BNP Paribas launches Italian minibond fund

first_img“The liquidity premium offered by the asset class is attractive, and the yield can be double that of a Eurobond of similar quality.”She said SMEs were potentially nimbler and more able to adapt to a changing economic environment than large companies.Furthermore, their operational leverage might be more contained because of lower fixed costs, leading to faster adjustment of the production capacity. On the other hand, SMEs might suffer more from price competition.Minibonds were created in October 2012 by Italy’s then government to give SMEs an alternative source of finance as bank lending dries up.Generally, they enjoy the same tax treatment as debt issued by listed companies, including tax relief on interest costs and issuance expenses.In addition, there are relatively few, and simplified, regulatory requirements for issuing the debt instruments.BNP Paribas Bond Italia PMI’s investable universe is made up of 1,500 companies selected on the basis of risk profile, type of business, turnover, industry outlook and international business profile.The fund will hold bonds from between 25 and 40 issuers.There will be a maximum holding of 8% for BBB-rated issuers and 5% for BB-rated issuers.Holdings will include both bullet bonds and amortising bonds.Ori said: “We have not set a maximum percentage per region, but we expect a large part of the investment to be made in the northern part of the country, given the concentration of the GDP in that area.“To ensure good diversification, we will allocate investments by industries, based on their weighting in the GDP and their financial outlook.”Bonds will typically be fixed rate but variable-rate issues will also be considered to hedge risk.The average maturity of the debt will be between four and five years.The target yield to maturity will be around 6% per year, with a net return for investors of 5% per year.Dividends will be paid at least annually.Ori said: “The risk/return of the fund is particularly attractive compared with similar products in foreign markets, for example, France and Germany. We therefore expect foreign investors to show interest in this product.”She added: “The profile of our fund is more conservative compared with others, as we want the asset class to start properly in the market, especially for investors such as pension funds.“We have launched a multi-originator platform with strict rules to manage conflict of interest and ensure the alignment of information and interest between investors and originators.”The fund’s target subscription is €150m, and the minimum investment is €1m.The fund will have a seven-year lifespan once subscriptions close next October.Financial consultancy Prometeia will act as the fund’s independent adviser, assisting with the screening of SMEs. BNP Paribas Investment Partners is seeking pension funds, banking foundations and other institutional investors for a new closed-end fund investing in bonds issued by small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in Italy – so-called minibonds.The BNP Paribas Bond Italia PMI will target companies with an annual turnover of less than €250m.Elisa Ori, head of institutional business development at BNP Paribas Investment Partners, said: “Companies with a turnover below this level are normally unable to finance themselves in the liquid Eurobond market, via a syndicated bond issue. The aim of this fund is to provide these companies with market-based financing as an alternative to bank loans.”Ori added: “The asset class is a good opportunity for long-term investors because it offers diversification and a good risk/return profile.last_img read more

UK roundup: Western United, Rothesay Life, Just Retirement, NEST, Allianz GI

first_imgRothesay Life has secured another tranche of liabilities from the Western United Group Pension Scheme, after completing a £111m (€134m) buy-in transaction.The scheme currently has around 14,000 members with around £500m in assets, of which £115m were insured in early 2013.The arrangement covers former employees of the Vestey Group, and was secured through the exchange of cash and UK gilts in return for the insurance policy.Group head of reward for Vestey Group, Ben Fowler, said the transaction represented the next step in the scheme’s de-risking strategy. “We returned to Rothesay Life because they provided a low-risk solution with operational precision and accompanying longevity, pension increase and re-investment protection,” he added.In other bulk annuity news, Just Retirement has completed a £36.5m single medically underwritten buy-in transaction, which it believes is the largest of its kind.The deal covers 200 members of a pension scheme in the shipping industry, who are all aged between 65 and 80. The insurer gathered medical information by conducting telephone interviews with an 85% response rate.It was agreed purely through a transfer of assets, with no additional cash contributions from the sponsoring company.Just Retirement director of DB solutions, Tim Coulson said: “The industry in which the members of the scheme worked resulted in a prevalence of medical and lifestyle conditions that was not fully reflected by traditional rating factors.”The scheme was advised by LCP,with partner Clive Wellsteed, said: “This is an interesting transaction for a scheme that is unlikely to have completed a buy-in without the advent of medical underwriting.”Lastly, the National Employment Savings Trust (NEST) has appointed Allianz Global Investors as investment strategy advisers, who will look to provide the DC-trust with scenario modeling.Allianz will also provide the fund with advice on the investment strategy of its target-date funds, as well as capital market assumptions, risk management and analysing the expected risk and returns from the fund’s investments.The company said its offering would support, and be complementary to, NEST’s in-house investment team, with advice coming on a project-by-project basis.Mark Fawcett, CIO of the fund, said the appointment of Allianz GI was due to a previous successful relationship.Elizabeth Corley, CEO of Allianz GI, said: “By offering our independent investment advisory expertise, we are pleased to be supporting NEST giving employers, from the smallest firms to the largest organisations.”last_img read more

Pension fund for DuPont weighs cross-border move to Belgium

first_imgUS chemicals firm DuPont de Nemours has confirmed it is considering to move the pensions of its Dutch workers to its European pension fund in Belgium.The multinational’s €1.15bn Dutch scheme said it intended to join the Mechelen-based European pension plan in 2017.However, it also noted that it still needed approval from Dutch pensions regulator De Nederlandsche Bank (DNB), the Dutch tax authorities and the company’s works council (OR).The employer’s current contract with the pension fund is to expire at the end of 2015, but the scheme made clear it expected the contract to be extended by another year. DuPont Netherlands is no longer the scheme’s main sponsor, following the establishment of Chemours Netherlands as a soon to be fully independent and listed offshoot of the US firm.The pension fund did not respond to requests for comment from IPE sister publication PensioenPro.The Pensioenfonds DuPont is not the only Dutch scheme to consider a cross-border move of late, with the pension plans of energy companies ExxonMobil and BP recently making clear that they were considering such step.Clearing house Euroclear and pharmaceuticals company Johnson & Johnson already moved their pension schemes to Belgium.Companies usually cite synergy benefits, as well as increasing regulatory pressure in the Netherlands, as the chief reasons for merging their international pension plans.The Pensioenfonds DuPont returned 25% on investments last year.Both its official policy funding and its daily coverage stood at approximately 118% at March-end.last_img read more

Joseph Mariathasan: Alternative energy

first_imgThe focus on alternative energy varies dramatically by country as well. The UK and Germany have seen the largest increases in the production of energy by alternative means, both tripling their totals during the period. In contrast, Scandinavian countries, traditionally thought of as being the most receptive, have not seen much increase, with Denmark seeing just a 60% increase in total production over the period, whilst Norway saw virtually none at all.Photovoltaics have captured headlines a lot, but it is wind power that has increased the most, going from just 3% in 2002 to more than 10% in 2013. The Netherlands may still be the land of windmills, but, when it comes to utilising wind power, the figures tell a different story. Whilst its production of energy from wind has gone up by a factor of six from 2002 to 2013, that pales into insignificance when compared with France, whose production of wind energy increased by a factor of 60 during the same period. France started in 2002 by producing just one-quarter of the amount of wind energy produced by the Netherlands, but it ended 2013 by producing almost three times as much.It does need a dramatic breakthrough in battery technology that would enable photovoltaics and wind to be able to supply power as and when needed, rather than only when the sun shines and the wind blows. Both power sources also suffer from a low value for energy density – you need to have a lot of land tied up in windfarms and solar cells to produce significant amounts of energy.There are other sources of energy that may be more practical that do not require the burning of fossil fuels – what has been getting bad press, of course, is nuclear. Yet, despite the headlines and even the well-publicised disasters, it may still represent the best compromise if global warming is to be averted. Oxford University’s professor Wade Allison argues in his recent book – Nuclear is for Life: A Cultural Revolution – that current radiation regulations are based not on science but on 70 years of social and political reaction to fear. By freeing nuclear power from such science-blind restrictions, it could provide the plentiful cheap power needed to mitigate the effects of carbon. Whether you agree with his argument or not, the existential threat potentially posed by global warming means it does deserve a hearing.Joseph Mariathasan is a contributing editor at IPE There may be exciting developments in alternative energy, but they are not enough without nuclear power, Joseph Mariathasan arguesDecember will see the 2015 United Nations Climate Change Conference, COP 21 in Paris. The EU has set itself a long-term goal of reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 80-95%, compared with 1990 levels, by 2050, and they see the power sector as having the biggest potential for cutting emissions. Indeed, they believe it can almost totally eliminate CO2 emissions by 2050. The key to this is generating electricity through alternative energy sources, and electricity can also partially replace fossil fuels in transport and heating.Increasing the use of alternative energy is seen as a critical route to take, whilst nuclear energy is still beset by worries over safety. Much of the attention has been given to solar photovoltaics and wind energy. Certainly, the generation of energy by photovoltaic solar cells has seen a massive increase of a factor of almost 300 between 2002 and 2013, according to Eurostat numbers. Current figures will be much higher still, driven by a reduced cost of production and heavy – albeit falling – government subsidies.But a sense of reality may need to come into play now. The massive increase started off from a low base, when, in 2002, solar had almost a negligible amount of the total share of alternative energy production, whilst even in 2013 it still accounted for less than 4%. In fact, the majority of alternative energy in 2002 (55%) was produced by solid biofuels (excluding charcoal), and this percentage had only gone down to 46% by 2013, although total production of alternative energy virtually doubled.last_img read more

AP1 invests $330m in global high yield via Nomura

first_imgAP1 – one of five buffer funds for Sweden’s state pension – has appointed Nomura Asset Management to manage a $330m (€279m) global high-yield credit mandate.Majdi Chammas, AP1’s head of external management, and Tina Rönnholm, the fund’s portfolio manager responsible for external high-yield investments, said in a statement: “[Nomura] has a very powerful investment philosophy and process that is well proven both over time and in various market conditions.”Nomura’s Ireland-domiciled Global High-Yield Bond fund was chosen by AP1 following a “comprehensive” global tender process last year, they added.  David Crall, CIO at New York-based Nomura Corporate Research and Asset Management (NCRAM), said the firm was pleased to have established the relationship with AP1. “Like AP1, we have a strong commitment to responsible and sustainable practices, both in running our own business and when investing client assets entrusted to us,” he said.“We believe that incorporation of environmental, social and governance factors is congruent with our ‘Strong Horse’ investment philosophy.”NCRAM said it had a total return-oriented investment approach driven by bottom-up credit research.It dubs the investment method as the “Strong Horse” approach, because it tries to find corporate issuers deemed capable of carrying their debt through economic cycles.The Nomura investment will sit alongside a $400m allocation to Hermes Investment Management’s global high-yield bond strategy, which AP1 made last year.The SEK333bn (€32.4bn) buffer fund’s 2017 investment return of 9.6% after costs was the strongest of the four main AP funds.last_img read more

UK master trust NEST awards diversified private credit mandate

first_img“In a very competitive tender process BNP Paribas Asset Management’s expertise, commitment to ESG and innovation really stood out and caught our attention,” he said. “They’ve found a way in which we can confidently allow our members to benefit from the lower volatility and enhanced returns private markets can offer.”Addressing the Pensions and Lifetime Savings Association’s annual conference in Manchester this morning, Fawcett highlighted NEST’s asset growth trajectory as a principle reason the fund could access illiquid asset classes. The master trust is expected to reach £20bn by 2022. Mark Fawcett, NEST CEOJulien Halfon, head of pension solutions at BNP Paribas AM, added that the “innovation” shown by NEST regarding its private market investments showed other defined contribution funds it was possible to allocate to illiquid assets.“NEST did it – now it is time for others to wake up and realise this is possible,” Halfon said.Initial investments under the new mandate are to target European and US mid-market loans and loans to UK small and medium-sized enterprises, as well as infrastructure and commercial real estate debt.US loans will be sourced through the asset manager’s banking parent, while the management of the portfolio will be a collaboration between BNP Paribas AM’s “multi-asset, quantitative and solutions” team and its private debt and real assets team.NEST said it anticipated to commit around £500m across its three private credit mandates over the next 12 months but “will not force money into the market”. NEST has appointed BNP Paribas Asset Management to run a portfolio of diversified private credit assets.The French asset manager has designed an open-ended fund structure to offer exposure to a range of sub-sectors of the illiquid, unlisted credit market, according to an announcement today.Mark Fawcett, chief investment officer at NEST, said the new fund would sit within the £8bn (€9.3bn) master trust’s overall allocation to private credit alongside infrastructure debt manager BlackRock and real estate debt manager Amundi. The scheme aims to have an initial allocation of around 5-7% to private credit after a ramp-up phase next year, with allocations to the three managers managed on a deal-flow driven basis.In a statement announcing the new allocation, Fawcett said the move was “an important step in developing our investment strategy and helping to deliver the strong risk-adjusted returns we want for our members”.last_img read more

New UK government quick to re-introduce pension schemes bill

first_img“With the reintroduction of the Pension Schemes Bill as one of its first acts following the election, we are pleased the government is prioritising the £2trn pension sector,” said Nigel Peaple, director of policy at the association.Charles Counsell, chief executive officer at The Pensions Regulator (TPR), said it welcomed “the prompt re-introduction” of the bill.Tyron Potts, associate and head of pensions research at Barnett Waddingham, said the reintroduction of the pension schemes bill meant the regulator would soon be in a position to launch its first consultation on a brand new code of practice for defined benefit (DB) pensions funding.“In turn, this will provide helpful guidance around the legal obligation for DB schemes to align investment and funding approaches to a long-term objective – an obligation which TPR has in any case been encouraging schemes to look at now rather than waiting until [the legislation receives] Royal Assent.”The PLSA’s Peaple highlighted that the bill did not provide a schedule for the planned removal of the lower earnings limit to automatic enrolment contributions, “meaning millions missing out on extra saving with employer support and tax relief”.According to Peaple there is also room for improvement with regard to new criminal sanctions and civil fines intended to prevent scheme sponsors from deliberately evading their responsibilities.“[C]urrent drafting is too loose and risks applying far more widely than intended,” he said. The UK’s new government has brought back the workplace pensions bill that its predecessor introduced in October shortly before last month’s general election was called.The pension schemes bill was introduced in the House of Lords yesterday although the date for a first substantive debate on all aspects of the bill has not yet been scheduled.No major differences with the bill’s predecessor have been highlighted by experts so far. Like the bill tabled in October, the new draft legislation includes provisions to enable the pension dashboard and collective defined contribution (CDC) schemes and strengthen the regulator’s powers, but does not introduce a framework for consolidation of defined benefit schemes into so-called superfunds.The country’s main pension fund lobby group, the Pensions and Lifetime Savings Association (PLSA), today welcomed the speed with which the government has brought back the bill.last_img read more

‘Fresh thinking in pensions’ leads to new worldwide analytics tool

first_imgFord Motor Company is now in a position to compare the value of the pension provision across its more than 120 schemes in 36 countries after working with investment consultant Redington to develop a new analytics and scoring system.According to Redington, a key aim for the multinational company was to use the tool to provide a consistent analysis of the “retirement readiness” of its employees.It said a new digital platform had been developed that provides visualisation of how assets and costs are distributed across countries and schemes, with millions of data points collated for each pension scheme.In addition, a pension scoring system has been created that awards a score out of 100 to each of Ford’s pension schemes based on up to seven underlying factors, including investment performance, costs and charges, contribution rates and retirement outcomes. Ford has been added to Redington’s ADA fintech platform – named after Ada Lovelace, born in 1815 and described by some as one of the earliest computer programmers – as part of the launch of the new tool.“This project was a great example of thinking differently in pensions”Oliver Payne, EMEA pensions manager at FordOliver Payne, EMEA pensions manager at Ford, said: “This project was a great example of thinking differently in pensions.“The ADA system means we can move away from our traditional approach of collating and analysing pensions data on an individual project basis. We now have consistent, reliable data available for each project which means we can now be more proactive in the way we look at the costs and value of pension plans around the world.”Adam Jones, chief technology officer at Redington, said: “We are hugely excited to continue our work with Oliver and the team to explore how we can further develop the tool, and ensure Ford remains on the front foot when it comes to pensions analytics.”last_img read more

Babinda’s quiet, rural lifestyle offers a haven for city folk

first_imgCorinne Alexander #SnapCairns – Babinda Boulders.Babinda offers a peek into the past and is characterised by a number of interesting art deco buildings. Babinda comes from the Wanyurr Yidinji words, “bunna binda” meaning “water passing over your shoulder”, a description of water rolling over the boulders in the Babinda Creek.The historic Babinda State Hotel is in the main street at 73 Munro St. It has been modernised and proudly wears its unique heritage as the only hotel in Queensland which was built by the state government. Wooroonooran Falls at BabindaPOPULAR with tree-changers seeking a lifestyle property close to the amenities of a big city, Babinda is a haven straddling the Bruce Highway 40 minutes south of Cairns. But just because it’s close to a national thoroughfare, doesn’t mean buyers or investors won’t reap the peace and tranquillity of a friendly, rural township.The small sugar town is surrounded by cane farms, Queensland’s two highest mountains, Mt Bartle Frere and Mt Bellenden Kerr, crystal-clear mountain streams, pristine rainforests and spectacular waterfalls. The Babinda State Hotel is turning 100 this weekend. PICTURE: STEWART McLEANBabinda Boulders and Josephine Falls attract thousands to their cooling waters in the hot, sticky summers and Bramston Beach, with its laid-back vibe, is just 17km down the road.Babinda Real Estate owner Segrid Hudson said the town had everythingMore from newsCairns home ticks popular internet search terms3 days agoTen auction results from ‘active’ weekend in Cairns3 days ago“It’s a really lovely community,” she said.“There are a variety of schools, both private and public, sporting groups, shops, hospitals and a swimming pool.“There are quite a lot of community events held here during the year and there is a wonderful, relaxed atmosphere.“People are really attracted to the place being such a nice, quiet community and are also even commuting up to Cairns because property prices are so affordable.“It is well-maintained and still in Cairns Regional Council area.“It is a great place to invest, and there is plenty of opportunity for new businesses. Being a farming community, there is work around, too.”last_img read more

Rural oasis for sale

first_img229 Eliott Rd, Hervey Range “All skirting boards and door and window frames are Tasmanian Oak. It is fully screened, has a soft interior colour scheme, tiled floors, fans, and down lights with dimmers.”The property has a separate double carport with lockup storage while there is a four-bay Colorbond shed with power.It’s also fully fenced and has a 25,000L bore water tank and 50,000L rainwater tank. 229 Eliott Rd, Hervey RangeNESTLED at the base of a mountain range on 30 acres of picturesque land lies this four-bedroom home.229 Elliott Rd, Herveys Range, offers a dream rural lifestyle. 229 Eliott Rd, Hervey RangeOversized decks allow plenty of space to enjoy the views from while inside the home is breezy with a natural, colour palette which perfectly blends with the green scenery outside.The property is being marketed by Julie Mahoney from Ray White Julie Mahoney and she said it offered the ultimate in tranquillity.“It’s a stunning home in a secluded setting on top of Herveys Range,” she said.“This property also has three rocky creeks that run seasonally.”The house has more than 300sq m of living space with half of that space dedicated to decks to enjoy the views.More from news01:21Buyer demand explodes in Townsville’s 2019 flood-affected suburbs12 Sep 202001:21‘Giant surge’ in new home sales lifts Townsville property market10 Sep 2020center_img 229 Eliott Rd, Hervey RangeIt has two separate pavilions joined by a covered breezeway.The entrance to the main pavilion features cathedral ceilings and a designer kitchen while there is also a study with two bedrooms.The second pavilion contains the parents’ retreat which has an external deck, ensuite with double vanities and walk-in wardrobe.The owners of the home said the temperature is far cooler than on the coast yet it only takes 30 minutes to reach all the amenities of the city.“It is a pleasure to enjoy the morning sun on the deck or an evening drink watching the sun disappear behind the mountain,” they said.“The house is modern in design with Colorbond roof and external cladding, large double-hung windows and huge sliding doors.last_img read more

Buyer activity ramps up with less stock on the market in Townsville

first_img READ MORE More from news01:21Buyer demand explodes in Townsville’s 2019 flood-affected suburbs12 Sep 202001:21‘Giant surge’ in new home sales lifts Townsville property market10 Sep 2020Bayside Realty Townsville principal Mario Torrisi who sold the property said it attracted plenty of interest from prospective buyers at its first open house. “The buyers put in an unconditional offer well before auction and the sellers were more than happy to accept it,” Mr Torrisi said. “The whole market is picking up, I’m seeing a lot more interest at open homes than there was three months ago.”Mr Torrisi also said he was seeing owners holding off on selling if their circumstances allowed it. Flood victims finally return home Principal at Bayside Realty Townsville, Mario Torrisi.“Buyers are back in a big way, but they need to act quickly before prices start increasing in Spring,” Ms Conisbee said. “Buyers have an opportunity to capitalise on the bottom of the market and sellers can name their price while stock levels remain low. “Markets often change direction quickly and price growth can become unexpectedly strong with in a very short period of time.”A 77 acre property at 140 Barnham Rd in Townsville’s Nome has been snapped up prior to auction after being on the market for only a week. Where tenants are ditiching dead money for a mortgage center_img “There are some sellers holding off who are expecting the market to pick up,” he said.“Some people obviously don’t have the choice to do that though.”REIQ regional director and principal at Keyes and Co Realty, Damien Keyes, agreed stock had been low and was also seeing an increase in activity at open homes. “There’s been less stock across the board in Townsville over the March quarter so we’re noticing buyers are a lot more active,” Mr Keyes said. “Our office is finding that we’re selling 90 per cent of the homes we have listed pretty quickly and there has been more activity at open homes. Real Estate agent, Damien Keyes on The Strand, Townsville. Spring is the busiest period for buying and selling real estate in Townsville.“I think we will start to see more stock on the market over the September and October period which is usually the time things ramp up.”Mr Torrisi said the property which sold in Nome was unique in that it offered buyers two residences and the opportunity to earn an income. “It’s great for extended families or the buyer could live in one house and rent the other one out,” Mr Torrisi said. “There’s also the opportunity to make an income with the mango orchards and cattle yards on the property.”There were seven bedrooms in total on the property at 140 Barnham Rd, along with a huge shed boasting enough space to house 12 vehicals. The unique residence also featured a seasonal creek and was located close to the Elliot Springs development. This property at 140 Barnham Rd in Nome was snapped up before auction after being on the market for one week.PROPERTY in Townsville is proving a hot commodity with houses being snapped up fast and owners reportedly holding off on selling. With the expectation that property prices in Townsville will soon rise agents are reporting less stock than usual being offered to the market. Chief economist at realestate.com.au Nerida Conisbee said buyers and sellers should capitalise on the current market conditions. READ MORE Iconic Rollingstone Ranch snapped up last_img read more

Australian mountain biking champion is selling up in Bardon

first_img The Veronicas buy in Queensland The Bardon house that is currently for sale.The 2017 Flight Centre Epic and MTBA National Marathon Series champion had a top 50 finish for his class in the cult classic Italian Dolomiti Superbike race through the Italian Alps, which attracted 5000 entrants. Judi O’Dea of Ray White Paddington is selling the property through private treaty.More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus11 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market11 hours agoLarge windows open the house to the outdoors.“The back is all retained so you don’t see any of your neighbours; you walk in and it’s like you’re in your own oasis,” Susan Brockwell said. MORE REAL ESTATE STORIES Where to find South East Queensland’s most affordable land Mark Brockwell is in this pack somewhere as the Dolomiti Superbike race begins. Picture: Facebook.The huge four bay garage of his Bardon home has been the workshop for his collection of mountain bikes over the past five years but the family are now keen to travel more, so the garage and the five-bedroom, three-level home has hit the market. The property is a private oasis that has been built into the 680sq m block.A mezzanine level off the kitchen and dining area has built-in desks, ideal as a homework station.“It’s the middle level everyone falls in love with. With frameless sash windows and uninterrupted views,” she said.The upper level has three bedrooms, including the master, and a rumpus room, while downstairs has the garage with a separate ensuited office, gym or media room. An entertainer’s dream with covered entertaining along the side of the house.“Christmas is always at our house and we put the dining table outside and do a big long lunch and then when lunch is over, everyone goes into their own little areas, with three living areas, and we all have our own space.” Follow Debra on twitter There are multiple areas to relax across the three level home.“It’s got a huge four bay garage that is bigger than four bays so there’s the ability to put several cars in there, and loads of mountain bikes, along the back wall.” Mark Brockwell competing in the Dolomiti Superbike race in Italy this year. Picture: Mark Brockwell, Facebook.AUSTRALIAN champion mountain biker, Mark Brockwell, has returned from one of the world’s most popular mountain biking races to put his Bardon home on the market. Mark Brockwell in action. Picture: Mark Brockwell, Facebook.Boys toys aside, this multi-level home is an entertainer at heart, with a middle level that is free flowing out to the tropical gardens with open-plan living areas and floor-to-ceiling windows with glass louvres. The master bedroom with private balcony.“The kitchen and outdoor cooking area are my favourite, and just the ability to have heaps of people around.last_img read more

