Dr. Jones Tussles Over Generator at Party Headquarters

first_imgThe party Dr. Jones co-founded has suspended him indefinitely, pending an investigation into reports of misconduct on his partA serious impasse between the standard bearer of the Movement for Economic Empowerment (MOVEE), Dr. Joseph Mills Jones, and the party’s assistant national secretary, James Roberts, has erupted over some of the party’s property in Monrovia.The standoff involving Dr. Jones and his junior official ensued at the party’s headquarters in Congo Town over the weekend.Roberts told journalists that Dr. Jones allegedly issued instructions ordering his security to break into the generator house and take possession of a 7.5 KVA generator that powers the building.“He came in with his security guards to collect the generator but I refused to allow them to enter the powerhouse. While Dr. Jones and I were talking, the other security guard used a rock to destroy the lock on the generator house and he brought out the generator and attempted putting it in Dr. Jones’ car,” Roberts alleged.He said: “I stood up tall and prevented them from putting the generator in the car and that’s how I got wounded in my leg by the other guard while tussling over the generator. I immediately called the party’s vice chairman, Dan Sayeh, who instructed me not to allow anyone to take anything from the party headquarters; and I followed his instruction.”Roberts said his decision to prevent the security from taking the machine was also based on instructions from the party’s chair, Dee-Maxwell Kemayah.He claimed that he hurt his back during the tussle over the generator with Dr. Jones’ security.Robert noted that the said generator does not belong to Dr. Jones, alleging that it was donated to the party by chairman Dee Maxwell Kemayah and his wife.“He was not the one that bought the generator for the party, it was the party chairman and his wife that bought the machine and donated it to the party,” he said.Making an official statement on behalf of the party, MOVEE vice chairman for Press and Propaganda, Robert Sammie, said he was surprised to hear that Dr. Jones had gone to the party headquarters to retrieve the party’s property.“There are procedures in getting things out of the party compound and there are people responsible for that, so it is disappointing to hear that Dr. Jones had gone to burglarize the headquarters of the party and take the generator,” he said.It was reported that there are some internal wrangling between MOVEE officials and their political leader, Dr. Jones, ever since Kemayah, the party’s chairman, announced MOVEE’s pledge of support to the Coalition for Democratic Change for the runoff election.But Sammie denied knowing of any internal wrangling within the party, saying if Dr. Jones had a problem with the majority of the party’s decision, he would have made a public announcement expressing his disappointment.“Everyone in the party was not pleased with the decision to go to the CDC, but we had no option because majority carried the day and we are in a democratic era where decisions are made by the majority,” he said.Meanwhile, Dr. Jones refused to respond to the allegation levied against him by the party when he was contacted, saying he had better things to think about and did not want to be bothered.MOVEE obtained over 12,000 votes accounting for 0.8% according to official results from NEC.The party has declared its support to the Coalition for Democratic Change of Senator George Weah, an action that is, according to insiders, apparently against the standard bearer’s choice.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Taylor Speedway hosts season opener

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – It was an exciting weekend at the Taylor Speedway as Thunder in the Valley returned for the 2017 stockcar racing season.Tyson LeClerc was the back-to-back top racer in the Junior Mini Sprints class, fnishing ahead of Colten Beaumont on both Saturday and Sunday. In the Senior Mini Sprints, Eddie Scarfo was the first ranked driver on Saturday, ahead of Cody LeClerc and Anthony Seguin. LeClerc and Scarfo traded spots on Sunday, finishing first and second respectively ahead of Seguin, who added another third place finish.Jesse Wassenaar dominated the Mini Juniors over the weekend, finishing in first place on both days of the races. Darin McDonnel came second on both days, while Chantel Richards had a pair of third spots finishes. In the Mini Adults, Jordan Harrison managed to take top spot on Saturday, ahead of Mike Taylor and Chelsea Babcock. On Sunday, Taylor fell to third spot, while first and second places were won by Clint Mason and John Ramsey respectively.- Advertisement -The Sports class saw some exciting racing and movement on the podium. Dave Devries was the top driver on Saturday, finishing ahead of Matt Burdock and Swain Hackman. Burdock improved to second place on Sunday, while Devries fell to third spot. Chris Babcock rounded out the Top 3 on Sunday with a second place finish.In the IMCA Modifieds, the weekend was owned by Johnny Beaumont, who topped the list on both days of racing. Darren Morin and Al Scarfo had back-to-back third and fourth place respective finishes. Second place was owned by John Stokes on Saturday, and by Dennis Wurst on Sunday.The next scheduled weekend of racing action at the Taylor Speedway is June 17th and 18th, when the dirt oval track hosts Hit to Pass for the first time ever.Advertisementlast_img read more

