Iraqi suicide bomber kills 8 in Green Zone

first_img“I am not surprised this happened at the Parliament,” said Waqas al-Ubaidi, 30, who was standing outside the hospital waiting for news of his uncle, a member of parliament, Salman al-Jumaili. “The coming days will be worse, every day is worse.” But the attack was a heavy blow on a day when Baghdad residents had already been horrified by news of the bridge bombing, a demoralizing strike that stole one of the few remaining reminders of better days in the capital. The bomber drove a tanker truck loaded with explosives onto the bridge at 7 a.m. and brought it to a halt midway, according to American military officials and witnesses. The driver examined the truck’s underside and then disappeared. With the truck blocking traffic, motorists stopped a police patrol crossing the bridge and asked them to do something about it. Immediately suspicious, the police moved cars and people off the bridge and radioed to the patrols on the opposite side to stop people from starting across. One witness, a tractor driver, described a policeman opening the passenger door of the truck and seeing a mass of wires and batteries and running away from the vehicle. Ten minutes later the bomb exploded, so powerful that it killed six people some distance away, sent several cars careening into the river and destroyed 65 percent to 75 percent of the steel structure. Politicians, immediately sensitive to the impact of the bombing, swiftly condemned it, eulogized the structure and promised to rebuild it. Prime Minister Nouri Kamal al-Maliki, who was traveling in South Korea, released a statement describing the bridge as “one of the oldest and loveliest city bridges.”160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! BAGHDAD, Iraq – A suicide bomber wearing an explosive vest struck deep inside the heavily fortified International Zone on Thursday, killing eight people when he detonated inside the Parliament building just a few feet from the main chamber. In a separate and in some ways equally traumatic attack early in the day, a truck bomb destroyed the beloved, 60-year-old Sarafiya bridge across the Tigris and killed six people. The heavily traveled bridge has long been a symbol of Baghdad, illustrated on old postcards and drawings of the city from a more peaceful time. The attack on the Parliament was the worst bombing to take place in the International Zone since the protected area was established four years ago, when it was known as the Green Zone. At a time when Iraqis are increasingly questioning the government’s ability to protect them, the bombing raised the troubling possibility that it cannot even fully protect itself, although it is at the wellspring of American and Iraqi military power in the city. The bomber struck a half-hour after the day’s session had closed, in a cafe area where lawmakers were lingering across from the main chamber. Among the dead were at least two lawmakers, both from Sunni parties. Of the 23 people wounded, 11 were parliamentarians, the U.S. military reported. “This is a cowardly act and this proves that terrorism is indiscriminate. Sunnis, Shia, Kurds have been injured and maimed and killed in this attack. This should be a reminder that all Iraqis are targeted,” said Deputy Prime Minister Barham Salih, after visiting the wounded at the Ibn Sina hospital, which is run by the U.S. military. Salih and Mowaffak al-Rubaie, the national security adviser, who was also visiting the wounded, said the attack was a major security breach in the international zone. Regulations there require visitors to undergo multiple layers of screening by an array of Iraqi forces, foreign contractors and American soldiers. The image of the international zone as an impregnable fortress had already been on the wane. Regular rocket and mortar attacks on the U.S. Embassy compound have killed a civilian and a soldier and wounded several others in recent weeks. And senior military officials said two suicide vests were found in a garbage bin in the Green Zone about two weeks ago. Accordingly, news of the Parliament attack came less as a shock to Iraqis than as further evidence of the government’s impotence, even in the midst of a major security push in the city. last_img read more

