Critic of Islam to share story of her journey

first_imgShe’s lived under 24-hour security since. But she hasn’t stopped speaking out. In a memoir published this month titled “Infidel,” she chronicles her journey from devout Muslim to passionate critic. And tonight in Century City, she will share her story with about 200 Jews from the American Jewish Committee’s young professionals group, Access. “The Muslim who says Islam is peace finds very little support in the Quran and the Hadith (traditions related to sayings and actions of Muhammad),” she said in an interview Tuesday. “And the bin Ladens of this world and the people we have come to call extremists find a lot of support in the Quran.” Her perspective runs counter to the message being promoted by most Muslim Americans. In the wake of Sept. 11, 2001, Ayaan Hirsi Ali began studying her Muslim faith, digging deep into the Quran to understand why 19 zealots would turn airplanes into missiles. Quickly convinced the Quran was diametrically opposed to peace, she renounced Islam and, with Theo van Gogh, co-produced a film criticizing the religion’s treatment of women. She expected “Submission” to incite debate, even anger. But then a Muslim radical plunged a knife into van Gogh’s chest and killed him. Attached to the blade was a note quoting the Quran and citing the crimes Hirsi Ali had committed against Islam. And there was another message: You’re next. Maher Hathout, a senior adviser to the L.A.-based Muslim Public Affairs Council, said the Quran only allows Muslims to be violent when they are being attacked, forced to convert or exiled from their homes. “To everyone else,” he said, “you should treat them with love and kindness.” Hathout said Hirsi Ali’s understanding of Islam has been shaped by “her own narrow, difficult experience” and that people would better learn about Islam from practicing Muslims. Born in Somalia, Hirsi Ali grew up on the run, moving from there to Saudi Arabia to Ethiopia to Kenya as her father kept clear of the Somalian dictator he opposed. She was not given the freedoms afforded her brother. As a young girl, her grandmother forced her to endure genital circumcision and, as a young adult, she was required to be home by 5 p.m. At age 20, she fled to the Netherlands to escape an arranged marriage and be educated. She was elected to the Dutch parliament in January 2003 but resigned last May over a controversy regarding her receival of asylum. She has since moved to Washington, D.C., to discuss the rift between Western values and Islamic attitudes abroad and to enjoy the freedom she didn’t know in adolescence. Daniel Inlender, chairman of the L.A. chapter of AJC Access, said the organization did not invite Hirsi Ali because of her criticism of Islam but because of the example she has set. “She is courageous. She is honorable. She is righteous,” Inlender said. “In every sense of the word, she really personifies leadership.” brad.greenberg@dailynews.com (818) 713-3634160Want 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

KPL decline FKF request to postpone fixtures

first_img“We received a request from FKF on the same but we have declined because it is not an obligation for clubs to release their players. We are running on a very tight schedule and moving the fixtures will only work to congest the calendar further,” Oguda told Capital Sport.He added; “They really have to plan on how they are going to use players. If clubs want to release players then it is under their own violation but games will continue.”The federation had asked matches to be shelved to allow new head coach Sebastien Migne assess his squad having called up a squad of 24 players who are set to report to camp Monday morning.-Formal request“We made a formal request and we will still continue to engage to see whether in the spirit of sportsmanship we can have the games shelved. It is not a must because it is out of the FIFA calendar but we are only hoping we can have an agreement in goodwill,” FKF communications Chief Barry Otieno said.As thus, Migne might have a challenge fielding strong sides in the friendly games against Swaziland and Equatorial Guinea. Most assuredly, he will be without Gor Mahia and AFC Leopards players who play in the Mashemeji Derby on Saturday in Kakamega.Gor Mahia boss Dylan Kerr on Sunday admitted at being in the dark over what exactly will transpire in the coming week.“The coach told me he needs the players in camp on Monday morning and again we have the derby coming up which is a huge game so I don’t know how things will go. If the derby is on, most definitely I will need my best players available,” the coach offered.The squad of 24 players called up on Saturday has seven Gor Mahia players and three from AFC while three more are on the standby list. In total Migne already has 10 players out of the fixture.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Harambee Stars head coach Sebastian Migne leads players in training. Photo/RAYMOND MAKHAYANAIROBI, Kenya, May 21- The Kenyan Premier League (KPL) has declined a request from the Football Kenya Federation (FKF) to shelve this weekend’s fixtures including the Gor Mahia v AFC Leopards Mashemeji Derby to allow Harambee Stars play two friendly matches on Friday and Monday.According to KPL Chief Executive Officer Jack Oguda, the two friendly games do not fall in the FIFA calendar and hence are under no obligation to shelve fixtures.last_img read more

