Del Bosque hails magnificent De Gea and says choosing 23 players will be tough

first_img “We have good players and from here our work is simpler, we are happy. It will be a problem to choose just 23 players for Euro 2016, but there’s still a long way to go until then.”  “I think Ukraine have a style and personality that not many teams have,” Del Bosque stated.  “The experience was a good one with all the changes we were able to make,” he said after the game.  Upd. on 13/10/2015 at 11:49 CEST “Ukraine played really well. David de Gea was great — so was Thiago.  12/10/2015 Del Bosque also added that he feels Ukraine, who will now face a two-legged play-off in November, deserve a spot at next summer’s European Championships with La Roja.center_img With La Roja already qualified, Del Bosque made a number of changes to his starting lineup. Vicente del Bosque has hailed the performance of David de Gea after the Manchester United stopper helped Spain beat Ukraine 1-0 on Monday.  Sport EN All of those who came in — including goal scored Mario Gaspar — performed well, but the Spain boss reserved particular praise for De Gea and Bayern Munich’s Thiago Alcantara.   “I wish them the best in the play-offs and hope we see them in France.”last_img read more

In search of a singing star

first_imgCAN you hold a tune? Or just love to sing? Why not take part in this year’s Star Search competition….[To read the rest of this story Subscribe or Login to the Gazette Access Pass] Thanks for reading the Pakenham Berwick Gazette. Subscribe or Login to read the rest of this content with the Gazette Digital Access Pass subscription.last_img

