South Africa extends mandate of is Forces in DRC

first_imgThe South African soldiers will be in DRC for one more year taking part in the Force Intervention BrigadeThe South African government has extended the mandate of its forces taking part in a UN peace keeping mission in DRC.The mandate of other SA soldiers in peace keeping missions in Sudan’s Darfur region and other Southern African Development Community countries will also be extended.The South African soldiers will be in DRC for one more year taking part in the Force Intervention Brigade, part of the U.N. MONUSCO peacekeeping operation in the Great Lakes country.The deployment of 1,388 troops in the DR Congo and 850 troops in Darfur Sudan has been extended by one year to March 31, 2016, according to a statement by the presidential spokesperson Mac Maharaj.The intervention brigade has been given a special mandate to take on armed groups who have terrorized and created instability for years in the poor but mineral-rich region.U.N. and Congolese troops launched strikes in January against the remnants of a Burundian rebel group based in the borderlands of Eastern Congo.However, MONUSCO in February paused its support for a campaign against another rebel group – the Democratic Forces for the Liberation of Rwanda – after Congo named to top posts two generals suspected of human rights violations.The operation is now going ahead without U.N. support.last_img read more


Sunman resident succumbs to ATV crash injuries

first_imgCincinnati, Oh. — Harry Laker, 84, of Sunman, has died from injuries suffered in an ATV crash on Friday, May 11.Indiana State Police say Laker was rear ended by a 16-year-old Ripley County youth and was ejected from the ATV. He was transported to University of Cincinnati Hospital where he died Sunday. The teen was not injured.Police do not suspect alcohol or drugs in the incident.last_img


Stayin’ Alive, United Way of Franklin County offer ‘Youth Renewal’

first_imgBrookville, In. — Stayin’ Alive & Unites Way of Franklin County are offering a Personal Renewal for Youth Workers Thursday, June 7 from 8:30 to 10 a.m. at the Brookville Methodist Church. For more information please call 765-647-5268.last_img


Pardew goes for flat pack four

first_imgDIY expert Alan Pardew is taking the IKEA approach to dragging Newcastle out of the doldrums. The Magpies host Liverpool on Saturday having put together a run of three successive – and increasingly unlikely – victories to ease themselves out of the Barclays Premier League relegation zone and into the Capital One Cup quarter-finals. Each win has relieved some of the pressure on Pardew and while some supporters may not be fully behind him, the pressure has eased with the players clearly firmly behind the 53-year-old. The celebrations at the final whistle said much about the changing atmosphere at the club, although Pardew, who has had to contend with concerted calls for his head in recent months, made a swift and low-key exit. He said: “As an experienced manager, I’ve experienced times like that before – not perhaps with the scale of the media criticism that I was receiving, but certainly in terms of results. “I’ve had results like that at Charlton and West Ham, and you have to try to find a solution. If you don’t believe you’re strong enough as a character to find a solution, then don’t do the job. “I’m confident I can do this job and I was always confident I could turn it around.” A fourth win on the trot against Liverpool would help to cement that recovery, although Pardew is wary of the Reds’ enigmatic summer signing Mario Balotelli and his struggle to impose himself following his return to English football. He said: “I think he’s a great player, I really do. When I’ve seen the really, really big games come along, he has delivered for Italy and in the big games for Manchester City. “I think big games turn him on a little bit. It’s probably the other games that you really need to focus on him, and I think that’s probably an area he needs to improve on. “I think we’re a big game – we’re on the telly, he’s under a lot of pressure, so I’m very wary of him because he can deliver on those days.” Press Association However, Pardew insists his methods, which he likens to assembling a piece of flat-pack furniture, would not have worked if he had ignored the instructions and found himself with a wobbly structure and a handful of nuts and bolts left over. He said: “You’ve kind of got to box it down. It’s a bit like one of those IKEA furniture packs you buy – you can’t try and get to the end, you’ve got to do all the little bits to get there, and it takes time. “I’ve done a few of them because my wife’s Swedish. It’s about doing that little bit first, and if you get that wrong, the second bit doesn’t work. If you get the second bit wrong, the third bit definitely ain’t working and the tabletop is all… “I think it’s very important, if you’re in the coaching or managerial world, that you actually segment it down and just say, ‘Right, what’s our problem, what do we need to do, what needs to happen at this football club to turn us from what we are to a better team?’. “I also think the last international break was important for us so we could do a review of how we were getting at teams and how they were getting at us. I think that helped us. “I think we’ve put some blocks in place that now gives us some sort of thing to hinge on to.” Newcastle ended their wait for a first league win of the season with a scratchy 1-0 victory over Leicester on October 18, and followed it up with a more impressive performance to edge out Tottenham 2-1 at White Hart Lane after falling behind last weekend. But perhaps the best of the lot was Wednesday night’s 2-0 Capital One Cup victory at Manchester City in which Ryan Taylor, playing his first senior game for 26 months, and youngsters Rolando Aarons and Adam Armstrong made light of the high-quality opposition they faced. last_img read more


