Dutch pension funds must report funding in real terms under new FTK

first_imgShe said such a study would be particularly useful in light of the government’s recent concessions in offering recovering pension funds a one-off option of adjusting their strategic investment policy.The state secretary also confirmed that pension funds did not have to factor in additional risk for holdings of euro-denominated, AAA government bonds, including Dutch ones, in the new FTK.Therefore, there is no risk that pension funds will “flee” into interest derivatives, she argued.Klijnsma also confirmed that, as soon as a Europe-wide UFR had been established, she would launch a study on the rate’s application for setting the discount rate. The Dutch Parliament has decided that, under the new financial assessment framework (FTK), pension funds must report their coverage ratios in real terms. Funding in real terms must also indicate the relationship between a scheme’s financial position and its specific pensions target, according to GroenLinks MP Jesse Klaver, who tabled the amendment.The FTK proposals of state secretary Jetta Klijnsma have already stipulated that Dutch pension funds must report their funding based on the actual market rate, with the application of the ultimate forward rate (UFR), as well as their coverage, which is to be based on the 12-month average of the market rates.During the debate on the new FTK bill, Klijnsma promised to conduct an analysis of the effect of the new rules on pension funds’ hedging policies against the interest risk on their liabilities.last_img read more

AP1 to launch separate legal action against Petrobras [updated]

first_imgThe buffer fund has total assets of SEK283bn and owns 3.7m shares in Petrobras.Meanwhile, Dutch pensions manager APG, which last year had €124m invested in Petrobras, said it was not considering going it alone with action against the Brazilian company, as it saw no reason to do so yet.Harmen Geers, spokesman for APG, said the manager could not provide the scale of damages yet, as the class action was aimed at the period 2004-2012.APG still had to work out the amount it had invested in Petrobras at the time, Geers said.To put the importance of the case into perspective, he explained that, at any given time, there were hundreds of class actions running in the US. He pointed out that investors were automatically part of a class action if they had a stake in a company during the target period of a class action.Dutch pensions firm PGGM confirmed the asset manager’s holdings of €61.5m in Petrobras at the end of 2014.Spokesman Maurice Wilbrink told IPE PGGM would remain passively involved in the class action and was monitoring how the case was developing. “Currently, there is no reason for an opt out,” he said.He said PGGM expected the case to be complicated and that a conclusion was likely to take years. He added that, to establish the alleged damage, the exact period, listing value at the time and damage factors had to be established.Wilbrink could not indicate PGGM’s stake in the period 2004-2012. Swedish pensions buffer fund AP1 has opted out of collective legal action in the US against the semi-public Brazilian oil company Petróleo Brasileiro (Petrobras), whose share price has collapsed after becoming embroiled in a corruption scandal.The pension fund was part of a filing in the US District Court Southern District of New York, dated 23 March.AP1 is listed as a plaintiff alongside six New York pension funds: the New York City Employees’ Retirement System, the New York City Police Pension Fund, the Board of Education Retirement System of the City of New York, the Teachers’ Retirement System of the City of New York, the New York City Fire Department Pension Fund and the New York City Deferred Compensation Plan.AP1’s equity stake in Petrobras was valued at SEK112.5m (€1.3m) at the end of December.last_img read more

Aberdeen AM acquires hedge fund manager in US push

first_imgAberdeen Asset Management has acquired US hedge fund manager Arden Asset Management to build up its alternatives solutions.The FTSE-listed manager said the acquisition, its second in the US this year, would boost its global alternatives offering, focused on hedge funds, private equity, infrastructure and real estate.Aberdeen did not disclose the price it paid for Arden but said the deal would complement its existing hedge fund solutions and bring its assets under management in the space up to $11bn (€10bn).It said its hedge fund clients would now get immediate access to Arden’s daily liquidity hedge fund product, launched in 2012. Arden’s purchase is still subject to regulatory approval by UK authorities, and trustees of some mutual funds involved with the group, but Aberdeen expects it to be completed by 2016.In May, Aberdeen bought US private equity house Flag Capital Management and said its alternatives assets under management should reach $30bn after both transactions were complete.Employee-owned Arden said becoming part of the Aberdeen organisation would allow it to develop its hedge fund solutions globally.The company has offices in London and New York.last_img read more

France’s Ircantec makes first foray into factor investing

first_imgFrench public sector pension scheme Ircantec is applying a factor investing strategy for the first time, with one of three European smart beta SRI equity mandates it awarded in the autumn taking this approach.The fund also awarded three credit mandates.Awarded at the end of October, the mandates are for a minimum of €100m each.Robeco Institutional Asset Management, BFT Investment Managers and Allianz Global Investors each won an equity mandate. BFT is using quantitative asset management company Quoniam in Germany to run its mandate, according to a spokesperson at Caisse des Dépôts et Consignations (CDC), fiduciary manager of the Ircantec scheme.Allianz is running an equities portfolio using a factor investing strategy, which, according to the spokesperson, marks Ircantec’s first foray into this strategy.Robeco will apply a minimum-volatility approach, and Quoniam a Sharpe-ratio-maximisation strategy. The French €8.5bn supplementary pay-as-you-go pension scheme was already invested in these latter two strategies via open-ended funds, the CDC spokesperson told IPE.Ircantec has also awarded three euro investment-grade corporate bond mandates, also under SRI guidelines. Deutsche Bank, Threadneedle and BFT were awarded these, with BFT delegating management to Insight Investment in London.last_img read more

Iceland further relaxes capital controls for pension funds

first_imgIcelandic pension funds will be able to invest ISK20bn (€141m) overseas over the first four months of 2016, after the country’s central bank further relaxed strict capital controls in place since 2008.The bank said the exemption, which applies to second and third-pillar funds, would be allocated to schemes based on their overall size and contribution levels as of the end of 2014.The bank added that the exemption would benefit the local economy, as it allowed the ISK2.9trn pension sector to diversify holdings, reducing the risk of instability when capital controls are completely lifted. A pension fund’s size will be given a weighting of 80%, while annual inflows will be given a weighting of 20% when deciding how much of the quota to allocate to individual funds. The split marks a slight change from the first ISK10bn exemption granted in July last year, when it was 70% in favour of total fund size.Gunnar Baldvinsson, managing director of €1.2bn pension fund Almenni, said the announcement pointed towards an improving Icelandic economy.“Foreign currency inflows in 2015 and a reduced uncertainty about the balance of payments following creditors’ approval of compensation proposals from the failed banks’ estates have created the scope to authorise pension funds to invest further in foreign-denominated financial instruments,” he said.LBI, the group managing the estate of Landesbanki following its collapse during the financial crisis, said this week it had settled all remaining accepted claims against the estate.Baldvinsson said he understood the central bank would be lifting investment restrictions “gradually”.“On the other hand,” he added, “we expect the [central bank’s] announcement to be the first of many to allow pension funds and other local investors to invest abroad for this year and the coming years, given that the current economic situation will not deteriorate significantly.”The Icelandic pension sector has been limited to investing in the domestic economy since the introduction of capital controls, put in place in the wake of the 2008 banking collapse.While domestic investment opportunities are available, such as last year’s financing of a silicon metal plant in the country’s North, pension investors have previously lamented the increased risk caused by such a geographically concentrated portfolio – with pension assets standing at 146% of Icelandic GDP, according to the OECD.The funds have channelled inflows into the mandatory system towards private equity and real estate but were also able to gain exposure to overseas currency through domestic bond issuances denominated in other currencies.last_img read more

Swiss schemes have ‘long way to go’ on responsible investment

first_imgMost of the 20 largest Swiss pension funds do not systematically consider sustainability criteria in their investment decisions, instead seeming to see responsible investment as an add-on rather than integral part of the investment process, according to ShareAction and WWF Switzerland.The conclusions are based on a survey of the 20 largest* pension funds in Switzerland, representing CHF281bn (€253bn) in assets, or around 36% of all Swiss occupational pension funds.Sixteen of the pension funds participated in the survey by filling out a questionnaire, while the other four were assessed only on the basis of publicly available information.WWF and ShareAction then grouped the pension funds into quintiles, ranging from “best practice” to “underpeformers/no scoring possible”. None of the pension funds obtained the “best practice” score or were classed as “underperformers”.There were five that scored the highest overall, being classed as demonstrating “good practice” : BVK Kanton Zurich, Pensionskasse Post, Pensionskasse Stadt Zurich, Bernische Pensionskasse and CPEG-État de Genève.Sonia Hierzig, research officer at ShareAction and author of the survey report, said: “The results demonstrate that, whilst the 20 funds we looked at do consider responsible investment, there’s a long way to go to adopt international best practice, particularly when it comes to transparency and climate risk management.”Overall, according to the report, “the industry still seems to understand Responsible Investment mainly as an activity separate from other aspects of the investment process, rather than fully integrating environmental, social and corporate governance (ESG) considerations into investment decisions”.Only one pension fund has developed a strategy on the financial risks related to climate change, the groups said.The survey found that nine of the 16 participating funds have a detailed responsible investment policy, four have a general policy and the remainder none.All of the participating pension funds outsource some or all investment management, and nine said they took the responsible investment capabilities of all asset managers and consultants into account when choosing which to hire.Only two of the 20 pension funds have signed up to the UN-supported Principles for Responsible Investment, according to the survey report.It noted that five of the pension funds surveyed were founding members of SVVK-ASIR, the Swiss association for responsible investment, “which indicates that Swiss pension funds are increasingly taking up responsible investment activities”.SVVK-ASIR could not be reached for comment by the time of publication.*Based on AUM in 2014. The euro conversion is based on current exchange rates.last_img read more

EU programme targets €2.1bn boost for venture capital

first_imgThe European Commission and the European Investment Fund (EIF) have launched a venture capital programme aimed at resolving the size problem that has deterred many investors from allocating to the asset class.Through the VentureEU programme, the EU will fund six venture capital funds-of-funds to the tune of €410m with a view to the funds raising up to €2.1bn from public and private investors.The Commission said this was expected to unlock €6.5bn of new investment in innovative start-up and scale-up companies across Europe, doubling the amount of venture capital currently available on the continent.Developing venture capital in Europe is part of the Commission’s Capital Markets Union (CMU) plan. InvestEurope, the European venture capital association, said the aim of the programme was to attract global investors such as pension funds and insurers that currently found European venture capital funds too small.The average venture capital fund in Europe was currently around €65m, according to the association, but funds needed to be able to raise at least €150m to attract large private investors.“For the last eight years, Invest Europe has advocated using public money in new ways to bring in more private capital and facilitate the next stage of venture capital’s evolution in Europe,” said Michael Collins, CEO of the trade body. “It is a great step forward for investment in European innovation that this is now becoming a reality.”The Commission said the average size of European venture capital funds was €56m compared with €156m in the US, but agreed that they were too small.Commission vice-president Jyrki Katainen said: “In venture capital, size matters.”The six funds are to be managed by Aberdeen Standard Investments, Axon Partners Group, IsomerCapital, LGT, Lombard Odier Investment Managers and Schroder Adveq.The underlying funds will focus on at least four European countries each and invest in a range of start-ups and small and medium-sized companies in sectors such as information and communications technology, life sciences, and energy.The EU’s investment in VentureEU will be managed by the EIF.last_img read more

UK industry digests minimum income test in ECJ pensions guarantee ruling

first_imgEarlier this month Edmund Truell, founder of commercial consolidator Pension Superfund and former chair of the London Pension Fund Authority, said the Superfund estimated a potential cost to the UK of over £160bn (€187bn) as well as the potential forced closure of all UK defined benefit funds.Today Superfund CEO Luke Webster argued that although the ECJ had not ruled that 100% of benefits must always be paid, “the administrative cost is likely to be very significant, and an increased PPF levy will place further burden on the resources available to the pensions system as a whole”.‘Pragmatic’At the PLSA, director of policy and research Nigel Peaple described today’s ruling as “a pragmatic solution,” an assessment that was echoed by David Everett, partner and head of pensions research at consultancy LCP, who welcomed the judges taking “a sensible approach”.Their take was that, from a PPF financial perspective, the ruling represented a relief.“[I]t seems likely that many people in the PPF would be above the minimum income allowed,” said Peaple, although he warned the PPF would need to carry out detailed analysis before there could be certainty about the impact of the judgement on the liabilities of the PPF and on UK pensions.He noted there could be a shortfall in PPF’s funding, which could result in higher levies for pension schemes.“Compared to expectations, the administrative challenge is greater and the funding challenge probably much less.”Nigel Peaple, director of policy and research, PLSAEarlier this week the PPF confirmed its levy estimate for 2020/21 would be £620m, and IPE understands it will not be changing this as a result of this week’s ruling. A PPF spokesperson said: “The recent ECJ judgment in the case of PSV v Gunther Bauer has restated that, as a minimum, every individual must receive at least 50% of their accrued benefits. We consider that the implementation methodology we announced following the ECJ’s judgment in Hampshire, which will make sure that all our members receive at least 50% of the value of their accrued benefits, meets this requirement.“There are other details of the judgment that we’ll need to work through with the Department for Work and Pensions.” Anna Rogers, senior partner at ARC Pensions Law, said the financial impact on the PPF would be mitigated but that the minimum income test “looks like a nightmare to implement for the PPF”.Peaple put it this way: “Compared to expectations prior to the ruling, the administrative challenge is greater and the funding challenge probably much less.”This article was updated on 20 December with additional comments from the PPF. In a keenly anticipated pension guarantee ruling the European Court of Justice (ECJ) today rejected a previous argument that all defined benefit pension rights must be protected on employer insolvency, which had led to speculation UK DB employers could be faced with a huge new bill.In a judgement in the case of the Pension-Sicherungs-Verein v Günther Bauer, the ECJ instead ruled that the current EU legal requirement that individuals should be entitled to at least 50% of their benefits still stood as long as this level of compensation would not put them at risk of living below the poverty line.As explained by the Pensions and Lifetime Savings Association (PLSA), in the UK many people had thought the ruling might spell a requirement for the country’s pension lifeboat fund to increase compensation to 100% of benefits in all cases, potentially with ensuing “enormous new costs” for employers and possibly the government.The Pension Protection Fund (PPF) provides 100% of defined benefits to members already drawing their pension when the sponsor goes insolvent, and 90% to those who are not yet retired.last_img read more

Greek, Italian lenders receive capital boost from EU IFRS 9

first_imgThe release of the data followed the announcement last month by the European Commission of measures to relieve the regulatory and capital burden on Europe’s lenders during the coronavirus pandemic.In particular, the Commission urged lenders to adopt the IFRS 9 transitional measures it first proposed back in 2018 to phase in the move from the International Accounting Standards Board’s legacy impairment model under International Accounting Standard 39 to International Financial Reporting Standard 9.The transitional arrangement allows banks to add back in IFRS 9-related additional impairment allowances over a gradually reducing five-year timeframe, starting with 95% in 2018 and reducing to 25% in 2022.IFRS 9, which the EU adopted with effect from 1 January 2018, sets out to address the concern that the backward-looking IAS 39 incurred-loss impairment model meant banks were too slow to book losses during the 2008 Financial Crisis.The standard instead requires lenders to book an upfront impairment allowance when it takes a financial asset on to its books.This allowance is an estimate of the anticipated full life-time losses that the bank expects to materialise over a 12-month time horizon.The transparency exercise, in contrast to a stress test, presents a snapshot of the capital position, assets and liabilities, and leverage of some 127 banks across the EU and EEA at the relevant reference dates.Meanwhile, the data also revealed that the French and UK banks in the sample lead their peers in terms of trading book volumes.The total trading assets of French banks in the survey came in at €1.4trn with UK banks following with €1.2trn.The percentage portfolio holdings are potentially significant because trading book assets are generally accounted for at fair value under IFRS 9.IFRS 13, which determines the process for measuring assets at fair value, features a three-level hierarchy.Assets reported under Level 1 of that framework rely on quoted market prices. Assets under Levels 2 and 3, however, are priced according to modelled outputs.The majority of the assets classified to fair value by French and UK banks are in Level 2.Critics of this approach say that Levels 2 and 3 concentrate risk in times of a sudden shock to the financial system because such assets are in danger of becoming highly illiquid.However, in February of this year, the European Systemic Risk Board issued a report in which it noted that EU banks held fair value assets worth some €7.3trn on their balance sheets in December 2018.Of this total, some €2.4trn were accounted for at Level 1 under the fair value hierarchy, €4.6trn were in Level 2 and €300bn in Level 3.The ESRB said this represented a “sizeable decline in the total value of financial instruments measured at fair value” compared with the position at the end of 2016 and noted that it was “driven by a decline in derivative positions”.To read the digital edition of IPE’s latest magazine click here. Greek and Italian banks made the greatest use of the European Union’s transitional relief aimed at relieving the burden on the bloc’s banks of the move to a more burdensome forward-looking loan-loss accounting model.Transparency data released by the European Banking Authority (EBA) covering 30 September and December 2019 revealed that the four Greek lenders in the survey boosted their total capital by some €4.8bn.The same survey data also revealed that 11 Italian banks increased their total capital position by €6.4bn.EBA chair Jose Manuel Campa said: “The EBA considers that the provision to market participants of continuous information on banks’ exposures and asset quality is crucial, particularly in moments of increased uncertainty.”last_img read more

People moves: Brookfield gets Carney; Redington completes board

first_imgRedington – The investment consultancy has appointed Phil Symes as its chief financial officer (CFO) and an executive director to its board, which is now complete. He took up the position on 21 August and will also become a member of Redington’s management team.Symes was most recently group CFO for the Cambridge Education Group. Before that he spent two years as an independent business consultant and 10 years as CFO for Visa Europe, including its sale to Visa Inc in 2016. Redington said he had significant experience of working for companies with private equity ownership, including Willis Group when it was owned by KKR. Redington this week also revealed that in July it had appointed Feifei Zhang as chair of its Chinese technology business, YuYuan Technology (Shanghai) Limited. YuYuan, which is headquartered in Shanghai, was originally incorporated into Redington’s technology business in 2018. Zhang joins from Mountain Creek Investment Management, where he is a founding Partner, chief strategy officer and head of Insurance and innovation. Previous roles include co-chief actuary at Fosun Insurance Group and actuarial practice lead at KPMG-China. Mercer – William Gibbons has been appointed principal in the consultancy’s insurance investment solutions business. He joins from PwC, where he advised insurers and other financial institutions on strategic asset allocation, investments, asset restructuring, liquidity, market risk and hedging. Prior to that, he was a director at Barclays Investment Bank, focusing on solutions for UK insurers. Neuberger Berman – The investment manager has appointed Gilles Drukier as head of insurance solutions for the EMEA region effective 3 August 2020.He joins from JP Morgan Asset Management, where he was managing director for its fixed income insurance and pensions solutions group. Prior to this, he worked for JP Morgan’s investment banking arm across a number of teams including its insurance strategic advisory group. Drukier’s previous experience also includes derivatives sales roles at Merrill Lynch and Goldman Sachs. GCM Grosvenor – The US-based global alternative asset manager has hired Pamela Bentley as managing director of finance from October ahead of her assuming the role of chief financial officer effective 1 January 2021. Bentley joins GCM Grosvenor after 15 years with The Carlyle Group, where in her most recent role she served as the chief accounting officer and managing director. She previously held senior finance roles at Transaction Network Services, Inc. and prior to that worked for Arthur Andersen. Schroders – Matthew Dobbs will retire from fund management next year after almost 40 years at Schroders, which said it had been planning a long-term succession strategy for Dobbs, who had been instrumental in helping to build its Asian equity and global small companies businesses, for a number of years.He will be handing over portfolio management responsibilities for his Asia funds to Richard Sennitt, supported by Abbas Barkhordar, and his global and international small cap funds to Bob Kaynor, Luke Biermann and Alex Deane.Chris Taylor will be taking on the role of head of global and international small companies, covering strategic management responsibilities for the team.Rory Bateman, Schroders’ head of equities, said: “We would like to thank Matthew for his outstanding commitment and service to Schroders, which has resulted in him helping to develop two businesses, which will soon be passed on to the next generation of highly-talented Schroders’ investors.” Brookfield, Redington, Neuberger Berman, Mercer, GCM Grosvenor, SchrodersBrookfield – Mark Carney, the former governor of the Bank of England, has joined the alternatives asset manager as vice-chair and head of environment, social and governance and impact fund investing. Brookfield said Carney will help push the firm’s renewable investing efforts to combine better long-term outcomes for society with strong risk-adjusted returns. He will expand on Brookfield’s existing strengths in ESG investing with the development of a group of funds that will work to combine positive social and environmental outcomes with strong risk-adjusted returns for investors.Carney, who is now UN special envoy for climate action and finance, served as the governor of the Bank of England from 2013 to 2020. In addition, he served as first vice-chair of the European Systemic Risk Board and remains a member of the Group of Thirty and the foundation board of the World Economic Forum. Prior to his tenure as governor of the Bank of England, he served as the governor of the Bank of Canada and chairman of its board of directors. Carney was chair of the G20’s financial stability board from 2011-2018, where he oversaw the reform of the global financial system. last_img read more

ESG roundup: Redington identifies engagement evidence shortfalls

first_imgThe firm interviewed 104 managers from across the globe, representing over $10trn (€8.4trn) in combined assets under management, on a vast spectrum of areas relating to ESG.Redington is one of 12 UK investment consultancies that, viewing themselves as a critcal link between asset managers and asset owners, recently banded together to form a group seeking to improve sustainable investment practices across the investment industry.Ex-AP4’s Erlandsson’s Anthropocene Fixed Income Institute officially liveThe Anthropocene Fixed Income Institute (AFII), founded by Ulf Erlandsson, a former portfolio manager at Swedish buffer fund AP4, today announced its official launch.Supported by the Growald Family Fund, a New York-based venture philanthropy fund investing in the rapid transition to a clean energy future, AFII is premised on the view that fixed income markets, despite their size and crucial role for providing finance, are severely lagging in terms of climate change mitigation.Its mission is ‘to monitor, advocate for and influence the impact of fixed income markets in the age of human induced-climate change”.Erlandsoon was one of the pioneers in the green bond market, setting up AP4’s green bond portfolio while he was at the Swedish buffer fund, from 2009 to 2017. He left AP4 to move to Granit Funds, but left there after just over a year.In addition to being founder and executive chair of AFII, he has recently been appointed fellow on the investment advisory board of impact-focussed wealth manager Tribe Capital.Although AFII only announced its official launch today, Erlandsson has been working on its set-up since the beginning of July and has already published pieces of work under the AFII name.“I have been working on the AFII setup since beginning of July, but it has taken until now to get some of the formalities and strategy in place,” he told IPE. “There’s been a couple of really important topics to write about, so haven’t been able to be quiet in the run-up.”One of those topics is the Carmichael coal mine under construction in Australia, with Erlandsson publishing research investigating the fixed income funding flow for the project, down to individual bond ISIN codes and global investor holdings of the bonds.The AFII is advocating a reversal of that capital flow, which would affect bond prices, the project’s underlying cost-of-capital “and hundreds of millions – even billions – of tonnes of future CO2 emissions”.According to AFII’s website, it is building out the organisation and “will update with team details accordingly”.BMO points to ‘fundamental’ engagement shiftStewardship will increasingly be seen as being about investors’ responsibilities for shaping the market and the economy as a whole rather than just about the relationship with individual companies, according to BMO Global Asset Management.The asset manager outlined the expectation, which is also an ask, in a report setting out its track record on engagement over the past 20 years.It said it was predicting that collaborative engagement initiatives, which “came of age” in the 2010s, would increase as work began with a wider pool of stakeholders to create meaningful change.Kristi Mitchem, CEO at BMO GAM, said: “For investors to address systemic challenges, such as climate change, there will need to be a sharper focus than in the past on public policy, widening engagement beyond the company level to build relationships with new stakeholders, including NGOs and academic experts.“A collaborative approach between investors is key to making this a success, both to muster the resources to make these changes and to present a unified voice to increase influence.”BMO GAM said that, on average, 20% of its engagement activities each year were through collaborative initiatives, such as Climate Action 100+, Farm Animal Investment Risk and Return, and the Workforce Disclosure Initiative.Around three-quarters (72%) of BMO GAM’s current engagement was now linked to the Sustainable Development Goals, with the remaining 28% focussed on corporate governance, it said.Looking for IPE’s latest magazine? Read the digital edition here. More than a third of asset managers surveyed by Redington were unable to provide an example of a climate change-related engagement effort, according to the consultancy.It also highlighted that fewer than two-thirds had an engagement policy on environmental, social and corporate governance (ESG) matters, and that 60% of respondents could provide an example of when climate-related risks and/or opportunities had influenced buying or selling decisions despite 76% saying they considered these factors.Nick Samuels, head of manager research at Redington, said: “We would expect all our managers, regardless of asset class, to have at least one, if not several, examples of climate change related engagements with their portfolio companies.“Managers who thoroughly analyse – and take action on – risks are crucial to driving progress so, moving forward, we strongly hope to see this number increasing.”last_img read more

