Fans ‘unlawfully killed’ in Hillsborough football disaster

first_img0Shares0000A football fan is carried from the pitch at Hillsborough stadium in Sheffield following a crush in the stands on April 15, 1989. PHOTO/AFP.WARRINGTON, April 26 – The 96 Liverpool fans who died in the Hillsborough football stadium disaster were unlawfully killed, a jury found Tuesday, blaming police for the worst tragedy in the history of British sport.Following the longest-running inquest in English legal history, jurors concluded that policing decisions at the ill-fated match in 1989 “caused or contributed” to the deaths, and amounted to “gross negligence”. 0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) Relatives of the victims have fought a 27-year campaign to get to the heart of what happened during the disaster, and were angry at an initial inquest ruling the deaths were accidental.They emerged from the courtroom hugging and in tears, holding pictures of their loved ones and a scarf reading “JUSTICE”.They linked hands above their heads and sang the Liverpool Football Club anthem “You’ll Never Walk Alone” and chanted “Justice for the 96”.Prime Minister David Cameron paid tribute to their “extraordinary courage” in their “long search for the truth”.“Landmark day as the Hillsborough inquest provides long overdue justice for the 96 Liverpool fans who died in the tragic disaster,” he said on Twitter.The Crown Prosecution Service (CPS), England’s state prosecutors, said it would now consider whether to bring criminal charges.The disaster occurred on April 15, 1989 during an FA Cup semi-final between Liverpool and Nottingham Forest at Sheffield Wednesday’s Hillsborough stadium in northern England.Seeking to alleviate a crush that had developed outside the ground at the Leppings Lane End shortly before kick-off, David Duckenfield, the police match day commander, ordered the opening of an exit gate.It enabled 2,000 fans to pile into the already over-full terracing pens behind the goal at that end, causing a fatal crush.– Police ‘gross negligence’ –The mammoth inquest, which began in March 2014, took place in a purpose-built courtroom in Warrington, northwest England, 15 miles (25 kilometres) outside Liverpool.Coroner John Goldring, who presided over the inquests, asked the nine-member jury to decide on 14 key points — with the issue of whether the victims were unlawfully killed the central question that caused them the most difficulty.The jury members had to be convinced that Duckenfield had breached his duty of care to those who died.They needed to be satisfied that his breach of duty caused the deaths and that it amounted to “gross negligence”.They concluded it was unlawful killing by a seven-two majority.The jury also concluded that the behaviour of Liverpool supporters on the day did not cause or contribute to the disaster.The tragedy occurred when English football hooliganism was at its height and many in authority were prepared to believe the worst of fans.Under English law, an inquest exists solely to determine how the deceased came by their death. It does not impose criminal sentences.However, an inquest verdict can act as a springboard for other court proceedings.Sue Hemming, head of the CPS’s special crime and counter terrorism division, said it would now “formally consider whether any criminal charges should be brought against any individual or corporate body based upon all the available evidence”.– ‘Accidental death’ –A report into the disaster by leading judge Lord Justice Peter Taylor recommended the removal of terrace fences and the introduction of all-seater stadiums, which have transformed the experience of going to a top-flight football match in England.But in 1990, British prosecutors deemed there was insufficient evidence to bring criminal charges against the police or any other individual, group or body.A year later the original coroner’s inquest returned verdicts of accidental death for all the victims.But many of the families of the deceased felt this was a whitewash and continued to campaign for fresh inquiries under the banner “Justice for the 96”.In April 2009, the Hillsborough Independent Panel was set up following the 20th anniversary of the tragedy.The panel’s 2012 report found that police orchestrated a cover-up, manipulated documents and blamed innocent supporters for the disaster.That in turn led to the establishment of fresh inquests.The final memorial at Liverpool’s Anfield stadium for the 96 victims was held this month.Families of the deceased unanimously agreed this year’s service would be the last public event at Anfield in memory of their loved ones.One of the bitter consequences of the more than two decades it took to reach Tuesday’s announcement was that a number of those who campaigned for the new inquests did not live long enough to witness their conclusions.last_img read more

