Month: September 2020

Local council rejects Berkshire claims over failed scheme merger

first_imgHowever, in December, while committee members for the RBWM’s Berkshire Pension Fund approved extensive collaboration with the other two schemes, committees at Buckinghamshire and Oxfordshire rejected the merger.They said no decision could be made until a central government consultation on investment strategies for the 89 local government pension schemes (LGPS) in England and Wales was complete.The Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG) is currently considering consultation responses on whether to mandate LGPS funds to invest all listed assets passively and via a collective vehicle. However, the RBWM dismissed this reasoning and accused the councils of abandoning the merger after holding separate discussions with Northamptonshire.In December 2014, the  Buckinghamshire, Northamptonshire and Oxfordshire councils announced a Tri-County Council Alliance, with the view to working together across a range of issues.In response to the RBWM’s claims, Neil Gibson, strategic director at Buckinghamshire, said: “Establishing the Tri-County Council Alliance and the formal decisions both ourselves and Oxfordshire made on pension fund collaboration with the RBWM were completely unrelated.“The focus of the combined authority alliance is to unlock new opportunities for economic development across the three county areas and not on sharing or merging services.”Oxfordshire also said it held no discussions with the Northamptonshire pension fund on collaborations or mergers.When deciding not to continue with the RBWM, both Buckinghamshire and Oxfordshire said the DCLG consultation decision would materially impact the cost/benefit analysis undertaken on the merger.However, Buckinghamshire also said the investment strategy between its £1.8bn (€2.4bn) pension fund and the £1.6bn Berkshire Pension Fund differed too greatly to merge, and the pensions committee agreed to investigate the possibility of collaboration with Oxfordshire alone.The £1.5bn Oxfordshire Pension Fund’s committee similarly agreed to consider collaboration with “more suitable” pension funds.A note explaining the failed merger published by Nick Greenwood, pension fund manager at the RBWM, said no mention of the Tri-County Council Alliance was made at previous meetings between the three funds.“Consequently, it is clear both councils [Buckinghamshire and Oxfordshire] have no intention to collaborate with the RBWM on managing pension funds,” he said. Buckinghamshire County Council (BCC) has dismissed claims that a proposed pension scheme merger failed because it sought to collaborate with another council.The reaction comes after talks between the pension schemes for the Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead (RBWM), Buckinghamshire and Oxfordshire County Council fell through at the final hurdle, after months of working to merge investment management and administration activities.The RBWM said negotiations failed due to on-going discussions between Buckinghamshire and Northamptonshire County Council.The schemes began talks 18 months ago to cut costs and increase efficiencies, with all three councils agreeing that their investment and liability profiles matched to make a merger feasible.last_img read more

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Pension fund for Alcatel-Lucent to merge with PME

first_imgBecause the equity market downturn had little effect on the scheme, due to its limited stock holdings, it explained that bridging the funding gap with any potential merger partner would now be easier.PME said the transfer of pension rights would be carried out on a ‘funding neutral’ basis.At the end of August, the Alcatel-Lucent scheme’s official policy coverage ratio stood at 97.5%, while PME’s policy funding was 99.8%.The Dutch regulator forced the transfer of pension rights after the Alcatel-Lucent scheme lost its sponsor’s support.Because the scheme was under-funded at the time, it was legally required to liquidate. However, the liquidation process was delayed after a court case between the pension fund and the employer, which the scheme lost last year. PME said Blue Sky Group would remain as pensions provider over the next six months.PME’s regular provider is MN. The merger of the Alcatel-Lucent Pensioenfonds with PME is part of an extensive consolidation process in the Dutch pensions sector. So far, several dozens of predominantly company schemes have joined PME, including the pensions funds of truck maker DAF, car manufacturer Nedcar, the industrial conglomerate Stork and ship yard De Schelde. Over the past six years, the metal scheme has seen its assets increase by €7bn due to value transfers from joining pension funds. PME manages the pension rights of approximately 630,000 participants who are affiliated with almost 1,300 large and medium-sized companies. The €700m Dutch pension fund of telecommunications company Alcatel-Lucent has joined the €40bn metal scheme PME as of 1 October.The Alcatel-Lucent scheme placed the pension rights of its 1,700 pensioners and 2,400 deferred members with the industry-wide pension fund for the metal and electro-technical engineering sectors.Because the sponsor company terminated its contract for pensions provision, the pensions accrual of the scheme’s limited number of active participants has been outsourced to Blue Sky Group since 2012.Last month, the Alcatel-Lucent scheme said it was accelerating its liquidation process to benefit from the recent decline in equity markets.last_img read more

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Teething problems to delay transaction cost reporting for DC schemes

first_imgTrustees of UK defined contribution (DC) schemes are unlikely to receive complete transaction cost information from their managers and providers in time for March 2018 year-end statements, according to a survey.Consultancy LCP surveyed 20 DC asset managers and five of the largest DC pension providers, and found that 56% of respondents were unlikely to be able to provide a full year of transaction costs in time for the information to be included in the next round of scheme statements.The situation would improve with time, LCP said, with over half of those surveyed indicating that they would be in a position to provide members with transaction costs for the whole year by the time required chair statements for the June year-end were due.In January regulation came into effect that, for the first time, required all asset managers to provide transaction costs in a standardised format to UK DC scheme trustees on request. The legislation was introduced by the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) at short notice, and LCP noted that fund managers were experiencing initial problems in reporting as some data elements that were now required had not previously been monitored. In some cases managers had been forced to rebuild internal systems inside a year, LCP said.The consultancy said investment managers’ first priority was to provide transaction costs covering the first quarter of this year, and that prorating the costs would allow schemes to provide members with a proxy annual cost figure.“Longer term, the news is more positive,” said Laura Myers, LCP partner and head of DC, “with managers and providers seemingly confident that transaction cost information will be available and in a format that can be understood by all involved in running and saving into DC pensions”.“In light of the intentions of the FCA’s regulation in the first place, that appears to be a productive step forward,” she added.Illiquid assets, DGFs proving problematicHowever, the consultancy noted there could be a “major stumbling block” in providing DC scheme members with a comprehensive comparison of fund transaction costs.Almost half of survey respondents indicated envisaging problems in reporting transaction costs for some asset classes in a timely fashion, with illiquid asset classes such as property – and consequently some diversified growth funds (DGFs) – being the most problematic.Although the majority of DC savers are in default investment strategies, the requirement of managers to disclose transaction cost data also applies to asset classes traditionally offered as self-select options.The consultancy also noted that DGFs were a “fundamentally important asset class” for DC, and that it would be key for many schemes to have complete cost data for them.Any problems in providing transaction cost data for the broad range of illiquid assets, meanwhile, could affect their further adoption by DC schemes, LCP said.The consultancy’s survey found that four-fifths of providers have, or would shortly have, internal checks for reasonableness of transaction costs in place.“This is encouraging for trustees who rely on their providers as an aggregator and checker of this information,” said LCP.last_img read more

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Norway’s sovereign fund ‘should stay invested in energy stocks’

first_imgIt was appointed following advice from the fund’s manager Norges Bank Investment Management (NBIM) that Norway’s state assets would be less vulnerable to a permanent reduction in oil and gas prices if the GPFG were not invested in energy stocks.Energy stocks currently amount to some 4% of the total value of the fund, or about NOK315bn at the end of 2017, according to the finance ministry.Siv Jensen, Norway’s minister of finance, said: “Together with the advice from Norges Bank and the public consultation of the bank’s advice, this report will constitute a solid foundation for decision-making. The government aims to conclude on this matter later this fall.”Although the commission agreed with Norges Bank that the value of energy stocks was linked to the oil price – especially in the short term – it had been asked to take a number of other considerations into account.One of these was the need for an insurance against a permanent decline in the value of Norway’s oil and gas resources, the ministry said.Divestment dismissedHowever, the commission contended that divestment of the fund’s energy stocks was not an effective insurance against lower oil revenues in the future.In a scenario with sustained lower oil prices, the loss in the government’s net cash flow from petroleum activities would be substantial, the experts said, but pointed out that only around 1% of such a loss would be covered if the GPFG were not invested in energy stocks.“The estimate is uncertain, but the contribution will in any event be insubstantial,” the commission said.Selling off its energy stocks would challenge the current investment strategy of the fund, with broad diversification of the investments and a high threshold for exclusion, it added.The expert group also said the need to insure Norway’s wealth against a permanent reduction in the oil price was historically low.Instead, it suggested reducing the Norwegian state’s equity stake in directly-held energy companies such as Equinor, in which the energy ministry held a 67% stake in 2014, according to its latest available report. Norway’s government also owns oil and gas companies including Gassnova, Gassco and Petoro.If the state wanted to reduce the climate risk in the GPFG, the experts suggested doing more work on individual companies with the largest exposure to climate risk.Equity strategy shiftSeparately, NBIM has written to the finance ministry recommending that the process of benchmark index rebalancing should happen more gradually.It argued that the logistics of switching holdings had changed over the years now that the fund had grown so large. Since 2013, the fund has grown by two thirds from NOK5trn to NOK8.3trn as of 30 June.“The equity share in the benchmark index should be adjusted back to the target level more gradually than at present,” Norges Bank said. “The width of the no-trade band within which the equity share may move without triggering rebalancing should be narrower than today, and could be set at +/- 2 percentage points.”As of 30 June, the fund had NOK5.6trn, or 66.8% of its portfolio, invested in listed equities. Since last year the fund’s benchmark allocation targeted a 70% weighting to listed equities. Norway’s NOK8.7trn (€890bn) sovereign wealth fund should remain invested in energy stocks, a government-tasked expert commission has concluded, even though the managers of the fund believe the shares should be sold off.Øystein Thøgersen, chair of a commission created in February by Norway’s finance ministry, said: “Divestment of the energy stocks in the Government Pension Fund Global [GPFG] is not an effective insurance against a permanent decline in oil prices.“The energy stocks only contribute marginally to Norway’s oil price risk.”The commission had been asked to assess whether the GPFG should continue to invest in stocks listed in the energy sector as classified by FTSE Russell.last_img read more

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Using pension contributions for mortgage payments ‘not attractive’

first_imgThe issue of deploying pension contributions for mortgage payments has been on the agenda for pensions reform in the Netherlands since at least 2011, when trade union RMU came up with the proposal.Last month, social affairs minister Wouter Koolmees said he would assess the possibilities of making it an option for savers in a new pensions system.The researchers at ASRE highlighted that they only looked at the financial impact of using pension contributions for paying off a mortgage, and said that they hadn’t taken any possible legal or practical hurdles into account.Contribution flexibility pros and consResearch published by Tilburg University and the Netherlands Bureau for Economic Policy Analysis last year called for Dutch workers to be granted greater flexibility over how they use their pension savings, claiming the benefits of such freedoms would outweigh the risks.At IPE’s annual conference in Dublin in December, panellists also debated alternative uses for pension contributions.During a panel discussion, Michael O’Higgins – a former chair of the UK’s Pensions Regulator – suggested allowing people to use auto-enrolment savings to pay off student loans faster. Amlan Roy, chief retirement strategist at State Street Global Advisors, added that the US Treasury department and the Department of Labor were considering “lifetime loan-bundling vehicles” to help younger workers pay off student debt.However, Tim Jones, former CEO of UK defined contribution fund NEST, disagreed strongly with the idea, arguing that: “Pension money is for your later life. No ‘ifs’ or ‘buts’.” Using pension contributions to pay off a mortgage would not be a financially attractive option, a survey by the Amsterdam School of Real Estate (ASRE) has suggested.It found that, on balance, the financial advantage of lower initial housing costs would be more than cancelled out by a lower pension income in retirement.The survey found that households using their pension contributions to pay down mortgage debt would have 6% more income during the entire duration of the mortgage.However, these households would also have a 15% lower pension income, it said.last_img read more

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UK publishes plan for introduction of CDC schemes

first_imgWhile the framework was based on the Royal Mail proposal, the DWP said it would “structure our legislation to allow us to move promptly to other forms of CDC benefit provision”, including for multi-employer arrangements and “decumulation-only” models. “Royal Mail and CWU have been campaigning together to bring about this legislation, building a cross-party alliance of supporters in both houses of parliament as well as working with government. We now look ahead to the next stage, and ultimately, delivering the UK’s first CDC pension.”Jon Millidge, chief risk and governance officer, Royal Mail “The pensions industry desperately needs innovation if we are to enable people to retire with dignity and security. The CWU… will be delighted to prove that CDC options will prove to be a watershed moment in pension provision and benefit working people way beyond our own membership.”Terry Pullinger, deputy general secretary for postal, CWUGuy Opperman, minister for pensions and financial inclusion, said of the government’s consultation: “There were encouraging signs of a growing interest in CDC [arrangements] among employers and commercial providers outside of the Royal Mail and CWU.“I expect this will increase further as all parties become more accustomed to this type of provision. There are 140,000 postmen and women working for Royal Mail in depots up and down the UK. It is clear these employees and the CWU are very engaged and supportive of CDC [schemes].”Inter-generational fairnessSome respondents to the DWP’s consultation were critical of the plan to introduce CDC schemes, highlighting perceived inter-generational unfairness.However, the DWP said it was “confident” that its chosen approach would “not create new inequalities in the occupational pensions system”, highlighting that imbalances between age cohorts exist in other forms of pension arrangement.It added that its regulatory regime for CDC plans would “require all schemes to have a sustainability and continuity strategy that assesses whether the scheme continues to provide value to members and properly addresses the risk of inter-generational imbalance”.The paper also advocated a “best estimate” approach to valuing scheme assets, and opted against requiring new CDC schemes to build a financial buffer to soften the impact of asset price volatility. However, it said that it would not outlaw the creation of buffers if other CDC providers wished to introduce one.CommunicationsThe DWP emphasised the importance of clear communications with members, particularly around the circumstances in which benefits could be increased or reduced. This would form an important part of CDC regulation, it indicated.David Fairs, executive director of regulatory policy, analysis and advice at TPR, said in a statement: “We will be working closely with government to ensure clear, effective and efficient regulation is in place and that communications to members are also clear and comprehensive.”Rob Harper, partner at consultancy firm Hymans Robertson, added: “Ensuring clear member communications and strong governance are vital if CDC is to succeed and I’m glad the government has recognised this in its response.“Pension provision is already far too complicated for many savers to fully understand and early transparency from employers and providers will aid member understanding of what CDC really means for them.”Questionable timelineIn his introduction to the DWP’s paper, Guy Opperman said legislation would be put forward “as soon as parliamentary time allows” – a caveat added to several other recent pension documents published by the department.Sir Steve Webb – who pushed for the introduction of so-called ‘defined ambition’ schemes during his time as pensions minister from 2010 to 2015 – warned it could still be many years before the first CDC schemes are launched. The UK government is set to legislate for collective defined contribution (CDC) schemes after more than a year of negotiation and consultation with industry stakeholders.In a paper published today, the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) outlined its framework for the introduction of CDC schemes for the first time in the UK.The model was based on a plan put forward by Royal Mail and the Communication Workers’ Union (CWU), which have been lobbying for CDC legislation for the past year, after selecting it as the best option for settling a long-running dispute over pay and conditions.According to the DWP’s paper, all new CDC schemes would have to be approved by the Pensions Regulator (TPR), in a similar manner to the authorisation regime recently introduced for defined contribution master trusts. Royal Mail and its workers’ union have been campaigning for CDC legislation for more than a year“Even for the Royal Mail it is likely to be several years before a scheme could be up and running,” said Sir Steve – now director of policy at Royal London.“If other employers want to use a different model, this could need new primary legislation and we would probably be talking about the mid-2020s before further schemes could be in place.“I strongly suspect that the government has very limited legal resources as civil servants are being diverted to work on Brexit-related legislation, and this is limiting their ability to produce more comprehensive legislation on CDC.”The DWP’s consultation paper is available here.last_img read more

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​Booming Swedish economy boosts inflows for pension providers

first_imgAccording to the report, premium payments to occupational pension schemes grew by 12% over the past year across the board, or by SEK18bn (€1.7bn) in absolute terms.Within this, inflows to collectively agreed occupational pension schemes using Sweden’s online pension centre, known as Valcentralen, increased by 17% or just over SEK10bn. For those schemes outside the election centre system, contributions rose 9%, or just over SEK2bn.The association attributed the rise in part to the increase in provisions for the occupational pension system, which was due to stronger economic conditions boosting the rate of employment and the total wage bill in Sweden.Svensk Försäkring also said, however, that Swedes were earning more and entering the higher pension contribution bracket of 30% of salary or higher, instead of 4.5%. Contributions to Swedish occupational pension providers increased by 17% in the first quarter compared to the same period last year, according to figures published by Swedish industry association Svensk Forsäkring.Of the country’s main providers, Folksam and Alecta increased their market share over the period, while Skandia and AMF experienced decreases, the data showed.The three largest funds – Folksam, Skandia and Alecta – accounted for 38% of premiums paid annually, as of 31 March.Martin Solberger, quantitative analyst at Svensk Försäkring, said: “There are several reasons why occupational pensions are growing strongly. Provisions for the occupational pension system have increased, in many contract areas.”last_img read more

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UK roundup: L&G buys pension pot consolidator in ‘dashboard’ move

first_imgLegal & General Retail Retirement has acquired a 100% stake in Finovation Limited, a company specialising in pension pot tracing and consolidation.L&G this morning said the acquisition of Finovation, which trades as MyFutureNow, would support its defined contribution (DC) and retail retirement businesses by enabling it to provide customers with a view of their pension and retirement savings, including individual pots, workplace savings and their underlying investment assets.The acquisition comes a few months after the UK government presented the framework for its own initiative on pensions “dashboards” – digital tools intended to give individuals an overview of all their pension savings in one place.Chris Knight, CEO of Legal & General Retail Retirement, said L&G fully supported the government’s pension dashboard initiative, “but the reality is that it may be years before full coverage is realised”. According to a statement from L&G, MyFutureNow uses basic personal data and employment details plus “provider knowledge” to trace pension pots and provide updated details to customers. It could be used as a tracing service or as a way of creating a single ‘dashboard’ view of an individual’s pension savings portfolio.Emma Byron, managing director, Legal & General Retail Retirement Income, said L&G intended to make the new platform available through its DC business in the fourth quarter of this year, before launching it directly to consumers through its Retirement Income business in the first quarter of 2020.L&G said it would offer the MyFutureNow platform to its customers of retirement age but that it could also offer the service to working age customers. LGPS Central turns to KAS Bank for cost transparency assistanceLGPS Central, one of the UK’s eight local authority asset pools, will be using KAS Bank to help it with collecting and reporting cost information. The pooling vehicle will use KAS Bank to help it with collecting cost information across its range of investment mandates for pooled assets and those employed by its partner funds, according to a statement. A cost report to be generated by KAS Bank would be accessible to the LGPS Central team as well as its partner funds.The integrity and security of the cost data would be an important area of focus.Mike Weston, chief executive at LGPS Central Limited, said: “We are committed to being as transparent as possible about investment costs with our clients. We’re delighted to be working with KAS BANK and are looking forward to shining even more light on costs – one of the key benefits of the pooling process.”LGPS Central is the pooling vehicle for nine Midlands-based local government pension scheme (LGPS) pension funds with around £45bn (€48.6bn) of assets between them. LGPS Central is currently responsible for managing around £20bn of the assets.last_img read more

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Selling Houses Australia host Andrew Winter selling in Ipswich

first_imgA look at Andrew Winter’s newly-renovated home on the Gold Coast. Supplied: Foxtel. More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus17 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market17 hours agoAn artist’s impression of the townhouses approved to be built on the site.The property is being advertised through Ray White Ipswich with a price guide of $375,000 to $400,000.Winter was reportedly weighing up his options, which included a small-scale innovative terrace housing scheme, consisting of smaller freehold blocks so people could still have control over their land without high maintenance.But he’s obviously decided to leave the hard work to someone else.You can’t blame him after spending the past 12 months renovating his sprawling, waterfront house in Sanctuary Cove. MYSTERY OVER GINA RINEHART’S HOME The view from Andrew Winter’s newly-renovated home in Sanctuary Cove. Supplied: Foxtel.Winter and his wife, Caroline, bought the property for $1.9 million a year ago.The Mediterranean style, four-bedroom, five-bathroom house on 942sq m is more than 20 years old. QLD TO DEFY ‘MINI CREDIT CRUNCH’ ‘Andrew Winter’s newly-renovated home on the Gold Coast. Supplied: Foxtel.center_img This parcel of land at 12 Moffatt St, Ipswich, is for sale.The parcel of land at the Limestone Park end of the street is in the heart of Ipswich’s CBD and has development approval to build five, three-bedroom townhouses. THREE BEDS NOW CHEAPER THAN TWO Television presenter Andrew Winter is selling one of his property investments. Picture: Rohan Kelly.HE’S just pulled off a major renovation of his Gold Coast home and now Andrew Winter is offloading one of his investment properties.The host of Love It or List It Australia and Selling Houses Australia travels the country transforming hovels into amazing homes, but he lives and invests in sunny Queensland.The property guru and Gold Logie nominee invested in a slice of the Ipswich property market in late 2016, buying more than 1100sq m of land at 12 Moffatt Street for $285,000 in a transaction that settled early last year. GET THE LATEST REAL ESTATE NEWS DIRECT TO YOUR INBOX HERE last_img read more

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It’s all about location at this Gold Coast property

first_img32 Highcrest Circuit, Molendinar. 32 Highcrest Circuit, Molendinar. 32 Highcrest Circuit, Molendinar.More from news02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa15 hours ago02:37Gold Coast property: Sovereign Islands mega mansion hits market with $16m price tag2 days ago“Leonie was working at Griffith Dental School at the uni and we were at Hope Island and it was taking her 35 minutes to come home at night,” Mr Walker said.“Australand (now Frasers Property) were just wrapping up their Crestwood Heights development.“They had two houses left and we decided to buy one.”The ground floor features a huge tiled entrance with LED downlights, spacious living area, study nook, two bedrooms and stacker doors that lead out to an undercover tiled patio and entertaining area. 32 Highcrest Circuit, Molendinar is on the market at $777,000.SET on a large corner block, this family home overlooks a park in Crestwood Heights.Seller Leonie Short and her partner John Walker bought the property in 2007, initially drawn to its Molendinar location. center_img 32 Highcrest Circuit, Molendinar. The kitchen has Caesarstone benchtops, double pantry, and new Bosch appliances.Upstairs is three bedrooms including the main bedroom with a balcony and ensuite.Mr Walker said the house suited an intergenerational family with dual entry access as well as buyers looking for a low-maintenance lifestyle.Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayNext playlist itemMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 1:58Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -1:58 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedQuality Levels720p720pHD576p576p360p360p216p216pAutoA, selectedAudio Tracken (Main), selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.This is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.Close Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreenWhy location is everything in real estate01:59The residence has been recently refurbished and updated.“It’s vacant and ready for buyers to move in,” Mr Walker said.last_img read more