Historic home on the market for the first time

first_img20 Stanton Tce, North Ward.A 1930s North Ward home has hit the market for the first time after being handed down through the same family for generations.20 Stanton Tce, North Ward, is on the side of Castle Hill and will go to auction on Tuesday, September 18.It has three bedrooms, one bathroom and a car space and is on a 1012sq m block.Carmel Store, who owns the home along with several family members, said they thought her grandfather, who was a carpenter, either built or helped build the home in the late 1930s.He lived there with his wife, Ms Store’s grandmother, before he tragically died in a railway accident in 1943. 20 Stanton Tce, North Ward.The house will be sold under the hammer on September 18 at 6pm at Keyes & Co Property, 505 Flinders St, Townsville. It will be open for inspection on Saturday from 11am-11.30am. For more details call Tess Sellwood on 0439 793 559. 20 Stanton Tce, North Ward.Ms Store said after the passing of both her parents it was decided that now was the time to sell, closing a chapter in their family history.The house is in a sought-after position and has huge potential. There is an open plan living and dining area in the middle of the home while the covered front patio has ocean views.Keyes & Co Property selling agent Tess Sellwood said the home was positioned in a capital growth location.“It has incredible potential to either redevelop the 1012sq m block or renovate the existing dwelling,” she said. “Further ocean views could also be gained from a second storey.“It’s so exciting to help a well known Townsville family close an integral chapter of their family history.”center_img Ms Store’s parents Dulcie and Ray Wilson pictured outside 20 Stanton Tce, North Ward in 1946.Eventually the home was handed down to Ms Store’s parents and she spent her childhood in the home.“It was a great place to grow up and, of course, Castle Hill was very different in those days and the house was different as well,” she said.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 2020“It was a worker’s cottage back then and it had stairs that ran up the front of the house and there was a wood-fired stove in the kitchen.“We used to play on the hill and there was a river next to us that was really more like a creek but there were enough holes that would collect a fair bit of water so we could have a swim.“It was a very happy home.”last_img read more

The mega penthouse four times bigger than the average home

first_imgNow that’s a night light!The penthouse at 801/8 Kyabra Street in Newstead is Ms Stott’s second renovation.She said statement marble used throughout the property had been sourced from a stonemason at Pinkeba, and the chandelier in the stairwell was a Timothy Oulton piece.“I would say that one of the big features is the 90sq m of lawn,” Ms Stott said. “We wanted to create our own Garden of Eden in Newstead.“We spend a lot of time outside and the views are amazing.”More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus15 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market15 hours agoThe rooftop Garden of EdenThe living space covers approximately 962sq m – more than four times the size of the average new house. It is like having your own rooftop barWHEN the owners bought this “sky home” two years ago, it was just a basic shell. Unperturbed by its drab and unfinished state, Jordana Stott could see its potential.“I drew a lot of inspiration from American and Australian designers, like David Hicks and Greg Natale,” Ms Stott, 33, said. But perhaps the crown jewel is the private rooftop terrace, which comes with grass and manicured gardens, a fire pit, another alfresco outdoor space, a games room, a dressing room, another bathroom and a shed.A lift also services each level of the penthouse and there is room for three cars.Ms Stott said she was thrilled with the finished product but she was keen for a new project.“We must be mad,” she laughed.The mega penthouse is listed with Tom Lyne of Ray White New Farm and will go under the hammer at 6pm on November 13. That space flows out on to the bar and pool deck, which wraps around a pool, spa and feature fountain.Also on this level is the master suite, which includes an ensuite with dual shower heads, a double vanity, a steam room and a large walk-in wardrobe.Ms Stott said one her favourite features of the house was “my closet”. On the main level is a huge living and dining space and the kitchen, which is finished with white marble, double ovens and a butler’s pantry. 801/8 Kyabra Street, Newstead“I am a big fan of layering and putting textures together, keeping the fundamentals simple and then accenting it with furniture.” Those handbags!On the lower level is where you will find a further four bedroom, another spacious living, dining and kitchen space, the laundry, a media room and a spacious alfresco outdoor area.last_img read more

Gold Coast couple buys Reedy Creek dream home that will double as their wedding venue

first_img Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayNext playlist itemMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:51Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:51 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedQuality Levels720p720pHD576p576p432p432p270p270pAutoA, selectedAudio Tracken (Main), selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.This is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.Close Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreenStarting your hunt for a dream home00:51 It changed hands for more than $1 million.“(The owners) were so happy, they were in tears actually.”Mr Micallef approached the sellers after noticing their property had been on the market for a considerable period and offered to try different tactics to help sell it.“I saw their property sitting on the market for a long time (so) I just doorknocked them one day,” he said.“The owners actually went into a contract significantly lower than $1 million (earlier), which fell through.”Property records show the house last sold for $835,000 in December 2010. They had been looking all over the Coast for the right home. It sold less than a week after Ray White agent Matt Micallef took over the marketing. MORE NEWS: Ultimate Gold Coast dream home hits the marketcenter_img The home had been on the market several months.“They were looking for a family home but one that would facilitate their wedding in December too,” he said.“It has a nice outdoor area and it overlooks the city skyline.”More from news02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa12 hours ago02:37Gold Coast property: Sovereign Islands mega mansion hits market with $16m price tag2 days agoThey splashed $1.02 million on the property.The two-storey house in Southern Skies Ave has five bedrooms and two bathrooms as well as an outdoor deck and pool.MORE NEWS: Mansion with million-dollar views sells It had been on the market for about eight months under another agency before Mr Micallef took over the marketing.“Within five days with seven groups through, (we) sold the property for $1.02 million,” he said. A Reedy Creek house that was snapped up by a Gold Coast couple will double as their wedding venue.A GOLD Coast couple will be toasting more than one milestone after saying “I do’’ to a Reedy Creek property.Not only have they found their dream home but also a wedding venue for their upcoming nuptials.Marketing agent Matt Micallef, of Ray White Robina, said the pair were looking “all over the Coast” for the right home.last_img read more

Polarcus hired for 3D seismic project in Asia Pacific

first_imgOne of Polarcus’ vessels (For illustration)Geophysical company Polarcus has received a letter of award for a broadband 3D marine seismic project in the Asia Pacific region from an unnamed client. The project is due to start in the third quarter of this year and will run for approximately one month, Polarcus said on Wednesday.According to the company, with this award, its fleet is fully booked through to the end of the third quarter.In the statement about the award, the company did not reveal any financial details nor the name of the vessel to be used for the project.About a month ago, Polarcus was awarded another 3D marine seismic project, also in the Asia Pacific region. This project will start in the second quarter and last for two months.Offshore Energy Today Stafflast_img read more

VIDEO: Catcher FPSO on sea trials before sailaway

first_imgBW Offshore-owned floating production storage and offloading (FPSO) vessel BW Catcher, built for Premier Oil-operated Catcher development in the UK sector of the North Sea, is undergoing marine trials in Singapore ahead of its departure to final offshore location. Earlier this week, Premier Oil launched a video of the FPSO starting its marine trials off Singapore. The unit is scheduled to leave the shipyard and head to the UK this month.The FPSO was built by Keppel’s shipyard where a naming ceremony was held in April. The vessel is 241 meters long, 50 meters wide and 27 meters deep and it will be able to process up to 60,000 barrels of oil a day.The Catcher development, made up of several fields discovered between 2010 and 2013, is located 170 kilometers south-east of Aberdeen. The development entails 22 subsea wells, 14 producers and 8 water injectors, on the Catcher, Varadero and Burgman fields which will be tied back to the leased BW Catcher FPSO. Upon completion, the vessel will be on a seven-year fixed term and 18 years of options contract with Premier Oil.At the end of July Premier Oil was working to complete the last of twelve wells scheduled for completion pre-first oil and the project remains on track for start-up in 2017.Offshore Energy Today Stafflast_img read more

Enterprise Secures New Revolving Loans

first_imgUS-based Enterprise Products Partners has, through its operating subsidiary, Enterprise Products Operating, entered into new revolving credit facilities.The new facilities, which will extend the maturity dates of its existing credit facilities, consist of a USD 4 billion multi-year revolving credit agreement that matures on September 13, 2022 and a USD 1.5 billion 364-day revolving credit agreement that matures on September 12, 2018.The new facilities replace Enterprise Products Operating’s existing revolving credit facilities, and its aggregate borrowing capacity remains unchanged.Enterprise Products Partners is a North American provider of midstream energy services to producers and consumers of natural gas, NGLs, crude oil, refined products and petrochemicals.last_img read more

Clean Energy Fuels names new board chairman

first_imgClean Energy Fuels, the California-based liquefied natural gas (LNG) supplier for North American transport industry named Stephen Scully as chairman of its board of directors. The election of Scully, who has been a member of the board since 2014, took place at the board’s meeting in December and is effective immediately, the company said in a statement.Scully will replace Warren Mitchell, who will remain on the board.Newly appointed Scully, was founder and president of the Scully Companies, a California based truck leasing and specialized contract carriage provider. The company was subsequently sold to Ryder System in 2011. He is a past chairman and director of the National Truck Leasing System, board member of the Truck Rental and Leasing Association, board member of Ameriquest Transportation and Logistics Resources and member of the California Trucking Association.Speaking following his appointment, Scully said, “the world is waking up to the harmful impact diesel is having on our environment and there is no better alternative for fleets than natural gas.” He noted that the company is looking to take advantage of this trend in the transportation industry.last_img read more

Seacor-Montco liftboat joint venture goes live

first_imgU.S. offshore vessel owner Seacor Marine has closed its joint venture with liftboat specialist Montco Offshore (MOI) announced last year.Namely, Seacor Marine last June announced a stalking horse bid to form a joint venture with Montco Offshore which had earlier filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection. This type of bid allows the distressed company to avoid low bids on its assets and choose the stalking horse to make the first bid.The U.S. bankruptcy court approved the stalking horse bid in January 2018, allowing the two companies to continue with their JV plans.On Friday, February 9 Seacor Marine announced that the formation and capitalization of the new joint venture company with MOI was consummated on February 8, 2018.In accordance with the terms of a joint venture contribution and formation agreement, Seacor Marine and MOI contributed certain liftboat vessels and other related assets to the joint venture, and the joint venture assumed certain operating liabilities and indebtedness associated with the liftboat vessels and related assets.The joint venture consolidates the ownership and operation of eleven liftboat vessels previously operated by a wholly-owned subsidiary of Seacor Marine, six liftboat vessels previously operated by MOI, and two liftboat vessels previously operated by a previously existing joint venture between an affiliate of MOI and an affiliate of Seacor Marine.The JV assumed approximately $131 million of indebtedness from MOI’s pre-petition facilities which, apart from a guarantee of interest payments for two years after the closing of the transactions, is non-recourse to Seacor Marine.Seacor Marine holds approximately 72% of all equity interests in the JV, and is entitled to appoint a majority of the board of managers of the JV.Offshore Energy Today Stafflast_img read more

OSRL Rolls Out New Subsea Well Capping Technology

first_imgOil Spill Response Limited’s (OSRL) latest development in subsea well capping technology, Offset Installation Equipment (OIE), has been officially launched from the equipment’s new home base in Trieste, Italy.The event, which featured figures from across the offshore industry, represented the culmination of six years work between members of the Subsea Well Intervention Project (SWRP), OSRL and oil and gas engineering specialists, Saipem.Designed specifically for scenarios where direct vertical access to a wellhead is not possible, the new OIE enables well capping or related equipment to be installed at a safe distance from an incident for the first time, OSRL explained.OIE is now available to existing OSRL members through a Subsea Well Intervention Services (SWIS) supplementary agreement and current OIE members include BP, Chevron, ConocoPhillips, ExxonMobil, Petrobras, Shell, Statoil and Total – all of which represent the founding members of SWRP.The OIE’s arrival is an industry first and coincides with the final phase of SWRP, following completion of the related capping and containment projects, as OSRL’s chief executive, Robert Limb, explains: “For us, and all those involved in SWRP, the launch of the OIE is final piece of the puzzle and the culmination of a lot of hard work. Since the formation of the project in 2011, we had one core objective; to design and build a comprehensive range of well capping solutions, with the flexibility to meet the current and future requirements of the industry. With the arrival of OIE here in Italy, that objective is met.”SWRP Project Lead, Eli Bøhnsdalen, commented: “OIE has the potential to make a huge difference in the time it takes to cap a well or stop a critical blowout and has never been attempted before. With that in mind, it is with great pride that I’m able to say the equipment is now available to the industry. Saipem, which has been responsible for the design, fabrication and testing, will now be responsible for the OIE’s ongoing storage and maintenance, from its base here, in Trieste. Saipem’s extensive experience working with equipment designed for harsh environments, remote areas and deepwater means that the OIE couldn’t be in safer hands.”Stefano Porcari, COO of Saipem’s E&C offshore division, added: “Working on such a pioneering and prestigious project involved Saipem’s know-how from various technological centres and represented a unique opportunity to test Saipem expertise in technology and innovation. OIE marks an unprecedented solution for use in the event of a subsea well incident, where vertical well access by vessel is not possible. Having actively participated in this project constitutes a remarkable achievement of which we are proud.”OIE equipment can be deployed up to 500 metres from an incident site and is suitable for use at a working depth of 75 to 600 metres. OIE is also fully compatible with OSRL’s capping equipment, creating an end-to-end capping and containment solution suitable for almost all subsea scenarios.In line with OSRL’s approach, each member organisation will be provided with training to enable their own experienced personnel to understand the capabilities of the system and operate the OIE during an incident. Following the end of SWRP, the International Association of Oil and Gas Producers (IOGP) through the Well Experts Committee (WEC) will work with OSRL to ensure that all stakeholders gain awareness of OIE’s capabilities as part of the process of promoting the adoption of good practice worldwide.last_img read more

Jiangnan Shipyard Wins AiP for LNG JUMBO Flex LNG Carrier Design

first_imgJiangnan Shipbuilding Company (Jiangnan Shipyard) has received  an approval in principle (AiP) from DNV GL for the “LNG JUMBO”, a new Flex LNG carrier design, at the SMM trade fair in Hamburg.The design was developed by Jiangnan Shipyard in cooperation with ship designer MARIC, GTT and DNV GL among others.“We have completed China’s first Mark III/Mark III Flex model tanks and moved into the membrane type liquefied gas carrier market. With this latest AiP, we have laid a solid foundation for introducing this ship type to the market and will further enrich our product portfolio in gas carriers and gas-fuelled ship types, which will benefit our clients and at the same time reduce emissions,“ Lin Ou, Chairman of Jiangnan Shipyards said.As explained, the ship uses the GTT Mark III Flex cargo containment system, and is equipped with four standard cargo holds, with a capacity of in total 175,000 cubic meters. The ship’s shore connection is flexible and compatible with most shore facilities, and it can pass through the Panama Canal.“The proposed WINGD X-DF low-pressure, low-speed two-stroke dual-fuel main engine propulsion system offers higher propulsion efficiency and lower fuel consumption in combination with an optimized twin skeg design and additional energy saving devices. In gas mode, the propulsion system meets IMO NOx Tier III requirements without the need for exhaust gas treatment systems. Additionally, a USCG certified ballast water treatment system means the design is ready for the incoming regulations,” he added.last_img read more

MODEC to Provide, Operate FPSO for Eni Mexico

first_imgJapanese supplier and operator of offshore floating platforms MODEC is to provide and operate a floating production storage and offloading (FPSO) vessel for Eni Mexico, a subsidiary of Eni.On October 3, 2018, the company received a letter of intent (LOI) from Eni Mexico for supply, charter, and operations of an unnamed FPSO.As informed, the firm time charter period is fifteen years with five one-year extension options. A purchase option is included.The FPSO will be deployed in the Offshore Area 1 some ten kilometers off the coast of Mexico at a water depth approximately 32 meters. The field operatorship is 100% owned by Eni Mexico.MODEC is responsible for the engineering, procurement, construction, mobilization, installation and operation of the FPSO, including topsides processing equipment as well as hull and marine systems. SOFEC, a MODEC group company, will design and supply the disconnectable tower yoke mooring system of the FPSO, according to the company.The FPSO will be capable of processing 90,000 barrels of crude oil per day, 75 million cubic feet of gas per day, 120,000 barrels of water injection per day and have a storage capacity of 900,000 barrels of crude oil.The first oil production by the FPSO is planned for 2021.last_img read more

TechnipFMC’s profit slips, as LNG orders boost revenue

first_imgLNG engineer TechnipFMC reported a drop in net profit for the second quarter of the year as it received record inbound orders boosted by LNG contracts. The company’s profit reached $97 million, 8.2 percent below the $105.7 million reported in the corresponding quarter last year, the report shows.However, TechnipFMC’s inbound orders have reached a new high during the quarter at $11.2 billion, with the company’s onshore/offshore sector scoring $8.1 billion in inbound orders, driven by the award of Arctic LNG 2 job.Technip’s revenue reached $3.4 billion jumping 16 percent compared to the $2.9 billion in the corresponding quarter last year.Speaking of the results, TechnipFMC chairman and CEO Doug Pferdehirt said, “in onshore/offshore, we are benefiting from the new wave of liquefied natural gas (LNG) projects. The LNG market growth continues to be underpinned by the structural shift towards natural gas as an energy transition fuel.”He noted the company is expecting additional LNG awards in the coming quarters.The company has updated its full-year onshore/offshore guidance with revenue in the range of $6-$6.3 billion. Onshore/Offshore EBITDA margin of at least 16.5 percent, which increased from the previous guidance of at least 14 percent.last_img read more

DNV GL to Provide Project Certification for German North Sea HVDC Platforms

first_imgDNV GL and TenneT have signed a four-year framework agreement covering project certification of new high-voltage direct current (HVDC) substations in the German North Sea.The transmission system operator awarded DNV GL the contract following an independent EU tendering process.The agreement includes the certification of the planned DolWin5 converter platform which features a grid connection concept for wind farms that could dramatically reduce costs for the offshore wind industry, DNV GL said.The platform features an innovative connection concept to link, for example, the “Borkum Riffgrund West I and II” and “Northern Energy OWP West” wind farms to an offshore HVDC converter next to the wind farms. The DolWin5 concept connects the wind turbines directly to the offshore platform via 66kV cables.This removes the need for separate substations for each wind farm and the 155kV cables previously used to connect the wind farm substation to the converter platform leading to huge cost savings, according to DNV GL. The platform is planned to start operations in 2024.Tim Meyerjürgens, COO of TenneT, said: “This connection concept leads to an enormous cost reduction for the wind farms and the grid connection. With the 66-kV direct connection, we have developed a new generation of cost-efficient offshore grid connections for the German North Sea that will make an important contribution to the transformation of energy systems”.Project certification will be performed according to the BSH Standard Design, in order to verify compliance with requirements of the German Federal Maritime and Hydrographic Agency (BSH).“With the framework agreement DNV GL and TenneT are partnering in qualifying this new connection technology in Germany,” said Kim Mørk, Executive Vice President for Renewables Certification at DNV GL.”We are already involved in over 80% of German offshore wind projects and are committed to helping the global offshore wind industry to verify new products and technologies that improve the cost effectiveness of wind power and enable the clean energy transition. To this end, we continue to write and define new standards to enable the certification of new technologies.”last_img read more

Major Restoration Project Complete in Louisiana

first_imgThe $18.7 million Queen Bess Island restoration project is now officially complete – making the Brown Pelican habitat ready for the 2020 nesting season.Standing on the shore of a remote island in Louisiana’s Barataria Basin, Gov. John Bel Edwards yesterday declared the newly-restored island officially reopened for nesting.“Before we started this restoration last August, only five of the island’s 36 acres were usable for nesting. Now all 36 acres are available, and we have plans to keep it that way for years to come,” said Gov. John Bel Edwards, touring newly-rebuilt land on Queen Bess Island.The Louisiana Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority (CPRA) oversaw the engineering, design, and construction of the project.The project was funded with the Deepwater Horizon oil spill Natural Resource Damages settlement administered by Louisiana’s Trustee Implementation Group.The restoration of Queen Bess Island involved enhancing an existing rock ring around the island to serve as containment and protection for the sand fill material placed to increase the island’s elevation. On the southwestern side of the island, a set of rock breakwaters just offshore create a lagoon-style nursery feature for the young birds to learn how to swim, preen, and feed.In order to increase the island to 37 acres, sediment was dredged from the Mississippi River near Belle Chase and then barged to the site.Queen Bess Island is located northeast of Grand Isle in Jefferson Parish. It is the fourth-largest Brown Pelican rookery in Louisiana, supporting 15-20 percent of the state’s total pelican nesting activity. It is also a nesting habitat for at least eight other species of nesting colonial water birds such as Tri-colored Herons, Great Egrets, Roseate Spoonbills, and Royal Terns.last_img read more

Zenith becomes majority owner of Tilapia oilfield

first_imgPrivateplacements Zenith addedthat it was now working to conclude the necessary regulatory process in theRepublic of the Congo to approve the transfer of ownership, as well asfinalising negotiations for a new 25-year licence for Tilapia. AAOG’s fully-owned subsidiary in question is Anglo African Oil & Gas Congo (AAOG Congo) which has a 56 per cent majority interest in the Tilapia oilfield. The renegotiations for the terms of acquisition started back in March after AAOG initially approved the sale of an 80 per cent stake in AAOG Congo to Zenith Energy in January 2020. Andrea Cattaneo, CEO of Zenith, said: “I am delighted to have now fully completed the acquisition of Tilapia, especially under the recently renegotiated highly favourable terms. “At the same time, our technical team is making all the necessary operational preparations for planned drilling activities in well TLP-103C“. “Our focus is now on finalising the necessary regulatory process for the transfer of ownership, as well as concluding negotiations for a new 25-year licence. Zenith also said on Tuesday that it received conditional approval for a private placement to issue up to 60,000,000 new common shares to raise gross proceeds of up to £540,000 ($673,010). The company statedthat it would implement a series of cost-cutting measures and managementchanges in the newly bought company to maximise efficiency in the current lowoil price environment. Aerial view of the AAOG Congo site; Source: AAOG The companyhas completed two fully subscribed offerings, one in the United Kingdom and theother in Norway. “The Republic of the Congo is an enormously prospective hydrocarbon province which has proven itself to be a very supportive jurisdiction for junior, independent oil companies with ambitious development objectives such as Zenith. “We have obtained exceptional value for Zenith shareholders, and I am excited about our potentially transformational development opportunities in the Republic of the Congo at Tilapia. Zenith said on Tuesday that the 100 per cent stake in AAOG Congo and related intercompany loans were bought for a total consideration of £200,000 ($249,271). Canadian oil and gas company Zenith Energy has completed the acquisition of Anglo African Oil & Gas’ subsidiary, which is the operator of the Tilapia oilfield located in the Republic of the Congo. The buy also means that AAOG has novated 100 per cent of the intercompany loans with AAOG Congo to Zenith as of the date of completion, equivalent to around £12.5 million ($15.58 million). It is worth noting that AAOG Congo has approximately $5.3 million in receivables. The price of the acquisition was arranged in mid-April when Zenith and AAOG entered into a conditional deed of variation, replacing the previous agreement between the parties. According to the company, the placements have attracted the participation of several existing high net-worth private investors, an existing institutional investor, as well as a director of the company. Per the termsof the amended share purchase agreement, completion of the acquisition took placewithin one business day after AAOG’s shareholder approval at the generalmeeting held on Monday, 4 May 2020.last_img read more

Tolerance has disappeared from the same-sex marriage debate

first_imgLifesite News 28 Nov 2012Those who say intolerance is a major problem in the debate over homosexuality and same-sex “marriage” have a valid point, but not in the way they think, according to one of the nation’s most popular pastors. In a whirlwind media tour to promote the tenth anniversary edition of his bestseller, The Purpose Driven Life – What on Earth Am I Here For?, Rick Warren said the belief people can differ without rancor has disappeared, replaced by an insistence on ideological conformity. “I am in favor of not redefining marriage,” he said on Tuesday’s edition of CBS This Morning “It’s not illegal to have a gay relationship in America. And so, it’s not a big issue to me.” Co-host Charlie Rose replied, “You have to be tolerant of other people’s views,” “The problem is that ‘tolerant’ has changed its meaning,” Warren said. “Tolerant used to mean, I may disagree with you completely, but I’m going to treat you with respect. That’s what tolerant means.” “Today, to some people, tolerant means you must approve of everything I do,” he continued. “That’s not tolerance. That’s approval.”Such homosexual lobbyists as Dan Savage have attempted to paint all those who reject homosexual unions as bigots and bullies, a designation both Warren and Rose said does not fit him. Instead, comity and shared aims should animate people in the public debate, Warren said. While he does not endorse every position taken by the National Organization for Women, he has acted as a “co-belligerent” when that group opposes “pornography, that objectifies a woman’s body.”http://www.lifesitenews.com/news/rick-warren-tolerance-has-disappeared-from-the-same-sex-marriage-debatelast_img read more

