Detective quits Pakistan probe into parade bomb

first_imgBy Zarar Khan THE ASSOCIATED PRESS KARACHI, Pakistan – The detective leading Pakistan’s inquiry into the suicide attack on Benazir Bhutto withdrew from the case Wednesday after the former prime minister accused him of involvement in the torture of her husband in 1999, a senior official said. Ghulam Muhammad Mohtarem, home secretary of Sindh province, said the government would form a new team to investigate the deadly attack on Bhutto’s homecoming parade in Karachi last week. The bombing killed 136 people and raised fears about the country’s stability. “We know what we’re doing. We don’t need assistance,” he told reporters. 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 MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.center_img Bhutto has blamed Islamic militants for the attack, but has also accused elements in the government and the security services of complicity. She wants international experts to help with the investigation. The two-term prime minister specifically objected to Manzur Mughal, a senior investigator in Sindh province, claiming he had been present while her husband, Asif Ali Zardari, was tortured in custody on corruption charges in 1999. Mohtarem said that the provincial government had no doubt about Mughal’s competency and professionalism, but that Mughal decided to withdraw to protect the inquiry from accusations of bias. “The investigation team will be formed anew after Manzur Mughal disassociated himself from the investigation in view of the objections raised by Benazir Bhutto on the chief investigator’s credentials,” the home secretary said. Prime Minister Shaukat Aziz later rejected the idea of bringing in outside experts. last_img read more

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UntitledTV actors to join striking writers on picket lines

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREStriving toward a more perfect me: Doug McIntyre Other celebrities slated to join the picketers include Ben Stiller, Lisa Kudrow and Camryn Manheim. The WGA is on strike in a dispute over future revenue from shows distributed over the Internet and other new media. The Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers yesterday took out ads in Daily Variety and the Hollywood Reporter headlined “Setting the Record Straight…” The ads asserted that the WGA knows, and its own records prove, that writers are already paid residuals on permanent digital downloads and pay-per- view digital downloads, and that “this additional compensation was part of more than $260,000,000 in record-breaking residuals paid to WGAW members in 2006. The ad went on to state that, “when the WGA went on strike, an offer to pay writers for Internet streaming was on the table.” As the strike by television and film writers enters its eighth day, TV stars plan to join the writers on the picket lines today, according to the Writers Guild of America. Children of some of the striking writers joined their parents on the picket lines at Disney, CBS, Fox and some other studios yesterday, and today it’s the turn of TV stars. Dubbed “Picketing with the Stars,” some 100 actors from about 30 shows are to picket at Universal Studios beginning at noon, according to the WGA. They include Bill Paxon (“Big Love”), Nicollette Sheridan (“Desperate Housewives”), Ray Romano (“Everybody Loves Raymond”) and George Lopez (“George Lopez Show”). The WGA responded with a statement claiming the producers are trying to roll back benefits to writers regarding new media. “The AMPTP told us in negotiations that new media was going to cannibalize traditional media,” Neal Sacharow, WGAW director of communications, said in the statement. “Therefore, writers need a fair residual formula just to keep up. The proposals the companies brought to the table would decimate writers’ incomes.” The strike started last Monday after the WGA contract expired and negotiations stalled. No new talks are scheduled. Daily TV talk shows have been hit hard by the strike, and many other programs have also stopped production without writers to provide dialogue. Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger has urged both sides to settle their differences quickly. He said the strike was already having a major impact on the state’s economy. A WGA strike in 1988 was the last to cause a major disruption in the entertainment industry. It lasted 22 weeks and cost the industry an estimated $500 million. The WGA claims about 12,000 members, about 4,000 of whom are in New York. 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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Civil rights leaders demand probe into display of nooses at Cal State Fullerton

