Cypha Da King Set to Release First Solo album: “The Kingdom”

first_imgRapper and Producer Cypha D King has finally released a date for his debut album. With much anticipation from his fans, artists and those who know his lyrical prowess, Cypha is cooking up an 8 to 10 track album, just for them.“It’ll be special. The album will be free for download online… working on the website now,” he shared.Cypha has been silently, but with much impact, producing songs for artists like Queen V, Takun J, DenG, Soul Fresh, F dot A, Sweetz and much more. Known as “Mister Yes Sir,” his punch lines dominates tracks he’s featured on or produced, promising “there is more where those came from.”Tracks from the upcoming album have been sampled, and is being played on radio stations. “Blow your mind,” which is a ladies favorite, shows a seductive side of Cypha’s music.IN HIS OWN WORDS – Interview with Cypha Da KingLIB LIFE caught up with Cypha Da King in the following interview:LIB LIFE: If producing is your “area,” as the cliché goes, tell me how you became a rapper.Cypha: I’ve always been a writer, do verses on one or two people’s stuff, doing features. And for awhile, people have been telling me to do an album. As a producer, when you do certain tracks, you have an idea of how you want it to sound at the end. It’s hard to get it out of certain artists, and sometimes I end up writing it myself the way I want it. I just feel Liberians are at a point now where we can measure up to guys like MIA and Ice Prince based on our talents. As for me, I’m more like a sacrificial lamb. The music business is not too much about music anymore so you have to be marketable and they have to like you. You have to know how to carry yourself as an artist, and a lot of artists aren’t there yet. They may be there musically, but everything else-wise, like the whole package, is not there. You can rap from now until 2020, that doesn’t mean you are marketable. You can have punch lines but can you writea love song? Can you write something they can dance to in the club? LIB LIFE: What can artists do to get to that stage?Cypha: Do your homework. Study the music. Since in Africa, I listen to all the African rappers and see what they use that’s good for them, and what they do that doesn’t work for them. You take bits and pieces from here and there and put it out there.Listen to the album and you’ll know why I am a sacrificial lamb. “The Kingdom,” wherever you are and wherever you are comfortable, and you are in that place where you know you rule and you are a king in that area, that’s your kingdom. Whether it’s in your house, your office, your car, the street, in the hood, wherever you know you rule and you lock it down, HNIC (head n**ga in charge), that’s your kingdom, that’s you.The album is very diverse. I didn’t want to do too many collaborations; being though that this is my very first official album. Dec 19, 2015 is the release date and it will be something different, not your typical album from a rapper, stuff that people won’t expect me to be doing. LIB LIFE: Tell us how it all started because you’ve put in a lot of work to come this far.Cypha: Let’s take it way back. My mother always had me playing in the school since 16 or 17. It started when my mother had me playing the keyboard when I was four. It has always been in my blood. I played African drums in the church; played saxophone in the school band; played drums in a band; played in a rock band; and interned in a studio. So it’s been a long time. LIB LIFE: Sounds like you are familiar with different genres of music?Cypha: Yes.LIB LIFE: A lot of people don’t know that you were born in America to Liberian parents. What inspired you to want to affiliate yourself with the Liberian music industry instead of American music?Cypha: My first trip to Liberia was in 2006. I spent five or six months seeing how everything was on the ground; definitely to see where the music game was. On that trip, I decided that I needed to come home and lend a helping hand as much as I can with studio, productions, writing, advice and consultation. In 2008, DJ Blue, Hazem and I opened Blue links Records on Camp Johnson Road.LIB LIFE: Your objective of coming out here to motivate, stimulate, enhance and develop the industry has worked out to the satisfaction of the people. And because of that your track record is amazing. During the heat of Ebola, your team used music and jingles to keep so many people from contracting the deadly virus – and have been recognized by international NGO’s for your efforts. Do you feel that you’ve done what you set out to do out here?Cypha: Yes we have! Blue Links and our team. Blue Links started in 2008 and the first song we did was “Where I’m from” featuring Queen V and Nasseman. Our first HD video had a big release, it was the first time any song had that much impact behind it. After that we worked with Takun J, Nasseman and various artists. I am a producer and can produce music, jazz, Hip Co, jazz and all types of music.When it comes to business, Hott FM and Blue Links, and soon to be Hot TV…I don’t really talking about my business too much…most businesses I invest in privately and wait for them to bubble to a certain point, then the public will know about them. I consider myself to be a businessman. LIB LIFE: Can you hold your own?Cypha: Without a job, I started my own hustle from throwing parties at the club, the Blue Links, radio shows at three to four different radio stations. It’s like the Liberian dream, move to Liberia and become successful. I’m not rich, but far from being broke. There’s a lot of stuff out there that overshadows good Liberian music. I need your support morally and financially. If you see a song on iTunes for $99, buy it. I might make the whole album free. I want to do something different. I want it to be where people won’t have a choice but to have the album… download it!Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

