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first_imgBAGHDAD – A car bomb exploded Saturday in the Shiite holy city of Karbala as the streets were packed with people heading for evening prayers, killing at least 58 and wounding scores near some of the country’s most sacred shrines. Separately, the U.S. military announced the deaths of nine American troops, including three killed Saturday in a single roadside bombing outside Baghdad. With black smoke clogging the skies above Karbala, angry crowds hurled stones at police and later stormed the provincial governor’s house, accusing authorities of failing to protect them from the unrelenting bombings usually blamed on Sunni insurgents. It was the second car bomb to strike the city’s central area in two weeks. Near the blast site, survivors frantically searched for missing relatives. Iraqi television showed one man carrying the charred body of a small girl above his head as he ran down the street while ambulances rushed to retrieve the wounded and firefighters sprayed water at fires in the wreckage, leaving pools of bloody water. The Americans killed in Iraq included five who died in fighting Friday in Anbar province, three killed when a roadside bomb struck their patrol southeast of Baghdad and one killed in a separate roadside bombing south of the capital. The deaths raised to 99 the number of members of the U.S. military who have died this month and at least 3,346 who have died since the Iraq war started in March 2003, according to an Associated Press count. The blast took place about 7 p.m. in a crowded commercial area near the shrines of Imam Abbas and Imam Hussein, major Shiite saints. Security officials said the car packed with explosives was parked near a cement barrier intended to keep traffic away from the shrines, which draw thousands of Shiite pilgrims from Iran and other countries. That suggested the attack, which occurred two weeks after 47 people were killed and 224 were wounded in a car bombing in the same area on April 14, was aimed at killing as many Shiite worshippers as possible. Salim Kazim, the head of the health department in Karbala, 50 miles south of Baghdad, said 58 people were killed and 168 were wounded. The figures were confirmed by Abdul-Al al-Yassiri, the head of Karbala’s provincial council. “I did not expect this explosion because I thought the place was well protected by the police,” said Qassim Hassan, a clothing merchant who was injured by the blast. “I demand a trial for the people in charge of the security in Karbala.” Hassan, who spoke to a reporter from his hospital bed, said his brother and a cousin were still missing. “I regret that I voted for those traitors who only care about their posts, not the people who voted for them,” he said. The U.S. military has warned that such bombings were intended to provoke retaliatory violence by Shiite militias, whose members have largely complied with political pressure to avoid confrontations with Americans during the U.S. troop buildup. The radical Shiite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr launched a strong attack earlier Saturday on President George W. Bush, calling him the “greatest evil” for refusing to withdraw American troops from Iraq. Al-Sadr’s statement was read during a parliament session by his cousin, Liqaa al-Yassin, after Congress ordered U.S. troops to begin leaving Iraq by Oct. 1. Bush pledged to veto the measure and neither the House nor the Senate had enough votes to override him. “Here are the Democrats calling you to withdraw or even set a timetable and you are not responding,” al-Sadr’s statement said. “It is not only them who are calling for this but also Republicans, to whom you belong.” “If you are ignoring your friends and partners, then it is no wonder that you ignore the international and Iraqi points of view,” he added. Al-Sadr led two armed uprisings against U.S. forces in 2004, and his Mahdi militia is believed responsible for much of Iraq’s sectarian killing. The U.S. military says he has fled to Iran, although his followers insist he is hiding in Iraq. Abdul-Al al-Yassiri, the head of the Karbala provincial council, said local authorities had raised fears that militants fleeing the Baghdad security crackdown were infiltrating their area. 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

first_imgWilliam McGeehanA 57-year-old farmer has appeared in court charged with driving off from a well-known petrol station without paying for fuel.William McGeehan, from Glenkeeragh, Newmills, denied the charge. His solicitor Frank Dorrian applied at Letterkenny District Court today for a copy of the CCTV footage from Kelly’s Centra Mountain Top, Letterkenny.Mr McGeehan is accused of the theft on April 29, 2012.Judge Paul Kelly adjourned the case to a contest hearing at the same court on June 23 next year.FARMER TO FACE TRIAL OVER CLAIMS HE FLED MOUNTAIN TOP GARAGE WITHOUT PAYING was last modified: December 10th, 2013 by John2Share 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:CCTVdriving off without paying for fuelwilliam mcgeehanlast_img read more

