St James brush aside Irwin in ISSA/FLOW daCosta Cup

first_imgWESTERN BUREAU:St James High defeated Irwin High 4-1 at Jarrett Park yesterday to join Cornwall College on three points in Group A of the 2015 ISSA/FLOW daCosta Cup football competition, setting up a tantalising clash this Saturday between the teams.The two are highly fancied to advance from the group that also features Green Pond High.Irwin offered little by way of attacking thrust and fell behind in the 20th minute via a tap-in from Akeem Campbell at the far post for a 1-0 lead.Coached by Theodore ‘Tappa’ Whitmore, St James – champions in 2008 – started brightly and should have doubled the lead two minutes later, but Oshane Powell missed the target with Irwin’s second-string goalkeeper out of position.With Cornwall College setting the standard early in this group, it was up to St James to stamp their class on this Irwin side, and they upped the tempo to double the lead in the 44th minute through Powell’s strike.They went up 3-0 at the 65th minute when substitute Roderick ‘Chicken’ Haughton scrambled the ball over the goal line.St James’ fourth was a beauty. Ronaldo McLeish danced his way past a defender then struck a low shot past the keeper at the near post in the 72nd minute.As in their match against Cornwall on Saturday, Irwin grabbed a consolation goal, when Sachin Wilmot scored from just inside the clean execution”It is good to have started with a win, which puts us in a share of the lead in the group,” Whitmore said.”It wasn’t a clean execution from my players, but it’s our first game, and now we must shift focus to Saturday’s clash with Cornwall College. We will be preparing for that match with a purpose,” Whitmore added.In the lone Group I game yesterday, Daniel Green and Alain Black netted to give Marcus Garvey Technical a 2-0 win over Browns Town – their second victory in a row. They now lead the group on six points, following Saturday’s 1-0 win over Ocho Rios. Marcus Garvey next tackle York Castle on Saturday.last_img read more

Irans blames USbacked Gulf Arab states for attack on military parade

first_imgTwitter Ads info and privacy Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said on Sunday the United States wants to create insecurity in Iran. London best pest control The comments come a day after an attack on a military parade that killed at least 25 people, almost half of them members of the country’s elite Revolutionary Guards.Speaking before leaving Tehran to attend the UN General Assembly in New York, Rouhani accused US-backed Gulf Arab states of providing financial and military support for anti-government ethnic Arab groups.Iran’s religious leader Ali Khamenei echoed Rouhani’s comments by also accusing US-backed Gulf Arab states.The attack, which wounded at least 70 people, targeted a viewing stand where Iranian officials had gathered in the city of Ahvaz to watch an annual event marking the start of Iran’s 1980-88 war with Iraq, state television said.Khamenei ordered security forces to bring to justice those responsible for one of the worst assaults ever against the Revolutionary Guards, the most powerful military force in the country, which answers to him.TRT World‘s Reagan Des Vignes reports.Khamanei’s allegation will likely ratchet up tensions with Iran’s rival Saudi Arabia and its Gulf allies, which along with the United States have been working to isolate Iran.“This crime is a continuation of the plots of the regional states that are puppets of the United States, and their goal is to create insecurity in our dear country,” Khamenei said in a statement published on his website.He did not name the regional states he believed were to blame.Israel is also a key US ally opposed to Tehran.On Saturday, Rouhani said, “The response of the Islamic Republic of Iran to the smallest threat will be crushing. Those who give intelligence and propaganda support to these terrorists must answer for it.”Hours later, Iran summoned envoys of the Netherlands, Denmark and Great Britain on Saturday night, accusing them of harbouring Iranian opposition groups in their countries, IRNA reported.“It is not acceptable that these groups are not listed as terrorist organisations by the European Union as long as they have not carried out a terrorist attack in Europe,” foreign ministry spokesman Bahram Qasemi was quoted as saying by IRNA.Some members of the ethnic separatist movements are based in the European countries. Javad Zarif@JZarif Iranian ethnic Arab group Ahvaz National Resistance and Daesh both claimed responsibility for the rare assault in the southwestern city of Ahvaz, but Iranian officials are blaming “a foreign regime” backed by the United States.center_img Terrorists recruited, trained, armed & paid by a foreign regime have attacked Ahvaz. Children and journos among casualties. Iran holds regional terror sponsors and their US masters accountable for such attacks. Iran will respond swiftly and decisively in defense of Iranian lives.9:08 AM – Sep 22, 2018 Multiple claimsBoth Daesh and an anti-government Arab group called the Ahvaz National Resistance, claimed responsibility for Saturday’s attack.Yaghub Hur Totsari, a spokesman for a group that identifies themselves as the Arab Struggle Movement for the Liberation of Ahvaz, said the Ahvaz National Resistance, an umbrella organisation of all armed movements, was behind the attack but did not specify which group.No evidence was provided for either of the two claims.An Iranian military spokesman said the gunmen were trained by two Gulf Arab states and had ties to the United States and Israel.“These terrorists… were trained and organised by two … Gulf countries,” Brigadier General Abolfazl Shekarchi told the official news agency IRNA.“They are not from Daesh or other groups fighting (Iran’s) Islamic system … but they are linked to America and (Israel’s intelligence agency) Mossad.”In this photo provided by Mehr News Agency, civilians try to take shelter in a shooting, during a military parade, marking the 38th anniversary of Iraq’s 1980 invasion of Iran, in the southwestern city of Ahvaz, Iran. (Mehr News Agency, Mehdi Pedramkhoo/AP)Women and children killedIran has been relatively stable compared with neighbouring Arab countries that have grappled with upheaval since the 2011 uprisings across the Middle East.Women and children died in the assault, state news IRNA agency reported.The assailants had hidden weapons near the parade route several days in advance, said Brigadier General Abolfazl Shekarchi, a senior spokesman for Iran’s armed forces.“All four terrorists were quickly neutralised by security forces,” Shekarchi told state television.“A four-year-old girl and a wheelchair-bound war veteran were among the dead.”Attacks on the military are rare in Iran.TRT World spoke to political analyst Mohammad Marandi about the attack.Powerful forceThe Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corp (IRGC) has been the sword and shield of Shia clerical rule in Iran since its 1979 Revolution.The Guards have a big say in Iran’s regional interests and a vast stake worth billions of dollars in Iran’s economy.Ahvaz is in the centre of Khuzestan province, where there have been sporadic protests by minority Arabs.The gunmen were trained by two Gulf Arab states and had ties to the United States and Israel, according to Shekarchi.There was no immediate Gulf Arab comment on his remarks.Iran and Saudi Arabia support opposite sides in wars in Syria and Yemen and rival political parties in Iraq and Lebanon, fuelling instability in the Middle East.Source: Reuters 8,058 4,538 people are talking about thislast_img read more