Home Office Criticised for UK Entry Ban on Wigtown Book Festival Storyteller

first_imgBooking information – To book tickets call 01988 403222, visit in person at Number 11 North Main Street in Wigtown or buy online at wigtownbookfestival.comWebsite – wigtownbookfestival.com AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to LinkedInLinkedInLinkedInDirector of international cultural and tourism event calls for Scotland’s Secretary of State to help overturn visa decisionThe Home Office has been condemned for barring a young storyteller from entering the UK where he is due to be one of the official artists in residence at Wigtown Book Festival.An appeal is being made to Secretary of State for Scotland David Mundell MP and to Alister Jack MP to intervene on behalf of Mehdi El Ghaly as the prestigious international event (which starts this weekend) takes place in Dumfries and Galloway – which is covered by their constituencies.Adrian Turpin, Wigtown Book Festival Artistic director, said: “It is disappointing and frustrating that a respected young storyteller involved in a long-running arts project designed to bring peoples together should be denied a visa to attend an international festival. “Wigtown Book Festival involves writers, journalists, academics, artists and visitors from all over the world and is an award-winning showcase for Dumfries and Galloway, Scotland and the whole of the UK.“We are calling on the region’s MPs and MSPs to make representations to the Home Office, whose decision mars the country’s reputation for intellectual openness and exchange.”Mehdi along with photographer Houssain Belabbes from Morocco, have been working with Scottish counterparts Anne Errington and Laura Hudson Mackay on a project called Confluence exploring and comparing storytelling traditions from the two countries.They have been awarded a fully funded residency at the Wigtown Book Festival where they were due to tell stories, many illustrated by photography, from Morocco and work with festivalgoers to gather or create new tales.The project was planned as an exchange, the second part of which would see the Scots welcomed to Morocco.Laura, who has worked extensively in Morocco for many years, said: “The project is about humanity and exploring storytelling traditions of what on the surface appears to be very culturally different, Celtic and Arabian.“Mehdi is utterly dedicated to his country and its culture, a social entrepreneur running projects to teach Morocco’s ancient stories to a new generation and to preserve their centuries old traditions of public storytelling.“To deny a gifted, enthusiastic young man who wants to share his storytelling talent and culture with us in Scotland is shortsighted and negative.“To deny him the opportunity to be part of the Confluence event at Wigtown Book Festival is a shame, but we very much look forward to October when our next Confluence event takes place in Marrakech, Morocco, where Mehdi lives.”Describing what inspired him, and his passion for his country, Mehdi said: “Whenever there was a storyteller in the square in Marrakech you’d find me there. And I as grew the passion for storytelling grew in me. So, I said to myself, ‘Why not become a storyteller?’ I want to share the art that changed my own life.”Despite the setback Confluence will go ahead the Wigtown Book Festival which runs from 22 September to 1 October.Joyce Woodcock, interim director, of the Upland Arts Agency which is funding Confluence and collaborates with Wigtown Book Festival on an annual residency, said: “It is deeply unfortunate that a young man taking part in a project intended to bring people together is being prevented from coming to the festival – especially at a time of such international tensions when there is a greater need than ever to build bridges between countries and cultures.“It is a tribute to the other people involved in Confluence that they are determined to continue with their work and make it a success.”last_img read more

20th-Ranked UWF Gets Balanced Attack in 97-55 Win Over Shorter

first_imgNext Game: Live Stats Preview UWF never trailed in the game and led by 13 midway through the first half. Shorter drew to within 12 on a Jonathan Mason layup with 6:28 left in the period. The Hawks didn’t score again until 3:16 into the second half. UWF scored 31-consecutive points over a span of 9:44 to stretch the lead to 64-21. That surpassed the previous school-record of 27-straight scored a year ago in a come-from-behind win over West Georgia. The Argonauts will return to action on Thursday night with a road contest at Auburn-Montgomery (9-14, 5-10). Tip off at the AUM Gymnasium in Montgomery, Ala. is set for 8:00 p.m. UWF made 14-of-22 3-point shots and outrebounded the Hawks 43-22. PENSACOLA, Fla. – The 20th-ranked UWF men’s basketball team had six players in double figures and tied the school record for wins in a season with a 97-55 win over Shorter at the UWF Field House Saturday.  Watch Live DJ Thorpe scored 13 points with three triples and Rashaan Benson led all players with 10 assists and three steals. center_img UWF finished with 13 thefts and 27 points off 21 Shorter turnovers. Every starter for the Argos had at least two steals in the game. Shorter (5-16, 3-12) was led by Jacob Newman’s 14 points and three blocks. Leading scorer Amonte Potter was held to a season-low 11 points on 1-of-15 shooting. He came into the contest averaging 19.1 points per game and had scored at least 31 points in his last two contests. Full Schedule Roster The Argonauts led by 53 with 9:13 remaining in the game. As good as UWF shot the ball in the first 20 minutes – 56 percent – the squad was even better after halftime, converting on 20-of-30 for 67 percent. Henri Ventoniemi and Marvin Jones had 14 apiece to lead UWF (20-3, 12-3 Gulf South), which shot 61 percent from the floor and 64 percent on 14-of-22 from outside – both of which established season-highs. at Auburn-Montgomery 2/8/2018 – 8:00 pm Print Friendly Versionlast_img read more

Ankipan’s explanation, 15 million and Dārziņš’s thanks to the legionnaires. …

first_imgThe guest of the 20th series of the TVNET sports show “Champion’s Breakfast” was the Secretary General of the Latvian Hockey Federation (LHF) Viesturs Koziols, who also participated in the creation of the renewed Riga “Dinamo”.We discussed with Koziola the beginnings of “Dinamo” in 2008, when the idea of ​​the Latvian team KHL became a reality.Aigars Kalvītis and the current chairman of the “Dinamo” club council Juris Savickis conducted the necessary negotiations on attracting funding more than 12 years ago.Koziols was the president of the club at the time, who hired Normunds Sējjs as the general manager of the unit, but after that a contract was signed with the head coach Julius Šuplers.The Secretary General of the LHF revealed how during the 2007 World Cup he met with representatives of the Russian hockey environment to discuss the participation of his team “Riga 2000” in the Russian Premier League (VHL). However, this idea did not take on a real outline.Koziols remembering that in the first season, the budget of Riga “Dinamo” could have been 13 to 15 million euros, which is historically one of the largest in 13 seasons.The morning of September 2008 was surprising, when the management of “Dinamo” found out about the broken ankle of the unit’s main goalkeeper Edgars Masalskis in a fight in Old Riga. The former president of the club still keeps on his laptop the explanations of the hockey players involved in the incident about the events of that evening.The team played surprisingly well in the first season, but Koziols had a reasonable expectation of such a performance even before the start of KHL. The unit brought together the best Latvians playing in Europe, as well as very strong guest players.In one of the matches of the season, Koziols was sitting in the locker room next to Lauris Dārziņš, who said that the introduction of the season without legionnaires in the team would be much sadder.During the conversation, we also discussed Marcel Hos’ extraordinary involvement in “Dinamo”, the release of Alexei Shirokov from the captain’s duties and why Koziols left the team after the first season.last_img read more