5 witnesses testify as trial continues

first_imgScrap dealer murderBy Kizzy ColemanThe retrial into the murder of Akbar Alli, who was gunned down by bandits opposite King’s Solomon Enterprise on Brickdam, Georgetown, continued on Wednesday before Justice Priya Sewnarine-Beharry and a 12-member jury at the High Court.Rondell Bacchus, 29, of C Field Sophia Squatting Area, Greater Georgetown, is accused of carrying out the heinous act along with Andrew Morris, 34, of Lot 263 East La Penitence, Georgetown.Bacchus, who is accused of committing the murder on July 24, 2006, was committed to be retried following the jury’s complaint that they could not reach a verdict and further directions from the Judge would not be helpful.This decision came after the testimony of Rameena Bibi Hydar, the wife of the deceased who testified via audiovisual link (Skype), that she had positively identified Bacchus at an identification parade in Georgetown after the shooting.Some members of the jury were in doubt about the evidence which was presented before the court and as such, the trial ended in a hung jury.Justice Navindra Singh, who previously heard the case, had ordered the retrial for the next session of the Assizes, since the jury could not decide whether the accused was guilty or not guilty of the crime.According to reports, on the day in question, around 13:00h, Alli withdrew about $2.1 million from a city bank and went with his wife to another city bank after which he proceeded to Brickdam to transact business with an auto dealer.He had parked and along with his wife exited the vehicle when two men rode up on a motorcycle and snatched the bag containing the money which his wife had.The men then rode away, but Alli gave chase, and one of the bandits shot him in the chest. The injured man was taken to the Georgetown Public Hospital where he eventually succumbed.On Wednesday, the Court heard the testimonies of five witnesses who were presented by State Prosecutors Tuanna Hardy and Narissa Leander, and cross-examined by defence counsel Nigel Hughes.Those testifying were Assistant Superintendent of Police, Trevor Husbands; Sergeant Lilin Scotland; Safdaar Hussein; retired Deputy Inspector Sydney Charles and ex-Police Officer Trevor Oswald.Oswald, who conducted the identification (ID) parade when the suspect was in custody, took the stand for the second time to give his testimony.He explained that the eyewitness, the deceased’s wife, positively identified Bacchus as the perpetrator.Attorney Hughes questioned the even-handedness of the ID parade, querying the characteristics of those in the line-up.In response, Oswald explained that the men chosen to be in the parade were chosen because of the way they dressed and all were of the same ethnicity.Hughes also accused the ex-Officer of misleading the Court, alleging that statements that he gave in the Magistrate’s Court some eight years ago were different from what he was currently saying in the High Court.The Attorney questioned the way in which the parade was carried out, asking the witness if it was normal for the Police Officer who conducted the parade to know where the suspect was standing and to hold conversations with the eyewitness.Oswald answered that it was a norm for Officers to do this.Prior to the ex-Police Officer, the four other witnesses gave their testimonies. The matter will continue today.last_img read more

Fivestar fighters in Vancouver for Provincials

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – Fivestar Mixed Martial Arts fighters are participating in Provincials in Vancouver this weekend.The boxers haven’t been in competition since mid-December at Alberta Bronze Gloves in Edmonton.The group of Nick Young, Brayden Sims, Lincoln Pomeroy and Nick Dragojevich among other Fivestar athletes, are up against British Columbia’s best boxers. Each fighter will be looking to advance to Nationals which will be held in Edmonton in March.- Advertisement -The event concludes on Sunday afternoon.last_img read more

Salah ruled out of Stars’ AFCON qualifier

first_img0Shares0000Egypt forward Mohammed Salah speaking with teammate Mohammed El neny during training at the Borg El Arab Stadium. PHOTO/EFA?TwitterNAIROBI, Kenya, Nov 12 – The Egyptian Football Association (EFA) has confirmed that striker Mohammed Salah will miss the 2021 African Cup of Nations qualifier against Kenya’s Harambee Stars on Thursday due to an ankle injury.Salah picked up the injury playing for his club Liverpool in Sunday’s crunch English premier League match against Manchester City. Liverpool had insisted that Salah had to remain at the club’s training ground in Melwood to assess his situation, but the forward is said to have insisted on travelling to Cairo to be examined by the club’s medical team.The EFA confirmed his unavailability and posted a photo of him wearing a supportive boot together with his teammates at the Borg El Arab Stadium in Alexandria.His absence will remove one threat off Francis Kimanzi’s plan for the game on Thursday night though even in his unavailability, the Pharaohs still possess enough firepower to trouble Kenya’s Stars.The EFA also confirmed Salah will miss the game against Comoros on Monday.0Shares0000(Visited 25 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

