• Zidane: “Of course my criticism of Marcelo hurts”

    first_imgLaLiga Santander* Data updated as of February 8, 2020 Mindset and spirit in LaLiga before Osasuna: “Complicated match in complicated field, they are doing very well. We know the difficulties, but we are prepared to give everything and make a strong match. It’s another ending. “Criticisms of Marcelo: “Yes, of course they hurt. They are players who give everything on the field. It hurts me and the players too, they give it their all in the field and the fans, which is the most important thing I think they have seen, is fair. We have lost, we are not happy with the elimination but they have seen that we have given everything. We had 21 games without losing and now we have to go back to that again. Give one hundred percent, be positive, because outside does not help ”last_img read more

  • South Carolina teen wins $70K at esports tournament

    first_imgTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title Nowadays his gaming happens indoors, on a plastic folding table that he refuses to give up despite his mom’s pleas to let her buy a better table.“Me as mama, I would always tell him you need to focus in school, get off the game and study,” Jennifer Wright said. “But he’s an A and B student. He’s a good kid, so that’s where I’m OK. I know at nights he’s in here playing his game, he’s not out getting in trouble.”She admitted that when Dylan would spend all night playing the game during the summer, often still playing when his parents woke up, that she fussed at him. On Sunday, she was crying — what she had seen as aimless playing had been practicing all along.“I’ve seen how hard he’s worked over the past year and a half to accomplish this,” she said. “I’m so proud of him.”Alan said he’s always told his son to follow his dreams, even if they seem like a long shot. Of course, beside Dylan’s three monitors on his table was his statistics textbook, and his parents said they’re still pushing him to pursue higher education and always have a backup plan.For now though, mom is acting as a surrogate coach, carefully watching the offers that come in to sign Dylan to professional gaming teams and fully embrace him into the world of esports.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LATEST STORIES Ibaka scores career high, Leonard-less Raptors roll past Lakers Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal The tournament spanned a recent weekend in San Jose, California, at a convention for the online streaming service Twitch, called TwitchCon 2018. Wright qualified for the tournament after spending many hours a day — some days spending nearly all day — playing Fortnite, a game that pits up to 100 players in a battle royale to be the last person standing.When he walked into the convention center that Saturday, he said his nerves were getting the better of him. He was suddenly in the same room, getting ready to compete with world-class players he’s been a fan of online.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back Chriss“It was crazy. I mean, everyone wishes they could play in a tournament,” he said. “I was shaking, but the first game hit and that adrenaline hit me. After that, everything was fine.”About 400 players showed up to test their gaming skills at the tournament, but once the matches began, Wright had only one thing on his mind: Victory. In this Tuesday, Oct. 30, 2018 photo, Dylan Wright plays a video game on his computer at his home in Greenwood, S.C. Wright and a partner won $70,000 in a video game tournament this past weekend in Calif. (Damian Dominguez/The Index-Journal via AP)GREENWOOD, S.C. — Dylan Wright always knew he would end up making money playing video games though his parents might have had their doubts.Over the course of a recent weekend, the 16-year-old, Greenwood High School student and a teammate won a total of $70,000 at a California gaming tournament. His nearly 8,500 matches played in the game Fortnite paid off at the game’s official Fall Skirmish tournament.ADVERTISEMENT Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Wright, who goes by “Hero JDW” in the game, was playing duos with a competitive partner he met through the game. Together, the two landed a third-place finish in the first heat of matches, securing themselves a place in Sunday’s grand finals, where they placed 11th overall out of 50 teams.“By grand finals I was a little nervous, but when the game started I totally forgot about it,” he said.For their performance in the matches, Wright and his partner earned a total of $70,000, which he said he imagines they’ll split evenly once they receive it With the money, he plans to improve his at-home gaming set up and start vying for future tournaments and possible sponsorship.“Three months ago, he was out playing in a shed with nothing, and now he’s here,” said Wright’s dad, Alan.At their old house, Dylan’s gaming setup was in an outbuilding — a shed in the backyard that he ran cables to from the house. He would spend long nights out there playing to his heart’s content, keeping himself warm with a space heater in the winter.ADVERTISEMENT Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil MOST READ Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles01:44SEA Games: Philippines thumps Malaysia in ice hockey opener00:50Trending Articles02:14Carpio 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 Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more

