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Union Slate-Gate!

first_img“Last Trinity, I was incredibly proud to serve as a Member of Standing Committee – elected on a manifesto pledging to push for the abolition of slates. After months of effort, we passed a trial ban last term – yet the actions of the Librarian have robbed the Membership of the promised Referendum that was due to occur. The Oxford Union Brendan McGrath have been contacted for comment. In his resignation speech, Williams declared that “it had shocked me that our Librarian had seeked [sic] to subvert the express will of the membership, conning potentially dozens of other candidates to satisfy his desire for the presidency. Williams then formally tendered his letter of resignation to the President, before exiting the chamber. This means that the previous trial slate ban is no longer in place, and the changes made last term (including the provision for a poll of the members on getting rid of slates next term) are rendered invalid. The Returning Officer also ruled that changes made to Rule 33 last term are also invalid, and that a number of rulings in response to the trial ban will now need to be reissued by the Returning Officer. (2) A Private Business Motion at a Public Business Meeting towhich Rule 67(b)(iv) or Rule 67(b) (v) applies; Members of the Oxford Union have called for the impeachment of Librarian, Brendan McGrath, following calls for his removal by former Chief of Staff Ray Williams, who resigned on Thursday night in protest of the Union’s decision to overturn the trial ban of slates. “The problem comes when someone tries to dupe everyone into following one set of agreed upon Rules and then blindsiding them. That’s neither fair play nor is it democratic and for me that was one dodgy Union move too far.” On Thursday afternoon, the Union’s Returning Office, Liam Frahm, issued a ruling in which he said that: “On Friday 1st February, Brendan McGrath, the Librarian, officially requested a Ruling into the validity of the trial ban on electoral pacts from MT18.”“Having investigated the Librarian’s allegations, I can firstly confirm that the MT18 Motion was passed without either Rule 67(b)(iv) or Rule 67(b)(v) being invoked.” “I have always been a believer that slates, although not wrong in principle, in recent times at the Union have degenerated by ambition and betrayal, and have toxified our elections. (3) Other PrivateBusiness Motions at a Public Business Meeting or any Special Adjournment Motion, as under Rule 45; “Therefore, as executive seniority is determined by the method by which the Rule is introduced and the HT15 rule was passed with greater seniority than the MT18 rules change, Rule 73 requires that the HT15 rules change take precedence over the MT18 private business motion that introduced rule 33e is ruled invalid.” “I am confident that despite my departure the Standing Committee and Senior Appointed Officials will be more than capable with ensuring the smooth running of this term’s events, which the Membership deserve more than anything.” “Given the circumstances, I cannot in good conscience continue to serve as Chief of Staff. Therefore, please accept my letter of resignation, effective immediately. (6) A motion of an Ordinary or Emergency Standing Committee;center_img He continued: “Having consulted the MT18 Standing Committee Minutes and unequivocally knowing that no requisition was posted, this Motion did not have special attention applied to it. Ray Williams told Cherwell: “‘I would never criticise someone for merely running on or forming a slate in an election where that is legal and expected. “Therefore, the Motion holds executive seniority of (3) as special attention applied to it. Therefore, the Motion holds executive seniority of (3) as outlined in Rule 73(A).”He therefore concluded that “Having established a conflict in the rules, Rule 73 requires that precedence is granted to the rule with greater executive seniority. (5) The Returning Officer, for the purposes of their duty only, as defined in Rule 32(e) only; (7) A motion of a Vacation Standing Commit-tee.” Rule 73 says “In the event of a conflict over a decision concerning a particular policy or the implementation of a particular policy, or concerning amendments to the Rules or Standing Orders, and the Rules and Standing Orders are otherwise silent, the following shall take precedence in the following order of seniority:(1) A Poll of Members as under Rule 47(f); In Williams’ resignation letter, seen exclusively by Cherwell, he said “When you offered me this position, I was honoured to accepted, [sic] believing you to be, as I am, firmly committed to reform and progress in the Union. “I had previously believe [sic] that the best way to bring about change was from the outside, but under your Presidency, I thought things would be different. McGrath raised an objection to the Union’s RO last Friday, calling for a ruling on whether the trial slate ban was invalid because the manner in which the ban was enacted was not of significant seniority in the Union’s rule-making process to overturn the 2015 rule reintroducing slates. Williams, who was the initial proposer of the trial ban, earlier issued an objection to the Returning Officer’s ruling invalidating the ban, but this was rejected. (4) A Private Business Motion at a Private Business Meeting; “I cannot continue to serve as Chief off Staff in these circumstances. I thus support the impeachment of the Librarian which is being brought before the Standing Committee as I speak.” “However, the recent action of the Librarian, as reported to the press, does not only fly in the face of the democratic principles upon which the Oxford Union was founded, but also risk doing enormous damage to the Union as an institution; the relationship between its Committee and Membership; and its enduring reputation. Slates, the groups in which members of the Union stand for election, were banned in Michaelmas this year after a lengthy campaign. They were reintroduced in 2015 as part of a package of sweeping changes to the Union’s electoral rules, and are banned in the Cambridge Union.last_img read more

