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United States Donates 34 Jeeps For The Uruguayan Peace-Keeping Mission in Haiti

first_img The U.S. government has donated thirty-four jeeps for use in the peace-keeping missions conducted by the Uruguayan contingent in Haiti. The acquisition of these jeeps is the result of more than a year of joint planning and coordination between Uruguay and the U.S. Army, and its objective is to improve the operational capability of the Uruguayan peace-keeping forces. The vehicles will be used by Uruguayan military personnel in future United Nations peace-keeping operations and in humanitarian-aid programs. They will likewise facilitate the access of Uruguayan forces to rural or isolated areas and to urban areas during natural disasters, military operations, and routine inspections. The ceremony of donation was held at Uruguay House, the command headquarters of the contingent deployed in Haiti, and was attended by the minister of foreign affairs, Luis Almagro, and the minister of national defense, Luis Rosadilla, as well as by representatives from the U.S. embassy. Both state secretaries arrived in Haiti following their visit to the United States, where they held a series of meetings with representatives of President Obama’s administration. Accompanied by the U.S. ambassador to Uruguay, David D. Nelson, Almagro and Rosadilla were received at the White House by Deputy Secretary of State James Steinberg, as well as by Dan Restrepo, a special assistant to President Barack Obama and National Security Council director for Western Hemisphere affairs. By Dialogo February 16, 2011last_img read more

U.S. Open 2019: Gary Woodland holds serve as Justin Rose sits one shot back

first_img U.S. Open 2019: Tiger Woods closes out day with birdie to finish at even par U.S. Open 2019: Runaway golf cart injures spectators in freak accident He leads world No. 4 Justin Rose by one stroke after three rounds.While the course was gettable on Saturday, there weren’t a lot of big numbers out there and Woodland did enough to maintain his lead, making three birdies to go with just one bogey to finish out a steady round. Related News GARY WOODLAND, THERE ARE NO WORDS! #USOpen pic.twitter.com/vEyfiBMmof— U.S. Open (USGA) (@usopengolf) June 16, 2019Rose wasn’t at his best Saturday either as he traded birdies for bogeys on several occasions, but he did enough to keep pace with Woodland who he trailed by two shots after 36 holes.His birdie at 14 was a nice bounceback from a bogey as he nailed a putt to get back to 9 under.JUSTIN ROSE, UNPHASED! #USOpen pic.twitter.com/6Ak6wntZic— U.S. Open (USGA) (@usopengolf) June 16, 2019He finished the day by making birdie at 18 to shoot a 3-under 68 and move to 10 under for the tournament.center_img Gary Woodland wasn’t fantastic Saturday, but he did enough to maintain the lead going into the final round Sunday.The Kansas native shot 2-under 69 to move to 11 under for the tournament. Two-time defending U.S. Open champion Brooks Koepka posted his third straight day in red numbers with a 3-under 68 to move to 7 under for the tournament. Chez Reavie is tied with Koepka as is Louis Oosthuizen.Rory McIlroy shot a 1-under 70 to move to 6 under. He is one shot ahead of Chesson Hadley and Matt Kuchar.Tiger Woods birdied his final hole of the day to finish even par after 54 holes.last_img read more

Netherlands, Italy and Poland as Opponents of Bosnia-Herzegovina National Team in Nations League

first_imgThe football team of Bosnia-Herzegovina ranks 49th in the new FIFA rankings of the world’s best national teams announced on Thursday, Fena news agency reports.Belgium comes first, followed by France and Brazil.The opponent of Bosnia-Herzegovina in the barrage of the Northern Ireland national team is better placed and is in 36th position, while Slovakia is 32nd and Republic of Ireland 34th. The UEFA Nations League draw was held in Amsterdam on Tuesday, and the national team of Bosnia and Herzegovina, in the second season of the Nations League, will have in the Group 1 of League A national teams from the Netherlands, Italy and Poland as its opponents.Groups of League AGroup 1: Netherlands, Italy, Bosnia and Herzegovina, PolandGroup 2: England, Belgium, Denmark, IcelandGroup 3: Portugal, France, Sweden, CroatiaGroup 4: Switzerland, Spain, Ukraine, GermanyThe group stage matches of the Nations League are scheduled for September, October and November 2020.last_img read more

