Lane Oesterling was brilliant on the pitcher’s mound on Thursday, as he threw a no-hitter to lead Batesville past Franklin County 9-0.The Bulldogs were boosted by Calvin Sherwood who went 4-for-4 at the plate. Sherwood singled in the first, singled in the third, singled in the fourth, and doubled in the sixth.The Bulldogs opened up scoring in the first inning. Quinn Werner drove in one when he singled.Batesville put up three runs in the fourth inning. The rally was led by a single by Sherwood and a double by Trey Heidlage.Oesterling (4-0) earned the win for Bulldogs. He surrendered zero runs on zero hits in the complete game, striking out 11.Alex Bischoff took the loss for Franklin County. He went four innings, allowing five runs on ten hits, striking out five and walking one.It was a big day for Oesterling on the mound, but also at the plate. He went yard in the fifth inning.Batesville tallied 14 hits on the day. Sherwood, Raab, Werner, and Heidlage each managed multiple hits for the Bulldogs. Sherwood went 4-for-4 at the plate to lead the Bulldogs in hits. Batesville tore up the base paths, as three players stole at least two bases. Werner led the way with two.After the win, Batesville goes to 6-8 on the year and 3-2 in the conference. The Bulldogs will play Greensburg on Monday.Courtesy of Bulldogs Coach Justin Tucker.
RelatedPosts EPL: Foxes attack Burnley Derby County lead Jordon Ibe chase EPL: Vardy primed for another prolific season after brace at West Brom Leicester City striker Jamie Vardy is stepping up his recovery from a calf injury, but Wednesday’s FA Cup fifth round meeting with Birmingham City will come too early for him. The 33-year-old is Leicester’s top scorer this season with 17 goals and missed the 1-0 English Premier League defeat at Norwich City on Friday with a low-grade calf strain. “He won’t be available. He’s making good progress. But our target will be Aston Villa (in the League) on Monday, and he should be fine for that,” the club’s manager, Brendan Rodgers, told reporters. Vardy was in blistering form at the start of the season with 17 goals in 18 league matches, but has not scored in his last nine games in all competitions. Leicester have managed only three wins in 10 league matches since Vardy’s last goal, which came in a 3-1 loss at champions Manchester City on December 21. Rodgers backed his team to respond against Championship side (second tier) Birmingham in the FA Cup. “The responsibility is with everyone to score… There’s no doubt we have to play better. This is an opportunity to reach the quarter-finals,” he said. Leicester are third in the league table with 50 points from 28 games, seven points behind second-placed Manchester City. Reuters/NAN.Tags: Birmingham CityBrendan RodgersJamie VardyLeicester CityNorwich City
RelatedPosts Runarsson joins Arsenal on four-year deal Arsenal, Wolves want Michael Olise Akpom pens Middlesbrough loan deal Arsenal Manager Mikel Arteta says David Luiz is a key role model, and hopes the Brazilian defender will extend his contract at the Premier League club beyond this season.Luiz joined Arsenal from London rival, Chelsea, in August, with British media reporting he had joined on a two-year deal but his agent told Sky Sports last week that the 33-year-old had only signed for one year. “I’m really happy with David, I want to keep him here with us. He’s been a key role model since I joined,” Arteta said at a news conference ahead of Wednesday’s game against Manchester City as the league resumes following the COVID-19 disruption.“I like what he produces on the pitch, I like his influence around the players and the club; I would love to keep him.”Arteta also said the side needed improvement but was unsure about his options in the transfer market due to the financial impact of the novel coronavirus outbreak.“The plans I had were not considering the coronavirus and all the side effects,” Arteta added.“We know what we need to improve the team, that is for sure. Whether we are going to be able to do it the way we want is a different story.” Arsenal are ninth with 40 points from 28 matches.Reuters/NAN.Tags: ArsenalDavid LuizManchester CityMikel Arteta
