Sanders to run for re-electionBy Timothy McQuistonBernie Sanders has announced that he will run for re-election to a fifth term in Congress, rather than run for the open governor’s seat.Sanders said at a press conference on November 6 that though he indeed would want to be governor, the pressing needs in Washington, especially after the September 11 terrorist attacks, led him to seek re-election to “a job I love.”Sanders has run for governor three times, the last in 1986 when he was still mayor of Burlington.“It’s just not something I can undertake at this time,” Sanders said, thus ending speculation that he might run for the state’s top post. The congressman said he made the final decision the previous weekend.Along with the terrorist attacks and their aftermath, like the anthrax attacks and war in Afghanistan, Sanders cited other pressing issues that compelled him to stay on Capitol Hill: the economic recession; growing unemployment; and the failure of Congress to renew the Northeast Dairy Compact.Sanders also reiterated his strong objection to many of the Bush Administration policies before and, especially, after September 11, of which he believes President Bush is taking political advantage. Sanders cited legislation that, on the one hand, damages civil liberties, while on the other gives economic benefits to the wealthy, neither of which have anything to do with combating terrorism.Sanders, wearing an American flag pin on his lapel, also noted that a lot of the new heros of the nation aren’t movie stars or politicians, they are working people like the firefighters who climbed the stairs of the World Trade Towers, and police officers and postal workers, who provide a public service everyday.With his step-daughter, Carina Driscoll, representing his campaign office and running the press conference, and his wife, Jane Sanders, sitting behind him, a packed conference room at his Burlington office heard a confident Sanders state in that familiar Brooklyn baritone: “I’m proud, very, very proud to represent Vermont in Congress.”Given his track record, he should have little trouble convincing Vermont voters to send him back to Washington on his 61st birthday next November 11.
Martin Jol will use the lure of playing in next summer’s World Cup to motivate his players over the coming months. “That is a big inspiration and I always try to use it,” Jol explained. “But I try not to overuse it, because it could be a big problem if everyone wants to go to the World Cup you know. “For example Brede (Hangeland) has got no problem with Norway, Philippe Senderos wants to have his games, he wants to play and if they don’t play they’ve got a problem, because all these national teams and their coaches they want their players to play. “For example with (Holland coach) Louis van Gaal, if you don’t play he won’t select you, so of course I use it as a motivation.” He added: “I’ve got Alex Kacaniklic, he’s in the Sweden team and did well, Kasami has made his debut now, so of course they want to go to Brazil. “But first they have to perform and do well.” Jol admitted though that performing in the Premier League brings pressure in any event. “Pressure is always there because you have need pressure to compete and perform and on the other hand in the Premier League there will always be pressure to win games,” he said. Ruiz helped book Costa Rica’s World Cup spot with a skilful left-footed strike across his body in the opening half of their 2-1 win over Mexico during the week, and Jol clearly hopes the 28-year-old will put in a similar performance against Crystal Palace on Monday. But for now he is just happy the midfielder has returned injury-free along with his other foreign players. “The only obstacle can be our fitness or people like Bryan who was on international duty. That is my only worry, how will they come back. Our medical staff do a great job however and everyone’s fit. So as long as everyone’s fit there’s no problem, but to win games,” he said. Bryan Ruiz (Costa Rica), Ashkan Dejagah (Iran), Maarten Stekelenburg (Holland), Derek Boateng (Ghana), Philippe Senderos (Switzerland) and Pajtim Kasami (Switzerland) are among the Fulham players who could feature in the tournament in Brazil next year. Costa Rica captain Ruiz is clearly likely to start for his country but others will need to impress at Craven Cottage over the coming months to boost their credentials for World Cup selection. Press Association
Today’s other fixtures are as follows:Tipperary Water County Intermediate Hurling Championship Semi-FinalsLattin-Cullen Gaels V Newport 2.00pmThurles Sarsfields V Sean Treacys 3.30pmBoth matches will be played in Pairc Ciocaim, Dundrum. There’s a double header in Cahir – defending champions Clonmel Commercials meet Arravale Rovers at 2.30pm with the clash Kilsheelan-Kilcash and Ballyporeen getting underway at 4.00pm.At the same time in Leahy Park, Cashel, Loughmore-Castleiney will battle it out for a place in the last four. Tipperary Water County Intermediate Football ChampionshipGolden-Kilfeacle V Father Sheehys 2.00pm at Leahy Park, CashelMoyne-Templetuohy V Fethard 2.30pm in Boherlahan Tipperary Water Minor B Hurling Championship FinalCashel King Cormacs V Skeheen/Clonmel Og 2.00pm in New Inn
A former Moravian pastor on Wednesday pleaded guilty to charges of sexual assault when he appeared in a court in the southern parish of St. Elizabeth.Rupert Clarke, 64, pleaded guilty to two counts of having sexual intercourse with a person under the age of 16.The police report that on December 28, 2016, a team on patrol found Clarke with one of the complainants in a “compromising position” in his parked motor vehicle.Further investigations revealed that Clarke also had a sexual relationship with the child’s sister while she was under 16.Following his guilty plea, the former pastor of the Nazareth Moravian Church in the central parish of Manchester, was taken into police custody.Charles bail in the sum of $J800,000 was extended for him to return to court for sentencing on March 8, 2018. Prominent Moravian pastor in Manchester, Jamaica pleas guilty to sexuality assault of teen girl.