TouchWest Award Dos Santos Life Membership

first_imgHenry Dos Santos (pictured with 2005 inductee Karon Boston) was awarded TouchWest Life Membership at the TouchWest 25th Anniversary Ball. Henry has had a long association with the organisation and helped laid the platform for WA being regarded as a leader in the refereeing field.Henry achieved much as a referee in reaching the highest accolade in gaining his Level 6 badge. Henry’s talent was not only on the field but has developed into one of the most respected referee coaches in the country. Henry has helped mentor and develop many WA referee to achieve their goals with around thirteen individuals having their Level 6 now compared to only two when Henry was awarded the honour.Henry continues his work with the technical arm being Panel Advisor to the WA Referee Panel and also a member of the National Referee Panel.Henry is well deserving of this honour, TouchWest thank him for his contribution to the sport and hope that he continues the great work he has done.last_img read more

Pat’s Day Of Fun A Winner

first_imgThe Sunshine Coast Touch Association, Caboolture Touch Association, and the Banks family combined to conduct a unique 5-aside Mixed Touch Tournament and family fun day designed to commemorate the life of Pat Banks, a long time supporter of Touch Football, who sadly passed away 3 weeks ago of a grade four gliboblastoma multiform brain tumour.This was indeed, a tournament with a difference. The cause itself of course, was worthy enough; to help the family off set the considerable medical costs involved in providing the best quality of life possible for Pat, but it was the spirit, genuine good will, and generosity of the gathered throng that really struck a chord with all who were lucky enough to be present on this very special day.People came together to not only honour an exceptional person’s life, but to reach out and support a family that had ridden a roller coaster of emotions in the 50 day period of Pat’s brave but bowed battle with brain cancer.The wide grins, the warm hugs, the sincere words, and heartfelt outpouring of sympathy blanketed the Banks family all day, but most of all it was the positive and fun loving attitude participants adopted that made the day a real winner and did Pat’s optimistic and cheeky sense of humour proudest. The concept for the tournament was born shortly after Pat was diagnosed in March with the most aggressive brain tumour in existence. The idea was to conduct a fundraising day to help offset some of the considerable costs involved in meeting Pat’s medical expenses and maximizing her quality of life.Unfortunately after her brain surgery (conducted during the 2010 National Touch League) a comparative scan revealed Pat’s condition had worsened with the tumour growing back exponentially and the excessive swelling in her temporal parietal lobe skittling all plans for courses of chemotherapy and radiation to take place.Heartbreakingly, Patty’s life expectancy was reduced to just weeks.Pat accepted this shattering reality better than anyone and remained positive and strong, pushing those around her to get on with making the most of every minute, of every day. Her courage and strength was remarkable.Not once during her illness did she complain, if relatives and friends cried in her presence she was the one handing out the tissues.Her ability to laugh and maintain her sense of humour carried her family and friends through the most difficult time imaginable.She spilt hot tea on her foot during her illness and quipped,“Gee Good child (her nickname for me) I hope hell isn’t this hot when I get there!”The plucky 57 year-old mother of three never wasted a drop of life’s precious nectar, and even staged her own “Awake” Party on Easter Sunday whilst she was still alive and able to share time with those she loved, instead of having a wake when she had passed away. She was staying true to her upbeat attitude to life and her conviction that there was never going to be a party without Pat!She had nicknames for everyone, famously calling her Sri Lankan Doctor “Chucker” because he bore a striking resemblance to Sri Lankan cricketer Muttiah Murilitheran who has been accused of “throwing” when he bowls. His sidekick nurse was nicknamed “Catcher” – Chucker & Catcher… always Mum’s way to keep everyone laughing!Pat was famous for her down to earth advice and home spun wisdoms she has proudly ingrained in her children.Her sporting gems included messages of humility in victory: “Nobody likes a skite, don’t get too smart there is always someone better than you!”  