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Powell wants Burrell to deal with issuesPowell wants Burrell to deal with issues

first_imgWESTERN BUREAU:Though failing in his bid to secure enough support that would make him a nominee for the post of president of the Jamaica Football Federation (JFF), and in the process unseat current president, Captain Horace Burrell, Orville Powell said he is not disappointed, but proud.”I feel a sense of pride because what I did was justified based on facts. If you remove the personalities involved, you will realise it is nothing personal, but one that’s based on raw facts, and we still need to address them,” Powell said.”All I want to do is put out there all the facts. I have put out some, and other stuff said are clearly my opinion, and I will not stop,” he noted.”If Burrell wants me to stop, then the issues raised must be put squarely on the table, itemised and addressed,” said the Montego Bay businessman and owner of Montego Bay United Football Club, current leaders of the Red Stripe Premier League.”I made myself available, and the delegates rejected it. Now they will have to continue dealing with the Captain and his ideas,” he said.lack of supportPowell, who was seeking to remove the long-serving Burrell from the JFF’s top job, failed to convince the various parish associations to lend him their support, with only St Ann standing by his side.The lack of support for Powell leaves Burrell in the position for another four-year term.All the parishes that make up the Western Confederation (St James, Westmoreland, Trelawny, and Hanover) did not support Powell’s bid.However, he still believes the process needs to change, saying whether or not he is president is irrelevant, “because if Burrell can effect the change, he should do it; and if he can’t, then someone must come forward to lead”.strong Desire for changePowell is of the view that there is a great urge among football delegates islandwide for change in the JFF leadership.Why then did their representative parish bodies not support the drive for change?”Everybody, including the delegates that I have spoken to, want the change, but somehow they do not see me as the man, at this time, to take charge,” reasoned Powell.He said Burrell, with blanket sponsorship of several of the island’s parish leagues through his business, The Captain’s Bakery, has insulated the JFF President against any realistic challenge. He called the financial backing unethical.”I am saying this also, that if you refer to the FIFA Code of Ethics, one can draw every interpretation of that fact. We are so guided by FIFA, and my interpretation of his business playing such a role in the football, irrespective of what people may say, is ethically wrong,” Powell argued.last_img read more

Glorious take-off for NLEX, PhoenixGlorious take-off for NLEX, Phoenix

first_imgEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend LeBron James scores 31 points, Lakers beat Rockets Marcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’ The NLEX Road Warriors, showing signs of life in their second tournament under coach Yeng Guiao, picked up from where they left off to match the sizzling start of the Phoenix Fuel Masters in the PBA’s season-ending Governors’ Cup last week.After closing their Commissioner’s Cup campaign with two wins after nine straight losses to match their woeful overall record in the Philippine Cup, the Road Warriors took off this time with impressive victories over the Alaska Aces, 112-104, and the Kia Picanto five (formerly Mahindra), 100-93.ADVERTISEMENT Kawhi Leonard, Clippers rally to beat Pelicans Phelps scattered 33 against Kia and 29 against Alaska. In a one-game stand for Phoenix in the Commissioner’s Cup on the way to another foreign stint, he exploded for 53 points on top of 21 rebounds as the Fuel Masters nipped the Blackwater Elite, 118-116, in double overtime last March 18.The veteran LaDontae Henton of Alaska and Markeith Cummins of Kia, who once played for GlobalPort, acquitted themselves well despite the two early losses of their teams, but the Batang Pier reinforcement, Jabril Trawick, turned out to be a dud.Trawick fouled out in the fourth quarter after scoring only three points although Rain or Shine needed two free throws by Raymond Almazan with five seconds left to nip GlobalPort, 98-96. Sources later said Trawick will be replaced by Murphy Holloway in GlobalPort’s game against Phoenix this Wednesday.As expected, Meralco, bidding to improve on its runner-up finish behind Barangay Ginebra last year, blasted Blackwater, 107-78, with Allen Durham, the reigning Best Import awardee, contributing 18 points for the determined Bolts.Meralco and Ginebra were playing at presstime last night. San Miguel Beer, within a title of a PBA Grand Slam, and the TNT KaTropa get going against separate foes this Saturday.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ McGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC return 787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcano Duke big Ironman Cebu fave Indian national gunned down in Camarines Sur Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Phoenix, again boasting of the tireless and hot-scoring import Eugene Phelps, also went2-0 at the expense of Kia (118-105) and Alaska with the Fuel Masters hacking out a 95-93 decision over the Aces Saturday on a left-handed drive by Phelps just before the final buzzer.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’The loss to Phoenix was the 10th straight for the Aces in a woeful turnaround since a 4-0 start in the Commissioner’s Cup, where they failed to survive the elimination round by losing in a playoff to the GlobalPort Batang Pier. The early vacation was the first in a long time in the league for the Aces.Aaron Fuller, the NLEX import who played for Iowa and Southern California in the US NCAA and then brought his act to Portugal, New Zealand and Mexico, shot 30 points against Alaska and 24 against Kia. ‘I’m out!’: PewDiePie releases last video before taking break from YouTube LATEST STORIES 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 Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson View commentslast_img read more