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREStriving toward a more perfect me: Doug McIntyre “It was a smack in the face that something like this could happen in central Orange County,” association chairwoman Sumanah Mithani told the Los Angeles Times. “Incidents like this are not going to be tolerated anymore, and we’re going to speak out. This was an attack not just on African Americans, but all ethnic groups on our campus.” A week after the incident, many angry campus members gathered during a second rally held on Wednesday afternoon where students were free to speak. During Wednesday’s protest, students of different racial backgrounds, including some from Cal Poly Pomona, UC Irvine and UCLA, showed up in orange shirts expressing their opposition to the orange nooses. Campus police were also in attendance to ensure a peaceful protest. “It’s an incident, it’s not a crime. We do document incidents that happen on campus. Actively, we have nothing to go on, no lead, nobody to talk to,” campus police Lt. Fred Molina told CSUF’s Daily Titan newspaper. Civil rights leaders will demand today a federal investigation into a display of nooses found in the Cal State Fullerton quad area last week prior to a campus rally against hate. “The hanging nooses at Fullerton are only the latest in the dozens of hanging nooses that have been found on campuses and work places in California and throughout the nation,” said Earl Ofari Hutchinson, President of the Los Angeles Urban Policy Roundtable. “We are demanding an immediate Justice Department full probe,” said Hutchinson, who planned to hold a news conference this morning to publicize the demand. Five nooses spray-painted orange were found on Nov. 7 hanging on a clothesline alongside t-shirts displaying anti-hate messages. The display appeared just prior to a “Rally Against Hate” demonstration sponsored by the university’s Association for InterCultural Awareness. “What we’re asking is for the community to call us, give us some leads so we can find which way to go with this. Students are bound by certain rules of conduct on this campus, so if we get lucky and find out who did this, they will be dealt with in that form.” For news and observations about crime in Los Angeles and the San Fernando Valley, check out the Daily News’ crime blog by clicking here.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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USC in talks over Rose Bowl move

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREPettersson scores another winner, Canucks beat Kings“It’s unfortunate that the Coliseum Commission and USC are evidently at an impasse, and we recognize the goal of both parties to work things out,” said Rose Bowl stadium General Manager Darryl Dunn. “We think it’s likely they’ll be able to resolve their differences.” Any Trojan incursion into the lair of the Bruins would depend on UCLA’s comfort with the plan. “They’re our primary tenants,” Dunn said. While the Coliseum hopes for a professional league future with the NFL, Trojan football has been unable to secure commitments for renovations at the complex and long-term guarantees. Dickey denied the discussions have been a negotiating tactic with the Coliseum, and said he’s hopeful the Rose Bowl’s board will approve the deal when it meets Dec. 6. PASADENA – USC is seeking a two-year agreement to bring Trojan football to the Rose Bowl next year, stadium officials confirmed Tuesday. USC’s frustration with the Coliseum Commission has led to recent talks about bringing the team to Pasadena, which will culminate early next month at a meeting of the Rose Bowl Operating Company, according to USC Senior Vice President for Administration Todd Dickey. “Although we have been a faithful tenant of the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum for 80 years, we must now seek other alternatives for the good of our football program and our fans,” Dickey said. Rose Bowl management isn’t ready to count Trojan ticket sales before they’ve hatched, however. Ultimately however, USC’s interest in the Rose Bowl is secondary to remaining in the Coliseum. “We want our football program to stay at the Coliseum,” USC Director of Athletics Mike Garrett said in a written statement. “We’ll keep working to stay in the Coliseum, but until we have full support from the Coliseum Commission, we’re forced to pursue the option of playing in the Rose Bowl.” Even if USC doesn’t want a divorce from the Grand Old Lady, a Trojan presence in the Rose Bowl would be a marriage of convenience. For Pasadena’s part, USC would increase revenue for the cash-strapped stadium and could help bolster funding appeals for needed renovations. Having flirted with an NFL alliance until last year, the octogenarian Rose Bowl shares the Coliseum’s fear of old age. Renovation plans for the stadium are essentially stalled until funds are secured for improvements likely to cost $200 million to $300 million. todd.ruiz@sgvn.com (626) 578-6300, Ext. 4444 www.insidesocal.com/pasadenapolitics160Want 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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FLANAGAN’S FURNITURE OPENS AGAIN MONTHS AFTER IT WENT INTO LIQUIDATION

first_imgOne of Donegal’s best-known furniture companies has opened again – just months after it went into liquidation.Flanagan’s Furniture went bust last November with the loss of up to 50 jobs in stores across the country including its main outlet in Buncrana.But now the family behind the company have announced they are back in business. However anybody hoping to exchange vouchers or collect furniture from Flanagan’s of Buncrana will not be able to do so.The company sent text messages to thousands of customers over the weekend.The text message said ‘Flanagan’s Furniture is back! Showrooms at Shore front, Buncrana.’However despite contacting thousands of customers using previous contact lists, a spokesman at the new furniture outlet stressed they were not the same company. They said they were run by the Flanagan family but the old company was in the hands of liquidator Deloitte and Touche.“We are a different company. The previous company had a lot more employees – we only have three.“If you have a voucher or something then you will have to contact the liquidator,” said a spokesman.  FLANAGAN’S FURNITURE OPENS AGAIN MONTHS AFTER IT WENT INTO LIQUIDATION was last modified: April 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:buncranaFlanagan’s Furnitureliquidationlast_img read more

