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Isco leads Real to Malaga win as Zidane rests Ronaldo and Bale

first_imgDiego Rolan grabbed a consolation for Malaga with the last kick of the game but the result was never in doubt.“Today I can be happy with a job well done,” Real coach Zinedine Zidane said.As well as Bale and Ronaldo, Luka Modric and Raphael Varane were left out, with the all-important Champions League semi-final against Bayern Munich looming next week.But Isco did his chances of a start in Germany no harm at all by bending in a free-kick that both Ronaldo and Bale would have been proud of, and then generously teeing up Casemiro when he might easily have finished himself.After scoring his first Real goal in nine appearances against his former club, Isco held his hands up apologetically, and he enjoyed a warm reception from the Malaga fans when substituted in the second half.“He has always been important, despite what everyone thinks,” Zidane said of Isco. “He is important, even if sometimes you think I have something else in my head.”Victory means Los Blancos leapfrog Valencia, who were beaten by Barcelona on Saturday, but remain four points behind Atletico Madrid in second.Malaga, meanwhile, stay bottom and are all-but doomed, sitting 14 points behind 17th-placed Levante, who had earlier been beaten 3-0 by Atletico.Fernando Torres stole the show at the Wanda Metropolitano, marking the announcement of his Atletico departure with his 100th La Liga goal off the bench.Six days after confirming he will be leaving his boyhood club at the end of the season, Torres rolled back the years with a volleyed finish, reminiscent of the 34-year-old in his prime.“Fernando is an icon here,” Atletico coach Diego Simeone said.“Whether he is scoring goals or not, winning titles or not, he has a place in the club that has been earned by respect, hard work and having an identity with the club. That will not change because of one more goal.”Torres’ grievance this term has been a lack of playing time and he was a substitute again, replacing Antoine Griezmann, who was also on target. Angel Correa opened the scoring in the first half.A comfortable victory cuts the gap behind leaders Barcelona back to 11 points and restores some momentum for Atletico, with their Europa League semi-final against Arsenal less than a fortnight away.The result also guarantees Simeone’s side a place in the Champions League for a sixth consecutive season.“Barcelona’s season is tremendous,” Simeone said. “We will try to get closer to them and if we can’t get closer, we will congratulate them.”Atletico now face Real Sociedad on Thursday and Real Betis on Sunday before the Europa League leg at Emirates Stadium but they arrived here with only two wins from their last five matches.Torres enjoyed the biggest cheer of the afternoon and followed his brilliant finish by blowing the crowd a kiss and waving both hands. It promises to be a long farewell.The Spaniard is unlikely to face Arsenal but Griezmann almost certainly will and his goal was his 19th in La Liga this season.It came without his partner Diego Costa, who was still nursing a thigh strain.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Prize guys: Real Madrid scorers Isco and Casemiro in Sunday’s game © AFP / JORGE GUERREROMADRID, Spain, Apr 15 – Cristiano Ronaldo and Gareth Bale were both rested and Real Madrid hardly broke sweat as they beat Malaga 2-1 on Sunday to climb to third in La Liga.Isco scored one and set up another at La Rosaleda in a comfortable victory for a much-changed Real side, following Wednesday’s last-gasp Champions League win over Juventus.last_img read more

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We couldn’t lose with such a crowd-Wanyama

