From (L-R) Ashley, Reece, Daniel, Eze (back), Joe (front), William (back), Oliver (front), Patrick, Alex (front), Michael (back), Noah
Dartford benefits from Olympic effect
Afghan fury: over suspected terrorist attacker flown to Kuwait
The suspected US soldier accused of killing 16 innocent civilians in their homes, including children and parents, has been taken to court in the country of Kuwait. However, Afghan MP’s demand that the suspected offender be tried in Afghanistan. Correspondents say this is unlikely to happen because of the circumstances of the crime.
The attack in Kandahar province caused a complete outrage across Afghanistan and on Thursday over 2,000 people demonstrated in the is believed to be a link to the afghan shooting in Kandahar as an act of revenge.
southern Afghan province of Zabul. This was the second major protest this week in Kandahar.
The suspected staff sergeant, who has not been named or charged, allegedly left his base in southern Afghanistan on Sunday before dawn. He is said to have entered several houses in the local area surrounding the base and shot men, women and children at very close range.
The soldier was held by the US military in Kandahar until Wednesday evening and “Based on legal recommendation has been flown out of the country” Pentagon spokesperson Captain John Kirby said.
Meanwhile, an Afghan man crashed a lorry at airfield camp Bastion in what was seen as a revenge attack, just as the U.S defence secretary, Leon. E Panetta’s plane was arriving. The defence secretary was in the country to reassure the public after the Zabul incident. Officials say that the suspected Afghan attacker has died of his injuries.
Military officials say the staff-sergeant handed himself to authorities after the attack. If he is found guilty he may face the death penalty.
By Daniel and Michael
Dereck Chisora and David Haye banned by the BBBC (British Board of Control)
Dereck Chisora walked out of his hearing in Cardiff, on the 14th March 2012, and he was seemingly defiant of his indefinite ban from boxing for his awful behaviour during and after his bought with Vitali Klitschko. He muttered just four words on the way to his taxi, “MGM here I come.” Whether or not Chisora can ever get to the famous Vegas venue without a license is unknown. However, for now he’ll have to go and watch from the side-lines if he wants to be involved in the boxing. This is because Chisora slapped Vitali Klitschko at the weigh-in, spat water at his opponent's brother, Wladimir, before the bout and brawled with David Haye after the fight.
“Dereck Chisora is not a fit and proper person to hold a licence," said BBBC secretary Robert Smith.
Chisora's promoter Frank Warren said at the hearing in Cardiff, "I was happy with certain aspects of the hearing and unhappy with other aspects. The fact of the matter is slapping someone and spitting water was not an acceptable situation.”
"We do not accept for one minute that what happened after the fight was Dereck's responsibility. He did not throw the first punch. We've proved that,” Warren also said, after the hearing, trying to back-up his business associate. However, Chisora was taunting Haye, before the first punch, saying “Broken Toe, Broken Toe”.
Really Dereck Chisora deserves to be banned from the BBBC (British Boxing Board of Control) and he was lucky not to be banned for life for his actions, he has had problems in the past with disciplinary in the BBBC, so it is no surprise that his license was withdrawn.
David Haye’s situation is a lot more complex. Haye is a retired boxer (former World Champion) who was in a brawl with Chisora, after the fight. It was stated by a BBBC representative
that “If he ever applied for a license with the BBBC his application would probably be denied”.
Mixed Dartfordians RFC Team Reign Victorious Over Sittingbourne
The sun shone down over Sittingbourne ground as the confident Dartfordian team stepped out of their cars. Humid weather the day before had made the ground soft; it was a perfect day for rugby. Kick off started at 10:30 giving the two opposing teams time to train. Not only that, it was a period of time where the teams could try and intimidate the others; trying to show how well drilled each other’s teams are. Unfortunately, both teams failed to diminish the other’s confidence and both were either mucking around or being unclean.
Dartfordian’s head coach, Mr. Wilson, could not be present at the match due to a skiing trip. This meant the teams decisions were down to Mr. Collins and Mr. Bunce. After discussions with the opposition’s coaches, it was decided that the teams would be in mixed teams; A playing with B.
The boys were on the field; Sittingbourne seemed like a team of forwards; they were huge. However, it would soon to be discovered that their size would go against their speed and agility.
Both teams eyed down each other. And then Henry kicked off. Sittingbourne’s forwards committed themselves to almost every ruck but showed little countering. Sittingbourne had some strong runners only stopped by valiant tackling by the whole of the Darts team.
The first quarter was a slow one. Most of the action stayed in the middle of the pitch and possession was tossed from team to team. However, Dartfordians had finally worked their way to Sittingbourne’s 22 and were rewarded with a scrum. Jason, the Darts Number 8, picked up the ball from the back of the tight scrum and crashed through two Bourne players and went over the line. Finlay, playing fly-half added the extras; 7-0.
