conditioned upon enrollment in residential drug treatment. Richard Glen Milburn – Limestone, TN Offense: Conspiracy to distribute and possession with the intent to distribute 100 kilograms or more of marijuana; conspiracy to distribute and possession with the intent to distribute 500 grams or more of methamphetamine; attempt to possess with the intent to distribute methamphetamine; carrying a firearm during and in relation to a drug trafficking offense (two counts); attempt to possess with the intent to distribute marijuana; attempt to possess with the intent to distribute 50 grams or more of methamphetamine; possession with the intent to distribute methamphetamine; possession of an unregistered short barreled firearm; possessing contraband in prison; Eastern District of Tennessee Sentence: 480 months' imprisonment; five years' supervised release (April 19, 2007) Commutation Grant: Prison sentence commuted to a term of 180 months' imprisonment, conditioned upon enrollment in residential drug treatment. Kristi Miller – Santa Maria, CA Offense: Conspiracy to manufacture 50 grams or more of methamphetamine actual or 500 grams or more of methamphetamine mixture; Eastern District of Tennessee Sentence: 240 months’ imprisonment; 10 years’ supervised release (May 6, 2011) Commutation Grant: Prison sentence commuted to expire on January 19, 2019, conditioned upon enrollment in residential drug treatment. Timothy Wayne Miller – London, KY Offense:         1. Conspiracy to distribute over 50 grams of methamphetamine; possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine (4 counts); possession with intent to distribute oxycodone; carrying a firearm during a drug trafficking crime; Eastern District of Kentucky 2. Knowingly failed to appear; Eastern District of Kentucky Sentence:        1. 300 months’ imprisonment; 10 years’ supervised release (July 8, 2004) 2. 120 months’ imprisonment (concurrent); three years’ supervised release (July 8, 2004) Commutation Grant: Prison sentence commuted to expire on January 19, 2019, conditioned upon enrollment in residential drug treatment. Robert W. Mims – Pensacola, FL Offense: Conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute five kilograms or more of cocaine and 50 grams or more of cocaine base; Northern District of Florida Sentence: Life imprisonment; 10 years' supervised release; $500 fine (May 21, 2002) Commutation Grant: Prison sentence commuted to a term of 240 months’ imprisonment, conditioned upon enrollment in residential drug treatment. Ervin Mincey – Swainsboro, GA Offense: Distribution of 27.72 grams of cocaine base; Southern District of Georgia Sentence: 360 months' imprisonment; eight years' supervised release (January 17, 2007) Commutation Grant: Prison sentence commuted to a term of 210 months' imprisonment, conditioned upon enrollment in residential drug treatment. James Edward Mitchell – Oxnard, CA Offense: Conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine; District of Montana Sentence: 240 months' imprisonment; 10 years' supervised release (March 31, 2005) Commutation Grant: Prison sentence commuted to expire on January 19, 2019, conditioned upon enrollment in residential drug treatment. Lewis Lynn Mitchell – Medical Lake, WA Offense: Possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine; District of Montana Sentence: 288 months’ imprisonment, eight years’ supervised release (August 2, 2007) Commutation Grant: Prison sentence commuted to expire on January 19, 2019, conditioned upon enrollment in residential drug treatment. Terry Mitchell – Miami, FL Offense: Continuing criminal enterprise; distribution of cocaine and aiding and abetting (two counts); carrying a firearm during a drug trafficking crime; Middle District of Alabama Sentence: Life plus 60 months' imprisonment; five years' supervised release (May 22, 1995) Commutation Grant: Prison sentence commuted to expire on May 19, 2017. Emmett Alvin Monson – Rosedale, NY Offense: