Colombia, Host of 2012 Inter-American Naval War Game

first_img It is of bad taste to call this a naval war game… it does not surprise me that the United States is involved.; they love this type of games…. and the lackeys accept it with their heads down… what a pity that we do not think on our own and are not mature in our decisions…. But anyway… that is why we, Latin Americans, are as we are …. that is why the residents of the North look down on us… because the only need to move a finger and we wag our tail…. what a shame…. I do not agree with this and never will …. By Dialogo April 06, 2012 Colombia will be the host of the 38th version of the Inter-American Naval War Game, IAWG-2012, organized by the War College (Escuela Superior de Guerra) for the 15 member countries of the Conference of Naval Schools of the Americas. This academic event, which has been held since 1972 to promote the work of multi-national forces in neutralizing potential threats along maritime borders, will take place in three planned phases, starting on April 9 and extending until September 28, 2012. In the first phase, expected to last until April 13, invited representatives from Brazil, Chile, the Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Mexico, Peru, and the United States will participate in person in the planning led by the Colombian War College, through the Navy Department, as the leader of the exercise. From June 19 to 29, the second phase will be implemented with the delegations of the participating naval war colleges, which will have to confront simulated threat scenarios and, in real time, coordinate joint actions to counteract the different risks posed, in order to measure their capacity to react and the quality of the decisions made. During this implementation phase, the technological foundation made available by the host unit, through its Crisis Simulation and Analysis Center, will play a fundamental role. A virtual platform will facilitate communication among the participating countries, from their respective territories, and will make it possible to recreate natural disasters, for the first time in the history of this event. Throughout the Inter-American Naval Game, issues such as the applicability of international and domestic law when taking action in response to piracy, terrorism, drug trafficking, and the effect of natural disasters will be analyzed in these scenarios, in addition to peace-keeping operations, humanitarian assistance, and pollution due to fuel spills. The academic event’s final phase will take place from September 24 to 28 in the city of Cartagena de Indias, where the directors of the participating naval schools will meet to analyze the experience acquired in the course of the exercise and review points of mutual agreement. last_img read more

Cuomo’s goal is to take our weapons

first_imgI read with great interest the Jan. 9 editorial with regard to the re-certification of handguns. Categories: Letters to the Editor, Opinion One point of the Safe Act was totally overlooked because Gov. Andrew Cuomo was only interested in reducing the number of handguns in New York state.  This is the backdoor method he wanted in the first place. Anyone who does not re-certify their handgun, even though they may have met all the legal requirements previously, will now break the law.They also will have all their firearms confiscated including: handguns, hunting, target, skeet, self defense and antique collectible guns. This act could turn law-abiding citizens into criminals and does nothing to remove firearms from the hands of actual criminals. Don’t be fooled by Gov. Cuomo pledging to make New York a safer place by removing legal firearms in New York. Don ReinhartTown of Root More from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesFoss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?EDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsGov. Andrew Cuomo’s press conference for Sunday, Oct. 18Cuomo calls for clarity on administering vaccinelast_img read more

One-month-old baby tests positive for COVID-19 in Bandung

first_imgAs of Sunday, the RSHS had put 196 people under general monitoring for COVID-19. (aly) A 1-month-old baby has tested positive for COVID-19 and is currently receiving treatment at Hasan Sadikin Hospital (RSHS) in Bandung, West Java.A hospital spokesperson said on Sunday that the hospital treated 23 patients who were under surveillance for COVID-19. Seven of them, whose ages range from 24 to 53 years old, tested positive for the coronavirus disease.Previously, three patients under surveillance at the hospital died within three days, with a 53-year-old man and 41-year-old man dying on Thursday and a 69-year-old man dying on Saturday.The 69-year-old passed away before his lab results came in. Topics :last_img read more