Port OKs fees for clean trucks plan

first_imgThe charge is expected to be suspended by 2012, when about 16,800 drayage trucks operating at the twin port complex are expected to meet 2007 federal emissions standards, resulting in an 80 percent reduction in emissions. The fee is a follow-up to last month’s decision to ban older, dirtier trucks from the ports as part of a phased-in program set to begin Oct. 1, 2008, as part of the Clean Trucks Program and the wider Clean Air Action Plan. “This container fee is a fundamental step to ensuring we have the momentum and money to make the most aggressive plan to green the ports’ truck fleet a reality,” said Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa. “With the financial groundwork laid, it’s now time to push forward on the rest.” Environmentalists and health advocates praised the commission’s decision and pointed to studies that have linked diesel emissions to cancer, heart disease and asthma. While the fee will be used to help purchase cleaner-burning big rigs, truckers who work as independent contractors said that they cannot afford to maintain the new vehicles. After expenses, independent drivers typically earn about $8 to $12 an hour. They said the paltry earnings are too little to maintain the new trucks, which would require an overhaul every three to five years. “We’re always doing Mickey Mouse stuff to our trucks to fix them right now,” trucker Miguel Aragon said. “You can imagine if we have to fix these new trucks what the repairs will be like.” Next month, both ports are scheduled to consider who should own and maintain the new trucks, and whether to set standards for port control over trucking companies, marking the third, most disputed portion of the Clean Trucks Program. “Rescue us from the very difficult situation we find ourselves in as owner-operators,” Aragon told the harbor commission. “We ask you to be supportive of us because we are already employees, even though we are not classified as employees.” Truckers have gained an ally in Los Angeles City Councilwoman Janice Hahn, who said she supports drivers like Aragon, who want to be recognized as full-time workers. “Clean trucks are great but won’t do us much good without a stable work force to drive them,” said Hahn, whose 15th District includes the Port of Los Angeles. The trucking and shipping industries have argued that shipment costs would soar if companies were required to hire independent drivers as full-time workers, who would likely join unions and demand benefits. “I think the next step is the most crucial and difficult part in implementing the program, and I think the port commissioners are coming to believe that too,” said Julie Sauls, vice president of external affairs for the California Trucking Association. art.marroquin@dailybreeze.com 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! A “special” cargo fee aimed at generating $1.6 billion to pay for newer, cleaner short-haul diesel trucks by 2012 was approved Thursday by the Los Angeles Board of Harbor Commissioners. The $35 fee will be placed on all loaded 20-foot cargo containers entering the Port of Los Angeles, and a $70 fee will be slapped on 40-foot cargo containers beginning June 1, 2008, to help pay for the Clean Trucks Program. The charge would not apply to containers entering or leaving the port by train, car carriers or fuel tanks. Port officials admitted that the fee may eventually drive up the cost of goods shipped on cargo containers but said that they cannot expand operations without finding a way to reduce diesel emissions spewed from trucks, ships and railroads operating at the twin port complex. “Ultimately the fee will be paid by the consumers but we are talking about a few cents on an item that sells for hundreds of dollars,” said S. David Freeman, president of the harbor commission. “What we’re getting from that is the elimination of pollution, which is causing damages of $4 million and $5 million. This is about the best investment I can think of that we can possibly make.” The Port of Long Beach approved the same fee plan Monday. Long Beach harbor commission President Mario Cordero, who sat beside Freeman during most of the meeting Thursday, said he is looking forward to working with his counterparts in Los Angeles in finally implementing the long-delayed Clean Trucks Program. “Obviously we’re working towards a very monumental plan, a cutting-edge plan,” Cordero said. “The steps that we’re taking together as ports are steps that are going to make a dramatic change with regard to the reduction of emissions from trucks.” The new container fees will be collected by the ports’ shipping terminals, but concerns were raised about how the new charge should be collected. Freeman asked port staffers to draw up a plan that either reimburses or completely exempts drivers of cleaner-burning trucks from paying the fee. A formal payment plan is expected to come before the board next month. “I don’t want to adopt this thing with just a bunch of vague understandings,” Freeman said. “If a truck is compliant, it should not pay the fee.” last_img read more

