first_imgBY MATTHEW ROCCO Correspondent At this time of the year, all the high school football teams are equally optimistic. When the 2010 season kicks off this weekend, everyone has the same 0-0 record and dreams of making the playoffs. Locally, Holmdel High School will be hosting Lakewood on Saturday night (7 p.m.), and Raritan High School travels to New Brunswick for a 7 p.m. kickoff. St. John Vianney High School has its bye week and waits until Sept. 16 to play its first game. The Lancers will open at Rumson-Fair Haven (7 p.m. kickoff). The following is a look at the 2010 Holmdel, Raritan and St. John Vianney football teams. Holmdel High School The Holmdel football team will be looking to turn things around in 2010. Last season the Hornets finished with a 2-8 record and failed to score more than two touchdowns in a single game, a feat that they have not accomplished since Thanksgiving 2007. This season, however, Holmdel has a renewed sense of confidence going into the season opener against Lakewood “Our first goal is to beat Lakewood, and there is not one person on this team who doesn’t want to make the playoffs,” head coach Frank Papalia said, stressing the importance for the team to build confidence with an opening-day win. Papalia, who is in his second season as head coach of the Hornets, is confident in his team partly because there are six returning starters on each side of the football. “The returning players are in more comfortable positions,” he said, “and this is the third offense and defense some of them are playing under.” Papalia’s team will be running a spread offense in 2010, and the objective is simple: spread the ball around. “Our offense is definitely dangerous,” the Hornets’ coach said. “I’m confident we can score points.” On the defensive side of the football, Papalia would like to see his team exhibit sound fundamentals. “I know it sounds simple, but we need to tackle,” he said. And, according to coach Papalia, the team’s overall success will depend on how well the Hornets adhere to this year’s theme: “Inside of our four walls.” “What we mean by that is taking care of ourselves,” Papalia explained. “One thing we are trying to preach is take care of yourself and do your assignment. We need to do our job, and hopefully everything works out.” The coaching staff, which Papalia described as “professionalism top to bottom,” will continue to support this idea during practices and games. “The players have really rallied around the staff,” Papalia said. Papalia and the Hornets are confident that they can turn things around if they remain focused on their goals. “The key word is to compete,” Papalia said. Papalia is also sure to remind everyone that last season could have easily been a different story. “We very well could have been a 4-6 team [in 2009],” he said, noting that Holmdel lost two close games last season. With last season behind them, the Holmdel Hornets are hoping to find success this season by taking care of their own business. Raritan High School Following a strong 2009 campaign, Raritan is ready to further improve on their 8-3 record from last season. Head coach Anthony Petruzzi sees his team as a strong contender in 2010. “We have the opportunity to be in a lot of games,” Petruzzi said. “We have to take care of our part. We pay attention to detail. “We are confident in our offensive and defensive schemes that we put together,” he added. “Our best should be better than the other team’s best.” The Rockets have six returning starters on offense and six on defense, so the team has a core group of players who can lead. “We have a strong senior class,” Petruzzi said. “We also have a lot of younger gentlemen who can step up for us this year. We try to get a lot of our younger guys on the field.” According to Petruzzi, Raritan seems to have a good mix of older and younger players, and the coaching staff is working to prepare everybody. “I am confident that [the players] will be ready,” he said. When asked about the nature of the team’s practices, Petruzzi characterized practices as being a “conditioning period.” “We try to work at a high tempo and turn mental toughness into a physical nature,” he said. “Our goal is to be the most physical team on Saturday [game day].” Raritan’s strengths on both sides of the football are certainly correlated to the physical nature of the team. “Our success will be running the ball and playing good defense,” Petruzzi said. “We will take some vertical shots, but we rely on our front line [on offense].” Heading into the season opener on Saturday, Sept. 11, against New Brunswick High School, the Rockets will continue to work hard in preparation, Petruzzi said. “It has been business as usual, and we will be ready for New Brunswick,” he