IranMiddle East – North Africa Prosecutor and, ironically, law professor at the Tehran faculty of journalism, Mortazavi’s persecution of the media has resulted in the suspension of dozens of newspapers and the jailing of many journalists, often tried behind closed doors and held in solitary confinement for months, as was confirmed by a UN delegation that included special rapporteur for freedom of expression Ambeyi Ligabo. It is Mortazavi who issues the warrants to the intelligence ministry and prosecutor’s office agents who arrest “suspects”. He prepares the prosecution cases, drafts the indictments and oversees interrogation. On the basis of past experience, we believe he participates actively in interrogation sessions. One of these bloggers, Rafihzadeh, the daily Etemad’s arts and culture editor, who was arrested on 7 September 2004 and released two months later, told Reporters Without Borders: “Mortazavi played a key role in the bloggers affair, both during the interrogations, in which he did not hesitate to use torture, and in the staging of the confessions, which he dictated himself.” “Two official Iranian investigations confirmed that Mortazavi ordered the illegal arrest and detention of Ms. Kazemi that resulted in her torture and death,” Canadian foreign minister Lawrence Cannon said on 26 June. He also said there had been reports that Mortazavi falsified documents to cover up his involvement in her case. Canada continues to press Iran to carry out a credible investigation into her death. Mortazavi is blamed for Iranian-Canadian photo-journalist Zahra Kazemi’s death in custody on July 2003. Arrested while photographing the families of detainees outside Tehran’s Evin prison on 23 June 2003, Kazemi was tortured during interrogation and died as a result of injuries to the head. UN Human Rights Commission special representative Maurice Copithorne was told by a senior official in 2002 that Mortazavi was one of four judges being investigated by a judicial disciplinary court on suspicion of committing serious crimes. Copithorne had proposed at the time that he should be immediately relieved of his duties pending a decision by this court. Born in 1967 in the small town of Meybod, in the eastern province of Kerman, he went to secondary school before joining a militia created by Ayatollah Khomeiny in the 1980s. He began studying law at Tafat free university in Kerman province in 1985 without sitting an entrance test, taking advantage of a quota reserved for militiamen and the relatives of martyrs. June 9, 2021 Find out more RSF_en Rafihzadeh continued: “After we were released, we were summoned to Mortazavi’s office and he threatened to organise an ‘interview’ with the Fars News agency that all the media would attend. These forced confessions were as important as the actual trial. I remember that Mortazavi threatened us one day, saying, ‘The next time it will be 20 years if you don’t do what I say. And don’t forget that road accidents happen quickly in Iran, either to you or your family.’ Nowadays, the authorities, above all Mortazavi, are using the same methods now against those who have been arrested. Mortazavi reportedly uses every kind of psychological and physical pressure and harassment when he conducts interrogations. His use of mistreatment has been confirmed several times. Call for Iranian New Year pardons for Iran’s 21 imprisoned journalists Organisation Follow the news on Iran The man who has been orchestrating the crackdown on journalists and demonstrators since 12 June 2009, Tehran prosecutor general Said Mortazavi, has had a long career as a human rights predator. At the same time, he worked for two years as Tafat deputy prosecutor before becoming the head of the justice department in the province. His links with the “Motalefeh” current, a conservative wing of the regime with a great deal of influence within the judicial system, played a key role in his rise in the state apparatus. He was named as president of the 9th chamber of the Tehran court in 1992. News News Help by sharing this information June 11, 2021 Find out more In a crackdown on bloggers in 2004, Mortazavi used videoed confessions as a way to pressure some of those detained. As a result, Omid Memarian, Shahram Rafihzadeh, Rozbeh Mir Ebrahimi, Javad Gholam Tamayomi were all forced to accuse themselves of grotesque crimes they had never committed. Receive email alerts to go further During a “media spring” that was made possible by the reformist Mohamad Khatami’s election as president in 1997, the ambitious Judge Mortazavi became the scourge of the pro-reform newspapers, acting at the Supreme Leader’s behest. After presiding Tribunal 1410, dubbed the “press tribunal” for having suspended hundreds of newspapers since April 2000, Mortazavi was appoint Tehran prosecutor