Insurgents kill dozens after crash detours traffic into roadblocks

first_img In the southern city of Basra, two American civilians were killed in a roadside bombing. They worked for the Texas-based security company DynCorp and were training Iraqi police. A third American was seriously wounded in the attack, the U.S. Embassy said. The killings occurred as a joint American-Iraqi investigation was under way to find Jill Carroll, the 28-year-old American journalist who was abducted Jan. 7 in Baghdad. The freelance reporter for The Christian Science Monitor was seen in a video aired Tuesday by Al-Jazeera television. Al-Jazeera said the silent 20-second video included a threat to kill Carroll in 72 hours unless U.S. authorities release all women detainees in Iraq. U.S. officials said eight women were in security detention and none had been freed as of Wednesday night. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! BAGHDAD, Iraq – The horror began after American and Iraqi forces cordoned off part of a highway north of Baghdad following the deadly crash of a U.S. helicopter. With traffic directed onto narrow dirt roads, insurgents turned the area into a killing field. They set up makeshift checkpoints, grabbed motorists and slaughtered about 40 over a two-day period, police said. A local tribal leader, Mohammed al-Khazraji, told The Associated Press he saw “dozens of corpses” strewn over the ground Wednesday, victims of the insurgents’ culling. Two pilots died in Monday’s crash of the U.S. Army AH-64 Apache helicopter near Mishahda, 25 miles north of Baghdad. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORESanta Anita opens winter meet Saturday with loaded card “Hundreds of people were detained by the militants and many were killed all because of a helicopter crash that killed two Americans,” al-Khazraji said. Thirty people were dragged from their cars Wednesday and shot dead execution-style in farming areas in Nibaei, a town near Dujail, about 50 miles north of the capital, said police Lt. Qahtan al-Hashmawi. “Most of the victims were Iraqi policemen, soldiers or commandos,” he said. An additional 11 men were killed in similar fashion Tuesday and dumped about a mile from Nibaei, said another policemen, Capt. Ali al-Hashmawi. The killings marked an increase in violence as authorities prepare to announce the results this week of the Dec. 15 election. U.S. and Iraqi officials expect more attacks as religious and ethnic groups jockey for power in the new government. last_img read more

TRIBUTES PAID TO ‘BRILLIANT’ COUPLE FOUND MURDERED IN THEIR HOME

first_imgTHIS is the ‘brilliant’ couple found murdered in their homes in Carndonagh this morning.Jimmy and Kathleen Cuddihy suffered a horrific death.They were in their 70s. Jimmy was a retired schoolteacher who was originally from Kilkenny but was very much local, having taught Maths at school and in later years.Kathleen was retired nurse who worked as a paramedic.Both were found murdered at their home shortly after 9am today. A man was arrested on the mountain road outside Carn later.He is still being questioned by Gardai in Buncrana. A pathologist and forensic experts remain at the home on the Buncrana Road in Carndonagh this afternoon.“They were just the most brilliant people,” said one neighbour.“We are struggling to come to terms with what happened to them.”Local councillor Martin McDermott summed up the mood in the town today.“There is a deep sense of shock and it will be some time before we all take this in,” he said. TRIBUTES PAID TO ‘BRILLIANT’ COUPLE FOUND MURDERED IN THEIR HOME was last modified: October 24th, 2014 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:Carndonaghmurderlast_img read more

Weather warning for Donegal tonight ahead of “severe frost”

first_imgMet Éireann has issued a weather warning for Donegal and 21 other counties as temperatures are forecast to drop to very cold lows tonight.Temperatures will reach as low as -4 degrees Celcius, bringing a “widespread severe frost with the risk of icy patches.”The Status Yellow weather warning will be in place from 8pm Sunday night to 9am on Monday morning. The Met Eireann report for Ulster this Sunday night says: “It will be dry and very cold tonight with some clear spells. A widespread, sharp frost will develop with lowest temperatures of +1 to -4 degrees, coldest inland. Some mist and fog patches may also form overnight in light, variable or easterly winds.”Donegal County Council gritters will be out on all main routes in the county from 7pm.The Donegal gritting route index as follows:06: Inishowen West04: Inishowen South01: National Primary North02: National Primary Central03: National Primary South07: Milford South08: Milford North09: Cill Ulta East10: Cill Ulta West11: Na Rosa12: Binswilly13: Stranorlar North14: Stranorlar East15: Stranorlar West16: Donegal West17: Donegal North18: Donegal South19: Donegal National Secondary05: Inishowen EastBT: Buncrana TownLT: Letterkenny TownWeather warning for Donegal tonight ahead of “severe frost” was last modified: November 18th, 2019 by Rachel McLaughlinShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Land claimants eye eco-tourism