first_img0Shares0000Harambee Stars captain Victor Wanyama says he was excited with the full to capacity stadium in kasarani when Kenya played Ethiopia in a 2019 African Cup of Nations Qualifier on October 14, 2018. PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluNAIROBI, Kenya, Oct 14 – Harambee Stars skipper Victor Wanyama has admitted that the team was charged to win at all costs on Sunday in their 2019 African Cup of Nations (AFCON) qualifier against Ethiopia after seeing the crowd that had turned up at the Moi Sports Centre Kasarani for the game.Wanyama was visibly dumbfounded when he walked into the stadium alongside the rest of the boys to have a feel of the pitch shortly after 2pm. He looked around and exclaimed in astonishment as the full-to-capacity stadium gave the team a rapturous welcome. “Looking at that crowd that came in today, it was impossible to just walk into the pitch and fail to get maximum points. It was not possible,” the skipper told Capital Sport.Harambee Stars captain Victor Wanyama urges the crowd on when Kenya played Ethiopia in a 2019 African Cup of Nations Qualifier at the Moi Sports Centre Kasarani on October 14, 2018. PHOTO/Timothy Olobulu“I think the crowd was unbelievable. The fans were really amazing and they showed us support from the beginning and it was great to play in such kind of an atmosphere. They really gave us the energy to go into the pitch and do the job,” Wanyama added.The midfielder has now asked fans to come out in large numbers henceforth and give the team the necessary support saying that such kind of atmosphere would make Harambee Stars unbeatable at home.“I am sure if we can have this kind of crowd we can beat anyone here. The support from the fans was unbelievable and it gave us energy. I hope we can have this every time we play and I want to thank the fans for what they did to us. It was just amazing,” Wanyama further stated.His sentiments were shared by striker Michael Olunga who scored the opening goal.Harambee Stars captain Victor Wanyama and striker Michael Olunga when Kenya played Ethiopia in a 2019 African Cup of Nations Qualifier at the Moi Sports Centre Kasarani on October 14, 2018. PHOTO/Timothy Olobulu“This is just the best ever we have felt as a team playing at home. There were goosebumps every time the crowd roared and I thank the fans for coming out in large numbers. This is what we asked for and we delivered,” Olunga noted.Meanwhile, Wanyama gave perhaps his best ever performance in a national team jersey, marshalling the midfield with absolute class and capped off the performance with a second half penalty that sealed the win.The Tottenham Hotspur midfield powerhouse has just returned from a month-long injury lay-off and is slowly recovering his form, a period he says has been testing. The midfielder says he had to work hard and prove himself infront of the home fans and is optimistic“I am coming back from injury and it has not been easy because I have been in and out which has slowed me down. But I am happy that I am slowly coming back up and I wanted to give everything for the team and see us win. Hopefully I can pick up from here,” further stated Wanyama.Harambee Stars captain Victor Wanyama embraces head coach Sebastien Migne when Kenya played Ethiopia in a 2019 African Cup of Nations Qualifier at the Moi Sports Centre Kasarani on October 14, 2018. PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluHe was substituted in the 72nd minute after picking up a thigh strain but the midfielder said it is not serious and he will be back in action.“I just felt something slight and I got off for precaution. The game was already won and there was no need of taking a further risk,” Wanyama noted.The midfielder now returns to his base in England hoping to play a role for his club Spurs who are also facing an injury crisis coupled with a slow start to the season.Spurs will be playing away to West Ham on Saturday in a London Derby at the Olympic Stadium.0Shares0000(Visited 4 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

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Vasquez Canyon Bridge reopens

first_imgSAUGUS — The Vasquez Canyon bridge is reopening today at 3 p.m., two days ahead of schedule. The bridge was destroyed two weeks ago by the Buckweed Fire, which burned nearly 38,000 acres and destroyed 32 structures. County work crews had to build two temporary 40-foot long bridges – one eastbound and one westbound – to avoid disrupting day-to-day activities for residents and commercial vehicles that use the bridge. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREStriving toward a more perfect me: Doug McIntyre 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

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Bush call calms some as sectarian violence high

