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PNP Administration denies more money to Helen Garlick SIPT

first_img Recommended for you Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 07 Aug 2015 – Almost unbelievably, the expensive Special Investigation and Prosecution Team, which has not managed to secure any convictions through the court for charges on government and investor corruption had the audacity to ask the government for more money to run its investigation. In a media conference yesterday, Premier Rufus Ewing shared that it was requested and that his administration categorically said ‘no’ to the request for an additional $4.3 million. Premier Ewing said: “We as a government are not satisfied that we receive sufficient information on expenditure in terms of the areas of expenditure in much more detail in what was given and so we cannot give account, a full account of the funds that were appropriated and how they are being used.” A sad admission about a UK-hired team which has faced a barrage of criticisms and which is investigating and aiming to prosecute former government ministers and their relatives for alleged mismanagement of public funds.The Premier explained, “I find it very difficult for them to go and pay for protection for bodyguards for the prosecutors… while we as elected members, see our details downsized…” Finance Minister Washington Misick added that he believes the issue of protection is unduly inflated: “”It is alleged that there is a credible threat against the Prosecution Team that warrants them being protected. I don’t personally believe that there is any credible threat.” Add to this, Minister Washy shared that government has to pay for a second reverse osmosis plant for Grand Turk to the tune of $300,000; he believes a $4.3 million dollar spend on Helen Garlick’s SIPT would be a bad use of public money. We also learned that: SIPT has cost an excess of $36 million dollars, $15 million of which was covered by the UK – the balance by the Turks and Caicos. Four million dollars was allocated to the SIPT this year and there was four million to the defense for legal representation. If granted, the SIPT investigation bill will mount $12 million dollars for 2015-2016 alone. If not granted, it is said, this could lead to a delay in the SIPT trials set for December 1st. Related Items:pnp administration, premier rufus ewing, Special Investigation and prosecution Team, washington misick Cabinet Ministers get to spend more, CFO stays on the job Beaches puts former Premier on blast about controversial pier Preview of Budget reveals salary hikes, millions is saving with retired of UK bail out loanlast_img read more

Opening of Crawfish season delayed for two weeks

first_img Related Items: Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, TCI, July 22, 2016 – Crawfish season will not open on the first day of August… it will open on the 15th day of August and officials issued notice today for restaurants and fishermen and the residents to be aware of the legal start time.DECR Director, Dr John Claydon calls the two week change a benefit to the country’s number three industry, fisheries.   “This has proven successful in reducing the quantity of egg-bearing lobsters landed, and is believed to have contributed to increased abundance and landings of crawfish. The last day of the Crawfish season will be 15th March, 2017.  Last season the fishing community of the Turks and Caicos benefited from an increase in crawfish landings. This appears to be the result of the stock starting to rebuild, and as long as we continue to implement the measures we have in place we are confident that this rebuilding will continue…”last_img read more

No Government issued Alert 100 Haitians land illegally in Provo

first_imgPrison photo: CBS NewsMountainside phot0: IrishTimes Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items:#100illegalslandinprovo, #haitijailbreak, #nogovernmentalertcenter_img Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, TCI, November 1, 2016 – More than 24 hours now, and Government authorities have not issued one alert to the general public about the illegal landing of a suspected 100 Haitians in the north western end of Provo.   Residents had been expressly concerned about any attempts at Haitians breaking into the country via boat due to a recent prison break in Haiti, where a security guard was killed, and as many as 174 inmates were on the loose.Though it is said by Border Control Minister, Donhue Gardiner to Magnetic Media that more than half those prisoners were recaptured, it still leaves half on the run.   The illegal boat getting in, possibly with guns or drugs or both or none at all on board, causes residents to question border security again as this is arguably the third boat in 2016 to have been undetected by the Coastal Radar.Add to this, Immigration Officers are holding two Haitian men, who are in the country on work permits for allegedly helping the over 100 migrants to escape and hide.   The men’s vehicles were found with wet seats around 1 a.m Monday and it is believed they dropped off the migrants in an area known as Polato Yard behind Carrington’s Commercial complex on Millennium Highway in Blue Hills.last_img read more

