Popular in the CommunitySponsoredSponsoredOrangutan found tortured and decapitated prompts Indonesia probeEMGIES17 Jan, 2018We will never know the full extent of what this poor Orangutan went through before he died, the same must be done to this evil perpetrator(s) they don’t deserve the air that they breathe this has truly upset me and I wonder for the future for these wonderful creatures. So called ‘Mankind’ has a lot to answer for we are the only ones ruining this world I prefer animals to humans any day of the week.What makes community ecotourism succeed? In Madagascar, location, location, locationScissors1dOther countries should also learn and try to incorporateWhy you should care about the current wave of mass extinctions (commentary)Processor1 DecAfter all, there is no infinite anything in the whole galaxy!Infinite stupidity, right here on earth.The wildlife trade threatens people and animals alike (commentary)Anchor3dUnfortunately I feel The Chinese have no compassion for any living animal. They are a cruel country that as we knowneatbeverything that moves and do not humanily kill these poor animals and insects. They have no health and safety on their markets and they then contract these diseases. Maybe its karma maybe they should look at the way they live and stop using animals for all there so called remedies. DisgustingConservationists welcome China’s wildlife trade banThobolo27 JanChina has consistently been the worlds worst, “ Face of Evil “ in regards our planets flora and fauna survival. In some ways, this is nature trying to fight back. This ban is great, but the rest of the world just cannot allow it to be temporary, because history has demonstrated that once this coronavirus passes, they will in all likelihood, simply revert to been the planets worst Ecco Terrorists. Let’s simply not allow this to happen! How and why they have been able to degrade this planets iconic species, rape the planets rivers, oceans and forests, with apparent impunity, is just mind boggling! Please no more.Probing rural poachers in Africa: Why do they poach?Carrot3dOne day I feel like animals will be more scarce, and I agree with one of my friends, they said that poaching will take over the world, but I also hope notUpset about Amazon fires last year? Focus on deforestation this year (commentary)Bullhorn4dLies and more leisSponsoredSponsoredCoke is again the biggest culprit behind plastic waste in the PhilippinesGrapes7 NovOnce again the article blames companies for the actions of individuals. It is individuals that buy these products, it is individuals that dispose of them improperly. If we want to change it, we have to change, not just create bad guys to blame.Brazilian response to Bolsonaro policies and Amazon fires growsCar4 SepThank you for this excellent report. I feel overwhelmed by the ecocidal intent of the Bolsonaro government in the name of ‘developing’ their ‘God-given’ resources.U.S. allocates first of $30M in grants for forest conservation in SumatraPlanet4dcarrot hella thick ;)Melting Arctic sea ice may be altering winds, weather at equator: studyleftylarry30 JanThe Arctic sea ice seems to be recovering this winter as per the last 10-12 years, good news.Malaysia has the world’s highest deforestation rate, reveals Google forest mapBone27 Sep, 2018Who you’re trying to fool with selective data revelation?You can’t hide the truth if you show historical deforestation for all countries, especially in Europe from 1800s to this day. WorldBank has a good wholesome data on this.Mass tree planting along India’s Cauvery River has scientists worriedSurendra Nekkanti23 JanHi Mongabay. Good effort trying to be objective in this article. I would like to give a constructive feedback which could help in clearing things up.1. It is mentioned that planting trees in village common lands will have negative affects socially and ecologically. There is no need to even have to agree or disagree with it, because, you also mentioned the fact that Cauvery Calling aims to plant trees only in the private lands of the farmers. So, plantation in the common lands doesn’t come into the picture.2.I don’t see that the ecologists are totally against this project, but just they they have some concerns, mainly in terms of what species of trees will be planted. And because there was no direct communication between the ecologists and Isha Foundation, it was not possible for them to address the concerns. As you seem to have spoken with an Isha spokesperson, if you could connect the concerned parties, it would be great, because I see that the ecologists are genuinely interested in making sure things are done the right way.May we all come together and make things happen.Rare Amazon bush dogs caught on camera in BoliviaCarrot1 Feba very good iniciative to be fallowed by the ranchers all overSponsored Mongabay founder Rhett A. Butler writes about his difficult first trip to Madagascar, which eventually inspired the name “Mongabay” and prompted him to start WildMadagascar.org, which showcases the biological and cultural diversity of the island nation.On his first night in Madagascar, Rhett was robbed of all his possessions, the first of several unfortunate events that would not diminish his love of the country.This post is insider content, which is available to paying subscribers. Madagascar also has great frogs, but what fascinated me about the island was a more unusual type of beast: the chameleon. Since the first time I laid eyes on a chameleon — with its otherworldly eyes, incredible tongue, dinosaur-like body shape, and Crayola colors — I was obsessed with Madagascar. My dream was to someday… This content is for Monthly, Annual and Lifetime members only.Membership offers a way for readers to directly support Mongabay’s non-profit conservation news reporting, while getting a first-hand, behind-the-scenes look at what it takes to produce these stories. Every few weeks, we’ll publish a new member article that tells the story behind the reporting: the trials and tribulations of field reporting, personal travel accounts, photo essays, and more.You can sign up for membership Here If you’re already a member: Log InMembers getExclusive, behind-the-scenes articles.Access to our members-only newsletter.Access to periodic conversations with Mongabay journalists. 