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  • Grief to anger as disaster-hit Beirut braces for protests

    first_imgA fire at Beirut port on Tuesday ignited a stock of ammonium nitrate and triggered an explosion that was felt in neighbouring countries and destroyed entire neighbourhoods of the city.Spectacular videos of the disaster show a mushroom-shaped shockwave that drew comparisons with the 1945 atomic bombs on Japan while foreign rescue teams compared the devastation with earthquake scenes.Saturday could be the last day anybody buried under rubble has any chance of being found alive and according to the health ministry, more than 60 people are still missing.Solidarity for the victims of the blast, from inside and outside Lebanon, has been impressive but this disaster was man-made and residents want heads to roll. Thousands of Lebanese prepared Saturday for a major protest against a political leadership they blame for a monster explosion that killed more than 150 people and disfigured the capital Beirut.Two days after a landmark visit by French President Emmanuel Macron, diplomatic activity intensified in Beirut to organize international support for the disaster-hit country ahead of a Sunday aid conference.For the fourth day running, Beirut woke up to the sound of broken glass being swept on the streets, its inhabitants still taking stock after one of the biggest blasts of its kind in recent history. ‘Punish them’The president and prime minister of Lebanon have promised that a government investigation would net the culprits but, more than a mere case of negligence, many Lebanese see the blast as a direct result of their leaders’ corruption.”After three days of cleaning, removing rubble and licking our wounds… it is time to let our anger explode and punish them,” said Fares Halabi, a 28-year-old activist planned to join a protest scheduled for the afternoon.Some protesters erected a mock gallows for Lebanon’s top politicians on Martyr’s Square, the epicenter of a protest movement that briefly rattled the country’s hereditary ruling class.The lack of political change combined with a stinging economic crisis and the coronavirus pandemic all but snuffed out the revolutionary movement — until this week.”Today is the first demonstration since the explosion, an explosion in which any one of us could have died,” said Hayat Nazer, an activist who has contributed to solidarity initiatives for blast victims.”This is the biggest warning for everyone now that we don’t have anything to lose anymore. Everyone should be in the streets today, everyone,” she told AFP.However some of Lebanon’s leaders seemed to consider the outpouring of international solidarity as an opportunity to break the government’s diplomatic isolation.Foreign supportA virtual international donor conference launched by Macron, and in which US President Donald Trump and other top leaders will take part, is scheduled for Sunday.Lebanon defaulted on its debt earlier this year and the current leadership has so far consistently failed to address the economic emergency and agree on an international rescue package despite intense Western pressure.Speaking on Friday evening, President Michel Aoun said “the explosion has led to the lifting of the isolation.”Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah also said the disaster had created “an opportunity” to get the world to work with Lebanon again.Three senior diplomats were in Beirut Saturday in a show of solidarity with the disaster-hit city, where 300,000 people were made temporarily homeless by the port explosion.The first to meet top officials was Arab League chief Ahmed Aboul Gheit. Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu was also expected, as was the president of the European Council, Charles Michel.High-stakes probeAoun however rejected calls backed by Macron for an international and independent investigation into the blast.A total of 21 people have been detained so far, including Badri Daher, director-general of Lebanon’s customs authority.But few Lebanese seemed to have any trust that the leadership would incriminate its own in an investigation chaired by some of the country’s top officials.Analyst Nasser Yassin of the Issam Fares Institute for Public Policy and International Affairs, said Lebanon’s reviled leaders were clearly seeking to take advantage of the situation.”The fear is that the authorities will benefit from this great disaster and from the international and Arab attention they are getting,” he said.Activist Hayat Nazer said the current crisis should not turn into a chance for the political elite to get a new lease of life but instead give fresh impetus to a drive for change.”I think it’s the last wake-up call for people,” she said.”We need to save each other, we need to clean our country, to rebuild it, and to completely disregard that we have politicians,” Nazer said.”It’s not just about protesting in the streets. We can make a change on a daily basis, the revolution is part of our lives, we can apply it every day.”Topics :last_img read more

