Tony Hanks leaves Wasps

first_imgHIGH WYCOMBE, ENGLAND – FEBRUARY 13: Wasps forwards get ready to scrum during the AVIVA Premiership match between London Wasps v Gloucester Rugby at Adams Park on February 13, 2011 in High Wycombe, England. (Photo by Getty Images for QBE) Changing of the guard: Shaun Edwards is taking over from Tony Hanks this weekendTONY HANKS is stepping down as London Wasps director of rugby with immediate effect.Head coach Shaun Edwards will take charge of the squad for Saturday’s game against Leicester and Wasps are starting to recruit for a replacement to fill the director of rugby position immediately.The decision has been made by mutual consent and Wasps chief executive Chris Thomas said: “Results have not gone as we would have liked this season and we have been disappointed with recent performances.“Tony has been equally disappointed with how things are going on the pitch as he has always been wholeheartedly committed to the club with a strong desire to see it succeed. Both parties believe that the time is right for change to give the squad a fresh start and the club is now looking forward.” TAGS: Wasps LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALScenter_img Wasps lost 10-9 to Gloucester at the weekendNew Zealander Hanks, who took charge of Wasps at the start of the 2009-10 season, added: “I’m naturally disappointed to be leaving the club, and this has been a really tough decision to come to.“In my time here over many years I have developed a very strong bond with the players and staff and I want to thank them for their hard work and commitment. I have huge respect for London Wasps and I wish everyone the best. I am confident there is a special group of players coming through and that the club will be successful in the future.” As for the future, Thomas said: “Our focus now is on recruiting someone who can take the club forward and put us in the best position to challenge for honours. Tony’s successor will inherit an ambitious squad that we will strengthen in the coming months and with eight more Premiership games to go, our aim as a minimum is to secure our place in next year’s Heineken Cup and continue to fight for a place in the playoffs. This club has a proud history of success and our ambition is as strong as ever.“On behalf of London Wasps I have thanked Tony for his work and dedication and I wish him the very best in the future.”last_img read more

Faith best cure for addictionThe Rev. Aguilar leads Jesus Connection Church, cites his own…

first_imgLocal NewsPeopleReligion By Digital AIM Web Support – February 24, 2021 Facebook Faith best cure for addictionThe Rev. Aguilar leads Jesus Connection Church, cites his own experience with alcohol Twitter WhatsApp Previous article061919_Juneteenth_JF_02Next articleGOOD NEWS: Scholarships Digital AIM Web Support Pinterestcenter_img Twitter Facebook TAGS  WhatsApp Pinterest The Rev. Hector Aguilar stands in the front of the Jesus Connection Church. Aguilar is also the executive director of Permian Basin Mission Center. The best way to stop drinking and get control of your life is not through a program or medication, says the Rev. Hector Aguilar. It’s through faith in Jesus Christ and obedience to his teachings.Aguilar, a 51-year-old Pecos native, was out of control and on the verge of going to prison for his third DWI when he got on the right path by starting to attend Holy Redeemer Catholic Church.He later joined the First Baptist Church and got licensed as a minister before becoming pastor of Jesus Connection Church at 4410 Andrews Highway, a First Baptist mission, 4 1/2 years ago.It had been a bumpy road for Aguilar, who worked for two oilfield seismographic firms and was a grocery stocker until his appointment as executive director of the Permian Basin Mission Center about the time he became a pastor.Growing up as an only child without a father, Aguilar depended greatly on his late mother Adela Rivera, whose fervent prayers he credits for his turnaround. “My mom prayed for me all through those 19 years that one day I would stop drinking and give my life to the Lord,” he said.“She never gave up on me.”Aguilar most enjoys preaching about accepting God’s salvation and building a relationship with Jesus. “We need to have a strong relationship with God’s son and believe that Jesus died for us and was buried and in three days came back to life,” he said.“We need to ask Jesus for the forgiveness of our sins and invite him into our lives. We can build a relationship with him through prayer, reading his word and attending church.”Aguilar graduated from Pecos High School in 1988. He and his wife Sheila have two children and seven grandchildren. His church averages 20 to 25 people at its 10:30 a.m. Sunday services.The Rev. James McCrary, pastor of connections at the First Baptist Church, said Jesus Connection was down to a handful of members and was little more than a ministry site when Aguilar took over. “Almost nobody was there and Hector has done a real good job of turning it into a church,” McCrary said.“He has a heart for the ministry. He feels that it is a God-ordained calling and he is obedient to what God has called him to do. Hector is a hard worker. When a man is passionate about something, it’s easy to get after it and go to work.”last_img read more