Many former national representatives and celebrities will be in action at the 30th staging of the Bell-Ziadie Memorial football matches today at Winchester Park, St George’s College. Clive ‘Busy’ Campbell, chief organiser of the Masters and Celebrities Inc-promoted event, said all is in place for the matches. “Everything is in place for the matches, which are set to kick-off at 2 p.m., which will honour the memory of two great football stalwarts,” Campbell told The Gleaner. “It is a hype thing as we are playing for the Bell-Ziadie Trophy and bragging rights,” Campbell said about the banter leading up to the yearly showdowns. Four persons will be honoured: former FIFA referee Peter Prendergast and former national player Kenneth ‘Bop’ Campbell;and two posthumously, former Jamaica and St George’s College player, Leighton Hugh and former Santos and Jamaica outstanding goalkeeper, Orville Edwards. MASTER CELEBRITIES Also, the RJR Communications Group will be honoured by the Master and Celebrities Inc, which has been supporting the event for all its 30 years. Three teams will participate in the football competition, and the top team will receive the Bell-Ziadie trophy. David James, father of Dominic, the former St George’s College football captain who died on September 20 after he collapsed, will play in the matches. The event is in honour of Winthorpe ‘Jackie’ Bell and Dennis Ziadie, who passed away in an accident during the 1986 FIFA World Cup finals in Mexico City, Mexico. The St George’s College Invitational comprise Dennis’ son, Nick Ziadie, Shavar Thomas, Orlando Walters, Ken Ellis, Ali Rose, David James, Sean Polack, Ryan Dawes, Marcel Gayle, Mark Miller, Denton Manning, Peter Johnson, Lawrence Passley, Gregory Messam Snr., David Laylor, David Williams, Richard McCallum, and Wayne Marshall. Chris Martin Invitational – Christopher Martin, Usain Bolt, Jermaine Gonzales, Ricardo Gardner, Ian Goodison, Walter Boyd, Marvin Chin, Simba Harris, Richard Currie, Kwame Falconer, Peter Gordon, Sadiki Bolt, Adrian Pitter, Rupert Hines, Shamar Glanville, and Sayco Gordon. Masters and Celebrities – Ian Wilkinson, Michael Williams, Jaheel Hyde, Kasai Hines, Rudolph Speid, Ian McNaughton, Alicia James, Sherona Forrester, Stephen Miller, Kirk Williams, Cornel Chin-sue, Kevin Wilson, Denton Sheddon, Durrent Brown, Hector Wright, Hugh Blair, Eldorado Mullings, and Robert Scott. The sponsors include RJR Communications Group, WATA, Power 106, Burger King, Pure National Ice, B Riley Signs, Chess Foundation, DATZmy DJ, Cuddy’s Restaurant and Grill, and Masters and Celebrities.
Both the House and Senate armed services committees plan to hold hearings on the matter. Hagee met with top lawmakers from those panels this week to bring them up to date on the investigation. “I can say that there are established facts that incidents of a very serious nature did take place,” Sen. John Warner, chairman of the Senate panel, said Thursday. He would not provide details or confirm reports that about 24 civilians were killed. He told reporters he had “no basis to believe” the military engaged in a cover-up. In the Haditha case, videotape aired by an Arab television station showed images purportedly taken in the aftermath of the encounter: a bloody bedroom floor, bullet holes in walls and bodies of women and children. An Iraqi human-rights group called for an investigation of what it described as another deadly mistake that had harmed civilians. On May 17, Rep. John Murtha, D-Pa., a decorated former Marine, said Marine Corps officials told him the toll in the Haditha attack was far worse than originally reported and that U.S. troops killed innocent women and children “in cold blood.” He said nearly twice as many people were killed than first reported, maintaining that U.S. forces are “overstretched and overstressed” by the war in Iraq. Pentagon spokesman Eric Ruff said Friday that he believes the investigation is winding down, but he would not comment on what the evidence shows. Ruff would not characterize the extent of Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld’s concern about the matter, but said he is being kept apprised of the investigations. Ruff said he did not expect any announcements in the next few days.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE11 theater productions to see in Southern California this week, Dec. 27-Jan. 2The official did not disclose specific evidence. The incident, if confirmed, could be the most serious case of criminal misconduct by U.S. troops during three years of combat in Iraq. In an indication of how seriously the Marines consider it, their top officer, Gen. Michael W. Hagee, flew to Iraq on Thursday to reinforce the need to adhere to Marine values and standards of behavior and to avoid the use of excess force. A spokesman at Marine Corps headquarters in the Pentagon, Lt. Col. Scott Fazekas, declined to comment on the status of the investigation. He said no information would be provided until the probe was completed. According to a congressional aide, lawmakers were told in a briefing Thursday that it appears as many as two dozen civilians were killed in the episode at Haditha. And they were told the investigation will find that “it will be clear that this was not the result of an accident or a normal combat situation.” Another congressional official said lawmakers were told it would be about 30 days before a report would be issued by the investigating agency, the Naval Criminal Investigative Service. WASHINGTON – Investigators believe that their criminal investigation into the deaths of about two dozen Iraqi civilians points toward a conclusion that Marines based at Camp Pendleton committed unprovoked killings, a senior defense official said Friday. The Marine Corps initially reported 15 deaths and said they were caused by a roadside bomb and an ensuing firefight with insurgents. A separate investigation is seeking to determine whether Marines lied to cover up the killings. The investigation involves members of Pendleton’s 3rd Battalion, 1st Marine Regiment, according to Lt. Col. Sean D. Gibson, a Marine spokesman. The unit is known as the “Thundering Third.” The official, who discussed the matter on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to discuss the yet-to-be-completed investigation, said the evidence developed by investigators strongly indicates the killings last November in the insurgent-plagued city of Haditha in the western province of Anbar were unjustified.