Investors look to China for a glimpse of life after coronavirus

first_img“What happens in China is incredibly important to how global markets react over the next few months, both in terms of the progress of the virus and how quickly the economy is bouncing back,” said Sydney-based fund manager Geoff Wilson, who runs A$3 billion ($2 billion) in assets.After observing that even as lockdowns lift in China, people are staying in and going online for entertainment, his fund has raised its stake in Chinese internet juggernaut Tencent, and increased exposure to similar stocks elsewhere.Tencent Holdings Ltd shares have rallied nearly 17% from a three-month low touched two weeks ago.Some see opportunities in construction or commodities, while others are staying on the sidelines. China’s recovery from the coronavirus outbreak may hold investable lessons for the rest of the globe, according to fund managers who are closely watching – and have begun cautiously buying – in the world’s second-biggest economy.With the worst of the outbreak yet to come in many countries, including the United States, new infections appear to be trailing off in China and businesses are gradually getting back to work.Money managers are studying everything from subway patronage to noodle consumption – to understand the society and economy that is emerging from lockdown, as both a portent of what may be to come in the West and as a proving ground for new trades. “Everything is up in the air,” said Chi Lo, Greater China economist at BNP Paribas Asset Management in Hong Kong.”From the usual industrial output to high-frequency data, to even travel by train or air traffic, we have to look at it now just to make sure we are kept abreast of what’s happening.”From China with hope The virus itself is the main focus, with palpable fear of a second wave of infections, as occurred in the 1918 Spanish flu pandemic, stymieing the recovery at home and abroad.China now accounts for less than a tenth of worldwide coronavirus infections, 7% of deaths and barely any of the new daily cases. Yet the re-introduction of some restrictions on movement this week underscores the fragility of that position. Companies and consumers remain on edge.There are also worries about the impact of a global demand shock on China’s exporters, even if factory activity unexpectedly expanded last month, albeit marginally, after a collapse in February.Which is why most investors are seeking out longer term bets and seem to be relying more on their own contacts and intuition to assess the strength of the recovery.”We’ve spoken to Tencent, we’ve spoken to (fast food firm) Yum China, we’ve spoken to a Taiwanese consumer company that sells noodles in China,” said Andrew Gillan, head of Asia ex-Japan equities at Janus Henderson. “We understand what’s happening on the ground…people are returning to work.”He has increased exposure to China in the $3 billion in funds he manages, and, while he cautioned against drawing too many parallels, said the trend of rising internet use that had buoyed holdings in Tencent and Alibaba would probably travel.Tencent is an online conglomerate comprising online gaming, e-commerce and social media arms, while Alibaba is primarily an online retailer. U.S. firms such as Facebook, Apple and Google are likely beneficiaries of the same trends, Gillan said.Catriona Burns, global portfolio manager at Geoff Wilson’s Sydney fund, raised bets on Tencent, online retailer Inc and gaming firm Activision Blizzard Inc for similar reasons.”The feedback from China…is that people are going back to work, but they’re not necessarily going out on the town. So they’re staying home and they need entertainment – gaming should be a key beneficiary of that trend,” she said.”That confirmed a thesis we were thinking about anyway, that we might see some permanent changes in behavior.”Early days Price movements have put such bets in the black, but cash flow data paints a more complex and cautious picture.Alibaba Group Holding Ltd is up about 10% from lows a few weeks ago, while Amazon and Activision have seen similar rallies.Some $7 billion in funds flowed in to Chinese equities through the second half of March, according to EPFR Global, the biggest two-week surge in five years.Yet that came with exchange data showing record outflows for the month as a whole, and with analysts ringing alarm bells that China’s economy likely shrank in the first quarter for the first time in 30 years.Bank of America on Thursday cut its full-year growth forecast for China from 1.5% to 1.2% – compared with 6.1% for 2019 – forecasting a deeper and longer slump in global demand.”You can say China is operating back to normal but it doesn’t operate in self-isolation,” said Kunjal Gala co-portfolio manager, Federated Hermes, who has added a little to positions in China and South Korea, but cautiously.”Both of these countries are not safe, as both have bet on exports, and with the U.S. and Europe slowing down because of this lockdown, demand is going to be fairly subdued.”center_img Topics :last_img read more

