In this photo taken on Tuesday, March 27, 2018, from top left, Morocco soccer players Elkaabi Ayoub, Elhajam Oualid, Bammou Yacine, Saiss Ghanem, Munir Elkajoui, Dacosta Merouane, from bottom left, Labyed Zakaria, Amrabat Soufyan, Fajr Faycal, Hakimi Achraf, Harit Amine pose prior to a friendly soccer match between Morocco and Uzbekistan in Casablanca, Morocco. (AP Photo/Abdeljalil Bounhar)Morocco’s first World Cup victory in Russia could come off the field.On the eve of the tournament, Morocco is hoping to beat a North American bid for the right to stage the 2026 World Cup. Then it’s the duty of the players to perform in Group B in the country’s first trip to the World Cup in two decades.ADVERTISEMENT Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding MOST READ Born in the Netherlands, Boussoufa has spent more than a decade in the team and has experience of conditions in Russia. He spent five years with Anzhi Makhachkala and Lokomotiv Moscow.Also expect Younes Belhanda to play a key role, with the pacey Amrabat, if he plays in midfield, and Hakim Ziyech of Ajax operating as wingers.FORWARDSWith five in midfield, Khalid Boutaib might be the lone striker on the team sheet, although that didn’t bother him in the decisive round of qualifying with four goals in six games.Renard could be tempted, however, to play two up front and give the 24-year-old forward Ayoub El Kaabi a chance at the highest level after he scored an eye-opening nine goals in six games in his first international tournament, albeit the lower-level African Nations Championship in January and February. He’s kept up his goal-scoring form in Morocco’s pre-World Cup warmups.GROUP GAMESAfter opening on June 15 against Iran, Morocco will take on its closest northerly neighbors, Portugal, on June 20. The team will then face Spain on June 25.FULL SQUADGoalkeepers: Munir Mohamedi (Numancia), Yassine Bounou (Girona), Ahmad Reda Tagnaouti (Ittihad Tanger)Defenders: Mehdi Benatia (Juventus), Romain Saiss (Wolverhampton), Manuel Da Costa (Basaksehir), Nabil Dirar (Fenerbahce), Achraf Hakimi (Real Madrid), Hamza Mendyl (Lille) China population now over 1.4 billion as birthrate falls Midfielders: Mbark Boussoufa (Al Jazira), Karim El Ahmadi (Feyenoord), Youssef Ait Bennasser (Caen), Sofyan Amrabat (Feyenoord), Younes Belhanda (Galatasaray), Faycal Fajr (Getafe), Amine Harit (Schalke)Forwards: Khalid Boutaib (Malatyaspor), Aziz Bouhaddouz (St. Pauli), Ayoub El Kaabi (Renaissance Berkane), Nordin Amrabat (Leganes), Mehdi Carcela (Standard Liege), Hakim Ziyech (Ajax), Youssef En Nesyri (Malaga)Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next DepEd’s Taal challenge: 30K students displaced GOALKEEPERSSpanish-born Munir Mohamedi is likely to remain the No. 1 choice for the World Cup. That’s the logical decision after he didn’t concede a goal in six games in the final round of qualifying.Mohamedi plays in the Spanish second division for Numancia, while understudy Yassine Bounou plays in the top league with Girona. Bounou could have represented Canada after being born in Montreal.DEFENDERSThe entire team seems built around captain Mehdi Benatia, the Juventus center back who was born in France but with Moroccan heritage.Benatia has also played for Roma and Bayern Munich and brings experience of top-level European club football to the team.Romain Saiss, who has just led Wolverhampton Wanderers into the Premier League, partnered Benatia successfully during World Cup qualifying. Renard has also tried out playing three central defenders, bringing in Manuel Da Costa to join Benatia and Saiss.The most likely wing backs are 19-year-old Achraf Hakimi of Real Madrid and 20-year-old Hamza Mendyl of Lille, although midfielder Nordin Amrabat has also been used in that role.MIDFIELDERSMbark Boussoufa is the heartbeat of the midfield and has a claim alongside Benatia to be the team’s most important player. Qualification was secured by beating Ivory Coast in a winner-take-all encounter. Intriguingly, only one of the 11 players who started in Ivory Coast was born in Morocco. Lacking a superstar, Morocco often finds its best players in France, the Netherlands and Spain, where their parents emigrated to.Most of the squad wasn’t born when Morocco became the first African team to win a group at the World Cup, finishing ahead of England, Poland and Portugal in 1986.