‘Idol’ left with two as Doolittle voted off

first_imgIn one of the biggest surprises of the current “American Idol” season, onetime favorite Melinda Doolittle was voted off the show Wednesday, leaving just two contestants to battle it out for the 2006 crown next week. Doolittle was considered the best singer of the bunch, but began to draw criticism in recent weeks. The remaining hopefuls are Jordin Sparks and Blake Lewis. “Congratulations to you two,” said judge Simon Cowell, who covered his face when the announcement was made. “My commiserations, Melinda, `cause you are one heck of a singer.” Doolittle, 29, has worked as a professional backup singer before her “Idol” run. Seemingly resigned to her fate, she belted “I’m A Woman” before leaving the stage. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! It’s anybody’s guess who will win at the two-hour finale May 23. Sparks, 17, has gained considerable traction recently and rose from the bottom ranks to gain momentum. But Lewis, 25, also has been winning fans lately by taking risks with song choices and arrangements.last_img

German international Reus poised for Dortmund return

first_img0Shares0000Marco Reus is desperate to prove his fitness ahead of the World Cup © AFP/File / Odd ANDERSENBERLIN, Germany, Feb 8 – Injury-prone German international winger Marco Reus could make his return after torn cruciate knee ligaments for Borussia Dortmund on Saturday against strugglers Hamburg, just four months out from the World Cup.Reus, 28, has been sidelined since last May’s German Cup final, when Dortmund beat Eintracht Frankfurt in Berlin, and has been working his way back to fitness in recent weeks. He could feature in Saturday’s squad but head coach Peter Stoeger says a decision will only be made closer to the Bundesliga game.German daily Bild say Reus had targeted the away game at Borussia Moenchengladbach on February 18 — but he might feature sooner than planned.“Marco trained normally over the week, we know he wants to play and he knows that we would like to have him in,” said Stoeger on Thursday.“We will make a decision at short notice.”While Dortmund are reluctant to rush the injury-prone Reus back into action, the attacking midfielder is keen to find form and fitness four months out from the World Cup in Russia.A string of injuries have restricted him to 29 international appearances and nine goals for Germany.Injuries have seen him miss the last two major international tournaments.An ankle injury suffered in the final warm-up game ruled the fleet-footed playmaker out of eventual champions Germany’s 2014 World Cup in Brazil.He then missed the finals of Euro 2016 with a persistent groin injury.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Serra improves its brain game

first_imgBishop Montgomery and Cathedral might have too far to go in too short of a time to make it work this year. That means Serra must maximize its opportunities. The Cavaliers have a new quarterback in South Torrance transfer Ted Landers, which might allow them to spread the ball around more than they were able to last year when injuries depleted their depth. That’s important in the Del Rey League, where Harvard-Westlake has shown in recent seasons that it can win with the pass. Defense might be the strength for St. Bernard, which has more talent than a 3-8 record of a year ago would indicate. Linebacker Greg Walker, who also will be an important part of the offense as a running back, has been offered a scholarship by the University of Washington, Coach Greg Dixon said. “We’re not taking anything for granted this season,” Serra running back Carl Winston said. “We’re coming in not trying to look past any given week. That’s something that we got into trouble with last year, especially in the playoffs.” Winston said that Serra recognizes that the league may be deeper this year than it was last year because St. Bernard is improved. “They have some good players and we know that,” he said. “So do we. We just need to be able to do our jobs and stay focused.” That’s the kind of mentality that Altenberg likes to hear. “We have a lot of talent, but also some younger guys at key positions,” he said. “It’s important that we all think together, play together and work together. That’s going to be the difference between a team that gets everything it can get out of its ability and a team that doesn’t do that.” john.klima@dailybreeze.com160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! That’s one of the messages that Serra coach Scott Altenberg has urged his talented but young football team to embrace. When one person doesn’t adequately communicate what the job is supposed to require, the rest pay the price. The Del Rey League has stronger elements this year and Altenberg wants to make sure that Serra, which went 9-3 last year and finished second in the league to a loaded Harvard-Westlake team, doesn’t make the same mental mistakes that hindered it at times last year. “We run a very sophisticated offense,” Altenberg said. “So it’s important that our players have as much between the ears as they have on the field.” Altenberg is optimistic that Serra can make it happen this season, though there’s no easy path. Harvard-Westlake is again a talented team, one with a strong recruiting base with deep ties in the San Fernando Valley. St. Bernard has much experience and talent at key positions, and its defense alone should keep it in games. DEL REY LEAGUE: Cavaliers try to think together so that they can play better together. By John Klima STAFF WRITER There’s something to be said for organization, execution and clear communication. When these things break down, it makes it hard for a team to compete and win. Or, at the very least, not drive other members of the team crazy at all hours of the night. last_img read more