general on 20 May 2003. News “In these confessions, he wanted us to denounce journalists and pro-reform politicians. He also insisted a great deal that we talk about the Zahra Kazemi case, asking us to say that ‘Kazemi was invited to Iran by one of the reformist politicians’. He wanted to use our confessions to cover up his own involvement in the case.”Another blogger, Omidreza Mirsayafi, who was arrested on Mortazavi’s orders, died in prison in suspicious circumstances on 18 March 2009. At the time, Reporters Without Borders called for an immediate investigation into his death. Iran: Press freedom violations recounted in real time January 2020 Iran is stepping up pressure on journalists, including foreign journalists, in run-up to election July 1, 2009 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Thug who imposes the law in Tehran IranMiddle East – North Africa March 18, 2021 Find out more News
News Help by sharing this information to go further February 1, 2021 Find out more Organisation EgyptMiddle East – North Africa Follow the news on Egypt Al Jazeera journalist Mahmoud Hussein back home after four years in prison EgyptMiddle East – North Africa News Receive email alerts Reporters Without Borders is stunned and appalled by today’s announcement by the Egyptian prosecutor’s office that 20 Al-Jazeera journalists are to be prosecuted on charges of “undermining national unity and social peace” and “broadcasting false information.”RWB condemns this decision, calls for the withdrawal of all these charges and demands the immediate and unconditional release of all the journalists currently detained.The harassment of the Qatar-based TV network and its journalists must stop. It is just deepening the divisions in Egypt’s increasingly polarized society and is bringing further discredit on the Egyptian authorities in the eyes of international public opinion.Sixteen of the 20 indicted Al-Jazeera journalists are Egyptians. The statement by the prosecutor’s office said they are accused of membership of a “terrorist organization” – an allusion to deposed President Mohammed Morsi’s Muslim Brotherhood party – and “undermining national unity and social peace.”The four foreigners – two Britons, an Australian and a Dutch citizen – are accused of “collaborating with (these) Egyptians by provide them with money, equipment and information (…) and broadcasting unreal scenes to give the impression to the outside world that there is a civil war.”Only eight of the 20 are currently detained. The authorities are looking for the others. The statement by the prosecutor’s office did not name the imprisoned journalists. They include reporter Peter Greste (who is Australian), Cairo bureau chief Mohamed Adel Fahmy (who has Canadian and Egyptian dual citizenship), Baher Mohamed (arrested in a Cairo hotel on 29 December), Abdallah Al-Shami (arrested on 14 August) and Mohamed Badr (arrested on 15 July). Persecution timeline Ever since President Morsi’s removal on 3 July 2013, the authorities have hounded news media and journalists suspected of direct or indirect links with Morsi’s Muslim Brotherhood, which was banned on 23 September and was declared a terrorist organization on 25 December.On 3 July, the authorities closed four local TV stations: Misr 25, which was operated by the Freedom and Justice Party (the Muslim Brotherhood), and Al-Hafiz, Al-Nas and Rahma, three stations that supported Morsi. In reaction to Misr 25’s closure, a new Egyptian station, Ahrar 25, was launched in mid-July.On 5 July, Nilesat, the Egyptian telecommunications satellite operator, blocked three pan-Arab TV stations: Al-Quds and Al-Aqsa (Palestinian stations affiliated to Hamas), and Al-Yarmouk, a Muslim Brotherhood station based in Jordan.In 20 August, police raided the Cairo bureau of the Ihlas News Agency (IHA), a privately-owned Turkish news agency, and arrested its bureau chief, Tahir Osman Hamde. He was held arbitrarily until 4 September. As relations between Turkey and Egypt declined, other Turkish media were also targeted by the Egyptian authorities.On 28 August, the ministry of investment, information and communications technology and media declared Al-Jazeera Mubasher Misr (a Cairo-based Al-Jazeera affiliate) to be illegal and forbidden to operate in Egypt. On 3 September, the administrative court of the State Council announced the closure of four TV stations (or their local bureaux) – Al-Jazeera Mubasher Misr, Ahrar 25, Al-Quds and Al-Yarmouk –for “threatening social peace,” “disseminating rumours and false, misleading reports” and inciting hatred and public disorder. This announcement confirmed measures already adopted arbitrarily.On 10 September, the police raided the Cairo offices of Turkey’s state-owned Turkish Radio and Television Corporation (TRT), seizing