Lawmakers, Please Consider Tax Cut Deal for Cement and Steel Factory with CareLawmakers, Please Consider Tax Cut Deal for Cement and Steel Factory with Care

first_imgOn Thursday, July 6, 2017, the Daily Observer published a story about the House of Representatives investigating a 17-year tax cut proposal from President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf. The tax cut deal, valued at some US$200,000, is a part of an Investment Incentive Agreement (IIA) between Liberia on the one hand and TIDFORE Investment Company and Liberia Steel and Cement Mining (LICEMCO) on the other.There are a few benefits the crafter of the bill, President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, underscored to enlighten the lawmakers why it should be considered significant to the development agenda of Liberia. One of the benefits is that LICEMCO will develop and operate a steel and cement factory in line with International Mining Standard & Laws and best business practices. Solidifying this benefit to convince the lawmakers, President Sirleaf in a letter said the investor under the agreement will construct, acquire and install proposed steel plants infrastructure and equipment at the facility. Additionally, the President assured that when the bill is enacted into law, it will enable LICEMCO to provide for safety procedures; create jobs and comply with its corporate social responsibilities; and needed revenue for the country will be generated.When a bill surfaces in the Legislature and the information reaches out to the Liberian populace, a concern arising from past event comes to mind – the passage of 68 bills during the sittings of the 52nd Legislature and that 66 could not be beneficial to the country but only two, being one of the instances.  Buchanan Renewables is a classic example of this deal.  When it came to Liberia and was afforded the opportunity to operate, the company and government said that it would use rubber chips to electrify Monrovia and Kakata; only to realize in the end that it was sending the wood chips to Europe to electrify that part of the world. The public can also be reminded of manipulations and clandestine deeds by government officials who set up companies in other people’s names and award contracts to those companies. The recent occurrence, implicating Representatives George Mulbah and Bhofal Chambers, speaks to this public perception. One member of the 53rd Legislature is recalled to have said, “The National Legislature is a place that vote rules decision. Even if you have the best ideas that are in the interest of the people, your idea will be turned down when lobbyists use their influence to kill your dream by getting the rest of our colleagues on their side.” This also speaks to public perception that lawmakers are there to accept bribes from people for the passage of a bill, whether or not it is detrimental to the people that they (lawmakers) represent.The bill about tax cut for LICEMCO and TIDFORE is critical to the socioeconomic development of Liberia. On the one hand, it seeks to put Liberia at a financial risk as thousands of dollars will be waived. This has the propensity to get the country to lose huge revenues that should enhance development. This is why lawmakers have to be meticulous enough in assessing this bill by thoroughly investigating, examining the pros and cons, and bearing in mind that any inappropriate act on their part will not only affect ordinary Liberians, but them (lawmakers) also.Another side of the issue is that benefits of the tax cut for the concerned companies are significant. The installation of a steel and cement plant is a laudable venture which, when complete, will create training and job opportunities for Liberians. It is believed that the presence of a steel and cement plant in Liberia will help to reduce prices of these basic commodities. If this is done, it will complement efforts Liberians are making to build dwelling places that are essential to the basic needs of any individuals. Many young Liberians, despite the economic hurdles, are striving to erect decent structures that will represent them and give facelift to the environment in which they find themselves. However, the skyrocketing prices of building materials remain a serious challenge.For the Daily Observer, we believe if this bill truly meets the purpose outlined by the President, it would help the ambitious upcoming youths to erect magnificent structures for residential and commercial purposes. Let us look at the fast growing commercial city of Ganta. Young men and women in that city have built attractive stores and restaurants on the main street in compliance with the mandate of the city authority. Besides, people have gone further to build attractive homes in all parts of the city, and anyone intending to build there will want to match or surpass the quality, size and function of already existing structures.We hope that, as our lawmakers investigate this tax cut of US$200,000 for the concerned companies, they will use Liberia as a common denominator to do the best that will benefit the country and its people, and not render a decision that will be disadvantageous, to only advance personal aggrandizement.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Spector prosecutors push to exclude victim attacksSpector prosecutors push to exclude victim attacks

