FILE – John Wall #2 of the Washington Wizards reacts against the Atlanta Hawks at State Farm Arena on December 18, 2018 in Atlanta, Georgia. Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images/AFPFive-time NBA All-Star guard John Wall of the Washington Wizards will be sidelined for a year after suffering a ruptured left Achilles tendon, the team announced Tuesday.The 28-year-old playmaker, the first overall choice in the 2010 NBA Draft by the Wizards, slipped and fell in his home to rupture the tendon.ADVERTISEMENT Japeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for Ginebra In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Phivolcs: Slim probability of Taal Volcano caldera eruption Lakers end Anthony Davis talks over ‘outrageous’ demands MOST READ Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Tom Brady most dominant player in AFC championship history View comments Philippine Army to acquire MANPADS, self-propelled howitzers Wall underwent an initial surgery upon the tendon last month aimed at preventing a tear and was to miss six to eight months as a result after being ruled out for the season December 29.Wall averaged 20.7 points, 8.7 assists and 3.6 rebounds in 32 games this season and will begin a four-year contract extension next season worth $170 million over four years.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets offers from Asia, Australian ball clubsAnother operation to repair the tendon will be performed by physician Robert Anderson in Green Bay, Wisconsin, at a date to be determined.It was Anderson who operated on Wall on January 8, removing damaged tissue from Haglund’s Deformity — a bony enlargement on the back of the heel — and repairing a chronic Achilles tendon injury in his left heel. Wizards medical director and orthopedist Wiemi Douoguih diagnosed the rupture during a procedure to clean out an infection that had developed in the incision from the initial surgery.With Wall as a team leader, the Wizards reached the NBA playoffs in four of the past five seasons, although the club has not gone beyond the second round since losing the 1979 NBA Finals while defending its only league crown.This season, the Wizards are 22-31, level with Orlando for 10th in the Eastern Conference, three games behind Miami for the eighth and final East playoff berth.ADVERTISEMENT Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award
Three months after Public Infrastructure Minister David Patterson announced that rehabilitation works would begin on the Leguan Stelling in Region Three (Essequibo Islands-West Demerara), residents on the island are voicing their displeasure at having to traverse the same deteriorating structure as they travel to various locales via the Essequibo River.The deteriorating Leguan Ferry Stelling, as seen in June 2018The residents’ expressions of disgruntlement come two weeks after Government announced that the contract for the works has been handed out.The island’s inhabitants are berating the prolonged time the rehabilitation is taking to begin, their already having stated previously that the structure is on the verge of collapsing.In June, 2018, when Guyana Times visited Leguan, several residents — and even visitors – were expressing gross dissatisfaction with the state of the stelling. At that time, rotten timber planks were seen supporting the structure, and residents were apprehensive about heavy vehicles traversing the stelling. The decking then had been loose and uneven, and rails at certain sections of the ramp were hanging on to literally nothing.Speaking recently to this newspaper, rice farmer Jainarine Singh related that the rehabilitation works were still to commence.He added that several additional boards on the stelling had become uneven, causing danger to lives. The stelling is vital to the economic sustenance of the island, as farmers use the facility to transport their produce onto ferry vessels.Another resident, Hans Buer, told this newspaper that he had on numerous occasions raised the issue of the stelling with Public Infrastructure Minister David Patterson, and this had resulted in the Minister responding to him on social media with a promise to have it fixed.He said the stelling had been in that deplorable state for over one and a half years, and rapid deterioration is ongoing.At a recent press briefing, Minister of State, Joseph Harmon, told the media that a contract for the stelling’s rehabilitation has been awarded to Maraj Contracting Services. Harmon observed that the contract is worth $413.2 million.Residents had previously stated that the concrete-post-and-wood-decking stelling served no purpose, and residents were calling for a fully concrete stelling.“Laden vehicles cannot use the lower ramp because it will fall out. The decking is unlevel. You can fall. When the boat comes in at nights, it is horrible, because the stelling has no lights, passengers fall over the little rails, and some of the boards on the decking have holes,” resident Buer had noted in June.Guyana Times had also reported that the lower ramp used to load and off-load laden vehicles onto the ferry was in such a deplorable state that vehicles were unable to access it.Vehicles had to wait until the tide was high enough for them to access the high ramp to load or offload, which affects the business community, since critical goods could not be delivered in time and farmers’ produce would perish.
