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first_imgManchester football season to open Oct 29The 2015-16 Manchester Football Association (MFA) season will kick-off on Thursday, October 29, with the Brumalia House Knock Out competition.The draw took place at the MFA offices at the RADA Complex earlier this week and 16 teams will compete. Defending champions Porus United will feature in the lone October 29 match against Old England.A date is yet to be finalised for the other seven opening round games. Those games are: Alligator Pond vs Plouden; Hillstars vs Star Zone; Downs vs NCU; Ricam Academy vs Villa United; Mile Gully vs Greenvale; Comfort vs Technical Strikers; and Georges Valley vs Land Settlement.The newcomers are NCU, Star Zone and Technical Strikers.Porus begins Peter Bunting defence with winPorus began their defence of the Central Manchester Sports Development Football League on a winning note last weekend, with a 6-2 victory against Top Coffee Grove Community team.The league, which is sponsored by Central Manchester Member of Parliament, Peter Bunting, kicked off with two games at Comfort Community Centre. The second game saw hosts Comfort defeating neighbours New Hall 5-1. Thirty teams are contesting the League. Top Coffee Grove number among four newcomers in this the third season. The others are Belair Strikers, Bombay and May Day.The opening round also saw Land Settlement scoring the highest margin of victory – a 10-0 shut-out of Kendal. A summary of other results saw Albion outscoring Old England 4-2, Inverness stomping New Vision 5-0, Mandeville United welcoming Belair Strikers 3-0 and the Police team drawing 2-2 with Bonito Strikers.Matches will resume tomorrow with double-headers at five venues. Opening games kick-off at 1:30 p.m., with the final games set for 3:30 p.m.Belair win in Howie Chin Prep LeagueKyode Smith’s goal proved decisive as Belair shocked defending champions Mount St Joseph 1-0 in last week’s second round of the Howie Chin Memorial Cup for Preparatory Schools in Manchester.Belair have now moved to six points, following their opening round 3-0 shut-out of Charagape. It was also a tough second round for Mountt St Joseph in the female category, where they are also the defending champions. They were held to a 0-0 draw by Emmanuel, who were previously beaten 2-0 by Belair.In other boys matches, Knox completed a 3-1 win over El Instituto, while in a surprise result, Yabnel edged Sacred Heart 1-0 on a Ramone Henry strike.The most impressive scoreline of the second round came in the girl’s competition, when Timika Scarlett’s four-timer gave Belair a 4-1 win over Knox Prep.Manchester to host inaugural Knox 7KManchester will host its fourth road race for runners and walkers, when Knox Community College hosts its inaugural Knox 7K on October 31.The day’s events will be hosted at its Cobbla campus, near Spaldings. The event will form part of Knox’s commemoration of 40 years as an institution which caters for primary, high school and community college education.The High Mountain Coffee 10K is the first on the Manchester calendar each year. Earlier this month, the parish saw the debut of the Church Teachers’ College 5K. The Burger King 5K will take place on October 25.Age categories for both events will be 19 and under, 20-39 and 40 and over, for which the organisers are offering prizes. Interested athletes and enthusiasts can go to the school’s website at kcc.edu.jm to register.last_img read more

Sweden requests detention order for Assange as US to seize belongings

first_imgLondon best pest control Swedish deputy director of public prosecutions Eva-Marie Persson said in a statement she had filed a request with the Uppsala district court to have Assange detained in his absence over an alleged rape.Detaining someone in their absence is a standard part of Swedish legal procedure if a suspect is outside the country or cannot be located.The request follows last week’s reopening of a 2010 rape investigation, and Persson added that once the court had granted the request, she would then ask British authorities to transfer Assange to Sweden.“If the court decides to detain him, I will issue a European Arrest Warrant concerning surrender to Sweden,” Persson said.The Australian whistleblower, who holed himself up in the Ecuadoran embassy in London for seven years to avoid a British extradition order to Sweden, was arrested by British police on April 11 after Ecuador gave him up.A London court sentenced him on May 1 to 50 weeks in jail for breaching the British order.The Swedish investigation concerns events which took place in 2010 when a Swedish woman accused Assange of rape, after meeting him at a WikiLeaks conference in Stockholm.Assange has always denied the allegations.Swedish authorities closed the investigation in 2017, when Sweden’s then director of public prosecutions Marianne Ny argued that since Assange could not be reached, having taken up residence in Ecuador’s embassy, it was not possible to proceed with the probe.But the investigation was reopened on May 13 following Assange’s arrest in London.The prosecution authority was unable to say when the detention hearing would take place since this would be up to the court to decide, and that a European Arrest Warrant would only be issued after the court had granted the detention request.When contacted by AFP, the Uppsala district court, where the request was filed, said the detention hearing had not yet been scheduled.Assange’s Swedish lawyer Per E Samuelson said that he didn’t think the detention hearing could take place this week, since he would need to go over the matter with his client first.“I’ve written the district court and said that they can’t hold a detention hearing until I’ve met my client and received instructions. Since he is currently incarcerated in London I haven’t even been able to establish contact over the phone yet,” Samuelson told AFP on Monday.Assange is already the subject of an extradition request from the United States, where he is wanted for hacking. That request was only revealed following his arrest in London.Eva-Marie Persson said it would be up to British authorities to decide which country’s request should take precedence.“In the event of a conflict between a European Arrest Warrant and a request for extradition from the U.S., U.K. authorities will decide on the order of priority. The outcome of this process is impossible to predict,” Persson said.Meanwhile, WikiLeaks said Monday that Ecuador is expected to allow U.S. officials to enter its London embassy to take away possessions left behind by Assange.Assange and his lawyers will not be present during the “illegal seizure” of items believed to include his manuscripts, legal papers, medical records and electronic equipment, WikiLeaks said.“The seizure of his belongings violates laws that protect medical and legal confidentiality and press protections,” it said.Protesters rallied outside Ecuador’s embassy in London on Monday to protest the seizure.“Free speech” and “Free Assange,” read some of the signs held up by a small group of campaigners outside the embassy.“Ecuador is committing a flagrant violation of the most basic norms of the institution of asylum by handing over all the asylee’s personal belongings indiscriminately to the country that he was being protected from – the United States,” one of Assange’s lawyers, Aitor Martinez, said in a statement Monday.“This is completely unprecedented in the history of asylum,” Martinez said. “The protecting country cannot cooperate with the agent of persecution against the person to whom it was providing protection.”Ecuador’s Foreign Minister Jose Valencia earlier this month confirmed that the belongings that Assange had to leave behind would be seized and Ecuadorian prosecutors would then decide what material to hand over to U.S. investigators.Valencia defended the handover, saying: “This is derived from a very clear order from a competent judicial authority.” Swedish prosecutors on Monday issued a formal request to hold WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, currently imprisoned in Britain, on suspicion of rape – a first step toward seeking his extradition to Sweden.last_img read more