In defeat: “Suck a lemon & try again next week,” In the art of perseverance: “Don’t be a pea heart” and her all time favourite quote to help us face the challenges life throws at us, “Puff out those cheeks and pug on!”Pat sadly passed away on the 22ndApril 2010, but with her brave and courageous life example ringing in our ears, and her wish to bring people together, Adam Stevenson GDO for Sunny Coast, and myself,  proceeded with Pat’s vision for this event.Pat was determined that this day was to survive well  into the future after the referee called time on her mortal existence… This day was to be a day when families and friends could come together annually to raise funds for a worthy charity and play touch in a social and friendly atmosphere and enjoy the spirit of competition with good food, drink, and family entertainment.Pat had an amazing positivity and courageous approach to life. Her ability to maintain her grace and dignity under the most trying of circumstances was an inspiration to many, and players participated in the tournament on Sunday with Pat’s life example fresh in their hearts and minds.   This was never going to be a sombre occasion, despite the deep sea of emotion surrounding Pat’s recent death.There was no minute’s silence or black armbands. Pat would never have allowed that. The “Good child” would have copped a clip around the ear hole for that one. Mum loved a party and this was exactly what the guest of honour smiling down from her vantage point in heaven was treated to.  Symbolically, the 17 participating teams, family, and friends opened “Pat’s Party” by releasing yellow balloons skyward (Mum’s favourite colour) on the half way line of the main field with K.D Lang’s beautiful version of “Hallelujah” providing the perfect musical accompaniment.  There was some awesome touch with an innovative format played in near perfect weather conditions, outstanding shows of mateship and sportsmanship, sideline interviews, face painting and hair spraying for the kids, plenty of food and drink, music for a carnival atmosphere, a relay race with a difference, a super sports raffle featuring  personal  and rare items donated by some of the best athletes in Australia, and an atmosphere of pure goodwill that scythed seamlessly through black clouds of gloom to bring bright sunshine and renewed  hope to the human spirit of everyone present.Players participated with smiles on their faces all day and whether it was the wall to wall superstars treating the large crowd to some of the finest array of skills and abilities in the game today, or novices just puffing out the cheeks and pugging on, the day held so much value for everyone.The on field action was fast and furious – self officiated,  5 touches, 5 a-side, 15 minute games that provided players with a unique and fun environment in which to showcase their talents.There was some high level Tippy Tap from the 17 teams involved in the Inaugural event who sported some “cracker” names including “WTFs, Boys & Bitches” “The Ron Burgundies”, and “The Whitest Dogs” (as opposed to the Blackest Cats) to name a few.Enterprising play was the order of the day from some of the legends of our sport and some of the brightest young stars in the game, some spirited efforts from beginners, and even a few referees donned the playing gear to show their support for a wonderful cause.Players of the ilk of 4 time Australian Women’s Open World Cup winner, Sharyn Williams, current Australian Men’s Open maestro Nathan Jones, Sunny Coast’s Men’s Open NTL Captain and long time Australian Men’s Open representative Chris Farrow, Lebanon’s 2007 World Cup hero Sebe Ray, Sunshine Coast’s Australian Women’s Open champion Peta Rogerson, new National Women’s Open squad member Kirsty Quince, Australian Mixed Open superstars Amy Hope, Ben Mc Cullen, Damien Moar and Kurt Nowotny, and experienced representative stars Luke Parker and Tom Quinlivan, were some of the big name players who made the trek to “Cabo” in the name of a worthy cause.Some of the sports outstanding young players were also strutting their stuff with National Youth players such as Justin Otto, Ben “Alphabet” Wieczorek, Ryan Jacks, Oscar Sanft, Belinda Hammett, Kate McCarthy, Alyce Hulbert, Vani Pelite, Nick Pelgrave, Hayley Maddick, and Savannah Pratten taking the field to show that respect and compassion is a trait alive and well in the youth ranks of our sport.Some of the sports’ most respected veteran players also took to the field, names like Brent Madders, Nat Wilkinson, Jason Campbell,  Graham Whyte, Leasha Thouard,  Emma Beattie, Craig Searston and Hayleen Grogan all pulled on the boots to remind us all of their sublime playing abilities.But today was all about participating and having fun and many of the teams featured families and friends coming together. The “Ippy Mixed” team, a social combination featuring many first time players, participated because they wanted to support a worthy cause, and had travelled from Ipswich to Caboolture to play, not knowing a soul. When the Ippy Mixed team were down on numbers, members of the “Whitest Dogs” team showed the way with the sprit that this tournament is built around by helping out and playing with the Ipswich team to support them. The Ippy Mixed team learnt a lot about our sport and made a whole host of new friends into the bargain.Yep, Nathan