No. 2 Abilene Christian Going Dancing After 77-60 Victory Over No. 4 New Orleans

first_img Scott Plaisance Jr. New Orleans F R-Sr. Marrero, La. Jaylen Franklin Abilene Christian G Sr. Little Rock, Ark. Josh Nzeakor Lamar F Sr. Mesquite, Texas Box ScoreKATY, Texas – Six years ago, Abilene Christian finished 2-12 in the Southland Conference. Six years later, the Wildcats stand atop the Southland Conference.A punishing interior game and a swarming defense keyed No. 2-seed ACU to a 77-60 victory over No.-4 seed New Orleans in Saturday night’s Southland Conference men’s basketball tournament championship game, putting the Wildcats into the NCAA Men’s Basketball Division I Tournament for the first time in program history.“It’s just a dream come true,” said ACU (27-6) forward Jaren Lewis, who was named the tournament’s most outstanding player after scoring 20 points and grabbing six rebounds in the title win. “When you’re younger watching college basketball, that’s what you dream about all the time. This is what I was dreaming about when I came to ACU, like ‘one day, this is where I want to be.’ Coach G (Joe Golding) sold me on that, and we finally got it.”Abilene Christian becomes the 2nd team this season to make their first NCAA Tournament! ?? pic.twitter.com/4b4PqIw98r— College GameDay (@CollegeGameDay) March 17, 2019Lewis was joined on the all-tournament team by teammates Jaylen Franklin and Payten Ricks, New Orleans’ Scott Plaisance and Lamar’s Josh Nzeakor.The Wildcats forced 20 turnovers and never trailed after taking a 4-2 lead in the first two minutes of the game, taking as much as a 22-point lead late in the contest. ACU scored 48 of its points in the paint, which was a key reason why they shot a solid 56.1 percent from the field.“We wanted to be the first team at Abilene Christian to make the tournament,” said Franklin, who had 16 points and six assists. “It’s a big surprise, but we stuck through it and trusted each other.”“I’m going to sit back, and like I did (Saturday night), I’m going to sit back and watch,” said Golding. “It’s going to be a lot of fun. If it’s anybody that deserves it’s these three seniors (Franklin, Lewis and Hayden Farquhar).”Playing in their first Southland Conference tournament, the Wildcats looked like a team familiar with being in a championship setting.ACU thrived inside from the outset as a mixture of fast breaks and well-timed passes resulted in a host of layups and short jumpers by the Wildcats, who scored 20 of their first 25 points from the paint. Several of those caming during a 13-0 run over a stretch of 5:12 midway in the first half put them up by as much as 34-19 at the 5:02 mark.New Orleans shook off its shooting malaise with a 7-0 run to begin climbing back into the contest, but the 24-10 deficit in the paint was a major culprit behind their 40-29 halftime deficit.A Bryson Robinson trey to open the second half got the Privateers within 40-32 but they could not whittle away at the Wildcats’ lead despite ACU opening the half by missing seven of their first 10 shots. However, Lewis’ short jumper helped the Wildcats regain an offensive groove that helped them stretch the lead to 54-40 at the 10:53 mark of the half.New Orleans was unable to maintain the breakneck pace that ACU had established early in the game and by the time they tried to get into a groove, it was too late.“We kind of got caught playing their style. It fits for them,” said Robinson. “It was their game plan. They executed it and it worked well.”The Wildcats began to put the game away over the next two minutes. A tip-in from Joe Pleasant was followed by a dunk from Lewis and a layup from Franklin extended the lead to 61-46 and forced Slessinger to call time out with 8:30 on the clock. MBB: Next stop: @marchmadness. ???????#SouthlandStrong #GoWildcats #ChampWeek #MarchMadness pic.twitter.com/70mhkGuP9B— #SouthlandStrong (@SouthlandSports) March 17, 2019Showing their blue-collar spirit, the Privateers mustered one last run, bringing the lead again down to eight following a Plaisance free throw. Farquhar – who missed all nine of his attempts in Friday’s semifinal win over Sam Houston State – then delivered the decisive blows in the form of consecutive three-pointers to put the Wildcats on course for the NCAA Tournament.Despite the loss, the Privateers will be heading to postseason play for a third straight season, as they were informed shortly after the game they would be a part of the College Invitational Tournament (CIT) and plan to host a first round game on Wednesday night.“We’re excited,” said Plaisance. “The season is broken up into several pieces, and postseason is one of my favorites. To go out there one more time and put New Orleans on my chest is definitely an honor.”“It’s a great testament to our program,” said Privateers coach Mark Slessinger. “It’s another compliment to the university as a whole and their investment in building a championship program.”For Golding and the Wildcats, Sunday continues a remarkable journey. “I’m going to let these guys enjoy it,” he said. “We’re going to go down there and compete. I don’t know who we’re going to play. I’m sure we’ll be an underdog, but we’re going to play hard and represent this conference in a first-class manner.”2019 Southland Conference All-Tournament Team Name Institution Pos. Class Hometown Payten Ricks Abilene Christian G Jr. Wichita, Kan. Jaren Lewis (MVP) Abilene Christian F Sr. Orlando, Fla.last_img read more

