Racela remains upbeat despite TNT’s first loss

first_imgJiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina LATEST STORIES Aces’ Manuel attributes torrid start to better conditioning Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Dave Chappelle donates P1 million to Taal relief operations The KaTropa have had a relatively shaky performance this conference, pulling off close shaves against GlobalPort, Phoenix, and Ginebra before suffering a tough defeat to the Aces.Racela praised how coach Alex Compton was able to stable the ship for Alaska so far, and for him, it should be the benchmark for TNT in terms of playing consistently.“That’s something that we are trying to learn and in a way, be at the level of Alaska in terms of consistency when we play. Obviously we’re not yet there, but it’s still a long conference,” he said.Racela, however, expects the KaTropa to perform better in the coming games, beginning on Friday against Blackwater.“Moving forward, hopefully we get better as we go along. Again, you get three wins in four, where are we? Did you expect us to win all our games? So we should be happy,” he said.ADVERTISEMENT Winfrey details her decision to withdraw from Simmons film 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 Nash Racela. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netANTIPOLO — Nash Racela admits that TNT is still in the process of feeling each other out.That’s why despite the 100-110 defeat to Alaska on Sunday, the soft-spoken mentor is hardly concerned with how his wards are faring so far this 2018 PBA Commissioner’s Cup.ADVERTISEMENT Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding Jury of 7 men, 5 women selected for Weinstein rape trial Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew MOST READ “I think at this point, we should be happy that with the way that we’re playing, we still got three wins out of the four,” he said.Infusing new guys in his roster bannered by new acquisitions Terrence Romeo, Jericho Cruz, and Don Trollano, on top of import Jeremy Tyler, Racela expects that there will certainly be more or less an adjustment period that the KaTropa needs to undergo.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownBut that isn’t just limited to TNT, as almost all the teams this second conference are still looking to get into their groove.“I think you look at all the teams, all the teams are still learning to play with each other. I think it’s the same case with us,” he said. “Of course having practically a new team, we’re still in the process of learning each other, so it’s nice that we’re able to still get three out of four despite doing that.” Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours View comments China population now over 1.4 billion as birthrate fallslast_img read more

