Al-Jaafari issued no public statement Saturday. On Friday, he told Britain’s Channel 4 news that he would not give up the nomination because he was “the legitimate and democratic choice” of the Shiite alliance, a block of seven parties that hold 130 seats in the 275-member assembly. However, two Shiite officials from separate parties said al-Jaafari had said privately that he would give up the nomination if asked to do so directly by the country’s top Shiite cleric, Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani. The officials agreed to discuss the matter only if they were not quoted by name. Al-Sistani has privately urged Shiite leaders to resolve the dispute over the prime ministership so a new government can be formed quickly, according to the elderly cleric’s aides. However, the aides also said al-Sistani did not want to take a high-profile role in the dispute, and it appeared al-Jaafari was gambling the ayatollah would stay out of the political brawl. The protracted bickering over al-Jaafari has sharpened differences among Iraq’s sectarian and ethnically based parties at a time when the Americans, the British and many Iraqis themselves are encouraging politicians to show unity. On Saturday, Shiite politicians suggested that if Kurds and Sunnis stand firm against al-Jaafari, the Shiites might oppose Sunni and Kurdish candidates for other leadership posts that require parliamentary approval, including president and parliament speaker. “Any candidate for a key post presented by the blocs must be accepted by the others,” Shiite official Hussain al-Shahristani told reporters. “This was done to the (Shiite) alliance candidate for prime minster’s post. So the alliance has the right to study the names of candidates presented by other blocs.” Former interim Prime Minister Ayad Allawi, a secular Shiite, suggested that if the stalemate could not be broken, Iraqi leaders should hold talks on forming a “national salvation government” and invite all political groups, including some not represented in parliament. Shiite official Hadi al-Amiri dismissed that idea as “a dream” and accused Allawi, whose party won only 25 seats in the Dec. 15 election, of trying to sidestep the decision of the electorate.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! BAGHDAD, Iraq – A car bomb killed at least seven people and wounded 24 on a busy avenue Saturday as Shiite politicians floated a proposal to end the standoff over a new government by having Prime Minister Ibrahim al-Jaafari step down – but only if his replacement comes from his own party. The blast occurred at lunchtime outside an east Baghdad restaurant frequented by police officers, four of whom were among the injured, Sgt. Sabah Mohsen said. All the dead were civilians, police said. The explosion shattered windows and damaged shops over a wide area. Firefighters hosed down the debris-littered street as bystanders gawked at charred and windowless vehicles. Such violence is adding urgency to talks on forming a government of national unity, a task unsettled four months after parliamentary elections. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREOregon Ducks football players get stuck on Disney ride during Rose Bowl eventNegotiations have stalled over the refusal of Sunni Arab and Kurdish parties to accept al-Jaafari, the Shiite Muslim nominee to head the new government. U.S. officials have urged the factions to form a government as quickly as possible, seeing that as a vital step toward quelling sectarian violence that threatens to push Iraq into civil war. The U.S. military cannot begin sending its 133,000 soldiers home until the government is in place. In a bid to break the deadlock, Shiite politicians not affiliated with major parties proposed that al-Jaafari step aside in favor of another candidate from his Dawa party, several Shiite officials said. In return, the biggest Shiite party, the Supreme Council for the Islamic Revolution in Iraq, would not push Vice President Adil Abdul-Mahdi for the post, the officials said on condition of anonymity because the talks are at a sensitive stage. It was unclear, however, whether the proposal would be accepted before Monday’s planned parliamentary session. Shiite officials have sent conflicting signals whether they would attend without a deal among all groups on the premiership and other key posts such as president and parliament speaker.
Chelsea lost 2-0 to Manchester City in the Community Shield and have one more pre-season friendly to play, against Lyon, before the Premier League season begins at Huddersfield on 11 August with the defender telling supporters the best way to bounce back is to head to Yorkshire and try and nab all three points.“We wanted to finish the [Community Shield] with a trophy and we weren’t able to do that so obviously we are disappointed and we have to come back strong in the Premier League,” Azpilicueta continued. Getty Images Sarri was only appointed manager of Chelsea in July 2 There is a lot of hard work to be done at Chelsea, Cesar Azpilicueta believes.The players have been trying to get used to new manager Maurizio Sarri’s style of play, but have only had a few weeks to train together, while some World Cup players have been on an extended break.“Well, what I can say is that from the first day we are working hard and we are working as a team,’ Azpilicueta told chelseafc.com.“He knows what he wants and he explains it to us. We have to replicate what he wants and the only way is to keep working in every training session, every game, to try to reach that.” Sergio Aguero scored twice to give Manchester City their first trophy of the season 2 “We knew we were facing the best team in England last year, who broke every record. We have been working for the last few weeks in the best way possible to try to face them but we weren’t able to do it and we have to keep on improving.“The first target is Saturday against Huddersfield. We can’t think ahead of that. After being out of the Champions League we have to be focused, we have to go game by game to keep improving and then we will see how far we can go.“I trust in this team, I believe in what we are doing and the only way is to look forward.”
AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREThe top 10 theme park moments of 2019 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! The traditional language of the pennant race does not apply to what’s going on in the National League West this season. The Dodgers are going to need a very different kind of slogan for this very different kind of stretch run, nothing like past champions’ “The Impossible Dream,” “You Gotta Believe!” or “Yes We Can!” How about “Can You Believe We’ve Still Got a Shot?” The old math of the playoff drive does not compute when you’re trying to forecast the baseball equivalent of a sack race. Usually you wonder, “If the first-place team wins half of its remaining games, how many does its pursuer have to win to catch up?” This year it’s “If the Padres go 0-61 the rest of the way, the Dodgers have to go 5-56 to force a one-game tiebreaker for the division title.” The scoreboard-watcher’s routine is broken when the electricity is missing. A division race is supposed to be a long-distance game of “Can You Top This?” as one contender wins and then the other matches it. This year’s race is distinguished by the fact that — and I’m not making this up — either the Padres, the second-place Diamondbacks or the third-place Dodgers have suffered a loss on 40 of the past 41 days (and they’ve all lost six times in that span). So it’s settled: The division race the Dodgers find themselves mixed up in these days does not bring to mind classics like Yankees-Red Sox in 1978, or Braves-Giants in 1993, or — for the love of Fred Merkle — Cubs-Giants in 1908. But what also has been settled, just in the past week, is that what baseball fans in L.A. have on our hands is a race all the same. You can question whether the Dodgers deserve to be contenders, considering their 46 wins in the first 100 games would have put them at least 10 games behind the leader in any other division and would have placed them dead last if they were in the NL East. You can hate the owners or the general manager or the manager. You can struggle to name the guys on the field. You still can enjoy the drama, or comedy, that’s unfolding. You can hang on this week’s trade rumors. You can look for an edge in the remaining schedules. Padres (51-50), feeling a little better after ending an eight-game losing streak with Wednesday’s 2-1 victory over the Cardinals in San Diego. Diamondbacks (49-54), three games back after a 3-0 win over Milwaukee. Dodgers (46-55), five games back after a 7-6 loss to the at Dodger Stadium. On July 19, the Dodgers were 8 games back. All it took was a little 5-2 spurt to put them right in the thick of things. Not only is somebody going to be a division winner despite themselves, and despite the injuries that have hurt the top three clubs and the fourth-place Giants, they could be record-setting division winner. The worst ever was the 1973 Mets team that needed only 82 victories to win the NL East. “This isn’t normal, is it?” rookie Dodgers outfielder Jason Repko said of his first major-league pennant race, such as it is. “We don’t sit here and think about being under .500. We’re four games back! “It’s not going to change the way we play, because we’ve been playing hard all along, but it’s picked our heads up.” Exactly a month ago I wrote about how bad the division was. The Padres were in town and were leading with a horrible 42-35 record. The Dodgers were 5 games behind. I figured the Padres would heat up as soon as their injuries healed and take charge. Most of those injuries have healed. The Padres are 9-15 in the past month. Now it’s the Dodgers’ turn to get well. Milton Bradley is playing again, Jose Valentin is due back soon, J.D. Drew could return in late August. Look out, .500. In baseball you don’t only celebrate greatness. You celebrate uniqueness. So there might be some fun in this Dodgers season yet. Most pennant races, you wonder who’ll be the unlikely hero, the Bucky Dent of the moment. The way they’re going, I’d say every Padre, Diamondback and Dodger looks equally unlikely. Kevin Modesti’s column appears in the Daily News three days a week. He can be reached at email@example.com .
TG4 representatives have confirmed that they will screen full deferred coverage of the Donegal SFC final between St Eunan’s and Naomh Conaill on Sunday. The eagerly anticipated clash promises to draw a huge crowd to Mac Cumhaill Park on Sunday.However, for the many neutrals that don’t make the trip, they’ll be able to watch the match in its entirety on Sunday evening. The two sides have met in THREE finals in the last TEN years. (2005, 2009 and 2012)Naomh Conaill have lost the last two final meetings between the pair – and are desperate to put that right this weekend.Martin Regan’s side haven’t won a Donegal SFC title since they beat Killybegs in 2010.St Eunan’s on the other hand are going for their second successive title and their fourth in seven years. TG4 WILL SCREEN FULL DEFERRED COVERAGE OF DONEGAL SFC FINAL was last modified: October 15th, 2015 by Mark ForkerShare 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:newsSport
Hundreds of homes in and around the Newtowncunningham are without ESB supply this morning.The ESB has apologised for the loss of power which occurred after a local fault.ESB crews are working on the ground and it is hoped that supply will be returned to several hundred homes and businesses before 1pm. Hundreds of homes without power after ESB fault was last modified: October 4th, 2016 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)