Benzwick proud despite Lady Crocs’ losses

first_imgJamaica Rugby Football Union (JRFU) chairman Jerry Benzwick said that he is proud of the Lady Crocs performance despite losses in all three of their matches in the Cathay Pacific/HSBC Hong Kong Sevens Tournament.The Jamaicans went down 54-0 to Japan late on Wednesday night (Jamaica time), before a 68-0 loss to China. They would then return to give a more creditable performance early Thursday morning (Jamaica time) but still lost 22-7 to The Netherlands, with their only try coming from Dae-Marie Whyte.However, Benzwick said he found positives in the performances as the team is new to, and unfamiliar with the competition and said that there are things to build on ahead of Rugby World Cup Qualifiers in November.GIRLS FLUSTERED”In the game against Japan, we were basically static,” he said. “We didn’t get the ball moving around and we didn’t have any patience, so the girls were flustered. China were an even better team than Japan and they gave us a pretty decent lesson in how sevens can be played at any level.”But we have learnt a lot from this and put up a pretty decent showing against The Netherlands, a better game, a few breakdowns here and there and we came away with a decent try.Benzwick describes the Lady Crocs’ experience in Hong Kong as a challenge because of what he describes as “a high level playing game”.”We have now come to understand how much work we need to do to get ourselves to that level. They now understand what needs to be done – that there’s more that the body needs to be put through, and our technique, our style of play needs to be defined.”The JRFU will now turn its attention to the men’s campaign as the Crocs are in action this morning (Jamaica time), first facing Germany, then Tonga, then Uganda at 9:44 this evening.last_img read more

Armenian Genocide bill planned

first_imgIn the meantime, the House measure sponsored by Schiff has garnered 179 supporters and is expected to come up for a vote in the House Foreign Relations Committee. [email protected] (202) 662-8731160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Armenian-American groups also cheered the news. “Senator Durbin is very committed to human rights issues,” said Bryan Ardouny, executive director of the Armenian Assembly of America. “The resolution continues to build momentum.” Armenians contend the Ottoman Empire began an orchestrated slaughter in 1915 in which about 1.5 million Armenians were killed. Turkey denies it was a genocide, saying about 300,000 were killed and noting that Armenians sided with invading Russian troops in the aftermath of World War I and took up arms against Turks. The bill’s introduction comes as the Senate Foreign Relations Committee moved to delay discussion of another measure condemning Dink’s murder as well as the Turkish penal code under which the journalist was once tried for “insulting Turkishness.” WASHINGTON – One day after a U.S. Senate committee failed to vote to condemn the murder of Turkish-Armenian journalist Hrant Dink, Illinois Democratic Sen. Richard Durbin confirmed his intention to introduce an Armenian Genocide resolution. An aide to Sen. Dianne Feinstein said she plans to co-sponsor the bill, which will mirror legislation introduced in the House by Rep. Adam Schiff, D-Pasadena. “It’s great news,” Schiff said. Calling the measure a “wonderful development,” he noted that as the assistant Democratic leader, Durbin’s sponsorship of legislation underscores the commitment of Senate leaders to recognize the Armenian Genocide. Durbin spokeswoman Sandra Abrevaya said the senator will likely introduce the bill next week. last_img read more