Roberts nets brace as Global Cebu earns draw vs Hougang United

first_imgMargot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award How to help the Taal evacuees DAY6 is for everybody But Global conceded five minutes from time as Fabian Kwok beat Patrick Deyto with a well-struck shot from just outside the box, leaving it all to play for heading into the second leg on Saturday at Hougang Stadium.“I’m not happy with the result,” said Global coach Akbar Nawas, who missed injured stars Misagh Bahadoran and Amani Aguinaldo.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSFederer blasts lack of communication on Australian Open smog“We had the chances to bring a better lead into the second leg, but we didn’t. We only had 13 players available, but I didn’t want to make excuses.”The S-League side took the lead in the 28th minute when Delwinder Singh headed home a corner at the far post. LATEST STORIES In ‘Jojo Rabbit,’ Comedy and Drama Collide OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson MOST READ Team Philippines takes home tale of triumph from Turkmenistancenter_img It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson Mos Burger to open in Manila; teases with a pop-up Daryl Roberts scored twice as Philippines Football League side Global Cebu earned a 2-2 draw against Hougang United in the first leg of the RHB Singapore Cup semifinals on Wednesday night at Jalan Besar Stadium in Singapore.Looking to become the first Filipino club to reach the finals of the tournament, Global took a 2-1 lead in the 68th minute when Roberts, a former Trinidad and Tobago international, grabbed his second from close range.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours But Global hit back five minutes later with Roberts latching onto a through ball from Paolo Salenga before firing home at Khairulhin Khalid’s near post.Global spurned the last chance of the match when Dennis Villanueva fired off target after a fine ball from Paul Mulders in stoppage time.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next View commentslast_img read more

Ceres held down at home

first_imgMOST READ From there, Home put up a resolute defensive stand, leaving the Busmen with little space to carve out chances the rest of the way despite owning plenty of possession.The absence of top scorer Bienve Maranon due to suspension proved to be a tough blow for Ceres as it struggled to test Home’s defense.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone still willing to coach Gilas but admits decision won’t be ‘simple yes or no’The result sets up an intriguing second leg on Wednesday at Jalan Besar Stadium, where a goalless draw will be enough for the Singaporeans to advance on away goals.“We did what we can,” said Ceres coach Risto Vidakovic. In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ LATEST STORIES PH Youth bowl squad in World title hunt ‘High crimes and misdemeanors’: Trump impeachment trial begins Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew “They (Home) played defensive and there was no space to play. We wanted to play faster but it was not easy. We will have 90 minutes to do it again next week, because I think it will be a similar game. But we will be stronger next week.”Powell was brought down inside the area by Shakir Hamzah in the seventh minute after he was released by Patrick Reichelt. With a couple of feints before firing low, Powell grabbed his first goal in the competition just two and a half weeks after joining Ceres.Shahril Ishak helped create the equalizer, heading the ball into the bar after he ghosted into the near post off a corner. Cernak was handed the easiest of chances to push the ball over the line, stunning the Panaad crowd.“I would have traded that goal for a win,” said Powell.Vidakovic introduced Curt Dizon and Jeff Christiaens at the break with the Busmen looking more threatening. Stephan Schrock, who was sidelined by an ankle sprain, came in the 75th minute, but missed a big chance just before stoppage time.ADVERTISEMENT Peza offers relief to ecozone firms Gov’t in no rush to rescue animals in Taal Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ Palace OKs total deployment ban on Kuwait OFWs Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Ceres-Negros vs Home United. Photo from @AFCCupBACOLOD CITY—A rigid defensive performance by Singapore’s Home United proved enough to hold Ceres-Negros to a 1-1 draw in the first leg of their AFC Cup Asean zone final at Panaad Stadium on Wednesday.Australian striker Blake Powell earned a penalty and converted from the spot in the eighth minute to give Ceres the lead only for compatriot Isaka Cernak to equalize 15 minutes later for an important away goal for Home United.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. After winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folk “He has the heart for the team,” said Vidakovic, referring to Schrock who has yet to recover from injury. “He was not prepared to play but we had to change something psychologically.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award View commentslast_img read more

