Five things we learned from the Community Shield

first_imgFoden shows his potentialManchester City’s Phil Foden showed his potential against Chelsea © AFP / Glyn KIRKHailed as the ‘Stockport Iniesta’ for the way his smooth passing conjures memories of Barcelona great Andres Iniesta, Phil Foden’s composed display suggested the Manchester City midfielder could live up to the hype. Already tipped for stardom after inspiring England to Under-17 World Cup glory, the 18-year-old played 10 times for City last season, but this term promises to be his breakthrough year. City boss Pep Guardiola believes Foden is now mature enough to cope with the demands of the Premier League and, having already labelled him a “gift” to the club, the Spaniard gave him a start against Chelsea. Foden responded with a performance that belied his tender years, highlighted by an incisive run and pass that set up Sergio Aguero’s opener.Jorginho misfiresChelsea’s Italian midfielder Jorginho struggled at Wembley © AFP / Glyn KIRKBilled as the pivot who would provide the foundation for Maurizio Sarri’s attacking gameplan, Italy midfielder Jorginho was completely out of sorts in his introduction to English football. Jorginho reportedly snubbed City to follow his Napoli boss Sarri to Stamford Bridge in a £57 million ($74 million, 64 million euros) deal. It’s too soon to say Guardiola had a lucky escape, but Jorginho didn’t earn many admirers among his new club’s fans with a sloppy display. The match was barely minutes old before he had twice surrendered possession in careless areas. And when Foden set up Aguero’s first goal, it was with a burst through an area left untended by Jorginho. He was only a little better as the match wore on and Sarri must hope it was just a case of first night nerves.Red-hot Aguero heats upManchester City’s Sergio Aguero celebrates after scoring their second goal against Chelsea © AFP / Ian KINGTONAguero has played a key role in all of City’s Premier League title triumphs and last season was no different as the Argentina striker became the club’s record goal-scorer en route to the trophy. Winning over Guardiola was arguably Aguero’s greatest achievement however as the Spaniard had doubts about his ability to fit into a style of play that demands mobile forwards. That initial concern has been banished by Aguero’s relentless appetite for goals and he became the first player in City’s history to score 200 times for the club when he opened the scoring in the 13th minute against Chelsea. It was a typically predatory finish and he netted again after the interval, prompting Guardiola to salute his star’s sharpness at a stage of the season when many of his peers are still rusty.‘Sarri-ball’ a work in progressChelsea boss Maurizio Sarri tries to get his message across © AFP / Ian KINGTONOnly three weeks into his reign, Sarri cut the kind of frustrated figure that was familiar to Chelsea fans who grew used to Antonio Conte’s touchline anguish when results went bad last season. Hired as an antidote to the acerbic Conte, former Napoli boss Sarri admits Chelsea are under-cooked following a hectic pre-season that has left him with little time to drill his players in the attacking philosophy that made his time in Italy so entertaining. Having changed Chelsea’s formation to a 4-3-3 system after Conte used a 3-4-2-1 plan, Sarri needs to work on a defence that looked completely disorganised, while also improving communication in midfield and reinvigorating moribund striker Alvaro Morata. Having Eden Hazard back after his post-World Cup break will be a major boost.Slick City back in the grooveManchester City manager Pep Guardiola was in command at Wembley © AFP / Ian KINGTONAfter their record-breaking title triumph last term, City showed they are still hungry as they seek to become the first team since Manchester United in 2009 to retain the crown. Amassing more points, wins and goals than any other Premier League team set sky-high standards at Eastlands. But with driven boss Guardiola at the helm, they seem certain to be back among the silverware this term. Winning is still a joy for Guardiola and his players, and despite a lack of fitness and practice time since the World Cup, the way they tore into Chelsea was ominous for their title rivals.0Shares0000(Visited 2 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Manchester City’s Sergio Aguero celebrates after scoring their second goal against ChelseaLONDON, United Kingdom, Aug 5 – Manchester City cruised to an impressive 2-0 win over Chelsea in the Community Shield at Wembley on Sunday.Here AFP Sport looks at five things we learned from the annual curtain raiser to the English top-flight season:last_img read more