Series tied 2/2 in Roseau Valley Basketball League finals

first_img 27 Views   no discussions NewsSports Series tied 2/2 in Roseau Valley Basketball League finals by: – May 11, 2012 Share On Thursday 10th, the Elvis Welding Services Road Stars, defeated the Upper Village Hoosiers by the final score of 98-96 points, in game 4, of the best-of-5 series finals, in the Roseau Valley Basketball League. The Hoosiers came into this game leading the series 2-1, and would be looking to be closing of the series, & getting their 1st championship in doing so, while the Road stars would be ensuring that this in not so, and force a game 5. The Hoosiers were again without key players, Orlando George & Charles Williams, who will not be available for the rest of the series due to knee injuries, while the Road Stars are still without Thomas Felix, who is in out of state. As usual, there was a lot of hype & suspense before this game. The crowd support on hand was again excellent, with their horns, conch shells, buckets and galvanize. The referees were Mr. Jeffery Murdock, Mc’Dowe & Peggy. The 1st period of this game belonged completely to the Road Stars, as they were the ones who dominated early & kept the pressure on the Hoosiers to work hard. They were surely on point in the early going. Their offence & defense was 1st class. They were up for the fight, & were not in any mood to simply give up the series. The Hoosiers rarely had anything going for them, as they were inconsistent and the majority of their 15 points in this opening quarter, came from second chance opportunities. The game was still closely knit, but the road stars closed of leading, 22-15: an advantage of 7 points. By period 2, the game began to get extremely tense for both teams. The game became more of a balanced affair. They were now both in it, as they played & dominated in their own style & fashion. Along with this brought a lot of lead changes & ties. At the half, the Hoosiers had erased the 7 point 1st period deficit, & were now leading, but only by a minimal 4 points, 42-38.Quarter number 3 had started, & things turned a bit nasty. The whole of the Hoosiers team were already in foul trouble with only 1 sub. Royce Ceasar had 4, Ramal Carbon had 4, Curtis John had 3 & Edgar George with 3 as well. The players from the Hoosiers, as well as certain fans were of the opinion that a certain referee was against them, as the majority of the calls went against them, while the Road Stars felt a sense of justice was being done, as they too complained of the decisions in game 3. It was extremely tense at this moment, with even violence being shouted from the stands. Everyone was on edge. Players, supporters, referees, & even the clock man. To add to that, it was extremely cold, with strong winds at the basketball arena in Trafalgar. But…… The excitement was still in the air. The Road Stars opened up a 10 point lead, with about 5 minutes to go, until the Hoosiers tightened up a bit, and closed the quarter, down again, trailing by 4 points, 66-62.The 4th quarter took about 6 minutes, before it began, as there was still a lot of fracas, & confusion going on. Everyone was complaining. Eventually, it started. The Road Stars opened another lead, this time of 8, but maintained it all through, till about 2 minutes, until things got interesting. Baskets were being traded on both ends of the floor, as the Road Stars kept their lead up. The likes of Julian Isles, Fitzgerald Daniel, Javeed Joseph, worked hard for the Road Stars, while, as usual, the work horse, Joseph “Boone’ Jno. Baptiste did all the work for the Hoosiers, and received great help from his fellow villager, Royce Caesar. But that was the end of the line in terms of help for them, as Ramal Carbon had fouled out long time, and 3 other players sitting on 4 fouls. In the final seconds of play, being down by 4 points, there was a glimpse of light at the end of the tunnel for the Hoosiers, with Jno. Baptiste being fouled twice, shooting 3 pointers, but, having missed the 1st of the 2 sets of free throws, that was the end of the line for the Hoosiers, losing by 2 points, 98-96. And with that, came more noise,& confusion at the final whistle. Series tied 2-2 with the final game to be played on Sunday 13th, at 7:30 p.m. at the Trafalgar Basketball court. Will certainly be exciting. Great mother’s day present.Top performers for Road Stars were; Javeed Joseph – 24 pts, 7 reb, 4 asts, Fitzgerald Daniel – 22 pts, 11 asts, Julian Isles – 16 pts, 13 reb, 3 blks, Patrick Lafonce – 15 pts, 8 reb and Simon “Toto’ Joseph – 12 pts, 4 reb.Top performers for Hoosiers were; Joseph “Boone’ Jno. Baptiste – 41 pts, 6 reb, 6 asts, Royce Caesar – 34 pts, 5 asts and Ramal Carbon – 9 pts, 5 reb.Game 5 will be played on Sunday 13th May from 7:30 p.m.By: Edgar George Tweetcenter_img Sharing is caring! Share Sharelast_img read more