production equipment, computers and recordings. Under pressure from the authorities, TRT decided to temporarily suspend its operations in Egypt. Metin Turan, a TRT journalist arrested on 16 August, was released after 100 days in detention.On 12 November, the head of the reportedly pro-Muslim Brotherhood Rassd news network was arrested at his home. The reason for his arrest and his place of detention are still unknown.On 28 November, Hani Salah Eddine, the managing editor of the closed Misr 25 TV channel, was stopped at Cairo airport as he was about to board a flight to London. After responding to a summons to appear before the prosecutor-general, he was arrested on 1 December in an investigation into the “dissemination of mendacious information” and “inciting violence.” News Less press freedom than ever in Egypt, 10 years after revolution News Detained woman journalist pressured by interrogator, harassed by prison staff January 22, 2021 Find out more February 6, 2021 Find out more RSF_en January 29, 2014 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Egyptian authorities to put 20 Al-Jazeera journalists on trial
in Daily Dose, Featured, Market Studies, News Sign up for DS News Daily Subscribe The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago October 26, 2020 14,542 Views Home / Daily Dose / Fintech Vs. Traditional Lending Risks Share Save Tagged with: FinTech Lending Risk Underwriting The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Previous: 10 Cities with the Most Financial Distress from COVID-19 Next: Minority Households Disproportionately Feel Recession-Related Pain Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Related Articles Print This Post About Author: Christina Hughes Babb Christina Hughes Babb is a reporter for DS News and MReport. A graduate of Southern Methodist University, she has been a reporter, editor, and publisher in the Dallas area for more than 15 years. During her 10 years at Advocate Media and Dallas Magazine, she published thousands of articles covering local politics, real estate, development, crime, the arts, entertainment, and human interest, among other topics. She has won two national Mayborn School of Journalism Ten Spurs awards for nonfiction, and has penned pieces for Texas Monthly, Salon.com, Dallas Observer, Edible, and the Dallas Morning News, among others. The Week Ahead: Nearing the Forbearance Exit 2 days ago Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago FinTech Lending Risk Underwriting 2020-10-26 Christina Hughes Babb Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Fintech reportedly is allowing lenders to close on mortgage loans faster than in the past, and, especially as the market shifts increasingly digital, all signs point to its growth in mortgage lending. Researchers have found fintech lenders tend to take on certain risks that traditional lenders do not—though, for a few reasons, this is counterintuitive—leaving fintech loans more likely to default.Conventional wisdom suggests that fintech lenders gather better-rounded, deeper insight into applicants banks might reject following a standard credit check, wrote Harvard Business School’s Rachel Layne. She continues, “Fintech lenders claim to consult additional metrics like utility bills or rent payments to identify creditworthy individuals that are overlooked by traditional lenders.” She sourced a research paper by Harvard’s Marco Di Maggio, Associate Professor of Business Administration, and Georgia State’s Vincent Yao, in which the authors compared unique individual-level data covering fintech and traditional lenders.Di Maggio expounded, “If you put [our] results into the context that most of the fintech companies assertion that they use alternative data, it’s very surprising that their borrowers are more likely to default.” Still, as Layne sums it up on Harvard’s Working Knowledge blog, data in the “Fintech Borrowers” study show that “consumers who turn to fintech lenders are more likely to spend beyond their means, sink further into debt, and ultimately default more often than people with similar credit profiles borrowing from traditional banks.”While researchers focused heavily on the personal credit market, they studied all types of loans; the authors cited mortgage market studies while, overall, tracking 3.79 million loans for 1.88 million borrowers.The researchers added a potential upside for fintech lenders: “Their borrowers tend to be loyal, take out more loans over time, and are apt to get additional credit when they need it most, such as after a job loss.”Beyond paperwork, and possibly the number of factors underwriters observe, what other differences in these two types of lending affect risk?Fintech lenders might be able to operate where the banks do not find it profitable, Di Maggio and