Month: September 2020

Swiss watchdog laments ‘rudimentary’ data on pension fund risks

first_imgVera Kupper Staub – former chief executive of the Pensionskasse for Zurich and now vice-president of Switzerland’s top supervisor, the Oberaufsichtskommission (OAK) – told delegates at the 2014 Swiss Pension Conference (SPC) that pension funds’ investment risks remained “the most difficult to assess”.She said the data on investment risk collected for the OAK’s annual report was “too rudimentary”, with only a “rough breakdown” of the portfolio into equities, bonds, real estate, alternatives, liquidity and unhedged FX-exposure.“But, based on this, it is difficult to really assess the investment risk of a pension fund,” she said.She confirmed that supervisors, pension fund representatives and experts were now discussing new parameters for assessing the risk of pension fund investments, adding that the debate was still “completely open”. Kupper Staub stressed that the OAK was not aiming for a Swiss solvency test for pension funds along the lines of what the Finma, the supervisor for insurers, has put in place for its institutions.For her, the OAK’s main challenges are to “establish a risk dialogue with pension funds”, advance the risk assessment and “establish an understanding that mistakes do happen”.In a personal statement unrelated to her position at the OAK, she noted that the government’s proposal to cap investment in alternatives – as part of the Altersvorsorge 2020 reform – according to a maximum fee level for each pension fund “might not be a good idea”.She pointed out that this would be “a major infringement” on the autonomy of pension fund boards.She added that, under the current system, with trustee boards comprising representatives from both social partners as well as experts, “we have to leave the responsibility for the investment strategy with them”.Kupper Staub noted there was an alternative recommendation by the government to prohibit investments in “opaque” alternative investments, “which is something I can understand”.She also argued that trends towards the individualisation of choices for members within the second pillar were “not in line with the system” or the purposes for which it was created.She said this related particularly to a proposal brought forward by an MP to create tax incentives for pension funds to allow people with higher incomes to take on responsibility to choose their own asset allocation.To date, only a handful of Swiss pension funds have introduced these so-called 1e-plans.Kupper Staub said most people had been shown to make “irrational” choices when it came to long-term savings.“I am not sure whether all these tendencies towards individualisation are really helping the idea behind a Pensionskassen system as a whole,” she said.last_img read more

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Pension fund for Dutch care insurers appoints independent chairman

first_imgUijen also plays a supervisory role at Schilders, the industry-wide scheme for painters and decorators, and the company pension fund of custodian Kas Bank.Meanwhile, SBZ also appointed Jobert Koomans and Reiniera van der Feltz-Doude as independent executive board members.Koomans has been working as managing consultant/partner at pensions adviser Towers Watson Netherlands.He is also an expert trustee at the large industry-wide scheme for the building sector BpfBouw.Van der Feltz has been working in several banking positions at Van Lanschot Bankiers and Rabobank International.The trustees will be part of a new board model, consisting of an independent chair, two executive board members and eight non-executive trustees.SBZ is a non-mandatory industry-wide pension fund with approximately 12,500 participants. Eric Uijen, director of the €1.2bn pension fund for notaries (SNPF) in the Netherlands, has been appointed independent chairman at SBZ, the €3.7bn pension fund for care insurers.Uijen succeeds Ruben Wenselaar, who will continue as a trustee.Uijen is a veteran of the pensions and financial services sector, and has served as director of the notaries scheme since 2012.He has also served as director at Horeca, the pension fund for the Dutch hospitality industry, as well as the pension fund for industrial conglomerate Stork, which has now joined the metal scheme PME.last_img read more

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ERAFP teams up with Amundi to reduce carbon footprint of portfolio

first_imgERAFP, the €16bn French public sector pension fund, is to lower the carbon output of a €750m equity portfolio by more than one-third.The scheme – a signatory to the Montreal Carbon Pledge together with PGGM, the UK’s Environment Agency Pension Fund and AP4 – said it would be working with French manager Amundi to lower the carbon intensity of one of its portfolios by 40%.It said the portfolio’s index would employ a ‘best in class’ approach, additionally excluding the 5% of companies deemed most polluting and the bottom 20% of companies in each sector.“While monitoring this mandate closely, ERAFP will continue its work on measuring carbon and climate risks with a particular focus on supporting research and development initiatives aimed at assessing the alignment of investments with climate objectives,” the fund added in a statement. Julian Poulter, executive director of the Asset Owners Disclosure Project, said the main argument for reducing the carbon footprint was not about morals or ethics but financial risk.Philippe Desfossés, chief executive at ERAFP, added: “It is hard to dispute that carbon is a risk. So how can we fulfil our duty of trust if we don’t implement the systems necessary to assess this risk to reduce it? And worse still, having measured the risk, we don’t disclose it to stakeholders?”The Montreal Carbon Pledge hopes to attract institutions worth $3trn to the initiative in time for the Paris climate change talks.Swedish buffer fund AP4 and France’s Fonds de Réserve pour les Retraites previously committed €1bn each to low-carbon indices designed with Amundi.,WebsitesWe are not responsible for the content of external sitesLink to homepage of Montreal Carbon Pledgelast_img read more

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Friday people roundup

first_imgEuropean Commission, BNP Paribas Investment Partners, Newton Investment Management, Nykredit Asset Management, BankInvest, AP1, Westchester Group, La FrançaiseEuropean Commission – Jonathan Hill has been confirmed as the next commissioner for Financial Services, winning over doubters in his second hearing. The former leader of the UK House of Lords won the vote to be confirmed in the College of Commissioners by 45 votes to 13. An additional vote by members of the Economic and Monetary Affairs Committee backed him as commissioner for Financial Stability, Financial Services and Capital Markets Union by 42 to 16.BNP Paribas Investment Partners – Susan Gostick has been appointed head of the pension fund segment at the French asset manager. Based in London, she will focus of adding to the company’s pensions business. She joins from Newton Investment Management, where she was head of institutional relations. She has also worked at Lazard Asset Management.BankInvest –Lars Bo Bertram has been appointed as the new chief executive of Danish investment manager BankInvest. He will take on the role at both BI Holding and the BankInvest Group. Bo Bertram is currently bank executive board member and head of Nykredit Asset Management. At Nykredit, he is responsible for investment management and investment fund administration. Before that, he worked for Danske Bank. He is also chairman of the CFA Society Denmark. Bo Bertram will leave Nykredit’s executive board with effect from today. Following his departure, the board will comprise managing directors Bjørn Mortensen, Georg Andersen and Jesper Berg. Bo Bertram will be stepping into the shoes of BankInvest’s current chief executive Bo Foged, who – as reported by IPE in May – has been appointed group finance director at Danish statutory pension fund ATP. The two will change roles on 1 January 2015. AP1 – Kaj Martensen has been appointed COO at the Swedish buffer fund, replacing Anders Rahmn, who is set to retire. Martensen will also join the fund’s management board. He will begin his new role at the start of 2015, with Rahmn stepping down at the end of February. Martensen joins from Shell Asset Management in the Netherlands.Westchester Group – Martin Davies has joined the farmland investment specialist as executive vice-president and chief executive of its Europe office. Westchester is majority owned by US pension provider TIAA-CREF, whose asset management arm recently opened a UK office. He joins from Insight Investment and was behind its farmland investment business for the past five years. He will now manage the company’s business in Europe and build its European farmland investment business.La Française – Pierre Schoeffler has joined the French asset manager as a senior global asset allocation adviser, working across the group’s entire asset offering. He remains chairman of S&Partners, an asset allocation consultancy he founded in 2004, and is a senior adviser at IEIF, a real estate investment research centre and consultancy.last_img read more

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Norwegian oil fund blacklists China’s ZTE Corporation

first_imgNorway’s sovereign wealth fund has divested one of the world’s largest telecommunications companies over allegations of corruption and bribery.The NOK7.1trn (€742bn) Government Pension Fund Global’s Council on Ethics last year investigated ZTE Corporation, listed on the Shenzhen and Hong Kong stock exchanges, over concerns it was responsible for gross corruption, as defined by the fund’s own exclusion guidelines.In a statement, the fund’s manager, Norges Bank Investment Management, said its executive committee felt it was inappropriate to exercise its ownership rights to bring about change and instead opted to divest its stake worth NOK85m, accounting for just 0.15% in voting rights.The Council’s report from June last year noted the company had been sent a draft version of its report but had not commented in the findings, which listed allegations of corruption in 18 countries. The report adds: “All corruption allegations against ZTE of which the Council is aware relate to the payment of bribes to public officials to secure the award of contracts.“In 2012, ZTE’s representative in Algeria was sentenced to 10 years’ imprisonment for corruption in connection with a contract won by ZTE in the country.”The report points out that, following the sentencing of the representative in Algeria, the company was barred from bidding for public contracts for two years.It also cites allegations of corruption in Zambia, Kenya, the Philippines, Myanmar, Nigeria and Liberia, and claims “large” commission payments were passed to the prime minister of Papua New Guinea.The decision to exclude ZTE from the sovereign fund’s investment universe comes only a month after it decided to remove Alstom from its observation list after previous concerns over corruption.,WebsitesWe are not responsible for the content of external sitesLink to recommendation by Council on Ethicslast_img read more

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Swiss pension fund trustee bemoans ‘damage’ from negative rates

first_imgMany people are only slowly beginning to realise the harm low to negative interest rates are causing and, without a lobby, the concerns of savers and pension funds are hardly taken seriously, the head of the board of trustees at Swiss multi-employer pension fund Profond told delegates at a trade fair in Zurich yesterday.All of Swiss pension funds’ assets have been affected by the low to negative rates environment, said Olaf Meyer, criticising central banks’ monetary policy as “politically motivated redistribution” of financing from the private sector to governments.Prices have become political prices rather than market prices, he said, adding: “We’re no longer operating in a market system.”He said Swiss Pensionskassen were faced with low yields in listed and unlisted assets, a domestic currency that had become a burden and a large gap between members’ pension expectations and the yields attainable via traditional investment strategies. Picking up a point made earlier by Dewet Moser, alternate member of the governing board of the Swiss National Bank (SNB), that real interest rates were still positive, Meyer said it was very difficult to explain this to individuals who tend to think in nominal terms.“That’s something we have to live with,” he said.As to how Pensionskassen can respond to the rates environment, there are two main choices, according to Meyer – adjusting investment activity (by buying real assets and hedging exchange rates, for example) or adjusting benefits.The latter is already happening in Switzerland to an extent that has not been seen for a long time, he said.By way of conclusion, Meyer noted that unlisted assets had become more attractive and that a failure to change investment strategy would entail lower benefits at most Pensionskassen.Monetary policy needs to become a more substantial part of Pensionkassen’s new investment strategies, he added.Meyer’s presentation came after the SNB’s Moser acknowledged that negative rates were a burden for Pensionskassen but also argued that the direct negative effect was limited.He defended the removal of the cap on the Swiss franc/euro exchange rate in January 2015 and the introduction of a -0.75% deposit rate the following month, saying the negative rate was working even though it is “not a magic cure”. As for the impact on Pensionskassen, he said he understood negative rates were a burden but that he could not offer any prospect of relief, as they were unlikely to disappear any time soon.When the Swiss central bank set interest rates at -0.75% in February last year, the country’s pension funds called for an exemption, asking to be granted accounts at 0% interest with the SNB instead – the request was denied.Moser yesterday said the international low-rate environment was the bigger challenge for Pensionskassen than the domestic situation but that, together, these still only represented “the tip of the iceberg”.Far more important, according to Moser, are aspects such as increasing life expectancy, investment regulations and the conversation rate applied by pension funds (Umwandlungssatz).He called for political solutions, saying Swiss occupational pension provision needed to be reformed.He declined to comment on the nature of such reform, however, saying later that, although he deliberately mentioned the need for reform, he could not elaborate, as this was not a matter for the central bank.The call for reform is by no means new in Switzerland, and the topic is the subject of much debate – and some concrete action.A reform package is in the midst of going through Parliament, with Altersvorsorge 2020 (AV 2020), as the package is known, having most recently been part of a three-day debate in the lower chamber earlier this month. The relevant committee, the commission for social security and health, is due to discuss AV 2020 again on 12-13 May.last_img read more

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West Midlands lauds alternatives portfolio in 2015 outperformance

first_imgThe £11.6bn (€15.7bn) West Midlands Pension Fund outperformed its benchmark by 1.7 percentage points last year, citing strong performance from its private equity and other alternatives holdings.The UK local government pension scheme (LGPS), however, reported losses across nearly all equity holdings, the notable exception being its North American portfolio, reflecting an overall decline in stock markets during the 2015-16 financial year.The fund’s equity portfolio overall underperformed its benchmark by 2 basis points, losing 2.67% in value over the course of the year, with particularly steep losses of 7.5% from emerging market holdings.The scheme’s global equity portfolio, which grew by £500m last year after it decided to actively manage a portfolio internally, lost 2.2% compared with a benchmark loss of just 0.49%. West Midlands hailed the in-house move as part of an attempt to be more cost-effective.In the forward of the scheme’s draft annual report, Geik Drever, head of the pension fund, said: “[The] restructuring of our portfolio has continued during the last year, including the introduction of an in-house, actively managed global equities portfolio.“This, along with other changes to the portfolio over the last few years, has yielded ongoing savings of almost £25m per year.”The remaining developed-market equity holdings were largely passively managed.The best performing asset class was private equity, which returned 15.8%, followed by an 11.3% return on property and a 9.9% return on real assets and equity holdings.The fund’s 2.4% return was significantly down from the 2014-15 return of 15.5% and also below its 10-year annualised return of 5.6%.Because inflation stood at 1.5% last financial year, however, the fund still managed an absolute return of 0.90%.last_img read more

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Belgian government confirms tax exemption for cross-border schemes

first_imgBelgium’s council of ministers has approved a bill that will exempt cross-border pension funds from fiscal and administrative levies and said the new law would underline the country’s position as a top location for pan-European schemes.The draft bill was put forward by the finance minister Johan Van Overtfeldt and approved by the Cabinet on Friday.It proposes that Belgium’s tax code not apply to second-pillar pensions provided by a Belgium-domiciled pension fund or insurance company to a non-resident as long as there is no further connection to Belgium – for example, no taxable revenue is incurred in Belgium by the work the pension is linked to.The proposed reform of the tax code would impose an obligation on the pension funds to provide the authorities annually with certain information in relation to the pensions for which the tax exemption was applied. The measure is applicable as of 1 January 2017.It is being passed to the council of states, the country’s highest administrative court.A government statement said Belgium would “confirm its position as the country of first choice for the establishment of pan-European pension funds”.PensioPlus, the Belgian pension fund association, said it was delighted the government had confirmed it would not be taxing cross-border funds.“This decision,” it said, “represents an important stimulus for the further development of pension funds and additional pensions in Belgium.”At present, 15 multinational companies – including Johnson & Johnson, Euroclear, BP and Alcon – have established pan-European pension funds in Belgium, and several other companies are looking to follow suit.The financial supervisory authority in Belgium recently approved a pan-European pension fund for General Electric.  The European Commission has also decided to set up a cross-border scheme in Belgium for researchers who work in different EU countries.PensioPlus said many companies were choosing pan-European schemes because they provided a better overview for governance and greater transparency. “The joint management structure can also contribute to a higher pension through costs-saving and simplified management as a result of benefits of scale,” it said.Dutch pension funds that have relocated to Belgium in recent months have also argued that supervision in Belgium is more flexible than it is in the Netherlands.last_img read more

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Engineering firm Fluor wants to offload Dutch pension liabilities

first_imgConstruction and engineering firm Fluor has indicated it wants to terminate the contract for pensions provision with its €460m Dutch pension fund, as it wishes to offload the liabilities from its balance sheet.The employer – a subsidiary of US parent company Fluor – wanted to place pensions provision with an insurer, according to the pension fund’s annual report for 2016.The pension fund, which implements a defined benefit plan, has already been closed to new entrants since 2014.Its current pension plan is reinsured under a contract with Aegon, based on a separated investment depot, invested in Aegon funds and managed by Aegon Asset Management. Aegon is also pensions provider for the Fluor Pensioenfonds. The scheme’s board said that, following its closure, the pension fund was expecting decreasing returns, as it had to reduce its risk profile as a consequence of its shortened investment horizon.It added that administration costs – currently €674 per participant – would also rise.Although the board made clear that it expected that the pension fund would ultimately cease to exist in its current set-up, it said it wanted to carry out an asset-liability management study in order to get clarity about the impact of a buy-out for its participants for the short term.It made clear that new pensions accrual was likely to take place under defined contribution arrangements, and that this decision would be up to the employer and the works council.The board said it had hired consultancy Triple A to support it in its negotiations with the employer and the works council.The pension fund reported a net return of 10%, including almost 4 percentage points thanks to a 70% interest hedge.With a return of 12.1% – an outperformance of almost 2.5 percentage points – commodities was its best returning asset class.Worldwide equity generated 8.8% under a full currency hedge of dollar, pound and yen.The scheme said that fixed income had yielded 5.6%, with Dutch residential mortgages producing almost 9%. Listed property gained 4.9%.Global Tactical Asset Allocation returned almost 3.5%, falling 0.6 percentage points short of its benchmark.As at the end of July, the Fluor Pensioenfonds was 108.8% funded.last_img read more

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PGGM to invest €880m in specialist reinsurer

first_imgThe €215bn Dutch asset manager PGGM is to invest $1bn (€880m) in a new reinsurer to be established in cooperation with Bermuda-based RenaissanceRe.The joint venture, named VermeerRe and also based in Bermuda, will reinsure US properties against natural disasters such as flooding, storms, tornadoes and earthquakes.In a joint statement, PGGM and RenaissanceRe said the Dutch firm would be the sole investor, taking an initial stake of €528m. This will be extended with an additional €352m “to pursue growth opportunities” next year.PGGM is the asset manager for the €206bn Dutch healthcare scheme PFZW. According to Eveline Takken-Somers, senior director of credit and insurance-linked investments at PGGM, the investment would increase PFZW’s current 2% allocation to insurance-linked securities to almost in line with its strategic allocation target of 2.5%.She added that the insurance investment contributed to the desired diversification within PFZW’s entire investment portfolio, and would also have an attractive risk-return profile, “as a financial crisis is no natural disaster”. Flooding in New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina hit in 2005. VermeerRe will provide reinsurance to US properties for natural disasters.In a position paper, PGGM said that the risk exposure of the investment could be assessed in detail because of the “short contracts, sophisticated models and abundant data available”.Aditya Dutt, president of Renaissance Underwriting Managers, said the deal “continues our 20-year track record of creating and managing joint ventures that match well-underwritten portfolios of risk to diverse sources of capital”.PGGM and RenaissanceRe said that VermeerRe had received an A-rating for financial strength from US ratings agency AM Best, and had obtained approval in principle to be licensed and regulated by the Bermuda Monetary Authority as a Class 3B reinsurer.VermeerRe will be managed by Renaissance Underwriting Managers. RenaissanceRe – founded in 1993 – also has offices in the US, the UK, Ireland, Switzerland and Singapore.PGGM’s insurance track recordPFZW started investing in insurance in 2006. According to PGGM’s Takken-Somers, the holdings generated an annual return of 7% on average since then, even delivering a positive result in 2008.Takken-Somers highlighted that the portfolio’s purpose was also to accrue financial buffers for unpredictable events, and explained that PGGM’s risk exposure was comparable with that of its catastrophe bonds allocation.She said PGGM has focused on building strategic partnerships with top-tier reinsurance companies to improve access to and selection of risk since 2014.“We seek efficient implementation of our investments as we believe this leads to superior returns,” she added.Earlier this year, PGGM invested €352m in LeoRe, in a private transaction with reinsurer MunichRe. LeoRe insures the financial impact of natural disasters in America, Europe, Japan, Australia and New Zealand.According to Maurice Wilbrink, spokesman for PGGM, the structure of LeoRe was different from VermeerRe as it involved a catastrophe bond issued in a partnership with MunichRe.last_img read more

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​UK DB schemes ‘holding too much’ in growth assets, illiquids

first_imgUK defined benefit (DB) schemes have reduced investment risk in the last nine years as they have matured, but for some sponsors this process has still not gone far enough, according to a new report.Research by consultancy Barnett Waddingham showed that, as FTSE 350 DB pension schemes have matured, asset allocation has ratcheted down to 31% growth assets in 2019 – from 51% in 2010.However, schemes approaching buyout in the next five years had an average of 27% allocated to growth assets, which exposed companies to unnecessary risk, the firm said.Nick Griggs, head of corporate consulting at the firm, said: “As schemes have matured, a general de-risking has been inevitable, but corporates need to seriously consider whether they have gone far enough. “Especially for those close to the endgame, being proactive with your strategy is crucial in ensuring the level of investment risk matches the agreed objective, whether that’s an insurance company buyout or a run-off.”The consultancy said it would expect to see companies aiming for a buyout within two years typically holding 10-15% or less in growth assets. Those that were two to five years away should hold no more than 15-25% – although the recommendation depended on the individual scheme.UK DB schemes’ funding positions were still under threat from falls in long-term interest rates, according to the consultancy.“With economic and political uncertainty driving global bond yields lower, as investors look to move into safe haven assets, schemes can do more to neutralise the impact of this and reduce the volatility of funding levels,” it said.Some firms looking to buyout in the next five years were also holding illiquid assets, with 4% of their assets on average being property investments, the firm said.“These take time to dispose of, and are unlikely to be accepted by insurers as part of a premium payment for buyout,” it warned.Barnett Waddingham also said overexposure to growth assets – particularly illiquid investments – could cause cashflow issues. It said 90% of schemes were already cashflow negative, and one in eight FTSE 350 schemes had a cashflow burden above 5% of total assets.UK private sector pension deficit hits two-year highThe combined funding shortfall of UK private sector DB schemes hit £163bn (€182.6bn) at the end August, according to the Pension Protection Fund (PPF), as stock market volatility increased and bond yields fell sharply.According to the PPF’s 7800 Index, which tracks the net funding position of UK DB schemes, the figure marked the biggest deficit recorded since May 2017, when the deficit was £168bn.Total assets increased during August by 1.5%, from £1,730bn to £1,756bn, but aggregate liabilities rose by 5.4%, from £1,821bn to £1,919bn.Data from Mercer released last week showed the aggregate funding position of DB funds linked to FTSE 350 companies declined, from a £51bn deficit to £67bn.Funding position of UK private sector pension schemesChart MakerSion Cole, Head of UK fiduciary business at BlackRock, said: “Whether a scheme is in surplus or deficit will largely have decided how schemes have fared in August.“Generally speaking, better-funded schemes have more hedging and are taking less investment risk so will have coped better with the market turbulence in August. Conversely, their underfunded counterparts who need to chase returns will have been hit hardest.” Nick Reevelast_img read more

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Buyers continuing to flock to Mermaid Beach

first_imgLuke Henderson and Andrew Henderson of John Henderson Professionals Mermaid Beach. Picture: Jerad WilliamsMore from news02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa15 hours ago02:37Gold Coast property: Sovereign Islands mega mansion hits market with $16m price tag2 days agoMr Henderson said the range in sold prices varied significantly depending on the location and type of property within Mermaid Beach.“I think that one of the major appeals of Mermaid Beach is that property buyers at all stages can find a property suitable for them,’’ he said.“At the top of the market we sold a beachfront mansion on Hedges Avenue for $16.45 million while the least expensive property we sold was a unit at 2340 Gold Coast Highway, which changed hands for just $231,000.” View of the Gold Coast Highway from Hellenika at Nobbys Beach. Picture: Richard Gosling However, Mermaid Beach, which has the highest median property price of all Gold Coast suburbs at more than $1.6 million, is bucking the trend.John Henderson Professionals Mermaid Beach director Luke Henderson said while buyer demand was now showing the first signs of easing in years, sales had still not slowed over the past six months.“When we examine our internal sales data, our agency sold 85 properties in Mermaid Beach alone during the past year, of which 44 were sold in the past six months,’’ Mr Henderson said.“So, we can see that sales have not slowed at all during the past six months.“Meanwhile, the number of sales of properties that we have sold for above the $1 million mark has remained pretty constant between 35 per cent and 39 per cent over that time.” Property along Hedges Ave, Mermaid Beach. A family enjoying the beach, Mermaid Beach, Gold Coast. Picture: Regi Varghese He said the entry level prices for older-style detached homes east of the Gold Coast Highway now sat at around the $1.2 million mark and buyers are snapping them up to build new homes.However, buyers could find homes for significantly less on the western side of the highway. Mr Henderson said Mermaid Beach has undergone a major period of gentrification over the past five years.“While the suburb has always been considered one of the Gold Coast’s most desirable addresses, there are a number of factors which have made it a stand out performer in recent years,’’ said Mr Henderson.“Firstly, the council saw the wisdom in protecting the three-storey height limits in the residential areas while allowing for higher developments along the Gold Coast Highway. People enjoy a swim on the beach, Mermaid Beach, Gold Coast. Picture: Regi Varghese Cashed-up buyers are continuing to dive into the Mermaid Beach property market.CASHED-UP buyers are continuing to dive into the Mermaid Beach property market despite the slowdown in top end markets in Australia’s southern states.Global investment bank Morgan Stanley this week released research which revealed the nation’s most expensive homes in Sydney and Melbourne were falling at an annual rate of about eight per cent. Cyclists along Hedges Avenue, Mermaid Beach, Gold Coast. Picture: Regi Varghese THE FAST AND THE LUXURIOUS: V8 STAR’S MANSION NEW ERA FOR COAST PROPERTY “I think the that one of the major appeals of Mermaid Beach is that property buyers at all stages can find a property suitable for them,” Luke Henderson says. “The height restrictions in the residential areas have helped maintain that strong community feel in the suburb and have encouraged property owners to upgrade their homes without the fear that a high-rise apartment will be built next door.“At the same time developments along the highway have revitalised what was becoming a tired strip of shops.“The suburb has benefited majorly from the growth of the cafe culture and the area now is home to some of the city’s best restaurants, cafes and bars.“Then you have the knowledge that the light rail is coming plus all the developments that are occurring along the Gold Coast Highway.Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayNext playlist itemMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 1:58Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -1:58 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedQuality Levels720p720pHD576p576p360p360p216p216pAutoA, selectedAudio Tracken (Main), selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. 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A house that was bought in secret is back on the market — tell everyone!