added. St. John Vianney High School With a strong group of returning players, St. John Vianney, led by head coach Skip Edwards, will be a team filled with experienced players. The Lancers have seven returning starters on offense and five on defense. The entire offensive line, including two tight ends, will remain intact, and the team’s kicker, who also serves as the punter, is back as well. “It’s definitely a plus having players with the knowledge of seasoned veterans,” Edwards said. “We also have nine of our 12 coaches back with us, and they have been working hard to prepare the players.” The Lancers have been preparing for their season opener, which will be on Sept. 16 against Rumson-Fair Haven. The team has a bye week the first week of the high school season. “It’s going to be a tough game against Rumson,” Edwards said, “but we are going to play right along with them. “We lifted all summer and had a long preseason camp,” he added “The players are working real hard.” The team is certainly optimistic that they can improve on last season’s 4-6 record. Last year’s team was predominantly composed of juniors, and Skip Edwards believes his Lancers are much better overall this season. “We are a more physical team than last year. We are smart and athletic,” he said. “We are also much improved defensively.” The Lancers also have a number of younger players who will be expected to contribute this season. “We are hoping the kids step up to the next level and be competitive,” said Edwards. When it comes to the team’s objectives for the 2010 season, the Lancers aim to play together as a team. “Our main goal is to become a team and stay healthy,” Edwards said. “The players have been working very hard. The team really has a sense of community — and Lancer pride, as we call it.” This season, St. John Vianney is optimistic that the team’s Lancer pride and positive work ethic will translate into success.last_img read more

first_imgThe Briton, who started from pole position, crossed the line 1.2 seconds ahead of Red Bull’s Max Verstappen and Daniel Ricciardo to move 59 points clear at the top of the overall standings.Vettel made it no further than the fourth lap before retiring in the pits.Already 34 points behind Hamilton before the start, the setback was the third in as many races for the German, whose hopes now rest on Hamilton suffering similar misfortune in the last four grands prix.”I could only have dreamed of having this kind of gap,” said Hamilton, interviewed on the podium by Indianapolis 500 winner Takuma Sato.”I wouldn’t say that I have one hand on it [the title],” he added later.”There’s still 100 points available so I’m still going to keep the pedal to the metal.”Sunday’s win was the 61st of Hamilton’s career and third at the Suzuka circuit. It came a day after the 32-year-old smashed the track record to seize pole at the 5.8-kilometre track in dominant style.With the gap he now holds over Vettel, the 32-year-old could clinch the title as soon as the next race in Austin, Texas, on October 22.Vettel hurt and disappointedVettel had lined up alongside the Briton, raising the prospect of the two title rivals racing side-by-side to the first corner, but the Ferrari had already run into trouble before the start.Vettel’s mechanics changed his car’s spark plug on the grid and seemed to have resolved the problem.But while he made a clean start, Hamilton chopped across to keep the lead at the first corner.Clearly lacking power, Vettel fell back through the field before getting the call from his race engineer to retire the car.”Of course it hurts, and we’re all disappointed,” said the four times world champion, who hugged his mechanics and gave the crowd a quick wave after returning to the pits.”For sure now you don’t look at the positives because it’s not the day to look at positives.”With Vettel sidelined and Mercedes back up to speed after two lacklustre weekends, Hamilton’s afternoon should have consisted of a straightforward drive to victory, but late tyre vibrations allowed Verstappen to reel him in.For a moment it looked like the Dutchman could cause a late upset and snatch a second consecutive win to add to his triumph in Malaysia.But with back markers between him and the chasing Red Bull, Hamilton hung on.”The first half of the race was very well under control and the second part was a lot harder,” Hamilton said.”I had massive understeer. I’m really grateful the car stuck in and I didn’t make any mistakes.”Valtteri Bottas, who had started sixth due to a grid penalty for an unscheduled gearbox change, fought through to finish fourth for Mercedes.Fellow Finn Kimi Raikkonen, also struck by a gearbox-related grid penalty, was the sole-surviving Ferrari in fifth.Force India’s Esteban Ocon, who ran as high as third at one stage, was sixth ahead of Mexican teammate Sergio Perez, as the Silverstone-based team came away with another strong haul of points.Kevin Magnussen was eighth ahead of Haas teammate Romain Grosjean. Brazilian Felipe Massa rounded out the top 10 for Williams.Britain’s Jolyon Palmer completed his last race for Renault in 12th place. His replacement from Toro Rosso, Spaniard Carlos Sainz, was the first retirement of the day.Reuterslast_img read more

