Campbell is driven to succeed as a trail-blazing manager despite £40m wealth

first_imgSOL CAMPBELL is a man on a mission.The England legend is the new Southend United boss after an impressive stint at Macclesfield Town last season.10 Sol Campbell is desperate to prove he can succeed as a football managerCredit: Mark Robinson – The Sun10 England legend Campbell has taken over as the new boss of the ShrimpersHe could be forgiven for enjoying his riches earned from the game – a fortune said to stand at £40million.But the former Spurs and Arsenal defender doesn’t want to rest on his laurels and is keen to become a trailblazing manager, like former Three Lions team-mate Frank Lampard at Chelsea.And it hasn’t been easy for the 45-year-old who once called himself “one of the greatest minds in football”.REJECTED BY OXFORDDesperate to make his mark on the game, Campbell threw his fedora hat into the ring for the vacant Oxford United post last year.The U’s had disposed of Pep Clotet, who was sacked after just six months in charge, and were looking at exciting alternatives.6ft 2in Campbell was one, as was Wales hell-raiser Craig Bellamy.I can’t believe some people, I’m one of the greatest minds in football and I’m being wasted because of a lack of experience or ‘maybe he talks his mind too much’Sol CampbellIt was Bellamy that got the gig, albeit only to withdraw his application after the club was taken over during negotiations. The ex-Gunner was aghast.“I did go (for the Oxford job) and they didn’t accept me,” he told the Arsenal podcast Highbury & Heels.“Maybe it was a lack of experience, things like that, but it’s a full circle. Experience? How do I get experience? Well I need a job to get experience.“I don’t want to go too low that it’s a struggle, and I don’t want to go too low that I’m under someone and thinking ‘what am I doing here?’ I would rather be managing a club myself.”10 Premier League-winner Campbell was rejected by Oxford UnitedCredit: Getty – Contributor10 Campbell wondered if it was his intellect that meant he was overlooked for jobsCredit: Getty – ContributorCampbell also quizzed if it was his intellect that was holding him back.”I’m confident and it’s not like it’s rocket science to run a football club, especially when you get to that level,” he added.“If you’re intelligent enough and a quick learner you will learn pretty soon, within two or three games, what the team needs, training-wise, to survive in that league, get better in that league, to get in the play-offs or even win the league.“I’m intelligent enough, it’s not like I played on a fox and dog pitch all my life.”I can’t believe some people, I’m one of the greatest minds in football and I’m being wasted because of a lack of experience or ‘maybe he talks his mind too much’.“Go to Germany, they love people who speak their minds. They got the jobs.”I’m sorry that I’ve got a mind, but don’t be scared of that. That should be something you want at your club, but obviously not.”BUT THE SILKMEN DIDIn November, 2018 Campbell got his first opportunity to impress in a management role. But it wasn’t ideal.He was handed the keys to the manager’s office at Macclesfield Town, a job that no one wanted with the Silkmen sitting bottom of League Two – seven points from safety and facing relegation from the football league.However, the calming Campbell soon steadied the ship.On the final day of the season, Campbell achieved the unthinkable, guiding Macclesfield to safety.10 Last year, Macclesfield Town offered Campbell is first role in football managementCredit: PA:Empics Sport10 Despite amassing a wealth believed to be worth £40m, Campbell was happy to prove himself in League TwoCredit: Getty Images – Getty10 Campbell became a fan favourite after guiding Macclesfield Town to safetyCredit: Rex FeaturesA run of just two defeats from the last ten games helped his side finish three points above second-bottom Notts County.