The week of ill winds

first_imgBy Saturday, more than a half-million acres would be gone, 1,700 homes destroyed, with the damage surpassing $1billion. Stunned homeowners who just last weekend were setting out Halloween decorations and watching football would find themselves sifting through kindling and ash, mumbling things like: This used to be my kitchen. This used to be my bedroom. This used to be ? Even a week after it all started, several thousand would remain evacuated as blazes burned on relentlessly. There would be questions about prevention in the midst of persistent drought, lack of preparation in a fire-plagued state and whether resources were put to use as fast as possible. But first, before all of that, came the winds. They were different, undoubtedly, although no one could have predicted just how deadly and destructive. Gonsalves is a man who usually takes things in stride, especially the weather, perhaps because he knows it so well. He knows how easily a fire can kick up when the winds get going, and computer models at work had predicted a nasty Santa Ana for days. And so, when he stepped out of church last Sunday morning and sniffed smoke, he was hardly surprised. “It’s begun,” he thought. “Here we go again.” The surprise came hours later, when Gonsalves arrived home from the gym and turned on the news. Fires – plural – were everywhere: The Ranch Fire, sparked at 9:42p.m. the night before, racing through 500 acres some 50 miles northwest of Los Angeles. The Canyon Fire, ignited at 4:50a.m. in Malibu, forcing 1,500 people – even Hollywood’s elite – to evacuate. The Harris Fire, begun at 9:23a.m. southeast of San Diego, exploding to 500 acres in just over three hours. The Witch Creek Fire, burning at 12:37 p.m. in a mountain town northeast of San Diego, consuming 3,000 acres in two hours. At the Weather Service office in the San Diego suburb of Rancho Bernardo, Gonsalves’ colleagues watched as satellite images showed plume after plume of smoke roaring over a swath of Southern California. Their computers are programmed to display wildfire hot spots as little red squares. Red squares seemed to cover the lower half of the state. By evening, the forecasters had to shut off the air conditioning to stop smoke from seeping into the office. Back at home, on his day off, Gonsalves was thinking about what to pack – just in case his own family had to flee. Sunday was an off-day for Zeulner, as well. He, too, had gone to church, near his home in San Luis Obispo, and was having lunch when he got word: “You guys are going.” A battalion chief with the city fire department, Zeulner commands a 20-member strike team that operates five Type 1 fire engines, ideal for defending homes and structures. The team, when called upon, can be dispatched anywhere. They were summoned to the Ranch Fire, to help protect homes in the tiny citrus-growing village of Piru. “Immediate need,” Zeulner had been told. In other words: Get there fast. By 2 p.m., the caravan of engines was on the road, Zeulner monitoring AM radio for fire updates. The 33-year veteran was alarmed by what he heard. Winds were gusting from 60 to 80 mph; in some places, they exceeded 100mph. “That’s hurricane force,” thought Zeulner, who knew from experience that anything over 60mph was unusual during Santa Ana season. When the team arrived at the fire, they were told to bed down and be ready to work at dawn the next day. Zeulner set up camp in a park under the smoky sky, but rest was hard to come by. His sleeping bag rocked back and forth throughout the night, the mighty winds tossing him about like a leaf. Crane awoke early Monday and looked at the clock: 4 a.m. He smelled smoke coming through his bedroom window, but when he got up to shut it, he heard something on the street below. A car honking, he thought. He peered outside. Rancho Bernardo’s Lancashire Way, Crane’s home for 20 years, looked like an erupting volcano. “We gotta go!” he yelled to his wife, Sherry, still in bed. “Now!” Their neighbor’s wooden fence was ablaze, the palm trees in front of that house igniting like matchsticks. Glowing embers shot horizontally across the street. To the north and east, a line of flames lit up the ridge near a subdivision called The