Hapag-Lloyd Raising New Funds after Merger with UASC

first_imgGerman carrier Hapag-Lloyd will carry out a capital increase, agreed upon as part of its merger with United Arab Shipping Company (UASC), with the gross proceeds expected to reach EUR 352 million (USD 414 million).The company said that the expected gross issue proceeds from the capital increase would primarily be used for the repayment of debt as well as general corporate purposes.“Following the successful merger with UASC, we will use the capital increase to strengthen our capital structure and to use the proceeds to reduce the leverage of the company. This enables us to focus on enhancing our strategic and operating objectives,” Rolf Habben Jansen, CEO of Hapag-Lloyd AG, said.Following the the official merger of the two companies in May 2017, the shareholders approved new authorised share capital for a capital increase.The capital increase is backstopped by the primary shareholders CSAV Germany Container Holding GmbH, Kuehne Maritime GmbH, Qatar Holding Germany GmbH and The Public Investment Fund of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia for a total of EUR 352 million.They have committed to exercise their subscription rights and to acquire new shares that are not acquired by other shareholders.The company’s share capital of EUR 164,042,940.00 will increase by EUR 11,717,353.00 to EUR 175,760,293.00 by issuing 11,717,353 new no-par shares in exchange for cash while maintaining the shareholders’ subscription rights. The new shares became eligible for dividends on January 1, 2017 and shall be offered to all shareholders at a subscription price of EUR 30.00 and a ratio of 14:1 per share.The subscription period for the shareholders is expected to start on 2 October 2017 and end on 16 October 2017.Separately, Hapag-Lloyd will finalize its comprehensive newbuild programme by taking delivery of the 15,000 TEU containership Al Jmeliyah at the shipyard of Hyundai Samho Heavy Industries (HSHI) in South Korea on September 28.Classed as an ultra-large container vessel (ULCV), the boxship giant is scheduled to start operating this weekend on the FE4 service of THE Alliance between Asia and Northern Europe, just like its predecessor, the Afif, which was delivered in July.The 368-metre-long Al Jmeliyah, which features 153,148 tonnes, is the last in a series of 17 newbuilds contracted to HSHI by UASC in the summer of 2013. The series comprised eleven 15,000 TEU and six 19,900 TEU ships, the first of which was delivered in 2015.Following the merger with Hapag-Lloyd at the end of May this year, these units became a part of the Hapag-Lloyd fleet, which currently consists of 219 ships, making Hapag-Lloyd the fifth-largest liner shipping company in the world.Image Courtesy: Hapag-Lloydlast_img read more

Canada to Prosecute Greek Shipping Company for Marathassa Spill

first_imgCanada has reached a decision on prosecuting Greek shipping company Alassia NewShips Management (Alassia) for various environmental offenses related to the oil spill from its operated vessel Marathassa in April 2015.The Provincial Court of British Columbia said that an ex parte trial will be held against Alassia at the same time as the trial of Marathassa set for February 26, 2018.The decision was made following several legal challenges of the summons issued to the company in February 2017, as the company claimed it was not properly informed of the proceedings.The company did not appear at the first or any subsequent appearances in the provincial court.“It is abundantly clear that prior to the first appearance, Alassia had knowledge of the Summons because Alassia instructed Mr. Swanson (counsel for Alassia) to challenge the service of the Summons in Federal Court,” the court said.Hence, the court decided to prosecute the company regardless of whether it participates in the legal proceedings.The 81,000 dwt cargo ship was confirmed as the source of the toxic bunker oil spill in English Bay that released around 3,000 litres of oil into the water on April 8, 2015.A subsequent investigation conducted by Transport Canada into the Vancouver spill found that the spill had been caused by mechanical problems on board MV Marathassa.Following the spill, the City of Vancouver officials said that they were determined to get repayment for what the city had spent on the response.last_img read more

New Bedford Dredging Work Nears End

first_imgImage source: CashmanThe dredging operations on the New Bedford lower harbor, undertaken by Cashman Dredging and Marine Contracting Co., are nearing its completion.Cashman Dredging, a heavy-construction company based in Quincy, Massachusetts, won this $15 million contract in May 2017.According to the company, it is estimated that this capital dredging project will be completed during the first half of 2018.Project highlightsDredging is being performed in depths of up to 30 feet of water and as shallow as 3 feet;Sediments placed into the Lower Harbor Confined Aquatic Disposal Cell (LHCC) are being dredged using mechanical dredging equipment with a closed environmental bucket;Approximately 130,000 to 170,000 cubic yards of dredge materials exceeding the Lower Harbor Superfund cleanup level of 50 ppm are being removed and placed in the LHCC. Most of the material underlies the State Channel on the New Bedford side of the harbor;To minimize over-dredging, dredging accuracy is being controlled by using a Cashman-refined and enhanced Dredgepack dredge bucket positioning system (DGPS);Cashman developed a precise technical approach that incorporates “lessons learned” from dredging PCB-impacted sediments and from precision dredging using their dredge monitoring and positioning systems.New Bedford Harbor is a deep water commercial port with easy access to the maritime corridor from the Massachusetts coast, located on the northwestern side of Buzzard’s Bay.Once the world’s largest whaling port and a cotton manufacturing center, the harbor is now a major fishing port. The Port of New Bedford also serves as a break-bulk handler of perishable items, including fruit and fish, and also handles other cargo.Image source: Cashmanlast_img read more

Diana Shipping Secures Work for Panamax Bulker

first_imgAthens-based dry bulk owner Diana Shipping has entered into a time charter contract with CJ International Italy Societa Per Azioni for one of its Panamax dry bulk vessels.Under the deal, Diana’s 74,381 dwt Panamax bulker Coronis would be hired for a period of twelve to fifteen months.The gross charter rate for the vessel is USD 8,300 per day for the first sixty days of the charter period and USD 11,300 per day for the balance period of the time charter. The charter commenced on August 11, 2018.Diana Shipping expects to generate around USD 3.89 million of gross revenue for the minimum scheduled period of the time charter.The 2006-built Coronis was previously chartered to Narina Maritime at a gross charter rate of USD 9,000 per day.last_img read more

Ørsted Opens Hornsea Two Offshore Construction Base

first_imgØrsted has officially opened the Hornsea Two Offshore Construction Base (HTOCB) at Humberside Airport in Lincolnshire.The building, formerly a police station at the airport, will now house around 30 Ørsted employees who will be working around the clock to construct the 1.4GW wind farm.Hornsea Two, located 89 kilometres off the Yorkshire Coast, will be able to power over 1.3 million homes when complete in 2022 taking the title as the world’s biggest offshore wind farm from the neighbouring 1,214MW Hornsea One offshore wind farm which is currently under construction.“The new offshore construction management office is the ideal location for our logistical project planning, and means we can move people and equipment offshore efficiently and safely using the heliport at Humberside airport,” Jason Ledden, leading the construction team as Senior Project Manager, said.”Not only have we been able to repurpose and redevelop a building that had fallen empty on the airport estate, we’ve also been able to utilise equipment and furniture from some of our previous projects in the region to ensure the build is sustainable and continue Ørsted’s green ethos.”Construction progress updateOnshore cable works have begun, undertaken by Preston-based VolkerInfra, and construction of the onshore substation is progressing. Most of the major contracts have now been awarded and offshore construction is due to begin 2020.All 165 turbines are being supplied by Siemens Gamesa, with the majority of blades being manufactured at their facility in Hull.Despite having fewer turbines than sister project Hornsea One, the project will use a newly manufactured larger blade to generate more power. The blades have been specifically developed for the site by the Siemens Gamesa site in Hull and are around the same length as ten busses.Ørsted’s East Coast Hub – the world’s largest operations and maintenance base, located in Grimsby, is expected to open later this month.last_img read more

Auckland Council bid to change law on street prostitution fails

first_imgNZ Herald 9 December 2014Auckland Council has been told it already has power to ban street prostitution from spots such as Hunters Corner in South Auckland after a bid to get Parliament to change the law failed.A Parliamentary committee recommended on Friday that a bill which would allow the council to pass bylaws banning commercial sex services in specified places should not be passed.MPs said it understood why Auckland Council wanted Parliament to change the law, and noted that other councils supported the local bill.But they felt that a law change was not appropriate because the issue was not limited to Auckland.The committee also believed local bodies could already regulate street prostitution – despite council officials’ advice that they would be open to a legal challenge.http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=11370971last_img read more

Brain tests at age of 3 can predict child’s future success

first_imgDaily Mail 13 December 2016Family First Comment: Based on the Dunedin longitudinal study, but here’s a key point…In the at-risk group, “77 per cent of children brought up without fathers”This is what our recent report on child abuse and also our report on child abuse highlighted! A simple test at the age of three can predict if children will grow up to be a burden on society, scientists claim.A study has found roughly a fifth of the population are responsible for 81 per cent of criminal convictions, 77 per cent of children brought up without fathers, two-thirds of benefits claimed and more than half of nights spent in hospital.This small group of people drain the public purse, but researchers at King’s College London say their troubled lives could be forecast from early childhood.It takes just 45 minutes to give three-year-olds a battery of tests, on their language abilities, motor skills, frustration and impulsivity.Decades after taking the test, children who scored low were far more likely to fall within the most burdensome group.They were also more likely to smoke, be obese and take prescription drugs.The findings, while controversial for indicating that someone’s life path is set in their early years, suggests reaching these at-risk children young could turn things around.READ MORE: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-4026274/Brain-tests-age-THREE-predict-child-s-future-Scientists-say-scores-reveal-kids-burden-society.htmllast_img read more

Uhuru Kenyatta asks Burundian president, Nkurunziza, to postpone poll

first_imgCelebrations In Kenya As ICC Drops Charges Against President Uhuru Kenyatta Exclusive: A conversation with President Uhuru Kenyatta President Uhuru Kenyatta Appoints His Deputy as Acting Presidentcenter_img Kenya’s President Uhuru Kenyatta has told Burundi leader Pierre Nkurunziza he should postpone a presidential election due next month after last week’s failed military coup, Kenyatta’s spokesman said on Monday.Manoah Esipisu said the two leaders, whose nations belong to the East African Community (EAC) common market, had spoken by phone on Sunday. Kenyatta’s counterparts in the region shared his view, he added.Regional leaders want the election date changed from June 26 to create a “conducive environment” but the vote should still be held within the current electoral cycle, which comes to an end in late August, Esipisu said.The landlocked east African nation has been plunged into crisis since Nkurunziza pushed for a third term of office, a move his opponents say breaks the constitution and a 2005 peace agreement that ended an ethnically driven civil war.As many as 300,000 people died in the war, and there are fears the current crisis could inflame lingering tensions between the majority Hutu population and the Tutsi minority.More than 105,000 people have fled to neighboring states, including Rwanda, which has the same ethnic mix as Burundi and which was torn apart by a genocide in 1994 that killed 800,000 mostly Tutsis and moderate Hutus.(Reuters)Relatedlast_img read more

Kenya launches mobile application to monitor forests to curb illegal logging

first_imgKenya launches mobile application to monitor forests to curb illegal loggingKenya on Friday launched a mobile application to monitor forests in order to curb illegal logging.Kenya Forest Service (KFS) Director Emilio Mugo said the smart phone application will enable users to report illegal activities in the forest.“We expect the app to compliment the efforts of law enforcement officers to conserve Kenya’s forests,” Mugo said during the 20-year celebrations of the Kenya Forest Working Group (KFWG).The mobile system is a joint initiative of the KFWG and the University of Nairobi.Mugo said the app will reduce the cost of forest surveillance.“Kenya’s forests are spread across the country and we don’t have sufficient resources to monitor activities in all forests at real time,” he said.According to government data, forest covers seven percent of Kenya’s land mass. The director noted that Kenya has 142,000 hectares of plantation forest to supply wood to the timber industry.“We don’t allow logging in indigenous forest as they are used for conservation of watersheds and for use as wildlife habitats,” he said.KFS said the country has sufficient supply of wood to satisfy domestic requirements although Kenya imports small amounts from Tanzania, South Sudan and UgandaNational Coordinator of the KFWG Jackson Bambo said Kenya’s forests are under threat from human encroachment.“Expanding population has forced some communities to clear forests for agriculture activity,” Bambo said.He added that the mobile app will enable communities to report on forests activities to a centralized server.“The technology system is expected to enhance forests monitoring and reporting by various stakeholders for informed decision making,” he said.The system users are only required to have a smart phone to report any incidence in real time.The coordinator said the app will help to educate the millions of Kenyans who have smart phones but have little information on forests conservation.last_img read more

Region welcomes APD freeze

first_img Tweet Sharing is caring! Share LifestyleTravel Region welcomes APD freeze by: – March 24, 2011 54 Views   no discussionscenter_img Share Share BASSETERRE, St Kitts – The Caribbean Tourism Organisation (CTO) although welcoming the decision of the British Chancellor to delay the increase in the Air Passenger Duty (APD) later this year, says the regional organisation will continue to argue that the current banding system places the Caribbean at a disadvantage and hurts their economies.Britain’s Finance Minister George Osborne today told the House of Commons that there will be no increase in the tax until 2012.He also indicated that a consultation would be held “to improve the existing and rather arbitrary bands that appear to believe that the Caribbean is further away than California”.The CTO said in a release following the announcement that Chancellor Osbourne’s latter statement is a clear recognition of a crucial issue that has been the focus of the strong lobbying efforts by the organisation led by its Chairman, St. Kitts and Nevis’ Minister of Tourism, Richard “Ricky” Skerritt, and CTO allies in the private sector, the Caribbean High Commissions, and the Diaspora.The CTO said it will persist in efforts to obtain “a fairer system of aviation taxation that does not cripple travel to our heavily tourism-dependent region”.“Today’s announcement by the Chancellor is a small but important victory for the Caribbean.  In our various meetings with the British Government CTO opposed the idea of a Per Plane Tax for economic reasons. We also asked that the existing banding system be reviewed; for no more increases in the APD; and for it to be revised downwards in a new, fairer system.The Chancellor’s speech gives us positive results on all three points,” said CTO, adding that it is therefore clear evidence that the British government “is listening to our concerns and that we have been effective in expressing them publicly and privately.”The CTO said it is also pleased that the groups have been officially invited to continue to participate in further APD consultation over the coming weeks.“In so doing, we will continue to argue that the current banding system places the Caribbean at a disadvantage and hurts our economies. We will persist in our efforts to obtain a fairer system of aviation taxation that does not cripple travel to our heavily tourism-dependent region,” said the CTO release.Source: Caribbean 360 Newslast_img read more

Buisnessman Alledges That Inland Revenue Division is Being Cheated By Chinese Store Operators

first_img Share 40 Views   no discussions Sharing is caring! Photo Credit: flickr.comManager of Issa Trading Mr. Foued Issa says Chinese who own buisnesses in Dominica are cheating the Government and the Inland Revenue through inaccurate figures in taxes and are not paying the amount of taxes that the law requires them to pay.He stated that the Chinese were slowly taking over the city; Roseau and that our local buisnesses and buisness owners were slowly going out of buisness.During Q95FM’s radio program ” Hot Seat” hosted by Mathias “Matt” Peltier this morning, Buisness man Issa announced that he was ready and willing to take up on his own to finance the investigations of the ways of the Chinese accounting statistics.Meantime up to press time Dominica Vibes News was unable to get a response from the Comptroller at the Inland Revenue. News Reporter: Grace HendersonDominica Vibes News LocalNews Buisnessman Alledges That Inland Revenue Division is Being Cheated By Chinese Store Operators by: – April 13, 2011center_img Share Share Tweetlast_img read more

Bicentennial of Independence of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela observed in Dominica

first_img Share Venezuela’s Ambassador to Dominica, Her Excellency Carmen Martinez de Grijalva and Manager of PDV Caribe standing at this morning’s ceremony.Three wreaths were laid at the Simon Bolivar Square in Goodwill on Tuesday as Dominica joined celebrations commemorating the Bicentennial Independence of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela.The observation in Dominica began with a Holy Mass at the Roseau Cathedral, officiated by Monsignor William JnoLewis.The celebration marked Venezuela’s 200th Anniversary of Independence.Venezuelan citizen, Nadezkda Marquez, who read the Independence Act of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela highlight the history of Venezuela’s Liberator Simon Bolivar.Venezuela’s Ambassador to Dominica, Her Excellency Carmen Martinez de Grijalva, in her address, thanked the Government of Dominica for their friendship with people and Government of Venezuela.‘On behalf of the President of Bolivarian of the Republic of Venezuela, Hugo Chavez, we would like to thank the good people of this country, who continue to have a solid and growing friendship with us,’ the Ambassador said.Wreaths were placed by the Manager of PDV Caribe, the Venezuelan Ambassador to Dominica and the Acting Prime Minister of Dominica, Honorable Reginald Austrie.Cabinet Ministers with Her Excellency Carmen Martinez de Grijalva at this morning’s celebrations.Mr Austrie said that the people of Dominica is thrilled to be celebrating this day with Venezuela; a country that continues to inject billions of dollars into the island.He made mention of the Petro Caribe project and Dominica’s membership of ALBA.‘Two hundred years is a very long time, yet the fire that burns in the Venezuelan people never get cold never gets old nor will it ever die; but it will grow brighter with every passing day. We in Dominica know that fire very well because our ancestors kindled in that fire too,’ Austrie said.The Dominica Government Band wowed the gathering with their beautiful renditions of the National Anthem of the Commonwealth of Dominica and the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela.Dominica’s Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit is currently in Caracas, attending celebrations marking the Anniversary.Domincia Vibes News Sharing is caring! Share 66 Views   one commentcenter_img Share Tweet LocalNews Bicentennial of Independence of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela observed in Dominica by: – July 5, 2011last_img read more

Lack of sexual health information for men is the main problem -Professor Green

first_img Sharing is caring! Share 14 Views   no discussions Share Sharecenter_img Tweet LocalNews Lack of sexual health information for men is the main problem -Professor Green by: – October 21, 2011 Image via: menhealthtips.comThe lack of information for men about sexual health has been highlighted as one of the main problems affecting the male population.Dominican Professor, Laura Serrant-Green, made the remarks while delivering a Public Lecture on the topic “Men’s Sexual Health: an Essential Part of their Mental Health” at the UWI Open Campus last night.She says men are at a disadvantage in maintaining proper sexual health.“The essential elements of good sexual health are equitable relationships. It includes sexual fulfillment -in whatever way you want it to be-and it also includes access to information so that you can avoid the risk of unintended pregnancy, illness or disease. We all have a right under the world health organization to have access to equal information. Where is the information for men?” she questioned.According to her, there is no information for men.“If we were in a situation where we had laws and status and policies which said men’s health is as important as women’s health, if we had promotional advertisements on the television I would say that there are things in place but doctors are not giving the information. But they don’t exists,” she said.Professor Serrant-Green believes that women are given the priority over men and that must change. The lecture was the Dominica Nurses Association as a method of educating citizens of Dominica on their health. This is in keeping with its belief that the health of a nation is a major contribution to its social, economic and educational growth and development.Professor Serrant-Green who was this year’s feature speaker at the Dominica State College’s 9th Commencement Ceremony is one of only 10 black professors in the United Kingdom. She is a nurse by profession and is of Dominican parentage, her parents being from St. Joseph.Dominica Vibes Newslast_img read more

Two more charged in connection with Stockfarm kidnapping

first_imgLocalNews Two more charged in connection with Stockfarm kidnapping by: – March 20, 2012 Desmond Phillip of Yampiece and Shirley Allan of Stockfarm were on Tuesday jointly charged for “unlawfully seizing and kidnapping” Leon ‘Dopie’ Joseph of Stockfarm on March 10th, 2012.Police prosecutor Claude Weekes objected to bail on the grounds that the Joseph had not been found and the police required more time to investigate.Weekes told the Court that the police department “suspects” that firearms and ammunition were allegedly used to commit the offence and these have not been recovered either.He said other persons are also being “sought for the alleged kidnapping”.Weeks further asked magistrate Candia Carette-George to “consider the nature of the offence” and uphold his objection to bail. Phillip who is represented by Peter Alleyne pleaded with the magistrate as his Alleyne was engaged in another matter at the time. He sobbed openly in Court explaining his innocence.“I have a little boy and is me that is his mother and father. I didn’t hold nobody. Look at my record; I haven’t been in problem for years. Ask my pastor, I always in church”.Meanwhile Gina Dyer- Monroe who represented Zeena Moore-Dyer for the other defendant, Shirley Allan requested that bail be granted to her client since she had “cooperated fully with the police and has no previous convictions”.She further submitted to the Court that her client should be released on bail and that strict measures be imposed as part of her bail conditions.Magistrate Carette-George denied bail to both of the defendants based on the “nature of the offence and in an effort to give the police sufficient time to conduct their investigation”.She further cautioned the defendants to “cooperate” with the police in providing whatever information they may have pertinent to the incident.The defendants have been remanded at the State Prison in Stockfarm.On Monday March 19th, Jan Bedminster, Kimon Beaupierre and Dilon Alexander were charged with kidnapping Deon Hakim Alfred the other Stockfarm resident who was reported missing by relatives on the same day as Leon Joseph.Neither Alfred nor Joseph has been found.Dominica Vibes News Share 21 Views   no discussions Sharing is caring!center_img Share Tweet Sharelast_img read more

Rebecca Stirm wins Mission Catwalk challenge with Belize-inspired design

first_imgEntertainmentNewsRegional Rebecca Stirm wins Mission Catwalk challenge with Belize-inspired design by: – April 10, 2012 Tweet 12 Views   no discussions Share Sharecenter_img Sharing is caring! Share Rebecca (left) poses in the Singer Sewing Room with model Abenah Gonzalez. Photo compliments: Alty Benjamin JrAGSelectPR, Kingston, Tueday, April 10th 2012: Drawing on the Hispanic and Mayan influences in her country, 18 year-old Belizean fashion designer Rebecca Stirm emerged the winner in a culture-inspired challenge in the second episode of Caribbean fashion designer reality series Mission Catwalk, filmed in Kingston Jamaica.Stirm and 14 other designers were instructed by host and executive-producer Keneea Linton-George to “create an outfit that reflects the style and culture” of their individual countries joined by “the common thread of independence.” The designers, who were given pointers from Season One winner Shenna Carby, had to apply their creativity within a short time frame and on a US$20 budget. “I wanted a lot of material, so I looked in the curtain section,” said Rebecca. “I was able to get a lot of this very, very light; airy fabric for a little bit of money since we were on a tight budget. I added embroidery to give it some detail and intricacy.”Rebecca’s design on the runway. Photo compliments: Alty Benjamin Jr.“Beautiful, dramatic, tasteful, stylish-I can feel the culture,” said Linton-George about Rebecca’s dress which also impressed judges -Jamaica Observer Lifestyle Editor, Novia McDonald Whyte; menswear designer Carlton Brown and guest judge, Trinidadian actress Nadia Khan.Rebecca (who calls her label Fancy Purple Paint) was the first of the show’s designers to win a challenge as no winner was declared in the previous episode where five contestants went home.The next best design came from Barbadian Kerin Scott’s skirt and top combo which reflected the laid back beach culture of her island and the blue and yellow of the national flag. Jamaican Janel Jolly created an African-inspired chic casual dress while Trinidadian Ryan Chan delivered his version of a modern sari. Jamaicans Crystal Powell, Keshon Hawthorne, Maria King-Beadle, Natalie Rochester as well as Barbadian/Trinidadian Janelle Forde and Ryan Berkeley of Guyana were given the opportunity to continue to next week’s show for what Hawthorne aptly described as a “second chance”. In the bottom four were Trinidadian Shannon Kwong and Gregory Williams, Shellane McFarlane and Kimbally Smith of Jamaica. The final two came down to Shellane and Kimbally and the latter was cut for his poor interpretation which according to McDonald-Whyte, failed to impress.Rebecca and the remaining 13 contestants are vying for JA$3 million in prizes including the chance to show at London Fashion Week. Tune in to Television Jamaica tonight Tuesday April 10 at 8:30 PM for the third episode of Mission Catwalk Season 2, presented by NCB, Supreme Ventures and Digicel. For those in Trinidad the series airs Tuesdays at 9:30 PM on TV6. Mission Catwalk streams online at www.televisionjamaica.com/livetvPress Releaselast_img read more

