Judiciary panel fails to gain more specifics from Gonzales

first_imgGonzales at times expressed contrition for his mishandling of the dismissals, including his earlier misstatements about the process, but insisted he had acted correctly. “What I have concluded is that although the process was not as rigorous or as structured as it should have been, and while reasonable people might decide things differently, my decision to ask for the resignations of these U.S. attorneys was not based on improper reasons and therefore the decision should stand.” Several Democrats asked Gonzales about news reports on Thursday disclosing the dismissal of a ninth U.S. attorney, Todd P. Graves in Kansas City, Mo. Graves said in interviews that he had been forced out by Justice Department officials in March 2006. Gonzales denied that Graves was removed as part of the process supervised by his former chief of staff, D. Kyle Sampson, which resulted in the removal of eight other prosecutors. But Graves was dismissed after his name was placed on a Justice Department list in January 2006. It is not publicly known why Graves was asked to resign, but he had disagreed with a voting rights lawsuit that Justice Department officials wanted to bring in his district against the state of Missouri. Democrats viewed the lawsuit as a Republican effort to remove the poor and elderly from the voting rolls.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! “OK, in other words, you don’t know,” Conyers said. Gonzales signaled at the outset of the hearing that there would be few bombshells. He said that since he testified three weeks ago at a Senate hearing on the firings, “My feelings and recollections about this matter haven’t changed.” Rep. Linda Sanchez, a California Democrat who has led the House inquiry, expressed frustration over the inability of the Justice Department to fully explain the dismissals. She said that congressional investigators had interviewed most of the Justice Department officials involved, but added, “Not one has been able to recall or take responsibility for how and why these U.S. attorneys were added to the firing list.” Republicans on the House committee were more supportive of Gonzales than their counterparts in the Senate, where some Republicans were scathingly critical after his testimony to the Senate Judiciary Committee. Several House Republicans asked no questions about the firings, instead praising Gonzales’ performance or quizzing him on unrelated issues like illegal immigration, copyright policy, cyber crime and terrorism. WASHINGTON – House Democrats pressed Attorney General Alberto R. Gonzales at a hearing Thursday to provide specifics about why federal prosecutors were dismissed, but he stuck to his past assertions that, although ineptly handled, the dismissals were justified and appropriate. Democrats at the hearing of the House Judiciary Committee tried but failed to elicit greater clarity about the specific reasons for removing individual prosecutors. Gonzales offered little new information, testifying again that his role in the firings was limited. Rep. John Conyers, a Michigan Democrat and chairman of the panel, seemed to voice the frustration among Democrats over Gonzales’ testimony, saying, “Tell us, just tell us how the U.S. attorney termination list came to be, and who suggested putting most of these U.S. attorneys on the list and why.” Gonzales replied by repeating his assertion that the firing list represented “the consensus recommendation of the senior leadership of the department.” last_img read more

Manchester United must bid €100m to land midfield star, says Roma boss

first_img1 Roma coach Rudi Garcia has told Manchester United they will have to stump up at least €100million (£79million) if they want to sign Kevin Strootman.New Red Devils boss Louis van Gaal said on Friday he will monitor Strootman’s recovery from a serious knee injury before deciding whether to bid for the Holland and Roma midfielder.Garcia recently vowed that Strootman would remain at Roma this season, but just to make his point perfectly clear, he revealed a huge fee would be required for the Italian club to even consider letting the midfielder go.“What can I say about the rumours [about Strootman joining United]…” Garcia pondered with a smile after Roma’s 3-2 defeat to United on Saturday.“Maybe after a three-digit offer, then we will sit down and think about it.”Strootman, who Van Gaal knows well from his time as Holland manager, missed Saturday’s game in Denver as he is continuing his recovery from an anterior cruciate ligament injury he sustained in March.The 24-year-old is making good progress in his rehabilitation, according to his manager.“Kevin is following a normal recovery programme. He is fine. He will start running soon,” Garcia added. Kevin Strootman last_img read more

