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Women at war

first_imgTwo female journalists covering the presidential election in eastern Afghanistan for The Associated Press were savagely attacked in April. Pulitzer Prize-winning photojournalist Anja Niedringhaus and reporter Kathy Gannon were traveling in a protected convoy of election workers when an attacker shot into their vehicle, killing Niedringhaus instantly and gravely wounding Gannon.The assault stunned their friends and colleagues in the media who knew them as respected, hard-working war correspondents who had spent years in Afghanistan, knew the country well, and were not prone to take foolhardy chances.Doing a job fraught with routine risks and daily dangers, journalists in conflict zones around the world rarely want to become news themselves, as Niedringhaus, a 2007 Nieman Fellow, and Gannon did when the attack on them was featured on the front page of The New York Times on April 5. The story offered a rare glimpse into the harrowing, uncertain circumstances that women reporting from war-torn areas frequently face.“It’s a reminder that if you’re doing this job, you might end up giving your life to do it,” said Liz Sly, Beirut bureau chief for The Washington Post and a longtime war correspondent in the Mideast and the Levant.Times reporter Carlotta Gall has covered Afghanistan since the 9/11 attacks and led the paper’s reporting that won a Pulitzer Prize in 2009. She wrote movingly about a lunch she had with Niedringhaus and Gannon in Kabul just a few days before the attack, and suspects they were targeted simply because they were foreigners.“Al-Qaida and Taliban have been doing this for years. They think if they kill a foreigner or two, it scares others away, it disrupts things, it makes it more difficult for the government. And I think they were hoping to disrupt the elections,” said Gall, now the North Africa bureau chief for the Times and a 2012 Nieman Fellow.The attack was a reminder that the job requires constant vigilance, staying under the radar of those who oppose the media or the West, and acceptance that even with experience and precaution, uncertainty always hangs over this work.“It really pains me because of just the fact that they know so much and they’re so valuable and they’d be so helpful to younger journalists who don’t have that experience,” said Jill Dougherty, former Moscow bureau chief for CNN and a spring 2014 fellow at the Shorenstein Center on Media, Politics, and Public Policy at the Harvard Kennedy School.“When you go into a zone like that, you literally never know what is going to happen from minute to minute, and that’s why you really have to have your wits about you and be prepared and be thinking ahead about what would you do if …” said Dougherty, who spent 30 years reporting from Russia, Ukraine, Libya, Iraq, and Afghanistan. “I carry that into my daily life.”“It certainly makes you very careful,” said Gall about the need to travel in groups whose members have been vetted for loyalty and trustworthiness, to avoid cultural missteps or drawing attention to yourself. “But you can never be sure. And so, even though it makes you pause, none of us stopped reporting because of [the attack]. If anything, we want to carry on and do the story in the place of people like Anja and Kathy who risked their lives, so we’ll carry on and get the story for them.”Risks on the riseWhile war reporting has always been dicey work, assaults, kidnappings, suspicious disappearances or imprisonments, and murders of journalists have become more common in recent yearsIn Syria, widely viewed as the most dangerous place to cover right now, at least 65 reporters have been killed since civil war broke out there in 2011, according to The Independent. Reporters Without Borders, a watchdog group that tracks press freedom and violence against journalists around the world, reported that 166 journalists have been imprisoned and 18 have been killed thus far in 2014. Since 2009, 384 journalists have been killed.Dougherty said CNN spends a great deal of time and resources on security and logistics, sending reporters through training exercises with former military personnel who are armed and dressed as insurgents and try to kidnap them as explosions are set off, all to prepare them for dangerous field scenarios.