Jones, Sharyn Williams, and Damian Moar would double as pretty handy substitutions!The play of the day belonged to Sunshine Coast Men’s Open star Ben “Maddog” Maddick of the Ron Burgundies who pulled a backwards somersault in the lead up play to a touchdown in his team’s quarter final plate victory.Players participated in sideline interviews with “The bench” (a series of little chairs lining the sidelines for resting players) becoming the port of call for the relaxed tongue in cheek interviews with a difference.Kate McCarthy’s claim that she had personally home sewed all uniforms for the Magic team and Chris Farrow’s contention that flick pass touchdowns should be worth extra points were hard to beat. WTF’s Graham Hewitt’s commented that his team’s best chance of victory was keeping him off the field, and Alyce Hulbert and boyfriend Ryan Jacks had a running battle to see who could score the most touchdowns for the day, the sight of one the nicest couples in touch pushing each other out of the way to support an acting half runner in the in goal area providing much merriment to all.We asked Ben “Boozer” Mc Cullen from “The Whitest Dogs” (the little big man of touch) to stand up for his interview, then realized he was, and hastily asked for volunteers to lend their shoulders for “Booster” to stand on.Ty Gilchrist, a recently crowned National Boxing champion, pulled on the Bribie Warrigals jersey and showed some impressive form, but gave many kudos to his coaching partner in the Warrigals Women’s Rugby League team, Pete Shefford, also an Australian Youth Assistant Coach who pulled the boots out for this very special occasion. Pete even managed an impressive sidestep, there is no truth to the rumour he was just trying to get to the side of the field that housed the canteen.  Quote of the day though went to Belinda “Bindoss” Hammett from QUT…Question: “So Bindoss, are you getting your face painted?”“Sure am, just as long as they don’t make me look like a dragon queen”… Ahhh that would be drag queen, but no problem Bindi!The extended Banks family manned the canteen and kept the troops fed and watered all day, and cousin Raeleigh Goodwin had the face painting and hair colouring booth doing a roaring trade.Alyce ‘The Rat Hulbert” with her tiger face, just shaded Ryan Hartwig, sporting a pretty impressive “Spiderman” for face paint of the day.Lily and Ella Searston (aged 5 and 4) stepped up as face painting artists with the “Uncos” Vani Pelite and Paige Parker following Bindi Hammett’s lead in allowing the “little people” to paint their faces!A dump/scoop 5 a-side team relay over 20 metres was conducted with the Sunshine Coast young guns “Uncos” stealing a close victory over the highly fancied “Neptune” combination.There were many highlights, but players all agreed that the best part of the day was the self officiating.Former National representative Brent Madders from the “Renegades” team claimed self-officiating was a masterstroke.“It’s been a brilliant day. Not having the referees has made the game flow really well. Everyone has entered into the spirit of it all and has had a ball. Lots of fun out there, and the sportsmanship and good will have been fantastic,” Brent said.The four pools progressed during the morning, then after the relay and lunch; teams were divided into Cup and Plate sections for the finals series.In the semi finals of the Pat Banks Memorial Cup “Neptune” and “The Whitest Dogs” battled hard in what was arguably the match of the day, with Neptune winning a cracker 8-6.In the other semi-final “Magic” got up 5-3 over one of our favourite named teams, “Boys & Bitches” who were worthy, if surprise semi-finalists.The Pat Banks Memorial Charity Day Grand Final provided a great platform for many of our superstars to showcase their talents with Sebe Ray, Tommy “fastest kid alive” Quinlivan, and the peerless Peta Rogerson starring, along with Neptune Captain Benny “Alphabet” Wieczorek, the touchdown king,  who nabbed 6 touchdowns in his teams 10-5 triumph over a plucky Magic team.The Neptune team incredibly fielded just 6 players all day and were deserved winners of the Inaugural event.Ryan Jacks, Alyce Hulbert, Liam Bauer, and Kate McCarthy gave their all for their team and provided great entertainment for the crowd and proved themselves worthy finalists of the event that will only grow stronger in future years.In the Plate section semi-finals “On the Gas” won through to the Grand Final with a 6-2 victory against “WTFs” who fielded a veteran team that played well all day.  Special mention to “WTFs’” Delene Hewitt who “carried” her husband Graham during the day, for some reason he loved to attack in the middle and defend on the wing. Behind every great man, is an even better woman! “PBs” the team featuring Pat’s 3 children, Karley, Sharon, and Todd and son in law Craig Searston, defeated the “Ron Burgundies” 4-3 in a desperately close drop off to progress to the final.Justin Williams, Kirsty Quince, Oscar Sanft and Mel Fainges were the best performed players for “On the Gas” in their 3-2 Plate Final win over “PBs” who were best served by Justin “Blotto” Otto, Joel Keune, Jill Bean, and Sharon Searston.  