Fantasy Premier League tips 2016/17: 15 cheap newly promoted players to consider

first_img 15 15 1: Andre Gray (Burnley) – £6.5m – Click the right arrow to see the next player – Burnley striker Andre Gray was last season’s Championship top-scorer with 25 goals in 43 games. But can he do it in the Premier League? For a miniscule fee of just £6.5m it’s probably worth finding out! 15 15 8: Alvaro Negredo (Middlesbrough) – £6.5m – Click the right arrow to see the next player – Alvaro Negredo won the Premier League with Man City in the 2013/14 season, scoring nine goals and picking up three assists in the process. Two years later, he’s back here with ‘Boro and, given his proven goal scoring record in England, could be a very wise investment for just £6.5m. 15 15 2: Eldin Jakupovic (Hull) – £4.0m – Click the right arrow to see the next player – With Hull’s favoured goalkeeper Allan McGregor ruled out until January, second-choice Eldin Jakupovic seems destined to step in and start for the Tigers until then. Given he’s priced at only £4.0m and is likely to play for the first half of the season, Jakupovic is definitely a bargain, even if he’s only your ‘spare’ keeper. 15 15 15 15 5: Viktor Fischer (Middlesbrough) – £5.5m – Click the right arrow to see the next player – A few years ago, Viktor Fischer was touted as one of Europe’s hottest young prospects. Despite his career not quite having gone to plan since then, Middlesbrough may just be the right fit for the £5.5m midfielder, who netted eight goals in 18 Eredivisie games last season. 3: Victor Valdes (Middlesbrough) – £4.5m – Click the right arrow to see the next player – Having spent 12 years in Barcelona’s first team, Valdes was a shock signing for ‘Boro. The 34-year-old Spaniard has now played his first games for Karanka’s side in pre-season and looks a decent FPL choice given some of ‘Boro’s appealing initial fixtures. 15 15 15 9: Abel Hernandez (Hull) – £6.0m – Click the right arrow to see the next player – Hull forward Abel Hernandez was joint second top scorer in the Championship last season, behind only Andre Gray. Hernandez played fewer games than Gray and so their ‘minutes per goal’ records were very similar, however Gray recorded nine assists while Hernandez registered just two. 15 10: Michael Keane (Burnley) – £5.0m – Click the right arrow to see the next player – While also a solid defender whose side recorded 20 clean sheets last season, Michael Keane has now developed a reputation for himself as something of a goalscorer. Having netted five times for Burnley last season, Keane is now quite highly priced for a newly promoted team’s defender. 13: Emilio Nsue (Middlesbrough) – £4.5m – Click the right arrow to see the next player – This Middlesbrough full-back enjoys taking chances to get forward and join his side’s attack, resulting in him recording three goals and two assists for them last season. Given he will cost you just £4.5m, and ‘Boro kept 22 clean sheets last season, Nsue may be a sound investment for the beginning of this campaign. 4: Tom Heaton (Burnley) – £4.5m – Click the right arrow to see the next player – The final of the three teams’ goalkeepers is Burnley’s Tom Heaton and you might think, with early fixtures away at Liverpool and Chelsea, he may be one to avoid. However Heaton could be a decent pick as a rotation ‘keeper given Burnley’s early home fixtures against Swansea and Hull which could provide clean sheets. Last season Odion Ighalo and Troy Deeney proved to be two of the best bargains available in the Fantasy Premier League.They were both playing up front for Watford, a newly promoted team.This season Burnley, Middlesbrough and Hull are the three sides thrusting their players into the big time, but which are best placed to emulate Watford’s point-scorers of last season.The players we have included in this list have all featured in pre-season and many are already looking sharp ahead of the new campaign. Not all have their starting places guaranteed, but we expect the vast majority of these players to be in their team’s lineups for the season opener on August 13th.Burnley’s first four fixtures: Swansea (H), Liverpool (A), Chelsea (A), Hull (H)Middlesbrough’s first four fixtures: Stoke (H), Sunderland (A), West Brom (A), Palace (H)Hull’s first four fixtures: Leicester (H), Swansea (A), Man United (H), Burnley (A)Check out which newly promoted players you should consider for your fantasy team next season by clicking the right arrow above… 11: Stewart Downing (Middlesbrough) – £5.5m – Click the right arrow to see the next player – He’s had his ups and downs in the past, but Stewart Downing is now back at ‘Boro ready to take on the Premier League again. Priced at only £5.5m, proven top-flight goalscorer Downing should be worth his cheap price tag, however he only managed three goals and five assists last season, so be wary. 15: Gaston Ramirez (Middlesbrough) – £?.?m – Click the right arrow to see the next player – We don’t yet know Gaston Ramirez’s price, as he has not yet officially been confirmed as a player by Middlesbrough. However, he‘s already played in some of their pre-season friendlies and, when he does get clearance to complete his move, should be well in contention for your teams given his proven Premier League pedigree. 15 7: Robert Snodgrass (Hull) – £5.5m – Click the right arrow to see the next player – Similarly to George Boyd, Robert Snodgrass is another cheap midfielder who has proved his worth in both the Premier League (with Norwich) and the Championship. Snodgrass recorded four goals and seven assists for Hull last season and will look to build on that form at the start of this campaign. 14: Andrew Robertson (Hull) – £4.5m – Click the right arrow to see the next player – And if you’re looking for Hull’s option of a cheap, £4.5m defender then Andrew Robertson is your man. Hull kept 20 clean sheets last season and Robertson, like Nsue, can provide goals and assists. 12: Ben Mee (Burnley) – £4.5m – Click the right arrow to see the next player – He may not score from defence quite as regularly as Michael Keane, but Ben Mee is still a regular fixture in Burnley’s solid back line and is priced at a minimal £4.5m. 6: George Boyd (Burnley) – £5.5m – Click the right arrow to see the next player – George Boyd is in no way a world-beater, but he does have Premier League experience having scored five goals and assisted twice for Burnley in 2014/15. Last season, back in the Championship, Boyd registered another five goals alongside five assists as he proved himself to be a solid, consistent, cheap midfielder. last_img read more