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Defender signs deal at Crystal Palace

first_img1 Crystal Palace defender Brede Hangeland Brede Hangeland has signed a new one-year contract with Crystal Palace, the club have announced.The defender, 33, moved to Selhurst Park last summer from Fulham and made 17 appearances over the 2014/15 season, scoring two goals.After putting pen to paper on a deal, he told the Eagles’ official website: “I’m delighted to have signed with Crystal Palace for the new season.  I have really enjoyed working under Alan Pardew and we have a very talented squad who are all a really good bunch of lads to be around. “These are very exciting times at the club and I look forward to playing a part in making next year in another successful one.”last_img

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Tottenham ‘close’ to signing Roma starlet Antonio Sanabria in £11.5m deal

first_img 20-year-old Antonio Sanabria has been on Tottenham’s radar since his days at Barcelona’s famous La Masia academy 1 Tottenham are close to completing an £11.5million deal with Roma for young striker Antonio Sanabria.The Paraguay international has been on Spurs’ radar since he was a teenager at Barcelona’s La Masia academy and now the club are ready to swoop for the 20-year-old.According to Gazzetta dello Sport, Roma have accepted a deal of around £11.5m for Sanabria and the fee has the potential to rise to £15m based on appearances.Sanabria spent last season on loan at Sporting Gijon and caught Mauricio Pochettino’s attention by scoring 11 goals for the La Liga club.Spurs regularly scouted the forward during his time in Spain and now Pochettino is close to getting his man, who will be used as back-up to Harry Kane next season.last_img read more

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New Orleans rebuilding campuses

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECasino Insider: Here’s a look at San Manuel’s new high limit rooms, Asian restaurant Now, six months after Katrina, only a small number of schools have reopened so far, but many people see the storm’s destruction as a unique opportunity to rebuild a system that had no place to go but up. “This is the silver lining in the dark cloud of Katrina,” says Sajan George, a turnaround expert who began working at the schools before the storm. “We would not have been able to start with an almost clean slate if Katrina had not happened. So it really does represent an incredible opportunity.” But how does a school system reinvent itself in a city when money is scarce and misery plentiful? Boldly. That’s what some educators are proposing with a plan that calls for a major shakeup: Schools would be grouped in clusters run by managers. Students would have choices about where they’d attend. And most money and hiring decisions would shift from the superintendent’s office to the principals, who are considered more attuned to their schools’ needs. NEW ORLEANS – The slimy mildew clinging to classroom walls for years, the termite-eaten floors, the paint peeling from school ceilings – Hurricane Katrina washed all that away. The storm that destroyed much of this city also devastated the New Orleans public schools. But that wasn’t all bad. The system, regarded as one of the worst in America, had been rotting for decades: Buildings were neglected. Kids weren’t learning. Millions of dollars were squandered or stolen. “We have to have a whole new mind-set about how we approach public education,” says Scott Cowen, president of Tulane University and head of a mayoral committee that developed the plan. “If we can get our heads around true transformation, we can turn it around.” But change won’t come easily. There’s a long history here of squabbling among board members, scandal and academic failure. And that was before Katrina. Now there are new headaches: Thousands of teachers have no jobs. Parents are frustrated with the slow pace of school reopenings. And insiders are openly skeptical of plans for the future. “I don’t think you turn around a failing system by changing the structure of the system,” says Ora Watson, interim superintendent of the New Orleans public schools. Watson also feels not everyone is being heard. “Some people are being left out of the conversation,” she says. “I’m talking about poor people, people who populated the schools, the African-American community.” The Bring New Orleans Back Education Committee that developed the plan says it consulted a diverse group of more than 1,500 people from New Orleans, including teachers, parents and students, along with experts around the nation, and is committed to creating top-quality schools in every neighborhood. The Orleans Parish school board has endorsed the plan. It has been no secret something had to be done to fix a system so mismanaged that budgets hadn’t been balanced in five years, teachers often received inaccurate paychecks and corruption was endemic. The system was already on the brink of financial collapse when Katrina roared in, severely damaging about a quarter of the schools: Roofs caved in. Fierce winds blew out walls and hurled desks through windows. Floodwaters drowned about 300 buses. Total losses could reach as high as $1 billion. 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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The staggering percentage of Real Madrid fans that want Gareth Bale to leave