TCI Autopsy and Police evidence insufficient manslaughter charge dropped against Fulford and

first_img Recommended for you Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items:#haitianfresh, #markfulford, #robertschuster Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, Turks and Caicos Islands – March 6, 2018 – Two young men were today freed of the burden of having to continue to prove that they were not responsible for a 2017 murder of Julliot ‘Haitian Fresh’ Pierre; at least one attorney is calling it a major victory for his client.Jermaine Fulford Jr and Clayton Morris, represented respectively by attorneys Mark Fulford and Lara Maroof (Stanbrooks Law) had the charge of manslaughter dropped against them after it was proven that there was insufficient evidence to proceed to trial. Justice Robert Schuster today determined that after having reviewed all evidence, in the police sufficiency hearing there was simply not enough condemning material to move the manslaughter case forward against the two men.Mark Fulford of F Chambers Law firm reported to Magnetic Media that he “argued before Justice Schuster, that the DPP Jillian Williams did not have enough evidence to convict their clients of the manslaughter of Julliot Pierre.”Julliot Pierre, who was 24 year old at the time of his death in July 2017, is better known by his nickname, Haitian Fresh and was chopped with a cutlass during a fight, hospitalized and he later passed away.  Originally, his death was classified as ‘unexplained’.  The autopsy report later confirmed that the injuries in that fight did cause Pierre’s death and the investigation became a homicide probe.It is widely believed the real killer got away.Magnetic Media is told that the suspected man, who police were hunting for the killing hopped a flight to Haiti and never returned to Provo.In July last year TCI Police were reported as looking for Richard ‘Rich Boi’ Gail in connection to the murder of the Kew Town man. One comment shared with Magnetic Media following today’s outcome said, “Police should have never wasted their time and the people’s resources to charge Clayton Morris and Jermaine Fulford Jr. in the killing of ‘Haitian Fresh’…. The DPP knew quite well the Police had nothing in the bundle against those two by themselves but a much stronger case against the individual that fled the country…  Police put out a wanted poster for Richard Gail but it was too late…  It is sad that this poor Haitian boy’s life was taken away from him… one cannot rejoice in the victorious results of the sufficiency hearing today… as a young man’s life was cut short.”Photo:  Julliot ‘Haitian Fresh’ Pierre, 24center_img Former PNP Election candidate and businessman calls for swifter reconstruction for Capital, Grand Turk TCI: Three airlifted with gunshot from Provo to Jamaica; attorney activist says try his crime prevention planlast_img read more

Saints identify Hughes replacement

first_imgSouthampton have identified former AS Monaco manager Leonardo Jardim as a potential replacement for under-fire boss Mark Hughes.The Saints have lost their last three league games without scoring to slip to 16th in the table, just two points above the relegation zone.Southampton next face rivals Bournemouth at the Vitality Stadium on Saturday, and a fourth successive defeat would only add more pressure on Hughes.Despite the looming shadow of Jardim, Hughes insists he is not feeling the pressure and insists improved results are not far away.“We want maximum points as soon as we can but we don’t feel unduly concerned as yet because we think we are very close to turning things around,” he said, according to Express.“We stayed in the Premier League last year by one position. Realistically, are we going to go from 17th to the top six in eight games? Probably not.”Neymar, BrazilTop 5 Ligue 1 players to watch throughout next weekend Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – September 11, 2019 With the international activity cooling down for the next month, we go back to the Top 5 players to watch in Ligue 1 next…“We need to be a little bit patient but we know we have potential in the group and are better than we were last year.”“People shape their view how well or how poorly you do in the early weeks of the season; the end game is where you are after 38 matches.”Hughes is hopeful Charlie Austin, who is currently on loan from Liverpool can rediscover his goalscoring touch against the Cherries this weekend.Hughes said: “Charlie is a goal scorer and if you give him the right service, in the right areas of the penalty box, more often than not he will get shots off.”“We have not been able to get him in those kinds of positions on a regular enough basis so that is something we have to improve.”last_img read more

Griezmann Zidane would be a great coach for France

first_imgAntoine Griezmann backed Zinedine Zidane as the best choice to replace Didier Deschamps as France manager – if he decided to leaveDeschamps has been in charge of Les Bleus since 2012 and has overseen 55 victories in 88 games.The 50-year-old famously led France to their second World Cup title in the summer at Russia and appears set to remain in the dugout until Euro 2020 – at the earliest.But Deschamps himself has even admitted he sees Zidane as the most likely man to replace him at France.The former Real Madrid boss has been out of work since May after guiding the club to a third straight Champions League crown.And Griezmann revealed that Zidane has his vote if Deschamps ever decides to step down from his role at France.Opinion: Neymar will earn respect back from the PSG fans Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – September 14, 2019 After completing his incredible return to Parc des Princes, we predict that Neymar will earn the respect back from PSG supporters.The situation between Neymar…“I don’t know how long Deschamps wants to remain as national manager,” Griezmann told ESPN.“He has earned the respect he has, and I think he will be on the job as much as he wants.“However, I believe Zidane could be the best manager available (for the French national team).“Actually, Deschamps has done a terrific job.”Juventus and Manchester United have also been touted as possible destinations for Zidane.last_img read more