  • Public’s trust in Govt diminished

    first_imgDear Editor,Of recent, there has been a series of ministerial meetings with Ministers from the joint APNU/AFC where they urge the public to reach with them so they can work to a solution together. Over the years, since gaining power, this ruling party has only succeeded in disappointing a majority of the population in Guyana amidst the accusations of corruption, bullyism and lack of vision for development. Now that General Election is somewhere close, we are seeing various attempts to regain the public’s confidence and regardless of what is being said about the main opposition, they seem more favourable in comparison. Under the previous Administration, many were benefiting from the little gestures that were extended by the PPP/C, especially school children (vouchers) and the pensioners. Immediately after taking power, these gestures were cruelly ripped away with promises for betterment. Instead, we saw an increase in almost everything in Guyana including tolls. Added to that, there was a massive downsize across Guyana from various companies after they were being targeted for victimisation and closure of estates with unfulfilled promises to the workers. Without a doubt, we are experiencing tremendous hardship and are only hearing about the promises of oil while they continue to go about talking about working to a solution when they themselves destroy the little hope that Guyanese were living on.Editor, I am still looking for the job creation that was promised, I am not looking at those that were given to close comrades or families from within the parties, but what was promised to benefit Guyanese across the country. Go around the country, you will see various changes of staff at most Government places and should you interact with them, you will observe a serious attitude problem. Many people are complaining and no action is being taken to remedy this. Under the previous Administration, you could have visited any hospital and be able to get some if not all the prescribed drugs. Regardless of what is being said, that was there, you could have gone to the hospital pharmacy night or day, even weekends and get your prescription. That tells me that things were looking good. Under this present Administration, the pharmacy only works Monday-Friday between 08:00h to 16:00h and presently, there isn’t any medication available. The doctors and nurses inform you that there’s a shortage and that you can purchase them at a pharmacy. In order for the pharmacy to operate day and night under the PPP/C Administration, you had to get more staff to work the shifts, under this Administration, they were laid off because they were not required after this Administration disabled that. I guess people only get sick between 8-4 in the day during the week. So much for having this country’s interest at heart but it doesn’t end there. Guyanese are still benefiting under the free eye care that was introduced by the PPP/C but that too, like many other systems that were in place, seems to be slowly deteriorating. To conduct certain eye tests, patients have to travel to Port Mourant, bearing their own travelling expense whilst under the previous Administration, travelling expenses were taken care of. The hurtful thing about this is that you have people travelling from Bartica, Pomeroon etc, to Port Mourant, only to be given another date to come back all because time ran out. I cannot understand why they can’t only make appointments with the amount of people they are able to look at per day. Is it because it’s a free service that you’re providing that makes you have to treat people like that or is it the vision that you have cannot address this issue?Editor, we all wanted to be able to live comfortably in Guyana, thus some were entrusted with the responsibility to ensure that mechanisms are in place but when it’s not, they should be criticised and they must be able to remedy the situation. This was not happening under the previous Administration, thus the public’s trust diminished. Instead, now, you are being labelled because you talk against. Within the ruling Administration, there are many who are seeing wrongs being committed and are afraid to talk because of the fear of victimisation. Regardless of who, people must be free to express their minds and share their opinions freely. I thought we all wanted change for betterment, but incidentally, it’s worse.Sincerely,Sahadeo Bateslast_img read more