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European-inspired mansion named as Queensland’s best built home

first_img Health Facilities up to $20 million — Paynter Dixon Queensland Pty Ltd for Townsville Hospital Clinical Services Department Commercial Building over $50 million — Laing O’Rourke Australia Construction Pty Ltd for International Terminal Building Northern Concourse Expansion Best Residential Bathroom — D T L Constructions Pty Ltd for Villa Florentine THE QUEENSLAND WINNERS Home Renovation/Remodelling Project over $1 million — Taranaway Building & Landscapes Pty Ltd for Verney Project It’s opulent, it’s grand — yet extremely functional.“The home is essentially a slice of Europe on the Gold Coast.“It exudes luxury and quality, without being too much, or over the top.“It’s the subtle, yet intricate and thoughtful details that made is stand out from the crowd.” Retail Facilities over $5 million — ADCO Constructions Pty Limited T/A ADCO for Willows Shopping Centre, Stage North Expansion Refurbishment/Renovation up to $750,000 — Askonstructions Pty Ltd T/A Hotondo Homes Toowoomba for Hotondo Homes Toowoomba — Office & Showroom Individual Home $351,000 — $450,000 — Blinco Constructions Pty Ltd for Kingfisher INDIVIDUAL Education Facilities up to $10 million — Badge Constructions (Qld) Pty Ltd for Somerville House, Seymour Library Commercial Trade Contractor of the Year — Arden Architectural Pty Ltd for Aurizon Display Home $251,000 — $350,000 — Cummins Constructions Pty Ltd T/A GJ Gardner Homes — Gold Coast North for Gold Coast Beachmere Display Rising Star — Robert Gray from Graya Construction Pty Ltd >>FOLLOW EMILY BLACK ON FACEBOOK<< Institute of Building Consultants — Andrew Mackie-Smith from BuildingPro Diversity — MiHaven Pty Ltd Home Renovation/Remodelling Project $276,000 — $575,000 — Urbane Build Pty Ltd for Cavell St The Cairns Aquarium was the obvious winner for 2018 Project of the Year.“Where else can you find a man-built attraction that showcases so many World Heritage-listed attractions in the one spot? It really is a one-of-a-kind, world class venue.” The home has brought a slice of Europe to the Gold Coast.“You can see the high degree and quality of workmanship from the moment you walk into this place,” Mr Galvin said.“While it’s opulent and grand, it’s extremely functional, practical and liveable; a combination that can be extremely tricky to achieve, but one the team from D T L Constructions have done seamlessly. House of the Year — D T L Constructions Pty Ltd for Villa Florentine CONSTRUCTION Best Use of Steel Frame Housing — Alpha Steel Building Systems Pty Ltd for Views on Clarke Display Home $451,000 — $550,000 — McLachlan Special Projects Pty Ltd for The Mantra You can see the quality of workmanship from the moment you enter.Master Builders’ CEO Grant Galvin said D T L Constructions’ Sanctuary Cove home, Villa Florentine, was something you would tell your friends about — it was that spectacular. The master suite is ‘opulent’ to say the least.Mr Galvin said the Cairns Aquarium was the obvious winner for the 2018 Project of the Year.“Not only because it’s Australia’s first aquarium in 18 years, but because it’s provided such a massive boost to the local economy,” he said. Residential Trade Contractor of the Year — Filippo Grasso T/A Rock Solid Tiling for View Residence Community Service Facilities — Murchie Constructions Pty Ltd for Bundaberg Multiplex, Stage 2 Individual Home $651,000 — $750,000 — Matt Greenwood Constructions Pty Ltd for Riverstone The home has ample living space, but a functional flow and ample privacy.“The laundry really blew us away; the stainless steel benchtop is extremely functional and perfect for a big family.“Each bedroom is themed, giving each room its own unique personality.“The master suite is opulent to say the least — everywhere you turn, you just go ‘wow’ — the liveability and general finishesof this place made it an absolute standout.” Health Facilities over $20 million — Cockram (Qld) Pty Ltd for Brisbane Private Hospital In-Patient Unit Facility The home exudes luxury without being too over the top.The judges commented on the functionality, which they said was really made it stand out.“The master suite at one end and the other bedrooms at the other end of the house, with living space in between, means there’s a functional flow and plenty of privacy for family members,” they said. Home Renovation/Remodelling Project up to $275,000 — KARDA Constructions Pty Ltd for Air House Industrial Building up to $5 million — Clarke’s Project Management Pty Ltd T/A Clarke’s Design & Construct for Tekno Auto Racing — DUX76 Best Residential Kitchen — Platinum Property Group Pty Limited T/A Platinum Residential Designer Homes for Home Waters Best Use of Sloping Sites — Coastal Edge Constructions Pty Ltd for Turtle Bay Tourism and Leisure Facilities up to $10 million — Ruby Developments Pty Ltd for Living Gems Pacific Paradise — Country Club Residential Building (high-rise over 3 storeys) up to $20 million — Stokes Wheeler Pty Ltd for Main Beach Apartments Retail Facilities up to $5 million — Leith Mitchell T/A Leith Mitchell Builder for Northerlies at Freedom Shores This year’s House of the Year, Villa Florentine, is the kind of home you would “tell your friends about”.A European-inspired mansion in the state’s south and a world-class, one-of-a-kind tourist attraction in the state’s north, have taken top honours at this year’s Queensland Housing and Construction Awards. Residential Building (high-rise over 3 storeys) over $20 million — Cavcorp Qld Pty Ltd for Lucent Gasworks Display Home $351,000 — $450,000 — Ownit Homes Pty Ltd for Hamilton 317 Excellence in Energy Efficiency and Environmental Management — Jorgensens Pty Ltd for Loving Hearts Child Care Centre and Kindergarten Excellence in Workplace Health and Safety — Laing O’Rourke Australia Construction Pty Ltd for Toolbox Spotter Individual Home over $2 million — D T L Constructions Pty Ltd for Villa Florentine Individual Home $251,000 — $350,000 — Swish Design & Construct Pty Ltd T/A Swish Homes Queensland for Sander House Display Home up to $250,000 — Bold Properties (Qld) Pty Ltd T/A Bold Living for Calypso 187 TRADE CONTRACTOR/SPECIALTY Refurbishment/Renovation over $750,000 — Lendlease Building Pty Ltd for NAB Place Lifestyle Housing for High Care Needs, Disabled and Seniors Award — Askonstructions Pty Ltd T/A Hotondo Homes Toowoomba for Blair Lifestyle Home Display Home over $551,000 — Critter Pty Ltd T/A PS Designer Homes for Brookwater Home Commercial Building $5 million — $50 million — FDC Construction & fit-out (QLD) Pty Limited for NEXTDC B2 Medium Density up to 3 Storeys — 2 to 5 Dwellings — Dj Buckley Builders Pty Ltd T/A DS & B Joinery for Curtis St People’s Choice — Corella Construction Pty Ltd for The Vine House HOUSING Individual Home $551,000 — $650,000 — REA Taylah’d Homes Pty Ltd for REA Anchorage Home Individual Home up to $250,000 — Comfort Homes (QLD) Pty Ltd for Poinciana 196 Best Residential Swimming Pool — Benjamin Young T/A Unique Pools for Bribie Contemporary Education Facilities over $10 million — ADCO Constructions Pty Limited T/A ADCO for Southern Cross University, Building C Individual Home $1.26 million — $2 million — Mancorp Quality Homes Pty Ltd for Bribie Contemporary Individual Home $751,000 — $950,000 — D T L Constructions Pty Ltd for Augusta on Brookwater MAJOR It is a ‘one-of-a-kind, world class venue’.The winners were honoured at last night’s ceremony held at the Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre. FK Gardner & Sons and D T L Constructions were recognised for their contributions to building Queensland communities, taking home Project of the Year and House of the Year respectively. President’s Award — Swish Design & Construct Pty Ltd T/A Swish Homes Queensland for Sander House More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus16 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market16 hours ago Project of the Year — FK Gardner & Sons for Cairns Aquarium Home Renovation/Remodelling Project $576,000 — $1 million — Graya Construction Pty Ltd for The Russet House Women in Building — Rachael Turner from Yowassup Pty Ltd T/A Front Porch Properties Industrial Building over $5 million — FDC Construction & fit-out (QLD) Pty Limited for Asahi Beverages Heathwood Logistics Facility Medium Density up to 3 storeys — over 5 Dwellings — AMD Quality Constructions Pty Ltd for Vuze Individual Home $451,000 — $550,000 — Executive Living Homes Pty Ltd for Botanical Abode Community Accommodation for Aged Care and Nursing Homes — Cockram (Qld) Pty Ltd for Regis Chelmer Aged Care Facility Commercial Building up to $5 million — J Hutchinson Pty Ltd T/A Hutchinson Builders for Peregian Beach Digital Hub Sporting Facilities — Hansen Yuncken Pty Ltd for Carrara Sports Precinct Projects Individual Home $951,000 — $1.25 million — Clamroc Constructions Pty Ltd for Sirena Tourism and Leisure Facilities over $10 million — FK Gardner & Sons for Cairns Aquarium Excellence in Sustainable Living — MyStyle Homes (QLD) Pty Ltd for MyTenacity last_img read more

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Designer Brisbane retreat sold days before Christmas

first_imgWhat a view to wake up to. Source: Realestate.com.au Looking back to the home from the pool. Source: Realestate.com.auThe home has two living zones, with 15 foot ceilings, a farmhouse mudroom, drying room and laundry, a separate master wing, a guest wing, triple car garage, huge alfresco wing with built in barbecue and seating, and a huge shed to store caravans or horse floats. MORE: APRA lifts limit on interest-free mortgages Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayNext playlist itemMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:51Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:51 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedQuality Levels720p720pHD576p576p432p432p270p270pAutoA, selectedAudio Tracken (Main), selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.This is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.Close Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreenStarting your hunt for a dream home00:51 Glass brings the outdoors in. Source: Realestate.com.au The perfect spot to be this summer. Source: Realestate.com.auMr Bowman told The Courier-Mail that the property went unconditional on Friday.More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus15 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market15 hours ago“It’s a year old property,” he said. “We had it on the market for four weeks, got four offers through the tender process and it sold to a family who just want a beautiful home with a beautiful landscape.” The home makes the most of natural materials. Source: Realestate.com.au MORE: Home with side hustle of llamas, pizza yurt Called The Greenhouse, it was listed as a “modern interpretation of a farmhouse” loaded with natural materials including Rosewood stacker doors and barn doors, Ironbark flooring, slate and marble.The six acre property is in the vicinity of Samford Valley, just 21 kilometres northwest of Brisbane CBD — offering the ultimate blend of retreat and city home.The design incorporated environmentally friendly options including a chlorine free swimming pool with Enviroswim filter, drought tolerant native plantings by landscape designer Dan Young, solar power, four water tanks and dog proof fencing across the entire site. The house in Wights Mountain has four bedrooms, three bathrooms, six car parks on 2.69 hectares. Source: Realestate.com.auA Brisbane designer home that took out a national award last month has fetched a multimillion-dollar price just days before Christmas.The stunning Wights Mountain retreat was designed by renowned Brisbane architect Shaun Lockyer and saw builder VL Constructions take out this year’s Housing Industry Association national award just over a month ago ($1-2 million Custom Built Home category).Hamish Bowman of Ray White New Farm — who marketed the property with his principal Matt Lancashire — posted the $2.6 million sale this morning. FOLLOW SOPHIE FOSTER ON FACEBOOK The large alfresco wing. Source: Realestate.com.aulast_img read more

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Swapping the beach for golf clubs and kangaroos

first_imgIt could be a mob of kangaroos or a tedium of golfers that you spy from the back deck of 127 Brookwater Drive.Darren and Leanne Goode first saw this Dwyer Quality Home on a canal estate while they were living on Bribie Island.Deciding to move to the mainland for work, they rented in Springfield Lakes while they built an almost identical house at 127 Brookwater Drive, overlooking the 18th Fairway of the Brookwater Golf and Country Club. Renovated three years ago the kitchen includes a giant island bench.“We totally refurbished the kitchen and opened it up by putting a window in looking out on to the pool. >>>FOLLOW THE COURIER-MAIL REAL ESTATE TEAM ON FACEBOOK<<< The renovated ensuite has been fully tiled and complements the adjoining dressing room. “The house has worked brilliantly for our family,” he said.“It’s one of the largest blocks in Brookwater.” If you want to view this property, contact the agent for an inspection. It is on the market for offers over $1.1m. SEE WHAT ELSE IS FOR SALE IN BROOKWATERcenter_img This 10m x 4m saltwater pool is visible from the kitchen and living areas.“We replaced the cupboards and brought in an island bench that is one great big piece of quartz.“It took five of us to carry it in.”The most recent work this year has been to fully renovate the ensuite off the master bedroom. The four bedrooms upstairs include the master bedroom with views of the pool, gardens and Fairway.More from newsCrowd expected as mega estate goes under the hammer7 Aug 2020Hard work, resourcefulness and $17k bring old Ipswich home back to life20 Apr 2020Upstairs is the master suite with ensuite, walk-in wardrobe and a balcony that has since been enclosed.“It was a timber deck that was open and we just found like any outside area that it gets dirty and we weren’t really using it, so we closed that in and made it into a sun room or retreat,” he said.The floors are a mixture of New Guinea oak wood, tiles, and carpets, while a sunken lounge is centrally located in the main void of the house. The kitchen was renovated three years ago, and the family have put lighting and landscaping around the 10m x 4m saltwater pool. One of the largest blocks in the Brookwater community, 127 Brookwater Drive looks over the 18th Fairway of the Brookwater Golf and Country Club.THE morning rituals of kangaroos and early bird golfers can be studied from the backyard of this large 1100sq m block which is being brought to market for the first time since it was built 12 years ago. The Goode’s have raised three boys at Brookwater, with each having their own bedroom that opens on to a living area with a separate bathroom and toilet.last_img read more

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OWA Competition Looks to Make Offshore Wind Vessels Greener

first_imgThe Carbon Trust’s Offshore Wind Accelerator (OWA) plans to start a new industry competition next month with the aim of reducing emissions and fuel consumption in offshore wind vessels.OWA is now calling on the industry to respond to a Request for Information (RFI) to inform the scope of the competition.The RFI is the first stage in the competition that will have an estimated funding envelope of circa GBP 400,000. The results from the RFI will help gauge the current interest and development levels, and assist efforts to tailor the competition to best suit industry needs.The initial focus will be on systems, subsystems, and technology that support the operation of Crew Transfer Vessels (CTV). However the industry’s view for larger vessels such as Service Operations Vessels in the future is also worth consideration, the Carbon Trust said.The project is being led by BMT Defence and Security UK (BMT DAS) and Black & Veatch, commissioned by the Scottish Government and nine OWA industry partners – EnBW, EON, Iberdrola, Innogy, Ørsted, Shell, SSE, Equinor, and Vattenfall.last_img read more

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Video: Spectrum of the Seas Floated Out at Meyer Werft

first_imgSpectrum of the Seas, Royal Caribbean’s newest ship designed specifically for the Chinese market, has left Meyer Werft’s covered building dock II.The float out of the 168,666 gross ton newbuild took place in Papenburg, Germany, in the evening hours (local time) of February 25, 2019.Spectrum of the Seas will now berth at the shipyard’s outfitting pier to be fitted with its funnel cladding. The North Star — glazed viewing capsule — will also be installed on the ship, Meyer Werft said.The 4,188-passenger cruise ship will then remain in the shipyard port for further outfitting work and onboard trials until its passage through the river Ems up to the North Sea, which will probably take place mid-March.With a length of 347.75 meters and a width of 41.4 meters, Spectrum of the Seas will be the largest ship in Asia when it sails from Shanghai, China starting in June 2019.<span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span>Apart from Spectrum of the Sea, Meyer Werft is constructing eleven other ships — one for Royal Caribbean, one for Norwegian Cruise Line, two for Saga Cruises, three for Disney Cruise Line, two for P&O Cruises and two for AIDA Cruises, according to data provided by VesselsValue.World Maritime News Staff; Image Courtesy: Unimedienlast_img read more

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MacArtney’s MBES Hydrographic System for Island of Corsica

first_imgMacArtney France has delivered a portable multi-beam echosounder hydrographic system, designed for small vessels, to the French government organisation, Collectivité de Corse, in Corsica.The Collectivité de Corse, a government organisation, represents the interests of the community of Corsica – a Mediterranean island off the south coast of France.With 1000 km of coastline, the island attracts many tourists and cruise ships creating the need for an MBES hydrographic system.The purpose of the MBES hydrographic system is to ensure visiting vessels can securely navigate the harbours of the island, monitor the seabed to control the quality of dredging, identify obstructions on the sea floor and verify underwater installations.MacArtney France worked with Kongsberg, Valeport and SBG Systems on this project to fulfill the project specific needs and supply an adaptable MBES hydrographic system that meets the standards set down by the International Hydrographic Organisation (IHO).This new bathymetric system from MacArtney France will reduce survey time, increase accuracy, expand survey area reach and ensure a comprehensive hydrographic survey system.last_img read more

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Keppel cleared to start conversion work on Gimi FLNG project

first_imgHilli Episeyo FLNG; Source: KeppelKeppel Offshore & Marine’s has received the final notice to proceed (FNTP) from Gimi MS Corporation, a Golar LNG unit, to begin full conversion works for the Gimi FLNG project.Keppel O&M said that Keppel Shipyard would begin work on the conversion of the Gimi FLNG, with the total value of the contract being $947 million.It is worth reminding that Keppel received a limited notice to proceed back on December 17, 2018 while Golar entered into a formal lease and operating agreement with BP for the charter of an FLNG unit to service the Greater Tortue / Ahmeyim project back in February.Keppel’s scope of work in the conversion of a Moss LNG carrier into an FLNG vessel includes the design, detailed engineering, and procurement of the marine systems as well as conversion-related construction services.It will be similar to the work done on the first FLNG vessel, Hilli Episeyo, which Keppel undertook for Golar, but will be customized for work on BP’s Greater Greater Tortue / Ahmeyim field offshore Mauritania and Senegal. According to the company, the delivery of the vessel is expected in the first half of 2022.Also, Keppel Shipyard will once again engage Black & Veatch, its partner for the conversion of the Hilli Episeyo, to provide design, procurement, and commissioning support services for the topsides, as well as the liquefaction process.When completed, the Gimi FLNG will be stationed at a nearshore hub located on the Mauritania and Senegal maritime border as part of the first phase of the Greater Tortue / Ahmeyim project. The Gimi FLNG is designed to produce an average of approximately 2.5 million tonnes of LNG per annum.Iain Ross, CEO of Golar LNG, said: “Golar looks forward to working closely with Keppel on another Mark I FLNG and has a high degree of confidence in Keppel’s ability to safely deliver FLNG Gimi on time and within budget.“last_img read more

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Labour calls for ban on alcohol advertising

first_imgTVNZ News 12 July 2012 Labour is continuing to take a hard line on alcohol reform by proposing greater restrictions on advertising. The opposition party has been drumming up support in Parliament in recent weeks for legislation to set a minimum price for a drink. Labour’s latest call is for alcohol prices to be banned from television and radio advertising in the Alcohol Reform Bill, which is soon to be debated in Parliament. “Because we know that it’s the shifting of huge quantities that cause a lot of the problems we have,” Labour’s associate health spokesperson Iain Lees-Galloway said. “It’s a lot more than chest beating, it’s about trying to get results.” The Government said the bill already prohibits advertising alcohol discounted by 25% or more. “The changes that are recommended in the legislation are based on research and i think they are well founded,” Prime Minister John Key said. To get the ban into the bill, Labour needs the support of the opposition parties and the Maori Party.http://tvnz.co.nz/politics-news/labour-calls-ban-alcohol-advertising-4967073last_img read more

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Ben Carson: Abortion to save the mother’s life is ‘spurious’

first_imgLifeSiteNews 11 August 2015Presidential candidate Ben Carson has said the argument that abortion is necessary to save the life of the mother is “spurious.”Carson was asked about a statement from Hillary Clinton, which condemned 2016 Republican presidential hopefuls for saying “outrageous” things about women’s health.CBS This Morning co-host Norah O’Donnell pressed the retired physician repeatedly on the issue.“I spent my entire career as a pediatric neurosurgeon, frequently staying up all night, fighting, struggling to save the lives of little babies, even operating on babies inside the womb. So, I don’t think it should be hard for anybody to understand that I am totally opposed to killing babies,” he said.O’Donnell followed up by asking, “I looked at your website and it wasn’t clear on your website. You are opposed to all abortions, even in the case of life of [the] mother?”“When it comes to the case of the life of the mother, you have to look at the individual situation,” Carson replied. “Recognize that that is largely a spurious argument, because we have advanced so much in medicine these days that that situation rarely occurs.”https://www.lifesitenews.com/news/ben-carson-abortion-to-save-the-mothers-life-is-spurious-video1last_img read more

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Police to appeal Losi Filipo discharge without conviction sentence

first_imgNZ Herald 29 September 2016Police are to appeal the discharge without conviction of Losi Filipo.Filipo, 18, was last month discharged without conviction for an attack that occurred in central Wellington in October 2015.He was charged with assaulting Kelsey Odell, 22, her boyfriend Hayden Williams, 22, Greg Morgan, 21, and Olivia Samuels, 22.The sentence caused an outcry from Filipo’s victims and other members of the public, who say Filipo should be convicted.In a media statement, the Crown Law Office said the Solicitor-General had reviewed the matter.The confirmation of an appeal was immediately applauded by Bob McCoskrie, director of the conservative lobby group Family First NZ.“This offender-friendly sentence sent a dangerous message that we don’t value the protection of victims and the safety of the public in a case that involved significant violence towards both males and females,” he said.“This is not about revenge as some will suggest. This is about an appropriate sentence which reflects the gravity of the crime.”READ MORE: http://www.nzherald.co.nz/sport/news/article.cfm?c_id=4&objectid=11719370Police to appeal Losi Filipo’s discharge without convictionNewsTalk ZB 29 September 2016Police are to appeal the discharge without conviction of Losi Filipo.Filipo, 18, was last month discharged without conviction for an attack that occurred in central Wellington in October 2015.The confirmation of an appeal was also applauded by Bob McCoskrie, director of the conservative lobby group Family First NZ.“This offender-friendly sentence sent a dangerous message that we don’t value the protection of victims and the safety of the public in a case that involved significant violence towards both males and females,” he said.“This is not about revenge as some will suggest. This is about an appropriate sentence which reflects the gravity of the crime.”READ MORE: http://www.newstalkzb.co.nz/news/national/police-to-appeal-losi-filipos-discharge-without-conviction/last_img read more

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Bravo to the Truth: What’s Wrong with Transgender Ideology

first_imgPublic Discourse 27 April 2017Family First Comment: Bravo to Walt Heyer who once again hits the nail on the head – based on his own experience. “No objective tests can prove that the transgender condition exists. No physical examination, blood test, bone marrow test, chromosome test, or brain test will show that a person has gender dysphoria. It is a condition revealed solely by the patient’s feelings. Yet the recommended treatment is extreme—cross-gender hormones and sex-reassigning surgery. …. My message attempts to help others avoid regret, yet the warning is not welcome to the advocates whose voice for transgender rights rings strong and loud. Some will find my words offensive, but then the truth can be offensive. Personally, I cannot think of anything more offensive than men diminishing the wonder and uniqueness of biological women by suggesting women are nothing more than men who have been pumped with hormones and may or may not have undergone cosmetic surgery. Cheers and bravo to the offensive truth. Let’s reclaim the beautiful reality of male and female sexual difference and reject transgender ideology.”A recent New York Post article tells the story of a Detroit mom named Erica who changed into a transgender dad named Eric. If that is not enough, his son had already changed genders: born a boy, he transitioned to living as a girl. Thus, mom became dad and son became daughter. Similarly, back in 2015, a fifty-two-year-old Canadian man made the news when he traded in his wife and seven kids to fulfill his “true identity” as a six-year-old transgender girl.Stories like these remind us that transgender identity is a product of LGBTQ social ideology, not of each human person’s innate identity as male or female. Transgender identity is not authentic gender but man’s attempt to socially engineer the family, sex, and gender identity.What Makes a Person Trans?The accepted LGBTQ standard for being a “real” trans woman or trans man is simply that a person desires to self-identify as the opposite of his or her biological sex and to be socially accepted as such. If a person feels distressed about his or her birth gender, then the politically correct action is for everyone to affirm the new and “authentic” gender identity—the one that exists only in the trans person’s feelings.In a recent interview on Fox News, transgender lawyer Jillian Weiss, executive director of the Transgender Legal Defense and Education Fund, was asked repeatedly by host Tucker Carlson, “What are the legal standards to be transgender?” Finally, the legal specialist admitted, “There are no legal standards.”That’s right—no legal standards or legal definitions of transgender exist. Yet, as Carlson pointed out, $11 billion of federal money is spent on sex-specific programs, such as the Small Business Administration investing in businesses owned by women. Without a legal definition, these funds become easy prey for, as Carlson puts it, “charlatans” who will claim to be women simply to get the money.When people feel that their biological sex doesn’t match their internal sense of gender, they are typically diagnosed with gender dysphoria. This is defined as “discomfort or distress that is caused by a discrepancy between a person’s gender identity and that person’s sex assigned at birth.” In other words, the medical diagnostician simply listens to and affirms the patient’s own verbal self-identification and self-diagnosis.No objective tests can prove that the transgender condition exists. No physical examination, blood test, bone marrow test, chromosome test, or brain test will show that a person has gender dysphoria. It is a condition revealed solely by the patient’s feelings. Yet the recommended treatment is extreme—cross-gender hormones and sex-reassigning surgery.Don’t be duped when trans activists conflate the unrelated condition of intersexuality with transgenderism to gain sympathy for a trans agenda. People with intersex conditions are not the same as self-identified transgender people. Being intersex is verifiable in the physical body; being transgender is not. People who identify as transgender usually have typical male or female anatomies.How to Become TransgenderThe wikiHow article entitled “How to Transition from Male to Female (Transgender)” outlines a simple five-part system for men who want to become women. Here is a small sample:Seek a qualified therapist. . . . Ask your friends in the trans community to recommend a therapist. Browse the internet in search of a therapist experienced working with members of the trans community. . . .Receive a diagnosis. Over the course of a series of sessions, your therapist will evaluate your individual situation issuing a diagnosis. After determining that you have consistently experienced symptoms such as disgust with your genitals, a desire to remove signs of your biological sex, and or a certainty that your biological sex does not align with your true gender, your therapist will likely diagnose you with Gender Dysphoria.These instructions are typical of the advice offered to those who believe they may be transgender. I myself followed a similar series of steps. Yet, in hindsight, after transitioning from male to female and back again, I see that many important topics are ignored by such advice, placing vulnerable people at risk. Four crucial omissions are most obvious and problematic.First, these instructions fail to caution the reader about therapist bias. Asking friends in the trans community to recommend a therapist guarantees that the therapist will be biased toward recommending the radical step of transitioning.Second, no mention is made or warning given about sexual fetishes. If a person has been sexually, emotionally, or physically abused or is addicted to masturbation, cross-dressing, or pornography, he could be suffering from a sexual fetish disorder. As such, he is probably not going to be helped by gender dysphoria treatment protocols.Third, the high incidence of comorbid mental conditions is not mentioned. Those who have been diagnosed with bipolar disorder, obsessive-compulsive disorder, oppositional defiance behaviors, narcissism, autism, or other such disorders need to proceed cautiously when considering transitioning, because these disorders can cause symptoms of gender dysphoria. When the comorbid disorder is effectively treated, the gender discomfort may relent as well.Fourth, regret after transition is real, and the attempted suicide rate is high. Unhappiness, depression, and inability to socially adapt have been linked to high rates of attempted suicide both before and after gender transition and sexual reassignment surgery. My website gathers academic research on this topic and reports the personal experiences of people who regret transitioning.When Real Looks FakeAs simple as it is to become a “real” transgender person, it’s even easier to turn into a fake one. “Fake” transgender people like me start out as real, but when they eventually see through the delusion of gender change and stop living the transgender life, transgender activists give them the disparaging label of “fake.”If someone comes to the difficult and honest conclusion that transitioning didn’t result in a change of sex, then he or she is perceived as a threat to the transgender movement and must be discredited. Name-calling and bullying ensues. To be considered real, the transgender person must continue in the delusion that his or her gender changed. The problem with basing a diagnosis and irreversible treatment on people’s feelings, no matter how sincerely held, is that feelings can change.My message attempts to help others avoid regret, yet the warning is not welcome to the advocates whose voice for transgender rights rings strong and loud. Some will find my words offensive, but then the truth can be offensive. Personally, I cannot think of anything more offensive than men diminishing the wonder and uniqueness of biological women by suggesting women are nothing more than men who have been pumped with hormones and may or may not have undergone cosmetic surgery.Cheers and bravo to the offensive truth. Let’s reclaim the beautiful reality of male and female sexual difference and reject transgender ideology.READ MORE: http://www.thepublicdiscourse.com/2017/04/19080/?utm_source=The+Witherspoon+Institute&utm_campaign=cefaa5125b-RSS_EMAIL_CAMPAIGN&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_15ce6af37b-cefaa5125b-84094405last_img read more

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Fugitive arrested after acting in horror film

first_imgHundreds arrested over xenophobic attacks in South Africa. Africa’s biggest film and TV market underway in Johannesburg Jason Stange was arrested after U.S. Marshals read film write-up Jason Stange was arrested after U.S. Marshals read film write-upA fugitive bank-robber-turned-actor has been arrested in Washington state after U.S. agents spotted his picture in a newspaper article about a low-budget horror film in which he plays an evil doctor, an official said on Monday.Officers on a U.S. Marshals Service fugitive task force saw Jason Stange’s picture in the Olympian newspaper’s feature last week on horror movie “Marla Mae,” said Jack Williams, chief deputy for the agency’s western district of Washington state.The officers, who had been tracking his disappearance for several months, identified him by the photo and a unique forearm tattoo, Williams said. Marshals tracked him from a filming location to a store in Olympia, where he was arrested without incident on Friday, he said.Stange was sentenced to nearly 10 years in prison and five years supervised release in 2006 after pleading guilty to armed bank robbery, Williams said. He was freed on supervised release in 2014, but had been sought since he walked away from a halfway house in Spokane.Brandon Roberts, the film’s producer, said he did not know Stange was a fugitive and that he would not have cast him if he had known about his past.“This is a small-budget movie,” he said. The filming process is “a short blast of work, 12 hours a day, every single day. You get to know people well in a professional sense – what is their work ethic, do they show up on time – but beyond that we didn’t know anything about his background.”“He did a good job. He was friendly. Well-liked. We didn’t know he was a criminal or anything like that,” Roberts added.Stange plays the role of Dr. Lourdes, an evil physician who targets the protagonist, in the film slated to be released in 2016, Roberts said.– REUTERS –Relatedcenter_img Experience the horror of Ebola in this new virtual reality filmlast_img read more