Presentation of trophies, medallions, and prize money were conducted at the conclusion of the final with all Winners and Runners up in both the Open and Social divisions magnanimously donating their prize money back to the charity.Neptune Captain Ben Wieczorek, accepting the beautiful Pat Banks Memorial Cup that was generously donated by the McCarthy family, from Pat’s husband Alec Banks, made a heartfelt acceptance speech.“Today has been a wonderful day. We’re all just really pleased to be here to support you Karls and the rest of the family at this time. You’ve done a lot for so many people mate and never asked for anything in return. The Touch community has a lot of love for you all and it’s a real privilege to be here today to celebrate your Mum’s life with you. We’d also like to donate our prize money back like the rest of the teams and say we’ll be back again next year to defend our title and support your family in such a worthwhile cause, we’re all here for you,” Ben said.Peta Rogerson (female) and Ryan Jacks (Male) received the Player of the Day awards from Pat’s granddaughters Lily and Ella, who to the delight of the crowd, announced the winners over the PA system.“Peta Wogerson” said Lily, and “Wat’s Wyan” said Ella. (“Rat’s Ryan” through the interpreter folks)Both “Jacksy” and “Skeet” were outstanding for their respective teams all day and played the tournament in the best spirit possible, and thoroughly deserved their awards.Deb Hammett, playing in her first ever touch tournament received the Pat Banks “Puff out those cheeks and pug on” Award for the spirit, sportsmanship, and positive way she approached the tournament. Pat would have been proud of Deb’s efforts with the mother of two playing her heart out, and giving her all for her team.Appreciation awards were presented to the Sunshine Coast Touch Association, the Caboolture Touch Association, and Sunshine Coast GDO Adam Stevenson for his hard work, passion for the concept, and assistance in making the tournament the success that it was.The Queensland Touch Association also showed their support for the day with QTA Operations Manager Glen Richardson in attendance and pledging QTA’s support for the Pat Banks Charity Day Super Sports Raffle. Tickets in the super sports raffle will continue to be sold in the lead up and during the QTA Qld Junior State Cup and the winners will be drawn on the final day of the premier event on the Junior calendar conducted at the Caboolture Touch Fields on the 9th, 10th & 11th of July 2010.Among the 10 sensational signed items of memorabilia are: Two fully signed 2010 NRL Kangaroo Jerseys from the recent Test against New Zealand, one from Parramatta superstar Jarryd Hayne, A Newcastle Knights dress shirt owned by Knights icon Robbie O’Davis, and signed by Knights legends O’Davis, Andrew “Joey” Johns, and Kurt Gidley, Andrew Mc McCullough’s #14 Broncos jersey from the Round 6 2010 game against Cronulla (fully signed by the Broncos team), two signed volleyballs from Olympic Gold Medallist Natalie Cook, A signed Australian Team Athletics dress shirt belonging to 2008 World Indoor 800m champion Tamsyn Lewis, a fully signed Gold Coast Titans shirt, and a football signed by Brisbane Lions legends Michael Voss and Jonathan Brown.Many players stayed behind at the end of the day to have a few quiet beers to toast Pat’s day and reflect on a magic day where there were many more smiles than cries.Final fundraising figures for the 2010 Pat Banks Charity Day will be announced after the drawing of the Super Sports Raffle on the 11th July 2010.In exciting news, the Sunshine Coast Touch Association and the Caboolture Touch Association have pledged their support already for next year’s tournament where the Pat Banks Memorial Charity Day will form a community partnership with Cancer Council Queensland to raise money for Brain Tumour Support Services. Next year’s Pat Banks Memorial Charity Day will be conducted on Sunday 12th June 2011 during the Queen’s Birthday long weekend.We thank everyone sincerely for their patronage of the 2010 event and the incredible levels of love friendship, and support Pat received during her battle and we, as a family have received during this most difficult and challenging of times.We look forward to your continued support in the years to come of a wonderful initiative commemorating the life of an exceptional person whose courage, commitment, sense of humour, good sportsmanship, generosity, and life example burns brightly in all those who take the field in honour of her name.Pat would be nodding her head appreciatively from her grandstand seat in heaven, and would be urging you all to continue to “Puff out those cheeks and pug on” in the game of life.Written by Karley Bankslast_img read more