  • OAS secretary general highlights role of parliamentarians in fight against corruption

    first_imgNewsRegional OAS secretary general highlights role of parliamentarians in fight against corruption by: – January 13, 2012 Secretary-General of the OAS, José Miguel Insulza. Photo credit: oas.orgSANTIAGO, Chile — The secretary general of the Organization of American States (OAS), José Miguel Insulza, on Thursday highlighted the successes and challenges of the countries of the continent in the fight against corruption, and remarked the relevant role of Parliaments in addressing this issue, during the inaugural session of the International Seminar on Probity and Transparency in the National Congress and the Political Parties System, held January 12 and 13 in the National Congress of Chile. “We have gone in a few decades from identifying corruption with bribery, to expanding the concept in a substantive way. That is, we now debate issues such as the passive behavior of enterprises, the financing of politics, undue influence, corporate responsibility, and what has been called ‘gray areas,’ that is: excessive hospitality, charitable contributions, gifts, and access to obtaining certain benefits from academic institutions,” said the leader of the hemispheric organization. In his remarks, Insulza acknowledged that, while there has been much progress on this matter, the International community lacks “a harmonization” of existing norms. “If the definition of corruption has been much expanded, as has the definition of transparency, we do not have an adequate harmonization of the many international norms that are being elaborated on this matter,” he noted. Among the international norms, the head of the OAS recalled that the Inter-American Convention against Corruption, signed in 1996, represents the first international treaty on this matter. “The first international norms are in the Convention and that is for us a matter of great pride,” he said. “The Convention is one of the most ratified documents in all of the inter-American system and is the first that transforms the fight against corruption into a process, into a strategy with shared responsibilities between the States, the private sector, civil society, and the international community.”In this sense, he mentioned the Follow-up Mechanism to the Implementation of the Inter-American Convention against Corruption (MESICIC) which, with the technical support of the OAS, makes it possible for countries to present reports on corruption, ask questions and for civil society to participate and present criticism, questions and objections. “The workings of the MESICIC should be a growing example since the Mechanism has been consolidated and with this we have moved to a greater phase,” said the secretary general, and continued by recalling that “the follow-up work allows for cooperation between countries, transparency of information between them, and even to have a cooperation program so the countries may improve their situation.”Referring specifically to the central subject of the Seminar, Insulza recalled, “In all activities we are conducting we have wished to highlight the fundamental role of the legislative powers in the implementation of our Convention.”“Our Committee of Experts has clearly stated that the legislative powers must adopt legal norms that complement the countries’ legal frameworks to make them applicable and increasingly more appropriate to the parliaments of each country,” he insisted.The International Seminar on Probity and Transparency in the National Congress and in the Political Parties System has as its general objective to provide a place for analysis of the principles of probity and transparency that are applied to parliamentarians, as well as to the system that regulates political parties, from the National Congress itself. Caribbean News Now Tweet Share Sharing is caring!center_img 10 Views   no discussions Share Sharelast_img read more

  • LIME opens new flagship retail shop

    first_img 22 Views   no discussions LIME’s General Manager Jeffrey Baptiste welcomes Minister of Telecoms Ambrose George Roseau, Dominica – A historic day for LIME Dominica as the company opened its new modern, stylish flagship retail store to the Dominican public on Tuesday, June 19th, 2012. The customers had been anticipating the opening of the store for some time and for the hundreds who experienced the transformation it was well worth the wait. “I am very impressed with the new store; I really like what LIME has done to improve the service we receive from the company in a warm, friendly business setting” said Mr Daniel, a member of the Airport Taxi Drivers Association. The feedback has been consistent along those lines throughout the day including one gentleman who took the time to write a note thanking the company for considering the disabled community in the design of the new store. A customer receiving service It was a proud, rewarding moment for LIME’s General Manager Jeffrey Baptiste who was on hand to welcome customers to the new store Monday morning. “With this new flagship store, customers can get the LIME full service provider experience in one central location in a comfortable, welcoming environment” said the LIME GM. He noted that no longer would customers have to go to separate locations to pay bills or complete a mobile transaction as obtained in the past. “This demonstrates our commitment to deliver a high quality of customer service to our customers and we will deliver on that promise” he added. Customers who visited the store were impressed by the fun and exciting colours, spacious layout, and the modern, upscale look. A new glass door with a unique indented entrance welcomes customers to a room accentuated with upscale, bright office furniture and fixtures, classy showcases for new products, and a beautiful spacious layout against a backdrop of accent colours. Flat screen monitors, a glass accessories showcase and display of some of the latest tablets and gadgets complete the look of this store which will no doubt change the landscape of the customer service experience at Dominica’s leading telecommunications provider, LIME. A welcoming entrance to the new flagship store A topup machine on the outside of the store to facilitate customers who prefer that option and a ramp to provide easy access for the disabled members of the community are among some of the external features. A fresh coat of paint for the entire LIME Roseau building completed the facelift given to the new flagship store. One of the early customers to the store this morning was Telecoms Minister Ambrose George who had high praise for the major transformation which has taken place to provide customers with a new experience. He commended General Manager Baptiste and his team for a job well done for the investment made to take the customer service experience to the next level. The first one hundred customers to conduct business at LIME when the new store opened its doors this morning got a chance to win a brand new Lenovo laptop from LIME. The team at LIME is eager to serve customers at the new LIME retail flagship store. Press Release BusinessLocalNews LIME opens new flagship retail shop by: – June 20, 2012 Share Tweetcenter_img Share Sharing is caring! Sharelast_img read more