first_imgIt was too good to refuse the first time. Will 79 Molle Rd, Ransome sell at auction again?IT IS possible to buy this house at auction without telling your spouse and still live happily ever after.Just ask the Spurrs.Twenty years ago, Sabrina and Steven Spurr were about to start building on a block of land they had purchased when Mr Spurr took himself off to the auction of 79 Molle Rd, Ransome and came home with a big surprise. Will it be toasted marshmallows or s’mores before Friday night movie night in the theatre room?“I have great memories with the fireplace and the kids and grandkids, toasting marshmallows, and then grabbing doonas and pillows and hunkering down in the theatre room to watch a movie,” Mrs Spurr said.The Tasmanian oak staircase leads to the upper level with three bedrooms and a master bedroom with separate parents retreat and ensuite. CHECK OUT BRISBANE AUCTIONS THIS WEEKEND Get comfortable, this house could be yours for the next 20 years.More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus16 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market16 hours agoThe Spurrs are downsizing now their two children have moved away and will take their English-style Tudor house to auction on November 3. <<>> It’s one of those big purchases that is hard to hide in the garage.“I absolutely killed him actually,’’ Mrs Spurr said.“But it ended up for the best.“We had young children and what an amazing life for them on this property, fully-fenced over four acres.”center_img Parquetry flooring and a new kitchen are some of the improvements to 79 Molle Rd. A striking feature in the sunken lounge is a double-sided fireplace that links the lounge to the rumpus room with cathedral ceilings. Approximately $250,000 was spent on the initial renovation with parquetry flooring, balustrading, a new Tasmanian oak staircase, marble flooring in the entrance, new plumbing, tiling, solar panels and a new kitchen. What an entrance!Outside has a three-car garage, an inground saltwater pool, and paths for bikes and roller blades.“I hope a family with children buy it, it will be an amazing experience for them,” she said.“I am sad to leave it.“This house has always felt very peaceful and calming.” A little piece of Tudor England in Brisbane.last_img read more

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New Farm hoarder’s house sold for 60 times what it was originally purchased for

first_img The Courier-Mail previously reported that it took “four or five” people about 10 days to remove almost 100 cubic metres of “hoarder’s junk” from the property. Almost 100 cubic metres of hoarder’s junk was removed from 140 Annie St, New Farm. More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus16 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market16 hours agoThe kitchen had seen better days.Mr Liddy said the winning bid was placed by a friend who was acting on behalf of an interstate buyer.“The buyers are a young couple who are not originally from Queensland but looking to turn it into their own family home,” Mr Liddy said. The house at 140 Annie St, New Farm, sold at auction for $1.3 million.AN INNER-city hoarder’s house has sold for almost 60 times what it was originally bought for.The two-level house at 140 Annie St changed hands for the first time in 45 years at an auction yesterday. There was a DIY staircase.More than 40 spectators and nine registered bidders spilt out onto the street in front of the New Farm property at 9am and bidding for the pre-war dwelling kicked off at $1 million, with Belle Property Bulimba agent and auctioneer Paul Liddy leading the way.Mr Liddy coaxed bidding upward, taking two $100,000 bids, before it broke down to bids as small as $5000.After just nine bids, the house was sold under the hammer for $1.3 million dollars.According to CoreLogic data, the property last sold for $22,000 in 1973. However, Mr Liddy said the house was built before 1946 and could not be demolished under current heritage protection legislation.“It certainly is an interesting piece of property to say the least, but it bears great bare bones,” he said. Some of the property had VJ walls and timber floorboards that could be restored.Mr Liddy said the sellers, who were understood to have inherited the property, were “delighted” with the result.“It’s a family home, so there is a lot of emotion involved, but their expectations have been well and truly exceeded,” he said.The agent said the auction was an example of the strength in the New Farm market at present.“We had an extraordinarily big crowd and nine registered bidders … and the land holding of 582sq m in this location in New Farm is extraordinary,” Mr Liddy said.“We’ve seen the market speak today about the land values in New Farm, without a doubt.”Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayNext playlist itemMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:34Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:34 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedQuality Levels720p720pHD540p540p360p360p180p180pAutoA, selectedAudio Tracken (Main), selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.This is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.Close Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreenWhy The Block has been such a success00:35last_img read more

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Spacious, easy living near the coast

first_imgThe open-plan kitchen, dining and living space. Picture: Supplied.“I think the fabulous kitchen area is my favourite part of the home,” Mrs St Baker said. “The house flows beautifully and it has lovely indoor-outdoor living. More from newsFor under $10m you can buy a luxurious home with a two-lane bowling alley5 Apr 2017Military and railway history come together on bush block24 Apr 2019“You can open the doors and the entertainment areas seem to just spread out further and further.” A separate living area at the front of the home flows out to a patio and plunge pool with water feature. There is also an office, bedroom, powder room and laundry on this level.Upstairs, the master suite has a walk-in wardrobe and ensuite, and there is a family bathroom and two more bedrooms with built-in wardrobes. The home at 9 Walsh St, Redcliffe, has a private plunge pool. Picture: Supplied.THIS private two-storey family home is on the market in the Newport Quays Estate. Owners Greg and Jo St Baker bought the home at 9 Walsh St, Redcliffe seven years ago and are reluctantly selling to relocate for work. Mrs St Baker said they were sad to be leaving the peninsular and their much-loved home.“Our daughters grew up there. It was a great family home. It’s like a little oasis,” she said. “It’s very private and enclosed but it’s got great space and great light. It just has a lovely feel to it.” On the ground floor the home has an open-plan living, dining and kitchen area that opens to the large timber deck. The back deck and backyard at 9 Walsh St, Redcliffe. Picture: Supplied.Mrs St Baker said while the home had plenty of space for a growing family, it was also easy to look after.“It would suit anybody from young couples and families to older couples,” she said..“You can move straight in and enjoy easy living.”Mrs St Baker said the home was in a quiet neighbourhood, close to the canals, shops and schools.“We love the home, we’re looking forward to someone else enjoying it as much as we have,” she said.The property is being marketed by Simone De Raadt and Frank De Raadt of Kindred Redcliffe.last_img read more

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Pauline Hanson’s political advisor James Ashby is seeking a new tenant

first_imgOne Nation leader Pauline Hanson (right) and her political advisor James Ashby (left) set up camp in Birdsville (AAP Image/Darren England)CONTROVERSIAL political advisor James Ashby has listed his Yeppoon investment property for rent.One of four units within the complex owned by Mr Ashby, who is One Nation leader Pauline Hanson’s right hand man, has recently been listed. The block of units has been on the market for over a year, with Ashby seeking offers over $465,000. MORE REAL ESTATE NEWS: Buy your slice of Australia’s celebrity playground The unit complex in YeppoonBut median unit values have been seesawing in Yeppoon over the past five years, with values down 18.5 per cent in five years. However, values have increased 17.8 per cent in 12 months, according to CoreLogic.Yeppoon is about 40km northeast of Rockhampton, and is the gateway to the Southern Great Barrier Reef and Keppel Bay Islands. An increase in mining activity and several major company and infrastructure announcements have given a boost the region as a whole, according to the latest REIQ Market Monitor.More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus12 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market12 hours agoHarcourts Yeppoon agent Daniel Spyve, who is marketing Ashby’s unit complex for sale, said the focus was now on renting the individual units.He said vacancy rates were tight, boosting rentals yields for owners.“The mood is really positive in the resources sector and they have been in a good place, regardless of Adani,” he said.“Our rental market has gone up, and with every lease coming up for renewal rent has been increased.“Vacancy rates are really tight so renters are willing to pay the extra.“We recently had eight groups through one property, and they were all competitive … one bloke asked if he could pay extra (to secure the property).” Property turnaround: Home values on the way up again Pauline Hanson with the One Nation plane that is flown by James Ashby — Supplied One NationAshby was also involved in further controversy after a meeting with a fake gun lobbyist working undercover for Al Jazeera, a meeting where he and Queensland One Nation leader Steve Dickson were caught on camera allegedly soliciting donations. Queensland Senator and One Nation leader Pauline Hanson (centre), flanked by party officials James Ashby (left) and Steve Dickson, speaks during a press conference in Brisbane in March. Mr Ashby and Mr Dickson were caught in an Al Jazeera investigation which used hidden cameras and a journalist posing as a gun campaigner to expose the far-right party’s extraordinary efforts to obtain funding in Washington DC in September. (AAP Image/Dan Peled)center_img The kitchen inside the unit for rentAshby’s block of units in Yeppoon is the only property still in his name, according to property data.He sold a block of land near Tully in 2009, and offloaded another Yeppoon unit back in 2002, well before entering public life.Ashby, a former radio presenter, started his political career as an advisor to Federal Member for Fisher, Peter Slipper, and has been a human headline ever since entering the political arena seven years ago.The Ashby-Slipper relationship soured in 2012 when Ashby made allegations that he was sexually harassed by the former Speaker, a scandal dubbed “Ashbygate”.He ultimately dropped the lawsuit but the whole saga created a quagmire for the government.At the time, Ashby reportedly retreated back to his safe haven in Yeppoon, but the trained pilot made a comeback as a media advisor to Ms Hanson in 2015.Since then, the media spotlight has continued to shine on Ashby, who was fined for failing to promptly answer questions about the ownership of the aircraft used by One Nation, and had his parliamentary pass revoked and then reinstated following allegations of a physical altercation with former UAP senator Brian Burston. Senator Pauline Hanson holds a press conference with chief of staff James Ashby, Commonwealth Parliamentary Offices, Brisbane. Photographer: Liam KidstonThe unit listed for rent is on the market for $230 a week, up from $220 last year.Property data shows the median sales price for a unit in Yeppoon is $297,500, making the sale of Ashby’s block of four a relative bargain. Australia’s first homebuyer hotspot revealedlast_img read more

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Offshore Energy Exhibition & Conference 2017 – Celebrating 10 years of Offshore Energy

first_imgOffshore Energy Exhibition & Conference brought together over 550 exhibitors and 12,145 visitors in halls 1, 2 & 5 of Amsterdam RAI.While the number of exhibitors slightly decreased compared to 2016, the visitor number increased. The conference attracted over 1,300 delegates who attended 20 sessions.Next year Offshore Energy Exhibition & Conference takes place on (22), 23 and 24 October 2018.“This year marked our tenth anniversary and we look back on a great event,” says Annemieke den Otter, who bears overall responsibility for Offshore Energy. “Never before has the gathering of all players in offshore, from oil and gas to offshore wind and marine energy, been more apparent than this year and never before have we attracted so many international visitors.” This year’s theme was ‘Transformation through collaboration’. Topics that dominated the conversation ranged from decommissioning and future gas and wind energy production at the North Sea, to upstream investments in the Middle East, West-Africa, Latin-America and Asia.This year’s theme was ‘Transformation through collaboration’. Topics that dominated the conversation ranged from decommissioning and future gas and wind energy production at the North Sea, to upstream investments in the Middle East, West-Africa, Latin-America and Asia.The event brought together industry leaders and (young) professionals during a high-quality conference program, at the many networking opportunities, and in the exhibition halls. For three days – starting on Monday with the first day of Offshore WIND Conference – Amsterdam was a meeting place for a host of international clients, OEMs, EPC companies and suppliers active in oil and gas exploration and production as well as renewable energy development.OEEC 2017 again had a spectacular kick-off with Offshore Energy Opening Gala Dinner and Awards Show on Monday 9 October.  Guests were treated to dinner and drinks and musical interludes by the Junior Jazz Unlimited at the National Maritime Museum in Amsterdam. A special congratulation to the award winners: Dries Lammens  (winner of the Offshore Energy Young Engineer Award), Our Oceans Challenge (winner of the Offshore Energy Public Outreach Award) and Next Ocean with the Next Ocean Wave Predictor (winner of the Best Innovation in Offshore Energy Award).ExhibitionThis year over 550  exhibitors covered halls 1, 2, 5 and Amtrium of the Amsterdam RAI. During the exhibition days it was also possible to attend matchmaking sessions headed by Europe Enterprise Network, from bagpipes to robots, there were some great sights on the exhibition floor. The latest addition to the exhibition floor was the Startup Zone where upcoming talent was able to present themselves and showcase their innovations and products.  Back again was the Offshore WIND Expertise Hub where companies were interviewed on film. These videos will be published on OffshoreWIND.biz in the coming weeks. In the different pavilions, such as Iran, Scotland, Italy, Amsterdam IJmuiden Offshore Ports, North Sea Energy Gateway, Marine Energy and the Holland pavilion, people came together in an energetic environment to meet up and/or network.ConferenceThe high-quality conference program at OEEC contained seven Technical Sessions on topics ranging from Asset Integrity, Global Business Opportunities and Decommissioning. The Launch of the National Platform for Re-use and Decommissioning also took place during the conference. This year’s Industry Panel addressed the transition to a low carbon energy mix. Featured speakers distinguished facts and fiction on both fossil and renewable energy sources, their deployment and what it takes for societies to switch to a new energy system. Within renewables, Offshore WIND Conference (OWC) took place with speakers from Dong, Siemens, European Committee of the Regions and Ziton. Marine Energy Event took place on Wednesday 11 October and focused on the Conditions for Commercial Success of the industry with speakers from EMEC, Twin Valleys, Tidal Lagoon BV and Bureau Veritas. Last but not least, several side events took place and young professionals could attend special Master Classes with masters from OOS International and Schlumberger.Offshore Energy 2018Next year Offshore Energy Exhibition & Conference takes place on (22), 23 and 24 October 2018. Information on next year’s edition will be published online on www.offshore-energy.biz shortly.last_img read more

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Statoil Joins GCE Subsea Cluster

first_imgGCE Subsea informed that Statoil has come onboard as a new industry partner in the GCE Subsea Cluster.“Being the largest company in Norway and one of the most capable and competent subsea companies in the world it is of great importance, and a great pleasure, to announce our partnership,” said Owe Hagesæther, CEO of GCE Subsea.“Statoil values the clusters national and international network and their driving role in industry driven R&D and innovation processes,” said Stein Olav Drange, vice president Technology Management in Statoil. “We also focus on building relations with the Oceans Industries Incubator and the Startup and ScaleUp programmes and companies in GCE Subsea, and believe that GCE Subsea will prove to be a useful arena for innovation relevant to our value chain.”GCE Subsea has 23 partners within industry, R&D, academia and public offices.The cluster’s main hub is located at the Coast Center Base at Ågotnes west of Bergen, one of the largests bases for subsea aftermarket activities.“GCE Subsea is one of Norway’s three Global Centres of Expertise representing most professional and important industry. We are excited to have Statoil onboard as a partner. This will strengthen the cluster significantly, and add force to our effort implementing our strategy for the Norwegian subsea industry,” Hagesæther said.last_img read more

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EGS Begins Mozambique Survey for Anadarko

first_imgEGS Survey has started a hydrographic and geophysical survey for Anadarko’s Mozambique Area 1 (AMA1) LNG development. The survey is expected to last up to three months and involves deploying a range of hydrographic and geophysical survey tools in a remote environment.Offshore operations include shallow and deep water high resolution geophysical and hydrographic surveys, utilizing EGS’ vessel RV Ridley Thomas and the recently acquired shallow daughter craft. The surveys will support onshore development of two liquefaction trains to be constructed by Anadarko-led Area 1.EGS VP Chris Dougherty stated that EGS has worked closely with Anadarko in the time leading up to the start of field operations so that the team of 15 offshore geophysicists, surveyors and engineers can be as well prepared and safe as possible for the variety of survey tasks to be performed at the remote site.last_img read more

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Petrofac wins well services deal with Siccar Point

first_imgPetrofac’s Engineering and Production Services (EPS) business has added to its well engineering portfolio with the award of a contract from an independent exploration and production company, Siccar Point Energy.The three-year agreement, which includes options to extend, is estimated to be worth up to $95 million over the term, Petrofac said on Monday.The contract includes provision of well operator and well engineering project management services including supply chain management, for Siccar Point’s operated assets West of Shetland. Under these terms, Petrofac will be responsible for all new well work and the ongoing integrity management of existing well stock.Petrofac will also deploy its well project management software WellAtlas, which supports the entire well management and delivery agenda.Commenting on the award, Nick Shorten, Managing Director for Petrofac Engineering and Production Services in the Western Hemisphere, said: “We are delighted to have secured this significant new scope with Siccar Point Energy and very much look forward to supporting them in successfully delivering their ambitious exploration, appraisal and development plans, safely and cost efficiently over the next three years.“This award builds on our existing track record for delivering Well Operator and Project Management services for clients across the globe, but specifically West of Shetland, where we have significant exploration, appraisal and development experience.”last_img read more

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Jan De Nul in Benin: Season’s Goal Completed

first_imgImage source: Jan De NulJan De Nul has just released the latest update on their underwater breakwater project in Benin, saying that the season’s goal was successfully completed.“Our vessel Pompei installed a total of 440,000 tonnes of rock in 132 days. Now getting ready for another 400,000 tonnes,” said Jan De Nul in its announcement.The stone installation works were kicked off in December 2018 in Avlékété.During the first phase, a submerged dike of 2 kilometers will be installed. Another two rock installation campaigns of 2 kilometers each will follow, one in Avlékété and another in Djégbadji.After the installation of the submerged dikes, Jan De Nul’s trailing suction hopper dredgers (TSHDs) will reclaim sand to restore the affected beaches.Works will be completed in 2021.BackgroundThe Beninese Ministry of Living Environment and Sustainable Development recently kicked off the coastal protection works near the mentioned coastal villages – part of the town called Ouidah.At the beginning of 2018, the Ministry awarded Jan De Nul Group for its in-house developed design of a submerged dike installed off the coast to protect the coastline against the impact of the Atlantic Ocean.Jan De Nul’s design includes a submerged dike at about 150 meters off the coast. The dike has a wave damping effect, which means that the waves of the Atlantic Ocean are broken before they reach the coast.A wave-free climate develops between the submerged dike and the coast. This will significantly reduce the impact on the beaches, as a result of which the sand will move less and the erosion will decrease.last_img read more

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UK books Qatari LNG cargo pair

first_imgImage courtesy of MHPAThe United Kingdom has booked a couple of Qatari liquefied natural gas cargoes for its two import facilities at the Milford Haven waterway. The 210.110-cbm LNG carrier, Duhail is scheduled to dock at the Dragon LNG terminal at Waterston, Milford Haven in Pembrokeshire on April 20.The second cargo is heading to the South Hook liquefied natural gas terminal onboard the Al Sadd LNG carrier. The vessel with 210,000-cbm cargo capacity is scheduled to arrive at the facility on April 23.Both cargoes have been lifted at the Ras Laffan liquefied natural gas complex in Qatar the shipping data from the Milford Haven Port Authority shows.The South Hook LNG terminal, owned by Qatar Petroleum, ExxonMobil and Total, can provide around 20 percent of Britain’s natural gas requirements.The Dragon LNG terminal at Waterston, Milford Haven in Pembrokeshire, is owned by Shell (50 percent) and Petronas (50 percent).The facility has a maximum gas send out rate to the NTS of 7.6 billion cubic meters of gas per annum. The terminal can supply up to 10 percent of the UK’s energy needs. LNG World News Stafflast_img read more

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ABB, Keppel Team Up on Autonomous Tug Operation in Singapore

first_imgTechnology firm ABB has signed a contract with Singaporean shipyard Keppel Offshore & Marine to enable autonomous tug operation at the Port of Singapore by the end of 2020.As informed, ABB, in collaboration with Keppel O&M’s Keppel Marine and Deepwater Technology (KMDTech), will jointly develop the technology for autonomous vessels and retrofit a 32-meter harbor tugboat with digital solutions.Upon project completion, the vessel is anticipated to be South Asia’s first autonomous tug.During the initial phase of the project, the vessel, operated by Keppel O&M’s joint-venture company Keppel Smit Towage, will complete a series of navigational tasks in a designated test area in the Port of Singapore, steered from an onshore control center. The second phase of the project will see the vessel perform autonomous collision avoidance tasks while under remote supervision.“The intent of our technology is not to entirely remove the crew, but rather to relieve the crew from the tasks than can be automated and thus enable them to perform at their best during critical operations,” Juha Koskela, Managing Director, ABB Marine & Ports, explained.With this project, ABB takes the next step towards autonomous shipping, building on the insights gained from the groundbreaking trial of a remotely operated passenger ferry Suomenlinna II, carried out in Helsinki harbor in November 2018. The Port of Singapore, which sees over 130,000 vessels calling annually, has exponentially denser shipping patterns, which will add another layer of complexity to the trials.The trials aim to validate the increased safety and efficiency of tug operations by utilizing digital solutions that are already available today for nearly any kind of vessel. Integral to the trials will be ABB Ability Marine Pilot portfolio of solutions, which enable the ‘sense-decide-act’ loop required for any form of autonomy. ABB Ability Marine Pilot Vision will provide the sensor fusion from existing and new systems to generate a digital situational awareness while ABB Ability Marine Pilot Control will execute the necessary conning commands.According to ABB, performing the transit autonomously and under remote supervision would enable the onboard crew to rest and be alert when they are needed in the actual work of the tug.KMDTech will work with the Maritime Port Authority of Singapore (MPA) and the Technology Centre for Offshore and Marine, Singapore (TCOMS) to develop various technologies and be the system integrator for the autonomous solutions.American Bureau of Shipping (ABS) will provide the approval in principle for the novel features such as remote navigation control and autonomous control system.last_img read more

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Akastor investment manager to take on CFO role next year

first_imgNorway’s oil-services investment company Akastor has named a new chief financial officer of the company.Øyvind Paaske; Image source: AkastorAkastor said on Friday that its investment manager Øyvind Paaske was promoted to the CFO role, effective from March 1, 2020.He replaces Leif H. Borge, who will remain in the position up to this date, after which he will assume a new position in a company outside the Aker group.Paaske joined the investment team in Akastor in 2014. Before this, he held the position as Investment Manager in Aker ASA.Akastor CEO Karl Erik Kjelstad said: “I am very pleased that Øyvind has accepted the CFO position. During his time at Akastor, he has played an important role in executing our M&A projects and has gained considerable knowledge of all our portfolio companies, in particular, MHWirth.“I have had the pleasure of working closely with Leif for more than 17 years, from when he started his career in the Aker group as CFO in Aker Yards in 2002, thereafter as CFO in Aker Solutions from 2008 and finally as CFO and Investment Director in Akastor since its incorporation in 2014. Leif has throughout this been a highly valuable team member, and we sincerely thank him for his strong contributions and wish him all the best and success in his new position.”Regarding his appointment, Paaske stated: “I am excited to take on the CFO role in Akastor. I very much look forward to contributing in my new position, with a focus on developing and realizing the values in Akastor’s portfolio.”Spotted a typo? Have something more to add to the story? Maybe a nice photo? Contact our editorial team via email. Also, if you’re interested in showcasing your company, product or technology on Offshore Energy Today, please contact us via our advertising form where you can also see our media kit.last_img read more

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Brash’s call on cannabis ‘dopey and dangerous’

first_imgONE News 26 Sep 2011Family First says a call by Act Party leader Don Brash to decriminalise cannabis sends the wrong message. Act leader Don Brash is calling for the decriminalisation of cannabis, saying prohibition of the drug has not worked. Brash told TVNZ’s Q + A programme policing cannabis costs millions of taxpayer dollars and clogs up the court system. But Family First spokesman Bob McCoskrie said decriminalisation tells the public, especially younger people, that small amounts of drug use is no big deal. “Brash also misunderstands the real harm that personal consumption of the drug actually does,” McCoskrie said. He said Act should instead be calling for better treatment facilities for addiction and mental illness. McCoskrie says a zero-tolerance approach to the use of drugs combined with treatment options is a far better solution.http://tvnz.co.nz/national-news/brash-s-call-cannabis-dopey-and-dangerous-4419091ALSO – ACT leader questions marijuana lawsNZ Herald 25 Sep 2011Act Party leader Don Brash is calling for thought to be given to decriminalising marijuana. In a speech on law and order to supporters in Auckland on Sunday Dr Brash said he had some serious questions about current marijuana laws.http://www.nzherald.co.nz/politics/news/article.cfm?c_id=280&objectid=10754275Bob Clarkson joins call to legalise cannabisBay of Plenty Times 27 Sep 2011Former Tauranga MP Bob Clarkson has supported calls for the decriminalisation of cannabis.http://www.bayofplentytimes.co.nz/news/clarkson-joins-call-to-legalise-drug/1117303/last_img read more