Pastors for Peace collect more aid for Cuba

first_img Share Sharing is caring! 34 Views   no discussions FaithNewsRegional Pastors for Peace collect more aid for Cuba by: – July 16, 2012 Sharecenter_img Tweet Share Dove of peace. Photo credit: voiceseducation.orgHAVANA, Cuba (ACN) — The 23rd Pastors for Peace Caravan, which continued its tour of the US last week, has already collected almost 100 tons of items, mostly computers, medicines, school material and medical equipment for Cuba.The contributions are principally for the benefit of sectors like sports, health and education that have been hit harder by the US embargo against Cuba, the Prensa Latina news agency reported. During their tour, the activists updated the public on the negative effects of the embargo.Over the last few days, the Caravan has visited cities like Chicago (Illinois), Berkeley (California) and Bloomington, (Indiana), as part of a program that took it to Little Rock (Arkansas), Birmingham (Alabama), Pleasant Hill (Tennessee), Pensacola, (Florida) and Silver City (New México) on Thursday.Its members plan to visit at least 90 locations, before meeting on July 19 in McAllen, Texas, to cross the Mexican border, and from there transport its humanitarian cargo to the Caribbean island.The 23rd Caravan has over 60 members, from Canada, the US, Germany, the United Kingdom and Mexico. Caribbean News Nowlast_img read more

‘PRODUCT OF SPECULATION’ PECO presscon aims to confuse public – ERC

first_imgMarcelo Cacho, head of Panay Electric Co.’s Public Engagement and Government Affairs, briefs reporters on Nov. 14, 2019 in Makati City during a press conference that the Energy Regulatory Commission has distanced itself from. PECO, whose franchise expired on Jan.19 this year, failed to convince Congress to renew it on the heels of mountingconsumer complaints on the poor quality of its service. ERC investigated the pole fires afterreceiving a complaint from Mayor Jerry Treñas. Criticizing the press conference,Devanadera stressed, “Prematurereporting of the outcome of our investigation is but a product of speculationthat serves no purpose, except to confuse the public.” “Thefindings of the technical team will be presented to the Commission on Monday(today, Nov. 18) and released to the public accordingly,” said Devanadera.   ERC remains independent in thedischarge of its functions, including the conduct of investigations, stressedChairperson Agnes Devanadera. “It would be prudent for theCommission to evaluate and analyze the situation surrounding the reported polefire incidents holistically and not on a per incident or asset basis. The waythat the poles are maintained over the years and the remaining useful life ofthe poles also need to be looked into. We are mindful of the urgency ofresolving this matter and we wish to assure the public that this is among thepriority concerns of the Commission,” said Devanadera. Days before the press conference, PECO,through its legal team Divina Law, invited members of the Metro Manila mediastating, “The Energy Regulatory Commission (ERC) has conducted an investigationon the maintenance of the distribution lines of Panay Electric Co. (PECO)to shed light on the situation. They recently completed the investigation andwe are pleased to invite you to a press briefing of PECO and its counsel,the Divina Law, on Nov. 14, Thursday, 10 a.m. so that we would be able to sharethe results of the findings and the outcome of the ERC hearing.” “The ERChas no participation, in any manner, in the said (Nov. 14) press conference,”stressed Devanadera. Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP)records submitted to the ERC showed that from Jan. 1, 2014 to Oct. 29, 2019 atotal of 2,887 fire incidents occurred in Iloilo City, with pole firesnumbering 1,464 cases, or 51.187 percent of all fire incidents during thealmost six-year period. ILOILO City – The Energy RegulatoryCommission (ERC) slammed Panay Electric Co. (PECO) for making it appear thatthe agency was part of a recent press conference that the franchise-less powerdistributor held in Metro Manila. ERC has completed its field inspection and data gathering on theseries of pole fire incidents in this city. ERC dispatched an inspection team inthe first week of November. It looked into the various aspects ofPECO’s distribution system.  The Commission likewise directed PECO to submit a written comprehensivereport on the pole fire incidents. “In the past few days, we are alarmedto have received information that multiple fires broke out all over the city ofIloilo, the causes of which were directly attributable to poorly-maintainedfacilities owned by PECO,” read part of Treñas’ letter to the ERC. Iloilo City fire marshal ChiefInspector Christopher Regencia reiterated that telecommunications companies’wires usually carry a 24-volt charge as opposed to PECO wires which has a220-voltage charge and said, “Only electricity wires, either damaged oroverloaded, can cause fires and not telephone or cable TV wires.” Two hundred and twenty-four pole firesoccurred out of the 427 fire incidents in 2014, while 228 cases of pole fireshappened in 2015, 303 cases in 2016, 275 incidents in 2017, and another 233pole fires in 2018.A total of 201 pole fires erupted in the city from January to Oct. 27, 2019. According to Devanadera, “the partiesconcerned have been summoned by the Commission to shed light on theseincidents” on Oct. 30. It is currently operating on aprovisional Certificate of Public Convenience and Necessity (CPCN) from the ERCuntil the new distribution utility, More Electric and Power Corp., completesits full takeover of the city’s distribution system./PN During the press conference, PECOhad a projector screen that flashed “PECO ERC PRESSCON, an enlightened past, abright future.”last_img read more

Antique farmers receive free garlic seeds, fertilizers

first_img“The farmer-beneficiaries were fromthe towns of Patnongon, San Jose de Buenavista, Sibalom, and San Remigio,” hesaid.    Provincial agriculturist NicolasitoCalawag on Thursday said the farmers who received the native garlic seed asplanting materials on Nov. 19 attended the two-day training conducted by theDA-6 here last Oct. 24-25. “The garlic seeds were given as partof their starter kit,” Calawag said, adding it would be enough as plantingmaterial for a total of four-hectare rain-fed area on the identifiedmunicipalities. The seed distribution was alsoparticipated by Gov. Rhodora Cadiao and Vice Gov. Edgar Denosta. Fifteen farmers, who attended training on garlic propagation last October, receive free garlic seeds as planting material in San Jose, Antique on Nov. 19. PIO ANTIQUE He added the DA-6 under its High-ValueCrops Program, provided a total of 1,500 kilos of garlic seeds valued at aroundP300,000 from Batanes. “With the provision of the plantingmaterials and fertilizers this would then encourage our farmers to engage ingarlic propagation,” Calawag said, adding a hectare of agricultural land couldproduce eight to 10 tons of garlic.center_img SAN JOSE, Antique – The Department ofAgriculture in Western Visayas (DA-6) distributed garlic seeds to 15 farmers inthe province who have undergone training on garlic production during thePeople’s Day at the Provincial Capitol.  The garlic and fertilizers were givenfor free to the farmers,” Calawag added. He said the farmers also received atotal of 15 bags of fertilizers. “The current market price of a kilo ofgarlic is about 80 pesos to 100 pesos,” he said.   Calawag said producing garlic is agood source of livelihood that can be harvested after 90 to 120 days.(With a report from PNA/PN)last_img read more

Duterte’s New Year wish: Lasting peace, comfort in PH

first_img Despite the “difficult but game-changing” reforms initiated by the President, Panelo said that significant strides have been made to achieve his goal of bringing a more comfortable life for all Filipinos. “The President first would like to greet all Filipinos a happy and prosperous New Year,” Panelo said. “His wish at the very inception of his presidency is to serve them and protect them, and to give them comfortable lives and lasting peace.” “There are indeed reasons to be confident in the New Year under the leadership and administration of President Rodrigo Roa Duterte,” Panelo said. “The economy is on the roll with a BBB+ rating. The Board of Investments has also breached its PHP1-trillion 2019 investment target as of October 2019, according to the Department of Trade and Industry. There are fewer poor Filipinos with almost six million lifted out from poverty. Employment has hit a 14-year high. Inflation has been tamed,” he said./PN Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo said that, just like in the previous years, President Duterte’s wish for the coming New Year is to continue to serve his constituents well.  President Rodrigo Duterte distributes relief packs to residents in North Cotabo still reeling from the impact of earthquakes that jolted Mindanao recently. Duterte also led the 123rd Rizal Day rites in Davao City on Monday. PCOO Around 93 percent of Filipinos are expected to welcome 2020 “with hope,” while only 0.2 percent will face the New Year “without hope”, according to a Dec. 3 to 8 survey by Pulse Asia. “We assure everyone that the best is yet to come. Let us continue to rally behind the Duterte administration as the Chief Executive does his best in serving and protecting the Filipino people, as well as delivering genuine and meaningful change to our nation,” he added. MANILA – President Rodrigo Duterte hopes Filipinos will continue to enjoy a comfortable life and attain lasting peace as the entire nation welcomes 2020 by midnight.last_img read more

Consumers should recognize ERC order – Devanadera

first_img*install MOREPower which may deploy its personnel to man and oversee the substations toexercise its possession and control of the distribution facilities, but theoperation should still be handled by PECO personnel who has the technicalexpertise “Since there arepresent suppliers of electricity, we instructed MORE Power to continue withthat arrangement until such time the DOE has issued the Certificate ofExemption, and until such time MORE Power has gone through the competitiveselection process so that the people of Iloilo can have the best price ever,”Devanadera added./PN Energy Regulatory Commission Chairperson Agnes Devanadera Devanadera alsostressed that ERC has the exclusive jurisdiction to determine which powerdistributor has the authority to operate. Any legal issueor court case does not dilute the sole authority granted to ERC by law,specifically the Electricity Power Industry Reform Act (EPIRA), she said. “MORE Power isnow in control of the entire distribution system. There is no choice at thispoint in time for MORE Power but to operate,” according to Devanadera. ILOILO City – TheEnergy Regulatory Commission (ERC) has already spoken on the matter of whichentity is the duly authorized power distributor in this city, according toChairperson Agnes Devanadera. EPIRA gave theCommission as a quasi-judicial entity the sole jurisdiction over the operationof electricity distribution utilities. The addendumprovided guidelines on how to go about enforcing the WPO. Among these were: Devanadera alsoclarified there is no violation even if MORE Power operates through aprovisional authority only pending the issuance of a Certificate of PublicConvenience and Necessity (CPCN) or Certificate of Exemption from theDepartment of Energy. Powerdistribution and operation of the power distribution utility are the exclusivedomains of ERC, she stressed. MORE Power has a25-year power distribution franchise in Iloilo City – Republic Act (RA) 11212signed into law by President Rodrigo Duterte on Feb. 14, 2019. center_img “This is anemergency. We have to issue the order to ensure that MORE Power is recognized.The primordial consideration is the continuance of electric service to thepeople of Iloilo City,” she explained. Devanadera,however, pointed out that RTC, Branch 23 is an expropriation court, thus itsjurisdiction is constrained to the expropriation case only. Therefore, shestressed, consumers must recognize the Commission’s decision – that MOREElectric and Power Corp. (MORE Power) is the sole power distributor in thecity. “MORE Power isrecognized as the only power distribution utility of Iloilo City. This shouldbe clear among parties,” Devanadera said over DyOK Aksyon Radyo-Iloilo to clearup the confusion brought about by the legal issues being raised by the previouspower distributor, Panay Electric Co. (PECO). * maintain thestatus quo of the operation so as to give time for MORE Power to orient / train/ immerse its personnel before it fully takes control of the operation PECO’s franchise,on the other hand, expired on Jan. 19, 2019. It failed to secure an extensionor a new one from Congress which cited the many complaints from consumers over,among others, erroneous billing, poor customer service and high rates. Last week, RTC,Branch 23 Presiding Judge Emerald Requina-Contreras issued an order to MOREPower and PECO to respect the Addendum to the Writ of Possession (WOP) that hercourt issued.  With respect towhatever order the Iloilo Regional Trial Court, Branch 23 had issued, Devanaderasaid, ERC is standing by its March 5 order that MORE Power is the one thatshould supply electricity in Iloilo City. She also saideven if the law requires MORE Power to get a Certificate of Exemption from theDepartment of Energy (DOE) first so it could enter into supply agreements withpower generating companies, the EPIRA also allows power utilities to engage inemergency contracts with suppliers to ensure no disruption of electricityservice. “ERC is the bodythat has the exclusive authority on these matters – supply of electricity,rates. Since the ERC has spoken already, then consumers should also recognizethe order of ERC,” she stressed.last_img read more

104 Kanlaon tremors in last 24 hours

first_imgBY DOMINIQUE GABRIEL BAÑAGA and ADRIAN STEWART COBACOLOD City – A total of 104 volcano-tectonic earthquakes and weak steaming were recorded at Kanlaon Volcano in Negros Occidental over a 24-hour period, according to the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs). In an advisory released Tuesday, Phivolcs said the epicenters of these temblors were all recorded at the western flanks of the volcano, which remains under Alert Level 1. Observers also noted the volcano has a released weak emission of white steam-laden plume which rose to 300 meters before drifting to the southeast.Ground deformation data from continuous GPS measurements indicated a slight deflation of the lower and mid slopes since January 2020. Majority of the tremors were minor, although one earthquake, a magnitude 3, was recorded at 5:07 a.m. yesterday and was felt at Intensity II in La Carlota City in Negros Occidental, it added.center_img Short-term electronic tilt monitoring on the southeastern flanks recorded continuing deflation on the lower slopes but inflation on the mid slopes since April 2020.The parameters were noted to indicate that hydrothermal or magmatic activity is occurring beneath the edifice.Earlier on Monday, parts of Negros Occidental were jolted by a magnitude 4.7 earthquake waking up local residents from their slumber and prompting evacuations in high-rise buildings in Bacolod City.The Kanlaon volcano had been placed on Alert Level 1 since March of this year due to abnormal conditions observed by volcanologists.Phivolcs director, Dr. Renato Solidum, said the tremors were caused by the movement of a fault line located below the crater of the volcano.“Talagang abnormal ang Kanlaon Volcano, pero babantayan natin ng mabuti. Itong mga serye ng paglindol ay dagdag na parametro para makonsidera sa pagbabantay sa bulkan,” Solidum explained.The Phivolcs chief further explained the tremors are now getting smaller in magnitude, although they will continue monitoring the volcano’s activity.Kanlaon Volcano is located between the borders of Negros Oriental and Negros Occidental. At 2,465 meters above sea level, it is the highest point in Negros Island and in the Visayas./PN Kanlaon Volcano straddles Negros Occidental and Negros Oriental. At 2,465 meters above sea level, it is the highest point in Negros Island and in the Visayas. “Talagang abnormal ang Kanlaon Volcano. Babantayan natin ng mabuti itong mga serye ng paglindol,” says Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology director Dr. Renato Solidum. last_img read more

8 persons arrested for ‘illegal cockfighting’

first_imgPolice identified them as Danilo Zonio, 52; Roel Inac, 33; Eliseo Lachica, 37; Ronel Gomez, 27; Joseph Basid, 41; Edsel Lachica, 25; Jeffrey Del Rosario, 42; and Ralph Anthony Fernandez, 25 – all residents of the town. ILOILO City – Eight persons were caught engaging in illegal cockfighting in Barangay Bulwang, Numancia, Aklan. Two game fowls and P4,740 bet money were recovered during the suspects’ apprehension around 3:30 p.m. on Aug. 2 were The suspects were detained in the custodial facility of the Numancia municipal police station, facing charges for charges for violation of Presidential Decree 449, or the Cockfighting Law of 1974./PNlast_img read more

Retirees

first_imgThis fall at least two of the more successful football programs in the area will have new coaches. Milan has just named Ed Wagner as their new coach. Ed is coming from Bedford North Lawrence where he has been a teacher and coach for the past 7 years. East Central, earlier this year, named current assistant Justin Roden their new coach replacing Tim Behlmer who retired. It is much more difficult to go out and find outside coaches this days. Most schools have a modified freeze on hiring which greatly restricts who you can look at as a future coach. This freeze is usually one that says only no experience or limited-experienced people can apply. Even though the administration might like to wave this for a high profile coach, the rest of the faculty would not stand for it–nor should they. Most schools will not hire head coaches in football unless they are also regular teachers in the school. I would suspect that you will see little difference in either of these two programs next fall, because their systems are well entrenched; and whoever is at the helm will do quite well. After all, Coach Roden and Coach Wagner are quite experienced and not a rookies in any sense of the term. The kids are still in place as are most of the assistant coaches. We will know in a few short weeks how this comes out. Good luck to both schools.last_img read more

Caz’s Pigskin Picks-Week #4

first_imgGAME TIME: 7 PM at The Tee Pee. GAME TIME: 7:00 PM at The Dog Pound.  Country 103.9 WRBI. OPPONENTS’ RECORDS: Edinburgh 3-6, South Decatur 5-4. LAST MEETING: East Central, 42-14, Sep. 7, 2012. LAST MEETING: Batesville, 45-39, 2 overtimes, sectional, Oct. 29, 2010. North Decatur (2-1) at Knightstown (2-1) LAST MEETING: Lawrenceburg, 21-20, Sep. 7, 2012. COACHES: Ryan Knigga, 18-9 in 3rd year at Lawrenceburg. Scott Moore, 30-23 in 6th year at Greensburg. OPPONENTS’ RECORDS: Rushville 2-7, Batesville 1-8. OPPONENTS’ RECORDS: East Central 3-0, Franklin County 3-6. LAST OUTING: Rushville defeated Franklin County, 32-14. Batesville defeated South Dearborn, 52-7. COACHES: Justin Roden, 0-3 in 1st year at East Central. Shane Wellman, 8-7 in 2nd year at Franklin County. SAGARIN RATINGS: East Central, 70.48, 60th overall, 11th in Class 4A. Franklin County, 51.6, 153rd overall, 34th in Class 4A. GAME TIME: 7 PM at Shriver Field. SERIES LAST 15 YEARS: Knightstown, 10-6. COACHES: Rocky Alspaugh, 61-70 in 14th year at Rushville, 81-90 in 18th year overall. Eric Heppner, 123-77 in 18th year at Batesville. GAME TIME: 7:00 PM at Wildcat Field.     WRBIRADIO.COM COACHES: Tim Leonard (interim), 2-1 in 1st year at Edinburgh. Rod Martin, 17-26 in 5th year at South Decatur. Connersville (0-3) at South Dearborn (0-3) COACHES: Garry Sauley, 71-62 in 14th year at North Decatur. Kevin Miller, 2-1 in 1st year at Knightstown. GAME TIME: 7 PM at Siebel Field. Caz’s Pick:  Rushville East Central (0-3) at Franklin County (2-1) OPPONENTS’ RECORDS: Lawrenceburg 1-5, Greensburg 2-7. LAST OUTING: Lawrenceburg defeated Milan, 39-38. Greensburg defeated Connersville, 28-20. Rushville (3-0) at Batesville (3-0) SERIES LAST 15 YEARS: Batesville, 2-0. SERIES LAST 15 YEARS: South Dearborn, 9-2. LAST OUTING: East Central lost to Cincinnati LaSalle (Ohio), 56-14. Franklin County lost to Rushville, 32-14. SAGARIN RATINGS: Batesville, 53.67, 141st overall, 30th in Class 3A. Rushville, 52.22, 151st overall, 33rd in Class 3A. GAME TIME: 7 PM at Knights Stadium. Eastern Hancock (3-0) at Milan (1-2) OPPONENTS’ RECORDS: Connersville 6-3, South Dearborn 7-2. LAST MEETING: South Decatur, 25-13, Sep. 8, 2012. Caz’s Pick:  Lawrencburg LAST MEETING: Knightstown, 67-21, Sep. 8, 2012. Lawrenceburg (2-1) at Greensburg (2-1) LAST MEETING: Connersville, 21-13, sectional, Oct. 19, 2012. Caz’s Pick:  Milan COACHES: Adam Kelly, 7-7 in 2nd year at Connersville. Chris Nobbe, 0-3 in 1st year at South Dearborn. SERIES LAST 15 YEARS: Milan, 5-2. OPPONENTS’ RECORDS: Eastern Hancock 4-5, Milan 7-2. SAGARIN RATINGS: Connersville, 46.4, 188th overall, 47th in Class 4A. South Dearborn, 29.85, 259th overall, 61st in Class 4A. SERIES LAST 15 YEARS: Greensburg, 9-6. COACHES: Pat Echeverria, 12-13 in 3rd year at Eastern Hancock. Ed Wagner, 1-2 in 1st year at Milan. Caz’s Pick:  East Central SAGARIN RATINGS: South Decatur, 29.51, 263rd overall, 35th in Class 1A. Edinburgh, 18.46, 298th overall, 50th in Class 1A. SAGARIN RATINGS: Lawrenceburg, 61.02, 106th overall, 18th in Class 3A. Greensburg, 58.37, 118th overall, 25th in Class 3A. LAST OUTING: Eastern Hancock defeated Indian Creek, 33-25. Milan lost to Lawrenceburg, 39-38. LAST OUTING: North Decatur lost to Wes-Del, 22-20. Knightstown defeated South Decatur, 28-20. OPPONENTS’ RECORDS: North Decatur 5-4, Knightstown 2-7. LAST OUTING: Connersville lost to Greensburg, 28-20. South Dearborn lost to Batesville, 52-7. Caz’s Pick:  Connersville Caz’s Pick:  Knightstown Edinburgh (2-1) at South Decatur (1-2) LAST OUTING: Edinburgh defeated Trinity Lutheran, 52-38. South Decatur lost to Knightstown, 28-20. SERIES LAST 15 YEARS: East Central, 16-2. SAGARIN RATINGS: Knightstown, 39.65, 214th overall, 34th in Class 2A. North Decatur, 35.16, 230th overall, 22nd in Class 1A. GAME TIME: 7 PM at Panther Field. LAST MEETING: Milan, 30-19, Sep. 8, 2012. SERIES LAST 15 YEARS: South Decatur, 15-3. SAGARIN RATINGS: Eastern Hancock, 55.33, 130th overall, 3rd in Class 1A. Milan, 51.34, 157th overall, 22nd in Class 2A. Caz’s Pick:  Edinburghlast_img read more

Bulldogs Boys Soccer Awards

first_imgThe 2013 BHS Boys Soccer team post season awards were recently announced.In addition to the individual awards, the Varsity team won the BHS Invitational for the 5th consecutive year, finished 2nd in the EIAC and Runner up in the 2A Sectional at Madison, broke a school record for shutouts in a season (11) and broke a school record for fewest goals given up in a season (10).In addition to the BHS team awards, 8 players played in the recent North vs South Elite games.  Two players were selected to the All-District Team (John Krieger-1st team and Luis Davalos-2nd team).A total of 4 players earned All Academic Honors (Andrew Grossman, John Krieger, Matt Weiler and Seth Parker).John Krieger was select EIAC Co-MVP along with 4 other BHS players selected to the All EIAC All Conference Team (Thomas Hertel, Elliot Prickel, Luis Davalos, and Ben Locker).Batesville Boys 2013 Soccer AwardsSubmitted by Batesville Coach Chris Fox.last_img read more

Area U12 Travel Soccer Results

first_imgSEI United Blue 2, Portland (Wayne Co) 1(Players from JCD playing out of Batesville SAY)Caleb Simon 1 goal,4 shots, Justin Swinney 1 goal,2 shots, CameronGrable 1 shot, Kameron Darnold 2 shots, Morgan Sutton 2shots, RyanWilson 3shots. Dylan Swinney 6 saves as goalie win.Submitted by Larry Hammond.last_img

Bulldogs Tennis Teams Participate At C-bus North

first_imgThe Batesville Boy’s Varsity Tennis team competed in the Columbus North Invitational on Saturday. Batesville went 1-2 on the day.In the first match, Providence defeated Batesville 5-0. In the second match Batesville bounced back and beat Martinsville 4-1. In the final match of the day, Columbus North beat batesville 4-1.Batesville is now 9-3 on the season and will host Rushville on Tuesday at BHS.Courtesy of Bulldogs Coach Mike McKinney.last_img

Bulldogs Win Hosted 3-Way MS Track Meet

first_imgThe Batesville Bulldogs Middle Track School team hosted North Decatur and St. Louis in a 3-Way Meet.Girls Team Results:  Batesville 61, North Decatur 53, St. Louis 20.Boys Team Results:  Batesville 73, North Decatur 48, St. Louis 13.BMS Track Results vs. STL & ND (4-27)Courtesy of Bulldogs Coach Derek Suits.last_img

Bulldogs MS Golfers Victorious At North Branch 3-Way Meet

first_imgIn a three-way meet with North Decatur and St. Louis, the Batesville Middle School Golfers came out victorious at North Branch Golf Course.In a close team battle the Bulldogs earned the top spot with a team score of 215. North Decatur followed closely with a 221, and St. Louis was only ten strokes back with a 225.Andy Gutzwiller and Meredith McCreary helped lead the Bulldogs to victory once again with the team’s #1 and #2 each shooting 51’s. Kelly Gole had a great outing with a 54, and Zach Stoneburner rounded out the top four scores with a 59. Shane Meer brought in a respectable 60 to help the Bulldogs improve to a team record of 16 – 3.Courtesy of Bulldogs Coach Chase Mears,last_img read more

