Govt should proceed with Venezuela refugees cautiously – Rohee

first_imgAs Guyana continues to closely monitor the crisis situation in neighbouring Venezuela, former Home Affairs Minister and General Secretary of the People’s Progressive Party (PPP), Clement Rohee has advised that Government consider all factors when making a decision on the matter particularly as it relates to the refugees.????????????????????????????????????Speaking at the Party’s weekly press conference on Monday, Rohee said that Government would have to take a holistic approach in addressing the matter.“We have to be careful that we don’t press a panic button into convincing ourselves that we are going to see a flood of persons coming across the border from Venezuela, in whatever shape, form or fashion,” he stated.According to Rohee, Government will have to bear in mind firstly, that there was a time when many Guyanese left the shores of this country and went to settle in bordering towns of Venezuela. He explained that there were thousands of Guyanese still living in that part of Venezuela who have since made their lives in the Spanish-speaking country without little or no interference from the Venezuelan Government.“I don’t recall instances where the Venezuelans have actually chased them (Guyanese) out from the country or prevented them from coming in. Somehow, it has always been that culture of cross-border movement between ourselves and Venezuela,” he noted.The PPP General Secretary went on to say that while the ‘cross-border culture’ as it relates to movement of Guyanese to Venezuela and Venezuelans to Guyana is prevalent, Guyana has to take into consideration the situation currently in Europe with respect to refugees and immigrants from Iraq and Syria going into Europe.“So in the present-day context and the historical context, we have to exercise great care and caution in relation to addressing this issue,” he remarked.Moreover, the former Home Affairs Minister outlined that the issue with refugees was never as “black and white” as it seemed. He pointed out that Guyana was not a member of the United Nations High Commission of Refugees or Convention of Refugees, and that had its own implications.Last Thursday, when asked whether Government would be willing to accept refugees from Venezuela, President David Granger told Guyana Times that his Administration has not considered this issue as yet.“We do not have any agreement with Venezuela about other refugees (coming here) and that is not something that we have considered… (but) we have an obligation to accept returning Guyanese if they want to re-enter the land of their birth,” he told this newspaper.”Moreover, the Guyanese Head of State pointed out that the situation in the neighbouring country was cause for concern, given the territorial controversy between the two countries. He said too that the issue would also affect the wider Caribbean as well.“I am deeply concerned about what is taking place in Venezuela; plus Guyana has a special interest because of the territorial question, but I think the whole Region is concerned about what is taking place in Venezuela and we hope that there is not going to be a resort to lawlessness… I hope that a legal and orderly approach is taken for the security of the whole sub-region because it will have an impact on the Caribbean as well,” Granger stated.With the Venezuelan economy deteriorating, it is expected that there would be a refugee crisis in the Region as persons from the Spanish-speaking country were likely to flee to neighbouring nations.Meanwhile, Chief-of-Staff of the Guyana Defence Force (GDF), Brigadier Mark Phillips is reported as saying that he is monitoring the situation in Venezuela and is prepared to protect Guyana’s border if the need arises.Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro recently declared a state of emergency as the country experiences economic turmoil following the decline of oil prices on the world market over the past months. Reports coming out of the Spanish-speaking nation reveal that there is a massive food shortage and limited access to basic healthcare and amenities such as electricity.Reports of rampant outbursts of looting and violence are also emerging from the neighbouring country.last_img read more

Peace Region teams begin day three of curling tournament

first_imgAll four teams will play draws five and six Friday, February 17, with draw seven being played Saturday, followed by tournament playoffs, which wrap up Sunday. The tournament finals will be played Sunday afternoon.For a look at the complete breakdown of each match, visit the tournament’s official website. On Wednesday, Feb.15, the tournament’s first draw had Fort St. John’s Glen Godberson lose 7-3, while Dawson Creek’s Randy Maxwell also suffered a close loss by a score of 6-5.In the men’s second draw, also played on Wednesday, Maxwell lost 8-3, while Godberson lost his second match of the day by a score of 10-6. The women’s first draw saw Fort St. John’s Jodi Busche win her first match 9-7, while Dawson Creek’s Marlene Maxwell suffered a lopsided 10-2 loss. Their second draw also produced less-than-ideal results, with Maxwell losing 10-0 and Busche losing 12-6.- Advertisement -Day two of the tournament took place Thursday, Feb.16 with each team taking to the ice for another two draws. Fort St. John’s Godberson got his first win of the tournament, winning 5-3, while Maxwell lost 9-5.In the men’s fourth draw of the tournament, Godberson lost 11-4, while Maxwell suffered another loss by a score of 8-2.On the ladies side, draw three produced a 5-4 loss for Busche and a 12-2 loss for Maxwell, while in the fourth draw, Busche earned an 8-6 victory, while Maxwell won her first match in a close 8-7 win.Advertisementlast_img read more