Yao reported, citing a 2014 Chase annual report wherein the CEO told investors, “There are hundreds of startups with a lot of brains and money working on various alternatives to traditional banking. The ones you read about most are in the lending business, whereby the firms can lend to individuals and small businesses very quickly and—these entities believe—effectively by using Big Data to enhance credit underwriting. They are very good at reducing the pain points in that they can make loans in minutes, which might take banks weeks.”Researchers turned to their main results and examined whether fintech loans exhibit different performance than loans granted by traditional institutions in the 15 months following origination.”We find that fintech loans are significantly more likely to be in default…The results are also economically meaningful, they wrote. “In fact, we find that the fintech loans exhibit a 1.1% higher default probability, which is large compared to the sample mean of 1.4%. In addition, the relative underperformance persists for our entire time window starting in month five after origination.”The researchers presented data that they say backs up the idea that borrowers turning to fintech might be disposed to consume or spend more than they can afford (which leads to increased debt and ultimately, default).”The evidence points out that the increased ease and speed with which borrowers can have access to credit is particularly appealing to certain households who tend to use these funds, in conjunction with other forms of credit, to sustain their consumption, which ultimately makes them more financially vulnerable,” the authors said. “These results might also inform the debate about the need to provide clearer guidelines and regulatory scrutiny for those new institutions operating in this market. In the same way in which the Dodd-Frank Act induced banks to be more concerned about the borrowers’ ability to repay, a similar intervention in this unsecured lending market might reduce the negative consequences of granting loans to borrowers who are bound to default…”The researchers look further at history and policy to anticipate problems their findings would present and possible solutions.They added that one significant challenge for policy makers is that, “Curbing the credit provided by fintech lenders could negatively impact the most credit-constrained borrowers.”However, they continue, “in the same spirit as regulators introduced the ‘ability to repay’ rules for mortgage products in the aftermath of the subprime crisis, one dimension of interest for regulators might be the need for fintech lenders to more closely monitor the borrowers’ ability to service their unsecured debt and the way these additional funds are actually used by the borrowers.”The 27-page paper published in September can be found here, or visit Harvard’s Working Knowledge blog here. 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ITHACA, N.Y. — The U.S. Attorney’s Office has charged Jeffrey Blake, 49, of Ithaca, with attempting to coerce two children into sexual activities during an undercover FBI sting operation.According to the complaint filed in the U.S District Court for the Northern District of New York, an undercover law enforcement officer based in the FBI Albany Field Office received an online message on a dating application indicating sexual interest in children. The message came from an account based in Ithaca with the username “J” and was later linked to Blake.An initial message from J to the undercover officer read, “Finding out more about what you’re looking for. Into younggg.” Investigators understood the message to indicate that J was interested in sex with children, according to the complaint, and began exchanging text messages. They allegedly traced the phone number used by J to Blake. Editor’s note: This story includes details that some people may find upsetting. If you or someone you know has been a victim of sexual abuse or assault, contact the police or The Tompkins County Advocacy Center here. Devon Magliozzi Between June 12 and Aug. 23, 2019, Blake continued to communicate with the undercover officer. The officer posed as a mother with two daughters, ages 9 and 13. Blake texted that he wanted to engage in sexual activities with the mother and her daughters, and the undercover officer provided phone numbers so he could reach out to them directly.Blake continued to text the two numbers, which he believed belonged to the young girls, with sexually explicit content over the course of two months. He sent messages encouraging the girls to touch their genitals and telling them how he would touch them and have sex with them when they met in person, according to court records of the exchange.On Aug. 15, Blake had a phone conversation with