Trails. To the south, Battle Mountain, directly behind Crane’s home, went up like a Roman candle. Terrified neighbors roused one another with phone calls and knocks on the door, driving past police officers who cruised a nearby street, shouting through bullhorns, “Evacuate! Now!” Elsewhere across San Diego County, reverse 911 calls alerted residents to fires that had gone out of control overnight. In a day, the Witch Creek Fire grew from 3,000 acres to 30,000, eating through the communities of Rancho Bernardo, Escondido, Rancho Santa Fe, Poway – taking out multimillion-dollar estates and modest ranch homes. The biggest evacuation in California state history was just getting started. Some 560,000 would be forced from their homes in San Diego County alone. Qualcomm Stadium, home to the NFL’s San Diego Chargers, was opened to evacuees in a scene reminiscent of Hurricane Katrina. The Del Mar Fairgrounds and schools housed others. At the Weather Service office, Gonsalves arrived just after 6 a.m. to start his regular shift. He saw the smoke hanging low out the window, the line of cars snaking down West Bernardo Drive. Three hours later, the forecasters received a reverse 911. They, too, packed up and decamped. By nightfall, more than 500 homes had already been destroyed in San Diego County. Two fires that began just that day in the mountain vacation haven of Lake Arrowhead would destroy 300 more. Elsewhere across California, more than a dozen fires were now burning, incinerating 374 square miles in seven counties. And Monday afternoon, this warning from the Weather Service: “Strong winds are expected to redevelop tonight.” The wrath of the Santa Anas was far from over. All the chatter on the radio was about San Diego. But Zeulner and his crew had their own firefight to deal with – for 4 hours Tuesday afternoon near Piru, after a blowing ember landed in steep vegetation. They had spent much of their time doing structure protection: clearing away brush and moving wood piles stacked next to wood-sided homes, work homeowners themselves should have done in this drought-stricken state. The Ranch Fire, 1,000 acres when Zeulner first got the assignment, had grown to almost 40,000. But he was proud that his crew had yet to lose a home. In San Diego, Crane couldn’t say the same. Tuesday, watching the news with his son at a friend’s house where they’d taken refuge, he saw a reporter walking up and down Lancashire Way. Flames still burned from the remnants of some houses. “Twenty-five homes, on this one block ? have burned to the ground,” the reporter was saying. And, then, he started reading off house numbers. For a moment, Crane and his son thought they didn’t hear 18626. Then: “635 ? 629 ? 626 ?” the reporter said. “Now we know,” Crane said. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! INFERNO: Weather and fire veterans quickly realized they had entered a perilous time. By Pauline Arrillaga THE ASSOCIATED PRESS SAN DIEGO – They know what the winds can do. They forecast them. Fight the fires the winds fan. Ready for evacuations that, in years past, never came. They thought they knew, until seven days of fury began a week ago. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.From almost the beginning, this Santa Ana was different somehow. Meteorologist Philip Gonsalves recognized it when he saw the smoke through the picture windows of the National Weather Service station in Rancho Bernardo, closing in on the office itself. He had helped forecast the tempest: an ominous combination of strong gusts, low humidity and soaring temperatures. In weather speak: red flag fire conditions. Fire Battalion Chief Tom Zeulner understood it, too, when en route to his first blaze of the week, his wife called to tell him five more had begun. Dan Crane thought it was “situation normal,” his words for the Santa Ana fire season that torments Californians every October through February, when blustery winds blow out of the desert. He’s lived through a half-century of them, and never once had to evacuate – not even during the two-week onslaught of 2003, when fires burned 750,000 acres and killed 22 people. This time, he awoke to neighbors honking and smoke wafting through his windows. last_img read more