first_imgMotions are being filed as the case moves toward selection of a jury and the start of testimony. Jackson also sought to exclude an unfinished memoir found in Clarkson’s home computer in which she discussed using cocaine in her youth and DVD clips of Clarkson acting in TV and movies, holding a gun and appearing in scenes with implied sexual content. Jackson said there was no evidence that the guns in the scenes were real. “The most obvious point, however, is that the victim … is acting. She is in scenes created by others, speaking lines written by others, and conducting herself as directed by others,” the motion said. “Those characters are not Lana Clarkson any more than Sir Anthony Hopkins is Hannibal Lecter.” Prosecutors allege Spector – creator of the “Wall of Sound” that revolutionized the recording of rock music – shot Clarkson to death. The coroner’s office called it a homicide, but also noted that Clarkson had gunshot residue on both of her hands and may have pulled the trigger. Prosecutors in the Phil Spector murder case asked a judge Friday to limit personal attacks on shooting victim Lana Clarkson by the defense, including witness statements alleging the actress was suicidal because of a declining career, that she was an expert in handling firearms and had a history of drug use. Deputy District Attorney Alan Jackson said in court documents that the defense “will attempt to attack the character of victim Lana Clarkson by painting her as the kind of person who might kill herself, despite a medical history showing no depression or suicidal” ideas. He said the evidence is prejudicial, irrelevant and inadmissible on multiple grounds. Clarkson was shot to death Feb. 3, 2003, in the foyer of Spector’s suburban Alhambra home. Best known for her role in the 1980s cult film “Barbarian Queen,” she was a nightclub hostess at the time of her death. Spector has pleaded not guilty and has suggested the shooting was an accident. The prosecutor also said that the defense has been tardy in revealing the statements of some witnesses and should be precluded from calling them to the stand. Among them is a woman identified as “Punkin Pie” Laughlin, a friend of Clarkson. According to the motion, Laughlin asserts that the “victim was trained to handle guns because of her movie roles, felt humiliated by her job as VIP hostess at The House of Blues, used Vicodin recreationally and twice told Punkin Pie that she wanted to kill herself.” Prosecutors said the witness’ statements are speculation, improper opinion and conflict with an account she gave just after Clarkson’s death. They also noted the woman is trying to sell a book on her role in the case. The motion said the only drugs prescribed for Clarkson in recent years were for migraine headaches.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

Around WhittierAround Whittier

first_imgWHITTIER – For the second year in a row, employees at Samuels Diamonds in the Whittwood Town Center will hold a blood drive to benefit the American Red Cross. The drive will go on from noon until 6 p.m. Friday. Anyone who donates blood will receive a $50 gift certificate from the store. For more information, call Jessica Hansen, (562) 943-1141. Santa Fe Springs marks anniversary SANTA FE SPRINGS – Santa Fe Springs celebrates 50 years of cityhood from May 10 to May 13 with a carnival, parade and other activities. A city carnival is set for May 11-13 at Lake Center Athletic Park. The carnival will be from 5 p.m. to midnight, May 11; 11 a.m. to midnight, May 12; and noon to 10 p.m., May 13. The parade will be held at 11 a.m. May 12, beginning at the Neighborhood Center. It will travel down Orr & Day Road and conclude at Lake Center Athletic Park. For more information, call (562) 868-0511. Or visit Author set to visit local library MONTEBELLO – The Montebello Regional Library, 1550 W. Beverly Blvd., will feature author Sharol Louise discussing her book, “Secret Sister,” at 3:30 p.m. May 10. The free program is ideal for aspiring writers, students and adults. For more information, call (323) 722-6551. Cinco de Mayo party set at park WHITTIER – Adventure County Park, 10130 Gunn Ave., will hold a Cinco de Mayo celebration at 9 a.m. Saturday. The free event will feature games, crafts, entertainment, a flea market, raffles and more. For more information, call (562) 698-7645. Chamber to hold golf tournament SANTA FE SPRINGS – The Santa Fe Springs Chamber of Commerce invites residents to participate in the 42nd annual chamber golf classic at 10 a.m. May 21 at the Hacienda Golf Club, 718 East Road, La Habra Heights. Golf packages are available for $200 and include all contests, beverages, lunch on the course and the awards dinner. Non-golfers can enjoy the awards dinner for $35 per person. For more information, call (562) 944-1616. Avocado Festival to be held May 19 LA HABRA HEIGHTS – The avocados are coming! La Habra Heights annual Avocado Festival will take place from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. May 19 at The Park, 1885 N. Hacienda Road. This year’s festival will feature a safety fair; displays about different kinds of avocados; arts and crafts booths; pony rides; a rock-climbing wall; live music; a baby animals zoo; children’s finger-printing by Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department officials; and much more. For more information, call (562) 694-6302. AIDS Project dinner is June 7 WHITTIER – Tickets are now on sale for the Whittier Rio Hondo AIDS Project’s annual “Celebration of Life Awards” dinner at 6:30 p.m. June 7 at Friendly Hills Country Club, 8500 S. Villaverde Drive, Whittier. Tickets are $150 apiece. Honored will be the Rev. Bruce Bergthold of Hillcrest Congregational Church, and Richard Espinosa, health deputy of Los Angeles County District 4. For more information, call (562) 698-3850. – From staff reports 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