first_imgBy Brian HomewoodArsenal recovered from a goal down to beat FC Cologne 3-1 after crowd disturbances in London, while AC Milan’s new signing Andre Silva scored a hat-trick in a rousing 5-1 win at Austria Vienna as the Europa League group stage got underway on Thursday.Fellow Serie A sides Atalanta and Lazio also won while Portugal’s Vitoria Guimaraes began their match against Salzburg with not a single European player in the team.Arsenal’s Group H match was delayed by an hour as about 20,000 Cologne supporters fans descended on The Emirates, most without tickets, before kick off as their team returned to European competition for the first time in 25 years.The reports added that the number of away fans around the stadium was preventing home supporters getting in, although the Arsenal fans were eventually able to enter the stadium.The Metropolitan Police said extra officers had been sent to the stadium after scuffles broke out before kick-off.A police statement said: “Officers are dealing with disorder at the Emirates Stadium where fans have gathered for the Arsenal vs FC Koln match. A policing plan is in place for the game. Additional officers have been deployed.”The police later said four people had been arrested “on suspicion of public order offences”.Asked if the number of Cologne fans at the match was a surprise, Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger told reporters: “They were very clever. I don’t know how they managed to infiltrate our fans and get everywhere but they did that very well.”“Were the problems created by people who had no tickets? I don’t know. But certainly they (Cologne) had more people here than tickets so that was certainly the cause,” he said at the post-match news conference.“I’ve followed German football for a long time and I thought Cologne had not played in Europe for 25 years. On the first night they go out (to play), they spoil their night. I couldn’t understand that.”There were also scuffles between fans and when the action finally started, Arsenal fell behind to a stunning long-range strike from Jhon Cordoba before second-half goals from Sead Kolasinac, Alexis Sanchez and Hector Bellerin rescued the win.Milan’s Portugal forward, signed from Porto in the close season, enjoyed a prolific night as he became the first player to score a European hat-trick for the seven-times European champions since Brazilian Kaka against Anderlecht in 2006.Hakan Calhanoglu set Milan on their way with a fierce drive in the seventh minute and then set up Silva’s first two goals in the 10th and 20th of the Group D game.Although Alexandar Borkovic pulled one back two minutes after the break, Silva completed his treble in the 56th minute after being sent clear by Franck Kessie’s through ball. Suso added the fifth just after the hour before Milan eased up.Atalanta were also impressive, scoring three first-half goals to beat English opponents Everton in Group E.Andrea Masiello tapped the ball in from a corner after 27 minutes before Alejandro Gomez rifled home a shot from the edge of the area in the 41st and Bryan Cristante added the third three minutes later after Everton were caught in possession.“I have been waiting for this moment for a lifetime,” said Argentine Gomez. “I’m not a young kid anymore so to play my first Europa League match at 29 and beat Everton is very emotional.”LYON HELDOlympique Lyonnais were held 1-1 at Apollon Limassol in the group’s other game after Adrian Sardinero Corpa got a last-gasp equaliser for the Cypriots to cancel out Memphis Depay’s 53rd minute penalty.Braga pulled off a shock in Group C by coming from behind to win 2-1 at Hoffenheim, who had beaten German champions Bayern Munich in the Bundesliga on Saturday.Sandro Wagner gave Hoffenheim the lead in the 24th minute but Joao Carlos Teixeira headed the equaliser on the stroke of halftime from a cross by Ricardo Esgaio who also set up the winner for Dyego Sousa five minutes after the break.Lazio came from behind to win 3-2 at Vitesse Arnhem in Group K to complete a perfect night for three Serie A teams. Ciro Immobile scored their second goal, taking his tally for the season to seven in five games in all competitions.In the group’s other game, Nice thumped Zulte-Waregem 5-1 in Belgium with Alassane Plea scoring the first two goals, followed by a third from Dante and one from Allan Saint-Maximin before maverick striker Mario Balotelli wrapped up the win.Guimaraes fielded four Brazilians, three Colombians, one Uruguayan, one Peruvian, one Ghanaian and one Ivorian against Salzburg who are in the Europa League again after a 10th successive failure to reach the Champions League.Brazilian Pedrao put Guimaraes ahead in the Group I game before Valon Berisha levelled for the Austrian champions.Zenit St Petersburg enjoyed the biggest win of the night, 5-0 at Macedonian champions Vardar Skopje in Group L with Aleksandr Kokorin scoring the first two.last_img read more

