Canadians drub Gilas in Jones Cup opener

first_imgMarcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’ Missile-capable frigate BRP Jose Rizal inches closer to entering PH Navy’s fleet Reyes huddles Gilas at end of 1st quarter. “We’re up by one and yet we had seven turnovers.” Asks Filipinos to take care of the ball better. pic.twitter.com/JYYcBTynFK— INQUIRER Sports (@INQUIRERSports) July 15, 2017 Duterte’s ‘soft heart’ could save ABS-CBN, says election lawyer End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend MOST READ Chris Paul looks to get over playoff hump in Houston 787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcano Canada 90 – Williamson 15, Haywood 12, Kapelan 12, Smith 9, Wood 9, Friesen 8, Sutherland 5, Keith 4, Mordan 2, Bachyski 2Gilas 77 – Ravena 12, Parks 11, Cruz 10, Wright 9, Standhardinger 9, Jalalon 5, Myers 7, Paras 4, Pogoy 4, Ferrer 3, Belo 3, Jose 0Quarterscores: 19-20; 44-34; 66-54, 90-77Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next TAIPEI – Using its advantage in size and athletic ability to offset its lack in chemistry, Canada 150 on Saturday afternoon put Gilas Pilipinas’ title aspirations in the 39th Jones Cup Invitational in serious jeopardy after a 90-77 drubbing of the Filipinos at Taipei Peace Basketball Hall here.The experienced Canadians, a merry mix of stars assembled recently from teams in the National Basketball League of Canada, held the Filipinos to just 14 second quarter points to scoot away and get their own bid off on the right foot.ADVERTISEMENT READ: Despite the attention, Kobe Paras remains cool in first Gilas stintGilas groped for form practically all game, even if it led by a hair after the first period as the Filipinos simply found it too hard penetrating with the Canadians clogging the lanes effectively well.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’ Malacañang open to creating Taal Commission Next up for the Philippines is Chinese Taipei’s national team on Sunday and the Filipinos will be playing on borrowed time from now on as they can’t afford to take another loss and expect to win.READ: Gilas fate hangs on future pro stars This 10-team, nine-nation event will be just a single round tournament where the team with the most wins after nine playing days wins the championship.Using the name Mighty Sports last year, the Philippines swept this tournament with an import-laden crew led by former NBA All-Rookie Team member Al Thornton.ADVERTISEMENT IT happens: Facebook sorry for Xi Jinping’s name mistranslation LATEST STORIES LIVE: Sinulog 2020 Grand Parade Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks PLAY LIST 01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio 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 respite Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Despite committing seven of its 22 turnovers in the first period, the Filipinos were able to take a 20-19 lead into the second, only for the Canadians to finally find their rhythm and assert their character.READ: Ravena on joining PBA Draft: Only thing left to be done is pass application formThat, despite coming into the tournament with the benefit of four hours of practice together.“I really didn’t know what to expect coming over here,” coach Kyle Julius, a member of the Canadian national team from 2005-2007, said. “But they played hard and it resulted in a win.”Joey Haywood fed Michale Kyser for a two-handed alley-oop slam with 6:45 left that capped a 7-0 spurt for the Canadians and made it a 75-60 game, which basically put the game to bed.READ: Reyes sees growth as Gilas survives Alaska in testy encounter“I’m happy with the effort we came up with,” Gilas Pilipinas coach Chot Reyes said as his young crew matched up pretty well. He, however, pointed out to the 40 free throws that the Filipinos gave up which spelled the difference.“You can’t give up 40 free throws against a quality team like that and expect to win,” Reyes said.Keifer Ravena, who is set to turn pro in the coming PBA season, paced the Filipinos with 12 points, with Bobby Ray Parks shooting 11 and Carl Bryan Cruz chipping in 10.The scores: View commentslast_img read more