All-Ireland Minor And Senior Football Semi-Final Match Tracker

first_imgTwo points in it and an interesting 35 minutes ahead…. Referee blows Half Time…..Dublin leading Galway 1-9 to 1-7 There will be one minute of injury timeWe have a minute left in the first half….Johnny Heaney for Galway….Dublin 1-9 Galway 1-7Shane Walsh for Galway…..Dublin 1-9 Galway 1-6Another Dublin point…..They now lead by four….Dublin 1-9 Galway 1-5Kilkenny responds for Dublin…Dublin 1-8 Galway 1-5Ian Burke has the ball and they are back within two….Dublin 1-7 Galway 1-5Dublin return with the ball…Con O’Callaghan has it….GOAL DUBLIN….Dublin 1-7 Galway 1-4Walsh…..It’s over the bar….Teams are level….Galway 1-4 Dublin 0-7Ten minutes left in the first half…Another free for Galway……Shane Walsh again will take it….Shane Walsh will take the free and slots it over the bar…..Dublin 0-7 Galway 1-3Ian Burke is fouled…Galway Free to close the gap to a single point….Twenty one minutes gone and Ian Burke gets a point for Galway to close the gap to two…Free Dublin…Dean Rock will take it and slots it over the bar..Dublin 0-7 Galway 1-1NÍL the result….Paul Mannion with an effort but Hawkeye is called….Fifteen Minutes in and Dublin lead 0-6 to 1-1Two Dublin points in a row and the gap is two again in favour of the Dubs.Shane Walsh takes the 45′ but it’s wide…Eamon Brannigan will take the penalty but it’s saved…45′ GalwayDamien Comer…is felled……PENALTY GALWAYBrian Howard has the ball and puts it over the bar….level…1-1 to 0-4Shane Walsh…..Great point…..Galway are in front….Galway 1-1 Dublin 0-3Teams are level after eight minutes….Galway 1-0 Dublin 0-3Galway have another chance…OOH…That was close…….High Ball In…Comer…GOAL GALWAY! Teams are level…Seven Minutes gone in the first half…Dublin free to go three points up….Dean Rock will take it and makes no mistake….Dublin 0-3 Galway 0-0.Free for Dean Rock and he makes no mistake….Dublin 0-2 Galway 0-0Chance for Galway but Damien Comer but puts it wide…A minute gone and Galway trails Dublin by 0-1 to 0-0.Eoghan Kerin slips and Paul Mannion gets Dublin’s first point.The game is on….The referee is Barry CassidyAlmost time for throw in…..The Galway Team To Face Dublincenter_img Ollie and Frank Ready For Senior CommentaryAlready, three changes for Galway, Ciaran Duggan Starts at Midfield, Sean Armstrong starts in the Half Forward Line and Johnny Heaney starts in the Half Back Line…We are back….We are taking a small break for a minute…Need to catch our breath after that…FINAL SCORE…GALWAY 3-13 MEATH 2-9GALWAY ARE IN THE ALL-IRELAND MINOR FOOTBALL FINAL!Time is now up…..The referee blows the Full Time Whistle!!!!Galway are on the verge (To quote Sean…..)Paul Kelly seals it for Galway with a great point!Final minute of injury time to be played…..Luke Mitchell with a point and the gap is down to six points…..Two minutes of injury time left…This is remarkable from GalwayRyan Monaghan with the free and he nails it. Galway 3-12 Meath 2-8.Four minutes of Injury time left….Galway wins a freeFive Minutes of injury time to be played…..One minute left…..Ryan Monaghan will take the free…and he gets it! Galway 3-11 Meath 2-8Three minutes left but there will be a bit of injury time in this one….Free Galway….Eanna McCormack the man who has been fouled…Luke Mitchell with a free for Meath….Galway 3-10 Meath 2-8Four Minutes Left plus injury time…..Five minutes left…..Galway go six points up…..Tomo Culhane with a brilliant point for Galway….Galway 3-10 Meath 2-7.Six minutes left….Meath have emptied the bench….Cathal Sweeney is the player who was caught off the ball…Referee sees an off the ball incident…..Oisin McCloskey is given a black card…..Aidan Halloran for Galway and the gap is now five! Galway 3-9 Meath 2-7Conor Raftery now has the ball…..Point Galway….Galway now leads by four….Galway 3-8 Meath 2-7.There are fourteen minutes left and Galway are leading by three…Galway have the ball. Tony Gill in space…GOAL GALWAY! Galway now lead 3-7 to 2-7!Luke Mitchell with a free for Meath and the teams are level…2-7 apiece…Outstanding last few minutes from Galway who have gone from five points down to lead by a single point! 42 minutes gone in the game!Galway again…..Oisin McCormack….GOAL GALWAY AGAIN! Galway 2-7 Meath 2-6Galway chance…..Eoghan Tinney….GOAL GALWAY! Meath 2-6 Galway 1-7Free for Galway…Ryan Monaghan takes it but it goes wide.But Meath respond with two points in a row and the gap is out to five points…Meath 2-6 Galway 0-7Aidan Halloran with a good start for Galway…Meath 2-4 Galway 0-7Second Half is underway and Galway needs a good start….Referee blows the Half Time Whistle…..Meath Leads 2-4 to 0-6A minute left in the first half….Free Meath…..David Bell with the free and Galway trail by four….Luke Kelly for Meath and he could have a goal here…..GOAL…Meath lead 2-3 to 0-6Five minutes left in the first half…..Teams are level and Galway have the breeze in the first half.Great chance for Galway but the Meath keeper makes an excellent save…45′ GalwayEight minutes left in the first half…Halloran again for Galway and the teams are level! Galway 0-6 Meath 1-3.Aidan Halloran with the point for Galway and just a point between the sides…..Meath 1-3 Galway 0-5..Point for Meath….They lead Galway 1-3 to 0-4Daniel Cox with a well taken point for Galway…..Meath 1-2 Galway 0-4…19 minutes gone in the first half.Meath have the ball….They have a chance here…GOAL Meath….They lead 1-2 to 0-3. Luke Mitchell with the goal.Cathal Sweeney again…Galway lead 0-3 to 0-2 with 12 minutes gone.Cathal Sweeney responds for Galway….0-2 all.Meath free…David Bell with the free and they go in front…Meath 0-2 Galway 0-1Galway have hit three wides in the opening ten minutesTen minutes gone…Brian McCormack and the teams are level…0-1 each.Ryan Monaghan will take the 45’……wide…Galway’s first.Chance for Galway…Eoghan Tinney….Good save from the Meath keeper…45′Great work  by Galway and Cathal Sweeney opens Galway’s account…Galway 0-1 Meath 0-0..Two minutes gone….The action is underway in the All-Ireland Minor Football Semi-Final!!Teams are out on the fieldTeams are out on the pitch for the Minor Semi-Final..The Galway Minor Team For Today’s Semi-FinalMinor Commentator Tommy Devane is ready to Rock. Tommy is joined by Diarmuid Blake this afternoon..So, the Scene is set…..If you fancy a read, why not check out our look back at 1934 Here or 1983 Here.1934 was when Galway last beat Dublin in the championship and 1983 was the last time they met, that infamous All-Ireland Final that Dublin won.Storm clouds gathering over Croker as well so we could be getting a drop or two of rain throughout the afternoon. Will this be a factor?In the Senior,Galway have made one change to their starting fifteen with Patrick Sweeney coming for Adrian Varley while Dublin have made 9 changes to last week’s win over Roscommon. Niall Scully, Ciaran Kilkenny and Brian Howard occupy the new-look half forward line, with Con’ O’Callaghan, Dean Rock and Paul Mannion playing in front.Johnny Cooper and James McCarthy bolster the Dubs half back line with Brian Fenton coming into midfield.The Galway Minor Team shows two changes from the team that beat Clare in the Quarter Final. Paul Kelly from Maigh Cuilinn starts in midfield alongside team captain Conor Raftery and Oisin Gormally starts in the half forward line.Could be two interesting games with Galway facing Meath in the Minor at 3 and Galway and Dublin in the Senior at 5Good Afternoon everybody and welcome to our Match Tracker for the Minor and Senior All-Ireland Semi-Finals.print WhatsApp Facebook Twitter Emaillast_img read more