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HIV carriers in Caribbean and Latin America now 1.6 million

first_img Share Tweet 44 Views   no discussions Share Sharecenter_img HealthLifestyle HIV carriers in Caribbean and Latin America now 1.6 million by: – April 6, 2011 PANAMA CITY, Panama — The Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) says there are about 1.6 million people in Latin American and the Caribbean carrying the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) that can cause the deadly disease AIDS.In releasing the findings of a new report for the state of HIV/AIDS, UNAIDS regional director Cesar Nunez said the region has not registered any improvement in the fight against the spread of HIV/AIDS.CMC reported that he urged governments to increase efforts to combat the spread of HIV, suggesting that work should be focused on prevention among younger people and at schools.“At this time of crisis, let us optimise the means and let us not fall into complacence,” he said.Nunez said, however, the region has the “best coverage of medicine available of HIV carriers” noting that about 51% of those living with the virus have access to HID/AIDS medicine.Source: Caribbean News Now! Sharing is caring!last_img read more

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Drug firms cut vaccine prices to the developing world

first_img Sharing is caring! Tweet Share HealthLifestyle Drug firms cut vaccine prices to the developing world by: – June 6, 2011 Sharecenter_img 30 Views   no discussions Share The vaccines will be sold at a price that covers the drugmakers’ costsSeveral major drugs companies have announced big cuts to the amounts they charge for their vaccines in the developing world.GlaxoSmithKline (GSK), Merck, Johnson & Johnson and Sanofi-Aventis have agreed to cut prices through the international vaccine alliance Gavi.GSK said it would cut the price of its vaccine for rotavirus by 67% to $2.50 (£1.50) a dose in poor countries.Rotavirus-related diarrhoea kills more than 500,000 children a year.The vaccine will be subsidised by higher prices being charged in richer countries.The rotavirus vaccine, for example, would cost about $50 in the US.‘Helped out’“What we need is a return to invest in the next generation of new vaccines and drugs and that has to come from the profits of the medicines or the vaccines,” Andrew Witty, chief executive of GSK told the BBC.“But it’s obvious that if you’re in Kenya or a slum in Malawi or somewhere like that there is no capacity for those people to contribute to it, so they have to be helped out by the contribution from the middle and the richer (countries).”Gavi is a partnership representing public and private sector organisations that helps to fund mass vaccination programmes in developing countries.It is committed to funding the introduction of rotavirus vaccinations in 40% of the poorest countries by 2015, but it faced a $3.7bn funding shortfall and so has been appealing for price cuts and donations.It will be holding a pledging conference in London on 13 June.Anti-poverty campaigners welcomed the move but also called on world leaders to act.“The pricing commitments announced today help drive momentum, but Gavi’s ambition to save four million lives in the next five years is only achievable if the international donor community steps up to the plate on 13 June,” said Jamie Drummond, executive director of campaign group ONE.Malaria vaccineMerck has said it will provide its own rotavirus vaccine for $5 a dose, coming down to $3.50 once more than 30 million doses have been sold.The price Gavi pays for pentavalent vaccines, which protect against diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis, hepatitis B and Haemophilus influenzae type B will be cut by two Indian firms, Serum Institute and Panacea Biotec.GSK also said it was very close to developing the world’s first malaria vaccine, which is unusual because there is no market for it in the West.That means there is no opportunity for patients in richer countries to subsidise those in poorer countries.As a result, GSK said that if the vaccine comes to market it would be sold at a price that provides a small return of 5%, which would be used to fund the next generation of malaria treatments.Save the Children called on other companies to replicate the “landmark move” which it said could prevent hundreds of thousands of “needless deaths”.“It’s important that Gavi now uses this to spur other vaccine producers to reduce prices and work to foster greater competition amongst producers to drive prices down even further and help even more children,” said chief executive Justin Forsyth.BBC Newslast_img read more

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I Dont Know How To Date.

first_imgLifestyleRelationships I Dont Know How To Date. by: – June 29, 2011 Sharing is caring! 37 Views   no discussions Share Tweetcenter_img Share Share I don’t know how to date. This has come to my attention in recent weeks, months, or more specifically, the last 15 years or so. Every relationship I’ve ever had, I’ve just sort of fallen into where dating wasn’t really part of the equation. I always thought I was lucky in this regard, but I no longer feel that way.To me, dating is the worst. I do not care for it at all. And to be honest, most first dates rarely end up in a second, because I’m wonky and my social skills are definitely a bit questionable. Getting through a date is more stressful for me than fun; in fact, I find I’m more relaxed when I go to the gynecologist.Recently, I went out with a gentleman caller. He was a friend of a friend. I was forced into it as some sort of distraction for a recent falling out with an on-again, off-again love interest who ended up falling so below par that being with him became heartbreaking and disappointing.I had tried to emotionally prepare myself for the date (read: had a martini and a Xanax before heading out the door), and had also cried out any possible tears that might pop out later in the evening, as I am a bit on the emotional side lately. I had also gone to the effort of putting on lipstick and even shaved my legs right before just in case things got hot and heavy. I’ll actually admit my reason for going on the date was more to hoping to get laid than find some lasting sort of relationship. This, I fear, is the boy in me.The martini and Xanax were a bad idea, of course. Halfway through the dinner, I proceeded to tell my date that I didn’t know how to date, that I hated dating and that I didn’t care to go through the process of ever getting to know anyone because I already knew everyone I wanted to know except for Ryan Gosling. Furthermore he, my date, should know that I already met my soulmate, and although he was probably drunk in a gutter somewhere in Bushwick, as I spoke those words, someday, it was going to make sense and said soulmate and I were going to get our s— together and it was going to be perfect in a fantasy world with pink unicorns and bunnies named Fred. Yes, that’s what I told my date in a round about way. I have not heard from him since.Of course this makes perfect sense, because had someone told me some malarkey about pink unicorns and bunnies named Fred, I, too, would avoid them like the plague, and I like those things.So I went home and had a moment similar to the one Annette Bening had in American Beauty – the one where she cries and smacks herself to stop being such a baby. I didn’t smack myself with my hand, but rather with words. And in the moment I was forced to recall the so many first dates I’ve been on, and all the reasons they never resulted in a second. Granted, 70% of the time the choice to not have a second date was mine because I have obscenely unrealistic standards and again live in a fantasy world where everything is perfect. However, that 30% was not in my control. I had literally lost the chance for another chance for the same reason I had with my most recent suitor: I just don’t know how to date.I don’t know how to make small talk and have it involve into topics more interesting. I don’t care to ask questions or even offer up any information about myself. I don’t try to be charming, because it seems like such a waste since I’ve convinced myself that there are only three people who have ever existed for me in the history of the world and two are dead – F. Scott Fitzgerald and Henry Miller – and the other is drunk in a gutter in Bushwick. I am absolutely completely closed off and by most accounts a curmudgeon. Women my age should not be this way so early in the game, but I am. This does not make me innovative or even a maverick; it makes me a narrow-minded a—- . Someone please tell me why there isn’t a class out there I could take to remedy this issue, or at least teach me how to be more relatable to the opposite sex so there is the slightest hope of eventually procreating with someone, anyone.This weekend, I’m going to try this dating thing again. Once again, a friend is setting me up. I have already decided there will be no pre-gaming in my apartment, no mention of my soulmate – although he is, FYI – nor will I bring up anything about mythical animals or my disappointment in the whole dating process. No, instead I will do what they do in the movies and smile a lot. I will laugh at jokes that aren’t funny and put my wonky ways on hold for the evening if only to prove to myself that I can get to a second date and maybe even a third or fourth. Although to be honest, a don’t see a fifth one happening… by then I will have unleashed the real me and that takes a certain breed to be able to handle that level of madness, er, uniqueness.Here’s hoping it’s just a “not enough practice” thing as opposed to a “missing the dating gene” thing, but I guess only time will tell.by Thegloss Dotcomlast_img read more

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Chicken Parmesan Pizza

first_img Sharing is caring! Share Share Food & DiningLifestyle Chicken Parmesan Pizza by: – August 24, 2011 Tweetcenter_img 22 Views   no discussions Chicken Parmesan PizzaWith school back in session, coming up with a dinner idea while carpooling, packing lunches, and helping with homework is harder than ever!This 5-ingredient meals will help you get dinner on the table in the midst of the confusion. And the best part? You probably already have most of the ingredients on hand. Ingredients1 (10-oz.) package frozen garlic loaf1/2 cup canned pizza sauce6 deli-fried chicken strips1 cup (4 oz.) shredded Italian three-cheese blend2 Tbsp. chopped fresh basilPreparationPreheat oven to 400°. Arrange garlic bread, buttered sides up, on a baking sheet.Bake at 400° for 8 to 9 minutes or until bread is lightly browned. Spread pizza sauce over garlic bread. Cut chicken strips into 1/2-inch pieces, and arrange over pizza sauce. Sprinkle with cheese and basil.Bake at 400° for 8 to 10 minutes or until cheese melts. Serve immediately.Recipe Source: Southern Living Sharelast_img read more

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Pumpkin Lasagna

first_img Sharing is caring! Share Share 45 Views   no discussions Sharecenter_img Food & DiningLifestyle Pumpkin Lasagna by: – October 22, 2011 Pumpkin LasagnaMake this twist on the popular Italian classic for a festive autumn meal. With savory ingredients like shiitake mushrooms, pumpkin, fresh sage, and mozzarella cheese, this lasagna is sure to please the entire family. Pair it with some buttery, crunchy garlic bread for a satisfying and delicious dinner.Ingredients:12 dried lasagna noodles8 ounces shiitake or porcini mushrooms, stemmed and sliced8 ounces cremini or button mushrooms, sliced3/4 teaspoon kosher salt or 1/2 tsp. salt2 tablespoons olive oil12 slices bacon, cut crossways into 1/4 inch strips1-1/2 cups chopped onion3 tablespoons snipped fresh sage or 2 tsp. dried leaf sage, crushed2 15-ounces cans pumpkin3/4 cup whole milk or half-and-half1 teaspoon ground black pepper1 teaspoon cider vinegar1 teaspoon kosher salt or 3/4 tsp. salt1 15-ounce carton ricotta cheese1 lb. fresh mozzarella cheese, cut into thin slices6 ounces Parmigiano-Reggiano or Grana Padano cheese, finely shredded (1-1/2 cups)Directions:1.Cook noodles according to package directions. Drain; set aside. In skillet cook mushrooms and 3/4 teaspoon salt in hot olive oil over medium heat until tender and no liquid remains. Remove; set aside. Add bacon to skillet; cook until crisp. Remove; set aside. Discard all but 1 tablespoon drippings in skillet. Add onion; cook in drippings until tender. Add sage; cook 30 seconds. Add the pumpkin, milk, pepper, vinegar, and 1 teaspoon salt. Heat through.2.In a greased 3-quart oval baking dish spread 1/2 cup pumpkin sauce. Cover bottom of dish with 4 noodles, trimming to fit. Spread one-third of sauce over noodles. Layer with one-third each of mushrooms, bacon, ricotta, mozzarella, and Parmigiano-Reggiano. Repeat layers twice. Bake, uncovered, in 400 degree F oven for 40 to 45 minutes. Let stand for 15 minutes. Makes 12 servings.Recipe source: Better Homes and Gardens Tweetlast_img read more

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Jet Blue adds four Caribbean routes

first_img 75 Views   no discussions Share Sharing is caring! Share BusinessLifestyleTravel Jet Blue adds four Caribbean routes by: – May 2, 2014center_img Tweet Share JetBlue’s major Caribbean expansion continued on Thursday with the launch of four new routes to the region.The New York City-based carrier began nonstop service from the US to destinations including Montego Bay, Jamaica, Port of Spain, Trinidad and Punta Cana and Santiago in the Dominican Republic.The new nonstop service included Newark-Santiago, Fort Lauderdale-Montego Bay, Fort Lauderdale-Port of Spain and Fort Lauderdale-Punta Cana.“We now offer customers 69 nonstop routes from the US to the Caribbean and more than 200 daily flights to, from and within the Caribbean, which is more than any other airline,” said JetBlue President Robin Hayes. “We will continue to expand our presence in this region to better connect families and friends, create international business opportunities and bring Americans to the wonderful leisure destinations across the Caribbean.”JetBlue has been on a significant growth drive in the Caribbean region, out of New York, Fort Lauderdale and its “focus city” of San Juan, Puerto Rico.Its expansion has helped soften the blow caused by the departure of American Eagle last year, and the carrier seems to have a number of other new destinations in mind as well.Caribbean Journallast_img read more

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India seeks $100m in damages from Nestle after noodle ban

first_img Share Share Sharing is caring! 108 Views   no discussions Tweetcenter_img Share BusinessHealthInternationalLifestylePrint India seeks $100m in damages from Nestle after noodle ban by: Associated Free Press – August 12, 2015 A basket filled with packaged food hangs with a ‘Maggi’ sign on it outside a shop in New Delhi, India, Wednesday, June 3. Indian shopkeepers withdrew the popular brand of instant noodle from their shelves Wednesday after tests revealed the snack contained lead above permissible levels. (Photo: AP)NEW DELHI, India (AFP) – India’s government is seeking damages of nearly $100 million from Nestle for “unfair trade practices” after the food safety watchdog banned its hugely popular Maggi noodles brand.The government said Wednesday it had filed a suit with the country’s top consumer court for 6,400 million rupees ($98.6 million) in damages from the Indian arm of the Swiss food giant.India’s food safety watchdog in June banned Nestle from making or selling noodles in the country after tests by some states found lead levels exceeded statutory limits.Nestle has withdrawn the product in India but continues to sell it elsewhere, and has always denied the charge.“We filed the complaint with the National Consumer Disputes Redressal Commission (NCDRC) yesterday and have sought around 6,400 million rupees in damages,” G, Gurcharan, Additional Secretary at the Ministry of Consumer Affairs, told AFP.“Our complaint is over their unfair trade practices and the court will now issue them notices to hear their response,” Gurcharan added.A Nestle India spokesman told AFP that the company had not yet received official notice about the complaint with the NCDRC, a semi-judicial body that has the power to fine companies.But in a statement late Wednesday, the firm said it was “disappointed with the (government’s) unprecedented step of filing” the complaint, and reiterated that Maggi was safe to eat.Nestle India is challenging the ban on Maggi noodles in the Mumbai high court, which is expected to deliver its verdict on Thursday.It had been selling the brand for over three decades in India, and had 80 percent of the country’s instant noodle market before the ban.Several celebrities have endorsed Maggi over the years, including Bollywood superstar Amitabh Bachchan.last_img read more

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BE CALM: Haitians told to be patient and await presidential election results

first_imgPORT AU PRINCE, Haiti, CMC – The United Nations peacekeeping mission in Haiti Monday called on all candidates in the second round of presidential and legislative elections on Sunday to show patience and restraint as they wait for the results of the vote.In a statement, the UN peacekeeping mission said that the message of restraint and clam was also being sent to the followers of the candidates, warning that the future of the impoverished Caribbean Community (CARICOM) country is at stake.“The second round of the presidential and legislative elections has concluded in considerably better conditions than the first round despite some logistical and administrative problems and isolated acts of violence in certain departments,” the UN Stabilization Mission in Haiti (MINUSTAH).“MINUSTAH congratulates the Haitian people for the patriotic spirit, calm and discipline which they have shown,” it added, praising the efforts of the authorities to make the run-off credible and allow the popular will to be expressed. “The evident enthusiasm of the electorate is clear evidence of the importance Haitians attach to democracy.”Former first lady Mirlande Manigat and popular musician Michel Martelly faced off in the presidential poll, which was delayed by two months when violence erupted after disputed first round results in December.Those results initially put Mrs. Manigat and outgoing President Rene Préval’s party candidate, Jude Celestin, in first and second place, qualifying for the run-off, with Martelly less than one percentage point behind in third place, but thus excluded.His supporters set up burning barricades of timber, boulders and flaming tyres. After a re-examination of the ballots, the Provisional Electoral Council (CEP) last month announced that the second run off would be between Martelly and Mrs. Manigat.Results of the second round are not expected for several days.“While awaiting the end of the counting and the tabulation of ballots, MINUSTAH urges all candidates and their followers to show patience and restraint, thus giving an example of democracy, since it is the future of the country that is at stake,” MINUSTAH said.MINUSTAH, with almost 12,250 uniformed personnel currently on the ground, has been in the poorest country in the Western Hemisphere since mid-2004 after then president Jean-Bertrand Aristide went into exile amid violent unrest.Aristide returned to the country mere days before Sunday’s poll despite pleas by the United States thayt his presence could affect the voting.Aristide’s Lavalas party was not allowed by the CEP to contest the elections.Source: Cana News Tweet Sharing is caring! Share Sharecenter_img 18 Views   no discussions NewsRegional BE CALM: Haitians told to be patient and await presidential election results by: – March 22, 2011 Sharelast_img read more

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High cost of travel affecting Dominica’s tourism sector

first_imgSimon WalshThe leading organization on the island that has been fostering and promoting tourism in Dominica for more than three decades, is citing accessibility to the island as one of the main challenges currently affecting the industry.At the 40th Annual General Meeting of the Dominica Hotel and Tourism Association (DHTA), the President, Mr Simon Walsh noted that while DHTA celebrated many accomplishments during his tenure as president, the challenges continue to mount amidst the global financial crisis.The DHTA President believes that the high travel cost and the prolonged travel time to Dominica are two of the major factors contributing to the decline in the industry.“The number one issue in the tourism industry from 1972 to 2011 is access to Dominica. Let us not ever forget access, access, access. There has been improvements and I can honestly say that the private se ctor recognizes this fact that The Discover Dominica Authority and the Ministry of Tourism are throwing themselves across that wall and trying to improve on that issue. We’ve seen Air BVI coming in from St Maarteen, we’ve seen JEANS Ferry Service coming in to Portsmouth starting this month, we have Sunshine Airline that will be servicing San Juan Airports hopefully in October; so we’re seeing improvements. But the brutal reality is how much does it cost to come from the east coast of the United States to Dominica? In December, it will be US$1,200, taking two days to reach to Washington D.C. So if you’re sitting in Washington D.C and thinking of taking a trip of a lifetime, you could be in Africa on safari looking at elephants; cheaper and faster than you could be in Dominica looking at a broadfish.” The DHTA’s is pledging to continue its mission to promote tourism and related services as a critical sector in Dominica’s economic development and to work closely with all stakeholders to create and sustain an enabling environment that will support members’ efforts to improve the standards of their products and the quality of their services.Mr Walsh said that they also recognize the efforts of Discover Dominica Authority (DDA) and the Ministry of Tourism in putting strategies and plans in place in addressing the critical issues affecing the tourism industry.“It’s a difficult financial world that we are in right now and many airlines are losing money. So no matter how many good things we do, if we can’t find an airline that can make money flying into Dominica, we’ll never find an airline to fly into Dominica. They have to do it and they have to make money. We should think of new and different ways because we’re having trouble convincing airlines to come. How can the government of Dominica sit down and partnership with an airline and create an airline that will fly and service the tourism industry of Dominica? The DHTA’s job is to make sure that the stakeholders’ issues are represented in the public sector”.The tourism industry is currently the leading contributor to Dominica’s economy. In 2010, tourism contributed EC$243 million to the economy, an increase by sixty eight percent (68%) compared to 2005, just five years ago.Hon. Ian DouglasMinister for Tourism and Legal Affairs, Honorable Ian Douglas said that the government has been working closely with stakeholders like Discover Dominica Authority to ensure that the experience is a lasting one for visitors.He confirmed that great strides have been made in delivery of services within the industry, however more focus needs to be placed on marketing the destination.“We need to be cognizant that this industry is quite competitive, and in order to survive in this market we have to make our destination as marketable as our competitors. Our service has to be of international standard, the product we offer (including our rooms) has to be up to international standards, visitors are very savvy, their expectations are great and we always have to meet and exceed their expectations to keep them coming back and to spread the good news about Dominica as a destination”.The Government is also placing great emphasis and focus on community/rural tourism, an area the minister says will strengthen tourism capacity and potential in several communities around the island.“I am sure many of you are aware that the Tourism Sector Development Programme supported by the European Union’s Special Framework of Assistance (SFA) 2006, which was implemented from 2008 to 2010, has injected approximately €1.4 million or EC5.1 million into the programme. This programme targeted specific projects in community tourism to foster expansion of rural tourism, provision of technical assistance to community groups and destination marketing. Under the rural tourism component of the Tourism Sector Development Programme, eleven new and existing community tourism groups were strengthened through human resource development, infrastructural development and marketing. Specifically, infrastructure work on construction of new facilities were undertaken at the Indian River in Portsmouth, Wotten Waven, Bellevue Chopin and Layou. Upgrading of faciliteis was undertaken in Vieille Case and at the L’escalier Tete Chien in Sineku.The New Board which will now serve from 2011 to 2011 consists of:President – Ms. Yvonne ArmourImmediate Past President and Director – Simon WalshVice President – Nikima RoyerExecutive Secretary – Renee Whitchurch Aird-DouglasTreasurer – Carol RabessDirectors -Richard Stanton, Arienne Perryman, Michael Bunche and Tanaquil PfundAdministrative Assistant, David ThornhillThe Dominica Hotel & Tourism Association (DHTA) was first formed in 1972.Dominica Vibes News Sharing is caring! 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Montserrat police conducting internal investigation into misconduct allegations

first_imgNewsRegional Montserrat police conducting internal investigation into misconduct allegations by: – January 18, 2012 Share Tweet 20 Views   no discussions Sharing is caring!center_img Flag of Monsterrat. Photo credit; flags.netBRADES, Montserrat (GIU) –The Royal Montserrat Police Service has been conducting an extensive internal investigation into allegations of police misconduct during and following the arrests of George Leonard and George Farrell on the morning of 17 December 2011. As a result of the investigation, one officer has been suspended from duty and another is on compulsory leave pending further investigation. The Governor has decided that, in addition to the very comprehensive internal investigation undertaken to date, he should activate the provisions of a co-operation agreement on reciprocal law enforcement assistance between the Caribbean Overseas Territories. This will enable law enforcement officers from the Bermuda and Cayman police services to come to Montserrat to assist in the on-going investigation under the command and direction of Deputy Commissioner Paul Morris and present their findings to the Director of Public Prosecutions through the Governor. The police officers should begin their work early next week.by Nerissa Golden Caribbean News Now Share Sharelast_img read more

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Major workshop gets underway in Dominica today

first_img Tweet Sharing is caring! Share 18 Views   no discussions LocalNews Major workshop gets underway in Dominica today by: – January 26, 2012center_img Share Share Photo credit: umemro.blogspot.comA workshop geared at raising the awareness on what “Results Based Financing” is and how these approaches are being implemented in different countries globally will get underway in Dominica today. The workshop will include presentations on the Argentina Plan Nacer experience, Belize Pay for Performance program, and Burundi’s Performance Based Financing approach. Participants will also engage in group work and case study discussions to raise challenges and opportunities for RBF approaches in Dominica’s health sector.In support of the RBF workshop and to provide the World Bank team with a better understanding of the challenges faced at the different health service delivery levels in Dominica, the Ministry of Health organized site visits for the World Bank team to visit the Princess Margaret Hospital and Type I and Type III Health Centres throughout Dominica. The workshop is the first activity of the RBF program and will be followed by a situational analysis to further explore how to effectively apply RBF approaches in the health sector. It will also include study tours visits to countries implementing good practice RBF approaches relevant to Dominica’s context, and the development of a country work plan to support further exploring an RBF approach for the health sector. Meanwhile a World Bank Mission team led by Carmen Carpio, Health Specialist, arrived in Dominica on January 23, 2012 to provide technical assistance in support of the Dominica health sector. The mission will consist of two main activities which include discussing and exploring opportunities for results-based financing (RBF) approaches in Dominica’s health sector and assessing the Health Information System. Results-Based Financing (RBF) for Health is a tool used for increasing the quantity and quality of health services. It combines the use of incentives for health-related behaviours with a strong focus on results, and can support efforts to achieve the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).A follow-on visit by the World Bank team will take place in February to focus on the health information system (HIS). This visit will build on the RBF workshop and assess the stage of development of the HIS and identify opportunities for supporting potential RBF approaches and regional reporting on common health indicators across the OECS. Dominica Vibes Newslast_img read more

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Government comes to the aid of women in Layou

first_img Share Coolers presented to women in Layou. Photograph by Ashton Shillingford.Several women in the Layou community were presented with coolers and ice sheets last week as part of efforts to reclaim and sustain the Titiri market. The community of Layou is well known as the Titiri Village.The presentation formed part of plans by the Labour Party administration to assist residents of the community following the Layou river disaster and the breach of the Mattieu Dam which had a devastating impact on the livelihood of residents last year.Parliamentary representative for the St. Joseph constituency Hon. Kelvar Darroux spoke of the contribution by government towards the relief efforts for the Layou people.“The Government of Dominica has stepped in, in several ways. We have provided assistance to the farmers who were affected by giving them a stipend of five hundred dollars for those who had to traverse through another route. We provided assistance to the fishermen of Layou. Over twenty-five fishermen received sixty percent of what they lost. The government of Dominica responded in quick time to provide relief to the residents of the Clarke Hall area who were severely affected by the loss of their properties and so forth. The government has spent in excess of two hundred and fifty thousand dollars to replace the center portion of the York Valley Bridge. This was in an effort to allow the famers who had their farms in that area to regain access to their farms. We continue to work tirelessly. We are also in the process of finalizing negotiations with the Caribbean Development Bank (CDB) for a loan in excess of 27 Million dollars to ensure that we can rehabilitate and restore the Layou Valley area to its original state and that would include works on the road, the river walls and of course the people of Layou would benefit tremendously because part of that project will also include an emergency and disaster shelter which will comprise of a resource center and classrooms for training. All this is in effort to get the people of Layou back to a state of normalcy.”President of the Layou Improvement Committee Lazare Charles said the latest gesture by government will bring relief to the women of Layou.“The coolers will provide a sanitary and convenient method for transportation and sale of Titiri. We know that Titiri is a very fragile product and has a short lifespan so with these coolers, the Titiri can know be presented at a higher quality for public consumption. This way it is safe for the use of the public. The ice sheets are appropriate for keeping cooling power and freshness without the mess caused by melted ice…”.Photographs by Ashton Shillingford: [nggallery id = 181]GIS News 30 Views   2 comments Share Tweetcenter_img Share LocalNews Government comes to the aid of women in Layou by: – May 15, 2012 Sharing is caring!last_img read more

