Brazil in Command of the Maritime Task Force in Lebanon

first_imgBy Taciana Moury/Diálogo June 13, 2017 The Maritime Task Force (FTM, per its Portuguese acronym) of the United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL) has been run by Brazil since 2011. Rear Admiral Flávio Macedo Brasil led the mission in 2015 when he oversaw nearly 1,000 service members from six countries: Brazil, Greece, Turkey, Germany, Bangladesh, and Indonesia. FTM-UNIFIL is the only maritime UN peacekeeping mission. In an interview with Diálogo, Rear Adm. Brasil said that being in command of a transnational troop was one of the mission’s biggest challenges. “It was important to take cultural, religious, and operational aspects into account. The way in which the navies behave is very similar, but there are differences that must be respected,” he explained. Rear Adm. Brasil also noted that the mission enabled other troops stationed in Lebanon to be exposed to naval culture. “We had a total contingent of 11,000 service members in Lebanon, considering both ground and naval peacekeeping forces,” he said. FTM-UNIFIL’s main objective is to prevent conflict between Israel and Lebanon. In addition, the maritime force patrols Lebanon’s territorial waters and the surrounding area. “Our job is to keep weapons, munitions, and related supplies from coming in by sea,” he said. According to Rear Adm. Brasil, the procedure involved closely monitoring ships as they came and went. “They were all detected, interrogated, and, if necessary, troops boarded and inspected those ships,” he explained. UNIFIL also trains the Lebanese Armed Forces so that in the future they can take charge of their own country’s security. “The peacekeeping mission is temporary in nature and aimed at providing support in a crisis situation, while the country prepares and strengthens itself,” Rear Adm. Brasil explained. But, according to him, training, supplies, and funding are required to achieve autonomy for protection and defense. “This is tough in Lebanon. They still need the UN’s support,” he stated. Preparation for the mission “I studied a lot to take command of FTM-UNIFIL. Over the five months prior to my deployment, I read every UN document related to this type of mission, and sought to understand the scenario and local culture,” Rear Adm. Brasil revealed. He felt that understanding the geopolitical and religious customs and context facilitated his work at UNIFIL. “We also took part in training exercises in Brazil, based on the experience of those who had been on the mission. During the course, we saw the difficulties experienced by previous contingents, and they enabled us to develop a sense of the challenges that we were going to face,” he recalled. He explained that the Brazilian Navy’s personnel had undergone two types of training: one for the crew, and another for the Joint Staff, who is in charge of running the mission. “The crew’s training is very specific to the operational and tactical tasks that will be undertaken there. The Joint Staff’s training also included studying the culture and language,” he added. According to information from the Brazilian Ministry of Defense, the Navy’s service members participated in internships at special facilities in Rio de Janeiro. The training takes place at the Brazilian Navy Fleet Command, the unit in charge of planning the naval and aerial operations of the Brazilian squadron, at the Almirante Sylvio de Carmargo Instruction Center, which trains marines, and at Brazil’s Joint Peacekeeping Operations Center, a unit of the Brazilian Army which specializes in training service members, police, and civilians from Brazil and from other friendly nations for peacekeeping missions. The ship is prepared with the assistance of the Almirante Marques de Leão Training Center, a unit also headquartered in Rio de Janeiro. For Rear Adm. Brasil, it was an honor to have commanded FTM-UNIFIL for a year. “The mission gives us a sense of usefulness as service members. The personal and professional gains are fantastic,” he emphasized. He added that it is important for Brazil to contribute to UN peacekeeping missions. “We understand the importance that this type of operation has for peace in the Middle East, something that ends up affecting everyone,” he said. Brazil in UNIFIL Since March 15, the frigate União, with nearly 250 service members, has been the flagship of FTM-UNIFIL. This is the 13th Brazilian contingent. Rear Admiral Sergio Fernando de Amaral Chaves Junior, commander of the operation, is in charge of an FTM composed of seven ships belonging to Germany, Bangladesh (2), Greece, Indonesia, and Turkey, in addition to the Brazilian frigate. According to Commander Ricardo Barillo Cruz, operations coordinator of the Operational Employment Section of the Deputy Office for Peacekeeping Operations, nearly 3,000 Brazilian service members have participated in the mission in Lebanon. Besides the frigate União’s crew, Brazil is represented by 13 service members on the FTM Joint Staff, three service members on the UNIFIL Joint Staff, and seven embedded with the Spanish Brigade. According to Cdr Cruz, the troops are switched out at different times from the officers in the Joint Staff. “Every six months both the ship and noncommissioned officers are relieved. Whereas, officers in the Joint Staff are replaced once a year,” he explained. “Brazil’s involvement in UNIFIL is important for our service members’ preparation and readiness to be deployed in real conflict situations,” Cdr. Cruz noted, adding that being in command of the UN’s only maritime force in the world enhances the country’s standing on the international stage. Brazilian Defense Minister Raul Jungmann said in a press conference that Brazil might expand its participation in UNIFIL after its troops leave Haiti in October. Taking on another mission, however, will depend on an invitation from the UN and approval from Brazil’s National Congress. Adriana Erthal Abdenur, an expert on international relations, told the EFE News Agency that the obvious destination for Brazilian troops would be to reinforce UNIFIL. “Brazil has been leading FTM since 2011,” she said. However, she noted that for Brazil to take on new duties in Lebanon, other countries would have to leave the mission, which is highly prized and strategic for many countries, including those in Europe. According to Rear Adm. Brasil, it would be great for the country to expand its participation in UN peacekeeping missions. He emphasized that opting for Lebanon will require operating differently from methods used in the United Nations Stabilization Mission in Haiti. “I have no doubt that we’re capable but the conflict in Lebanon requires specific training and a lot of preparation,” he noted. UNIFIL UNIFIL was founded in 1978 during the Lebanese Civil War, which also involved Palestinians and Israelis. In 2006, the UN peacekeeping mission was bolstered by FTM after Israel invaded southern Lebanon to combat Hezbollah. After being led by Germany, and by a European group consisting of Portugal, Spain, France, and Italy, FTM-UNIFIL came under Brazilian command in 2011.last_img read more