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Panel Endorses HPV Vaccine for Boys of 11

first_imgNew York Times 25 Oct 2011Boys and young men should be vaccinated against human papillomavirus, or HPV, to protect against anal and throat cancers that can result from sexual activity, a federal advisory committee said Tuesday. The recommendation by the panel, the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, is likely to transform the use of the HPV vaccine, since most private insurers pay for vaccines once the committee recommends them for routine use.…The vaccine has been controversial because the disease it prevents results from sexual activity, and that controversy is likely to intensify with the committee’s latest recommendation since many of the cancers in men result from homosexual sex. …Parents of boys face some uncomfortable realities when choosing whether to have their child vaccinated. The burden of disease in males results mostly from oral or anal sex, but vaccinating boys will also benefit female partners since cervical cancer in women results mostly from vaginal sex with infected males. …Vaccinating homosexual boys would be far more cost effective than vaccinating all boys, since the burden of disease is far higher in homosexuals. “But it’s not necessarily effective or perhaps even appropriate to be making those determinations at the 11- to 12-year-old age,” said Kristen R. Ehresmann of the Minnesota Department of Health and a committee member.http://www.nytimes.com/2011/10/26/health/policy/26vaccine.html?ref=healthFamily First Comment: We quote directly from the US-based Family Research CouncilThe public health case for boys to receive the vaccine is weaker than it is for girls. When a man contracts HPV, the result is usually genital warts (a much less serious symptom than cervical cancer), so it is questionable if the benefit is worth the cost (almost $400 for the three shots). The CDC is quick to point out that the vaccine also protects against anal, mouth, and throat cancer–but they downplay the fact that these cancers are almost entirely the result of men having homosexual sex!Apart from the cost of the shots (upwards of $140 million a year), perhaps the most infuriating aspect of all this is the government’s insistence that we look for ways to minimize the impact of promiscuity instead of working to encourage the end of it. Rather than asking young people to change their behavior, society is scrambling to enable it. It’s like trying to address the problem of drunk driving by making better airbags. We can’t tackle long-term safety with short-term solutions. And unfortunately, tiptoeing around the fundamental problem–premarital sex and homosexual sex–shows how far off course we are.Vaccinating against HPV, while important, won’t inoculate people from the other negative consequences of promiscuous sex–many of which are just as destructive. Some people have argued that it’s “ethical” for boys to be vaccinated to protect their future sexual partners, but the most ethical answer of all is focusing on abstinence, which is the only 100% effective way to prevent all of the dangerous side-effects of sex outside of marriage. Of course, we’re all told that it’s unrealistic to think young people can abstain. But it’s only unrealistic to the degree that we fail to challenge them to do so!last_img read more

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After 5 Months, Colorado Sees Downside of Legal High

first_imgNew York Times 31 May 2014Five months after Colorado became the first state to allow recreational marijuana sales, the battle over legalization is still raging.Law enforcement officers in Colorado and neighboring states, emergency room doctors and legalization opponents increasingly are highlighting a series of recent problems as cautionary lessons for other states flirting with loosening marijuana laws.There is the Denver man who, hours after buying a package of marijuana-infused Karma Kandy from one of Colorado’s new recreational marijuana shops, began raving about the end of the world and then pulled a handgun from the family safe and killed his wife, the authorities say. Some hospital officials say they are treating growing numbers of children and adults sickened by potent doses of edible marijuana. Sheriffs in neighboring states complain about stoned drivers streaming out of Colorado and through their towns.“I think, by any measure, the experience of Colorado has not been a good one unless you’re in the marijuana business,” said Kevin A. Sabet, executive director of Smart Approaches to Marijuana, which opposes legalization. “We’ve seen lives damaged. We’ve seen deaths directly attributed to marijuana legalization. We’ve seen marijuana slipping through Colorado’s borders. We’ve seen marijuana getting into the hands of kids.”http://www.nytimes.com/2014/06/01/us/after-5-months-of-sales-colorado-sees-the-downside-of-a-legal-high.html?_r=1&referrerlast_img read more

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Apiata steps up for Big Buddy plan

first_imgNZ Herald 27 June 2014War hero Willie Apiata drew on his own experiences as a fatherless child to help launch a foundation close to his heart.New Zealand’s only living recipient of the Victoria Cross helped to launch the Big Buddy Foundation in Auckland last night, with Prime Minister John Key and All Black great Grant Fox.The foundation will secure funding for the existing Big Buddy mentoring programme, which matches fatherless boys with adult buddies on the philosophy that boys need positive male role models in their lives in order to become good men.Mr Apiata spoke of growing up without a father.“I was just lucky to live in a small community where there were male role models there for me to be able to seek support, advice and … finish off my training to become a man.”He felt privileged to be part of an organisation helping to build good young men, including 17-year-old Teraia Whatuira-Henderson, who gave a poignant speech about how much his buddy had helped him when his father committed suicide when he was 10.http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=11282559last_img read more

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Marijuana ‘may be worse than cigarettes for cardiovascular health’

first_imgMedical News Today 9 August 2017Family First Comment: So much for it being a “harmless substance that just makes you feel good and doesn’t harm anyone….”www.saynopetodope.nzPeople who use marijuana may be three times more likely to die from high blood pressure than non-users of the drug, a new study finds.The researchers say that their findings indicate that marijuana use is a greater risk factor for poor cardiovascular health than cigarette smoking.Lead study author Barbara A. Yankey, of the School of Public Health at Georgia State University in Atlanta, and her team recently reported their results in the European Journal of Preventive Cardiology.High blood pressure, or hypertension, arises when the force of blood pushing against the blood vessel walls becomes too high.Around 75 million people in the United States – or 32 percent of the U.S. population – have high blood pressure.High blood pressure can increase the likelihood of stroke and heart disease, and in 2014, the condition was the main or contributing factor in more than 410,000 deaths in the U.S.Cigarette smoking is a well-established risk factor for high blood pressure and poor cardiovascular health, but according to the new study from Yankey and team, marijuana use may be even more harmful.Death from hypertension increased threefoldThe researchers came to their findings by analyzing the data of 1,213 adults aged 20 and older, all of whom had participated in the 2005-2006 National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey.As part of the survey, subjects were asked whether they had ever used marijuana, and if so, the age at which they first used the drug. Information on cigarette use was also collected.In order to calculate the duration of marijuana use among participants, the researchers subtracted the age at first marijuana use from subjects’ current age.Using 2011 data from the National Center for Health Statistics, the researchers assessed whether or not marijuana use might influence the risk of death from hypertension, heart disease, and cerebrovascular disease.READ MORE: http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/318854.phplast_img read more

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Former cop, youth worker and bereaved father against cannabis legislation

first_imgStuff co.nz 23 June 2020Family First Comment: South Cantabrians are against a groundbreaking proposal to change New Zealand’s cannabis laws, include a former senior sergeant, youth worker and bereaved father – and they’re hoping their experiences may help inform others ahead of September’s referendum.Former police officer Mark Offen points out that alcohol reform has not protected youth, and he sees the proposed new bill in the same light. “The alcohol age limit is 18, but the defacto limit is 12 or 13. It will be the same with cannabis, the limit of 20 will see 14 and 15 year-olds trying it.”South Cantabrians against a groundbreaking proposal to change New Zealand’s cannabis laws, include a former senior sergeant, youth worker and bereaved father – and they’re hoping their experiences may help inform others ahead of September’s referendum.Voters will get the opportunity to decide for or against the Cannabis Legislation and Control Bill at the general election in September. The bill, which aims to regulate production, supply and consumption of cannabis to those aged 20 and over, has already drawn mixed reactions.One of those who opposes the changes, is former senior sergeant Mark Offen – who spent 30 years working on the front line and has seen the impact of drug use first hand.“Once the genie is out of the bottle you can’t put it back,” warns Offen.Offen, who left the police force four years ago, is concerned that there was no evidence that the legislation was the best thing to do as academic experts on both sides of the argument presented equally compelling points of view.READ MORE: https://www.stuff.co.nz/timaru-herald/news/121420223/former-cop-youth-worker-and-bereaved-father-against-cannabis-legislationlast_img read more

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Instant self-test HIV kit launches in Britain

first_imgBritain’s first legally-approved HIV self-testing kit went on sale online on Monday, promising a result in just 15 minutes with a 99.7 percent accuracy rate.Developers hope the BioSure HIV Self Test will help identify the estimated 26,000 people in Britain who have HIV but do not yet know.“Knowing your HIV status is critical and the launch of this product will empower people to discreetly test themselves when it is convenient to them and in a place where they feel comfortable,” explained BioSure founder Brigette Bard.Early diagnosis reduces the risk of passing the disease on to other people and also raises the success rate of modern treatments, which now make the disease manageable.“Over 40 percent of people living with HIV are diagnosed late, meaning they have been living with HIV for at least four years,” said Deborah Gold, chief executive of the National Aids Trust (NAT).“People diagnosed late are 11 times more likely to die in the first year after diagnosis,” she added.The kit reacts to antibodies — proteins made in response to the virus — in a drop of the person’s blood, producing two purple lines in the event of a positive diagnosis.The self-test, which is only available via the Internet, can only detect antibodies three months after the patient has become infected, and is not effective during this initial period, and all positive results must be confirmed by professional health workers, experts said.Rosemary Gillespie, chief executive at HIV charity Terrence Higgins Trust, said it was “great to see the first self-test kits being approved.“However, it is important to make sure people can get quick access to support when they get their result.”Currently, those who fear they may have been infected have to collect a blood sample at home and send it to a laboratory, waiting five days for the result.There are almost 110,000 people in Britain living with HIV, which can lead to AIDS if the sufferer’s immune system becomes badly damaged.A similar test in the US has been available since 2012, giving a result in around 30 minutes from a sample of the person’s saliva or blood.–AFPRelated Bountiful harvest makes Zimbabwe self-sufficient Zimbabwe launches HIV/AIDS treatment manualcenter_img Uganda to introduce oral HIV self-test kitlast_img read more

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IAAF to discipline athletes over results from retested samples

first_imgIAAF Athletics World Championships 2015: The night for African Athletes The IAAF has initiated disciplinary action against 28 athletes after they retested samples from the 2005 and 2007 world championships with new technology that can uncover previously undetectable substances and found 32 adverse doping cases.The International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) on Tuesday announced that it would be initiating disciplinary action against 28 as-yet unnamed athletes after retesting samples from the 2005 and 2007 World Championships.Eastern Europeans, including Russians, make up a large number of the 28, sources familiar with the testing told Reuters on Tuesday.They were not aware of any Americans on the list and the BBC reported there were no British athletes.In a statement posted on the federation’s website, the IAAF states that the results yielded 32 adverse findings and that the 28 athletes could not yet be named due to the legal process.It was also revealed that most of the athletes named have since retired with some already having been sanctioned. Only a few remain active in the sport. The 2005 World Championships were staged in Helsinki, with Osaka, Japan hosting two years later.Officials at the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) would not comment on the cases, saying they would await the conclusion of the testing process.If violations are confirmed, the IAAF said it would correct the record books for the 2005 and 2007 world championships, which were held in Osaka, and re-allocate medals as necessary.Related Kenyan athletes, IAAF dismiss doping allegationscenter_img Athletes banned from changing nationalitieslast_img read more

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Apple-Cranberry Dessert.

first_img Tweet Recipe source:Better Homes and Gardens Share Sharing is caring! 26 Views   no discussions Apple-Cranberry Dessert.This recipe for a delicious apple and cranberry casserole has layers of flavor. A sweet batter tops the fresh apples and cranberries. Unsweetened cherries can be substituted for the cranberries, if fresh cranberries are not available, or frozen ones work well too. Top with a scoop of ice cream.Ingredients:2 12-ounce package fresh or frozen cranberries or 2 16-ounces packages frozen unsweetened pitted tart red cherries*2 cups chopped, peeled cooking apples2 tablespoons butter, cut up1-1/4 cups sugar3/4 cup chopped walnuts or pecans2 eggs, slightly beaten3/4 cup butter, melted1 cup sugar3/4 cup all-purpose flourVanilla ice creamcenter_img Share Food & DiningLifestyle Apple-Cranberry Dessert. by: – July 20, 2011 Directions:Preheat oven to 325 degree F. Grease the bottom of a 13x9x2-inch baking pan. Toss the cranberries and apples together in the pan. Dot cranberry mixture with the 2 tablespoons butter. Sprinkle evenly with the 1-1/4 cups sugar and the chopped nuts.In a medium mixing bowl whisk together the eggs, melted butter, the 1 cup sugar, and the flour until well combined. Pour evenly over top of cranberry mixture.Bake, uncovered, for 1 to 1-1/4 hours or until top is golden brown. Serve warm (cool about 30 minutes) or at room temperature with vanilla ice cream. Makes 15 servings.*Note: If using frozen cranberries, do not thaw before tossing with apples. If using frozen cherries, let stand at room temperature 30 minutes before tossing with apples. Sharelast_img read more

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Barbados leads the way in fertility healthcare for US patients

first_img Sharing is caring! Tweet Share Share Flag of Barbados. Image via: flagsofnet.comBRIDGETOWN, Barbados — Barbados Fertility Centre (BFC) will be featured in the Vanguard documentary ‘Under the knife abroad’, which airs on Monday 14 November 9:00pm PST/8:00pm CT on Current TV. The documentary looks at the future of US healthcare and how many Americans are forced to leave their homes for affordable treatment outside of the US. BFC is a JCI accredited centre of excellence for IVF treatment and is considered to be one of the leaders in the field of reproductive medicine with success rates as high as 71% for women under 35. These success rates are attributed to the cutting edge technology employed by the medical team combined with the relaxing option of undergoing treatment on the Caribbean island of Barbados, which is only 3 hours from Miami and 4 hours from New York with daily direct flights. With treatment costs less than half at BFC of what US couples are paying for IVF at home. The airing of the documentary also coincides with the launch of The Fertility App, available from the App store, which has been developed by BFC to support every woman who has made the life changing decision to start a family covering everything from ovulation through to a positive pregnancy test. Dr Juliet Skinner, head clinician at BFC said. “We pride ourselves on offering our patients the latest in technology to help them conceive, and are delighted to be able to share our knowledge with women across the globe via The Fertility App.” Infertility affects one in six couples worldwide, and if a couple tries to conceive for more than 12 months without success then they need to seek medical advice. The app has been designed to help women conceive with an ovulation calculator, which is connected to the calendar. This then syncs with the users device to send them alerts and reminders. The user can add appointments and medications and there is a full medical glossary explaining all the medical terms associated with both male and female fertility. There is also a full description of pre conception supplements and medications and their effects on the body when trying to conceive. BFC have also compiled a list of the most frequently asked questions from their patients and there is a healthy lifestyle section to improve a couple’s chance of success. Within the Fertility App there is the opportunity to connect with BFC on Facebook and Twitter for daily updates from the medical team, they can also watch videos on the BFC YouTube channel and connect with other people trying for a baby in the patient support forum. If a couple have had no success after 12 months and need medical assistance they can also connect directly with the BFC medical team from within the app and request a consultation with Dr Skinner or go directly to the BFC website for more information. Caribbean News Nowcenter_img 15 Views   no discussions Share HealthLifestyle Barbados leads the way in fertility healthcare for US patients by: – November 11, 2011last_img read more

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Pope to make historic US Congress address on Sept 24

first_img Share 163 Views   no discussions Share Pope FrancisWASHINGTON, United States (AFP) — Pope Francis will bring his message of peace and compassion to politically gridlocked Washington in September when he becomes the first pontiff to address the US Congress, lawmakers said Thursday.Francis, who is also expected to meet President Barack Obama, will speak before members of the Senate and House of Representatives on September 24 after finally accepting an invitation extended in March last year.“That day his holiness will be the first pope in our history to address a joint session of Congress,” House Speaker John Boehner told reporters.“We are humbled that the Holy Father has accepted our invitation and certainly look forward to receiving his message on behalf of the American people.”The 78-year-old leader of the world’s Roman Catholics confirmed late last year that he would visit the United States in September to take part in a Catholic Church congress in Philadelphia.He will also address the United Nations in New York.“I am very much looking forward to welcoming Pope Francis to the United States later this year,” Obama, who was received by the pontiff at the Vatican last March, said at Thursday’s National Prayer Breakfast in Washington.The pope is hugely popular in the United States, with a Pew poll in December showing 78 percent of Americans have a favourable view of Francis.House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi, who like Boehner is Catholic, said lawmakers were “honoured and overjoyed that Pope Francis, the first pontiff born in the Americas, has accepted our invitation.”The Argentina-born pope has “inspired a new generation of people, regardless of their religious affiliation, to be instruments of peace,” she added.US lawmakers could do with some timely peace-building.Republicans and Democrats have feuded over immigration, a Canada-US oil pipeline and national security funding virtually from the moment the new Congress convened in January.And Obama’s $4 trillion budget request for fiscal year 2016, defended by Democrats, has been dismissed by Republican opponents as a tax-and-spend wish list that will never pass Congress.“On a happier note, a bit of good news,” Boehner said as he announced the pope’s visit, moments after highlighting the congressional gridlock.Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said he looked forward to hearing Pope Francis’s “call to love our neighbours,” while praising the pontiff’s “engaging and compelling style”.The pope is a popular figure on Capitol Hill, where nearly one in three lawmakers is Catholic.“In a place too often torn by political division, his words are certain to enrich and enlighten,” senior Senate Democrat Dick Durbin said.Francis has touched on issues like climate change that remain deeply divisive in Congress, where many Republicans hesitate to openly accept scientific assessments that human activity has led to global warming.Francis announced last month, as he returned to Rome from a week-long trip to Asia, that he will make his first visit to Africa later this year, with stops in Uganda and Central African Republic.He is also scheduled to travel to Ecuador, Bolivia and Paraguay in July.The outspoken Francis caused a stir last month when he told reporters on the papal plane that Catholics should not breed “like rabbits”.He rowed back from the remarks days later, describing large families as a “gift from God”. Sharing is caring!center_img Share FaithInternationalLifestylePrint Pope to make historic US Congress address on Sept 24 by: Associated Free Press – February 6, 2015 Tweetlast_img read more

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LIAT apologises for delays and cancellations

first_imgBusinessLifestyleNewsRegionalTravel LIAT apologises for delays and cancellations by: Caribbean Media Corporation – January 8, 2016 Share Tweet Sharing is caring! Sharecenter_img 228 Views   no discussions Share ST JOHN’S, Antigua (CMC) – Regional carrier LIAT, has apologised to customers for flight delays and cancellations in recent days.“I would like to extend my personal apology for the inconvenience many of you have been experiencing as a result of flight delays and or cancellations over the past few days,” said the airline’s CEO, David Evans.He said while LIAT has been addressing several operational and crewing issues the management has not been notified of any sickout or industrial action by any Union.Evans said the airline is seeking to resolve “all matters and restore stability to our flight schedule”.Earlier this week several passengers returning home after the Christmas holidays experienced flight delays.In response, LIAT’s head of Corporate Communications Desmond Brown issued a statement on Monday in which he also said the company had not been notified of any sick-out or industrial action by cabin crew members.“However we have observed that a higher number of our cabin crew have reported sick but our Operations Control Centre is making adjustments to manage this and any other operational issues arising as is their function and role,” he then said.Brown added that LIAT had been in communication with the cabin crews’ union and was “naturally concerned” for the health and welfare of its workers.last_img read more

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Results of Wednesday’s games in the Lime National Basketball League played at the Massacre Hard Court.

first_imgNewsSports Results of Wednesday’s games in the Lime National Basketball League played at the Massacre Hard Court. by: – July 14, 2011 Share Sharing is caring! This game was restarted with 3:05 left to go in the 3rd Quarter after rain had interrupted play during its originally scheduled date of June 23rd. Down 11 points at the beginning of the restart in the 3rd quarter, the Pros stormed back into the game, eventually tying the game then taking a 56 to 53 lead. The final 2 minutes of the game saw three lead changes, with the Prowlers gaining the upper hand after the Pros missed 2 crucial technical freethrows then turning the ball over on their following possession when they had a 58 to 56 lead. On the Prowlers next possession, National Team Player Junior Isles made a strong drive to the basket to tie the game at 58 points. After failing to convert on their next possession, the Pros were forced to foul Junior Isles who calmly sunk both free throws to win the game for his team 60 points to 58. Top scoring for the Prowlers were Junior Isles with a game high 18 points, Ronald Bruno with 12 points, and Matthias Douglas with 11 points while Ramal Carbon scored 15 points, Ernand Lavernier scored 9 points, and Craig Angol scored 8 points for the Pros in a losing effort.Games continue tonight with the following 2 games being played in Massacre:Game 1-7.00pm – Massacre Black Hawks vs. T.F Grand Fond Ball TricksReferees – S. Stowe and H. JulianGame 2- 9.00pm – Pichelin Pistons vs. Ian Douglas PatriotsReferees – A. Morris and D. BurtonDamien SorhaindoDABA Treasurer Game 1 7pm: Kubuli/Vitamalt Division 1 – Morne Prosper Ballers vs Malta India MarauderzIn what turned out to be a keenly contested game, the winless Maraurderz produced a valiant effort to obtain their highest score of the season, 69 points. However, this was not enough to overcome the fast breaking Ballers team who capitalized on several turnovers by the Marauderz down the stretch to win the game by the final score of 83 points to 69. Top scorers for the Ballers were Lyndel Mayers with 18 points, Emile Cadeau with 16 points, and Ursan Mitchell with 15 points while Michael Lee had a game high 24 points and Augustus Juliana scored 16 points, and Lemuel Williams scored 9 points for the Marauderz in a losing effort. Game 2 9pm: Domlec Premier Division – TR Prowlers vs. Dragon Stoute Pros Tweet Share Share 27 Views   no discussionslast_img read more

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A Laudat man fined $3500 for possession of Cannabis and possession with intent to supply Cannabis

first_img Share LocalNews A Laudat man fined $3500 for possession of Cannabis and possession with intent to supply Cannabis by: – August 25, 2011 Tweet Share Maxim Raffoul. Photo credit: FacebookMaxim Raffoul of Laudat, Abraham Wilks of St. Kitts and Wilanda Luke of St. Joseph were this morning jointly charged on charges of possession of Cannabis and possession of Cannabis with the intent to supply, at the Magistrate’s Court in Roseau.The Defendant Maxim Raffoul pleaded guilty to all three charges while the others; Abraham Wilks and Wilanda Luke, pleaded not guilty.According to the facts of the case presented to the Court by the Police Prosecutor Corporal Innocent Toussaint, Sergeant B of the Commonwealth of Dominica Police Force executed a search warrant at the residence of thirty-two year old Maxim Raffoul in Laudat at 5:30am on the 24th of August, in which a clear plastic bag containing what appeared to be Cannabis was found on the table in the dining room, two branches of what also appeared to be Cannabis hanging in a closet in the bedroom, and another clear plastic container with what appeared to be Cannabis on the refrigerator. The Defendant was questioned regarding the contents of the search warrant and informed the police that it was Cannabis which belonged to him. The evidence and the three accused were taken to the Police Headquarters in Roseau.Defense Counsel Kondwani Williams in making a plea in mitigation for the defendant informed the Court that his client is a businessman who is otherwise a very productive member of society. He conducts an agricultural farm, is in the entertainment business and found himself in very unfortunate circumstances.Mr. Williams also described the Defendant as someone who is productive and creates employment for other people.He  further requested that the Court temper justice with mercy as the Defendant indicated to the police officer where the alleged drugs was located, and that he also had time to reflect and reconsider his actions.Magistrate Evelina Baptiste sentenced Mr Raffoul to pay the sum of $2500.00 to be paid by January 31st, 2012 or in default face six months imprisonment. On the charge of Cannabis with the intent to supply, and $1000.00 to be paid by January 31st, 2012 or in default face four months imprisonment on the charge of possession of Cannabis. Both sentences are to run concurrently.Prosecutor Toussaint did not present any evidence against Abraham Wilks and Wilanda Luke, therefore Magistrate Baptiste informed them that the matters which were filed against them has been dismissed for want of prosecution.Dominica Vibes Newscenter_img Sharing is caring! Share 251 Views   2 commentslast_img read more

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Seven attorneys admitted to the Bar in Dominica

first_img Share Tweet LocalNews Seven attorneys admitted to the Bar in Dominica by: – October 14, 2011 Share Sharing is caring!center_img 1177 Views   2 comments Share Arthlyn NestySeven attorneys; Arthlyn Nesty, Joshua Francis, Ronald Charles, Jeffrey Douglas-Murdock, Nuraiyah Sebastien, Ernette Kangal of St. Lucia and Rene Butcher of Barbados, were this morning admitted to the Bar at a special sitting of the High Court of Justice.At this morning’s sitting the Director of Public Prosecutions Mr Gene Pestaina, Attorney General Mr Levi Peter and former attorney general Mr Henry Dyer all described this special sitting of the High Court to admit seven attorneys to the Bar as very historic.Joshua FrancisThe Attorney General of Dominica Mr Levi Peter told the attorneys that they are “all embarking upon a challenging but rewarding career” but that they should note that the challenges are “counter-balanced by the rewards”.Mr Peter encouraged the newly admitted attorneys to involve themselves in some pro bono work and assist the Dominica Legal Aid Clinic.Ronald Charles“I would encourage those of you who have been called today to consider the possibility of lending your services in more pro bono work. I would certainly encourage you to dedicate at least a small portion of your time and energy to engage in pro bono work. The Legal Aid Clinic will be very glad for your assistance.”In admonishing the attorneys Mr Peter noted ethics and professionalism as personal characteristics which do not require legislation.Jeffrey Douglas-Murdock“Turning now to the issue of ethics and professionalism; these do not require legislation. They require personal discipline, responsibility and integrity, you either have them or you do not. Nobody, least of all a lawyer, needs a law to enable them to know that it is wrong to steal a client’s money or property. All lawyers know full well that they must not steal or otherwise inappropriately interfere with the money or the property or clients. You have been called today I am sure that without there being in place any law specifically addressed towards lawyers, you know the integrity that you should bring to the profession that you have now entered.”Nuraiyah SebastienMr. Peter further admonished the attorneys not to allow “greed and hubris to lead you astray” making reference to Proverbs 16: 18 as a guideline as well as the tenants of the noble profession of law. President of the Dominica Bar Association and Solicitor General Wynant Adrien-Roberts also offered words of admonition to the newly admitted members of the Bar to take pride in their work and balance their work with a healthy lifestyle, remembering not to abandon their family members or friends.Rene Butcher“I encourage you above all to maintain healthy interpersonal relationships and social activities. It is crucial for all of us to sustain a healthy lifestyle and strong ties with our family and friends. The law is a jealous lover and you may find yourself so enamored that you lose touch with the other important aspects of your life. I have every confidence though, that you will meet this challenge brilliantly.”Former attorney general Mr Henry Dyer told the attorneys that they should not be perturbed by the talk in the public sphere that there are too many lawyers, as “the world needs more lawyers than it is willing to accept”.Ernette KangalHe also instructed them to bear in mind the oaths which they just took to uphold the Constitution of Dominica; the supreme law of the land.All seven of the newly admitted attorneys recognized and thanked God, family members and friends for their success; two of whom were very emotional in expressing gratitude to their mothers. They also expressed great pleasure in joining what they referred to as this “noble profession” and promised to uphold its reputation.Dominica Vibes Newslast_img read more