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECasino Insider: Here’s a look at San Manuel’s new high limit rooms, Asian restaurant But Bush’s personal intervention appeared to ease Sunni fears. Tariq al-Hashimi, leader of the Sunni Iraqi Accordance Front, said after speaking with Bush that a new government was the best way to ease the sectarian crisis. A second straight day of curfew in Baghdad and three surrounding provinces kept the city relatively calm, raising hopes that the worst of the crisis was past. Authorities lifted the curfew in the areas outside Baghdad but decreed an all-day vehicle ban Sunday for the capital and its suburbs. “I think the danger of civil war as a result of this attack has diminished, although I do not believe we are completely out of danger yet,” U.S. Ambassador Zalmay Khalilzad told reporters Saturday night. Nevertheless, bloodshed continued. A car bomb exploded in the Shiite holy city of Karbala, killing at least six people, hospital officials said. Gunmen broke into a Shiite home northeast of Baghdad and massacred 13 male members, police said. Bodies of 14 Iraqi police commandos were found near their three burned vehicles near a Sunni mosque in southwestern Baghdad, police Maj. Falah al- Mohammedawi said. Two rockets slammed into Baghdad’s Shiite slum, Sadr City, killing three people, including a child, and wounding seven, police said. Two Iraqi security officers guarding the funeral of an Al-Arabiya television correspondent Atwar Bahjat were killed and four other people were wounded when a car bomb exploded as mourners left a cemetery in western Baghdad. Bahjat was slain Wednesday along with two colleagues after covering the Samarra shrine bombing. Earlier, shooting broke out as the funeral procession was carrying her coffin near the home of Harith al-Dhari, head of the Association of Muslim Scholars, a prominent Sunni clerical group. One policeman was killed and two people were wounded in the shooting, police said. At least 21 other people died in small-scale shootings and bombings in Baghdad and western areas of the city, according to police and hospital reports. Gunmen also shot at two Sunni mosques in Baghdad on Saturday, police said. And two rockets damaged a Shiite shrine late Friday in Tuz Khormato, 130 miles north of Baghdad, police and witnesses said. The crisis has distracted attention from the approaching deadline set by the kidnappers of American journalist Jill Carroll, abducted Jan. 7 in Baghdad. Carroll, a freelancer for the Christian Science Monitor, was last seen on a videotape broadcast Feb. 10 by a Kuwaiti television station. It said the kidnappers threatened to kill her unless the U.S. met unspecified demands by today. “There are no new developments on her case so far because we are busy with a lot of things right now,” Deputy Interior Minister Hussein Kamal said Saturday. “We know about the deadline and we hope that we can reach her before they manage to kill her.” Faced with one of the gravest threats of the turbulent U.S. presence in Iraq, American officials mounted a furious effort to get the political process back on track while Iraqi authorities defended their handling of the crisis. Defense Minister Saadoun al-Dulaimi, a Sunni Arab, told reporters the government had one army division and one Interior Ministry armored brigade ready to move in case of a new outbreak of violence around the capital. “All honorable Iraqis are asked today to do all they can to preserve Iraqi blood and avoid strife, which, in case it breaks out, will burn everyone,” al-Dulaimi said. “We do not want to burden the public with our security measures but the more we take, the more we can control acts of violence. If we have to, we are ready to fill the streets with (armored) vehicles.” After Bush’s phone call, the main Sunni political group said in a statement that it would return to talks on joining a new government if Prime Minister Ibrahim al-Jaafari followed through on promises to rebuild damaged religious sites and determine who was behind the Samarra