– as Trotman seeks to politicise issue While traditional sectors in Guyana are being neglected, the nation’s expectations are being built up around a hype regarding the advancement the oil and gas industry would bring to the economy.This is according to Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo. When he addressed a news conference on Friday, Jagdeo charged that even with the definite assurance of two per cent in royalties being paid to Guyana, only some Gy$8B may come Guyana’s way per annum (assuming that oil prices stand at US$50 per barrel and the production is 100,000 barrels per day).“A payment of US$50 a barrel can’t solve our jobs problem,” he said.Jagdeo underscored that the coalition Government, via its secret deal with the Demerara Distillers Limited (DDL), had “given away” what would be equivalent to 10 years of oil royalties – a point he made to stress that $8B cannot solve Guyana’s current economic problems.Stressing that Guyana’s traditional sectors must benefit from Government support, he deemed it unwise to bank Guyana’s future on the oil and gas industry alone.“He (Minister Raphael Trotman) is talking up expectation about massive future wealth… What he (Trotman) does (is that) he goes around talking up the future of this industry as though it will solve every problem in Guyana…as though there will be massive flows,” Jagdeo declared.Calling on Government to make public the contract document signed with ExxonMobil, given several public statements made by Trotman and because the initial agreement with ExxonMobil had been signed by the People’s Progressive Party/Civic (PPP/C) government back in 1999, Jagdeo asserted: “We have seen a number of statements (being made) by the minister, and I have said in the past that I do not want to conduct the nation’s business on this industry in the public domain, I would prefer it would be treated the way we treat our border matter.“We have a bi-partisan approach to the industry, particularly because of what it means to Guyana’s future,” Jagdeo posited; but he noted that comments aimed at comparing the former PPP/C Administration with the coalition Administration, with an intent on placing the latter in a more positive light, are merely attempts to politicise the issue.Minister of Natural Resources, Raphael TrotmanAnd he stressed that the PPP would be in a position to defend itself and respond to Minister Trotman’s comments if the contract were to be made public. “If you are going to snipe at us, make the contract public, so we can defend ourselves,” he challenged.The Opposition Leader noted that there is a very “real possibility (that) Guyanese (would be) worse off” come 2020” if development of the non-traditional sectors is ignored.Following reviews of the technical and environmental aspects of the Liza Project Development Plan that was submitted by Esso Exploration and Production (Guyana) Ltd (EEPGL) in December 2017, the Government is expected to grant a production licence to ExxonMobil for petroleum production to move ahead in 2020. In this regard, Jagdeo has urged that the coalition Government secure the best possible technical advice moving forward.The Stabroek Block is 6.6 million acres (26,800 square kilometres). Esso Exploration and Production Guyana Limited is the operator and holds a 45 percent interest in the Stabroek Block. Hess Guyana Exploration Ltd. holds a 30 percent interest, and CNOOC Nexen Petroleum Guyana Limited holds a 25 percent interest.
Ardara in the snow last monthSNOW is on the way to the hills of Donegal tonight, say weather forecasters.There may be an interval of heavy wet snow at fairly low elevations but hills will more certainly see a coating of 3-5 cms, says the most reliable online forecaster Irish Weather Online.“Later on some mixed sleety showers could feed in from the Irish Sea and in north Mayo from Donegal Bay,” says the forecast. “Snow could fall on higher terrain but lower down it’s more likely to be hail or sleet. Very cold with highs 3-6 C and feeling closer to -1 C due to northeast winds 40-70 km/hr.“To summarize, the conditions will range from dry in about 20% of locations to wet (only rain) in about 50% with other places seeing hail, sleet or snow. Best bet for heavy snow would be higher parts of Dublin, Wicklow, the inland southeast and hills in Donegal and Mayo.”If you’re out and about over mid-term, tomorrow, Monday looks like the best day of the week.It will be cold – 4C to 8C – but the winds will slacken and it will be a calm, bright day. However Tuesday is set to be horrible, with lashing rain and 80km/hr winds at times, with the north of the county set to be hit by even higher winds from the north-east. SNOW ON THE WAY FOR DONEGAL TONIGHT, SAY FORECASTERS was last modified: February 14th, 2016 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:donegalsnowWarningweather