Richard “Dick” McDaniel, age 61

first_imgRichard “Dick” McDaniel, 61, of Metamora, IN died Saturday, January 16, 2016 at Christ Hospital, Cincinnati, where he had been a patient for several months.He was born June 20, 1954 in Laurel, IN, one of ten children of Richard and Etta Gumm McDaniel and was a lifelong resident of Franklin County.A 1972 graduate of Laurel High School, in July of 1972 he enlisted in the U. S. Navy and served a tour of duty in Vietnam. He was awarded the National Defense Service Medal and Meritorious Unit Commendation. He was honorably discharged in 1974.On January 18, 1975, he was married to Anita Reece of Metamora in Rushville, IN. Mrs. McDaniel survives.He had been employed for several years at Sperry Rubber in Brookville and had also managed Gulley’s Sunoco Station in Metamora. For many years, he was employed by the U. S. Postal Service in both Brookville and Connersville. After his retirement, he worked as an assessor in Greensburg.In his leisure, he enjoyed watching sports, coaching basketball and was a car enthusiast. He loved spending time with his nieces and nephews.Survivors besides his wife include three brothers, Clarence McDaniel and wife, Malvery, of Ft. Wayne, IN, Walker McDaniel, of Milroy, IN and Marvin McDaniel and wife, Cheryl, of Laurel; and a number of nieces and nephews and great nieces and nephews.He was preceded in death by his parents; three brothers, Bill, Charlie and James and three sisters, Ginny, Gladys and Ann.Funeral services will be conducted by Reverend Wayne Ison and Reverend Tom Marshall at 2 PM Friday, January 22, 2016 at the Metamora Church of God, 20152 US 52, where friends may call from 4 until 8 PM Thursday. Burial, with military rites will be in Cupps Chapel Cemetery.Memorial contributions are requested to the American Diabetes Association.Miller, Moster, Robbins Funeral home is in charge of the arrangements and friends may also visit anytime at millermosterrobbins.com.last_img read more

Bulldog Middle School Grapplers Battle Trojans

first_imgThe BMS Wrestling team lost to Sunman Dearborn 94-15 in their final home meet of the season on Thursday.Leading for the Bulldogs in Varsity math ups were Austin Pohlman and Josh Mobley, with Josh Mobley recording the team’s only pin. Reserve wins on the night included Tyler Schaeffer, Nathan Livers, and Austin Pohlman.The Bulldog Wrestling team will head to South Dearborn this Saturday for an Invitational with wrestling beginning at 9:00.Courtesy of Buldogs Coach Bob Weiler, Jr.last_img

Butlerville fire claims lives of two children

first_imgBUTLERVILLE, Ind. — Two children died in a house fire late last week near Butlerville.According to the Jennings County Sheriff’s Department, crews responded to a 911 call around 11:15 PM to the 1300 block of North County Road 615 East in Campbell Township.When crews arrived the house was fully engulfed. Homeowner Kenneth Collett, 55, escaped and was transported to St. Vincent Jennings Hospital before being transferred to an Indianapolis hospital for treatment of burns and smoke inhalation.Collett told officials he was unable to locate two children in the home because of the thick smoke and flames.The bodies of the two children, ages 3 and 4, were found after the fire was extinguished.last_img read more

Matthew “Matt” Hummel

first_imgMatthew “Matt” S. Hummel, 46 of Moores Hill passed away Sunday May 7, 2017 in Dearborn County. Matt was born in Dearborn County, IN August 28, 1970 to George and Rose (Butler) Hummel. Matt was a former RN for Christ Hospital. He enjoyed his animals and collecting antiques and vintage clothing.Matt is survived by devoted mother: Rose Hummel of Moores Hill; brothers: Scott (Amy) Hummel of Moores Hill; Joe (Amy) Ryle of Versailles; uncle: Joe (Sherry) Hummel; 2 nieces: Georgia Hummel and Whitney Rodgers; 4 nephews: Colt Hummel, Brady and Corbin Ryle, and Alex VanHoose; beloved cousin: Angie Rollins; great-niece: Sophia; 4 really good friends: Mike Emery, Mark Lay, Jamie Reynolds, Candi Brewer.  He was preceded in death by father: George Hummel and brother: David Hummel, grandparents, cousins and his beloved dogs.Celebration of his life will be May 20, 2017 1PM at his brother Scotts home. Memorials may be made P.A.W.S of Dearborn County. Sibbett-Moore entrusted with arrangements, Box 156, Moores Hill, IN 47032 (812)744-3280.  Go to www.sibbettmoore.com to leave an online condolence message for the family.last_img read more

Area Football Friday Scores (9-22)

first_imgArea Football Friday Scores.Week #6  (9-22)Lawrenceburg  34     Batesville  27East Central  34     South Dearborn  0Milan  75     Edinburgh  0Franklin County  38     Greensburg  28Oldenburg  33     Trinity Lutheran  20Eastern Hancock  38     North Decatur  21Park Tudor  37     South Decatur  2Connersville  61     Indy Broad Ripple  18Lapel  42     Rushville  12Switz. County  16     Trimble County  6Cambridge City Lincoln  12     Union County  8Bedofrd North Lawrence  60     Jennings County  27New Albany  37     Madison  0last_img read more

Jane Louise Hinsky

first_imgJane Louise Hinsky, age 68 of Lawrenceburg, Indiana passed away on Tuesday, February 13, 2018 at Dearborn County Hospital.   The daughter of Ralph and Mary (nee: Curry) Behrman was born on February 28, 1949 in Columbus, IN.The 1967 Columbus North graduate worked for over 20 years as the Finance Director at New Horizons, and then later held the position of Finance Coordinator for Community Mental Health Care of Lawrenceburg.    In her spare time, Jane enjoyed playing and singing at her piano, traveling to Nascar races, camping, spending time with friends and family, and spoiling her grandkids.Jane will be dearly missed by Todd, her husband of 21 years; four daughters, Stephanie (Steve) Oswald of Powell, OH, Natalie (James) Carf of Rising Sun, IN, Jennifer (Aaron) Prickel of Indianapolis, IN and Lindsey (Jason) Nierman of Henryville, IN; grandchildren, Zachary & Caroline Oswald, Isaac, Claire & Elaine Prickel, and Lillian, Landon & Ella Nierman; along with her brothers John (Sharon) Behrman and Dennis (Carolyn) Behrman, both of Columbus, IN.Visitation will be Friday, February 16, 2018 from 5-8pm with 11:00am Funeral Service on Saturday, all at Meyers Funeral Home in Batesville.Memorials may be given to the Alzheimer’s Association c/o the funeral home. Online condolences www.meyersfuneralhomes.com.last_img read more

Dilbert Barrett

first_imgDilbert Barrett, 89, of Versailles passed away at 2:20pm, Saturday, February 17, 2018 at his home. He was born at Booneville in Owsley County, Kentucky on January 31, 1929 the son of Levi and Dora Baker Barrett. He was married to Martha Feller on September 3, 1949 and his wife of 68 years survives. Other survivors include one son Timothy (Candy) Barrett of Versailles; one daughter Marlene Smith of Westport; 7 grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren; one brother James (BJ) Barrett of Booneville, Kentucky; one sister Louise Rice of Beattyville, Kentucky. He was preceded in death by his parents, his daughter Elaine Farrell, and his brothers Lee, Earl, Johnny, and Robert Barrett. Mr. Barrett retired in 1988 from Schenleys’ at Lawrenceburg where he worked as a blender for 31 years. Earlier in his career Dib worked at a veneer mill in Lawrenceburg, worked on the railroad, and also at Fisher Body. At home he was a farmer, raising tobacco, keeping bees, and producing a prize winning garden from seeds he’d saved the previous season. Retirement years also found him at McDonald’s in Versailles where he participated in the morning and afternoon “coffee clubs.” Dib was baptized at the Bear Creek Baptist Church in Friendship on October 15, 1967 and remained a faithful member until his passing. At church he served as a deacon from 1973 to present, and also served as Sunday school superintendent, assistant teacher, moderator, and as a trustee. He also participated in the Laughery Baptist Association Men’s Brotherhood and served on the association’s executive committee. He was also a member of the Hopewell Masonic Lodge at Dillsboro and in 1999 Dib was named a Kentucky Colonel. Funeral services will be held on Wednesday, February 21st at 11am at the Bear Creek Baptist Church in Friendship with Rev. Sherman Hughes officiating. Burial will be in the Akers Friendship Cemetery. Visitation will be on Tuesday from 4pm to 7pm at the Stratton-Karsteter Funeral Home in Versailles and from 10am until time of services Wednesday at the church. The Hopewell Masonic Lodge will conduct services at 7pm Tuesday at the funeral home. Memorials may be given to the Bear Creek Baptist Church or the Akers Friendship Cemetery in care of the funeral home.last_img read more

Richard “Rik” Findley

first_imgRichard P. “Rik” Findley, 67, of Osgood, died peacefully in his sleep at 12:02 a.m. Friday, September 14, 2018, at Columbus Regional Health of a massive pulmonary embolism with his wife and younger daughter present.   Burial was Monday, September 17, at Perseverance Cemetery in Osgood, just down the road from his beloved country home.A memorial service will be held on Saturday, September 22. The ceremony will be held at Dayspring Assembly of God in Indianapolis.  Pastor Danny May of Church on the Rock Versailles will officiate.  Anyone who knew Rik or the family is welcome to attend.  Please share or hear stories of how Rik made others laugh.Born in Enid Oklahoma, August 15, 1951, Rik was the son of Robert and Jeane Murray McCormick Findley, the third of seven children.  He was a member of the Osage Nation.  He was married to Mary Dragan for 8 years.  He married Robin McCafferty on May 1, 1988; they recently celebrated 30 years of wedded bliss.Rik spent his childhood in various states and a stint in Holland. He was a graduate of Warner Robins High School, Warner Robins, GA.  He would say he dropped out of University of Louisville playing bridge and chess.  One year he was even the unrated chess champion of North Carolina.Rik was a hard worker.  He worked at many jobs and loved learning new trades.  He worked up until the day before he became disabled in April 2016. His longest employment was as a diesel mechanic and building maintenance at Indianapolis Public Transportation Corporation for 20 years.  Then he transitioned from mechanic to semi driver and drove a truck for LB Trucking for 13 years until he retired in 2016 where he received the safest driver award many years.  Everywhere Rik worked, they called him “Preacher”.Rik participated in many ministries.  He and his wife ran a shepherding home for women in crisis pregnancies.  He drove a church bus for many years.  His greatest ministry was his sense of humor.  He had code words for almost everything, and special names for his friends and family—for instance he called his daughter Claire the Bear and her unborn baby his Grandbear.  He was known to transpose letters at the drop of a hat, and use truck driver lingo, like “20”, “10-4”, “status”, and “roger that”.In his personal life, he kept the family’s vehicles in top running order.  He used to change everyone’s oil.  In later years when he wasn’t’ as mobile, he worked closely with his nephews to pass his skills on.  He always carried a pen and tire gauge on him .  He would check tire pressures on cars at family gatherings and church parking lots.  He was most famous for the homemade tomato sauce he canned for ZBM’s, his code for Zesty Bloody Mary’s.Rik’s domain was the kitchen on a weekend morning with his wife and daughters.  He would play music on his old 1970’s stereo and announce, “it’s a {name of artist} weekend”.   He would make a hungry man’s breakfast from scratch and then bring it to you.  Then he would mow the grass or shovel the walk with a song in his heart.  He loved his music.Rik was preceded in death by his parents and brother, Denny. Survivors include his siblings:  Jayne (Bill) Hunter of Mobile, Alabama, Tom (Peggy) of Cocoa Beach, Florida, Jody (Butch) Dennis of Spokane, Washington, Julie (Mark) Boyd of Franklin Tennessee, and Jeri Findley of Paducah, Kentucky.  He leaves behind 17 nieces and nephews and many great nieces and nephews.  He is also survived by daughters Martina (Matt) Schuett of Indianapolis and Claire (Khyle) Reed of Osgood.  He is also had 2 grandchildren with one grandchild due in March.  He was honored to be the first person to the hear the heartbeat of his unborn Grandbear.In lieu of flowers, contributions may be sent to the Community Healthcare Clinic of Decatur County – 415 E. Montgomery Road, Greensburg, IN 47240.last_img read more

Guardiola, Man City players face self-isolation on return to Britain

first_img Loading… Professional soccer in England was suspended last month due to the novel coronavirus outbreak, and the British government’s lockdown measures will be in place until at least May 7. With the Premier League aiming to resume play in June, foreign players and managers returning to England are likely to be asked to self-isolate as part of steps to curb the spread of the virus, the Times reported. The paper added that at least four managers, as well as players from several teams, could be affected. Guardiola is in Spain following the death of his mother this month, while eight City players are in their home countries.Advertisement Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola and at least eight first-team players of the Premier League champions could face 14 days of mandatory self-isolation when they return to Britain for the resumption of matches, the Times newspaper reported. Wolverhampton Wanderers manager Nuno Espirito Santo and his coaching staff are in Portugal, while up to five players from the team are not in England, the report said. Norwich City manager Daniel Farke and Southampton boss Ralph Hasenhuettl, as well as some players on their teams and Brighton & Hove Albion, are out of the country, it added. Tottenham Hotspur forward Son Heung-min began a three-week period of mandatory military service in his native South Korea on April 20. Premier League clubs are due to hold a conference call on Friday to discuss the options for finishing the season. read also: Manchester City eye Sevilla defender Pablo Perez Arsenal, West Ham United and Brighton have all re-opened their training grounds to first-team players for individual sessions as they prepare for a return. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Promoted ContentPink Pineapples Exist – In Case You Didn’t Know2020 Tattoo Trends: Here’s What You’ll See This Year7 Universities In The World Where Education Costs Too MuchBirds Enjoy Living In A Gallery Space Created For Them8 Superfoods For Growing Hair Back And Stimulating Its GrowthPlaying Games For Hours Can Do This To Your Body7 Theories About The Death Of Our Universe9 Facts You Should Know Before Getting A Tattoo7 Truly Incredible Facts About Black Holes6 Extreme Facts About Hurricanes11 Most Immersive Game To Play On Your Table TopWhat Our Favorite Celebs Look Like With Their Natural Hair Colorlast_img read more

Thanks for the amazing goals,Guingamp write Oparanozie

first_img Promoted ContentThe 10 Best Secondary Education Systems In The World10 Risky Jobs Some Women Do8 Shows You Didn’t Want To Watch At The EndThis 1982 Movie Is Better Than Any Other Blockbuster Up Today8 Things To Expect If An Asteroid Hits Our PlanetA Soviet Shot Put Thrower’s Record Hasn’t Been Beaten To This Day6 Ridiculous Health Myths That Are Actually True10 Actors That Started Their Careers On Soaps6 TV Characters Whose Departures Have Made The Shows Better8 Shows That Went From “Funny” To “Why Am I Watching This”Who Is The Most Powerful Woman On Earth?8 Scenes That Prove TV Has Gone Too Far After the premature end of the remaining matches in France due to the coronavirus pandemic, Oparanozie ended her six-year-long career with the French outfit. Goal broke the news a week ago following reports the club released six players, including the former Super Falcons captain in preparation for their 2020-21 season, according to French tabloid the Telegram. Other players also affected alongside Oparanozie were Manon Toti, Juliette Merle, Ekaterina Tyryshkina, Carlin Hudson and Agathe Fauvel, while Mali striker Aissata Traore and Cameroon midfielder Jeannette Yango were retained. The 26-year-old joined the Division 1 Feminine side following a short spell at Turkish women’s top-flight club Ataşehir Belediyespor in 2014 and scored more than 45 goals in 106 appearances during her sojourn with the French side. And Guingamp, who the Super Falcons star captained to a French Women’s Cup semi-final before the Covid-19 outbreak, has now given their thanks to the Nigerian, who they believe will thrive with her next club. Loading… Guingamp have expressed their appreciation to Desire Oparanozie after the Nigeria striker left the French women’s top-flight club, thanking her for the ‘amazing goals’ she scored. “We’ll miss you Oparanozie. Thanks for your smile and all the amazing goals. Good luck with your new challenge,” the club wrote on Twitter. The club’s message was coming on the heels of Oparanozie’s confirmation of her departure from the club along with her farewell message where she scored six goals in 12 matches, including a 40m stunner against Paris. Before joining Guingamp from Turkey, she previously starred for Bayelsa and Delta Queens in Nigeria before launching her professional career in Europe with an initial loan to Turkish side Luleburgaz 39 Spor in 2011. In 2012, She later joined Russian giants Rossiyanka, where she scored twice in 11 games, with one of her goals for Rossiyanka coming in her first-ever Uefa Women’s Champions League campaign against Sparta Praha the same year. She moved on from the Russian side to German club Wolfsburg on a two-year deal, but only managed to feature in one match for the senior team and later being relegated to the B-team which saw her return to Turkey with Atasehir. “After six fantastic years playing in France for Guingamp, I won’t be continuing with them for the next season. I will be starting a new chapter,” Oparanozie said in a video message posted on Twitter. read also:Oparanozie: I have opened a new chapter in my career “I want to use this opportunity to thank the club, the board members, the coaching crew, my teammates and most importantly the fans. Thank you for those amazing years.” FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 last_img read more

Newcastle in advanced Bosman talks with Motherwell keeper Gillespie

first_img The Evening Chronicle says goalkeeper Gillespie has left Motherwell and is expected to join the Magpies as third choice shot-stopper next term. He is understood to be a replacement for Rob Elliot.Advertisement Steve Bruce is believed to be looking at other free transfers for next season and it is the current regime who are still calling the shots on recruitment. read also:Premier League: Newcastle takeover could be complete this week Gillespie, now 28, was on United’s books as an Academy player. He made 160 appearances for Carlisle earlier in his career before playing more than 50 games for Motherwell. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Promoted ContentBirds Enjoy Living In A Gallery Space Created For Them10 Awesome 2019 Movies You Probably MissedFantastic-Looking (and Probably Delicious) Bread Art6 Ridiculous Health Myths That Are Actually TrueContemplate Life At These 10 Stargazing LocationsThe 10 Best Secondary Education Systems In The World8 Superfoods For Growing Hair Back And Stimulating Its GrowthThe Highest Paid Football Players In The WorldInsane 3D Spraying Skills Turn In Incredible Street ArtWho Is The Most Powerful Woman On Earth?6 Interesting Ways To Make Money With A DroneThe Very Last Bitcoin Will Be Mined Around 2140. Read More Loading… Newcastle United are set to re-sign Mark Gillespie from Motherwell.last_img read more

Joshua reveals why he visited Nigeria as a non-champion

first_imgRead Also: Four-goal Shakhtar set up Europa League semi against Inter“I’ve just got a bit more of a Nigerian accent behind me now. Yeah, it was a good experience. And that was the last time I went since last year and this time I went back as a champion.“So it was important. I took my belts out there, connected with the people. So yeah, it means a lot that we went there. My cousin went there. My son went there for the first time, stuff like that. So it was good.”FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Previously, Anthony Joshua had visited Nigeria for six months when he was just eleven.“So what happened I think where parents find it difficult is that let’s say you’re earning a thousand pounds a month in the UK. But rather than just getting the best things here in the UK and establishing yourself, there’ll be a situation where they’re still trying to build back home.“So there was going back and forth. So my mum wanted to go back and do some business there. So what I thought was a holiday was actually me going to school.“So that’s just the way it is in a lot of these communities where it’s home to my mum, but for me, I remember just crying, walking down this long stretch of about 300 meters into boarding school. A complete culture shock.“And when I say culture shock is because of the way of the Nigerians. When you land at Nigerian Airport, you know you’re in Nigeria. You know you’re on your own. No police can save you. I mean, you got to make sure you’ve got your people, you know who you’re dealing with, someone’s coming to pick you up, that type of vibe.“So when I got there, it was just a massive culture shock that this isn’t a territory I’m familiar with. So I just had to pick it up quickly and I settled in quick.“And before I know it, I was back in the UK because my mum’s business didn’t go to plan. And here we are, again, we’re back to the estate with my friends. Advertisement Loading… Anthony Joshua has revealed why he opted to visit Nigeria after losing his world titles in devastating fashion on June 1, 2019, in the US. Across the boxing world AJ’s defeat to Andy Ruiz Jr. was seen as an opportunity for the Olympic gold medalist to undergo a firm reality check. Although,  Joshua later regained his world titles months later,but in between, he decided to visit his homeland in Nigeria. Speaking during an interview on Apple’s ‘Songs for Life’ recently, the 30-year-old Joshua explained why he opted for the moment after leaving Nigeria for the UK as a child. “When I went to Nigeria the first time in maybe 17 years, I went there as a non-champion. And it was fine to go back, but people say, “Why did you come back as a non-champion?” I say, “Because you respect me as a person whether I have the belts or not. Don’t ever judge me for that. You respect me first,” said Joshua. “So that was my message as well and it was just the right time. When you’re winning, everyone wants a piece of you. When I had lost, I had more time to do what I wanted to do. “So it was just a time to go back and see family or friends. Promoted ContentThe Highest Paid Football Players In The WorldCan Playing Too Many Video Games Hurt Your Body?The 10 Best Secondary Education Systems In The WorldWhat Are The Most Delicious Foods Out There?Most Beloved First Ladies Of All TimeWhich Country Is The Most Romantic In The World?14 Hilarious Comics Made By Women You Need To Follow Right Now5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme Parks5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme Parks10 Of The Best Places Around The World To Go StargazingThese Hilariously Creative Shower Curtains Will Make Your Day7 Universities Where Getting An Education Costs A Hefty Pennylast_img read more

Dortmund defender Delaney urges Sancho to resist Man Utd move

first_imgBorussia Dortmund defender, Thomas Delaney, has urged Jadon Sancho to resist Manchester United move. The winger remains a big-money target for Manchester United, though BVB directors are insisting he now won’t be sold. Delaney says: “We have better opportunities when Jadon stays. He is one of the best players in the Bundesliga. One just has to look at his goals and assists last season.Advertisement Promoted ContentA Hurricane Can Be As Powerful As 10 Atomic BombsWho Earns More Than Ronaldo?20+ Albino Animals That Are Very Rare And UniqueTop 10 Disney Male Role Models6 Unusual Facts About Bollywood, Pollywood And Tollywood7 Black Hole Facts That Will Change Your View Of The UniverseWhich Country Is The Most Romantic In The World?Contemplate Life At These 10 Stargazing Locations9 Facts You Should Know Before Getting A Tattoo5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme Parks7 Enigmatic Discoveries That Left Everyone BaffledThe Models Of Paintings Whom The Artists Were Madly In Love With Loading… center_img read also:Man Utd vow not to give up on Sancho signing despite Dortmund claims “He’s still very young and I do not know if he will get even better. But I expect a lot from him next season. “He’s just extraordinarily talented.” FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 last_img read more

Souness ‘sees’ Messi playing for Man Utd

first_img Loading… Graeme Souness has sensationally called for Manchester United to make an audacious move to sign Lionel Messi. The Barcelona superstar’s time at the Nou Camp could be coming to an abrupt end following the club’s humiliating 8-2 defeat to Bayern Munich. Messi, 33, has grown disillusioned with life at his boyhood club following numerous mounting problems behind the scenes. Reports in Spain claim he has made an ultimatum to Barca by demanding a major overhaul of changes or he’ll leave when his contract expires next year. And Souness believes Premier League duo Man City and neighbours United should waste no time in making their move. Writing in the Times, he said: “Lionel Messi looked like a man who has had enough of carrying that team; without him they wouldn’t even be good enough to qualify for the Champions League. “This would be the perfect week to put a bid in for the 33-year-old Argentinian and I could easily see him playing in Manchester — at either United or City.” With the superstar not getting any younger, Messi may not be prepared to spend the twilight of his career at a club going backwards. The real issues at Barcelona lie at the hands of president Josep Bartomeu, who has been embroiled in a string of controversial antics. One of those include paying a PR firm to attack stars such as Messi and Gerard Pique online. Pep Guardiola is likely to be favourite to reunite with Messi with the duo winning seven major pieces of silverware together including two Champions League titles. According to reports, Man City would be prepared to pay whatever it takes to land Messi if he was available. read also:Man City ready to swoop for Messi He has a huge £635million buy-out clause as part of his current contract. Italian giants Inter Milan have also been linked with a move for Messi but are unlikely to compete financially with the Premier League pair. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 center_img Promoted Content7 Theories About The Death Of Our UniverseHere Are The Top 10 Tiniest Mobile Phones On The Planet!5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme ParksThe Very Last Bitcoin Will Be Mined Around 2140. Read MoreBirds Enjoy Living In A Gallery Space Created For Them8 Weird Facts About Coffee That Will Surprise YouWhich Country Is The Most Romantic In The World?Couples Who Celebrated Their Union In A Unique, Unforgettable WayThe 9 Best Robots In Movie HistoryA Soviet Shot Put Thrower’s Record Hasn’t Been Beaten To This Day8 Things To Expect If An Asteroid Hits Our Planet10 Risky Jobs Some Women Dolast_img read more