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Two young entrepreneurs have taken on the challenge of providing men in Guyana with trendy, quality and designer clothing options at affordable prices.The online clothing store, Na-Mar Showroom, developed out of a conversation about the difficulty of finding fashionable menswear locally.Mark MurrayAfter going back and forth, Chief Operating Executive Namon Oneil Frank and Managing Director Mark Junior Murray decided to create a business plan to import and resell affordable options for men.The business partners have agreed that prices will not be driven by profit, as they focus on providing the solution for male shoppers in Guyana to “See it, Click it, Wear it.”Namon FrankNa-Mar Showroom plans to bring a new meaning to how men shop online when the business officially launches on July 24.Customers will be able to place orders online using the company’s Facebook store. Shoppers can expect online price promotions and discounts at the launch of the online retail store. With advertised stocks readily available, Na-Mar Showroom will conveniently offer customers same day pick up in Georgetown, Guyana.Prior to the launch, the business partners have been busy on social media, providing potential customers with a look into the future of the company through a short commercial, fashion tips and trending articles.“Fashion is what happens when you dare to do something with your wardrobe that is uniquely different and that’s the service we hope to provide with Na-Mar Showroom; one that’s uniquely different,” said Frank.Conscious that the online store is entering the local market at a time when there are a number of competitors for the resale of clothes, media personality Mark Murray hopes that Na-Mar Showroom will stand apart by providing its customers with a personalised shopping experience.“I personally struggle to find clothes that fit properly and look effortless. I am often forced to turn to my local tailor for that. What we hope to accomplish with Na-Mar Showroom is to help men understand sizing and complementary colours,” said Murray.Although the online store will initially focus on linking Guyanese men to the global fashion arena, Na-Mar Showroom hopes to one day share the talents of local fashion designers in other countries.Be sure to check out Na-Mar Showroom on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram or online at www.namarshowroom.com for the latest trends in menswear which will be available just in time for summer.
This is a question not for the Liberia Water and Sewer Corporation (LWSC) only, but for the entire government of Liberia (GOL). When are we going to fix our drainage problems, especially in the City of Monrovia, our capital?The world knows that the Almighty has richly blessed Liberia with everything, including one of His most precious blessings–water. He or she who does not understand this last statement should visit or read about the Sahel and see how they crave for what we in Liberia take for granted–water.So God has given us lots of water. So what do we do with it? The first thing we do is drink it. Unfortunately, just as Vice President Boakai reminded us recently, we are spending millions of dollars importing drinking water! We consider this nothing but a slap in the face of the good Lord who, for reasons best known to Himself, has given us all this water, coming not only from our streams, creeks, rivers and ocean, but also through abundant rainfall. So what in the world is Liberia doing importing water? We call on the government, through the Executive Mansion and the Commerce Ministry, to ban immediately the importation of drinking water.But the main purpose of this Editorial is to address the issue of drainages in Liberia, most especially in Monrovia. From time immemorial we have experienced, during the Rainy Season every year,the incessant gushing of water through our neighborhoods, our streets, our swamps and our highways. This plentiful, incessant downpour–sometimes it rains for several days straight–is one of the challenges to our highways, especially those which are poorly constructed.We’re speaking of Powerful water that can wash away anything except our sins. We pray that those constructing our roads today–the Chinese in particular and also the Liberian contractors who have been fortunate to win contracts, to perform their tasks meticulously (carefully, thoroughly), knowing the serious threat of Liberian rainfall. If contractors cut corners and build poor roads, they will soon be washed away by heavy rainfall and erosion.We call on the Ministry of Public Works to assign competent and patriotic engineers–the likes of Gabriel Johnson Tucker–to INSPECT daily the road building contractors, to ensure that they DO THE RIGHT THING and give us excellent, not substandard roads. Why Gabriel Tucker? Remember in one of our Editorials when he died a few years ago we retold the story narrated at his funeral by his niece, Counselor Yvette Chesson Wureh? Tucker was Resident Engineer