$2M missing from Charity Post Office safe

first_imgPolice in G Division (Essequibo Coast-Islands) are investigating the theft of some $2 million from the Charity Post Office, Essequibo Coast, after the safe in which it was being kept was torched sometime Saturday morning.Based on information reaching Guyana Times, the matter was reported by the post mistress. She told the Police that on Friday, she counted and secured $2.3 million in the safe which was secured by a combination lock.The money was to be paid to pensioners and according to the post mistress, only three staff at the Post Office had knowledge that the cash was there.This publication was told that sometime during the early hours of Saturday, the post office was broken into by persons unknown. The perpetrators gained entry through a window on the side of the building, after which they torched the combination lock on the safe.The Charity Post Office is in a very deplorable state and lacking any proper security. The doors are reportedly secured by bolts and padlocks, while some of the old wooden framed windows are secured by internal grill.Further reports reaching Guyana Times indicates that at the time of the alleged break-in, there was reportedly no security guard stationed at the building.Nevertheless, the Police are investigating.last_img read more

‘I want to play for one of the best clubs in the world’ – Chile star closer to Man United switch?

first_img1 Juventus midfielder Arturo Vidal A hosts of top players, Dutch or otherwise, have been linked to Manchester United since Louis van Gaal was appointed in the Old Trafford hotseat.Juventus midfielder Arturo Vidal has been one of the stars most linked with the Red Devils. The 27-year-old is hot property in this transfer window after a shining World Cup campaign, with German giants Bayern Munich also thought to be interested in the playmaker.But despite fierce opposition, the foreign press still believe United to be in pole position to sign the player…United in ‘advanced talks’ with Vidal’s agentChilean newspaper Latercera report that Man United have paved the way for Vidal’s move to Old Trafford after holding significant talks with the player’s representatives.The Juve man shares the same agent as compatriot Alexis Sanchez, and United are said to have taken advantage of Fernando Felicevich’s presence on English soil, having seen over Alexis Sanchez’s £30million move to Arsenal this week.Talks reportedly concluded with a player-plus-cash deal on the table, thought to be around £30million together with the transfer of full-back Patrice Evra, who is set to leave Manchester this summer.Vidal is currently on holiday following his World Cup campaign, and is quoted as saying: “I’ve heard the rumors, but I won’t speak of it anymore.“I’m enjoying the holidays and when I return to Italy I’ll see what happens, but we all want to play for one of the best teams in the world.”Red Devils have quizzed Chile doctors over Vidal’s fitnessReports in Italy have suggested United have approached doctors from the Chile camp regarding Vidal’s physical condition.The midfielder underwent major knee surgery just five weeks before the World Cup, having struggled with a long-term problem in his right knee throughout the second half of Juve’s title-winning Serie A campaign.Vidal played a key part in that win and there were rumours the Italian side had delayed surgery until the end of the season.He played just 60 minutes of Chile’s World Cup opener against Australia and was doubt for their second tie against Spain, though he eventually started and played 88 minutes in the 2-0 win, a result which knocked the holders out of the competition.Italian sports paper Corriere dello Sport claim that, despite Vidal’s supposed injury comeback in Brazil, the Red Devils are seeking assurances over his fitness ahead of a £35million cash-only deal for the box-to-box star.last_img read more