Rotary Honors Dr. Gwenigale

first_imgThe Rotary Club of Monrovia has admitted Dr. Walter T. Gwenigale, outgoing Health and Social Welfare Minister, into its Paul Harris Fellowship.The Paul Harris Fellowship of the Rotary Club recognizes people who have made meaningful contributions to society.  Paul Harris was the founder of the Rotary Club.Introducing the honoree during a Rotary meeting last Friday, Rotarian and University of Liberia president, Dr. Emmet A. Dennis, noted that Dr. Gwenigale had worked in the Liberian health system for more than 40 years, providing health services to the Liberian people.Dr. Gwenigale’s services to the Liberian people, especially at this time in a top government position, had witnessed many challenges, said Dr. Dennis.But despite the challenges, Dr. Gwenigale had remained persistent in enduring the circumstances and on that basis he deserves such an honor from the Liberian people and the Rotary Club, said Dr. Dennis,Taking a retrospective look at his life, Dr. Gwenigale, in his response, spoke highly of the role played by the Lutheran Mission in Liberia in molding him to become a medical doctor to serve his people.With the help of the Lutheran missionaries and the Lutheran Church in Liberia, he was able attend Lutheran elementary schools and the Lutheran Training Institute (LTI) in Salayea, Lofa County, where he graduated from high school in 1959.  He then proceeded to Cuttington College and Divinity School (now Cuttington University), where he spent three semesters before being offered a fellowship to complete college in Puerto Rico. Following completion of college there he entered the Medical College of the University of Puerto Rico, where he took the M.D. degree.  He later did his residency at the Los Angeles County Hospital.Dr. Gwenigale also paid tribute to several people to whom he said he owed the award.He paid homage to his mother who supported him in his early childhood education by selling snuff (tobacco) and saving the money for his tuition and other needs.Dr. Gwenigale paid tribute to his elementary school teacher in his native Sanoyea, Bong County, Ms. Ella Stewart, who took him to her sister, Mrs. Margaret Stewart Traub and her husband, the Rev. Byron Traub.   The Traubs were also teaching at the Lutheran school in Sanoyea. Ma Ella asked the Traubs to take care of him and she named him Walter Traub to which he later added the name Gwenigale, in recognition of his father who was the village harp player.  It was from the Traubs’ home that Walter continued his education, ending up at LTI and Cuttington, before traveling abroad for medical studies. Dr. Gwenigale also acknowledged Daily Observer Publisher, Kenneth Y. Best, for articles he wrote about the Phebe Hospital in 1973 that helped keep Phebe open. Immediately following his return home in 1973, said Dr. Gwenigale, the Lutheran missionaries who were running Phebe informed him that the American Lutherans had decided to close down the hospital for financial reasons.  That was when Dr. G came to Monrovia and found his Cuttington classmate and brother –in-law, Kenneth Y. Best, who was then an official at the Ministry of Information, Culture and Tourism.  The doctor explained the problem to Mr. Best, who immediately investigated the matter on the Phebe campus in Suacoco and wrote a series of articles for the Liberian Star, the Liberian Age and Radio Station ELBC and ELWA about the hospital’s impending closure. It was at that point that President William R. Tolbert, Jr. intervened.   President Tolbert who was close to the people of Bong County ordered his Health Minister, Cllr. Oliver Bright, to write a letter to Finance Minister Steve Tolbert, the President’s younger brother, directing him immediately to take over the financing of Phebe.  That is how Phebe survived.What Dr. Gwenigale did not tell the Rotary Club was that several times after the hospital was bombed during the Liberian civil conflict, American Lutherans, German Lutherans and Lutherans all over Europe, who trusted him as Phebe’s astute and honest chief medical officer, often provided money to rebuild the hospital and keep it running.Being the chief medical officer of Phebe prior to ascending to the position of Health Minister, Dr. Gwenigale said he was able to build good working relations with staff of that hospital.  This is because he had earned knowledge of human relations from interactions with them.He also noted with emphasis that the honor bestowed upon him was also owed to President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf who allowed him to appoint Deputy Ministers of his choice with whom he worked while serving as Health Minister.It was the efforts of all these officials and staff that combined to enable them to achieve at the level they did since his appointment in 2006.Dr. Gwenigale also paid tribute to his wife Carmen and their children, two sons and a daughter and five grandchildren.  They all understood and reasoned with him to continue to serve in Liberia while they remained in the United States without support from him.He acknowledged them in a special way and noted that had they not allowed him to remain in Liberia, the Liberian people would have been disappointed.Meanwhile, the Rotary Club during the meeting presented a check for US$1,686.00 to the University of Liberia Ebola Task Force to help carry out messages about the prevention of the virus.The Rotary Club has been actively engaged in providing money, buckets and sanitizers in several communities, including the University of Liberia, for hand washing and other aspects of the anti-Ebola fight.Speaking on behalf of the UL Ebola Task Force, the Dean of the Medical College, Dr. Vuyu K. Golakai, commended the Rotary Club and urged members to plead with the government to begin listening to good advice instead of demonstrating arrogance.The club also admitted new members during the ceremony.  Those admitted included Dinna Cheapo, Helena Nah Lawrence Yealue II and Wassim Charifi.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