first_img tense Boxing Day fixtures: All nine Premier League games live on talkSPORT ADVICE Bale signing autographs in July 2015 when his approval rating was a bit higher Getty Images – Getty Getty Images – Getty no dice shining REVEALED huge blow Bale has had to get used to life on the bench especially after Zidane’s return as Real Madrid manager Mariano Diaz, Zidane’s son Luca, Dani Ceballos and Isco were also urged to go. Meanwhile, Dani Caravajal, Vinicius Jr, Sergio Ramos, Brahim Diaz and Alvaro Odriozola were the top five players the fans want to see stay.Bale went straight down the tunnel following Zidane’s latest snub on Sunday and did not wave goodbye to the Bernabeu crowd because ‘he has no plans to leave Real Madrid this summer’, according to reports in Spain.Marca wrote on Tuesday, Bale ‘did not say goodbye to anyone; not his team-mates, not the coaching fans, nor the supporters because he has no plans to leave. Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won Berahino hits back at b******t Johnson criticism – ‘I was in a dark place at Stoke’ LATEST FOOTBALL NEWS Oxlade-Chamberlain suffers another setback as Klopp confirms serious injury Bale is on a whopping £650,000-a-week contract but it’s understood Los Blancos are desperate to get him off the wage bill as they look to revamp their attacking options this summer.And it looks as though supporters are desperate to see the 29-year-old go too.Spanish newspaper AS ran a poll giving Real fans their verdict on each player and whether they should stay or leave.Almost five million took part in the survey and only nine per cent believe Bale should stay at Real. 2 Premier League Team of the Season so far, including Liverpool and Leicester stars REPLY Green reveals how he confronted Sarri after Chelsea’s 6-0 defeat at Man City Gareth Bale’s Real Madrid future appears to be hanging by a thread.The Welshman has fallen down the pecking order at the Bernabeu with manager Zinedine Zidane even refusing to bring him off the bench as they slumped to a defeat at home to Real Betis last week. gameday cracker Ronaldo warned Lukaku how hard scoring goals in Serie A would be before Inter move 2 Son ban confirmed as Tottenham fail with appeal to overturn red card Bale reportedly told his team-mates that he’ll be happy to stay and ‘play golf’ next season if he’s not selected to play, according to Spanish radio station Radioestaio.“I’ve got three years left on my contract,” he said.“If they want me to go, they’ll need to pay me £15m per season. If not, I’ll stay here. And if I have to play golf, I will.”last_img read more

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Club Sligo latest draw winners

first_img6th€ 100Owenmore Gaels GAA Club 2nd€ 250Edmund O’Mahony 5th€ 100Andrew Mullen 1st€ 1,000Curry GAA Club 4th€ 100Kingsbridge Private Hospital 4th€ 100Seamus Cummins 7th€ 100St. Michael’s GAA Club 5th€ 100John Gorman 2nd€ 250Enda Candon 2nd€ 250St. John’s GAA Club Club Sligo Members Draw-May 1st€ 1,000The Little Six 3rd€ 100Feehily Funeral Home 4th€ 100Barnes Murphy Club Sligo Members Draw-June 8th€ 100Liam Henry 3rd€ 100Robert Taylor 7th€ 100Barnes & Breeda Kelly 1st€ 1,000Christina Murphy The Monthly Draws for Club Sligo members took place in the Sligo GAA Centre of Excellence on Sunday 12th August. 1st€ 1,000Martin Giblin 2nd€ 250Sligo Haulage & Distribution 7th€ 100Paddy Galvin 6th€ 100P & B Kilcullen Electrical 7th€ 100Eugene Carroll 3rd€ 100Tony Clancy Club Sligo Members Draw-July 5th€ 100Tim Hynes 6th€ 100St. Patrick’s GAA Club Club Sligo Members Draw-April 8th€ 100Joe Gonley 4th€ 100Eamonn Mullen PrizeName 3rd€ 100Cloonacool GAA Club 8th€ 100Brendan Mac Conamhna 8th€ 100Bree’s Bar PrizeName 6th€ 100PHD Access Controls PrizeName PrizeName 5th€ 100Eddie Carrlast_img read more