Saracens edge into last eight

first_imgEven on the back of a 62-14 victory over Northampton Saints on Saturday, the Pool 2 runners-up still faced the possibility of elimination with their fate in the hands of other teams.But Premiership rivals Wasps did them a favour with a comfortable 26-7 victory over Ulster, securing Sarries’ qualification as one of the three best second-placed teams, though they face a last-eight clash against a Leinster side who won all of their pool games.Wasps were in command for virtually the entire contest and Guy Thompson, Tom Cruse, Willie le Roux and Jake Cooper-Wooley sealed a the bonus-point win, eliminating Ulster in the process.Thanks to yesterday’s 62-14 win over @SaintsRugby and today’s results, Saracens will take their place in the Quarter-Finals of the @ChampionsCup to continue the defence of their title, get in there!!!Fixture details to follow… pic.twitter.com/VXn4LF2Zcm— Saracens Rugby Club (@Saracens) January 21, 2018That victory kept Wasps’ hopes of progression alive but they were soon extinguished by Munster, who sealed top spot in Pool 4 with an easy win over Castres.Ian Keatley kicked 12 points and Keith Earls, Rhys Marshall, Simon Zebo, Alex Wootton and James Cronin all crossed as Munster cruised to a 48-3 success, leapfrogging Racing 92 into top spot.Racing, who beat Leicester Tigers 23-20 with a late Maxime Machenaud penalty, still go through as one of the best runners-up – the Parisian side progressing alongside fellow second-placed sides Toulon and Sarries.La Rochelle wrapped up top spot in Pool 1, finishing three points ahead of Wasps as they overcame Harlequins 16-7.European Champions Cup quarter-final draw:Leinster v SaracensScarlets v La RochelleMunster v ToulonClermont Auvergne v Racing 92 Photo Getty Images. Caption: Saracens will face Leinster in the last eight of the European Champions Cuplast_img read more

Tony Becca: Sehwag: I did it my way

first_img As one of four batsmen, Don Bradman, Brian Lara, Chris Gayle, Sehwag, to score triple centuries on two occasions, Sehwag’s 319 against South Africa in Chennai in 2008 was scored off 304 deliveries and included 42 fours and five sixes, and his 309 versus Pakistan in Multan in 2004 came off 375 deliveries and included six sixes and 39 fours were awesome. In some respects, however, although they were bigger scores, they failed to compare with many of his smaller yet exquisite offerings. Sehwag’s 195 off 233 deliveries with five sixes and 25 fours against Australia at Melbourne in 2003 before he got out caught on the boundary was mind-boggling. His 254 scored off a mere 247 deliveries with one six and 49 fours against Pakistan at Lahore in 2006 was earth shattering, and his 180 off 190 deliveries with two sixes and 20 fours was devastating. There were also his 173 off 197 deliveries with one six and 24 fours against New Zealand at Ahmedabad in 2010, and his 117 off 117 deliveries with one six and 15 fours against England at Ahmedabad in 2012. Probably the best of them all, however, according to those who saw it, was his innings of 297 versus Sri Lanka in Mumbai in 2009, an innings which lasted for 254 deliveries, and included seven towering sixes and 40 powerful and wonderful fours. Sehwag failed sometimes, but it never mattered to him. He played cricket like how the fans loved to see cricket play. His Test career, studded with 1,233 fours and 91 sixes, was a glittering and unforgettable one. “God has been good to me and I have done what I wanted to do”, said Sehwag on the day he retired. “I did it my way.” There was never a dull moment when Virender Sehwag was batting. Thank God, he did it his way. Rare accomplishment Virender Sehwag was an opening batsman like no other. He was not a sheet anchor, and he was not a man who played cautiously and sometimes timidly. He was a happy, carefree batsman. He feared no one. He was also, especially in his early days, a lookalike of India’s great batsman, and his cricketing hero, Sachin Tendulkar. On his Test debut versus South Africa at Bloemfontein in 200, he totally enjoyed himself. Batting alongside Tendulkar, who scored a century, he was in seventh heaven. Sehwag scored a century also, a lovely, attractive innings of 105 off 173 deliveries with 19 boundaries. Those who saw it said there was hardly a debut like it. It was as if he and Tendulkar were twins, reeling off classic and elegant stroke after stroke. That was the early Sehwag. Three years after that, however, in 2003 against Australia in Melbourne, Sehwag exploded, and the explosion lasted for another 10 years, until 2013 when he played his last Test match. Sehwag played in 104 Test matches and scored 8,586 runs at an average of 49.34 while notching 23 centuries, including two triple centuries, and a top score of 319. Although he once scored 201 out of 329 against Sri Lanka in Galle in 2008, the runs he scored were only a part of his legacy. They marked him as one of India’s best batsmen, as one of the world’s greatest batsmen, and, even if this is not important, one of my favourite batsmen of all time. His victims included bowlers of the quality of fast bowlers Chaminda Vaas, Dale Steyn, Makhaya Ntini, Brett Lee, Shoaib Akhtar, James Anderson, and Stuart Broad as well as spin bowlers like Saqlain Mushtaq, Muttiah Muralitharan, and Shane Warne. Sehwag was not a stodgy batsman, and he was not just an attractive batsman. He was the most attacking and ruthless batsman the game has ever seen. Left to him, there would have been no need for the one-day or the T20 versions of the game, if the intention was solely that of playing entertaining cricket in order to attract spectators. As he said, his mission in life was to entertain the fans. To see him driving off the back-foot, driving straight along the ground and in the air, or whipping the ball off his legs was something special. His square-drives were also powerful and beautiful. For those who do not know, Sehwag, in Test matches, scored at a rate faster than anyone else has ever done, which means he is the fastest scorer in Test cricket’s history. His 8,273 runs and 15 centuries from 251 ODI’s, including his best of 219 versus the West Indies at Indore in 2012, is impressive. They were, however, not as staggering or as dazzling as his collection of amazing deeds in Test matches, some of them achieved against the odds whenever India were facing long odds on troublesome pitches and against the fast bowlers, especially really fast and fearsome bowlers.last_img read more