  • Tony Elumelu, Akon Pledge Funds toward Reliable, Affordable Energy in Africa

    first_imgAfrican businessman and philanthropist Tony Elumelu has called on African economic and political leaders to put an end to energy poverty on the African continent. The leaders came together on earlier this week in Abidjan under the umbrella of the African Energy Leaders Group (AELG).The AELG was launched during the 2015 World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland. The group brings together political and business leaders at the highest level to drive the reforms and investment needed to end energy poverty and to ensure sustainable fuel supplies on the continent.“Providing access to electricity for schools, hospitals, businesses and industries is the single most impactful intervention that can be made to transform the continent. It has tremendous implications for job creation, health, food security, education, technological advancement and overall economic development.” Mr. Tony Elumelu said.According to him, access for all Africans to reliable, affordable energy services and efficient appliances by 2030 is a key goal of AELG. The AELG objective of ensuring universal access to modern energy is in line with those of the United Nations Sustainable Energy for All (SE4All) initiative run by the UN Secretary General’s Special Representative Kandeh Yumkella, one of the champions of the AELG. “I am making a pledge to provide US$150,000 over the next three years to support the operations of the AELG secretariat,” he said. “I want to call on the governments of the member states of the ECOWAS region, and AELG members and partners to also step up with significant multi-year commitments to sustain the organization.” Following Mr. Elumelu’s lead, pop superstar, Akon, who was also in attendance at the event to promote his Lighting Africa Initiative, pledged $200,000 to support the work of the AELG secretariat. On the closing panel for the AELG meeting where Elumelu was joined by Akon, former musicals stars, former Nigerian president Obasanjo and Kufuor, former Ghanaian President, Vice President Osinbajo, and the Prime Ministers of Cote D’Ivoire, Mali, Benin, Togo, and Niger, he challenged the public sector leaders to follow the lessons learned from the democratization of the telecoms sector to unlock growth in the power sector. In 2013, Tony Elumelu committed to investing $2.5 billion in the power sector in Africa through President Obama’s Power Africa Initiative. Transcorp Plc, Chaired by Elumelu, acquired the largest gas powered generating plant in Nigeria, located in Ughelli, Delta State in late 2013. By the end of this year, the Transcorp Ughelli plant will be generating 1,000 MW and the company is in discussions with GE to add an additional 1,000 MW soon after. Mr. Elumelu is a founding partner and Co-chair of the AELG. Other founding partners of AELG include Ivoirian President Allasane Ouattara; Ghanaian President John Mahama; President, African Development Bank Dr Donald Kaberuka; President and CEO, The Dangote Group, Alhaji Aliko Dangote; President, ECOWAS Commission, Kadre Desire Ouedraogo; and President UEMOA Cheikhe Hadjibou Soumare. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

  • Malik puts on show in La Ca?ada win

    first_imgLa Ca ada (29-3) advanced to Saturday’s semifinal round, where it will host San Diego Mission Bay, a 74-67 winner over Corona del Mar, either at home or at Crescenta Valley. A decision will be made today. ld to boost his team. “After our game against Campbell Hall (a 61-57 loss) we weren’t tired body-wise, but our mentality was that the season’s over,” said Malik, who also led the Spartans with 10 rebounds. “We were goofing off in practice and Darren (Ho) and I got everyone together and told them it’s not over, and we wanted to make a run and be one of the best teams in La Ca ada history.” La Ca ada made some history by hosting its first state playoff game. The Spartans were the home team in a 1992 loss to Esperanza, but the game was played at Arcadia High. The rabid home fans helped energize their team. “They supported us throughout the season and they mean a lot to us,” Malik said. Added Hofman, “It’s great for these kids to have a chance after that (Campbell Hall) game and play in front of their crowd and have some fun again.” Behind Malik’s 27 first-half points, La Ca ada had plenty of fun by rolling out to a 39-21 halftime lead. Ho scored 15 points for La Ca ada, while Mohamed Fara led Hanford West (19-13) with 12 points. Malik, La Ca ada’s 6-foot-7 senior standout, hit three 3-pointers in the opening quarter and was 16 of 27 from the fie “He’s as good as we’ve seen this year and would be, by far, the best player in the San Joaquin Valley if he were there,” Hanford West coach Tim Caudillo said. The Spartans enjoyed a 64-38 lead with 5:16 to play in the fourth quarter before Hofman cleared his bench. scott.galetti@sgvn.com (626) 962-8811, Ext. 4456 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! • Photo Gallery: La Canada vs. Hanford West LA CA?ADA – After enduring a long and tiring journey to the CIF-Southern Section Division III-AA finals against Campbell Hall, La Ca ada High School coach Tom Hofman was hoping his team simply had enough energy left to compete in the CIF State basketball playoffs. center_img Spartans senior Adam Malik did his part to dispel any doubts. Malik scored 15 of his game-high 36 points in the first quarter to lead the Spartans to a convincing 68-56 victory over visiting Hanford West in the opening round of the Southern California Division III Regionals on Thursday. last_img read more