bombing and the reprisals attacks on Sunnis that followed. The Sunnis, who pulled out of government talks Thursday, sent representatives to a meeting with other factions late Saturday at al-Jaafari’s home. Khalilzad, the U.S. ambassador, also attended. “(Friday) they were fighting each other,” Kurdish politician Mahmoud Othman told The Associated Press. “Until noon (Saturday), there were no improvements but suddenly after Bush called them, they all went to the meeting. There is strong American pressure because they are very much concerned about Iraq.” Later, al-Jaafari said the parties agreed to repair all religious sites damaged in the latest violence and to compensate families of those who were killed. But Sunni politician Naser al-Ani said the agreement was not enough for the Sunnis to end their boycott of coalition talks. Getting talks on a new government back on track is critical for the Bush administration plan to establish a broad-based government that can win the trust of Sunni Arabs, who form the backbone of the insurgency. With a new government in place, Washington hopes to begin withdrawing some of its 138,000 soldiers this year. Without such a government in place, U.S. officials have said a drawdown could threaten the stability of Iraq, which lacks a fully trained and equipped military and police force to face the insurgents. The speed with which the reprisal attacks spread Wednesday – breaking out in Baghdad, Basra and smaller, religiously mixed cities – raised new doubts about the capability of Iraq’s security forces to maintain order. Violence began to recede after calls for restraint from Islamic religious leaders, including radical Shiite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr, whose own militia was blamed for many of the attacks on Sunnis. On Saturday, al-Sadr’s movement joined Sunni clerics in agreeing to prohibit killing members of the two sects and banning attacks on each other’s mosques. The clerics issued a statement blaming “the occupiers,” meaning the Americans and their coalition partners, for stirring up sectarian unrest. “We demand that the occupiers leave or set a timetable for the withdrawal,” the statement said. Associated Press writers Alexandra Zavis, Bassem Mroue, Qassim Abdul-Zahra, Sinan Salaheddin and Sameer N. Yacoub in Baghdad and Yahya Barzanji in Sulaimaniyah contributed to this story. CASUALTY LIST As of Saturday, at least 2,287 members of the U.S. military have died since the beginning of the Iraq war in March 2003, according to an Associated Press count. The figure includes seven military civilians. At least 1,793 died as a result of hostile action, according to the military’s numbers. The AP count is two lower than the Defense Department’s tally, last updated Friday at 10 a.m. EST. The British military has reported 101 deaths; Italy, 27; Ukraine, 18; Poland, 17; Bulgaria, 13; Spain, 11; Slovakia, three; Denmark, El Salvador, Estonia, Netherlands, Thailand, two each; Hungary, Kazakhstan, Latvia, one death each. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! BAGHDAD, Iraq – Bombs and gunfire killed about 60 people as another daytime curfew Saturday failed to halt violence that has claimed nearly 200 lives since the destruction of a Shiite shrine set off a wave of retribution against Sunnis and pushed Iraq toward civil war. In an unusual round of telephone diplomacy, President Bush spoke with seven leaders of Shiite, Sunni Arab and Kurdish political parties in a bid to defuse the sectarian crisis unleashed by the bombing of the Shiites’ Askariya shrine in Samarra. Bush “encouraged them to continue to work together to thwart the efforts of the perpetrators of the violence to sow discord among Iraq’s communities,” said Frederick Jones, a spokesman for the White House’s National Security Council. Reprisal attacks that followed the Wednesday blast in Samarra have derailed talks on a forming new Iraqi government and threaten Washington’s goal of building up a self-sufficient Iraq free of U.S. military involvement. last_img read more