the officer, who was posing as the girls’ mother. They arranged a meeting in Binghamton during which Blake would “have sex” with the two children. According to the complaint, they discussed how he would bring gifts including lip gloss, dresses and sex toys for the children.Blake arrived for the meeting at the agreed upon location in Binghamton at 1:30 p.m. Aug. 23. He was carrying jewelry, which he admitted he planned to give the children. He was placed under arrest and admitted to law enforcement that he was the same person who had been communicating with the undercover officer, the complaint states. He admitted to exchanging messages with the accounts he believed belonged to the 9 and 13-year-old girls.Blake is facing a federal charge of coercion and enticement of a minor. He appeared in court Monday in Binghamton, according to court records, and was remanded to the custody of the U.S. Marshals. Your Crime & Courts news is made possible with support from: Tagged: crime, FBI, ithaca, U.S. District Court Devon Magliozzi is a reporter for the Ithaca Voice. Questions? Story tips? Contact her at [email protected] or 607-391-0328. More by Devon Magliozzi
Share Tweet Share Sharing is caring! LocalNews NEW IMAGE AND LOGO FOR DSWMC by: – May 13, 2011 293 Views no discussions Share Mahaut Primary School student; winner of the Sensay Se Pa Zordiz DSWMC Carnival 2011The Dominica Solid Waste Management Corporation unveiled a new logo and mascot, as symbols of its new image for 2011 and beyond.At a press conference held Thursday, 12th May, 2011, at its office in Goodwill, the first prize winner of the logo competition Miss Nari T. Royer, received an Acer, laptop sponsored by CIS Ltd.Acting General Manager of the DSWMC Mr. Bristol Lawrence says: “The new logo depicts the future of the Dominica Solid Waste Management Corporation with an image of a green Island encompassed with the words Reduce, Reuse, Recycle and Composting.“The logo creates the mental image of exactly what we aim to achieve as a Corporation. On this note we would like to congratulate Miss Royer for a job well done. This demonstrates once more the effectiveness and importance of having the collaborative efforts of the Corporation and the community. “The Mahaut Primary School which emerged winner of the Sensay Se Pa Zordiz DSWMC Carnival 2011, opening parade competition, performed a startling skit onthe separation of garbage in a home setting. The School received a prize voucher valued at $1,200 from J Astaphans and Co. The Sensay Mascot will be used to change mind sets in schools across Dominica, during the Corporation’s education programmes. “Your support and continued involvement in the affairs of the Corporation holds a direct relation to the success of our operation.” Mr. Lawrence stated in his address. “For this reason very soon we will be rewarding some of our outstanding customers and communities with high quality household garbage bins, as part of a greater plan to see every household posses a garbage bin which in turn would reduce most of the public health risk related to garbage disposal.“To keep the dazzling green that we showcase in our logo and to preserve our environmental integrity, the Corporation must take the leading role in the collection of the waste most harmful to our environment and people. This includes used lead acid batteries, used oil (cooking and engine oil) tires and metallic waste. Used lead acid batteries are classified as hazardous waste, it cause cancer, birth defects, and present an eminent threat to both human and the environmental life.”As of Monday May 16th, 2011 the Corporation will offer $5.00 for each used lead acid battery brought to the Landfill. In addition the Corporation will waive all tipping charges on the disposal of used oil, tires and metallic waste. The charge of $5.00 a gallon will be waived on used oils. All garages, hotel and restaurants are encouraged to separate and store their used oil for collection, by the Corporation.The Corporation very soon will be carrying out a coordinated collection of derelict and metallic waste from the communities which support the beautification program carried by government. Work with the village councils to cleaning up all old, broken down equipment and derelict vehicles from communities will continue. The Corporation can now be found on Facebook and its website: www.dswmc.com.“Our environmental, Our responsibility, Reduce, Reuse, Recycle. The logo says it all.” He said.By Jeno Jacob/ PRO/ DSWMC