Racial abuse Kalidou Koulibaly will appear in court for his ban

first_imgNapoli’s lawyer says defender Kalidou Koulibaly will appear in court for his ban appeal ‘to make people understand’ how it feels to be racially abused.Last month, Koulibaly was subjected to monkey chants during Napoli’s 1-0 defeat to Inter but after he protested a second bookable offence, he was slammed with a two-match ban.“This is a story out of the ordinary. That’s why Koulibaly will also be there before the judge,” Mattia Grassani told Radio Marte, according to Football Italia.“The lad wants to make people understand how he felt throughout the game and why he reacted the way he did, which is unlike Kalidou.Cristiano Ronaldo, JuventusSerie A Betting: Match-day 3 Stuart Heath – September 14, 2019 Considering there is a number of perfect starts so early in the Serie A season, as well as a few surprisingly not-so perfect ones….“We’re expecting a call between tomorrow and Wednesday, and we’ll try to get his ban revoked.“The Muntari case? In that case they said the referee hadn’t grasped the mood of the player, so we’ll ask the judge if [referee Paolo] Mazzoleni perceived that Koulibaly wasn’t protesting for the yellow but rather those chants, which had hassled him from the start.“In our opinion that didn’t happen. The bases of these two cases are therefore different because in Muntari’s case, he left the field and was sent off.“In this case Kalidou applauded and was then dismissed, although the causes are the same.”last_img read more

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Over a dozen arrested for feeding homeless in El Cajon

first_img Updated: 9:47 PM Over a dozen arrested for feeding homeless in El Cajon John Soderman, Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter John Soderman center_img Posted: January 14, 2018 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsEL CAJON (KUSI) — Over a dozen people were arrested Sunday evening in El Cajon for feeding the local homeless population.The arrests come in the wake of a newly enacted city ordinance banning people from feeding the homeless in public, but the group defied the new ordinance in an act of civil disobedience.The group was given citations and not taken to jail.This act of civil disobedience was in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., one attendee said.The group plans to do the same thing in two weeks. January 14, 2018last_img read more

San Diego Convention Center debuts new colored LED roof

first_img KUSI Newsroom, Posted: February 22, 2018 KUSI Newsroom San Diego Convention Center debuts new colored LED roof February 22, 2018 SAN DIEGO (KUSI) — The newest addition to the city’s nighttime skyline has been introduced at the San Diego Convention Center.The events complex last night debuted new colored LED lights that illuminate the recently renovated Sails Pavilion’s fabric roof. The lights change colors and can be seen from downtown, Coronado Bay and are particularly visible from the air, the center said.“The Sails Pavilion is our Convention Center’s most distinguishing feature,” convention center President and CEO Clifford “Rip” Rippetoe said.“After 28 years in operation, it was time to reinvest and reimagine the space. Not only were we able to conduct necessary maintenance and upgrades without interfering with our business, but we were able to add something new that will make the Convention Center truly shine.”The $377,000 lights are the same fixtures as those used at the Empire State Building.The lights represent the final upgrade at the 90,000-square-foot Sails Pavilion that recently underwent a $16.7 million renovation. Other upgrades were the new roof, a new concrete floor and a new fire-suppression system, according to the convention center.“These upgrades represent an infrastructure investment in one of the greatest economic engines that we have,” Mayor Kevin Faulconer said.  “This iconic Sails Pavilion is how so many people — San Diegans and visitors alike — help to identify our great city skyline.” Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitterlast_img read more

Kellen Winslow II arrested on multiple charges including kidnapping with intent to

first_img Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter KUSI Newsroom, John Soderman, KUSI Newsroom, John Soderman Updated: 10:56 PM Posted: June 14, 2018center_img Kellen Winslow II arrested on multiple charges including kidnapping with intent to commit rape June 14, 2018 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI) — Former NFL tight end Kellen Winslow II, the son of San Diego Chargers legend Kellen Winslow, was re-arrested Thursday by sheriff’s deputies on multiple charges including kidnapping with intent to commit rape.Winslow was arrested Thursday afternoon and is being charged with the following:2 counts of kidnapping with intent to commit rape2 counts of forcible rape1 count of forcible sodomy1 count of forcible oral copulation2 counts of residential burglary1 count of indecent exposureWinslow II, 34, was initially arrested last Thursday in Encinitas on suspicion of burglarizing a residence at the Park Encinitas Mobile Home Park.Sheriff’s officials said Winslow II was spotted about 2:40 p.m. walking into a residence at the park in the 400 block of North El Camino Real by a neighbor who lived nearby.Related Link: Former NFL player Kellen Winslow II arrested in Encinitas for residential burglaryThe neighbor confronted Winslow because he did not recognize him as being a resident who lived there, said sheriff’s Lt. Karen Stubkjaer.Winslow left the scene in a black SUV and deputies spotted him a short distance from the park and he was taken into custody, the lieutenant said.Winslow posted $50,000 bail that night and was scheduled to return to court June 14, but a warrant was issued for his arrest and he was taken into custody again.According to jail records, Winslow is not eligible for release. No bail amount was set. His arraignment is anticipated in Vista on Friday. last_img read more