first_imgWith summer just around the corner, the local community turned out in gracious number for the unveiling of Church Hill’s new community park.Years of work, fundraising and collaborations was celebrated on Friday when the local development group held a grand opening of the park at 3.30pm.Minister for Education & Skills Joe McHugh and Cathaoirleach of Donegal County Council Cllr. Seamus O’Domhnaill were in attendance at the event, which was a proud moment for all who worked on the space. With a premium playground and stunning views, the park is the pride of the community and will be somewhere for local children to enjoy this summer and for generations to visit in the years to come.Check out some of Clive Wasson’s moments of the day below…Patsy McGonigle, Chairman DLDC speaking at the opening of the new community Play Park at Churchill on Friday last. Photo Clive WassonLocals pack the function at the opening of the new community Play Park at Churchill on Friday last. Photo Clive WassonThe outdoor gym in use at the opening of the new community Play Park at Churchill on Friday last. Photo Clive WassonPlayground in full swing at the opening of the new community Play Park at Churchill on Friday last. Photo Clive WassonJoe McHugh TD is Minister for Education and Skills swings the gates open at the opening of the new community Play Park at Churchill on Friday last. Photo Clive WassonGuests and speakers at the opening of the new community Play Park at Churchill on Friday last. Photo Clive WassonTara McDermott, Jade McDermott and Orla McDermott playing for the guests at the opening of the new community Play Park at Churchill on Friday last. Photo Clive WassonMaria Doherty, Bernie Moran and Eimear Friel at the opening of the new community Play Park at Churchill on Friday last. Photo Clive WassonGuests at the opening of the new community Play Park at Churchill on Friday last. Photo Clive WassonLocals filling the newly opened community Play Park at Churchill on Friday last. Photo Clive WassonIlluan McDermott waiting patiently at the opening of the new community Play Park at Churchill on Friday last. Photo Clive WassonJoe McHugh TD is Minister for Education and Skills with children from 4 local schools Gartan, Glenswilly, Trenta and Stramore at the opening of the new community Play Park at Churchill on Friday last. Photo Clive WassonDermott, Cormack, Mary, Eamon, Sophie and Declan Moy at the opening of the new community Play Park at Churchill on Friday last. Photo Clive WassonLocal Chairman Victor Wilkie speaking at the opening of the new community Play Park at Churchill on Friday last. Photo Clive WassonEnjoying the view and the toys at the opening of the new community Play Park at Churchill on Friday last. Photo Clive WassonJoe McHugh TD is Minister for Education and Skills at the opening of the new community Play Park at Churchill on Friday last. Photo Clive WassonChildren enjoying the swing at the opening of the new community Play Park at Churchill on Friday last. Photo Clive WassonDaragh and Aine McGrenragh at the opening of the new community Play Park at Churchill on Friday last. Photo Clive WassonJoe McHugh TD is Minister for Education and Skills with local children at the opening of the new community Play Park at Churchill on Friday last. Photo Clive WassonJoe McHugh TD is Minister for Education and Skills with children from 4 local schools Gartan, Glenswilly, Trenta and Stramore at the opening of the new community Play Park at Churchill on Friday last. Photo Clive WassonCllr. Ciaran Brogan Photo Clive WassonJoe McHugh TD is Minister for Education and Skills swings the gates open at the opening of the new community Play Park at Churchill on Friday last. Photo Clive Wasson Delight as Church Hill Community Park officially opens – Pic Special was last modified: March 30th, 2019 by Shaun KeenanShare 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:Church Hilllast_img read more

first_img Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebook Embed from Getty ImagesSteven Caulker starts for QPR at Oakwell, where recent signing Bright Osayi-Samuel makes his full debut.Caulker replaces Darnell Furlong and Osayi-Samuel comes in for Conor Washington, who is among the substitutes.Washington is joined on the bench by fellow striker Matt Smith, who has overcome a knock, but Idrissa Sylla, who has also been nursing an injury, misses out.Massimo Luongo is back in the side, replacing Yeni Ngbakoto, after recovering from illness.Kazenga LuaLua, who was dropped against Burton for failing to report for training on time, is a substitute.For Barnsley, Brad Potts has been passed fit after an ankle problem. On-loan Chelsea striker Ike Ugbo also starts for the hosts.Barnsley: Davies, McCarthy, Jackson, Lindsay, Fryers, Williams, Moncur, Potts, Hammill, Barnes, Ugbo.Subs: Townsend, Pearson, Hedges, Bradshaw, MacDonald, McGeehan, Thiam.QPR: Smithies; Caulker, Baptiste, Robinson; Wszolek, Scowen, Luongo, Freeman, Bidwell; Mackie, Osayi-Samuel.Subs: Lumley, Lynch, Manning, Smith, LuaLua, Wheeler, Washington.last_img read more