“The early days in particular were very, very difficult. Coming into this environment I had to deal with a lot of things,” he told talkSPORT  two months prior to leaving the cash-strapped club mutually.“There was no structure and cohesion and absolutely no foundations in place.“When I rocked up I was fighting so many fires – behind the scenes it was non-stop drama.”The emotional ride even got the better of Campbell, who admitted he was overcome by the success he achieved.He revealed: “I started crying after we stayed up. This job has taken so much out of me, emotionally and physically. I was crying with relief, really.“I’ve almost been like a psychologist, as well as a football manager. I’ve had to guide these players and inspire them, but get inside their brains as well. It was my responsibility – I had to do all that by myself.“Almost every single player at the club needed to be rebuilt – mentally, emotionally and football-wise.“I had to give these lads the belief that they could be somebody. And then you have the fans, they don’t really know me so draw their own conclusions – I’m new in management after all.“We had to be well prepared, because if we hadn’t have done that we wouldn’t be in the league now – it’s as simple as that.”BAME10 Campbell has a Uefa Pro Licence, which is the highest coaching qualification availableCredit: Getty Images – Getty10 Campbell looks destined to continue his managerial career at Southend UnitedCredit: Getty – Contributor10 Should Campbell land the Southend United job he will be one of just six BAME managers in the Football LeagueCredit: Rex FeaturesCampbell holds a Uefa Pro Licence, which is the highest coaching qualification available and is mandatory for all first-team managers wishing to work in the Premier League.But he can’t think of managing a top club just yet.The Southend United job is his best option open to him and he joins five other black and minority ethnic (BAME) managers making their living in the Football League.Simply, that’s not enough and in the past Campbell has been very vocal about black coaches getting the same opportunities as others.“Everyone has to ask themselves why there are not more black managers in this country,” he told The Guardian in 2013.”I’ve spoken to other black players who want to coach and they feel the same, that attitudes here are archaic.”latest football featuresHOUSE OF GODMaradona’s teenage home now a quirky museum made to look like it was in 1978TIM VICKERYCunha’s goals for Hertha Berlin show he can succeed Firmino & Jesus for BrazilMAN THEY’RE BADMan Utd’s worst kits include vintage green and gold shirt & ‘cursed’ greyLewdicrousInside Lewandowski’s £7m flat in Poland with private cinema and a golf simulatorExclusiveTIM VICKERYBarcelona target Martinez stood out as a teen because of his talent and graftGONE TO THE DOGSGrealish, Sterling & Noble among Prem stars protected by £25k guard dogsMALIBU STANArsenal owner Kroenke’s £20m Malibu home where Princess Di was set to move inGROOM-ALDORonaldo’s hairstyles through the years, from blond highlights to tight top knotCampbell would’ve seen former England team-mates Steven Gerrard and Gary Neville walk into top jobs at Rangers and Valencia respectively.However, he’s willing to roll his sleeves up and do it the hard way by proving himself in the lower leagues.After a successful spell at Macclesfield, you wouldn’t bet against him leading Southend to glory, if he gets the chance.And maybe, there’s a shot at becoming a future England manager too.Arsenal icon Sol Campbell reveals Macclesfield have not paid him for two months… but he ‘won’t give up on them’last_img read more