The sugar that built me: Belle Vue elders reflect 62 years on

first_imgBy Shemuel FanfairLocated in the environs of the former Wales Sugar Estate is the breezy community of Belle Vue, West Bank Demerara (WBD), a village which was built on sugar and thrived during the heyday of sugar production.In fact, the village celebrated its 62nd year in existence this past year and was said to be the first and only pilot scheme established by the Bookers Sugar Estate, which ran the industry from the colonial era up to 1970.The ‘Belle Vue Pilot Scheme’ as it was then known saw 57 male sugar workers and their families from various estates across East and West Demerara being transplanted to the WBD village under a project that made them sugar cane farmers. It was felt that once workers cultivated their own produce that they would sell the cane to the estate and industrial conflict would be minimised as farmers would not strike against themselves.However, two of the estate workers turned farmers dropped out of the scheme shortly after and 55 remained. Today, all of those 55 couples have passed away – save for one of the wives, 86-year-old Jamonee Mangra, who resides on Third Street, Bellevue.It was a regular and calm early afternoon when I met up with the soft-spoken but sharp mother of nine. It was after her lunch period and she sat by her downstairs window taking in the relaxing winds emanating from the Demerara River, which runs adjacent to the community.She reminisced about married life to her husband, whose only name was Mangra. He died in April 1990 and Mrs Mangra recalled with ease that she and her husband were among the first set of occupants that moved into the scheme in August 1956.“When I came on this street, it only had seven houses complete and the other ones bin a build on the opposite side. The others come March 1957. People come from far and near and all ah we come and live; some come from Grove, Diamond, all about … Manager tell we leh we come here and he ah gie we house for live.  People always used to talk to each other,” she fondly recalled.The elderly woman, who had a somewhat restrained smile, said that when she first came from Wales, she helped her husband plant cane. Those were arduous days which began around 03:00h when she prepared meals for her household. Jamonee was born near the Mahaica market area and went to Vriesland, WBD, at six years of age as a result of her father’s death.Mrs Mangra bore 11 children from which five sons and four daughters remain alive. The elder explained that she has about 30 grandchildren, and multiple great-grandchildren and great-great grandchildren though providing the exact number was difficult. She, however, remembered clearly that all holidays in Belle Vue whether it was Christian, Hindu or Muslim would all be celebrated in togetherness.“Ah we live together, we come together, ah we mattie … the world ah we own. All ah we come in this world as a family ‘cause God make ah we and who got passion got passion but me nah got passion,” the elderly woman stated with great fervency.Jamonee Mangra, 86, the wife of one of the original sugar workers that settled in the Belle Vue Pilot Scheme in 1956. She is the last one alive of the original groupToday, she lives with her youngest child, who is in her 40s while her eldest child who lives overseas is in her 70s. Mrs Mangra said finally that she would most want to see cane being milled at the Wales Estate again as many of her children built their lives around the industry.One of her neighbours, Ramnarine Ragaloo, 79, called “Uncle Aaron” was born in Grove, East Bank Demerara (EBD) and had many similar sentiments to Mangra regarding the unity that permeated Belle Vue. He said that at any time, neighbours or even strangers could visit various homes and be offered a meal. He indicated that as a teenaged lad, he was the last of his relatives to go over to Belle Vue shortly after the scheme was established.Uncle Aaron said that while he lived at Grove, he worked at Diamond Estate throwing manure and started to plant cane at Belle Vue after he joined his parents, ‘Jasodra’ and ‘Ragaloo’. One of the amenities in these original 15 by 20 foot homes were indoor toilets and a sewerage system.“When we come we had seven houses pun one line on the toilet system and every 20 minutes to half hour, the toilets flushed automatically,” Uncle Aaron explained, noting that there was an overhead tank that stored water, which also flowed to two stand pipes in every street.When the scheme started there were no trees and the concrete two-storey houses included upstairs bedrooms that were 8 by 10 feet with a kitchen on the ground floor. Uncle Aaron saw the scheme as a developed place; however, he along with other residents said that many persons in the surrounding villages would aim remarks at them when they passed the villages on their bicycles, saying that Belle Vue’s inhabitants were living in prison.Balram Balkarran“They would say ey! Belle Vue jail man’… people around didn’t like us much ‘cause them seh we feel we powerful more than them,” he recalled.The father of six, who also has six grandchildren and five great-grandchildren, told Guyana Times that in the colonial days, they were paid $20 per week which had to suffice for a family of six or seven.