A point away from home in a Merseyside derby is rarely a catastrophic result but it proved to be the final straw for Liverpool’s owners Fenway Sports Group who sacked manager Brendan Rodgers a couple of hours after the final whistle. Ahead of the game Rodgers spoke proudly of being undefeated in six matches against their Stanley Park neighbours but he had won just one of those encounters and barely looked like improving that statistic. Everton survived some early sustained pressure and by the time Lukaku fired home just before the break they were well on top. But history was against the Blues, who have come from behind to win a derby only once since the second world war (in 1992 when Peter Beardsley scored the winner at Goodison), and despite Lukaku trying his best they had to settle for a point which keeps them above their city rivals in the table. Liverpool striker Daniel Sturridge, with three goals in his last three meetings against the old enemy, had a couple of early sighters and while Ings’ angled volleyed dropped just over it was Mignolet who produced the excellence. The Belgium international brilliantly tipped over a free header from Steven Naismith, left unmarked by Mamadou Sakho, and then turned wide James McCarthy’s drive. Despite there not being a Scouser in Liverpool’s side for the first time in a derby since the 1986 FA Cup final Emre Can did his best to raise antagonism levels by needlessly getting into a scuffle with Ross Barkley which resulted in both being booked. The Germany international was could easily have received a second caution for an overhead kick which connected with Gareth Barry but referee Martin Atkinson was lenient. But if that was generous from the official Everton’s marking at James Milner’s 41st-minute corner was magnanimous in the extreme as with goalkeeper Tim Howard, dressed as a steward in fluorescent green and doing a passable impression of one, rooted to his line and Ross Barkley not marking closely Ings, at 5ft 8ins one of the smallest players on the pitch, nodded home from four yards. The suspicion is the Northern Irishman was already a dead man walking – his dismissal coming at the start of the international break is just too much of a coincidence – as it was not this 1-1 result but ones previously which forced the Americans’ hands. Just four wins in his last 14 Premier League matches is not top-four form and at Goodison Park Liverpool threw away another lead – the excellent Romelu Lukaku equalising Danny Ings’ header in first-half added time – and Everton were by far the better side in the second half. But Liverpool’s inability to hold onto leads is well-known and in added time Can blasted Gerard Deulofeu’s cross at Martin Skrtel and Lukaku reacted quickest to fire home. The goal has opposing effects on the confidence of Lukaku and Liverpool as Everton’s striker posed a significant handful for Skrtel and Can in the second half, forcing Mignolet to bat away a fierce shot after being played in by substitute Aaron Lennon. Everton’s dominance saw the visitors lose their way entirely as long balls were pumped up to Ings, who had virtually no chance against a back four considerably taller. The outstretched leg of Ramiro Funes Mori, a veteran of the River Plate v Boca Juniors encounters but making his first outing in the Merseyside derby, prevented Sturridge racing through for a late winner but it was the hosts who ended the game frustrated having got the better of their opponents in virtually every department. But there was greater disappointment to befall Rodgers when a trans-Atlantic phone call confirmed what he must have been half-expecting for a number of weeks now. TWEET OF THE MATCH John Aldridge @Realaldo474 Who said our corners were crap?????ME!cried it in. https://twitter.com/Realaldo474/status/650660053259800576 PLAYER RATINGS Everton Tim Howard: 5 (out of 10) Tyias Browning: 7 Ramiro Funes Mori: 7 Phil Jagielka: 6 Brendon Galloway: 7 James McCarthy: 6 Gareth Barry: 6 Gerard Deulofeu: 5 Ross Barkley: 6 Steven Naismith: 6 Romelu Lukaku: 7 Substitutes Aaron Lennon (on for Deulofeu, 57mins): 6 Arouna Kone (on for Naismith, 79mins): 5 Liverpool Simon Mignolet: 8 Nathaniel Clyne: 7 Mamadou Sakho: 5 Emre Can: 5 Martin Skrtel: 6 Alberto Moreno: 6 Lucas Leiva: 5 James Milner: 7 Philippe Coutinho: 6 Danny Ings: 7 Daniel Sturridge: 5 Substitutes Adam Lallana (on for Ings, 75mins): 5 Joe Allen (on for Leiva, 79mins): 5 STAR MAN Simon Mignolet. The goalkeeper has had his critics since moving to Liverpool, but he pulled off two fine saves to deny Steven Naismith and James McCarthy. MOMENT OF THE MATCH Romelu Lukaku’s equaliser. The Belgian had bullied the Liverpool defence all afternoon and deserved his equaliser. The goal highlighted Liverpool’s defensive deficiencies as much as the striker’s excellent predatory instincts. Emre Can panicked, booting the ball at Mamadou Sakho after Lukaku’s first effort and the former Chelsea man did not miss at the second time of asking. VIEW FROM THE BENCH With John Stones and Seamus Coleman out injured, Roberto Martinez had little option but to field a youthful defence. Ramiro Funes Mori, Tyias Browning and Brendon Galloway did not disappoint on their first Merseyside derby starts. Keeping Philippe Coutinho and Daniel Sturridge quiet is no mean feat. Liverpool desperately missed the physical presence of Christian Benteke up front. Brendan Rodgers’ decision to play three at the back proved a wise one as Romelu Lukaku proved to be a big threat up front and