Thika’s relegation beckons after losing to Zoo

first_imgZoo’s win also affected 2008 champions Mathare United who dropped to 15th on 38 points, leaving the Slum Boys need a single point when they face Posta Rangers in their last match on Saturday to survive the axe.With Muhoroni Youth already relegated, the battle to remain in the top flight league will go down to the wire for Mathare, Thika and Western Stima.Thika have a tricky match on their last day, hosting Bandari at the Thika-Sub County Stadium while Western Stima travel away to Chemelil Sugar.At the Kericho Green Stadium, Zoo found the opener through Nicholas Kipkirui at the quarter hour mark after tapping home a fine cross from Michael Madoya.Thika had a chance to level the scores in the 35th minute but Shami Kibwana squandered the opportunity after seeing his lofted effort go over.On the other hand, Zoo maximized on their chance to double the scores thanks to Dominic Ouma who connected a Madoya corner in the 39th minute.At the second half, Shami Kibwana pulled one back for Thika in the 56th minute after utilizing Eugene Mukangula’s cross into the box. However, they could not even manage to get an equalizer after Zoo back-line was solid to ensure the Kericho based side collect maximum points.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Thika United head coach Nicholas Muyoti watches on the touchline during his side’s Kenyan Premier League clash against Gor Mahia at the Thika Sub-County Stadium on September 17, 2017. PHOTO/Raymond MakhayaNAIROBI, Kenya, Nov 15 – Thika United’s relegation from the Kenyan Premier League beckons after falling 2-1 to Zoo Kericho in a mid-week match played at the Kericho Green Stadium on Wednesday.The result saw Zoo climb off the relegation spot to sit 12th on 40 points while Thika are placed at the drop zone, occupying 16th place on 35 points ahead of the season finale on Saturday where relegated teams will be confirmed.last_img read more

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first_imgH&M 25% OFF: A few of you will be upset with me for this coupon because it will wreak havoc on your credit card bill. So I’m warning you now: If you are a sucker for H&M, do not keep reading. Stop now! Everyone else can try to resist a 25 percent off deal at H&M, good Dec. 7 to Dec. 9. Get the printable coupon at COLDSTONE BOGO FREE: Until Friday, Coldstone Creamery has a buy-one, get-one-free offer on scoops of the Love It Signature Collection when you sign up on its site. Get the link at REAL SIMPLE 2-FOR-1: Get two one-year subscriptions to Real Simple for $24 with an offer at That’s better than the price for a single subscription at Amazon ($23) and ($29). Unclear when deal ends. BLOOMIES SALE: Ends today! Boots: Buy one, get a second pair 50 percent off. Get 40 percent off already-reduced items in women’s, men’s clothing, shoes, handbags, jewelry and accessories. Free shipping offer on tabs of $100 or more until Wednesday. Go to for the coupon codes. All sales final. Weekday hours 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Call to double-check weekend hours. Visit them at 11129 Vanowen St. (818) 980-2227. SEE JANE RUN 20% OFF: Until Dec. 24, get 20 percent off regular-price items at this women’s sportswear store. No shops in L.A. but there’s a good Web site. Visit for the code. Save a buck at local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREPettersson scores another winner, Canucks beat KingsBOOK FAIR: The Scholastic Holiday Book Fair is coming to Thousand Oaks on Dec. 14 and 15. Some of the deals include up to 80 percent off best-sellers, chapter books and books for beginning readers. Up to 50 percent off books for all ages, software and school supplies. Caveats: The sale is for book fair chairpeople and volunteers, registered homeschoolers and school principals, administrators, faculty, teachers, librarians and media specialists. But I’m told if you volunteer at a school, temple or church, you will be able to get in. For details go to CUTE T’S: The North Hollywood T-shirt designer and manufacturer Hank is having a sale online with prices just above wholesale. Owner Sandy said he usually sells to upscale department stores like Nordstrom and Bloomingdale’s. I’ve not been to the 1,000-square-foot warehouse but the T’s look cute online – kind of a cross between the funkiness of Urban Outfitters and the sexiness of Express. An employee gave me these sale prices: T’s are $35 to $40 (originally $70 to $90); jackets, $50 to $60 (originally $100-$130); and pants, $40 to $50 (originally $80 to $110). last_img read more