As soon as Sittingbourne restarted, Mario playing Second Row, caught the ball and stormed through all of Bourne’s playing scoring a stunning individual try.
The second played the same format as most of the first; ruck after ruck, mall after mall and no scores were put on the board.
In quarter three, Sittingbourne’s finally received their reward for continual pressure onto Dartfordians. They scored their first try. Dartfordians appeared to be losing their rugby persona but still managed to defend against the Bourne onslaught.
Quarter four saw Sittingbourne as a new, fresh team gaining in confidence. However yet again, Dartfordians had a scrum and passed along the blindside to make the score 5 – 24. This score gave Darts their confidence back and it saw Reece, Second Row, crash through three players, present the ball then instantaneously, Josh, prop, crashed over the line. With the added extras, the score was now 5 – 31.
Sittingbourne’s forwards yet again sneaked in a try within the last minute finalising the score 12 – 31. A fantastic and enjoyable game of rugby.
Chelsea secure desperate win over Napoli
Chelsea 4: Drogba 28, Terry 47, Lampard (pen) 75, Ivanovic 90 + 15
Napoli 1: Inlet 55
Chelsea’s late win against Napoli, in the Champions League, has ended up as the Blues best performance so far this season.After being 3-1 down on aggregate, after the first leg, Chelsea managed to secure a win in nail-biting close game at Stamford Bridge, beating Napoli 5-4 on aggregate. The drama was unrelenting and it culminated with Ivanovic scoring the goal that has managed to keep Chelsea in the Champions League. This game has served as a reminder of all the great qualities they have kept in storage for far too long this season.
After half an hour of play, a breakthrough came through from Drogba. Ramires whipped the ball into the six yard box, and then Drogba dashed to the balling diving whilst heading the ball into the left bottom corner. The noise that was made from the Chelsea fans could be heard miles away.
During the start of the second half, the Napoli defender headed the ball wide for a corner, whilst their keeper called for it. A cheap corner was given to Chelsea. Frank Lampard crossed it in and John Terry snatched the header which made it 2-0. Chelsea fans were extremely excited by this, as they all considered the fact that Chelsea could come back.
Shortly after, a cross came in from Napoli and was headed out by Terry but this was unsuccessful. It went straight to Inlet in the air, and then he chested the ball down and half-volleyed the ball into the left bottom corner from outside the 18-yard box. This was a screamer for Napoli fans. The score was now 2-1
20 minutes later, a silly penalty was given to Chelsea after the Napoli defender hand-balled it whilst trying to clear the ball. Frank Lampard was called to take the penalty for the blues and he smacked to into the goal! 3-1!
The game could not end on a draw; there had to be one winner. At the end of the game, it was 4-4 on aggregate, meaning that the game was to go into extra-time.It was drawing to the end of the 1st half of extra-time, and everyone was frustrated. However, during the last few moments at the end of the first half and the ball was at Lampard’s feet, enabling him to counter attack. Frank Lampard crossed it in box, low to Drogba, and Drogba cut in and passed it to Ivanovic and he smacked it into the goal. The crowd went wild after that goal. The score was now 4-1!
The Referee blew his whistle at full-time!
CHELSEA HAD WON! 5-4 ON AGGREGATE!
Chelsea’s fans were excited by their victorious win against Napoli. Napoli fans were devastated by their team’s loss.
By Eze and William
Swiss Coach Crash
At 21:00 (20:00 GMT) on Tuesday 13th March, near Sierre, close to the border with Italy, a coach carrying 52 People, hit a kerb and then went out of control, killing 28 people - including 22 school children.
The coach was coming back from a one week skiing rip in Val d'Anniviers in the Swiss Alps. It later approached the A9 motorway near Sierre when it hit the kerb in a fully lit one-way tunnel. The vehicle then swung out of control and struck a wall in an emergency stopping bay.
Police and prosecutors are trying to find out whether this incident was a human error or mechanical failure. All children on the coach were wearing seat-belts. “We have no theory as yet, the investigation is still continuing,” Varone, the chief police officer on the case, said at a press conference in the Swiss town of Sion.
Although eyewitnesses said the scope of the damaged tunnel suggested that the bus had been exceeding the 62 mph speed limit, a Swiss prosecutor, Oliver Elisig, said yesterday that the bus was not speeding. Police said CCTV pictures of the bus had suggested that it had hit both sides of the tunnel.
Parents of victims were flown by a government plane to Switzerland. “Some parents know their kids have survived, but for others there is no news”, said Belgian police spokesman Marc Vranckx. Also Prime Minister Elio Di Rupo travelled to Switzerland on Wednesday and called this event, “An absolute tragic Day” for Belgium.