A litter warden followed a Falcarragh man and found him dumping electrical items in a field.The man was convicted under the Litter Pollution Act after the warden followed a tractor and trailer from which waste, including electrical appliances, were deposited in a field. Donegal County Council took the action against Joseph Gallagher of Ballina as a result of the incident at Cashelhill, Gortahork, on March 14th, 2017.Gallagher was charged with depositing objects to create litter visible from a public place which was likely to cause environmental pollution.Litter warden, Eoin McCallion told Falcarragh District Court that he had observed a green tractor and trailer in Falcarragh town loaded up with items including electrical appliances.One of the appliances fell on the public road during the journey. The items from the trailer had been deposited in a field at Cashelhill.The warden again followed the tractor which pulled in to allow him to pass. After showing his identification to the driver, the warden asked him had he a waste collection permit and was informed no.“He said he had been transporting waste from Biddy Jack’s pub”, said Mr McCallion. The driver had stated that he was working for Josie Gallagher.The litter warden told Judge Paul Kelly that he had taken photographs from a distance as the tractor proceeded along the road to the destination.Defending solicitor, Jacqui Sharkey said her client had been having damaged items removed from the pub and nightclub following a fire at the premises.He had the items taken to the location for the purpose of having them collected.“He genuinely did not know that he was doing wrong. He has never dumped anything anywhere.”Adding that her client had no intention of depositing litter, the solicitor referred to the fact that it was visible from the public road and he had not tried to hide it up in the mountains or any other concealed location.“Mr Gallagher has no desire to destroy people’s property,” she added.Judge Kelly ordered the defendant to pay €500 to the local authority after which he would strike the matter out.The case was adjourned to November 21st.Man found dumping electrical items in field ordered to pay council €500 was last modified: September 27th, 2018 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:councilcourtdonegalFalcarraghlittering
Four Masters G.A.A. Club The €50 winners in the Annual Lotto for Week 21 were Adam & Sofia Maziri, Finabans and Marie Feely, Drumenagh. The numbers drawn were 3, 5, 10 & 22 with the jackpot now standing at €3,200. The Senior Board AGM is scheduled for Friday December 28th @ 8.00 pm in Dom’s Pier 1. Nomination Forms should be returned to Club Secretary, Eamonn Gorrell not later than Friday December 14th. The Annual Dinner & Presentation of Club Awards 2012 will take place on Friday January 18th in Dom’s Pier 1. Nomination Forms for Club Person of the Year 2012 should also be returned to Club Secretary, Eamonn Gorrell not later than Friday December 14th. GAA NEWS: FOUR MASTERS CLUB NOTES was last modified: December 4th, 2012 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:Four Masters club notes
Man United transfer news live: Haaland ‘wants a change’, two players off in January The Reds ended up comfortable winners but were made to work for it This was Alexander-Arnold’s second Premier League goal Son ban confirmed as Tottenham fail with appeal to overturn red card 4 no dice huge blow Trent Alexander-Arnold cited Liverpool’s sky-high confidence as the main reason behind their ruthless victory at Watford on Saturday.The right-back scored a wonderful free-kick as the Reds ran out 3-0 winners – keeping them in touch with Premier League leaders Manchester City, who beat West Ham 4-0. “Before the game me, Hendo (Henderson), Millie (James Milner), everyone was joking about who would take it (his free kick),” Alexander-Arnold added.“I think Hendo wants one so he stepped up with the ball in his hand. Then he passed it to me because the gaffer said before the game that me and Shaq (Xherdan Shaqiri) would be on them.“So that’s why when you look back at it, me and Hendo had a little moment together when we celebrated as a bit of a joke.“It’s always good to be able to score and contribute to a win; we were happy to get the win first and foremost.” 4 tense Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? “We are not going to concede that many goals – and the forwards can score the goals. As long as we keep that belief then I’m sure we will keep getting these types of results.“In the first half we found it quite tough but we managed to keep them out and we knew if we kept going we would get a good chance at goal ourselves. That came in the second half and the later it went on, the better it was for us to break them down.”Salah opened the scoring from close range after 67 minutes but only after Watford were denied a penalty when Andy Robertson felled Will Hughes in the box.Alexander-Arnold doubled the lead before Firmino headed in with a minute left. Premier League Team of the Season so far, including Liverpool and Leicester stars gameday cracker shining 4 Green reveals how he confronted Sarri after Chelsea’s 6-0 defeat at Man City deals The youngster said Jurgen Klopp put him and Xherdan Shaqiri on free-kick duty Watford were unfortunate not be awarded a penalty when the scores were level Oxlade-Chamberlain suffers another setback as Klopp confirms serious injury REVEALED Liverpool player ratings for win over WatfordWatford sit ninth in the table and are winless in three games but boss Javi Gracia remains unconcerned.He said: “I feel in all the games we have played so far we have competed well and in the last two games there were some decisions that made us feel a little bit unlucky.“If we keep the same attitude and way of work every day I don’t have any doubt we will be able to win.” Boxing Day fixtures: All nine Premier League games live on talkSPORT REVEALED 4 Latest Premier League News Mohamed Salah and Roberto Firmino also netted in the second-half to extend Liverpool’s unbeaten start in the league to 13 games.Reds skipper Jordan Henderson was dismissed before Firmino’s third and will now miss next week’s Merseyside derby.Liverpool are on 33 points – a Premier League record for the club at this stage of the season and have conceded just five goals.“That’s just the confidence that we have got at the minute,” the England right-back told the club website.