Barcelona to offload Portuguese star to fund new arrivals

first_img According to the front page of Saturday’s edition of El Mundo Deportivo, three potential new arrivals in Catalonia could depend on Semedo’s exit. Ajax star Sergino Dest has been lined up as a direct replacement for Semedo at right back, with Eric Garcia and Memphis Depay also on Koeman’s radar. Read Also: Guardiola: My commitment remains the same on MessiGarcia has already confirmed he will not be extending his stay at Manchester City, amid growing rumours of a return to Barcelona.However, a deal for Depay could be more complicated, with La Blaugrana potentially unable to meet Lyon’s €30m asking price for the Dutch forward.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Loading… Barcelona’s late summer transfer business could depend on the club’s ability to sell defender Nelson Semedo in the coming weeks. The Portuguese international has been linked with a move away from the Camp Nou ahead of the 2020-21 season, despite playing a regular role at the club in the last 12 months. However, the former Benfica man has been rumoured as a necessary potential big money departure to release funds for new Ronald Koeman to make other purchases.Advertisement Promoted Content14 Hilarious Comics Made By Women You Need To Follow Right NowThe Very Last Bitcoin Will Be Mined Around 2140. Read MoreCouples Who Celebrated Their Union In A Unique, Unforgettable WayTop 10 Most Romantic Nations In The WorldBirds Enjoy Living In A Gallery Space Created For ThemThe Highest Paid Football Players In The WorldNothing Compares To Stargazing Places Around The World7 Universities In The World With The Highest Market Value9 Talented Actors Who Are Only Associated With One Role6 Incredibly Strange Facts About Hurricanes2020 Tattoo Trends: Here’s What You’ll See This Year5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme Parkslast_img read more

Martin wraps up 11th track title at Independence Motor Speedway

first_imgBy Ryan Clark INDEPENDENCE, Iowa (Aug. 23) – Nobody has won more track championships or Late Model features at Independence Motor Speedway than Curt Martin.He added to that stellar career Saturday night.Martin, who entered the night tied atop the standings with Darren Ackerman, led all 30 laps of the IMCA Late Model feature and took the checkers half of a lap ahead of Jon Passick during Budweiser Season Championships. It was Martin’s 95th Late Model win in weekly racing history and his 11th track championship at the speedway, his first since 2006. Martin’s first track title came in 1984.Troy Cordes, Alex Zwanziger and Benji Irvine also locked up track titles by finishing the season in victory lane. Roger Ciesielski earned his first Independence win in the IMCA Sunoco Stock Car division while Norman Chesmore earned track champion honors in that division.All feature events were lined up straight-up based on season point totals. The top four in each division’s standings were given the chance to double their money by taking the Indee Challenge – winning the feature after starting at the tail of the field. From his front row start, Martin quickly pulled away from Ackerman and extended his advantage to over a straightaway before a lap seven caution bunched the field. Martin continued his dominant performance when racing resumed and built a half a lap lead when the yellow flag again bunched the field with nine laps to go. He pulled away once more on that restart to drive to the convincing win.Cordes earned his fifth win of the year in the Performance Bodies IMCA Modified 25-lapper. He took the lead at the drop of the green while Tyler Droste worked his way past Scott Hogan for second on lap two. Cordes held the point on a lap 11 restart as he and Droste pulled away from traffic. Droste kept pace with the leader, however was unable to challenge for the win as Cordes drove to victory and his fourth track title in the division.Zwanziger earned the first track championship of his career in the Karl Chevrolet Northern SportMod division.Zwanziger set the pace at the drop of the green and built a sizable advantage over the pack. Meanwhile, Jenae Gustin, who took the challenge and started at the tail, made a quick run through the 18-car field. Gustin found herself in the top five after just six laps and worked her way past Danny Dvorak for second with three laps to go. Gustin closed the gap on the leader, however Zwanziger was too strong out front as he raced to victory in the caution-free 20-lapper. Irvine fought off heavy pressure from Justin Wacha in lapped traffic to earn his seventh win of the season and his second straight IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stock track championship. Irvine built a comfortable lead until he encountered slower traffic midway through that 20-lapper. Wacha chased Irvine through the backmarkers in the waning laps and challenged to the inside of the leader, however Irvine held on for victory. All four drivers at the top of the IMCA Sunoco Stock Car standings took the challenge and started at the tail of that 12-car feature. That left Jason Hocken on the pole for that 25-lapper. Hocken paced the field for the first 15 laps while Cieisielski raced into contention from a third row start. Ciesielski raced past Hocken on the 16th circuit to drive to victory.Chesmore wrapped up track championship honors by simply taking the green flag in the event. He finished fourth in the feature.last_img read more

2016 national de­cal placement program announced for IMCA Sunoco Stock Cars

first_imgVINTON, Iowa – The final portion of IMCA’s 2016 national decal program have been announced, with information released for the Stock Car division.Dirt Defender has signed on as part of that program, which also includes EngineQuest – title sponsor for both Northern and Southern regions – Speedway Motors, Intercomp, Holley, MSD, Sunoco and Fast Shafts.“The Stock Car division was the last to be announced because we wanted to confirm a couple of agreements and make sure we got Dirt Defender on board,” IMCA Marketing Director Kevin Yoder said. “Now that we have those solidified we’ll get the decals distributed before the majority of our tracks open weekly.”Drivers must provide proof of decal placement to become eligible for national and regional point fund shares. Car photos can be mailed to Yoder at the IMCA home office or emailed to kyoder@imca.com.Decal packets, which also include applicable contingency sign-up forms, are being mailed beginning this month to drivers who have purchased 2016 licenses.Deadline for submitting car photos and contingency forms is Aug. 1.last_img read more

Johnson, Schroeder win green to checkered features at Arlington

first_imgThe IMCA Modified feature saw three different leaders with Chad Porter and Clint Hatlestad run­ning up front before Brandon Beckendorf made his move on the white flag lap, edging past Hat­lestad to take the lead and the win. Jason Schroeder was the Saturday Karl Kustoms Northern SportMod winner at Arlington Race­way. (Photo by Sarah Moriarty) Bill Johnson reeled in leader Jeremy Schultz en route to the Sprint checkers while Jason Schroeder raced from the third row at the start in winning his first Northern SportMod main of 2020.  Brett McConnell took the lead on the second circuit and stay in front to the finish of the Mach-1 Sport Compact main event.center_img ARLINGTON, Minn. (Aug. 22) – Both the IMCA RaceSaver Sprint Car feature and the Karl Kus­toms Northern SportMod feature ran green to checkered Saturday at Arlington Raceway. Jeff Larson had the IMCA Sunoco Stock Car no one could catch while Cory Probst made his move to the front of the IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stock field the last time around the track.last_img read more

Study identifies the most ‘sinful states’

first_imgBatesville, In. — A recent study by WalletHub® examined virtues and vices to determine what states are the most sinful.After reviewing 43 indicators of immorality the most sinful state in the union is Nevada. Indiana is the least sinful in the tri-state at #38, Ohio ranked #14 and Kentucky hit the list at #28.A link to the complete study is here.last_img

Twisters Roll Past Chargers

first_imgOA vs. North Decatur (4/24/19)ND          000 00                   0    1  3OA          107 2x                   10  8  1For OA: Adam Huber 0-2, run, bb; Andrew Oesterling 2-3, run, rbi, sb; Race Carle 1-2, 2 runs, rbi, bb; Chris Hautman 2-3, 2 runs, rbi; Michael Hoff 1-3, run, 2 run HR, 2 rbi; Riley Schebler 1-3, run, rbi; Patrick Thompson 0-2, run, bb; Jordan Stenger 1-3, run, rbi; Frank Moorman 0-1, sac fly rbi.Andrew Oesterling   5 IP, 0 runs, 1 hit, 7 k, 4 bb-Win.Varsity record: 7-5Courtesy of Twisters Coach Doug Behlmer.last_img read more

Harold Ray Sturgeon

first_imgHarold R Sturgeon, age 81 of Osgood passed away on May 29, 2019 at UC Hospital in Cincinnati. Harold had spent the past few years in Manderley Health Care Center. Harold was born on February 5, 1938 the son of the late Harlow and Lulla (Cole) Sturgeon.Harold spent most of his career involved in logging and driving a truck. He lived around the Osgood community his entire life.He is survived by daughter Kim (Kelly) Harbin of Jeffersonville, son Kevin (Lori) Sturgeon of Osgood, sister Karen (Bill) Schmeltz of Columbus, 5 grandchildren, and 6 great grandchildren. Harold was preceded in death by his parents and brothers Howard Sturgeon and James Sturgeon, and grandson Kyran Denny.Visitation will be held on Friday June 7, 2019 from 9-11 am. with Funeral Services being held at 11:00 am. Burial will follow at Grandview Memorial at Madison, IN. All services will be held at Neal’s Funeral Home in Osgood. Memorials maybe made out to Manderley Health Care Center event fund in care of the funeral home.last_img read more

Be on the lookout for criminal activity

first_imgGreenburg, IN—The Decatur County Sheriff’s Office would like to alert the community to an increase in criminal activity including thefts and home/barn break-ins in Jackson Township specifically on County Road 1000 West between 500 South and 700 South. If you see any suspicious vehicles or persons that aren’t familiar in that area, call 911 immediately, and Decatur County Sheriff deputies will respond to investigate.last_img

Eagles Middle School CC Teams Participate In Tri-Meet

first_imgThe Jac-Cen-Del Junior High Cross Country teams ran in a three-way meet at Switzerland County on Tuesday evening (9/10) along with Shawe.The JCD Girls’ team finished 2nd. The JCD Boys’ team was incomplete. Sept10@SwitzCountyCourtesy of Eagles Coach Steve Narwold.last_img

Flu Shots Available

first_imgBrookville, IN—   The Franklin County Health Department will be giving flu shots at their office in the Franklin County Government Center located at 1010 Franklin Ave., Room 210, Brookville.Hours for flu shots will be: Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. The cost for a regular flu shot will be $25. Several types of insurance are accepted for adults and children. (Insurance card is required at the time of vaccination).Call the Health Dept. to see if your insurance is accepted. We have a limited amount of flu vaccine for children age 6 mos. through 18 yrs. that are uninsured or on Medicaid. Please call 765-647-4322 for more information.last_img read more

Male Border Collie-Lost

first_imgMale Border Collie-Lost. Named Luke and is white and red. Had blue collar on. Looks more like lassie than a Border Collie. Call 614-4561 for details.last_img

Area Weekend Girls Basketball Scores

first_imgArea Girls Basketball Scores Saturday  (11-9)Lawrenceburg  47     Batesville  40Batesville was led in scoring by Catherine Raab with 19 points.The JV Lady Bulldogs fell in their home opener 27-20 against a tough Lawrenceburg team.  The Lady’s played excellent team defense but struggled on offense to make shots.  Leading the way for the bulldogs was  Emma Weiler with 8. Calley Kaiser added 6 followed by Sarah Ripperger with 3.  Rounding out the scoring was Carley Pride with 2 and Gabby Elston with 1.  Greensburg  56     Jac-Cen-Del  35Hauser  41     South Ripley  35Heritage Christian  61     East Central  53Union County  57     Milan  27Triton Central  75     North Decatur  41SW-Shelby  66     South Decatur  51Waldron  49     Tri  33SW-Hanover  65     Crothersville  47South Dearborn TourneyNew Washington  62     South Dearborn  35Perry Meridian  45     Lafayette Jeff  26Consolation-Lafayette Jeff  57     South Dearborn  40Championship-Perry Meridian  57     New Washington  27Morristown TourneyMorristown  68     Indy Herron  27Cascade  62     Tri-Central  37Consolation-Tri-Central  58     Indy Herron  23Championship-Cascade  48     Morristown  35Southport ClassicSouthport  65     Indy Ritter  41Decatur Central  60     Connersville  30Consolation-Indy Ritter  55     Connersville  35Championship-Southport  35     Decatur Central  26Friday  (11-8)Batesville  44     Hauser  40Batesville was led in scoring by Carlie Werner with 23 points.The JV Lady Bulldogs won their season opener against a scrappy Hauser team 32-19. The Bulldogs played great team defense! Sarah Ripperger led the team with 4 steals and multiple deflections. The dogs were led in scoring by Calley Kaiser with 10, and Emma Weiler with 8. Gabby Elston added 6  with a couple nice assists. Ava Hanson added two big baskets, with Olivia Raab and Sarah Ripperger rounding out the scoring with 2.  Austin  51     South Ripley  40Franklin County  70     Rising Sun  32Blue River  50     Waldron  44Rushville  68     New Castle  37Henryville  44     SW-Hanover  36Edinburgh  86     Indy Metro  19Jennings County  79     Rock Creek Academy  5last_img read more

Concerns center on finances vs illness

first_imgStatewide—Around 67 million Americans think they will have trouble paying their credit card bills due to coronavirus, according to WalletHub’s new Coronavirus Money Survey, released today. This survey, which follows WalletHub’s report on the States Most Aggressive Against the Coronavirus, illustrates some of the ways in which COVID-19 has impacted Americans’ lives and spending habits. Experts say that they have seen a lot of panic buying as a result of the coronavirus, with people purchasing things like toilet paper en masse, largely because they don’t know what else to do.When it comes to testing Indiana has only tested 159 people as of Tuesday and 30 of those are confirmed cases. Indiana’s numbers are near the bottom of new rankings released Tuesday by WalletHub for the states with the most aggressive measures in limiting the virus.  The comparisons are based, in part, on testing.According to the data, Indiana ranks #42 overall and #45 specifically when it comes to prevention and containment of COVID-19 and #46 for testing per capita.last_img read more

28 new COVID-19 cases locally in 24 hours

first_imgStatewide—The Indiana State Department of Health has reported that 809 additional Hoosiers have been diagnosed with COVID-19 as of Tuesday. A total of 63,678 Indiana residents have tested positive for the coronavirus. To date, 716,809 tests have been reported to ISDH at an 8.9% positive rate and 16 new deaths were reported for a total of 2,725 Hoosiers have died to date.Locally Dearborn County has a total of 421 cases and 27 deaths reported (up 17 new cases), Decatur County has a total of 285 positive cases and 32 deaths (up 7 new cases), Franklin County has 175 positive cases and 8 deaths (up 2 new cases), and Ripley County has 179 positive cases and 7 deaths (up 2 new cases). This is an increase of 28 new positive cases locally.last_img read more

EPL: Man U move up to fifth with Burnley win

first_imgRelatedPosts Ighalo: My best moment as ‘Red Devil’ EPL: Foxes attack Burnley EPL: Crystal Palace stun sloppy Man U Manchester United moved up to fifth place in the Premier League on Saturday after goals from Anthony Martial and Marcus Rashford gave them a 2-0 win at Burnley on Saturday, which leaves them just a point outside the Champions League places. Martial struck a minute before the break with a simple finish after Andreas Pereira had robbed Burnley defender Charlie Taylor and slipped the ball across to the French forward. United dominated possession in the first half with Burnley struggling to create any sort of openings and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side would have been disappointed to only have a single goal advantage. Sean Dyche’s Burnley were more positive after the break and David de Gea had to pull off a fine save in the 68th minute to keep out a low drive from Phil Bardsley. But after a spell of late pressure from Burnley, United secured the win in stoppage time with Dan James breaking and finding Rashford, who rounded Nick Pope and slotted home.Tags: ANthony MartialBurnleyManchester UnitedMarcus RashfordOle Gunnar Solksjaerlast_img read more

Lazio fined €20,000 for Balotelli abuse

first_imgRelatedPosts Immobile extends Lazio contract till 2025 Atalanta whip Brescia to go second in Serie A Genoa hit back with two penalty kicks to draw at Brescia Lazio have been fined €20,000 for their fans’ racist abuse at Mario Balotelli during their win at Brescia on Sunday. Balotelli was on the receiving end of monkey chants as well as other insulting chants throughout the first half in particular. Referee Gianluca Manganiello was informed of the abuse by Balotelli and an announcement was then made to warn the away supporters that further discriminatory chanting could lead to the game’s suspension. “After 21 and 29 minutes of the first half, Lazio fans engaged in a chorus of racial discrimination against a player of the opposing team,” a statement read on Wednesday, confirming the punishment. “These were in addition to other insulting songs against the same player in the 21st, 29th and 42nd minutes. “These led to the referee having an announcement made in the 30th minute of the first half.”Tags: BresciaGianluca ManganielloLazioMario Balotellilast_img read more

Xavi donates €1m to coronavirus fight

first_imgRelatedPosts COVID-19: NCAA to revoke erring airlines licence over non-compliance FRSC to Schools: We’ll arrest, prosecute drivers who flout COVID-19 rules Sanwo-Olu: We’re committed to fulfilling promises to Lagosians Barcelona legend Xavi Hernandez has donated €1 million to a hospital in the city to help its overburdened health care system deal with the coronavirus pandemic. The former Spain international, who is the head coach of Al-Sadd in Qatar, has given the money to Hospital Clinic after the medical centre appealed for more resources to aid its response to the crisis. Xavi, 40, made the donation with his partner, journalist Nuria Cunillera, and said in a social media video that the cash would go towards “purchasing sanitary equipment for professionals and patients.” Lionel Messi has already supported Hospital Clinic’s call for action as part of a €1 million donation spread across Barcelona and his native Argentina last month. The Alcantara brothers, Thiago and Rafinha, have also contributed. Manchester City coach Pep Guardiola has also provided support to help Catalonia’s battle against coronavirus. He gave €1 million to the Barcelona Medical College and the Angel Soler Daniel foundation last month. Meanwhile, La Liga’s online music festival raised more than €1 million to be used to buy medical equipment in the country earlier this week. Spain has been hit harder than most by the global coronavirus outbreak. The latest figures on Saturday said that 11,744 people have died from the virus in the country – second only to Italy – and that 124,736 people have tested positive. Barcelona vice president Jordi Cardoner is among those to have tested positive in the past few days. He is self-isolating at home and is not in need of hospital treatment. The financial impacts of the coronavirus have also been felt in Spain, and Barca continue to look at ways to minimise the economic effects of the pandemic. After announcing an agreement for the playing staff to take on a 70 per cent wage cut, the club are now scouring the market for players that are out of contract in the summer due to fears their transfer budget will be slashed.Tags: CoronavirusCOVID-19DonationsSpainXavi Hernandezlast_img read more

Newcastle, Crystal Palace battle for Jordon Ibe

first_imgRelatedPosts Derby County want Jordon Ibe EPL: Newcastle set to extend winning streak EPL: Crystal Palace stun sloppy Man U Released Bournemouth winger Jordon Ibe is attracting Premier League interest.Cut loose by the relegated Cherries before the Prem restart, Ibe is still attracting top-flight suitors. Report claimed Crystal Palace and Newcastle United are keen on the winger.Ibe struggled throughout his stay at the Cherries after joining for £15 million in 2016.But that isn’t putting off Newcastle and Palace, who are both looking to strengthen their attacking options.Neither club has huge sums to shell out on transfers this summer and Ibe appeals on that front.The fact he has Premier League experience is another driving factor, with both Steve Bruce and Roy Hodgson keen to add more quality to their squads Former England youth international Ibe started at Wycombe before joining Liverpool in 2012.Tags: Crystal PalaceInterestJordon IbeNewcastle Unitedlast_img read more

Giggs signs new United contract

first_img The deal, which will take Giggs beyond his 40th birthday, has been agreed after an outstanding series of performances from the veteran and will stop speculation that he would retire at the end of the season. The midfielder is already the most decorated player in British football history and will be winning his 13th league championship should United press home their 12-point advantage over Manchester City in the Barclays Premier League. His next appearance will be his 1,000th senior appearance, which includes games for Wales and Team GB at the London Olympics. Sir Alex Ferguson said: “What can I say about Ryan that hasn’t already been said? He is a marvellous player and an exceptional human being. Ryan is an example to us all, the way in which he has, and continues to, look after himself. “He has fantastic energy for the game and it is wonderful to see. Ryan seems to reach a new milestone every week and to think that he now has 23 unbroken years of league goals behind him is truly amazing in the modern-day game. “His form this year shows his ability and his enjoyment of the game are as strong as ever and I am absolutely delighted that he has signed a new contract.” Giggs told Manchester United’s official website: “I am feeling good, enjoying my football more than ever and, most importantly, I feel I am making a contribution to the team. This is an exciting team to be part of, with great team spirit, and we are again pushing for trophies as we head towards the business end of the season. “I am delighted to have signed a new contract. I would like to thank Sir Alex and the coaching staff and I would also like to thank David Gill who has been a tremendous support over my many years here.” Ferguson confirmed Giggs would make his 1,000th appearance at some point this week, either against Norwich on Saturday or Real Madrid on Tuesday. He also said Phil Jones has a “fighting chance” of being fit for the Real return, while Robin van Persie has shrugged off the hip injury when he fell into a television camera at QPR last Saturday. “Phil starts running today,” said Ferguson. “He won’t be ready for tomorrow but he has a fighting chance for Tuesday. Robin van Persie has trained this week. He will be available for tomorrow.” Ryan Giggs has signed a one-year contract extension, Manchester United have announced. center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

Win satisfies Martinez

first_img He added: “We are very unusual with the amount of internationals we have and to have 13 players leaving the club makes things very difficult from a physical point of view. “And because of that reason we couldn’t be our normal selves in possession. I don’t think we were stylish as we normally are, but what we showed is an incredible character. Every player found a way to help the team to keep Norwich very quiet.” It was a sixth goal in six games for Kone, but Norwich boss Chris Hughton felt they shot themselves in the foot after Wes Hoolahan gave the ball away in midfield, while Lee Camp might have done better at his near post. “With us having been so solid, I couldn’t see that goal happening,” said Hughton. “For me, it’s a soft goal. We lost the ball in the middle of the park and one good strike saw them get the goal they needed.” Hughton was frustrated his side ended up with nothing, saying: “When you go away from home sometimes you have to hold your hand up if you’ve been beaten and beaten well but I don’t think anybody seeing the game today would think that. “We certainly deserved a draw and then it’s just going to be about those moments. They had it and we didn’t. “But I thought for an away team we had good periods of the game where we had good control but it’s one moment that’s beaten us. It’s very disappointing.” Arouna Kone grabbed the only goal of the game in the 81st minute to secure two notable firsts, with Wigan managing their first ever league win over Norwich and also their first success of the season following an international break. Martinez said: “Before the game I knew it was going to be a really tricky fixture. First because we’ve never managed to win a game after an international break.” Wigan boss Roberto Martinez declared Saturday’s 1-0 victory over Norwich their most pleasing display of the season.center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

Court called up by Lions

first_img Corbisiero, who joined the Lions tour as front-row cover earlier this month from England’s two-Test trip to Argentina, went off early in the second half as the Lions beat Australia 23-21 at Suncorp Stadium on Saturday. Mako Vunipola – a probable second Test starter if Corbisiero is ruled out – has been withdrawn from the match-day 23 for the Rebels clash. On the other side of the coin, centres Manu Tuilagi and Jamie Roberts are in contention after recovering from respective shoulder and hamstring injuries, along with wing Tommy Bowe, who has recovered rapidly after suffering a broken hand against Queensland Reds 15 days ago. Reflecting on the encouraging comebacks of Bowe and Tuilagi, Gatland said: “To have Tommy and Manu fit and back is a great compliment to the medical staff. Tommy is fit for Saturday, he’s running, but the more time he has to heal the better. “The surgeon said that that injury is normally a six to eight-week injury, so to be fit in three weeks is magnificent.” The British and Irish Lions have been hit by an injury blow ahead of next Saturday’s second Test against Australia in Melbourne. The Lions announced that prop Alex Corbisiero is being “treated and assessed” for a calf muscle injury. Ireland prop Tom Court, meanwhile, has been called into the squad ahead of Tuesday’s game against the Melbourne Rebels. Ulster forward Court is currently in his home city Brisbane following Ireland’s North American tour, and he will join up with the Lions squad on Monday. center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

