September 1, 2003 Letters

first_imgSeptember 1, 2003 Letters Judge Ferguson Please note that in June the News published a short article, in connection with my reapplication, containing an allegation that four years ago I had charged two clients for legal services, without the clients’ consent or approval. Several attorneys suggested I should respond to clear the air:1.) Both of the clients involved had signed written, itemized statements approving of all past legal services and charges. After I heard of the allegation, the client who had authorized and paid for a future legal service was offered a refund or the service, and did not accept the refund, instead accepted the service. Their files contain this documentation and have been retained for any properly interested person or party which might request the documents.2.) There were no findings of fact of any wrongdoing.3.) My practice had been for sale for a year and a half prior to the allegation, for seven or eight unrelated reasons, and it was my decision to quit practicing after the sale of my practice.4.) I have no ill will toward anyone involved, but would like to provide additional facts since someone might conclude that silence could be an admission or think less of me upon reading the short article.I don’t believe there are any other remarks for general public comment or private conversation, so thanks.Neil George Paulson, Sr. OrlandoChesterfield Smith Congratulations should go to E.C. Deeno Kitchen for his excellent column on the proper role of lawyers in the system. Mr. Kitchen observes that the public is not totally wrong about its perception of lawyers.This stems from the fact that we can anticipate no respect from the public until such time as we begin to respect each other.The poor behavior of many lawyers as referenced in Mr. Kitchen’s column is, unfortunately, a fact of life in much of the litigation that takes place today. As a result, lawyers, in general, lack a good public perception because some also lack in substance. It has never been particularly helpful, however, to worry about our perception unless we are willing also to change the substantive manner in which we treat each other.In order to make progress in civility, we must begin to reduce the personalizing of the litigation process. For some lawyers, this may never happen because their calling card is strictly to accuse and abuse their opposing counsel. The difficult question is how do we properly react to this kind of behavior while maintaining our own dignity.Finally, Mr. Kitchen is absolutely correct when he notes that distasteful behavior rarely benefits the client. I have yet to see a judge who is impressed by obnoxious lawyers, and I do not expect to see any in the future. As such, it is neither productive nor ethical to engage in behavior that misapprehends and scorns the lifeblood of our profession.Howard J. Hollander MiamiReapplication for Admission I am deeply disturbed by the attacks on John Ashcroft that routinely appear in the News’ letters section. The most recent letter suggests that we are sitting idly by while our government is destroying individual rights much like Germans sat idly by in the 1920s. Such accusations against our attorney general are both hysterical and specious in nature and must be refuted.First, by historical standards, John Ashcroft is taking a rather liberal approach to this war on terror. The fact of the matter is that Attorney General Ashcroft has been eminently reasonable in his denial of certain constitutional rights to enemy combatants who are not from this country and who pose a grave threat to our national security. Compare Ashcroft’s actions with President Lincoln’s decision to suspend habeas corpus and to arrest and to hold without any due process over 10,000 Americans who sympathized with the South. These Americans, which included legislators and judges, were hauled away and were held without any due process rights whatsoever for disagreeing with the United States government. And then there was FDR who went to the extreme of putting over 100,000 Japanese Americans into work camps merely for being of Japanese descent.Remember, close to 3,000 innocent Americans were murdered when Al-Qaida declared war on the United States on 9/11. And remember, Al Qaeda poses a threat to our water supply, to our bridges, to our nuclear power plants, to our ships and planes, to our buildings, and to the health and safety of our entire citizenry. The foremost responsibility of the Bush Administration is to protect our shores from enemy aggression, and the Patriot Act is a rational and reasonable response to the imminent danger that exists. I am afraid that many of the critics of our president and attorney general are more concerned about politics than they are about the national security of our country. This is an unfortunate state of affairs.Edward J. Kone Boca RatonProfessionalismcenter_img With sadness at his passing rekindled, I read of the posthumous, well-deserved honor given Judge Wilke D. Ferguson, Jr. by the (now-named) Wilke D. Ferguson, Jr., Bar Association.However, one of the late judge’s most important offices and accomplishments (from my prospective) was absent from the brief recounting of his judicial career. Regardless of whether he was “first” this or “third” that, my memory of Judge Ferguson is of a personally powerful and inspiring young judge on the workers’ compensation bench in Miami during the time I started practicing in the mid-1970s. It is from this bench his genuinely illustrious career as a jurist was launched.As I look back on my earlier days in the field and occasional misgivings over committing to it fully—Judge Ferguson, an emblem to me of excellence, made a true impression. Though I greeted him warmly in our all-too-infrequent encounters at bar functions in later years, I don’t think I ever told him that. I wish I had. Moreso would that I could now.H. George Kagan Palm BeachAshcroft, a Liberal? September 1, 2003 Regular News The death of my friend and classmate, Chesterfield Smith, who was generally known as “Harvey” by his family and early acquaintances, to distinguish him from his uncle who served many years in the Florida Legislature, brings back many memories. Chesterfield had the most engaging and likeable personality of any of the people I have known in my fairly long life. I told Chesterfield while we were students that if he ever ran for governor of Florida, I would be sure that he would be elected. He never thanked me for that idea, since, even in law college, he had set his mind on achieving his honors in the legal profession.Although Chesterfield numbered some of the richest and most powerful people in Florida among his clients, he never forgot what he firmly believed to be the duty of every lawyer, which is to serve all the people with the very best legal service any lawyer has to offer. This was not an assumed notion, as I am sure everyone who came in contact with Chesterfield will vouch for it. He lived it.Chesterfield was unique, and they threw away the mold when he was born, but wouldn’t it be wonderful if a majority of lawyers took Chesterfield’s ideas to heart and served all their clients with equal diligence?David B. 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Police destroy 3000 ganja plants in Ituni

