Wellington police notes: Tuesday, Dec. 4, 2012

first_imgWellington Police notes for Tuesday, December 04, 2012•5:12 a.m. Christopher A. Johnson,42,Wellington was issued a notice to appear charged with speeding 66 mph in a 55 mph zone.•7:04 a.m. Karen S. Evans, 34,Wichita was arrested and confined charged with disobeying a stop sign and driving while driver’s license suspended.•Roy Cox, 56,Wellington was issued a notice to appear charged with control of animals. (occurred 12-3-12 9;30 p.m.)•1:30 p.m. Officers investigated criminal deprivation of property in the 900 block of W. 7th.•10:15 p.m. Erin O. Davis, 33, Derby,Kans.was issued a notice to appear charged with wrong way on one way street.last_img read more

In Iraq, ex-sports stars seek to shake up politics

first_img0Shares0000Men look at a campaign poster of Basil Gorgis, a former Iraqi footballer, in a street in Arbil, the capital of the northern Iraqi Kurdish autonomous region © AFP / SAFIN HAMEDBAGHDAD, Iraq, Apr 24 – In the sweltering heat of Mexico ’86, Ahmed Radhi and Basil Gorgis pulled on the same jerseys to represent Iraq’s football team in its sole World Cup Finals.But now, a third of a century later, they’re just two of several former stars taking part in a very different contest — as parliamentary candidates in next month’s election. While the World Cup adventure ended in dismal failure, with Iraq crashing out after losing all three of its group games, the ex-players’ appeal could be a big draw for some Iraqi voters.“They already have fans,” says Hussein Hassan, a 45-year-old Baghdad resident. “It’s now the turn of these stars to put themselves at the service of the people.”Distrust of politicians ahead of the May 12 vote is high, with the 15 years since the US-led toppling of former dictator Saddam Hussein marred by repeated periods of chaos and endemic corruption.“We have more confidence in them than the politicians, who have changed nothing,” Hassan says.It’s a view that Radhi, scorer of Iraq’s only World Cup Finals goal, takes on board.“Iraqis need someone who shows that they are focusing on their interests, and who will work to guarantee a decent life,” the National Alliance candidate says.The 54-year-old says his political group “brings together all communities and confessions.”The National Alliance is led by Iraq’s Vice President Ayad Allawi, a secular Shiite, and parliamentary speaker Salim al-Juburi, a Sunni.It’s a union that seeks to move beyond Iraq’s Shiite-Sunni ethnic cleavage — a major pull for the ex-footballer.The NA’s list of candidates is liberal and “transcends confessionalism,” he says. “This is what the people want now.”– ‘Defending minority interests’ –Other candidates, sporting or otherwise, have more narrow motivations.Radhi’s former teammate Gorgis is among a list of candidates fielded by “Abna al-Rafideyn,” a group bringing together Chaldean Christians, Assyrians and Syriacs.Now administrator for the national team, Gorgis is running in the Kurdish city of Arbil and says he seeks to protect the interests of Christians.Standing up for the rights of his community is also what motivates Chaker Mohammad Sabbar, another former player on Iraq’s national soccer team.The 50-year-old, who appeared in every position except goalkeeper during his career, is Sunni, a group that’s played second fiddle to the majority Shiites since Saddam’s fall.Sabbar says loved ones cautioned against involvement in politics, telling him it would “achieve nothing, because no change is possible.”But their advice hasn’t stopped him running as a candidate in Ramadi, capital of Anbar province in central Iraq. Sabbar is number 10 on the list of the “Tamaddun” group, which advocates a secular state.Sunni dominated Ramadi was seized by the Islamic State group in May 2015, before being retaken by government forces less than a year later.“The people have suffered enormously,” says Sabbar, whose family live in the region.“Now, it’s time our interests are defended, like those of other Iraqis,” he adds.– ‘Better future for sport’ –Not all the former footballers running in the elections here are political novices.Radhi stood in the 2014 poll and lost, while another ex-international, Hassan Farhan, is a politics and military science graduate.“People now have more confidence in sportsmen than politicians, who have weakened the state,” says 65-year-old Farhan, who appears on a list for the secular Civil Party.People walk past a campaign billboard of Ahmed Radhi, a former Iraqi footballer, in a street in Baghdad © AFP / AHMAD AL-RUBAYEOthers are determined to ensure new investment in facilities, to help the country compete again internationally in a whole range of disciplines.“We must think about building a better future for sport,” says ex-international swimmer Sarmad Abdelilah, now a member of the National Olympic Committee and Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi’s “Victory Alliance.”“There are no athletes in parliament and so there are no laws or institutions to structure Iraqi sport,” he laments.Other contenders include Taleb Faysal, the president of Iraq’s weightlifting federation, who is on the list for former prime minister Nuri al-Maliki’s “Rule of Law Alliance.”But some citizens here don’t buy into the appeal of sporting veterans.“We have confidence in none of the candidates, because we know they will only think of themselves once in parliament,” says Imane Kazem in the capital.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Tadeo Lwanga on his way to North Africa

first_imgTadeo is currently a free agent. (PHOTOS/File)KAMPALA – Tadeo Lwanga has been one of the most consistent performers in the StarTimes Uganda Premier League in the last few years.For three seasons now, he has been arguably the best midfielder in the League and his performances have not gone unnoticed.Tadeo is now a regular in the Uganda Cranes set-up and is higly tipped for a starting role in the near future.At the just conluded Africa Cup of Nations in Egypt, Tadeo featured in two of Uganda’s four matches, coming off the bench in each. The only games that the hard tackling midfielder did not feature in were the 1-1 draw with Zimbabwe and the round of 16 loss to Senegal.Despite not starting in any of the games, him playing in two (games) is very much viewed as progress for a player who has worked his way into the team.With the AFCON now a gone case, Tadeo is currently in talks with two North African club sides.One is believed to be a giant of Algerian football and the other an Egyptian top flight side.“Tadeo is likely to move to either Algeria or Egypt. He is currently in negotiations with two teams and he is weighing his options at the moment, narrated a source.The sources also indicates that a deal will be struck with one of the two unnamed sides later this week, explaining Tadeo’s absence from the Cranes training on Monday.Tadeo along with KCCA FC defender Timothy Awany did not take part in training as the Cranes resumed preparations for the upcoming CHAN 2020 return leg qualifier against Somalia.Tadeo’s journey has been steady as he featured for then-troubled Express FC in the 2014/15 season before moving to SC Villa.At Villa, he played two seasons, captaining the Jogoos to a third place finish in the 2016/17 season, his last at Villa Park.Tadeo captained Villa in his second season.He then transfered to Vipers SC with whom he won the 2017/18 league title and also reached the final of the Uganda Cup where the Venoms lost 1-0 to KCCA FC.He was handed the captain’s armband the following season, leading the Venoms to a second placed finish.After his contract with Vipers SC expired at the back end of last season (2018/19), Tadeo opted not to renew it with a view of securing a move outside the country, a move that looks ever increasingly likely to materialize.Tadeo has played 11 full international games for Uganda and he is yet to find the back of the net.However, he scored one of the Cranes goals last Saturday as they defeated Somalia 3-1 in the first leg of the CHAN 2020 qualifiers.Comments Tags: 2019 AFCONCHAN 2020Express FCKCCA FCSC Villatadeo lwangaTimothy Awanytopvipers sclast_img read more