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Tourism Development Program injects five million into Dominica’s economy-Ian Douglas

first_imgTourism Minister Hon. Ian Douglas.The Tourism Sector Development program supported by the European Union has injected about five million dollars into the Dominican economy.That’s the word coming from Tourism Ian Douglas who says that government has been placing emphasis on community and rural tourism.He said under that program, eleven new and existing community tourism groups were strengthened through human resource development, infrastructural development and marketing.According to Douglas, infrastructural work on the construction of new tourism facilities was undertaken at the new Indian River in Portsmouth, at Wotten Waven, Layou and Bellevue Chopin.“In addition assistance was also provided for the establishment of the Dominica Community Tourism Association and that has been formed. It is up and running and the stakeholders in that sector are enthusiastic and they want to serve as a voice for community tourism in Dominica,” he explained. Meantime Tourism officials here could be meeting with stakeholders of St Martin to discuss ways the islands could forge closer links in the industry.Douglas said St Martin could be a major gateway to Dominica.He said while the two countries are competing against each other, collaboration is essential.Douglas made the remarks while addressing the 40th Annual General Meeting of the Dominica Hotel and Tourism Associations 40th Annual General Meeting recently.Dominica Vibes News Sharing is caring! Share 17 Views   no discussions Tweetcenter_img Share Share LocalNews Tourism Development Program injects five million into Dominica’s economy-Ian Douglas by: – October 24, 2011last_img read more

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Government is continuing to take steps to prevent the Black Sigatoka

first_img Tweet 7 Views   no discussions Share Share Banana plant infected with black sigatoka. Image via: ipm.iastate.eduAgriculture Minister Matthew Walter says government is continuing to take steps to prevent the Black Sigatoka, leaf spot disease from entering the country.The agriculture minister told parliament today that if preventative measures are not taken it could cost a significant amount of money to control. “We in Dominica need to take into consideration the financial situation globally and the monies that we would be using to control and manage Black Sigatoka can be used otherwise. This is why it is imperative. The people of Dominica need to understand the seriousness of that threat,” he said.He said persons travelling to countries where Black Sigatoka is present, must take the necessary step to sanitize themselves before they come back to Dominica.“The disease is airborne. It can be caught by your clothes and then we can see the infestation of this which we do not want to welcome here at all,” he said.Meantime Walter said government continues to invest heavily into the agriculture sector.“We have always given agriculture priority. We realize the significance of agriculture and Dominica has always been the country that provides the rest of the region with food,” he said.Dominica Vibes Newscenter_img Sharing is caring! Share LocalNews Government is continuing to take steps to prevent the Black Sigatoka by: – October 27, 2011last_img read more

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Turks and Caicos government threatens to demolish political party headquarters

first_img Sharing is caring! Tweet Share Share Photo credit: worldatlas.comPROVIDENCIALES, Turks and Caicos Islands — Last week, the Turks and Caicos Islands government served civil proceedings on the Progressive National Party (PNP) seeking the recovery of the land upon which the PNP headquarters building is constructed, together with damages, including an order to pull down and destroy the structure. The claim arises from the PNP’s alleged trespass following its construction of its headquarters on Airport Road, Providenciales, on Crown land to which, the government claims, it had, and has no title. According to a government press release on Tuesday, after construction of its headquarters in 2005/6, the PNP subsequently appointed a management agent, Provident Management Services Ltd, to manage the property. During the last elected administration prior to the imposition of direct rule by Britain, Provident is said to have sub-leased six offices in the headquarters to PNP MPs for a total of $465,083.61 over approximately three years, which was paid by the government. The government seeks the return of that sum, to which Provident was not entitled together with other damages.The government said it is seeking a number of remedies for the alleged trespass:• damages for the PNP’s trespass on the land, based on a reasonable annual rent until possession of the land is returned to the Crown;• the repayment of the $465,083.61;• an order that the headquarters are pulled down and destroyed;• damages for returning the land to its former state; and• interest and costsAttorney General Huw Shepheard commented: “When the current administration first became aware last year that the PNP’s headquarters had been built on Crown land to which the PNP had no title, my Chambers wrote to the PNP setting out the claim that the government had. It had been our hope that matters could be settled amicably without the need for proceedings. Unfortunately, discussions with the PNP have not been successful. In those circumstances, the government has been left with no choice but to bring these proceedings for trespass and damages to recover this plot of Crown land and what is properly owed to the government”. Carlos Simons QC, attorney for the PNP, said in response that he does not consider that the government has as yet “served civil proceedings on the Progressive National Party” as the press statement asserts. “I believe that their method of service does not meet the requirements of TCI procedural law and until the mistake is corrected, the party has no formal notice of the proceedings and does not have to respond. That issue has been brought to the attention of the Attorney General’s Chambers, but might in the end require the attention of the Court,” he said.Simons went on to say that the trespass claim is entirely misconceived. “The party has been in open possession of the Airport Road property since at least 2005 with the full knowledge of the leaders of every government department concerned with dealings in Crown land and with their acquiescence, if not consent,” he explained.Simons also rejected the assertion that Provident Management Services Ltd sub-leased six offices in the headquarters building to PNP MPs, but instead leased the offices to the government, with those leases being signed off on behalf of the government by the head of department having control of the relevant vote. Furthermore, he said, those leases were identical to leases entered into by the government in Grand Turk, South Caicos and North and Middle Caicos for the constituency offices of Members of Parliament, including constituency offices for PDM [Peoples Democratic Movement] Members of Parliament. “That assertion is therefore false,” Simons reiterated.He also said that the PNP has never disputed the government’s right to a reasonable annual rent, nor payment of the market value of the land. “That is therefore a non-issue,” he said.As regards the claim for damages for trespass, Simons asserted that any reasonable person would agree that the land has been developed and improved rather than injured. “I would also be surprised if anyone, regardless of their political allegiance would agree that pulling down and destroying a perfectly good building makes any kind of sense,” he said.Simons said he had been instructed to invite the attorney general and the governor to return to the negotiation table and make a good faith attempt to reach a reasonable settlement of these issues.In any case, he said, the PNP is committed to rigorously defending and defeating these spurious claims brought by the interim government, purportedly on behalf of the people.By Caribbean News Now contributorcenter_img Share 29 Views   no discussions NewsRegional Turks and Caicos government threatens to demolish political party headquarters by: – March 21, 2012last_img read more

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Seeking justice for Haiti’s rape victims

first_img Share Share Sharing is caring! Share 40 Views   no discussionscenter_img NewsRegional Seeking justice for Haiti’s rape victims by: – April 28, 2012 Tweet CNN Hero: Malya Villard-AppolonPort-au-Prince, Haiti (CNN) — Three days after a massive earthquake threw Haiti into chaos, Alvana was homeless, along with her two children.But her nightmare was just beginning.“I was gang-raped while I was sleeping in the middle of the street,” she said. “And I got pregnant.”Alvana did not know her attackers. Depressed and unsure of what to do next, she was directed by a friend to a clinic run by KOFAVIV, a Creole acronym that translates into the Commission of Women Victims for Victims.“By the time I got to them, my belly was already big,” she said. “But they took care of me.”Alvana was given food, water, housing and prenatal care. She decided to keep her daughter, even though the psychological pain could be difficult — and still is, two years later.“It’s terrible,” said Alvana, 33. “I love my daughter … (but) I look at myself and see that I have a child that is a product of a gang rape.”Her story is, unfortunately, all too common in Haiti, said Malya Villard-Appolon, one of KOFAVIV’s co-founders.“After (the earthquake), the situation was inhumane and degrading,” Villard-Appolon said. “There was no security in the (displacement) camps. There was no food; there was no work. And now there is a rampant problem.”Accurate numbers are difficult, if not impossible, to find in the aftermath of such devastation, but KOFAVIV and other groups say they have seen a definite increase in rape cases after the January 2010 earthquake.“Victims became more vulnerable due to a range of things,” said Brian Concannon Jr., director of the Institute for Justice & Democracy in Haiti. “They lost their houses; there were no locked doors anymore. People lost family members who were a source of protection.”Terrible living conditions, including a shortage of food and water, contribute to the problem as well, said Charity Tooze, a senior communications officer with the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees’ Washington office.“The conditions are so dehumanizing,” Tooze said. “Over months and months, it increases all forms of violence, including sexual violence.”There has also been a lack of prosecution in the country. In the first two years after the quake, not one person in Haiti has been convicted of rape, according to the UNHCR.“The big problem is, you can’t find justice,” said Villard-Appolon, 52.Even before the quake, she says, rape was an issue in Haiti, historically underreported because of social stigma, retaliation from perpetrators and a lack of legal support. That is what led her and Marie Eramithe Delva to start KOFAVIV in 2004. Since the group’s inception, it has helped more than 4,000 rape survivors find safety, psychological support and/or legal aid.“We tell people to come out of silence,” she said. “Do not be afraid to say that you have been victimized.”Villard-Appolon knows what it’s like to be a victim of sexual violence. She has been raped twice, and her husband died as a result of beatings he endured trying to save her from being raped. In 2010, her 14-year-old daughter was raped in a displacement camp.“I can’t describe to you how I felt when I heard about that, because I was a victim,” she said. “I started asking myself what kind of generation I came from. Am I cursed?”She escorted her daughter to two police stations and received no assistance, she said, just a lot of talk. One police officer told her that “girls are so promiscuous” and indicated that many young girls are asking for sex.But she carries on, “fighting with hope that I know there will be a change,” she said. Internationally, she has testified before the United Nations Human Rights Council, calling for increased security within the displacement camps and asking that women’s groups be included in decision-making processes.“I was a victim, and I did not find justice. But know I will get it for other women,” she told CNN.When the earthquake hit Haiti, KOFAVIV’s founders watched their clinic and their offices collapse along with their homes.Villard-Appolon lived in the dangerous Champ de Mars displacement camp for half a year. There, she said, she watched as conditions deteriorated.“It was all kinds of people who ended up in one area,” she said. “The jails were not destroyed, but their doors were opened, and all prisoners went free. Many of them … were armed, and they were notorious murderers.”One criminal held Villard-Appolon at gunpoint, demanding money. The police never showed up, she said, but she managed to escape after a group of supporters arrived to fight.Villard-Appolon said many single women had to leave their children with strangers in order to search for food, water or work. In some cases, the children were raped. The youngest victim, she says, was a 17-month-old.“I spent six months witnessing it,” she said. “Babies are not spared; adults are not spared; mothers are not spared; sisters are not spared.”Despite the escalating violence and the loss of its clinic, KOFAVIV regrouped to help victims in Haiti’s “tent city” camps, where about 500,000 people still live today. The group has 66 female outreach agents and 25 male security guards who work within the camps, organizing nighttime community watch groups and providing whistles and flashlights to women. All of them have been affected by gender-based violence, whether personally or through a family member or loved one, Villard-Appolon said.KOFAVIV also relies on more than 1,000 members to help share their stories, support the victims and urge them to come forward and fight for justice.It usually starts by accompanying the victims to the hospital within 72 hours of being raped. Once they undergo a test, they receive the medical certificate they must have to begin legal proceedings.“After that, we assign a lawyer to her,” Villard-Appolon said. There is no cost to the victims, and they receive support from KOFAVIV through the trial.Villard-Appolon says she is determined to keep fighting for a brighter future, even though justice has been elusive.“My dream is that we will get to a place where we stop talking about the number of rape cases,” she said. “We will stop talking about Haiti as a country where people are committing violence against others. One day, we have to be able to say that we have a country with people who respect each other.”By Allie Torgan, CNNlast_img read more

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Mbappe, Neymar clash with PSG chiefs

first_imgSuperstar duo Kylian Mbappe and Neymar have reportedly clashed with Paris Saint-Germain’s leadership, casting further doubt over their futures at the club amid speculation linking them with Real Madrid and FC Barcelona, respectively. Promoted ContentThe Very Last Bitcoin Will Be Mined Around 2140. Read More10 Amazing Characters We Wish Were Official Disney Princesses10 Greatest Disney Female Villains We Love Anyways10 Phones That Can Easily Fit In The Smallest Pocket9 Iconic Roles That Could Have Been Played By Different ActorsYou’ve Only Seen Such Colorful Hairdos In A Handful Of AnimeA Hurricane Can Be As Powerful As 10 Atomic BombsWhat Happens To Your Brain When You Play Too Much Video Games?Birds Enjoy Living In A Gallery Space Created For ThemWhich Country Is The Most Romantic In The World?7 Black Hole Facts That Will Change Your View Of The Universe13 kids at weddings who just don’t give a hoot Loading… The two forwards reportedly have the same issue at PSG, with the French club seemingly not prepared to release them for the 2020 Olympic Games. According to L’Equipe, Les Parisiens have sent a letter to the French Football Federation stating their opposition to Mbappe being called up for the Olympics, while Neymar is expected to get similar treatment. Both players, though, are keen to take part in the tournament in Japan, where they could be drawn against South Africa’s U23 national team. The Olympics is not considered an official FIFA tournament, which allows clubs to oppose the release of their players. The main issue stems from the fact that both Mbappe and Neymar seemingly want to play in two international tournaments in the off-season after the 2019/20 club campaign ends. Read Also: Video: Ndidi, Vardy opt for boxing gloves ahead of fight for top four place In Mbappe’s case, that would be the 2020 UEFA European Championship plus the Olympics, while Neymar wants to take part in the 2020 Copa America as well as the tournament in Tokyo. This is the latest in what is becoming an increasingly strained relationship between Mbappe and PSG, with some of the club’s fans getting more and more frustrated with the 21-year-old’s antics of late. Real and Barca are said to be watching the situation from afar, and are reportedly prepared to offer PSG’s two superstars an escape route. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 last_img read more

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Senate to block another Mindanao martial law extension

first_img The proposed Anti-Terrorism Law, which is now pending at the Senate, aims to amend the Human Security Act to provide teeth to fighting terrorism. The bill proposes to criminalize the following acts: 1. For any person to travel or attempt to travel to a state other than his/her state of residence or nationality, for the purpose of perpetrating, planning, or preparing for, or participating in terrorist acts, or providing or receiving terrorist training; 2. For any person to organize or facilitate the travel of individuals who travel to a state other than their states of residence or nationality for the purpose of perpetrating, planning, training, or preparing for, or participating in terrorist acts, or providing or receiving terrorist training, including acts of recruitment; and 3. For any person residing abroad who comes to the Philippines to participate in perpetrating, planning, training, or preparing for, or participating in terrorist acts or provide support for or facilitate terrorist training here or abroad. The latest martial law extension in Mindanao is set to expire on Dec. 31, 2019; unless President Duterte will asks for another extension and Congress approves it./PN “The DND (Department of National Defense) and Interior secretary [Eduardo Año] said they will recommend the lifting of martial law in the entire Mindanao if [the bill] is signed by PRRD (President Rodrigo Duterte),” Sotto said. “Majority will support.” Senate President Vicente Sotto III said that he has discussed the plan for passing the measure by the first week of November with Senate Minority Leader Franklin Drilon and Senator Panfilo Lacson and majority of the senators have agreed as well. President Duterte placed the entire island of Mindanao under martial law in May 2017 over Marawi siege. He has since asked Congress to extend it three times. Manila – Senators are planning to prevent another extension of the martial law declaration in the entire island of Mindanao by passing the proposed Anti-Terrorism Act. last_img read more

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Goal: Quicker police action to emergencies

first_imgPhoto by Ian Paul Cordero/PN For next year, the PRO-6 expects morefirearms, patrol cars and motorcycles from the national police headquarters asthe PNP steps up its capability enhancement program, said Malong. The motorcycles would be released toprovinces and municipalities that have police mobility issues. For new police recruits currentlyundergoing training in Bacolod City, Malong said, the national headquarterswould be procuring short and long firearms The motorcycles and machines wereworth over P3 million. After their six-month training, theywould be assigned to the Mobile Force Battalion with others posted in municipalmobile forces. ILOILO City – The Police RegionalOffice 6 (PRO-6) received 42 brand new motorcycles and five5.56-millimeter light machine guns from the Philippine National Police’s (PNP)national headquarters. “We need to strengthen our mobileforces. They are augmentation forces ready to bolster municipal policestations,” said Malong./PN The light machine guns, on the otherhand, would be for mobile police units and police stations in rebel-threatenedareas. “The high-powered firearms andmotorcycles should help us respond quickly to requests for police assistance,”according to PRO-6 spokesperson Police Lieutenant Colonel Joem Malong duringthe turnover on Nov. 11 in Camp Delgado, the PRO-6 headquarters here. In August this year, around 400all-male police recruits took their oath as members of the PNP.last_img read more

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1 killed, 2 injured in Hamtic road crash

first_imgPHOTO BY HAMTIC MPS SAN JOSE, Antique – A farmer was killed while two others were wounded in aroad crash in Barangay Piapi 3, Hamtic, Antique.  Marcelino, Nelly and Sercidillo wererushed to the Angel Salazar Memorial Hospital here where Marcelino died afteran hour of receiving medical treatment.   PHOTO BY HAMTIC MPS Wounded were 52-year-old Nelly Copiasand 65-year-old Jose Sercidillo, the police added.center_img Yusores, meanwhile, was detained inthe lockup cell of the municipal police station, facing charges./PN The 59-year-old resident MarcelinoCopias died of head injuries, police said. According to police investigators,Marcelino, Nelly and Sercidillo were walking when a tricycle driven by27-year-old Reynan Yusores of Barangay Solong, Sibalom, Antique crashed againstthem around 9:20 p.m. on Nov. 30.last_img read more

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Sipalay City commits to fast track sustainable dev’t goals

first_imgSipalay City is among the 17 subnationalgovernments from around the globe that committed to achieving these goals. BACOLOD City – The city of Sipalay inNegros Occidental has accepted the challenge of accelerating 17 SustainableDevelopment Goals (SDGs) by the United Nations in the recent 10th World UrbanForum held in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. Lizares is looking forward tocollaborating with new partners from WUF. Sipalay City mayor Maria Gina Lizares (2nd from bottom right), along with other subnational governments from around the globe during the 10th World Urban Forum held in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. LEAGUE OF CITIES OF THE PHILIPPINES It was Sipalay City mayor Maria GinaLizares that signed the commitment along with the local chief executives ofBarcelona (Spain), Kuala Lumpur (Malaysia), Brussels-Capital Region (Belgium),Acapulco de Juares (Mexico), Rostov-on-don (Russia), Betio (Kiribati) andBauang (Philippines), among others last Feb. 8-13. According to the mayor, the17 SDGs are incorporated in the executive agenda of Sipalay City for 2019-2022. According to Penny Abeywardena,Commissioner for the NYC Mayor’s Office for International Affairs, the VLR is away for local governments to exchange best practices and accelerate the SDGs byway of strategic engagement within their own communities. “With this, we will implement programsand lobby legislations anchored on combatting climate change and inequality inall forms,” Lizares said. “With this newfound opportunity, we canutilize and localize best practices from other cities across the globe whileshowcasing our efforts as a humble city, the Philippines as well,” Lizares said.(With a report from PIA/PN) The VLR is a three-step, non-bindingagreement that urges signatories to identify how existing local strategiesalign with the 17 SDGs. It is also a tool for local governments of all sizes toshowcase achievements and challenges in achieving the said goals. The 17 subnational governments are thenew signatories to the New York City Voluntary Local Review (VLR) – a processinitiated by the US city in 2018 that enables those who take part to exploreways to address global crises unfolding in their communities. “This is Sipalay’s contribution to solvethe UN-identified global issues by addressing those existing in the localcommunities.  With the indicators alreadyset in the SDGs, the city government can easily measure the impact and thesuccess of its local programs, legislations and partnerships,” she added.last_img read more

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Panelo blasts Lacson: All Cabinet execs back Duterte on VFA junking

first_imgOn Thursday, Lacson claimed that severalCabinet officials have apprehensions and reservations about Duterte’s move toscrap the 1998 military deal and were worried about the possible repercussionsof the abrogation. “Basically, that’s the message. I mean,consistent naman si Pangulo diyan eh. We will pursue an independent foreignpolicy where we are friends to everyone and enemies to none. And I think whenthe President gave that statement, I think all he’s saying is that hindi tayopwede mag side sa kahit sino,” he added. “All members of the Cabinet support thePresident’s foreign policy,” Panelo said. The VFA, which was signed in February1998, allows the entry of US troops sans passport and visa regulations so theycan participate in joint military drills in the Philippines./PN  Cabinet Secretary Karlo Nograles,for his part, said that Lacson’s statement was mere “speculation.” Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Paneloissued this statement to dispute the claim of Senator Panfilo Lacson thatDuterte’s revocation of VFA was not fully backed by all Cabinet members. Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo says all members of the Cabinet support President Rodrigo Duterte’s foreign policy, contrary to the claim of Sen. Panfilo Lacson. ABS-CBN NEWS “Let me assure, everybody, that when thePresident makes a decision, all, the entire Cabinet will support him there. Andthat includes VFA,” Nograles said. MANILA – Theentire Cabinet supports President Rodrigo Duterte’s move interminating the Visiting Forces Agreement (VFA) between the Philippines andUnited States, Malacañang said.last_img read more

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P390-M amelioration fund released in Aklan

first_imgKALIBO, Aklan –The Department of Social and Welfare Development released an amount of P390,336,000 under the social amelioration program in this province. It is now being distributed by its 17 local government units. DSWD regional director Ma. EvelynMacapobre urged the LGUs to conduct door-to-door payout of cash assistance tofamilies. Here is the breakdown of the amountreleased by the DSWD to municipalities in this province:* Altavas – P15,822,000* Balete – P17,448,000* Banga – P29,292,000* Batan – P19,908,000* Buruanga – P13,284,000* Ibajay – P32,436,000* Kalibo – P64,518,000* Lezo – P11,202,000* Libacao – P11,496,000* Madalag – P7,848,000* Makato – P16,495,000* Malay – P41,532,000* Nabas – P25,704,000* New Washington – P30,504,000* Numancia – P24,678,000* Tangalan – P13,776,000 According to Macapobre, only thequalified families will primarily benefit from the emergency subsidy allowanceof P6,000 from the national government as mandated by Republic Act No. 11469,or the Bayanihan to Heal as One Act. Macapobre, meanwhile, lauded the localgovernment units despite enormous challenges during these times for their rolesin the distribution of the SAP funds to their respective low-income familiesand poorest people affected by enhanced community quarantine. She also appealed for the cooperationand understanding of the public for smooth distribution of subsidies tohousehold-beneficiaries. “Nakikinig ang gobyerno sa hinaing sa apela ng ating mga kababayan.Nagpapasalamat tayo sa ating mga partner LGUs, Philippine Army at kapulisan sa tulong nila upang makaabotang tulong sa mga pamilya,” she said.(With a report from Akean Forum/PN) The cash aid is for the 65,056 qualifiedfamily-beneficiaries in Aklan affected by the coronavirus disease 2019pandemic.last_img read more

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St. Therese-MTCC Hospital to serve as quarantine facility

first_img“We need quarantine centers like thisto ensure proper social distancing. We are expecting more OFW arrivals,” saidTreñas. Friday last week, April 17, 15personnel of the Philippine Army’s 552nd Engineer Construction Battalion and53rd Engineering Brigade came over to help prepare the hospital as quarantinefacility. Returning overseas Filipino workers(OFWs, land-based or sea-based) will also be quarantined in this facility. St. Therese-MTCC Hospital canaccommodate up to 45 persons for quarantine. ILOILO City – St. Therese-MTCC Hospitalis being readied as this city’s quarantine facility for mild and asymptomaticcases of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), according to Mayor Jerry Treñas. ILOILO CITY GOVERNMENT The City Health Office will manage thequarantine facility. The city government will shoulder the electricity and theneeds of persons to be quarantined, said Treñas. Fifty-one of these OFWs were residentsof this city./PN He also said he would be askingprivate doctors to help the facility. Treñas said her sister-in-law, Ma.Teresa Sebastian-Sarabia, offered her hospital as quarantine facility. A few weeks ago, the Office of CivilDefense (OCD) Region 6 designated John B. Lacson Foundation Maritime Universityin Arevalo district as quarantine facility for some 150 Ilonggo OFWs strandedin Metro Manila.last_img read more