Commonwealth SG lauds Guyana for climate change fight

first_imgWith initiatives in place like the 371,000 hectares of forest preserved at Iwokrama, Guyana was on Friday commended by the Secretary General for the Commonwealth, Baroness Patricia Scotland for its conservation efforts.During a press conference on Friday, Baroness Scotland in fact noted that Guyana was leading the fight. According to Baroness Scotland, Iwokrama is one of the lungs of the world, as its large tracts of forest help with greenhouse gases.“I come to Guyana one month before the beginning of the hurricane season. And we know that climate poses an existential threat to the whole of our Region here. Its worrying cause in the last few days we have seen storms hit Jamaica.”“We also know there has been flooding across Asia,” Scotland said. “Many have died in India. And regrettably, it is an echo of what started last year. Cause if you remember we started with mudslides in India.”The Iwokrama forest account for 1.6 per cent of Guyana’s landmassMaking specific reference to Iwokrama, Scotland noted that the project has served as an example to other countries. This example is a timely one, considering the negative effects climate change is having on other countries.“We had flooding, first in Sri Lanka, then Bangladesh and Pakistan. Then by the time the real hurricane season started, we saw total devastation. We saw Hurricane Irma, which lead to the evacuation of Barbuda.”“And then (there’s) Maria, which virtually destroyed the island of my birth Dominica and caused damage to the GDP. And we know Dominica had suffered years before from tropical storm Erica. So it is with some trepidation that we watch a repeat and oceanographers tell us this year may be as challenging as last year and some fear it could be worst.”Iwokrama is dedicated as a place of research and its forests account for 1.6 per cent of Guyana’s land mass. Its 371,000 hectares is also equivalent to two per cent of Guyana’s forests.The Iwokrama centre itself was established in 1996 in order to manage the forest area. This was arrived at following an agreement between the then Government and the Commonwealth Secretariat.The United Nations (UN) has classified combating climate change as Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) number 13. According to the organisers of World Earth Day, at least two million people die globally, due to indoor and outdoor pollution. It also estimates that by the year 2030, food prices will go up by 50 per cent due to climate change.The rising temperature, global warming and other ecological imbalances are due to the fact that half of the world’s rainforests are gone. The deaths of 70,000 persons in Europe were due to rising temperatures in 2003. These imbalances are also leading to frequent flooding and other disasters across the globe, which include forest fires, again impacting the trees.last_img read more

LGE candidate vows continued development at Wakenaam NDCs

first_img“When you lie low, things will not go in your favour, but when you reach out, you get things done” were the sharp and pointed words of People’s Progressive Party/Civic (PPP/C) Local Government Elections (LGE) candidate Shoma Manbodh as she continued her campaign while taking part in the Diwali celebrations on Tuesday.PPP/C Wakenaam candidate Shoma Manbodh is contesting in Constituency Seven (Meerzorg-Zeelandia)The housewife and PPP/C organiser is contesting in the Wakenaam Neighbourhood Democratic Council (NDC) in Region Three (Essequibo Islands-West Demerara) and expressed much confidence in her bid to return as the elected representative of Constituency Seven (Meerzorg-Zeelandia).In an interview with Guyana Times, the islander concurred with incumbent Wakenaam Chairman Sheikh Ahmad that the condition of the roads was the main issue affecting residents. She stressed that while being part of the previous Council, several efforts were made to involve the relevant authorities responsible for road works to have the situation addressed, but to little avail.“The most important thing in the road – we know that the NDC is not in charge of the road, but there are numerous recommendations from the NDC to the RDC (Regional Democratic Council) about the road, but there’s nothing unto now. With the koker and drainage networks, I have been there for the past three years and the NDC has been doing a great job [in that regard] and we are continuing to maintain that,” the housewife expressed.When questioned on the major challenges affecting farmers, Manbodh pointed out that low prices continue to hinder the rice industry. Wakenaam farmers mainly cultivate rice and coconut while cattle and cash-crop farming are also done to a lesser extent. The PPP/C candidate stated that the NDC would continue to assist the farmers in getting their produce transported. To this end, she indicated that the Council would strive to ensure that the dams and all relevant infrastructure continue to function.Manbodh told this newspaper that she opted to run for the LGE post after much encouragement as she had a passion to reach out to others. With the experience of winning the seat for Constituency Seven at the 2016 LGE, the PPP/C candidate expressed much optimism in her ability to continue working for the island.“I ran at the last Local Government Elections and now I am going back stronger than ever. I feel that everyone has a choice of their own, and seeing that I am continuing to do my campaign and from the past three years with the work that they’ve received, I think that’s why they [residents] will continue to support me,” the candidate noted.The PPP/C is contesting eight of the nine constituencies in the Wakenaam NDC. Guyanese across 80 Local Authority Areas (LAAs) will head to the polls on November 12, 2018.last_img read more