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest A mix of clouds and sun expected over the Ohio today as warm air continues to push into the region. We expect more clouds in the north, but better sunshine potential in the central and southern parts of the state. Southwest flow will continue through the day. A minor disturbance lingers over MI and southern Ontario this morning, and clouds from that will be drifting across Lake Erie and into northern Ohio.  We see chances of a few scattered to isolated showers in those areas, down to around US 20. WE do not expect anything of consequence through the day farther south.  However, clouds will be increasing as we move through the afternoon and evening.Rain and thunderstorms arrive tomorrow. However, we likely will not see much of that truly get here until mid to late afternoon and the moisture ramps up overnight tomorrow night through Thursday. That means tomorrow morning and afternoon we continue to see clouds build, but will see some sunshine too. The more sun we see, the bigger the concern will be for thunderstorms in the afternoon and at night, as we charge up the atmosphere with extra energy. The rains from tomorrow late afternoon through Friday will be from .5″-1.5″ with coverage near 100% .Then we see lingering rain through Saturday bringing up to another half inch of rain over 70% of Ohio. Clouds finally give way to better sun on Sunday, but perhaps not until the afternoon. The map at right shows system total rain potential through Sunday morning.Next week starts damp. Scattered showers return for Monday with 75% of Ohio seeing up to half an inch of rain. Tuesday scattered showers bring 40% coverage to the entire state with rain totals up to .25”. Then Wednesday afternoon we see the largest slug of moisture arrive with a frontal boundary. . Rain and thunderstorms Wednesday late afternoon through Thursday trigger totals of .25”-1” with 90% coverage.Partly to mostly sunny skies finally muscle back in for Friday. As we transition into the extended period, we keep dry weather in over most of the state for Saturday the 27th but have to look for showers from US 50 south. Partly sunny skies are expected for Sunday the 28th. If this pattern is realized, that will be a significant dry window for at least half of the state…but it comes after some pretty significant moisture to start next week.As we finish April and move into May, we have rain returning Monday evening, the 29th, and continuing through midday Tuesday, the 30th. This brings .25”-.75” with 80% coverage. It will be followed up with scattered showers for Wednesday, May first, with .2” or less expected. A dry finish to the 16 day period is anticipated at this time for the 2nd.last_img read more

first_imgIndian boxers had some contrasting results on Friday night and Saturday. It was absurd to see Vikas Krishan initially winning the bout against American Errol Spence and then losing it after the decision was overturned by the AIBA judges’ panel.But Laishram Devendro’s prequarterfinal victory over 2009 world champion and Beijing Olympic silver medallist, Serdamba Purevdorj of Mongolia, brought some cheer to the Indian contingent.Since it is the AIBA panel, which has overturned Vikas’s result, and India’s protest has also been turned down, the decision can’t be questioned. But the worst part in the whole incident was the role of the referee present in the ring during the bout.According to the AIBA panel, Vikas had committed many fouls which the referee didn’t notice. But my point is if a referee is eligible enough to stand in an Olympic bout, how can he be so ignorant? How can he overlook so many things? I think he had no right to stand there and should be suspended for this kind of performance.Can you imagine the psychological condition of the boxer who is declared the winner in an Olympic bout and then suddenly told that he has lost? For Vikas, the four-year long Olympic dream was shattered within moments.But kudos to Devendro for the quality game he displayed against a world champion. The coaches must have told him to maintain a big lead throughout the bout, especially after Vikas’s result. With his electrifying movements and lightning punches, he had a lead of three points after the second round. It was a treat to watch Devendro made and his natural style of attacking game has so far been a nightmare for his opponents. I think he should continue his natural game in the bouts to come.advertisementIndian boxers should also take lessons from Vikas and Sumit Sangwan’s defeats. Those who are still in the fray, should make it a point to maintain a good lead. And for it, they should play their natural game.(Mohammad Ali Qamar is a 2002 Commonwealth Games gold medallist)last_img read more