Piers Morgan’s Arsenal blueprint: ‘Wenger out, ditch second rate striker’

first_imgPiers Morgan returned for a second stint as co-host of talkSPORT’s Drivetime show on Thursday and, as usual, he wasn’t short of an opinion on his beloved Arsenal.The long-time Gunners’ season ticket holder claimed to know exactly why the club continues to fall short in major competitions and explained what needs to be done this summer to turn them into winners again.First, axe Arsene Wenger: “I certainly believe we need a change [of manager]. Randomly, I had a conversation with Mo Farah this morning [Thursday] and we were talking about Arsenal and what he said to me was: ‘I moved to America for the main body of my training because I knew it would give me an extra half a second of speed which would make the difference between coming third or fourth and winning’. We now know that worked and he has won. What I am talking about at Arsenal is moving from Wenger, who is certainly a great manager and has been great for Arsenal, to something that would give us that extra percentage that takes us from being the bridesmaid to the bride. If you put Diego Simeone or Jurgen Klopp into the Arsenal set-up they would get rid of the dead wood, they would buy the right gritty, tough players to go around all the dazzlingly skilful players we have, and we would be seriously competitive again. Until we get the right attitude among the players, then we are not going to compete with the big boys.”Second, ditch Olivier Giroud: “Giroud is a second-tier striker. Mesut Ozil is used to having [Karim] Benzema and [Cristiano] Ronaldo in front of him. He currently has lesser players, excluding Alexis Sanchez. Giroud is scoring goals at the moment and playing quite well, and is a good striker, but he is nowhere near the level of a Ronaldo, a [Lionel] Messi, a [Luis] Suarez, a Neymar. Ozil, who is a thoroughbred racehorse, is playing in the Grand National, not the Derby, and he needs players around him who can play at the Derby level that suit his style of football.”And, finally, be ruthless in the transfer market: “Arsenal have got to bring in a world class goalkeeper we have not had since the days of [Jens] Lehmann and [David] Seaman and at least two central defenders, who are top, top drawer. Up front we have got to have an absolute predator. If we want to win things, we have got to be brutal in our policy of signing world class players and making sure they have around them the type of players that will bring out the best in them.”last_img read more

How £56m ace reacted when watching Man United and Rooney

first_img 2 Man United beat Brugge 3-1 in the first leg of their Champions League play-off, with Memphis Depay taking the plaudits.Depay scored twice and created the other, however, a delightful back heel from Wayne Rooney to his Dutch team-mate saw Antoine Griezmann reach for his phone and tweet his amazement (below). 2 Antoine Griezmann enjoyed Wayne Rooney’s back heel Griezmann, who has been linked with Chelsea, has a £56m release clause at Atletico after scoring 22 goals in La Liga last season.Despite the great play, though, Depay was unable to score.VAN GAAL HAPPY WITH DEPAY BUT WARNS IT WILL DIFFICULT TO KEEP FORM UPHave a look at the goals here:last_img

WATCH: Matt Ritchie’s classy debut goal for Newcastle

first_img🎥 Matt Ritchie puts #NUFC in front against @bfcdublinhttps://t.co/OG7YtkWMew— Newcastle United FC (@NUFC) July 16, 2016 Newcastle are preparing for life back in the Championship, and have hit the transfer market hard in their search for immediate promotion back to the Premier League.Matz Sels, Dwight Gayle, Jesus Gamez and Isaac Hayden have all been brought to St James’ Park by Rafa Benitez, but most impressive has been the signing of Matt Ritchie from top flight side Bournemouth.A key player at Dean Court, Ritchie decided to drop down to the second tier after a strong, if inconsistent, debut season in the Premier League.There are doubts as to whether he has the quality for the first division, but there are no fears as to his ability in the Championship.In the Cherries’ promotion season of 2014/15, the 26-year-old winger scored 15 goals and registered 17 assists in 46 games, and he is sure to rival those numbers with the Magpies this term.And Ritchie is already showing off his talents to his new fans, scoring a lovely debut goal in Newcastle’s friendly win over Bohemians.You can watch the classy finish below, courtesy of the Magpies’ official Twitter account… Matt Ritchie scored against Bohemians of Ireland center_img 1last_img read more


first_imgThe all important Letterkenny local present for townies, The Letterkenny and District Christmas Annual on it 34th Edition pictured at it launch at the Community Centre this morning included from left are Horrace Friel, Liam O’Donnell, editor Jim Lynch, Loraine Mc Gettigan and Johnny Joe McCollum. Photo Brian McDaidYOU KNOW IT’S CHRISTMAS IN LETTERKENNY WHEN………! was last modified: December 9th, 2015 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)last_img read more