USAID Launches ICT Support Project

first_imgUSAID Chief of Party, Enchia (left), and Amb. Elder (right) at the launch of the projectThe United States Agency for International Development (USAID) has launched the “Digital Liberia and e-Government Project in Liberia,” an information communication technology (ICT) program.The project was launched on March 22 at a resort in Monrovia, and was witnessed by an array of government officials including Post and Telecommunication Minister Fredrick Norkeh, Defense Minister Brownie Samukai, Health Minister Bernice Dahn and USAID representatives.USAID Chief of Party for Digital Liberia, Victoria Cooper-Enchia, said the project aimed at improving government’s performance and bringing it closer to citizens by assisting it to develop Internet and computer technology.“Our objective is to progress Liberia towards creating a sound national ICT platform for now and for future generations.  This will help the country to tell its story and engage with the world. It will enhance health, education, agriculture and economic growth and private sector development,” Enchia said.Unlike other countries where technology has advanced and most public transactions are done through the Internet, Liberia still lags behind with financial transactions in public places handled by individuals, which enhances corruption.According to USAID, the project will improve the GoL’s connectivity and institutional capacity that is necessary to provide effective services, progressing Liberia towards the creation of a sound national ICT platform now, and for future generations.US Ambassador Christine Elder said the Digital Liberia and e-Government Project will build on the momentum started before the outbreak of Ebola in 2014.“It will strengthen Liberia’s ICT capacity and improve connectivity to better prepare the country to prevent, detect and respond to future crises,” Amb. Elder said.She said that the project lends support to several government institutions to improve decision making and management.The support, according to Elder, will identify priority sustainable government digital initiatives and help them to take advantage of technologies to digitize institutional systems and processes.Although the project is implemented in Monrovia for now, Amb. Elder disclosed that USAID recognizes the need for nationwide connectivity and has initiated support in other areas that complement the Digital Liberia and e-Government Project.Dr. Norkeh said the project is a step forward in the enhancement of communications across government and service delivery to the Liberian people.He said the project will help reduce the cost and time of communications across government that normally takes considerable amount of production time, payments of salaries, LEC bills, tax payments and payment of school fees using ICT.Online education and research in important fields of study such as medicine, disease control, and security are also among benefits of ICT that Minister Norkeh named.He said having existed many years as a nation, it is time that Liberians wake up to learn from other countries like Ghana, Kenya and Rwanda where effective use of ICT is improving the lives of the citizenry through the accelerated provision of essential services for livelihood.“The full realization of these efforts requires a considerable commitment from government, our development partners such as USAID and private investors,” Dr. Norkeh said.He said the project seeks to link institutions through digital communications and improve Liberia’s connectivity with the world, and build capacity to utilize the ICT and Internet technologies to improve performances of government officials for the effective, efficient and transparent delivery of services.Minister Samukai, who proxied for Vice President Joseph Boakai, recalled that rudimentary communication services have been in Liberia for a long time, and that the launch of the project is quite a rewarding venture.He urged drivers of the project “not to allow it sit on the desk,” but to make the needed impact in two to three years.Dr. Clarence Moniba, Head of President’s Delivery Unit, acknowledged the role government has played in creating a safe environment for the enhancement of development and noted that the launch of the ICT project is one such benefits of good governance.He, too, lauded USAID for initiating the project and said government is in full support.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

LNRCS Ends Japanese Flood Assistance Project

first_imgShare this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window) LNRCS Secretary General Saybah Tamba presents keys for the facilities by the LNRCS to Kartoe Town Chief, G. Andrew Kollie-Turns over WASH facilities, other projects in flood-prone communities The Liberia National Red Cross Society (LNRCS) has ended a Japanese funded disaster management project that provided assistance to scores of flood victims in Montserrado and Margibi Counties.The LNRCS, under the project, “Enhancing Response and Recovery Capacity and Support to the Population Affected by Flood,” turned over projects, including hand pumps and latrines to disaster affected communities.An Old woman drinks from one of the newly constructed hand-pumps in Karkieh TownThrough the project, the LNRCS reached out to over 15,000 flood victims with modern WASH facilities, essential food and non-food items, livelihood psycho social support and other disaster relief items in 30 flood affected communities.At the climax of the project, which lasted for about a year, the LNRCS and its partners held separate ceremonies in Kartoe, Montserrado and Sand-Town, Margibi Counties, where the facilities were officially turned over to the residents.LNRCS secretary general, Madam Saybah Tamba, lauded the Japanese Government for helping the flood victims. “We saw the challenges you were faced with and therefore, we thought to intervene. We want to thank our partners, including  the International Federation of the Red Cross (IFRC) for the help,” Mrs. Tamba said.She urged the beneficiaries to take good care of the facilities, noting, “maintenance is critical  to the durability of every facility.”A newly constructed toilet in Nambo Town, Margibi CountyMadam Tamba informed the residents that those facilities are not assigned to the town chief, or any specific household, but the entire residents.The National Disaster Management Agency (NDMA) in June, 2016, indicated that flood affected 15,431 people from 49 communities in those two counties.Water sources were contaminated thereby giving rise to water borne diseases.It was against this backdrop that the Japanese, informed by a proposal made by the LNRCS, donated US$539,729 in 2017 for the project. Liberia was then the only country in Africa that benefited from the Japan’s supplementary budget for that year.The project was implemented with the aim to meet the basic needs of flood victims by providing shelter materials, emergency health services and WASH facilities.LNRCS president, Jerome Clarke (2nd from right), and IFRC head Orowe, second from left, at the ceremony in Sand TownIFRC Acting Head of Country Office, Lawrence Orowe lauded LNRCS and the communities for the collaborations that led to the successful implementation of the project.LNRCS President, Jerome Clarke said, “the facilities will help meet your basic needs, and therefore we are glad that these are finally here.”Clarke spoke of the critical roles each stakeholder played during the project implementation. Kartoe Town Chief, G. Andrew Kollie said expressed gratitude to the LNRCS and partners for the facilities, promising to maintain for the good of the residents.last_img read more