Suarez ‘will come back to club’

first_img Press Association Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers believes wantaway striker Luis Suarez will “rejoin the group” and boost the club’s cause in the Barclays Premier League. At a press conference in Dublin, Rodgers said: “Luis is training on his own and he understands totally where we’re coming from. “It’s been a difficult period for him but it’s my job to protect the group. Once he’s back with the spirit he’ll rejoin the group. “We’re quite calm. The club is in control of the situation. We’ve got no inclination to sell and we’ve been strong on that. “Luis has fought for his life for Liverpool. There will come a point where he’ll recognise the club is not going to sell and then he goes on to the pitch and he’ll give 100 per cent. “He’s a world-class striker. I’ve got no question that when he’s back he’ll have a similar impact [to last season].” Rodgers also confirmed the club was working on strengthening the squad further ahead of a season-opener against Stoke on August 17. With Suarez absent from the travelling squad, striker Daniel Sturridge was a notable inclusion having recently returned to full training following an ankle injury. Boston Red Sox and Liverpool owner Henry has stressed that Suarez will have to stay with Liverpool and join their push for a top-four finish next season. The Uruguay international was not named in a 22-man squad to play Celtic in a pre-season friendly in Dublin on Saturday and he is training on his own after Rodgers took exception to his public pleas to leave Anfield in search of Champions League football. On Friday morning Liverpool owner John W Henry insisted the 26-year-old would not be sold and said it would be “ludicrous” to let him join domestic rivals Arsenal, who have had an offer of £40million plus £1 rejected. According to the Liverpool Echo newspaper, he said: “We are not going to sell Luis. “He is one of the best players in the world. I have no reason to believe that he won’t continue to be. “The club is headed in the right direction and this episode is not going to stop us. It is what we are all focused on right now.” Liverpool’s target is the elite level of European football, and captain Steven Gerrard has said recently that Suarez holds the key to how the club will perform in the new campaign. Henry knows the significance of Champions League football which, as well as offering the prospect of challenging for a trophy Liverpool have won five times, also offers huge financial benefits. Henry said: “I think for all of the top clubs it’s extremely important. Especially for Liverpool, since we have not been in Europe and are not in Europe this year – and we haven’t been in the Champions League for a while – obviously to sell Luis to a rival for one of those positions would be ludicrous. “I have told (Arsenal chief executive) Ivan Gazidis that Luis is not for sale. I am unequivocal on that.” last_img read more

O’Brien triple-handed in Debutante

first_img The Ballydoyle handler has whittled down his options for the informative Group Two over seven furlongs to Minorette, Perhaps and Tapestry. Minorette looked impressive on her sole start, when victorious at Naas in July, whereas Perhaps boast the stronger form, having got to within a length of stablemate Wonderfully in a Group Three at Leopardstown. Tapestry is also unbeaten from one outing, when she beat Chroussa by half a length over six furlongs at the Curragh last month. O’Brien said: “In the Debutante we intend to have three runners – Minorette, Perhaps and Tapestry. “They all worked this morning and worked well.” Trainer Aidan O’Brien is likely to be triple-handed in the Friarstown Stud Debutante Stakes at the Curragh on Sunday.center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

Gervinho completes Roma move

first_img Press Association Capped 45 times by the Ivory Coast, Gervinho started his career at the ASEC Abidjan academy before moving on to enjoy spells at Beveren and Le Mans before making a name for himself at Lille. A Ligue 1 and Coupe de France double followed in 2011 and he was identified by Wenger as the player to add goals and pace to his frontline. Gervinho started last season in fantastic form, scoring five goals in the opening seven games before travelling to represent his country at the African Cup of Nations. Roma finished sixth in Serie A last season but have had a busy summer in the transfer market, with Gervinho the 13th addition to Rudi Garcia’s squad. Announcing his departure on their website, Arsenal said: “Everyone at Arsenal would like to thank Gervinho for his contribution to the club and wish him well for his future career.” Arsenal have confirmed the sale of Ivory Coast forward Gervinho to Roma.center_img The 26-year-old found first-team football hard to come by last season and was limited to mostly appearing from the bench for the Gunners. Manager Arsene Wenger signed Gervinho from Lille in 2011 but he was only able to find the back of the net on four occasions in his first campaign at the Emirates Stadium and added seven last term. last_img read more

Moyes plays down Kagawa absence

first_img Many supporters have been left mystified by Kagawa’s omission, particularly given United only collected one win from their first three games. Yet Moyes is adamant there is nothing sinister going on. “But if you play for Manchester United there is always someone out there getting ready to take your jersey. It is up to you to fight and make sure you keep it.” It does not look like the Baines deal is going to be revived, although there has been some good news at United’s Aon Training Complex over the past few days with the return to training of Scotland midfielder Darren Fletcher, who has been plagued by a chronic bowel condition for over two years. “Darren Fletcher came back in on Thursday,” Moyes told reporters. “He’s a long way away from being ready and we’ll use the doctors’ and physios’ advice, but we’ll give him little bits of football and just pick him up over the coming months and see how he goes. “He was back in training on Friday and it’s great to have him around. It looks as if he’s on the road to recovery. “He’s lost a lot of weight and there’s weight to come back but the big thing is he’s back in.” Manchester United manager David Moyes insists Shinji Kagawa’s absence from the Barclays Premier League so far this season is no reflection on his ability. “There are quite a lot of players who have not featured yet,” he said. “But if you look at it most of them were late back from international duty after the Confederations Cup, then they were away for a friendly international and a long-haul flight, then they were away again for another international. “If you look at the reasons why people haven’t played it is more to do with them not being available for that to happen.” Neither does Moyes feel he has any need to speak with Patrice Evra about his attempt to sign both Leighton Baines and Fabio Coentrao on deadline day. “He (Evra) knew exactly what we were doing,” the Scot said. “I just felt we needed to make sure we had good cover for Patrice. “He has played brilliantly well but I hope we are going to have a season that is going to include 60 or 70 games. “Patrice played a big majority of the games last season but I just want to make sure if he broke down I had the right people around to help me. Press Associationlast_img read more

City hit Arsenal for six

first_img Press Association Manchester City put themselves firmly in the title picture with a convincing 6-3 win over leaders Arsenal at the Etihad Stadium. The prolific strikeforce of Sergio Aguero and Alvaro Negredo were again on target while Fernandinho struck twice and David Silva and Yaya Toure also got on the scoresheet. Theo Walcott marked his first start since September with two fine goals to keep Arsenal in contention but Per Mertesacker’s late header was mere consolation for a side ultimately well beaten. It was the Argentinian’s 18th goal in his last 16 games and 19th overall in a so far prolific season. City will hope the injury that later ended his involvement is not serious. City should have doubled their lead as Vincent Kompany showed great footwork to skip around an Aaron Ramsey challenge to feed Negredo, but the Spaniard missed the target. Arsenal finally responded but Mesut Ozil failed to take advantage after Costel Pantilimon, again preferred to Joe Hart, palmed away weakly. The visitors did pull level on 32 minutes after Ramsey robbed Toure and sent Ozil clear. The German pulled the ball back and Walcott coolly slotted in from the edge of the area. City’s lead should have been instantly restored by Negredo but he curled wide from a fine Silva through ball. Negredo did get it right on 39 minutes as he tucked home a Pablo Zabaleta cross from close range after the right-back had been picked out by a Toure crossfield pass. Problems appeared to worsen for Arsenal as Laurent Koscielny suffered a deep cut to the knee in attempting to tackle Negredo and was forced off. Demichelis then glanced a header over from a Nasri corner as City ended the first half strongly. They continued in much the same fashion after the break but suffered a blow when Aguero slumped to the turf with what appeared a calf injury. He was replaced by Jesus Navas but there appeared no discernible difference to City’s performance as they added a third after 50 minutes. Ozil lost possession and Fernandinho took full advantage curling in from the edge of the area for his first goal since his £30million summer move from Shakhtar Donetsk. Arsenal were far from beaten but Olivier Giroud fluffed a shot from in front of goal and then headed wide from a Bacary Sagna cross. The visitors appealed for a penalty for handball against Zabaleta but contact, after the ball had ricocheted off his thigh, was deemed accidental. Walcott did pull Arsenal back into the game with a sublime goal just after the hour. Ramsey found Walcott in space and, spotting Pantilimon off his line, he brilliantly lobbed into the far top corner. City hit back in the way they know best as Navas weaved his way through the defence on the right and pulled the ball back for Silva to side-foot home from eight yards. Navas rounded Wojciech Szczesny as City went in search of more but could only find the side-netting before Toure flashed a long-range effort wide. Fernandinho also stung the palms of Szczesny and Nasri was denied a shooting chance by a good tackle. Nasri put another opportunity over before laying off for Fernandinho to cleverly dink in a fifth goal in the closing moments. Nicklas Bendtner thought he had headed in a late consolation only to be flagged offside but Pantilimon, who earlier saved well from Wilshere, was beaten in injury time by a Per Mertesacker header. Toure had the final word from the penalty spot after substitute James Milner was tripped by Szczesny. City, who have now scored 35 goals in their eight home games this season, fully deserved the three points to move within three of the Gunners. The only major downside for Manuel Pellegrini’s men was the loss of Aguero early in the second half with what appeared a calf injury. Yet for now the statement from City in title terms, particularly at home as they maintain their 100 per cent record, is resounding. As has become the norm at Eastlands, they began at a lively pace. Not in the least bit intimidated by Arsenal’s superb form this season, they attacked at their fluid best. Twice good balls were delivered into the Arsenal box early on but first former Gunners star Samir Nasri could not turn and then Aguero saw the ball nicked away. Remarkably, despite seeing little of the ball, Arsenal actually had the first clear-cut chance but Jack Wilshere screwed a shot horribly wide. City deservedly opened the scoring after 14 minutes when Martin Demichelis flicked on a corner and Aguero once again showed perfect balance to hook in a volley at the back post. last_img read more

Negative press irritates Lallana

first_imgAdam Lallana was irritated by the criticism aimed at him following Southampton’s complaint against referee Mark Clattenburg, according to goalkeeper Kelvin Davis. Press Association The club’s complaint about Clattenburg’s alleged remarks during the Premier League defeat by Everton on December 29 was thrown out by the Football Association and the referees’ governing body Professional Game Match Officials Limited (PGMOL). The official was accused of telling Lallana: “You are very different now, since you’ve played for England – you never used to be like this.” Despite the club rather than the player raising the matter, Lallana has been widely ridiculed, something that initially upset the attacking midfielder. However, club captain Davis has been impressed by his response, highlighting his decisive strike in last weekend’s 4-3 FA Cup defeat of Burnley as a sign of his resilience. “I think for the first day he was a bit like ‘why is everyone coming for me?’,” he said. “He made a remark after the game, conversations happen and the end result was the end result. “But anyone that knows Adam knows that first of all he is a good pro, a good lad, a good person. I think after the first day or two he realised that himself, that he hadn’t done anything wrong, he shouldn’t be feeling anything negative about himself and then he banged a goal in against Burnley. That kind of epitomises where he is mentally.” Davis captained the side at Goodison Park and hopes everyone can “move on” from the Clattenburg debate, allowing team-mate Lallana’s talent to be focused upon. A place in England’s World Cup squad is looking increasingly likely for the Saints academy graduate as his rise from League One to be one of the country’s best continues apace. “As he gets older, he has got that bit of belief that what he was doing in the Championship he can step up and do at a higher level,” Davis, in goal when Lallana made his Saints debut against Yeovil in August 2006, said. “I think as well when he first had the Southampton armband, you could see it kind of held him back a little bit. But now the way he has matured, he doesn’t find that a weight now. Again, that comes down to belief. “The manager coming in at the time he did and working closely with him has helped. “The way he has been treated from the very top of the club with his new contract has helped the way he has developed, with the England call-up probably that final turning point in his head. “He has a real opportunity to really become a very good player at this level, so he is obviously great to have around the place.” Lallana will no doubt be key on Saturday if the Saints are to overcome West Brom when they return to league action. Mauricio Pochettino’s side have won just one of their last nine league matches, but veteran goalkeeper Davis is confident they can now kick on. “We’ve looked at certain things ourselves this week, maybe what made the difference in our performances and maybe the difference in us picking up results,” he said. “We’ve played well and not picked up points in that period. We’ve evaluated what we have done in the first half of the season and it is how can we recreate that for the second half of the season. “We have got some fixtures, in terms of the Christmas period, out the way and there is time between games to prepare. “We are in a position in the league where we are still looking up, so it is about those little tweaks and it is about individuals and as a team putting little things right which decide whether you win games or lose them.” last_img read more

Moyes: Rooney can be United legend

first_img Rooney finally put an end to speculation regarding his future on Friday night when he signed a new contract that will keep him at Old Trafford until 2019. Rooney is held in high regard by the United fans, but he still has a way to go to merit a place among the top echelon of club icons like Best, Charlton and Denis Law. Rooney could have left for guaranteed Champions League football this summer, but he wanted to stay because he is sure Moyes will eventually bring the glory days back to Old Trafford. “I know the direction that this club is going in, and if we don’t make it this season then we will come back stronger and claim a Champions League spot next season,” Rooney said on his official website. “The future is bright for Manchester United. “This is still one of the world’s leading clubs. We have seen this with the signing of Juan Mata in January. “People have been saying that we may have trouble attracting the world’s best players but I think the fact Mata came here shows this isn’t true. “This is a new era for the club, we have a new management team and a great new manager in David Moyes, there has to be some time for change. “We have some great players here and despite our recent form everyone has stuck together and the team spirit is still good. We will continue to work hard and get Manchester United to the top where it belongs.” Moyes admitted it was “possible” Rooney could replace the departing Nemnaja Vidic as captain at the end of the season. The club confirmed on Friday that Rooney has agreed to become an ambassador for the club when he retires. Press Association But with the prospect of another five-and-a-half years at the club, Rooney has a good opportunity to enhance his standing among the Old Trafford faithful. “Wayne is a great but he’s got a real chance to improve and be a legend,” said United boss Moyes. One obvious way Rooney can write his name into United’s history is by beating Charlton’s record of 249 goals for the club. Rooney currently stands on 208 goals, but he knows he now has a good opportunity to become the most prolific striker in United’s history. “It’s a great opportunity to try to break those kinds of records,” Rooney told MUTV. “I’m not too far away even though I’ve still got a few goals to go, but I’m confident I can reach it. Hopefully it will happen and if it does it will be a really proud moment.” A more immediate goal for Rooney is helping United qualify for the Champions League. The Red Devils sit 11 points off the top four ahead of Saturday’s trip to Crystal Palace. David Moyes challenged Wayne Rooney to earn a place alongside Sir Bobby Charlton and George Best in Manchester United folklore after the striker signed a lucrative new contract worth £300,000 a week.last_img read more

Magpies closer to capturing Cabella

first_img However, despite the emergence of reports from France quoting the selling club’s president Louis Nicollin claiming they and the Magpies have struck a deal, Press Association Sport understands there is still work to be done before manager Alan Pardew gets his man. Newcastle have been chasing the 24-year-old France international – currently on holiday following his return from the World Cup finals – since January when they attempted to sign him to replace Yohan Cabaye. Newcastle are edging closer to signing summer target Remy Cabella after holding productive talks with Montpellier. However, there were unable to reach an agreement then and Nicollin has since done little to encourage them in their ongoing pursuit. But it appears that a deal may now be there in principle, although sources on Tyneside on Friday evening were counselling that a decisive breakthrough may take more than 48 hours. The Magpies have opened discussions too with Dutch club Feyenoord over Holland full-back Daryl Janmaat as a potential replacement for Mathieu Debuchy should he complete his proposed move to Arsenal. center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

Cabella out to emulate big names

first_img Cabella told nufcTV: “Yes, that’s something I am here for. I am looking to improve all the time and hopefully become one of the best. I just love improving. “I love to play. Big matches or little matches, I am always there. It makes me want to play more, the fact that this match is such a big one at the start, and I am looking forward to just getting involved in the season. “My first match at Newcastle is something I have been really looking forward to.” Cabella freely admits he modelled himself on Real Madrid star Cristiano Ronaldo as a youngster, but insists he has become his own man as he has matured in the game. He said: “I loved to learn how to dribble like him and do the tricks, but now I am on the professional stage, I have my own way. “I am looking to improve all the time and Newcastle is a well-known, very good club. I just love to improve and that’s what I’m here to do.” Magpies boss Alan Pardew was delighted to have finally landed a man the club had been chasing since January, when they tried to sign him as a replacement for Yohan Cabaye. Indeed, the 52-year-old included himself in a vote of thanks he extended to owner Mike Ashley, managing director Lee Charnley and chief scout Graham Carr for eventually getting the deal done. The 24-year-old France international completed his move from Montpellier for an undisclosed fee on Sunday evening when he signed a six-year deal to become the latest recruit from his country to ply his trade at St James’ Park. He could make his competitive debut for the club in the Barclays Premier League opener against Manchester City next month, and he will do so hoping to follow in the footsteps of the likes of David Ginola and Laurent Robert. Pardew said: “I’d like to pay tribute to my staff, in particular Graham, myself, Lee and Mike and everyone on the board who worked really hard for this one because he’s a player we think is important. “Obviously, that’s represented in the fee and represented in his commitment to us as well. “I am just looking forward to seeing an exciting talent in the team and someone who can open the door. “Of course, he’s a player who has been on our radar for a while. It’s a marquee signing for us. “He represents all Newcastle fans love in a player. He has real flair, real hard work, commitment. But he is going to bring a talent to St James’ Park that I hope our fans are going to enjoy. “He’s got great ideas when the ball comes to him and, along with [former Ajax midfielder] Siem [de Jong], is going to improve an area where we definitely needed some help. “It’s part of a rebuilding process, and a big part of it.” Pardew finished last season under pressure after Newcastle wilted alarmingly following Cabaye’s departure for Paris St Germain, and he is hoping signings of the calibre of Cabella and Dutchman De Jong can help win over his detractors. He said: “It’s taken us a while to build and we have had to lose one or two great players along the way, Cabaye in particular. “But we always knew that once this summer came, we could make a bigger step, maybe, and hopefully that’s reflected in performances, reflected hopefully in our fans’ belief in the team and more importantly, for the players we have retained, the great players we have retained – [Fabricio] Coloccini, [Cheick] Tiote, Tim Krul, et cetera.” In the meantime, Cabella will return to the holiday he interrupted in Corsica to complete his move before throwing himself into his new challenge. The midfielder said: “It was nice to meet everybody and to come down, but I am definitely looking forward to making the most out of the rest of my holiday before I have to knuckle down and get in and start training with everyone.” Remy Cabella resumed his holiday already planning to establish himself among Newcastle’s great French imports. Press Associationlast_img read more

Barton: We’re stronger now

first_img Barton spent the campaign on loan at Marseille as Rangers finished 15 points adrift of safety in 2013 and paid the price for a lack of cohesion on and off the field. Harry Redknapp was unable to rescue the west Londoners after taking over in November that season but his side have made a positive start to their return to the top flight. Rangers’ impressive form at home is in stark contrast to their results on the road where they have lost to Tottenham, Manchester United, Southampton, West Ham, Chelsea, Newcastle and Swansea this season. Redknapp’s side are the only team in England’s top four divisions yet to register a single point away from home and Barton admits it’s a problem that needs addressing. “We have lost seven out of seven on the road but without making excuses, we haven’t been to the easiest places,” Barton said. “We haven’t played teams in and around us. That will be the test for us. We’ve been to some of the tougher places in the league. “I think everyone we’ve played away has been in the top 10 at the time we’ve played them. “We’re very mindful that we’ve got to improve our away form.” Rangers’ awaydays do not get any easier as they travel to Everton and Arsenal before the end of the year either side of home games against West Brom and Crystal Palace. The bottom half of the table remains congested ahead of the busy Christmas calendar with only five points separating QPR in 17th and Aston Villa in 11th. “If you string back-to-back wins together in this league you can propel yourself up the table,” Barton said. “That’s how tight it is. That’s why people tune in. The Premier League is so competitive. “Chelsea’s “Invincibles” all of a sudden go to Newcastle, Newcastle with their eighth-choice goalkeeper or whatever – and all of a sudden he comes on and they go on and beat Chelsea. “There’s not many other leagues where that happens. I’ve just seen on the TV, Real Madrid (have recorded an) 18th straight win. “Arsenal went unbeaten for a year but I can’t see anyone banging 18 wins out on the spin, not in this league, not with how competitive it is. “There’s a different element here, which is why people tune in from all over the globe.” Second-half goals from Leroy Fer and Charlie Austin ensured Rangers took maximum points against Burnley but there was disappointment too as Austin was sent off and will subsequently miss next Monday’s match at Everton. “He’s our top scorer, he’s been the difference for us at various times this season,” Barton added. “To be without him is going to be a massive loss.” QPR midfielder Joey Barton believes this current Rangers side is “poles apart” from the one that finished bottom of the Barclays Premier League two years ago. A 2-0 victory over Burnley on Saturday – their third win in four games at home – saw Rangers climb out of the bottom three for the first time since September. “The performances we have put in at Loftus Road have been exceptional, even in defeat sometimes,” Barton said. “The team spirit and togetherness of the football club is poles apart from that side which went out of the league with a whimper. “We came up and we want to give a good account of ourselves. Slowly but surely we are doing that.” Barton continued: “To look at the table and see yourselves not in the bottom three is always heart-warming. “Hopefully at the end of May that’s the case because that will be job done and goal achieved. There’s a long way to go. This is the 15th game. “After the defeat at Swansea the other day I asked our analyst to pull the table up from the year that QPR went down, the year I was in France. “After 14 games we only had five points and I think it took them 16 games to win a game. So comparatively we’re light years ahead.” Press Associationlast_img read more

Mourinho: Terry on course for deal

first_img “But only on TV afterwards could I understand the dimension of the fouls because some of them were really, really dangerous ones. “He’s a lucky kid, but he deserves luck because he’s so fair and honest that he deserves to be lucky. “He’s loyal, he enjoys his game and is not the type of player who when he is winning performs tricks to provoke people and create emotional reactions. “I’m proud of him for being honest on the pitch and I leave it with the authorities to do something about the rest.” “Everyone wants to stay at Chelsea, especially John Terry because he has been here all of his life,” Mourinho said. “He accepts our policy on players over 30 with a smile and accepts it as a challenge. Last season he won the challenge by performing so well and getting the one-year extension. “This season he is winning the challenge and the right to have another one-year extension. It’s what John wants, it’s what the club wants.” Mourinho has two years left on his contract and is unwilling to discuss his future beyond stating he is content at Stamford Bridge. “I want to stay. I think the club is happy. I’m not waiting for offers. I’m not going to give any space for speculation or for interest from other clubs,” he said. “I want to stay, I don’t want to go. My story is a non-story because I will stay for as long as (club owner) Mr (Roman) Abramovich wants me.” Among the talking points from Chelsea’s draw in Paris was the brutal attention playmaker Eden Hazard received at the hands of PSG. “Hazard is a lucky boy not to be injured. During the game I was aware of the number of fouls, I was counting and I was aware that every time he had the ball he was surrounded and fouled,” Mourinho said. Chelsea captain John Terry is on course to secure a one-year contract extension, but Jose Mourinho has refused to comment on reports he is close to agreeing fresh terms on his own deal. Terry stated after Tuesday night’s 1-1 draw at Paris St Germain that he would like to extend his stay at Stamford Bridge knowing that club policy is to only grant single season deals to players over 30. Mourinho insists the 34-year-old’s form points towards another campaign with the Barclays Premier League leaders. Press Associationlast_img read more