the Reds regularly had to double up on the big Belgian. MOAN OF THE MATCH Emre Can’s 33rd-minute clash with Ross Barkley. With this being the worst-disciplined match in the Premier League, there was always going to be the potential for trouble. This scuffle was not caused by a late tackle or contentious decision, however – just the pettiness of Emre Can. The German failed to hand the ball to Ross Barkley and the pair squared up before pushing each other. Brendon Galloway, James Milner and Mamadou Sakho got involved too. The flow of a fantastic game was interrupted and Martin Atkinson booked both players. WHO’S UP NEXT? Everton v Manchester United (Premier League, October 17) Tottenham v Liverpool (Premier League, October 17) Liverpool striker Danny Ings reflected on a “great week” after he was called into the senior England squad and then scored the opening goal in the Merseyside derby. He added on Sky Sports 1: “It’s huge for my confidence and another step in my career and I look to build on that.” On the game, Ings said: “It was end to end. I thought it was exciting for the fans and it was great to get my goal in the derby but unfortunately we didn’t get the three points. “I love every goal no matter what game it is. This was a special game so it was great to get a header, I’m only a little man!” Press Association
“But sometimes it is easier to start the game and take the players off than when you go into the game a little bit tired because you go with the game so I decided to go for that.” Wenger added: “Every player hates not playing, but as well you have periods as a player when you are on a scoring moment then sometimes the flow can be disturbed. That is why I leave him in.” Arsenal will now quickly turn attentions to getting their European campaign off and running, following successive defeats. Wenger said: “Obviously there is no obvious reason to change completely the team. Maybe one or two I do not know yet. We will have to see how everybody recovers. “I could rest a little bit (Mesut) Ozil and Sanchez and we have of course to put pace into this game and play against a big team. “We know we have proved ourselves in the Champions League and we want to make something special against Bayern Munich as it is the only way we can keep in the race (for qualification). Watford manager Quique Sanchez Flores felt his team paid a heavy price after matching Arsenal for long spells. He said: “It was very difficult to accept what happened after one hour because in the first half and the first 15 minutes of the second half, we went in the right way. “We worked well against Arsenal, but after the first goal the morale of the players went down and down. “We were playing against a team that has the chance to win the league so they are a very tough team. “But I felt for a big part of the match we had options, and a big chance to do something important today. “Now, we just need to collect the positive things from the first hour.” Press Association Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger hailed the total commitment of his side after they produced a strong second-half display to defeat Watford 3-0 at Vicarage Road. Alexis Sanchez, back from jet-setting with Chile, netted after a breakaway on 62 minutes, with substitute Olivier Giroud and Aaron Ramsey keeping Arsenal in second place, just two points behind leaders Manchester City, and giving them the perfect platform ahead of next week’s Champions League showdown against Bayern Munich. Wenger said: “To beat Watford you have to be completely committed to the game because we faced a team that was well organised and knew exactly what they wanted to do. “They were very physical in the challenge and very strong in the challenges and very direct. These three things together, it took us a while to get on top of that. “In the second half, the fatigue coming in, Watford came in less in the challenges and we got the ball quicker in transition and were much more dangerous. “When we scored the first goal, I like the fact we continued to attack and got a convincing win.” Sanchez netted his 10th goal in six appearances for club and country. Wenger, though, had been tempted to give the industrious former Barcelona frontman a breather, having only touched down back in London late on Thursday afternoon. “I was. Yesterday in the training session he looked quite sharp and the medical people told me he has no problem at all then I thought I would test if he is ready and if he was not ready I would take him out,” said Wenger. The Gunners, who had beaten Manchester United before the international break, had to come through a stern physical examination from a well-organised Hornets side proving hard to beat at home since their return to the Barclays Premier League. Ultimately, though, the technical superiority of Wenger’s men proved enough.