Bandit gets life imprisonment for killing money changer

first_imgConvicted murder Philemon Budhoo, also called “Kevin”, 22, of Number 63 Village, Corentyne, was given a life sentence by Justice Priya Sewnarine-Beharry for killing a money changer at the Number 63 Beach four years ago.Justice Sewnarine-Beharry also ordered that he will not be eligible for parole until after serving 50 years.Budhoo was earlier this month found guilty of killing Muhamamed Fizal Mahmood Baksh Munir, 47, also called “Sugar Cake”, between December 21 and December 24, 2015 at the Number 63 Beach, Corentyne.Budhoo was waiting on a probation report before being sentenced.That probation report was presented to the court on Thursday. The report referred to Budhoo as being a quiet person both in the community in which he lived and also in prison.According to the probation report, Budhoo denied having any friendship with the deceased, but explained that he only knew him by seeing him mostly at the market where they both worked. However, contrary to that, the wife of the deceased indicated that her husband often spoke about the accused and had purchased perfume from him for her on many occasions. Further, the accused reportedly made several telephone calls to her husband prior to his demise in relation to a monetary transaction.The report also said that Dudhoo claimed that he was a businessman who retailed items outside of the Corriverton market and had been doing the business for six months; however, businesspersons said he had only been there for six weeks and operated next to where the now dead money changer plied his trade.Justice Sewnarine-Beharry before handing down the sentence said the court took into account the saving nature of the crime.She related that Budhoo had lured Munir into believing that he had a relative at Number 63 Village who had a large quantity of foreign currency to change and hired a taxi and drove to the Number 63 Beach where he showed Munir a house and told him that it was only accessible from the front and got out of the car and lashed him while they were walking.When Munir fell, Budhoo hit him two more times to the head and removed the money he had in his pockets, before leaving him to die. He then booked a flightConvicted murder, Philemon Budhoo also called ‘Kevin’and went to Trinidad.The Judge said that the penalty must serve to send a strong warning to anyone who might be thinking along those lines. She said the court took into consideration the fact that Budhoo returned from Trinidad when the Police said he was wanted in connection with murder.She told Budhoo that he has made a wife suffer for several years because of his act. During the trial, the wife of the dead money changer told the court that he left for work as usual. She said he left home with both local and foreign currency.Taxi owner Farida Hussain told the court that on the day in question, Budhoo rented a car from her at about 08:30h that morning and returned about 10:30h. She said he should have paid $5000 but since the car was returned the same day, she only charged him $3000.Rohan Karim told the court that he was working at the taxi service at the time. He said when Budhoo returned with the car, he appeared to be nervous.He also told the court that the man had a stack of money which was about six inched thick. The money, he said, was in both local and foreign currency.Karim said Bhodoo asked him for a plastic bag and placed the money into it and then stashed it in his crotch. He said the man hurriedly left the taxi service.Budhoo had given investigators a caution statement, in which he admitted to taking Baksh to the Number 63 Beach and killing him, before taking $600,000 from him. He also claimed to have banked some of the loot.However, during the trial, he said he did not commit the act and pointed to the fact that he was in Trinidad when he was told that the Police were looking for him for a murder and he still came back to Guyana where he was arrested.In closing the defence’s case, Attorney Arudranauth Gossai noted that the prosecution failed to produce evidence that any check was made to the phone found on the body for calls made. There were also no evidence that a check was made with the bank about the $488,000 that was allegedly banked by Budhoo. He argued that the prosecution did not even produce a bank slip.He said his client was in Trinidad and could have stayed there, but chose to return to Guyana because he knows he is innocent.The dead man’s wife, Jagwantie Munir, told Guyana Times that she was satisfied with the sentencing. (Andrew Carmichael)last_img read more