D-Patrick Donates Van to Mesker Park Zoo & Botanic Garden

first_imgMesker Park Zoo & Botanic Garden will have a new vehicle to use thanks to the generosity of D-Patrick Ford. The van will be used for community outreach and education programs and is fully wrapped with the Zoo’s logo.Zoo Director Amos Morris says, “We are so grateful for the support of D-Patrick. This van will allow us to broaden our outreach into the community. People that might not be able to visit the Zoo can connect with animals and nature.  The Zoo is excited to broaden our exposure out in the community with the support of D-Patrick”.D-Patrick Ford will present the vehicle to the Zoo at 2:30PM at the main entrance of Mesker Park Zoo & Botanic Garden. The van will be on display through the weekend during the Boo at the Zoo event. FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailSharelast_img read more

Tourism is Robust in Cape May County

first_imgDiane Wieland, Director of Tourism for Cape May County. The US economy may still be on the mend, but Cape May County’s main economic engine, tourism, seems to be back in the pink since the Hurricane Sandy induced slump of three years ago.That was the gist of County Director of Tourism Diane Wieland’s presentation last Wednesday night at the League of Municipalities meeting at the Flanders Hotel.Officials from around the county were in attendance for Weiland’s keynote talk, in which she related several key tourism-related economic numbers.Lodging brought in nearly $2.5 billion dollars, she said; food and beverage over 1.4 billion, rentals 1.2 billion, recreation $711 million and transportation $421 million.She also reported a steady growth in the occupancy rate for tourist lodging and a three percent increase in the amount raised by occupancy tax in 2016. Occupancy rate rose 5 percent in the county, a rate more than a full percentage point higher than the national figure.Additionally, total tourism spending rose by 5 percent over 2015, Weiland noted.The League of Municipalities dinner was held at the Flanders Hotel. Most of the elected officials from Cape May County attended and were treated to a glowing report about the state of tourism in the county.As a result of the strong numbers, Cape May County contributed $547 million or $1.49 million per day in state tax revenue, a 2.9 percent increase over 2015.Job creation was up as well, with 26,151 tourism-related jobs, up 1.3 percent over the previous year. Tourism jobs accounted for 43.6 percent of all employment in the County, she noted.In another matter, the public was invited to the inaugural event of Cape May County’s year-long celebration of its 325th Anniversary.  The Sons of Colonial Wars will unveil a plaque commemorating the first European settlement of Cape May County.  It will take place on Friday, March 31 at 1 p.m. at the Cape May-Lewes Ferry Terminal.Persons interested in attending should RSVP by calling (609)465-1066.last_img read more

At his own speed

first_imgThose who take an evening stroll through Harvard’s Tercentenary Theatre this week will likely encounter an ethereal projection on the façade of Widener Library: a triptych of dancers who appear to be floating above the main entrance.“Slow Dancing,” a spellbinding art installation using three large screens, is part of Harvard’s annual arts celebration, Arts First, and is the brainchild of artist David Michalek, who discussed his work Friday at Boylston Hall.To create the series of slow-motion video portraits, Michalek captured each subject’s movement (approximately five seconds long) with a high-speed, high-definition camera recording at 1,000 frames per second (standard film captures 30 frames per second). The result is approximately 10 minutes of extreme slow motion. Since its premiere at New York City’s Lincoln Center Festival in 2007, “Slow Dancing” has traveled to London, Paris, and, most recently, the Hague before arriving at Harvard this spring.“Slow Dancing” at Lincoln Center (2007). Photo by Jennifer TaylorWhile the world has become increasingly obsessed with speed, said the discussion’s moderator, Giuliana Bruno, Harvard professor of visual and environmental studies, an “aesthetic of slowness” has taken hold in recent years. She asked Michalek to comment on his choice of capturing the movements of dancers in super slow-motion.The artist said his piece was inspired in large part by Bill Viola’s “The Greeting,” a video work depicting an exchange between three women in extreme slow-motion. Michalek encountered the work at an exhibit at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art in 1997.“It was a really amazing experience to see what otherwise looked like a photograph, but ever so slowly animated and given the element of time. And it was a revelation, and I thought, ‘Someday I want to touch that myself.’”Later, when he met his future wife, Wendy Whelan, a principal dancer with the New York City Ballet, he returned to the idea, inspired by her artistry and eager to capture her “invisible world” of dance.Michalek acquired a high-speed camera, one marketed to golfers to help them analyze their swings, and started to experiment in his living room to capture an image that “moved at the pace of the clouds.”“Slow Dancing” was introduced into Harvard Yard on Friday. A discussion of the project marked its kickoff, with Harvard President Drew Faust making the opening remarks. Prior to the discussion, Jill Johnson (from left), David Michalek, Faust, Giuliana Bruno, and Jack Megan gathered in Boylston Hall.Eventually, he found an engineering firm developing a digital camera that would allow him to show his subjects playback of their work, and to capture images at the correct speed with a “finely resolved image.”But the product lacked a proper cooling system. Having promised the installation for the fast approaching Lincoln Center Festival, Michalek improvised.“We just put icepacks on it,” he said, “and it worked.”When he showed an early version of the piece to a group of children, he realized he was on to something.“These kids sat, their mouths opened — they were glued to the screen.”That experience prompted ideas about how to present the work in a public space, he said, where he could offer viewers “a contemplative environment in the midst of all of that speed.”Michalek acknowledged that the slowness of the work is at first “tough to watch,” but that as it progresses it inspires viewers to “investigate the parts” of the installation through a type of “self-guided exploration.”Jill Johnson, director of the Office for the Arts’ Dance Program and one of 45 dancers and choreographers enlisted by Michalek, also took part in the conversation. She called the process of trying to “distill what you hope to convey” in the span of five seconds “extraordinary.”“It’s at once a great challenge, but also an opportunity.”The filming also had its lighter moments, said the dancer. She joked that a curled lip, almost imperceptible in real time, lasts an eternity during the slow-moving work.A team of workers installed screens on the columns of Widener Library for the projections of “Slow Dancing.”“You’d [tell yourself], ‘OK, I’ve got to keep track of that.’”Harvard President Drew Faust, who opened the discussion, called the work a “visible reminder of our commitment to the arts, and to their continued advancement here at Harvard and well beyond.”“‘Slow Dancing’ invites us to stop,” Faust said, “and it invites us to look very intensely and deeply.” The work also transports viewers to the artist’s world, she added, one consisting of “a singular experience of time and space that prompts a shift in perception and understanding. A shift that is at the heart of all great art, and of all great learning.”“Slow Dancing” will be on view nightly from 7 to 11 through April 29.last_img read more