Pimm under further fire for involvement in land use applicationPimm under further fire for involvement in land use application

first_imgBefore presenting his cabinet colleagues with the proposal to overhaul the province’s Agricultural Land Reserve, Pimm was admonished by the commission for his aggressive lobbying to remove the parcel of land from the reserve.On May 13, Pimm wrote a letter in support of the application by McLeod.  The MLA also participated in a tour of The Horse Park with the ALC at the end of May.  Pimm was not named Minister of Agriculture until after his letter and visit with the Commission in June of this year.The Agricultural Land Commission had said Pimm’s representation on behalf of the rodeo and RV campsite development in Fort St. John was “not appropriate.”- Advertisement -In an August letter rejecting the application a second time, the commission said the actions of Pimm and the city mayor “could create the impression for both the commission and the public that these officials were attempting to politically influence the commission.” The letter makes note that the land reserve exists to shield the province’s farmland from “expedient and short-sighted” decisions.Cabinet documents leaked to the Globe and Mail newspaper outlined a proposal from Pimm to modernize the Agricultural Land Commission, the Crown agency that manages 4.7 million hectares of land set asidefor agriculture in B.C. Energy and Mines Minister Bill Bennett says Pimm’s proposal was an older document that has since been rejected, but he says the Liberal government is considering minor changes to the commission’s existing structure.Advertisement Integrity B.C. has also called for Pimm to resign over the matter.last_img read more

Mancini defends under-fire BalotelliMancini defends under-fire Balotelli

first_img0Shares0000“The Italy we want to see doesn’t exist yet,” says Italy coach Roberto Mancini. © AFP / PATRICIA DE MELO MOREIRALISBON, Portugal, Sep 10 – Roberto Mancini shrugged off criticism of under-fire striker Mario Balotelli and his Italy team ahead of Monday’s Nations League game against Portugal in Lisbon.The Azzurri rescued a point in their Group 3 opener against Poland on Friday in Bologna and next play the European champions — without superstar Cristiano Ronaldo — at Lisbon’s Estadio da Luz. Nice striker Balotelli failed to fire in Friday’s game, which was his first competitive outing for Italy since the 2014 World Cup, and looks set to miss Monday’s game with a muscular problem.“Balotelli may have not played well, but not being able to give 100 percent in a game happens to everyone,” said Mancini.“This was the first competitive match of the season, there will be many more.“We’ll find the right formula for this Italy side, we just need a little patience, but the Italy we want to see doesn’t exist yet. We hope to form it soon.”Mancini confirmed that Fiorentina forward Federico Chiesa would start after the 20-year-old proved pivotal when he came on last Friday, along with goalkeeper Gianluigi Donnarumma.“Everyone can view things the way they want, but I am not particularly worried by criticism,” continued Mancini, who is looking for his first competitive win since taking over last May after Italy’s failure to qualify for the World Cup.“I am aware that there are errors in a game, but also what we can do about them and how to work on the good elements too.“There’s no need to worry.”Balotelli’s place could be taken by either Andrea Belotti or Ciro Immobile, with the latter attending Sunday’s press conference in Lisbon with Mancini.“I don’t know who will play tomorrow, I’ll think it over tonight,” said Mancini.“We will change a few players, as there have only been a few days and a journey between matches, so we’re not in peak condition.“I am not as negative as many of you who wrote about the Poland game.“I am fairly positive and honest too, as if we had been completely awful then I would have said so.“It’s difficult to do like many years ago and allow practically no chances to the opposition, but we do need to score more than one goal per game.”Portugal, who competed in the World Cup unlike Italy, are a threat even without the presence of Ronaldo, said Mancini.“They might not have Ronaldo, but there’s Bruma, who I worked with at Galatasaray and is very dangerous on the counter.“There are technically gifted players.”Portugal drew 1-1 against Croatia in a friendly during the week.And coach Fernando Santos said they wanted to make a positive start on the road to defending their European title.“Italy remains one of the top national teams even if they did not take part in the last World Cup.“But I can say that it will be different from the friendly match last Thursday, because tomorrow is an official match with three points at stake.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Video: Man United fringe players tear Euro champions apartVideo: Man United fringe players tear Euro champions apart

