Rebels in South Sudan want foreign oil firms to leave the Upper Nile region immediately.On Tuesday evening, the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement in opposition and allied groups under former Vice President Riek Machar said the firms should leave the Upper Nile region immediately.This is after they said that they have captured a refinery near major oil field in Upper Nile state.However the government has not responded to the reports.“In response to the government’s full scale offensive on our positions in the three states of greater Upper Nile region, we have decided to take control of the oilfields and … (prevent) Salva Kiir from using the oil revenues to perpetuate the war,” James Gatdet Dak, the rebels’ spokesman said.“SPLM/SPLA leadership has asked all oil companies operating in Upper Nile state to shut down their operations and evacuate their staff immediately. We also ask them to do the process of closing down in a safe manner that will not damage the oil facilities and cause environmental damage.”Oil firms in South Sudan include China National Petroleum Corp, India’s ONGC Videsh and Malaysia’s Petronas.Forces loyal to Kiir and rebels allied with his former deputy, Riek Machar, have been fighting for nearly 18 months in the world’s newest state, which seceded from Sudan in 2011.SPLA-in-Opposition spokesman, James Gatdet Dak, said that the rebels were still fighting government troops in the area that is home to South Sudan’s biggest oilfield – Paloch.Forces loyal to Kiir and rebels allied with his former deputy, Riek Machar, have been fighting for nearly 18 months in the world’s newest state, which seceded from Sudan in 2011.Several ceasefires have been reached and broken and each side accuses the other of violating one announced in February.
Bio The athletic directors of the eight conference institutions voted in the summer to name the trophy for Mottola, who had a four-decade association with the conference and served as its commissioner for eight years.MMA is one of only two remaining charter members of the NEFC dating back to 1965, and is the only member with a presence throughout its existence.This is placeholder textThis is placeholder textThe dedication was held at halftime of MMA’s 34-9 exhibition game football win over Holland College of Prince Edward Island, Canada.The Mottola Trophy, commissioned by Endicott College President Richard Wiley, will be held for one year by each team that wins the NEFC championship. The name of every champion dating back to 1965 is engraved on the trophy.The MMA football team will open its conference season on Saturday at Anna Maria College.Women’s soccerMMA’s Lady Mariners scored a 1-0 win over the University of Maine – Presque Isle on Friday, the opening day of the Terrier Women’s Soccer Classic hosted by Thomas College.Morgan Libby provided the winning goal, heading in a corner kick cross from Briana Obshatkin in the 87th minute of the game.The Lady Mariners fell 1-0 to the University of Southern Maine in the final round of the classic.MMA held the Huskies scoreless for nearly 84 minutes until C.C. Pelletier scored on an assist from Analies Ross-Dyjak.The 2-2 Lady Mariners are slated to host the University of Maine – Fort Kent today (Thursday).Men’s soccerThe Mariner men notched their first win of the season on Saturday, nipping the University of Southern Maine 1-0 in the final round of the Husson University Eagles Challenge Cup tournament in Bangor.The game-winning goal came in just the sixth minute of play when Gabriel Warren scored on an assist from Christopher Gilman.The Mariners outshot the Huskies 27-2.In the opening round of the tourney, MMA fell 1-0 to Gordon College on Friday.VolleyballThe still-winless Lady Mariners dropped a pair of non-conference matches on Saturday at Colby College in Waterville.Colby scored a 3-1 victory over MMA with game scores of 25-16, 16-25, 25-15 and 25-13.For MMA, Gillian O’Neal had 12 kills, Sydney Robertson had 10 kills and Betsy Trenckmann had 22 assists and 11 digs.In a 3-2 loss to Gordon College, MMA rallied from a two-game deficit before falling in the final decisive contest.Game scorers were 25-13, 25-17, 15-25, 23-25 and 15-6.O’Neal had nine kills and Molly Marcotte had eight for the Lady Mariners.Cross-countryMMA freshman Zachary Kinsman placed second at Saturday’s Husson Harrier Classic with a time of 29:34.70 in the eight-kilometer cross-country contest.Two other Mariner men also placed among the top 10 as MMA finished second as a team, just four points behind the University of Southern Maine.MMA’s Wyatt LePage was eighth in 31:13.96 and Chase Hughes was ninth in 31:37.09.For the Mariner women, who were third in their team competition, Jessica Faltings led the way with an eighth place finish in 24:39.20 over the five-kilometer course.GolfIt took a fifth player to give the University of Maine – Presque Isle a win over MMA in UMPI’s season-opening golf invitational on Friday in Presque Isle.The two teams completed the match with identical scores of 323, but UMPI’s fifth man, Eric Depner, carded an 81 to best MMA’s Karson Eaton, who had an 87.For MMA, Dan Mackenzie led the way with 77, followed by Keenan Kalthoff 78, Kevin Pepin 82 and Liam O’Leary 86. Latest posts by Hugh Bowden (see all) Is this the kind of government we deserve? – July 10, 2017 Latest Posts CASTINE — A new New England Football Conference championship trophy was dedicated Saturday to Bill Mottola, a longtime coach and athletic director at Maine Maritime Academy. Like he did in the ’60s, Noel Paul Stookey sings out in troubling times – December 27, 2017 Hugh BowdenExecutive EditorHugh writes editorials, covers Hancock County sports and helps out where needed in The American’s editorial department. When he’s not on the sidelines, he enjoys playing jazz and tennis. [email protected] GSA surges in 4th to win Northern Maine title – February 26, 2017