first_imgFollowing months of intense preparation, head coach and president of Cavalier SC, Rudolph Speid, said his players are ready to compete in this year’s staging of the Gothia Cup, a preseason youth tournament scheduled for July 15-21 in Gothenburg, Sweden.Speid told The Gleaner yesterday that the team will be leaving tomorrow for a three-day camp in Norway, moving over to the championships in Sweden.Speid said that they are taking the tournament very seriously because it is an opportunity for the young charges to showcase their talents in front of top European scouts.”It is what they dubbed the youth club World Cup and there are 24 team from all over the world taking part, and we are going there to see if we can give a good account of ourselves,” said Speid.”We are also going there to ensure that people realise that Jamaica has good-quality players and good organisation,” he said.”The players are elated about this because most of these players have never travelled before and they are going to be travelling to Europe, which is a dream come true for players looking to play in Europe,” Speid said.Cavalier were invited to compete in tournament after they defeated English Premier League side Tottenham Hotspur’s U-15 team in the finals of a preseason tournament in the Cayman Islands last year.Speid added that his players are looking forward to carrying over this feat into this tournament in Norway.”They are looking forward to it and to make their mark. They want to give a good performance for the club and country,” Speid noted.”I think if a couple of the players catch the eyes of the scouts, that will be good for us. But even if they don’t, then the experience of travelling abroad will do a world of good for their careers,” he stated.”This is the only team from this region participating in the Gothia Cup, and we are the first ever team in this region to do so. This is a major accomplishment for us,” Speid added.last_img read more

first_imgAmidst the proliferation and high competition in the supermarket sector, one of Liberia’s oldest supermarkets, SAVEWAY MALL, has installed the first ever escalator in the country. The escalator has been installed and recently launched in the supermarket, located at ELWA Junction, in Paynesville to carry (transport) customers between the first and newly constructed second floor. An escalator is a type of vertical transportation in the form of a moving staircase – a conveyor transport device for carrying people between floors of a building. The device consists of a motor-driven chain of individually linked steps that move up or down on tracks, allowing the step treads to remain horizontal.The General Manager of the Saveway Mall, Ziad H. Esber told the Daily Observer in an exclusive interview over the weekend in Paynesville that the construction of the second floor, purchasing of the escalator and its installation as well as the goods is an investment of about US$1m.Ziad emphasized that a staff will be assigned throughout at the escalator, to educate and assist consumers of the escalator, to avoid accidents. “The usage of the escalator is just simple: when you put your feet or stand on a moving escalator, you stand still, don’t walk… when the escalator reaches you at the last stair of the floor, you walk off easily, ” Ziad said. He said on the first floor, the supermarket has food stuff, sanitation materials, cosmetics and kitchen utensils. “On the second floor are toys, home decorations, clothes, jewelry, cosmetics and kitchen utensils, “Ziad noted. “Also, we also have cigar lounge (place to smoke cigar), a mini bar, and a coffee shop (called Jeffrey’s Retro and Coffee). ” He added: “We have a secure and supervised playground for our costumers’ children… as time goes by, there will be fees charged for maintenance for the playground from costumers.” A staffer at the Saveway Mall, who asked not to be named, said though the sales growth has slowed and there is price war among the supermarkets, the Saveway Mall, is keeping its balance to meet the needs of its customers and strive