Sam Houston State Retains Southland Commissioner’s Cup

first_imgCommissioner’s Cup Standings (PDF)FRISCO, Texas – Sam Houston State won team championships in baseball, men’s golf and women’s indoor and outdoor track & field on its way to claiming its second consecutive Southland Conference Commissioner’s Cup, the league office announced Sunday. McNeese State Oral Roberts In addition to its four team championships, Sam Houston got runner-up finishes from the softball and men’s indoor track & field teams. Four other teams finished third, including the men’s basketball and the outdoor track & field teams as well as football and volleyball, each of which tied for third. Six men’s teams and four women’s team had top-three finishes for the Bearkats, which finished among the top three in 10 of the league’s 17 sports. 2. 26.0 Lamar (158.5), Central Arkansas (152.5) and McNeese State (142.5), came in third, fourth and fifth place, respectively. 14. Abilene Christian 57.5 Stephen F. Austin claimed the women’s all-sports trophy on the strength of team championship in women’s soccer and a first-place tie in women’s basketball. They also were the runners up in both indoor and outdoor track & field and finished third in women’s cross country to give them 101.5 points. Central Arkansas was second with 96 points. 133.0 New Orleans Southeastern La. Pl. 8. Total 101.5 9. 10. 64.5 Final Commissioner’s Cup Standings 73.5 Northwestern State A&M-Corpus Christi SFA was only a point behind Sam Houston in the Commissioner’s Cup standings thanks to 74 points from its men’s basketball team title, runner-up finishes by the men’s cross country and outdoor track & field teams and third-place finishes by men’s indoor track & field and a third-place tie by the men’s golf squad. 64.5 Women 85.0 Men 11. 58.5 42.0 91.0 56.5 Texas A&M-Corpus Christi (133) finished sixth, edging seventh-place Northwestern State (132.5) by the slimmest of margins for its highest finish in eight seasons in the conference. Southeastern Louisiana (126) finished in eighth place, followed by Abilene Christian (106.5), which finished ninth in its first season in the league. Oral Roberts (102) was 10th followed by Nicholls (94), UIW (85), Houston Baptist (84.5) and New Orleans (48) to round out this year’s standings. 78.0 18.0 142.5 175.5 68.5 The Commissioner’s Cup is awarded annually to the top overall athletics program in the Southland. Sam Houston State has won the Cup a record five times. In the 17-year history of the Commissioner’s Cup, Stephen F. Austin has two and Northwestern State has one. 126.0 13. Nicholls 43.0 The three trophies will be presented at the annual Southland Conference Honors Dinner Tuesday night at the Westin Stonebriar Resort in Frisco, Texas. 7. 3. 49.0 1. Lamar 30.0 University 74.0 6. 52.0 Houston Baptist 74.0 132.5 158.5 85.5 106.5 77.5 94.0 96.0 The Sam Houston men had 85.5 points to claim the men’s all-sports trophy ahead of Southeastern Louisiana and Stephen F. Austin, which tied for second place with 74 points each. The Bearkats previously won the men’s all-sports trophy in 2000 and 2007. The Sam Houston women totaled 91 points but finished third in the final standings for the women’s all-sports trophy a season after claiming its first trophy. The Southland Conference all-sports trophies are awarded annually for men’s and women’s competition based on a 10-point system for all conference sports. Point values are 14, 13, 12, 11, 10, 9, 8, 7, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2 and 1, pending place of finish. Regular-season standings are used for sports that have a conference tournament. The Commissioner’s Cup is awarded to the university compiling the highest combined total of men’s and women’s all-sports points. 4. 47.0 55.0 5. 12. UIW 57.5 48.0 47.0 102.0 85.0 Sam Houston State Central Arkansas 83.5 Sam Houston State edged rival Stephen F. Austin by just one point for its record fifth Commissioner’s Cup, 176.5 to 175.5. The Bearkats previously won the Cup in 2005, 2006 and 2007 and with Cup wins the last two years, they have won five of the last 10. Sam Houston is one of two current Southland universities to win at least two Commissioner’s Cups, along with Stephen F. Austin, which has won twice. 176.5 43.5 Stephen F. Austin 152.5last_img read more