Shaun Wright-Phillips to play with brother Bradley for New York Red Bulls

first_imgFormer Chelsea and Manchester City winger Shaun Wright-Phillips is on the verge of joining the New York Red Bulls.The midfielder, who cost Chelsea £21m from City in 2005, last played in England for QPR before being released in the summer after an underwhelming time at Loftus Road.Shaun’s younger brother Bradley has been playing in New York since 2013 and there has been speculation over a family reunion for a number of seasons while Shaun was largely out of first-team contention in west London.Now, having linked up with the US side for training after his QPR exit, the 33-year-old is set to be added to the Red Bulls’ roster.Frank Lampard, signed with Red Bulls’ rivals New York City, said about his imminent move: “He’s a really good lad, and he’s a nice boy, and knowing him as a player and what he can bring to the team, he’ll be a good signing.” 1 Shaun Wright-Phillips last_img read more


first_imgA fireman revealed how he found his dead nephew after being called to the scene of a head-on car crash which killed two young men in Fanad.Seamus McBride, 25, and PJ Crerand, 19 (pictured right) died following a horrific collision beside Mulroy Bridge.Both men were in separate cars traveling in opposite directions on the evening of May 24, 2010. Volunteer fireman Neil Doherty, from Carrigart, revealed how he was called to the crash and found his nephew Seamus McBride at the scene of the carnage.Mr Doherty was giving evidence at the inquest into the deaths of the two men at Letterkenny Coroner’s Court today.Numerous witnesses said Mr McBride, of Glenkeo, Carrigart, was speeding in his Audi 80 car when the struck the car being driven by Damien Carr.Such was the impact that accident investigators heard how the Audi car was crushed to only half its size and its engine was completely thrown from the car.Locals who heard the crash rushed to the scene just before 8pm.One witness, George Adams from Rush in north Dublin, who was holidaying in the area, was fishing on the bridge when he heard a car speeding past him.“I actually shouted at him to slow down and the next minute I heard a pop,” he said.Two nurses, Pearl Scott and Grace Herrity who live locally, tried to assist both men who had been badly hurt.Seamus McBride was already dead and PJ Crerand, of Kilmacrennan Road, Milford, who had been screaming in pain, died a short time later.Damien Carr, who was driving the VW Golf in which PJ Crerand was a passenger, told his father Pat, who also gave evidence, that he could not get out of the way of the Audi car as it was coming straight for him.Mr Carr’s mother Mary, of Dunmore, Fanad, told the inquest she had passed the Audi moments before and noted that he would “kill someone” if he continued to drive that fast.Garda forensics collision investigator Kevin Giles said there was no brakemarks from the Audi car and said he was satisfied it crossed onto the wrong side of the road.Mr McBride was killed instantly while Mr Crerand died moments later at the scene.Pathologist Dr Katriona Dillon said Seamus McBride suffered multiple injuries and death was as a result of those injuries sustained in a traffic accident.She also revealed that tests had shown that McBride, who was due to go fishing on a boat that evening, was intoxicated at the time of the crash.Dr Dillon said PJ Crerand had also suffered multiple injuries and died as a result of injuries sustained in a road traffic accident.The jury of three men and three women returned a verdict of accidental death as a result multiple injuries sustained in a road traffic accident in the case of Seamus McBride.They returned the same verdict in the case of PJ Crerand.FIREMAN FOUND NEPHEW DEAD AT SCENE OF HORRIFIC CRASH WHICH KILLED TWO was last modified: September 27th, 2012 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:crashFanadinquestMulroy BridgePJ CrerandSeamus McBridelast_img read more


first_imgThe lockdown at Letterkenny General Hospital is over.The hospital has been closed for the past two weeks because of a major outbreak of the winter vomiting bug.However the good news is that the virus has now been contained and visitors can now and go and see loved ones on Christmas Day. UP until yesterday the HSE had been forced to introduce strict guidelines on visitingAll visiters, apart from some to maternity and in extreme cases, had been stopped form seeing patients.However a statement just released from the HSE has now revealed that the virus has been contained.The winter vomiting bug which struck Letterkenny in recent days was one of the worst for many years. Dozens of patients were struck down by the outbreak forcing management to introduce extreme measures and shut down the entire hospital to the public.CHRISTMAS CHEER AS VISITING REOPENED AT LETTERKENNY GENERAL HOSPITAL was last modified: December 25th, 2012 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)last_img read more