FDA Deputy MD Dedicates Refurbished St. Paul Police Cells

first_imgMr. Plewon addresses reporters shortly after the dedicatory ceremony ended.Benjamin Tennessee Plewon, III, Forestry Development Authority (FDA) Deputy Managing Director for Administration and Finance, says the growth and success of any nation depends on the collective effort of its citizens through a spirit of nationalism.Plewon said national renewal is possible in the wake of national consciousness to move forward as a people and nation, an FDA release has said.According to the release, Mr. Plewon made the statement when he dedicated the refurbished male and female cells of the St. Paul Police Depot on Bushrod Island, Monrovia.Through the kind gesture of the Gabriel Weah Movement for Peace, Advocacy and Development, the cells were refurbished to a much more decent standard.Mr. Plewon, who also serves as Board Chairman for the Movement, said that the organization has a dream to expand its services to needy communities, the prison cells being its priority.He said that inmates are humans. And even though they individually or collectively allegedly committed crimes, they deserve care and attention, adding, “They deserve the right to better healthcare.”Plewon noted that the Movement has a tradition to always buttress the effort of President Weah’s Pro-Poor Agenda by providing quality living condition to the Liberian people. He then challenged police officers assigned in the area to use those facilities properly and for their intended purposes at all times.It can be recalled that Mr. Plewon dedicated two newly refurbished cells at the Banjor Police zone 6 depot #1, located in Hotel Africa, Monrovia, The initiative was undertaken by the same Gabriel Weah Peace and Advocacy Movement in October this year.Earlier, the Commander of the St. Paul’s Bridge Police Depot, Inspector Joseph S. Wratee, expressed happiness over the gesture, describing it as a mark of good citizenship which should be emulated. He said such gesture was the first of its kind by any private entity, and promised that it will be used for the intended purpose.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Govt living in a cocoon – Jagdeo

first_img– no plans to fix economyOpposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo has bashed the A Partnership for National Unity/ Alliance For ChangeOpposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo(APNU+AFC) coalition Government, saying that it remains clueless and hapless, even as the country’s economy continues on a downward spiral.The former President also called out the Government for refusing to concede to advice and recommendations, which could in effect help to put the country back on the road to recovery.Jagdeo was at the time addressing journalists at his Party’s head office on Wednesday. “This Government lives in a make believe world and cocoon. They believe that if they don’t know about something, it has not happened. And there are so shut out from the rest of society and other voices of reason and so arrogant about it even when confronted by good advice from civil society and everywhere else,” Jagdeo told journalists.He said the Administration, which has recently completed a year in office, has embraced a laid back approach, while Guyanese continue to feel the brunt of a dilapidated economical structure.“We heard recently that the economy has slowed down because drug proceeds are not flowing freely through the economy and the Minister of Finance holds on to this excuse, repeating it. If they do believe this, then they are missing the opportunity to address the real issue surrounding the economy.”Jagdeo said Government has embraced the concept that drug money is flowing less through the economy and that is the reason things have not been going well.“So why should I do anything about it, everything else is perfect and so he misses this huge opportunity,” Jagdeo said, speaking of Finance Minister Winston Jordan.He recalled statements made by economist, Professor Clive Thomas, who had related that at least 30 per cent of the monies was being siphoned off and going abroad. He said with all the blockages of things allegedly enjoyed by his Party while in office, Government should now have more money to spend, and hence, see a rise in the economy. He said even as Government moves to reduce the high incidences of alleged gold smuggling and other “illegal” activites, more money should be around to help build the economy.“So why are we talking about a reduction in flow. Infact, you should have been talking about an increase of the economy. This is all fake. Because they make this whole case of drug flow. He (Finance Minister) is saying in effect that if you cannot pay your loans now, you are losing your jobs, people are not buying in the stores anymore, that your hardships are determined and in the economy because you did not get the drug proceeds,” he lashed out.Jagdeo said Government does not understand the reality of what is happening, adding that Guyanese have lost all confidence in the Administration and every day, they continue to do things to erode the little confidence that is left.He made mention of Government’s harsh attack on citizens with private property, noting that when things like these are done, going after private people, taking back leases and titles for land, confidence is eroded.“You are saying that private property is not important. The precipitous drop is due to the fact that people do not have confidence in this Government and every day they do things to erode confidence further.” He further added that it is obvious that Government has no plans to fix the economy, noting that it is fixable but the Administration has no vision.“People are worse off after one year of the coalition in office and I see no improvement given the direction of the Government. Now why are we in economic decline? Is it possible that even with the world situation where there is a slowdown in demand is it possible that for a country like Guyana to prosper?”last_img read more