RocKIN the Peace 2011 – Enter today!

first_imgRocKIN the Peace is brought to by the Kin Club of Fort St. John and Moose FM. It’s that time again to submit your music for RocKIN the Peace 2011. This year you’ve got even more time to come with up with your own original music of any format and submit it to see if you can win this year’s grand prize.You can submit any type of music that you’d like…the only catch is…it must be an original tune. You must submit your music (up to 3 songs) on CD to Moose FM or the RocKIN the Peace website by February 18th, 2011.- Advertisement -Get more details and the official entry form below or by visiting Moose FM at 10423 101 Ave. You can also visit the official site at www.rockinthepeace.comAfter February 18th, judges from the community will pick the top 10 songs.  Those songs will be put on the 2011 RocKIN the Peace CD. That CD will be sold all around the BC Peace.Plus those 10 artists/groups will perform at the RocKIN the Peace Concert at the NPCC. There you will have the final say as to who wins the grand prize.For all the details on the this amazing event, visit www.rockinthepeace.comAdvertisementlast_img read more

Kaberia on firing line over Kenya’s CHAN miss

first_img0Shares0000Sports Principle Secretary Peter kaberia addresses the press on Monday September 25, 2017, after Kenya was stripped off hosting rights for the African nations Championship. (CHAN). PHOTO/Raymond MakhayaNAIROBI, Kenya, Sep 25 – In the absence of his boss, Cabinet Secretary Hassan Wario, Sports Principal Secretary Peter Kaberia was put on the firing line in a packed room on Monday afternoon to explain why Kenya was stripped of rights to host next year’s African Nations Championship (CHAN).Wario has been a missing figure in the most crucial moments as Kenya sought to convince the Confederation of African Football (CAF) that it would successfully host the biennial championship despite half of the venues being behind schedule, less than five months to the event. And on Monday, with anger still fresh among Kenyans after CAF stripped the country of the rights during an Executive Committee meeting in Accra, Ghana, Kaberia was hard pressed to explain why the government approved budgets late.“I don’t think the ministry has failed Kenyans. The people in the ministry have worked hard and I would be unfair to water down the efforts to blame game and I can’t sit here and blame my boss, because of what he did or did not do,” Kaberia said when asked whether the Sports Ministry has failed Kenyans.The country won the rights to host the tournament in 2014.On February 7, 2016 in Kigali, Rwanda, Wario accompanied by former Football Kenya Federation boss Sam Nyamweya, his deputy Robert Asembo, Secretary General Michael Esakwa and Sports Kenya boss Fred Muteti were handed over the instruments by former CAF boss Issa Hayatou.(L-R) Former FKF vice president Robert Asembo with Sports CS Hassan Wario, Sports Kenya chairman Fred Muteti, former FKF CEO Richard Esakwa, and his former boss Sam Nyamweya after receiving the 2018 CHAN hosting instruments from CAF in Kigali, Rwanda on February 7, 2016. PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluHowever, it was not until September 21, 2017 that the Cabinet finally approved a Sh4.2bn budget for the games, something that the Ministry has failed to explain.“Yes, we could have done it earlier. I am not running away from anything and I am taking full responsibility. I will commit to follow it up (renovations) and make sure we finish it because I am sure we have a good chance of putting up good facilities for the future,” Kaberia further explained.According to both Kaberia and FKF boss Nick Mwendwa, Kenya hugely lost the opportunity to host the biennial championship reserved for home based players due to an ‘uncertain political atmosphere’.But CAF, while listing its reasons for taking away the tournament from Kenya also cited the slow progress of renovations as one of the reasons they failed to give Kenya the thumbs up as they felt most of the work would not be completed by December, a month to the championship.