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RIVER MEDIA HQ AND 2 NEWSPAPER OFFICES PUT UP FOR SALE

first_imgFor Sale: River Media’s HQ is up for saleRIVER Media, the company forced to close half a dozen newspapers during the recent recession, is selling off its final three offices in Co Donegal.Its headquarters in Letterkenny is included in the sell-off.Commercial property experts Sherry Fitzgerald Rainey says the offices of the Letterkenny Post, the Donegal Post and Inish Times are being offered for sale. Potential purchasers are being offered vacant possession, or a one-year rental by the newspapers after purchase.The Letterkenny Post, at Dry Arch Business Park, is being sold for €125,000.The Donegal Post office unit at Gruagorm House is for sale for €65,000.The Inish Times office on Buncrana’s Main Street was sold this week – it had been on the market for €110,000. River Media went into receivership in 2011, re-emerging after doing a deal with its creditors including AIB/First Trust.In 2009, the company made a loss of just under €1.7m after a €3.3m loss in 2008. RIVER MEDIA HQ AND 2 NEWSPAPER OFFICES PUT UP FOR SALE was last modified: October 8th, 2014 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) Tags:debtsDonegal Postfor saleInish TimesLetterkenny PostnewspaperOfficesRiver Mediastrugglinstrugglinglast_img read more

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The Europa League is Liverpool’s to lose, not Dortmund’s – and here’s why

first_img 3. Sturridge, Coutinho and Firmino – Finally, the trio are fit. It’s taken a while, but at last Klopp has his strongest possible attack at his disposal. With this attack available, Liverpool are capable of breaking down the toughest of defences. Even more worryingly for their opponents, they are unpredictable when these players start together – as was seen in Coutinho’s goal against Manchester United in the second leg at Old Trafford. They might not match the fire power of Dortmund’s Marco Reus, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Henrikh Mkhitaryan, but they can certainly challenge. 4 4. Liverpool will not finish in the Premier League’s top four – Liverpool currently sit seven points off fourth-placed Manchester City, and it’s improbable that they will make a late surge for a spot in the Premier League’s elite bracket. With this in mind, success in the Europa League is the Reds’ only chance of competing in the Champions League next season. It’s this that makes triumphing all the more important to the English side, thus providing that extra drive to progress. 4 2. Borussia Dortmund are the biggest threat remaining but if anyone can mastermind victory, Klopp can – Liverpool have been drawn against Dortmund in the quarter finals and it’ll be an emotional return for the club’s German manager. His heart, though, will be focused on victory – no matter how stylish the triumph. Klopp spent seven years at BVB; he knows how they operate and will know how to set his side up to combat their prolific attack. Do not underestimate the value of inside knowledge. Liverpool remain on course for Europa League glory.After their victory over Manchester United in the last-16, sealing progression to the quarter finals, Jürgen Klopp has edged closer to getting his hands on his first piece of silverware for his new club.At the end of February, the German manager voiced his confidence that his side could go all the way in the second tier European tournament, describing the competition as their best chance of Champions League qualification.But just how realistic is it to suggest Liverpool can win the competition?talkSPORT has taken a look at four reasons why the Europa League is the Reds’, not favourites Borussia Dortmund’s, to lose… 4 4 1. Dortmund aside, Liverpool should be the favourites to beat any other team remaining in the competition – There is no team in the next round with the Bundesliga outfit’s aura. While not insulting the quality of those remaining in the competition – Athletic Bilbao, Braga, Sevilla, Shakhtar Donetsk, Sparta Prague and Villarreal – Liverpool should feel confident they can overcome any of these sides.last_img read more

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Arsenal fans will hate this

first_imgArsenal and West Ham fans have been singing it about Mesut Ozil and Dimitri Payet all season and now Tottenham are using Billy Ray Cyrus’ ‘Achy Breaky Heart’ for Dele Alli.The 20-year-old has become a huge favourite of the White Hart Lane faithful this season since arriving from MK Dons in a £5m transfer, but the chant, which is being heard more and more, is likely to annoy Spurs’ London rivals.Every club is guilty of ‘borrowing’ songs from other sides, however, but it doesn’t stop accusations of stealing.Spurs fans were in full voice in their 4-0 win at Stoke and could be heard singing about Alli again, which you can see in the video below.And in case you were wondering, the lyrics go like this: ‘We’ve got Alli, Dele Alli, I just don’t think you understand. He only cost five mill, he’s better than Ozil, we’ve got Dele Alli’.last_img read more