TRC Reflections Ten Years Later: What is the Palaver Hut?

first_imgThe TRC report, submitted to the Government of Liberia (GoL) in 2009 has of late generated huge public interest with focus placed mainly on those recommendations concerning lustrations and prosecutions.Apparently lost in the debate have been the issues of Reparations and the Palaver Hut. The past government and even officials of the current government maintained that some progress have been made in the implementation of the Palaver Hut.But just what progress has been made is the question. The Independent National Human Rights Commission maintains that it has been conducting the Palaver Hut although these claims have been contested. It does however appear that there is much public misunderstanding about what the Palaver Hut is and how its proposed structure should look like. Join me for a while as we walk through what and how the TRC perceived the Palaver Hut to be.According to official statistics, a total of 17,000 ex combatants were disarmed and demobilized as per the Accra Peace Agreement. To facilitate their reintegration into society, they were provided with an allowance referred to as Transitional Settlement Allowance (TSA) and opportunities for education and skills training. In the eyes of local communities, the ex combatants were being rewarded for the wide range of atrocities committed against them, while they were left to their fate. Such perceptions were reinforced to a large extent by the displayed arrogance and unremorseful attitudes exhibited by most ex combatants and their leaders.During public hearings conducted around the country, victims recounted the callousness and on insouciance ex combatants have, since the cessation of hostilities, displayed in their interactions with host communities. It was not surprising therefore that during hearings victims made resounding calls for justice. But responding adequately to such calls is indeed fraught with difficulties. At the end of its work, the TRC will make recommendations, among a host of others, for prosecutions. Given such a huge universe of perpetrators, it is hardly likely that the court system, overburdened as it is with crowded dockets will be able to handle such a case load.Moreover, the lack or absence of courts, lawyers, penal institutions, police officers, in large parts of the country would suggest the consideration of alternatives that would provide room for reconciliation and justice. In this regard, the challenge will be finding the nexus between the country’s dual legal system and tailoring it to address the exigencies created by the imperatives for justice, reconciliation, institutional reform, amnesty and reparations.The Palaver Hut ApproachThe Palaver Hut approach, common to rural communities around the country could prove useful in this regard. The palaver hut forum is a conflict resolution mechanism wherein select members of the community will sit to determine matters of grave concern to the community or to resolve a dispute amongst or between individuals in the community. Decisions reached at such forums are considered binding.It must be observed that such forums derive legitimacy from a host of cultural influences including the Poro, Sande and Bodio institutions and have greatest legitimacy and viability in rural areas. Local structures (District Development Committees) currently in place, could have their functions expanded to include transitional justice. Perpetrators accused of violations that do not transgress the boundaries of international humanitarian law, human rights law could be made to appear before such forums.Challenges There are however challenges, key amongst which are the weak institutional capacities, and the lack of coherent structural arrangements within which such activities will be conducted, particularly in rural communities. Further is the issue of enforceability. It remains to be seen how, under current arrangements, decisions arrived at will be enforced. Will, for example, local communities have recourse to law enforcement and judicial remedies should an individual elect to flout decisions arrived at in Palaver Hut forums?Another challenge is the workability of such arrangements in urban areas where the sense of community is not as strong as compared to rural areas, and where the District Development Committee is of little or no relevance. Additionally, what will be the scope of authority of the Palaver Hut Forum and how will such forum complement or come into conflict with local quasi judicial structures like the Justice of the Peace?Moreover, how will for example, individuals who were active in several communities around the country and at different periods be handled by the forums? Will they, for example, be moved from community to community to atone or will the determination of any single Palaver Hut forum suffice and, will there be adequate record keeping and tracking mechanisms put into place to deter would be elopers?Composition and Life Span of Palaver Hut CommissionGiven the above, the government should move to set up a body known and to be styled as the Palaver Hut Commission. This body should be composed of one representative from the Interreligious Council, one from the Traditional Council, one from the National Human Rights Commission, one from the Ministry of Internal Affairs and one from civil society organizations, preferably human rights or pro democracy organizations. The Commission could then be tasked to organize Palaver Hut forums in each of the country’s 64 political districts.This Commission, (the Palaver Hut Commission) should have a life span of one calendar year within which the entire case load should be exhausted. Another question is whether the Palaver Hut commission will exercise appellate jurisdiction over the district forums. If `not, then will decisions emanating from the District forums be considered binding and final? Finally, what will be the role of the Legislature and Legislators in these arrangements aside from the need to enact enabling legislations to enhance and facilitate the work of the Palaver Hut Commission?These are indeed difficult questions which are likely to confront policy and decision makers in the post TRC period. The Ministries of Justice and Internal Affairs, both being key players in this regard are challenged to develop appropriate collaborative frameworks that will serve to strengthen and enhance the rule of law and increase access of the vast majority of the people to justice, particularly at local levels.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img