Kane hails special moment

first_img Kane told Spurs TV: “It’s great to reach that milestone. It felt like I was on 29 for ages and to be able to get to 30 now and 20 in the league is special – and to win the game makes it even better. “The season doesn’t finish here, though. There are still five more games left and I’ll be trying to get on the scoresheet in as many of those games and get as many wins as we can.” Kane’s strike at St James’ Park cemented a comfortable victory for the visitors on a day when the home fans staged concerted protests against owner Mike Ashley. Their mood was not improved when Nacer Chadli fired Spurs into a 30th-minute lead, and although Jack Colback levelled within 20 seconds of the restart, Christian Eriksen restored their advantage just seven minutes later. The Magpies committed men to the search for an equaliser as time ran down, and Kane made the most of a lack of numbers at the back in injury-time when he raced through to beat keeper Tim Krul. He said: “We needed it. We’ve had two disappointing results in the last couple of weeks and we had to put that right. “Newcastle is no easy place to come, but we played really well. We kept the ball well, we created chances and deserved the win. “They put us on the back foot straight away [after half-time], which was disappointing from our point of view, but again, it shows our character. We went again and got the second goal, and obviously finished it off with the third, so we were really happy with the win.” The 21-year-old England international became the first Spurs player to reach that mark since Gary Lineker during the 1991-92 season when he netted the third in a 3-1 Barclays Premier League victory at Newcastle on Sunday. He had to wait almost a month after his 29th of the campaign to reach the milestone, but with five games to play before the end of the campaign, he is refusing to rest on his laurels. Harry Kane is in no mood to put his feet up after smashing through the 30-goal barrier. It proved a good afternoon too for Chadli, who took his tally for the season to nine goals in the league with his fine first-half strike, a swerving left-foot effort from distance. He was delighted to get his name on the scoresheet, but even more pleased with a win which helped to erase the memory of last weekend’s 1-0 home defeat by Aston Villa. Chadli said: “I’m working on it. Every week for me, the most important thing is for the team to win and I was happy to score. “We were all disappointed in the week, so it was very important to bounce back. We prepared for this game very well. We trained hard and were focussed in training, so it was important to take the win.” But while there was a general satisfaction around the Tottenham camp as they prepared to head south, it was Kane who was the toast of the Toon as he continued his emergence as a striker of genuine potential. Manager Mauricio Pochettino insisted after the game that there was more to come from the home-grown frontman, but also urged patience to allow him to develop at his own pace. However, there is an appreciation within the dressing room of the talent the club has on its hands. Commenting on Kane’s goals tally, Chadli said:”It’s a lot, and he deserves it. He works every week very hard to make it happen, and he did it.” Press Associationlast_img read more

Green: We need perfect run

first_imgGoalkeeper Rob Green admits QPR need a perfect finish to the season if they are to avoid relegation from the Premier League. An unmarked Leroy Fer volleyed home a corner with 17 minutes to go but Nedum Onuoha’s afternoon took a disastrous turn within the space of five minutes as he was booked for the shirt pull on Martin Skrtel which led to a penalty – which Green saved from Gerrard – before seeing yellow for a second time for a hack on substitute Jordon Ibe. Liverpool ramped up the pressure and three minutes from time Gerrard nipped in to head in Coutinho’s corner. QPR have the worst record in the Premier League for the number of points conceded in the last 10 minutes and it left the players deflated. “It is a feeling of immense disappointment really the way the game went,” added Green. “It is another defeat in the last few minutes against a team no-one would have expected us to take anything from. “It comes down to a good ball into the box and Stevie G meeting it like he did. “Those are the finite details you are working with in the Premier League against top-quality players. “You have a player like Coutinho who can whip in a ball like he can and Steven Gerrard who can attack a ball like he can. “If you concede a lot of corners at some point they are going to be able to meet one.” Head coach Chris Ramsey was equally frustrated. “I have said it week after week: I would rather start the game at 80 minutes,” he said. “We have left so many points on the table after 80 minutes. At 87 (against Liverpool), 88 at Chelsea, 89 at Hull, after 80 at Aston Villa. “Our lapses in concentration are there for everyone to see. We were admirable even after we went down to 10 men.” Steven Gerrard’s 88th-minute header in Liverpool’s 2-1 win at Anfield left the Hoops needing a miracle to stay up. They are seven points from safety with three matches to go and head to the Etihad Stadium to face Manchester City next Sunday knowing they realistically have to win that. However, should other results go against them – although it would involve the improbably scenario of all four teams who are catchable winning – the previous day there is a chance they could already be down before they reach Manchester. But Green is in no doubt they have to win at the Etihad to ensure their remaining two fixtures against fellow strugglers Newcastle and Leicester do not become irrelevant. When the England goalkeeper was told of how other results had gone against them he said: “Great. We need to win all our games. “We probably need a perfect run between now and the end of the season, starting at the Etihad – which is a big ask.” Green said news of the death of team-mate Rio Ferdinand’s wife Rebecca to cancer hours before kick-off had not affected their performance. “We had to go about our business the same as we always do,” he added. “You have adversity in football and everyone at the club is with Rio and his family at this moment.” QPR looked to have given themselves a fighting chance at Anfield as they weathered a storm – mainly helped by Liverpool’s lack of a cutting edge up front – after going behind to Philippe Coutinho’s 19th-minute goal. Press Associationlast_img read more

Van Gaal expects Di Maria arrival

Press Association Di Maria is currently on leave after his exertions with Argentina at the Copa America, but Van Gaal insists the midfielder will fly to the US on Saturday, as had been originally planned before the tour started. “He will come on July 25,” the United manager said. Van Gaal refused to dismiss reports United’s executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward met with PSG officials to discuss Di Maria’s future on Tuesday. “I cannot answer that,” the Dutchman said. “It is a process. When we think we have to say something, we will.” Di Maria has also encountered problems off the field since his move to England. He and his family moved out of their Cheshire home in February following an attempted burglary. Senior sources at United recently downplayed suggestions Di Maria was unsettled in Manchester, but that has not stopped cash-rich PSG from being linked with a move for the player. Louis van Gaal still expects Angel di Maria to join Manchester United’s tour of the United States on Saturday despite reports the £59.7million midfielder is closing in on a transfer to Paris St Germain. As well as Di Maria, Marcos Rojo and Javier Hernandez are also expected to join the squad on Saturday, when United play their third tour match – against Barcelona at the Levi’s Stadium in California. The trio are not expected to play in the match against Barcelona but will be available for United’s last match – against PSG – which could prove interesting if Van Gaal selects Di Maria. Barcelona’s Pedro is in the frame as a potential new recruit if Van Gaal decides to cut his losses on Di Maria. The Dutchman had hinted he was ready to sign a “surprise” striker at the weekend. But Van Gaal had changed his tune somewhat after United had beaten San Jose Earthquakes 3-1. “I don’t know if I want to buy a striker,” Van Gaal said. “I have read in the media that the striker is a surprise. No. That is not what I said. You are saying that. No. I mean something else.” Memphis Depay scored his first goal for United while Juan Mata and Andreas Pereira also found the net in San Jose, but Van Gaal was not a happy man after the final whistle. “The first half, I was satisfied,” said Van Gaal, who made 10 changes at half-time. “But the second half I think we played very badly. A lot of unnecessary ball losses. The only highlight was the goal from Pereira.” Midfielder Bastian Schweinsteiger was singled out for criticism. “He was also bad,” Van Gaal said of the £15million signing. “The one highlight was Pereira.” Goalkeeper David de Gea, who sat out the first game in Seattle against Club America, did not play against San Jose. The Real Madrid target warmed up prior to the match, but he did not come off the bench at half-time and Sam Johnstone remained in goal for the whole 90 minutes.. Van Gaal hopes the Spaniard will be fit to play against Barcelona in Santa Clara this weekend. “I have good hope that he can play against Barcelona,” Van Gaal said. “He was still injured. Anders Lindegaard was also injured. It was difficult, so I said, ‘Go stand in the goal so we had a point of direction for my attackers, but don’t do anything to risk your injury more’. “I hope that he can play on Saturday. I think he can play on Saturday.” Di Maria failed to impress at United last season following his record move to Old Trafford from Real Madrid. The 27-year-old spent a large chunk of the second half of the season on the bench at United and he has subsequently been linked with a big-money move to PSG. read more

Ross Barkley needs to be in England starting line-up says Roberto Martinez

first_img Press Association England boss Roy Hodgson needs to make room for Ross Barkley in his starting XI, according to Everton manager Roberto Martinez. The 21-year-old playmaker was the stand-out performer during Euro 2016 qualifying wins against Estonia and Lithuania over the past week. But Hodgson must make a big decision if he is to fit Barkley into his team either in midfield or the number 10 role ahead of next summer’s tournament in France. Martinez said: “It’s one of those moments you keep saying that if you work hard and you set real standards, football will pay you back. “And I think Phil Jagielka is the clear example that we have in house. Any youngster who wants to look up to somebody that’s a leader and a captain, that’s Phil Jagielka, and in my eyes he’s been the most consistent and the best English centre-half in the last 12 months. “Then to have the opportunity to lead the England team. He’s the first Everton player to lead the team out for England and I think that’s a fitting reward. And the way he performed was magnificent.” Everton return to Premier League action on Saturday with a home match against Manchester United. It is their first outing since a 1-1 derby draw with Liverpool two weeks ago that spelled the end for Reds boss Brendan Rodgers. Rodgers has been swiftly replaced by former Borussia Dortmund manager Jurgen Klopp, and Martinez expects the popular German to be a big hit in the Premier League. “It’s for everyone to see how impressive he was during his time in Germany,” said Martinez. “Not just the way that his teams play, I think the way he brings that contagious approach of being brave and creating really difficult teams to play against. “I think his quality as a coach and a manager was one of the biggest strengths of the Bundesliga and I’m sure he’s going to be a really good fit for the Premier League.” Martinez could have John Stones, Seamus Coleman, Tom Cleverley and Steven Pienaar all back after injury for the United clash, while he expects full-back Leighton Baines to be in contention in a fortnight. Barkley’s performances for England were a continuation of his Everton form this season and Martinez feels the buzz around his displays does him something of a disservice. The Toffees manager said: “I think his best position is on the pitch. “When you’ve got that outstanding talent, you just need to fit it in a team. There’s no right answer, depending on what role you want him to do and what you want the team to do. “What is clear is he’s a sensational prospect, as we all know. He’s still a very young man. “I’m a bit surprised about the hype that has developed just because of the two performances with England. We’ve been seeing Ross hitting that level since the first day of the season. “He’s someone that has been through so much and it’s not just a sign of a potential player any more, he’s a very strong footballer with incredible quality.” It was a landmark international break for Everton, with Phil Jagielka becoming the first Toffees player to captain England. With qualification already assured, Hodgson used the opportunity to rotate his squad, and it was 33-year-old defender Jagielka who led out the team against Lithuania. last_img read more

Don Cossack and Faugheen share Horse Racing Ireland prize

first_imgDon Cossack and Faugheen were joint-winners of the Horse of the Year Award at the annual Horse Racing Ireland Awards ceremony at Leopardstown. Press Association “I’m sorry he let the side down in the Morgiana. He’s a great horse, but he flopped that day, for whatever reason,” said Ricci. “I hope he comes back the next day. We still have confidence in him. Hopefully he’ll do the business at Kempton and get back on track.” Mullins said: ” He did cut his mouth (at Punchestown), but that took a day to recover from and most horses wouldn’t feel a little cut on their mouth. I wouldn’t use that as an excuse. He’s in great order.” Don Cossack was last seen winning the JNwine.com Champion Chase at Down Royal at the end of October and is set to return to action over the Festive period. The King George VI Chase at Kempton has long been considered his likely target, but connections are not ruling out Leopardstown’s Lexus Chase. Gigginstown House Stud’s manager Eddie O’Leary said: ” Obviously we love him and let’s hope he stays lucky. It will be the King George (next), or the Lexus. Every option is open.” Mullins picked up the National Hunt Award, while Pat Smullen was the winner of the Flat Award. Smullen was keen to pay tribute to his boss Dermot Weld, and said: “I t goes without saying you can’t achieve what I’ve achieved this year without having the job I have. “This was arguably our best year together and I’m hopefully looking forward to more in the future. I have a great agent in Kevin O’Ryan and it’s a big team effort.” The Point-to-Point Award went to Enda Bolger, trainer of top-class hunter chaser On The Fringe, who completed the Cheltenham-Aintree-Punchestown treble last spring. Bolger said: “T he horse is great and obviously we’re going to try to repeat what we did last year. I’m very surprised to receive this award as there’s some great people around and I’m just honoured. I have a great horse, a great owner (JP McManus) and a great jockey (Nina Carberry).” Rising star Jonathan Burke was given the Outstanding Achievement Award. The 19-year-old jockey dedicated the award to his late mother. “I’m doing something that I love and something that I’ve dreamed of from a very young age. I’m very lucky to be in the position I’m in. I had a great grounding working for Willie Mullins, Noel Meade and Gordon Elliott. I’ve had great people round me and I’m very lucky,” he said. Legendary commentator Des Scahill won the Contribution to the Industry Award, while Leopardstown won Racecourse of the Year. Brian Kavanagh, chief executive of HRI, said: “The reputation of Irish racing and breeding is built on the achievements of the extraordinarily talented people in our industry. The HRI Awards allow us celebrate these trainers, jockeys and horses who give us so much to be proud of and I wish all our winners and nominees continued success in 2016.” For the first time in history the award was shared as voters were unable to choose between the Willie Mullins-trained Champion Hurdle winner Faugheen and Gordon Elliott’s five-time Grade One-winning chaser Don Cossack. Faugheen suffered a shock defeat at the hands of stable companion Nichols Canyon on his seasonal reappearance in last month’s Morgiana Hurdle at Punchestown, but owner Rich Ricci is confident he will bounce back when defending his crown in the Christmas Hurdle at Kempton. last_img read more

Premier League experience prompted Steven Caulker’s Liverpool move

first_img He made just eight appearances for Southampton this season – the last of which came against Liverpool in last month’s 6-1 Capital One Cup quarter-final defeat – but only one of those was a Premier League start, back in August. Liverpool’s scouting department were more than familiar with the centre-back as he was a target for previous manager Brendan Rodgers. While Liverpool’s injury problems may be easing at the back up front there is no chance of a swift return to action for striker Divock Origi after he underwent a minor knee operation. The Belgium international was expected to be back in training in the next week after a hamstring injury sustained on Boxing Day against Leicester. However, the 20-year-old has had surgery to fix a long-standing issue with his knee. Press Association Sport understands the procedure was just a “clean-up” of the joint but it does mean Origi will be sidelined for another three to four weeks. With Daniel Sturridge still not ready to return from a hamstring strain sustained at Newcastle on December 6 and Danny Ings out for the season after cruciate knee ligament surgery, it leaves manager Jurgen Klopp with just one fit striker in Christian Benteke. He also has the option of playing Roberto Firmino as a “false nine” for Wednesday’s visit of Arsenal. Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp’s desire for Premier League experience in a centre-back led him to sign QPR’s Steven Caulker on loan. He will provide cover to what has become a threadbare unit with hamstring injuries to Martin Skrtel and Dejan Lovren sidelined for a few weeks, with Kolo Toure (cramp) and Mamadou Sakho (knee) expected to return to face Arsenal on Wednesday. “We looked for Premier League experience because in this short time, you need that experience,” Klopp told liverpoolfc.com. “We looked for a good header [of the ball] because that’s what we need – we want to play good pressing, we want to press the opponent and so they have to play long balls. “If they play long balls, you need people in the last line who can help you with headers and we’ve found it with Steven Caulker. “He was not in the best situation in Southampton, didn’t play too much, but this is January and we want to have the best solution for us and we are absolutely convinced that Steven is the best solution for us. “I am looking forward to working with him. He will be here today and then we can start working, so everything is good. “January is the only month where we can do something. We did it in this position [defence] and now let’s go on.” Liverpool finalised a deal before the noon deadline meaning Caulker will be available, if needed, for tomorrow’s visit of Arsenal and the defender travelled north to be able to train with his new team-mates late in the day. The German had been linked with a host of names, including Neven Subotic at former club Borussia Dortmund and Inter Milan’s Andrea Ranocchia – he is interested in Schalke’s Joel Matip, but only in the summer when he is out of contract – but plumped for a defender with knowledge of the British game. Caulker, a former Tottenham centre-back who has also played for Swansea, Cardiff and QPR in the top flight, was on loan at Southampton but due to a only making a handful of appearances his deal was cancelled in order for him to move to Anfield. Press Associationlast_img read more

Teen arrested after 3-year-old cousin found in trash

first_imgAn 18-year-old has been taken into police custody after he allegedly beat his three-year-old cousin to and stuffed her into a garbage can.The incident occurred Thursday around 5:15 pm along Northwest 27th Circle.According to the report, the three- year-old child was spending the day with her grandmother and her cousin Tristin Tavares Bernard.At some point, the grandmother realized that both the child and the teen were missing.A neighbor eventually found the child stuffed inside of a trashcan and called rescue crews.The child was taken to Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital where her condition is currently unknown, however, family members did report that she has severe head injuries.Bernard was arrested later that day after a came forward and told authorities that they saw the teen beating the child with a brick.He now faces child abuse, aggravated battery and attempted murder charges.last_img read more

Former MSD Administrator Under Investigation Retires Early

first_imgA former administrator at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland has retired early, in the midst of a Broward school district investigation about his role in last year’s shooting.Jeff Morford was an assistant principal at the school when the massacre that took 17 lives and injured another 17 people occurred on February 14, 2018. He has been accused by a state commission of failing to help prevent such a situation.Morford had signed up for a deferred retirement program last year and was planning to leave in 2023, according to district records. However, his last day was September 4.Lisa Maxwell, executive director of the Broward Principals and Assistants Association, says he decided to retire early as a result of “overall trauma” from the massacre. She adds, “He’s been re-traumatized over and over again. He’s just done.”According to Maxwell, prosecutors in the criminal case for killer Nikolas Cruz have required the former assistant principal to repeatedly watch video of the shooting, which killed coach and security monitor Chris Hixon, with whom Maxwell was good friends.The Marjory Stoneman Douglas Public Safety Commission, which is still investigating the tragedy, concluded that Morford had mishandled a September 2016 threat assessment of Cruz, who was a student at the school at that time.A 2018 report from the commission states that Morford was not competent in such tasks, and had never handled such evaluations during his 31-year career.Assistant Principal Denise Reed told the commission, “Jeff is old school. He only did operations. He never did any discipline at where he was at his previous location and so Jeff said: ‘I don’t even know where to find a threat assessment.’”A student told the commission that he and a classmate warned Morford that they were concerned about Cruz being a school shooter, since Cruz had reportedly looked up guns on a school computer, pretended to shoot birds on campus, and alleged that he liked seeing people in pain.The student said that Morford and a deputy did not seem concerned, and that Morford told the student to Google “autism,” implying that Cruz had the condition.The report adds, “Morford told the students that Cruz was being sent to alternative school and they did not need to worry.”The commission asked the district to investigate how Morford handled the threat review. Upon finding that Morford’s inability to answer detailed questions did not seem credible, they hired a law firm to review his actions, as well as those of two other assistant principals and a security specialist. Former Principal Ty Thompson was added to the list last March.Runcie informed the commission that the investigation should be finished later this month or next month.The administrators were transferred to new jobs this summer. Morford had been serving as an assistant principal at Coconut Creek High School, but was reportedly not able to avoid the daily stress caused by the shooting.In addition to his administrative duties, Morford opened a bar in Pompano Beach last summer called the Axe Throwing Society. It features 14 ax-throwing “lanes” that look like fenced-in batting cages, where customers can fling lightweight axes at wooden targets.last_img read more

Police officer accidentally shoots son after mistaking him for an intruder

first_imgA Dallas Police office’s adult son his recovering in the hospital after his father mistook him for an intruder and shot him.The incident occurred around 6 p.m Saturday near DeSoto.When authorities arrived to the home, they found the victim bleeding from his right forearm.The victim was then taken to an area hospital for treatment on the non-life-threatening injury.Authorities say that they are continuing to investigate the incident, however, no arrest have been made and no charges have been filed.“The DeSoto Police Department has treated this like every other case that we would have had and we would’ve handled it the exact same way that if any charges are appropriate later on, they’ll be forwarded over to the DA’s office for them to make a decision,” Pete Schulte, DeSoto police spokesman said.The names of the two parties involved have not yet been released.last_img read more

VIDEO: Florida Teacher Physically Removes Student From Class

first_imgAn alarming incident caught on camera of a Florida teacher physically removing the 14 year old student from his classroom at Palm Coast Middle School.Jeffrey Paffumi was arrested this week for the incident at Buddy Taylor Middle School, some of which was captured on cell phone video by a student.The student’s father tells WESH he wanted to press charges immediately after seeing the footage.According to the arrest report, the student admitted to calling the teacher a racial slur. Investigators say the teacher said the student was playing music from his computer and refused to turn it off. He also said the student slapped his hand away before he attempted to remove him from the classroom.The Flagler County Sheriff’s Office says Paffumi removed the 14-year-old from his chair, carried him out of the class, and shoved him down the hall. The 47-year-old teacher was hit with a battery charge. Officials say Paffumi has been in trouble with the law before. He was also charged with criminal mischief and battery in 2012. Paffumi has been placed on administrative leave pending an investigation.last_img read more

VIDEO: New York Police Officer Sucker-punched

first_imgNelson Jimenez, 31, launched his attack in front of a crowd of bystanders who had gathered on a sidewalk near 183rd Street and Davidson Avenue in University Heights to watch the arrest of 27-year-old robbery suspect Yoemdy Castro, law enforcement sources said.In the footage, you can see the officer standing over the suspect who is lying face down on the pavement being cuffed by another officer. Suddenly Jimenez who is pacing around in the background can be seen striking the standing officer in the side of the head knocking his hat off. The officer who was struck immediately turns around and fires his Taser, but it’s unclear if it struck Jimenez.Jimenez then runs away, with the cop close behind, the video shows.Spectators can be heard cheering on the suspect, imploring the suspect to “run.”Officers later caught and arrested Jimenez in a nearby bodega, law enforcement sources said. Charges against him are pending.A second cop who responded to the fracas was also punched in the head in an off-camera incident, according to sources.The suspect in that assault, Brandee Isom, 25, was arrested and charged with assault and obstructing governmental administration, sources said. Amid the death and disease in New York, an NYPD police officer helping another cop during an arrest in the Bronx Tuesday is suddenly sucker-punched by a man wearing a protective mask who was standing behind him and it is all caught on cell phone video.NYC people are dying, and suffering as COVID-19 plagues thousands but the same scumbags continue to roam the streets of NYC and attack NYPD cops. Sadly the wrong people are suffering. Welcome to DeBlasios NYC pic.twitter.com/St6UoXV9wZ— SBA (@SBANYPD) April 8, 2020last_img read more

Police are searching for suspect accused of shooting at a detective in Pompano Beach

first_imgThe Broward Sheriff’s Office detectives are on the lookout for a suspect who they say fired a gun at a detective while they were in the middle of an ongoing drug investigation.Police say the suspect, 26-year-old Marques Mathis, fired a gun at a detective Tuesday night in Pompano Beach, and is wanted for first-degree attempted murder of a law enforcement with afirearm.Investigators say Mathis fired the gun when he noticed one of the detectives, and missed. The bullet struck a wall near where the detective was standing, and Mathis fled the scene.The firearm was found at the scene, and no one was hurt.Anyone with information on Mathis’ whereabouts is urged to contact Broward County Crime Stoppers at 954-493-TIPS.last_img read more

Father accused of sexually assaulting, killing his 9-month-old daughter

first_imgA Texas man has been arrested after being accused of sexually assaulting and killing his 9-month-old daughter.According to the Harris County Sheriff’s Office, deputies arrested 23-year-old Luis Luna accused of sexually assaulting his infant daughter.Police responded to a report of an unresponsive 9-month-old infant at a Houston apartment complex, last week. The infant was taken to the hospital where she was pronounced dead.Investigators later performed an autopsy and determined the baby girl had been sexually assaulted and died due to asphyxiation during the assault.When officials interviewed Luna they determined he was behind her death. He now faces a charge of capital murder.last_img read more

Sports Gear Donations Sought For Bucksport Extravaganza

first_img Latest Posts Town report wins award – October 11, 2014 Fenceviewer Staff BUCKSPORT — Clean out those closets, find those old cleats and don’t put that old baseball glove in storage. Instead, put that out-grown, gently used sports gear to work for a good cause.The Bucksport Middle School wants yard-sale-worthy sports gear to benefit the seventh grade Sports Extravaganza on Feb. 11.Donors will get an “early bird” ticket to the event to pick up other sports gear at reasonable prices.Gear donations will be accepted until Friday, Feb. 10, at the Middle School.This is placeholder textThis is placeholder textCall the school in advance (469-6647) during regular school hours to donate items, or call Sue Bernier at 469-1971 to arrange for pick-up or drop-off after school or on weekends.The Sports Gear Extravaganza has already received a large donation of sports gear.Soccer moms, baseball fans, skaters and skiers are encouraged to think about next year and get the gear growing kids will need.The Sports Gear Extravaganza will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Middle School.Money raised by the event will help send RSU 25 seventh-graders to Kieve Leadership School in April.The five-day Leadership School program involves students in activities which encourage goal setting, critical thinking and problem solving.The Kieve Leadership School experience, traditionally attended by Orland students prior to the RSU 25 merger, also helps to build bonds between Orland, Bucksport, Verona, and Prospect students.Call Bernier for more information or to volunteer on the 10th or 11th.For more sports news, pick up a copy of The Ellsworth American. Latest posts by Fenceviewer Staff (see all)center_img Bio Fitness trainer is now cancer-exercise expert – October 12, 2014 Schoodic Grange hosting sale – October 30, 2014last_img read more