Floodwaters in Georgetown, environs, recede

first_imgAfter torrential rains with the aid of clogged drains, silted outfalls and broken pumps flooded the capital city and its outskirts on Friday, the water receded on Saturday morning, allowing Guyanese to wrap-up their final shopping before Christmas.Minister David Patterson at the Kingston Pump StationThe Hydromet department had advised that rain is expected to continue for Sunday through Wednesday and as much as 45mm is expected which is above the established drainage capacity within the city.However, there was minimum rain in Georgetown throughout Saturday with the usual Christmas Eve shopping craze in Georgetown in full swing. Even with dark clouds hovering and the occasional drizzle, persons braved the rains to do their last-minute shopping.After several hours of persistent heavy rain started early Friday morning, residents on the coastal regions throughout the country woke up to flood waters in their homes and businesses.A flood-free Regent Street was busy on Saturday as Guyanese did their last minute Christmas shoppingIn central Georgetown, business owners rushed to their premises to assess their losses while saving whatever items they could from the flood waters.Late Friday evening and early Saturday morning, the Public Infrastructure Ministry, the Georgetown Mayor and City Council (M&CC) and the National Drainage and Irrigation Authority (NDIA) had its staff out in full, assisting with the receding water.Public Infrastructure Minister David Patterson during a live television programme on Friday, disclosed that Lamaha and Riverview pumps were down in Georgetown. This was discovered by a team that had been dispatched to conduct on-the-ground assessments early Friday morning.The Lamaha Street pump was back in operations by Friday evening while the Riverview pump was up and running by Saturday morning.Additionally, two pumps were installed Friday evening at Muneshwer’s and Sussex Street locations while two smaller pumps were deployed within Georgetown, including in the Queenstown area. These pumps, the Minister had stated, will help drain the water into the main canals faster, while works are carried out to the inoperable pumps.“Hopefully, without a large among of rainfall, we should be perfect by Christmas Day,” Patterson anticipated.Additionally, excavators have been deployed to the Cummings, Cowan Street, and Downer Street canals. Minister Patterson explained that this was done since during flooding, a lot of debris from the environs enters the drainage systems and restricts the flow of the water.Moreover, the Civil Defence Commission (CDC) was also in Albouystown, East Ruimveldt, and West Ruimveldt to undertake emergency relief works.On the other hand, several communities in East Bank and East Coast Demerara, along with some on West Demerara, were also inundated on Friday but were flood-free by Saturday morning.The flooding came mere months after the much touted “Green Initiative” clean-up in the city, when Government had said that the days of flooding in Georgetown were a thing of the past.last_img read more