By William and Eze
New Humanoid Remains found
New humanoid remains are suspected to belong to a found in modern day south-west China point to a new and unique type of humanoid that could complicate theories of evolution.
The theories on human evolution are wide and numerous. From oldest theory that a Super being, God, created us and the earth and everything on it to the tried and tested modern day one that man evolved from ape. And today this theory is the most popular and proved one. But, in south west china the remains of a new humanoid species are believed to be found. Labelled ‘The Red Deer People’ after the cave they have been excavated from. This new species are believed to have an entirely unique anatomy that could make them a new humanoid species. It is believed they lived of an extinct type of giant deer that lived around the cave. This has been proved by charred bones found alongside the four bodies of the suspected new species. They are believed to have lived 11,500-14,500 years ago.
It is said by scientists that with this species entirely unique anatomy compared to other ancient humanoid species could add a further complication in the already complicated tale of where we come from.
This new species is also unique that it is only the second humanoid species found in Asia, the only other being Homo erectus.
The only current surviving humanoid species is us, Homo sapiens. We emerged from Africa between 50,000 to 80,000 years ago. We managed to dominate our surroundings and fend off other humanoids by using our superior tools and brain.
This new humanoid has put yet another twist in the tale that we call evolution. The question is, are there still more chapters to unravel…
Weird types of Humanoids
The Hobbits had miniaturised skulls. Just standing at 3 feet tall, they lived on an island in Indonesia. They became extinct about 18,000 years ago.
The Denisovans lived in the Altai Mountains in modern day Siberia until they disappeared 40,000 years ago. No reason for their disappearance has been proven. They were believed
Postmen fight back over dog attacks
The Royal Mail has launched an investigation on dog attacks, as figures reveal postal workers are bitten over 4000 times a year.
Almost 400 staff have taken time off work because they have sustained injuries from dog attacks. In total, official records reveal that workers have been attacked over 24,000 times since 2006.
The Royal Mail chairman Donald Brydon said, “It is an offence to decency that good people should suffer from these attacks when carrying out their daily jobs and serving the public.”
Devon post woman Patricia Prew was to take six weeks off work after being bitten by a golden retriever, as she entered a house in Budleigh Salterton when she was posting the mail.
She said, “It just grabbed hold of me and pulled me down and bit me so deeply it took a chunk of muscle from my arm.”
The Royal Mail has spent over £100,000 paying for campaigns and equipment to reduce injuries to their staff.
The Royal Mail has claimed that these injuries have cost them over £400,000.
Unions claimed most dog bites are unreported and the actual number is 6000 a year.
David Cameron assured the Royal Mail workers that he supported their campaign and their issues will be resolved.
By Daniel and Michael
Six Nations Report
England Vs Ireland
In this Six Nations match England are looking for either second or first place, or Ireland are looking for pride. If Ireland win and France lose their games this weekend, they will be guaranteed second place and the pride of knowing they have beaten there bitter rivals English. As for England, they have the tiniest glimpse of the Six Nations trophy, in there sites. England will most likely finish second but if Wales lose heavily to a well-drilled French side, England will only need to win by a 26 point margin and they will be Six Nations champions.
England are boosted by the return of David Strettle (pictured on the right) will boost England’s cause for a win when England played France Charlie Sharples looked a little out of his depth . The replacement winger was questionably sent to the bin for a dangerous tackle and England missed Strettle’s defensive talents.
Ireland’s hopes will be mutual as they will be playing an England team not as good as past teams but a team that look like they have a spirit about them, togetherness. The credit needs to go all to Stuart Lancaster, and I think that he will have a place in that England tem for the future.
Ireland have the likes of Jonathan Sexton, Paul O’ Conell and Stephen Ferris, there is one thing to be said though, is that Ireland’s domestic league is of a higher quality than the Ireland national team.
My Prediction narrow England win: 18-13
France Vs Wales
France vs. Wales is the game which will watch to see if Wales can win the Grand Slam. It is at the Millennium stadium which already gives Wales an advantage; it’s Saturday K.O 14:45 GMT.
Wales are favourites to win the match by beating every opponent which has come their way. The Welsh have shown a type of rugby that always gets them over the game line. They use strong robust backs like George North, Alex Cuthbert and Rhys Priestland. They have a very good goal kicker in Leigh Halfpenny. The Welsh have shown no leaks in defence and look different class compared to their opponents.
As for France they show an urgency to attack, when they are not leading in a game. For some reason they believe three points is enough of a lead against some very good opponents and some world class individuals. This Six Nations will go down as what could have been for France; they had the potential but couldn’t produce.
Prediction: wales win 24-14