CAL supports First Lady’s “Shoes that Grow” project

first_imgCaribbean Airlines (CAL) is partnering with First Lady Sandra Granger to transport for free, shoes from New York to Guyana for her “Shoes that grow” project.A team from CAL, the State-owned airline of Trinidad and Tobago, met with the First Lady on Thursday at her State House office. After the meeting, CAL’s Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Garvin Medera informed the Ministry of the Presidency’s Public Information and Press Services Unit that an agreement was signed to paveFirst Lady Sandra Granger (second left) stands with CAL’s Chief Executive Officer, Garvin Medera (right); CAL’s Senior Marketing Manager Alicia Cabrera (second right); and Interim General Manager, Georgetown, Carl Stuart (left) on Thursdaythe way for this new collaboration.Medera said there is no established time frame for the period to which the service will be provided. He disclosed too that CAL is also willing to give support to other projects undertaken by the First Lady. “Shoes that grow” are specifically designed to ensure that they fit children as they age; the shoes are expandable. CAL’s Senior Marketing Manager, Alicia Cabrera and Interim General Manager, Georgetown, Carl Stuart, were also present at the meeting.last_img read more

DONEGAL BROTHERS READY FOR THE PRESIDENTIAL SEAL OF APPROVAL

first_imgPresidential favourite Sean Gallagher has given two young Donegal brothers a commitment that he will use their pen to sign into the Aras – if her gets elected. Brothers Ronan and Conor Mc Garvey are the well-known as the owners of Donegal Pens.The Loughanure brothers met up with entrepreneur Gallagher at the Helix in Dublin yesterday at the RTE Radio presidential debate. Gallagher has been supportive of the Loughanure boys since they set up their enterprise over two years ago and has been in contact with them on several occasions.The boys were invited to meet the ‘Dragon’ and his wife Trish at the gig in Dublin on Saturday morning where the presidential hopeful gave them a commitment that he’d sign into Aras an Uachtarán using a Donegal pen if elected next Thursday.The brothers presented him with a bog oak pen made from wood from bog land at Inver, South Donegal.Mr Gallagher told the boys that he will pay a visit to their shed in the back garden at the earliest convenience, indicating that a presidential visit could be on the cards for the Gaeltacht village! Conor Mc Garvey, the youngest of the brothers, said the were delighted with Mr Gallagher’s recaction.“We have our pens all over the world. They are in the Dáil and now there’s one on its way to Aras an Uachtarán – we hope. Sean was very nice and delighted that the pens are doing so well for us.”The boys range of pen can be seen at www.donegalpens.comDONEGALDAILY.COM – FIRST WITH REAL-LIFE STORIES ACROSS DONEGAL!Ends DONEGAL BROTHERS READY FOR THE PRESIDENTIAL SEAL OF APPROVAL was last modified: October 22nd, 2011 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 PENSPRESIDENTsean gallagherlast_img read more