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Salvadoran Armed Force Makes Progress on Gender Equality

first_imgBy Lorena Baires / Diálogo March 06, 2020 Twenty years ago, the Salvadoran Armed Force (FAES, in Spanish) opened its doors to female candidates at the Captain General Gerardo Barrios Military School. Since then, more than 1,500 women have joined the force. In early 2020, female participation within FAES includes 128 officers, three noncommissioned officers, and 480 troops.In 2019, 634 women enrolled in the Military School. The amount of candidates is constant. “It gives me great satisfaction to share my expertise,” Army First Lieutenant Adriana Burgos, head of Civil Affairs at FAES Transmissions Support Command, told Diálogo. “In 2020, I will lead medical campaigns in rural areas together with service members of the United States, where coordination and logistics are taken very seriously.”From left, Army First Lieutenant Martha Henríquez Palma, Air Force First Lieutenant Brenda Lisseth Contreras, and Naval Force Ensign Clara Rosales take part in their grade promotion ceremony at the Salvadoran Armed Force’s Military Doctrine and Education Command in San Salvador, on February 6, 2020. (Photo: Gloria Cañas / Diálogo)The first 16 female FAES service members graduated in 2006. Ten of them were promoted to major in 2018. The first military woman to officially wear the Salvadoran uniform was Adriana Herrera de Hayem in 1969, after finishing her studies at Mexico’s Military Nursing School. She later earned her doctorate in geriatrics, in Spain. She retired in 2000 as a colonel, the top rank reached by women in El Salvador.At the Naval Force, the first cohort of women began in 2010. So far, there are nine officers and 25 troops. The top rank reached by women is that of lieutenant commander.“In the Naval Force, women make their way at all levels. The limits are not in the institution, but within every human being, regardless of their gender,” Lieutenant Junior Grade Marinlys Chicas, tutor at the Center for Naval Education and Instruction, told Diálogo. “We have a woman who works with great success, side by side with gentlemen at the Naval Task Force Trident, our elite group that counters narcotrafficking.”Salvadoran female service members are also present in United Nations peacekeeping missions.For example, Major Sandra Hernández is a helicopter pilot with the Salvadoran Air Force’s (FAS, in Spanish) third contingent at the United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in Mali. She told Diálogo that she joined this mission because patrolling “brings peace of mind to people, so they can go to work, take their children to school, and not have to stay at home in fear.”“The increase in female personnel leads to more credible and satisfactory protection responses to meet the needs of local communities. When women are negotiating, peace lasts longer,“ says António Guterres, U.N. secretary-general, on the Office of the Secretary-General website.Another outstanding Salvadoran woman is FAS pilot María Elena Mendoza, who in 2016 became the first Central American woman to be certified as a combat pilot. Today she is a captain and is deployed in an elite group to protect her country from the skies.“We are the ones who define authority and place, with mutual respect. I lead groups of male soldiers, and they recognize our leadership style; we fit in perfectly,” said 1st Lt. Burgos. “There are opportunities to better yourself in military activities. There is no challenge that cannot be overcome; you only need discipline.”last_img read more

