Tony Becca: English FA had to punish Costa

first_img MAN AT WAR Today, in Jamaica, and as it is in the world, football is the most popular sport. It is almost everybody’s sport and, although it is not yet competitive on the international scene, it is the sport of the people. Today, football is considered the “beautiful game” all around the world. Football, however, is running the risk of not being the “beautiful game”, the sport that Matthews and company, Pele and company, Maradona and company, and Messi and company, with their swaying hips, the dip of a shoulder, their deft movements from side to side, their passing, their acceleration, and their accurate shots, turned into the “beautiful game” for all to enjoy. Nobby Styles of England attempted it in the World Cup of 1966. He roughed up Pele of Brazil so much that England’s victory will forever be marred by the memory of his assault, and particularly in the last World Cup in Brazil, Luis Suarez of Uruguay, Liverpool, and later Barcelona, was punished for violent, unprovoked, and unbecoming behaviour on the field, for conducts which are considered dangerous to opponents. Diego Costa, however, from Spain and Atletico Madrid and now of Chelsea, is gradually earning for himself a reputation, not as a striker with the skills as a footballer worthy of making defenders and goalkeepers, tremble in fear at the sight of him, but as Chelsea’s one and only hit man. Last year, in his first season with Chelsea, Costa, was welcomed, as much as possible, everywhere he played. His skills were amazing. He was quick, he controlled the ball nicely, and his shots to goal were accurate and deadly. He was strong, He stood his ground regardless. He was a team man. This season, however, he is like a changed player. He has been like a man who is unsure of himself. He plays the man instead of the ball. He goes to ground every time an opposing player passes close to him. In fact, many times, he seems to be trying to get himself fouled and, like almost every footballer these days, seeking the attention, and action, of the referee. Last week Saturday, he was a man apparently obsessed, or possessed. He seemed intent on getting someone from the opposing team sent off, and he did succeed. The match against Arsenal was a fairly rough one, and in one play, Costa and Laurent Koscielny went up for the ball, Costa had both hands all over the face of the Arsenal defender, his left hand attacking his neck, and then he chested him to the ground before the referee, Mike Dean, got involved. By that time, Gabriel Paulista of Arsenal also got involved. He and Costa had a scuffle. After they were parted, the referee had a talk with them and the play was restarted. Costa continued his antics, however. He baited Gabriel and got Gabriel to back-kick him as he close-marked him. Costa then gesticulated and pointed to the referee, and the referee came over and showed Gabriel the dreaded red card. Gabriel deserved the card for getting involved and for retaliating. That is the way of football. It seemed strange, however, that Costa, the man who started it all, the man who chested Koscielny to the ground, and the man who kept seeking the attention and the interference of the referee, got away scot-free. Once upon a time, when I was boy and cricket was king in Jamaica, football was a distant second, or third, probably behind track and field, in the pecking order. Those were the days of Stan Matthews, Alfredo Di StÈfano, and Ferenc Pusk·s, before the days of Pele, George Best, Johan Cruyff, and Franz Beckenbauer, and also before those of Diego Maradona, Lionel Messi, and Cristiano Ronaldo, the maestros who transformed the once “ugly game” into “the beautiful game”. Those were the days, in Jamaica, also before the coming of men like Leighton Duncan and Winston Chung, who, in the 1960s, founded Cavalier and Santos, before the days of Neville Glanville and Russell Bell, who championed community football in Jamaica and got rid of club football, and before the days which saw the formation of teams like Elletson Flats, Duhaney Park, Rollington Town, Bull Bay, and the now forgotten House of Dread, which lasted for one season. Those were the days also of Reno, Wadadah, and Violet Kickers, Black Stars, Port Morant United, and a host of others that sprung up all over the country. There were also men like Jackie Bell and Dennis Ziadie, who, like Duncan, dreamed of Jamaica’s participation in the World Cup of football, who believed in the Brazilian way of playing football. Jackie Bell and Ziadie, like Duncan, had many “fights” with Glanville and Russell Bell over their respective ideologies of the structure of football. Jackie Bell and Ziadie died in a motor vehicle accident in Mexico in 1986, minutes after watching their beloved Brazil in action in the World Cup finals. MOST POPULAR SPORT Costa, who looked like a man in a war instead of a football match, who looked ready to take on anyone who came in his way, never did anything worthwhile on the football pitch. It seemed as if it was his job to get under his opponents’ skin and nothing else. Although it does not help Arsenal, who went on to lose 2-0, the Football Association (FA) has rescinded the three-match ban on Gabriel and it has issued a three-match on Costa instead. That is good. Costa deserves the FA’s attention, especially after all the referees seemed unconcerned all season, and especially that Mike Dean, on Saturday, appeared to turn a blind eye on Costa and his shenanigans. Regardless of what Costa, and Chelsea’s JosÈ Mourinho, had to say about the FA’s intervention, if this had gone unpunished, if such behaviour had been allowed to continue happening and nothing was done about it, the football pitches around the world were destined to become like war zones. Costa had no right to do what he did, and he must not be allowed to undo what Matthews, Pele, Maradona (even with his “hand-of-God” behaviour), Messi, and Ronaldo have done for football, now recognised the world over as “the beautiful game”. The FA has shown that it has some teeth. As far as I know, however, Mike Dean is not blind. His faculties all are intact, and he should share the blame. He also should answer to the FA for attempting to destroy “the beautiful game”.last_img read more