“It (the money) ah do, but not to how you want them do. I had seven children, one die. We used to wake about 5 o’clock time, prepare, lef house 7 o’clock; take lunch 1 o’clock and when cane start cut sometime we come home 7 o’clock in the night. We used to get 75 cents a tonne cut and load,” Uncle Aaron noted.He later explained that he got married to his wife, Lynette Rajbeo in 1961. “We married 57 years, married life been good; is how you treat am, she never worked on the farm,” he explained.Uncle Aaron also pointed out that he grew up across the road from where he now lived and when he got married he went on the opposite side where he rented the entire house from Bookers Estate for $120 per year, which he highlighted could hardly buy a drink today.He added that afterwards, the house went up for sale and he bought it for $350 from the Estate. He noted that his children would attend classes before helping on the farms in the afternoons. Uncle Aaron also said holidays were grand and unified.“All holiday people ah come round – Phagwah, Diwali, Christmas. We used to live as one. Long time you only had to seh you head ah hurt yo and people used to come, but now yo dead and people nah even come,” he stated with a frown.“You couldn’t cuss and tell lie,” he sternly said, adding “Now de young people ah beat you, them ah cuss. Respect ah carry this place very good. You always frighten de bigger man dem. The young people now watch and say, ‘don’t worry with you, old man; he gone dead’. You couldn’t tell a big man sa in me time,” Uncle Aaron added.He recalled when he lived at Grove and he fought with his neighbour using expletives on the road from school, an adult male stopped them and administered six lashes each to the two teens. He added that he could not tell his father what he received the lashes for, since his father would have given him another thrashing.His nephew, Balram Balkarran, who was born in 1952, came to the scheme as a young boy. He recalled fondly when the bulls would pull the sugarcane punts from the back dams to the middle walk dam, after which the Estate’s tractors would transport his family’s produce for milling.“This was a very successful scheme; that is why they stopped it. They gave the farmers 20-year leases which contracted them to develop the land and sell cane to the estate and within seven years the farmers paid off their debts and Bookers saw this as a worrying trend,” the 68-year-old noted.Balkarran said that his grandparents originally came from Port Mourant and Providence Estate in Berbice and they passed away in the 1970s. He recalled the stringent measures in the contract the elders signed which led Edly Khan from Sisters Village to quit and migrate to Suriname with his family and Mr Samaroo from Grove to migrate to England.“So the Estate took back 30 acres of the cane land and gave it to the Estate,” the overseas-based farmer noted.He explained that some of the contractual obligations were amended owing to the efforts of former Presidents Forbes Burnham and Dr Cheddi Jagan, who worked together in the original People’s Progressive Party (PPP) to “break off all those stringent things in the lease”. It was after 1966, that the then People’s National Congress (PNC) Government changed the pilot scheme into Belle Vue Cane Farming Marketing Co-op Society, which is one of the oldest in Guyana.  The farmers were said to have been so successful that in the mid-1960s, they were racing to buy Vauxhall motor cars and Honda motorbikes for their children since they had been earning in the $7000-$10,000 range.In the late 1960s, electricity was installed, but prior to that, the farmers used gas lamps. They were also given stoves when the scheme was started. It was in the early 1970s that clay-brick roads were installed replacing the mud dams which they had for streets. However, in what was described as unwelcomed move, the Neighbourhood Democratic Council (NDC) which took over in the early 1970s condemned the sewerage system.The composition of the scheme was 85 per cent Indo-Guyanese and the remainder were mainly Afro-Guyanese with a smaller group of mixed race persons. Despite this make-up, Balkarran outlined that there were no divisions in Belle Vue – even when there were race-based riots in the 1960s. He opined that this may have been owing to how Bookers designed the scheme with the 15 acres that each member had being divided into 10 parcels in a block of about six fields, which were sub-divided into 55 parcels.“So it forced the farmers to work together, harvest together which created unity and togetherness,” the Belle Vue native posited.He said that the scheme produced directors for the Guyana Sugar Corporation, soldiers for the British, and labour and trade union representatives. Today, with the Wales Estate having been closed in 2016, many of the younger residents are seeking employment outside of the Wales area. The nearby canal is always attracting young men who swim its waters especially during school vacation.The community has expanded with the inclusion of a regularised squatting area, just north of the old scheme. Sundays are set aside for cricket competitions which draw eyeballs from near and far as the village continues to stand amid changes.last_img read more