Chelsea youngsters help England U21s edge past Latvia

first_img Best clips, calls and talkSPORT moments of 2019, feat Hearn, McCoist and more 2 Every Championship club’s best signing of the decade, including Taarabt and Dack possible standings Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade silverware How the Premier League table could change after the Boxing Day fixtures Forbes list reveals how much Mayweather, Ronaldo and Messi earned this decade Latest Football News Dominic Solanke has a good chance to draw his side level almost immediately but he could not find the target.The visitors were able to get themselves level before the break, though, as Abraham bagged.The forward, on loan at Aston Villa, was in the right place to head home Mount’s fizzed cross at the near post for his eighth goal for the under-21s.England began to control the game and could have taken the lead on the hour but home goalkeeper Kristaps Zommers produced an impressive double save to to keep out Solanke and Abraham from close range. England’s most successful clubs of the past decade, according to trophies won 2 Mount, who is on loan at Derby from Chelsea, impressed on his international U21 debut Every current Premier League club’s best kit from the past decade impact REVEALED It was an impressive debut for Mount, who set up Abraham’s leveller and enhanced his growing reputation with a man-of-the-match display.Boothroyd will be hoping his side can book their place in Italy for next summer’s tournament with their final qualifiers against Andorra and Scotland next month.After being held to a 0-0 draw by second-placed Holland at Carrow Road last week, the Young Lions would have been keen to assert their authority early on.However, they made a poor start and fell behind in the 28th minute when Raivis Jurkovskis struck. highlights RANKED They eventually made their breakthrough with 17 minutes to go as Mount proved the hero.Some neat play on the edge of the area saw the ball end up with Solanke and he fed the Chelsea man, who is on loan at Derby, to fire in a composed finish across the face off goal.That proved decisive and England left with the points. MONEY Goals from Tammy Abraham and Mason Mount spared England an embarrassing result away to Latvia in their European Championship qualifier.Aidy Boothroyd’s men are top of Group Four after securing a 2-1 win in Jelgava. smart causal Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? Abraham levelled the game five minutes before the break last_img read more

Report on shooting of Donegal soldier in Lebannon identifies operation failings

first_imgMinister of State for Defence Paul Kehoe has formally apologised to the families of Private Hugh Doherty and Private Caomhan Seoighe following the tragic events in south Lebanon in 1981. An independent report was published today investigating the circumstances surrounding the death of Private Hugh Doherty from Co. Donegal (pictured above) and the disappearance of Private Caomhán Seoighe from the Aran Islands on 27 April 1981 while serving with the United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL).Private Doherty was shot dead at an observation post outside the village of Dyar Ntar, while his colleague Private Seoighe was abducted and believed to have been murdered. Retired High Court Judge, Mr. Roderick Murphy was appointed in January 2015 to conduct the independent review into the incident.Families of the young soldiers had been waiting three years for the report, which is now being published following consultation with the Attorney General’s office.Mr Justice Murphy conducted extensive archival searches and consulted with witnesses to compile the report, which  identifies a number of failings and shortcomings in the Defence Forces operation in UNIFIL at that time.The report also highlights the manner in which these two soldiers were deployed in an isolated location. This should never have happened, said Minister Kehoe. Minister Kehoe stated: “I accept the findings and recommendations contained in the report and I want to assure the families, friends and colleagues of these two young soldiers, that important lessons have been learnt for the future.“Errors that occurred at the time of the incident and, also, in the way the subsequent investigations were conducted and communicated, or indeed, not communicated, must never be repeated. In that regard, I am assured that many of the issues raised in the report have been addressed in the intervening years”.The Chief of Staff of the Defence Forces, Vice Admiral Mark Mellett stated “I can assure both families that the hard lessons the Defence Forces have learned from this tragic event continue to shape how we train and prepare our personnel for overseas service today and into the future”.In his report, Mr. Roderick Murphy acknowledged that he had received the fullest co-operation from the Department of Defence and the Defence Forces in the course of conducting his review.Copies of the report were provided to the Doherty and Seoighe families ahead of publication to allow them time to consider the findings. The Minister met both families in Galway last week, to give them a copy of the report, to go through the recommendations and hear the families concerns. Speaking in light of that meeting, the Minister said “I want to repeat my apology to both families for the pain and suffering they endured following the tragic loss of their loved ones and I would like to thank them for their patience and cooperation in the completion of this review. I would also like to appeal to the media to respect the privacy of both families following the publication of the report “.Report on shooting of Donegal soldier in Lebannon identifies operation failings was last modified: June 10th, 2018 by Staff WriterShare 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