“You have to have a flak jacket, you have to have body armor, and you have to have a first-aid kit,” she said. “Everywhere we go, we take those because you don’t know what’s going to happen. You don’t always know where you’re going to get food, so you sometimes carry food with you. I’ve lived for days on PowerBars.“You’re running on adrenaline. In these zones, you’re often getting four hours of sleep or less a night, easily. So I’ve always found I felt tired, but you don’t really feel the tiredness until you get out of there,” said Dougherty.Early on in her career, Gall said she found that she could handle the unique rigors of the job, which naturally led her editors to continue sending her on difficult assignments.“And then over the years, I think I kept doing it because I really believed this was the most important journalism to be doing and that people were dying and it should be reported and people should know the truth of what it was like and what was happening so that better decisions could be made back home,” said Gall, who recently wrote a book about her time as the longest-serving Western journalist in Afghanistan. “I just came to really believe in the importance of good information in times of conflict for all concerned.”When bullets flyWomen now constitute a significant portion of the reporters on the ground.“What does amaze me is sometimes when I look around a room at a press conference or a front line in a battle zone, there’s an incredible amount of women,” said Gall. “Sometimes in Kabul, all the major papers and news stations had women reporters there. So I think what you’re seeing is a growing number of editors … are realizing that women make very good journalists.”But it wasn’t long ago that women who wanted to work in conflict zones were often met with astonishment or outright resistance.“Yes, definitely, we’re much more accepted by men and male editors and the establishment than we were before,” said Sly, who has reported from Afghanistan, Libya, Lebanon, and Syria since the 1980s. “People don’t bat an eyelash now that there’s a woman doing this job, whereas in those days, there was always some kind of slight puzzlement about it.”Sly recalled once being told by a male editor, as she prepared to head overseas on assignment, that “‘One of the reasons we don’t have women correspondents is because if we send them overseas, they’ll go and get pregnant,’” she said. “And now I know lots of women correspondents who have children and husbands and are also covering this region.”While the job is dangerous, and sexual assaults against women journalists are a genuine threat, they say they face no greater risks than their male colleagues do.“When you’re dealing with a war and things go bang and bullets fly, they fly equally in the direction of women as men,” said Sly. The notion that women are more vulnerable feeds “into stereotypes … that women have some special challenges in the field that men don’t have. I’m very much against that perception that somehow it’s extra hard for us because that perpetuates the idea that somehow women can’t do this job, or it’s a special favor to let us to do this job.”Said Gall: “When it comes to war reporting, I don’t think gender comes into it. I think some people are good at it and some aren’t, and that’s just a personality thing. It’s nothing to do with if you’re male or female.”In fact, a woman’s presence can often deflate tensions, prompt better behavior among armed men, and in some cases open doors that are closed to male journalists.“You’re kind of this creature from outer space — you’re not either sex, and you’re not local. So in that sense, they’ll accept you even though under normal circumstances if they saw a woman coming in, they wouldn’t,” said Dougherty.“Sometimes I’ve found very strict Muslim mullahs or leaders won’t talk to a woman or won’t allow you in their mosques … but on the other hand … you get invited into the family compound, which a male reporter never would,” said Gall. “So you can go and meet the wives and the children, which is an amazing extra advantage on the cultural side.”“There are people now who will tell you: ‘I’ll take you into Syria, but I won’t take a Western man, because you can wear a hijab and you can pretend to be my sister, but I can’t hide a man,’” said Sly.Given the instability of the front lines, Gall said one critical and universal skill that all journalists need is to know when to press ahead and when to bail.“My main maxim is, no story is worth a life. If you are in danger, you should stop and drop the story and get out,” she said. “There’s always going to be another story.”last_img read more