GPHC probes allegations of mistreatment of nurse

first_imgIn light of a recent post on social media that senior officials at the Georgetown Public Hospital Corporation (GPHC) were mistreating staff, with the most recent being a nurse who had been undergoing her monthly cycle while on duty, the health facility has launched an investigation into the allegations.Georgetown Public Hospital CorporationThe GPHC in a release on its Facebook page explained that the recent allegations on social media of mistreatment are being investigated and the appropriate actions will be taken.According to the statement, “The Board and Administration of the Georgetown Public Hospital Corporation (GPHC) note the recent circulation on social media of posts by members of staff relating to allegations of mistreatment by their supervisors”.“The GPHC has established mechanisms accessible to all staff for making complaints, conducting investigations and providing appropriate redress.“At approximately 4:30 PM on Thursday, December 5, 2019, a matter allegedly involving [a] nursing assistant and some senior nursing personnel was brought to the attention of the Administration, and an investigation was instantly initiated,” the statement said.“The general public is hereby assured that the allegations are being investigated and the appropriate action(s) will be taken in a timely manner.”In closing, the statement stated that “The GPHC wishes to guarantee the public that it condemns all forms of misconduct and misuse of authority, and the Corporation remains committed to maintaining a healthy and productive work environment for all staff”.Since the recent revelation, more nurses from the said hospital have been publicising other horrible experiences.However, in the post the nurse claimed that after working a night shift, she was instructed to attend an early morning meeting with the male Director, however, she requested to go home and attend to herself first, since she was menstruating.According to the nurse, the request was refused in the presence of other supervisors in a room where the meeting was supposedly taking place and the Director then insisted that sanitary napkins be brought to her to tidy up at work.To make matters worse, the nurse claimed that the sanitary napkins were brought to her and she was then instructed to go to the washroom in the presence of a female supervisor and have the inspection done.According to the post, as the nurse was about to change into the napkins, the senior nurse pulled her underwear and inspected to ensure she was indeed menstruating.The nurse stated that she was humiliated, since her entire pride was striped at that moment. She further alleged that after visiting higher authorities at the Corporation, she is disappointed because the matter is not being taken seriously.last_img read more

