ST JOHN’S, Antigua, (CMC): Left-hander Darren Bravo today became the third player to pull out of the troubled Twenty20 World Cup squad. Following the high profile withdrawals by Kieron Pollard and Sunil Narine last week, the West Indies Cricket Board announced that Bravo had also opted out of the squad in order to be available for Trinidad and Tobago Red Force in the Regional four-day championship. In a letter sent to the Board, Bravo said while he was “very grateful and humbled” to be selected, he preferred to focus on developing his game in the longest format. Selectors will now mull over yet another replacement after having to find alternatives for Pollard and Narine. All-rounder Carlos Brathwaite was named to replace Pollard while today, the board said that Barbados off-spinner Ashley Nurse had been chosen in Narine’s absence. Nurse has played four Twenty20s for West Indies and 60 overall.
Two major developments in the past week have underscored the urgent need for international action to end the grave repression being meted out by the Eritrean government against its own people.The first is an urgent appeal by Eritreans in North America to the United Nations Secretary General, the Security Council and others to do something to stop human rights abuses in Eritrea. The statement by the Eritreans in North America said despite the heavy sacrifices and the ultimate price Eritreans paid for independence and self-government during the 30-year struggle, the nation ofEritrea is being ruled under the People’s Front for Democracy and Justice, led by one of the world’s most enduring totalitarians, Isaias Afwerki. The North American Eritreans further stated, “The oppressive regime, authoritarian rule, and dictatorship have led the state of Eritrea to become ‘a nation where human rights are non-existent. Fear and repression have been the awful reality for over two decades for the Eritrean people, forcing Eritreans to flee their beloved nation in droves.’” The second development that warrants serious international action to save the Eritrean people is a report by Human Rights Watch which reveals that an increasing number of European nations are traveling to Eritrea to make deals with that cruelly dictatorial regime to stop migrations of Eritreans to Europe. It is said that Eritreans are, after Syrians, the second largest group of migrants seeking desperately to enter Europe. But instead of opening its doors to these persecuted, frightened and hapless people fleeing wicked oppression from their own government, these European nations, including Britain, Denmark and Norway, are making deals with the brutal Eritrean regime to stop its people from leaving the country. This, according to Human Rights Watch, could result in the Eritrean government instituting a “shoot to kill” measure against Eritrean migrants.We strongly believe that instead of surrendering the suffering and terrified Eritrean migrants to the brutality, including murder, forced military conscription and even rape and enslavement by their own government, these European nations should do at least two things: First, unite with other European nations, those around the world and the UN Security Council to institute sanctions and other punitive actions against the Eritrean regime to force it to stop the repression. Second, these European nations should open their doors to Eritrean migrants to save precious lives. The one thing they should not do is to encourage the Eritrean government to close its borders, as this would only expose Eritreans to even more human rights abuses and hopelessness. Europeans should remember the millions of their own citizens who fled Europe for the United States for one reason or another, including disease, famine, religious persecution, political repression and even economic reasons. Never once did the United States shut its doors to European migrants or encourage repressive regimes to inflict more terror on their own people.We recall that in the late 1970s when the murderous Ugandan dictator Idi Amin was slaughtering his own people and turning millions into refugees, it was Tanzania’s President Julius Nyerere, whose country hosted millions of Ugandan and Southern African refugees, took up arms against Amin and drove him out of Uganda. We are not asking Europe to declare war against Isaias Afwerki. But surely there are many things European governments could do to bring pressure upon him to stop this brutal repression against his own people.But the one thing Europeans should not do is to punish further the desperate and hapless Eritreans by unleashing them to murder and mayhem in their own country. In all of Europe’s historical troubles of whatever kind, no one did that to them.UN Secretary General Ban Ki Moon is already aware of the political and human catastrophe in Eritrea and has spoken out against it. We call on him to do one thing more: urge the powerful nations of the world and other nations to take all measures possible to stop the repression in Eritrea.Surely something can and must be done to stop it. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