Liverpool feel painful sting of Martial law

first_imgChristian Benteke had just halved United’s two-goal lead with a sensational overhead bicycle kick when Martial picked the ball up wide on the left, tip-toed between three defenders and tucked a shot into the bottom-right corner in front of the Stretford End.Second-half goals from Daley Blind and Ander Herrera had put United in control and Martial’s strike provided the perfect finale to an evening that had begun with David de Gea returning to the United goal following the collapse of his move to Real Madrid.Victory saw Louis van Gaal’s side return to winning ways following their 2-1 defeat at Swansea City and left them in second place, above Arsenal on goal difference and five points below leaders Manchester City.Benteke’s breath-taking goal had briefly given Liverpool hope, but instead manager Brendan Rodgers was left to reflect on a second successive defeat following their 3-0 loss at home to West Ham United.Wayne Rooney returned to Manchester this week having created a piece of history in mid-week by scoring a record-breaking 50th England goal, but he was ruled out by injury, so Marouane Fellaini started up front with Martial on the bench.There were cheers for De Gea as he took his place in goal and the Spaniard was given a gentle re-introduction to life at Old Trafford as United immediately put the visitors on the back foot.It was from a mistake by De Gea’s opposite number Simon Mignolet that United’s best first-half chance stemmed, the Belgian bowling the ball straight at Mata, but although the ball fell kindly at Fellaini’s feet, the former Everton midfielder chipped well over.United made a change at the interval, Ashley Young replacing Memphis Depay, and the substitute was quick to make his presence felt, darting between two Liverpool defenders on the left and winning a free-kick that yielded the opening goal.– Blind strikes –Mata rolled the set-piece to the edge of the box and with Bastian Schweinsteiger blocking off Nathaniel Clyne at the near post, Blind had the freedom of the penalty area to pick his spot.Moments later, Blind found Schweinsteiger barrelling into the box following a short corner on the United left, but the Germany midfielder could not take the ball in his stride.It had been a stress-free return for De Gea up to that point, but he found himself in the firing line as the hour-mark approached.First, his scuffed kick let in Roberto Firmino, whose low cross towards Benteke was alertly cut out by Chris Smalling, before a volley from Danny Ings — in for the suspended Philippe Coutinho — obliged him to spring to his right and tip the ball behind for a corner.Shortly after, Blind came to United’s rescue, clearing Martin Skrtel’s header off his own goal-line and then flying out to thwart Firmino when the ball came back into the box.Martial made his United bow in the 65th minute, replacing Mata, and within five minutes the home side had doubled their lead.Referee Michael Oliver pointed to the spot after Liverpool’s teenage left-back Joe Gomez recklessly slid in on Herrera and the Spaniard slammed home the penalty.Jordon Ibe’s introduction enlivened Liverpool, the 19-year-old extending De Gea with a left-foot strike and then teeing up Benteke’s spectacular goal with a deflected cross from the right.But barely a minute later Martial stole everyone’s thunder, slaloming into the box from wide on the left to give the United faithful a new hero to serenade.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Anthony Martial celebrates his goal against Liverpool at Old Trafford. The debutant sealed a 3-1 win over Liverpool on Saturday, September 12, 2015. PHOTO/AFPMANCHESTER, September 12- Anthony Martial scored a memorable debut goal as Manchester United beat old enemies Liverpool 3-1 at Old Trafford on Saturday to claim second place in the Premier League table.The 19-year-old French striker signed from Monaco on transfer deadline day for a reported initial fee of £36 million ($55.1 million, 49 million euros), making him the world’s most expensive teenager, and he was quick to make his mark after coming on as a substitute for Juan Mata.last_img read more