Alli hails ‘amazing’ Pochettino after Spurs end Chelsea run

first_img0Shares0000Dele Alli celebrates after scoring Spurs’ second goal in a 3-1 win over ChelseaLONDON, United Kingdom, Nov 26 – Dele Alli hailed Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino’s tactical nous after he masterminded the 3-1 win over Chelsea which enabled Spurs to leapfrog their London rivals into third place in the Premier League.Spurs were at their rampant best as goals from Alli, Harry Kane and Son Heung-min ended Chelsea’s unbeaten start to the campaign. They did it by deploying a high press that snuffed out the impact of Chelsea midfielder Jorginho and it worked to perfection as Spurs cut their visitors open at will at Wembley.Alli, who scored his sixth goal in five games against Chelsea, praised his manager for his approach.“I think working with Poch you know how good he is,” the England international said. “He’s an amazing manager tactically.“A lot of it was the work we did tactically — on the front foot, pushing up high.“He’s managing the squad well, rotating when he needs to, picking the players that he feels are best on that day. That’s important for the team, to have players that are fresh and ready to go. Everyone knows their roles and responsibilities.”The manner of the display against Chelsea will give Spurs optimism ahead of a big week, which could see their Champions League hopes decided against Inter Milan on Wednesday before the north London derby against Arsenal at the Emirates on Sunday.“Chelsea are a top side, they have some amazing players and they’ve been in great form as well,” said Alli.“So to perform the way we did, to dominate the game so much, to have so many chances, we’ve got to keep that up.“Like I said, we just need to keep this form up and improve, not drop off or take our foot off the pedal just because we got a good win.”0Shares0000(Visited 2 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

BEEKEEPERS ARE BUZZING WITH NEW DONEGAL ASSOCIATION

first_imgThere is a great buzz of excitement at the moment with the setting up of a new beekeeping association in East Donegal and West Tyrone.The new association will be working with other beekeeping, gardening and farming groups to help sustain and increase the beekeeping stock in the local areaPeople have been keeping bees for thousands of years and it would not have been unusual in the early 1900’s for each house to have their own beehive. Bees not only provide the beekeeper with honey, they also produce beeswax and royal jelly. They also collect pollen and propolis which are used in skin and health care products.Their main function however is to pollinate a whole range of crops from apples. Tomatoes and strawberries to clover and rapeseed. In fact Honey bees pollinate an estimated one-third of all the food crops we consume. Albert Einstein is quoted by some sources as saying, “If the bee disappears off the surface of the globe, then man would only have four years of life left”.The club will be working with Donegal rapeseed oil company by bringing hives to the rapeseed fields to help pollination. This gives dual benefits of increased pollination for the farmer and an early build up of bees for the beekeeper.A spokesman said “The new association will help promote beekeeping within the Finn, Mourne and Derg valley area and we want to encourage anyone interested in beekeeping to come along on the night. “We would especially encourage beginners and we will be starting a beginner’s beekeeping course in the near future. We have also ordered hives of bees for new beekeepers that will be ready in June.”The meeting is taking place on the Monday 17th February at 8 P.M in Lifford old court house. For more information contact Daniel on 0863891490 or see Facebook by looking up Beekeeping Donegal/Tyrone. BEEKEEPERS ARE BUZZING WITH NEW DONEGAL ASSOCIATION was last modified: February 11th, 2014 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:beekeepingdonegallast_img read more

