ATLANTA, GA – JANUARY 08: A detailed view of the helmet of VanDarius Cowan #43 of the Alabama Crimson Tide during the warm ups prior to the game 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 Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)Alabama received tough news this past week.Star linebacker Dylan Moses tore his ACL during practice. Moses will be out for the year.On Saturday morning, the junior linebacker posted on Instagram to announce he’s underwent successful surgery.“Thank you to everyone who reached out and wished me prayers,” Moses said in his caption, via Instagram. “I had a successful surgery and look forward to rehab so I can get back on the field. It’s been a tough couple days for me mentally but I’ve held myself together with the help of my family and the people who support me. God has a plan and my faith has not and will not shake from this. I know I will come back stronger than ever with the help of @alabamafbl training staff. Also, being that I won’t be able to see the field with my brothers, I will continue to lead from the side and push them to achieve greatness for them selves and help them strive to be the best version of themselves possible, for it is not all about being a great player, but a great person as well. Lastly, thanks to everyone for the support and ROLL TIDE TILL I DIE!”Moses is already ready to get back to work, this time in the form of rehab. It’s nice to see he’s surrounded by family during a difficult moment in his life.Fortunately for Moses and Alabama, he still has a redshirt year available. He’ll be able to return to the field in 2020 with two years of collegiate eligibility remaining, though he’s also considered a top NFL Draft prospect.
As Sri Lanka is a key point along the Belt and Road route, China is increasing investment in the country. Some projects financed by China have helped Sri Lanka solidify its strategic position in South Asia’s geopolitical landscape. As China and Sri Lanka strengthen ties, India’s desires to maintain its balance of power in the region are understandable. China is willing to have healthy competition with India in Sri Lanka, China’s Global Times reported today.While China and Sri Lanka ramp up efforts to finalize a free trade agreement (FTA) this year, India is pushing for the signing of the Economic Technology Cooperation Agreement with Sri Lanka to broaden the scope of its existing FTA. China, for its part, is willing to have a healthy competition with India. Pushing forward investment facilitation is expected to play an important part in the upcoming FTA between China and Sri Lanka, while a tripartite arrangement on trade and investment is likely to be discussed among India, Sri Lanka and Singapore. Sri Lanka may even be able to serve as a gateway to help Chinese investors explore the Indian market as the island nation is keen to make itself an offshore center for South Asia, Global Times reported. China has no intention of turning the Belt and Road initiative into a zero-sum game, but India may still worry about the tentacles China stretches into the Indian Ocean. Despite a repeated pledge that Chinese investment in the Sri Lankan Hambantota port is normal business, India has remained alert. Further, Sri Lanka offered reassurances over the weekend that Chinese military activity would not be allowed at the port. Such words can be seen as diplomatic rhetoric to comfort India as Beijing and Colombo already have an understanding that the project is purely commercial.Nevertheless, India’s concern is a reminder that massive investment is fueling distrust of China’s increasing presence in the region. China is expected to further improve economic cooperation with Sri Lanka and such efforts are China’s response to the distrust from countries and the spreading of groundless rumors that Beijing has military ambitions in the Indian Ocean. (Colombo Gazette)