Students win annual art scholarships

first_imgWHITTIER – Eight local students have received a total of $2,000 in scholarships from the Whittier Art Association. La Serna High student Breann Johnson received an $800 WAA scholarship while Whittier High student Giovanni Queuedo won the $500 Cecelia Lowry Tribute Scholarship. Britney Gonzalez of La Serna High received the $300 Anne-Marie Smolenski Memorial Scholarship, and Whittier High student Celena Matas won the $200 Elise Sammer Memorial Scholarship. Other winners who received $50 honorable mention awards were Justina Gonzalez, Santa Fe High; Lizeth Romero and Giselle Moreno, both of Pioneer High; and Javier Maya of La Serna High. 165Let’s talk business.Catch up on the business news closest to you with our daily newsletter. Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Leaking water main causes sinkhole, shutting freeway offramp

first_imgA leaking water main near Los Angeles International Airport created a sinkhole today that prompted the closure of the offramp from the westbound Glenn Anderson (105) Freeway to northbound Sepulveda Boulevard, authorities said. The offramp was closed about 9:20 a.m. to limit traffic entering the area of Sepulveda and Century boulevards, where the pipe was leaking, said California Highway Patrol Officer Francisco Villalobos. According to Los Angeles police Officer Kate Lopez, the sinkhole also forced the closure of some streets near Century and Sepulveda boulevards while crews worked to contain the problem. Traffic was also affected in the Sepulveda tunnel on the south side of the airport. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m. 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

