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  1. Journalist shot dead in Northern Ireland rioting LONDON (AP) — Police in Northern Ireland said Friday the dissident republican group the New IRA was probably responsible for the fatal shooting of a journalist during overnight rioting in the city of Londonderry. The Police Service of Northern Ireland said 29-year-old journalist and author Lyra McKee died after she was shot during rioting in the Creggan area. Assistant Chief Constable Mark Hamilton said a gunman fired a number of shots at police during the unrest Thursday evening. "We believe this to be a terrorist act. We believe it has been carried out by violent dissident republicans," he said. "Our assessment at this time is that the New IRA are most likely to be the ones behind this and that forms our primary line of inquiry." A murder investigation been launched but there have been no arrests. Hamilton appealed for calm to prevail on Easter weekend. British Prime Minister Theresa May called the death of McKee "shocking and truly senseless." "She was a journalist who died doing her job with great courage," May said. An eyewitness told the BBC that a gunman fired indiscriminately into a crowd during riots on the crowded Creggan housing complex. The New IRA is a small group of republicans who reject the 1998 Good Friday agreement that marked the Irish Republican Army's embrace of a political solution to the long-running violence known as "The Troubles" that claimed more than 3,700 lives. The group is also blamed for a Londonderry car bombing that did not cause any injuries in January. It is regarded as the largest of the splinter dissident groups still operating and has been linked to several other killings in the past decade. There has been an increase in tensions in Northern Ireland in recent months with sporadic violence, much of it focused in Londonderry, also known as Derry. McKee, the victim of the shooting, rose to prominence in 2014 with a blog post describing the struggle of growing up gay in Belfast, the capital of Northern Ireland. She had recently signed a contract to write two books. Seamus Dooley, Irish secretary of the National Union of Journalists, he was shocked by the murder of a journalist "of courage, style and integrity." He offered sympathy to "her partner, her family and many friends." mail.com/int/news/uk/9124412-j….html#.1258-stage-hero1-2 https://news.sky.com/story/woman-shot-dead-in-londonderry-police-say-11697813
  2. Well, I would assume that every player in our squad has a price, but for some it really depends of whether they actually want to leave. IMHO, Arfield has probably hit the climax of his club-career with us and won`t move to any lesser team, unless they offer him silly wages (though I would expect he ain't poor after his career so far). Morelos and Tavernier are different in that respect. So far, we only got freebies and the high quality signings that some crave will probably only come into our sights when serious money is coming in. Whether from investors, transfers or e.g. a share issue (which has not taken place, has it?).
  3. "Racially aggravated" ... being called a "f****ng scally"? Are we talking about Barton here or someone else, e.g. the provocing Stendel? Anyway, it is always reeking of double-standards when we slam someone doing what 9 out of 10 normal people would do under these circumstances. Stendel here is as much a "victim" as Brown was. I remember the shame game at the Scumhut where Diouf and Bartley got it tight and racially from the Scum folk and only major restraint from Weiss and Co. spared us some serious fighting, same with McCoist and TLB. People will sure disagree, but at times you would hope that certain people really have their faces sorted and feisty grins removed rather than dignified silence and restraint, which essentially only leads to the situation that we have nowadays, where Scum people and players alike can do what they like and get away with it, while we suffer and suffer and suffer. In that respect, you do like the game of icehockey, where players may very well have a bout or two on the ice, get their 2 or 5 mins in the sin bin to cool down and get on with it.
  4. Well, that is a nice precedent for that strict liability legislation droned about by lead-singer Humzah.
  5. Snatched from FF, where Mark Dingwall posted it 😉 (And it was quickly spotted that the first word was mis-spelled. 😄 )
  6. I was lead to believe that he is actually a Motherwell fan, according to a few fellows over on FF, but his agent is a diehard Yahoo, who actually has a picture of his daughter and Rodgers as his social media avatar, Chris Jack is reporting the same a Stevie now.
  7. Skrtel is becoming a freebie this summer, as are some others. He played with SG so the maths are easy to follow. Right now, we have a pro of a similar standing in McAuley. I would assume that we'll go for a younger player than Skrtel to support Katic and Goldson.