-Okumbi dejected-Speaking separately to Capital Sport, Harambee Stars first coach Stanley Okumbi registered his disappointment that the preparation he had put in over the last one year with local based players will go down the drain.Harambee Stars first coach Stanley Okumbi looks on during a training session at the Kenyatta Stadium in Machakos on June 7, 2017. PHOTO/Raymond Makhaya“It is disappointing for the players because we worked so hard for this and we were hoping to use this chance to show the amount of talent we have in the game. But unlucky for us we cannot host,” Okumbi said.Meanwhile, FKF now says they are exploring options of having Kenya participate in the event that the new host will have already qualified.“If the country that wins the bid has qualified, then one of the things we want to do is to as CAF whether we can have a play off with the number two from that group and the winner qualifies,” Mwendwa said.The federation boss has also said Kenya will not be meted with any kind of sanctions from CAF but instead, the continental body said they will support Kenya’s bid to host one of the youth FIFA World Cup events in 2019.According to Mwendwa, FIFA are set to revise some of its ruled which will see the next two tournaments ate Under-17 and Under-20 level staged in Africa and Kenya is set to bid for either of them.The country is bidding their hope on the current stadia construction which will hopefully be complete by February before the bidding process opens.Construction ongoing at Nyayo National Stadium. Photo/RAYMOND MAKHAYAKaberia has confirmed that the Sh4.2bn will not be returned to government coffers and reiterated work will continue at the four venues; Nyayo, Kasarani, Kip Keino and Kinoru to be completed with the initial timelines.“The government has committed resources and we will continue with construction as planned with or without CHAN. The commitment to build these stadia is on. The money has been given and contracts already issued out which are binding,” Kaberia assured.The PS has assured he will personally oversee the construction work to ensure it does not lag behind while Mwendwa has said it is a blessing in disguise that finally, the country will have proper sporting facilities.“We have to move forward because the decision is made; CHAN will not be in Kenya. We have to build the stadia and we want to ask every county to have one stadium. We will continue work with government and ministry to make sure these things are done,” Mwendwa further added.-Mwendwa not resigning-FKF boss Nick Mwendwa has reiterated he will not resign despite Kenya missing the chance to host CHAN 2018. PHOTO/Raymond MakhayaMeanwhile, the FKF boss has gone back on his word that he would resign if Kenya lost the chance to host CHAN, saying he would have done so if it was the Federation’s host.“I know many people want me out, but I will not resign. There is an election in 2020 and they should wait till then to have their names on the ballot. I made it clear that if we missed CHAN because of a mistake by FKF then I would resign. But it’s not,” he posed.This is the second time that Kenya has the pie of hosting a continental football showpiece taken away right on its mouth. In 1996, Kenya had won the bid to host the African Cup of Nations, but for over the same reasons the tourney was moved to South Africa.0Shares0000(Visited 3 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Zidane makes history as Real clinches a hat-trick of UCL titles

