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

Wellington Looks To Build Defensive Presence in 2017 To Continue Increasing Win Total

first_imgThe Wellington Dukes put together some nice wins over the course of a 2016 season that saw them finish 5-5. Led by an explosive offense that averaged 33.7 points per game, the Dukes never had a problem scoring points. But often times with a defense that allowed 26 points per game, it’s going to be tough to win many games. Taking over for Sean Arno, first-year head coach Roy Moore is looking to tighten up the defensive side of the ball, something he has a lot of experience doing.Moore is a defensive guy and he knows it, embracing the opportunity to improve that side of the ball.“We’re gonna use the Baldwin Wallace 6-2 defense. We’re gonna be more aggressive and do really well. The kids are picking up pretty quick.”That defensive scheme Moore is referring to goes back to when he was the Baldwin Wallace linebackers coach from 1986-2013. Moore had success there as well as Midpark High School, as the Comets went 47-19-1 while he served as the defensive coordinator from 1980-1986.As for the offense, Moore keeps it simple. “We’re pretty much where we want to be.”“I think we want to be more ball control. We like to score points, we want to score as many points as we can. But at the same time, we want to control the time of the game, how long we have the ball so that when we turn it over they have less time to score and less time to get back in the game.”Brandan Sorg, Mason Wright, and Parker Rieske will be some key names to watch for on the Dukes, as Moore stated that most of his team will be doing double-duty during the year.“We got a lot of kids that are gonna go both ways that are gonna help us, we just gotta keep them in shape and not let them get tired. We have a lot of two-way players.”Wellington opens up the season at home against Normandy this Friday. Eli Mooneyham *Wellington Dukes 2017 Football Schedule*Home 8/25 NormandyHome 9/1 MapletonAway 9/8 New LondonHome 9/15 Clearview                Away 9/22 Lutheran WestAway 9/29 BuckeyeHome 10/6 FirelandsAway 10/13 KeystoneAway 10/20 BrooksideHome 10/27 Black River Related TopicsWellington Dukes Elijah Mooneyham has been a dedicated sports fan his whole life. Born and raised in Cleveland, he has his best days when his hometown teams are winning. Elijah is currently on-air talent/producer on two shows, The Main Event and The Moon Hour, where you can find on AllSportsCleveland.com. He also has an insane passion for professional wrestling, so catch his opinions on the world of professional wrestling.last_img read more

Murofushi won’t receive medal

first_imgLONDON (Kyodo) The Court of Arbitration for Sport on Thursday upheld the appeals filed by two Belarusian hammer throwers against the International Olympic Committee’s decision to strip them of their medals for doping violations at the 2008 Beijing Olympics.Koji Murofushi was set to move up from fifth to third place when the IOC ruled in December 2008 against the Belarusians, who tested positive for traces of testosterone after the hammer throw final, but the silver and bronze medals will now be returned to Vadim Deviatovskiy and Ivan Tsikhan, respectively. GET THE BEST OF THE JAPAN TIMES “I heard about it through news reports. Doping is gaining more and more attention and this will result in stricter tests,” said Murofushi, who spoke with reporters after attending a funeral service for Japan Association of Athletics Federations honorary chairman Hanji Aoki. “I think this will be a plus for me at the London Olympics.”The CAS panel established that there had been a violation of the testing laboratory’s documentation and reporting requirements, as well as a violation of the “different analysts” rule.“The same laboratory analyst should not have performed activities on the ‘A’ and on the ‘B’ samples,” which constituted a clear violation of the international standards for laboratories, the panel said. center_img IN FIVE EASY PIECES WITH TAKE 5last_img read more