Chelsea plan £31.3m striker signing to partner Werner

first_img Promoted Content6 Extreme Facts About Hurricanes5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme ParksBest & Worst Celebrity Endorsed Games Ever Made7 Black Hole Facts That Will Change Your View Of The UniverseDisney’s Live-Action Simba Was Based On The Cutest Lion Cub EverWho Is The Most Powerful Woman On Earth?7 Universities In The World Where Education Costs Too MuchCan Playing Too Many Video Games Hurt Your Body?Is This The Most Delicious Food In The World?8 Amazing Facts About Ancient EgyptThe Highest Paid Football Players In The World7 Truly Incredible Facts About Black Holes Loading… Jovic cost Real a reported €60m last summer, but has only scored twice in 25 appearances. It’s believes they could let him leave for around €35m – and the asking price has reportedly interested Chelsea. Werner cost £54m after Chelsea met the exit clause in his RB Leipzig contract. They also recently tied down Tammy Abraham to a new contract. However, Chelsea still need attacking reinforcements, with two players set to leave. Michy Batshuayi and Olivier Giroud are both poised to move on this summer. The latter has, more recently, been linked with Leeds. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 center_img Chelsea are keen to sign a striker from Real Madrid to further boost their attack, while Liverpool are targeting a USA international midfielder, according to Monday’s transfer gossip. Chelsea hope to sign Luka Jovic from Real Madrid this summer to further boost their attack. Frank Lampard has already sealed the signing of Timo Werner for next season, but isn’t stopping there. Now the Daily Express reports the Blues want to sign Serbia striker Jovic, who has struggled since joining Real Madrid. read also:Giroud edges Chelsea closer to Champions League qualificationAdvertisementlast_img read more