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Seaman EXCLUSIVE – I would love Wenger to win the league again to shut people up

first_imgArsenal legend David Seaman has sent a message of warning to the ‘Wenger Out’ brigade, insisting a change in boss could see the Gunners slip further away from top silverware.Supporters have come out in force against Wenger this season after another Premier League title challenge went up in smoke.And though the Arsenal stars achieved redemption of sorts by beating fierce rivals Tottenham to second place on the final day of the season, a large number of fans are still eager for change.This is a big summer for the under-fire Wenger, who fans are hoping will make a number of top signings to strengthen the squad, having made just one last summer – £10million goalkeeper Petr Cech.Cech’s impact was evident this term – the Czech veteran won the golden glove award with 16 league clean sheets – but added attacking verve and defensive stability is surely needed if the Gunners want to end their hunt for top flight glory.Former Arsenal and England No.1 Seaman is fully aware of the team’s recent shortcomings, but he insists getting the axe to fall on stalwart Wenger is not the answer.Speaking on the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast, Seaman said: “Arsenal had a good season. It wasn’t brilliant because we didn’t win anything, but to finish second is a great achievement.“But there are still doubts; doubts over the manager and the team and whether it can push on.“For me, Arsene is the best. I love the guy and I certainly don’t want to see him leave. I’ve worked with him and know how good he is.“More and more fans getting on the ‘Wenger Out’ bandwagon… and I’m just desperate for him to win the league again just to shut everybody up.“I think the only way you would be able to stop that [the fan backlash] is by signing top quality players. We need the finished article, not the young, up-and-coming guys.“But what frightens me, is that if the club don’t go out and buy these players in the summer, and Arsene does leave, where does that leave Arsenal?“A lot of fans think that the base that Arsene has set is the standard, but it won’t be. It will fall below that if we get a new manager in.”last_img read more

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Liverpool FC news: Jurgen Klopp signs new SIX-YEAR contract

first_img Jurgen Klopp 1 Jurgen Klopp has signed a new contract with Liverpool which ties him to the club until 2022.The German was only appointed Reds boss nine months ago on a three-year deal.He led predecessor Brendan Rodgers’ squad to the Europa League and Capital One Cup final and is a hugely popular figure at Anfield.The relationship forged between Klopp and senior figures John W Henry, principal owner, Liverpool chairman Tom Werner and Fenway Sports Group president Mike Gordon is already a strong one with a great degree of trust on both sides with the manager happy to work within the structure the Americans implemented at Anfield.Now they have demonstrated their faith in the 49-year-old by handing him a fresh six-year contract.Klopp’s senior backroom staff who followed him from Borussia Dortmund, Zeljko Buvac and Peter Krawietz, have also signed extensions.“When you have an individual of Jurgen’s quality in the building it makes perfect sense to secure that person for the long term. To not do so would be irresponsible,” said a joint statement from Henry, Werner and Gordon.“The overriding motivation behind this decision is Jurgen’s commitment to overall improvement and development.“In Jurgen we have someone who is always looking ahead, always looking beyond his own wants and needs and putting the club first.“The ideas and plans he has for the football infrastructure excite us and we believe it benefits the organisation to have Jurgen committed to Liverpool for a sustained period, to make sure he is here to oversee this development.“By making this commitment to him, we are taking away any future distractions or doubt.“We will move forward in partnership together, with confidence in each other and with the club’s future at the forefront of every decision.“He is a world-class managerial talent and his leadership will be critical to everything we hope to achieve in the years ahead.”Klopp’s new contract gives him the platform to plan long-term for the future with confidence.“It’s hard to express in words how honoured myself, Zeljko and Peter feel by the commitment shown in us by the ownership and the club in general,” he said.“We are very much at the beginning of our journey, but to already have the connection we have with this very special place is incredible.“I am the first to recognise that with this great commitment comes a great responsibility.“All of our coaching careers we have looked to make teams and clubs better, with the ultimate goal of making the supporters proud and happy.“To do this we have to make sure we always put player and team development at the heart of every major decision.“It is my job to lead that and ensure every element of the LFC football environment reflects the best practices in the game.“It is fantastic that the club’s ownership is just as committed to this as we are.“There is much to do and much to achieve and we look to do this by being the most completely together group anywhere in the world.“That’s everyone and we all have responsibility for it – all of us who are part of this LFC family: players, staff, ownership and of course the supporters.“By being together at all times, we will be stronger, better and our successes sweeter.”last_img read more

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