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Istria wants to become a top destination for IT professionals, not just tourists. Certainly a great upgrade to tourism

first_img“In particular, our shortcoming is the lack of professional staff. Joint action is needed to influence the creation of staff that will remain there. And not only that – we want to bring young ICT professionals to Istria“, ističe Verbanac. Istria has long been known as a top tourist destination, and companies from the ICT sector operating through the ICT Istria Expert Group and the Croatian Chamber of Commerce in Pula decided to further brand the quality of life of their region to attract top professionals and companies.  The branding strategy defines five values ​​of Istria as a brand. These are courage, excellence, local value, openness and ease of living. The problematic points are, in addition to the already mentioned lack of manpower, finding accommodation for professionals and bureaucracy. That is why a Branding Strategy has been developed that promotes Istria as an ideal place to live, work and study. The goal is to create a stimulating business environment in which the competencies of the sector will create significant benefits not only for ICT companies but also for the economy of the entire county.  The corona crisis has shown the strength of the ICT sector, and now is the right time for the region to impose itself as an attractive destination for digital nomads. This requires the help of the state, ie the regulation of such a form of work that will enable experts to work for any global company, and enjoy all the benefits of life in the local area.  Photo: mirkobozzato, pixabay.com The fact that innovative ICT companies such as Infobip, Inter Soft Technologies, Infosit already operate successfully in Istria, achieve global success and represent a great development perspective certainly helps to attract experts. They are focused on new technologies, and often their clients are the world’s leading companies in their segments. So, good foundations are there, and now we need to work on them and send a clear message to professionals around the world – that Istria is a desirable region for them and their companies.  Or turn Istria as an ideal destination for digital nomads, and still rely on tourism, ie the quality of life in Istria. A great new direction, added value and an upgrade to tourism, not to mention that it is not good to put all the eggs in one basket, which we felt very well on our skin this year. We are currently working on the visual identity of the ICT Istra association, which will communicate the balance between business and private life, and on the other hand show the diversity of advanced solutions that emerge in a non-burdensome and positive environment. This is precisely the comparative advantage that is important to emphasize nowadays in order to attract domestic and foreign IT talents. “The strategy will enable us to have better visibility and recognizability of our activities aimed at local self-government units, the academic community and the general public, all with the aim of popularizing ICT in Istria. This sector can be a generator of strategic economic growth in the region, but it needs the support of the local community, not in business because they are top experts in their field, but in removing bureaucratic obstacles and the orderliness of society itself.”, He points out Dean Verbanac President of the Professional Group of IT Istria, adding that through the development of the strategy they established the key advantages that Istria can offer as an ICT destination, but also what the problems are. last_img read more