Abelson can’t be caught at Knoxville Arnold Motor Supply Hawkeye Dirt Tour show

first_imgChris Abelson led every lap in winning Thursday’s Arnold Motor Supply Hawkeye Dirt Tour main event for IMCA Modifieds at Knoxville Raceway. (Photo by Barry Johnson)KNOXVILLE, Iowa (July 20) – Chris Abelson made sure the race was for second Thursday night at Knoxville Raceway.Abelson started on the pole and led all 25 laps of the Arnold Motor Supply Hawkeye Dirt Tour main event.A caution with six circuits to go in the IMCA Modified headliner put Todd Shute right behind Abelson for the restart, but Shute’s challenge ended with bobble on the final circuit. Abelson pulled away to the $1,500 Dynamic Drivelines Dirt Duel checkers to become the sixth different winner in as many tour events this season.Shute ended in second. Richie Gustin was third and Jeff Aikey fourth. Hard charger Justin Kay started 15th and finished fifth.Joel Rust and Kelly Shryock came into the night tied for the tour point lead. Rarely separated by more than a car or two, Rust finished eighth, one spot ahead of Shryock, and will take the top spot in the standings to the July 25 show at Dubuque Speedway.Abelson, the defending Side Biter Chassis North Central Region and 2016 Hawkeye Dirt Tour champion, now owns four career HDT feature wins. He’d also won at Knoxville three years ago and was already vote eligible for the upcoming Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational.Curtis Van Der Wal was the Karl Chevrolet Northern SportMod winner at Knoxville. He got the lead early in the 20-lapper and negotiated lapped traffic in outrunning Tim Plummer and Brayton Carter.Results Modified feature – 1. Chris Abelson, Sioux City; 2. Todd Shute, Des Moines; 3. Richie Gustin, Gilman; 4. Jeff Aikey, Cedar Falls; 5. Justin Kay, Wheatland; 6. Cayden Carter, Oskaloosa; 7. Troy Cordes, Dunkerton; 8. Joel Rust, Grundy Center; 9. Kelly Shryock, Fertile; 10. Hunter Marriott, Brookfield, Mo.; 11. Eric Elliott, Boone; 12. Kyle Brown, Madrid; 13. Randy Havlik, Boone; 14. Cory Sauerman, Johnson; 15. Ricky Thornton Jr., Chandler, Ariz.; 16. Justin Gregg, Hastings, Neb.; 17. Brandon Banks, Washington; 18. Jacob Murray, Hartford; 19. Kurt Kile, Nichols; 20. Tim Ward, Harcourt; 21. Cody Bauman, Eureka, Ill.; 22. Chris Zogg, New Liberty; 23. Jason Murray, Hartford; 24. Shane DeMey, Denison.1st heat (top three) – 1. Abelson; 2. Aikey; 3. Gregg; 4. Kile; 5. Elliott; 6. Kay; 7. Nick Roberts, Des Moines; 8. T.J. Smith, Menasha, Wis.; 9. Jordan Walker, Cedar Rapids.2nd heat – 1. Gustin; 2. Jacob Murray; 3. Thornton; 4. Carter; 5. Rust; 6. Banks; 7. Tyler Madigan, Peosta; 8. Sauerman; 9. Doug Rivera, Yuma, Ariz.; 10. Jarrett Brown, Ainsworth.3rd heat – 1. Ward; 2. Cordes; 3. Havlik; 4. DeMey; 5. Zogg; 6. Todd Inman, Altoona; 7. Bauman; 8. Griffin McGrath, Cedar Rapids; 9. Tyler Gross, Ankeny.4th heat – 1. Shute; 2. Marriott; 3. Shryock; 4. Jason Murray; 5. Kyle Brown; 6. Cole Hall, Sheffield; 7. Clayton Christensen, Spencer; 8. Kent Rosevear, Yuma, Ariz.; 9. Garrett Wilson, Carlisle.1st “B” feature (top five) – 1. Kile; 2. Kay; 3. Elliott; 4. Zogg; 5. Bauman; 6. Roberts; 7. Smith; 8. Walker; 9. Gross; 10. Todd Inman; 11. DeMey; 12. McGrath; 13. Jarrett Brown.2nd “B” feature – 1. Carter; 2. Rust; 3. Jason Murray; 4. Kyle Brown; 5. Banks; 6. Madigan; 7. Wilson; 8. Rivera; 9. Hall; 10. Rosevear; 11. Sauerman; 12. Christensen.Northern SportMod feature – 1. Curtis Van Der Wal, Oskaloosa; 2. Tim Plummer, Norway; 3. Brayton Carter, Oskaloosa; 4. Randy Roberts, Boone; 5. Carter VanDenBerg, Oskaloosa; 6. Cody Olsen, Omaha, Neb.; 7. Brett Lowry, Montezuma; 8. Sam Wieben, Dysart; 9. Dusty Masolini, Des Moines; 10. Ethan Braaksma, Newton; 11. Cory Van Zante, Sully; 12. Johnathon Logue, Boone; 13. Adam Shelman, Ames; 14. Colton Livezey, New Sharon; 15. Jake McBirnie, Boone; 16. Taylor Musselman, Norwalk; 17. John Watson, Des Moines; 18. Thomas Egenberger, Des Moines; 19. Trenton Brink, Bussey; 20. Bill Wears, Des Moines; 21. Shawn Cooney, Des Moines; 22. Brian Kauffman, Cedar Rapids; 23. Brian Efkamp, Ankeny; 24. Logan Anderson, Oskaloosa.1st heat (top three) – 1. Plummer; 2. Roberts; 3. Olsen; 4. Livezey; 5. Logue; 6. A.J. Johnson, Oskaloosa; 7. Josh Sink, Stanton; 8. Wieben; 9. Taylor Inman, Altoona; 10. Brandon Bach, Des Moines.2nd heat – 1. McBirnie; 2. Van Der Wal; 3. Cooney; 4. Efkamp; 5. Brian Luedtke, Norway; 6. Masolini; 7. Egenberger; 8. Musselman; 9. Tyler Inman, Altoona.3rd heat – 1. Carter; 2. Shelman; 3. Wears; 4. Logan Anderson; 5. Watson; 6. Ed Hamilton, Atlantic; 7. Brink; 8. Preston Gigax, Omaha, Neb.; 9. Robert Moore, Maxwell.4th heat – 1. VanDenBerg; 2. Van Zante; 3. Lowry; 4. Kauffman; 5. Braaksma; 6. Brandon Patava, Des Moines; 7. Tony Johnson, Oskaloosa; 8. Tom Lathrop, Ottumwa; 9. Blair Simmons, Des Moines.First “B” feature (top six) – 1. Logan Anderson; 2. Livezey; 3. Logue; 4. Watson; 5. Wieben; 6. Brink; 7. Moore; 8. Sink; 9. Taylor Inman; 10. Bach; 11. A.J. Johnson; 12. Hamilton; 13. Gigax.Second “B” feature – 1. Masolini; 2. Braaksma; 3. Musselman; 4. Efkamp; 5. Egenberger; 6. Kauffman; 7. Patava; 8. Lathrop; 9. Simmons; 10. Tyler Inman; 11. Tony Johnson; 12. Luedtke.last_img read more