Alternative high school in the works

first_imgVALENCIA – A new type of school designed to graduate students in four to five years with high school diplomas and associate’s degrees has been proposed for Santa Clarita. About 70 early college high schools exist nationwide and start with a ninth-grade class that can take calculus, physics and other college courses at school while earning high school and college credits at the same time. The intent is to increase graduation rates and bring college to students who otherwise might not have had a shot at earning diplomas past high school. But the schools are not exclusive to under-served teens. College of the Canyons last month received a $10,000 grant for preliminary planning of the school with the William S. Hart Union High School District. Ideally the two districts would work together on curriculum for the early college high school. 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 “This is a planning year, and we’ll see what comes,” said Dianne Van Hook, College of the Canyons president. “I think it would be good for students.” District officials will learn this spring if plans for the new school are approved when they meet with the Foundation for California Community Colleges, which provided the planning grant and approves funding for early college high schools. If approved by the nonprofit, the next decision lies with the Hart district, which will determine whether they can take on an additional high school. There are about 20 early college high schools in California. The idea for early college high school comes from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, which has allocated more than $30 million toward them. Other well-known foundations also contribute. The schools were designed to remove obstacles that prevent some students from attending college. Because it’s part of public high school, students don’t pay college tuition for class and often don’t have to leave their schools to take them. Early college high schools are different from the crop of middle colleges, such as Academy of the Canyons, that began appearing on community college campuses across the country in the ’70s. Students at those schools take a mix of high school and college courses; however, they’re only available to juniors and seniors. In addition, about 60 percent of early college high schools have themes. Some focus on math, science or liberal arts. Others target a particular student population. Nova Academy in Santa Ana, for example, was planned for foster youth who typically find themselves on their own at 18. The charter school opened in 2005 and has 16 students who take classes at Santa Ana Community College. They plan on growing to about 100. “To see them in class with their heads held high – it’s awesome,” said Donald Verleur, chief executive officer of Olive Crest, a nonprofit organization that assists foster youth and oversees Nova Academy. Verleur said there are universities that provide full scholarships for foster youth, but first teens need the grades to get them, an impossibility for many who have lived tumultuous childhoods where food and shelter, not education, were priorities. Officials from local colleges and universities told Verleur that these students could still qualify for scholarships if they do well in their community college courses. Verleur hopes Nova Academy will bridge the education gap for foster youth and launch them into more secure lives. More than 1,500 students from South Los Angeles put their names in a lottery last year for the chance to attend an early college high school that sits on the corner of Main Street and Martin Luther King Drive. Wallis Annenburg Charter High School, a charter in Los Angeles Unified School District, first opened its doors in 2003, and serves about 205 freshman, sophomores and juniors. Next year, it’ll grow to include a senior class but overall anticipates no more 400 students when it hits capacity. About 70 percent of the student body qualifies for free or reduced lunch at the school that’s still developing its college curriculum and so far offers calculus, biology and English composition. Schools aren’t expected to have entire curriculums together when doors first open and are considered part of the development process, but progress has to be shown, said Jeff Thompson, director of the early college high school initiative for the Foundation for California Community Colleges. Principal Manuel Arellano said the small school brings an education to an area where students likely wouldn’t have access to it. “It’s an opportunity that’s unimaginable in your regular mainstream comprehensive high school that has a student population in the thousands,” he said. Sue Doyle, (661) 257-5254 sue.doyle@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 read more

Tottenham stadium update: All Spurs’ Champions League group games could be at Wembley

first_img Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade Forbes list reveals how much Mayweather, Ronaldo and Messi earned this decade Tottenham Hotspur are set to play at Wembley Stadium in the Champions League for the third season running. Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? RANKED REVEALED 2 highlights MONEY smart causal 2 possible standings Tottenham spent the entire campaign at Wembley last year and will now play there for the foreseeable future too. Every current Premier League club’s best kit from the past decade Every Championship club’s best signing of the decade, including Taarabt and Dack silverware gameday It’s reported the north London club are still in talks with UEFA about their current situation, which has seen the opening of the stadium delayed.Tottenham were due to play in their new arena from September 15 onwards but issues with the ‘critical safety systems’ have seen this put on hold until further testing has been completed. A further complication could arise tonight with the Carabao Cup third round draw taking place, which could see them forced to reverse the venue if they are picked out at home. Now, with the Champions League draw taking place, their second and third games are likely to listed at a venue ‘to be confirmed’, which could cause the club severe embarrassment.And UEFA insiders reportedly believe all three matches will in fact be played at Wembley. Tottenham Hotspur are set to play all three of their home Champions League group stage matches at Wembley, according to the Daily Mirror.Spurs have already arranged to play the first of their home games at the stadium, which has hosted them in European competition for the last two campaigns. Tottenham Hotspur are set to play at Wembley Stadium in the Champions League for the third season running. impact BEST OF Every time Ally McCoist lost it on air in 2019, including funny XI reactions Tottenham v Brighton LIVE: talkSPORT commentary and team news for Boxing Day opener Best clips, calls and talkSPORT moments of 2019, feat Hearn, McCoist and more Latest Football News 2 England’s most successful clubs of the past decade, according to trophies won How the Premier League table could change after the Boxing Day fixtures last_img read more

