first_imgNavy SEAL Edward “Eddie” Gallagher joined “Fox & Friends” Wednesday for his first interview since he was found not guilty of murder and attempted murder in the killing of a teenage ISIS fighter.The 40-year-old was accompanied by his wife, Andrea, and attorney Tim Parlatore.Gallagher, who was accused of fatally stabbing a 15-year-old ISIS member and taking pictures with the corpse in 2017, told Pete Hegseth he was “grateful to those who supported him through the process, including fellow service members, President Trump, and Republican Congressmen Duncan Hunter and Ralph Norman.”In the interview, he addressed how numerous media outlets described as an accused war criminal.“I believe they tried to frame me as a criminal from the get-go,” said Gallagher. “But we knew the truth the whole time; we knew I was innocent of these charges.”Gallagher said he overcame it by “having my strong wife with me the whole time and my legal team fighting for me.”Gallagher faced a total of seven criminal charges.Tuesday, a San Diego jury found him not guilty of six of seven charges including premeditated murder, willfully discharging a firearm to endanger human life, retaliation against members of his platoon for reporting his alleged actions, obstruction of justice and the attempted murders of two noncombatants.Jurors found Gallagher guilty of the seventh charge, posing for a photo with a casualty, which carries a maximum prison sentence of four months.Gallagher was released on time served.During the trial, jaws-dropped when another sailor confessed to killing the ISIS fighter by asphyxiation.The revelation contradicted the testimony of at least several  SEALs who said Gallagher stabbed the ISIS teenager.Gallagher said a small group of SEALs “concocted” the accusations against him, arguing they do not represent the SEAL community as a whole.“I want the nation to know this is not what our community is about, said Gallagher. “This community is full of elite warriors that I have been honored and blessed to work with for the past 20 years.”last_img read more

first_imgJuan Bernat is preparing for a feisty Champions League encounter when Bayern Munich travels to Benfica this evening.Bayern Munich defender Juan Bernat is eagerly anticipating the second leg of the Champions League quarterfinal tie against Benfica, but expects a tough test in Lisbon.The Bundesliga-leading side recorded a 1-0 win in the first game courtesy of an early Arturo Vidal strike and will be looking to book its ticket for the final four tonight. Bernat is well aware that it will not be straightforward for Bayern, though, and hopes the team can get an early goal at the Estadio da Luz to make things easier.“The game against Benfica will be like a war,” Bernat told TZ. “Benfica will be hugely motivated and try to take advantage of the home advantage. It will be a great game, I have no doubt about that. I hope that we can score an important away goal. That would make things very difficult for them.“We cannot always expect our attackers to score three or four goals.”Bayern coach Pep Guardiola will still be without the likes of Jerome Boateng (groin), Holger Badstuber (ankle) and Arjen Robben (groin) due to injury, while Kingsley Coman (thigh) and Medhi Benatia (groin) are both doubtful.Benfica saw off Zenit in the round of 16 to reach the quarterfinals and has now set its sights on its first semifinal appearance since 1989-90.Midfielder Pizzi knows overturning a one-goal deficit against one of Europe’s top clubs will not be easy, but the Portugal international is nonetheless hopeful Benfica can pull off a surprise.“We’ve been showing our quality in the Champions League. It’s not just my dream but the dream of all my teammates to be in a Champions League semifinal,” Pizzi told the official UEFA website. “We’re close, we know it will be difficult but we will give everything. We will fight from the first minute to the last to achieve our goal.“There is a fantastic atmosphere at the Estadio da Luz. Our fans show all their passion, and obviously everyone at Benfica expects another great European night.”Benfica will have to make do without suspended star striker Jonas following his booking at the Allianz Arena, while Julio Cesar (thigh) and Nuno Santos (knee) will also be missing.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThisALPENA, Mich. — You’ve probably gotten familiar with Alpena Public Schools’ Superintendent John VanWagoner on our newscast and throughout the community.Now Dr. VanWagoner has a new opportunity on the horizon, after being offered a role by another district in Michigan.“I was recruited by a search consultant with the Traverse City Area Public Schools Board of Education that hired.VanWagoner has spearheaded a number of changes within the district, from advocating to keep students safe, warm and dry with this year’s bond proposal, to raising funds for athletics programs, and expanding Alpena High School’s CTE program. He says with the support of other APS educators, he takes pride in the work that’s been done to prioritize the students’ learning and well–being.“I’ve worked with a lot of people that do great work together. We’ve been able to do a lot of great things with bringing a lot of STEM-related programs into the district, bolstering robotics-what we’ve done in career and tech ed to be able to expand and re–do those facilities.”As he considers the new position in Traverse City, VanWager says he’s putting thought into what he’ll need to do to make things run smoothly if a new person does have to take over his position.“I want to make sure that as i’m transitioning, that I leave this district in a position to be very successful and that the kids have every opportunity to be successful into the future.”Dr. Vanwagoner says he’s thoroughly enjoyed his time in Alpena and has not yet made a commitment. He says he will inform community members once he makes his final decision. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThis Tags: Alpena Public Schools, APS, Dr. John VanWagoner, superintendent, Traverse CityContinue ReadingPrevious COVID-19 update for Thursday, May 21Next Governor Whitmer extends Stay Home, Stay Safe Executive Order to June 12last_img read more