USG passed a resolution Tuesday night to work with administrators to regulate the activity of solicitors on campus. As a result of student feedback through a survey, USC will create a new section in SCampus to define the university’s policy regarding on-campus solicitation.USG Residential Senator Matthew Prusak spearheaded USG’s effort to reform USC’s on-campus solicitation policies.“This resolution is seeking clarity. I interviewed solicitors, as well as the scheduling office and DPS. It turns out there is no policy, rather a ‘checkerboard’ of different policies,” Prusak said.According to the recent online survey, 99 percent of the student body reported being approached by solicitors asking for financial or commercial gain for themselves or their organization.“This resolution has been a long time coming,” Prusak said. “I’ve been doing research this semester … the student feedback was overwhelmingly negative.”Eighty percent of students surveyed reported feeling uncomfortable as the result of an experience involving on-campus solicitors. Furthermore, 82 percent of students surveyed supported banning solicitor activity on campus altogether.Though survey results indicate students resent solicitation overall, Prusak acknowledged that the actions of a few solicitors could have skewed student perception of solicitors in general. He said he believes representatives of approved organizations can benefit from the resolution, which will not ban solicitation altogether, but clearly define policies and regulate them more closely.“There seems to be a consensus that if you ignore one solicitor, you tend to ignore them all. This resolution could actually be helpful for solicitors who operate from a table or stationary location,” Prusak said.In the survey, students reported individual solicitors acting in an offensive manner. There were reports of solicitors interfering with campus tours, obstructing bike lanes and even sexually harassing students in some cases.“There seems to be a lot of ignorance. Going forward, we want to educate solicitors on what they can and cannot do,” Prusak said.USG will work with administrators to create a policy that best represents the interests of the student body. Once enacted, DPS will enforce the new policy on campus.“I really like this resolution. This is an issue that we need to put into policy in order to be dealt with,” Greek Senator Jamie Dick said.Two hundred and seventy-six students participated in the online survey, which was conducted by USG in late October. The resolution passed in the Senate by a unanimous vote. Follow us on Twitter @dailytrojan
Carmen Puliafito resigned in March 2016.The former dean of the Keck School of Medicine engaged in drug use during his tenure at USC, hosted parties in his office and kept company with convicted criminals and an underage drug user, a Los Angeles Times investigation reported on Monday.Carmen Puliafito was named dean of Keck in 2007 and announced his resignation in March 2016, citing a return to academic ophthalmology and the pursuit of other professional opportunities.The Times interviewed six people who partied with Puliafito starting in 2015 while he was still dean, none of whom were USC students. Puliafito has not been arrested or charged with a crime, and has no criminal record. According to the Times, on March 4, 2016 — a few weeks before Puliafito’s resignation — he was present at a Pasadena hotel party with then-21-year-old Sarah Warren, who suffered a drug overdose that evening. In a series of interviews with the Times, Warren said she became affiliated with Puliafito in early 2015 when she was working as an escort. Footage the Times reviewed shows the pair doing drugs the night before Warren’s overdose. A call record from the Pasadena Fire Department published by the Times reveals that Puliafito called 911 after Warren became unconscious. In the call, he stated he was a doctor, referred to her as his girlfriend and said she had only ingested alcohol. The Times stated that a witness reported Warren’s overdose to Pasadena authorities and phoned USC President C. L. Max Nikias’ office on March 14, 2016. The University did not confirm reports of this phone call to the Daily Trojan. Puliafito resigned 10 days later, but is still listed as a faculty member on the Keck website. The University confirmed Puliafito was on sabbatical from his faculty position and is following all proper procedures to review his status in patient care. Since Puliafito is on leave, he is not currently seeing any patients. The Times also reviewed images of Puliafito partying with individuals with criminal records, as well as videos that suggest the former dean took drugs like ecstasy and methamphetamine. The photos were reportedly dated in 2015 and 2016 and showed Puliafito and his acquaintances partying in various locations, including in his office at the Health Sciences Campus. The Times also obtained a copy of a CVS prescription Puliafito wrote for Sarah Warren’s younger brother, Charles Warren, who was 17 at the time he met Puliafito. The prescription, the Warrens said to the Times, was