a month agoDerby fire five past Man Utd U18

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Derby fire five past Man Utd U18by Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United U18s were thrashed 5-1 by Derby County yesterday.Hit by a three-goal, seven-minute Rams salvo in the first half, it was a blow which the Reds couldn’t recover from, despite Mark Helm’s strike providing a glimmer of hope before the interval. Two further Derby goals after the break put the game well out of United’s reach.The trio of Bjorn Hardley, Calen Gallagher-Allison and Hannibal Mejbri – all 16-year-olds – were called up to make their full Under-18 debuts in place of Connor Stanley, the suspended Reece Devine and Will Fish, who had made an impressive bow for the Under-23s against Fulham the previous evening at Leigh. last_img read more

Katherine Webb Will Apparently Be At ESPN’s College GameDay Tomorrow

first_imgUpdate: Webb has deleted the post from her Instagram page. Perhaps she jumped the gun on the news.Earlier: Katherine Webb will be returning to your television screens, college football fans – even if just for a brief moment. Friday, Webb, on Instagram, announced that on behalf of Pizza Hut, she’ll be making a “special appearance” at College GameDay tomorrow. She’ll apparently be holding a sign – and fans can win free pizza if they enter the code on it.Webb, now a model, was the talk of the 2013 BCS National Championship Game after announcers Brent Musburger and Kirk Herbstreit commented on her looks during the broadcast. She was then the girlfriend of Crimson Tide QB AJ McCarron – they’re now married.Katherine Webb Pizza Hut College GameDayWill it actually be Webb in the flesh tomorrow? We’ll find out.last_img read more