U.S. in for long Afghan stay

first_imgInsurgents have launched more than 100 suicide attacks this year, an unprecedented pace, including a bombing in Kabul on Saturday against a U.S. convoy that killed an American soldier and four Afghan civilians – the third suicide blast in Kabul in a week. More than 5,100 people – mostly militants – have died in insurgency related violence so far this year, according to an Associated Press count based on figures from Afghan and Western officials. That far outpaces last year’s violence, when the AP count topped 4,000 for the entire year. Some 87 U.S. troops have also died so far this year, also a record pace. About 90 U.S. service members were killed in all of last year. Wide areas of the south – in Helmand, Kandahar and Uruzgan provinces – are controlled by the Taliban, and the fighting is migrating north, into Ghazni province – where 23 South Koreans were kidnapped in July – and Wardak, right next door to Kabul, the capital. Osama bin Laden, whose presence here was a trigger for the U.S.-led attack, is still at large, possibly hiding in the mountains along the Afghanistan-Pakistan border. And Afghan farmers this year grew a record amount of opium poppy, prompting officials to draw up plans to use the military in drug interdiction missions against traffickers. Rubin said Washington ignored how difficult the fight would be and wanted to prevent U.S. forces from being tied down in nation-building exercises as in the Balkans. “Since 2005, U.S. generals have told me (former Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld) was drumming his fingers on the table trying to find out when he could take the troops out,” Rubin said. “Now the administration has completely reversed itself, but of course without ever admitting it was wrong and still without a strategy that has a serious chance of success.” Still, U.S. commanders point out that military operations have killed more than 50 mid- and high-level Taliban commanders this year, causing at least a temporary disruption in the militants’ abilities. The Afghan army participated in its first jointly planned and executed operation, in Ghazni province, earlier this summer. Originally, Pentagon planners thought Bagram would be a “temporary” camp, Ives said, but an increased U.S. commitment to Afghanistan means Bagram needs to grow. “Where we designed a base around 3,000 (troops), it quickly moved to 7,000 and now we’re housing about 13,000, so just in a very short period of time you’ve grown not necessarily exponentially but you’ve definitely doubled just about every two years,” Ives said. A new runway accommodates heavier C-5 cargo planes and Boeing 747s. New soldiers’ barracks – safer and more comfortable than the wooden structures that dot Bagram – are being built. And more workers are flowing in. Two years ago, some 1,500 Afghans worked in support roles at Bagram; today 5,000 walk through its front gates daily. Six years after CIA agents and Special Forces soldiers helped the Northern Alliance swoop down from their northern stronghold toward Taliban-controlled Kabul, President Hamid Karzai is increasingly asking that Taliban militants join the government through peace talks. And the U.N. has said an increasing number of fighters want peace. But the Taliban and factional warlord Gulbuddin Hekmatyar, leader of the militant group Hezb-i-Islami, have rejected those offers, saying that international troops must first leave the country.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! BAGRAM, Afghanistan – Six years after the first U.S. bombs began falling on Afghanistan’s Taliban government and its al-Qaida guests, America is planning for a long stay. Originally envisioned as a temporary home for invading U.S. forces, the sprawling American base at Bagram, a former Soviet outpost in the shadow of the towering Hindu Kush mountains, is growing in size by nearly a third. Today the U.S. has about 25,000 troops in the country, and other NATO nations contribute another 25,000, more than three times the number of international troops in the country four years ago, when the Taliban appeared defeated. The Islamic militia has come roaring back since then, and 2007 has been the battle’s bloodiest year yet. Barnett R. Rubin, an expert on Afghanistan at New York University, said U.S. leaders in Washington “utterly failed” to understand what was needed to consolidate that original Taliban rout, which started with airstrikes on Oct. 7, 2001, less than a month after the Sept. 11 attacks in Washington and New York. “The Bush administration did not see Afghanistan as a long-term commitment, and its leaders deceived themselves into thinking they had won an irreversible victory. They did not consider Afghanistan important and always intended to focus on Iraq,” he said. “Now the U.S. and international community have fallen way behind, and the Taliban are winning strategically, even if we defeat them in every tactical engagement,” he added. At Bagram, new barracks will help accommodate the record number of U.S. troops in the country. “We’ve grown in our commitment to Afghanistan by putting another brigade (of troops) here, and with that we know that we’re going to have an enduring presence,” said Col. Jonathan Ives. “So this is going to become a long-term base for us, whether that means five years, 10 years – we don’t know.” last_img read more

Gracies, Xavi! Barcelona’s emotional tribute to their midfield maestro

first_imgXavi waved goodbye to the Nou Camp on Saturday as he bid Barcelona farewell.The legendary Spanish midfielder leaves the Catalan giants after 17 trophy laden seasons and, we’re guessing, around one million inch-perfect passes.And as he moves on to Qatari side Al Sadd, Barcelona put together a brilliant montage of his exceptional 24 years at the club from mite to man.You can see the wonderful tribute below… Barcelona star Xavi Hernandez 1last_img