Gabriel Jesus suffers horror eye injury – thanks to Manchester City teammate

first_img1 Gabriel Jesus has suffered a fractured eye socket in a clash with his Manchester City teammate Nicolas Otamendi.The 20-year-old forward needed lengthy treatment during Brazil’s 1-0 defeat to Argentina in Melbourne on Friday after Otamendi’s elbow struck him in the face in an accidental collision.He was stretchered off and was transferred to a local hospital after the match as a precaution.Jesus later Tweeted that he was ‘fine’ and Brazil’s team coordinator Edu – the former Arsenal midfielder – told reporters the youngster had escaped serious injury.But, following a more detailed examination by medics, it has emerged that Jesus sustained a fractured eye socket.He has been released from the Brazil squad ahead of Tuesday’s friendly against Australia but no further details have been given.Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola will be desperately hoping the injury will not keep Jesus out for a lengthy period.After arriving from Palmeiras in January in a £27million deal, the forward made an explosive start to his City career before injury interrupted his season.He made 11 appearances in total this season, scoring seven goals, and is viewed as a vital part of Guardiola’s future plans. Gabriel Jesus was injured in a clash with Nicolas Otamendi last_img read more


first_imgNaomh Muire GAA NotesNaomh Muire GAA club is delighted to welcome Paudie Butler to the Clubhouse this Friday evening at 7.30pm. Paudie Butler is a former National Hurling Co-ordinator and a well respected voice in the development of children through games. He is a sought after person and has addressed all the major GAA development conferences this year. ‘Inspiring Children: Fostering a love of Gaelic Games’ and “Developing confident, competent children” – are but two of his all-important presentations. Paudie Butler concentrates of the ages of 4- 12 years and offers invaluable advice on range of movement and encouragement for children at these ages. He talks about supporting coaches so that children can hear the language of positivity as they enjoy their games.Naomh Muire GAA Club and the work of Bord na nÓg encourage all parents as well as club coaches, underage players over 16, teachers, Senior players and others who wish to hear Paudie Butler’s advice to come along to the evening.Bhí lá maith ag na foirne sinsearach agus tacaíochta ar na Meilte an Domhnach seo caite. D’éirigh len dá fhoireann an bhua a bheith acu ar fhoirne Ghleann Fhinne. Beidh an foireann tacaíochta ag imirt arís an Satharn seo in éadan Bun Dobhráin ar na Meilte arís ag 7:30. The bank holiday weekend see a double set of fixtures where both seniors and reserves are in action. A trip to MacCumhaill park is first up on Saturday 31st and then on bank holiday Monday, Fanad Gaels make the long trip to the Banks.The U-14 Girs were defeated by Naomh Columba last Tuesday in the Banks by one point. Their next game is against S. ‘Michael’s in Dunfanaghy on Wednesday 21st at 6.30pm. The bus for that match will leave the car park in Annagry at 5.40pm sharp.Comhghairdeas le Casey McGarvey, Anagaire agus Saoirse Bonner, Céideadh who were part of the Donegal U-14 girls team who were at the All-Ireland Blitz in Mullingar on Saturday 17th May.Training for U-10/U-12 Girls is from 5.30 to 6.30pm on Thursdays. Ladies/minors and U-16s training is on Thursday 6.30 to 7.30pm. Lotto: Níor bhain duine ar bith an pota óir an tseachtain seo. Is iad 12-17-19-24 na huimhreacha a tháinig amach. Bhí trí uimhir ag Bríd McDevitt as an Bhráid agus Bridie Sharkey as Bun na mBeann. Beidh €980 sa phota an tseachtain seo chugainn.The next 100+ draw will take place on the 28th May and we are still taking members! Be in with a chance of sharing in any of our 13 money prizes each month, with the top prize €500. Contact co-ordinator Dónal Ó’Séarcáigh and he will organise a collector to collect subs each month. Remember if your not in you can’t Win!GAA NEWS: HURLING CO-ORDINATOR TO VISIT NAOMH MUIRE GAA CLUB THIS FRIDAY was last modified: May 20th, 2014 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:GAANAOMH MUIRENoticesSportlast_img read more