PORT ELIZABETH, South Africa (Reuters) – Opener David Warner scored an unbeaten half-century in vain as Australia blew what appeared to be a comfortable chase and South Africa claimed a 12-run victory in the second Twenty20 International on Sunday.South Africa posted a below-par 158 for four in their 20 overs as Australia strangled their bright start, but were able to defend the total as the wicket slowed up and the touring side found scoring increasingly difficult.Warner was unbeaten on 67 from 56 balls and having reached 98 for one in the 13th over, Australia looked odds-on for the victory until South Africa found a way to cut off the boundaries and they finished short on 146 for six.The series is level at 1-1 with the decider to be played in Cape Town on Wednesday, after which the sides will contest three one-day internationals.“We’ve played here a number of times and I’ve realised that the new ball is key,” South Africa captain Quinton de Kock said at the post-match presentation.“We understand that this wicket, especially late afternoon, for the team batting second it’s always going to be difficult.”De Kock was again the mainstay of the South African innings, his clean striking bringing five fours and four sixes in a fine 70 from 47 balls before he holed out to mid-off.Rassie van der Dussen (37 from 26 balls) provided a vital contribution, but South Africa were 20 or so runs short of where they should have been, having scored only 36 runs in the last five overs with wickets in hand.Seamer Kane Richardson was the pick of the Australian bowling attack with 2-21 in four overs.Australia appeared to be cruising in their reply and when Steve Smith (29 from 26 balls) was out with the score on 98, they required 61 from 45 balls with eight wickets remaining.But South Africa used the slow wicket expertly as leg-spinner Tabraiz Shamsi returned figures of 0-17 in his four overs to increase the pressure on the visitors.Australia needed 20 from the final 12 balls and when Kagiso Rabada’s penultimate overwent for only three, they were firmly on the back foot and never recovered momentum.“I thought we were in the hunt for most of the chase. We just didn’t get that kick at the end that we needed,” Australia skipper Aaron Finch said.“Both teams bowled well at the end, it’s not ideal but a great game.”