first_imgMembers of the Police Narcotics Branch on Wednesday destroyed over 3000The one and half acres of cannabis destroyed by Policecannabis plants with an estimated weight of 400 kilograms during an eradication exercise at Five Miles Backdam, Ituni Trail, Upper Demerara, Region 10 (Upper Demerara-Berbice).Based on reports received, the ranks acted on intelligence and went to the location where they discovered about one and half acres of cannabis being cultivated.The plants measured between two and eight feet in height. A makeshift camp with dry rations, cooking utensils and farming tools was also found and destroyed. No one was arrested as the Police continue their probe.last_img read more

FFA Superior Region meets in Chico

first_imgFFA members from all across the Superior Region met in Chico March 16 to celebrate their achievements. Early that morning, FFA members converged at Laxson Auditorium, a large crowd of Blue Corduroy, coming together to recap the events that had occurred that year. New regional officer candidates spoke on stage, and met with the chapter delegates. The California State Officer Team presented their opening theme skit and later awarded the State FFA Degrees to more than 200 recipients. The …last_img read more

Live preseason updates: Warriors vs. Timberwolves, Thursday night

first_imgWARRIORS UPDATE: The Warriors’ first game at Chase was one to … Scroll down to get insights and news updates from the Warriors’ second game at Chase Center when they face Karl-Anthony Towns and the Timberwolves.GAME ESSENTIALS: Warriors (0-1) vs. Timberwolves (0-1) at Chase Center, Thursday at 7:30 p.m. (PT). TV: NBSBA.ODDS: Warriors -3 (opened at Warriors -1).2019 SERIES: First meeting. LAST MEETING: Timberwolves d. Warriors, 131-130 in OT on March 29, 2019 in Minnesota.last_img