Denmark advances at World Cup in drab 0-0 draw with France

first_imgChristopher Tolkien, son of Lord of the Rings author, dies aged 95 Denmark gets an extra day off and plays Group D winner Croatia on Sunday evening in Nizhny Novgorod.QUOTABLE“The team that only got three points, Peru, probably played the best in our group,” Denmark coach Hareide, happy to advance from a tough pool.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES France was already sure to advance with two opening victories, and this result spread the happiness to Denmark and its thousands of fans who stayed to dance and cheer in an empty stadium.Less happy were the neutral fans in the crowd. Many Russians cheered the host team’s name and whistled misplaced passes and slow play as the game progressed with Denmark protecting its one point for a draw.It was the longest a World Cup had gone without a goalless draw since 1954, a tournament of 26 games which all delivered at least one goal.“We didn’t have to take risks to get better because this result was good for everyone,” France coach Didier Deschamps said.Deschamps rested six starters to put out a team that barely tested Denmark goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel until substitute Nabil Fekir tried two long-range shots.ADVERTISEMENT It was a mostly forgettable first major tournament start for France goalkeeper Steve Mandanda, who has been a backup at two World Cups and three European Championships. The 33-year-old made his only save in the 54th minute, spilling Christian Eriksen’s free-kick before pouncing on the loose ball.France’s first-choice goalkeeper and captain, Hugo Lloris, was among those given the day off. Midfielders Paul Pogba and Blaise Matuidi were obvious choices to sit after collecting yellow cards in a 1-0 win over Peru. A second yellow card before the semifinals triggers a one-game ban.“I want to have all my choices in the round of 16,” Deschamps said. His team lost rhythm with a different trio of attacking midfielders to support Antoine Griezmann and Olivier Giroud.Perhaps sensing it was time to make entertainment midway through the first half, fans created a wave that made three laps of the stadium.Whistles and jeers got louder after a misplaced pass in the 64th by France midfielder Thomas Lemar went off the field 10 yards (meters) away from any player.Only in the final 20 minutes, when Fekir and Kylian Mbappe came off the bench, did France show more pace and direct intent. They met a solid Danish defense content with the draw.KEY TO SUCCESSDenmark has a tough defense anchored by veteran captain Simon Kjaer, and a high-class goalkeeper in Kasper Schmeichel. Even the top World Cup teams will have difficulty scoring against the Danes.GROUP DYNAMICSFrance has won Group C and will open the round 16 on Saturday afternoon in Kazan, playing Group D runner-up Argentina. Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding 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 Taal victims get help from Kalayaan town MOST READcenter_img Jury of 7 men, 5 women selected for Harvey Weinstein rape trial View comments In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Bicol riders extend help to Taal evacuees Australia eliminated, Peru leaves World Cup on high note Cloudy skies over Luzon due to amihan The slow-paced game was out of step with a vibrant tournament. But it advanced both teams to the round of 16 unbeaten, with the bonus of no players suspended and no serious injuries. France will now play Argentina, and Denmark faces Croatia.The draw would always have ensured that outcome, and became inevitable in the second half. Events elsewhere in Group C made this game all but irrelevant.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownPeru beat Australia 2-0 in Sochi at the same time, meaning the Danes would have advanced even if they lost to France before 78,011 at the World Cup’s signature Luzhniki Stadium.“We did what we needed,” Denmark coach Age Hareide said, praising his team for a disciplined display. “We would have been stupid to open a lot of space for the French team.” Referee Sandro Ricci from Brazil shows a yellow card to Denmark’s Mathias Jorgensen, who fouled France’s Antoine Griezmann, who he helping to his feet during the group C match between Denmark and France at the 2018 soccer World Cup at the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow, Russia, Tuesday, June 26, 2018. (AP Photo/Matthias Schrader)MOSCOW — A game no team needed to win became the game no fan would want to watch.France and Denmark produced the World Cup’s first 0-0 draw at the 37th attempt amid boos and whistles from fans on Tuesday.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

MMA-ADA threatens court action against Region 5 farmers over unpaid charges

first_imgThe Mahaica Mahaicony Abary-Agricultural Development Authority (MMA-ADA) is now threatening to take legal action against scores of farmers within Region Five (Mahaica-Berbice), who utilise drainage and irrigation services but fail to pay required charges for same, as agreed.General Manager of MMA-ADA, Aubrey CharlesThis intention was disclosed by General Manager of the MMA-ADA, Aubrey Charles on the sidelines of a signing ceremony between the Authority and the Guyana Public Service Union (GPSU) on Tuesday.The General Manager, whilst engaging the media on the challenges faced by his entity pointed out that rice farmers within the Mahaica-Berbice region have adopted a habitual behaviour of not paying service charges on time. He added that farmers presently owe in excess of $1 billion for irrigation and drainage services.“Farmers are required to pay charges for the management and maintenance of all drainage and irrigation works. One of the big challenge that we face currently is farmers are not paying their rates in a timely manner. Matter of fact, farmers currently owes the MMA in excess of one billion dollars and that is causing a big strain on the Authority [to] maintain all the drains, canal structures with the limited resources that are available at our disposal,” Charles stated.The MMA-ADA official further explained that a number of farmers have recently begun expressing worries over the rapidly deteriorating state of main roadways into rice lands. But according to him, the roads cannot be fixed without monies being spent. Nevertheless, Charles made mention of the Authority’s efforts to rehabilitate the roadways given that the farmers account for over 45 per cent of the country’s overall rice production.“A group of farmers came and they met with me, and they were pointing out the deterioration of the road network. I had to inform them that the maintenance of all the drainage and irrigation as well as the roads, it cost about fourteen million dollars per month and the farmers are not paying, they’re way behind the fourteen million which it cost to operate and maintain the system….So, on one hand, the MMA is trying its best so as to make the roads accessible and on the other hand, we appeal to farmers to pay their charge,” he explained.On this note, the General Manager underscored that the MMA-ADA will take legal action against the farmers to have them pay in full the outstanding monies owed to the entity. This, however, is the Authority’s last choice but will be resorted to if the monetary figures keep increasing“Of course yes, that option is last resort and we have been appealing to farmers, we’ve wrote them letters and as we speak, we have a list which we are fine-tuning it and those persons whose name appear on that list will be taken to court so that we can have our monies to run the system.”last_img read more