After taking classes with USC professor Michael Kodama, Alan Huynh joined Kodama’s urban planning consulting group after graduating in 2010. Huynh, who studied urban planning at USC, sat down with the Daily Trojan to talk about his experiences.Daily Trojan: What made you interested in urban planning and transportation development?Alan Huynh: I took a class with a professor named Michael Kodama. He’s a really cool guy. His class made urban planning make sense. I keep on following in his footsteps to see where it will lead me.DT: Have you always been interested in the affairs of your surrounding community?Alan Huynh Huynh: Well, I am from Portland originally, so I grew up riding my bike a lot and ended up exploring the city and becoming interested in it that way.DT: What do you think makes an ideal city?Huynh: First, communication between administrations. Second, a lot of open public spaces so that people would want to interact with their city … Whether it be a cool sidewalk, like Union Street in the Bay Area. It’s so vibrant and public that people just go there to see what’s going on. The last thing you would want is a [lack of a] variety of people that live there. It’s good to have a diverse set of individuals so that people don’t get bored.DT: What do you think makes an ideal urban planner?Huynh: You have to be patient, and that is the most important thing. You also have to be able to communicate well … Social media right now is at the forefront, it’s about being underneath what’s being said and how you can use those tools. Also you have to understand how things connect together.DT: How did your time at USC shape your motivations and allow you to give back to the community?Huynh: I interned at so many public offices like Pasadena and the City of L.A. It gave me the experience to understand what they deal with on a daily basis. That knowledge helps me understand how a lot of things work. Now when I work with community groups, non-profits, I know more or less where to go. USC has let me better serve community groups and the community.DT: What did you most enjoy about USC?Huynh: You meet so many different people; we all have a certain competitive nature to ourselves and even a certain swagger. It was cool to be around people that were really different but at the same time really the same.DT: What advice would you give to fellow Trojans who are interested in urban planning, or simply in the affairs of Los Angeles or other cities?Huynh: It would be to get down and really understand things at the ground level. When you’re a student, you have the time to do so. Explore things, understand cohesively what all these different groups and agencies are trying to do. Having that ground-level experience once you start working and doing real planning, that’s the difference between the crew that rises to the top and everybody else. That ground experience is vital and how you will stand out.
And the No. 8 seed in the East Region goes to … AP No. 25 Wisconsin?To the surprise of both college basketball analysts and Grateful Red alike, the NCAA Men’s Division I Basketball Committee handed the University of Wisconsin men’s basketball team a No. 8 seed in the upcoming NCAA Tournament.The Badgers fell 71-56 to a red-hot Michigan Wolverines team in the Big Ten Tournament Championship less than an hour before the committee revealed the official 2017 NCAA March Madness Bracket last Sunday. Little did they know, Wisconsin was in for a rude awakening.The first team announced were the defending national champion Villanova Wildcats (31-3), who were crowned the No. 1 overall seed in the tournament and favorites to emerge from the East Region.Only moments later, the Badgers learned if they were going to make a fourth consecutive Sweet 16 appearance, they would almost certainly have to go through the best team in the land to do it.The tape doesn’t lieTake a look at the difference between reactions by Northwestern University and Wisconsin as each team witnessed the live reveal of their respective No. 8 seed berths.No. 8 seed Northwestern, per ESPN’s Michele.You did it, fam. Northwestern going dancing. pic.twitter.com/vDIo4XlXlo— Michele Steele (@ESPNMichele) March 12, 2017No. 8 seed Wisconsin, per Wisconsin Athletics.Something doesn’t look right here. Wait a minute, what could there possibly be to complain about as a basketball program who has now made the March Madness tournament 19 seasons in a row?Look at Northwestern, the Wildcats were over the moon and ready to go dancing when they heard their names called as an No. 8 seed to put NU in the tournament for the first time in school history.Don’t get me wrong, Northwestern getting invited to The Big Dance is an exciting thing, especially because the Wildcats are undoubtedly a