Aspiring chefs vie for scholarships

first_imgHunter’s chicken is fairly simple, but requires the students to demonstrate a variety of techniques, from good knife skills to how to deglaze a pan, said Robert Allen, executive chef for the Beverly Hills Hotel and a judge of the Careers Through Culinary Arts Program’s cooking competition. The students “frenched,” or removed, the wing meat from the chicken, then pan-roasted it, while preparing the sauteed potatoes and a sauce made from rich, concentrated veal stock, tomatoes, mushrooms and herbs. “If the sauce is too thin, it will be watery on the plate. If it’s too thick, it will be syrupy and gummy,” Allen said. “We strive for perfection on the plate. To create that, it’s a lot of little things done well. “Perfection in the kitchen is very elusive.” Judge Sherry Yard, an executive pastry chef for Spago, said the dessert crepes shouldn’t be “wimpy,” and should have a little color to them, “because color equals flavor.” The pastry cream filling, she said, “should be unctuous” – buttery – “not fatty or dense but fluffy, and the chocolate sauce should be velvety.” But Yard said she also was watching how the students worked, and how they recovered from a mistake. “I can teach anyone how to bake, but I can’t teach someone how to be passionate about what they do,” Yard said. Once both plates were presented for the judges, the students were able to relax – and wash their dishes – relieved to be done. Ramirez said she found it overwhelming to work under such scrutiny, but was thrilled to have the chance to compete. Her dream is to win a scholarship to Johnson & Wales University, and eventually become a pastry chef. “I think you can express yourself more – there’s more artistry in pastry,” Ramirez said. De Santiago’s father would prefer his son become a doctor, but de Santiago would rather debone a chicken than remove a gallbladder. His goal is to someday open an upscale restaurant in the eastern part of the San Fernando Valley, which currently has mostly mom-and-pop establishments. “This is where my passion is,” de Santiago said. “I have to prove myself every day.” lisa.sodders@dailynews.com (818) 713-3663160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Clad in a white chef’s coat and toque, 18-year-old Louis Anthony de Santiago of San Fernando minced fresh herbs Friday with precision and speed. Around him, 25 other high school students swirled batter in crepe pans, “frenched” a chicken wing and carefully peeled potatoes into a distinctive barrel shape. Professional chefs, clipboards in hand, watched their every move. At stake: $375,000 in scholarships to prestigious culinary schools, whose winners will be announced Monday. But if de Santiago was nervous, the Sylmar High School student didn’t show it. His mind was on the ingredients at hand. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREBasketball roundup: Sierra Canyon, Birmingham set to face off in tournament quarterfinals“This is fresh tarragon – it smells like licorice,” de Santiago said. “It adds an earthy flavor and aroma to the sauce.” During the competition held at Los Angeles Trade-Technical College, the culinary students were charged with preparing – from memory – Poulet Chasseur avec Pommes de Terre Chateau (Hunter’s Chicken with Turned, Sauteed Potatoes) and Crepes Sucrees with Creme Patissier and Sauce au Chocolate (Dessert Crepes with Pastry Cream and Chocolate Sauce) in under two hours. Although they all prepared the same recipes, the students were allowed to be as creative as they wished with their final presentations. De Santiago, for instance, rolled his crepes into pillars and stood each vertically on a strawberry slice, then drew an elaborate vine design on the plate with chocolate sauce. Areli Ramirez, 18, of Van Nuys High rolled her crepes into cones, then hollowed out a strawberry and filled it with chocolate sauce before dotting it with pastry cream. last_img read more

Rowing Places 19 Student-Athletes On 2015-16 MAAC Honor Roll

first_imgTo be eligible for the MAAC Academic Honor Roll, a student-athlete must hold a cumulative grade point average of 3.20 or higher on a 4.0 scale. The Honor Roll is open to both full-time and associate members in the MAAC. All 25 sports that the conference sponsors are represented. A total of 2,181 student-athletes have been honored for academic achievements by being named to the MAAC Honor Roll.Print Friendly Version EDISON, N.J. – The Drake University rowing team placed 19 student-athletes on the 2015-16 Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC) Academic Honor Roll. The Drake rowing program is an associate member of the MAAC. Drake had the highest total of honorees among the associate members that compete in just one women’s sport.last_img read more