first_img12 July 2005A R150-million investment could turn a poor community of 5 000 households into one of the richest in Mpumalanga’s Nkomazi region.The Lugedlane community was recently given the 3 852-hectare Ludwichlust Farm, which is worth R24-million, after lodging a successful land claim.Now Sandton-based developers Hanrob CC and Associates are offering to turn the farm into a R150-million five-star eco-tourism destination, complete with two hotels, a golf course, 30 corporate lodges, 400 residential houses, a school, clinic, a resort on the Crocodile River and a community complex.“This project will contribute to achieving successful land reform in South Africa as a result of sustainable development of the land,” said Hanrob spokesperson Hennie Joubert.The farm borders the N4 highway and part of the Kruger National Park along a strip of the Crocodile River.“We want to make this development an international benchmark for best practice in effective community partnerships in the tourism sector,” Joubert said.Frank Lesenyego, spokesperson for the Mpumalanga Land Claims Commission, confirmed that the community had signed a memorandum of understanding with Hanrob.An initial investment of R50-million will kick-start the project later this year.Construction should be complete by 2009, and the entire project is then expected to generate profits in the region of R10-million a year.During construction, an estimated 4 020 jobs will be created. The total number of permanent jobs to be created is expected to reach 1 020.“Job creation, ploughing back resources and sustainable development are part of the philosophy of our company and part of the way we see our country moving towards broad based black economic empowerment in this successful tourist enterprise,” said Joubert.Source: BuaNews Want to use this article in your publication or on your website?See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

DU professor Saibaba’s bail plea hearing adjourned

first_imgThe Nagpur Bench of the Bombay High Court on June 29 adjourned the hearing on the bail application of former Delhi University professor G.N. Saibaba till July 19. He was sentenced to life imprisonment for Naxal links in 2017. His lawyers had moved the bail application citing his deteriorating health condition inside the jail. However, government pleader Prashant Sathiyanathan requested for more time to file an additional affidavit, which the court agreed to.last_img

Behind Enemy Lines: West Virginia Defense

first_imgWe already looked at WVU’s offense. Now let’s look at the driving force behind its 6-0 record thus far: A surprisingly elite defense halfway through the season.DefenseCoach Gundy mentioned Monday that the defense is “playing as good as anyone in the conference, maybe comparable to the top ten teams in the country defensively.” This unit will be Rudolph’s toughest test to date as they rank second in the league in scoring defense and is third in yardage allowed, holding the potent offenses of TCU and Texas Tech to just 27 combined points over the last two weeks.They uniquely run what’s called the 3-3-5 stack, with five defensive backs on the field. They’re very aggressive, blitzing a lot and throwing off opponents with how different the fronts look in a defense that’s uniquely built to slow down the spread attacks of today.One of the opportunities the Cowboys will have is when they blitz, they’ll often put their secondary in what’s called cover zero, leaving a lot of one-on-one matchups that appeal to the likes of James Washington, Jhajuan Seales and Jalen McCleskey. The trick will be getting Mason enough time to get the ball downfield, let’s take a look at who will be putting some pressure on him.The leader of the defensive front (and perhaps that side of the ball) is dominant end Noble Nwachukwu. All-Conference caliber end Nwachukwu leads the Mountaineers in sacks and has five tackles for loss and provides the consistency needed when you only have three down linemen. This season has seen nose tackle Darrien Howard emerge, leading defensive linemen with 23 tackles and four tackles for loss.     At linebacker, redshirt freshman David Long has surfaced after taking the starting spot from a redshirt senior in conference play as a very physical player that alters the opponent’s run game. Former walk on Justin Arndt leads the team in tackles and seems to be all over the field.The defensive backfield took a strong hit when it’s only returning starter (and who Coach Holgorsen called their best player) Dravon Askew-Henry was lost to injury before the season started. In stepped five new starters, some as junior college players (corner Rasul Douglas, safety Kyzir White), grad transfers (Antonio Crawford from Miami, Maurice Fleming from Iowa) and players who have been in the program for a good while (seniors Jarrod Harper and Jeremy Tyler).The rotation has been solid, good for fourth in the conference in pass defense. It’s going to take a big day from Rudolph and The President to give the Cowboys a fighting shot at pulling the upset against this secondary. OSU averages 41.1 points per game and should be their best challenge to date.Some keys to this game will be if the opportunistic Cowboy defense can force some turnovers against an offense that doesn’t turn over the ball often (only eight turnovers on the season, good for 20th in the country) and the Cowboys can keep pressure off QB1.Berry Tramel of The Oklahoman said it best that “OSU needs to protect Mason Rudolph. That’s the key to the game. WVU has a great blitz package. It runs a three-man line, so it can drop eight and confuse a QB. But it also can blitz from all kinds of places and confuse a QB. Rudolph is under the gun.” If Justice Hill and Chris Carson can take some pressure off of no. 2, that could go a long way. While you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up.last_img read more