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Crohn’s and Colitis: Raising Awareness of Invisible Illness

first_imgThis is Crohn’s and Colitis Awareness Week, aimed at increasing understanding of a condition often called the “invisible disease” – although the 78,000 people who have Crohn’s or colitis in the Carolinas will tell you it is anything but.Crohn’s and colitis are inflammatory bowel diseases that cause pain, weight loss, exhaustion and other symptoms that are not curable. Jordan Sorrells of Charlotte has had Crohn’s for 20 years; he said it’s not always easy to educate people about it, because some of the symptoms are unpleasant to talk about.“It’s definitely one of those diseases that people don’t want to talk about,” said Sorrells. “It’s not polite dinner conversation. Things that I’ve had to deal with over the years, the main things I deal with, are fatigue, weight loss, and they just depend on my stress level and everything that’s going on.”The causes of Crohn’s disease or colitis are not well understood, but diet and stress are known to aggravate symptoms. Those symptoms include abdominal cramps, fever, weight loss, night sweats, persistent diarrhea and rectal bleeding.According to Christina Humble, executive director of the Carolina chapter of the Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation of America, it’s likely you know someone who has an inflammatory bowel disease and don’t even realize it.“I think it’s just watching what you say, because things that they don’t like to hear is like, ‘Do you have an eating disorder?’ Or a lot of people think you don’t look sick, but you really are because it’s internal, it’s not outside,” Humble explained.If you think you have symptoms of IBD, Sorrels said, it’s important to see your doctor, since treatments can help you live with the disease.“Crohn’s and colitis have so many varying symptoms and they can change from person to person,” he said. “It’s so individualized that if you think you have any symptoms that relate to fatigue, weight loss, diarrhea, constipation, running to the bathroom, have an upset stomach – if something seems off, just go see a doctor and ask questions.”According to the Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation of America, as many as 70,000 new cases of IBD are diagnosed in the U.S. each year, and as many as 80,000 children are living with the condition.For more information, visit the Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation of America’s website at ccfa.org.last_img read more

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Neillsville pulls away late to beat Columbus Catholic baseball

first_imgDons drop to 5-11, finish regular season Monday at SpencerBy Paul LeckerSports ReporterMARSHFIELD — Neillsville busted open a tight game with nine runs in its final two at-bats to defeat Marshfield Columbus Catholic 11-1 in a Cloverbelt Conference East Division baseball game Friday at Jack Hackman Field.Neillsville (13-5, 12-3 Cloverbelt East) scored twice in the top of the first inning against Columbus Catholic pitcher Ethan Meece, and the Dons (5-11, 5-10 Cloverbelt East) responded with a run in the bottom of the inning.The score remained 2-1 until the sixth, when the Warriors scored five times to knock Meece out of the game, and they added four more against reliever Calvin Brown in the seventh to finish off the victory.Columbus was held to two hits by Neillsville pitcher Marshal Opelt, who struck out five and walked four in a complete-game effort.Columbus Catholic plays at Spencer in its Cloverbelt East and regular-season finale on Monday at 5 p.m. The Dons open postseason play with a WIAA Division 4 regional quarterfinal at Wisconsin Rapids Assumption on Thursday.Neillsville can wrap up no worse than a share of the Cloverbelt East championship with a win in its conference finale Monday at home against Colby.(Hub City Times Sports Reporter Paul Lecker is also the publisher of MarshfieldAreaSports.com.)Warriors 11, Dons 1Neillsville 200 005 4 – 11 13 1Columbus Catholic 100 000 0 – 1 2 3WP: Marshal Opelt. LP: Ethan Meece.SO: Opelt 5; Meece (5 2/3 inn.) 0, Calvin Brown (1 1/3 inn.) 2. BB: Opelt 4; Meece 3, Brown 1.Top hitters: N, Matson 2×4, 2B, 2 RBIs; Opelt 3×5, 2 RBIs; Horder 2×5, 2B, 2 RBIs; Barth 2×4; Erickson 2×4, RBI.Records: Neillsville 13-5, 12-3 Cloverbelt Conference East Division; Columbus Catholic 5-11, 5-10 Cloverbelt East.last_img read more

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OK Ballot Question on Gross Production Tax Legally Sufficient