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SNAPPER’S INCREDIBLE PIC OF PLANE PASSING SUN IN DONEGAL SKY

first_imgDDTV: DONEGAL snapper Noel Keating has been trying for months to capture this image – a plane flying past the winter sun in the Donegal sky.“I have tried all last year to capture this and today it finally happened,” says Noel. “I saw the plane way off in the distance and I did what I normally do.. I used the vapour trail of the plane to guide a line across the sky towards the Sun to see it if would line up.. and this one did.“As the plane got closer to the sun I couldn’t see it any more so I just viewed it through the Camera LCD display…. boy was I happy when it passed by the Solar Disc with all the Sunspots in clear view.”Captured @ 1:37pm on the 3rd January 2015BallintraCo.DonegalClick play to watch  SNAPPER’S INCREDIBLE PIC OF PLANE PASSING SUN IN DONEGAL SKY was last modified: January 4th, 2015 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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CROOK DE DIETRICH FACES JAIL AFTER COURT CASE

first_imgA FRENCH crook who swindled Donegal investors out of millions faces arrest and jail if he is found, it emerged tonight.Francois de Dietrich, the fraudster behind a multi-million pound investment scam, has lost an appeal against an 18-month prison sentence.An international arrest warrant has been issued after he failed to disclose his worldwide assets. The Court of Appeal dismissed his challenge to the prison sentence today.Dozens of people on both sides of the border fear they may have lost millions of pounds in investments made in liquidated stock through him.Court proceedings launched by the Financial Services Authority (FSA) led to an injunction banning de Dietrich and his company, ETIC Solutions, from taking any more deposits.Last month the regulatory body secured a summary judgment against him which enabled it to obtain full control of more than £20m in assets.That move was separate to proceedings which led to de Dietrich being found in contempt of court for not fully revealing his global financial affairs to the FSA.The businessman was last seen in France after being located by a crew from BBC Northern Ireland’s Spotlight.He was expected to contest the punishment handed down in his absence by claiming it was draconian.Last week, however, his former lawyers were granted permission to sever links to him.Despite the barrister and solicitor coming off record, the appeal remained listed for hearing.But Lord Chief Justice Sir Declan Morgan was told that de Dietrich was not in the court precincts.Counsel for the FSA added that police were also in the building and “interested” in finding him.Sir Declan pointed out that a request for the appeal to be adjourned was refused last month.“In those circumstances it seems we have no alternative but to dismiss the appeal,” he said.The judge directed that confirmation of the outcome should be sent to the last known e-mail addresses of both de Dietrich and a French lawyer associated with him.Any bid by him to have the judgment set aside must be lodged within 14 days.Legal costs were also awarded to the FSA.CROOK DE DIETRICH FACES JAIL AFTER COURT CASE was last modified: January 10th, 2012 by BrendaShare 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:Ballybofeycrook fraudsterfrancoislast_img read more

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Manchester United 2/5 to beat Ajax in Europa League final – Coral DD

first_imgCoral’s Simon Clare joins the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast to round up the latest sporting odds.Manchester United and Ajax meet on Wednesday night in the Europa League final – a match you can listen to LIVE on talkSPORT.United, who need to win to secure Champions League qualification, are the 2/5 favourites to triumph in Stockholm, while Ajax are 15/8.Coral is the official betting partner of the Alan Brazil Sports BreakfastYou can listen to live commentary of Ajax v Manchester United in the Europa League on Wednesday, May 24 from 7pm, live on talkSPORT.last_img read more

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GAA Notes: Milford come out victorious after hard fought game against Fanad Gaels