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 crownPortugal, the reigning European champion, awaits Morocco again this time in Group B, in between games against Iran and 2010 World Cup winner Spain.Here’s a closer look at the Morocco team: 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 Jury of 7 men, 5 women selected for Weinstein rape trial Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Warriors GM will give Durant new deal he wants LATEST STORIES COACHHerve Renard is capable of pulling a team lacking out-and-out stars together to form a formidable unit.The 49-year-old Frenchman has had success with far more underrated squads than Morocco’s, leading unheralded Zambia to the African title in 2012. He also took Ivory Coast to victory in the same tournament three years later.While there’s no doubt Renard is a good tactician, he’s better known for his passion and flamboyant antics on the sidelines. Watch out for a possible revival of one of his superstitions for major tournaments: the lucky shirt.At the African Cup of Nations six years ago with Zambia, Renard embraced a white shirt that he said gave his team luck and he wore it for every game the Zambians played on the way to the title.ADVERTISEMENT Dave Chappelle donates P1 million to Taal relief operations In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Winfrey details her decision to withdraw from Simmons film Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours View comments
It is unfair when you are scheduled to take an examination and you are not well prepared for it by either your parents or your teachers.Then during the examination you realized you did not perform well. Then you moved on to the final examination, after resting for several days, and still you received no help from either your teachers or your parents. But those who could not help you in any way expect you to do well.That is the scenario with the U-20 female national soccer team, before their 7-1 loss to their Nigerian counterparts, and secondly towards their second leg preparations to their second leg encounter this Sunday in Nigeria.Having suffered such a humiliating defeat in the first leg, you would have thought that the team immediately went to camp to prepare for the return-leg away in Nigeria. “After the loss the players were sent home,” said a source close to the team.And training did not resume till last Saturday, in which all the players were not in attendance.How do we now expect the team to prepare well to defend the nation in Nigeria? Head coach Christopher Wreh and his assistant Oliver Makor now get to know that they have more problems on their hands than previously. The Liberian people will judge their competence after such poor results, they should be aware now.Before the first leg, they would claim they did not know much about their opponents, which is fair enough. Now after the first leg and now know the challenges before them, what can they offer?There is a famous saying by retired coach Josiah Johnson that football is like biscuit in which it breaks unexpected but even that those who are conditioned with better focus are able to break theirs on where it is expected or closer to it.Head coach Wreh and his deputy Makor have not spoken to the media since the first leg defeat, the inadequate preparation for the first leg and now the second leg would bring them more disappointment.As former players they need no one to tell them about how adequate preparation makes the difference in developing a team for a competition. It is also equally true that no matter how well a team is prepared another team is a little ahead of it.In any tournament, there is actually one winner and a runner-up but at least the rest of the competitors must play as expected to demand some respect. Hence the same yardstick must be used on the current discussion.If we want our teams to play well and win; if we are not happy when our teams are defeated both at home and away, then of course we must get to work and do what we need to do to prepare our teams for continental competitions.Otherwise, we are embarrassing ourselves and making our players more uncomfortable in the end in playing in competitions that we are honestly not determined to win.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
Reporters interviewed suspect Beatrice Moses. Security officers assigned at the Ganta Immigration check point in Nimba County, in collaboration with their Bong County counterparts on Monday, March 11, 2019, arrested a 35 year old woman, identified as Beatrice Moses for allegedly stealing a two-day old baby from the C. B. Dunbar Maternity Hospital in Gbarnga.The baby, named Mercy Flomo was born on Sunday, March 10, 2019, at the health facility.Beatrice Moses, a resident of Clara Town in Monrovia was arrested by security officers at the Ganta Immigration Check Point following security tip-off from their Bong County counterparts that a baby is reportedly stolen from the C.B. Dunbar Hospital.Suspect Moses told police investigators in Gbarnga shortly after she was brought back from Ganta that she attempted stealing the baby, because she has given birth four different times, but all have passed with the latest being on March 2, 2019 when her reportedly baby died in Clara Town, Monrovia.