Ecuadorean Security Forces Seize Almost 6.5 Tons of Drugs

first_imgBy Guillermo Saavedra/Diálogo November 02, 2020 Nearly 6.5 tons of drugs, including cocaine and marijuana, were seized in less than a week in Ecuador, in 11 operations carried out between September 5-9 the National Police reported in a statement.On September 9, the National Police seized 3.8 tons of marijuana hidden in a truck that was attempting to enter from Colombia through a border crossing in northern Ecuador, with Peru as its final destination, the institution reported. The marijuana found was distributed in more than 3,000 packages, hidden in false -bottoms found all over the vehicle.In one of the most important blows, during an operation coordinated by the Ecuadorean and Colombian navies, service members seized 1.3 tons of cocaine in a vessel that was sailing near the coastal city of Santa Elena on September 8, the Ecuadorean Navy said in a press release. The vessel “was attempting to transport the drug to Central America,” Ecuadorean Interior Minister María Paula Romo said on her Twitter account.During the operation, units of the Ecuadorean Navy had to destroy the boat’s false-bottom to remove the cocaine hidden among food supplies and bottled water, the Ecuadorean newspaper El Universo reported. The captain of Salinas Port, Magno Bermeo, told the newspaper that the crew was going to jettison the cocaine in the ocean for it to be collected by another vessel.In another seizure on September 5, the Special Mobile Anti-Narcotics Group and the National Police Canine Unit carried out a joint operation in Imbabura province, where they captured a narcotrafficker who was transporting 298 kilograms of cocaine in a truck that was carrying bags of legumes.During these operations, authorities detained 12 citizens of different nationalities, the National Police reported.According to InSight Crime, an organization that focuses on security threats in Latin America, more than a third of the cocaine produced in Colombia reaches Ecuador. “The drug leaves the country’s ports, coasts, and airports, and from there is sent worldwide, to the United States, Europe, and even Asia and Oceania,” the organization said.Ecuador’s geographic location and other characteristics “provide incentives for transnational organized crime, which takes advantage of the country as a drug transshipment point, a safe haven for logistics, for narcotraffickers to rest and reorganize,” InSight Crime added.last_img read more

Mayor approves Hackney offices

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Beirut monster blast leaves over 100 dead

first_imgThe scale of the destruction was such that the Lebanese capital resembled the scene of an earthquake, with thousands of people left homeless and thousands more cramming into overwhelmed hospitals for treatment. BEIRUT – Rescuers searched for survivors in Beirut yesterday after a cataclysmic explosion at the port sowed devastation across entire neighborhoods, killing more than 100 people, wounding thousands and plunging Lebanon deeper into crisis. Many people were watching and filming with their phones after an earlier and smaller explosion was heard in the port and ignited a fire. In the areas closest to the port, the amount of destruction caused by the long years of civil war between 1975 and 1990 was achieved in a second by a blast that leveled buildings within a radius of several hundred meters. The mushroom-shaped explosion – which seismologists said was logged as the equivalent of a 3.3 magnitude quake – and the scope of the damage drew nuclear analogies in many people’s accounts of the tragedy.center_img The blast, which appeared to have been caused by a fire igniting 2,750 tonnes of ammonium nitrate left unsecured in a warehouse, was felt as far away as Cyprus, some 150 miles to the northwest. The resulting footage, which was widely shared on social media, shows a ball of fire and smoke rising above Beirut and a white shockwave engulfing everything around it. The Red Cross said yesterday morning that more than 100 deaths had been confirmed. It also reported around 4,000 injured, prompting fears that the death toll could rise significantly. (AFP)last_img read more