to be the best amongst the rest. “The evidence is the escalator, the first ever in the country since 1847,”the staffer said. Another staffer said, “We have taken the supermarket to another level with the escalator and we are hopeful of more consumers and making them spend more when they are there.” The Daily Observer has gathered that 23 Liberians are under the employment of the Saveway Mall, five of whom are benefitting from the Saveway Scholarship Scheme. Meanwhile, the supermarket was established by a Lebanese business man, George Koussa in the ’80s, under the name, Paynesville Supermarket. The supermarket closed twice during the Liberian civil war, between 1989 and 2003. In 2009, Mr. George Koussa’ s son, Jamil Koussa took over, and renamed it, Saveway Supermarket. With the new development, it has now been renamed, “Saveway Mall.” Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

first_img0Shares0000GLASGOW, Scotland, July 11- David Rudisha aims to lower the world-leading time to under 1:43 over two laps of the track when he returns to racing at the Sainsbury’s Glasgow Grand Prix, an IAAF Diamond League meeting, at Hampden Park on Saturday.The 25-year-old Kenyan admitted that he’s had a tough 12 months recovering from the knee injury that cut short his 2013 campaign but claimed that after a few weeks of hard training in Kenya he is close to the kind of shape that brought him world and Olympic titles and three world records between 2010 and 2012. Rudisha’s appearance in the penultimate event of the two-day Glasgow Diamond League on Saturday afternoon will be his first competitive outing since he won in New York a month ago.Having finished seventh in Eugene at the end of May, Rudisha clocked a season’s best of 1:44.63 in New York’s Icahn Stadium two weeks later while top of the 2014 list for the men’s 800m is 1:43.34 which his compatriot, Asbel Kiprop, ran in Paris last Saturday.“It has been tough year coming back from an injury and I am trying to do my best to get back to top form,” he said. “I had two races so far this year, both in America, and I think I’ll be improving on those here.“I’ve had a good few weeks in Kenya since the New York race and I think you are going to see a good improvement this weekend.”Asked whether it was more important to win or produce a fast time, Rudisha said: “Both would be good but I am mostly looking for a good improvement because I don’t think 1:44 is a time that I am happy to be running. I want to get the world leading time and to get close to 1:42.”The race will be Rudisha’s first on UK soil since the London 2012 Olympic Gmes final, when he became the first man to complete two laps quicker than 1:41.“If you see my previous races this year, even in Eugene, even though I was not in top shape, I didn’t want to change my running tactics. I want to maintain that because I know in time and with good training I will get there, so I am going to keep running from the front.“I haven’t been in top shape since the Olympics and I am still trying to work my way up, so the most important thing is just to build up. Right now, running 1:42 would be great for me, and then I will focus on next year and the 2015 World Championships.”Victory on Saturday will put Rudisha at the top of the Diamond League standings, but he is focused on adding a Commonwealth Games title to his gold medal collection when he returns to Hampden Park in a few weeks time.“The Commonwealth Games is big in Kenya,” explained Rudisha. “Personally, I have never been to the Commonwealths, so this will be my first time, and I want to add that medal to my tally. It’s really a great opportunity.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

first_imgIt’s really steep, really narrow, with tight turns and few shoulders. Engines overheat on the way up; brakes overheat on the way down. Impatient motorists whip past creeping trucks over double-yellow lines with no room to spare. Lone Pine Canyon Road has become the de facto detour to Wrightwood during the closure of the 138 Freeway from just west of the 15 Freeway to the 2 Freeway. The official detour if traveling north is to stay on the 15 to the 395 and then go west on the 18 until it joins up with the 138. But Wrightwood residents still want easy access, especially for businesses. The roughly 9-mile-long Lone Pine Canyon Road provides that. County road officials have placed signs saying the road is closed to through traffic, and trucks heavier than 5 tons are prohibited. It’s not clear how much the increased traffic is simply local commuters or folks seeking a shortcut on their way to Palmdale and the rest of the Antelope Valley. The California Highway Patrol plans to use grant money to increase enforcement during rush hours, perhaps