Popular Trails at Poway are Temporarily Closed

first_img 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsPOWAY (KUSI) – When the temperature soars, so does the number of people who suffer from the effects of extreme heat.For the safety of hikers and rescue personnel, some trails in Poway are closed this week due to the excessive heat.Signs are posted to let hikers know the trails at “Iron Mountain” and “Mount Woodson” are closed this Monday and Tuesday. August 6, 2018 Popular Trails at Poway are Temporarily Closed Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter KUSI Newsroom, center_img KUSI Newsroom Updated: 7:04 PM Posted: August 6, 2018last_img read more

Governor Newsom unveils 20192020 state budget

first_img January 10, 2019 Posted: January 10, 2019 Sasha Foo, Categories: KUSI, Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter Governor Newsom unveils 2019-2020 state budget 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI) – State politicians from San Diego praised Gov. Gavin Newsom’s first budget proposal today, primarily for its dedicated support for expanding housing, affordable education and social services.Newsom released his proposed $209 billion budget for fiscal year 2019-2020, a four percent increase over former Gov. Jerry Brown’s fiscal year 2018-2019 budget, his last in office.The budget includes a $144 billion general fund and a projected $21.4 billion surplus, the largest since at least 2000.On a more granular level, Newsom’s budget includes $1.3 billion in one-time funding for housing development projects, $40 million in funding to cover two full years of tuition for first-time community college students enrolled full-time and doubling the number of state residents who have access to the state’s earned-income tax credit.San Diego’s representatives in the state legislature lauded Newsom’s budget for its ambitious funding propositions. State Sens. Toni Atkins, D-San Diego, and Holly Mitchell, D-Los Angeles, called the proposal “outstanding” in a joint statement. Atkins and Mitchell sit on the Senate’s Rules and Budget and Fiscal Review committees, respectively.“We are pleased that the governor shares our commitment to investing in early childhood and higher education, affordable housing, alleviating poverty and homelessness, expanding access to health care, paid family leave and the Earned Income Tax Credit, and overhauling California’s emergency preparedness,” Atkins and Mitchell said in the statement.Newsom also earmarked funding to assist undocumented immigrants and asylum seekers who have recently entered the U.S. as well as the humanitarian organizations that support them.In a visit to the Otay Mesa Immigration Detention Center Nov. 29, Newsom said the state needed to exert more effort to support recently arrived immigrants, who often lack proper support networks and can end up homeless in areas like San Diego and Imperial counties.“My constituents have seen an influx of migrants being dropped on San Diego streets by federal officials without the support system to help them,” said Assemblyman Todd Gloria, D-San Diego. “I want to particularly thank Gov. Newsom for including $25 million (including an immediate $5 million) to assist our community-based organizations in providing services to address this crisis.”The budget includes an attempt to take an ax to the state’s unfunded pension liabilities as well, allocating $13.6 billion to eliminate budgetary debt, build reserves and pay down pensions. According to Newsom’s office, such spending supports the state’s financial foundation and protects against possible economic strife.“To make the California Dream available to all, our state must be fiscally sound,” Newsom said. “This budget lays a strong financial foundation for our state by eliminating debts, expanding the rainy-day fund and paying down our unfunded liabilities.”Newsom’s office and state legislators will negotiate the budget’s details through June, when the final budget must be submitted. California’s 2019-2020 fiscal year begins July 1, 2019. Sasha Foo last_img read more