  • Cold conditions, slick conditions greet Southeastern Indiana

    first_imgVersailles, In. — Law enforcement agencies across southeastern Indiana are warning motorists about isolated slick spots on roadways. Extra care is urged on interstate exit ramps, elevated roadways, bridges and overpasses.Forecasters from the National Weather Service in Wilmington, Ohio say the high temperature today is 28, the low tonight is 16.last_img

  • Villarreal boss opens up on Ferguson support in Champions League

    first_imgRead Also: Willian to agree new Chelsea deal this week“This is a club that provides stability,” he added. “Beyond results is work. I spent four years in Valencia and four in Seville. There has been stability, consistency and results. My idea is the same knowing that football has their circumstances, but I believe in my work.”The Spanish boss has accumulated ten trophies in five years and has played in six European finals and he has coached in more than 600 games across La Liga, Ligue 1 and the Premier League.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 “A few years back I spoke to Ferguson at a coaching convention, and he was of course used to competing in the Champions League,” Emery told reporters, according to Marca. “I explained to him how much the Europa League had helped me grow and develop as a coach, but Ferguson replied: ‘Sure, but would you not rather be in the Champions League?’ “And I agreed that would be preferable, but the Europa League is another fantastic opportunity for coaches and for clubs, especially those who are not able to compete with those at an elite level for titles – it is a place for them to become champions.“The Europa League has grown a lot from the UEFA Cup and the early days of the Europa League, it is a fantastic opportunity for us.“I have manged to win it three times and it means a lot to me, to experience those titles.“I want to enjoy that, but as Ferguson said – I would rather be in the Champions League and that is my aim here.”Emery also believes that he was not given enough time at Arsenal and that he believes his new club will provide him the stability and assurance to build a project.Emery was sacked from his position in North London last November following a prolonged run of bad form, despite taking the Gunners to last season’s Europa League final. New Villarreal manager Unai Emery has revealed a conversation with legendary former Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson has motivated him to compete once again in the Champions League. Emery was appointed at Villarreal last week to replace Javi Calleja after the club confirmed their qualification for the Europa League next season, having fallen one place short of the top four in La Liga. The Basque is most famed for his success with Sevilla in the Europa League – helping the Andalusian club to three successive titles between 2013 and 2016.Advertisementcenter_img Loading… Promoted Content7 Mind-Boggling Facts About Black HolesA Soviet Shot Put Thrower’s Record Hasn’t Been Beaten To This DayThe Highest Paid Football Players In The WorldTake A Look At The Celebs Who Lost Their Money And WhyWhy Do So Many Digital Assistants Have Feminine Names & Voices?Best & Worst Celebrity Endorsed Games Ever Made9 Facts You Should Know Before Getting A TattooWho Is The Most Powerful Woman On Earth?8 Things You Didn’t Know About CoffeeThe Very Last Bitcoin Will Be Mined Around 2140. Read More10 Of The Dirtiest Seas In The WorldThe Highest Paid Football Players In The Worldlast_img read more

  • PCP: World Series champ?