DONEGAL LEAGUE – ALL YOUR REPORTS, RESULTS AND FIXTURES

first_imgDonegal Junior LeagueReports Brian Mc Cormick Sports Premier DivisionLifford Celtic 2 Gweedore Celtic 6Gweedore raced into an early three goal lead following defensive and goalkeeping errors on Lifford’s part. Thomas Diver, Jamie Boyle and Colin Ferry finding the net. Following Gweedore’s third Lifford struck back as Ross Porter found the net on 25 minutes. Lifford possibly should have been level come half-time striking the crossbar and drawing a number of saves from Mc Kelvey. Gweedore extended their lead early in the second half when a Colin Ferry shot gave McGuire no chance in the Lifford goal. Jamie Boyle grabbed his second and Gweedore’s fifth on the hour mark. Mark Neeson struck back immediately from the penalty spot to leave the score 5-2 for the visitors. As the final whistle loomed Peter McGee got on the score-sheet to round off a fine performance from Gweedore. Cappry Rovers 5 Milford United 2Cappry Rovers secured the points from this game against Milford United in Cappry Park. Milford opened the scoring in the tenth minute when Gary Merritt scored following a corner. Cappry were back on level terms by the fifteenth minute when Patrick Mc Nulty rose highest to head to the net following a free kick. Cappry went in front in the twenty first minute when Brendan Mc Laughlin won the ball to slide it under the advancing keeper. Milford got back on level terms in the twenty sixth minute when Cappry gave away a penalty following a hand ball in the area and Mark Flood converted the spot kick. Cappry took the game to the visitors after the break and Alan Patton scored in the fifty third minute to put the home team in front. Milford created numerous chances but couldn’t find the net as the home defence held firm. Cappry secured the points when Brendan Mc Laughlin scored from outside the area in the eighty seventh minute. Malachy Martin got Cappry’s fifth goal in the eighty ninth minute. Brendan Mc Laughlin, Malachy Martin and Michael Lafferty were best for Cappry.Damien Casey and Mark Flood were best for Milford. Referee: Paddy Martin.Donegal Town 0 Glenea United 2Both teams started this game cautiously and the first half was played out with chances few and far between. The best chance of the half fell to Glenea’s Damien Mac Lochlainn, who turned quickly inside the box and fired just wide of the post. The game remained scoreless at halftime. In the second half the game opened up more. Glenea got the breakthrough when they were awarded a penalty for a foul inside the Donegal box. Padraig Mc Gee made no mistake from the spot, firing high into the roof of the net. This sparked Donegal to life and the Town pressed hard for an equaliser. Donegal’s Aidan McFadden’s shot narrowly wide and Conor Mc Monagle’s long range effort forced a super save from Glenea’s keeper Joe Coll. Glenea sealed all three points late in the game when Martin Mc Guire tapped home from close range following an excellent counterattack. Glenea’s Kevin McFadden deserves a quick mention. McFadden was excellent throughout the game breaking up Donegal’s play and winning possession for Glenea in the centre of the park.Watson Hire Division OneWhitestrand United 2 Castlefin Celtic 6 On a brisk clear winters day Whitestrand United took on the form team of the division Castlefin Celtic. Whitestrand started the match on the front foot and Paul Lynch had a header well saved by the keeper. Castlefin took the lead when Ian Ward headed in a superb delivery. Whitestrand responded well and had a few chances. The pressure finally told when Paddy Sheridan bundled the ball over the line. This was no more than Whitestrand deserved as they had the better of the first half. The second half started with Castlefin getting two quick fire goals from JP Malley and Barry Tourish. Whitestrand responded well and Paul Lynch scored a towering header. Whitestrand pushed hard for the equaliser but Castlefin just picked them off with more goals from Tourish and Malley completing his hat-trick. The result was harsh on Whitestrand but the game ended 6-2. Best for Castlefin was Malley and a good effort by Whitestrand.Keadue Rovers 4 Curragh Athletic 0Keadue Rovers made it three wins out of three to continue their impressive run with this good victory against Curragh at Central Park. Keadue took the lead when Conor Greene got on the end of a right wing cross and volleyed to the net. Curragh came close to equalising on thirty five minutes when a free kick was brilliantly saved by Ciaran Sharkey. The home side upped the tempo for the last five minutes of the half and were rewarded on thirty nine minutes when Adam Neely shot home from close range. It was 3-0 on forty one minutes when Ryan Greene tapped in at the far post. Keadue made the game safe on sixty seven minutes when the ball was laid off outside the box to Sean Bonner and his shot went low to the corner of the net.Curragh kept working hard and had a good effort just wide on seventy five minutes while at the other end Ryan Greene almost made it five, shooting just wide. Best for Curragh were Gary Heaney, Troy McCormack and Jason Sweeney while best for Keadue were Adam Neely, Ryan Greene and Jack O’Brien. Referee: Liam Farren Lagan Harps 0 Kilmacrennan Celtic 2Kilmacrennan earned three vital points with this win in Manor. They started the stronger and Christy Connaghan forced Damien Mc Fadden in to an early save. They took the lead on fifteen minutes when Timmy Burke was left free to head in a Christy Connaghan corner. Lagan went close on forty minutes when Darren Doran headed against the crossbar from a Kevin Kelly corner. Kilmacrennan may have edged the first half but Lagan had the better of the second forty five. Lagan wasted a gilt edged chance on eighty minutes. Stephen O’Donnell pulled a ball back from the byeline but Mark Harkin side footed wide. Kilmacrennan sealed the points on eighty two