Conspiracy: possess with intent to distribute cocaine hydrochloride and heroin; possess with intent to distribute cocaine hydrochloride (two counts); possess with intent to distribute heroin (four counts); Middle District of North Carolina Sentence: 360 months’ imprisonment; 8 years’ supervised release (September 20, 1993) Commutation Grant: Prison sentence commuted to expire on May 19, 2017. Richard Ruiz Montes ─ Escalon, CA Offense: Conducting a continuing criminal enterprise; manufacture of marijuana and aiding and abetting; possession with intent to distribute marijuana and aiding and abetting; possession with intent to distribute marijuana (two counts); Eastern District of California Sentence: 240 months’ imprisonment; 60 months’ supervised release (November 21, 2008) Commutation Grant: Prison sentence to expire on May 19, 2017. Anthony Lawayne Moon – Knoxville, TN Offense: Possession with intent to distribute five kilograms or more of cocaine hydrochloride; Eastern District of Tennessee Sentence: 240 months’ imprisonment; 10 years’ supervised release (September 28, 2004) Commutation Grant: Prison sentence commuted to expire on May 19, 2017. Larry D. Moon ─ Louisville, KY Offense: Possession with intent to distribute and distribution of cocaine base, aiding and abetting; possession with intent to distribute cocaine base (2 counts); Western District of Kentucky Sentence: Life imprisonment; 10 years’ supervised release (August 21, 1996); amended to 360 months’ imprisonment; eight years’ supervised release (September 24, 1999)          Commutation Grant: Prison sentence commuted to expire on May 19, 2017. Sentra Moore – Montgomery, AL Offense: Aiding and abetting possession to distribute cocaine hydrochloride; aiding and abetting possession to distribute 50 or more grams of cocaine base; aiding and abetting firearm/drug trafficking; Middle District of Alabama Sentence: 240 months’ imprisonment; five years’ supervised release (October 1, 2004) Commutation Grant: Prison sentence commuted to expire on January 19, 2019, conditioned upon enrollment in residential drug treatment. Steven Rayford Moore – Sherman, TX Offense: Conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute cocaine base; Eastern District of Texas Sentence: 360 months' imprisonment; 10 years' supervised release; $5,000 fine (June 26, 2001) Commutation Grant: Prison sentence commuted to a term of 262 months' imprisonment and unpaid balance of the $5,000 fine remitted. Jeremy Jason Morefield – Shreveport, LA Offense: Conspiracy to distribute 50 grams or more of methamphetamine and 500 grams or more of a mixture or substance containing a detectable amount of methamphetamine; possession of a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime; Western District of Louisiana Sentence: 240 months’ imprisonment; eight years’ supervised release (July 13, 2006) Commutation Grant: Prison sentence commuted to expire on January 19, 2019, conditioned upon enrollment in residential drug treatment. Chico Untras Morgan – Opelika, AL Offense: Distribution of a controlled substance (cocaine base); Middle District of Alabama Sentence: 240 months’ imprisonment; 10 years’ supervised release (January 21, 2010) Commutation Grant: Prison sentence commuted to expire on January 19, 2019, and conditioned upon enrollment in residential drug treatment. Fred Lenard Morrison – Valdese, NC Offense: Possession with intent to distribute cocaine; simple possession of cocaine base; District of South Carolina Sentence: 320 months’ imprisonment; five years’ supervised release (December 13, 1996) Commutation Grant: Prison sentence commuted to expire on May 19, 2017. David Andrew Mortensen – Salt Lake City, UT Offense: Possession with intent to distribute 50 grams of methamphetamine; District of Utah Sentence: 240 months' imprisonment; 60 months' supervised release (September 18, 2008) Commutation Grant: Prison sentence commuted to expire on January 19, 2019, conditioned upon enrollment in residential drug treatment. Cory D. Mosby – Rock Island, IL Offense: Possession of cocaine base (crack) with intent to distribute; possession of a firearm in furtherance of drug trafficking; felon in possession of firearms; Central District of Illinois Sentence: 322 months’ imprisonment; eight years’ supervised release; $2,500 fine (August 17, 2007); amended to 300 months’ imprisonment (March 10, 2009) Commutation Grant: Prison sentence commuted to a term of 195 months’ imprisonment and unpaid balance of $2,500 fine remitted when his sentence expires.  