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Jamestown Man Charged With Assault Of 56-Year-Old Woman

first_imgWNY News Now Stock Image.JAMESTOWN – A City of Jamestown man is facing several charges after police responded to a Hallock Street on Sunday.Jamestown Police say 48-year-old Ronald Cornell was arrested just before 2:30 a.m. after allegedly attacking a 56-year-old woman, causing lacerations to her face.Furthermore, officers say Cornell has an order of protection to refrain from making contact with the woman.He was taken to Jamestown City Jail and charged with aggravated criminal contempt and third-degree assault. Officers say he was held in custody pending arraignment in the case. Share:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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Mountain Mama: The Wonderworld

first_imgHocking, Justin (Anna Caitlin Harris)Nothing comes close to the experience of reading The Great Floodgates of the Wonderworld, Justin Hocking’s memoir that weaves together his two obsessions – Moby-Dick and surfing or more appropriately “stoke stroke,” which infers the blissed-out-meditative-feeling that spending time moving with the ocean creates. The way Justin reveals his life experiences one at a time to show his transformation from a mind-and-body-must-always-be-in-motion man by cultivating stillness makes this book universally relatable. From his ambiguous attraction to other men to the dynamics of his dysfunctional family to getting robbed at gunpoint, Justin’s willingness to share his most formative experiences without letting Wonderworld become about those stories creates an intimacy with the reader that makes this book one that I only wanted to put down so I could savor the experience of reading it.New York City might seem like an unlike setting for a memoir about a man who loves the outdoors. Beyond the skyscrapers and graffiti, Justin discovers Rockaway Beach where worries about paying credit card bills and the loneliness of moving to a new city falls away. The water is meditative, allowing him to live in the moment. He writes beautifully about the way nature exists in gritty places and I found myself reading whole paragraphs aloud, rereading phrases like “the skies are beautiful nonetheless, all tagged up with looping swirls of chemical pastels” and the “sand, a grain similar to that found in Florida or California, though more likely littered with chunks of concrete and brick, used syringes, spent .22 shells casings.” Just as the ocean and surfing provides a reprieve from city life for Justin, his writing about nature provides moments of light for the reader as Justin tackles difficult topics like co-dependency rehab and career woes.Wonderworld’s greatest strength is the vulnerability and Justin’s willingness to lay it all out on the page. The book covers a lot of ground, which at times left me scratching my head at the end of a chapter, wondering how it related to the overall story. Justin has this way of engaging the reader by making readers work to link together seemingly incongruous topics and I developed a certain trust that I’d read further along and experience an “ah hah” moment when it all would come together.I slowed down halfway through and although I wanted to get to the happy ending I anticipated for Justin, I hated the idea of saying good-bye to him. By then he felt like a good friend and reading about his surf sessions transported me from the icy world outside my own window into the watery wonder world.These days Justin lives in Portland, Ore., where he surfs, writes, and teaches in the Wilderness Writing MFA program at Eastern Oregon University.last_img read more

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Dutch pension funds urge government to restart reform negotiations

first_imgGerard Riemen, director, PensioenfederatieGerard Riemen, director at the Pensions Federation, said he expected the social partners and the government to restart negotiations.“Given the scale of the problems of the system, they can’t simply afford to do nothing,” he told IPE’s Dutch sister publication Pensioen Pro.In his opinion, the government should take the lead as it had made pensions reform part of its coalition agreement, and also has the final say on changes through legislation.Elsewhere, Hans de Boer, chairman of employer organisation VNO-NCW, suggested that the collapse of the negotiations could be “fertile ground for social unrest”.In his opinion, social affairs minister Wouter Koolmees must seek solutions through legislation based on the government accord, which focused on a new pensions contract with a direct link between paid-in contributions and pensions accrual.The insurance industry association (VvV) also argued that the government should take the initiative.Company schemes ‘don’t need reform’“Resistance among workers is increasing against participating in a pension plan they don’t understand or they don’t trust”Rogier Kerkhof, Korn FerryFrans Dooren, director of the €1.3bn Nedlloyd Pensioenfonds, said most company pension funds didn’t really need pensions reform, as they had already sufficient options for members including defined benefit, defined contribution and hybrid plans.“Contrary to the large industry-wide schemes, which use an average contribution [method] for affiliated companies, company pension funds charge an actuarial premium for their DB plans,” Dooren said. “As a consequence, the problem of younger workers unfairly subsidising older colleagues doesn’t apply to them.”Dooren explained that a new pensions agreement could even have a negative impact on company schemes, as new obligations could be at odds with their current pension plans.Rogier Kerkhof, pensions and remuneration expert at consultancy Korn Ferry, said he expected recent developments to increase the pressure on employers to investigate the option of leaving mandatory sector schemes and setting up their own pension plans instead.“I don’t think companies want to wait much longer,” Kerkhof said. “They have noticed that resistance among their workers is increasing against participating in a pension plan they don’t understand or they don’t trust.” Wortmann-Kool said she could no longer explain to ABP’s members that the scheme couldn’t grant inflation-linked benefits for years to come, and may have to apply benefit cuts, even though the Dutch economy was booming.“Our sympathy is running low as a result of continuously delayed decisions”Corien Wortmann-Kool, ABP“This further undermines trust in the pensions system,” she said. “Our sympathy is running low as a result of the continuously delayed decisions.”Peter Borgdorff, director of the €206bn healthcare scheme PFZW, added: “The end of negotiations is very damaging to the trust in the system. Without a new pensions accord we need to muddle through with the current rules, while our members won’t benefit from the recovering economy.”During October, the funding levels of PFZW and ABP fell by 3 percentage points to roughly 101%. They must be at least 104.3% funded to avoid benefit cuts in 2021.Jos Brocken, chair of the €70bn metal scheme PMT, which is also at risk of benefit cuts, told Dutch newspaper FD: “If anything goes wrong, we have to cut pension rights. Even a monthly discount of a few euros will severely damage the brittle trust in the pensions system.”Both PMT and its €47bn sister metal scheme PME are facing cuts in 2020 if their funding hasn’t recovered sufficiently at the end of 2019.Negotiations to resume A disappointed Dutch pensions sector has urged the unions, employers and the government to do their utmost to restart negotiations over a new pensions agreement, with several commentators calling on the government to take the initiative.Talks between the government and the social partners collapsed on Tuesday night when unions walked out, claiming the government had presented no solutions to their issues.Corien Wortmann-Kool, chair of the €409bn civil service scheme ABP, said that pensions had been “taken hostage to a broader package of measures”, such as increasing the retirement age for the state pension (AOW) and pensions accrual for self-employed workers.In a radio interview, she highlighted that the Social and Economic Council (SER) had produced “ready-made advice on a new pensions contract, which we want to take up tomorrow, as there is a lot of work to do”. The SER is a committee of independent members and representatives of employees and employers, which advises the government.last_img read more