“Community people and friends always making mockery of me that I can always sell my children to the witches, a situation which angered my boyfriend,” Beatrice said.She attributed her action to being desperate for child, and the mounting pressure from her boyfriend of having a child.Beatrice said she took the baby to Ganta in order to ride an any non commercial vehicle that are not normally checked at the various immigration check points. So I wanted to take advantage of that to carry the baby to Monrovia and present it as my own child.“I recently gave birth to a boy, but the child did not survive, so I never wanted to go back to my people without a baby. Moreover, I wanted to have baby for myself,” Beatrice said with tears streaming down her chest.She admitted stealing the child early Monday March 11, 2019 during visiting hour at the hospital.“When I entered the Post-Partum Ward, I held the baby as though I was a family member to the baby’s mother, and when I noticed that the baby mother has left the child in my charge to go in the bathroom, I looked around and saw no one paying attention to me, that’s how I made my way outside the hospital with the baby and boarded a car for Ganta,” she said.Bendu Karmo reunited with her babyThe embittered mother of the child, Bendu Karmo, 17, said when Beatrice entered the Post-Partum Ward, she began to ask for other baby mothers as though she were related to them.“She came on my bed and began to ask me about one baby mother who was opposite me, but was discharged on Sunday March 10, 2019, and she posed herself as a family member on the ward,” Bendu narrated.According to Bendu, “the recovery of my son was a true belief that God is a living God, because he knows that I suffered to bear my child, so I am very happy that I can still be breastfeeding my child,” Bendu said beaming with smile.The head nurse at the hospital, Gertrude Sieh, said her colleagues and some of the security guards thought Beatrice Moses was a family member to Bendu Karmo, because they saw her interacting with the baby several times minutes before she disappeared.She said the hospital administration has instituted new measures restricting the number of visitors to patient or baby mothers aimed at curbing re-occurrence of the situation.She said the baby was recovered in stable condition, and was turned over to her mother, but said that the baby will remain at the hospital a little longer for further treatment and observation.Meanwhile, the Commander of the Bong County Police Detachment Chief, Fredrick Nappay said suspect Beatrice Moses will be charged appropriately in keeping with the law and forwarded to court for prosecution.Ishmael F. Menkor contributed to this story.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
A rice farmer and his family were left traumatised after bandits on Wednesday carried out a daring robbery in their rice field in Crane, West Coast Demerara.Rice farmer Ramkissoon Ramnarine and his wife, Indira, recounting the terrifying ordeal of being robbed at gunpoint on WednesdayThe farmer, Ramkissoon Ramnarine; his wife, Indira and their 26-year-old special needs daughter reside in Canal Number One Polder, West Bank Demerara; however, on the morning of the incident, the mother and daughter were resting in hammocks under a makeshift shed when the gunmen attacked.According to information gathered, the two men pulled up alongside the shed on a motorcycle, got off and approached the trio. One of the men, who was said to be dreadlocked, reportedly pulled out a gun from his waist and ordered the rice farmer and his family not to raise an alarm.The family told Guyana Times that the man picked up the bags which were under the makeshift shed and ran back to the motorcycle where his accomplice was waiting. The two men then rode away.“I was ploughing some rice land and one workman was sitting not too far from the camp; one of the persons from de motorbike run under de shed, pull out a gun and he scramble me wife’s three bags and he escape on the bike where a next guy was waiting for him,” the distraught farmer noted.Ramnarine further told this publication that the bags contained $90,000 in cash, medications for his wife and daughter, cosmetics, as well as his driver’s licence and Identification Card.The man said this was the third time that he has been robbed. He revealed that it was during their first encounter with bandits in 1995 that his daughter stopped speaking. Ramnarine added that his wife was unwell.“Meh wife is a sickly person; she had all she medication in one [bag],” the farmer noted. The Police were contacted and have since launched an investigation into the matter.Crime has drastically increased in the Vreed-en-Hoop area over the last few months, with 20 robberies being recorded in a one-week period. In response, acting Commander of D Division (West Demerara), Leslie James had met with concerned residents and businesspeople and he had committed to providing more Police ranks and patrols in the area.