Religion that united our people is now being used to divide the country as…

first_imgDear Editor,Despite all our turbulent political history since independence, our coexistence has been facilitated mainly through respect and appreciation for every religion practiced in the country. A few days ago, most Guyanese celebrated Christmas.Our religious beliefs did not prevent non-Christians from celebrating this auspicious period in the Christian calendar. At Easter, regardless of our religious background, we also celebrate this important Christian holiday with equal zeal.Non-Hindus celebrate significant Hindu holidays such as Diwali (festival of lights) and Holi (festival of colours), and almost everyone participates in Muslim holidays. I cannot recall Guyanese ever going out of their way to obstruct the celebration of any religious event or publicly attacking another because of religion.By celebrating each other’s religion, we have been able to coexist in relative peace. Based on my experience and anecdotal evidence, religion has united us more than any other thing in this country. Since we live in a world where religion has divided people, we can consider ourselves unique.Today, I see religion being used by politicians to separate our people. It must be the first time this experiment is being carried out in our country that has suffered tremendously because of political and racial division. This development is exceptionally worrisome since it can only compound the ethnic problem we have to battle with daily and during elections.On one extreme, we have prominent politicians making public remarks cloaked in religious sentiments. On the other extreme of the continuum, so-called academics are coming out to invoke ethnic fears by demonising certain religious groups. Kean Gibson, as is customary during election season, is once again on another adventure to attack Hinduism. All of this is taking place while political parties, campaigning under some religious banner, are being established to contest the next elections.These developments are dangerous. We have seen what religious intolerance has done in other parts of the world. I don’t think it is something that would benefit anyone in this country, except a small group of politicians who failed this country over the past four-plus years.They don’t have any track record to boast or any plan to take this country forward and have, therefore, opted for the ‘divide and rule strategy.’ If, as Guyanese, we wish to achieve our motto, “one people, one nation, one destiny,” then we must reject this group of charlatans.Failure to rebuke these charlatans will make us active participants in the dangerous quest to divide the country along religious lines. Also remember Matthew 7:21 “Not everyone who says to Me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven”.Sincerely,Sukrishnalall Pashalast_img read more