as early as this week. They will also place a radar trailer to encourage people to slow down, Officer Jeffrey Perez said. “We know it’s dangerous,” he said. “We don’t want to see any crashes. We don’t want to see any fatalities.” There are CHP officers assigned to provide security within the construction area, but they are not available to leave their assignments and go out on patrol. The barricades for the current closure are immediately west of the intersection of the 138 and Lone Pine Canyon Road, and traffic naturally turns left onto Lone Pine. Even though Caltrans can’t recommend a county road as a detour, “they’re effectively doing that,” said Ken Walter, a member of a community group working with Caltrans “If they (drivers) don’t have business here, we want them out.” Then there’s the “idiot factor,” Carroll warned. Without a passing lane, cars tailgate until they can pass, and that’s not always in a legal area. There are few or no turnouts, so if a truck is wheezing its way up the steep grade, cars either pass it in the other lane or squeeze past it if it pulls over to the right. Some people, mostly in larger SUVs, drive in the middle of the road as they go around curves, assuming, apparently, that the other cars are so small that they can make do with half of their side of the road. The community asked that the barricades be placed east of the intersection, near the 76 gas station just off the 15 to give trucks ample room to turn around and discourage nonresidents from going forward. Caltrans doesn’t have the authority to place restrictions outside the work area, Caltrans spokeswoman Rose Melgoza said. Lone Pine Canyon Road travels through heavy desert brush, and residents fear a carelessly tossed cigarette butt or overheated brakes or exhaust systems could trigger a devastating wildfire. With all the planning that went into the closure, some wonder why extra CHP patrols weren’t lined up beforehand. “It’s a public county road,” CHP Officer Melanie Weaver said. “There’s no easy way to do this.” Staff Writer Megan Blaney contributed to this report. andrew.silva@sbsun.com (909) 386-3889 Road hazard With the 138 Freeway closed between the 15 Freeway and Highway 2, drivers have been flooding Lone Pine Canyon Road, a steep, dangerous two-lane road. Some Wrightwood residents have asked that people who don’t live there take the Caltrans-sanctioned detour shown on Page 3.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Wrightwood residents are convinced someone’s going to get killed. “The Highway 138 closure turned into a recipe for disaster on Lone Pine Canyon Road,” said Chuck Carroll, a member of the Wrightwood Municipal Advisory Committee. The section of the 138 is closed so Caltrans can complete a $44 million project to widen the road, build truck-climbing lanes, and add medians and shoulders to the notoriously dangerous stretch of road. The closure began June 11 and is scheduled to run through Sept. 11. Caltrans can only recommend detours on other state roads, not on county roads, including Lone Pine Canyon Road. last_img read more

first_imgThey said Gonzaga, who weighed in at 252 pounds, would overpower the smaller champion, who is 44 years old. Instead, Couture decked Gonzaga early and, after bloodying and battering him nearly nonstop for two full rounds, beat the challenger down to the mat and into defeat in the main event of Saturday night’s UFC 74: Respect at Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas. With the crowd clearly in support of the champion, the 2281/2-pound Couture picked up the huge challenger and slammed him to the mat several times. It was one of those slams that eventually spelled defeat for Gonzaga. “I felt like if I got in his face and kept the pressure on him, it’d get to him later on,” Couture (16-8, 7 KOs, 2 submissions) said. “We clashed heads against the fence and I think that’s what cut his nose. … I heard the crunch and I knew I had to stay in range and work on it and try to put him away.” As in April’s title win against the heavily favored Tim Sylvia, Couture came out and staggered his foe early with right hands. MIXED MARTIAL ARTS: UFC champion bloodies and beats behemoth Gonzaga. By James Melroy STAFF WRITER Once again, Randy Couture was the underdog. This time, his foe was Brazilian behemoth Gabriel Gonzaga, who had wowed everyone with a spectacular knockout of Mirko “Cro Cop” Filipovic. Couture landed several big punches throughout the round, apparently breaking Gonzaga’s nose, sending blood streaming down the challenger’s face. Gonzaga (9-2, 4 KOs, 5 submissions) attempted to repeat his high-leg kick success that he had against Filipovic in the opening seconds of the second round, but Couture avoided the blow and landed several strikes on Gonzaga. As the second round ended, a bleeding and battered Gonzaga raised his hand as he walked back toward his corner, while the crowd cheered wildly for Couture. Gonzaga opened the third with two high kicks that Couture deflected. Couture pushed Gonzaga back against the cage, and swept the leg, taking the challenger down before landing a flurry of punches to force Dean to stop the action. In the co-main event, Georges St. Pierre (15-2, 6 KOs, 4 submissions) earned a 30-27, 29-28, 29-28 win over Josh Koscheck (9-2, 1 KO, 4 submissions). james.melroy@presstelegram.com160Want 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