Britons feared for their lives

first_imgLONDON – Their greatest scare, they recalled, came on the second day, when they were flown to Tehran and backed up against a prison wall while their Iranian captors fiddled with weapons, cocking rifles to make them fear for their lives. “We thought we were going to the British Embassy but we got taken to a detention center,” said Royal Marine Joe Tindell, 21, one of 15 British sailors and marines seized by Iranian Revolutionary Guards in disputed waters in the Persian Gulf on March 23. There, the mood turned drastically, as their captors changed from military dress into all black, their faces covered. “We had a blindfold and plastic cuffs, hands behind our backs, heads against the wall,” Tindell said in an interview with the BBC. “Someone, I’m not sure who, someone said, I quote, `Lads, lads, I think we’re going to get executed.’ “After that comment someone was sick, and as far as I was concerned he had just had his throat cut. From there we were rushed to a room, quick photo, and then stuffed into a cell and didn’t see or speak to anyone for six days.” It was the beginning of days of psychological pressure that would ultimately extract televised “confessions” from some of the Britons that they had strayed into Iranian waters. The admissions tempered for some the joy at their safe return home to their families, with some military analysts expressing dismay that the sailors and marines had capitulated to their captor’s demands. “It was highly damaging that all of them apologized publicly for something they had not done,” said Max Hastings, a military historian and former newspaper editor, in a BBC radio interview Friday, comparing the Britons unfavorably to American pilots who withstood much crueler treatment in North Vietnam for much longer. But the captives defended their decision to play along with their captors, saying they were subjected to a determined campaign of psychological intimidation. They were separated, stripped, put in pajamas and placed in small stone cells in complete isolation – not permitted even a whispered word with a fellow captive, they said. The lone woman among them was tricked into believing the men had all been released. “There was a lot of trickery, and mind games being played,” Lt. Felix Carman, 26, of the Royal Navy, said when six of the Britons, freed two days ago, appeared at a news conference Friday to chronicle for the first time in public a 14-day ordeal that began, by their account, when Iranian Revolutionary Guards apprehended them in Iraqi waters, executing what seemed a planned and heavily armed ambush. “We were interrogated most nights, and presented with two options,” Carman said. “If we admitted we had strayed, we would be on a plane back to the UK soon. If we didn’t we faced up to seven years in prison.” None of them was told that, in the world outside, their incarceration had become a test of British and Iranian wills in which Iran depicted itself as a magnanimous victor – what President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad of Iran on Thursday called a “gift” to Britain. The news conference Friday at a Royal Marines base at Chivenor, southwestern England, seemed intended as much to deny Iran’s depiction of the episode as to allow the sailors and marines a chance to recant what Iran called their confessions of guilt. Yet, just as Britain had called their televised “confessions” stage-managed, the Iranian authorities dismissed Friday’s news conference as a propaganda exercise that did nothing to exonerate the British forces. “Transferring the sailors to military bases immediately after their arrival, dictating to them their orders and the planned coverage of the press conference by British and American media cannot change the documents that show the sailors had entered the territory of the Islamic Republic of Iran,” a spokesman for the Foreign Ministry, Mohammad Ali Hosseini, said in a statement. But Iran received its share of criticism at home, as well. The reformist daily Etemad faulted the government for not milking the crisis for greater diplomatic advantage, particularly in gaining the release of Iranians held in Iraq. “Maybe Iran could get some advantages during the talks and end its complicated problems with the other side,” the daily wrote in a column on Thursday. Another reformist daily, Aftab-e-Yazd, criticized the government’s timing, saying that if it was planning to release the Britons, it should have done so earlier instead of immediately after a warning from Prime Minister Tony Blair. The haste with which British authorities arranged the news conference suggested they wanted to deny Iran the propaganda victory it sought from releasing the British personnel, who indeed affirmed Friday that they had been in Iraqi, not Iranian waters. “I can clearly state that we were 1.7 nautical miles from Iranian waters,” Carman said. Reading from a written statement, Carman and Royal Marine Capt. Chris Air, 25, described how two Iranian speedboats closed on two British inflatable patrol boats after the personnel had boarded an Indian-flagged vessel, seeking contraband. Theirs was the first direct explanation of why the Britons did not resist capture. “Some of the Iranian sailors were becoming deliberately aggressive and unstable,” Air said. “They rammed our boat and trained their heavy machine guns, RPGs and weapons on us. Another six boats were closing in on us,” he said, referring to rocket-propelled grenades by their acronym. “We realized that our efforts to reason with these people were not making any headway. Nor were we able to calm some of the individuals down. “It was at this point that we realized that had we resisted there would have been a major fight, one we could not have won, with consequences that would have had major strategic impact. We made a conscious decision to not engage the Iranians and do as they asked. They boarded our boats, removed our weapons and steered the boats towards the Iranian shore.” “Let me be absolutely clear,” Air said. “From the outset it was very apparent that fighting back was simply not an option. Had we chosen to do so then many of us would not be standing here today. Of that I have no doubts.” 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img

Sorted! Stoke City’s official 25-man Premier League squad and U21 list

first_img1 After surprising many in his first year in charge with a top half finish, just how far can Mark Hughes take this squad of 25Premier League clubs had a deadline of 5pm on 3 September to submit a squad list containing no more than 17 players who do not fulfil the “Home Grown Player”. The remainder of the squad, up to a total of 25 players, must be home grown.According to the Premier League, a Home Grown Player means a player who, irrespective of his nationality or age, has been registered with any club affiliated to the Football Association or the Football Association of Wales for a period, continuous or not, of three entire seasons or 36 months prior to his 21st birthday (or the end of the season during which he turns 21).Changes to the squad list may be made during the next transfer window. Under-21 players are eligible over and above the limit of 25 players per squad.Stoke CityPlayers (‘Home Grown’ status in brackets)1Adam, Charles Graham (No)2 Arnautovic, Marko (No)3 Assaidi, Oussama (No)4Bardsley, Phillip Anthony (Yes)5 Begovic, Asmir (Yes)6 Cameron, Geoff Scott (No)7 Crouch, Peter James (Yes)8 Diouf, Mame Biram (No)9 Do Nascimento Teixeira, Dionatan (No)10 Huth, Robert (Yes)11 Ireland, Stephen James (Yes)12 Krkic Perez, Bojan (No)13 Moses, Victor (Yes)14 Muniesa Martinez, Marc (No)15 Nzonzi, Steven Nkemboanza Mike Christopher (No)16 Palacios Suazo, Wilson Roberto (No)17 Pieters, Erik (No)18 Shawcross, Ryan James (Yes)19 Shea, Dane Brekken (No)20 Sidwell, Steven James (Yes)21 Sorensen, Thomas (No)22 Walters, Jonathan Ronald (Yes)23 Whelan, Glenn David (Yes)24 Wilkinson, Andrew Gordon (Yes)25 Wilson, Marc David (Yes)Stoke City– Under 21 players (Contract and Scholars)1 Adeloye, Oluwatomisin2 Alabi, James3 Bachmann, Daniel4 Banks, Lewis5 Barber, Benjamin Thomas6 Brierley, Theodore Tobias Clifford7 Butland, Jack8 Coban, Yusuf9 Cook, Jake Benjamin10 Coulson, Samuel Philip11 Douglas, Kelvin Isaac12 Edwards, Liam13 Eve, Dale Donald14 Grant, Alexander Ian15 Gyollai, Daniel16 Hamilton, Kyren Rico17 Jarvis, Daniel Adam18 Kurasik, Dominic19 Lecygne, Eddy20 Marques, Christopher21 Monlouis, Keiran Dion22 Nardiello, Jack Barrie23 Ngoy Bin Cibambi, Julien Fontaine24 O’Reilly, Ryan25 Parry, Robbie Jay26 Pickerill, Lee27 Renee-Pringle, Johnville Isaacs Joseph28 Ricketts-Hopkinson, Nathan Alton29 Roberts, Oliver James30 Shenton, Oliver31 Shepherd, Thomas Roy32 Skapetis, Petros33 Smith, Liam James34 Strong, Curtis35 Taylor, Joel36 Thomas, Adam Christopher37 Vassell, Theo Gary Carlstan38 Ward, Charlie39 Waring, George Philip40 Watkins-Clark, Mason Bradley41 Wells, Toby42 Weston-Hayles, Charles-Anthony Noel43 Wheeler, Elliot Peter44 Williams, Josh Aston45 Yao, Abodje Freddy Brucelast_img read more