ERC’s probe into GECOM’s hiring practices stalled

first_imgAt a time when the country’s elections body is expected to employ more staff for the imminent General and Regional Elections, concerns about its hiring practices still linger as the Ethnic Relations Commission’s investigation at the Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM) is yet to be completed.ERC Chairman, Dr John SmithAccording to ERC Chairman, Dr John Smith, while the probe was expected to be wrapped up since last year, this was not done.“We out-sourced the investigators… [But] they needed some more time and I gave them the time… No [I can’t say how long more they need], but the report has to come back to the Commissioners and then we will inform the public,” Dr Smith told Guyana Times on Wednesday.Retired Justice Stanley Moore, who had served as Home Affairs Minister under late President LFS Burnham during the People’s National Congress (PNC) regime, along with former Deputy Commissioner of Police Lloyd Smith and human resources consultant Jairam Petam, was recruited to inquire into claims made by People’s Progressive Party/Civic (PPP/C) GECOM Commissioners Bibi Shadick, Sase Gunraj and Robeson Benn, that there was an ethnic imbalance at the elections body and hiring practices were being manipulated in favour of one group.The team was supposed to complete the probe in three weeks during October. However, the time was extended as the probe widened and to date, there has been no indication as to when it would be concluded.“I can’t say exactly in terms of timing [when the report will be available]… There is not really [any revised deadline], because they encountered some difficulties and that stalled the whole investigation and getting out the report,” the ERC Chairman stated.When asked about the difficulties that are delaying the investigation, Dr Smith opted not to go into detail, telling this publication that they would be known when the report was completed.Last year, the Elections Commission was embroiled in controversy after it was alleged former Deputy Chief Elections Officer Vishnu Persaud was overlooked for the position because of his ethnicity despite him being the top ranked candidate.The Commission went ahead and hired the second-ranked candidate Roxanne Meyers, after GECOM Chairman, Retired Justice James Patterson broke the deadlock and voted in favour of her.Since then, there have been allegations that candidates applying for posts at GECOM were being rejected and accepted based on their ethnicity and political alignment.After these claims were made, the ERC had scheduled a meeting with Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo, where the matters were raised. The ERC also met with President David Granger at that time.At a press conference prior to the probe, the GECOM Chairman had said that qualifications ultimately trumped race when filling vacancies. When asked whether deliberate efforts to achieve racial diversity were being made, Patterson had contended that deliberate efforts were being made to get the best people and that he had “no apologies” for that.The ERC is a constitutional body. It works with persons and agencies to promote harmonious ethnic relations. The Commission also deals with complaints, promotes training in racial harmony, and fosters a sense of security, among all ethnic groups.Meanwhile, the PPP/C Commissioners had also registered complaints of Chairman Patterson using his post to muzzle them on the issue of hiring practices. During a statutory meeting, Commissioner Benn had highlighted issues regarding the ethnic composition of the workforce at the GECOM Secretariat, having pointed out that the perception was that the vast majority of the staff of the Commission were persons of one ethnicity.The PPP/C Commissioners had said that the Chairman prevented Benn from further defending his position and when challenged, adjourned the meeting for over half an hour.Their allegations followed by an earlier statement by executive member of the PPP, Dr Roger Luncheon who made allegations against GECOM on the same issue.last_img read more

As city’s legal fees rise, confusion persists

first_imgROSEMEAD – The decision to hire two law firms for municipal work is proving costly and confusing, city officials said. The law firm Garcia, Calderon and Ruiz was hired in April to take over as the city’s and redevelopment agency’s attorney. But half of the firm’s work was taken away in September when Burke, Williams and Sorensen was hired to represent the redevelopment agency. City officials said the move would help reduce attorney’s fees. But since then, attorney’s bills are higher than in past years, and officials can’t agree on how to divvy up the responsibilities. “As of today, there still needs to be more clarification,” Mayor John Tran said. “I’ve been disappointed in the billing and the performance,” Clark said referring to Garcia’s firm. In the meantime, the city is also paying its former law firm, Wallin, Cress, Reisman and Kranitz, for several cases it is handling. During six months, the firm has charged nearly $30,000, including $1,862 a month for health insurance. City Manager Oliver Chi said the council has addressed ways to control Garcia’s attorney’s fees, and they are beginning to see the effects now. “We are at a better place today at our legal costs than several months ago,” he said. Garcia’s high bills prompted the city to place a cap on his contract, limiting him to $30,000 a month. “I am satisfied with the type of work and legal advice that his firm has provided,” Tran said. Rosemead has budgeted legal fees at $265,000 for the 2007-08 fiscal year, and Chi expects the fees to exceed the budget. “It falls in line with what we have already set aside for what we’ve budgeted,” Tran said. “We took action to decrease our legal bills, and I think that it is working.” (626) 962-8811, Ext. 2477160Want 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 KingsConfusion remains on whether Garcia’s firm will be representing the Planning Commission or if that duty should be passed on to Burke, Williams and Sorensen. The City Council on Tuesday requested to review both firms’ contracts and to discuss it at a future meeting. The Planning Commission handles issues related to land use, and Burke, Williams and Sorensen was hired to represent the city on those matters. But Garcia’s firm is still representing the commission. Councilwoman Margaret Clark is concerned the city is being overcharged by Garcia’s firm. City Attorney Bonifacio Garcia has charged the city nearly $164,000 for five months of work, including an August bill for $17,622, and a May bill for $56,440. Burke, Williams and Sorensen charged $5,612 for the month of September. last_img read more