Retiring Spain star Torres eyes future coaching role

first_img0Shares0000Former Atletico Madrid, Liverpool and Chelsea striker Fernando Torres finished his career at Japanese club Sagan Tosu after joining the J-League side last year © AFP/File / GABRIEL BOUYSTOKYO, Japan, Jun 23 – Spanish World Cup winner Fernando Torres said Sunday his body could no longer cope with the physical demands of football after announcing his retirement from the game.But the 35-year-old, once one of the deadliest marksmen in the world, would not rule out a future in coaching. The former Atletico Madrid, Liverpool and Chelsea striker finished his career at Japanese club Sagan Tosu after joining the J-League side last year.“I have a high demand of myself — I always want to be honest and perform at the level I think I should,” said Torres, who scored Spain’s winning goal in the 2008 European championships and played a key role in their 2010 World Cup triumph.“Knowing my body and listening to my body, I think, especially mentally, that time (when I can’t perform at the top level) is not far and I wanted to end my career in a good way before that happens.Sagan Tosu forward Fernando Torres (L) and Minoru Takehara (R), president of the J-League football club Sagan Tosu, leave after a press conference in Tokyo © AFP / Kazuhiro NOGI“I always gave everything I had and I still will give in the next two months,” added Torres, whose last game will be against former Spain team mate Andres Iniesta’s Vissel Kobe on August 23.Torres tweeted his retirement on Friday, saying: “After 18 exciting years, the time has come to put an end to my football career.”He left Atletico last summer to play in Japan after returning to his boyhood club in 2015 but has struggled with form and injuries.Torres, dubbed “El Nino” during his heyday, played 334 times in total for Atletico, scoring 111 goals.He made 142 appearances for Liverpool, finding the net 81 times in his prime, before joining Chelsea where he scored 45 goals in 172 matches for the London club.Fernando Torres, dubbed “El Nino” during his heyday, played 334 times in total for Atletico, scoring 111 goals © AFP/File / Roberto SCHMIDTAsked about the future, Torres told a news conference in Tokyo he would continue in an advisory role for Sagan, likely identifying Spanish youth players for the Kyushu club.He also did not rule out becoming a manager or coach back in Europe.“I just need time to spend with my family and think about my next step — I don’t know if it will be coaching or managing,” said Torres, who named his former Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard as the best he had ever played alongside.“I think I will study both things, and just wait for the call.”Torres also remains open to the idea of another emotional return to Atletico in the future, after earning his coaching badges.“When I was a kid, I got a calling to become a football player,” said Torres.“I’m sure this kind of calling comes too. You don’t have to look for them.”0Shares0000(Visited 3 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Arsenal’s Lucas Torreira reveals funny reason behind chosen shirt number

first_img 2 Torreira helped La Celeste reach the quarter-finals, before they were knocked out by France.“I wanted to pick 34 but It was already taken by [Granit] Xhaka,’ he told Sport 890.“I chose 11 because it’s the day of my birthday and I will get the chance to sit next to Mesut Ozil in the dressing room.“It’s incredible when you go to the dressing room and see your locker is glued to that of Mesut Ozil who is a world champion and a player with a fantastic career.” Unai Emery has confirmed Torreira will make his first appearance for Arsenal in pre-season when they face Lazio on Saturday evening.The match will take place at 7pm UK time at the Friends Arena in Sweden. 2 Torreira wore number 14 for Uruguay at the World Cup, but will be number 11 for Arsenal Torreira was Sampdoria’s number 34 Lucas Torreira says one of the reasons picked the number eleven shirt at Arsenal is so that he could sit next to number ten, Mesut Ozil, in the changing room.The 22-year-old midfielder signed from Sampdoria in mid-July following an impressive World Cup with Uruguay.last_img read more