Muchuma on a hatrick as Chemelil spank Nakumatt

first_img0Shares0000Philip Muchuma (right) leads teammates in celebrating one of his three goals against Nakumatt FC during a Kenyan Premier League match at the Kenyatta Stadium in Machakos on March 11, 2018. PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluMACHAKOS, Kenya, Mar 11- Chemelil Sugar came from a goal down to soak a cash-strapped Nakumatt FC in a four-goal mud-bath, striker Philip Muchuma scoring thrice one of which came off the penalty spot in a 4-1 win.Nakumatt who are unstable financially with their sponsors struggling to get back on their feet came into the game having trained only once this week, and the lack of fitness was telling especially in the second half when they couldn’t even keep possession. The victory Chemelil’s third of the season took them to 11 points and now sit second on the table, only separated from third placed Mathare United by goal difference. Nakumatt with only one win this season remain 13th.On the balance of play and chances, Chemelil were the better side in the opening half, creating the most of chances.Nakumatt though were the first to have a chance at goal with Brian Nyakan’s shot from the right after some good counter attacking play was saved by keeper John Waw.On the opposite end, Faina Jacobs made a brilliant block at the edge of the six yard box to deny Philip Muchuma who had broken through into the box after some shaky defense from Nakumatt.After some balanced play, Nakumatt finally broke the deadlock after 20 minutes, with a simple tap in from close range, benefiting from a Cornelius Juma cross on the right.Chemelil Sugar striker Collins Neto vies for the ball against Nakumatt FC’s David Aswani during a Kenyan Premier League match at the Kenyatta Stadium in Machakos on March 11, 2018. PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluSeven minutes later, Nakumatt should have been two up but Chemelil shot stopper Waw produced s superb full stretched save to parry away a well curled in freekick from Noah Abich.When they seemed to have finally landed some grip on the game, Nakumatt found themselves deflated when Muchuma powered past Abich and Donald Mosoti at the edge of the box, powered in and rounded keeper Frankline Mwenda before slotting into an empty net.It seemed to be the catalyst Chemelil needed to get their hold on the tempo of the game. But when they poured bodies upfront, Nakumatt almost got them on the break when Nyakan broke away on the left but his eventual shot was saved.The Sugar belt side though kept themselves on their feet and Muchuma should have added a second for himself and the team but his low shot from a Jacob Mwamlangara pass was saved by the keeper.Chemelil Sugar striker Jacob Mwamlangara challenges for the ball against Nakumatt FC’s Boniface Mukhekhe during a Kenyan Premier League match at the Kenyatta Stadium in Machakos on March 11, 2018. PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluChemelil should have punished another defensive blip from Nakumatt two minutes to the break when Faina lost a simple ball as the last man in defense, but he was lucky when Peter Amani’s curling effort evaded the target by inches.At the start of the second half Chemelil made changes, Amani coming off for Stephen Njoroge.Just nine minutes in, they got into the lead when another defensive blunder saw them lose the ball inside the box, Mwamlangara picking up, skipping past the keeper who brought him down, but Muchuma was well positioned to bang the ball into the roof of the net.They stretched the game beyond Nakumatt three minutes later when Abich deflected a Collins Neto cross into his own net.Anthony Mwangi, the Nakumatt FC coach was forced into a tactical change Boniface Mukhekhe making way for Jack Bruno.The former AFC Leopards youngster had an almost immediate impact when he forced keeper Waw to backpedal and tip his deep curling effort from the right behind for a corner.Muchuma then made it 2-1 with 20 minutes left to play when he slotted home from the penalty spot after Mwamlangara was brought down by Abich in a frantic run inside the box.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

‘Masters of doing the impossible and bottling the simple!’ Gooners slam shambolic side

first_img Arsenal players look dejected 1 After watching Leicester City lose, Arsenal fans were rubbing their hands with glee. It would mean a victory would take them top of the Premier League.Instead, the Gunners were battered by a Southampton side who were up for the fight on Boxing Day, resulting in a 4-0 victory over the title challengers.Arsenal supporters were, understandably, distraught and the reaction was vociferous on Twitter as their team blew their chance to take pole position.You can see how they reacted below…last_img

GET THEM ‘GIN’ AT THE OLDE GLEN BAR GIN FESTIVAL!

first_imgThe Olde Glen Bar & Restaurant is hosting its first “Great Glen Gin Festival” this Sunday May 1st from 3ish – 10ish!The bar will be kicking off with David from MCM Distributions mixing up some nice drinks with Brockmans gin & Gin Mare.Antony Jackson, who distils Berthas Revenge Gin, will be there at 5ish to tell us a bit about his wonderful product! We’ll also have some nice gin infused canapés & there’ll be live music from 6pm & hopefully some ☀️☀️☀️shine!GET THEM ‘GIN’ AT THE OLDE GLEN BAR GIN FESTIVAL! was last modified: April 28th, 2016 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)last_img read more

BRIAN MCCORMICK ‘STICKS THE BOOTS’ INTO DONEGAL LEAGUE!