first_imgIn front of a crowd of 109,318 in Michigan, Man United beat Champions League winners Real Madrid 3-1.Ashley Young scored twice and Javier Hernandez got the other, with Gareth Bale tucking away a penalty for Real.Luka Modric, Xabi Alonso and Sergio Ramos started for the Spanish side, but they were without Toni Kroos, Karim Benzema and James Rodriguez, while Cristiano Ronaldo played the final 15 minutes.Young and Hernandez are two of several players said to be playing for their future at Old Trafford as manager Louis van Gaal assesses his current options before deciding to dip into the transfer market.Wilfried Zaha, Tom Cleverley, Shinji Kagawa and Darren Fletcher all played a part in the win, too.And in a match to savour, the final of the International Champions Cup will pit United against rivals Liverpool after the Reds beat Milan 2-0.last_img read more

Deadly bomb disrupts Pakistan exile’s returnDeadly bomb disrupts Pakistan exile’s return

first_imgAuthorities had urged Bhutto to use a helicopter to reduce the risk of attack amid threats from extremists sympathetic to the Taliban and al-Qaida, but she brushed off the concerns. “I am not scared. I am thinking of my mission,” she had told reporters on the plane from Dubai. “This is a movement for democracy because we are under threat from extremists and militants.” Last month, Bhutto told CNN she realized she was a target. Islamic militants, she said, “don’t believe in women governing nations, so they will try to plot against me, but these are risks that must be taken. I’m prepared to take them.” Leaving the airport, Bhutto refused to use a bulletproof glass cubicle that had been built atop the truck taking her to the tomb of Pakistan’s founding father, Mohammed Ali Jinnah, to give a speech. She squeezed between other party officials along a railing at the front and rode high above the street. Her procession had been creeping toward the center of Karachi for 10 hours, moving at a snail’s pace while dancing and cheering supporters swarmed around the truck, when a small explosion erupted near the front of the vehicle. That was quickly followed by a larger blast just a few feet from the truck, setting an escorting police van on fire and breaking windows in Bhutto’s vehicle. Party members on top of the truck scrambled to the ground, one man jumping while others climbed down a ladder or over the side. Christina Lamb, Bhutto’s biographer, said the former premier had just gone to a downstairs compartment in the truck for a rest when the blast went off. “She knew she was a target, I was talking to her about it …. she was worried that the lights were going off, the street lights, and that snipers could be on tops of buildings and bridges,” Lamb told Sky News. “Luckily the bus had a downstairs enclosed compartment for her to go and rest in, and she just happened to be there when it went off, so she wasn’t on top in the open like the rest of us, so that just saved her.” “Evidence available at the scene is suggesting it was a suicide bombing (that) exploded near police vehicles, destroying the two police vans escorting Benazir Bhutto’s truck,” police officer Raja Umer Khitab said. He said several policemen died. At the scene of the attack, bodies lay motionless in the street, under a mural reading “Long Live Bhutto” on the side of the truck. “People were shouting for help but there was no one to help them out. It smelled like blood and smoke,” said AP photographer B.K. Bangash, who was 150 feet from Bhutto’s truck when he heard a small blast just before midnight. The bombs exploded just after the truck crossed a bridge about halfway on the 10-mile journey from the airport to the tomb. Pools of blood, broken glass, tires, motorcycles and bits of clothing littered the ground. Men carried the injured away from burning cars. One bystander came upon a body, checked for signs of life, and moved on. Some of the injured were rushed into a hospital emergency room on stretchers, and others were carried in rescuers’ arms. Many of the wounded were covered in blood, and some had their clothes ripped off. Karachi has a history of violent attacks by Islamic militants, but Thursday’s was believed to be the deadliest. In 2006, a suicide bombing killed 57 people, including the leaders of a Sunni Muslim group. The United States condemned “the violent attack in Pakistan and mourns the loss of innocent life there,” said Gordon Johndroe, foreign affairs spokesman for President Bush. “Extremists will not be allowed to stop Pakistanis from selecting their representatives through an open and democratic process.” “Bhutto had paved her route back to Pakistan through negotiations with Musharraf, a longtime political rival whose rule she has often condemned but whose proclaimed mission to defeat Islamic extremism she shares. The talks yielded an amnesty covering the corruption charges that made Bhutto leave Pakistan, and could lead to a political alliance uniting moderates in parliamentary elections for a fight against militants allied with al-Qaida and the Taliban. U.S. officials are believed to still favor Musharraf, despite his sagging popularity, over Bhutto and Nawaz Sharif, the elected premier ousted by the general in a 1999 coup and sent back into exile when he tried to return last month. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! By Matthew Pennington and Paisley Dodds THE ASSOCIATED PRESS KARACHI, Pakistan – A suicide bombing in a crowd welcoming former Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto killed at least 126 people Thursday night, shattering her celebratory procession through Pakistan’s biggest city after eight years in exile. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.Two explosions went off near a truck carrying Bhutto, but police and officials of her party said she was not injured and was hurried to her house. Officials at six hospitals in Karachi reported 126 dead and 248 wounded. It was believed to be the deadliest bomb attack in Pakistan’s history. Bhutto flew home to lead her Pakistan People’s Party in January parliamentary elections, drawing cheers from supporters massed in a sea of the party’s red, green and black flags. The police chief said 150,000 were in the streets, while other onlookers estimated twice that. The throngs reflected Bhutto’s enduring political clout, but she has made enemies of Islamic militants by taking a pro-U.S. line and negotiating a possible political alliance with Pakistan’s military ruler, President Gen. Pervez Musharraf. An estimated 20,000 security officers had been deployed to protect Bhutto and her cavalcade of motorized rickshaws, colorful buses, cars and motorcycles. last_img read more