first_imgClean Coasts are delighted to be bringing their Roadshow to Greenscastle in Inishowen.The Roadshow which is also running in a number of locations nationwide aims to bring together all those with an interest in protecting their local beaches, seas and marine life.The event will include talks on all things coastal and how to get involved in the Clean Coasts programme. Speakers included are:Olivia Crossan, Coastal Programme Officer, An Taisce- Clean Coasts Programme & Marine Litter TalkEmmett Johnston – Research Coordinator – Irish Basking Shark Study Group and Queens Universit – The Basking Shark, Inishowen’s Biggest Blow in….Rosemary McCloskey, Community Engagement Officer- Loughs Agency – Source to Sea – Conserving, Managing and Developing the Foyle System.Enda Craig – Moville Clean Coast CommitteeThe event will take place @ 12noon on Saturday 20th of February in the Inishowen Maritime Museum in Greencastle. Refreshments will be servedFor more information on the Clean Coasts programme please visit our WHENSaturday, 20 February 2016 from 12:00 to 15:00 (GMT) – Add to CalendarWHEREInishowen Maritime Museum – Greencastle , Co. Donegal IE – View MapCLEAN COAST ROADSHOW COMES TO DONEGAL was last modified: February 10th, 2016 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:Clean CoastsdonegalGreencastlelast_img read more


first_imgLetterkenny Gaels Senior Ladies are resuming their training starting Monday 27th Feb at Woodlands National School. All players are asked to attend, and new players are welcome to join. Anyone looking for info can contact Oisin Cannon on 0867325955.Tutoring is continuing For the Jigs and Reels show which takes place on Sunday night the 18th March in the Mount Errigal Hotel.The skills are improving and a super show is anticipated. Tickets are selling fast and will be limited.  Contact any club officer to order your tickets today. The underage Northern Board Leagues will shortly get underway with our U16s opening the campaign with a journey to Falcarragh to play CloughaneelyThe underage indoor training resumed every Monday with Girls Gaelic, Tuesdays Camogie and Thursdays Indoor hurling.Also U14 fitness for boys, and introduction to gaelic for u6 and u8 continues in Woodlands school every Friday 6-6.45pm for intro, and 7-8pm for u14. All new members are most welcome.Our finance committee have come up with a novel idea,where individuals or families can sponsor a block in our new clubhouse. The names of all participants will in future be displayed on a plaque in our club house. For more details contact Tom Murray on 0868341436. The offer will be limited to 100 names. More information is available on our club website  Lotto results for W/ending the 12th February No’s 4,9,10 & 11. Match 3winner was Sean McCarthy C/o 12 Rowan Park Letterkenny Next weekend Jackpot is €2250. GAA: LETTERKENNY GAELS GAA CLUB NOTES was last modified: February 23rd, 2012 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:GAA: LETTERKENNY GAELS GAA CLUB NOTESlast_img read more