HEARTBREAK FOR BRAVE DONEGAL IN ALL-IRELAND MINOR FINAL

first_imgDonegal fans on Hill 16 for today’s double header against Kerry.Donegal 1-10 Kerry 0-17Donegal have failed to win their first All-Ireland minor football title despite a brave fight against Kerry in today’s final at Croke Park.Declan Bonner’s young side did themselves and their county proud giving the hot favourites a real scare when losing out by four points. Trailing by six points half way through the second half, Donegal roared back to within a point and were unlucky not to go in front, Kerry goalkeeper Ryan pulling off several brilliant saves to maintain his side’s narrow lead.Donegal, making their first ever appearance in a minor final, took an early lead against the favourites when Brennan tapped over the first point of the game.The Kingdom hit back with two points to lead by a single score after five minutes but Declan Bonner’s youngsters bounced back and led by 0-03 to 0-02 when McGonagle put over the bar from 50 metres.After keeper Shane Ryan reacted brilliantly to deny a Donegal goal, Kerry put over two unanswered points to lead by 0-05 to 0-03 after 15 minutes. Both sides exchanged points to keep two between at the break.Dublin started the second half the much brighter and raced into a four point with 35 minutes gone.Both sides exchanged points before Kerry wasted several good scoring chances to extend the lead before John Campbell ended an excellent Donegal move to reduce the deficit.After Jamie Brennan struck a Kerry post, the Kingdom broke and regained their four point lead.Two long distance points, one a free from keeper Ryan, put Kerry six points in front with 11 minutes left. A brilliant Brennan goal brought Donegal back into the game two minutes later, his left foot shot giving Ryan no chance.Harley reduced the deficit to  two points a minute later.Ryan produced a brilliant save to prevent a Donegal goal as Kerry started to crack under consistent  pressure.A brilliant long distance free from Lorcan Connor made a one point game with six minutes to go. However, Kerry settled themselves in the dying minutes to put over three unanswered points to put them four ahead.Ryan pulled off another brilliant save in the dying seconds.At the final whistle,Declan Bonner’s youngsters were given a standing ovation by the thousands of Donegal fans.Now, it’s over the Jim McGuinness and his senior side. Come on, Donegal !!!HEARTBREAK FOR BRAVE DONEGAL IN ALL-IRELAND MINOR FINAL was last modified: September 21st, 2014 by johngerardShare 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:donegalfinalFootballHeartbreakKerryMinorlast_img read more

Groves set for rematch with Anderson

first_imgGeorge Groves will defend his British super-middleweight title in a rematch against Kenny Anderson at Wembley Arena on Saturday 16 March.The unbeaten Hammersmith fighter, who also holds the Commonwealth belt, was given a tough time by Anderson when they clashed in November 2010.Groves endured some worrying moments and was floored before battling back to stop the Scot in the sixth round of an explosive fight in Manchester.Double champion Groves is unbeaten in his 14 fights.It is the 29-year-old Anderson’s only defeat in his 15 professional contests and he has secured a rematch after the British Boxing Board of Control installed him as the mandatory challenger.Their second encounter takes places 10 days before Groves’ 24th birthday and will give an indication of how far the Londoner has progressed since beating Anderson.He beat bitter local rival James DeGale on a majority points decision last May to take the British title, and ended 2011 with a two-round demolition of former champion Paul Smith.But he continues to be criticised for being too easy to hit and was caught with a crunching right during his brief fight with Smith, which was also at Wembley Arena.A second victory over Anderson could pave the way for another grudge match with DeGale or a possible world title shot later this year.Promoter Frank Warren won the purse bids to stage the fight, which Anderson wanted to take place in his home city of Edinburgh.Related stories and features:Injury rules Groves out of Liverpool fightA work in progressI’m not world class – yetGroves blasts away Smith at Wembley‘Ugly kid’ looks the partDeGale eyes rematch with ‘chicken’ GrovesLet history decideOnes to watch in 2012 Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

