US, Iran swap prisoners in rare act of cooperation

first_imgSwitzerland facilitated the swap.Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif met Soleimani in Zurich, statenews agency IRNA said. Soleimani, who then flew to Iran, was accompanied toSwitzerland by Brian Hook, the US special representative for Iran, according toa US official. Iran released Xiyue Wang, a US citizenwho had been held for three years on spying charges, while the US freed IranianMassoud Soleimani. He had been facing charges of violating US sanctions againstTehran.   The releases were the result of threeor four weeks of intensive negotiations. United States Ambassador to Switzerland Edward McMullen greets Xiyue Wang in Zurich, Switzerland on Dec. 7. US EMBASSY IN SWITZERLAND/HANDOUT VIA REUTERScenter_img WASHINGTON – The United States (US)and Iran each freed a prisoner on Saturday in a rare act of cooperation betweentwo longtime foes whose ties have worsened since US President Donald Trump tookoffice. Switzerland represents US diplomaticinterests in Iran, since Washington and Tehran cut diplomatic ties shortlyafter the 1979 Islamic Revolution.(Reuters)last_img read more

Construction crews set to return to Merkel Road in Batesville

first_imgBatesville, In. — Crews from Cincinnati-based Paul H. Rohe Company return to the Merkel Road project in Batesville next week, weather permitting. Last year, the project was stymied by poor weather conditions, utility conflicts and unforeseen conditions.Mayor Mike Bettice explains the crews will be working on storm sewer infrastructure until June. Widening and other construction will continue through the summer.When the project is complete it will allow improved access to one of the only type structures along I-74 between Indianapolis and Cincinnati.The shell building is about 54,000-square-feet and can be expandable up to 200,000-square-feet. Additionally, the site has ample parking capacity for trucks, trailers and cars.last_img

Syracuse defense shuts down Rutgers’ Jamison in losing effort

first_img Related Stories SELF-DESTRUCTION: Flurry of 2nd-half turnovers, mistakes by Syracuse lead to frustrating loss to RutgersAfter disappointing loss, time for players to take blameKrautman’s woes continue in loss to Rutgers; Thomas returns to field after taking bit hit Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on October 13, 2012 at 6:49 pm Contact Chris: cjiseman@syr.edu | @chris_isemancenter_img PISCATAWAY, N.J. — Jawan Jamison wore the target.On a Rutgers offense that’s been uninspiring this season, the Scarlet Knights running back has the ability to singlehandedly tilt the game in his team’s favor. Against Syracuse, he was mostly a nonfactor, as he could only muster 64 yards.The Orange’s defense did almost everything it needed to do, but it did not matter. Despite giving the offense more than enough chances, members of the unit took on a team-first attitude. They maintained they were not frustrated that that their efforts were mostly negated by Syracuse’s costly turnovers. In a game where SU’s defense was not flawless, but stout nonetheless, the Orange (2-4, 1-1 Big East) never took advantage and handed the Scarlet Knights (6-0, 2-0) a 23-15 win at High Point Solutions Stadium on Saturday.“Whatever the team needed, that’s what we’re going to do,” linebacker Siriki Diabate said. “If the team needs us to be out there the whole game, we’re going to be out there the whole game. We’ve got to make a stop. We’ve got to find a way to win.”Syracuse’s defense was on the field about four minutes longer than Rutgers’. It seemed much longer. Though the unit made mistakes, its performance should have been enough for SU.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textRutgers quarterback Gary Nova was held to 157 passing yards. Jamison, the Big East’s rushing leader at 112.5 yards per game, had run for at least 100 yards in each game this season, and seven of the last eight dating back to last year. But the Scarlet Knights finished with only 85 rushing yards on Saturday.Shut him down, and suddenly the door to a win opens wider. Or at least that was how it was supposed to be.On Rutgers’ first play of the game, quarterback Gary Nova handed off to Jamison. The running back rushed for no gain. The next play, Jamison earned two yards. He could not get anything going as the Syracuse defense executed its plan of attack.“That’s just who we are as a defense. We stop the run first and we earn the right to rush the passer,” defensive tackle Deon Goggins said. “That’s a goal of ours, stop the run, especially these backs coming in, rushing for a hundred and something every game.”Even when it was not stopping Jamison, the defense repeatedly gave SU opportunities to score.With Rutgers leading 17-7 at the end of the third quarter, the Orange could still come back. A couple of well-played drives could have swung the momentum. SU’s defense forced a Scarlet Knights’ three-and-out as Rutgers back-up tailback Savon Huggins ran for a total of 2 yards during the series.Syracuse could start chipping away from the opening seconds of the final quarter thanks to a well-played series by its defense. Except Steve Rene, back to take the punt, dropped the ball.RU recovered, and the Orange defense was right back out on the field.“I thought our defense did a very nice job during the game,” head coach Doug Marrone said. “The whole course of the game, despite being put in some very difficult situations.”Syracuse forced Rutgers into a situation it hasn’t dealt with this season. An offense that’s already lackluster lost its brightest hope each time Jamison was stuffed for a short gain.In the Scarlet Knights’ previous two Big East games, against South Florida and Connecticut, he ran for 151 and 110 yards, respectively.On Saturday, Jamison’s unspectacular numbers blended into the stat sheet.RU had to abandon its running game and resort to the air. Wide receiver Brandon Coleman finished with 104 yards, but one of his six catches was for 43 yards. Goggins said he was surprised Rutgers started passing so much so early. He only expected that if Syracuse was winning, he said.Goggins said to compensate for SU’s offensive mistakes, the defense needs to force more turnovers. Still, Goggins and his unit should not have needed anything extra on Saturday.They found an answer few other teams have in taking Jamison out of the game. But it was not enough.“It was a good thing on the stat sheet,” Goggins said. “But it doesn’t mean anything if we don’t come together as a team and win.” Commentslast_img read more

Mensah confident of Sunderland revival against West Brom

first_imgSunderland stalwart defender John Mensah is brimming with optimism that they can end their winless streak against West Brom on Saturday.The Black Cats have gone past seven games without a win, picking just a point from 21 games and occupying the 12th position on the table.But Mensah, nicknamed the “Rock of Gibraltar” has given the assurance that he and his colleagues have purposed to turn things around.“The recent unimpressive score line is not pleasant to we the players,the technical bench and our lovely supporters but we have put it behind us and striving to make amends starting from tomorrow,” he said in an exclusive interview with his official site johntherock5.com.Mensah, who was instrumental in the Black Stars impressive two outings against Congo Brazzaville and the Three Lions of England pointed out that:“We are determined to fix the recent stuttering run, we are in high spirits to go all out tomorrow.”Sunderland, with 38 points host West Brom, who are two points behind the Black Cats at the Stadium of Light in their league tie. Source: Ghanasoccernet.comlast_img read more