first_imgSome of the wreckage of the plane still rests on Crownarad Mountain outside Killybegs.The Garry Pentland Summer School established last year is to continue the Gortin man’s legacy next month when it unveils a plaque on Crownarad Mountain in Co Donegal in memory of 12 Second World War aircrew.They perished in a crash north-west of Killybegs just two months before Germany’s unconditional surrender on May 7, 1945 that ended the 20th century’s second global conflict.From 201 Squadron, RAF, the crew based at Castle Archdale on Lower Lough Erne died when their Sunderland Flying boat ML743 came down at approximately 0230 hours on March 14. There were no survivors. The men had been flying over neutral Irish territory en route across the famed Donegal Corridor via Donegal Bay into the North Atlantic to undertake an anti U-Boat patrol.Eight of the crew were buried in Irvinestown, County Fermanagh, seven at the Church of Ireland graveyard, and one at the Sacred Heart Church. A further two were interred in England and one in Scotland and one in Wales.Over the years a great many people, including relatives of those who gave their lives in the service of their country that night, have visited Crownarad Mountain to pay their respects and remember lost loved ones.Visitors during the past 20 years will have noticed among other ‘monuments’ placed on the site through the years a memorial erected by Garry marking the 50th anniversary of the accident in 1995. Now, on Saturday 14th March, 2015 to commemorate the 70th anniversary of the tragedy, a fitting and lasting memorial will be unveiled at the crash site inset in a cairn devised and constructed by Garry aided by many like-minded volunteers who believe sacrifices made in the interest of peace should never be forgotten.Those living close by the site should not be forgotten either, notably Willie Mackey who met extensively with Mr Pentland over a long period of time. And, while the Summer School is promoting this event, there is a poignant detail that must be mentioned.The plaque is to be unveiled by BBC religious affairs broadcaster, retreat leader and author, the Revd Dr Michael Ford, who had been approached by Garry to carry out this duty shortly before his passing in August 2013.It is hoped a short presentation and display will commence at the Clock Tower Restaurant, Killybegs from noon culminating in the unveiling ceremony of the memorial on Crownarad Mountain.A cordial invitation is extended to all-comers to please come along and join relatives of the aircrew to mark the occasion. Further information is available from Ian Pentland, telephone 028 81648201 and/or Rose Mary Murphy, telephone 07708567449.CREW OF DOOMED RAF PLANE TO BE HONOURED IN CO DONEGAL was last modified: February 10th, 2015 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:Garry PentlandKillybegsplaneplaquraflast_img read more