Social Networking For Authors & Overcoming The Rejection Slip

first_imgNot a Novel IdeaThere are many other social networks for writers on the Web. So getting new users is going to be nearly as much of a challenge for Moysidis as getting a publisher to notice her debut novel.But according to Moysidis, most of the existing social networks for authors are geared towards helping writers self-publish. Writer’s Bloq is all about helping new writers get the attention of publishing houses. Which begs the question: how will Writer’s Bloq attract publishing industry people to the network?Moysidis replied that Writer’s Bloq is starting out with a focus on writers, but it intends to open up to publishers officially at a later date. In the meantime, she said that industry professionals are already registering… as writers. Many in the industry are budding writers themselves.Like any new social network, Writer’s Bloq has a very tough road ahead of it. The key is to get network effects going, in other words get more and more writers – and ideally publishing industry people too – signed up and using the site regularly. Easier said than done. But Writer’s Bloq has a great design, enthusiastic early users and a Kickstarter project (see video below) to raise money for offline meetups – cleverly called “bloqparties.”Perhaps most importantly, Writer’s Bloq has a passionate, focused founder in Nayia Moysidis. Whose ultimate goal, by the way, is still to get her first novel published. The first thing that struck me about Writer’s Bloq when I signed up for a nosey, was the crisp and clean design. Goodreads could learn a thing or two from that.Writer’s Bloq has two main sections: a writing section and a reading section. As with any social network, it’s advisable to have a look around first before posting your own content. There are many ways you can discover the writing of others – by genre, format, status (published or unpublished), or tags.You can choose to read a piece immediately, or save it for later. You can also send it to your Kindle. The staples of social networks are all there: comments, likes, sharing via Facebook and Twitter, the option to subscribe to the author. What’s In It For WritersWriter’s Bloq is clearly very early in its evolution – there isn’t a huge amount of activity on the site right now. That is of course the problem every new social network has. Goodreads is at the opposite end of the social network spectrum. It’s a mature social network that reached its tipping point a few years ago and is now in the midst of mainstreaming (10 million users and counting!).So the challenge for Writer’s Bloq is to get its core user base – budding writers and people in the publishing industry – to sign up. I asked Nayia Moysidis why new writers should post their work on Writer’s Bloq. Why not just self-publish, if they aren’t able to land a traditional publisher? She replied that when writers submit a manuscript to a publisher, essentially they are after the following three things:Editing and serious feedback on their work.Marketing.Validation.Writers can’t get those things by self-publishing, said Moysidis. The aim of Writer’s Bloq is to give writers a better opportunity to attract publishers. They can promote their work on Writer’s Bloq and get feedback from peers – and perhaps even from publishers sniffing around the site. The community helps self-select the best writing, through ratings and comments. 4 Keys to a Kid-Safe App richard macmanus Yesterday I reviewed the leading social network for book readers, Goodreads. In the second post in my Social Books series, I’m checking out a brand new social network for book writers. Called Writer’s Bloq, it was founded by a young wannabe writer from New York named Nayia Moysidis. In a phone interview, I discovered that Moysidis, a graduate of Columbia University’s creative writing program, started Writer’s Bloq because of the frustrations she encountered trying to get her first novel noticed by publishers. She’d sent 93 individualized letters to publishing houses, but only received a few generic rejection letters in response.Like many entrepreneurs, Moysidis is a very determined person. After being largely ignored by publishers, her next step was to take an intern job at Simon & Schuster. There she was dismayed to find her very own novel – submitted under a pen name – in the slush pile! On the plus side, Moysidis saw first hand that it was impossible for a publishing house like Simon & Schuster to pick up every book sent to them. They simply receive too many manuscripts.After seeing the writer submission process from the other side, Moysidis concluded that publishers are so overwhelmed that they aren’t discovering enough new talent. She felt that writers needed a better way to try and get noticed, which ultimately would help publishers too. So she created Writer’s Bloq, a wonderfully named social network where writers can post snippets of their work and network with others in the industry. Tags:#Reviews#web 5 Outdoor Activities for Beating Office Burnout Related Posts 9 Books That Make Perfect Gifts for Industry Ex… 12 Unique Gifts for the Hard-to-Shop-for People…last_img read more

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