  8. Who knows whom at Ibrox they phoned for a comment, if anyone at all. Interestingly enough, our local basketball team Alba Berlin usually has attendance figures of 3 to 6.000 (on a very good day). Last Friday it was the 2nd leg of a 3-game series for some European Cup competition`s finals against favourites Valencia. Almost 14.000 people happened by, roughly 1k from Spain. Many of the 13k were actually clad in Alba attire and were cheering Alba on. Which obviously begged the question, where all these 10k are during the league season? But we see this with various cup finals too, when e.g. Hibs take 25k or the like to Hampden, but rarely sell out their home ground. Can't say what amount of tickets Premiership clubs are required to hand over to the opposition support and when watching games you clearly note that one or two full stands are handed to our support, usually filled to the hilt. The rest of the stadia are not exactly densely populated. If Killie hands us the required amount, albeit less than what we normally get, so be it.
  9. Do note, buster, that aside from Coulibaly (of whom SG said that he will try to get him permanently, I only mentioned those whom we already have and who counter the age problem. Jack and Halliday are both 27 and in that nigh-perfect age. So the list was and is never meant as exclusive. As for what is required, no doubt about your assessment.
  10. Something is rotten in the "State of British Law" then ...
  11. I would assume that Kamara and McCrorie will be very much a feature next season alongside the "veterans". Maybe Coulibaly and Rossiter too. Since we will start early again and hope for another long run in Europe (though I realistically do not expect another 14odd game run ...), every guy with a young and old head will be required. And right now I am happy to have these "old heads" in form of Arfield, Davis, and Dorrans, who sure add some quality and stability to our squad.
  12. BTW, it is interesting that when being talked about, people like to find debatable stuff first, but not the interesting bits:
  13. Someone who posts on here says that the club is working hard on changing the whole thing that is the CO and his shadow judges, a system that has failed badly and is openly biased and partial. But they won`t say that in public, of course, as it is them versus the authorities.
  14. They - or let`s say the modern day semi-ultra version of them rather than your average football supporter - are in many ways just a hypocritic bunch of "against-anything", "against authorities" semi-leftish anarchists, much like their brethren at FC St. Pauli. Of course, "if they knew their history", they would know that the Jews actually hailed from Judea, virtually the exact place they shared - back in the day - with the local Arabian (or whatever) population of the Southern Levante, before the region was renamed (and not de-populated) by the Romans when the Jews grew too bold. That many fled the region before and after is also known ... and when you actually read the history of the Jewish people, you wonder why the Scum support holds the Palestinians so dear, but not the Jews? https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jewish_diaspora#Roman_destruction_of_Judea But hey, Israel was "invented" by the British Empire, as was Iraq et al, so it must be evil. Incidentally, that the Palestinains use heinous terror attacks on civilians is swept equally under the carpet as the IRA terrorism against the British people. Some sort of killing people simply is the correct version, the "freedom-fighting" killing of people than the other versions of terrorism. If that confuses you, you are lucky since you are a pretty normal person.
  15. IMHO, SG far too often employs the 4-3-3 no matter what instead of playing e.g. Defoe and/or Lafferty next to Morelos. Given that we almost always play two grafters in midfield, we could easily have switched to three at the back and put one more player either u front or into midfield. Sadly enough, these last two games will be another sample of how 4-3-3 can work ... but for that to be the case, e.g. Arfield has to get into the right positions and put the chances away as well as the opposition play more open than what Accies, Dundee, Killie and Co. usually do. Injury can happen to every player and it is a tragedy that Murphy wrecked his knee on plastic turf and Dorrans never got going. Since we will have both next season ... and I reckon they can have a similar impact as Arfield, the addition of Davis for no fee and probably rather moderate wages is okay. Defoe has been paying back his wages on a rather alarming rate ... Lafferty IMHO is just a victim of the tactics rather than anything else. The again, you`d have to ask SG why he is barely used after being so vigorously chased by him.
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