Colorado jurys pot verdict may discourage similar cases

first_imgSAN FRANCISCO – A Colorado jury likely threw cold water on future legal challenges against cannabis companies by homeowners who consider filing racketeering lawsuits alleging proximity to pot operations hurts their property values, analysts and industry lawyers said Thursday.A federal jury in Denver on Wednesday rejected claims involving the odour from a pot farm made in a case that was closely watched by the marijuana industry.It was the first such lawsuit to reach a jury. Three others are pending in California, Massachusetts and Oregon.“The big takeaway is that the verdict is likely to curb the enthusiasm for bringing these lawsuits in the future,” Vanderbilt University law professor Rob Mikos said.He said it’s easy to show marijuana companies are violating federal laws against pot, but the Colorado verdict shows the difficulty In proving actual harm.“There was a thought that this would be easy money,” Mikos said about such claims.Congress created the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act — better known as RICO — to target the Mafia in the 1970s. It allowed prosecutors to argue that leaders of a criminal enterprise should pay a price along with lower-level defendants.The law also allows private parties to file lawsuits claiming their business or property has been damaged by a criminal enterprise. Those who can prove it can be financially compensated for damages plus attorneys’ expenses.Scott Schlager, a lawyer who filed a similar lawsuit against a Cambridge, Massachusetts, dispensary agreed with Mikos, saying racketeering lawsuits are expensive to litigate.“They shouldn’t be the next cottage industry,” he said. “There is a lot of uncertainty.”Schlager said the Denver verdict will have no effect on his case because the two legal actions have important differences.The Colorado plaintiffs complained that a farm’s odour lowered their property value by about $30,000.Schlager’s clients in Harvard Square argue that the stigma of a marijuana dispensary in the upscale business district lowered property values by $29 million.California attorney Ken Stratton, who represents a pot farmer being sued by eight homeowners near Petaluma, California, in the heart of wine country, said he was surprised the Denver case reached a jury.“I think we’ll see more and more of these knocked out before they go to trial,” Stratton said. “The racketeering law wasn’t meant to litigate land disputes.”He also predicted the Denver verdict will make other lawyers and disgruntled neighbours look elsewhere to settle their disputes with marijuana operations.He said showing that cannabis operations impact land prices is difficult, especially if the homeowners are speculating rather than arguing they lost money in actual sales.Emma Quinn-Judge, a Boston lawyer defending the Cambridge dispensary, agreed that showing harm is the biggest hurdle.“If you know anything about Cambridge home prices then you know that arguing their value has dropped $29 million is laughable,” she said.last_img read more

Khalifa Haftar’s forces press offensive on Libyan capital

first_imgTripoli: Forces backing Libya’s unity government battled to push back an offensive by strongman Khalifa Haftar on Sunday as his troops approached the gates of Tripoli after air raids overnight. Haftar’s self-proclaimed Libyan National Army, galvanised by victories in its eastern stronghold and in the country’s desert south, announced an offensive early this month to seize the capital from the UN-recognised administration of Fayez al-Sarraj. But his forces have faced fierce resistance from armed groups backing the Tripoli-based Government of National Accord (GNA), including powerful factions from the western city of Misrata. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince ‘snubbed’ Pak PM, recalled jet from USThe bloodshed has derailed efforts to bring peace to a country where jihadists and people smugglers have exploited the chaos unleashed by the NATO-backed overthrow of dictator Moamer Kadhafi in 2011. At least 227 people have been killed since Haftar’s forces launched their offensive, the World Health Organisation said Sunday, adding that a further 1,128 have been wounded. Clashes intensified on Saturday when forces loyal to the GNA announced a counter-attack. Also Read – Record number of 35 candidates in fray for SL Presidential polls”We have launched a new phase of attack. Orders were given early this morning to advance and gain ground,” said Mustafa al-Mejii, a spokesman for GNA forces. Sustained rocket and shellfire could be heard in several districts of Tripoli on Saturday, after several days of less intense fighting and stalemate on the ground. Explosions were heard from the city centre overnight, and some witnesses reported air strikes. Pope Francis, delivering his traditional Easter message, called for an end to “conflict and bloodshed” that was killing “defenceless people” in Libya. “I urge the parties involved to choose dialogue over force and to avoid reopening wounds left by a decade of conflicts and political instability,” he said. Tripoli air traffic was suspended overnight to Sunday for “security reasons”, the city’s only operating airport said Sunday. At least two flights were re-routed from Mitiga airport to Misrata, more than 200 kilometres (125 miles) to the east, the airport’s authorities said on their Facebook page. They said flights had resumed early in the morning to Mitiga, east of the capital. The former military airbase was hit by an air strike on April 8, claimed by the LNA, and has since only operated between 5:00 pm and 8:00 am (1500 and 0600 GMT). The GNA counter-attack put pro-government forces back in control of Ain Zara, in the southern suburbs of Tripoli, where an AFP team confirmed pro-GNA forces had advanced, shifting the front line a few kilometres south. GNA spokesman Mejii told AFP on Sunday morning that “after a long day of military success, our forces are consolidating their (new) positions.” Some witnesses spoke of air raids and drones, but Mejii said the blasts were caused by strikes from LNA helicopters aimed at “terrorising civilians”. He said they had not caused any casualties but had taken place away from the front lines, without offering any further details. Military sources say the ageing Soviet and Russian fighter jets used by both sides are not equipped to carry out night time strikes, but Mejii said Haftar’s forces have a helicopter with night vision capabilities. The UN’s Libya envoy warned Thursday of “a widening conflagration” in the North African country. Ghassan Salame told AFP that “international divisions” prior to the assault on Tripoli had emboldened Haftar, who is backed by Russia and seen by his allies Egypt and the United Arab Emirates as a bulwark against Islamists. The White House revealed Friday that US President Donald Trump reached out personally to Haftar, as a push at the United Nations to broker a ceasefire hit trouble. A statement said that Trump “recognised Field Marshal Haftar’s significant role in fighting terrorism and securing Libya’s oil resources,” adding that “the two discussed a shared vision for Libya’s transition to a stable, democratic political system.” Observers saw Trump’s words of praise for the strongman as evidence of US support that explains Haftar’s determination to pursue his offensive to seize Tripoli. On Thursday, Russia and the United States opposed a British bid backed by France and Germany at the UN Security Council to demand a ceasefire in Libya. Russia insisted on having no criticism of Haftar in the proposed resolution, while the United States said it wanted more time to consider the situation.last_img read more