first_img0Shares0000The French manager kisses the Champions League trophy following the enthralling final in Kiev on Saturday night. Photo/COURTESYKIEW, Ukraine, May 26 – Zinedine Zidane became the first coach to win three straight Champions League titles after guiding Real Madrid to their record 13th UEFA Champions League after beating Liverpool 3-1.Karim Benzema struck a bizarre opening goal after an error by goalkeeper Loris Karius on 51 minutes before Liverpool, who lost leading scorer Mohamed Salah to injury in the first half, replied through Sadio Mane. Bale replaced Isco on the hour and connected with an outrageous acrobatic effort on 64 minutes to put Real back in front.The Welshman sealed a record-extending 13th European Cup title for Real with seven minutes left as another dreadful mistake from Karius allowed his long-range shot to find the net.“It has to be (my best goal), a Champions League final, there’s no bigger stage,” Bale said.“Very disappointed not to start the game; I felt like I deserved it. The best I could do was to come on and make an impact, and I did.”Gareth Bale wheeling away after notching a brace.Real boss Zinedine Zidane became the first coach to win the Champions Leagues in three consecutives seasons, having only taken charge of the team in January 2016.Sadio Mane had briefly restored parity, but Bale put Real in front again and then made it 3-1 late on with a long-range strike that the unfortunate Karius could only punch into the net.Jurgen Klopp’s and Liverpool’s own evening was marred by the loss of a distraught Mohamed Salah to injury in the first half, the Egyptian coming off half an hour in having damaged his shoulder.This was not to be Salah’s night, with Real allowing Zinedine Zidane to become the first coach ever to win the Champions League three years in a row.Madrid are the first team to achieve that feat since Bayern Munich in 1976. This is their fourth title in five years, and their 13th overall.Cristiano Ronaldo has now won five in his great career, but even he could not argue that this was Bale’s evening.The Welshman had been tipped to feature in the Real starting line-up but in the end was left out for Isco — just as he had been in the final win over Juventus last year — before making an emphatic impact as a substitute.– Salah’s tears –Mohamed Salah was forced off injured only half an hour into the Champions League final© AFP Sergei SUPINSKYFor Liverpool, this game will be remembered for the disaster that befell goalkeeper Karius in the second half, and for Salah’s tears as he departed the pitch at the NSC Olympiyskyi.The Egyptian hurt his left shoulder as he went down in a challenge with Sergio Ramos in the 25th minute. Five minutes later he made way for Adam Lallana.His presence at the World Cup could now be in doubt, as could that of Dani Carvajal — the Real right-back came off with a hamstring injury before the interval.Those injuries temporarily took the sting out of the game after an enthralling start, with Liverpool on top.It had been uncomfortable for Real, but after Salah departed, they sensed their chance. They even had the ball in the net in the 43rd minute, only to be denied by a marginal offside call.Ronaldo’s header from Isco’s cross was parried by Karius, and Benzema turned in the loose ball, but the Frenchman had come from a fraction ahead of the last defender and the flag came up.If that was a let-off for Liverpool, they were their own worst enemies at the start of the second half.– Careless Karius –Loris Karius sobs on the pitch as he apologises to the Liverpool fans following his two huge errors during the game. Photo/COURTESYIsco struck the bar after Lallana diverted the ball into his path, before Benzema opened the scoring in the 51st minute.It was a moment of unbelievable carelessness from Karius, who attempted to roll the ball out to the nearest red shirt only for Benzema to stick out a leg and send it trickling into the net.Klopp’s side really could have let their heads drop, and yet they were soon back level, Mane turning the ball in after Dejan Lovren headed down James Milner’s corner.But their renewed hope was crushed upon the introduction of Bale.The Welshman had been on the field barely two minutes when he met Marcelo’s cross from the left with an improbable leap, back to goal, 15 yards out, to send an overhead kick on his left foot arcing over Karius and in.Such a strike deserved to be the winner, although it was his long-range shot that beat the embarrassed Karius in the 83rd minute that made sure of the victory.Mane hit the post for Liverpool in between Bale’s strikes, but they will have to wait a while yet before winning their sixth European Cup.0Shares0000(Visited 3 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Lawyer: Bush didn’t specify Libby