  • William Lindsay acclaimed as School District 60 Zone 3 trustee

    first_imgLindsay used to work at the Chief Administrative Officer for the District of Hudson’s Hope, he is a board member of the Hudson’s Hope Historical Society, and he is the board chair of the Hudson’s Hope Public Library. Sue Stark stepped down from the Zone 3 position in October 2013, and as it was before the New Year, finding a replacement was necessary. Lindsay will join fellow trustees Jaret Thompson, Ida Campbell, Linda Nielsen, Heather Hannaford, Darrell Pasichnyk, and Linda Stringer, while representing schools in Hudson’s Hope until the 2014 election in November.- Advertisement –last_img read more

  • De Bruyne rocket sinks Chelsea, United rout Palace

    first_img0Shares0000Manchester United’s Romelu Lukaku celebrates scoring the team’s fourth goal during their match against Crystal Palace in Manchester, north west England, on September 30, 2017 © AFP / Paul ELLISLondon, United Kingdom, Sep 30 – Manchester City underlined their title credentials as Kevin De Bruyne’s thunderbolt sealed an impressive 1-0 win at Chelsea, while Manchester United remain hot on their heels after a 4-0 rout of Crystal Palace on Saturday.Having lost the Premier League leadership to United earlier in the day, City moved back above their bitter rivals on goal difference thanks to De Bruyne’s second half blast. Pep Guardiola’s side celebrated a fifth successive league win, and eighth in a row in all competitions, strengthening their belief they can dethrone champions Chelsea.Chelsea’s first defeat since an opening weekend loss to Burnley leaves them six points behind City in fourth place.Despite the absence of Sergio Aguero after the Argentine striker broke a rib in a car crash on Thursday, City dominated and almost took a first half lead when Thibaut Courtois pushed out Fernandinho’s header.Chelsea suffered a blow when Spain striker Alvaro Morata limped off in the 35th minute and, struggling to get a foothold for long periods, they finally cracked in the 67th minute.Taking Gabriel Jesus’s pass in stride, De Bruyne advanced unchecked to the edge of the penalty area and smashed a fierce strike past Courtois for his first league goal this season.“We are so happy. The most important thing is to win the game but the way we played especially in the second half was pleasing. Chelsea could not play and had to do long balls,” Guardiola said.Blues boss Antonio Conte added: “It was a tough game but we know very well that City are a big team.“We created chances but didn’t take them. City had chances and they took them.”With Romelu Lukaku scoring his seventh goal in his last six appearances, United maintained their own blistering form.Jose Mourinho’s men have now won six successive matches in all competitions.Bottom of the table Palace arrived at Old Trafford as the first English top-flight team to lose their first six games without scoring a single goal.It took just three minutes for United to breach Palace’s leaky defence when Juan Mata marked his 200th Premier League appearance with his first goal of the season, the Spanish winger finishing emphatically from Marcus Rashford’s cross.Mourinho’s men struck again in the 35th minute as Ashley Young whipped a cross to the far post, where Marouane Fellaini stabbed home for his third goal of the season.Fellaini wasn’t finished yet and the Belgian midfielder headed United’s third from a Rashford free-kick in the 49th minute.In the 86th minute, Lukaku capped United’s fourth 4-0 league win this term when the Belgium striker scored his 11th goal in 10 games since his close-season move from Everton.“Three points and a good performance. We started strong and finished strong,” Mourinho said.“We rotated after playing in the Champions League. The players’ mentality allowed me to do that.“The momentum is good and the players are happy and confident.”Harry Kane’s masterclass ensured Tottenham cruised to their biggest win of the season in a 4-0 demolition of Huddersfield.Kane hit a hat-trick when Tottenham beat APOEL Nicosia in the Champions League in midweek and the England striker demolished Huddersfield to take his tally to 11 goals in his last six appearances.– ‘Amazing moment’ –Tottenham Hotspur’s Harry Kane (R) shoots to score their third goal, his second, during their matchagainst Huddersfield Town in Huddersfield, northern England on September 30, 2017 © AFP / Lindsey PARNABYHe opened the scoring with a clinical strike in the ninth minute and Ben Davies added Tottenham’s second seven minutes later at the John Smith’s Stadium.Kane’s superb curling effort in the 23rd minute made it three before Moussa Sissoko added a 90th-minute fourth as Mauricio Pochettino’s side kept in touch with the leaders.Tottenham have won six of their last seven matches in all competitions and Pochettino said: “Harry Kane is in an amazing moment. He is scoring goals, his energy is fantastic.”Diafra Sakho eased the pressure on West Ham boss Slaven Bilic as his last-gasp strike clinched a 1-0 win over Swansea at the London Stadium.Amid rumours that sacked Bayern Munich boss Carlo Ancelotti is a target for the Hammers, Sakho netted in the 90th minute to give Bilic’s side just their second league success this season and lift them out of the relegation zone.Peter Crouch’s 85th minute goal gave Stoke a 2-1 home win over his former club Southampton.Richarlison’s late leveller earned Watford a 2-2 draw at West Bromwich Albion.Bournemouth remain second bottom after being held to a 0-0 draw by Leicester at Dean Court.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