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Antique bans new coal power plants

first_img“Our goal to reduce carbon emissions will beimpossible if we will continue to allow the construction and operation ofadditional coal-fired power plants. Thus, this crucial action of our localgovernment is a vital step towards climate resilience,” Legarda added. ILOILOCity – One coal-fired power plant is enough for Antique. Approvedon Feb. 21, Provincial Ordinance No. 2020-194 cited the ill effects of coalpower plants to the environment. Underthe ordinance, administrative sanctions will be imposed on any governmentofficial and government employee – in accordance with Chapter 4, Section 60 ofthe Local Government Code of 1991 and Civil Service Rules – who shall seek,assistor work for an endorsement of new coal-fired power plants in theprovince. Antiquehas one coal-fired power plant. It is in Semirara Island – where coal is beingmined – under the jurisdiction of the municipality of Caluya. It is beingoperated by the Semirara Mining and Power Corp. Antique’sCong. Loren Legarda commended the Provincial Board.She said the ordinance will help the province reduce harmful emissions andpursue resilient and sustainable development while protecting the environmentand safeguarding the health of Antiqueños. Previously, other provinces have issuedcoal-free local legislations such as Negros Occidental, Negros Oriental, IlocosNorte, Guimaras, Sorsogon, Bohol and Occidental Mindoro while the cities ofSorsogon, Masbate and Ozamiz have issued similar ordinances. Itfurther cited the government’s Climate Change Commission’s Resolution No.2016-001 that at a global level, coal-fired power plants are the biggest sourceof man-made carbon dioxide emissions which account for 35 percent of globalgreenhouse gas emissions.center_img “Asan agricultural province with most of its population being farmers andfisherfolk, Antique can ill afford to bear the destructive effects of coalpower on agriculture and fisheries, such as thermal pollution, coal ashre-suspension and spillage to water bodies,” read part of the ordinanceauthored by Provincial Board member Karmila Rose Dimamay. “We have to wean our economies from overdependence on coal and other fossil fuels. Proliferation of new coal-firedpower plants will only contribute to our own destruction and will only goagainst our commitment to reduce emissions to ensure livable communities todayand for the future,” said Legarda “Whilethe Philippines is not one of the major contributions of carbon emissions, wenevertheless have a duty to reduce the impact of our (coal) consumption andhave an energy mix that is not dependent on coal,” the ordinance added. Coal-fired power plants are the country’s topsource of greenhouse gas emissions and the primary cause of global warming, shesaid. TheSangguniang Panlalawigan of Antique passed an ordinance prohibiting theconstruction of new coal power plants in the province. “We must continue to lead the provincetowards the better path of resilience and sustainability. Let us keep in mindthat the survival of the present and future generations depends on thedecisions and actions that we make today,” said Legarda./PNlast_img read more