Santa Clarita Holiday Calendar

first_imgMarionette show titled “Hello Christmas, Hola Navidad,” 4 p.m. Friday at the Santa Clarita Community Center, 24406 San Fernando Road, Newhall. Admission is free but seating is limited. Call Dora Shepro at (661) 254-4678. Holiday Ball will feature the music of Jimmy Sax and Flat Broke, 7:30-10:30 p.m. Friday at the SCV Senior Center, 22900 Market St., Newhall. Admission: $5. Call (661) 259-9444. Pet photos and Christmas cards with Santa, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday at Pet Stop, 16522 Soledad Canyon Road, Canyon Country. Any combination of people and animals are welcome. Call Pet Assistance at (661) 260-3140. Free pet pictures with Santa, noon-3 p.m. Saturday at Granary Square shopping center on the corner of Arroyo Park Drive and McBean Parkway, Valencia. The Saugus High choir will perform at noon and the Hart High Carolers will perforn at 1 p.m. Call Linda Hollingsworth at (661) 296-3408. Senior Cinema will present “A Christmas Story,” 1:30 p.m. Sunday at the SCV Senior Center, 22900 Market St., Newhall. A “Ralphie” look-alike contest will be held for kids who resemble the star of the movie. Suggested donation: $1. Kids are free with an adult. Call (661) 259-9444. Santa Clarita Master Chorale will present “Caroling, Caroling!,” 4:30 p.m. Sunday at the Vital Express Center for the Performing Arts at College of the Canyons, 26455 Rockwell Canyon Road, Valencia. Tickets: $19 for general admission and $14 for students and seniors. Call (661) 254-8886 or visit 53rd annual Festival of Trees will benefit the Optimist Club, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Dec. 5 at the Hilton Burbank Airport & Convention Center, Burbank. Tickets: $50. Call (818) 843-6000. Follow the Star, live Nativity scene, will feature more than 100 actors re-enacting the life of Christ, 6:30-8:30 p.m. Dec. 8-11 at Bethlehem Lutheran Church, 27265 Luther Drive, Canyon Country. Admission is free. Food or cash donation to the Santa Clarita Valley Food Pantry is suggested. Call (661) 252-0622 or visit Cards & Carolers event will feature local high school choirs and cards for people to sign to send to troops overseas, 6-9 p.m. Dec. 9 at the Veterans Memorial Plaza on the corner of Lyons and Walnut avenues, Newhall. Refreshments will be served. Call Jenny Aurit at (661) 255-4918. Holiday Concert will feature the Symphonic Band and Jazz Ensemble, 8 p.m. Dec. 9 at the Vital Expres Center for the Performing Arts at College of the Canyons, 26455 Rockwell Canyon Road, Valencia. For tickets, call (661) 362-5304 or visit Santa will visitSanta’s Elf Camp, 12:30 and 2 p.m., and a performance by the Hart High Holiday Band, 1 p.m. Dec. 10 at Granary Sqare, located on the corner of McBean Parkway and Arroyo Park Drive, Valencia. Call Linda Hollingsworth at (661) 296-3408. Pet photos and Christmas cards with Santa, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Dec. 10 at Pet Supply, 26831 Bouquet Canyon Road, Saugus. Any combination of people and animals are welcome. Call Pet Assistance at (661) 260-3140. Choir of the Canyons will present a joyous and rhythmic concert featuring four vocal ensembles, a piano bass and drum jazz trio, 8 p.m. Dec. 10 at the Vital Express Center for the Performing Arts at College of the Canyons, 26455 Rockwell Canyon Road, Valencia. Tickets: $10 for adults and $5 for students and seniors. Call (661) 362-5304 or visit Children’s Holiday Parade, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Dec. 10 starting at Lyons and Walnut avenues and ending at Hart Park in Newhall where there will be snow, visits with Santa, refreshments and awards. Call Jenny Aurit at (661) 255-4318. Holipalooza, a musical variety-show fundraiser, will feature talented local youths, 7 p.m. Dec. 14 at the Canyon Theatre Guild, 24242 San Fernando Road, Newhall. Tickets: $15-$25. Call (661) 799-2702. Hanukkah Party, 2-4 p.m. Dec. 18 at Granary Square shopping center on the corner of Arroyo Park Drive and McBean Parkway, Valencia. Co-sponsored by Temple Beth Ami. Call Linda Hollingsworth at (661) 296-3408. 6th annual Holiday Show titled “Enjoying the Holidays,” 6:30-8:30 p.m. Dec. 18 at Ice Station Valencia, 27745 N. Smyth Drive, Valencia. Call (661) 775-8686 for ticket information. Jam For Jesus will feature some of the top music artists in Southern California playing a variety of styles from pop to rock, 7-9 p.m. Dec. 21 at Bethlehem Lutheran Church, 27265 Luther Drive, Canyon Country. Call (661) 252-0622. To submit an event for the Holiday Calendar, contact Sharon Cotal at (661) 257-5256, fax her at (661) 257-5262, e-mail her at or write to her at 24800 Avenue Rockefeller, Valencia, CA 91355.160Want 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 MOREBlues bury Kings early with four first-period goals Henry Mayo Newhall Memorial Hospital’s Holiday Home Tour will feature local homes decorated for the holidays, 9:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Saturday with a special preview gala Friday. The hospital’s Holiday Boutique will coincide with the Home tour from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Church, 23233 W. Lyons Ave., Newhall. Call (661) 253-8082. Holiday Craft Fair, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at Placerita Canyon Nature Center, 19152 Placerita Canyon Road, Newhall. Create and decorate your own holiday wreaths, centerpieces and candles with beautiful natural treasures. Call (661) 259-7721. Holiday arts and crafts fair will feature artists and crafts people displaying their unique wares, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at Central Park, 27150 Bouquet Canyon Road, Saugus. Call Nicki Voss Stern at (661) 286-4079. Winter Magic Lighted Boat Parade will feature boats decorated for the holidays, 5 p.m. Saturday at Castaic Lake Recreation Area, Castaic. Santa and Mrs. Claus will be on hand, along with children’s games, snow, food and entertainment all beginning at 2 p.m. Call (661) 257-4050. 20th annual community Christmas tree lighting will feature holiday entertainment, refreshments, children’s crafts, letters to Santa and face painting, 2-5 p.m. Sunday at Henry Mayo Newhall Memorial Hospital, 23845 McBean Parkway, Valencia. Call (661) 253-8082. last_img read more