first_imgIntermediate ChampionshipFanad Gaels 1-7 CLG BnaG 1-9 It was never going to be a pretty game but nevertheless Na Galloglaigh did enough to get over the line tonight and advance to the quarter finals after a hard fought win over Fanad on Saturday. Playing against a stiff breeze the boys raced into a 3 point lead and looked comfortable before Fanad started growing into the game.The boys led from start to finish however and some great free taking from Cathal Mc Gettigan saw them lead at the break by 2, 0-4 to 0-6. The second half started perfectly for Na Galloglaigh as PJ Hagan got on the end of a nice team move to finish to the back of the net. This put the boys in a commanding 5 point lead and they really should have pressed on from here but as expected from a local derby, Fanad hit back.As the second half approached the midway point a high ball into the 6 yard box was punched to goal by Michael Sweeney to bring Fanad back within 2 points. It made for a tight and cagey finale, as the game had been throughout, but again Na Galloglaigh stood strong to see the game out, and despite trading scores the game finished 1-7 to 1-9 to see Dannys men advance to the quarter final with a game away to Nauls next weekend to spare. A speedy recovery to Conor McNulty who went off injured in the first half with a suspected hamstring tear.Team: Caolan Mc Gettigan, Conor McNulty, Barry McNulty, Tj Evesson, Gary Merritt, Paddy Peoples, Jonny Logue, Joey Cullen, Sean Black, Christopher Barrett (0-1), Pauric Curley (0-2), Cathal McGettigan (0-5), David Curley, Darragh Black (0-1), PJ Hagan (1-0). Subs: Gavin Grier for C. McNulty (20m), Kyle Black and Luke Barrett for Logue and S. Black (45m), Cormac Friel, Enda McHugh, Paul Sweeney, Martin Doyle, Kieran Sheridan, Caolan BoltonReserve ChampionshipFanad Gaels 1-10 CLG BnaG 1-9Our Reserves were bitterly disappointed to come away from Fanad without at least a point in a close local derby. It was a tense opening period with neither team creating any clear cut scoring opportunities. Fanad eventually scored the first point game of the game but Na Galloglaigh equalised through Martin Doyle. A Gary Helferty point gave the visitors the lead but Fanad responded with a point from a free. Na Galloglaigh were beginning to get on top in the game and had the majority of possession. This was rewarded with a goal when Paul Fisher finished off a well worked team move and a point from Cormac Friel gave them a 4 point lead.Fanad got the last score of the half to leave just a goal between the sides at half time, 0-3 to 1-3. Na Galloglaigh started the second half brightly and scored 2 early points through Ciaran McHugh. Another point from Kieran Gorman gave them a 6 point lead but credit to Fanad as they battled back into the game and scored 1-1 to cut the deficit to 2. The remainder of the half was end to end with points traded by both sides. With a just a point between the sides in the closing minutes it made for a nervy finish.Fanad equalised in the last minute of normal time and it looked like the game was heading for a draw before Aidan McAteer stepped up with a lovely point off the outside of the boot to give Fanad the victory. The result leaves Na Galloglaigh needing to beat St Nauls next Saturday to guarantee progression to the knockout stages.Team: Sean Gallagher, Patrick Ferry, Paul Grier, Cormac Friel (0-1), Cormac Toland, Enda McHugh, Kieran Sheridan, Paul Sweeney, Kieran Gorman (0-1), Martin Doyle (0-2), Caolan Bolton, Ciaran McHugh (0-2), Gary Helferty (0-2), Paul Fisher (1-1), Emmet Conaghan. Subs: Kieran McLaughlin for Ferry (45m), Matthew Stewart, James McCallum, James McGinleyLotto This weeks lotto numbers were 1-6-15-17. No jackpot winner, 3 match 3 winners, win €25 each. Seamus Gavigan, Michael McCarron, and Paul & Fiona Grier. Next weeks Jackpot is €1,060.Underage Coaching Anyone interested in getting involved in the coaching of underage teams are asked to contact Nigel Black (086-8128869) or Aidan Cannon (087-6784787) Lotto DatabaseLotto database players are reminded that end of year payments are now due. Anyone wishing to join the lotto database in 2016 can download the standing order form from the Club website or contact Joe McNulty. The benefits of joining the database are:– Full family membership for 2016 included– Entered into every draw every week– Automatically in Christmas hamper draw (One for database members only)– 11 weeks free entry to lotto drawLotto Sellers Required The Club is seeking lotto sellers in the Milford, Ramelton and Rathmullan areas. If you are interested contact Joe McNulty on 086-8547114Contact Us For all information and queries contact MilfordDonegalGAA@gmail.com, follow us on Twitter on @CLGBnaG, and on Facebook on www.facebook.com/clgbaile.nangalloglach or see our website www.clgbnag.com CLG BnaG Club GearA selection of club gear is available to order. Photos and prices of these items are on the club website and on the new Team App. Orders can be placed with Agnes Ryan 0868194751GAA Notes: Milford come out victorious after hard fought game against Fanad Gaels was last modified: August 30th, 2016 by Elaine McCalligShare 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:fanad gaelsGAAMilfordNoteslast_img read more