first_imgWe knew it was a cracking offer and the amount of bids for the Double Framed Signed 1992 and 2012 jerseys said it all.There were dozens of bids on the eBay auction site for the jerseys which was organised by The Cope of Dungloe. And the highest bid was a amazing €2,001All Proceeds are in aid of The Cope Community Trust, which is a non-profit making trust set up to assist local GAA Clubs, Schools.The group has helped North West Cancer Group, Local GAA Clubs, National & Secondary Schools, Women’s Rape Crisis Centre, Rosses Curragh & Community Centres.  THE COPE RAISES MORE THAN €2,000 AFTER EBAY AUCTION FOR DOUBLE ALL-IRELAND JERSEYS was last modified: October 19th, 2012 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:dungloeSIGNED DONEGAL JERSEYSTHE COPElast_img read more


first_imgBY EMMET RUSHE: More than 90% of farmers from across Donegal were found to be overweight or obese following a free health check clinic carried out at Raphoe Mart.The Irish Farmers’ Journal teamed up with Full Health Medical, ICOS and Movember Ireland to bring these free checks to marts around the country.Three out of four farmers were also suffering with problems with their blood pressure and a high percentage reported suffering with their moods and also with stress. Farming has always been an active job, but the number of farmers who are active outside of their work on the farm is very low.Couple this with a poor diet and add stress, lack of sleep and financial pressure, and you can see why there is a problem.The Irish Heart Foundation ran a similar program in 2014 called Farmers Have Hearts, FHH.The FHH program was again set up in order to run health checks on farmers at marts.Their reasoning for this was simple. They found from the study that;‘Overall, farmers felt that heart health checks at marts were a good initiative for a number of reasons. Almost half of farmers (41.9%) said that they ‘would not have had a health check otherwise’; 14.0% said that it raised health awareness; while 12.8% stated that ‘meeting the IHF at the mart broke the ice and helped to overcome fears of getting a health check done’.The FHH study was run from October 2013 until May 2014 and their findings were as follows;The majority (82.1%) of farmers reported being aware of a family history of heart disease and/or stroke or diabetes.Almost half of farmers (46.0%) had high blood pressure (≥ 140/90 mmHg).Specifically 44.0% had elevated systolic blood pressure (≥140 mmHg) and 25.9% had raised diastolic pressure levels (≥90 mmHg).Almost half of farmers (46.1%) had raised total cholesterol levels (≥5.0 mmol/L), 44.4% had elevated LDL levels (>3.0 mmol/L) and, of these 3.9% had LDL levels ≥4.5 mmol/L.The vast majority of participating farmers were found to be overweight or obese.Based on BMI measurements, 86.4% of farmers exceeded recommended BMI levels (BMI kg/m2 25.0) and of them 35.6% were classified as obese (BMI kg/m2 30.0+).Similarly, for waist circumference, 79.5% of farmers exceeded recommended waist measurements (≥ 37 inches) and of them 37.8% were classified as ‘at high risk’ (40+ inches).In relation to self-reported health measures, one third of participating farmers (35.5%) reported not physically active for 5 days or more a week and 34.5% reported not active for 30 minutes on physically active days. The majority of farmers (64.2%) reported experiencing stress ‘sometimes’ and 16.2% reported feeling stressed ‘most of the time’.A minority of farmers (17.8%) reported smoking, of which 64.7% reported smoking more than 10 cigarettes a day.Almost half of farmers (46.4%) reported that they drank alcohol on a regular basis and 25.0% of ‘drinkers’ reported drinking >17 standard drinks a week.A majority of farmers (77.7%) were found to have three or more CVD risk factors based on objective measured health outcomes from the heart health checks. In relation to non-measured self-reported health, 79.7% of farmers had one or more risk factors for 6 CVD.Combined measured and non-measured health outcomes, the majority (80.7%) of famers had four or more CVD risk factors.Dr Jack Halligan from Full Health Medical, who ran the checks at Raphoe mart, said that a significant difference in cholesterol levels was found between Raphoe and a similar study in Roscommon.He posed the question ‘Does Red meat in Ulster have a higher fat percentage than the red meat in Connacht?’When you look at the report from last year by the Irish Heart Foundation, it isn’t as simple as saying that red meat could be the main problem when it comes to higher cholesterol levels.You would have to look at the diet and lifestyle as a whole within the area before you could demonise a single food group.Dietary intervention and being active outside of their work on the farm will be a huge help to farmers regarding all areas found in both studies.• Switching to whole foods with each meal.• Make the majority of their carbohydrates at each meal with vegetables.• Eating lean protein with each meal.• Reducing the amount of processed foods.• Lowering their alcohol intake.• Increasing their water intake.• Changing the way they cook their foods, less frying and more grilling and steaming.• Stop eating biscuits and bars straight after your dinner.• If you have to eat before bed, have a protein rich meal.For physical activity find something you enjoy doing and try and add it in 2-3 times per week at least.It can be as simple as organising a game of astro turf with other farmers a few nights per week or any other activity you might enjoy.Apart from the exercise you are also getting to de-stress for a few hours each week, it will allow you to switch your mind off from work and any other stresses that come from being in the farming business in the current climate.In Ireland farming is still predominantly a male profession with 80% of farm holders being male. Although farming is traditionally associated with a healthy lifestyle, farmers are disproportionately affected by lifestyle diseases.With any health or weight related problem, physical activity and a healthy diet will always be the best way to start to make a change for the better.#TrainSmartFor more information, contact me through the link below.* Emmet is the owner and operator of Rushe FitnessEMMET RUSHE: TACKLING OBESITY IN THE FARMING COMMUNITY was last modified: November 15th, 2015 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:donegalemmet rushefat farmersfitness columnlast_img read more