Navy SEAL Eddie Gallagher appears back in court to fight for rank

first_img Navy Special Operations Chief Edward Gallagher leaves a military court on Naval Base San Diego, Tuesday, July 2, 2019, in San Diego. A military jury acquitted a decorated Navy SEAL of premeditated murder Tuesday in the killing of a wounded Islamic State captive under his care in Iraq in 2017. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull) Navy Special Operations Chief Edward Gallagher, left, kisses his wife, Andrea Gallagher after leaving a military court on Naval Base San Diego, Tuesday, July 2, 2019, in San Diego. A military jury acquitted the decorated Navy SEAL Tuesday of murder in the killing of a wounded Islamic State captive under his care in Iraq in 2017. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull) KUSI Newsroom, Posted: July 3, 2019 Navy Special Operations Chief Edward Gallagher leaves a military court on Naval Base San Diego, Tuesday, July 2, 2019, in San Diego. A military jury acquitted a decorated Navy SEAL of premeditated murder Tuesday in the killing of a wounded Islamic State captive under his care in Iraq in 2017. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull) Navy Special Operations Chief Edward Gallagher, left, and his wife, Andrea Gallagher smile, after leaving a military court on Naval Base San Diego, Tuesday, July 2, 2019, in San Diego. A military jury acquitted the decorated Navy SEAL Tuesday of murder in the killing of a wounded Islamic State captive under his care in Iraq in 2017. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull) KUSI Newsroom 12345678 Navy Special Operations Chief Edward Gallagher, right, and his wife, Andrea Gallagher leave a military court on Naval Base San Diego, Tuesday, July 2, 2019, in San Diego. A military jury acquitted a decorated Navy SEAL of premeditated murder Tuesday in the killing of a wounded Islamic State captive under his care in Iraq in 2017. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull) Navy Special Operations Chief Edward Gallagher, left, and his wife, Andrea Gallagher hug after leaving a military court on Naval Base San Diego, Tuesday, July 2, 2019, in San Diego. A military jury acquitted the decorated Navy SEAL Tuesday of murder in the killing of a wounded Islamic State captive under his care in Iraq in 2017. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull) Navy Special Operations Chief Edward Gallagher, right, and his wife, Andrea Gallagher leave a military court on Naval Base San Diego, Tuesday, July 2, 2019, in San Diego. A military jury acquitted a decorated Navy SEAL of premeditated murder Tuesday in the killing of a wounded Islamic State captive under his care in Iraq in 2017. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull) Navy Special Operations Chief Edward Gallagher leaves a military court on Naval Base San Diego, Tuesday, July 2, 2019, in San Diego. A military jury acquitted a decorated Navy SEAL of premeditated murder Tuesday in the killing of a wounded Islamic State captive under his care in Iraq in 2017. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull) July 3, 2019 Show Caption Hide Caption Updated: 12:45 PM Show Caption Hide Caption Show Caption Hide Caption Navy Special Operations Chief Edward Gallagher, right, and his wife, Andrea Gallagher leave a military court on Naval Base San Diego, Tuesday, July 2, 2019, in San Diego. A military jury acquitted a decorated Navy SEAL of premeditated murder Tuesday in the killing of a wounded Islamic State captive under his care in Iraq in 2017. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull) Navy Special Operations Chief Edward Gallagher, left, and his wife, Andrea Gallagher hug after leaving a military court on Naval Base San Diego, Tuesday, July 2, 2019, in San Diego. A military jury acquitted the decorated Navy SEAL Tuesday of murder in the killing of a wounded Islamic State captive under his care in Iraq in 2017. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull) Facebook is experiencing technical problems. The video may not appear for some users. Please visit KUSI.com/livestream to watchBREAKING: Gallagher is sentenced to four months confinement, moot because of time served. His rank is reduced to E-6, Petty Officer First Class. Gallagher also forfeits more than $2600 a month for two months.SAN DIEGO (KUSI) – A Navy Seal acquitted in San Diego of murder and other charges stemming from various alleged war crimes will appear in court again Wednesday morning to fight for his rank after posing with a corpse, the one charge for which he was convicted.Special Operations Chief Edward Gallagher was acquitted of six of the seven charges he was facing, including fatally stabbing a wounded teenage ISIS fighter and shooting Iraqi civilians.After eight hours of deliberation, a jury of five Marines and two Navy men convicted Gallagher Tuesday solely of posing with the teen’s body in a photograph. While the verdict means Gallagher will walk away a free man, the charge could result in a penalty affecting Gallagher’s rank, which would in turn affect his salary and pension. The penalty will be discussed in court Wednesday.The charge for which he was convicted also carries a maximum sentence of four months behind bars, which he has already served.Gallagher, 40, could have faced up to life in prison if convicted of murdering the teen in May 2017, as well as shooting a male and female civilian and shooting at an unknown number of other civilians later that year in Mosul, Iraq.The highly decorated veteran was acquitted of charges including murder, attempted murder, willful discharge of a firearm and obstruction of justice. The jury began weighing Gallagher’s fate Monday afternoon, following a full day of closing arguments at the Naval Base in San Diego.Prosecutor Jeff Pietrzyk said in his closing argument that despite a lack of physical evidence, text messages and pictures Gallagher took with the teen’s body are direct evidence of his guilt.“Good story behind this one. Got him with my hunting knife,” read one of the text messages Gallagher allegedly sent to a colleague. “I got a cool story for you when I get back. I got my knife skills on.”Prosecutors alleged that once Gallagher received word of the prisoner, who was injured in an air strike, Gallagher said, “No one touch him. He’s mine.”As Gallagher and others tended to the teen, he allegedly pulled out a hunting knife and stabbed the boy multiple times, prosecutors argued. He was also accused of shooting two civilians, whose bodies were never recovered, just over a month later and opening fire on a crowd of other civilians from a sniper’s nest.Gallagher’s defense team claimed the allegations were lies coming from a group of disgruntled subordinates who felt their platoon commander was too tough on them.His attorney, Timothy Parlatore, said the SEALs who reported Gallagher were lying, and he contended the government was relying entirely on their word in the face of a complete absence of physical evidence that any of the charged events ever occurred. Navy Special Operations Chief Edward Gallagher, center, walks with his wife, Andrea Gallagher, left, and advisor, Bernard Kerik as they leave a military court on Naval Base San Diego, Tuesday, July 2, 2019, in San Diego. A military jury acquitted the decorated Navy SEAL Tuesday of murder in the killing of a wounded Islamic State captive under his care in Iraq in 2017. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull)center_img Show Caption Hide Caption Navy Special Operations Chief Edward Gallagher, left, kisses his wife, Andrea Gallagher after leaving a military court on Naval Base San Diego, Tuesday, July 2, 2019, in San Diego. A military jury acquitted the decorated Navy SEAL Tuesday of murder in the killing of a wounded Islamic State captive under his care in Iraq in 2017. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull) Navy Special Operations Chief Edward Gallagher, left, hugs his wife, Andrea Gallagher after leaving a military court on Naval Base San Diego, Tuesday, July 2, 2019, in San Diego. A military jury acquitted the decorated Navy SEAL Tuesday of murder in the killing of a wounded Islamic State captive under his care in Iraq in 2017. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull) Show Caption Hide Caption Navy Special Operations Chief Edward Gallagher, left, hugs his wife, Andrea Gallagher after leaving a military court on Naval Base San Diego, Tuesday, July 2, 2019, in San Diego. A military jury acquitted the decorated Navy SEAL Tuesday of murder in the killing of a wounded Islamic State captive under his care in Iraq in 2017. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull) Show Caption Hide Caption Navy Special Operations Chief Edward Gallagher, right, and his wife, Andrea Gallagher leave a military court on Naval Base San Diego, Tuesday, July 2, 2019, in San Diego. A military jury acquitted a decorated Navy SEAL of premeditated murder Tuesday in the killing of a wounded Islamic State captive under his care in Iraq in 2017. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull) Show Caption Hide Caption Navy Special Operations Chief Edward Gallagher, right, and his wife, Andrea Gallagher leave a military court on Naval Base San Diego, Tuesday, July 2, 2019, in San Diego. A military jury acquitted a decorated Navy SEAL of premeditated murder Tuesday in the killing of a wounded Islamic State captive under his care in Iraq in 2017. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull) Navy Special Operations Chief Edward Gallagher, left, and his wife, Andrea Gallagher smile, after leaving a military court on Naval Base San Diego, Tuesday, July 2, 2019, in San Diego. A military jury acquitted the decorated Navy SEAL Tuesday of murder in the killing of a wounded Islamic State captive under his care in Iraq in 2017. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull) “No body, no forensics, no science, no evidence, no case,” Parlatore said during his closing arguments.The attorney emphasized that in addition to no bodies being recovered, no blood was ever seen on Gallagher or the hunting knife, despite photographs taken shortly after the stabbing allegedly happened. Without a body, a forensic expert testifying as an expert witness was unable to determine the teen’s cause of death based solely on video footage of the boy’s injuries.In surprise testimony during the trial, First Class Petty Officer Corey Scott, testified that he suffocated the wounded ISIS fighter after Gallagher stabbed the teen in the neck. Scott said he held down the boy’s breathing tube because he did not want him to suffer or be tortured by Iraqis.But Navy prosecutors said Gallagher’s text messages, particularly the wording of “Got him with my hunting knife,” was evidence of his admission to the murder.“The government’s evidence in this case comes from Chief Gallagher’s words, Chief Gallagher’s actions and Chief Gallagher’s SEALs,” Pietrzyk said.Parlatore argued that several SEALs posed with the ISIS fighter’s body and likened the text messages to “dark humor” that in no way proved Gallagher killed the teen.Prosecutors alleged that Gallagher threatened fellow SEALs over the allegations, and posted their names in private Navy social media groups in order to out them as traitors and sabotage their chances at career advancement.But Gallagher’s attorneys argued he was simply trying to clear his name amid the volatile claims made against him, and that divulging the names of the men spreading malicious rumors was a means of warning fellow SEALs who might serve with those men in the future.The trial was dogged by allegations of prosecutorial misconduct, with the trial judge finding that Navy prosecutors used tracking software to spy on the defense team’s email accounts.The judge, Capt. Aaron Rugh, removed Cmdr. Chris Czaplak from the case just before the trial was set to begin, ruling the prosecution sent emails to the defense and a Navy Times reporter that were embedded with code that would track the recipients’ email activity.The judge also ordered that Gallagher be released from custody due to violations of his Fourth and Sixth Amendment rights and reduced the maximum possible sentence of life without parole to life with the possibility of parole.Gallagher — a 19-year Navy veteran — received public support from President Donald Trump, who commented in a social media post earlier this year that Gallagher should be moved to less restrictive confinement. Trump also hinted at pardoning him if he was convicted. Show Caption Hide Caption Navy Special Operations Chief Edward Gallagher, center, walks with his wife, Andrea Gallagher, left, and advisor, Bernard Kerik as they leave a military court on Naval Base San Diego, Tuesday, July 2, 2019, in San Diego. A military jury acquitted the decorated Navy SEAL Tuesday of murder in the killing of a wounded Islamic State captive under his care in Iraq in 2017. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull) Navy SEAL Eddie Gallagher appears back in court to fight for rank, pension Navy Special Operations Chief Edward Gallagher, right, and his wife, Andrea Gallagher leave a military court on Naval Base San Diego, Tuesday, July 2, 2019, in San Diego. A military jury acquitted a decorated Navy SEAL of premeditated murder Tuesday in the killing of a wounded Islamic State captive under his care in Iraq in 2017. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull) Show Caption Hide Caption Navy Special Operations Chief Edward Gallagher leaves a military court on Naval Base San Diego, Tuesday, July 2, 2019, in San Diego. A military jury acquitted a decorated Navy SEAL of premeditated murder Tuesday in the killing of a wounded Islamic State captive under his care in Iraq in 2017. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull) Show Caption Hide Caption Categories: Local San Diego News, National & International News Tags: Eddie Gallagher FacebookTwitterlast_img read more

