Billy Lee names strong Limerick side to take on Wicklow in crucial Division 3 clash HUGG, Healing Untold Grief Groups, is launching its first dedicated Limerick peer support group for the suicide bereaved on the evening of Tuesday, 18th May.HUGG provides a free, safe and confidential environment where those bereaved by suicide can share their experiences and feelings, and receive and offer support to each other. All of HUGG’s peer support groups are led by people with lived experience, people who themselves have been bereaved by suicide.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up HUGG focuses on “postvention”, a specific form of intervention which is conducted after a suicide in recognition of the increased risk of suicidal ideation among the bereaved friends and family.Limerick is one of the first groups facilitated by HUGG to take place outside of Dublin, and the second one in Munster. Munster locals Greg Moran and Rose Hallissey participated in HUGG’s comprehensive facilitator training program earlier in the year.Both have lived experience of suicide, a requirement of becoming a HUGG facilitator. This ensures a better understanding and appreciation of the emotions and trauma group attendees may be going through.Reflecting on why he signed up to be a HUGG facilitator, Mr Moran stated, “On May 9th 2012 I suffered the loss of two family members by suicide. My twin brothers, Peter and Kevin died by suicide aged 28.“Learning to live with this grief resulted in acquiring much insight around healing trauma, and coping with loss. As a facilitator with HUGG, I hope to provide a space whereby each member can just ‘be with their grief’, connect with others through shared experiences, and allow their healing to begin.”Rose Hallissey lost her daughter Sarah to suicide and outlined her reasons for supporting HUGG, “I’ve spent a lot of my life since trying to get my children to where they are today because they are effected by her death. It’s been a tough journey but thankfully I have survived and I want to help others get to where I am now.”Commenting on the launch of the new group, Fiona Tuomey, Founder and CEO of HUGG, said, “We’re delighted to have such capable volunteers as Rose and Greg, to facilitate a support group in Limerick.“We identified Limerick as a location for one of our first official groups outside of Dublin due to the demand in the region. I know it will greatly benefit the local community here and I hope we can continue recruiting more facilitators in Munster to extend our services into further counties.” she added.The new group will meet online in accordance with COVID-19 restrictions but will meet in-person when it is permissible to do so. People can enquire to attend the group by contacting Fiona at hugg.ie. The public can support HUGG by:Becoming a facilitator if the bereavement is over two years agoDonating online at hugg.ie to fund HUGG’s services and facilitator training program Advertisement Limerick Ladies National Football League opener to be streamed live Facebook RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR WATCH: “Everyone is fighting so hard to get on” – Pat Ryan on competitive camogie squads Roisin Upton excited by “hockey talent coming through” in Limerick Previous articleLimerick Post Show | Ham SandwichNext articleLimerick duo named in Hurling Team of the Week Meghann Scully TAGSHUGGKeeping Limerick PostedlimerickLimerick Post Twitter Print Limerick’s National Camogie League double header to be streamed live Linkedin WhatsApp Email Donal Ryan names Limerick Ladies Football team for League opener LimerickNewsNew suicide bereavement support group for LimerickBy Meghann Scully – May 11, 2021 536
Best Mountain Towns of the Blue Ridge – Part II from Blue Ridge Outdoors on Vimeo.The city of Roanoke, Va., killed it this year in our 2013 Best Mountain Town poll. Also among the top three for Best Beer Town, our readers voted Roanoke Best Trail Town. Some local riders met me just outside the city at Carvins Cove to show me what the trails around town have to offer.To read more about the other mountain towns check out our November issue in print or online here. Soundtrack: Garden Gate, by Jared Bartman.
Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York La Piccola Liguria, a Port Washington mainstay, pleases the palate with freshly prepared unique dishes and Italian standbys.The bright, comfortable restaurant with harbor views is also easy on the eyes. Note the magnificent antipasti display upon entering the dining area. We came for trenete al pesto, a traditional Ligurian dish with roots in the owner’s native Finale Ligure, halfway between Genoa and the French border along the Italian Riviera.The owner, Victor Raimondo, serves it without string beans (fagiolini) and potatoes. If you order it “ala Genovese,” you’ll get the string beans and potatoes. They may suspect we sent you.Waiters Vlad or Frank recite a lengthy list of specials: vitello tonnata, calves liver Veneziana, grilled anchovies, rabbit cacciatore, roast duck, along with an array of salads and appetizers, whole fish, pastas, duck, short ribs and ossobuco.“And, of course, there is the menu,” the recital concludes.Our latest visit started with a glass of Prosecco with zucchini florets. Rich flavorful tomato soup is a perfect intermezzo. The unique flavor of delicate truffle oil compliments the porcini mushroom and fennel salad.The pasta special was strozzapretti, which translates to “priest choker.” The story goes that when this pasta was invented and first served at an Italian monastery, the priests could not get enough, kept eating, and choked.Complimenting this pasta was mixed seafood that blended this Tuscan pasta with flavors of the Ligurian coast. Whole-roasted branzino is perfectly prepared and deboned in sight at the serving table.Save room for the fresh desserts on the trolley. Jeff’s favorite is the torta della nonna. Vera loves the homemade tiramisu. There is chocolate ganache, fruit salad, and many other fresh treats.The wine selection is excellent, covering all price ranges. Jeff likes the La Fortuna Brunello di Montalcino, but the La Fortuna Rosso di Montalcino is a good substitute.La Piccola Liguria, 47 Shore Rd., Port Washington, 516-767-6490. Open daily except Monday. Lunch 12-3 p.m. Tues.-Fri. and dinner is 5-10 p.m. Tues.-Thurs., 5-10:30 p.m. Fri.-Sat. and 4-10 p.m. Sun.CHEFS ON THE RUNComing soon to downtown Oyster Bay: Watch for the January opening of 2Spring by Iron Chef winner Jesse Schenker.ANTONETTE’SEven on a Tuesday night, diners flock to Antonette’s not only for its fine cuisine and romantic ambiance, but also its live music.The first impression of the wine list was that the fine selection appeared to be underpriced. Most restaurants charge customers three times their cost for wine, but the owner charges 1.5 his cost. Amongst the choices are Banfi Brunello di Montalcino for $63. Other restaurants charge well over $100.We selected the Michele Chiarlo Reyna Barbaresco, one of our favorites from the Piemonte region. At $38 for such a fine wine, we knew we were off to a great start for the evening.The opening was an ample platter of antipasta Italiana followed by servings of grilled calamari and grilled octopus, each with a lavish presentation and distinguished taste. We grazed on an excellent Caesar salad but miss the tableside preparation when Antonette’s was in Rockville Centre.We shared the veal chop prepared perfectly at medium rare. Our companions had sole and the special, shrimp courted by burnt string beans, a colorful combination in both taste and appearance. Another shared special was shrimp stuffed with an intense crab meat accompanied by whole clams in the shell.Unobtrusive music started later in the evening. It felt great to work off our lavish meal with an energetic dance.The lush dessert platter presentation made it impossible to resist at least a small sampling. The molten chocolate cake and the apple tart were the perfect ending to a perfect evening.Antonette’s, 290 Glen Cove Rd., East Hills, 516-626-6490. Closed Mondays. Dinners served until 9 p.m. weekdays, until 10 p.m. Fri.-Sat.
Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York This story was co-published with Politico.Since being seized in a raid in Pakistan in 2002, Abu Zubaydah has had his life controlled by American officials, first at secret sites, where he was tortured, and since 2006 in a small cell in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. And, thanks to one of the strangest, and perhaps most troubling, legal cases to grow out of the War on Terror, it appears he’s not going to be leaving anytime soon—which was exactly the plan the CIA always wanted. Not even his lawyers understand what’s transpired behind closed doors in a Washington, D.C., courtroom.In June of 2008, the Supreme Court ruled that detainees at Guantanamo had the right to challenge their imprisonment in federal court and that their cases should be handled “promptly” by the judicial system. The next month, lawyers for Abu Zubaydah, a detainee whose torture and waterboarding in secret prisons was among the most notorious of the Bush years, filed a lawsuit in federal court challenging his detention.The progress of that case has been anything but prompt. While more than 100 Guantanamo detainees have been released since then, and the military tribunals of even more high-profile detainees like 9/11 mastermind Khalid Sheikh Mohammed are moving forward in Guantanamo’s courtrooms, the federal judge hearing Zubaydah’s case has failed to rule on even the preliminary motions.The seemingly intentional inaction has left even experienced court observers baffled. Richard W. Roberts, the U.S. District court judge handling the suit, is not a particularly slow-moving judge. His median time for resolving entire cases is slightly over two years; Zubaydah’s initial plea has already been pending 6 years 9 months and 12 days.Because the entire file has been kept secret, it’s not possible to know why Roberts, who is the chief judge of the D.C. circuit, has let Zubaydah’s case languish. But this much is clear: Keeping Zubaydah from telling his story is exactly what the CIA wanted from the moment it began to torture him. And it’s exactly what they promised they’d do in 2002 during one of the darkest chapters of the War on Terror. (He was one of the first al-Qaeda suspects to face the harsh new regime implemented by the CIA following 9/11—a regime that FBI agents at the scene tried to prevent.)Soon after the agency’s contractors began their program of “enhanced interrogation” at the secret black site in Thailand – placing him in a coffin-size box; slamming him against wall; depriving him of sleep; bombarding him with loud music; as well as waterboarding – they sent an encrypted cable to Washington.The CIA interrogators said that if Zubaydah died during questioning, his body would be cremated. But if he survived the ordeal, the interrogators wanted assurances that he would “remain in isolation and incommunicado for the remainder of his life.”Senior officials gave the assurances. Zubaydah, a Saudi citizen, “will never be placed in a situation where he has any significant contact with others and/or has the opportunity to be released,” the head of the CIA’s ALEC Station, the code name of the Washington-based unit hunting Osama bin Laden, replied. “All major players are in concurrence,” the cable said, that he “should remain incommunicado for the remainder of his life.”The decision to hold Zubaydah “incommunicado” was disclosed by the Senate report on torture, which was released last December. But the judicial inaction on his case has received virtually no public attention.In all, Roberts has failed to rule on 16 motions, 13 of which have been filed by Zubaydah’s lawyers. Several of those allege misconduct by the government.Roberts’ judicial inaction runs the gamut: Zubaydah’s motion for an un-redacted copy of his own diary, which the government seized, has sat for six years without any ruling by the judge. His habeas corpus petition was sealed at the request of the government. Zubaydah’s lawyers filed to have it declassified. It remains classified.A lawyer with the Center for Constitutional Rights, which has been at the forefront of lawsuits to gain the release of Guantanamo detainees, says he has been baffled by the judge’s inaction. “It appears to be highly unusual,” says the lawyer, J. Wells Dixon, who has represented several Guantanamo detainees, but is not involved in the Zubaydah case. In contrast to Zubaydah’s case, Dixon said that 64 Guantanamo detainees who filed habeas petitions have seen their cases adjudicated.Rooted in English common law, the principle of habeas corpus is a cornerstone of the American legal system. In England, it served as a check on the king’s power to lock someone in the dungeon and throw away the key. Dixon noted that the Supreme Court has said habeas was designed to be a “swift and imperative remedy.”Yet Judge Roberts appears content to let Zubaydah’s case languish. Compared to his handling of other cases, the jurist has been anything but “swift” in Zubaydah’s case. For cases he closed in 2014, the median time from filing was 751 days, according to data assembled for ProPublica by the Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse, a nonprofit organization at Syracuse University. The longest any closed case had been on his docket was 1,651 days, according to TRAC. Zubaydah’s case has been pending for some 2,400 days, and it will be years before it goes to trial, if it ever does.There are few answers for why Zubaydah’s case has gone so far off track — and there’s nothing in Roberts’ background or recent behavior on the bench that would make him seem incapable of ruling if he desired. He was appointed to the court by President Bill Clinton in 1998 and has a fairly typical background for a federal judge: A Columbia law school grad, he rose