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Allstar Performance returns as sponsor of IMCA heat race winner decal program

first_imgAllstar Performance is in its second season as sponsor of the heat winner de­cal program. The Watervliet, Mich., high performance parts manufacturer provides the decals given to heat race winners in all eight IMCA divisions. Drivers winning 10 or more heat races receive $100 Allstar Performance gift cards while the driver with the most heat race wins gets a $250 gift card.  Drivers are required to send a photo of their car proving decal placement to the IMCA home office to be eligi­ble for those awards. WATERVLIET, Mich. – Allstar Performance makes sure every IMCA heat race winner is recognized again in 2019, with post-season awards in store for a select group of those drivers.  Infor­mation about Allstar Performance products and dealer locations is available at the www.allstarperformance.com web­site, by calling 269 463-8000 and on Facebook.center_img “Our team at Allstar Performance is happy to be a marketing partner of IMCA for the ninth year.  IMCA has an impressive amount of drivers, teams and fans that is unequalled in our industry,” said Performance Advertis­ing Manager/Race Track Promotions John Berglund. “They do a great job of implementing sensible rules that result in full fields of cars and highly competitive racing.”  “We are always looking for drivers winning 10 or more heat races in a season and last year we had a great number of them,” IMCA Marketing Director Kevin Yoder said. “Congratulations to Ramsey and Cody for their incredible accomplishment of 29 heat wins, and we will see if anyone can top that in 2019.” Mach-1 Sport Compact national champion Ramsey Meyer and IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stock track champion Cody Williams headed a plethora of Allstar award recipients last season. Each won 29 heat races and re­ceived $250 gift cards.last_img read more

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EPL: Gunners, Red Devils face off in London

first_imgRelatedPosts Ighalo: My best moment as ‘Red Devil’ EPL: Gunners survive West Ham scare EPL: Crystal Palace stun sloppy Man U Arsenal vs. Man United Venue: Emirates Stadium Kick off: 9PMThe New Year gets underway in style as Arsenal and Manchester United renew hostilities with the latest chapter in arguably the most enduring and defining rivalry of the Premier League era. Far from the peak of the 1990s and early 2000s, though, both sides enter the new decade sitting outside the top four and looking to rediscover their past glories under the leadership of a former player. There is no getting away from the fact that fixtures between Arsenal and Manchester United are a far cry from their heyday, but in Mikel Arteta and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer there are now two men in charge who know all about this contest. Solskjaer played when the rivalry was at its fiercest and most ferocious, while Arteta faced United more often than he did any other club during his playing career, not to mention his more recent ties with their local rivals Manchester City. Arteta is now in the position of having to mastermind victory against the foe he knows so well, and there would be few sweeter opponents for him to get his first win as Arsenal boss against. The Spaniard has certainly brought about an improvement from the Gunners since his appointment, at least in terms of performances if not results. Just one point from his opening two games is not the return he would have wanted, but the displays have been encouraging and the players appear to have bought into his demand for a greater work ethic and structure. It looked for a long time as though he would pick up a maiden victory in his first home game at the helm, with Arsenal the better side for much of Sunday’s London derby with Chelsea, only for a howler from Bernd Leno to gift the Blues a route back into the match as they pulled off a dramatic late turnaround to win 2-1. Such costly individual errors are perhaps the priority for Arteta to stamp out if Arsenal are to begin building any sort of consistency, with the Gunners ending 2019 by winning just one of their final 15 games across all competitions and one of their last 12 in the league. It is an unforgivable run of form for a club of Arsenal’s stature, and that is not even the most damning statistic; the North Londoners have now lost four consecutive home games for the first time in 60 years, including three in a row in the league for the first time since 1977, while they have conceded at least twice in each of their last five matches at the Emirates – their worst such run since 1965. The wait for a victory at the Emirates now stretches back seven games to October – their longest streak since 1995 – and only five teams have picked up fewer points in front of their own fans in the league this season. Sunday’s defeat means that they have now lost as many home league games in their last three outings as they had in their previous 37, and worryingly such stats go on and on. All of that has contributed to Arsenal beginning 2020 in 12th place and just six points clear of the relegation zone, with 11 points separating them from the final Champions League spot despite those above them also having struggled for consistency this season. The Gunners were 14 points better off at the same stage of last season, whereas at the start of the last decade they were still challenging for the Premier League title – something they are a whopping 31 points off doing right now. That said, the theme of the mighty falling by no means applies to just Arsenal; this would have been a top-two battle at the beginning of the 2010s, but now you could add Arsenal and United’s points together and they would only be level with league leaders Liverpool. United have at least been better than Arsenal this season, and they ended 2019 in promising fashion with wins over Newcastle United and Burnley helping to make up for their shock defeat at Watford just before Christmas. Consistency has been a major issue for the Red Devils and they have not won three consecutive league games for almost a year, but they have also only lost one of their last nine matches and have been beaten the same number of times as champions Manchester City this term. Indeed, only Liverpool picked up more points than United over the last six games of 2019, helping them to close the gap on the Champions League places to four points. The Red Devils have a difficult start to the New Year with Arsenal, Wolverhampton Wanderers twice, Man City twice, Liverpool and Chelsea to come in their first nine games of 2020, although it is those matches which have showcased the best of Solskjaer’s side so far this season. United have beaten the likes of Man City, Tottenham Hotspur, Chelsea and Leicester City, as well as being the only team to take points off Liverpool, yet they have lost to Crystal Palace, West Ham United, Newcastle United, Bournemouth, Astana and Watford. It is a damning indictment of Arsenal that many will consider them closer to the second batch of teams rather than the first right now, but the occasion and history of this rivalry could be enough to generate the big game fever which United seem to relish. Solskjaer’s side will certainly need that away from home over the coming months considering that their next five away games see them travel to Arsenal, Liverpool, Chelsea, Everton and Tottenham. Right now this trip to the Emirates looks like the easiest of the lot, although they will expect Arsenal to be much better than they have been for the most part in front of their own fans this season as Arteta once again goes in search of his first win. Arsenal possible XI: Leno, Maitland-Niles, Mustafi, Luiz, Saka, Xhaka, Torreira, Nelson, Ozil, Aubameyang, Lacazette. Man U possible XI: De Gea, Wan-Bissaka, Lindelof, Maguire, Shaw, Fred, Matic, Greenwood, Pogba, Rashford, Martial.Tags: londonManchester UnitedMikel ArtetaOle Gunnar Solskjaerlast_img read more