Leo Muhammad – Compton, CA Offense: Conspiracy to distribute and possess with intent to distribute cocaine; Eastern District of Missouri Sentence: 360 months’ imprisonment; five years’ supervised release (November 21, 2005); amended to 292 months’ imprisonment (January 29, 2015) Commutation Grant: Prison sentence commuted to a term of 240 months’ imprisonment. Saeed Abdul Muhammad – Spotsylvania, VA Offense: Conspiracy to distribute and possess with intent to distribute 50 grams or more of cocaine base; possess with intent to distribute cocaine hydrochloride; Eastern District of Virginia Sentence: Life imprisonment; three years’ supervised release (August 22, 2008) Commutation Grant: Prison sentence commuted to a term of 210 months' imprisonment Dottie Nixon – Lincolnton, NC Offense: Conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute and to distribute a quantity of cocaine and cocaine base within 1,000 feet of a school; Western District of North Carolina Sentence: 360 months' imprisonment; six years' supervised release (August 13, 2001); amended to 324 months' imprisonment (November 19, 2015) Commutation Grant: Prison sentence commuted to expire on May 19, 2017. Alonzo Norman, Jr. – Springfield, LA Offense: Conspiracy to distribute cocaine base and aiding and abetting; distribution of cocaine base; Eastern District of Louisiana Sentence: 262 months’ imprisonment; five years’ supervised release (February 18, 2004) Commutation Grant: Prison sentence commuted to expire on January 19, 2019, conditioned upon enrollment in residential drug treatment. Deon Christopher Nowell – Charleston, SC   Offense: Possession with intent to distribute and distribution of cocaine base; possession with intent to distribute cocaine base; possession with intent to distribute cocaine; possession of a firearm by a convicted felon; using and carrying a firearm during and in relation to a drug trafficking crime; District of South Carolina Sentence: 300 months’ imprisonment; 10 years’ supervised release (March 10, 2005) Commutation Grant: Prison sentence commuted to expire on May 19, 2017. Charles Lee Parker – Marietta, GA Offense: Conspiracy to distribute cocaine base; Southern District of Mississippi Sentence: Life imprisonment; 10 years' supervised release (January 25, 2006) Commutation Grant: Prison sentence commuted to a term of 262 months' imprisonment. William Howard Penn, Jr. – Morgan City, LA Offense: Narcotics, sell distribute or dispense, conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute; narcotics – sell, distribute or dispense, possession with intent to distribute; racketeering, narcotics – interstate travel in aid of illegal activity; Western District of Louisiana Sentence: 360 months’ imprisonment; five years’ supervised release (November 10, 1997) Commutation Grant: Prison sentence commuted to expire on May 19, 2017. Christopher Clayton Pfaff – Ottumwa, IA Offense: Conspiracy to manufacture methamphetamine; Southern District of Iowa Sentence: 262 months’ imprisonment; 10 years’ supervised release (June 26, 2006) Commutation Grant: Prison sentence commuted to expire on January 19, 2019, conditioned upon enrollment in residential drug treatment. Hope Aree Pinkerton – Alta, IA Offense: Conspiracy to distribute 500 grams or more of methamphetamine mixture and manufacture five grams or more of methamphetamine actual after having been convicted of a