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Tour guide runs out of luck

first_img Sharing is caring! Court gavel. Photo credit: kirtok.comA local tour guide, who before last week had never been in trouble with the law, ran out of luck on Sunday when he was found with forty-one (41) grams of cannabis. Jackie Lewis, who was charged for possession of cannabis and possession of 41 grams of cannabis with intent to supply, pleaded guilty to the offences when he appeared before magistrate Candia Carette George on Tuesday.Police prosecutor Claude Weekes said a search warrant was executed by the police on the defendant’s person where a clear plastic bag was discovered with a content of what appeared to be cannabis on May 20th in Portsmouth.When he was asked by officers regarding the contents of the plastic bag he said; “that is weed”.He was asked what he meant when he say “that is weed” to which he replied “ganja, I just get that from a padner. Officer anything you get there is mine”.Magistrate Carette-George asked Lewis whether he knows that “marijuana is illegal”? He responded “yes, that’s why I didn’t give the police no trouble”.He was fined $1,000.00 to be paid by July 31st, 2012 on the possession of cannabis with intent to supply charge. There was no separate penalty for the possession of cannabis charge.If he fails to pay he will serve two (2) months in prison.Dominica Vibes News Share LocalNews Tour guide runs out of luck by: – May 22, 2012 Tweetcenter_img Share 7 Views   no discussions Sharelast_img read more

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Ronaldo, Ibrahimovic set for Italian Cup clash

first_imgIbrahimovic, 38, has scored three goals since returning to Milan last month.The Swede headed in the second goal on Sunday after setting up the first, but Inter hit back with four second-half strikes.“I showed that I can still make a difference, even at 38,” he said.But Inter striker Romelu Lukaku will be looking to upstage the two other former Manchester United players against Napoli in the other last-four first leg on Wednesday.Gennaro Gattuso’s Napoli, despite their current slump, ousted holders Lazio in the quarter-finals.“There’s a new king in town,” a jubilant Lukaku wrote on Twitter after scoring the fourth goal for Inter in Sunday’s derby.“We run this town.”The Belgian was replying to Ibrahimovic’s pre-derby post saying that “lions don’t compare themselves to humans”. Cristiano Ronaldo and Zlatan Ibrahimovic are set to go head-to-head in Thursday’s Italian Cup semi-final, first leg between Juventus and AC Milan at the San Siro.Advertisement Lukaku claimed that there is a “new king in town”Juventus coach Maurizio Sarri has reason to be worried by his side’s away form, with the defending Serie A champions having lost their last two games on the road.“I hope that someone will help me, it’s something we have to resolve,” Sarri said after the loss to Verona.“Right now we have a difference in performance between home and away.”Juventus are bidding to reclaim the trophy which they held for four seasons until losing to eventual runners-up Atalanta in the quarters last year.Antonio Conte’s Inter are the only one of the four semi-finalists to win in Serie A at the weekend, with Napoli crashing to a 3-2 defeat by lowly Lecce.Inter’s victory lifted them ahead of Juventus on goal difference at the top of the table, as they target their first Scudetto since 2010.The second-leg ties will take place on March 4 and 5.FixturesSemi-finals, first legWednesdayInter Milan v Napoli (1945GMT)ThursdayAC Milan v Juventus (1945GMT)FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Loading… Promoted Content6 Major TV Characters We Were Relieved To See Leaving The ShowPortuguese Street Artist Creates Hyper-Realistic 3D GraffitiCouples Who Celebrated Their Union In A Unique, Unforgettable Way12 Flicks That Almost Ended Their Stars’ CareersWhat Happens When You Eat Eggs Every Single Day?Best Car Manufacturers In The World10 Most Praised Historical Movies7 Things That Actually Ruin Your Phone7 Black Hole Facts That Will Change Your View Of The Universe10 Hyper-Realistic 3D Street Art By Odeith7 Facts About Black Holes That Will Blow Your Mind5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme Parks “It wasn’t the result we wanted,” said the 35-year-old Ronaldo despite becoming the first Juventus player to score in 10 successive league games, just one game short of the Serie A record.The five-time Ballon d’Or winner has scored 23 goals in all competitions this season. Both Ronaldo and Ibrahimovic scored at the weekend in defeats as Juventus fell 2-1 at Hellas Verona, while AC Milan threw away a two-goal lead in a 4-2 defeat by city rivals Inter.last_img read more

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Tottenham to cut losses on star as Villa eye bid

first_img Everton and Brighton could be set to do battle for Jeremie Boga in the summer transfer window (Daily Express) FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Loading… Christian Eriksen joined Inter in January for just £16.9m as he entered the last six months of his contract while Jan Vertonghen is due to be a free agent at the end of the season. Dier, 26, has played 20 times in all competitions this season but last started a Premier League match in December Spurs are also interested in the Canaries’ England Under-21 right-back Max Aarons (Daily Express) Manchester United have been given approval to sign Lyon’s French striker Moussa Dembele in a £60m deal (Daily Star) But Chelsea have also been encouraged in their own pursuit of Dembele as Lyon president Jean-Michel Aulas admitted they will “sell the players who want to leave” (Daily Mail) West Ham are keen to sign AZ Alkmaar winger Oussama Idrissi in the summer (Hammers News) Manchester United star Paul Pogba “would not mind” going back to Juventus next season, according to his agent Mino Raiola (Goal) Tottenham are ready to cash in on a midfielder wanted by Aston Villa, while West Ham are chasing a 16-goal winger, according to Friday’s Paper Talk. Jose Mourinho was spotted in the stands as RB Leipzig took on Bayern Munich in a German table-topper Tottenham are reportedly ready to sell Eric Dier in the summer transfer window, with Aston Villa showing interest in the player. Dier has struggled to break into the Spurs side this season, although he seen more game time since Jose Mourinho replaced Mauricio Pochettino in north London. The 26-year-old was tipped to leave the club in January, with Villa strongly linked with a move for the England international. Dier’s current contract is due to expire in 2021 and he is reluctant to put pen to paper on a new deal over a lack of game time. The Daily Mail reports that unless Dier is willing to commit his future to the club, he will be sold in the summer. Spurs are keen to avoid a situation whereby the midfielder enters the final stages of his contract and could only command a significantly reduced transfer fee or leave on a free at the end of it. Promoted Content9 Most Disturbing Movie DystopiasCouples Who Celebrated Their Union In A Unique, Unforgettable Way8 Superfoods For Growing Hair Back And Stimulating Its Growth10 Risky Jobs Some Women Do7 Of The Wealthiest Universities In The WorldWho Is The Most Powerful Woman On Earth?Ever Thought Of Sleeping Next To Celebs? This Guy Will Show You7 Ways To Understand Your Girlfriend Better7 Black Hole Facts That Will Change Your View Of The Universe7 Universities Where Getting An Education Costs A Hefty PennyWe’re Getting More Game Of Thrones: Enter House Of The Dragon!13 kids at weddings who just don’t give a hootlast_img read more

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Solskjaer: Fernandes will improve McTominay

first_imgManchester United boss, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has said  Bruno Fernandes can help turn Scott McTominay into a better player. Promoted Content13 kids at weddings who just don’t give a hootTop 10 Most Romantic Nations In The WorldBest & Worst Celebrity Endorsed Games Ever Made8 Ways Drones Will Automate Our FutureLittle Georgie Henley Has Grown Into A Beautiful Swan!8 Weird Facts About Coffee That Will Surprise YouWorld’s Most Delicious FoodsThe Highest Paid Football Players In The WorldThe Network’s Greatest Shows On HBOWhich Country Is The Most Romantic In The World?5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme Parks2020 Tattoo Trends: Here’s What You’ll See This Year Fernandes is getting rave reviews for his own performances since joining United in January. “Bruno can help Scott impove, definitely. Bruno is going to give us loads, definitely, and he is going to help the young kid,” said Solskjaer. “I shouldn’t call Scotty a kid, he is 23, but he is still learning the game. Bruno knows it inside out. He has been around, he’s travelled, he’s had his ups and downs.Advertisement He has been in Italy, Portugal so he has learned to deal with setbacks, so he will help them all including Scotty.” Solskjaer can’t wait for his Scottish international midfielder to be fully match fit and firing. “Scott has been important for us but he needs games as well to get back to the level that he was at before he got injured,” he added.Fallout of Utd victory: Ighalo reminded me of my playing days–Scholes Read Also: “It takes time when you’ve been out for two months so he’s getting there, he has done remarkably well in his recovery and to be back so quickly, we are delighted.” FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Loading… last_img read more

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Man Utd ‘determined’ to replace £450m Chevrolet shirt deal

first_img The US car manufacturer signed a deal worth £450m with the Red Devils in 2014 but are reportedly unwilling to sign an extension on the current deal, which ends in 2021. United’s poor performances on the pitch over the last six years and lack of success – relative to their lofty standards – coupled with Chevrolet’s parent company General Motors feeling they overpaid for the partnership have all contributed to the car company’s time as sponsor coming to an end. In fact, then-global marketing chief at GM Joel Ewanick left the company shortly after negotiating the deal in 2012, with a spokesman saying that he had “failed to meet the expectations the company has of an employee”. The Old Trafford club are sending replicas of their home kit to potential suitors with their branding printed on the front, according to the Daily Mail . Sending prototype shirts is becoming common practice amongst Premier League clubs as they look to obtain lucrative sponsorship deals, and United’s is already the most expensive in the country. Loading… Manchester United are leaving no stone unturned as they look for a shirt sponsor to replace Chevrolet at the end of next season. The current Chevrolet deal is worth £64m per season, far higher than nearest rivals Manchester City , who earn £45m per campaign from Etihad. Executive vice chairman Ed Woodward and managing director Richard Arnold are thought to be leading United’s search for the new sponsor. The Red Devils’ global appeal and marketability make them an attractive target for sponsors and many top brands are said to be swooping. Forbes ranks United as the third most valuable football club in the world, after Real Madrid and Barcelona , valuing them at £3.808bn. Read Also:Man Utd to go all out for Sancho, despite interest in Chelsea rebel The new sponsor will likely take it’s place on the front of the shirt with Kohler on the sleeve after the US manufacturing company were unveiled as United’s first ever sleeve sponsor in 2018 in a deal worth up to £20m per season. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Promoted ContentWho Earns More Than Ronaldo?10 Actors That Started Their Careers On SoapsWorld’s Most Delicious FoodsThis Guy Photoshopped Himself Into Celeb Pics And It’s HystericalThe Highest Paid Football Players In The WorldEverything You Need To Know About Asteroid ArmageddonWho Earns More Than Ronaldo?A Soviet Shot Put Thrower’s Record Hasn’t Been Beaten To This Day14 Hilarious Comics Made By Women You Need To Follow Right Now20 “The Big Bang Theory” Moments Only A Few Fans Knew AboutTop 7 Best Car Manufacturers Of All TimeThis Guy Photoshopped Himself Into Celeb Pics And It’s Hystericallast_img read more

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Liverpool crash out of Champions League, Atletico advance to quarters

first_img There was a surprise start for Diego Costa in the Atletico attack while Joao Felix also returned after missing first-leg win the Spanish capital. For the hosts, captain Jordan Henderson returned to the side after missing the last three weeks. UEFA Champions League holders Liverpool crashed out at the last 16 stage after losing to Atletico Madrid in a five-goal thriller on Wednesday night at Anfield.Advertisement It was no surprise to see the Reds dominating possession in the early stages of the encounter as Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain went closest to scoring in the openings but for a save from Atletico’s Jan Oblak.Atletico under Diego Simeone were known for their ability to frustrate team as they did in the first leg, but they also had Oblak to thank after the shot-stopper produced a couple fine saves to deny Sadio Mane and Trent Alexander-Arnold. However, the visitors’ resistance eventually broke just before the halftime break as Oxlade-Chamberlain’s cross found Georginio Wijnaldum, who sent a fine header into the far corner. The onslaught continued in the second half but Oblak was at his best yet again to deny Mane and and Roberto Firmino in the opening 15 minutes, while Adrian was called upon at the other end to deny Felix and Correa.When the Reds did manage to beat Oblak, they were met by the woodwork as Andrew Robertson saw his close-range header crash against the crossbar in the 67th minute as Atletico were pinned in their own half.Jurgen Klopp then decided to re-shuffle his pack with 15 minutes remaining as the lively Oxlade-Chamberlain made way for veteran midfielder James Milner.The game ultimately went to extra-time, where the`Reds took the lead in the tie for the first time when Firmino slotted into an empty net after his initial header was hit the upright.center_img Read Also: Neymar leads PSG to Champions League quarter finalHowever, the joy was short-lived as Atletico grabbed a vital away goal in the 97th minute as Marcos Llorente made it 2-2 on aggregate with a close range finish after an error from Adrian. The visitors then bagged a second goal on the stroke of halftime in extra-time, with Llorente completing his brace by turning home a cross from Alvaro Morata.The Reds were unable to secure the two unanswered goals that would have secured passage while Morata sealed the contest with the final kick of the game to seal a 3-2 second-leg win and a 4-2 win on aggregate.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Loading… Promoted ContentThe 9 Best Robots In Movie History10 Risky Jobs Some Women Do6 Incredibly Strange Facts About HurricanesTop Tastiest Foods From All Over The World7 Black Hole Facts That Will Change Your View Of The UniverseCouples Who Celebrated Their Union In A Unique, Unforgettable WayWho Is The Most Powerful Woman On Earth?Which Country Is The Most Romantic In The World?9 Most Epic Movie Robots We’ve Ever SeenThe Very Last Bitcoin Will Be Mined Around 2140. Read More6 Ridiculous Health Myths That Are Actually TrueBirds Enjoy Living In A Gallery Space Created For Themlast_img
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Kehinde rates Eagles high, commends Gernot Rohr

first_img Loading… Nigeria midfielder cum striker, Lanre Kehinde has rated the Super Eagles as one of the best national teams on the African continent.Kehinde who is eyeing a move back to Europe from his K League 1 club Incheon United noted that the Eagles have also achieved a lot in world football to receive the high rating, while noting that the current crop of players have the ability to take Nigeria football back to the zenith.Going down memory lane, the former Ankaragücü of Turkey player said that the Eagles exploits at the USA 1994 World Cup where the team was adjudged the second most entertaining side behind Brazil and the gold medal-winning feat at the 1996 Olympic Games in Atlanta were defining moments in the history of Nigerian football.“It is nice to see all that the country has achieved in Africa and world football. We have won the heart of millions of fans with our scintillating brand of football and hopefully we will get backLanre Kehinde rates Super Eagles high and gives Rohr a pat on the backto the zenith of world football with the present crop of players,” stated the stated the 6ft 4 1/2 in tall player, who scored 20 goals in 32 appearances for Israeli second division outfit Hapoel Afula in the 2014/15 season.   The bullish striker also commended the Super Eagles’ coach Gernot Rohr for his ability to fish out talents and coordinate the team, adding that the Eagles would soar under the Franco-German tactician. “Coach Rohr is good at his job and he has a lot of experience coaching different clubs and national teams in Africa“He knows how to get the best out of his players. And his calm mien is needed to mould a strong side capable of battling for and winning laurels,” stated Kehinde, who scored 10 goals in 15 appearances for Denizlispor of Turkey in 2019. Read AlsoAhead of Eagles clash: Rumpus in Sierra Leone as coach Tetteh quitsHe also called on the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) to continue to support the Eagles and all other national teams so that the country can continue to excel in international competitions. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 center_img Promoted Content11 Most Immersive Game To Play On Your Table TopWorld’s Most Famous Ceilings That Are Actually Works Of Art14 Hilarious Comics Made By Women You Need To Follow Right NowThe 10 Best Secondary Education Systems In The World14 Hilarious Comics Made By Women You Need To Follow Right NowWho Earns More Than Ronaldo?5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme Parks7 Ways To Understand Your Girlfriend BetterFantastic-Looking (and Probably Delicious) Bread ArtWhich Country Is The Most Romantic In The World?7 Non-Obvious Things That Damage Your Phone2020 Tattoo Trends: Here’s What You’ll See This Yearlast_img read more

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Barcelona ‘promise’ 2020 move for Neymar

first_imgBarcelona reportedly have an agreement in place to sign Neymar this summer, after striking a deal to block a move to Real Madrid in 2019.Advertisement Loading… According to reports from Mundo Deportivo, the Catalan giants told Neymar’s representatives they would sign him in the summer of 2020, if they could not complete a deal with PSG ahead of the 2019-20 season.The report states Barcelona acted to ward off growing interest from Los Blancos, and assure Neymar they wanted to facilitate a return to the Camp Nou.However, La Blaugrana are now under pressure to fulfil the reported transfer, with Neymar keen to push through an exit from the Ligue 1 side.Read Also: Barcelona look to free agent signings amid coronavirus pandemicThe French club have reportedly lowered their asking price from €200M to €150M for the 28-year old, in a bid to end speculation on his future.The new price could encourage Barcelona to sign him, but due to the financial pressure created by the Covid 19 lock down, the La Liga leaders may look to bring the fee down even further.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 last_img read more

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CAS orders Sevilla to pay Nancy slice of Lenglet transfer

first_img Loading… The Ligue 2 club released a statement saying on April 14, CAS upheld a decision by FIFA last July, which ordered Sevilla to pay part of the original fee plus interest and costs.When they sold 24-year-old Lenglet to Sevilla for 5 million euros in January 2017, Nancy negotiated a sell-on clause for 12 per cent of any transfer profit.The second tier outfit’s statement explained that when the France defender moved to Barca in July 2018 for a fee of “more than 35 million euros”, Sevilla argued that because Lenglet had activated a release clause he had not been sold but released.Clement Lenglet’s former clubs have been fighting over the fee that took him to BarcelonaRead Also: Serie A: Rugani, Matuidi free from coronavirusBut CAS, like FIFA, “considered that Sevilla FC could not use this release clause as an excuse to avoid its obligation to pay.”Nancy, who have a budget of around 15 million euros this season and were 12th in Ligue 2 when the season was interrupted by the coronavirus pandemic, said Sevilla had 45 days to pay.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Sevilla have been ordered by the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) to pay Nancy 3.7 million euros ($4.04 million) from the transfer of Clement Lenglet to Barcelona, the French club said on Wednesday.Advertisementcenter_img Promoted Content8 Superfoods For Growing Hair Back And Stimulating Its Growth10 Risky Jobs Some Women DoBest & Worst Celebrity Endorsed Games Ever MadeBirds Enjoy Living In A Gallery Space Created For ThemDid You Know There’s A Black Hole In The Milky Way?Real-life Robots That Will Make You Think The Future Is NowWho Is The Most Powerful Woman On Earth?8 Weird Facts About Coffee That Will Surprise YouYou’ve Only Seen Such Colorful Hairdos In A Handful Of AnimeFrom Enemies To Friends: 10 TV Characters Who Became Close7 Ways To Understand Your Girlfriend BetterIt Might Be Quentin Tarantino’s Last Movielast_img read more

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More imported canned pork products seized in NegOcc

first_imgThe task force quarantine team onThursday and Wednesday sent back to Manila hundreds of kilograms of porkproducts that arrived at the Bacolod-Silay Airport and Bredco Port here. Last Saturday, the task force alsoseized at least 27 kg of pork “asado” siopao from Luzon that arrived at theairport. The 34 packs of siopao were burned immediately.(With a report from PNA/PN) The inspections were conducted by theProvincial Veterinary Office (PVO) District Field Unit III underofficer-in-charge Dr. Modesto Joseph Cañonero III.  Ma Ling is one of the nine brandslisted on the Food and Drug Administration Order 2019-046, which directs allimporters, distributors, retail outlets and other dealers to immediately recallall pork meat products imported from countries suspected to be affected by theASF virus. NEGOCC PROVINCIAL ASF TASK FORCEPersonnel of the Provincial African Swine Fever Task Force seize at least 14 cans of luncheon meat at a grocery store in Murcia, Negros Occidental on Friday. Last Aug. 22, the task force chairedby Governor Eugenio Jose Lacson seized several cans of Ma Ling during aninspection at a supermarket in Bacolod City.center_img Task force personnel and the Murcia municipalagriculture office on Friday confiscated 14 cans of banned pork products,mostly Chinese-made Ma Ling luncheon meat from a grocery store, following theconfiscation of 21 cans of the same product during an inspection at the publicmarket in Silay City on Tuesday.  To ensure the safety of the P6-billionswine industry of Negros Occidental, including backyard swine producers, theprovincial government implemented a 90-day ban on pork products fromLuzon.  The ban covers live pigs, pork, porkproducts and by-products from Luzon whether fresh, processed or canned whichcan carry the ASF virus. BACOLOD City – As the ProvincialAfrican Swine Fever (ASF) Task Force here intensified its campaign, moreimported canned pork products were seized in Negros Occidental in a series ofinspections conducted this week.  last_img read more

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Oral defamation rap sends woman to jail

first_imgShe was detained in the custodialfacility of the Belison municipal police station. Police identified her as Diane Aguilo,25, of Barangay Ipil, Belison, Antique. The court recommended a P6,000 bail bondfor Aguilo’s temporary liberty./PN ILOILO City – Charged with oraldefamation, a woman was nabbed in Barangay Dulonan, Arevalo district. Aguilo was arrested on the strength ofan arrest warrant around 2:30 p.m. on Nov. 2, police said. last_img

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Gas truck explodes in Lima; 2 persons killed

first_imgHealth MinisterElizabeth Hinostroza said over 50 percent of the victims were in “very critical”condition, with burns covering over 80 percent of their bodies. The truck burst into flames after it hurtled off aramp on a street in Lima. At least 11 children were sent to local hospitalswith severe burns, authorities said. Peru restrictsthe shipping of gas to homes and industry via pipelines, and relies heavily ontrucks for distribution of the fuel.(Reuters) LIMA – A truckcarrying natural gas exploded on Thursday in Peru’s capital, killing at leasttwo people and injuring 48 others.      A burned car is pictured after a tanker truck carrying gas exploded in a residential area in Lima, Peru on Jan. 23. REUTERS/SEBASTIAN CASTANEDAlast_img read more

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Ajuy local found dead

first_imgOfficers of the Ajuy municipal policestation have yet to rule out foul play in the incident./PN ILOILO City – A 31-year-old man wasfound dead along the shoreline of Barangay Luca, Ajuy, Iloilo. Police identified him as 31-year-old JoebertGuanzon. Residents discovered Guanzon’s bodyaround 7:15 a.m. on Wednesday, the report added. Guanzon – resident of Barangay Ilaya3rd, Dumangas, Iloilo – was believed to have drowned, a police reportshowed.  last_img

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Iran says worsening outbreak could strain health facilities

first_imgIran is battling one of the worstoutbreaks outside China, with nearly 13,000 confirmed cases and more than 600fatalities. The real number of infections could be even higher, as questionshave been raised about the government’s transparency. Firefighters disinfect a street against the new coronavirus, in western Tehran, Iran, Friday, March 13, 2020. AP TEHRAN – The official leading Iran’sresponse to the worst coronavirus outbreak in the Middle East on Sundayacknowledged that the pandemic could overwhelm health facilities in thecountry, which is under severe U.S. sanctions.center_img “If the trend continues, there will notbe enough capacity,” Ali Reza Zali, who is leading the campaign against theoutbreak, was quoted as saying by the state-run IRNA news agency. (AP)last_img read more

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Man sentenced to death in Singapore via Zoom call

first_imgSINGAPORE – A man has been sentenced to death in Singapore via a Zoom video-call for his role in a drug deal, the city-state’s first case where capital punishment has been delivered remotely. “For the safety of all involved in the proceedings, the hearing for Public Prosecutor v Punithan A/L Genasan was conducted by video-conferencing,” a spokesperson for Singapore’s Supreme Court said in response to Reuters’ questions, citing restrictions imposed to minimize virus spread. (Reuters) Punithan Genasan, a 37-year-old Malaysian, received the sentence for his role in a 2011 heroin transaction on Friday, court documents showed, with the country under lockdown to try and curb one of the highest coronavirus rates in Asia.center_img At least four people were reportedly executed in Singapore in 2019 for drug-related and murder charges. HOW HWEE YOUNG/EPAlast_img read more

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IHSAA 2014 Boys Basketball Regional Scores

first_imgCLASS 3A REGIONAL @ WASHINGTONGreensburg 70   Silver Creek 60Evansville Memorial 72   Jasper 43Championship Game: FinalGreensburg 73   Evansville Memorial 50CLASS 1A REGIONAL @MARTINSVILLEClay City 66   Oldenburg Academy 46last_img

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Area Baseball Regionals Results

first_imgWRBI Area Baseball Regional Scores.Class 3A @ Jasper.Gibson Southern  1     Batesville  0Silver Creek  2     Southridge  1Championship:  Gibson Southern  16     Silver Creek  4Class 1A @ Morristown.Jac-Cen-Del  5     Indy Lutheran  2Shakamak  10     Greenwood Christian Academy  0Championship:  Shakamak  10     Jac-Cen-Del  2Courtesy of The IHSAA.last_img

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Holidays!

first_imgMerry Christmas and Happy New Year to all the faithful readers of Huddle Up.  We will be taking a week off so we can enjoy our family and hope you are able to enjoy yours as well.  We will be back after the holidays!last_img

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Bulldogs Sweep Indians In Middle School Basketball

first_imgBatesville 7th Grade team beat Milan 26 – 22 on Tuesday night.Seth Gausman led the Bulldogs with 11 points and 5 steals. Colt Meyer added 9 points, John Thompson and Jake Cruse 2 points and Drew Kiefer and Clay Grunkemeyer chipped in a point each.The 7th grade is now 8 – 3 on the season.Courtesy of Bulldogs Coach Tony Gausman.The 8th Grade Bulldogs improved to 8-3 on the season with a win at Milan last night by a score of 41-29.Leading scorers were Trey Heidlage with 14 points, Sam Haskamp 10, Cooper Williams 7 and Lane Oesterling with 6.The Dogs improved their lead every quarter.Our next game is this Thursday at BMS against Franklin County.Courtesy of Bulldogs Coach Terry Giesting.last_img read more