Rooted in the past

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREBasketball roundup: Sierra Canyon, Birmingham set to face off in tournament quarterfinalsAs the immigration debate roils the nation and Congress considers a guest-worker program, the Smithsonian National Museum of American History has embarked on an oral history project documenting the legacy of the country’s last guest-worker program. “This project is significant at this time given that Los Angeles and the nation at large is looking back at history to inform the livelihoods of people in this country and how it will affect its future,” said Lui Sanchez, program director at La Plaza de Cultura y Artes, a partner in the project. The U.S. and Mexican governments administered the bracero program from 1942-64, funneling Mexican workers into low-paying agriculture jobs in California and the Southwest and, some say, laying the foundation for the current immigration debate. The Smithsonian and its partners – including the University of Southern California – say their efforts are merely a historical account. But others say the migration of farmworkers and their treatment as braceros should be studied by lawmakers now weighing guest-worker proposals. The Smithsonian’s survey of workers – many now in their 80s – also has revealed how lives changed for the people in villages in Mexico and the men they sent to the United States, in both big and small ways. Aurelio Marin still prays to the Virgen de Guadalupe – just like he did four decades earlier when he sought strength to get through backbreaking days in the fields and long nights in a dingy worker camp. The nearly two years he spent as a bracero – a Mexican guest worker – altered his life and that of his family. Now, historians hope the experiences of Marin and others like him will become a permanent part of America’s history. “Sure, we were abused, but that is always going to happen,” said Marin, 64. “We worked hard for little pay. But I knew that it was going to be difficult.” An estimated 4.5 million braceros – men who work with their arms, or brazos – came through the program. The men, mostly from rural areas, were promised a prevailing wage and a bonus for returning to Mexico. Nobody has exact records, but it’s estimated that half stayed in the U.S. – only some, like Marin, legally. Others, like Pedro Covarrubias-Lopez, returned to their native county. But the short time in the United States shaped their families for generations. Covarrubias-Lopez came from Carranza, Jalisco, to Bakersfield in 1958 to pick beans and corn but wound up working in the bracero bunkhouse as a handyman. For the first time, he saw a machine that made tortillas, and when he returned to Mexico, he opened up the town’s first tortillera. “I was so happy to be here,” said Covarrubias-Lopez, 77. “The first week I bought records, a radio, nice clothes, everything. We didn’t have things like that in my puebla.” When he returned to his native country, he spoke with adoration about the United States and its opportunities. Influenced by their father’s stories, three of his seven children came to California as teenagers, all either working with or building machines to make tortillas. Covarrubias-Lopez returned in 2002 to live with his daughters in Sylmar. His experience mirrored those of many of the braceros, young farmworkers who came from dire poverty and became entranced with America. Some abandoned the three- to 18-month contracts they had with ranchers and went off on their own. Others complained of wages never paid or getting kicked off the land after seasonal jobs ended. Some gambled away their earnings. Others – often with little education – could not make ends meet after paying for boarding and clothes. Many returned to their native countries bitter over the forced medical exams and humiliation they faced in the fields. Braceros sprayed with toxic pesticides at border entry points often fell sick. In the end, most never recovered the 10 percent of their salaries that had been promised to them by the Mexican and American governments. “It was very sad because some people lost their hope, their money,” said Marin, whose father also worked as a bracero. Marin’s father worked in the U.S. from 1957-59, earning enough money to buy a small ranch in Mexico where he and his seven children grew corn and beans and raised cows. Impressed by his father’s success, Marin saved for months so he could pay the $1,000 fee to become a bracero himself. He was 19 when he arrived in Nogales, Ariz., scared and alone. In 1961-62, he traveled back and forth from Mexico and around the American Southwest, picking lettuce, tomatoes and almonds. Nights in the work camps were noisy, with lonely men drinking, listening to the radio or crying themselves to sleep. But Marin prayed, covering his ears with pillows and asking the Virgin Mary for strength. He endured the hardships and eventually got out of the fields, working in a cannery and an automobile factory. He also worked to help each of his five children receive a college degree – something he never got. Looking back on his life, Marin has no regrets and repeats a refrain heard among many immigrant families. “I thought this would be a better place to raise a family.” (818) 713-3741160Want 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