prior felony drug offense; Northern District of Iowa Sentence: 240 months' imprisonment; 10 years' supervised release (August 5, 2004) Commutation Grant: Prison sentence commuted to expire on January 19, 2019, conditioned upon enrollment in residential drug treatment Larry Blane Pittman – San Diego, CA Offense: Conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute more than 500 grams of a mixture of methamphetamine; Western District of Kentucky Sentence: 262 months' imprisonment; 10 years' supervised release (December 20, 2001) Commutation Grant: Prison sentence commuted to expire on January 19, 2019, conditioned upon enrollment in residential drug treatment. Max Orvel Plumlee – Newport News, VA Offense: Engaging in a continuing criminal enterprise; distribution and possession with intent to distribute cocaine (eight counts); use of a firearm during a drug trafficking crime (two counts); distribution and possession with intent to distribute cocaine base (two counts); renting, leasing, and making premises available for storing and distributing cocaine; conspiracy; money laundering (five counts); engaging in monetary transactions in property derived from specified unlawful activity (four counts); Eastern District of Virginia Sentence: Life imprisonment plus 300 months’ imprisonment; five years’ supervised release (July 18, 1994) Commutation Grant: Prison sentence commuted to expire on May 19, 2017. Charles Edward Price – Vicksburg, MS Offense: Conspiracy to distribute cocaine base; Southern District of Mississippi Sentence: 292 months’ imprisonment; five years’ supervised release; $1,500 fine (June 3, 2008) Commutation Grant: Prison sentence commuted to expire on May 19, 2017 and unpaid balance of the $1,500 fine remitted.  Calvin Pritchett ─ Cleveland, OH Offense: Possession with the intent to distribute cocaine; felon in possession of a firearm; Northern District of Ohio Sentence: 240 months’ imprisonment; 10 years’ supervised release (November 30, 2006) Commutation Grant: Prison sentence commuted to expire on May 19, 2017. Tony Roger Pullings – Ocala, FL Offense: Conspiracy to distribute cocaine hydrochloride and cocaine base; distribution of cocaine (three counts); Middle District of Florida Sentence: 360 months’ imprisonment; five years’ supervised release (May 14, 1999) Commutation Grant: Prison sentence commuted to expire on January 19, 2019, conditioned upon enrollment in residential drug treatment. Dennis Ragland – Lincoln, AL Offense: Conspiracy to possess with the intent to distribute and distribution of controlled substances; distribution and possession with the intent to distribute controlled substances; felon in possession of a firearm; use and carrying of a firearm during and in relation to a drug trafficking crime; Northern District of Alabama Sentence: 330 months’ imprisonment; three years’ supervised release (November 29, 2006) Commutation Grant: Prison sentence commuted to a term of 210 months’ imprisonment, conditioned upon enrollment in residential drug treatment. Sergio Ramirez – Des Moines, IA Offense: Conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine; distribute methamphetamine; Southern District of Iowa Sentence: 240 months’ imprisonment; 10 years’ supervised release (January 22, 2003) Commutation Grant: Prison sentence commuted to expire on July 18, 2017. Alex Randell – Tallahassee, FL Offense: Possess with intent to distribute cocaine base, conspiracy to distribute cocaine base; Northern District of Florida Sentence: Life imprisonment; 10 years’ supervised release (July 23, 1999) Commutation Grant: Prison sentence commuted to a term of 360 months’ imprisonment, conditioned upon enrollment in residential drug treatment Ernest Reagan ─ Knoxville, TN Offense: Possession with intent to distribute 50 grams or more of cocaine base; possession with intent to distribute cocaine hydrochloride; felon in possession of firearms; possession of firearms in furtherance of a drug traffic