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Lower Number Of Deer Possible This Season

first_imgHunters in Indiana can expect another productive deer season in 2013, but probably not as productive as last year’s record setter.Hoosier deer hunters in 2012 harvested 136,248 deer. Hunters have gotten a record number of deer in four of the last five seasons, a trend that DNR deer research biologist Chad Stewart doesn’t expect to continue in 2013.“It wouldn’t surprise me if it was down a little this year,” Stewart said. “But I don’t expect the harvest numbers to fall off a cliff. There will still be plenty of deer out there.”The main reason Stewart thinks a decrease in the harvest might happen is because hunters in 2012 harvested a record number of does. As a result, reproduction was likely down this year.Stewart emphasized that reducing the deer population to a more balanced level has been the DNR’s goal in recent years. Changes to hunting regulations that went into effect in 2012 were geared toward that goal. The changes included extending archery season, allowing crossbows for all archery hunters and creating a “license bundle” that saved hunters money.The 2013 license bundles give the additional option of harvesting either two antlerless deer and a buck or three antlerless deer.Archery season starts October 1. Firearms season starts Nov.ember 16.last_img read more

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Dog Park May Be Permanent Next Spring

first_imgThe community dog park at Liberty Park has been a success so far, according to parks commissioner.Officials hope a community dog park in Batesville will be here to stay by next year.The city installed a trial-based dog park on the east side of the tennis courts at Liberty Park in August, after the proposed area was relocated from South and Depot Streets.“The dog park was used heavily, and the city received very positive feedback on the park.” said Parks Commissioner Mike Baumer.The city hopes to have a permanent dog park installed by next spring if funding is available.“If a permanent dog park is added, it will be made bigger,” reported Baumer.He indicated that he would like to have the drainage issue resolved before the dog park would open.Baumer added, “The trial based dog park at Liberty Park will be closed for the winter, on or after November 18.”last_img read more

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Glen W. Smith

first_imgGlen W. Smith, age 50 of Batesville, died Saturday, May 21, 2016.  Born December 10, 1965 in Madison, Indiana, he is the son of Della (Nee: Watts) and William Smith.  He married Judy Amberger September 8, 1990 at St. Mary’s of the Rock Church.  He was a driver for UPS 28 years and a member of the International Brotherhood of Teamsters Local #135.Glen didn’t know a stranger.  He was a people person who brought out the best in others.  He treated everyone with respect and would always have a compliment for women.  Judy teased that he fancied himself a ladies’ man.  He loved having people at the house and entertaining.  According to his family, Glen liked to golf, go dancing, was a Colts fan, listen to hard rock music and a cold Busch Light now and again wasn’t a bad thing.  He also enjoyed working on cars as well and buying and selling them.  Many will remember his distinctive laugh and the countless events he fried chicken for.Glen is survived by wife Judy; sons Alex and Trevor of Batesville; mother Della Smith; sister and brother in law Belinda and Bob Harris; brothers and sister in laws Michael and Cathy Smith, Kenneth and Andi Smith and Philip and Jennifer Smith, all of Friendship, Indiana.  He is preceded in death by his father.Visitation is Wednesday, May 25th, from 4 – 7 p.m. at the Weigel Funeral Home.  Funeral services are 11 a.m. Thursday, May 26th, at St. Mary’s of the Rock Church with Rev. Shaun Whittington officiating.  Burial will follow in the church cemetery.  In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorials to Corinne’s Believer’s Scholarship Fund or the Friendship Fire Department.last_img read more

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Fourth of July

first_imgIt is the birthday of our nation.  Traditionally, this has always been a day to enjoy picnics and watch baseball.  Thank heavens some things still follow tradition.  Although if you find anyone playing a double header today, it will be because of necessity and not a planned event.With million dollar contracts and agents, baseball players truly like the idea of independence.  When they were making little money, they played whatever management said.  Now it is written in baseball rules that you can only play so many games in so many days.  As you can tell, I am not exactly in favor of this.Don’t let the fact that your favorite team will only play one game today, because the 4th of July is about freedom and family.  Have a great day with your family!last_img read more

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Ivan White

first_imgThose surviving who will cherish Ivan’s memory include his daughters, Becky (Gene) Stewart, and Robin White, both of Brookville; grandchildren, Lisa (Mike) McCullough, Matt (Kelly) Stewart, Ashley (Isiah) Dozier, Kristin (Alex) Smith, and 11 great grandchildren.  Besides his parents, he was preceded in death by his brother, Bud White. Memorial donations may be directed to the Mustangers 4-H Horse and Pony Club or the Operation Endowment in care of Franklin County Community Foundation.  To sign the online guestbook or to leave a personal condolence, please visit www.cookrosenberger.com.  The staff of Cook Rosenberger Funeral Home is honored to care for the family of Ivan White. Friends may visit with the family on Thursday, July 21, 2016 from 9 a.m. until time of service at 11 a.m. at Cook Rosenberger Funeral Home, 929 Main Street, Brookville.  Burial will follow in Maple Grove Cemetery.center_img Ivan White of Brookville, was born on November 25, 1920 in Blooming Grove, Indiana, the son of Russell and Hazel Geiling White.  He married June Miller on December 12, 1942 and she preceded him in death on July 19, 2008.  Ivan was a retired businessman and partner with his brother, Stanley “Bud” White in White Livestock.  He was a former member of the Board of Directors at McCullough Hyde Hospital and People’s Trust Company where he also served as chairman.  Ivan retired young and was able to enjoy many activities with his grandchildren and great grandchildren.  On July 15, 2016, at the age of 95, he passed away at Brookville Healthcare.last_img read more

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Area Boys And Girls Basketball Scores (12-2)

first_imgArea Boys And Girls Basketball Scores.Friday  (12-2)Boys Scores.South Dearborn  53     Jac-Cen-Del  28East Central  51     Milan  36Oldenburg  55     Edinburgh  39South Decatur  55     North Decatur  54SW Hanover  63     Shawe Memorial  17Connersville  45     Rushville  15Triton Central  63     Waldron  55Eastern Hancock  60     SW Shelby  33Morristown  76     Indy Lutheran  59Girls Scores.Franklin County  60     Shelbyville  43South Ripley  67     Rising Sun  27Milan  59     Seton Catholic  28Hauser  55     Indy Lutheran  35Triton Central  62     Waldron  28Shawe Memorial  52     SW Hanover  32last_img read more

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Bulldogs Split Games In SEI Semi-Finals

first_imgThe 7th Grade Batesville Basketball Team ended their season Tuesday night by falling to South Dearborn in overtime by a score of 40-37.Leading is scoring for Batesville was Core Werner with 11 points. Following him was Travis Lecher with 9, Cooper Wilhelm with 6, and Ean Loichinger with 4. Rounding out the scoring were Eli Pierson with 4 and Zach Wade with 2.The 8th grade won another barn burner last night against Milan 34-29.Leading the way for the dogs was Team defense!! We caused several turnovers and had some big blocks that led directly to transition points. Mason Barker, Trey Peters, and Calvin Sherwood led the way in scoring all with 7. RJ Powell added 4 and had a great presence on the floor on both ends. Jaden Peetz added 3 big free throws. Austin Cornn, Alex Seifert, and Ethan Brewer all added 2.We are in action again Thursday night at Jac-Cen-Del for the final of the SEI tournament against Sunman-Dearborn. Go Bulldogs!!!!Courtesy of Bulldogs Coach Ben Pierson.last_img read more

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Batesville 8th graders raising money for D.C. trip

first_imgBatesville, In. — In order to help fund the class trip to Washington, D.C., beginning Friday, November 10th, the 8th grade class at Batesville Middle School will be selling $10.00 gift certificates to local restaurants.The following businesses will be supporting the students in their efforts to raise money towards their Washington, D.C. trip in May.  Gift certificates are available to the following restaurants:  Cricket Ridge Restaurant, Classic Pizza, Lil’ Charlie’s, Fireside Inn (Enochsburg), Pearl Street Pub, The Brau Haus, Ertel Cellars Winery, Pizza Haus, Pizza King of Batesville and Greensburg, Randy’s Roadhouse, Skyline Chili of Batesville, The Hobo Hut, Ison’s Family Pizza, The Big Four Café, and Wagner’s Village Inn of Oldenburg.Contact any 8th grade student or stop by the middle school before Tuesday, November 28th for certificates.last_img read more

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Charles E. Duncan, 81

first_imgCharles E. Duncan, 81, Greensburg, passed away on Thursday, March 15, 2018 at his residence.  Born, September 23, 1936 in Decatur County, Indiana, he was the son of Robert F. and Lula (DePew) Duncan.  Charles worked for over 25 years as a driver for USF Holland. He was a member of the Wyaloosing Creek Golf Course, Westport American Legion, and was past president of the Eagles Lodge in Greensburg.  Charles loved spending time outdoors, cutting wood and brush, all types of animals, hunting, and gardening. He was married Marybelle Owens on August 11, 1961 in Dearborn County and she survives. He is also survived by one son in law, Tommy Barkdull, Greensburg and two grandchildren, Tyler and Courtney Barkdull. He was preceded in death by his parents; one daughter, Denise Barkdull; five brothers, James, William Evert, Arnold, Albert, and Earl Duncan; two sisters, Roberta Richards and Imagene Duncan. Visitation will be held on Monday from 2 to 7:00 p.m. at the Porter-Oliger-Pearson Funeral Home in Greensburg.  Graveside Services will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Tuesday, March 20, 2018 at the Rodney Cemetery with Rev. Glen Seaman officiating. Memorials may be made to your favorite animal shelter. Online condolences can be made to the family at www.popfuneralhome.comlast_img read more

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Debate commission needs your questions

first_imgIndianapolis, In. — Members of the Indiana Debate Commission are looking for questions from voters to submit to Republican Indiana U.S. Senate candidates.At press time, Luke Messer and Mike Braun have confirmed attendance. Todd Rokita has declined because he says debates organized by “conservative and Republican organizations” are his preference.Questions can be submitted through this link.last_img

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Lady Wildcats Prevail Over Lady Knights On Senior Night

first_imgOn Senior Night, Franklin County honored Megan Routh, Lauren Klei, Katarina Sacksteder, and Grace Moster. To make Senior Night even better, they came out with a 5-0 victory over conference opponent South Dearborn. All players were able to play efficiently and pick up wins.Scores#1 Singles Lilli Stewart (FC) beat Madison Fentress (SD) 6-1, 6-2#2 Singles Megan Routh (FC) beat Sydney Yoe (SD) 6-0, 6-0#3 Singles Lauren Klei (FC) beat Ashley Stevenson (SD) 6-1, 6-1#1 Doubles Grace Moster and Katarina Sacksteder (FC) beat Brooklyn Cromer and Emily Seward (SD) 6-2, 6-2#2 Doubles Maggie Brack and Taylor McCreary (FC) beat Lacey Horn and Danielle Martini (SD) 6-0, 6-0Franklin County is now 16-0 on the season. They will travel to Milan to take on the Indians on Tuesday, May 8, starting at 5 PM.Courtesy of Wildcats Coach Braydon Ertel.last_img read more

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Harvard study suggests tumbling object may have been alien craft

first_imgCambridge, Ma. — A mysterious cigar-shaped object spotted tumbling through our solar system last year may have been an alien spacecraft sent to investigate Earth, astronomers from Harvard University have suggested.The object, nicknamed ‘Oumuamua, meaning “a messenger that reaches out from the distant past” in Hawaiian, was first discovered in October 2017 by the Pan-STARRS 1 telescope in Hawaii.Since its discovery, scientists have been at odds to explain its unusual features and precise origins, with researchers first calling it a comet and then an asteroid, before finally deeming it the first of its kind: a new class of “interstellar objects.”Now, a new paper by researchers at the Harvard Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics raises the possibility that the elongated dark-red object, which is 10 times as long as it is wide and traveling at speeds of 196,000 mph, might have an “artificial origin.”“‘Oumuamua may be a fully operational probe sent intentionally to Earth vicinity by an alien civilization,” they wrote in the paper, which has been submitted to the Astrophysical Journal Letters.The theory is based on the object’s “excess acceleration,” or its unexpected boost in speed as it traveled through and ultimately out of our solar system in January 2018.“Considering an artificial origin, one possibility is that ‘Oumuamua is a light sail, floating in interstellar space as a debris from an advanced technological equipment,” wrote the paper’s authors, suggesting that the object could be propelled by solar radiation.The paper, written by Abraham Loeb, professor and chair of astronomy, and Shmuel Bialy, a postdoctoral scholar, at the Harvard Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics, points out that comparable light-sails already exist on earth.“Light-sails with similar dimensions have been designed and constructed by our own civilization, including the IKAROS project and the Starshot Initiative. The light-sail technology might be abundantly used for transportation of cargos between planets or between stars.”In the paper, the pair theorize that the object’s high speed and its unusual trajectory could be the result of it no longer being operational.“This would account for the various anomalies of ‘Oumuamua, such as the unusual geometry inferred from its light-curve, its low thermal emission, suggesting high reflectivity, and its deviation from a Keplerian orbit without any sign of a cometary tail or spin-up torques.”‘Oumuamua is the first object ever seen in our solar system that is known to have originated elsewhere.At first, astronomers thought the rapidly moving faint light was a regular comet or an asteroid that had originated in our solar system.Comets, in particular, are known to speed-up due to a process known as “outgassing,” in which the sun heats up the surface of the icy comet, releasing melted gas. But ‘Oumuamua didn’t have a “coma,” the atmosphere and dust that surrounds comets as they melt.Multiple telescopes focused on the object for three nights to determine what it was before it moved out of sight.“We are fortunate that our sky survey telescope was looking in the right place at the right time to capture this historic moment,” NASA Planetary Defense Officer Lindley Johnson said in a statement last year.“This serendipitous discovery is bonus science enabled by NASA’s efforts to find, track and characterize near-Earth objects that could potentially pose a threat to our planet.” CNN Wire Reportlast_img read more

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La Liga chief confirms possible date of restart

first_img Read Also: Haaland sends Ronaldo, Messi’s goal stats to archives Sevilla captain Ever Banega was forced to issue an apology after being photographed breaking current guidelines with three teammates this weekend. Tebas hinted the players could face punishment over their actions, with Sevilla expected to release a statement in the coming days. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Loading… Tebas indicated all plans remain provisional, with a return to full training at all clubs in the top two divisions a priority before the end of May. The 57-year old also reminded players of the need adhere to social distancing and isolation as part of a phased return. Tebas admitted this weekend’s announcement from Spanish PM Pedro Sanchez on the league’s resumption caught him by surprise, but stated preparations are already underway. He also confirmed clubs will be asked to be flexible on scheduling in the coming weeks, with kick off dates and times based on recommendations from evolving government health advice. “La Liga will resume on the weekend of June 12. But the first game may be played on June 11′” he told an interview with Movistar, reported via Marca. “Our intention is to start on June 11, with Sevilla v Real Betis the first game in a 10pm kick off. “During the week we will play late at night, with three schedules at a weekend.”Advertisementcenter_img Promoted Content8 Superfoods For Growing Hair Back And Stimulating Its Growth10 Risky Jobs Some Women Do13 kids at weddings who just don’t give a hootEver Thought Of Sleeping Next To Celebs? This Guy Will Show You7 Reasons Why You Might Want To Become A VegetarianYou’ve Only Seen Such Colorful Hairdos In A Handful Of AnimeFantastic-Looking (and Probably Delicious) Bread Art2020 Tattoo Trends: Here’s What You’ll See This YearCouples Who Celebrated Their Union In A Unique, Unforgettable Way6 Extreme Facts About HurricanesBirds Enjoy Living In A Gallery Space Created For ThemA Hurricane Can Be As Powerful As 10 Atomic Bombs La Liga president Javier Tebas is confident the league can return on June 11, with a Thursday night Seville derby between Sevilla and Real Betis.last_img read more

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JE Pistons awards renewed for four IMCA divisions

first_imgIRVINE, Calif. – Nine sets of pistons and more than $9,000 worth of product certificates will be awarded to IMCA drivers racing built engines again this season by JE Pistons.Champions in each of the five Xtreme Motor Sports IMCA Modified regions and both IMCA Sunoco Stock Car regions, as well as national IMCA Late Model and IMCA EMI RaceSaver Sprint Car champions all receive pistons from the Irvine, Calif., manufacturer.Product certificates valued at $400, $300, $200 and $150, respectively, will be awarded to eligible second through fifth place drivers in regional Modified and Stock Car, and national Late Model and Sprint Car standings.“Everyone at JE is a proud supporter of the IMCA and circle track racing,” said Director of Marketing Sean Crawford. “We’re happy to support the racers and help keep their engines running strong and on the race track.”Awards will be presented during the national IMCA banquet in November or mailed beginning the following week from the IMCA home office.JE Pistons returned to the IMCA marketing partner ranks last season.“We are in our sixth season overall partnering with JE Pistons and it is a pleasure to work with aftermarket engine parts manufacturers who continue to support IMCA racers,” commented IMCA Marketing Director Kevin Yoder. “Modified drivers racing a claim engine, and all drivers in the other divisions have a shot at high quality sets of pistons through this program and we hope they support JE at every opportunity.”Information about JE-manufactured pistons and piston kits is available by calling 714 898-9763, on Facebook and at the www.jepistons.com website.last_img read more

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IMCA Speedway Motors Weekly Racing National Point Standings Through June 28

first_imgIMCA Modifieds – 1. Chaz Baca, Mesa, Ariz., 1,117; 2. Jeffrey Abbey, Comanche, Texas, 1,083; 3. William Gould, Calera, Okla., and Matt Guillaume, Haslet, Texas, both 1,039; 5. Cory Sample, Winnemucca, Nev., 1,032; 6. Colin Deming, Hobbs, N.M., 1,012; 7. Rob Slott, New Waverly, Texas, 944; 8. Kelsie Foley, Tucson, Ariz., 876; 9. Scott R. Smith, Davenport, Neb., 864; 10. Josh McGaha, Abilene, Texas, 860; 11. Chris Morris, Taylor, Texas, 828; 12. Kelly Shryock, Fertile, Iowa, 825; 13. Drew Armstrong, Alexander, Arkansas, 822; 14. Jordan Grabouski, Beatrice, Neb., 820; 15. Chad Melton, Mineral Wells, Texas, 809; 16. Bryce Garnhart, Shannon, Ill., 807; 17. Jaden Fryer, Freeport, Ill., 787; 18. Chris Bragg, Springtown, Texas, 775; 19. Jay Noteboom, Hinton, Iowa, 772; 20. Bricen James, Albany, Oregon, 760.IMCA Late Models – 1. Matt Ryan, Davenport, Iowa, 764; 2. Andy Nezworski, Buffalo, Iowa, 750; 3. Jeremiah Hurst, Dubuque, Iowa, 733; 4. Todd Cooney, Pleasant Hill, Iowa, 660; 5. Rob Toland, Colona, Ill., 632; 6. Chad Holladay, Muscatine, Iowa, 546; 7. Eric Sanders, Sherrard, Ill., 514; 8. Joe Zrostlik, Long Grove, Iowa, 490; 9. Ryan Dolan, Lisbon, Iowa, 483; 10. Joe Ross, Thomson, Ill., 464; 11. Chuck Hanna, Port Byron, Ill., 407; 12. Tim Simpson, Iowa City, Iowa, 397; 13. Darrel DeFrance, Marshalltown, Iowa, 396; 14. Curt Schroeder, Newton, Iowa, 389; 15. Nick Marolf, Moscow, Iowa, 387; 16. Chad Coyne, Orion, Ill., 384; 17. Shawn Cooney, Bondurant, Iowa, 381; 18. Terry Neal, Ely, Iowa, 349; 19. B.J. Jackson, Clinton, Iowa, 343; 20. Gary Webb, Blue Grass, Iowa, 336.IMCA RaceSaver Sprint Cars – 1. Tyler Drueke, Eagle, Neb., 681; 2. Kevin Ramey, Fort Worth, Texas, 660; 3. Matt Richards, Lincoln, Neb., 642; 4. Robert Vetter, Wolfe City, Texas, 546; 5. Austin Mundie, Carrollton, Texas, 520; 6. Mike Houseman, Des Moines, Iowa, 501; 7. Casey Burkham, Combine, Texas, 470; 8. Chip Graham, Lewisville, Texas, 465; 9. Tucker Doughty, Sunnyvale, Texas, 444; 10. Andy Shouse, Oklahoma City, Okla., and Zach Blurton, Quinter, Kan., both 442; 12. Colin Smith, Sheldon, Iowa, 427; 13. Jason Martin, Lincoln, Neb., 425; 14. Steve McMackin, Greenville, Texas, 417; 15. C.J. Houseman, Des Moines, Iowa, 407; 16. Kenneth Duke, Selinsgrove, Pa., 396; 17. Kyle A. Ganoe, Thompsontown, Pa., 394; 18. Toby Chapman, Panama, Neb., 380; 19. Grant Duinkerken, Riverdale, Calif., and Jake Martens, Fairview, Okla., both 376.IMCA Sunoco Stock Cars – 1. Mark Adams, Fort Worth, Texas, 1,064; 2. John Oliver Jr., Danville, Iowa, 1,056; 3. Bryce Pritchett, Combine, Texas, 1,001; 4. Mike Nichols, Harlan, Iowa, 984; 5. Westin Abbey, Comanche, Texas, 981; 6. Andy Roller, Waco, Texas, 907; 7. Troy Burkhart, Hays, Kan., 888; 8. Damon Hammond, Burleson, Texas, 872; 9. Damon Murty, Chelsea, Iowa, 787; 10. Shelby Williams, Bonham, Texas, and Jay Schmidt, Tama, Iowa, both 778; 12. Tyler Pickett, Boxholm, Iowa, 746; 13. Aaron Corley, Meadow, Texas, 718; 14. Kevin Opheim, Mason City, Iowa, 709; 15. Scooter Dulin, Cedar Rapids, Iowa, 701; 16. Calvin Lange, Humboldt, Iowa, 693; 17. Colin Heim, Hoxie, Kan., 684; 18. Joe O’Bryan, Round Rock, Texas, 670; 19. Dennis Bissonnette, Stephenville, Texas, and Dan Mackenthun, Hamburg, Minn., both 665.IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stocks – 1. Leah Wroten, Independence, Iowa, 1,070; 2. Tathan Burkhart, Hays, Kan., 954; 3. Shannon Anderson, Des Moines, Iowa, 850; 4. Justin Wacha, Vinton, Iowa, 848; 5. Jeff Ware, Columbus, Neb., 835; 6. Cody Williams, Minneapolis, Kan., 814; 7. Adam Goff, Minot, N.D., 725; 8. Brady Bencken, Oakley, Kan., 724; 9. Bryce Sommerfeld, Fort Dodge, Iowa, 691; 10. Roy Armstrong, Beatrice, Neb., 683; 11. Allyn Myers, Berwyn, Neb., 675; 12. Luke Wassom, Broken Bow, Neb., 664; 13. Cameron Wilkinson, Neligh, Neb., 661; 14. Dylan Nelson, Adel, Iowa, 652; 15. Adam Ayers, Adair, Iowa, 651; 16. Tim Gonska, Brainerd, Minn., 637; 17. Brooke Russell, Hays, Kan., 632; 18. Jeremiah Andrews, Union, Iowa, 620; 19. Colby Kaspar, Columbus, Neb., 617; 20. Shay Simoneau, Damar, Kan., 613.Karl Chevrolet Northern SportMods – 1. Chase Alves, Chandler, Ariz., 1,142; 2. Jason George, Laveen, Ariz., 1,122; 3. Tyler Soppe, Sherrill, Iowa, 1,113; 4. Ethan Braaksma, Newton, Iowa, 1,075; 5. Arie Schouten, Blair, Neb., 999; 6. Brandon Setser, Davenport, Iowa, 994; 7. Austin Howes, Memphis, Mo., 976; 8. Chase Rudolf, Prole, Iowa, 926; 9. Mark Harrison, Coolidge, Ariz., 909; 10. Tony Olson, Cedar Rapids, Iowa, 892; 11. Jake McBirnie, Boone, Iowa, 867; 12. Dakota Sproul, Hays, Kan., 859; 13. Mark Madrid, Phoenix, Ariz., 849; 14. Ryan King, Tama, Iowa, 830; 15. Johnathon D. Logue, Boone, Iowa, 816; 16. Tyler Watts, Beloit, Kan., 815; 17. Austen Becerra, Carthage, Ill., 781; 18. Colby Fett, Algona, Iowa, 761; 19. Cody Thompson, Sioux City, Iowa, 750; 20. Austin Luellen, Minburn, Iowa, 745.Smiley’s Racing Products Southern SportMods – 1. Gabe Tucker, Carbon, Texas, 1,128; 2. Rodney White, Ector, Texas, 1,109; 3. Tyler Bragg, Springtown, Texas, 1,058; 4. Jake Upchurch, Grand Prairie, Texas, 1,042; 5. Trevor Raney, Sherman, Texas, 1,040; 6. Taylor Florio, Copperas Cove, Texas, 1,023; 7. Kyle Wilkins, Italy, Texas, 923; 8. Dustin Robinson, Post, Texas, 888; 9. James Skinner, Burleson, Texas, 658; 10. Ryan Thomas, Lubbock, Texas, 655; 11. Cory Williams, Slaton, Texas, 652; 12. James McCreery, Midlothian, Texas, 639; 13. Hayden Wade, Waco, Texas, 635; 14. Justin Nabors, Kemp, Texas, 631; 15. James Hanusch, Belton, Texas, 565; 16. Ronnie Bell, Lorena, Texas, 556; 17. Nick Clinkenbeard, Weatherford, Texas, 554; 18. Scot Raney, Sherman, Texas, 549; 19. Kamera McDonald, Keller, Texas, 547; 20. J. P. Vasquez Jr., Lubbock, Texas, 542.Mach-1 Sport Compacts – 1. Julia Childs, Weatherford, Texas, 983; 2. Howard Watson, Weatherford, Texas, 954; 3. Bubba Brown Jr., Jackson, Minn., 924; 4. Scott Newbury, Rhome, Texas, 903; 5. Ramsey Meyer, Pierce, Neb., 746; 6. Curtis Miller, Lewis, Iowa, 743; 7. Shawn Hein, Beatrice, Neb., 717; 8. Andrew Harris, South Sioux City, Neb., 688; 9. Barry Taft, Argyle, Iowa, 681; 10. Jakob Schwien, Russell, Kan., 625; 11. Harold Clifton, Stephenville, Texas, 623; 12. Clifton Whisenant, Proctor, Texas, 620; 13. Brian Bagent, Killeen, Texas, 619; 14. John Martinez, Beatrice, Neb., 614; 15. Jay DeVries, Spencer, Iowa, 594; 16. Terry Tritt, York, Neb., 581; 17. Alex Dostal, Glencoe, Minn., 579; 18. Kaytee DeVries, Spencer, Iowa, 568; 19. Joshua Young, Beatrice, Neb., 551; 20. Oliver Monson, Clear Lake, Iowa, 543.last_img read more