first_imgWASHINGTON – President Bush declassified sensitive intelligence in 2003 and authorized its public disclosure to rebut Iraq war critics, but he did not specifically direct that Vice President Dick Cheney’s former chief of staff, I. Lewis “Scooter” Libby, be the one to disseminate the information, an attorney knowledgeable about the case said Saturday. Bush merely instructed Cheney to “get it out” and left the details to him, said the lawyer, who spoke on condition of anonymity because of the sensitivity of the case for the White House. The vice president chose Libby and communicated the president’s wishes to his then-top aide, the lawyer said. It is not known when the conversation between Bush and Cheney took place. The White House has declined to provide the date when the president used his authority to declassify the portions of the October 2002 National Intelligence Estimate, a classified document that detailed the intelligence community’s conclusions about weapons of mass destruction in Iraq. The new information about Bush and Cheney’s roles came as the president’s aides have scrambled to defuse the political fallout from a court filing Wednesday by the prosecutors in the complex, ongoing investigation into whether the identity of CIA officer Valerie Plame was disclosed to discredit her husband, former Ambassador Joseph Wilson, an Iraq war critic. But by suggesting that the leak of Plame’s name may have been set in motion by the president, however indirectly, the documents reverberated much more broadly. Democrats unleashed a storm of criticism against Bush, saying he appeared to have misused the declassification process for political gain. On Friday, the White House argued there is an important difference between disclosing sensitive information to further a public debate and leaking classified information that compromises national security. But the attorney said Saturday the president’s instructions were not as specific as it might seem from both Fitzgerald’s description of Libby’s testimony and news accounts of it. Because Bush declassified the intelligence document, the White House does not view Libby’s conversations about it as a leak. But that determination is difficult to make without knowing precisely when Bush decided to declassify the information. Libby passed the information about the document to New York Times reporter Judith Miller on July 8, 2003. It was 10 days later, on July 18, when the same portions of the document that Libby discussed with Miller were released publicly.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 MOREOregon Ducks football players get stuck on Disney ride during Rose Bowl eventWilson had accused the administration of twisting prewar intelligence to exaggerate the weapons threat in Iraq. Special Counsel Patrick J. Fitzgerald said in the filing that Libby testified before a grand jury that he was authorized by Bush, through Cheney, to leak information from the intelligence estimate. Libby faces trial, likely in January, on charges of perjury and obstruction of justice for allegedly lying to the grand jury and investigators about what he told reporters about Plame. Fitzgerald did not say in the filing that Cheney authorized Libby to leak Plame’s identity, and Bush is not accused of doing anything illegal. Fitzgerald’s aim with the filing was to counter Libby’s defense that he innocently forgot about conversations he may have had with reporters about Plame by showing that the White House’s concern about the war criticism was so consuming it would be difficult to forget. last_img read more