Liverpool predicted line-up to face Crystal Palace

first_imgWe believe Klopp will continue to reward Wijnaldum and allow him to keep his place in the Reds’ first XI.Fabinho himself has indicated that he’s been told he will have to compete for his place if he is to earn a spot in Liverpool’s first team.“When I came to Liverpool I knew this competition would exist in midfield,” the Brazilian explained, “And I think it’s really good for the team.“If anything happens to a player, there’s adequate cover. During pre-season I played alongside a variety of different players and we blended really well. So, overall, I think it’s a good thing for the team.” silverware ALTERED Meanwhile, Palace also got off to a good start, picking up three points at Fulham with a 2-0 victory.The Reds will be looking to keep up their 100% start and stay in touch with Manchester City who are top of the league following their impressive 6-1 demolition of Huddersfield on Sunday.The match, which is an 8pm kick-off on Monday, will be an interesting test of Jurgen Klopp’s resolve, as Fabinho has now had more time to prepare himself for a Premier League start, but the manager could surely have no justification for displacing Georginio Wijnaldum after a competent performance against West Ham.Here’s talkSPORT’s predicted line-up: NEW ERA How Arsenal could line up in Arteta’s first official game in charge – Ozil return? Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won 4 REVEALED Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? Latest Premier League News 4 Every current Premier League club’s best kit from the past decade Liverpool travel to Palace for their first away match of the 2018/19 campaign.The Reds won their opener against West Ham 4-0 last week, in what was an impressive statement of intent. REVEALED Klopp has indicated that Joe Gomez will likely continue alongside Virgil van Dijk at the heart of his defence for the time being, as Dejan Lovren remains unavailable.“Dejan didn’t train… Dejan is still injured,” declared the German manager at the press conference prior to the game.“Let me say it like this, last year he already had a few problems with that, but he could obviously play – and played really good.“I am pretty sure it will settle in the next one, two or three weeks. In that time he can probably for sure train already, but not the full programme, so that will then take time.” Mohamed Salah netted Liverpool’s first goal of the season Fabinho could be made to wait for his Liverpool debut 4 Tottenham v Brighton LIVE: talkSPORT commentary and team news for Boxing Day opener Whoever gets the nod from Klopp, they will have to be on form as they face a Palace side that has inflicted a lot of painful memories on Liverpool in recent seasons.Palace’s stunning comeback from 3-0 down all-but ended Liverpool’s title challenge in May 2014, while also spoiling Steven Gerrard’s final Reds game at Anfield the following year.Jurgen Klopp’s first defeat as Liverpool manager came against the south London side in November 2015 and Liverpool’s last home loss in the Premier League came against the Eagles in April 2017 thanks to two strikes from former Red Christian Benteke. possible standings Lovren was a runner up with Croatia at the 2018 World Cup smart causal England’s most successful clubs of the past decade, according to trophies won Tottenham predicted XI to face Brighton with Mourinho expected to make big changes 4 gameday How the Premier League table could change after the Boxing Day fixtures last_img read more