Saturn, the Bringer of Youth

first_imgMore discoveries of youthful phenomena contradict Gustav Holst’s musical tribute to “Saturn, the Bringer of Old Age.”Recent analyses of Cassini data continue the theme of Saturn’s music, which is more like Peter Pan than Holst. As you interpret the following news stories, keep in mind that the moyboy ages are upper limits. They could be much lower. What surprises planetary scientists is that these phenomena exist at a time when humans can observe them. If they were billions of years old, how could that be?Saturn and its rings as seen by Cassini, April 25, 2016.Young RingsSaturn’s Rings Are Beautiful, But They Won’t Last (Space.com). “But if you could travel 300 million years into the future, you would need to, because by then, chances are those rings would be gone — and they could disappear even faster.”Saturn Is Losing Its Rings (Live Science). “We are lucky to be around to see Saturn’s ring system, which appears to be in the middle of its lifetime,” lead author James O’Donoghue. Ring rain is only one drain on Saturn’s rings, reports Meghan Bartels. The scientists measured such a high rate of loss, it implies the rings are losing “a huge amount of the icy rings, between 925 and 6,000 lbs. (420 to 2,800 kilograms) every second.” But there’s more:The fate of the rings looks even grimmer considering research published earlier this year using Cassini data, which looked at a different, still-more-voluminous, type of infall from Saturn’s rings that’s descending into the planet. O’Donoghue and his co-authors didn’t include that infall in the estimates presented in their paper, but suggested in an accompanying statement that the two phenomena combined could gorge through the rings in more like 100 million years.Saturn is losing its rings at ‘worst-case-scenario’ rate (Science Daily and NASA Astrobiology Magazine). Particles are being drawn into Saturn hourly in a process called “ring rain.” Looking back over time, the scientists give the rings a maximum age of 100 million years – just 1/45th the assumed age of Saturn. What happened so that we see them in the human era of telescopes? See the problem discussed in video clips from NASA Goddard Spaceflight Center. After explaining ring rain, the narrator puts an upper limit on age of 100 million years for the rings. He says, “This means Saturn wasn’t born this way, as the planet is known to be over 4 billion years old.” But is that really known? Nobody was there to measure it. Believing in 4 billion years creates a conundrum of explaining how Saturn got its rings so recently. These are incompatible beliefs.“We estimate that this ‘ring rain’ drains an amount of water products that could fill an Olympic-sized swimming pool from Saturn’s rings in half an hour,” said James O’Donoghue of NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland. “From this alone, the entire ring system will be gone in 300 million years, but add to this the Cassini-spacecraft measured ring-material detected falling into Saturn’s equator, and the rings have less than 100 million years to live.This is relatively short, compared to Saturn’s age of over 4 billion years.” O’Donoghue is lead author of a study on Saturn’s ring rain appearing in Icarus December 17.A recent origin for Saturn’s rings from the collisional disruption of an icy moon (Icarus). The latest attempt to solve the ring age problem comes from John Dubinski. In this paper, he calls on the planetologist’s favorite tool – an impact – to get the rings to form just when humans can see them. Simultaneously, it solves the heat problem for Enceladus. Convenient for him, there is no way to prove it, because the Mimas-size impactor was never observed.Dione, Tethys, Pandora and Saturn’s rings from Cassini, Sept 22, 2005Young MoonsEnceladus is mentioned in the above articles as another body constantly losing material to Saturn. “The team also discovered a glowing band at a higher latitude in the southern hemisphere,” NASA Goddard says. “This is where Saturn’s magnetic field intersects the orbit of Enceladus, a geologically active moon that is shooting geysers of water ice into space, indicating that some of those particles are raining onto Saturn as well.” From there, the article sidesteps the problem of Enceladus’ age, preferring a hydrobioscopic dodge about possible life on Enceladus.Long-term stability of Enceladus’ uneven ice shell (Icarus). This paper by European planetologists tries to keep Enceladus old, despite those hundred-some-odd geysers blasting material out to space every hour, creating the E-ring around Saturn and losing some of that ice to Saturn itself. They invent a model that keeps the ice shell in a steady state, but that doesn’t explain why heat flow up to 60 watts per square meter is coming out of that little bitty moon, the diameter of Arizona or Iowa (not that those states are little bitty, but that’s small for a solar system object).Implications of nonsynchronous rotation on the deformational history and ice shell properties in the south polar terrain of Enceladus (Icarus). One of the conclusions of this paper is that “Enceladus’s tiger stripes are on the order of 100,000 years old.” That’s a wildly young age for standard views of the age of the solar system. Why did it happen that recently instead of billions of years ago?Artwork of the Cassini spacecraft flying through the geyser plumes of Enceladus.Orbital evolution of Saturn’s mid-sized moons and the tidal heating of Enceladus (Icarus). Here’s another attempt to keep Enceladus old, this time by Japanese scientists using N-body simulations. Right off the bat, though, they identify two problems: tidal forces that should pull the inner moons into Saturn over time, and the Enceladus geysers that shouldn’t be there. Tidal heating, they say, is “orders of magnitude” too low to keep that small moon’s inferred ocean liquid. Their simulations “may” explain how these problems could be surmounted, but their model falls far short of proof. In the end, they call for ‘future study” of the possibilities.The formation and orbital evolution of Saturn’s inner mid-sized moons – Rhea, Dione, Tethys, Enceladus, and Mimas – are still debated. The most puzzling aspects are 1) how the Tethys–Dione pair and the Mimas–Enceladus pair passed through their strong 3:2 mean-motion resonances during the tidal orbital evolution, and 2) the current strong heat flow from Enceladus, which is a few orders of magnitude higher than the tidal energy dissipation caused by the present orbital eccentricity of Enceladus.Saturn’s moon Dione Covered by Mysterious Stripes (NASA Astrobiology Magazine). Parallel lines and intersecting lines on the surface of Dione are “unlike anything else we’ve seen in the Solar System,” says one planetary scientist. The material making the lines, dubbed “linear virgae,’ could be coming “from Saturn’s rings, passing comets, or co-orbital moons Helene and Polydeuces.” Ignore the astrobiological speculation inserted without justification. Whatever the stripes are, “they are among the youngest surfaces on Dione” says Alex Patthoff, co-author of a paper on Geophysical Research Letters. The paper says, “Here we seek to constrain whether the linear virgae are endogenic, suggesting that the surface of Dione has been geologically active recently or if they are exogenic, suggesting a recent, or even ongoing, process in the Saturn system.” They argue for the latter, but either way, they’re young.Next Young Object?Looking ahead, the New Horizons spacecraft that found Pluto looking much younger than expected (16 July 2018) is due to reach its next target, Ultima Thule, on New Year’s Day (BBC News). The 30-km-wide object will be the most distant body in our solar system seen up close. Any bets on how young this object will appear?They’re still not taking our proposed compromise. We’ll give them 100 million years, if they accept that as the age of the solar system. No takers? Strange. Must be because that is not nearly enough time for Darwinism on Earth.I’ve been following the ring problem for many years. I wrote my first paper about it in a solar system astrophysics class back in December 1989, 29 years ago this month. I read each article about it by ringmasters Jeff Cuzzi, Larry Esposito, Carolyn Porco and others in Sky and Telescope and Astronomy magazines. When the internet made scientific papers accessible, I followed the current thinking each year. At JPL I got to meet some of the ringmasters and hear their talks. They knew of all the erosional processes since Voyager days, but kept hoping a mechanism would be found to keep the rings old. Nothing worked. As a member of the Cassini team, I followed the new discoveries about ring age. Now, we see that the erosion is faster than earlier thought. The evidence is now unquestionable: the rings are young. These articles didn’t even mention micrometeoroid bombardment, sputtering, collisional spreading and other processes that should destroy the rings in short order.Are you seeing a trend in the solar system? Everything seems to be “younger than thought.” In biology, complex organisms and traits keep appearing “earlier than thought.” Both trends bring bad news to old-age Darwinian materialists. (Visited 515 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