0Shares0000Chelsea manager Antonio Conte (right) left forward Diego Costa out of the club’s pre-season tour of AsiaLONDON, United Kingdom, Aug 17 – Diego Costa has released a statement saying he will not return to Chelsea and he “must return to Atletico Madrid”.Costa is currently in his native Brazil and has threatened to remain there rather than return to London, and then leave on a free transfer. Such a scenario is not acceptable to Chelsea, though, who want the player to return to training and put himself in contention for selection.In the statement, Costa said: “My destination has already been decided. I must return to Atletico Madrid.“It turns out that there is the impasse that Chelsea do not want to release me. But I believe that this situation will be resolved now on my return to Spain.”Chelsea boss Antonio Conte reportedly texted Costa in June informing the striker he was not part of his future plans, and the striker has since remained in his native Brazil.The 28-year-old’s lawyer, Ricardo Cardoso, said last week his client intended to hand in a formal transfer request and is considering legal action against Chelsea in order to force through a move to former club Atletico.-By Sky Sports-0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)
0Shares0000Patrick Vieira lifts the FA Cup in 2005 © AFP/File / ADRIAN DENNISLON DON, United Kingdom, Apr 20 – Arsene Wenger’s decision to finally step aside as Arsenal manager after 22 years in charge has sparked fevered speculation over who the Gunners will turn to next to succeed the Frenchman.Arsenal are struggling to qualify for next season’s Champions League with victory in the Europa League their only realistic route back into Europe’s premier club competition. However, with one of the biggest budgets in world football and a squad boasting the talents of Mesut Ozil and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, the Arsenal job remains highly sought after.AFP Sports looks at five contenders to take over at the Emirates:Patrick Vieira (New York City)The inspirational captain of Arsenal’s ‘Invincibles’ that went an entire league season unbeaten in 2003-04, Vieira is a symbol of the glory years under Wenger.Vieira won three league titles and three FA Cups during his playing days at Arsenal but has taken his first steps in management with another of his former clubs, Manchester City.The Frenchman took charge of City’s elite development squad for 18 months before joining New York City, part of a network of clubs around the world owned by the City Football Group.He led NYCFC to the MLS playoffs in each of his two full seasons in charge but lost out in the Eastern Conference semi-finals on both occasions.While popular with the fans, Vieira’s lack of top-level managerial experience would pose a huge risk in Arsenal’s attempts to re-establish themselves as a Premier League contender.Brendan Rodgers (Celtic)Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers © AFP/File / Andy BUCHANANRodgers has restored his reputation in just under two years at Celtic with the Glasgow giants on the brink of sweeping a treble of domestic trophies under the Northern Irishman for a second consecutive season.The 45-year-old’s three-and-a-half year spell at Liverpool ended on a sour note in October 2015 but he came as close as anyone to ending their 28-year wait for a Premier League title in 2013-14.Celtic’s major shareholder Dermot Desmond said on Friday he would not stand in Rodgers’ way.“I don’t think you can put handcuffs on anybody if they want to go to a club as good as Arsenal,” he said. “It will be Brendan’s decision and Brendan’s decision only.”Joachim Loew (Germany)A World Cup winner, Loew has resisted the temptation to swap international football for the rigours of day-to-day club management and is under contract with the German federation until 2020.Germany coach Joachim Low © AFP/File / Glyn KIRKDespite being one of the favourites for the job with the bookies, Loew’s chances are harmed by the fact he will lead Germany at the World Cup this summer.Arsenal chief executive Ivan Gazidis conceded the club are likely to favour a quick appointment with an early end to the transfer window in August leaving just three weeks between the World Cup final in Moscow on July 15 and the closing of the window for Premier League clubs on August 9.Carlo Ancelotti (unattached)Ancelotti has more experience of managing top European clubs than all the other pretenders put together and is believed to be keen on a return to London after a two-year spell as Chelsea boss between 2009 and 2011.Former Bayern Munich coach Carlo Ancelotti © AFP/File / PATRIK STOLLARZThe Italian has three Champions League titles to his name as a coach and has won the league in Italy, France, Germany and England.However, he was sacked by Bayern Munich in September and after Wenger Arsenal could be tempted to look for a younger coach than the 58-year-old.Luis Enrique (unattached)Luis Enrique enjoyed a successful spell as Barcelona coach © AFP/File / Josep LAGOA treble winner in his first season in charge of Barcelona in 2014-15, Enrique has enjoyed a season off after three gruelling campaigns at the Camp Nou.Those three seasons delivered two league titles and three Copa del Rey wins on top of the Champions League in 2015.Enrique is also interested in a move to the Premier League and would fit Gazidis’s claim that Arsenal want a successor to follow Wenger’s attacking style of play.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)
“In hosting one of the most televised events in the world, Russia is courting world public opinion and looking for respect,” HRW’s executive director, Kenneth Roth, said in a statement.“World leaders should signal to President Putin that unless he changes track and acts to end atrocities by Russian and Syrian forces in Syria, they won’t be in their seats in the VIP box with him on opening night.”Billions of people worldwide are expected to watch the World Cup on television and HRW argued that Moscow’s responsibility in the suffering of Syrian civilians should not be forgotten.Russia is the main exporter of weaponry to the Syrian regime and its forces provide on-the-ground support to government forces and allied militia.The New York-based watchdog has documented Russian-Syrian joint military operations that “have caused thousands of civilian casualties”, including recently in Eastern Ghouta near Damascus.Roth warned that millions of other civilians faced the same fate in upcoming operations, especially in the northwestern province of Idlib that still largely escapes government control.“World leaders should not allow a sporting event to gloss over a pattern of atrocities in Syria that now looms over two million civilians,” he said.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Russian President Vladimir Putin delivers a speech ahead of the 2018 FIFA World Cup football tournament final draw at the State Kremlin Palace in Moscow © AFP/File / YURI KADOBNOVBEIRUT, Lebanon, May 22 – World leaders should boycott Russian President Vladimir Putin’s VIP box at next month’s World Cup opening unless he takes steps to protect Syrian civilians, Human Rights Watch said Tuesday.Russia, which hosts the world’s most-watched sporting event for the first time this year, is a key backer of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s regime and arguably the most powerful broker in the seven-year-old war.