  • Pochettino blames lack of focus for Spurs’ Wolves defeat

    first_img0Shares0000Wolves celebrate Raul Jimenez’s goal against Tottenham at Wembley © AFP / Ben STANSALLLONDON, United Kingdom, Dec 29 – Mauricio Pochettino said Tottenham played with their hearts rather than their heads as they blew a chance to put pressure on Premier League leaders Liverpool with a shock 3-1 home defeat to Wolves on Saturday.A run of five straight league victories combined with a mini-collapse from Manchester City had left Spurs in second place in the table, six points behind Liverpool going into the weekend matches. But Tottenham — who had scored 11 goals in their previous two festive fixtures — will be bitterly disappointed they did not make it six wins out of six after Harry Kane put them in front during a first half they dominated.The second half was a different story as Spurs became increasingly ragged and the visitors were rewarded for their never-say-die attitude with goals from Willy Boly, Raul Jimenez and substitute Helder Costa.“I think the game was under control in the first half,” said Pochettino. “Maybe it was easier than we expected in the first half to dominate the game and to play so easy. They played so deep, chasing us. We didn’t concede one chance.Tottenham forward Harry Kane celebrates his goal against Wolves at Wembley © AFP / Ben STANSALL“But in the second half I think we started to feel maybe the game was over and when you start to feel the game is over it’s tough to play in the way you play.“You start to decide in the wrong way, you start to play too many long balls and to play more with your heart than your head. We started to spend a lot of energy.”“It’s not enough to play 60, 70 minutes,” he added. “You need to play your best for 95 minutes. Like today we dropped energy and focus and in the last 20 minutes we conceded three goals.”– Spurs control –The first few minutes of the match were scrappy as both teams looked for rhythm but Spurs gradually exerted control, Christian Eriksen and the returning Dele Alli probing for openings around the edge of the box.Spurs were rewarded for their dominance midway through the first half when the in-form Son Heung-min fed Kane, who marauded forward down the right.Just before he reached the edge of the Wolves box he checked back onto his left foot and hit an unstoppable shot into the far corner past the despairing Rui Patricio.But despite their clear superiority, Tottenham were unable to earn vital breathing space and the game remained on a knife-edge as the second half got under way.The dangerous Adama Traore was substituted by Wolves manager Nuno Espirito Santo with just over half an hour to go but the visitors were seeing more of the ball and the Spurs fans became increasingly edgy as the game wore on.Wolves, urged on by a sizeable travelling support, disrupted Tottenham’s smooth passing game, denying their creative players time on the ball and they pulled level in the 72nd minute when Boly rose powerfully to head home a corner from substitute Joao Moutinho.Spurs huffed and puffed but could not recapture their rhythm and Kane was booked for diving but it was Wolves who scored again when Jimenez rolled the ball into the bottom corner from the edge of the area in the 83rd minute.They killed the game the game four minutes later after Spurs were caught in possession and Costa was put through and converted easily.Nuno, whose side climbed to seventh in the table, said he was proud of the character his team showed, first to stay in the match and then to take the game to their illustrious opponents in the second half.“I think what we had today was two different halves,” he said. “In the first half Tottenham had possession of the ball and controlled the game.“It was important for us to stay in the game…. In the second half we tried to go for the game and play. It was a very good performance.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