CAF to directly pay referees in international matches

first_imgLamptey was banned by FIFA last September after he was found guilty of “unlawfully influencing (a) match result” when he incorrectly awarded hosts South Africa a penalty against Senegal in a World Cup qualifier in November 2016.A CAF statement on Wednesday, following the confederation’s executive committee meeting in Morocco, read: “Effective 2018, indemnities of referees designated for CAF matches will be paid directly by CAF.“This historic decision is a materialisation of a campaign promise by the CAF President (Ahmad Ahmad).“(Until) now, the regulations required host associations to pay these indemnities. The decision reduces the financial burden on national associations and also eliminates an ethical challenge because it removes the suspicion perceived between national associations and the referees.”South Africa won the original game against Senegal 2-1 but the teams were ordered to replay the match following Lamptey’s ban. Senegal won the replayed game 2-0 to qualify for this summer’s finals at their opponents’ expense.0Shares0000(Visited 3 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Joseph Lamptey Joern Pollex – FIFA/FIFA via Getty ImagesNAIROBI, Kenya, Jan 11 – Referees in African international matches will now be paid directly by the Confederation of African Football (CAF) in the wake of Ghanaian official Joseph Lamptey’s life ban.Previously, referees were paid by the host nation, which CAF has now admitted created an “ethical challenge.”last_img read more

Chelsea and Manchester United target to decide future after Real Madrid talks

first_img Morata has been in fine form for Spain at Euro 2016 Alvaro Morata will decide on his next club only after he has held discussions with Real Madrid boss Zinedine Zidane, his agent has confirmed.After Real Madrid exercised their £23 million buy-back clause on the player from Juventus, Juanma Lopez admitted he was unsure if his client will remain at the Bernabeu for long.Premier League clubs are showing interest in the Spain international – with Arsenal, Chelsea and Manchester United all linked with moves.However, no decision is expected on the 23-year-old’s future until after he has held talks with Zidane.“He still has offers from top clubs in the Premier League,” Lopez told Spanish newspaper AS.“We’ll see, we have to talk to Zidane. But for the moment Morata is happy. Whether or not he’ll stay or not, you have to ask Real Madrid.“But as things stand, he is a Madrid player from 1st July.”It is widely expected the current Champions League holders will look to sell Morata on for a considerable profit, which has led to rumoured interest from Arsenal, Chelsea and Manchester United.The hitman is currently the joint-leading top scorer at Euro 2016, and his three goals have steered Spain to a last 16 tie against Italy on Monday. 1last_img read more

MAJOR DONEGAL SPORTING EVENT CANCELLED BECAUSE OF OBJECTION FROM LOCAL BUSINESS

first_imgA major sporting event, which was set to become a major tourist attraction in Co Donegal, has been cancelled because of an objection from a local business.The first Letterkenny Urban Downhill race had been organised by the Donegal Mountain Biking Club for May 7th next.The club had already gone to great lengths to stage what was hoped to become a major event on the Donegal sporting calendar. The club had met with council officials, engineers and councillors from Letterkenny Town Council who all backed the event.However one business along the proposed route of the event had objected to the event.A statement from the Donegal Mountain Biking Club said the cancellation of the race was “hugely disappointing.”“We would like to extend our sincere thanks to all those that assisted during the planning of this event as well as to thank potential competitors, locals and the wider community for their support of the race. “The Club would like to extend particular thanks to Councilors and Engineers within Letterkenny Town Council for their fantastic assistance in trying to make this event happen. Regrettably however, due to a lack of co-operation from a local business along the proposed route, the organising committee have had no choice but to cancel the event.“Unfortunately, all the insurance policies, liability exoneration certificates, risk assessments, traffic plans, tourism revenue and professional planning cannot persuade everyone to the benefits of such an event.The cancellation of the race is hugely disappointing, from the perspective of being Ireland’s first Urban downhill race as well as the loss of tourism revenue to Letterkenny and the County of Donegal.“There was interest from across Ireland and the UK from people wishing to attend this event and in these tough economic times it would have brought a helpful boost to the town of Letterkenny,” it said.The Club added that it remains committed to developing all aspects of mountain biking and promoting the County itself through the sport. MAJOR DONEGAL SPORTING EVENT CANCELLED BECAUSE OF OBJECTION FROM LOCAL BUSINESS was last modified: March 15th, 2012 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:cancelledDonegal Mountain Bike Cluburban downhill racelast_img read more