first_imgIT has been a superb weekend for Donegal athletes at the National Indoor Championships in Athlone.Mark English with a blistering last 200 metres won the national indoor 800m title this afternoon in 1.48.44 holding off the challenge of his Letterkenny AC clubmate Darren Mc Brearty.Mary Mc Loone,  Tirconnail AC took the triple title @12-58 m having gained a silver in the long jump yesterday. And Ann Marie McGlynn from Lifford Atheltic Club took silver in 3,000mThere was a huge crowd for the event – many attracted by Fionnuala Britton who turned on the style in confident victory in the final of the women’s 1500m.In the final of the men’s 1500m John Coghlan, son of World Championship gold medallist Eamonn, took the gold in a time of 3:47.43.  ******** – Donegal’s No1 News & Sports Website – more than 30,000 Visitors Every DayFollow the leader on: IT’S RAINING MEDALS FOR DONEGAL ATHLETES AT NATIONAL INDOOR CHAMPIONSHIPS was last modified: February 18th, 2013 by BrendaShare 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:IT’S RAINING MEDALS FOR DONEGAL ATHLETES AT NATIONAL INDOOR CHAMPIONSHIPSlast_img read more

Cheney aide indicted

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! WASHINGTON – Vice President Dick Cheney’s chief of staff resigned Friday after he was indicted on charges of obstructing a grand jury investigation and lying about his actions that blew the CIA cover of an Iraq war critic’s wife. I. Lewis “Scooter” Libby became the first high-ranking White House official in decades to be criminally charged while still in office. A second key figure in the two-year CIA leak investigation, presidential strategist Karl Rove, was spared from criminal charges for the time being. Libby wasn’t indicted specifically for the leak, but special prosecutor Patrick Fitzgerald left little doubt that he believed Cheney’s top aide learned Valerie Plame’s classified identity from the CIA, State Department and his own boss and then revealed it to reporters. “It’s important that a CIA officer’s identity be protected, that it be protected not just for the officer, but for the nation’s security,” the prosecutor said. “Mr. Libby was the first official known to have told a reporter.” Though Cheney was one of the top government officials to tell Libby about Plame’s secret work for the CIA before it was leaked to reporters, Fitzgerald said there was nothing wrong with that contact. “We make no allegation that the vice president committed any criminal act,” he said. Libby promised to challenge the charges vigorously and said he was “confident that at the end of this process, I will be completely and totally exonerated.” The 22-page indictment was the latest blow in one of the darkest weeks of the Bush presidency, which also saw the 2,000th U.S. military death in Iraq and the embarrassing withdrawal of Harriet Miers as Bush’s Supreme Court nominee. Bush, whose approval rating is near the lowest point of his presidency, praised Libby’s years of government service but acknowledged the “ongoing legal proceedings are serious.” “In our system, each individual is presumed innocent and entitled to due process and a fair trial,” the president said. Fitzgerald’s investigation is nearing an end, and the grand jury he used for the past two years expired Friday. But he said, “It’s not over,” declining to address Rove’s fate. The prosecutor is still weighing whether to charge Bush’s closest adviser with false statements, lawyers said. Friday’s charges stemmed from a two-year investigation into whether Rove, Libby or any other administration officials knowingly revealed Plame’s identity in summer 2003 to punish her husband, Joseph Wilson, for his criticism of the Bush administration’s use of prewar intelligence on Iraq. In the end, like so many other Washington scandals, prosecutors zeroed in on an alleged cover-up. Libby, 55, was charged with five felonies alleging obstruction of justice, perjury to a grand jury and making false statements to FBI agents. If convicted, he could face a maximum of 30 years in prison and $1.25 million in fines. Fitzgerald suggested that proving Libby lied to the grand jury would be an easier case to make than showing he intentionally revealed a secret officer’s cover. Specifically, the prosecutors alleged that Libby concocted a false story that he got Plame’s name from reporters and passed it on to others when in fact he got the information from classified sources. “Mr. Libby’s story that he was at the tail end of a chain of phone calls, passing on from one reporter what he heard from another, was not true. It was false,” the prosecutor said. “And he lied about it afterward, under oath, repeatedly.” Unlike figures in past scandals who resigned before they were criminally charged, Libby waited until moments after Friday’s indictment before stepping down. He became the highest- ranking White House official to resign under indictment in the three decades since Vice President Spiro Agnew stepped down over a criminal case during the Watergate era. Cheney said he accepted the resignation with regret because Libby is “one of the most capable and talented individuals I have ever known.” The closest to bright news Friday for the White House was word from Rove’s attorney that the presidential confidant was not