What happened to the XFL 1.0? Biblical hype, media failure and, of course, ‘He Hate Me’

first_imgTo figure that out, it’s important to look back at why the original XFL failed.MORE XFL 2020: Rules | Rosters | TV scheduleWhat was the original XFL?  McMahon and NBC executive Dick Ebersol co-founded the XFL in 2001, and it was a single-entity league instead of having owners for the eight original franchises. The “X” in XFL had no meaning for legal reasons.  McMahon promised “smash-mouth football,” and the hype leading up to the launch of the league was at a pro-wrestling like level. Take this promo for example. Imagine watching this in the social media era: Fans were expecting full-blown chaos on a football team when the debut came on Feb. 3, 2001 in Las Vegas — which was less than a week after the Super Bowl. Everybody remembers McMahon’s speech before the first gam — which drew a 9.5 Nielsen rating.   What did the XFL do right?  The original XFL used some innovations still used by the NFL today — including the SkyCam and on-field microphones for players and coaches.  The XFL also had camera men on the field during the game. The XFL used a 35-second play clock, too, and the new league also has rules in place that will speed up the pace of play. The league spiced up special teams and overtime, and those are elements of the NFL that are seemingly discussed every offseason.   The XFL will re-launch on Feb. 8 in a second attempt to create a professional football league.  WWE chairman Vince McMahon was behind the first XFL in 2001, and he’s trying again. It will be interesting to see what the league learns from the failures of that first attempt along with the Alliance of American Football, which launched last season.   What did the XFL do wrong? The XFL looked too much like McMahon’s wrestling product than football that fans could appreciate long term.  That worked on some occasions, like substituting the opening coin toss with a scramble for the football. But the product relied on salacious sideline interviews and gimmicks that do not work in football.  Plus, the football was not great. That is the same problem the AAF had. The players, mostly borderline NFL roster players, did not lack effort. But the lack of star power caught up with the league.  When the XFL game forced “Saturday Night Live” to push back its start time 45 minutes in the third week of the season, it reinforced the need for a better time slot for viewers on a major network.  The league, much like the AAF, failed to capitalize on the high ratings of the first week.  What is the XFL’s legacy?  The XFL could be summed up in three words.  “He Hate Me.”  Rod Smart, who played for the Las Vegas Outlaws, wore “He Hate Me” on the back of his jersey, and the league allowed leeway for its players and commentators to become bigger personalities. Tommy Maddox finished with 2,186 yards, 18 TDs and nine INTs and was one of the success stories in the league.  Ultimately, McMahon did not have a product that came close to the NFL, and Bob Costas exposed that during a one-on-one HBO interview.  By then, the one-year experiment was almost over.  Will XFL 2.0 be set up to fail in the same way?  Can the league keep viewer interest without NFL star power? The USFL was able to do that in the 1980s by getting star players such as Herschel Walker, Jim Kelly, Reggie White and Steve Young to play in the league. That is the biggest long-term hurdle.  In the short term, the XFL will generate interest to fill the football void. The league runs through April 26, and it has a better TV plan with games on ABC, FOX, ESPN and FS1.  This version appears more football oriented, and there are some interesting rule changes that will be analyzed over the first few weeks.   (Getty Images) https://images.daznservices.com/di/library/sporting_news/eb/40/xfl-020620-getty-ftrjpg_4fwcgi97agcb1epopcezb3u93.jpg?t=452962928&w=500&quality=80 McMahon will have his fingerprints on the league, but it’s important to note that Oliver Luck, who served on the College Football Playoff committee, is the commissioner. If the football is better than average, which the AAF was not, then the league might have a chance to last more than one season.last_img read more

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