FORMER DONEGAL U21 STAR SELECTED ON MIDDLE EAST GAA TEAM FOR WORLD GAMES

first_imgFormer Gaoth Dobhair player James Carroll in action for Al Ain GAA club.Former Donegal and Gaoth Dobhair GAA player James Carroll has been selected on the Middle East representative team for the inaugural World Games which takes place in Abu Dhabi next month. Men’s and ladies teams will travel from Argentina, Asia, Australasia, Canada, New York, North America, Europe, South Africa and from around the Middle East to compete in the inaugural competition.Carroll played on the Donegal U21 side that won the Ulster title in 2010 and that were defeated by Dublin in the All-Ireland final later the same year. The team was managed by Jim McGuinness, and their success ultimately led to McGuinness being appointed as Donegal Senior team manager in 2011.Carroll was a pivotal figure in that side and had been on the fringes of the Donegal Senior squad during McGuinness’s tenure.Carroll was a mainstay in the forward line for his local club Gaoth Dobhair before he was forced to emigrate in search of employment.Carroll is a qualified teacher and moved to the UAE in 2013. Carroll plays for Al Ain GAA club and has been selected on the representative side along with his teammate Neil Quinn.Al Ain GAA club posted the following on Facebook, “Congratulations to the two boys who have been chosen to play on the Middle East team for the World Games.“We look forward to supporting all our representatives at the World Games in March. ‪#‎MiddleEastGAA‬ ‪#‎AlAinAbú FORMER DONEGAL U21 STAR SELECTED ON MIDDLE EAST GAA TEAM FOR WORLD GAMES was last modified: February 17th, 2015 by Mark ForkerShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Al Ain GAA ClubGAAJames CarrollMiddle EastnewsSportWorld Gameslast_img read more

SOCCER: MCLAUGHLIN SCORES FOR SOUTHEND – WHILE MCHUGH’S STRIKE KEEPS PLYMOUTH TOP

first_imgSOCCER: Donegal soccer stars Stephen McLaughlin and Carl McHugh were on the score-sheet today for their respective clubs in the English Football League.McHugh finished brilliantly after Luton Town defenders failed to clear the area. McHugh was on hand to expertly dispatch his effort past the Luton Town keeper and give Plymouth a dream start.Luton did equalize on 76 minutes, and it looked like both would have to settle for a share of the spoils.However, a late, late goal from Ryan Brunt ensured all three points for Plymouth Argyle – which keeps them top of League Two.Stephen McLaughlin scored for Southend United after just eleven minutes in their clash with Gillingham. McLaughlin scored with a superb strike from outside the box with his left foot.Gillingham scored a late, late equalizer on 89 minutes, but on the balance of play – it was the least the home side deserved.Former Finn Harps and Derry City star McLaughlin had been out of the side of late, but he performed superbly and will be delighted to get on the score-sheet.SOCCER: MCLAUGHLIN SCORES FOR SOUTHEND – WHILE MCHUGH’S STRIKE KEEPS PLYMOUTH TOP was last modified: October 24th, 2015 by Mark ForkerShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:newsSportlast_img read more