through the ranks of the Department of Justice, working as an assistant U.S. attorney in the Southern District of New York and as principal assistant U.S. attorney for the District of Columbia. He later spent three years as the chief of the criminal section at the Justice Department’s Civil Rights Division. Absent the apparently intentional aberration of the Zubaydah case, his court docket proceeds as normal in Courtroom 9 on the fourth floor of the U.S. District Courthouse on Pennsylvania Avenue NW.A spokeswoman for the federal district court declined to comment on the case.One possible clue about the judge’s failure to act may be found in a motion Zubaydah’s lawyers filed in 2010. They asked Roberts for access to any “ex parte filings,” which is evidence the government shows the court outside the presence of the other side’s lawyers.In other cases involving detainees, secret prisons, watch lists and challenges to domestic spying, the Justice Department has attempted to win dismissals by presenting classified evidence to judges in the secrecy of their chambers.A rare insight into how that tactic is deployed was made public by a federal judge in San Francisco in a lawsuit by a Malaysian woman who challenged her placement on the no-fly list. The government sought to dismiss the case on the grounds of national security. In a ruling on the motion, the judge, William H. Alsup, described what happened next: “A telephone call came into the court staff saying that a federal agent was on the way from Washington to San Francisco to show the judge confidential records about this case, all to be relied upon by the government in support of its motion to dismiss (but not to be disclosed to the other side). The officer would take back the records after the judge reviewed them and would leave no record behind of what he had shown the judge.”In that case, Alsup declined to receive the officials, although he did receive other ex parte filings in the case.It’s not clear whether Judge Roberts has received a comparable offer, and if so, how he reacted. But it’s unlikely that if such a meeting or meetings happened, the public would ever know—and likely that not even Zubaydah’s own lawyers would know about it, unless Roberts came forward as Alsup did.Although the case is an infamous one, it’s worth recalling the details of Abu Zubaydah’s custody in U.S. hands.He was captured in a joint Pakistani-CIA-FBI operation in Lahore, Pakistan, in March 2002, during which he was shot in the groin, leg and stomach. Severely wounded, Zubaydah lingered near death as the CIA, which wanted him alive for interrogation, flew in a top surgeon from Johns Hopkins in Baltimore. Later, Zubaydah was handcuffed, hooded, drugged and flown to Thailand, where the CIA was in the process of creating one of its first “black sites.” Initially interviewed by the FBI, Zubaydah cooperated. FBI Special Agents Ali Soufan and Steve Gaudin even held ice to his lips so he could receive fluids. Zubaydah told the agents that Khalid Sheik Mohammad was the mastermind of the 9/11 attacks and gave them further detailed information about him, including his alias—the news ricocheted across Washington and Zubaydah became a pawn in the capital’s power tussle between the FBI and the CIA.CIA Director George Tenet wasn’t satisfied with the progress on the interrogation. The agency was convinced that Zubaydah knew more, that he was a high-level al-Qaeda operative, and that he was withholding information about pending terrorist plots. Thus, Zubaydah became the guinea pig for what the Bush Administration called “enhanced interrogation techniques.” The FBI pulled its agents out of Thailand as the CIA’s plans for the prisoner became clear—but not before the agents got one final useful tip: Zubaydah pointed them to a name “Abu Abdullah al Mujahir” that eventually led agents to José Padilla, a would-be jihadist who was arrested in Chicago on May 8, 2002.Meanwhile, the CIA started in on Zubaydah. For 47 days, he was held in complete isolation, with only a towel. Then, shortly before noon on August 4, 2002, hooded security personnel entered his cell, shackled and hooded him, and removed his towel, leaving him naked. “So it begins,” a medical officer in Thailand cabled CIA headquarters about the first day’s session.Interrogators placed a towel around his neck, as a collar, and slammed him against a concrete wall. They removed his hood and had him watch while a coffin-like box was brought into the cell. The waterboarding started, “after large box, walling, and small box periods,” the medical officer reported. “NO useful information so far.” He added, “I am head[ing] back for a waterboard session.” During the waterboarding Zubaydah frequently vomited, made “hysterical pleas,” and experienced “involuntary leg, chest and arm spasms.”After a few days, some of the individuals involved in Zubaydah’s interrogation were deeply disturbed, to the “point of tears and choking up,” the team cabled Washington.Over the course of the interrogations, Zubaydah “cried,” he “begged,” he “pleaded,” he “whimpered,” the team in Thailand reported to headquarters in various cables. But he never gave the CIA information about plans for attacks in the United States. And in the end, the CIA “concluded that Abu Zubaydah had been truthful and that he did not possess any new terrorist threat information,” the Senate torture report says. He was not even a member of al-Qaeda.Yet even though the torture was over, Zubaydah’s ordeal was just beginning. For nearly a decade, he’s been shuttled around the world and held in legal limbo—even as hundreds of detainees have been transferred or released and court cases have moved forward for other suspected terrorists at Guantanamo.After the first media reports appeared about a CIA secret