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Court-martial of gay soldier form of discrimination, activists say

first_imgThe trial against DS in a martial-court in Denpasar was the latest example of numerous forms of persecution confronting the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community across the country, according to activists. Many activists and experts have been denouncing such accusations against people for same-sex relations as a form of discrimination and a violation of human rights.The indictment was not the correct application of Article 281, which stipulates that the offense must be carried out “publicly” in open spaces, said Institute for Criminal Justice Reform’s (ICJR) researcher Genoveva “Geno” Alicia Karisa Shiela Maya.The article was often interpreted loosely so as to provide room for discriminatory prosecutions of members of the LGBT community.”The reason [behind the use of the article against LGBT people] might be more because of social factors,” Geno told The Jakarta Post on Sunday. “If the law is applied appropriately, there is actually no basis that can be used to prosecute [LGBT people], but the problem is this law is being interpreted freely, so such cases keep happening.” A gay soldier, a second lieutenant of the Indonesian Army identified only by his initials DS, is fighting a legal battle over his alleged personal relations with three men in 2017 and 2018. His prosecution is discriminatory, according to rights groups.The prosecutor, Lt. Col. I Putu Gede Budiadi, indicted DS for his alleged same-sex relations with one man at a hotel in Canggu in Bali in April 2017, another man at a hotel in Denpasar in October 2017 and a college student at a hotel in Seminyak in 2018. DS, who joined the Army after graduating from a military academy in Magelang in Central Java in 2016, was accused of committing a crime based on Article 281 of the Criminal Code on public decency. The prosecutor was also accusing DS of disobeying a command and violating Article 103 of the Military Criminal Code. Between 2006 and 2017, LGBT advocacy group Arus Pelangi recorded 172 cases of persecution of members of the marginalized community across nine provinces in the country. The cases include various forms of persecution, such as intimidation, abuse, maltreatment, molestation, personal data leaks, raids, destruction of goods, rape, forced-dispersion, nonprocedural arrests and detainment, murders, extortion, obstacles in obtaining permits to hold events and forced-conversion attempts.Many Indonesians perceive LGBT people negatively. A 2018 survey by Saiful Mujani Research Center (SMRC) found that, out of 1,200 respondents, 87.6 percent saw LGBT people as a threat and 81.5 percent said the orientation was prohibited by religion.Activists said the central government is complicit in the rampant discrimination against this community, as evident in last year’s civil servant recruitment involving 190,000 vacant civil servant posts at 74 ministries and state agencies, as well as 467 local administration offices. The Trade Ministry required its candidates “not to exhibit sexual orientation deviations”. Worse still, the Attorney General’s Office required its candidates “not to be mentally disabled, including sexual orientation deviations and behavioral deviations”.”[DS’s] case is appalling and discriminatory,” Amnesty International Indonesia executive director Usman Hamid said in a recent statement.”It sets a dangerous precedent for other soldiers who are or are perceived to be engaging in consensual same-sex activities and has repercussions for broader society. No one should be persecuted or discriminated against because of who they are or who they love.”The court-martial of DS showed that Indonesia did not comply with its obligation as a signatory to the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, which protects same-sex relations under the rights to privacy and freedom from discrimination, Amnesty said.In 2018, for example, 12 transwomen were arrested by the police in North Aceh, which, according to Amnesty, was in violation of the treaty. Moreover, five beauty salons where the 12 transwomen used to work were closed by the police. “It is important for them to acknowledge that a person’s sexual orientation is totally irrelevant to their ability to serve,” said Usman. “Going ahead with this prosecution would further institutionalize discrimination and risk inciting violence against LGBT people in the military and in wider society.”Supreme Court spokesperson and justice Andi Samsan Nganro refused to comment on the DS case, saying it would “disrupt the court’s independence” or be “violating the presumption of innocence principle”. (dfr)Topics :last_img read more