first_imgJuniorsAfter the triumph in the McArdle Cup the previous weekend, the Juniors were back in action in the second round of the league at Tottenhall, after a good fight back in the second half to earn a draw at 0-08 each against the Taras. Next up is Eire Og on Sunday 22nd May, 2.30pm at Downhill Park. Presentation Evening – Saturday 28th MayThe club are hosting our annual presentation evening on Saturday 28th May at the clubhouse. The Seniors will be presented with their winning championship and league medals whilst the Juniors will be presented with their home grown championship medals. Player of the year awards for the Seniors, Juniors, Ladies, Young Player will be awarded as well as Club Person of the Year.The presentation will take place following the conclusion of the Ladies 7s and the Seniors 4 team tournament contesting the Francie O’Donnell Memorial Cup. We look forward to seeing you in the evening.Lottery Results – 12th May 2016 Numbers drawn 3, 7, 16 & 19Jackpot – £2,550 – No Winner£25 Lucky Dip Winners:Brian McBrearty, TCGCalum Flynn, TCGBrendan McAtternsey, Online Jess, TCG LadiesNext draw, 19th May Jackpot £2,600Play online at www.tirchonaillgaels.comThank you for your support GAA NEWS: TIR CHONAILL GAELS JUNIORS EARN HARD FOUGHT DRAW was last modified: May 17th, 2016 by Mark ForkerShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:GAASportTir Chonaill Gaelslast_img read more


first_imgA Letterkenny man has been jailed for three months for assaulting a bus driver.Lafferty jailed for three months for assaulting a bus driver.Matthew Lafferty, 21, was part of a group of three people who took a bus from Ballyshannon to Letterkenny on January 26th, 2012. The bus driver had been forced to stop the bus and ask people to stop drinking alcohol and smoking at Drumkeen.When he was getting off the bus, Lafferty assaulted the driver, Mr McGarvey, in the face leaving his face red.Lafferty appeared before Letterkenny District Court on a number of charges today.The court heard from solicitor Patsy Gallagher who said his client had been fighting both alcohol and drug addictions.The court heard that Lafferty has 43 previous convictions.He was so “far gone” that he had tried to rob his next-door neighbour’s home and even his own on one occasion, said Mr Gallagher.The court heard that Lafferty also broke into a house at 1 Fairgreen Park in Letetrkenny on November 12th, 2011 and stole a Playstation and also caused damage to the house.Judge Paul Kelly said bus drivers are vulnerable and need to be protected.“It must have been very unpleasant for him. Bus drivers do not deserve to be treated in this way when they are simply doing heir job,” said Judge Kelly.He jailed Lafferty for three months for assaulting the bus driver and a further three months for burglary.The court heard that Lafferty is also facing a number of other charges for which he opted to face trial in the circuit court.LETTERKENNY MAN WHO STRUCK BUS-DRIVER JAILED FOR THREE MONTHS was last modified: September 9th, 2013 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:assaultbus driverjailedletterkennyMatthew Laffertylast_img read more