Saddam says he was beaten

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORERose Parade grand marshal Rita Moreno talks New Year’s Day outfit and ‘West Side Story’ remake The trial’s chief prosecutor, Jaafar al-Mousawi, said if authorities found evidence of abuse Saddam could be transferred to the physical custody of Iraqi troops. The former Iraqi leader and seven co-defendants are on trial for the deaths of more than 140 Shiites after the attempt on Saddam’s life in the town of Dujail, north of Baghdad. The prosecution’s first witness Wednesday testified about killings and torture in Dujail. Ali Hassan Mohammed al-Haidari, who was 14 in 1982, said Saddam’s regime executed seven of his brothers. Al-Haidari said that he and other residents from Dujail – including family members – were taken to Baghdad and thrown into a security services prison, where people from “9 to 90” were held. Blood poured from head wounds and skin was pale from electric shocks, he testified. Security officials would drip melted plastic hoses on detainees, only to pull it off after it cooled, tearing skin off with it, he said. BAGHDAD, Iraq – Saddam Hussein again grabbed center stage at his mass murder trial Wednesday with claims that Americans beat and “tortured” him and other defendants while in detention. The deposed leader’s lengthy complaint came after witnesses graphically described how their captors administered electric shocks and used molten plastic to rip the skin off prisoners in a crackdown following an assassination attempt against Saddam in 1982. A U.S. military spokesman in Baghdad called Saddam’s allegations “completely unfounded” but said “we are prepared to investigate.” “Beyond that, we have no interest in being a part of what are clearly courtroom antics aimed at disrupting the legal process,” said Lt. Col. Barry Johnson. “I cannot express all that suffering and pain we faced in the 70 days inside,” he said. Two witnesses later testified from behind a curtain. One of them, identified only as Witness No. 2, said security officials “attached clamps to my thumbs and toes and private areas and tortured me with electricity until foam came out of my mouth.” After sitting quietly through several hours of testimony, Saddam launched into an extended monologue, saying he’d been beaten “everywhere on my body. The marks are still there.” He did not display any marks. “I want to say here, yes, we have been beaten by the Americans and we have been tortured,” Saddam told the court before gesturing toward his seven co-defendants, “one by one.” With the trial televised across Iraq, his claims of torture at the hands of U.S. troops may resonate with Iraqis who have been shocked by the abuse of detainees at the Abu Ghraib prison, a scandal which led to the convictions of nine Army reservists. More recently, U.S. troops discovered abused prisoners at secret detention centers run by the Iraqi Interior Ministry. Saddam had been defiant and combative during previous sessions of the trial, often trying to dominate the courtroom. He and his half brother Barazan Ibrahim, who was head of the Iraqi intelligence during the Dujail crackdown, have used the procedures to protest their own conditions in detention. The ousted president had refused to attend the previous session on Dec. 7. “I will not come to an unjust court! Go to hell!” he said in an outburst in court the day before. Earlier Wednesday before his accusations of torture, Saddam’s behavior had been calmer, and he appeared clean-shaven and in fresh clothes, wearing a dark suit but no tie. On some previous occasions during the trial, Saddam appeared disheveled and complained about being held in unsanitary conditions. Saddam stood in the fenced-in defendant’s area and occasionally jabbed his finger toward the judge and prosecutor during his discourse Wednesday. He tried to refute witness statements and complained at length about the conditions of his detention, engaging in a debate with the chief prosecutor. Some of the exchange was edited out of the television broadcast. Saddam also told the court that he knew the name of the person who betrayed his hiding place when U.S. forces found him in December 2003. State Department spokesman Sean McCormack called it “highly ironic” that Saddam would accuse his jailers of mistreatment. “I know of nothing that would substantiate such a claim,” McCormack said. “Look, he’s been given to grandstanding in this trial, but where the focus should be is on the testimony of those people who were victimized by the tyranny, the oppression and the violence of Saddam Hussein. That’s what people should be listening to.” According to the Pentagon, the Iraqi government has legal custody and control of Saddam, while U.S. forces maintain his physical custody in a detention facility. Inside the courtroom, the judge struggled, sometimes unsuccessfully, to maintain order as the procedures at times seemed to slip out of control. Ibrahim insulted witnesses, calling one a “dog.” He also launched rambling diatribes and menacingly wagged his finger at prosecutors and court guards. Saddam also interrupted al-Haidari’s testimony to ask the judge if the court could take a break for prayer. Although the witness agreed, the judge ordered the trial to continue. About 10 minutes later, Saddam swung to the left, closed his eyes and repeatedly bowed his head in prayer, the first time he has done that in court. “Even if any of you doesn’t pray, the constitution of the state, be it the one signed by Saddam Hussein or the constitution that was dictated to the Iraqis by the American adviser, states that Islam is the religion of the state. I alerted you twice that it was time for prayers, but you ignored me.” “I didn’t ignore you,” the judge responded. “How can you put God on hold?” Saddam asked. Muslims are required to pray five days a day at specific times. In the 1980s, Iraq under Saddam was one of the most secular Arab states in the Middle East and Baghdad had some of the most vibrant nightlife in the region. Following Operation Desert Storm in 1991 and as U.N.-imposed sanctions ground down the Iraqi economy, Saddam outwardly became more pious. He was seen praying and launching campaigns to reinforce the faith. Bars were restricted and nightlife became more muted. Critics said his praying in court was a further effort to reach out to increasingly conservative Iraqis. “Those who know Saddam well will not be duped by these scenarios. He kept trying hard to affect Iraqis emotionally and religiously and trying to deliver a message that he is a victim and not a tyrant,” said Mariam al-Rayes, a Shiite legislator.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