Senator Jimmy Harte has slammed plans to hold Circuit Court Appeals due for Donegal in Castlebar this week.The Letterkenny politician says the actions of the Courts Service in setting Donegal Circuit Court appeals for Donegal cases due to be heard in the High Court as ridiculous.“I have been contacted by legal representatives and clients who cannot understand why they must travel to Castlebar in Mayo to have their cases heard by a High Court judge. “These are civil cases and therefore no legal aid is available. In addition to the parties involved there are witnesses and staff having to travel to Castlebar and in one particular case a distance of over 150 miles each way is what is facing people,” he said.He added there is no practical reason for this to occur as in living memory the Circuit Court appeals were always held in Letterkenny.“Under the Courts of Justice Act of 1924 the case of O Connor v O Brien it was decided that in order to facilitate the population that the burden of court proceedings should be held locally and this policy has not been changed by any Act or Government,”There are at least 12 Donegal appeals due to be heard and those involved may need to stay overnight in Castlebar.“This suggests that the courts service are not too bothered making life difficult for citizens in Donegal,” fumed Senator Harte.He plans to raise the issue in the Senate on Tuesday with the Minister for Justice to find out if this is the new policy and if Donegal is suddenly not suitable to hold High Court in circuit.“If it’s not then what are they planning to do to rectify same,” said Senator Harte.HARTE SLAMS HOLDING OF DONEGAL CIRCUIT COURT APPEALS IN CASTLEBAR was last modified: July 9th, 2012 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:CastlebarCIRCUIT COURTHIGH COURTletterkennySenator Jimmy Harte
Naomh Muire GAA News:Lotto na Seachtaine (02/07/14). Seo na huimhreacha a tháinig amach: 3-4-13-20. Níor raibh ádh ar bith ar nduine an pota óir a fháil.Bhí trí uimhir ag na daoine seo leanas: Breid Rodgers, Rann na Feirste agus Patrick Dessie McGinley ,Mín na Craoibhe. Beidh €1160 sa phota an tseachtain seo chugainn. We are still recruiting for our 100+ Club as we have some spaces left. For €20 a month you can be in with a to share of €1,400 each month. Contact draw Co-ordinator Dónal Ó’ Searcaigh on 086 3189331 for more details.The minor girls played Fanad Gaels in their second championship match in the Banks on the 2nd July and had a good victory. Next up for the Minors is another home match this Thursday 9th in the Banks @7pm against Dungloe.The second leg of the Donegal LGFA Junior championship takes place in the Banks on the 12th July @11am against Dungloe.Saturday the 11th July is our club bag packing in Supervalu, Dungloe. We are still looking for volunteers to help out on the day, Anyone who can help please contact Shaun Rodgers, Marion O’Donnell, Robbie O’Donnell or text the club phone on 087 9540756 if you can help!The Donegal U-14 girls played out a very entertaining draw in the All Ireland Final in Ballymahon, Co.Longford on Saturday 4th July with our own Saoirse Bonner playing a big part for Donegal. The replay is scheduled for Saturday 11th July, time and venue to be confirmed.Training for U-12 Girls is Wednesday evenings at 5.30pm in the Banks.U-16 county championships is scheduled to start on Tuesday 21st July.Comghairdeas le foireann sinsear na mBan (Dún na nGall) atá fríd go dtí cluiche ceannais Uladh in éadan Muineachán.Our Under 14s took part in the Thomas Maguire Memorial tournament in Ardara on Saturday.They beat Ardara on the way to the final which was won by Naomh Conaill. A good competitive day at a well run competition in memory of former Ardara player Thomas Maguire. Go raibh maith agat do Fó Chumann Ard a’ Rátha don lá maith a bhí againn. Our U-8’s & U-10’s, all 32 of them, made the trip out behind Errigal on Saturday and were hosted by Termon GAA Bord na nÓg in a superb blitz where all players got plenty of game time in a fun filled environment. In glorious sunshine, our young children were well cared for by the 7 club coaches who traveled and by the host club who organised the day and catered for us with refreshments as a great club does. Go raibh maith agat do Fó chumann an Tearmainn ar son an lá iontach a bhí againn.Huge Congratulations to