Brighton fans on Twitter react to LuaLua’s QPR move

first_imgEmbed from Getty ImagesMany Brighton fans on Twitter hope that Kazenga LuaLua’s career with the Seagulls is not over after he completed a loan move to QPR.The 26-year-old winger first signed for Brighton in February 2010, initially on loan from Newcastle, before making a permanent switch in 2011 – making him the last continuous survivor from their days playing at the rented Withdean Stadium.That – plus his 185 appearances and 22 goals – are enough to grant him hero status in the eyes of some Albion supporters.gutted @kazenga30 is off to QPR #bhafc ⚪️🔵— Seb (@seb_samrah_) January 10, 2017Massive luck to @kazenga30 he was pivotal for our unbeaten run last season before his injury!still feel he has a big part to play at #bhafc— Steve Edmonds (@steve_edmonds83) January 10, 2017Hopefully @kazenga30 finishes the season strongly. Would like to see him back in a Brighton shirt to be honest! #bhafc 🔵⚪️— Kux (@DannyKux4) January 10, 2017@kazenga30 all the best Kazenga. One of my all time favourite Albion players. Hope you help Rangers take a few points from key teams! #bhafc— Owen Wilkinson (@wilka1983) January 10, 2017Hopefully not the last we see of Lualua. End of an era with as the last continuous player from the Withdean years. Fans favourite. #bhafc— Jon Robards (@JonRobards) January 10, 2017Good luck to Kazenga Lua Lua at #QPR I hope for him he can maintain fitness for more than a few games and make a real impact #bhafc— Shan Gambling (@shangambling) January 10, 2017LuaLua has found his path to the first team blocked by wingers Anthony Knockaert, Jamie Murphy, Jiri Skalak and Solly March, and some Brighton fans were non-plussed by his departure.not too fussed with LuaLua going on loan, getting some game-time will do him good. best move for all parties, good luck to him #bhafc— Cam Chapman (@CamChappers) January 10, 2017LuaLua should of went ages ago…#bhafc— Dan (@TheRedSeagull92) January 10, 2017LuaLua going on loan is perfect for everyone. He gets game time, they due to play our promotion rivals…Hope he makes an impact! #bhafc— Ken Major (@KenMajor83) January 10, 2017   Ads by Revcontent Trending Articles Urologists: Men, Forget the Blue Pill! This “Destroys” ED x ‘Genius Pill’ Used By Rich Americans Now Available In Netherlands! x Men, You Don’t Need the Blue Pill if You Do This x What She Did to Lose Weight Stuns Doctors: Do This Daily Before Bed! x One Cup of This (Before Bed) Burns Belly Fat Like Crazy! x Drink This Before Bed, Watch Your Body Fat Melt Like Crazy x Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