in Harper, Cape Palmas when a European company won the contract to pave Harper’s streets. During Tucker’s family emergency visit to Monrovia at one point, the contractors seized the opportunity to cut corners and rush with construction. When he returned, this highly competent and patriotic engineer quickly saw the mistakes and ordered the contractors to redo the work immediately. They returned the following morning with a brown envelopment filled with money–brand new US$100 bills. This infuriated Tucker, who immediately opened his drawer, pulled out a pistol and chased the contractors out of his office. They ran and he ran down the street behind them to prove that he was serious. He told them, “No amount of money will cause me to betray my own country!”We pray fervently and daily to God for more Gabriel Tuckers, to give Liberia better and longer lasting roads, streets and buildings, just like the paved streets in Harper that are still there after over 50 years.We urge Public Works to ensure that all the highways being built have drainages on both sides to keep the water from undermining thesuperstructures and pavements.But what about our towns and cities? Water and Sewer and Public Works in particular, guided by the Ministry of State for Presidential Affairs, which is the GOL’s coordinating office, should ensure that our drainages are fixed, to save our people from flooding disasters, such as we saw in Clara Town on last week Wednesday Observer’s front page.“The Waters saw Thee, the waters saw Thee, O God, and were afraid. The depths were also troubled!” cried David in one of his Psalms. The gushing water afflicted not Clara Town only but all of Monrovia’s sprawlingslums.Here, let’s remember the water and other engineers who built the Suez and Panama Canals, or the Dutch who have mastered water management in waterloggedAmsterdam. If these people can fix their water problems, why can’t we? Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
…imagine what will happen to oil resources – Ralph RamkarranThe APNU/AFC Coalition Administration is silently leaning the economy towards Forbes Burnham’s socialist control system — to co-operativism and poverty — where the sugar workers suffer and the private sector has no influence.This is the damning view promulgated this past week by former Speaker of the National Assembly, Senior Counsel Ralph Ramkarran, in his online media outlet conversationtree.org.President David GrangerExamining some of the pervasive divisions that still exist in Guyana between the two dominant ethnic groups – Indo- and Afro-Guyanese — and their perceived political representatives in high office, the former longstanding Executive Member of the Opposition People’s Progressive Party (PPP) said the manner in which these ethnic blocs represent what they perceive to be their interests has evolved over the years, but a central theme keeps revolving around the idea of agreed united political action.Looking at the possible adverse consequence of this prolonged status quo in light of the imminent influx of oil revenues,Ramkarran concluded that with the developing oil economy and vastly more resources available, “these problems will intensify and multiply, unless there is a political solution in Guyana.”The former Speaker recalled that in 2002 the PNC accepted ‘shared governance’ in principle. He drew reference to the fact that, in 2015, the APNU/AFC coalition accepted constitutional reform, which should have seen separate elections for president. The vice-president should have been the person receiving the second highest votes in the presidential elections, and all political parties gaining more than 15 per cent of the vote should have been part of the Government.This situation is yet to be obtained, and while the coalition promised to start the process of constitutional reform within one month of its election to office, the foundations for this are yet to be materialized, he said.CorruptionOn the matter of the systemic complaint of corruption locally, Ramkarran posited that this phenomenon did not emerge with the PPP.“One reason that caused its expansion was the expansion of public spending from $3 billion a year prior to 1992 to $20 billion-plus thereafter. With the oil resources, which will multiply public spending several times over, and one political group in control, imagine what will happen,” Ramkarran posits.Ramkarran observed that the dominant narratives in and about Guyana are conditioned by slavery, indentureship and their consequences.“One major consequence is the existence of two ethnic blocs which have been socialised differently and separately…Guyana consists largely of two different societies, in watchful competition, but largely at peace, existing under the same national roof,” he posited.The Senior Counsel reminded that during the 1950s, two major industrial events – namely, the Teare strike of transport workers and the Enmore strike of sugar workers — pushed the restive middle class into a national alliance under the PPP.“The underlying idea was that cooperation to achieve independence and socialism will benefit all who were represented under the big tent of the PPP…That idea of a single big political tent did not last, and it should be no surprise that it did not,” He declared.According to Ramkarran, “We need to accept the existence of the PPP and PNC, and work to bring (political unity) by way of constitutional reform, which both political parties and the diplomatic community in Guyana support.”He suggests that while this will not solve all problems, it is the basic prerequisite for the reduction of discrimination, corruption and the other identified ills.