first_img Sabei said authorities had tried to prevent the protest from turning violent. “Things got out of hand when elements that had infiltrated into the ranks of the demonstrators broke through security shields,” he said. “The one remaining option was an order to shoot, but I was not prepared to order the troops to shoot Lebanese citizens.” Sabei, like other Lebanese politicians and Grand Mufti Mohammed Rashid Kabbani, spiritual leader of Lebanon’s Sunni Muslims, suggested Islamic radicals had fanned the anger. Kabbani said outsiders among the protesters were trying to “distort the image of Islam.” The United States accused the Syrian government of backing the protests in Lebanon and Syria. 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 MORESanta Anita opens winter meet Saturday with loaded card Flames and smoke billowed from the 10-story building, which also houses the Austrian Embassy and the residence of Slovakia’s consul. Protesters waved green and black Islamic flags from broken windows and tossed papers and filing cabinets outside. Witnesses said one protester, apparently overcome by smoke, jumped from a window and was rushed to the hospital. Security officials said he died. Thirty people were injured, half of them members of the security forces, officials said, making it the most violent in a string of demonstrations across the Muslim world. All the injuries were from beatings and stones. Prime Minister Fuad Saniora said before meeting with top Islamic leaders that about 200 people were detained, and police said they included 76 Syrians, 35 Palestinians and 38 Lebanese. The first apparent victim of the political fallout from the violence was Interior Minister Hassan Sabei, who submitted his resignation. It was not immediately clear if the resignation was accepted. BEIRUT, Lebanon – Muslim rage over caricatures of the prophet Muhammad grew increasingly violent Sunday as thousands of rampaging protesters – undaunted by tear gas and water cannons – torched the Danish mission and ransacked a Christian neighborhood. At least one person reportedly died and about 200 were detained, officials said. Muslim clerics denounced the violence, with some wading into the mobs trying to stop them. Copenhagen ordered Danes to leave the country or stay indoors in the second day of attacks on its diplomatic outposts in the Middle East. In Beirut, a day after violent protests in neighboring Syria, the crowd broke through a cordon of troops and police that had encircled the embassy. Security forces fired tear gas and loosed their weapons into the air to stop the onslaught. The protesters, armed with stones and sticks, damaged police and fire vehicles and threw stones at a Maronite Catholic church in the wealthy Ashrafieh area – a Christian neighborhood where the Danish Embassy is located. last_img read more

first_imgA Malawian man who gave up his 13-month-old son to be adopted by Madonna said Sunday he had not realized he was signing away custody “for good.” Yohane Banda, 32, signed adoption papers earlier this month, clearing the way for a Malawian judge to grant the pop singer and her husband a temporary order to take his son David. Banda said his understanding was that “when David grows up, he will return back home to his village.” He said the director of Child Welfare Services, Penston Kilembe, and the retired pastor who heads the orphanage where David spent most of his life never told him by “adoption” it meant David will cease to be his son. Banda said he was illiterate and so had no idea of the significance of the adoption. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECalifornia’s bungled $1 billion accounting system Madonna’s Malawian lawyer, Alan Chinula, insisted the singer followed all the procedures to adopt the child. The Human Rights Consultative Committee, which comprises 67 human rights groups, has challenged the adoption, saying laws concerning the residency of the new parents were flouted and that it may set a precedent for human trafficking. – Associated Press 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