Alito pushed for step-by-step abortion fight as Reagan lawyer

first_img 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! WASHINGTON (AP) – As a young government lawyer opposed to abortion rights, Samuel Alito argued for a strategy of chipping away at the landmark Supreme Court 1973 ruling legalizing abortion rather than mounting an all-out assault likely to inflict a defeat on the Reagan administration, according to documents released Wednesday. “No one seriously believes that the court is about to overrule Roe v. Wade,” the current Supreme Court nominee wrote in an internal Justice Department memo on May 30, 1985. Referring to a high court decision to review two abortion-related cases at the time, he asked, “What can be made of this opportunity to advance the goals of bringing about the eventual overruling … and in the meantime, of mitigating its effects.” The memo was among several hundred pages of documents dating from Alito’s 1981-1987 tenure in the Justice Department, released on the day the Supreme Court heard arguments in an abortion case for the first time in five years. The argument before the justices Wednesday concerned the validity of a New Hampshire law that requires a parent to be told before a daughter ends her pregnancy – roughly the type of case that Alito was writing about two decades ago when he urged the administration to seek small victories in its legal battle against abortion. While no ruling in the current case is expected for months, it will provide the first indication of Chief Justice John Roberts’ views on abortion cases, and possibly a last word from retiring Justice Sandra Day O’Connor. She has been the swing vote in the past on rulings that upheld abortion rights, and Alito’s nomination as her replacement has raised the stakes for his confirmation battle. Apart from the release of Reagan-era records from the National Archives, the White House made public Alito’s answers to a questionnaire from the Senate Judiciary Committee. The panel plans confirmation hearings beginning Jan. 9, and majority Republicans hope for a final vote on his nomination Jan. 20. Asked to provide his views on judicial activism, Alito, 55 and a veteran of 15 years on the 3rd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, wrote that the courts “must engage in a constant process of self-discipline to ensure that they respect the limits of their authority.” Judges must “have faith that the cause of justice in the long run is best served if they scrupulously heed the limits of their role rather than transgressing those limits in an effort to achieve a desired result in a particular case,” he added. On another matter, Alito stepped carefully around his one-time membership in Concerned Alumni of Princeton, a conservative organization that sparked controversy two decades ago by saying school officials had lowered admission standards to accept women and minority applicants. “A document I recently reviewed reflects that I was a member of the group in the 1980s. Apart from that document, I have no recollection of being a member, of attending meetings or otherwise participating in the activities of the group,” he wrote the Senate. Alito’s current recollections differ from his memory when he was seeking appointment to the Reagan administration. In a 1985 job application letter in which he said the Constitution does not protect a right to abortion, he wrote that he was currently a member of “the Concerned Alumni of Princeton University, a conservative alumni group.” Alito also said he had been aware he was under consideration for appointment to the Supreme Court almost from the time President Bush took office, disclosing that his first interview was on June 24, 2001. Alito’s 1985 memo on abortion was a blend of personal belief, anger at previous high court rulings and cold-eyed political and legal judgment. On Wednesday, it renewed Democratic doubts over his fitness for the court. “The significant concerns raised by these documents only magnify the need for Judge Alito to explain whether he still holds the extreme views in his 1985 job application,” said Sen. Edward M. Kennedy, D-Mass. “He needs to make clear that he no longer questions constitutionally established remedies for discrimination and protections for the right to vote, and that he will not come to the court with an agenda to roll back women’s rights.” At the Justice Department, Assistant Attorney General Rachel Brand saw it differently, telling reporters, “Nothing in that memo indicates how he’d rule as a judge on abortion cases.” Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Arlen Specter, R-Pa., issued a statement renewing his intention to make abortion rights and respect for prior court rulings a “central line of questioning” at the hearings. In the end, officials said, the Reagan administration rejected Alito’s advice on the abortion cases 20 years ago, deciding instead to ask the court to overturn its ruling in Roe v. Wade. Alito wrote his 1985 memo at a time the court had agreed to hear appeals on two state laws restricting abortion rights. The justices “may be signaling an inclination to cut back,” he said in the memo to the solicitor general. He noted that the court earlier had rejected administration arguments in another case, reaffirming the 1973 abortion rights ruling in the process. “It is almost incredible that the court struck down an ordinance requiring the `humane and sanitary’ disposal of aborted fetuses, he wrote, “a provision designed `to preclude the mindless dumping of aborted fetuses into garbage piles.’” He recommended that the Justice Department weigh in on the new cases by making it clear it opposed the 1973 abortion ruling. At the same time, he contended that his approach was “free of the disadvantages that would accompany a major effort to overturn Roe. When the court hands down its decision and Roe is not overruled, the decision will not be portrayed as a stinging rebuke.” The memo was contained in Justice Department records that the Clinton administration had turned over to the Archives in 1999, according to White House spokesman Steve Schmidt. Schmidt said “the rest of Alito’s internal solicitor general’s documents are still privileged and will not be released.” That was the position the White House took in refusing to release documents during Roberts’ confirmation proceedings.last_img

Iraqi voters defy al-Qaida threat

first_img • AP Video: Turnout strong for Iraq elections. • Slide Show. • Latest images from Iraq. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORERose Parade grand marshal Rita Moreno talks New Year’s Day outfit and ‘West Side Story’ remake160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! BAGHDAD, Iraq – A man wrapped in the Iraqi flag. Women in black veils. Sheiks in white headdresses. Families in their best clothes, children in tow. All stood in line for the right to choose a parliament and participate in one of the freest elections ever in the Arab world. At first, turnout was but a trickle. As the day wore on, it turned into a procession. Up to 11 million of the nation’s 15 million registered voters took part, officials estimated, which if true would put overall turnout at more than 70 percent. So many Sunni Arabs voted that ballots ran out in some places. The strong participation by Sunnis, the backbone of the insurgency, bolstered U.S. hopes that the election could produce a broad-based government capable of ending the daily suicide attacks and other violence that have ravaged the country since the fall of Saddam Hussein. Difficult times lie ahead, however. The coalition of religious Shiite parties that dominates the current government is expected to win the biggest portion of the 275 seats, but will almost certainly need to compromise with rival factions, with widely differing views, to form a government. Many Sunnis said they voted to register their opposition to the Shiite-led government and to speed the end of the U.S. military presence. “Liberation is the most important thing for all Iraqis,” said Sunni grocer Omar Badry. “I don’t care if we die of thirst and hunger, as long as the Americans leave.” Opposition to the American military presence runs deeper among Sunni Arabs, the minority group which enjoyed a privileged position under Saddam, than among any of Iraq’s other religious and ethnic communities. While Sunnis were defiant, Shiites and Kurds seemed hopeful the new government would be more successful than the outgoing one in restoring security. A common theme, however, appeared to be a yearning for an end to the turmoil that has engulfed Iraq since the U.S.-led coalition invaded in March 2003 to topple Saddam’s regime. “The first thing we want from the new government is security,” said Hussein Ali Abbas, a Shiite as he voted at Baghdad’s city hall. Officials said it could take at least two weeks until final results are announced for the parliament, which will serve a four-year term. For More Infolast_img read more