Elections 2019: Liam Blaney wins Milford seat

first_imgLiam Blaney has secured his seat in the new Milford Electoral Area in the 2019 Local Elections.The Fianna Fáil farmer was voted in on the third count with 1986 votes. Speaking to Donegal Daily, Blaney said: “I’m delighted, it was a tough campaign. There was a lot of untruths told during the campaign, but I’m delighted with the good solid vote I got.”The long-serving councillor said he had to fight for his vote for various reasons this year. “I had a candidate stand in my parish for the first time. And with the stories I’ve been told, people were claiming things that I have nothing to do with, it made it difficult. But our people stood up to the challenge and the proof of that today is in the vote I got.”This is Liam Blaney’s fourth election, and he said that he is hoping there will be more to come. John O’Donnell was elected to Milford EA on the first count earlier today. But the battle is heating up for the third seat. Noel McBride from Fine Gael was eliminated following Blaney’s victory. Now it’s all down to Maria Doherty (SF), Ian McGarvey (IND) and Eimer Friel (FG). Whether Friel can get over the line with the distribution of McBride’s votes remains to be seen.Follow the Donegal Daily LIVE election blog: https://www.donegaldaily.com/2019/05/26/donegal-daily-local-elections-2019-live-updates/ Elections 2019: Liam Blaney wins Milford seat was last modified: May 26th, 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

Warriors fans: Come meet our team covering the team

first_imgWith the Warriors’ 2019-20 season quickly coming upon us, we thought this would be a good opportunity for our sports journalists to come out and say hello. This season will definitely be different, and who better to discuss the new look and feel of the team than our sports columnist Dieter Kurtenbach and senior photographer Jose Carlos Fajardo.You can find the guys talking everything Warriors at our “Bay Area News Group In Real Life” event happening on Sunday, Sept. 29 at the San Jose Woman’s …last_img read more