RELAY FOR LIFE’S DONEGAL CANCER CONFERENCE A HUGE SUCCESS

first_imgSome of the crowd at the Relay for Life cancer conference.The Relay for Life Donegal 2014 committee, in association with The Irish Cancer Society, held an inaugural cancer conference on Saturday the 5th April 2014 at the Mount Errigal Hotel, Letterkenny.MC Charlie Collins got proceedings under way by emphasising the great success of Relay for Life in Donegal and stating that cancer doesn’t discriminate.Robert O Connor, Chairperson of Relay for Life Donegal 2014, addressed all who had attended and highlighted that, “the conference is for you”. Robert outlined how delighted he was to welcome everyone and he took the opportunity to thank Relay for Life Donegal’s patron (i.e.) Mr Daniel O Donnell.A video message from Daniel was viewed and Robert took the opportunity to “thank Daniel for his commitment and support”.The patient experience was delivered by Bernie Gallagher, Conal Gallen and the survivors’ choir. Bernie Gallagher shared her personal experiences; why do I relay? According to Bernie, “you must stand up and fight, believe you can do it!”According to Conal Gallen, “we should talk about cancer more. I didn’t know how to deal with cancer. I deal with problems through humour”. Conal also stated how he “felt lucky to survive cancer”. The survivors’ choir gave a beautiful rendition of alleluia.One of the many experts who delivered presentations at the conference included Ursula Bates, Head of Psychology, Our Lady’s Hospice, Harold’s Cross. Ursula delivered a presentation on the psychological impact of a cancer diagnosis. According to Ursula, “it is a cause for celebration that more people than ever are surviving after a diagnosis but we know the impact of cancer doesn’t suddenly stop when treatment is over”. Ursula reiterated that stress cannot be blamed as the cause for cancer; environmental, lifestyle and generic factors must also be considered.According to Siobhan Diver, Marketing Manager of Relay for Life Donegal 2014, “the event exceeded all expectations. The committee were delighted with how smoothly the event ran and of how much benefit and enjoyment attendees had stated they had obtained from attending”.The Relay for Life Donegal 2014 committee would like to take this opportunity to thank those who attended the conference, the guest speakers, the exhibitors and to everyone who facilitated in any way to making the conference the tremendous success that it was.The committee would also like to take this opportunity to highlight that if anyone is interested in entering a team for the Relay for Life Donegal event on the 31/5/14 – 1/6/14, they should contact Nicola on 086 8880399 or alternatively email relayforlifedonegalapplications@yahoo.com RELAY FOR LIFE’S DONEGAL CANCER CONFERENCE A HUGE SUCCESS was last modified: April 7th, 2014 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:conferencedonegalRelay for Lifelast_img read more

Things to Do

first_imgSanta Clarita High School Barbershop Quartet contest, 7 p.m. today in the multipurpose room at Arroyo Seco Junior High, 27171 N. Vista Delgado Drive, Valencia. Call (661) 296-2292 or visit www.geocities.com/bsharmony. “The Skin of our Teeth” will be presented, 7 p.m. Thursday-Saturday in the Hart High School auditorium, 24825 N. Newhall Ave., Newhall. Tickets: $8 at the door. Call (661) 259-7575, Ext. 212. Care For Your Heart Health Fair will offer free screenings and education about the risk of heart disease, 2-4 p.m. Friday at Henry Mayo Newhall Memorial Hospital, 23845 McBean Parkway, Valencia. Call Victoriana Donnelly at (661) 253-8761. “To Kill a Mockingbird” will be presented, 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and 2 p.m. Sundays through Feb. 26 at the Canyon Theatre Guild, 24242 San Fernando Road, Newhall. Tickets: $8-$13. Call (661) 799-2702. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORESanta Anita opens winter meet Saturday with loaded card “The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged)” will be presented, 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and 2 p.m. Sundays through Feb. 18 at the Repertory East Playhouse, 24266 San Fernando Road, Newhall. Tickets: $16 for adults and $14 for students and seniors. Call (661) 288-0000. Barry Diamond and Kira Soltanivich will perform, 9 p.m. Friday and Saturday at J.R.’s Comedy Club located inside Marie Callender’s at 27630 The Old Road, Valencia. Cost: $12 or $22.99 for dinner and the show. Call (661) 259-2291 or visit www.comedyinvalencia.com. Sierra Club hike up Trail Canyon to the falls will meet, 9 a.m. Saturday at the entrance to Towsley Canyon Park, 24255 The Old Road, Newhall. Call Dave Morrow at (661) 254-5245. Family Nature Walk, 11 a.m.-noon, and an animal presentation, 1-2 p.m. every Saturday at Placerita Canyon Park and Nature Center, 19152 Placerita Canyon Road, Newhall. Call (661) 259-7721. “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory” will be presented, 2 p.m. Saturdays and 6:30 p.m. Sundays through Feb. 26 at the Canyon Theatre Guild, 24242 San Fernando Road, Newhall. Tickets: $8-$13. Call (661) 799-2702. Western Music Concert will feature The Messick Family Band and cowboy poet J.D. Seibert, 7 p.m. Saturday in Hart Hall at William S. Hart Park, 24151 San Fernando Road, Newhall. Tickets: $10 for adults and $5 for children under 12. Call (661) 254-4584. Grateful Dudes perform bluegrass music, 7:30-10:30 p.m. every Saturday at Vincenzo’s, 24504 1/2 Lyons Ave., Newhall. Call (661) 259-6733. Skinny Little Twits will perform original and classic rock music, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Sunday at the Saugus Swapmeet at Saugus Speedway, 22500 Soledad Canyon Road, Saugus. Call (661) 259-3886. Live Bird of Prey presentation, 11 a.m. at Vasquez Rocks Natural Area, 10700 W. Escondido Canyon Road, Agua Dulce. Call (661) 268-0840. Ranger-led nature hike, 11 a.m. the second, third and fourth Sundays of each month at Vasquez Rocks Natural Area, 10700 W. Escondido Canyon Road, Agua Dulce. Call (661) 268-0840. To submit an event for the Things To Do calendar, contact Sharon Cotal two weeks prior to the event at (661) 257-5256, fax her at (661) 257-5262, e-mail her at sharon.cotal@dailynews.com or write to her at 24800 Avenue Rockefeller, Valencia, CA 91355. 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