Joel Klatt Thinks Oklahoma State Should be Retroactively Award Win over Central Michigan

first_imgWhile you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up. Matt Leinart and Joel Klatt sat down earlier this week to discuss week 2 of the college football playoff rankings. As they went down the list discussing some of their buzz schools, they landed on the discussion of the Big 12.Oklahoma State’s an interesting team too. They control their destiny in this conference. This goes back — this is so funny — (no its not!) to that Central Michigan game with that controversial call,” Leinart said.“If their only loss was at Baylor,” Klatt interjected. “Let’s say the officials make the correct call, or the Big 12 does what it should do which is retroactively award the win, because it wasn’t a subjective foul it was a game operations [error]. You can say the game was over and they played a play for fun.”Check out the full interaction in the video below:last_img read more

Arsenal vs Man City: TV, stream & preview

first_imgLeague Cup Arsenal vs Man City: TV channel, live stream, squad news & Carabao Cup final preview Ryan Kelly Last updated 1 year ago 18:23 25/2/2018 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Alex Iwobi Arsenal Sergio Aguero Manchester City Getty League Cup Arsenal v Manchester City Manchester City Arsenal Arsene Wenger and Pep Guardiola will attempt to mastermind victory as they guide their sides into battle at Wembley Manchester City and Arsenal lock horns in the first big final of the English football calendar when they face off for the Carabao Cup at Wembley on Sunday.It is Pep Guardiola’s first shot at winning a trophy with City and the Catalan will be keen to succeed, particularly after being knocked out of the FA Cup a week before.For the Gunners and Arsene Wenger, the game is one of their few remaining opportunities to clinch a piece of silverware this season and it is one trophy that has managed to elude the French boss during his time in England. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Williams case shows Solskjaer isn’t holding Man Utd’s youngsters back – he’s protecting them Goalkeeper crisis! Walker to the rescue but City sweating on Ederson injury ahead of Liverpool clash Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp The teams played each other in the league back in November with City easily coming out on top on that occasion, so Arsenal will feel they have a bigger point to prove. Game Arsenal vs Manchester City Date Sunday February 24 Time 16:30 GMT / 11:30 ET TV Channel & Live Stream In the United States (US), the game can be watched live on ESPN Deportes and can be streamed live online using WatchESPN. US TV channel Online stream ESPN Deportes WatchESPN In the United Kingdom (UK), the game can be watched live on TV on Sky Sports Premier League and it can be streamed live online using Sky Go. UK TV channel Online stream Sky Sports Premier League Sky Go Squads & Team News Position Arsenal players Goalkeepers Ospina, Cech, Macey Defenders Mertesacker, Koscielny, Holding, Monreal, Mustafi, Chambers, Bellerin, Kolasinac, Mavropanos, Osei-Tutu Midfielders Mkhitaryan, Ramsey, Wilshere, Ozil, Iwobi, Xhaka, Maitland-Niles, Elneny, Dragomir, Gilmour, Willock Forwards Aubameyang, Welbeck, Dasilva, Nelson, Nketiah Two players who are definitely ruled out for Arsenal are Alexandre Lacazette, who recently underwent surgery on a knee injury and Santi Cazorla, who has been troubled by an ankle complaint.There had been concerns over whether Aaron Ramsey would be available, but the Wales international looks likely to be involved in some capacity.Potential Arsenal starting XI: Cech; Monreal, Koscielny, Mustafi, Bellerin; Wilshere, Xhaka, Ozil, Mkhitaryan, Ramsey; Aubameyang. Position Man City players Goalkeepers Bravo, Ederson, Grimshaw Defenders Walker, Danilo, Kompany, Stones, Laporte, Adarabioyo, Otamendi, Duhaney Midfielders Sterling, Gundogan, De Bruyne, Sane, B. Silva, D. Silva, Fernandinho, Zinchenko, Toure, Foden, Diaz, Dele-Bashiru Forwards Aguero, Nmecha, Jesus Guardiola has a number of injury concerns to deal with such as Raheem Sterling, who suffered a strain in the Champions League and could be unavailable.Gabriel Jesus could potentially return to the matchday squad having resumed training, but Fabian Delph is suspended and Benjamin Mendy remains out with an injury.Potential Man City starting XI: Ederson; Walker, Otamendi, Laporte, Danilo; Fernandinho, D. Silva, De Bruyne; Sane, Aguero, B. Silva.Betting & Match Odds Man City are favourites to win the Carabao Cup with dabblebet offering odds of 4/7 on them to beat Arsenal in the final. The Gunners, meanwhile, are priced at 9/2 and a draw – which would see the game go to extra time – is a 7/2 bet.Click here to see all of dabblebet’s offers for the game, including goalscoring markets, correct score predictions and more.Match Preview Arsene Wenger Arsenal Pep Guardiola Manchester CityManchester City are cruising towards Premier League glory but they can collect their first bit of silverware of the season by beating Arsenal in the final of the Carabao Cup.Guardiola’s seemingly invulnerable side had been tipped for a quadruple season, but Wigan Athletic put an end to that chat by knocking them out of the FA Cup last week. However, a treble remains a distinct possibility if they can overcome the Gunners.They will have confidence that they can do so, having already dismantled Wenger’s side at the Etihad earlier this season, beating them 3-1, but, at the same time, they will not have forgotten last season’s FA Cup semi-final, in which Arsenal emerged victorious.A win for City will see Guardiola claim his first ever trophy since arriving in England in 2016, but an Arsenal win will also be a first for his counterpart Wenger, who has never hoisted the cup over his head in his two-decade-plus reign in North London.Arsenal last won the competition 25 years ago in 1993 when George Graham was at the helm and a triumph would see the Frenchman add it to a trophy cabinet that contains seven FA Cups and three Premier League titles.Not only that, but it would have the effect of ensuring continental football in the form of the Europa League and adding a silver lining to a season that has been beset with a myriad of problems.last_img read more