Spanish FA proposes Barca, Real, others for UCL

first_imgRelatedPosts Aguero could be out of action until November, Guardiola says UCL: Benfica kicked out by player who left club one week earlier + other results MultiChoice unveils sport channels, content line-up The Spanish FA have proposed the clubs they wish to take part in European football next term should the Spanish top flight fail to be completed, but it is set to cause huge controversy.Barcelona, Real Madrid, Sevilla and Real Sociedad are the sides currently in the top four of LaLiga and they have been proposed by Spanish football’s governing body to compete in the Champions League if the division fails to restart, according to Marca.Although there will be little complaint about the inclusion of the top two, the inclusion of Sevilla and Real Sociedad is sure to spark fury from Getafe and Atletico Madrid below them in the table.Just two points separate the four sides, but it is Getafe who will have the most to complain about should they lose out to Sociedad with no further playing action this term.Jose Bordalas’s side would miss out on a first ever appearance in the Champions League on goals scored, due to having the same amount of points and goal difference than Sociedad.Worse still, LaLiga’s first tie-breaker rule is head-to-head which Getafe lead having won 2-1 at Real Sociedad earlier in the season.But the rule does not come into effect until both matches have taken place, meaning Getafe would have to settle for a Europa League spot.They would be joined in the competition by Atletico Madrid, who knocked European champions Liverpool out of the Champions League in their last match before the coronavirus pandemic shut the game down across Europe.Meanwhile, Athletic Bilbao would also seal a Europa League spot courtesy of reaching the Copa del Rey final, with opponents Real Sociedad having already gained a Champions League place.However should the game eventually be played and they lose, the place would revert to seventh place in LaLiga table which is currently held by Valencia.No decision has yet been taken on how the Spanish season will end.Despite the European places having been proposed, there is still no decision on how the title race between Barca and Real Madrid as well as the relegation battle will be resolved if the the top flight is not completed.Tags: Spanish FAUEFA Champions Leaguelast_img read more

DOH: First Vaping Death Confirmed in Florida

first_imgThe Florida Department of Health has confirmed its first death from vaping.So far this year, there have been 27 cases of people developing lung injuries associated with vaping in the sunshine state.On Wednesday, the Georgia Department of Public Health also reported one death from vaping bringing the total number nationwide to 11.Nine other deaths have been identified as part of this outbreak — two in California, two in Kansas, and one each in Illinois, Indiana, Minnesota, Missouri and Oregon.As of last week, at least 530 cases of lung injury associated with the use of e-cigarettes or vaping products have been reported to the CDC.New cases are being confirmed daily and the CDC expects the number of vaping-related illnesses reported this week to be “hundreds higher” than last week, said Dr. Anne Schuchat, principal deputy director of the CDC, during a House Energy and Commerce subcommittee hearing on Wednesday.A specific cause of the outbreak remains unknown, but all reported cases of lung injury have a history of e-cigarette use or vaping.Florida’s health department has reported the first death in state associated with vaping, there have been 27 lung injury cases in the state attributed to vaping. https://t.co/2BZvzKJCJb— CBS4 Miami (@CBSMiami) September 26, 2019last_img read more

ODI series bowls off today in Antigua … Windies hoping for bright start against fifth-ranked England

first_imgST JOHN’S, Antigua (CMC) – West Indies will attempt to turn the page on their recent ordinary form and make a bright start to their first series of the year, when they take on favourites England in the first One-Day International of a three-match tour here today.The Caribbean side enter the contest at the Vivian Richards Cricket Stadium with a pretty dismal record in recent months, with just a single win in their last seven outings and four in 14 ODIs last year.Not surprisingly, they lie ninth in the ICC one-day rankings, a factor that caused them to miss out for the first time on qualification for this year’s Champions Trophy.In contrast, England are ranked fifth, and arrive in the Caribbean with just four defeats in their last 16 outings. They will also be seeking to reinforce their recent dominance over West Indies which has seen them win every bilateral series over the last 10 years.West Indies captain Jason Holder told reporters here yesterday that while there was a gap between the two teams, his side would be focused on executing and making consistent steps forward, as they seek to rebuild.“They are ranked higher than we. We’ve obviously got some way to go in terms of catching up and going up in the rankings,” Holder pointed out.“We just want to tick off our process boxes in terms of what we set out to achieve as a group. Our main thing is to be a lot more consistent than we have been in the past and I think once we do that we could be moving in the right direction.”He continued: “We’re taking it game by game. I think it is important we deal with England first (rather than think too far ahead). It’s our first series of the year, they are coming off a tough series in India as well, so they will be looking to improve their performances from their last series and likewise we will be looking to do the same.”Holder said the series against England would mark a reset for West Indies, as the side attempted to put the recent disappointments behind them, especially in the wake of the Champions Trophy debacle.And with the 2019 World Cup looming in the distance, the 25-year-old all-rounder said his unit were aware of the need to string together strong performances but stressed the process began with a productive outing against the English.“We’re not in the Champions Trophy (but) it gives us more time to reflect, gives us more time to get things in order in moving forward and then we look obviously towards the World Cup,” he explained.“We need to qualify for the World Cup and it’s our goal to qualify for the World Cup but we have to take it stage by stage and our first engagement is England.”Still grappling with the abrupt firing of their coach Phil Simmons, West Indies were swept 3-0 by Pakistan in the United Arab Emirates last October.They also struggled the following month during the Tri-Nations campaign in Zimbabwe which also involved Sri Lanka, winning their first game convincingly but then bizarrely managing a tie and two narrow defeats in their remaining games, to be eliminated.Holder put the Tri-Nations struggles down to inexperience and said this could be only addressed by continuing to play together a unit.“We had some new faces coming on to the end of last year in our series in Zimbabwe. I thought we had a pretty decent series,” he noted.“I think one of the major factors which hurt us probably was the inexperience and it’s just a situation where the more cricket we play together, I think the better we become.”For all of the Windies’ one-day woes, just under a year ago they were celebrating their second capture of the Twenty20 World Cup in India.Ironically, it was England who suffered their wrath in the final and even though the achievement remained a poignant one, Holder said it was time to scale new heights especially in the other formats.“It’s gone. We’ve obviously celebrated that. It was a wonderful achievement that happened a while back now so it’s important for us to move on, not dwell on it,” stressed Holder.“Obviously not forget it but we need to move on and understand that we need to improve our positioning in the rankings, in ODI cricket first and obviously Test cricket.”What West Indies lack in experience, they will make up for in talent, with the likes of Evin Lewis, Kraigg Brathwaite, Shai Hope, Rovman Powell, Jason Mohammed, Alzarri Joseph – all with less than 10 ODIs – included in the 13-man squad.SQUADS:WEST INDIES – Jason Holder (captain), Devendra Bishoo, Carlos Brathwaite, Kraigg Brathwaite, Jonathan Carter, Shannon Gabriel, Shai Hope (wkp.), Alzarri Joseph, Evin Lewis, Jason Mohammed, Ashley Nurse, Kieran Powell, Rovman Powell.ENGLAND – Eoin Morgan (captain), Moeen Ali, Jonny Bairstow, Sam Billings, Jos Buttler (wkp.), Tom Curran, Liam Dawson, Steven Finn, Alex Hales, Liam Plunkett, Adil Rashid, Joe Root, Jason Roy, Ben Stokes, Chris Woakes.last_img read more