first_imgLOS ANGELES — Ike Iroegbu had just returned from a 90-minute workout when he got the call Friday morning. He was relaxing at home, having a bite to eat and watching a replay of the Clippers’ victory Thursday night over the Sacramento Kings. His agent was on the phone.“How fast can you get to the airport?” his agent asked.“About 45 minutes,” Iroegbu answered.Iroegbu’s mother gave him a ride to Sacramento International Airport. Instead of stashing players with other NBA team’s developmental clubs, as in the past, the Clippers could have players like Iroegbu, Jawun Evans, Marshall Plumlee, Tyrone Wallace, C.J. Williams and Jamil Wilson playing in Ontario.In addition to Iroegbu, the Clippers also waived Plumlee and Wallace, but they’re also expected to sign with Ontario. The Clippers also converted the contract of Williams to a two-way deal, which means they expect him to spend time with the NBA team and the G-League club.“Just keep working,” Rivers said of what he expected from the Clippers’ young players throughout the preseason. “They’re either going to be with us or our G-League team. So, they’re safe. It’s awesome (to have the G-League team). I just think it’s awesome.” Wearing a No. 19 jersey that formerly belonged to LaDontae Henton, who was cut earlier in the week, one without a name on the back, Iroegbu scored seven points on 3-for-9 shooting and grabbed five rebounds in 17 minutes in the Clippers’ 111-104 loss to the Lakers.“Everyone was really cool, from Blake (Griffin) to D.J. (DeAndre Jordan), Lou Williams and Pat (Beverley),” Iroegbu said. “They’re really cool guys and I just felt really comfortable. Coach Doc said, ‘Just play hard and go out there and play basketball.’”The Clippers waived Iroegbu on Saturday, but it’s expected that he will sign with their G-League team in Ontario before its season-opening game Nov. 3 against the Santa Cruz Warriors. The Clippers liked Iroegbu because he was a tenacious guard while at Washington State.They’ve dedicated themselves during this past offseason to adding players who don’t mind hitting the floor in search of a loose ball, and they believe Iroegbu is a perfect fit for the organization. He’s another player with a chip on his shoulder. The Clippers wanted the former Washington State guard in Los Angeles as fast as he could get there. They needed an extra body for Friday’s game against the Lakers at Staples Center. They wanted to sign him and ticket him for Ontario, home of their new developmental league team.Iroegbu’s scheduled flight from Sacramento to Burbank was delayed, so he talked his way onto an earlier-departing flight to LAX. Dee Brown, the Clippers’ director of player programs, met him and prepped him with a few videos on the drive from the airport.Iroegbu’s whirlwind day was only beginning.Once at Staples Center, he got a short set of instructions from Clippers coach Doc Rivers.“I told him, ‘Shoot it every time,’ ” Rivers later told reporters of their pregame introduction. “Make something happen. Don’t worry about plays. Just be aggressive. That’s what he was. It was a tough situation for him, but he actually played pretty well.”center_img G-LEAGUE AFFILIATEThe Clippers finally have a developmental league team of their own this season. Brown will serve as general manger and Casey Hill will coach the team, which will call Citizens Business Bank Arena its home. The squad will be comprised of several players who were with the Clippers in camp. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more

first_imgDear Editor,Owners of the MovieTowne mall are complaining of the red tape in getting business done.This news is not good for promoting an enabling investment climate. Notwithstanding that this project was initiated under the former Government and that the land might have been sold to Chin below market price, the current Government should not frustrate, or allow its agencies to frustrate the process. Jobs are going to be created here and Guyana’s entertainment and food options will enjoy international brands.What the current Government should have been doing is talking to Chin about investing with small farmers, with Government, with small manufacturers in ventures that are needed to support the operations of the complex. Most of the food being offered at this complex should be sourced locally through a reliable supply arrangement that would ensure the required quality of vegetables, plantains, fruit, eggs, meat, peppers etc. I would like to suggest to the Government that it immediately enter into discussion with Chin to move this project along, while encouraging him to look at putting in place mechanisms to provide for local farmers/manufacturers to be contract suppliers of quality produce and products.There are those on social media who point to the fact that there is a case in the courts against Singh and Brassington regarding the sale of Government land and other assets below market value to various companies and investors including Chin.This is a fact. But nowhere, at least up to now, has Chin been accused of any wrongdoing. My understanding of the charges brought so far against the two former Government operatives are not for receiving cutbacks or any bribes from Chin or anyone else. There is no injunction, or application for an injunction before the Court to halt this project.Unless and/or until Chin is alleged, let alone is charged with having been involved in any corrupt act concerning this project, the Government of Guyana must continue to facilitate through discussion and negotiation, in keeping with the agreement he has signed, the development of this investment. He signed an agreement with the Government of Guyana, not the People’s Progressive Party/Civic.If on the other hand, the Government has suspicion or evidence of wrongdoing on Chin’s part, then it should so inform him.It is no secret that governments around the world, including Guyana under President Hoyte sold land and distressed companies to investors below market value so as to save and modernise those companies. The incentives offered is usually dependent on the level of investment to be made and the contribution of the activity to the socio-economic development including job creation. Many countries have also amended their Alien Land Holding Act to facilitate foreign investment especially for hotel development and large-scale manufacturing.I find it unfortunate that this issue has to play out in the media. Did Chin and the Private Sector Commission exhaust all efforts for a meeting with the Government?Sincerely,Wesley Kirtonlast_img read more