Why Sperm Donation is Bad for Dads and Kids

first_imgPublic Discourse 12 Feb 2013In 2006, as a Probate and Family Court judge in Boston, I began hearing a case filed by a self-represented woman who requested an order that a sperm facility disclose the identity of the father of her two young daughters. She gave as her primary reason that the children suffered from health issues and needed a complete medical history from their father. As a secondary ground, she cited the children’s need for financial support. After multiple hearings and several trips between the Probate and Family Court and the Massachusetts Appeals Court, the complaint was dismissed in 2011. By the end of the case, the process of anonymous sperm “donation” struck me as inhumane, and sperm “donation” in general as thoughtless, even though many of the individuals involved behave in understandably human ways. In today’s article I explain the problems for fathers and children created by sperm donation.First, the process of providing sperm degrades and objectifies men… The men’s profiles are then paraded on the internet like cattle at an auction and women shop for sperm based on features like height, weight, eye color, SAT scores, and athleticism.Second, selling sperm corrupts our society’s concept of fatherhood. Humans should care for their children. It has always been considered a tragedy when they fail to do so. Our society already suffers from an absentee father crisis. What message does it send to children when men so obviously don’t care when, where, or to whom their children are born? The boom in the sperm sale business will damage children’s perception of what it means to be a man and a father. As anthropologist Margaret Mead has written, “the supreme task of any society is to teach its men to be good fathers.”Third, the sperm sale industry deliberately creates fatherless children. Thanks to better treatments for male infertility, fewer heterosexual couples are purchasing commercial sperm. Instead, the buyers are primarily single heterosexual women and lesbian couples.Fourth, sperm sales encourage the commodification of children. As improbable as it may seem, some children born are not fully accepted and loved because they fail to develop as advertised.Fifth, while the harms I’ve discussed apply to both “identity release” sellers of sperm—sellers who agree to let conceived children access their biological information once they turn eighteen—and anonymous sellers, anonymous sperm sale is particularly inhumane. Thanks to the efforts of adult commercially conceived children, buyers can now learn more easily that donor anonymity is often painful for the child conceived to endure. Olivia Pratten, who is donor-conceived, wrote in 2010: If biological roots didn’t matter, we wouldn’t have a whole fertility industry whose priority is to maximize the genetic continuity of the parents using the technologies. If it didn’t matter, no one would care about having their own biological children. People who are infertile grieve not being able to pass on their lineage to their children. I grieve the same thing: not knowing the person who gave me mine.http://www.thepublicdiscourse.com/2013/02/7571/?utm_source=RTA+Smoot+Sperm+Donation+1&utm_campaign=winstorg&utm_medium=emaillast_img read more

Families struggling as costs climb

first_imgOtago Daily Times 29 November 2013Families are struggling to keep up with bill payments as everyday expenses continue to rise, a budgeting service says.A Statistics New Zealand survey shows average weekly household spending has increased by more than $90 over the past three years, to $1111.That’s been driven by significant increases in the cost of food, transport, housing and household utilities like gas and electricity.Aucklanders are spending the most, an average of $1253 a week, and spend significantly more on housing, transport and food than residents elsewhere in the country.The Household Economic Survey showed housing costs and utilities were the biggest household costs at $272, making up about a quarter of household bills on average.Food costs made up one-fifth of expenses, costing $192 a week on average, up from $177 three years ago.Darryl Evans, CEO of the Mangere Budgeting Service, said clients were spending a large portion of their income on rent, with very little left for food.http://www.odt.co.nz/news/national/283364/families-struggling-costs-climblast_img read more

Children of religious parents less likely to attempt suicide – study

first_imgNewsHub 12 August 2018Family First Comment: No surprisesA study has found that children of religious parents are less likely to attempt suicide.The study, published in JAMA Psychiatry journal, studied multiple generations of families at high and low risk for depression.They found that children whose parents place a high importance on religion had an approximately 80 percent decrease in risk of suicidal ideation and attempted suicide, compared with those children whose parents reported religion as unimportant.This association was independent of the child’s own belief in the importance of religion.The correlation also didn’t take into account other risk factors such as parental depression, suicidal behaviour by parents, and divorce.Girls were less likely to attempt suicide if they too themselves placed high value on both belief and practice of religion. For boys, parental religiosity was more important to determine whether they would attempt suicide than their own.READ MORE: https://www.newshub.co.nz/home/lifestyle/2018/08/children-of-religious-parents-less-likely-to-attempt-suicide-study.htmllast_img read more

What is a Soulmate, Really?.

first_img Sharing is caring! 54 Views   no discussions Share By Johanna Lyman, Romance Recovery for GalTime.comAhh, soulmates.  We’ve all been fed the romantic notion that there’s one perfect someone out there for us.  Everyone has one perfect soulmate, and if we’re lucky, we’ll find each other and live happily ever after.  The stars will align for us:  we’ll be born at the same time (give or take a few or twenty years) and after living our lives a little, we’ll magically end up in the same part of the world at exactly the right time to fall head over heels in love.  We’ll know instantly when we meet.  Bells will ring, cupids will dance around our heads, and we’ll have stars in our eyes.  You’ve seen the cartoon and movie versions, I’m sure.I have good news and bad news for you.  The bad news is that it doesn’t work like that most of the time and when it does, it doesn’t always have a happy ending.  The good news is that even when things end badly, we can still make our own happy ending.  The other good news is that there’s more than one soulmate for each of us.  To understand this, you’ll need a better understanding of what a soulmate really is.Soulmates are individuals who incarnate together for the purpose of growing in love.  They make agreements with each other to help teach the life lessons each wants to learn.  Then they incarnate at more or less the same time as a soul family.  The members of a soul family are soulmates.  Soulmates are kindred spirits, but they are not necessarily romantic partners.  Your best friend is a soulmate, and one or, sometimes, both of your parents are soulmates.  Anyone with whom you’ve been in a significant romantic relationship is a soulmate. When I say significant romantic relationship, I mean one that has impacted you on a deeply emotional level.  Soulmates give you a chance to see yourself more clearly.  Any significant relationship that teaches you something about yourself is a relationship with a soulmate. It doesn’t have to be a long term relationship.  It doesn’t even have to be a relationship that had a positive outcome.  Some of our soulmates agree to act as the villain in our life to help us learn something important about ourselves.  For example, a partner who cheated on you may not seem like a soulmate, but if that experience helps you grow in self-respect, then that person has given you a gift.  You may not appreciate the wrapping, but once you’re on the other side of the experience, you will appreciate the gift.We all come into the world as perfect, radiant beings.  We deeply trust that we will be loved and cared for.  We look at the world with eyes of unconditional love and we expect that love to be reflected back to us.  Unfortunately, it doesn’t work out like that.  At some point in our young lives, we discover that our needs will not always be met.  We cry and are left unattended.  We’re hungry and we don’t get fed right away.  We have a dirty diaper and are left to sit in it.  As we grow, we fall down and hurt ourselves.  We misbehave and a parent takes away our favorite toy.  We eat crayons and get yelled at.  We throw food and get a smack on the hand.  Each experience creates an impression in the psyche.Even if your childhood was idyllic, you were still wounded.  No matter how wonderful your parents were, there were times when you felt alone, abandoned and unloved as an infant or young child.  A seemingly simple thing like being left to cry in a playpen for a few minutes can create a lasting impact on the psyche.  Even if your parents were wonderful, loving beings, you may have had a teacher or a babysitter who gave you a message that led you to hide your light.    It is a normal, natural part of the process of being human.I believe that we come into the world to play a game.  The game is to hide our light and try to find it again; a game of Cosmic Hide and Seek.  Our soulmates are the other players in the game.  We are all divine beings, pretending to be mere mortals.  We have veils, called maya (illusion) in Sanskrit, that make us forget that we are powerful co-creators of our reality and that we each have a spark of the Divine within.  We choose our parents for the ways they will help us forget that our true nature is unconditional love, and then we spend most, if not all, of our adult lives trying to find our way back to that unconditional love.All the reasons we look for and attract a romantic partner come down to one thing:  we have been wounded as small children and our soul, our heart, deeply desires to be whole again.  It’s always looking for those missing pieces to put back into the puzzle that is you. It’s also always looking for a “do-over”; a way to replay the times your parents wounded you and heal from them by creating a more loving outcome.  Our romantic partners and other members of our soul family agree to help us put the pieces back together.Do you believe in soulmates? Have you found one -or more- in your life? LifestyleRelationships What is a Soulmate, Really?. by: – June 9, 2011center_img Tweet Share Sharelast_img read more

500m children ‘at risk of effects of malnutrition’

first_imgHealthInternationalLifestylePrint 500m children ‘at risk of effects of malnutrition’ by: – February 15, 2012 Share Sharing is caring! 14 Views   no discussions Sharecenter_img Share Tweet Food price rises could undo work to reduce child malnutrition, Save the Children warnsHalf a billion children could grow up physically and mentally stunted over the next 15 years because they do not have enough to eat, the charity Save the Children says in a new report.It says much more needs to be done to tackle malnutrition in the world’s poorest countries. Tthe charity found that many families could not afford meat, milk or vegetables.The survey covered families in India, Bangladesh, Peru, Pakistan and Nigeria.One parent in six said their children were abandoning school to help out by working for food.A third of parents surveyed said their children complained about not having enough to eat.The survey was carried out in the five countries – where, the agency says, half the world’s malnourished children live – by international polling agency Globescan. Record food pricesSave the Children said that a year of record food prices had worsened child malnutrition and could hit progress reducing child deaths. “The world has made dramatic progress in reducing child deaths, down from 12 to 7.6 million, but this momentum will stall if we fail to tackle malnutrition,” said Save the Children chief executive Justin Forsyth.The agency wants the UK to lead the way in reducing hunger and protecting children from food price rises – starting with a Hunger Summit when world leaders are in London for the Olympics.The UK’s International Development Secretary, Andrew Mitchell, said the charity was right to focus on hunger and malnutrition, and Britain would “continue to urge other countries to match our own efforts in this area”.In its report, Save the Children says that one in four of the world’s children have stunted growth – meaning their body and brain have failed to develop properly due to malnutrition.Eighty percent of stunted children live in just four countries, the charity says.‘Downward spiral’Malnutrition contributes to the deaths of 2.6 million children each year, according to the report.Assumpta Ndumi, a nutritionist who works with Save the Children in Kenya, told the BBC’s Network Africa programme that successive droughts are causing a downward spiral there:“When another drought comes and livelihood assets are destroyed it becomes worse for families to be able to feed their children.“Milk is very important for families in north-eastern Kenya, so when livestock is lost they basically have no access to a protein source. “We need to address the hidden hunger because it’s killing silently.”Food prices rose sharply in the first half of last year, according to the UN’s Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO), after severe weather in some of the world’s biggest food exporting countries in 2010 damaged supplies.The FAO’s Food Price Index rose last month for the first time since July 2011, but was still 7% lower than in January 2011.BBC Newslast_img read more

Deported: Thousands of Caribbean nationals sent home from the United States

first_img 37 Views   no discussions Share Tweet NewsRegional Deported: Thousands of Caribbean nationals sent home from the United States by: – April 19, 2011 Sharing is caring!center_img Share Share PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad, CMC – The United States has deported more 2, 000 criminals back to the Caribbean in the past six months, according to figures released by the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE).The figures show that from the start of the 2011 fiscal year in October last year to the end of March this year, 88,497 criminal “aliens” or migrants were deported to their country of birth in the Latin/ America and the Caribbean region.A “criminal alien” is defined under U.S. immigration laws as a migrant who is convicted of a crime. The number sent back to Latin America alone stood at 86,469 while 2,028 were sent back to the Caribbean.For the Caribbean, 1,066 criminals were sent to the Dominican Republic followed by Jamaica with 528 and Trinidad and Tobago with 125. Belize received 74 followed by The Bahamas with 65 and Guyana 64.So far this fiscal year, 50 migrants have been sent back to Aruba and 31 to the earth-quake ravaged Haiti. Other Caribbean nations received far less criminal deportees.Cuba received 20 in the past six months; Barbados 11; Dominica 10; St. Lucia seven and Antigua five. Four persons were sent back to Bermuda while St. Kitts received three, while two each were sent to Suriname, the British Virgin Islands and Cayman Islands.The figures show that Anguilla and the Turks and Caicos, received one criminal deportee each. The biggest receiver of criminal migrants was Mexico with 70,874 deported as of March 28 this year.Cana Newslast_img read more

Chanderpaul leads defiant WI to a draw with IND

first_img Tweet Sharing is caring! Share 26 Views   no discussions Sharecenter_img NewsSports Chanderpaul leads defiant WI to a draw with IND by: – July 11, 2011 Share ROSEAU, Dominica — CMC – Shivnarine Chanderpaul’s typically defiant 23rd Test hundred, and two crucial wickets for Ravi Rampaul helped West Indies escape with a draw in the third and final Test against India on Sunday.Chanderpaul was undefeated on 116 that earned him the Man-of-the-Match award, and led the resistance before West Indies were dismissed for 322 in their second innings about 45 minutes before tea on the final day at Windsor Park.Rampaul then ended the Indians’ interest in chasing 180 for victory with the scalps of Murali Vijay and Suresh Raina, with the visitors finishing on 94 for three, bringing the match to a close with the final 15 overs remaining.The result meant that West Indies lost the three-Test series 0-1, following a 63-run defeat in the first Test inside four days at Sabina Park in Jamaica. The two teams also drew the second Test at Kensington Oval in Barbados.Fidel Edwards followed up his career-best innings of 30 with an early wicket for West Indies, trapping opener Abhinav Mukund lbw for a duck with the first ball of India’s chase.The Indians reached 19 for one at tea, and they were looking set to make a serious assault on the target, when Rahul Dravid and Vijay added 73 for the second wicket.Vijay got carried away however, and was caught at mid-on off Rampaul for 45, his best score of the series, and Raina, promoted to accelerate the scoring, was caught and bowled by the same bowler four overs later for eight, placing the element of doubt in the minds of the visitors.Earlier, Chanderpaul had formalised hundred to lead the West Indies fight, and extend their innings to 294 for eight lunch.Starting the day on 73, Chanderpaul reached his hundred from 265 balls, turning Ishant Sharma through square leg for two, becoming the second century-maker in the innings, following Kirk Edwards’ 110 on Saturday that helped to revive the hosts.Like Edwards, he almost gave it away on 99, when he tucked a delivery from off-spinner Harbhajan Singh to forward short leg, took an exploratory step down the pitch, and was quick enough to regain his ground before the alert fielder Mukund could throw down the stumps.West Indies, resuming from their overnight total of 224 for six, were ushered over the 250-run mark before their captain Darren Sammy was dubiously caught at forward short leg off Harbhajan Singh for 17, playing defensively forward.TV replays suggested the ball ricocheted from his pad onto his chest before flying to the fielder, placing the decision of umpire Richard Kettleborough in great doubt.Three balls later, Rampaul was run out for one, when he failed to beat Sharma’s direct hit at the striker’s end, going for a single.But Fidel Edwards, whose tail-end exploits with the bat have included a few face-saving partnerships in the past, joined .Chanderpaul, partnering him to his milestone, and spending a long time at the crease, further frustrating the Indians.Edwards shared a vital ninth-wicket stand of 65 with Chanderpaul that blunted India’s hopes of a second victory in the series.Edwards however, fell to Suresh Raina, bowling his uncomplicated off-spin, when he was caught at long-off before Devendra Bishoo was caught at slip for one off the same bowler.Raina finished with two wickets for 32 runs from 15.3 overs, but Harbhajan was India’s most successful bowler with four for 75 from 42 overs, and Praveen Kumar captured two for 44 from 21 overs.Scoreboard on the final day of the third and final Test between West Indies and India on Sunday at Windsor Park:WEST INDIES 1st Innings 204INDIA 1st Innings 347WEST INDIES 2nd Innings(overnight 224 for six)A. Barath c Kohli b Kumar 6K. Powell c Raina b Sharma 4K. Edwards c wkpr *Dhoni b Harbhajan Singh 110D.M. Bravo c Kumar b Harbhajan Singh 14S. Chanderpaul not out 116M. Samuels lbw b Harbhajan Singh 0+C. Baugh c Mukund b Kumar 10D. Sammy c Mukund b Harbhajan Singh 17R. Rampaul run out (Sharma) 1F. Edwards c Kumar b Raina 30D. Bishoo c Dravid b Raina 1Extras (b8, lb2, w1, nb2) 13TOTAL (all out, 131.3 overs) 322Fall of wickets: 1-8 (Barath), 2-10 (Powell), 3-40 (Bravo), 4-201 (K. Edwards), 5-201 (Samuels), 6-223 (+Baugh), 7-255 (*Sammy), 8-256 (Rampaul), 9-321 (Edwards)Bowling: Kumar 21-6-44-2; Sharma 27-5-76-1 (nb1, w1); Patel 24-5-71-0 (nb1); Harbhajan Singh 42-14-75-4; Raina 15.3-2-32-2; Mukund 2-0-14-0INDIA 2nd Innings (target: 180)A. Mukund lbw b Edwards 0M. Vijay c Bishoo b Rampaul 45R. Dravid not out 34S. Raina c and b Rampaul 8V. Laxman not out 3Extras (lb1, nb3) 4TOTAL (3 wkts, 32 overs) 94Fall of wickets: 1-0 (Mukund), 2-73 (Vijay), 3-86 (Raina)Bowling: Edwards 8-1-19-1 (nb2); Rampaul 11-2-31-2 (nb1); *Sammy 5-0-26-0; Bishoo 8-1-17-0Result: Match drawnSeries: India win three-Test series 1-0Man-of-the-Match: S. Chanderpaul (West Indies)Man-of-the-Series: I. Sharma (India)Umpires: Asad Rauf (PAK), R. Kettleborough (ENG)TV umpire: J. Wilson (WIS)Matchreferee: C. Broad (ENG)Reserve umpire: N. Malcolm (WIS)Photo credit: DigicelCricket.com/Brooks La Touchelast_img read more

Wheat, darnel and mustard seed

first_img 193 Views   no discussions Share Sharing is caring! 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What the prescription warns against is judging a person’s entire life.  It’s difficult to pass judgment on a person’s life, for the very obvious reason that we never have all the facts. And yet how casually we often summarize people as if we did. Sometimes a look does it, a raised eyebrow, or a nod – and a person’s entire life is dismissed.The imagery of wheat and darnel can be applied in other ways.  For instance, all young people have faults.  There’s also, as we know, in the young a great deal of idealism and generosity.  Every young person also goes through upheaval of some sort as part of growing up.  The difficulty a parent or someone in responsibility has is knowing what things time will take care of and what things require intervention now.  Not every fault is an occasion for intervention.  Sometimes one has to live with faults or tolerate them, because if you intervene too quickly or too harshly you will negatively affect or endanger other qualities.  What one has to say is what the master of the field says: let them grow together.   Sorting out will come later.  Often the young themselves, as they grow older and more mature, will progressively uproot the darnel, when they can distinguish more clearly what is harmful to their lives and what is not.The field in the image can also be taken to be the life of every person who reads or hears the passage.  None of us is all goodness.  We all have faults of one kind or another, shortcomings and weaknesses.  Both goodness and its opposite are in each of us, coexisting, indeed, interpenetrating, and the Lord says about that situation too: let them grow together.  There is a great deal of forbearance in that expression, a great deal of hope for what we may yet become, i.e. persons from whom an abundant harvest is always possible.Let me say finally just a word about the third image of the mustard seed.  This, of course, is meant to underline the truth that small or inauspicious beginnings have powerful results.  The community Jesus spoke the parable to, the small band of apostles and disciples, was one such beginning, which has grown into the major spiritual and civilizing force.  But one need not think only in Church terms.  Many significant modern achievements have been the fruit of the work of one individual.  Modern South Africa, for instance, is incomprehensible without the contribution of Nelson Mandela.  There were solidarity protests of different kinds around the world, of course, and they had their effect.  But even those protests were inspired by that single life.  The same is true of civil rights in the US.  All the benefits that are taken for granted by black persons today in the US would not have been possible without the life and energy of MLK.  Sometimes when we look at the world – the big one out there or the one just around us – and see how formidable the obstacles to improvement seem, we tend to say to ourselves: what can one person do?  The answer to that is that significant human achievement has rarely if ever been the work of a committee.  I remember being abroad when Cardinal Basil Hume passed away in London, and I read where all the churches in Britain, not only ours, thought they had lost someone who belonged to them, not to Catholics alone.  The example of his holiness, intelligence and humility was a beacon in a land where God to many people is more dead than alive.  Such is the possible range of influence of one person.Let us then pray at Mass this weekend to be patient with ourselves and other people, as God is patient with us, and continues to have hope for a harvest from our lives. Let us also pray that we may not look upon our individual lives as insignificant.  A mustard seed grows into a tree of stature and height. Great things can issue from small and insignificant beginnings.By: Father Henry Charles Ph.d Tweetcenter_img FaithLifestyleLocalNews Wheat, darnel and mustard seed by: – July 16, 2011 Share Sharelast_img read more

Tropical depression forms in western Caribbean

first_imgNewsRegional Tropical depression forms in western Caribbean by: – October 24, 2011 Tropical depression 18 five-day forecast track. NHC/NOAA graphicMIAMI, USA — At 5:00 pm EDT on Sunday, the centre of newly-formed tropical depression eighteen was located about 105 miles northeast of Cabo Gracias a Dios on the Nicaragua-Honduras border.According to the National Hurricane Centre in Miami, the depression is moving toward the northwest near 12 mph. This general motion is expected to continue Sunday night, followed by a turn toward the west-northwest on Monday. On the forecast track, the centre of the depression is expected to pass north of the northeastern coast of Honduras during the next couple of days. Maximum sustained winds are near 35 mph, with higher gusts. Gradual strengthening is expected during the next day or two and the depression is forecast to become a tropical storm Sunday night or Monday. The depression is expected to produce total rain accumulations of 2 to 4 inches over eastern Honduras, with isolated maximum amounts of 7 inches. These rains could cause flash flooding and mud slides over mountainous terrain. The government of Honduras has issued a tropical storm watch from Punta Castilla eastward to the Nicaragua border.Meanwhile, a broad low pressure area located several hundred miles east of the southern Windward Islands continues to produce disorganized showers and thunderstorms. Development, if any, of this disturbance is likely to be slow to occur. This system has a low chance — 10 percent — of becoming a tropical cyclone during the next 48 hours as it moves slowly west-northwestward. The Office of Disaster Preparedness and Management (ODPM) in Trinidad has advised that contrary to text messages that were apparently circulating on Friday, Trinidad and Tobago is not under any storm threat, watch or warning at this time.The ODPM said the Trinidad and Tobago Meteorological Service is monitoring the low pressure system and, if the system poses any serious threat, the public will be notified and informed.By Caribbean News Now contributor Share 7 Views   no discussions Tweetcenter_img Share Sharing is caring! Sharelast_img read more

UPDATE: One man hospitalized after three vehicle accident in Canefield

first_imgLocalNews UPDATE: One man hospitalized after three vehicle accident in Canefield by: – May 23, 2012 Share Sharing is caring! Share Tweetcenter_img 213 Views   2 comments Share One man who was hospitalized late Wednesday afternoon following a vehicular accident which occurred under the Canefield cliff involving three vehicles has been treated and discharged.Gerald Shillingford the driver of a blue Toyota double cab van registration #85 sustained injuries after a major collision yesterday afternoon.Police spokesman inspector John Carbon in his report to Dominica Vibes News said the collision occurred when a white Mitsubishi Nativa registration #PM 222 overtook another vehicle about 5:10pm.“A white Mitsubishi Nativa registration # PM 222 which was being driven by Eddie Beaupiere was travelling north along with other vehicles under the Canefield cliff. It overtook a blue Mitsubishi single cab van registration #PE 062 which was being driven by Fagan Bannis who was also travelling in a northern direction,” he reported.According to inspector Carbon, this caused two vans to collide causing severe damages to the vehicles. “In so doing, PM 222 lost control and collided with a blue Toyota double cab van registration # 85 which was being driven Gerald Shillingford in a southerly direction. After the collision the Toyota van registration #85 lost control and collided with the Mitsubishi single cab registration number PE062”.Gerald Shillingford sustained minor injuries as well as a passenger on PE 062. They were both treated at the Princess Margaret Hospital and subsequently discharged.[nggallery id =185]Dominica Vibes Newslast_img read more

Luiz key to Arsenal push for PSG fullback Kurzawa

first_img Loading… David Luiz is emerging as key in Arsenal’s pursuit of PSG fullback Layvin Kurzawa. Layvin Kurzawa Off contract in June, the France defender is now in talks with the Gunners about an immediate move to London. Kurzawa has just changed agents, with his new management close to Luiz, and he’s let the Brazilian know he’s excited about moving to Arsenal.Advertisement Promoted ContentThe Very Last Bitcoin Will Be Mined Around 2140. Read More10 Places On Our Planet Where The Most People LiveEver Thought Of Sleeping Next To Celebs? This Guy Will Show You10 Phones That Can Easily Fit In The Smallest PocketPretty Awesome Shows That Just Got CanceledInsane 3D Spraying Skills Turn In Incredible Street ArtBest & Worst Celebrity Endorsed Games Ever MadeWho’s The Best Car Manufacturer Of All Time?Which Country Is The Most Romantic In The World?8 Things You Didn’t Know About CoffeeUnderappreciated Movies You Missed In 2019A Hurricane Can Be As Powerful As 10 Atomic Bombscenter_img L’Equipe says the defender’s agents have made it clear he should accept Arsenal’s offer and make the move immediately. And for his part, Kurzawa is quickly being persuaded about the transfer. Read Also:Arteta awaiting ‘security decision’ on Arsenal’s Middle East trip Arsenal will aim to agree a fee of €5-7m with PSG for the defender. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 last_img read more