Bendtner had not started an Arsenal game in the Premier League since March 2011 but needed just 90 seconds to open the scoring.Aaron Ramsey’s pass allowed Jenkinson to launch a pacy cross from the right and the Denmark forward timed his run perfectly to head it past Allan McGregor in the Hull goal.McGregor soon had to save a close-range shot from Laurent Koscielny as Arsenal dominated and Bendtner almost doubled the lead when the Scotland goalkeeper could not hold on to Germany playmaker Ozil’s shot. Bendtner was first to the loose ball but was too clumsy trying to take it past McGregor and ended up putting it wide.Yannick Sagbo failed to connect with a decent ball to the back post as Hull retaliated for the first time but Arsenal were soon back in control, with Koscielny scooping over from a corner and Aaron Ramsey too high with a drive from outside the box.McGregor did well to tip a better Ramsey effort round a post but Hull began to enjoy some possession and a dangerous cross from Tom Huddlestone flashed across the Arsenal box before Chester headed wide from a corner.The last chance of the half was Arsenal’s, with Ozil heading a Bendtner cross wide, but he doubled the scoring within two second-half minutes.Monreal only just kept the ball in play in the build up but Ramsey’s reverse pass gave Ozil just enough goal to aim at and he slipped the ball effortlessly past McGregor.The goalkeeper again did well to deny Ramsey and Bendtner’s header from the corner was headed off the line by Robbie Brady.Arsenal goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny was hurt when Sagbo slid in and caught his head but he was soon able to continue and the Pole saved a shot from Jake Livermore shortly afterwards.With the game all but won Arsenal sent on Theo Walcott and Wilshere for the final 17 minutes, with Bendtner receiving plenty of applause as he trotted off.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000LONDON, England 4th December – A goal early in each half from Nicklas Bendtner and Mesut Ozil allowed Arsenal to maintain their four-point advantage at the top of the Premier League table by beating Hull City 2-0 at the Emirates Stadium on Wednesday.The hosts made five changes from the side that had won 3-0 at Cardiff City on Saturday, with Carl Jenkinson replacing the injured Bacary Sagna and Tomas Rosicky, Nacho Monreal, Mathieu Flamini and Bendtner allowing Mikel Arteta, Kieran Gibbs, Jack Wilshere and Olivier Giroud to rest on the bench.Hull, 2-1 winners at the Emirates in September 2008, made two alterations to the side that beat Liverpool 3-1 on Sunday — the East Yorkshire club’s first win over the Merseysiders in their history — with James Chester and Danny Graham coming in for the suspended Curtis Davies and Robert Koren, who dropped to the bench.
Those scheduled to participate include the Squamish and Tsleil-Waututh, the pro-pipeline Cheam First Nation, a coalition of U.S. tribes and B.C. Green party member of the legislature Adam Olsen, who is Indigenous.The project would increase tanker traffic seven-fold in Burrard Inlet off Metro Vancouver’s coast, raising concerns about impacts on salmon and endangered southern resident killer whales.(THE CANADIAN PRESS) VANCOUVER, B.C. – The National Energy Board will hear oral traditional evidence from Indigenous groups in the coming weeks as part of its new review of the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion.The Federal Court of Appeal struck down the federal government’s approval of the project in August, citing inadequate Indigenous consultation and the energy board’s failure to review the project’s impacts on the marine environment.Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s government ordered the energy board to review the marine impacts and submit a report no later than Feb. 22, and on Wednesday the board unveiled its schedule for oral traditional evidence.- Advertisement -Thirty-one Indigenous groups or individuals from Canada and the U.S. are scheduled to participate and the hearings will be held in Calgary the week of Nov. 19, in Victoria the week of Nov. 26 and in Nanaimo, B.C., the week of Dec. 3.Some First Nations that won the court battle in August, including British Columbia’s Tsleil-Waututh and Squamish Nations, say the new process is too rushed and they’re considering filing fresh court challenges after the board issues its report.The energy board responds to concerns about the timeline in documents released Wednesday, saying there’s already significant evidence on the record and legislation requires it to conduct proceedings within the time limit set by the federal government.Advertisement The board includes oral traditional evidence because it “understands that Indigenous peoples have an oral tradition for sharing knowledge from generation to generation,” it says in the documents.“This information cannot always be shared adequately or appropriately in writing,” it says.The traditional evidence previously provided in the first Trans Mountain review remains on the record, it says, and board members will read transcripts prior to the new hearings.The board adds that Indigenous interveners should file any scientific evidence or expert reports as written evidence.Advertisement