Shields’ meltdown not uncommon

first_img That’s when Shields should have been yanked for Kelvim Escobar. Because Shields tends to aim for the middle of the plate when he’s wild. Ruben Sierra singled on a fat strike to drive in the tying run, and Derek Jeter nudged a grounder to third to score the man Shields walked, Posada, and the Yankees won, 3-2. It’s not like Scioscia hasn’t seen Shields seize up before. He lost 11 games this season, which takes some effort, by a reliever. Paul Byrd was the only other Angels pitcher to lose as many games, and he’s a starter. Casey Stengel is credited with the exasperated cry of “Oh, those bases on balls!” Two of the Yankees’ three Sunday runs were scored by batters who walked. New York had only five hits.Vladimir Guerrero should feel free to chip in an RBI, even an extra-base hit tonight, to make the Angels’ job do-or-done Game 5 a bit easier. Four games into the series, he has none of either.Speaking of Guerrero, he was so keen to show off his throwing arm, as usual, that he went home on Sierra’s single, in a hopeless attempt to get Cano allowing Posada to go from first to third, from where he scored on Jeter’s dribbler.The Angels have won their last two elimination games in Anaheim. That would be Games 6 and 7 of the 2002 World Series. Maybe it’s the red clappers. Thunder Stix, right? We prefer former Angels manager Terry Collins from among the announced candidates for the Dodgers’ managing job. Collins is the sort of fiery guy who might do well after the low-key Jim Tracy. He also is on the same wavelength as GM Paul DePodesta. Have the Astros and Braves finished playing yet? “Marathon” isn’t the word for what they went through in that 18-inning struggle because some Kenyans can run two marathons in six hours.The World Cup is so cosmopolitan. No other competition features, on equal footing, the United States, England and Italy … as well as Togo, Angola and Ecuador. Twenty-four soccer nations have clinched bids to Germany ’06, with eight to go. France is the foremost soccer nation still on the bubble.The final team into the World Cup will come from one of these four exotic first-timers: Uzbekistan, Bahrain, Trinidad & Tobago, Guatemala.Landon Donovan was not called in to the U.S. team for the Cup qualifier at Costa Rica on Saturday, marking the first qualifier of any round he has missed since 2002. The U.S. clinched its berth when it beat Mexico on Sept. 3, and the Redlands native didn’t mind staying home. “It’s my first weekend off from soccer since December,” he said via e-mail. Donovan is rehabbing an ankle sprain he suffered in the U.S. Cup victory over Dallas. Donovan and girlfriend Bianca Kajlich bought prime seats to 40 Dodgers games. He’s not quite sure what’s wrong with Frank McCourt’s team, but said, “The most noticeable thing is team spirit or the lack thereof.”UCLA’s 47-40 comeback victory over 10th-ranked Cal was huge, but the Bruins have a test perhaps as difficult this weekend, playing at Washington State. Many good teams have gone into the cold and windy Palouse and exited with an unexpected defeat.UCLA fans remember Drew Bennett, if they remember him at all, as a failed quarterback who made the occasional appearance at receiver, usually for a Bob Toledo gadget play. Today, Bennett is a go-to receiver for the Tennessee Titans. Bennett caught five balls for 95 yards and a TD on Sunday.Sedrick Ellis, USC’s defensive tackle from Chino, on practicing against tailback teammates Reggie Bush and LenDale White. “Reggie is so shifty, and LenDale is so powerful, stopping them is virtually impossible. I wish I had more time to play with them.” Bush and White each have another season of eligibility, but Ellis apparently is among those who believe they will be in the NFL next fall. Michael Coleman, the San Bernardino Arroyo Valley alumnus and USC’s No. 4 tailback, on coming up about one foot short of a touchdown in the final minute vs. Arizona: “I thought I was getting in. If I’d stuck the ball out with my hand, it would have been a touchdown.” Coleman has been slowed by hip surgery; he said it’s “about 80 percent.”USC quarterback Matt Leinart rediscovered Chris McFoy, the veteran receiver from Chino, on Saturday. McFoy caught three balls for 27 yards after zero catches the two previous games.Who would win a fight between geriatric coaches Joe Paterno and Bobby Bowden? (And who would win a game between their highly ranked teams?)Kudos: To the Atlanta Braves, division champions a staggering 14 consecutive seasons.Condolences: To the Atlanta Braves, who have only one World Series championship to show for all those postseason appearances.Lookalikes: Atlanta Braves, Buffalo Bills.Where are they now? Cornerback Dramayne McElroy of Rialto and tackle Paul Philipp of San Bernardino are playing defense of the University of Arizona.They said it: “No, Shieldsy was fine.” Angels manager Mike Scioscia, asked if he thought of removing Scot Shields with Ruben Sierra coming up.And finally: If Bartolo Colon is a legitimate Cy Young Award pitcher, the Angels should be fine tonight. Assuming they score a run or two and Scot Shields doesn’t get a chance to melt down. Paul Oberjuerge’s column appears Sunday, Monday, Wednesday, Friday. Readers may reach him by e-mail at paul.oberjuerge@sbsun.com Those who have followed the career of Angels reliever Scot Shields know he’s usually unhittable. Untouchable. Until he suddenly loses his control. Shields had a familiar spasm of wildness Sunday night in the Bronx, and it cost the Angels a chance to finish off the Yankees and move into the American League Championship Series. Shields can be sailing along and for no particular reason lose his release point, or maybe his poise. Then he’s all over (and mostly outside of) the strike zone. It ain’t pretty. Shields appeared to get rattled with one out and Robinson Cano at first base in the seventh. As Cano took off for second, Shields walked Jorge Posada, with ball four nearly going to the backstop. center_img 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