Collaborative programme to drive SA agenda at WEF 2010

first_imgIn a year where the world’s attention is already focused onSouth Africa, a unified and focused South African delegation to WEFhas been a major focus for the International Marketing Council(Brand South Africa) as it works towards raising the South Africa’s role ininfluencing the global economic agenda and building thecountry’s reputation as a trade and investment destination 26 January 2010, Johannesburg: The positioning of South Africa as both a globally competitive trade and investment destination and dominant developing economy forms the backbone of the formation of a public private partnership spearheaded by the International Marketing Council (Brand South Africa) at this year’s World  Economic Forum annual meeting in Davos, Switzerland.Business and government has partnered to form “Team South Africa” at Davos and the amalgamation aims to position South Africa as “the next big thing”, while taking advantage of the world’s focus on the country as host to the FIFA 2010 World Cup. The partnership also aims to drive dialogue on the African agenda and will be encouraging WEF delegates to “look South for fresh solutions to a better world”, by experiencing the magnitude of the country’s trade and investment offerings.The emergence of the BASIC group-or-G 5 puts South Africa at the cutting edge of a new global paradigm which could help reach consensus on key issues such as trade, poverty reduction, the global financial system and the growing tensions around limited resources in a finite world and ease fundamental changes in the global order with minimum disruption.“This is a conversation we want to engender and seed at the World Economic Forum said IMC Chairperson, Anitha Soni.  With the rise of China, India, and Brazil among others as economic powerhouses, the global order is fast becoming more democratic. South Africa may not rank with these countries in GDP terms, but based on its track record, experience and position within Africa. Its voice is an important and influential one”She said, “Business and government coming together to optimise the country’s investment in this global event is a demonstration of the IMC Board’s inclusionary approach. Benefits of an innovative and collaborative approach are fruits of a strongly driven vision during the planning phase of this initiative,” Soni said.Represented in the partnership is the South African Presidency, International Marketing Council of South Africa (IMC), Government Communication and Information Service (GCIS), Business Leadership South Africa (BLSA), Discovery, Old Mutual, ABSA, Telkom, Nedbank, MTN, Sasol, Investec, Transnet and First Rand. The South African delegation includes members of the newly appointed IMC board.“Collaboration is undoubtedly a critical ingredient of our success at this year’s World Economic Forum. South Africa can influence the conversation amongst the twenty percent influencers with eighty percent of impact only when working together at WEF, especially given the importance of the constituency,” said Business Unity SA (BUSA) chief executive Jerry Vilikazi.Fresh solutions for a better world“In order to engender a significant impact beyond discussions seeded at WEF itself, participants in the forum are confronted with the question as to which solutions will alter the global economy and bring a positive impact to all. Addressing new ways of doing things is expected to have a direct bearing on how countries will be able to improve their global competitiveness.  It is therefore important to ensure that any global solutions are developed by all stakeholders with the inclusion of a strong African representation. This is unashamedly the South African agenda at Davos,” said Minister of Trade and Industry, Rob Davies.He added that these so called “fresh solutions for a better world” are more often than not simple concepts with a tangible impact and require nothing less than thinking defined by seeing solutions and not barriers.“South Africa is playing an increasingly significant leadership role in global decision-making, having recently contributed to easing consensus on pressing global sustainability issues during the Copenhagen Climate Change Summit,” Davies said.Team SA to drive growth for all at WEF“As active participants in the WEF agenda, South Africa is aware that in a changing, divided and uncertain world, we begin to matter more because we are a proven connector; a bridge not just to Africa, the last great investment frontier, but between old and emerging powers,” said BLSA CEO, Michael Spicer.A successful delegation will help create the springboard for South Africa’s growth, simultaneously improving the country’s overall reputation at the highest levels of global decision-making. According to Spicer, the partnership is the beginning of a long-term public-private collaboration that delivers results-led dialogue between business and government.South Africa’s tenacious, yet diplomatic experience is placing the country in an advantageous position to take on a leadership role through which it offers meaningful, fresh solutions to challenges facing the world today.“It is the aim of this partnership to increase our global competitiveness rating by contributing to the setting of the global agenda, which is, in essence, firmly aligned to the goals of the IMC. Both business and government is well poised to exploit this focus towards profiling the sound economic fundamentals of a country, and one that is ready to play a vital role in the economic growth and development of the region,” concluded Spicer. For further information:Margaret DingaloDirector: Stakeholder RelationsInternational Marketing Council of South AfricaTel: +27 11 483 0122Web: Brand South AfricaTrevor ChueuAccount Manager: International Marketing CouncilMS&LTel: +27 82 446 1831last_img read more