WHITTIER – Lynn Carmen-Day, the current principal at Northview High School in Covina, will take over the reins this summer at California High School to replace Principal Rich Boline, who is retiring at the end of the month. Carmen-Day was part of the state team of educators who visited California High earlier this year to validate its application for California Distinguished School status. And it was then that Carmen-Day said she met committed students and staff who ultimately enticed her to change jobs. For more on this story, pick up tomorrow’s Whittier Daily News. 165Let’s talk business.Catch up on the business news closest to you with our daily newsletter. Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
“I believe we’re a little bit stronger,” he said, noting several standout players. He named freshman outside hitter Ashley Eppler and middle blocker Emily Banas, as well as returning starter Lauren Costa, a junior. Overall, he described the team as “outstanding.” “They’re getting a lot better,” he said. “They’ve got their heads straight and everyone’s really positive about everything.” Cantor tries to “keep it fun” in practice, with an emphasis on conditioning. He joked that he’s able to work the team harder in his second year. He thinks the summer league helped prepare the girls for playing against bigger schools, which is the most challenging part of the season. “Two losses \ were to big schools, so it’s hurting us on our record,” Cantor said. At the same time, the team has beaten other larger schools such as Venice, West Torrance and San Pedro. “We’re getting prepared for our playoffs,” he said hopefully. firstname.lastname@example.orgWant local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! By Rachel Jones STAFF WRITER ‘Tis the season for spikes, aces and digs. With girls’ volleyball in full swing, the Mary Star team is trying to bump the competition and make its way to the championships. Mary Star started its season Sept. 6 and so far is 4-3. “We’re aiming for CIF,” said coach Cesar Cantor, referring to the California Interscholastic Federation championship games. The team lost 3-0 to Providence on Tuesday night. “Everybody was a little frustrated,” Cantor said the following day. “We weren’t playing our best game, we had one of those off days. But they’re planning on working out a lot more and training better for the next game.” Cantor said he’s looking forward to a few tournaments in October, including one at Redondo Beach and one at Kennedy. Now in his second season with the Stars, the coach sees a difference with this year’s team.
From news services The San Diego Chargers acquired Chris Chambers from the Miami Dolphins just before Tuesday’s trade deadline, giving quarterback Philip Rivers a veteran wide receiver to work with. In return, the winless Dolphins will receive a 2008 second-round draft pick. The trade came as the Chargers put their No. 1 wide receiver, Eric Parker, on the injured reserved list with a broken right big toe. Parker has been out since June, and will miss the rest of the season. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.Chambers has 31 receptions for 415 yards and no touchdowns this season for winless Miami. He was a second-round choice by Miami in 2001 and enjoyed his best season in 2005, when he made 82 catches for 1,118 yards and 11 scores, and was voted to the Pro Bowl. The durable Chambers, who has missed only two games in his career, is signed through 2009. The Chargers expect him to immediately bolster an otherwise young and undistinguished wide receiving corps. The Chargers felt the high price was worth it, especially because he’ll be around for two additional seasons. “It was a late development,” Chargers general manager A.J. Smith said. “One receiver down, one receiver in. We had an opportunity to add a quality, experienced, productive guy and felt we couldn’t pass it up. We like him a lot. We’ve held him in high regard throughout his career.” ETC.: Chargers Pro Bowl center Nick Hardwick is expected to be out three to four weeks with a sprained right foot. The prognosis was the best Hardwick could hope for, and since the Chargers have their bye this Sunday, that means he’ll probably miss two or three games. Bucs add a running back Tampa Bay acquired running back Michael Bennett from the Kansas City Chiefs, hoping he helps them compensate for the loss of injured tailbacks Carnell “Cadillac” Williams and Michael Pittman. Bennett, a first-round draft pick of the Minnesota Vikings in 2001, has rushed for 3,426 yards and 12 touchdowns in seven NFL seasons. He also has 145 career receptions for 1,164 yards and five TDs. “We believe that the addition of