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$1,500 is top IMCA Modified check Saturday at Perris

first_imgPERRIS, Calif. – IMCA Modifieds race for $1,500 to win and a Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational ballot berth at Perris Auto Speedway this Saturday, July 21.The 30-lapper awards IMCA Speedway Motors Weekly Racing National, Larry Shaw Race Cars Western Region, California State and track points.As well as the increased purse, numerous contingencies have been added to the night:Corona-based Eibach Springs will award a $125 gift certificate to the driver who finishes one position out of the redraw spot in each heat race.  The certificates will allow the holder to get one Eibach platinum (premium) spring or two Eibach standard springs.“Eibach is really excited to be a partner with our favorite local dirt track once again,” Eibach Sales Manager David Cardey said.  “Don Kazarian and crew have done a great job growing the car counts at Perris the past few years so it only makes sense for us to try and help their efforts. We wanted to support some of the teams that may not have a front running budget, so we will be giving out certifi­cates to the first driver not finishing in a redraw spot in each heat race.”Given by heat race sponsors will be $100 of Sunoco Fuel from Lake Mathews Feed & Ranch Supplies; a $100 gift certificate good toward any machine work from Wayne’s Engine Rebuilders; and a $50 gift certificate and a pack of Racing Optics Tear Offs from Racing Plus Inc. (another sponsor has been lined up in the event a fourth heat is held). The highest finishing open motor driver receives a $250 gift certificate from CP Carrillo; if an open motor wins the main event, CP Carrillo will give the winner a set of pistons.The $100 longest tow award is from Racer Radio.Tickets will be available online, by calling 1-800-595-4849 and at the gate.last_img read more

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IMCA Modifieds, SportMods, Stock Cars run at Yankee

first_imgFARLEY, Iowa (Aug. 27) – Three IMCA divisions see on-track action at Farley Speedway’s 41st annual Yankee Dirt Track Classic presented by Casey’s General Store Aug. 30-Sept. 1.The IMCA Modified feature pays $3,000 to win and is a Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational ballot quali­fier. Karl Chevrolet Northern SportMods run for $1,200 to win, IMCA Sunoco Stock Cars for $1,000.IMCA Speedway Motors Weekly Racing National, regional and Iowa State points will be awarded. En­try fee and two-day tow is $100 for Modifieds, $50 for Northern SportMods and $40 for Stock Cars.Qualifying for the Stock Cars and an open practice session for the Modifieds and SportMods be­gins at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday.Friday action also gets underway with at 6:30 pm and will feature the double heat race format in both Modified and SportMod divisions. Fast dashes will also be run.On Saturday, Sept. 1, racing starts at 5:30 p.m. and will include last-chance qualifiers and main events. The annual Yankee charity auction will be held that afternoon.More information about the Yankee, presented by the Runde Auto Group, is available on the www.Farleyspeedwaypromotions.com website and on Facebook. Free camping will be availa­ble on the grounds.last_img read more

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Duke prevails at Path Valley for third straight PASS win

first_imgMike Alleman grabbed the early lead but just as the leaders were moving into heavy traffic, a lap seven caution bunched the field. On the restart, Duke, who had moved from sixth starting position into third, shot to the front.  Nick Sweigart, Jake Frye and Alleman rounded out the top five.  Feature results – 1. Ken Duke Jr.; 2. Doug Dodson; 3. Nick Sweigart; 4. Jake Frye; 5. Mike Alleman; 6. Zachery Newlin; 7. Tyler Cochran; 8. Drew Ritchey; 9. John Fiore; 10. Devin Adams; 11. Kyle Ganoe; 12. John Walp; 13. Brad Mellott; 14. Cale Reigle; 15. Colton Hoover; 16. Terry Schaeffer; 17. Donnie Hendershot; 18. Keith Prutzman; 19. Dave Wickham; 20. Jim Kennedy; 21. Dave Graber; 22. Ryan Lynn. SPRING RUN, Pa. (April 13) – Ken Duke Jr. preserved his 2019 Pennsylvania Sprint Series winning streak Saturday night, winning the 20-lap feature race at Path Valley Speedway more than four tenth’s of a second over Doug Dodson.  The longest green-flag run of the night followed a lap nine restart and Duke made it through traffic well enough to keep his challengers at bay. Terry Schaeffer got into the turn three wall with two laps remaining, but on the restart, Duke chose the middle lane and held off the outside-running Dodson for the win.  The second-place finish was also the season’s best for Dodson, a PASS rookie with extensive experience in other sprint car divisions and super sportsman. This year’s large PASS/IMCA rookie class includes several drivers who are rookies in name only: Keith Prutzman has been racing for more than four decades.  On Saturday night, April 20, PASS returns to BAPS Motor Speedway to complete a feature called due to rain on April 7 after one lap had been completed. A full show of heats and another 20-lap feature will be run as well.  On Friday, April 26, PASS will join the Laurel Highlands Sprint Series for a co-sanctioned event at Clinton County Motor Speedway, and it will return to Port Royal Speedway on April 27.  The Selinsgrove racer has now captured all three IMCA RaceSaver Sprint Car features run so far, but this was hardly an easy win. With 21 of the 22 sprinters on hand making the call for the feature, traffic was an incessant issue on the wide Path Valley quarter mile. last_img read more

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Clifford G. Kamphaus – Sunman

first_imgMemorial contributions can be directed to the St. Nicholas Heritage Project for their new school or for Masses.  To sign the online guestbook please visit www.cookrosenberger.com.  The staff of Cook Rosenberger Funeral Home is honored to care for the family of Clifford Kamphaus. Those surviving who will cherish Cliff’s memory include his wife of 64 years, Nancy; children, Jim (Nancy Bennett), Karen, Tom (Marea Trabel), Jerry (Connie Lorenz), Susan (Chris) Murray, and Amy (Kevin) Fox; 17 grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren.  Besides his parents, he was preceded in death by his brother, Eugene Kamphaus, sister Joan Ash, and granddaughter, Jenna. Friends may visit with the family on Saturday, February 2, 2019 from 9 until 11 a.m. with Rosary beginning at 9 a.m. at Cook Rosenberger Funeral Home, 107 Vine Street, Sunman.Fr. Shaun Whittington will officiate A Mass of Christian burial at 11:30 at St. Nicholas Catholic Church.  Clifford will be laid to rest in the church cemetery with full military honors.center_img Clifford G. Kamphaus, Jr., of Sunman was born on October, 4 1933 in Cincinnati, Ohio a son to Clifford G. and Anna T. (Kues) Kamphaus, Sr.  He served his country in the United States Navy during the Korean War.  Cliff then married Nancy (Long) on May 8, 1954 in Cincinnati and together they raised six children.  He worked as a power supervisor at CG & E for over 30 years.  Cliff was a member of St. Nicholas Catholic Church, Sunman Fish & Game and the Batesville Eagles.  He loved fishing, playing cards and riding his gator.  On Monday, January 28, 2019 at the age of 85, Clifford passed away peacefully surrounded by his loving family.last_img read more

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Merle Norman

first_imgVisitation is Monday, March 4, 2019 from 4 until 7 p.m. at Cook Rosenberger Funeral Home, 929 Main Street, Brookville and again on Tuesday at Scipio United Baptist Church from 10 until 11 a.m.  David Smith will officiate services at 11 a.m. at the church and burial will follow in Mt. Carmel cemetery. He was born June 30, 1947 to Willard and Jeanette “Irene” Norman.  He had two brothers, Willie and Donnie Norman – both surviving, and two sisters, Alma Hill – surviving, and Mable who preceded him in death. On Tuesday, February 26, 2019, Merle Edward Norman woke up being held by Jesus, and was reunited with the love of his life. Merle was retired from Sperry Rubber and Plastic.  He was an avid fisherman and could literally build anything.  He was a devote Christian and loyal member of the Scipio Baptist Church. Anyone who knew Merle, adored him.center_img He will be sincerely missed by his three daughters, Tammy (Danny) Garrison, Lisa (James) Henson, and Anita Norman; six grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; several friends, nieces and nephews.  Besides his parents and siblings, he was preceded in death by his “little lady” Rose Etta Norman; infant granddaughter, Ciera Rose Griffin; sisters-in-law, Ulene Quinlan, Bonnie Barrett and Carolyn Cummins, and brother-in-law, Nelson Barrett. Memorial contributions can be directed to Scipio United Baptist Church.  To leave memories or sign the online guestbook please visit www.cookrosenberger.com.  The staff of Cook Rosenberger Funeral Home is honored to care for the family of Merle Norman.last_img read more

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Timothy J. “Tim” Bitter-Brookville

first_imgTimothy J. “Tim” Bitter, of Brookville, was born in Winter Haven, Florida on February 14, 1952, a son to Ervin J. and Dorothy Wurth Bitter.  He served his country with the Army National Guard of Ohio and later worked at Emery Industries in Cincinnati and Owens-Corning of Brookville.  He was a member of the Harrison and Fairfield gun clubs and enjoyed hunting, fishing, and gardening.  On Sunday, April 7, 2019 at the age of 67, Tim passed away at his residence.Those surviving who will cherish Tim’s memory include his siblings, Barbara (Lou) Jungkunz of Cincinnati, Shirley Klems of Cincinnati, Lois Ann (Roy) Verderber of Dunsford, VA, Nancy Blum of Cincinnati, Mary Lou Uthus of Keysville, VA, Ervin “Jim” (Rita) Bitter of Leesburg, FL, Judy (Bob) Dubose of Cincinnati, and John (Peggy) Bitter of Orlando, FL.  Besides his parents he was preceded in death by his nephew, Roy Verderber, and two brothers-in-law, Larry Klems and Bob Blum.Friends may visit with the family from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m. on Thursday, April 11, 2019 at Cook Rosenberger Funeral Home, 929 Main Street, Brookville.  Burial with military honors provided by the Bernard Hurst Post #77, Brookville American Legion will follow in Maple Grove Cemetery.Memorial donations can be directed to FC CAN. To sign the online guestbook or to leave personal memories please visit www.cookrosenberger.com.  The staff of Cook Rosenberger is honored to care for the family of Tim Bitter.last_img read more

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Trailer fire on Wednesday morning

first_imgVersailles, IN—Firefighters from Versailles Fire Rescue responded to a report of a trailer fire at Brownings Campground early Wednesday morning.They say the fire was contained to one room of the trailer. Milan Volunteer Fire Department was also dispatched for automatic mutual aid but was disregarded due to the quick containment of the fire. The Red Cross was contacted to assist the family.last_img

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Ripley County 2020 Primary Election Information

first_imgTOWN OF OSGOOD CLERK TREASURER (VOTE for 1)TAMARA (TAMMY) WILHOIT JUDGE of RIPLEY COUNTY CIRCUIT COURT, 80th JUDICIAL CIRCUIT (VOTE for 1)RYAN J. KING  RIPLEY COUNTY COMMISSIONER – DISTRICT 2 (VOTE for 1)ROBERT GARCIABARRY LAUBERCHRIS SCHMALTZTOM MENCHHOFER UNITED STATES REPRESENTATIVE – SIXTH DISTRICT (VOTE for 1) RIPLEY COUNTY TREASURER (VOTE for 1)NO CANDIDATE RIPLEY COUNTY 2020 PRIMARY ELECTION DEMOCRATIC CANDIDATESPRESIDENT of the UNITED STATES (VOTE for 1)MICHAEL BENNETTJOE BIDENMICHAEL BLOOMBERGPETE BUTTIGIEGTULSI GABBARDAMY KLOBUCHARBERNIE SANDERSTOM STEYERELIZABETH WARRENANDREW YANG TOWN OF OSGOOD COUNCIL – AT LARGE (VOTE for 1)CHRISTOPHER L. KUHN RIPLEY COUNTY TREASURER (VOTE for 1)LISA VESTALCATHY VOLZ INDIANA STATE SENATOR – DISTRICT 42 (VOTE for 1)JEAN LEISING RIPLEY COUNTY COUNCIL – AT LARGE (VOTE for 3)NO CANDIDATE RIPLEY COUNTY COUNCIL – AT LARGE (VOTE for 3)KATIE BAILEYANDREW DECKERPEGGY A. EHLERSKELLY VOLLET MIKE CAMPBELLGREG PENCE RIPLEY COUNTY COMMISSIONER – 3 (VOTE for 1)ROGER GULLIONJAMES (KENDALL) HANKINSKEITH SCOTT GOVERNOR of the STATE of INDIANA (VOTE for 1)ERIC HOLCOMBBRIAN ROTH RIPLEY COUNTY COMMISSIONER – 3 (VOTE for 1)NO CANDIDATE TOWN OF VERSAILLES COUNCIL – AT LARGE (VOTE for 1)NO CANDIDATE RIPLEY COUNTY RECORDER (VOTE for 1)MARY ANN McCOYKERI (McDONALD) JOHNSONSARA L. PATTERSON UNITED STATES REPRESENTATIVE – SIXTH DISTRICT (VOTE for 1)GEORGE T. HOLLANDJEANNINE LEE LAKEBARRY WELSH TOWN of HOLTON COUNCIL – AT LARGE (VOTE for 3)PAUL HUGHESAMBER MAYPHYLLIS NIGHBERTANDREW J. STRATTON Ripley County Polling Locations:Adams 1st Precinct-Fire House in MorrisAdams 2nd Precinct- American Legion in SunmanAdams 3rd Precinct-Batesville Middle School New GymnasiumBrown 1st and 2nd Precinct-St Paul Lutheran Church in OleanCenter 1st, 2nd, and 3rd Precinct-Osgood Town HallDelaware 1st Precinct- New Delaware Fire StationFranklin 1st and 2nd Precinct- St. Paul Lutheran Fellowship Hall –Stumpke’s CornerFranklin 3rd Precinct- St. Charles Catholic Church in MilanJackson 1st Precinct- Community Citizens in NapoleonJohnson 1st, 2ns, and 3rd Precinct- Versailles Baptist ChurchLaughery 1st Precinct- Batesville Memorial Public LibraryLaughery Ward 1-Precinct 1 and Ward 2- Precinct 1- Batesville Middle School New GymnasiumLaughery Ward 3-Precinct 1- Batesville Memorial Public Library Otter Creek 1st and 2nd Precinct- Town Hall in HoltonShelby 1st Precinct- Shelby Christian Church, VersaillesWashington 1st Precinct- Elrod Washington Baptist ChurchWashington 2nd Precinct- St. Charles Church in Milan RIPLEY COUNTY RECORDER (VOTE for 1)NO CANDIDATEcenter_img INDIANA STATE REPRESENTATIVE – DISTRICT 55 (VOTE for 1)CINDY ZIEMKE Candidates:2020 PRIMARY ELECTION REPUBLICAN CANDIDATESPRESIDENT of the UNITED STATES (VOTE for 1)DONALD J. TRUMPBILL WELD INDIANA STATE REPRESENTATIVE – DISTRICT 67 (VOTE for 1)RANDY FRYE RIPLEY COUNTY CLERK (VOTE for 1)GINGER J. BRADFORD TOWN of HOLTON COUNCIL – AT LARGE (VOTE for 3)NO CANDIDATE DELEGATES to STATE CONVENTIONNO CANDIDATE JUDGE of RIPLEY COUNTY SUPERIOR COURT (VOTE for 1)JEFF SHARP DELEGATES to STATE CONVENTIONGINGER J. BRADFORDWILLIAM H. BRADFORDPEGGY A. EHLERSTHELMA A. LAWSDIANE MACEKMARY ANN McCOYJOHN MOTON RIPLEY COUNTY CORONER (VOTE for 1)JASON BAILEY  RIPLEY COUNTY CORONER (VOTE for 1)NO CANDIDATE TOWN of HOLTON CLERK TREASURER (VOTE for 1)ANGELA (ANGI) FARRELL TOWN OF OSGOOD CLERK TREASURER (VOTE for 1)NO CANDIDATE TOWN of HOLTON CLERK TREASURER (VOTE for 1)NO CANDIDATE REPUBLICAN PRECINCT COMMITTEEMENCAROL SIEBERT – ADAMS 3ROBERT VESTAL – BROWN 1BRENDA WETZLER – CENTER 1MARY ANN McCOY – CENTER 2WILLIAM WARREN – CENTER 3PAUL C. HARDY – DELAWARELOUIS MARTINI – FRANKLIN 1LINDA C. BAKER – FRANKLIN 2THELMA A. LAWS – FRANKLIN 3CAROL A. EVANS – JOHSON 1GINGER J. BRADFORD – JOHNSON 2MARILYN GAUSMAN – LAUGHERY 1JOHN R. MOTON – LAUGHERY 3-1AMANDA BRUNNER – SHELBYJON M. NICHOLS – WASHINGTON 2 TOWN OF VERSAILLES COUNCIL – AT LARGE (VOTE for 1)ROXANNE MEYER TOWN OF OSGOOD COUNCIL – AT LARGE (VOTE for 1)NO CANDIDATE RIPLEY COUNTY CLERK (VOTE for 1)NO CANDIDATE JUDGE of RIPLEY COUNTY SUPERIOR COURT (VOTE for 1)NO CANDIDATEJUDGE of RIPLEY COUNTY CIRCUIT COURT, 80th JUDICIAL CIRCUIT (VOTE for 1)NO CANDIDATE          RIPLEY COUNTY COMMISSIONER – DISTRICT 2 (VOTE for 1)NO CANDIDATElast_img read more

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Lt. Gov. Crouch, OCRA award Taking Care of Main Street grants

first_imgStatewide — Lieutenant Governor Suzanne Crouch and the Indiana Office of Community and Rural Affairs (OCRA) today announced 40 Indiana Main Street programs will receive a portion of $200,000 through Taking Care of Main Street. This is a new program providing operational support for Indiana Main Street organizations impacted by COVID-19.The goal of this program is to support Indiana Main Street organizations that provide leadership and services to the businesses and members, using the Main Street Approach, with special attention to organizations that have been significantly impacted by COVID-19. Eligible expenses could include salaries, administrative fees, space/equipment rental, or staff development and training. Below is a summary of how the Main Street organizations from Southeastern Indiana plan to use the $5,000 funding they each received: Madison Main Street Program plans to update the Madison Main Street web page with a new space for business materials, event and workshop plans and registrations, grant information and applications, real estate listings, sponsor and donor recognition, interactive maps for business locations and inventory, community press releases and staff and business training.Main Street Brookville Inc. will use the funding to coordinate programming and provide technical assistance to help transition to an online platform by helping build a business’s website integrated with merchant services. In addition, grant funds will be used to help sustain operational costs.Main Street Greensburg will use the money to fund the salary of a new part-time assistant.Main Street Shelbyville will use their funding to bridge a gap left by the loss of sponsorships, memberships, and event income. The funding will help with continued promotion and facilitation of programming such as COVID-19 survival webinar with the Indiana Small Business Development Center (ISBDC), the Downtown Highlights series, and for the administration of the downtown grant programs.last_img read more

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Aribo relishes Super Eagles home debut

first_imgRelatedPosts Akwa Ibom indigene sends SOS to DG DSS Businessman drags EFCC to court, demands N20m damages for rights violation Electoral malpractice: Three varsity dons indicted, three INEC officials sacked Glasgow Rangers midfielder, Joseph Aribo, has expressed delight over Super Eagles 2-1 win over Benin Republic in the AFCON 2021 qualifier in Uyo, Akwa Ibom State.Aribo starred for the first time in front of the home fans at the Godswill Akpabio Stadium having featured in Ukraine and Brazil friendlies.The elated player, however, took to his Twitter handle to thank the home fans for the support.According to him: “Good win in our first AFCON 2021 qualifying game! Always an honour putting on the shirt. Thanks for your amazing support!”Aribo, 23, shined during his first competitive outing on Wednesday evening as he completed the entire 90 minutes against the Squirrels Benin and Nigeria fans applauded the Rangers ace.Steven Gerrard’s summer signing started in the middle of the park alongside Leicester City superstar Wilfried Ndidi, protecting the back four and feeding Everton ace Alex Iwobi in the number 10 role. The trio combined to dominate possession.Tags: Akwa Ibom Statelast_img read more

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Lazio win Italian Super Cup

first_imgRelatedPosts Pirlo not out to copy anyone after Juventus’ comfortable opening win Live stream Premier League, La Liga, Serie A on Showmax Pro this weekend Juve’s Pirlo gamble makes new Serie A season the most open for years Lazio beat Juventus 3-1, their second win over the Turin giants in little more than two weeks, to win the Italian Supercup on Sunday, the annual meeting between the Coppa Italia winners and Serie A champions. Second-half goals from Senad Lulic and Danilo Cataldi won the match which was being played in Saudi Arabia for the second year running. Lazio also beat Juventus 3-1 in Serie A on December 7, handing their opponents their first defeat under coach Maurizio Sarri. Lazio, the Coppa Italia victors, went ahead after 17 minutes when Sergei Milinkovic-Savic laid the ball off for Luis Alberto to fire into the net. Paulo Dybala levelled for the Serie A champions at the end of the first-half from a rebound after Cristiano Ronaldo’s shot was parried by Thomas Strakosha. Juventus seemed to be in control in the second half and Ronaldo was close with a shot which went just over but they were caught out when Marco Parolo’s cross flew across the face of goal and Lulic volleyed in at the far post in the 73rd minute. Juventus had midfielder Rodrigo Bentancur sent off in stoppage time and Cataldi curled the resulting free kick into the net with the last action of the game. The Supercup final is often played abroad and has also been hosted in China, the United States, Libya and Qatar.Tags: Italian Super CupJuventusLazioSaudi ArabiaSerie Alast_img read more

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Osimhen to arrive Nigeria today

first_imgRelatedPosts Napoli Coach: Osimhen young lad with old brain Osimhen, Napoli bow to COVID-19 Customs intercepts suspect with 2,886 ATM cards concealed in noodles carton Bereaved Super Eagles’ striker, Victor Osimhen, has jetted out of France to reunite with his family in Nigeria.Osimhen, according to a family source, is expected to arrive the private wing of the Murtala Mohammed International Airport, Lagos by 4pm. The Lille of France star’s father, Patrick, died on Saturday after a brief illness.The deceased is survived by the footballer, who is the last born of a family of seven children.The family has yet to announce burial arrangements for the late septuagenarian who hailed from Uromi in Edo State.Tags: Lille FCMurtala Muhammed International AirportPatrick OsimhenVictor Osimhenlast_img read more

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De Ligt undergoes shoulder surgery, as Matuidi departs Juventus

first_imgRelatedPosts Pirlo not out to copy anyone after Juventus’ comfortable opening win Juve’s Pirlo gamble makes new Serie A season the most open for years Pirlo bags UEFA coaching badge Defender Matthijs de Ligt has undergone surgery in his shoulder and faces a recovery period of about three months, Italian champions Juventus said on Wednesday.The Dutch national had his shoulder stabilised in a Rome clinic on his 21st birthday, after he had played with pain in the joint in the last part of the season. Juventus will miss him for the first two months of the league, which starts on September 19.The Turin club bought de Ligt from Ajax last year for 75 million euros ($88.4 million).After a period of adjustment, he became a mainstay for the Bianconeri, closing the season with 29 league appearances and four goals.The Bianconeri also bid farewell to French midfielder Blaise Matuidi, a 2018 world champion who leaves Turin after three seasons.The 33-year-old is expected to sign with a club of the North American Major League Soccer. dpa/NAN.Tags: Blaise MatuidiJuventusMatthijs de Ligtlast_img read more