    first_imgBleachSeeing as the baseball playoffs are more of a crapshoot, than, well, a craps table in Las Vegas, a fan must look for extraordinary circumstances when trying to predict the World Series winner.Whether its just good Karma (which the Yankees are missing), rolling a lucky eight-sided die or interpreting a dream you had, unusual methods are needed for any serious gambler.This is why the Minnesota Twins will be smiling in November.The Twins may have momentum, the soon-to-be AL MVP and the support of every small market fan who opposes the Yankee, Red Sox, Angels and Dodgers big bucks approach, but none of those reasons are why they will win the World Series.Nope, the reason the Twinkies will be hosting the Commissioner’s Trophy — what an awful name MLB’s defining hunk of metal — is the power of the Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome.That’s right, that horrible eyesore plaguing Minneapolis will be solely responsible for the Twins’ fourth World Series Championship.Again, you must think outside the box. Its not that the carpeted surface or loud atmosphere or any other traditional home field advantage will help the Twins.Simply put, the Metrodome just doesn’t want to let go of its beloved baseball team. With the AL Central champs moving next season, the Dome will ensure it can hold as many more games as possible. The Dome’s thinking? If the Twins win one more World Series, maybe they won’t leave me. If I (being the dome) can just deliver one more championship, the nostalgia will be too intense to abandon such a historical structure.Call it magic, call it sorcery, call it a really tired writer at midnight, call it whatever you want. I just know I’m calling a Twin’s World Series win.BraunOK Bleach, I’m really happy for the Twins too. But I’m not ready to say they’re the best team in baseball.As of now, the most impressive team since the All-Star break has been the St. Louis Cardinals. When they acquired Matt Holliday, their offense was completely revamped, with Albert Pujols running away as the MVP favorite.No offense to the Twins, but the Cardinals were able to dominate their division, while Minnesota had to make a ridiculous run to even be in contention. Right now, the Twins’ pitching is suspect and has no real ace at the top of the rotation.The Cardinals have by far the best pitching rotation to go along with their 1-2 punch in the middle of the lineup. Chris Carpenter and Adam Wainwright are the top two Cy Young candidates along with Tim Lincecum.Say what you will about momentum and fate, but there’s no question that the Cardinals have the tools and the willpower to win the World Series.last_img read more

  • Cohen: Hack reflects on end of hectic formative years, ‘Hell of a ride’