Ohio State mens volleyball caps historic season with teams second national title

National Player of the Year Nicolas Szerszen (9) hits a ball at the net during a match against George Mason on Jan. 15.Credit: Courtesy of OSUHead coach Pete Hanson all too well remembers watching Loyola University of Chicago finish off the final point of the 2015 Midwest Intercollegiate Volleyball Association Conference semi-final effectively ending Ohio State’s 2014-15 season with a record of 22-9 (12-5). Watching Loyola win their second-consecutive championship last season only ignited a fire in the Buckeyes who returned the majority of their key contributors in 2015-16.Then-No. 9 OSU finally faced then-No. 5 Loyola (Ill.) on Feb. 12 in its first match versus the Ramblers since the MIVA semifinals. On the east side of Chicago, Hanson and the determined Buckeyes quickly dispatched the Ramblers on their home court in a three-set victory. From then on, OSU rattled off 23 straight victories culminating in a final triumph on Saturday night. The Buckeyes continually added match upon match to the win column only going five sets four times for the rest of the season. Finishing with a three-set victory over the No. 1 BYU Cougars in Rec Hall on the ground of Pennsylvania State University, the Buckeyes ended the 2015-16 campaign with an exclamation mark and another NCAA championship, the second in six years.It was the same consistent play on Saturday night in the national championship match that has carried Hanson’s squad all season. Junior opposite hitter Miles Johnson tallied 15 kills, redshirt junior Driss Guessous added 10 kills and National Player of the Year Nicolas Szerszen had 10 thunderous kills to aid in the quick defeat of the Cougars.Perhaps the most surprising performance came from redshirt freshman Blake Leeson, who had a career high 11 kills on the night. The 6-foot-7 middle blocker was dominant in the middle for OSU, getting early touches on balls to give his team another chance to get the ball onto the powerful hand of Szerszen. But on the final point, Leeson took advantage of a high set from junior setter Christy Blough and sealed the Buckeyes destiny as national champions.Each match during the win streak has seen one or more Buckeyes answering the call to push them over the top. In the MIVA championship game that went five sets, senior outside hitter Peter Edwards stroked seven straight points from the service stripe closing out the team’s first NCAA tournament berth since its last national title in 2011.Coming into the tournament ranked at No. 2 in the country, OSU was given the task of playing a play-in game to earn the right to clash with UCLA in the final four. Some felt the Buckeyes were snubbed not earning an automatic bid to the final four, but Hanson focused his team to a resounding victory over George Mason.OSU pummeled GMU in three sets (25-22, 25-19, 25-22) in January, but the Buckeyes fell behind after one set in the quarterfinal. The nine service errors in the first set were completely uncharacteristic of the steady Buckeyes. Following the final point in the first set, OSU came out firing and didn’t seem bothered with dropping the first set. Szerszen led OSU with 20 kills and 16 digs in the match, propelling the Buckeyes to their 21st consecutive win.In the national semifinal versus UCLA, it was same story, different match for OSU and the National Player of the Year. Szerszen was limited to 15 kills on the night as the Bruins defense keyed in on the 6-foot-4 outside hitter. Johnson was monumental on the attack for the Buckeyes, collecting 20 kills in the match to pick up the slack when Szerszen couldn’t produce. But at 17-16 in extra points in the final set, OSU’s best player was separated from blockers toeing the service stripe and ripped home a berth to the national championship.Ranked No. 1 in the country with a record of 27-4, the BYU Cougars proved no match for the highly touted Buckeyes, who were simply unstoppable for more than half of the season. OSU capped off an extra-points victory in set one, winning 32-30 in dramatic fashion. That was all the drama Rec Hall saw that night. Hanson and his nearly invincible team finished off the Cougars 25-23 and 25-17.OSU started the ‘15-’16 campaign at 1-2 after dropping a four-set match against then-No. 5 UCLA. In his 32nd season as OSU’s leader on the sideline, the tenured Hanson turned his team around to an aggressive, attacking team that prided itself on dominant victories. From then on, the Buckeyes dropped just one five-set match versus then-No.14 Ball State, which ended up being the team’s only conference loss.Perhaps the biggest turnover of the season was evident away from Columbus. Last season, seven of OSU’s nine losses came on the road. This season, OSU was undefeated at 11-0 away from St. John Arena and only went the distance in one match at then-No. 6 Penn State.Hanson was named NCAA Coach of the Year for the fourth time in his career, and he proudly lifted the championship trophy for the second time in his career. And like in 2011, cheers from the OSU fan base and his triumphant team filled Rec Hall to end a season to remember. read more