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Area High School Girls Basketball Scores

first_imgWRBI Area Girls Basketball Scores.Thursday (1-29)Switz. County  39     South Ripley  30Jac-Cen-Del  40     SW Hanover  29Milan  45     Waldron  44Madison  68     Lawrenceburg  58Heritage Christian  56     Rushville  41Shelbyville  41     Hauser  32Indy Lutheran  55     Morristown  50SW Shelby  60     G-wood Christian  49last_img

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Bob Lafary, 65

first_imgRobert E. Lafary, Jr., 65, of Versailles passed away at 11:50pm, Saturday, April 29, 2017 at his home. He was born at the Margaret Mary Hospital in Batesville on October 29, 1951 the son of Robert and Donna Jo Bonfer Lafary. He was married to Kris Ford on March 24, 1990 and she survives. Other survivors include his mother Donna Jo Lafary of Versailles; one son Rob Lafary of Versailles; two daughters Amy Jo Lafary of Champaign, Illinois, and Faith Renee Lafary of Versailles; one sister Lisa (Butch) Allee of Versailles;  nephews Dustin and Dane Allee, his niece Shannon (Allee) Benham and his great-nieces Emma, Allee, Ella, and Ava. He is also survived by numerous individuals who considered him a father figure or simply referred to him as “Uncle Bobby.” Mr. Lafary was a 1969 graduate of South Ripley High School and a 1971 graduate of Northwood University. Bob spent his career as a professional musician and more specifically a professional drummer. He founded his first band the Steppin Stones as a teenager and in recent years headed the Bob Lafary Trio, playing several venues in the tri-state area. Away from music, he previously managed numerous hotels and restaurants throughout Southern Indiana, is a former employee and coach in the South Ripley Community School Corporation and was a licensed IHSAA baseball and softball umpire. Bob was an inductee of the Southeast Indiana Musicians Hall of Fame and he also attended the Versailles Baptist Church. Funeral services will be held on Thursday, May 4th at 11am at the Stratton-Karsteter Funeral Home in Versailles with Rev. Mike Cantrell officiating. Burial will be in the Cliff Hill Cemetery in Versailles. Visitation will be on Wednesday from 4pm to 8pm. Memorials may be given to the South Ripley Music Boosters to aid in their goal of purchasing new drums for the band or the Cliff Hill Cemetery in care of the funeral home.last_img read more

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New mural dedicated in Oldenburg

first_imgOldenburg, Ind. — Members of the Oldenburg community gathered Wednesday to dedicate the town mural on the side of the Village Store facing State Road 229. The artwork was developed by the town and staff from the Oldenburg Academy.The design includes all local businesses, and was conceived by the town of Oldenburg, Chris Ann Hettesheimer and Andrea Grimsley. Students in all grades participated in layout and painting of the project.Assistant principal Jonathan Maple says the students were involved in every aspect of the project- design, material procurement, layout and painting. The mural was funded by the Rural Alliance for the Arts and Joan and John W. Hillenbrand Vision Fund. The cooperation of Ellen and Jeff Paul, owners of the Village Store was vital in the completion of the mural. Oldenburg Academy peresident Diane Laake led the presentation.last_img read more

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Anthony D. Prickel

first_imgAnthony D. Prickel, age 76 of Batesville, died Wednesday, September 13, 2017 at Christ Hospital in Cincinnati.  Born September 19, 1940 in Batesville, he is the son of Alvina (Nee: Wallpe) and Alphons Prickel.  He married Joyce Gindling May 5, 1962 at St. Louis Church and she preceded him in death January 17, 2002.  Tony worked as an inspector for Cummins Engines in Columbus for 33 years before retiring in 1995.  He was a member of the Batesville Knights of Columbus Council #1461 and the Batesville Eagles Aerie #1130.For those who knew Tony, he had two passions.  To say he was a huge Notre Dame fan would be an understatement.  A bigger fan would be harder to find.  A close second was his love of golf.  He played as often as he could.  He also followed the Reds and was a casual Bengals fan.  In his earlier years he enjoyed rabbit and squirrel hunting and in later years Tony became an avid Solo player.  He would often stop at the Knights hall mid afternoon to sit in on a game or two.He is survived by his daughter Gayla Prickel of Greensburg; sons Scott and Chris Prickel, both of Batesville; his longtime companion Brenda Gridley; sisters Emma and Katie Prickel, both of Batesville; brother Larry Prickel of Napoleon and seven grandchildren.  In addition to his wife and parents, he is also preceded in death by sister Pauline Vankirk and brothers Alvin (Buster) and Paul (Pete) Prickel.Visitation is Friday, September 15th from 4 – 7 p.m. at the Weigel Funeral Home.  Funeral services are 10 a.m. Saturday, September 16th at St. Louis Church with Rev. Stan Pondo officiating.  The family encourages everyone to wear their favorite Fighting Irish attire to the visitation and funeral.  Burial will follow in the church cemetery.  The family requests memorials to the Batesville Knights of Columbus or Shriner’s Children’s Hospital.last_img read more

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Thefts from vehicles reported in Batesville neighborhood

first_imgBatesville, in. — Batesville residents in the Cedar Lane and Catherine Street areas are being cautioned by police following a string of vehicle break-ins. A report from police says the crimes occurred late Saturday into Sunday morning.A total of six cases are under investigation. Police say the thieves got away with mainly loose change.Police ask residents to try to park in a lighted area, lock doors and windows, keep valuables out of open view and never warm up a vehicle unattended. If you see a crime in progress call 911 if you have information about a crime call 812-934-3131.last_img read more

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Mr. Larry Dean Buchanan

first_imgMr. Larry Dean Buchanan, age 75, of Columbus, Indiana, formerly of Switzerland County, Indiana, entered this life on May 31, 1942, at home in Ohio County, Indiana, the son of the late, Wilbur Russell “Toots” and Elizabeth Melzena (Bovard) Buchanan. He was raised in Quercus Grove, Indiana and was a 1960 graduate of the Patriot High School. Larry was inducted into the United States Navy on October 25, 1961, in Cincinnati, Ohio, serving during the Vietnam War. He earned the good conduct medal and was honorably discharged with the rank of AK2 on February 24, 1966, in Memphis, Tennessee. Larry was united in marriage on January 22, 1992 in Columbus, Indiana to Brenda Teltoe and to this union arrived a daughter Emilee to bless their home. Larry was employed as a mail carrier for the US Postal Service in Columbus, Indiana, retiring in 1997, after 30 years of service. He was a member of the Columbus Moose Lodge #398. Larry enjoyed coaching softball for many years, golfing and was a Cincinnati Reds fan. Larry passed away at 12:24 a.m., Thursday, March 1, 2018, at his residence in Columbus, Indiana. Larry is survived by his daughter, Emilee L. Andrew and her husband: Dylan of Columbus, IN; his dog, Zoe; his brother-in-law, Kenny Griffin of Vevay, IN and his several nieces and nephews.He was preceded in death by his parents, Wilbur Russell “Toots” Buchanan, died March 21, 1991 and Elizabeth Melsena (Bovard) Buchanan, died November 17, 1993; his brother, Jim R. Buchanan, died December 3, 2000 and his sister, Verlie Griffin, died September 8, 2012.A celebration of Larry’s life will be held on Saturday, March 10, 2018, at 2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m., at the Hartsville United Methodist Church, 175 Jaskson Street Hartsville, Indiana 47244.Memorial contributions may be made to Our Hospice of South Central Indiana. Cards are available at the funeral home.last_img read more

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Lady Wildcats Fall Short Against Lady Pirates

first_imgIt was tough night for the Lady Cats at Greensburg Country Club. The Wildcats fell to the Pirates for their 2nd loss of the season 171-180. Junior, Maggie Brack, captured medallist honors with a personal best score of 36. They will be back in action tomorrow night when they travel to Grand Oak Country Club to take on the East Central Trojans.FC Individual Scoring. Maggie Brack-36 (personal best), Abby Orschell-48, Gracie Graf-48, Camryn Brewer-50, Ashlan Hill-48, Taylor McCreary-59, Erin Hesselbrock-57, Sam Ebrens-55, Kelsey Brackney-63.Courtesy of Wildcats Coach Marisa Mears.last_img read more

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Bulldogs & Eagles Middle School 4-Way Meet Results

first_imgThe Batesville Middle School boys won their cross country meet against Milan, Jac-Cen-Del and Rising Sun on Thursday.  Lyle Oesterling finished 4th in the boy’s race, followed by Will Sherwood, 5th, Eli Loichinger, 6th, Emi Lopez, 7th, Tacoma Nicholas, 8th, Jake Chapman, 9th, Talan Rowlett, 10th, Cole Pride, 11th, Carter Walsman, 13th, Landin Hughes, 14th, and Mason Jones, 15th.The Batesville Middle School girls won their meet against Milan, Jac-Cen-Del and Rising Sun.   Ava Hanson won the girl’s race, followed by Emma Weiler, 2nd, Sophie Myers, 3rd, Madelyn Pohlman, 4th, Kaylynn Bedel, 5th, Cora Deputy, 8th, Megan Allgeier, 10th, Ella Rowlett, 11th, and Josie Meyer, 17th.Boys. Batesville 30, Rising Sun 60, Jac-Cen-Del 100, Milan 101Girls. Batesville 15, Milan  69, Rising Sun 73, Jac-Cen-Del 117Courtesy of Bulldogs Coach Derek Suits.The Jac-Cen-Del Junior High Cross Country teams ran in a four team meet with Batesville and Milan at Rising Sun on Thursday (8/30). The JCD girls’ team finished 4th and the JCD boys’ team finished 3rd in the meet.Aug30@Rising SunCourtesy of Eagles Coach Steve Narwold.last_img read more

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Mikel may consider moving to Egyptian Premier League

first_imgFormer Chelsea midfielder, John Obi Mikel, has left the door open for a potential move to the Egyptian Premier League in the future. Mikel  The 33-year-old is a free agent after ending his contract with Turkish Super Lig club Trabzonspor by mutual agreement in March. Mikel quit the Black Sea Storm after expressing his fears over playing football amid the coronavirus pandemic. He was recently linked with a move to Brazilian side Botafogo who showed interest to sign him but the ex-Tianjin Teda captain claimed he was yet to make a final decision. During a chat with Egyptian media outfit OnTime Sports, the two-time English Premier League winner was quizzed about a potential move to the Egyptian top-flight. “Playing in the Egyptian Premier League? Why not?” said Mikel as reported by Kingfut.Advertisement “I am a professional footballer and everything is possible. I never ruled anything out. “My goal is to continue playing football, and I hope I will have the opportunity, I do not reject any offers made to me, but rather study them well until I make the right decision.” Mikel left Chelsea after more than 10 seasons at Stamford Bridge. There, he made 374 appearances and won eight major domestic honours and two European trophies. He returned to English football on a short-term deal at Middlesbrough, after a spell at Chinese top-flight outfit Tianjin Teda. read also:Iwobi: How Mikel influenced my Super Eagles career Having represented Nigeria at U17 and U20 level, he made his senior national team debut against Libya on August 17, 2005. Mikel went ahead to feature in two Fifa World Cup tournaments and four Africa Cup of Nations finals, where he won the title in 2013 and bronze medals in 2006, 2010 and 2019. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Loading…last_img read more

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Tottenham target Ndombele swap with Coutinho

first_imgPremier League side Tottenham are reportedly open to a player swap deal with Tanguy Ndombele trading places with Barcelona’s Philippe Coutinho.Advertisement However, if a direct swap deal is reached, Barcelona do stand to make a loss on their original signing.Barcelona paid €120m to sign Coutinho from Liverpool in 2018, and with Bayern Munich rejecting their €100m purchase option on him, they have lowered his value to €80m, with Ndombele rated at €55m.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Loading… Read Also: Video: Ramos fires home wonder free kick against Real Mallorcacenter_img Barcelona have been linked with a summer move for the French international, after the former Lyon midfielder has endured a mixed first season in England.Coutinho has also been heavily rumoured to want a return to the Premier League ahead of the 2020-21 season, and according to reports from the Independent, a deal could be struck to suit both clubs.Barcelona are reportedly operating on a tight budget this summer, with player exchange deals likely to form the majority of their transfer dealings. Promoted ContentThe Best Cars Of All TimeTop 7 Best Car Manufacturers Of All Time5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme ParksGo Stargazing & Discover The Night Sky At These Cool Locations7 Universities In The World Where Education Costs Too MuchWho’s The Best Car Manufacturer Of All Time?Who Earns More Than Ronaldo?6 Interesting Ways To Make Money With A Drone2020 Tattoo Trends: Here’s What You’ll See This Year10 Risky Jobs Some Women DoA Hurricane Can Be As Powerful As 10 Atomic BombsCouples Who Celebrated Their Union In A Unique, Unforgettable Waylast_img read more

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Dutch manager set to replace Setien as Barca boss

first_img Read Also: FC Nantes 3 – 1 Le Havre: Moses Simon scores in friendly Seven first team stars, including Arthur Melo, Ivan Rakitic, Arturo Vidal, Ousmane Dembele, Junior Firpo and Samuel Umtiti could all be sold to raise over €100m in transfer funds. Brazilian international Melo has already agreed a deal to join Juventus, with Rakitic and Vidal also linked with moves to Italy. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Barcelona will reportedly axe manager Quique Setien and replace him with Netherlands boss Ronald Koeman after tomorrow’s board meeting. The former Real Betis boss has been widely linked with the sack following Barcelona’s 8-2 Champions League defeat against Bayern Munich over the weekend. Reports from across Spain claim will be relieved of his position less than eight months after arriving in Catalonia, to replace Ernesto Valverde. According to the front page of Monday’s edition of Diario AS, the club have targeted Koeman as their first choice option, ahead of former Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino. The report also states the former Dutch international will be tasked with selling a host of first team stars this summer in order to drastically change the club’s fortunes in the coming months.Advertisement Promoted Content7 Black Hole Facts That Will Change Your View Of The UniverseThe Very Last Bitcoin Will Be Mined Around 2140. Read MoreTV Characters Who Hated Each Other But Later Became Friends15 Extremely Surprising Facts About Disney Princesses9 Facts You Should Know Before Getting A Tattoo8 Things To Expect If An Asteroid Hits Our PlanetCouples Who Celebrated Their Union In A Unique, Unforgettable WayWho Is The Most Powerful Woman On Earth?Great Entertainer Became A Milestone In The History Of CensorshipEver Thought Of Sleeping Next To Celebs? This Guy Will Show You5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme ParksDid You Know There’s A Black Hole In The Milky Way?center_img Loading… last_img read more

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Coutinho set to stay as Barca rule out another loan

first_img The only way Coutinho will leave the Camp Nou this summer is if a club comes in with a huge offer to sign him permanently. However, in the current economic climate, the chances of that happening are practically impossible. Bayern Munich refused to pay the 120 million euro option to buy after the 28-year-old’s loan in Bavaria expired at the end of last season. Read Also: PSG thought about buying Messi- LeonardoKoeman now has an extra reinforcement for his squad and plans to use Coutinho as a central midfielder this time around.Under Ernesto Valverde, the former Liverpool player was used as a winger – where he wasn’t able to perform to his high standards.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Loading… Philippe Coutinho is set to remain a Barcelona player this season. According to Marca, Ronald Koeman has told the club that he wants to keep the Brazilian, who had been listed on the market for some months. Now, Barcelona have ruled out the possibility of the midfielder leaving on loan for the coming campaign.Advertisement Promoted Content9 Facts You Should Know Before Getting A Tattoo7 Non-Obvious Things That Damage Your Phone10 Places On Our Planet Where The Most People Live5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme Parks6 Ridiculous Health Myths That Are Actually True7 Universities In The World Where Education Costs Too Much5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme ParksTop 10 Most Romantic Nations In The World2020 Tattoo Trends: Here’s What You’ll See This Year14 Hilarious Comics Made By Women You Need To Follow Right Now13 kids at weddings who just don’t give a hoot7 Things That Actually Ruin Your Phonelast_img read more

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Dinsmore dialed in for Ffrst Cotton Bowl win

first_imgBy J.M. HallasPAIGE, Texas (May 17) – Greg Dinsmore got back in the winner’s circle Saturday night at Cotton Bowl Speedway, the 3/8 mile, semi-banked, clay oval, just east of Austin. After recording a victory in his heat race, Dinsmore started outside the front row in the 20-lap IMCA Xtreme Motor Sports Modified feature and led all 20 laps on his way to the checkered flag. The former Mountain Home and Pleasanton track champion took some time off to enjoy time with his family and focus on his business, Sundowner RV & Truck Repair. Dinsmore ran a very limited number of races, most of which were out-of-state, over the past two years and just recently began running the new Paig track. During his time off, Dinsmore picked up a new BMS Chassis that he has been learning while working out the new car blues. Saturday night he had everything go his way holding off the rest of the 19-car field, including former IMCA national champion and current track point leader Keith White. In a race slowed by three cautions, White caught Dinsmore briefly on the final yellow. The duo battled hard with Dinsmore keeping the top spot and he was able to keep White in his wake as he motored on to the win, in only his second race at the track. Saturday’s win followed up a strong run last weekend that was foiled by a flat tire while running second. “This is really an awesome facility,” said Dinsmore. “They’ve made some great strides since I ran a Late Model here before. The people and the quality of racers here are some of the best I’ve seen.”“I had a good lead until that final caution. Keith got around me on the restart after I hit a rut and pushed a bit,” he added. “I was able to outrun him on the back stretch to get the lead back. This car has a crazy amount of forward bite and made a lot of difference in getting the win.”last_img read more

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Friday Five Mile Point show next for Friesen Chevrolet Empire State Series

first_imgKIRKWOOD, N.Y. – James Cornell got the win when Friesen Chevrolet Empire State Series came to Five Mile Point Speedway for opening night back on April 13. He’ll bring the point lead to Kirkwood when the IMCA Xtreme Motor Sports Modified tour returns to Kirkwood for a Friday, Oct. 10 show, the seventh of nine events on the 2014 series schedule. The feature pays $400 to win, plus a $100 bonus courtesy of Riding The Cushion, and lap money. Main event qualifiers earn a minimum of $100 when they take the green flag. There is no entry fee. Pit gates open at 4 p.m. and the grandstand opens at 4:45 p.m. Hot laps are at 7 p.m. with racing to follow. Grandstand admission is $12 for adults, $10 for seniors ages 65 and over, $5 for students 13-17 and free for kids 12 and under when accompanying a paid adult. A family pack sells for $30 and gets two adults and three seniors or students through the turnstiles. Each also gets a hot dog and a soda. More information is available on Facebook or by calling 607 775-5555. Friesen Chevrolet Empire State Series top 20 point standings – 1. James Cornell, Port Crane, 237; 2. Gary Roberts, Afton, 225; 3. Gary Smith, Harpursville, 224; 4. Matt Cole, Binghamton, 209; 5. Chris Fleming, Union Springs, 201; 6. Michael Stoddard, Binghamton, 189; 7. Keith Jack Lamphere, Monroeton, Pa., 187; 8. Tyler Stoddard, Binghamton, 173; 9. Will Ward, Cobleskill, 170; 10. Billy Ward, Cobleskill, 167; 11. Jared Spalding, Troy, Pa., 158; 12. Bumps Scutt, Cortland, 157; 13. Craig Ward, Owego, 107; 14. Brad Smith, Columbia Cross Roads, Pa., 92; 15. Michael Butler, Richmondville, 86; 16. Kenneth Buck, Canton, Pa., 82; 17. Kurt Decker, Nineveh, 81; 18. Rich Keller, Clay, 79; 19. Brian Steigerwald, Norwich, 75; 20. Jason Amidon, Monroe, 71.last_img read more

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Goedert tops Late Models at Dubuque

first_imgBy Jerry MackeyDUBUQUE, Iowa (June 19) –The headliner of the Sunday night Fathers’ Day show at Dubuque Speedway was the 25-lap Out-Pace Racing Products IMCA Late Model feature.Luke Goedert advanced from a second row start to take the lead early. While Goedert worked low, Dan Shelliam was riding the high side to pull even. Shelliam took over the point and led for five laps before getting too high in turn two scraping the wall.Goedert went on to lead the rest of the feature for the win while Shelliam recovered to finish se­cond. Bobby Hansen crossed under the checkers in third.The Merfeld Brothers Automotive IMCA Modifieds delighted the fans with plenty of wheel to wheel rac­ing in their 20-lap feature. Tyler Madigan led the majority of the main event before one slight miscue allowed Ryan DeShaw to get inside and take the lead on the white flag lap.DeShaw scored the win ahead of Madigan and Mark Schulte took third.The GSI Collision Specialists IMCA Northern SportMod class saw history made on Sunday night as a first-ever winner made his way to victory lane. Wes Digman has been close on several occa­sions but Sunday night belonged to the Cuba City, Wis., driver. Digman hit his marks lap after lap in holding off two very good drivers in Troy Bauer and Tyler Soppe.Greg Gill made the long tow from Muscatine and went home with the first place trophy. Gill took the win ahead of Jason Brimeyer.last_img read more

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IMCA Speed Shift TV Dirt Knights Tour makes history with 100th event Sunday at Benton County

first_imgSpeed Shift TV Dirt Knights Tour top 10 point standings – 1. Ethan Braaksma, Newton, 231; 2. Kyle Brown, Madrid, 192; 3. Kelly Shryock, Fertile, 179; 4. Corey Dripps, Reinbeck, 166; 5. Jason Brees, Meriden, 158; 6. David Brown, Kellogg, 145; 7. Cody Laney, Torrance, Calif., 133; 8. Al Hejna, Clear Lake, and Chris Abelson, Sioux City, both 116; 10. Kollin Hobdon, Pahrump, Nev., 108. The Aug. 30 feature pays $1,000 to win and is a qualifying event for the 2021 Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational.  The 2020 Dirt Knights finale will be broadcast by Speed Shift TV.  Pit gates open at 4 p.m. and racing follows 6 p.m. hot laps. IMCA Sunoco Stock Cars, IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stocks and Karl Kustoms Northern SportMods are also on the card, in $500 to win features. There are no entry fees for the draw/redraw show. Grandstand admission is $15 for adults, $13 for seniors and ages 6-14, and free for five and under. Pit passes are $30 for adults and $15 for ages 14 and under.  VINTON, Iowa – Another chapter in IMCA Modified history will be written on Sunday, when the Speed Shift TV Dirt Knights Tour comes to Benton County Speedway. Braaksma owns the distinction of having won tour features in three different states, Park Jefferson Speedway in South Dakota, Buena Vista Raceway in Iowa and Fairmont Raceway in Minnesota.  Sunday’s race will be the 10th tour event held at Vinton since 2011. Most of the previous events were mid-May or Memorial Weekend openers; the upcoming race was rescheduled from May 25.  The 100th event in tour history will be held at Vinton, the track where the IMCA Modified division first raced more than 40 years ago. Winner of three of the first six Dirt Knights events this season, Ethan Braaksma is poised to become the 11th different champion in as many years the tour has been held.last_img read more

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IGAD warns of new locust swarms forming in East Africa

first_imgThe IGAD Climate Prediction and Applications Centre (ICPAC) has warned that new swarms of the desert locust are forming in the Eastern Africa region. The organization says locust swarms have been reported in the last 6-weeks in northwestern Kenya, southern, northern and northeastern Ethiopia, northwest and northeastern Somalia.Adult locusts are also in large numbers in the areas where hoppers and bands were spotted in June which is in the trajectories of migrating swarms.Also Read  COVID-19: Kenya records 139 new cases, 198 recoveries and 9 fatalities ICPAC in a statement says, climatic conditions suitable for desert locust development are forecasted to be highly suitable in eastern Uganda, southern to eastern Sudan, northern Ethiopia, northeastern Somalia and northwestern Kenya.Get breaking news on your Mobile as-it-happens. SMS ‘NEWS’ to 20153 Ecological conditions including the presence of green vegetation are some of the factors encouraging the growth of swarms.Wind direction and speeds, which greatly determine swarm movement is forecasted to be southerly and southwesterly in most parts of the region.Also Read  Uhuru calls for rebuilding of the UN to better address emerging challenges“According to our recent seasonal forecast, a drier than usual season can be expected in most parts of Eastern Africa. This could reduce available vegetation for locusts, thereby reducing the number of swarms. Shifting wind directions later in the October, November and December season is likely to change the swarm’s movement southwards yet again, but against a backdrop of lesser vegetation available for multiplication” reads the statement.Also Read  Kalonzo applauds Senate for ending revenue stalemateDesert locusts are projected to move from Samburu to Turkana and Marsabit, and West Pokot areas of Kenya to Eastern Uganda areas of Moroto, Kotido, Pader and Kigum.Highest risk areas for Desert Locust swarms and adult locust invasion based on forecasted climate conditions and existing vegetation conditions suitable for an invasion are outlined below:The risk of significant impact to both crops and rangelands is very high due to the sustained multiplying swarms and likelihood of swarms migratinglast_img read more

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West Florida Sweep Double Header Over Valdosta State

first_img Share West Florida Sweep Double Header Over Valdosta State April 28, 2007Box ScoreVALDOSTA, Ga. – West Florida (36-16, 10-7 GSC) swept the first day double header over Valdosta State (26-28, 7-10 GSC) with a 4-1 game-two victory on Saturday afternoon in Valdosta State. With the win the Argonauts secured the number three seed in the Gulf South Conference East Division guaranteeing them a spot in the GSC Tournament taking place in Millington, Tenn.In the second inning, Valdosta State took the first lead of the game with on a Chris Harris RBI single up the middle, scoring Brandon Atkins.West Florida evened the score on an RBI single by Peter Antoske (Olmsted Township, Ohio/ St. Edwards HS) in the fifth inning. Antoske’s lined shot knocked in Jacob Whisenhunt (Mobile, Ala./ LB Wallace CC) from third, who reach on a Blazer error.Valdosta State tried to retake the lead in the fifth inning when they attempted to steal home with two outs. With two outs the Blazers shortstop, Justin Huff, took off on a Jon Sintes (Fort Walton Beach, Fla. / Pensacola Junior College) pitch, but an alert Whisenhunt made the play at the plate.The Argonauts took the lead in the top half of the seventh, with three unearned runs in the final inning of the game. Whisenhunt got things going with a single to center field. A pair of walks loaded the bases for West Florida and two runners score on an error by the Blazer first baseman. The final run also crossed the plate following another Valdosta State error.Sintes (8-4) picked up the win going six innings allowing one run on three hits, while striking out seven and walking only one.The Argonauts and Blazers will conclude their three-game series with one game tomorrow afternoon beginning at 12 p.m. Follow the action with “Live Stats” or listen to the live broadcast all at goargos.comPrint Friendly Versionlast_img read more