prison in Thailand, Zubaydah was moved to a secret site in Poland. A year ago, the European court of human rights ruled that Poland had been complicit with the United States in subjecting Zubaydah to “inhuman and degrading treatment,” and ordered Poland to pay him reparations. After losing an appeal, Poland paid Zubaydah 100,000 Euros, which Zubaydah has said he will give to victims of torture.Zubaydah, who was transferred from Poland to Guantanamo Bay in 2006, has not fared well with the American judicial system even as his lawyers have attempted to nudge the case forward to a conclusion.Much of the case remains wrapped in secrecy, meaning that his lawyers are unable to discuss or elaborate upon much of their work or knowledge of the case. Glimpses into it, though, are possible through the languishing court filings. Zubaydah’s lawyers have filed two motions that raise questions about the government’s conduct in the case. In 2010, they sought an “order prohibiting the government from obstructing petitioner’s investigation.” The court hasn’t ruled, and we don’t know what might have prompted this request because the documents are sealed. Similarly, three years ago, Zubaydah’s lawyers asked for sanctions against the government because of what they said was “the improper seizure” of documents “subject to the attorney-client privilege.” Again, Judge Roberts has yet to rule.Frustrated by the inaction in the case, Zubaydah’s lawyers filed a motion in January asking the judge to recuse himself for “nonfeasance.” It is an unusual motion. Judges are occasionally asked to recuse themselves because of conflicts of interest or bias, but not for simply failing to act. The government has filed its response, which is sealed, and the judge—perhaps not surprisingly, given the track record thus far—has not yet ruled.“We don’t take this step lightly,” said Joseph Margulies, one of Zubaydah’s lawyers. Margulies, an experienced criminal defense lawyer who has represented several Guantanamo detainees and is a professor at Cornell University School of Law, added, “I have never seen a case in which there has been this much judicial inaction. There has to be a remedy.”But there may not be. If Judge Roberts “ignores Abu Zubaydah’s case, there is very little we can do,” said Margulies. “The net effect is that the CIA wins.”ProPublica is a Pulitzer Prize-winning investigative newsroom. Sign up for their newsletter.
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The goal of research and education of private landlords regarding their engagement in the preparation of small signs of attention is not to direct landlords to additional investments of money and time, but in the timely sharing of signs of attention that will remain in the guest’s lasting memory. Small tokens of attention are not only valuable gifts, but also intangible tokens of attention such as good information or advice. When asked about the practice of the so-called guest service in private accommodation 96% of respondents answered that they are able to personally welcome guests upon their arrival and 94% are able to contact them on a daily basis. Only three percentage points lower share of private renters who are able to personally greet / accompany guests, which indicates exceptional engagement. The research sample consists of 62% of respondents who rent a building on the coast, while the most common types of buildings for rent are apartments (59%), holiday homes (26%) and studio apartments (11%). “Renters try to leave a good impression on guests, and the big advantage is that as many as 80% of respondents live near the building. Namely, due to the proximity, they can achieve better communication and be in daily contact with their guests. “, said Trošt Lesić and added that the results of the survey show that more than 50% of renters in some way remain in contact with guests after their departure. The purpose of the research was to analyze the condition and practice of preparing small signs of attention during the arrival and departure of guests in private accommodation. Namely, the desire is to improve the guest experience by developing new services to provide support to renters and it was anonymous, which means that the data are used only in bulk form for statistical processing, so individual responses are not analyzed. The online survey lasted from 1 to 31 December 2019, and during that time a total of 330 surveys were collected. The results of the field research showed that the vast majority of respondents prepare a small token of attention for guests upon arrival, most often destination information (78%), water or juice (70%) and a bottle of wine (50%). On the other hand, a much smaller share of private renters prepare a small token of attention when guests leave, most often a bottle of brandy or some other domestic alcohol (32%) or an indigenous souvenir (24%). According to the words Klara Trošt Lesić, PhD, which conducted the survey, the following results were expected: Although the practice of serving guests and the results of research in the field of economics and psychology show that small signs of attention can affect the memorable experience of guests, the results showed that private renters in the sample moderately agree (average score 3,67) with the claim that small signs of attention the arrival or departure of guests affect the increase of their satisfaction with the stay. The analysis of guest behavior has proven that the key moments in the arrival and departure of guests, when employees in tourism, but also other service activities, can strongly influence the experience of guests. If this impact is designed, tailored to the specifics of the destination or the person renting, a small token of attention can leave a mark in the memory that will last for years.