Romelu Lukaku’s first European goal of the season and Kevin Mirallas’ precise finish cemented Everton’s position at the top of Group H, after a 2-0 win against Wolfsburg at the Volkswagen Arena.The hosts were left to rue some wasteful finishing in a largely dominant display, but Lukaku’s composed strike gave the Toffees the lead ahead of the break.And after a barrage of attacks from the home side – which included two goals ruled out for offside – Everton’s clinical counter-attack secured their victory as Mirallas wrapped up all three points with a neat finish 15 minutes from time.The fate of Roberto Martinez’s side was already decided prior to kick-off, following the draw between Lille and Krasnodar, but the result means the Blues will progress into the knockout stage as group winners.The German side started well with Ivan Perisic involved in two early chances. The Croatian midfielder narrowly missed Nicklas Bendtner in the six yard area with a drilled cross, before heading a difficult opportunity over the bar inside the opening five minutes.Wolfsburg’s form has seen them soar to second in the Bundesliga after a run of just one defeat in their previous seven league games, and it showed as Kevin de Bruyne neatly dissected the Toffees defence although the lively Perisic was unable to beat the on-rushing Tim Howard.Yet, despite the early pressure, it was the visitors who came closest to the first goal when Sylvain Distin headed Luke Garbett’s corner against the crossbar.But Wolfsburg responded immediately as Aaron Hunt’s thunderous attempt brought the best out of Howard, who clawed the ball away with an acrobatic save.Everton were then let off the hook after the referee’s assistant wrongly ruled out Perisic’s close range finish for offside.It was proving to be a much tougher task for Roberto Martinez’s men, who cruised to a 4-1 win in the reverse fixture at Goodison Park, and it was only for a superb block from Phil Jagielka which prevented De Bruyne’s shot from opening the scoring.But it was 23-year-old’s fellow Belgium international Lukaku who broke the deadlock, calmly slotting home his sixth goal of the season two minutes before the interval.Lukaku combined well with Mirallas, who cleverly flicked on Leon Osman’s searching past, before the 21-year-old showed power, skill and precision – shrugging off Bernard Malanda-Adje with ease before guiding the ball past Diego Benaglio.De Bruyne showed his skill and flair during a period of intense pressure from Wolfsburg after the restart, twisting and turning his way past Distin and Garbutt before striking against the legs of Howard.And the officials revoked another Wolfsburg goal from the resulting corner when Bendtner’s header was ruled out after the Danish international strayed into an offside position.Everton should have doubled their lead when Aiden McGeady was presented with a simple chance from eight yards out, but the winger could only spoon the ball wide of the mark after Benaglio had saved Lukaku’s low strike.The chances kept on coming for the home side but Howard was equal to De Bruyne’s ambitious attempt, before Naldo unconvincingly hammered the ball over the bar from a corner.And Wolfsburg were soon to rue their wasteful finishing when Mirallas raced through secure a 2-0 lead.Lukaku turned provider with a superb assist, guiding the ball through a disjointed Wolfsburg defence, before Mirallas fired the ball into the bottom corner from the edge of the area.The Bundesliga outfit responded immediately after the goal as veteran striker Ivica Olic headed agonisingly wide, before Disitn’s timely intervention cut out Daniel Caligiuri’s low cross.And Ross Barkley almost added some gloss to the scoreline for the Blues, but his rasping strike was ruled out for offside. Romelu Lukaku scores for Everton 1
Four Masters G.A.A. Club The €50 winners in the Annual Lotto for Week 06 were Rory O’ Donnell, c/o Rory’s Autofactors and Pauline Brogan,Drumenny Upper. The numbers drawn were 8, 15, 19 & 20 with the jackpot now standing at €1,700. Please come along and support the All County General Knowledge Table Quiz this Friday night at 9.00 pm in Dom’s Pier 1. Entry is only €5.00 with all proceeds going to the Donegal Senior Team Training Fund. GAA: FOUR MASTERS GAA CLUB NEWS was last modified: August 21st, 2012 by BrendaShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:GAA: FOUR MASTERS GAA CLUB NEWS