AquaTrojans Crusie On To Victory Over Spartans

first_imgSDMS won 5 of 6 relays. The AquaTrojans battle the Bengals of Greendale on Monday, September 16.  Come out and support the AquaTrojans!!! Courtesy of AquaTrojans Coach Brandon Loveless. The AquaTrojans remain undefeated as the Spartans from Connersville traveled south on Thursday night.  SDMS girls won 125-57.  SDMS boys won 133-39. Individual winners include: Aubree Popen – 200 Freestyle; Henry Strotman – 200 IM, 100 Freestyle; Ella Maxwell – 50 Freestyle, 100 Freestyle; Adam Stephenson – 50 Freestyle; Bree Cleary – 1-meter diving; Logan Burbrink – 1-meter diving; Riley Reany – 500 Freestyle; Ayden Ketchem – 100 Backstroke; Riley Shumate – 100 Breaststroke; Kyle Goodwin – 100 Breastroke.last_img read more

Benitez stands by team selection

first_img Press Association The defeat means Chelsea dropped below London rivals Tottenham into fourth place in the table but with five games in a two-week period – including both legs of a Europa League quarter-final with Rubin Kazan – Benitez feels his side are still in the hunt for both a top-four finish and silverware. “I have confidence that we will finish in the top four and maybe we can win one or two trophies,” he added. “I have the belief and the confidence in these players because they have the quality and if they realise that we have to start games with the same intensity as the second half (against Southampton), we can beat anyone.” Chelsea have already played 54 games this season and the Blues’ players are no strangers to the rigours of playing midweek games off the back of league fixtures. But Benitez feels the proximity of the FA Cup replay against United – with the winners to face Manchester City in a Wembley semi-final – makes for difficult preparation. “This one is so close,” he said. “48 hours, less than 48 hours, you have to make decisions. If you have three days, four days you can manage in a different way. But two days between games is not easy. “It (the performance against United) has to be good. Everybody knows this is a massive game against a very good side in a massive competition. It has to be positive for the players.” Chelsea were without Juan Mata for the defeat at Southampton with the 24-year-old missing through illness. Mata has struck 18 goals in all competitions this season and is likely to return to face United but Gary Cahill, who is carrying a knee injury, is not expected to be fit in time. The FA Cup quarter-final replay against United comes less than 48 hours after the Barclays Premier League loss against the Saints. Benitez made seven changes for the trip to St Mary’s and the gamble backfired as goals from Jay Rodriguez and Rickie Lambert earned Southampton the victory, with returning skipper John Terry briefly levelling the scoreline in the first half. “You have to make decisions and use the squad,” he said. “Southampton is a good team on one level and Manchester United is another team on another level. In the league, you have more games to play and will be going to the end. In the FA Cup you have one game and you will be out. You have to find the balance for players who are playing more games or less games.” center_img Chelsea interim manager Rafael Benitez has stood by his team selection for the 2-1 defeat at Southampton on Saturday as he prepares for Monday’s clash with Manchester United.last_img read more