Saddam Hussein appears in court

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! BAGHDAD, Iraq (AP) — A defiant Saddam Hussein pleaded innocent to charges of murder and torture as his long-awaited trial began Wednesday with the one-time dictator arguing about the legitimacy of the court and scuffling with guards. The first session of the trial lasted about three hours, and the judge ordered an adjournment until Nov. 28. Saddam and his seven co-defendants could face the death penalty if convicted for the 1982 massacre of nearly 150 Shiites in the town of Dujail. They are being tried in the former headquarters of Saddam’s Baath Party. After presiding judge Rizgar Mohammed Amin, a Kurd, read the defendants their rights and the charges against them – which also include forced expulsions and illegal imprisonment – he asked each for their plea. He started with the 68-year-old ousted dictator, saying “Mr. Saddam, go ahead. Are you guilty or innocent?” Saddam – holding a copy of the Quran he brought with him into the session and held throughout – replied quietly, “I said what I said. I am not guilty,” referring to his arguments earlier in the session. Amin read out the plea, “Innocent.” The confrontation then became physical. When a break was called, Saddam stood, smiling, and asked to step out of the room. When two guards tried to grab his arms to escort him out, he angrily shook them off. They tried to grab him again, and Saddam struggled to free himself. Saddam and the guards shoved each other and yelled for about a minute. Saddam scuffled with guards on his way out of the door during a pause in the proceedings. It ended with Saddam getting his way, and he was allowed to walk independently, with the two guards behind him, out of the room for the break. Many Iraqis and others across the Middle East were glued to their television sets to watch the first-ever criminal trial of an Arab leader. The proceedings were aired with about a 20-minute delay on state-run Iraqi television and on satellite stations across Iraq and the Arab world. But technical quality was poor, with the sound cutting out frequently and the picture going blank several times. But a too-busy President Bush did not watch, even as the White House hailed the trial as a key step in Iraq’s transition to a functioning democracy. “Saddam Hussein is facing Iraqi justice,” White House spokesman Scott McClellan said. “The trial is a symbol that the rule of law is returning to Iraq. We hope this trial will help bring some closure for the Iraqi people to their country’s dark past.” Neighboring Iran, which fought a 1980-88 war with Iraq, welcomed the trial’s start but said Saddam should be charged with invading Iran. The panel of five judges will both hear the case and render a verdict in what could be the first of several trials of Saddam for atrocities during his 23-year-rule. The identities of the judges have been a tightly held secret to ensure their safety, though Amin’s name was revealed just before the trial began. The courtroom camera repeatedly focused on him, without showing the others. Earlier, at the opening of the trial, the ousted Iraqi leader – looking thin with a salt-and-pepper beard in a dark gray suit and open-collared white shirt – stood and asked the presiding judge: “Who are you? I want to know who you are.” “I do not respond to this so-called court, with all due respect to its people, and I retain my constitutional right as the president of Iraq,” he said, brushing off the judge’s attempts to interrupt him. “Neither do I recognize the body that has designated and authorized you, nor the aggression because all that has been built on false basis is false.” He wrote notes on a yellow pad throughout the hearing. Amin, a Kurd, tried to get Saddam to formally identify himself but Saddam refused and finally sat. Amin read his name for him, calling him the “former president of Iraq,” bringing a protest from Saddam, who insisted he was still in the post. Later, Amin read the defendants their rights and then read the charges, which are the same for all, and told them they face possible execution if convicted. The chief prosecutor, Jaafar al-Mousawi, then began outlining the case against the men. Near the end of the session, Saddam’s lawyer, Khalil al-Dulaimi, asked for the names of the witnesses who will testify for the prosecution – names that have been kept strictly secret to prevent reprisals against them. Amid said al-Dulaimi could ask the prosecutors for the names but did not say if he would order them handed over. Al-Dulaimi then asked for an adjournment of between 45 and 90 days. The judge set Nov. 28 for the trial to resume. Saddam and his fellow defendants were ushered into the courtroom to their places directly in front of the panel of judges. They were seated in three rows inside a pen made of white iron slats, a scene – were it taken out of context – that made them look more like worshippers in the pews of an Anglican church. But the bars, neck high as the men sat on black chairs, rose as a symbol of their status as some of the most-wanted criminals in the world and the kind of obstructed view of the world they will have for the rest of their lives. Starting the session, Amin called the defendants into the room one by