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Former soldier, police officer wins top award for service at retirement village

first_imgTerry Byway has been named Queensland Programmed Village Manager of the Year and will now vie for the national title.Mr Byway served 20 years in the army and 12 years in the police service before becoming a retirement village manager in 2010.More from newsMould, age, not enough to stop 17 bidders fighting for this homeless than 1 hour agoBuyers ‘crazy’ not to take govt freebies, says 28-yr-old investorless than 1 hour agoHe was appointed manager of the Buderim complex in 2016 after it was purchased by Lendlease in 2014.Buderim Gardens Residents Committee chairman Paul Bonner said Mr Byway had helped to rebuild trust among residents after facilities had been allowed to deteriorate before Lendlease bought the village.“At his first meeting with residents, Terry told us that his main task was to ensure thatresidents lived a happy life with the minimum of problems,” Mr Bonner said.“Terry is very approachable and does what he promises. He is caring and will always makehimself available to residents to discuss their concerns.”In his time at Buderim Gardens, Mr Byway has overseen significant upgrades to resident units and other village buildings.He did this while making savings to the village budget and keeping disruption to a minimum.Mr Bonner said resident satisfaction had increased as a result, and Mr Byway had also used resident volunteers to implement a village-wide recycle waste system.Mr Byway will now be in the running for the National Programmed Manager of the Year award, which will be presented on the Gold Coast on November 27. Terry Byway has been named Queensland Programmed Village Manager of the Year and will now vie for the national title.A FORMER soldier and police officer who became a champion for residents at a Sunshine Coast retirement village has been honoured for his service.Terry Byway was named Queensland Programmed Village Manager of the Year this morning, in recognition for his work at the Buderim Gardens Retirement Village.last_img read more

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These cubby houses are even better looking than the real thing

first_img8 Pancor Court Tanah Merah. Picture: realestate.com.auAt Karana Downs, an offer of $599,000 will secure you a six-bedroom home at 199 College Rd, which has a large backyard and a cubby house.The home has three living areas, two outdoor areas and an inground swimming pool. It is on a 1124sq m parcel of land and there are views to the mountains.The two-level home has a central living area and kitchen on the first floor.The living areas are finished with timber, tiles and brick. The amazing replica cubby house43 Leybourne St, Chelmer. Picture: realestate.com.auThese cubby houses look as good as the homes they are attached to.It’s like seeing double at Chelmer, with this cubby replicating the main house, a Queenslander, at 43 Leybourne St. The four-bedroom home was built around 1926 but the cubby house was a much more recent addition. The home is on an 810sq m block of land with multiple indoor and outdoor living spaces. The yard has an inground pool and spa and, of course, the miniature Queenslander cubby house with windows, doors and a covered veranda. The main home at 43 Leybourne St, Chelmer. Picture: realestate.com.auEntry to the home itself is via a front veranda. The home has an open floor plan and high ceilings.It has decorative arches, timber floors and casement windows. The house is listed through Maria Peirce and Erich Conradie of Belle Property – Sherwood.More from news02:37Purchasers snap up every residence in the $40 million Siarn Palm Beach Northless than 1 hour agoNew apartments released at idyllic retirement community Samford Grove Presented by At Tanah Merah, a home at 8 Pancor Court with a cubby house is listed for offers of more than $479,000.The four-bedroom home has been renovated and has two new bathrooms.There is double gate side access, a large, covered rear deck with outdoor kitchen and the cubby has a sand pit in the fully-fenced backyard. There is also a second covered entertainment area. It is listed through Melinda Lee-Ball of Belle Property Cornubia.center_img 199 College Rd, Karana Downs. Picture: realestate.com.auThe house has high ceilings at the entrance and extra high ceilings throughout the home. There is also a fireplace, and on the lower level is a separate wing suitable as a teenagers’ retreat. The home has secure parking for two vehicles. It is listed through Clare and Terry Cantwell of Palace Property Agents – Karalee- Karana Downs.last_img read more