Iwobi’s Everton step up for EPL duel against Palace

first_imgEverton have stepped up preparations for Saturday’s Premier League match at home to Crystal Palace with another intensive training session at USM Finch Farm. Everton, from being in the relegation zone two months ago, are now talking about the prospect of Europe. Win against Crystal Palace and they will move within one point of fifth! Palace meanwhile are the Premier League’s lowest scorers and are six games without a win. They have a slight cushion to the bottom three currently but slide any lower and nerves will be increasingly growing. Everton midfielder Fabian Delph must serve a one-match ban as a consequence of his sending off against Watford last weekend. Andre Gomes could return later this month after recovering swiftly from a serious ankle injury. Crystal Palace loanee Cenk Tosun, who missed the last game because of a hamstring problem, is ineligible to face his parent club while Mamadou Sakho and Jeffrey Schlupp are long-term absentees. The Palace future of Roy Hodgson, out of contract in the summer with an extension yet to be finalised, remains a big talking point. Almost as much as the club’s failure to add recruits in the January transfer window, a shortcoming that has left Hodgson cutting a frustrated figure. “I think we know, as a football club, that we need to make more inroads into improving our squad and rejuvenating our squad and bringing in some fresh faces, because an awful lot of faces that I still work with every day were here when I came to the club and I have inherited them.” Read Also:Everton move has made me a better player – Iwobi “There is no panic, only calmness, assessing the situation, taking it in his stride and looking forward to getting back to work the next day.” FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 center_img Loading… Promoted ContentWho Is The Most Powerful Woman On Earth?5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme Parks11 Strange Facts About Your Favorite TV ShowsCouples Who Celebrated Their Union In A Unique, Unforgettable WayWho’s The Best Car Manufacturer Of All Time?10 Hyper-Realistic 3D Street Art By Odeith8 Superfoods For Growing Hair Back And Stimulating Its Growth8 Scenes That Prove TV Has Gone Too FarThese Are The Best Stargazing Locations You Can Find On EarthWhich Country Is The Most Romantic In The World?A Runner Uses Strava App To Create Amazing Pieces Of Running ArtEver Thought Of Sleeping Next To Celebs? This Guy Will Show Youlast_img read more

Mourinho says Tottenham improved afer “angry” Alli’s exit vs RB Leipzig

first_img The midfielder could be seen throwing a water bottle to the ground before looking visibly upset on the bench when he was replaced by Erik Lamela in the 64th minute at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium. Jose Mourinho insists that Dele Alli was angry with his own performance and not his manager after being substituted in Tottenham’s Champions League defeat to RB Leipzig, with the hosts looking “improved” after he went off.Advertisement Timo Werner scored the game’s only goal from the penalty spot shortly before the hour mark, leaving Spurs – who are missing the injured Harry Kane and Son Heung-min – with an uphill task to make it through to the quarter-finals.“I think he was angry with his performance, not with me,” Mourinho said of Alli’s reaction.“I think he understands why I took him off and our performance improved.”The Tottenham manager also launched into determined defence of his injury-hit squad in an impassioned interview with BT Sport.“There are two perspectives – an amazing group and amazing guys but another side you see how we are at the moment,” he said.“It’s a situation like going to fight with a gun without bullets.“You can say we had luck in some moments, but a great goalkeeper made two magnificent saves. Read Also: Dele Alli vented his frustrations after being subbed in the defeat to RB Leipzig“I’m not worried with the 1-0 – we can go there and win. What worries me is that these are our players for the next however many matches.“Moura was absolutely dead, Bergwijn was absolutely dead, Lo Celso was absolutely dead.“We are really in trouble. If it was just this game I’d say no problem but we have FA Cup and Premier League games.”FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 center_img Promoted ContentBirds Enjoy Living In A Gallery Space Created For ThemThe Very Last Bitcoin Will Be Mined Around 2140. Read MoreWhich Country Is The Most Romantic In The World?Who Is The Most Powerful Woman On Earth?Couples Who Celebrated Their Union In A Unique, Unforgettable Way12 Iconic Actors Whose Careers Were Stunted By A Single MovieThe Funniest Prankster Grandma And Her Grandson7 Action Movies That’ll Give You An Adrenaline Rush6 Ridiculous Health Myths That Are Actually TruePlaying Games For Hours Can Do This To Your Body8 Superfoods For Growing Hair Back And Stimulating Its GrowthBest & Worst Celebrity Endorsed Games Ever Made Loading… last_img read more

Girl, 16, accuses cabbie of ‘abduction attempt’

first_imgAccording to the police, the suspect,while traversing in Barangay Bolilao, suddenly turned right and entered the QueensCourt motel. His passenger – whose name was withheld– claimed she boarded a cab driven by Olay at a mall in Mandurriao districtaround 3:30 p.m. that day. She then asked to be taken to Barangay Sambag, Jarodistrict. ILOILO City – A taxi driver landed injail after he allegedly tried to abduct his 16-year-old female passenger in Bolilao,Mandurriao district. The 30-year-old Roderick Olay ofBarangay Agjawan, Dueñas, Iloilo was caught Friday. The victim told police she began topanic when she realized the driver was not heading to her destination. Whenthey entered the drive-in motel, she hurriedly got out of the taxi and soughthelp from the security guard. The suspect, meanwhile, denied theseaccusations. But when the police checked the footage of the camera installed inthe taxi, the portion recorded during the incident was already been deleted. Olay was detained in the lockup cell ofthe Mandurriao police station, facing charges./PNlast_img read more

PH poised to start mass COVID-19 testing by April 14

first_imgGalvez also said that the conversion ofthe Rizal Memorial Coliseum in Manila into a quarantine facility is expected tobe completed this week. Other quarantine areas include the World Trade Center,Cultural Center of the Philippines Complex, and the Philippine InternationalConvention Center in Pasay City./PN Presidential Peace Adviser CarlitoGalvez, chief implementer of the national government’s response to the COVID-19outbreak, said they have asked Department of Health to speed up theaccreditation of more coronavirus testing facilities. “We’re also determined to fast track theaccreditation of subnational laboratories so we can start the massive testingof the PUIs (persons under investigation) and the PUMs (persons undermonitoring),” Galvez said. “We expect that by April 14 we should be ableto start massive testing.” As of Friday, there were already ninehospitals accredited by the DOH to conduct COVID-19 testing, including the WestVisayas Medical Center in Iloilo City. “We first need to contain thespread of the virus, that’s why we conducted a lockdown, social distancing andalso segregation of those vulnerable. The next step is we have to have masstesting,” Galvez said. PHOTO BY REUTERS “We are pushing for the DOH to havethat kind of massive testing, at least the rate is, we have at least 2,000 to3,000 (per day). For now I think their capability is only 1,000 and now we havemore than 20,000 PUIs and PUMs that need to be tested,” he added. According to Galvez, the PUIs and PUMs –composed mostly of those with COVID-19 symptoms and those who had contact withknown cases – will be quarantined as soon as facilities are available. MANILA – The Philippine government iseyeing to kick start on April 14 a “massive testing” for persons suspected tohave contracted coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). last_img read more

Domestic flights in areas under GCQ subject to LGU approval

first_imgMANILA – Domestic flights are now allowed to resume in areas under general community quarantine (GCQ. However, local government units still have the final call on whether to green light the move in this time of health crisis, according to Department of Transportation (DOTr) secretary Arthur Tugade. “Kagabi po ‘yung Inter-Agency Task Force, ‘yung ating chief implementer, si Secretary [Carlito] Galvez, nag-issue na ng kasulatan at kautusan na kung saan ang sinasabi po niya allowed na ang domestic commercial aviation,” Tugade said.“Ang kailangan ho dito aprubado lang ng [local] government,” he added when interviewed by GMA’s Unang Balita.DOTr Assistant Secretary for Planning and Project Development Giovanni Lopez, in a separate interview, said some local government units have expressed reservations on accepting domestic flights.“Nagkaroon lang po ng kaunting isyu pagdating sa ating mga lokal na pamahaalaan. May agam-agam sila na tumanggap ng domestic flights,” Lopez said in an interview over the same television program.“Nagpulong po ang DOTr at ang NTF. Napagdesisyunan po na uunahin na lang natin ang mga lokal na pamahalaan na gusto at handang tumanggap ng domestic flight,” he added.The Philippine Airlines, Cebu Pacific and Air Asia said they would gradually resume operations this month after the government announced further easing of community quarantine restrictions in Metro Manila and several parts of the country./PNlast_img read more

Latin America hits 70K virus pandemic deaths

first_imgIn the region’s second biggest country Mexico, a new daily record of 4,883 confirmed cases was reported by the health ministry, along with 708 additional fatalities. MEXICO City – Latin America’s coronavirus crisis reached a grim new milestone on Wednesday with total deaths exceeding 70,000, according to a Reuters count, as Mexico hit a daily record for confirmed infections. The daily totals bring Mexico’s overall official count to 129,184 infections and 15,357 deaths. People wearing protective face mask talk to each other while the Mexico’s government ask to the citizens hold social distancing as a measure to contain the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), in Mexico City, Mexico June 9, 2020. REUTERScenter_img Brazil, with the largest economy in the region, remains Latin America’s most affected country as total fatalities are just shy of 40,000, the world’s third highest death toll after the United States and Britain. The World Health Organization has determined that Latin America is the new hotspot for the pandemic, which began around the beginning of the year in China and quickly spread to Europe and beyond. (Reuters)last_img read more

2 men caught for ‘illegal possession of firearms’

first_imgRecovered from Villasor was an improvised 12-gauge shotgun loaded with three live bullets. The suspects were detained in the lockup facility of the San Carlos City police station, facing charges for violation of Republic Act 10591, or the Comprehensive Firearms and Ammunition Regulation Act./PN They were identified as residents Randy Villasor, 40, and Joshua Crisostomo, 28, a police report showed. Crisostomo, on the other hand, yielded a .38-caliber revolver loaded with five live bullets.center_img Villasor and Crisostomo were nabbed around 9:45 p.m. on July 20 after police received a tip from concern residents regarding the act of the suspects. BACOLOD City – Police arrested two persons for illegal possession of firearms in Barangay Rizal, San Carlos City, Negros Occidental.last_img read more

Erma J. Kaiser

first_imgErma June Kaiser , 87, of Blue Mound, WI, formerly of Versailles, Aurora and Lawrenceburg, passed away Saturday, January 16, 2016 in Blue Mound, WI.She was born Friday, June 15, 1928 in Sewickley, Pennsylvania, Daughter of the late John W. Phelps and the late Mabel Whiteside Phelps.She worked in maintanence for Lawrenceburg Public Library, with over 34 years of service. She previously worked for Wakers Laundry in Aurora and the Goodwill Store in Lawrenceburg.Erma enjoyed BINGO, word search puzzles, CSI, puttering around in her flower garden and eating cheese. .Surviving are her daughter, Patricia Prestel of Blue Mound, WI; sisters, Roberta Phelps of McKee, PA, Edna Koon of Alliquippa, PA; 6 grandchildren, 10 great grandchildren and 6 great, great grandchildren.She was preceded in death by brother, Bennett “Bud” Phelps, daughter, Kathy Bedford and granddaughter, Roxanna Slayback.Friends will be received Thursday, January 21, 2016 from 5:00 – 7:00 pm at the Rullman Hunger Funeral Home, Aurora, Indiana.Services will be held at 10:30 am Friday at the funeral home.Interment will follow in the Washington Park East Cemetery, Indianapolis, Indiana.Contributions may be made to the Charity of Donor’s Choice. Please call the funeral home office at (812) 926-1450 and we will notify the family of your donation with a card.Visit: www.rullmans.comlast_img read more

Clare L. Walter, age 93

first_imgClare L. Walter, age 93, of Cedar Grove, Indiana died Wednesday, March 30, 2016 at her residence. Born October 23, 1922 in Cincinnati, Ohio she was the daughter of the late Archibald J. & Bertha H. (Briede) Pfeiffer. She was a member of St. Michael the Archangel Catholic Church and had been a member of the former Holy Guardian Angels Parish in Cedar Grove, Indiana. Survivors include three daughters, Karen (Bill) Perusek of Wickliffe, Ohio, Teresa (Tom) Mohl of Crescent Springs, Kentucky and Kathi (Tim) Bradley of Metamora, Michigan; one son, Dennis (Kathy) Quinn of Anderson Township, Ohio; six step-children, Paula Eggleston of Harrison, Ohio, Marcia (Tim) Metz of Cedar Grove, Indiana, Brenda (Jim) Leonard of Cleves, Ohio, Andrea (Frank) Stewart of Wilmington, Ohio, Neil (Lisa) Walter of Rising Sun, Indiana and Adam (Amy) Walter of Mason, Ohio; 27 grandchildren, as well as 26 great-grandchildren. In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by her first husband, Thomas Quinn who died in 1954, as well as her second husband, Robert Walter who died in 2014; a grandson, Matthew Quinn, and two brothers, Richard Pfeiffer and Jack Pfeiffer, and a step-son, Joseph Walter. Family & friends may visit from 5 until 8:00 P.M. on Thursday, March 31, 2016 at Phillips & Meyers Funeral Home, 1025 Franklin Avenue, Brookville, where the rosary will be recited at 7:30 P.M.. The Very Rev. Sean Danda will officiate the Mass of Christian Burial on Friday, April 1, 2016, 10:30 A.M., at Holy Guardian Angels Chapel, 405 U.S. Highway 52, Cedar Grove, Indiana. Burial will follow in St. Joseph New Cemetery, 4500 Foley Road Cincinnati, Ohio. Memorial contributions may be directed to the Guardian Angels Cemetery Fund or Hospice of Margaret Mary Community Hospital. The family would like to extend a special thank you to the nurses & staff of Margaret Mary Hospice for their excellent care these last few weeks. Phillips & Meyers Funeral Home is honored to serve the Walter family, to sign the online guest book please visit www.phillipsandmeyers.comlast_img read more

Melva Cole

first_imgFriends may visit with the family on Friday July 8, 2016 from 11 a.m. till time of service at 12 noon at Cook Rosenberger Funeral Home, 107 Vine Street, Sunman.  Burial will follow in Greendale Cemetery in Lawrenceburg.  Memorial donations may be directed to Hospice of Middletown or patient services of Garden Manor.  To sign the online guestbook or to leave a personal condolence, please visit www.cookrosenberger.com.  Cook Rosenberger Funeral Home and its staff are honored to care for the family of Melva Cole. Melva Cole, formerly of Sunman, was born on December 11, 1926 in Cincinnati, Ohio, the daughter of Herman and Parry Lee Whitis Maynard.   She married Edward Cole and worked on their farm.  Melva loved to sew and could make anything from coats to quilts.  On Friday, July 1, 2016, at the age of 89, Melva passed away at Garden Manor in Middletown, Ohio. center_img Those surviving who will cherish Melva’s memory include her sisters, Dorothy Keller, Betty Catlett, and Patricia Matheis, and brother, James Whitis.  Besides her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Edward; daughter, Carol O’Toole, and sons, James Cole and Charles Cole. last_img read more

Francis “Dee” Lozier

first_imgFrancis Dewayne “Dee” Lozier, 64, of Moores Hill, Indiana, passed away Thursday, October 27, 2016.He was born December 11, 1951 in Dearborn County, IN, son of the late Raymond Lozier and the late Lydia Gulley Lozier.Dee was a private man and enjoyed being at home. He loved to play golf, fish and play poker. He especially enjoyed playing cards and going to the casino with family.Surviving are children, Lora (Tim) Steele and Lonnie Lozier both of Milan, Indiana; sister, Gloria Leonard of Moores Hill, Indiana; grandchildren, Jessica and Kaycee Steele, Krystal & Amber Lozier, great-grandchildren, Kayden, Remmington and Aleah Steele.He was preceded in death by Father, Raymond Lozier, Mother, Lydia Lozier, siblings, Janie Leonard, Patty Widner and Danny Lozier.Friends will be received for a memorial visitation on Friday, November 4, 2016, 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm at the Rullman Hunger Funeral Home, Aurora, Indiana.Memorial services will be held at the Funeral Home, at 6:00 pm.Contributions may be made to defray Funeral Expenses. If unable to attend services, please call the office at (812) 926-1450 and we will notify the family of your donation with a card.Visit: www.rullmans.comlast_img read more

Purdue Football Coach

first_imgMaybe Purdue will have a chance to start winning football games on a regular basis again.  Their new coach is Jeff Brohm.  For the past 3 years he was the head coach at Western Kentucky University where he recorded a 30-10 record.The former professional quarterback who played his college football at Louisville loves offensive football.  This past year they led the nation in scoring with almost 45 points per game. Western Kentucky was one of only 10 teams in the nation to average 10 wins per season over that period of time.Long suffering Purdue football fans hope that Jeff Brohm will lead Purdue like Joe Tiller did before he retired.last_img read more

Maurice F. Nieman, 87

first_imgMaurice F. Nieman, 87, of Greensburg passed away at his home on Wednesday, April 12, 2017. Maurice was born in Decatur County on June 29, 1929 to John Henry and Agnes (Meyer) Nieman. Maurice graduated from Greensburg High School. He served in the Army during the Korean Era. He was a member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church and the Knights of Columbus in Greensburg. On October 5, 1955, Maurice married Esther Yager and she survives. Other survivors include five children; Debbie (Dick) Greiwe, Greensburg, Larry (Sandy) Nieman, Greensburg, Tom (Sue) Nieman, Dallas, TX, Donna J. (Jim) Lane, Dayton, OH, Doreen J. Nieman, Indianapolis, two brothers; Carl (Glenda) Nieman, Greensburg, John (Peg) Nieman, Greensburg, two sisters; Rose Marie Nieman, Greensburg, Betty Schneider, Greensburg, sister-in-law; Pauline Nieman, St. Paul, 10 grandchildren, and 13 great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents, brother; Arthur “Art” Nieman, grandson; Jeff Greiwe, and brother in law; Lawrence Schneider. A Rosary will be prayed at 3:30 pm on Monday followed by visitation from 4 to 8 p.m. at Porter-Oliger-Pearson Funeral Home in Greensburg. A Funeral Mass will be held at 9:00 a.m. on Tuesday, April 18, 2017 at St. Mary’s Catholic Church with Rev. John Meyer officiating. Interment and military graveside rites will follow at St. Mary’s Catholic Cemetery.Memorials may be made to the St. Mary’s Church Building Fund.last_img read more

Bulldogs Freshman Team Wins Against Spartans

first_imgThe Batesville Freshman Baseball team shut out the Connersville Spartans C Team at home on Thursday April 27th 6-0.Hank Nobbe pitched the complete game shutout, while only allowing 3 hits, striking out 7 and not issuing a single walk. Batesville was able to push across 6 runs on 4 timely hits. Connersville pitching walked 8 batters, while Batesville was able to steal 10 bases on the night.Alex Smith led the team with 2 hits, while Jake Cruse and Hank Nobbe also had 1 hit each.The Batesville Freshman team is now 4-2 on the season and was supposed to travel to Milan for a doubleheader on Saturday April 29th but it was rained out.Batesville now looks forward to hosting Columbus East on Tuesday (5/2) and East Central on Thursday (5/4) at the Batesville HS Field.Courtesy of Bulldogs Coach Brian Roleson.last_img read more

Local church hosts law enforcement officers

first_imgGreensburg, Ind. — On Thursday, FaithPoints Church in Greensburg hosted a lunch for the Law Enforcement community. Six officers enjoyed sandwiches, potato salad, chips, drinks and dessert provided by church members.This was in conjunction with National Police Week which President Kennedy developed in 1962 to honor the men and women of law enforcement.Pastor Michael Layne is a former police officer and understands the life of a law enforcement officer and the need for the church to reach out to all segments of the society.last_img read more

BCSC, Ziemke blaze new trails in education

first_imgBaresville, In. — The Batesville Community School Corporation has been credited as the model for a bill that would create collaborative relationships that meet the needs of all students, a growth mindset set around silos of scalable excellence so all Hoosier students can find pathways of success.The program is referred to as the Coalition of Continuous Improvement School Districts. In other words, make a variety of options available to meet the needs of traditional and non-traditional students by leveraging resources and expertise in the community.However, traditional evaluation standards have to be adjusted to accommodate the needs of all students. Lawmakers, including Batesville Republican Cindy Ziemke have proposed House Bill 1398 to change regulations so the program will be certified.Students also have access to the Transfer General Education Core. The program allows students to enter college as a sophomore by completing basic required college curriculum and saving tuition costs.last_img read more

Officials observe ‘Private College Week’

first_imgIndianapolis, In. — From Monday, July 16, through Friday, July 20, Indiana’s 30 private, non-profit colleges and universities welcome students, parents, and others interested in learning about the college selection process and experiencing the unique personalities of each campus through tours, informational sessions, and conversations with current students and staff.  All activities are free of charge.  A complete list of participating campuses, event schedules, and registration information is available here.As part of this week, a number of campuses are hosting 21st Century Scholars Day on Wednesday, July 18 (please check the schedule for participating campuses).  Scholars, as well as all other students, are invited to visit ICI institutions hosting special activities designed to help complete requirements of the Scholar Success Program. The program includes twelve college-prep activities, mandatory for Scholars but recommended for all students, including visiting a campus, estimating the costs of college, searching for scholarships, and submitting a college application.Visitors between the ages of 16 and 20 touring ICI campuses during Private College Week will also have the chance to enter a drawing for one of two Microsoft Surface or Apple iPad mini tablets.  Entry forms and rules will be available at each campus.“We want all students and families to discover that an Indiana private college education is within reach in terms of affordability,” says David W. Wantz, president & CEO of the Independent Colleges of Indiana. “In addition to federal and state grants, including the 21st Century Scholarship, ICI colleges and universities make millions of scholarship dollars from their own funds available to students, making a top-flight college degree a dream come true for tens of thousands of students.”last_img read more

Joseph N. Schuler

first_imgJoseph N. Schuler, 88, passed away peacefully on Tuesday July 24, 2018.He was born November 11, 1929 in Aurora, IN, son of the late Edward Schuler and Cecilia (Chrisman) Schuler.He served his country as a member of the United States Army during the Korean Conflict.Joseph retired from the Railroad in 1992.He was a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church, North Bend, Ohio. Joseph belonged to the Aurora American Legion Post 231 for 65 years.He was an avid sports fan, playing golf for many years and baseball in his younger years.Joseph is survived by his loving spouse of 68 years Elizabeth “Bette” (Shantz) Schuler of Lawrenceburg, Indiana; son, Mark Schuler of Lawrenceburg, IN; grandchildren, Courtney Schuler, Joey Schuler; great-grandchildren, Aubrey & Audrinah.He was preceded in death by parents Edward and Cecilia Schuler, brothers, Larry and Dan Schuler, twin sisters, Janet Francis and Janice Brown.Friends will be received for a memorial visitation on Saturday, July 28, 2013 from 9:00-11:00 am at the St. Joseph Catholic Church,25 E. Harrison Ave., North Bend, Ohio.Memorial Mass will be held at 11:00 am at the Church with Father Andrew Umberg officiating.Contributions may be made to the Charity of Choice. If unable to attend services, please call the funeral home office at (812) 926-1450 and we will notify the family of your donation with a card.Visit: www.rullmans.comlast_img read more

Decatur County road closes for bridge work

first_imgDecatur County, In. — Decatur County Road 1100 South between County Roads 300 West & 400 West will be closed on Wednesday, August 22 from 4 a.m. to 1 p.m. for a bridge deck pour. Weather conditions could change the work schedule.About 45 days from now a similar closure will be conducted in order to pour the deck on the other side of the bridge.last_img

Wildcat And Patriot Harriers Battle It Out

first_imgThe Wildcat Girls Cross Country team put forth a great effort, but fell short by one point against Union County 27-28. Senior, Taylor Stewart, took the lead early, but was overtaken by Union County’s Vanessa West and Priscilla Kelly. Junior, Katelyn Meyer, then took the 3rd place spot for most of the race. By the end of the race, Taylor Stewart moved into 3rd place, and Katelyn Meyer ended in 4th place. Junior, Kairee Hodapp, claimed 5th place. Stewart had a season PR with a time of 23:52. Freshman, Katherine Apsley, had a PR, as well as juniors, Adrianna Squarcia and Roxana Moisil. Even though the Wildcat ladies did not take away the win, it was a great race.The Wildcat Boys Cross Country team gave an impressive performance on the Union County cross country course winning 36-22. They ended the race with the 2nd, 3rd, 4th, and 5th place spots. Sophomore, Drew Grant, took 2nd place. Junior, Kyle Seibert, took 3rd place. Tanner Lainhart, with a season PR of 20:34, tok 4th place. And, Freshman, Ben Maze took 5th place, with a personal best time of 20:49. This was the best showing for the boys as a whole team, with many team members achieving personal bests, including sophomores Matthew Kleier and Damian Sailor. Damian Sailor improved his time by almost 5 minutes from his last meet.Courtesy of Wildcats Coach Stacey Nobbe.last_img read more