ASA Urges Grower Action In Support of Biodiesel Tax Incentive

first_imgThe American Soybean Association (ASA) is urging all soybean producers to contact their Congressional Representatives during the next few days to ask them to support inclusion of biodiesel tax incentives in an Energy Bill being finalized by Congress. The goal of this tax incentive is to increase consumption of biodiesel, a clean-burning fuel produced primarily from soybean oil, which will help support higher prices paid to farmers for their soybeans.”The time is now for U.S. soybean producers to contact their Representatives and Senators and urge them to protect the biodiesel tax incentive,” said ASA President Dwain Ford, a soybean producer from Kinmundy, Illinois. “Ask them to stress to the Energy Bill Conferees responsible for the tax provisions of the energy package how important the biodiesel tax incentive is to our livelihoods, as well as our environment and our country’s energy security.”With time winding down on Conference Committee consideration of the Energy Bill, soybean farmers have precious little time to register their support in favor of the biodiesel tax incentive. That is why ASA is requesting immediate action by its members and all farmers who want to improve the profitability of soybean production.Soybean producers can reach their Representatives and Senators in Washington, D.C. by calling the Capitol Switchboard at (202) 224-3121, or by logging onto www.soygrowers.com and using ASA’s Legislative Action Center to quickly e-mail prepared letters.As passed by the U.S. Senate, the Comprehensive Energy Bill contains a tax incentive to encourage the use of biodiesel. The House’s energy bill contains no similar provision. The differences between the Senate bill and the House-passed bill are being reconciled in a joint House/Senate Conference Committee. The Conference Committee, which started its review of the Energy measure in late June, could wrap-up its work on the bill over the next several days.”Opportunities such as these are few and far between,” Ford said. “As soybean farmers, a few minutes of time invested now, could pay big dividends for many years to come.”last_img read more

US Philippines Possible Free Trade Agreement

first_imgU.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer and his Philippine counterpart announced this week that the two countries agreed to improve agricultural trade by working towards reducing tariff and non-tariff barriers. This is a possible first step in moving towards a free trade agreement with the Philippines, which ASA has on its short list of desired trading partners.U.S. total exports of agricultural products to the Philippines totaled $2.6 billion in 2017. Leading domestic export categories include: soybean meal ($748 million), wheat ($555 million), dairy products ($243 million), pork & pork products ($98 million), and soybeans ($92 million).The Philippines has some of the highest food prices of any Southeast Asian nation and would benefit from a free trade agreement with the United States.last_img read more