New Zealand consign India to first ODI whitewash in 22 years

first_imgNEW ZEALAND consigned India to their first bilateral ODI whitewash in more than 22 years, riding on the efforts of a second-string attack missing Trent Boult, Lockie Ferguson and Matt Henry. Hamish Bennett’s four-for and some tight bowling around him made sure India managed only 296, despite their biggest gain of the series: a middle-order core of KL Rahul and Shreyas Iyer.New Zealand made the chase seem more difficult than it should have been after a 106-run opening stand between Henry Nicholls and Martin Guptill. Regular wickets, though, brought back memories of the T20I series debacle, but Tom Latham and a charmed Colin de Grandhomme saw them through from 220 for 5.India might have lost the ODI series, but in Rahul they have solidified a No. 5 to fill the hole left by Yuvraj Singh and MS Dhoni.Rahul had already shown he could hit hard, hit from ball one and hit for a long time, but yesterday, he rescued India from 62 for 3 to score his fourth ODI century.(Scores: New Zealand 300 for 5 (Nicholls 80, Guptill 66, de Grandhomme 58*, Chahal 3-47) beat India 296 for 7 (Rahul 112, Iyer 62, Bennett 4-64) by five wickets.)And he did so without eating up balls at the start of his 113-ball 112. Rahul stayed at the wicket for 34.3 overs during which time India scored 207 for 2. Around that stay, though, New Zealand – not great in the field, mind you – managed to cause enough damage to restrict India to 296 for 7 despite the score reading 269 for 4 in the 47th over.If the similarities were not enough already, Rahul joined Rahul Dravid as the only India wicketkeeper with an ODI century outside Asia. Both were naturalised wicketkeepers who batted below their preferred position to suit the team’s needs.Incidentally, the last time an India batsman scored a hundred from No. 5 or lower was when Dhoni and Yuvraj were batting together, in January 2017 against England. That Cuttack ODI was also the last time India had crossed 290 with the top three’s contribution being under 20%. Not just Rahul, Nos 4 and 6 around him played their role: Iyer scored a near-run-a-ball 62, and Manish Pandey made sure the runs kept coming with his 42 off 48 from 162 for 4.The day, though belonged to the New Zealand bowlers. Kyle Jamieson continued his impressive beginning by bowling Mayank Agarwal early, beating the outside edge after having gone past the inside one in the previous game. Virat Kohli played an uncharacteristic innings, getting beaten by wide deliveries early before hitting out to only the seventh ball he faced.This was the earliest he had hit a six in India’s innings. Kohli’s innings didn’t continue for long, though, as he cut Bennett straight to third man. Prithvi Shaw, looking in great touch once again, gave it away by running himself out, bringing in Rahul to join Iyer.During their last partnership, in the first ODI of this series, Rahul had sort of carried Iyer, but here Iyer was in better touch. He still kept hitting the ball in the air but never fell too far behind the 100 strike rate. Rahul looked imperious from the time he walked in, square-driving the second ball he faced for four. New Zealand turned to de Grandhomme and James Neesham soon after the early exchanges just like they had done in the first ODI.Runs kept trickling with a Neesham short delivery stopped at Iyer, who could only pop up a catch to short midwicket. The two added 100 in 110 deliveries.Mitchell Santner missed a run-out of Rahul on 64, and Pandey on 35 but did a good job of keeping a lid on the scoring. From the 39th to the 46th over, India hit only one boundary. There was a slightly strange element of risk aversion for a side only four down.When Rahul took the risk in the 47th over, Jamieson dropped him at long-off. Bennett, though, got his due reward with a similar chance next ball, with Jamieson hanging on this time. Pandey chose the next ball to try to hit a six, and even he could go only as far as long-on. Bennett’s mix of wide lines, hard lengths and knuckle balls worked well and only 86 came in the last 12 overs.It took New Zealand a little over 12 overs at the start to score those 86. Guptill took apart Navdeep Saini and also took a 10-run over off Jasprit Bumrah, who went wicket-less in the series. It was eventually the leg-spin of Yuzvednra Chahal that dragged India back into the contest.Guptill fell to a ripper, but Kane Williamson and Ross Taylor chipped up soft catches to give India a look-in. Nicholls, consistently impressive as a naturalised opener, failed to convert yet again and fell 20 short of a hundred. Neesham took a fair go at a half-volley from Chahal but found Kohli at midwicket. Against the run of play, it was 77 runs required with the last recognised pair in.With Latham rock-solid at one end, de Grandhomme chanced his arm as soon as he came in. A mis-hit fell short of a deep fielder, two less-than-ideal hits just about cleared the fence, and New Zealand were off again. Latham remained unbeaten on a soothing 32 off 34. (ESPN Cricinfo)last_img read more