Messi, Ronaldo & La Liga’s top creators of decade

first_imgPrimera División Messi, Ronaldo and La Liga’s assist leaders of the last decade 23:01 25/2/2018 Comments(14) 1/22 Messi, Ronaldo and La Liga’s assist leaders of the last decade GFX LaLiga Assists Goal & Getty Images Isco Getty Images Full screen 1 of 22 Share Close Lionel Messi unsurprisingly leads La Liga in assists over the past 10 years. But who joins him in the top 20? FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Primera División Lionel Messi Real Sociedad Leganés Villarreal Málaga Real Madrid Levante Athletic Club Getafe Valencia Girona Celta de Vigo Eibar Deportivo Alavés Las Palmas Barcelona Sevilla Atlético Madrid Real Betis Espanyol Mesut Özil Cristiano Ronaldo Gallerylast_img read more

‘Neymar, CR7 would get along’

first_imgTransfers Neymar & Ronaldo would get along well at Real Madrid – Casemiro Dejan Kalinic 15:38 16/3/2018 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(1) Cristiano Ronaldo Neymar Real Madrid PSG Paris Saint-Germain Getty Images Transfers Real Madrid Cristiano Ronaldo Neymar PSG Ligue 1 Primera División The Paris Saint-Germain star has been heavily linked with a move to the Spanish capital, and Casemiro would love to see the deal come to fruition Real Madrid midfielder Casemiro believes his Brazil team-mate Neymar would get along well with Cristiano Ronaldo if he joined the Spanish giants.Neymar, 26, is linked with a stunning switch to Madrid despite only joining Paris Saint-Germain in a world-record move from Barcelona last year.But while Casemiro feels Neymar would enjoy a good friendship with Madrid star Ronaldo, he believes his international team-mate will stay at PSG. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Williams case shows Solskjaer isn’t holding Man Utd’s youngsters back – he’s protecting them Goalkeeper crisis! Walker to the rescue but City sweating on Ederson injury ahead of Liverpool clash Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp “[Neymar] has always been spectacular, since he was 11 years old. He does crazy things,” he told El Partidazo .”I don’t think there is any chance that he will come to Real, but you have to ask [Madrid president] Florentino Perez.”He knows that the door is always open for him in Madrid, but he is happy in Paris. He always says that he is happy there, that he is comfortable in Paris. There are many Brazilians there too, it is very quiet there, but whether it’s possible you have to ask Florentino.”With the quality that he has, I would sign him for sure. I hope he comes this season.”He is a great player, one of the top three in the world. He can do whatever he wants off the pitch if he continues to do what he does on it.”He would get along very well with Cristiano, very well.”A switch to Madrid would likely see Neymar play with Ronaldo, having spent four seasons alongside Lionel Messi at Barcelona.Casemiro has no doubt about who is the world’s best, unsurprisingly backing his Madrid team-mate.”Messi is a great player, but I’m staying with Cristiano,” he said.”For me, Cristiano is the best player in the world.”last_img read more