one. Saddam was the last to enter, escorted by two Iraqi guards in bulletproof vests guiding him by the elbow. He glanced at journalists watching through bulletproof glass from an adjoining room. He motioned for his escorts to slow down a little. After sitting, he greeted his co-defendants, saying, “Peace be upon you,” sitting next to co-defendant Awad Hamed al-Bandar, former head of Iraq’s Revolutionary Court. The other defendants include Saddam’s former intelligence chief Barazan Ibrahim, former vice president Taha Yassin Ramadan and other lower-level Baathist civil servants. Most were wearing traditional Arab robes and complained they were not allowed to have headdresses, so court officials brought out red headdresses for them. Many Sunni Arabs consider it shameful to appear in public without the checkered scarf, tied by a cord around the forehead. Ramadan also refused to identify himself to the judge. “I repeat what President Saddam Hussein has said,” he added. The other defendants stood one by one and stated their names. The trial is taking place in the marble building that once served as the National Command Headquarters of Saddam’s feared Baath Party. The building in Baghdad’s Green Zone – the heavily fortified district where Iraq’s government, parliament and the U.S. Embassy are located – was ringed with 10-foot blast walls and U.S. and Iraqi troops, with several Humvees and at least one tank deployed outside. U.S. soldiers led bomb-detecting dogs around the grounds. Many Iraqis gathered around TV sets to watch the proceedings. “Since the fall of the regime, we have been waiting for this trial,” said Aqeel al-Ubaidi, a Dujail resident. “The trial won’t bring back those who died, but at least it will help put out the fire and anger inside us.” In Baghdad, Shiite construction worker Salman Zaboun Shanan sat with his family at home in the Shiite neighborhood of Kazimiyah, having taken the day off from work to watch the trial. When Saddam appeared on television, he and his wife spit. “I hope he is executed, and that anyone who suffered can take a piece of his flesh,” said Shanan, who was imprisoned during Saddam’s rule, as was his wife, Sabiha Hassan, and several of their sons. But across the Tigris River in the mainly Sunni Arab district of Azamiyah, some were embittered by the trial of Saddam, whose regime was dominated by Sunni Arabs who have now lost their power. “Saddam is the lesser of evils,” said engineer Sahab Awad Maaruf, comparing Saddam to the current Shiite-Kurdish led government. “He’s the only legitimate leader for Iraqis.” In particular, the Shiite Muslim majority and the Kurdish minority – the two communities most oppressed by Saddam’s regime – have eagerly awaited the chance to see the man who ruled Iraq with unquestioned and total power held to justice. “I’m very happy today. We’ve prayed for this day for years,” said Iraqi Deputy Prime Minister Ahmad Chalabi, an anti-Saddam opposition leader in exile for years and now one of the fiercest proponents of the purge of Baathists from the new government. The night before the trial – in an apparent jab at the former dictator – a bomb went off in a Baghdad square at a statue of Abu Jaafar al-Mansour, the 8th-century caliph who built Baghdad and to whom Saddam frequently compared himself. The blast toppled the bust off its marble pedestal, but no one was hurt. The world will be watching Saddam’s trial to see whether Iraq’s new Shiite and Kurdish leaders can rise above politics and prejudice and give the former dictator a fair hearing. Human rights group have criticized the government for trying to influence the trial, adding that considerable U.S. logistical and financial aid to the tribunal could lend credibility to charges it will mete out “victors’ justice.” The court also is operating under its own rules – laid out when the court was created in 2003 while Iraq was still run by American administrators – and a 1971 Saddam-era criminal law that some have criticized as not up to international standards. That law says the judges can issue a guilty verdict if they are “satisfied” by the evidence – seen as lower standard of proof than “convinced beyond a reasonable doubt.” Saddam was ousted after U.S.-led forces swept into Iraq in March 2003 and marched in to Baghdad. He fled the capital and was on the run for nearly eight months until American forces found in him hiding in a cellar in a rural area outside his hometown of Tikrit north of Baghdad on Dec. 13, 2003. He has been held since in a U.S. detention facility at Baghdad International Airport. Prosecutors are preparing other cases to bring to trial against Saddam and his officials – including for the Anfal Operation, a military crackdown on the Kurds in the late 1980s that killed some 180,000 people; the suppression of Kurdish and Shiite revolts in 1991; and the deaths of 5,000 Kurds in a 1988 poison gas attack on the village of Halabja. If a death sentence is issued in the Dujail case, it is unclear whether it would be carried out regardless of whether Saddam is involved in other trials. He can appeal a Dujail verdict, but if a conviction and sentence are upheld, the sentence must be carried out within 30 days. A stay could be granted to allow other trials to proceed.last_img read more