Calvinaugh Jones finds stability at D-II Concord after numerous housing relocations

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on September 24, 2015 at 9:14 pm Contact Sam: [email protected] | @Sam4TR Calvinaugh Jones stepped out of the car he’d been in for 16 hours and dropped his duffel full of clothes onto the curb.He and his brother-in-law, Eric Jackson, had left West Virginia at 2 a.m. and driven to Dallas, Jones’ new home for the next 12 weeks.Jones shook hands with Clode Tatum, Jackson’s old army buddy, and walked into the house. Jones swapped chores and paid rent for the opportunity to train alongside established NFL running backs at the Michael Johnson Performance Center in McKinney, Texas.Jones, a senior at Division II Concord University in Athens, West Virginia, is coming off a first-team All-American season in 2014 when he rushed for 1,734 yards. At the end of the season, he decided to move from Maryland to Texas in hopes of becoming better, maybe NFL material, and he took the lessons from his childhood with him. This season, Jones has 208 all-purpose yards in three games. Jones never lived in one place longer than two years, which made finding friends difficult but focusing on football easier. While Texas felt foreign, the journey was familiar.“When he got out of school when he was younger, we just packed up and moved,” his mother Regina Jones said. “I was like a gypsy mom.”AdvertisementThis is placeholder textJones moved 12 times before high school, mostly within Wisconsin and Minnesota. As a seventh grader in Minnesota, Jones ran well in a rec league and coaches from a local powerhouse high school program noticed. Jones imagined success there, but was disappointed when the family moved again.His father, Calvin Jones, inherited a house in Macon, Georgia after Calvinaugh’s grandmother died. The Jones’ arrived too late for Calvinaugh to start football. When the family miscalculated how much the house would cost, they sold it and moved again. He began his high school career in Maryland and became an all-conference running back.“I keep moving, but football is my constant,” Jones said.Jones escaped loneliness in Texas through football. He trained five days per week, usually 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., working on upper body two days, lower body two days and taking a lighter day with yoga. He played in seven-on-sevens late Monday nights with Ronnie Braxton, who also trains NFL Pro Bowlers.He had one friend from Concord he saw occasionally. He learned independence and that people would come in and out of his life when he moved so much, he said. In seventh grade, when a friend started smoking marijuana, Jones disassociated himself, Calvin Jones said, because he didn’t want to hurt his chances with football.“I have good friends, but I wouldn’t say I made lifelong friends because of the moving,” Jones said. “It helped me a little (not to be close with anyone) because I just focused on football.”Jones didn’t know many people in Texas, but he knew the men ahead of him in running back drills at the performance center. Jones watched how NFL players like Darren McFadden, Jerry Hughes and Knile Davis trained. How Ameer Abdullah pumped his arms even while running slow and how he kept his feet shoulder-width for balance and quick cuts. Jones, who wanted to improve his pass-catching, took note of how quickly the NFL guys turned their heads after completing a route.Jones was the only collegiate player to line up for reps with pros, his trainer Drew Cuffee said. Players from Baylor and Football Championship Series schools also trained there. Cuffee praised Jones’ receptiveness and consistency. Jones didn’t miss one work out all summer.When Jackson returned to Texas, he noticed defined biceps, thicker legs and bulkier shoulders. Jones’ body fat slimmed from 12 percent to seven.Jones knows the NFL is a longshot, especially for a Division II athlete. However, Cuffee, a former Division II defensive back at Abilene Christian, had five teammates make the NFL, one of whom started 128 games in an eight-year career.“I can see the difference between NFL talent and not NFL talent,” Cuffee said. “(Jones) has the potential to get there. He’s put himself in a position.”This spring, Jones will try to turn pro, but his success is far from guaranteed.Only one thing is for sure. If a professional chance presents itself, no matter where it is, he’ll take it.He won’t mind moving. Commentslast_img read more

Veteran’s Day special: Six Vietnam buddies get reacquainted with one another 44 years later