first_imgThe Donegal Junior League are delighted to announce that Letterkenny businessman Brian Mc Cormick has once again shown his commitment to sponsoring Junior soccer. Already the Donegal Junior League’s main sponsor, the Letterkenny business has just agreed to extend that deal to include a Player of the Month Award. This award is aimed at recognising the Player of the Month across the five divisions of the League and public input will play a vital role in the selection process for the award.Internal observations, discussions and statistics have been utilised to select the initial three Monthly winners however starting with the April Award it will be the public who will vote for the winner.Brian Mc Cormick Sports have formatted an APP which can be accessed through their website (www.bmcsports.ie). All the details that you will need to vote for your favourite player will be available there. A link through the Donegal Junior League website will also be available in early April (www.donegaljuniorleague.ie).What about the award winners? Each monthly winner will be presented with a pair of Adidas Predator Incurza football boots. These boots incorporate the latest in boot design and technology helping the player to swerve and control the ball better than ever before. On behalf of the Donegal Junior League, Secretary Christina O’ Donnell thanked Brian for his continued support and also thanked Evelyn Cullen of Brian Mc Cormick Sports for her enthusiasm in getting this project off the ground. She also congratulated the players who won the January, February and March awards and wished all players throughout the League good luck in the months ahead.Pictures by Gary Foy PRO Donegal Junior League BRIAN MCCORMICK ‘STICKS THE BOOTS’ INTO DONEGAL LEAGUE! was last modified: March 29th, 2013 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:Brian McCormackDonegal Leaguelast_img read more

Arsenal star lined up for shock reunion with former Chelsea boss

first_img Kevin De Bruyne ‘loves Man City and wants to keep winning’, reveals father 1 Leverkusen sporting director Rudi Voller recently explained to Bild: “Leno can leave but only on our terms.“We are still in constant and open exchange with Bernd and his manager. be easier to complete.“Leno already had a concrete offer from Napoli in 2017, but we didn’t have an equivalent backup at the time.“He had to stay and he did really well last season, but we thought Bernd’s desire to leave would resurface and so with the arrival of Lukas Hradecky, we have a high quality successor.” Latest Transfer News Man United joined by three other clubs in race for Erling Haaland Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade heading off RANKED IN DEMAND Petr Cech is being lined up for a shock move to Italy.The veteran’s goalkeeper’s Arsenal future has been plunged into doubt with recently-appointed Gunners boss Unai Emery chasing a new number one. LIVING THE DREAM three-way race center_img Euro expert explains why Liverpool should be so excited about Minamino ‘perfect fit” Petr Cech could be on his way out of Arsenal GOSSIP Arsenal ace heading for January exit as German club ready bid for midfielder REAL DEAL Man United ‘miss out’ on Minamino, West Ham scout Flamengo strikers, Auba wants out Emery is understood to want Bayer Leverkusen’s Bernd Leno, with a £22million deal for the German in the pipeline.That leaves Cech’s position unclear and, according to reports in Italy, his former Chelsea boss Carlo Ancelotti is eager to lure the 36-year-old to Italy.Ancelotti was recently appointed as Napoli’s new manager and is said to be keen to take Cech, who has a year left on his Arsenal contract, on loan for the season.Cech’s future is likely to depend on whether a deal for Leno will be done, with Bayer Leverkusen insistent they will not forced into selling the 26-year-old. Chelsea confident of beating Man United and Liverpool to Sancho signing Real Madrid ‘offer’ Isco to Chelsea in bid to ‘make room’ for Tottenham star last_img read more

Council urged to grit more rural roads during pending cold-snap

first_imgA Donegal county councillor wants the local authority to expand its gritting services to include more rural roads.The county is set to be hit by a huge cold front later this week with forecasts of heavy frost and snow.Now Letterkenny/Milford Municipal District Councillor Adrian Glackin is calling on the council’s roads department to make extra gritting resources available for areas in rural Donegal which are not on the current winter gritting routes. Cllr Glackin said council staff are doing a great a job but more could be done.He fears that many parts will come to a standstill if weather forecasts are accurate about the plunging temperatures.He said “The county council’s winter gritting plan has been carried out to a very high standard and a lot of praise is due to the staff who have been out gritting roads in all kinds of weather, however there are fears that if the incoming cold snap is as bad as expected, areas of rural Donegal could be brought to a standstill again.”Cllr Glackin said the roads department should make available grit resources at the end of roads and lanes in rural areas where requested, which locals could then spread as needed in order for road safety to be maintained throughout the inclement weather. He added “I have been inundated with calls from schools and the public in rural areas about this situation and feel this could be a win-win situation for all concerned.”“I would also call on people in rural Donegal to continue the time honoured tradition of checking on elderly neighbours during this cold spell and ensuring they are safe and warm. Having these weather warnings in place are good for preparing for inclement weather, but can also bring fear for the most vulnerable in society”.Council urged to grit more rural roads during pending cold-snap was last modified: February 26th, 2018 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:coldcouncilfreezinggrittersSNAPsnowlast_img read more