Women’s Golf Set to Finish Fall Season at MVC Preview

first_imgThe Bulldogs are coming off of a third-place finish at the Creighton Classic, Oct. 1-2. At the two-day event, Sigurlang Jonsdottir (Hafnarfjordur, Iceland) led Drake, placing tied for fourth individually, at 4-over par with a score of 150 for the two-round tournament. Her teammates, Kristen Giles (Georgetown, Ontario) and Sam Paulack (Kansas City, Mo.) followed close behind, tying for seventh, shooting 7-over par as they each carded a 153. CHESTERTON, Ind. – The Drake University women’s golf team is set to finish its fall season at the annual Missouri Valley Conference Fall Preview Monday, Oct. 15 and Tuesday, Oct. 16. This year’s MVC Preview will be contested at Sand Creek Country Club and hosted by Valparaiso University. The fall event serves as a preview for the MVC Championship, April 12-16, 2019, at Sand Creek. Story Links Live Stats center_img Following its fall finale, Drake will open its spring season, Feb. 9-13, at the Battle at Boulder Creek in Henderson, Nev. Print Friendly Version Drake and eight other MVC schools, Bradley, Illinois State, Indiana State, Loyola, Missouri State, Southern Illinois, UNI and Valparaiso will play 54 holes over the two days on the par 72, 6,074-yard long course. Sunday is a practice round for the teams before Monday’s 36 holes, which will begin at 8:30 a.m. and be a shotgun start. Tuesday’s final 18 holes will begin at 8:30 a.m. as the teams will go off the first and 10th tees.last_img read more

Young woman tells how her father raped her each week while mother was out

first_imgA brave Donegal woman waived her anonymity to tell a court how her father raped her each week while her mother was out of the house.Maurice Lafferty, 50, of Corcullen, Castlefin pleaded guilty at the Central Criminal Court to raping his daughter Annie Lafferty at his home on dates between 1 November 2010 and 30 June 2011. Garda Sergeant Joe Dorian told Paul Carroll SC, prosecuting, that the accused’s wife worked in Letterkenny and lived away from the home four nights a week during the period of offending.RTE reports that Sgt Dorian said that on a night in November 2010, Lafferty came into his then 17-year-old daughter’s bedroom. “You’re my good little girl, you’re the only one I can trust,” Lafferty said to her.He started to grope her and said he wanted to “show how much I love you”. His daughter tried to push him away and he called her “a tramp” before pinning her on the bed and raping her.Afterwards, he told her not to tell anyone about what he had done. Lafferty said that no one would believe her and that her younger siblings would be taken away if she said anything.Sgt Dorian said that Lafferty continued to rape his daughter once per week.Ms Lafferty, 25, told the court she wished to waive her right to anonymity.In her victim impact statement, which she read out in court, she said her parents were more interested in drinking than being parents and she took over caring for her younger siblings.Ms Lafferty said “to say I was scared is an understatement” during the period she was abused by her father. She said that “instead of protecting me, he was the one who did me harm”.“My cry for help was ignored”, said Ms Lafferty. She said she told her mother about the abuse, only for her mother to turn her back on her and believe her father’s version of events.She said he was the one who decided what she did and “it was like I was a puppet attached to strings”. She said the “scars that man left on me will always be there”.Anne Rowland SC, defending, said her client was “drinking extremely heavily” at the time of the offences.She said he suffers from chronic obstructive pulmonary disease which causes him to “black out” during fits of extreme coughing.Ms Rowland said that Lafferty built his house himself and it is about to be repossessed.Mr Justice Alex Owens remanded Lafferty on continuing bail and adjourned the matter for sentencing on 29 April next.Young woman tells how her father raped her each week while mother was out was last modified: April 11th, 2019 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:castlefincourtdonegalMaurice Laffertyrapelast_img read more

Letterkenny council warned that someone will be hurt at town park outdoor gym

first_imgLetterkenny Municipal Council has been warned that somebody will be hurt if age restrictions and signage are not put on the new town park outdoor gymnasium.Cllr Jimmy Kavanagh appealed to the council to put up signs warning that the equipment should not be used by young people.“This equipment is not designed for use by children and a child will be hurt at some stage. I would actually ask how the council stand on this legally if someone is hurt,” he said. The motion was backed by Cllr Gerry McMonagle.He said that theme parks carry similar restrictions and warnings.“Youngsters could go on this apparatus which is not intended for them and they could sustain a fall,” he said.  Letterkenny council warned that someone will be hurt at town park outdoor gym was last modified: October 8th, 2019 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:dangerdonegalequipmentgymLetterkenny Town Parklast_img read more