tournament-caliber team.Yet, how does that Northwestern team — from the same conference and with more losses than UW — whose last appearance before the upcoming tournament ended in a 28-point loss to Wisconsin receive the same number seed as the Badgers in a region with a No. 1 seed Gonzaga that opened with 80/1 odds (vs. Villanova at 8/1) of winning the title?Let’s try to find out.Lunardi’s takeESPN’s college basketball analyst Joe Lunardi — the man accredited as the creator of “Bracketology” itself — began releasing 68-team seeding bracket predictions to the public on a weekly basis beginning in November 2016.As the season progressed and traveled deeper into conference play, these predictions became biweekly and then triweekly before Lunardi cranked it up to an average of one updated prediction per day in the week leading up to Selection Sunday.Overall, Lunardi compiled 31 full-bracket predictions between November 3, 2016 and March 12’s Selection Sunday. Of those 31 68-team predictions, Bracketology’s founding father never had Wisconsin lower than a No. 6 seed — not once.Lunardi even released his final two updated predictions on Selection Sunday only hours before the committee’s official verdict, both of which featured Wisconsin as a No. 6 seed.Men’s basketball: Badgers say goodbye to 2017 seniors with 66-49 win over rival MinnesotaThe University of Wisconsin’s men’s basketball rebounded in a major way as the 2017 seniors lead the Badgers to a Read…By the numbersWisconsin finished No. 25 in the AP Poll, No. 21 in ESPN’s 2016-17 Basketball Power Index and 22nd in strength of schedule.The three No. 8 seeds not named Wisconsin (Miami, Northwestern and Arkansas) combined for a grand total of two votes received in the AP Poll.The BPI’s final pretournament evaluations didn’t help the committee’s case for a No. 8 seed Wisconsin either. Miami was in the ball park with the Badgers at No. 28, but the Wildcats (No. 46) and the Razorbacks (No. 47) raise some questions.Former Badgers star forward and 2015 Naismith Player of the Year, Frank Kaminksy, voiced his discontent with the committee’s decision via Twitter.Submitting my formal application to be on the selection committee… because apparently you don’t even have to watch basketball to be on it— Frank Kaminsky III (@FSKPart3) March 12, 2017Peering just one numeral ahead, the four No. 7 seeds in the tournament collectively averaged an approximate No. 27 standing per BPI evaluation. Once again, the Badgers are a hard No. 21 in this poll.Excluding the No. 16 seeds’ infamous 0-124 historical record against the No. 1’s, every seed has proven it can make a run in March Madness, but make no mistake, seeding matters.There is more than a 10 percent difference between the overall tournament winning percentages between the No. 8 and No. 6 seeds.Backward Big TenICYMI: All of the @B1GMBBall NCAA tourney seeds, in one graphic. pic.twitter.com/951iZqBUU0— Big Ten Network (@BigTenNetwork) March 13, 2017The Big Ten had a down year in men’s college basketball, there’s no other way around it, but surely that weak-conference factor would affect all of its teams the same, right? Not according to the committee.The Badgers finished second in the Big Ten regular season standings, second in the Big Ten Tournament, but somehow tied for the second-lowest seed among all Big Ten teams in the NCAA Tournament.Bleacher Report’s NFL associate editor, Ian Kenyon, weighed in on his confusion with the committee’s take on the Big Ten topography as well.Purdue – 4Minnesota – 5Michigan – 7Northwestern – 8Wisconsin – 8Michigan State – 9…what?— Ian Kenyon (@IanKenyonNFL) March 12, 2017Minnesota (24-9, 11-7 Big Ten) and Maryland (24-9, 12-6) are going to the dance as No. 5 and 6 seeds respectively. Wisconsin not only went a combined 3-0 against these teams on the season, but closed the season with a much stronger statement.Despite the 2017 Big Ten Tournament being held at the “neutral site” Verizon Center located less than 10 miles from Maryland’s home court, Northwestern — soon-to-be 28-point road kill for the Badgers the next day — bounced the No. 3 seed Terps from the quarterfinal round.Men’s basketball: Wisconsin’s Happ, Hayes tear the Terps 71-60 behind huge second-half performanceAfter dropping two in a row for the first time all season, the University of Wisconsin men’s basketball team rebounded Read…The eventual 2017 conference tournament champion Michigan Wolverines punched a ticket back to Minneapolis for the Golden Gophers in the semifinals, which was still one round shy of Wisconsin’s run to the championship game.Last year’s Wisconsin team finished 20-12 (sixth in the Big Ten regular season) with a first-round exit from the 2016 Big Ten Tournament as an encore performance. Their 2016 