Bulger’s status for Sunday uncertain

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week Martin’s career with the Rams (2-4) dates to their Los Angeles days. He was on the Rams’ practice squad in 1993 and spent time on and off with the Rams through 1996, when he saw action in six games. He played with Washington, Jacksonville, Cleveland and Jacksonville again before returning to back up Kurt Warner in 2001 and 2002. He was on the Jets’ roster but didn’t play in 2003, then played one game for St. Louis last season. In 27 career games, he has started three. Bulger’s injury turned around what could have been a huge upset of the Colts, the NFL’s only undefeated team. The Rams were ahead 17-0 in the second quarter when Bulger threw a pass that was intercepted by Cato June. On the return, Bulger was hurt on a block by linebacker David Thornton. “It was clean,” Vitt said of the hit. “Mark’s trying to make a play. Mark’s trying to make a tackle.” The Colts outscored St. Louis 45-11 the rest of the way. Bulger walked off the field holding his shoulder and was taken to the locker room for X-rays. He returned to the sideline wearing his jersey without shoulder pads, and a bag of ice taped to his shoulder. – The Chargers and Dolphins swapped third-string quarterbacks on Tuesday, with A.J. Feeley going to San Diego and Cleo Lemon to the Dolphins. The Chargers also received a draft pick, believed to be a seventh-rounder. Feeley started eight games last year, but was demoted by new Dolphins coach Nick Saban heading into the season. Lemon has never taken a regular-season snap. He was on San Diego’s practice squad in 2003 and was the fourth-stringer last season. “Obviously we’re very excited,” said Lemon’s agent, J.R. Rickert. “We’re looking forward to the opportunity.” Feeley has been a bust in Miami. He was obtained from the Philadelphia Eagles on March 3, 2004, for a second-round draft pick. He played in 11 games, including eight starts, throwing 11 touchdowns and 15 interceptions. Playing behind a weak offensive line, he was sacked 23 times. – A woman who contends Vikings running back Onterrio Smith sexually assaulted her last year has sued the player. The 21-year-old woman is not identified in the lawsuit filed last week, for fear of retaliation, said her attorney, Lori Peterson. The woman, who lives in the Twin Cities, says she was injured and humiliated and is seeking $150,000 in damages. The lawsuit claims she suffers from a lifelong illness and her physician describes her as an “individual with disabilities.” She has a form of mental impairment stemming from fetal alcohol syndrome. Police reports indicate the woman met Smith through a friend, who was in an adjacent room in the Eden Prairie apartment during the alleged assault. The lawsuit mentions that a second Vikings player was involved in the attack, but that player is not identified because he “met his legal obligations,” Peterson said. Police in Eden Prairie, the Minneapolis suburb where the Vikings practice, investigated the rape report but no charges were filed. Smith was notified of the lawsuit May 18 and has not responded, according to Peterson. Smith’s agent did not immediately return a call Tuesday. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! “I don’t want to assume anything yet, I think that’s a hypothetical situation,” Vitt said when asked about possibly losing Bulger. “But I will say this: Jamie Martin was born and raised in this system and knows the system as good as anybody.” Results for Martin were mixed Monday night. The backup to Bulger completed 17 of 21 passes for 134 yards, one touchdown and two crucial interceptions. center_img St. Louis Rams interim coach Joe Vitt is unsure whether quarterback Marc Bulger will be able to play against New Orleans on Sunday. Bulger sprained his right shoulder in the second quarter of the Rams’ 45-28 loss Monday night in Indianapolis. Vitt said Tuesday that MRI results weren’t available. last_img read more