Karlovac County, which in recent years has seen an increase in the number of tourists, has received a new tourist visual identity and has designed the overall identity of the brand, which should further position it on the tourist map of Croatia with international recognition. If you want to find out more about the development of tourism in Karlovac County, below you can study the strategy for the development of tourism in Karlovac County until 2025. The new tourist visual identity was designed by the team of the Millennium Promotion Agency, and was inspired by the key advantages and associations of the County – rivers, forests and a unique geographical position – in the heart of Croatia. Cover photo: Davor Rostuhar – writer and photographer / Karlovac County Tourist Board / Illustration HrTurizam.hr “The logo of Karlovac County is a graphic interpretation of a windmill – children’s toys composed of drops that symbolize the many rivers and streams of the county, or leaves that are a symbol of the richness of forests. And in the performance we were inspired by the mill spoons from Rastok. And all this with the recognizable Karlovac Star in the center, which in turn symbolizes the geographical position and belonging to the destination”Said Vladimir Resner, author of the new visual identity of Karlovac County, which symbolizes joy, diversity and playfulness. In addition to tourist applications, the logo has its derivatives for other activities in the county. Every brand should be simple and recognizable, communicatively clear and visually impressive, and at the same time based on reality, ie identity, potentials and the offer of the destination., points out prof. dr. sc. Božo Skoko from the Millennium Promotion and adds: “To define the basic elements of brand identity, it is important to explore the opinion of the community as the bearer of identity in the destination area. I am glad that the thoughts of the external experts coincided with those in the county. The richness of natural beauties, unique rivers and forests, preserved cultural heritage, traditional products and gastronomy make Karlovac County indigenous and attractive to various segments of guests. Its additional trump card is the proximity of Zagreb, but also the fact that it lies on key traffic corridors, which make it easily accessible. “ said Skoko, who has been working with the Millennium Promotion destination branding team and designer Vladimir Resner in recent months to define the identity and personality of the Karlovac County brand. Side dish: And since a new slogan was presented along with the sign In the media really (In the middle of things) the author explains that the new slogan is not only technical information about the geographical position of the County, but also carries an emotional value – a message that says that in that county they deal with important things, that they are fast and efficient, and tell tourists how they are in the center of events, in the heart of Croatia. By the way, Karlovac County is considered the greenest Croatian county, it is rich in rivers, it leans on the most visited Croatian national park Plitvice Lakes, and spatially connects Pannonian Croatia with the Adriatic and Slovenia with Bosnia. This was precisely one of the foundations for the creation of a new visual identity. Indigenousness, openness, dynamism, excitement, inspiration and fairytale are the key elements of the Karlovac County brand, point out the Millennium Agency, and hold that the differentiation of the county is based on its unique nature and geographical and traffic position. “It is accessible and offers an extremely natural environment, suitable for creating attractive tourist facilities, activities, experiences and experiences. It has an exceptional historical and cultural heritage, as evidenced by stories and legends, attractive architectural buildings and unique historical monuments, works of art and greats who grew up here, lived or were inspired, such as Nikola Tesla, Seljan brothers, Ivana Brlić Mažuranić, Juraj Križanić, Vjekoslav Karas, Frankopan family… At the same time, the inhabitants of the county are hospitable and open, enterprising and proud of their identity, they live with nature, preserve tradition and develop a quality eno-gastronomic offer.”Explain from the Millennium Agency. Analysis of the state of tourism development in Karlovac County until 2025 Karlovac County Tourism Development Strategy until 2025