Stellenbosch wine tourism campaign goes global

first_img4 March 2014South Africa’s Stellenbosch Wine Routes will be making its debut at the 2014 International Tourism Bourse (ITB) Berlin on Wednesday as part of the global launch of its wine tourism marketing campaign, the “Stellenbosch Experience”.Stellenbosch Wine Routes will join forces with South African Tourism, Western Cape tourism and investment agency Wesgro, and Tripadvisor in showcasing wine tourism in Stellenbosch and the broader Western Cape.“The potential of wine tourism in South Africa is huge, and Stellenbosch and the Western Cape at large are perfectly placed to attract more wine tourists to our country, but then a far greater and more aligned effort is needed on a global scale,” Stellenbosch Wine Routes CEO Annareth Bolton said in a statement last week.The Stellenbosch Wine Experience campaign is a partnership between Stellenbosch Wine Routes and Stellenbosch 360, a cultural tourist route encompassing Stellenbosch, Dwarsrivier and Franschhoek. By launching at the ITB, the campaign aims to expand the region’s wine tourism footprint abroad.“We are thrilled about this collaboration and cannot wait to introduce Stellenbosch as the ultimate wine tourism destination in terms of quality, authenticity and value-for-money experiences to the world,” Bolton said.“With this campaign, we aim for maximum international recognition, making use of primarily digital marketing to showcase the wealth of our wine tourism offering and our passion and pride to the world. ITB offers the perfect platform for us to share just why Stellenbosch is South Africa’s wine tourism capital and benefit from the leading think-tank of the global tourism industry.“Recent research by Tourism New Zealand found that 13% of all international travellers visit wineries and embark on wine tourism related activities annually. These travellers spend more on average than other leisure travellers and stay longer,” Bolton said, adding: “It is no wonder that destinations like New Zealand are focusing a lot more on wine tourism promotions.”Other campaign elements include an enhanced digital presence across all social media networks and an innovative wine tourism blogger campaign with top international and national travel, lifestyle and food bloggers, between April and September.Stellenbosch Wine Routes, a co-ordinated network of wineries in the Stellenbosch area, was established in 1971, making it the oldest wine route in the country.SAinfo reporterlast_img read more

