Wikinews Shorts: January 21, 2009
A compilation of brief news reports for Wednesday, January 21, 2009.
Obama requests halt to Guantanamo trials
The legal motion, signed last night by Obama and the US Department of Defense, is due to be heard today by two judges chairing the commissions. It requests that the hearings be halted until May 20.
The military commissions were created by the Bush administration, and are similar to military trials of alleged criminals. The accused were captured outside the United States, including in Afghanistan, on suspicion of involvement in terrorist or insurgent acts. Hundreds of enemy combatants have been imprisoned in Guantanamo Bay since the detention center opened 2002.
- "Obama will close Guantanamo Bay in his first week say advisers" — Wikinews, January 13, 2009
- "U.S. Supreme Court requests reconsideration of habeas petitions of Gitmo captives" — Wikinews, December 15, 2008
- "Obama acts on Guantanamo trials" — , January 21, 2009
- Agence-France Presse. "Obama seeks suspension of Guantanamo trials" — , January 21, 2009
New York Jets hire new head coach
On Monday, the New York Jets hired Raven's defensive coordinator, Rex Ryan, to be their new head coach. No further details were included in Monday's announcement. The Jets failed to make the 2008–09 playoffs in American football's National Football League (NFL).
Ravens linebacker, Bart Scott, stated "I think it's a gain for them and a loss for us, but it's well-deserved, it was a long time coming."
Coming into New York, Rex is faced with his first challenge: the future of quarterback Brett Favre. Favre has already decided to take a few weeks to decide whether or not to stay in the NFL for the upcoming season.
- "Steelers, Cardinals win championship games to advance to Super Bowl XLIII" — Wikinews, January 19, 2009
- Associated Press. "Jets hire Ravens defensive coordinator Ryan to replace Mangini" — , January 19, 2009
- Simon Evans and John O'Brien, Reuters. "Jets appoint Rex Ryan as new head coach" — , January 19, 2009
Two strong earthquakes strike the South Pacific
On Monday, two earthquakes of magnitude greater than 6.0 struck the South Pacific. These are the strongest earthquakes since the magnitude 7.4 quake in the North Pacific last Thursday. No damage was reported.
First, an earthquake of 6.4 magnitude struck the Kermadec Islands, about 1000 kilometres (600 miles) north east of New Zealand's North Island. The quake hit at 2.11 am local time, (1411 UTC Sunday), 95 km south of Raoul Island. Later, at 0335 UTC (2.35 pm New Caledonia time) a magnitude 6.5 quake occurred 120 km (75 miles) south east of Hunter Island in the Loyalty Islands, part of the French territory of New Caledonia. After the second quake, the United States Pacific Tsunami Warning Center issued a bulletin saying that "earthquakes of this size sometimes generate local tsunamis that can be destructive along coasts located within a hundred kilometers of the earthquake epicenter." Both of the quakes began just 10 km below the surface.
Hunter Island (île Hunter in French) is an uninhabited island claimed by Vanuatu and France. It is about 600 km east of Nouméa, the New Caledonia capital, and 1600 km north of New Zealand. A magnitude 6.7 earthquake hit 145 km west of the island only last Thursday.
The Kermadec Islands, owned by New Zealand, are largely uninhabited, apart from Department of Conservation staff and volunteers. This is the fifth earthquake of magnitude greater than 6.0 to hit the islands in four months.
- "Magnitude 6.5 - SOUTHEAST OF THE LOYALTY ISLANDS 2009 January 19 03:35:19 UTC" — , January 20, 2009
- "Magnitude 6.4 - KERMADEC ISLANDS, NEW ZEALAND 2009 January 18 14:11:45 UTC" — , January 20, 2009
- "Strong quake hits near New Caledonia" — , January 19, 2009
- Pacific Tsunami Warning Center. "TSUNAMI BULLETIN NUMBER 001 ISSUED AT 0347Z 19 JAN 2009" — ,
- Agence-France Press. "Strong quake jolts remote islands off New Zealand" — , January 18, 2009
References and external links
- "7.0 quake hits Kermadec Islands" — , December 9, 2008
- United States Geological Service. "Latest Earthquakes M5.0+ in the World - Past 7 days" —