Toy drive brings cheer to children

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORERose Parade grand marshal Rita Moreno talks New Year’s Day outfit and ‘West Side Story’ remake160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! WHITTIER – Lugging a heavy-duty black trash bag filled with Christmas presents from the Whittier Community Center , 12-year-old Sonny Perez was all smiles.“I’m going to look when I get home,” said the seventh-grader, who attends Dexter Middle School. “But it doesn’t matter what I get.”Had it not been for the Whittier Police Department’s annual toy drive, Sonny probably would not have received any presents this Christmas, said his mother, America Moreno, 44, of Whittier.“I’m on Social Security and low on money,” she said.The department’s toy distribution this year helped about 200 needy families. Gang and narcotics officers acted as Santa’s elves, joining Santa as he delivered stuffed animals and “Junior Officer” stickers to children at Whittier Hospital Medical Center, Presbyterian Intercommunity Hospital and the Women’s and Children’s Crisis Center.Whittier police Community Relations Coordinator Lori Hentcy organized the toy drive and distribution, which she said was made easier because of the many local businesses that generously donated this year.“I was really concerned after Hurricane Katrina that donations would be down this year,” she said. “For a lot of kids, this will be the only gifts they get.” Wednesday 698-0955, Ext. 3026last_img read more

Local Roundup: Bombers unload on Dirtbags for 10-5 victory

first_imgEureka >> The Humboldt B52s offense pounded out 10 runs on 10 hits to defeat the Mendocino Dirtbags 10-5 on Friday at Bomber Field in Eureka.Trailing 3-0 after allowing three runs in the top of the first inning, the Bombers bats woke up in the fifth with four runs in the frame to take a 4-3 lead.The B52s (7-1 overall) continued their hot hitting in the sixth inning, plating four more runs to extend the lead to 8-4. They added two more runs in the bottom of the seventh and, aside from allowing …last_img read more

How can digital technology boost growth in Africa?

first_imgThe digitalisation of the economy offers a huge leapfrogging opportunity to Africa, as the continent bypasses older technology to immediately embrace the new. This was the starting point of a World Economic Forum on Africa discussion on the economic potential of digital technology, held on 11 May 2016.From left, Siyabonga Cwele, Tobias Becker, Elizabeth Migwalla, Pascal Lamy and Charles Muritu discuss technology and economic growth in Africa at the World Economic Forum on Africa in Kigali, Rwanda, on 11 May 2016. (Image: WEF Flickr)How, the panellists were asked, can this economic potential be unleashed?The session was moderated by Pascal Lamy, political consultant, businessman and former director-general of the World Trade Organisation.The other speakers were South African Minister of Telecommunications Siyabonga Cwele; Charles Muritu, the head of African telecoms and strategic partnerships at Google; Elizabeth Migwalla, senior director of government affairs at Qualcomm; Tobias Becker, senior vice president and director for Africa at ABB Ltd; and Cote d’Ivoire government spokesperson Bruno Nabagne Kone.In discussing how technology can transform Africa’s digital marketplace, the panel examined the fostering of online entrepreneurs, enabling cross-border data exchange, and overcoming traditional barriers to trade.Watch the full session:last_img read more