minutes when Timmy Burke waltzed through a couple of tackles. Although the ball finished in the net play was pulled back for a penalty. Gary Gorman applied a cool finish to wrap up the points. For Lagan Conal Mc Gonagle, Ronan Gibson and Darren Doran were best. For Kilmacrennan Ryan Shields, Christy Connaghan and the ageless Timmy Burke excelled, Referee: John CoyleGweedore United 1 Kerrykeel ’71 F.C. 1This game played in glorious conditions at Carrickboyle saw both sides go home with a share of the spoils. The home side started the better with the first real chance coming on 14 minutes when Odhran Molloy rattled the post from 18 yards and Friel in the visitor’s nets saved the follow up chance. In the 20th minutes Jonathan Harkin hit the crossbar following good play by United. In the 25th minute Kerrykeel had a good shot by Colm Mc Gonigle excellently saved by Shaun Mc Clafferty in the United nets. The breakthrough for the visitors came in the 35th minute when the ball fell to Johnny “Nanny” Friel following a defensive error. The experienced Friel coolly finished to make it 1-0. In the 58th minute United got their deserved equaliser when a great cross by Johnny Harkin was well finished by Michael Connolly from 6 yards. The game could have went either way with decent chances at both ends but a draw was probably a fair result on the day. Seimi “Coshia” Friel and Mark “Sparky” Friel played well for Kerrykeel with Frank Mc Gee outstanding for United.Referee: James MalseedCT Ball Division TwoBallybofey United 5 Dunlewey Celtic 0Ballybofey United produced one of their best performances of the season to date when they entertained Dunlewey Celtic at the Finn Valley Complex on Sunday afternoon. Mark Griffin put the home side one up within the first ten minutes but somehow the hosts failed to add to the scoreline in the opening period. Five minutes into the second half Mark Marley got the first of his brace to calm the Ballybofey nerves. Marley registered again and two goals from Damien Glackin assured Ballybofey moved up a place in the League Table by securing this victory over the League’s 3rd placed team.Glenree United 1 Eany Celtic 0In perfect conditions the home side collected the three points. The first half was tightly contested but the home side were creating the better chances. In the 20th minute the away keeper did well to save a low driven shot from Patrick Mc Groddy and ten minutes later a header from Kevin Doherty. The second half continued in the same manner with the home outfit dominating the play and finally in the 69th minute the deadlock was broken when Barney Boyce unleashed a swerving dipping drive to deceive the keeper and leave him with no chance. Eany kept plugging away throughout the game but the home keeper had a relatively quiet day at the office. Best for Glenree were Martin Mc Bride, Barney Boyce and Kevin Doherty.Referee: Martin Mc AnennyLetterbarrow Celtic 3 Bonagee United 6Played in ideal conditions in Tymeen Bonagee started the stronger with an early goal from Aiden Mc Laughlin. Shortly after that James Mc Groary hit the crossbar with a tidy left peg shot. Towards the end of the half Bonagee scored three goals in quick succession from Lee Mc Monagle, Noel O’ Donnell and Darren Ashmore making it 0-4 at the break. Things went from bad to worse for Letterbarrow with two more early goals from Bonagee in the 2nd half, Lee Mc Monagle and Darren Ashmore again scoring. Letterbarrow staged a strong finish with Pauric Coyle, Eoin Gallagher and the Coyle again working hard and finishing well making it 3-6. Referee: Michael Mulhern.Ulster Junior CupQuigleys Point Swifts 4 Cranford United 1Cranford fell behind early in this match and never recovered from their slow start. Despite this there wasn’t much between the sides over the piece and had it not been for some slack play from the Donegal League side the scoreline may have had a closer look to it. QPS go through as a reward for this victory.Greencastle F.C. 1 Drumoghill F.C. 2Richie Moore, as he often does, got Drumoghill’s first goal in this Ulster Junior Cup match against Greencastle F.C. With the sides level, 1-1, at the end of the ninety minutes extra time was needed to find a winner. Philip Whyte got the all-important goal in added time to send Drumoghill into the next round of the competition.ReportsOld Orchard Saturday Division OneFintown Harps AFC 3 Orchard F.C. 1Orchard started brighter testing the Fintown defence and midway through the 1st half Niall Bonner put Orchard in front. Early in the 2nd half Steven Boyle found Shan McMillan on the edge of the box and he scored for the home side. Moments later Darragh Gallagher scored a great goal. Orchard pressed but Fintown’s defence were solid. In the dying minutes Fintown secured their three points with a goal from Aaron Thompson.Glenree United Reserves 0 Glenea United Reserves 5On a near perfect day for football Glenea United Reserves won comfortably. Darren Duggan scored his 1st after ten minutes latching onto a fine through ball. Duggan’s 2nd came ten minutes later when he found himself in space in the Glenree box. Duggan made it 3-0 after the break with Glenea dominant. Shane Coll added their fourth with a fine strike on 75 minutes. A mix up in the Glenree defence resulted in an OG. Man of the match: Darren Duggan. Referee: Ed Moore.Glencar Inn Saturday Division TwoDrumoghill F.C. Reserves 1 Keadue Rovers Reserves 2Drumoghill will wonder how they let this one slip as they dominated for long periods of the game yet failed to take their chances. A goal either side of half time from Ryan Green was the difference between the two teams. Drumoghill pulled one back on 70 minutes to keep the Keadue defence on their toes for the last 20 minutes. Drumoghill did have a few chances but found the Keadue keeper in good formCranford United Reserves 2 Mulroy Celtic 3Cranford took the lead with a fantastic goal from their left-back Chris