Fighting a language war

first_img “People wake up and discover half the kids in their children’s class don’t speak English, and most of the resources are going to address that problem. People start to feel like strangers in their own country.” Those enraged by the problem say illegal immigrants are effectively invading the nation and taking jobs away from Americans. Those on the other side say illegal immigrants are living in the shadows and doing jobs Americans won’t do. Illegal immigrants’ advocates say those here improperly should pay a penalty, but eventually be allowed some legal status. They accuse opponents of wanting to round up illegal immigrants for mass deportations. Opponents say giving legal status to those who came illegally amount to that most provoking buzzword of all: “amnesty.” George Lakoff, a Democratic political consultant and linguist at the University of California at Berkeley, said anti-immigration groups so far appear to be winning the language war, and the word “amnesty” is their most powerful rhetorical weapon. “`Amnesty’ assumes that there’s been a serious crime. I mean, you don’t have amnesty for shoplifters,” Lakoff said. “It’s seen as an attack on the country.” Steven Camarota, research director of the Center for Immigration Studies, agreed that the word “amnesty” stings. But he said that’s because it’s accurate. “Those who would like to legalize people here don’t want to remind folks that, in effect, we’re not going to enforce the law, that we’re going to seemingly reward lawbreaking. “Why don’t the advocates of illegal immigration use ‘amnesty’? Because the polls tell them people hate it,” Camarota said. But supporters of what they call “earned legalization,” “earned transition” and “earned adjustment” counter that they don’t use the term “amnesty” because it isn’t precise. “We’re not really talking about an amnesty. We’re talking about providing some legitimacy,” Feinstein said. “What people are now saying is … no matter what its provisions are, they want to attack it as an amnesty,” said Rep. Howard Berman, D-Van Nuys. “It’s to their short-term advantage, but the cost of them doing that is getting any meaningful and comprehensive solution,” said Berman, whose own plan for illegal agricultural workers involves making them pay penalties and then allowing them to gain legal status. Meanwhile, advocates for undocumented immigrants stand behind their own charged buzzwords, like “round up” and “mass deportations” for what opponents want to do to undocumented workers. “If you say you want to get rid of anybody that came here illegally, how do you do it besides mass deportations?” Berman said. But Camarota called it “very harsh imagery of little children being dragged out of school.” “I don’t know anyone who is advocating mass deportations,” added Mehlman. “It’s a very clear public-relations strategy that they’re employing.” Frank Sharry, executive director of the National Immigration Forum, called the illegal immigration fight “a debate that has become increasingly dominated by hotheads.” Still, he said he is confident that amped-up rhetoric will ultimately give way to a middle-ground policy on illegal immigration. “At the end of the day, people are going to be less interested in the words and more interested in whether we’re going to have a solution for the 11 million people who are here illegally,” Sharry said. “At the end of the day, people won’t care what it’s called.” Lisa Friedman, (202) 662-8731_lisa.friedman@langnews.com 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 While every political fight has its public buzzwords, few have had a lexicon so brimming with anger and pathos as the current debate over illegal immigration. And as a protracted battle looms in Washington over how to deal with the nation’s estimated 11 million illegal immigrants – with proposals ranging from beefed-up border security to guest-worker programs – those looking for a solution say they fear the loaded language is obscuring the real issues and making it hard to find any middle ground. “The language is a big impediment to any solution,” said Feinstein, whose plan involves allowing longtime illegal farmworkers who agree to stay in the agricultural sector three additional years to seek legal status and eventually apply for green cards. Experts say the language in this particular debate is becoming increasingly anger-filled because it veils a deep national divide in beliefs over who deserves to be in the United States, and, ultimately, who we are as Americans. “It’s this sense that people are losing control over their own lives,” said Ira Mehlman, Los Angeles-based spokesman for the Federation for Immigration Reform. WASHINGTON – California Sen. Dianne Feinstein stood outside her office one recent afternoon explaining her plan for granting legal status to some illegal farmworkers. She turned to leave, then beckoned back a departing reporter. “Please don’t use the word ‘amnesty,”‘ Feinstein said. “It’s not an ‘amnesty.’ It’s an ‘earned transition.”‘ Across the Capitol that day, during a testy immigration hearing, Massachusetts Democrat Sen. Edward Kennedy asked Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff how “mass deportations” of illegal immigrants would impact the country. “The bills don’t call for ‘mass deportations,”‘ grumbled Sen. Jon Kyl, R-Ariz. last_img