Riley keen on technology trial

first_img Riley, speaking on BBC Radio 5 Live’s Sportsweek programme, did not offer any confirmation that Swarbrick will referee in the next round of Premier League matches, following the international break. “I’ve spoken to Neil quite a lot last night and this morning,” Riley said. “Referees accept at every level your performance will be scrutinised. Any referee, when you come off and you’ve made a mistake, you’re hurt, because you love the game. “What you want to do is make the correct decision and when you don’t there’s that feeling that you’ve let yourself down and let your colleagues down. “When they make mistakes, it’s our job to make sure they understand the mistakes, learn from it and they put it right in the next game.” West Brom captain Darren Fletcher had urged Swarbrick not to leap into the decision to brandish a red card. Fletcher told Match of the Day he had spoken to the referee and told him: ” Just make a sensible decision, it’s the first minute of the game, take your time. Take your time because this is a massive decision that impacts the rest of the game.” Fletcher added: ” I was really surprised when he showed the red card. I think a lot of our players were – and then to the wrong player as well, which we were trying to say as well, but it fell on deaf ears.” West Brom boss Tony Pulis last week urged the game to embrace technology and permit each team two appeals against decisions in each match. He wrote in West Brom’s programme for the match against Stoke: “A TV call back should be brought in where for 30 seconds the game could be held up whilst they decide if the original decision was correct or not. Two calls allowed during the game from both sides would be sufficient and I believe would help improve the great package that the Barclays Premier League provides for everybody all over the world.” Neil Swarbrick apologised on Saturday night for wrongly red-carding Gareth McAuley in the second minute of West Brom’s 3-0 loss at the Etihad Stadium, when it was team-mate Craig Dawson who committed a foul on Wilfried Bony. It followed last month’s Old Trafford mistaken identity muddle that saw Sunderland’s Wes Brown sent off by Roger East for bringing down Manchester United striker Radamel Falcao, when the offence in question was committed by John O’Shea. Press Association Referees’ chief Mike Riley has called for video technology to be trialled in the wake of another blunder that saw the wrong West Brom player sent off at Manchester City. Asked why referees do not listen to players’ on-field explanations of such circumstances, Professional Game Match Officials Limited (PGMOL) general manager Riley said: “The referee has got to make his decision based on what he thinks he’s seen. His instincts often lead him to trust his judgement. “It’s one of the areas that would lend itself to technology. “The game has stopped and there’s time before we restart the game to have a look at something. That would provide the concrete evidence that would get the decision right. “I think football as a whole has to look at how we can enhance refereeing performances through the use of technology. “We’ve been open-minded to things like the goal-decision system which has made a great difference and a great benefit to referees in the Premier League. “We need to see what other technology can be used to get refereeing decisions more accurate.” He added: “W e need to test it in live football. U ntil we do that, we won’t know the impact on the game. “Technology can be helpful but we don’t want to destroy the fabric of the game, the fast-flowing spectacle we all love.” last_img read more