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Fletcher back on track at West Brom

first_img He said: “Yes but it’s winning football matches, so I relate to it. It’s actually a bigger pressure – strange really – but it’s still about winning. “This season it’s the aim to get 40 points but next season let’s try to kick on and get up the league table. There are always challenges as a football player.” West Brom were soundly beaten at the Etihad Stadium but the game’s crucial moment occurred in the second minute when Gareth McAuley was wrongly sent off for a foul committed by team-mate Craig Dawson. Referee Neil Swarbrick later acknowledged and apologised for the incidence of mistaken identity but West Brom were still unhappy Dawson’s challenge on Wilfried Bony was deemed a sending-off offence. After that, City cruised to victory with goals from Bony, Fernando and David Silva. Fletcher said: “It was the first minute of the game and you look at Bony’s reaction – he tries to play on. So in that respect, it kills the game. “You come here with a gameplan, you’re really looking forward to it after them losing to Barcelona, an opportunity to get something. But it wasn’t to be – a really uphill battle from then.” Since moving to The Hawthorns he has been made captain and is relishing the chances he is now getting as one of the senior figures in the side. Fletcher said: “I’m enjoying working with this manager and the club. It’s a great club, a real family club. The players too. I can’t speak highly enough of all aspects of it. “The key for me was to play games and for a manager to want you and believe in you, and have high standards for you. As a player that’s what you want – a manager who wants and puts trust in you. I think I’ve responded to that. “Being captain was a surprise but a great honour. The manager threw it at me. It was a bit strange but all the lads have taken to me and been great. “We’ve got good leaders in the dressing room, it’s up to me to keep standards high and keep everyone at it.” Pulis himself is new to the club having been brought in as new head coach in January following a poor start to the season under previous boss Alan Irvine. Under Pulis fortunes have improved but, after Saturday’s comprehensive – albeit controversial – 3-0 defeat at Manchester City, there is still work to be done to guarantee safety. Albion are eight points above the drop zone with eight games to play and nobody is taking anything for granted yet – although relegation battles are an alien concept to Fletcher. Scotland midfielder Fletcher ended a 20-year association with Manchester United to join the Baggies in January. The 31-year-old had found opportunities limited over the previous year at Old Trafford after returning from a lengthy spell out of the game through illness. Darren Fletcher feels he is getting his career back on track under the guidance of Tony Pulis at West Brom. Press Associationlast_img read more