first_img Close Forgot password? Please put in your email: Send me my password! Close message Login This blog post All blog posts Subscribe to this blog post’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Subscribe to this blog’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Follow the discussion Comments (2) Logging you in… Close Login to IntenseDebate Or create an account Username or Email: Password: Forgot login? Cancel Login Close WordPress.com Username or Email: Password: Lost your password? Cancel Login Dashboard | Edit profile | Logout Logged in as Admin Options Disable comments for this page Save Settings Sort by: Date Rating Last Activity Loading comments… You are about to flag this comment as being inappropriate. Please explain why you are flagging this comment in the text box below and submit your report. The blog admin will be notified. Thank you for your input. +5 Vote up Vote down crusader pride · 300 weeks ago Awesome story cue. Thank you and thanks to these six fine gentlemen. Report Reply 0 replies · active 300 weeks ago +6 Vote up Vote down SumnerRes · 300 weeks ago Great story! I never knew Eldon was a Veteran but respect him even more now! Thanks for sharing and thank you Eldon for serving our country! So happy you got to see all your military buddies again! Awesome! Report Reply 0 replies · active 300 weeks ago Post a new comment Enter text right here! Comment as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments Comments by IntenseDebate Enter text right here! Reply as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Cancel Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — Veteran’s Day means different things for different people. For Eldon Lawless of Wellington it is a reminder that you’re never too old to reunite with military friends.Lawless served Vietnam for a year in 1970— partially in Saigon and six months at Phu Bai, South Vietnam at Firebase Sally. And 44 years later, thanks to the magic of Internet, he reunited with his friends, who were so much part of his life for more than six months.After graduating from Kansas State University, Lawless enlisted in the military and would eventually become part of a battalion whose missions were aiming large guns at prearranged targets. While they weren’t in direct battle conflict much like those who crawled through rice patties or spent months in the wet humid jungle, they most certainly saw their fair share of warfare.And in those six months, these six men would share the bunker, engage in battle together, eat together, go to sleep together, drink beer together. Their lives were intertwined 24-7.Eldon Lawless, (front, center) in 1970 with his friends Peter Deisch, Ron Summers, Jack Palumbo, Jack Steele, Lt Mike Jepsen, Mike Wilson.Then when their military commitment would end they separated, returned to the states and lived their lives. For Lawless that meant returning to Sumner County to run the family farm. He would eventually become an employee of First National Bank of Wellington – now Impact Bank. He would raise a family and eventually retire.As many do when leaving one world to return to the other, Lawless lost touch with the people he spent so much time with in 1970.But last winter, one of his buddies took the initiative to reacquaint himself with people from year’s past.Lawless was at home spending a quiet evening early this year when his phone rang. He looked at the caller ID and it said “John Steele.”“I was thinking at first don’t answer it,” Lawless said. “I didn’t recognize the number.”But then he remembered he served with a “Jack” Steele and wondered if that could be him and the Caller ID just had the wrong first name. He rolled the dice and picked up the phone. Sure enough, it was him. Steele has been living in North Carolina.In 2014, with a lot more gray hair at the reunion, from left, Gary Helms, Peter Deisch, Eldon Lawless, Jack Steele, Ron Summers, and Mike Jepsen.The battalion was a scattershot of boys from across the United States. Two were farm boys from the Midwest, one was from southern Illinois, two were southern boys and there was a man from Utah.“I was the first he found,” Lawless said of Jack. “It is pretty safe to say I’m the only ‘Eldon Lawless’ in Kansas.”The two talked for quite awhile and they decided that it would be great to find the other four and get the group together for a reunion. The other four were a little harder to locate.“We had a ‘Mike Wilson’ in Illinois to find,” Lawless said. “There were about 1,250 of those.”But eventually the group of men were contacted and all of them were eager for a reunion. They scheduled a trip to southern Missouri at Table Rock Lake in Missouri in late September, where Lawless has a son-in-law who has a lake home.“I think what made us nervous, there was this fear that we wouldn’t have anything to talk about,” Lawless said. “The second we met that fear evaporated. It was like 44 years away from one another had never happened. We were exactly the same except we all are bigger and have gray hair.”Although all six men have become successes in their own right at home, they were eager to reminisce about the old days.Kathryne Steele, Jack’s wife, wrote this in a newspaper article in the North Wilkesboro N.C. Record.“The overriding sentiment was that they were glad they served their country, but wouldn’t want to go back. They did the job they were given without bravado, without shouting, without gnashing of teeth about the unfairness of young lives disrupted.Finally, there was joy. Pure joy at having a shared experience; joy in being alive and able to attend a reunion of fellow soldiers. Joy in renewing friendships and see the value of such friendships. The joy created by being in beautiful natural surroundings especial when one considers the grim surroundings they shared while ‘in country.’”Today, Lawless looks back and smiles. He didn’t particularly care for the war itself and never really talked about it when he returned home. Vietnam vets did not enjoy the accolades that soldiers from other wars received when coming home before or since. It was an unpopular war.“The other day, (fellow banker) Bob Leftwich thanked me for serving in the war,” Lawless said. “That was the first time anyone thanked me for going to Vietnam since I returned. I really appreciated that.”And with that in mind as you celebrate Veteran’s Day, remember those who fought all wars on foreign land – especially those who lived through the battles in Vietnam.Follow us on Twitter.last_img read more

