England: Pontefract’s got talent, says James
The world’s number one squash player has held court with a different kind of talent.

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The former world’s number one squash player has held court with a different kind of talent.

Racquet star James Wilstrop, who trains at Pontefract Squash Club, and his dad and coach Malcolm were the guests of honour at a event showcasing the artistic skills of 200 schoolchildren.

The duo were invited by Pontefract Education Trust (PET) who put on the show at Carleton Community High School on Tuesday, July 14.

The event featured a variety of acts from singing and dancing to drama. It featured 11 schools in Pontefract’s Got Talent style show.

Organiser Louise Limbert, of the PET said: “We had pre-show hiccups, but all the performances on the night were faultless. We really do have the most amazing children in Pontefract, with wonderful talents that should be and were celebrated.

After the dazzling performances, squash star James Wilsrtop shared his experience of performing in front of a live crowd with the youngsters. He said: “It is great to feel the heartbeat of a live audience and to hear their reactions. Both myself and Malcolm thought how lucky you all are to be able to perform in a wonderful theatre with such a large audience.”

The initiative was instigated through the Pontefract Education Trust staff and head teachers,

They felt it was important to show the children, parents, staff and governors how working together as a trust can raise aspirations and achievements locally.

The 11 schools involved were Carelton Park J&I, Carleton Community High School, Cobblers Lane Primary, Halfpenny Lane J&I, Holy Family & St Michael’s Catholic Primary, The King’s School, Larkshill J& I, Orchard Head, Pontefract DeLacy J&I School, The Rookeries J&I and St Joseph’s Catholic Primary (VA) School.



The Road Back to Tehran: Undoing the Last Sixty Years by Ambassador John Limbert.

How do we find our way back to Tehran over a road strewn with the wreckage of the last 35-years of disastrous American-Iranian relations? How do we build something better? We can neither undo nor forget the past. But if we are going to clear the road of its ugly obstacles—hostages, dead airline passengers, victims of terrorism—we have to both admit they exist and then stop making them a reason for not clearing the road. Perhaps the first step is empathy, which will require Americans to remember more and Iranians to remember less.

Bolivia soccer federation chief jailed in embezzlement case

LA PAZ, Bolivia (AP) — A Bolivian judge on Tuesday ordered the president of the country’s soccer federation jailed on charges he diverted funds from a charity match.

Judge Roberto Baldivieso sent Carlos Chavez, who is also treasurer of the South American Soccer Confederation, to Bolivia’s notorious Palmasola Prison in the eastern city of Santa Cruz.

He also ordered the federation’s executive secretary, Alberto Lozada, placed under house arrest in the same case.

Chavez and Lozado are accused of misappropriating some of the more than $400,000 in receipts from a 2013 friendly match between Bolivia and Brazil that were to have benefited the family of a fan, Kevin Beltran, killed by fireworks shot by Brazilian fans at an earlier game.

The father of the dead fan said in a TV interview that Chavez told reporters in 2013 that part of the money would go to the family. But Limbert Beltran said he had seen none of it.

The charges make no reference to the bribery scandal affecting FIFA, soccer’s international governing body. But chief Bolivian prosecutor Ramiro Guerrero did not rule out a broadening of the investigation.

Among 14 FIFA officials investigated by U.S. authorities on charges ranging from money laundering to fraud are four South Americans, two of them top officials in the South America federation.

Tourists find wonderland during new Vietnam cave tour

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Tourists find wonderland during new Vietnam cave tour

The first seven tourists to two newly opened caves came back with some amazing photos

A photo of stalactites taken by a tourist on a new tour to Va and Nuoc Nut caves in the famous Phong Nha – Ke Bang cave system in central Vietnam. The tours began July 17 and the first seven visitors, both Vietnamese and foreigners, went with Howard Limbert of the British Cave Research Association. Photo credit:VnExpress

A picture of a giant stalagmite taken during the tour, which lasted two days and a night and required the travelers to walk around 10 kilometers, climb a hill 150 meters tall and wade through a river for around three kilometers.

A tourist stands by a lake inside Nuoc Nut where he and others spent two hours exploring and taking photos. The tour organizer Oxalis provides helmets, gloves and torches.

One of the mysteries encountered on the trip. Some people say they are limestone emulsions, but others say they are an insect’s web.

A bud with white leaves inside Nuoc Nut.

Tourists inside Va Cave, which is around 1.7 kilometers long, on the second day of their trip.

Va cave is very close to Nuoc Nut, but one has to swim across the river.

Then they have to climb over a stone wall with equipment provided by the company.

The tour requires participants to have good health and possess basic hiking and climbing skills.

The best part of Va is a group of stalagmites of similar shapes and sizes. Explorers have praised the cave as unique for its limestone structure. You do not want to miss a photo here, so you need to bring special devices for extra light effects as the cave is very dark.

Tourists also have to follow several travel rules to not damage the stalagmites. Mai Trang, one of the first tourists, said it feels rather “magical” seeing a thousand piles of limestone standing up from the ground. “I felt like standing in a citadel buried underground.” You can find the original story here on VnExpress.