On Wednesday next 29th February the Co Donegal Primary Schools Sportshall Athletics finals takes place in the Aura Leisure Centre LetterkennySix teams,all who have qualified via regions from within the county during then past few weeks, will contest four different team competitions, see attached detailsSHA/Little athletics in a team format supports and involves children in the fundamentals of athletics -ie running, jumping, throwing, relays agility, balance and co-ordination. The concept supports the new PE primary schools curriculum where athletics is part of the core curriculum, and is a developmental wing in all Donegal athletics clubs. At a local county level the Primary Schools SHA initiative has been pioneered, encouraged and supported in partnership between Donegal Local Sports Partnership and Athletics Ireland Regional Development officer, with the support of Donegal Co Board, local club coaches and schools and primary teachers across the county.If you are free and in the Letterkenny area on Wednesday next please accept an invitation from Donegal Sports Partnership/Donegal Co Athletics Board to attend what promises to be a fun filled few hours of outstanding child centred team competition.The following Teams/catagories have qualified via regional heats at various locations throughout the county in the last two weeks. The winning teams will represent Donegal in the All Ireland Primary Schools SHAsemi finals 3rd/4th Class BoysSt Eunans,Raphoe; Scoil Naomh Dúigh;Annagry,Woodlands NS, Letterkenny; Scoil Aodh Rua & Nuala, Donegal Town; Scoil Iosagain, Buncrana,; Naomh Colmcille, Kilmacrennan3rd/4th Class GirlsNiall Mor, Killybegs,;St Eunans Raphoe,;Scoil Naomh Dúigh, Annagry,;Woodlands NS, Letterkenny; Scoil Aodh Rua & Nuala, Donegal Town,;Scoil Iosagain, Buncrana;5th/6th Class BoysSt Eunans, Raphoe,; Scoil Chróine, Dungloe; Woodlands NS, Letterkenny,;Scoil Aodh Rua & Nuala, Donegal Town,; Scoil Iosagain, Buncrana,; Naomh Muras,Tooban; 5th/6th Class GirlsSt Eunans Raphoe,; Scoil Naomh Dúigh, Annagry,; Woodlands NS, Letterkenny,; St Macartans, Bundoran; Scoil Iosagain, Buncrana,;St Patricks GNS, Carndonagh.Co Final Primary Schools Sportshall AthleticsAura Letterkenny Wed 29th February 2012 Order of events10-10.30am teams arrive/final declarations10.30 am Introductions10.45am CompetitionRunning 1+1 Lap Race 5/6th Class Girls; 5/6th Class Boys; 3/4thClass Girls; 3/4th Class Boys 2+2 Lap Race 5/6thClass Girls; 5/6th Class Boys; 3/4th Class Girls;3/4th Class Boys 6lap Parlauf -5/6thClass Girls; 5/6th Class Boys; 3/4th Class Girls;3/4th Class Boys 4x1lap relay-5/6thClass Girls; 5/6th Class Boys; 3/4th Class Girls;3/4th Class Boys11.30 Field eventsS.L.JS,T.JIk Ball throwSoft Jav.Vert JumpSpeed Bounce3/4 Girls5/6 Girls5/6 Boys3/4 Boys3/4 Girls5/6 Girls5/6 Girls3/4 Girls5/6 Girls5/6 Boys3/4 Boys3/4 Girls5/6 Boys3/4 Boys3/4 Girls5/6 Girls5/6 Boys3/4 Boys3/4 Boys5/6 Boys3/4 Boys3/4 Girls5/6 Girls5/6 Boys12.15pmOver and under relay 4 x 1 Lap -5/6 Girls; 5/6 Boys; 3/4 Girls; 3/4 BoysObstacle relay 4 x 1 Lap – 5/6 Girls; 5/6 Boys; 3/4 Girls; 3/4 Boys12.45pm Conclude – 1pm PresentationsCOUNTY DONEGAL PRIMARY SCHOOLS SHA ATHLETICS FINALS: TIMETABLE AND TEAMS was last modified: February 25th, 2012 by BrendaShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:COUNTY DONEGAL PRIMARY SCHOOLS SHA ATHLETICS FINALS: TIMETABLE AND TEAMS
160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! WASHINGTON (AP) – Supreme Court nominee Samuel Alito boasted about his work arguing that “the Constitution does not protect a right to an abortion” while trying to become a deputy assistant attorney general in the Reagan administration, according to documents released Monday. Alito, a federal appellate judge nominated by President Bush to the nation’s highest court, was a young lawyer working for the solicitor general’s office in 1985 when he applied for the position under Attorney General Edwin Meese. As part of his application, Alito sent a document saying his work in the solicitor general’s office had included helping “to advance legal positions in which I personally believe very strongly.” “I am particularly proud of my contributions in recent cases in which the government argued that racial and ethnic quotas should not be allowed and that the Constitution does not protect a right to an abortion,” he wrote. That sentence provides one of the first clear-cut statements attributed to Alito about abortion, which will be one of the main topics of his January confirmation hearing as retiring Justice Sandra Day O’Connor’s replacement. “I