Adrian Ward, Béal na Cruite, on his Donegal Volunteer award for his outstanding work in Haiti. Adrian has done tremendous work on building projects in Haiti. Adrian of course had a big part in the success of the recent WAAR event which shows his commitment to his local community. Well done Adrian and well deserved from all at the Club and Community.Comhghairdeas le Bríd Anna Ní Bhaoighill, Rann na Feirste, as an Gradam Aitheantais a fuair sí ar son a cuid oibre le óige an cheanntar. Tá obair mhór déanta ag Bríd Anna thar na blianta, ní amháin do óige an cheanntar ach ar son ár gclub fhéin. Maith thú fhéin a Bhríd Anna, sé tuillte go mór agat.Condolences from club and community to the Sharkey family, Cál Chéim, on the death of Kitty Sharkey (Boyle). Níonn an fó chumann có-bhrón le Dónal atá mar bhaill do Naomh Muire le blianta agus teaghlach UÍ Shearcaigh uilig. Ar dheis Dé go raibh a h-anam.GAA NEWS: SAOIRSE BONNER STARS FOR DONEGAL U14’S IN ALL-IRELAND FINAL was last modified: July 7th, 2015 by Mark ForkerShare 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:GAANAOMH MUIRENoticesSport
AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREBlues bury Kings early with four first-period goals Some insurgent groups have declared a boycott of the election and have threatened politicians who participate. Police said they suspected the sheik’s death was designed as a warning to Sunni Arabs against heeding the U.S. call. However, the Association of Muslim Scholars, a hard-line Sunni organization believed to have links to insurgents, condemned the slayings and linked them to what many fear is a campaign against Sunnis by the Shiite-led government security services. “We warn the government against continuing with this tyranny,” association spokesman Abdul Salam al-Kubaisi said. The Iraqi Islamic Party, the country’s biggest Sunni political group, also condemned the assassination and demanded that the Defense Ministry “control its forces and punish the perpetrators.” Police Maj. Falah al-Mohammedawi denied that government forces were involved in the killings and blamed the insurgents. “Surely, they are outlaw insurgents. As for the military uniform, they can be bought from many shops in Baghdad,” he said, adding that several police and army vehicles had been stolen and could be used in raids. The United States hopes that a big Sunni turnout next month will produce a broad-based government that can win the minority’s trust, helping to take the steam out of the Sunni-led insurgency and hasten the day when American and other foreign troops can go home. Many Sunnis, make up about 20 percent of Iraq’s 27 million people but were dominant under Saddam Hussein, boycotted the January election, enabling rival Shiites and Kurds to dominate the transitional government, a development that heightened tensions. At the same time, U.S. military commanders have warned that insurgents will probably escalate attacks in hopes of undermining the election. In other election-related violence, gunmen blocked the road leading to the Communist Party’s branch office in Baghdad’s Shiite district of Sadr City, broke into the party building late Tuesday and killed two activists. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! BAGHDAD, Iraq – Gunmen wearing Iraqi army uniforms burst into the home of a Sunni Arab sheik Wednesday, killing him, three of his sons and a son-in-law in an attack police said may have been aimed at discouraging members of the minority from participating in next month’s election. Khadim Sarhid al-Hemaiyem, who lived on the outskirts of Baghdad, was the leader of a branch of the Dulaimi tribe, one of the biggest in Iraq. His brother is a candidate in the Dec. 15 parliamentary election, three of his sons had been policemen and another son was slain last month north of the capital, police and family members said. Elsewhere, an American soldier from Task Force Baghdad died of a gunshot wound Wednesday in the center of the capital, the U.S. military said. At least 2,108 U.S. service members have died since the Iraq war started in March 2003, according to the Department of Defense. The brutal attack on the sheik and his family took place amid a major campaign by U.S. and Iraqi authorities to encourage Sunni Arabs to vote next month in hopes of luring them away from the insurgency.