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Norman E. Meyer

first_imgNorman E. Meyer, age 75 of Batesville, died Friday, April 12, 2019 at Margaret Mary Health.  Born May 6, 1943 in Batesville, he is the son of Rosemary (Nee: Bedel) and John Meyer.  He served in the Army reserve and following his release he would become a tool and die maker for the Hill-Rom Company, retiring in 2007 after 45 years.  He married Lucy Burkhart on May 11, 1968 at St. Mary’s Church in Greensburg.  A member of St. Louis Church, he also belonged to the Batesville Knights of Columbus Council #1461 and the Batesville Athletic Boosters.Family was a priority with Norman and he loved spending time with his granddaughters, although his family indicated he was a man of few words.  His other passion was all things John Deere.  He farmed with his brother 54 years, just recently selling the farm.  His favorite task was being in the combine during harvest.As a tool and die maker, Norman liked to tinker and fix things.  The kids used to leave their broken toys next to his lunch box for him to fix.  As they grew, he enjoyed watching all three of the boys play high school basketball and then later, his granddaughters.  He and Lucy have traveled to all 50 states with an Alaskan cruise and a trip to Hawaii among their favorites and a cold Budweiser or screwdriver every now and then was a good thing.Norman is survived by his wife Lucy; sons Brian (Mindy), Daryl (Carol) and Alan (Lana) Meyer, all of Batesville; sisters Shirley Rennekamp of Sunman, Mary Moorman of Oldenburg, Janet Rehberger of Oldenburg; brothers John Meyer of Greensburg, Harry Meyer of Bloomington, Indiana, Greg Meyer of Hamburg and five grandchildren.  In addition to his parents, he is also preceded in death by sister Laverne Goedl and brothers Gerald and Virgil Meyer Sr.Visitation is Tuesday, April 16th, from 4 – 7 p.m. at the Weigel Funeral Home.  Funeral services are 10 a.m. Wednesday, April 17th at St. Louis Church with Rev. Stan Pondo officiating, followed by burial in the church cemetery.  The family requests memorials to the Batesville Athletic Boosters or St. Louis School.last_img read more

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Crit McCoy Ridener

first_imgCrit McCoy Ridener, 70, of Lawrenceburg, Indiana, passed away Wednesday May 8, 2019 in Lawrenceburg, Indiana.He was born October 31, 1948 in Cincinnati, OH, son of the late Crit McCoy Ridener and Millie (Lawrence) Ridener.Crit worked as a laborer for Wayne Water Pumps.He was a man of faith, and he loved the Lord. He enjoyed music, and loved his five parakeets. Crit enjoyed watching golf, sci-fi and mystery movies, especially Sherlock Holmes. He loved listening to the old radio programs.Crit is survived by his loving spouse Darlene (Simonson) Ridener.He was preceded in death by his parents as well as a sister, Patricia Brock.Services will be held at the convenience of the family.Contributions may be made to defray Funeral Expenses. If unable to attend services, please call the funeral home office at (812) 926-1450 and we will notify the family of your donation with a card.Visit: www.rullmans.comlast_img read more

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Area Girls Tennis Sectional Scores (5-15)

first_imgArea Girls Tennis Sectional ScoresWednesday (5-15)ConnersvilleRushville  3     Union County  2Franklin County  5     Connersville  0GreensburgGreensburg  3     Southwestern  2South DearbornEast Central 5     South Dearborn  0Batesville  5     Milan  0The Batesville High School tennis team posted a 5-0 win over Milan in the first round of the IHSAA sectional at South Dearborn.The Lady Bulldogs were led by senior Sophie Brown with a 6-0 and 6-2 win over Maitri Patel at No. 1 singles. Kate Poltrack and Jenna Ertel were also winners at No. 2 and 3 singles, respectively. Poltrack defeated Margo Taylor 6-0 and 6-3, while Ertel beat Lucy Ortt 6-1 and 6-0.The No. 1 doubles team of Corinne Stone and Betsy Harmeyer were 6-0 and 6-1 winners over Delaney Bushhorn and Cheyenne McMullen. Maggie Walsman and Lily Esser teamed up for a 6-2 and 6-3 win over Cici Bailey and Maddy Schmidt at No. 2.Courtesy of Batesville AD Bryan Helvie.last_img read more

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K9 Axel finds drugs during traffic stop

first_imgNorth Vernon, IN—Thursday,  Sergeant Cody Low with the Jennings County Sheriffs Office and his canine partner, Axel, conducted a traffic stop on Country Squire Blvd involving a Silver 2004 Pontiac Sunfire for a registration violation. Sgt. Low made contact with the driver, Jason Jackson, 35, of North Vernon, who was found to be driving on a suspended license. Sgt. Low deployed his canine partner Axel to conduct a free air sniff of the vehicle. Canine Axel gave a positive alert to the odor of Narcotics coming from inside the vehicle. A search of the vehicle yielded over 3.5 grams of methamphetamine, four syringes, and paraphernalia. The passenger, Johnny Zolton,65, of North Vernon, was also taken into custody on drug charges.Johnny Zolton was charged with Possession of Methamphetamine and Possession of Paraphernalia.Jason Jackson was charged with Possession of Methamphetamine, Possession of Paraphernalia, Possession of Syringe, and Driving While Suspended Prior.last_img read more

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Ronald D. Strunk, 79, Versailles

first_imgRonald Dean Strunk, 79, of Versailles passed away Monday, December 9, 2019 at the Kings Daughters Hospital in Madison. He was born in Oneida, Tennessee on November 26, 1940 the son of Beatty and Maude Goodman Strunk. Survivors include his daughters Tracy and Deanna of Oregon, Sherry of California, and several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, his brothers Edward, Billy, Herman, Willis, Clyde, Harold, and Jr., and his sister Leona. Ronald had formerly lived in Oregon and worked as an auto body technician. Funeral services will be held at 7pm, Wednesday, December 18 at the Stratton-Karsteter Funeral Home in Versailles with Pastor Doug Cornett officiating. Visitation will begin at 5pm. Memorials may be given to the donor’s choice in care of the funeral home.last_img read more

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RCCF addresses COVID-19 crisis

first_imgPRESS RELEASE FROM RIPLEY COUNTY COMMUNITY FOUNDATION:As COVID-19 continues to impact our country, we understand the uncertainty our community is feeling during this challenging time.At Ripley County Community Foundation, our mission is to assist donors in building an enduring source of charitable assets to benefit the citizens and qualified organizations of Ripley County. As such, we are positioned to support our community during these trying times.We recognize the economic impact of social distancing in order to limit the spread of the disease. While we appreciate how important it is for us to keep our community safe, it is a difficult time for so many of our neighbors. W are all feeling the impact of this crisis.Please know that your Foundation acknowledges how sensitive this situation is for our community, and we are working with partners to identify ways to navigate the coming weeks. While some businesses can pivot to more online activity, we recognize this isn’t a solution for everyone. We continue to monitor COVID-19 and are working with local and state authorities to support our community during this unprecedented time.We are dedicated to the health and well-being of our entire community. We will continue to rally together to keep our families safe and healthy and support one another. We’re all in this together.last_img read more

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Honda shuts down through May 1

first_imgGreensburg, IN—Honda Manufacturing of North America that includes the Greensburg plant is now suspending production through May 1st due to a reported 50% drop in sales for March and according to the letter to employees, the prediction is that April sales will be worse.  Honda has directed all employees that as of April 13th, the days will be designated as “No Work Days”.last_img

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Fairground Fun Park replacing State Fair time slot for 2020

first_imgIndianapolis, IN—The State Fair may be canceled, but there is a new event scheduled to take place during that time. Yesterday, The Indiana State Fairgrounds and Event center announced on social media The Fairgrounds Fun Park coming to Indianapolis this summer. The Fairgrounds Fun Park presented by Indiana 811 will occur from July 31 through September 7 in Indianapolis at the Fairgrounds. The event will feature rides, games, and Midway Food. Early bird tickets are available by clicking here. After many complaints on social media about the State Fair being canceled and this event happening at that same time, organizers responded by stating, “the Indiana State Fair is a complex event that attracts over 850,000 guests, including vendors, exhibitors, sponsors, performers and more, spread throughout a 200+ acre campus. Due to this complexity and the impact of COVID-19 on our event, the 2020 State Fair was canceled in June. We are thankful that our partners at North American Midway Entertainment have found a way to provide a simplified event at our facility this summer. The Fairgrounds Fun Park will be a completely new experience, with rides, games, and food stands lining our iconic Main Street.”last_img read more

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IHSAA COVID-19 Resource Center

first_imgThe Indiana High School Athletic Association, with support of its Board of Directors and feedback from its Sports Medicine Advisory Committee, will continue to work in collaboration with Governor Holcomb’s office, the Indiana State Department of Health, and the Indiana Department of Education to provide guidance to its member schools during the COVID-19 pandemic.This Resource Center will continue to be updated with new information as conditions change during the COVID-19 pandemic. The IHSAA believes it is essential to the physical and mental well-being of student-athletes to return to organized physical activity and build team relationships with their peers and coaches. Students who  participate learn life lessons in an environment that cannot be duplicated. Academic achievement, the development of leadership and social skills as well as the mental health benefits are known to be greatly enhanced in students who participate in these programs compared to those who do not. There is no doubt that the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic has already resulted in thousands of our students missing out on these life-shaping educational experiences over the past several months. A study conducted by UW Health & the University of Wisconsin concluded that more than two-thirds of high school athletes report anxiety and depression since the onset of the pandemic. Another report by the group measured the impact of School Closures and Athletic Cancellations on the health of Indiana adolescents.The IHSAA fully supports its member schools in determining what is in the best interests of the health and well-being of their student-athletes and staff. Each IHSAA member school’s athletic department will operate with the approval of its school administration in moving forward throughout the 2020-21 school year. It will be the decision of each local school district to determine if they can safely conduct athletic practices and contests.Due to the nature of the outbreak, there may be inequities due to geography within the state of Indiana as some areas will have higher COVID-19 rates that may not warrant full athletic participation while another area has lower COVID-19 rates that allow full participation.For workouts, practices, and competitions to continue, social distancing and other preventive measures such as face-covering/masking and frequent sanitizing of hands, implements, and equipment are strongly encouraged. This will likely remain in place until a cure, vaccine or very effective treatment is readily available, or so-called “herd immunity” is confidently reached.As the science about COVID-19 evolves, it will be important to remain vigilant and nimble to respond to newdevelopments. Students and their families, along with school personnel, must recognize these risks and implement best practices to reasonably mitigate these risks. Participation in school activities is voluntary and every individual will need to evaluate the risk versus the benefits of athletics participation. Those immune-compromised students and staff, or those who live with family members with elevated health concerns, should evaluate associated risks of participation and may choose not to participate.According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the virus that causes COVID-19 is thought to spread mainly from person to person, mainly through respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs, sneezes or talks, and also may be produced when yelling, cheering, singing and spitting. These droplets can land in the mouths or noses of people who are nearby or possibly be inhaled into the lungs. Spread is more likely when people are in close contact with one another (within about six feet). Risk mitigation strategies should be aimed at reducing the likelihood ofa person being exposed to respiratory droplets coming from another person. Every school is different, and every athletics activity is different.  Certain mitigation strategies may be feasible in one school or for one activity, but not another.We are also providing sport-specific recommendations and/or considerations that our team has developed inconjunction with the National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS) or a similar governing body. These documents have been shared with member school administrators and links are available below. Note that a rule modification is a modification to a playing rule from the governing body of the sport and is a requirement to adhere to and follow. A recommendation is a consideration to the sport and allows for optional guidelines. Recommendations are not required but are permitted.Again, this Resource Center will be updated as necessary.last_img read more

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COVID-19 testing to continue through September

first_imgOsgood, IN — Batesville Mayor Mike Bettice has stated that the State of Indiana has continued the contract with OptumServe to continue COVID-19 testing throughout the state and will continue until least the end of September.  Testing will continue in both Osgood and Greensburg and is available Monday through Friday from 8 am to 8 pm.  Those seeking testing can walk in to get tested or set an appointment by going to lhi.care/covidtesting or calling 888-634-1116.last_img

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Aguero crashes £150,000 Range Rover

first_imgRelatedPosts Aguero could be out of action until November, Guardiola says Aguero undergoes knee surgery Injured Aguero heads to Barcelona to see specialist Manchester City star Sergio Aguero was involved in a minor car crash as he made his way to training on Wednesday morning.The Argentine was travelling to Etihad Campus facility centre when his £150,000 LUMMA CLR SV Range Rover Sport was involved in an accident.The 31-year-old fortunately walked away from the crash unscathed as images showed serious damage to the car’s front right wheel.Sky Sports presenter David Gorrido said: “We understand he is unhurt after being involved in a small car collision, we’ve been told that he’s had a bump this morning.“It’s been described as a minor plan, but has reported to the CFA – City Football Academy as well as the rest of the ancestor City squad and we understand he didn’t need to be checked the by medical team.”The incident comes two years after Aguero was involved in another crash in Amsterdam, which saw him suffer broken ribs.The Argentine was a passenger that time as he rode in a taxi before it collided with a pole.City travel to Selhurst Park to face Crystal Palace in the evening kick-off on Saturday.Tags: Range RoverSergio Aguerolast_img read more

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FA Cup: Reds, Toffees light up Anfield in derby

first_imgRelatedPosts Lampard: I still have confidence in Tomori Pirlo not out to copy anyone after Juventus’ comfortable opening win Mane double eases Liverpool to win over 10-man Chelsea Liverpool vs. Everton Venue:Anfield Stadium Kick off: 5:01PMLiverpool will look to replicate their astonishing Premier League form in the FA Cup when they meet local rivals Everton in the third round this afternoon. Jurgen Klopp’s men are cruising at the top of the table, while the Toffees are enjoying a resurgence of form under new boss Carlo Ancelotti. Thursday’s 2-0 victory over Sheffield United handed Liverpool the incredible record of going a full calendar year without losing a game in the Premier League. The result leaves the Merseyside club 13 points ahead of closest challengers Leicester City with a game in hand, leading many to believe that the title is already destined for Anfield. However, while Liverpool’s resurgence in the league and in Europe has been remarkable, such success has not replicated itself in the FA Cup during the Klopp era. Since the 2015-16 campaign, Liverpool have not gone beyond the fourth round, exiting the competition at that stage on three occasions and losing to Wolverhampton Wanderers in the third round last term. Having not won the accolade since 2006, supporters will hope that their team places greater emphasis on going deeper in this competition – starting with a tantalising meeting with their biggest rivals under the lights today. For Everton, it was their last visit to Anfield in December – a 5-2 defeat – that put the nail in the coffin for former manager Marco Silva, who was sacked soon after. Since then, however, the Toffees have discovered a sense of rhythm that seemed to elude Silva and his players from the moment the 2019-20 campaign kicked off. Following a galvanising victory over Chelsea under caretaker boss Darren Ferguson, the club secured the services of Champions League winner Ancelotti in what must be viewed as a masterful piece of recruitment. The Italian has exerted an immediate impact, recording a pair of dominant victories over Burnley and Newcastle United ahead of performing impressively during a 2-1 defeat to Manchester City at the Etihad. Indeed, Ancelotti will point to the organisation and energy of that performance as a blueprint for how Everton must negotiate the trip to Anfield this weekend. Liverpool possible XI: Adrian, Hoever, Van Dijk, Gomez, Robertson, Henderson, Wijnaldum, Lallana, Salah, Firmino, Elliot. Everton possible XI: Pickford, Sidibe, Holgate, Keane, Digne, Davies, Sigurdsson, Walcott, Richarlison, Calvert-Lewin, Kean.Tags: Carlo AncelottiFA CupJurgen KloppLiverpoollast_img read more

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GTBank sponsors 2020 Lagos International Polo Tournament

first_imgRelatedPosts H1: GTBank declares 30k interim dividend GTBank named Africa’s Most Admired Finance Brand Breaking: 49 COVID-19 patients discharged in Lagos From February 4 to 16, 2020, Lagos will play host to some of the most prestigious teams for Africa’s premier polo competition, the 2020 Lagos International Polo Tournament. Sponsored by leading African Financial Institution, Guaranty Trust Bank Plc, the competition will feature 39 teams, the highest number till date. The teams will compete in four major cups: Silver Cup, Open Cup, Low Cup and Majekodunmi Cup. The finals of the Silver Cup and Open Cup will hold on February 9, 2020, while the finals of the Low Cup and Majekodunmi Cup hold on February 16, 2020. This year, the Lagos International Polo Tournament, themed: “Lagos Develops Polo,” aims to encourage the participation of young and indigenous talented players, while featuring top class action from some of the most experienced and acclaimed polo players in and out of the country, including South Africa’s Chris Mackenzie +7, Argentina’s Andres Crespo +5, Raul Laplacette +7 and Santiago de Estrada +6, as well as Nigeria’s Neku Atawodi-Edun +5, the first black female polo player and the highest-handicapped female player at the tournament. Over the years, GTBank has been at the forefront of supporting Polo, widely revered as the Sport of Kings, and promoting the Lagos International Polo Tournament, which has hosted reputable personalities such as His Royal Highness, the Prince of Wales. Played on the grounds of the Lagos Polo Club, Ikoyi, the premier polo club in the country, the tournament has featured polo greats like Alphonso Pieres, Gonzalo Pieres and Alan Kent. Commenting on GTBank’s sponsorship of the 2020 Lagos International Polo Tournament, Segun Agbaje, Managing Director of Guaranty Trust Bank Plc, said: “We love the game of polo, not only because it is one of the most anticipated events in the social calendar of the country, but also because its values such as discipline, rigour and fair play strongly resonates with our brand. “Our sponsorship of the 2020 NPA Lagos International Polo Tournament also reflects our strong belief in the role of sports as a major vehicle of social development and our commitment to championing activities and events that bring people together.” Guaranty Trust Bank is a leading advocate of Sports Education as a major way of promoting the values of excellence and fair play whilst laying a solid foundation for the emergence of sporting talent. The Bank maintains a defined Corporate Social Responsibility strategy focused on championing causes and fostering initiatives that transform lives and uplift communities. Alongside the GTBank Lagos International Polo Tournament, the Bank organises and sponsors several other sports competitions, one of which is the GTBank Masters Cup, a football competition amongst secondary schools in Lagos State.Tags: Alan KentAlphonso PieresGonzalo PieresGTBank Masters CupGuaranty Trust Bank PlcLagos International Polo TournamentLagos Polo ClubNPA Lagos International Polo TournamentPrince of WalesSegun Agbajelast_img read more

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Europa League: Eriksen scores first Inter Milan goal, Ajax lose at Getafe

first_imgRelatedPosts Vidal lands in Milan to complete move from Barca to Inter Ighalo: My best moment as ‘Red Devil’ EPL: Crystal Palace stun sloppy Man U Inter Milan midfielder Christian Eriksen scored his first goal for the club since last month’s move from Tottenham Hotspur to set up a 2-0 win at Ludogorets Razgrad in the Europa League on Thursday. Manchester United were held 1-1 at Club Brugge and Getafe pulled off a surprise 2-0 home win over last year’s Champions League semi-finalists Ajax in other round-of-32, first-leg ties. Inter were frustrated by more than an hour by their Bulgarian opponents until Eriksen fired a low shot into the net from just outside the penalty area in the 71st minute. Romelu Lukaku sealed the win with a stoppage-time penalty, the Belgian striker’s 22nd goal of the season, after Anicet Andrianantenaina was judged to have handled following a VAR review. United were quickly in trouble in Belgium when Emmanuel Dennis lobbed the ball over Sergio Romero to give Brugge a 15th-minute lead. But Anthony Martial levelled in the 36th minute when he raced through to place a shot past Simon Mignolet. United, with new midfield signing Bruno Fernandes on the bench, struggled to create many chances, although conditions were difficult with heavy rain and a strong wind. Brazilian pair Deyverson and Kenedy scored in each half for Getafe against Ajax. Deyverson finished off a well-worked free kick to celebrate his European debut for the La Liga club with a goal after 38 minutes and Kenedy broke clear to add a second in the last minute. In other matches, Daichi Kamada scored a hat-trick to help Eintracht Frankfurt to a 4-1 win over coach Adi Huetter’s former club RB Salzburg. Viktor Kovalenko scored the winner as Shakhtar Donetsk beat Benfica 2-1 and Sporting defeated Istanbul Basaksehir 3-1. Youssef En-Nesyri equalised as Sevilla rescued a 1-1 draw at Cluj after Ciprian Deac had given the Romanians the lead with a penalty. Reuters/NAN.Tags: AjaxANthony MartialChristian EriksenEuropa LeagueInter MilanLudogorets RazgradManchester Unitedlast_img read more

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Roma suspend training sessions indefinitely

first_imgRelatedPosts Bayern Munich fans undergo Super Cup coronavirus tests Ighalo: My best moment as ‘Red Devil’ David Silva recovers from COVID-19 Roma have decided to suspend their training sessions indefinitely. The players were scheduled to return to Trigoria on Wednesday, but they will have some personalised programmes to follow at home instead. They received guidelines for athletic condition and nutrition. The injured players will receive video instructions with the team’s staff. Roma have not played in a match since the first leg of the round of 16 in the Europa League against Sevilla. They have sent a letter to UEFA requesting the interruption of the competition before it became official.Tags: AS RomaEuropa LeagueSEVILLATrigoriaUEFAlast_img read more

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Abraham: I suffered racial abuse over penalty miss

first_imgRelatedPosts Abraham: Playing against Lewandowski great for me Tammy Abraham snubs new Chelsea deal Tammy Abraham Chelsea future in doubt Chelsea striker Tammy Abraham has described the dramatic loss of confidence he suffered after being subject to racist abuse at the start of the season.Abraham was handed the no.9 shirt as Frank Lampard put his trust in academy graduates to make an impact on the Chelsea senior side, the striker fresh from a successful campaign on loan with Aston Villa the season before. The 22-year-old made his first start of the season on the opening day as Manchester United ran out 4-0 winners at Old Trafford then, three days later, missed a penalty in the Uefa Super Cup shootout loss to Liverpool as Chelsea left Istanbul empty-handed.Abraham has revealed how the miss left him in tears after the game before racist abuse destroyed his confidence, citing it as the lowest point of his career to date.“The season before at Villa, I had only missed one out of eight or nine so I had confidence,” Abraham told the club website. “I remember walking up and the pressure got to me, nobody had missed up to that point so I knew I had to score.“I had what I wanted to do in my head but I changed my mind when I was taking the run-up. Afterwards in the changing room, everyone came round me saying ‘don’t worry, it happens to the best players’ but at the time I just didn’t want to hear it. I wanted everyone to leave me alone, I was in tears.“I lost a lot of confidence after that. I was doing well on my loans but when I came back to Chelsea, it just wasn’t working – I couldn’t get my first goal, I couldn’t do anything. “In my head I was wondering if it was worth all the stress because I was getting abused on Twitter, a lot of racist comments, people saying I wasn’t good enough to be playing for Chelsea. It was the biggest down in anything I’ve done in football.”Lampard continued to show faith in the young striker, who had denied his Derby County side promotion while winning the play-offs with Villa just months prior.Abraham came off the bench against Leicester, before starting at Norwich where he bagged a brace – his first goals of the season.He would do the same at home to Sheffield United before a hat-trick at Wolves, restoring his confidence and helping him score 15 goals before the season was paused.“In my head, I knew that if I didn’t score [against Norwich] then it could be my last starting chance gone,” he said. “When I scored, the emotions just got to me. I ran over to the manager and I was thinking ‘I’ve just scored my first goal for Chelsea!“That’s when the confidence started to come back. I scored the winner in that game as well so from there the confidence came back gradually. The Chelsea fans started to believe in me and I could kick on.“As a striker, you need to believe in yourself and have that confidence. Being Chelsea’s number nine, you’ve got big boots to fill so I need to believe that I’m the man, that I can score and do well for the team. You need that feeling going into every game.”Tags: Loss of ConfidenceRacial AbuseTammy Abrahamlast_img read more

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Pellegrini in relaxed mood

first_img There was widespread dismay at Mancini’s removal just a year after winning the Premier League but Pellegrini’s calmness, composure and confidence has done much to win people over. With nearly £90million spent on new players Fernandinho, Jesus Navas, Alvaro Negredo and Stevan Jovetic, there is also a freshness about the squad. Captain Vincent Kompany has noticed the difference. The Belgium international told BT Sport: “I think I look at our squad and I am really pleased with the kind of players we have got in. They are not just great players but great characters. “Already they have done some unbelievable stuff in pre-season, not just in the games but in training as well. “The character just fits perfectly. In any team I want to compete on every level, which means you need players who are just positive and always ready to keep going.” Kompany is also enjoying working under Pellegrini, who guided Villarreal and Malaga to the latter stages of the Champions League and has a strong reputation for man-management. When asked for his thoughts on the new manager, the 27-year-old said: “A lot of class, a man with a very soft touch in the sense that he kind of knows what to say at the right time. “His training sessions have been brilliant so far.” Pellegrini is expected to reshape the City side and urge them to play in a more fluid style. The team are thought likely to play in a basic 4-3-3 formation but Pellegrini claims that is far too simplistic a description. He said: “I am very flexible. I don’t have to play every week exactly the same. “We will see for a lot of reasons which is the best one. I am not afraid of playing different ways because the team is prepared to.” Manuel Pellegrini is ready to hit the ground the running as his Manchester City career begins in earnest this week. The 59-year-old has a daunting challenge ahead of him having been told the club not only want to win the biggest prizes, but want to do so in style and with a harmonious dressing room. He also has a host of other responsibilities relating to City’s much-noted “holistic approach” to all footballing matters but none of this fazes him. The former Villarreal, Real Madrid and Malaga boss said: “It is my first time here in England and it is a different league. “(Whether it is) more difficult or less difficult we will see during the year, but for me (it is) exactly the same. “I worked for nine years in Europe and I saw a lot of matches in the Premier League every weekend. “I played in the Champions League against English Premier League teams so I know a lot about this. “And living here now, of course, I see more.” The mood at the club has been transformed since the turbulent final weeks of the last campaign when, with the title already surrendered, City lost the FA Cup final and Mancini was sacked. The Chilean has slipped effortlessly into the managerial hotseat vacated at the Etihad Stadium by Roberto Mancini at the end of last season. Pellegrini already claims to feel at home and is comfortable with his squad as he prepares to launch their Barclays Premier League campaign at home to Newcastle on Monday. Press Associationlast_img read more