Asian Football Confederation (AFC) Officials To Visit Guwahati Shortly

first_imgKolkata: The Indian football team is likely to open their second round of the Asian qualifiers for the 2022 FIFA World Cup campaign against Oman on September 5 at the Indira Gandhi Athletic Stadium in Guwahati if all goes as per plan.India have been clubbed in Group E alongside Bangladesh, Oman, Afghanistan and hosts Qatar. According to the schedule, the Blue Tigers coached by Croatian Igor Stimac are slated to take on Oman in their first game at home. Speaking to IANS, sources in the All India Football Federation (AIFF) said Guwahati could be a possible venue as after the advent of the Indian Super League (ISL), the facilities and infrastructure has improved a lot with NorthEast United calling the stadium their home.“AFC officials will inspect the venue soon and we will take the final call then. But as things stand now, Guwahati is the frontrunner for the first game,” the source said.Guwahati also successfully hosted matches of the FIFA U-17 World Cup in 2017.India will also take on Bangladesh at home, the venue for which is likely to be Kolkata’s Vivekananda Yuba Bharari Krirangan as Guwahati hosting the neighbours could lead to unwanted tension after the episode with regards to Assam’s National Register of Citizens process that was aimed at identifying undocumented migrants.Besides being home to ISL outfit ATK, the colossal Vivekananda Yuba Bharari Krirangan hosted the final of the U-17 World Cup between England and Spain witnessing record turnout.The other venue to host home matches for the second round of the Asian qualifiers for the 2022 FIFA World Cup is Mumbai’s Football Arena which is home to Mumbai City FC and also hosted the inaugural Intercontinental Cup last year.The 34 top-ranked Asian sides as per the FIFA world rankings for June are joined in the second round by the six winners (Bangladesh, Cambodia, Guam, Malaysia, Mongolia and Sri Lanka) of the Round 1 ties.The competing nations were drawn into eight groups of five teams, with a side from each of the below pots (also determined by June’s FIFA rankings) making up the five-team pools.The matches in the second round will be played from September 5 to June 9, 2020. The group winners and four best runners-up (12 teams in total) will advance to the third round of Asian World Cup qualifiers.The group stage will be played in a double round-robin format where all teams will face each other twice in home and away conditions. (IANS)Also Read: Iran goalie nominated for Asian Football Confederation (AFC) player of the yearlast_img read more