being indicted along with Libby. Fitzgerald has been looking for weeks at whether Rove gave false testimony during his four grand jury appearances. Rove’s lawyer recently waged a furious effort to convince the prosecutor that any misstatements were unintentional or were corrected. “The special counsel has advised Mr. Rove that he has made no decision about whether or not to bring charges,” attorney Robert Luskin said. “We are confident that when the special counsel finishes his work, he will conclude that Mr. Rove has done nothing wrong.” Prosecutors identified Rove in the Libby indictment only as “Official A,” recounting a conversation he had with Libby about Plame and Wilson in the days just before the CIA operative’s identity was revealed. The mention could make Rove a witness at any Libby trial. Libby’s indictment paves the way for a trial that could renew attention on the faulty rationale the administration used for going to war against Iraq – the erroneous assertion that Saddam Hussein possessed weapons of mass destruction. Libby is considered Cheney’s alter ego, a chief architect of the war with Iraq. A trial would give the public a rare glimpse into Cheney’s influential role in the West Wing and his behind-the-scenes lobbying for the war. The vice president, who prizes secrecy, could be called as a witness. Democrats suggested the indictment was just the tip of the iceberg. Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., said the case was “about how the Bush White House manufactured and manipulated intelligence in order to bolster its case for the war in Iraq and to discredit anyone who dared to challenge the president.” Hoping to contain the damage, some Republicans distanced themselves from Libby. Others said the legal system should run its course. “It’s time to stop the leaks and spin and turn Washington into one big recovery meeting where people say what they mean and mean what they say,” said Rep. Jim Ramstad, R-Minn. Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist, R-Tenn., said through a spokesman that the Senate won’t investigate the CIA leak. Bush ordered U.S. troops to war in March 2003, saying Saddam’s weapons of mass destruction program posed a grave and immediate threat to the United States. When no such weapons were found, the administration came under increased criticism for using faulty intelligence to make its case for war. It was during the height of that debate that Plame’s identity as a covert CIA officer was leaked in July 2003. Her name was published just a little over a week after her husband, a former ambassador, wrote a newspaper opinion piece suggesting the administration had twisted prewar intelligence, and describing how he had gone to Africa in 2002 to check on claims Saddam had tried to buy nuclear materials. Wilson couldn’t validate the uranium claim but Bush later used it anyway. Wilson alleged that the leak of his wife’s name was retaliation for his criticism, and he said Friday, “When an indictment is delivered to the front door of the White House, the office of the president is defiled.” The indictment alleges Libby began digging for details about Wilson well before the former ambassador went public July 6, 2003. Libby made his first inquiries about Wilson’s travel to Niger in late May 2003, and by June 11, Libby was told by a CIA official that Wilson’s wife worked for the agency and might have sent him on the trip. Libby also heard it from Undersecretary of State Marc Grossman, the indictment said. On June 12, 2003, the indictment alleged, Libby heard directly from Cheney that Plame worked for the spy agency. “Libby was advised by the vice president of the United States that Wilson’s wife worked at the CIA in the counterproliferation division. Libby understood that the vice president had learned this information from the CIA,” Fitzgerald said. A short time later, the indictment said, Libby began spreading information to reporters, starting with The New York Times’ Judith Miller on June 23. The indictment said a substantial number of people in the White House knew about Plame’s CIA status before the publication of Robert Novak’s column on July 14, 2003 – the first public mention – including former White House press secretary Ari Fleischer, who was mentioned by title but not by name in the legal filing. Among the false statements Libby is accused of making is that he learned of Plame’s identity from NBC reporter Tim Russert. In fact, Fitzgerald said, Libby knew it long before that conversation and Russert didn’t even discuss it with him. One of the dramatic parts of the two-year investigation was Fitzgerald’s successful attempt – which reached all the way to the Supreme Court – to force several reporters to reveal their confidential sources. Miller, in fact, spent 85 days in jail before agreeing to testify. Fitzgerald said Friday he wasn’t spoiling for a “First Amendment showdown” with the news media but believed reporters were essential witnesses in this case. “I do not think that a reporter should be subpoenaed anything close to routinely. It should be an extraordinary case,” he said. “But if you’re dealing with a crime – and what’s different here is the transaction is between a person and a reporter – they’re the eyewitness to the crime.”last_img read more