Healing Africa’s broken hearts

first_imgFreedom fighter Albertina Sisulu celebrated her91st birthday and the opening of the Sheika AlJalila House in Johannesburg. (Image: http://www.wspcc.org.za/.) MEDIA CONTACTS • Lee-Ann Poon Walter Sisulu Paediatric Cardiac Centre for Africa +27 11 208 5500 RELATED ARTICLES •Zuma: a more prosperous nation •SA heritage comes home •Booster for child health in SA •Mandela’s African tales fight AidsNosimilo Ndlovu Africa’s young hearts celebrated life with freedom fighter Albertina Sisulu, at both her 91st birthday party and the opening of the Sheika Al Jalila House in Johannesburg.Mama Sisulu, as she is affectionately known in South Africa, celebrated her birthday on 21 October with family and young heart patients from poor areas of Africa. These youngsters have received life saving heart operations at the Walter Sisulu Paediatric Cardiac Centre for Africa (WSPCCA) in Sunninghill, north of Johannesburg, where the celebrations were held.WSPCCA, based at Netcare’s Sunninghill Hospital, is a 16-bed paediatric cardiac intensive care unit established in 2003 by Dr Robin Kinsley, head of cardiothoracic surgery at the Netcare Sunninghill Hospital. Kinsley is South Africa’s most experienced paediatric cardiac surgeon.The centre’s highly qualified and experienced paediatric cardiac team carries out corrective surgical and interventional procedures on babies and children – giving hope to thousands of neonates, infants and children who would otherwise not survive.Princess Haya Al Hussein of Jordan, a global patron of the centre, was also there to celebrate with the Sisulu family and to officiate at the opening of the Sheikha Al Jalila House, named after her daughter.Princess Haya and Lungi Sisulu, son of the veteran couple, officially opened the house, which stands across the road from the Netcare Sunninghill Hospital. This facility, the princess’s gift to Mama Sisulu, will accommodate parents of children receiving heart operations at the centre.These families sometimes travel across vast regions of the African continent to seek life-saving medical treatment. In the past, parents stayed in rented accommodation paid for by the WSPCCA.Princess Haya saw the need for a home away from home and donated money to the project, and now parents can stay at the hospital with their children for as long as they like and then simply walk across the road to rest.Freedom stalwartFormer president Nelson Mandela congratulated his long-time friend and fellow ANC stalwart on her 91st birthday.Although Mandela was not able to attend Sisulu’s birthday party, he sent her a personal note in which he praised her achievements. The note was read out by the centre’s president Lungi Sisulu during the celebrations.“Be assured that your role in our country’s struggle for freedom and your impact on so many lives will never be forgotten,” wrote Mandela. “There are very few people in the world as old as we are now – reaching your 91st is a singular achievement and we celebrate with you.”Ongoing legacyAt the funeral of anti-apartheid activist Walter Sisulu in May 2003, Mandela gave a heartfelt speech in which he described Sisulu as a great South African and champion of the youth. Mandela added that such a man needed a true living memory – not a statue, which is a piece of cement, but an ongoing legacy.Dr Kinsley felt that there could be no better way to commemorate Walter Sisulu than by treating the sick children of Africa and sending them back to their countries to fulfil their potential as leaders of tomorrow.He approached the Sisulu family and met with daughter Lindiwe, who toured the facility at a time when 10 babies, each from a different African country, were admitted.The family agreed that it would be very appropriate for the facility to carry Walter Sisulu’s name, and Mama Sisulu expressed the desire that Nelson Mandela open the centre as a tribute to his late friend. On 7 November 2003 the Nobel peace laureate did just that, and has since become the centre’s patron.As a retired nurse Mama Sisulu is extremely supportive and visits the centre regularly. At her request, many of the little patients return for a check-up 6-9 months after their discharge.House of HopeAccording to the WSPCCA, South Africa sees about 5 000 babies born each year with serious holes in their heart walls, defective heart valves or other congenital heart defects.About 95% of these defects can be corrected through surgery. But because of financial constraints and a lack of resources, only about 20% of these children get the surgery they need. The remaining 80% die.In the US, 1 222 patients per million of the population have open-heart surgery. In Africa only 19 people in each million have the benefit of such procedures, with the majority of these operations being performed in South Africa.When measured as cost per added year of life, paediatric cardiac surgery is amongst the most cost-effective forms of medical treatment. Fewer than 30% of South African children and less than 1% of children throughout Africa are able to undergo these life-saving operations. The rest die, despite the fact that 95% of heart defects in babies and young children can be successfully treated.The WSPCCA came into being to address this inequality and to give hope to the cardiac children in both South Africa and Africa at large.last_img read more