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Swansea goalkeeper Lukasz Fabianski insists there was nothing personal in his man-of-the-match display against former club Arsenal, which kept his new team in the hunt for Europa League qualification. The 30-year-old Fabianski received a good reception from the Arsenal supporters behind each goal, but insists his performance was never about anything other than getting the victory which puts Swansea just two points behind sixth-placed Tottenham. “I spent seven years here and I have loads of friends here so to play against them was a strange experience, and sometimes it even felt like a training game,” Fabianski said. “It was tricky. You never know how you are going to feel until you experience something. “It was a strange arriving at the ground and seeing all the people, but there was a game to play and I had to be focused.” Fabianski added: “I am past that frustration [at Arsenal]. It has been a long time since I left Arsenal so I am just enjoying my position at the moment at Swansea. “I am very happy with my decision to come here and I am really proud of the team’s performance.” Arsenal manager Wenger may have been less than impressed by the way Garry Monk set his side up on Monday night, but it proved effective for the Swans, who were able to record a third straight victory. Swansea captain Ashley Williams is confident the squad can maintain that momentum against second-placed Manchester City at the Liberty Stadium on Sunday. He said: “We always try to hunt down the next team ahead of us in the table, and I don’t know if we will or not, but we have given ourselves a good chance. “Sunday will be another difficult game, but if we are going to get anything from it, we are going to have to put a shift in, and it will be a bit different because we are at home, so would like to see a bit more of the ball.” The Poland stopper enjoyed his return to the Emirates Stadium, having left in the summer after helping the Gunners win the FA Cup to secure more regular first-team football. Fabianski got himself in the way of everything Arsenal sent his way on Monday night, when Arsene Wenger’s side were punished for their lacklustre finishing as Bafetimbi Gomis headed in a late winner with just four minutes left, given via the Goal Decision System following a desperate lunge on the line by David Ospina. Press Association
Coming off of a monumental win against No. 1 UCLA, the No. 4 USC women’s tennis team defend their regular season Pac-12 title this weekend in Ojai, Calif. for the Pac-12 Championship.“If we do well this weekend it’s great, but if we falter it’s not a huge deal,” USC coach Richard Gallien said. “It will be nice not playing a dual mach, which is a very hair matchup, and with the great schedule we played this year mixing up with these teams again will keep up fresh.”With the Bruins (21-2, 8-2) all but ready to crown themselves Pac-12 champs Friday, the Women of Troy (20-3, 9-1) and their young squad had another idea in mind.“They’re a very good team [UCLA], but they were getting ready for a coronation on Friday and even invited the Tennis Channel to the game,” Gallien said. “Our girls weren’t having anything off it, though, and even after getting barbecued by the crowd early as the day went on we arm-wrestled them down and got a tough win.”After losing their previous two matches this season to UCLA, it was no wonder the Bruins’ confidence was sky-high. Just like they had done all season, though, the Women of Troy fought back strong and even stole the elusive doubles’ point to jump out to an early match lead.“Doubles was so important for us and there were a a couple of matches that were so close like [Valeria] Pulido’s match and Zoe [Scandalis’] that could’ve went into three sets,” Gallien said. “The match I felt we had to have was at No. 2 with Danielle Lao, but by the end we had won the match before she finished.”For freshman Scandalis, her victory against Robin Anderson had multiple implications. Unlike her one-on-one victory against UCLA’s Robin Anderson earlier on this year in Las Vegas, this win was done in a team forum with the entire Women of Troy squad rooting her on. On top of that, this specific victory moved her all the way up to No. 13 in nation, which puts her in the top-16, guaranteeing her a spot on the All-American team.Along with the doubles team of sophomore Kaitlyn Christian and freshman Sabrina Santamaria, who have clinched All-American spots, Scandalis could also be joined by junior Lao who may need a few wins this weekend to push her into the top-16.“The future looks very good for us, there are a billion ridiculous dumb clichés in sports I can say, but the reality is that all you can hope for is the girls stay sharp, healthy and motivated, and I have no doubt this group will do this,” coach Gallien said.Armed with four potential All-Americans and a Pac-12 title, the Women of Troy have all the firepower they need to make a deep tournament run. On top of the tangible aspects, USC has really coalesced to form a tight knit group made up of savvy veterans and eager younglings.“It’s tough because the girls aren’t used to being on a team. That’s such a challenge and the three freshman who came in did a great job and senior Alison Ramos our captain did an awesome job relating to them,” Gallien said. “Everyone pulled their weight and it made my job easier and more fun.”