for asthma inhalers that would alleviate the raw effects on their lungs from drug use.The University has lauded Puliafito as a strong leader and fundraiser as recently as last June, three months after his resignation. During Puliafito’s tenure, he oversaw the full accreditation of Keck and focused on increasing research and grants from the National Institute of Health. Last year, Keck was ranked 31st on the U.S. News and World Report of the nation’s best medical schools — a jump of eight places since the start of Puliafito’s deanship. Puliafito was also a witness in USC’s legal dispute with the University of California, San Diego about the rights to an Alzheimer’s research program. The Daily Trojan could not independently confirm the Times’ reporting. The University had no further comment beyond confirmation that Puliafito was not currently seeing patients and stated it was not at liberty to discuss personnel matters.“If the assertions reported in the July 17 Los Angeles Times story are true, we hope that Carmen receives care and treatment that will lead him to a full recovery,” the University said in an email to the Daily Trojan.
16 Aug 2013 England roar back to regain Raymond Trophy England regained the Raymond Trophy by winning the Home Internationals, supported by Fairstone Financial Management Ltd, after beating old rivals Scotland 9-6 on the final day at sunny and breezy Ganton.After a fierce battle in the morning foursomes which finished level, England won six of the afternoon singles and halved another to complete a 9-6 victory and a clean sweep of the other countries, while Ireland secured second place by beating a bullish Welsh side 8-7.“This is an amazing and wonderful feeling,” said England captain Terry Casey. “It was an extraordinary performance by my team and having lost last year this is special.“The players were fantastic and I have run out of superlatives to describe them. We beat three really strong sides here but I always felt we had a real chance this week.”Scottish captain Scott Knowles was gracious in defeat. “We put ourselves in a good position to successfully defend the title but fair play to England, they got the job done,” he said.“Things were looking good for us midway through the afternoon especially when we saw Wales coming back against Ireland but the England boys played really well down the stretch.”Early on in the afternoon and England win hardly looked likely. Scotland were ahead in the top four games with four others all square. But the English team gradually turned it around although the Scots drew first blood when Graeme Robertson beat English champion Callum Shinkwin 3 and 2 in the top game.But the pendulum gradually swung in the home side’s favour as Craig Hinton came from 2-down at the turn and 3-down after ten to get home 2 and 1 over the previously unbeaten Grant Forrest 2 and 1 with pars on 16 and 17.Toby Tree won the last two holes to beat Jack McDonald in a tight encounter but Scott Crichton kept the Scots in the hunt with a one hole win over Jimmy Mullen, having been 3-up through 12 holes.However, with Ben Stow beating Scott Borrowman 5 and 3, Paul Howard romping to a 7 and 6 win over Ewan Scott after birdies at the opening three holes and Ryan Evans coming from 2-down to beat Matthew Clark 2 and 1, England were assured of at least a draw which was all they needed for victory.It was Harry Casey, England’s highest scorer, who saw his team over the line with a 2 and 1 win over James Ross, while Alex Culverwell brought Scotland a further point and Bradley Neil won the final hole against Nick Marsh to secure a half.In the other match, Ireland needed a big win over Wales to have a say in the title chase. But after trailing 1-4 from the morning foursomes, the Red Dragon came roaring back to win the singles 6-4 but it wasn’t quite enough as Ireland edged home by a point.A big Irish win was possible as Gavin Moynihan beat Jason Shufflebotham followed by Dermot McElroy who chalked up his sixth success when he recorded the same score against Craig Melding. That saw the Irish 6-1 ahead and looking to surge ahead but Wales responded in splendid fashion.Michael Hearn sealed a 3 and 1 win over Rory McNamara and Lee Jones got the better of Brian Casey by 3 and 2.There were also final green wins for Matthew Moseley over Reeve Whitson in a tight match with little to choose between the players, and for Zac Galliford over Paul Dunne.Welsh champion Jack Bush beat Jack Hume by two holes to see Wales close to success but Cormac Sharvin denied Alastair Jones 3 and 1 to see Ireland to overall victory and into second place.Over the three days there was an award for the Player of the Tournament, sponsored by Fairstone Financial Management Ltd. This went to Ireland’s Dermot McElroy, who won all six of his games.