Beardsleys leaving after 26 years with EHS

first_imgELLSWORTH — Every semester Andy Beardsley assigns his class “Romeo and Juliet,” he hears the same line from students:“There’s no such thing as love at first sight.”“Oh yeah?” The Ellsworth High School English teacher and legendary cross country coach will ask before playing a tape for the room full of teenagers. “Listen to this.”“I just met this girl,” begins a message Andy recorded of himself some three decades ago — the day he met his future wife. The voice of a smitten 19-year-old spends the next 10 minutes raving about her beauty and love of “Lord of the Rings.”This is placeholder textThis is placeholder text“She’s amazing,” Andy says in the recording. “And I’m going after her.”Five years later, Andy married the girl who his students now know as their science teacher, Andrea Beardsley. After 26 years of working together at EHS, Andy and Andrea are moving to Virginia to live closer to Andy’s brother, Scott.“We’d honestly thought about doing something different before,” Andrea says. “But this all is happening really fast.”A plan took shape in mid-May when Andy, 51, and Andrea, 49, attended Scott’s graduation ceremony at the University of Pennsylvania. He had just earned his Ph.D. in educational leadership.“Andy and Scott are very close,” Andrea says. “For their entire adult lives, they’ve lived on different continents.”Scott, who is just 10 months older than Andy, is in the process of moving from Belgium, where he worked for a management consulting firm in Brussels. He will begin his new job as dean of the University of Virginia Darden School of Business in August.“Scott is really good at making people push themselves,” Andrea says. “During our trip, he asked us, ‘Why don’t you do something different? We can make this big life change together.’“That’s what got us thinking.”Two months later, Andy and Andrea have committed to the move. They are leaving July 28.The couple sit at their kitchen counter in their Ellsworth home, poring over photo albums and sharing memories. Andrea points to a picture, taken of the two shortly after they began dating, in which Andy is holding a novel. “That’s a Tolkien book,” she says.When asked what they’ll miss most about Ellsworth, Andrea’s eyes turn red.“Are you going to cry?” Andy teases her.“No, shut up,” Andrea smiles, looking up to keep tears from falling. “I can’t help it. It is sad! It’s a happy-sad thing.”Andy and Andrea’s journey to Ellsworth began in 1983 before they had even met. Though they both had family roots in Blue Hill, Andy moved away in middle school, and Andrea arrived in 10th grade. She graduated from George Stevens Academy.Their paths crossed at Bates College in Lewiston when Andrea caught pneumonia her first month there.“I was stupid as a freshman,” Andrea says. “I ate donuts and didn’t sleep. I got horribly sick.”Meanwhile, in Blue Hill, Andrea’s mom expressed concern over her daughter’s health to a good friend, Andy’s grandmother. Andy, a sophomore at Bates, consequently received instruction from his grandma to check on Andrea.“OK, Nana,” Andy says he responded. “I’ll go meet this girl.”Andy knocked on Andrea’s dorm room door and was greeted by a tall, intimidating man with his arms crossed. It was Parents Weekend, and that was her dad. Andy slinked past him to meet Andrea.Small talk between the two about where they each grew up quickly uncovered one major connection: Andy and Andrea both had lived in the same house in Blue Hill.Andrea doesn’t have a recording of her thoughts the day she met Andy, but she does have a mental image of him walking out of her room.“He had a little brown cap on, and he was limping because he had hurt himself,” she says. “While watching him walk away, I remember specifically thinking, ‘I’m now at the age where I am meeting people I could end up marrying.“‘I could end up marrying that guy.’”Andy and Andrea have five children, two of whom they adopted six and a half years ago from Ethiopia. They have taught their oldest sons and watched them both graduate from EHS.“Andy and I actually don’t see each other that much at school,” Andrea says. “We run in different circles.”Their days overlap through their students. Andrea says kids will often tell her, “Mr. Beardsley told a story about you today.” Or Andrea will occasionally use Andy as an example in her anatomy class to perhaps explain the cardiac output of a runner.“We share common students, and that’s how we interact,” Andrea says. “One of the main things we try to establish is a rapport with the kids. I think in that way, we have similar teaching styles.”Andy and Andrea fell in love with each other, as well as with teaching, over their three years taking education courses together at Bates.Andy, a year older than Andrea, graduated in 1986 and entered graduate school at the University of Maine-Orono while Andrea finished up her last year at Bates. Andrea then worked in Portland as a teacher at Deering High School until Andy earned his master’s degree.With their education behind them, their lives together could finally begin. They moved to Ellsworth in 1988 after Andrea accepted a teaching job at EHS. Andy applied to five different high schools in Hancock County, all of which didn’t hire him.To get by, the newlyweds worked at the Colonial Motor Lodge. Andrea served as a receptionist nights and weekends while Andy cleaned rooms full time.Andrea recalls one particularly busy night when a woman checking out of the hotel offered her some advice:“‘Dear,’” Andrea mimics the visitor. “‘You seem like a very intelligent young woman. Why don’t you continue your education so you can do something beyond this?’”“Actually, I’m a teacher,” Andrea replied, adding she had earned her bachelor’s degree from a small, selective liberal arts college.The woman persisted: “‘Well, uh, maybe if you had an advanced degree…’”“My husband has his master’s,” Andrea cut her off. “He’s cleaning toilets down the hall.”A position opened up at EHS in 1989 when a group of young, newly hired teachers, including Andrea, couldn’t handle the oversized population of problematic students.“We’re talking at least 10 boys who were 17 years old, physically violent and still freshmen in high school,” Andy says.Andrea — the veteran teacher of the bunch with one year of experience — met with staff members to find a solution.“So they hired Andy to be the muscle,” Andrea says, laughing, while Andy pretends to flex his arms. “Which, to anybody who knows him, is extremely funny because he’s the sweetest, most compassionate person.“He would just stand at the back of the room looking big and scary.”Later in the school year, the EHS head of the English department took a leave of absence, and Andy filled the position. Then, he never left.“It’s funny how things happen for the best,” Andy says. “When you get rejected or something bad happens, and you’re all upset about it. Then, you end up thinking, ‘I’m really glad that didn’t happen.’“If I had been accepted at one of those other schools, my whole career path would have been different.”Two and a half decades later and the job search was back on.After returning from their trip to Pennsylvania in late-May, Andy and Andrea began applying to schools in the Charlottesville area. Andrea — Hancock County’s 2014 Teacher of the Year — scored a position as a chemistry teacher at Albemarle High School within days of beginning her search.“I have a very positive reputation here at Ellsworth,” Andrea says. “From a professional point of view, I want to challenge myself to start fresh and see if I can develop that same reputation later in my career.”The Beardsleys emphasize repeatedly that their decision to leave has nothing to do with Ellsworth.“We feel blessed to have been able to teach in the Ellsworth school system,” Andrea says. “It’s an amazing system.”Alone in his classroom in late June, Andy packed up photos and awards accrued over his 26 years coaching cross country and track at EHS. A gifted athlete himself, Andy has coached some of Maine’s greatest runners, including Louie and Joey Luchini, Steve and Corey DeWitt, Ben Shorey, and, most recently, Aleta Looker and his nephew Dan Curts — all of whom went on to compete on a national stage.“I just feel really lucky to have had so many outstanding runners,” Andy says.Andy and Andrea had only just begun informing friends and family of their decision to move. They had quit their jobs and bought a house in a Charlottesville neighborhood centrally located so their kids can walk to school.Everything had just about fallen into place.It took Andy nine hours to clean out his classroom. Surrounded by bare walls and stacks of memories, he received a text message late that afternoon. The principal of a private school he had applied to work for, St. Anne’s Belfield School, wanted to interview him for an English teaching position.Andy got the job the next day. He will also serve as assistant coach of the school’s cross country and track teams with head coach Sintayehu Taye, who, coincidentally, was a star runner for Portland High School.“It’s scary, and it’s exciting,” Andy says. “I’m going to be a new teacher and a new coach where nobody knows me.”But the Beardsleys are not saying goodbye forever. They plan on returning to Ellsworth for two months every summer.“We’re not selling the house,” Andrea says. “We want this to still feel like home.”Andy and Andrea Beardsley are hosting a gathering before they leave at their home Thursday, July 23, from 4 to 7 p.m. Call 667-7128 for more information. Bio Latest Posts Taylor VorthermsSports Editor at The Ellsworth AmericanTaylor Vortherms covers sports in Hancock County. The St. Louis, Missouri native recently graduated from the Missouri School of Journalism and joined The Ellsworth American in 2013. Latest posts by Taylor Vortherms (see all)center_img Part 2: When the injury is inside your head, some “don’t get it” – July 26, 2016 Part 1: Invisible, incapacitating concussions are sidelining high school athletes – July 19, 2016 EHS names new boys’ soccer coach – July 13, 2016last_img read more

We cherish family bonds: Irfan

first_imgMumbai, June 1: Cricketer Irfan Pathan says his family cherishes bonds and their values very dearly. Cricketers and brothers Yusuf and Irfan Pathan shot for an episode of the dance reality show “High Fever…Dance ka Naya Tevar”, a statement said. Sharing his thoughts about being on the show, Irfan said: “Hailing from a joint family ourselves, we cherish family bonds and family values very dearly and this show is surely making family bonds stronger with dance.”Instead of sharing few dance moments on stage, the brothers played cricket in a slow-motion style. “High Fever… Dance ka Naya Tever” is aired on &TV. IANSlast_img read more

Assam boxer Bhagyabati Kachari win gold medal at the Ahmet Comert International Boxing Tournament

first_imgGUWAHATI, Sep 16: Udalguri girl Bhagyabati Kachari claimed gold medal at the Ahmet Comert Tournament in Istanbul, Turkey. Playing in the light heavyweight category (81kg) Bhagyabati got the better of Selma Karakoyun. She was declared the most scientific boxer of the tournament, and the Indian women’s team finished third.Bhagyabati Kachari was also presented the ‘Best Technical Boxer Award’ of the tournamentAssam Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal has congratulated Bhagyabati Kachari for her victory.https://twitter.com/sarbanandsonwal/status/1041241508681142274The 26-year-old boxer who hails from Udmari village near Tangla in Udalguri is the daughter of Deben Kachari and Chaitra Kachari. She had previously participated and won a number of medals in national boxing championships along with clinching bronze in Asian Women’s Boxing Championships held in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia way back in 2012.Simranjit Kaur (64kg), Monika (48kg) also won gold medals for India.last_img read more

Move over Leather Balls: English Cricket Club Turns to Vegan Ones

first_imgLondon: In a first, an English Cricket Club is planning to switch from using traditional leather balls to new “vegan” ones.Popularly known as the vegan cricket club, Earley Cricket Club in Reading — a town 40 miles (64 kilometres) west of London — is testing vegan cricket balls which are made using a rubber covering, reports the Daily Mail. The English Cricket Club had already introduced a vegan tea for their players two years ago.Chairman Gary Shacklady, who turned vegan five years ago, is confident that adopting a solely plant-based lifestyle will give the team the edge over their opponents.“It does behave like a leather cricket ball, but it bounces more and it’s more difficult to grip,” Shacklady said. “But we’re enthused by it and we’re hopeful of finding a better version.”The Earley Cricket Club was set up by Shacklady 12 years ago. However after he turned vegan, Shacklady found he could no longer eat match teas — usually ham sandwiches. He also felt that the club’s meat-based catering meant Muslim and Hindu players were being excluded.“We had one member who was against it,” Shacklady said. “He felt that it was quite exclusive and against people’s right to meat.”“The teas have been well received as our players understand and support the reasoning behind the decision. It also means we can produce a far larger quantity of food for a lower cost,” he added.Ham and beef sandwiches at the club have been replaced by the likes of Moroccan tagine, lasagne and meat-free spaghetti Bolognese.The club owner now hopes that other teams in the Berkshire Cricket League will switch from the traditional leather-covered balls to the synthetic animal-free ones. (IANS)Also Read: A cricket ball that has gone ‘vegan’, Covered in rubber instead of the traditional leatherAlso Watch: Mangaldoi youth opts for celebrating Republic and Independence Day in a unique mannerlast_img read more

A cancer from within, says Former South Africa captain Graeme Smith

first_imgJOHANNESBURG: Former South Africa captain and Cricket South Africa’s (CSA) Director of Cricket Graeme Smith said that “internal agendas” within the country’s cricket governing body has been a “cancer” that has affected it for a while.”I think it’s been a cancer from within the organisation for a while and it’s not getting any better,” he was quoted as saying by News24. “You try and sit and work out who in senior positions in this organisation is doing this, and why? What is the end goal? Is it serving cricket? It’s quite clearly someone in a high-profile position, whether it is in the business part or the board part, because some of the stuff being leaked can only be from those parties within the organisation and that’s disappointing. Also Read – Meghalayan mid-fielder Phrangki Buam joins ISL side FC Goa “It doesn’t help cricket, it doesn’t help us build relations, it doesn’t help us put our right foot forward. We’re an organisation that spends all our time talking about these other things instead of the game of cricket. “It certainly does feel that there are people within these positions that have ulterior motives.” IANS Also Watch: GET SET GLOBAL: GLOBAL ASSAMESE – UNCONVENTIONAL PATHS TO SUCCESSlast_img read more

Guyana finishes third in Caribbean senior squash championships

first_imgWith the women’s team finishing second, and the men’s team finishing third, the Championship title was once again beyond Guyana’s grasp as the team ended third overall among the countries taking part in the Caribbean Senior Squash Championships,which was played in Trinidad and Tobago.The team’s final placement can be considered creditable since one of its players,Sunil Seth,was carrying an injury.Guyana will be looking to capture all the titles next year in St.Vincent,which will next years championships.The Guyana women’s team was unable to defend their title despite wins by Caribbean junior champion Larissa Wiltshire and national champion Taylor Fernandes,which were not enough to keep Guyana from going under to Barbados in the women’s team finals on Saturday,moreso with the Bajan lineup including current ladies singles champion Meagan Best, and three-time ladies single champion Karen Meakins.Witshire took a hard-fought win against Lilanna White, defeating her 11/6, 11/5, 6/11, 11/8, while Fernandes was in for a win when she came up against Muffin Stollmeyer ,whom she overpowered in straight sets (11/6, 11/5, 11/6).But these were to be Guyana’s only wins in the five match clash. Ashley Khalil and Mary Fung-a-Fat were looking at some tough competition even before they hit the court, being pitted against Meakins and Best, respectively.Meakin’s, who earlier scored wins against Guyana’s Akeila Wiltshire and Mary Fung-a-Fat during the ladies singles,again prevailed 11/6, 11/7, 11/5 against Khalil. In the ladies singles, Best, who is also the reigning Caribbean junior girls’ under 15 champion, had shown just how superior she was when she took a come-from-behind victory against Meakins.So it was a tough time for Fung-a-Fat as she tried to take her opponent down. In the end Fung-a-Fat’s best was just not enough and the Bajan won the match 11/7,5/11,11/4,11/5.In the other game of the women’s team battle,Wiltshire lost 8/11, 4/11, 4/11 to Amanda Haywood, the current Caribbean junior girls’ under 17 champion.The men’s team fight for third place saw them facing a rematch against Cayman Islands, following their earlier pool match against the same team on Friday. Despite losing 3 – 2 against the team last Friday, this time around the Guyana men reversed the result, thanks in part to Nyron Joseph,who clinched a win against Alex Fraser, whom he had lost to on Friday.Joseph defeated Fraser 3 – 1 (11/7, 2/11, 11/5,11/8), while wins were also had by Jason Khalil and Kristian Jeffrey.The veterans team also concluded their participation in the competition on Saturday with a close 3-2 lost to the Cayman Islands. Winning for Guyana was Ramon Chan-A-Sue in the 40+ category and Alwyn Callendar in the 60+ category. They ended up placing fourth in their category.last_img read more

Ashwin, Jadeja revive India in finely poised third Test

first_imgRAVICHANDRAN Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja’s unbeaten seventh-wicket partnership of 67 pushed India towards a first-innings lead over England in the third Test.England added just 15 runs to their overnight total before their first innings was brought to a close with 283 on the board, a total that India are now just 12 runs adrift of following day two in Mohali.India largely dominated proceedings and half-centuries from Cheteshwar Pujara (51) and captain Virat Kohli (62) had them past 150 with just three wickets down.Ajinkya Rahane (0) and Karun Nair (4) each went cheaply, though, and Kohli’s exit with 204 on board seemed set to be the key moment in an England turnaround.Ashwin (57 not out) and Jadeja (31no) had other plans, however, and steadied the ship to steer India to 271-6 at the close, as they seek to take a 2-0 lead in the five-match series.Adil Rashid (4) went in the second over of the day and, though James Anderson posted an unbeaten 13, England failed to surpass 300 – Mohammed Shami (3-63) dismissing Gareth Batty (1).Murali Vijay (12) and Parthiv Patel, playing in his first Test since 2008, put on 39 for the first wicket before Ben Stokes (2-48) had Vijay caught behind.Patel was unable to mark what had looked a promising return to the Test arena with a half-century as he was given out lbw at the hands of Rashid (3-81) on review for 42.But, in typical fashion, Kohli’s arrival at the crease tilted matters firmly in India’s favour.The India skipper continued his tremendous form from Visakhapatnam – where he scored 167 and 81 in the second Test – to combine with Pujara for a patient stand of 75.Pujara, who hit eight boundaries for his 51, was finally removed when Chris Woakes claimed a superb low catch.Two overs later Rashid had his third wicket of the day as Rahane lasted only six balls, with Nair then undone by a direct-hit run out by Jos Buttler.Stokes had been reprimanded by the ICC for an exchange he had with Kohli following his exit on day one and the all-rounder referenced that episode by covering his mouth after Kohli nicked his delivery behind to Jonny Bairstow.However, it was the batting of Ashwin and Jadeja (31 not out) that did the talking late in the day, the former hitting eight boundaries in 82 balls in a counter-attack that brought about his ninth Test fifty.(Omnisport).ENGLAND 1st innings (Overnight: 268-8)A. Cook c P. Patel b R. Ashwin 27H. Hameed c Rahane b U. Yadav 9J. Root lbw b Yadav 15M. Ali c Vijay b Shami 16J. Bairstow lbw b Yadav 89B. Stokes st P. Patel b Jadeja 29J. Buttler c Kohli b Jadeja 43C. Woakes b U. Yadav 25A. Rashid c P. Patel b Shami 4G. Batty lbw b Shami 1J. Anderson not out 13Extras (b-8 lb-3 nb-1) 12Total (all out, 93.5 overs) 283Fall of wickets: 1-32 H. Hameed,2-51 J. Root,3-51 A. Cook,4-87 M. Ali,5-144 B. Stokes,6-213 J. Buttler,7-258 J. Bairstow,8-266 C. Woakes,9-268 A. Rashid,10-283 G. BattyBowling: M. Shami 21.5 – 5 – 63 – 3, U. Yadav 16 – 4 – 58 – 2,J. Yadav 15 – 5 – 49 – 2, R. Ashwin 18 – 1 – 43 – 1, R. Jadeja 23 – 4 – 59 – 2(nb-1)INDIA 1st inningsM. Vijay c Bairstow b Stokes 12P. Patel lbw b Rashid 42C. Pujara c Woakes b Rashid 51V. Kohli c Bairstow b Stokes 62A. Rahane lbw b Rashid 0K. Nair run out (Buttler) 4R. Ashwin not out 57R. Jadeja not out 31Extras (b-8 lb-3 nb-1) 12Total (for 6 wickets, 84 overs) 271Fall of wickets: 1-39 M. Vijay,2-73 P. Patel,3-148 C. Pujara,4-152 A. Rahane,5-156 K. Nair,6-204 V. KohliTo bat: J. Yadav, M. Shami, U. YadavBowling: J. Anderson 16 – 3 – 36 – 0, C. Woakes 15 – 5 – 47 – 0,M. Ali 9 – 1 – 19 – 0(nb-1), A. Rashid 24 – 4 – 81 – 3,B. Stokes 15 – 2 – 48 – 2, G. Batty 5 – 0 – 29 – 0.last_img read more

Decathlon king Ashton Eaton announces retirement

first_imgAMERICAN decathlete Ashton Eaton, who won gold at London 2012 and Rio 2016, has retired from athletics.Two-time Olympic decathlon gold medallist Ashton Eaton has announced his retirement from competitive action with immediate effect.Eaton defended his Olympic title in Rio last year, breaking his own world record in the process, having first claimed decathlon gold at London 2012.The 30-year-old was also prolific at the World Championships, bursting onto the international scene in 2011 when he won silver behind United States teammate Trey Hardee.Eaton beat Hardee by 198 points in the London Games, before going on to seal back-to-back World titles in Moscow and Beijing.With a glittering career behind him Eaton has opted to step away from athletics, saying: “Frankly there isn’t much more I want to do in sport.“I gave the most physically robust years of my life to the discovery and pursuit of my limits in this domain. Did I reach them? Truthfully, I’m not sure anyone really does.“It seems like we tend to run out of time or will before we run out of potential. That makes humanity limitless then, as far as I’m concerned. And I think that’s inspiring.”His wife Brianne Theisen-Eaton also announced her retirement and steps away from a career in the heptathlon, having claimed bronze in Rio, adding to silver medals in the Moscow and Beijing World Championships.“Crossing the 800m finish line in Rio I didn’t have this feeling,” she said.“I was mentally exhausted. I have never been so thankful to be finished something in my life. I felt like I never wanted to do another heptathlon again.“I gave the last 4 years everything I could. I put my life on hold. Track and field was the priority before everything else: my family, my friends, my marriage, my future. This is something I chose to do and I don’t regret it for a second. It made me happy to pursue something I was so passionate about.“I no longer have the passion for track and field or the heptathlon that I used to, because I know I can’t advance any further in the sport. I’ve given it all I can and I refuse to come back and half-ace it because I love and respect this event and sport too much.” (Sportsmax)last_img read more

Other Sports Asia Cup: BCCI hands over hosting rights to Emirates Cricket Board

first_imgDubai: The decks were finally cleared on Friday for the Asia Cup as BCCI officially handed over its hosting rights to the Emirates Cricket Board. “The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) and the Emirates Cricket Board signed an agreement today for the United Arab Emirates to host the 2018 edition of the Asia Cup,” the BCCI stated in a release.The agreement was signed in Dubai with the BCCI being represented by its acting secretary Amitabh Chaudhary and CEO Rahul Johri. The chairman of the Emirates Cricket Board, His Highness Sheikh Nahyan bin Mubarak Al Nahyan, signed on their behalf.Afghanistan, Bangladesh, India, Pakistan and Sri Lanka will take part in the tournament. They will be joined by a sixth team—the winner of the Asian Cricket Council qualifier event.The tournament will be held from September 15 to 28 in Abu Dhabi and Dubai.Also Read | Asian Games 2018: Schedule, Timings, When and where to watchThe event was originally scheduled in India with BCCI playing the hosts but Pakistan’s participation was an issue considering the prevailing political situation between the neighbouring countries.The BCCI couldn’t procure relevant clearance from government security agencies to host Pakistan.Earlier this year, the Asian Cricket Council (ACC) decided that the tournament will be shifted to UAE but India will be hosting the tournament.BCCI acting secretary Choudhary said:”We are thankful to the Emirates Cricket Board for hosting the 2018 Asia Cup on behalf of the BCCI. We will see some of the sport’s powerhouse nations go head-to-head for ultimate glory and I am confident that cricket fans around the world will enjoy every moment of this prestigious event.”However, the COA faction was not on the same page with BCCI office bearers regarding handing over the hosting rights to the UAE.Since organisation would involve financial transactions in foreign currency, a senior BCCI office bearer had pointed out that FEMA (Foreign Exchanges Management Act) rules need to be thoroughly checked after the IPL II fiasco when Cricket South Africa hosted the cash-rich league in 2009.The Asian Cricket Council (ACC) sanctions USD 2.5 million to the hosts for organisational purposes but it was pointed out that operational costs shoots up in the UAE.The BCCI release does not state what will be the profit sharing mode from the ticket sales. The TV broadcast money goes to ACC.The major attraction of this tournament is two assured Indo-Pakistan clashes.Also Read | Injury-hit Kohli could be more dangerous in third Test, says BaylissFrom ECB, it’s chairman said, “It is a matter of great pride for the UAE to host a prestigious event like the Asia Cup. Our country is home to a large section of people from the participating nations and we feel privileged and excited by the opportunity to bring their favourite sport right here to their doorstep.“This is the biggest cricketing event to be held in the UAE and we will ensure every support  to make the 2018 Asia Cup a huge success.” For all the Latest Sports News News, Other Sports News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps.last_img read more