Molloy. It didn’t take long for Mulroy to equalise through a set piece. Kyle Black then put the home side back into the lead. Micheal Sweeney was always a danger and really drove Mulroy on in the last half an hour with two goals to see Mulroy over the line with for 3-2 victory. Best for Cranford were the Mc Bride brothers and best for Mulroy were the Sweeney Brothers.Milford United Reserves 3 Ramelton Mariners 2Milford upset the odds by taking all three points in a closely fought local derby. Milford pressed from the off and opened the scoring through JJ Fleming who headed in from six yards after a great cross from Ciaran Blaney. Milford kept pressing but were unfortunate to concede a penalty which Ricky Fisher dispatched. Fisher then got his second after beating the offside trap to calmly finish. The Mariners began the second half on the offensive with Enda McHugh making a fine save. Milford equalised when they broke quickly and Ciaran Blaney scored. Mariners pushed hard for the winner and created three clear cut chances but they were caught in injury time when they conceded a free kick on the edge of the box. Ciaran Gibbons stepped up and sent the ball to the top corner giving Milford a welcome three points.Drumbar F.C. 0 Tullyvinney Rovers 3Drumbar dominated the first 45minutes and will be kicking themselves they didn’t put away some of their numerous chances. Tullyvinney scored on 40 minutes after a great save from Kevin Mc Gurk rebounded nicely for the inrushing striker to tap in totally against the run of play. The second half was a different story with the away side playing better. They scored their second after an offside decision went against the home team. This knocked the confidence from the Drumbar players. Tullyvinney added a third late on to kill the game.David Giblin and Daniel Bennett were best for the home side. Decent team performance from Tullyvinney Rovers.Ulster Junior ShieldSt. Catherines Reserves 3 Quigleys Point Swifts 0St. Catherine’s Reserves played host to Quigleys Point Swifts in the Ulster Shield on Saturday afternoon in Emerald Park, Killybegs. The home team started well and Stevie Anderson had their first attempt on goal. On thirteen minutes the Saints were awarded a corner which Anderson took. Stephen Boyle rose above the Point defenders and headed home. Quigleys Point then began to create a couple of good chances but the Saints’ defence held firm. On seventy six minutes the ball broke to Barry Cannon and he ran into the Quigleys Point box and coolly slotted the ball into the net. With time almost up Eoin O’ Donnell scored the assurance goal to send the Killybegs men into the next round of this competition now in its second year.CT Ball Division TwoConvoy Arsenal 4 Raphoe Town 0A sizeable crowd were not deterred by the sometimes wet weather as Convoy Arsenal entertained Raphoe Town in a CT Ball Division Two match brought forward from Sunday afternoon to Saturday night. These sides were evenly matched throughout however it was the ability of the home side to capitalise on their chances at important times in the match. Jonny Robb put Convoy ahead on twenty five minutes when he nipped in between the Raphoe keeper and defender to score. Ten minutes later Raphoe earned a penalty when Christy Bogle’s cross was poorly defended and Convoy conceded a penalty. Bogle himself missed the spot-kick and the home side went in ahead at the interval.In the first minute of the second half Convoy were awarded a penalty which Robb scored to double the Orchard men’s advantage. Both sides had several opportunities which yielded nothing. Lee Guthrie and John A. Kee added two late goals to add a gloss to the final scoreline. Referee: Packie CollResultsOld Orchard Saturday Division OneFintown Harps AFC 3 v 1 Orchard F.C.Glenree United Reserves 0 v 5 Glenea United ReservesGlencar Inn Saturday Division TwoDrumoghill F.C. Reserves 1 v 2 Keadue Rovers ReservesCranford United Reserves 2 v 3 Mulroy CelticMilford United Reserves 3 v 2 Ramelton MarinersDrumbar F.C. 0 v 3 Tullyvinney RoversUlster Junior ShieldSt. Catherines Reserves 3 v 0 Quigleys Point SwiftsCT Ball Division TwoConvoy Arsenal 4 v 0 Raphoe TownBrian Mc Cormick Sports Premier DivisionLifford Celtic 2 v 6 Gweedore CelticCappry Rovers 5 v 2 Milford UnitedDonegal Town 0 v 2 Glenea UnitedWatson Hire Division OneWhitestrand United 2 v 6 Castlefin CelticKeadue Rovers 4 v 0 Curragh AthleticLagan Harps 0 v 2 Kilmacrennan CelticGweedore United 1 v 1 Kerrykeel ’71 F.C.CT Ball Division TwoBallybofey United 5 v 0 Dunlewey CelticGlenree United 1 v 0 Eany CelticLetterbarrow Celtic 3 v 6 Bonagee UnitedUlster Junior CupQuigleys Point Swifts 4 v 1 Cranford UnitedGreencastle F.C. 1 v 2 Drumoghill F.C.FixturesSaturday 06-12-2014 K.O. 2p.m. (Unless Stated)Downtown CupGroup ACranford United Reserves v Ramelton MarinersMulroy Celtic v Milford United ReservesGlencar Celtic v Glenree United ReservesGroup BArranmore United v Keadue Rovers Reserves (K.O. 1 p.m.)Strand Rovers v Glenea United ReservesGroup CTullyvinney Rovers v Drumoghill F.C. ReservesCurragh Athletic Reserves v Castlefin Celtic ReservesGroup DSt. Catherines Reserves v Drumbar F.C.Fintown Harps AFC v Donegal Town ReservesSunday 07-12-2014Brian Mc Cormick Sports Premier DivisionRathmullan Celtic v Kildrum TigersSt. Catherines v Cranford UnitedGweedore Celtic v Cappry RoversDrumoghill F.C. v Donegal TownLifford Celtic v Glenea UnitedWatson Hire Division OneCurragh Athletic v Lagan HarpsDunkineely Celtic v Whitestrand UnitedCopany Rovers v Gweedore UnitedCT Ball Division TwoBonagee United v Convoy ArsenalDeele Harps v Glenree UnitedEany Celtic v Ballybofey UnitedFAI Junior Cup K.O. 1.30 p.m.Milford United v VEC F.C. / Cherry OrchardKilmacrennan Celtic v Illies CelticDONEGAL LEAGUE – ALL YOUR REPORTS, RESULTS AND FIXTURES was last modified: November 30th, 2014 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:Donegal Leaguelast_img read more