first_imgMOVILLE GAA NOTES LOTTOThere was no jackpot winner this week. The winning numbers were 6, 8, 11, 13. The €50 runner-up prize goes to Anne McGonagle.Next week’s jackpot will be €4,500.Thank you for your continued support. We would like to appeal for more Lotto sellers as it is out main source of income.Please support our club lotto. UNDERAGE FOOTBALLUnderage gaelic is on a break now for the summer and will return in September.The club would like to thank all the members for their support throughout the season and a massive thank you to the mammy’s for their delicious baking on Saturday mornings.U8 boys go games will be on in Malin on Saturday 26th July and the U8 go games final will be in Malin on 27th July.QUIZ There is a Quiz in aid of Donegal training fund on this Friday night at 9pm and at a cost of €5 per person in the Trawlerman Bar. Come along for what promises to be a great night.GOOD LUCKBest wishes to Tony Mc Clenaghan and Ciaran Diver who will line out for Donegal in the Ulster Minor final against Armagh we wish them the best of luck as it’s been a long number of years since a Donegal minor and senior team lined out in an Ulster final.The club would like to take this opportunity to wish all players from Inishowen and former Moville senior’s manager Robert Farren all the best on Sunday. Best wishes to the Donegal senior team who are contesting their fourth Ulster senior final in a row Jim Mc Guinness’s side will be hoping to make it 3 out of 4 in what is a repeat of last year’s Ulster final, it promises to be a great game.For all those travelling to Clones we would appeal that you leave early and support the Minor team in what is a great day for the club to have two players in the squad.SENIOR MEN – Junior A ChampionshipMoville 0-10 Letterkenny Gaels 0-06Moville: 1. Maurice McGeady, 2. Pearce Parkinson, 3. Enda Faulkner, 4. Declan Logue, 5. Ciaran Diver, 6. Michael Brown, 7. Joe McBride, 8. John McGeady, 9. Danny Murphy, 10. Shane Canning, 11. Sean O’Hare, 12. Maurice Harkin, 13. Seamus Hegarty, 14. Nigel McMonagle, 15. Joshua Lafferty. Subs: 16. Jamie McCormick (for M. Harkin 55 mins, Black Card), 17. Niall Cavanagh (for S.O’Hare 15 mins), 18. Michael Fiorentini (for M. Brown, 10 mins, Black Card)Moville were up against it facing the Division 4 leaders Letterkenny Gaels, who they lost to previously in the league this year.Moville would be without one or two key players for this game and in fact only had the three substitutes for one reason or another.Moville were attaching towards the clubhouse end of the pitch in the first half and got off to a great start with a point from Ciaran Diver in the first minute.Danny Murphy followed that with a point of his own 2 minutes later.Nigel McMonagle pointed on the ten minute mark and there would follow a lull in the scoring as the ball went up and down the midfield in what would prove to be a very physical championship game.Ciaran Diver put the ball over the bar in the 23rd minute from a free and Moville looked good for their 4 point lead at this stage, however a lapse in concentration in injury time before the break led to two points for McBrearty of Letterkenny Gaels in the 31st and 32nd minutes, the first of which was from a free, leaving the half time score Moville 0-04 Letterkenny Gaels 0-02Despite it having rained heavily all day, the weather remained clear for the duration of the game and the new sand based pitch in Carrick was playing well, proving that the investment in the new turf was extremely worthwhile.The second half began with tit for tat points in the first ten minutes.Seamus Hegarty got the first for Moville in the 32nd minute; and Ciaran Cannon of Letterkenny replied 2 minutes later.Joe McBride pointed in the 38th minute and Gaels’ McBrearty immediately replied from a free a minute later.There was another lull in scoring as the ball remained in the middle of the park where the individual battles were taking place, Niall Cavanagh and Pearce Parkinson having great hustling games for Moville.Ciaran Diver pointed another free for the home side in the 46th minute, and Letterkenny Gaels closed the gap once again from another McBrearty pointed free leaving 2 points between them with less than ten minutes to go.Moville stretched the lead out to 4 points with quick successive scores from Joe McBride and Nigel McMonagle. Gaels closed the gap to 3 points with 5 minutes remaining from a Nicky McGarrigle point.Moville finished out the game with a great point from Joshua Lafferty in the last minute of the game leaving the final score Moville 0-10 Letterkenny Gaels 0-06.SENIOR RESERVESThe senior reserves travelled to Lifford on Sunday in their second game of the Junior B championship with an under strength team and unfortunately were defeated, but battled hard throughout the game.MINOR CHAMPIONSHIPMoville played Carndonagh on a wet evening last Monday night at home hoping to banish the memories of last season’s championship where it took three games to decide this fixture and it finished in Carndonagh’s favour.This year’s encounter was equally tense with Moville coming out as victors by the narrowest of margins, defeating Carndonagh by 2-07 to 1-09.Ciaran Diver was in fine form and pointed a 45 and two scores from outside of 50 yards in open play as well as raising the green flag.The next fixture has been postponed due to county games and will be on Facebook when the fixture is known.SENIOR LADIESThe ladies had a good win Wedensday night in the 13 a side against Glenfin, this league excludes any players playing for the county.We played Glenfin again on Sunday morning with an under strength team in 15 a side.Although the ladies did not come away with the victory they put in a tremendous effort in the second half and made a great account of themselves.Training continues on Wednesdays and Sundays.MOVILLE GAA MERCHANDISEThe new club half-zip tops are available; they are priced at €40. Please check out the club’s Facebook page and website for all the latest Moville GAA O’Neills merchandise. All items are currently in stock. Please see Bridget Harkin if you would like to purchase any items.MISCELLANEOUS CLUB NOTESIf you would like to receive the weekly newsletter by email, please send a message to requesting it.If anyone has any information or photographs that they would like included in the notes, the club website ( or the club facebook page ( feel free to e-mail it to the following e-mail address: pro.moville.donegal@gaa.ieGAA NEWS: GREAT WIN FOR MOVILLE OVER LETTERKENNY GAELS IN JUNIOR A CHAMPIONSHIP was last modified: July 14th, 2014 by Mark ForkerShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:GAAmovilleNoticesSportlast_img read more