GAA NEWS – ANOTHER CHANCE FOR REGISTRATION AT GLENSWILLY

first_imgThere will be another opportunity to register with the club this Thursday evening from 7 to 8.30pm. at the club house, it is mandatory that all players are registered before either taking part in training or games. Anyone with queries can contact Thomas Simmons on 097 2063018.As you are all aware anyone involved in coaching or managing our underage teams must go through the Garda Vetting process.If you have any queries on how the process works contact George Simmons on 087 7789804 for further details.All training is now well underway and the large numbers attending can only be good news for the club going forward. It is great to see the ladies team back representing the club and the numbers at training have been excellent with some fine footballers coming through.The under 14 girls training has been changed this week it is now on Saturday 15th from 2 to 3.30pm. at the club, there is no training the following Saturday due to the parish Confirmations.Our under14 boys got their league campaign of to a flying start with a convincing win over near neighbours St. Eunans. in O Donnell park Next up for the 14s is an away trip to Newtown this Sunday at 12 noon.The under 14s train every Monday night in the Aura at 7.30pm and the same time Thursdays at the club.The Under 12 boys continue their training regime on Mondays in the hall at 6pm and on Fridays in the Aura , also at 6pm. The Under 12 girls continue their training on Fridays at the club from 7 to 8pm.The first round of Comartas Peile na Gaeltachta will begin this Saturday 15th, with the Seniors at home to Dungloe with the throw in scheduled for 4.15pm. and the Reserves will play Termon away on Sunday 16th at 12 noon..This will be the first opportunity to see our boys in action in 2014 so please come along and give them our support.The under 15s are due to play in the Gaeltachta this weekend away to Glenfin but as yet no time has been fixed, players will be contacted by their management.All other underage training continues as normal with no changes to existing schedules.Well done to our county men for a fantastic comeback against Meath last Sunday, and what can you say with regard to the equalising point, it took a cool head to put that over, well done Michael. GAA NEWS – ANOTHER CHANCE FOR REGISTRATION AT GLENSWILLY was last modified: March 11th, 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:Glenswilly GAA Club noteslast_img read more

‘Petr Cech should start the season as Arsenal’s No.1’, says Gunners legend

first_img 1 Welcome to the club, @Bernd_Leno 😅 pic.twitter.com/eRPz2ko6DE— Arsenal FC (@Arsenal) July 9, 2018New manager Unai Emery has yet to reveal who will be his goalkeeper ahead of his first season in charge, having used both players during their pre-season preparations.But Seaman says it would be unwise of the manager to immediately install new boy Leno as his first-choice goalkeeper, and should instead stick with 36-year-old veteran Cech for the time being.Speaking on the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast, Seaman said: “The Cech situation puzzles me a bit, because we still don’t know who is going to number one at Arsenal.“Would I start the season with Cech? I think so.“It depends what’s happening in training. Emery will be watching in training and in the friendly games to see who is performing the best. “I think it would be a big gamble to put Bernd Leno in straight away, because I can’t image Petr Cech wanting to hang around as a number two anywhere at this stage of his career.“So Emery has to be a bit a little bit careful with his choice.“But I would still go with Petr Cech.”Listen back to David Seaman on the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast IN FULL above Petr Cech holds the record for the most Premier League clean sheets in history – 201 Petr Cech should remain as Arsenal’s number one goalkeeper for the start of the new Premier League season, Gunners legend David Seaman has told talkSPORT.The arrival of German glovesman Bernd Leno, a £22million summer signing from Bayer Leverkusen, has thrown Cech’s future into doubt ahead of the new campaign.Leno, 26, has been Leverkusen’s No.1 for the last seven seasons and moves to the Emirates Stadium as one of the most promising goalkeepers in Europe.last_img read more