South African athlete Wayde van Niekerk has become the first runner in history to break records for the 100m, 200m and 400m events, the International Association of Athletics Federations confirmed on Saturday, 12 March 2016.Sprinter Wayde van Niekerk made South Africans proud when he was the first runner in history to break records for 100m, 200m and 400m events. His 100m win in Bloemfontein on 12 March 2016 puts him on track for success at the Rio Olympics in August. (Image: All Athletics)Brand South Africa reporterWATCH: SA #sprinter Wayde van Niekerk makes history https://t.co/wcTY2rQIsS #WaydeVanNiekerk pic.twitter.com/NX61uDIDSm— The Daily Dispatch (@Dispatch_DD) March 14, 2016Almost a week after South African runner Akani Simbine broke the South African 100m record in Pretoria on 8 March 2016, fellow South African Wayde van Niekerk, the current world 400m champion, became the first runner to break records for 100m, 200m and 400m events.The last of these three achievements was at an athletics event in Bloemfontein on 12 March. He broke the 10-second barrier for the 100m race, posting 9.98 seconds to win.Previous records broken were his 19.94-second run in the 200m at an event in Luzern, Switzerland in July 2015, and his 400m champion win in Beijing in August 2015 with a time of 43.48 seconds. Bloemfontein, with its legal 1.5m/sec tailwinds and 1 300m altitude as advantages, enabled Van Niekerk to complete his trifecta. Before Saturday, he had not run the 100m since his junior athletics days.His record this weekend puts Van Niekerk in a very exclusive 100-metres-in- under-10-seconds club that features not only current 100m world champion Usain Bolt, but also previous race winners Tyson Gay and Yohan Blake.Wayde van Niekerk 100-200-400 Combo – Where does he Stack up? https://t.co/gV9NS6GuDI pic.twitter.com/hgzfd5W7wJ— SpeedEndurance (@speedendurance) March 13, 2016While these times look encouraging for his success at the forthcoming Rio Olympic Games, starting in August 2016, Van Niekerk has chosen to contest only the 400m race at the Games, as he considers it his strongest event and his chances of winning a medal for it look promising.He was the silver medallist in the 400m at the 2014 Commonwealth Games and took bronze in the 4×400m relay at the 2013 Summer Universiade. He also represented South Africa at the 2013 and 2015 Athletics World Championships‚ winning a gold medal in the 400m in the latter event.He took to Instagram to thank his fans for their support and post a video of the Bloemfontein race.Fans, particularly Sports Minister Fikile Mbalula, congratulated Van Niekerk on Twitter for his win, and wished him luck for Rio.Proud moment for our SA Sportstar of the year 2015 pic.twitter.com/aDE4pnzIsj— RSA Min of Sport (@MbalulaFikile) March 12, 2016Shame, poor Telkom. They do an entire marketing campaign about how fast Usain Bolt is and then Wayde van Niekerk breaks the 10 second/100m.— Mr. Missing (@chestermissing) March 13, 2016Thousand pounds of respect for Wayde van Niekerk on his recent achievement. Big ups !— Oleboheng Rasenyalo (@drnkmorewater) March 14, 2016Source: News24Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa material.