Libya’s National Oil Corporation (NOC) has diverted fuel tanker vessels from Al-Zawiya to Tripoli after an armed attack by gunmen on its Al-Zawiya oil storage depot on Monday, September 18.NOC said that due to the attack by an “armed militia”, the Line 16 from Al-Zawiya to Tripoli was forced to stop pumping.“The NOC response is designed to ensure that adequate petroleum products are available in Tripoli and that supplies of gasoline to Greater Tripoli and the Western Mountain cities are maintained,” the oil company said.NOC added that it would pursue legal measures against “the blockaders”, noting that no concessions will be made.Libya has been engulfed in military conflicts since the 2011 uprising, which sprung the creation of two opposing governments that have been fighting to gain control of the country’s oil infrastructure.One of most recent episodes of military conflict saw the two opposing forces fight to gain control over the country’s oil ports.Namely, in March, East Libyan forces managed to regain control of two major oil ports, Es Sidra and Ras Lanuf, from the Benghazi Defence Brigades (BDB).In May 2017, representatives of the Tripoli-based and Beyda governments reached a deal to allow for the continuation of oil shipments from the country’s Marsa El Hariga port.The key argument for closing the deal was to “avoid damage to pipelines, avert a financial crisis, and ensure power supplies are not interrupted further,” Reuters sources said.
Wanting to win in sports is as synonymous as yearning to succeed in life. However, when it comes down to the bare essentials, sometimes winning isn’t everything.There is of course the matter of teamwork, competitive nature, being physically active, etc., to consider, but what I mean by that is there’s no gut check, no sweeping reform when you’re on the right side of wrong.The Wisconsin football team knows firsthand what I mean. After toying with disaster against several opponents this year, the seal finally broke in the form of a 31-26 slip-up against Illinois.”A win is a win” mentality, while accurate, inhibited the Badgers like a broken rudder. Since there was no adversity in the form of a one in the loss column, they continued to circle back to the same problems.Now that the “inevitable” loss happened, much to the glee of national media and fans alike who didn’t believe Wisconsin deserved a top-10 ranking, the Badgers are at a crossroads. They can either go behind closed doors to work out the kinks in their armor, or they can blow off the defeat as hogwash and fix nothing. The latter, it seems, was the preferable choice to date as defensively the incessant tentative play has led to the same results each week — tackles missed and big plays allowed.”I hope this is the point where we realize something has got to happen,” junior linebacker DeAndre Levy said. “I think it just comes down to who wants it the most.”While fans of college football and the national media provided Wisconsin with some leverage in the past, only a loss can sway the mountains of accountability.”Guys are in a little sense of shock,” cornerback Jack Ikegwuonu said.Just like a human doesn’t truly understand what it means to be healthy until he or she has suffered disease and illness, so too did Wisconsin not truly calculate what it means to be “a good team” until it suffered defeat.”We’re a Big Ten football team. Ranked that high you’ve got to come out and do your job every day, every play,” Ikegwuonu said. “We can’t keep making the same mistakes over and over again. We survived it a few games this season already, making the same mistakes, and today it caught up with us.”We’ve got to take personal inventory and reevaluate.”Last year the Badgers were inconsistent on offense to start the year. They played close for the better part of three quarters against Bowling Green, beat up on Division 1-AA Western Illinois and got into a dogfight against San Diego State that resulted in a grand total of 21 first downs and 14 points.The out-of-sync play, related to several new starters on offense learning to play together, led to a 27-13 loss against Michigan. Despite the score, it was a game Wisconsin could have (and perhaps should have) won.After that time the Badgers rolled, winning out, including notching their second consecutive Capital One Bowl victory, this one against a highly touted Arkansas team. “Well, I really felt last year we left the field against Michigan knowing that they were a good football team that we could play with and compete with anybody in this conference,” UW head coach Bret Bielema said during his press conference Monday. “I think that’s still established in our minds.”Granted, this year’s scenario is different. The team was ranked entering the season and had fewer question marks coming in (and it was the offense that struggled to come together, not the defense). Yet the same principle applies: Losses, not wins, if applied correctly, lead to improved play.There’s no doubt in my mind that the players want to get better. No one wants to lose. Whether the Badgers’ fall from grace will lead to smooth sailing and wins, or broken rudder circular movement and losses is up to the players.”I told our kids: I want you to feel the pain of losing because if you ever begin to accept it or are OK with it, it’ll become more of a habit, and that’s a road you don’t want to go down,” Bielema said.It’s going to take time, no doubt, for all that is wrong to go right (Bielema admitted that you can’t teach a player how to tackle overnight), but there are six games left and the talent is there. We’ll see if it’s matched by will.Kevin Hagstrom is a senior double majoring in economics and journalism. To better your “”Tuesday’s With Haggy”” experience, contact him at [email protected]
DOUBLE DUTY—Manasseh Garner of Brashear finds a hole in the Westinghouse defense. Garner scored two touchdowns for the Bulls and was also called on to play quarterback after starter Henri Chatman injured his ankle in the first quarter. Perry (3-2) was a part of the four-way tie of first place in the City League that also included its opponent on Friday, Oliver (4-1). They did not prevail as the Bears had one of their best defensive showings of the season, winning a 12-6 thriller at Cupples Stadium. “I had to answer a question to myself in the fourth quarter,” Oliver coach Tim Keefer said. “Do I want to be aggressive playing defense, or do I want to play it safe? We decided to be aggressive.” Their aggression was on display whenever Perry had a final drive in which they had advanced to the Oliver 25-yard line in an attempt to win in the last minutes of the game. Perry’s quarterback Greg McGhee was sacked twice in six plays and hurried once. This led to a final heave to the end zone with 27 seconds remaining that was incomplete and sealed the victory for Oliver.“The next step is getting our kids to do their parts in the classroom,” said Keefer. “We want to keep our kids striving so that they can (stay out here on the field).”The winning points for Oliver were scored in the third quarter whenever quarterback Dante Jeter flipped the ball to Martise Smith who then fired it to David Marshall for the 10-yard score. They also scored on a 60- yard fumble recovery by Ed Mathis late in the second quarter.Perry jumped out to a 6-0 lead in the first quarter when Richard Lowry scored on a 10- yard run. He finished with 27 carries for 117 yards. The Perry offense had 181 yards total offense—123 more than Oliver.OTHER GAMESBrashear 17, Westinghouse 0Brashear (4-1) kept Westinghouse winless as they stayed in a first place tie with Schenley. Manasseh Garner scored on a 1-yard run in the first quarter. He added on another 5-yarder in the third quarter.Brashear’s kicker Cody Magliocca hit a rare (for the City League) 19-yard field goal, also in the third quarter, which helped his team get past the Bulldogs.Peabody 16, Allderdice 0This game was scoreless into the final quarter until Peabody scored on an 81-yard pass from Ronell Moses to Shannon Binion on a fake punt. They added an 18-yard touchdown run by Daniel Burrell with the game winding down.Allderdice’s losing streak extends to 20 games (0-5 on the season). They were held to only 30 yards total offense in the game.This Saturday, Peabody (3-2) will take on Schenley (4-1) in its Homecoming game at 12 p.m. at Cupples Stadium as the Highlanders continue to take part in the post-season.