first_imgAn Oklahoma ballot question on whether to increase the gross production tax was held legally sufficient by the Oklahoma Supreme Court. Initiative Petition No. 416, State Question No. 795 will ask voterswhether to levy an additional 5% gross production tax on certain oil and gas wells during the first 36 months of production.for education.The court found the ballot question and initiative petition legally sufficient in three opinions.Oklahoma Independent Petroleum Association v. PottsOpponents to the ballot question in this case argued that the ballot measure:unconstitutionally created a retroactive tax; andviolated the one general subject rule.Their argument was unsuccessful.The Ballot Question Was ConstitutionalThe additional tax was proposed by means of adding Article XIII-C to the state constitution. However, the ballot question stated the tax would apply to the first 36 production months of wells spudded after July 1, 2015, “from and after the effective date of this Article XIII.” Opponents argued that the ballot measure created an impermissible retroactive law because Article XIII had been in effect for decades. They argued that this would create retroactive effect back to July 1, 2015. However, they conceded that “Article XIII” instead of “Article XIII-C” may have been a typo. Proponents argued the new article would apply to wells spudded after July 1, 2015, for however much of their 36 production months remained after the effective date.The court found that the proponents interpretation avoided retroactive application. In addition,the court found that “from and after the effective date of this Article XIII” (emphasis added) in the initiative petition made clear “Article XIII-C” was meant. Finally, the court resolved all doubt as to the initiative’s construction in the initiative’s favor because the right of initiatives is precious. Therefore, it held that the ballot measure did not create a retroactive tax in violation of U.S. Const. amend. V.One General Subject RuleThe court also held that the ballot measure did not violate the one general subject rule of Okla. Const. art. 24, §1. It instead found each of the proposed article’s sections reasonably interrelated and geared toward one goal of increasing education funding. Finally, it found the effect on appropriations that the ballot measure could have was merely speculative. It was not a constitutional defect.Oklahoma Oil & Gas Assoc. v. ThompsonIn this case, the court again ruled that the ballot question did not violate the one general subject rule of Okla. Const. art. 24, §1. The question proposed amending the state constitution in order to levy the tax. Opponents argued it combined multiple subjects, including a raise for educators and an expansion of Board of Equalization powers.Germaneness TestBecause the question would add a new constitutional article, the court followed the germaneness test of In re Initiative Petition No. 403, State Question No. 779, Oklahoma Supreme Court, No. 114425, January 12, 2016, ¶201-177. This test for violation of the one general subject rule determines if changes are all germane to a singular common subject and purpose.The court found the germaneness test was still good law, and the ballot question was legally sufficient based on its decision in companion case Oklahoma Independent Petroleum Association v. Potts.McDonald v. ThompsonFinally, in McDonald v. Thompson, the court held legally sufficient the gist of the initiative petition and ballot question.The Gist of the QuestionOpponents had argued that the gist failed to state the new tax would apply retroactively to wells drilled after July 1, 2015. The court disagreed and found the omission of the July 1, 2015, date not fatal to the gist’s legal sufficiency. The tax would apply to oil and gas wells:spudded after July 1, 2015;during the first 36 months of production;beginning with the first month of production; andfrom and after the effective date of the new article.The omission was also not deceitful or misleading. The court found instead that the gist stated the tax would apply to wells during the first 36 production months.The court found that the gist of the ballot question for the proposed gross production tax increase properly brought attention to the new article’s changes if voters approved. It provided enough information to make an informed decision about the proposed constitutional change. Further, the gist properly mirrored the petition by stating the new article “increases compensation for all certified personnel, including teachers.” In addition, gists are not subject to the same stringent statutory requirements as ballot titles.Finally, the court found opponents’ argument that the raises would not be merit-based a mere a policy argument.Oklahoma Oil & Gas Assoc. v. Thompson, Oklahoma Supreme Court, No. 116682, March 19, 2018, ¶201-240; McDonald v. Thompson, Oklahoma Supreme Court, No. 116680, March 19, 2018, ¶201-241; Oklahoma Independent Petroleum Association v. Potts, Oklahoma Supreme Court, No. 116679, March 19, 2018, ¶201-242Login to read more tax news on CCH® AnswerConnect or CCH® Intelliconnect®.Not a subscriber? Sign up for a free trial or contact us for a representative.last_img read more

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Watch: Sadio Mane FURIOUS with Mo Salah after the Egyptian refuses to pass the…

first_imgAdvertisementLiverpool remain on the top of the table with 3 more points last weekend , which marks the 4th consecutive win in their winning run. Eventhough Liverpool were comfortable against Burnley, their forwards seemed extremely agitated.Sadio Mane , after coming off , looked absolutely flustered and angry. On further investigation, it is believed that the Senegalese International got mad at his teammate Mo Salah who instead of making a clear cut pass to Mane went for a skill to beat his man.Watch Mane’s unique reaction here : “Sadio Mane is an emotional guy, we are all individuals,” Klopp told Sky Sports after the match.“Something went not like he wanted, it is not the substitution. We will clarify it in the dressing room.”Advertisementlast_img

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