Ivory Coast name team ahead of Uganda Cranes friendly

first_imgParis Saint-Germain defender Serge Aurier and Stoke City forward Wilfried Bony also figured. Ivory Coast squadGoalkeepers: Sylvain Gbohouo (Mazembe/DRC), Mande Sayouba (Stabaek/NOR), Ali Badra Sangaré (Tanda/CIV)Defenders: Eric Bailly (Manchester United/ENG), Serge Aurier (PSG/FRA), Simon Deli (Slavia Prague/CZE), Ousmane Viera Diarrassouba (Adanaspor/TUR), Wilfried Kanon (The Hague/NED), Lamine Koné (Sunderland/ENG), Adama Traoré (Basel/SUI), Bagayoko Mamadou (Saint Truiden/BEL)Midfielders: Geoffrey Serey Dié (Basel/SUI), Victorien Angban(Grenada/ESP), Cheick Doukouré (Metz/FRA), Franck Kessié (Bergamo/ITA), Yao Serge N’Guessan (Nancy/FRA), Jean-Michaël Séri (Nice/FRA)Forwards: Wilfried Bony (Stoke City/ENG), Max-Alain Gradel (Bournemouth/ENG), Jonathan Kodjia (Aston Villa/ENG), Giovanni Sio (Rennes/FRA), Salomon Kalou (Hertha Berlin/GER), Nicolas Pépé (Angers/FRA), Wilfried Zaha (Crystal Palace/ENG) Wilfried Zaha on team to face UgandaIvory Coast warm up with friendlies against Sweden and UgandaAbidjan, Ivory Coast | AFP |A cluster of Premier League stars including Eric Bailly and Wilfried Zaha was named Wednesday in defending champions the Ivory Coast’s 24-player squad for the upcoming Africa Cup of Nations.The Ivory Coast warm up for the defence of their 2015 title with friendlies against Sweden and Uganda (January 11, 2017).At the Nations Cup, Ivory Coast and Togo meet on January 16 in the opening Group C match followed by Democratic Republic of Congo and Morocoo.Zaha, Bailly in Ivory Coast squadCrystal Palace winger Zaha features in the list released by the team’s French manager Michel Dussuyer despite playing two games for England.But as those caps were both in friendlies the 24-year-old remains eligible to line up for the country of his birth.He made it plain to the Ivorian Football Federation in november that he wanted to play for Ivory Coast rather than the Three Lions of Gareth Southgate.Missing from the squad for the tournament in Gabon starting on January 14 was the Elephant’s injured Chinese-based captain Gervinho.center_img Share on: WhatsApplast_img read more

Rooney explodes: “It seemed that the footballers in England were guinea pigs”

first_imgThe suspension of competitions due to the expansion of the pandemic will cause a restructuring of the calendars. The Derby County player proposes on The Times the following: “We would love to play until September if the season continues. It is our job. As long as we know we are safe to play and that it is a safe environment for spectators, we will play. The next World Cup will take place in November and December 2022, so you can really take advantage of this situation to say that we will finish the 2019-2020 season later, and then we will prepare for 2022 starting the next two seasons in winter … “. Wayne Rooney has exploded and has done so against the British football authorities for what he considers to be a clear lack of reaction to suspend matches due to the coronavirus crisis. Last Friday, after learning the positive for the COVID-19 from Mikel Arteta, Arsenal coach, the decision was made in the Islands to stop all football until April 4. “Why do we wait until Friday? Why did Mikel Arteta have to get sick for England to make the right choice?Asks the Derby County player in a column on The Times.“For the players, the staff and their families, the week has been worrying, one in which we have felt a lack of leadership from the government, the FA and the Premier League. After the emergency meeting, the right decision was finally made. Until then, it almost seemed like footballers in England were treated like guinea pigs. “Rononey complained, assuring that he would never have forgiven the English authorities if a member of his family had contracted the virus through him. “The rest of the sport (tennis, Formula 1, rugby, golf, soccer in other countries) was closing and we were told to continue. I think many footballers were wondering: ‘Does this have to do with money?’. Fortunately, football finally made the right decision and we had to suspend. If people’s lives are in danger, it must come first. “last_img read more

‘Early preparation will be key for Azkals’

first_imgVolcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Scientists seek rare species survivors amid Australia flames Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Jo Koy draws ire for cutting through Cebu City traffic with ‘wang-wang’ Truck driver killed in Davao del Sur road accident P16.5-M worth of aid provided for Taal Volcano eruption victims — NDRRMC DUBAI—For a team known to defy odds, the Philippine Azkals look like they would need a miracle to survive their group in the 2019 AFC Asian Cup next year here.But team manager Dan Palami thinks the squad will need something more tangible.ADVERTISEMENT Green group flags ‘overkill’ use of plastic banderitas in Manila Sto. Niño feast Central Asian side Kyrgyzstan, which lost to the Azkals twice in friendly matches in 2016, was also drawn with the Philippines in Group C during the official draw ceremony at Armani Hotel inside the iconic Burj Khalifa here.The top two teams from the six groups and the four best third placed will qualify for the knockout stage.Azkals skipper Phil Younghusband, who was on stage as one of the draw assistants, is already looking forward to the challenge of creating a stir in the continent’s most prestigious football event.“I wanted a World Cup team in there, we got Korea. In China and Kyrgyzstan, we got two teams that we’ve played against and we’re familiar with,” said Younghusband. “This is on another level. This is where we want to be as a football country and hopefully this is just the start.“We’ve been trying to do this  over the last 12 years. We’ve done it before. We’ll have to do the same this time at a higher level so we’ll have to do it against China and South Korea,” added Younghusband. “Anything can happen in football. It’s up to us to take on the challenge.”ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next PH teams fall after brave stand In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ “We [need to] start preparing immediately, talk to sponsors, the Filipino community here,” said Palami. “We will leave no stone unturned in preparing for this tournament.”The way the draw turned out for the Azkals, anything less than ideal preparations would be disastrous.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown“There are no easy draws for a debutant team like the Azkals,” said Palami. “We just have to prepare well. Korea and China would want to be in champions, but we can give them a surprise.”South Korea—a team bound for the World Cup for the ninth straight time in Russia this year—and China, a powerhouse squad that walloped the Azkals in a friendly last year, stand in the way of the Philippines’ hopes of reaching the knockout round of the quadrennial tournament. View comments MOST READ ‘Stop romanticizing Pinoy resilience’last_img read more