Bulldogs Blank Pirates

first_imgThe Batesville Bulldogs traveled for an away game to face the Greensburg Pirates winning 7-0.The Bulldogs came into the match determined to win by working together as a unit and maintaining possession. The first goal came from Johnathan Lynch crossing a ball into Miles Bowser for a header directly down into the back of the net. Next, Miles found Calvin Sherwood with space for a driven ball from deep outside the 18 into the goal. Miles Bowser stole the ball from the opponent in the midfield and played a nice through ball to Michael Ripperger, who nicely tapped it outside of the keepers reach. The first half ended 3-0 with the Bulldogs controlling the ball and defending the Pirates.Second half started, and minutes in, there was a dropkick which was won by Michael Ripperger, who dribbled up and passed through to Miles Bowser for a goal. Similar to a previous goal, Johnathan Lynch once again crossed the ball into Miles Bowser for his hat trick. Later, Ian Powers crossed a ball driven in and it deflected off of a defender into an own goal. Minutes remaining, Daniel Gutzwiller passed to Ian Powers for a one touch shot past the keeper. The game ended 7-0 shutout for the Bulldogs.Courtesy of Bulldogs Coach Kyle Hartenman.Heading into their third game in three days, the Greensburg Pirates hosted the Batesville Bulldogs and fell 7-0 on senior night.The Pirates were visibly tired and got off to their slowest start of the season, allowing 3 goals in the game’s first 10 minutes. From there, the Pirates found their footing and held tough for the rest of the half, not allowing many shots to finish the first 40 minutes. Fatigue started to set in for half number 2 as Batesville found the back of the net four more times to push the lead to 7-0. Only 3 Pirates registered shots and the Pirates were held scoreless for the first time in their last 4 contests. Nicholas Zapfe lead the way with 5 shots, 4 of which were on goal, while Vincent Pavy and Collin Springmeyer each had 2 shots with 1 on goal. Senior goalkeeper Mason Ponsler registered 19 saves for the Pirates.Courtesy of Pirates Coach Cody DeVolld.last_img read more

Atletico confirm two positive Covid-19 tests ahead of UCL clash

first_imgAdvertisement Read Also: Chelsea legend John Terry shifts to golf after retirementAtletico Madrid have confirmed they will continue to follow all relevant public health protocol regarding the evolving situation.Club officials will now contact UEFA regarding their potentially rescheduled travel plans in the coming days, but, a postponement is not considered a likely possibility at this stage.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Promoted ContentInsane 3D Spraying Skills Turn In Incredible Street ArtThe Best Cars Of All TimeTop 10 Tiniest Phones Ever MadeWho’s The Best Car Manufacturer Of All Time?Best & Worst Celebrity Endorsed Games Ever MadeA Soviet Shot Put Thrower’s Record Hasn’t Been Beaten To This DayHere Are The 10 Most Famous Female Racers Of All Time7 Worst Things To Do To Your PhoneEver Thought Of Sleeping Next To Celebs? This Guy Will Show You7 Ways To Understand Your Girlfriend Better9 Facts You Should Know Before Getting A Tattoo7 Black Hole Facts That Will Change Your View Of The Universe Los Rojiblancos have since released an official club statement revealing that two individuals are now self isolating at home after testing positive. The club have not confirmed whether or not the positive tests refer to players, coaching staff or club officials. All of those intending to travel to Lisbon to face Julian Nagelsmann’s side on August 13, will now face a second round of testing today, before a decision is made over travel plans.center_img Loading… La Liga side Atletico Madrid have confirmed two members of their travelling delegation to Lisbon for next week’s Champions League tie with RB Leipzig have tested positive for Covid-19. The club administered PCR tests, as per La Liga and UEFA guidelines, at their training base at the Ciudad Deportiva de Majadahonda over the weekend.last_img read more

Chelsea demand £80m N’Golo Kante transfer fee

first_img Conte is also keen on fellow Chelsea stars Olivier Giroud and Emerson Palmieri from his former side – although faces a stand-off with Inter to get his transfer requests approved. The Italian outfit also need to raise funds in order to fund a move for Kante, even before trying to match his £150,000-a-week wages. Roberto Gagliardini, Matias Vecino, Marcelo Brozovic and even Eriksen could all be shipped out to finance the transfer. Kante faces a battle for game time in Lampard’s midfield three with Jorginho, Mateo Kovacic and Mason Mount often playing together last term. read also:FA Cup final: N’Golo Kante, Willian hand Chelsea fitness boost Ruben Loftus-Cheek’s return to fitness, Ross Barkley’s form, the emergence of Billy Gilmour and the return of Ethan Ampadu mean the Blues boss is well stocked in midfield, especially with young British players. And the sale of Kante could help cover the costs of Kai Havertz’s transfer from Bayer Leverkusen with the German on the brink of a £90m move. That will take the Blues’ summer spending beyond £200m while Thiago Silva, Malang Sarr and Xavier Mbuyamba joined for free. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Promoted ContentWhich Country Is The Most Romantic In The World?2020 Tattoo Trends: Here’s What You’ll See This Year20 Facts That’ll Change Your Perception Of “The Big Bang Theory”Playing Games For Hours Can Do This To Your Body5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme ParksThailand’s 10 Most Iconic LandmarksCan Playing Too Many Video Games Hurt Your Body?7 Ways To Understand Your Girlfriend Better12 Marvel Superheroes Before The FameBest & Worst Celebrity Endorsed Games Ever MadeA Soviet Shot Put Thrower’s Record Hasn’t Been Beaten To This DayTop 10 Most Romantic Nations In The World Chelsea will demand £80million from any club aspiring to hire N’Golo Kante this summers. The Frenchman, 29, is facing an uncertain future with Frank Lampard still seemingly undecided whether or not to keep him in his plans. And according to the Express, the Blues have decided they would accept any offers of £80m should they come in. Inter Milan look the most likely side to land Kante in this transfer window. Former Blues boss Antonio Conte brought Kante from Leicester to Stamford Bridge in 2016. And it is thought the Italian would be keen on a reunion at the San Siro. Conte has already snapped up Alexis Sanchez, Romelu Lukaku, Christian Eriksen, Ashley Young and Victor Moses from the Premier League since joining Inter a year ago. But landing the World Cup and two-time Premier League winner would be a major coup for the Europa League finalists, who are also eyeing Lionel Messi.Advertisementcenter_img Loading… last_img read more

Huls, Dunker, Bercerra score Quincy IMCA wins

first_imgBy Jack WalbringQUINCY, Ill. (Aug. 25) – Abe Huls, Tony Dunker and Austin Bercerra all took IMCA feature event wins Sunday, Aug. 25 at Quincy Raceway during Gem City Ford Lincoln Night at the Races.Huls grabbed another IMCA Sunoco Stock Car victory, his sixth of the year, in a hotly contested event. Jake Powers took home second followed by Dave Wietholder in third, Brandon Savage in fourth and Jerry Jansen in fifth.Dunker held off Jeff DeLonjay to get his ninth points win of the year in the Summy Tire and Auto Center Northern SportMods. DeLonjay held back Tanner Klingele for second with Klingele third, Brad Holtmeyer fourth and Trevor Haggenbaumer in fifth. Bercerra dominated the Mach-1 Sport Compact division taking both the heat race win and the feature event win. Pat Dunker grabbed the second spot with Kevin Morgan in third, Kim Abbott in fourth and Laine VanZandt fifth.last_img read more

IMCA Modified Mayhem at Billings boasts $2,500 top check

first_imgBILLINGS, Mont. – The inaugural Modified Mayhem at Billings Motorsports Park boasts a $2,500 top prize. The Saturday, May 31 special for IMCA Xtreme Motor Sports Modifieds pays a minimum of $100 to start, is sponsored by Sorenson Racing of Billings and is a qualifying event for the 2014 Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational. IMCA Speedway Motors Weekly Racing National, Larry Shaw Racing Western or Belleville Motorsports North Central regional, Allstar Performance State and local track points will be awarded. Non-qualifiers taking at least one green flag during the evening get $50 tow money. There is no entry fee; pit passes are $25. Grandstand admission is $10 for adults, $7 for seniors 65 and over, juniors ages 12-17 and military personnel with ID, $3 for kids ages 7-11 and free for six and under. The pit area opens at noon and the grandstand opens at 5:30 p.m. Hot laps are at 6:30 p.m. and racing starts at 7 p.m. More information about the IMCA Modified Mayhem is available at the www.bmpspeedway.com website or on Facebook.last_img read more

Flatlander IMCA Modified checkers fly for Gemmill, Heim

first_imgGOODLAND, Kan. (Sept. 26-27) – Long runs at the front ended with Brendon Gemmill and Chris Heim $1,500 richer for their IMCA Xtreme Motor Sports Modified efforts at Sherman County Speed­way’s Flatlander special. Gemmill was scored first on all but the first circuit on Friday night at Goodland despite a souring power plant. Heim, a weekly regular at Goodland, was even more dominating with a flag-to-flag run on Saturday. Their victories put both drivers on the ballot for the 2015 Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational. A single caution slowed the opening night Modified main seven laps in. Gemmill’s motor started missing and it took a couple circuits for him to get his momentum back. “I thought something was goofy. I thought it was a fuel issue but I was down a cylinder,” said Gem­mill, who nonetheless caught up with the back of the pack the last time around. “We’ve strug­gled a bit this year but made a lot of changes and now I think we’re competitive again.” Brady Coen, Clay Sellard, Jeremy Frenier and Bubba Alvarado were next across the stripe.Heim drew the pole for the caution-free Saturday show. He caught up with lapped traffic near mid­way and scored his fifth feature win of the season comfortably ahead of Frenier.“There was a lot of good competition here,” Heim said. “I ran one groove off the bottom. It just seemed like there wasn’t much on the top side. I’d rather run there but you’ve got to go where it’s going to work.” Rounding out the top five were Jeff Hunter, Coen and John Hansen. IMCA Sunoco Stock Car winners at the 25th annual Flatlander were Nick Tubbs and Justin Bus­sell. Darren Crouch and Chad Dolan won Karl Chevrolet Northern SportMod main events and Colin Heim and Eric Ross were IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stock winners. Tubbs extended his opening night and two-day overall point success to a fifth straight Flatlander. After starting seventh, he was one of the few drivers to try the high side, had the lead by halfway and beat Wheat Lippelmann across the line by three car lengths.A Flatlander winner previously in the super stocks, Bussell scored his career first sanctioned vic­tory on Saturday. Tubbs had started 13th and was in the lead when the white flag came out; Bus­sell picked the right line to pass Nick Tubbs and Jeff Tubbs after the front three encountered a lapped car. “It felt awesome,” Bussell said. “I think we’ve finished in the top four in every Flatlander for five years.” A single caution slowed Friday’s SportMod main. Crouch had started third, took the lead on the eighth of 20 laps and was catching up to the back on the field with a couple circuits left. Bryan Herrick closed in before Crouch motored away.Dolan led every lap of Saturday’s caution-slowed contest and won ahead of Eric Munoz. “This was one of the biggest wins of my career, because it came just after my brother had passed away and because it was the 25th annual Flatlander,” he said. “It was pretty emotional. It was just meant to be. Everything that needed to happen happened.” A junior at Hoxie High School, Colin Heim took his Friday night Hobby Stock foes to class in lead­ing every lap of a green to checkered feature. “It’s always to end the season with a win,” said Heim, who rebuffed Michael Brunswick for the victory. Ross needed five trips around the track to race from fourth to first on Saturday, making the most of the middle line.Kyle Pfeifer passed Heim following a restart with three laps to go but Ross stayed strong up front and won by four car lengths. Both Modified, Stock Car and Northern SportMod features doubled as Blood, Sweat and Tears Series events. Champions in those respective divisions were Frenier, Angel Munoz and Dolan. Sept. 26 Feature ResultsModifieds – 1. Brendon Gemmill; 2. Brady Coen; 3. Clay Sellard; 4. Jeremy Frenier; 5. Bubba Alvarado; 6. Jason Brees; 7. David Murray Jr.; 8. Danny Concelman; 9. Will Brack; 10. Jeff Hunter; 11. Eddie Belec; 12. John Hansen; 13. Darren Deloach; 14. Jesse Taylor; 15, Cody Gearhart; 16. Garrett Sporhase; 17. Adam Morris; 18. Bill Brack; 19. Jacob Adler; 20. Greg Gustus; 21. Ryan Gaylord; 22. Kyle Rohleder. Stock Cars – 1. Nick Tubbs; 2. Wheat Lippelmann; 3. Justin Bussell; 4. Jeff Tubbs; 5. Jason Davis; 6. Tyler Tipton; 7. B.J. Wagoner; 8. John Luck; 9. Lloyd Meeske; 10. Jason McIntyre; 11. Justin Lewis; 12. Casey Woken; 13. Kevin Wagoner; 14. Angel Munoz; 15. Eric Kinderknecht; 16. Keith Stegman; 17. Bruce Plumisto; 18. Cody Williams; 19. Cody Pancake. Northern SportMods – 1. Darren Crouch; 2. Bryan Herrick; 3. Ryan Wark; 4. Dan Lauer; 5. Tristen Barton; 6. Dustin Daniels; 7. Brian Morris; 8. Ryan Moser; 9. Bryan Harkness; 10. Chad Dolan; 11. Jimmy Jenkins; 12. Trevor Geist; 13. Becky Dechant; 14. Ryan Meisman; 15. Cody DeWester; 16. Eric Pfeifer; 17. Brian Cross; 18. Jake McBirnie; 19. Monty Nordyke. Hobby Stocks – 1. Colin Heim; 2. Michael Brunswick; 3. Eric Ross; 4. Raymond Dechant; 5. Jeremy Wagoner; 6. Mike Kennedy; 7. Jake Blackhart; 8. Brady Bencken; 9. Marshall Carson; 10. Austin Davis; 11. Joey Snethen; 12. Colton Pfeifer; 13. David Plumisto; 14. Gary Pancake; 15. Tyrel Smith; 16. Curt Kennedy; 17. Emanuel Young.Sept. 27 Feature ResultsModifieds – 1. Chris Heim; 2. Frenier; 3. Hunter; 4. Coen; 5. Hansen; 6. Alvarado; 7. Belec; 8. Nate Moore; 9. Gemmill; 10. Adler; 11. Murray; 12. Will Brack; 13. Rick Fierro; 14. Sellard; 15. Matt Morris; 16. Beau Speicher; 17. Gaylord; 18. Taylor; 19. Deloach; 20. Bill Brack; 21. Rohleder; 22. Matt Fabrizius. Stock Cars – 1. Bussell; 2. Nick Tubbs; 3. Jeff Tubbs; 4. Davis; 5. Meeske; 6. B.J. Wagoner; 7. Tipton; 8. Gregory Gutt; 9. Lippelmann; 10. Woken; 11. McIntyre; 12. Plumisto; 13. Kinderknecht; 14. Derek Wendt; 15. Stegman; 16. Justin Lewis; 17. Williams; 18. Munoz; 19. Luck; 20. Kevin Wagoner.Northern SportMods – 1. Dolan; 2. Eric Munoz; 3. Moser; 4. Lauer; 5. Nordyke; 6. Marlin Farr; 7. Angel Munoz; 8. Herrick; 9. Geist; 10. Morris; 11. Pfeifer; 12. Allen Snethen; 13. DeWester; 14. Cross; 15. Fletcher; 16. Wark; 17. Crouch; 18. Jenkins; 19. Meisman; 20. Dechant. Hobby Stocks – 1. Ross; 2. Kyle Pfeifer; 3. Heim; 4. Wagoner; 5. Davis; 6. Bencken; 7. Pfeifer; 8. Dechant; 9. Kennedy; 10. Carson; 11. Shay Simoneu; 12. Plumisto; 13. Brunswick; 14. Blackhart; 15. Snethen; 16. Kennedy; 17. Smith.BST Top 10 Point Standings Precise Racing BST Series for IMCA Xtreme Motor Sports Modifieds – 1. Jeremy Frenier, Fort Morgan, Colo., 296; 2. John Hansen, Brush, Colo., 290; 3. Jacob Adler, Holyoke, Colo., 239; 4. Bill Brack, Mead, Colo., 233; 5. Ryan Gaylord, Lakewood, Colo., 221; 6. Eddie Belec, Lakewood, Colo., 212; 7. Jesse Taylor, Fort Morgan, Colo., 196; 8. Danny Concelman, Colorado Springs, Colo., 182; 9. Greg Sharpe, Commerce City, Colo., 180; 10. Jeff Hunter, Commerce City, Colo., 168.Addiction Chassis BST Series for IMCA Sunoco Stock Cars – 1. Angel Munoz, Lamar, Colo., 235; 2. John Luck, Colorado Springs, Colo., 218; 3. Gregory Gutt, Erie, Colo., 206; 4. Lloyd Meeske, Champion, Neb., 197; 5. Justin Bussell, Imperial, Neb., 156; 6. Nick Tubbs, Colby, Kan., 150; 7. Casey Woken, Ogallala, Neb., 132; 8. Keith Stegman, Lamar, Colo., 116; 9. Jeff Tubbs, Colby, Kan., 112; 10. B.J. Wagoner, Colby, Kan., 107. Leary Racing Products BST Series for Karl Chevrolet Northern SportMods – 1. Chad Dolan, Gibbon, Neb., 306; 2. Ryan Moser, Englewood, Colo., 253; 3. Brandon Clough, Wallace, Neb., 226; 4. Thomas Nelson Jr., Aurora, Colo., 198; 5. Bryan Herrick, Curtis, Neb., 177; 6. Trevor Geist, Brush, Colo., 154; 7. Jacob Fehler, Erie, Colo., 119; 8. Brian Cross, Brighton, Colo., 113; 9. Brian Morris, Lamar, Colo., 104; 10. Henry Henderson, Curtis, Neb., 100.last_img read more

Wilinski shines at Shawano

first_imgBy Scott OwenSHAWANO, Wis. (July 8) – Konnor Wilinski ended a season of frustrations with his first feature win of the year at Shawano Speedway in Saturday’s IMCA Modified feature.Shawn Frelich led early as Wilinksi tried to find a way past.  On lap four, Wilinski was able to get to the inside of Frelich entering lap three and made the pass for the lead.Marcus Yarie and Jerry Wilinski soon joined Konnor in the top three.  Driving the highest line on the track, Konnor Wilinski was too tough to beat and went on to win.  Yarie, Jerry Wilinski, Jason Czarapata, and Mark Weisnicht rounded out the top five.Kevin Bethke also broke through for his first Karl Chevrolet Northern SportMod win of the year while Travis Van Straten scored his sixth IMCA Sunoco Stock Car feature after having to come through the last-chance qualifier just to make the show.last_img read more

Hammond Motorsports has new awards for IMCA Modified, Northern SportMod specials

first_imgDeWITT, Iowa – A company that will ship to all 50 states and eight foreign countries looks to build its customer base even more with a new IMCA awards program.Hammond Motorsports of DeWitt, Iowa, gives $75 product certificates, good toward the purchase of a set of chassis set-up plates, to top five finishers at each of 45 IMCA Modified and Karl Chevrolet Northern SportMod special events.The custom chassis parts and shock manufacturer is owned by veteran Modified driver Dave Hammond, who relocated the business from North Carolina to his home state in 2009.“I’ve been involved with the IMCA Modified division since 1983 when I started building chassis,” said the second-generation driver. “IMCA is the largest sanctioning body and our new program with them is one way I’m looking to build my customer numbers in IMCA. We’ve wanted to step in and get our feet wet with IMCA.”Hammond started the business in the mid-1980s. More than a few fans followed his IMCA Modified Firecracker Tour exploits in 2004 and he was a Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational candidate the next year.“When I design a product, I test it personally. I put it in my own car before I put it in anybody else’s,” he said. “We do a tremendous amount of business now in the Western United States and Canada. I want to work more with chassis manufacturers and expand more into the IMCA market.”A portable pull-down rig Hammond designed will be new to the HMS product line. That will be on display at PRI in December.Hammond product certificates are mailed within a week after race results are received at the IMCA home office.“Dave Hammond is an innovator and has great new products for IMCA racers,” IMCA Marketing Director Kevin Yoder said. “We’re excited about this new program and are confident we’ll build a relationship for years to come. “More information is available by calling 563 659-1153 and at the www.hammondmotorsports.com website.last_img read more

Format familiar, Super Nationals online registration new

first_imgBOONE, Iowa – The weekly format for America’s Racin’ Vacation will look familiar.It’s the process of pre-registering for the 36th annual IMCA Speedway Motors Super Nationals fueled by Casey’s that will be different.Late Models following the Deery Brothers Summer Series return to the Labor Day program at Boone Speedway for the Sept. 3-8 Super Nationals.Sport Compacts run their complete program on Tuesday, Sept. 4. The Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational is Friday, Sept. 7 while races of champions and main events for the Modifieds, Stock Cars, Northern SportMods and Hobby Stocks all are on the final day program Sept. 8.“It is fitting that Late Models crown the first champion of Super Nationals,” said IMCA President Brett Root. “It’s been a couple years since they’ve run on opening night at Boone. I’m sure the fans will appreciate having them back on Monday night.”Beginning this year, drivers in all divisions except the Late Models competing at Super Nationals must pre-register online. (The form for pre-registration can be found HERE). Drivers who do not already have a MyRacePass account can create one when they go to that link.Entry fees remain unchanged at $40 for Modifieds, $50 for Late Models, $25 for Stock Cars, Hobby Stocks, Northern SportMods, and $15 for Sport Compacts.Drivers must be pre-registered to get pit stalls and to compete in the Sept. 1 Prelude. Pit stall applications links are also on Super Nationals menus on both IMCA and Boone websites.“Boone Speedway uses the MyRacePass software system, as do a majority of IMCA sanctioned tracks on a weekly basis,” Root explained. “Many IMCA racers already have MyRacePass accounts so this should speed up the registration process and make it easier for everyone.”Pre-tech starts on Sunday, Sept. 2 for the Hobby Stocks and Northern SportMods.Cody Hicks returns by popular demand to the pit area stage following the open practice that evening.The Prelude and each night of Super Nationals will be broadcast by IMCA.TV.last_img read more

RACEceiver in 4th season as official one-way radio of IMCA

first_img“We at RACEceiver are proud to continue to support IMCA and its drivers because outstanding organizations like IMCA help us improve our products and keep us in tune with what the industry needs are,” said owner Joe Vinson. “We look forward to continuing our relationship for many years. We will be introducing some new products this year that will further enhance safety and it’s because of feedback from IMCA tracks and drivers that we continue to invest in the industry.”  The same awards go to second-place finishers in all main events at the IMCA Speedway Motors Super Nationals fueled by Casey’s and the RaceSaver Sprint Car Nationals in September. “RACEceiver continues to improve upon the number one communication device for dirt track racing and is the undisputed leader in this market,” commented IMCA Marketing Director Kevin Yoder. “Being able to implement this technology at sanctioned events where we see in excess of 300 cars has been instrumental in providing race fans with the kind of efficient shows IMCA is known for.” GAINESVILLE, Ga. – Manufacturer of the official one-way radio of IMCA again this season, RACEceiver continues an awards program given in eight divisions and at two of the biggest events on the sanctioning body’s schedule. center_img The Gainesville, Ga., company again gives Fusion Plus custom driver packages to the runners-up in national point standings for IMCA Modifieds, IMCA Late Models, IMCA RaceSaver Sprint Cars, IMCA Sunoco Stock Cars, IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stocks, Karl Kustoms Northern SportMods, IMCA Southern SportMods and Mach-1 Sport Compacts. RACEceiver has held the official manufacturer title since 2016. Information about RACEceiver products and dealers is available by calling 866 301-7233 and at the www.raceceiver.com website.last_img read more

Join in Marsh Madness at Goose Pond FWA, March 1-2

first_imgGreene County, In. — Goose Pond Fish & Wildlife Area is celebrating the return of sandhill cranes and waterfowl to the area with the Marsh Madness Sandhill Crane Festival on Friday, March 1, and Saturday, March 2.Marsh Madness is a community-based birding festival in Linton. There will be a kick-off banquet, craft fair, live birds of prey and activities for children, among other events.Events begin March 1 at 5 p.m. at Linton Elks Lodge, 9779 State Road 54, Linton, 47441 with the kick-off festival. On March 2, events will be at Humphreys Park, 1351 A St. NE, Linton. For a full schedule of events click here.Single tickets are $25 each. To purchase tickets click here. The event is sponsored by the Friends of Goose Pond through a partnership with the Indiana Division of Fish & Wildlife.Goose Pond Fish & Wildlife Area is located at 13540 W. County Road 400 S., Linton 47441.last_img read more