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‘FUSSY’ EATER GALLAGHER ASKS FAMILY TO BRING FOOD TO HOSPITAL

first_imgDouble-killer John Gallagher has asked his family to bring him food because he won’t eat the food at the Central Mental Hospital.His family revealed last night that he has arranged for visitors to bring him food as he is a “fussy eater.”A family spokesman said “He has always been a fussy eater and he’s still the same. “The last time he was in Dundrum, we would take it in turns to visit him and we would bring him all sorts of prepared food.“Turkey was one of his favourite foods and he always asked for the legs.“My mother would often make the journey up to see him and bring him food. When my father got ill, she would make the journey herself from Donegal on the bus.“He lived in the lap of luxury. He had a laptop computer, television and everything else he asked for.” The 46 year old Donegal man handed himself into the Dublin hospital on May 14th last after absconding from the unit 12 years ago.He was found guilty but insane of killing mother and daughter Anne and Annie Gillespsie in the grounds of Sligo General Hospital in 1988.Gallagher fled to England but returned to live in Strabane just a few miles from his victim’s families in 2003.Many believe he will now make a legal challenge for freedom claiming he is now sane and can no longer be detained lawfully.However his family, apart form his brother Christopher who he is still friendly with, have said they fear for their own safety. “He has said he got away with killing twice and he can do it again. We are terrified that he could be out within weeks if something is not done about this,” added the spokesman.The family spokesperson also said that he has been requesting his favourite Hamlet cigars as well as crisps and biscuits.‘FUSSY’ EATER GALLAGHER ASKS FAMILY TO BRING FOOD TO HOSPITAL was last modified: June 2nd, 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:Central Mental HospitaleaterfoodfussyHamlet cigarsJohn Gallagherlast_img read more

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Cover-up alleged in B.I.G. slaying