Eastern Cape at centre of Human Rights Month programme

first_img16 March 2015The Eastern Cape will host the main celebration for Human Rights Month on 21 March, Human Rights Day.“The choice of location is to commemorate the 30th anniversary of the Uitenhage Massacre that took place on 21 March 1985 and at the same, popularise the national significance of the day to all citizens of the country,” said the spokesperson for the minister of arts and culture, Sandile Memela.Human Rights Day was held each year to remind South Africans about the sacrifices made during the struggle for democracy and freedom, Memela said.The theme this year is “Celebrating the Freedom Charter, Enjoying Equal Human Rights for All”. The programme for the month includes the National Social Cohesion Report Back Summit in Port Elizabeth, in Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality, on 30 March.“The gathering is a follow up event to the summit that was held at the Walter Sisulu Memorial Square of Remembrance in Kliptown, Soweto [in 2012],” Memela said. The Freedom Charter was officially adopted on 26 June 1955 at the Congress of the People in Kliptown.Delegates from civil society, religious leaders and government representatives will attend the Port Elizabeth summit, where they will review progress and identify stumbling blocks to the nation building and social cohesion programme as outlined in the resolution of the 2012 summit. It will also chart the way forward to speed up the nation-building project.Arts and Culture Minister Nathi Mthethwa hosted a community conversation on social cohesion at the Youth Centre in Chatsworth, Durban, on 13 March as part of the build-up to the Report Back Summit and to promote a culture of human rights. The gathering discussed xenophobia and ethnicity, and Mthethwa said that the increasing incidents of social ills were a cause for great concern.Kotane is reburiedAlso on the Human Rights Month programme were the reburials of struggle stalwarts Moses Kotane and JB Marks. Kotane was reburied in his ancestral village of Pella on 14 March and Marks would be reburied in Ventersdorp on 22 March, Memela said. Both towns are in North West.Former national assembly speaker Max Sisulu, former president Kgalema Motlanthe, Kotane’s wife, Rebecca, and several ministers attended the reburial, where President Jacob Zuma described Kotane as a towering figure in the liberation struggle.The mortal remains of Kotane and his fellow national liberation hero, John Beaver (JB) Marks, returned to South Africa earlier this month from the Novodevichy Cemetery in Moscow, Russia.Kotane was the former general secretary of the South African Communist Party and the treasurer-general of the ANC when he died of a stroke in 1978 in Russia.Zuma said the Kotane family and the nation would now have a place to come and mourn. “The people of South Africa and the world will now also have a monument to come and pay their respects to, and draw inspiration from the life of Moses Kotane the fighter, teacher, commissar, and administrator, intellectual, outstanding patriot, revolutionary and giant of our struggle.“We are filled with sadness but also pride and joy, for we have the privilege of celebrating the life of this highly regarded giant of our struggle for freedom. Kotane gave his whole life to the struggle for freedom, justice and equality.”Kotane was one of the earliest recipients of the ANC’s Isithwalandwe award, which was bestowed on him in 1975 in recognition of his outstanding contribution and sacrifice to the struggle.Eastern CapeEastern Cape has a leading place in the struggle. On 21 March 1985, at least 20 people were killed by police during a demonstration in Langa, a township on the outskirts of Port Elizabeth, in what has been named the Uitenhage Massacre.The demonstrators were observing the 25th anniversary of the Sharpeville Massacre of 21 March 1960.According to South African History Online, the Eastern Cape is regarded by many as the cradle of black resistance against white oppression. The province was at the forefront of pioneering African political organisations and is synonymous with the emergence of early black political consciousness. It was also the birth place of many of South Africa’s strongest trade unions.Local historical figures include Govan Mbeki, the political activist and father of former president Thabo Mbeki, as well as political activist Oliver Tambo, and internationally renowned political playwright Athol Fugard.In 1977, Steve Biko, the anti-apartheid activist, was interrogated and tortured by the security police in Port Elizabeth before he was transported to Pretoria where he died. During the 1980s the black townships of Port Elizabeth saw much violence during the struggle.Source: SAnews.govlast_img read more