Dearborn County Sheriff plans roundtable meetings

first_imgLawrenceburg, In. — The Dearborn County Sheriff’s Office and the Indiana Sheriffs’ Association will hold roundtable meetings in May and June. The Indiana Sheriff’s Association will help Sheriff Shane McHenry facilitate the meetings.The list of people invited to the meetings includes representatives from the Indiana Governor’s Office, Indiana Attorney General’s Office, Indiana Homeland Security Office, Indiana Department of Corrections, and the Executive Director for Drug Prevention, Treatment, and Enforcement.The ISA will also be working with the Sheriffs to invite their area Legislators, Local County Office Officials (Judges, Prosecutors, Commissioners and Councilman).The first meeting will be held May 30 at the Dearborn County Sheriff’s office from 10 a.m. to noon. The office is located at 301 W. High Street Lawrenceburg.last_img read more

Virginia “Jinny” Williams

first_imgVirginia “Jinny” (Carrier) Williams 84, of Dillsboro, Indiana, passed away Sunday June 2, 2019.Jinny was born February 21, 1935 in Lincoln County, KY, daughter of the late Eddie Cecil and Frances (Allen) Carrier.She worked as a Lead Baker for Krogers, retiring after over 25 years of service. She was a member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church since moving to Dillsboro, Indiana in 1974.After graduation from Woodward High School she worked as an office worker. Her first child was born in March 1957 and that is when she became a mother and “housewife”. Jinny was a stay at home mom and a farmer’s wife until 1977 and that is when she began working for Kroger in Lawrenceburg. Jinny’s greatest joy was her children.Jinny is survived by her children, Sharon (Dave) Conn of Cincinnati, OH, Danny (Kelly) Williams of Dillsboro, IN, John Williams of Dillsboro, IN, Andy (Melanie) Williams of Loveland, OH, Robert Williams of Lincoln Park, MI; grandchildren, Steven Gemmer, Stephanie Gemmer, Jeremy, Dustin and Britney Williams; 5 great-grandchildren; 3 brothers and 2 sisters; and many dear friends.She was preceded in death by her parents; her loving husband of 57 years, Thomas Williams; and one brother.Friends will be received Thursday, June 6, 2019, 6:00 pm – 8:30 pm at the St. Mary’s Catholic Church, 203 Fourth Street, Aurora, Indiana.Mass of Christian Burial will be held Friday at 11:00 am at the Church, with Father Stephen Donahue officiating.Interment will follow in the Oakdale Cemetery, Dillsboro, Indiana.Contributions may be made to the PAWS. If unable to attend services, please call the funeral home office at (812) 926-1450 and we will notify the family of your donation with a card.Visit: www.rullmans.comlast_img read more

Rick C. Schwegman

first_imgRick C. Schwegman, age 51 of St Mary’s, Indiana, passed away on July 19, 2019 at Christ Hospital in Cincinnati following a brief but serious illness.Born to Wilfred (Shorty) and Linda (Bischoff) Schwegman on June 16, 1968 in Batesville. Rick was the third of four close-knit sons who grew up near St. Mary’s where the Schwegman’s have farmed for generations. Part of the family’s heritage is a steadfast loyalty to the International Harvester brand, and Rick did his part to uphold that tradition.Rick was a fourth-generation member of St. Mary’s of the Rock Catholic Church in Franklin County and was a 1986 graduate of Batesville High School. He was a heavy equipment operator for Schumacher Dugan Construction in Cincinnati, where he was employed for 20 years.  Rick was a member of the Ohio Operating Engineers Union Local 18 and also raised beef cattle with his brother Joe.Rick is survived by his wife, Susan; their son, William Chase; daughters Cassidy Eckstein (Justin Meyer) of Hamburg and Somer Eckstein of Sunman; grandson River Ronnebaum; his parents of St. Mary’s; brothers Joe (Gerri) and Mike, both of St. Mary’s, and Jim of Birmingham, Alabama; mother-in-law Mary Helen Boyer of Indianapolis and numerous nieces and nephews.Visitation will be Thursday, July 25 from 4 to 7 pm at the Weigel Funeral Home. The service will be held on Friday at 10 am at St. Mary’s of the Rock Catholic Church with burial following in the church cemetery.  Memorial contributions may be made to St Mary’s Preservation Society.last_img read more

Building Improvement Grant applications open

first_imgBatesville, IN— The City of Batesville’s Building Improvement Grant (BIG) provides matching funds to small business owners wanting to renovate the exterior of their structure. This program is aligned with the City’s goals outlined in the Comprehensive Plan and promotes redevelopment and reinvestment in Batesville’s small business community.This matching grant program provides business owners an opportunity to receive up to $5,000 to finance direct costs associated with approved renovation activities.The program was launched in 2018 with initially four different grant cycles. In 2020, the program has been altered to include only two cycles for submissions. Those dates are February 29, 2020, and May 31, 2020. Applications will not be accepted after the May 31 deadline in 2020.So far, the program has assisted with funding projects such as Miss Shannon’s Music Studio, Giesting Financial, and Amack’s Well.Grant funds must be used for permanent exterior improvements and tenants must have authorization from the owner and have a minimum of two years remaining on their or lease or an option to renew to receive funding.Interested in applying or learning more information? Contact Economic Development Director Sarah Lamping at slamping@batesvilleindiana.us or (812) 933-6113. Application instructions are available on the City’s website at www.batesvilleindiana.us by clicking on the Economic Development and then the Incentives tab and can be submitted at the Memorial Building or by contacting Lamping.last_img read more

Daryl Emery Miller

first_imgDaryl Emery Miller, passed away suddenly on Friday, June 19, 2020, at the age of 64.  The son of Wallace and Peggy Miller was born on May 15, 1956 in Louisville, Kentucky.He leaves behind his loving wife, of twenty two years, Donna Miller. His children; 26 year old Matthew Miller (April Brandon), 30 year old Daniel Sherrell (Courtney Schmittauer), 20 year old Ben Miller (Mariam Karimi) and his youngest daughter, just 17 years old, Grace Miller (Vicente Camarena). His grandchildren; Peyton Sherrell (12), Conner Sherrell (10), Gabriel Kelley (9), Hunter Miller (8) and Kaylee Jo Miller (2). His siblings; Yvonne Miller-Hawkins (Steve), Mike Miller (Debbie), and Michele Miller (Ty) and his mother Peggy Miller. He also leaves a host of friends, nieces and nephews that he loved with all of his heart.In addition to his father Wallace Miller, he was preceded in death by his daughter, Megan Miller.The Daviess County High School graduate was a musician that could play many instruments and was a good singer and songwriter.  He enjoyed playing in two bands during the 80s and 90s.  He also had a fascination with motor bikes. He worked at Horizon Auto Glass for over 40 years before retiring and then worked for a few more at Hill-Rom. Daryl was one of the hardest working men around.Daryl was beyond kind.  He was witty, incredibly loving, selfless, and brave. Anyone who knew Daryl knew he loved his family, his kid’s friends, his wife’s friends and in-laws too. He loved big and you knew it. He never met a stranger and most people he met quickly became good friends. He loved his kids’ friends like his own and was always there for all of them for whatever they needed; whether it be our home, a ride, dinner, a job, some advice or just to talk.Visitation will be Monday, June 22, 2020 from 6 to 8 pm with funeral for family and close friends immediately following, all at Meyers Funeral Home in Batesville.  Pastor Steve Evans will be officiating.Due to the COVID-19 precautions, all attending will be asked to follow proper social distancing protocol. Masks are encouraged. If you are not feeling well, or if you have compromised immune system, you are encouraged to stay home.In lieu of flowers, memorials may be given to the family, a fund will be established to help with his children and grandchildren.We also encourage you to leave a message at www.meyersfuneralhomes.com on Daryl’s obituary page.last_img read more

Margaret L. Schoettmer, 63

first_imgMargaret L. Schoettmer, 63, Greensburg, Indiana, passed away on Friday, July 31, 2020 at her residence. Born, July 11, 1957 in Cincinnati, Ohio, she was the daughter of Edward A. and Georgia (Moulder) Chaney.  She held an Associate Degree in Computer and Information Technology.  She had worked at OSL as an IT Specialist. She played softball almost her entire life. She played for Hulls Trucks and Trailers. She loved every minute spent with her children and grandchildren. She was married to Charles Schoettmer on September 10, 1977 and he survives. Other survivors include sons, Lee (Amy) Schoettmer, Greensburg, Travis (Jenni) Schoettmer, Greensburg; daughter, Amber Schoettmer, Greensburg; grandchildren, Cody, Lane, Emma, Haylee, and Cooper Schoettmer; sisters, Cindy (Ray) Mergenthal, Brookville, Laura (Dan) Weiler, Connersville, Vicki Schmaltz, Batesville; several nieces, nephews, brother and sister in laws. She was preceded in death by her parents. Visitation for family and friends, observing CDC and state guidelines for social distancing and facial coverings will be held on Monday, August 3, 2020 from 11:00 to 12:45 p.m. at the Porter-Oliger-Pearson Funeral Home in Greensburg.  Graveside Services will follow at 1:00 p.m. at the St. Mary’s Catholic Cemetery in Greensburg with Rev. John Meyer officiating. Memorials may be made to the American Lung Association or to the American Heart Association. Online condolences can be made to the family at www.popfuneralhome.comlast_img read more

Nigeria, 10 others for Western Africa Challenge

first_imgRelatedPosts Coronavirus: PSG-Dortmund clash to be played behind closed doors Neymar’s last-gasp saves PSG PSG exit: Neymar considers legal option  As the top table tennis playing nation in the region, Nigeria will be leading 10 other nations to the maiden ITTF Western Africa Challenge, which holds on November 2 and 3 in Abidjan, Cote d’Ivoire.The tournament, which serves as qualification for the 2020 Africa Top 16 Cup, has 21 men and 18 women competing for the title at the 3,500 capacity Salle Polyvalente Du Parc Des Sports De Treichville in Abidjan.Besides Nigeria, other teams aiming for the top prize are Benin Republic, Ghana, Togo, Burkina Faso, Liberia, Guinea Bissau, Niger Republic, Sierra Leone, Guinea and host Cote d’Ivoire.From the 15 countries that make up the region, 11 will be present at the two-day tournament sponsored by the world table tennis ruling body, ITTF.According to the Tournament Director, Prof. Germain Karou, all is set for the competition as all arrangements have been put in place to ensure a smooth tournament.“We hope that this tournament will be a very successful one and that the Ivorian people and region will have opportunity to discover the best players from the region,” Karou said.The Professor, who is also the President of the Federation of Ivorien Table Tennis, said: “We are expecting 11 countries out of the 15 countries in the region, while about 39 players will be in Abidjan for this tournament.”For the host country, he said: “Hosting the tournament means a lot to FITT and it is another great opportunity that help will to stimulate the development table tennis and win more people to the sport in our country. Hosting this competition is a great opportunity for the country to showcase its talents and raise the profile of the sport.”For the President of the ITTF Africa (Western Region), Wahid Oshodi, the staging of the tournament would help to build close relationship among the participating teams.“We are grateful to ITTF and ATTF for their support and we are hoping that we can use this tournament to bring the countries in the region together and forge ahead in growing the sport. We are expecting firework in Abidjan and I am confident that the host nation will put up a good show. I am hoping that more teams in the region will register and be part of the competition,” Oshodi said.Tags: Parc des Princeslast_img read more

WBF Bout: NBB of C lauds GOtv boxing night

first_imgRelatedPosts Flykite announces postponement of GOtv Boxing Night 21 Real One, Baby Face, Esepo to headline GOtv Boxing Night 21 GOtv Boxing Night 20: Organisers promise to provide adequate security, ease traffic control President of the Nigerian Boxing Board of Control, Dr. Rauf Ladipo and Secretary-General of the boxing body, Remi Aboderin, have  commended the sponsors of GOtv Boxing Night for their plan to stage the World Boxing Federation (WBF) Intercontinental heavyweight title bout in Lagos. The high-profile match, which will see Nigeria’s Onos “Godzilla” Ehwariemi take on Argentina’s Ariel “Chiquito” Baracamonte, is the headline encounter of the nine-bout show holding on 28 December at the Tafawa Balewa Square, Lagos.                                                      Speaking over the weekend, Ladipo described the WBF bout as an indication of progress Nigerian Boxing has made.    “The WBF is a prestigious world boxing body. That a WBF title bout is holding in Nigeria is a clear indication of the progress the sport has made. Huge credit should go to GOtv, which has provided enormous support for boxing over the last five years, and, of course,  Adewunmi Ogunsanya, Chairman, MultiChoice Nigeria, for making this a reality,” said Ladipo. Aboderin, the body’s Secretary-General, is of the same persuasion.  He stated that the WBF title bout is the biggest bout to be staged in Nigeria in decades, adding that it is a big plus for Nigerian boxing and the country itself.“We have not had such a high profile fight in Nigeria for a while. The NBB of C is really happy with the support for the sport by GOtv, whose intervention since 2014, has given boxing a lifeline,” Aboderin said. Aboderin, who is also President of the West African Boxing Union (WABU), called on other corporate organizations to emulate GOtv, which he said has demonstrated commitment to youth development via boxing. GOtv Boxing Night 20 will feature three other title fights.  The are the West African Boxing Union lightweight title bout between the defending champion, Rilwan “Real One” Oladosu of Nigeria and Ezekiel Anan;  WABU welterweight bout between the reigning champion, Nigeria’s Rilwan “Baby Face” Babatunde and Ghana’s Sanitor Agbenyo; and a national bantamweight title bout between Sadiq Adeleke and Opeyemi “Sense” Adeyemi.Other bouts include a national featherweight challenge clash between Taiwo “Esepo” Agbaje and Olusegun Moses; a national super featherweight contest between Ridwan “Scorpion” Oyekola and Sikiru “Omo Iya Eleja” Shogbesan; and a national light heavyweight fight between the reigning national champion, Adewale “Masevex” Masebinu, and Olanrewaju Segun. Alaba “Eylbow” Omotola will square up against Bolaji “fight to Finish” Abdullahi in a national lightweight challenge, while Cynthia “Boby Girl” Ogunsemilore will face Aminat Yekini in an all-female bout. The event will also feature live musical performances from rave-of-the-moment, Zlatan; Mayorkun and Oritsefemi. Tags: GOtv Boxing NightNBB of CRauf LadipoRemi AboderinWBFlast_img read more

Chelsea announce £96.6m loss

first_imgRelatedPosts Mane double eases Liverpool to win over 10-man Chelsea EPL: Chelsea, Liverpool in cagey duel Chelsea sink Brighton to make winning start Chelsea recorded a loss of nearly £100 million for the year ending June 30, 2019 as the club released their latest financial results. However, despite the figures, the Blues insisted they are still compliant with UEFA’s Financial Fair Play regulations. Turnover grew marginally to £446.7 million with the club citing a lack of Champions League football, costs associated with changing manager and a record outlay on players Kepa Arrizabalaga, Christian Pulisic, Mateo Kovacic and Jorginho for the £96.6 million loss. Chelsea boss Frank Lampard says the club can’t be too “reactionary” in the January transfer window after having their ban lifted Chairman Bruce Buck said: “Consistent revenue growth and careful financial management over recent seasons has allowed the club to make significant levels of investment in the playing staff whilst maintaining compliance with UEFA Financial Fair Play regulations. “This has contributed to another Europa League victory at the end of the 2018-19 season and a return to the highest level of European competition. “This solid commercial foundation, allied to a young and exciting team now led by Frank Lampard, means that the club is well placed to sustain its pursuit of success both on and off the pitch as well as maintain its financial stability over the coming years.”Tags: ChelseaKepa ArrizabalagaMateo KovacicUEFA Financial Fair Playlast_img read more

EPL: Rudiger double rescues draw for Chelsea at Leicester

first_imgRelatedPosts Lampard: I still have confidence in Tomori EPL: Foxes attack Burnley Lampard: Tomori won’t leave Chelsea A rare double from defender Antonio Rudiger earned Chelsea a point in an entertaining 2-2 draw with third-placed Leicester City at the King Power Stadium in the Premier League on Saturday. Chelsea manager Frank Lampard sprung a major surprise ahead of kick off by leaving out first choice goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga after some recent poor showings, handing a start to 38-year-old Willy Caballero. The veteran was called into action to make a smart save to deny Jamie Vardy in a first half otherwise largely dominated by Chelsea, who again struggled to make their chances count in front of goal. However, it did not take the visitors long after the break to take the lead, as Rudiger headed home his first league goal since October 2018 just over a minute into the second half. The lead did not last long though, as Harvey Barnes found the net eight minutes later via a huge deflection, before the turnaround was complete in the 64th minute as Ben Chilwell slotted home to give Leicester the lead. Rudiger had the final say, however, looping a header over Leicester goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel in the 71st minute to snatch a draw that means Leicester remain eight points clear of Lampard’s side in fourth, who have won just four of their last 13 league games.Tags: Antonio RudigerFrank LampardKepa ArrrizabalagaKing Power StadiumWilly Caballerolast_img read more

Coronavirus: 21-year-old Spanish coach dies

first_imgRelatedPosts Italy introduces compulsory virus testing for travellers from France Nigeria records new COVID-19 infections, more deaths as figures rise to 57,242 I was in best of forms before Tokyo Paralympics was postponed — Powerlifter Ejike Spanish football coach Francisco Garcia has died after contracting coronavirus. The 21-year-old was the manager of Atletico Portada Alta’s youth team, and was sent to the Regional Hospital of Malaga for treatment after testing positive for COVID-19. It was discovered upon Garcia’s arrival at the hospital that he had been suffering from leukaemia, and the Spaniard passed away on Sunday. Garcia’s club posted a message on social media following his passing, saying: “We want to express our deepest condolences to the family, friends and close friends of our coach Francisco García who has left us, unfortunately, today. “Now what do we do without you, Francis? You were always there with us at Portada or wherever you were needed, helping out. How can we keep covering all those kilometres in the league? “We don’t know how, but we will surely do it for you. “We will not forget you, rest in peace, phenomenon. Until forever.” All matches in Spain’s top divisions are currently suspended as the virus continues to sweep across the globe.Tags: Atletico PortadaCoronaviruslast_img read more

Breaking: Premier League gets restart date with two outstanding matches

first_imgRelatedPosts Runarsson joins Arsenal on four-year deal Ighalo: My best moment as ‘Red Devil’ Arsenal, Wolves want Michael Olise The Premier League will restart on June 17 with two fixtures, according to a report from the BBC.Aston Villa v Sheffield United and Manchester City v Arsenal are the two matches that involve teams who currently have a game in hand on the rest of the Premier League. After that a full weekend fixture list would be played on June 19 to 21, with clubs all still reportedly discussing the plan at meeting on Thursday.The BBC added: “Clubs are still discussing the idea at a meeting on Thursday, but it is understood all have agreed in principle at this stage.”The 20 English top-flight sides have voted unanimously in favour of protocols for a return to contact training, which is expected to start as soon as Thursday for those clubs which have already completed the necessary risk assessments.That followed positive feedback on the plans from players and managers at a meeting on Tuesday.While there have also been other reports claiming that Premier League clubs plan to stage friendlies against other teams in the division at training grounds ahead of the resumption of the season. Tags: ArsenalAston VillaBBCManchester CityPremier LeagueSheffield Unitedlast_img read more

Clark buoyed by Zlatan shut-out

first_imgIreland defender Ciaran Clark will take big confidence from shutting out Zlatan Ibrahimovic. He added: “Managing to keep a clean sheet away from home is obviously a brilliant result. “I am sure it will give the whole back four, and everyone else, confidence going into the next game.” Ireland will now hope to follow up their strong performance in the Swedish capital by beating Austria back in Dublin on Tuesday. Germany have taken a five-point lead at the top of Group C but the battle behind them is tight. Ireland have slipped to fourth but they are just a point behind second-placed Sweden and level with Austria. Clark, 23, said: “It is a big game but we are happy with the point here and we can go on now, play at home on Tuesday and with a big crowd behind us hopefully we can get three points.” Sweden’s star striker, who scored four goals against England last November, endured a frustrating night as Ireland claimed a creditable goalless draw in their World Cup qualifier in Stockholm. The Paris St Germain forward, whose combined career transfer fees total more than £130million, found chances hard to come by at the Friends Arena with his one meaningful effort deflected wide. Aston Villa centre-back Clark said: “He is a big, strong guy and his technical ability is unbelievable.” center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

Arnold admires German fan approach

first_img Press Association Staggering Champions League victories for Bayern Munich and Borussia Dortmund in midweek and the prospect of an all-German final at Wembley on May 25 have shone a light on how differently the Bundesliga operates compared to England. With cheaper ticket prices, safe standing, match tickets affording free rail travel, a 10 per cent allocation to visiting supporters and, crucially, a competition run at a profit, Germany is viewed as a utopia for football fans, and Arnold said: “I think some of the work they do on fan communication and fan consultation are areas that we can learn from.” There are issues Arnold takes exception to – but better fan consultation is not amongst them. Arnold’s words are important because once chief executive David Gill stands down at the end of June, he will take over responsibilities for running the day-to-day Old Trafford operation as group managing director, with London-based Ed Woodward dealing with team affairs. It holds out hope for more interaction between the club and supporters, beyond the current Fans’ Forum initiative, which some believe to be ineffective anyway. Not that United are set to slash ticket prices to German levels any time soon given the vast scale of their support, although they have recently announced a price freeze on season tickets, a blow to revenues that will be cushioned somewhat by a massive new TV deal and the continuing expansion of their sponsorship portfolio. Contracts with leading Japanese social gaming company gloops and Vietnamese bank BIDV have been announced in the last 48 hours. Yet United’s status as football’s number one commercial enterprise took a blow earlier this year, when Bayern released figures that showed the German champions’ commercial income to be £160million, dwarfing the Red Devils’ £117.6million. “Bayern Munich are a very successful club and very well run,” said Arnold. “But the way they reported their numbers meant their corporate hospitality sales are included in their commercial figures. It means on a like-for-like basis we are significantly larger on our commercial business.” Despite Gill’s impending departure, United are set on a long-term course that will not alter and continued success on the pitch, whilst clearly desirable, has only minimal effect in the short-term. This will be seen when United eventually come to agreeing a new kit manufacturing deal given the present one, with Nike, which nets the club a basic £23.5million a year, runs out in 2015. center_img Manchester United commercial director Richard Arnold has admitted the Premier League champions can learn from their German counterparts about how they communicate with supporters.last_img read more

Moyes could not resist United lure

first_img In an emotional press conference, his first since confirmation on Thursday he would be leaving Goodison Park after 11 years, it was clear how much Everton means to Moyes, who said: “I’m disappointed to be leaving such a great club. The club has been such a great part of my life.” But when asked if he had considered turning down United’s approach, Moyes said simply: “I have to be honest and say no.” The huge numbers of media present underlined the interest in Moyes replacing Ferguson. Moyes greeted those present with a wisecrack: “Have you nothing to do today?”, before confirming he wished to talk solely about Everton, which he did with an acute sense of pride. “It has been very difficult,” he added. “I have great respect for the chairman and have a great relationship with him. He is a really good guy. We had a difficult meeting on Wednesday but he totally understood.” Moyes leaves Goodison Park with a sense of regret at not being able to claim the silverware he craved. The nearest he managed was the 2009 FA Cup final, when the Toffees were beaten by Chelsea. Yet, as he pointed out, Everton had only collected one cup in the decade prior to his arrival, so that empty trophy cabinet is not something he should be condemned for, even if those United fans not entirely comfortable with Ferguson’s replacement have been quick to point it out. Instead, Moyes prefers to focus on how his own approach to the job has developed. “I might have got mellower, although you could argue that is a bad thing,” he said. “When you are young, you are intense. I have not lost the intensity but maybe I use it in the right way. The experience and comfort which I have felt in my job, because I had good players and a stable board, has helped me mature and develop. But I hope I have not lost the inner devilment which I think I still have within me.” Press Associationcenter_img Outgoing Everton manager David Moyes said he was disappointed to be leaving a “great club” but admitted there was no way he could turn down the opportunity to replace Sir Alex Ferguson at Manchester United.last_img read more