first_imgAn elderly Donegal man whose car crossed on to the wrong side of the road resulting in the death of his wife and a child suffering severe spinal injuries, has claimed he is not liable for the accident because a medical ailment caused him to lose control of his car, a court has heard.In the first case of its kind, William Barr (aged 81) claims, if the High Court finds he has a liability in proceedings brought against him on behalf of the injured child, he is entitled to be indemnified by his local GP, Dr Anthony Delap.The action against Mr Barr has been brought on behalf of Noirin McGarvey, now aged seven, suing through her father Ronan, Lower Dore, Bunbeg, Gaoth Dobhair. The child suffered severe injuries to her spine and is wheelchair-bound as a result of the accident at Dunlewy, Co Donegal on May 27, 2008. Mr Barr’s wife, Maggie, died in the accident.It is claimed Mr Barr, Middletown, Gaoth Dobhair, was negligent and in breach of duty by allowing the car he was driving to cross onto the wrong side of the road resulting in a collision with the McGarveys’ car.It is further alleged Mr Barr drove in a manner that caused the accident and drove too fast.Mr Barr denies negligence or liability and claims the collision was an inevitable accident in that he believes he experienced a medical ailment immediately prior to the collision causing him to lose control of his vehicle.Mr Barr was on medication at the time of the accident to deal with complaints of high blood pressure, light headedness and episodes of lost consciousness.Dr Anthony Delap, a GP of Bunbeg, Co Donegal, has been joined as a third party to the proceedings.Edward Walsh SC, for Mr Barr, told the court yesterday, if there was any finding of liability against his client, he was contending Mr Barr is entitled to an indemnity or a contribution from Dr Delap.Eugene Gleeson SC, for Dr Delap, argued Mr Barr was not entitled to any indemnity or contribution from his client.Opening the case, Richard T Keane SC, for Noirin McGarvey, argued Mr Barr was not entitled to maintain the defence outlined.That defence was submitted in April 2010, two years after insurers AXA, on behalf of Mr Barr, formally confirmed it was admitting liability. The defence now being advanced had added considerably to Noirin’s distress and anxiety, counsel said.The court heard Noirin is a bright child and academically excellent but is conscious of her injuries. She sustained serious injuries to her spine as a result of the accident and, while she has movement in her upper limbs, she is paraplegic and requires a wheelchair.Following the accident, Noirin, her mother and brother were trapped in their car which caught fire, the court heard. Three people in the vicinity of the accident managed to get the family out of the car, which exploded shortly afterwards.The case before Mr Justice Iarfhlaith Ó Neill is expected to run for two weeks.MEDICAL CONDITION CAUSED NOIRIN CAR CRASH, LAWYER FOR DRIVER TELLS COURT was last modified: May 18th, 2011 by gregShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Bush ducks legal review of powers