Bush says action needed on Syria

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week He said of the report, in Washington, “It will only help fuel anti-American sentiment around the world.” The report was likely to worsen the divisions between Lebanon’s pro- and anti-Syrian groups. Syria’s opponents in Lebanon welcomed the findings as the long-awaited truth about the assassination and about Syrian interference in Lebanese affairs. Pro-Syrian politicians vigorously criticized the findings. The United Nations’ investigative report, which Bush called “deeply disturbing,” made a link between high-ranking Syrian officials and their Lebanese allies in the car bombing that killed Rafik Hariri and 20 others in February. The findings and the reaction to them marked the latest escalation in tensions between the United States and Syria. U.S. officials have accused Damascus of harboring terrorist groups and permitting fighters to cross into Iraq to attack U.S., Iraqi and other forces there. The report, issued Thursday to members of the U.N. Security Council, did not implicate Assad directly, but said his government did not cooperate with the inquiry. WASHINGTON – President George W. Bush said Friday that the U.N. should deal quickly and seriously with a report implicating Syria in the assassination of Lebanon’s former prime minister, a killing that led to protests and withdrawal of Syrian troops from Lebanon after nearly 30 years as overlord. “The report strongly suggests that the politically motivated assassination could not have taken place without Syrian involvement,” Bush said. In Damascus, Syrian leaders dismissed the findings, and the government of President Bashar Assad prepared to fight growing Western sentiment to punish it with economic sanctions. Imad Moustapha, Syrian ambassador to the United States, said the report was baseless and that the Bush administration was motivated by Syria’s opposition to the war in Iraq. Bush spoke in California after helping dedicate a new pavilion at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and Museum. He said he had telephoned Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice earlier in the day and instructed her to call on the United Nations to convene a Security Council session “as quickly as possible to deal with this very serious matter.” Bush was not specific about what steps the international community should take. He said the United States has started talking with U.N. officials and with Arab governments about that. “Today a serious report came out that requires the world to look at very carefully and respond accordingly,” Bush said. The United States and France are readying Security Council resolutions critical of Syria. The Security Council, which can impose political and economic sanctions, was already scheduled to meet Tuesday to consider the report from German prosecutor Detlev Mehlis. The U.S. mission said Friday that it had no plans to call for an earlier meeting time. Separately, the U.N. will soon receive another report on Syrian compliance with last year’s U.N. demand that it quit Lebanon and allow political self-determination there. Rice, on a trip to Tuscaloosa, Ala., said, “Accountability is going to be very important for the international community.” Rice and British Foreign Secretary Jack Straw, with whom she was traveling, called on Syria to show good will toward Lebanon by establishing diplomatic relations with the country. Syria must “fully understand” that it must not intervene in Lebanon and must respect its sovereignty, Rice said at a joint news conference. Rice gave no hint about what plans the United States has for a Security Council meeting on Syria. The issue must be thoroughly debated, she said. The council “will have no real credibility if it does not take seriously the implications of this report,” Rice said. In a similar vein, Straw said the council must show the international community that “it is standing up for justice.” Separately, the head of the State Department’s Near East Bureau said Hariri was the victim of a “political crime.” “We would like to see those responsible for this crime and others in Lebanon brought to justice,” Assistant Secretary of State C. David Welch said in Washington. Although Rice has refused to rule out military action against Syria, the Bush administration stressed that it has no plans for military intervention. “We are seeking a diplomatic solution to this problem,” State Department spokesman Adam Ereli said Friday. Washington withdrew its ambassador from Damascus immediately after Hariri’s killing. The French government, which joined with the United States to pressure Syria to withdraw its troops from Lebanon, said it also was holding consultations in the U.N. Security Council. “The full consequences of this report must now be examined,” the foreign ministry said in Paris. At the time of Hariri’s assassination, Syria had about 14,000 troops in Lebanon and essentially controlled the country along with its Lebanese government allies. Hariri, once partially allied with Syria, had broken with Damascus and begun a political campaign to establish greater Lebanese independence. The Mehlis report cited a witness who said Assef Shawkat, the president’s brother-in-law and Syria’s military intelligence chief, forced a man to tape a claim of responsibility for Hariri’s killing 15 days before it occurred. The report also said Syrian Foreign Minister Farouk al-Sharaa lied in a letter to the investigating commission. Assad’s government repeated its claim of innocence in the Hariri killing and declared that the U.N. document was heavily politicized because of Syria’s staunch anti-Israeli position. Information Minister Mahdi Dakhlallah said the report lacked hard evidence and was based on witnesses “who are well known for their anti-Syria stands.” 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Spurs want to sign Sterling from Liverpool for £7m – report

first_imgRaheem Sterling is again linked with a move from Liverpool to Tottenham – this time by The Sun.It is suggested that Spurs will offer £7m for the 17-year-old from Harlesden and that he would welcome a return to the capital.Sterling was recently linked with a loan move back to QPR, who lost him when he left Loftus Road to join Liverpool in 2010.Former Chelsea boss Carlo Ancelotti wants to sign Ashley Cole for Paris St-Germain, the Daily Mirror say.There has been speculation about the England left-back’s future because he is now in the final year of his Chelsea contract.And it is claimed that Ancelotti is looking to capture him on a three-year deal.The Mirror also suggest Fulham are leading the chase to sign Ivory Coast striker Arouna Kone from Spanish club Levante.The 28-year-old is reported to have snubbed moves to Russia and Qatar because he is keen to play in the Premier League.Meanwhile, The Sun say Fulham have had a £4.5m bid for winger Matt Jarvis rejected by Wolves.The Daily Mail report that Blackburn are close to signing Fulham midfielder Dickson Etuhu and have moved ahead of the Whites in the race for Huddersfield striker Jordan Rhodes.This page is regularly updated. Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

Lucero moving on to play at the next level

first_imgGizelle Lucero, one of the most effective hitters on the College of the Redwoods softball team in 2018, has signed a letter of intent to play at Central Christian College in Kansas next season.Lucero announced her decision last week.“It feels good to be able to move on and play at the next level,” Lucero said. “My hard work has paid off. ”Lucero was selected to the 2018 Golden Valley All Conference softball team after a season during which the sophomore outfielder led her team in hits, with …last_img