KCCA FC keen on demolishing Township Rollers

first_imgKCCA FC head coach, Mike Mutebi is confident his side will get the job done on SaturdayCAF Champions LeagueKCCA FC vs Township RollersMandela National Stadium, NambooleSaturday, 18-08-2018Suspended custodian Charles Lukwago is the only absentee as Kampala Capital City Authority FC take on Botswana’s Township Rollers in a Caf Champions League fixture Saturday afternoon.Lukwago received his marching orders as KCCA fell 0-1 to Tunisian giants Esperance on MatchDay four. He is to be replaced by Tom Ikara who featured in the club’s last build up game against Aziz Darmani Dove All Stars on Thursday.KCCA coach Mike Hillary Mutebi told a packed pre-match briefing yesterday that he is fully confident in Ikara’s abilities as the young keeper has grown in stature since starting the reverse fixture in Gaborone.Mutebi also confirmed that Gift Ali and Jackson Nunda who missed the Esperance tie are available for selection.“We are going to play to win as we still have the mathematical chance of qualifying, said Mutebi at the press-briefing.“If Al Ahly draw or lose at Esperance tonight, they go onto 7 or 8 points.If we win, we progress to six points, which means we would go into our final game in Egypt with something to play for.The former Maroons, SC Villa and Cranes tactician said mistakes which cost the side in defeats to the Tunisians have been corrected in training.“We expect to beat Township Rollers if players follow instructions, continued the Kasasiro Boys’ head coach.“The players football intelligence has improved. We didn’t get into the group stages to be passengers. We aren’t tourists, he added.In addition, Mutebi vowed to play in the KCCA way.“We are going to play on the front foot, attacking football with purpose.“Our identity is what has brought us this far…We shall not ask our players to kick opponents as if it’s rugby.“Our players are technicians who use the ball well, Mutebi emphasised.Team captain Timothy Awany said the team from Lugogo has a full house with all players fit and raring to go.“We are going to concentrate for ninety minutes to get the three points, said Awanyi.“We need this victory to boost our confidence ahead of the clash with Al Ahly.Township Rollers assistant coach Thabo Motang, who is filling in for absent head coach Nikola Kovazovic, told the press gathering they are counting on former KCCA midfielder Ivan Ntege to use his inside knowledge of the Ugandan club to help them plot their downfall.KCCA lost 1-0 in the first game against Township Rollers.The team from Kampala is currently bottom of Group A of the Caf Champions League after registering one win in four outings.Twice African club champions Esperance lead the way with 10 points, three more than the continent’s team of the century, Egypt’s Al Ahly.Kick off for the game at Mandela National Stadium, Namboole, is 4pm East African TimeComments Tags: Caf Champions league 2018KCCA FCtoptownship rollerslast_img read more