19 января, 20:08

Новости США: Обаму обвиняют в поощрении терроризма, житель Айдахо взорвался от сигареты

Решение Обамы амнистировать борца за независимость Пуэрто-Рико вызвало шквал критики, у жителя Айдахо во рту взорвалась электронная сигарета

19 января, 14:52

Starbucks Introduces Teavana in India, Expands Globally

Starbucks Corporation (SBUX) is all set to expand its global tea business with introduction of the Teavana range in India.

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19 января, 13:57

Барак Обама помиловал террориста

В последний день своего президентского срока Барак Обама помиловал террориста Оскара Лопеса Риверу, отсидевшего более 35 лет в американской тюрьме.

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19 января, 13:53

Обама помиловал главу террористической группы

Барак Обама помиловал политзаключенного с Пуэрто-Рико Оскара Лопеса Ривера

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18 января, 13:02

Обама выпустил на свободу борца за независимость Пуэрто-Рико

Оскар Лопес Ривера — старейший политзаключеный в мире.  Перед уходом с президентского поста Барак Обама подписал распоряжение об освобождении из заключения известного борца за независимость Пуэрто-Рико Оскара Лопеса Ривера. Согласно приговору, он должен был выйти на свободу через...

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18 января, 11:00

Обама помиловал борца за свободу Пуэрто-Рико Лопеса Риверу

Уходящий президент США Барак Обама подписал указ о смягчении приговора Оскару Лопесу Ривере – осужденному 35 лет назад борцу за независимость Пуэрто-Рико. 74-летний Лопес Ривера считается одним из старейших политических заключенных в мире. Большую часть жизни он провел в тюрьме после того, как был объявлен террористом и признан виновным в заговоре против США. Ривера должен был находиться в заключении до 26 июня 2023 года и выйти на свободу через пять месяцев после своего 80-го дня рождения, пишет The Guardian. Адвокат Риверы назвала освобождение своего подзащитного огромной победой в продолжающейся борьбе за независимость Пуэрто-Рико. Она также поблагодарила Обаму за осознание отсутствия законных оснований держать Риверу в тюрьме. Защитник также отметила, что сам Ривера назвал свое освобождение лучшим подарком на день рождения его дочери. Кроме Риверы Обама смягчил приговор еще 208 заключенным, в том числе информатору WikiLeaks Брэдли Мэннинг, которая будет освобождена 17 мая 2017 года вместо 2048 года. Всего за время своего президентства Обама смягчил приговоры 1385 заключенным – это больше, чем сделал любой другой американский лидер.

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18 января, 10:30

People power in Puerto Rico: how a canal community escaped gentrification

How do you improve a neighbourhood without causing land prices to rise? Residents along a polluted waterway in San Juan set up a community land trust to help save their homes, as well as the environment For years a graffiti message has appeared throughout San Juan, Puerto Rico’s capital, as an urgent demand: Dragado ya! (meaning “dredging now!”). Even passersby who have never set foot in the eight barrios making up the Caño Martín Peña community – a large informal settlement along 3.75 miles of canal in the central city – know the message points to the dire need to dredge the waterway, which has become so clogged with refuse that those driving by with the windows down can immediately smell the stagnant waters. Continue reading...

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18 января, 09:01

В США москвич и крымчанин, задержанные в Карибском море на яхте с 370 кг кокаина, получили по 25 лет тюрьмы

Уроженец Ялты Игорь Польшин и москвич Алексей Цуркан были схвачены береговой охраной США в годовщину Великой Октябрьской революции. Они плыли ночью на яхте без включенных огней к берегам Пуэрто-Рико. Судно было буквально забито наркотиками: кокаин был даже смешан с припасами экипажа.

18 января, 02:47

Puerto Rican Nationalist Granted Clemency After Decades In Prison

President Barack Obama commuted the sentence of Puerto Rican nationalist leader Oscar López Rivera on Tuesday, in a move cheered by activists on and off the island who had pressed for years to have his decades-long sentence cut short.   López Rivera spent 35 years in prison ― including 12 years in solitary confinement ― for his role in the Armed Forces of National Liberation, a Puerto Rican independence group active during the 1970s and 1980s. The group, known by its Spanish initials as FALN, committed violent acts including bombings, killings and kidnappings. But López Rivera was himself convicted of seditious conspiracy rather than an act of violence. The group was responsible for six deaths, according to Puerto Rican daily El Nuevo Día, but renounced violence altogether in 1983. Puerto Rican leaders across the political spectrum have for years advocated for his release, viewing him as a political prisoner who poses no threat to the United States. “I am overjoyed and overwhelmed with emotion,” U.S. Rep. Luis Gutiérrez (D-Ill.) said in a statement. “Oscar is a friend, a mentor, and family to me and he and his brother José have been friends and mentors for my entire adult life. There were times when hope was hard to find but my wife Soraida always had faith that this day would come. Now it is clear that Oscar will rejoin his family and be able to walk free among the Puerto Rican people.” Other prominent Americans of Puerto Rican heritage issued similarly joyful statements, including “Hamilton” creator Lin-Manuel Miranda, who tweeted: Liberaron a Oscar López Rivera!!Puerto Rico, nuestra mancha de plátano salió del mismo racimo. Unidos como hermanos lo logramos ✊️— Residente (@Residente) January 17, 2017 López Rivera, who is now 74 and currently jailed at Terre Haute in Indiana, will be freed in 120 days. He continues to question U.S. control of Puerto Rico, an island governed as a U.S. territory, but whose residents cannot cast a ballot for president or send a voting member to Congress.  “How can a Puerto Rican be seditious towards the U.S. state when we never had any part in electing a U.S. government?” López Rivera said in an interview with The Guardian in October.   Rivera plans to settle in the Puerto Rican town of San Sebastián, where he was born, El Nuevo Día reports. The news Tuesday came the same day as a round of more than 200 other commutations, including one for Chelsea Manning, the U.S. army soldier who was imprisoned for releasing classified documents to WikiLeaks.  -- This feed and its contents are the property of The Huffington Post, and use is subject to our terms. It may be used for personal consumption, but may not be distributed on a website.