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Sexual assault: McGregor awaits physical test, video evidence

first_imgRelatedPosts Sexual assault charge: UFC superstar denies allegation, released without charge Mayweather mocks McGregor Conor McGregor retires from UFC Conor McGregor is waiting for the results of “key physical tests” and “the examination of film evidence” before learning whether he will be re-arrested over alleged sexual assault and indecent exposure.The Ultimate Fighting Championship star was taken into police custody on the French holiday island of Corsica last Friday, following a complaint from a young woman. She has claimed the 32-year-old Irishman assaulted her and showed off his manhood following a heavy drinking session in the upmarket port town of Calvi on September 6.Teofimo Lopez discuses the highly-anticipated upcoming fight against Vasyl Lomachenko, who is the favourite and his strategy in the ring.McGregor was released on Saturday without charge, but the criminal case is still active and he could be summoned before a magistrate later this week.“Key physical tests were carried out on the suspect, but the results will not be known until after the weekend,” an investigating source said.“These tests are of a routine nature following incidents like this, but they take time, to make sure there is no doubt about them. “It is also possible that the incident being complained about was filmed. It took place in a very busy place, where fixed cameras are situated everywhere.“Lots of holidaymakers would also have been filming and taking pictures on their phones, so they also need to be spoken to.”Tests for alcohol and drugs are common when suspects are arrested by police in France, especially following accusations of assault.Formal allegations were made against McGregor to police last Thursday, by an as-yet unnamed complainant, believed to be the woman victim.This led to police raiding McGregor’s £3 million yacht, which was named locally as the “Dave Ocean”, the next day. McGregor made his way to the local Tramariccia Gendarmerie by bike on Friday, surrounded by bodyguards, and was then grilled by an examining magistrate and judicial police.“The suspect was arrested and placed in custody by the judicial authorities,” said a spokesman for the Bastia prosecutor. “He was released on Saturday.”Tags: Conor McGregorCorsicaUltimate Fighting Championshiplast_img read more

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Stars stunned by Arizona weather

first_img Like the other 63 players in the Accenture Match Play Championship, Poulter was back at Dove Mountain near Tucson for the resumption of a first round halted by the wintry conditions. Less than four hours’ play was possible and 10 games – including those of top seeds Rory McIlroy, Tiger Woods and Luke Donald – did not even tee off. “This weather is officially ridiculous,” McIlroy, who plays Shane Lowry in one of two all-Irish clashes, said on Twitter. The other one between Graeme McDowell and Padraig Harrington had only just started when the suspension came and McDowell commented: “Holy coldness. I’ve only ever played in an event with conditions like this once.” It was the West of Ireland Championship in “about 1998”. Poulter, winner in 2010 and perhaps the most feared match play golfer around after his deeds at the Ryder Cup, was going well. He stood three up on Scot Stephen Gallacher, who three-putted the short sixth and conceded the eighth and 10th. “What’s the problem? Let’s play,” Poulter joked on Twitter. “The caddies have officially just had a snowball fight. Never seen anything like it.” He then posted a picture of “at least two inches of snow” on his courtesy car. Lee Westwood was two up on Spaniard Rafael Cabrera Bello after five and Justin Rose two up at the turn on South Korean KJ Choi, although he had been four up after five. Welshman Jamie Donaldson, winner of last month’s Abu Dhabi Championship, had to take a penalty drop after his opening drive and bogeyed five of the first seven holes to be three down to Thorbjorn Olesen, but Bristol’s Chris Wood, who won his first European Tour title a week later in Qatar, was level with Masters champion Bubba Watson after six. Closest to winning was Sergio Garcia, whose first shot on his return will be a 12-foot putt to beat Thailand’s Thongchai Jaidee on the 16th green. The forecast was for the snow to have cleared away overnight, but there was the possibility of early frost and that would delay things further. Ian Poulter has never seen anything like it – caddies having a snowball fight in the Arizona desert.center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

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Kompany could feature for Belgium

first_imgManchester City captain Vincent Kompany could return to action in Belgium’s World Cup qualifier in Macedonia on Friday. City’s defensive linchpin has not played since suffering a calf injury in the FA Cup fourth-round win at Stoke on January 26 but club boss Roberto Mancini said last week he hoped Kompany would be able to face to Newcastle in their next Barclays Premier League game on March 30. In the meantime the 26-year-old has been summoned for international duty and is being assessed ahead of his country’s Group D double-header against Macedonia in Skopje, on Friday, and Brussels next Tuesday. Belgium assistant coach Vidal Borkelmans told Sky Sports News: “Vincent is very important, he is captain of the team. “We are quite happy he has been here. We will see. We will make about Wednesday a point whether he plays or not. “He must listen to the body. He must say, ‘I am okay’ and then it is a decision of the coach what he does, yes or no.” center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

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Woodward expects few new arrivals

first_img “There is incredible depth. We could put two first teams out with 11 internationals in each. It has been a phenomenal season. We are a long way ahead in the Premier League and whilst I wouldn’t describe the way we got knocked out of the Champions League as luck things could have gone differently in that game. “We have a young squad and each of those are a year older. We are very comfortable with the make up of team and squad.” Nevertheless, Ferguson will continue to be linked with a series of star players, most recently Robert Lewandowski and Ramadel Falcao, whilst newly crowned FWA Player of the Year Gareth Bale is another United admire. The Red Devils can certainly feel bullish about attracting the top talent when it is considered their year-on-year turnover for the first nine months has risen 13.1 per cent to £278.1million. Of that, commercial income is now £114.5million, an increase of 27.9 per cent. It underlines just how strong United have become in that area of their business, and it doesn’t include the new £120million, eight-year deal with AON, which includes naming rights to their Carrington training complex and sponsorship of their training kit and overseas tours. Broadcast and matchday sectors show a 21.7 per cent and 34 per cent increase on the corresponding three months, whilst gross debt stands at £367.6million, still a vast sum, a decrease of 15.9 per cent since June 30 last year. However, total operating expenses for the third quarter increased 18.6 per cent year-on-year to £79million. That has been put down partly to the arrival of new signings, including Robin van Persie and Shinji Kagawa, new contracts for the likes of Danny Welbeck and the growing commercial arm which means the club now have in excess of 800 staff. Press Association Manchester United’s executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward is not anticipating “a major retooling” of Sir Alex Ferguson’s squad this summer.center_img Woodward was speaking to outline United’s third quarter results, which once again show an impressive rise in their commercial income. And with Ferguson admitting he was giving his squad rebuilding idea some thought, it has been anticipated further big name signings would be made. However, after winning the Premier League title this term with four games to spare, Woodward is not sure that is strictly necessary. “I wouldn’t expect there to be a major retooling of the squad,” said Woodward. last_img read more

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Mourinho confident of Blues return

first_img He added: “I feel the people there love me and in life you have to look for that. Life is beautiful and short and you must look for what you think is best for you.” Mourinho managed Chelsea between 2004 and 2007 and led them to back-to-back Premier League titles in 2005 and 2006. The 50-year-old looks set to replace former interim manager Rafael Benitez, who left the club are leading them to a third-place finish and the Europa League trophy. Mourinho’s appointment may be imminent but the Premier League was forced to issue an apology to Chelsea after their own website jumped the gun on the announcement. An article, headlined ‘Jose Mourinho makes Chelsea return’, was published on Sunday with Monday’s date on it but has since been removed from the premierleague.com website. A spokesman for the Premier League confirmed the article had been published in error. ”It was a publishing error. We took it down as soon as we were notified of it, and we’ve spoken to and apologised to Chelsea. We have no prior knowledge of any movement or any announcement (regarding Mourinho).” The article’s sub-header read ‘Portuguese coach back at Stamford Bridge after signing a XX-year contract’, and the Premier League indicated it was an article which was being prepared in anticipation of a possible announcement. The Premier League is trying to ascertain whether the publication of the article was the result of a system failure or human error. Mourinho’s era as Real Madrid boss ended on Saturday night with a 4-2 win over Osasuna in the Primera Division, with the Portuguese having already confirmed he would leave the Spanish giants at the end of the season. Before he left Spain, Mourinho spoke to TV football show Punto Pelota about his future plans, and said: “I’m going to London on Monday and at the end of the week I will be the manager of Chelsea.” Jose Mourinho has said that he will be the new Chelsea manager by the end of the week.center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

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British and Irish success in Minsk

first_img Leeds light-flyweight Jack Bateson continued to impress in his first major international tournament with a unanimous points victory over Romania’s Ovidiu Berceanu. And Scotland’s Charlie Flynn is also through to his first major quarter-final after an equally emphatic victory over Serban Miroslav of the Czech Republic. Bateson and Flynn join fellow Britons Andrew Selby, Sam Maxwell and Joe Joyce, who negotiated their respective paths to the last eight on Monday. Five British and five Irish boxers will fight for guaranteed medals on Wednesday after another successful day at the European Amateur Championships in Minsk. Belfast’s double Olympic bronze medallist Paddy Barnes marched into the last eight of the light-flyweight division with a unanimous win over gutsy Welshman Ashley Williams. Olympic silver medallist and bantamweight top seed John Joe Nevin is also through after impressing in a 3-0 win over Selcuk Exer of Turkey. On a good day for Ireland, middleweight Jason Quigley and heavyweight Tommy McCarthy also moved through with points wins over Austria’s Arbi Chakaev and Finland’s Tomi Honka respectively. They join Ireland team-mate and Olympic bronze medallist Michael Conlan, who booked his place in the bantamweight quarter-finals on Monday. There was disappointment for Sunderland heavyweight Warren Baister, who was outpointed by Russia’s Aleksei Egorov, Birmingham bantamweight Gamal Yafai, who lost a split decision to Armenian Aram Avagyan, and middleweight Antony Fowler who lost to fourth-seeded German Stefan Haertel. Scotland pair Aston Brown and Joe Ham also bowed out with defeats to Romania’s Bogdan Juratoni and Russia’s Vladimir Nikitin respectively. The only Irishman to exit on Tuesday was London Olympian Adam Nolan, who fell to a unanimous points loss in his welterweight clash with Ukrainian Boghdan Shelestyuk. center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

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Keane backed for 150 caps

first_imgAlan Kelly has tipped Robbie Keane to go on to win 150 caps for Ireland. Kelly added: “You have to have that desire and enthusiasm. Everybody said about him travelling over all the way for the England game and getting away from the Galaxy just because he wants to play in the games. That’s infectious, to me anyway, and hopefully it is to the rest of the lads.” Kelly is well placed to assess Keane’s contribution since he made his senior international debut as a teenager in March 1998. He was still a member of the squad at the time and admitted the Dubliner’s precocious talent was obvious from the off as they went head-to-head on the training pitch. Kelly said: “I think I was in the squad when he first came in, and subsequently I have seen him rise all the way through from where he started to the iconic status he has now. “His awareness, his perception, the ability he has to find space – the ability to create time and space on a football pitch is what marks the great players out, and Robbie is undoubtedly up there. I remember having many duels – which I lost on regular occasions – in these games you see out there. “You’d think you had closed every angle down and you’d think you’d stopped the goal, and ‘boom’, back of the net and he’s wheeling away and smiling at you and saying ‘Better luck next time’.” Manager Giovanni Trapattoni will hope to be able to rely on Keane’s eye for a goal once again as the Faroes arrive in Dublin for a game Ireland simply must win if they are to stand any chance of emerging from Group C. Press Associationcenter_img The 32-year-old striker will set a new national record when he leads his country out for Friday night’s World Cup qualifier against the Faroe Islands, his 126th senior appearance. Keane extended his goalscoring tally to 56 in Sunday’s 4-0 friendly victory over Georgia, and goalkeeping coach Kelly has no doubts that there is more to come. Asked if the Ireland captain could go on to reach 150 caps, he said: “Why not? Look at him, he’s running around like a spring chicken. I wish I had his knees.” last_img read more

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Torres: Mourinho has plans for me

first_img The Spain striker has struggled to justify his £50million price tag since moving to Stamford Bridge from Liverpool in 2011 but finished last season in decent goalscoring form under interim coach Rafael Benitez and helped the club win the Europa League title. Since the end of the campaign Torres, who recognises he has not done as well as he would have hoped with the Blues, has been linked with Barcelona but the 29-year-old insists he sees his future at Chelsea and is looking forward to speaking with Mourinho about his plans. Fernando Torres has reiterated his commitment to Chelsea and is hoping he has a role to play under “demanding” new Blues coach Jose Mourinho. Speaking on Spanish radio show Al Primer Toque, Torres said: “I am the first to admit that a lot more was expected of me, even I expected more of myself. Now I have the added pressure of Mourinho and that’s a challenge for any player. “Chelsea is the club I’m at and where I want to be, I want to keep winning trophies there. “I am dealing with the situation in a normal way, every summer there are rumours about new coaches and new players. Mourinho is a very demanding coach but he always guarantees success, and I trust that he has a plan for me.” Torres, who is currently on international duty with Spain at the Confederations Cup in Brazil, was also quizzed about supposed interest from Barcelona. The former Atletico Madrid hitman said: “I have known (Barca president Sandro) Rosell for a very long time. We have a close relationship but that’s it. “I’m focusing on the Confederations Cup for now and immediately after I will focus on Chelsea again. I want to speak with Mourinho first and then prepare myself for the coming season.” center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

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Roberge completes Sunderland deal

first_img Born in Montreuil, Roberge began his career at Guingamp before moving to Paris St-Germain. The 6ft 1in defender spent two years in Greece with Aris before sealing his move to Maritimo in 2010. He made 32 appearances for the club last season. Roberge follows youngsters Duncan Watmore and David Moberg Karlsson into the club with Di Canio making wholesale changes in both the senior and development ranks. Basle midfielder Cabral became the second man to formally sign for Sunderland on Monday. The 24-year-old midfielder, full name Adilson Tavares Varela, followed Roberge into the Stadium of Light after his contract ran down. Cape Verde-born Switzerland Under-21 international Cabral, a defensive midfielder who can also play at the back, has signed a three-year deal. Modibo Diakite completed a trio of arrivals at Sunderland after sealing his switch from Lazio. The out-of-contract 26-year-old French central defender has signed a three-year deal and will help to plug the gap left by the departing Titus Bramble and Matt Kilgallon. Press Association The 25-year-old Frenchman became the latest man to join Paolo Di Canio’s Wearside revolution after his contract with the Madeira club expired. Roberge, who has signed a three-year deal, played in both Maritimo’s Europa League group games against the Black Cats’ derby rivals Newcastle last season. center_img Maritimo defender Valentin Roberge has completed his move to Sunderland.last_img read more

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Rodgers aims to maintain momentum

first_img “It’s early stages but it keeps the momentum going and in the next couple of weeks we have one of the best strikers in the world coming back. “You can’t look too much at it (being top). But you’d rather be there than be at the bottom and what it does is that the more you are up there the more aggression and will and desire you have to stay there. “It’s only four games in, but we’ve had four tough games and we have only lost once in the last 16 odd games so we are getting a level of consistency and that was the biggest thing for me. “Coming here there was no consistency in the performance and now we are just churning out wins and if we can’t win we are drawing games with resilient performances like in the last 25 minutes here. “But I believe we will get better and more fluent as the season goes on so we are happy to be there and it gives us the fight to stay there.” For Swansea, the meeting with Liverpool kicked off a testing week which includes a Europa League trip to Valencia and Sunday’s league visit to Crystal Palace. But Rodgers believes his former club can cope with the demands of fighting in four separate competitions. He said: “It is a tough ask but the one thing I’d say Swansea have which we did not have last year is a strong squad. Monday’s 2-2 draw with Swansea, dominated by Jonjo Shelvey as the former Liverpool midfielder had a hand in all four goals, sent the Reds back to the summit of the standings by a single point as the Merseysiders continue the fine run of form they put together towards the end of last term. Few are expecting the Anfield side to launch a fully-fledged title assault, but Rodgers believes they have shown they can keep themselves in the picture with Uruguay international Suarez returning from his 10-match ban for biting Branislav Ivanovic later this month. Press Association “Our squad was very thin last year and we were trying to operate on four fronts. You look through this squad and there is a strong squad here and some of the players have been here for a while and others that are new in. “The Europa League certainly tests your squad. It will be a tough game against Valencia but I am sure Michael will want to do well in the competition, but then they come back and have got another tough game at the weekend. “But I am sure they will cope. They have got a good squad and I hope they do well.” Swans boss Michael Laudrup is well aware of the demands his team face, but felt their performance against Liverpool was an encouraging start to a congested run of fixtures. He said: “The second half was our best performance so far this season. It was very important for us to produce that as it is the first of seven games in less than three weeks. “We have the four Premier League games, two in the Europa League and a Capital One Cup game as well. So to start like this with a good result against a good team and an excellent performance is great for us to build on.” Brendan Rodgers believes his Liverpool side are capable of maintaining their challenge at the top of the Barclays Premier League table, particularly with Luis Suarez close to a return to action.last_img read more

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Clarke defends players’ party

first_img Clarke sees it all as innocent fun and hopes it will have a positive effect on morale ahead of two crucial games. The Baggies, now just two points above the relegation zone, travel to Cardiff on Saturday before hosting Hull the following week. Clarke said: “It was good for the players to get away. It was a difficult week. They went away, got themselves together and had a good time. “They have to relax and enjoy themselves. If anyone says they weren’t hurting after three defeats in a week – they were. “They have been hurting, the same as everyone has been hurting. Everyone hurts when you lose. To try to make an issue of going out and trying to have a night out is wrong.” The party had been pre-planned but some fans have been critical that it was allowed to proceed after the Norwich result. Clarke, however, insists it is not sending out the wrong signals. He said: “I don’t understand that it would look bad. They had two days off and they wanted to go and spend some time together – no problem.” Clarke was asked specifically about the striking images of Long busking which reached the media but he batted off any suggestion they might portray the club or player in a bad light. The Scot, speaking at a pre-match press conference, said: “I have heard Shane sing and he is a very good singer, very talented. Maybe Boaz didn’t help him! “Shane’s good on the guitar. As well as being a very talented footballer he is a very talented musician as well. “It was good, I don’t have a big issue. You get a lot of bad headlines surrounding football, but I don’t think that was a bad headline at all.” West Brom have won just one of their last nine league games but Clarke has been pleased with the attitude shown since the players returned to training this week. He said: “It’s only on the back of one bad week – unfortunately there were three games in that week, so we lost the three games. “It was a difficult week for us, it was painful, we didn’t enjoy it, nobody likes getting beat. “Training this week has been good, the response from the players has been excellent.” Striker Victor Anichebe could be doubtful for Saturday’s game after missing the club’s latest training session through illness. Clarke allowed his squad to travel to Dublin for a night out after Saturday’s loss to Norwich, which was their third Barclays Premier League defeat in the space of a week. The trip made the news as striker Shane Long, playing a guitar, and goalkeeper Boaz Myhill were pictured busking in the streets of the Irish capital. West Brom boss Steve Clarke has defended his players’ right to enjoy a Christmas party, despite the team’s poor form. Press Associationlast_img read more

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Sturridge could face Everton

first_imgLiverpool manager Brendan Rodgers has not given up hope of Daniel Sturridge playing some part in the Merseyside derby. Press Association The England striker has been sorely missed by the Reds since sustaining a thigh injury on international duty earlier this month but is inching ever closer to a comeback. In his absence Rodgers’ side have lost to Aston Villa and West Ham, snuck a last-gasp win over Ludogorets in the Champions League and required penalties to see off Middlesbrough in the Capital One Cup. The 19-year-old forward, whose contract at Anfield runs until 2017, is one of the brightest young talents in the Premier League and has had an impressive start to the season but his manager is not losing sleep over the reported interest. “It shows that he’s playing exceptionally well,” said Rodgers. “I think you could probably link Raheem with every club in the world at the moment. He’s a fantastic young talent. “I’ve nothing really to add to it. There’s obviously lots of speculation every day about players coming and going here at Liverpool. “He’s a wonderful boy who’s developing very, very well here. I think him and his representatives and the people close to him know how comfortable he is here and I’m sure at some point in the future, whatever contract we’re looking to work with will be sorted, but he’s still got three years left and there’s no rush from my perspective.” They would dearly love to unleash the 25-year-old against their neighbours at Anfield but although Rodgers was upbeat about his recovery, an appearance this weekend appears to be based on hope as much as expectation. “We’ll be very happy to have him back and we hope that can be this weekend,” said the Northern Irishman. “We’ve got a number of injuries that we’re going to give every chance to. “He (Sturridge) is a player who’s out on the field working. Him and a number of others we’ll just assess nearer the time. But if he doesn’t make it he won’t be far off after that. “He’s someone that responds well to treatment. Obviously it’s gone well but there are still a couple of days to go before the game. The most important thing is he’s near to fitness. “He certainly won’t be match-fit, he hasn’t played for a few weeks, but it’ll be great to have him back because he’s a wonderful player for us. “He’s a great reference for our team at the top of the field, his pace and movement and quality, which we saw the last time he played against Tottenham.” Another of Rodgers’ talented young England stars, Raheem Sterling, has been linked this week with Spanish giants Real Madrid. last_img read more

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Drinmore stroll for Lido

first_img The Tullow Tank, the 7-4 favourite, never got into a challenging position and could finish only fifth. Mullins, who completed a treble on a decidedly mixed afternoon, said: “He jumped well and for his second time over fences was very clever. He keeps doing more than I think he’s able to do. “He’s much more comfortable over fences. I’d be thinking of the RSA, or the JLT, at the moment. I wouldn’t be looking to go back in trip with him at this stage.” Winning owner Michael O’Leary added: “He did it well. We ran three to give them more experience and they all ran very well. “I think Real Steel is the horse to take out of it, given he goes left-handed he must have given away half a furlong. Bryan said Valseur Lido had plenty left in the tank even at the end. “We’re very fortunate and hopefully we’ll keep them all fit and well on to Christmas and make a plan after that.” Gigginstown rounded off a treble when Identity Thief (25-1) made a winning debut in the Follow Meath GAA On Twitter Fundraiser (Pro/Am) Flat Race under amateur Davy Roche. “He’s always worked nicely at home, but our horses normally need their first run. Davy said he was very green, but he picked up well,” said trainer Henry de Bromhead. “I will talk to the O’Learys to see where we go next. He has already worked well in a few schoolings over hurdles.” Giving owners Gigginstown House Stud and jockey Bryan Cooper a Grade One double after the earlier victory of Lieutenant Colonel, the Willie Mullins-trained five-year-old dispensed with the opposition in tremendous style. The 7-2 chance made smooth progress to lead after the second-last and forged clear to win by eight lengths from the always-prominent Apache Stronghold, while long-time leader Real Steel kept on admirably for third after jumping out to the left several times. Press Associationcenter_img Valseur Lido emerged an emphatic winner of what looked a highly competitive renewal of the Bar One Racing Drinmore Novice Chase at Fairyhouse.last_img read more

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Monk: Oliveira will suit Swans

first_img “A few years ago he was up and coming and linked with some big clubs, but for whatever reasons things did not quite pan out,” Monk said. “He’s had quite a few changes of manager – sometimes your face fits and sometimes it doesn’t – and maybe managers so far have not drawn things out of him. “This could be the chance to show what he’s got and prove a point to himself and to us. “Technically and physically he’s a very good player and one I feel will suit us, but he’s going to have to come in and earn it. “He needs to get his head down and get up to speed in training, but I know he’s looking forward to trying to test himself in this league.” Monk had been keen to add firepower to his squad with Ivory Coast striker Wilfried Bony away in January and the start of February at the African Cup of Nations and possibly missing as many as six Swansea games. Bony’s absence would have left Bafetimbi Gomis as the only senior striker in the Swansea squad during that new year period but for the recruitment of Oliveira who, Monk confirmed, could sign on a more permanent basis next summer. Monk also again stressed that Gomis, whose start in the 1-0 win at Hull on Saturday was only his third since his summer move from Lyon, will not be leaving in the January transfer window amid reported interest from Crystal Palace and Newcastle. “When Bony goes, Bafe will be given the chance and it’s his shirt to lose,” Monk said. “Then it’s up to Nelson to earn his chance, not just for now but for the future too. “It’s a good chance for him to prove himself and who knows then what will happen in the future. “If things go well here it’s something we will look at, but I’m not looking that far ahead as right now it’s about him earning the right to be involved with this squad.” Eighth-placed Swansea welcome Aston Villa to the Liberty Stadium on Boxing Day for their only home fixture of the festive period, with Liverpool and QPR to follow. But Monk insists it will be business as usual with the players training on Christmas Day before returning home to their families. “It’s not too much of a problem but is nice to be at home,” Monk said. “We will train in the morning but they are used to that. It’s part of the job but the players are educated about nutrition and will stick to their diets. “They will enjoy it with their families, but they know they have a big game the next day. They are adults and you trust them to do the right things. “We have to approach it like a normal game even though it is this time of the year. It’s a very important game for us, we have stressed that to the players and they have to be ready.” Swansea manager Garry Monk believes Nelson Oliveira will suit the club’s style of play after handing the Portugal striker the chance to spark his career. Press Association The 14-times capped Oliveira played for Portugal at Euro 2012 but he has made only one appearance for Benfica this term and after loan spells at Deportivo La Coruna in Spain and French club Rennes in the last two years he will join Swansea on January 1 until the end of the season. Yet only two years ago the 23-year-old Oliveira was being linked with a £24million move to Manchester United while Chelsea and Manchester City both reportedly made repeated checks on a player who has represented his country at every age grade from Under-16s to senior level. last_img read more