How a Christian Family Stood Up to Tyranny

first_imgWhen the Berlin wall fell 20 years ago, Dorothee Hubner first dared to think, “Are we allowed to leave and finally be free?”  Her story and that of her parents Gerhard and Gertraude, scientists trapped in East Germany, was told by Andrew Curry, a freelance writer, in Science.1  Dorothee was 23 years old in 1989.  Her parents, also biochemists, “had spent decades struggling to do research in East Germany without compromising their personal ideals with allegiance to the ruling Communist Party.”    By not pledging allegiance to the ruling Communist Party, the Hubners faced a life of difficulty.  “Everything from university admissions to teaching positions depended on allegiance to the Communist Party,” Curry wrote:It was a difficult offer to refuse.  In exchange for signing a loyalty oath and an agreement to report back to the Stasi on friends and colleagues, you could attend international conferences and have your career fast-tracked, Gunter Fischer [a colleague of the Hubners] says.  “If you said no, you’d have no higher-ranking position or travel, and you might lose your job,” he notes.  The pressure went beyond career and travel to petty indignities.  Party members were given the best lab times.  Non�party members could only use equipment between 1 a.m. and 3 a.m., Gerhard recalls.    Committed Christians, the H�bners refused to give in; they surrounded themselves with like-minded friends and colleagues.  “My parents were never hiding what they were thinking about the whole system,” Dorothee remembers.  “We knew scientists who were honest and didn’t join the party and sell their soul just to have advantages.”In fact, the Hubners found out from Stasi records that at the time the wall fell, the Party was planning to force Fischer and the Hubners out of their jobs.  It was the last indignity for a life of nonconformism.  They had to be very careful.  “You couldn’t speak your mind,” Gerhard said.  “There was always the fear that you could say something that could have harmed your spouse or kids by accident.”  It was difficult for them to get their three children into the university.  Ideology infected everything: “Before 1989, science in the German Democratic Republic, like almost everything else, was political.” Curry said.  “Everything from university admissions to teaching positions depended on allegiance to the Communist Party.”  The Stasi were constantly pressuring scientists and citizens to work for them and spy on their families and neighbors.  By remaining faithful to their principles, the Hubners placed themselves at a severe disadvantage.     Curry’s article mentions other evils behind the Iron Curtain: the pressure on Olympic athletes to dope their bodies, the discrimination against women, the collaboration of many top scientists with the regime, and the constant poor economy: “Like most of the Communist bloc, East Germany was in a perpetual state of financial crisis.”  Dorothee readily acknowledges that the fall of communism “changed everything.”  Now she lives in the United States and enjoys her freedom to work at top labs with state of the art equipment.  Discovering what had gone on in East German labs, though, was like opening a rotten egg: “The Stasi archives were opened in 1991, revealing that some of the country’s top scientists had been collaborators and forcing them out of universities,” Curry wrote.  “In the social sciences, entire institutes were simply closed, their scholarship too tainted by ideology to salvage.”    Gerhard’s integrity and hard work paid off.  “And after decades of isolation, an entire generation of scientists suddenly had to compete for jobs with West Germans and others,” Curry wrote.  “Gerhard found himself the lone East German in the running for a position as the chair of his department, up against more than 30 West Germans—he won.”  And his friend Gunter Fischer is now at the Martin Luther University at Halle-Wittenberg.1.  Andrew Curry, “Twenty Years After the Wall: Profile: Hubner Family: Big Dreams Come True,” Science, 6 November 2009: Vol. 326. no. 5954, pp. 792-793, DOI: 10.1126/science.326_792.This inspiring story with a happy ending of character enduring hardship is provided as an antidote to the year of Darwin.  What historical scientist inspired the communist worldview?  What historical worldview provided the courage to stand for freedom of conscience?  Which worldview tried to suppress the other one?  There are many lessons here.  Dig them out.(Visited 19 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more