Rosa Parks, civil rights pioneer, dead at 92

first_imgDETROIT (AP) – Rosa Lee Parks, whose refusal to give up her bus seat to a white man sparked the modern civil rights movement, died Monday. She was 92. Mrs. Parks died at her home of natural causes, said Karen Morgan, a spokeswoman for U.S. Rep. John Conyers, D-Mich. Mrs. Parks was 42 when she committed an act of defiance in 1955 that was to change the course of American history and earn her the title “mother of the civil rights movement.” At that time, Jim Crow laws in place since the post-Civil War Reconstruction required separation of the races in buses, restaurants and public accommodations throughout the South, while legally sanctioned racial discrimination kept blacks out of many jobs and neighborhoods in the North. The Montgomery, Ala., seamstress, an active member of the local chapter of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, was riding on a city bus Dec. 1, 1955, when a white man demanded her seat. Mrs. Parks refused, despite rules requiring blacks to yield their seats to whites. Two black Montgomery women had been arrested earlier that year on the same charge, but Mrs. Parks was jailed. She also was fined $14. Speaking in 1992, she said history too often maintains “that my feet were hurting and I didn’t know why I refused to stand up when they told me. But the real reason of my not standing up was I felt that I had a right to be treated as any other passenger. We had endured that kind of treatment for too long.” Her arrest triggered a 381-day boycott of the bus system organized by a then little-known Baptist minister, the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., who later earned the Nobel Peace Prize for his work. “At the time I was arrested I had no idea it would turn into this,” Mrs. Parks said 30 years later. “It was just a day like any other day. The only thing that made it significant was that the masses of the people joined in.” The Montgomery bus boycott, which came one year after the U.S. Supreme Court’s landmark declaration that separate schools for blacks and whites were “inherently unequal,” marked the start of the modern civil rights movement. The movement culminated in the 1964 federal Civil Rights Act, which banned racial discrimination in public accommodations. After taking her public stand for civil rights, Mrs. Parks had trouble finding work in Alabama. Amid threats and harassment, she and her husband Raymond moved to Detroit in 1957. She worked as an aide in Conyers’ Detroit office from 1965 until retiring Sept. 30, 1988. Raymond Parks died in 1977. Mrs. Parks became a revered figure in Detroit, where a street and middle school were named for her and a papier-mache likeness of her was featured in the city’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. Mrs. Parks said upon retiring from her job with Conyers that she wanted to devote more time to the Rosa and Raymond Parks Institute for Self Development. The institute, incorporated in 1987, is devoted to developing leadership among Detroit’s young people and initiating them into the struggle for civil rights. “Rosa Parks: My Story” was published in February 1992. In 1994 she brought out “Quiet Strength: The Faith, the Hope and the Heart of a Woman Who Changed a Nation,” and in 1996 a collection of letters called “Dear Mrs. Parks: A Dialogue With Today’s Youth.” She was among the civil rights leaders who addressed the Million Man March in October 1995. In 1996, she received the Presidential Medal of Freedom, awarded to civilians making outstanding contributions to American life. In 1999, she was awarded the Congressional Gold Medal, the nation’s highest civilian honor. Mrs. Parks received dozens of other awards, ranging from induction into the Alabama Academy of Honor to an NAACP Image Award for her 1999 appearance on CBS’ “Touched by an Angel.” The Rosa Parks Library and Museum opened in November 2000 in Montgomery. The museum features a 1955-era bus and a video that recreates the conversation that preceded Parks’ arrest. “Are you going to stand up?” the bus driver asked. “No,” Parks answered. “Well, by God, I’m going to have you arrested,” the driver said. “You may do that,” Parks responded. Mrs. Parks’ later years were not without difficult moments. In 1994, Mrs. Parks’ home was invaded by a 28-year-old man who beat her and took $53. She was treated at a hospital and released. The man, Joseph Skipper, pleaded guilty, blaming the crime on his drug problem. The Parks Institute struggled financially since its inception. The charity’s principal activity – the annual Pathways to Freedom bus tour taking students to the sites of key events in the civil rights movement – routinely cost more money than the institute could raise. Mrs. Parks lost a 1999 lawsuit that sought to prevent the hip-hop duo OutKast from using her name as the title of a Grammy-nominated song. In 2000, she threatened legal action against an Oklahoma man who planned to auction Internet domain name rights to After losing the OutKast lawsuit, attorney Gregory Reed, who represented Mrs. Parks, said his client “has once again suffered the pains of exploitation.” A later suit against OutKast’s record company was settled out of court. She was born Rosa Louise McCauley on Feb. 4, 1913, in Tuskegee, Ala. Family illness interrupted her high school education, but after she married Raymond Parks in 1932, he encouraged her and she earned a diploma in 1934. He also inspired her to become involved in the NAACP. Looking back in 1988, Mrs. Parks said she worried that black young people took legal equality for granted. Older blacks, she said “have tried to shield young people from what we have suffered. And in so doing, we seem to have a more complacent attitude. “We must double and redouble our efforts to try to say to our youth, to try to give them an inspiration, an incentive and the will to study our heritage and to know what it means to be black in America today.” At a celebration in her honor that same year, she said: “I am leaving this legacy to all of you … to bring peace, justice, equality, love and a fulfillment of what our lives should be. Without vision, the people will perish, and without courage and inspiration, dreams will die – the dream of freedom and peace.” 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!last_img read more