Liverpool keeper referred to US doctors for concussion tests by club

first_imgLiverpool goalkeeper Loris Karius has been referred to medical experts in Boston after the 24-year-old German visited Massachusetts General Hospital and was diagnosed with concussion five days after the Champions League final.Karius made terrible mistakes during the first and third goals that gave Madrid a 3-1 win at Kiev. Karius clashed with Spanish defender Sergio Ramos, although in a statement released with the player’s permission yesterday, doctors did not tell whether or not that incident caused the goalkeeper concussion. However, Dr Ross Zafonte said it was “possible” the injury “would affect performance”.Zafonte, who is a leading expert in head injuries in the NFL, said Karius’ assessment involved reviewing “game film”, a “physical examination” and “objective metrics”, according to BBC.He continued that it was “likely” that “visual-spatial dysfunction” which hampers a person’s ability to process visual information about where objects are in space,  would have occurred immediately after the event that caused the concussion.divock origi, liverpoolReport: Origi cause Klopp injury concerns George Patchias – September 14, 2019 Divock Origi injury in today’s game against Newcastle is a cause for concern for Jurgen Klopp.Perhaps with one eye on Tuesday’s trip to Italy…Dr Willie Stewart, a consultant neuropathologist at Glasgow’s Queen Elizabeth University Hospital, said a delay in the concussion diagnosis is “not surprising”.“How did he get concussed and we didn’t know?“The obvious signs of concussion can take hours and days to develop, so it’s not surprising that it might be picked up after the match.”last_img read more

Expect Smoke Pilot Cars Along The Sterling Highway

first_imgDue to the winds, trees continue to fall in and along the road creating hazardous driving conditions. The pilot car escorts will remain in place until the wind event stops even though fire activity is low at the moment. If you travel on the highway, please use caution and observe the direction of the pilot car drivers. Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享Winds were gusty Sunday along the Sterling Highway and are predicted to continue blowing through Monday. In many areas adjacent to the highway, the fire burned very hot resulting in trees weakened by fire damage.center_img Conditions are still dynamic and can change quickly. Delays can last from 45 minutes up to a several hours at times.last_img read more