    first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on April 30, 2013 at 1:46 am My career at The Daily Orange officially ended well past 3 a.m. on the morning of April 10. I stepped out of Nate Shron’s car, gathered my luggage from the trunk and realized the greatest ride of my life — one I’m struggling to put into words — was over.Five months earlier, Nate and I had been on an aircraft carrier in California, pushing the limits of our credentials for behind-the-scenes coverage of the most unique basketball game Syracuse has ever played. But as we returned home from the Final Four in Atlanta, where an unforgettable season came to an end on the sport’s grandest stage, there were no more trips to look forward to.The end had finally arrived.“Hell of a ride,” Nate said, a tinge of disappointment in his voice.Of course he was right. But that was only one year.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textIn my time at The D.O., I was fortunate to be a part of some unforgettable experiences and events that were more than I could ever ask for as an aspiring writer. Journalism came to define my life as my college years passed, and it was the perfect four-year stretch in which to be a sports scribe.As a sophomore, I found myself buried in research and reporting for an investigative story that was never even published. There were dozens of meetings with editors, multiple Freedom of Information Law requests and a few nerve-wracking phone calls with lawyers that tested my gumption as well as my guts. My work spanned four months, then a year, then fell apart.But the lessons I learned from that non-story were as important as the ones I learned from any real story. And it instilled in me some of the qualities necessary to embrace the hailstorm that rocked Syracuse in the fall of my junior year: the Bernie Fine scandal.In hindsight, the timing was impeccable, as myself and two other D.O. journalists had just returned from Penn State when ESPN published its story on Bobby Davis. We were, by that point, well versed in Scandal Coverage 101 after a week on Joe Paterno’s front lawn.To this day, I am incredibly proud of the work our paper did in the immediate aftermath of the news breaking, even if some relationships were damaged in the process. That first week — the live interviews I did on CNN and HLN (plus the one I slept through), the eight-page “Fine Fired” special section, the cans and cans of soda since I don’t drink coffee — could never be forgotten.Nor could the impromptu trip to Maine to visit Zach Tomaselli. For four hours in a hotel conference room, I listened as he explained in horrifying detail the things he alleged had been done to him by Fine, as well as the things Tomaselli had done to an underage boy that got him arrested.In the end, it was another story that never ran in its entirety. Tomaselli, as it turned out, was a pathological liar. But yet another set of valuable lessons was learned in the process.The year was defined by unforgettable breaking news, and the sports gods rewarded me with unforgettable games as a senior. Me and fellow beat writers Chris Iseman and Ryne Gery were treated to a football season that ended in a bowl game and a basketball season that ended in the Final Four. At Syracuse, that’s like catching lightning in a bottle.I crisscrossed the country this year, covering games in Missouri, Ohio, Wisconsin, California (twice), Georgia, Washington, D.C., Rhode Island and more. But of all the flights, trips, Jim Boeheim rants and seedy hotels, three moments stand out to me as truly unforgettable.The first was my trip to San Diego for the Battle on the Midway, where the comical image of Syracuse basketball players shooting free throws into the wind continues to make me chuckle. The second was the last Big East tournament, when Chris and I covered four games in four days, including an all-time classic between Syracuse and Georgetown. And the third was at a hotel bar during the Final Four in Atlanta, where I had drinks with some of my sports writing idols in a series of pinch-me moments complete with ice-cold beer.So when I returned to Syracuse in the early morning hours of April 10, after the Orange had climbed all the way back against Michigan, only to lose in the final seconds, I was equal parts sad and nostalgic. The D.O. had given me my greatest college memories, and I struggled to come to grips with the fact it was finally time to say goodbye.I sat in my apartment as the clock approached 4 a.m. that morning, thinking back on the places I had been and the people I met while episodes of “Friends” aired monotonously in the background. Again and again, I came to the same conclusion, my thoughts unable to end up anywhere else: Nate was absolutely right.It really was a hell of a ride.Michael Cohen is a former sports editor at The Daily Orange, where his columns no longer appear. You can reach him at Commentscenter_img Related Stories Gery: Hack reflects on father’s influence in desire to pursue sportswriting careerIseman: Hack fulfilling lifelong dream inspired by late sports writing unclelast_img read more

  • Teach for America founder visits campus Wednesday

    first_imgTeach for America founder Wendy Kopp spoke at an intimate gathering of students Wednesday evening about the importance of transformative leadership in education.Kopp, who serves as CEO of Teach for All, the global offshoot of TFA, said many schools today are ill-equipped to address the needs of the most at-risk students.“We are sending students who we know need more to schools that have less,” she said.The organization places college graduates in low income communities throughout the country to serve as teachers. Kopp spoke about the genesis of TFA, an idea she created for her senior thesis while at Princeton University in 1989.Kopp said when she was in college she saw that liberal arts graduates in particular were being recruited by large investment firms offering good money and only asking for a two-year commitment, but she felt many students were taking the corporate path because of a lack of other meaningful options available to them.“What I hoped for then, and what I still hope for, is that graduates of our most selective educational institutions can channel their energy into expanding opportunity for those most in need,” Kopp said. “The most fulfilled people I know have made the choice to be in this arena.”Among those in attendance was former TFA teacher Avery Seretan, who is currently a second-year master’s of public policy student. Seretan continues to work at Alliance Cindy & Bill Simon Technology Academy High School in Watts, where she served during her tenure with TFA. She said she came to the event to meet Kopp but also to be a resource for students contemplating participation in TFA.“I’m excited to see new Trojans and interact with people who are excited and passionate about education,” Seretan said.But, in recent years, the number of USC students applying for TFA positions has declined drastically. TFA recruitment manager Chrystal Gaither said last year TFA accepted 56 applicants from USC compared to 96 applicants in 2013.Applications and enrollment in TFA nationwide have decreased significantly in the past five years. Kopp said the organization placed 4,200 teachers across the country last year, compared to 6,000 the previous year.Lida Jennings, executive director of TFA Los Angeles, said the decrease in applications is likely due at least in part to the economic recovery. She said applications reached a high point following the 2008 economic crisis. Currently there are 180 corps members serving as teachers in Los Angeles, which is home to the nation’s second-largest school district.“I have requests for, and I could place 2.5 times as many teachers as we have right now,”  Jennings said.But the program is still selective, with an average national acceptance rate of 18 percent, and the application process will not become any less competitive to respond to increased need. Jennings said recruiting the most qualified leaders and teachers is still the foremost concern of the organization, which is part of the reason she wanted to bring Kopp to USC to speak directly with students.“Social leadership is pervasive here at USC,” said Jennings, a USC alumna who previously worked at the Marshall School of Business. “There is a deep appreciation for community at this university. We’ve hit the jackpot if we can harness these hearts and souls into long-term educational leadership.”Adlai Wertman, professor of clinical entrepreneurship and founding director of the Brittingham Social Enterprise Lab, led the conversation with Kopp, which in part reflected on the organization’s 25th anniversary.“We have to look at what [Kopp’s] generation did and how this generation can build on it,” Wertman said.One student at the event is hoping to do just that. Samantha Jacobs, a senior majoring in public relations and English, was accepted into TFA and will begin her training this June for job placement in Philadelphia.“I’m really passionate about bridging the equality gap in education, and I can’t think of a better place to start than Teach for America,” Jacobs said. “These kids need that leadership. They need that example, and they need us to take the reins.”Lauren O’Neil, a senior majoring in business administration major, is still waiting to hear whether or not she has been accepted into the program but she said seeing Kopp speak cemented her desire to be involved in working with students.“Seeing such an incredible founder taking time to speak with students demonstrates how important she believes we all can be and how much we can have a meaningful impact,” O’Neil said.last_img read more