bracket result: A No. 7 seed.Postseason pedigreeIf all of these perspectives still can’t point the finger, perhaps the committee simply erred on the side of caution due to UW’s recent postseason résumé, defined by early exits from the tournament? Nope, keep searching.Wisconsin is the only team in this year’s tournament to make the Sweet 16 in each of the previous three seasons, and the Badgers have been to the Sweet 16 five of the past six seasons.Men’s basketball: Bo Ryan inducted into National Basketball Hall of FameFormer University of Wisconsin men’s basketball head coach Bo Ryan was named an inductee into the National Basketball Hall of Read…The 2013-17 senior class has been a part of two Final Fours, two Elite Eights and three Sweet 16 appearances in total. The Badgers also boast four starting seniors on this year’s roster who head into the tournament with 113 career wins under their belt.Nigel Hayes, Bronson Koenig, Zak Showalter and Vitto Brown are only two wins shy of sharing the title of winningest class in Wisconsin men’s basketball history, and three short of sole possession.VerdictPlain and simple, it was a bad draw. There’s nothing more to it. The Badgers got snubbed with a No. 8 seed, but fortunately for UW, Sunday’s curveball was the only part left in the committee’s hands.The only thing Wisconsin can do now is focus on who’s up next, and that’s strong No. 9 seed Virginia Tech, coming out of the toughest conference in all of college basketball this year (ACC).The beautiful thing about the NCAA men’s (and women’s) basketball tournament is come Thursday and Friday, every team is the same six wins away from cutting down the nets.Men’s basketball: 8-seed Wisconsin readies for Virginia Tech team under familiar foeEight minutes. That’s all it could take to dash the University of Wisconsin men’s basketball season. That’s all the time Read…Quotable“Expecting a No. 6 and getting a No. 7 isn’t that big of a deal, but Wisconsin getting a No. 8 was flabbergasting.” – Bleacher Report‘s College Basketball National Analyst, Kerry Miller.“Tell me how on earth Wisconsin gets dropped this much further from Minnesota – which it swept. I knew the Big Ten was going to be hard to parse, but this is utterly baffling.” – CBS Sports Writer, Matt Norlander.“Yet somehow, Minnesota got a No. 5 seed despite Wisconsin sweeping the season series. Good luck figuring that out.” – For The Win writer, Steven Ruiz.
The Thurles man and the 10-year-old looked to be heading for a foot-perfect round and were clear coming to the last line of fences. The pair knocked the first and second part of the troublesome double just one fence from home to finish on eight faults.
TORTOLA, British Virgin Islands, CMC – Newly elected Premier of the British Virgin Islands (BVI), Andrew Fahie, says the island’s relationship with the United Kingdom “needs some urgent care and attention.“We value our relations with the UK, and we do hope that Westminster values and understand the special circumstances of small island territories as ours; that they are sensitive to our culture, customs and values which have been fashioned by history and geography, and our faith in God,” Fahie said at a special Thanksgiving Service, his first major national address since taking office last week.The BVI, like other Overseas Territories (OTs) are concerned at a recent report by the House of Commons Foreign Affairs Committee that wants all OTs to legitimize same sex marriages.In its 44-page report titled “Global Britain and the British Overseas Territories: Resetting the Relationship,” the Committee is also calling on the British government to urgently address concerns in the OTs about the issue of citizenship by descent and anomalies in the British Nationality Act that have taken too long to resolve.It suggests that London should initiate a consultation with the elected governments of the OTs and work with them to agree a plan to ensure that there is a pathway for all resident UK and British Overseas Territory citizens to be able to vote and hold elected office in territory.In his statement, Premier Fahie said that the BVI is also concerned at the new policies outlined by Britain and European countries regarding the financial sector in the Caribbean. Regional countries have voiced their displeasure at the polices saying that the intention is to damage their thriving financial sectors.Fahie said as far as overseas territories are concerned, “we call for dialog among equals on this issue; not mandates issued by masters over servants.“Our mandate is to protect and expand the livelihood of the people in these British Virgin Islands. Our mandate is to protect our way of life. For democracy to work anywhere – the people’s voice must be heard – and must be respected!”