White eyes starting spot in final season

first_imgAndy Fate / The Badger HeraldFor almost his entire life, James White has never been the lead running back.When he was a three-star running back from Saint Thomas Aquinas High School in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., White was just an accent to his four-star teammate and UNC-commit Giovanni Bernard.When White arrived at Wisconsin, he was the speed to John Clay’s strength. He might have been the leading rusher, but he wasn’t the lead back.Montee Ball was the next man for White to supplement. Ball was the bratwurst. White was the beverage. Maybe Melvin Gordon was the finishing condiment. Once again, White was second in line. That all might start to change … maybe.In his last spring camp as a Badger, White has jumped up the depth chart, some would say by default, to the lead running back spot, as far as repetitions go. Finally.“James has done a good job this spring of establishing himself,” running backs coach Tom Hammock said. “He’s demanding his touches and he’s earning them. Every day he comes out to practice and earns more reps, so I’m looking forward to seeing how that develops once the season starts.”“Once the season starts” is off in the distance for White, some four and a half months before the Badgers take to Camp Randall for the regular season. It likely seems even further in the distance for the running back who has been in competition each of the last five or six years.The competition he shared with Ball didn’t leave as the clock expired on Ball’s illustrious career; it has actually probably heightened since the departure of the all-time touchdowns leader.Joining White in the Badgers’ backfield again is redshirt sophomore Melvin Gordon. The exciting jet-sweep specialist from 2012 excelled enough toward the end of the season to get many thinking White would once again be singing the second verses of the running back band.But while Gordon has been sidelined recently for Wisconsin’s practice, redshirt junior Jeff Lewis also threw his name into the mix, rushing for 74 yards on 16 carries during Saturday’s scrimmage, according to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. No matter where he seems to go, White tends to bring a competition with him.“I won’t say committee, but I’m going to let these guys fight for those carries,” Hammock said of his attempts to fill the void left by Ball, which may take all of three backs to satisfy. “If you want 20 carries, fight for them, and then go out there and earn it during the game.”It’s obvious that fighting for carries is nothing new to No. 20. What is likely new for him, however, is the leadership role he is now thrust into as the lone senior running back. Until this point, White always had an upperclassman leading the way. Now it’s his turn to lead.“We’re all competing out here, all the running backs. Everybody is fighting for that starting job,” White said. “I’m just trying to work hard and have a positive attitude out here and try to lead by example.”He sure did that during Saturday’s scrimmage. White did most of his damage on a pair of long runs in addition to a goal line touchdown carry. White said those carries are exactly how he likes to run; taking what his offensive line gives him and “wait for the long runs to come.”Those long runs are a big part of what White brings to the table as a running back. They are a big reason why he leads the nation in rushing among all returning running backs.While Ball had his days of explosiveness, White’s pedigree stems from finding seams and accelerating into the defensive backfield. It’s what Hammock enjoys seeing from him, too.“For the type of back that you are, you’ve got to make people miss,” Hammock said,  reciting what he tells White. “At the end of the day, when you’re in the open field, you’ve got to want it. That changes drives, that changes games, that changes seasons.”Having White lead the backfield also changes things a bit for redshirt sophomore fullback Derek Watt.Watt earned the starting fullback position in 2012 and will more than likely own the position again this season. He’ll be blocking for an entirely different lead back, however, regardless of whether White is the man or not.“[White] is a little more shifty – he can get outside and he can squeeze through little openings,” Watt said. “He’s a little different than Montee, not quite as big; he’s a lot smaller. But he’s got his own little way of doing things.”That might come from his upbringing, or at least Hammock would like to think so. His coach presumes that, if it comes White’s way, assuming the lead running back spot would be a product of how his parents raised him.“The one thing about James White is that he is the most solid, hard-working individual that I’ve been around,” Hammock said. “He’s going to come to work every day and not say two words.”“I call him the true professional because he knows what it takes.”last_img read more