Iraqis support constitution

first_img “The vote today in Iraq is in stark contrast to the attitude, the philosophy and strategy of al-Qaida, their terrorist friends and killers,” Bush said. The constitution is a crucial step in Iraq’s transition to democracy after two decades of dictatorship under Saddam. Washington was hoping it would pass so Iraqis can form a legitimate, representative government, tame the insurgency and enable the 150,000 U.S. troops to begin withdrawing. On Sunday, U.S. military helicopters, Humvees and armored vehicles were helping transport the last ballot boxes from polling stations to counting centers in the provincial capitals. Those centers were making initial counts, then were to truck the ballots to Baghdad for the final tallying, which was likely to begin today and to last into Tuesday. In Baghdad’s main counting center, workers tallied votes from the region around the capital. The center was shaken Sunday when militants fired two mortars into the Green Zone, the heavily guarded district where the U.S. Embassy, Iraqi government offices and the counting site are located. But the mortars did not hit the center and caused no casualties or significant damage. Provinces in the south, where most of Iraq’s Shiite majority are concentrated, racked up big “yes” numbers — over 90 percent in favor in most places. Results were not yet available from Kurdistan, but the Kurdish community strongly supports the charter. Still, despite a call by their top cleric, Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani to support the charter, Shiite participation in the south was far lower than parliamentary elections in January, when huge numbers of Shiite voters — more than 80 percent — celebrated as they went to the polls to mark their new dominance of the country. Between 54 percent and 58 percent of voters showed up Saturday in most parts of the south, according to U.N. elections chief Carina Perelli. The drop could reflect a belief that the constitution’s victory was a sure thing or a vein of discontent among Shiites. “Why should I care? Nothing has changed since we have elected this government: no security, no electricity, no water,” said Saad Ibrahim, a Shiite resident of Baghdad’s Karrada district who passed on voting. “The constitution will not change that. The main issue is not getting this constitution passed, but how to stop terrorism.” The Sunni “no” campaign appeared to have made the two-thirds threshold in Anbar province, the vast western Sunni heartland; and Salahuddin, where Sunnis hold a large majority and as many as 90 percent of voters cast ballots. But in two other provinces where Sunni Arabs have only slim majorities — Ninevah and Diyala — the “yes” vote won out. Sunni leaders responded angrily, some of them saying they suspected fraud and accusing American officials and the Shiite parties that dominate the government. “There is no doubt that America has interfered in the process, since they and the Shiite government are supervising the whole operation, and since both want this draft to pass,” al-Kubaisi said. Although U.S. officials played an intense role in mediating negotiations over the draft constitution, they had no role in the counting process, run by an Iraqi elections commission. Still, many Sunnis expressed helplessness in their new status as the weaker party in a nation they once dominated under Saddam. “Whatever happens or will happen in politics has nothing to do with the will of the people. It comes from the political elite who run Iraq along with the Americans out of the Green Zone in Baghdad,” said Zuhair Qassam al-Khashab, a mathematics professor in Mosul who voted “no.” The Sunni turnout in some areas Saturday stood in contrast to January’s elections, which they boycotted because they believed the political process was giving unfair power to the Shiite majority. That move cost left them with a minuscule presence in parliament. Enthusiasm was highest in Salahuddin and the Anbar city of Fallujah, where about 100,000 people voted — and the constitution’s success could hit hardest in those areas. Anbar already is the main battleground between Sunni insurgents and U.S.-Iraqi forces. But in the two other possible swing provinces, the “yes” vote won the day — 70 percent to 20 percent in Diyala and 78 percent to 21 percent in Ninevah, according to initial reports from local election officials. Diyala’s turnout was only 57 percent, suggesting many Sunnis there may have stayed away. And Sunnis in both provinces may have split their votes after one major Sunni party, the Iraqi Islamic Party, came out in support of the constitution after amendments were written into the draft text Wednesday. Those amendments give Sunni Arabs the opportunity in the next parliament to try to bring about deeper changes in the constitution. One man who voted “yes” in Mosul said his fellow Sunnis should campaign hard for the Dec. 15 vote. “We have to move through this period to the next stage, and we can do it by organized dialogue,” said Ayad Abdul Razzaq, 45. That is the reaction U.S. and Iraqi leaders are hoping for, and the Shiite-dominated government insisted it would make room for the Sunnis. “We know that there is a level of polarization,” said Laith Kubba, the chief government spokesman. “Iraq is one big family, and we know that if a part of the family is not happy we cannot live in the same house.”160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! BAGHDAD, Iraq — Iraq’s landmark constitution seemed assured of passage Sunday after initial results showed minority Sunni Arabs had fallen short in an effort to veto it at the polls. The apparent acceptance was a major step in the attempt to establish a democratic government that could lead to the withdrawal of U.S. troops. Opponents failed to secure the necessary two-thirds “no” vote in any three of Iraqi’s 18 provinces, according to counts that local officials provided to The Associated Press. In the crucial central provinces with mixed ethnic and religious populations, enough Shiites and Kurds voted to stymie the Sunni bid to reject the constitution. Iraqi President Jalal Talabani issued a decree setting Dec. 15 for Iraqis to vote again, this time to elect a new parliament. If the constitution indeed passed, the first full-term parliament since Saddam Hussein’s fall in 2003 will install a new government by Dec. 31. If the charter has failed, the parliament will be temporary, tasked with drawing up a new draft on which to vote. But the outcome could further divide the nation, with many Sunnis fearing the new decentralized government will deprive them of their fair share in the country’s vast oil wealth. Large numbers of Sunnis voted “no,” and some of their leaders were already rejecting the apparent result. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week While a strong Sunni turnout in Saturday’s referendum suggested a desire among many to participate in Iraq’s new political system, there were fears that anger at being ruled under a constitution they oppose could push some into supporting the Sunni-led insurgency. “If the constitution was passed, the attacks will definitely rise against the occupation forces, and the security situation is going to be worse,” said Sheik Abdul-Salam al-Kubaisi, a prominent cleric with the influential Sunni Association of Muslim Scholars, which government officials accuse of links to the insurgency. In a sign of the relentless danger, five U.S. soldiers were killed Saturday by a bomb in Ramadi, a hotbed of militants west of Baghdad, the military announced. It was the deadliest attack on U.S. troops since a Sept. 29 bomb blast in the same town also killed five soldiers. A Marine was also killed by a bomb Saturday in the town of Saqlawiyah, the military said. The most recent deaths brought to at least 1,976 the number of U.S. service members who have died since the war began in 2003, according to an AP count. President Bush congratulated Iraqis on the referendum, which across the country saw few attacks and no deaths of voters in violence.last_img read more