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREBlues bury Kings early with four first-period goals Attorney Perry Sanders, representing the rapper’s family, seized on the new information. “We had never focused on the Rampart aspect,” Sanders said Friday. “Now in hindsight, now that we’ve seen how things unfolded, that theory could make complete sense.” Sanders said Rampart – a scandal that cost the city tens of millions of dollars and led to the federal consent decree levied on the LAPD – got “tons of attention” while “cops working with gangsters got almost no attention.” “I think anything the city has intentionally done wrong by way of a cover-up … all that could increase liability,” said Sanders, who said he anticipates reviewing 81 CDs and other relevant materials being released by the court. Sullivan, in an interview, said, “LAPD and the Los Angeles Times conspired to protect an LAPD officer involved in the killing of Biggie Smalls, i.e. Mack, with possible Perez involvement.” Allegations published Friday in a Rolling Stone magazine article raise new questions about a possible cover-up of critical information about the 1997 slaying of rapper Notorious B.I.G. and the possible role of Rampart scandal figure Rafael Perez and another former LAPD officer. The lengthy article by Randall Sullivan, author of the book “Labyrinth” about the killing, contends that the Los Angeles Police Department and the Los Angeles Times failed to engage possible links between the slaying of Christopher Wallace (Notorious B.I.G.) on March 9, 1997, in Los Angeles and Perez and former Officer David Mack and their ties to rap music producer Marion “Suge” Knight’s Death Row Records. Similar allegations were published in the online magazine FrontPageMagazine.com by writer Jan Golab, who said new information about the role of the LAPD in the investigation could increase the city’s liability in a pending federal lawsuit brought by the slain rap star’s family. While the articles raise many of the same previously published questions about the officers’ links to the unsolved slayings of Notorious B.I.G. and Tupac Shakur – who died in Las Vegas on Sept. 13, 1996, days after being shot – it is their more strongly drawn connection to Rampart and reams of documents ordered released by U.S. District Judge Florence-Marie Cooper that could change the complexion of the family’s complaint, which is expected to be amended for a new trial. A mistrial was declared last summer when an LAPD officer acknowledged that investigative records had been withheld from the plaintiffs. Added Golab: “It was about damage control.” Notorious B.I.G.’s potential lifetime earnings were estimated at $362 million in a court report, the magazine said. Assistant City Attorney Don Vincent said the family’s original settlement demand was in the $400 million range. Vincent said there are no ongoing settlement talks because “so much money” is being demanded, and the city believes it will prevail. The plaintiffs are to be awarded fees and costs out of the mistrial, and are asking for about $1.5 million. The city is expected to counter with a lower amount Monday. Sullivan said he believes then-LAPD Chief Bernard Parks, an African-American and now a city councilman, was motivated by “personal ambition” to contain the scandal to the Rampart allegations rather than deal with the potentially more explosive connections between African-American cops working for, and potentially involved in the slaying of, the rappers. The former Los Angeles Herald-Examiner columnist said the Los Angeles Times ignored or failed to report key leads, instead taking the word of LAPD investigators that they were no longer pursuing the cops-rapper conspiracy theory, specifically Mack’s ties to a man named Amir Muhammad. The Times in December 1999 reported that one theory LAPD detectives were looking at was whether Mack had Muhammad, also known as Harry Billups, carry out the shooting of Notorious B.I.G. outside the Petersen Automotive Museum. In a later story written by Chuck Philips, Muhammad denied any involvement, and the Times reported that the police no longer had him under scrutiny. Parks called the allegations groundless, and also challenged reports repeated in Rolling Stone that a picture of his daughter posing with Mack and Perez was found in a police raid. “I think that sounds like a desperate attorney trying to sue the city,” he said. Parks said if he’d wanted to avoid embarrassment, he would never have pursued Rampart aggressively, including a departmental board of inquiry into the scandal that led to a federal consent decree. “If we were going to put a lid on it, because it was too embarrassing, it makes no sense. How can it be more embarrassing than what we uncovered?” Parks said he never had trouble firing or disciplining Mack or other black officers. And he said his daughter denied knowing Perez and that the picture has never emerged. “Why would we create Rampart at a cost of well over $100 million as a diversion for three black officers already in prison? It doesn’t make sense.” Parks said Muhammad – who was the first person to visit Mack in prison – was eliminated as a suspect after review by the LAPD, the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office and FBI. “How many corrupt law enforcement officials can we find covering up for Bernard Parks?” Sullivan said details about Muhammad were overlooked by the Times, including his Oct. 21, 1998, arrest in Chino for “firearm brandishing” next to a vehicle containing ex-girlfriend Angelique Mitchell and her new boyfriend – who died a few days later in what police and coroner’s reports called a murder-suicide. Muhammad was cited for carrying a concealed weapon in the case, but later had it expunged from his record, the magazine said. Marc Duvoisin, Times assistant managing editor, in a statement said Sullivan’s “claim that the Los Angeles Times tried to keep the lid on evidence implicating rogue police officers in the murder of rap star Notorious B.I.G. is without any foundation in fact. “The main elements of the murder-conspiracy theory Sullivan expounds were first reported in the Times – the same Times he now accuses of trying to keep the truth buried. “When subsequent developments cast doubt on these allegations and the conspiracy theory, the Times wrote about those as well. But Sullivan makes no mention of the original articles, even as he parrots their contents (without acknowledgment). “In so doing, he forfeits any claim to be taken seriously.” The Times accused Sullivan of an “animus” for Philips, who won a Pulitzer Prize for his coverage of the rap industry. Sources said there was considerable disagreement at the Times over whether Philips’ story undermined the original report. Sullivan in an e-mail statement accused the Times of “attacking me personally, while entirely avoiding the subject of its own outrageously distorted coverage of this case. “The claim that the Times reported `the main elements of the murder-conspiracy theory’ is not quite as laughable as their claim that ‘subsequent developments cast doubts on those allegations.’ “The only subsequent developments in this regard were the Times’ own articles, authored by Chuck Philips, that attempted to dismiss the ‘conspiracy theory’ on the basis of absurdly vague and obviously self-serving statements by the LAPD and by Amir Muhammad that went entirely unchallenged or investigated.” Sullivan also criticized Philips’ reporting of allegations that implicated Notorious B.I.G. in Shakur’s death, accusing Philips of relying “entirely upon” anonymous members of the Crips gang in his article. In the Rolling Stone article, he reported that lawyers for the Wallace estate had produced invoices showing that the rapper was in a New York recording studio on the night he supposedly was in Las Vegas meeting with a Crips “emissary” resulting in the killing of Shakur by Crips gang members. The Times said Philips’ story “has without all challenges to its accuracy, including Sullivan’s. It remains the definitive account of the Shakur slaying.” Beth Barrett, (818) 713-3731 beth.barrett@dailynews.com 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img

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