Michael Bennett will strengthen our running back position,” Bucs general manager Bruce Allen said in a statement. Tampa Bay gives up undisclosed draft picks in 2008 and 2009 based on performance criteria. The 5-foot-9, 207-pound Bennett was a Pro Bowl selection in 2002 with the Vikings, but injuries have prevented him from realizing his potential as a pro. He played sparingly for the Chiefs as a backup to Larry Johnson after joining Kansas City in 2006. Everett improving Kevin Everett has developed enough strength to hold himself up briefly on a walker, and he can also use his feet to push himself around in a wheelchair, the latest signs of progress as the Buffalo Bills’ tight end recovers from a severe spinal cord injury. “He’s making very solid and noticeable progress,” Eric Armstead, an associate of the player’s agent, Brian Overstreet, told The Associated Press. “He’s very excited.” Armstead regularly visits Everett, who entered the second phase of his recovery process three weeks ago when he was transferred to Houston’s Memorial Hermann Hospital rehabilitation center. Around the league Broncos: The team signed free agent Jordan Beck and released D.D. Lewis in a swap of linebackers. Cardinals: The injury-depleted team signed free-agent quarterback Tim Hasselbeck. Hasselbeck’s signing came two days after starter Kurt Warner hurt his elbow in a 25-10 loss to Carolina. Warner had replaced Matt Leinart, who was lost for the season with a broken collarbone one week earlier. Hasselbeck will back up Tim Rattay, who will start on Sunday at Washington. The Cardinals have not said when they expect Warner to return. Chiefs: Running back Priest Holmes will practice today for the first time since a severe 2005 head and neck injury. Chiefs coach Herm Edwards repeated there’s a chance Holmes could play at Oakland. Jurisprudence: A federal judge on approved the neutering of dozens of fighting dogs seized from Michael Vick’s rural home and the appointment of an expert to decide the animals’ future. U.S. District Judge Henry Hudson acted on a government motion requesting animal law expert Rebecca J. Huss serve as the guardian-special master to oversee the possible placement of the 48 dogs, or their euthanasia. Hudson also granted a request by the U.S. attorney’s office that each of the pit bulls be spayed, neutered and have microchips implanted. … Wachovia Bank is seeking about $940,000 from Vick and a business partner. The bank claims that since Vick’s indictment on federal dogfighting charges, they defaulted on a 2006 loan to set up a wine shop and restaurant. … A son of Eagles coach Andy Reid was ordered back to jail after missing a drug test. Garrett Reid, 24, didn’t show up for a scheduled test on Monday, according to prosecutors and his attorney, Ross Weiss. He is required to submit to random tests while awaiting sentencing on drug charges.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
The attorney said he and Nguyen met with investigators for two hours Thursday. He described the meeting as “pleasant and professional” but declined to elaborate.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 MORESurfer attacked by shark near Channel Islands calls rescue a ‘Christmas miracle’State and federal officials are investigating the mailing for possible violations of election law. Baugh said that after speaking with the state Attorney General’s Office and the private company that distributed the mailer, he believes Nguyen had direct knowledge of the letter. “I learned information that allows me to draw the conclusion that not only was Mr. Nguyen’s campaign involved in this, but that Mr. Nguyen was personally involved in expediting the mailer,” Baugh said in a telephone interview. He called the letter “obnoxious and reprehensible.” Nguyen was not immediately available to react to the committee’s vote, but his attorney, David Wiechert, said Thursday night that his client does not plan to quit. “Mr. Nguyen has no intention of dropping out of the race. He would do the public a disservice if he dropped out,” Wiechert said. GARDEN GROVE – Orange County Republican leaders on Thursday called for the withdrawal of a GOP congressional candidate who has acknowledged that his campaign sent a letter threatening Hispanic immigrant voters. County Republican Chairman Scott Baugh told The Associated Press that the party’s executive committee voted unanimously to ask candidate Tan D. Nguyen to pull out. Nguyen’s attorney said Thursday night his client has no intention of quitting. Earlier Thursday, Nguyen told The Associated Press he has fired a campaign staffer who may have been the source of the letter that falsely told Hispanics immigrants they can go to jail if they try to vote. “I did not do this. I did not approve of any letter,” said Nguyen, the challenger to Democratic U.S. Rep. Loretta Sanchez. Nguyen is a Vietnamese immigrant whose opposition to illegal immigration figures heavily in his underdog campaign.