Women’s hockey: Badgers fall short but leave impressive legacy

first_imgEven though the season came to a bitter end, the University of Wisconsin women’s hockey team still has so much to be proud of.For starters, the Badgers managed to edge out their rivals, 2016 NCAA champions, the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities for the USCHO.com No. 1 pre-season ranking. Even though Wisconsin fell to Minnesota during the semifinal round of the 2016 NCAA Frozen Four tournament, it was the Badgers’ impressive talent and intense work ethic that made USCHO.com choose them over the Gophers.One of the key reasons behind this ranking was Wisconsin’s senior goaltender Ann-Renée Desbiens, who had managed to earn an impressive 21 shutouts during the 2015-16 season. Along with an impressive number of shutouts, Desbiens also held an NCAA record for save percentage (.960) and goals-against average (.76) for the season.Women’s hockey: Badgers bring home WCHA title for third year in a rowFor the third year in a row, the University of Wisconsin women’s hockey team is WCHA postseason champion. The Badgers (31-2-4-0, Read…Desbiens had much to build on, and it appeared she had a high bar set for herself during the 2016-17 season. Desbiens not only kept up with the intense standards she had achieved last season, but she added several more records to her resume, including a record number of career shutouts (54) for either a man or a woman, a .963 save percentage and .71 goals-against average.Desbiens was just one of the six Wisconsin seniors who would help this team achieve greatness. Senior captain and forward Sydney McKibbon would prove to be quite the asset when Wisconsin needed her the most.If the Badgers found themselves with a need to score, it was McKibbon they called on. McKibbon would end the season with a grand total of 32 points (13 goals, 19 assists) for the Badgers, making her the fourth-highest scorer for UW.McKibbon was also assisted by Sarah Nurse, who made a major scoring impact for Wisconsin this year. Nurse has an impressive 53 points (25 goals, 28 assists), a +42 record for the season and an astonishing three hat tricks this year. Nurse would be the second-highest scorer for UW this season, and her absence will leave a great hole for the Badgers come 2017-18.Nurse’s fellow line mate Annie Pankowski truly anchored the Badger team this season. Even though Pankowski started off the season with a bit of a scoring slump, not scoring a goal until Nov. 16 against the University of Minnesota, Duluth, this slow start did not phase her, as she would end the season with a total of 55 points (25 points, 30 assists), a +42 record and two hat tricks.The first line was completed with Emily Clark, who truly managed to win some games for Wisconsin this year. Clark had a grand total of 9 game-winning goals this season, which added to a grand total of 46 points (20 goals, 26 assists) and a +48 record, the highest overall on the team.It wasn’t just the upperclassman that led this Badger team to an outstanding season. Freshmen like Abby Roque, who garnered the WCHA Rookie of the Year award, Presley Norby, Mekenzie Steffen, with 2 game-winning goals, Alexis Mauermann and Maddie Rowe all made quite an impact during their first year.Another freshman who made some waves this year was goaltender Nikki Cece, who is expected to step in for Desbiens after she graduates. Cece skated into the net when Desbiens sustained a concussion early this season, and managed to earn four wins and even get her first shut out in her collegiate career.Women’s hockey: No. 1 Wisconsin three wins away from national champion crownIn their final home game of the 2016-17 season, the University of Wisconsin women’s hockey team will take on ECAC’s Read…Even though the season ended without Wisconsin bringing home the NCAA championship trophy, the Badgers still managed to win the WCHA regular-season and post-season titles. Wisconsin ended their season with a 33-3-4 record in the NCAA and a 22-2-4 record in the WCHA.Wisconsin will retire some truly great seniors this year, with Desbiens, Nurse, McKibbon, Mikayla Johnson, Jenny Ryan and Mellissa Channell all completing their final season of eligibility this year. This senior class has helped Wisconsin earn three WCHA post-season titles, two WCHA regular-season titles and four Frozen Four appearances.With so much accomplished this year, and with Wisconsin retaining three of their top five scorers (Pankowski, Clark, Roque) next year, the team’s 2016-17 run is yet another amazing season the Badgers can add to the record books.last_img read more


2020 5-star guard Priscilla Williams verbally commits to Syracuse

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on September 16, 2019 at 8:00 pm Contact David: ddschnei@syr.edu Five-star guard Priscilla Williams has verbally committed to Syracuse, Williams announced via an Instagram post on Monday afternoon. Williams is ranked third among guards and 11th overall in the 2020 class, according to the espnW 100 list. The 6-foot-2 guard also considered Southern Methodist, Louisville, Mississippi State and Florida State. Syracuse head coach Quentin Hillsman retweeted a screenshot of a scouting report saying “Williams can lead from the guard position, score off the dribble [and] spread the floor with the deep ball.” ESPN’s most recent player evaluations from July describe Williams as an “athletic guard [with a] feathery touch” and that her “mid-range game moves beyond the arc.”Williams is the second player to choose Syracuse in the class of 2020, joining guard Faith Blackstone, a four-star recruit, according to espnW 100.The Branson, Missouri native could join a Syracuse backcourt that includes Kiara Lewis and Emily Engstler, both of whom have eligibility through the 2020-21 season. The Orange’s All-Atlantic Coast Conference point guard Tiana Mangakahia, who will miss this season as she continues to undergo treatment for breast cancer, announced on Aug. 20 she plans to play for SU in the 2020-21 season.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textAs a junior at Branson High School, Williams averaged 27.8 points and 10.1 rebounds per game, sunk 52 three-pointers and recorded a school-record 51 points in a game. She was named to USA Today’s All-USA Missouri Girls Basketball Team and the Missouri Basketball Coaches Association’s Class 5 All-State team in 2019. Commentslast_img read more


Soccer: Pressure on McCarthy to prove fitness

first_imgJames McCarthy must train this morning if he’s to hold any hope of starting tomorrow night’s Euro qualifier with Scotland. The Everton midfielder is nursing a hamstring strain, and has yet to take part in a full session with the squad this week. Martin O’Neill’s squad will fly to Scotland this afternoon, before training at Celtic Park this evening.last_img