Etherington confident over Stoke future

first_img Press Association Tony Pulis’ seven-year reign at the Britannia Stadium came to an end on Tuesday night, with the club confirming the termination of the manager’s contract by mutual consent. “We will wait and see who the club decide to bring in,” he said. “The chairman is a very sensible man, very level-headed and knows his football and he will definitely bring in the right person for Stoke.” Supporters became disenchanted with poor form and performances in the second half of the season which saw the Potters win just three of 19 league matches and briefly flirt with the prospect of relegation. But Etherington warned them to be careful what they wished for. “Fans were grumbling saying they wanted him out or wanted a change but it looks like they have got their wish,” he told talkSPORT. “You have to be careful what you wish for in football sometimes. You look at Charlton under Alan Curbishley and look where they are now (back in the Championship having dropped into League One from being a Premier League team). “Hopefully it won’t go that way for us, hopefully we’ll get someone in who will push us on and make us into a top-10 team. “If you look at where Stoke were when he (Pulis) first came in – mid-table in the Championship – you can’t argue he’s done a fantastic job. “He’s a great man, a fantastic man. He’s done a lot for me personally, a lot for the football club and for the people of Stoke-on-Trent as well.” center_img Stoke winger Matt Etherington is confident chairman Peter Coates will make the correct call in his search for the club’s next manager.last_img read more

World silver for Ireland’s Quigley

first_imgIreland’s Jason Quigley had to settle for a silver medal after losing his middleweight final in the World Championships in Almaty on Saturday. Quigley was knocked down in the first round and dropped a unanimous decision to busy home Kazakh boxer Zhanibek Alimkhanuly. The Donegal 22-year-old was the first Irish fighter to reach a men’s world final and the second to claim a medal in Almaty with light-heavyweight Joe Ward taking bronze. Quigley said: “It’s just a shame I couldn’t take it a step further. I would have loved to take home gold. I knew before I got in the ring that he was a good lad. “I know when I go away and look at things I’ll be happy with how I went. If anyone had told me beforehand I would have won a medal, I would have taken their arms off.” center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

Mackay stands firm as sack looms

first_img Mackay received an ultimatum via email from owner Vincent Tan on Monday, telling the 41-year-old to quit his post, or face being sacked. Details of the message first emerged on Thursday night. Mackay did not attend Friday’s pre-match media conference ahead of the trip to Anfield, with assistant David Kerslake taking his place. But the former Watford boss has travelled to Liverpool with his squad for what appears almost certain to be his last game in charge. Discussions between club directors had taken place throughout Friday, with Tan flying into the UK from Malaysia on Friday evening. Press Association Sport understands Dalman met with Tan in London on Friday night to discuss the situation. Mackay regards Dalman as a close ally having helped him through the loss of head of recruitment Iain Moody in October. But it is believed relations between Tan and Mackay have deteriorated to such an extent that there is little chance of the Bluebirds’ boss escaping the axe, despite Dalman’s attempt to intervene. Mackay had been due to face the media on Friday morning ahead of the game at Anfield, but instead it was his assistant Kerslake who spoke at a press conference which lasted barely five minutes. Kerslake refused to discuss Mackay’s situation. He said: ”I am here to talk about the Liverpool match, I came in this morning and was asked to do the press conference. Malky Mackay looks set to take charge of Cardiff for the last time at Liverpool on Saturday despite chairman Mehmet Dalman’s efforts to earn the Scot a reprieve. ”Malky is in the training pavilion as we speak, we are just here to talk about the game.” When asked if Mackay was still in charge, Kerslake added: ”No one has said any different to me, everything has been as normal. Players have got on with their jobs. ”Without being boring it has been a normal week.” When Kerslake came in for more aggressive questioning on Mackay’s position a club spokesman stepped in to say: ”Malky Mackay is unavailable to speak to the media, the assistant manager is here.” He later added: ”Malky Mackay is still in charge, I have spoken to Malky this morning.” When faced with further queries on Mackay, Kerslake consistently replied: ”I will answer any questions you have about the game of football tomorrow.” Tan’s email to Mackay had outlined his grievances with the former Watford boss at great length. The owner was highly critical of Mackay’s signings, style of play, results and record as a manager. It concluded with the ultimatum that the Scot quit or be given the boot by the controversial Malaysian businessman. Mackay, who led Cardiff to the 2012 League Cup final before securing the Championship title last term, has previously stated he would not resign from his position, and it is believed it could cost Tan somewhere in the region of £3million to sack him with his contract running until 2016. Mackay’s position as Bluebirds boss has been under scrutiny since Tan removed Moody in October amid suggestions of a summer transfer window overspend, something the Scot and Moody denied outright. The problems at the club deepened on Monday, the same day as Tan’s email was sent, when chief executive Simon Lim released a statement claiming Tan was ”extremely upset” at Mackay’s comments that he hoped to bring in three players in January, and that there would not be ”a single penny” available to spend next month. The latest row with Tan has also seen odds on the Scot becoming the next West Brom manager slashed. Former Manchester United striker and current Molde boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and ex-England manager Sven-Goran Eriksson have already been tipped as possible replacements for Mackay. Turkish manager Yilmaz Vural has also emerged as a contender; just a matter of weeks ago Cardiff chairman Dalman had denied knowing who the 60-year-old, who has managed over 20 clubs in his homeland, even was. Dave Jones, Bluebirds boss between 2005 and 2011, had also been mentioned, but a return to the Welsh capital for the former Sheffield Wednesday manager is thought to be unlikely. Press Associationlast_img read more

Tigers close in on Jelavic

first_imgHull City were completing formalities for the record signing of Nikica Jelavic from Everton on Tuesday night – hours after owner Assem Allam threatened to quit the club over his controversial application to change its name. Press Association Despite his evident willingness to boost his club’s Barclays Premier League survival bid, Allam chose Tuesday to once again reiterate his hard-line stance over his bid to change the club’s name to Hull Tigers. Allam warned he will be gone “within 24 hours” if his move does not receive widespread backing, telling Sky Sports News: “No-one on earth is allowed to question my business decisions. “I won’t allow it. I can give you my CV to give you comfort, for what I do in business, what I have achieved, but for someone to come and question me is not allowed. “I’m here to save the club and manage the club for the benefit of the community. It will never, never be the other way round – that the community manage it for me. “But if the community say go away, I promise to go away within 24 hours.” Allam added that the same applied should his move to have the club’s name changed be rejected by the FA. He said: “Still the same thing. It’s a free country. No two ways about it. Have I ever said something and went back on it? No.” Allam has clashed with supporters over the plans and caused controversy in November when he reacted angrily to lobbying from campaign group City Till We Die by retorting: “They can die as soon as they want.” But Hull fans will have been placated by the imminent deal for Jelavic, who was allowed to leave Goodison Park by Toffees boss Roberto Martinez in order to pursue his World Cup ambitions with Croatia. ”He (Jelavic) will sign today – our biggest ever signing,” Allam said. “The club is moving forward. We are paying a lot of money for first-class players.” Jelavic had fallen out of the first-team picture following the summer loan signing of Romelu Lukaku but still proved he has an eye for goal when he scored two goals in the 4-0 FA Cup win over QPR earlier this month. Jelavic made a stunning start to his Everton career after joining for £5.5million from Rangers in January 2012, scoring the winner on his full debut against Tottenham and going on to hit 11 goals in 16 games before the end of the season. But he struggled to maintain his momentum during the following campaign and has found his first-team chances increasingly restricted. Meanwhile, Hull’s move for Long appeared harder to finalise with the Baggies clearly unwilling to let the Republic of Ireland international leave unless it is for the right price. Long had been on the verge of joining the Tigers in September before a last-minute hitch in negotiations kept him at The Hawthorns, and the player reiterated this week that he is in no hurry to leave. Long told the Birmingham Mail: “I have always said I’m happy and settled here and I’ve got family who like living in the area. “I suppose if a club doesn’t want you, what’s the point in staying? “It’s business at the end of the day and we’ve got a lot of options up front. If they do want me to go we’ll deal with that hurdle when it comes, or if it comes. But at the moment I’m a West Brom player and that’s all I’m concentrating on.” The deal for Jelavic is believed to be worth £6.5million with a further £1million due if the Tigers avoid relegation, eclipsing the club’s previous biggest outlay of £5.25million for Tottenham’s Tom Huddlestone last year. And there could be more to follow with the Tigers also pursuing long-term transfer target Shane Long – although Press Association Sport understands West Brom have rejected the latest bid to lure him from The Hawthorns. last_img read more

Potters punish absent Jones

first_imgStoke boss Mark Hughes has confirmed striker Kenwyne Jones has been fined for refusing to play against Liverpool and will miss Saturday’s Barclays Premier League game at Crystal Palace. Jones was missing from the Potters’ matchday squad when they were beaten 5-3 at the Britannia Stadium in the league on Sunday. It was subsequently reported that the 29-year-old Trinidad and Tobago international – rumoured to be a transfer target of Everton – had sent a text message to Hughes on the night before the contest to say he was unavailable for selection and, as a result, has been fined the equivalent of two weeks’ wages. Asked about that on Thursday at his press conference to preview the Palace clash, Hughes said: “What was reported was what happened. “I was disappointed and Kenwyne has been fined because it is not something that should happen. “We spoke on Monday just to get an understanding of why it happened, so we had that meeting. “He has been in this week training and we get on with it. “He won’t be involved this weekend, that would be fair to say, because maybe the events of last weekend are still in his mind. “But moving forward, we’ll have to wait and see.” When asked about the talk of Everton being interested in Jones, Hughes said: “Maybe that’s the problem – that maybe people are telling him there are clubs in for him. “We’ve had no contact from anybody in this window, so maybe the information isn’t what it seems from the outside. “But we’ll have to wait and see. The transfer window is open and a lot of things happen in a window. “We’ll have to bide our time. But it is unfortunate – none of us saw it coming, so we are disappointed.” He added: “Sometimes you make mistakes and on this occasion Kenwyne made a mistake. I accept that sometimes that can happen.” Press Associationlast_img read more

Wenger – no one invincible now

first_img The Gunners head to Liverpool for Saturday’s lunchtime kick-off looking to maintain a slender one-point lead at the top of the table over City, who saw their 100 per cent league record at the Etihad Stadium ended by a dogged Chelsea display. Despite the plaudits being given to Manuel Pellegrini’s free-scoring side over the last few weeks, Wenger had continued to stress there were still vulnerabilities. Manchester City’s surprise defeat at home to Chelsea on Monday proved that no team in the Premier League is “invincible”, according to Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger. Arsenal are now heading into a run of fixtures which could well shape the destiny of their own campaign, with Manchester United set to come to the Emirates Stadium next week ahead of an FA Cup fifth-round date against Liverpool and the first leg of the Champions League last 16 clash with Bayern Munich. “This is a massive month for us,” said Wenger. “When you are in a good position to fight for something, the closer you get to the end of the season, every game becomes vital and every point is important. “We have fought very hard up until now to be in this position, so let’s enjoy it and do our best.” Wenger hopes England midfielder Jack Wilshere can return from an ankle injury to help his side make a “big statement” at Anfield. Wilshere should be fit having sat out last weekend’s 2-0 win over Crystal Palace, which would be a welcome boost following suspension to Mathieu Flamini while both Aaron Ramsey and deadline-day loan signing Kim Kallstrom are still several weeks away from recovery. “In the big games it is always decided by having the complete squad available,” said Wenger. “(It’s important to have) as many top players as possible because most of the time these games are decided by players who come on or strong players who have a big statement in a big game.” Arsenal tackle Liverpool looking to keep striker Luis Suarez quiet, a player they mounted a protracted and ultimately failed £40,000,001 bid during the summer. Suarez has gone on to bag 23 Premier League goals for the Reds, as well as secure a lucrative new contract. Wenger, though, insists there are no regrets over Arsenal’s failure to land the Uruguay forward. “He was never our player. It is just a situation that did not come off and that is it,” said Wenger, who ruled out going back in for Suarez again in the summer. “For us the important thing is to win the game. What happened in the summer is nothing to do with that. “If you want to win the game what is for sure is that he is one of the players that you have to keep quiet.” Those were exploited to perfection following a well-organised performance by Jose Mourinho’s team and Wenger accepts if any of the title challengers are not completely focused over the remaining 14 matches, then they can all come unstuck. “I told you that one month ago, and you did not believe me – there is no invincible team, I think, because there are so many quality teams in the Premier League,” said Wenger. “It is just how close you are to your best every time which decides the game.” After Chelsea’s win on Monday night, Mourinho played down Chelsea’s own title ambitions, claiming the contenders over the run-in were “two horses and a little horse that still needs milk and to learn how to jump”. Wenger, though, is not about to let himself get sidetracked by any form of mind games. “They (Chelsea) are in there, of course. It is easy to move out (of the title race) if you don’t want (to be in it),” he said. “We focus on our side and do not listen too much to what people say. “What is important is it is a period where you show up with good performances.” Press Associationlast_img read more

Wenger defends squad break

first_img The Arsenal manager branded criticism of his decision “unbelievable” ahead of his side’s Barclays Premier League trip to Stoke on Saturday. Wenger revealed Mesut Ozil will be fit to return after hip trouble for the weekend’s Potters clash, with Thomas Vermaelen also expected to be available. Wenger said German playmaker Ozil is now ready to shrug off his costly penalty miss in Arsenal’s 2-0 Champions League loss to Bayern Munich. “It’s not necessarily fatigue, I don’t see why that’s suddenly a problem,” said Wenger when questioned on the impromptu rest period he handed his squad this week. “We have played without a break since December, we don’t have to justify that, it’s unbelievable. “We are in a society where everyone wants to control everything; I don’t understand this at all. “We are entitled to do unusual things. We came out of a heavy schedule. We had two days off, that’s all. “Sometimes it’s not only physical, it’s mental, you’re under pressure all the time, there’s nothing unusual there.” Admitting he is still weighing up whether to employ Vermaelen at left back to cover other absentees, Wenger backed Ozil to shrug off recent struggles with the Premier League’s relentless intensity. “He (Ozil) had a difficult game because he missed that penalty, and it was on his mind,” said Wenger. “Sometimes when you’re under this kind of pressure it’s good to refresh. “My opportunity is just to put the best team out who can win the game, it’s not about individuals, it’s about the team. “If needed Thomas can play there (at left back), it’s not his preferred position. “He’s been out for a long time but I still have 48 hours to make that decision.” Olmypiacos loan forward Joel Campbell now has the physicality and temperament to secure himself a long-term future at Arsenal, Wenger revealed. The 21-year-old claimed a fine individual goal in the Greek side’s 2-0 Champions League victory over Manchester United in Athens in midweek. Wenger said a series of loan stints have stood the Costa Rica forward in good stead. “He was good (against Manchester United), convincing in going forward, he looks like he has adapted better to the physical side of the European game,” said Wenger. “We always knew that he had the talent to create something special. “He did rely a bit too much on that, but he has now been out at three different clubs, at Lorient, Sevilla, and Betis. “Now he is at Olympiacos and he has learned the toughness of the European leagues. “I will decide (his future) later, but why not? We bought him to bring him here.” Arsene Wenger has hit out at being forced to justify handing his Arsenal stars two days’ rest this week. Press Associationlast_img read more

Murphy dashes Allen’s treble bid

first_img Press Association The Northern Irishman has a real liking for the Chinese event and had serenely made his way through to the semi-finals, prompting thoughts of a third title in as many years. But 2005 world champion Murphy blocked his path, taking a 6-4 win to set-up a final date with Mark Selby. Mark Allen’s hopes of winning three straight Haikou World Open titles were ended by Shaun Murphy on Saturday.center_img Selby saw off Marco Fu in the earlier last-four clash, meaning Murphy has a chance to avenge his 6-1 drubbing by his good friend in January’s Masters. Murphy had to pull out all the stops against an in-form Allen but, after beating Graeme Dott on a fluked black on Friday, looked in the mood to enjoy himself. He went 1-0 up and, despite being pegged back, knocked in scores of 74 and 69 to go clear at 3-1. Allen hit back with a 57 but 67 from Murphy put him close to glory. The next two frames were shared and when Allen slammed in a hundred to make it 5-4. Murphy held his nerve, though, and got over the line. Earlier in the day, Selby held off a spirited Fu fightback to book his place in the showpiece. The Leicester cueman led 5-1 only to be pegged back to 5-4 by Fu, before clearing from the last red to the back to win under real pressure. World number two Selby was never really at his best throughout, with a high break of 74 the highlight as he slugged out to 5-1 ahead. Fu then found some fluency to come back, with a 104 making it 5-4. Selby is a master of the pressure situation, though, and got the job done. last_img read more

Ground key to Shipyard fortunes

first_img Andy Oliver’s lightly-raced five-year-old also has the option of running in six-furlong handicap on the same card. Oliver is worried that his stamina will be stretched to the limit if the ground rides testing, but still hopes the weather enables him to run in the first big handicap of the Irish Flat season. “He’s a horse with limited experience,” said the County Tyrone handler. “He handled soft last year but I think he’s more a speed horse and soft ground will limit his stamina. “Last season he was second over a mile in soft ground so he does actually handle it but he’d more more effective on better ground. “I’d still say it’s more than likely that he’ll run.” Shipyard, ante-post favourite for the www.thetote.com Irish Lincolnshire at the Curragh on Sunday, could sidestep the race if the ground is very soft.center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

Gilltown Stud sire Azamour dies

first_img Press Association He finished his racing career with a third place to Shirocco in the Breeders’ Cup Turf of 2005. A tweet from Aga Khan Studs read: “We are sad to announce that the stallion, Azamour, was put down after sustaining a serious injury in his box this morning. ” Despite the best efforts of both vets and attending staff, the four time Group 1 winner had to be euthanised on humane grounds today.” Multiple Group One winner Azamour was humanely put down at the Aga Khan’s Gilltown Stud in Ireland on Saturday.center_img Trained by John Oxx, the son of Night Shift won the Beresford Stakes as a juvenile before claiming the St James’s Palace Stakes at Royal Ascot and Irish Champion Stakes at Leopardstown in his three-year-old career. Kept in training as a four-year-old, he won the Prince of Wales’s Stakes at the Royal meeting when it was run at York and triumphed in the King Georve VI And Queen Elizabeth Stakes which was run that year at Newbury. last_img read more

Keane salutes great ‘leader’ O’Shea

first_img The 33-year-old Sunderland defender will become the sixth Irishman to reach three figures if he is selected to face Germany in Gelsenkirchen on Tuesday evening, following in the footsteps of Keane, Shay Given, Kevin Kilbane, Steve Staunton and Damien Duff. Keane, who will make his 137th appearance in a green shirt if he gets the nod from manager Martin O’Neill, has watched O’Shea’s international career at close hand and has saluted his enduring quality on and off the pitch. Robbie Keane has paid tribute to a “proper leader” as Republic of Ireland team-mate John O’Shea prepares to win his 100th senior international cap. “The very fact that you have been picked by all those managers might suggest something.” O’Shea made his senior debut as a substitute against Croatia in August 2001 and has become a fixture in the team in recent years. He was part of the squad which qualified for the Euro 2012 finals via the play-offs, but performed poorly in Poland and the Ukraine, and that has made him all the more hungry to make it on to the big stage once again. The LA Galaxy striker said: “He wouldn’t have played for Manchester United for so long and won trophies if he wasn’t a good player. He’s been great for the country. To get 100 caps for your country is great. “He has been brilliant since he came in from the start, and he’s a big, big player. These are the games where people will be looking to the likes of John O’Shea and the experience that he has. “He has been brilliant on the field, but he has been off the field as well. In the dressing room and around the place, he has been great. “He talks and when he talks, he makes a lot of sense. Around the hotel, he is good with the younger players, he helps everyone who comes through. He is a proper leader.” O’Neill too was full of praise for a man who has become the mainstay of his defence which has lost stalwarts Richard Dunne and Kilbane in recent years. He said: “It’s a fantastic achievement, there’s no doubt. To play 100 times for your country is really terrific. If and when he reaches that milestone, that’s well done him. “There are five players who have done it – that might tell you, in the history of Irish football, that there are only five players who have managed to do that, that might tell you how difficult that is. “You have to have had a strong career, you have to go through certainly a fair length of time without injury, and I’m quite sure during the course of that time there would be a number of managers who might have a different approach to it. Press Associationlast_img read more

Moses is not Hughes’ main focus

first_img Hughes said: “We had a poor day on Wednesday, with a couple of breaks. Dionatan Teixeira got stood on and broke a bone in his foot, so he is going to be out for six to eight weeks I think. “Marko Arnautovic has broken his hand, but we’re hopeful the cast he has got is going to be okay for him and he will be allowed to play with it.” Teixeira has joined Robert Huth (calf), Glenn Whelan (broken leg) and Peter Odemwingie (knee) on the sidelines. Whelan was included in the Republic of Ireland squad announced last week and Hughes has emphasised that Stoke do not feel the midfielder is ready for action. Asked if Whelan had been withdrawn from the Ireland squad, Hughes said: “No, I don’t think so, but as a club we don’t think he is ready. “He is training with the physios and making good progress, but he has not joined in any training sessions with us and there is not a plan to do that. “Probably Ireland are within their rights to call him up to be assessed, but our view is that he is not ready – if we had a game this time next week, he wouldn’t be playing for us because it would be too much of a risk. “I’m sure Glenn will meet up with Ireland and then their FA will have to make the correct decision. “Our medical department have spoken to their doctor, giving updates. We haven’t tried to influence that decision as yet.” Meanwhile, Hughes is set to speak to referees’ chief Mike Riley next week about “observations” he has made in recent Stoke games. The Potters boss was critical of referee Chris Foy for taking taking no action over West Ham midfielder Alex Song’s rash-looking tackle on Stoke forward Mame Biram Diouf in the build-up to the visitors’ first goal during last weekend’s match. And in terms of speaking to Professional Game Match Officials Limited head Riley, Hughes said on Friday: “I think there are meetings planned for next week, just because we felt we had observations that we made as a club in certain games, and we just need a little bit of clarification. “We’re pleased they have accepted our invitation and we can have conversations early next week I think.” Press Association Asked for his thoughts about the situation at his press conference to preview Sunday’s Barclays Premier League clash at Tottenham, Hughes said of Nigeria international Moses: “He is absolutely right in saying that he is still a Chelsea player. “We are delighted with what he is producing and that was the key from everybody’s point of view – that he would come here, play games, and get back on track. “Chelsea wanted him to get his confidence levels up again. So as we stand here and now, I think everyone is winning. “But further than that, you can’t really comment. “He is certainly enjoying his time here, but his parent club have benefited as well and we are not at the point yet where we are going to have conversations about Victor’s future, because it is not the right time to do it.” Stoke have striker Peter Crouch and defenders Phil Bardsley and Marc Muniesa back available for Sunday’s game, while forward Marko Arnautovic remains in line to feature despite breaking his hand. Former Spurs man Crouch and Bardsley sat out the 2-2 home draw with West Ham last Saturday due to suspensions, while Muniesa was nursing an ankle problem. Although Arnautovic is not expected to be kept out by the injury he suffered in training earlier this week, the same cannot be said of defender Dionatan Teixeira, who broke his foot on the same day and is set to be out for six to eight weeks. Moses has shone in Hughes’ team since joining on a season-long loan from the Blues over the summer. But it was suggested this week that the 23-year-old winger currently views his long-term future as being with the London outfit, with him being quoted as saying on the matter: “I’m still a Chelsea player.” Stoke boss Mark Hughes has stressed now is not the right time for discussions with Chelsea about whether Victor Moses might stay with the Potters beyond his current loan deal. last_img read more

Southampton ‘not in for Sneijder’

first_img However, sources close to the situation have told Press Association Sport there is no chance Sneijder will be leaving Galatasaray for Southampton. There has been no expression of interest from Saints but a move to the Premier League is not out of the question for the 30-year-old. It is understood several English clubs are amongst those to have recently shown interest in Sneijder, who is under contract at Galatasaray for a further 18 months. Manchester United have long been linked with the midfielder, who is also reportedly attracting interest from rivals Manchester City. Speaking ahead of Saturday’s match with Everton, Saints boss Koeman confirmed he would love to bring a player like Sneijder to St Mary’s – but knows there is no chance of such a move. “I am interested but we can’t pay him,” he said with a smile. “I know that because his agent is my agent. There is nothing in that. Seriously.” Reports have emerged that St Mary’s could be his next stop after a career which has taken the Dutch playmaker to Ajax, Real Madrid, Inter Milan and Galatasaray. It has been suggested that Saints manager Ronald Koeman is readying an audacious bid to sign the Holland international from the troubled Turkish giants. Southampton are not in the running to sign Wesley Sneijder, but Press Association Sport understands there is interest from a number of other Premier League clubs.center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