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Leicester City star Harry Maguire ‘will be in the World Cup Team of the Tournament’

first_img Maguire’s powerful header gave England the lead against Sweden 2 2 years on… have a good trip lads 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿🦁🦁🦁— Harry Maguire (@HarryMaguire93) June 24, 2018But while Maguire’s progress may have amazed many, it has come as no surprise to his former Hull captain Dawson, who has hailed the centre-back as one of the best players in the World Cup this summer.Speaking on Monday’s Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast, the former England and Tottenham defender – now back at boyhood club Nottingham Forest – said: “I signed for Hull at the same time as Harry, and he was one of those lads everyone loved. You take to him as soon as you meet him.“He had to be patient at Hull to be fair to him, but he took his opportunity and wow has he not looked back.“He’s been one of England’s best players at the World Cup. He’ll be in the team of the tournament, for sure. England centre-back Harry Maguire has been tipped to make the World Cup Team of the Tournament thanks to his sensational performances in Russia.Former Hull City captain Michael Dawson, who played alongside Maguire at the Tigers, says the 25-year-old is ‘finally getting the recognition he deserves’ after announcing himself on the world stage.It’s been an incredible journey for the Sheffield-born star, who only made his senior debut for boyhood club Sheffield United in 2011.Fast-forward seven years, following moves to Hull and then Leicester City, he has emerged as England’s lynchpin at the back and danger-man in the box, scoring his first international goal to help send his country into the World Cup semi-finals. 2center_img “I’ve been so impressed with him. He gets his head on everything in both boxes, he causes so many problems.“He’s played like this for years, so he’s finally getting the recognition he deserves.”Only one England team in history has ever gone further than Gareth Southgate’s men in a World Cup – Sir Alf Ramsey’s 1966 champions.No other England side has even reached a final, but Dawson has backed the Three Lions to make history.“Against Croatia it’s certainly not going to be easy,” he added.“It’s going to be the toughest test we’ve had, but I do believe we’ll get to the final.”Tune into talkSPORT for LIVE commentary of England v Croatia in the World Cup semi-finals: Wednesday July 11 – KICK OFF 7PM BST Such has been Maguire’s meteoric rise that he watched the Three Lions’ dismal Euro 2016 campaign as a fan – travelling to France with a group of friends.Now, he is on the pitch with the Three Lions proudly on his chest and helping England to their furthest run in a major tournament since 1990 – three years before he was born. Maguire celebrates his first England goal in the 2-0 quarter-final win over Sweden last_img read more


first_imgJohn Jnr, left, pictured with his dad on a previous visit to the same barA MAN with strong family links to Co Donegal is among eight people who have died in the Glasgow helicopter crash.John McGarrigle, (59), was at the Clutha Bar in the city on Friday night when a police helicopter ‘fell from the sky’ and smashed into the roof of the premises.John has many relations in the Letterkenny area and often returned to visit them. His son – also John – spent all day at the site. He told the BBC News Channel that his dad is “probably lying underneath that helicopter”.He said: “The realisation, and just a deep instinct … kicked in right away as soon as I heard there was an accident at Clutha. I just knew something bad had happened to him.“When I came round and seen where the position of the helicopter (was) that was when I knew, because he sat in that spot all the time, where the ‘copter hit.“I am still shaking,” said John Jnr. John. 38, spent hours around the police cordon waiting to hear news on his dad.He said his dad often went to the pub and usually with the same two friends.One of them stepped outside while the other went to the toilet when the chopper fell from the sky.And John Jnr revealed he could have been killed also.“I would have been sitting there right next to him if I hadn’t met  my girlfriend earlier in the night,” he said. MAN WITH DONEGAL LINKS ‘DIED IN CHOPPER CRASH’ was last modified: December 1st, 2013 by John2Share 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:crashdonegalGlasgowhelicopterJohn McGarriglelast_img read more