Suicide attacker strikes police

first_imgBAGHDAD, Iraq – Sunni insurgents boldly attacked fellow Sunni Arabs on Wednesday, the latest in a growing campaign against those who cooperate with the U.S.-backed Iraqi government. A suicide bomber cloaked in explosives killed two policemen and 13 police recruits gathered in Fallujah, a city surrounded by U.S. Marine checkpoints. In a nearby town, three Sunni soldiers from the U.S.-trained Iraqi army were found slain. The suicide attack outside the main police station in Fallujah occurred a day after the governor of Anbar province, which includes Fallujah, narrowly escaped assassination. A suicide bomber exploded his vehicle near Maamoun Sami Rashid al-Alwani’s convoy in Ramadi, killing 10 people. The governor was not injured, U.S. officials said. U.S. and Iraqi officials have been urging Sunni Arabs to join the police and army, which has been dominated by the rival Shiite Muslim sect and ethnic Kurds. Sunni community leaders says the presence of Shiite and Kurdish troops in their areas raises sectarian tensions and undermines confidence in the government. On Sunday, nearly 1,000 soldiers graduated from army basic training – the first all-Sunni class. Two days later, four of them were slain in Ramadi. Three more of the new soldiers were found dead Wednesday in Khaldiyah, just north of Fallujah, police said. Reprisal killings between Sunni and Shiite militias continue unabated. The bodies of 20 Iraqi men were found in several areas of the capital, apparent victims of death squads that kidnap civilians of rival Muslim sects, torture them, and dump their bodies. They included 14 bodies discovered near the gates of an amusement park in a mostly Shiite area of northeast Baghdad, police said.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREBasketball roundup: Sierra Canyon, Birmingham set to face off in tournament quarterfinalsTraining and recruiting Sunni Arab police and soldiers is part of a broader strategy by U.S. and Iraqi authorities to establish a political role for selected Sunni insurgent groups. The goal is to split more moderate elements from the Saddam Hussein’s fanatic loyalists and extremists such as al-Qaida in Iraq, led by Abu Musab al-Zarqawi. Last weekend, President Jalal Talabani said officials from his office met with insurgent representatives and he was hopeful about a deal. U.S. officials also acknowledge contacts with Sunnis who have ties to the insurgency. But American diplomats have not confirmed a report this week in a leading Arabic newspaper, Asharq Al-Awsat, that said U.S. Ambassador Zalmay Khalilzad had met seven times since Jan. 16 with representatives of 10 major insurgent groups. “Negotiations with armed groups will reduce violence” and “alienate the terrorists,” Talabani’s security adviser, Lt. Gen. Wafiq al-Samarraie, said Wednesday on Iraqi state television. “Consequently, no one will be able to say, `We are resistance groups,’ only that they are foreigners, kidnappers and groups that carry out kidnappings, robberies and killings.” Violence shows little sign of abating. Instead, it has shifted from mainly attacks against U.S. and Iraqi forces to carefully targeted murders of Iraqis. last_img