  • No. 7 women’s lacrosse seeks a perfect 10

    first_imgThe women’s lacrosse team (9-0) hits the road to take on Fresno State (3-7) on Thursday at 5 p.m.The Women of Troy have climbed to No. 7 in the country after continuing to impress over the course of the season. Now at the halfway mark of the campaign, USC will square off against a Bulldogs team desperate for a victory. Fresno State has lost four straight, including an 8-7 overtime loss at San Diego State this weekend.The two teams have a handful of common opponents, including Stetson and Oregon. USC clobbered Stetson in the season opener in a 21-2 rout, while Fresno State won 14-6 over the Hatters. But Oregon was a different story for Fresno State. USC demolished the Ducks, 17-4, at McAlister Field last weekend, but Fresno State fell 15-10 when they traveled to Eugene.USC is Fresno State’s highest-ranked opposition since the Bulldogs met then-No. 4 Florida in 2012.Speaking of Florida, the Gators are No. 2 in the country right now, second best only to Maryland. The Terps occupy the top spot in the rankings with a perfect 8-0 record.Something stands out when sifting through the top 20 rankings. While the usual suspects are present and accounted for, USC one of just two teams with an unbeaten record.If the Trojans continue to play at this level, it will be a serious threat to bring home the hardware come season’s end. The team takes things one game at a time, though, and not a single player on the roster will underestimate Fresno State.The Bulldogs’ depth could be an issue against USC, seeing as they typically only work some four or five substitutes into the action. The Women of Troy, meanwhile, mix it up quite well and get solid performances from non-starters.USC’s balanced attack, which senior attacker Caroline deLyra praised after the win over Oregon, has given opponents major problems so far. Junior attacker Michaela Michael is leading the charge with her 39 goals, but the assist-machine deLyra finds countless ways to find her teammates in dangerous areas.USC’s depth, versatile attack and sheer momentum at the moment point to another blowout win. However, what makes this team great is its perpetual desire to improve. These players refuse to let any hint of complacency hold them back, which is a beautiful thing for head coach Lindsey Munday and the faithful at McAlister Field.Following Thursday’s match, the Trojans will take on San Diego State at home on Saturday afternoon.last_img read more

  • JK Brackens and Moyle Rovers into U 21 A Football Final

    first_imgThere were wins today for JK Brackens and Moyle Rovers in their respective County U 21 A Football Semi Finals.In the early match it was very much a one sided affair as Brackens clocked up 7-21 to Borris’s 0-03.Then in the second semi final in Munroe Moyle Rovers dominated the first half in their encounter with Clonouny Rossmore and were leading 10 points to 3. Clounoulty staged somewhat of a comeback in the second half clocking up a further 7 points but Rovers put in a gusty performance and secured victory on a scoreline of 1-14 to 0-10.last_img read more