High-Tech Toilets Will Be Game Changers

first_imgReady. Set. Go! The race to the high-tech toilet of the future is officially on. In early October, the International Organization for Standards, better known by its English acronym of ISO, published the first technical standard for the attributes and performance of a toilet that fully treats human waste on site, without connection to a sewer or drainage system, and by implication, without connection to a dedicated water supply. Less than two months later, Bill Gates, the philanthropist and former chief of Microsoft, was “toasting” the attendees at the Reinvented Toilet Expo in Beijing with a beaker of human feces. Gates’ malodorous prop made a telling point — every human on the planet has to “go,” and there is an enormous market awaiting new products that can safely address the universal human need for sanitation without requiring costly sewers and squandering fresh water simply to transport human waste. The alternative to the traditional toilet — defined by ISO as a “Non-Sewered Sanitation System”— is a manufactured product the will serve an individual household, a small apartment building, or a public restroom. It must accept and treat all manner of human biological waste, and may accept additional types of household and personal waste if so designed by the manufacturer.RELATED ARTICLES21st-Century ToiletsToilet Talk: Meeting One of the World’s Grand ChallengesDo Low-Flow Toilets Really Work?Does a Composting Toilet Stink Up Your House? ISO has established rigorous standards for the destruction of human pathogens and for limits on noise, air emissions, and odor. And manufacturers must subject their products to a challenging set of tests to demonstrate attainment of these standards. All surfaces of the device are to be cleanable, and there can be no visibility of the deposits of previous users. From the consumer perspective, using a reinvented toilet will not be noticeably different from using a conventional toilet.   New products are very close to reality So is a Reinvented Toilet a real thing? “Very close to being real” is the best answer. Various teams, some with the support of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, have products under development, and several devices are out of the lab and undergoing field trials. There are several technical pathways for meeting the ISO standards: electrochemical, biological, and combustion-based approaches are all in contention. It’s not clear yet whether one approach will prevail, or whether all these approaches can find their niche in a worldwide market.  Service requirements, warranties, supply and distribution chains, and — notably — purchase price, are all unknown as of yet. The Beijing Expo was intended to showcase those products that are closest to being market-ready, but it could be another couple of years before bona fide commercial shipments take place. Meanwhile, testing and evaluation will continue, and companies and public officials will begin to familiarize themselves with the requirements of the ISO standard. In the U.S., the International Association of Plumbing and Mechanical Officials (IAPMO) has signaled its intention to undertake the adoption of the ISO standard as a U.S. national standard, which should ease the way for recognition of the standard in health and building codes across the country. Canadian national adoption is under initial discussion as well. For the last two years, I had the opportunity to serve on the U.S.  technical advisory group that participated in the development of the ISO standard. At the final plenary meeting of the ISO committee in Nepal last May, I recorded a few thoughts about the threshold we’re soon to cross. It’s logical to ask whether composting toilets — commercially available for many years— might qualify. The answer is probably not. The new ISO standard — and the goal for the “reinvented toilets” as originally scoped by the Gates Foundation — calls for complete treatment on site. The treatment standards are demanding, not only for bacteria like E. coli, but for viruses, protozoans, and worm eggs. Today’s generation of composting toilets may be a good solution for some locations, but it does not achieve the level of treatment called for in the standard. It is possible for biologically based treatment systems to be tested for qualification under the standard, as no particular technical approach is ruled out. But traditional composting alone is unlikely to meet the standard. Perhaps an enhanced approach will emerge in the years ahead. Potential for public health benefits The public health benefits of reinvented toilets will be enormous for the developing world, leapfrogging over the lack of wastewater infrastructure and saving thousands of lives now lost each year to preventable diseases, among both settled populations and those displaced by conflicts and natural disasters. But perhaps unexpectedly, reinvented toilets are likely to play the role of disruptive technology in many parts of the developed world as well, including North America. To begin with, remote and arid locations that attract large numbers of people are obvious candidates — music festivals like California’s Burning man, or the Grand Canyon, for instance. But we also have many full-time residents here in rural communities marked by poor drainage, water scarcity, permafrost conditions, or inadequate infrastructure — any of which can make traditional sanitation technology prohibitively expensive. On an even larger scale, cities across the continent are facing the vagaries of climate change and its effects on the reliability of traditional sources of water. According to a recent survey of U.S. and Canadian cities, nearly 25% of all indoor water use in single-family homes is still devoted to flushing toilets, a luxury that may not be sustainable. And with our water and wastewater infrastructure suffering from decades of deferred maintenance, strategic placement of toilets that operate independent of these aging networks may well factor into the solutions we seek for resilient communities and just access to essential services. The need for a new technology is acutely evident in cities such as Cape Town, South Africa, today. But before long, reinvented toilets may be finding their way to places like Atlanta, Los Angeles, or any other community in North America that wants to start capturing the benefits of this new technology. Get ready. Reinvented toilets are on their way.   Ed Osann is director of national water use efficiency, Water Initiatives, Healthy People & Thriving Communities program, at the  the Natural Resources Defense Council. This post was originally published at the NRDC Expert Blog.last_img read more