Were Dinosaurs Cold-Blooded?

first_imgA paper in Science1 shows that at least one dinosaur species came in large and small forms.  Martin Sander and Nicole Klein studied fibrolammelar bone on plateosaurs (a heavy two-legged dinosaur with an elephant-like body and long neck), and found that the growth rates were poorly correlated with body size.  Some plateosaurs were full-grown at five meters, others at twice as big.  It suggests that the creatures were dependent on environmental factors for warmth.  This calls into question the conventional wisdom, held for 20 years, that dinosaurs were warm-blooded, because most warm-blooded creatures grow steadily to their adult size (see the BBC News and National Geographic News).    This find also suggests that the earliest dinosaurs were not the two-legged fast-running kind, but the four-legged, lumbering kind.  Sander calls this a paradigm shift: “The idea that it [the earliest dinosaur] walked on two legs has been pretty much dogma for the last 20 years.”    The paper also calls into question some assumptions about dinosaur evolution.  “Since the common reptilian ancestor of the dinosaurs, and their closest relatives, the pterosaurs, or flying reptiles, was believed to have been warm-blooded,” the BBC News article states, “the [University of] Bonn discovery could throw ideas about their evolution into disarray.”  To salvage the idea of warm-blooded dinosaurs, some are seriously suggesting warm-bloodedness evolved multiple times: “My hunch right now is that maybe there was repeated evolution of warm-bloodedness,” Martin Sander told BBC News.  If so, warm-bloodedness was not inherited from a common ancestor.    Carolyn Gramling, commenting on this paper in the same issue of Science,2 quoted Thomas Holtz (U of Maryland) remarking about how little we still know about early dinosaur evolution.  “There has been the tendency to infer that features found in all advanced dinosaurs were found in all of their ancestors,” he said.  “This emphasizes the importance of tree-based thinking.  We have to look at as many branches of the evolutionary tree to get as big a picture as possible.”1P. Martin Sander and Nicole Klein, “Developmental Plasticity in the Life History of a Prosauropod Dinosaur,” Science 16 December 2005: Vol. 310. no. 5755, pp. 1800 – 1802, DOI: 10.1126/science.1120125.For more on tree-thinking, see the 11/14/2005 story.  Tree thinking is an escape into the briar patch (11/26/2005) where Darwinists can hide from scrutiny within the tangled web of varying interpretations.    Warm-bloodedness is not just a trait; it is a complex suite of traits involving fine-tuning of the circulatory system, the developmental system, the respiratory system, the nervous system, the skin – basically, of the whole animal.  When evolutionists want to take such an improbable event (in evolutionary terms) and multiply it several times just to keep their common-ancestry belief intact, it becomes evidence once again that evolution is a theory in crisis.(Visited 11 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