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Van Persie back in contention for United

first_img “He is back fit and we will see exactly where he is.” And there was some good news for England manager Roy Hodgson ahead of next month’s crucial World Cup qualifiers against Montenegro and Poland as midfielder Tom Cleverley has recovered from the knee problem sustained in midweek. “Tom has done a bit of training today as well,” Moyes said. “He is not too serious. He rocked his knee in training and we were a bit worried. “But he has had no reaction. He has done some training today and he will not be too far away tomorrow as well.” Moyes also confirmed contract talks with youngster Adnan Januzaj, whose present deal expires in the summer, are continuing. “As far as I know, things are moving along and as soon as we get the news, we will give it to you,” said the Scot. After complaining about the tough run of fixtures his players were given at the start of the campaign, Moyes’ side now face a less testing examination of their credentials. Press Association Van Persie has missed United’s last two games with a groin injury but has returned to training, leaving manager David Moyes to decide whether to recall the Holland striker for the Old Trafford clash. “Robin will be back involved somewhere,” the Scot said. “Whether we use him, whether we don’t, he has trained today. Robin van Persie will be available for Manchester United’s Barclays Premier League encounter with West Brom on Saturday. Yet the extreme reaction over the past seven days to that hammering at Manchester City and subsequent victory over Liverpool have been a reminder for Moyes of just what he let himself in for when he decided to leave Everton for the challenge of replacing Sir Alex Ferguson. “When you first come into the job as a young manager, it can be difficult,” said Moyes. “I found that as a young manager at Preston, and I found that when I was a young manager at Everton. “But I feel I have come into this job with experience. “I had done a lot of seasons in the Premier League and know exactly how it works. “But you never get used to the enormity of this club, not at least for a while. “Personally, I feel like you have to deal with that. “That’s what happens when you come into these management jobs.” But Moyes does feel he is gradually getting to grips with his new role. “I have been learning since the day I walked in as Manchester United manager,” he said. “I don’t think that is going to change for a long time. “I even think the manager who has just left was continually learning in the job. “I am relatively new to it so I am still learning everything about it.” last_img read more

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Poyet to play safe with Fletcher

first_img “But also, we have [Fabio] Borini, who is also very good, [Connor] Wickham, Ji [Dong-won], so we have a lot of players who can play up front. “Of course I want to play, but at the same time, this is football and any part I have to play in the club, I am prepared to play it.” Whether or not the pair will link up once again at Hull on Saturday remains to be seen, but Altidore will hope for a chance to line-up against the club which gave him his first chance in English football. The New Jersey-born frontman spent the 2009-10 season on loan at the KC Stadium in what proved to be something of a baptism of fire as the Tigers were relegated from the top flight. Altidore appeared as a substitute in a 4-1 defeat at Sunderland in September 2009, but started the reverse fixture in the following April, only to depart early along with Black Cats defender Alan Hutton after both were sent off after an off-the-ball clash in a 1-0 win for the visitors. He admitted: “I remember it, I remember that game. I got a red card I didn’t even know about. I didn’t even know what I was doing in the moment.” Altidore will head for Humberside still awaiting his first league goal in a red and white shirt, but insisting he is not concerned by a drought which currently extends to eight appearances. He said: “I feel like I have been unlucky a little bit and I know that if I keep getting the chances, I am going to score, so I am not really worried about it.” The Black Cats have confirmed that Wickham has returned to Sheffield Wednesday for a second loan spell. The 20-year-old striker spent time with the Championship side last season, making six appearances and scoring once. Wickham will remain with Wednesday until January 1 and could make his second debut for the Owls against Reading this weekend. The England Under-21 international joined Sunderland from Ipswich in June 2011 and has made 40 appearances for the club. Sunderland boss Gus Poyet will take no risks with striker Steven Fletcher as he primes him to fire the club out of trouble. The 26-year-old set the Black Cats on the way to a 2-1 derby victory over Newcastle – their first in the Barclays Premier League this season – last Sunday with a fifth-minute opener which underlined both his potency and his importance to the Uruguayan’s rescue mission. That strike took the £12million man’s tally on Wearside to 13 goals in 33 league appearances since his move from Wolves during the summer of 2012, a return which serves to illustrate just how much he was missed during lay-offs for ankle and shoulder injuries. Press Association Poyet has taken little time to realise how central Fletcher is to his masterplan and as a result, is desperate to strike a balance between getting the most out of him while at the same time protecting him. He said: “Listen, when the top scorers in your team are fit, it’s perfection, I would say because in football, you know you need to keep players fit. “When I signed my contract here, there was a question mark about Fletch to be fit or not in the next few weeks, and then he has played every game for me. “We are trying to make sure that we use him as much as we can, but at the same time, we keep him fit so we don’t lose him for a while. “The understanding and the communication has been great so he knows how important he is for us, but at the same time, how we need to be looking after him in the right way.” Fletcher’s injury problems coupled with Sunderland’s parlous situation – they remain four points adrift of safety – have meant chances to forge a partnership with £6million summer signing Jozy Altidore have been few and far between. The Scot and the 23-year-old United States international had a rare opportunity to play together from the start against the Magpies and although their double-act remains in its infancy, Altidore has already seen promising signs. He said: “He frees up space for me to do other things, and vice-versa. We can only create more and more opportunities if we get the chance to play together. last_img read more

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Baxter hails departing Hayes

first_img The club announced that the 33-year-old former Exeter captain has quit with immediate effect due to a back injury. Irishman Hayes spent five years with the Aviva Premiership outfit, making more than 130 appearances. Exeter boss Rob Baxter has paid tribute to Chiefs lock Tom Hayes following his retirement from rugby. “Tom has been a big part of our journey out of the Championship and then into the Premiership,” Baxter said. “He has been there every step of the way, both as a player and as a captain, so obviously him leaving like this is a big loss for us. “In years to come people will look back at this period and he will be one of those guys that will go down in history as being part of the team that not only helped us get out of the Championship and into the Premiership, but then got us into the Amlin and the Heineken Cups and really helped to establish us as a club.” center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

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O’Shea hoping for Brown re-think

first_img Referee Kevin Friend’s decision that it was worthy of a red card left Sunderland manager Gus Poyet, whose team are bottom of the league, livid. And giving his thoughts on the incident involving his centre-back partner Brown, O’Shea said: “When you see the replays of Wes’ tackle it’s frustrating, but obviously it’s one of those things. “It’s so frustrating. We were a goal down at that stage but I thought we were in clear control of the game and it gave Stoke a massive, massive lift. “The ref’s not had the best of days, has he? “Hopefully the red card will get overturned. “He took his time over it but he still managed to get it wrong because Wes has clearly won the ball. I don’t think he even touched Adam.” A few seconds passed between the tackle on Adam – whose goal had put Stoke 1-0 up six minutes earlier – and Friend blowing his whistle. The Stoke player continued running before going to ground off the pitch, and regarding Adam, O’Shea said: “The reaction from Charlie could have been a bit better. Black Cats defender Brown was controversially dismissed in the 36th minute of his team’s 2-0 Barclays Premier League defeat at the Britannia Stadium on Saturday after making a sliding challenge on Charlie Adam. Brown, travelling at considerable speed, won the ball with the tackle and replays suggested any contact between the two players had been minimal. Sunderland captain John O’Shea feels “common sense” will have been shown if Wes Brown’s red card against Stoke is overturned by the Football Association. “I think the reaction of their bench is what the ref has gone on, to be honest.” Brown, 34, was starting a second successive top-flight game having not previously been in the first XI for a league fixture since January 2012. And O’Shea said: “You can imagine how gutted he is. He’s worked so hard to get back. “Fingers crossed it will be overturned and he’ll be okay for next week.” He added: “From what we’re hearing the linesman might have said he didn’t think it was a red card, I don’t know for certain. “But with the position we’re in we can’t keep going on about decisions. We need to keep our own focus and work on that. “We know what a player Wes is and with a bit of common sense, which we need at this time, it will be overturned. “It’s fairly simple. These things can be overturned when people have made mistakes, so let’s just move on with it.” Poyet, whose team conceded a second goal in the 81st minute when Steven Nzonzi scored, called after the game for an apology from referees’ chief Mike Riley – something West Brom boss Steve Clarke recently said he had received in relation to the penalty contentiously awarded to Chelsea in Albion’s 2-2 draw at Stamford Bridge. Asked if he thought such an apology from Riley, the head of the Professional Game Match Officials Board (PGMOB), might come Sunderland’s way, O’Shea said: “We’ll wait and see. We have to move on. “We’ve got a massive game against Aston Villa (away next Saturday) and it’s one we can get something from.” Sunderland are expected to appeal Brown’s red card. With regard to Riley, it is understood that while there is every chance he will speak to the Black Cats this week, the details of that conversation, including any apology, will not be publicised by the PGMOB as it considers it a private matter – something it also felt in the West Brom case. Press Associationlast_img read more

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Saints appoint Rogers as interim CEO

first_imgSouthampton appointed Gareth Rogers as interim chief executive officer on Wednesday as owner Katharina Liebherr declared her intention to stabilise the club after a torrid week off the field. “I am delighted that Gareth has agreed to step into this role,” she said. “After the events of the past week, my priority has been to bring stability to the management of the club and I am pleased that we have been able to make this appointment from within. “We had a very positive meeting with all the staff of the club on Monday and I am sure Gareth’s appointment will be warmly received.” Rogers, who has been with Southampton since 2011, also declared his delight at taking up the role. “I am very pleased to be able help the club by stepping up to the CEO’s job on an interim basis,” he said. “We have a fantastic staff and everyone is working together to make sure the club ends the season as strongly as possible.” With a replacement for Cortese in place and assurances from Pochettino that he does not intend to step down, Liebherr again insisted she does not want to sell any of Southampton’s key talent. “Having inherited Southampton Football Club following my father’s untimely passing, I am delighted and proud of the exhilarating period of success that the team and the staff has enjoyed these past few years, buoyed by the unstinting support of the fans,” she continued. “I am absolutely committed to ensuring that the club continues this success. I have met our manager Mauricio Pochettino and have given him my complete support to build on the good work that has already been achieved. “We have also said that we have no plans to sell any of the squad during the January transfer window. Yesterday I met the rest of the staff and gave them the same message of support.” Given the news that injured duo Gaston Ramirez and Dejan Lovren both suffered ankle ligament damage in the 2-2 draw with Sunderland, it may be that Pochettino will be requesting funds to add to his squad during January, rather than having the threat of losing players such as Adam Lallana and Luke Shaw to their rivals. Press Associationcenter_img Nicola Cortese resigned as chief executive last week, with Liebherr becoming non-executive chairman, leading to speculation that manager Mauricio Pochettino and several key players could follow the influential Italian out of St Mary’s. But Liebherr has once again moved to quash such suggestions, insisting the appointment of Rogers – who already worked for Saints as their chief financial officer – will benefit everyone at the club. last_img read more

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Toure open to PSG switch

first_img Press Association “A role at City after his (playing) career? Of course. Like Real Madrid have done with (Zinedine) Zidane, for example,” he said. “Zidane played there and afterwards began working for the club. “Yaya will need a club in the future. We do not want more money or a longer contract, anything like that, just the right attention. “More attention on Yaya, and that he feels happy at the club, that is the most important thing. “I will tell you one more time, we do not need more money.” “Given the goals of Paris, how could you not be interested in a club like that?” Toure told France Football. “PSG have become one of the strongest teams in Europe. It would be an honour to one day play for a club like that. If I can be of service…” In the interview, the midfielder did little to play down suggestions a summer move could be on the cards. “Given the magnificent season Manchester City have had, everyone talks about me and everything is open,” he added. “My agent, Dimitry, is hanging on the telephone and he knows what he has to do, I have complete confidence in him. “Nobody knows what can happen tomorrow, my attention is on the World Cup and we will see afterwards. “Yes, I have said I would like to finish my career at Barcelona. You never know because football moves quickly, you never know.” Seluk reiterated his view from last week that Toure should be offered a job on City’s backroom staff when he finishes playing. Over the last week it has emerged all is not well with the Ivory Coast midfielder after his agent complained the player was not respected enough by the club’s hierarchy, even suggesting the 31-year-old was unhappy his recent birthday was not marked properly. Dimitry Seluk said last Tuesday he rated Toure staying at City as “50-50” and the player’s comments about PSG will only increase speculation he is looking to move on. Manchester City midfielder Yaya Toure has cast more doubt on his future at the club by admitting it would be an honour to play for Paris St Germain. last_img read more

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Keane out of Celtic reckoning

first_img A source close to the club told Press Association Sport: “Roy was not offered the job – no-one has been offered it yet. “But he has ruled himself out and asked not to be considered for the position.” The FAI later released a short statement confirming Keane would be staying put. It read: “The Football Association of Ireland today (June 2) confirmed that Roy Keane will travel with the Republic of Ireland squad to the US after he decided not to pursue the informal talks that took place with Celtic any further.” Keane had emerged as the frontrunner for the position vacated by Lennon last week over the weekend. But his departure from the scene now leaves former West Bromwich Albion manager Steve Clarke as the man expected to land the job. Sacked Cardiff boss Malky Mackay and Owen Coyle – who has been out of work since leaving Wigan last year – are also in the race to take the post. Keane’s U-turn comes as something of a surprise after reports on Monday had suggested he was within 24 hours of taking the job. Press Association Roy Keane has “asked not to be considered” for the vacant managerial position at Scottish champions Celtic. The Republic of Ireland assistant manager has ruled himself out of the running to replace Neil Lennon, preferring to continue his work alongside Martin O’Neill. Dermot Desmond, the Hoops majority shareholder, held talks with the former Manchester United skipper last week but it is understood the discussions did not get as far as a formal job offer. O’Neill confirmed on Thursday evening that his 42-year-old number two has held informal talks with the Hoops, for whom he played briefly at the end of his career, after Desmond had made contact. O’Neill said: ”I had a call the other day from Dermot Desmond wanting to speak to Roy if it was at all possible, and I mentioned it to Roy, of course. ”I am sure he was wanting to have chat anyway because a club like Celtic might not come around too often. ”It was just a really informal chat, I think, but if you are asking me would I be really disappointed? Of course if Roy was to leave us.” However, Keane had earlier hinted it would be difficult for him to leave his current role with the Football Association of Ireland. The ex-Sunderland and Ipswich boss – who now doubles his coaching duties with work as an ITV pundit – said on June 23: ”I’ve got a job – I’ve got two jobs – I can’t have another one. They are a brilliant club, an absolutely fantastic football club, one of the best in the world. But I have got a job.” He added with a smile: ”I’m not taking a pay cut for anybody.” last_img read more

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Lawyer: Liverpool could sue Suarez

first_img Press Association The striker is at the centre of yet more controversy after appearing to sink his teeth into Giorgio Chiellini during Uruguay’s World Cup clash against Italy in Brazil on Tuesday. World governing body FIFA is now investigating the matter and the 27-year-old could face a lengthy ban that could be extended to club football. Suarez has twice been banned for biting opponents in the past. Last year he was banned for 10 matches for biting Chelsea’s Branislav Ivanovic while he incurred a seven-game suspension for a similar offence while at Ajax in 2010. Glenn Hayes, employment law partner at national law firm Irwin Mitchell, said: “The general position is that Suarez’s behaviour in the work environment would usually represent gross misconduct (given that it could be classified as an assault) and would usually result in the dismissal of an employee in most circumstances. “If the matter has occurred outside of work and is not connected to it, for example in the form of a work social, the issue for the employer would usually be whether the actions of the employee had brought the business into disrepute. “In the case of Suarez this could easily be argued – particularly as it is the second time an incident like this has happened whilst he has been with the club (and third time overall), and the Anfield club stood by the player last time despite risk to their reputation and despite his lengthy ban. “The decision for Liverpool however is not really about whether they do what a ‘normal employer’ may do. “With Barcelona and Real Madrid apparently planning to make significant bids for the player after the World Cup, the decision is whether they are willing to dismiss a player and waive a potential huge transfer fee. “Much will depend on what punishment FIFA hands down but if the ban is sufficiently long so that Suarez is unable to fulfil his contract, this so-called ‘frustration of contract’ could lead to claims by Liverpool for breach of contract on the part of Suarez.” The latest Suarez incident in the group match in Natal came amid growing speculation linking the PFA player of the year with a big-money move to Barcelona. European champions Real Madrid have previously been linked with the player. It remains to be seen whether such apparent interest is now tempered. Liverpool have declined to comment on the matter. It is understood the club intend to let FIFA’s process take its course before making their position clear. Yet with Suarez having also been involved in numerous other controversies since joining Liverpool in 2011 – most infamously a race row with Manchester United’s Patrice Evra that led to an eight-match ban – there is the potential for embarrassment for the Reds. Hayes said: “It will be interesting to see how the situation develops over the next few days and what stance Liverpool take in relation to their highest-profile and most-valued employee.” Liverpool could build a case to sue Luis Suarez for breach of contract if he is banned for biting, according to a leading employment lawyer.last_img read more

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Ballydoyle pair fall short at York

first_img Postponed would need to be supplemented for the Ladbrokes St Leger at Doncaster in September, but Cumani is cool on the idea of stepping him up to a mile and three-quarters. He said: “I don’t think he’ll go to the Leger, I see him as a true mile-and-a-half horse. He travels well and quickens well, just like a mile-and-a-half horse, but obviously the owner will decide. He was good, but we’ve always thought he was. We just probably wasted too much time over shorter trips in the spring. “I was thinking what there is left, and there isn’t much, especially as he needs fast ground, so we will have to think long and hard about what we do with him.” Atzeni is confident there is more to come from Postponed, saying: “We always thought a lot of him. Mr Cumani always liked him. He’s a good horse, an improving horse, a typical Dubawi. “They went a nice gallop and that suited him nicely. The ground is very important to him – he likes fast ground. He’s going the right way, which is the main thing.” Cumani mentioned races like the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe and Breeders’ Cup Turf as possible targets for Postponed next season. He said: “He’s not a Leger horse. I don’t want him to go further than this as I think he’s a top-class mile-and-a-half horse.” Teddy Grimthorpe, racing manager for owner Khalid Abdullah, said of Snow Sky: “We’re very pleased with that, he was coming back at the winner at the end, and I think we’ll look to Town Moor (Doncaster).” Press Association James Given is also looking at the Classic for Odeon. The Lincolnshire handler said: “He will get better in time but at the moment it is like training a firework with the touchpaper already lit. It took two good horses to go past him and I thought it was a great run. We have to go to the Leger now.” Kingston Hill is likely to run in the St Leger without the aid of another run after his late withdrawal from the Voltigeur. Roger Varian left the decision as late as possible but after walking the course with owner Paul Smith, connections took the tough decision to pull their horse out. “I walked the course before racing and my gut feeling was it was too quick,” said Varian. “It’s been an agonising decision. We were very keen to run and it’s not ideal to make a decision like this so late. “It’s very likely we’ll go straight to the Leger now. It would have been lovely to get that run into him but that’s not going to happen. It’s very frustrating, but going off feedback of the lads who rode him and how he ran in the Derby you’d have to be hopeful he’ll stay (the Leger trip).” Aidan O’Brien’s Granddukeoftuscany and Indian Maharaja failed to fire behind Postponed in the Neptune Investment Management Great Voltigeur Stakes at York. Granddukeoftuscany tracked the front-running Odeon into the straight before fading, while his stablemate was always in the rear on his return from an absence. Ridden confidently by Andrea Atzeni, the 5-2 favourite Postponed took the lead off the free-going Odeon with two furlongs to run. Snow Sky had tracked Postponed along the straight and while Sir Michael Stoute’s inmate beat the rest easily, he was two and a quarter lengths behind the winner. Odeon stuck on for third at 40-1 for James Given. last_img read more

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Lambert accepts criticism

first_imgLiverpool striker Rickie Lambert admits he cannot argue with criticism of their lack of physical and mental toughness. Press Association “We lost the individual battles and it wasn’t good enough,” said the £4million summer signing from Southampton, who is likely to start in Bulgaria in the absence of the injured Mario Balotelli having finally got off the mark for his new club against Palace. “There wasn’t anyone in a Liverpool shirt who was good enough and it was wholly down to the players on the pitch. “I do believe it is a lack of confidence at the minute but that will come back. “It is not going ideally but it is up to the players on the pitch to ‘dog’ the performances out. “Whatever the result in any game we have to perform better than we did at the weekend. “It is totally down to the players. They are desperate to get the game under way and try to rectify our performance at the weekend. “Win or lose we have to put in a performance of the standard of a Liverpool team.” Despite a four-match losing streak and poor performances all round, manager Brendan Rodgers retains the confidence of owners Fenway Sports Group and has had messages of support from them this week – although he has not spoken to anyone in person. He has urged his players to display some “aggression and tenacity” which has been lacking this season, starting against Ludogorets as they seek to keep their hopes of progress to the knockout phase of the Champions League alive. “It can happen. It is something that you work towards,” Rodgers said. “Sometimes it takes one moment that can change a season for you and that is something that we have to believe can happen. “It has happened as of late and apart from a half in a game, or the game at Tottenham, we haven’t been anywhere near our levels. “But one thing you can never do is give up. We keep working in the belief that the honesty and belief of the group will get us the results.” Liverpool have lost their last three Champions League games – they have never lost four in succession in the same season and never been defeated in all three away games in a European group stage. Goals have been a problem with the two they scored against Ludogorets back on September 16 their only efforts so far – and one of those was an added-time penalty winner from Steven Gerrard. In the wake of Sunday’s 3-1 defeat at Crystal Palace ex-Reds defender Jamie Carragher said the team was lacking in leaders and was bullied in games. Lambert accepts, on that occasion, the former vice-captain’s assessment was right, but he insists the players are determined to put things right against Ludogorets in the Champions League. last_img read more

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Naughton: I want regular football

first_img The former England Under-21 defender completed his move from north London to south Wales on Thursday evening for a fee understood to be £5million. Naughton has penned a three-and-a-half year contract at the Liberty Stadium and could make his debut in Swansea’s FA Cup fourth round tie at Blackburn on Saturday. “I’m pleased it’s all done because there has been talk since the summer over a potential move,” Naughton told the official Swansea website. “My main aim is to start playing regular football again. I know it’s going to be a tough challenge because there are some very good players here, but that’s my goal. “I’ve had quite a few loan moves over my career, but I actually played 34 games last season for Spurs, which is a fair amount. “The main problem for me, however, was that I was still in and out of the team. That’s difficult at times. “I’m sad to be leaving Spurs because it’s a great club. I was there quite a while and the lads are a great bunch. “But now I just want to settle into life at Swansea and try to play regularly. “It all comes down to playing football – after all, that’s my job.” The 26-year-old joined Tottenham in 2009 after playing 40 games for his hometown club Sheffield United but went out on loan at Middlesbrough, Leicester and Norwich in his search for first-team football. Kyle Naughton has revealed he left Tottenham for Swansea to play regular first-team football. Naughton, who can play either right-back or left-back, made 74 appearances for Spurs and said he spoke to former team-mates and Swansea old boys Michel Vorm and Ben Davies about his new club. “Ben had obviously been at the club the longest and he said it was a great place to play your football,” said Naughton, who trained with the Swansea squad on Thursday morning before the formalities of his deal was completed. “He said it was a good club with a family-feel to it. “To be honest, as soon as I walked into the training ground I could see that for myself straight away.” Naughton becomes Swansea manager Garry Monk’s third signing of the January transfer window following the arrival of Benfica striker loanee Nelson Oliveira and midfielder Matt Grimes from Exeter. “Kyle’s experienced at this level and brings Premier League pedigree,” Monk said. “He’s a good age for us and we look for players who want to prove a point and are hungry to do well. “Kyle enjoyed his time at Tottenham but he didn’t have the amount of games he wanted. “But he will add quality with the other full-backs we’ve got and I’m looking for Kyle to push on and stake a claim for the starting XI.” Monk, meanwhile, said Bafetimbi Gomis remains committed to Swansea despite the French striker’s comments last weekend that he could leave the club in January. Gomis raised fresh doubts over his future when he gave an interview to French television station Canal Plus, the 12-times capped France international claiming Swansea had reneged on promises made to him about the game-time he would receive after joining from Lyon last summer. But Monk said: “I’m confident Bafe will stay here. “I’ve seen his comments and I’ve spoken to Bafe but it’s nothing new, it’s the way it is in football now. “Go back a few years and you wouldn’t see these sort of comments. But the conversation with me and Bafe stays between me and Bafe. “I understand from a player’s perspective as well how he’s been frustrated. He’s not a young player who’s up and coming, he has pedigree as he’s a top performer who’s performed his whole career. “He’s on the training ground with a smile on his face. He is very professional, gets on with his job and works hard. “He’s a pleasure to be with around the group as well and a pleasure to work with every single day.” Press Associationlast_img read more

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Outsider Rawnaq floors Gilgamboa

first_imgOutsider of four Rawnaq delivered a 25-1 upset in the Flyingbolt Novice Chase at Navan when he got the better of 4-9 hotpot Gilgamboa. Real Steel was Gigginstown House Stud’s sole representative following the late withdrawal of Bishops Road, and he made the running until Andrew Lynch sent Rawnaq into the lead at the fourth-last fence in the Grade Two contest. It looked like Mark Walsh had the move covered on Gilgamboa, who was switched to the far side to make his bid and held a narrow lead at the final obstacle, but Rawnaq – having his first run for 119 days – found more and got on top in the last 100 yards to score by a length and three-quarters. Trainer Matthew Smith said: “He has been off a while. He had a few little issues after his last run in Cork. We got them sorted out and we were hopeful more than confident, but we did think he had a better chance than a 25-1 shot. “That’s three runs here and three wins. He loves coming up the hill. “We had no plan. We said we’d see how we got on today and take it from there. Andrew said it was right to run him over this trip on that ground, but on better ground he’d stay three miles.” Lynch added: “He won well here in his beginners chase. I was disappointed with him in Cork. “He jumped and travelled well and battled on well. I thought we went a nice gallop and I was always happy with my lad. He jumped well.” center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