24 мая 2014, 13:54

Самые красивые пляжи

Уайтхэвен, АвстралияУайтхэвен-Бич — это красивейшая 7-километровая береговая линия вдоль острова Витсандей. Всемирную известность пляж получил благодаря белоснежному песку. Его окрас обусловлен наличием чистого диоксида кремния (98 %), который придает ему такой оттенок.  Розовый пляж, БагамыОстров Харбор является одним из самых удивительных мест Багамских островов. Необыкновенный цвет песок приобретает из-за присутствия крошечных частиц раковин Фораминиферы. Это одноклеточные организмы, обитающие на нижней части рифов, под камнями и в пещерах прибрежного дна океана.Плайя-дель-Амор — скрытый пляж острова Мариета, МексикаЕсли бы не шум волн люди, вероятно, даже не знали бы, о скрытом от глаз пляже. Плайя-дель-Амор расположен в нескольких метрах от побережья необитаемого острова Мариета. Только несколько туристов добираются туда. Настоящий рай для любителей уединиться.Наваджо, ГрецияНа греческом острове Закинф находится один из самых прекрасных пляжей в мире. Когда-то здесь потерпело крушение судно Панайотис, которое принадлежало контрабандистам. Корабль так и покоится до сих пор в белопесчаных дюнах.Ипанема, БразилияВ Рио-де-Жанейро 23 пляжа общей протяженностью 72 километра, но Ипанема — самый изысканный и элитный. Этот пляж, прилегающий к богатому району столицы, облюбовала шикарная и модная публика, которая изо дня в день здесь тусуется, играет в волейбол и бегает трусцой. Словом, приходят других посмотреть и себя показать.Махо, Карибские островаДобро пожаловать на Махо — один из самых необычных пляжей в мире. Он находится на Карибах в 300 км от Пуэрто-Рико. И отдыхающих сюда привлекает не теплый песок и синее море. Сюда отправляются за непередаваемыми острыми ощущениями, ведь буквально в 10-20 метрах над пляжем и туристами с грохотом проносятся заходящие на посадку гигантские авиалайнеры. Опасное, но завораживающее зрелище!Стеклянный пляж, СШАНедалеко от города Форт Брэгг в Калифорнии есть интересный пляж, усыпанный разноцветными стекляшками. В начале XX века здесь была городская свалка, потом, в 1967 году власти ее закрыли и в течение многих лет проводили очистку территории. Теперь мусора здесь нет, но берег покрыт мелкими, обточенными волнами стеклянными камушками.Боттом бэй, БарбадосБоттом бэй — лучший пляж на острове Барбадос. Канонический пейзаж этого места является визитной карточкой страны.Хайамс, АвстралияПляж Hyams Beach, который находится в 300 километрах от Сиднея — пляж с самым белым песком в мире. Он такой белый, что, взглянув на него издалека, кажется, что это взбитые сливки.Пляж на острове Ваадху, Мальдивские островаЕсть в мире один пляж, который особенно красив ночью. Планктон выброшенный на пляж острова Ваадху окрашивает берега тысячами огней. Свечение объясняется биолюминесценцией — химическими процессами в организме животных, при которых освобождающаяся энергия выделяется в форме света. Голубые светящиеся волны словно отражают звезды в небе над Мальдивами!Грейс Бэй, Карибские островаВот он рай. Белый чистый и прохладный мелкий песочек манит прилечь и позагорать. Грэйс Бэй не раз признавался одним из самых лучших пляжей в мире.Океанский купол, ЯпонияНу а если все моря вам уже приелись и хочется чего-нибудь необычного, то обязательно посетите Ocean Dome. Пляжи из белого песка, океан с искусственной волной для серфинга, водные каскады, горки и аттракционы, бассейны с гидромассажем и спа, тропическая растительность, яркие экзотические шоу, устраиваемые каждый день, — здесь все создано для полноценного отдыха.