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Townsville’s ten hottest suburbs

first_img30 Riverwood Drv, Idalia sold for $710,000.TEN Townsville suburbs have defied the softening of the property market to record price growth during the last five years.The semirural suburb of Black River had the biggest increase of 13 per cent when comparing the median house price in July 2013 to July 2018.Black River’s median house price is sitting at $390,000 compared to the Townsville average of $331,500. Ray White Geaney Property Group agent Sean Breitkreutz is selling 9 Greengum Court in Black River. More from news01:21Buyer demand explodes in Townsville’s 2019 flood-affected suburbs12 Sep 202001:21‘Giant surge’ in new home sales lifts Townsville property market10 Sep 2020McGrath Townsville agent Karyn Voevodin outside of 30 Riverwood Drive. Picture: Shae Beplate.She said the new owners loved the house itself as well as the location and Idalia had taken off with retail developments like The Precinct and Fairfield Central flourishing. “Idalia is really close to the city as well as the hospital so there is lots of professionals that live in the area,” she said.“It’s also near cafe’s and restaurants while the shopping is fantastic.“Being a newer suburb it has a really fresh feeling about it and it’s also really pretty with all the parks.”The ten suburbs that recorded positive price growth between 2013 and 2018:1. Black River houses +13%2. Thuringowa Central units +8.3%3. Oonoonba houses +7.5%4. Saunders Beach houses +7.3%5. West End houses +6%6. Belgian Gardens houses +5.9%7. Idalia houses +2.9%8. Nelly Bay houses +2.5%9. South Townsville houses 0.9%10. Pimlico houses 0.2%Source: CoreLogicData current to July 2018 9 Greengum Court, Black RiverHe said the semirural lifestyle had made Black River a desirable place to live and had helped price growth.“I’ve had lots of out of towners looking at this property (9 Greengum Crt) who are wanting to come to Townsville and are looking for somewhere quiet to live,” he said.“Out at Black River you have peace and quiet and you’re not living on top of your neighbours and you have space to have a shed, a pool and a big backyard when you can teach your kids how to ride a motorbike.“Also because it’s close to the highway it’s really only a 20 minute trip into the city and then with the Ring Rd the hospital and Lavarack barracks are real accessible.”Units in Thuringowa Central had the second biggest five year price growth going up 8.3 per cent followed by houses in Oonoonba with a 7.5 per cent increase.Idalia also made the top ten with a median house price of $490,000.While the median price only went up 2.9 per cent in the past five years, the suburb recorded a 22.5 per cent rise in the 12 months up to July 2018.McGrath Estate Agents Townsville agent Karyn Voevodin sold 30 Riverwood Drv in Idalia for $710,000.last_img read more

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Ruter, Green both make it two straight with season opening checkers at I-35