Ice win in overtime again 54

first_imgCRANBROOK, British Columbia — First Matt Fraser knocked down a clearing pass.Then he knocked the Portland Winterhawks to the brink of elimination in the Western Hockey League championship series.Fraser scored the game-winning goal on a Kootenay power play 13:08 into overtime on Wednesday, lifting the Ice to a 5-4 win that takes them to the brink of their third league title.Kootenay leads the best-of-7 series 3-1. Game 5 is on Friday at the Rose Garden in Portland. The Winterhawks must win games Friday, Sunday at Cranbrook, and Monday in Portland to advance to the Memorial Cup tournament.Wednesday’s game was the third in four that has gone to overtime, and the second in as many nights won by the Ice in overtime at the Cranbrook Rec Plex.“It could just as easily be 2-2, or we could even be down,” Fraser said.Jesse Ismond had two goals and two assists for the Ice. Cody Eakin added two goals and one assist.Ryan Johansen scored twice for Portland. Ty Rattie’s goal with 17 seconds left in regulation forced overtime. Defenseman Troy Rutkowski also scored for Portland.Fraser started the winning play be knocking down Tyler Wotherspoon’s clearing attempt at center ice. That started an odd-man rush that ended with Fraser depositing the puck into a wide-open net.last_img read more

Group seeks to block drilling near Mount St Helens

first_imgSEATTLE — Environmentalists are seeking to stop exploratory drilling on forest lands near Mount St. Helens in Washington state as a Canadian company prepares next month to drill more holes to probe for copper, gold and other minerals. Ascot Resources, of Vancouver, B.C., plans to drill on a site within the Gifford Pinchot National Forest in Skamania County, where it owns mineral rights. The site is about 12 miles northeast of the volcanic crater and partly within the blast zone of the 1980 eruption that killed 57 people.The environmental group Gifford Pinchot Task Force sued in federal court in Tacoma last week to get the U.S. Forest Service to conduct environmental reviews and allow for public comments. It claimed the project could lead to polluted drinking water and loss of wildlife habitat, and interfere with hunting, fishing, backcountry and other recreational uses that draw thousands of visitors to the Mount St. Helens National Volcanic Monument each year. “It’s an important public issue, and I think the public deserves the opportunity to comment on it,” said Jessica Walz, conservation director for the Portland-based Gifford Pinchot Task Force, whose opposition to a proposed copper mine in the same area helped derail the project in 2008.Bob Evans, director of Ascot USA, on Tuesday called the lawsuit frivolous.“Ascot’s operation is a small exploration drill program with very limited impact,” he wrote in an emailed response. “Ascot, in consultation with the USFS, has followed best practices to leave virtually no imprint on the environment.”last_img read more

Portland driver killed by his own big rig

first_imgSALEM, Ore. (AP) — Salem police say a tractor-trailer rig driver who pulled into the parking lot of a small mall to ask directions was struck and killed when his truck began rolling forward.Lt. Jim Anglemier said the truck began rolling Wednesday while the driver was inside a business asking for assistance. It first hit a parked car. The driver raced outside in an apparent effort to get the truck stopped but he was run over. The truck continued across the parking lot and damaged the exterior of a dry cleaners. No one else was hurt.Police identified the driver late Wednesday as 54-year-old Dean Leslie Pollard of Portland. Anglemier said Pollard had been a long-time driver for Christenson Oil of Portland.last_img read more

Gingrich Washington samesex law OK if voters agree

first_imgOLYMPIA (AP) — Republican presidential candidate Newt Gingrich declined Friday to outright reject a new law legalizing same-sex marriage in Washington state, saying if it is approved by voters it will at least be enacted “the right way.”The former House speaker’s comments came on a visit to the state Capitol where he also met privately with Republican legislators. Washington’s Democratic governor signed the gay marriage bill last week and it will take effect in June unless opponents can gather enough signatures to force a fall referendum.Gingrich cited the possibility of a public vote in appraising the hot-button issue, noting that judges have authorized same-sex marriage in other places.“I think at least they’re doing it the right way, which is going through voters, giving them a chance to vote and not having a handful of judges arbitrarily impose their will,” Gingrich said.A November referendum is not guaranteed. Opponents of the Washington law need more than 120,000 valid voter signatures needed by June 6 to put the law on hold pending a referendum.Gingrich made clear he opposes gay marriage personally and would vote no on such a referendum if one ever came up in his home state.His posture was different than rival Rick Santorum, who campaigned in Washington the same day the law was signed.Santorum, a former Pennsylvania senator, questioned the effectiveness of having states decide the definition of marriage. He supports a federal constitutional amendment making marriage exclusively between a man and a woman.last_img read more

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