Policeman suffers cardiac arrest during promotion test, dies

first_imgA police officer died on Thursday after suffering a cardiac arrest during a promotion test at the Rajasthan Police Academy.Hemant Koli (38), a sub inspector who posted at Udaipur, attended a two—month course for promotion to the rank of inspector.The course was completed on Tuesday and a final test was being conducted by the board today when the incident occurred, RPA Director Rajiv Dasot told PTI.The officer participated in different activities like running, TT and yoga and collapsed during the breakfast break.He was rushed to Kanwatia Hospital in Shastri nagar where he was declared dead.“The cause of the death is cardiac arrest,” Dasot said.The officer said that his family members have been informed. .last_img

‘Superteams’ rise to challenge Warriors for crown

first_imgThe superteams will be tested on opening night with Boston visiting Cleveland and Houston at Golden State. Oklahoma City will open Thursday at home against New York, Anthony’s former club.’James says that despite potential issues with 2011 MVP Rose, 2006 MVP Wade, himself, Love, Crowder and teammates relegated to reserve duties, the Cavaliers will come together and again be a championship threat.“At the end of the day when guys sign here and wanted to come here, we all know what we’re here for,” James said. “So there’s no ego. The only ego is bring your game, which these guys know how to do. We all have a common goal, so none of that other stuff matters.” View comments “Just because you compile a team of superstars don’t mean it’s going to work, because it’s a lot of ego,” Green told GQ magazine.”And we just happen to have a perfect group to where it works.”Las Vegas oddsmakers agree. The Warriors are a runaway favorite to repeat as champion at about 2-1 with Cleveland next at 4-1 ahead of Boston at 10-1 with Houston and San Antonio at 15-1 just ahead of Oklahoma City at 16-1. ‘They don’t stand a chance’ It’s the NBA version of a nuclear arms race, complete with a fistful of teams stockpiling top talent and legend Michael Jordan, a six-time NBA champion with Chicago who owns the Charlotte Hornets, warning of mutually assured destruction.ADVERTISEMENT “I think it’s going to hurt the overall aspect of the league from a competitive standpoint,” Jordan told Cigar Aficionado magazine.“You’re going to have one or two teams that are going to be great, and another 28 teams that are going to be garbage. Or they’re going to have a tough time surviving in the business environment.”In the wake of a heartbreaking seventh-game loss to Cleveland in the 2016 NBA Finals after a record 73-9 season, the Warriors recruited Durant, the former MVP who opted out of Oklahoma City. They rolled through the playoffs with a 16-1 record.It’s a follow-on to the escalation James helped spark in 2010 when he left Cleveland for Miami to join Wade and Chris Bosh in a “Big Three” that reached four NBA Finals in a row, winning in 2012 and 2013.When he returned to the Cavaliers in 2014, he matched up with Irving and added Kevin Love for a new “Big Three” and now such trios abound.“It’s pretty… sick to see how everybody is just in a … panic about what to do,” Green told GQ. “That’s the fun part about it — they know they don’t stand a chance.”Green said the Warriors were inspired by Houston Rockets general manager Daryl Morey’s comments after last June’s NBA Finals, when he said the Warriors “are not unbeatable. There have been bigger upsets in sports history. We are going to keep improving our roster. We’re used to long odds. If Golden State makes the odds longer, we might up our risk profile and get even more aggressive. We have something up our sleeves.”That proved to be pairing Paul and Harden, two of the NBA’s best, in the Houston backcourt.“They are really trying to rethink their whole strategy,” Green told GQ. ‘Only ego is bring your game’  Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. 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