first_imgBy Greg GrabianowskiMASON CITY, Iowa (April 5) – Ryan Ruter and Derek Green each won for the second time in less than 24 hours to highlight opening night action Sunday at I-35 Speedway.Both had won Saturday at Hancock County Speedway. Ruter repeated in the IMCA Xtreme Motor Sports Modifieds, earning $1,000, while Green notched another IMCA Sunoco Stock Car Frost­buster victory.Ruter again drew well, starting on the inside of the second row after drawing the pole at Britt. He held off a late charge by Rich Lewerke, who ended up in second. Josh Ruby, Kelly Shyrock and Alex Hanson completed the top five.Green passed leader Joe Willier in winning the Stock Car feature from the sixth starting spot.  Willier was the runner-up and Luke Sathoff placed third.Luck was on the side of Nate Chodur in the Karl Chevrolet Northern SportMod feature. Nick Meyer had built a big lead only to see his No. 2 rig start pouring out smoke late in the race, forc­ing him into the infield.Chodur cruised to take the win at that point. George Nordman was the runner-up with 18th starting Col­ton Livezel finishing third.Cody Nielsen used a late-race pass of Andrew Borchardt to win the IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stock feature. He had to hold off Borchardt and Scott Dobel for the victory.After starting seventh, Lucas Jacobson finished first in the Mach-1 Sport Compact main event.Danny Sassman Jr. was second and Jacob Kofoot was third.Feature ResultsModifieds – 1. Ryan Ruter, Kanawha; 2. Rich Lewerke, Mason City; 3. Josh Ruby, Lakota; 4. Kelly Shryock, Fertile; 5. Alex Hanson, Northwood; 6. Todd Stinehart, Waseca, Minn.; 7. Ken Schrader, Concord, N.C.; 8. Clint Wendel, Mason City; 9. Jesse Hoeft, Forest City; 10. Tim Ward, Gilbert, Ariz.; 11. Tyler Droste, Waterloo; 12. Justin Medler, Minot, N.D.Stock Cars – 1. Derek Green, Granada, Minn.; 2. Joe Willier, Mason City; 3. Luke Sathoff, Jack­son, Minn.; 4. Kevin Opheim, Mason City; 5. Heath Tulp, Belmond; 6. Kellie Schmit, Britt; 7. Terry Coopman, Mankato, Minn.; 8. Tyler Pickett, Boxholm; 9. Blake Cole, Nashua; 10. Jesse Brown, Nashua.Northern SportMods –1. Nate Chodur, Lake Mills; 2. George Nordman, Mason City; 3. Colton Livezel, Britt; 4. Dan Tenold, Northwood; 5. Nate Whitehurst, Mason City; 6. Shane Swanson, Forest City; 7. Kyle Germundson, Mason City; 8. Austin Schrage, Cresco; 9. Jeremy Grantham, Allison; 10. Zack Smidt, Mason City; 11. Jeremiah LaDue, Trenton, N.D.; 12. Autumn Anderson, Mason City; 13. Levi Chipp, Latimer; 14. Daryl Ruter, Kanawha; 15. Nick Meyer, Whittemore; 16. Chet Ragan, Eagle Lake, Minn.; 17. Alex Zwanziger, Nashua; 18. Ryan King, Montour.Hobby Stocks – 1. Cody Nielsen, Fort Dodge; 2. Andrew Borchardt, Plymouth; 3. Scott Dobel, Manly; 4. Jeremy Wegner, Graettinger; 5. Chanse Hollatz, Clear Lake; 6. Malik Sampson, Worthing­ton, Minn.; 7. Travis Johnson, Fertile; 8. Derek Willert, Rockford; 9. Spencer Cole, Nashua; 10. Jake Jacobs, Nashua; 11. Blaine Hanson, Klemme; 12. Megan Sandvig, Spencer; 13. Jeremy Ziemke, Janesville, Minn.; 14. Tyler Pospisil, Fulda, Minn.; 15. Cory Gansen, Clear Lake; 16. Bryant Johnson, Graettinger.Sport Compacts – 1. Lucas Jacobson, Mason City; 2. Danny Sassman Jr., Fort Dodge; 3. Jacob Kofoot, Bode; 4. Dalton Kron, Algona; 5. Steve Fields, Mason City; 6. Trey Anderson, Janesville, Minn.; 7. Nick Hamlin, Garner; 8. Sam Winkowitsch, Mason City; 9. Nikki Taylor, Welcome, Minn.; 10. Taylor Fields, Mason City; 11. Oliver Monson, Clear Lake; 12. Devin Jones, Clear Lake; 13. Nate Coopman, Mankato, Minn.; 14. Ken Winkowitsch, Mason City; 15. Chris Wilson, Britt.last_img read more