think that it is more reason to question him closely at the hearing,” said Sen. Arlen Specter, R-Pa., who will run Alito’s Jan. 9 hearings as chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee. Specter, an abortion rights moderate, said a lot of people have shifted their views about abortion over the years and that he has found Alito to have “a very heavy commitment to legal interpretation which might differ from his own personal views.” Bush picked Alito after White House counsel Harriet Miers withdrew her Supreme Court nomination when confronted by withering criticism by some conservatives. “This may explain why the right wing expressed such enthusiastic support for Judge Alito after campaigning against Harriet Miers,” said Sen. Edward Kennedy, D-Mass., one of several senators who will meet with Alito privately on Tuesday. “When he comes before the Senate, Judge Alito faces a heavy burden of demonstrating that he no longer holds these extremely troubling views and would bring an open mind and a real commitment to fundamental rights and freedoms.” O’Connor has been a crucial swing vote on abortion on the Supreme Court, and Alito’s opponents fear that he and recently confirmed Chief Justice John Roberts would swing the Supreme Court to the right and lead to the overturning of the 1973 landmark Roe v. Wade decision establishing abortion rights. Alito, 55, has told senators in his two weeks of private meetings that he has “great respect” for Roe v. Wade as a precedent, but he did not commit to upholding it. Alito “joins a long list of jurists who have written that Roe was wrongly decided, including Ruth Bader Ginsburg before she was confirmed to the court,” said Sen. John Cornyn, R-Texas, a member of the Judiciary Committee. “The question is whether he will put his personal views aside as any judge should and base his rulings on what the Constitution says. His long track record as a federal appeals court judge shows that he has indeed put his personal views on abortion aside, and I have every confidence he will continue to do so.” The document was included in more than 100 pages of material about Alito released by the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and the George H.W. Bush Presidential Library on Monday. Some abortion rights groups already have come out against Alito because of his work as a federal appellate judge, including a dissent on an appeals court decision striking down a law requiring women seeking abortions to notify their spouses. But White House spokesman Steven Schmidt said Alito’s 15 years as a judge on the 3rd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals shows “a clear pattern of modesty, respect for precedent and judicial restraint.” When he wrote this document, he was working as an assistant to the solicitor general, where he stayed from 1981 to 1987. Although he sought the job of deputy assistant attorney general in 1985, he did not win that job until 1987. In the document, Alito declared himself a “lifelong registered” Republican and a Federalist Society member, and said he had donated money to the National Republican Congressional Committee, the National Conservative Political Action Committee and several GOP candidates. “I am and always have been a conservative and an adherent to the same philosophical views that I believe are central to this administration,” Alito said. Alito also wrote that he believed “very strongly in limited government, federalism, free enterprise, the supremacy of the elected branches of government, the need for a strong defense and effective law enforcement and the legitimacy of a government role in protecting traditional values.” The 1985 document on abortion was first reported by The Washington Times in Monday editions. Kennedy, who is also a Judiciary Committee member, wrote Alito on Monday questioning his explanations for ruling on a Vanguard case after telling the committee in 1990 that he would recuse himself from cases involving that company. Alito holds six-figure investments with Vanguard. In a Thursday letter, Alito told senators he was “unduly restrictive” in promising to avoid Vanguard’s appeals cases, and he did not believe he was required to disqualify himself on the basis of ownership of shares in a mutual fund. The White House has added that there was a computer glitch that allowed the disqualification issue to slip through undetected. The Vanguard name was prominent throughout the case, Kennedy said. “Surely, whatever the system, the oversight should have been obvious when the case reached you,” the letter said.