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Mourinho launches veiled attack

first_imgJose Mourinho launched a thinly-veiled attack on referee Martin Atkinson after Chelsea’s 1-1 Barclays Premier League draw with Burnley at Stamford Bridge. The turning point of the match unfolded in the 70th minute when Nemanja Matic was sent off for pushing Ashley Barnes to the ground in response to a nasty one-footed lunge from the forward. Mourinho insisted that Barnes should not have been on the pitch to commit the studs-up foul as his 31st minute knee on Branislav Ivanovic was worthy of a red card. “A couple of weeks ago when I was here in the press conference after the Liverpool game in the Capital One Cup, the television subtitles had gone on and on about Diego’s crimes. Well compare Diego’s crimes with what happened against Burnley.” Mourinho may have been guarded with his thoughts, but Chelsea’s official website later posted a story which contained no quotes but a breakdown of the incidents. It read: ” MINUTE 30: Branislav Ivanovic is felled by a challenge from Burnley’s Ashley Barnes [pictured above], who escapes punishment; MINUTE 33: The Blues are denied a clear penalty as Ivanovic’s shot strikes the arm of Michael Kightly inside the penalty area; MINUTE 43: A second clear penalty appeal is turned away, this time after Diego Costa was pushed to the ground by Jason Shackell; MINUTE 69: Barnes goes through Nemanja Matic with a potentially leg-breaking tackle, a challenge which ultimately led to Matic’s dismissal.” Mourinho claimed in January that there is a “clear campaign” by “people, pundits, commentators and coaches from other teams” against Chelsea and the Portuguese hinted that Saturday’s events against Burnley have only solidified his belief. “Have I seen a run of decisions like this? I don’t remember. I’m happy that I’m not stupid and I understood everything a couple of months ago. I’m not in the mood to laugh,” he said. “If this story that started a couple of months ago finished today with 12 matches to play with an advantage of five points, I’d tell you we will be champions. But I don’t know if the story ends here, or if there is more waiting for us.” Burnley boss Sean Dyche refused to antagonise Mourinho, though clearly disagreed with his belief that Barnes should have been sent off. “I’ve only seen it as it happened. It looked like a coming together at an odd angle. Then Matic reacts in the way he did,” Dyche said. “I will look back at it again, but I haven’t seen it since. But there’s more to talk about than that because it was an excellent performance. “Barnes was involved in something earlier in what sense? Playing football? A charge in the back? Is there anything else? The grass was too short? “I have total respect for Jose Mourinho, his players and Chelsea. Fantastic manager, fantastic club.” The Chelsea boss also disagreed with Atkinson’s decision to reject penalty appeals when Michael Kightly handed the ball in the 34th minute and Jason Shackell barged over Diego Costa in the 44th minute. Ivanovic opened the scoring for the Premier League leaders before Ben Mee headed home an 81st-minute equaliser. Mourinho, mindful of avoiding another run-in with authorities, chose his words carefully as he criticised Atkinson. “This game had four crucial moments – minutes 30, 33, 43 and 69. This is the story of this game. I can’t comment because it’s difficult for me to not say the truth,” Mourinho said. “I’m making it easy for you because if you look at these moments you know exactly what I think about the game. “What happened to Matic was in minute 69 and minute 69 had a big relationship with minute 30 because normally that player, if I can call him a player, should have been in the shower in minute 31. “There wouldn’t have been a minute 69 if the person in charge had dealt with minute 30 properly.” When asked about Barnes’ tackle, Mourinho replied: “I’ll leave it with you. I’d prefer not to call it because if I call it I’m going to use some words….. Press Associationlast_img read more

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Depay hopes to become the best

first_imgMemphis Depay has set himself the ultimate ambition – to become the best player in the world during his time at Manchester United. Press Association The 21-year-old penned a deal to move from PSV Eindhoven to Old Trafford when the transfer window opens in July and the Holland ace has lofty ambitions of what he wants to achieve in the Premier League. Depay, who has scored 25 goals this season, has a tattoo emblazoned on his chest that reads “dream chaser” and he is setting out to achieve even more in his early career. “His performance on the training ground is different from other trainers. After the World Cup he told me to stay hungry and I told myself to stay hungry. When I made the decision to stay I wanted to be champion and top scorer. I set those goals and I hope to achieve them. “It will be great to have an opportunity to train with him and work with him. Of course I am looking forward. “I want to improve myself but Dutch players have played also in the Premier League and I spoke with many of them. I believe I can be a big player in the Premier League – I showed my ability in the World Cup. “I am very excited. I was always reading about the Premier League. It has been a big dream and one that came true. But is not the end of the dream, it is just starting.” The dream now is more long-term, to dethrone the likes of Lionel Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo and Eden Hazard as the best player in the world. And, with an affinity with former United favourite Ronaldo, Depay has already drawn comparisons to the Real Madrid forward from fellow Dutch international Leroy Fer. Whilst Depay regards Ronaldo as a hero, he also knows he needs to emulate the Portuguese if he is to get close to the dream he is chasing. “I heard Leroy Fer speak about it and it is great to hear that from other players,” he added. “If you read it in the media it is great, but I am 21 and I have not reached the level of Cristiano Ronaldo. “He is a big hero for me and one day I hope to reach that level. He scores so many goals and I want to fight to be one of the best players in the world.” Depay is the first summer signing for United as they look to build on the squad which has all but sealed a return to Champions League football. Meanwhile, United’s executive vice chairman Ed Woodward is likely to shed some light on Van Gaal’s spending plans tomorrow. United will announce their third quarterly results at noon and Woodward will then take part in a conference call with investors when the subject of summer spending is likely to be raised. “‘Dream chaser’ stands for me chasing my dreams,” he said. “I believe I can be one of the best players in the world and I have to dream and believe to achieve. It is tattooed on my chest. “You just have to work every day on your dreams. My dreams started with going to the World Cup and then when I was there I scored two goals – becoming the youngest ever Dutch goalscorer – and I was very happy. “But when the World Cup was finished I realised that was not it. I had to take more on to the pitch – there was more to do. “So after the World Cup in pre-season I spoke to my manager and said I have to keep focused. Scoring in the World Cup was good but not the end of it. Now I am on fire.” Depay opted to remain in the Eredivisie last summer despite plenty of interest following those World Cup goals against Australia and Chile. He revealed his former Holland coach and future United boss Louis van Gaal told him to keep improving on his game before he made a move for the forward – fending off reported interest from Paris St Germain and Liverpool. “He is different,” Depay said of Van Gaal. last_img read more

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Scott Sinclair double in vain for Aston Villa

first_img Dick Advocaat’s team led through Yann M’Vila’s superb free-kick but a Scott Sinclair double before half-time turned the game on its head. However, Villa could not hold on to the lead either and Jeremain Lens levelled for Sunderland early in the second half. Sherwood’s side pushed for a winning goal and had a couple of penalty shouts turned down but it ended all square. Sunderland went ahead after eight minutes through M’Vila’s free-kick. His lovely curling shot around the Villa wall left Brad Guzan, diving at full stretch, with no chance. But the lead lasted just three minutes. Lee Cattermole clumsily leant over the top of Sinclair and referee Robert Madley pointed to the penalty spot. Sinclair took the spot-kick himself and tucked the ball away into the left-hand side of the net, sending Costel Pantilimon the wrong way. Villa were now in the ascendancy and Sinclair went close again before Ashley Westwood’s first-time shot from the right side of the area flew just wide. Carlos Sanchez perhaps should have done better than guide his far-post shot over the crossbar when Leandro Bacuna’s cross from the left evaded everyone in the box and fell at the feet of the Colombia international. Press Association Rudy Gestede, a handful for the Sunderland defenders throughout, then showed good strength with his back to goal to turn Billy Jones and get a shot away which Pantilimon held. Villa made their pressure pay four minutes before half-time when Idrissa Gueye set Jordan Amavi free down the left and Sinclair got between two defenders inside the six-yard box to divert his low cross into the roof of the net. Whatever Advocaat said to his players at the break it got that late first-half disappointment out of their systems – although two substitutions played a big part. The Dutchman replaced Danny Graham and Cattermole with Steven Fletcher and Ola Toivonen, on for his debut following his loan arrival this week from French club Rennes. Fletcher was involved straight away as Sunderland started the second half brightly, with his header having to be tipped over the crossbar by Guzan. Shortly afterwards, Toivonen joined the party. His threaded through ball found Lens, who turned Ciaran Clark and fired his shot beyond Guzan. Sinclair somehow squandered the chance of a second hat-trick in four days as he got on the end of Gueye’s driven cross but the ball struck his body just a couple of yards from goal and ricocheted into the grateful hands of Pantilimon. Villa thought they had a penalty 10 minutes from time when substitute Carles Gil went down under a challenge from Younes Kaboul but the referee booked the Villa man for simulation. Pantilimon produced a good save to deny Ashley Westwood and then kept out a Gestede header as the hosts searched for a winner but Sunderland held on to their point. TWEET OF THE MATCH “Sunderland in lime green – awful.” – Football presenter Richard Keys was unimpressed with Sunderland’s away kit. https://twitter.com/richardajkeys/status/637627451510689792 – @richardajkeys PLAYER RATINGS Villa Brad Guzan 5 Micah Richards 6 Ciaran Clark 5 Leandro Bacuna 5 Idrissa Gana 6 Scott Sinclair 7 Ashley Westwood 6 Alan Hutton 5 Jordan Amavi 6 Carlos Sanchez 6 Rudy Gestede 6 Subs Carles Gil 5 Sunderland Costel Pantilimon 8 Billy Jones 5 Patrick van Aanholt Lee Catermole 3 Jack Rodwell 5 Younes Kaboul 5 John O’Shea 5 Jeremain Lens 6 Jermain Defo e 6 Danny Graham 4 Yann M’Vila 6 Subs Ola Toivonen 6 Seb Larsson 5 Steven Fletcher 6 STAR PLAYER Pantilimon – did not really have much chance with either goal he conceded but made some important saves to ensure his side escaped with a point. MOMENT OF THE MATCH Villa’s second goal was Sherwood’s side at their fluent best – a lovely move rounded off with a sliding finish from Sinclair. VIEW FROM BENCH Sherwood found it hard to hide his frustration when referee Robert Madley not only failed to give his side a penalty but booked Gil for diving. He shaped to kick a clutch of water bottles on the touchline but refrained from doing so. MOAN OF THE MATCH Sunderland employed a few time-wasting tactics late in the game, which is always frustrating to see. WHO’S UP NEXT? Leicester v Aston Villa (Premier League, Sunday 13 September) Sunderland v Tottenham (Premier League, Sunday 13 September) Tim Sherwood said this week it was too early in the season for must-win games but he will be disappointed his Aston Villa side were held to a 2-2 draw at home by Sunderland. Neither team has shown too much so far to suggest significant improvement on last season’s struggles towards the bottom of the Barclays Premier league but on this showing Villa may just have enough as an attacking force to survive. Sunderland, on the other hand, perhaps not so. With their problems lying at the opposite end of the pitch, they will not keep many clean sheets this season. last_img read more

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Dick Advocaat angry at Sunderland’s loss to Bournemouth

first_img The Dutchman saw his side lose 2-0 at Bournemouth on Saturday, with Younes Kaboul sent off as the hosts fully deserved their first ever home Premier League win. Callum Wilson opened the scoring for the Cherries inside four minutes before a superb Matt Ritchie volley moments later sealed a memorable result for Eddie Howe’s side. Jeremain Lens had a legitimate second-half header ruled out for offside before Kaboul was dismissed for a second booking haven been run ragged by Wilson all afternoon. And Advocaat, whose side dropped to the foot of the table as a result of the loss, said both he and the players will have to take a look at themselves in the coming days after passing up the opportunity to take three points from what he saw as a winnable game “I’m very angry with the way we started the game,” he said. “We started playing at 2-0 down but by then it is too late. I’m very, very angry with the players – although it is not the first time. “I will think about myself, what I did wrong – the meeting, the training, the wrong line-up, whatever. I also told them you have to face it yourselves as well. “What we bring and what they brought is different. I respect Bournemouth for winning this game but if you see the paper and the names you have to do a little bit more than we did today.” Although it is still only September, Advocaat insisted those involved with Sunderland cannot keep dismissing this run of form as unimportant due to the number of games remaining. “We cannot keep saying that we have 32 games to go – if you play six games and have two points it is not good enough,” he added. “All my respect to Bournemouth and with what they have done but there is no need to lose a game like this in my opinion.” Although Ritchie’s strike will grab all of the headlines, Wilson’s opener saw him move onto five goals from the opening for games of the season. That leaves him as the top goalscorer in the league and Howe praised the forward and backed him to make his mark at international level if given the chance. “He has all the attributes that a modern-day striker needs,” Howe said of the man who scored a hat-trick in the recent 4-3 win at West Ham. “He is very quick, he did really well today for the first goal to show strength and the ability to roll the defender in a tight situation and it was a great finish – he is full of confidence at the moment. “I think it is great that we are playing at this level and our players are being appreciated and talked about and I’d like nothing more than to see Callum go on and make England appearances. “I think Callum’s potential is limitless, he is strong, quick and a good finisher and one of the features today was his hold-up play. He is developing all aspects of his game all the time, he is young and level-headed and keep doing the right things.” Having won away at West Ham, this was Bournemouth’s first Premier League victory at the Vitality Stadium and Howe conceded a strong home record is essential in their battle to stay in the top-flight beyond one season. “I think today was a really important day for us,” he added. “Our home form, every season, is hugely important. You need to be confident and home and deliver good performances in front of your own crowd and get points and today goes a long way to giving the players a boost when they really needed it.” Dick Advocaat will leave no stone unturned in his attempts to halt Sunderland’s stuttering start to the season. Press Associationlast_img read more

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FA Chairman Greg Dyke feels Jose Mourinho should have apologised to Eva Carneiro

first_imgChelsea boss Jose Mourinho could again face questions over his treatment of former club doctor Eva Carneiro after Football Association chairman Greg Dyke criticised the Portuguese’s handling of the incident. Mourinho is due to conduct his pre-match press conference on Friday afternoon ahead of the clash with Southampton and may choose to respond to Dyke’s assertions. The letter was sent following Wednesday’s FA board meeting, since when independent board member Heather Rabbatts launched a stinging attack on the FA for its “seriously disappointing” handling of the Carneiro case. Dyke’s letter makes clear his misgivings over Mourinho’s behaviour. Carneiro was dropped from first-team duties after an incident on the opening day of the season when she was criticised by Mourinho for going on to the pitch to treat Eden Hazard. She has since parted company with Chelsea. Dyke says in the letter: “There have been some well-documented issues of late around equality and inclusion in the game, an issue where it is vital we continue to show clear leadership. “I felt the handling of the case of the Chelsea doctor, Eva Carneiro, was a good example of this. We supported Heather Rabbatts’ strong statement on the matter earlier in the month. “Personally I don’t think Mr Mourinho comes well out of the whole saga – he clearly made a mistake in the heat of a game, and should have said so and apologised. “Instead he has said very little and Miss Carneiro has lost her job. “Our regulatory team have investigated this and whilst Mr Mourinho has breached no rules it was clearly a failure of his personal judgement and public behaviour. This should be seen as such by the game.” Mourinho was earlier this week cleared of using discriminatory language towards Carneiro in Chelsea’s opening Premier League game of the season against Swansea. But Dyke said – in a letter to FA council members, a copy of which has been obtained by Press Association Sport – that Mourinho committed “a failure of his personal judgement and public behaviour”. Rabbatts, head of the FA’s inclusion advisory board, said she had “major concerns” regarding the FA’s disciplinary process which saw Mourinho cleared. It has emerged that the FA did not ask to interview Carneiro, although it is understood it asked her lawyers if they wished to provide any evidence. Rabbatts told Press Association Sport: “The FA’s reaction to the treatment of Dr Eva Carneiro has been seriously disappointing. I have major concerns over the way in which the disciplinary process has been conducted and the lack of an organisational response to the wider issues raised by this case. “We had an announcement late (on Wednesday) relating to a high-profile incident which occurred on August 8 and yet it would appear that during that time no witnesses were requested to speak to the FA, including Dr Carneiro, and in the course of the investigation some media were reporting it was likely that no charge was to be brought.” Press Associationlast_img read more

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Steven Shingler’s late show with the boot lifts Scarlets above Munster

first_imgSteven Shingler kicked a dramatic stoppage time penalty from close to halfway as Scarlets won the battle of the Guinness PRO12’s top two 25-22 at Parc y Scarlets. Shingler kicked 15 points, while the Scarlets scored two tries through wing DTH van der Merwe and replacement Tom Williams. Munster’s try was scored by full-back Andrew Conway, with Ian Keatley supplying 17 points with the boot. Scarlets selected four of Wales’ World Cup squad players – Ken Owens, Samson Lee, Jake Ball and Gareth Davies, who was named on the replacements’ bench. Munster, who made eight changes from the win against Glasgow, did not include any of their World Cup players. But despite that Munster fully deserved their 13-6 half-time lead making the most of an error-strewn display by Scarlets in persistent drizzle. Early Munster pressure got them on the scoreboard first with a Keatley penalty on six minutes. Twice Scarlets, who had a nightmare in the line-out, found themselves deep inside the opposition 22 only to fluff both efforts. First they gave away a penalty in the shadow of the Munster posts and then, after a Van der Merwe break, Shingler knocked on just short of the line. On 26 minutes Munster scored a try when full-back Conway pounced on a Scarlets handling error, kicking the ball up field three times before winning the race to the touchdown. Shingler and Keatley swapped penalties before the former kept the Scarlets in touch with his second penalty in the final minute of the first half. Press Association The victory sent unbeaten Scarlets back to the top of the table and in the process ended Munster’s own unbeaten record. In a close encounter Scarlets had trailed 22-19 going into the final seven minutes but fly-half Shingler, who had missed a couple of shots at goal, found the target twice when it mattered. Scarlets made a dramatic start to the second half after Van der Merwe got over in the left corner, but Shingler missed the conversion and the chance to level the scores. But seven minutes later Scarlets erred offside, which allowed Keatley to convert his third penalty. However, replacement Tom Williams scored in the right corner to level the scores at 16-16 before he was sin-binned for a high tackle. While he was off Scarlets managed to keep the scores level. Keatley dropped a goal, a score that was cancelled out by Shingler’s third penalty. But, having missed two long range kicks, Keatley split the posts with a 50-metre effort to put his side in front with seven minutes remaining. That was just enough time for Shingler to kick over two more penalties on 78 and 83 minutes to earn Scarlets a famous win as Munster were forced to make do with a losing bonus point. last_img read more

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Troy Deeney off the mark as Watford overcome in-form Stoke

first_img The Hornets skipper – who netted 21 times in the club’s promotion campaign last term – opened the scoring in the 43rd minute from a flick by fellow forward Odion Ighalo, moments after each player had hit the crossbar just seconds apart. Almen Abdi wrapped things up in the 69th minute following a mistake by Marc Wilson to spoil Mark Hughes’ 100th game in charge of Stoke, who had gone into the match looking for a fourth straight Barclays Premier League victory. Troy Deeney notched his first goal of the season as Watford ended Stoke’s winning run by beating them 2-0 at the Britannia Stadium. The result sees Quique Sanchez Flores’ side leapfrog their hosts in the table, moving up to 13th while the Potters slip to 14th. Deeney almost found himself presented with a great chance in the opening seconds when Geoff Cameron got in a mess near the Stoke goal, but Glen Johnson was on hand to make a cool interception. Cameron, holding his right thigh, had to come off soon after for Wilson as the home side tried to get a grip on the game. They managed to boss possession for much of the first half and had several corners but were unable to really threaten, with Marko Arnautovic somewhat summing things up in the 29th minute when he shouldered a decent opportunity over the bar. Watford then suddenly sprung into life in attack in the 37th minute, hitting the bar twice in quick succession via Ighalo’s header and a shot from Deeney. They subsequently grabbed the lead when Ighalo bamboozled Wilson as he cleverly flicked Abdi’s pass to Deeney, who took advantage of a Philipp Wollscheid slip to slot in from the edge of the box. Stoke – who moments earlier had been denied an opener direct from Xherdan Shaqiri’s corner by a near-post Heurelho Gomes save – then had protests that Miguel Britos had handled a cross from the Switzerland winger in front of goal waved away by referee Martin Atkinson. Watford got a similar reaction from the official after the break as Ighalo and Ikechi Anya looked his way following challenges on them in the area by Wilson and Erik Pieters respectively. Hughes looked to shake up his attack on the hour by bringing on Peter Crouch and Jonathan Walters for Joselu and Shaqiri. But it was Watford who found the net soon after as Wilson lost possession to Ighalo and he teed up Abdi, who burst forward and smashed past Jack Butland. The England goalkeeper then made a good save to keep out an effort from substitute Juan Carlos Paredes, while Walters struck across the face of goal at the other end as Stoke’s hopes faded. TWEET OF THE MATCH “If you told me 13 points from 10 games I’d have taken it in a flash Everyone associated with the club deserves credit” – Watford fan account @watfordfcgossip on the Hornets’ season so far. https://twitter.com/watfordfcgossip/status/657955345617260548 PLAYER RATINGS (Out of 10) Stoke Jack Butland – 6 Erik Pieters – 5 Geoff Cameron – 4 Philipp Wollscheid – 5 Glen Johnson – 6 Glenn Whelan – 6 Charlie Adam – 6 Marko Arnautovic – 6 Bojan Krkic – 6 Xherdan Shaqiri – 6 Joselu – 6 Substitutes Marc Wilson – 5 Jonathan Walters – 6 Peter Crouch – 6 Watford Heurelho Gomes – 6 Nathan Ake – 6 Miguel Britos – 6 Craig Cathcart – 6 Allan Nyom – 6 Ben Watson – 6 Etienne Capoue – 6 Ikechi Anya – 6 Almen Abdi – 7 Troy Deeney – 8 Odion Ighalo – 8 Substitutes Juan Carlos Paredes – 6 Valon Behrami – 6 Adlene Guedioura – 6 STAR MAN Odion Ighalo: Created both goals, hit the crossbar and generally made a nuisance of himself. MOMENT OF THE MATCH Troy Deeney’s goal: The moment the Watford skipper had waited so long for finally arrived, and in fine style. Set up by some nifty footwork by Ighalo, Deeney took his chance with aplomb, striking confidently past Jack Butland to register his first-ever Premier League goal. VIEW FROM THE BENCH Boss Mark Hughes understandably selected the same team that had extended the Stoke’s winning run at Swansea, but the likes of Joselu, Bojan, Xherdan Shaqiri and Marko Arnautovic failed to fire in attack. The manager switched things around on the hour by bringing on Peter Crouch and Jonathan Walters, but it made little difference. On the defensive front, Hughes will be pleased Ryan Shawcross is nearly ready to return given Geoff Cameron’s injury and the performance of his repalcement Marc Wilson. Opposite number Quique Sanchez Flores will be pleased all-round; that someone other that Ighalo – who had five of their six goals to date for the campaign prior to this match – has scored, that it was the hard-working Deeney getting off the mark, and with the general way his defensively-resolute side picked up another creditable result. MOAN OF THE MATCH Stoke went into this game with real momentum and it looked on paper – at home, against a newly-promoted side – like a very good opportunity to chalk up another victory. But Hughes’ players ultimately let him down in his 100th game in charge. They saw plenty of the ball, particularly in the first half, but their finishing was wasteful and mistakes at the back cost them. WHO’S UP NEXT? Stoke v Chelsea (Capital One Cup, Tuesday October 27) Watford v West Ham (Premier League, Saturday October 31) Press Associationlast_img read more

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Chris Smalling turns focus to Liverpool after Man United slip up at Newcastle

first_imgDefender Chris Smalling is hoping Manchester United can make Liverpool pay for their midweek disappointment at Newcastle. Press Association United head for Anfield on Sunday having slipped to sixth place in the Barclays Premier League table as a result of Tuesday night’s 3-3 draw at St James’ Park. However, Smalling is hoping they can take out their frustration on Jurgen Klopp’s men by completing a double following their 3-1 victory over their rivals at Old Trafford in September. The 26-year-old was astonished to see referee Mike Dean, who had earlier awarded United a penalty for handball against Chancel Mbemba, point to the spot after allowing a series of other tussles go. Smalling said: “We were both jostling for positions throughout the game. The referee said we were both at it, so he didn’t give anything and I think there needs to be that consistency with the decisions. “You can see my shirt was clearly pulled as well, so it’s just about consistency. If you’re going to give them, fair enough, but you need to be giving them on a regular basis.” He told MUTV: “In recent times, we’ve done very well against them – obviously this year at Old Trafford and last season we’ve got very good results, so we’re very confident of going there and causing them a problem.” Smalling and his team-mates headed back across the Pennines on Tuesday fuming after surrendering 2-0 and 3-2 leads against the relegation-threatened Magpies on a night when they placated their critics with some enterprising football, but were unable to match it with defensive resilience. First-half goals from Wayne Rooney and Jesse Lingard put them in charge and after Georginio Wijnaldum and Aleksandar Mitrovic had cancelled out their advantage, Rooney struck again 11 minutes from time. But their joy was short-lived as full-back Paul Dummett lashed home a 90th-minute equaliser to ensure the spoils were shared. Smalling said: “If you came into the changing rooms after the match, it was like we’d lost the game. We put ourselves in such a good position and we could have finished it a little bit earlier, but even when we did so well to get to 3-2, we need to hold on and be a bit stronger. “We got that early goal which settled us down and we could have scored more, but it’s about finding that balance so we’re not giving away these sloppy goals just before half-time and just before the final whistle. “They’re key times in the game and we need to make sure we’re switched on.” It proved an eventful evening on Tyneside for Smalling, who unwittingly deflected Dummett’s strike past helpless keeper David de Gea after conceding the penalty from which Mitrovic made it 2-2 following a wrestling match with the Serbia international. last_img read more

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VIDEO: Ceremonial First Pitch Goes Awry

first_imgA White Sox employee’s ceremonial first pitch goes awry when it misses its target by a long shot and hits a team photographer.A photographer almost got taken out by this first pitch at the Royals-White Sox game (via @FSKansasCity) pic.twitter.com/Lyzubr2E77— ESPN (@espn) May 29, 2019 The staffer’s toss hit the camera of a photographer who was capturing the moment on the first-base side of the mound before last night’s Sox-Royals game at Guaranteed Rate Field. The photographer posted on Twitter that he and the camera are doing okay.last_img read more

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Authorities ask for the public’s help in locating missing woman

first_imgThe Indian River County Sheriff’s Office is asking for the public’s help in locating a 65-year-old woman who has been missing for more than a week.Authorities say Ginger Widger was reported missing by her daughter around October 26th. Widger’s daughter told authorities that she last saw her mother in June and last spoke to her on October 26th.Widger was said to have lived off of the 8000 block of 129th Street, Roseland and could be in the Sebastian or Vero Lake Estates area.If you have any information about Widger you are asked to call the Indian River County Public Safety Dispatch at 772-978-6240.last_img read more

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