MOUNTAIN BIKERS FORCES TO CANCEL RACE AFTER CATTLE WRECK COURSE

first_imgIRELAND’S most northerly mountain bike race has been cancelled after cattle broke into the track and wrecked it.Competitors were due to arrive in Malin this Sunday from all over Ireland for the Northman Race, organised by the Donegal Mountain Biking Club.Spokesman Findhan Strain said he was heartbroken the event – a massive tourism boost for Inishowen – had to be called off. “Unfortunately, a herd of up to 50 cattle broke onto the ground on Monday and have completely destroyed the track,” he told Donegal Daily.“The problem was discovered on Wednesday and we have done everything possible to try and rectify the situation, with great assistance from local farmers who have been brilliant.“We have had diggers, delivery of stones and everything but there is simply too much work to do before Sunday to turn the track into anything other than a muckfest.”Findhan went on: “The Club’s policy of running enjoyable and unique races would not be fulfilled with the damage that has been done to the track. There is more than six inches of mud in places that with forecasted rain over the weekend could will only get worse. Even the berms have been destroyed.” He asked for racers to contact him via the club so that they can help – especially those due to travel and who had booked accommodation in the area.“For those of you who have planned to travel or have booked accommodation, please let us know and we will try and assist you in every way possible,” said the organier.“We are deeply sorry for any inconvenience caused however, some matters are just beyond our control. We will endeavour to try and make it up to everyone in future races.“We will organise a club spin for Sunday so please see the forum for details: www.donegalmtb.com.” MOUNTAIN BIKERS FORCES TO CANCEL RACE AFTER CATTLE WRECK COURSE was last modified: October 6th, 2012 by BrendaShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:MOUNTAIN BIKERS FORCES TO CANCEL RACE AFTER CATTLE WRECK COURSElast_img read more

Another step toward luring NFL

first_imgSeeking to send a message to National Football League owners that it is serious about hosting a team, the Los Angeles City Council on Tuesday approved a broad restructuring of a redevelopment project to finance improvements around the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum. The council voted 13-0 to approve a 12-year extension of the Hoover Redevelopment Project, making $115 million available for revitalization of the Exposition Park area, including $80 million for below-market housing. “This sends a message to the NFL that this city is prepared to do its part in terms of bringing professional football back to Los Angeles,” said Councilman Bernard Parks, who has taken the lead on the issue among city officials. “This is also about economic development for this area and ensuring that tax dollars raised from this project area remain in the area for development.” AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week The designation is considered a key to winning the NFL’s blessing for creating a new franchise or relocating an existing team in Los Angeles. The league has said it would build a new facility, at an estimated cost of $500 million, within the existing walls of the Coliseum to protect the venue’s historic status. City representatives plan to attend the NFL owners’ meeting Oct. 25-27 in Kansas City to make a pitch for bringing a professional football team back to Los Angeles. Assemblyman Mark Ridley-Thomas, D-Los Angeles, who had begun the effort to bring football back to the Coliseum when he served on the council, praised the move. “We needed this to tell the owners that we in Los Angeles are serious,” said Ridley-Thomas, who recently won support from the state Infrastructure and Economic Development Bank for legislation that allows the redevelopment money to be reinvested in the area. Parks and Ridley-Thomas said they were prepared to defend the proposal against those who question how redevelopment project areas defer property-tax money from the general fund, which could be used citywide for other priorities. “A city needs more than just a police force,” said Parks, who was chief of police before being elected to the council. “A city has to offer recreation and culture and economic development. “This project will provide housing for people and create jobs that are needed.” Councilman Greig Smith said he voted for the project because of those reasons – not to lure a football team. “Quite frankly, I could care less about professional football, but I do care about revitalizing this area,” Smith said. NFL officials have been considering for months where a professional football team should be located in Southern California, with the Coliseum and Anaheim considered to be the last major contenders. NFL team owners had been scheduled to discuss the issue at a meeting later this month, but last week officials said they planned to again put it on hold. Ridley-Thomas said he hoped the action by the City Council could convince owners to take up the issue. Rick Orlov, (213) 978-0390 rick.orlov@dailynews.com 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

Gardai smash suspected crime gang in Letterkenny

first_imgThree members of a suspected gang of Romanian crime gang have been arrested in Letterkenny.The three men, aged 24, 25 and 31, were arrested following the search of a house in Letterkenny this morning.It follows a high-level operation in recent days by members of the Garda’s serious crime unit. A large quantity of items was seized during the investigation.A Garda said the operation was “part of an ongoing investigation into a Romanian organised crime group” which is believed to also impact on the North.Among the wide range of items seized was suspected cloned credit cards, credit cards issued in false names, bank account details, false Romanian identity documents and credit card machines.Other items seized during the raid on a house in Letterkenny.Other items included till rolls and a number of suspected stolen Irish and UK passports and driving licences, along with two cars bought on finance obtained on bank accounts opened in false names, were seized. A Garda spokesman said much of the seized items relate to suspected frauds in the North, adding that officers are working with Europol and the Police Service of Northern Ireland (PSNI).The three arrested men are being detained at Letterkenny and Milford Garda stations.Gardai smash suspected crime gang in Letterkenny was last modified: April 26th, 2019 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:donegalgangraidromanianlast_img read more