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Local man caught cutting breaks on ride sharing electric scooters

first_imgThe Fort Lauderdale Police Department is reporting that they have arrested a suspect who has been cutting the break lines on electric ride sharing scooters.Authorities arrested 59-year-old Randall Williams Sunday after a ring.com video showed Williams in the act of tampering with several scooters.Upon further investigation authorities found 20 other scooters in the area with severed breaks.Officials say they have been investigating the case since April of 2019 and that Williams is responsible for damaging over 140 scooters, all in the area of 1200 East Broward Boulevard.Williams is now facing a charge of criminal mischief which is a 3rd degree felony.The electric scooter vendor has since been contacted to remove the damaged scooters, however, authorities are asking residents to contact the vendor if they believe they have found a scooter that has been tampered with.Additionally, officials are asking residents to contact police if they witness someone tampering with an electric scooter.last_img read more

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ICC World Cup Kane Williamson’s ton drill another nail in South Africa’s semis hope

first_imgKane Williamson was adjudicated as the man-of-the-match. New Zealand now has 9 points and move to top of the table. South Africa are virtually knocked out of the tournament.  New Delhi : Kane Williamson’s unbeaten 106 off 138 deliveries while chasing a stiff target of 242 set by South Africa at Edgbaston in Birmingham turned out to be a match winning knock as New Zealand managed to upstage Proteas comprehensively in the end to go top on the points table. South Africa played their heart out but was overshadowed by some stupendous all-around performance from the team in form. With this loss, South Africa have been knocked out of this mega event and their losing streak against Kiwis is set to continue for a minimum of four years. Needing 12 off last seven balls, Williamson steered a Lungi Ngidi slower delivery to third man boundary to bring down the equation to 8 off the last over.With Ngidi (1/47), Kagiso Rabada (1/42) and Chris Morris (3/49) all bowling their full quota, Faf Du Plessis had no option but to use their weakest link Andile Phehlykwayo. Williamson promptly hit the second delivery for his first six of the match to close the encounter.With this win, New Zealand for a day went on top of points table with nine points from five games while South Africa after their fourth defeat in six games have little chance of making it to the last four.Williamson’s innings had eight fours and a six, while De Grandhomme was the aggressor during the stand with five fours and two sixes. Earlier, New Zealand’s bowling unit fired in unison as they restricted South Africa to 241 for six in the rain-truncated  encounter.The match was reduced to 49-a-side affair after wet ground outfield delayed the start.Despite half centuries from Hashim Amla (55 off 83 balls, 4x4s) and Rassie van der Dussen (67 not out off 64 balls, 2x4s, 34x6s), the Black Caps managed to keep the South African batsmen under tight leash.Lockie Ferguson (3 for 59 in 10 overs) was the most successful bowler for New Zealand, while Colin de Grandhomme (1/33 in 10 overs) turned out to be the most economical.De Grandhomme and left-arm spinner Mitchell Santner (1/45 in 9 overs) maintained tight discipline during the middle overs and did not allow any opposition batsmen to get away.Van der Dussen and David Miller (36 off 37 balls) added 72 runs for the fifth wicket in 12.2 overs but facing a must-win situation, South Africa could never really up the ante.Van der Dussen hit two fours and three sixes while Miller hit two boundaries and a six.The last nine overs produced 72 runs after Faf Du Plessis (23) added 50 with Amla, who completed 8000 ODI runs and became second fastest to complete the feat.Trent Boult castled Quinton de Kock early in the innings and Matt Henry (0/34 in 10 overs) bowled tight lines from the other end after New Zealand won the toss and elected to bowl first.Du Plessis was yorked by Ferguson and Amla was bowled by a classical left-arm spinners delivery that hit the top of off stump.(With Inputs: PTI) highlightscenter_img For all the Latest Sports News News, ICC World Cup News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps.last_img read more

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