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Pardew has Eagles soaring

first_imgFor the second weekend running Dwight Gayle and Jason Puncheon rescued Crystal Palace to secure a significant victory at Burnley. Press Association The former Newcastle manager has got two of his attacking players scoring and, if he manages the same trick with on-loan Arsenal striker Yaya Sanogo, who made his debut, he can expect to see his side climb even further away from the relegation zone than the four points they now are. It will be a different story for Burnley, just a point above the bottom three, if they continue to pass up such opportunities as this. They have not won back-to-back home league games since April when they were in the Championship and defeat ended a three-match unbeaten spell in the league. Tennis season seemed a long way off in snowy Lancashire, but two disputed line calls were involved in Burnley, extending their own Premier League record by naming an unchanged side for the eighth consecutive match, taking a 2-0 lead. Kieran Trippier’s corner may have been taken from outside the quadrant, but that would not have contributed to Joe Ledley’s inability to mark Mee, who lost his man to head home at the far post from barely a yard out. The second was more hotly contested as Joel Ward tried to shepherd Mee’s clearance into touch only for Scott Arfield to muscle the full-back out of the way, keep the ball in play – despite Palace protestations – and slide a pass inside for Ings to charge through the middle and slot past Julian Speroni. Pardew’s decision to swap over his wingers paid off when Wilfried Zaha’s pace helped him beat two markers and, although James McArthur’s effort was blocked by the seemingly omnipresent Mee, the rebound was drilled home by Gayle. It was Palace’s first away goal in 453 minutes, since Mile Jedinak’s effort at Swansea on November 29. The pair both scored in the come-from-behind win over Tottenham seven days ago and repeated the feat at Turf Moor as the Eagles recovered from being 2-0 down after 16 minutes to seal a 3-2 success. Burnley appeared to be coasting after Ben Mee and Danny Ings struck in quick succession, but they were pegged back before Gayle’s second three minutes from time extended Alan Pardew’s unbeaten run since he took over at Selhurst Park. Zaha was enjoying more success the right, but Sanogo, despite holding up the ball well, was given few opportunities, with his best coming from the last action of the first half with a header hooked over by Arfield. Burnley’s inactivity for Palace’s equaliser three minutes after the interval was inexcusable, however. Puncheon picked up the ball just inside the opposition half, but was allowed to turn and run 25 yards unchallenged and he took full advantage to beat Tom Heaton with a low shot just inside the goalkeeper’s right-hand post. The momentum was all with the visitors now and, although Michael Keane’s volley was cleared off the line by McArthur, substitute Glenn Murray hit a post before Heaton was beaten by Gayle’s angled shot late on. last_img read more

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Villa resume Sinclair talks

first_imgAston Villa are back in the running to sign Manchester City winger Scott Sinclair. Press Association The club have resumed talks with City over a possible move for the Etihad misfit, Press Association Sport understands. Villa manager Paul Lambert said last week any deal for Sinclair was dead but it has now been revived, with a loan the most likely outcome. center_img Sinclair has made just three starts since signing for City from Swansea in 2012 and 19 appearances in total. He has played only four games this season – a total of 25 minutes – and has not featured for Manuel Pellegrini this year. Sinclair spent last season on loan at West Brom, where he made 11 appearances and failed to make an impact at The Hawthorns. The former Chelsea trainee would become Villa’s second signing of the transfer window after Carles Gil joined from Valencia earlier this month. Villa, who go to Arsenal on Sunday, are in desperate need of goals, having scored just 11 in the Barclays Premier League this season, and want to bring in more creative players in January. last_img read more

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Simmons set for West Indies role

first_img He added: “I’ll always be eternally grateful for the opportunity given to me by Cricket Ireland, and in particular CEO Warren Deutrom, and it’s been a great partnership over the past eight years. “I’ve made some wonderful friends in that time, which has been among the happiest periods in my life. “It was a very difficult decision to leave, but I couldn’t turn down the opportunity to coach my home team. “They’re going through a difficult period at the moment, but I’m confident I can help to improve their fortunes.” West Indies overcame their sticky start to the ongoing World Cup to reach the quarter-finals, in which they face co-hosts New Zealand in Wellington on Saturday. Ireland captain William Porterfield, meanwhile, voiced his thanks to Simmons. “Phil has been superb for the team and Irish cricket throughout his time in charge. We’ve all improved and grown as cricketers thanks to his efforts,” he said. “He’s been a towering presence not just in Irish cricket, but across the world – where he is held in such high regard. “While it’s sad to be losing him at this time, everyone in the squad understands his reasons for wanting to coach his home country. “We wish him and his family all the very best in the future.” Deutrom added: “Everyone will miss Phil Simmons. “You don’t live in a country for eight years and not leave behind close ties and friendships. “His warmth and strength of values endeared him to everyone here – while his loyalty is unquestioned, as evident from one of the longest-ever coaching tenures in international cricket. “As Phil has contributed to us, so we are proud to have helped him develop his career to the point that he can now pursue his dream of coaching his home team. “He leaves with nothing other than our very best wishes. “Now our goal is simple, to find a replacement for Phil who will take us to our stated vision of playing Test cricket by 2019.” West Indies, who have been coached on an interim basis by Stuart Williams in New Zealand and Australia, have welcomed Simmons back in a statement on their website. West Indies Cricket Board chief executive Michael Muirhead said: ” We are thrilled with the appointment of Phil and we believe he is the right individual for our team and our region at this time, so we want to welcome him back home. “His independence of character and his resolve to stand up for what he believes in were also strong qualities that convinced us that Phil was best suited to usher the West Indies team into a new era of success.” Simmons won 26 West Indies Test caps and 143 in one-day Internationals between 1987 and 1999. West Indies have endured a difficult past few months, including a player dispute which led to a mid-tour abandonment of their trip to India last year and then Ottis Gibson’s departure as coach. But Simmons added: “West Indies have a tremendous history and prestige in the game, and I am honoured to have been given this opportunity to be head coach. “There is an abundance of young talent coming through the ranks, and to be able to assist with the development of the future playing talent in the West Indies is fantastic. I can’t wait to begin. “We are determined to give the supporters the brand of cricket and the level of success that we are all looking to achieve.” Former Test batsman Simmons, 51, is to leave the same post with Ireland and will be in charge of the Windies when England arrive for their tour of the Caribbean next month. Cricket Ireland confirmed Simmons’ departure on Friday. Phil Simmons is to become the new coach of his native West Indies as soon as the World Cup is over. Trinidadian Simmons has been Ireland coach for eight years, during which they have been the pre-eminent force among the associate nations and have qualified for every International Cricket Council global tournament. Under Simmons, Ireland have pulled off World Cup victories over England in 2011 and West Indies themselves just last month. They will face England again in a one-off one-day international in May, at the conclusion of their opponents’ Test tour of the Windies. Simmons said: “I’ve had eight wonderful years as Ireland’s head coach, and will always cherish the memories of those great days we’ve shared. “The players and staff at Cricket Ireland have been simply magnificent. The wins in the World Cups over full members were all special, as we showed the world just what Irish cricket is capable of. “The Irish and West Indians are very similar in their nature and outlook on life and sport. “They welcomed me into their country, and I engaged with their sporting heritage and culture – and I’m a richer, better person for it.” Ireland, who face a tough battle to qualify for the next World Cup in England in 2019 after ICC’s decision to streamline the tournament to 10 teams, will immediately begin their search for a successor to Simmons. Press Associationlast_img read more

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Rio: It’s the right time to retire

first_imgFormer England captain Rio Ferdinand has brought his near 20-year playing career to an end following his recent release from QPR. Manchester United then paid £29.1million for his services in July 2002, a world-record fee for a defender, and it was at Old Trafford where he became regarded as one of the finest centre-halves in the world. Ferdinand, who formed an excellent partnership alongside Nemanja Vidic for many years at United, believes that would not have been possible without the help of Sir Alex Ferguson. “Winning trophies over my 13 years at Manchester United allowed me to achieve everything that I desired in football. From a young child to today, that was all I cared about,” he said. “None of that would have been possible, without the genius of one man, Sir Alex Ferguson. His greatest accomplishment in my eyes will always be how he developed us as men, not just as footballers. He will in my opinion, always be the greatest manager in British football history.” There were low moments too. He was given an eight-month suspension at club and international level from January 2004 for missing a drugs test, meaning he missed the rest of the season and that year’s European Championship. He did play in the 2002 and 2006 World Cups but an injury ruled out an appearance in South Africa in 2010, a few months after he was named captain of the side. He announced his international retirement in May 2013 having endured an acrimonious previous 12 months that included being left out of the Euro 2012 squad, leading to rumours of an ill-tempered relationship with John Terry, who at the time was awaiting trial for racially abusing Ferdinand’s brother Rio. After making over 300 appearances with the Red Devils, he linked up with Harry Redknapp again last summer, but it was not be a fitting farewell as QPR were relegated from the top-flight. Saturday’s announcement prompted several former Manchester United and England team-mates to pay tribute. Paul Scholes said: “He was a great player, without a doubt the best centre-half I ever played with.” Michael Owen concurred, saying: “What a player he was, absolute Rolls Royce.” Gary Neville also added his praise on Twitter, saying: “Congratulations to @rioferdy5 on his great career. Best I played with and best pairings I’ve seen with Vida/JT. Covered me very well too!” Jonny Evans, who played alongside Ferdinand on many occasions at Old Trafford, told Press Association Sport: “He was the modern day centre-back that everyone looked to. Training every day and playing with him, he was someone I tried to replicate in my own game. “I had the opportunity to play alongside Rio for a lot of years and he was someone who had the ability to make the game seem so easy. “Anyone who’s played with him would tell you that. “He transmitted that to the rest of the team and he was a great character in the dressing room. “More than anything he was a winner and a leader. His trophy record reflects that” The 36-year-old, who played 81 times for England, was quietly released along with several other players on Wednesday by the recently relegated Rangers and he has decided against finding another club. In a statement, he said: “After 18 years as a professional footballer, I now feel it’s the right time for me to retire from the game that I love. “As a 12-year-old boy, kicking around a football on the Friary Estate in Peckham, I never dreamt that I would play for my boyhood club West Ham, captain Leeds United, win the Champions League with Manchester United, or re-join my first manager Harry Redknapp at Queens Park Rangers. “I will always regard the 81 times that I played for England, with immense pride. These are all treasured memories that will last a lifetime. “I’d like to thank and pay tribute to my wife Rebecca and my family, including my mother and father, for their sacrifices, their encouragement and their advice throughout my career. “And finally, I’d like to thank all the fans from all the clubs – for without them professional football would not exist. I will miss each and every one of you on my Saturday afternoons.” Ferdinand made over 100 appearances for the Hammers in four years, while he was also given his England bow at the age of 19 while still at Upton Park. He built his reputation as a lithe defender capable of starting attacks from the backline, which convinced Leeds to splash out a then British record £18million in November 2000 on the Londoner, who went on to captain the side in the 2001/02 season. Ferdinand made his senior debut as a 17-year-old in May 1996 with West Ham before going on to complete big money moves to Leeds and Manchester United, with whom he won six Premier League titles and the FA Cup and Champions League once. He switched to QPR last year after failing to win a new deal at Old Trafford, but the central defender struggled to hold down a regular first-team place and was absent for the closing stages of the season after his wife Rebecca Ellison died following a battle with cancer on May 1. 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Alli on target in friendly win

Dele Alli marked his first Tottenham run-out with a goal as Brentford were overcome 2-1 in a behind-closed-doors friendly on Wednesday. The midfielder converted the second spot-kick of the match in stoppage-time, with Shaq Coulthirst having scored the first before Jermaine Udumaga pulled one back at the death. Toby Alderweireld also played his first match for Spurs since joining from Atletico Madrid, starting the match alongside fellow new boys Kevin Wimmer and Kieran Trippier. Press Association Signed from MK Dons in February, the 19-year-old was spent the remainder of last season on loan at his home-town club, helping them secure automatic promotion from League One. It meant Alli’s first appearance for Spurs only arrived on Wednesday, when his penalty helped overcome the Championship Bees 2-1 at Hotspur Way. read more

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Arsenal and Tottenham fans hit out over lack of transfer window signings

first_imgFans from Arsenal and Tottenham have expressed their frustration at the north London rivals’ lack of activity during the summer transfer window. Press Association “Arsenal are in a very strong financial position and it is of course disappointing that the transfer window has closed with just the signing of Petr Cech,” it statement read. “Arsenal have built a strong squad and just one or two more good additions would have strengthened the chances of winning a first title in 11 years. “No one wants Arsenal to buy players just for the sake of it, but we do want to see the money being invested to make the club stronger.” The Tottenham Hotspur Supporters’ Trust is angry that Spurs missed out on West Brom striker Saido Berahino despite repeated bids, leaving the club with Harry Kane as their only available forward. “We think a credible explanation from the board to address the genuine concerns of supporters, many of whom have backed the current board consistently, is now required,” it said in a statement. “We welcome the good signings that have been made, but are concerned at the gaps that still exist and the pressure this places on the manager and the team.” center_img Arsenal’s solitary signing has been goalkeeper Petr Cech from Chelsea for £10million, making them the only club from a major European league not to recruit an outfield player this summer. The Arsenal Supporters’ Trust believes the club has missed a good opportunity to strengthen their challenge for the Barclays Premier League title. last_img read more

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Roberto Martinez enjoying working with Romelu Lukaku as agent opens door to move

first_img Mino Raiola reportedly told a French radio station they had been given Martinez’s blessing for Lukaku to leave at the right price amid rumours of interest from Paris St Germain. But the Spaniard was unwilling to go into the issue, saying: ” I’m not here to try to do the job of agent. “I’m not going to entertain any sort of rumours and speculation. I have to do that during the transfer window, against my wishes, so as you can understand I’m quite happy now not to go into any comments.” Club-record signing Lukaku, 22, has made a good start to the season after an up-and-down first campaign as a permanent Everton player, scoring seven goals in 13 appearances. Martinez said: “With Romelu, it has been a joy to see him growing and developing from a very young age. “He’s had a very important role with us and now I feel he’s in the perfect moment to kick on and even take more responsibility on the pitch. “All that matters to everyone at Everton is Romelu can keep fulfilling that role, keep enjoying his football and being very important for the team.” Martinez was speaking at his pre-match press conference, the day after Everton bade an emotional farewell to Howard Kendall. Thousands of fans and Everton figures past and present attended Liverpool’s Anglican Cathedral and Goodison Park to pay tribute to the 69-year-old, who died earlier this month. Martinez hopes the memories of Kendall’s glory years can inspire his players as they look to get back to winning ways in the Premier League against Sunderland on Sunday. Press Association The Everton boss said: “I thought it was an incredible event. We were all so proud and touched by the incredible reaction and the support that everyone showed around Howard’s career, Howard’s footprint at our football club, and then obviously to pay the respects to an incredible legend and an Everton giant. “There are great moments to sit back a little bit as a player, and everyone who has the privilege to represent Everton at this time has a unique source of inspiration. “You’re looking back at those big seasons, big moments full of emotion. Clearly for the players and everyone it’s the perfect inspiration to go forward.” Seamus Coleman is a major doubt for the match because of a stomach bug but his fellow full-back Leighton Baines is nearing a return after almost six months out. The 30-year-old has undergone two ankle operations but was set to return to full training on Friday along with midfielder Muhamed Besic, who has made only one Premier League appearance this season. Gareth Barry is back in contention following suspension, with Martinez set to revert to a more familiar line-up after ringing the changes for the Capital One Cup win over Norwich in midweek. Roberto Martinez talked up Romelu Lukaku’s importance to Everton following claims from his agent that the Toffees would sell if the right offer came in. last_img read more

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Yannick Bolasie hails Crystal Palace boss Alan Pardew for improved goal tally

first_img “I don’t have a total (in mind) but I think the improvements you see – four goals last season and four goals already this season,” Bolasie said. “You don’t just build a player overnight, everything has to come gradually. “I don’t think people really expect it. I wasn’t really in the box last season but this season I am in the box a lot more, I am picking up little scraps and so far I have got goals off scraps. “I think it’s all down to the gaffer and what he does in training and you can see it in the boys.” After the disappointing loss to Sunderland on Monday, Palace were keen to move on and give something back to the supporters. “It was a great result for the team,” Bolasie said. “It was good to bounce back from Monday’s result. “Today is obviously encouraging for us and we will move on straight away to focus on Everton next week. “In football, I think it is how you bounce back and you could say the attackers on Monday were a bit disappointed. The south London side thrashed Newcastle on Saturday, with the 5-1 win seeing the Eagles rise to seventh in the Barclays Premier League table. Bolasie netted twice in the comprehensive win, taking him to four overall – the same tally he managed over the whole of the 2014/15 campaign. Press Association “Today more than made up for Monday, but the game is gone today and we have to look forward to Everton. “It’s done a lot for confidence and we play Everton next week, who are another team who we normally have good games against, but every season is different so that will be another tough game for sure.” Bakary Sako is out of the clash with a hamstring injury and Wilfried Zaha is suspended, but Bolasie is not concerned about the strength in depth. “It’s tough right now but hopefully someone like Chungy (Lee Chung-yong) can come in and step up to the plate and that’s the reason why we have such a good squad. “You think of the players who have been left out, like Frazer Campbell, Jordan Mutch, so there are still players who can come in and do a good job.” Yannick Bolasie is delighted to have already equalled his last season’s goal tally and believes Crystal Palace manager Alan Pardew deserves all the credit.last_img read more

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Vigil Held for Broward Teen Football Star who Committed Suicide by Train

first_img(Deerfield Beach, FL) — A high school football star’s death in Broward County is being ruled a suicide by train and is prompting his friends to confront mental illness. A candlelight vigil was held last night at Deerfield Beach High School for 17-year-old Bryce Gowdy, a wide-receiver prospect headed to Georgia Tech who committed suicide this week by standing in the path of a freight train in Broward County. His death came just days before Gowdy was to leave for college at Georgia Tech, which had given him a football scholarship. A DBHS teammate tells NBC 6 mental illness is very serious, and it’s hard for others to understand what someone might be going through. The death of a Florida teen football star fatally struck by a freight train has been ruled a suicide, officials said.Gowdy’s mom, Shibbon Winelle, said in a video posted to her Facebook page the teen had been “talking in circles” and asking “a lot of questions about spirituality and life” in the days before his death.She said both she and her son battled their own personal “demons,” alluding to mental health struggles.“I said, ‘Bryce, you have to dig within and fight these demons that you’re fighting,’” Winelle said.“I told him I wasn’t strong enough to help him right now, and I have my own demons that I was trying to fight.”She said the family had recently become homeless and she last saw him when she asked him to get her favorite blanket from the car.He never returned, and hours later his body was found near train tracks in Deerfield Beach.Georgia Teach mourned Gowdy’s death in a tweet posted by the team’s coach, Geoff Collins.“Our entire Georgia Tech football family is devastated by the news of Bryce’s passing,” Collins wrote.“Bryce was an outstanding young man with a very bright future. He was a great friend to many, including many of our current and incoming team members. … Bryce and his family will always be a part of the Georgia Tech football family.”last_img read more

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FL Ag Commissioner Asks Governor for Stay-at-Home Order; More Testing Sites Planned

first_imgMeanwhile, Gov. DeSantis said during a briefing Saturday that said almost 1,200 tests were administered at the Memorial Health drive-thru testing site in Broward County.He also announced new testing sites at Hard Rock Stadium in Miami, Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, and TIAA Bank Field in Jacksonville.Out of those who have been diagnosed with the virus to date, those with serious conditions have typically been over the age of 60. However the majority of the infected are under the age of 60, the governor added.As of Saturday evening, there are 763 confirmed cases in Florida, and 12 deaths. South Florida remains the epicenter, with 56 cases in Palm Beach County, 164 in Broward County, and 169 in Miami-Dade County. Florida Agriculture Commissioner Nicole “Nikki” Fried is asking Gov. Ron DeSantis to implement a statewide “stay at home” order in response to the increasing number of coronavirus cases.Read her full statement below:“I want to recognize the difficult choices the Governor has had to make in this public health crisis. No Governor in recent history would have expected to have to make a decision like California, New York, or Illinois have made in the past 72 hours. Shutting down one of the nation’s largest states is a decision that will have an economic impact – but it is a decision that will save lives. Based on the data, we know we are a week behind California’s vast increase in COVID-19 cases. The individuals and businesses I’ve spoken with are growing more anxious by the day. As the nation’s third largest state, we need to go further, and we cannot afford to lose another week.”She continues:“I am asking the Governor to consider implementing a statewide “stay-at-home” order, closing all non-essential businesses for a reasonable timeframe, after which time the situation could be reassessed. A piecemeal approach of closing certain communities and businesses risks sowing further confusion. I encourage the Governor to take this decisive action today to save lives and preserve Florida’s economy for our shared future. I will stand by the Governor should he make this difficult decision, and I implore him to do so now.”I want to recognize the difficult choices @GovRonDeSantis has made during this #coronavirus crisis.Data shows Florida is a week behind California in #COVID19 cases. So, I’m asking the Governor to issue a statewide “stay-at-home” order.This difficult decision will save lives.— Commissioner Nikki Fried (@NikkiFriedFL) March 21, 2020last_img read more

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Florida high school coach arrested for recording nude student

first_imgPolice arrested a Florida girls high school coach for secretly recording videos of a topless female student on his cellphone.The St. Augustine Record reports 38-year-old Darrell Andrew Crews coached a girls flag football team at St. Augustine High School. He was caught secretly recording a student who was changing clothes after school.According to the arrest report, Crews sent the victim the nude photos Saturday. Crews told her someone anonymously forwarded the photo to his personal email.  However, after recognizing something from the background the victim said she knew when the photo was taken. She told deputies it was just before her 18th birthday.When officials questioned Crews, he confessed to taking the photo and said it was a screenshot of videos he secretly recorded.The schools district recommended his termination.Crews was booked into county jail Sunday on a charge of video voyeurism. He has been released on a $1,500 bond Monday afternoon.last_img read more

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Officials Detect Additional Cases of West Nile Virus in Miami-Dade

first_imgMiami-Dade County health officials late last week confirmed four more local cases of West Nile virus, bringing the county’s total to 18 residents.The Miami Herald reports that the county’s mosquito-control chief believes this summer’s resurgence of West Nile most likely reflects the heavy rains that cause mosquito populations to increase.For that reason, Miami-Dade is now under a mosquito-borne-illness alert.Officials announced that county’s first two cases of West Nile virus in May, and said both cases in county residents and occurred through local transmission.On June 11, health officials reported two additional cases, followed by 10 more on June 25.According to the health department, West Nile virus is the leading cause of mosquito-borne disease in the United States.There are no vaccines to prevent it or medications to treat it at this time.last_img read more

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Lobster mini-season could be canceled

first_imgThis upcoming lobster mini-season is in danger of being canceled after authorities in the Keys wrote a letter to Governor Ron DeSantis urging him to prevent the event from happening.The village of Islamorada sent the letter to the governor stating their fear that the season would send an influx of visitors to the area while the number of COVID cases continue to rise.While Islamorada wants the event canceled in their area, Palm Beach County Administrator Verdenia Baker says that they do not plan to cancel mini-season in Palm Beach.Baker says she feels it is safe to continue because charter dive boats have been mandated to operate at half capacity.last_img read more

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Tigers Slay Knights

first_img Latest Posts Latest posts by admin (see all) admin Hancock County Court News Nov. 3 thorugh Dec. 11 – January 22, 2015 Bio HARRINGTON — Righthanders Tashia Daley and Lona Sargent combined to pitch a one-hitter as the Tigers downed the Narraguagus Knights 12-0 in five innings Monday.Sargent doubled and singled twice, Katelyn Hodgkins doubled and singled and Morgan Whitten had a pair of singles for the Tigers. For more sports stories, pick up a copy of The Ellsworth American. House fire in Winter Harbor – October 27, 2014 State budget vs. job creation – January 22, 2015 This is placeholder textThis is placeholder textlast_img read more

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Errors Costly For Trojans

first_img Bio State budget vs. job creation – January 22, 2015 BAR HARBOR — The Trojans baseball team looked as though it was going to stage a late-game comeback against the Foxcoft Academy Ponies on May 11 at Mount Desert Island High School. With two outs and bases loaded, a Foxcroft error sent the tying MDI run across the plate in the bottom of the seventh inning, but after an umpire consultation, the call was reversed sending MDI runner Jasper Cousins back to third base. One quick out later and the game ended 6-5 in the Ponies’ favor. A series of errors by second baseman Willie Clark in the third inning gave the Ponies a jumpstart, putting the team in the lead 4-1.The Trojans worked their way back into the game by the bottom of the fourth, taking Foxcroft’s lead down to two points, 5-3. Both teams went three and out in the next two innings. In the top of the sixth, the Ponies tacked one more run on a dropped grounder.This is placeholder textThis is placeholder textThen the Trojans hopes were raised and dashed by a swirl of events. For more sports stories, pick up a copy of the Mount Desert Islander. admin Latest Postscenter_img Latest posts by admin (see all) Hancock County Court News Nov. 3 thorugh Dec. 11 – January 22, 2015 House fire in Winter Harbor – October 27, 2014last_img read more

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Registration open for Maine’s largest post-season basketball tournament

first_imgELLSWORTH — Harbor House Community Service Center in Southwest Harbor invites the girls’ and boys’ junior high and high school basketball teams to register for the 24th annual Great Harbor Shoot-Out basketball tournament.The tournament, a fundraiser for Harbor House, has become the largest post-season basketball tournament in Maine, with close to 90 teams participating last year from all around the state.The tournament will take place at area gymnasiums on Mount Desert Island and in Trenton and Ellsworth from Friday, March 18, through Sunday, March 20. There will be four divisions for junior high and high school girls’ and boys’ teams to play in during the three-day tournament.Volunteers are needed to help with the various event activities, such as selling tickets at the door, running the clocks and selling concessions.This is placeholder textThis is placeholder textFor more information on the Great Harbor Shoot-Out, contact event director Diana Novella at 244-3713 or [email protected] can be mailed to Harbor House at P.O. Box 836, Southwest Harbor, ME 04679.last_img read more

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