  • Chelsea target £30m Brazil ace, Bayern Munich to ‘fight’ for Man City-linked Guardiola, Man United reignite interest in PSG star – Paper review

    first_imgHere are the top transfer-related headlines in Saturday’s newspapers…Chelsea are ready to make a £30million bid for 25-year-old Shakhtar Donetsk midfielder Alex Teixeira in January. (Daily Express) Brazilian Teixeira has revealed the reigning Premier League champions are now in “deep” talks to sign him. (The Sun) Bayern Munich are prepared to fight for Pep Guardiola amid reports the Spanish boss has agreed to join Manchester City next season. (Daily Mail) AC Milan’s 16-year-old goalkeeper Gianluigi Donnarumma, a reported target of Manchester United and Chelsea, is worth £119million, according to his agent Mino Raiola. (Mediaset Premium) United could resurrect a deal for Paris Saint-Germain forward Lucas Moura. Sir Alex Ferguson was close to signing the 23-year-old four years ago. (L’Equipe) Manchester City defender Martin Demichelis could leave the club in January, with Rosario Central interested in taking the Argentine back to his homeland. (Daily Mirror) Everton and Aston Villa are monitoring £15m-rated Burnley striker Andre Gray. The 24-year-old began the season at Brentford and has scored 11 goals this term. (Daily Mirror) Newcastle manager Steve McClaren says he will stand by Magpies captain Fabricio Coloccini, despite a training ground clash this week. (Newcastle Chronicle) Liverpool defender Mamadou Sakho, 25, says he is on course to make his comeback from his knee injury over the festive period. (Liverpool Echo) Salford City’s Gareth Seddon says his former team-mate Jamie Vardy has become a “working-class hero” and “a footballing version of Rocky”. (Daily Star) The FA are set to approach the Premier League to reduce the top flight from 20 clubs to 18. The governing body believes the change will give leading clubs more breathing space as they contest European honours and would also help England. (The Times) And here are the latest football headlines on talkSPORT.com…Exclusive – ‘Steve McClaren is the right man to save Newcastle’s season’, says former Magpies boss‘Nasty’ Jamie Vardy is similar to Ruud van Nistelrooy, says Manchester United boss Louis van GaalPep Guardiola skips Bayern Munich press conference amid reports of Manchester City agreementPellegrini says ‘every manager in the world would like Lionel Messi’, but refuses to discuss Man City transfer rumoursDaniel Sturridge latest: Liverpool striker must learn difference between ‘serious pain and what is only pain’, claims Jurgen KloppLouis van Gaal blames ‘lack of luck’ for Manchester United’s poor scoring formChelsea transfer report: Jose Mourinho eyeing shock swoop for former Blackburn striker‘Fantastic trainer’ Jack Grealish WILL bounce back, insists former Aston Villa coach Ray WilkinsPaul Pogba latest: Juventus midfielder will NOT move in January, says agent Mino Raiola Transfer rumours and paper review 1last_img read more