I Know All These Things. I Just Don’t Do Them.

first_img Get the Free eBook! Learn how to sell without a sales manager. Download my free eBook! You need to make sales. You need help now. We’ve got you covered. This eBook will help you Seize Your Sales Destiny, with or without a manager. Download Now The very first publisher that contacted me about writing a book asked me for a manuscript, and I delivered a completed manuscript. The title was 17 Elements: The Periodic Table of Sales Success. The book was really a competency model, including the mindset and skill sets one needs to succeed in sales now. Naturally, the metaphor was a periodic table, which I believed worked well because we are still identifying new elements, and we will no doubt add to the competencies needed to succeed in sales.The publisher read the book, and he hated it. He asked me, “Why would you start a book with self-discipline? What does that have to do with sales? Everyone hates discipline.” I knew that he had never worked in sales, so when I asked him if he had, my question was rhetorical, but he answered me in the negative. I did my best to explain, but it was clear we weren’t going to write a book together.Today, a salesperson described my work using the title of this blog post. He said, “When I read you, I think ‘I know all this stuff. I just don’t do it.” And here we find the root cause of many—if not most—challenges when it comes to producing results in any endeavor, but especially one like sales, one that requires consistent activity.Right now, while the world suffers a new version of neomania, one driven primarily by technology, things that are ancient don’t garner much attention. Much of what success is made of hasn’t changed for thousands of years, things like discipline, trust, caring, listening, resourcefulness, initiative, and accountability. While a lot of people try to hack their way to success, they’d be better off looking backward in time for the recipe than looking into the future for the quick hack. What you need to know to be successful has been known for generations. There are no secrets, and it has all been written down.Everything you need to know is known. You likely know everything you need to know now, and what you don’t know you can find in seconds. If you are not getting the results you want, it is because you aren’t doing what you know you need to do.Everything you need to know is known. You likely know everything you need to know now, and what you don’t know you can find in seconds. If you are not getting the results you want, it’s because you aren’t doing what you know you need to do.last_img read more

