ATLANTA, GA – JANUARY 08: Terrell Lewis #24 of the Alabama Crimson Tide reacts to an interception during the third quarter against the Georgia Bulldogs in the CFP National Championship presented by AT&T at Mercedes-Benz Stadium on January 8, 2018 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)Terrell Lewis has the talent to be the next game-breaking edge rusher out of Alabama. His health hasn’t cooperated to this point in his college career.In the 2017 season opener against Florida State, Lewis suffered what proved to be a season-ending elbow injury. He needed surgery to repair a ligament, which cost him the remainder of that season.After recovering from that setback, Lewis tore an ACL in the summer of 2018, costing him all of last season. He missed this spring as he finished his recovery.Now, just over a week away from the season opener against Duke, Lewis is finally back to where he wants to be, and is working to break into the Alabama rotation at linebacker.From AL.com:“I’m 100 percent, I would say,” Lewis said. “There’s nothing that’s holding me back from doing anything. I feel real good now. … As far as the spring, strength-wise, I wasn’t where I wanted to be as far as being able to hold the point of attack and go against 300-pound linemen. But now, staying focused with rehab and stuff like that got me right. And getting stronger and then just getting more comfortable with being back on the field, that helped me a lot.”His ability is starting to flash in a major way at Crimson Tide practice as well. The AL.com piece describes a drill in which Lewis made offensive tackle Tommy Brown, a current backup for the Tide and a class of 2018 four-star player, look pretty bad. Saban was just yards away observing, and had some nice things to say about how Lewis has fought back from injury.“He’s worked hard all summer,” Tide coach Nick Saban said in early August. “We keep these Catapult (GPS tracking) numbers on guys in terms of what their explosive movements are and how much they can duplicate it, and he’s back to a level higher than he was before he got hurt two years ago. So we’re really pleased with the work that he’s done and how he’s recovered.”Terrell Lewis should have plenty of opportunity to show off the five-star talent he brought to Tuscaloosa this fall. Hopefully, his body finally gives him that chance.[AL.com]
9 February 2007The United Nations refugee agency is seriously concerned about the situation of some 400 people of various nationalities on a ship drifting off the West African coast, who have not been allowed to disembark for several days. The United Nations refugee agency is seriously concerned about the situation of some 400 people of various nationalities on a ship drifting off the West African coast, who have not been allowed to disembark for several days. “At this point in time, the main priority should be to help these people and not let them drift on the high seas in precarious conditions,” UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) Director for Protection George Okoth-Obbo said. “UNHCR urges on humanitarian grounds that people on board this ship be allowed to disembark as soon as possible.” The Spanish Red Cross and the Mauritanian Red Crescent are delivering relief supplies to alleviate the immediate needs of the passengers aboard Marine I, which was spotted by the Spanish air rescue service on 30 January, apparently adrift. A day later a tugboat from the Spanish rescue service approached the ship and has since been accompanying it. The seas off West Africa have seen an increasing exodus of migrants seeking to reach Spain’s Canary Islands with sometimes deadly consequences as rickety boats succumb to the waves. In the first five months of last year alone, 7,400 people reached the islands after undertaking the perilous journey. Thousands of lives have been lost over the last decade in this exodus across the Atlantic Ocean or Mediterranean Sea, according to UNHCR officials. It is not clear whether there are people on board the Marine I seeking asylum. “Measures must be in place to identify persons who wish to seek asylum or may be in need of international protection and to channel such claims appropriately,” Mr. Okoth-Obbo said. In the past, vessels fulfilling their duty to rescue those in peril at sea have encountered problems disembarking those rescued. “This state of affairs can seriously threaten the integrity of the time-honoured humanitarian tradition and legal obligation to assist people in distress at sea,” Mr. Okoth-Obbo added. To help ship captains, ship owners, government authorities, insurance companies, and other interested parties involved in rescue at sea situations, UNHCR and the UN International Maritime Organization (IMO) have issued an information leaflet that provides guidance on relevant legal provisions and procedures.