Murray cool ahead of Italy clash

first_img The 25-year-old said he is equally happy partnering Leinster’s Ian Madigan or club-mate Ian Keatley, the two fly-halves vying to start in Rome while Sexton completes his 12-week concussion lay-off. “There’s no more pressure than usual,” said Murray of conducting Ireland’s tempo in Sexton’s absence. “Other people might say there is but I don’t see that. “It’s come up with Munster before that there might be a bit more pressure on me but I just try and play my own game, try and play well and if I play well hopefully all that stuff, that pressure and responsibility, looks after itself. “The two lads, the two Ians who are going for the 10 spot this weekend, have been in and out of the team in training. “They have been getting their reps in and doing real well and I have no issue with whoever gets picked. ” Forwards coach Simon Easterby confirmed fit-again flanker Sean O’Brien is “in the mix” for selection following his strong showing for Ireland Wolfhounds on Friday night. The abrasive Leinster back-rower has endured two reconstructions on the same shoulder in 14 months, but is now primed for his first Test action since November 2013. The British and Irish Lions scrum-half is “through that first contact fear” after a month out with neck trouble, and should start against the Azzurri in Rome. The sharp tactician shoulders the brunt of the playmaking duties in a French-style half-back set-up at Munster, but does not expect a repeat at Test level this weekend. “Sean was good on Friday night, in his own assessment he blew up a little bit and you would do,” said Easterby. “He’s a long time out of the game but we all saw what he can be, the competitiveness of the man. “Certainly having him in the mix for selection is a real positive, especially after losing Chris Henry and Rhys Ruddock after the autumn. “Obviously Rhys broke his arm and Chris has had his illness, so we’ve had a few players step through, but having Sean come back to full fitness and back into the squad and in the mix is great to have him as a selection option.” Jamie Heaslip remained a fitness doubt on Tuesday with shoulder trouble, but Easterby said the Leinster number eight still has time to prove his fitness. “Players might not train until a Tuesday, that’s not unusual,” said Easterby. “You have to adapt and give players opportunity, without it affecting preparation.” Boss Joe Schmidt will be relieved to have frontline nine Murray fit to start in Rome, with the increasingly-poised half-back crucial to Ireland’s tactical nous. Murray’s ability to run a game in the manner of a fly-half from the nine berth could prove priceless at the Stadio Olimpico, especially in the absence of Racing Metro 10 Sexton. Murray said he has eased comfortably back into confrontational training, claiming there is “no hassle” now over the disc problem that has blighted his last month. “I just over-extended my neck against Zebre about a month ago,” said Murray. “I maybe could have got back for the two European games, but the specialists and doctors advised against it. “I’m feeling good and fit to play now. “It was a disc problem in my neck. It’s gone now. There is no hassle over it. “I just ran into a player’s chest and squashed myself. It wasn’t the smartest idea – I won’t be doing that again! “I have done all my contact. I have done bag work, tackled a few of the lads and feel good. I’ve gotten through that first contact fear if you want to call it that.” Press Association Conor Murray insists Johnny Sexton’s absence will not heap extra pressure on him to spearhead Ireland’s attack in Saturday’s RBS 6 Nations opener in Italy.last_img read more

Pearson maintains City belief

first_img “There is always scope to do something slightly different to keep morale high, but bottom line is players know they’ve done all right (against Spurs),” the Foxes boss said. “We’ve been unfortunate in different ways, deflections, penalty, own goal. “There are setbacks during game players have to deal with, and then the result, but what does remain there is belief among the group we can get out of the situation. “Whether other people believe it or not is not really relevant. We do believe we’ve been competitive. “It’d be nice to talk about we’ve got away with that today but that’s not what it is.” Instead, Pearson was bemoaning the match-changing penalty awarded by “arrogant” referee Mike Dean. Harry Kane duly converted to bring up his hat-trick, pushing his former club closer to the drop. The current golden boy of English football endured a frustrating loan spell at the King Power Stadium towards the end of the 2012/13 season, scoring just twice after being restricted to what was mostly a bench role by Pearson. Press Association Saturday’s display in the 4-3 defeat at Tottenham belied that of a team at the foot of the standings, although an eighth successive league match without a win only pushes them closer towards relegation. It leaves City seven points adrift of safety with nine matches remaining, yet Pearson insists the belief remains intact inside the dressing room. Leicester have been bottom of the Premier League since late November, yet manager Nigel Pearson still believes they have the wherewithal to beat the drop. The Foxes boss readily admits his rise since then has been “exceptional” – highlighted by this week’s maiden England call-up and his first Premier League hat-trick. “He was two years younger for a start,” Pearson said of the change in 21-year-old. “You’ve got to put it into context that we were not in a good run at that point. “It’s never easy for a young player on loan to come into a side that’s not on the top of their game, and have the impact that you may want “But he did very well in his time with us, but I don’t suppose anybody at that point would have seen the rise he’s had.” Kane’s treble against the Foxes made him the Premier League’s top scorer – a feat made all the more remarkable given the first of those 19 goals did not arrive until November 2. Now he goes away with England for matches against Lithuania and Italy – recognition Spurs head coach Mauricio Pochettino believes is wholly deserved. “I think it’s a very good thing for him, after scoring three goals,” the former Argentina international said. “It’s a very good moment to be in national team. “I think Harry is today, a player who people prize a lot. I think that this season Harry has a big impact in the English football. I think that he’s one of the better English players so far. “I think he’s a very humble person. From the beginning of the season, I think he impressed us, his human side. His mentality, always wants to improve, never complains. I think it’s a perfect mentality to develop his skill.” last_img read more

Terry thinking beyond next season

first_img The 34-year-old’s existing deal was set to expire at the end of this season and the new contract is in line with Chelsea’s policy of offering those over the age of 30 only one-year deals. Terry hopes to stay at Chelsea for some time to come. Terry told Chelsea TV: “It’s been a great couple of years for me. My form has been good and I’ve earned the contract, so I’m delighted to stay for another year. And hopefully there could be a few more years after this.” The central defender, who has retired from England duty, lifted the Capital One Cup with Chelsea on March 1 – his 13th major honour with the Blues – and hopes to add the Premier League title. Chelsea entered the international break with a six-point advantage over nearest rivals Manchester City and with a game in hand. “Hopefully there’s many more (trophies),” Terry added. “That’s a massive part of why I’m staying. I want to win trophies. I want to remain in the side, of course, and for me to get to 14 (trophies), 15, that’s my target. “We’re very close at the moment. We still need to get over the line. It’s going to be tough. The Hull game (a 3-2 win last weekend) showed how tough it’s going to be. Press Association Terry on Thursday signed a one-year extension to his deal, committing to the Premier League leaders until the end of the 2015-16 season. The Blues announced the skipper’s new contract three weeks after manager Jose Mourinho guaranteed Terry would be at Chelsea next term. “To get that big one at the end of the season would be fantastic. Then we can regroup and go again next year. I’m delighted to be here and hopefully there’s going to be many more.” Terry has made 661 appearances for the Blues, scoring 63 goals and winning the Champions League, Europa League, three Premier League titles and five FA Cups. Asked if he could close in on Ron Harris’ club record of 795 appearances, Terry added: “I didn’t think it was possible. I’m not sure now. It’s still a long way. “Lamps (Frank Lampard) is not here any more. It’s down to me to hopefully stay fit, stay in the team and hopefully there will be more contracts to enable me to get closer.” Terry appeared to be being phased out at Chelsea under Mourinho’s predecessor, Rafael Benitez, with injuries contributing to a lack of match action. Lampard and Ashley Cole left after lengthy stays at Stamford Bridge at the end of last season, but Terry was given a new contract less than 48 hours after the close of Mourinho’s first term back at Chelsea. The former England captain, who graduated from Chelsea’s academy and made his first-team debut in 1998, has been rejuvenated by the return of the Portuguese, who says the deal has been earned on merit. Mourinho said: “This new contract is not to say ‘thank you very much’; it is because John continues to perform. He is a top defender. “I am happy that he completely deserves this new contract after a season where he has already played 40 matches.” Terry is a great survivor; the new deal will take him into his 20th season with Chelsea. “It’s a dream for me. I always set targets and still do so now. To be where I am and I look back, I’ve come a long way,” he added. “We’ve seen so many players come and go over the years, but to be a mainstay and keep my place and stay fit and my form great as well has been key to that. “Having that main core of world-class players who have won and wanted to win on a daily basis, which the manager brings every day to this football club. That’s one of the main reasons why we’re still succeeding.” Terry attributed his longevity to “hunger, hard work, wanting to win” and said Mourinho has had a key role in his desire. “The honesty that he had with me when he first took over, basically: ‘play well and stay in the team. If not there will be other players that will come in and step in’,” Terry added. “He just demands that from everyone on a daily basis. You never know if you’re in his good books or if you’re in his bad books. “He’s certainly the best I’ve worked with. Delighted to have him back. “He’s doing everything right at the moment. We’re top of the league and everyone’s hungry. “It’s difficult because we’ve got a big squad of players so to keep everyone happy is a tough job, but he manages to do it.” John Terry wants to win more trophies and more contracts with Chelsea after extending his stay at Stamford Bridge. last_img read more

Swans heap more misery on Magpies

first_img The Magpies, who started the day just seven points clear of the relegation zone, went into first-half stoppage time leading through Ayoze Perez’s 20th-minute strike, but surrendered their advantage before they returned to the dressing room when striker Nelson Oliveira took advantage of weak defending to head home, and capitulated within five minutes of the restart as Gylfi Sigurdsson gave the visitors the lead. Jack Cork put the Swans further ahead 19 minutes from time and, although Siem de Jong marked his return from an eight-month injury nightmare with an 88th-minute goal, he could not prevent his side from slipping to a 3-2 loss. Cabella turned the ball into the path of Riviere, who out-paced midfielder Cork before crossing with the outside of his right foot. Defender Jordi Amat got the the ball first, but could only serve it up perfectly for Perez to fire into the empty net for his first goal since December 28. Federico Fernandez might have levelled with four minutes, but headed straight at goalkeeper Tim Krul from another Sigurdsson corner, and both Rangel and Sigurdsson tested the Dutchman from distance. But he was finally beaten in stoppage time, and in predictable fashion as loan signing Oliveira was allowed to run onto a Sigurdsson corner and send a downward header into the turf and up into the roof of the net. Newcastle resumed in positive fashion with Ryan Taylor curling a 48th-minute free-kick just wide, but they fell behind just two minutes later when Montero picked out Sigurdsson’s run into the box with a perfect pass and he finished off via the foot of the post. Swansea were brimming with confidence and Krul had to sprint from his line to hack away Sigurdsson’s 56th-minute through-ball marginally before Oliveira got to it, and Mike Williamson only just managed to hold off the striker after he broke through on the hour. The home side’s response was distinctly tepid, and their day was done 19 minutes from time when Oliveira’s deflected cross arrived at Cork’s feet, and he could not miss. Perez might have reduced the deficit six minutes later. Substitute De Jong did pull one back from Colback’s cross with two minutes remaining, but it proved too little, too late. John Carver’s problems took a turn for the worse as Swansea condemned Newcastle to an unwanted club record seventh successive Barclays Premier League defeat. There were protests by home fans among a crowd of 46,884 – the official attendance was lower than last Sunday’s against Tottenham when supporters were urged to stay away – both before and during the game, with owner Mike Ashley the target of pre-arranged action in the 34th minute, drawing attention to the £34million the club banked during the last financial year. Swansea headed back to South Wales having cemented their place in the top half of the table, but the Magpies face an anxious few weeks after losing a seventh league game on the trot for the first time since 1977 and failing to ease their fears of being dragged into a survival fight. Head coach Carver admitted after last weekend’s 3-1 home defeat by Spurs that he would set out to win ugly against the Swans, and, for 47 minutes, he would have been reasonably happy. With Emmanuel Riviere having been handed a rare start in support of Perez, who has spent much of his first season in English football playing as a lone and isolated striker, the home team were initially far more progressive than they have been in recent weeks. Remy Cabella saw plenty of possession in midfield with Jack Colback and Jonas Gutierrez – re-called to the starting line-up after resolving his differences with Carver – prompting, and full-backs Daryl Janmaat and Vurnon Anita were prominent too. It was Anita who provided the 13th-minute cross from which Perez headed wide at the far post, although that was the signal for the visitors to increase their tempo, and they might have taken the lead twice within seconds. First central defender Ashley Williams headed wastefully wide from a Sigurdsson corner, and then midfielder Jefferson Montero could not climb high enough to direct Angel Rangel’s cross at goal. But when the opening goal arrived on the half-hour, it did so at the other end. Press Associationlast_img read more

Reel in Longchamp picture

first_img The Ballydoyle trainer will be represented by Highland Reel, War Envoy and Dick Whittington as he seeks victory in the race for the first time since 2007. Karar has been supplemented into a provisional field of 19. The Francis-Henri Graffard-trained colt was added to the Classic by owners Al Shaqab Racing at a cost of 39,600 euros. Press Association After scoring at the first time of asking, the son of Invincible Spirit found only subsequent Newmarket Guineas runner-up Territories too good for him in a Group Three at Longchamp last time out. Karar is one of two entries for Graffard in company with the Pearl Bloodstock-owned Cornwallville. Heading the list of four British raiders is the Charlie Hills-trained Greenham Stakes winner Muhaarar, while Saeed bin Suroor, who last won the race 10 years ago with Shamardal, relies on UAE 2000 Guineas hero Maftool. Completing the British contingent is the Richard Hannon-trained Smaih, and Flaming Spear, who will attempt to give trainer Kevin Ryan a second French Classic having won the Prix du Jockey Club 12 months ago with The Grey Gatsby. Andre Fabre’s chances of claiming a sixth win rest with New Bay and Make Believe, while Pia Brandt will also have two chances following the declaration of both Hawke and Borsakov. The field is completed by Sir Andrew, Mind That Boy, Tale Of Life, Mr Owen, The Commissioner and El Suzio. center_img Aidan O’Brien is triple handed in the French 2000 Guineas at Longchamp on Sunday as he aims to lift the prize for the fourth time.last_img read more

Mourinho dismisses Costa reports

first_img Costa was substituted with five minutes of the first half remaining as the Barclays Premiership League champions ended their season by dispatching Sydney FC 1-0 at ANZ Stadium, Loic Remy with an excellent goal. Mourinho revealed that Costa’s demeanour around the squad is not that of a player seeking to leave. ‘He’s the guy responsible for everything good we have in the dressing room,” the Chelsea boss said on the club’s official website. “He’s so happy, so funny. He enjoys every minute and is the happiest guy in the dressing room. If this is unhappiness I’m happy with that. He was not happy with the news.” Mourinho was pleased with Costa’s attitude as Chelsea, who fielded a host of regulars including Eden Hazard and John Terry, brought down the curtain on a long season in front of a crowd of 83,598 in Sydney. “Diego tried, but we didn’t want to take any risks. I told him to give the fans at least half an hour and he played until the 40th minute. We felt that was enough,” Mourinho said. Mourinho was far less impressed with English prospect Ruben Loftus-Cheek, Chelsea’s great hope of producing a home-grown first-team regular. The Portuguese stated that his relationship with Loftus-Cheek had moved “one step back” for what he viewed as a lazy performance by the 19-year-old midfielder, who departed Sydney with a scathing assessment from his manager ringing in his ears. “Ruben said he had a pain in his back, but what I was feeling was that he only had the pain when Sydney had the ball,” Mourinho said. “When Chelsea had the ball he was playing very well, but when Sydney had the ball I think he was more impressed by watching Nemanja Matic and John Obi Mikel work, instead of him working. “So, with Ruben, it’s one step back in terms of my relationship with him. If he doesn’t know what it is to play for me and Chelsea, it’s one step back. “He has to learn that at 19 you have to run three times more than the others, you have to play to your limits and not play like a superstar with the ball at your feet because this is not Under-18s. “The Under-18 competition is too easy for him. He’s too good to play in the Under-18s. “But I don’t accept that when he’s playing in midfield with Mikel and Matic, when we don’t have the ball he doesn’t press, doesn’t have intensity and he’s waiting for everybody else to recover the ball. “I don’t accept that in the superstars so how can I accept that in a kid? He has to learn what it takes to play for us.” Jose Mourinho insists Diego Costa is content at Chelsea in response to reports linking the Spanish striker with a return to Atletico Madrid. Press Associationlast_img read more

Robson backs Bale for United

first_img Robson feels the United manager would be wise to move for the Real Madrid forward now that the Dutchman can no longer count on Di Maria. “Bringing Bale in would be a really good signing if it was to happen,” said Robson, discussing the launch of ESPN’s Greatest Sporting Cities research, which was commissioned to discover the UK’s top city to be a fan. “The good thing with Bale, and this is what the manager likes, is he can play in two different positions – he can play wide coming in and also as a centre-forward. “It will be really difficult but if the manager can add him to the squad I think he will be a happy man.” For now, the chances of Bale leaving Real Madrid look slim. Manager Rafael Benitez insists Bale will stay at the Bernabeu and the former Tottenham player is happy to remain despite being criticised by the club’s fans last season. Robson, meanwhile, refused to criticise Di Maria for the manner of his exit from United. Some supporters reacted angrily to the news that their club-record signing wanted out after just one year at the club. Robson is more philosophical on the matter, though, and called on fans to accept the club’s decision to sell the £59.7million signing. Bryan Robson thinks Gareth Bale would be an ideal signing for Manchester United in the wake of Angel di Maria’s impending departure to Paris St Germain. Di Maria landed in Doha on Sunday night to put the finishing touches to his £44.3million move to PSG. United have been linked with a number of big names in the transfer market – including that of Bale – since Louis van Gaal admitted he has concerns about a lack of creativity and pace in his squad. “I think they both accepted the fact that it’s probably better for the player to move on,” the former United captain said. Di Maria’s spell at United started off promisingly, but his form soon deteriorated and he only started one of the final 10 games of last season. Robson feels Di Maria never really adapted to the physicality of the Barclays Premier League. “He’s a proven top-class player but the Premier League didn’t particularly suit him,” said Robson, who played 461 times for United. “Towards the end of the season he was very disappointing. “He looked really short of confidence.” :: ESPN’s Greatest Sporting Cities research was commissioned to discover the UK’s best city to be a fan. Visit www.ESPN.co.uk or use #ESPNUKcities to find out more. Press Associationlast_img read more

Ballydoyle impresses in Debutante

first_img The beautifully-bred Galileo filly was sent off a warm 11-8 favourite for the Group Two contest following her breakthrough success at Newmarket and was quickly dictating matters out in front. Fellow O’Brien representative Minding and David Wachman’s Most Beautiful tried to make a race of it but failed to land a serious blow and pulled clear for a comfortable two-length victory from her stablemate. Press Association “She’s a very nice filly. She jumped and travelled. I made the running and thought I went a nice even gallop. It was never really in doubt,” said Joseph O’Brien. “She’s a big, long-striding filly. She has a great pedigree and is genuine. She ticks all the boxes. “The Moyglare is the obvious race. She has a lot of pace and could came back to six if she had to, but I don’t imagine she’ll be doing that. She has a big engine.” William Hill promoted Ballydoyle to 10-1 favouritism for the Qipco 1000 Guineas. center_img Ballydoyle continued her progression with a dominant victory in the Breast Cancer Research Debutante Stakes. last_img read more

West Brom chairman Jeremy Peace laments over Saido Berahino situation

first_img It read: “Sad how i cant say exactly how the club has treated me but i can officially say i will never play Jeremy Peace. The Baggies rejected a total of four bids from Tottenham while they also turned down Berahino’s transfer request last month, a nd while the club are yet to address his apparent outburst directly, Peace admitted they must move on. “We have a key player who has been very unsettled by antics which were designed to get him out of our club cheaply,” he said in a club statement. “Those tactics have continued despite my making our position clear in my first conversation with Daniel Levy on this subject in mid-August. “I said selling Saido so late in the window was not on our agenda. “Tottenham’s offers failed substantially to reflect Saido’s true value while the timing made no allowance for our own recruitment of a suitable replacement for a proven Premier League goalscorer. “Saido has been unsettled to the point where our head coach has not felt able to select him for our last three games. “We are now left with the task of repairing the damage created by this unfortunate episode.” West Brom chairman Jeremy Peace insisted the Baggies must start repairing the damage left by the Saido Berahino saga. Press Association It is understood Tottenham’s bids on Tuesday were marginally better than the north London club’s second offer, made last month, which would have only risen to £21million with clauses and add-ons. The Baggies remained determined to keep the 22-year-old at the Hawthorns after Peace held talks with the player last week and reiterated he would not be sold. Albion are understood to be unhappy with Spurs’ approach to the deal, which has only strengthened their resolve to keep Berahino. The frontman has been left out of West Brom’s last three squads during the speculation, with boss Tony Pulis insisting he was not in the right state of mind to play. Spurs had been searching for more firepower to help Harry Kane and, despite signing Son Heung-min from Bayer Leverkusen, maintained their interest in Berahino. He scored 20 goals last season and earned a call-up to the England senior squad, but missed this summer’s European Under-21 Championship with a knee injury. The Albion owner rejected two deadline day bids from Tottenham for the striker who has appeared to have indicated he will never play for the club again. In a message on his official Twitter account, the striker seemed to hint he was prepared to go on strike at the Hawthorns. last_img read more

Manuel Pellegrini: England not to blame for Fabian Delph injury woe

first_img Pellegrini is convinced De Bruyne, like £49million man Raheem Sterling before him, will soon shrug off the price tag. He said: “Maybe at the beginning everyone will talk about the price, but it’s part of the game of the player and the team to demonstrate why we brought him here. “Within two or three games Raheem demonstrated why we brought him here. I am sure with Kevin de Bruyne, at the end of the season, no-one will remember how much we paid for him.” Manchester City boss Manuel Pellegrini has no issues with England over Fabian Delph’s latest injury setback. Delph suffered fresh hamstring damage within seconds of kick-off of England’s midweek win over Switzerland at Wembley. The Euro 2016 qualifier had been the midfielder’s first start of the season after recovering from another injury to the same muscle sustained soon after his £8million summer move from Aston Villa. Press Association The 25-year-old now faces another month to six weeks on the sidelines and Pellegrini has put it down to bad luck rather than throwing any blame England’s way. Pellegrini said: “When the players go to the national squad I trust in their managers and the way they work because they are very good professionals. “I don’t have any doubt it was an unlucky moment for Fabian Delph and not a problem of the warm-up or the way the England squad work.” Delph’s City career is yet to get started in earnest. He was forced to miss the opening wins over West Brom and Chelsea and then made only late substitute appearances against Everton and Watford. Pellegrini said: “Of course it is not the best way to start but I think Fabian Delph must be strong in his mind. He must understand these things can happen. “But he is a very good professional. He can be back as soon as he can.” City had a frustrating international break as playmaker David Silva also took a blow to the ankle and will miss the Barclays Premier League leaders’ trip to Crystal Palace on Saturday. But that could create an opening for club record £54million signing Kevin de Bruyne to make his debut. last_img read more

FL Legislature Passes Bill to Help Opioid Lawsuits

first_imgThe bill, if it passes, would allow Moody to track opioid sales. She would be able to see the cities, counties and zip codes where the drugs are sold, as well as the patient’s birth year. However, patient information will be protected. A bill to help Florida Attorney General Ashley Moody sue drug manufacturers and pharmacies is on its way to Governor DeSantis’ desk.The state’s Senate unanimously passed a bill on Friday giving Moody access to information in Florida’s prescription drug data base to help build her case against opioid manufacturers and pharmacies that the state believes oversold pain pills and did not prevent illegal sales.TY Sen. Pres. @BillGalvano, House Speaker @RepJoseOliva, @ChrisSprowls, @AmberMariano, @TomLeeFL and every member of the Fla. Legislature for voting unanimously for HB 1253. This bill will strengthen our efforts to hold those responsible for fueling the opioid crisis accountable. pic.twitter.com/jbWbS4hNyR— Fla. AG Ashley Moody (@AGAshleyMoody) May 3, 2019last_img read more

Body pulled from creek in Oakland Park

first_imgThe Broward County Sheriffs Office is reporting that they have pulled a body from a creek in Oakland Park.The unidentified person was pulled from the water near Cherry Creek Park off Oakland Park Boulevard, just west of U.S. Highway 1 Monday night.Authorities say a person in the area noticed the body in the water and contacted them. The dive team was able to retrieve the body near a park in the area.  A portion of the park has since been roped off.The circumstances surrounding the person’s death are still unclear at this time. Authorities are continuing to investigate the situation.last_img read more

Senate Passes Massive $2 Trillion Stimulus Package

first_img(Washington, DC) — Financial help for struggling Americans is slowly moving through Congress.The Senate is sending a roughly $2-trillion dollar stimulus package to the House after passing it last night. The bill will send cash to businesses and individuals to help keep the economy going during the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic. Most Americans who make less than $75,000 a year will get a $1200 check.Families will also get an additional $500 for each child. There is also money set aside for small business loans and it expands unemployment insurance for workers. However, if those companies do not lay employees off, those loans will be forgiven. There is also money set aside for small business loans and the expansion of unemployment insurance for workers. However, if those companies do not lay employees off, those loans will be forgiven. There are additional funds to help the health care system deal with the pandemic, and money to loan big businesses like the air and cruise lines that have been hit hard by the coronavirus crisis.The Senate moved quickly, putting together the largest stimulus package in the nation’s history in about five days. The fate of the bill in the House is unknown. Speaker Nancy Pelosi has suggested trying to pass it by unanimous consent, since most members are out of town and the body is in recess. However, some members of Congress have raised doubts about the bill and only one “no” vote could derail it. Getting the House back together quickly during a pandemic with many cities and states in lock down might be difficult.The House is expected to vote on the bill Friday.last_img read more