Some familiar faces will return to hand Donegal boost for 2018

first_imgA few familiar faces are set to return to the Donegal squad to hand new Donegal manager Declan Bonner a big boost.Bonner, who will be anxiously awaiting the 2018 Ulster SFC draw, which takes place tonight on RTÉ, is to welcome Odhrán Mac Niallais, Leo McLoone and Declan Walsh back onto the fold.Mac Niallais and McLoone opted out of the Donegal panel in 2017. Both played in America during the summer and returned to their clubs for the latter stages of the Donegal SFC, Mac Niallais playing in Gaoth Dobhair’s semi-final loss to McLoone’s Naomh Conaill.McLoone featured in that semi-final and also played in their final defeat to Kilcar on Sunday.McLoone won the All-Ireland with Donegal in 2012 while Mac Niallais played in the run to the 2014 All-Ireland SFC final.Malin’s Walsh was also on the All-Ireland-winning squad in 2012 and has not played for Donegal since a 2015 qualifier win over Galway at Croke Park. Ciaran McGinley and Stephen McBrearty from Kilcar’s Donegal SFC-winning side will be called up, as will Milford’s Gary Merritt and Four Masters’ Kevin McBrearty, while Bonner has confirmed that he will be including Dáire Ó Baoill from Gaoth Dobhair, Moville’s Tony McClenaghan and Stephen McMenamin of Red Hughs, who played for Bonner at Minor and U21 level.Donegal can return to collective training on December 1.Some familiar faces will return to hand Donegal boost for 2018 was last modified: October 19th, 2017 by Chris McNultyShare 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:Declan BonnerDeclan WalshLeo McLooneOdhran Mac Niallaislast_img read more