3 bombings terrorize India

first_imgNEW DELHI – It was one of the year’s busiest shopping days. People strolled through crowded markets of the Indian capital strung with colored bulbs, buying boxes of the extra-sugary sweets often given as gifts during the Hindu festival of lights. Then the pleasantly cool Saturday evening exploded in fire and terror. “There was black smoke everywhere,” said Babu Lal Khandelwal, a shopkeeper. “When the smoke was cleared and I could see, there were people bloody and people lying in the street.” All around him, the Paharganj market was a ruin of mangled shops, twisted metal and body parts after the 5:45 p.m. explosion. Within minutes, another blast ripped through the popular Sarojini Nagar shopping area, followed by a bombing on a bus in the Govindpuri neighborhood. At least 58 people were killed and dozens wounded. Pakistan condemned the multiple attacks in New Delhi. “The attack in a crowded market place is a criminal act of terrorism. The people and government of Pakistan are shocked at this barbaric act and express deep sympathy with the families of the victims,” a Foreign Ministry statement said. British Foreign Secretary Jack Straw called the blasts “yet another example of terrorists’ cynical and callous disregard for human life. On behalf of the British government, I would like to offer the people of India my support and deepest sympathy.” The attacks targeted the many people shopping just days before the festival of Diwali, a major Hindu holiday during which families exchange gifts, light candles and celebrate with fireworks. The markets where the blasts occurred often sell fireworks that are elaborate and potentially dangerous. “When I got up, there were people everywhere – they were bleeding and screaming,” Anil Gupta said about 45 minutes after the blast as he sifted through the wreckage of his jewelry store. Scattered around his feet were bracelets, necklaces and earrings. Home Minister Shivraj Patil urged people to stay off the streets. “I appeal to you. Please disperse from the markets and go back to your families,” he said in a televised address. Patil said 39 people were killed in Sarojini Nagar, a popular shopping district in the southern part of the capital filled with everything from knockoff designer clothing to kitchen crockery. Fire department official Sham Lal said at least 16 people died in the Paharganj market blast, and three were killed on the bus. The blast in the Paharganj market badly damaged a row of shops. About an hour later, investigators stood around a small, debris-filled crater about 10 feet from the string of shops. All around, broken glass and other wreckage littered the street, shops’ signs were ripped and twisted and clothes – mostly T-shirts and scarves – hung from low-strung power lines. Police said at least 60 people were wounded in Paharganj and dozens in the other bombings. A witness to the second blast, Satinder Lal Sharma, said some boys warned him about an unclaimed bag near a tree and he “started shouting ‘Run! Run!”‘ just before the explosion. It destroyed several shops and left the tree charred and without leaves. Govind Singh, who sells wallets and toys on a cart next to a juice shop devastated in the explosion, said at least five people from his village were killed. The explosion was “so loud that I fell down. Then a fire started,” he said. “I took out at least 20 bodies, most of them were children,” Singh said. He and others wrapped the bodies in sheets that were being sold by one of the destroyed shops. As he spoke someone asked him, “Where is Lal Chand?” “He is gone,” Singh replied, and then started crying. At Ram Manohar Lohia Hospital, Dr. S.K. Sharma, the emergency room chief, said his team had received four victims from the first blast who arrived dead and “charred beyond recognition.” They were treating another 30 injured from the same explosion, he said. He explained that burns were not caused by chemicals and most shrapnel injuries were from flying glass – not the screws or ball bearings sometimes packed into crude bombs. As he spoke, an ambulance pulled up and paramedics wheeled more victims into the hospital. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Police declared a state of emergency and closed all city markets. Prime Minister Manmohan Singh urged calm while denouncing the apparently coordinated bombings, which did not prevent an unprecedented India-Pakistan agreement to open the Kashmir border to facilitate aid for survivors of the region’s devastating Oct. 8 earthquake. “These are dastardly acts of terrorism,” Singh said in a brief televised statement. “We shall defeat their nefarious designs and will not allow them to succeed. We are resolute in our commitment to fighting terrorism in all forms.” Asked who was responsible, he would only say “there are several clues.” However, the Indian government faces opposition from dozens of militant groups – particularly Kashmiri separatists, some of whom also oppose the peace process between Pakistan and India that began early last year. The explosions also came hours after India and Pakistan began talks on opening their heavily militarized border in disputed Kashmir to bring food, shelter and medical aid to victims of the Himalayan region’s Oct. 8 earthquake, which killed about 80,000 people, most in Pakistan. Despite the blasts, Pakistan’s Foreign Ministry said early today that the two sides agreed to open the frontier at five spots beginning Nov. 7. Shipments of aid supplies will be allowed to cross at those points, and Kashmiri civilians will be allowed to cross on foot, with priority given to those with families divided by the border. center_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Weeklast_img read more