Sardar Singh dropped; Rupinder Pal Singh, Birendra Lakra return for HWL Final

first_imgVeteran mid-fielder Sardar Singh was today dropped from India’s 18-member squad for next month’s Hockey World League Final, while the fit-again Rupinder Pal Singh and Birendra Lakra made comebacks for the season-ending tournament to be held in Bhubaneswar.The biggest omission from the squad was this year’s Khel Ratna Award winner Sardar, who was part of the team that won the Asia Cup last month in Dhaka.The exclusion might just mark the end of the former skipper’s illustrious career.In the Asia Cup, Sardar shunned his playmaker role in the midfield for young skipper Manpreet Singh and played as the ‘free defender’.But the ouster from the HWL Final might mean that Sardar doesn’t quite fit into the scheme of things of new chief coach Sjoerd Marijne, who took the reins of the team before the Asia Cup following Roelant Oltmans’s ouster.Rupinder and Lakra’s return will be big boost to the India’s fragile backline.Rupinder will return to the team after a five month lay- off due to a hamstring injury while Lakra has been in and out of the side after missing the Rio Olympics due to a knee injury.While Rupinder last played for India in the Europe tour before the HWL Semi-Final, Lakra was part of last year’s Asian Champions Trophy and December’s four-nation Australia tour squad before being kept out to regain full fitness.Hockey India selectors have retained Manpreet Singh as the captain of the 18-member squad, while naming Chinglensana Singh as his deputy.advertisementWith PR Sreejesh yet to regain match fitness, the Indian goalpost will be defended by custodians Akash Chikte and Suraj Karkera.The midfield will see SK Uthappa, Kothajit Singh and Sumit join Manpreet and Chinglensana.Junior World Cup stars Harmanpreet Singh, Varun Kumar and Dipsan Tirkey, who have had promising outings in Europe and Asia Cup too, find themselves in the squad for the season finale.BREAKING: The 18-member squad for the Odisha Mens Hockey World League Final, Bhubaneswar 2017, December 1 to 10 has been declared. Tweet your thoughts!Read: https://t.co/B4XaqSs4mM#HWL2017 #IndiaKaGame pic.twitter.com/gieFiWpjct- Hockey India (@TheHockeyIndia) November 17, 2017In one of the best comeback stories of the year, Odisha- lad Amit Rohidas, who had a fantastic outing in 2017 Hockey India League, made his return to the team.The team boasts of a strong forwardline in experienced SV Sunil, Akashdeep Singh, Gurjant Singh, who had a promising Asia Cup, Lalit Upadhyay and 22-year-old Mandeep Singh, who also returned after being rested from the Asia Cup.India are grouped with Australia, England and Germany in Pool B and will begin their campaign on the opening day against defending champions Australia.India coach Sjoerd Marijne was happy with the balance of the team.”I think this is a great mix and would especially like to see how the youngsters soak up the pressure of playing against higher ranked teams in the world. We will have to play every match like it is the final and will have absolutely no room to make errors if we want to see ourselves on the podium,” Marijne said.The coach was particularly delighted to see the return of some senior players, who according to him, will add value to the team.”It is good to have Rupinder, who brings great experience, as well as Birendra back in the team. Both are 100 per cent fit and eager to wear the India colours again,” stated the 43-year-old Marijne.”Amit was called-in as a replacement for Kothajit who had a hamstring injury just before we left for the Asia Cup. He flew in directly from Australia where he had played the Australian Hockey League for India ‘A’ team and he grabbed the opportunity with both hands,” stated the Dutchman.Rupinder’s return will add sheen to India’s already potent drag-flick division, which also has the likes of Harmanpreet Singh, Varun Kumar, Amit and Dipsan Tirkey.”We have five players in defence who can drag and have been putting in extra hours for penalty corner training which is great for the team,” Marijne said.Squad: Goalkeepers: Akash Anil Chikte, Suraj KarkeraDefenders: Harmanpreet Singh, Amit Rohidas, Dipsan Tirkey, Varun Kumar, Rupinderpal Singh, Birendra LakraMidfielders: Manpreet Singh (Capt), Chinglensana Singh (Vice-Capt), SK Uthappa, Sumit, Kothajit SinghForwards: SV Sunil, Akashdeep Singh, Mandeep Singh, Lalit Kumar Upadhyay, Gurjant Singh.last_img read more

Midwest City Safety Evan Fields Cuts List to Five

first_imgWhile you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up. Three-star defensive back Evan Fields, a rising senior from Midwest City, Okla., has named his top five schools which he released on twitter. Among his top options includes K-State, Oklahoma State, Arizona State, Mississippi State, and Illinois.https://twitter.com/Evan4_/status/802273235131723776The Cowboys entered the conversation late in the recruiting process, and earned an official visit earlier this season which he took alongside well-known Cowboy signee Tramonda Moore, who is currently at a junior college.“That’s family,” Fields told PFB of his connection with Moore, adding that he “loved” his visit to Oklahoma State, and that “it felt like home”.Whether that’s by blood or by friendship, I don’t know. But Tramonda isn’t playing his cards close to the vest in recruiting Fields. Here’s what he tweeted at Fields after he released his top five schools.#GoPokes ? https://t.co/0PQ3nxLA6h— Tramonda Moore⏳™ (@TramondaMoore) November 25, 2016The caveat in Fields list, though, is the fine print at the bottom: List can change with new offers.Fields has had a monster senior year, and it took OSU surpsingly midway through the season before extending an offer — likely to make sure he was back to full health. Now, though, there’s chatter that Oklahoma could get involved late, even though an offer has not been extended. The Sooners seem to have several other prospects on their board, before making a decision on whether to pull the trigger on Fields or not.Oklahoma State recently added a commitment at safety with Texas’ Trey Sterling, but the Pokes also lost the pledge of Tyon Merchant, so Fields would likely secure that final scholarship at safety should he land on the Cowboys. With signing day less than 3 months away, it will be interesting to see if teams jump in late or if he elects to stay with his core 5.last_img read more