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FIFA, NFF, Eagles honour late Rashidi Yekini

first_imgRelatedPosts Super Eagles soar on FIFA ranking FIFA ranking: Nigeria moves up by two spots, now world 29th COVID-19: FIFA count cost to football The World football governing body, FIFA, and the Nigeria Football Federation have showered encomium on late Rashidi Yekini after eight years of the legendary striker demise.The global football body via its Twitter handle: @FIFAWorldCup, wrote: “Rasheed Yekini produced one of the most iconic celebrations in #WorldCup history after scoring the Super Eagles first-ever goal in the competition. “Africa sadly lost of its greatest-ever players #OnThisDay in 2012, but his legend will live on eternally.”In similar vein, the NFF remembered the gangling striker as one of the most feared forward in the world.It said: “Today, we remember one of the World’s most feared strikers of his time, Rashidi Yekini who passed on to glory on this day in 2012.“May his soul continue to rest in peace.”The late striker scored Super Eagles first goal at the Fifa World Cup against Bulgaria in 1994. Tags: FIFANFFRashidi YekiniSuper Eagleslast_img read more

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Aussies overcome battling Pakistan after Warner’s 15th ODI ton

first_imgTAUNTON, England (Reuters) – David Warner scored his first century since returning from a ban as holders Australia ran out 41-run winners over Pakistan in an exciting World Cup clash at Taunton yesterday.After losing to India on Sunday, Australia needed a response and Warner, back from serving a 12-month suspension for his part in last year’s ball-tampering scandal, struck a classy 107 in his side’s 307 all out in 49 overs.Warner and skipper Aaron Finch shared a 146-run opening partnership, Australia’s largest in ODIs in England since 1975, but Pakistan hit back with Mohammad Amir taking five wickets. When Pakistan reached 136-2 in reply and then launched a late counter-attack through Hasan Ali, captain Sarfaraz Ahmed and Wahab Riaz, a stunning win looked possible before Mitchell Starc restored order to seal a third victory in four games for Australia.Despite beating hosts England, Pakistan have lost two of their four matches and have work to do to reach the semi-finals.Warner, who notched his 15th ODI century, said Australia’s lower-than-expected total had left the game in the balance. “We should have been around 340-50, but credit to Pakistan, their second spells were fantastic and made it hard for us to hit down the ground,” he said.“Our bowlers bowled fantastic, they probably got closer than we expected but it was a great game.” A game of fluctuating fortunes was tipping Pakistan’s way when Sarfaraz and Riaz began swinging the bat.With six overs and three wickets in hand, Riaz had scored 45 in 39 balls with Sarfaraz well set as Pakistan reached 264-7. But Starc had Riaz caught behind off the thinnest of edges and bowled Amir before Sarfaraz was brilliantly run-out for 40 by Glenn Maxwell’s direct hit to end the match.“We made some runs and got starts but we’ve got to convert them and go long,” said Sarfaraz, whose team face India next. “If you want to win the match your top four must score runs.”GREY SKIESPakistan’s Mohammad Amir bagged five for 30 from his 10 overs.His day began badly when he won the toss and opted to field under grey skies. It looked a poor decision as Finch and Warner clattered the ball around – helped by poor fielding.Finch was dropped twice and survived a tight lbw review before falling for 82, skying Amir to Mohammad Hafeez.Warner, who had made two pedestrian 50s in the tournament, looked much more like his old self, although Steve Smith, also back from a ban, lasted only 13 balls before slicing to extra cover off Hafeez for 10. Shaheen Afridi bowled Maxwell for 20 before Warner reached his century with a big outside edge, celebrating wildly.Warner was somehow dropped at third man by Asif Ali in the next over but he tried to launch Afridi and was caught by Imam-ul-Haq. At 242-2 in the 38th over Australia still looked set for a score in the mid-300s but Pakistan hit back.Amir removed Shaun Marsh, Usman Khawaja and Alex Carey as Australia’s innings stalled, then wrapped up the innings by having Starc caught on the boundary to end with five for 30.Pakistan lost Fakhar Zaman to Pat Cummins for a duck and Babar Azam for a breezy 30 but Imam-ul-Haq and Hafeez brought the 100 up in 18.3 overs.Imam was out for 53, edging a wide Cummins delivery behind to Carey and when Hafeez went in the next over Pakistan were sliding before Hasan blazed 32 in 15 balls to start the fightback.last_img read more

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