first_imgWASHINGTON (AP) – By charging Jose Padilla, the Bush administration is seeking to dodge a Supreme Court showdown next year over how the government treats Americans suspected of terrorism. If the White House is successful, it would be free to label other U.S. citizens “enemy combatants” and detain them indefinitely without charges. Padilla’s lawyers said they welcomed the indictment because it gives them the chance to fight the charges in court. They will be able to challenge evidence linked to interrogations when Padilla was held incommunicado in a military prison. They probably will raise concerns about whether he can receive a fair trial. But the attorneys still will press the Supreme Court to consider whether his imprisonment over the past three years was illegal. They want the court to set guidelines for what the federal government can do as it wages the war on terrorism here and abroad. If the court decides to take up the case, which is unlikely, the Bush administration could well face an uphill battle. Although the White House has maintained that it has broad power to hold combatants, some Supreme Court justices have been skeptical. Last month, Padilla’s lawyers asked the court to rule on the president’s power to seize and detain Americans without a trial. Most legal experts believed the court would agree to hear Padilla’s case next year, and that there was a good chance the Bush administration would lose. “This isn’t just about Padilla,” said Tim Lynch, a lawyer with the libertarian think tank Cato Institute. “The rights of all other Americans remain in limbo now.” Justices first reviewed Padilla’s case in 2004 but ruled that he had contested his detention in the wrong court. Some justices were clearly disturbed by the detention. Justice John Paul Stevens wrote, “At stake in this case is nothing less than the essence of a free society.” Padilla was one of three people who had been held as enemy combatants in a military prison in South Carolina. In addition to Padilla, Ali Saleh Kahlab al-Marri is in custody. He had been arrested in Peoria, Ill., three months after the Sept. 11 attacks on charges of credit card fraud. He is from the Persian Gulf nation of Qatar. The third detainee, Louisiana native Yaser Hamdi, was released last year after the government said he no longer posed a threat to the United States. The Supreme Court had rebuked the administration for locking up Hamdi without traditional legal rights. Hamdi’s case was different from that of Padilla because he was arrested overseas. Linda Malone, a professor at William & Mary School of Law, said the indictment against Padilla “does provide an out for the court if it wants to stay on the sidelines a little longer and see how this plays out.” The government argues that the case is now moot. The lawsuit deals with his “continued detention” and was filed against a military commander. Justice Department officials left open the possibility Padilla could be reclassified as an enemy combatant at some point. That’s what concerns Padilla’s lawyers and others who believe the government has overstepped its bounds: Without a legal precedent, what’s to stop the government from classifying Americans as enemy combatants and holding them until the case reaches the high court? AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREBlues bury Kings early with four first-period goals 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Eichin goes CG, hits walk-off in win

first_imgIt was Corbin Eichin’s game Friday night.With the game tied 1-1 in the bottom of the seventh inning the sophomore sent a deep shot to right field, giving Chase Fisher enough time to score from third base for a walk-off sac-fly RBI.And we haven’t even talked about Eichin’s complete-game three-hitter yet.For the second time this season the No. 1 seeded McKinleyville High baseball team narrowly beat No. 5 Fort Bragg, this time time doing so in the semifinal round of the North Coast Section …last_img read more