  • April’s U.S. death count at 47 in Iraq

    first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREOregon Ducks football players get stuck on Disney ride during Rose Bowl event160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! BAGHDAD, Iraq (AP) Efforts to form a unity government suffered a new setback Sunday as Iraqi leaders postponed a parliament session after failing to agree on a prime minister. Bombs targeted Shiites near a mosque and on a bus as attacks nationwide killed at least 35 people. Four more Marines were reported killed in fighting west of Baghdad as the U.S. death toll for this month rose to 47 compared with 31 for all of March. U.S. officials believe the best way to stem the violence is for the Iraqis to establish a government comprising Shiites, Sunnis and Kurds, paving the way for the United States to start withdrawing its 133,000 troops. But progress has stalled over Sunni and Kurdish opposition to the Shiite choice of Prime Minister Ibrahim al-Jaafari to head the new government. With al-Jaafari refusing to step aside, acting speaker Adnan Pachachi called a parliament session for today, hoping the full legislature could agree on a new leadership after the politicians failed. On the eve of the session, Pachachi announced a delay of “a few days” to give the religiously and ethnically based parties more time to agree on the new prime minister, president and five other top posts that require parliamentary approval. Before the announcement, Shiite official Hussain al-Shahristani told Sunni and Kurdish leaders that his bloc, which controls 130 of the 275 parliament seats, would decide what to do about al-Jaafari “within the coming two days,” Kurdish lawmaker Mahmoud Othman said. Majority Shiites have been giving similar assurances for the past two weeks, and it was unclear how soon the issue could be settled. Voters chose the new parliament on Dec. 15, but the legislature met briefly only once last month. The bitter fight over al-Jaafari has heightened friction among the rival parties, raising the spectre of deadlock over other top jobs. Some Shiite officials say that if they must change their nominee for prime minister, other parties may not win approval of their first choices for major posts either. For example, the Shiites rejected the Sunni nominee for parliament speaker, Tariq al-Hashimi. Disputes also emerged Sunday over the two deputy speakers and two vice presidents jobs expected to go to Sunnis and Kurds. “This delay will affect everything,” Sunni lawmaker Naseer al-Ani said. “The Shiites did not tell us the reasons behind rejecting al-Hashimi like we did about al-Jaafari. We’re still waiting to hear the reasons.” Pressure has been mounting on the Shiites to replace al-Jaafari, whom critics accuse of failing to curb sectarian tension that has soared since the Feb. 22 bombing of a Shiite shrine in Samarra, which triggered a wave of reprisal attacks against Sunnis. Shiite politicians not affiliated with major parties have proposed that al-Jaafari step aside in favor of another candidate from his Dawa party. In return, the biggest Shiite party, the Supreme Council for the Islamic Revolution in Iraq, would not push Vice President Adil Abdul-Mahdi for the post. However, Dawa leaders complained of interference by outsiders and insisted they should decide al-Jaafari’s fate, according to several Shiite officials who spoke on condition of anonymity because the negotiations were at a sensitive stage. In an interview Sunday on CNN’s “Late Edition,” Iraq’s ambassador to the U.S., Samir Sumaidaie, said Shiite lawmaker Ali al-Adeeb had emerged as a possible prime minister candidate. Al-Adeeb is a member of al-Jaafari’s party but spent many years in Shiite-dominated Iran which could cause problems with the Sunnis. Al-Jaafari won the nomination in a vote last February by Shiite lawmakers due to strong support from radical anti-American cleric Muqtada al-Sadr. The mercurial young cleric, who heads the dreaded Mahdi Army militia, has vowed to stand behind the incumbent. With little progress on the political front, Iraq’s slide toward chaos continued. Four Marines three from Regimental Combat Team Five and one from the 2/28 Brigade Combat Team died Saturday in Anbar province, the U.S. command said Sunday. Their deaths raised to at least 2,376 the number of U.S. military members who have died since the war began in March 2003, according to an Associated Press count. The rise in U.S. casualties followed a sharp drop in March, which saw the lowest number of American dead in Iraq since February 2004. At least 10 people died in a car bombing near a Shiite mosque in an outdoor market in Mahmoudiya, 20 miles south of Baghdad, police said. Three others were killed when a bomb exploded on a minibus in a Shiite area of eastern Baghdad, police said. Earlier Sunday, six people were killed when U.S. troops stormed a house looking for an al-Qaida suspect in Youssifiyah, 12 miles south of Baghdad, the U.S. military said. Six people, including the suspect, were arrested. The military didn’t identify the suspect but said he worked with foreign fighters to plan bombings. In other developments, gunmen killed seven people in Mosul as they drove from a police station where they had been working on renovations. Also, five passengers were killed when a minibus north of Baqouba came under fire. A minibus north of Baqouba also came under fire and five passengers were killed, police reported. Two civilians were killed in an ambush south of Kirkuk. Two policemen died in an ambush near Baghdad’s Sadr City area. Gunmen disguised as police commandos abducted 12 employees of a trading company in Baghdad. The bodies of three police recruits were found Sunday just west of Ramadi. Police said notes left on the bodies said: “This is the punishment for new police recruits.” Police discovered three corpses of handcuffed men in Baghdad two that were pulled from the Tigris River and a third that was found in a gutter in an eastern neighborhood. Police found the body of an Iraqi soldier in Hillah. In Najaf, Brig. Gen. Abbas Maadal said 29 policemen remain unaccounted for three days after their convoy was ambushed near the U.S. base at Taji just north of Baghdad. Nine police were killed in the attack Thursday night. Maadal said officials were trying to determine if the missing police were dead, captured or in hiding. last_img read more