Hotshooting GlobalPort routs Blackwater for 2nd straight win

first_imgDo not bring these items in SEA Games venues Just a week removed from its first win, GlobalPort continued to show it’s more than just a one trick pony after humbling Blackwater, 101-76, for its second straight win Friday in the 2018 PBA Philippine Cup at Cuneta Astrodome.ADVERTISEMENT More than the stellar offensive outburst, Jarencio celebrated the way the team has been playing defense as GlobalPort once again held the opposition below 80 points.“We hit our target, which is to hold them to 80 points below. That’s always been our target,” he said. “We just told the players that they have to play good defense all the way and this is the result of that.”Mac Belo carried the load for Blackwater with 17 points, seven rebounds, and two assists, but his efforts went down the drain as the Elite succumbed to their second straight defeat and fell to a 2-3 record.ADVERTISEMENT John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa The Batang Pier blew the game wide open with a big second quarter surge then led by as as high 31 points numerous times in the fourth frame and never let the Elite come within 20 points.After Globalport nailed 11 of 17 attempts from three in the first half, it was it easy for the boys of coach Pido Jarencio to come away with their second straight victory and level their record at 2-2.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutSean Anthony shot 6-of-10 from downtown en route to a 22-point performance, all but one coming in the first half, that went  with seven rebounds, five assists, and two steals.Stanley Pringle also added 17 markers, 11 boards, and five dimes, while Kelly Nabong got 16 points, six rebounds, and four assists for Batang Pier, who shot a 13-of-29 from three in total. View comments MOST READ Asian shares slide on weak Japan data; US markets closed Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMCcenter_img 8th Top Leaders Forum assessed the progress of public-private efforts in building climate and disaster resilient communities SBP targets bigger audience, brings Fiba 3×3 World Cup to PH Arena Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City BI on alert for illegally deployed OFWs to Iraq Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Read Next LATEST STORIESlast_img read more

Eagles Bring Down Giants, 27-7

first_imgPHILADELPHIA — Sam Bradford kept the New York Giants in the game. His defense wouldn’t let Eli Manning do anything.DeMarco Murray ran for 109 yards and a touchdown, Nolan Carroll returned one of Manning’s two interceptions for a score and the Philadelphia Eagles beat the Giants 27-7 the night of Oct. 19.The Eagles had three takeaways, sacked Manning three times and forced two intentional grounding penalties.“All the credit goes to them,” Bradford said of Philadelphia’s defense. “For us to go where we want to go, I’ve got to play much better.”No kidding.Bradford threw for 280 yards with a 32-yard TD pass to Riley Cooper, but had three interceptions. The Giants got zero points off the turnovers.“We were stagnant,” Giants coach Tom Coughlin said. “They did more with their opportunities than we did.”The Eagles (3-3) have won two straight to move from last place in the NFC East into a tie for first with the Giants (3-3). The teams meet again in Week 17.Neither team looked sharp in front of a prime-time audience. They combined for seven turnovers and 21 penalties.“That’s bad football,” Coughlin said.The Giants gave the Eagles first downs on a roughing-the-passer penalty and a running-into-the-kicker penalty to keep both of their TD drives going.Wearing all-black uniforms for the third time in franchise history, the Eagles got off to another slow start.Manning completed his first 10 passes, including a 13-yard TD pass to Odell Beckham Jr. for a 7-0 lead.But things went downhill for Manning from there.The Eagles took a 14-7 lead in the second quarter when Carroll jumped in front of a pass intended for Dwayne Harris and ran it back untouched for his first career TD.“Terrible read by me, bad decision to make that throw,” Manning said. “I should have gone to my next guys in my progression.”After Nikita Whitlock ran into punter Donnie Jones to give Philadelphia a first down at its 28, Murray took over. He had two runs of 11 yards each and finished off the drive with a 12-yard TD run to give Philadelphia a 24-7 lead in the third quarter.The Eagles were 1-3 before a 39-17 win over the New Orleans Saints at home last week. They’ll travel to play unbeaten Carolina (5-0) the night of Oct. 25.The Giants had won three in a row. They’ll host Dallas (2-3) next week.(ROB MAADDI, AP Pro Football Writer)TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more